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Major live export investigation exposes animal welfare atrocities

23 October 2014

Australian cattle in Gaza have again been subjected to sickening abuse, in cruelty so extreme, it can only be described as animal welfare atrocities.

Animals Australia said the cruelty documented by investigators during the recent Festival of Sacrifice in Gaza, Jordan, Kuwait and Malaysia is a direct result of the Australian government’s failure to hold export companies accountable for recurring breaches of live export regulations.

"It is nothing short of criminal, that a year on, we have again seen horrendous abuse of Australian cattle in Gaza while for the exporter legally responsible it is business-as-usual," said Animals Australia Campaign Director Lyn White.

"Despite extensive evidence of recurring breaches and shocking animal welfare consequences, there has not been a single prosecution of an export company, or a single charge laid."

In Gaza, investigators filmed Australian bulls having their legs and neck roped and being strung out between poles before having their throats sawn open; bulls being stabbed, beaten and having their tails broken; amid other cruelties, impossible to quantify.

The exporter implicated again in Gaza is Livestock Shipping Services (LSS), the same exporter under investigation for over a dozen serious breaches of regulations in Gaza, Jordan and now Kuwait. Bulls brutalised in this most recent footage from Gaza had LSS ear tags.

In Jordan and Kuwait, investigators filmed Australian sheep being bound, dragged, stuffed into car boots, thrown on to trucks and brutally slaughtered in locations the subject of nine previous complaints to the Department of Agriculture over the past 18 months.

"This shocking abuse could have been prevented had the Department of Agriculture taken strong action against exporters who have repeatedly shown a brazen disregard for regulations in these markets."

"What we have documented should be considered only a 'snap shot' of what occurred. Sheep and cattle producers should be equally up in arms at the lack of regulatory action that has led to their animals being abused once again."

Over the past 18 months, Animals Australia has lodged 12 extensive legal complaints relating to the ongoing abuse of Australian cattle in Gaza, and more recently the illegal trucking of 2,500 cattle across the border from Israel.

"Barnaby Joyce is overseeing a regulatory system that is shambolic and has no credibility whatsoever. The only reason the government even knows about these breaches is because of the work of a charity."

"Ear tags are being deliberately removed from animals in many markets to prevent the identification of offending exporters which is akin to wiping fingerprints from a crime scene. Yet nothing has been done to curb this blatant destruction of evidence."

Footage obtained from one approved abattoir in Kuwait, where Meat and Livestock Australia consultants were facilitating the sale and slaughter of Australian sheep, revealed it was not even compliant with Australian requirements.

Investigators also documented the horrific street slaughter of an Australian steer in Malaysia where the terrified animal was bound with ropes, forced to the ground before having its throat cut.

"ESCAS says all animals must remain in approved supply chains, not most, let alone thousands of animals. This is not innocent 'leakage' as the industry would like us to believe, it is deliberate on-selling, resulting in animals being subjected to horrific treatment and deaths."

"Animals Australia has done everything in its power to make live export regulations work to protect Australian animals from abuse, including conducting the investigations necessary to advise the Department of Agriculture of breaches."

"The fact that thousands of animals are continuing to be subjected to sickening cruelty in a number of markets, and yet we are seeing no commercial consequences for responsible export companies to motivate compliance, means that we are left with little choice but to relaunch our public campaign to end live export."

NB — Exporters 'self reported' breaches in Kuwait and Jordan (and Oman/UAE) after Animals Australia made breaches public and the presence of investigators in the region known.

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I’m sorry I have to send you this email, because it won’t be an easy read.

 But I urgently need your help to stop appalling suffering that is happening right now.

Compassion’s Investigation’s Unit recently visited Lebanon as part of a larger project to document what happens to animals exported from the European Union to non-EU countries. They visited a slaughterhouse we suspected would be bad, but we didn’t realise what horrific cruelty they were going to witness. At the Beirut Public Slaughterhouse in Karantina, almost every rule governing the handling of animals at slaughter set down by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is being broken. Calves left hanging upside down by one leg for long periods.

Animals being dragged over the dead bodies of others - whole floor littered with body parts and swimming with blood.. Animals too terrified to move are brutally beaten, dragged by their ears, legs, eye sockets.

Animals from all over the world end up in Beirut Public Slaughterhouse. Traumatised sheep and cattle are exported live from countries such as France, the Czech Republic and Spain (where they have legal protection), and end up in this hell hole..

WAAC says - For f**ks sake, these evil people should be bloody put down for the horrific torture and murders of these poor animals. Meanwhile all live animal exports must be stopped to these monstrous sub human countries like Lebanon. Hell, live exports should be banned full stop!! These barren middle east countries don't even have human rights let alone animal rights for Christ sake!!! Judi

Can this evil government stoop any lower - I don't think it's possible after the latest report by Defra. Can you believe that they want to assess the 'noise' of dying animals after they've been shot and fatally wounded. No wonder so many decent people are talking very seriously about taking drastic action to prevent the brutal massacre of badgers because of a pointless cull. How much more can people take from this unfeeling government before they break completely? I've heard so many people both on Facebook and Twitter, as well as on the streets, say they can't take anymore crap from fox hunter Owen Patterson and other Defra officials. It's a war out there!  The bullets will rip through the tough hides of badgers but this government have very definitely 'fatally' shot themselves through the heart. 

Humaneness of badger cull to be judged on noise of dying animals

Document reveals measures UK government will use to assess humaneness of badger culls that will begin shortly in England

The badger cull could begin any time from 1 June in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset. Photograph: Raimund Linke/Getty Images

The noises made by shot badgers and comparisons with harpooned whales will be among the measures used to assess the humaneness of badger culls in England, a government document seen by the Guardian reveals.

The paper also acknowledges that none of the shooters will have experience of killing free-running badgers and that the requirement to target the heart and lungs is untested.

Anti-cull campaigners have reacted furiously to the heavily redacted document, which is marked "protect".

