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Shortly before the end of the legislature: Julia Klöckner became a campaigner for animal welfare



Updated June 28, 2021 at 1:44 pm مساء

  • EU agriculture ministers are meeting for a two-day meeting in Luxembourg.
  • Topics include fish and bee protection, fur farming and animal transportation.
  • Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner and her colleagues are pushing for a ban on long animal transfers to countries outside the European Union.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Julia wants to join shortly before the end of the legislative term Klockner (CDU) once again as a fighter for animal welfare. It urges a ban on long-haul animal transfers to countries outside the Arab Republic of Egypt I. To this end, Klöckner, together with the Netherlands and Luxembourg, wants to submit a proposal to a meeting of EU agriculture ministers on Monday.

The focus is mainly on Morocco, Turkey, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. “Animal welfare must not stop at the borders of the European Union”, so Klockner. In the case of transport to further countries, compliance with animal welfare requirements cannot be guaranteed, the minister declared.

Animal rights activists have found several times that transport times are not adhered to and that livestock must stand confined to trucks for more than 30 hours. In addition, the requirements for slaughter in some third countries do not comply with EU law.

So, according to Klöckner, the EU Commission is now calling for EU-wide rules to ban long-distance animal transfers to third countries by road and by ship. In addition, the commission must ensure short-term improvements pending ban. Transfers to countries outside the European Union have long been the subject of criticism. In Germany, many federal states have issued restrictions or bans, such as Schleswig-Holstein.

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What are you talking about in the meeting

At the meeting on Monday in Luxembourg There are other topics about animal welfare on the agenda. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers have begun discussions on protecting bees, an end to fur farming in Europe, and better protection of fish stocks. In addition, the agreement reached on Friday to reform European land reform is expected to be accepted by the EU countries. Conservationists from the World Wide Fund for Nature fear that Germany In the so-called fisheries control decree due to insufficient monitoring.

In view of the overfishing in the seas, it is negligent Federal Minister of Agriculture Klockner Christoph Heinrich, director of conservation at the WWF in Germany, said to ensure controls on most fishing vessels are not triggered. Seven out of eight important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea are already overfished. On-board camera surveillance is currently reserved for ships of a certain size only.

The Department of Agriculture does not dispute the fact that such controls affect only a small part of the fleet, but asserts that large, registered vessels are responsible for the absolute majority of the catch.

To protect bees, against fur cultivation

Specifically, bee protection revolves around a threshold value for certain chemicals used in agriculture. One debate is whether this value should be uniform across Europe. The controversy over bee protection has long raged: European Union countries rejected the guidelines on bee protection introduced by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2013. The chemical industry in particular feared a drop in sales due to strict requirements.

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Bees are the main pollinators of plants. All ten species of bees and butterflies in Europe according to European Union Commission Endangered, with the population shrinking by a third.

Austria and Holland He also made a proposal that could put an end to fur farming in Europe. Germany has already announced its support. The industry made headlines during the Corona pandemic because millions of mink were killed in Denmark and the Netherlands after infections with the virus were discovered. The Netherlands – once one of the largest producers of mink fur in Europe – has already decided to end fur farming. The last mink farms should close in 2024. (dpa/mcu)

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The Ministry of Health wants to cancel free rapid tests



With the increase in vaccinations, the cost of rapid tests for corona can soon be affordable. Now the Ministry of Health has proposed a date. But there must be exceptions.

The Federal Ministry of Health proposes to end free rapid coronavirus checks for all citizens by mid-October. Since the direct vaccination offer can now be made to all citizens, the permanent cost to the taxpayer has not been determined, according to the ministry’s report on the additional measure in the fall and winter, which was sent to the states and the Bundestag. It is available to dpa.

So it is proposed that the federal government end offering free citizen testing to everyone in mid-October, around October 11 or 18. Only for people who cannot be vaccinated or for whom there are no general vaccination recommendations, such as women who are pregnant or under 18, should the free rapid tests continue.

“Fees don’t get charged all of a sudden overnight”

“Free citizen testing has made an important contribution to breaking the third wave and giving citizens more safety in their daily lives,” the report says. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister as announced by the Federal Government.

Deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said rapid tests “suddenly should not become subject to fees overnight.” Since March, the federal government has been paying for at least one rapid test per week.

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Lukashenko smuggles refugees to the European Union: an “act of hybrid aggression” – Politics Abroad



He uses people as weapons for his power politics. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko (66) flees the masses to Europe to take revenge on the European Union.

Since June this year, thousands of refugees have been illegally brought into the European Union across the Lithuanian border. Perhaps the reason is the EU sanctions after the Belarusian authorities hijacked a Ryanair plane at the end of May.

