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'These Guys Are Complete Idiots'
By Zachary Toliver
Two men who "surfed" on top of a beached sea turtle in Queensland, Australia, are this week's biggest idiots. Authorities are now investigating the photo of their cruel stunt and they could face a hefty fine—in addition to the wrath of the Internet.
The photo—in which the men are seen drinking and standing on top of the turtle—was reportedly posted to Facebook by 26-year-old Ricky Rogers with a caption that read, "Surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeeee [sic]." After receiving thousands of outrage-filled comments, Rogers made his account private.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty didn't hold back when discussing the photo with the Fraser Coast Chronicle: "These guys are just complete idiots—there's no way they should be doing what they were doing."
Beatty also said that the men could have seriously injured the turtle, but it's unknown whether the animal was alive or dead at the time that the photo was taken.
According to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the men could have to pay a fine of up to $20,000 for their cruelty.
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‘Companies Should Not Be Allowed to Use Hazardous Ingredients in Products People Use’: Michelle Pfeiffer Speaks Up for Safer Cosmetics
The beauty products we put on our skin can have important consequences for our health. Just this March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that some Claire's cosmetics had tested positive for asbestos. But the FDA could only issue a warning, not a recall, because current law does not empower the agency to do so.
Michelle Pfeiffer wants to change that.
The actress and Environmental Working Group (EWG) board member was spotted on Capitol Hill Thursday lobbying lawmakers on behalf of a bill that would increase oversight of the cosmetics industry, The Washington Post reported.
By Julia Conley
Scientists at the United Nations' intergovernmental body focusing on biodiversity sounded alarms earlier this month with its report on the looming potential extinction of one million species — but few heard their calls, according to a German newspaper report.
The climate crisis is a major concern for American voters with nearly 40 percent reporting the issue will help determine how they cast their ballots in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, according to a report compiled by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
Of more than 1,000 registered voters surveyed on global warming, climate and energy policies, as well as personal and collective action, 38 percent said that a candidate's position on climate change is "very important" when it comes to determining who will win their vote. Overall, democratic candidates are under more pressure to provide green solutions as part of their campaign promises with 64 percent of Democrat voters saying they prioritize the issue compared with just 34 percent of Independents and 12 percent of Republicans.
President Donald Trump has agreed to sign a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill that will help Americans still recovering from the flooding, hurricanes and wildfires that have devastated parts of the country in the past two years. Senate Republicans said they struck a deal with the president to approve the measure, despite the fact that it did not include the funding he wanted for the U.S.-Mexican border, CNN reported.
"The U.S. Senate has just approved a 19 Billion Dollar Disaster Relief Bill, with my total approval. Great!" the president tweeted Thursday.
"There was a lot of devastation throughout the state," Governor Mike Parson said at a Thursday morning press conference, as NPR reported. "We were very fortunate last night that we didn't have more injuries than what we had, and we didn't have more fatalities across the state. But three is too many."