Europe Finds 4.4% of ‘Beef’ Really Horse

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BRUSSELS—Europe-wide tests of “beef” products conducted after the region’s horse-meat scandal found that nearly 5% were contaminated with horse meat, and the percentage was sharply higher in a few countries, especially France and Greece.

The European Union, Switzerland and Norway organized the tests in February after horse-meat DNA was found in products labeled as beef in a number of countries, prompting a public outcry, criminal investigations and pledges from authorities to discover whether the presence of horse meat in Europe’s beef supply is widespread. The authorities found 200 positive samples out of 4,497 tested, or 4.4%.

Nearly a quarter of all positive tests in the 27 EU nations occurred in France, home to a food processor, Spanghero, that shipped large amounts of horse meat found in frozen lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese and other beef dishes in the U.K. and elsewhere. Greek samples accounted for nearly 20% of all EU positive tests. Around 13% of samples were positive in both countries, the highest rate in Europe.

In a separate round of tests, less than 1% of all horse-meat samples tested positive for

A worker handles animal carcasses at an abattoir in northern Romania, in this file photo dated Feb. 12, 2013.

phenylbutazone, known as “bute,” a painkiller used on animals that is a health risk for humans.

“Today’s findings have confirmed that this is a matter of food fraud and not of food safety,” said Tonio Borg, the EU health commissioner. “In the coming months, the commission will propose to strengthen the controls along the food chain in line with lessons learned.”

The commission, the EU’s executive arm, could seek new legal authority that would give it the power to require action from member states to fight fraud in the food chain, commission spokesman Frédéric Vincent said.

The horse-meat scandal offered a window into the complex supply chains that move food ingredients from farms across Europe, through trading firms, processing plants and ultimately to packaged food products on supermarket shelves. The horse meat that found its way to U.K. supermarkets originated from slaughterhouses in Romania; at various points, it moved through a warehouse in the Netherlands owned by a Cypriot firm called Draap Trading, Spanghero’s facility in southwestern France, the French food-processing firm Comigel SAS and finally to the frozen-food company Findus Group.

Comigel and Findus have pointed the finger at their suppliers for mislabeling horse meat as beef, while Draap and Spanghero have said the meat they shipped was labeled as horse meat. Authorities in several countries are conducting criminal investigations. The U.K. has arrested three men in a separate horse-meat investigation who worked at processing plants in Wales and West Yorkshire.

The French government said its positive tests were particularly high because it focused on suppliers and products that were already suspected of mislabeling horse meat.The government said it would propose EU-wide rules that will strengthen penalties for food-chain fraud to a maximum of five years in prison and 10% of a company’s annual revenue.

The animal-protection group Humane Society International said European governments should have also tested for other common medications administered to horses that pose a health risk to humans.

“Testing for just one of the many drugs banned for use in animals that enter the food chain falls short of a precautionary and thorough approach to addressing fraud and ensuring food safety standards are met,” said Joanna Swabe, Humane Society International’s EU director.

News Link:-http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324030704578426622446482126.html

 

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Petitions: Romania: Please Do Not Allow The Killing Of Healthy Dogs!

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“I’m posting this petition on behalf ” Occupy For Animals”  because I feel so strongly about the way street animals are treated in Romania; which could so easily be solved, by registration, identification, sterilization & vaccination. 

I am hoping people will read the following information, learn about what is happening in Romania; & sign the petitions to end this barbaric cruelty . Please read the entire post below, then sign the petitions & send to friends etc. The rest of the world has to know what happens to street animals in Romania etc. Please also sign the petitions at the end of this post; which are just as important!”

The street dogs of Romania are hated, poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot, run over by cars, burned, and dumped in pits to starve to death. Some who are killed have their ears cut off by people who are able to turn them in for “rewards”. Hundreds of thousands of innocent dogs condemned to death every year, their only crime is being born. :-http://www.occupyforanimals.org/romania–organized-crime–stray-dog-business.html

This petition was started by Occupy for Animals! on April 13, 2013 – the petition letter that comes both in Romanian and English has been provided by our friend, Mira Iordanescu.

