WARNING: Pre-Cut Melon Recalled Due To Salmonella Outbreak in Multiple States

By Collier Sutter

If you pictured your summer kicking back with a big bowl of refreshing melon and some rosé in-hand, you’re going to want to re-think your snack.

The Centers for Disease Control just announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide linked to pre-cut melon from Catio Foods. So far, 60 people have reported being infected and 31 people have been hospitalized after consumption.

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Beloved summer fruits including: watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe have been sourced as the cause as well as pre-cut fruit medley but there is no word yet on how they were contamined. Each were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, plus Whole Foods and Amazon in these states: Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Consumption of products with Salmonella by pregnant women, children, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems may cause serious illness and sometimes be fatal, the CDC warns. You can see the full list of affected products here.

Stay on the safe side — if you have melon in your freezer or fridge throw it away ASAP. This investigation is still ongoing to determine if these products were shipped to any other states than those mentioned. Check back for updates.

https://www.delish.com/food-news/a21272229/pre-cut-melon-salmonella-outbreak-2018/?src=nl&mag=del&list=nl_dnl_news&date=061218

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Breaking! Hotline For Pet Owners Set Up As Growing Wildfire On Buffalo Mountain In Colorado Causes Hurried Evacuations – World Animal News

By WAN –
June 12, 2018

A wildfire that began around 11:00 am this morning on Buffalo Mountain, which is west of Silverthorne and north of Frisco, Colorado, has hundreds of people evacuating their homes.
The Summit Fire and EMS now estimate the fire size at more than 91acres.

Officials have warned that winds were expected to gust to 20 mph on this afternoon, which could fan the fire and cause it to rapidly spread.
The growing fire is currently forcing evacuations at the top half of Wildernest and Mesa Cortina.
Authorities have set up an evacuation shelter at the Silverthorne Recreation Center at 430 Rainbow Drive in Silverthorne.
KKTV has reported that Silverthorne Elementary School, located at 101 Hamilton Creek Road in Silverthorne, will also open as a shelter at 2:00 pm this afternoon.
According to the Summit Fire and E.M.S. Facebook page, the Summit County Animal Control and Shelter has set up a hotline for residents who need help retrieving pets left at homes in the area at (970) 668-4143.
Authorities are requesting residents do not call 9-1-1. The public hotline number for updates is (970) 668-9730. The county is also frequently updating an emergency blog at http://www.co.summit.co.us/emergencyblog.
WAN will update this story as it develops.

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How Does Exploiting Elephants During “Friendly” Football Match In Thailand Help Discourage Youth From Gambling Prior To The World Cup? It Doesn’t! – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
June 12,2018
Photos From The Nation
A “friendly” football match with students riding elephants was held today in Thailand as part of a campaign against gambling on the sport ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which begins on Thursday in Russia.
As per The Nation, nine elephants, adorned with “colorful cheering-squad paints” participated in a free-kick contest at the Ayutthaya Wittayalai School stadium before joining in a short game with a team of human opponents, the school’s youth athletes. The poor elephants were on loan from the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal in Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya.

The activity was reportedly held to boost the tourism of the historic province and city of Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai, and to encourage people, especially children and youth, to watch the World Cup matches in the next four weeks without placing bets.
What?
The deceivingly vibrant photos captured at the “friendly” event reveal nothing about gambling and everything about the tragic exploitation of innocent animals for the sake of so-called “entertainment” purposes.

There is nothing friendly about animal cruelty and to anyone who cares about the welfare of animals, the photos serve more as a reason why people should not visit the area!

Sadly, they also reflect the increasingly universal failure of some schools and people entrusted to educate children by teaching them that animal cruelty is acceptable when it is not, ever!

