AN OVERVIEW OF WORLDWIDE CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
1585 animals slaughtered per second
Pigs in The Netherlands 1997/1998
THE GREATEST KILLING OF ANIMALS IN HISTORY
Millions of pigs were slaughtered in The Netherlands in 1997 (more than 10 million, source: Dutch TV News 12-11-1997). Most pigs (about 9 million) were healthy. About 700.000 pigs suffered from the disease of classical swine fever (Dutch: varkenspest). Classical swine fever is according to most experts especially the result of overcrowded pigsties.
In intensive agriculture industry sows are chained to the ground during their entire life or they are confined to such a small space making it impossible for them to move or turn.
In the summer of 1997 farmers wanted more pigs, but there wasn't enough space to keep them and the transport of pigs was prohibited. The vets killed the little, healthy and playing piglets (three to six weeks old), squirting their hearts. Up to the first of November 1997 2,5 million healthy piglets were killed (Dutch TV News, 12-11-1997).
October 1997 the vets stopped these killings and refused to carry on with the slaughtering.
Live pigs are transported throughout Europe. A lot of pigs get wounded or
die during transport. Often there happen accidents.
It seems that the English people do not want Dutch pork any longer, because
Dutch animals live in appalling conditions.
Hens, chickens in Europe
250 million hens in Europe live in coops measuring 45 by 45 cm. It is hardly possible for them to move. The European Community wants the coops to measure 45 cm by 80 cm. Only the European ministers have to give the green light.
(de Volkskrant, March 1998)
A hen is about 24 to 30 centimeters. One square meter contains 24 chickens, soon 21 once the new law is adopted.
Hens eat a lot of antibiotics to make them grow faster and their beaks are
cut. (See also bacteria and antibiotics)
(Second part of 1900)
Hens, chickens in Asia
In South-Korea million chickens were slaughtered following the outbreak of a new influenza virus.
Cows in Great Britain
A lot of cows (the first in Kent, 1985)) suffer from the disease Bovine Spongiforme Encefalopathie (BSE). Humans can also contract this disease even years after having eaten the contaminated beef. The British Government has tried to cover up the facts about the disease but now an epidemic in humans is to be feared.
Up to 1998 170.000 cows have contracted this disease and died. 23 British
people died as a result of the human variant of BSE: Creutzfeld-Jacob.
(D. Wittenberg/ de Volkskrant, March 1998)
It is forbidden to export British beef but the beef manages to find its way
to the markets in spite of the ban.
Horses in Liverpool, Great Britain
Three horses died during the Grand National horse races on 6 April 1998. The race is also called the "Killing Fields". One horse broke its leg and had to be slaughtered.
In many countries horse races also result in a number of dead or injured horses.
Since the moratorium, 12 years ago in 1986, 18.000 whales have been killed
(source: The World Wildlife Fund, May 1998)
The Japanese kill 540 whales on a yearly basis and Norway has doubled its
catch. Also Iceland and South-Korea are known to kill whales. They say it is
necessary for science, however most whales will be eaten by people.
A lot of whales die in fishing nets, because of the stress resulting from pursuits by tourist boots and accidents with these boots.
Bears and dogs in Pakistan
In villages in the south of Pakistan people like to watch fights between dogs and bears. Before the fight the bears' nails and teeth are extracted. The spectators (sometimes 10.000) like to see the dogs (pitbull terriers) win. Both animals sustain injuries from the fight. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is trying to stop this cruelty to animals. Photographs are expected soon.
(Edition of the Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, April 1998)
Bulls in Brazil
In Brazil a lot of bulls suffer death by torture during Easter time according to WSPA. Bulls are driven into the streets of 23 places along the coast of the Santa Catarina region.
The spectators beat and prick the bulls with sticks and knives, throw pepper in their eyes and destroy their horns, break their bones and stick out their eyes.
(Edition of the Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, April 1998)
Bacteria and antibiotics
A lot of bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. This conclusion was drawn by the commission for Scientific and Technology of the House of Lords in England. They conclude: "This research has been an alarming experience that has convinced us that resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest threats to public health.