ABOUT THE ISSUE:

Romania, as a country member of the EU, must implement those measures to control the overpopulation of stray animals which have been proven efficient in all the civilized world: capture/sterilize/return …. but it appears that very many mayors in Romania have decided to kill as many stray dogs as possible.

In mid March 2013, the Romanian Senate has passed, with an overwhelming majority, the Bill 771/912/2007, regarding the management of stray animals, and based on the Judiciary Committee of the Romanian Parliament, only the animals suffering from incurable ailments can be euthanized.

According to the information that we have received from Romanian activists, this proposal did not sound well with many mayors in Romania, as well as many veterinarians (!) and the Association of Romanian Municipalities has contacted the Committee for Public Administration at the Romanian Parliament during their session from 3rd of April 2013, and proposed the most horrible amendments possible, of which the euthanasia after only 10 days of all animals captured and living in state run shelters (public shelters) being the most horrible and barbaric of all.

It is our understanding that the Committee for Public Administration at the Romanian Parliament will meet again in two weeks to make a final decision and to vote on all new amendments and then to send the Bill to the Romanian Parliament for a final vote in a plenary session. The new meeting is expected to take place around the 16th or 17th of April, 2013 – but the date has not yet been confirmed !!!

We are afraid that local authorities – the town halls – have (again) decided to kill as many animals as they possible can, and we all know how “euthanasia” is done in Romania, and we all know also that most public shelters are in fact DEATH CAMPS for the animals – dogs that have the misfortune to get caught and brought to such a so-called municipal shelter, rarely walk out alive again!

Mira Iordanescu had already started a petition – the signatures list will be forwarded to FPAM who will be at the Parliament. FPAM will print and present it to the Committee before the meeting.

But we definitely need a HURRICANE of EMAILS!

Please help us to avoid these new amendments from becoming reality – please sign our petition and share it with your friends and family and ask them to take action, too.

Romania’s unfortunate stray animals need us more than ever!
Please don’t let them down!

Those of you who are not familiar with the stray animal situation in Romania, will find some “interesting” information in the following link, and the links further down.
http://www.occupyforanimals.org/romania–organized-crime–stray-dog-business.html

Please sign the petition here:http://www.change.org/petitions/romania-please-do-not-allow-the-killing-of-healthy-dogs?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_true

Thank you very much, in advance, for speaking up for Romania’s homeless animals.

Just a few of the many petitions to be found on the internet regarding Romania’s animals:-Please sign

Read this Article by: CODRUT FEHER a member of the Romanian Federation for Animal Protection (FNPA) Read the following article on the sadistic killer & his army.

Botosani ~ the massacre of 230 healthy dogs

On May 11, 2011, the vet Cristian Petru Pencu, assisted by his drunken helpers,
“managed” to kill 230 healthy dogs in 2 hours time. News Link:-http://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/actualitate/masacru-la-botosani-peste-100-de-caini-ucisi-de-angajatii-primariei.html

To fully understand what is happening in Romania, read news reports this:-http://www.occupyforanimals.org/romania–organized-crime–stray-dog-business.html

Barbulescu Flavius from Brasov…the Portrait of a Dog Catcher

Petition:-http://www.change.org/petitions/romanian-government-stop-barbulescu-flavius-from-brasov-romania-to-kill-stray-animals?utm_campaign=share_button_modal&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_peti

Barbulescu Flavius

Barbulescu Flavius

Links :- http://www.piaberrend.org/romania-barbulescu-flavius-from-brasov/

Everything you need to know about Romani’s street dogs, shelters & the Romanian parliament; who are only out to line their own pockets! They don’t care about street animals; they just want them all dead by the cheapest way possible!:-http://www.occupyforanimals.org/romania–organized-crime–stray-dog-business.html

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Published on 28 Jan 2013 – Adoptiicaini

Stray dog situation in Romania

Face Book Event: Please Help Rescue Tania The Elephant From A Small Concrete Enclosure In Romania

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“There is a Face Book event happening, to help a lonely elephant be transferred to a sanctuary, which I am hoping you can all help with. All you have to do is 3 things:-

  1. Sign 1 petition (below)
  2. Send a letter (template below) to some email addresses (below)
  3. Send a letter (template below) to some links (links are pre-addressed email web pages, so just copy & paste the template letter into the “comment or mail” section on the web page & fill in your details in the sections provided.

