Frog trade: Torture animals and exploit third world

 

 

The level to which humans feel they can exploit, commodify, abuse and subjugate other animals holds no bounds.

Frog farming, like all other types of animal farming, occurs in nothing more than the name of tradition and taste.

Farmed frogs are shipped alive to restaurant kitchens, where they will be murdered by the chef before each meal.

 

The standard restaurant method of killing frogs is via the victim being held down, and then the point of a knife being stabbed through the top of the frog’s head, followed by a slice down through the face until the victim’s head is split in half.

Other methods include bludgeoning the frog by slamming them and then decapitating them with a cleaver. At street food stalls, frogs are sometimes skinned alive, chopped into pieces, and thrown while still wriggling into hot soup as a “delicacy”.

 

This psychotic behaviour from humans is UNJUSTIFIABLE.

 

 

My comment: In the area of animal protection / species protection there are topics that only trigger a weary yawn in public.
“What? Eat frog thighs? That was once an issue in the 1970s”, many think, and this opinion is quite wrong.

It is frightening how many places in Germany meanwhile frog legs are sold and prepared and eaten in bars.

While we are organizing campaigns in spring to save frogs and toads during the annual amphibian migrations, these are consumed in the restaurant next door!

 

In 2015, the European Union imported 4,234 tons of frog legs – which corresponds to the limbs of between 84 and 200 million frogs writes Deutsche Welle and reports:

 

“After India and Bangladesh banned the export of frogs in 1987 and 1989, Indonesia became the main exporter. Today, more than two-thirds of all frog legs in supermarkets worldwide come from there. For many years, conservationists have been warning that trade cannot be sustainable. And it goes even further: According to a new study, many frog legs are wrongly identified”

With the “frog leg harvest” the extremities from the frogs are usually separated from the body while the body is alive.
Many of the imported frog legs still come from wild catches.

This reduces the endangered animal species and increases the risk of malaria at the same time.

Frogs in particular help prevent the spread of this infectious disease.

Eating frog legs is not just cruelty to animals, it also endangers human life.

More than 700 amphibian species are affected by an aggressive fungal infection worldwide, many of which have already died out.

This is to blame for a deadly mushroom epidemic called chytrid, one of the most important causes of global amphibian death.

Since the 1980s at the latest, this pathogen has carried tons of frogs, toads and newts – initially only in Latin America and Australia, but now all over the world.

One of the central causes for the spread of the chytrid mushroom is the worldwide trade in frogs …

The import of frog legs to Germany and Europe is a legalized form of animal cruelty and an exploitation of poor countries like Indonesia.

A particular scandal is the uncontrolled import of wild catch, which endangers not only endangered species, but also the rural population if the lack of frogs increases the risk of malaria.

And with it the risk of the next pandemic ..

My best regards to all, Venus

 

China Sends Mixed Messages -Bear Bile Is Now Ok To Use As COVID 19 Treatment. Wet Markets Up and Running Again; the Original Source of the Problem !

Less than a month after taking steps to permanently ban the trade and consumption of live wild animals for food, the Chinese government has recommended using Tan Re Qing, an injection containing bear bile, to treat severe and critical COVID-19 cases. It is one of a number of recommended coronavirus treatments—both traditional and Western—on a list published March 4 by China’s National Health Commission, the government body responsible for national health policy. This recommendation highlights what wildlife advocates say is a contradictory approach to wildlife: shutting down the live trade in animals for food on the one hand and promoting the trade in animal parts on the other.

Secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, bile from various species of bears, including Asiatic black bears and brown bears, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since at least the eighth century. It contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid, also known as ursodiol, which is clinically proven to help dissolve gallstones and treat liver disease. Ursodeoxycholic acid has been available as a synthetic drug worldwide for decades.

The World Health Organization says no cure exists for COVID-19, though some medicines, such as pain relievers and cough syrup, can treat symptoms associated with the disease. (Read about what scientists know and don’t know about treating coronavirus.)

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners typically use Tan Re Qing to treat bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. Clifford Steer, a professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, has studied the medical benefits of ursodeoxycholic acid. He knows of no evidence that bear bile is an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus. But, he says, ursodeoxycholic acid is distinct from other bile acids in its ability to keep cells alive and may alleviate symptoms of COVID-19 because of its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to calm the immune response.

Enacted in 1989, China’s wildlife protection law sees wild animals as a resource to be used for the benefit of humans. In 2016, it was amended to further legitimize the commercial use of wildlife, asserting explicitly that animals can be used for traditional Chinese medicine, Humane Society International’s China policy specialist Peter Li wrote at the time.

Although use of bear bile from captive animals is legal in China, bile from wild bears is banned, as is the import of bear bile from other countries. According to Aron White, wildlife campaigner for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)—a nonprofit based in London, England, that exposes wildlife crimes—his organization learned first about the Chinese government’s recommendations to treat COVID-19 via social media posts from illegal traders.

