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World Meat Free Day...

10 million people encouraged to quit meat for World Meat Free Day


MONDAY 15th June is the first World Meat Free Day.

Supported by a host of organisations, it is encouraging people around the globe to quit meat for the day, and aims to raise awareness that the meat and livestock industry is unsustainable. Eating Better, Compassion in World Farming, and Quorn and Compass are all backing the move which is intended to tackle a range of issues from climate change to feeding the world more fairly. The demand for meat has increased the amount of land needed to devote to crops for animal feed – and this in turn increases greenhouse gases.  SEE MORE

Save water every time we eat... (by leaving meat off our plates)

Today, 5 June 2015, World Environment Day, is the ideal opportunity for new beginnings - with these staggering statistics in mind, lets take meat right off our plates, or at least reduce it significantly…


 South Africans have been urged to eat less meat in a prime-time eNCA newscast “Warning of a looming water crisis that may dwarf the electricity crisis within the next 5 years.” Agriculture is the biggest threat to water sustainability.


  • Every year, South Africa flushes 50 billion litres of fresh water down the drain at abattoirs around the country in the process of converting living beings into meat.

  • It takes 1800 litres of fresh water to convert just one cow into meat.

  • The Johannesburg abattoir alone uses up to 2.5 million litres of fresh water daily to wash away blood, fats, urine, manure and toxic sterilizing chemicals.


Stats Source:



From the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane MP

On learning that new DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s mother tongue is Setswana, Louise sent him a gift for his younger child – the Setswana version of our reader for schools Caring Kids.

She asked him please to remember the well-being of South Africa’s animals in his Bokamosoconversations. He had explained that Bokamoso means “The Future”.


Today the Humane Education Trust was thrilled to receive his letter of acknowledgement.


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Rekindling the spirit of care and respect for life.

We can celebrate a cautious VICTORY!

Dear Friends,


We can celebrate a cautious VICTORY!

Battery eggs will soon require the label ‘CAGE EGGS’ in accordance with amended labelling regulations issued by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, this morning, 25th May 2015.


The amendment is subject to comment by member countries on the WTO but if all proceeds well, will come into effect 12 months after publication.

Thank you all for your roles in achieving this small breakthrough for laying hens!

Without you it wouldn’t have happened!


Kind regards,Louise



The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in apparent co-operation with the SA battery egg industry, has called for comment to an amended draft of labelling regulations - which obfuscate the truth!

Speak up now for SA’s 25 million laying hens who will never experience anything but misery, torment and pain.


While just-released draft amendments to labelling regulations make provision for battery eggs to be labelled ‘cage eggs’, shockingly, this identification is optional, voluntary and by no means obligatory!


So – the provision is just window-dressing!

Instead, further down in the document, draconian measures are set out whereby any claim on any carton of eggs – be they organic or free range - that refers to the humane treatment of the hens such as ‘pasture fed’ or ‘antibiotic free’ or ‘cage free’ is prohibited!

We urge you to please to write a courteous letter to Ms Matlou Setati at

Subject: Department of Agriculture on the labelling of eggs.


Please say how shocked we are that grown men and women will resort to subterfuge to obfuscate the truth about the suffering of laying hens. Prohibiting marketing claims such as ‘pasture fed’, ‘cage free’ or ‘antibiotic free’, in our view, is subterfuge, obfuscation of the truth and a violation of our Consumer Right to Transparency! If the amendment is ratified as is, we will have no option but to take this matter further in law.

Everyone should see this side to cows!     (happy vid)

Watch this video and decide for yourself if cows are dumb and docile, or dexterous in ways that we couldn’t have imagined!


Cows are intelligent animals, they have particularity good long term memories and interact in socially complex ways such as developing long friendships over time. These gentle creatures mourn the death and separation from those they love, even shedding a tear over their loss.  

Look out for labels that guarantee better lives for pigs

The NSPCA has stipulated that all pigs must be out of stalls by the end of 2016.

The South African Pork Producers Organisation has dug in its heels and says its farmers need until 2020...


If you eat pork, the chances are that you are eating an animal whose experience of being alive was one of deprivation, misery and torment. Look out for labels that guarantee better lives for pigs.

Or boycott eating pigs altogether!




