N.TV.de: Alle Proteste helfen nicht – Japan schlachtet Delfine ab! Rick Ò`Barry: Save Japan Dolphins!


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

English: Ric O’Barry in Los Angeles in June 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Delfine im Meer vor der japanischen Küste. Delfine im Meer vor der japanischen Küste.

Donnerstag, 02. September 2010 – but nothing changed!

Alle Proteste helfen nichtJapan schlachtet Delfine ab

Alljährlich spielt sich in der japanischen Bucht von Taiji ein grausames Ritual ab. Dort werden dutzende Delfine abgeschlachtet, ein Teil der Tiere landet sogar im Handel. Tierschützer versuchen seit Jahren, das zu verhindern. Bislang ohne Erfolg.

Trotz weltweiter Proteste hat im japanischen Walfangdorf Taiji wieder das alljährliche Abschlachten von Delfinen begonnen. Zuerst wählen Tiertrainer dort die besten Exemplare für Delfinarien im In- und Ausland aus, dann werden die übrigen mit Speeren, Haken und Messern getötet.

Sechs Walfangboote verließen am frühen Morgen den Hafen von Taiji und orteten eine Gruppe von rund 20 Delfinen, wie die japanische Nachrichtenagentur Kyodo meldete. Durch Hämmern auf Metallstangen im Meer legen die Fischer den Orientierungssinn der Delfine lahm und treiben sie so in eine Lagune, die mit Netzen abgesperrt wird. Vor den Augen von Spaziergängern wählen Tiertrainer die besten Exemplare aus. Was der Besucher des Ortes jedoch nicht sehen darf, ist das Gemetzel an den übrigen Tieren, das sich in einer versteckt hinter Felsen gelegenen Nachbarlagune abspielt.

“Die Bucht” klärte auf

Tausende von Delfinen fallen auf diese Weise in Taiji, rund 700 Kilometer südlich von Tokio, sowie wenigen anderen Orten Japans der Treibjagd zum Opfer – mit Billigung der Regierung, die Fangquoten setzt. Die Jagd an der Küste unterliegt nicht der Kontrolle der Internationalen Walfangkommission. Ein Teil des laut Umweltschützern hochgradig mit Quecksilber verseuchten Fleisches der abgestochenen Kleinwale gelangt später in den Handel.

Erst durch einen Dokumentarfilm wurde das grausame Abschlachten der Tiere belegt.            Erst durch einen Dokumentarfilm wurde das grausame Abschlachten der Tiere belegt.(Foto: picture-alliance/ dpa)

In seinem mit dem Oscar gekrönten Dokumentarfilm “Die Bucht” hat der US-amerikanische Taucher und Unterwasser-Fotograf Louie Psihoyos der Weltöffentlichkeit das Gemetzel mit Hilfe versteckter Kameras vor Augen geführt, das bis zum Frühjahr andauert.

O’Barry kämpft

Unterdessen überreichte der amerikanische Delfinschützer Richard O’Barry in Tokio der US- Botschaft eine Liste mit Unterschriften von 1,7 Millionen Menschen in aller Welt, die ein Ende der Delfinabschlachtung in Japan fordern.

Der US-Amerikaner war in den 60er Jahren Trainer der Delfine für die TV-Serie “Flipper”, seit 1970 kämpft er weltweit aktiv für den Schutz der Meeressäuger. Die Jagd auf die Delfine sei grausam und könne nicht als Teil der japanischen Kultur verklärt werden, sagte er zu Journalisten. O’Barry, der auch im Internet die Kampagne “Save Japan Dolphins” betreibt, hält sich in Japan mit rund 60 Unterstützern auf, um gegen die Delfinabschlachtung zu protestieren. Die Delfinariums-Industrie biete erst den finanziellen Anreiz, um die Treibjagd in Taiji in Gang zu halten, hatte O’Barry anlässlich einer früheren Jagdsaison gesagt.Trotz weltweiter Proteste haben im japanischen Walfangdorf Taiji wieder das alljährliche Abschlachten von Delfinen begonnen. Zuerst wählen Tiertrainer dort die besten Exemplare für Delfinarien im In- und Ausland aus, dann werden die übrigen mit Speeren, Haken und Messern getötet.

