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/

7 Pit Bulls Put Down After Killing Owner

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“This truly is a devastating & tragic incident! More so as Ms Hunt & her sister so kindly rescued pit bulls, offering them a home. Sadly most pit bulls that have been raised to fight, can not forget the training, bullied into them by their previous irresponsible, degenerate owners.” 

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. — Animal Control officers had to put down seven pit bulls that viciously attacked and killed their owner.

According to deputies, Mary Jo Hunt, 53, was killed in the backyard of her Robeson County home, just south of Fayettteville, last week.

Authorities said the dogs attacked Hunt when she used a rake to separate them from fighting.

neighbour who witnessed the aftermath called 911.

Investigators said Hunt and her sister took care of the rescued animals at their home.

Two other dogs were also seized, but they are being kept in isolation.

News Link:-http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/7-pit-bulls-put-down-after-killing-owner/nSW3n/

League Against Cruel Sports

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“Let me just put one thing straight…I have never ever attended a hunt, despite being in the equine business for 40+ years. I never have & never will be associated with this barbaric sport…But I know those that do…so can’t say any-more because of possible retribution; just know I don’t take part!!!”

It’s the end of yet another hunting season and despite the Hunting Act 2004 making it illegal to hunt wild mammals with dogs in England and Wales, we are still getting hundreds of calls from members of the public who are witnessing suspicious activity and havoc caused by the hunts. In our video blog below we take a look at some of the reports of havoc we’ve received and ask the question, are the hunters really abiding by the law?

We take a look back over this year’s hunting season; including our report into artificial earths, some of the havoc caused by hunts and Joe talks about our new investigators.

We began this hunting season with the publication of our report into artificial earths. Earths were historically built by hunts to provide a breeding place and home for foxes, so that the hunts could ensure they had a ready supply of foxes to hunt. Our five month investigation revealed evidence that some artificial earths had been recently renovated and food and water supplies were also found. We believe that this points to a nationwide conspiracy to encourage and sustain fox populations for the purposes of hunting. Read the full report…

As the hunting season got underway the crimewatch calls began flooding in. Of the hundreds of calls received, nearly 20% were describing some kind of havoc caused by the ‘trail hunting’ which was taking place. From hounds running riot through people’s gardens, livestock and pets being attacked to hounds being killed and our monitors being attacked.

The League receives the same reports every season and we think it’s high time that hunts are held accountable for these blatant infringements of the law. In December last year the Master of the North Shropshire Hunt said; “We were out trail hunting…when we lost the hounds. It was a freak accident and won’t happen again.”  Surely if this was such a freak incident then we wouldn’t be seeing ‘accidents’ year after year. Watch the video blog to find out more…

It’s not just foxes, deer and hares which need your protection. The fox hunting season may be over but we’re now nearly a month into the mink hunting season and we need your help to catch any illegal activity. If you have information on an upcoming hunt or if you see any suspicious activity please contact our crimewatch team on 01483 524250 or complete ouronline form.

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We take a look back over this year’s hunting season; including our report into artificial earths, some of the havoc caused by hunts and Joe talks about our new investigators.


Rare White Buffalo Hunt – Face Book Post

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“This was sent to me from a friend on face book”

Oh GOD….LOOK WHAT THEY HAVE DONE…..!!!!!!!!!!!!! and DO NOT FORGIVE THEM BUT THANKS to the Lakota and Caddo people, this has stopped and there is information that the owner of the lodge now wants to breed white buffalo to replace the ones killed….better transform the lodge into a sanctuary for wild animals in need….Just this past week a story had broken that had outraged and horrified a lot of people around the world.

We are shocked to read your statement :Texas Hunt Lodge allows the opportunity to hunt and harvest the Authentic and Rare White Buffalo. … There are no seasonal restrictions on hunting the White Buffalo, or White Bison, in Texas, which makes it a suitable trophy year round.

Although the buffalo in the U.S. are no where near the great numbers that they used to be, when they were flourishing they used to number between 60 – 80 million head. Under those favorable conditions, the chances of such an unusual white buffalo appearing was about 1 in 10 million.

But although there are only approximately around 125,000 buffalo today, the odds against one being born have increased dramatically.Understanding just how important the white buffalo is then, it becomes extremely hideous and despicable that you are now offering the chance to kill these majestic and spiritually significant creatures

.For $13,500, a person can go there and do exactly that.These are canned hunts which means the animal has no chance for escape and is in an enclosed area that makes it extremely easy to kill them.They are also usually very used to the presence of humans so they do not have the fear of man as would a wild bison

In most cases, they are like grazing cattle living in domesticated environments like cattle. They do not have the instincts to run and hide like Deer.White buffaloes are sacred animals to the Lakota Sioux and other Native groups, and there aren’t a lot of the creatures around.You also do not have respect for the beliefs of others and no respect for life! This practice must be stopped immediately !

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