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Animal rights activists call for Channel 4 to be dropped Crufts from his TV program amid PETA’s latest campaign.

Recognized as “the greatest canine event in the world”, the annual competition and agility competition sees thousands of dogs compete for trophies and cash prizes.

The show originally aired on the BBC until an investigation by the broadcaster revealed how “the show’s dogs suffer from genetic conditions after years of inbreeding”.

The BBC gave up Crufts of his schedule in 2008 after the Kennel Club, which operates Cruftsdid not accept his request to exclude certain races.

A pair of dogue de bordeaux entered day one of the Crufts Dog Show at the Birmingham National Exhibition Center (NEC). Photo via PA.

Crufts inbreeding controversy

Now airing on Channel 4 and More4, the animal rights charity is branded PETA Crufts as a “grotesque charade” that has an “obsession with ‘race purity'”.

the petition asks its supporters to send a letter directly to Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon urging the organization to ‘act in the interests of animals and stop giving airtime’ to Crufts.

The RSPCA also withdrew its support for the dog show on welfare grounds for a time.

the petition noted: “Crufts is a contest for unhealthy dogs that often fall prey to agonizing hereditary diseases after generations of inbreeding. The RSPCA refuses to attend the show, and no one who cares about dogs should celebrate this grotesque charade – or give it a platform on British television.

“With his obsession with ‘race purity’, Crufts popularizes grossly exaggerated features in animals and awards prizes to dogs whose physical abnormalities prevent them from leading happy lives – pugs with sunken faces who can barely breathe, Cavalier King Charles spaniels whose brains are too big for their skulls, and bulldogs who can’t even mate unaided , to name just a few examples.

PETA also warned that breeders can make thousands of pounds selling purebred puppies, an action that leaves healthy, easily adoptable dogs in animal shelters homeless.

Channel 4 has been contacted for comment.

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Prince Harry blasted by animal rights groups after attending rodeo in Texas https://stichtingatar.com/prince-harry-blasted-by-animal-rights-groups-after-attending-rodeo-in-texas/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 19:32:18 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/prince-harry-blasted-by-animal-rights-groups-after-attending-rodeo-in-texas/ Way of life March 9, 2022 7:32 p.m.3 minute read Meghan is an animal rights activist. Photo/Getty Images Prince Harry is facing backlash from animal rights groups after attending a rodeo in Texas. The Duke of Sussex was pictured wearing a cowboy hat as he mingled with the crowd at the event in Fort Worth […]]]>
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Meghan is an animal rights activist. Photo/Getty Images

Prince Harry is facing backlash from animal rights groups after attending a rodeo in Texas.

The Duke of Sussex was pictured wearing a cowboy hat as he mingled with the crowd at the event in Fort Worth on Saturday, The Sun reports.

It is understood that his wife Meghan Markle did not attend the event with him.

A witness told the Daily Mail: “It’s a quintessentially American event, where animals are made to happen.

“Given he has such a disrespect for the First Amendment and his wife is such an animal rights activist, it’s shocking that he thought he could show his face here.

“The funny thing is most people didn’t recognize it or don’t care.”

He is now facing public criticism from animal rights group Peta, who called his participation “hugely disappointing” due to rodeos’ reputation for enabling animal “suffering”.

“It is extremely disappointing to see that Prince Harry made the mistake of attending a rodeo, a crude old entertainment for bored cowboys who regard animals as nothing more than things,” said the Peta’s assistant manager, Catie Cryar, in a statement.

“In these events, participants use electric prods, flank straps, and spurs to burn, injure, terrorize, and provoke animals attempting to flee for their lives.”

Cryer added: “Animals usually have broken bones, punctured lungs, broken necks or torn muscles, and they sometimes die in an arena – and even those who don’t end up being scared out of their minds in a slaughterhouse – so anyone who cares about animals should avoid these shows of suffering.”

Several other animal rights groups have spoken out against rodeos in the past due to their treatment of horses, which are forced to perform and can often sustain fatal injuries.

Meghan Markle is said to be a staunch animal rights activist and even dissuaded Harry from attending royal fox hunts.

Mayhew’s media manager, Satah Hastelow, previously called Meghan a “champion for animals and animal welfare“.

Rodeos have been traditional entertainment in states like Oklahoma, California, Colorado, Texas and Wyoming for years, with organizers insisting their animals are well cared for.

But animal rights activists have called rodeos a “cruel form of entertainment that involves the painful, stressful and potentially harmful treatment of livestock”.

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Animal rights candidate lacks support to run in French elections https://stichtingatar.com/animal-rights-candidate-lacks-support-to-run-in-french-elections/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 12:11:33 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/animal-rights-candidate-lacks-support-to-run-in-french-elections/ Hélène Thouy will not be the first animal rights candidate to stand in a French presidential election, having failed to obtain the 500 signatures needed to be registered in the first round of voting in April. Ms Thouy, a 38-year-old animal rights lawyer who leads the Animalist Party, has won 124 sponsors so far, but […]]]>

Hélène Thouy will not be the first animal rights candidate to stand in a French presidential election, having failed to obtain the 500 signatures needed to be registered in the first round of voting in April.

Ms Thouy, a 38-year-old animal rights lawyer who leads the Animalist Party, has won 124 sponsors so far, but the deadline for public officials to register their sponsorships (signatures) falls today (March 4) at 6 p.m.

