The killing of 17 year old gorilla Harambe after a 4 year old boy fell into his enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo has left many of you asking whether such a drastic move was really necessary…
Western lowland gorillas like Harambe are classified as critically endangered in the wild and behaviourally are renowned for being relatively placid, unless provoked. So were other non-lethal measures an option?
For starters, the zoo staff were placed in an awful situation. And probably acted on an existing protocol. But what else could have been done? If a tranquiliser rifle was used, the sedating effects of the dart wouldn’t have been seen for at least 5 minutes. The impact of the dart may have also agitated Harambe further. But given that the whole incident lasted around 10 minutes, perhaps there was time with early action. On the flipside, tranquilising Harambe while he was in the water of the moat would also have put him at risk of drowning. High pressure capsicum spray (as used with bears), tear gas or even non-lethal shooting are other options now being discussed.
Clearly we wouldn’t even be discussing the tragedy if the 4 year old boy had been properly supervised. If we are going to keep gorillas like Harambe in zoos, then surely we need protocols in place to ensure intrusions like this don’t happen and don’t cost critically endangered animals like Harambe their lives.
Samsung warns owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to stop using their phones immediately.
Samsung Australia statement: Samsung Electronics Australia can confirm replacement stock of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone will be available to customers in Australia from September 21. Following the proactive and voluntary step to exchange or refund Galaxy Note7 smartphones due to isolated battery cell issues on Monday, September 5, Samsung Australia has moved quickly to make new replacement devices available for Australian customers. “We would like to thank our loyal customers for their patience, and apologise for the inconvenience. We have been working hard to get the amazing Galaxy Note7 back in the hands of our customers to continue to enjoy,” said Richard Fink, Vice President IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia. “Our number one priority is the safety of our customers, which is why we’ve worked hard to provide new replacement Note7 devices as quickly as possible. We appreciate our customers’ continued support as we start to deliver this new stock to operators and retailers around the country from September 21,” said Mr. Fink. Samsung Electronics Australia will resume sales of the new Note7 stock to new customers in early October. If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a remedy from your place of purchase, please contact Samsung for assistance. The delivery of a replacement Galaxy Note7 to customers is expected within three to four weeks from September 5, 2016. The best place to secure your replacement Galaxy Note7 will be from your original place of purchase. Customers who were affected by the Note7 issues, were and remain entitled to choose a new Galaxy Note7 (with a courtesy device provided until the arrival of replacement Galaxy Note7 stock) or a refund. Customers can approach either Samsung or their retailer/operator, depending upon their place of purchase. Customers who have elected a replacement Note7 will be contacted by their original place of purchase [(be it Samsung or otherwise)] from September 21 to coordinate the collection or delivery of their new device. Until a replacement device is provided, Samsung Australia reminds all customers who still have an affected Galaxy Note7 smartphone to back up their data, complete a factory reset to delete personal data, power down their device and return it to its place of purchase to seek remedy of their choice. For more information, Galaxy Note7 smartphone owners can visit the place of purchase of their device or call Samsung Customer Service on 1300 362 603. New Galaxy Note7 packaging has clear identifiers on the box; a small black square on the white barcode label along with a white sticker with a blue letter ‘S’. Once replacement Galaxy Note7 stock is available customers will be able to check their IMEI number on the online database that will be established here on Tuesday, 13 September. Alternatively, customers can speak to our call centre to check their device. All Galaxy Note7 devices have a unique IMEI number so we can identify and advise if an IMEI number belongs to a new replacement Galaxy Note7.
More details: bit.ly/2cfNyIt
More - Civil aviation authorities in the Emirates have banned the use of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 on all its national carriers http://yhoo.it/2cMrpBH
Who loves Carrot Cake? You'll love this recipe even more because it only has 5g of carbs per slice (as opposed to over 50g in a traditional carrot cake!) I actually have a slice of this for breakfast with my coffee because I feel just so good eating it - Packed with carrots, zucchini, walnuts, cinnamon and coconut :) Just so healthy. Here's the recipe: https://annaslowcarbkitchen.com.au/low-carb-carrot-cake #lovelowcarb #lowcarbeasy #lowcarbcake #lowcarbsnack
In response to widespread illegal and unconscionable activity, including the slaughtering of tens of thousands of dogs, I can today announce that NSW is putting an end to greyhound racing.
More than a year ago, we established a Special Commission of Inquiry into the greyhound industry after very disturbing reports emerged of cruelty to animals and other illegal activities.