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Heart-Breaking News! Male Lion Allegedly Killed By American Trophy Hunter At The Umbabat Private Nature Reserve In South Africa – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
June 12, 2018

The photo is not of the lion that was killed.
On Friday a male lion, most-likely lured out of Kruger National Park with bait provided by an elephant and buffalo hunt, was shot by an alleged American trophy hunter in Umbabat Private Nature Reserve.
As per the Daily Maverick, unconfirmed reports suggest the lion may have been the leader of the Western Pride named Skye. If so, his cubs will be killed by another male taking over the pride.
Making the situation even more unfathomable, the tragic hunt took place despite non-profits EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading, sent a Cease and Desist warning to the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) chairman, Rob Garmany, CEO of Kruger Park Glen Philips and The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, threatening legal action if the hunt occurred.
Why are APNR members, which border Kruger National Park, even allowed to hunt animals from one of Africa’s premier, state-owned game reserves?
The non-profit organizations, the EMS Foundation which focuses on the advancement and protection of the rights and general welfare of wild animals, children, elderly persons and other vulnerable groups in South Africa and Africa and Ban Animal Trading which concentrates on local investigations into various forms of animal abuse and neglect as well as helping to educate South Africans about animal rights, are now considering the next legal steps they will take.
While few tourists are aware of this, a significant amount of hunting takes place in the APNR each year that is sanctioned by the Kruger National Park and Provincial Authorities.
According to the Daily Maverick, the combined permitted APNR quota for 2018 for national private reserves Timbavati, Klaserie, Umbabat and Balule was 4,467 wild animals. “This included 52 elephants plus a bull older than 50 in Umbabat which could potentially be a 100-pound tusker, which many argue should never be hunted. It also listed 36 buffalo (despite a 68% drop in numbers to 2,327 in 2017), 44 kudu, 19 warthogs, seven hippos, a lion, a leopard, eight hyenas, five giraffes and 4,171 impalas.”
A lion that was excluded by Kruger, the article continued, was hunted anyway after permission to hunt one was given by the licensing authority, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.
There is tension in the APNR association which represents 1,800 square kilometers of land that is supposedly dedicated to “conservation.” The strife continues to grow between lodges that rely on tourists who want to experience live animals and hunting properties and hunters who want to kill them.
This is wrong on so many levels. The killing of innocent animals needs to stop, period.
R.I.P. Sweet Lion! If tragically you are the leader of the Skye pride, our heart breaks for your poor cubs as well.

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Breaking! South Korea’s Last Remaining Polar Bear, Tongki, Will Live The Rest Of His Life In Peace At Yorkshire Wildlife Park In The UK – World Animal News

By WAN – June 11, 2018

Photos from Yorkshire Wildlife Park
WAN is thrilled to share that the only living polar bear in South Korea is being relocated later this year from the Everland Zoo, to the world-class facilities of Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) in Doncaster, United Kingdom.
Tongki, 24, will be re-homed at YWP’s award-winning Project Polar, an international center for the conservation and rehabilitation of polar bears both in captivity and in the wild, which is especially important as Polar Bears are increasingly threatened by global warming.
YWP staff and vets have already visited Tongki and performed health checks to check if he is fit to travel the 5,500 miles from Korea to Yorkshire this November.
“We are delighted to accept Tongki and give him a wonderful retirement in the ten-acre reserves here at YWP,” John Minion, CEO of the park said in a statement. “Our top priority is to keep him healthy and happy. The journey from Korea will be long, but we have plans in place to make it a smooth and comfortable transition.”
Tongki was born in a zoo in Masan, Gyeongsangnam, and relocated to Everland in 1997.
Reaching the age of 70-80 in human years, the retired polar bear is ready to enjoy a comfortable life alongside current residents of Project Polar, Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby, who can often be spotted roaming in Project Polar, which includes dens, pools, lakes in a rolling landscape, and is designed to reflect the habitat of the summer Arctic tundra.

Working in association with Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF), which was created in 2013 to be a dynamic catalyst for inspiring people to support conservation and welfare, and Polar Bears International (PBI), Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Project Polar is YWP and YWPF’s flagship project. It combines all three key objectives, conservation, welfare and education, working towards saving and improving the welfare of one of the most iconic species, the polar bear.

YWP welcomes 750,000 visitors annually who enjoy the spacious reserves and walkthrough animal areas. In addition to the polar bears, YWP is also home to some of the most endangered and beautiful animals on the planet, including Amur Leopards, Amur Tigers, Giant Otters, Grevy’s Zebra, and the latest addition, the rare Okapi.

Since opening in 2009, YWP has become the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative wildlife sanctuary, combining conservation, welfare and education all in one.

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