Japan tötet jedes Jahr Hunderte Wale in der Antarktis, obwohl sie international geschützt sind. Offiziell dient die Jagd wissenschaftlicher Forschung. Doch Australien nennt dies Augenwischerei. Um den Walfang zu stoppen zog es gemeinsam mit Neuseeland vor den internationalen Gerichtshof in Den Haag. Die Kläger wollen beweisen, dass Japan in Wirklichkeit kommerziell fischt und gegen internationales Recht verstößt. Die Umweltschutzorganisation “Sea Sheperd” begrüßt die Eröffnung des Verfahrens: “Wir hoffen natürlich, dass die Richter sich für die schon bestehenden Gesetze und Bestimmungen entscheiden werden. Es ist nicht erlaubt, Wale innerhalb des Schongebietes in der Antarktis zu jagen, es ist nicht erlaubt, Wale innerhalb der australischen Wirtschaftszone zu jagen, und es ist nicht erlaubt, Wale zu töten, die auf der Liste der bedrohten Tierarten stehen.” Tierschützer versuchen mit manchmal waghalsigen Manövern, die japanische Walfangflotte zu stören. Australien hofft, dass das Gericht noch in diesem Jahr vor Beginn der neuen Jagdsaison ein Urteil fällt.




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Ernest Hemingway on Safari in Africa – NARA – 192654 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Political map of Africa. (Hover mouse to see name, click area to go to article.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

                                                          STOP   any kind of Safari in Africa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkWSRRmLeSU&feature=youtu.be

Don’t forget   to sign the petition http://www.causes.com/actions/1742571-stop-any-kind-of-safari-hunting-in-south-africa

Every Year the Town of Villanueva in Extremadura, Spain, …

Every year, February 24, the town of Villanueva in Extremadura, Spain is guilty of an appalling crime that no one has yet succeeded in stopping. A donkey is being systematically abused by a physical and psychological point of view: it is dragged through the crowded streets of the village and brutally beaten by drunk men (see the photo at the beginning?). They fired shots at his head, exploding firecrackers between his legs. The result is that, because of the shock, the donkey passes out and collapses several times during the day. 


Rhino Wars: Documenting the Poaching Crisis in South Africa



Rhino wars: documenting the poaching crisis in South Africa Jeremy Hance
January 16, 2013

The 3rd Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WFCC.org) runs from January 30 – February 2, 2013. Ahead of the event, Mongabay.com is running a series of Q&As with filmmakers and presenters. For more interviews, please see our WCFF feed.

Anne Goddard filming white rhinos for her short film Rhino Wars. Image courtesy of Anne Goddard.
Anne Goddard filming white rhinos for her short film Rhino Wars. Photo by: Fiona Ayerst.


In 2012 a record 668 rhinos were slaughtered by poachers in South Africa for the horns, which are used as scientifically-debunked medicine in Asia. Rhino poaching has hit record levels worldwide over the past few years, but no where is the carnage greater than South Africa, which houses well over half of the world’s rhinos. Thus it’s no surprise that when student filmmaker, Anne Goddard, arrived in South Africa to film zebra behavior, she quickly became enthralled by the dark and tragic drama surrounding the country’s rhinos.

The result of her trip is an intense short film on South Africa’s poaching crisis, dubbed Rhino Wars, that follows an anti-poaching team on the ground–and in the middle of the night–as they attempt to safeguard one of their country’s natural treasures.

Rhino Wars is making its New York City premiere Saturday, February 2 at the 3rd Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. Ahead of its premiere, Goddard answered some questions from Mongabay.com about the film and her career. As a student filmmaker, Goddard has already received a number of accolades: including best student film for Rhino Wars in the 3rd Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in Washington D.C.


Wildlife ranger on an anti-poaching team. Image courtesy of Anne Goddard.
Wildlife ranger on an anti-poaching team. Image courtesy of Anne Goddard.

Mongabay.com: What is your background?

Anne Goddard: I am the writer/producer/presenter of the short film Rhino Wars. I recently graduated from Elon University with a Strategic Communications degree and am currently doing PR for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Mongabay.com: How long have you been making films? What are some other examples of your work?

Anne Goddard: This is my first attempt at filming. I did a wildlife film internship with a production company called Africa Media in Mossel Bay, South Africa this past August. It is lead by National Geographic’s shark and wildlife expert, Ryan Johnson. He taught me everything from handling a camera to editing to the ethics of wildlife filming.

Mongabay.com: Why did you choose the illegal trade in rhino horn as the topic of your film?

