Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Held for Questioning in Osaka


Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Held for Questioning in Osaka

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Held for Questioning in Osaka
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Posted 29.11.2012 03:07 by
Osaka, Japan


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 Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Veteran Thomas Gainard has now been detained for more than 20 hours at the Kansai Airport in Japan. Japanese officials are refusing to give any further information as to why the French citizen is being held for such a lengthy period of time. Gainard’s travel companion, Cove Guardian Andy Romanowski was also detained, but released after three hours.


From his hotel room in Osaka, Romanowski has reached out to the international community seeking assistance to gain the release of Gainard:

“If you want to help, please call the Immigration department of the Kansai International Airport (they do speak english) and ask them why Thomas Gainard, who arrived on JQ19 on the 29/11, is being held for such an inappropriate period of time!? The Immigration department has even refused to give any info to the French embassy, who is also on the case. Kansai International Immigration contact number: +81 72 455 1461 thanks for your help!”

Casus: Left-Behind-Children in China

The bin in Guizhou province, south-western China, where the bodies of the five boys were discovered. Photograph: HAP/Quirky China News/Rex Features

The man who revealed the deaths of five homeless children in a bin this week, sparking soul-searching across China, has been taken away by officials, his supporters have said.

The boys, who were found dead in the south-western province of Guizhou, were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, apparently after lighting charcoal in an attempt to stay warm overnight.

News of the deaths spread when Li Yuanlong, a former journalist in Bijie city, posted details on an online bulletin board. But, according to sources, soon after the revelations the authorities forced Li to take a “vacation”, a method often used to deal with activists and dissidents.

The Bijie propaganda office denied the allegation, pointing to a note posted from Li’s bulletin board account that said he had not been taken away and was simply attending to urgent business.

But his son Li Muzi, who is studying in the United States, told the South China Morning Post his father had been put on a plane to a tourist destination he did not want disclosed. “Apparently they are trying to prevent him from helping other reporters follow up on the incident,” Li Muzi added.

He said his father had asked him to delete a microblog post about the disappearance in case it meant he was kept away for longer.

“The [local] government is quite cruel in dealing with this issue,” said Li Fangping, a Beijing-based lawyer and friend of the family.

The Chinese Human Rights Defenders network said Li, 52, had previously served a two-year sentence for inciting subversion of state power and been put under pressure for writing about sensitive subjects.

The authorities were quick to dismiss or suspend eight officials in the poor, mountainous region, but have been criticised for failing to address the underlying causes of the deaths and the delay in finding the boys, who Chinese media said had been reported missing 10 days before their deaths. Bijie officials denied police had been told of their disappearance.

Li Fangping added: “They just want the public to stop paying attention to the issue; they want to use this result [the sackings] to distract the public’s attention – they are not concerned with the causes, the effect and its consequences; they are not analysing this incident; not asking why officials were responsible; not asking what the problems in the system and the emergency response mechanism were. [They] did not mention how to prevent it happening again.

“The officials did not mention at all why it is so common for students to drop out in this district or why there are no NGOs getting involved.”

Others blamed the children‘s families or warned that society as a whole needed to learn lessons from the tragedy. A commentator for the English language Shanghai Daily newspaper said the sacked staff had been made scapegoats “for pervasive social apathy”.

The children, aged nine to 13, were cousins. Four were supposed to be under the care of an ageing, blind grandmother because their fathers were working as scrap collectors in Shenzhen, hundreds of miles away. All five had skipped school repeatedly.

Tao Yuanwu, father of two of the victims, said the children refused to return to classes, saying they were getting poor grades and disliked studying.

Studies have shown that children left behind by migrant worker parents are more likely to suffer educational and behavioural problems. But parents say they have little choice owing to long working hours and the hukou, or household registration system, which restricts the rights of migrant families to services such as education in cities.

“Unfortunately, this is certainly not an isolated case. It is very common for kids to be in the care of elderly grandparents who don’t have the resources to give them the care they need, materially and in terms of upbringing and education,” said Geoff Crothall, of China Labour Bulletin.

A commentator for Caixin magazine pointed out there were 58 million left-behind children in China, warning that without further action “the tragedy in Bijie is bound to happen again”.

We care for animals! And there are children, left-behind-children, in trash-bin

5 “Left-Behind” Boys Found Dead in Trash Bin in China

5 “Left-Behind” Boys Found Dead in Trash Bin in China

  • On the morning of November 16, an elderly scavenger made a terrible discovery in a trash bin in the city of Bijie, in China’s remote Guizhou province. He found the bodies of five boys, aged nine to thirteen and all brothers or cousins; they had apparently died from carbon monoxide poisoning from burning charcoal to keep warm.

