Archive | March 29, 2015

16 cows killed by lightning in Botucatu, Brazil

Cerca de 16 bois morreram eletrocutados em Botucatu (Foto: Divulgação / valéria Cuter)
About 16 cattle were electrocuted in Botucatu (Reuters / valéria Cuter)
An electrical discharge struck and killed about 16 beef cattle heads were at a site in Anhumas district of Botucatu (SP) in the early hours of Wednesday (28). The Nelore cattle were in a pasture when a heavy rain with lightning struck the farm located in the Midwest Paulista region.According to the head of the municipal garage Botucatu, William de Oliveira e Silva, the city gave a bulldozer to help bury the cattle within the property, since the use of cattle meat and leather was considered discarded. The site was analyzed by the Secretariat Half of the City environment so that there were no groundwater contamination. The value of the damage was not disclosed by the owner of the animals.In an interview with G1, the adviser of Environment Nivaldo Jose Cruz alert the farmers should take the cattle pasture and put them in a stable to realize a heavy rain accompanied by lightning. “You have to take the cattle close to fences and trees and, if possible, leave them in a covered place,” recommends.

Despite the death of the horse, the Civil Defense Botucatu reported that there was no record of damage caused by rain or by electrical discharge.

Second case

This is the second case in the death oxen region caused by lightning. In December 2014, 24 head of cattle morerram after being hit by electric discharge in Paraguaçu Paulista (SP).

The animals were on pasture and, according to the owner, the lightning struck a tree that was next. The branches were on the ground after being hit. Also according to Paulo Roberto Gomes, the loss was more than £ 50,000.

The farmer looked for Health Protection Department of the city and was informed that the meat of animals is unfit for consumption and was instructed to bury the cattle. “We’re sad not only for the loss, but also for animals. We creates love for them and see all lying on the ground is very difficult,” he says.

Courtesy of Bauru and Marilia

450 Turkeys dead, 8,000 culled due to bird flu in Kollam, India

Bird Flu

With the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Bhopal-based High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory confirming that avian flu of the H5N1 strain caused the deaths of over 450 turkeys housed in a cage at the Government Turkey Farm here last week, more than 8,000 turkeys that remained at the farm were culled on Monday as a preventive measure.

Since the culled birds were buried inside the farm complex, the farm will have to be kept closed for at least four months after being fumigated. Farm authorities said the fumigation was being carried out using a sodium hypochlorite solution. The complex was also being sprayed with lime-based disinfectants.

The farm has been hit by bird flu at a time when it had stocked the highest number of turkeys since its inception. It also had the reputation of being the biggest turkey farm in south Asia.

Rs.20-lakh loss

The farm will remain banned for visitors for four months. The loss to the farm as per preliminary estimates is Rs.20 lakh.

On Tuesday, poultry numbering over 700 in individual houses in an area of 1 sq km around the farm was also culled. The poultry comprised chicken, ducks, and turkey. There was resistance from the owners when Animal Husbandry Department personnel, along with officials of the Health Department, arrived at the houses with police protection to carry out the culling.

Compensation paid

The people said no incidents of bird flu had been reported outside the farm. They insisted that all their birds were healthy. The officials had a hard time convincing them about the threat in the wake of bird flu confirmation at the farm in their neighbourhood.

The poultry owners were paid a compensation of Rs.200 for each bird above two months of age and Rs.100 for each bird below two months. All the culled birds were brought to the farm and buried.

There are allegations that instead of applying the standard chloroform application procedure, the birds were culled by crude methods. Those in the culling team did not deny the allegations.

Ban on poultry sale

District Collector A. Kowsigan has issued orders banning the import and sale of all poultry products in an area of 10 sq km around the farm. It means that the sale of poultry products cannot take place in a good portion of the city. The ban will be in force for one month.

Courtesy of The Hindu

Mass stranding of dolphins, 4 or 5 dead along beaches in Pangasinan, Philippines

Two bottlenose dolphins were found dead at the Tondaligan Beach here and on the shores of neighboring Binmaley town in Pangasinan province, in what has turned out to be a series of beaching in Lingayen Gulf since Monday.

Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) here, said one more dolphin was found dying at about 6 a.m. at the Lingayen beach in Lingayen town.

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Rosario said another dolphin beached just at the shoreline at the back of the NIFTDC.

Two more dolphins were found on the shores of the island village of Pugaro here at about 8 p.m. on the same day.

