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Many of us take part in contact sports such as boxing and rugby. But has it ever crossed your minds as to whether you will be at risk of suffering a head injury like concussion? Well boxers are amongst those greatly affected by head injuries, Louis Allwood Reports.
Its about time boxers expressed their concerns within the sport, reporting there was Louis Allwood.
We have been exposed to the short-term damaging effects that the corona virus has had on the human population, yet we are still unaware of the long lasting affects it will have on the planet. While thousands of people are dying around the world each day, the virus has the potential to wipe out the last populations of non-human primates. Many of our ancestors are at the brink of extinction with their numbers at the lowest they have been for centuries. The Orangutan population has declined by 50% in the last 60 years with approximately 55,000 left in the wild.
Orangutans, Chimpanzees and Gorillas share close to 98% of human DNA and are so similar that they have been used for pharmaceutical research. Now, the close resemblance could be lethal once more with the rising threat of covid-19. The dangers humans face has led researchers to believe that it can cause devastating effects on apes as well. Orangutans, specifically, suffer from respiratory problems and so are particularly vulnerable to the effects of covid-19.
Four Paws, a charity that aims to find equality between humans and animals, has recently set up an orangutan forest school to re home 8 orphaned orangutans after their mothers had been killed. The Four Paws Forest School situated in East Borneo was established to provide a safe and educational environment to prepare the orangutans for a life of freedom and maturity.
Dr Signe Preuschoft, Primatologist at Four Paws, and her Indonesian team are extremely concerned about their little protegees. “After having already experienced so much suffering in their short lives, we want to ensure our orangutan orphans can grow up in safety until they are old enough to be released back into freedom. We are doing everything in our power to protect them from the coronavirus.”
With cases slowly increasing in Indonesia, there is a risk that infected caregivers could pass on the virus to the Orangutan orphans, “At the Orangutan Forest School, we do have a non-contact policy”, says Dr Preuschoft “So, no one enters the forest school who is not involved in the care and education of orangutan orphans. But of course, our orphans have body contact with their surrogate mothers from time to time. How often this occurs depends on the age of the apes. Physical contact with their caregivers is rare. But the younger ones still need loving contact, clinging, cuddling and comforting when they are scared.”
All of Four Paws animal welfare programmes are ongoing and will continue as per usual, always following the measures established by the governments of each country and that the wellbeing of animals is there number one priority.
With the safety of the Orangutans and current programmes well looked after, Four Paws are concerned for the welfare of animals that are seeking their help.
Due to movement and travel restrictions in many countries, some animal rescues could be affected and may have to be postponed. At the same time, the need for rescues and intake of animals may increase due to owners no longer being financially able to take care of their animals because animals cannot be displayed or used for entertainment, for example those within zoos and circuses.
Many people also have pets and so through illness they will no longer be able to be looked after. Four Paws will assess each case to determine if a rescue can be done safely. If an animal is in need of help that is within the same country as a rescue team then it will be able to go ahead. However, border transportation is unlikely to go ahead.
Many pets however will be well looked after due to the corona virus and owners that have not been able to attend work will have spent more time with them than ever before. This will consequently result in many not being able to deal with an irregular routine when owners must return to work.
Sarah Ross a companion expert at Four Paws, explained how pets will find it difficult to get into a normal routine again. “It is important to gradually leave the house for a longer period and show them that their owners will always return home.
“With insecure dogs that have previously had to leave supposedly safe homes or have lost an important person, even a temporary separation can lead to behavioural problems. With the right training, fear of separation that often manifests itself through destructive behaviour like damaging furniture, barking and yelping until the owner returns, or depression as a result of loneliness, can be prevented.”
One owner nervously anticipating her call back to work is Karen Scanlon. “My Boxer dog, Ralph, has gotten so used to me being at home with the kids. When we all must go back to work, I don’t know how he will be able to cope. When we leave the house for less than an hour he starts threating.”
There are many ways in which pet owners can prevent their animals from becoming anxious. Four Paws have advised that owners begin to leave their pets for short periods of time prior to there return to work. This will begin to initiate a routine for the animals without it being a sudden change.
Rewarding pets and enhancing the experience of being left at home is also advised. This can be done by leaving music on for the dog or even by leaving a few treats in the area they have been left.
When the time comes for us all to return to work, it wont only be owners feeling the strains of normal life.
Thousands of protesters have gathered in the UK in support of Ani-Racism campaigns.
Following the death of George Floyd in America, protesters supporting the Black lives Matter campaign gathered in parliament square.
Protesters had signs that read ‘BLM’ and ‘No justice, no peace’ displaying their anger against the unlawful killing of an unarmed black man by police officers.
During the day protests were peaceful and those that gathered knelt for a minute’s silence. However, as the day went on the protests began to become violent and there were multiple disturbances outside Downing Street.
Police horses were used in order to gain control of the violent protests. Many missiles were thrown at the horses resulting in one becoming unsettled. The horse was panicked, and the rider was unseated. The horse bolted and knocked individuals to the floor.
Fourteen people were arrested, and 14 officers were injured after a smaller group became “angry and intent on violence”, the force added.
Protesters held signs to demonstrate unity in parliament square.