WWF Launches Campaign To Save Romania's Bears

Environmental group WWF on Thursday launched a fund-raising campaign to save Romania’s bears, whose habitat is threatened by deforestation.”If bears could express their feelings, they would say how sad they are to see their habitat endangered,” campaign coordinator Ioana Busila told AFP.Scarce food, conflict with humans and poaching are also threatening the bears, she added.

The World Wildlife Fund asked Romanian citizens to redirect two percent of their income tax to the campaign as the tax law allows them to do for NGOs.The WWF has already carried out three fund-raising campaigns in Romania, but this is “the first time it appeals to people’s sentiment,” Busila said.

Romania is home to around 6,500 bears, or 60 percent of Europe’s total bear population.In recent years, famished bears have been seen rummaging through garbage cans in Carpathian mountain resorts such as Brasov, north of Bucharest.Their presence has become a major tourist attraction but has sometimes led to drama, with about a dozen people injured or killed in bear attacks in recent years.



PETA Buys Ad Space On Oregon Man's Cremation Urns

A dying Oregon comedian’s last words will be written on his cremation urns — and the message will be sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.The animal rights group has paid $200 to place ads blasting KFC and dog breeders on the urns that will hold the remains of Aaron Jamison, who is dying of colon cancer.

The Springfield man offered the ad space earlier this month so his wife wouldn’t be left with funeral costs.Since then, the $800 cremation cost has been covered, and donations have helped pay some of Jamison’s medical bills.

German Man 'Marries' His Dying Cat

A German man has unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer, Bild newspaper reports.It says Uwe Mitzscherlich, 39, paid an actress 300 euros (£260,$395) to officiate at the ceremony, as marrying an animal is illegal in Germany.Mr Mitzscherlich said he had wanted to tie the knot before his asthmatic cat Cecilia died.

The cat and groom have lived together for 10 years.”Cecilia is such a trusting creature. We cuddle all the time and she has always slept in my bed,” Mr Mitzscherlich, a postman from the eastern town of Possendorf, told Bild.

Actress Christin-Maria Lohri, who officiated the ceremony, was quoted as saying: “At first I thought it was a joke. But for Mr Mitzscherlich it’s a dream come true”.