In Memory of ‘Britches’ For 24/4/.

 

In memory of Britches

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/04/21/monday-24th-april-is-the-world-day-for-laboratory-animals/

 

Every year on this day I remember the liberation of the macaque baby “Britches” from the University Laboratory of California (ULC). The ALF has made this exemption. Britches, a five-week-old monkey baby, was separated from his mother shortly after his birth. The aim of the experiment was to test the effect of a device on the blind so that blind people are guided by warning signals. For this reason the eyelids of Britches had been sewn and a sonar device attached to him.

On April 20, 1985, some courageous ALF activists deactivated the alarm system of ULC, entered the lab, and freed Britches, along with other 460 laboratory animals.

The story of “Britches” is perhaps known, but less well-known is that due to this action, these cruel trials in UCR were no longer pursued. The eyes of the monkeys were also no more sewn. And ALF has written with this liberation a history in the fight against animal experiments.

After a lot of actions, demos, signatures we have made against animal experiments, I ask myself today what we have achieved against this criminal idiocy (animal experiments). Unfortunately not much.

After 40 years of fighting animal experiments, the EU has forbidden animal experiments on cosmetics by law on 11 March 2013. This was really a great success! But this is obligatory only for the EU. In China, for example, animal testing for cosmetics is mandatory. The requirements in China mean that companies who want to sell their products there, must have them tested on animals. This means that if a cosmetic company from Germany wants to have new customers in China, it has to participate the animal experiments. Although this company is animal-free in Germany.

Nevertheless, a boycott of animal experiments is possible only in the cosmetics sector.

In the drug area, on the other hand, a boycott is almost impossible. All medications, treatment methods, surgical techniques … etc. have been tested in animal experiments, and are still being tested. In most cases with no clinical benefit. Because what works with the animal, does not necessarily work for human beings. The reason is that the animal experimentation system, as known, is based on an incorrect methodological approach, that is: the diseases of humans are reduced to symptoms in experimental animals. The so-called “animal models” are produced in Labor animals. Cancer is produced in mice by injection of cancer cells or gene manipulation. These “animal models”, however, have nothing in common with human disease, and are therefore not suitable for curing human beings.

Cancer is a typical example of the chronic unsuccessfulness of animal experimentation medicine. I quote the opinion of researcher Dr. Richard Klausner, director of the American National Cancer Institute, 1998 “The history of cancer research is the history of how to cure cancer in mice. For decades, we have been curing cancer in mice, but in humans it just does not work “.

I still want to end my contribution to the day of the experimental animals with a positive message, which has sent me a friend recently.

“Maybe we need to stop thinking of animals as these little furry test tubes that can be or even should be controlled,” Joseph Garner, a behavioral scientist at the Stanford University Medical Center, and lead author of the study, told NPR.

 “And maybe instead we should think of them as patients.”

Mice not ‘furry little people’: Researchers rethink animal testing as human trials fail

https://www.rt.com/usa/384261-researchers-rethink-animal-testing-humans/

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalLiberatiaonPressTr/videos/675861982500481/

My best regards to all

Venus

 

SAV Comment –

Mark (SAV Founder), has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 17 years now.  Animals do NOT suffer from MS; only humans.  So, I ask, why then are we doing animal testing to find a cure for MS ? – Is this not like putting a car tyre onto a Boeing 747 and finding out if it can stand so many landings ? – it makes no sense; you test aircraft tyres on aircraft, so why try and find results for human illness by testing on animals ?

An animal trapped for fur will often chew its own leg off to escape the trap and death.  Would a human chew off his own leg and survive ?

A woman who has a hysterectomy is advised not to raise her arms above her head for several weeks.  When my dog was sterilised, we were out in the park playing ball within 2 days !

Animals and humans are not the same – they are very different; their body types are specific to their species.  You cannot find cures to human illness by testing it (or falsely creating it as with MS) on an animal – they react differently and are certainly not duplicate models for the human species.  Anyone who thinks they are  is living in the past.

