Save a rhino, clip your fingernails


In this video, Marjo Hoedemaker (founder of the Marjo Hoedemaker Elephant Foundation) from the Netherlands speaks in Amersfoort zoo.

He says that in Vietnam and other countries, some people believe that rhino horn can cure cancer. This leads to poachers killing rhinos.

This quackery is nonsense. Rhino horn is the same stuff as human fingernails and toenails: keratin.

Marjo Hoedemaker proposes that people bring their clipped fingernails to Amersfoort zoo, starting on 1 December. A bin to collect the nails will then be next to the zoo’s rhino enclosure. As soon as Marjo will have five kilogram of keratin, he intends to bring it to the embassy of Vietnam in the Netherlands. The embassy may then send it to believers in Vietnam in the healing powers of rhino horn; thus saving rhino’s lives.

A pedicurist and other people have already said they will help.

Sick Spanish authorities transport ill African refugees in garbage truck


Immigrants from western Africa were loaded into a dump truck on Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands by authorities who feared they may be carrying the Ebola virus; photo by BORJA SUAREZ/REUTERS

As this photo shows, Spanish authorities on Gran Canaria island, two days ago, transported sick African refugees in a garbage truck. I know that pigs, cattle and other animals are sometimes transported in horrible ways, with overcrowding, dirt, etc. However, so far I have not read about pigs or cattle being transported in a garbage truck.

These African refugees were ill. Transporting them in a garbage truck exposed them to pollution and worse illness.

According to British daily the Daily Mirror, after landing on Gran Canaria, nineteen African refugees, seventeen men, two women, had to wait for seven hours on the beach, before the dump truck came.

The inhuman treatment of these Africans had to do with Ebola panic. However, the local authorities soon confirmed that none of the Africans had Ebola.

French football coach is anti-African racist


This video is called Lilian Thuram, one of the best defenders and most capped player in the history of the French national team.

By Kadeem Simmonds:

French club back coach who said African players ‘lack intelligence’

Thursday 6th November 2014

Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol was yesterday backed by the club after his outrageous comments regarding African players “lacking intelligence.”

Speaking on Tuesday, the former France and Bayern Munich player told local French Sud Ouest that while African players were “not that expensive” and “ready to fight and powerful on the pitch” they also were missing “technique, intelligence and discipline.”

Club president Jean-Louis Triaud backed his manager, saying: “For those who know Willy Sagnol, the acknowledgment of what the accused said is unlikely and far-fetched,” adding the interpretation was “malicious.”

Former teammate at club and international level Lilian Thuram and anti-racism association SOS Racisme condemned Sagnol’s comments. SOS Racisme said: “This is laid-back, anti-black racism,” with Thuram adding: “It is damaging that someone can hint that ‘the African players’ lack this or that quality.”

The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism said in a statement: “These abject theories have led to some men and women having their humanity denied.”

Bordeaux coach and former France international Willy Sagnol apologised yesterday for comments he made about African footballers, although he still claims they were misinterpreted: here.

Fifa’s anti-racism adviser Tokyo Sexwale wants a tougher stance on racism before the 2018 World Cup in Russia or black players could boycott the tournament, he said on Tuesday: here.