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Latest update : 2014-09-03

Scotland: Celebrities take sides in independence debate

In this edition: celebrities take sides in the Scottish independence debate; online campaigning to keep Raju the elephant free; and a Jet Ski pro in a pretty impressive display...

SCOTLAND: CELEBRITIES TAKE SIDES IN INDEPENDENCE DEBATE

With campaigning ahead of the September 18 Scottish independence referendum in full swing, a growing number of well-known faces are taking to the web to share their thoughts and feelings, openly stating whether theirs will be a yes or no vote, and urging their fans and followers to do the same.

The "let's stay together" campaign is for everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who wants Scotland to stay part of the UK but doesn`t have a vote in Scotland. It is extremely active on the web, and has garnered a great deal of support from celebrities. Stars from the small and silver screens, singers, musicians; the likes of Judi Dench, Simon Cowell, Mick Jagger and also Patrick Stewart, have all added their signature to an open letter to voters reminding them that the decision on whether to leave the UK is of course theirs, but they must remember it will have a huge effect on the rest of the United Kingdom.

And while a host of stars have joined the “No” to independence camp, others have chosen to campaign for Scottish independence, and added their support to the “Yes Scotland” campaign. Scottish rock bands Franz Ferdinand and Mogwai for example have clearly stated their stance on social media and will also be staging a concert four days before the referendum in a bid to sway undecided voters to go for independence. Supporters of the "yes" vote are convinced it will mean Scotland can finally take control of its own future… 

WEB USERS CAMPAIGN TO KEEP RAJU THE ELEPHANT FREE

Raju the Indian elephant was abused and held in leg irons for fifty years in the Uttar Pradesh region before being rescued in July and taken to a care centre. Raju, who cried when he was freed from his chains, has been receiving treatment and is now starting to recover from the physical and psychological wounds. But he is now facing a threat to his hard-won freedom, as his former owner has launched a legal battle to get him back.

News that has been met with widespread condemnation on the web. Hundreds have taken to Twitter, scandalized by the possibility Raju's former owner may be allowed to put him back in chains. This web user says it’s the owner who should be shackled. And this outraged woman says in India, the elephant is supposed to be sacred.

The animal rescue organization that saved Raju, “Wildlife SOS”, has started an online petition addressed to the regional authorities, asking them to ensure the former owner does not get custody of Raju, and is severely punished. The petition has already been signed by around 57,000 people.

The "Elephant Voices" foundation has been using Raju's story to run an animal cruelty awareness campaign on Facebook. In Asia, elephants are used for a variety of activities including trekking, and are often beaten and brutalized to render them more docile. As the organization explains, tourists could help change this by refusing these elephant rides.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

The #IfMyPhoneGotHacked hashtag has been trending in the U.S. with American social networkers explaining how they would react if the personal information and photos stored on their smartphones fell into the hands of hackers. A common fear is having their private life exposed for all to see. The social media campaign comes after the recent publication by computer hackers of dozens of celebrities, without their clothes on. Data stolen in all likelihood from Apple's cloud storage service iCloud.

STATS OF THE DAY

This infographic was put together by vectorworldmap.com and shows each country in the camouflage colours of its armed forces. As we can see the predominant colours are green, khaki and beige, which are of course chosen to help soldiers blend in with their surroundings when in a natural environment.

MEET CERBERO THE TRAVELLING POODLE

14-year-old Cerbero from Lima, Peru, is not your average poodle. For the past three years, Cerbero has been travelling around the world with its owners, taking lots of souvenir shots along the way, on visits to famous spots across the US, Mexico and also France … you can see what the globe-trotting pooch has been up to by visiting the "Cerbero on the road" blog.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

As we can see in this video, former Jet Ski world champion James Visser can pull off all manner of impressive stunts and tricks on the water. This adrenaline-packed clip was filmed in South Africa and is available to view in its entirety on YouTube.

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