Time for a Time Out – Things Have Been Busy and We Need A Laugh.

We hope you will enjoy these two from British tv.

We love both Victor and Frank.

Time out – we need a short break and to have a laugh.

Here is Victor; loved by the UK people.  He says what he thinks is right but he always ends up getting into trouble because he speaks out.  UK people love him.


Ol Vic does his stuff






And here is a classic tv from the UK back in the 1970’s.

Frank Spencer – he is not the brightest button in the box but his heart is very good – he always tries to help others but things always go wrong.

His long suffering wife is called Betty.







China: Chinese Customs Seize 645 Wolf Skins From Greece.


Subject: Chinese customs seize 645 wolf skins from Greece

 Source:  http://www.enetenglish.gr/?i=news.en.politics&id=1351

Chinese customs seize 645 wolf skins from Greece

Pelts arrived on July 29 flight from Athens

Author: Damian Mac Con Uladh

The 645 wolf skins were concealed in bags that were labelled ‘fur scraps’. It is not clear if the skins are from Greece’s indigenous wolf population, which is estimated to number 500-700 animals

Below – Customs officers check wolf skins at Beijing Capital International Airport, 8 August 2013 (Reuters)Customs officials in China on Thursday seized almost 650 pieces of wolf skins that arrived on a flight from Greece last month.

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The pelts, which cover a total area of 200m2 when spread out, were imported into China on July 29 on a flight from Greece to Beijing Capital International Airport, officials said, describing the haul as the biggest case of suspected smuggling of skins of endangered wild animals in China in over a decade.

According to Chinese media, the goods were packed into 30 sacks, each of which was labelled “fur scraps”. The accompanying documentation stated that the total weight of the freight was 1,400kg and was valued at $3,700.

But as that represented a price of $3 per kilo – well below the average market price for fur scraps – customs officials became suspicious and decided to carry out on inspection.

Below – Customs officers check wolf skins at Beijing Capital International Airport, 8 August 2013 (Reuters)After x-raying the consignment, officials opened the bags to find up to twenty pelts in each sack concealed beneath fur scraps on top.

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The seized skins are mostly brown in colour but there are also black- and grey-haired pelts.

A trading firm in Beijing is suspected of smuggling the wolf skins and arrests have been made, customs officials told the media. They estimate that the market value of the skins could be in the region of 1m yuan (€125,000) or more.

It is not clear if the skins are from Greece’s indigenous wolf population, which is estimated to number 500-700 animals, or were imported from elsewhere.

Ukraine: Kiev’s dog hunters go on the attack to rid the city of strays.


Subject: (Ukraine) Kiev’s dog hunters go on the attack to rid the city of strays

Article:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/11/kiev-dog-hunters-rid-city-strays

Creatures slaughtered with poison or a single shot to the head on the grounds of public health

  • Oksana Grytsenko in Kiev
  • theguardian.com, Sunday 11 August 2013 23.18 BST


Stray dogs 

Kiev has up to 18,000 stray animals, mostly dogs, the authorities say. Photograph: Anna Voitenko

They adopt nicknames such as hunter, comrade and chemist-amateur. They swap tips on the whereabouts of a target and recipes for poison. And when the moment is right, they strike with doctored food or a simple shot to the head.

Kiev’s dog hunters are taking matters into their own hands, targeting the city’s thousands of strays in the name of public health. But in so doing, they are stoking a row about animal rights in a country famously blase about the welfare of its animals.

Last year, when pictures of strays lying on Ukrainian streets provoked an international storm in the runup to Euro 2012, the government invited in foreign vets, including the Austrian organisation Vier Pfoten (Four Paws), which offered free neutering and vaccination of stray animals at mobile clinics.

But soon after the football fans went home, the slaughter of stray dogs resumed in Kiev.

Now Vier Pfoten has stopped its neutering programme after death threats were posted on the web. “They said I could be killed exactly like happened to a judge in Kharkiv,” said Amir Khalil, head of the Vier Pfoten project in Ukraine, referring to a judge found decapitated in his flat together with three members of his family in December 2012. “They said: ‘We don’t need foreigners to castrate our dogs!'”

He said because the authorities and police in Kiev had not taken action after the threats, the project had been moved out of the city.

Kiev, which has a population of about 3 million people, has up to 18,000 stray animals, mostly dogs, city officials say. The authorities claim they lack money to keep them all at shelters.

Dog hunters use a website called “Vreditelyam.net?” (“no to pests”) to share information about the dogs’ locations, discuss recipes for poison and post photographs of the dogs they have killed. They call the dogs “flea carriers”, the pieces of food laced with poison “yummy” and the dog’s killing “sending to a rainbow”.


Dogs killed by dog hunters lie on the ground 

Dead dogs in plastic bags left on the ground. Photograph: Anna Voitenko

Oleksiy Sviatohor, a lawyer, is one of the few who admits to being a dog hunter. “This work is like cleaning up the trash,” he said. “Some may not like it, but we are finding the solution.”

Sviatohor claimed that the neutering by Vier Pfoten was merely mutilating the dogs and did not solve the problem. He said the poison, an anti-tuberculosis medication that is extremely toxic for dogs, causes a relatively fast and painless death.

But Tamara Tarnavska, an animal rights campaigner, finds it almost unbearable to talk about the dog hunters. “An animal takes five or six hours to die in agony,” she said.

Volunteers have seen the hunters giving poison to the dogs and reported them to the police. But they remember only one case of someone being imprisoned for slaughtering stray dogs. In June 2012 a student, Oleksiy Vedula, who tortured and killed more than 100 dogs and posted videos on the web, was sentenced to four years in jail.

Sviatohor said thousands of residents had been attacked by stray dogs and many people supported the dog hunters.

But animal rights activists say family dogs and even children playing in gardens risk eating poison left by the dog hunters.

Serhiy Morozov, a video engineer, was recently bitten on the leg by a stray dog. He said he was lucky to be wearing jeans, which protected him from the dog’s teeth and the risk of rabies.

Morozov said that while he would be more careful around stray dogs, he would never justify the killing of animals by dog hunters. “I would strangle these people with my own hands,” he said.