TURTLES OF BANGLADESH
During Kali Puja, an annual festival in Bangladesh, sacrifices are made to Kali, goddess of power. It’s a time of celebration and feasting and on the top of the menu is turtle. Many thousands of turtles are slaughtered indiscriminately each year of which several species are threatened species. At a market in Dhaka, where most of the slaughters take place, a butcher of these turtles sells each one for up to $60 depending on the species. Crude blades are used to hack the turtles away from their shells, scoop their innards out and saw off limbs. In many cases, the turtles writhe and twitch in pain because they are still alive. This intense slaughter is in the name of feeding followers who believe that turtle meat gives them strength and longevity. Authorities in the region are hesitant to stop the slaughter for fear of a social uprising where religious tensions are already great. We speak to festival goers, the traders, buyers and local conservationists. Culture versus conservation, is there a middle ground?
WOOLIES GREEN HOUSE
In South Africa, Woolworths enjoys a good reputation when it comes to the Green Campaign. Woolworths is constantly finding new ways of greening their operations and facilitating “green-ness” in their consumers through the supply of organic and free-range food or things like transporting everything in re-usable plastic crates. But it does not stop there… Woolies is also encouraging us with green tips for lifestyle changes. How can we save electricity when geysers, kettles and lights are an everyday essential in our lives? Ntoks takes a trip to various people’s houses, to see where they are saving energy … and cash. We explore saving energy in the kitchen, bathroom and garden, look at recycling and other water and energy saving tips. Best thing is, they’re easy as can be and we can all implement them now.
Faye goes on a mission to discover how much bang conservation gets for your buck when collected by fundraisers in shopping centres!
What is South Africa’s favourite hot de-caffeinated beverage? Rooibos of course. But it’s not just its nice taste and de-caffeinated properties that make locals and tourists alike “write home about it”. Studies have yielded remarkable results about the positive health effects rooibos has. It is more than just tea! But this fynbos plant is unique and only grows in the Cedarburg in the Western Cape. What if the cultivation of rooibos was actually causing harm to the system it grows within? We look into the latest public developments regarding rooibos growth, sustainability and research.
This week’s Veldfokus has a look at some strange striped zebra’s and some of the littler but equally fascinating predators in veld.