Friday

Hundreds of dogs and puppies have been rescued from a meat farm in South Korea by an animal rights charity.

The squalid farm in Hongseong in western South Korea, had been breeding dogs both for meat and to be sold as pets for eight years, keeping tiny puppies and adult dogs in cramped, rusting cages. Nearly 200 Chihuahuas, corgis, huskies, Yorkshire terriers, poodles, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, and French bulldogs have today been removed by Humane Society International (HSI) activists.

Newborn puppies were found living in cages with exposed wire floors with only heat lamps and disused tyres for insulation, while 'meat dogs' were kept outside in the freezing cold waiting to be sold to local restaurants.

Many of the dogs had untreated injuries or deformities to their paws and legs as a result of living in the small cages with no proper flooring. Others were emaciated with matted fur, or had been left without water in their bowls. As the farm functioned both to breed meat dogs and as a puppy mill, any 'pet dogs' which could not be sold would end up in the slaughterhouse.

'The lines between puppy mills and dog meat farms are routinely blurred throughout South Korea, and with our latest dog farm closure we are exposing the shocking reality of that,' Nara Kim of HSI South Korea said.

These dogs are suffering at the hands of two abusive industries, their ultimate fate depending on whether they will sell for more money as a pet or for meat.


'They all start life in this depressing, squalid place, with the lucky few ending up being a loved companion whilst their cage mates are served at a restaurant, or enter a chain of auctions where they are sold on to the next farmer to produce litter after litter of puppies.'

Activists from HSI had visited the farm several times in recent weeks, and had been able to move some of the cages indoors, and put straw on the floor.


Finally, after negotiations with the farmer which includes a 20-year contract which ensures he will stay out of the dog meat trade, HSI were finally able to rescue the dogs this week.

The owner, Lee Sang-gu, had been eager to close the farm as the dog meat trade has become increasingly unprofitable. Dog meat consumption is declining rapidly in South Korea, particularly among younger generations.





Thursday

Michelle Obama surprised students of the Gila River Indian Community on Tuesday. The former first lady joined Gila River Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, who already was meeting with the students at the Huhugam Heritage Center on the reservation.

The select handful of students was sitting around a table when the governor grinned and appeared shocked as Obama entered the room.

Obama was in Phoenix for a stop on her book tour.

She met with the students to hear their stories about life on the Gila River Reservation south of Phoenix.

In response, the students began speaking one by one about their current level of education, plans and challenges they face.

One student shared her experience with adapting to a college environment, which lacked the same cultural support system she experienced in Native American schools.


Obama acknowledged the challenge.

"Being the only one is hard, and it takes a toll on you in a way that the majorities don't understand," she said. "A lot of these schools and universities don't understand that it's important to make sure that you're not just admitting the one or the two (students). You have to bring kids in in groups."

Obama complimented another student on how poised she was.


"I'm so proud of you," Obama said. "I'm so proud of you all, my gosh."

In continuing to push the initiative Reach Higher, Obama aims to inspire every student in America to complete their education beyond high school in order to receive a two- or four-year degree, a certificate or a credential.

Reach Higher is partnering with Yoobi, a school-supply company, to donate school supplies to the 900 elementary- and middle-school students in the Gila River Indian Community.

Michelle Obama was accompanied by Valerie Jarrett, a long-time aide to President Barack Obama.
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Sunday

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), led a group of more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress in re-introducing legislation to protect America’s treasured national monuments against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on public lands.

The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2019 reinforces Congress’ clear intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument designation.

“One of the United States of America’s greatest traditions is the preservation of our iconic landscapes and the protection of our natural history,” said Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. “But within months of stepping into the Oval Office, President Trump and his administration sought to undo a centuries-old legacy of bipartisan conservation – overstepping their authority with illegal attacks on our cherished public lands, all to benefit the administration’s special interest friends. From Organ-Mountains Desert Peaks, to Rio Grande del Norte, to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, our national monuments are the product of years of collaboration at the local level, and they provide unmatched value to small businesses, outdoor enthusiasts, and communities that depend on a thriving outdoor recreation economy. This ANTIQUITIES Act makes it crystal clear: the president cannot just wipe away our treasured national monuments with the flick of a pen – because only Congress has the authority to change a national monument designation.”

“We love our public lands, we love our open spaces, and we care about the future we’re going to leave for our children, but this administration has been illegally attacking our nation’s treasures so it can sell them off to oil companies and developers,” said Haaland, vice chair of the full House Committee on Natural Resources and chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. “As my first piece of legislation this bill expands on my efforts to fight climate change by protecting land from extraction, honor our sacred sites, and ensure our beautiful places are here for future generations. Our public lands are not for sale.”

