Occupy for Animals
Exclude all Romanian FVE-representatives
This petition, started on 10th of November, 2015, is a joint action by 'Starromania - Schweizer Tieraerzte für Rumänien', 'Occupy for Animals' & 'Alliance against Abuses', and calls on all international members of FVE to pressurize their headquarters in Brussels to have the Romanian FVE-representation excluded from the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, because of the behavior of their National Sanitary-Veterinary Authority (A.N.S.V.S.A.) and their representatives - most of all Liviu Harbuz - the "father" of the current murderous and corrupt law - and this until an end is being put to the unspeakable cruelty and horrors that the Romanian dogs are subjected to. A copy of our petition letter will go to:the Office of Mr Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania and to Ms. Nathalie Welschbillig, FVE-guest speaker from the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union For further information on this petition, please visit: http://hopeforromaniandogs.weebly.com/the-petition-to-the-federation-of-veterinarians-of-europe-and-the-president-of-romania-to-have-all-romanian-fve-representatives-excluded-from-fve-until-the-cruelties-inflicted-on-romanian-dogs-have-come-to-an-end.html Pentru a citi acest post în limba română, vă rugăm să mergeți la:http://hopeforromaniandogs.weebly.com/federatia-veterinarilor-din-europa-exclude539i-toti-reprezentan539ii-romani-din-fve-pacircn259-cacircnd-cruzimile-asupra-cacircinilor-vor-icircnceta.htmlINTRODUCTIONIn Romania, brave women, acting all alone, put themselves in harm’s way, trying to fend off entire groups of brutal ASPA dog catchers (ironically, ASPA is the Authority for the Supervision and Protection of Animals) whilst dozens of members of the FVE European Commission who are – thanks to the Internet - perfectly aware of what is really going on in Romania, listen to the lies of the Romanian FVE-representatives. Corruption and nepotism kills. And not only dogs. The irresponsible, criminal and unscrupulous actions of Romanian authorities have recently claimed more than forty victims and severely injured over 150 others when a fire broke out at Colectiv Club in Bucharest - a nightclub that was "allowed" to function for years despite the fact that it did not have ONE SINGLE fire exit. The Romanians have had enough! They are taking to the streets to protest against a profoundly corrupt political system and we are currently witnessing the outbreak of a true revolution. The Romanian animal extermination law is a significant part of the corrupt Romanian political system, and we wonder: How long still before the European representatives of FVE finally stand up against the ongoing cruelties directed against Romania's dogs, and - at last - live by their high expectations asserted on their website? How much more unimaginable, and senseless pain, must the Romanian dogs endure before the European veterinarians show their Romanian colleagues the "red card"? How long still until they finally act as one against all the unbearable wrongdoings we are all aware of? How much longer will they watch passively how irreparable damage is caused to Romanian children and adults alike as they witness the cruel and criminal treatment of dogs on their streets?How long still until those veterinarians in Brussels, who represent also OUR culture, OUR conscience and OUR morals, will finally stand up and say: "ENOUGH!"? Surely, you recall our collective, unforgettable success and the concomitant disgrace of the corrupt Romanian Veterinary Authority (A.N.S.V.S.A.), when back in June, 2015, Claudiu Dumitriu was nevertheless eventually invited to participate at the General Assembly of FVE - the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe - in Iasi, and had his say? Our collective action was a success. But the next - and even more important step - is yet to come. A new meeting of FVE will now take place from 12th to 14th of November, 2015, in Brussels, and with this petition, we are calling on all international members of FVE to pressurize their headquarters in Brussels to have the Romanian FVE-representation excluded from the Federation of Veterinarians for Europe, because of the behavior of their National Sanitary-Veterinary Authority (A.N.S.V.S.A.) and their representatives - most of all Liviu Harbuz - the "father" of the current murderous and corrupt law - and this until an end is being put to the unspeakable cruelty and horrors that the Romanian dogs are subjected to. Dr Liviu Harbuz, who paradoxically:- is a top politician in a country that profoundly hates its politicians;- is the friend of ex-ex-prime-minister Adrian Năstase, locked away for corruption, in a country devastated by corruption;- is a most prosperous and successful business man (as revealed by his wealth statement available on the website of the Romanian Parliament) in a country where thousands of honest businessmen go bankrupt;- is the „father” of the National Sanitary-Veterinary Authority (A.N.S.V.S.A.) and of the concept of „animal welfare” in a country where it is the same A.N.S.V.S.A. that mocks „animal welfare” given that tolerating and covering up the