Or if you have Face Book Account, you can just click on the picture of Tania below which will take you to the event page!”

“Many people who are not familiar with Face Book, may think ‘Events’ such as this, have to be attended in person. True some Events are about attending a function or protest in person; but most are like the one below, which just means that you are invited to send a letter & sign a petition for a particular cause!”

“Posting for & on behalf of my dear friend & animal advocate Julie Jo – Face Book – Copied as is from the link below”

Face Book Event:-https://www.facebook.com/events/530616983650177/?ref=3

Monday, 20 May 2013

Tania At The Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania.

ACTION TAKEN BY YOU FOR THIS EVENT:
Please send sample letter to emails and links provided, and sign 1 petition.

Thank you everyone for your participation.

Letters will be sent to:

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Romanian Embassy’s, Head of the Press Office, Director for the Media and European Parliament Spokesman, Independent Times Media, Court of Justice of the European Union, Council of the European Union and European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development.

It is CRUCIAL that all these emails be sent for this to happen.
_____________________________________________________________________________

ABOUT TANIA:

Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement in a 90 square foot area at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania. She was transferred from an Italian zoo in September 2012. At a young age she was sent to a zoo in France where she appears to have lived for more than 20 years. Tania is confined alone showing signs of distress due to not having enough space. She is confined to only 90 sq ft with no adequate habitat to fit her needs. It is appalling by the amount of space provided to her. Tania has no where near the amount of space needed whether she is inside or outside, the place is too small for ANY elephant. Even 10,000 sq ft. is not enough for an elephant. Please read the sample letter for the remaining information on her.
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PETITION to sign pleasehttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/755/337/604/help-to-get-tania-out-of-the-tirgu-mares-zoo/

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EMAIL – Copy & paste the following email addresses & add the template letter below:
SG-PLAINTES@ec.europa.eu; jaume.duch@europarl.europa.eu; efca@efca.europa.eu; Office@roembus.org; acsbucharest@state.gov; newseditor@independent.co.uk; drp@gov.ro

SUBJECT: Your Assistance is Needed

SAMPLE LETTER:

To Whom It May Concern:

I have just learned of Tania an Asian elephant at the Trgu Mures Zoo whom is confined alone showing signs of distress due to not having enough space. She is confined to only 90 sq ft with no adequate habitat to fit her needs. It is appalling by the amount of space provided to her. Tania has no where near the amount of space needed whether she is inside or outside, the place is too small for any elephant. Even 10,000 sq ft. is not enough for her.

Due to extreme cold winters in Romania Tania is cooped up for six months at a time, which drives them insane, whether keepers are there or not. This has added acceleration to the deterioration of her feet. No vet can correct this as long as she cannot move, even in the small outside enclosure. Her feet will eventually kill her. Even though she is alone nothing can be solved by bringing in other elephants because there is not enough room for her and if they don’t get along one could be killed.

I would also like to address Tania’s insecure fencing. If electrified it could kill her and if not she could easily bolt out and the public could be in great danger. If they are unable to provide the proper security for her it could result in her being chained and leading to mental anguish. Signs of this would be swaying and bobbing which she already does.

Tania has shown too many signs of distress as you can see in the video links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-egOg_ROYSw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar4xl_6BhEo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ce99fZzg4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgeatP7qX-U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI__NLJsiPM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pisaO4v9FGM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLVJpFursU8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Y95ZFBEJQ

This link is to give you an idea of the habitat size required for an animal this large:

http://www.elephantpepper.org/downloads/Concept%20of%20home%20range.pdf

I ask that Tania be given the life every elephant deserves, one of freedom. As you are aware, thousands of people are horrified at her treatment, and even though new, they are inadequate facilities for Tania. I ask the authorities in control of her be made to let advocates transfer her to a sanctuary.

