Serbia: RIP Maxine.

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danica 27 oct maxine


With aching hearts and a slight pang of conscience, while we’re still wondering what we’ve missed and what more we could have done, we regret to inform you of the passing of our lovely Maxine.

We haven’t mentioned her for a long time as we had nothing important to say – she was gorgeous but almost unnoticeable, in the way that only quiet, placid and serene kitties are. A sweet, affectionate torbie tabby girl, totally unobtrusive and totally awesome, she was living her simple and peaceful life in the company of her kitty friends and the four years she spent in the shelter passed by in a flash. We knew she wasn’t young, but she wasn’t elderly either, and for some inexplicable reason it never occurred to us that she wouldn’t be here forever…

She started to decline slowly last winter but she was loving and beautiful nevertheless, although a little thinner. Spring came and went, then summer began and ended, but Maxine still seemed to be the same old Maxine we knew and loved, even though she had become significantly skinny despite her good appetite.

When the weather got cold, we noticed she had some nasal discharge, but knowing that she was also FIV positive, we took it seriously and rushed her to the vet who promptly prescribed her antibiotics; we were feeding her ground raw meat, giving her meds and vitamin supplements and she’d been putting up with everything with her usual tranquility. Just when we thought the worst had passed, she suddenly began to deteriorate frighteningly quickly and in only two short days she became incredibly gaunt, nothing but a faint wisp of the alluring, captivating kitty she once was. The end was near, she knew it and calmly accepted what was about to happen, while we were still frantically trying to think of something that would make her feel better, refusing to believe she was already far beyond any help.

Maxine passed away peacefully, she extinguished quietly like the flame of a candle, but her memory will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all of those she touched. Maybe time will alleviate the sorrow and ease the pain, but we’ll never miss and love this inconspicuous, yet fascinating kitty girl her any less.

Spread your wings and fly, our little angel, you’re free now and the sky is yours.



USA: In Wyoming, 55 wolves have been killed at taxpayer expense so far this year.


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Dear Mark,

In Wyoming 55 wolves have been killed at taxpayer expense so far this year — many of them gunned down by Wildlife Services, the rogue government program operating from inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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We’re going directly after Wildlife Services to rein them in and shut down this needless killing. By using the government’s own rulemaking process, we’ll force the agency to reform and get in line with our nation’s laws, policies and values, ending the shameful slaughter of wolves and other important endangered species. This is the best way to stop this taxpayer-funded killing crew.

As long as Wildlife Services undermines the healthy return of wolves to the wild, we will never achieve the restoration that these intelligent, social animals need. If we’re going to protect wolves in Wyoming or anywhere else, we’ve got to put a leash on these government killers.

Please help us shut down Wildlife Services’ wanton destruction of endangered and threatened wildlife. Give to the Predator Defense Fund today.

For the wolves,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

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Global: World Health Organization Declares Processed Meat Causes Cancer.

World Health Organization Declares Processed Meat Causes Cancer

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that bacon, sausage, hot dogs, deli meats and other processed meats cause cancer. After extensive research and evaluation, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm—classified bacon and other processed meats as “Group 1” carcinogens, along with cigarette smoking and asbestos. Group 1 carcinogens are those that have what the WHO describes as “sufficient evidence” on humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.

WHO defines “processed meat” as meat that has been salted, cured, fermented, smoked or other processes used to enhance flavor or improve preservation. Some types of processed meats classified as Group 1 carcinogens include: “hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef, biltong or beef jerky, and canned meat.”

Red meat consumption, in general, was also categorized as a Group 2A carcinogen, meaning that there is limited evidence that red meat consumption causes cancer in humans, with additional “strong mechanistic evidence” that supports the assertion that red meat causes cancer. Red meat is therefore classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

A group of 22 of the world’s leading cancer scientists from 10 countries formed the IARC committee involved in evaluating over 800 studies, exploring the relationship between meat consumption and more than a dozen different types of cancer before categorizing processed meat and red meat as carcinogens. For every 1.76 ounces of processed meat eaten daily, the scientists found an 18 percent increased risk of colorectal cancer. As a result, the WHO classifications come with advice to limit the intake of meat.

The World Health Organization recognizes the widespread ramifications of making such classifications, particularly in light of the widespread number of people who eat processed or red meat worldwide. Some of these ramifications will undoubtedly be economic ones, especially to the corporations producing these types of meats. But, increased awareness of the effects of high consumption of processed and red meats could help reduce the number of people suffering from cancer. Currently, the American Cancer indicates that more than 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer worldwide, every year.

While cigarette smoke and asbestos are also listed as Group 1 carcinogens, that doesn’t mean they are they are all equally carcinogenic, simply that there is sufficient research clearly linking these substances to cancer.

Other studies link processed meat consumption to all-cause mortality, such as one in BMC Medicine of 448,568 people over more than 12 years. Scientists concluded that eating processed meats significantly increases the risk of premature death.

While smoking or curing meats as well as adding questionable preservatives like nitrates are in part linked to the meats’ carcinogenic properties, they are not the only factors: how the meat is cooked plays a significant role. A study published Cancer Medicine determined that high temperature cooking methods such as pan-frying and oven-broiling red meat also increased the risk of cancer. When foods like red meat are heated over high temperatures or come in contact with grill flames, compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can form. Both compounds are known carcinogens.

Ready to switch to a plant-based diet? Here are 50 vegetarian recipes to get you started.

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Greece: Mayor Of Santorin Wants All Foreign Animal Rescuers Out.


Dear All,

The Mayor of Santorin (Greece) and a number of other politicians apparently want to get “all foreign animal rescuers out” and this only private animal shelter run by a British women and a German Organisation closed dow

– details here  : – their Website for adoptions

SAWA has been fighting for over a year for their shelter now the matter is with the courts.

They urgently need homes for their mostly young dogs.

Can you please pass on this call for help to all your contacts immediately.

Thank you very much.