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I don’t agree with the capture of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), granted whales would be hard kept in most places, to be trained or displayed.

Dolphins are just right though and are taken from the wild to stock aquaria around the world. Cetaceans are movers, they can travel large distances in a day and are highly social and intelligent animals. Change.org is ask Mastercard to:

Stop Supporting the Live Dolphin Trade

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Good news for stags

Our last government here in Ireland was a coalition  between Fina Fáil and the Green Party. The Greens were actually an okay party and they brought Ireland up to date, somewhat, on our environmental legal requirement sent down by papa bear, the EU.

The Greens also implemented a ban on stag hunting, which rallied up all the angry hunters and Rural Ireland Says Enough or RISE was born.

RISE is for those who do not understand simple governance and believe they should be allowed do whatever they want because they live in the country side and people from Dublin and the EU can’t tell them what to do! Rabble Rabble Rabble!

That colitation government failed some time ago and the current governments (Fina Gael) leader Enda Kenny has recently come out to say there will be no re-establishment of deer hunting licences. Regardless of the promise of one idiot councillor. Hurray!

On the RISE blog is a picture of sign waivers, many of them young women or teenage girls – not the primary hunting demographic, may I suggest forced cohesion from the  parents, anyone? Lets take a look:

RISE banner

RISE banner

Sings like:

PLEASE DON’T BAN COUNTRY LIFE – Stupid – I personally guarantee this woman country folk will NOT be killed with the introduction of this hunting ban. Country life many continue as before, minus needless cruelty. She’s probably referring to the culture country folk enjoy and I can assure you, very few country people go hunting and fewer women still.

BAN HUNTING DENY OUR HERITAGE – Heritage? HERITAGE? This woman feels she is entitled to run around, chasing animals and hunting them with the intention of killing them because it a noble and honourable right, descended from her ancient Irish forefathers. She is all wrong, but pull out the heritage card just because she’s from the country and I have to say, that lacks style, ma’am. I’ll come back to this heritage/entitlement idea later.

PLEASE DON’T BAN MY HOBBY Erm, fuck you! Get a new hobby, try chess or read a book. You don’t have to kill something.

Now this isn’t because all hunting was banned in Ireland it’s all because the Ward Stag Hunt in Co Meath was not renewed their hunting licence back in 07 and as they were the only stag hunting group in the country the sport was banned de facto. This has caused every hunting group in the country to kick up a shit storm, as to ensure they can continue their hunt, whatever it is (fox, hare).

The Ward Stag Hunt had bad press at the time as their stag was hunted into a primary school playground at Kildalkey, Co Meath by the hunting dogs, causing a lot of stress to the children, parents and a particular stag.

Now I want to mention this heritage line that keeps rearing it’s ugly head. Heritage is not necessarily something to proud of because it depends upon what you have inherited. I’m Irish and have inherited a pride in my ancient ancestors and their ability to create a huge stunning mound:

Knowth one of 3 mounds in the Boyne Valley and ironically in Co. Meath.

or a ring fort on a cliff:

Dun Aengus on a 100m cliff facing Canada, Co. Galway. It's amazing too.

or whatever other weird thing the Irish were making back then.

These are beautiful structures, they had a purpose, be it spiritual or domestic and they have lasted the test of time, thousands of years!

The sites in the Boyne Valley in meath (where Knowth is) were built before the great Pyramid of Giza! So special are the sites here, they are not seen as just the inheritance of the Irish or Europeans, but all of humanity! (UNESCO).

This is what heritage is and what heritage we should be defending, the ancient, the amazing, perplexing, beautiful and useful. But not this relatively modern nonsensical hunting and killing of defenceless animals for no purpose other than sport. And no, it’s not a real sport.

This form of hunting does not fit under the umbrella of heritage; it is not ancient nor is it honourable, it is not masculine or necessary, once humans hunted animals themselves, to survive, but what does today’s huntsman gain from the experience?

Incredibly intact theropod fossil

The Bavarian paleontological and geological collections (BSPG) unveiled a fossil specimen, 98 percent complete and stated by Oliver Rauhut (BSPG conservator) to be the best preserved fossil ever found.

The theropod fossil measuring 72cm was most likely a juvenile but has not been assigned to any species or genus yet.

The dino is a theropod, the clade of modern birds today as well as bigger beasts like, most famously, T. rex. The 135 million year old specimen hasn’t been classified yet, the specimen is said to be roughly the size of a newly hatched T. rex but is believed to not be more than one year old when it died in where is now modern Bavaria, Germany.

Theropod fossils are generally only found in bits and pieces, a leg bone here, tooth there so to get such a complete specimen really is going down a treat with the dinosaur people. Good for them.

Go have a gawk for yourself if you’re about Munich town, from the 27th October for four days.

In Catalonia the fiesta is ending, with the ban of bullfighting

The last of six bulls was killed this month in Barcelona, capital of the Catalonia region of Spain. The last show was performed in front a sold out audience of 20,000 in the Monumental ring, opened by Matador Jose Tomas and finishing with Serafin Marin  the ring was swarmed by spectators to take sand as a souvenir.

The fights last around 20 minutes before the final sword is aimed between the shoulders of the bull. There are 6 bulls per night. The Monumental ring held 15 fight annually.

The Catalan government banned the fights in July ’10 with does not take affect until January 1st 2012 thought the season for the fights has now closed, which effectively ends the sport.

Anyway, anti-bullfighting activists celebrated outside the Monumental ring before the final fight with sparkling wine. In Spain? Sparking?

Bullfighting supporters are already planning on challenging the law. Many stating the ban was only sought to divide the Catalonia from the wider Spanish culture.

Of the 17 regions in Spain, Catalonia is only the second to ban the fights, the first being The Canary Islands in the early 90s, though it was never popular there.

The Spanish have a weird obsession with torturing bulls. With the running of the bulls in Pamplona and the very strange Correbous, where in a town centre or ring, flaming fireworks are attached to the bull’s horns – the bull is then arbitrarily teased by the crowd. Great, erm, fun

All in all I’m pleased with the ban. It’s only a shame the whole of Spain hasn’t implemented the move so we can say adios to scenes like this:

 

Dying bull

 

Shark infested golf course, you say

At Carbrook Golf Club in Brisbane Australia, the water hazard is a pun for the taking.

A few years ago the local river burst it’s banks and several bull sharks got washed into the lake and were stranded when the water receded.

The lake is said to be well stocked, though the course manager Scott Wagstaff does feed them from time to time.

The Shark are in good condition between, around 3m in length and have been reportedly breeding. Exciting stuff.

Seems like the perfect opportunity to record some semi natural preggers bullshark animal behaviour, to me.

Yahoo have a better video here.