Read more: Candidates for France’s 2022 presidential election rush to find 500 donors

Unless she receives a flurry of signatures in the next few hours, she will end up with 376 signatures short.

Ms Thouy campaigns for the abolition of hunting and intensive agriculture, calling for a halving of the use of animal products over five years and developing 100 proposals centered on animal welfare, encompassing education, health , agriculture, law and economics.

A poll by the Ifop research firm gives him between 0.5 and 2% of the vote, in line with his party’s result in the 2019 European elections, where he obtained 2.2% of the vote (500,000 voters ).

However, Ms Thouy faced a barrage of criticism from hunters and fell short of the 300 signatures she had been promised. She attributed the shortfall to pressure exerted on mayors by hunting industry lobbyists.

Read more: French village restricts hunting by banning bullets after hiker dies

French legislation lags behind that of other countries in terms of animal rights and welfare, said Ms Thouy and several animal rights activists. The connectiontaking the United Kingdom and the United States as leading examples in this field.

“We are happy to have raised awareness about animal welfare issues,” Ms Thouy said, adding that she knew the campaign would have been difficult anyway, as the election was dominated by animal welfare issues. immigration.

Caught in a paradox

Ms Thouy has often been asked to speak on television and radio shows following reports of animal abuse or hunting accidents, including the recent death of a 25-year-old hiker who was hit by a stray bullet which was allegedly shot down by a 17-year-old hunter.

Read more: Calls for a day without hunting in France multiply after the death of a 25-year-old hiker

Read more: Hunter, 17, questioned after a woman was shot on a footpath in France

One of Ms Thouy’s campaign proposals was to create a charter of animal rights in the French constitution and a dedicated ministry in charge of animal protection.

Ms Thouy said she became aware of animal cruelty growing up on a farm near a slaughterhouse, from where she said she could hear animal cries.

This convinced her to become a vegetarian at the age of seven.

She maintains that the country is caught in a paradox, with a large part of the population in favor of a move towards greater animal protection, and strong resistance from public authorities on the other.

On her campaign website, Ms Thouy has highlighted eight campaign proposals supported – according to opinion polls – by at least 70% of French people, indicating that her ideas are resonating with the electorate.

A lawyer herself, Ms Thouy launched her political party in October 2016 because she wanted to raise awareness of animal rights issues in the political sphere, after seeing cases she had brought to an impasse by French law.

“If we had given the people the choice to legislate for animal welfare, we would have moved faster,” Ms Thouy said.

“Animal welfare should be taught early in schools”

Ms Thouy said there is still a long way to go when it comes to animal rights.

French law has recognized animals as “sentient beings‘, meaning they are sentient living beings, since January 28, 2015. Prior to that date, they had always been classified as movable property.

Cruelty to animals is now punishable by five years in prison and a fine of €75,000.

On November 18, 2021, the National Assembly voted a law that will introduce a gradual ban on the use of animals in circuses and dolphinariums.

A ban on the sale of cats and dogs on classified ad sites and in pet stores will also begin on January 1, 2024.

30 Millions d’Amis, one of France’s largest animal rights associations, told The Connexion that the law was “insufficient”, adding that they were in favor of a ban on the sale of all animals – including rabbits and rodents – on classifieds sites and in pet stores.

Ms Thouy pointed to the lack of legislation on livestock, hunted, aquatic and wild animal abuse.

She would support a ban on bullfights‘, common bullfights in the south of France and Spain, and on fox and deer hunting, two activities which she describes as “barbaric”.

Those involved in these practices claim that they constitute an important aspect of French cultural heritage.

Ms Thouy also said animal welfare should be taught early in schools to raise awareness of the issue.

The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA), one of France’s leading animal protection associations, said last January that it had around 7,000 animals awaiting adoption in 62 shelters, a sharp increase from years previous ones.

Read more: Thousands of animals awaiting adoption in France after Covid closures

30 Million Friends said the number was the result of ‘impulse purchases’ by owners who fell in love with animals they thought were ‘cute’ but abandoned once they grew up and needed more Warning.

One of Ms Thouy’s campaign symbols shows a fox trapped in an hourglass with the lower part of its body sucked into the funnel like grains of sand, an allegory that suggests time is running out for animals.

Behind Great Britain

Associations and animal rights defenders have cited the English-speaking world as an example for French legislation on animal welfare.

30 Million Friends refers to California, the first state to ban the sale of farm animals to pet stores on January 1, 2019, and Britain’s Lucy’s law, which requires owners to buy pets from breeders or local centres.

“There is a strong opposition between France and the UK in terms of adopting anti-speciesism ideas,” said Jérôme Michalon, a French animal sociologist, adding that France was 40 years behind English-speaking countries. on animal rights.

Anti-speciesism is a school of thought that puts humans and other living things on an equal footing and thus demands that all receive the same legal treatment.

Read more: French law on animal protection “inspired” by the United Kingdom

Mr Michalon said the French animal rights movement took off in the early 2010s, with the first video reports by French animal rights organization L214. However, in the UK, the movement dates back to the 1970s.

Ms. Thouy has defended several animal rights associations over the past 10 years, including L214.

Mr Michalon singled out the non-governmental organization People for the Ethical Animal Treatment, the Animal Liberation Front and philosopher Peter Singer as examples of movements that have opened people’s eyes to animal welfare issues.