horrors stray animals are subjected to is part of their so-called „management”- it is him who comes before you and boasts about a formidable law, namely the law for the mass-killing of stray dogs passed by Government Emergency Ordinance OUG 155/2001 amended by Law 258/2013 that has not caused - but revolt - repulsion, psychic trauma and countless street protests in Romania and Europe;- next to the tens of thousands of animals tortured, killed or let to die of starvation;- in addition to the undermining of public health by blocking the rabies vaccination of the dogs;- in addition to stimulating abandonment;- and creating an abusive monopoly of dog identification and registration in favor of the Board of Veterinarians of Romania (CNMVRo) Please see our website for TV reports on Dr Liviu Harbuz' corrupt doings: http://hopeforromaniandogs.weebly.com/the-petition-to-the-federation-of-veterinarians-of-europe-and-the-president-of-romania-to-have-all-romanian-fve-representatives-excluded-from-fve-until-the-cruelties-inflicted-on-romanian-dogs-have-come-to-an-end.htmlGiven that Ms Nathalie Welschbillig, from the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will be present at this meeting, and as their guest speaker, will give a presentation on the role of the Presidency in the Council of the European Union, and also held two workshops later on, namely (and ironically) on reputation of the profession and public trust and on the ethics in veterinary medicine and the position of the profession in the society, we found it appropriate to also send a copy of our letter to Ms Welschbillig.
End all EU-subsidies for bulls raised to die in bullfights
This petition was started by Occupy for Animals on 29th of October, 2015, and submitted to the European Parliament's Committee on Petitions for official registration at the same date. For further information, please visit: http://www.occupyforanimals.net/will-the-eu-commission-respond-in-favor-of-the-eu-parliaments-vote-to-end-eu-subsidies-for-bullfighting.html------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ On 28th of October, 2015, the European Parliament voted to end EU-subsidies for bullfighting. Now it's up to the EU-Commission to respond to this demand. Currently, subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) allow Spanish (and some Portuguese and French) farmers to use Single Farm Payment on hectares used to rear bulls used in the fights. An amendment passed on 8th of October, 2015, means the European Parliament has voted against this use, and was followed by an astonishing victory of 438 votes to 199 (50 abstentions) on the non-binding resolution that says ‘CAP appropriations or any other appropriations from the budget should not be used for the financing of lethal bullfighting activities'. 199 MEPs - of which we will publish the names as soon as they will be made public - voted against the following amendment: 26 c. Reiterates that CAP appropriations or any other appropriations from the budget should not be used for financing lethal bull fighting activities; recalls that such funding is a clear violation of the European Convention for the protection of animals kept for farming purposes (Council Directive 98/58/EC) The inclusion of the word "lethal" is worrying as it would exclude all the bulls bred, used and abused in the many other sadistic fiestas such as the 'Toro Jubilo', the bull-runs, like the famous and still popular one held in Pamplona and others, as well - and most importantly - the Portuguese bullfights where the bull is/should not be killed in the ring, but is often being killed or simply left to perish behind the scenes, conveniently out of public sight. According to a 2013 report called 'Torres and Taxes' compiled by Spanish MEPs, no less than €129.6 million were spent by the European Union on subsidising bullfighting each year. In an article published on the website of the GREEN PARTY, MEP Keith Taylor said: “I am delighted that MEPs have voted today to stop EU money being used to prop up the bullfighting industry. “Bullfighting is barbaric and cruel and, without the support of misplaced EU farming subsidies, it’s a failing business. While the vote today will not stop bullfighting, it could be a massive blow to the industry - stopping millions of pounds going to those involved.” Yes, indeed: it COULD be a massive blow. IF the EU-Commission and the 28 Finance Ministers of the EU Member States agree with the Parliament's vote. That said, in a next step, the Parliament’s report will be sent to the Commission, who in turn will sent it to the Finance Ministers of all 28 Members States, in order to reach an agreement with the European Parliament as to whether the budget appropriations may now still be used to subsidise the breeding of bulls meant to die in bullfights. Or rather not... With this petition, we are calling on the Commission, and the Finance Ministers of all 28 EU-Member States, to respect the vote of the European Parliament representing the European citizens, and to agree with the European Parliament with respect to the EU budget for 2016 and to stop the budget appropriations that may be used to subsidise activities associated with bullfighting.
