Together with Ende Gelände Bremen, we are organising an open networking meeting in Bremen on 10 March. We want to get together in a relaxed atmosphere from 7 pm on and network with other active people from the city. We will report about our current planning status and talk about participation possibilities. There will also be room for your questions and discussions.
Below is our invitation text, which you are welcome to forward to interested parties:
Alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”: Networking meeting in Bremen on 10 March (7 pm)
The alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie” is planning a protest camp in Visbek-Rechterfeld for 13th to 20th June 2020! This is where the PHW Group has its headquarters: with its brands Wiesenhof, Bruzzzler and Co. It is the largest German poultry breeder and processor. PHW and the animal industry are recording record sales and growth rates, while the workers* in the factories have to slave away under inhumane conditions, the Amazon rainforest is constantly burning for new areas of feed and fuels climate change, and undercover research in animal factories brings to light appalling conditions again and again. This is a scandal!
We are a broad alliance of groups and people who want to stand together in the way of the animal industry. You are also already active against the animal industry, for climate and environmental protection or against exploitation? Or you have been waiting for a long time for an opportunity to become active and you are curious what we have in mind? We would love to meet you at our open networking meeting in Bremen on March 10th! On this evening, starting at 7 pm, we will present the alliance and the current planning status. In a relaxed atmosphere we can talk about possible questions and participation possibilities.
Two comrades from Mobi AG visited Cira TV on Thursday evening – a Yazidi / Kurdish broadcaster – and presented our alliance there. The show was broadcast live and can now be found on the youtube channel.
Topics of the show include the self-image of the cross-movement, Germany-wide alliance, which was founded as part of an action conference in July 2019. The planned actions and events of the alliance are also part of the program. The general current political situation will also be addressed in the course of the program.
In Munich this weekend, the powerful from politics, the military, corporate leaders and the defense industry gathered again for the NATO Security Conference. Resistance to this war conference was also starting. At the evening demonstration “Keine Sicherheit diesen Verhältnissen” on February 14th. demonstrated about 1600 people against the SiKo. The demo has been supported by Ende Gelände, Karavane, Seebrücke München, Bündnis NoPAG, anti-racist and anti-fascist groups. The demonstration sees itself as part of the climate justice movement and resistance to the shift to the right and the authoritarian state restructuring. You can find the Alliance’s press release on the demo here.
you’re reading the second participation newsletter of “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”!
Report from the last Alliance meeting
We have good news – our alliance is growing! At the last meeting in Berlin from 10-12 January, there were about 30 new people with different backgrounds, many of whom want to become actively involved. In order to welcome the “newcomers” well, there was an introductory round on Friday evening, which was very well received. During the following days we discussed, listened, talked, decided and got to know each other a lot.
Such a protest camp requires a lot of preparation! We are already many committed people, but we are also still dependent on further support in many places – and we are looking forward to seeing more groups and people who would like to join our alliance! For all new people there is of course a detailed introduction to the alliance process.
All those interested are cordially invited to our Alliance meetings:
14-16 February: Hamburg (see below for further information)
20-22 March: Kassel
17-19 April: Cologne / Bonn area
15-17 May: not yet determined
You can get involved in the most diverse tasks. For example…
the working group Camp-Logistics is grateful for contacts to people with experience in light & sound engineering or with a truck driving licence;
the working group Mobilisation is ready to support people in all kinds of areas in self-organised mobi events;
the working group Program is happy about support in the preparation of the camp program;
the working group Antirepression is currently still looking for people who want to prepare legal texts for activists or who want to organise legal support during the camp;
and is the working group Finance is happy about solidarity events where money for the alliance is collected.
We now have a really nice logo as well as flyers and posters and would be very happy if you support us in distributing them! Just send us a mail with the desired amount of materials and your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a package soon. You will soon find digital versions on our homepage.
article presents a study recently published by Germanwatch and
MISEREOR, which shows clear deficits in respecting human rights in
the entire supply chain of food companies.
study, the two organizations took a close look at 15 large German
companies from the poultry, milk, feed and agricultural chemicals
sectors with regard to “Human rights due diligence in the
agricultural sector”. The results are very indicative of a
profit-oriented capitalist economy. Not a single one of the 15
companies fulfills the requirements of the UN guiding principles for
business and human rights.
selecting the companies to be examined, Germanwatch and MISEREOR
concentrated on the most important sub-areas of German agriculture.
