A lucrative trade worth billions of dollars worldwide every year, trafficking is one of the main causes of animal and plant extinction in the wild. Illegal and unregulated wildlife trade also carries serious economic, health and conservation implications for the receiving countries through the spread of invasive species and infectious diseases.
From the trade of big cats and primates to the sale of animal by-products, the International treaty CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) provides nations with guidance on how to curb the issue...
Animal rights activists have denounced the cruel treatment of cattle in Indonesia after pictures emerged of cows being lifted by a crane from ropes tied to their heads.
"It is crazy that cruel practices are still happening," Jakarta Animal Aid Network campaigner Benvika told AFP.
Indonesian Veterinary Association chairwoman Wiwiek Bagja said animal welfare laws in effect since 2009 did not work because they do not actually lay out what punishments people should face for animal cruelty.
"In short, Indonesia is very far from implementing and enforcing the law," she said.
Lebanon's animal rights activists are fighting to bring to national attention what they say are rampant trafficking and abuse, problems that are far from priorities in a country plagued with turbulence.
A large number of Indian zoos are reported to be involved in the illegal trade of wildlife animals and their body parts. Animals missing from zoos include the African lion, spotted deer, langur, falcons and several rare varieties of birds whose cost runs into millions of dollars.
This illegal animal trade includes trafficking of live animals, body parts of animals which include tiger parts, rhinoceros horn, shark fin, exotic birds and reptile skin. Smuggling of wildlife products is valued second only to the illegal weapons trade...
August 22, 2012 - Common Dream - Our Industrial Food System
HAVE THE COURAGE TO WATCH AND ENGAGE THIS ISSUE OF THE BILLIONS OF CATTLE BEING INHUMANELY SLAUGHTERED TO PUT FOOD ON OUR PLATE.
VIDEO documentation of "sickening" animal cruelty has prompted the USDA to suspend operations at a California slaughterhouse, another revelation of the industrial food system's cost to animal welfare and public health.... http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/22-2
AND NOT JUST IN THE USA...
ABC TV Four Corners - Animal Cruelty in Halal Meat Production in INDONESIA - YouTube http://ow.ly/darF5
A FULL INVESTIGATION FROM AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Federal agriculture minister Joe Ludwig says that while there is a lot of work to be done for exporters to achieve required animal-welfare improvements in Middle Eastern supply chains, he is pleased with their commitment to the reforms. He released the following statement last week after returning from a six-day tour of the Middle East.
This trade is important for Australia – it supports jobs, hard working families and rural and regional communities, particularly in our north.
The only way to secure a future for Australia’s livestock export trade is to ensure animals are being treated in line with international standards. That means putting animal welfare front and centre through the implementation of the export supply chain assurance system (ESCAS).
This is the single biggest reform in the history of the live export trade and the government is supporting exporters to implement these important changes.
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