“The relationship with food is less emotional in the UK,” said Ms Thouy, contrasting her with France’s “irrational relationship” where “a good meal is a meal with meat”.

She said France had built a culture that “prides itself on cruelty to animals” by referring, for example, to foie gras, while the UK was more open to various forms of free meals and diets. meat.

Ms. Thouy will now turn to the June legislative elections. Some 320 candidates will be in the running for her Animalist Party, including humorist Laurent Baffie, and she hopes to eventually have candidates in 500 of the 577 French constituencies.

“There is still a long fight ahead of us,” Ms Thouy said.

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Advocates call for animal rights to be included in the Constitution https://stichtingatar.com/advocates-call-for-animal-rights-to-be-included-in-the-constitution/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/advocates-call-for-animal-rights-to-be-included-in-the-constitution/ By Kayleigh Madjar / Editor, with CNA Animal rights activists and lawmakers braved the rain and cold in Taipei yesterday to demonstrate for the inclusion of animal rights in the Constitution. Nearly 100 people – some accompanied by pets – attended the march, which departed from the Legislative Yuan Presidential Office building around 2 p.m. […]]]>
  • By Kayleigh Madjar / Editor, with CNA

Animal rights activists and lawmakers braved the rain and cold in Taipei yesterday to demonstrate for the inclusion of animal rights in the Constitution.

Nearly 100 people – some accompanied by pets – attended the march, which departed from the Legislative Yuan Presidential Office building around 2 p.m.

Organized by the Animal Protection Legislation Movement Alliance, a coalition of eight animal rights groups, the protest was organized to urge the government to draft an amendment enshrining the legal protection of animals in the Constitution.

Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

Taiwan People’s Party General Secretary Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) praised participants for braving the cold, showing the strength of will that would propel the movement forward.

Animals are not objects but should be loved and cared for like children, Hsieh said, adding that treating animals well is indicative of a progressive nation.

Taiwanese laws are very outdated, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker Sandy Yeh (葉毓蘭) told the rally.

Photo: Sam Yeh, AFP

There are more than 250,000 cases of animal cruelty each year, but only the Animal Welfare Division of the Agriculture Council’s Animal Husbandry Department is equipped to respond, she said.

Dogs, cats and other animals are all important members of the family, she said, adding that it is important to enact laws to protect them and hold their owners accountable.

People are animals, just like dogs and cats, said New Power Party (NPP) Chairman Chen Jiau-hua (陳椒華).

The protection of animals is a universal right and enshrining it in the Constitution would promote this sentiment, she added.

About a week before the rally, Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Standing Central Committee that she supported the defenders’ position, said DPP Taipei City Councilor Hsu Shu- hua (許淑華).

The committee agreed, saying the most immediate task would be to amend the Animal Welfare Law (動物保護法) to criminalize repeat animal abusers and treat animals as living beings rather than property. , Hsu said.

The party also proposed a special civil law and a special criminal law dealing with the protection of animals, as this would be faster than changing the Constitution, she added.

Italy on February 9 became the 10th country to guarantee animals all their rights under its constitution, Taiwan Animal Protection Monitor Network Secretary General Ho Tsung-hsun (何宗勳) said.

The network plans to make its case to the KMT caucus tomorrow at 10 a.m. and then to the TPP caucus on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Ho said.

Meetings have not yet been scheduled with the DPP or NPP, he added.

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]]> Greg Smith: Animal welfare bill risks becoming a Trojan horse for an extreme agenda https://stichtingatar.com/greg-smith-animal-welfare-bill-risks-becoming-a-trojan-horse-for-an-extreme-agenda/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 15:33:16 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/greg-smith-animal-welfare-bill-risks-becoming-a-trojan-horse-for-an-extreme-agenda/ Greg Smith is the Conservative MP for Buckingham. If the aim of the Animal Welfare (Feeling) Bill was to make headlines, it has so far done little more than that. On the contrary, it has drawn widespread criticism and raised concerns among rural groups, peers and fellow MPs due to its worrying lack of detail. […]]]>

Greg Smith is the Conservative MP for Buckingham.

If the aim of the Animal Welfare (Feeling) Bill was to make headlines, it has so far done little more than that. On the contrary, it has drawn widespread criticism and raised concerns among rural groups, peers and fellow MPs due to its worrying lack of detail. As I write this, the bill currently before us risks giving Labor ammunition that it can and will use to advance its own agenda.

Basically, the criticism so far has not disputed whether animals have the ability to feel pain. After all, animal sentience has long been recognized in UK law, as evidenced by animal welfare legislation passed by parliaments almost 200 years ago. Concerns have centered on the main danger of the bill posed by the creation of a new committee on animal sentience.

We still do not know who will be on this committee and what powers it will have. We know that the Committee will have the power to report on all government policy – past and present – and the role of the Committee will not be to review the substance of policy decisions, but the process by which those decisions were made and whether any due consideration had been given to animal welfare.

However, alarmingly, the bill’s draft terms of reference seem to suggest that the Committee could play a role in policy review. We also know that the Secretary of State at DEFRA will have final approval of its composition, but what mechanisms will be in place to ensure that it is made up of real animal experts and not motivated animal rights activists ideology with political agendas?

