I thought I would do a challenge for once. Aw, some cute animal photos?
It’s from ‘Where’s my backpack?’ who, like half the blogging world, does a weekly challenge theme.
The current one is animals, to celebrate World Animal Day on 4 October, and it is a week-long celebration so I am within the timescale.
It doesn’t have to be about wildlife; you can write an ode to your neighbour’s moggy if you like! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
That’s good isn’t it 🙂 And I’ve also covered lots of countries with the stories I have featured.
Rhinos, badgers, foxes, and dogs. Stories were taken at random, but sadly ‘Man’s Best Friend’ features all too frequently and dog abuse stories by far outnumber the rest.
Because photos of cute animals are lovely. Let’s just forget about the horrific abuse, torture, poaching, you name it that people inflict on animals. Who just want to get on with a life of their own. Like the rest of us.
So here is my contribution courtesy of Precious Jules at Stop Animal Abuse. All pix are ok apart from the last one, – there is a sensitivity warning for that one if you are extremely sensitive about seeing the cruelty inflicted upon animals by people. It’s not a nice picture but this goes on all the time. Please don’t bury your head in the sand. If there is any way you can help stop animal cruelty, that would be excellent.
All text/photos from Precious Jules and original blog authors.
39 Rhinos Killed During 10 Months In Kaziranga
Reblogged from Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors:
The Times of India
GUWAHATI: The death of 39 rhinos in and around the world-famous Kaziranga National Park in less than 10 months has brought to the fore the threat faced by the endangered animal. The threat comes from poachers, who kill the rare one-horned rhinoceros for its prized horn whose price in the international market varies from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 90 lakh, and flood which is an annual occurrence in…
Man sentenced for instigating animal cruelty
“This has got to be worth posting as its the first time a Greek court handed down a guilty sentence regards animals.”
An Athens court handed a one-year suspended prison term sentence for animal cruelty to the owner of a dog.
The court ruled that the man had instigated a vicious attack on the dog and also ordered him to pay a 5,000 euro fine.
According to Skai, the incident took place last week, when the man ordered an employee to tie the dog to the back of a car and drag it along Souliou Avenue in Marathonas, western Attica.
The dog’s ordeal came to an end when drivers who witnessed the scene blocked the car.
The dog’s owner reportedly claimed that the animal had caused damage to his garden.
The case marked the first time a Greek court handed a guilty sentence over instigating animal cruelty charges.
Police Rescue A Puppy Found Buried Alive
“OMG…what sort of evil, sadistic, mind, could bury a puppy; barely a few days old? Was this the last of a litter that couldn’t be sold, or were they all buried individually? What is wrong with people… is it just that more abuse is being reported, or is society churning out more evil little shit’s from school; who grow up to be malicious, uncaring knob heads? I’m glad I am of an age where I will no longer bring children into this world!”
Police officers in Williston, Florida were disposing of evidence per a court order on Thursday when they heard a whimpering noise coming from underground.
Officers located the origin of the whimpering and dug out a one-week-old puppy that was head-first in an eight-inch hole.
Luckily the dirt had not been packed down and the puppy managed to create an air pocket below the surface. Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow said, “It did not appear to me that the dog was very long in the hole, less than an hour would be my guess.”
The puppy is so young he can’t even open his eyes yet, because of this the clinic believes him to be around 7-days-old. Caretakers at Levy Animal Clinic have been bottle-feeding the puppy that they have named Tucker. One of the veterinarian technicians at the clinic has already adopted Tucker.
Officer Strow checked in on Tucker the morning after they found him and is pleased to report that Tucker is doing well. He is still disturbed by the find though, “What’s disturbing is that when you look at this fellow you ask, how can he be threatening to anyone?”
The police are still looking for the person who buried Tucker and Strow is determined to find them.
“Somebody knows who did this. I guarantee we’re going to follow this one and prosecute whoever did this to the fullest extent of the law,” said Strow.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Williston Police Department at (352)528-4991.
Former huntmaster vows to fight Hunting Act charges
Five members of the Avon Vale Hunt, including a Wiltshire councillor, have appeared in court charged with breaching the Hunting Act 2004.
Joshua Charlesworth, 18, from East Tytherton; Benjamin Pethers, 28, from Hoopers Pool, Southwick; Stuart Radbourne, 28, from The Common, Bromham; Paul Tylee-Hinder, 58, of Quemerford, Calne and Jonathon Seed, 54, of Chittoe Heath, Bromham all denied the breach when they appeared before magistrates in Chippenham on Tuesday.
Four of them denied an additional charge of intefering with a badger sett, though Mr Radbourne, one of the joint hunt masters, indicated a guilty plea to that charge.
The case has been brought by the RSPCA and refers to incidents alleged to have taken place on March 6 this year at Stockley Hollow, near Calne.
The bench heard that the case could not proceed on Tuesday so it has been adjourned until November 9 when a date for the trial will be set. The five all appeared on summons so the question of bail did not arise.
Mr Seed, Wiltshire councillor for Summerham and Seend and a former hunt master, said he intended to fight the allegation against him.
In a statement outside court he said: “This is a private prosecution by the RSPCA and I believe that is has been commenced for political reasons as their stance against hunting is well known and it is of great significance that Wiltshire Police, after advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, declined to take this case forward.
“In my opinion these proceedings are an abuse of the private prosecution system which needs to be addressed in due course. I totally deny the allegations of any offence against the Hunting Act and there is simply no evidence of either myself or any of the other defendants or anyone else being involved in any illegal hunting on the day in question.”
WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES – Rescued Dog, Kenneth – With Half His Face Sliced Off
” Just when I think I have seen the worst, along comes another….& of course…this heinous trauma was caused by the hands of a human. I am at a loss for any words to write, can’t see through the tears!!. I just hope whoever it was, are found quickly & dealt with the severity it deserves.
“I am posting this horrific news, as this little dog needs all the help he can get. I can’t rest knowing I have done nothing to help. So I am hoping by spreading this story, people will come forward with offers of help; like prayers…they cost nothing, this little guy needs all the prayers he can get; to overcome the surgeries to repair the damage to his face!
“Any offers of help, if people live around that area, contact those looking after Kenneth to see what you can do to help, it doesn’t always have to be about money. I’m sure there are small items like dog treats or toys for Kenneth to play with when he is better. And of course donations will be a big help, doesn’t have to be much, if everyone donated £1, it will soon add up! Using the ChipIn is very easy, I have just donated via the link below, using my Paypal account, not much, but every penny is needed for Kenneth surgeries & after care! I will try to keep you updated with news on how Kenneth is coming along! As always, anything I have to say will be in blue, the rest is from the Face Book page, link at the bottom of this page!”