"With such large-scale killing in our countryside, it is simply unacceptable that the government is continuing to be so evasive about how suffering will be measured during the pilot culls," said Mark Jones, executive director of the Humane Society International UK, which obtained the document through the Freedom of Information Act.

He is particularly concerned that no information has been made public about how wounded animals that retreat underground to die can be included in the humaneness assessment or the proportion of badger carcasses that will be collected for postmortems.

"The design of the study to assess humaneness of the badger-culling pilots has been overseen by an independent expert panel," said a spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. "All marksmen are required to pass a government training course and must adhere to best practice guidance. Humaneness will be monitored through field observations, postmortems and a report will be drawn up by the independent panel."

The key aim of the pilot culls to begin in Somerset and Gloucestershire from Saturday are to discover whether night-time shootings of free-running badgers can kill sufficient numbers of the animals in a safe and humane way. Successful pilots would see the rollout of culling nationwide as part of the government's attempts to curb the rising epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, which now costs taxpayers £100m a year and saw 37,000 cattle slaughtered in 2012.

In a previous 10-year trial of badger culling, the animals were trapped in cages before being shot. This method is relatively expensive so in the pilots ministers have allowed marksmen to shoot free-running animals, although this introduces the risk of wounding. Among the factors influencing the accuracy of the shooting, the document notes: "No shooter will have prior experience of shooting badgers." It also notes previous research on free shooting of wild animals all targeted the brain, rather than the chest area.

The document presents four possible outcomes of the shooting, including "death caused directly by the shooting due to severe trauma to vital organs" and "death caused indirectly by the shooting due to non-lethal wounding associated with secondary infections and starvation due to reduced mobility". Missed shots and non-fatal wounding are the other possibilities.

The "time to death" (TTD) is cited as a key factor in assessing pain and distress and the document states: "A similar approach as to that which is used to determine TTD in whales is proposed for the current study." It adds: "Observation of a shot animal's behaviour and vocalisations is the only method available to determine the degree of pain that may be experienced during the dying process."

"I am stunned at the ludicrous and unfounded assumptions that Defra appears to make about the relevance of killing methods for entirely different species such as whales," said Jones. "No credible scientist would have confidence in the way that the government intends to assess the suffering of badgers, and yet Defra appears to be doing all it can to avoid independent scrutiny of its methodology."

A scientist familiar with the cull policy said: "You need to set a threshold – which is subjective – above which it is not considered humane and the cull is stopped. My view is that the threshold has to be pretty damn high. It is not really acceptable for any animal to go off injured." The document states that daily data on the cull will be sent to Defra once the shooting begins "so ministers are aware of any welfare issues and if deemed necessary could halt the cull".

Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, said: "The purpose of the pilots is to assess whether controlling badger numbers in a controlled way under licence by trained professionals is safe, effective and humane. We are extremely confident that the pilots will go ahead and will be effective."

Jilly Cooper, author, animal rights campaigner and Gloucestershire landowner, said: "I fear that massacring England's badgers in the vain hope of tackling bovine TB is going to be as brutal as it is useless."

BBC News Online 16.5.13 Gloucestershire County Council votes 'no' to badger cull - Gloucestershire County Council is to write to the government objecting to a badger cull due to take place from next month.

Ministers want a cull to take place in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset in a bid to halt the spread of tuberculosis to cattle.

Two of the county's district councils have already voted to reject the cull.

It is due to happen on land owned by the council but the defined area has been kept secret.

The government says the cull can begin from 1 June.

Farming Minister David Heath said he was disappointed at the council's decision as "TB is having a devastating effect on farmers".

At a full council meeting on Wednesday, 25 politicians voted for a motion to object to the cull, with 19 voting against and seven abstentions.

The motion raised concerns the cull would be "cruel and ineffective" and the government would better serve farmers by investing in cattle and badger vaccinations.

The council has said it will write to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, as well as Mr Heath.

Mr Heath said: "It's disappointing that the council does not want us to do all we can to save Gloucestershire farmers from this disease.

"The science is clear that culling will help to reduce bovine TB as one part of our overall approach to eradicating this disease.

"We fund a badger vaccination project in Gloucestershire, we have tightened controls to stop the spread between cattle, and are working with farmers to limit contact between cattle and badgers."

Liberal Democrat councillor Klara Sudbury, who proposed the motion, said: "I am delighted that on this occasion the county council has recognised the strength of scientific opinion which says that the proposed pilot badger culls will not help tackle bovine TB in cattle."

"There is also huge public opinion against the planned trial culls as the support for Brian May's petition has shown."

Tewkesbury Borough Council and the Forest of Dean District Council previously voted to reject the cull.

Animal welfare and wildlife campaigners have opposed the cull, which will allow wild badgers to be shot by trained marksmen when the animals venture out of their setts at night.

The RSPCA, which opposes the cull, said it wanted to help fund vaccination.

(*) Somerset County Gazette 16.5.13 Secret World film opposes Somerset badger cull - CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the upcoming badger cull in Somerset are being urged to take part in a film opposing it…. (story)
(*) Somerset County Gazette 16.5.13 TV star Chris Packham visits Secret World ahead of badger cull film screening - TV wildlife expert Chris Packham spoke out against the upcoming badger cull in Somerset when he visited the Secret World Rescue Centre near Highbridge. Chris, best known for his role on BBC show Springwatch, visited the centre ahead of the recording of an anti-cull film at the centre this weekend (May 19)… (story)
(*) Nailsea People 15.5.13 Be a badger film extra at Secret World - An urgent appeal has been made to hundreds of wildlife lovers from all over North Somerset including Nailsea People to don black or white t-shirts so that they can play their part in an anti cull film by forming a giant badger face… (story)
(*) Dorset Echo 15.5.13 Badger cull fight gathers support By Harry Hogger - THE CAMPAIGN against a mass culling of badger populations has hit the streets of Dorchester…. Elizabeth James from the newly formed Dorset Mammal Group said their representatives were joined by members of the Somerset Badger Group and the Badger Night Walkers as they set up a stand in South Street in Dorchester to talk to shoppers… (story)