Cattle receive a lot of antibiotics to prevent infection and to grow faster. That is the reason why bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics.
'It is necessary for cattle not to receive antibiotics which are meant for humans, according to Dr. Prof. J. Verhoef of the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
(De Volkskrant, May 1998)
Denmark rates lowest of 15 European countries as concerns the upkeep of its forests. Switzerland is the best. The Netherlands ranks eleventh.
Hunting in France
In France migratory birds are shot. In the summer of 1998 the French government extented the duration of the hunting season. Now migratory birds can be shot from the skies from 14 July to 28 February. With this decision the French government ignores the rules of the European Community.
(Nieuwsblad vh Noorden, 20 June 1998)
Chickens in The Netherlands
The new Dutch government intends to limit the number of chickens to 92 million.
(De Volkskrant, June 1998)
In the Netherlands about 90 million hens without beaks - after being docked- are kept in small coops. They move with difficulty as they have to stand and walk on grids all day long.
Hunting in Russia
The Russian tourist office sells hunting journeys to shoot protected animals, like brown bears, seals and wolves. For export the trophy hunters need a special export-license.
(De Volkskrant, June 1998)
Animals and smoking
Monkeys, dogs, rats, rabbits and hamsters are forced to smoke for the tobacco-industry to test the tobacco. The industry wants to prove that smoking is not detrimental.
(Brabants Dagblad, 10 December 1997, Proefdiervrij maart 1998)
Tree sparrow in Belgium
In Belgium a import firm in the port of Antwerp was held responsible for killing and freezing one and a half million Chinese Tree Sparrows. The birds were destined for Italy for consumption.
The birds are protected in Belgium. The firm was given a penalty by the Belgian court.
(Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, 1 July 1998)
Since the eighties the population of frogs in the world has been reduced for which there is no clear explanation. Some scientists think it is a forerunner of a greater imminent disaster because of the air and water pollution. According to Henk Strijbosch frogs are sensitive to UV-radiation, which is increased by pollution. Radiation unsettles the frogs' DNA.
(de Volkskrant, 4 July 1998)
Animals in the British army
In 1996 more than 11.000 animals were used for testing war material, which is record since registration has been introduced. Monkeys are shot in the head to see what happens to their brains. Pigs are used to test bulletproof vests. Rabbits, sheep, goats, rats and mice are also used for experiments. The Dutch army used 1040 animals for testing.
(Proefdiervrij, maart 1998)
Animals in the Iraqi army
The Iraqi army used dogs for testing biological and chemical weapons.
(Proefdiervrij, maart 1998)
Norway has two extra weeks to hunt whales
Norway extented the duration of the whale hunting season with two weeks as the allowed total number of 671 whales had not yet been reached. This is conflict with the International Moratorium.
(NRC, 29 July 1998)
Israel fattens geese
In Tel Aviv they keep geese for their liver. After Hungary Israel is the greatest producer of goose-liver (foie de gras).
A 40 cm-long pipe is pushed down the goose's gullet and then into the stomach whereupon a porridge-like substance is forced down to reach the stomache. The goose's liver becomes too large and the animal will experience breathing problems. The pipe causes scars and inflammations. For these reasons 12% die before going to the chopping-block.
The liberal member of the Knesset Avraham Poraz wants this cruel treatment of the geese to be stopped.
(Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, 8 august 1998)
350 Pigs choke
The pigs died because of the lack of oxygen in the pigsty due to technical problems.
(De Telegraaf, 22 July 1998)
In a lot of countries pigs in the pig breeding industry are kept in pigsties which are too small. The owners extract their teeth, extend the balls of the males without administering a sedative. Because the pigs have too little space they eat each other's tails. The pigs are kinder than their owners.
The Netherlands / millions of animals die in traffic
In a year's time between five and ten million animals in the Netherlands died resulting from traffic accidents.
