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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:49 am

Horrifying moment a chained elephant collapses to the ground after being whipped and beaten by its cruel new owners in India

    Exhausted elephant was tied up and beaten by handlers in Kerala, southern India

    Giant animal is repeatedly beaten by its new owners until it falls to the ground

    Shocking video has been widely shared in India where it has sparked outrage

    The elephant handlers were sacked after an animal rights group complained

The shocking moment handlers mercilessly beat a tied up elephant with long metal poles and the tired animal lies down as the blows rain down on it.

The incident took place in the district of Thrissur in the southern Indian state of Kerala when a former temple elephant was filmed being brutally beaten and jabbed at by its new owners in footage that has caused outrage.

The horrifying footage was shared on Twitter where nearly 100,000 people have viewed the disturbing scenes.

Broken: the exhausted elephant slumps on the ground as its handlers continue to beat it with metal poles

In the video, the tied up elephant can be seen being beaten by at least two handlers who use long poles to whack its legs and side.

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The animal is then seen dropping to the ground as the men continue whipping and beating it.

At one point, one of the men jabs its leg in an apparent attempt to get the elephant to stand up. However, the visibly tired animal drops its head and flops onto the ground.

Outrage: the Voice for Asian Elephants Society (VFAES) said the elephant handlers had been sacked after their founder complained to forestry officials

Despite lying motionless, the two handlers continue hitting it with sticks and a third man even joins in.

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The animal rights group 'Voice for Asian Elephants Society (VFAES)' said on social media: 'Our founder filed a complaint against the owners and mahouts (handlers). The mahouts were fired.'

Meanwhile, VFAES said that the elephant has been 'transferred to Palakkad District' where it is being 'monitored closely by the forest department'.

It is unclear whether the local authorities are following up on the NGO's complaint.

Brutal: These 'mahouts' or elephant handlers lost their jobs after the video of them beating the helpless animal went viral

Animal rights group Voice for Asian Elephants Society (VFAES) welcomed the sacking of the brutal elephant handlers

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ayer_click

Sacked!

I think these elephant handlers deserve the same treatment - beat them to the ground
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:52 pm

"We Are in Deep Trouble": Carbon Emissions
Break Record in Devastating Global Setback


Global energy experts released grim findings, saying that not only are planet-warming carbon-dioxide emissions still increasing, but the world's growing thirst for energy has led to higher emissions from coal-fired power plants than ever before

Energy demand around the world grew by 2.3 percent over the past year, marking the most rapid increase in a decade, according to the report from the International Energy Agency. To meet that demand, largely fueled by a booming economy, countries turned to an array of sources, including renewables.

But nothing filled the void quite like fossil fuels, which satisfied nearly 70 percent of the skyrocketing electricity demand, according to the agency, which analyzes energy trends on behalf of 30 member countries, including the United States.

In particular, a fleet of relatively young coal plants located in Asia, with decades to go on their lifetimes, led the way toward a record for emissions from coal fired power plants - exceeding 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide "for the first time," the agency said.

In Asia, "average plants are only 12 years old, decades younger than their average economic lifetime of around 40 years," the agency found.

As a result, greenhouse-gas emissions from the use of energy - by far their largest source - surged in 2018, reaching an record high of 33.1 billion tons.

Emissions showed 1.7 percent growth, well above the average since 2010. The growth in global emissions in 2018 alone was "equivalent to the total emissions from international aviation," the body found.

The report underscores an unnerving truth about the world's collective efforts to combat climate change: Even as renewable energy rapidly expands, many countries - including the United States and China - are nevertheless still turning to fossil fuels to satisfy ever-growing energy demand.

"Very worrisome" is how Michael Mehling, deputy director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, described the findings.

"To me, all this reflects the fact that climate policies around the globe, despite some limited pockets of progress, remain woefully inadequate," he said in an email.

"They're not even robust enough to offset the increased emissions from economic expansion, especially in the developing world, let alone to spur decarbonization at levels commensurate with the temperature stabilization goals we've committed to under the Paris Agreement."

Mehling questioned whether the Paris climate agreement - the 2015 global accord in which countries vowed to slash their carbon emissions - has the capacity to compel nations to live up to their promises and ramp up climate action over time.

