Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Some exotic dish you might want to try! Snake-bite chicken 'off the menu'

China's health authorities are reported to be putting a stop to restaurants serving chickens which have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes.

The dish, which is served by a small number of restaurants in Guangdong and Chongqing, is billed as detoxing.

But it has generated a storm of controversy in the media and among bloggers after a video of its preparation was circulated online.

The video shows a cook holding a snake and forcing it to bite a live chicken.

A week of intense internet discussion has reached the near-unanimous decision that it is cruel to kill live chickens by forcing deadly snakes to bite them repeatedly.

Some voices noted, however, that they found the cooked dish delicious.

"It's disgusting and really cruel," read one post on the popular portal sina.com.cn.

"Not only is it cruel and blood-thirsty, but totally amoral," the Chongqing Business Daily cited a neighbour to one of the restaurants as saying.

"Although nobody has been poisoned, this at the very least is an irregular way of slaughtering poultry," the business newspaper quoted a local health official as saying.

According to Reuters news agency, health authorities in Guangdong have already told restaurants to stop serving "poisonous snake-bitten chicken". It said officials in Chongqing had joined the ban.

Restaurants in China have long specialised in exotic dishes which have provoked condemnation from animal rights activists and health watchdogs - such as monkey brains scooped from a live animal, civet cat and deer foetus soup.



Rare New Zealand bumblebee coming back to UK

A bumblebee which is extinct in the UK is to be reintroduced from New Zealand under plans being announced.

The short-haired bumblebee was exported from the UK to New Zealand on the first refrigerated lamb boats in the late 19th Century to pollinate clover crops.

It was last seen in the UK in 1988, but populations on the other side of the world have survived.

Now Natural England and several other conservation groups have launched a scheme to bring the species home.

International rescue

Poul Christensen, Natural England's acting chairman, said; "Bumblebees are suffering unprecedented international declines and drastic action is required to aid their recovery.

"Bumblebees play a key role in maintaining food supplies - we rely on their ability to pollinate crops and we have to do all we can to provide suitable habitat and to sustain the diversity of bee species.

"This international rescue mission has two aims - to restore habitat in England, thereby giving existing bees a boost; and to bring the short-haired bumblebee home where it can be protected."

As many as 100 of the bees will initially be collected in New Zealand and a captive breeding plan established, with the aim of eventually releasing them at Dungeness, Kent, where they were last seen.

They will be flown back on planes in cool boxes, and will not be disturbed, according to Natural England, as they will be in hibernation during transit.

The scheme's project officer Nikki Gammans, of the Stirling-based Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said the bee was a "keystone species" which was key to pollinating around 80% of important crops.

"By creating the right habitat for these bumblebees, we are recreating wildflower habitat that has been lost, which will be good for butterflies, water voles and nesting birds."

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Inner City, CBD View, Auckland, New Zealand, May 2009. David Lim

Some view of Auckland CDB, I used my Fujifilm digital camera to take these shot, all pictures were untouch (except for reducing the size).

Sodomizing a Sheep Doesn’t Put Perp on Michigan Sex Offender List

September 25, 2008--Despite a trend toward recognizing limited animal rights on the estate planning front, a Michigan appeals court has taken a traditional view of the law concerning a man convicted of sodomizing a sheep.

Jeffrey Scott Haynes, 45, a habitual offender who is serving a 2½- to 20-year prison term for sodomy will not have to register as a sex offender once he is released. That's because the victim of what a three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals described as his "abominable and detestable crime against nature" doesn't qualify as a "individual" under state law, reports the Detroit Free Press. The court said the sheep was the "object" of Haynes' crime, but held that he would have had to commit a crime against a human being to qualify for the sex offender registry, according to the newspaper.

The prosecution had persuaded the trial court that Haynes should be required to register, and John Hallacy, the Calhoun County prosecutor, said yesterday that the "the activity involved exemplifies a dangerous and deviant behavior that ought to fall under the registry requirements."

Although Haynes has previously been convicted of home invasion, forgery and uttering and publishing, he apparently doesn't have any prior sex convictions. He was reportedly convicted of sodomizing the sheep based on DNA evidence after a Bedford Township farmer found him trespassing several years ago and noticed an injured sheep.

Serial Animal Molester Gets . . . Only 33 Months In Jail?

Prosecutor Find “Sentence Appropriate”

Animal sex offender gets prison

May 13, 2009

A Hobart man who twice served time for killing animals now will spend nearly three years in federal prison for downloading images of people having sex with animals. Michael Bessigano likely will serve his sentence in a Boston-area facility for male offenders with mental problems.

U.S. Judge Philip Simon on Tuesday sentenced Bessigano to 33 months in prison and three years of supervised release, a term at the low end of federal guidelines. Simon two weeks ago threw out a plea agreement that would have seen Bessigano serve only 24 months, stating that Bessigano’s history did not seem to make him a candidate for a below-guidelines sentence.

So, in other words the judge didn’t want him to get a too-lenient sentence, just a lenient sentence. Peachy. That’s sure looking out for the people of Northwest Indiana.

Simon has asked the federal bureau of prisons to place Bessigano at Federal Medical Center Devens, and also that Bessigano participate in therapy for sex offenders.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bernard Van Wormer said the sentence was appropriate for Bessigano, who served time prison for killing a neighbor’s rottweiler in St. John Township in 1993, and was jailed again in 2001 for killing a chicken, and having sex with it. Bessigano was arrested in June 2008 after federal agents found images of bestiality on his computer hard drive after Bessigano’s state parole officers requested a search.

Some view of North Shore Auckland, New Zealand, May 2009

(Please click on the individual picture to get larger view).

Took all these pictures with my mate's Blackberry 8310 PDA. The outcome of the shots were not bad eventhought his 8310 is only 2 Meg Pixel and do not have auto focus compared to Nokia N95 8GB's 5 Meg Pixel! The color of the digital picture is very natural and vivid too. I found that this is the perfect way to take picture for blogging!