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Τετάρτη, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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A man who brutally bashed a kangaroo to death with a crowbar with another man near Bunbury will spend almost a year behind bars.

Craig Jamie House and Vance Geoffrey Jarvis, who represented themselves in court, both pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday to ill-treatment of an animal, according to the ABC.

ABC News said he told the court ‘I tried to put out the ‘roo in the most humanely way I could’.

However, the magistrate said that the use of dogs, rocks and hitting the animal on the head were not humane.

Jarvis said he only got involved to put the kangaroo out of its misery.

House was found to be the instigator and was jailed for 11 months while Jarvis was fined $10,000 (£6,000).

David van Ooran from the RSPCA said: ‘It’s incredibly rare — I can’t think of a time in recent years and decades where this has occurred.

‘This is a very strong penalty and a very appropriate penalty … it was clearly a horrific and sickening act against a defenceless animal, behaviour like this is completely unacceptable.

‘It’s excellent to see that the magistrate in this case has awarded a prison term.’
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Κυριακή, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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By Whitney Webb

A Danish man has been charged with ordering and paying for the sexual abuse and rape of hundreds of Filipino children.

In recent months, numerous adults have been brought to justice for their rampant sexual abuse of children as several notable pedophile rings have been broken up and exposed. While most of the perpetrators have been charged with numerous counts of child rape and sexual assault, one Danish man has outdone them all, having been charged this past Wednesday with 346 counts of ordering and participating in sexual assaults or the rapes of minors. The 70-year-old man, whose name has been withheld by the authorities, had been ordering “on-demand” child rape and sexual abuse live-streams that he then stored on his computer. The victims, some as young as three, were largely from the Philippines. The man paid around $40 or less for each act, which was then live-streamed on his computer.

The charges against the unnamed man are detailed in an 119-page indictment which describes the disturbing and depraved nature of the acts in which he was allegedly involved. In one case, a four-year-old girl was sexually abused by her own mother at the request of the Danish man. In another instance, a three-year-old girl was forced to perform oral sex on a five-year-old girl.

The online predator was arrested in Brøndby, a suburb of Copenhagen, last February after Copenhagen Vestegn Police received a tip from foreign law enforcement. However, due to the enormity of the evidence, prosecutors, as well as police, worked for well over a year in order to sift through all of the information in order to formally press charges in what is being called a “historic scale case.” Flemming Kjærside of the Danish National Police’s Cyber Crime Center commented on the massive and historic scale of the case, telling Ritzau news agency that “as far as I know we’ve never had a case in the whole world in which one person is charged with so many assaults.”

Though the case is indeed historic for the number of charges brought against an alleged sexual predator, it is not the first time that pedophiles in Denmark have been caught ordering sexual abuse and related crimes online. In one case in 2014, a man from North Jutland was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for ordering the rape of several Filipino children. Then, a year later, ten people were arrested in connection with a similar case, though nine of them were then released due to lack of evidence. Evidence is often hard to come by during investigations of such crimes as many perpetrators do not store the recordings of the live streams on their computers. This most recent case is set to go to trial on February 28th in the city of Glostrup where a verdict is anticipated in June.

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Σάββατο, 18 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

The Japanese stay warm in the winter with this ingenious invention dating back to the 14th century that serves as a sitting area with the added comfort of a giant warm bed. The kotatsu is a simple construction made with a low table-frame and a giant blanket sandwiched under a tabletop to capture heat and keep you toasty in the winter cold.

Kotatsus were originally just a table with a blanket, but modern innovation has reinvented the design to create hybrids called oki-gotatsu. Oki-gotatsu are a bed-table-couch combo.
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Although the production of these tables has declined over the years because of the widespread adoption of indoor heating, they’re still used in most Japanese homes as space heaters during the cold months. They're convenient because the blanket can be removed from under the tabletop during the summer months to turn the kotatsu into an ordinary table.
The kotatsu is traditionally a place for the family to gather and mingle, but it’s also a great place for relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. With the addition of the sofa, you’ll never want to use your bed again!

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Κυριακή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

By Jessica Murray

The rays are shot with bows and arrows and then knocked over the head with baseball bats.

Recent reports have found that hunters are using the breeding season of rays to their advantage by shooting entire families for a competitive contest. Every year, numerous groups of cownose rays swim from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay to give birth. Jeff Pierce, legislative counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), told The Dodo that the cownose rays add a beauty and mystery to the ocean and “researchers have shown that these rays are actually very intelligent, that they have preferences and ideas of their own”. However, in recent years, the rays’ goal of reaching the Chesapeake Bay just before they give birth has ended in a cruel fate. Hunters climb into boats and shoot the rays in the water using bows and arrows, as part of a contest called the Battle of the Rays.
Due to the competition taking place during the same time as birthing season for the rays, the majority of the rays that are shot are pregnant females that would have been just about to give birth. The rays that don’t die from being shot by a bow and arrow are then clubbed in the head until they are dead. The implications of this practice are having a serious impact on ray populations, especially as rays only carry one baby at a time. The killing competition was originally encouraged by the state of Virginia, who even started a campaign, with the use of tax dollars, to promote the killing of the rays for food; despite them having a horrible taste which some have likened to urine. It was also promoted at one time by a now-debunked theory that there was a need for less rays, as this would then help to increase the dwindling oyster harvests.

