The uncle, who is an American citizen and hosted Mr. Abdulazeez during a trip lasting several months to Jordan last year, has been detained there since Friday and interrogated by Jordanian intelligence officers. Abdulazeez does not fit that model. The authorities have found no evidence that he was given orders to attack by any group overseas or was in touch with ISIS.
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Writings obtained by the F. Abdulazeez wrote about suicide and martyrdom as long ago as The bureau has also found evidence that he viewed videos of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was killed in Yemen by an American drone strike in , the officials said. The uncle, the lawyer continued, was not involved with Islamic extremists known as salafis. Khateeb said in an interview in his Amman office Tuesday night. The lawyer said Jordanian intelligence officials contacted the uncle Thursday, shortly after the deadly attack at a Naval Reserve center, and asked him to come to their headquarters.
He was released that day, called back the next morning, was released again and then was arrested later Friday at his home, Mr. Khateeb said. Khateeb said he had not yet been able to speak with Mr. Ali, and had been told that he will not be able to until Sunday. But when he did, he was still barred from seeing him.
Khateeb said he had spoken to Mr. He was unaware, for example, that Mr. I think not only the ladies among you, but any gentleman who has a wife daughter or sister will understand how such things affect our well-being… and these poor mares rarely if ever are allowed the fulfilling conclusion of it all- a warm live foal to love, teach, and nurture.
I frankly find equally offensive the fact that the carrier mares-often large gentle souls but not esteemed enough to be bred themselves-are regarded with amusement and derision when they produce the "Jewel", they have been carrying on behalf of the more aristocratic genetic dam. I have seen them laughed at and called ugly while they are still serving their required purpose, nurturing or even still carrying the other's foal- no respect at all. And it is worth remembering that surrogate dams DO contribute to the physical as well as temperamental make-up of the creature they carry.
Humans cannot attempt to "Play God", without serious repercussions I apologize for depressing you, but if we just close our eyes and ears to the truth, then we really cannot help to make the future brighter for anyone. There IS however good news. There is at last a large, loud, and I think serious outcry about show abuse. I know because having the questionable benefit of being on the ECAHO Show Commission I am quite regularly being upbraided for being ineffectual and useless - and I don't blame those who say that -any committee is often a good way of delaying action, and with the best will in the world, action is often HORRIBLY slow.
But i DO believe that the present outcry, if sustained, may help us to bring about change-by waking up the owners to reality- to the suffering of their horses- by empowering officials, from judges to DC s to ring stewards to being far more effective-and helping push us into far more practical action and decisions.
As for the trainers, I also believe that many are as desensitized to what they are doing, as are children playing violent video games to real war footage. I know from myself that the more I think about and really become acquainted with the feelings and senses of others, the more I become aware of HOW desensitized I WAS, often not perceiving things which are in fact truly distressing. So instead of just criticizing the trainers I DO think that we need to actually TRY at least to get them to understand what the effects are of what they do. One example- A horse who was having serious episodes of bizarre stress-sudden, hysterical behaviour- apparently flashbacks.
With the help of a horse whisperer a story unfolded-and I do realize that many of you will dismiss this as fantasy, but bear with me- I ghoulishly -and in view of the almost self-damaging violence of the episodes expected a tale of beatings, the infamous cattle-prods, etc etc. But instead there was a show arena- identifiable from the description - then some "shaking", flapping of a bag or plastic thing to just wake up the young creature in the ring-nothing violent nor mean- but disturbing to the youngster.
Then a lovely box, security- a solid box not a temporary show one this fitted with the identification of the Show arena and fitted with the horse's history, as did the whole story, but the "whisperer"-or "listener" if you like- knew none of this. Wonderful sense of peace and security in this box, but then the door opened and someone came in and began shaking and jazzing the horse up-AGAIN-and though it.
A young horse at a show, people interested to see him after classes- visit his box, ' come on, wake up now, look good"… but to HIM it affected his whole sense of order and there was no security anywhere- for years. Now this story may be sheer imagination on the part of the Whisperer, merely coinciding with the known facts horse's real history It may be that this horse WAS horribly abused, but the apparently banal and understated events described made it so much more plausible to me Horses have individual characters which in a herd will form parts of an intricate whole, each with a role according to his or her natural abilities and each complementing the roles of the others.