(ANP, July 1998)
Germans eat oxen
In October 1997 German revelers ate 82 oxen during the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
(NRC, 17 September 1998)
The danger of antibiotics (1)
The use of antibiotics to stimulate growth in animals must be forbidden. The official Dutch Board of Health warns the Dutch government that antibiotics can produce resistant bacteria which may be life-threatening to humans.
Especially antibiotics such as avoparcine, virginiamycine, tylosine, avilamycine, bacitracine and spiramycine.
(De Volkskrant, 29 August 1998)
The danger of antibiotics (2)
87% of the antibiotics in the Netherlands was intended for growth-stimulation for beef-cattle. The effect of growing faster was discovered by accident in the fifties.
The Dutch Board of Health says that use of antibiotics must be forbidden within three years. The Dutch organization for agriculture (LTNO) and the Dutch organization for cattle breeding and meat produce (Produktschap voor vee en vlees)
(NRC, 27 August 1998)
The danger of antibiotics (3)
Dutch farmers use about 250 tons of antibiotics for growth-stimulation in cattle. In order to facilitate this, Dutch veterinary surgeons prescribe 300 tons of antibiotics for sick animals. Dutch doctors prescribe 80 tons of antibiotics to sick people.
Resistant bacteria are becoming a major problem. In 1980 0,6 % of the Salmonella Typhimurium seemed to be resistant. In 1996 it was 34 %. The hospital-bacteria Staphylococcus is becoming increasingly resistant.
(NRC, 29 August 1998)
South Africa kills pigeons
In the northwest of South-Africa pigeons are the flying diamond smugglers and are shot in order to release their precious cargo.
(Dutch Bird Protection / Vogelbescherming, May 1998)
Belgium / poison in pork
Belgian Consumer Organization have found pigs being tranquilized on their way to the slaughterhouses. Tranquilizers were administered in order to prevent them from dying from stress on their trip to the slaughterhouse.
(De Volkskrant, 28 August 1998)
Finland and minks
In Finland, five million minks are currently being kept in cages, waiting till they're big enough to be murdered for their fur.
(Ravage, 18 September 1998)
Italy and BSE
A new variant of BSE has been discovered in Italy, referred to as FSE. A cat is known to have died from this disease, as well as its owner, who is believed to have suffered from the human Creutzfeld-Jacob variant of the disease. The source of the infection remains unknown.
(De Volkskrant, 3 October 1998)
Mr Charles Weissman, who discovered the gen causing diseases such as BSE, claims that cows first began to develop BSE spontaneously. Remains of BSE-infected cows contaminated the animals' fodder. He also says that BSE has been transmitted from animals to humans and hopes that no more cases of BSE will be added to the 27 cases of infected people so far.
Portugal and BSE
Portugal has reported 150 cases of BSE in cows. The government now forbids the processing of contaminated beef into the fodder.
(NRC, 3 October 1998)
In 1998, 67 cases of BSE-infected cows were brought to light. Portugal has
exported 1700 tons of living animals to Spain.
(De Volkskrant October 1998)
BSE in Britain
Since 1986, 170,000 cows are known to have suffered from BSE.
(NRC, 23 October 1998)
Robin Webb from Britain makes "vegetarian shoes". They can be bought in the USA, Germany, Italy, Australia and in the Netherlands.
(De Volkskrant, 1998)
The Netherlands / overcrowded vans
A total of 152 horses were transported from Renkum (The Netherlands) to Italy (Duration: a good 12 hours covering a distance of a good 1000 km). The van was designed to carry about 100 horses. There was no drinking water. A result of these conditions many horses sustained injuries. The van came from the market at Heeten, in the neighborhood of Deventer (The Netherlands). It is assumed that the horses were consequently slaughtered when they arrived in Italy.
(NRC, 25 September 1998)
Classical swine fever
Classical swine fever that occurred in the Netherlands in 1997 has cost about 2 billion dollars so far, half of which was paid by the Netherlands and the other half by the European Union.