As of August 2, there were 3,832 migrants picked up by Lithuanian border guards in the middle of the jungle and housed in hastily set up refugee camps along the border with Belarus. 2,555 of them are Iraqis, indicating the astonishing technique used by the torture dictator.

Because of all places, there have been flights to Belarus since May 2021, which were previously suspended due to the Corona crisis and lack of demand. The BILD chronology shows how regular scheduled flights became smugglers’ flights.

in April “Iraqi Airways” announced, as before the crisis, to connect the two capitals of the two countries with a weekly flight and a medium-sized Boeing 737 aircraft.

Anfang Mai It was then said that they wanted to fly twice a week – with each Boeing 737-800 and thus about 180 seats per flight.

In June, Iraqis increased the number of flights to four flights per week due to high demand. Iraqi Airways is no longer using Boeing 737s, as originally planned, but rather large-capacity Boeing 777 (“Triple Seven”) and 747s (“Jumbojet”), with a capacity of approximately 400 passengers per flight.

AM 1. August Then the announcement that from now on there will be weekly flights from Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in the north of the country and Basra in the south, in addition to four weekly flights to Baghdad. This means that the airline will offer nearly 2,000 seats per week from Iraq to Belarus as of August!

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What the airline did not reveal – return flights from Eastern Europe to Iraq are as good as empty.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania asks for Germany’s help!

This was confirmed by Linas Linkevicius (60), Lithuania’s foreign minister until last year, to BILD.

He says: “This ‘refugee influx’ is not a natural process, but an act of hybrid aggression by Belarus. It is the regime’s reaction to EU sanctions and pressure. Lukashenko threatened to flood Europe with drugs and migrants. Most of the illegal immigrants currently come from Iraq.”

According to Linkevicius, the dictator in the neighboring country “ordered his border guards not to stop migrants, but rather to help organized groups to reach the borders.” According to the former Lithuanian foreign minister, the regime of dictator Lukashenko was already promoting an “easy” route to Europe in Iraq, where even flights would be organized.

Linas Linkevicius served as Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Baltic Sea for eight yearsPhoto: Petras Maluku/AFP via Getty

And indeed: the connection between Erbil and Minsk established on August 1 is fully booked from August 2 to October 30 – this is all 2,300 seats available for this period! It is clear that someone is buying whole sets of road tickets … with dire consequences for the EU country Lithuania.

According to Linkevicius, the situation for small Lithuania is “both logistically and materially intolerable.” No one (!) who has arrived so far has received a positive asylum decision.

Instead, Lithuania is counting on the rapid repatriation of illegal immigrants and “steps are being taken to significantly enhance border protection with Belarus. However, traffic is increasing and capacity is decreasing.” This is why the small country is reaching its limits.

The former top Lithuanian diplomat (from 2012 to 2020) is demanding “logistical and diplomatic assistance” from Germany and the European Union. The 60-year-old said clearly: “We need technical measures for border control and we need additional temporary accommodation. Tents, beds, power generators, etc.”

But not only that: Linas Linkevicius calls for a difficult path against the dictator Alexander Lukashenko and “Iraqi Airways”, who play the game of Belarusian dictatorship with refugees with full eyesight. We need more pressure and additional sanctions against Belarus, sanctions against the organizers of all stages of smuggling, and we need to pressure airlines to stop their flights. You have to admit that a large portion of the departing “tourists” do not return.

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Turkey: The brutal murder of a journalism student shocked the country



This killing stirs Turkey!

A man (48) raped and strangled journalism student Azra Gulindam Haitoglu (21 years old) in Antalya Province and buried her dismembered body in a forest.

Particularly cruel: According to identical media reports, the killer is said to have carved his name on the dead woman’s body with a razor blade.

Therefore, he is the civil engineer and real estate agent, Mustafa Murad Ayhan. He is said to have confessed to committing this atrocity. He and Haytoglu allegedly drank alcohol together, and then a “dispute” occurred, he told investigators.

A surveillance camera filmed him leaving his house with a suitcase several times on the evening of the murder. Inside: body parts. After his confession, he led the police into the woods where he buried them.

Mustafa Murad Ayhan, 48, made a confessionPhoto:

The student has been missing since last Wednesday. Around midnight, her sister called her – after which she could no longer be reached. Her body parts were not found until Monday.

After it became known, women’s rights groups called for a demonstration and criticized: “It is the patriarchal state and its anti-women policies and the judiciary that protects the perpetrators and does not conduct effective investigations.”

Background: Turkey withdrew from the so-called Istanbul Agreement in March. The agreement commits states to prohibit physical and psychological violence against women and also to take action against female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and forced sterilization.

In the specific case, women’s rights activists accuse investigators of locating the student’s cell phone too late.

According to the organization We Will Stop Femicide, 300 women were murdered by close men in Turkey last year alone, and the group has counted more than 140 acts since the beginning of the year.

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