Posted on April 19, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
Mark (SAV) and Philip (CEO CIWF) have campaigned together for around 25+ years on a variety of farm animal welfare issues; especially live transport and intensive farming. Mark keeps Phil informed of farm animal welfare issues in Serbia; especially as Serbia is now an EU Candidate Country.
CIWF have been working a lot to improve the welfare of animals in China; especially Pigs as over half the worlds population live there in some of the most basic and terrible conditions. Below are a few points relating to CIWF’s work in China, and at the very end we have provided a link where you can read on and select many more CIWF posts on the issue of Chinese animal welfare work.
Now we have our global map up and running again we can see where all our visitors are located. It is great to see that we now have some visits from people located in China – something we have not had before. Hence the reason for this post – we hope that now our Chinese friends will view what we are providing and will get further information and links about people and organisations working in their country to improve the welfare of farm animals – SAV.
Above – Mark (SAV) with the CIWF tour truck that campaigned for better farm animal welfare all over the EU.
Pictured in the Netherlands at a Goat Farm.
“Hugely damaging to the environment; it’s affecting people’s lives every day.”
China: The most populous country on the planet; home to half the world’s pigs; and the epicentre of an unprecedented surge in mega-farms.
I took on the role of investigative journalist to find out what’s really going on. It was a journey that brought me face to face with the jaw of the Asian tiger; a mighty powerhouse already exerting big influence on the shape of farming tomorrow.
Join me (Phil) over the next couple of weeks as I uncover the stark reality in China, for animals, people and the countryside.
Half the world’s pigs are farmed in China – the vast majority in appalling conditions. This massive industry is not only responsible for untold cruelty but is polluting waterways and forcing people from their land.
Our distinguished guests were led by Ms Xi Chunling, founder and executive president of the China government-backed International Cooperation Committee on Animal Welfare (ICCAW). Ms Xi was accompanied by deputy director, Mr Wan. It was also a great privilege to welcome Mr Zhou, the vice president of the China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation (CAPIAC), an influential body who support the joint ICCAW/Compassion project.
So what is it we’re trying to do? Well, put simply, we are working with the authorities in Beijing to encourage the adoption of higher welfare practices for pig farming. What a proud moment then to recognise the first group of pioneering farmers there with our prestigious Good Pig Production Award! All the recipients have pledged to make a real difference to the welfare of their pigs by using higher welfare alternatives to confinement systems like sow stalls and farrowing crates where the pigs can’t turn around.
Having just attended our Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards in Paris, I’m even more excited about the potential opportunities for improving the lives of farm animals in China through work with food companies.
As I wrote before, we launched our Good Pig Award programme in Beijing last week at the ‘2013 Animal Welfare and Animal Products Quality Safety Forum’, which we co-hosted with the International Cooperation Committee on Animal Welfare (ICCAW).
I’m looking forward to building on this further to bring the benefits of better animal welfare standards to China and to working in partnership with ICCAW to help companies and producers to play their part in benefitting the lives of farm animals and improving food quality.
I have some hugely exciting news – we have just launched our Good Pig Award programme in China! In the country that is home to half the world’s pigs, our work to persuade food companies to step up their animal welfare standards couldn’t be better placed.
The unveiling of the Good Pig Awards for China took place at a well attended conference in Beijing, organised by the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW), newly inaugurated with the backing of China’s Ministry of Agriculture.
As Compassion in World Farming (Compassion) was proud co-host with ICCAW, I had the great honour of giving an opening address. My colleague, Phil Brooke, also gave an excellent presentation on what we mean by animal welfare and the kind of improvements that companies must demand if they are to win one of our internationally recognised awards.
Compassion in World Farming’s ground-breaking work with major food companies on raising animal welfare standards has taken a new leap with the launch of its ‘Good Pig‘ Award programme in China.
As the country that is home to half the world’s pigs, Compassion’s latest initiative couldn’t be better placed.
Pig carcasses are supposed to be disposed of by burying. However, land is limited. It’s not unusual for farmers to dump unwanted dead animals into rivers. One Chinese news source states the “dumping of dead pigs in rivers is common among Jiaxing villagers due to over expansion of the hog industry and a lack of burial sites”.
According to local officials, “the reason for the pigs’ death is the cold weather but many don’t believe this”, Jeff told me. “If the pigs can still be sold to market, it doesn’t make sense for farmers to dump them into the river for nothing”.
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Posted on April 14, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
Another brilliant job by Animals Asia.
