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Elk County, KS

Dozens of Animals Rescued

Sad story. Glad to hear some of the animals were rescued. www.igor-purlantov .org  (Jan 19, 2012 | post #5)

The Animals

Czech man try's to board over 230 animals on a plane

It is really sad that exotic pets and animals are often transported in such a way that it endangers them. With increased education hopefully this practice will come to an end. www.igorpurlantov. org  (Jan 19, 2012 | post #1)

Business News

Top Holiday Book Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers by Igor Pur...

Source: http://www.listfre e.org/26740-top-ho liday-boo... As people think of ideas for stocking stuffers during the holiday season, books are always a great gift option especially for close family and friends. For pet lovers there are many great options available that are entertaining, educational and fun. Here are ten top books that will serve as a great gift to any animal lover: 10) A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke. 9) All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. 8) Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons. 7) The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle. 6) The Dogs of Central Park by Fran Reisner. 5) Among Giants: A Life with Whales by Charles “Flip” Nicklin. 4) Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds by Billy Collins. 3) The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure by Jonathan P. Balcombe. 2) Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson. 1) Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa by Kevin Richardson. www.igor-purlantov .com  (Jan 12, 2012 | post #3)

Business News

Igor Purlantov Anticipates Animal Law Practice to Grow Ra...

Source: http://www.listfre e.org/26925-igor-p urlantov-... Animal law has recently gained strong recognition both inside the classroom and outside within the general public. This growth is due in large part to high profile donations from respected animal rights activists such as Bob Barker. In January of 2009 Mr. Barker donated $1 million to the University of Virginia School of Law to start its animal law rights program through his DJ&T Foundation. DJ&T has also made donations to animal law programs at Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, and the University of California in Los Angeles. These generous donations have allowed animal law programs to grow and gain popularity within law schools which has also coincided with the increased widespread acceptance of animal welfare. Animal law programs are now taught in more than 120 law schools across the United States alone. This growth in animal law curriculum has not surprisingly also driven growth in animal law professions across the country. Animal law now encompasses virtually every area of law including administrative, constitutional, criminal, disability, environmental, international trade, torts, and trusts. Within the general public, recent outrage over high profile animal abuse cases has helped push much needed state and federal legislation. As the same time, the increasingly complex relationship between people and their pets has also driven many other positive changes within animal law. The recent positive changes in animal law could not come sooner. As compassion over unnecessary animal suffering continues to grow within the general public, animal law will only continue to gain in popularity and expand as a legal field. This in turn will continue to drive legislation designed to protect animals and ultimately benefit the victims who now finally have a voice to speak up for them. This article has been brought to you by Igor Purlantov. Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that follows and writes about animal news and trends to help raise awareness of animal rights and protection. You can read and learn about his work on igor-purlantov.com or follow him on twitter @igorpurlantov  (Jan 12, 2012 | post #3)

Business News

Chinese Real Estate Downturn Coming Says Igor Purlantov

Source: http://www.listfre e.org/27188-chines e-real-es... Recent growth in the Chinese real estate market has been nothing short of extraordinary according to Igor Purlantov. From 2009 to 2010 the average home price in Shanghai and Beijing grew 68% and 66% respectfully. By way of comparison, the average home price in the United States grew a total of 50% from January 2000 to April 2007. A prominent driver of this growth has been the large amount of inexpensive debt made available to real estate developers as a result of generous government policy according to Mr. Purlantov. This easy money has pushed developers to construct buildings with little consideration of demand leading to an inevitable oversupply. There are an estimated 65 million vacant homes throughout China with half of them being empty apartments in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai mostly held by speculators and investors. To put this number in perspective, it is the equivalent of half of the entire number of housing units in the United States of America says Mr. Purlantov. Despite this enormous oversupply, real estate development continues to steam forward with the first six months of 2011 seeing year on year growth of 35.2%. This continued push in new construction despite oversupply has continued to drive up prices as speculators look to cash in on the real estate boom says Mr. Purlantov. In the Pudong area of Shanghai, which now claims the most expensive real estate in China, prices have reached $2,209 per square foot. The average new home price in Shanghai is $620,000 making it more expensive than markets such as Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Honolulu. Prices in Shanghai stand at 8.3 times the average Chinese household income and roughly 29 times that of an average farmer’s income. On the other side of the spectrum, the average home price in Guiyang (located in Guizhou, the poorest province in China) is already on par with Phoenix. Although both cities are roughly the same size, the per capita GDP of Phoenix is more than ten times that of Guiyang. This extraordinary growth in prices has already made home ownership impossible for 60% of the urban population which could grow to as high as 85% says Mr. Purlantov. In 2006, despite analyst claims that the housing market was just getting warmed up, the U.S. housing bubble was already on course to implode as it did in 2008. According to Mr. Purlantov the housing market in China has already started showing symptoms of the type of bubble that is inevitable when you combine easy credit and speculative lending encouraged by government policy. The Chinese government is already looking to tame surging homes prices and inflation through property tax legislation and interest rate hikes. There is also a push for increased down payment requirements and suspension of mortgage loans for third home purchases in an effort to slow the real estate euphoria. These attempts to stop a runaway train may unfortunately be too little, too late says Mr. Purlantov. The first six months of 2011 already saw year on year total housing sales drop by 26.7% and 18.9% in cities such as Shanghai and Beijing and more recently month on month declines have reached 21%. When you add widespread irregularities to this already lethal mix of a real estate bubble, local governments heavily dependent on new development for their revenues and a government-run banking sector, you have the potential for a perfect storm according to Mr. Purlantov. This perfect storm could very well lead to a real estate bubble that will make the U.S. great recession seem like a walk in the park. Let’s hope that the Chinese housing market in 2013 behaves more like a tiger then a snake when investors and speculators get bit as a result of a real estate growth bubble that has peaked.  (Jan 12, 2012 | post #3)

