French lawmakers debate ban on wild animals in circuses

first_imgPARIS (AP) — French lawmakers are debating an animal welfare bill that would ban using wild animals in traveling circuses and keeping dolphins and whales in captivity in marine parks. Circus workers held a protest against the bill outside the National Assembly on Tuesday, saying the measure would cause circuses and jobs to vanish, if it becomes law. The wild animal ban would not apply to permanent shows or to zoos, but it would extend to outlawing the use of wild animals in television shows, nightclubs and private parties. The bill would also require new pet owners to obtain certificates guaranteeing they have the specific knowledge needed to care for their animals.last_img

Harris tops Skyline field for career first IMCA Empire State win

first_imgTony Harris won his career first Empire State Series feature when touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds traveled to Skyline Raceway Park for a Turbo Blue Classic Weekend show. (Photo by Ted Schmidt)CORTLAND, N.Y. (Sept. 17) – Skyline Raceway Park’s Turbo Blue Classic Weekend saw a first-time IMCA Empire State Series winner in Tony Harris.Harris drew the pole for the 25-lap $400 to win feature for touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and led every circuit, leaving the rest of the 18-car field to tussle for second.Jeff Cardinale and Bumps Scutt battled hard for the runner-up position with Cardinale managing to keep Scutt behind him to record a season’s-best second place showing.Scutt, Beau Ballard and Rich Keller rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. Tony Harris; 2. Jeff Cardinale; 3. Bumps Scutt; 4. Beau Ballard; 5. Rich Keller; 6. Matt Cole; 7. Brad Sites; 8. Tyler Stoddard; 9. Mike Stoddard; 10. Rodney Morgan; 11. Logan Terry; 12. Gary Roberts; 13. Jeff Austin; 14. Brad Smith; 15. Nick Griest; 16. Ray McClure; 17. Dan Alvord; 18. Doug McKane.last_img read more

FIFA okays religious head covers for soccer players

first_imgInternational rule-making body for soccer lifts ban on kippot, hijab, turbans, after 2-year trial period.A FIFA panel known as the International Football Association Board made the decision, extending a two-year trial period during which hijabs were permitted. Turbans will also be allowed.The decision on head coverings follows extra trials after a July 2012 decision to approve scarves worn by Islamic female players.FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Saturday’s decision extended to male players following a request from Sikh community leaders in Canada.“You cannot have discrimination,” Valcke said at a news conference in Zurich, Switzerland. “It was decided that what can apply to female players can also apply to men.”Last year, Quebec’s soccer federation set off a political firestorm — and was suspended by the Canadian Soccer Association — for enforcing a ban on turbans and other religious headwear. The federation lifted the ban after FIFA clarified last June that such headwear was acceptable.The Quebec organization had cited safety issues for its controversial move as well as the fact the garments were not endorsed by FIFA.The Parti Quebecois government came out in favour of the federation’s position, while many federal politicians slammed it as exclusionary.The federation maintained it wasn’t trying to create problems and only wanted to get clarity from FIFA.last_img read more