First Animal Abuse Law Edges Closer In China

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Dog and cat meat could soon be banned from restaurants in China, ending thousands of years of tradition, following protests from animal rights campaigners.The Chinese government is now on the verge of introducing its first law against animal abuse and permanently removing both animals from the menu.The first draft of the law, aiming to protect animals from being hurt and killed in a cruel manner, will be raised for legislation in April.

In particular, the draft suggests people caught eating dog or cat meat be jailed for up to 15 days and fined 5,000 yuan (£450), while businesses would be fined between 100,000 to 500,000 yuan (£9,000 to £45,000).

Pet lovers’ associations have sprung up in Chinese cities over recent years, with one liberation group last year ramming a truck full of caged cats to rescue them from being shipped to southern restaurants.While many Chinese enjoy rich dog meat, especially during cold winters, some object to the practice in some regions of beating dogs to death to release the blood into the meat.

The China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import and Export Corporation backed the initiative, which it believes will improve overseas perceptions of Chinese exports.Others insisted a ban on dog and cat meat was unrealistic.’Banning such custom by law is inappropriate and unable to work,’ said Xu Huiqiang, chief of wild animal protection in Jiangsu province, where a dog meat recipe has been listed as a piece of cultural heritage.

An official of Leping, a city that has a traditional catering industry based on dog meat, said that the local economy and people’s lives would be terribly hurt by such a law.’Cooking them alive must be punished but which meat to eat should be people’s own choice,’ said a commentary on Xinhua Daily in Nanjing. ‘Some people in China still can’t afford meat. We should not blindly copy Western values.’But one online protester named ‘Yuxiang999′ posted on Xinhuanet.com: ‘Eating cats and dogs is a shameless barbarian thing. Anyone with humanity would not kill these loyal friends of ours.’

(in reference to my previous articles “Stop Killing Dogs” and A humble request, even if your not a animal lover please sign this petition by going on the link below
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Liger Goes To 'London' For A Light Lunch

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At first glance it seems this 12-foot long, 900-pound prowling beast is on the loose round the streets of London, simply taking in a tour of traditional sights. However, he is in fact in the warm climate of the Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Walking round the mock-up English town that is a tribute to the British music invasion of the States in the 1960’s, Hercules struts his stuff round the village like a hipster from the swinging sixties. And in a graphic display of his incredible size and strength, Hercules stops for a spot of lunch from the top of an iconic double decker bus, eating his way through some of the 25 pounds of meat and gallon of water he needs each day.

The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress and borrow characteristics from both species. Ligers enjoy swimming which is a characteristic of tigers and are very sociable like lions.The liger often has a very limited life span as well as birth defects and other mutations.In the wild it is virtually impossible for lions and tigers to mate. Not only are they enemies likely to kill one another, but most lions are in Africa and most tigers in Asia.
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Liger Goes To 'London' For A Light Lunch

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At first glance it seems this 12-foot long, 900-pound prowling beast is on the loose round the streets of London, simply taking in a tour of traditional sights. However, he is in fact in the warm climate of the Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Walking round the mock-up English town that is a tribute to the British music invasion of the States in the 1960’s, Hercules struts his stuff round the village like a hipster from the swinging sixties. And in a graphic display of his incredible size and strength, Hercules stops for a spot of lunch from the top of an iconic double decker bus, eating his way through some of the 25 pounds of meat and gallon of water he needs each day.

The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress and borrow characteristics from both species. Ligers enjoy swimming which is a characteristic of tigers and are very sociable like lions.The liger often has a very limited life span as well as birth defects and other mutations.In the wild it is virtually impossible for lions and tigers to mate. Not only are they enemies likely to kill one another, but most lions are in Africa and most tigers in Asia.
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Professional Dog-Handler Jailed For Allowing Dog To Die Of Heatstroke

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A security firm worker who allowed a dog to die of heatstroke in a van has been jailed for three months, the RSPCA said tonight.Lee Ellerton, 37, was also banned from keeping all animals for life after being found guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates’ Court of six charges under the Animal Welfare Act.

The RSPCA said the sentence handed down to Ellerton, of Burslem, Staffordshire, should send out a message that such offences were unacceptable.The defendant, a professional dog-handler, left two dogs in a van parked in Abbey Hulton on July 1 last year, one of the hottest days of last summer.In a statement issued after today’s hearing, the RSPCA said a member of the public had alerted the charity to the dogs’ plight.

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Dog That 'Only Understands Polish' Finds Bilingual Home

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RSPCA staff believed that Cent, a border collie, was untrainable because he would not follow commands – until they discovered he was trained in Polish. he homeless hound has now been found a home with a bilingual Polish family in Essex.Dominik Mroz, 16, said: “As my family speak both Polish and English there was a real connection to Cent. “In the few days we’ve been with Cent, he has already made our jaws drop out of amazement for his intelligence and affection.

“We speak to Cent in English and Polish and have discovered some commands that he reacts to strongly in Polish so we’ll continue with these.”

Mandy Tierney, branch manager of RSPCA Oldham, added: “It was lovely to see Cent with his new family.”All the staff at the shelter felt like proud parents waving off our child when he left.”We couldn’t have asked for a better family to adopt him and it’s brilliant that he is going to stay bilingual.”


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Dog That 'Only Understands Polish' Finds Bilingual Home

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RSPCA staff believed that Cent, a border collie, was untrainable because he would not follow commands – until they discovered he was trained in Polish. he homeless hound has now been found a home with a bilingual Polish family in Essex.Dominik Mroz, 16, said: “As my family speak both Polish and English there was a real connection to Cent. “In the few days we’ve been with Cent, he has already made our jaws drop out of amazement for his intelligence and affection.

“We speak to Cent in English and Polish and have discovered some commands that he reacts to strongly in Polish so we’ll continue with these.”

Mandy Tierney, branch manager of RSPCA Oldham, added: “It was lovely to see Cent with his new family.”All the staff at the shelter felt like proud parents waving off our child when he left.”We couldn’t have asked for a better family to adopt him and it’s brilliant that he is going to stay bilingual.”


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Indonesia's Tiger Adoption Plan Angers Greens

An Indonesian government proposal offering rare Sumatran tigers up for adoption by wealthy citizens has drawn scorn from environmental activists, who say it’s the wrong approach to conservation.There are only 400 Sumatran tigers left in Indonesia, where deforestation has destroyed much of their native habitat and they are hunted for traditional medicines and illegal menageries.

Tiger “adoption” — where a pair can be rented out as pets in exchange for a 1 billion rupiah ($107,100) deposit — could help curb illegal hunting and trade, a Forestry Ministry official said on Friday.”There are many orders from rich people who want them, who feel if they own a tiger they are a big shot. We have to take concrete steps to protect these animals,” said Darori, the ministry’s director general of forest protection and nature conservation.
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Indonesia's Tiger Adoption Plan Angers Greens

An Indonesian government proposal offering rare Sumatran tigers up for adoption by wealthy citizens has drawn scorn from environmental activists, who say it’s the wrong approach to conservation.There are only 400 Sumatran tigers left in Indonesia, where deforestation has destroyed much of their native habitat and they are hunted for traditional medicines and illegal menageries.

Tiger “adoption” — where a pair can be rented out as pets in exchange for a 1 billion rupiah ($107,100) deposit — could help curb illegal hunting and trade, a Forestry Ministry official said on Friday.”There are many orders from rich people who want them, who feel if they own a tiger they are a big shot. We have to take concrete steps to protect these animals,” said Darori, the ministry’s director general of forest protection and nature conservation.
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