Passionate supporters of the creation of the Committee have spoken about it publicly without excluding extremist animal rights groups like PETA and have written enthusiastically about its mandate extending to the examination of future infrastructure projects such as the creation of a new power plant. And what will happen to future trade agreements, agriculture and scientific research? As it stands, the bill risks clumsily becoming a Trojan horse for an extreme agenda that this government will likely come to regret for years to come.

As a Conservative MP, my concern about the committee stems not from its likely composition and activity under the current government, but from how it might be used by a future government hostile to rural interests.

After its stage in committee last Thursday, we no longer need to speculate on the intentions of the most likely hostile future government – ​​because the opposition told us so.

As the minister continued to protest his benign proportionality, Daniel Zeichner, Defra’s shadow minister, summed up Labour’s response:

“The minister…was unable to answer the question of where the sensitivity is at present, so the only conclusion we can come to is that the bill needs to be strengthened and made much stronger.” I can assure you, Sir Charles, that in a few years it will be.

Kerry McCarthy, the vegan whose ethical opposition to farming as a concept was felt by the former Labor leader to be no obstacle to his short-lived appointment as secretary of Shadow Defra, was even more explicit with its blatant attack on our sustainable game meat industry. :

“It was disappointing that the first three government MPs to speak at second reading of the Animal Welfare (Sentiment) Bill opposed it and the doors it might open. Let’s be frank: it’s because they fear a crackdown on blood sports, hunting and shooting… If we truly recognized the sensibility in the law, we would challenge grouse shooting and all loopholes that allow the fox hunt to continue.

This is what the Labor Party sees as the logical conclusion of the process which this Bill sets in motion. This is the opportunity that the government risks giving to those who do not share its intentions.

Reflecting on the future of France following the reign of her lover, King Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour is said to have said casually: “After us, the deluge”. We who appreciate the rural way of life might have hoped that the current British government would act more responsibly.

It must recognize the long-term risks that legislation like this could have and how it could be weaponized against the interests of our hardworking farming community, those who undertake countryside management – including pest control to protect livestock – as well as the British public in the long run.

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The 10 best and worst countries for animal rights https://stichtingatar.com/the-10-best-and-worst-countries-for-animal-rights/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 19:48:49 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/the-10-best-and-worst-countries-for-animal-rights/ Rankings can be useful ways to make information easier to understand, and ranking different states’ records on rights issues can help build public pressure for governments to improve legislation. In the case of animal rights, animal welfare organizations have created rankings based on publicly available information on animal welfare by country. An even animal-loving insurance […]]]>

Rankings can be useful ways to make information easier to understand, and ranking different states’ records on rights issues can help build public pressure for governments to improve legislation. In the case of animal rights, animal welfare organizations have created rankings based on publicly available information on animal welfare by country. An even animal-loving insurance broker established its own classification.

But at the same time, the rankings are made by people with specific viewpoints, so it’s important to maintain a healthy skepticism when looking at them. They also tend to leave out important social contexts and histories that are not confined by national borders, such as how more powerful countries have taken advantage of less wealthy countries, and the dispossession and colonization of peoples. natives and land, which have helped shape diets and agricultural systems, for example. Rankings can’t tell us much about the experiences of racialized groups or disadvantaged people in countries, and looking at global rankings for animal welfare issues can seem like a geography lesson focused on one topic depends on the of a bigger picture.

Animals can be seen as beings trapped within the lines of the world map. But this card can also be used by animal rights organizations seeking to improve the treatment of nonhuman animals by people in different countries.

Top 10 countries for cruelty to animals

the Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI) is a project of Voiceless, an Australian-based animal welfare organization and a team of animal welfare advocates around the world. SIMV examines 50 countries and ranks them based on measures of cruelty to animals. While no country received the highest rating of “A” or “very good”, many countries complete the bottom of SIMV’s list. Australia and Belarus tied for last place and therefore top the list for animal cruelty.

  1. Australia (tied for worst)
  2. Belarus (tied for worst)
  3. United States
  4. Argentina
  5. Burma
  6. Iran
  7. Russia
  8. Brazil
  9. Morocco
  10. Chile

The SIMV website allows the user to adjust the rankings according to the type of cruelty on which countries have been ranked: the number of farm animals slaughtered for food per capita (producing cruelty) ; consumption of farm animals (consumption of cruelty); and laws and other protections against the suffering of animals, including farm animals (sanctioning cruelty).

Top 10 countries for animal welfare

The top 10 countries among the 50 in the index were labeled as “good” or “adequate” with grades of “B” or “C”. India and Tanzania tied for first place:

  1. India (tied for first place)
  2. United Republic of Tanzania (tied for first place)
  3. Kenya
  4. Nigeria
  5. Sweden
  6. Switzerland
  7. Austria
  8. Ethiopia
  9. Niger
  10. Philippines

SIMV India Country Report reveals that the country slaughters only “two terrestrial animals per person per year”, while the world average is more than ten. The country’s population also consumes terrestrial animal protein at a lower rate than the rest of the world – it makes up 20% of the average Indian diet compared to 35.2% of the average diet of people in other countries around the world.

Tanzania outperformed India in the subclasses for producing cruelty and consuming cruelty. The country only slaughters 1.9 farm animals per person per year, according to SIMV. In part, Tanzania’s ranking is due to its agricultural system being extensive rather than intensive. It has one of the lowest livestock dependency rates in the world – the country has just 1.7 livestock animals per person, compared to a global average of 4.1.

