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The First Ever Pets To Be Photographed

Apr 2 2024 Share

For nearly as long as there has been cameras, there have also been photographs of pets even way back in the 17th century.

Pioneer photographer William Henry Fox Talbot changed the whole game of photography when he invented the negative-positive photo process in 1833. One of his first ever photographs was a simple calotype of a detailed cat drawing.

J.M. Burbank, an artist who exhibited animal pictures during the 1830s in Britain stated that “This cute kitty is believed to be a copy of a favorite cat”.

In 1847, famous author Mary Mitford brought her dog to her portrait session with a photo studio. Photography historian Ruth Quinn explained Mitford insisted that the studio’s photographer, Nicolaas Henneman, photograph her dog. The photographer was skeptical the dog could sit still long enough — these early photos took minutes to expose. However the adorable dog managed to stand still.

This made Mary Mitford’s dog the first ever live pet to be photographed but not the first animal as in 1842, French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey captured a photo of a live cow.

English photographer Harry Pointer became arguably the first photographer to dedicate a whole business to pet photography, Pointer’s cabinet, or carte-de-visite, photos focused solely on cats.

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FKNK Submits Proposals For Spring Season Of 2024

FKNK Submits Proposals For Spring Season Of 2024
Apr 2 2024 Share

In March, the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) presented its proposals for the spring season of 2024 to be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the Malta Ornis Committee. The Committee will deliberate on whether to recommend to the Minister the FKNK’s proposal for derogations allowing traditional hunting of turtle doves and quail in April 2024. Additionally, the FKNK proposes conducting research on the migration of turtle doves using traditional clap-nets for live-capturing during the same period.

These proposals, outlined in a document submitted by the FKNK, are supported by evidence of positive results regarding the sustainability of turtle dove hunting in Malta. This evidence is derived from surveys conducted during the turtle dove hunting seasons in September 2021 and 2022, as well as a scientific study undertaken during the seasons in April 2022 and 2023. The document also highlights successes achieved through the FKNK Turtle Dove Project, including progress towards expanding the project’s scope to include Bulgaria and Kosovo.

The FKNK alleged how, upon learning of the FKNK’s proposals, BirdLife Malta (BLM) swiftly prepared and submitted a report to the Malta Ornis Committee advocating for a complete year-round ban on turtle dove hunting in Malta. However, the FKNK has responded with a critique report, challenging the accuracy and intentions of BLM’s report. The FKNK argues that BLM’s efforts reflect a continued push for abolition rather than genuine conservation concerns, further suggesting a close alignment between BLM and the EU Commission.

The FKNK “Critique” can be downloaded from this link.

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Prime Minister Robert Abela Opens TikTok Account

Prime Minister Robert Abela Opens TikTok Account
Apr 2 2024 Share

Prime Minister Robert Abela has officially opened a TikTok account, posting two new videos to the platform in the past few hours.

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His first video was a series of recent achievements and responsibilities around Malta and Gozo, followed by a second video of his political activity in Bormla and Qormi for Easter.

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L-Għid magħkom. 📍#Bormla & #Qormi #malta

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Will you be following the Labour Party leader on the platform?

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Nature Exposes Us: Clean Malta Urges Better Disposal

Nature Exposes Us: Clean Malta Urges Better Disposal
Apr 2 2024 Share

Malta’s Cleansing and Maintenance Division Clean Malta took to social media to urge more responsible waste disposal after addressing a seaside waste clean up.

Waste accumulated at a dockyard behind various boats was cleaned up by the division, with the division writing: ‘let’s be more responsible… nature exposes us one way or another.’

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Individuals can contact CleanMalta through the app Clean and Upkeep, including a pin location so that the Customer Care Unit can contact the persons concerned.

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