Anne Goddard: Even though I was aware of the issue of rhino poaching, I didn’t understand the full extent of the issue until I was in South Africa. I originally was going to do a short film on zebra behavior, but my interest changed directions when I heard the news that four rhinos had been poached within the surrounding area just in the month I was there. I talked with a couple of game reserve owners and they all said that the situation is so dire that most reserves within the area have lost their rhinos. One reserve had their rhinos in a boma under 24-hour security and both rhinos were shot and poached. At this time, we have already lost 630 rhinos in 2012 and we are standing at a rate of losing 2 rhinos every 24 hours and that number is escalating quickly. I have always wanted to get involved in wildlife film, so though this film is short and amateur at best, I am incredibly proud of it. It got me involved in rhino conservation and I feel it has helped raised awareness about this dire issue among my peers. Also, the filming experience was incredible and it definitely sparked a passion for wildlife film.

Mongabay.com: What is the plot of the film?

  Goddard in front of white rhinos. Photo by: Fiona Ayerst.
Goddard in front of white rhinos. Photo by: Fiona Ayerst.

Anne Goddard: Rhino Wars is a harshly educational short documentary on the cruel realities of rhino poaching. As a young conservationist, I travel to South Africa to join a rhino poaching patrol in their effort to protect and save these regal creatures from the hands of brutal poachers.

Mongabay.com: What was the most exciting or interesting part of making the film?

Anne Goddard: The most exciting part about this process was joining the Indalu game rangers on their nightly patrol in the bush. It was thrilling and invigorating. It was definitely a crash course in camera operation. Half of the time I was struggling to keep up with all my camera equipment, while trying to keep quiet. I also enjoyed having the incredible experience of getting to know the white rhinos on this reserve. They are such wonderful, charismatic animals.

Mongabay.com: What draws you to the natural world?

Anne Goddard: One of my favorite quotes about nature is from Anne Frank. She once said, “the best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, some where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.” There is so much you can learn from nature. I feel that nature has taught me to patient and how to be adaptable to situations. There is a lot of peace and serenity that you can find within the natural world.

Mongabay.com: What impact do you hope this film will have?

Anne Goddard: I am already so happy with the awareness I have raised about this situation just among my friends and family. People are shocked to hear the brutality of rhino poaching and the rate at which it is occurring. If this film can simply get someone to care and talk about this issue then I have considered it a success.

Mongabay.com: Is this the debut? Are you planning to show it elsewhere?

Anne Goddard: Rhino Wars first debut was at the 3rd Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in Washington D.C. on Nov. 7th. I was granted the wonderful opportunity to do a Q&A about rhino poaching with the audience and I got some great feedback. It was also the recipient of “Best Student Film” award, in which I felt incredibly honored to have received! My next plan is to enter it into the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for next September.

Mongabay.com: How did you come to work with WCFF?

Anne Goddard: On a whim, I submitted my film for consideration for the D.C. film festival and Christopher Gervais was kind enough to accept it. It has been a real honor and privilege to have my little film be shown amongst these great documentaries.

Mongabay.com: What’s next on your agenda?

Anne Goddard: Seeing that I do not own my own camera equipment, my filming plans are on stall for right now. However, I am actively trying to pursue a career in wildlife filmmaking or wildlife conservation wherever that may lead me!

Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0116-hance-wcff-rhino-wars.html#xo495IEGTO8SdS2F.99

You never should combine torture & killing of animals with happiness! Combination of festive activities & killing breeds = SADISM.

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„There is no excuse for torture of animals even if they had a good life until that moment such as torture by dog-, cock,- bullfights etc. The combination of festive activities and killing breeds sadism. You should never combine torture and killing of animals with happiness, having fun & lots of alcohol, having a good time for people. Neither torturing nor killing is fun for an animal.”

by Marius Donker


Japan To Hand Over Australian Anti-Whaling Activists

Japan to hand over Australian anti-whaling activists
by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Jan 10, 2012

This undated handout photo released courtesy of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on January 8, 2012 shows a recent image taken during a port call in Freemantle, Australia of the three Forest Rescue Activists (identity order in photo unavailable) who boarded the Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru #2 off the coast of Australia overnight and detained, it was announced by the anti-whaling group. Sea Shepherd said on January 8, 2012 three Australian activists were being held as “prisoners” by the Japanese harpoon fleet after sneaking aboard one of their vessels overnight to protest. Sea Shepherd said it had helped the three men from the Forest Rescue Australia environmental group to board the Shonan Maru No.2 16 miles (26 kilometres) off Australia’s west coast. Forest Rescue has demanded that the Japanese return their protesters — Simon Peterffy, 44, Geoffrey Tuxworth, 47 and Glen Pendlebury, 27 — to shore and leave Australian waters. Photo courtesy AFP.

