Compassion in World Farming International has done it again!

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At an up-beat awards ceremony yesterday, Compassion HQ led the way to a brighter future by presenting Compass Group with the first-ever full Planet Friendly Award for its commitment to reduce animal-sourced proteins by 25% by 2025.

And Waitrose won Best Retailer Innovation Award for developing an App to measure the emotional wellbeing of animals in a drive to continually improve their quality of life.

South Africa:

Let’s get into the running for next year’s awards!

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Read CEO Philip Lymbery’s

account of the full awards ceremony here: 

https://philiplymbery.com/animal-welfare-awards/

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The United Nations’ One Health concept leaves us in no doubt that the health and welfare of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected.

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Read Philip Lymbery’s article on a facet of this interconnection between pigs, chickens, penguins and ourselves!  

As never before, there is a groundswell of human awareness that compels us to participate in the healing and restoration of our magnificent planet.

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22 April 2022

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Astonishingly, as recently as the mid-1980s the notion that human babies didn't feel pain, still lingered in society.

Today the question of physical and emotional experience has moved beyond humans to animals, including invertebrates like insects, crabs and octopus, and the weight of compelling evidence of sentience suggests we need to include these animals too, into our moral circle of concern.

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In 2005, the late Professor Wangari Maathai

became the first woman in Africa to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

for the Green Belt Movement she founded.

Today, the Green Belt flourishes with 51 million trees planted across Kenya. That’s a lot of habitat for birds and wildlife, and a significant contribution to the mitigation of global warming.

The Green Belt Movement is now a Global Alliance Partner of The Earthshot Prize launched by

Prince William to support projects that will repair

and heal our planet.

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Professor Maathai took a stand for animal welfare too. She said: “Respect them, protect them,

speak for them.”

See an inspirational clip of Professor Maathai speaking at the University of Cape Town here:

https://youtu.be/njlg07Iwk24

See a special project in South Africa, changing landfill into forest.

https://www.caringclassrooms.co.za/

Lesson Plan Grade 8 from slide 13 - 16

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The world has only recently acknowledged that animals are sentient beings, just like ourselves.

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Pigs emotions decoded

But now scientists are discovering just how highly sentient they are!

In a world first, scientists have translated pig grunts into the emotions they are feeling - from happy and excited to scared or stressed, and other emotions in-between. 

Using more than 7000 audio recordings of pig-talk, a team of international researchers has designed an algorithm that is able to classify 92% of grunts, squeals, screams, barks and other calls into the correct emotion.

The next step is to develop the algorithm into an app that can be used to assess the welfare of pigs.

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Join the dots...
from poultry and pork to pandemic

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At some stage in the future we will be forced to face the emergence of a new pathogen that sparks a pandemic. The risk is high and the time is now to drastically reduce our dependence on factory farming in order to return health to the planet.

South Africa's war on wild animals
"If you want to kill animals for fun, South Africa is the place. Topping the list of favourites by trophy hunters are lions, baboons, southern lechwes, caracals and vervet monkeys."
Read here:  https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-03-02-south-africas-war-on-wild-animals/

A reduction of animal protein to just 20% of our total diet may well prove to be the vital intervention that prevents the emergence of further highly pathogenic zoonotic diseases such as coronavirus, according to a new report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

In the report, the IUCN, which enjoys special observer status at the UN General Assembly, calls for an international policy that will stop the expansion of factory farming, and gradually reduce and replace animal protein with a mostly plant-based diet. It states: “Poultry and pigs have been identified as the priority species for risk, and this is increasing as populations of these animals grow exponentially.” Pathogens emerge and adapt to humans due to the abundance, proximity and “massive growth in animal exploitation and captive wildlife industries.”

The report concludes that domesticated animal populations need to reduce by some 75% in order to mitigate the risk of emerging diseases, achieve reforestation, and the recovery of biodiversity and ecosystems.

See full report here

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World Wildlife Day

03 March 2022

As a South African it is heart-breaking to learn this week that our government has sanctioned the invasion of wild places to hunt 10 black rhino, 10 leopards, and 150 elephants.

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2022-02-26-sa-allocates-10-leopards-10-rhino-and-150-elephants-to-trophy-hunters/

Ironically, this announcement coincides with an article in the New Yorker as to “whether animals represent the latest frontier in the extension of rights.” The article observes that “humanity seems to be edging towards a radical new accommodation with the animal kingdom.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/03/07/the-elephant-in-the-courtroom

Consider this:

Through a mindset of superiority and entitlement, we have made the magnificent nonhumans that share the earth with us, impotent and powerless. Yet the argument for animal rights does not decrease respect for human life. It increases respect for all life.

A brief look at the history of liberation shows us:

  • 170 years ago it would have been thought absurd that slavery would end 

  • 120 years ago it would have been inconceivable that women should have the right to vote 

  • 35 years ago Nelson Mandela’s release from prison was just a dream

  • 30 years ago, advocating for gay rights was ridiculed 

  • When will nonhumans be liberated from human oppression?

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South Africa’s valued icon, the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu put it this way:

“I have spent my life fighting discrimination and injustice, whether the victims are blacks, women, or gays and lesbians.”

But, he says, “there are other issues of justice, not only for human beings but also for the world’s other sentient creatures. The matter of the abuse and cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overful moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked.

 

“I have seen first-hand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty goes unchallenged.”