The boys’ deaths highlight the phenomenon of “left-behind children” in China. As Raymond Li writes in the South China Morning Post, the five boys were all the children of “busy farmers or migrant workers who had left for other cities.” All were from Caqiangyan village, a poor community abandoned by most of its adults in search of work.

Four of the boys had dropped out of school due to “poor performance.” Only one boy’s father, Tao Jinyou, had informed district and township authorities that his son had been missing for three weeks; he said that officials had not responded to his requests for help.

Journalist Sent On “Vacation” After Reporting Boys’ Deaths

Local authorities were equally slow to confirm the tragic story, only doing so after several days of outrage about it on the Internet. Li Yuanlong, a former reporter for a Bijie daily, had broken the story of the five boys’ death and posted photos of their bodies soon after they were found. The following Wednesday, he was sent on a “vacation” by local authorities who put him on a plane to an unknown “tourist” destination. Li had already served two years in jail for writing too many “negative” stories.

China’s “Left-Behind Children”

The five boys’ death has triggered “soul-searching” in the mainland Chinese media about who is to blame and what social factors may have caused the tragedy, says Li. He notes that the boys’ case is in some way “typical” of China’s estimated 58 million “left-behind children,” the “byproducts of broken families, the country’s uneven economic boom and demanding examination-centric school system.”

Li cites a recent report from a Beijing-based group, the 21st Century Education Research Institute, that suggests that, in China’s educational system, those children who do not perform according to stringent standards simply give up:

The Beijing-based civic organisation found that dropout rates among rural primary pupils had by 2008 risen nearly 6 per cent higher than they were even in the late 1990s, a period notorious for mass dropouts at rural schools. It blamed a reckless closure of rural schools.

The number of rural schools has fallen 52 per cent in the past decade under a plan to improve education quality. The situation was even worse for small village-level schools, of which 60 per cent were closed during that same period.

Indeed, it is likely that rural dropout rates are even higher, as many children leave villages with their parents who are seeking work in the cities. Under China’s household registration (or Hukou) system, migrant families are required to be registered in their hometowns even if they live far away in cities. Without registration, families cannot receive state-subsidized services including those for health and education. Migrant children in cities must attend cheap, privately-run schools that are mostly unregulated by authorities.

Is China’s Test-centric Education System To Blame?

Professor Chu Zhaohui of the National Institute of Education Sciences told the South China Morning Post that school officials are required to keep track of students who drop out and pinned the blame for the boys’ deaths on them. Eight local Bijie officials, including the principals of two of the local schools some of the boys once attended, have indeed been sacked or suspended from their positions.

But Chu also emphasized that “Some of the street children are simply driven out of school because they couldn’t have a sense of belonging under a test-centric school regime.”

The sad fates of the five boys, and the plight of China’s millions of left-behind children, more than suggest that the country’s economic successes are very unevenly distributed. As Li Fangping, a Beijing lawyer investigating the five boys’ deaths, says with reference to the recent change of leadership in China’s ruling Communist Party, “What we’re seeing now is at odds with the harmonious and beautiful China that new leadership tries to project to the world.”

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500 CATS RESCUED in CHINA! 500 cats crammed in trucks…

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Volunteers Celebrate Saving 500 Cats from Meat Trade


Volunteers in China are weary but grateful as they provide care for 500 cats rescued rescued from the meat trade. These cats were saved by chance when a police officer pulled the vehicle over in the city of  Xuzhou after noticing it had out-of-town license plates.

Office Sun, who had been doing routine inspections along the roadway, began investigating when he heard crying coming from the back of a large agricultural vehicle. The driver told him that he was carrying rabbits, but when the office inspected the burlap bags in the back of the truck, he found hundreds of cats struggling for air and severely dehydrated.

A long standoff ensued as word went out to local animal rescue volunteers who began negotiating for the release of the cats. Although they had no legal standing to seize the animals, they refused to let the vehicle continue on. Haggling for custody of the cats stretched well into evening before the driver finally agreed to accept the equivalent of $800 for the cats.

Xuzhou Animal Rescuer Centre now has 1,000 animals in their shelter after this mass intervention. Some volunteers are reportedly getting ill from exhaustion, working around the clock for the cats, but they are determined to bring peace to these survivors. While some of the cats are settling in, others are still petrified of human contact. Their recovery will be long and the adoption process painstakingly slow.