Animal Rights FAQs

There are limits to what we can learn by ranking countries based on their treatment of animals. One such limitation is the exclusion of perspectives from organizations that work for animal liberation but do not necessarily identify as such because their overall goals are broader. But it’s always worth looking at what organizations working specifically for animal rights are saying, as we try to understand our own perspective on the matter.

Is cruelty to animals illegal everywhere in the world?

It is difficult to find comprehensive information on the legality of animal cruelty around the world, in part because of the different elements of animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is what happens when an animal is harmed, whether the harm is intentional or not. Those concerned with factory farming issues may see animal cruelty in raising animals for food, and yet it remains legal and not generally considered cruelty, even when countries regulate the welfare of farm animals.

The reason the people who created the SIMV Index selected the countries to rank them is because those places are where 80 percent farmed animals around the world live, most of them confined to factory farms. SIMV is based on World Animal Protection’s Animal protection indexwhich focuses on the largest producers of beef, poultry, pork, mutton and goat, milk and eggs.

Which countries are cruel to dogs?

Animal rights organizations have targeted U.S. states and countries in Eastern Europe for their puppy mills and dog racing practices among other harms, as well as countries Asia where the dog is eaten. Herding dogs include those bred for human companionship as well as those bred for their meat. Dogs in the pet trade are selectively bred for their aesthetic characteristics, which can lead to health problems and premature death. Dogs can also endure medical experiments and scientific research. Meanwhile, the Humane Society International promotes welfare issues for street dogs around the world.

Which country kills the most dogs?

There is no comprehensive ranking system for countries that kill dogs. An international welfare organization, Four Paws, estimates that up to 30 million dogs and cats are slaughtered each year for their meat in Asia. Four Paws also explains in the same report that the dog and cat meat trade in Asia is “controversial and divisive”: its beneficiaries and consumers represent a small minority of the countries they inhabit. In their FAQ, Four Paws reports that they chose to run campaigns over dog and cat meat in Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam not because they kill the most dogs, but because of the strength of local communities advocating in each of those countries.

Which countries have the best animal rights?

On the VICI, when you maximally adjust the weight of ‘sanctioning cruelty’ on ‘producing cruelty’ and ‘consumer cruelty’, the best countries for animals are still India, Tanzania and Kenya. Even though these countries don’t have particularly strict animal rights laws, the overall animal experience results in considerably less slaughter and consumption of their bodies than in other countries around the world.

World Animal Protection‘s Animal Protection Index (API) focuses on legislation that has been passed to recognize animal sentience and prohibit animal suffering, as well as other legal safeguards. At the top of the list are the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. These countries received a “B” or “good” rating.

Which country is the cruelest to animals?

While Australia and Belarus are tied for last place on the SIMV, index researchers write on Belarus’ national report that it is “worst” on the list. Belarus heavily depends on the industrial farming of chickens and other land animals for its food and economy. Australia is considered “worst performing,” in part because it kills nearly three times the global average of land animals per person per year.

Which country has no animal rights?

According to SIMV, there are “no significant legislative protections for farm animals” in Belarus beginning in 2020. API focuses on the presence of farm animal protection laws and the means to enforce them. Its “very poor” API score earned Belarus an “F” for its lack of animal health book laws. API gave Belarus an even worse “G” for having the worst overall score on its list of the 50 countries that produce the most meat from farmed animals.

Australia does not have national legislation “setting out basic principles and protections for animals”, according to the API 2020 National Report. Some complaints from SIMV’s website about Australia’s treatment of farm animals are that the country allows “battery cages for laying hens, live export and painful breeding procedures without the use of ‘anesthetic”.

What this tells us

A country’s ranking among other countries on questions tells us what is important to the organizations that created the ranking. Behind SIMV are concerns about the amount of meat in people’s diets, the production of meat from farmed animals in national economies, and the existence of laws that portray animals as individuals worthy of good health. and dignity.

Treating animal welfare as a multi-issue subject linked to many different discussions of rights and justice can expand the reach and power of movements focused on justice for nonhuman animals. But online publications from international organizations appear to avoid conversations about how animal welfare relates to issues such as the legacy of colonization and white supremacy, or workers’ rights. However, by exploring SIMV and API resources online, we begin to understand how animal welfare is seen as a global issue outside of each of the countries we currently live in.

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Chandigarh: Animal welfare goes to dogs : The Tribune India https://stichtingatar.com/chandigarh-animal-welfare-goes-to-dogs-the-tribune-india/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 02:19:00 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/chandigarh-animal-welfare-goes-to-dogs-the-tribune-india/ Tribune press service Amarjot Kaur Chandigarh, February 10 Animal rights activists have expressed concern over the absence of veterinarians at the government-run Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) animal shelter and infirmary in Sector 38 here. The volunteers said that for more than 10 days now, medical treatment and surgeries […]]]>


Tribune press service

Amarjot Kaur

Chandigarh, February 10

Animal rights activists have expressed concern over the absence of veterinarians at the government-run Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) animal shelter and infirmary in Sector 38 here. The volunteers said that for more than 10 days now, medical treatment and surgeries at the facility, which houses an average of 300 to 350 animals in need of intensive care each month, are currently being carried out by non-veterinarian doctors.