75 % Of Earths Population Is Lactose Intolerant For A Reason: Dairy Is Harmful

milk kidLactose intolerance is when the body does not produce enough lactase to break down lactose, a sugar found in milk and many other milk derived dairy products. The enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose is lactase, an enzyme found on the wall of the intestines. Lactase breaks down lactose (the sugar found in milk) into galactose and glucose. The activity of lactase becomes reduced after breastfeeding, at that point the body no longer needs as much lactase. Not to mention a human mothers milk is much different from the milk of a cow. The reduction of lactase activity after infancy is a genetically programmed event.  Approximately 75 % of Earths population is lactose intolerant for a reason, that’s because it’s perfectly natural. The statistics vary from race to race and country to country but overall they show an abnormal amount of individuals who qualify. In some asian countries, 90 of the population is lactose intolerant. We are the only species on the planet that drinks milk from another species. Since lactase’s only function is the digestion of lactose in milk, most mammal species experience a dramatic reduction in the activity of the enzyme after weaning. Lactase persistence in humans has evolved as an adaptation to the consumption of non-human milk and dairy products consumed beyond infancy. Our diet has changed a lot, and as a result some of our genes have adapted, but it’s not an easy process. This is why most humans are lactose intolerant. Every other species weans and then never drinks milk again for the rest of their lives, and because of that we don’t have an enzyme to break down the sugar in milk. But during human evolution, some humans experienced a mutation in the LTC gene, the lactase gene, these mutations allow us to process lactose as adults. With over 75 percent of humans on the planet unable to properly process it, it is evidence enough that we are not doing what is natural and in accordance with our bodies. Our natural state is to be lactose intolerant. Undigested lactose in the small intestine acts like an osmotic agent, causing water and electrolytes to be pulled into the intestines, which results in diarrhea, bloating and gassiness. The body struggles and compensates, as well as protects itself by developing coping methods for our unnatural habits.
Lactase enzyme, found in the cells lining the small intestine of mammals, cleaves lactose, a disaccharide, into the constituent monosaccharides, galactose and glucose, which are readily absorbed by the intestine. The amount of lactase activity decreases substantially after weaning in mammals, as lactose is no more a major part of their diet. This condition in humans is referred to as lactase non-persistence (LNP) or adult-type hypolactasia or primary lactose mal-digestion (LM). In several human societies all over the world, lactose is a part of the diet of adults due to the prevalence of dairy products and fresh milk in diet; this has been the case ever since human societies had domesticated cattle. A genetic mutation seems to have occurred in one (or more) such society (ies) resulting in lactase activity persisting in the cells lining the intestine even in adult stage. This condition is referred to as lactase persistence (LP). This mutation, due to its selective advantage, had spread extensively in such cattle rearing societies; this is the generally accepted explanation for Northern European societies having a large proportion (up to 90%) of the population being LP. Human genome sequencing studies done since 2001 have led to uncovering the molecular basis of this mutation. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at the position 13910 nucleotide upstream to the gene coding for lactase (LCT; located on chromosome 2) appears to determine the LP/LNP status of most populations studied. The nucleotide C at this position (which is the ancestral condition as determined by comparison with primate genome sequence data) corresponds to the LNP status whereas the nucleotide T at this position (which is a mutation) corresponds to the LP status. LP allele is dominant over LNP. This relationship between the SNP at -13910 upstream of LCT and LP/LNP has been verified for several populations including East Asia, East Europe etc and holds good nearly universally with the exception of some small pockets of indigenous populations in African Continent and Arabian peninsula. Studies carried out (to be published) in the Indian population by scientists at Biotools Technologies Pvt Ltd., and a Govt. Medical Research Laboratory show that the SNP at -13910 upstream of LCT does determine LP/LNP status in Indian population as well. (1)
To reiterate, no other species on on the planet drinks the milk of another species except for humans and when animals do drink milk, they only consume it when they are babies. I’d like to say again that 75 percent of the planets population is lactose intolerant.  It’s not hard to understand why milk can cause a huge number of health related issues. Animal cholesterol is the number one cause of heart disease as it destroys the inner lining of the arteries. This doesn’t allow the arteries to properly release a gas that is produced to break down cholesterol in the arteries. Eventually a build up happens and a heart attack is the result.
Currently there are movements occurring to try and remove milk from school cafeterias as a staple in children’s diet. Too much information is being released that disproves what was once believed about milk. A HUGE increase in milk alternative products like rice milk, almond milk and coconut milk are popping up in grocery stores and convenience stores everywhere. It seems it won’t be long before the truth about milk will become self evident. I strongly believe that the financial institutions that hold major stock in major food corporations are well aware that dairy products are harmful, and all of the injected advisee are not necessary. Milk is not needed, essential nutrients from milk are available in many other foods, like kale.
You can view more of our articles on mile and dairy products below:

Sheep die of neglect and cold on a South Wales farm. January 2013

While out hill walking this is the scene that I came across. At the time of filming and moving across the fence I counted 15 dead sheep and a flock starving in the field with new born lambs a few months early. All the dead sheep had died in the last few weeks. I phoned the RSPCA and an officer was sent who also brought out a guy from Animal Health. They were taken to the field where the guy from Animal Health and the farmer walked the boundary of the field and found another 22 dead sheep. The live sheep, around 100 had had to rip bark of trees because no food was down for them and all were in a bad state. The farmer showed no remorse and the cruelty and neglect is being looked into.
— at Welsh Mountains.

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The connection between eating animals and eating human's!

