A new Polish film has exposed the illegal trafficking of sick cattle

January 31, 2019 by  
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After a film broadcast on Polish TVN 24 revealed that a slaughterhouse was illegally trafficking sick cattle , Polish police have launched an investigation into the matter. The film showed secret footage of cows too sick to stand being dragged into the plant, as well as slaughterhouse workers cutting carcasses at night “to avoid official supervision.” With no way of knowing where the meat went, the scandalous footage could end up being as serious as the 2013 EU horsemeat scandal that exposed Europe’s complex meat market and triggered product recalls. As first reported by the BBC, a statement issued just days after the movie premiered on TV, Poland’s chief veterinary officer said his inspectors and Polish police received a tip about the possible illegal slaughter at an abattoir in northeastern Poland near Ostrow Mazowiecka. On the night of January 14 eight sick cows were found at the facility and it was decided their suffering must come to an end and were ultimately killed. “During the check, the owners of the animals were identified, along with an animal dealer who transported cattle unfit for transport, and abattoir staff responsible for animal welfare there,” the statement said. Related: ChimpFace could help fight the illegal trade in chimpanzees The inspectors are continuing their investigation by attempting to identify buyers and sellers of meat from sick animals and are also checking other slaughterhouses in the region. According to Eurostat, an EU statistics agency, Poland is the EU’s seventh-largest producer of cow meat behind Ireland, Spain, Italy, the UK, Germany and France. In 2017, the country produced over 558,000 tons of beef and beef products, and each year they slaughter approximately two million head of cattle. However, just two percent of Poland’s meat consumption is beef, which means nearly all of Polish cow meat is exported. Data from UK Revenue and Customs (HMRC) shows that in 2018, the UK imported $85 million worth of Polish beef. Many are hoping that this latest revelation will lead to regulatory action that should have happened after the first scandal. The designated veterinarian for the slaughterhouse and his county supervisor have already been fired. “I think the police, which is at this moment already engaged in this issue, will be trying step by step to explain what has been the role of the supervisory authorities in this illegal, reprehensible, and downright criminal procedure,” says journalist Tomasz Patora of TVN 24’s Superwizjer. Via BBC Image via Shutterstock

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Study finds horse DNA in 10% of meat dishes tested in Mexico

November 6, 2017 by  
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If you’re planning a trip to Mexico , you may want to opt for a meat-less experience. A new study found horse DNA in almost 10% of 433 samples of ground beef and meat dishes sold in public markets, butcher shops, taco stands, and street stalls in five Mexican cities. For the study, researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Mexico’s National Autonomous University analyzed 433 samples of steak, prepared meat dishes from businesses, and ground beef . What they found was not encouraging. Reportedly, the highest percentage of horse DNA was found in ground beef sourced from stalls, street markets, and food stands. Unsurprisingly, less than 1 percent of vendors admitted to selling horse meat. Fortunately, horse DNA was not found in supermarket meat. Related: New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes Last Friday, the country’s sanitary risks commission issued guidelines encouraging consumers to “closely check labels.” Few shoppers can do this, however, as researchers noted most of the meat was sold without a description. Horse DNA wasn’t the only concerning ingredient found in meat dishes in Mexico . The researchers found the steroid clenbuterol in 29 out of 43 meat samples that came back positive for horse DNA. As Phys.org reports, clenbuterol is a growth enhancer for cattle and is banned in Mexico. While horse meat is not technically illegal, its inclusion in ground beef and other meat dishes is concerning. First, the study shows that vendors are misleading consumers about the type of meat they are eating and where it is sourced from. Secondly, horses are often given medications which are not approved for animals being raised for food. Both of these should be considered as Mexico’s government takes steps to improve food regulation. + School of Veterinary Medicine Via Phys Images via Pixabay

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Why American ranchers are feeding Skittles to their cattle

January 25, 2017 by  
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The next time you bite into a burger , do not be surprised if you taste the rainbow. American farmers have been secretly feeding rejected Skittles to their cows as an alternative to grass or corn. The great Skittles cowspiracy was brought to light after thousands of Red Skittles, bereft of their signature S, were found scattered across a rural road in Wisconsin . The X File was closed relatively quickly as experts asserted that these Skittles were likely en route to a cattle troth. Although Skittles are packed with high fructose corn syrup, as so many foods are , they are nonetheless cheaper than the real thing and surprisingly more nutritious, at least according to some experts. Joseph Watson, owner of United Livestock Commodities, said that sweets like Skittles have “a higher ratio of fat [than] actually feeding them straight corn.” Skittles also may be a greener feed product than corn, simply because they would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. Instead, these candies, edible but not nearly up to the mass production standards of a multinational corporation, are converted into animal mass, meat and fat. Related: This all-natural native corn is bejeweled with brilliantly colored kernels These particular Red Skittles, at first perplexing, were investigated and explained by local authorities. “The Skittles were confirmed to have fallen off the back of a truck,” wrote the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. “The truck was a flatbed pickup and the Skittles were in a large box. Due to it raining at the time, the box got wet and gave way allowing the Skittles to spill out on the roadway.” While the average consumer has no idea that they may be eating candy-fed sirloin, this practice has been ongoing for several years. The use of this diet is believed to increased in 2012, when corn prices increased dramatically. This particular absurdity of growing corn to make the candy to feed the cows to make the burgers, while entertaining, is another sign that our food system has become disconnected from natural cycles. Via the Independent Images via Tim Green  and Gareth Jones

