PETA calls for octopus oracle to be set free

Edmonton Sun – By QMI Agency

Free Paul.

That’s the message the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is sending to the owners of Paul the octopus, who has gained worldwide recognition for correctly picking the teams that would win matches during the World Cup.

“It is extremely thankless, imprisoning the intelligent octopus in order to use it as an oracle,” marine biologist Dr. Tanja Breining of PETA said in a release on the PETA Germany website.

Octopuses are “capable of complex thought processes, they have short- and long-term memories, use tools, learn by observation, show different personalities and are particularly sensitive to pain,” Breining said.

To get two-year-old Paul to pick a winner, two boxes are lowered into his tank. Both boxes sport a competing country’s flag and have food inside. The box Paul opens first is the team predicted to win. Paul is rarely wrong and predicted Spain would beat Germany in the semi-final match Wednesday.

He lives in an aquarium at the Sea Life in Oberhausen in western Germany. PETA has asked for him to be released into the waters of a national park off the south of France.

A Sea Life spokeswoman told news agency AFP that releasing Paul would be a bad idea.

“Animals born in captivity are used to being fed and have no experience finding food by themselves,” she said. “It is highly likely that he would die.”

San Francisco Considers Ban on Small Pet Sales

Law would apply to sales of cats, dogs, hamsters, rats, birds


It could soon be illegal for pet stores in San Francisco to sell pets.

The San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission will take up a proposal tonight that would ban the sale of all small animals from the City’s pet shops. Only fish would be allowed to be sold under the ordinance, which is believed to be the first of it’s kind in the country.

The proposed law is designed to encourage people to rescue animals from the shelter instead of buying from a pet store. Supporters say it would reduce overcrowding and euthanasia rates.

Animal shelters say they are overrun with perfectly adoptable dogs, cats, hamsters and rabbits. The law would also crack down on puppy mills, which sometimes supply pet stores.

“If puppy mills don’t have a place to sell their puppies, then they wont be in business,” Sally Stephens, with the San Francisco Animal Control Welfare Commission said.

But there is some concern that the animal sale ban would be bad for businesses. A small bird store owner told us the measure would put him out of business, even though shelters are not overrun with birds.

Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

Tiger population ‘falls to lowest level since records began’

Tiger numbers are at lowest level since records began, with conservationists warning that the world has 12 years to save the species.

Telegraph – By Matthew Moore

The WWF announced today that the wild tiger population has now fallen as low as 3,200, down from an estimated 100,000 in 1900.

Earlier this year a study showed that there were fewer than 50 wild tigers left in China.

The big cat, which is native to southern and eastern Asia, could soon become extinct unless urgent action is taken to prevent hunting and loss of habitat, the charity’s experts warned.

The WWF is calling on governments in countries where tigers are still found – including China, India and Bangladesh – to fulfil their commitment to double tiger numbers by 2022.

It has also urged Britons to put pressure on “tiger nations” by signing a new online petition saying they do not want to live in a world without the animals.

Diane Walkington, head of species at WWF-UK, said: “Without joined-up, global action right now, we are in serious danger of losing the species forever in many parts of Asia.

She went on: “If we lose the tiger, not only do we lose one of the world’s top predators, we will lose so much more.

“By safeguarding their habitats, we will protect hundreds of other species in the process.”

The protection campaign has been launched to coincide with Year of the Tiger in Chinese calendar, which falls in both 2010 and 2022.

Representatives from 13 countries which are home to wild tigers – a list which also includes Nepa, Russia and Thailand – are to meet in Bali next week to discuss plans to boost numbers.

The world’s first global summit on tigers will be held in St Petersburg in September.

Mrs Walkington added: “There has never before been this level of momentum for action on tigers and governments must take advantage of it.”

Experts said that the natural resilience and prodigious fertility of tigers gave hope that concerted conservation would see populations recover.

Dr Bivash Pandav, who works with tigers for the WWF in Nepal said: “As soon as you provide protection and enough undisturbed habitat, they breed immediately and within three or four years their numbers bounce back.”

Tiger populations once stretched across swathes of Asia, with pockets as far west as Turkey and Iran.

But their thick fur and the supposed medical benefits of their bones have made them prime target for poachers, and the destruction of their habitats – particularly forests – has further suppressed numbers.

Soldiers Do ‘About Face’ and Dance to Pop Song ‘Tick Tock’

by IsraelNN Staff

Six Israel infantry soldiers performed an “about face” amidst the tension of patrolling in Hevron and were filmed dancing to the pop song “Tick Tock” down a threateningly empty street. The soldiers were filmed in full combat gear.

Hevron, traditionally one of Judaism’s  four holy cities, has been a flash point of constant attempts by Arabs to attack soldiers and the Jewish community in the city. The other holy cities are Jerusalem, Tzfat (Safed) and Tiberias. Rock throwing, firebombs, sniper fire and stabbing attacks by Arabs are frequent. It is considered a dangerous assignment for soldiers.

The IDF said the video was a “stunt” initiated by the soldiers, who may face an investigation for acting their age for a few minutes and finding a unique way of taking a break from army routine.

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