Locals swooped on the vulture in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil – via The Guardian
I don’t have a problem with apprehending birds that have Israeli identification rings on them but to capture them on suspicious of espionage is quite ridiculous. Any headline is better than “Vulture arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of spying” or “Israeli “Spy Eagle” Caught In Lebanon” because such headlines really make us look stupid.
I’m sure Israel has all sorts of spying tools and could be using birds and animals as well (hard to believe tbh), but let’s report this the proper way and make sure we find a spying tool on that poor bird before accusing him of spying lol!
A vulture from an Israeli nature reserve has been captured in Lebanon on suspicion of espionage after flying across the border, Israel’s nature reserve authority has said.
Members of the Israeli public phoned the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to alert it to Facebook reports and pictures of a vulture with an Israeli identification ring and location transmitter captured by residents of the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, a spokeswoman, Tali Tenenbaum, said.
“Reports passed to us show the vulture tied with a rope by local people who write that they suspect Israeli espionage apparently because of the transmitter attached to him,” the authority said. [Source]
Here’s what Colbert had to say about the “Spy Israeli Birds”:
I cannot believe that their first instinct was to shoot the poor animal in the head instead of calling the cops or an ambulance or NGOs like Animals Lebanon & BETA that take care of animals. Unfortunately, this is not the first crime against hyenas in Lebanon and it won’t be the last.
I’ve said that a dozen times and will repeat it: Hyenas are harmless gentle creatures and they don’t attack humans (especially the striped ones). Moreover, the Lebanese hyena is an endangered species and plays a crucial role by cleaning forests from carcasses and bones, which is why we need to condemn these attacks and fine people who harm hyenas from now on. If they really felt threatened by the animal, they could have tied him up and waited for someone specialized in animals to show up instead of shooting him brutally like that.
This is disturbing, disgusting and unfreakin-believable! A video is being shared today on Facebook showing two guys encouraging a young kid to push a kitten off a building. You can hear them offering him $10 if he throws the cat off the roof. I don’t know who these people are but they need to be reported to the police.
I’ve had it with animal cruelty in this country. I don’t know what the hell is wrong with some Lebanese. This is a serious crime and it should be punishable by law once and for all!
I’m not embedding the video but you can watch it [here]. If you are sensitive viewer, don’t watch it as it contains graphic content.
I just got confirmation this morning that the guy who has been killing kitten at AUB has been identified and questioned by the AUB protection office. Based on what I’ve heard, the guy confessed that it was him and AUB has forbidden him from entering the campus and will be placing posters around campus just like the one below.
Now the sad news is that the Lebanese Police couldn’t arrest the guy apparently because there are no laws in Lebanon regarding animal cruelty/murder especially when the animals are not someone’s property. I couldn’t confirm yet that part but I wouldn’t be surprised.
Overall, it’s good that the guy was finally caught but something needs to be done before he starts killing elsewhere or maybe starts killing people. If he’s mentally ill, he needs to be submitted to a hospital and if he’s killing for fun, he needs to be put behind bars.
The video below was shared by MTV and shows a man mistreating and severely abusing a puppy. The dog is tied up in the air and the man is enjoying beating him with his shoe and throwing him against the wall. As per MTV and the online comments, the video was shot in Zrariye, a village somewhere on the way to Tyre.
A petition was launched online and addressed to the local authorities but I think online petitions are quite useless. Everyone from the ISF to the Interior Minister are on social media and easily reachable, so let’s tweet at them and share this story until they take action and go arrest this guy.
I will never understand how people take pleasure in torturing animals or anyone for that sake. What a horrible human being!
Back in April, I posted that someone has been smashing kittens with stones and killing them in AUB and that 5 dead kittens were found on campus. Few days ago, that same person apparently battered to death three kittens on the campus of the American University of Beirut. The attack occurred on Friday before 5pm and was witnessed by a member of AUB’s Cat Club. Here’s the story as reported in the Daily Star:
The attack Friday occurred after the kittens had been treated for fleas prior to offering them for adoption as part of our efforts to reduce the AUB cat population and improve its overall health. Throughout the process, a young man wearing blue jogging pants and a dark blue shirt with stripes sat on a window ledge some 30 meters away, observing in silence. When a volunteer returned to check on the kittens barely 10 minutes later, she saw the young man beating one of the 11 with a stick. On being challenged, he ran away, jumped down a steep wall, and disappeared in the direction of the clock tower.
The kitten he had been beating lay dead. Judging by the welts on its body, a second had been killed in similar fashion. A third appeared to have been trampled to death: the bottom half of its body was crushed and its intestines were spilling out of its anus. All three had been seen in perfect health at our midday inspection check of the site only a few hours earlier.
