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Blood Red Badger Courage

by on Aug.28, 2013, under Animals, Crime, Culture, Health, Nature

Despite having been illegal for over 170 years, badger baiting continues to be practiced throughout Britain and Ireland, not unlike cockfighting and dogfighting in the U.S. The badger is a protected species in the UK. badger01 Normally docile creatures, when they perceive a threat or are cornered, the badger, which can grow to 35 pounds, is a fierce fighter. It's dangerous bite and powerful claws leave it more than capable of defending itself. FV3602, Grambo Photography; North American Badger Snarling Near Den Badger baiting is a fight between a dog and a badger. The badger is usually put in a tunnel dug for the purpose, and a dog is introduced into the tunnel entrance. The waiting badger usually seizes te dog immediately, and the dog tries to grip the badger. They bite and tear and pull at each other in a frenzy. Frequently the dog is pulled out by its tail, separated from the badger, and the whole process repeated until the dog or badger is spent. badger-dog1 Injuries to the jaw and snout are common. badger-dog2 Some dogs have even had their lower jaw ripped off. badger-dog3 Due to the illegality of badger baiting, most of the dog owners refuse to take their dog to a veterinarian for proper treatment. The dog is either treated by the owner, killed, or abandoned and left to die. One cruel owner even tried using a household stapler to close the wounds on his dog Comet. badger-comet When it didn't work, the dog was abandoned, where she was found by dog walkers that took her to the vet. Delilah the terrier was close to death when she was found with burnt skin peeling off her face and vicious bite marks to her body. delilah5 She was unconscious and suffering from hypothermia. If she had been brought in by her owner, she probably would have been euthanized right away. delilah4   The veterinarians were horrified by her injuries and determined to save the 18-month-old Patterdale Terrier. Veterinary nurse Julie Fox, 33, who helped to treat her at Spa Vets in Gloucester, said, "I've been a nurse for 15 years but I've never been as horrified as when I first saw Delilah. Her face was peeling off and there was blood everywhere, if she was brought in with her owners we would have administered euthanasia straight away." delilah2 Delilah's brutal wounds are thought to be from badger baiting. In the illegal sport fires are started at all but one of the exit holes of the badger hole and dogs are sent down to chase them out. The Vets wrapped her in foil blankets, surrounded her in heat pads and gave her dinner: Within hours she had regained consciousness and sat up. delilah3 They performed a life-changing operation on Delilah to give her new eyelids - the complex procedure left her with 80 stitches and she was hospitalized for 48 hours. delilah1 So far Delilah has made an astonishing recovery. The vets are confident that her progress will continue. Meanwhile, she has gone home with the nurse, Julie Fox. delilah-fox "Since I've had her at home she's made a remarkable recovery," said Ms. Fox. "She's full of life, she follows me everywhere and loves playing with my other dogs." delilah6  
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Fox Stole

by on Aug.17, 2013, under Animals, Crime, Family, Kids, Nature

Luke Rowles from Leicester, United Kingdom followed the example of his parents and volunteered to help the animals at the RSDR Rudozem Street Dog Rescue. He enjoys being around dogs. luke1 Even as a young teen he took an active part in helping rescued dogs. It's a family endeavor. His father Tony and mother Diane founded the rescue group, that takes dogs rescued from the streets of Bulgaria and finds them homes.

luke and barney

When he saw a group of men in a garden, kicking and beating a little fox whose mouth had been sealed shut with electrical tape, 15 year old Lucas went straight into action. Without regard to his own safety, he shouted at the men and grabbed the fox. luke2 After healing the fox's wounds, he freed the animal. lucas_mom Luke, pictured with his mother, has returned to the UK, where he works for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. home-feature3
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Jack’s Defence

by on May.24, 2013, under Animals, Health, Nature, Recreation

Cats are usually pretty agile, leaping from place to place and notoriously landing on their feet, butter side up. Jack, from Rotherham, UK, was trotting along a rusty fence when he slipped. jackcat1 His fall was arrested when he was impaled by a spike from the iron fence. jackcat2 Rescuers had to cut away part of the fence so they could take him to a vet. jackcat3 Although he had to get an embarrassing shave and will be left with a few unsightly scars. The cone is to piss him off and distract him from his injuries. Jack is expected to recover, though a section of the fence may have to be put down.
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Canons of Law

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Crime, Culture, History, Recreation, Toys, Weapons

Gun ownership is strongly regulated in many parts of the world, particularly in Europe, Canada, and the United States. The United States Constitution guarantees the right to own firearms, but individual states and the Federal Government set limits. Some people justify gun ownership in the U.S. as a hedge against a totalitarian government, the historic legacy of hunting, and as a safe, fun hobby.

It is legal to own a Colt AR-15A3 in most parts of the U.S. A semi-automatic AK-47 is ok too.

In Britain, the standards are more severe.

The West Midland Police were on a "routine operation" when the noticed the tiny replica cannon.

The cannon, about a foot long, has a bronze barrel, wood carriage, with bronze wheels. Because you can load it with gunpowder, and it has a hole for a fuse, it is technically a firearm under current statutes. It is considered a "working weapon".

