After at least half a century, the Amur tiger has returned to Yakutia. Pushing further north and according to experts indicates an increase in the number of these big cats. By the mid-20th century, the uncontrolled hunting of Amur tigers had led to an almost complete destruction of the population.
According to the latest data, about 600 specimens live in the region against 330 registered in 2005. Numbers almost doubled. Viktor Nikiforov, executive at the Tigrus charity foundation, said: "Observers from Avialesokhrana have discovered the first tiger entry into Yakutia in the 21st century, and also in the last half century.
Traces of tigers have been found on the bank of the right tributary. This is the southeastern part of Yakutia, the tiger has entered the Ust-Maisky district. The entry of a tiger into Yakutia is the result of the implementation of the Northern Tiger project in the Khabarovsk Territory, where the Tigrus Foundation allocates funds to support the world's northernmost group of Amur tigers in Anyui National Park.
The number of tigers in the Russian Far East has exceeded 600, so the appearance of a tiger in Yakutia is a joyful event for all animal defenders who have been protecting the rare predator from extinction for many years.
It is difficult for a tiger to gain a foothold in this region of Yakutia, as there are no deciduous forests and wild boars. So they have nothing to eat. However, the fact that tigers are exploring their ancestral hunting grounds suggests that the number of these animals in the northernmost areas is no longer a cause for concern."
Iceland: pregnant mares tortured to produce drugs
Horrible news arrives from Iceland: 5,000 pregnant mares are exploited on farms on the island, where they take blood from pregnant females for the extraction of the eCG hormone, equine chorionic gonadotropin.
Animal Welfare Foundation recently published a study conducted on 100 Icelandic farms. According to the study, mares subjected to blood tests often live in conditions that violate the laws on animal welfare: 5 liters of blood are removed per week, for a limit period of ten weeks.
In some cases, farm workers have been filmed mistreating mares by beating and moving them with the help of dogs. Sabrina Gurtner, project manager at AWF, said: "Since only veterinarians are allowed to carry out blood collections, according to Icelandic law they should take immediate action in case of animal welfare violations and report them to the veterinary authority.
However, this it doesn't happen because vets also make good money from the blood business, as the whistleblowers confirmed." Sonny Richichi, president of IHP, added: "Mares are also drawn 5 liters of blood per week for 6-8 weeks between 40 and 140 days of gestation, while international guidelines say that the maximum blood can extract for experimental purposes is equal to about 3 liters every 4 weeks.
PMSG is a hormone extracted from the blood of pregnant mares that is used to produce drugs used in intensive farms for the production of mainly pork meat: it is used to increase fertility of sows and produce more puppies for slaughter.
Investigations conducted in recent years by animal welfare associations have shown the torture to which mares are subjected in the main global production hubs of the PMSG, Argentina and Uruguay global outrage and the strong protests that have arisen after the dissemination of the inquiries in which we have actively participated has nno fact that many pharmaceutical companies have declared that they no longer use PMSG imported from South America.
They said they have replaced it with hormones produced in Europe, without however providing further details. Here, the details are shown now by this investigation by AWF: they are chilling because in Iceland the conditions of the mares are the same as in Argentina and Uruguay. And it is even more serious because we are in Europe, where there are rules that prohibit these practices."