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Originally posted on Art, animals, and the earth:

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Banning jallikattu – and new visions for animal welfare, part two



To read part one first, click here.  

In his Decision, at the end, Justice Radhakrishnan directs

– that the five freedoms be considered to be part of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and that they be safeguarded by the states.

– that no animal may be incited to fight against a human being or another animal.

– that the AWBI and Governments should undertake education related to humane treatment of animals.

– that it is expected that Parliament will elevate the rights of animals to constitutional ones, “as is done by many of the countries around the world.”

– that the Act that was passed by Tamil Nadu to allow jallikattu to continue is in opposition to the PCA Act, and is therefore null and void. This means that jallikattu and bullock cart…

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Originally posted on Art, animals, and the earth:

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The recent Supreme Court of India ruling banning the cruel “sports” of bull fighting (jallikattu) and bull racing is one of the most remarkable documents ever issued, by any country, in setting out a fundamental legal basis in support of animal welfare.

Here is a brief summary of the ruling, with some quotes from the court’s judgment:


“All living creatures have inherent dignity and a right to live peacefully and the right to protect their well-being…”

“Human life, we often say, is not like animal existence, a view having anthropocentric bias, forgetting the fact that animals have also got intrinsic worth and value.”

In its 103 page judgment, the Court considers both the arguments of the State of Tamil Nadu, presenting the case for continuing to hold jallikattu events – and also the case for banning jallikattu on the grounds of cruelty, brought by the Animal Welfare Board of India…

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Originally posted on Art, animals, and the earth:


By Sathya Radhakrishnan

Honorary Joint Secretary

Blue Cross of India

Dear animal lovers, we always hear stories about dogs sitting at their master’s graves or pining away for their lost human companion; tales that, because we know the wonderful nature of dogs, we have no trouble believing. However, the narration of such a story always brings tears to one’s eyes and a lump to one’s throat, and is always worth sharing.

Dawn Williams, our General Manager, is always rushing around the city on rescues. He is, in fact, our unofficial extra rescue driver and paramedic rolled into one at all times, attending to as many emergencies as possible once all our other ambulances have started their daily rounds.

Consequently, he rarely gets time to stop and look around, but, being a former commando in the Indian Army, he’s extremely sharp and observant.

Sometime during the 1st week of August, while…

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Originally posted on Coalition for American Wildbirds:

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Raised on a North Carolina farm, surrounded by cows, horses and chickens, Dr. John Carter spent much of his youth exploring nearby woods, backpacking in the Smoky Mountains and occasionally in Wyoming.

In 1975, he followed his parents to Utah, and attended graduate school at USU, receiving his PhD in ecology.

He has spent the decades since conducting scientific studies that benefit wildlife, and says that he probably won’t retire because the wilderness keeps calling him, and he sees the need to help.

The Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, of which he is the Founder and Manager, carries out projects to conserve and restore the wild lands of Utah and Idaho.

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An old growth conifer forest

Recently, Dr. Carter has been embroiled in a battle to prevent the Pocatello, Idaho Municipal watershed from being grazed by cattle. He explains that cattle pollute the streams in the watershed and cause damage that…

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Originally posted on leaf and twig:

I did not know
the flower’s name
but she knew mine

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Reflecting Brugge!

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(PLease click to enlarge). Excited about what I’m seeing and had to fire off some pics to you even though it is late~

Brugge is best at close of day when all the tourists leave.
The tourist boats are quiet and the sun begins to go to bed.
The canals get still,

reflecting Brugge.
At dusk it’s hard to see where water starts and land begins.

At night the swans come out,

to swim with fairies.
Cheers to you from Brugge at dusk~

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Originally posted on Ann Novek--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors:

Butterflies & Dragonflies

Despite its small surface area Estonia has a huge amount of different butterfly, moth and also dragonfly species. Thanks to our untouched nature we have places that have been completely intact for more than 50 years. These areas are the favourite places for butterflies. Every year also new species are discovered. A large number of flowery meadows, natural forests and massive bog areas are the habitats for dragonflies and butterflies. Thanks to having such favourable habitats for butterflies and dragonflies we have different species that are very rare in the rest of Europe e.g. Clouded Apollo, Moor-land Clouded Yellow, Large Copper, Siberian Winter Damsel and Lilypad Whiteface in addition also dragonflies like Bog Hawker and Arctic Bluet, dragonflies such as Ruby, Yellow-spotted and Dark Whitefaces  as well as the coastal Baltic Hawker etc.

In Estonia you can find about 900 large butterfly species, over 1000 small butterfly…

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Originally posted on Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean:

Ramana Maharshi is the silent one, teaching the pure non-dual essence through perfect silence. What exists in Truth is the Self alone. The Self is that where there is absolutely no ‘I’-thought. That is called silence [mauna]. The Self itself is the world; the Self itself is ‘I'; the Self itself is God.

The inner silence is self-surrender. And that is living without the sense of ego. Solitude is in the mind of humanity. Silence is ever speaking; it is the perennial flow of ‘language’. It is interrupted by speaking; for words obstruct this mute language. Silence is permanent and benefits the whole of humanity. There is consciousness along with quietness in the mind; this is exactly the state to be aimed at.

By silence, eloquence is meant. It is the best language. The thought-free experience of the Self is silence. There is a state when words cease and silence prevails. That…

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Originally posted on leaf and twig:

blush topped
and procelean stemmed

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Madras day 2014 Invitation copy


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