We have now received the report of the Commission, conducted by former High Court Judge Michael McHugh, and the findings are damning. A link to the whole report is below, but some of the findings include:
• The mass killing of greyhounds. The report found, “In NSW in the last 12 years… somewhere between 48,891 and 68,448 dogs were killed because they were considered too slow to pay their way or were unsuitable for racing.” In the industry, they call this “wastage”. It’s not wastage: it is the unnecessary slaughtering of tens of thousands of healthy dogs.
• The widespread practice of “live baiting”. This is where live animals, like rabbits, are used as bait to be chased by dogs in training sessions. The report found that, even though this is already illegal and carries heavy penalties, “a trainer, who admitted to engaging in live baiting, testified that about 10-20% of trainers engaged in live baiting.”
• The systemic deception of the public concerning the numbers of deaths and injuries of dogs. It is estimated that 180 greyhounds per year sustain catastrophic injuries during races such as skull fractures or broken backs that result in their immediate death. But the commission found that “Greyhound Racing NSW had adopted a policy of deliberately misreporting the extent of injuries suffered by greyhounds at racetracks.”
• The industry is not capable, in the short or medium term, of reforming. The report found that “it appears unlikely that the issue of the large scale killing of healthy greyhounds by the industry can be addressed successfully in the future.” In fact, the report found that, "such is the culture of the industry and some of its leaders that it is no longer, if it ever was, entitled to the trust of the community."
One of the issues we have had to wrestle with is the positive impact of the greyhound racing industry. There are over 1000 direct jobs in the industry and nearly 6000 registered owners of greyhounds. Dog racing can be an important part of the social fabric of regional towns. And, of course, having a punt on the dogs over a few beers is good fun for many people.
So, as Mr McHugh asked, do such benefits of the dog racing industry outweigh the shortcomings?
Based on this report, the Government believes they do not.
Greyhound racing has been banned in many countries and many states of the US and is legal in only eight countries around the world. NSW will be the first state in Australia to ban it.
Over the coming months, we will consult with the industry to help minimise the pain as best we can for the innocent industry participants as we work towards an orderly industry shutdown. We will develop a strategy to work with the RSPCA to manage the welfare of existing greyhounds. And the transition arrangement for Greyhound Racing NSW assets (like greyhound racing tracks) will ensure they are used for open public space, alternative sports facilities or other community use.
I feel much empathy for innocent trainers and those who will lose their job or hobby as a result of this. And I understand the disappointment of people who enjoy having a punt on the dogs. But we simply cannot and will not stand-by and allow the widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals.
You can read the full report here: http://www.greyhoundracinginquiry.justice.nsw.gov.au/
"Today I received my wedding gown back. I sent it off earlier this year to be made into angel gowns for babies that don't make it home from the hospital and I'll be donating them to the NICU at Vanderbilt. 17 little gowns were made from my dress and as beautiful as they are I pray they are never needed." <3 (Credit: Facebook/ Justi Underwood Bates) #9Today
I used to be a truck driver but I just couldn't do that any more. I found my step-son hanging in the garage, he had killed himself. I couldn't save him...
I've been homeless for just over a year now. A lot of guilt and blame from his mum went onto me and we couldn't go on. Being a truck driver, you have a lot of responsibility. You're driving these massive machines and one wrong move could not only mean the end of your life, but of many people's lives and that's why I had to quit.
Being on the street in Australia isn't as tough as in other countries. If you get off your arse you can find food, you can find shelter, you can find someone who gives a damn. You go to a third world country and it's not like that.
I want to get off the street soon though. I'm seeing a psychologist at the moment. She reckons after another three visits I can go back to driving. I can't wait.
The reason I had to stop driving in the first place was because I nearly killed a young family. I was doing 100km/hr on the freeway when it happened. I was about a metre away when I saw their car. I turned the steering wheel so hard to avoid them... Thank god I did. A couple of minutes later I stopped in at a truck stop, called my boss and told him to come get his truck. I just couldn't risk killing someone. I was done. The image of my step-son in the garage had taken over my mind to a point where I got distracted. I was totally awake when it happened but inside I wasn't and that's just not good enough...
Since being on the streets I've tried to help people. There was one girl who was self-harming. She was gay and she was being teased and was having body image issues. She sat with me one day and I saw the marks on her arms. I asked her why she had done that to herself. She told me. I then told her my story. She went home that night to her mum and cried with her for a couple of hours. She came back a week later, gave me a massive hug and thanked me. That was an amazing feeling, to help someone. She came back a couple of weeks ago again and introduced me to her girlfriend. She is happy now. All because someone sat there and listened to her.
So that has inspired me. I am going to go back to driving trucks for just long enough to save up some money. My dream now is to do a Certificate 4 in Youth Counseling. In my heart I know I couldn't save my boy but maybe I can help save others. I think that's what I am meant to do.