There's no doubt that eating meat isn't good for you and there is ample evidence to support this! Even eating what some would consider a normal amount will prematurely age you, plus eating meat is the cause of a whole host of degenerative diseases. As a child I recall looking at raw meat in a butchers shop and thinking, yuk! This stuff is no different to us! Then when my mother offered me tongue for my dinner I left the table to checked out my own in the mirror and realised that there was no difference in look and texture - I nearly threw up. I remember being repulsed when my mum made steak and kidney pie for my siblings and being utterly disgusted. Kidneys whether they are human or animal are the organs that filter all the rubbish from the blood - I always thought kidney meat smelt like urine anyway. Then as a teenager in Rhyl I went to friends house and wondered what the repulsive smell was - it was pigs trotters - Jesus, some people will eat anything, I thought! I was given a cup of tea by my friends mother and couldn't drink it because that bloody smell had tainted even my cup of tea. Needless to say I couldn't wait to get out of there. The smell of raw meat inside a butchers shop is no different to the smell of a human being cut up for an autopsy. And raw meat has the very same odour of a heavily soiled sanitary towel - sorry, had to get that one in!!


End long distance live transport!

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Take action: Debate on live transport announced- urge your MP to speak out!

  • MPs Laura Sandys, Jim Fitzpatrick and Caroline Lucas have secured a debate in Parliament on this issue of long distance live transport this Thursday (13th December). Please email your MP urging them to speak out against this cruel trade at the debate. Email you MP now...

Take action: RSPCA team up with CIWF to end live transport

  • We've teamed up with Compassion in World Farming to create a Number 10 petition. If we reach 100,000 signatures this issue will be eligiable for debate in Parliament. The animals need your support more than ever. Please sign the petition now!

The Campaign 

Every year millions of animals including calves, sheep, dogs and horses are transported all over the EU.

Since the live export trade from Ramsgate re-opened in 2011 many thousands of animals including calves, sheep and horses have suffered being shipped overseas through its port. We're monitoring the trade from Ramsgate and have concerns on the boat being used. We're urging the government not to issue licenses if there are concerns that transport times laid down in law will be broken.

We want to see:

  • An end to long-distance transport of live animals in favour of a ‘carcass-only’ trade
  • A maximum eight-hour journey time for all animals travelling for slaughter or 'further fattening' across the EU
  • Amendments to existing legislation that allow ports to refuse the cruel trade in live animals 
  • While the trade continues, for the full costs of veterinary and Animal Health regulatory inspections as well as lairage and emergency facilities to be borne by the hauliers, rather than by the taxpayer.

What we're doing

Since the beginning of 2012, RSPCA inspectors have been monitoring the port of Ramsgate for breaches in animal welfare. While we do not support the trade in live animald from Ramsgate, while it does go on, the RSPCA will be there to ensure that current laws are upheld and enforcement agencies carry out their jobs properly minimising the suffering of those animals unfortunate enough to have found themselves in that position.Since February, the RSPCA have issued formal animal welfare warning notices for breaches in welfare by hauliers.

Animals suffer during long distance live transport. These calves and sheep have often been crammed into trucks on UK roads for hours before facing a grueling channel crossing of up to another 6 hours before heading for conditions illegal in this country.

What can I do?

Join us in our fight to end this wretched trade, we can not allow any more animals to suffer and die this way. Take action for animals now using the button below!


Animals Australia - Live export disaster in Pakistan - TAKE ACTION

Jean — I wouldn't normally write to you twice in one week, but there are shocking reports coming out of Pakistan of the abuse of Australian exported sheep that require urgent attention. Those who sanction this trade need to be called to account — now. If there is one thing you do today, PLEASE CALL YOUR MP and demand an end to live export.
"If the Australians find out how the sheep were killed — the stabbing, the clubbing and the burying alive — they will definitely ban animal exports to Pakistan."

— industry expert, Pakistan
"Like a giant mass of wool, bloodied and filthy, they lay in trenches — slit open, stabbed or clubbed to death, while many still wriggled with some life left in them, soon to be buried alive."

— Reporter for The
International News, Pakistan
"I have watched the video and let me tell you that ever since I have seen those gruesome visuals, I haven't eaten or slept. Regardless of whether they were healthy or not, the way they were killed or buried alive is neither humane, nor Islamic."

— Managing Director of
Wellard (Australian live exporter)

You may have seen in the news, that these sheep have already endured so much — languishing on board an Australian live export ship that was rejected by Bahrain, only to be dumped in Pakistan where they have been sweltering in the heat and humidity, with reports that thousands have now been slaughtered in the most horrific way imaginable. There will be no happy ending for the others. The 'best case scenario' will be that they will be slaughtered in a Pakastani abattoir while fully conscious. This is just the latest in a shameful list of live export disasters for which animals have paid the price. The suffering and deaths of these sheep sits on the shoulders of every Australian politician who has ever defended this unethical trade in animal suffering.

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Pitiful face of suffering - I hope the bastards that ate this sick animal pay for their crime! Judi

About calves reared for veal
Compassion in World Farming - 2012

Traditional veal crate, now banned in EU
Veal is the meat from calves, mostly pure-bred male dairy calves.

In many countries, including the UK, veal production is closely linked to the dairy industry; male dairy calves cannot produce milk and are often considered unsuitable for beef production.

Within the EU, thousands of calves are transported on long journeys to veal farms in countries such as the Netherlands from countries as far away as Poland and Ireland.

Veal production on the continent
Although not common in the UK, veal farms are widespread on the continent. Around five million calves are reared for veal within the EU every year. The biggest EU producers are France (1.5 million calves), the Netherlands (1.2 million calves) and Italy (over 850,000 calves).

Although the veal crate was banned across the EU in January 2007, Compassion is concerned about the welfare issues surrounding standard EU veal production.

Veal production in the UK
When produced under the best conditions, veal does not need to be a cruel meal and there are several higher welfare alternatives.

Calves reared to UK standard are provided with bedding and younger calves receive double the amount of fibrous food compared to continental veal calves. Older UK calves have greater space allowance than stipulated in EU law. Their diet must provide a minimum amount of iron equal to the EU minimum.

Unfortunately, very few calves are reared for veal in Great Britain due to low demand for this meat. As a result, a large number are killed shortly after birth*.

