Killing Birds

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Guest Essay by Kip Hansen ? 4 February 2020


The driver of the car pictured in the image here has committed a Federal Crime ? a misdemeanor under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA) punishable by a fine of up to US$15,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months. His crime? He has violated the MBTA which makes it illegal to:

?pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or kill, possess, offer for sale, sell, offer to purchase, purchase, deliver for shipment, ship, cause to be shipped, deliver for transportation, transport, cause to be transported, carry, or cause to be carried by any means whatever, receive for shipment, transportation or carriage, or export, at any time, or in any manner, any migratory bird, included in the terms of this Convention . . . for the protection of migratory birds . . . or any part…

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Chinese Citizens Being Ordered to Dispose Pets Despite Any Connection with Coronavirus Outbreak
By Eliza Erskine

According to MailOnline, to reduce the spread of coronavirus, village officials in some Chinese cities have ordered citizens to get rid of pets, to stop keeping them or risk having them taken away.

As China tries different strategies to deal with the virus, some residential committees, companies and village officials in provinces have urged citizens to deal with their pets. Notices given to the MailOnline show orders from officials to dispose of dogs and cats immediately to prevent them from carrying the virus.

According to the MailOnline, China’s expert on infectious disease said the pets would need quarantine if they were exposed to patients with coronavirus. The World Health Organization disputes any claims that the virus can be passed onto cats or dogs.

Dr Peter J. Li, China Policy Specialist of Humane Society International, told the MailOnline that the organization had seen memos about banning and killing cats and dogs. He told the MailOnline, “This is not the right approach for local authorities in China to deal with the national crisis that can be traced to China’s out-of-control wildlife trade. Companion animals did not contribute to the outbreak of SARS in 2002-2003. They do not have anything to do with the Wuhan epidemic.”

Coronavirus has been linked to a food market in Wuhan and is connected to the global wildlife trade. China has temporarily banned the wildlife trade as the virus continues to spread.

Click here to sign the petition to ban the wildlife trade for good.

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Sign Petition: Stop the Wildlife Trade
by: Chrissy Henker

Every year billions of animals are inhumanely captured and killed to provide for your entertainment, and to make products for you to buy here and around the world. It’s called the international wildlife trade, and you can help stop it by avoiding products and experiences that come from these abused animals.

African elephants are brutally slaughtered for their tusks, used to make expensive ivory trinkets.

Rhinos face the same fate – their horns are used in traditional medicine, even though it has no proven value. Polar bears and lions are shot in their tracks, only to become wall trophies and rugs.

Whales and dolphins are taken from the wild to perform tricks for humans, spending the rest of their lives in concrete pools or netted pens.

It’s tragic- You can help: don’t buy products that come from wild animals, or patronize establishments that exploit them.
Dont buy a ticket to Zoo, Animalcircus, Marinepark, Rodeo, Bullfighting , Horseracing!

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China Arrests First Doctors to Report Coronavirus
By Theodore Bunker

Last December, China detained eight doctors after they reported observing several patients in Wuhan coming down with what they thought might have been Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, but was actually the coronavirus, The Daily Beast reports.

The group of doctors and medical technicians attended medical school together and communicated over WeChat, a Chinese social media network. Chinese police announced on Jan. 1, 2020 that the group had been detained for “misinforming” the public, saying that Chinese authorities have “taken legal measures” against those who “spread rumors.” One of those doctors has since been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

“We have rolled out a variety of tools and features on the platform to help users stay safe and protect themselves against the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic,” WeChat said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “Importantly, this includes debunking false rumors.”

China’s Supreme People’s Court wrote on social media this week that officials in Wuhan should learn a “profound lesson” from the incident, which is that “rumors stop when information is public,” according to The Australian.

“It might have been a fortunate thing if the public had believed the ‘rumors’ then and started to wear masks and carry out sanitization measures, and avoid the wild animal market,” the court added.

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