“We were witnessing how this government recommendation was being coopted by the traffickers to advertise their illegal products as a treatment,” White says. Illegal bile from wild bears is produced in China, he says, and is also imported from wild and captive bears in Laos, Vietnam, and North Korea. The illegal trade persists even though Asiatic black bears, one of the species most commonly farmed for their bile, are protected from international commercial trade under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which regulates cross-border trade of wildlife and wildlife products.

Wildlife advocates worry that China’s recommended use of Tan Re Qing injections, which contain goat horn powder and extracts from several plants in addition to bear bile powder, will increase the trade in illegal wildlife products and justify animal abuse. “There’s a consistent preference among consumers for the wild product, which is often regarded as more powerful or ‘the real deal,’” White says. “So, having this legal market from captivity doesn’t reduce pressure on the wild populations—it actually just maintains demand that drives poaching.”

At bear bile farms in China and across Southeast Asia, the animals may be kept for decades in small cages. Bile is routinely extracted by inserting a catheter, syringe, or pipe into the gallbladder. All methods for extracting bile are invasive and “cause severe suffering, pain, and infection,” according to Animals Asia, a nonprofit dedicated to ending bear bile farming. Neglect and disease are common on these farms, and consumers risk ingesting bile from sick bears, which may be contaminated with blood, feces, pus, urine, and bacteria, according to Animals Asia.

Another traditional medicine on the National Health Commission’s approved list that could be in demand for use against COVID-19 is a pill called Angong Niuhuang Wan. The remedy, used to treat fever and various diseases, traditionally contains rhino horn, which is strictly banned from global trade. Under Chinese law, the pills must contain buffalo horn, White says, but some traders continue to tout pills containing rhino horn.

Promotion of Tan Re Qing injections and other wildlife-based treatments at a time when Beijing seems intent on shutting down the country’s trade in live wild animals “really speaks to the mixed messages coming out of China at the moment,” White says.

But in China, use of traditional medicine, most of which is plant-based, spans thousands of years and was the primary form of health care until the early 1900s, when the last emperor of the Qing dynasty was overthrown by a Western-trained doctor. Traditional cures are often endorsed by the government as a pillar of Chinese culture, and in 2018, the World Health Organization included traditional medicine diagnoses in its medical compendium. During the coronavirus pandemic, officials have emphasized their use, and 85 percent of COVID-19 patients receive some form of herbal treatment, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology.

China’s National Health Commission did not respond to requests for comment.

Risks to human health

All wildlife farms pose health risks, regardless of whether the animals are being bred for meat or traditional medicine, White says. For example, in both cases, hundreds of wild animals often live crammed together, and people often interact with carcasses.

“Whether [wildlife is] being consumed as meat or as medicine, the risks are still there in how the animals are being slaughtered, gathered and stored, processed, consumed,” White says. If China is closing farms that produce meat from wild animals such as peacocks, porcupines, and boar because they pose a disease risk, White says, “why are they also not looking at farms—you know, bear farms, tiger farms? You have many of the same issues.” Besides, he adds, “the vast majority of traditional Chinese medicine doesn’t contain any wildlife parts. This doesn’t need to be a threat to wildlife.”

When it comes to COVID-19, what we need is clear, says the University of Minnesota’s Clifford Steer. “At the end of the day,” he says, “the world just has to develop a vaccine against this to protect people.”

 

 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/03/chinese-government-promotes-bear-bile-as-coronavirus-covid19-treatment/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=twitter::cmp=editorial::add=tw20200325animals-bearbilecoronavirus::rid=&sf231982446=1

 

Spring walk…

 

 

Is there anything better than a walk in spring?

Especially when you are accompanied by pigs, sheep and dogs like in the land of animals! 🐖🐑🐕🚶‍♂️

 

Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt

No! There’s nothing more beautiful!

For most people it is now compulsory to avoid people.
But early on I preferred the company of animals to that of humans.
Many people suffer because of the communication lock
under conspecifics

They should now learn a meta level of communication.
That of the animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

India: Coronavirus: Indian street traders ‘risking human health by slaughtering goats, lambs and chickens in squalid conditions’.

 

Coronavirus: Indian street traders ‘risking human health by slaughtering goats, lambs and chickens in squalid conditions’

Exclusive: ‘Wet markets are filthy, nightmarish places and a major threat to human health’

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/coronavirus-animals-india-kill-eat-asia-video-china-vietnam-dogs-cats-a9441356.html

Street traders in India — as well as southeast Asia — are risking starting dangerous diseases like coronavirus by keeping animals for consumption in squalid conditions, an investigation has found.