"This will require overcoming the persistent barriers that have prevented greater progress in the past," Mehling said.

Overcoming those barriers is complicated, as the agency report makes clear.

China, for instance, satisfied a demand for more energy last year with some new generation from renewables. But it relied far more on natural gas, coal and oil. In India, about half of all new demand was similarly met by coal-fired power plants.

In the United States, by contrast, coal is declining - but most of the increase in demand for energy in this country was nonetheless fueled by the burning of natural gas, rather than renewable energy.

Natural gas emits less carbon dioxide than coal does when it is burned, but it's still a fossil fuel and still causes significant emissions.

Granted, there's some slight good news in the new report, in that as renewables and natural gas have grown, coal has a smaller share of the energy pie overall.

Yet the fact that it's still growing strongly contradicts what scientists have said about what's needed to curb climate warming.

In a major report last year the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that global emissions would have to be cut nearly in half, by 2030, to preserve a chance of holding the planet's warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).

That would require extremely fast annual reductions in emissions - but instead, the world is still marking record highs.

And when it comes to coal use, that same report found that to limit temperatures to 1.5 degrees C, it would have to decline by as much as 78 percent in just over 10 years. Again, coal emissions are still rising.

Rob Jackson, a professor of Earth system science at Stanford University, said the substantial growth of wind and solar energy detailed in Monday's report was overshadowed by the world's ongoing reliance on fossil fuels.

"The growth in fossils is still greater than all the increases in renewables," Jackson said, adding that few countries are living up to the pledges they made as part of the Paris climate accord.

"What's discouraging is that emissions in the US and Europe are going up, too. Someone has to decrease their emissions significantly for us to have any hope of meeting the Paris commitments."

The new results dash earlier hopes that global emissions might be flattening and starting to decline. From 2014 through 2016, they fell slightly, and coal emissions in particular dipped as well.

But with a renewal of growth in 2017 and record highs in 2018, turning the corner on emissions remains nowhere in sight.

As a result, optimism from earlier this decade has largely faded. International efforts to combat climate change have struggled to maintain momentum and the US government has undergone a reversal of priorities.

"We are in deep trouble," Jackson said of Monday's findings. "The climate consequences are catastrophic. I don't use any word like that very often. But we are headed for disaster, and nobody seems to be able to slow things down."

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:29 pm

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An historic Grand National was tinged with sadness after Up For Review lost his life during the 172nd running of the race

The Willie Mullins-trained horse, ridden by Danny Mullins, fell at the first fence as the field began their second circuit during the world famous steeplechase.

His death, the first in the race since significant safety measures were brought in after the 2012 renewal, capped a horrible month for owners Andrea and Graham Wylie, who also lost both Invitation Only and Ballyward at the Cheltenham Festival.

The race was won by Gordon Elliott’s superstar Tiger Roll, who became the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Nationals, under Davy Russell .

That triumph confirmed his place as an all-time great, with his second Aintree triumph coming after he earned a fourth Cheltenham win last month.

Rank outsider Magic Of Light finished an excellent second, with Rathvinden third under Ruby Walsh and Walk In The Mill fourth.

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/horse- ... 11151.html

Sadly all people care about is the money they make and not whether or not the horses suffer X(

An injured race horse cannot make money so it becomes dog food
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:46 pm

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Hunters in Canada want to be allowed to club to death tens of thousands more baby seals each year in an expansion of their annual cull

Hunting groups are lobbying the country’s government to approve a wider slaughter of seals and sea lions for their fur – including in a nature reserve X(

The proposals have prompted anger from animal lovers and fresh lobbying of prime minister Justin Trudeau – who already reportedly receives more correspondence on the subject than any other, even climate change.

The groups have put forward three proposals to the federal and provincial governments: one would lift curbs on commercial sealing licences, and another would allow the killing of seals in a Quebec nature reserve.

The third would launch a mass commercial seal hunt in British Columbia.

How about STOPPING this disgusting barbaric practise

Tens of thousands of seals off Canada’s east coast – mostly harp, but also hooded and grays – are beaten with clubs, shot with rifles and harpooned or stabbed.

Most are pups between two weeks and three months old, and the year-round culls spike in spring as the pups are growing.

The latest government figures available, for 2016, show 66,800 harp seals were killed that year, and 1,612 grey seals.

Sealing group the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society says waters around British Colombia are “plagued by an overpopulation” of seals and sea lions and that expanded culls would save fish stocks.

It is human greed which is depleting the fish sttocks not the poor seals

The group posted on Facebook: “The way things are looking the seals and sea lions are the apex predator that shall control the planet in the near future?

“Lord knows they are now upon land in the hundreds of thousands taking over our docks, floats and beaches.”

But scientists dispute that culls help salmon and cod stocks, warning any fall in whales’ prey could lead to the giant mammals starving.

“Seals are being used as a scapegoat, just like whales were once blamed for fishery declines,” Hal Whitehead, a marine biologist from Halifax, Nova Scotia, told The Guardian.

Demand for the fur plummeted after the EU in 2009 banned imports following uproar over clubbing, and hunters are now trying to compensate for lost income.

About 6,000 fishermen, mostly from Newfoundland, join the annual hunt.

Experts say a small market for seal oil exists, and seal parts are sold in Asia as an aphrodisiac.

Humane Society International says: “Sealers shoot at seals from moving boats, the pups often only wounded.

“The main sealskin processing plant in Canada deducts $2 from the price they pay for the skins for each bullet hole they find, therefore sealers are loath to shoot seals more than once.

“As a result, wounded seals are often left to suffer in agony. Many slip beneath the surface of the water where they die slowly and are never recovered.”

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PostAuthor: Piling » Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:37 am

Who use seals' skin and fur except Canadians ?

In France a huge campaign happened in 70s with Brigitte Bardot and no one seeing the reports wanted to buy Canadian clothes or shoe :

https://youtu.be/svh8SoCYey8


Another link :

La Société protectrice des animaux started a campaign to ban corrida in France : people can sign there :

https://stopcorrida.la-spa.fr/?&utm_cam ... =W19PB0ZZH
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:19 pm

It appears that the campaign did not have a lasting affect of the poor unfortunate seals

Bullfighting is another of my hates X(

Most of us are more interested in watching soaps on TV, rather than seeing what is going on in the world

We have a wonderful planet with the most beautiful, magnificent creatures on it. Yet we allow our governments to become complacent and often actively involved it's destruction :shock:

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:26 pm

Poacher killed by elephant then eaten by lions

A suspected rhino poacher has been trampled on by an elephant then eaten by a pride of lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Accomplice poachers told the victim's family that he had been killed by an elephant on Tuesday. Relatives notified the park ranger.

A search party struggled to find the body but eventually found a human skull and a pair of trousers on Thursday.

"Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise," he said. "It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that." :D

Kruger National Park has an ongoing problem with poaching and there remains a strong demand for rhino horn in Asian countries.

On Saturday, Hong Kong airport authorities seized the biggest haul of rhino horn in five years, valued at $2.1m (£1.6m)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47843999

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:11 pm

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Orphaned for an inch of horn: Tank the baby white rhino is found desperately trying to befriend other rhinos after poachers murder his mother for her tiny nub of horn

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The mother-of-four had previously been 'dehorned' to deter roaming poachers
Her youngest, Tank, has been seen trying to befriend another mother

This horrific picture shows the bloody wound poachers left on a rhino so they could snatch less than an inch of its horn in a deadly attack.

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Hunters tore into the 20-year-old white rhino's face in South Africa despite it previously being 'dehorned' for its own protection.

The attackers killed Bella, who was a mother to four, in Kragga Kamma Game Park in Eastern Cape.

Keepers say her youngest, Tank, was seen this morning trying to befriend another mother and calf while mourning his dead parent in the protected site.

He was injured but this is likely to have resulted from being pushed away by the mother rather than being the work of poachers.

Ayesha Cantor, who runs the park, put out a heartfelt message on Facebook about the tragic death.

'Its just so unreal, for 1cm of horn - we cannot comprehend the waste of it all,' she wrote.

'We have always been acutely aware that these rhino are everyone's rhino, that we are merely their custodians, this has been evident in your outpouring of emotions.

'Thank you dear friends, we know that you are as devastated by this as we are.'

The white rhino is the only one of the five types not to be endangered, but is classified as 'near threatened' by conservationists.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -horn.html
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:26 pm

Heartbreaking moment baby rhino was found crying next to its dead mother after poachers killed her for her horn

    Baby rhino would not leave its mother's side when he was found by animal welfare group

    Staff from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre had to rescue the rhino after his mother was killed by poachers

    He was placed with a surrogate mother to try and console him and has found comfort with his human keeper

This is the heartbreaking moment a baby rhino had to be rescued by an animal welfare group after he was found crying over his mother's dead body.

The three-month-old rhino was left orphaned after poachers killed his mother for her horn.

Staff from the animal welfare group Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, from Pretoria, South Africa said the young rhino was found crying and would not leave his mother's side.

Vets had to undertake the careful task of darting the baby so he could be carefully transported to the HESC centre, otherwise without a mother in the wild he would die.

Staff from the animal welfare group Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, from Pretoria, South Africa said the young rhino was found crying and would not leave his mother's side

Vets had to undertake the careful task of darting the baby so he could be carefully transported to the HESC centre

Staff then worked through the night to assess the baby for any injury and help him get used to his new environment.

He was also placed with a surrogate mother to try and console him and has found comfort with his human keeper, Christo Schreiber.

Christo, from the HESC, said: 'Despite his distress, he had a good night spent in close contact.

'He was in a calmer state in the morning. The hunt now begins for fat-free milk to sustain him.'

The HESC specialise in helping injured or orphaned animals across South Africa

Workers at the HESC hope they will be able to rehabilitate the baby rhino back into the wild in due course

After rescuing the rhino, staff worked through the night to assess him for any injury and help him get used to his new environment

MailOnline reported last week how poignant footage had captured the baby rhino seeking solace from his keeper.

The rhino, called Gertjie, can be seen nuzzling a female member of staff at the centre with his nose.

Traumatic: Staff at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre said it was a devastating sight finding the tiny animal, as he wouldn't leave his mother's side and was 'crying inconsolably' for her

Centre of attention: Staff take it in turns to feed him every three hours and stay with him in his enclosure as he is scared of sleeping alone

Endangered baby rhino cuddles with his keeper

In a bid to get closer to her, the thick-skinned creature rolls down on to the floor and affectionately lays his head on her lap.

Apparently the infant rhino is scared of sleeping alone and will only rest when someone is near him.

Gertjie was rescued from the wild on May 7 after being found next to his dead mother.

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Poor little baby - this slaughter has to stop X(
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:21 pm

French hunters spark national
uproar slaying stag in front garden


French hunters with hounds have sparked widespread outrage after chasing a stag into a residential front garden before finishing off the exhausted animal while police looked on

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Stag and deer hunting with hounds is flourishing in France, where - unlike in the UK - the tradition has until now faced little challenge from politicians or animal-rights activists.

However, there has been uproar over images and film taken by anti-hunt activists of hunters killing a tired but otherwise unhurt stag in a residential area on the outskirts of the forest of Compiègne, northeast of Paris.

It prompted France's environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, to slam hunting with hounds as "a practice from another century" that "prolongs the agony" of the animal.

The film, from Oct 21, shows a stag sitting in the front garden in the village of Lacroix-Saint-Ouen. As hunters clamber over the garden fence - the owner was reportedly away - distressed local children can be heard saying: "They're not going to kill it, are they?"

Armed police then move to prevent protesters approaching as the hunters shoot the stag (off camera) and drag off its carcass, cleaning up afterwards. They later reportedly let the dogs devour the carcass. The ceremony, known as “la curée”, is performed as a tribute to the prey and to reward the hounds.

The film, relayed by a well-known French comedian, received widespread media attention and was viewed tens of thousands of times.

Late last month, a group of 500 locals and anti-hunt activists staged a protest in nearby Saint-Jean-aux-Bois to call for the abolition of hunting with hounds.

A petition addressed to the mayor of the village where the kill took place has received almost 180,000 signatures.

It argues that the hunters had no right to kill the stag, as the "law stipulates it is forbidden to enter private property where the stag sought shelter unless it is wounded". The rule is called "droit de suite" (right to follow through). "This was not the case," they said.

Another petition calling for an end to the "barbaric and extremely cruel practice" from the animal welfare foundation, 30 Millions d'amis (30 Million Friends), has garnered 97,000 signatures and has been sent to Mr Hulot.

Last week, the French society for the protection of animals, SPA, filed a legal complaint against hunt leader Alain Drach, the son of the baroness Monique de Rothschild, for "serious abuse and acts of cruelty" - a crime carrying a maximum penalty of two year in prison and a €30,000 fine. It also included the national hunting with hounds society and "any other person or authority having enabled or facilitated this massacre".

"To pursue an animal on horseback with dogs until it is exhausted and then kill it with a weapon for entertainment is a sadistic practice," said Eric Gaftarnik, SPA secretary general and lawyer, who wants hunting with hounds banned in France.

The film, relayed by a well-known French comedian, received widespread media attention and was viewed tens of thousands of times. Credit: AVA Picardie/30 Millions d'Amis

When asked to comment public reaction, Edouard Philippe, the French prime minister, said: "All this suggests a societal debate is needed on this type of hunting, which is increasingly raising concern in public opinion."

The French Society for Hunting with Hounds. denied any wrongdoing. "The dogs didn't leave the state forest, police were forewarned and after telephone contact with the owner, who was absent at the time, Pierre de Boisguilbert, its president.

The owner later told France 3 television she had not given her authorisation to kill the stag.

After an internal inquiry, the French Society ordered the hunting party to cancel all hunts for a month and suspend Mr Drach as master of the hounds until the end of the season.

"This time of incident mustn't happen," he told Le Monde. "The party should have taken precautions to ensure the hunt avoided residential areas."

But he also condemned what he called a campaign of slander and "numerous death threats" against Mr Drach.

Detractors insist this is far from an isolated incident.

One petition signatory, Jessica Quaglio, who lives in the wood of Rosière aux Salines, eastern France, said hunters came within 10 metres of her front gate "every weekend".

She said she was too afraid to let her pet labradors out in the garden "for fear these hunter imbeciles mistake our dogs for game".

Despite the uproar, hunt membership in France has doubled in 40 years to about 10,000. The number of “followers” on bicycles and in vehicles has risen to 500,000.

France’s nearly 390 officially registered hunts — more than any other country — mainly pursue deer or boar in forests. The tradition is less arduous than Britain’s 340 hunts, in which riders gallop across fields.

Hunters are a political force to be reckoned with in France, where “obstruction to hunting” is an offence liable to a fine of nearly £1,300.

France has more than 1 million registered hunters, forming the second biggest lobby group after farmers.

There are regular human casualties from hunting accidents. Earlier this month, a 69-year-old woman was shot dead in her garden after a bullet fired by a hunter flew through her hedge in Taussac in the Aveyron department in southern France.

Last year, 18 people were killed in hunting accidents in France and 351 have been killed since 2001, but most of the victims were involved in the hunt.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/1 ... nt-garden/

DISGUSTING the way people hunt these innocent magnificent creatures X(

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PostAuthor: Piling » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:36 am

The French lobby of hunters is a plague. No politicians dare to opposite.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:27 am

Activists block Oxford Circus for
protest against 'disposable' fashion


Climate change activists brought Oxford Circus to a standstill this evening for a demonstration against "disposable" fashion

Members of Extinction Rebellion’s Fashion Action group staged a "catwalk" in the middle of the busy junction on Friday to highlight the fashion industry’s role in climate change.

The group rolled out a long pink carpet across the intersection, blocking traffic, before parading clothing, some of which featured plastic bags and anti-fracking slogans.

Clothing production is set to consume a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050.

The show highlighted the environmental impact of the fashion industry

In a statement, Extinction Rebellion said the protest was “intended to disrupt the language and symbols of the fashion industry.”

Dr Eleanor Roberts, from London, who talk part on the catwalk said the protest aimed to show people they can choose not to consume "disposable fashion".

The 49-year-old said: "It's such an easy, small way but millions of people can make a difference. Look at what happened with plastic straws.

"It's just trying to bring awareness to very specific actions that people can take.

A huge crowd gathered at the busy intersection on Friday evening

"I feel a lot of people feel very powerless when it comes to climate change."

Ramon Salgado-Touzon, one of the organisers, said: “There are enough clothes already on this planet to dress us all, we need to stop consuming that which we don’t need.

“We are being manipulated everyday into buying more and more, so we want to shift the public consciousness to urge people to realise that we have enough and that this continual consumption is unsustainable and unhealthy. We must heal our minds in order to heal the planet.”

The group added that they aimed to highlight how the "wasteful and disposable nature" of the fashion industry impacts on the world's climate.

Traffic was brought to a halt as the show was held in the street

As the protest continued, songs were sung through megaphones and a man dressed in an outfit covered in leaves recited a poem.

"Saving the world is not too hard, you've just got to start in your own back yard," he said.

Nearby, a man wearing Union flag-themed ski goggles and tie rode a bike with inflated cloud-shaped balloons tied to it and a sign reading: "Leave oil in the ground."

Protester Florent Bidois, 32, originally from France, said the fashion industry created "waste" and "pollution".

Models wore face masks while brandishing bags with the group's distinctive logo

He added: "People don't seem to know about it, how terrible people are with consumerism and fast fashion, disposable clothing, things that don't last."

Some of the leading cutting edge designers of London’s sustainable fashion scene were set to participate in the protest.

The action was supported by Fair Trade’s Safia Minney MBE FARS, Traid’s Maria Chenoweth, Katharine Hamnett CBE and Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Friday’s protest came ahead of the group’s International Rebellion starting on Monday, when thousands of people are expected to bring London to a standstill during a week of action.

The group added: “Extinction Rebellion would like to extend our sincere apologies to members of the public who are affected, and remind them that this relatively minor inconvenience could save us all from catastrophic consequences in years to come.

“We have informed the police, and will, of course, allow emergency vehicles to pass.”

Two weeks ago, Extinction Rebellion protesters stripped off in the House of Commons while MPs debated Brexit, leaving little to the imagination.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:17 am

Enough of your rubbish: KRG to crack down on polluters

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Litterers and polluters in the Kurdistan Region will face steep punishments ranging from financial fines to confiscation of their vehicle under new regulations issued by the government’s environment protection board. The move has been widely welcomed, though there are questions about how authorities will be able to enforce the measures

Dumping domestic waste into the streets, littering, and urinating in public are some of the violations that will incur a 100,000 dinar ($84) fine, according to an undated decree from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s environment board. The regulations were issued based on existing laws.

Driving a vehicle with high emissions, littering in tourist spots, or raising livestock in urban centres will earn a 200,000 dinar ($168) fine.

Industrial and hospital polluters will be slapped with much bigger fines – four million dinars ($3,350) for tossing out dangerous materials and ten million dinars ($8,400) for radioactive waste.

Fines will be doubled for repeat offenders and traffic police can make the decision to confiscate a vehicle, Anwar Mohammed Ramazan, head of inspection and monitoring at Erbil’s environment office told Rudaw on Wednesday.

His office will follow up on violations and they welcome snitchers. “Anyone who sees a violation can take a photo and send it to the official page of the Environment Board or its city offices,” he said.

Public reaction has been largely positive, though many people called for more serious measures.

“The punishments are good but they will not be implemented,” Facebook user Jawhar Muhammad commented on the story on Rudaw’s Kurdish service.

“The money gathered from the fines should be used in protecting and serving the environment,” commented Ravin Azad Mergasory.

Facebook user Aram Arsalan said the decision targets the poor since they cannot afford cars that meet emissions standards.

Education in environmental protection should come hand-in-hand with the regulation, Hazhar Mahir, head of Waar Organization for Environmental Protection, told Rudaw English late on Thursday.

“Law and culture together can enhance the awareness of individuals and society to a level where they will feel responsible towards the environment,” he said. His organization is pleased with the new regulations, but questioned whether the authorities will follow through with implementation.

So far, “laws and instructions have existed only on paper without being implemented,” he said.

Waste management is a major challenge facing the Kurdistan Region. This year, politicians in their Newroz addresses urged picnickers to clean up after themselves.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/110420191
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