USA: Trump Gears Up to Gut Crucial Environmental Law.

 

Trump Gears Up to Gut Crucial Environmental Law

The Trump administration this week launched the largest rollback in history to the vital protections for air, water and wildlife provided by the National Environmental Policy Act.

The president’s Council on Environmental Quality began its assault on the 48-year-old law Wednesday, targeting its longstanding requirements for robust environmental review before federal projects are approved.

“The Trump administration is taking a sledgehammer to the process that gives scientists and the public a say on federal projects harming clean air, water and wildlife,” said the Center for Biological Diversity’s Paulo Lopes. “If this landmark law is gutted, the power plants and factories that corporations target for poor and underrepresented communities will routinely be rubberstamped.”

Stay tuned for how you can help fight this attack and read more in our press release

 

 

A Win for Black Bears in Washington State

After a Center lawsuit, a judge has stopped — for now — the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife from issuing any more permits for killing black bears on private timberlands using bait, traps and other inhumane methods.

Despite the fact that voters in the state had already outlawed these cruel practices, the department created a program authorizing these types of bear killings by a small group of hunters in industry-owned forests. The judge’s ruling, made last Friday, suspends that illegal program.

“This decision will save many bears from a cruel death, and that’s a big relief,” said the Center’s Collette Adkins. “Now we’ll focus on shutting down the program for good.”

Get more from Associated Press.

 

 

Destructive California Mega-warehouse Defeated

Responding to a lawsuit by the Center and allies, a judge has ruled against a massive, environmentally destructive warehouse project planned for Southern California, called the World Logistics Center.

This 40-million-square-foot project — about three times the size of New York’s Central Park — would’ve added 14,000 daily truck trips to roads leading to the city of Moreno Valley; worsened already poor air quality; and harmed imperiled wildlife in the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, from burrowing owls to Los Angeles pocket mice. Read more.

 

 

Crisis Deepens for West Coast’s Southern Resident Orcas

The news for endangered orcas on the West Coast just went from bad to worse. Researchers announced over the weekend that another Southern Resident orca has died — driving this population to its lowest levels in more than 30 years.

The death of the whale named “Crewser” now means there are just 75 left in the wild.

This news comes in the wake of a Center legal petition pressing Trump to protect Southern Resident orcas’ habitat off California, Oregon and Washington.

We’ve been fighting for these unique marine mammals for years, and we won’t stop now. Learn more in our press release and make a donation to help us save endangered West Coast orcas

 

 

 

Trump’s Trophy-hunting Panel Pushes Ahead

The national controversy over trophy hunting of imperiled wildlife came to Atlanta this week with the latest meeting of a new federal wildlife advisory committee that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stacked with trophy hunters and gun-industry reps.

The so-called International Wildlife Conservation Council is composed almost entirely of hunters and people affiliated with the National Rifle Association. Fifteen of the council’s 16 members have ties to trophy hunting or guns.

This week’s meeting is a sure sign that Zinke and others aren’t giving up on their push for more trophy hunting of elephants and lions. Check out what the Center’s Tanya Sanerib has to say in her op-ed this week in The Hill.

 

 

Read lots more at  http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

 

China: Yulin 2018 Has Started. Early Data From UK Press – Graphic Pictures !

Yulin 2018 has now started.

We are giving links here to UK Press coverage of the first day of Yulin in China.

What you see / read is what you get – it is un edited by us.

WARNING – there are many graphic pictures.

 

Links:

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/977695/Yulin-dog-meat-festival-pictures-China-lychee-dog-meat-festival-pictures

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/977873/Yulin-dog-meat-festival-2018-why-are-animals-tortured-dog-meat

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/977866/Yulin-dog-meat-festival-2018-facts-what-is-the-Yulin-dog-meat-festival

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/976693/yulin-dog-festival-2018-yulin-slaughterhouse-pictures-latest

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/977179/yulin-dog-festival-terrified-dogs-blood-soaked-hell-on-earth-blowtorches-dog-meat

 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/965466/Yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival-2018-slaughter-China-Diaz-Ricky-Gervais

 

 

 

 

Australia: Live Exports Breaking News – Emanuel Exports Licence Has Now Been Suspended.

Brilliant News !

This was the export company who were filmed during voyages to the Middle East; which showed the immense suffering and horrific conditions on the ship during the animals journey.

Watch the conditions and suffering in the videos on our old post – link here:

Old Post – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/04/13/australia-the-real-horrors-of-live-exports-now-exposed-and-a-crap-aussie-government/

 

Mark, in almost 11 weeks since 60 Minutes showed horrific routine conditions on board live export ships, hundreds of thousands of Australians have emailed, written, phoned and rallied to stop live sheep exports.

 

Today, we received incredible news.

Around 4.45pm today, we received word that the Department of Agriculture has suspended Emanuel Exports’ live export licence.

This follows the news we shared with you earlier in the week, that Livestock Shipping Services, Australia’s other largest live sheep exporter, was halting exports for the Middle Eastern summer this year.

Together, these two businesses account for almost all live sheep exports from Australia.

We have long said that if the laws were enforced, live export would become impossible. This is proof of that.