Goats, lambs and chickens are sold from cramped cages in scenes mirroring those in live animal markets in Wuhan, China, where Covid-19 originated, according to witnesses.

In exclusive footage captured in China, Vietnam and India, animals such as deer, crocodiles, raccoons, cats and dogs can be seen living in filthy conditions, where the investigators said dehydration, starvation and disease were rife.

The videos were taken at “wet” markets — where animals from cats to crocodiles are slaughtered on demand for customers, and people are in constant close contact with animal body parts and bodily fluids, including blood.

Scientists strongly believe it was at such a market where Sars started in 2003-4, and also in Wuhan where Covid-19 virus, which has killed more than 45,000 people worldwide, began.

In February, after the outbreak of coronavirus, the Chinese government temporarily banned the sale of wild animals for consumption, but street traders said they planned to resume as soon as the ban was lifted.

On Wednesday, the city of Shenzhen became the first in the country to permanently to ban the consumption and production of dog, cat and wildlife meat in stores, markets and restaurants.

Investigations by wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic have previously found wet markets in India illegally selling turtles and occasionally parts of other wild species.

Killing chickens on demand at the roadside is common in the country, and animal-welfare campaigners say all types of open-air slaughter pose health risks to humans.

Abigail Penny, executive director of Animal Equality UK, said: “Wet markets are filthy, nightmarish places. The overwhelming fear that these poor animals suffer is unimaginable. But also, time and again wet markets have been the source of dangerous viruses — they are a major threat to human health, there’s no doubt about it.

“It’s not enough to close them temporarily, wet markets need to go once and for all.”

Amruta Ubale, of Animal Equality India, said: “There are some wet markets that are still open in India, while the rest are closed. Many individual meat shops (not situated in markets) are still open and are slaughtering animals like chickens in the shops as they usually do.”

Previous research has found pangolins butchered for their scales, which are then sold on the black market for traditional Asian medicine in India. Pangolins are believed to have been a key carrier of the coronavirus before it passed to humans.

And similar work also uncovered an international trade in monitor lizards for their body parts after the animals are poached in India.

Professor Andrew Cunningham, of the Zoological Society of London, said: “The animals have been transported over large distances and are crammed together into cages. They are stressed and immunosuppressed and excreting whatever pathogens they have in them.

“With people in large numbers in the market and in intimate contact with the body fluids of these animals, you have an ideal mixing bowl for [disease] emergence.”

Dr Ian Lipkin, an infectious disease expert at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, said: “If you take wild animals and you put them into a market with domestic animals or other animals, where there’s an opportunity for a virus to jump species, you are creating … a superhighway for viruses to go from the wild into people. We can’t tolerate this any more. I want the wild animal markets closed.”

 

USA: New York Declares State of Emergency Over COVID 19 – Yet Still Has Over 80 Live Animal Markets and Slaughterhouses !!; Which Is Where It All Began – Petition: Shut Them Down.

Newly-slaughtered chicken hangs off the edge of stall table in a Taipei wet market.

 

Although New York recently declared a state of emergency over COVID-19—which came from a live-animal market in China—more than 80 live-animal markets and slaughterhouses are operating in densely populated New York City.

Many other disease outbreaks, such as bird flu, swine flu, and SARS, have sprung up from raising and killing animals for food. Help local activists cut off what could become the next disease outbreak at the source.

Join PETA and Slaughter Free NYC in urging public health officials to shut down these cruel and dangerous live-animal markets immediately.

 

Petition link –

https://support.peta.org/page/17791/action/1?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0420::veg::PETA::E-Mail::Dont%20Let%20NYCs%20Live%20Animal%20Markets%20Cause%20the%20Next%20Disease%20Outbreak::::aa%20em::rs1&ea.url.id=435516&forwarded=true

Wording:

Tell Health Officials to Shut Down Filthy NYC Live-Animal Markets

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) started in a live-animal market in China and is spreading rapidly in the U.S., where live-animal markets are caging and killing animals while putting public health at risk.

Join PETA and Slaughter Free NYC in urging the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to shutter New York City’s live-animal markets immediately.

Live-animal markets are blood-soaked slaughterhouses where members of the public can choose live animals, such as chickens and rabbits, who are then slaughtered while the customer waits. Thousands of terrified animals are trucked from factory farms in other states into New York City each day in cramped, filthy crates. They’re often denied food and water, and their throats will be slit.

There are over 80 live-animal markets and slaughterhouses operating in New York City, many of them near schools, parks, and residences. Stressed, injured, and sickly animals are often caged in areas with public access, sometimes even on public sidewalks, where faeces and blood can easily be tracked down sidewalks and into restaurants and homes.

 

for the world day of the stray

 

 

To be a stray means to be alone.
In the cold, heat, without food, without a warm home … alone against everyone.

