Monthly Archives: July 2008

Study shows kangaroo alcoholism on the rise

By Mondo Fernando, Staff Reporter


MELBOURNE – A new study released from the Australian Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration says kangaroos are drinking more heavily and more frequently than ever before.


The report surveyed thousands of kangaroos from Australia’s savannahs, prairies, and grasslands from January to June 2008. A staggering 72 percent said they’ve spent a night in the drunk-tank during in the last five years.


“Having drunken kangaroos hopping around the countryside is not only a public safety hazard, but also harmful to our tourism industry,” Carolyn Beaton of the Australian Wildlife Authority said, referring to a recent case where a kangaroo violently attacked a tourist while on safari.


With the Australian Federal Police imposing stricter penalties on bars that serve the fuzzy jumpers, many of the nation’s estimated 7500 alcoholic kangaroos are turning to other animals for alcohol.


Asked about the source of alcohol, 40 percent they got it from wombats or koalas, which aren’t subject to the same prohibition laws. About one in ten said they got it from a crocodile, one in 16 got it from a fellow kangaroo disguised as a human.


Roughly 4 percent admitted to brewing moonshine in their pouches.


“In far too many instances other animals directly enable kangaroos’ drinking – in essence encouraging them to risk their health and well-being,” said acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson.


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Sudanese president charged for shoplifting, genocide

Marks first shoplifting charge by global court against a sitting head of state


By Mondo Fernando, Staff Reporter


President al-Bashir

President al-Bashir

THE HAGUE – The International Criminal Court filed two charges against Monday against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, accusing him of shoplifting a chocolate bar and a pack of gum from a small store located near the Republican Palace in Khartoum.


“We take shoplifting very seriously at the ICC,” Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement after submitting his case to the judges.


“The international community has turned a blind eye towards Sudan long enough. We don’t need to wait until hundreds of snacks are stolen,” he told The Associated Press.


“Chocolates, gum, and other candies are at grave risk.”


But Al-Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party on Sunday warned of “more shoplifting to come” in Sudan if an arrest warrant is issued against the president, state TV reported.


In a subsequent ruling, al-Bashir was also charged with masterminding an effort to wipe out some 2.5 million people in Darfur with a campaign of murder, rape and deportation.


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