(NRC, 13 October 1998)
People and animals
If a person is to eat meat during his or her entire life, this will make him or her on average responsible for the death of 760 hens, five cows, 20 pigs, 29 sheep, 46 turkeys and seven rabbits respectively. In addition, he or she will consume over 750 fish. These figures were estimated by Linda McCartney and recorded in her book "Linda on Tour".
(de Volkskrant, 1998)
The Netherlands / hunting
Prince Bernard of the Netherlands killed 3 elephants, a lion, a rhinoceros and many others animals on his first safari in Kenya in 1955. The official Dutch Hunting Association is openly advertising for hunting excursions abroad. You can go fox hunting in Wales for a week or go out shooting pigs in Germany.
(De Volkskrant, 23 October 1998)
The Netherlands / minks
Some 2.6 million minks are bred in the Netherlands each year, which accounts for 10% of the world production of mink furs. We should realize that these minks are living in appalling conditions for the sake of fur coats.
(Bont voor dieren, 1998)(Fur for animals)
There are 200 mink farms in the Netherlands. Forty percent of the furs are exported to Asia and 25 per cent to America.
(NRC, 18 February 1999)
The Netherlands / laboratory animals
Biomedical Primate Research Center (BPRC) in Rijswijk is keeping 1,500 monkeys in captivity for experimental purposes, among which 1000 rhesus monkeys and 127 chimpanzees. These animals are used for research on aids and xenotransplantation.
(NRC, 19 October 1998)
Colgate has decided to stop testing deodorants, shaving creams and perfumes
on animals and is nowing employing alternative methods.
(NRC,26 March 1999)
After the cow has been killed, the slaughterers hang the animal and extract its horns. The offal is processed as fudder.
(Photo NRC, 10 September 1999) (Photo NRC, 11 September 1999)
They also kill horses in Slaughterhouse.
(Photo de Volkskrant, 20 December 2000)
People feed poultry with all kinds of products. Recently, there have been reports of dioxin traces being found in chicken food. Potential sources of this poisoning are frying fat, fatty substances from tankers after cleaning and other waste products that find their into poultry food. Dioxin is a lethal substance and eating poisoned chickens can be life-threatening. The photo shows non poisoned dead chickens which became too fat as a result of the dioxin crisis.
(NRC, 23 June 1999)
The Dutch Health Department advises people not to consume chicken and egg
products from Belgium in view of the dioxin poisoning incidents.
(De Volkskrant, 12 June 1999)
Chickens hang on hooks so that they
can be slaughtered more efficiently.
(De Volkskrant, 12 June 1999)
Offal is being processed as fudder.
(Photo NRC, 1999)
The Chinese police have found tiger hides (there are less than 100 Chinese tigers), bear hides, snake skins, elephant teeth, monkey heads. They were stored for transport to Southeast Asia. People there believe that snake blood has healing power. (De Volkskrant, 1999)
Dogs are first tortured and beaten and then killed for human consumption. Meat from dogs is said to be tastier this way.
Cows are brought to death by hammer blows, fish and rabbits are cut open while
still living, pigs are lacerated with knives cutting deep into their bodies,
starting from the mouth. Brains are extracted from monkeys while still alive,
their fresh taste is guaranteed.
(De Volkskrant, 3 February 2000)
Bears in China are also caged and cut open alive in order to drain their bile,
it is believed that bear bile is curative.
(De Volkskrant, 1999, 2000)
Oirlo (Netherlands); it is reported that 100,000 meat chickens have been burned by fire. Not a single chick could be saved.
(De Volkskrant, 29 January 1999)
Giant sharks are on the brink of extinction. This shark's fin is the tasty ingredient of shark-fin soup.
(NRC, 16 July 1999)
Malasya is coping with a strange disease in pigs. Fifty people have already died as a result of this disease. 65,000 pigs have been killed, mostly with sticks and axes. 500.000 pigs and 3000.000 people will soon receive vaccinations in order to control the pigs' disease.
(NRC, 12 may 1999)
The Netherlands / Animals and KLM
KLM has ordered the killing of 440 skirrels. Royal Dutch Airlines claimed that the required legal documents for the animals were lacking.
