South Africa: Live Export Latest – More News and Donation Links.

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It has been a long and trying year as we continue to fight against a trade that is inherently cruel.
We have lost battles and we have won some, but the war is far from over ….

On 06 August 2020, the National Council of SPCAs was back in the Grahamstown High Court fighting to interdict the impending export of live animals by sea to the Middle East. On 25 August 2020 Acting Judge Dukada handed down an order, allowing the Kuwaiti exporters, Al Mawashi and KLTT, to export no more than 56,000 sheep over the equator on the Al Messilah vessel in the hottest month of the year.


Acting Judge Dukada also ordered the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to monitor the loading process and provide reports to the court – this is the same Department that the NSPCA has laid animal cruelty charges against in previous shipments.
The Al Messilah, filled with some 51000 sheep, left South Africa on the 05 September 2020. A further two criminal dockets were opened against the exporters and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.


In October 2020 written reasons for Acting Judge Dukada’s order was received from the Grahamstown High Court. The application was not dismissed nor granted, it seems to have been an impractical compromise. Furthermore, in his judgement, Acting Judge Dukada stated that the NSPCA had ignored the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, published by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) – Specifically, chapter 7.2 of the OIE Standards Transport of Animals by Sea. These guidelines are not even recognized as international law by the very body who developed them. These guidelines are in place as bare, minimum “recommendations” for countries which do not have adequate legislation for the protection of animals.

The Acting Judge further stated that Al Mawashi and LTTC would be expected to adhere to this ‘law’ during the loading and transportation of the animals aboard their vessel. This, however, was not the case as these basic guidelines were still observed to be disregarded by members of Al Mawashi and LTTC. It is interesting to note that the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) who opposed the NSPCAs application has now launched a contempt of court application against the South African Government for not following the Acting Judge Dukada’s directives.


The NSPCAs’ legal team launched an application for leave to appeal Acting Judge Dukada’s order which was heard on 06 November 2020 and then declined by the Acting Judge Dukada On 17 October 2020. The NSPCA is left with no choice but to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.


It has been a long and trying year for the NSPCA as we continue to fight against a trade that is inherently cruel. The undeniable suffering that these animals experience during these journeys to the Middle East is both unnecessary and unacceptable.

Unfortunately, this appeal process is a very costly battle as we continue to pursue the ban of live export. We need YOUR help to protect these animals from unnecessary suffering.

YOUR support can help us win this fight and leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren for a much kinder world!

Donate to the NSPXCADonate to The National Council of SPCAs | Donation Details for NSPCA

Read lots more about live exports to the Middle East by clicking on this link:  ‘The Journey So Far’ –  The NSPCA’s Battle Against the Live Export of Animals to the Middle East

Germany: Positive News – Animal-free method predicts nanoparticle toxicity for safer industrial materials.

Animal-free method predicts nanoparticle toxicity for safer industrial materials

26 November 2020

Germany:

At Helmholtz Zentrum München, the research group of Dr. Tobias Stöger, in collaboration with partners from the SmartNanoTox EU project, gathered insights on the toxicity of nanoparticles and managed to predict the spectrum of lung inflammation using only in vitro measurement and in silico modeling.

Our lungs are exposed to a multitude of hazardous airborne particles on a daily basis. Nanoparticles, due to their small size, may reach the sensitive alveolar region of the human lung and trigger inflammation even after a single inhalation leading to severe diseases such as heart disease, brain damage and lung cancer for prolonged exposure. In manufacturing, toxic nanoparticles may be released into the environment during the production, processing, degradation or combustion of materials. Despite advances in models for nanotoxicology, currently neither in vitro nor in silico testing tools can reliably predict adverse outcomes or replace in vivo testing. In order to facilitate the introduction of safer materials into our lives, novel testing strategies are needed to predict the potential toxicity of industrial nanoparticles before and during the manufacturing process. 

Currently, safety testing relies heavily on animal studies. While animal experimentation is still indispensable for mechanistic and chronic toxicological studies, they are less suited for predictive tests within a safe-by-design production of new materials. This study introduces an alternative animal-free testing strategy, capable for high-throughput testing and connectable with in silico modelling.