Archbishop Tutu’s statement forms the foreword of The Global Guide to Animal Protection, a 323-page resource published by the University of Illinois Press and edited by Rev Prof Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/69wgp5qn9780252036354.html

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As consumers, we would like to trust that the animals that provide our food, have led lives worth living!

 * Tragically, most have lived in a dystopia unimaginable to ourselves *

Scientists say pigs are as intelligent as the Great Apes, yet they are…

  • Born to mothers who are immobilized in iron cages

  • Raised in squalor and deprivation

  • Slaughtered as juveniles gasping for breath 

For details of their horrific existence, read Compassion in World Farming’s CEO Philip Lymbery’s article ‘If Pigs were Pets’. 

There are around 120 000 breeding sows in South Africa, each providing 20-odd piglets a year to become bacon and ham. Routinely, they will spend the first eight weeks of their 16-week pregnancies in horrific confinement, immobilised in crates like this: Footage taken on Cape Town’s Wine Route

 

After 8 full weeks of being unable to move backwards, forwards or sideways, they spend the next 7 - 8 weeks in group housing before being incarcerated in farrowing crates to give birth and suckle their piglets for a further 3 - 4 weeks.

Since mother pigs are impregnated twice each year, this means she spends roughly half a year, every year, unable to move or perform any of her natural behaviours. 

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Last week a major investor in McDonald’s USA described the keeping of pregnant pigs in metal crates as ‘obscene’.  

 

See here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60458129

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When it comes to global warming none of us can sit back and hope for the best.

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In alignment with the JPMorgan Chase report, Compassion in World Farming (South Africa) is glad to offer our online powerpoint presentation 

“Investing in a Carbon Conscious World” 

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JPMorgan Chase is yet another global banking institution that has taken a

lead position on the urgent need to transform global food systems to prevent

extremes of climate change and environmental collapse.

In a report published in February 2022, titled 

Establishing a Framework for Food and Agriculture Sustainability Transition (“FAST”)

JPMorgan Chase points out that food transition is one of the best tools for fighting climate change. 

Please see an analysis of the implications of this investment by the IFC, authored by Compassion in World Farming’s global CEO Philip Lymbery here: 

FUNDING DESTRUCTION

Compassion in World Farming supports the United Nations’ call to mitigate climate change through transforming our food systems as informed by the UNs’ Food Systems Summit as well as Cop26, both of which became significant global events last year in the fight against global warming.

Please take action as explained below:

For the sake of mitigating global warming, protecting Africa’s biodiversity, as well as the health of its people, please write to Africa’s IFC Executive Director Armando Manuel from Angola and alternate Executive Director Khathutshelo Todani from South Africa, urging them to redirect funding away from industrial livestock production, as set out in our powerpoint Investing in a Carbon Conscious World” 

 

Their email is: eds25@worldbank.org

Read more about Mr Manuel and Mr Todani here: 

https://www.worldbank.org/en/about/leadership/directors/eds25

However, the World Bank’s recent funding of a massive pig operation in Vietnam through its private sector arm, the IFC (International Finance Corporation), is bewildering. 

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Remembering the 'Arch'

As the world mourns – and celebrates – the life of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Compassion in World Farming (South Africa) reflects on how, at the age of 80, he became the first world leader to include farmed animals in a new vision for the future.
 

In signing Compassion in World Farming’s Vision for Fair Food and Farming at his Cape Town office on 15th March 2012, he said:

“I support this Vision for Fair Food and Farming, being so aware as I am of the cruelty that we mete out to animals… I hope we will learn that we are related to the animals and to Nature and if we destroy the balance, we are ultimately going to suffer and pay the price.”
 

(See www.animalvoice.org online issues, page 2, Animal Voice June 2012)

Two years later, he again called for the world to fight injustice to animals in the same way as it fights injustice to blacks, women and gays.”

 

He said: I have spent my life fighting discrimination and injustice, whether the victims are blacks, women, or gays and lesbians… But there are other issues of justice – not only for human beings but also for the world’s other sentient creatures.  The matter of the abuse and cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overfull moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked.

“I have seen first-hand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty goes unchallenged.”

This statement by Archbishop Tutu forms the foreword of The Global Guide to Animal Protection, a 323-page resource editor by

Rev Prof Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and published by the University of Illinois. Press.http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/69wgp5qn9780252036354.html

 

(see www.animalvoice.org online issues, page 4 Animal Voice March 2014)

Let us hear our  Arch’s impassioned appeal and bring into being his all-embracing concept of Universal Justice.

Louise van der Merwe

South African representative: Compassion in World Farming;  Managing Trustee: The Humane Education Trust

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South Africa’s ranking
on the global index

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South Africa’s global ranking of only an ‘E’ in terms of its animal protection legislation and policy, has come under parliamentary scrutiny as the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, prepares to launch the new Animal Welfare Bill early next year.

 

The index on animal welfare is produced by World Animal Protection and comprises a ranking of 50 countries according to their legislative and policy commitments to the protection of animals. Each country is designated an overall score with an A representing best results and a G identifying most room for improvement.

 

In Africa, Kenya and Tanzania take the lead in animal welfare scoring a D. South Africa follows at E.

For more information:

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is proud to have
Philip Lymbery

as our patron.
 

Read some of his latest inspiring articles

Dear Readers,

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