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Europe’s consumption of frog legs from Indonesia is ‘driving species to extinction,’ nonprofit says

  • Non-profit Pro Wildlife and French NGO Robin des Bois said in an article published in June that the consumption of frog legs, a delicacy in France and Belgium, is “driving species to extinction.”
  • Charlotte Nithart, the president of Robin des Bois, said that not only does the frog legs trade directly affect the species' population, but it also affects the overall biodiversity and ecosystem health.
  • According to the report, Europe imports as many as 200 million frog legs yearly, with Belgium taking up most of it at 70%.
  • France consumes as much as 4,000 tons – equivalent to 40 blue whales – of frog legs in a year.
  • Indonesia is reportedly responsible for 74% of frog legs exported to European countries, followed by Vietnam with 21%, Turkey with 4% and Albania at 0.7%, the Pro Wildlife report noted.

The consumption of frog legs, a delicacy in France and Belgium, is “driving species to extinction,” a German conservationist group said in a report last month.

Non-profit Pro Wildlife and French NGO Robin des Bois co-wrote an article published on June 23 warning that the population of frog species in the wild is dwindling as a result of continuous consumption of the delicacy in some European countries.

Japanese woman wins Tokyo mayorship while living 5,800 miles away in Belgium

  • Satoko Kishimoto, 47, has been elected mayor of Tokyo’s Suginami district despite being a resident of Leuven, Belgium, roughly 5,800 miles away.
  • Kishimoto won by a narrow 200 votes, defeating conservative opponent and incumbent mayor Ryo Tanaka.
  • Kishimoto was able to rely on online campaigning with the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, participating in online public debates to gain prominence.
  • Kishimoto’s background in environmental activism appeared to win voters over despite opponents’ constant jabs at her residency status.
  • She ran on a campaign stressing less privatization and more citizen participation.

Satoko Kishimoto, 47, has been elected mayor of Tokyo’s Suginami district despite being a resident of Leuven, Belgium, roughly 5,800 miles away.

Kishimoto won by a narrow 200 votes, defeating conservative opponent and incumbent mayor Ryo Tanaka. 

Train Passenger in Belgium Caught Wiping Saliva on Metal Bar

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Belgian authorities have arrested a subway passenger who was caught deliberately wiping his saliva on a metal bar amid growing concerns of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The passenger, whose name was not revealed, was filmed by a fellow passenger sitting on one of the benches. Seconds after the doors closed, the man suddenly removed his face mask and put two fingers inside his mouth and quickly ran his hand on a metal bar in front of him.

Belgian School Posts Obscenely Racist ‘Corona Time’ Photo for End of the Year Party

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to further clarify that the post originated from a Belgian high school where they speak Flemish, the dialect of Dutch predominately spoken in Belgium. The Dutch language is native to the Netherlands.

Over a dozen students at a Dutch Flemish high school in Belgium have sparked outrage after posting a photo on social media dressed in stereotypical Asian attire while holding a sign that reads “Corona Time”.

Asians Are Told to Leave the Train Over Coronavirus Fear in Social Experiment

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A social experiment organized by YouTube channel Would You React? shows that many people still support the Asian community amid fear of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19).

The clip, which was shot in February on the Brussels Metro in Brussels, Belgium, shows a few Belgian actors telling Asian actors to get out of the train in an attempt to portray the discrimination that Asians face in Western countries during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Belgian Volleyball Team Yellow Tigers Blasted Online for ‘Slant Eyes’ Gesture

After numerous stories of athletes around the world put on blast for making “slant eyes”, the racist gesture still lives on.

Many volleyball fans have recently called out the two players of the Belgian National Team Yellow Tigers for their racist “slant eyes” gesture that they posted online before their first stop in China for the Volleyball Nations League tournament last week.