German boars still sick from Chernobyl nuclear radiaton


This video from Germany says about itself:

What’s cuter than baby orphan boar piglets? Baby orphan boar piglets being raised by a puppy!

When VICE Germany sent us some footage of the Lehnitz animal asylum, we weren’t sure how cute it was going to be. Little did we know, boar piglets live there! These little rascals were found in the woods and love to eat, sleep, play, and hang out with their surrogate mom, who’s a dog. We’re pleased to present Spots, Nesti, Diva, Borstel, Ernie, and Bert!

Translated from DPA news agency in Germany:

Still many boars radioactively contaminated, decades after Chernobyl accident

In some regions of Thuringia meat of wild boar is still contaminated by radioactivity.

Erfurt. 28 years after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl boars are still so contaminated that their meat can not be sold in Thuringia. Last year, according to the Ministry of Health 586 shot animals were examined and in almost every tenth of them the limit of 600 becquerels per kilogram was exceeded. The end of that problem is not in sight, as the cesium content halves only every 30 years, said the head of the department for food inspection, Karin Schindler.

Wild boar piglets


This is a video about wild boar piglets, filmed in wildlife park Het Aardhuis in the Veluwe region in Netherlands on 27 March 2013.

Spring weather was cold then. So, the piglets huddled together to keep warm.

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British army animal abuse in Denmark


This video is called Pigs Strung Up And SHOT To Train British Army Medics In Treating Gunshot Wounds.

From the Daily Mirror in Britain, with photos there:

EXCLUSIVE: Pigs strung up and SHOT to train British Army medics in treating gunshot wounds

Feb 18, 2014 00:00

By Chris Hughes, Andy Lines

Military surgeons are being sent to Denmark for the controversial training on live animals – even though the practice is illegal in the UK

Pigs are being shot so British Army medics can learn to treat battle wounds.

Military surgeons are sent to Denmark for the controversial training on live animals – even though the practice is illegal in the UK.

Animal rights group PETA has slammed the “cruel” practice.

A live pig dangles from a wooden frame as a soldier shoots it to inflict horrific injuries.

Military medics then operate on the animal’s traumatic gunshot wounds while it is still breathing.

The shocking photos taken in Denmark have put the country at the centre of another animal cruelty row after the controversial killing of a giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo.

Campaigners who are disgusted by the pig shootings are demanding an end to the brutal military training courses that are nicknamed Operation Danish Bacon.

This kind of training is banned in Britain – yet our Army medics are sent to Denmark to take part.

Mimi Bekhechi, associate director of animal rights group PETA UK, said: “The overwhelming majority of the UK’s Nato allies do not shoot, stab or dismember animals for their military training exercises.

“The Ministry of Defence’s decision to ship out members of the armed forces for these deadly and cruel exercises in Denmark – which would be illegal if conducted in the UK – is impossible to justify medically, ethically or educationally.”

The pigs are strung up then blasted with an AK-47 rifle or a 9mm handgun.

To give them experience of working on gun wounds, medics then operate on the animals. Even if the surgery is a success, the pigs are later killed.

The British Army sends surgeons to Jaegerspris Kaserne in Denmark twice a year to take part in the exercises.

During the training the pigs are “subjected to bullet and blast wounds”, the UK Government has confirmed. PETA has appealed to the Danish Minister of Defence to stop the country’s animal-based trauma training exercises.

Campaigners argue that hi-tech human simulators should be used instead, adding that they are more realistic than using live animals.

A PETA spokesman said: “Eighty per cent of Nato allies have already ended the cruel use of animals in archaic military medical training exercises. …

PETA has also filed a complaint with the European Commission against Denmark over the training courses.

An EU directive, as well as Denmark’s Animal Welfare Act, require that non-animal methods should be used to train the military whenever available.

A former US military medical worker – who is now with PETA – insisted that compared to operating on animals that have been stabbed or shot, the
lifelike human simulators are a far superior way of preparing doctors to treat injured humans.

Experts said the Caesar patient simulator, which “breathes” and “bleeds”, can be used anywhere.

It has been developed to give medics the best possible grounding in how to deal with casualties on the front line and in disaster zones.

The MoD has strongly defended sending its medical staff for the live animal training. …

These never-before-seen photographs of pigs being shot follow Denmark coming under heavy fire over its treatment of giraffes.

This month the zoo in Copenhagen killed a giraffe called Marius to avoid interbreeding – then his body was dissected and fed to the lions as young children watched.

Staff received death threats after the animal’s death.

Another zoo in Denmark then considered killing a giraffe, also called Marius, to avoid fights among males after the planned arrival of a female.

Marius won a reprieve because moves to introduce the female were shelved.

Genetic similarities between people and pigs

Pigs are genetically very close to humans.

The flesh of swine is so similar to our own that if you eat under-cooked pork you can get parasites that live equally as well in our own flesh.

In 2000 a heart doctor gave a patient a transfusion of pig’s blood following a number of attempts at animal-to-human organ transplants.

London surgeon Dr Dhaniram Baruah injected more than half a pint of the blood into a man suffering from severe anemia.