Make no mistake, Emanuel’s is not the exception. What we saw in the 60 Minutes footage included routine conditions across multiple voyages. This is what long-haul live sheep export looks like, and it must not be allowed to continue.

This is a crucial step toward the inevitable end of live sheep exports.

Email your MP and Senators to tell them, now is the time for government to put Australia’s best interests first: protect our animals, provide certainty for the future, and legislate for a phase-out of live sheep exports.

 

 

Live animal transports – MEP Stefan Eck: “We should bring the commission to court!”

 

 

 

When I read Mark`s report about the third meeting of “EU- Platform on Animal Welfare” I also wanted to comment on it.

But then … I read the MEP Stefan Eck’s report on the” Intergroup for Animals” on 14th of June 20018 in Strasburg and I thought this report could say anything.

The video even more, is unfortunately in German, because Stefan Eck, as a German, speaks in German.
I would like to cut out only one sentence and trumpet it all over the world:We should bring the commission to court!”

(Translation of the text from the Facebook)

At the “Intergroup for Animals” meeting on 14.06.2018 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the topic “Protection of animals during transport inside and outside Europe” was on the agenda.

MEP Stefan Bernhard Eck asked the AGRI rapporteur, Jørn Dohrmann, whether there would also be a paragraph in the report for setting up a committee of inquiry.

Then MEP Stefan Eck turned to the Christian Conservative Chairman of the Agricultural Committee, Czesław Siekierski and energetically asked him not to tell those present “stories” that all the farmers would love their animals, because then there would be no animal scandals.

 

Furthermore, MEP Eck criticized the European Commission, which is unlikely to act again. He called for a strategy B. As a strategy to fight to the bitter end and bring the Commission if necessary, in court, because it does not perform their duties once again.

 

Regards,

Venus

 

#AnimalWelfareIntergroup #IntergroupForAnimals #Climate transports #StopTheTrucks

https://www.facebook.com/Stefan.Bernhard.Eck.MEP/videos/2140845139276748/?source=feed_text

https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/intergroupforanimals?source=feed_text

 

 

 

The task of a Human is that of a guardian, a steward, not that of the exploiter. The Human has responsibility, not power.

 

 

 

The Selous Wildlife Reserve in Tanzania is fantastically beautiful: giraffes and elephant herds roam the savannah, hippopotamuses float in the shallow water, lions sneak through the grass on the hunt.

In the Selous Game Reserve, life pulsates – and is threatened at the same time: the elephant population has collapsed, in the sanctuary a uranium mine was approved, a reservoir threatens to destroy 1200 square kilometers of wilderness.

A planned dam in Stiegler’s Gorge would be an ecological disaster. In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage, he is said to dam the river Rufiji.

President John Magufuli now wants to create facts and cut down 2.6 million trees.

1,500 square kilometers of forest and savannah, which would one day be largely flooded by the reservoir, are to be cut down. In mid-May companies were able to apply for the contract, 53 million euros to bring them the sale of the wood.

Environmentalists put all their efforts against the project

They fear the final destruction of the protected area, which has already been damaged. A uranium mine threatens to destroy part of the reserve. The elephant population has collapsed.

UNESCO is alerted. She has declared Selous to be “World Heritage in Danger”.

A public warning has gone unheard in Tanzania!!  In February, UNESCO sent a letter to the government – without effect.

The dam itself would cause damage downstream to the delta and mangrove forests.

200,000 people, especially farmers and fishermen, would suffer as a result.

The start of construction has announced Tanzania’s government for July, although the financing is unclear.

President Magufuli wants to be a doer who does not care about criticism.

One member of the government even threatened opponents of the project with jail.

The future of World Heritage Selous will be decided on June 24, when the World Heritage Committee will meet.

The more pressure UNESCO can put on Tanzania to protect Selous seriously, the better.

That is why we want to back up the director of the World Heritage Center, Mechtild Rössler, with as many signatures as possible.

Tanzania’s population and economy undeniably need better power. The dam project is not a solution and should be deleted.

Please sign our petition for the protection of the Selous Game Reserve.

2.6 million trees cannot be felled for a pointless project!

Translation: Venus, with my best regards

https://www.regenwald.org/petitionen/1143/2-6-millionen-baeume-in-gefahr-jetzt-letzte-chance-fuer-rettung?mtu=335824598&t=4233

 

EU: Another Head In The Sand Animal Welfare ‘EU Platform’ Meeting To Take Place 21/6.

Animal welfare: third meeting of the EU platform to take place tomorrow

Tomorrow, the EU Platform on Animal Welfare will hold its third meeting. Launched in June 2017, the Platform has already become a pivotal forum for sharing information and good practices for all Member States and various stakeholders across Europe. In the past year, the involvement of the Platform’s Members has been helping the Commission in its objective of improving the welfare of animals through a better implementation of EU rules, the development of voluntary commitments and the promotion of EU animal welfare standards at a global level. The agenda of this third Platform includes a presentation of work by the subgroup on animal transport and a presentation of the scope and terms of reference of a second subgroup on the welfare of pigs. The Platform’s Members will have an in-depth discussion on the welfare of farmed fish, followed by a presentation of the Commission’s report on the impact of international activities relating to animal welfare. The Commission will also present a project for an EU Coordinated Control Plan on the online sale of cats and dogs.