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Petition for Horses, against Cruelty


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Liebe TierschutzKollegInnen,                                        

ich lege Euch heute meine Petition vor,
die ich für Pferde erstellt habe.
Bitte, signiert die Petition und gebt
sie weiter.
Ich habe mein ganzes Herz in diese
Petition gelegt, weil ich es nicht
aushalten will, was brutale Tierquäler
– theoretisch und praktisch – unseren
Pferden antun.
Die Täter warten nur darauf, dass wir
müde werden und aufgeben.
Das dürfen wir nicht!
LG Annamaria

China: Crash saved Life of Cats transported for Food …


English: Xu - a common Chinese surname.

English: Xu – a common Chinese surname. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

walking street in changsha

walking street in changsha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I posted Jan. 18 : Don´t close Your eyes … about Cats as Food in China … aha!

Slaughter After Rescued From Truck Crash

January 19, 2013

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RT News, January, 17, 2013

 

Cats being cared for after truck crash

Up to 600 plump white cats escaped death when the truck carrying them to be slaughtered crashed and they were rescued by animal rights activists in central China.

Volunteers hauled the cats from the overturned lorry in the central city of Changsha. Around one hundred felines, however, died in the accident while others escaped, says Xu Chenxin of the Changsha Small Animal Protection Association.

The cats, most of them plump and white, were heading to restaurants in the southern Guandong province, the China Daily reported.

“It was easy to tell they were meant to be eaten, from looking at the crates you could tell their owners didn’t care if they were alive or dead. When I arrived, the truck was piled high with more than 50 crates. The cats had travelled for days, without water or food, and the smell was dreadful” Xu told AFP on Monday.

The volunteer group which recued the felines negotiated with one of the trucks drivers to buy the animals for 10,000 yuan ($1,600) and they were now awaiting adoption.

“We’ve already had inquiries from families across Changsha,” said Xu.

Activists often come to the rescue of animals in China. In one of the biggest occasions they bought around 500 dogs intended for the dining table from a convoy of trucks on a highway in Beijing in 2011.

China does not have laws to protect non-endangered animals such as cats and dogs. Although cats are not commonly served up as dinner in Chinese restaurants, some establishments, especially in the south, will put cat on the menu.

AFP Photo/China Out

eating animals : the consequences


 
Animals Australia

Annamaria — please take a day off. You deserve it. Take a day off from worries, from bad hair, traffic jams, and particularly, from annoying TV ads…Speaking of ads — it’s hard not to notice that Meat & Livestock Australia has hijacked Australia Day! Strewth — any visiting tourist would think that Sam Kekovich is the father of Australia and that it’s a local tradition to lob a little lamb on the barbie to prove how Australian you are! Crikey — it’s just a multimillion dollar marketing campaign to sell more lamb!

We thought Straya (‘Australia’ for our overseas friends) was all about a fair go for all; about sticking up for the undersheepdog; and above all, about looking out for our mates (four legged mates included of course).

Help us take back Australia Day in the true Aussie spirit — a day when EVERYONE deserves a day off…

This Australia Day, EVERYONE deserves a day off!

Okay, so we’re ‘taking the piss’ (a bit). But really, MLA’s campaign to urge Aussies to eat more animals should be no laughing matter. Apart from the fact that lambs are so super cute, Australians are facing a rising obesity and heart disease epidemic — conditions linked to the over consumption of animal products. Our planet’s health is suffering too. This month we sweltered through the hottest day on record — all the while our pollies conveniently ignored the fact that farming animals for food is creating more climate-warming greenhouse gasses than all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles combined.

It’s enough to send you bonkers!

So this Australia Day, we’re calling on all true-blue Aussies to help animals, our health, and our planet — by throwing some cruelty-free tucker on the barbie. Because being Australian is more than just abbreviating all your words with the letter ‘o’. Bloody oath. It’s about taking a stand. Doing what’s right. And hosting a BBQ that will be the envy of all your neighbours. Click here and we’ll show you how!

Whatever you get up to on your day off, we wish you a happy, safe, rip-snorter of a day.

