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Latest update : 2014-08-11

Belgians share pears to support farmers

In this edition: Belgians share pears to support European farmers; a squirrel-kicking video sparks outrage online; and a New York City subway spa…

BELGIANS SHARE PEARS TO SUPPORT FARMERS

Hundreds of Belgians have been posing with pears over the past few days and posting the pics to social networks to show support for local farmers following the Russian government`s recent move to ban the import of certain European fruit and vegetables. Moscow has imposed the food embargo in retaliation to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis, stirring up strong reactions online. 

Belgians have taken to the web in their droves, slamming Russia`s ban on their pears. Social networkers have been posting photos under the #ShareaPear hashtag in which they pose eating this particular forbidden fruit. It`s one way of voicing their anger over Moscow`s move, and was inspired by a movement started by web users in Poland last week, which saw Poles sharing selfies to show support with their country`s apple farmers, also affected by the Russian embargo. 

Some Russian web users have responded to these images with humour. The person behind this Twitter photo says they are praying the tiny strawberry plant in their garden will give a good enough harvest to overcome the shortage of products coming from Europe. This other web user ironically wonders if Russia could deal with any shortages by reviving the collective farms that became a great source of pride at the time of the Soviet Union. 

USA: SQUIRREL-KICKING VIDEO SPARKS OUTRAGE ONLINE

The man in this video violently kicks a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon in the US after luring it there with food. The clip was posted to YouTube at the beginning of August and has since been deleted by the video sharing platform. But it continues to do the rounds online where it has stirred up widespread outrage among web users. 

Many have taken to social networks to condemn this act of animal cruelty. Shocked by the cruelty they are urging the relevant authorities to do everything in their power to find and prosecute the perpetrator. 

Thousands signed these two petitions to America`s National Park Service demanding the man be brought to justice. And as US daily Deseret News reports, the campaigning has already paid off as the Grand Canyon authorities have launched an investigation to identify the man in the video. 

Animal Rights group PETA has also got involved. The NGO is offering a reward of up to 16,870 dollars, which is around 12,600 euros for any information leading to the individual`s arrest. If he is found then he could be charged with animal cruelty which in the US could incur a six month prison sentence and a 5,000 dollar fine. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

The authorities for the city of Paris have started the #Lovewithoutlocks hashtag in an attempt to encourage loved up couples on a visit to immortalize their love with a selfie and not by attaching a padlock to one of the capital`s bridges and throwing away the key in the River Seine. The lock phenomenon is now posing security problems as the bridges could collapse under the weight of the locks. Many are supporting the loveiwthoutlocks initiative on, but are not convinced all sweethearts will do the same… 

MEET CHANGO: THE COOLEST PITBULL ON INSTAGRAM

5 year old Chango-Leon from Chicago is not your average pitbull. He is perhaps the coolest pitbull on Instagram and something of a fashion lover. He often appears in elegant suits and wacky accessories. His pictures are proving extremely popular online, and he already has over 13,000 followers.

MAN BECOMES VIRAL SENSATION FOR MATERNITY PHOTO SHOOT

When his wife refused to capture her pregnancy in photos American man Justin Sylvester came up with an original way of immortalizing this period in their lives just their same. The dad to be decided to organize a photo shoot for himself, sticking his tummy out as if it was he was carrying the child. You can see the wacky results on Imgur. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Here`s the latest offering from the team at "Improv`Everywhere" ; they transformed a New York subway station into a temporary unauthorized spa! Passengers on the Big Apple`s public transport were in a for a few treats and a few surprises… as we can see in this video available to view in its entirety on YouTube

By Electron Libre

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