* Calf exports from Great Britain are currently suspended due to an industry-led import ban of British calves. This is due to fears over bovine TB. However, calves from Northern Ireland are still transported.

Compassion’s Calf life – wanted not wasted campaign calls for a consumer boycott of low welfare veal from the continent, and for UK calves to be reared in the UK to UK standards. Compassion believes this is a better alternative than exporting young UK calves for continental veal production.

Due to co-operation between Compassion in World Farming, the RSPCA and the industry through the Calf Stakeholder Forum, more male dairy calves are now reared humanely for beef and the number of calves being shot at birth has greatly decreased. There is more work to do - 100,000 or so are still shot every year.

Small group, housed on slatted floor
Intensive veal in EU
Since the ban on veal crates was introduced in January 2007, calves up to eight weeks old may be kept in individual pens, where they can turn around and be in contact with other calves.

After this, they are reared in groups of up to 80 calves, often in sheds with a wooden slatted floor.
Narrow veal crates cause tremendous suffering to calves. The situation has improved in recent years – they are now illegal in the UK and the EU – but are still in use in other parts of the world, including the US.

Calves kept in crates are typically fed an unhealthy diet of milk with no, or far too little, solid food, in order to keep their flesh pale. Their diet prevents their digestive system from developing properly and they can become dangerously anaemic.
Compassion in World Farming

To me and my supporters in WAAC, the sickening cruelty involved in the meat production of any kind is bad enough, but to deliberately torture an animal to death which is what veal production does to an animal is about as sick as it is possible to get!
I would not speak to anyone who ate veal - I would not think them worthy of even a minute of my time. In fact I would not spit on them if they were on fire!!! If you think my views are too extreme, then consider this, the suffering imposed on baby calves to satisfy the taste buds of people with a fetish for sick animals is extreme so why should I not be extreme?
Why should animals have to suffer so much mental and physical abuse to satisfy the selfish lumps of human lard that eat them?


It was around 10pm when the phone rang and a lady told me about a very sick ewe left at Rhayader Market in Mid Wales. She thought I would know what to do? I didn't! And though I was very annoyed at being disturbed so late I was more concerned about the fate of this poor animal.
It seems the drover had been trying to load this lame ewe onto a four tier truck with many others. These old worn out sheep were destined for a Cornwall slaughter-house, but Megan - the name I gave this ewe - was going nowhere. She just stood there hunched up, alone, and very depressed -  in a very pitiful state - she had no bedding and no water. Had this lady not been there then this sick ewe could have been forced to endure a long nightmare journey in fear and in pain all the way to Cornwall. When the drover saw that he was being watched he stopped handling the animals roughly and told the lady he was leaving this sick and lame ewe behind. For all we know there could have been other sick animals on this truck - the lady in question arrived when most had already been loaded up?
The job of trying to help this ewe then fell to me because my informant was clearly very upset and didn't know what to do. She said she would rather not alert the RSPCA and said she had no number for Trading Standards. Since Trading Standards were out of the question so late at night, I googled any possible farm animal rescue centre's, but found none close enough to Rhayader, so in desperation I rang the RSPCA. To be fair, an inspector rang me straight back and from information I received the following morning, Megan was put down by a slaughter-man. However, this blurred info was not enough for me - I wanted to know why the RSPCA inspector I spoke to the previous night did not go out to her, and if not, why not?? Or did he just ring the market and get them to sort it out? Was she taken away and killed in a slaughter-house somewhere or given to the local hunt?  The RSPCA inspector said the ewe had seemed fine in the morning (well, that's what the market worker told him) but that she had gone down hill fast during the evening. So I ask, how come she suddenly became very lame too? It is my opinion that the GREEDY farmer should be prosecuted for taking a sick animal to market. I guess we will never know the truth about poor Megan - I trust the word of an animal market worker like I trust the word of a politician. But I was not about to give up on Megan so I rang Trading Standards to ask what the market documents said about this ewe. They told me that Megan had been taken away to an incinerator plant and killed there, at 9/30pm. 
My anger now is aimed at the RSPCA who led me to believe they would go out to see this ewe, but there was no Inspector from the RSPCA to oversee how this ewe was treated by the worker who had supposedly come to collect her. He should have see this animal through to the very end of what would have been a terrible ordeal for her.
My thoughts now are with all her companions, who, as I write this, are being murdered for their flesh, in a hell-hole in Cornwall. I am told over 90% of sheep are killed without proper stunning in the UK, to appease nutty religions, (I make no apology for this statement)
Rest in peace Megan - you and your beautiful friends, and be happy now.




ROLLING GREEN PASTURES? Not for these poor cows and calves

Check out the photo's I took today (2nd April 2012) of cattle on a farm near Dyserth in Denbighshire. These animals are being kept on what is effectively a building site. Note how the white calf appears to have bald patches on its hide. Is this what we pay farmers for? This to me is animal neglect and the farmers responsible should be fined and told to clean up their act!

These cows and calves never asked to be born - they deserve to be cared for, after all, their lives are cut painfully short for a commodity we don't even need. And let us not forget that cows are forced to endure pregnancy and agonising separation from their young.

The least these farmers can do is show them some respect before they ship them off to a hellish market or the slaughter-house. 



Subject: Pigs brutally stabbed with swords on Spanish pig farm / MORE MEAT
Von:     Bernie Wright <bigbrownrat@gmail.com>
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Hi all,[From SPAIN]

this morning our organization (in Spain and in UK) has just released a
shocking video with images filmed at a pig farm in El Escobar, located in
Fuente Alamo in the Spanish region of Murcia. The video shows some of the
most brutal scenes of violence against animals at farms that our
Investigation Team has ever witnessed.

Animal Equality in Spain has pressed charges against the farm owner and

Marco Verduga Vinicio, one of the farm workers who has handed over the
footage, has revealed that the animals are bred for the food company El Pozo
(the second largest pig meat producers in Spain).
To spread the word over in UK we found out that ElPozo also sells its
products to the leading supermarket Morrisons.