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EurekAlert

First cases of COVID-19 in Polish mink.

First cases of COVID-19 in Polish mink

26 November 2020

Polish scientists have identifies the first cases of coronavirus in mink at a farm in the north of the country.

The Medical University of Gdansk said that eight animals were found to be infected at a breeding farm in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. 

Poland, a major producer of mink fur, started coronavirus tests among its farmed mink and workers this month after a mutation of the virus was found in Denmark. 

Veterinary and sanitary authorities in Poland said last week that 18 coronavirus cases had been identifies among mink farmworkers since the start of the pandemic, but it was unlikely that to have been spread by the animals.

“The obtained results indicate the possibility of transmission of the virus from humans to minks,” the Medical University of Gdansk said in a statement. 

Poland is the world’s third-largest fur producer after China and Denmark, according to animal rights groups that are campaigning for an end to breeding animals like mink for fur. 

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Euronews

 

WAV Past posts on Polish fur:

Poland: The Price of A Fur Coat. Terrible animal suffering revealed on huge Polish fur farm. – World Animals Voice

Some Very Recent Positive News From Poland Regarding Fur Farming and Animals In Entertainment. – World Animals Voice

England: This Is Huge ! Respect for Animals – Fighting the Fur Trade – Poland Close to Historic Fur Farming Ban. – – World Animals Voice

Poland: Mecca of the fur industry – World Animals Voice

Poland: The blood business with fur – World Animals Voice

Hungary Bans Fur Farming Of Minks, Foxes And Ferrets Due To ‘Public Health Concerns’ Amid COIVD-19.

Hungary Bans Fur Farming Of Minks, Foxes And Ferrets Due To ‘Public Health Concerns’ Amid COIVD-19

The announcement follows a slew of COVID-19 outbreaks on mink fur farms across the globe

Hungary has announced a ban on mink fur farming due to ‘public health concerns of zoonotic diseases’.

The ban also includes the farming of foxes, polecats/ferrets, and coypu. However, it does not include chinchilla.

The news follows COVID-19 outbreaks on slew of mink fur farms across the globe. Reports now suggest the COVID-19 variant found on a Danish mink fur farm could spark a new coronavirus pandemic.

‘A good outcome for human health’

Dr. Joanna Swabe is the senior director of public affairs for Humane Society International/Europe.

In a statement sent to Plant Based News she ‘applaued’ the Hungarian government for enacting the ban.

Swabe said: “Although these species are not currently farmed for fur in the country… This ban is more than just symbol politics. There’s a very real and present danger that fur farmers from elsewhere in Europe may attempt to move their operations to Hungary.

“This is a precautionary measure that shuts the door to that happening. [It] is a good outcome for human health and animal welfare.”

‘Make fur farming history’

Moreover, Swabe points out the ban ‘fails’ to include chinchila, who ‘could also be susceptible to viruses’.

She added: “As long as the animal exploitation of fur farming is tolerated, the potential for reservoirs of animal to human pathogens will persist….

“HSI hopes that the Hungarian government will also consider strengthening its ban by shutting down the country’s chinchilla fur farms too, and make fur farming history in Hungary.”

Australia: Stop Sunshine Coast Council from destroying beloved Sarge.

 

Stop Sunshine Coast Council from destroying beloved Sarge | Our Compass (our-compass.org)

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We are in a fight to save our beautiful family dog Sarge from being killed by Sunshine Coast Regional Council in Queensland.

Sarge has been a part of my family for 8 years, and it’s been nothing but pure love since I picked him up at 8 weeks old. Sarge had a very normal life interacting with all kinds of dogs at off-leash beaches and off-leash parks where he had no issues. He has lived happily with babies, children, a rabbit, cats, guinea pigs, and other dogs. He went to puppy pre-school and passed everything and was always well-behaved.

Unfortunately, in 2016 at age 6, Sarge was declared a dangerous dog following an incident where a small dog was killed. There were no visible injuries to the small dog; we were all incredibly devastated as we knew this is not what Sarge had intended to happen, he was just trying to help his pack member who he thought was in trouble. This declaration was imposed by Noosa Council with no objection from me as his owner. There were no further incidents or problems when we lived in the Noosa council area.

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