Cheers, from your mates at Animals Australia.

P.S. We need your help to spread the word that animals deserve a day off too. It’s easy. Tell your folks. Tell your mates. Share this funny video on Facebook and Twitter. Forget John Farnham — this year, YOU’RE the voice!

HONEYBEES: Researchers search for viruses to save honeybees


FARM NEWS

Researchers search for viruses to save honeybees
by Staff Writers
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2012


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In an effort to save the dwindling honeybee population researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are looking to viruses to help treat one of the most destructive and widespread bee brood diseases in the United States. They report their findings at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

“Our food supply depends on the actions of millions of insects such as the common honeybee. Due to the importance of honeybees a pollinators in the agriculture of the United States and therefore the current and future food supply, honeybee health is of great concern,” says Diane Yost, a researcher on the study.

American Foulbrood Disease (AFD) is the most widespread and destructive brood disease affecting honeybees. It is caused by a bacterial pathogen, Paenibacillus larvae. Young honeybee larvae become infected when they ingest the bacterial spores in their food. Infected larvae normally die after their cells are sealed. The bacteria eventually die as well but not before producing millions of spores.

While there are some chemical treatments that can be used to hold AFD in check they must be continued indefinitely. Once the treatment is suspended the American foulbrood spores germinate successfully again leading to a disease outbreak. Because the spores can survive up to 40 years, many states require diseased hives to be burned completely.

Yost and her colleagues are researching an alternative treatment for AFD. They are focusing on using bacteriophages, viruses that infect and kill specific bacteria, to target the bacteria responsible for AFD and eventually treat the disease.

“If an effective remedy for the disease could be developed, hives that are infected with the pathogen could be treated rather than burned, which is currently the only effective treatment,” says Yost.

The researchers conducted an extensive search for phage from environmental sources including samples from desert and garden soils, beehives, flowers, compost and cosmetics containing beeswax.

Nearly 100 samples were tested for the presence of phages. A total of 31 phages were isolated and each were subsequently tested against 8 different strains of the AFD pathogen. The researchers identified 3 phages that had activity against all 8 strains of the bacteria.

“These results demonstrate that bacteriophages capable of infecting P. larvae are present in the natural environment, and these phages may represent the first step in developing a potential treatment for AFD,” says Yost.

PARIS, SATURDAY, 2. JUNE 2.30 PM: MARCH FOR THE CLOSURE OF SLAUGHTERHOUSES


 
March for the closure of slaughterhouses
Paris, Saturday 2nd June
In Paris, on Saturday, 2nd June at 2.30pm there will be a meeting at the symbolic location of the old slaughterhouses of Vaugirard in the 15th Arrondissment, where Georges Franju partly shot the movie “Animal’s blood” in 1949:

“The first time I went there, I came back home, cried for two days, hid away all the knives, I just wanted to die1”
 
 

→ Watch Georges Franju’s movie

Most people, like Georges Franju, are shocked by the slaughter of animals. Because in a slaughterhouse, we witness the suffering, the distress, the hopelessness, and the terrible fright of a sentient being. Because we know that we would have the exact same feelings if we were in these circumstances. Because we know there is no ethical justification for killing an animal that wanted to carry on with its life. Slaughterhouses are a major moral question for our society and confront us with our contradictions and our cowardice.

As many famous personalities before them, the protesters will demand the end of the killing of animals for the sake of producing food and pay their respects to the billions of animals put down in slaughterhouses or fisheries– who are uncountable victims of our eating and cultural habits, our dietary beliefs, and the power of lobbyists. A commemorative stone will be placed upon one of the statues at the entrance of the old slaughterhouses.

Then, the protesters will march to the square Joachim du Bellay where the 3rd edition of the Vegfest, a public debate society, will put forward credible alternatives to the “products” of the slaughterhouses.

→ Website of the march for the closure of slaughterhouses

What: March for the closure of slaughterhouses
When: Saturday, 2nd June 2.30pm
Where: he old slaughterhouses of Vaugirard, Square Georges Brassens, rue des Morillons, Paris XV.

At the same time, a march will take place in Castres, from the city centre to the slaughterhouses.
 