Yours faithfully

Add your name

Add your Country

Please copy & paste the above letter into the pre-addressed links below:-

CONTACT LINKS:

Court of Justice of the European Union:
http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/T5_5133/

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums FB:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Association-of-Zoos-and-Aquariums/103849909693281

European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development Vasilica Viorica Dancila:
https://www.facebook.com/viorica.dancila

Citizens Inquirey: https://www.secure.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/cites.html (CONFIRM IN EMAIL)

Romanian Embassy Facebook/Message:
https://www.facebook.com/romanian.embassy

EUROPE DIRECT- (EU CITIZENS ONLY)
http://europa.eu/europedirect/write_to_us/mailbox/index_en.htm

EU Law:  http://ec.europa.eu/eu_law/your_rights/your_rights_forms_en.htm

ROMANIAN EMBASSY’S: http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/romania

Council of the European Union:
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/contacts/info-public.aspx?lang=en#form

Thank you x

Horse Recorded As Slaughtered Is Found Wandering The Streets: 11 Months After Supposedly Slaughtered: Q&A How Does The Horse Meat Scandal Effect You?

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“I was so happy for this horse, I actually cried when I read his story! But I couldn’t help but feel, so much heartache for the poor horse that took its place; in this heinous, despicable & totally unnecessary bloody business! We kill millions of animals daily around the world, to supply the demand for meat for human consumption; SO WE DO NOT NEED TO BE KILLING EQUINES FOR BURGERS, SAUSAGES OR STEAKS! I hope this makes a lot of people think about what they eat; knowing what drugs my horses have had, I would be worried about my health too. This would definitely stop me eating meat; if not already virtually vegan!! 

A horse recorded as being slaughtered by an Irish abattoir in March 2012 was found wandering the roads of Longford last Sunday in the latest alarming twist in the horsemeat scandal.

Worrying: This horse was found wandering the streets of Ireland 11 months after official records state he was slaughtered, raising fears over the state of the country’s traceability system

The discovery of the small, black and white cob known as ‘Charlie’ – 11 months after official records state he was slaughteredoffers concrete proof of the chaos that the State’s traceability system for horses is in.

Experts last night suggested that Charlie’s horse passportwhich would have confirmed that he was safe to enter the food chaincould have been transferred to another, larger horse that would have been banned from doing so.

The latest scandal comes after a week of shocking revelations as the horsemeat scandal that began in Ireland spread right across Europe. 

Frozen food company Findus last night confirmed that it may take legal action against its suppliers after its beef lasagne was found to contain up to 100 per cent horsemeat. The UK Food Standards Authority has said it will carry out tests on beef served in hospitals and schools – although the authorities here said they have no such plans.

The French ministry of agriculture has also begun a criminal investigation into the origin of the lasagne horsemeat, which it believes came from Romania.

Last month, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland discovered forged documents had been used in processing some horses at a reputable abattoir in Limerick. While the documentation initially appeared genuine, the veterinary stamp had in fact been forged. The meat was intended for export to Italy.

The discovery of Charlie came as Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney told TDs that he had tightened up the passport system for tracking horses

In safe hands:Care: Animal charity worker Andrea Kelly with the scanner that identified Charlie

Under the system each horse is issued with its own passport as well as being implanted with a microchip that gives it a unique ID number. ‘A horse is not allowed into the human food chain unless it has a passport and it is microchipped and identified,’ he told the Agriculture Committee.

It must be identified within six months of birth, or within the year of birth. We are enforcing those rules now. I am not saying everything was perfect in the past.’ Mr Coveney added that he would act if he was told that the passport system was in disarray – but only if he was given clear evidence.

‘If anyone has evidence to suggest that something continues to be seriously wrong with regard to the slaughtering of horses, I need to hear about it and see it. I cannot act on hearsay.’

However, when the Mail on Sunday put the case of Charlie to the Department of Agriculture, it declined to comment. A spokesman would only repeat yesterday: ‘As stated earlier in the week, the Department doesn’t comment on individual cases.’

The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has repeatedly alleged that passports are switched in order to allow undocumented horses to enter the food chain. Passing horsemeat off as beef offers unscrupulous traders a potential windfall. Horsemeat sells on average for €900 per tonne, while beef costs €3,500.

