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No killing dogs

There is good news for animal lovers. A 600-year-old dog meat-eating festival in Qianxi, China, was recently banned following massive social and media outcry. The event was held to commemorate an old battle fought in the town. It so happened that the invading army had killed all the dogs to prevent being exposed by the barking animals. After capturing the town, the soldiers ate the dog meat to celebrate. Around 15,000 dogs were killed annually in keeping with the tradition. They were butchered right in front of customers, cooked and served. People all over the world objected to such killing of dogs, but the movement became really strong after pictures of the carnage started being circulated on the Internet. Finally, the Chinese government reacted by banning the festival altogether. Better late than never!

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Pray thy sin away

Jail or jesus? That’s the choice non-violent offenders in southern Alabama, US, will be given. According to the judge of Bay Minette, the offenders can work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine, or go to church every Sunday for a year. If an offender selects church, he or she will be allowed to pick the place of worship but must check in weekly with the pastor and police. And on completion of the one-year programme, the offender’s case will be dismissed. According to the authorities, the programme could change the lives of people heading down the wrong path. Noble effort, but it would yield results only if the offenders take their church visit seriously!

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