Monday, April 28, 2008

Small Bits of News

Wildlife park visitors pay £100 to see lions kill tethered cattle
British tourists are paying more than £100 to watch endangered Asian lions kill tethered cattle at an Indian wildlife reserve.
According to local officials, some visitors eat lunch at dining tables as they watch cows and buffalo being devoured.
To ensure that tourists do not go home disappointed, tour guides are offering "baitwalla shows", in which the lions are lured out of the forest towards villages on the outskirts of their sanctuary by cattle tied to tractors.
When the lion picks up the scent, the cow is dragged towards the tour group waiting close by and finally untied so that the tourists can watch it being caught, killed and eaten from as little as 10ft away. They blame western tourists for encouraging the practice.
Tunisian family sues over girl's "phone rape"
A Tunisian court is looking into an unprecedented rape case filed by a Tunisian family against a man who allegedly "raped" their daughter over the phone during an erotic call, press reports said on Thursday.
The defendant, 30, denied having ever touched the 20-year-old victim, but admitted that in one of their phone calls, while they were "totally into it," he heard her scream and say that a few drops of blood had come out of her.
The victim's lawyer, Maha al-Metebaa, told Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabs that the forensic report showed that the girl had lost her virginity recently, but was not subjected to any sexual assault. According to Metebaa, this supports the fact that the phone call was the reason. But Metebaa said this was an unprecedented case that required the court's thorough investigation and jurisprudence to reach a decision. "The intercourse did take place with all its details but verbally only. The sexual act did not really happen because the physical proximity factor is not there, yet it happened because there is a direct physical impact – the loss of virginity."

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