Rosario said Dagupan Mayor Belen Fernandez informed him on Tuesday that four dolphins have beached in Pugaro.

He said the dolphins had fresh wounds.

At 4:30 p.m. Monday, a dead dolphin was buried at the NIFTDC fish cemetery after Manuel Ugaban Jr., agriculturist of Aringay town in La Union province, brought it to the center.

That dolphin was one of six dolphins that beached on the shores of Barangay Alaska in Ingar at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Rosario said four of the dolphins were released back to the sea. But the other one was reportedly taken by a fisherman from Agoo for food.

Rosario said that he had sent a team to collect the dead dolphins here and in Binmaley so these could be buried at the fish cemetery.

According to Rosario, the West Philippine Sea is a migration path and dolphins usually drop by the Lingayen Gulf to look for food.

Last month, two pods of dolphins were seen at Sual and Pangascasan bays in Sual town. The pods left the area after three days.

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Hundreds of sea birds found dead on a beach in northern Iceland

Bird Alert

“There were hundreds of dead black birds, I do not know many. Th­ere were a few meters from their carcass 1-2 km secti­on, “said Gunn­ar Oli Há­kon­ar­son, far­mer Sandi Aðaldal­ur. He went along with William Jónas­son on Síla­læk ye­ar­ly win­ter bird counts at year-end. They went to the sands of the sea bottom Skjalf­andi. Dead birds were just east of us Skjálf­andafljót.

“The back­bo­ne of this was little auk, th­ere was a consi­dera­ble num­ber of guil­lemots. Th­ere was a party, a lot of owl and svart­bak come to this and rebbi was also arri­ved, “said Gunn­ar Oli. Dead birds were not­hing but skin and bo­nes and fam­ine had proba­bly worn them too strong. He believed that the most likely explanati­on would be prima facie. Gunn­ar Oli drove along the co­ast just east of the ri­ver Laxá but did not see as many dead birds th­ere.

“You ever sees any of the dead birds, but I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve also never thoug­ht so much of the owl in this area in the win­ter bird counts now. They were sixteen but usually one sees not any one or two. “Gunn­ar Oli said in Dec­em­ber had been very pers­istent and west norðvest­an­rok reg­i­on and birds proba­bly do not have any food.

Böðvar Þóris­son, ex­ecuti­ve director of the Natural History Centre, said the announcement had been auk de­ath in Isa­fjor­d­ur Fjords earlier this month. He said that a lot had been auk in the fjords of late, both guil­lemot and little auk. Cliffs De­ath now app­eared, however, be small in comp­ari­son to the falls which was ne­ar­ly ten ye­ars.

“Garden birds here in town that now Gulls,” said Árni Ásgeirs­son, a bi­olog­ist at the Uni­versity Centre in. Gulls have beg­un to app­ly the feed is broug­ht out for the sparrows. Árni said this be dif­f­erent from the men should be used.

“Sail­ors say the seagulls are very hard to access to reach the bait when shut line. It seems that little food is for the gulls. Per­haps th­ere are too many Gulls in the reg­i­on because of the way the situati­on was Kolgrafaf­irði. ”
Seems const­antly be look­ing for food
“It is here quite life but do not see the conditi­on of the birds from a dist­ance,” said Robert A. Stef­áns­son, director of the Natural West. Lately he thoug­ht the birds in the nort­hern Snæ­fells­nes.

Robert said that one could deduce from the behavi­or of gulls to the lack of food. He said hafn­ar­vörður in town that had become was feeble gulls on the pier seemed to be about to die. Attempts have been made to give them and even take them into the hou­se.

“They seem to const­antly be look­ing for food, fly over the town and bring in the parks if people throw somet­hing out. It is un­usual and could indica­te that th­ere is less to nature than usual, “said Robert.

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300 Birds dead ‘due to hailstorm’ in Ivaipora, Brazil

Photo: Ivan Maldonado
A hailstorm that hit mainly the south central Ivaiporã on Sunday night killed about 300 birds, including sparrows, doves, doves and well-te-vis.According to information from the Environmental Secretariat, the hailstorm was located between the Plaza Henry Portelinha, near the Bank Brazil, to the Bible Square, close to the bus station and Rio Grande Street South, near the State Barboza Ferraz College.At first there was a suspicion of environmental crime, which was dismissed by Secretary of Environment Jayme Ayres, moreover, the birds were badly hurt. “We talked with popular living here in this region and they confirmed the hailstorm yesterday (Sunday) at about 23 hours. The dead birds were found only where the hail occurred. “

According to Ayres, just before the hail there was a strong wind that frightened the birds. “Frightened by the wind, they went looking for another shelter. It was when there was a hailstorm and ended up killing the birds, “said Ayres.