Press Contact:
Maï-wen Wauthy : 0033/ 7 78 66 21 82
Brigitte Gothière : 0033/ 6 20 03 32 66
Photos and videos available upon request

Killed unnecessarily
Slaughterhouses, either on land or at sea, are working at full capacity: every year, about 60 billion land animals are killed; the number of caught fish is approximately 1000 billion, to which hundreds of billions of victims of aquaculture can be added. Most of the reared animals live a horrifying existence before they are put to death. Yet, these bred or captured animals are conscious beings; they have knowledge, desires, emotions.

We know human beings do not need animal products to live a healthy life. The existence of millions of vegetarians all over the world is ample evidence that it is possible to eat healthily without taking part in this bloodshed. Farming practices produce enough plant-based foodstuffs to provide each and everyone with a high quality diet.
 
 

→ Offical position of the American Dietetic Association

Meat, yes, but without making animals suffer?
This is the most commonly expressed view. But it is unrealistic to imagine we can one day manage to offer a decent life and a painless death to the billions of animals killed each year throughout the world for the human diet.

How could a farmer who produces chicken meat with thousands of birds, with the best of intentions in the world, ensure them appropriate living conditions? How many millions of extra people would need to be paid to properly look after the animals? Who will pay the tens of thousands of inspectors who would be necessary to carefully check that standards are being kept up?

Sacred life vs. Expendable life
Even perpetrated “decently,” the murder of a human being is considered the worst of crimes. Conversely, cutting the throat of animals in slaughterhouses and the suffocation of fish out of water are trivialised activities. A whole industry is working for it. How can such an asymmetry in the value granted to the lives of the former and the latter be justified?

Closing slaughterhouses: a utopian project?
The moral condemnation of the mistreatment of animals is widely shared: most people agree that they should not have to suffer for no good reason, nor be killed without necessity.
It is factually true that farming, hunting and fishing kill, and that they inflict considerable pain on animals. It is factually true that humans do not need to consume animal products in order to lead healthy lives. Not eating meat does not bar the way to a fulfilled life or the enjoyment of eating.

Spontaneous changes in consumer behaviour are not sufficient to put an end to the butchery. The problems of road safety, pollution, human poverty or child abuse cannot be solved just by relying on the capacity of each person to modify their habits to remedy the situation, even when they are generally acknowledged to be wrong. In all of these areas, progress demands resorting to legislation and public policies, which is justified since mistreatment, torture and killing remain outside of the legitimate domain of individual liberties.

It is a question of obtaining the consent of our societies to eradicate this practice, based on the recognition of the great harm that it causes to animals. This recognition only requires the effective application of what is already common morality. The demand for meat abolition will take place in the current political agenda. We can imagine its culmination within the framework of institutions and social organisation that we already know.

An old demand
We have engaged in critical reflection about the implications of animal use for food since antiquity and continue to today. From Plutarque to Yourcenar, Voltaire or Gandhi, many renowned thinkers participated in this reflection. Some societies refused killing for food, such as the Cathares and a noteworthy part of the population of India or the wise Sufis. The success of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals indicates this reflection is, more than ever, a current concern.
 
 
Past injustices have been abolished or reduced, such as human slavery or the inferior status assigned to women. They were also supported by powerful interests; they were also deeply rooted in the collective consciousness to the point that the majority believed them to be eternal.
So why not farming and fishing?
 

→ More

Press Contact:
Maï-wen Wauthy : 0033/ 7 78 66 21 82
Brigitte Gothière : 0033/ 6 20 03 32 66
Photos and videos available upon request
——————————————————————————–

1. « Tueurs sans haine », Georges Franju, cinéaste, Paris, Maison de la Villette, 17-21, 
 
 