This includes the production of animal products and the associated
feed production, which represent the largest part of the agricultural
production value in Germany (BLE 2018). In the field of meat
production, the companies selected the 5 largest poultry meat
producers, including the PHW group (Wiesenhof) with the following
the 2020 Global Agriculture and Human Rights Report: German companies
and politics put to the test p. 47:
the meat sector, the scope of the present survey only allowed a small
selection of examinations. In the sense of a risk-oriented study, the
following factors were decisive in choosing the poultry sector:
export share of poultry meat produced in Germany is around 50 percent
(Thobe et al. 2019: 3) and is therefore the highest in comparison to
the other meat sectors.
2.) For several years, reports on
poultry meat exports to markets in the global south have been
documenting human rights-relevant effects for small farmers (Maas et
al. 2015, Mari 2017).
3.) In addition, reports from poultry meat
production, slaughter and processing have been proving very
problematic working conditions, especially for migrant workers (see
box, p. 58f).
In addition, the exposure of poultry meat to
antibiotic-resistant germs is higher than for other types of meat
(BVL 2019: 52). This goes hand in hand with the fact that the
health-related exposure of employees in the poultry industry is even
higher than in other areas of meat production.
these criteria led to the present report in the meat sector
addressing the five leading companies in the poultry industry. These
are the PHW group, Rothkötter, the Sprehe group, Heidemark and
German poultry meat producers in particular performed particularly
poorly in the study. For example, none of the five companies are
committed to respecting human rights. The PHW Group is only expected
to do this by its suppliers.
to the study, there are considerable human rights risks associated
with poultry meat production:
For example, growing soy for
animal feed often leads to land evictions and toxic pesticide use in
South America. The massive use of antibiotics * in animal husbandry
also increases demand in the antibiotic production countries of India
and China. This also increases the risk of resistance. Exports of
poultry parts from the EU threaten the economic survival of local
producers in West Africa and endanger their livelihood. The experts
also see deficits in Germany. For example, the working conditions in
German slaughterhouses are sometimes inhumane.
study on pages 58 and 59 provides a detailed report on labor and
human rights violations in the Süd Oldenburg meat industry. Here the
unemployed self-help Oldenburg (ALSO) documented terrifying
conditions from their advisory work.
workers have to live in run-down apartments that are crammed with
usury rents with contract workers” (LCV 2018). The rent, which is
often completely excessive, is usually deducted directly from the
wages and in the event of termination, the workers also lose the roof
over their heads (ALSO 2018: 8). ”
workers work twelve hours a day, six days a week until they are
“As a rule, employment
contracts in the meat industry are limited, often to the length of
the trial period. Terminations are possible at short notice and for
no reason. In addition, a large proportion of the employees are
employed through contracts for work or on loan. “
legal proceedings show that human rights violations in the poultry
industry and especially in the slaughtering and cutting factories are
no exceptions. For example, a trial is currently taking place at the
Oldenburg Regional Court in which two men are accused of employing
foreign workers without a permit between 2007 and 2010 and thereby
making profits in the millions. They are said to have operated a kind
of intermediary between the meat processing company Wiesenhof in
Lohne in Lower Saxony and probably several Bulgarian companies. The
witnesses invited in the process speak of hourly wages of three to
of the “Oldenburger Geflügelspezialitäten GmbH & Co. KG”,
better known under their brand name Wiesenhof, also sit in the
courtroom. They are calling for the proceedings to be terminated,
including by referring to the Federal Constitutional Court. This has
not yet made a decision when asked whether the company has to pay the
illegally obtained profit even in cases that have already expired.
in 2017, a process of illegal employment at the Wiesenhof subsidiary
Geestland of over 900 workers took place at low wages. In the end,
the two accused (Geestland managing director Norbert Deeken and the
former Wiesenhof authorized officer accused of subsidies and Pro Work
managing director Frank Diekmann) were acquitted by the Oldenburg
district court. The allegation has been proven, but the deeds have
already expired. Nevertheless, PHW / Wiesenhof has to pay the wage
costs saved by the dumping wages to the group account to the state
treasury. These are ten million euros that actually belong to the
exploited workers and not to the state, which then subsidizes huge
animal factories with this money.