Today the Harmony Fund has made a donation to help in the care of these cats as part of it’s year end international campaign Operation Holiday Kitty which will provide aid to an array of cat rescue efforts across the planet.

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English: a rhino in South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This platter was found in a street market, a f...
This platter was found in a street market, a few miles east of Hanoi, Vietnam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Video Exposes Shocking Dog Meat Industry In Bali

Video Exposes Shocking Dog Meat Industry In Bali

When you hear the word “Bali,” you probably think of gorgeous scenery, exotic dances, a deeply spiritual and unique culture, a romantic getaway, indeed a place that has often been called paradise on earth.

But there is a much darker side to the Indonesian island of Bali, one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, and also one of the world’s most popular island resorts.

Every year, more than 18 million dogs are killed for human consumption worldwide, and Bali is no stranger to the dog meat market.

Many dogs in Bali live on the streets in front of their owners’ houses; they are routinely snatched away, either with a lasso or in a net, then clubbed, and eventually strangled, beaten and even skinned alive.

A new documentary from indiegogo, entitled “Commercial Carnage: Dog Meat Industry,” exposes this cruel practice, showing how beloved family pets are routinely taken and sold to dog meat factories for as little as $2.50, with a typical dog catcher seizing six dogs each night.

According to indiegogo, once tied up,

the animals are transported to the abbatoir on bikes. Unfortunately the dogs suffering is prolonged as they are kept like this until they are butchered.

You can watch this shocking video by clicking here, but be warned – there are some gruesome scenes.

The dog meat industry is particularly prevalent in South-East Asia. As Care2 reported here, in Thailand, pet dogs are being snatched in increasing numbers to feed the restaurant trade in dog meat elsewhere in South-East Asia. Thai police have suggested that as many as 2,000 dogs were seized in a six-month period. Most of these are bound for Vietnam and China where dog is considered a delicacy.

In China, however, there is some reason to be hopeful. In October, 2011, nearly 800 dogs were rescued by a Chinese animal protection group in the city of Zigong, in southwest Sichuan province. A similar rescue happened earlier in the year, when nearly 200 heroic animal lovers in China saved the lives of 580 dogs that were being trucked to a Beijing slaughterhouse for their meat.

Even better, in Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong, there is a ban on the slaughter of dogs for human consumption in response both to public concern and health fears around eating these species.

Animal activists are demanding change in China, and have achieved change in Taiwan, the Phillipines, Singapore and Hong Kong, but what about Bali?

If you are concerned about the shocking practices associated with the commercial killing of innocent dogs in Bali, please sign our petition, demanding an end to the slaughter of dogs for human consumption.

Cordobas Stray-Cats: Poverty of People reaches former pets…

Stilles Drama in den Straßen und Parks von Córdoba – das Katzensterben geht weiter

Hier gibt es jetzt auch eine Petition zum Unterschreiben:
Nombre = Vorname
Apellido = Nachname
Email = E-Mail-Adresse 🙂
Código postal = PLZ
im Feld unter der Länderauswahl kann man einen Grund eingeben, warum man diese Petition wichtig findet
Firma = zum Unterschreiben klicken
(geht auf Wunsch auch anonym, dazu einfach das entsprechende Häkchen unter dem „Firma“-Button entfernen)An:
Gesendet: 0:31 Samstag, 17.November 2012
Betreff: Stilles Drama in den Straßen und Parks von Córdoba – das Katzensterben geht weiter

 Nachricht des spanischen Tierschutzvereins El Arca de Noé de Córdoba (Web:, deutscher Blog:


Jedes Jahr geschieht, über viele Monate hinweg, in den Straßen und Parks unserer Stadt etwas so Dramatisches wie Unbemerktes: Hunderte von Kätzchen werden in Straßenkolonien geboren und die allermeisten von ihnen sterben, bevor sie zwei Monate alt sind. Es sind kleine Unglückswürmchen, die vor ihrem Tod eine unvorstellbare Agonie, ein schreckliches Leiden ertragen müssen, dem unsere Gesellschaftgleichgültig gegenübersteht. Diese Kleinen sterben in den Händen von Kindern, die sie zum Spaß töten (wir sind leider schon Augenzeugen geworden), werden überfahren oder verhungern. Sie leiden auch oft an einer sehr starken Infektion der Atemwege, durch die sie nicht mehr richtig atmen und fressen können und langsam erblinden. Wenn sie nichts mehr sehen können, können sie kein Futter und kein Wasser mehr suchen und auch den Autos nicht mehr ausweichen. Sie bleiben unbewegt liegen und warten darauf, dass der Tod so bald wie möglich zu ihnen kommt. 

