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Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie

Climate change is advancing at an alarming rate, the Amazon rainforest is burning continuously and more and more ecosystems are collapsing.
The animal industry is a
significant contributor to this.

Forests are demolished and huge areas are cultivated with industrial monocultures in order to produce animal feed. Liquid manure and dung contaminate ground and surface water, while workers have to slave away in stables, slaughterhouses and meat processing plants under inhumane conditions.

Sentient animals are treated as mere commodities. They suffer immensely. In many parts of the world, the animal industry increases the price of staple foods and access to land, leading to hunger.

In the midst of the ecological crisis, agricultural and meat companies are achieving record sales at the expense of humans, animals and the future of us all

This is a scandal!

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The spread of the “corona virus” SARS-Cov-2 is currently affecting all of our lives and cannot be ignored as a current global crisis. We all cannot yet foresee how the situation will develop in the next months. Therefore, we must postpone our planned mass action against PHW for this June with a heavy heart. Because even if by then such an action should be possible again, to prepare and to mobilize for it is very hard in the current situation.

In the meantime, as an alliance, we will continue working on our topic, trying out new (digital) forms of action and also continue to grow – in terms of personnel and content. So that we can all endure the current, challenging conditions and in the future will be able to fight against the animal industry, against the climate crisis and against oppression and exploitation with all the more power! We’re going to observe new opportunity windows that arise in these times of change and exchange information with other movements about it. Nevertheless, our confidence to stand up against the animal industry is urgent and we are doing everything we can to prepare the camp and the mass action for 2021, and then next year – if circumstances permit – we will be all the more energetic and powerful!

So stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted. Until then: stay healthy, stay alert for authoritarian actions, stay active, be in solidarity and take care of yourselves!

The citizens’ initiative Aschwarden northwest of Bremen is calling for a demonstration against the planned construction of a meadow farm fattening farm for about 30,000 animals on Friday, March 6, together with Fridays for Future Osterholz. Activists from our alliance will also take part!

Here the flyer for the demonstration only in german:

Below is the call for the demonstration:

In the village of Aschwarden in Schwanewede a chicken fattening facility is to be built! Nearly 30,000 animals will have an agonizing, unworthy life on our doorstep, condemned to death. 26 animals pumped full of antibiotics will soon be crowded together here on just one square meter. Not only an ethical disaster – in times of climate change a completely wrong investment. Money seems to be more important to the local head of Aschwarden and his partner Wiesenhof than animal and climate protection. Despite a citizens’ initiative and 750 signatures against it, he is pushing for the project to be implemented. They do not yet want to take us seriously! But not us!

Let us show our voice on the street!

Citizens’ Initiative Ashwarden: federvieh100@posteo.de
Fridays for Future Easterwood: fff.ohz2019@gmail.com

https://twitter.com/fff_osterholz/status/1235089698885902337

Further information about the demonstration and background information can be found in the following newspaper article:

https://www.weser-kurier.de/region/die-norddeutsche_artikel,-demonstration-gegen-haehnchenmast-_arid,1899904.html

The workers in the animal industry often suffer from exploitative working conditions. They have to perform physically and psychologically extremely stressful work. By employing them on work contracts, the rights of workers from South-Eastern and Eastern Europe in particular are disregarded and organising is made more difficult. They do not have a guaranteed wage, and fees for a wide variety of work equipment are deducted from their wages. Health and safety at work is virtually non-existent. In case of complaints and in case of illness they have to expect their dismissal.

In order to counteract this, the association “Aktion Würde und Gerechtigkeit” was founded. This non-profit association supports workers, especially from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, with the meat industry as its main focus.

On Friday (6 March 2020) at 15.00 hrs the association’s advisory centre in Rahestraße 29 in 49525 Lengerich will be officially inaugurated.

Workers will receive advice on site, by telephone and e-mail, from volunteers and lawyers.

Homepage: http://wuerde-gerechtigkeit.de
E-Mail: office@wuerde-gerechtigkeit.de
Phone: 05481 3089904

Further information:

https://www1.wdr.de/nachrichten/westfalen-lippe/hilfe-fuer-osteuropaeische-arbeiter-100.html

https://www.wn.de/Muensterland/Kreis-Steinfurt/Lengerich/4155184-Verein-Aktion-Wuerde-und-Gerechtigkeit-Beratungsstelle-wird-offiziell-eingeweiht

On May 02, 2020, a large animal rights demonstration will take place in Hamburg under the motto “Hand in Hand for Animal Rights 2.0”. The demonstration is organized by the Animal Rights Activists Alliance, and many other groups are also calling for this. We also support the call:

https://www.tierrechtsaktivistenbuendnis.de/hand-in-hand-fuer-tierrechte-2-0/

This is the call from the Animal Rights League:
WE SET A RECORD!