We take her milk with a sense of entitlement – and discard her calf...

Consumer Power can influence supermarkets to change the fate of boy calves...


In South Africa, some 600 000 dairy cows produce around 3-billion litres of milk for our consumption annually. Cows come into milk only when they have given birth and if the calf is a boy (who will never produce milk and who won’t grow fast like a beef calf does), he is regarded as having little or no value. 200 000 boy calves are born into the SA dairy industry each year and too many land up in impoverished settlements to be reared by people who are not equipped with the specialist knowledge required for calf rearing.


The Department of Agriculture confirms that there are cases where some 70% of these calves die of dehydration, malnutrition and disease.


Compassion in World Farming (South Africa) has found a helping hand in dairy veterinarian

Dr Nico Schutte. In a meeting with Compassion on 5 February 2012, Dr Schutte , as representative for the Milk Producers’ Organistion (MPO), agreed that the fate of

boy calves needs urgent attention. 

He explained that calves are born without any antibodies at all which means they have no resistance to disease. “That is why it is crucial that the calves receive 2 litres of colostrum within the first six hours of life. Collecting colostrum from the older cows in the herd, provides the best antibodies for the calves because older cows will have been exposed to more diseases than younger cows and therefore have more antibodies to pass on to the calves through colostrum.”


Said Dr Schutte: “A fault in the system is that calves can fall into the hands of people who know too little about calf rearing.  The MPO, together with the Institute for Dairy Technology could expand courses in calf-rearing. This would mean that people intending to buy calves would first have to present certified proof that they have attended a calf-rearing course. I am willing to take this further and slowly, slowly let’s make it happen.”



The calves need Consumer Help to get this proposed certification course in calf-rearing underway as a matter of urgency!

Please write to your supermarkets and ask for confirmation that the calves that supply their milk, cheese, yoghurts, ice-cream and butter products, are properly cared for. If the supermarket cannot give this confirmation, please ask that it contacts Mr Jas Wasserman at the Milk Producers Organisation  to pledge support for the expansion of the calf-rearing certification course to prospective buyers in informal settlements. 

Mr Wasserman’s email address is:


Here are the Customer Care email addresses of the supermarkets:


Pick n Pay: Customer Relations: Liezel Galant:

Woolworths Customer Service Help Line:


SPAR Customer Care: Janeen Burton-Pye:


Previously published in Animal Voice, August 2011 - Boy Calves Freeze to Death



The TRUTH about pig farming

Pregnant sows all over the world are being given the right at last to use the legs they were born with! Now 60 000 pregnant sows in South Africa need your voice to help them gain their freedom too.


On 1st January 2013, keeping pregnant pigs in stalls/crates longer than the first four weeks of pregnancy, was banned throughout the European Union.

This means that pregnant sows in the EU will have the chance, at last, to trot around instead of being confined in a metal cages which, for the last 50 years, have prevented them from moving forwards, backwards or sideways.

Sow stalls are already banned in the UK and Sweden and are being phased out in Tasmania, NewZealand and Australia.

Compassion in World Farming (South Africa) needs your voice for the 60 000 sows still confined in stalls in South Africa! These are the breeding sows – the ones that provide the piglets used for ham and bacon. See the torment of their confinement in this video clip taken on the Wine Route in the Western Cape:

The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) wants 2020 to be the deadline for a  phase-out of sow stalls in this country.

Compassion in World Farming (South Africa) suggests that with your help, we can open the stall gates much faster than that!


Some 40 000 sows are already out of sow stalls in South Africa as a result of consumer pressure (Thank you, Thank you, CIWF supporters for helping us achieve this!)

According to the latest issue of Farmer’s Weekly (4 – 11 January 2013, pages 54, 55 and 56), farmers who are now keeping their sows in small groups on deep litter, instead of in stalls, report that:


  • The sows’ legs are stronger and healthier as a result of being able to use them (!)

  • They look more contented and enjoy socialising (!)

  • There has been no decrease in productivity as was feared and predicted

  • If you eat pork, please ask your supermarket to source free range pork products.


And Please sign our petition which we will present to SAPPO as soon as we have 60 000 signatures –

one voice for each of the 60 000 sows in South Africa who will spend 2013 immobilised in stalls – unless we say “NO!”

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