Please don't let the animals suffer in your zoos
This petition has been started by Occupy for Animals on September 27, 2012. Despite all our previous pleas to the CITES director and after several meetings of our Egyptian activist members with the responsible authorities, nothing much has changed inside the zoos and the animals in Egypt's seven governmental zoos continue to suffer terribly. As our last resort, we are now turning to the President of Egypt asking him to intervene and to appoint a person to specifically ensure that the changes needed are carried out as soon as possible. For further information, pictures, videos and press reports, as well as the links to other, related petitions, please visit: http://www.occupyforanimals.org/egypts-zoos--hell-holes-for-animals.html By signing our petition, the letter that you can read below will be sent instantly to the President of Egypt. We thank you very much, in advance, for signing our petition and for speaking up for the poor animals who are imprisoned in the governmental zoos of Egypt.
EU: make spaying and neutering compulsory!
This petition has been started on September 9, 2012 by Occupy for Animals and has been submitted to the European Parliament for official registration at the same date.For additional information concerning this petition, please visit: http://occupyforanimals.wix.com/petitions-to-the-eu#!spay--neuter/c10en On the same website are compiled all our petitions that are addressed to the EU and that had been submitted for official registration, with acceptance pending. Please check them out! ABOUT THIS PETITION Despite a global attachment of our society towards companion animals, millions of dogs and cats are relinquished to shelters each year and several millions of those are euthanised. Professionals in the veterinary, animal control and animal welfare fields are now seeing companion animal overpopulation as a "people problem" rather than an animal problem (e.g., Arkow, 1991; Arluke, 1991; Miller, Staats, Partlo & Rada, 1996; Moulton, Wright & Rindy, 1991) with the individual and collective behaviour of people as a causal agent, while variables in the environment (animal welfare agencies, pet industry, media) are also believed to be contributing factors. Other than being placed in overcrowded shelters and/or euthanised, many animals are abandoned. They become strays and roam free, becoming a nuisance and causing illness and harm to the community. Stray animals can become a problem for many reasons: they carry diseases that can be passed to humans and other animals (such as rabies), they can cause road accidents, harass and attack citizens, damage property and pollute the environment. They are often seen as a nuisance and health hazard by the people who live alongside them, resulting in persecution by humans in the form of cruelty, abuse and inhumane methods of killing. The dogs are treated as nothing more than a vermin to be exterminated. Europe's shelters are full of unwanted animals and an estimated 100 million free roaming dogs (owned dogs and stray dogs), and probably twice as much cats, live in countries member of the European Union. Every year, NGOs from all over Europe spend millions of Euros of private funds collected via donations to care for abandoned animals in numerous ways. They feed the animals, treat the injured and sick ones, they run private shelters and they try to find homes for as many as possible and above all: they organize sterilization campaigns to prevent that new animals are being added to this never ending cycle of misery and despair. Tens of thousands of people come together on social networks such as Facebook, giving all their commitment and spending all their free time to clean up a mess created by a society that has no clue about responsible animal-ownership and the importance of spay and neuter. But all their efforts will always remain insufficient as long as new animals are being added to this sad circle. Dogs and cats follow their basic instincts and breed to propagate their species. Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens! Male animals contribute to the companion animal overpopulation crisis even more than females do. Just one unsterilized male animal can impregnate dozens of females, creating dozens upon dozens of unwanted offspring. Humans can make the decision to control their own population, and they must also take responsibility for their companion animals and the single most important thing that we can do to save cats and dogs from all the suffering and death that their overpopulation causes, is to spay and neuter them. Since the problem of pet-overpopulation in Europe has become a problem of epidemic proportions, we are calling on the European Union to make spaying and neutering compulsory for all owned companion animals in the European Union, imposing hefty fines on those who will chose to ignore this law. Governments shall provide free sterilizations to community members that can not afford the fees, so that there will be no excuse not to spay or neuter. Considering that communities spend millions of Euros of private funds and that governments spend millions of Euros of taxpayer's money each year coping with problems that a failure of spay and neuter causes, the one-time cost of spaying or neutering is far lower than the expense involved in rounding up strays, feeding and housing abandoned animals, and euthanizing those for whom homes can not be found. By signing this petition the message that you can read under the tab 'Petition Letter' will be sent instantly to the Chair of the Committee on Petitions at the European Parliament, Mrs Erminia Mazzoni.Thank you in advance for your signature.
