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Has cheap meat had its day?

Artificial meat could push conventional meat into the premium luxury market as the world’s population grows and livestock production fails to keep pace with demand, according to a recent report by researchers at Murdoch University in Australia. 

 

 The study by the Veterinary and Life Sciences department also said meat producers would need to find solutions to animal welfare, health and sustainability issues “in the face of competition from emerging non-traditional meat and protein products.” I went up to Billingham in the English northeast, to find out about one of these protein sources thought to be about to give meat a run for its money.  SEE MORE

Rotary revs up the debate on Battery Cages!

Learners at sixteen Cape Town high schools will pit their wits against each other next month on the subject of laying hens, as the Octo-Finals of Rotary’s Junior Inter-Schools Debating gets underway.

 

The topic?

 

This House Would Ban Battery Farming. 

 

Arranged by the Signal Hill and Waterfront Rotary Clubs, with students from the University of Cape Town as adjudicators, the competing schools for this topic include: Reddam, Claremont, CBC Parklands, Westerford, De Kuilen, DF Malan, Westville Boys’, Springfield, Milnerton, Edgemead, Bishops, Rondebosch Boys High School, Camps Bay, Bloubergrant, Fairmont and Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt.The junior octo-finals will be held on Monday 27th July.

Ironically, De Kuilen High School  -  which hit media headlines recently when English and Life Orientation teacher, Melanie Thomet, was accused by parents of indoctrinating their children with animal rights concepts -  has been selected to oppose the motion.

 

Gross factory farm footage could be made illegal

The video "Gross factory farm footage could be made illegal" appeared first on CNNMoney.

 

Agribusiness doesn't want us to know about atrocities inherent in factory farming. Please watch this short video clip from CNNMoney to see Agribusiness's efforts in the USA, to blind us from reality:

 

Agriculture businesses are trying to criminalize undercover investigations, threatening the safety of your food.  SEE MORE AND VIDEO

Help Free Battery Hens

26 million laying hens are confined in battery cages in South Africa.

 

In a battery cage, hens have an allotted space allowance of 450sq cm per hen (less than an A4 sheet of paper), with five hens crammed into each cage. This cruel system of extreme confinement which defies four of the five Freedoms for Animals, was officially banned in the UK and Europe as from January 2012 and consumers the world over are calling for similar bans in their countries. Woolworths banned battery eggs in all its stores nationwide in 2004 but no other supermarket chain in South Africa is willing even to phase-out battery eggs from their stores. The 26 million hens in battery cages in South Africa live and die without ever having seen the sun, soil or even a blade of grass.

 

BUT... For every half-dozen eggs you buy weekly that are free range,

one more hen finds her freedom.

Democratic Alliance in the Free State is the first political party to recognise animal sentience and the five internationally recognised animal freedoms

We are very excited writing this e-mail to inform you that on Saturday, 18 April 2015,

the Democratic Alliance in the Free State resolved at the Provincial Congress:

 

1. The acceptance of non-human animals as sentient beings, which are able to feel the same pain and emotions as humans.
2. The recognition of the basic universal freedoms for non-human animals namely:
a. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
b. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
c. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
d. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
e. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

 

This is very big and positive step for non-human animals, since the Democratic Alliance in the Free State is the first political party to recognise animal sentience and the five internationally recognised animal freedoms.

What does this mean for non-human animals?

 

1. Where we are involved in developing, implementing and commenting on non-human animal policies, laws and by-laws the resolution that all non-human animals are sentient beings and the five basic universal freedoms will form the basis to work from.


2. The DA’s members in the Free State are bound by the resolution to recognise non-human animals as sentient beings and to adhere the five basic universal freedoms for non-human animals.


3. The DA’s members in the Free State are binded by the resolution to educate their communities that non-human animals are sentient beings and that the community should adhere to the five basic universal freedoms for non-human animals.

 

Kind Regards


Dr Thomas Ferreira (Veterinary and Branch Chairperson Ward 23 – Mangaung)
Roy Jankielsohn (Member of Provincial Legislature)
Maryke Davies (PR Councillor – Mangaung Municipality)

The Food Dialogues Report

The Food Dialogues Report for a healthier, more conscious and just food system in Cape Town, the  Mother City, was released last week for World Food Day.

 

What an inspiring read!

 

You can download the report here.

 

Specifically, please see pages 28 – 31 where, under the title The Big Offenders: Meat and Dairy, the report points out that “the industrial-scale farming of meat, dairy and poultry is not sustainable” and it calls on consumers to eat less meat and to eat ethically produced products.

 

Compassion in World Farming (SA) is privileged to be included in the report.

Putting our principles where our mouth is

Top academics call on the University of Cape Town to free itself from an unholy alliance in the suffering of farmed animals.

 

The latest issue of UCT’s newspaper Monday Monthly, published yesterday (20 October 2014), features a call for the university to put its principles of justice where its mouth is and pledge to take animal suffering off the menu at university functions.

 

Authored by the Department of Philosophy’s Professor David Benatar and Dr Elisa Galgut, the article suggests that “consumers have entered into an unholy alliance with farmers and retailers – the consumers don’t ask and the farmers and retailers don’t tell.

 

A conspiracy of denial surrounds our eating practices to guard our consciences against what we know is morally unacceptable.”

 

Read the full article here.

Give half of planet back to the animals, urges scientist

The article "Give half of planet back to the animals, urges scientist" appeared first on The Independent, on Publish Date August 25, 2014

NEW YORK: Half the planet should be set aside solely for the protection of wildlife to prevent the “mass extinction” of species, according to one of the world’s leading biologists.

