Ethiopia returns home 29 nationals stranded in Libya
The Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt announced on Monday it has returned home 29 nationals that had been stranded in war-torn Libya.
In a press statement, the Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo said the 29 Ethiopians were returned home in collaboration with the UN migration agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), on Monday morning.
The statement further said the Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo is working to return another 68 Ethiopian nationals that are currently stranded in Libya.
The civil war in Libya that has engulfed the North African nation ever since the demise of longtime leader Muammer Gadhafi in 2011 has made it a haven for terrorists and criminals.
Stories of African migrants being sold to slavery in Libya has been harrowing to Ethiopians who still remember the execution of about two dozen Ethiopian migrants by terrorists in April 2015 in Libya.
It is estimated thousands of Ethiopians have in recent years used Libya as a transit point for going to European countries.
13 May 19
Social Ban Farming
Britain to ban puppy farming
LONDON, May 13 (Xinhua/GNA) — New legislation to end puppy and kitten farming in Britain moved a stage closer on Monday after a new law was laid in the House of Commons by British Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
Known as Lucy’s Law, it will mean puppies and kittens will no longer be allowed to be sold in pet shops or by commercial dealers unless they have bred the animal themselves.
Instead, anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under six months must either deal directly with the breeder or an animal re-homing center.
The new law is named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died in 2016 after being subjected to terrible conditions on a puppy farm in Wales, said the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Defra said dogs like Lucy are often kept by breeders to produce multiple litters of puppies, which are taken from their mothers at just a few weeks’ old and advertised online or sold in pet shops.
“This practice causes lifelong socialization issues for the puppy or kitten, as well as a number of preventable diseases.
“Today’s legislation will ensure puppies and kittens are born and reared in a safe environment, with their mother, and sold from their place of birth,” said a Defra spokesperson.
The ban will also deter puppy smugglers who bring underage puppies into Britain which are then sold on for financial gain.
Gove said: “This is about making sure no other animal suffers the same fate as Lucy. It will put an end to the early separation of puppies and kittens from their mothers, as well as the terrible conditions in which some of these animals are bred.”