When the MoS told USPCA chief executive Stephen Philpott yesterday about Charlie, he said: ‘That doesn’t surprise me. The Irish passport system is corrupt. I tried talking to the Irish ministry but no-one would listen. Now they are listening, I had three meetings with Mr Coveney’s staff this week.’

Mr Philpott said passports are regularly moved around. ‘The root of the problem is they recycle the passports like washers.’ He added: ‘Charlie could have been part of a consignment of live horses being illegally shipped through the North for slaughter in England. Maybe he was too small or the horse was sold as a pet for a bit of opportune money-making by the driver.’

Charlie was rescued in a starved state by Hilary Robinson, co-founder of the animal charity Hungry Horse Outside, following an alert by gardaí in Longford town. Two of the horses are female and pregnant but have not been microchipped so cannot be identified. The other horse, a stallion we now know to be named ‘Charlie’, did have a microchip.

To Ms Robinson’s shock when she contacted the department’s registry, an official told her that number belongs to a horse slaughtered in March 2012. The official added the horse was registered to Horse Sport Ireland, the largest passport-issuing body in the State.

Ms Robinson told the MoS: ‘There is no traceability here; this is the third horse we have found like this in the last year. And I would say 60 since 2007 when we started rescuing horses.’

When the MoS contacted Horse Sport Ireland, Norah Byrne in registration confirmed Horse No 372-1414-0493-4674 was slaughtered on March 24 in an abattoir licensed to kill horses for human consumption. This newspaper contacted the slaughterhouse’s directors but they declined to comment.

The current head of clinical pathology at the Irish Equine Centre, Desmond Leadon, said the case of Charlie supports what he found while researching a report on ‘Unwanted Horses in Ireland.’ He said: ‘Something has gone seriously wrong and someone may have manipulated the situation. What you’re saying is consistent with things that are being rumoured.’

When the registered owner of the horse, Bernadette Walsh, was contacted, she was shocked to hear of the pitiful state Charlie had been found in. But she was also very angry at the lack of regulation which allows her name to be on his records when she passed the horse on more than three years ago.

Mrs Walsh, an animal rights activist in Sligo, speculated that because Charlie is smaller than a coloured cob would usually be, his passport could have been sold on illegally. ‘If you have a book for a small horse, you can pass on that book at the marts. I would like to know whether another cob was passed off as Charlie and was slaughtered,’ she said.

While refusing to comment on the issue of Charlie, a Department spokesman said it was working on improving the passport system.

And adding to the concerns of animal welfare groups is the slow progress of introducing the Animal Health and Welfare Bill. It is hoped this will update the existing Protection of Animals Act 1911.

Q&A: HOW THE HORSEMEAT SCANDAL AFFECTS YOU

Where has horsemeat been found in products on sale?

The alarm over the sale of horsemeat first began when a Tesco frozen ‘Value’ beefburger was found to contain 29% horsemeat.

This was discovered during routine testing by the authorities, with the findings made public on January 15. Frozen burgers on sale at Aldi and Lidl were also affected.

Other burgers at Iceland were found to contain traces of horsemeat DNA, but there is no suspicion that the beef was substituted by horsemeat in those instances. This discovery of this low-level contamination – below 1% – was because of the sensitivity of the tests.

There was further alarm on Thursday when Findus announced it had found 60% to 100% levels of horsemeat in its 320g, 350g and 500g packs of frozen beef lasagne. Tesco removed all of these products from its shelves.

And on Friday, Aldi said 30% to 100% horsemeat had been found in its own-brand frozen beef lasagne and spaghetti bolognese. These have also been removed.

What other meat products could contain horsemeat instead of beef?

The products that are considered most at risk of horsemeat contamination are those made from a form of pulverised minced meat. This is known in the food industry as comminuted meat. So tests are under way on frozen and fresh burgers, meatballs, sausages, pies and ready meals such as lasagne, spaghetti bolognese, cottage pie and moussaka.

What should you do if you have a product containing horsemeat in your freezer?