Animals including cows, horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits as well as protected wild animals and birds are allowed here by the SPCA ambulance, NGOs, volunteers/animal lovers, the municipality as well as the Punjab Wildlife and Wildlife Department. Department of Chandīgarh.

Citing administration records, they said: “UT administration has awarded a contract worth Rs 73.9 lakh to Jaharveer Co. Manpower & Security Services providing manpower to the SPCA. Now, for more than 10 days, there is no longer a single doctor to take care of injured and sick animals.

Shaurya Madan, one of the animal rights activists said, Currently there is no vet in SPCA for treating animals and something as basic as a bottle of LPG is regularly out of stock, leaving animals fasting. In addition, animals disappear from the premises of the SPCA without any entry in the registers”.

Under the Indian Veterinary Council Act 1984 and rules thereunder, treatment of animal patients by an unregistered veterinarian is unlawful and paravet staff/veterinarian inspectors may only proceed with treatment and surgeries under the supervision and direction of veterinarians. In addition, causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals is a violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and the rules made thereunder.

UT Advisor Dharam Pal said, “There is a doctor who has been there at the SPCA. His extension had to be approved and that was done two days ago. We demand a new panel from Punjab and Haryana. Other appointments will be made soon. »

Hargunjit Kaur, Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, UT Administration, said, “I have requested a report on the matter and will resolve the issue after reviewing the report.”

2,315 cattle died in 9 months at the SPCA: RTI

Shaurya Madan, an activist, had previously filed an RTI, which showed that 2,315 animals of different species died at the SPCA, Chandigarh, between January 1, 2021 and September 7, 2021. He said, “When I visited the SPCA recently, I have seen animals kept in poor hygiene and with almost no forage stock. Asked about bird and wildlife mortality, officials did not give me a clear answer. So, I filed an ITR. He said: “Animal Husbandry has treated the SPCA as an affiliate without an overview and has systematically stamped out civil society involvement, which could point out wrongdoing and improve the condition of animals admitted to the SPCA.”

Animals at the SPCA

Animals including cows, horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits as well as protected wild animals and birds are allowed here by the SPCA ambulance, NGOs, volunteers/animal lovers, the municipality as well as the Punjab Wildlife and Wildlife Department. Department of Chandīgarh.

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Dog in NRW: The animal shelter can’t take it anymore because HE won’t let go – “I hope this case will be decided in favor of the dogs” https://stichtingatar.com/dog-in-nrw-the-animal-shelter-cant-take-it-anymore-because-he-wont-let-go-i-hope-this-case-will-be-decided-in-favor-of-the-dogs/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 21:46:51 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/dog-in-nrw-the-animal-shelter-cant-take-it-anymore-because-he-wont-let-go-i-hope-this-case-will-be-decided-in-favor-of-the-dogs/ Cologne. Kick in the ass dog by the animal shelter Cologne-Dellbrück (NRW). It wasn’t always like this: when the little guy and his siblings after NRW arrived, their condition was extremely critical. The loving care of animal rights activists have it dog and his brothers and sisters to thank for being alive today. But even […]]]>

Cologne. Kick in the ass dog by the animal shelter Cologne-Dellbrück (NRW). It wasn’t always like this: when the little guy and his siblings after NRW arrived, their condition was extremely critical.

The loving care of animal rights activists have it dog and his brothers and sisters to thank for being alive today. But even after the recovery, the shelter is struggling because of the puppies.

Dog in NRW: animal rights activists angry! He won’t leave her alone

Animal rights activists in Cologne-Dellbrück have been worried about a pack of pedigree puppies since January. At that time, they were all suffering from parvovirus, a highly contagious viral disease after a dealer mistreated the four-legged friends.

They are now healed. Nevertheless, no dog lover has given one of them a new home. The reason: the animal shelter was not allowed to take care of the puppies until now.

Because there is no permission for it. It is possible that the dealer will recover the pedigree animals through a lawsuit. And this, although the puppies ended up in this miserable state because of his poor care.

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The domestic dog as a companion to humans:

  • Domestication took place around 15,000 to 100,000 years ago
  • the wild ancestor is the wolf
  • there are approximately 500 million domestic dogs in the world
  • In Germany alone, 9 million live as pets

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“We just can’t understand why there are still cases where dealers who have massively broken the law are getting their animals back. Why do they even have the opportunity to complain about the kidnapping”, the animal shelter finds clear words on its Instagram channel.

Dog in NRW: Animal rights activists are harshly criticized

“People who transport sick, undocumented and unvaccinated puppies across Europe out of sheer greed for profit. Regardless of loss. No one would ever recover a carton of contraband cigarettes. But live animals? accuses the shelter .

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In this dilemma, there is only one thing left for animal rights activists: cross your fingers. So that in the end the case is decided in favor of the dogs and that each of them finds a loving family.

Politicians need to act and take tougher action against the illegal puppy trade, say animal rights activists. Otherwise “we really see black for the future”. (vh)

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Maneka Gandhi and animal rights activists oppose import of giraffes and zebras to Katraj Zoo https://stichtingatar.com/maneka-gandhi-and-animal-rights-activists-oppose-import-of-giraffes-and-zebras-to-katraj-zoo/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 16:51:11 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/maneka-gandhi-and-animal-rights-activists-oppose-import-of-giraffes-and-zebras-to-katraj-zoo/ PUNE Former minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi and city animal activists have opposed the import of zebras and giraffes to the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo, run by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), located in Katraj. The PMC standing committee recently approved Rs1.5 crore for the construction of an enclosure for giraffes and zebras after […]]]>

PUNE Former minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi and city animal activists have opposed the import of zebras and giraffes to the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo, run by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), located in Katraj.