Tokyo has agreed to release three anti-whaling activists held aboard a ship escorting the Japanese harpoon fleet on an Antarctic hunt, the Australian government said on Tuesday.

The men from the Forest Rescue Australia environmental group boarded the Shonan Maru No.2 around 16 miles (26 kilometres) off Australia’s west coast on Saturday night.

There were fears the trio would be taken to Japan and tried for trespassing but after a flurry of diplomatic activity Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said Tokyo had decided to release the men without charge.

However, the logistics of the handover were still being worked out with the ship heading for the Southern Ocean.

“We are pleased that the Japanese government has made a decision that these three men won’t be charged and will be released,” she told the Nine Network.

“But we can’t be confident that that will happen next time if people take action, take the law into their own hands.”

Consular officials had been in contact with the men and they were well, she added.

“We now have today a very complex job of working out how that actual release and handover can be safely undertaken now that these vessels are out in open seas,” said Roxon.

“So there is good news that that has been able to be achieved through good diplomatic relationships through good work from our officials.”

Forest Rescue said it wanted to prevent the Shonan Maru from tailing the Steve Irwin, a ship from anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, back to the Southern Ocean, where Japan annually hunts for whales.

The Steve Irwin returned to Australia last week because another Sea Shepherd ship, the Brigitte Bardot, was damaged in high seas and needed escorting home, setting back the group’s annual harassment of the whalers.

Three whaling ships, led by the 720-tonne Yushin Maru, left the Japanese port of Shimonosekion December 6 for the annual hunt, with security measures beefed up amid simmering international protests.

In previous years, a mother ship has joined them later.

Commercial whaling is banned under an international treaty but Japan has since 1987 used a loophole to carry out “lethal research” on the creatures in the name of science.



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Powerful Mobilization Against Legislation Banning Vegetarian Schoolchildren from Cafeterias


The decree can be read in French at http://tinyurl.com/DecretCantines.

Powerful-mobilization -against-legislation-banning-vegetarian-schoolchildren-from-cafeteri as Powerful mobilization against legislation banning vegetarian schoolchildren from cafeterias Press Release (October 24, 2011)

 Powerful mobilization against legislation banning vegetarian schoolchildren from cafeterias Seventeen organizations call for a gathering this Wednesday 26 October in front of the French Ministry of Agriculture to demand the repeal of decree 2011-1277 and of the accompanying governmental order that ban vegetarianism from public and private school cafeterias. In less than one week, over six thousand signatures have been collected demanding the repeal of these regulations. Numerous foreign organizations and individuals support the initiative and are preparing to express their dissatisfaction to the French embassies of their countries.

The Citizens’ Initiative for the Rights of Vegetarians (ICDV) points out the contradiction between these acts of the French government and the right of freedom of conscience as established by the United Nations declaration of human rights, which includes the right to live in accordance with one’s beliefs. Powerful mobilization against the recent regulations concerning catering services Wednesday 26 October, at 11:30 am, a protest will be held in front of the office of the General Administration of Food (DGAL) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, 251 rue de Vaugirard in Paris.

 Additionally, a petition demanding the repeal of decree number 2011-1277 and of its accompanying order has gathered over six thousand signatures in less than one week, many coming from abroad. Numerous foreign organizations, vegetarian or not, have been offended by France’s failure to uphold the freedom of belief and by the measures making it impossible for vegetarian children to nourish themselves properly in school cafeterias. Viva!, an English organization, issued a press release entitled “Having Banned the Burqa, French Now Ban Les Veggies.”

The decrees The decree 2011-1227 of 30 September 2011 and the order of 30 September 2011, published in the Journal Officiel on 2 October 2011, quite simply make vegetarianism illegal in school cafeterias. They do so first by making the regular presence of meat and fish in the meals mandatory, hence preventing vegetarian students from eating in the cafeterias every day; secondly, by making it such that those cafeterias up to now have offered alternative menus are now illegal (1).

