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Poor eels 😞. Contrary to humans they did not actively choose to take cocaine. And many recreational drugs that have an at least superficially pleasurable effect on humans, have quite a bad effect on animals.

IMHO the eels should have the same right for a safe and clean habitat as any other Londoner! Especially since they belong to the Thames like the Tower Bridge!


I also live next to one of Europe's largest rivers. Eels have returned here. And the pollution has declined so much that they're even "tasty" again... So what happened? Fishing was restarted. Oh dear, why just can't humans leave the eels alone for once.

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Poisonous bite leads German police to farm with 110 snakes

"BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany said Sunday they discovered more than 110 dangerous snakes on a farm after a woman who lived there sought medical treatment for a poisonous bite.

The 35-year-old woman drove to a hospital in Salzgitter, near Hannover, early Sunday and told doctors there that one of her rattlesnakes bit her finger.

While the woman’s condition deteriorated and authorities hastily ordered an antidote from a specialist institute in Hamburg, police visited the farm in central Germany and found dozens of snakes.

In a statement, police said specialists determined the snake collection included both constrictors and poisonous varieties, which weren’t housed in appropriate terrariums.

The reptiles were all impounded."

That last sentence... Anyway, I just love the fact that she managed to collect a whopping 110 deadly snakes, which she let freely roam on her farm, before she was bitten. Uh-oh. Nobody saw that coming...

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17 hours ago, DeltaV said:

Anyway, I just love the fact that she managed to collect a whopping 110 deadly snakes, which she let freely roam on her farm, before she was bitten. Uh-oh. Nobody saw that coming...

Yeah, kind of an accident waiting to happen 😬 But I like the image of a lady just casually sidestepping a bunch of snakes while she goes about her house. Do they all gather round her and crawl up her legs for dinnertime, like cats do? 🤔

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1 August 2022
  • Pork and beef products sniffed out by Darwin’s new detector dog Zinta 
  • Passenger arrived at Darwin airport with a range of undeclared risk products
  • The passenger was issued a $2664 infringement notice

Darwin’s new biosecurity detector dog Zinta has uncovered undeclared meat on a passenger arriving from Indonesia. 

Detector dog Zinta responded to a passenger’s backpack and after further inspection it was found they were carrying a variety of risk items including two egg and beef sausage McMuffins from McDonalds in Bali and a ham croissant.  

The seized meat products will be tested for foot and mouth disease (FMD) before they are destroyed.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Murray Watt said Zinta sniffed out the significant biosecurity breach last week and the returning passenger has been issued with a $2664 infringement notice. 

“This will be the most expensive Maccas meal this passenger ever has, this fine is twice the cost of an airfare to Bali, but I have no sympathy for people who choose to disobey Australia’s strict biosecurity measures, and recent detections show you will be caught,” Minister Watt said.

“Australia is FMD-free, and we want it to stay that way.

“Zinta was placed at Darwin Airport as part of the Albanese Government’s tough new biosecurity defences, and it’s excellent to see she is already contributing to keeping the country safe.

“Biosecurity is no joke—it helps protect jobs, our farms, food and supports the economy. Passengers who choose to travel need to make sure they are fulfilling the conditions to enter Australia, by following all biosecurity measures.”

The passenger was issued a 12-unit infringement notice for failing to declare potential high biosecurity risk items and providing a false and misleading document. 

Last month the Albanese Government announced a new $14 million biosecurity package to deliver more frontline defences in mail centres and airports. The government has also rolled out biosecurity dogs at Darwin and Cairns airports, sanitation foot mats at all international airports, along with support on the ground for Indonesia and neighbouring countries.

I'm always amused how proud 🇦🇺 politicians are of their basket case "let's just isolate from the whole world" laws... just like with Covid.

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a mate of mine in essex has told me about a wonderful moment of dumb from southend united fc.

they have a new sponsor, Gilbert & Rose.

they decided to name a stand after that sponsor.

it was the west stand

so now they have the 'Gilbert & Rose West Stand'


rose west, for those who don't know, was a famous killer, along with her husband Fred

well done lads

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