New Video of Church-Sponsored “Pig Rassle” Reveals UnChristian Behavior

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“How can children respect these pigs (or any other animal) when they are taught, to do such things?? I wonder how many of them actually go to church & learn the meaning of Christian Behaviour; if they think abusing an animal like this is acceptable…God help any animals they will one day own!! The kids allowed to witness such gross acts, are the very children we are looking to; to prevent animal abuse in the future….obviously not in this town though!! I think it’s diabolical, that humans are allowed to stress animals, in this way, for their own sick entertainment!!”

EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM SHARK:  News Release: SHARK

New video of church-sponsored “pig rassle” reveals unChristian behavior: jokes about beating and sexually abusing animals and children; Bishop of Green Bay questioned about his support.

GREEN BAY, WI – New video of a cruel and illegal “pig rassle” church fundraiser August 10 at St. Patrick Parish in Stephensville, Wisconsin documents vile behavior of the event supporters, including talk about abusing animals and children.

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) has released a video showing the brutal and illegal human/animal fighting at the fundraiser, and today calls for an investigation.

“It is important to remember this was a Catholic Church event, yet what we saw and experienced was anything but Christ-like behavior,” said SHARK President Steve Hindi. “This included supporters joking about beating and killing pigs and sexually assaulting them and children – while young children were present and listening.”SHARK is sending the link to this video to David Ricken, the Bishop of Green Bay, and calling on him to answer why a parish under his rule is sponsoring disgusting behavior that goes against everything his religion is supposed to stand for.St. Patrick’s Parish has tried to whitewash the animal abuse they sponsor by calling it a church fundraiser,” notes Hindi.  “What this video shows is that the Parish should be spending more time teaching their members about Christ’s message of peace and love and stop teaching that abusing animals is a fun and acceptable thing to do.”
Vulgar Crowd at Parish-Sponsored Pig Abuse

Published on 20 Aug 2014

Animal abuse and child endangerment wasn’t the only thing to find at the St. Patrick Parish Pig “Rassle” event in Stephensville, Wisconsin. Let’s throw in some banter about bestiality and pedophilia for good measure.

David L. Ricken, Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese that oversees St. Patrick Parish, could have stopped this abuse, but chose not to.

You can call the Bishop to let him know what you think at 920-437-7531.

Earlier this month, SHARK released video that showed youths wallowing in mud contaminated by pig urine and excrement as they try to catch a traumatized pig. The video illustrates violations of state anti-cruelty and animal fighting laws, and child neglect laws. Spectators, organizers and participants could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

SHARK has also learned this event was cancelled in 1995 after a Assistant District Attorney – Mitchell Metropulos, now an Outagamie County Circuit Court judge –  said the event was illegal.

Take Action!
Please contact the Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay and ask him to hold everyone involved accountable for this travesty.
Office of the BishopChancery
P.O. Box 23825
1825 Riverside Drive
Green Bay, WI 54305Phone: (920) 272-8194Fax: (920) 435-1330E-mails:
dricken@gbdioc.org
bishopsappeal@gbdioc.org
catholicfoundation@gbdioc.org
 Spectators, organizers and participants could be charged with misdemeanors and even felonies, but the Outagamie sheriff and district attorney are refusing to do anything.
In fact, Sheriff Bradley Gehring (see picture below) walked in the parade that ended up at the pig abuse event!
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Animal Control Officer Tails And Rescues Dog Strapped To Back Of Vehicle

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“WTF….if the owners don’t allow their dog to be in the boot of the car in it’s crate; I pity how the poor thing lives at home!! If that’s how they feel then they shouldn’t have pets at all; bloody heartless morons!!”

A South Carolina animal control officer went above and beyond her call of duty when she spent two hours following an SUV that had a dog strapped outside of it.

Nicole Hubbard and her boyfriend were driving along the I-95 in Georgia when they noticed an airline crate attached to the cargo holder of a Dodge Durango.

“We were riding back from a family vacation,” Hubbard said. “We thought, ‘Surely, they don’t have a dog in the back of it.’ But when we got up next to it, there the dog was.”

A beagle mix was inside the crate, which was positioned directly behind the tailpipe, sending exhaust right through the carrier. Hubbard noticed there was no water container for the pup (which probably would have sloshed around anyway).

