Panther dies of thirst in Rajasthan heat

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Jaipur: Water scarcity in the intense summer heat of Rajasthanhas caused animals in the wild to stray and led to incidents of animal-human conflicts. The dry water holes in forest have also caused a panther’s death last week.

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The panther’s body was spotted on Tuesday in the Devdungari forest area of Bhilwara district, some 300 kilometre from state capital Jaipur. The animal had died of thirst, officials said.

Environmentalists accused the government of not making adequate arrangements for water, forcing wild animals to stray into human habitats to quench their thirst and hunger, as many recent incidents of animal-human conflicts suggest.

“It seems the panther had died at least five days ago. Some villagers told the authorities when they spotted the body near their village on the edge of the forest,” People for Animals’ state in-charge Babulal Jaju told Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).

He added that the panther had not been killed by poachers, as they usually skin the animal and remove its bones before selling the bodies.

“There were also no signs on the body of a fight between two panthers. The young panther seems to have died of hunger and thirst,” said Mr Jaju.

He said there were several panthers in the Devdungari forests, but the diminishing water holes have made life for wild animals difficult in most state forests. He demanded a thorough investigation into the panther’s death.

In April, a panther had mauled to death a seven-year old girl in Rajsamand. The animal had strayed into her village in search of food and water. Similarly, in March a wild bear mauled to death two men over two days and left at least 10 others injured in Dholpur.

“Several other minor incidents of wild animals attacking humans have been reported in the state in the recent past. It is largely because these animals are straying into nearby villages in search of water and food,” said Mr Jaju.

India‘s desert state boasts of two tiger projects, one bird sanctuary and 25 wildlife sanctuaries. These protected areas offer great eco-tourism opportunities for both domestic and foreign tourists.

“Some of the wildlife reserves and parks are facing an acute water shortage this summer,” Mr Jaju said, and added that the measures taken so far by the state government to augment water supplies were few.

Due to the sweltering heat, many small water reservoirs have dried up while others are on the verge of drying up.

One forest watering project that is yielding results is the channelling of Chambal river waters into the Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan.


Man accused of killing kitten, hurting others

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PALM COAST, Fla. — A central Florida man faces an animal cruelty charge after authorities say he killed at least one kitten and bit the lips off another.

Flagler County deputies arrested 28-year-old Angel Vega Roman this past weekend.

Authorities say Roman had been living in a Palm Coast home with two other people. He was left to care for several kittens earlier this month when the housemates when out of town.

The housemates told deputies that Roman admitted to killing one kitten and biting another. Roman had also asked to give away two kittens while the housemates were away, and it’s unclear what happened to those animals. The housemates also told deputies Roman had burned several other cats.

Roman was being held on $100,000 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.


Alleged Cat Killer Turns Alleged Murderer In Canada

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“I knew it wouldn’t be long before this sicko was back in the news.  Appears he has turned from animals to humans….police should have listened to all the animal advocates that sent his name etc to them, saying he was a killer in the making!!”.

Canadian police are searching for a man in connection with a murder in Montreal. A male human torso was discovered in a suitcase in a pile of garbage at Place Lucy and Décarie in Montreal Tuesday morning. Although authorities have not released the name of the victim, they have released the name of a suspect: 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta.

This sicko enjoyed killing kittens & sending video’s to YouTube

Magnotta is a name well known in the animal rescue community. In 2010, a video surfaced of him on YouTube, torturing and killing two kittens. Photos of Magnotta holding various terrified animals as well as a list of his aliases made the rounds of social media sites, as advocates such as The Barbi Twins, and Rescue Ink searched for leads as to his identity and location.

Magnotta is alleged to have made a number of “crush” films in which he kills defenceless kittens. In four different videos, he is reported to be seen suffocating kittens, defiling dead kittens, feeding a kitten to a python and taping a kitten to a broom handle and drowning it in a bathtub. The Barbi Twins have been tracking his crimes against animals since 2010, but police did not devote any resources to the cases of animal abuse, because they “had bigger crimes to investigate.”

At a certain point the Barbi twins stopped giving Magnotta any press because it was clear he was committing his heinous acts of torture for the attention it brought him.