March for the closure of slaughterhouses Paris, Saturday 2nd June In Paris, on Saturday, 2nd June at 2.30pm there will be a meeting at the symbolic location of the old slaughterhouses of Vaugirard in the 15th Arrondissment, where Georges Franju partly shot the movie “Animal’s blood” in 1949: “The first time I went there, I came back home, cried for two days, hid away all the knives, I just wanted to die1” → Watch Georges Franju’s movie Most people, like Georges Franju, are shocked by the slaughter of animals. Because in a slaughterhouse, we witness the suffering, the distress, the hopelessness, and the terrible fright of a sentient being. Because we know that we would have the exact same feelings if we were in these circumstances. Because we know there is no ethical justification for killing an animal that wanted to carry on with its life. Slaughterhouses are a major moral question for our society and confront us with our contradictions and our cowardice. As many famous personalities before them, the protesters will demand the end of the killing of animals for the sake of producing food and pay their respects to the billions of animals put down in slaughterhouses or fisheries– who are uncountable victims of our eating and cultural habits, our dietary beliefs, and the power of lobbyists. A commemorative stone will be placed upon one of the statues at the entrance of the old slaughterhouses. Then, the protesters will march to the square Joachim du Bellay where the 3rd edition of the Vegfest, a public debate society, will put forward credible alternatives to the “products” of the slaughterhouses. → Website of the march for the closure of slaughterhouses What: March for the closure of slaughterhouses When: Saturday, 2nd June 2.30pm Where: he old slaughterhouses of Vaugirard, Square Georges Brassens, rue des Morillons, Paris XV. At the same time, a march will take place in Castres, from the city centre to the slaughterhouses. Press Contact: Maï-wen Wauthy : 0033/ 7 78 66 21 82 Brigitte Gothière : 0033/ 6 20 03 32 66 Photos and videos available upon request Killed unnecessarily Slaughterhouses, either on land or at sea, are working at full capacity: every year, about 60 billion land animals are killed; the number of caught fish is approximately 1000 billion, to which hundreds of billions of victims of aquaculture can be added. Most of the reared animals live a horrifying existence before they are put to death. Yet, these bred or captured animals are conscious beings; they have knowledge, desires, emotions. We know human beings do not need animal products to live a healthy life. The existence of millions of vegetarians all over the world is ample evidence that it is possible to eat healthily without taking part in this bloodshed. Farming practices produce enough plant-based foodstuffs to provide each and everyone with a high quality diet. → Offical position of the American Dietetic Association Meat, yes, but without making animals suffer? This is the most commonly expressed view. But it is unrealistic to imagine we can one day manage to offer a decent life and a painless death to the billions of animals killed each year throughout the world for the human diet. How could a farmer who produces chicken meat with thousands of birds, with the best of intentions in the world, ensure them appropriate living conditions? How many millions of extra people would need to be paid to properly look after the animals? Who will pay the tens of thousands of inspectors who would be necessary to carefully check that standards are being kept up? Sacred life vs. Expendable life Even perpetrated “decently,” the murder of a human being is considered the worst of crimes. Conversely, cutting the throat of animals in slaughterhouses and the suffocation of fish out of water are trivialised activities. A whole industry is working for it. How can such an asymmetry in the value granted to the lives of the former and the latter be justified? Closing slaughterhouses: a utopian project? The moral condemnation of the mistreatment of animals is widely shared: most people agree that they should not have to suffer for no good reason, nor be killed without necessity. It is factually true that farming, hunting and fishing kill, and that they inflict considerable pain on animals. It is factually true that humans do not need to consume animal products in order to lead healthy lives. Not eating meat does not bar the way to a fulfilled life or the enjoyment of eating. Spontaneous changes in consumer behaviour are not sufficient to put an end to the butchery. The problems of road safety, pollution, human poverty or child abuse cannot be solved just by relying on the capacity of each person to modify their habits to remedy the situation, even when they are generally acknowledged to be wrong. In all of these areas, progress demands resorting to legislation and public policies, which is justified since mistreatment, torture and killing remain outside of the legitimate domain of individual liberties. It is a question of obtaining the consent of our societies to eradicate this practice, based on the recognition of the great harm that it causes to animals. This recognition only requires the effective application of what is already common morality. The demand for meat abolition will take place in the current political agenda. We can imagine its culmination within the framework of institutions and social organisation that we already know. An old demand We have engaged in critical reflection about the implications of animal use for food since antiquity and continue to today. From Plutarque to Yourcenar, Voltaire or Gandhi, many renowned thinkers participated in this reflection. Some societies refused killing for food, such as the Cathares and a noteworthy part of the population of India or the wise Sufis. The success of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals indicates this reflection is, more than ever, a current concern. Past injustices have been abolished or reduced, such as human slavery or the inferior status assigned to women. They were also supported by powerful interests; they were also deeply rooted in the collective consciousness to the point that the majority believed them to be eternal. So why not farming and fishing? → More Press Contact: Maï-wen Wauthy : 0033/ 7 78 66 21 82 Brigitte Gothière : 0033/ 6 20 03 32 66 Photos and videos available upon request ——————————————————————————– 1. « Tueurs sans haine », Georges Franju, cinéaste, Paris, Maison de la Villette, 17

