Humane Society urges Maryland to ban hunting of predators targeting coyotes, foxes and raccoons – CBS Baltimore

WASHINGTON (WJZ) – The Humane Society of the United States is opposed to wildlife killing contests that are legal in the state of Maryland.

For those who participate, the so-called contests are known as predator hunts. It involves killing some animals.

Now there is a push to ban the practice.

Right now, there is a bill on the house plan to ban wildlife killing contests, which opponents have declared cruel. It comes after the United States Humane Society conducted an undercover investigation into contests in Maryland.

Jill Fritz is the director of wildlife protection at the Humane Society. He said the results of the recent undercover investigation in two Maryland wildlife killing contests in Frederick and Waldorf show that the practice is inhumane.

“This isn’t sportiness, it’s certainly not conservation and it’s not management for our wildlife,” said Fritz.

Fritz said that competition organizers typically award cash prizes, not only for most killed animals, but also for the heaviest ones.

He said in Maryland that coyotes, foxes and raccoons are often targeted; and many times, the animal is immediately eliminated after the contest.

The photos obtained by WJZ show carcasses stacked on each other.

Five other states have banned wildlife contests. Now, a Maryland lawmaker has drawn up a bill that would ban them here.

“They are brutal, they lead to indiscriminate massacres, they can use practices that are not allowed in traditional hunting, for all these reasons they should be outlawed,” said delegate Dana Stein (D).

Stein is the sponsor of the account. He said his legislation will not affect traditional hunting, only events that kill animals for the sole purpose of winning money or prizes.

WJZ has contacted a hunting group of predators in Maryland and is still waiting to respond.

The bill has already been presented, but will be presented at the House Environment and Transportation hearing next Wednesday. It will be an opportunity for both supporters and opponents to speak and express their concerns.

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President Alvi urges banks to provide financial support to special people

KARACHI: In a step to facilitate people with different abilities, President Dr. Arif Alvi on Friday urged banks to help special people through financial well-being programs and secure a two percent quota for them in the works, reported ARY News.

Chairing a meeting of presidents of several banks at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in Karachi, President Arif Alvi said the Pakistan-led government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is committed to providing all possible facilities to people with disabilities

On the occasion, the governor of SBP, Dr. Reza Baqir, informed the president about the various plans and facilities that are provided to special people.

Read more: Look: President Alvi greeted uniquely by people with different abilities in the restaurant

Earlier in the day, President Dr. Arif Alvi had visited a food store in Karachi, run mainly by people with different abilities.

He was received by them with the national anthem in his sign language.

President Alvi had spent some time with people with different abilities and appreciated his role as useful citizens in society.

In the restaurant, special people lend their homework in sign language from the kitchen to the cashier desk.

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Chinese envoy urges Pakistani businessmen to benefit from the free trade agreement

KARACHI: The Chinese general council on Thursday asked Pakistani businessmen and merchants to take advantage of the benefits of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) phase II, reported ARY News.

Speaking on the “Meet the Press” program of the Karachi Press Club, the consul general of China said that Pakistani exports to China can increase by $ 6 billion under phase II of the FTA.

He said that the first phase of the billionaire project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been completed successfully and added that work is being done on its second phase in the country.

The envoy said that Pakistan and China have been enjoying extremely friendly and cordial relations and cooperating with each other in many areas of common interest.

He said that China’s position on the issue of Kashmir is clear and consistent. The Kashmir problem must be resolved under the resolutions of the United Nations, the envoy added.

Read more: The second phase of the Pakistan-China FTA enters into force

Last year, on December 2, the second phase of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and China entered into force, allowing Pakistani manufacturers and merchants to export more than three hundred new products to the Chinese mass market.

The two countries had completed all legal procedures and formalities to begin the implementation of the agreement.

Pakistan and China had signed a protocol for the implementation of the agreement during the last visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China.

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PM Imran urges the international community to raise awareness about Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir | Pakistan

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Secretary of Finance urges provinces to control food prices

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the federal secretary of Finance urged all provincial governments to play their proper role in controlling essential food prices, ARY News reported.

In chairing the meeting of the National Price Monitoring Committee, the finance secretary said that the prices of essential items are rising in markets across the country and causing disturbances in the public, but it should also be remembered that after the return, The price control function falls under the domain of the provinces.

He said the provinces must accept this responsibility and make efforts to appease the masses. Local governments should be ready and prepared to take additional measures during Ramazan to save the masses from rising prices, the secretary said.

Read more: The government is doing everything possible to reduce food prices: Hafeez Shaikh

“The provinces should share information on what elements, in addition to the essential elements, they believe contribute to inflation and how the government can help cope with the shortage,” he added.

The hoarding for speculation should be verified at all levels and the necessary measures should be taken under the law against speculators and hoarders, said the official and added that local government chiefs should ensure the display of price lists and its applicability

The smuggling of essential foods should be treated with the greatest severity, he added.

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Dr. Yasmin urges parents to vaccinate children against polio

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid urged parents on Monday to vaccinate their children against polio, reported ARY News.

Speaking to a private news channel, Dr. Yasmin Rashid urged the entire nation to ignore false propaganda against polio vaccination and actively participate in the ongoing polio campaign throughout the country.

He urged religious scholars, the media and all concerned to help convince people to vaccinate their children against the devastating disease.

The minister stressed the need to counteract unfounded propaganda against the polio vaccine, especially in social networks.

Read more: The national campaign against polio begins today

Early in the day, a five-day polio campaign across the country will begin as of today (Monday) to immunize more than 39.4 million children.

The vaccination campaign will continue from February 17 to 21, while it will extend to seven days in more sensitive areas, sources said.

Around 2.65,000 polio workers will participate in the campaign across the country. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6.7 million children under five will receive the vaccine.

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