Bazan and Wendles have arrived safely at the new sanctuary home.
Now after some time in quarantine and a full health check; they can be moved out to make new friends at their forever home.
See many clips and videos on the live tracker –
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Posted on April 12, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
News from Animals Asia,
Animals Asia’s rescue team are in in Gia Lai province Vietnam to rescue two moon bears and close a bile farm.
The team will then travel 1,200km back to our sanctuary.
We need your help. Please cheer them on, tell everyone you know and donate if you can.
Bazan and Wendles are coming home.
Keep up to date with the rescue via the live stream:
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Posted on April 4, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
Posted on April 4, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
Posted on April 3, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
3/4/17. Today we have received the following letter from the EU regarding one of our petitions and the question of stray animals in Serbia as well as the long distance transportation of live animals within the EU and to Turkey.
You can see a full copy of the EU response here:
We are disappointed but not at all surprised by the wording of the EU letter. Basically, it does very little apart from pass the blame onto everyone else apart from the EU. As we have always said, the EU is very good at talking the talk; but when it comes to enforcing its own legislation, then the EU is very much outside the enforcement envelope.
On sheets 2 and 3 of the letter you can see we have identified a few statements in the margin using Orange.
Sheet 2 – Notice To Members.
“Most of the issues raised in the petition with regard the management of stray dog populations are not under EU competence”.
Serbia is currently an EU ‘Candidate Country’; getting ready to become an EU member state. In order to become an EU member state; any hopeful nation has to show it is in full compliance of the EU requirement of showing that it is enforcing the ‘rule of law’ – that it is enforcing its own national legislation within its nation. As we have shown for the past 10 years or more, Serbia is NOT applying the rule of law as written in existing Serbian legislation when it comes to the welfare of (mainly stray) dogs and cats.
We wanted to make this issue of great importance to the EU Enlargement Commission when considering Serbia’s application to join the EU. You can see further information about Serbian legislation for stray animals by visiting https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-serbian-animals/
But we are disappointed to simply be given the statement that “stray dog populations are not under EU competence”. We feel that this is action by the EU to simply pass the monitoring game back to individual member states as it always does; who as we have seen in other work (live transport); cannot enforce the EU regulations within their own country. Why will the EU not introduce stray animal legislation ? – because stray animals do not earn money for member states the same way as meat / live animals do when they are transported to other nations for slaughter. I guess you could say it is all a question of economics and finance – and stray animals come second !
Effectively; this EU letter gives the green light to Serbia to continue killing stray animals in whatever way it wants even thought they should be given protection under existing Serbian national legislation, as decreed by the Serbian Constitutional Court many years ago (2005). Put simply, the EU will be happy to take Serbia in as a new EU member state; whilst at the same time ignoring the fact that it does not comply with the EU member state rules of adhering to national law; whilst at the same time continuing to kill animals in the most barbaric and illegal ways.
Moving on to sheet 3 and the issue of the live transport of animals. Conclusion – Here we read that the EU ‘has launched a 3 year pilot project to develop and disseminate the best practices for animal transport’. We are extremely disappointed to read that the EU Commission does not envisage revising the current EU legislation on animal transport but will continue to assist member states in their efforts for its better enforcement. The words in reality mean nothing.
Please read the excellent report by Animals Angels below – ‘The Myth of Enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport’.
As we have said so many times in the past; we have ‘head in the sand’ people like Mr Van Goethem and associated EU Commissioners; who should be changing the regulations regularly to better animal welfare and move away form the continual abuses which has been provided to them in so many forms over so many years. Here are just a few examples:
Video links – evidence to the EU:
A report by Animals Angles evidence to the EU – ‘The Myth of Enforcement
of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport’.
So in conclusion, we have a ‘system’ called the EU – it brags; talks loud and posts so much on its internet service to make anyone in the world think that the system is fantastic. The reality is, as shown by activists out on the road; and when they / we try to relate failing and their non enforcement to EU legislation, the EU authorities turn the other way and put their heads deep down into the sand. The EU dopes not want to be shown that anything is wrong in its ‘perfect, paper system’.
Last week the UK triggered Article 50 – we are going to get out and away from these people who are paid big salaries to do things; but whom in reality do nothing. By leaving and going it alone, the UK will show the world (and the EU) that things are much better when you take back control. It is the UK against 27 other member states – so we shall see exactly how much control the EU masters have on all their members when Brexit negotiations actually get under way.
Finally, here is some food for thought –
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Posted on March 30, 2017 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)