Friday Wrap: Weddings, Death and Roadkill

Happy Friday, Care2 members! Oh, what a week. Here we go…

Osama bin Laden’s death

President Obama announced on Sunday that Osama bin Laden was killed by the U.S. military in a fire fight in Pakistan.

After this momentous event, there are so many political questions to ask, and Care2 has the analysis:

Click here for full coverage on Osama bin Laden’s death.

In the Middle East and North Africa

Political turmoil continues in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. Libya’s dictator Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi is being sought by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity as violence against civilians continues in Libya. It seems that more and more of the international community has agreed that Gaddafi needs to step down immediately.

The international community is also calling on Syria’s leaders to end violence against protestors. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has been communicating with President Bashar al-Assad, asking him to end the brutal military action against protesters. However, as of now, the violence and arrests continue.

In Bahrain, police have arrested almost 50 doctors and nurses who gave medical assistance to pro-democracy protesters. For doing their job, these medical professionals could be charged with treason against the government.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has backed away from the deal that would remove him from power. As a result, turmoil and violence will continue in Yemen until an agreement can be reached.

Click here for full coverage on the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Canada’s election

On May 2, Canada voted in a special election. See the results!

Strange stories of the week

Why would you rip up a new, perfectly good pair of pants? That’s the question we all want to ask Victoria’s Secret, whose company policy dictates that employees must destroy returned clothing that is perfectly fine for reselling or donating. What a waste!

Ever wondered what raccoon tastes like? Apparently, more people are getting to find out. With the rising trend of “Freeganism,” people are looking for sustainable ways to eat meat. What’s the most sustainable, least harmful way to get your meat? Roadkill!

Now might be a good time to brush up on your knowledge of basic U.S. history. America’s report card is out, and apparently civics is our worst subject. Fewer than 50% of 8th Graders know what the Bill of Rights is.

Although bin Laden’s death has overshadowed all of last week’s coverage on the royal wedding, we do have one more wedding story for you. Did you know that if you live in Hong Kong, you can have your wedding reception at McDonalds? To each his (or her) own…

Animal welfare success stories

The Obama administration is closely guarding the identity of a dog who was involved in the Navy Seals operation that killed Osama bin Laden. Dogs play an important role in many military operations, but Care2 members are at odds as to whether we should involve animals in human conflicts at all.

In politically unstable Zimbabwe, one couple works tirelessly to protect hippos, often risking their lives to save the animals from poachers. Care2 brings you the story of their bravery and courage.

An orphaned polar bear cub was rescued from an Alaskan oil field. Eventually, he will be transfered to a nearby zoo.

Oh, and if you were wondering, “how much cute can the Humane Society cram into a 30 second video?” here is your answer.

That’s all for this week, members. Have a great Mother’s Day! Don’t forget to check out Care2′s extensive coverage on Mother’s Day here.


Image: Courtesy of Peaco Todd, Care2 Causes blogger.

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Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi4 years ago

Noted thanks

Judith Valente
Judith Valente4 years ago

Risky eating roadkill, unless it's around 42 degrees or slighty cooler. Lol!

Louise D.
Louise D.4 years ago

Nothing wrong with roadkill we acquired 40kilos of venison and some pheasant which is a lot more healthy and ethical than the way farm animals are treated, still it is a bit difficult to get used the the "WTF" expressions on their faces, at least they didn't spend the last few hours of their life in terror.

Nancy T.
Nancy T.4 years ago

Rather than eat roadkill, why not just not eat meat? It's better for your health and your planet, and it's kind of disgusting to eat animal corpses whether from the highway or the grocery. However, I guess picking up roadkill does help DOT a little. ?

Mike W.
Mike W.4 years ago

Interesting! I hope that everyone's Saturday is going great and I hope that they have a great week! I also hope that they have a great Mother's Day! That goes for last year and all the other years that I've missed.

Bernadette P.
Berny p.4 years ago

Why should the military tell us was a mission,it was done...end of story...
Why should they tell us anything after any mission......
lets get real...this is theur job NOT ours so let it be!

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.4 years ago

Noted with thanks.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

An increase in the number of freegans was the highlight!

Nwabueze Nwokolo
Nwabueze Nwokolo4 years ago

Thank you.

colleen prinssen
colleen p.4 years ago

but if the dog killed Bin Laden? what then?