Posted on February 13, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
As we said at the start of the ‘in / out’ EU elections in the UK in 2016; we have always felt that for animal welfare, the UK can continue to grow stronger on this issue when outside of the EU. It is very interesting to read the comment from Theresa which says:
“Live exports would probably have been banned long ago if Westminster not Brussels had been the decision-maker. It is time this cruel trade was stopped once and for all and I would like to see a ban come into force on the day we leave the EU”.
This is just one small issue in Europe (but a big campaign for us !) that the EU in Brussels is not really addressing, despite all the evidence provided to them showing the cruelty on a daily basis. The UK will hopefully take back control on this issue. As we said before, UK welfare groups can only grow stronger campaigning outside of the EU, and fight across all aspects for better welfare, INCLUDING (new) animal welfare negotiations with new nations when trade deals are established. For example, we could fight to ensure that Chinese fur products are never allowed into the UK; and we could use our campaigns to ensure that the UK government always puts animal welfare on its list of ‘to do’s’ when discussing new trade deals.
The Junker / Van Goethem ignorance and ‘EU do nothing’ attitude is about to change in the UK. We hope that other current EU member states see things from our angle and that by going it alone, they can take back control of their own regulations and set newer, higher standards; or in the case of the UK and animal welfare, fight to make thins even better than they currently are under EU rules.
Theresa Villiers MP will seek assurances from the (UK) Government that animal standards will at least remain at current levels when the UK leaves the EU.
High standards of animal welfare is one of the hallmarks of a civilised society. We have a long tradition in this country (UK) of protecting animals, often many years before others follow.
Around 80% of animal welfare rules are part of EU law. Leaving the EU means we have the chance to reaffirm our support for the highest standards of animal welfare.
It also gives us the opportunity to strengthen protection for animals as we design a new system of farm support to replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
In the debate I have tabled in Parliament, I will call on the Government to ensure that the forthcoming Great Repeal Bill maintains animal welfare standards at a level at least as high as they are today.
That does not necessarily mean every dot and comma of EU law in this area needs to be set in stone. There may be legislative options which maintain prevailing standards, but deliver that outcome in a more flexible way that better suits our domestic circumstances.
But the end result should be retention, not dilution, of laws which safeguard farm animals in this country; and our goal for the future should be further strengthening of that protection.
Food and farming is one of the most important sectors in the UK economy. We should use the CAP replacement to incentivise a move away from intensive industrial farming methods such as zero-grazing for dairy herds. Not only can intensive farming lead to unnecessary animal suffering, it can also involve the over-use of antimicrobials contributing to antibiotic resistance problems.
Continued financial support for agriculture is vital if we are to maintain high animal welfare standards. Whilst methods of good animal husbandry are being developed to keep the costs of maintaining animal welfare standards at reasonable levels, humane forms of agriculture will often cost more than intensive industrial production.
So agricultural support payments will be needed to ensure food produced with high welfare standards is not priced out of the market by cheaper less compassionate alternatives.
It will also be important to ensure that animal welfare is a significant consideration in future trade talks. We should not be afraid to ask those countries who wish to sell into our market to commit to acceptable standards of animal welfare. This should be reconcilable with WTO obligations, so long as a consistent approach is taken to different countries.
And lastly I will ask Ministers to bring forward legislation to bring to an end the export of live animals for slaughter in mainland Europe (exports to Ireland across our land border don’t give rise to the same concerns and should continue).
The enforcement of rules protecting animals transported over long distances is patchy and great suffering can occur. Live exports would probably have been banned long ago if Westminster not Brussels had been the decision-maker.
It is time this cruel trade was stopped once and for all and I would like to see a ban come into force on the day we leave the EU.
Theresa Villiers is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet
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Posted on February 12, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
Update 13/2/17 – Jean Claude Junker; ‘Mr EU’; Is Now Quitting.
Very welcomed by many EU citizens who HAVE NOT BEEN LISTENED TO by him and all of his Commission mates. Why have we in the animal welfare lobby been completely IGNORED by Junker and Co when we have shown all the evidence of abuses of EU animals exported live to Turkey for example.
For example – here is just some of the evidence which you and Mr Van Goethem have IGNORED, and failed to act upon:
Do you think that people go through hell to get this evidence (above) just as some crappy joke ? – No. they do it with the hope that people like you will act.
Mr Junker; you have had your day; you have not listened and acted for the better – so we welcome your removal with open arms – Bye !
This above is INACTION by Junker and his Commission mates.
EU Regulation 1/2005 on the ‘protection of animals during transport’
WHAT A JOKE you could say; but there is nothing funny about it !
Above – Another busy day at the EU headquarters.
The Social Democratic Party of Germany nominates Martin Schultz as chancellor candidate for the upcoming elections.
You get the useless President of the European Parliament (Schultz) out of his post and give him the chance to prove his entire incapacity this time as a chancellor.
The fact that the Schultz did not even have a high school diploma and is still nominated as chancellor, wonders no one.
