Dan Jørgensen, Member of the European Parliament
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Today, too many animals are transported under unacceptable conditions on European highways.
The most important issue is the duration of the transports. Current EU legislation allows for animals to be transported for several days. This has to be changed. Live animals for slaughter should never be transported for more than eight hours.
Support 8hours. Our goal is to collect 1,000,000 signatures, something EU politicians will not be able to ignore.
When yo see this video its HORROR
Chicken of the Sea
Our hunger for canned tuna, one of the last remaining wild foods, is sending many species to the brink of extinction. Overfishing runs rampant in all oceans from the Pacific to the Indian Oceans, and countless animals such as sharks, turtles, rays and baby fish of many types are killed every year due to the behavior of the global tuna industry.
Canned tuna is an affordable source of protein that many families depend on. But if companies like Chicken of the Sea don’t change the way they’re fishing for tuna, we will lose the ocean ecosystems they depend on, and scarcity will cause the price to skyrocket.
The United States is the world’s largest market for canned tuna, and we consume more than six million tons of it a year. As such, it is our responsibility to expose the behavior taking place in the shadows of the tuna industry – and Chicken of the Sea is one of the worst offenders.
“Killed alongside the skipjack tuna that finds itself in your tin is almost the entire cast list of Finding Nemo.”
-Charles Clover The End of the Line, Ebury Press, London, 2005, pp.179–180.
|Fire in the Sky|
|Massive solar storm ‘could knock out radio signals’ over next three days, warn scientists
UK Daily Mail Sott.net
Skywatchers will be hoping for clear skies from today because particles from a recent solar storm will slam into Earth and produce amazing Northern Lights, or auroras.
On the downside, experts expect radio blackouts for a few days, caused by the radiation from the flare – or coronal mass ejection (CME) – causing magnetic storms.
The flare is part of a larger increase in activity in the Sun, which runs in 11-year cycles. It is expected to peak around 2013.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center wrote: ‘Category G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storms are expected 28 and 29 December due to multiple coronal mass ejection arrivals. R1 (Minor) radio blackouts are expected until 31 December.’
Devices that depend on radio waves include GPS systems, radios and mobile phones.
A coronal mass ejection contains billions of tons of gases bursting with X-rays and ultraviolet radiation that are flung into space at around 5million mph.
They are mind-bogglingly hot – around 100,000,000C.
The Earth is occasionally hosed by these ejections, leading to amazing shimmering light shows.
Tofino mayor finds sock, toothbrush; items arriving sooner than expected
Beachcombers in Tofino have noticed a significant uptick in debris of Japanese origin on their shores, a sign that items swept out to sea by the tsunami in Japan may have found their way to B.C. earlier than expected.
“In or around Dec. 5th the first item or two of some consequence was found,” said Tofino mayor Perry Schmunk. “Some lumber came ashore that had Japanese export stamps on it.”
On Christmas Day, Schmunk and his family were walking the beaches of Schooner Bay in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve when they made what he calls an “eerie” find, each marked with Japanese writing: a toothbrush and a baby’s sock.
Schmunk said he felt intuitively that these personal items might be tied to the tragedy that occurred in March 2011, when a magnitude 9 earthquake triggered a tsunami leaving an estimated 20,000 people dead.
|270,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto
Danielle Magnuson Sott.sott.net
More than 270,000 organic farmers are taking on corporate agriculture giant Monsanto in a lawsuit filed March 30. Led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the family farmers are fighting for the right to keep a portion of the world food supply organic – and preemptively protecting themselves from accusations of stealing genetically modified seeds that drift on to their pristine crop fields.
Consumers are powerful. For more than a decade, a cultural shift has seen shoppers renounce the faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper mindset of factory farms, exposéd in the 2008 documentary Food, Inc. From heirloom tomatoes to heritage chickens, we want our food slow, sustainable, and local – healthy for the earth, healthy for animals, and healthy for our bodies.
Letzte Möglichkeit für 8hours-Petition!
Nur noch bis zum 5. Januar – also gut eine Woche – kann man die internationale Petition “8hours” (Acht Stunden sind genug!) für eine generelle Limitierung der Tiertransporte unterschreiben. Nur noch ca. 35.000 Unterschriften fehlen den Organisatoren – v.a. Animals Angels und der EU-Parlamentarier Dan Jørgensen – vor der magischen Eine Million-Marke bis zum 5. Januar 2012.
“Denn die derzeitige EU-Tiertransportrichtlinie beinhaltet kein Limit der erlaubten Transportdauer von Schlachttieren. Sofern die vorgeschriebenen Ruhezeiten eingehalten werden, dürfen die Tiere über Tage und Tausende Kilometer transportiert werden. Millionen Tiere leiden in engen Transportfahrzeugen unter Streß, Hunger und Durst. Jungtiere, getrennt von ihren Müttern, müssen diese unsagbaren Strapazen auf sich nehmen. Viele Tiere sterben einen kläglichen Tod auf dieser letzten Reise…”
greenisthenewred.com & Sott.net
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has kept files on activists who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms and recommended prosecuting them as terrorists, according to a new document uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act.
This new information comes as the Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a lawsuit challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) as unconstitutional because its vague wording has had a chilling effect on political activism. This document adds to the evidence demonstrating that the AETA goes far beyond property destruction, as its supporters claim.
The 2003 FBI file details the work of several animal rights activists who used undercover investigation to document repeated animal welfare violations. The FBI special agent who authored the report said they “illegally entered buildings owned by [redacted] Farm… and videotaped conditions of animals.”
The Daily Mail, UK
- Seals washed up with hair loss and bleeding lesions
- 9.0-magnitude quake caused meltdown at Japanese plant in March
Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether seals are being killed by radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
Scores of ring seals have washed up on Alaska’s arctic coastline since July either injured or killed by a mysterious disease which biologists first thought was a virus.
But the bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on the seals’ fur coats may have been caused by radiation from the stricken nuclear plant.
Die Palmöl-Industrie sagt: Orang-Utans sind Ungeziefer!
Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde des Regenwaldes,
die BBC berichtet, dass die Plantegenkonzerne in Asien Orang-Utans als “Ungeziefer” bezeichnen. Allein letztes Jahr wurden nur auf Borneo bis zu 1.800 dieser einmaligen und vom Aussterben bedrohten Menschenaffen getötet. Auf den Plantagen irren sie auf der Suche nach Nahrung umher und fressen die Setzlinge. Deswegen haben die Palmöl-Konzerne die Orang-Utans zum Abschuss freigegeben.