Polish farmers protest planned animal welfare law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of angry farmers chanting anti-government slogans protested Tuesday in Warsaw against draft legislation that would ban fur farms, religious slaughter for export and the use of animals for entertainment and in circuses.

Towing a life-size figure of a cow, the farmers gathered before the parliament building where the Senate is debating the draft that has divided the ruling camp as well as the opposition. It has also angered farmers, who until now have been devoted supporters of the conservative government.

Critics of the bill say it threatens the livelihoods of farmers breeding mink and other animals for fur and well as for ritual slaughter, and would put an end to a large sector of Poland’s exports.

The main ruling party proposed the bill, arguing it was to protect animals’ wellbeing, but the controversies almost destroyed the governing right-wing coalition as many of its lawmakers refused

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IMF urges Mexico’s government to spend more, expand welfare

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico should implement larger near-term fiscal support to alleviate economic distress, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday, recommending the government expand its welfare net and unemployment benefits.

In preliminary findings reported after a visit to Mexico, the IMF said Latin America’s second-largest economy should also further lower interest rates to help the recovery from the worst contraction since the 1930s Great Depression, largely induced by measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

In its report, the Washington-based IMF proposed tax reform to support spending in the medium-term. The Mexican government has resisted raising taxes, although it has made efforts to increase tax collection and enforcement.

Mexican Deputy Finance Minister Gabriel Yorio later responded on Twitter by saying the government disagreed with some of the IMF recommendations, in particular the idea of raising taxes in the middle of a major recession.

Despite emerging from the political left,

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Animal welfare groups allege unresponsiveness, neglect from Liberty Humane Society

Last month, residents of the Jersey City luxury building The Beacon were getting concerned about a dog.

A husky had been seen lying on an outside balcony for several days, with no apparent food or water. Photos show the dog lying on a balcony strewn with feces.

“The dog was living in filth,” one resident of the building said. Residents were so concerned that they lowered a dish of water onto the balcony and slid food under a divider for the animal. After the dog was outside for two days, the neighbor called Liberty Humane Society.

But instead of removing the dog, animal control officers from LHS allowed the owner to keep it.

Liberty Humane Society Executive Director Irene Borngraeber said the organization acted appropriately, but a coalition of animal welfare groups throughout Hudson County say the incident illustrates what they describe as the longstanding inadequacy of LHS.

The incident

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Plantation drive organised by Nitya Ananta Welfare Society

A plantation drive and a social welfare programme by Nitya Ananta Welfare Society was organised in the city.

The event was held at  Maa Durga Gayatri Chetna Kendra at Sai Nath Colony.

Notably, the plantation drive was organised to encourage the youngsters towards healthy life and also to encourage a sense of positivity among students. All the participants enthusiastically participated in the drive and contributed their bit in plantation drive.

On the occasion, Yoga Guru Mahesh Agarwal was also present. He said that every person should conserve trees during their lifetime.

Mahesh Agarwal said that to become self-reliant, one has to get close to nature, join the trees for self-confidence, do whatever you do by staying in awareness and planting trees on the occasion of happiness and the opportunity for generations to come. Make it memorable, do yoga and be healthy.

It is to be noted that during the lockdown

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New Jersey lawmakers advance bill to formally repeal ‘family cap’ welfare law

New Jersey is on the brink of scrapping a controversial state law barring families receiving welfare from getting a larger stipend if the mother gives birth while receiving government benefits.



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New Jersey lawmakers advance bill to formally repeal ‘family cap’ welfare law

Lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature this week passed a bill informally known as the family cap law, which original sponsors intended as a disincentive for women on welfare from having more children. The bill repealing the law now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) desk.

Murphy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding his intentions.

Should it become law, the bill would add at least $1.1 million to the state budget, according to an approximation from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services.

New Jersey was the first state to implement the so-called family cap

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