The PMC standing committee recently approved Rs1.5 crore for the construction of an enclosure for giraffes and zebras after the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) approved the plan to add these animals to the zoo.

Although local animal rights activists asked for Gandhi’s help in blocking PMC’s plan.

In a text message to one of the activists, Gandhi said: “I told the city commissioner it was a bad idea because the giraffe might die if it doesn’t get special food which is mostly unavailable in India. . The giraffes that were housed in the Kolkata Zoo later died. The zoo’s Central Authority has given permission as it will not directly import the animals. I suggest starting a campaign locally to oppose the plan.

City activists Sushma Date, Anjali Paranjape, Mithali Paranjape, Pushkar Kulkarni, Devnadi Swachata Abhiyan, Ramnadi Swachata Abhiyan, Save Hills Pune, Punarbhan Foundation, Sarand Yadwadkar and Qaneez Sukhrani issued a press release opposing the PMC plan .

“The PMC Standing Committee has approved a proposal to import two giraffes and two zebras to Katraj Zoo in Pune. The plan is to spend Rs 1.5 crore on enclosure this year and import the animals in the next financial year. We strongly oppose this proposal because it is not only cruel to capture, transport and condemn wild animals to a life of captivity, but also a huge waste of public money when PMC faces a financial crisis,” it reads. in the activists’ letter.

According to them, like bears and elephants, giraffes are particularly poorly adapted to life in captivity. In the wild, giraffes have a lifespan of around 25 years, but they rarely survive a few years in captivity, where they are very prone to health problems and injuries. They also need special foods which are not available in India. Giraffes are used to walking 20-50 km per day, and tight space has a negative impact on their well-being like zebras.

They said: “It is well recognized that zoos are an outdated concept. We don’t live in the 1960s. There are better ways to teach children about wildlife than showing them animals that are stressed and miserable in confined spaces. Instead, children should be made aware of the importance of animals being in their natural habitat – and for this, animal films on National Geographic and Animal Planet are much better suited.

“We urge the City Commissioner to end this cruel and unnecessary proposal and divert the money to better infrastructure at Katraj Rehabilitation and Rescue Center.” reads the letter.

Earlier today, Date tweeted, “What new horror is this? Zoos are outdated concepts and should have been banned long ago. Giraffes and zebras belong to their natural habitats in Africa – not in India, and especially not in captivity Why is Pune PMC wasting public money on this idiotic initiative? »

Economist Sumita Kale, while reacting to Date’s tweet, said, “Okay. Plenty of ways to use Rs. 1.5 crore, rather than importing zebras and giraffes – improving Katraj facilities as a conservation and rescue centre. Present animals in their natural habitat through films there? #Pune”

City Commissioner Vikram Kumar was unavailable for comment.

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An animal rights activist was in court on criminal charges. Why was the case suddenly dismissed? | Animal wellbeing https://stichtingatar.com/an-animal-rights-activist-was-in-court-on-criminal-charges-why-was-the-case-suddenly-dismissed-animal-wellbeing/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/an-animal-rights-activist-was-in-court-on-criminal-charges-why-was-the-case-suddenly-dismissed-animal-wellbeing/ Ohen animal rights activist Matt Johnson latest do national news, he was in disguise. He appeared on Fox Business in December 2020 sporting a buzz cut and a button down (very different from his usual casual attire) and impersonated the CEO of Smithfield Foods. The pork giant he claimed to represent had factory farms that […]]]>

Ohen animal rights activist Matt Johnson latest do national news, he was in disguise. He appeared on Fox Business in December 2020 sporting a buzz cut and a button down (very different from his usual casual attire) and impersonated the CEO of Smithfield Foods. The pork giant he claimed to represent had factory farms that were “petri dishes for new diseases”, he told the news anchor. After the segment went viral online, Fox realized their mistake: “It looks like we’ve been punks,” host Maria Bartiromo announced, apologizing to Smithfield, who called the interview a “hoax complete”.

Johnson’s antics and apparent lack of fear of consequences made him a formidable opponent of the meat industry. But while the Fox incident offered a moment of levity, today Johnson is headlining something far more serious. He was just released on criminal charges that could have sent him to prison for up to eight years. After conducting a exposed undercover conditions at the Iowa Select Farms hog business in May 2020, his actions put him at risk for burglary and planting recording devices. Another charge, for trespassing in a food operation (an offense created by an Iowa ag-gag law), was added in 2021.

While these specific charges against Johnson cannot be brought again, they may not be the last. His work as an organizer with animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) involves high-profile, high-risk actions like covert registration of factory farms and animal rescues. Since farm animals are legally owned and have no rights and almost no protection from suffering, removing them is generally treated as burglary, which is no different from stealing jewelry or stealing someone’s wallet. someone. Over the past decade, numerous state “ag-gag” laws have sought to further criminalize such activism.

