Nepal: Religion ? – ‘Gadhimai’ Festival This November. 250,000 Animals Could Be Mass Slaughtered In the Name of Religion. Take Action Now.

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‘Gadhimai’ Festival

Tens of thousands of buffalo were corralled into a gigantic pen.

Then, 200 slaughtermen wielding swords were let loose into the enclosure. The buffalo were beheaded, one by one. It’s no easy task to behead a buffalo – and for many it took more than one attempt.

These are the reports that came out of the ‘Gadhimai’ Festival in Nepal in 2009, where an estimated quarter of a million farm animals were inhumanely slaughtered as part of the sacrifice festival.

‘Gadhimai’, as the festival is known, is set to take place again this Nov.

‘Gadhimai’ takes place every 5 years in the Bara District of Nepal, south of Kathmandu. For 250 years the festival has continued relatively unchallenged, but as news of the inhumane slaughter has spread internationally, animal welfare advocates have spoken out against it.

The Nepalese Government provides significant funding, which makes this festival possible on…

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Killer of boar piglets, saved from drowning, no longer a gamekeeper

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This is a video from Limburg province in the Netherlands, about wild boar piglets which had landed in a canal.

Firefighters then saved them from drowning.

However, as soon as the animals were back on dry land, a gamekeeper killed them.

Limburg province authorities admit the gamekeeper acted illegally.

Translated from a Dutch police press release:

26-09-2014 | 16:21

Weert – Eight wild boars were taken by the fire brigade on Sunday, September 14th out of the South Willemsvaart canal. Five of them were found to be already dead. The three surviving animals were shot on the spot by a gamekeeper. This led to great public commotion.

Police have investigated this affair. This showed that the gamekeeper had not acted in full compliance with rules. He should have gone to the police first, according to the applicable rules.

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Under these rules, animals may be killed if…

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10 Ways to Cook With Pumpkin Flesh and Seeds | One Green Planet

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Chocolate_Pumpkin_Bars_1-1198x800It seems as soon as the weather turns cooler, the pumpkins come out. Once you see the orange pumpkins, large and small, in the grocery store and farmers’ markets, we know autumn has truly arrived. Pumpkins may make us think of Halloween and Jack o’ lanterns, but they aren’t just for decorating. In fact, carving pumpkins are different from cooking pumpkins.

Smaller pumpkins are better for cooking because they have a smooth texture, dense flesh and are sweet. They usually weigh between 4 and 8 pounds. When choosing a pumpkin, make sure there aren’t any bruises or soft spots since that might mean the pumpkin has begun to rot. Choose a pumpkin that has no cuts in the shell and be sure to check the bottom since it has probably been sitting on the damp ground. One last thing: the stem is not a handle. Lift a pumpkin from the…

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Illegal traders of dugong, turtle meat targeted with $5m poaching crackdown (Australia)

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A baby dugong floats on its side. A 2003 survey into dugong populations in the NT estimated the coastline from Daly River to Milingimbi at supporting over 13,000 animals. AAP : Dave Hunt, file photo A baby dugong floats on its side. A 2003 survey into dugong populations in the NT estimated the coastline from Daly River to Milingimbi at supporting over 13,000 animals. AAP : Dave Hunt, file photo

September 27th, 2014. The Federal Government is warning anyone involved in the illegal trade of dugong and turtle meat that they will be caught.

The Government has allocated $5 million to a dugong and turtle protection plan that involves the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Customs and Border Protection, and the Australian Crime Commission.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the Crime Commission has been given $2 million to investigate the illegal trade.

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Rare White Orca Sighted Off Russian Coast

The ocean update

orca-white-RussiaSeptember 26th, 2014. Researchers tracking whales off the coast of Russia sighted, and were able to film, one of the rarest of all cetaceans : a juvenile white orca, an animal that has only been observed a handful of times in the wild.

The scientists were engaged in research for the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) when they spotted the whale, according to the Daily Mail. The team was operating off the southeastern coast of Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula and the Northern Kuril Islands, surveying the area as part of a project focused on humpback whales, when the sighting occurred. Orcas have previously been sighted in the region, yet few have been so rare.

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Atlantic Beach passes ordinance opposing use of seismic airguns for oil exploration (Florida, USA)

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These North Atlantic right whales were photographed in 2009 traveling off the coast of St. Augustine. Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission These North Atlantic right whales were photographed in 2009 traveling off the coast of St. Augustine. Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

September 26th, 2014 (Amanda Durish Cook). On Sept. 8, the City of Atlantic Beach became the fifth town in Florida to formally oppose seismic airgun testing when the city commission passed a unanimous resolution. The city joins the ranks of Cocoa Beach, St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral and St. Petersburg, which all passed similar resolutions earlier this year.

With the force of an explosive charge that’s 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine, seismic airgun surveys shoot compressed air along the ocean floor every one to 12 seconds, 24 hours a day for up to weeks on end. The guns are used for geologic exploration, to find pockets of oil and natural gas that can later be captured.

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Green Alien-Like Algae Eggs Wash Up on Sydney’s Beaches (Australia)

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boule-verte-AustralieSeptember 24th, 2014 (Kristin Lofgren). The aliens have landed! If you were hanging out on Sydney’s Dee Why beach last weekend, you would have been a witness to the flood of rare, bizarre green balls that washed up on shore. Locals woke up to find hundreds of spongy alien-like egg-shaped spheres all along the beach, like something out of a crazy sci-fi movie.

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