Despite the theory being shown as false, the contests still continued due to the fact that a large number of people wanted to kill the rays in the name of sport. Back in 2015, the ray killing contest was filmed after Maryland-based Fish Feel asked Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) to get involved. Stuart Chaifetz, an investigator for SHARK, told The Dodo, “The video we captured that year, and in 2016, featured animal cruelty so violent and vicious that it brought international condemnation down upon these contests and spurred more than 146,000 people to sign a petition against them”.

Chaifetz proceeded to talk to WBALTV after witnessing first-hand the violence and cruelty of the contest in 2015. He said, “As they were dying, they gave birth as a last chance to get their babies out, who were killed themselves”. Maryland state senator, Ron Young, decided that something must be done after viewing the footage of the 2015 contest, which showed the rays being beaten to death before being thrown back into the water. He told WBALTV, “They shoot them, they pull them up, they beat them with a baseball bat, they throw them in a barrel and [the rays] suffocate, and then they dump them back in the water. It’s just very inhumane. I don’t think we should treat any live species that way”. He has since drafted Senate Bill 268 in a bid to make contests, including Battle of the Rays, illegal. You can sign a petition to save the rays here.

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The dairy farm employee was caught abusing the animal through video surveillance

A dairy factory farm worker was arrested on Friday after he was seen physically abusing an animal in his work environment, according to The Fresno Bee. Through the use of surveillance recording, a dairy supervisor told the authorities that he had seen the employee hitting a cow with a metal pipe. The tapes in question show the employee, Pablo Carcamo, hitting the cow with the pipe as she was being loaded into the milking station. Authorities have since arrested him on charges of animal abuse and he will face a judge on Tuesday. His bail has been set at $50,000.

Despite the shocking treatment of animals in an employee’s care, incidents like this are not uncommon on factory farms. An international non-profit organization, called Mercy For Animals, that is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals, has conducted more than 50 undercover investigations on farms throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The result of every investigation has produced horrific results, providing clear evidence of animal cruelty. During one investigation conducted by Mercy For Animals in May 2014, workers were exposed at Canada’s largest dairy factory farm, Chilliwack Cattle Sales, beating, kicking, and punching animals through the use of undercover video. The footage also showed the workers using a combination of chains and tractors to pull the cows into the air, as well as poking and squeezing festering wounds, and even punching bulls in the testicles.

The shocking investigation led to 20 animal cruelty charges against Chilliwack Cattle Sales factory farm and its owners, which then led to convictions. The factory farm proceeded to plead guilty to three separate counts of animal cruelty, whilst Wesley Kooyman, one of the farm’s owners, pled guilty to one count. Kooyman was sentenced to the maximum monetary penalty allowable by law, alongside the company, which was $75,000 per count. Farm owner Kooyman was also prohibited from owning animals, as well as not being allowed to have any control over the factory farm for the period of one year. This was the first time that a factory farm and its owner have been convicted of animal cruelty that was conducted by the farm’s employees, after an undercover investigation conducted by an animal protection group. The investigation also led to BC agricultural minister, Norm Letnick, to reexamine and then amend the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to incorporate the Dairy Code of Practice, which outlines the minimum guidelines when working with Canada’s dairy cows, with a particular focus on their treatment and welfare.

A further undercover investigation was conducted last year by the MFA at Perdue Farms in North Carolina. The latest investigation exposed the farm’s workers kicking chickens, before throwing them and violently stomping them to death. Danny Miranda, the employee caught on camera through the undercover investigation, pled guilty to three counts of criminal animal cruelty. He was then sentenced to 45 days of imprisonment, 12 months probation and a prohibition on working with animals in the future.

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Πέμπτη, 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Cape Breton Island does not have a high enough local population to meet demand Flickr/Dennis Jarvis
Cape Breton is a small and beautiful island just off the east coast of the Canadian state of Nova Scotia. This remote, idyllic paradise is the place of dreams for those who want a simpler life, living off the grid and closer to nature. Now a local business The Farmer’s Daughter Country Market wants to help people make this dream into a reality. They are offering a job and a place to build a home to anyone who wants to move to Cape Breton


“We can’t give you big money, but we can give you an awesome life, ” reads the business’s advertisement on Facebook, “Our business is busy from May to December, with slower months January to April, so you can enjoy our amazing winters. We have lots of good ideas, and we want to continue to build on our accomplishments, but we don’t have enough hands to help.” They said that they can only offer modest wages for the work but that there are other perks involved. The business will give anyone who wants to come and work for them 2 acres of woodland where they set up their own homes. If they stay in Cape Breton for five years, then they will transfer ownership of the land to them as a gift. In the meantime, they would be given full access to the farmland owned by the business so that they could truly live off the land. 

The business has solid reasons for making such an unusual and generous offer to outsiders. The population of Cape Breton has been decreasingly steadily for a number of years. In the past, corporate development has been seen as the offer to the stagnating community but, as the business owners explained, this has often come at a cost, both to the quaint way of life enjoyed on the island and the beautiful local environment. The business wants to expand in a different way by inviting like-minded people to work with them in an environmentally responsible way. 

The small business has already hired all available adults from the local area to work with them, along with three families from British Columbia. They hope to hire another three or four individuals or families to come and work with them in the springtime. Anyone who is interested is invited to email their CV along with a personal letter to

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