There are outstandingly sensitive ones- perceived as "flighty"; their natural ability to sense danger, find food and water, and to take fast decisions allows the herd to rely on them as Scouts. These will probably not be best suited to certain pursuits in which loud noise and total obedience-lack of individual initiative-are main components. Such a defender would not be idea for a job where he has to be mindlessly obeying orders however alien to his understanding.
The key is not to assume that horses are lying in wait waiting to "take over"…it is in making things as clear as possible, gaining their trust and in return respecting and trusting THEM. Thus, when we require something which does NOT make sense or is alarming to them, like crossing a busy street. By the same logic, forcing an unsuitable job on a creature whose individual talents and NATURE are in opposition to it, is a recipe for problems.
We should understand that and not set ourselves AND the horse up for failure by insisting what a specific creature must do if it is intrinsically unsuited to it. Otherwise yes there MAY be huge battles, and because we have more technical and physical ways of controlling the horses we may force them into our mould- but at great loss to both sides-including physical danger and worse-loss of HUMANITY.
We need to comprehend that when horses refuse a request or directive it is usually because they physically cannot do it- or find it hard-like obeying a particular order while on the wrong LEG.
Or because it is painful-they may have a physical issue of which we are not yet aware- or again they may be just asking us to confirm what it is we want. If they have performed a new task well several times and suddenly seem reluctant to keep doing so, it is probably not stubbornness or stupidity- it is most likely, " Are you SURE you want this AGAIN? Back to the good news- there is a HUGE trend towards people wanting to use non damaging and kinder methods in their interaction with horses.
However - and I do feel this is important to understand- some of the "Natural Horsemanship" methods- most notably those involving chasing away the horse in a round pen-can be quite as damaging as physical abuse-perhaps more-as they strip the creature of its will - FAST and what is left is an apathetic shell. True, wild horses keep newcomers outside the group until they have assessed how if at all they will fit into the complex herd system.
If accepted-both newcomer and herd having had up to three days sometimes, in which to observe and figure things out-then there is usually a smooth blending- no fighting and injury-risking, nor damage to the valuable grass around by churning it up in the process. That way is a form of domination- and we all know that broken minds and wills can be far harder to heal than broken bodies. So if you want to try natural methods, do read up on them from several angles, and use your own sense and observation as well.
You are probably more in tune and have HEARD more from your own horse than any expert can teach you…trust your hearts. We all know that horses are not just enchanting, a healthy pastime for teenagers, ego-boosters, work companions or facilitators, entertainers - but as I mentioned earlier, they are ALSO healers.
Arab tradition tells us that they bear good fortune, that they ensure Divine assistance to their owners in caring for them, that they are comets combatting negative forces. I believe that they really do filter away negative energies, but they do more than that. I would like to end this talk with a few happy stories-stories of our horses at the Growing Together project run in Jordan for children on the autistic spectrum and others with emotional disorders and some physical special needs. This project was started only a year ago, using mainly retired horses, some are rescue cases-none had any specific training.
The children meet the horses, and within minutes each child has been "chosen", by one of the horses -the bond between them acknowledged by some physical indication on the part of the horse. The program develops at the individual speed required by each child- some are extremely anxious by just being outdoors- some want to sit on the horse from day one-others take weeks to get CLOSE enough to touch one.
But there have been some seeming miracles and almost if not all have shown truly amazing progress. From non-speaking at ALL, to calling out to the horse-from agoraphobia to roaming around the hillside confidently-from lack of coordination to playing football with friends, from lack of self-expression to joining in discussions and making choices.
One little boy of seven had poor physical coordination, and had never spoken at all. He was walking down the hill with "his" horse, past an enclosure of wildlife rescued from local zoos. She turned to the child's carer in surprise at hearing the English word. Again they heard, "WOLF", and now the child was pointing at the wolves watching through the fence.
The carer was almost in tears; yes the little boy heard English spoken at home, but never had he spoken in ANY language before. Several months later, his physical development continues to grow along with his verbal vocabulary- but he is probably the first child ever to be PRAISED for "Crying "Wolf"!
