Dance Performance

 

It doesn’t matter what you do as an artist.
It is important that you have convinced someone to shoot a video with you

Have a good night, Venus

 

Basic rights for great apes

An initiative calls for basic rights for primates other than humans. The population in the canton of Basel-Stadt will soon be able to vote on it.

In the Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt, the population will soon be able to decide whether other primates should have basic rights in addition to humans.

Specifically, it is about a “right of non-human primates to life and to physical and mental integrity”. Monkeys in particular are meant.

These are “highly intelligent”, it is said to justify the initiative, they “can communicate with people in sign language, are capable of suffering, feel empathy for others and can both remember past events and look into the future”.

All 300 species of primate have a large brain, complex social structures, and a high physical and psychological ability to suffer – which unfortunately also makes them particularly interesting for animal experiments.

The originator of the initiative is the Sentience association. It should be possible to keep monkeys in the zoo, as well as to use them for research purposes. However, the primates should then not have to suffer and otherwise experience “no stress”.

The Basel Parliament, the Grand Council, initially rejected the initiative as inadmissible in 2018. With the argument: such a constitutional amendment at the cantonal level violates Swiss federal law.
The Swiss Federal Supreme Court saw it differently.

Cantons are likely to go beyond the protection guaranteed in the federal constitution. The initiative can therefore be put to a vote.

 

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/10/06/basic-rights-for-great-apes/

 

And I mean…It should be viewed as a criminal injustice to use great apes in medical experiments, to keep them in captivity, to execute them to death, or to destroy their habitat.

The natural home of these animals must be just as worthy of protection as the home of an indigenous people.

Great apes should no longer be property but should be given personal status. As with “underage” such as young children or coma patients who cannot speak for themselves, the legal claims of great apes would have to be represented by trustees.
That is quite feasible.

I think that the historical moment has come to overcome the barrier of “speciesism” after nationalism, racism, and sexism.

Denying animal rights just because “others” do not belong to our species is an expression of speciesism and structurally synonymous with racism or sexism.

It is an ethically illegitimate way of thinking and acting.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

UK: Free From EU Shackles; 2012 Will Be A New Start for British Animals.

The UK has a lot of very old and excellent organisations which campaign long and hard for improvements to animals welfare.  Here ids a link to our other site, Serbian Animals Voice (SAV), which has a section devoted to animal organisations; including links to their own web sites.  Check it out sometime:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/animal-orgs/

The good animal welfare conscious people living in the UK made the subject just one of the reasons why the UK voted to divorce itself from the uselessness of the EU a few years ago. We (WAV and SAV) have always attempted to show the utter failures of the EU when it comes to improving standards for animals.  EU Regulations mean nothing, are hardly ever enforced, which results in massive animal suffering.

The UK voted ‘out’ of the EU so that it can take back control of pathetic legislation which ‘member states’ are forced to comply with.  We wish many other current member states had the willingness to do the same.

The UK officially leaves the EU at the end of 2020.  This will be with or without a trade deal.  If there is no deal, then the UK moves over to WTO rules regarding the EU.  So until the end of 2020; the UK still has to comply with EU regulations; including the pathetic ones associated with animal ‘welfare’.  ‘Welfare’, which includes live animal transport; stalls in which sow pigs are forced to rear their young, rabbit farming, foie gras and much more.

In 2021 the UK will be able (through UK government legislation) to introduce new laws which will meet the wishes of the public and greatly improve animal welfare standards as they wish; one being to stop the live transport (export) of farm animals; an issue we have campaigned about for the last 30+ years.

The current UK government is ‘Conservative’; and will probably remain so for the next 3 or 4 years.  It has a big majority of MP’s (members of Parliament) – around 80; who should be aable to vote through legislation with a degree of ease.

It is only through intensive lobbying and providing the evidence that we, as welfare groups, an be a voice for animals – a voice that eventually brings change.   We trust that from 2021 onwards when the UK is free from the uselessness of the EU, stronger and larger animal welfare laws will be passed into UK law.

Here is a video just released by the ‘Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation’ (CAWF) which outlines the future prospects for UK animals and their legislation.  There are many speakers from the UK government; people who will help to get the new legislation through into law.

Animal Welfare Matters is a new film by the CAWF filmed by a Cannes Film Festival award winning film maker. It urges for an end to live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, pig farrowing crates, cages for egg laying birds and calls for the introduction of clear mandatory labelling so consumers can make an informed choice.

Speakers include: Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment) Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP Rt Hon Sir Roger Gale MP Sir David Amess MP Henry Smith MP John Flack former MEP Elise Dunweber Chairman, Esher And Walton Conservative Women’s Organisation Peter Hall (AM) Director, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation Lorraine Platt Co-Founder, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation Chris Platt Co-Founder Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation

It is never easy; you don’t give over 30 years of your campaigning life only to fail; live animal transport bans are that for me.  People and campaigners have the tenacity to fight through to the end; and they will.  Sentient animals deserve better; and with our input we hope they will get it.