The position of the Citizens’ Initiative for the Rights of Vegetarians Numerous people throughout the world are deeply convinced that the consumption of animals and of the products of animal exploitation is wrong. Vegetarianism and veganism are the inescapable practical expressions of this belief. The recent governmental regulations undermine the fundamental individual liberties by limiting the free exercise of personal belief as proclaimed by the United Nations: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have a religion or whatever belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.” (2)

“Isn’t it right for the government to ensure that school cafeterias serve well-balanced meals?” “Certainly, so long as alternatives are taken into account,” answers David Olivier, spokesperson of the ICDV. “The decree and order specify that every meal is to include a ‘protein dish,’ which is to be exclusively of animal origins (meat, fish, eggs, or cheese), thus disregarding the abundant availability of forms of plant protein. They also impose dairy products in every meal, purportedly because it is the only way to cover the needs for calcium, disregarding the plant and mineral alternatives. It is quite possible to devise well-balanced vegetarian and even vegan meals, as is regularly done in other countries.” “By imposing such an abundance of animal products under the pretext of offering schoolchildren well-balanced meals, the government spreads the idea that only a meat-based diet can satisfy dietary needs. Furthermore, it places vegetarian children in front of the following dilemma: to consume animals, despite their beliefs, or to eat inadequate meals – sometimes just bread and water ­ which flies in the face of the stated goal of the regulations.” “Whoever is unhappy with the school cafeterias can simply choose to feed their children at home!” “Not all parents of vegetarian children are in a situation that allows them to bring them home for lunch or to hire a nanny,” notes Agnese Pignataro, mother of a three-year-old girl. “To impose such a solution would be to discriminate against the less affluent families. Moreover, by depriving children of the opportunity to socialize in the school cafeteria, this decree makes the children’s beliefs a cause of marginalization. Freedom of belief also implies that the parents have the right to choose for their children an education in agreement with their own convictions.” “Must school cafeterias conform to each and every demand?” “Cafeterias are a service that satisfies a need,” points out Sara Fergé, schoolteacher. “Thus they must adapt to the needs of those who use them ­ the students, the teachers and other members of staff ­ rather than the reverse. That is how it is in other countries, where the cafeterias offer multiple choices every day, including a vegetarian menu, since these choices are designed with the needs of the population in mind. Why is it that what is possible elsewhere seems impossible in France?” Because they prevent vegetarian children from having access to a well-balanced diet in school cafeterias, because they spread the idea that only meat-based meals can be nutritionally well balanced, because they violate the principle of freedom of belief, the Citizens’ Initiative for the Rights of Vegetarians demands the repeal of these laws that impose the consumption of animal products in school cafeterias. Signed by: Animal Amnistie (Toulouse) ; Animalsace ; APSARES ; Aquitaine décroissance ; Association Végétarienne & Végétalienne d’InformationS (A.V.I.S) ; CLAM (Montpellier) ; CLEDA (Paris) ; Dignité Animale (Lyon) ; Initiative Citoyenne pour les Droits des Végétariens ; L214 ; Les Animaux de Maurice ; Mouvement socialiste écologiste et autogestionnaire ; Réseau Antispéciste Poitou Charentes ; NEA (Rennes) ; Respect Animal (Lyon) ; Rêv’Animal ; Vegfest ; Veggie Pride === Contact : David OLIVIER, +33 6 42 06 07 47 Or: contact@icdv.info Further information on http://www.icdv.info/. === (1) Decree 2011-1227 of 30 September 2011 ; governmental order of 30 September 2011, published in the Journal Officiel on 2 October 2011 (http://tinyurl.com/DecretCantines); partial English translation here. (2) Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 25 November 1981 (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/religion.htm), article 1.1.

Press release from EVU:

The French Government Outlaws Vegetarianism in Schools Whoever believes that animals are not ours to eat is now in France a second-class citizen.

EUROPEAN VEGETARIAN UNION – PRESS RELEASE 14 October 2011 A governmental order issued on October 2, 2011(1)

has determined that all meals served in school canteens in France must contain animal products, and that meat and fish will be served at a certain minimum frequency. This implies that by law from now on no vegetarian can eat at any public or private school in France. Six million schoolchildren are now forced to eat animal flesh, whether they wish to or not. For many families lunch at home is not an option. At best, a vegetarian student will be allowed to leave the meat on the plate, and consequently suffer from inadequate and imbalanced meals. Following a law voted last year by the French Parliament(2),

similar decrees will be taken shortly regarding almost all forms of catering from kindergarten to hospital, prisons and retirement homes. Vegetarianism will then have effectively been banned for a large part of the population. These measures ostensibly aim at ensuring the nutritional quality of the meals. Animal flesh is imposed as the only source of good quality protein and iron and dairy products as the only sources of calcium, in disregard of the fact that all these nutrients can be obtained in adequate quantity and quality from plant and mineral sources. The internationally recognized fact that: appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes(3)