(De Volkskrant, 13 April 1999)
In 1998, KLM was responsible for killing 822 lizards during transport and
226 out of 1648 birds from Johannesburg died during transport on 11 May.
(NRC, 12 May 1999)
Animals in the Netherlands
Over a million animals are killed every day for consumption purposes in the Netherlands.
(De Volkskrant, 2 December 1999)
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English hunters pursue foxes and hares with a pack of hounds.
(NRC, 23 February 2000)
The Grand National is a true horse killer.
Many barriers are too hard and treacherous.
(Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, 24 December 1999)
Baby seals are killed for their skins in Nizhnaya, North Russia.
(Photo the Volkskrant, 10 March 2000)
As many as 650 crocodiles have been slaughtered in Thailand for consumption purposes in China, Hongkong and Taiwan.
(Dutch newspaper 'de Volkskrant", 27 July 2000)
Australia and New-Zealand are planning to designate part of the Pacific Ocean for a whale reservation area, which is being fiercely opposed by Japan. In spite of their statement that they are only being killed for scientific purposes, it cannot be denied that these dead whales produce food for the Japanese.
(Spits, 4 Juli 2000)
The Netherlands In a warehouse in the Dutch town of Oirlo a fire broke out in which 100.000 chickens were Killed. It has not yet been established what caused the fire . The estimated damage amounts to a million guilders.
(de Volkskrant, 29 January 1999)
Barn on fire In Huijbergen 12,000 guinea fowls died in a blazing fire on Friday night. The fire fighters came to the scene at short notice but they could not prevent the barn from burning down completely. The question remains why not a single bird could be saved.
The Israeli military is testing the impact of scud missiles on live pigs. The trials are conducted by a special explosion unit. According to the military spokesman these tests will help medical staff in their search for injured persons following a scud missile attack. The pigs are locked up in trailers in groups of seven, after which the trailers are blown up. The pigs are then taken away for examination of their wounds
(Parool (Dutch newspaper), 30 March 2000/Proefdiervrij, September (No testing on animals)
1. Denmark 10.6 million
The British Government has adopted new legislation to prohibit the breeding of fur-bearing animals in England and Wales. Both Parliament and the House of Lords were in favour of the bill.
(Bontbericht, news on fur, December 2000)
United Kingdom Hare-hunting with the help of hounds is equally controversial as fox-hunting. It has received less attention by the media. The picture shows a terrified hare. Aggressive dogs are also being used in Britain to hunt deer.
( NRC, Dutch newspaper, 23 february 2000)
The Netherlands Virtually all material of slaughtered animals is used to feed other animals that end up on the meateater’s plate.
The Netherlands Factory farming animals grow faster and produce more offspring. Excessive breeding results in animals with genetic defects. Dairy cows nowadays produce over 7000 liters of milk per year, leaving them exhausted in three years’ time. Chicks weighing 2.5 kilos can no longer carry their own weight. A pig farmer in the Dutch province Zeeuws-Vlaanderen has added to animal cruelty by disturbing the natural balance between mother sow and her piglets. Too many piglets are born for the mother to feed, they are subsequently taken away from their mother and fed by machine. European legislation dictates for piglets to stay with their mother for at least three weeks.
(Wakker Nieuws, August/September 2000)
The Netherlands Every minute in the Netherlands 80 pigs are castrated without an anesthetic. This amounts to 10 million cases of animal abuse a year. Because of the intolerable suffering and screaming as a result of the operation, health inspectors have advised castrating farmers to wear ear protection gear.
(Wakker Nieuws, August/September 2000)
Europe Europe alone is responsible for testing cosmetics on 38,000 live animals a year. After experimentation the animals are killed ( rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice) The majority of Europe’s citizens disapprove of the methods that cause needless harm to the animals.
(Proefdiervrij, December 2000)
Bodyshop sells cosmetic products that have been manufactured free from animal testing.