Ban animal live exports!
Petition started by Occupy for Animals on September 7, 2012 For more information about this petition, please visit: http://www.occupyforanimals.org/australia--shocking-new-evidence-of-live-export-breaches.html Over the past 30 years Australia’s live export industry has exported over 150 million animals to the Middle East – to countries where there are no laws to protect them from acts of cruelty. During this time, some 2.5 million have died en route. Animals Australia’s seven investigations in the Middle East since 2003 have revealed that these animals may well have been the fortunate ones. They have also revealed Australia’s live export industry’s culpability in the cruel treatment of all animals in the region. A memorandum of understanding put in place after the Cormo Express disaster of 2003, where 6,000 sheep died, is meant to protect animals involved in the live export trade. But the new cases, including the most recent ones from September 2012, suggest procedures for animal welfare in the live export trade have failed. In regard to the new shocking evidence of live export cruelty that has emerged when tens of thousands of sheep where stranded - rejected by Kuwait and Bahrain after they had been on board for weeks - even senator Lee Rhiannon said that the situation is unacceptable. "The memorandum of understanding now looks like worthless bits of paper," she said. The 30,000 baby cows from Australia that had been slaughtered - after weeks of transportation in horrible conditions and after they had been stranded for weeks in the Red Sea port - by the Egyptian authorities after they had discovered what they described as a “hormonal capsules” in the animals - is just another very sad story to add to those of live export cruelty from Australia to the middle east and other places. Evidence is mounting that Australian government regulations cannot protect animals from extreme suffering in the live export trade. The government's attempts to protect the welfare of Australian livestock are dependent on importers and exporters playing by the rules. They clearly cannot be trusted to do so. With all the shocking evidence that has emerged over the last years, we believe that the point has been reached where the Australian government must do what the vast majority of Australians have been long calling on governments to do - and that is to end these cruel live exports once and for good. By signing our petition, the message that you can read under the tab 'Petition Letter' will be sent instantly to Australia's Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr Joe Ludwig (email@example.com). We thank you very much in advance for your signature.
EU: ban fur farming in the European Union
This petition was started by Occupy for Animals at date of August 31, 2012 and has been submitted to the European Parliament for official registration at the same date. For additional information on this petition, please visit:http://www.occupyforanimals.net/ban-fur-farms-in-the-european-union.html While wearing fur clothing in cold weather as protection goes back to the stone age, the source for this material came from the wild. As human populations grew, furs, leathers and hides for use in clothing came from farm stock such as sheep (sheepskin), rabbits, cattle, pigs and goats. The earliest records of breeding mink for fur in North America were in the 1860s. Foxes were first raised on farms for fur in Prince Edward Island in Canada in 1895. Historically, the fur trade played an important economic role in the United States. Fur trappers explored and opened up large parts of North America, and the fashion for beaver hats led to intense competition for supplies of raw materials. Starting in the latter half of the 20th century, producers and wearers of fur have been criticized by animal rights activist because of the perceived cruelty involved in animal trapping and because the availability of synthetic fibers (from petroleum oil) that competed with natural fibres such as fur and wool. Today, 80 percent of the fur clothing industry's pelts come from animals raised on farms. The rest is from animals caught in the wild. The most farmed fur-bearing animal is the mink (50 million annually), followed by the fox (about 4 million annually). Asiatic and Finnish raccoon and chinchilla are also farmed for their fur. 64 percent of fur farms are in Northern Europe, 11 percent are in North America, and the rest are dispersed throughout the world, in countries such as Argentina and Russia. Fur used from animals caught in the wild is not considered farmed fur, and is instead known as 'wild fur'. Most of the world’s farmed fur is produced by European farmers. There are 6,000 fur farms in the EU. The EU accounts for 63% of global mink production and 70% of fox production. Denmark is the leading mink-producing country, accounting for approximately 28% of world production. Other major producers include China, the Netherlands, the Baltic States, and the U.S. Finland is the largest United States supplier of fox pelts. The United States is a major exporter of furskins. Major export markets include China, Russia, Canada, and the EU. Exports to Asia as a share of total exports grew from 22% in 1998 to 47% in 2002. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world, therefore making them the largest re-exporter of finished fur products. Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison. Whether it came from an animal on a fur farm or one who was trapped in the wild, every fur coat, trinket, and bit of trim caused an animal tremendous suffering - and took away a life. Several EU Member States have recognised the inherent cruelty of raising wild animals in intensive confinement and have already taken steps to restrict or ban fur production altogether. Austria and the United Kingdom are the two countries that have thus far passed legislation to fully prohibit the breeding of animals for fur production. Production of fox and chinchilla fur was banned in the Netherlands in 1995 and 1997, respectively. Following a long phase-out period, all fox and chinchilla farms were eradicated by 2008. The Dutch Parliament also voted in favour of a ban on mink production in the Netherlands in June 2009. This legislation, which must still be approved by the Dutch Senate, would lead to the phase-out of all mink farms by 2024. At present, the Netherlands is Europe’s second largest mink producer, with nearly 5 million mink being gassed to death there each year. Although it is the world’s largest fur producer, Denmark recognised the inherent welfare problems associated with raising foxes in captivity and consequently prohibited fox farming in 2009. The Danish ban does, however, include a phase-out period for fox producers. Sweden also effectively ended fox farming in 1995 through an amendment to its Animal Protection Ordinance, which required that foxes be kept in such a way that they can engage in natural behaviours, such as digging. This legislative change rendered fox farming economically unviable and all Swedish fox farms closed by 2000. Finally, it should be noted that Croatia, which is expected to accede to the European Union in 2012, already passed a ban on fur farming in December 2006. We now request the European Parliament to please consider banning the practice of fur farming in the entire European Union for the following reasons: Animal welfare problems on fur factory farms The main species, namely mink and fox, that are reared on fur factory farms are still essentially wild animals. As the European Commission’s own Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare (SCAHAW) concluded in its 2001 report, "The Welfare of Animals Kept for Fur Production": “...these species, in comparison with other farm animals, have been subjected to relatively little active selection, except with respect to fur characteristics. There has thus been only a limited amount of selection for tameness and adaptability to captive environments.” Mink and fox are carnivores, predators and highly inquisitive, active animals, with complex social lives. Unlike most other types of farm animals, who tend to be flock or herd species, mink are solitary by nature. Mink and fox are territorial and, in the wild, go to great lengths to defend their territories. These animals are unsuited to farming conditions and especially intensive breeding and rearing. Kept in small, wire cages, animals on fur farms have been found to exhibit stereotypical behaviour (such as pacing along the cage wall, repetitive circling/nodding of the head, etc.) as well as self-mutilation (i.e. sucking or biting of the animal’s tail fur, or other parts of their pelts). Studies on Swedish farms showed that 70-85% of the adult minks were performing stereotypic behaviours. This is a serious behavioural disorder and a clear sign that the animals are stressed and can not act naturally. Killing methods for fur animals The methods used to kill fur animals also leave much to be desired. Mink, for example, are generally gassed to death after being placed one after the other in killing boxes. Carbon monoxide (either pure source or associated with other gases) is the most widely used technique for killing mink. EU legislation continues to permit the use of gas produced from engine exhaust, despite scientific evidence which shows that even filtered exhaust gases induce unconsciousness in mink more slowly than pure CO, while first provoking excitation and convulsions. EU legislation also continues to allow the use of carbon dioxide as a manner of killing mink. The aversiveness of carbon dioxide and the practical difficulties in achieving reliable high concentration of gas in the killing chamber make CO2 an unpalatable and unacceptable method for killing mink in groups. Semi-aquatic and highly evolved physiologically to hold their breath, mink are able to detect a lack of oxygen in their blood and are prone to hypoxia, which means that they can suffer particularly during gassing. Finally, anal electrocution is also a permitted means of killing animals on factory fur farms. However, electrocution requires considerable restraint, and use of electrodes inserted into orifices. If cardiac arrest is caused without first inducing unconsciousness, there is potential for the animal to experience severe pain and distress. It should be noted that New York State banned electrocution of foxes; this method was also banned in the UK before fox farming was prohibited there