GRAPHIC VIDEO: WHERE DO FARM ANIMALS END UP ONCE THEY LEAVE THE EU?

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“Please sign the petition to give better protection to EU Livestock being exported abroad; as soon as they leave the EU they are no longer protected… we must change this; by being their voice!

Please speak up for them & sign the petition!http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=25818&ea.tracking.id=7774353c&utm_campaign=transport&utm_source=actionemail&utm_medium=email&ea.url.id=203557&ea.campaigner.email=KmIGskm9q9s8Id8OlpmXxz%2BUx/5a9CUY&ea_broadcast_target_id=0 “

I believe All animals deserve the 5 freedom act throughout their entire life; which they ultimately give to humans for food…the following is the very least we can do for them; whilst they are alive:- 

  1. freedom from hunger and thirst
  2. freedom from discomfort (shelter from heat and rain)
  3. freedom from pain, injury and disease
  4.  freedom to express normal behaviour (without inconveniencing or harming others)
  5. freedom from fear and distress.

Scientific research is constantly revealing new evidence of animals’ intelligence and emotions. This interest is reflected in burgeoning numbers of journals, books and reports. Professor Marian Dawkins of the Oxford University has called the study of animal sentience “one of the most exciting and the most important in the whole of biology.”

There is now evidence that many animals can learn new skills and some appear to show emotions similar to human empathy. They can also be reduced to a state resembling human depression by chronic stress or confinement in a cage. This new understanding of the sentience of animals has huge implications for the way we treat them and the policies and laws we adopt. Read More about sentient beings:-Http://www.ciwf.org.uk/animal_sentience/default.aspx

Three million animals a year are exported live from the EU to non-EU countries. As soon as they leave European Union borders they are no longer protected by European law. They’re on their own out there.

At the end of 2013 we released evidence showing appalling cruelty to European animals at a slaughterhouse in Beirut. Now, Compassion’s Investigation Unit, in partnership with Animals Australia, has also documented brutal handling at abattoirs and on the streets in Jordan, Turkey and the West Bank.

The handling and slaughter these animals can face is nothing short of horrendous. But it shouldn’t be that way. All of the countries we visited have signed up as members of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and in doing so have signed up to a code of recommendations on the slaughter of livestock. Yet, everywhere we visited we saw multiple breaches of even the most basic OIE recommendations.

In slaughterhouses we filmed staff moving animals into place by dragging them by the tail, legs, fleece and even by the eye sockets. Some animals were strung up with chains; their whole body weight on one leg. Others were restrained in mechanical boxes that flipped them completely upside down and then dropped them onto the bodies of other dying animals.

When animals don’t end up in slaughterhouses, they face death on the streets an even more brutal and unregulated ending.

We found animals being pulled out of the backs of trucks without ramps, bound by the feet, tripped over with ropes, contorted into position and then tied to the ground or pinned down by large groups of people before being slaughtered. Often, when it came to slaughter the knives used were blunt and ineffective and animals remained conscious for many minutes after having their throats cut.

What’s the solution?
Much of the suffering we witnessed could easily be stopped with just basic and inexpensive changes to slaughterhouses and staff training.

Ultimately, Compassion wants an end to all long-distance transport of farm animals. But the cruel trade in animals from the EU is vast and will take time to crack. As an interim measure, we’re therefore calling for action to ensure that exported European animals are slaughtered to at least the standards recommended by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

EU Member States that wish to export animals outside of the EU should be providing practical support to improve the standards of slaughter in importing countries.

Supporting improvements to slaughter in this way will of course not only help any European animals that end up in non-EU countries. It would also reduce the suffering of all animals facing slaughter in those countries.

Please watch our exposé today and then take action by filling out the form to the right to email the Agriculture Ministers of the EUs biggest exporters of live animals.

Viewer Discretion Advised – The Fate of Exported European Animals

Published on 19 Feb 2014

The contents of this video are graphic and will be distressing please take action here: http://goo.gl/5MbYoR

What happens when European animals are exported live beyond the borders of the EU?

Compassion in World Farming‘s Investigation Unit, in partnership with Animals Australia, investigated the trade and documented brutal handling at abattoirs and on the streets in Jordan, Turkey and the West Bank.

News Link:-http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=25818&ea.tracking.id=7774353c&utm_campaign=transport&utm_source=actionemail&utm_medium=email&ea.url.id=203557&ea.campaigner.email=KmIGskm9q9s8Id8OlpmXxz%2BUx/5a9CUY&ea_broadcast_target_id=0

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URGENT PETITION: 31 Bulls From Latvia Stuck At Border, Been On Truck Since Setting Off On 20th Nov.

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URGENT PETITION…PLEASE sign and share with everyone:-
31 bulls stuck at the Bulgaria/Turkish border…been in transport truck since set off on Nov 20th. Not allowed to unload. (Video on the petition page, no longer viewable). No animal deserves to suffer like this, regardless of whether they are meant for slaughter or not. Please help them!

 

This petition was started by Occupy for Animals on December 1, 2012.