Thanks to Marco Verduga Vinicio, Animal Equality has found that these events
occur frequently on the farm El Escobar owned by Francisco Vera Sanchez, and
that the farm managers are aware of this. In fact it is they who request
these actions, have been filmed engaging in them, and have established these
methods as the norm for killing animals at the farm.

The footage that we obtained are the following:

. Workers hitting pigs on their heads with iron bars, jumping on top of
them, kicking them, and posing in front of a camera with the pigs

. Workers attacking and killing pigs with meter-in-length swords

. The hitting of a pregnant pig with a bar before cutting her abdomen and
uterus with a knife whilst she's still conscious, then pulling of piglets
out of her uterus and killing her because she isn't fit for the

. This pig, tied and immobilised, unsuccessfully tries to escape while the
workers for several minutes pulls out the piglets. They remove her
intestines, liver and other internal organs while she suffers terribly.
The animal is left in agony with internal organs spread over the ground
until she dies several minutes later


Photo gallery: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyRS94a

News: http://bit.ly/El-Escobar-Farm

Further news about the issue and future campaigns.

All the best,

Matteo Cupi

Thanet against live animal exports is a facebook site. - does anyone know who runs this group? Does anyone know if these exports go through Wales? Any info to our rocketmail address (bottom of the front page on WAAC site) Calves and sheep go from Ireland and across England on to Kent, then via Ramsgate Port to Calais and on to who knows where in Europe.
Brave campaigners have been picketing this Port to monitor when these poor (mostly) Calves come in. They get to them in the Night anytime from 12.00 to 4.00 on wednesdays fortnightly - there was also a shipment last friday.

Clearly this obscene abuse of animals is still going on after many years of fighting to stop this terrible cruelty. The media do not do enough to stop this torture - they pander to rotten governments and rich land owners. If people were treated so horrifically then all hell would be to pay. 

It's high time somebody in the media had the guts to blow this rotten trade up for what it is, utterly barbaric, and put it on to every front page in the country.

With people all over the country honoring their mothers this weekend, we thought it was the perfect time to dip into the archives and share one of our favorite stories about a mother who overcame tremendous obstacles to be reunited with her baby. Blackie, a 2-year-old cow, was happy just munching on grass and caring for her new baby, with whom she had spent nearly every moment of his young life. She had licked him clean after his birth, nudged him up onto wobbly legs, and watched him take his first tentative steps. But her bliss was short-lived. One day, Blackie and her calf were loaded onto a truck, taken on a frightening ride to market, and sold—separately.Blackie, as any mother would be, was panicked and grief-stricken. Sometime during her first night in her new home, she broke out of the farmyard, jumped over a hedge, and set off in search of her calf. The next morning, she was found at another farm seven miles away, contentedly suckling her calf. When Blackie's new owner was traced, he was so moved by Blackie's maternal love that he purchased her calf so that mother and son could be together. Is Blackie's love of her baby unique, or was her sorrow and desperation typical of what millions of other bovine mothers go through—without happy endings? On dairy farms, cows are impregnated every year, and their babies are torn away from them within hours of birth, just so that humans can drink the milk that nature intended for calves. This Mother's Day, you can do much more than send a card and flowers—you can help prevent cows from going through the agony of losing baby after baby, simply by boycotting dairy products and choosing milk made from almonds, rice, or soy instead. Written by Michelle Sherrow

Wales - Sher Rafique is back killing Halal sheep
Wales - Sher Rafique is back killing Halal sheep

THE buyer of an abattoir believes as many as 50 jobs could be created when it returns to full production and rejected claims from an animal rights group that plans to slaughter livestock according to halal, Muslim practice is any way "inhumane".

Last week Irish-Pakistani firm Sher Foods agreed a deal to buy the former Cig Cibyn slaughterhouse in Caernarfon, from administrators CLB Coopers and Gwynedd Council.

The site has had a troubled past, with Cig Cibyn closing in October as a result of the economic downturn and falling meat prices, with the loss of 73 jobs.

Its predecessor Cwmni Cig Arfon folded in 2004 leaving a trail of debts, including thousands of pounds owed to local farmers.

The new owners plan to upgrade the facility and streamline working practices to improve productivity, selling mainly halal products to a worldwide market.

However the plan to use the halal method, where the animal is slaughtered by a single cut to the throat, has angered an animal rights supporter.
Judi Hewitt, from North Wales Animal Rights and Viva (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals), said: "We don’t want any animals killed but if this has to happen then it should be done humanely.

"I don’t think there are any reasons that an animal should be killed for meat, but having their throats cut was barbaric.

"I can’t believe that Gwynedd Council value the creation of jobs over the lives of thousands of animals."

However, the owner of the new business, Arfan Sher Rafique, said the abattoir would comply with all UK regulation and denied that halal slaughter was "barbaric".

He said: "We will fully comply with UK regulations which mean the animals will be stunned first before they are slaughtered and full animal welfare procedures will also be put in place.

"We will not just be cutting throats and I would like to reassure animal welfare groups that as a Muslim myself, the whole essence of Islam is to value the welfare of the animal above all else. Halal only permits us to kill an animal for food."

Mr Rafique also expressed confidence that the new business would succeed, where others have failed in the past.

"We hope to get up to full production over the coming weeks and months and expect to create 50 jobs in the longer term."
Initially, 15 jobs will be created.

Mr Rafique’s father, Sher Mohammed Rafique, ran a chain of slaughterhouses across the UK in the 1970s, including a facility on Gaerwen, Anglesey.
The news that a buyer had been found for the Cibyn site was welcomed by the council’s development portfolio leader, Cllr Dewi Lewis.

He said: "The fact that Sher Foods is to create 15 much needed jobs in Caernarfon at this extremely difficult time is good news for the local economy, as well as providing much needed service for the area’s food producers."

He also rejected the concerns raised by the North Wales Animal Rights group.