Every person involved in animal rescue is well aware of the connection between animal abuse and homicide. Magnotta was seen by the animal advocacy community as a killer in the making, but authorities could not be convinced to take his crimes seriously. Now it appears he has made the jump from animals to humans, as many serial killers throughout history have.

This month a new video entitled “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick” surfaced on the Internet which appears to be an actual snuff video. The killer in the video is believed to be Luka Magnotta, stabbing, beheading, dismembering and sexually abusing the corpse of another man.

It is not known whether the victim in the video is the same man found this week in Montreal.

In addition to his crush videos, Magnotta is known for being a male model, exotic dancer and gay porn star. He was born Eric Clinton Newman in Scarborough Ontario Canada, but legally changed his name.

Some of the body parts turned up today. One part, a foot, was delivered to the Canadian Conservative Party headquarters headed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, while the second, a hand, was destined for Canadoan Liberal Party offices, but was discovered by Canada Post workers. Police announced today that both packages had originated in Montreal. Police issued a Canada-wide warrant today, and said they couldn’t rule out more body parts may be in the mail.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Luka Magnotta, please contact Montreal Police at: 514 393-1133   Do not approach Magnotta as he is considered dangerous

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‘Thinnest Dog ever seen alive’ by RSPCA

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“OMG…Take a good look at this dog, somebody watched her slowly waste away…but did nothing to help…words fail me! Somebody must recognize this poor dog, do the right thing and get the person that let this happen, pay for it!!”

The Staffordshire cross was left to die in a cardboard box dumped in a lay-by — and when she was found she did not even have the strength to lift her head to eat or drink.

She weighed just over a stone — HALF the healthy amount for her breed — when handed in at an RSPCA centre on May 16.

Workers in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, bound her in bubble wrap because she was too weak to stay warm.

The dog, named Hope by staff and aged about 18 months, was put on a drip in a bid to save her.

After several days she had regained enough strength to feed and is now expected to fully recover.

RSPCA vet Anna Parry said: “I’m no stranger to abused and neglected animals but this is the thinnest dog I’ve ever seen alive.”

The charity hopes to bring a prosecution. If you can help with information, call 0300 1234 999.

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Slaughterhouse owner defends plan to butcher horses

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(CBS News) Wild horses that roam America‘s prairies are the very heartbeat of the old west. While some see majesty in their freedom, others see profit. Not in what horses bring to wranglers and ranchers, but to slaughterhouses for their meat.

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Rick de los Santos of Roswell, New Mexico has spent tens of thousands of dollars to retrofit his slaughterhouse hoping to become the first meat plant since 2007 to butcher horses and export their meat.

The tough economy took its toll on de los Santos. He and his wife Sarah run this family business together. They’ve lost more than $200,000 over the past two years.

But they saw a new opportunity. Upon the recommendation of its accountability office, Congress reversed a five-year-old ban on American horse slaughter, agreeing it had made conditions worse for the animals. Many of them were trucked over the border to Mexico for slaughter under horrible conditions as documented by the Humane Society.

“So, these horses are going into Mexico to be slaughtered there,” de los Santos said. “And all we want is to take care of ’em here.”

De los Santos applied for a license and began to retrofit his plant to meet the new USDA requirements. He was delighted to learn his would be the first American slaughterhouse cleared to sell horsemeat to Mexico, Belgium and a host of other countries where it is considered a delicacy. Now relief has turned to frustration.

“It’s cost us about $75,000, that’s what it’s cost us, just to get ready to slaughter horses,” de los Santos said. “It’s sitting idle.”

Believing he’s fulfilled the USDA requirements, he’s been anxious to get his final government inspection and license. But it’s been nearly four expensive months of waiting for the USDA to pay a visit. “It’s very frustrating for when, when you send your paperwork to the USDA and get it back, and we get, “It’s incomplete.'”

De Los Santos thinks the delay is deliberate since he’s become a focal point in the anti-horse slaughter movement. A bill has been introduced on Capitol Hill to ban horse slaughter for good. And even the governor of New Mexico released a statement about his business, saying “…creating a slaughterhouse in New Mexico is wrong.”