France The oil spill off the shore of Brittany will go down in history as the most devastating event for Europe’s bird population. The oil tanker Erika was responsible for the death of as many as 300,000 birds. French birdlife protectors LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux- BirdLife partner in France) has announced these figures. A total number of 240,000 birds were collected from the ocean surface. Over 61,000 birds washed ashore, 20,000 of which could be cleaned from the oil. Most birds did not survive in spite of all the efforts. Only 2,200 birds eventually survived the catastrophe.
(Vogels, June 2000)
Spain In October another horse was killed in a horrifying fashion in yet another bullfight. It is not surprising that the tormented bulls attack horses during the fight. The bull becomes frenzy from the various stabs causing agonizing pains. He will lash out at the first object that comes within sight. The bull in question penetrated the horse’s lung and stomache with his horns. Balacen the horse died from his severe injuries shortly after. ANPBA (Association Nacional para la Proteccion y el Bienestar de los Animales) has launched a protest campaign to draw attention to the fate of these horses during bullfights.
(Newsletter Committee Anti-Bullfight, Autumn 2000)
BSE in Britain
BSE and the related disease Creutzveldt-Jacob will cost 136,000 British lives at most. The number of deaths in Britain is not expected to exceed 20,000. Earlier this year researchers predicted a death toll of 500,000 in Britain alone. In the first half of 2000 the number of deceased Creutzveldt-Jacob Jacob victims amounted to 14. 1998 counted 18 dead persons as a result of this disease. The expectation is that persons under 45 in particular are more likely to fall victim to this dreadful disease. At the moment it is not clear whether to expect an epidemic in Britain or not.
(de Volkskrant, 10 August 2000)
Denmark and art
Visitors to Kolding Denmark were allowed cut up live goldfish with a food processor. The idea comes from Chilean Marco Evaristti. The artifact has now been removed by the director. Similar incidents have occurred in Denmark before. Christian Lemmerz had six dead pigs decompose in an aquarium and another artist exhibited stuffed young puppies.
Belgium and art
A column of the university building in the Belgian town of Gent was plastered with 8000 ham chops, by the hand of the artist Jan Fabre. The work formed part of an exhibition there.
(de Volkskrant, 17 May 2000)
A certain Belgian cattle market was the disturbing scene of how cattle are being maltreated, even by children. An amateur video recording broadcast throughout Europe has revealed an intolerable practice that shook up many viewers. The maker of the film has received death threats and was once before molested in an anti-animal abuse campaign. The Belgian government has forced the cattle market in question to take action to stop this cattle battering before 1 January 2001. This video recording is not available, only some parts of poor quality.
(Dutch TV2, December 2000)
Laying hens are killed and eaten after their two years of service of laying eggs. Chicks are fattened in six weeks’ time and subsequently killed and slaughtered. Many never reach the age of six weeks. The chicks grow too fast , they either die or fall over because of their weight. The farmers use suction devices to get them into crates or they are grabbed manually. Many die in the process or break their legs. The crates are then transported in open trucks to the the slaughtering houses.
According to the European Commission the BSE-crisis is expected to cost 2 billion dollars. From 1 January to 1 June 2,000,000 cows will be eliminated.
(de Volkskrant, 23 January 2001)
Is livestock breeding necessary in what are called civilized countries? There is enough vegetable food to go round and because of the switch from animal to arable farming, more plant products can be grown for consumption.
In The Netherlands every year died about 1600 badgers in accidents by cars.
(TV Drenthe, 1 February 2001)
The Dutch ABN bank with branch all over the world supports animal experiments. Also does Deloitte & Touche.
Cran Canaria (Spain)
(photo: AP/De Volkskrant)
The Netherlands (Utrecht)
Theatre in Utrecht killed a young babypig for have fun (De Volkskrant 9 september 2004)
Defenceless and peaceful cows are killed for nothing.
2004 Terrible transport of sheep. A lot of dead sheep in the right part of the ship.
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Greece fisherman killed pointless a big and old harmless hawk.
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