The term ‘long pork’ was reportedly coined by cannibals because human meat tastes like pork.

During an interview from his prison cell Germany’s infamous cannibal Armin Meiwes – who ate an estimated 20kg of his victim – said: “The flesh tastes like pork.“It tastes a little bit more bitter, stronger. It tastes quite good.”

Dutch armed forces lied to PETA about supposedly not subjecting animals to tests, while they did: here.

Peccaries help to discover Brazilian prehistoric art


This video says about itself:

White-lipped Peccary in the Clay Lick of the Yasuni

1 Apr 2011

The White-lipped Peccary, Tayassu pecari, is a peccary species found in Central and South America, living in rainforest, dry forest and chaco scrub. It is monotypic within the genus Tayassu.

The white-lipped peccary is diurnal and lives in large herds of 50 to 300+ individuals, though there have been reported sightings of up to 2,000 individuals. It is an omnivorous animal, feeding on fruits, roots, tubers, palm nuts, grasses and invertebrates.

Like the collared peccary, it is a main prey species of the jaguar and, less frequently, of the cougar.

The white-lipped peccary is widely considered the most dangerous peccary; unlike the rather shy collared peccary, the white-lipped species will charge at any enemy if cornered, and when one of them is injured, the entire herd returns to defend it. There are reports of jaguars being killed by angered peccary herds and even some humans have been killed.

Distribution

The white-lipped peccary is found in Central America and South America. It ranges from southeast Mexico, throughout eastern Central America, to northern Argentina. The white-lipped peccary was introduced to Cuba in 1930, but possibly is no longer found there. According to the IUCN it’s already extirpated in El Salvador and its range has been reduced in Mexico and Central America during the last 20 years

From Wildlife Extra:

White-lipped peccary trails lead to archaeological discovery in Brazil

WCS researchers stumble upon 4,000-10,000 year-old cave drawings

November 2013: Ancient cave drawings of animals made by hunter-gatherer societies thousands of years ago were a surprise find in Brazil for a team of scientists on the trail of white-lipped peccaries, herd-forming pig-like animals that travel long distances. The team from the Wildlife Conservation Society and a local partner NGO, Instituto Quinta do Sol were gathering environmental data in forests that link Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado biomes.

The peccaries are vulnerable to human activities, such as deforestation and hunting, and are disappearing from large swaths of their former range from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. While following signals from radio-collared white-lipped peccaries and the foraging trails of peccary herds, the team encountered a series of prominent sandstone formations with caves containing drawings of animals and geometric figures.

Keuroghlian contacted Aguiar, a regional specialist in cave drawings. [Aguiar] determined that the drawings were made between 4,000–10,000 years ago by hunter-gatherer societies that either occupied the caves, or used them specifically for their artistic activities. The style of some drawings, Aguiar noted, was consistent with what archeologists call the Planalto (central Brazilian plateau) tradition, while others, surprisingly, were more similar to Nordeste (northeastern Brazil) or Agreste (forest to arid-land transition in NE Brazil) style drawings. The drawings depict an assemblage of animals including armadillos, deer, large cats, birds, and reptiles, as well as human-like figures and geometric symbols. Oddly, the subject of the WCS surveys in the area—peccaries—are absent from the illustrations. Aguiar hopes to conduct cave floor excavations and geological dating at the sites in order to fully interpret the drawings.

“These discoveries of cave drawings emphasize the importance of protecting the Cerrado and Pantanal ecosystems, both for their cultural and natural heritage” said Dr. Julie Kunen, Director of WCS’s Latin America and Caribbean Program and an expert on Mayan archeology. “We hope to partner with local landowners to protect these cave sites, as well as the forests that surround them, so that the cultural heritage and wildlife depicted in the drawings are preserved for future generations.”

The drawings are the subject of a recently published study by archeologists Rodrigo Luis Simas de Aguiar and Keny Marques Lima in the journal Revista Clio Arqueológica (see link). The diversity of the renderings, according to the authors, adds significantly to our knowledge of rock art from the Cerrado plateau region that borders the Pantanal.

Oak trees hinder Dutch boar hunters


This video from England is called Wild boar with piglets, Forest of Dean – 22nd April 2012.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Acorns frustrate boar hunting

Monday 14 Oct 2013, 12:05 (Update: 14-10-13, 12:48)

Hunters expect that it will be very hard this year to shoot wild boars in the Veluwe region. This is because there are many acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts this year.

Until the end of the hunting season over 1,300 pigs are supposed to be killed in the Veluwe. Normally the hunters gather near feeding areas. Hungry boars will come to feed, and then they will be shot.

But now that the whole forest is littered with acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts, the pigs have no need to come to the feeding areas. They roam the forests everywhere, there is plenty to eat and the hunters will have to chase the animals.

Wildlife organization Het Edelhert thinks that the hunters now will shoot only 70 percent of the required number of animals.

Wild boar piglets, video


On 24 August 2013, Johan Nijenhuis from the Netherlands made this video, of wild boar adults with piglets.