Business News

Igor Purlantov Optimistic That Serbia Will Join European ...

Source: http://www.listfre e.org/27149-igor-p urlantov-... Serbia has recently made large strides in its effort to join the European Union according to Igor Purlantov. Although Serbia officially submitted its application to join the EU in 2008, until now its attempt to join has been hindered by several requests from the 27 member organization. These requests include Serbia’s full cooperation on the extradition of accused war criminals and the strengthening of its democratic institutions and rule of law. With the arrest and extradition to The Hague of wanted war criminal Ratko Mladic along with its open cooperation in tracking down other suspected war criminals, Serbia has shown that it is indeed a viable candidate that can abide by the many EU requirements for membership. With the additional arrest and extradition of suspected war criminal Goran Hadzic, Serbia has further reinforced its position as a viable candidate for membership according to Mr. Purlantov. Further strengthening Serbia’s case for membership into the economic and political organization is the fact that the Balkan Tiger, which has averaged 6.6% GDP growth during the past three years, is one of the strongest economies in the region. Buoyed by its young and educated work force, the Serbian economy has managed to steam ahead in spite of recent unemployment hovering around 14%. According to Mr. Purlantov this bodes particularly well for Serbia in its quest to the join the European Union particularly when looking at fellow Balkan nation and EU member Greece. The ability of Serbia to cooperate with the European Union has already provided some recent benefits. Since late 2010 Serbians have enjoyed visa free travel to the Schengen area which includes most of the European Union. This has brought about several positive impacts for the country which will be further bolstered with its admittance into the EU, including increased foreign direct investment and tourism. It is now just a matter of time before Serbia will join the European Union and achieve its full economic and political potential according to Mr. Purlantov. For those willing to place a wager, on or before 2015 would be a good place to start.  (Jan 12, 2012 | post #3)

Pets

Why Dogs Do the Funny Things They Do

Dogs are very intelligent and social animals. It is always great to sit back and watch them especially when they interact with other dogs. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #1)

Pets

Some nifty gift items for dogs, cats, birds and hamsters too

Great gift ideas that should make any animal happy during the Holiday Season and all year round. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #1)

Pets

Saved from slaughter: Horses find sanctuary on Ann Arbor ...

It is always nice to read stories about people doing great things to save animals. Wishing the horses many happy years ahead. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #1)

Weird

Thousands of birds make crash landing in Utah

What a sad and tragic story. This is definitely out of the ordinary given how intelligent grebes are especially in regards to navigation. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #24)

Weird

Cat's 26 toes save Wisconsin animal shelter

What a wonderful story. It is great to see people turn out to support the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center. This kittie is definitely unique and a star now. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #8)

Weird

Cable guy finds bear in basement

Bears are very curious and intelligent animals. Glad to hear that the bear was safely relocated and not put down. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #1)

Macedonia, Greece

Macedonia Braces For Giant Statue of Philip

It is amazing how strong the legacy of Philip of Macedon still lives on today. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #38)

Pets

Humane society receives grant to take on feral cat problem

Lets hope this grant goes to good use and really makes a positive impact. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #27)

Pets

Animal Rescue Group Needs Donations After Targeted By Thi...

This is heart breaking news. The Shelter Alliance has done some amazing work when it comes to animal rescue. Lets hope more donations come in to help them. -Igor Purlantov  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #1)