Meanwhile, all know that almost none of the EU deputies has ever done a decent job in his life.
Soon all those who now receive a fortune as a salary for doing nothing will remain unemployed.
They will be fired.
The EU is in a deep economic, structural and moral crisis.
The EU has failed!
Greece, Portugal and Ireland cannot survive within the euro.
And whoever thinks that gloomy financial forecasts affect only these countries will soon be disappointed.
If someone had said 10 years ago, that UK leaves the EU, the EU officials would have laughed.
Today it is reality and no one laughs.
In this way, the British have shown the way to democracy and independence.
It will not be the last member leaving the EU, that’s fact!
Unjustified officials who have not been elected lead the EU institution that day by day contribute to the destruction of democracy.
People no longer want this destroying model of Europe.
These people are demonstrating on the streets that legislation and agreements should be respected and that democracy must not be destroyed.
And in animal protection in Europe, it does not look any better.
This non-functioning institution regards crime, corruption, exploitation against animals as trivial.
Since the EU has been there, the misery of humans and animals has increased.
Thousands or even millions of people have expressed petitions during the last 5 years to end the misery of animals on highways, laboratories, shelters, slaughterhouses.
Without accepting the truth about the massive and documented droughts, the EU officials and “leaders” have spoken and worked against the welfare of the animals.
And thus also against the laws adopted by themselves.
We, animal protectionists, have been looking for talks with those responsible, we have begged that EU laws and Regulations are respected, and have always been treated as annoying enemies.
Why is the EU doing as if things are going well?
Because the officials do not want to lose their well-paid jobs.
Because when the truth comes to light, Junker, Barroso, Van Goethem, Andriukaitis and Co. will become unemployed after the next EU elections.
All those who sit there and claim to be the huts of democracy and animal welfare will all be fired.
I wish it and I will fight for it.
with Regards to you, dear Mark and to all!
Very true Venus – for years and years we have attempted to show ‘EU officials’ where animal welfare is going wrong. We have provided both written and video evidence – Animal suffering in Serbia – an EU ‘Candidate County’. We have told the EU that Serbia is non compliant with the ‘Rule of Law’ – the basic requirement for any new member state to even be considered for EU membership. We have shown all the evidence on the factory farms of the EU, the endless abuses. We have provided video evidence of non compliance with ‘EU Regulations’ protecting (Ha !) animals during their suffering on the roads of the EU; and especially going to Turkey. Mr Van Goethem holds up his hands and says that he can do nothing; despite being an official at the EU !
Europe is on the brink and Junker is making sure that he gets out in time so that his ‘expertise in failure’ can be used (and paid very richly for no doubt) elsewhere.
Here are just a few media links of the past week to show what utter crisis all the top officials are leaving the EU in. EU officials who have NEVER listened to the people of the EU. Now they are at crisis point because of their ignorance; a ‘brink’ that they will possibly not be able to recover from. And the worst part – citizens of the EU states will suffer because of these over self opinionated idiots !
EU ON THE BRINK: Martin Schulz warns bloc could ‘FALL APART’ after Brexit:
Marine Le Pen tops ANOTHER poll as support for rival Fillon plummets following scandal
EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker ‘will not seek second term’
“Some countries would like more Europe. Others find that we already have too much Europe,” he said.
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Posted on February 8, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
May we cooperate with All in the name of the animals?
A few days ago, I read an article on a very well-known web page. The title: “Left Radical, Right Radical, who gives a shit!
The main point is that We Fight for Animals “. Hitler was praised several times because he was supposedly vegetarian and loved dogs. The central idea of this article was: it does not matter whether the animal rights movement cooperates with fascists.
If you do it for the animals, you should do it, and this organization would never reject or exclude right-wing radicals if these right-wing parties, groups, organizations, etc. are committed to animals.
I immediately wrote an article, it had a good effect. Meanwhile the article was removed by the operator of the site, but I translate my post anyway.:
“One of the aims of the right-wing forces is to capture political groups and parties in the context of the animal welfare and animal rights movement.
They hope to increase their approval for their anti-emancipatory positions. The strategy of the „Querfront“ (cross-front, bringing together or ignoring conflicting ideologies) is often used, but all considerations about the abolition of the borders between right and left usually fall in favor of the right faction. For it is their invention and their strategy.
The right-wing radicals have recognized and partially exploited the childhood disease of the animal welfare movement (infantilism and sentimentality). It sounds good when all doors are open, it is modern, globally-succinct, in a nutshell: it sells well.
Who benefits from this “cooperation”? The animals by no way! The animal rights movement even less! The groupings, that have initiated and created this cross-front in the background, have got what it takes. For years, the right-wingers have been trying to domesticize the animal rights movement with the viruses of the ” who gives a shit!” mentality. I would advise against fighting Fascism against animals with the help of fascism against humans.
It is a fatal error with consequences.”
