New draft Egyptian constitution guarantees “protection of animal welfare”

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 
CAIRO––The 50-member constituent assembly responsible for
establishing the new Egyptian constitution has included recognition of
animal welfare in Article 45 of a redraft that is expected to be
ratified in early 2014.
Announcing the inclusion of the animal welfare clause on
December 1, 2013, Cairo animal advocate Dina Zulfikar forwarded two
different translations of Article 45 from the Arabic original,
diverging in idiom but parallel in apparent intent.

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Videotaped Eid al Adha slaughter cruelty in Gaza shocks Australia

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

GAZA, CANBERRA––Amateur videos posted to social media by
witnesses to Eid al Adha slaughters in Gaza on October 15, 2013 appear
to have provided some of the most damning evidence yet of the failure of
the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System to protect Australian
livestock from abuse after arrival in foreign nations.
Collected by Animals Australia from social media, the Gaza
videos show tethered cattle being chased off a truck to fall heavily
upside down in the street, cattle being stabbed in the eyes, a bull
being “knee-capped” with an assault rifle, and being killed so
ineptly that one bull with a distinctive Australian ear-tag reportedly
suffered 102 separate cuts to his throat before bleeding to death,
remaining conscious all the while.

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Animals Australia exposes Egyptian slaughterhouses again

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013:

Exposing a bloody business

CANBERRA––The latest Animals Australia undercover videos of slaughter at the two Egyptian slaughterhouses authorized to kill Australian cattle showed “outrageous cruelty” that “left me and my industry colleagues disgusted and horrified,”  Australian Livestock Exporters Council spokesperson Alison Penfold told media.   Read more

Giza Zoo officials are caught telling grim fairy tale about how three bears died

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013:

CAIRO––Two days after the Giza Zoo announced that the female North American black bears Farah,  Lulu,  and Nabila had killed each other in a nine-hour brawl over a male bear on the evening of May 5,  2013,  the newspaper Al Watan revealed that the bears actually died from effects of over-sedation.  Two of the sedated bears reportedly suffered fatal injuries in falls,  while the third bear drowned.  Two other sedated bears were injured.   Read more

InterNICHE introduces alternatives to animal use in education to Iran

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

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I visited Iran in April and June 2012 as an invited speaker at the 17th Iranian Veterinary Congress and to conduct outreach to universities.  A previous InterNICHE visit to Iran in 2011 had been the first alternatives outreach to the country.  The 2012 outreach was part of a wider project that included extended stays in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
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Australian sheep export to Bahrain comes to "bloody & miserable end" in Pakistan

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

KARACHI,  Pakistan–The Livestock Department of the state government of Sindh, Pakistan on October 20,  2012 killed the last of 22,000 sheep who were shipped from Fremantle, Australia to Bahrain on August 4,  2012 aboard the Wellard Rural Exports transporter Ocean Drover,  Malir district deputy commissionr Kazi Jan Muhammad told Ghulam Abbas of the Karachi Business Recorder.  Intended to be sold for Ramadan ritual slaughter,  the sheep were rejected by Bahrain on August 21, purportedly due to scabby mouth disease,  a stress-related affliction similar to a human cold sore,  which often develops among sheep on shipboard.  The disease is also called “orf.” Read more
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