We call for the end of exploitation of workers in the animal industry. We want good and fair jobs! We therefore call for an immediate, solidary structural change program financed by the assets of the PHW Group and the entire animal industry for regions that were previously dominated by the animal industry. We demand expropriation of the industry and continuation under worker control. This goes hand in hand with a conversion of the factories into ecologically compatible and solidary plant production facilities under the self-administration of the workers.
the 2020 Global Agriculture and Human Rights Report: German companies
and politics put to the test / Box 3: Antibiotic production without
wastewater treatment as the cause of the spread of antibiotic
resistance p. 57: “Worldwide, 73 percent of all antibiotics
produced are used in intensive factory farming (Boeckel 2019: 1),
around half of these valuable medicines in Germany. Some corporations
such as B. the PHW Group, which also includes Wiesenhof and Lohmann
Pharma, produce meat as well as veterinary and human pharmaceuticals,
including antibiotics from purchased active ingredients (Lohmann
Another Investigation at Wiesenhof fattening factory and again the same Pictures…
SOKO Tierschutz e.V. has documented images from October 2019 in one gigantic fattening factory of a Wiesenhof supplier in Königs Wusterhausen near Niederlehme. In this live over one Millions of chickens in about 40 halls, hidden in a forest. The video material documents the conditions in this over several days and shows the catastrophic consequences for the animals in this exploitative system:
Dying animals, animals that don’t get to the water, carcasses crushed on the ground, carcasses on a doorknob and workers who go relentlessly through the animals causing stress and panic. Weak animals are killed by a broken neck. SOKO Tierschutz e.V. already had informed the veterinary office on 05.12.2019. They never got an answer.
Once again, the PHW group draws “consequences” by filing criminal charge against a farmer who is supposedly responsible for the documented Cruelty to animals. By admitting individual misconduct, the leadership of the PHW Group repeatedly manages to distract from the everyday systematic exploitation of animals. At the same time, responsibility for what happens in the fattening farms is shifted to farmers dependent on PHW.
But the PHW group itself is responsible for the system’s inherent animal torture. The conventional chicken fattening, which at Wiesenhof is about 95%, provides that the animals in the shortest possible time gain a lot of weight in order to gain a maximum “slaughter weight”. That also means that it is accepted that the fattened animals, which within 38 days per day 60g or should gain more weight, cannot carry their own weight and collapse below. But that’s not all. The animals are denied all rights and basic needs such as scratching, exploring the environment, socializing, pecking the food, healthy care and above all self-determination and freedom. Because this does not fit the concept of chicken fattening to make money with the animals.
The chickens live on their own excrement because cleaning the fattening factories would be unprofitable. They are constantly exposed to stress. Because in the end up to 23 chickens have to share one square meter of space. The animals live in constant competition for food and space and suffer from painful diseases such as bone and muscle malformations and organ diseases as a result of the “turbo growth”.
With our campaign we demand: Abolition of the animal industry! Closure of all plants of the PHW group!
We are calling for an agricultural change towards a solidary and ecological Production and organizational methods that are not at the expense of others takes place and is not oriented towards profit. This includes a construction stop of all animal production facilities in Germany and an immediate stop of the Feed imports from the global south.
On the weekend
before last (10th-12th January) we had another alliance meeting. This
time we met in Berlin and to our excitement many new people joined
us! Together we discussed several points, made decisions and
networked in the different working groups.
Here are the most
– We have decided on the whole 8-day-period
from 13th to 20th June 2020 for our camp. We will announce the exact
action period within this period as soon as possible.
– Soon the
first mobilization events will take place in different cities. When
and where we will publish regularly on the website and here in the
– Before the next meeting in Hamburg we want to
decide on a logo so that flyers etc. can be printed
– we are
looking forward to presenting it soon on the website and all further
– During the meeting in Berlin, a new working
group has also been networked, which will now take care of the design
of the exciting camp program, which will take place alongside the
planned mass action.