Another small boy who did speak occasional words but never linked two to make a phrase attends with his mother, their school not being able to afford extra carers to accompany the children on these visits. The sessions are all a free service, but carers attend with the children. This mother was thrilled when, on days that she would tell her child, "No school today", he would respond with, "Husan horse ". The fact that he was clearly drawing conclusions-linking lack of school with a reason- a visit to the stables-was a huge step in what she saw as his development. After a few weeks of walking near a mare, he progressed to leading her himself and then came the best moment of all for his mother: he had never expressed emotions before, but suddenly he said in Arabic, "I love horse", and went up the mare and kissed her.
He has continued progressing so fast from then that he not only chats away to his family-he is about to join mainstream school this year, God Willing. On that note, I will conclude this talk with a short film of how the relationship between horses and humans CAN be….. I hope the talk has not been too exhausting or boring, and thank you for your patience.
For those who would like to see the actual film, click on the link below or watch it directly on Youtube under 'Growing Together' PAF. An eight-member team entrusted with checking on the animals, said they were exhausted from the journey and had lost weight. Many different international organisations were represented leading to some very interesting discussions. We hope that the momentum of the conference is carried forward and some positive results may be achieved.
Lo the noblest of you in the Sight of God is the one who is best in conduct" and the other familiar teaching that all creatures are also… 'Nations like unto yourselves". We are told that there is no single part of Creation, be it animate or inanimate which does not Praise and Glorify God. While Creation as a whole is thus united, there is a great difference between Humans and the rest of Creation.
Humans often believe that they are wise and responsible and "know it all". The rest of creation; animals, plants and nature itself, behave consistently and in conformity with their own essence and nature. They are able to transcend themselves and by doing so make truly GOOD use of their faculties and abilities. In May of last year, the Princess Alia Foundation was established in Jordan to promote the balance, harmony and respect for all creation.
In the months since the establishment of the Foundation we have become keenly aware of the challenges and the scale of work that lies before us all. Looking around here today, it is clear to see how many of us share the same concerns, passions and will for change. Let us not lose focus as to why we started in this field in the first place. Let us not shift our focus to less important things and forget what it is we are trying to achieve.
Surely it is time to put all differences aside and to agree to work together to create a positive, sustainable and true change. Many voices raised together in unison will make themselves heard whereas scattered voices are easily ignored. Whilst an initial focus of the foundation was the dire need for improved practices in slaughterhouses in Jordan, we also quickly recognized the need for urgent action in other areas.
Initiatives have now been commenced to address the welfare of animals in zoos in Jordan; the illegal trade in wildlife in the region, to upgrade Jordan's veterinary service and to introduce a TNR program as an alternative to the shooting and poisoning of stray animals. We are in the process of creating a school based curriculum and a school program promoting the civic responsibility towards the environment was launched in September.
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We have also been uplifted and encouraged by the support and drive of the Animal Welfare Unit of the Greater Amman Municipality. Through the pooling of all our individual expertise and experience we may achieve a great deal, as we have in a very short period of time. If we continue to work in isolation of each other, unfortunately we gain nothing. I am sure that we in Jordan are not alone in facing the problem of having government responsibility for animal related issues spread across different ministries.
To this end the Foundation has formed working partnerships with these ministries bringing all stakeholders together under one banner. This has provided much clearer channels of communication for all involved and we have seen work progress on many different fronts in a coordinated and constructive fashion.
It is clear that effective legislation enforced by authorities is the key to ending unacceptable treatment of animals. A great challenge we all face is to have governments throughout the region acknowledge that they have a responsibility to protect the welfare of animals and then embrace and act on that responsibility. The Princess Alia Foundation has submitted animal protection legislation to the Jordanian government that was prepared by experts in the field.
This has been approved and we await now the official passing of the legislation within the month. We are very happy to provide this draft legislation for your review and to support your efforts to have legislation passed. When he came out, he saw a dog which was panting and eating earth because of its thirst, and he said to himself, "this dog is as thirsty as I was", so he went down into the well again, filled up his shoe with water, and holding it in his mouth, came up again and gave it to the dog to drink. God thanked him for this and forgave him his sins.