 

The radical conservation strategy proposed by DrEO Wilson, the hugely influential 85-year old Harvard University scientist, would see humans essentially withdraw from half of Earth.

 

Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, warned that we were facing a “biological holocaust” as devastating as the extinction of the dinosaurs unless humans agree to share land more equally with the planet’s 10 million other species.

Outlining his audacious “Half Earth” theory, he said: “It’s been on my mind for years that people haven’t been thinking big enough – even conservationists.

“I see a chain of uninterrupted corridors forming, with twists and turns, some of them opening up to become wide enough to accommodate national biodiversity parks, a new kind of park that won’t let species vanish,” he told the journal of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

 

Wilson, who is considered the world’s pre-eminent advocate of biodiversity, wants to create a series of “Long Landscape” wildlife chains to help species to respond to the effects of climate change by moving around.

 

These “corridors” running vertically down continents will let species move north as temperatures rise, for example, while those going horizontally will enable species to move east as rainfall declines in the west, Wilson said.

 

He pointed to the Yellowstone-to-Yukon conservation initiative running 3 200km from Wyoming in the mid-west of the US to the Yukon territories in the north-west of Canada as a good example of the kind of protected area he would like to see become widespread.

 

To read the full article, click here.

 

Eating Less Meat Is Better for the Planet Than Ditching Your Car

The article "Eating Less Meat Is Better for the Planet Than Ditching Your Car" appeared first on www.takepart.com 

Credit: By Kristina Bravo on Publish Date July 22, 2014

A new study reveals just how much our beef consumption damages the environment.

We know that eating red meat devastates the planet. But just how much? According to a comprehensive new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, meat production spews out five times the amount of greenhouse gases than production of dairy, poultry, pork, and eggs averaged together. The scientists even go as far as saying that consuming less red meat can benefit the environment more than giving up your car.

 

“The big story is just how dramatically impactful beef is compared to all the others,” Gidon Eshel, a Bard College professor and the study’s lead researcher, told The Guardian. He said the amount of damage from red meat production is so massive that it warrants action from lawmakers.

 

To see full article, click here.

First Ever Fatwa Issued Against Wildlife Trafficking

Invoking the Koran, Indonesia's top clerical body declares wildlife trafficking to be forbidden

 

By Bryan ChristyNational Geographic, 4 March 2014

Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body has issued a fatwa, or edict, against illegal wildlife trafficking. This unprecedented step by the Indonesian Council of Ulama, in the country with the world's largest Muslim population, declares illegal hunting or illegal trading of endangered species to be haram (forbidden).

 

For many the word "fatwa" took on ominous tones in 1989 when Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death threat against Salman Rushdie for blasphemy in his novel The Satanic Verses.

But the fatwa itself is merely a call to action. Invoking passages from the Koran, the fatwa (which you can read by clicking the link at the end of this article) is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

 

The fatwa requires Indonesia's 200 million Muslims to take an active role in protecting and conserving endangered species, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, and orangutans.

Endangered animals are sold at the Jatinegara bird and pet market in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 15, 2008

PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK LEONG, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

"This fatwa is issued to give an explanation, as well as guidance, to all Muslims in Indonesia on the sharia law perspective on issues related to animal conservation," said Hayu Prabowo, chair of the Council of Ulama's environment and natural resources body.

 

The fatwa supplements existing Indonesian law. "People can escape government regulation," Hayu said, "but they cannot escape the word of God."

The Creations of Allah

Orphan orangutans are housed at a Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation facility.

PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK LEONG, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The fatwa was inspired in September 2013 by a field trip to Sumatra for Muslim leaders co-organized by Indonesia's Universitas Nasional (UNAS), WWF-Indonesia, and the U.K.-based Alliance of Religions and Conservation. Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry and HarimauKita (the Indonesian Tiger Conservation Forum) offered additional consultation.

 

During a community dialogue with village representatives to discuss conflicts between villagers and Sumatran elephants and tigers, some of the villagers asked about the status in Islam of animals such as elephants and tigers.

 

The Muslim leaders replied: "They are creations of Allah, as we are. It is haram to kill them, and keeping them alive is part of the worship of God."

 

Hayu emphasizes that the fatwa applies not only to individuals but also to the government, noting that corruption can be an issue when wildlife, forests, and the interests of such industries as the oil palm business come into conflict.

 

The fatwa specifically calls upon the government to review permits issued to companies that harm the environment and to take measures to conserve endangered species.

A Time of Unprecedented Wildlife Crime

 

The fatwa comes at a time when transnational wildlife crime has reached unprecedented levels, with special burdens on countries—such as Indonesia—that are still rich in rare or unusual wildlife and plants.

 

It comes at a time, too, when governments are struggling to craft laws and pay for enforcement officers to fight criminal wildlife trafficking syndicates that are increasingly sophisticated and violent.

 

The Council of Ulama hopes its fatwa, which bridges the gap between formal law and crime and gives strong guidance to Indonesian Muslims, will help reduce wildlife trafficking.

 

Indonesia's action is a response to concern for the country's ecosystems rather than any Islamic practices involving wildlife. Still, throughout history, religion has played an important role as a driver in the consumption of animal species, some now critically endangered.

 

In 2005, the Dalai Lama called upon his followers to end wildlife trafficking. Recently, the men of South Africa's Nazareth Baptist (Shembe) Church, a traditionalist Zulu church, began using faux leopard skins in their religious ceremonies. As shown in National Geographic magazine's "Ivory Worship," Buddhists in Thailand and China, as well as Catholics around the world, who collect ivory religious statues continue to play a role in the smuggling and illegal consumption of elephant ivory.

 

To read the full story and the fatwa, click here.

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