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Posted on February 7, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
Mark, you’ve done something truly wonderful.
Because of you, the BeeDefender Alliance will be able to help save the bees in court next week.
Thomas from the BeeDefenders has this message for you:
“Thank you for having our backs!
Your support allows us to play big when it comes to protecting the bees. With your help we can fight to keep up the partial ban of neonicotinoids and for stricter regulations at the highest European court.
Our bees and beekeepers say Thank You!!!”
We want to give you the chance to send your own message of support to the BeeDefenders before their court battles next week.
All of your messages will be hand delivered by us straight to the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg for the start of the hearings.
We know how big these trials are, and your words of encouragement will go a long way.
Beating these pesticide giants in court won’t be easy, but your support means we’re one step closer to saving the bees.
Thank you for standing up for the bees,
Wiebke, Liz and the team at SumOfUs
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Posted on February 5, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
How to stop Alabama Rot killing your dog, latest advice as disease spreads
There have been cases reported either side of the city in parts of the region, and there are fears it is spreading.
It follows confirmed cases reported in Cornwall, Shepton Mallet, Dorset and other areas.The disease CRGV, commonly known as Alabama Rot, is a nasty bug of unknown cause that affects all breeds of dog.
Read more and see photos of its effect at
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Posted on February 4, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
9 hours ago – The Agriculture Department has removed animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website, … In place of the online database is a new message from the … actions to remove documents” related to the Animal Welfare Act and the …
7 hours ago – Records have in the past led to the shutdown of subpar research facilities. … The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today removed public access to tens of … animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access … Mexican scientists feel the Trump effect.
3 hours ago – This includes animal welfare inspections and records about the … However, the reports already remove the locations of facilities and other sensitive information … And while the animal welfare act specifically excludes farmed …
SEE THIS URGENT TRUMP ADM. REMOVING RECORDS ON ANIMAL WELFARE ACT RELATED INFORMATION ON LINE, RESEARCHES, CRUELTY ETC
SEE ENTIRE EMAIL – STORY FROM INTERNET PASS ON
That orange, cheeto-dusted nightmare in the White House is not only going to get us into a war, but he is going to be bad for animals as well. Friday, February 3rd, 2017
Today, without warning, the Trump administration ordered that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service immediately take offline thousands and thousands of records related to Animal Welfare Act-related entities, including research facilities that experiment on dogs and cats.
This database contained inspection reports that allowed the public to see a host of law enforcement records related to the Animal Welfare Act. These records included inspection reports from facilities who were violating the law, annual reports that allowed the public to know what laboratories are experimenting on animals, how many animals are used for research, and other related information. Now the public will have not even any basic statistical information going forward regarding animal use in the United States. The rule also affects other regulated entities, including puppy mills, circuses, and zoos. This new rule from the Trump administration allows those who break the law to evade public scrutiny.
This move makes it IMPOSSIBLE to find out where animals are located, their treatment and any violations, essentially giving carte blanche to anyone to hide animal violations, and violate animal welfare laws, among other things.
Because this information will now be hidden, it also makes it impossible for us to take action against facilities abusing animals, or even reach out to facilities using animals to offer assistance in placing beagles in loving homes.
BFP is looking at legal options to force the Trump administration to reverse course on this decision that destroys transparency.
Please help by contacting your members of Congress here and urging them to change this rule. We need more transparency surrounding animal research, not less.
This move will not go un-noticed.
Animals in laboratories will NOT BE HIDDEN.
Just as has been our mission for the Past 6 years,
Animals in labs will be SEEN,
Animals in labs will be HEARD, and
Animals in labs will be FREED!
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Posted on February 2, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
Wow – the boss of HSBC was just grilled about forest destruction in front of CEOs and Prime Ministers. He knows that thousands of people like you have seen the footage and spoken up – yet he had the cheek to tell an audience that HSBC is properly protecting forests. It’s time to tell him that we know the truth – with thousands and thousands of emails in his inbox.
He’ll be hoping that this campaign – and his embarrassing public grilling at the biggest economic meeting in the calendar – has gone unnoticed. So let’s prove the exact opposite.
Can you send the boss of HSBC an email right now to prove the world is watching – and demanding he protects forests?
The fact that the head of HSBC was quizzed in front of world leaders shows just how much pressure we’re piling on the bank together – a mere week after we started campaigning.
To make matters worse for HSBC, our campaign has unleashed a storm of media articles in Europe, Australia and Asia shaming one of the world’s biggest banks with just the kind of publicity it didn’t want. The pressure is building – so there’s no way we can give HSBC a break now.
The boss of HSBC told the audience last week that the bank is “a potential force for good.” But we know there’s nothing good about pumping hundreds of millions into palm oil companies destroying forests. Don’t let the boss of a billion dollar bank get away with weasel words – please send HSBC an email calling on it to stop funding forest destruction.
Thanks for taking a stand,
Max, Jonathan, Bev, James and the whole team at Greenpeace Australia Pacific
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