Over a hundred thousand of these animals are already rounded up every year and slaughtered across the border – the meat shipped to Europe and Asia. It’s a thriving international business, but still barely making a dent in the U.S. horse overpopulation problem. Domesticated horses are abandoned and wild horses simply left to breed unchecked.

Still, animal rights advocates insist more regulated and supervised horse slaughter here in the U.S. is not the answer. “Horse slaughter can never be done humanely, partially because of the nature of horses,” said Lisa Jennings of Animal Protection of New Mexico. “When you have an animal that’s what is called ‘fractious,’ where they wanna run, they wanna be safe, you can’t humanely slaughter them.”

Advocates say there are other ways to manage horse overpopulation – including finding more funding for places like The Horse Shelter – a non-profit that takes in, treats, and occasionally euthanizes abandoned animals. The shelter’s Jennifer Rios says Americans have an emotional bond with horses making it impossible to think of them simply as livestock.

“I think they represent freedom,” Rios said. “You see a horse running, and there’s nothing more freeing-looking than a horse.”

But to De los Santos’ horses represent economic freedom. They point out there are too many unwanted horses to be sheltered. Besides, they just want to put their employees back to work.

“Why continue to outsource,” Sarah de los Santos asked. “I mean, this whole election is gonna be about jobs.”

The USDA says it’s not preventing the de Los Santos’ from providing jobs. The agency just needs more time to train inspectors. Now the couple is also being threatened with fines for alleged improper composting and both fear the threat they face from activists who have targeted them.

“They yell and scream and picket and do everything else,” Rick de los Santos said. “And, for a small voice out here, in Roswell, New Mexico, you know, how loud can we scream? You know, those organizations are very powerful, very wealthy. And you know, how long can we go on?” But he has faith. “And I believe things will work out. I really do.”

De los Santos knows it’ll be easy selling horsemeat to foreign markets. But it’ll be much more difficult to sell the American public on a simple idea: Horses can be your friends, but they can also be your food.

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Male dairy calves are killed, but why the surprise? People have no right to complain if they don’t inform themselves about food

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I am baffled by the response to the Channel 4 documentary showing the fate of male dairy calves. Why the shock?

What did people think did happen to them? Most of the audience will drink milk. How did they think it was produced?

I agree with one thing: it’s a terrible shame that this massacre of the innocents should take place. In a thrifty society, it wouldn’t.

If you farm animals to eat, you owe it to them – and to your conscience – not to waste the meat they furnish. In my view that includes throwing away food from the fridge which has been allowed to pass its sell-by date: if you buy meat, the least you an do is to make sure you consume it.

We should also make better use of male calves. As I write this, on a train to Kent, I am sipping a cappuccino.

At the outlet in the railway station, I watched the barista carry half a dozen huge plastic containers of milk to the fridge. Milk has become an industrial product.

It bears little relationship to the creamy liquid that froths out of the cow. It’s sold in petrol station and other places that have no obvious connection with food. It’s ubiquitous.

Produce: A female farmer milks a cow. Unfortunately there’s no market for their bobby calves

The retail system has driven down the price to a level where thousands of dairy farmers have had to pack up over recent years. The family farm, as it exists in many people’s imagination, is now a thing of the past. 

Put all these factors together, and it’s hardly surprising that harsh economics and ruthless efficiency have risen above sentiment.

I didn’t see the documentary in question but I bet the farmers on it cared deeply about the welfare of their herds. In a sense, that’s the surprise.

Farmers, despite all the financial pressures that they’re now under, still want to do their best for their animals. They’re as sorry as anyone that there’s no market for their bobby calves. 

In part, this was destroyed by the animal rights brigade. Traditionally, Britain’s male calves were exported to the Continent. Some years ago, campaigners blockaded the ports and put a stop to it.

I wasn’t wholly sorry that they should have done so. The calves often had to travel long distances in dreadful conditions, and were then bred for veal. In order that a wiener schnitzel or Blanquette de veau is the correct order of whiteness, the veal calves are kept in darkness, and fed on milk.