How Utterly Stupid & Ignorant

With it being 94 degrees out, she was concerned that the dog could become very ill from the heat and exhaust, not to mention the anxiety of being in a crate on the outside of a vehicle.

Though it appeared securely rigged with bungee cords, a bad bump could have knocked the carrier off and into the path of another vehicle.

She immediately informed highway patrol, who told her an officer would be dispatched to pull the vehicle over.

“We stayed behind them, and no officer ever came,” she said. She called again, but this time was told police couldn’t respond.

“They said they just don’t have an officer to send,” Hubbard said.

The couple continued to follow the SUV for about two hours, until they crossed the South Carolina border. She called the SC highway patrol, who showed greater concern for the situation.

“They were wonderful,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard with her own dogs.

An operator kept her on the line until a trooper could be sent to the area. Finally, the SUV was pulled over.

Hubbard does not know if the driver was issued a summons. It is unlikely that what was done would legally be considered animal cruelty, but it certainly falls under the definition of stupidity.

Hubbard said keeping a dog in a crate by an exhaust pipe with no water on such a hot day was unacceptable.

There wasn’t even enough room for the dog to turn around inside.

“I was just amazed that somebody could be that uneducated of the dangers with that dog being there,” she said. “Hopefully, they learned something from it.”

News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/08/animal-control-officer-tails-rescues-dog-strapped-to-back-of-vehicle/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Have You Heard About the Disturbing New Animal Abuse Trend Known as ‘Trunking? Petition To Stop This Inc.

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“I sadly have to say this is nothing new, it’s been going on for years; which is why I included the video as proof.  Isn’t treacherous dog fighting brutal & cruel enough for these sickos? Are people becoming so desensitised to the value of innocent life, that they have to create sicker and sicker means of “entertainment? What happens to the dog that’s won the fight but beaten up badly in doing so? They are not going to spend money on fixing up these dogs because they don’t mean anything to them in the first place…they will just be thrown out with the trash & the thugs will get another; there are always plenty homeless pit bulls  to be had!.”

“Abuse like this will not stop until the laws are changed. A few days in prison or a fine isn’t going to stop these dick heads!! Lets face it, if they are that cold-hearted as to put 2 dogs in a trunk to fight to the death…what value do they put on a human life, other people’s property? what do they give to the community??? Enough said; so make the punishment a real one, that hopefully will deter others & stick by it.”

“Don’t know about you guys, but I am sick of reading the appalling abuse these beautiful dogs go through!The breed nobody wants from a shelter because they are deemed vicious!! But they aren’t born that way, it’s not their fault & they shouldn’t have to pay with their lives for the damage done; when all they have ever known is violence & fighting. Make the humans who taught them all they know pay for it; not the dogs!!”

June 4th 2013 – What is “trunking?” It involves dogs (typically pit bulls), the trunks of cars, and possibly some of the most inhumane treatment of animals seen in a long time.

How does trunking work? According to animal rights activists, this is what happens during a trunking:

  • Two dogs are locked into the trunk of a car and then driven around.
  • The car’s stereo plays at a loud volume in order to cover the sounds of the fighting.
  • After a short time or when the fighting appears to have stopped, the dead dog is tossed out and the survivor goes on to fight again.

“And Here Is It In Action – This is not a new craze as one can tell by the video date!  As always viewer discretion advised.

Hidden in Darkness: ‘Trunking’ is Dog Fighting’s Ugly Secret

Uploaded on 22 Aug 2008

NEW YORK — One of the most barbaric forms of animal cruelty has an underbelly which for years has remained literally hidden in darkness: “Trunking” is dog fighting‘s ugly secret.

The latest and most-publicized incident of trunking came to the attention of authorities after a woman in Florida’s Miami-Dade County area reported seeing dogs being put into the trunks of cars in order to have them fight to the death.

Animal control authorities visited the reported location and found 10 dogs, many exhibiting wounds that are typically associated with fighting.

The Miami Herald reports that the home where these dogs were discovered was the focus of a pit bull investigation in June 2012. The breed is illegal in the county and someone called to say that pit bulls were running loose in the neighborhood. The person who lived there denied owning the animals but received a citation.

Additional complaints were called in just two weeks ago. Callers reported the pit bulls were still on the loose and that one had killed a neighbor’s dog.

