News for August 5th, 2015

by Tom Matukala

The 37th annual festival du Cochon Sainte-Perpétue is set to kick off Wednesday, despite the resentment of international and local animal rights activists groups.

According to a report by the Montreal Gazette, the SPCA Is voicing their concern for the second year in a row. 

They feel the event subjects pigs and boars to suffering just for an alternate form of entertainment.
Activities at the festival include greased pig wrestling, trying to place hoops on boars necks, and picking up and putting pigs in large containers within a time limit.
Festival employee Nancy Morin insists animals are properly cared for, and that a veterinarian is on staff during the pig races.
by Saturn de Los Angeles
Two people are dead, and three are injured, following a mass shooting at a Toronto nightclub on Tuesday.

According to C-T-V News, the incidents contribute to a 58 per cent increase in shooting deaths and injuries in the new year.

Toronto police are investigating the incident and are asking the public for cooperation in helping reduce gun violence. 

Up to this month, 95 people were either killed, or injured in 147 shooting instances in the city.

Toronto Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly believes that easy access to guns may be a contributing factor to the spike.

by Patricia Petit Liang

American Airlines, United, Delta and Air Canada have banned the transport of game trophies on their planes.

According to the Washington Post, hunters can still ship hunting trophies with the United Parcel Service however, with representatives from UPS publicly stating that they refuse to be influenced by public opinion amidst current controversy.

These bans follow the recent illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by American big-game hunter Walter Palmer.

President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States says Delta alone has set a great example and that no airline should allow for the theft of Africa's wildlife by hunters.