As a consequence, white veal is one of the few things I won’t eat. Where the campaigners were wrong was in failing to establish an alternative destination for the British calves.

Without one, a bolt from a humane killer was the only alternative. Some retailers attempted to establish a taste for pink veal in Britain – veal from young animals which have been allowed to see the outdoors – but it didn’t really take off.

We live in a largely urban society, and unfortunately most town dwellers are too lazy to find out about animals, even when they say they care about them.

Life for many dairy farmers has been made all but impossible by the badger explosion.

We all want to have badgers in the countryside, but when was the last time you saw a hedgehog dead by the side of the road? Squashed hedgehogs were something of a sick joke in the 1970s.

Now, I’m told, hedgehogs are eaten by badgers, along with the eggs of skylarks and other ground nesting birds.

Urbanites hardly think about the consequences of badger preservation on other forms of wildlife, much less the impact on dairy farms. In fact, many of us close our eyes to farming practices altogether.

If consumers choose to exist in a state of wilful ignorance about the production of what they eat, they really don’t have the right to complain at what goes on, when they suddenly find out.

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Viewers’ outrage over harrowing scenes of day-old calves being lined up and shot DEAD just because they’re male

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“I’m sorry people found this distressing, but I”m glad it was done. People have to realize whats happening to these & other farm animals, TV programs should air more programs like this, it’s the only way to get people to notice!”

“These veal calves actually got a better way to die, most are left to starve to death or cruelly treated & exported to slaughter….if only the public knew the half of it, many would become vegetarians!”

  • Three Jersey calves were filmed being killed on the Channel 4 programme featuring farmer Jimmy Doherty
  • Nearly 60 people complained about the graphic scenes aired at 9.30pm on Tuesday

    Shocking: Graphic scenes of a ‘knacker man’ pointing his gun to the head of the calves and shooting them in their brains was too gruesome for some

Harrowing scenes of newly-born dairy calves being lined up and shot dead simply because they are male have left television viewers sickened.

The images of three Jersey calves being killed were filmed to highlight the grim reality of the dairy industry.

The Channel 4 programme, featuring farmer Jimmy Doherty, was explaining how more than 90,000 male dairy calves are shot at birth every year because there is no market for them.

But graphic scenes of a ‘knacker man’ pointing his gun to the head of the calves and shooting them in their brains was too gruesome for many.

Last night Channel 4 said it had received 58 complaints about the first episode of Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket, while the media regulator Ofcom had received more than ten. Viewers described the footage as ‘sick’, ‘horrific’ and one of the most upsetting things they had seen on TV.

Channel 4 showed the slaughterman creeping up beside the calves, who were about a day old or younger, before pulling his trigger. One of the animals was seen collapsing, then the camera cut away to the face of the presenter as the other two were killed.

They were then taken away to be rendered down to tallow to fuel a Belgian power station. Mr Doherty was later seen planning to make his own range of meatballs in an attempt to tackle the ‘huge’ problem in the dairy industry of unwanted male calves.

The TV farmer suggested slaughtered animals could instead be raised for veal.

He said British rose veal was ‘high welfare’ but because of previous cruelty concerns around this kind of meat, male calves were still viewed as a ‘waste product’.

The scenes, which aired at around 9.30pm on Tuesday, shocked many animal lovers.

One tweeted:‘Harrowing scenes of male calves being euthanised on Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket.’ Another said: ‘Had to turn that Jimmy programme over, they were shooting male calves who were only a day old! Beautiful creatures, so sad! Feel sick.’ A third added: ‘One of the most upsetting things I’ve seen in ages. Just awful.’ Others described the scenes as ‘pretty horrific’ as another said the calves ‘looked like Bambi’.

Support: Animal charities backed the decision to show the scenes. The RSPCA said it was important to raise awareness about how food and drink is produced

But animal charities backed the decision to show the scenes. The RSPCA said it was important to raise awareness about how food and drink is produced.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: ‘We feel it is important to show the reality of this practice to offer viewers a rounded perspective of the issues the programme touches on.

‘The programme went out after the watershed, was preceded by a warning and the animals were killed humanely by an expert.’

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