As you are aware ethical treatment towards all animals is in fact very much a part of Islamic teachings. What Islamic teachings clearly are acknowledging is that animals feel. They feel pain, fear, joy and happiness; therefore animals matter and our treatment of them matters. Islamic teachings do not suggest that animals deserve humane treatment because their presence improves our lives or increases our wealth — the case for humane treatment is based purely and simply on the fact that they are equally a part of creation.
With regards to legislation, any legislation passed must include all animals, regardless of the role that they play in our lives or financial interests. In other countries around the world livestock has been excluded from legislative protection— despite the fact that the suffering of animals raised to food is no different than any other animals. We must not allow the same mistake to be made in the Middle East.
Our religion decrees that we have a responsibility to provide humane treatment to all of creation. Clearly there is much work to be done to heal our relationship with all who share the world around us. But the arguments that we can present for change are compelling. Islamic teachings convey to us that it is not enough for us to be human beings — but more importantly we must be humane beings.
A great deal of trust has been placed in us — and it is time for us to restore that faith. Treating those who are at our mercy with kindness and compassion evokes the finest elements of our humanity — treating them with indifference, cruelty and malevolence also harms us as human beings through rendering us less humane towards each other. Our relationship with animals is such a privileged and powerful one.
We have the capacity through kindness to evoke trust and loyalty — and we have the capacity through treating them cruelly to evoke fear and aggression. It is time to acknowledge that their judgment of us; their response to us, so clearly mirrors us and our humanity. Even in the short time that the Princess Alia Foundation has been in operation it has become clear to us that representing the interests, of the voiceless, is perhaps one of the most challenging fields of service.
It tests us at every level — and calls upon us to be strong, professional and strategic in our efforts to create change even when faced with the most obvious injustice and terrible suffering. Whilst this work asks so much of all of us, the importance of this work and the overreaching benefits for all of creation cannot be understated. One only has to reflect on history to see that there has been an evolution of human thought taking place and an examination of every hard fought forward step taken is revealing.
Humanity has been continually challenged to recognize and consider the interests of others — no matter how different they may be from us — different colour, different race, different religion. Clearly, acknowledging the interests of animals presents humanity with the ultimate ethical test — because they are even more different from us — and - because they are at our mercy. But it is what we have in common that we need to remind all of. They share with us the ability to feel joy; they share with us the ability to suffer - and they- just like us- are part of creation.
Animals may be voiceless but their suffering is calling on the finest elements of our humanity to awaken; Our compassion, empathy and selflessness. Our religion is one of mercy. It is now time for governments in the region to pass laws that will reflect, remind and reinforce these principles in our communities, so that wrongs can be righted — and respect and compassion can be restored towards all creation. For when the time comes that we treat the powerless as precious, and do all in our power to protect them from harm, we will know that we have sought and found the best in ourselves.
The Princess Alia Foundation looks forward to working with you all towards a kinder, more united world. Thank you. Please see below for a copy of the presentation:. I am very grateful for the opportunity to speak at this conference and feel very privileged to be doing so on behalf of the Princess Alia Foundation. I appreciate that it might seem quite strange to have an Australian providing an overview of slaughter and transport issues in the Middle East. Whilst initially the purpose of my investigations in the region was to gain evidence against Australia's live export trade, I very quickly became passionate about improving the welfare of animals in this region on viewing the treatment of all animals.
I appreciate that talking about animal slaughter is not the most uplifting of topics, but clearly it is one of the most important welfare issues we need to address, considering the tens of millions of animals that are slaughtered in the region each year. As I know first-hand how distressing witnessing slaughter can be, I will not be showing slaughter vision during this presentation only some photographs that will provide examples of welfare concerns that occur pre slaughter.
Whilst the sheer scale of this issue can seem overwhelming, I completely believe in our capacity as animal advocates to create significant and much needed change, due to the strength of the arguments that can be presented on a number of fronts. Whilst many of you will already have identified the arguments — I will reflect on them today — and how the Princess Alia Foundation has been able to use them to good effect in Jordan. As an Australian, I in no way stand here representing a country that should be respected for its animal welfare standards.