News Link:http://www.chrisjonesmedia.com/2013/05/03/have-you-heard-about-the-disturbing-new-animal-abuse-trend-known-as-trunking/

Please sign the petition to stop this despicable, heinous crime:http://forcechange.com/64627/put-an-end-to-dog-fighting-in-car-trunks/

Drunk Man Lets Dog Wander Outside Elevator As The Doors Shut, Hanging The Dog

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“WTF…I’m presuming I wasn’t the only one screaming at the computer, whilst watching this horrific event unfold; I was shouting…”You Stupid F$~,?%^$&*^% quite a lot!! Then the couple appear from down the hall, take a look, & I’m thinking “thank God, somebody to save the dog”…but they went back inside their apartment & didn’t come out for what seemed like ages! Then when they did come back out, it seemed as if they were too late, dilly dallying about like they had all day to think about it!! It should have taken no longer than 2 minutes to find some scissors to cut the lead; & get the dog down!”

“What a bunch of numb nuts…the guy inside the elevator, why didn’t he just stop & get out at the next floor & run down or up (depending on direction) stupid dick head, Or better still, made sure the animal was inside the lift before it set off, as it nearly did with the dogs head half out!! And the guys in the hallway…well theywere just Fxxxxxg pathetic!!!”

“Anyhow, I’m posting this more for identity reasons; although the person who viewed the CCTV footage should have got animal welfare or police involved, If he was the caretaker or something, he would have known exactly who they were & where they live…was it him that uploaded it?? Whichever, please still sign the petition. I can’t believe the dog didn’t suffer any damage to his trachea!”

It is important to let the world know that we should love and care our dog. Human should protect them and be responsible to their safety. I sincerely hope that everyone can sign this petition to raise awareness and also find out this man. Justice should for everyone, even he/she is just a dog.

Thank you for your support!

This is the CCTV angle from outside the elevator

Drunk Man Hangs Dog With Leash As Doors Close Dog Is Outside

Published on 14 Mar 2013

According to the owner, the dog survived.

This is the CCTV angle from Inside the elevator

Published on 20 Mar 2013

Drunk man hangs his dog when he enters elevator and the dog on leash stays outside. In the video you will see several people walk in and out of the hallway, but none of them stop to release the dog. Eventually the dog is cut loose. 

According to the owner the dog survived.

PETITION:– http://www.causes.com/actions/1741416-demand-the-humane-society-international-peta-wspa-ifaw-spca-to-find-this-man-who-hang-his-dog?utm_campaign=activity_mailer%2Factivity_update&utm_medium=email&utm_source=causes#update2&token=InSgjTZ5rulUtpoKsOgf26Or

Neglected Pony Grew Hooves Like ‘Aladdin’s Slippers’ Causing Excruciating Pain: Forced To Live In A Rubbish Heap

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“WTF…the agony that little soul must have been in. My vet described it to me like having pins driven down your finger nails, then walking on them! He is one hell of a lucky little pony to have had rescuers, willing to fight to get him out of the horrendous state he was found in. I would have liked to know more about his previous owners & their excuse for letting him get into such a state. Their sentence was pitiful, just another slap on the wrist; which just pisses me off so much! 

“Any sound horse owner knows without a good foot, the horse is useless.  Hooves are just like finger nails, they grow constantly which is why they must be filed by a trained farrier, every 6 to 8 weeks. It’s one dedicated farrier who has Bingo walking on near normal a hoof as possible. I’ve seen pictures of horses with similar hooves where the bone has sunk too far, that remedial therapy was out of the question, the horses were in so much pain, the kindest thing was to put them to sleep!”

” Eating too much rich grass can cause colic, to any horse & can kill if not dealt with immediately. Which is why one has to restrict rich grass grazing, by rotating feeding areas in the field; either by electrical tape or just fencing! I think far too many people buy horses because their learning to ride, or they just want one as a garden ornament…yet they have no idea about horse management; not even the basics, i.e. feet, food, teeth! Anyone wanting a horse should attend a horse management course, learn about facts such as plants, that grow in normal fields, yet are deadly to horses…not knowing some simple basics, can result in a pony ending up just like this…which is just so sad!!”

  • Bingo’s hooves grew to six inches long and turned up at the ends
  • They will need specialist treatment for the rest of his life
  • The Shetland pony was overweight because he had not been cared for
  • Tissue in his hooves had broken down and the bone had moved
  • A Bristol charity rescued the eight-year-old from a pile of litter
  • His owners were prosecuted and he was nursed back to health

This pony‘s hooves turned up like Aladdin’s slippers after he was neglected and forced to live in piles of rubbish.