is flatly ignored. No practical considerations warrant a blanket prohibition of vegetarianism even in those canteens where the management is willing to offer vegetarian or vegan alternatives. These decrees are thus an arbitrary violation of the rights of the vegetarian citizens of France. The European Vegetarian Union wishes to point out that the decision that many citizens have taken not to eat animals is not a mere dietary whim or a nonconsequential choice of lifestyle, but follows, for many of them, from deeply held beliefs about the way animals should be treated. A democratic government cannot arbitrarily restrict the beliefs of its citizens nor the practice thereof. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is binding on member states including France, holds that: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.(4)

The public debate regarding animal rights and the moral status of animals is active in France as in many other countries. Citizens are entitled to choose freely where they stand on these issues, and those who believe that they cannot, in conscience, accept to eat animals must not be discriminated against. A government cannot settle a philosophical, ethical and political debate by restricting the rights of those who disagree with its own positions. For years, the official policy of the French government has been openly hostile to vegetarianism.(5)

 The French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, declared in January 2010 that the government’s aim in determining its public nutritional policy was to defend the French agricultural model and specifically to counter initiatives such as those of Paul McCartney calling for a reduced consumption of meat.(6) The European Vegetarian Union demands that the recent governmental orders outlawing vegetarianism in school canteens be rescinded and that the French government respect the civil rights of its vegetarian citizens.

 Renato Pichler President European Vegetarian Union Niederfeldstrasse 92, CH-8408 Winterthur Fax: +41 (0)71 477 33 78 http://www.euroveg.eu / president@euroveg.eu Footnotes: 1. Décret n° 2011-1227 du 30 septembre 2011; arrêté du 30 septembre 2011. 2. “Law for the modernization of agriculture and fisheries”, published on July 27, 2010. 3. Position statement of the American Dietetic Association 4. Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, article 10.1 5.An example is the site mangerbouger.fr, where the only nutritional advice given to a teenager contemplating becoming a vegan is “By all means, do not follow that diet!”

www.mangerbouger.fr/pro/IMG/pdf/guide_adolescents-2.pdf, page 11). 6.


FlashLeFigaroHaving Banned the Burqa,

French Now Ban Les Veggies Press release from Viva!, sent to english media… 19th October 2011 Having Banned the Burqa, French Now Ban Les Veggies THERE will be no meat-free days in French Schools for six million children following a new decree from the French Government ­ all school students will have to eat meat if they want lunch at school.

Taking a packed lunch is not an alternative as they are also banned. Following a law voted in last year, the French parliament has issued a decree (October) that it is forbidden to serve vegetarian meals to school children and that some animal products ­ fish, dairy, meat or offal ­ must be used in every meal. The ban will shortly be extended to kindergartens, hospitals, prisons, colleges and old people’s homes.

There is no opting out and so eating animals becomes a legal obligation in France and the only alternative is to starve. French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, said in January, 2010, that the Government’s aim for nutrition was to defend the French agricultural model and counter initiatives such as those by Paul McCartney and Viva! calling for a reduced consumption of meat. The Government claims, against a battery of science proving the opposite, that the measures will improve the quality of meals served in schools because a balanced diet is impossible without animal products. “At the same time that a 100-year-old, life-long vegetarian man runs a marathon in Canada, the French Government decrees that a vegetarian diet is inadequate”, say Juliet Gellatley, director of vegetarian campaigning group, Viva! “France must be the only country in the world where the health authorities have given up reading scientific research. Whether it is the BMA, American Dietetic Association or the World Health Organisation, the findings are identical ­ animal products are at the heart of the degenerative diseases that kill most people in the West whilst plant-based diets reduce disease risk and extend life. It is the best start in life a child could have “This is such an assault of people’s freedom of conscience and freedom of choice that it drives a coach and horses through the supposed ideals of the European Union ­ by one of its greatest supporters. It is so extraordinary, so Hitlerian, that it is difficult to believe. Having done it in their own country, we’d better all look out because the next thing will be an EU directive banning vegetarianism along with crooked cucumbers and crosses.

The decree can be read in French at http://tinyurl.com/DecretCantines.

A French-led petition against the decree can be read in English at


For further information contact Juliet Gellatley or Tony Wardle on 07594 943222 or 07864 687057 or 0117 944 1000.

Stierkampf: Frankreich erklärt Stierkampf zum Kulturerbe / Video


 Das französische Kultusministerium hat den Stierkampf zum französischen „Kulturerbe“ erklärt.