altogether. Fur farming legislation in the EU There is no specific EU legislation providing detailed animal welfare requirements for the keeping of animals for fur production. Fur factory farms are covered by Council Directive 98/58/EC, which lays down the general minimum requirements for the protection of all animals kept for farming purposes. According to this Directive, EU Member States may maintain or apply stricter provisions than those laid down in this legislation, thus creating the possibility for individual countries to restrict or prohibit the keeping of animals for fur production. In addition to the aforementioned legislation, killing methods for fur animals are also included Council Directive 93/119/EC on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing. This legislation was revised and, from 1st January 2013, will be superseded by Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009. Unfortunately, under the terms of this legislation, killing methods such as the use of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide (pure source, or associated with other gases) and anal electrocution will still be permitted in the killing of fur animals. Impact on the environment The farming of animals for fur - while a profitable venture for fur farms - has proven to be an environmental disaster for the planet. The intensive confinement of animals, in it's self, has always been of environmental concern. With thousands of animals being kept over a small area, the build-up of excrement is obvious concern, as it will either be soaked into the soil and end up in our ground water, or it will run off into near-by streams as a result of heavy rain. There is an obvious health factor involved with groundwater contamination. Each mink skinned by fur farmers produces about 44 pounds of feces in his or her lifetime. The nitrogen of these farms also impedes the wintering of trees. This accounts for added frost damage and easier access for insects and fungi into the weakened tree. Fur farms are a source of air pollution as well due to the tons of ammonia they produce every year! Fur is only "natural" when it's on the animal who was born with it. Once an animal has been slaughtered and skinned, his or her fur is treated with a soup of toxic chemicals to "convert the putrefactive raw skin into a durable material" (i.e., to keep it from rotting). Various salts - along with ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, and other chromates and bleaching agents - are used to preserve and dye fur. Furs are loaded with chemicals to keep them from decomposing in the buyer's closet, and fur production pollutes the environment and gobbles up precious resources. Producing a fur coat from ranch-raised animals takes more than 15 times as much energy as does producing a faux-fur coat. Considering the above facts and with all the natural and synthetic materials available today, there is simply no justification for this disgusting industry to continue and we request the European Parliament to consider a ban on fur farming in the entire European Union.
Ban religious slaughter in the European Union
Petition started by Occupy for Animals on August, 19, 2012. For more information concerning this petition please visit: http://www.occupyforanimals.org/ban-religious-slaughter-throughout-europe.html Occupy for Animals has requested the European Parliament to register this petition and is awaiting confirmation. By signing this petition, we will be able to notify you as soon as we have received confirmation from the European Parliament. ABOUT THIS PETITION: The ritual slaughter of animals decreed by Jewish and Muslim dietary laws require that the animals are conscious when they have their throats slit. In the European secular food industry, regulations strive to minimise "the risk of causing pain, fear or distress to the animals" in their being slaughtered for food. Crucially, these rules require the stunning of animals before being killed, either with a bolt to the brain, or with electricity. However, the law kowtows before the Jewish kashrut and Islamic halal guidelines in permitting avoidance of stunning. In 2009, New Zealand veterinarian scientist Craig Johnson was given an award from the Humane Slaughter Association, for his body of work that demonstrates that animals suffer more without stunning. In one crucial experiment, Johnson et al administered mild anaesthetics to calves so that they could not feel the pain of the incision, but the pain response was still measurable. It remained present in the animals without stunning, but was immediately erased by stunning."I think our work is the best evidence yet that it's painful", Johnson told New Scientist. While this may appear to come from the oft-referenced University of the Bleeding Obvious, in fact defenders of Jewish shechita and Muslim dhabiha slaughter cite scientific evidence that the practice is not painful to the animal. In 2003, the Muslim Council of Great Britainclaimed that "the brain is instantaneously starved of blood and there is no time to start feeling any pain." Johnson's work says otherwise. [A. Rutherford 2009]Since then at least two studies have been published in Europe (Lambooij 2008 and DIALREL 2011). In the DIALREL report of