Milking Cows at Night for Insomniacs


Milking Cows at Night for Insomniacs

“By nature, men love newfangledness.”
– Geoffrey Chaucer

There is a Chinese company (based in Canterbury, England)
that is milking dairy cows after midnight, with the
hope of extracting a melatonin-rich milk which will
put insomniacs to sleep. This is indeed a real-life
Canterbury Tale! The story:

http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/new-milk-hoped-help-insomniacs-4720026

The British company’s milk research manager, Simon Causer
(not to be confused with Geoffrey Chaucer) expects to begin
clinical trials soon.

I performed a Google search for men with the same name
and found just two. One is a tree surgeon in London.

His Internet website reveals:

“Simon has the experience and ability to assess risky
situations and manage them with care to ensure maximum
safety for people, trees and buildings.”

Well, that is a major re-LEAF!

The other not-so simple Simon works with sheep and fur
and is an expert at getting mites out of woolen blankets.
His advice might be to count lambs jumping over fences
during restless pre-sleep periods, not drink cow hormones.

I’ve got some news for the Dr. Causer working with
melatonin. Daytime milk also contains melatonin as well
as progesterone, which will put you to sleep faster than
pondering the meaning of some of my sometimes-eloquent
Notmilk columns.

For those of you still able to function intellectually,
you should be aware that melatonin is a steroid hormone
which is synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan.

Consumption of excess tryptophan in turkey is what puts
Thanksiving eaters to sleep. There is more tryptophan
in cheese made from cow’s milk than in turkey. Supposedly,
the cheeses eaten by Americans come from cows milked
during daytime hours. See:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/message/4194

It is my understanding that cheeses made from dog’s milk
or human breast milk do not contain a lot of tryptophan,
so you might consider these two wholesome and delicious
alternatives.

WARNING: If you are pregnant, do not drink hormone-rich
melatonin milk. Why? A publication in the February 9,
2012 issue of the Journal of Women’s health discusses
“The Relationship of Nocturnal Melatonin to Estradiol and
Progesterone in Depressed and Healthy Pregnant Women.”

Researchers at the University of California’s Center for
Chronobiology (the study of internal biological clocks)
and Department of Psychiatry (the study of external
neurological kooks) determined:

“These altered sensitivities to reproductive hormones may
reflect a biologic vulnerability that predisposes some
pregnant women to depression.”

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

USDA REQUIRES RAT POISON TO BE ADDED TO MILK


English: Enzymatic conversion of cholecalcifer...

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USDA Requires Rat Poison to be Added to Milk

“The two basic items necessary to sustain
life are sunshine and coconut milk.”
Dustin Hoffman

It’s The Law:

In 1932, Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations required
that 400 units of rat poison be added to every quart of
milk sold in America.

A brochure produced by the Ministry of Environment in
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, reveals the
rat-posion link:

“Safe and Sensible Pest Control”

The brochure represents a series of “safe and sensible”
pest control measures, according to the Canadian Health
Minister. Canadian health officials believe that Vitamin
D-3 is the most effective and ecologically sound method
of dealing with rat and mouse infestation.

Information on milk cartons reveal that two ingredients
fill the container: Milk and Vitamin D-3. Vitamin D-3 is
used to kill rats! Why is it added to milk for our children
to drink in the name of good health?

According to the Canadian brochure, products containing
Vitamin D-3 (calciferol) kill by vitamin overdose after 3-4
days. The Vitamin D-3 actually mobilizes excessive amounts
of calcium from an animal’s bones.