Fadjen ein spanischer Kampfstier als Symbol gegen die Gewalt Fadjen – Pablo Knudsen – 2011

 [ENGLISH SUBTITLES] Die französiche Webseite “Sauvons un taureau” (Wir retten einen Stier) ist Tierfreunden gewidmet, besonders denen, die den Stierkampf nicht unterstützen und diesen auf aktive Art und Weise bekämpfen wollen.

Aber auch, um zu beweisen, dass der sogenannte “toro de lidia” (Kampfstier) ein friedlicher Plfanzenfresser und kein gefährliches Tier ist. Die Webseite gibt Einblicke in das Leben von FADJEN, wie er sich von einem jungen Kalb zu einem kräftigen Stier entwickelt und vor allem auch über die Beziehung zwischen Mensch und Stier.

Dokumentiert in Wort, Bild und Film


Videokanal bei You Tube: FADJEN

Press Release ref. Vegetarianism & Veganism in France

We send you the press release below (in English) which deals with an extremely important issue for vegetarianism and veganism development in France, and ask you to send it in local, regional and national medias among the contacts you have: we expect that if your medias talk about this issue and so give a bad image of France, it will have more impact on our government than the French opinion itself… (The French government did not give sign that it took into account the French public opinion for these last years.) You can read this press release in French and in Italian too. Best regards, and thank you


In France, eating animals becomes legal obligation Vegetarians* struggle for their freedom of conviction A decree has just been published making compulsory rules for the composition of meals in all public and private school catering. These rules force six millions of children of school age to eat meat, fish, dairy products and eggs. Similar decrees are in preparation for almost all French catering, from nursery schools up to old people’s home, including colleges, hospitals and prisons. And so French law, on behalf of a public health measure, forbids the concrete expression of a conviction. Vegetarian citizens stand up for their food choice rights. A good piece of news?

 Not for vegetarians! A decree and bylaw published in the “Journal Officiel” on October 2nd [1] force school canteens to respect a set of standards meant to guarantee the nutritional balance of the meals.

Each meal necessarily has to contain a protein dish where proteins are exclusively animal-based (meat, fish, eggs or cheese), overriding plentiful availability of vegetable proteins.

A dairy product is meant to represent the only way to cover calcium needs, ignoring untold vegetable and mineral alternatives. For meats (beef, veal, lamb, or offal…) and fish, a minimum frequency is specified as mandatory. So it is from now on impossible for school cafeterias regular users to be vegetarian, or impossible for them to maintain their vegetarian diet every day. And it will be impossible to be vegan for even one meal. Vegetarian children who would eventually manage to leave the meat on the edge of their plate would be forced to have unbalanced meals, as no alternative would be available. “Veggie? No meat… No meal! Attack on freedom of conviction

 A lot of people in the world hold a deep conviction that the consumption of animals and animal exploitation is an abuse. Vegetarianism and veganism are the main concrete expression of this conviction. The governmental decree is an infringement of fundamental rights by restricting the free practice of personal convictions such as it is proclaimed by United Nations: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, observance, practice, and teaching.” [2]

The treatment of animals is the object of a growing public opinion debate in France, as can be seen by several recent works released questioning, or on the opposite standing for, the legitimacy of meat consumption [3]. French government will to impose, in this context, its own ideological and economical choices is openly admitted: Current French Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Bruno Le Maire, announced the implementation of a national program for the food which also aims at slowing down the impact of some speeches, like the one ex-Beatle Paul McCartney held, who called in December, outside the Copenhagen summit, for a “go meat free once a week” to slow global warming. This call had sparked a general outcry among farmers [4]

 But yet I am vegetarian for the animals! But don’t you care about food industries? The pursuit of an institutional nutritional lie For several years, through several releases from the French National Nutrition and Health Program (PNNS) ,and its public website:


 public authorities libel Vegetarianism and Veganism. This, when it is clearly admitted nowadays and by numerous medical and sanitary authorities all around the world, that to the contrary, we can live, and be in a very good shape, without consuming any meat and animal products. For example: The position of the American Dietetic Association is that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. [5] The debate on the animal exploitation legitimacy is of philosophical, ethical and political nature and must continue. It is not acceptable that the French State, on behalf of some public health measure based on nutritional lies, wants to forbid this debate by outlawing the concrete expression of a conviction. Vegetarians mobilize Vegetarian collectives and associations get organized everywhere in France to express their indignation in front of this decree, warn public opinion and deny food assertions spread by public authorities. Actions are going to be organized in an imminent way in all France regions.

