Some things fishy

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, MP & Union Cabinet Minister, also an eminent animal rights activist and environmentalist answers Millennium Post readers queries related to animal welfare issues

Should there be a ban on animals in circuses?
The Central Zoo Authority has put a ban on all animals in circuses. So if you see any circuses with animals, inform the local administration. Thelocal wildlife department will try to get out of any action ( you know why ) by saying that the animals performing are not "Indian". That means a hippo or large cockatoos .
Or they will say that a horse or dogs do not come under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. These are just excuses to hide a bribe . The circus has probably taken permission to perform from the DFO himself. However , it is now irrelevant whether it is a dog or a foreign animal.
The circus has been banned from animals altogether and the DFO is an agent of the CZA and he has to take action for confiscation.
What is fish food made of?
The food for aquarium freshwater fishes is:
Dry food : It includes flakes, pellets and sticks. Flakes and sticks are often low in fibre and can cause constipation,
therefore the food should be supplemented with vegetables.
Freeze dried: blood worms and krill
Frozen- zooplankton, fish, whitebait, squid, clams, mussels and prawns.
Live foods- earthworms, river shrimp and large insects.
Q.How does one recognise pure ghee?
A. To check the purity of ghee at home:
Method 1: Put a spoon of ghee on your palm, if it starts to melt itself that is pure. Normally, pure ghee melts on the body temperature.
Method 2: Put a spoon of ghee and heat it. If it melts quickly and appear dark brownish color, that is pure ghee. Within a few seconds, the ghee will be melted. If it takes a longer time to melt and appear light yellow in color, it is impure.
Apart from food for humans and other species are fish of any consequence to the planet? I mean, if they were to be reduced as we are doing by catching millions every day, what would be the consequence?
A. Every day humans breathe out millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide. All our factories and process create more millions of carbon dioxide. If this carbon dioxide built up in the air then we would be dead very soon. As it is , from the amount it has built up we have now warmed the planet so that our weather is now unpredictable – which has its impact on food availability and prices and on the spread of disease. So what slows down this build of carbon dioxide .
Two things : trees and fish ( not the oceans but the fish in them) The more trees you cut the hotter and drier it gets. The more fish you remove the less carbon dioxide they can remove.
Deep sea fish around UK and Ireland remove and store more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. According to a new study by the University of Southampton this natural carbon capture and storage scheme saves millions of lives. Fish living in deep waters on the continental slope play an important role carrying carbon from the surface to the seafloor.
But, as fishing, energy extraction and mining extend into deeper waters, these seldom seen fishes who provide a valuable service to all of us are going to disappear making the carbon dioxide built up even more intense. Soon it will be difficult for anyone to breathe.
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