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Amazing video shows 3 stranded cows rescued after New Zealand’s M7.8 quake

November 17, 2016 by  
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A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook New Zealand early Monday near Canterbury, causing landslides that left thousands of residents stranded. Some of those residents are of the bovine variety, making them particularly vulnerable and uniquely in need of assistance. They received it Monday when rescuers successfully recovered three cows left stranded on a small plateau of land created by landslides on the coast north of Kaikoura. After the quake killed two people and caused thousands of destructive aftershocks, the bovine rescue offers hope to those still looking for missing loved ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yoik3MmKgI Local reports say rescuing the stranded cows was not an easy task. Their owner reported that the rescue was delayed due to multiple aftershocks and the difficulty in reaching the cows’ location, due to soft soil. “We dug a track with a number of people; the soil was quite soft because it had all been tipped over and bumbled around, we managed to get a track in and bring them out,” the unnamed farmer told New Zealand’s Newshub . “They desperately needed water, cows don’t like living without water so that was the first requirement, and I think one or two had lost calves in the earthquake so they were a bit distressed.” Related: How seaweed-eating super cows will save the world The 7.8 earthquake hit near the small tourist town of Kaikoura just after midnight on Monday. The town, with a population of just 3,500 residents, is now isolated from the rest of the country due to as many as 100,000 landslides . Flooding and additional aftershocks continue to plague the area as rescue and recovery efforts are underway, despite dangerous conditions. In addition to the three cows rescued in the video above, the farmer reported that 14 other cows were also rescued after the earthquake. He said some livestock had been killed during the disaster, though the numbers were small. The stranded cows belong to a herd raised for beef, so the life-saving efforts of their rescuers will not ensure them a long and happy life, but instead return them to their original fate. Via CNN Images via Pexels and USGS

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New floating dairy farms could produce 260 gallons of milk each day

July 8, 2016 by  
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Picture a future where your milk and yogurt come from a farm floating in your local harbor. That’s exactly what the company Beladon aims to do, and they have support from the urban agriculture group From Your Own Town (Uit Je Eigen Stad) and dairy organization Courage . Their Floating Farm would house up to 40 cows who are expected to produce over 260 gallons of milk each day. The innovative floating farm would function through a closed-loop system. Cows would live on the top floor, where a soft ” membrane ” floor would allow urine to soak through. On the floor below, purified water from the urine would help grow grass, alfalfa, and red clover that would then be used to feed the cows. The lower floor would also house a dairy, where milk would be turned into dairy products for sale. Related: Could solar-powered floating farms provide enough food for the entire world? Cow manure, collected via machine, would be utilized onsite or sent to another farm close by. Cows living on Floating Farm would be free to amble between stalls and milking stations, and while the whole idea does sound kind of strange to animal lovers like us, the cows will be able to stroll across ramps to pasture on land. Floating Farm would be constructed with concrete and galvanized steel and solar panels would provide some of the farm’s energy. The project is expected to cost about 2.5 million Euros, or about $2.7 million. From Your Own Town co-founder Johan Bosman told The Guardian, “The world will grow, and more and more people will live in delta cities. Expanding cities need unbuilt areas and green space for housing purposes, so there’s less space for traditional food production. The logical consequence is that we will look to the water to produce some of the fresh food.” The first Floating Farm could be based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, the groups behind Floating Farm are talking with the Rotterdam municipal council and harbor organization to plan out details like how to deal with the inevitable smells. Deputy major Adriaan Visser has shown some support; he said the idea fits with Rotterdam’s “drive for innovative activity.” Via The Guardian Images via Beladon and Floating Farm

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Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

September 19, 2014 by  
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Cowspiracy Official Trailer from First Spark Media on Vimeo . Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following a San Francisco filmmaker as he investigates the most destructive industry facing the planet today: large-scale animal factory farming . As he investigates, he encounters a surprising resistance to discuss the subject amongst the very organizations he expected to find leading the charge against the industry. The film then takes a two-pronged approach: exposing the environmental destruction caused by factory farming and investigating just exactly why the world’s leading environmental organizations seem too afraid to talk about it. Read the rest of Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , carbon emissions , cows , Cowspiracy , Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret , documentary , environmental destruction , factory farming , Film , habitat loss , livestock , meat production , methane emissions , natural resources , vegan , vegetarian , water issues

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Species Are Disappearing 1,000 Times Faster than in Pre-Human Times

September 19, 2014 by  
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The sixth mass extinction that scientists recently predicted may be upon us faster than previously thought, according to new predictions. A new study, which appeared in the journal Conservation Biology , shows species are disappearing 1,000 times faster than they did in pre-human times – instead of 100 times faster as was previously thought. And that number is expected to increase as time goes on. Read the rest of Species Are Disappearing 1,000 Times Faster than in Pre-Human Times Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , change , climate , extinct , extinction , global , humans , MASS , species , study , warming

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Mishak Henner’s Apocalyptic Photos Show How Factory Farming is Destroying The American Landscape

August 31, 2013 by  
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