On 02.05.2020 it is to go in Hamburg around the Alster again media-effectively around animal rights and Veganismus.

We want to show society, politics and the media our strength, which we have through our unity in the overall goal and through our numbers. Together for animal rights. All together.

On 02 May 2020 something never before seen will take place!
Currently 21 German and international animal rights organisations, groups and initiatives are officially mobilising with us for the longest planned human chain for animal rights ever.
Together we pull together to reach as many people as possible and bring them to Hamburg!

The long-time animal rights activists and animal liberators as well as those who have recently become active and those who have never been on the streets before, the health as well as the pudding vegans and raw food vegans, the not-yet-vegans and the vegetarians with a constantly bad conscience, from the vegetable children with their vegetable parents to the elderly vegetable fans!

Today, the 1st edition of the Climate Plan from below, to which members of our alliance have also contributed, was published!

Here is the message from the just1 comma5 crew:

 We are facing one of the biggest decisions of mankind - a decision on how to face the climate crisis.This is both a huge responsibility and an opportunity. Our chance to jointly initiate a comprehensive change towards a more just society.

Dear friends* and climateists,

above you have read a quote from the introduction of the climate plan from below.Finally, the time has come: Today we publish the first edition of the Climate Plan from below!

Here you can find all the big and small measures collected so far that can help to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees: 

https://klimaplanvonunten.de/en

We decided against a print version at first, because, as you will probably notice while browsing through it, the 1st edition is mainly a construction site plan.

So there can be no talk of a conclusion for a long time. And that is not the idea. That's why you are all still invited and cordially invited to get involved, write new measures, discuss and comment on existing measures and to spread the idea of the climate plan from below!

After this first phase of writing the climate plan from below, we invite you to a larger planning meeting from April 3 - 5 to plan the next phase. SAVE THE DATE! We are looking forward to welcome many new faces! Together we want to spin further visions and paths of the campaign - How can we make the climate plan more known? How can we fill it with more content? How can we start implementing individual measures?

Finally, we want to say thank you! Thanks to all the hard-working and supportive people who have contributed to this project! Together we have laid a first foundation stone on which a world that is fair to the climate can be built. Together - in cooperation with numerous initiatives and groups - we have ensured that the word "system change" does not remain an empty shell, but we are beginning to examine the concepts, ideas and visions behind it and to fill it with life.

We are still at the beginning of a long journey. If we walk it together, if we are organized and in solidarity, we can achieve great things.

Solidary greetings and we hope to see you soon,

your G1K5 crew

https://klimaplanvonunten.de/pdf/GrassrootsClimatePlan_Edition_1.pdf



 

Together with the Animal Rights Initiative Osnabrück, we are organising an open networking meeting in Osnabrück on 11 March. We want to get together in a relaxed atmosphere from 7 p.m. onwards 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.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 7 pm
Where: EW building 1st floor, room 15/130, Seminarstraße 20, 49074 Osnabrück
(https://osm.org/go/0GablZs4?m=)

If you have any questions, please send us a mail in advance: mail(at)gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.org

Below is our invitation text, which you are welcome to forward to interested parties:

Alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”: Networking meeting in Osnabrück on 11 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 Osnabrück on 11 March! 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.

When: Wednesday, 11 March 7 pm
Where: EW building 1st floor, room 15/130, Seminarstraße 20, 49074 Osnabrück
(https://osm.org/go/0GablZs4?m=)

If you have any questions, please send us an email in advance: mail(at)gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.org

You can find further information on our homepage: https://gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.org

See you soon!
Animal Rights Initiative Osnabrück and Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie

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.

When: Tuesday, March 10th, 7 pm
Where: BDP House, Am Hulsberg 136, 28205 Bremen (https://osm.org/go/0G01zk0J?m=)If you have any questions, please send us a mail in advance: mail(at)gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.org

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.