You should return it to the store where you bought it. Supermarkets have agreed to accept returns with no questions asked and to refund customers.

How can you best avoid  buying a contaminated product?

The best advice is to buy fresh raw meat at the supermarket or from a trusted butcher.

What about beef served in places such as hospitals, pubs, restaurants and cafés?

If you are in any doubt, ask at the outlet if they can guarantee their beef supplies.

THE FOUR WAYS TO TRACE A HORSE

There are four main ways to tell one horse from another. These are microchips, passports, the markings on a horse’s coat and its whorls, or the pattern its hair grows in.
Microchips with a barcode are implanted into the horse. Since 2009 all horses (and donkeys and ponies) should have a chip which has been put in by a vet.

This chip carries a unique number and is recorded by the Department of Agriculture as well as the relevant issuing body.
There are now seven issuing agencies in Ireland – one was closed by the Department of Agriculture for irregularities in October of last year.

Since 2004 horse owners should have a passport for each animal they own. Depending on the agency, these can be green, blue or plain white.
Green ones are issued to horses where the breeding of both father and mother can be traced. The passport states the breed of the horse as well as name and address of the owner, and carries the barcode to match the microchip in most cases.

The passport also contains a crucial section known as the Marking Chart. Vets must draw in distinctive markings and whorls on a chart – markings could be a different coloured shape on the horse’s back or white ‘socks’ on the lower legs.

Whorls in horses are as unique as fingerprints in humans – they happen when the hair in a small spot grows in a swirling shape and stands out from the rest of the horse’s coat.

News Link:-: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276287/Horse-abandoned-Ireland-week-ecords-SLAUGHTERED-March.html#ixzz2KhjKn3Lt Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Romanian Hunting Party Draws Criticism

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Environmentalists criticise a hunting excursion for high-profile politicians and businessmen.

A hunting party in north-western Romania, which drew many local and foreign businessmen, ended on Sunday with what media and green activists called “true carnage”- over 150 wild boars were killed. The hunt was organised by tennis player turned businessman Ion Tiriac, who is also one of the country’s richest men.

Tiriac holds the lease to the Balc hunting facilities in north west Romania, where the gathering took place. With him were some 30 guests, including businessmen Wolfgang Porsche and Klaus Mangold of DaimlerChrysler, and Spanish banker Jose Merino Jimenez, according to local media reports.

“These kind of events are an excellent opportunity to socialise, make new friends and discuss politics or business,” said Elan Schwartzenberg, an Israeli with businesses in Romania, who was one of the few participants who agreed to speak about the hunting party.

While Ion Tiriac’s lawyers have argued that the boars are brought in from a local breeding facility and are not a protected species, environmentalists say the magnitude of the hunt and the involvement of so many top-level executives and politicians are matters of concern.

The international environmental group Vier Pfoten has criticised the size of the hunt. “It’s time that this kind of animal massacre comes to an end. We are not questioning the legality of this hunting event but its magnitude, as in the last six years around 1,200 wild boar were killed in the Balc contained area,” Veronica Tulpan, head of national program at the group, argued.

In the past, Romanian authorities also questioned the management of the animals in the Balc area and the legality of the contract under which the hunting ground was leased, though no irregularities were discovered.

In late 2004, the government of former prime minister Adrian Nastase granted Ion Tiriac a a 49-year lease on the Balc grounds without a public auction. Soon after Nastase lost elections but for several years he was among the participants at the hunting events in Balc.

In Romania, like in many other ex-communist countries, hunting has long been associated with the old nomenklatura. Former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu often hunted bears, wild boars, and black goats in the mountains.

Since 1990, hunting has become increasingly popular among rich foreigners and Romania’s nouveau riche and political elite.

News Link:-http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/controversy-over-romanian-elite-hunting-event

Petition to sign:-http://www.thepetitionsite.com/954/435/150/stop-romanian-annual-hunting-party-by-tiriac/

Guilty: Circus owner Bobby Roberts convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the elephant who was chained and cruelly beaten by keeper

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“I am so f-ing mad over this, I’ve probably made a ton of mistakes, sorry, I’m in a lot of pain, but had to get this out…oh poor Anne, we have failed you, I’m so sorry!”