Eight-year-old Bingo, whose hooves will need specialist treatment for the rest of his life, was rescued from terrible conditions by Bristol-based charity Horse-world.

The Shetland pony was overweight and living in litter, having been neglected by his owners for six months to a year.

Sore: Bingo’s hooves will need special treatment for the rest of his life, after they curled up at the ends

His hooves had grown to six inches long and curled upwards, which would have hurt as much as trapping a hand in a car door, a vet said.
It took a year to get Bingo back down to a normal weight, and his hooves will need specialist treatment for the rest of his life.

On a scale of one to five, where five is morbidly obese, Bingo’s weight was ranked a four by the charity, who helped to rehabilitate him.

Sarah Hollister, equine training manager for Horse-world  said: ‘Bingo was in a sorry state when he was rescued by Horse-world.

‘It took months of remedial trimming and painkillers to bring his hooves back to a relatively normal and pain-free state.’

Amy Williams from Horse-world, who owns two Shetland ponies of her own, said: ‘The vet said that his hooves would have been causing him as much pain as trapping a hand in a car door. He was still making his way around on them but he would have been in excruciating pain.

‘Shetland ponies are easy to look after. They are adapted to live in Shetland where grass is sparse. If they are left in a healthy field here, they will literally eat themselves to death.

‘I have an electric fence that I move a little bit each day to stop mine over-eating, but Bingo was just left, which is how he got so fat.’

Cruel: Horses’ hooves should be regularly trimmed – but Bingo’s were left to grow to six inches long

Bingo’s hooves were so bad when he was found in July 2011 that the tissue had broken down and the bone had moved. “This little guy is so lucky, had his coffin bone sunk any further, the kindest option would have been to put him to sleep!”

He has his hooves trimmed every four weeks to try and get the bone back to a normal position. A regular horse would need their hooves trimming every six to eight weeks. “I have my horses trimmed every 6 weeks, its a necessity if your going to own horses”

Malformed: The Shetland pony’s hooves would have hurt as much as a hand trapped in a car door

Bingo’s owners were successfully prosecuted in January 2012 and were banned from keeping any animal for two years, except dogs, fish and chicken. “Why only 2 years? If they can neglect a pony, they can neglect any animal…this is atrocious!”

Horse-world volunteer Nadine Bennett, 14, has struck up a friendship with Bingo.

She said: ‘When I met Bingo I thought he was quite cute – he’s a cuddly little thing, but he’s got a cheeky side too. I often catch him sticking his nose in my pockets to see if I’ve got any treats.

‘His favourite is hay – I sometimes sneak him big handfuls when I know that no-one’s looking.

‘I used to work with a horse called Shallou and we got on really well, but she had to be put down a few months ago. It’s nice that I now have Bingo to keep me company instead.’

Bingo is now fully rehabilitated and helping with Discovery Courses at Horse-world. The courses provide first-hand experiences of working with horses for children and young people.

Nadine was encouraged by her mother to start a six-week Discovery course at the charity, and was then asked to stay on as a volunteer.

‘I was a bit shy when I started going to Horse World, but after a few weeks I got  really into it,’ she said. ‘It was like the horses read my mind. They take all the negativity out of you. They understand you. “Out the mouths of babes…she is so right!”

‘Horses like Bingo help kids that are having problems because they have been through hard times as well, so it sort of cheers them up and you can repay them. “It’s a wonderful thing when any animal can help a child overcome any difficulty they have had to face; in such short lives.”

‘I already liked animals so this helped it along. I would like to carry on as a volunteer at Horse World and help support others. I would love to have my own farm one day.’

Course leader Sharon Howell said: ‘Bingo is extremely well suited to Discovery courses.

‘Sympathetic’: Bingo now helps with Discovery Courses for children at Bristol charity Horse-world

‘It’s as though he is sympathetic and understanding to those who need his help.’

The Discovery Courses combine working with horses in an outdoor environment with classroom based studies in numeracy, literacy and art and are open to young people across the West Country.

Ms Howell said: ‘Many of the young people that have taken part in the Discovery Courses have been able to return to mainstream schooling, or have gone on to college courses, something which would previously have been out of the question for them.

‘Our future hopes are to secure enough funding to be able to help everybody who applies for the courses. We’re always on the lookout for businesses or individuals to sponsor aspects of the programmes – in doing so, they can help change lives.’