We are the "world leaders" in the live export trade — a fact that most Australians are horrified by. Australia is the largest exporter Some million Australian animals are exported to the Middle East in the past 30 years. During that time some 2. But it is the example that Australia's live export trade sets to the Middle East that I also makes it most unforgiveable. I'm sure that we would all agree that there is a very real need for animal sentiency to be recognised in the region and for ethical treatment to be encouraged. Australia's willingness to export 4 million animals to the Middle East fully accepting that hundreds and sometimes thousands will die enroute on each journey presents the terrible example to the region that animals are nothing more than chattels to be traded and slaughtered.
This is not an example that is going to inspire change. For a few minutes I would like to reflect on the general welfare issues around long distance transportation by sea since most of the animals slaughtered in the Middle East are imported and the Middle East is the major destination for the live export trade. The sinking of the livestock vessel the Danny F off the coast of Lebanon last December with the lost of 44 human lives and nearly 30, animal lives is a graphic example of what can go wrong. The animals had already endured the stresses of a 20 day voyage from South America.
One does not want to think on the terror of either the humans or animals as that ship went down in a storm. There are inherent risks that can never be overcome every time a livestock vessel takes to sea. Hundreds of thousands of animals have died as a result of weather episodes, storms and high temperatures over the years. We cannot control nature and unfortunately we cannot control human nature, or human failure.
Many thousands of animals have also died as a result of trade disputes over the years — no better example than the Cormo Express incident in where sheep were marooned at sea for 11 weeks. It is the dramatic incidents that get the publicity. Many of the arguments put forward for the continuation of live export are flawed if examined closely.
The scale of imports of live animals vs chilled is less about market forces and and more about the monopolies and business interests of certain companies. The major importers of live animals into the gulf region and Red sea are also the major importers of chilled meat and they run their own abattoirs. In Amman chilled imported meat is sold side by side with chilled sheep carcasses from imported animals that endured a 17 day stressful journey.
Last year when the Bahrain Livestock Corporation was unable to source enough livestock to import, they imported chilled meat instead. There is no doubt in my mind that if Australia as the major exporter of live animals to the Middle East ended this trade, that the most of this gap would be replaced by chilled meat — except at the time of major religious festivals - so yes Australia's live export trade has a lot to be answerable for in terms of animal suffering.
Why haven't animal groups been able to stop Australia's live trade? Clearly an increase in chilled meat imports into the region would dramatically reduce the welfare issues relating to transport, slaughter and handling in the Middle East — so encouraging this transition is a crucial one. Since I have visited Qatar, Oman, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan on many occasions observing and documenting the treatment of animals as they arrive on ships, in market places and I have been in the majority of slaughterhouses in these countries. The standard in major government slaughterhouses varies dramatically from having modern equipment, processing and hygiene standards in Bahrain and Dubai — to manual slaughter occurring on open slaughter floors in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and here in Egypt if things haven't changed in the past couple years.
In rural areas — the situation is usually far worse - slaughterhouses inevitably are large empty rooms with blood drains where all of the slaughter occurs on the floor. The lack of raceways between holding pens and slaughter areas and the lack of infrastructure within facilities means that practices like this — regularly occur — which as you can see cause the animals immense distress prior to slaughter.
All countries I have visited have feedlots and animal markets from which animals can be individually bought all year round for home or private slaughter or alternatively purchased and taken to an abattoir for slaughter. As you are aware the normal and very accepted method of transportation of individually purchased animals in all countries I have visited is by car boot.
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The experience of animals purchased at market places for private slaughter presents one of the most serious welfare issues. It is standard practice for the selected animal to be dragged from its flock, thrown on its side, and to have its legs trussed together before being shoved into car boots.
I witnessed this occur many hundreds of times throughout the Middle East and the impact on the animal. Without fail the chest of the animal heaving rapidly, their eye wide with fear — and with local breeds of sheep and goats they enunciate their fear and distress vocally in a way that is heart-wrenching and undeniable. I have seen sheep put in boots in 45 degree temperatures so summer months adding an additional welfare issues of dire concern.
Undoubted the worst five days of animal suffering in the Middle East are the days before and leading up to the Eid al Adha. I have been in the region for the past five documenting the purchasing, handling, transport and slaughter of sacrificial animals. All of the welfare issues aforementioned that relate to privately purchased animals increase dramatically during the Eid. Due to the sheer scale of numbers of animals being purchased merchants and their workers inevitably brutally handle animals in their rush to complete one purchase and get to the next.
