(CNN)- Faced with disrupted supply chains and steep revenue declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, one zoo is considering a drastic measure: turning some of its residents into food.
The longer that the coronavirus lockdowns continue and the more dire financial situations become, the more realistic it is that Neumünster Zoo in northern Germany will have to consider its absolute, last resort plan: slaughtering some of its zoo animals to feed others.
A partnership agreement to recover the endangered central group of southern mountain caribou has been signed by Chiefs of the West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations and Ministers of the British Columbia and Canadian governments.
The agreement has a 30-year term and is the first of its kind in Canada.
Approximately two million acres of land will be placed into protected areas, where Caribou habitat will remain undisturbed by new industrial development activities. The partnership agreement is centred around the Klinse-za (Twin Sisters) mountains and the Klinse-za caribou herd. In 2013, when the herd numbered just 16 animals and was facing extirpation, West Moberly and Saulteau began a maternal penning program to give newborn calves a better chance of escaping predators.
Cows are just like you and me—they build friendships, can be bossy and devious, and even sometimes hold grudges against their peers who treat them badly. And just like you and me, cows value their lives and don’t want to be killed for leather or any other reason. That’s why we urged the American Red Cross to replace the leather gloves in its flood and fire kits with leather-free ones, a plea that—victory alert! —the organization embraced wholeheartedly.
Not only did the American Red Cross pledge to ban leather gloves from its kits, it also agreed to stop recommending them for emergency purposes to members of the public by removing references to them from its website and other messaging.
One of these things is not like the other.
At a recent Zoom meeting, there were 10 people wearing telephone headsets and a couple of people obviously logged in from home — and then there was the llama.
Welcome to “Goat 2 Meeting,” a program launched by Sweet Farm animal sanctuary in Half Moon Bay as a way of adding some zing to online meetings in the mandatory shelter-in-place world.
“We had to shut our doors during the COVID-19 quarantine, which has prevented us from generating any of our normal revenue and our donations are down,” says farm co-founder Anna Sweet. “So we decided to bring the farm to the community virtually through our Goat 2 Meeting program.”
The 2019 Benchmark, which analysed 150 global food companies and is supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection sees Cranswick and Noble Foods recognised as global leaders on farm animal welfare, alongside retailers Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Co-op Group (Switzerland) and Migros.
Beyond the individual company rankings, the 2019 Benchmark reports that 60 of the world’s leading food companies now have formal farm animal welfare policies and appropriate management processes for ensuring they are effectively deployed internally and throughout their supply chains. It cites consumer interest in farm animal welfare, coupled with positive momentum inside a majority of the world’s most influential food companies as key accelerators of year on year change. However, it warns that progress is still too slow with 40 percent of the 150 companies still appearing in the bottom tiers, providing little or no information about how they are managing the risks and opportunities associated with farm animal welfare.
Compassion in World Farming, together with over 35 animal welfare NGOs, announced today that it has sent a letter to EU leaders, urging them to adapt their response to COVID-19. Since long border delays are resulting in animal suffering, the organization called on the EU to ban the transport of farm animals to non-EU countries, as well as journeys that last over eight hours.
Compassion in World Farming is concerned that in the new EU guidelines for border management, published this week, the EU Commission insists that the transport of live animals between EU countries must continue.
These guidelines disregard the severe problems imposed on the health and welfare of farm animals being transported, especially those transported between EU and non-EU countries.