And yes, animals are still being used to find a cure for MS.  Why does someone not investigate why the human species gets MS and animals don’t.  Is it genetic ? – are there other reasons ? – that would be useful research instead of artificially creating something in an animal that the animal species does not even naturally suffer from in order to find cures for a human only disease.

And yes you have guessed it; we still MS test for MS using animals; and still we have no cure for MS in humans.  I would say that all the time we test on animals we will never find a cure.  Lets go outside the envelope and undertake some proper research which does not involve animal testing but which will be beneficial to human diseases.

I have an illness and want a cure – but the cure does not exist in animals which do not suffer from it in the first place !

As an MS sufferer and someone who wants a cure, I will always speak out AGAINST animal testing for human diseases.  It makes no sense.

Mark.

Check this out and you will see what I mean:

https://www.animalfreeresearchuk.org/Pages/Category/all-projects

https://www.animalfreeresearchuk.org/Pages/Category/active-project?Take=12

 

 

 

Bee News Latest.

 

Mark,

I love working at SumOfUs. And it’s all because of YOU.

Thanks to you, we’ve been able to stand up to agri-giants like Bayer and Monsanto and give them a run for their money. We’re also closer than ever before to a global ban on deadly neonic pesticides.

It’s been a busy month on both sides of the Atlantic! I have two exciting updates to share with you:

We’ve made big strides to ban neonics in Canada A few weeks ago, we took your voices straight to the Canadian capital of Ottawa, where the government health agency is close to banning one of the deadliest bee-killing pesticides, imidacloprid.

Together with our friends at the David Suzuki Foundation, Équiterre and Avaaz, we let decision-makers know more than 5 million people all around the world want Canada to ban imidacloprid as soon as possible.

We also met with a representative from the Prime Minister’s Office to share our message.

Next up, we’ll be running a full-page ad in the Ottawa Hill Times — the paper that politicians read — to make sure they know why banning imidacloprid is so essential.

Stopping the merger from hell At the very same time, we took your message — that a Bayer-Monsanto merger would be a marriage from hell — right to the front door of the European Commission in Brussels. With farmers, beekeepers and environmental organisations, we delivered a letter signed by more than 200 organisations from all over Europe — calling on the Commissioner to stop this disastrous merger.

Our allies at Friends of the Earth pulled off this photo stunt and the pictures were picked up by news agencies all over the world. Now everyone knows what this marriage would look like:

On the same day, SumOfUs members from all over Europe emailed and tweeted their opposition against the merger at Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition. She could be our most important ally in stopping Bayer and Monsanto.

And because so many of you took action, we got Vestager’s attention:

As always, thanks for all that you do,

Anne, Liz and the team at SumOfUs

PS: All this is only possible thanks to your support! But we need to ramp up our campaign to protect the bees and stop Bayer from merging with Monsanto. If you can, please consider becoming a SumOfUs core member so we can keep up this fight together. Thank you!

 

 

 

Monday 24th April is the World Day For Laboratory Animals.

 

Monday 24th April is the World Day For Laboratory Animals.

 

Check out a lot more on this and other lab animal campaigns at London based ‘Cruelty Free International’ (CFI) – formally known as the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) which was founded as long ago as 1898. 

 

Read more about the fantastic work of, and many campaigns from the BUAV and its change recently to CFI at the following –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruelty_Free_International

 

Check out the current site at:

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/who-we-are

Meet some CFI celerity supporters – https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/who-we-are/about-cruelty-free-international/our-celebrity-supporters

 

 

 

South Korea: Dog Meat Trade – Latest News And Actions.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO):
The dog meat trade in Asia is an unregulated industry
​ imposing dangerous health risks.

We are urging the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization(UNFAO) to join us in the fight to end the dog meat trade in Asia. The ugly truth is that dog tonics and soup are harvested and created in an unregulated industry in the most disgusting and unsanitary conditions. From start to finish the treatment of the dogs is incredibly cruel and inhumane.

We are reaching out to the UNFAO to help us bring an end to the dog meat trade in South Korea.

