"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality."
A caged, farmed bear with bile extraction wound© TBC
Here's The World Society for the Protection of Animals 2010 year end review. Enjoy their video. It's heart warming to know good organizations are out there helping animals around the globe. Think about forgoing a few cups of coffee (sometime during the coming year) and donate the money saved to your favorite organization. You can make a difference. Pass it on ...
A Special Tiger Protection Force For Corbett National Park on its Platinum JubileeAuthor: Subhash Kandpal
The Jim Corbett National Park, one of the oldest and most popular wildlife reserves in India will get the most required gift on the occasion of its platinum jubilee – a special tiger protection force.
The Uttarakhand cabinet headed by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank recently sanctioned the special tiger force, and the forest department is now expecting that the special force will become the reality as soon as the Jim Corbett National Park, known for its healthy tiger density, turns 75. A huge celebration will be done on the occasion and a special function will be organized in the first few months of 2011 to celebrate the platinum jubilee of the favorite destination of tourists, The Jim Corbett National Park.
Right after the meeting the official announced that the new special tiger force will include one company consisting three platoons and it will be headed by a forest officer of the rank of Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF). Every platoon will have six foresters, one ranger and 30 special guards. The hallmark of this new special force will be 30of the forest guards that will be taken from the neighboring communities living in the surrounding area of the park like the nomadic tribes – Van Gujjars.
The force will be given similar role of police and their main task will be to protect the tigers from the rustlers. Along with that they can also enjoy the power under section 197, the section of the criminal procedure code (CrPC). With the rising concern on the diminishing population of the tigers, the Centre has approved the plan for such force and will be spending the sum of Rs 4 crore every year on it.
There are just 1, 400 tigers left in the country and Jim Corbett National Park has nearly 160 tigers, which is the highest amount of tigers anywhere in the country and that is why the animal lovers, government and various corporations are working overtime to save the animal.
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"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."