“For Christ sake, she was a circus elephant, they are forced into doing degrading tricks, detrimental to their bodies which is why poor Anne now has arthritis. Forced by beatings, electric prods etc. But, no matter, we will continue to charge motorists with dodgy lights more than we charge a person in control of an elephant…MORONS!

  • Bobby Roberts found guilty today of three charges of causing unnecessary suffering at Northampton Crown Court
  • Walks free from court after receiving three year conditional discharge
  • Wife Moira Roberts was cleared of all charges
  • Anne now lives at Longleat in a paddock with her own sandpit
  • Animal rights group said the sentence is ‘derisory’

Circus owner Bobby Roberts was today convicted of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Asian elephant Anne. 

Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal, which was filmed chained to the ground and being hit with a pitchfork. “This is all just contradictions…the owners came off best, poor Anne still has the scars & memories!”

Roberts, 69, who ran Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire, also failed to ensure the elephant’s needs were met by not giving her medication for her arthritis.“So why not charge him for that?”

He was given a three-year conditional discharge at Northampton Crown Court but was not ordered to pay costs and was not banned from owning animals. “WTF..f-ing furious to say the least!”

His wife Moira, 75, was cleared of all three charges by District Judge David Chinnery following a five-day trial at Northampton Crown Court.

District Judge Chinnery told Roberts the real cruelty was meted out by the groom, who is believed to have returned to Romania. “Who told him, he had been filmed? who told him to get out asap? the owners did…. God I’m fuming over this!”

During the trial, the court was shown footage filmed secretly by animal welfare group Animal Defenders International (ADI) of the elephant being kicked and struck with a pitchfork several times by the groom at the circus’s winter quarters last year.

The footage, filmed between January 21 and February 15, 2011, also showed Anne constantly chained to the ground.

“I am showing this video purely for those who may not be aware of what happened to Anne etc. Then they may understand how furious I am that the Roberts got off without even so much as a slapped butt!!”

The elderly animal could be seen chained by one foot and one hind leg in a barn.

Such has been the public outcry since the footage was released, the judge said Roberts had ‘suffered enough punishment over the last 18 months.

He told Roberts: ‘As a result of what has happened your business is effectively at an end. You have lost everything which you have built up over the last five decades. I am told that you have no funds at all.’ “Are we supposed to feel sorry for these people, who have made a living out of exploiting & beating animals?”

He added it would be ‘disproportionate’ to ban him from keeping animals, especially because of his  ‘exemplary record or animal husbandry’. “How are we supposed to know that, can’t have hidden cameras everywhere!!”

Roberts claimed he was unaware that Anne had been constantly chained and that the groom, who is believed to have returned home to Romania, had not followed his instructions. “Sorry, did he never look at Anne’s feet or legs? could he not see the strap marks? So one must assume Anne had no foot care, for nobody to notice! “

He admitted that the elephant would be chained up at times but said his instructions were that she be let loose behind an electric fence in a cordoned-off area. “Chained up at times, what times would that be, she is in her winter quarters, why would she be chained for a couple of hours, then loose…Tell me where in her winter quarters could she have been behind an electric fence? if she was, she still would have only been able to take a step or two!”

Cruel: A keeper prepares to hit Anne once more with a stick

District Judge Chinnery added during sentencing: ‘The chaining I regard as serious but the real cruelty it seems to me was inflicted by your groom, a man whom you had entrusted with the care of Anne, behind your back and without your knowledge.’

He said it was to Roberts’ credit that he had ‘cared for and managed animals for the greater part of your seventy tears without criticism from any quarter.’ “Mmmm, so how did Anne learn those tricks she did in the circus, one only has to look at any elephant training in a circus, behind the scenes of course, to see that they are beaten into submission. 

The footage was taken in the barn at the circus’ winter quarters where Sri Lankan elephant Anne, who worked for Roberts since 1957, was kept when not on tour.

Prosecutor Helen Law said in the film Anne, who already had arthritis, rocked backwards and forwards which, as in humans, is a sign of distress.