For more information on HorseWorld’s Discovery Courses, phone 01275 893023, email discovery@horseworld.org.uk or visit www.horseworld.org.uk/discovery

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Videos & Petitions: Please Say No To Killing Wolves – They Are Not Our Enemy

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“Petitions to sign below please:-

“For centuries, Man & Wolf lived together as they roamed the lands; both respected each other & their personal space. Sure some were killed for their meat or coats…but that was nothing compared to what society kills today in the farming industry; we kill far more than we can really eat…WHY…just because we can!!

“Just watch this poor excuse of a man, (sorry a total knob head) you would think he had struck gold…imbeciles!! What did that wolf ever fxxxxxg do to them? NOTHING!!

“This is nothing but a blood sport!! He caught the wolf with his bullet, but the poor wolf ran for its life; until he had no life left in him…COLD HEARTED KILLERS!!”

Uploaded – December 2012

“Can anyone explain to me WHY these beautiful creatures need to be killed? It’s not for eating, it’s not for clothing as we have both in abundance! NO, THE WOLF IS KILLED PURELY BECAUSE CERTAIN STATES AROUND THE WORLD SAY IT CAN BE…THEREFORE;THOSE THAT TRAP & KILL ANY ANIMAL,  DO IT PURELY FOR SPORT OR TROPHY HUNTING. THEY ARE ALL JUST COLD BLOODED KILLERS WHO CALL IT A SPORT…THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.” 

After decades of protection, the American Grey Wolf was just barely back from the brink of extinction in 2011.

But then Congress made a rash decision to de-list wolves from the Endangered Species Act. Now trapping and killing of wolves is legal, and as you can see it being carried out with brutal efficiency. Already, more than half the wolves that roamed the Rockies and mid-west are dead. If we don’t act soon, there will be none left.

You can help stop this – Don’t look away. Sign below and share with friends and family who love the wild things so we can live in a world where wolves, and the wilderness they need to survive, can thrive alongside people.

Video 1. Brutal Wolf Killing – “This is cowardly, the wolf is already caught in a trap, nothing butch or manly about this…which is probably why kids are taught to kill them with guns!! After the wolf is shot…Guy in video says “Ha ha ha ha…that’s the end of her!”

Published on 28 Nov 2012

This video is hard to watch for anyone who’s ever loved wolves or wildlife. but we’re asking you not to look away. Right now in 5 states trapping and killing of wolves like this is totally legal. It’s all because of a rash and ill-informed decision made by Congress. But we need President Obama to act NOW to save the wolves.

“Another video; where the shooter is killing a sentient being, caught in a trap, so it can’t retaliate or even fight for its life…this is just a pathetic blood sport?”

Video 2. Second Wisconsin Wolf Killed;” Listen to  the guy talk, as if he just fought off a wild lion…pathetic! Guy in video says “Yes sir, that’s the best thing I ever seen in my life!!”

Published on 28 Nov 2012

Please sign these petitions: 

“Please sign any & all petitions to stop the idiotic killing of an animal that has lived in harmony with man; for centuries!” 

“Watch & listen to just a few of the many beautiful songs & videos created by my dear friend & animal warrior; Louise Du Toit. Louise manages to encapsulate the thoughts & feelings of animals, along with the daily struggles they have to endure, against their biggest enemy; man!  Enchanting melodies, with an angelic voice, Louise has written many songs along with videos to educate & create public awareness to the plight of animal abuse etc. This is one of my personal favourites; from her album “Ode To Magnificence”

Uploaded on 29 Feb 2012

Louise du Toit – CD Albums @http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LouiseduToit
Louise du Toit – Official Website @ http://www.louisedutoit.com

Song lyrics, although not spoken:

I am wolf,  I am the true spirit of nature a perfect creation walking beside you, guiding your senses
to see the invisible.

I am a predator, preserving the delicate balance of nature, a sentient being no more evil or righteous than any other creature, born with everything I need to survive.

I am intelligent, courageous, strong, a true survivor, devoted to my family, loyal to my pack, 
the defender of my territory.

Mankind has chosen me as its enemy, lack of knowledge, brought fear, bred hatred, enveloped in a dark cloud of demonic imagination.

Like countless other earthlings, I am shamelessly persecuted.