The ANTIQUITIES Act comes in response to President Trump’s attempt to eliminate 2 million acres of protections for Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments — the largest rollback of federally protected lands in American history. Trump took this action despite the fact that Americans across the country overwhelmingly voiced support for keeping the monuments intact. During the administration’s public comment process, over 99 percent of the 2.8 million comments received were in favor of maintaining existing protections for our national monuments.

The question of the validity of these reductions is now being challenged in court. Udall and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) led 118 Members of Congress in filing an amicus brief, reaffirming that only Congress has this power to change or alter monuments.


National monuments and America’s protected public lands help fuel an $887 billion outdoor recreation industry, which sustains 7.6 million jobs and creates $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue and $59.2 billion in local and state tax revenue. In New Mexico alone, the outdoor recreation economy is responsible for 99,000 jobs.

S. 367, the ANTIQUITIES Act of 2019, protects and enhances national monuments with three main provisions:

• It officially declares Congress’ support for the 52 national monuments established by presidents in both parties between January 1996 and October 2018 under their authority established by the Antiquities Act of 1906.


• It reinforces that existing law clearly states that presidential proclamations designating national monuments are valid and cannot be reduced or diminished, except by an act of Congress.

• It further enhances protections for the presidentially designated national monuments by 1) requiring that they be surveyed, mapped and that management plans be completed in two years—in the same manner as congressionally designated national monuments—and 2) that they receive additional resources to ensure that they will continue to meet their full potential of providing unmatched economic, recreational, and cultural benefits to their states and to the nation.


The bill also expands protection for the Bears Ears National Monument to over 1.9 million acres, directing that it be composed of the lands identified in the Bears Ears Tribal Coalition’s original proposal. In addition, it would designate over 249,000 acres of federal public lands in New Mexico as wilderness and add over 111,000 acres of wilderness in southern Nevada, building on the monument protections in these states. This legislation preserves opportunities for hunting, tourism, scientific research, conservation, and cultural uses in national monuments and ensures they are properly resourced.
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Saturday

Sokoloff is a plant biologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature and has just returned from a three-week expedition charting the plants of several Arctic sites.

He was at Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island when he woke up in the bright Arctic night and saw an Arctic wolf poking its head through his tent door.

“Just its face (came in), thank God,” he said.

“I took a picture because that’s the first thing you think of when a wolf comes into your tent. I started yelling at it. It’s 1:30 in the morning, so I’m waking up the rest of the camp.

“Troy (another biologist) hears this and he starts yelling at the wolf. And the wolf, instead of getting spooked, says, ‘Oh there are people over here too,’ and went over to Troy’s tent and proceeded to be curious.

“He came back to my tent and tore my vestibule in half. So I have to go back and see how MEC’s warranty really stands up to wolf incidents.” (MEC is Mountain Equipment Co-op.)


“It took us a little while to scare the wolf out of camp. He was just curious about what was happening. Not aggressive, just curious.”

It was about the size of a Labrador dog, he said. “Not super-big but certainly not something that you want to get comfortable with next to you.”
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Tuesday

A marathon runner found a lost puppy while competing in a race before carrying him 19 miles to the finish line and later adopting him.

Khemjira Klongsanun, 43, noticed the other athletes dodging the dog seven miles into the 26-mile marathon in Ratchaburi, western Thailand.

She slowed down to kneel by the roadside and gently coax the trembling little Thai bangkaew breed dog over to her. With no houses or crowds nearby, she realized that the puppy was lost or had been abandoned and said that she feared he would struggle to survive in the wilderness.

Khemjira picked up the dog and cradled him to check he was safe, before, incredibly, running with him under her arm for a further 19 miles.

The heartwarming footage shows her running along with the puppy clutched in her hand as fellow competitors smiled and expressed their shock. At one point, she held the puppy up so onlookers could see it. She even crossed the finish line holding the dog. The shop owner has now adopted the dog, believed to be just a couple of months old, and named him Chombueng after the name of the marathon.

Khemjira said: 'It seemed to me that this little guy was lost. There were no houses, no other dogs, or no people around. So, I picked up the puppy, if only to take him out of the unsafe environment.'


She tried to find the owner of the puppy when she crossed the finish line but without success. She took him home and appealed again for the owner to come forward, but has not had any contact. Chombueng has now joined the family with Khemjira's two other grown-up dogs. Khemjira said: 'Running almost 20 miles carrying dog was truly a challenge. It was two times tiring than a normal marathon but I did it anyway just because he is adorable.


'It took a lot of time to take the new dog for checkups, vaccinations, and treatments but I'm glad to save him and willing to have him with other dog members in the family.


'It might take a while for him to adapt himself. But Chombueng is a very smart boy. I'm sure he is going to be happy living with us.'

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