Belgium melted down over 22,000 firearms
Belgium recently melted down over 22,000 firearms into 60 tons of recycled steel.
Half of the firearms were collected from members of the Belgian public. The other half were police weapons that are no longer used.
Carina van Cauter, governor of East Flanders, said in a statement: “The result is impressive: 22,457 firearms have disappeared from our society… It is obviously positive for the security of our citizens that these weapons are no longer in use.”
This is the third time the Belgian police force has worked with the steel firm ArcelorMittal to recycle firearms—with this particular operation taking three days to complete.
“Steel is endlessly recyclable without loss of quality. For us, steel is the cornerstone for a sustainable circular economy”.
2) Mexican Hotel Chain Thanks 100 Healthcare Heroes With All-Inclusive Vacations
These days, heroes come with face masks instead of capes—but a luxury resort chain in Mexico has rewarded 100 health care superheroes with free spa vacations to say thank you for their great hearts during the worldwide pandemic.
The last year of COVID has put their professionalism, resilience, and determination to be of help to others on full display.
As a token of appreciation for all their hard work—and even putting their lives at risk—Velas Resorts is giving 100 healthcare heroes a much-deserve vacation on a Mexican beach.
During April the public voted for their favorite stories among 350 nominations, choosing who would get the chance for an all-inclusive stay of 4 days and 3 nights in the luxury resort, with food and drinks prepared by its premiere chefs and restaurants.
Mexican airline Aeromexico joined in the initiative to give away roundtrip flights for the medical personnel chosen.
3) South Africa will end the breeding of lions in captivity
Following a two-year study on the effects of raising and breeding wild animals in captivity, South Africa has announced that it will ban the breeding of lions in captivity for hunting, cub petting, and for the commercial lion-bone trade.
Conditions for these animals are often inhumane and cubs are taken from their mothers at just a few hours old. Frequent interactions with humans mean they can never be introduced into the wild, and these animals are slated to spend the rest of their lives in captivity.
The ban on lion breeding is an encouraging first step for eliminating this inhumane practice. Moving forwards, the government must find effective ways to actually implement and enforce the ban. We hope this legislation in South Africa will offer a blueprint for other countries seeking to eliminate wild animal breeding.