UK; Latest Poll Shows Vast Majority of UK Public Want To KEEP the Hunting Ban.

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http://www.league.org.uk/

Latest figures from the League Against Cruel Sports shows massive support for the hunting ban to REMAIN in place.  We do not want a return to hunting wild animals.

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Keep the blood junkies where they belong – in the history books !

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KEEP THE HUNTING BAN !

 

 

 

USA: Big Success In New Mexico for Project Coyote.

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Dear Mark,

As I head to Rohnert Park, California this morning with several members of Project Coyote’s team to speak before the California Fish and Game Commission for protection of wolves and other wildlife from traps and night-hunting, I want to share with you New Mexico’s very favorable response to the premiere screenings of Project Coyote’s documentary film Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests. I also want to update you on our New Mexico coalition’s efforts to ban coyote killing contests statewide.

In early January, we showed the film and presented a panel discussion afterwards in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. Panelists included New Mexico State Senator Jeff Steinborn (sponsor of SB 268); Ray Powell, former New Mexico State Land Commissioner; Dan Flores, award-winning author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History; Kevin Bixby, Executive Director of Southwest Environmental Center—a coalition partner; Jessica Johnson, Chief Legislative Officer of Animal Protection New Mexico—a coalition partner; Dave Parsons, wildlife biologist and Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member; and myself.

We had a fabulous turnout in all three cities — standing room only in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. And Las Cruces is currently showing the documentary on the city’s cable television station, the Las Cruces Channel (38), for the next six weeks during the legislative session.

Because of the overwhelming interest that New Mexicans have shown in the film, we are hoping to provide additional showings in the state.

Check out our footage montage from the screenings here and watch the film trailer here.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27WttR5J5aw 

We’re thrilled to share that on January 30th, New Mexico Senator Senator Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Senator Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque) reintroduced a senate bill in the State Legislature to ban coyote killing contests. Moores and Steinborn had previously passed legislation through the State Senate in 2015.

Like that bill, the current bill, SB 268, aims to put a stop to the dozens of organized competitions held annually in New Mexico, in which participants compete for prizes for killing the most coyotes over a certain time period. Often special prizes are given for killing the largest, smallest, youngest or largest coyote. Read more here.

Statewide media coverage, combined with our multi-city film screenings, has helped to increase public awareness across New Mexico; both the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal have published favorable editorials in support of banning coyote killing contests.

Our New Mexico team is actively engaged in this coalition effort. You can read a recent article quoting Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member and Albuquerque resident Dave Parsons about these issues here, as well as a recent Op Ed titled “Coyote-killing contests in the Land of Enchantment” in the Santa Fe New Mexican by Dave and Project Coyote Ambassador Dan Flores here. And you can watch Dave speak about wildlife killing contests in this short video.

Today, in conjunction with our coalition partners, Project Coyote’s New Mexico Representative Judy Paulsen and volunteers will take part in the Sierra Club’s Lands, Water and Wildlife Lobby Day 2017 at the New Mexico State Capital Building Rotunda in Santa Fe. There, we’ll be sharing our film and message with legislators and the public. Find out more here.

We will continue to update our supporters about SB 268; please share our action alert (read here) with anyone you know who resides in New Mexico who you think would find this issue of interest.

And please accept my deepest gratitude for your support of our work to bring to light the persecution that coyotes and other predators face. Without your support, none of our campaigns to press for science-based conservation, stewardship and humane approaches to living with predators and other wildlife would be possible.

For the Wild,

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director

(Pictured here with Dave Parsons & NM Senator Steinborn at the Las Cruces film screening of Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests)

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South Africa: Farmed For Their Bones. Please Take Action Now !

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Dear Mark — Founder ‘Serbian Animals Voice’,

On lion farms across South Africa, lions are bred to be killed and exploited.

The cubs are used in a tourist trade of “eco-petting” and “lion walks” to support these breeding centers. When the cubs outgrow their “cute and cuddly” stage, they’re killed — either in “canned” hunts for trophies or for their hides and bones.

South African officials want to provide a stamp of approval by issuing an export quota for 800 lion skeletons every year.

 

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Please urge them to stop this.

The crushed up bones of various big cats are in high demand in Asia, where they are used to make tonics such as “tiger wine.” Consumers mistakenly believe this cures pain and disease, or works as an aphrodisiac, but no scientific evidence supports these claims.

 

The lions caught up in this cruel industry never experience being lions. They’re confined behind fences, in tiny camps often in completely abnormal social groups, for their entire lives. They’re often malnourished and forced to live in small spaces littered with their own waste.

Not a single captive-bred lion has ever been successfully released into the wild. These poor animals are then shot and killed for profit. You only have a short amount of time to act. 