Two tractors come together to lift several pig carcasses. Photography: Direct action everywhere

The conditions that brought Johnson, an Iowa native now based in California, to the facilities of Iowa Select Farms were particularly cruel, according to DxE – and the outrage that followed his briefing suggests the public was also alarmed. As Covid tore through American slaughterhouses, Johnson had been briefed by an Iowa Select truck driver on conditions at the company’s facilities.

In the meat industry, workers were getting sick, meat-packing capacity was drastically reduced, and farms were overloaded with animals and looking for ways to get rid of them. Johnson was made aware of a practice called “ventilation shutdown”, used by Iowa Select to mass exterminate hogs: the animals were herded into sealed barns and essentially cooked to death by heaters and steam generators.

In undercover footage captured by Johnson in May 2020, which was published by The Intercept, the pigs can be heard howling in distress. These revelations immediately grabbed headlines and sparked a public relations crisis for Iowa Select, which stopped practicing stopping ventilation after it was unearthed – a rare and solid victory for animal rights activists. “Matt’s investigation into the ventilation shutdown is probably the most important [factory farm] investigation in more than a decade, ”explains Justin Marceau, animal rights specialist and professor at the University of Denver.

A close up of a tractor trailer full of dead pigs.
Farms were overcrowded as Covid tore through American slaughterhouses and looked for ways to get rid of animals. Photography: Direct action everywhere

A surprise in court

Lawsuits against activists such as Johnson have increased in recent years. Last month, Wayne Hsiung, the co-founder of DxE who for years faced criminal charges pending in multiple states, was convicted for the first time of two felonies in North Carolina for removing a sick goat from ‘a farm. But on Wednesday, the day before Johnson’s trial, all charges against him were dismissed, a result that surprised journalists and activists. A series of earlier charges relating to the investigation into Johnson’s ventilator shutdown in Iowa had already been dismissed in January 2021, a few days before the trial, because Iowa Select Farms did not want to testify. The charges dismissed this week, which included Johnson’s rescue of a two-week-old sick piglet he named Gilly, were the second case involving his activity at Iowa Select facilities.

The attorney in the case, Wright County Assistant District Attorney Joe Corrow, on Tuesday asked to dismiss the charges “in the interests of justice,” a vague legal phrase that doesn’t reveal much about his reasoning. “It’s basically a catch-all to say, ‘Yeah, we don’t think we should be moving forward anymore,'” said Adam Junaid, one of Johnson’s attorneys. The motion to dismiss came 15 minutes before the start of a hearing on media recording of the trial, which is generally allowed in Iowa. Neither Corrow nor Iowa Select Farms responded to multiple requests for comment for this story.

Johnson’s was one of the most highly anticipated farm animal rights cases in recent history, and the result is undoubtedly a victory for DxE, a group that since 2013 has been taking animals from factory farms and daring law enforcement to pursue them – a practice they call “open rescue”. This has sparked debate over whether activists have the “right to save” animals from suffering.

Aerial view of an agricultural facility with a long farm building and a smaller one, surrounded by acres of land.
Matt Johnson had hoped to use his trial to convince a jury that he was right to expose atrocities at Iowa Select facilities. Photography: Direct action everywhere

“We are setting a precedent that rescuing animals from situations where they are in distress is the right thing to do. It’s not a crime,” Johnson said, speaking after the charges were dismissed. But Johnson had hoped to go to trial. Some might question the wisdom of inviting criminal convictions, but for DxE, breaking the laws in order to change them is part of the problem. “I think when people see the repression of activists, it’s actually very positive for the movements because you get that sympathy, you get that attention, and people see you as someone who is suffering unfairly,” he said. said DxE lead organizer Almira Tanner. “And then, of course, there are the opportunities for concrete legal victories.”

Marceau, a specialist in animal rights, believes that it is useful to bring unjust laws on the treatment of animals to justice. If a jury votes for an acquittal in such a case, he said, that would be a bad outcome from the state’s perspective — making prosecutors reluctant to bring similar cases to trial, and opening up space for activists to make more rescues.

But this is a high risk strategy. “Prison is terrible,” Marceau said. Along with the personal suffering, he wonders if the incarceration of prominent activists such as Johnson could hurt the morale of the movement.

Even if an activist has a nice case, the jury isn’t sure they’ll hear it. In Hsiung’s trial in North Carolina, for example, the judge blocked most testimony about the health and suffering of the goat he had saved. In Johnson’s case, the state had filed a motion arguing that showing the ventilation stop “would appeal to the sympathy of the jury and arouse their sense of horror, and would only serve to confuse.”

Johnson did not want his case dropped. He had hoped to use the trial to try to convince a jury he was right to expose Iowa Select atrocities, set precedent for the right to save suffering animals and challenge the constitutionality of the ag-gag law. under which he was charged. Even a guilty verdict, he said, would help the movement. “I’m very at peace that sacrifices like this are going to be necessary,” he said before the charges were dropped. He had spent the last few weeks with his family in Iowa, preparing for the possibility of going to prison.

“Not really,” Johnson said when asked if he was relieved he wasn’t locked up after the prosecutor decided to drop the case. His legal team then filed an objection to the dismissal, arguing that Johnson should be able to respond to the allegations against him and “have the ‘right to rescue’ tested in court.” At a final hearing on Wednesday, the judge appeared confused that Johnson was fighting for the right to risk jail time. “The court cannot force the state to go to court,” he concluded, before dismissing the case.

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