Judge rejects Washington state game farm dismissal request

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss an animal mistreatment lawsuit against a Washington state wildlife farm, giving an initial victory to animal rights activists.Peninsula Daily News reported Tuesday that the Animal Legal Defence Fund sued Olympic Game Farm in December, saying the Sequim-area business is in violation of the Endangered Species Act.The lawsuit asks the court to require the drive-thru wildlife exhibit 95 miles (153 kilometres) northwest of Tacoma to give its endangered or threatened species to a sanctuary.The decision allows the lawsuit to move forward.The Game Farm filed the motion in March to dismiss state public nuisance and animal cruelty claims.The judge says the farm already acknowledged violating state law by possessing Roosevelt elk.___Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.comThe Associated Press read more

Sri Lanka offers to work with the Fiji military

Major-General Perera said he would like RFMF to send some senior officers to Sri Lanka to look at their military operations and later prepare the defence co-operation between the two defence forces.Sri Lanka has a highly trained and experienced military with a record of success in counter terrorism. Major General Perera mentioned Sri Lanka’s offer to work to assist the RFMF. He said he was happy with the Prime Minister’s response. Sri Lanka has offered to work with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), the Fiji Sun Online reported.Highly decorated Sri Lankan officer, Major-General Aruna Perera, met with Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva. The RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho who was also at the meeting told the Fiji Sun he would be looking into the defence co-operation. Colonel Qiliho said the two forces had been in touch through the RFMF rugby players who now play in Sri Lanka.Now he said while RFMF would send rugby players, Sri Lanka had offered to help the RFMF in cricket. read more