 

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Please call on the South African government to shut down this appalling exploitation by not allowing any lion skeleton or bone exports!

Thank you for caring about animals.

Sincerely, Andrew Rowan

President and CEO Humane Society International.

 

 

 

 

 

Spain: Great News – Humane Education Facility Now Running To Educate On ‘Galgos’ (Hunting Dog) Cruelty.

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SAV Comment – we often attack Spain because of its continued stance re bullfighting; but here for once we have some very good news for education about animal suffering – credit where it is due !

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Learn more about the terrible situation of, and the annual abuses to the innocent, mild natured Galgos, by watching the video here –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjK5ziMo7NA

SPCA International and SOS Galgos are proud to announce that ground has been broken on a humane education center in Esplugues, Spain, dedicated to the plight of Spanish Greyhounds.

This center is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. SOS Galgos has been working tirelessly for four years to secure the land, find an appropriate and affordable structure and obtain funding.

In 2016, SPCAI pledged a $40,000 grant over two years to the project – helping SOS Galgos greenlight the next steps. Together, SPCAI and SOS Galgos will continue to work to end the suffering of these beautiful, gentle animals.

Community education will ensure that future generations have compassion and empathy toward animals and understand why the tradition of hare coursing with galgo and podenco are inhumane. Together we are making our world a better place.

 

Read more on the very worthwhile project helping the dogs in Spain at

  http://spcai.org/news/blog/spanish-greyhound-humane-education-center-opening-spain/ 

 

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You have seen the video above.  Now, to add your voice, please sign our Spanish Greyhound petition encouraging the government to outlaw this cruel practice

 

Germany: A Look Back At Hunting Issues.

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Please try and help if you are able thank you:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/11/28/serbia-please-help-25-animals-and-contribute-to-keeping-their-home/

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We at SAV have looked into German hunting issues quite a lot in the past.  Many of the photographs in this particular post are from our own files; as undertaken by ‘D’ in Germany.  Please read the excellent info from Venus in this post which is a current, personal feel.  

At the end are several links to some of our main articles from the past.  Sorry but many of the pictures are very bad – but that is the actual reality of hunting; and we make no apologies for showing animal abuse in such detail.  Almost all of the following contain distressing photos, many of which are from ‘D’ – our German investigator – SAV:

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Many photos from SAV archives (via D).

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The psychopaths who call themselves “hunters” in Germany are about 361,000. 0.4% of the population kill 5 million wild animals each year, creating a bloody reality in the forest, from which most people have no idea. 5 million animals every year – that is 13,700 every day, 570 per hour, almost ten animals per minute. Every six seconds, an animal is killed in Germany by the hands of a hunter.

The fox is the most hunted in Germany. In fact, there is no more a protection time for the fox.

600,000 foxes are shot in Germany every year! The three” hunters” reasons for this: rabies, fox-worm, exterminating important breeders (birds, etc ..) The rabies is eradicated and the probability of infecting by fox-worm t is far less than a 6 in the lottery. Foxes are not just carnivores, foxes eat everything. To this extent, foxes cannot eradicate any animal species.

But no one talks about animals that are endangered by extermination (lynx, wolf, badger …) for which the hunters alone are responsible.
So what are the real reasons for the fox hunt? From the various journals, we read: “Lust for reenactment and heritage,” “Waidmann’s joy to roll a fox in a shot-shot,” the “charm of the winter fox hunt” Hunting-Fever “and” Kick “, is what the hunter-psychopath experienced during the fatal shot. Our European neighbors Luxembourg is much more rational with the fox hunting. And forbade them. In Germany the huntsmen are composed of quite high strata. Lawyers, doctors, judges, city administration Officials are hunters.

 

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It is no wonder that trials against hunters always fall into the hands of the hunters In Germany there is a saying: “who is rich or hunters is always in the right”! Our opponents in the fight against hunting are, therefore, rich, influential persons who are protected by politics. But the majority of the population is in Germany against hunting.

Finally, I would like to say something that perhaps many do not know: 48% of the German forest is privately owned. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privatwald

For a democratic, and otherwise progressive country in matters of animal welfare, I find it an absolute disgrace.

Venus

with my best regards for you and all.