last year, nine researchers (among them Lambooij) concluded that throat cutting without anaesthetic carried the highest risks of animals suffering: 'Pain, suffering and distress during the cut and during bleeding are highly likely.' Sedation methods are admittedly not without risks for animal wellbeing, but they are considerable smaller, claim the researchers. They cite from about 300 scientific articles and base their views on observations by veterinary researchers in slaughterhouses in Germany, Spain, England, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Israel and Australia.The European Union directive, "European Convention for the Protection of Animals for Slaughter", generally requires stunning before slaughter, but allows member states to allow exemptions for religious slaughter: "Each Contracting Party may authorize derogations from the provisions concerning prior stunning in the following cases: – slaughtering in accordance with religious rituals ...".In May 2009 the European Parliament voted in favour of allowing ritual slaughter in member states.What is the difference for the animals?Non-stunned animals are slaughtered in vivid mindfulness, they experience unacceptable suffering. Their agony can last several minutes.In the context of slaughter with stunning, the animal does not suffer at the time of slaughter, since there is loss of consciousness. Scientists have clearly stated: "Because of the serious animal welfare associated with slaughter without stunning, stunning should always be carried out before the slaughter."In some countries, ritually killed animals are stunned before bleeding (Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand). The steps are then the same as for conventional slaughter. The video (graphic!) in the following link demonstrates the difference between slaughter with prior stunning, vs slaughter without stunning (ritual or religious slaughter). While the animal in the first method is rendered unconscious immediately, the animals slaughtered without prior stunning experience their agony in full consciousness. You don't need to be an expert to see that this causes immense unnecessary suffering to the animals.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvH8rz7QwZM&feature=player_embedded If we, as the dominant species on Earth (!), are to use and consume animals, it is our duty to minimize their suffering in doing so. The anachronism of slaughter without stunning has no place in the modern world and should be outlawed. This special indulgence to religious practices should be replaced with the evidence-based approaches to which the rest of us are subject. For us, religious freedom stops where human or animal suffering begins.Our petition requests that the European Parliament prompts the Council to delete from Council Regulation (EC) No. 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing the derogation whereby animals can be killed without prior stunning where such methods of slaughter are prescribed by religious rites (Art. 4.4). By signing this petition, the letter that you can read under the tab 'Petition Letter' will be sent instantly to Mrs Erminia Mazzoni - Chair of the Committee on Petitions at the European Parliament.Thank you very much in advance for your signature.
Implementation of an honest labeling mechanism for meat and dairy products in the EU
This petition has been started by 'Occupy for Animals' and was submitted to the European Parliament for registration at date of August 31, 2012. All information concerning this petition is contained here: http://occupyforanimals.wix.com/meat#!home/mainPage ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About this petition and the related website: Everybody knows what 'meat' is. Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food. Generally, this means skeletal muscles, fat and other tissues, but may also describe other ‘edible’ parts, such as organs and offal. The term ‘meat’ most often denotes the flesh of mammalian species (pigs, cattle, lambs, etc.), specifically reared for human consumption; it generally excludes fish and other seafood, poultry, and other species, including wild or non-domesticated animals (game). Terminology varies worldwide, depending on country-specific, cultural or religious preferences. What doesn’t vary, is that the product we call 'meat', was a sentient and conscious living being… right until the moment it was slaughtered and ‘processed’. When talking 'meat', there is more, much more to consider than just the rampant cruelty involved in the murder of species other than our own, which is somehow deemed acceptable. Of equal concern is the fact that scientifically, meat and dairy, in fact all animal protein, is acknowledged as being harmful to human health. Additionally, raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy and water, and contributes to climate change. Livestock is recognized as a serious threat to the environment, causing air, water and soil pollution. We have created this website to compile all this information in one single place; it covers: - animal cruelty - diseases linked to meat and dairy consumption - livestock and environment - livestock and climate change - meat production and water usage - meat demand and