Factory Farming in Asia Creating Health Risks. But For The USA And Australia There Are Hidden Issues.

Factory Farming in Asia Creating Health Risks.

Growth of intensive units has potential to increase antibiotic resistance and could result in spread of bird flu beyond region.

The use of antibiotics in factory farms in Asia is set to more than double in just over a decade, with potentially damaging effects on antibiotic resistance around the world.

Factory farming of poultry in Asia is also increasing the threat of bird flu spreading beyond the region, with more deadly strains taking hold, according to a new report from a network of financial investors.

Use of antibiotics in poultry and pig farms will increase by more than 120% in Asiaby 2030, based on current trends.

Half of all antibiotics globally are now consumed in China alone. The Chinese meat and animal feed producers New Hope Group and Wen’s Group are now among the 10 biggest animal feed manufacturers in the world.


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Recently, Chinese companies have been buying farms in the United States and Australia to provide feed for their country’s dairy and beef industries.

In late 2013 a Chinese company, (Shenghui), purchased the largest US pork producer, named ‘Smithfield Foods’, to help keep up with demand.

China’s demand for meat could potentially continue to grow and support hundreds of thousands of jobs in the US meat industry.

Sounds good for the USA;

but also think; from a climate perspective, the methane produced by the animals will still continue to be created, but it will be shifted to the United States rather than remain in China.


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England: Time Out – The Cure.


I think maybe we need a little timeout – there have been some bad things recently.

‘The Cure’ have been one of my personal favourite bands for a long time – hope you get to like them too – Mark.






USA: Big Respect – Heather Heyer.

Heather Heyer


‘She died doing what was right’

She had the guts to get out there and make her voice heard.






Namibia: Elephant tramples and kills Argentinian hunter in Namibia.



Elephant tramples and kills Argentinian hunter in Namibia.


An elephant has trampled and killed an Argentinian hunter who was among a group tracking a herd in Namibia.

One of the elephants is reported to have charged before the group was able to shoot.


SAV Comment

From report it is good to hear that the elephant appears to be uninjured.




Germany: Why I Do Not Vote. The Political System of Germany and The EU Is Too Corrupt For Any Animal Welfare.

On July 8, 2017, a dead wolf was retrieved from the lake Schluchsee in southern Germany, near my village.

He was shot. It is the 24th wolf shot illegally since the resettlement of the wolves in Germany in the year 2000. Of these 24 murders, there were only three convictions up to now – in all cases, the perpetrators had posed themselves.

After each murder there are always the same discussions:

These are the poachers,” say the hunters, “we are very sorry,” say the friends of the hunters, the politicians, and the peasants who have nothing against wolves but want to protect their flocks.

As soon as the cruel battle of the whales and dolphins in Denmark begins, the German press hasten to report about it and tries to harass a reader-friendly readership against the “criminals”.

It is always the other countries that are criminally dealing with animals, there are always the others who are corrupt and proficient, it is the Chinese who massacre the dogs, and the rich safari hunters who cull our elephants.

It is terrible to exterminate animals, you have to do something!!!

Petitions are signed, donations flow without end to the protection of the threatened animals !!!

And so the German citizen always points to other people who illegally kill wild animals because their governments are corrupt.

Always the others!

The Green Minister of the Environment, Franz Untersteller, has taken a ridiculous position on the subject:

Shooting a wolf is a criminal offense. I very much regret that a man has extinguished the life of this rare creature by force. “

Thus an incapable politician wants us to declare that the 24th murder of a strictly protected animal provokes only his sadness, and he even reminds us that it is a crime. They are the politicians who will continue their co-operation with hunters, the meat mafia, the circus industry, laboratory labs directors, etc … in the coming elections of Germany with the blessing of a dumbed people and want to persuade us that they do it all for our benefit!

I have absolutely no hope that in Germany that any government can work for my good – and I am a German citizen; a citizen of the gutless EU !

But if I at least knew that a (political) party wants to take the welfare of the animals into account and improve it where they can, then I would go to the elections.

So far, however, I am not aware of this political animal saviour, and the German animal protection party plays no essential role in the political scene.

I will not vote for this reason.

Best regards to you, Mark, and to all




Photo: Axel Heimken/dpa

Above – Martin Schultz (left) gets a kiss from Junker – Mr EU.

SAV Comment

We agree with Venus – there seems very little hope for positive animal welfare.

– it will be interesting to see what happens at the German elections in September 2017.


With Angela Merkel and now also Martin Schultz (President of the European Parliament from 2012 to 2017) as 2 of the main political contenders,  it is very unlikely that the ‘animal welfare voice’ will start to be listened to in Germany. 

Merkel does not listen, and Schultz, ex EU Parliament President – what more does one need to say; he is ex EU – and the EU policy ‘is what we have experienced with live animal exports to Turkey, for example, “there is nothing we can do”.

What faith in politicians to make the world a better place for all !





The Bees Knees – Plants To Encourage Bees and Butterflies Into Your Back Yard – Help Nature In A Few Easy Steps.



Some good advice on how you can help the bees that visit your backyard.

We need them for our survival, as well as theirs !

– so help them !

Just click on the article (maybe x2 to get a good size) and then you should get access to a larger, readable sized version.








England: CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs in England.


Its been a long campaign for many, but finally:


CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs in England


BBC –    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40895049


Slaughterhouses in England will have to install CCTV as part of government plans to monitor animal welfare.

Under rules being phased in over the next year, Food Standards Agency vets will be able to ask to see footage of all areas where livestock are held.

Slaughterhouses found to be failing welfare standards could face a criminal investigation or lose staff licences.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would make the UK a “global leader on animal welfare”.


British Veterinary Association (BVA) president Gudrun Ravetz said the mandatory CCTV in all areas of slaughterhouses was “essential” to safeguarding animal welfare.

“We are particularly pleased to see a commitment to official veterinarians having unrestricted access to footage, which the BVA has been calling for,” he said.

“Vets’ independence and unique qualifications help ensure that the UK will continue to have the highest standards of animal health, welfare and food safety.”


Our recent post relating to a report by Animal Aid:




Animal Aid have worked so very hard to get cctv installed – congrats to them.