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Costa Rica Is Shutting Down All Zoos And Freeing Every Animal In Captivity
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Tags: Community Consciousness News

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Costa Rica has announced that it will be the first country in the world to shut down its zoos and free the captive animals they hold. Costa Rica is an especially biodiverse country, holding about 4% of the world’s known species. Sadly, the country is contractually obligated to keep two of its zoos open for another decade. Still, after that, they plan to shut it down in favor of a cage-free habitat for the animals to live in.

Treehugger reports that the nation, which also recently banned hunting for sport, will close the last two zoos in the next 10 years and give the animals a more natural habitat in which to exist. They want to convey to the world that they respect and care for wild animals.

Environmental Minister René Castro says, “We are getting rid of the cages and reinforcing the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks in a natural way.”

We don’t want animals in captivity or enclosed in any way unless it is to rescue or save them.”

Any animals currently in captivity that would not survive in the wild will be cared for in rescue centers and wildlife sanctuaries. No new zoos will be opened.

 

South Africa’s Only Billionaire Donates Half Of Wealth To the Poor
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By Victor O

Does it seem likely that a billionaire would promise to give away half his wealth for a worthy cause? As unlikely as that might sound, that is what South Africa’s only black billionaire Patrice Motsepe has pledged to do. Motsepe who has a net worth of $2.65 billion, has pledged to donate half his fortune to help the poor people in his country.

Who is the man Patrice Motsepe?

Born in the Johannesburg township of Soweto in South Africa, Motsepe learned to be hardworking from childhood. His work ethic was instilled in him with the help of his father who made him work at his family’s convenience store at an early age. A lawyer by training, Motsepe acquired most of his wealth from the mining conglomerate African Rainbow Minerals which he founded in 1997. The publicly-traded company that specializes in the mining of several valuable minerals, including platinum and gold, was established at a time when the market for gold was closest to its three-decade low level.

Motsepe, who Celebrity Net Worth describes as a “literal prince” of the Tswana Tribe, is one of seven billionaires in South Africa and the country’s only black billionaire. He is the owner of the Pretoria based soccer club Mamelodi Sundowns.

Giving to the Poor

Drawing inspiration from people like Microsoft founder Bill Gates and business magnate Warren Buffett, Motsepe decided to give half of his tremendous wealth to the aid of the underprivileged. According to him, the plan had been there for a while to give half his wealth to the disadvantaged and marginalized people in the country, but he was working to tie up all the loose ends to ensure the mission is not derailed along the way.

The money would be channeled through the Motsepe Foundation to help address health and educational issues confronting the poor. According to BBC News, the black billionaire said his charitable gesture was also influenced by the spirit of “Ubuntu,” an African belief system which translates into “I am because you are.”

Motsepe is also one of more than 70 billionaires, including Gates and Buffett, who have joined The Giving Pledge. The campaign aims to bring notable and wealthy figures around the world together to contribute part of their wealth toward assisting underprivileged people. Gates, who started The Giving Pledge with Buffett in 2010, has commended Motsepe for his generous deed toward the less fortunate.

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Walmart Presses US Meat Suppliers to Curb Use of Antibiotics On Farm Animals
Category: Uplifting News
Tags: Food

A small step, but in the right direction. This happen when we, the consumers put pressure at the markets or even stop buying the products they want to sell. SiNeh~

Wal-Mart Presses Meat Suppliers on Antibiotics, Treatment

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.

That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their animals, a common industry practice. The guidelines also aim to get suppliers to stop using sow gestation crates and other housing that lacks sufficient space.

They're also being asked to avoid painful procedures like de-horning or castration without proper pain management.

Wal-Mart wants suppliers to provide it with an annual report and publicly report their progress on their own websites.

Wal-Mart is facing pressure from shoppers who want to know more about how their food is produced.

 

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