– Furthermore, since the last meeting,
there is a working group Awareness, which is working out a concept to
create a safer, less discriminating and more solidary space both at
the meetings and during the camp.
Soon we will also be
sending out our participation newsletter, in which we will report in
more detail about the alliance and call for cooperation! Meanwhile
here are the dates and cities for our next alliance meetings:
14-16 February: Hamburg
– 20-22 March: Kassel
April: likely Cologne / Bonn area
– 15-17 May: not yet
We look forward to
seeing you at the next meetings and/or the action!
Love and Rage, Alliance “Together Against the Animal Industry” (Ger. “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”)
here comes the first join-in newsletter of the alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”!
The Alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”
We, the alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”, are a cross-movement, supra-regional alliance that was founded in July 2019 as part of an action conference. Together we are calling for the end of the animal industry! We are convinced that we must take action ourselves to initiate a social process, since the corporations and the governments will not take the measures that we believe are necessary! We need an agricultural change towards a solidary and ecological production and organizational method that is not at the expense of others and is not geared to profit!
We have been holding regular alliance meetings in various cities since July. Most recently we met in Hannover at the end of November and discussed, planned and decided a lot. Among other things, we have decided as an alliance the name “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie” And a self-image. And recently we have a website that we will continue to expand from now on: https://gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de/
Preparations are also progressing with regard to our planned action: under the motto “PHW ade!” We will go from 13th to 20th June 2020 to Rechterfeld in Niedersachsen, where the PHW Group is based. PHW with its brands Wiesenhof, Bruzzzler and co. As the largest German poultry breeder and processor, is a central player in the German animal industry. In Rechterfeld there are many different and important production areas of PHW in a confined space: the main headquarters, a feed production, a large hatchery and several fattening factories!
Preparing such a protest camp and a mass campaign naturally means a lot of work! We are a lot of committed people, but we still need some support in some places. Are you familiar with social media, would you like to hold information events, are you familiar with camp logistics or are you well networked in the Oldenburger Münsterland? Even if you still cannot really imagine which tasks you might like, but you simply have the time and strength to take part, then contact us and join us: mail (at) gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de!
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Our next alliance meeting: 10.-12. January in Berlin
Our next alliance meeting will take place from 10th to 12th January in Berlin! We look forward to new faces who want to advance the preparations with us.
Here is the basic data for the program of the meeting: – Friday: For newcomers there is an introduction at 7 p.m. to make it easier to get started. There’s also a dinner together on Friday evening. – Saturday: The meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday and lasts all day – with breaks, delicious food and a nice evening program. – Sunday: The meeting ends at around 1 p.m. on Sunday. Afterwards there’s lunch and then we clean up together.
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News about PHW
As if there weren’t enough occasions to take action against PHW, we received the following message from the citizens’ initiative “KW stink’s” from Königs-Wusterhausen near Berlin:
Dear opponents of factory farming in Brandenburg,
In a nutshell: In November 2019, it was announced that Wiesenhof had again submitted an application to the State Environment Agency in Brandenburg to increase the capacity in the Wiesenhof slaughterhouse in Niederlehme (Königs Wusterhausen). The LfU had already approved the expansion to 160,000 animals in November of last year (2018). Now it’s about 230,000 animals per day (!).
The citizens’ initiative KW stink’s wants to prevent this, together with a whole network of supporters from animal rights initiatives, environmental organizations and individuals. However, the ongoing opposition to the first extension and litigation by an experienced lawyer poses a huge financial challenge for BI and the active people. BI cannot bear the costs for this alone. The prospects of stopping Wiesenhof in court are good. But only if sufficient donations now come together can BI, NABU Brandenburg and a lawyer continue the ongoing opposition proceedings and plan further steps.
In recent years there have been numerous actions against the slaughterhouses and fattening factories of the PHW group. In order not to forget our – young – history and to get in the mood for the camp and the mass action in June, we will gradually document a selection of actions on this page.
On May 19, 2014, activists of “Mastanlagen Widerstand” blocked the Wiesenhof slaughter factory in Möckern (Sachsen-Anhalt). There is a very nice short documentary for this action: