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December 21, 2015

PETA kills 90 percent of sheltered animals

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn’t shy away from controversy. The group also known as PETA has had commercial ads banned from television for being to “racy.” The mission of the organization is to focus “its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time,” but according to a report put out by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services PETA killed 90 percent of pets under its care. PETA’s spokesperson Bruce Wieland joins us to explain why this is happening.


‘Systematically’ shot and left for dead: Arkansas massacre of more than 60 dogs

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A gruesome discovery has been made in rural Arkansas: Some 60 dogs were brought to a tract of land, poisoned with sleeping pills and shot. Nearly all of the canines died. Six survivors had to be euthanized because their wounds were too severe to overcome.

Two men from a lumber mill were looking at timber tracts in a remote forest area off Arkansas 254 in the Chimes-Trace Ridge Area south of Marshall. Instead they saw a disturbing sight: Scores of dead dogs scattered throughout the woods, KYTV reported.

The men notified the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Thursday, who then brought in the Searcy County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Joey Pruitt told the Harrison Daily Times.

A total of 56 dead dogs were found; one more was shot and wounded had to be put down by a game warden. There was no hope of saving the dog that had to be euthanized because of its injuries, John Magruder, the shelter manager for the Searcy County Humane Society, told KYTV.

“I don’t really have any words for what it makes me feel like. I’ve worked with dogs all my life and I love them a whole bunch and I just don’t deal well with this, but I’m doing my best so I can save the ones I can,” he said.

By Monday, five more dogs had to be euthanized because of severe injuries, Jean Passmore, the Humane Society treasurer, told the NBC affiliate. The canines were fed hot dogs laced with sleeping pills before they were gunned down, she added

Magruder managed to rescue four dogs from the forest, bringing them back to the Humane Society.

“We caught these two little female dogs. We brought them in this morning. This dog in here has been shot,” he said over the weekend, referring to a male with a bullet hole in his shoulder that is already beginning to heal.

Three of the four rescued survivors were skittish and difficult to catch, but one little guy came right to Magruder, eager for love, he told KYTV.

“He saw us, and that I had a bag of treats, and he took a treat and he was in the truck [immediately]. He said, ‘I’ve had enough of this’,”Magruder said. “Who could hurt him? Why would you hurt him?”

full article at RT








The Jeep is Colombia’s most iconic mode of transportation, especially in the coffee growing regions where farming is an integral part of life. These rugged vehicles are used by farmers to transport massive loads of cargo as well as people between towns located among the country’s hilly terrains. Willys Jeeps were first introduced in Colombia in 1946 following the end of Word War 2. The US Army had surplus Jeeps and parts from the war,…



more pictures and full article at the amazing AMUSING PLANET







1917 World War I in color A rare record of quiet on the Western Front

Full article and more fantastic pictures at RETRONAUT







Ikea is providing ‘Better Shelters’ to Syrian refugees


Ikea Foundation’s Better Shelter is trying to offer a safer and more comfortable temporary home to Syrian refugee families. Their shelters are designed to last for up to three years and allow people to stand up inside the structure, while common shelters are made to resist for only a few months and do not have enough space for a person to walk inside.


full article at Interesting Engineering








Universal Credit “in-work progression” inquiry launched

The Work and Pensions Committee opens an inquiry into the DWP’s (Department for Work and Pensions) plans for “in-work progression” (also called “in-work conditionality”) within Universal Credit. These measures will make benefit payments to claimants who are in work, but on low earnings, conditional on them taking certain steps to increase their pay or hours.

Call for written evidence

Written submissions are invited addressing the following points:

  • DWP’s plans for in-work progression pilots in 2015/16, and how they should be evaluated
  • Which organisations are best-placed to deliver the in-work service for DWP e.g. Jobcentre Plus/other providers from the private, public or voluntary sectors?
  • What should in-work progression support entail and how should it be delivered (e.g. regularity and nature of contact with claimants)?
  • Which groups of claimants should be included and which should be exempt?
  • How should employers be encouraged to facilitate progression?
  • In what circumstances would it be appropriate to sanction a Universal Credit claimant who is in work?
  • Is there any UK or international evidence on effective ways of encouraging in-work progression?

Send a written submission through the in-work progression in Universal Credit inquiry page.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is Monday 18 January 2016

more at www.parliament.UK









Rising numbers of pupils home educated

Flexi schooling

There has been a 65% increase in children recorded as home educated in the UK over six years.

Parents gave reasons including their lifestyle, dissatisfaction or disagreements with local schools, special needs, bullying and religion.

Responses to Freedom of Information requests from 190 local authorities showed 36,609 home educated children.

The government says it will continue to “respect the rights of parents to home educate their children”.

full article at BBC









Former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill calls for drug use to be decriminalised

Former Justice Secretary calls for cannabis decriminalisation, drugs policy rethink

A FORMER Scottish justice secretary has branded the so-called war on drugs a failure and called for a sweeping reform of laws governing the use and possession of illegal substances.

Kenny MacAskill is by far the most senior British politician to back decriminalisation and said Scotland should to get the power to introduce the kind of liberal drug legislation currently being implemented in other countries.

Speaking in a personal rather than party capacity, Mr MacAskill said: “My view is that we should look to treat drugs as a public health problem rather than a law and order one.

“We should stop locking up young people and the, frankly, the poor.

“This is the direction of travel all over the world in countries like the United States and Portugal.

“It allows you to invest the resources that currently go in to law and order, policing, in to health.”










Elderly couple demand to know why beloved dog was put down by charity

Heather and Fred Dews claim 18-month-old Max did not have behavioural problems and was unnecessarily destroyed by Blue Cross

When Fred and Heather Dews began struggling to control their boisterous dog on his long beach walks, they knew it was time to make the heart wrenching decision to give him up.

The elderly couple were both in ill health; Mrs Dews had been fighting cancer while her 82-year-old husband had begun to suffer from angina and was at risk of a stroke. As much as they loved Max, their German Shepherd/Spanish Mastiff cross, they knew he would be better off with a younger, fitter family.

But just three weeks after handing him over to the Blue Cross charity, which they say assured them he would be rehomed as soon as possible, they were left devastated after being told the 18-month-old mutt, which they had rescued as a six-week-old, had been put down, despite their desperate pleas to the contrary.

full article at The Telegraph









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