"While I respect the views expressed by North Wales Animal Rights and Viva, we should bear in mind that the halal method of slaughter is legal under British law, and we fully expect the work methods carried out at the facility to comply with national regulations.

"I would suggest that anyone opposed to this method of slaughter should direct their concerns to the UK government."

Judi Hewitt told the Herald that Viva were planning to protest against the halal abattoir in Caernarfon next month.

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The conveyor belt of death: Secret footage shows how millions of unwanted British chicks are killed every year

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This is the conveyor belt reality of the millions of chicks that go into Britain's egg farms every year.Thousands of the fluffy yellow chicks will travel the conveyor belts of the hatcheries dotted across the country each day.Half of these chicks, the males, are sorted and immediately discarded - either thrown alive into mascerating machines, which kill instantly, or gassed.Undercover filming by the campaigning welfare group, Viva, has captured the every day reality of the early days of these factory farm chickens.Once hatched, the chicks are placed onto a conveyor belt system to be sexed and sorted.Bleak existence: Once hatched the chicks are placed onto a conveyor belt system to be sexed and sortedImmediately killed: These male chicks have been gassed and are falling out of the machineWhile the females will survive this initial process, their heads are placed into machines that will automatically clip away the ends of their beaks and inoculate them against disease.In some hatcheries the tips of the beaks are removed using a hot wire.This is done to ensure the birds do not peck and injure each other out of the frustration of spending their lives in cramped wire battery cages.The same machine will inoculate them against various diseases common in the cage systems used on farms in Britain and around the world.Even chicks going into other systems, such as free range, will have the end of their beaks cut off.There was nothing illegal in the activities witnessed by Viva's undercover team, however the images demonstrate the reality behind the idyllic farmyard pictures plastered over supermarket egg boxes.Viva is a pro-vegetarian organisation and would prefer people to turn their back on eating eggs. The filming took place at two hatcheries in this country in August.At one, the male chicks are gassed in a machine before the bodies are then packaged to be fed to reptiles.Life and death: This woman is sorting males from females to catch any that were missed in the gassing room and is pictured flinging a male chick from the conveyor belt into a crateComing up for air: This little chick's head was poking out of a crateAt the second the male chicks are picked up in handfuls and dropped alive into a mincing machine in a process known as IMD - Instantaneous Mechanical Destruction.Even chicks going into other systems, such as free range, will have the end of their beaks cut off.The official line of the UK egg producing industry is that this destruction method is uncommon.However, the recent footage demonstrates IMD is routinely used by at least one major hatchery.Both of these slaughter methods are approved by Government's food and farming department, Defra, and the Humane Slaughter Association.Viva campaigns manager, Justin Kerswell, said: 'It is the hidden horror that the egg industry does not want you to see.Star support: Actor Martin Shaw - aka Judge John Deed - backs Viva'For the first time ever in the UK, the egg industry’s number one secret has been exposed: what happens to male chicks.'In egg production male chicks are surplus to requirements, which means that they are sorted from the females in vast warehouses and then killed in their thousands at just a day or two old.'Identical to the chicks you see on Easter greeting cards, these uncomprehending young birds are either sent on a conveyor belt to be gassed or thrown alive into electric mincers.'Our undercover investigator has revealed the awful truth that underpins the British egg industry.'He said: 'The female chicks don’t get it much better. Roughly sorted from the males, they too are transported on a seemingly never ending conveyor belt.'However, they are vaccinated and have the tip of their beaks cut off, which is potentially painful to these young animals.'Mr Kerswell said the conveyor belt system in the egg hatcheries is not unique to the chicks that go into battery cages. The same system is used to sort those which move to barn, free range or even most organic egg farms.'It is an unimaginable waste of life – and all just to bring an egg to your morning table,' he said. The actor Martin Shaw, who starred as Judge John Deed is a vegetarian and supporter of Viva. He described the footage as 'shocking'.He said: 'This exposes the mass murder and mutilation of thousands of baby chicks – at the hands of the British egg industry. Common abroad: Masceration is more widespread in other countries (file photo)'Supporting this cruel industry sees the continuation of the slaughter of male baby birds for no reason, other than their sex.'The British Egg Information Service defended industry practises. Despite the evidence of the Viva footage, the organisation claimed it was unusual to put live chicks into mascerators in this country - although not illegal.It said: 'In the egg industry, on hatching, chicks are immediately segregated into the male and female sexes by feather colour identification. Obviously, only females lay eggs. 'In the past the male chicks were used for poultry meat but the broiler meat industry has now developed specific strains of chicken which grow quickly. The male chicks from egg-laying breeds are not suitable. 'It is therefore necessary to dispose of the male chicks using a method approved by DEFRA and monitored by the Government's Animal Health Agency.'Disposal is normally carried out by exposure to carbon dioxide or a mixture of carbon dioxide and argon, which is quick and painless, following a Code of Practice approved by the Humane Slaughter Association. 'The male chicks then provide a valuable source of food for other species such as reptiles and birds of prey.'It said hatcheries are required to have mascerators by law, but said these are mainly used to dispose of unhatched eggs. 'It is not in the industry's commercial interest to throw chicks alive into mascerators, although this is not illegal,' it said. 'Masceration of live chicks is common in other countries including the USA.'

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Viva are currently fighting plans to stop a huge dairy prison. Cows already suffer horrendously for the dairy industry, and they need our help to save them from these massive animal Belson's, before it's too late.
Without your help, these massive animal prison's will spread across the UK. Could you live with this on your conscience, because I can't! So let's do something about it!
Please contact Viva urgently on tel 0117 944 1000 - or check out their website www.viva.org.uk

                               5th Dec 2009

The RSPCA are always asking for donations, yet seem very reluctant to investigate animal cruelty at markets, unless they have a witness to the abuse and the animals are still in situ. I was under the impression that the RSPCA had undercover investigators and not just inspectors to bring animal abusers to justice, therefore preventing further suffering.
Just last Saturday, a member of the public tried unsuccessfully to get through to the RSPCA to report around a hundred very dejected looking sheep left inside a pen at a deserted market in Builgh Wells. These bedraggled muddied animals had been at this Market since Thursday (market day is on a Friday) they'd had no food and more critically no water in over two days. When this lady approached the animals, one lamb stood, then in despair, lay back down. Understandably, the witness to this cruelty told me she cried.
Animal markets are a hot bed of animal cruelty, yet the RSPCA seem loathe to do anything about it, unless a member of the public witnesses the abuse and an Inspector can turn out immediately to see it for himself. 
So you might ask, where are all the undercover investigators? Or are these people ficticious and only availbale for TV programmes? It would seem so!

