Action is needed on unstunned slaughter. Now.

The number of animals slaughtered without stunning has seen a massive rise.

Scotland for Animals continues to lead the campaign to expose and end this scandal. We warned many years ago that unstunned slaughter was becoming one of the biggest welfare issues of our time but other organisations seem reluctant, to say the least, to tackle the issue.

Welfare groups need to act, authorities need to act and politicians need to act.

Now, before it’s too late.

Antibiotic use in meat industry on rise

New report compiled by researchers from ETH Zürich, Princeton and the University of Cambridge expects use of antibiotics in animal farming to rise by another 52% by 2030.

“Globally, animals receive almost three times as many antibiotics than people, although much of this use is not medically necessary, and many new strains of antibiotic-resistant infections are now common in people after originating in our livestock”

“As global demand for meat grows and agriculture continues to transition from extensive farming and smallholdings to more intensive practices, the use of antimicrobials in food production will increasingly threaten the efficacy of these life-saving drugs.”

Hypocrisy at Holyrood

An almost unbelievable display of hypocrisy through week as Richard Lochhead MSP was spotted outside Holyrood joining campaigners calling for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty.

Throughout his many years as Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Lochhead consistently blocked attempts to improve welfare in the meat industry from abattoir CCTV to a ban on unstunned slaughter. We shudder to think the suffering this character and his cohorts have enabled as a result.

This is either a crisis of conscience or rank opportunism. Knowing Lochhead’s record we would suggest it’s the latter.

Please don’t be sucked in by these con-artists.

If you hate fur, hate leather

Disgusted by fur, but still buy leather? It’s just as cruel. Over a billion animals are killed by the leather industry every year, including dogs and cats – there’s no way to know what animal you are wearing, not that it should matter! The poor cows are forced to march for days to their death, and have chilli’s rubbed into their eyes to keep them moving when they collapse, or their tails snapped…

It’s also disastrous for the environment, with leather tanneries releasing toxic chemicals into our atmosphere and causing life threatening illnesses to the poor worker who must earn a living there.

No one should be impressed by ‘real leather’ labels.

Please ditch leather, there are so many wonderful alternatives available, made from eco friendly and durable materials.

Statement on Scottish Government animal welfare announcements

Statement on Scottish Government animal welfare announcements

Scotland for Animals welcomes the Scottish Government announcement yesterday that some areas of welfare provision are to be reviewed.

 

 

We also welcome the inclusion of a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, however we are disappointed that this will have a very limited protective impact due to it’s scope.

 

 

We are further concerned that there is no mention of improvements regarding legislation concerning the farming and slaughter of animals, which by it’s nature and the sheer number of animals involved, presents arguably the largest welfare issue.

 

 

We are particularly surprised that given the huge amount of public support for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in abattoirs and an end to unstunned slaughter these measures have been ignored.

 

 

Not least due to SfA’s campaign for proper enforcement and tougher sentencing with regards to animal cruelty we are heartened that the Scottish Government has at long last pledged to review sentencing.

 

 

In light of previous betrayals we hope that this is not yet another round of soft measures and empty promises. There is history of government championing relatively easy wins to gain public approval without the risk of taking on the meat industry or investing hard work in creating a proper legal framework for ending everyday cruelty.

 

 

We will be holding Ministers to account on all of these claims and pressing for the inclusion of meaningful, far reaching changes which are at present not on the table.

The big top’s forgotten victims

Photographed by a Scotland for Animals member at Zippos, Glasgow Green yesterday. Cats in compartments in a trailer.

The big felines are away but the small ones are taking their place. In a campaigning environment when tough battles are too much hard work some animals are more equal than others.

When you hear the welfare groups and politicians smugly announcing that they’ve won on circuses remember this picture.

John

SfA statement on the banning of wild animals in circuses

Scotland for Animals welcomes indications from the Scottish Government that it is about to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

The inclusion of wild animals in any legislation should this be enacted is positive, however the number of non-domesticated animals used in circuses in the UK is comparatively minuscule.

While one wild animal in a circus is one too many, the large number of domesticated animals now being used for entertainment in these shows will continue to be exploited. An example of this can be seen in a circus currently touring Scotland with a “family” of performing cats.

Proposals also do not appear to include static circuses, which would create a huge legal loophole. Nor do they appear to include a ban on any circuses operating in Scotland from owning animals, which could potentially lead to animals still being permitted to be transported with these circuses as long as they were not shown in Scottish performances.

When the potential ineffectiveness of this legislation is viewed in correspondence to claims from government that this is a significant leap forward, we fear that this is another case of Ministers taking the path of least resistance for maximum positive PR.

The enthusiasm for this ban contrasts sharply with the indifference and often hostility shown by the same officials to calls for the protection of animals at time of slaughter, harsher penalties for cruelty to ‘companion animals’, or an end to the use of animals in experiments.

We would appeal to MSPs to consider these problems and tighten any legislation to include all animals. Any moves for legislative change must be part of a broader framework of implementing a comprehensive legal overhaul of our system of animal protection or they will fail.

 

John Patrick. Co-Convenor

Aiysha Ullah. Co-Convenor

Richard Lochhead resigns

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, has resigned. He held the ministerial post which includes responsibility for animal welfare since 2007.

Mr Lochhead’s reign was a hard one for animals not least as a result of his department’s rabid opposition to mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and inaction on unstunned slaughter.

We hope that his successor will disregard questionable, often spurious advice from some Civil Servants and financial interests and give animals protection appropriate for a civilised society.

We understand however that one of the reasons cited for his stepping down is his wife’s recent diagnosis with breast cancer. Despite our differences over the years our thoughts are with him and his family and we wish her a speedy recovery.

J