Being a stray means facing death every day, who often has the face of a human animal that hits you, chases you away, throws stones at you or the wheels of a car that intentionally wants to drive over you …

Being a stray means sharing life in a hell shelter with thousands of others who, like you, fight for food every day and sleep in their shit.

Human indifference and harshness have made them refugees in our society.

They didn’t fall from the sky, they also had a home at some point, they had people and they loved them, but the human animals took the right to take them to the streets because  they were no longer new or beautiful. Just like they do with old shoes.

They gave love, solidarity and loyalty to their people and wanted to be with them forever.
They got hate, contempt, ingratitude for it.

And today they are “this from the street”, the garbage.
And still waiting every day for a miracle, for a home, for a normal life with love and care.

ADOPT a stray, save a life, make reality the impossible dream of an animal being for a warm home and a warm heart.
He will be thankful and loyal to you forever,and  you will have a friend for life!

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

They own nothing but their lives
and humans take them away.

They are not from the street
they are on the street
because of selfish, irresponsible and heartless humans.

Don’t buy animals
they are not toys to use and throw away, they are family,
for the whole life.

Not betrayals.

 

Meat is the opium of the people

 

Imagine yourself! Blood spurts from your throat, a human starts to cut your head! 

You only have to die because someone wants to eat your meat and drink your mother’s milk.

 

This video is from a new undercover investigation in Italy
And revealed shocking torture against small patches
On the way to the slaughterhouse in the country.

These are the sights in every extermination facility.

 

98 percent of the sheep farmers’ income comes from selling meat. Every year, one million sheep – almost exclusively lambs – are slaughtered in Germany.

Lamb meat is preferred in Germany, but older sheep are also consumed.
A specialty, especially at Easter, is milk lambs – infants who drink from their mother and have never eaten grass, between 8 weeks and half a year old. For this reason they have very light meat, which is considered “buttery soft, tender fiber and low in fat” – baby meat.

More than half of the lamb consumed was and is imported from abroad, mainly from New Zealand and Great Britain. Most sheep live in New Zealand, Australia and China. And these countries don’t just export to the EU.

The largest customers include the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

 

Although the lamb is the epitome of gentleness and innocence, it is eventually dragged away by its mother to be slaughtered. Some sheep farmers slaughter on their own farm – or the lambs are loaded and transported to the slaughterhouse.

They smell the blood of the other animals and feel their despair.

 

Then electric tongs are placed on the head of the lamb, and a shock is triggered, which causes epileptic cramps and ultimately leads to unconsciousness – whereby the anesthetic is by no means always effective.

Because it happens again and again that animals regain consciousness during slaughter. Sheep are killed by cutting the main artery on the neck, causing them to bleed out.

Masses of animals are slaughtered, things have to be done quickly, the animals are stressed, the workers too.

This leads to mistakes, stunned and obviously there is no one to intervene.

There are animals that are loud in fearful situations. Pigs, for example. Sheep and cattle suffer quietly.

Sheep try to escape, to escape… Slaughterhouses are of course designed so that the animals cannot go anywhere.

 

The “Cormo Express” disaster

A few years ago, the Cormo Express caused one of the worst known incidents. The transport ship had 58,000 sheep on board and was on its way from Australia to Saudi Arabia when a viral disease broke out among the animals.

When Saudi Arabia prevented the ship from entering, almost 30 other countries followed, refusing to land. It was only after more than two months at sea that a port could be found in Eritrea; at this point, 6,000 animals had already died on the ship.

The disaster of the Cormo Express caused worldwide protests and had consequences.

Since then, exact records have to be kept of transports; shipments from Australia must be accompanied by a veterinarian if the supervisory authority so decides.

Australia issued a comprehensive set of rules.

However, because many other countries have no or only very low legal standards for animal transport, the mass extinction continues.

 

 

https://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/cormo-express.php

https://www.aktiontier.org/themen/ostern/das-schreien-der-laemmer/

https://vgt.at/presse/news/2017/news20170414ih_2.php

 

 

And I mean… Slaughter and the suffering of animals in general is not nice to look at. But more than that: Most don’t think much about slaughtering. They buy their meat nicely packaged in the supermarket or directly from the farmer.

They lie to themselves and believe that everything works and is good as soon as the red, white and red stamp is on the packaging

Obviously, the damage that viruses and pandemics do is not enough to teach people.
They continue to use a moral pattern for their eating habits and related animal abuse.

There are many who think the virus comes from bats, we eat the right animals here, nothing can happen.
Some think it’s Easter now and it’s a tradition to eat lamb, the corona won’t take it away from us

And there is also a third category that is the most widespread and does not think at all, feels nothing, it be carried by the system and above all, nothing wants to know that compels them to take responsibility and act.

Meat is the opium of the people.

 

 

My best regards to all, Venus