Breaking News! At Least 3 Alleged Rhino Poachers Killed & Eaten By Pride Of Lions At Game Reserve In South Africa!
By Lauren Lewis – July 5, 2018
Three alleged rhino poachers were killed by a pride of lions at a South African game reserve that is home to the Big Five of elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions, and leopards.
According to Sibuya Game Reserve owner, Nick Fox, the remains of humans were discovered in the lion camp on Tuesday evening.
It is believed the perpetrators entered the reserve late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
“They were armed with, amongst other things, a high powered rifle with a silencer, an ax, wire cutters and had food supplies for a number of days; all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhinos and removing their horns,” Fox explained on the reserve’s Facebook page noting that they first became aware there may be an issue when one of their anti-poaching dogs alerted her handler at about 4.30 am Monday morning that something was amiss.
It was dark and it is not unusual to hear a commotion coming from the lions at night, so the handler was not immediately concerned.
It was not until around 4.30 pm on Tuesday that one of the field guides on game drive alerted the Anti-Poaching Unit that there appeared to be human remains as well as other items in the immediate vicinity of the lions. Fox reported that they immediately alerted the Association of Eastern Cape Game Reserves’ Anti-Poaching Cluster and the Police.
“As it was already dark it was not possible to investigate the area until first light at which time we arranged for our vet to dart the entire pride of lions so that Police forensic teams assisted by our Anti-poaching unit could comb the immediate area for clues,” Fox stated. “At this stage, it is not clear exactly how many poachers were killed but the Police forensic team are continuing to investigate.”
Tragically, nine rhinos have reportedly already been killed by poachers on Eastern Cape reserves this year.
While any loss of life is sad, may this serve as a clear message to poachers to stay away!
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Breaking! High Court Rules That All Animals In India Are Individuals With Rights
By WAN – July 5, 2018
Yesterday, the Uttarakhand High Court in India granted the status of “legal person or entity” to all animals that are sentient beings, including avian and aquatic.
As per The Hindu, the decision was made because the animals “have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.”
The court also declared that Uttarakhand natives are the guardians of animals with the duty to ensure their welfare and protection.
The order was issued as a result of a public interest lawsuit seeking restrictions on the movement of horse-drawn carts between Indian and Nepal through Banbasa.
Sadly, the ruling does not call for the end of horse-drawn carriages, which would be best, but it does include specific directives to better protect the animals such as banning the use of spike or other sharp tackle or equipment on them and that they should not be harnessed to pull carts if the temperature exceeds 37°C or drops below 5°C.
The court also ruled that animal-drawn carriages have to be given Right of Way over other vehicles.
Other requirements include mandating shelter of suitable size for horses, bullocks, and stray cattle and an order that veterinary doctors of Uttarakhand must treat any stray animals that are brought to them.
With the new ruling, India joins France, New Zealand and the province of Quebec, Canada in legally recognizing animals as sentient beings.
Unfortunately, other countries such as the United States continue the battle to have animals recognized as individuals.
Perhaps India’s decision will influence others to ensure that animals worldwide receive the respect and justice that they are entitled to as sentient beings.
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