I’m not sure what’s wrong with this guy but AUB and the police should have arrested this sick bastard by now and I hope they do soon.
Back when bombings were unfortunately common in Beirut, I jokingly told my friend once that I’m more worried about dog poop than car bombs in Achrafieh. They are everywhere and you can’t walk around anywhere without looking down and making sure you are not stepping on dog poop. It’s gross and disgusting and Achrafieh residents are mostly to blame for that, specially those who are too disgusted to pick up their dog’s poop but don’t mind polluting the street and their neighborhood.
I’m glad Achrafieh2020 and Sukleen have teamed up to clean Achrafieh streets from dog poop and I love their slogan but I doubt that it will change anything. I honestly believe people who don’t pick up their dog’s poop should be fined just like everywhere else in the world, or even better, someone should track them down pick up their dog’s poop and put it on their front door.
Until then, let’s support this campaign by reporting any poop spotted on the streets, and let’s hope it will be followed by an awareness campaign aimed at dog owners.
I just read on Facebook that someone has been smashing kittens with stones and killing them in AUB. 5 dead kittens were found near the new IFI building. I don’t know who’s this sick person but AUB administration is investigating and I hope they catch and put this person in jail not just give him a dean’s warning.
PS: There’s a picture here of the dead kitten that I didn’t want to share on the blog because it’s graphic.
Dear AUB community,
As you all know, we have a large population of cats on campus. AUB policy ensures that they be taken care of and respected, as it is a moral obligation to ensure the safety and security of all living beings.
I am shocked and disgusted to announce that someone on campus has been going around victimising and killing kittens by crushing them with stones. The other day I found 5 smashed kittens near the new IFI building. I was horrified to think that someone affiliated with AUB has it in them to treat animals in this cruel and inhuman way.
I was also informed that some students witnessed this brutal act and that the person responsible ran away. If you know of anything, please come forward. Such actions should not go unpunished, and I believe it is AUB’s responsibility to correct such behaviour.
So please, if you know of any such individuals or acts, please consider it your duty to inform the relevant authorities. The AUB vet, the animal right’s club, or even the administration.
There is also a rule against mistreating cats on our campus: students are liable to receive a dean’s warning (or more) for behaving in such vile ways.
I urge everyone to take this as seriously as possible, for a person’s moral worth can often by measured by their treatment of our silent and unprotected companions.
When I wrote about the 7 year old child that got killed by a pitbull in Zahle last week, I attacked those who are training dogs for illegal fights and stated that this practice is unfortunately very common in the area, but what I didn’t say and should have is that there are as many people in Zahle that love dogs and take great care of them. The dog (Max) in the video below could have easily drowned in the frozen Berdanoui waters but his owner and a couple of Zahle guys rushed to his rescue and saved him in time.
Unfortunately, animal abuse is still very common in Lebanon and most of the incidents reported are bad ones but there are good people out there still trying to do the right thing. Only yesterday, I wrote about a hyena that was killed and another snatched from his mother in Akkar, and I’m following up on the story with a couple of friends to see if they will be able to bring the hyena cub back to his mother, but they told me it’s almost impossible for that to happen now that the hyena has formed bonds with other animals and humans. Nevertheless, it’s still better to take the hyena from this ignorant hunter and put him in a safe shelter.
The man showing in the picture above is called Mashhour Ghossen as per Akkar News’s Facebook page and he’s bragging about snatching a baby Hyena from his mother. He was hunting apparently when he found the mother with her three children and thought it would be a good idea to steal one of her babies. The two men below weren’t interested in raising hyenas at home so they decided to kill the poor little animal for no reason and pose for pictures.
This is not the first time hyenas are killed and abused in Lebanon even though they are harmless gentle creatures. Unfortunately, there’s this misconception that they are cruel and dangerous animals and they attack humans which is not true specially when it comes to striped hyenas. The Lebanese hyena is an endangered species and plays a crucial role by cleaning forests from carcasses and bones, which is why we need to condemn these attacks and fine people who harm hyenas from now on.
Protecting hyenas and Lebanon’s wildlife animals in general is a very important matter and the concerned ministries, mainly the Ministry of Environment, should enforce the 2004 law once and for all. It is no longer acceptable to see people posting pictures of killing hyenas and media outlets sharing their stories without taking any action. The guy’s name is mentioned in the article so the authorities should go after him and bring back the hyena cub to his mother. They should also arrest those who killed the hyena cub and warn them or reprimand them somehow.
Once and for all, hyenas are not like the ones you remember from the Lion King. They may not be the nicest looking creatures but they are harmless and will soon disappear if we don’t stop killing them.
Thank you Nadine Mazloum for highlighting these wrongdoings