If you live close to an animal market and are available to report suffering, then please take incriminating photo's, revealing date, time and location and forward them to me at wacc@rocketmail.com
  You should also persist with your concerns as soon as possible to the RSPCA 03001234555
This animal welfare organisation are paid a lot of money from the public to look out for animals (and just pets) in distress. Make your views known to them and don't let them fob you off with clinical one liners.

                                                                         CRAFNANT LAMB was it BLUE TONGUE? 

I once read that 90% of the worlds animal abuse is suffered by farm animals. And it’s easy to see why when you come across regular cases of neglect when taking to the hills. Mind you, you don’t need to go far to see how farm animals are treated, there are plenty of farms close to towns and villages with forlorn animals stuck in filthy sheds, in muck up to their knees.

But this story is about a dead lamb that we found after descending the ridge above Llyn Crafnant. As we approached, at first we thought he was asleep, but quickly realised he was dead but only just, he was still warm. I pulled him away from the wall and the first thing I noticed was his tongue, blue and  very swollen, it also looked ulcerated and pustule and there was yellow discharge coming from his nostrils. I understood then, how he came to place his face inside that rock crevice, he must have been in sheer agony and the cool wall offered him some small relief from his suffering. A ewe close by was bleating pitifully, calling for her lamb; her desperate cries so heartbreaking, I’m not ashamed to say that I cried. I vowed to inform the authorities about it the next day, not least because I felt there might be a chance this lamb had died from “blue tongue” and I was concerned for the other lambs. Mind you I needn’t have bothered, Animal Health in Caernarfon were about as much use a chocolate fireguard. I gave them details of the area and where to find the body, but they rang me back a day later to say they couldn't find it. A week went by and I decided to go back and found what they couldn't, the rotting remains of the lamb that was now crawling with maggots. So not only had the farmer NOT removed the carcass as Vet Ms Humphries had "wrongly" assumed, but the farmer hadn’t even bothered to inspect his flock that week. I concluded that Animal Health, Caernarfon, were happy to leave the remains of this lamb [that may well have died from blue tongue] with the farmer they couldn’t even be bothered to identify. Now I’ll admit I'm not an expert on farm animal diseases, but the death of this poor animal should have been checked out properly, if only to rule out a rapidly spreading disease carried by mosquitos and which can devastate a whole flock, if they’re not immunised against it. I'm just amazed how these so-called health officials keep their jobs, when they’re clearly not up to it!   I even spoke to a cyclist up at Crafnant who goes there regularly and was told he doesn't bother to inform the authorities anymore when he finds dead sheep, because they always tell him the same thing, “We've been to look and there's no evidence because the farmer removed the animals”. What are these people being paid for when they show no interest in reports from the public about dead animals left to rot?  Personally, I’m sick of reporting distressing farm animal neglect and cruelty to authorities like Trading Standards and Animal Health Divisions, because they never do anything about complaints, unless of course it happens to be badgers that need killing? Is it any wonder that bTB is rife when lazy do little, publicly paid servants of the state are seemingly only interested in protecting farmers interests and not the animals, who as far they’re concerned can suffer and rot? Judi    


 We’ve often been accused of being afraid to protest against religious slaughter. The accusers have almost always invariably been pro-hunt supporters. The fact WAAC has done two protests in less than a year seems to have escaped their attention. And it’s not easy trying to make our voices heard when there is so much public apathy. But the sheer cruelty involved in religious slaughter is one more reason that keeps us focussed. Our campaigns were supported by the Reverend James Thompson, of Christians Against all Animal Abuse - a gentle advocate for animals - always willing to support our work and to speak out for the defenceless, be they human or animal. Our latest demo took us to Castle Square in Caernarfon for a protest against a newly refurbished Halal abattoir in the area.I find it depressing that religious slaughter is still allowed in this country, despite public condemnation.The animal’s friend the Reverend Thompson had this to say about ritual slaughter. "Any major world religion that claims to worship either a God of Love, or 'An All Compassionate One', yet condones or indeed contributes to the abuse of gentle, herbivorous farm animal’s, is worthy of being stigmatised as hypocritical.  I agree one hundred percent with the following words attributed to Anna Sewell, the authoress of Black Beauty, who wrote: 'You can talk as much as you like about your religion, but if it does not teach you to be kind and caring to both animals as well as humans, then it is nothing but a sham'. How true!"I must add that the abattoir owner did tell one local paper that the animals killed in his slaughterhouse would be stunned before they had their throats cut, but we need know that this is true! Asking for proof has been ignored. Some abattoirs apparently do stun the animals after their throats have been cut.  We need to know that the meat from animals killed in this slaughterhouse will be labelled 'pre-stunned'? Without this assurance there can be no guarantee that animals goaded into this abattoir will not suffer the agony of being knifed whilst fully conscious.It's bad enough that animals have to go through such a traumatic experience in the first place, but to compound their terror further by subjecting them to such a brutal end is inconceivable.I urge all who care about animals to write to Gwynedd Council and in particular to Councillor Dewi Lewis who gave his wholehearted support for this NEW company and demand that all meat that leaves this slaughterhouse be labelled pre-stunned.Finally, I'd like to thank VIVA! for supplying WAAC with all the posters and leaflets. Anyone wanting to sign a petition against religious slaughter should contact Viva on the following email address info@viva.org.uk  

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