For more information on this petition, please visit: http://www.occupyforanimals.org/truck-with-31-bulls-stranded-at-the-bulgariaturkey-border.html

A livestock truck with 31 bulls from Latvia is stuck at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey aiming to take the animals to slaughterhouses in Iraq.

The truck does not have a required document allowing transit via Turkey and so has been stuck at the border since 04:00 on 24 November. The animals have been on board the truck without being unloaded for this entire period.

The latest report from the border, according to Compassion in World Farming, confirms that the truck is still stuck at the border. The Turkish authorities will not allow the bulls to enter Turkey. The Bulgarian authorities will not allow the bulls to re-enter Bulgaria because the truck has been on the Turkish side of the border and the Bulgarian authorities say that certain infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth are endemic in Turkey.

The bulls were loaded on the 20 November in Latvia and have already been transported for over 2,000 km. Another 2000 km are still ahead of the animals until they reach the Iraqi border – if they are eventually allowed to continue the journey.

Please sign this petition to send an instant message to EU-Commissioner Dr Tonio Borg, asking him to get in touch with the Bulgarian and Turkish authorities to resolve this disastrous situation and to allow the bulls to re-enter the EU and to be taken to proper facilities where they can be given rest, food, water and veterinary care.

A copy of your email will be sent to Mr Erler from the European Parliament‘s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conversation of Animals, and Mrs Erminia Mazzoni, Chair of the Committee on Petitions at the European Parliament

Please circulate this to everyone you know, the bulls are counting on our compassion to save them…please; lets not let them down!

 

Turkeys Slowly Die for Hours Following Tractor Trailer Wreck

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Ridgeway, VASPCA volunteers say it was a very upsetting scene after a truck carrying hundreds of turkeys overturned on Rt. 220 in Henry County Thursday morning and stayed there for hours.

The driver was headed from North Carolina to Harrisonburg. Only 60 of an originally estimated 600 turkeys are still alive. No one was even notified that this had happened. When the SPCA arrived, they did what little they could.

“I don’t care if these animals were on the way to the slaughter house, I don’t care. They don’t need to die out here slowly on the side of the road,” said Leslie Hervey, the executive director of the Martinsville/Henry County SPCA.

“The smell accosted us the minute we got out of the car, it was horrendous,” said Carol Berlauk, an SPCA volunteer.

“Just imagine if you were in a wreck, and you laid there for four and a half hours and you got no help, and that’s what these animals are going through. This should not happen in today’s society, it should not happen,” said Hervey.

The driver of a tractor trailer who flipped his tractor trailer on Rt. 220 survived. But for hours, his cargo, an estimated 600 turkeys, were left smoldering in the sun.

ABC 13 called the Henry County SPCA, which rushed to the scene with animal control and rescued those they could. But as the day went on, slowly one by one, the turkeys began to go.

“They’ve been here since 7 o’clock. They are dying from heat exhaustion, nothing more. So, most of the animals are alive in there and they need to be retrieved. All animals deserve to die in a humane manner and this is not humane,” said Hervey.

The owners of the turkeys, Circle S. Ranch from Monroe, North Carolina showed up five hours later. Their tactics were hardly the same.

The one guy, he threw one turkey in and it fell out and the other dude just picks it up and throws it back in. I mean, I know they’re going to be killed eventually, but it’s just not humane to do it like that,” said Chad Clark, an SPCA volunteer.

And so cheers turned to tears. And hours later, a small fraction of what was living in this truck came out alive.

“I know these are meant for the dinner table. But normally, they don’t go through five hours of suffering before they die,” said Berlauk.

State police say the 45-year-old truck driver was charged with reckless driving. As for the surviving turkeys, they continued on their original route

Video & News Link:http://www.wset.com/story/18791979/turkeys-slowly-die-for-hours-following-tractor-trailer-wreck

Please send a brief and respectful e-mail to Circle S and its president, Samuel Starnes. Politely urge Starnes to develop and implement a detailed plan immediately to ensure that any Circle S turkeys involved in crashes are promptly rescued, humanely handled, kept comfortable, and painlessly relieved of their suffering on-sitePlease also make a polite call to Circle S at 704-764-7414 and share your hope that the company does the right thing for the approximately 35,000 turkeys it hauls to slaughter daily.

Link:-https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4189

 

Tom and Misha – Back to the Blue – Free At Last

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Awesome news, I hope now, they will always remain free & happy!”

With a mighty surge Tom and Misha are free once more!

Rescued from death’s door and the confines of a filthy festering ‘swimming pool’ in Hisaronu, Turkey, nearly two years of careful care and preparation finally reached its stunning climax when the gate to their sea pen was opened for the first time and the two dolphins swam Back To The Blue.