 

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Old Posts – many contain disturbing photographs:

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/22/germany-hunting-news-22215/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/02/24/germany-fox-week-2013-and-hunting-news/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/25/very-important-please-read-hunting-and-timber-lobbyists-in-germany-may-influence-eu-wide-wildlife-protection-in-the-future-we-must-not-let-this-happen/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/23/germany-update-230111-eu-hunting-court-rulings-the-german-fox-week-and-more/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/02/26/germany-260213-the-results-of-german-hunters-enjoyment-now-confined-to-the-waste-bin/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/01/29/germany-if-you-go-down-to-the-woods-today-you-may-come-home-in-a-body-bag-and-a-german-government-who-do-nothing-but-bow-to-hunters/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2012/05/05/germany-bin-draft/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/07/29/germany-recent-photographs-of-hunters-game-then-simply-disposed-of-into-waste-bins/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/02/13/germany-fox-week-killings-are-now-under-way-we-have-the-data-for-around-the-last-20-years-please-read-on/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/20/germany-mass-slaughter-of-fox-week-to-start-by-february-international-appeal-for-aw-groups-to-join-the-german-protest-and-say-no-details-below/

 

 

 

 

Scotland: Major Changes In Foxhunting Due To Post Mortem.

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We at SAV have looked into German hunting quite a lot in the past.  Please read the excellent info from Venus at the end of this post.  Here are a few links to some of our main articles from the past.  Sorry but many of the pictures are very bad – but that is the reality of hunting; and we make no apologies for showing animal abuse in such detail.  Almost all of the following contain distressing photos, many of which are from ‘D’ – our German investigator – SAV:

 

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https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/02/22/germany-hunting-news-22215/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/02/24/germany-fox-week-2013-and-hunting-news/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/25/very-important-please-read-hunting-and-timber-lobbyists-in-germany-may-influence-eu-wide-wildlife-protection-in-the-future-we-must-not-let-this-happen/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/23/germany-update-230111-eu-hunting-court-rulings-the-german-fox-week-and-more/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/02/26/germany-260213-the-results-of-german-hunters-enjoyment-now-confined-to-the-waste-bin/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2013/01/29/germany-if-you-go-down-to-the-woods-today-you-may-come-home-in-a-body-bag-and-a-german-government-who-do-nothing-but-bow-to-hunters/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2012/05/05/germany-bin-draft/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/07/29/germany-recent-photographs-of-hunters-game-then-simply-disposed-of-into-waste-bins/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/02/13/germany-fox-week-killings-are-now-under-way-we-have-the-data-for-around-the-last-20-years-please-read-on/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/01/20/germany-mass-slaughter-of-fox-week-to-start-by-february-international-appeal-for-aw-groups-to-join-the-german-protest-and-say-no-details-below/

 

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Dear Mark

Two things happened this week that will change the future of fox hunting in Scotland and, in turn, the rest of the UK. I wanted to share them with you because as a OneKind member, you’re helping make this happen.

On Sunday we released the horrific details as to how a fox had been killed by a Scottish hunt. On the 5th of November, a fox carcass was handed into Hessilhead Wildlife Hospital in Ayreshire. The fox had extensive injuries and Hessilhead were keen to establish the cause of death, so they contacted OneKind and we arranged for a post-mortem to be carried out by SAC Consulting Veterinary Services. As far as we know, this is the first time the carcass of a fox killed in this way has had a post mortem. This is what the pathologist concluded:

“The shotgun pellets appear to have missed the vital organs so in my opinion the shot was not instantly fatal and death will have been due to a combination of respiratory failure, blood loss and shock. This will have caused significant unnecessary suffering to the fox.”

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For years the proponents of fox hunting have tried to claim that the death of a hunted fox is instantaneous. The fate of this poor animal shows what really happens, which is why we were delighted to see the story widely reported by the media, including the front page of the Times. You can read more about this horrific incident here

The following day, the Scottish Government published a landmark review of the fox hunting ‘ban’. OneKind has long considered the ban unfit for purpose, and we are delighted that the review confirms this.
The review was carried out by Lord Bonomy and it is a comprehensive analysis that lays bare the failures of the law. Scottish hunts have continued their activities after the ban by claiming that they offer a pest control service, which is permitted by the Act. Lord Bonomy notes there is evidence that this is a “decoy” for the continuation of traditional hunting. He also suggests the fox we had post-mortemed was by no means unique. Approximately 160 foxes are killed by hounds in Scotland each year.

Lord Bonomy made many recommendations to improve the law. It’s now over to the Scottish Government to close the loopholes in the Act and end fox hunting, as the Scottish Parliament intended. This will mean implementing all of Lord Bonomy’s recommendations, and more.  

For more on the Bonomy report, including a summary of the recommendations and our response to them, check out this blog.

Last Summer, when the SNP bravely announced that they would vote against weakening the Hunting Act in Westminster, Angus Robertson, the SNP leader in Westminster, and now deputy party leader said “We totally oppose foxhunting”. We will be working hard over the next year to make sure they deliver on this.

Thanks as ever for your support. Just let me know if you have any questions or comments on our work, or if you want to get more involved.

Harry


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All photos from SAV archives (many via D).

