The most talked about star of the FIFA World Cup 2010, Psychic Paul, has received Spanish citizenship. The octopus had become a household name throughout FIFA 2010 for his accurate predictions. Octopus Paul had gained a huge fan following in Spain, after predicting Spain’s victory in the semi-finals and finals of the FIFA World cup, 2010.
Psychic Paul was awarded the honorary citizenship, personally by Carlos Montes, the mayor of Spain's town Caballero. Montes presented him a silver plaque and a statue of its best known cephalopod. Further, octopus Paul has also received an invitation to Carballino’s annual octopus festival. However, it is said that octopus Paul is not likely to leave his home town.
With a change in lifestyle, increase in income and urbanization, more and more Indian households are adopting pets. The status of pets has changed from that of a guard to a member of the family. Pet owners are now taking care to provide good food, love and luxuries to their pets. A part of the credit also goes to animal welfare India. According to a survey, there are over 3.6 million pet dogs in six major cities of India.
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, all practices leading to animal exploitation are illegal. However, these practices still abound in various parts of India, with animals being treated as commodities rather than living creatures.
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It is widely believed that zoos protect wild animals from cruelty and are a good place to visit because it is where endangered species are also conserved. However, the reality is far different. Over 10,000 zoos have been established worldwide. Out of this, less than 500 zoos register their animals on an international species database.
Have you ever seen a monkey riding a bicycle and cheered or clapped or called others to watch the entertaining scene with you? That is the case with many of us. We like all types of entertainment such as the sight of lions jumping through rings of fire and bears balancing themselves on chairs. We find ourselves admiring the trainers, without realizing the extent of torture and pail these poor animals suffer by performing such life threatening acts. Animal rights are something we need to train ourselves about and not wait for activists or governments to deal with because these animals are as much a part of our life as are our children.
India continues to stays in the limelight when it comes to violation of animal rights. The heinous practice of poaching animals for personal and commercial ends is widespread throughout the country. In early 2010, poachers in Assam killed an elephant and injured a full grown male rhino in the Kaziranga National Park. This was shocking news that made headlines across newspapers but it had no significance on the general public.
The principle of ‘Animal Rights’ is also called as animal liberation. This has assumed a lot of significance as there are many international organizations working to protect animals. However, India still lags far behind in the context of implementing animal rights.
To safeguard the interests of animals, the Government of India has enacted various Indian pet laws. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act was enacted in December 1960. The main objective of the Act is to prevent cruelty and reduce the sufferings of animals. Following this, the Animal Welfare Board of India was established in 1962 under Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 (No.59 of 1960).
It is a growing trend among Indian travelers to take their much loved pets with them on their holiday trips. Air travel with pets can be a complicated process. That’s why its important to ensure that proper traveling arrangements are made in order to avoid any hassles. In India, air carriers which provide the air pet travel services are Sahara, Indian Airlines and Jet airways.