Circus: Anne was kept her chained up for 24-hours-a-day and only un-shackled so they could swap which leg she was chained with, a court heard. Look at Anne’s eye’s, they show such heartache!

The legs of the elephant – who was not receiving medication for her arthritis – could also be seen to buckle several times in the footage.

Following the verdict, Richard Crowley, deputy chief Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands, said: ‘The images of the abuse suffered by Anne the Elephant upset a great many people across the country. “Yes they bloody well did!”

‘Bobby Roberts had clear responsibilities for this elephant’s welfare, which he wilfully neglected when he treated her appallingly. Anne was kept chained up, beaten regularly and suffered significantly as a result. “Yes he neglected Anne; but you let him off scott free, what does that say to other abusers??”

Not only did Bobby Roberts breach his professional obligations towards Anne, but his neglect and abuse was criminal. He gave instructions for Anne to be chained and took no action to prevent the beatings she had received, failing to provide any training or supervision for the staff member responsible for her. “So why has this man got away with not even a slapped wrist?? his neglect was criminal; yet he is a free man who can go his merry way!!”

‘Today should serve as a warning that those who mistreat animals can expect to face prosecution.’  “What, when you let people off the hook? sorry but Roberts should have taken some of the blame, he was with that elephant everyday & must have seen the marks of abuse on her poor body, what about the arthritis? he didn’t do anything to ease Anne’s suffering, knowing she would be in pain…to give or do nothing; then to say it should serve as a warning…well it’s ridiculous!”

The RSPCA’s Jody Gordon said: ‘Anyone looking at this shocking footage can see how this poor elephant suffered, and this clearly spells out how completely unacceptable this is.

‘It is only a pity those physically beating Anne in the film footage could not be prosecuted also.’ “Why, because they got wind of what was happening & had time to flea without the Roberts knowing…please…I still think it was them who told him to leave, thinking they would be out the woods if he had gone”

Animal Defenders International chief executive, Jan Creamer called the sentence ‘derisory’ and provides no faith that the Animal Welfare Act can protect animals in circuses.’ “And she is so bloody right!”

She said: ‘Inspection after inspection fails to identify this abuse.  These practices will not stop until the use of wild animals in circuses is prohibited by law.

‘For years, Animal Defenders International has been campaigning to set Anne free from her chains and the terrible conditions in which she was kept and, despite the obstacles we faced at every turn, we refused to give up hope.

Our commitment to ensure that action was taken has given Anne her freedom from the circus, along with the camel called Monty.’ “Yet, had she not been taped undercover, this would still be happening. But the FBI call people with an interest in animal welfare, terrorist…FFS…we are not terrorists, we only want animals to be treated properly! Never mind animal rights folk, the FBI should concentrate on those who actually want to harm & kill people!”

She added: ‘Anne’s story is one repeated all over the world. It is time to ensure it never happens again here. The government must prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses as they have promised.’ “The Governments promises mean jack shit, first they led us a merry dance with red herrings i.e the Austrian case…now, its costing more for this farcical license system than it would if they just added a couple of paragraphs to the Animal Welfare Act 2006” 

She also called on Longleat to find the elephant a companion as a ‘matter of urgency’. “Totally agree, Anne is so lonely, you can see it in her eye’s, doesn’t every species have the right to a companion?”

Published on 3 Apr 2012 by 

We are delighted to announce that Anne the elephant today celebrates her first anniversary living at Longleat Safari Park. Since her arrival on 3rd April 2011 she has had a new lease of life and continues to enjoy her retirement under the care and supervision of her experienced keepers and dedicated team of experts. Her keepers and everyone at Longleat are extremely grateful for the public support and messages of goodwill Anne has received over the past year.

Her keepers have spent huge amounts of time over the past twelve months working with Anne to improve her wellbeing and physical condition. The difference and improvement in skin condition, feet, trunk, ears and general muscle tone is clear to see and she certainly doesn’t look like an elephant approaching 60.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237469/Anne-elephant-abuse-Circus-owner-Bobby-Roberts-guilty-causing-unnecessary-suffering.html#ixzz2D4Mbopzs
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