They call all individuals and organizations willing to struggle for freedom of conviction, whatever are their own positions concerning the animal exploitation, to join their voice to these protests. Citizen Initiative for Vegetarians Rights (ICDV) has already contacted the United Nations in May to indicate concrete episodes of discrimination against vegetarians in France [6]. If the decree is not removed, the ICDV announces a new complaint against France for violation of the freedom of conviction. Agreed by : ACTA (Bordeaux), Aquitaine Décroissance, ALARM (Marseille), Animal Amnistie (Toulouse), Animal Libre (Albi), Animalsace, Animavie, Les Animaux de Maurice, APSARES, Association pour un homme plus humain, Association végétarienne de France, Avis (Toulouse), CABle (Besançon), CLEDA (Paris), CLAM (Montpellier), Collectif Diois pour l’égalité (Die), Convention Vie et Nature, Dignité animale (Lyon), Droits des Animaux, Fondation Brigitte Bardot, ICDV, L214, One Voice, Nea (Rennes), Rêv’Animal, Revégez-vous (Rennes), Société végane, Végétariens Magazine, Veggie Pride, VegFest, VG56 (Finistère), Vivants (Sedan)… Mail : contact@icdv.info David Olivier 00 33 6 42 06 07 47 http://www.icdv.info/ Notes : * Vegetarians includes vegans in this text. Vegetarians eat no red meat, white meat, fish or other aquatic animals (prawns, crabs, lobsters etc) or slaughterhouse by-products such as gelatine, animal fat, lard or rennet. Vegans eat no animal products at all including red and white meat, fish and other water creatures, dairy products (eg cow’s or goat’s milk or derivatives such as yoghurt or cheese) or eggs. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose. [1] Decree N 2011-1227 of September 30th, 2011 and order of September 30th, 2011. These texts follow upon the law n°2010-874 of July 27th, 2010 called “agriculture and fishing modernization law”, which arranges that: “the public and private school and university catering services administrators, as well as children under 6 years old catering services, health care establishment, social and medical and social establishments and penitentiaries have to stick to those rules, determined by decree, of nutritional quality of the meals which they propose [].” [2] Statement on the elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on November 25th, 1981


the art. 1.1. [3]

 In particular Jonathan Safran Foer “Eating animals” (Kinkle editions, January, 2011); Marcela Iacub, “Confessions d’une mangeuse de viande – Pourquoi je ne suis plus carnivore” (Fayard editions, March, 2011); Dominique Lestel, “Apologie du carnivore” (Fayard editions, April, 2011). [4] AFP news of 21/01/2010 (http://tinyurl.com/FlashLeFigaro). [5] Official position of the American Dietetic Association; see


 [6] See on the blog of the ICDV,


Interreligiöses Gespräch zum Streitthema Schächten

Nachrichten»Interreligiöses Gespräch zum Streitthema Schächten / Bibel TV Themenabend mit Experten aus Judentum und Islam Interreligiöses Gespräch zum Streitthema Schächten / Bibel TV Themenabend mit Experten aus Judentum und Islam Hamburg (ots) –