On many occasions I have seen trussed sheep thrown through the air onto trucks or utes like they were bags of wheat. The days of the Eid of course are full of severe welfare problems. Last year, at Dubai's main abattoir the line of cars with animals in boots waiting to have animals slaughtered was two kms long and it was taking 90 minutes from the end of the line to reach the slaughter.
Abattoirs work at at least 10 times their normal capacity resulting in impatient and tired workers giving little or no consideration to the the animal roughly and sometimes brutally handling them, and due to the additional pressure botched throat cuts occur regularly with animals being processed at times whilst still conscious. The issues around private slaughter are also severe since the individual slaughtering the animal may only do so once a year. I have seen animals sacrificed in stairwells, dragged up 3 flights of stairs to be slaughtered in a toilet and of course street slaughter is common in a number of countries and especially here in Egypt.
It is very difficult to determine the percentage of the population that actively participate in purchasing their own animal for sacrifice. Suffice to say that we know that it is still at such a scale as to present animal welfare concerns of great magnitude. It is sad to have to recognise that the two of the major religious festivals in the world — Christmas and the Eid al Adha are the two times of peak animal suffering each year — enough for the heavens to weep at the suffering that occurs in the name of religion.
What avenues can we possibly explore to reduce the suffering of animals during the Eid?
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All countries now have a voucher system in place for people to fulfil their Eid obligations without having to purchase and slaughter a live animal. Clearly this is a system that we need to encourage. Since slaughter in private premises is already illegal in many countries for health and hygiene reasons, the challenge for us is to get governments to enforce the law. Clearly there are strong arguments to be made regarding the hygienic aspects of blood going into water courses. The greatest difficulty that we face is that from what I have witnessed the selection, purchase and slaughter of an animal is a key part of the Eid festivities.
The Dubai Livestock market is like being at a carnival. The sense of celebration is so clearly at odds with the stress and suffering of the animals involved. The reality is though, that historically, it has taken legislation to end any human behaviour that has been deemed unacceptable, which again highlights the importance of a major focus of this conference the need for animal cruelty legislation and enforcement.
The other welfare issue which is of major concern is the increasing numbers of both local and imported cattle that are being slaughtered in the region. The greatest cruelties I have witnessed have been inflicted on cattle through trying to restrain them for the throat cut.
Here in Egypt I have witnessed the slashing of leg tendons in Basateen abattoir, in a private slaughterhouse and also in the street during the Eid. This has obviously been standard practice for decades since a decree stated that it was a prohibited practice. Unfortunately this decree has not been enforced and does not have penalty provisions. In a street in central Dubai on the morning of the Eid this steer was surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd, had its legs tied before together, being jumped on and thrown to the ground.
The eyes of the animal reveal its terror and note the knife that was about to be used — a saw. In Jordan, this method of restraint was developed in a rural abattoir by workers terrified of wild Australian cattle. What this animal endured over a 15 minute period was one of the worst cases of suffering I have witnessed — yet I knew there was not a hint of malice in the workers, they were seeking to deal with a situation for which they were not equipped and which they should never have had to deal with.
My anger documenting this was not directed towards the workers but towards my countries live export industry. Thankfully what this animal endured was not in vain and as a result of HRH's intervention no further cattle are being subjected to this terrible treatment. There was a time when I thought that the news of a cattle restraint device being installed represented the solution.
Having now witnessed these in operation I know that we are just talking about different levels of unacceptable suffering. In the Greater Amman abattoir I observed a cattle restraint device installed by Australia's live export industry in operation. The device was designed to capture the feet of the animal in a standing position and then tip it on its side for the throat cut. The nature of this device meant that it caused the restrained animal significant stress and a clean cut of the throat was impossible resulting in elongated death.
Whilst other rotating restraint devices that close in on the side of the animal in some slaughterhouses in the middle East might restrain the animal more effectively — the still cause cattle fear and significant stress by inverting them and of course they are fully conscious of their throats being cut.
The simple reality is that due to the size and strength of cattle there is no remotely humane way to slaughter them without rendering them unconscious first. I am therefore very pleased to be able to convey that in the Greater Amman Abattoir new equipment has been installed.
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