When: Tuesday, 10 March 7 pm
Where: BDP House, Am Hulsberg 136, 28205 Bremen
(https://osm.org/go/0G01zk0J?m=)

If you have any questions, please send us an email in advance: mail(at)gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.org

You can find further information on our homepage: https://gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.org

See you soon!
Ende Gelände Bremen and Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie

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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.

ANF-Press article:

https://anfdeutsch.com/aktuelles/tv-tipp-buendnis-gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie-17401

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.

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Dear friends and comrades,

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.

Join in!

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.

Even if you cannot yet imagine what tasks you might be able to do, just get in touch with us: mail@gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de!

Our next alliance meeting: 14-16 February in Hamburg

Our next alliance meeting will take place from 14-16 February in Hamburg! We are looking forward to seeing new faces who would like to join us in the preparations.

Here are the outline dates for the program of the meeting:

  • Friday: For newcomers there will be an introduction at 7 pm to make it easier to get started. There will also be a joint dinner on Friday evening.
  • Saturday: On Saturday the meeting starts at 9 am and goes on all day – with breaks, delicious food and a nice evening program.
  • Sunday: Sunday the meeting ends at about 1 pm. Afterwards there will be lunch and if you want you can help cleaning up afterwards.

If you are interested, please register by mail and we will send you all further information! mail@gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de

Spread the Word

We are now also on social media:

Be invited to share our content on your channels!

Flyers, posters and logo

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 mail@gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de and we will send you a package soon. You will soon find digital versions on our homepage.

Info events and action trainings

If you want to mobilize in your cities and villages for the camp and the action and prepare well for the action, please invite us for a mobilization talk and/or an action training. Here you can find more information: https://gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.org/mobiveranstaltungen-und-aktionstraining-organisieren/

News about PHW

Regular critical publications show that we have chosen exactly the right target with the PHW Group!

Recent research by the Soko Tierschutz Association shows that despite promises and threats to the contrary to the contractual farms, nothing has changed in the terrible conditions in the fattening facilities of the PHW Group. Here is the video material: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG-VhzNcQD0. And here a report in rbb: https://www.rbb24.de/wirtschaft/beitrag/2020/01/gefluegelproduzent-wiesenhof-strafanzeige-gegen-landwirt-tierwoh.html

Last week a report on the exploitation of workers at PHW was published in the taz: “Forbidden employment in slaughterhouses: In Oldenburg two men are on trial who are said to have made millions with illegal Eastern European workers”. https://taz.de/Verbotene-Beschaeftigung-im-Schlachthof/!5653913/. In addition, here is a report on a lecture by Peter Kossen on temporary workers in the meat industry: https://www.kreiszeitung.de/lokales/diepholz/diepholz-ort28581/wegwerfmenschen-13443211.html

The NGO Germanwatch has also published a comprehensive study on human rights violations of the PHW Group: https://www.germanwatch.org/de/17692.

Dates

Here are some dates, where you can get to know us:

In solidarity,
Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie

Chicken slaughterhouse

That was the title of the Süddeutsche Zeitung on January 15th, 2020

(https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/lebensmittel-menschenrechte-1.4758022).

The 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.

For the 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.

When 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 reasons.

From the 2020 Global Agriculture and Human Rights Report: German companies and politics put to the test p. 47:

“In 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:

1.) The 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.

Overall, 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 Plukon. “

The 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.

According 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.

The 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.

“Migrant 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). ”

“Many workers work twelve hours a day, six days a week until they are completely exhausted.”

“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. “

Current 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 four euros.

Representatives 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.

Already 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.

Our demands:

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.

* From 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 Pharma 2019)”

Sources:
https://germanwatch.org/de/17697
https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/lebensmittel-menschenrechte-1.4758022
https://taz.de/Wiesenhof/!t5025718/
https://taz.de/Prozess-gegen-Wiesenhof-Schlachterei/!5447904/
https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/oldenburg_ostfriesland/Kossen-Brueder-beklagen-Schimmelzimmer-fuer-Arbeiter,kossen288.html
https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/oldenburg_ostfriesland/Praelat-Kossen-fordert-Lobby-fuer-Arbeitsmigranten,kossen268.html
https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/panorama3/Wiesenhof-Das-Schicksal-der-Werkvertrag-und-Leiharbeiter,wiesenhof544.html
http://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/oldenburg_ostfriesland/Landgericht-spricht-Ex-Wiesenhof-Manager-frei,wiesenhof630.html

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