Police said they had to seize and destroy it for safety reasons. A spokesman said, "Police officers and specially trained firearms officers are working 24/7 to remove more obvious firearms from the streets of the West Midlands and we remain committed to further reducing serious violent crime."

West Midlands Police keeping the streets safe

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The Media Crusade

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Culture, History, Media, Religion, Technology, War and Terrorism

When mainstream media consisted of the printed page, and most people were illiterate, the church gained converts primarily by sending volunteers out into different parts of the world to persuade the native populations they encountered. God usually sides with the biggest battalion, and the crusaders weren't always successful, but they've mostly prevailed over time. Despite that, they still keep up the battle. The methods are more subtle now, but still pretty destructive to the societies in which they've infiltrated and make laws to suit their religious agenda.

Freehold, Iowa, home to Landover Baptist, is perhaps the most evolved example of the new Crusade.

The Church of England, anxious to show its relevance in the 21st century, has begun a campaign to raise the awareness of Jesus Christ and it looks like they've taken a page from the Landover Baptist godly media handbook.

Instead of religion at the point of a sword, they're simply trying to make Jesus Christ seem more human, they claim.

Church leaders admit the controversial campaign by Christian media group ChurchAds.net won't be to everyone’s taste, but hope it will make the Christmas story appeal to the younger generation, which, evidently, is amused by a doll that wees.

The previous year's campaign didn't resonate with the target audience either.

Arun Arora, the Church of England’s communications director, said: "We need to be re-telling the story of Christ’s birth in ways which engage creatively and positively with the public’s interest."

We suggest they try again: And skip the adolescent years.

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The House On The Lane

by on Sep.03, 2012, under Crime, Drugs, Recreation

This modest little house in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire didn't attract much attention. It was a long way from High Street, but in retrospect the signs were there. After receiving a tip, the Oswaldtwistle neighborhood policing team raided the house on Pot House Lane and found 200 cannabis plants and equipment for cultivation. An upstairs bedroom had been outfitted as a growing room. PC Kat Stokes from Oswaldtwistle neighbourhood policing team said: 'This was a very sophisticated set-up which had clearly been going for some time. Clearly someone has been tending to the crop on a regular basis and we are carrying out forensic inquiries to find out who was responsible." When the plants, which were seized as evidence, reach maturity, they will be dried and cured for storage, and eventually destroyed by burning.
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Living High On The Hedgehog

by on May.30, 2012, under Animals, Health, Nature

Hedgehogs don't have the most cuddly appearance, but they're cute and make great pets.

They don't get very big. The average hedgehog weighs around 9 - 19 ounces.

When a couple found a stray hedgehog in their garage in Somerset, UK, they thought he looked undernourished and felt sorry for him. So they started feeding him bowls of cat food.

Feeding regularly on a high protein diet, he quickly blossomed into a 4 1/2 pound hedgehog, unable to carry out his natural defense mechanism of rolling into a ball when in danger.

Shown above (right side) he would need to purchase an extra seat on Hedgehog Airlines.He's now a resident of the Secret World Wildlife rescue Centre in Somerset.

"We’ve had to house him in an otter box because a normal hedgehog one is far too small," said Pauline Kidner, of the rescue center which cares for 4,000 birds and animals a year. "His intake of cat food and cat biscuits has been reduced to 5 ounces a day so he’s gradually losing weight."

When he reaches around 2 pounds, he'll be released back into the wild.

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Oh What A Tangled Web

by on Feb.17, 2012, under Animals, Nature, Recreation

An unfortunate badger didn't achieve his goals when he became tangled in a net for the weekend. A caretaker at Henley-in-Arden High School, Warwickshire, England spotted the young male badger thrashing around in a goal on the soccer field. The RSPCA transferred him to Vale Wildlife Hospital in Tewkesbury, Gloucester, where he was anesthetized, allowing vets to remove the netting trapping his legs. After being washed and polished, the gentle badger is ready for rehabilitation back to a natural setting.        
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Cocoon

by on Sep.05, 2011, under Animals, Crime, Health

We previously posted Undercover Dog about a poodle discovered inside a matted ball of fur. In another horrific case of cruel neglect, video surveillance cameras in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, England showed a dog being dumped from a van and tied up with a piece of string on the street. The matted fur and unclipped nails made it difficult for him to walk, see, hear, or perform basic bodily functions. Floyd was picked up by Wood Green shelter, where they removed about 28 pounds of matted hair and clipped his 2" long nails in a two hour operation. Wendy Kruger, from Wood Green, the animal charity which rescued Floyd, said whoever was responsible for his condition were "criminal". "We were all extremely shocked and distressed at Floyd's condition. It is the worst case of animal neglect the charity has ever seen. Our main priority was to make him as comfortable as possible while we tried to treat his many ailments. When he first came in he was understandably frightened and wary of people. He couldn't see, hear, go to the toilet or walk properly. Now he has had his hair cut he has got his senses back and is rediscovering the world. He is 10 years-old and we don't think he has ever been groomed in his life." "Unfortunately, this means his hair and skin is so damaged that we don't believe his coat will recover and grow back. But it is very cheering to see him growing in confidence. He is becoming increasingly friendly and has started wagging his tail. He is showing good signs of recovery but it's going to take time."
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