Please watch the video; and gain strength that we are moving forward now into 2021 for changes.

If only the Eu was not all talk and do nothing then animals throughout the EU would do better.  That is a matter for citizens of existing member states to vote and make the changes.

Regards Mark.

Italy: Cruelty on a farm supplying the Beretta brand.

Cruelty on a farm supplying the Beretta brand

5 October 2020

Essere Animali

Through an undercover investigation, our Italian member Essere Animali revealed terrible violence on a pig farm supplying Beretta cured meats.

For 6 weeks, one of our investigators worked at a farm supplying the Fratelli Beretta brand, documenting terrible violence against pigs – even sick pigs – and extremely poor sanitary conditions. Some of the footage was broadcast on TG1 and handed over to the competent authorities in order to lodge a complaint against those responsible.

The images show a worker pulling out a pig’s teeth with pliers because he had been biting other pigs’ tails. A brutal and illegal operation, carried out without anaesthesia or subsequent treatment and which increases the possibility of having to resort to antibiotics. During transport, pigs are moved violently, kicked, hit with blunt objects, grabbed by the ears, lifted off the ground or thrown down by a tractor. As shown in the footage and confirmed by the words of the owner, whenever emergency kills on site are needed pigs are stunned using a captive bolt gun without immediately having their throats slit as required by law. This treatment causes pigs to endure interminable agony.

The sanitary conditions are also very worrying: the pigs are in constant contact with the wet floor that is covered with excrement. Their food is also contaminated with faeces, as the edges of the feeders are too low.

Read more at source

Essere Animali

China: 5,000 pets found dead in boxes at Chinese shipping depot.

5,000 pets found dead in boxes at Chinese shipping depot

At least 5,000 pets were found dead in cardboard shipping boxes last week at a logistics facility in Central China, likely casualties of a miscommunication in the supply chain of China’s thriving mass-breeding industry.

Only a couple hundred animals were saved, and authorities have launched an investigation into the grim discovery in Henan Province, a local animal rescue group told CBS News on Wednesday.

“The station was cluttered with express boxes with thousands of animals that had already died, and the entire place reeks of rotting bodies,” said Sister Hua, the founder of animal rescue group Utopia. She doesn’t use her real name, saying she prefers to keep attention on the animals rather than her personally.

“It was like a living hell,” she told CBS News in a phone interview on Wednesday.

The animals included rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and dogs, all held in plastic or metal cages wrapped in cardboard boxes with breathing holes. They had been left in the boxes without food or water for about a week before they were discovered at the Dongxing Logistics station in Henan’s Luohe city.

“It was obvious they died of suffocation, dehydration and starvation,” said Hua. 

Chinese law prohibits the shipping of live animals in normal packaging. Hua said it was likely the animals were bought online as pets but left stranded at the logistics depot because of a delayed collection, as the logistics company involved may have refused to sign off on a shipment violating transport laws.

Read more at source

CBS News

 

 

 

French Minister announces strong measures in favor of wild animals welfare.

French Minister announces strong measures in favor of wild animals welfare

5 October 2020

Fondation Brigitte Bardot

The French Minister for the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, announced on 29 September 2020 the gradual ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and on mink farming. As well as the end of the captivity of dolphins and orcas in inadequate dolphinaria, and the implementation of support to improve the detention of wild animals in zoos.

These measures follow a long period of consultations launched by the Ministry in Spring 2019. This huge breakthrough for wild animals in France would not have been possible without the hard work of the various French animal protection organisations, including five of our Members: Fondation Brigitte Bardot, C’est Assez!, Code Animal, Fondation Droit Animal Éthique & Sciences and L214 Éthique & Animaux.

Circuses and travelling shows

These measures include a ban on the reproduction of wild animals and on the deliverance of authorisation for new travelling establishments with animals. For animals currently in circuses, estimated to be around 500, solutions will be found on a case by case basis.

Although more than 20 Member States have adopted bans or partial bans on all circuses involving wild animals, and more than 400 French cities have banned their presence, the measures announced will only apply to travelling circuses and not to other shows involving wild animals. The minister did not give a detailed timeline, explaining she prefers implementing a process to reach the objectives as quickly as possible.

Dolphinaria

The measures announced include immediate bans on the creation of new establishments with orcas or dolphins and on the reproduction of captive orcas and dolphins. The end of captivity of orcas is planned within two years and of captive dolphins within seven years. The minister even mentioned the idea of a sanctuary to welcome the current captive animals in the three existing parks. The government will invest 8 million euros in the reconversion of circuses and dolphinaria personnel.

Mink farming 

The end of mink farming is planned within five years, giving a due date to the remaining four farms left in France. Brigitte Gothière, co-founder of L214 pays tribute to this measure, saying France finally catches up to other European countries, some of which were among the biggest fur producers. 

Zoos

Regarding zoos, the measures provide for economical support for the improvement of the welfare of certain species, for instance polar bears. The minister also mentioned that in shows involving wild animals, the public will be prohibited from touching the animals.