Auf diesen Fotos sehen Sie die Unglückswürmer, die wir zuletzt gerettet haben. Mehr tot als lebendig lagen sie am Straßenrand, während die Menschen achtlos an ihnen vorübereilten oder sogar noch über die winzigen Kätzchen lächelten, ohne zu bemerken, was sich da vor ihren Augen abspielte. Wir haben noch keine Verteilermails über diese Kätzchen geschickt, weil wir noch nicht wissen, ob sie überhaupt durchkommen werden. Sie haben schrecklichen Durchfall, aus ihren Augen quillt Eiter, sie können kaum atmen und man spürt wirklich jeden Knochen ihrer winzigen Körperchen, die schon angefangen hatten, nach Tod zu riechen.

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Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Kätzchen und wir brauchen Hilfe. Kurzfristige Hilfe: Pflegestellen, Adoptionen und Spenden. Und mittelfristige Hilfe: Protestierende Bürger, die ihre Stimme erheben und von unseren Lokalpolitikern Lösungen verlangen. 

Der TSV El Arca de Noé kämpft darum, dass die Stadt Córdoba sich endlich engagiert und mit uns zusammenarbeitet, um die Katzen in den Straßenkolonien unserer Stadt zu kastrieren. Bisher basiert die Aktivität der Stadt Córdoba AUSSCHLIESSLICH darauf, die Katzen einzufangen und anschließend zu töten.
Wir glauben, dass dies eine UNGESCHICKTE, UNWIRKSAME und vor allem GRAUSAME Handlungsweise ist. Wir versuchen, ihnen klarzumachen, dass KASTRATION nötig und der einzige Weg ist, um im Lauf der Zeit immer weniger und irgendwann gar keine Katzen mehr in den Straßen und Gärten unserer Stadt zu sehen, die leiden und elend zugrunde gehen. Es ist weder teurer noch mühsamer, es ist einfach anders und neu für sie, unsere Politiker und Beamten. Wir bitten deshalb unsere spanischen Mitbürger, an die Stadt Córdoba und die städtische Tötungsstation zu schreiben und gegen diese untragbare Situation und das massenhafte Töten von Tieren in der Tötungsstation zu protestieren.

Wenn auch Sie aus dem Ausland uns helfen möchten, damit wir weiterhin Katzenkolonien kastrieren und Straßenkatzen retten können, um ihnen ein besseres Leben zu ermöglichen, können Sie spenden (jeder Euro hilft – die Bankverbindung finden Sie unten in der Signatur) oder auch (das wäre uns eine große Hilfe!) ein Tier in Pflege nehmen oder sogar adoptieren. Schauen Sie doch einmal in unseren Blog, dort werden schon einige Katzen vorgestellt und es kommen laufend neue hinzu. Vielleicht finden Sie dort ja genau die Katze, die Sie gesucht haben, oder verlieben sich spontan in eine unserer Samtpfoten?
Auch mit Sachspenden können Sie uns helfen. Ob Futter, Medikamente oder Bettchen – es fehlt so ziemlich an allem. Vielleicht haben Sie ja etwas übrig und können es uns zur Verfügung stellen? Oder Sie bestellen Ihre Spende ganz bequem bei zooplus und lassen sie direkt nach Córdoba liefern…
Oder Sie kennen jemanden, der eine Katze adoptieren möchte und erzählen ihm von uns und unserer Arbeit? Wir haben übrigens auch Hunde…

Es gibt viele Möglichkeiten! Bitte sprechen Sie uns einfach an, wenn Sie helfen möchten. Wir haben Hilfe dringend nötig. Vielen Dank!

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Sydney brown trapdoor spider

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

High school students from the remote Indigenous community of Maningrida, 500 kilometres east of Darwin, have written themselves into the science books.

They have discovered 33 new species of spiders over the past two years.

Maningrida senior students discovered 18 new species of spiders in 2005 and another 15 spiders last year.

The Maningrida Community Education Centre has been running year 11 and 12 subjects for the past four years and has experienced enormous success.

Teacher Mason Scholes says a host of unknown trapdoor, tarantula and mouse spider species were caught last year.

Mr Scholes says students have just recently enjoyed the privilege of naming them.

“One’s called Blakie and I think another one is Campo and Campionode,” he said.

“And they put some Indigenous names in there – for the Tarantula one, it’s difficult for me to pronounce but it means…

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