The meeting will be web-streamed here and on EbS (at 9.30 CET). The agenda is available online.

 

And the issue of stray dogs in the EU and in the Balkans; so-called Candidate EU nations; will be discussed when:

Stray animals don’t make the EU money – animal transport does; end of ………….

 

 

 

 

 

The president of Max Planck Society Martin Stratmann on animal experiments: “We will not retreat!” “We do not either,” Mr. Stratmann

 

In an article dated June 13, 2018, in the “Zeit” newspaper came an interview with the President of the Max Planck Society Martin Hartmann.
After the undercover shootings of the SOKO organization in August 2014 in the laboratory of Max Planck Institute in Tübingen shook the public, it is the first time that the director of the company gives an interview.

Martin Stratmann has been President of the Max Society Institute since 2014, which conducts basic research at 84 institutes. In this interview he talks about why primate attempts are important today, there will probably be more in the future, why the primate experiments explode in China, and how German researchers can compete internationally.

 

 

Logothetis

After public pressure against the illegal experiments on primates in the cybernetic laboratory of Max Planck Institute, in Tübingen, this research is set. The Greek Nikos Logothetis, the director of the cybernetic laboratory, ended his work with primates, the Max Planck Society then deprived him of part of his leadership function.

The Story

Max Planck Institute in Tübingen since August 2014 caused horror in public: The Max Planck Institute in Tübingen holds monkeys for basic research in the field of brain processes. Animal rights activist Friedrich Mülln (SOKO) had given stern TV editors photos, documents and more than 100 hours of video material that the animal rights activist “Pawel” had collected as an undercover employee in the Tübingen Max Planck Institute. The stern TV report on animal testing had effects on other circles: It was determined against employees and stakeholders. The animal rights activists also had to face attacks and criticism. But finally, the monkey experiments in Tübingen were completely discontinued last year.

The Greek Nikos Logothetis is (or more precisely, he was) the director of the cybernetic department of the institute. There monkeys are kept for basic research in the field of brain processes.

 

The hell of the lab

In August 2014, images with tortured primates were shot and secretly recorded at Logothetis’ Institute.

The life of the animals is a series of suffering: They are fixed on the neck and their head is immobilized. For this, a “head holder” is implanted in the skull. Holes are drilled in their skulls. The head wounds often become infected and cause unbearable pain. The wound often does not heal in three weeks. For several hours a day these monkeys have to fulfill monotonous tasks. The animal experimentation industry tries to give the public a picture in which everything the monkeys do is “voluntary”.

A shameless lie. The experimenters use terms like “training” and “sitting in the chair”. The monkeys are forced to do so in agonizing positions for several hours a day. The monkeys do not get water for hours. They try to lick the cages after the stables have been cleaned. Some of the animals even drink their own urine.

 

After the undercover investigation, the prosecutor’s office has investigated, the district court Tübingen issued a penalty order, the Greek Nikos Logothetis, the director of the cybernetic laboratory, ended his work with primates. The Max Planck Society then deprived him of part of his leadership function.

 

 

Why then an interview?

Stratmann: “the pressure that the protests exerted on the respective scientists is extremely great. The attacks are often very personal and thus go to the limit of what a person can endure. I find that unbearable”.

And we, on our part, ask ourselves, how would Mr. Stratmann label the torture the primates are exposed to? Where exactly are the limits?
Living beings, who are extremely similar to humans, not only have to suffer pressure or “personal attacks”, but the satisfaction of sadistic and sick fantasies of unscrupulous experimenters.

Stratmann: “primate experiments are extremely expensive. Take the Max PIancks in Tübingen and Frankfurt, where experiments with monkeys have been or will be. If you go in there you will find first-class primate houses, the whole thing looks more like a zoo, not like a research institute!!!. In addition, there are investments in operating rooms, that are almost on the standard of human medicine”.

In this point we no longer ask ourselves, how is it possible for one to think we are so stupid and dumb to sell such a crap.

Because he himself gives us the explanation for his outrageous lie: “The budget of the Max Planck Society is almost two billion euros, most of which come from the taxpayer. This money allows us researchers an extremely high degree of freedom (!!!), as it seldom exists in the world”!

The taxpayer must get at least a nice picture of animal experiments, as a compensation for not being asked if he wants to pay or not.

Mr. Stratmann ends his third-class teaching about animal experiments, conscientious colleagues, and fat budgets as follows:

“We find attempts on non-human primates important. We will not withdraw from this research. The prerequisite, as in other areas, is that we can only attract top-class scientists for this”!

 

The moral of the story:

Mr. Stratmann: it’s all about your own right to exist! You must first explain to us, how is it to create and endure, to hold on to animals, to buckle, to sting, to poison, to bore their heads while watching their agony, their cries!
And for that we need …… attract top-class scientists!

Only sociopaths and psychopaths can do that!

 

 

With best regards to all

Venus

 

https://www.zeit.de/2018/25/tierversuche-experimente-affen-china-max-planck-gesellschaft-martin-stratmann