How does Dog Meat Cruelty fit into “Eco-Paradise”?


Hwacheon County in Gangwon Province seeks to achieve the status of “Eco-Paradise”, the reason why they pursued Sister City agreements with two American Indian Nation tribes in 2005. They sought to learn from them, how to live in harmony with the natural environment. But where does dog meat farming fit into “Eco-Paradise”?

Let’s tell the Korean cities that they can no longer hide their shameful practices. It’s time to wake up and join the modern world.

Take action today to urge Hwacheon’s Sister Cities to help in the fight to end the cruelty toward our best friends.

Click each of below campaigns to take action.

Hwacheon – Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota

 

Hwacheon – The Eastern Band Of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina

 

We will keep going until the South Korea ends the horrendous and barbaric dog eating!
Please add your voice today!

Sister city campaigns – http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Call_for_Action__UNFAO___Sister_City_Campaigns__Hwacheon__Samcheok&utm_medium=email

CARE is building a safe ‘Healing Shelter’
for over 300 dogs in their Organization.

 

Sharing for CARE:

Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), is currently protecting over 300 dogs at their no-kill shelters. Yet, the shelters are built in a temporary residence and the time that they need to move out has come. They need their land to permanently stay and to safely protect their rescued dogs from the harsh environment. Their ‘Healing Shelter Program’ is looking forward to solving this problem.

Learn more –  https://donate.careanimalrights.org/campaign/building-a-safe-and-comfortable-shelter-for-dogs-fund/c102938?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Call_for_Action__UNFAO___Sister_City_Campaigns__Hwacheon__Samcheok

Clock is Ticking!
This may be the once in a lifetime opportunity for the Korean dogs.

Some opportunities only comes once in a life time. PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic in South Korea might be one of those opportunities. What would you do to save your best friends from horrific cruelty and unimaginable suffering? Probably a lot.  But we only ask a few minutes of your time (more if you can) to help speak out for these animals who have no voice. Feeling sorry for them would not change anything. Only action can. Thank you for caring!!

Take Action – http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Call_for_Action__UNFAO___Sister_City_Campaigns__Hwacheon__Samcheok&utm_medium=email

Petitions – http://koreandogs.org/petitions/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Call_for_Action__UNFAO___Sister_City_Campaigns__Hwacheon__Samcheok&utm_medium=email

 

 

Very Welcome News – China’s biggest airline bans shark fin cargo – China Southern Airlines says it is taking a stand for animal conservation.

 

China’s biggest airline bans shark fin cargo

China Southern Airlines says it is taking a stand for animal conservation

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 April, 2017, 5:13pm

UPDATED : Thursday, 20 April, 2017, 11:07pm

 

The ban on shark fin shipments by China Southern Airlines will narrow the options for traders of the delicacy.

 

China Southern Airlines, the mainland’s biggest carrier, has banned shark fin shipments and promised to “actively participate” in animal conservation.

The decision is significant as the company is based in Guangzhou, the world’s largest trading hub for the delicacy, and it narrows the options for Chinese importers.

It means that 51 per cent of international airlines, based on seat capacity, have now banned the cargo. Flag carrier Air China had already banned shark fin, leaving just China Eastern among the big three state-owned airlines yet to declare a position.

No to shark fin: China’s biggest shipping line Cosco pledges total ban on carrying product

Robust campaigning by wildlife activists over the years has also led the nation’s largest shipper and logistics firm, China COSCO Shipping, to come onside.

In a letter to WildAid Hong Kong, seen by the Post and confirmed by the airline, China Southern’s vice-president Han Wensheng said the company “attached great importance to the issue” and had “taken immediate action”.

 

The nation’s largest airline by revenue and eighth biggest globally said it had banned shark fin on passenger and cargo flights as of March 1, but the letter was its first public announcement of the policy change.

 “I would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to the global coalition of shark and marine conservation groups for your constant attention and support to China Southern’s air transport business,” Han said.