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The psychopaths who call themselves “hunters” in Germany are about 361,000. 0.4% of the population kill 5 million wild animals each year, creating a bloody reality in the forest, from which most people have no idea. 5 million animals every year – that is 13,700 every day, 570 per hour, almost ten animals per minute. Every six seconds, an animal is killed in Germany by the hands of a hunter.

The fox is the most hunted in Germany. In fact, there is no more a protection time for the fox.

 

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600,000 foxes are shot in Germany every year! The three” hunters” reasons for this: rabies, fox-worm, exterminating important breeders (birds, etc ..) The rabies is eradicated and the probability of infecting by fox-worm t is far less than a 6 in the lottery. Foxes are not just carnivores, foxes eat everything. To this extent, foxes cannot eradicate any animal species.

 

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But no one talks about animals that are endangered by extermination (lynx, wolf, badger …) for which the hunters alone are responsible.
So what are the real reasons for the fox hunt? From the various journals, we read: “Lust for reenactment and heritage,” “Waidmann’s joy to roll a fox in a shot-shot,” the “charm of the winter fox hunt” Hunting-Fever “and” Kick “, is what the hunter-psychopath experienced during the fatal shot. Our European neighbors Luxembourg is much more rational with the fox hunting. And forbade them. In Germany the huntsmen are composed of quite high strata. Lawyers, doctors, judges, city administration Officials are hunters.

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It is no wonder that trials against hunters always fall into the hands of the hunters In Germany there is a saying: “who is rich or hunters is always in the right”! Our opponents in the fight against hunting are, therefore, rich, influential persons who are protected by politics. But the majority of the population is in Germany against hunting.

Finally, I would like to say something that perhaps many do not know: 48% of the German forest is privately owned. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privatwald

For a democratic, and otherwise progressive country in matters of animal welfare, I find it an absolute disgrace.

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Venus

with my best regards for you and all

 

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9/11/16.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/09/donald-trump-president-policy-immigration-agenda-healthcare

 

We have had the following (below) through this morning; and to be honest, we agree with much of it.  But the American people have voted in a democracy; now they face the future under Trump leadership.

We see nothing positive for US animal welfare about the last days events.  With wildlife killing sons, will Wolves and Coyotes be given better protection as they try to move South and breed in the West ? – no; no doubt there will be better legislation for hunters and wildlife killers – US wildlife has witnessed a very black day.

 

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And knowing some of Trumps ‘advisors’; we will probably see a return to more or less nationwide ‘Ag Gag’ which will wipe over animal suffering in slaughterhouses etc and instead allow prosecution of those brave souls who go undercover to get the footage of abuse and animal suffering.

America; you have elected him; so now you sit and endure the political policies from a man who has no political experience; protecting gun owners and users; disregarding the environment and effectively only taking care of himself and his kind.  Of course, you are all billionaires with top rate healthcare and all that; so no worries !!.

In Europe’s view, a very sad day.

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Dear Mark,

We have woken up this morning to the most shocking news. An extreme nationalist has won the US presidential election on a campaign filled with racism, misogyny and hatred.

This is a very frightening day, first and foremost to people of colour and other minorities living in the United States. We express our solidarity with them, and urge them to stay strong and united through this nightmare.

But we need to do more than mourn. This election result is the consequence of decades of ‘market knows best’ economics, through which ordinary people have been valued only for their ability to make the richest richer still, and everything we value has been turned into a commodity to be traded in the global marketplace.

Inequality has soared to unprecedented levels, communities have been hollowed out, their voices marginalised, the planet is being pillaged and burnt – all in the name of profit. And when, in 2008, this system was demonstrated to be utterly unsustainable by the collapse of the banks, the poorest were forced to pick up the tab, while the super rich went about their business as usual.

Trump provides no answer to these problems. He is himself a billionaire tax avoider who flaunts his ill-gotten wealth as a badge of honour. But he has successfully played on the unhappiness and frustration of millions of people in the most despicable way imaginable. He has fuelled a wave of hatred aimed at those already marginalised and discriminated against.

That’s why the markets and elites will try to come to terms with Trump. But we cannot. We will resist everything he stands for. But we can only do that by building something better. Only in a society in which everyone has their needs met and which is built on openness, on community and on equality, can we truly defeat these ideas.

On a day like today, we can all feel weak and powerless. But by coming together we can be powerful. We’ve seen this only recently in our campaign to beat TTIP, the biggest trade deal the world has ever seen, despite the concerted efforts of an army of corporate lobbyists. And we see it in countless examples across the world from landless struggles in Latin America to those against sweatshops in south Asia and agribusiness in Africa. We win small victories every day.

We believe the humanity inside us will win out – if we stay strong, stay safe and stay together.

Thank you for your support.

Nick Dearden
Director of Global Justice Now