My true destination, will only become visible when humans discard their imaginary fear, false legends phantasmal myths, to seek the truth!

Music, text and vocal performance by Louise du Toit in Greece, 2012. Video created and produced by Louise du Toit. The copyrights to the music and lyrics are reserved by the artist. The images in this video are not the property of the producer. This video was made as a contribution to the salvation of wolves, for non-profit educational purposes, without any intention of commercial advantage or private financial gain. There is no intention of copyright infringement either.

“Other songs performed by Louise Du Toit:-Howl Across America – Video on YouTube:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlK0cl11JHQ

Uploaded on 12 Aug 2011

Louise du Toit – CD Albums @http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LouiseduToit
Louise du Toit – Official Website @ http://www.louisedutoit.com

The song for HOWL ACROSS AMERICA was written by Louise du Toit as a contribution to the August 2011 events, organized by NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, Howling For Justice and individual wolf advocates around the world, protesting against the killing of wolves. Music, lyrics, performance and recording by Louise du Toit in Greece, 2011. Video created and produced by Louise du Toit. The copyrights to the music and lyrics are reserved by the artist. The images in this video are not the property of the producer. This video was made as a contribution to the salvation of wolves, for nonprofit educational purposes, without any intention of commercial advantage or private financial gain. There is no intention of copyright infringement either.

Created by members of NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, and Howling For Justice, HOWL ACROSS AMERICA is calling on all wolf advocates to speak up for the wolves in August 2011. Please join their page at the following link and add your voice of protest against the war on our precious wolves:

Ode to the Wolves:-Video on YouTube:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_gth8clJvA&list=PL94AAB1A1D936473C&index=2

Uploaded on 9 Sep 2010

Louise du Toit – CD Albums @http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LouiseduToit
Louise du Toit – Official Website @ http://www.louisedutoit.com

“Ode to the Wolves” is an artistic tribute to all wolves, written to raise awareness about the endless atrocities they endure from humans all over the world, with a positive message to support the plight of the wolves and to end their suffering.

Louises FaceBook:-https://www.facebook.com/louisedutoitfanpage

Howl Across America:-http://www.facebook.com/HowlAcrossAmerica?ref=ts

Romanian Hunting Party Draws Criticism

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Environmentalists criticise a hunting excursion for high-profile politicians and businessmen.

A hunting party in north-western Romania, which drew many local and foreign businessmen, ended on Sunday with what media and green activists called “true carnage”- over 150 wild boars were killed. The hunt was organised by tennis player turned businessman Ion Tiriac, who is also one of the country’s richest men.

Tiriac holds the lease to the Balc hunting facilities in north west Romania, where the gathering took place. With him were some 30 guests, including businessmen Wolfgang Porsche and Klaus Mangold of DaimlerChrysler, and Spanish banker Jose Merino Jimenez, according to local media reports.

“These kind of events are an excellent opportunity to socialise, make new friends and discuss politics or business,” said Elan Schwartzenberg, an Israeli with businesses in Romania, who was one of the few participants who agreed to speak about the hunting party.

While Ion Tiriac’s lawyers have argued that the boars are brought in from a local breeding facility and are not a protected species, environmentalists say the magnitude of the hunt and the involvement of so many top-level executives and politicians are matters of concern.

The international environmental group Vier Pfoten has criticised the size of the hunt. “It’s time that this kind of animal massacre comes to an end. We are not questioning the legality of this hunting event but its magnitude, as in the last six years around 1,200 wild boar were killed in the Balc contained area,” Veronica Tulpan, head of national program at the group, argued.

In the past, Romanian authorities also questioned the management of the animals in the Balc area and the legality of the contract under which the hunting ground was leased, though no irregularities were discovered.

In late 2004, the government of former prime minister Adrian Nastase granted Ion Tiriac a a 49-year lease on the Balc grounds without a public auction. Soon after Nastase lost elections but for several years he was among the participants at the hunting events in Balc.

In Romania, like in many other ex-communist countries, hunting has long been associated with the old nomenklatura. Former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu often hunted bears, wild boars, and black goats in the mountains.

Since 1990, hunting has become increasingly popular among rich foreigners and Romania’s nouveau riche and political elite.

News Link:-http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/controversy-over-romanian-elite-hunting-event

Petition to sign:-http://www.thepetitionsite.com/954/435/150/stop-romanian-annual-hunting-party-by-tiriac/

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