 Schächten – ein höchst umstrittenes Thema, aus tierrechtlicher und aus religiöser Sicht. Der christliche Familiensender Bibel TV, der seit jeher den überkonfessionellen Dialog führt, sucht jetzt erstmals das Gespräch zwischen den Religionen. Wolfgang Severin, Bibel TV-Moderator und Theologe, spricht mit Experten aus Judentum und Islam über das Thema Schächten, also das Schlachten und Ausblutenlassen von Tieren nach religiöser Vorschrift. Das Gespräch ist Teil eines Themenabends zu jenem Handwerk, das Christen direkt zwar weniger betrifft, aber seine Wurzeln in der Bibel, im Alten Testament hat. Sendetermin ist Donnerstag, der 20. Oktober. Zu Beginn des Themenabends um 20.15 Uhr zeigt Bibel TV die Dokumentation “Auf Messers Schneide – Schächten in Europa”. Sowohl Juden als auch Muslime dürfen nach ihrem Glauben nur geschächtetes Fleisch essen. Die Dokumentation zeigt auf, welche Stellen in der Bibel und im Koran den Genuss von Blut verbieten. Außerdem stellt sie dar, was das Schächten aus medizinischer Sicht für Tiere bedeutet. Befürworter des Schächtens aus Judentum und Islam kommen ebenso zu Wort wie Tierschützer, die strikt ablehnen, dass Tieren ohne Betäubung mit einem Messer der Hals aufgeschnitten wird, woraufhin diese ausbluten und sterben. Um 21 Uhr folgt “Bibel TV das Gespräch – Schächten”. Wolfgang Severin spricht darin mit der jüdischen Publizistin und Tierethikerin Dr. Hanna Rheinz sowie mit Yusuf Calkara, Muslim und Leiter des Europäischen Halal-Zertifizierungsinstituts. ‘Halal’ bedeutet rein, die Juden sprechen von ‘koscher’. Severin geht zunächst auf die Rechtslage in der Bundesrepublik ein, er sagt: “In Deutschland ist Schächten verboten, es kann aber aus religiösen Gründen auf Antragstellung hin genehmigt werden.” Religiöse Gründe fürs Schächten gibt es sowohl im Judentum als auch im Islam: Weder Juden noch Muslime dürfen Blut essen. Mit einem Unterschied allerdings, wie Yusuf Calkara sagt: “Das Restblut im Fleisch dürfen wir verzehren.” Juden dagegen ist selbst das untersagt. Laut Dr. Rheinz ergibt sich daraus ein Problem: “Es gibt keine Methode, bei der man ein Tier so tötet, dass am Ende keine Blut-Restpartikelchen da sind. Jemand, der das wirklich ernst nimmt, kann eigentlich gar kein Fleisch essen. Wenn man das genau betrachtet, muss man Vegetarier sein.” Einig sind sich die beiden in dem Punkt, dass die Tiere nur so wenig wie möglich leiden dürften. Das gelte in körperlicher wie auch in seelischer Hinsicht. Vor diesem Hintergrund erwiesen sich große Schächtbetriebe als problematisch, wie Dr. Rheinz erläutert: “Dass man zigtausende von Tieren im Akkord schächtet, ist in der Tora überhaupt nicht vorgesehen, im Gegenteil: Das eine Tier dürfe des anderen Tieres Todesangst nicht sehen.” Sie stellt klar: “Das Rekordschlachten nach jüdischem Ritus ist eigentlich nicht koscher …. Man darf Tiere nicht quälen, man soll sie so schonend wie möglich schlachten. Das heißt heute eigentlich technisch: nur noch mit elektrischer Kurzzeitbetäubung.” Genau das werde jedoch nicht gemacht. Begründung: Das Tier könne aufwachen, Verletzungen erleiden, das Fleisch sei dann nicht mehr koscher, kurzum: “Es entstehen sehr viele Probleme, die man technisch noch nicht hat lösen können.” Wie es im Islam ums Betäuben steht, erklärt Muslim Calkara: “Im Islam ist wichtig, dass das Tier während der Schlachtung am Leben sein muss. Wenn das gewährleistet ist, dann darf es betäubt werden.” Allerdings: “Die Betäubung ist keine Verpflichtung.” Wer betäuben möchte, dürfe das tun; wer es ablehne, dürfe es bleiben lassen. In Deutschland hat das Bundesverfassungsgericht die Ausnahmegenehmigungen zum Schächten mit Hinweis auf das Grundrecht der Religions- und Glaubensfreiheit prinzipiell bestätigt. Der Ausgleich mit dem entgegenstehenden Tierschutzrecht sei aber so herzustellen, dass beides Wirkung entfalten kann. Sendetermine: “Auf Messers Schneide – Schächten in Europa” Donnerstag, 20.10.11, 20.15 Uhr Bibel TV das Gespräch – Schächten Donnerstag, 20.10.11, 21.00 Uhr, und anschließend in der Mediathek rund um die Uhr abrufbar: http://www.bibeltv.de/mediathek Bibel TV sendet seit neun Jahren. Der Hamburger Sender ist über den Satelliten Astra (Frequenz 12552 MHz, vertikal) europaweit zu empfangen. In Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz sendet Bibel TV auch im digitalen TV-Kabel und über IPTV (DSL), in Deutschland zusätzlich über DVB-T (digitales Antennenfernsehen). Bibel TV bringt ein vielfältiges christliches Programm mit Filmen, Diskussionsrunden, Interviews, Reportagen, Kinderprogrammen und vielen Musiksendungen. Die gemeinnützige GmbH hat 16 Gesellschafter, die katholische und evangelische Kirche sind zusammen mit 25,5% beteiligt. Hauptgesellschafterin ist die Rentrop Stiftung. Originaltext: Bibel TV Digitale Pressemappe: http://www.presseportal.de/pm/55188 Pressemappe via RSS :

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