Monthly Archives: June 2014

Echoes in the Mist

This bull, and those below are not jallikattu bulls; they were rescued by Blue Cross of India from illegal transport. This bull, and those below, are not jallikattu bulls; they were rescued by Blue Cross of India from illegal transport.

In a milestone victory in the fight for animal protection, jallikattu is now permanently banned.

Jallikattu, or the “sport” of bull-baiting, took place mostly in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The events were cruel and subjected the bulls to being tormented by crowds of young men attempting to tackle them. Behind the scenes, bulls were tortured in order to get them to run, since bulls do not naturally run the way horses do. Many Indian animal groups worked hard against jallikattu, notably Blue Cross of India, which fought an uphill battle for more than five decades to have jallikattu banned.

On May 7, 2014, jallikattu, was banned by the Supreme Court of India.

A May 13, 2014, editorial in The Hindu states that the Supreme Court ban of jallikattu…

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Great Cats of the "World"

Because the scope of China’s trade in tiger products remains so murky, other nations must demand answers and accountability from China at the convention’s meeting next month.

We need to know, for instance, whether and how deeply government officials are involved in the black market and whether China is tacitly allowing the domestic sale of tiger products. It’s an embarrassing list of questions for President Xi Jinping, who has made rooting out corruption a top priority.

Wild tigers are on life support. The world must persuade China to phase out its tiger farms, end all commerce in tigers and commit to cooperative international conservation and enforcement efforts. If not, the largest of the world’s cats will not survive.

A luxury market in skins, meat and wine endangers the rare cat.|By Sharon Guynup

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

Green violet-ear, 28 March 2014

Still 28 March 2014 in San Gerardo de Dota in Costa Rica. After the earlier birds of that day, hummingbirds: like this green violetear.

Green violet-ear flying, 28 March 2014

Nectar feeders and flowers attract hummingbirds; and a slaty flowerpiercer as well.

Volcano hummingbird female flying, 28 March 2014

The hummingbird species include volcano hummingbird.

Volcano hummingbird female on branch, 28 March 2014

Sometimes, a female volcano hummingbird rested on a branch.

Volcano hummingbird female on leaf, 28 March 2014

Or on a leaf.

White-throated mountaingems were present as well.

And a relatively big species: magnificent hummingbird.

Yellowish flycatcher, 28 March 2014

Another Central American cool mountain forest species: yellowish flycatcher.

At 10:20, a swallow-tailed kite flies overhead.

We have to leave, to the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

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Thanks to Ahmed El Sherbiny for his report on the May 15, 2014 workshop held to propose changes to Egypt’s animal welfare law.


On Thursday, May 15, 2014, EFAW, the Egyptian Federation for Animal Welfare, in association with GOVS, the Egyptian Organization of Veterinary Services, held a workshop on proposed animal welfare legislation, based on Article 45 of the new Egyptian Constitution.


The workshop, held at the Environment Culture Centre at the Giza Zoo was attended by many with an interest in Egyptian animals, including Dr. Nadia Zakhari, the ex-Minister of Academic Research, and representatives from GOVS, the Water and Environment Police, the Giza Zoo, The Egyptian Bar Association, and EFAW, as well as judges, law professors, other university professors, and individual animal advocates.


A lively discussion took place related to the existing legislation, and ministerial decrees related to animals.


Agreement was reached to call on the Prime Minister to


One) Immediately stop the use of the poison strychnine as a form of animal control and to implement TNR programs instead.


Two) To organize a dialogue among animal groups and animal advocates with regard to proposed veterinary legislation.


Three) Establish a specific District Attorney Department to handle any cruelty cases related to animal welfare.


Four) Enact specified animal welfare legislation, based on article 45 of the Egyptian Constitution.


Five) Amend article 357 of the Penal Law in include jail time only, and delete the option of a fine.


Six) Apply the existing agriculture law No 53/1966 to include pet shops.


The workshop participants expressed their thanks to the Water and Environment Police and the Giza Zoo for their prompt response in wildlife cruelty issues.


A committee was formed to follow up the resolutions with government officials, consisting of

Judge Hany A Halim, Cairo Criminal Court

Professor Samir Shehata, Faculty of Law Ain Shams University

Mr. Tharwat Atallah, board member of the Egyptian Bar Association

Mr. Ahmed El Sherbiny ESAF and EFAW chairperson.


Photo: Courtesy of EFAW



news from (and about) the trees

 Social entrepreneur Sanga Moses founded Eco-Fuel Africa, a company that sells kilns and machines that turn food waste into briquettes of clean, inexpensive cooking fuel.


and:  Wind propulsion such as kites and Flettner rotors could offer a viable way to help cut CO2 emissions and fuel use by as much as 50% on smaller cargo vessels in the shipping sector.

Leafing-Out and Climate Change – the timing of leaf out in many species is related to the length of days, rather than temperature. Some species, particularly from the southern hemisphere, have this evolutionary adaptation, as they migrate north, they may replace trees that cannot tolerate increasing heat.

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