Courtesy of North Tribune

Hundreds of dead fish appear in a dam in Apodaca, Mexico

Fish Kill Alert

Upon notice published Info7, where you could see hundreds of dead fishes into the dam of the colony Campestre Huinalá in Apodaca, a gang of Water and Drainage of Monterrey was presented at the site.

Pemex employees, neighbors said they came just to take a sample of water and could not provide more information.

By the direction of Ecology Apodaca, arrived at the scene the engineer José Manuel Quintana, who said already working in coordination with state government authorities and the PROFEPA for first through sampling, discover the cause of the pollution killed fish.

, PROFEPA staff, also said that will come to the site to take samples of water and dead fish to begin the necessary studies.

Courtesy of Info 7

Hundreds of dead fish found in a river in Saint-Loup-de-Gonois, France

Several hundred pounds of dead fish were recovered in Clery, in the canton of Courtenay.
Several hundred pounds of dead fish found in Clery in Saint-Loup-de-Gonois in the canton Courtenay.Two months before the opening of the fishery and while many flocks of sheep and cattle graze on the banks of the river, the case could grow if the causes of pollution are not quickly clarified .

“I have recovered with a dip net”

It is the owner of the mill in the Hague, in Saint-Loup-de-Gonois, which on Thursday gave the alert. “Tens of fish were plated, the belly with air, the grid that protects against a water turbine,” says Lambert. “I have recovered with a dip net. There was everything from rainbow trout rainbow and brown trout, carp, tench, specimens, sometimes several kilos and 40 centimeters long. »

Immediately informed the mayor of the town, Alain Martinez, alerted the authorities before going to browse the banks of the Clery which, in turn, he observed dozens of dead fish. Since then, more than 300 kg of dead fish were recovered and buried by municipal officials.

Technicians interregional delegation of the National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA) would process Friday in samples from several fish for analysis.

Malicious mischief, accidental discharge of a business activity areas of Courtenay or a farm, oil drilling incident?

Elected Township Courtenay wonder and are all the more concerned they have not received information from the sub-prefecture of Montargis.

“We are kept in the dark”

“I do not know how to react,” says Alain Martinez. “Dead fish, it is a warning. It means that the river is polluted and that measures be taken to protect livestock and pets, inform fishermen … But we are bound in total ignorance. »

There is a little over a month of curtiniens fishermen had reported the presence of some dead fish in the Clery, between Courtenay and Saint-Hilaire-les-Andrésis. Since no other such information had been received to fishing companies.

Courtesy of Gâtinais

40,000 turkeys to be killed due to avian flu in Sharon Region, Israel

H5N1 Virus Alert

H5N1 virus emerges in Sharon-area kibbutz after outbreak in north caused destruction of 100,000 birds.

Symptoms of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus were discovered Saturday at a turkey farm near Kibbutz Magal in the Sharon Region.

The Agriculture Ministry began destroying 40,000 of the birds at the farm in response. Meanwhile, concerns arose that other farms in the area – in the towns of Elishema and Neve Yamin – had been affected by the disease.

Inspectors from the ministry arrived at the farm in Magel following the initial suspicion and took samples for examination in a laboratory.

The site was closed off after a positive result came back towards the evening.

The discovery of the virus came less than a week after it emerged at another Israeli turkey farm.

The first case in Israel in nearly three years was found in a village in the north on Monday, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.

The deadly H5N1 virus caused the death of 15,000 birds at a turkey fattening farm in Avi’el, south of Haifa, the OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by Israel’s ministry of agriculture.

More than 140,000 birds were to be culled due to that outbreak, including 61,000 turkeys at a farm nearby where no clinical signs had been seen, the ministry said.

“The culling of all the flocks is ongoing. Backyard birds in the village will also be culled,” it said.

High pathogenic H5N1 bird flu first infected humans in 1997 in Hong Kong. It has since spread from Asia to Europe and Africa and has become entrenched in poultry in some countries, causing millions of poultry infections and several hundred human deaths.

Courtesy of Ynet News