Air China becomes first mainland carrier to ban shark fin cargo

The airline said it would “shoulder its social responsibility” and pledged to “actively participate in the cause of wild animal and plants conservation … to jointly promote conservation culture and the sustainable development of [the] human community with the general public.”

Environmentalists have long campaigned against the trade in fins – a staple at weddings and banquets – saying the harvesting methods are cruel and that shark populations have declined dramatically.

Other carriers making the same commitment include Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, American Airlines, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

Worldwide, 17 of the 19 biggest shipping lines measured by container capacity have banned shark fin, impacting 71 per cent of the global market.

Notable signatories include Maersk, the world’s biggest, and former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa’s family company Orient Overseas Container Line, better known as OOCL.

 

Hong Kong airlines Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon impose total ban on carriage of shark fin

Alex Hofford, wildlife campaigner at WildAid Hong Kong, applauded the move.

“This particular shark fin airline ban will be hugely impactful for the simple fact that Guangzhou is the world’s largest shark fin trading hub, even eclipsing Hong Kong,” he said.

“China Southern’s ban will no doubt send a strong message to the many Guangzhou shark fin traders that their business activities are often illegal, but always unethical, immoral, cruel and unsustainable.”

Attention will now turn to the United States with the likes of FedEx and United Airlines – whose recent mistreatment of an Asian-American passenger thrust it into the spotlight – likely to face growing pressure to change their ways.

More than a dozen protesters descended on a press conference held by FedEx on Thursday to protest about shark fins as the company launched an online service in Hong Kong to tap into the burgeoning e-commerce and online shopping market.

“Questions remain on why United States air carriers FedEx and United Airlines still continue to ship shark fin, often illegally,” Hofford said.

 

 

 

 

USA: Urgent Action Needed – Down to the Wire: Comments Needed to Pass Bill Protecting Hawaii’s Fish From Aquarium Trade

 

Down to the Wire: Comments Needed to Pass Bill Protecting Hawaii’s Fish From Aquarium Trade.

Mark,

We’re down to the wire on passing the bill protect Hawaii’s fish from the aquarium trade. Comments from wildlife lovers like you have helped the bill get this far. We need your help again to ensure this bill makes it all the way to become law!

The bill saves wild fish from being collected for the aquarium trade by ending aquarium permitting in Hawaii with a freeze on existing permits, pending a clean management plan that excludes aquarium trade interests. 

But Senate Water & Land Chair Karl Rhoads may seek to gut that language.

 

Call and e-mail Senator Rhoads to encourage him to pass SB 1240 HD 1 and protect Hawaii wildlife, not wildlife profiteers! 

You can contact Senator Rhoads at senrhoads@capitol.hawaii.gov and 808-586-6130.

Thanks,

Peter Fugazzotto, Strategic Programs Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network

 

 

 

UK: News from the world of whales and dolphins.

News from the world of whales and dolphins

Hi Mark 

I thought I’d share this wonderful image of a minke whale with you. This beautiful whale is a symbol for me of how all whales should be – living their lives, undisturbed in the ocean, without the threat of a harpoon.

A wild minke whale

You can help us stop the whale hunts

I’m sure you were as saddened as I was to hear that Japan’s whaling boats returned from their Antarctic hunt with 333 minke whales. After the outcry it sparked last year, the Japanese government hasn’t yet released figures on how many of them were pregnant. If we go by the 2016 figures then we can guess that well over 100 of the whales they killed could have been carrying a baby. 

You can help. If you have a Twitter account, please take part in our action and ask the EU to say ‘no’ to a trade deal with Japan while Japan kills whales. And please make a small donation to help fund our campaign .

I have some good news for you too – travel industry giant, Thomas Cook, is taking great strides in the right direction by reviewing its stance on promoting captive whale and dolphin facilities. I’ll bring you more news on that next month as well as on the progress we are making in our project to create the world’s first sanctuary for ex-captive beluga whales.

Until then, thank you for being part of WDC. We couldn’t be here for whales and dolphins without you!

With very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

http://uk.whales.org/