deforestation - human starvation - slaughter - exploitation of slaughterhouse workers Everything on these pages is based upon scientific facts and information taken from reliable and established sources. All sources and references are acknowledged at the bottom of the relevant page. There is no personal interpretation on these pages; this enables you, the reader, to reach your own conclusions, rather that be manipulated into a certain way of thinking. It is not uncommon to hear people saying that vegans care only for animals and not for people. That is a misperception. By the time you have read all this information, you will understand that vegans DO care a great deal for people. And that veganism isn’t just good for animals, it’s good for people AND the planet, too. We, at Occupy for Animals, care greatly about animals; that is a fact. At the same time, we are equally concerned about the health of our children and grandchildren, and yours. We are also increasingly concerned for their future, because of the current state of the climate and our environment. We care about the starving children, the majority of whom are barely surviving, in countries that export most of their grain production to western countries where it is used to feed livestock. We care about the farmers in developing countries who are being driven off their land because their efficient, plant-based agricultural model is being replaced with intensive livestock rearing. We care about the slaughterhouse workers who face physical dangers and psychological problems based on their work, and continue to be exploited by a greedy system. We are concerned that animal products these days are sold with a feel-good story: the animal was humanely raised, it was cage-free, it was free-range, it was pasture-fed, it’s hormone-free, etc. Excluded from these stories is the fact that an animal was killed; that he or she was a sentient and conscious being who didn’t want to die. Excluded also, is that meat dramatically increases the risk of many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, harmful cholesterol levels, diabetes and obesity; that meat production contributes to climate change and damages the environment; that it is responsible for most deforestation; that it contributes to poverty in developing countries and to human starvation; and that the person who slaughtered the animal - the person we almost never consider - has to cope daily with the trauma of his/her job. Vegans care about all of this, as you will see in every section of this website. We hope you will care about it, too, and read all the pages here (most of them are short!), because these things impact us all. Our petition asks for an honest labeling of all meat and dairy products, among other points. By signing this petition the message that you can read under the tab 'petition letter' will instantly be sent to Mr John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. We thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read the information compiled on our website and to sign and support our petition. Occupy for Animals!
STOP Toro de la Vega 2016
Each year, the second Tuesday of September, the town of Tordesillas (in Valladolid, Spain) is host to a horrific fiesta known as “El Toro de la Vega.” The festival begins with the release of a bull into the countryside surrounding the town, whereupon dozens of people then pursue the bull on foot and on horseback, stabbing him with daggers and spears until he collapses exhausted on the ground. The bull’s tail and testicles are then cut off and held aloft as trophies, and the bull is paraded through the town amidst the cheers of bystanders. By signing this petition, a message will instantly be sent to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, For more information on this sadistic tradition, please visit: http://www.occupyforanimals.org/-toro-de-la-vega--tordesillas-sadistic-fiesta.html
EGYPT: Close down all 7 governmental zoos that are nothing less than hell holes!
Petition started by Occupy for Animals! The animals are starving and dying in the seven governmental zoos of Egypt and they need YOUR help! The animals in the zoos of Egypt are in dire need of medical attention and proper care, and the Egyptian activists need our help to put pressure on the authorities that turn a blind eye. Here's how YOU can help:1) Sign this petition that send instant emails to the Egyptian General Organization of Veterinary Services 2) Watch the pictures at the link and share this page with as many as you can:http://www.occupyforanimals.org/egypts-zoos--hell-holes-for-animals.html 3) Sign this petition, too: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/786/840/821/rescue-animals-in-eygpt-zoos/ 4) Leave a comment about the shameful treatment of animals in the governmental zoos of Egypt at the 2 Facebook-page of Egypt's president, Dr. Mohamed Morsy, here: https://www.facebook.com/Egypt.President.Morsi 5) Leave a comment at the official Facebook-group of the General Organization of Veterinary Services which supervises Central Zoos, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GOVSEGYPT/ Thank you very much in advance for your support in helping the unfortunate animals imprisoned in the zoos of Egypt.