And you thought that Vitamin D-3 in milk helped to absorb
calcium. Another dairy industry myth!

Don’t try this at home. When the animal dies within your walls,
its putrefying body will add the most unpleasant bouquet to your
environment. The offensive smell may last for months.

Many methods of mice and rat control are discussed. I prefer
the most foolproof of methods: Don’t let them eat your food.
Store all foods in refrigerators or tamper-proof containers.
With no food supply, mice and rats go elsewhere to dine.

How soon we forget! Children are taught in first grade that
Vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D is a steroid
hormone and is synthesized in one’s body after skin is exposed
to sunlight. Once the body has made enough, it will produce
no more. Too much Vitamin D can be toxic and
result in bone loss.

In 1963, the journal Pediatrics (Volume 31) revealed:

“Consuming as little as 45 micrograms of Vitamin D-3 in young
children has resulted in signs of overdose.” (one gallon of milk
contains 1600 IU, or 40 micrograms).

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine
(Volume 326, 1992) revealed that of 42 milk samples, only
12% were within the expected range of Vitamin D content.
Testing of 10 samples of infant formula revealed seven with
more that twice the Vitamin D content reported on the label,
one of which had more than four times the label amount.

“Keep your face always toward the
sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

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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Warnung vor Fleisch kranker Gänse!


 

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Martinstag: VIER PFOTEN warnt vor Fleisch kranker Gänse

Veröffentlicht am Donnerstag, 10. November 2011 09:50

Die Kampagne der internationalen Tierschutzorganisation VIER POTEN zeigt Wirkung: Deutsche Supermarktketten weigern sich inzwischen geschlossen, das Fleisch kranker Gänse aus den Käfigbatterien der ungarischen Stopfleberindustrie zu verkaufen.

In der Gastronomie sieht es jedoch anders aus. In der scheinbaren Anonymität verschwinden nun Unmengen des minderwertigen Stopffleisches. Gerade jetzt zum Martinstag (11. November) ist deshalb besondere Vorsicht angebracht. VIER PFOTEN empfiehlt, sich in Restaurants, Gasthäusern oder anderen Gastronomiebetrieben immer die Packung mit dem Produzenten und dessen EWG-Nummer zeigen zu lassen. „Weigert sich der Wirt oder kontert mit Ausreden, ist die Herkunft aus Tierquälerei sicher“, so Kampagnenleiter Marcus Müller von VIER PFOTEN.

Die Stopfmast, die in Deutschland streng verboten ist, produziert jährlich Millionen kranker verfetteter Gänse. Die Tiere werden mehrmals täglich mit Gewalt gestopft, bis die Leber völlig verfettet und zehnfach angeschwollen ist. „Diese Tiere sind todkrank und das Fleisch gehört eher in den Sondermüll als auf den Teller“, so Marcus Müller von VIER PFOTEN. Zusätzlich werden viele der Gänse vor der Stopfmast auch noch bei lebendigem Leib gerupft, um Profit mit den Daunen der Tiere zu machen. Dabei werden die Gänse brutal zwischen den Beinen eingeklemmt und bei vollem Bewusstsein völlig kahl gerupft und dabei schwer verletzt. Das Fleisch dieser armen Kreaturen landet inzwischen fast ausschließlich in der Gastronomie, weshalb VIER PFOTEN die Gastronomieverbände auffordert, ein klares Zeichen für den Tierschutz zu setzen und sich zu den strengen heimischen Gesetzen zu bekennen. Diese werden durch die Fleischbeschaffung aus den ungarischen Stopfmastfarmen umgangen. Dabei gibt es längst Alternativen: in den Hauptproduktionsländern Ungarn und Polen verzichten bereits genügend Produzenten auf Stopfmast und Lebendrupf und lassen sich durch VIER PFOTEN jederzeit unangemeldet kontrollieren.

VIER PFOTEN stellt ständig aktualisierte Listen mit positiven und negativen Produzenten online. So kann der Gast sofort feststellen, was zum Martinstag wirklich aufgetischt wird. Diese und weitere Infos sind auf  www.vier-pfoten.de abrufbar.