At the opening of Tom and Misha’s gateway to freedom was legendary actress and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna OBE alongside Coronation Street favourite, Helen Worth, TV Investigator Donal MacIntyre and Derya Yildirim from the on-site team. See the moment as it happened in the video below:

Published on 10 May 2012 by 

The moment that Tom and Misha finally became free after years of captivity. Find out more at http://www.bornfree.org.uk/dolphins/

Back to the wild, Tom and Misha

 

Published on 11 May 2012 by 

The moment that Tom and Misha finally became released back to the wild. Corrie actress Helen Worth travels to Turkey for an update on the plight of two dolphins rescued from a tiny swimming pool at a holiday resort as they are released and tracked traveling home.

 

Right activists count down to criminalization of animal cruelty

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Animals rights activists in Turkey hope to see acts of animal cruelty reclassified from misdemeanors, punishable with a mere fine, to imprisonable offences later this year.(PHOTO aa, Emrah Yaşar)

25 March 2012 / LATİFA AKAY , İSTANBUL

In May 1937 the German language newspaper Frankfurter Zeitung reported that visitors to İstanbul 30 years prior found the city to be as overrun with dogs as the German town Hamelin was with rats.

Today dogs and indeed cats continue as they have for centuries, forming part of the unique makeup of İstanbul and many other Turkish cities. Sunbathing on parched city greens, lumbering through marketplaces and patrolling bus stops, Turkey’s doe-eyed canine population is showing no signs of dropping in numbers, although not for lack of trying, as the mass mistreatment of animals continues, for the most part, unnoticed and unpunished in everyday life.

Last month an assembly meeting spearheaded by Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies Melda Onur and Umut Oran saw Turkey’s political parties pledge unanimous support for a bill proposed by the İstanbul Bar Association’s Animal Rights Commission and supported by over 12,000 signatures placing animal abuse under the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). The shortcoming of Turkey’s comprehensive Animal Welfare Act No. 5199 is that it only subjects offenders to fines under the Law on Misdemeanors and they get away with small fines all too often. Reclassifying animal cruelty under the penal code would make crimes against animals — including the use of animals for gambling or entertainment purposes, such as cockfights and bullfights, the killing of incapacitated animals and any form of animal abuse — punishable with a jail sentence of at least three years.

But speaking in an interview with Sunday’s Zaman, Animal Rights Federation (HAYTAP) President Ahmet Kemal Şenpolat said that simply reclassifying offenses as criminal conduct will not be sufficient to tackle the mistreatment of animals in Turkey.

Animals are not commodities

“We have been struggling for years for animal cruelty to be reclassified under the penal code, but a lot more needs to be done if we are truly to reach the crux of the problem. The first problem is that in Turkey animals are seen as commodities and viewed purely in terms of financial value. The second is that stray animals and pets are viewed differently,” Şenpolat explained.

He explained that if a pet is tortured or killed, the offender can be tried, but this is not because the animal suffered; it is because the owner suffered financial and property loss. “At the moment a case has been filed against a person who was caught on camera torturing a sick old cat in İzmir. The only reason we managed to get the case seen in court, however, is because it happened by coincidence that the cat had an owner. Had this not been the case the abuser would have merely been charged with a fine equating to that of a petty offense, such as smoking in an enclosed area or shouting on the street. How can a country like this expect to be accepted as a member of the European Union?” Şenpolat questioned. He added that while there has been no political opposition to the proposed change in law, there has also been a lack of concrete support.

“Society needs to stop viewing lobbying for animal rights as a hobby or pastime, but as a serious attempt to protect the fundamental right to life,” he said. He added that “we have waited a long time for this, but we hope that Parliament will accept our proposal and that the change in law will be in force by the summer.”

Bilge Okay of the Association to Protect Stray Animals (SHKD) said that despite the comprehensive nature of the legislation in Turkey, municipalities across the country continue to get away with facilitating or directly committing the mass murder of stray animals.

“Animals, especially dogs, are routinely poisoned, shot or rounded up by municipalities and abandoned to starve in forests in efforts to keep their numbers down. Turkish law specifies that municipalities should neuter and return all stray animals to where they were taken, but until failure to do this is made criminally punishable, it is unlikely that we will see a waning of these brutal massacres,” Okay explained.

Click this link to read more via:- Right activists count down to criminalization of animal cruelty.

Support the new Animal Protection Law in Turkey Petition

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A new draft law has begun in Turkey. The law proposes that people who mistreat animals, torture them, leave them without food or water, neglect to care about their own animals and kill stray animals can face from 1 to 6 years in prison.

Support this new law by signing this petition.

via Support the new Animal Protection Law in Turkey Petition.

Blog: Update on Captivity Issues in Turkey | Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

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English: Ric O'Barry in Los Angeles in June 2009.

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By Laura Bridgeman, Program Associate, Dolphin Project, Earth Island Institute 

The Dolphin Project has been working with Freedom for Dolphins and other groups in assessing the growing issue of captivity in Turkey. The governing authorities, namely the Turkish Prime Ministry and the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, have been ignoring the flagrant legal and ethical transgressions regarding dolphins within their borders and coastal waters. 

Despite pressure from a growing local and international movement of dolphin-welfare advocates, government officials and powerful members of the captivity industry insist on illegally exploiting dolphins for profit.

Read more….

Blog: Update on Captivity Issues in Turkey | Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.

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