Top 7 Best News of Last Week — May 30, 2022

1. Church of Scotland to allow same-sex marriages

The Church of Scotland has voted to allow clergy to conduct same-sex marriages for the first time. It means same-sex couples will be able to marry in church in services conducted by ministers.

The Presbyterian denomination is preparing new suggested liturgy to bless same-sex marriages as well as guidance for the change in church law.

2. Cosmetic surgery adverts targeting teenagers banned

Adverts for cosmetic procedures are now banned from targeting under-18s in the UK.

The new rules apply to all media and cover procedures that are designed to change a person’s physical appearance — including breast augmentation or reduction, “tummy tucks”, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, and facelifts. The ban also covers teeth whitening products, skin rejuvenation and injectable treatments, chemical peels and dermal fillers.

3. Spanish parliament approves ‘only yes means yes’ consent bill

This is really important, because sexual assault survivors will no longer have to prove violence was used against them.

The new bill defines consent as an explicit expression of a person’s will, making it clear that silence or passivity do not equal consent. Non-consensual sex can be considered aggression and subject to prison terms of up to 15 years.

4. Oklahoma City Zoo announces pregnancy of critically endangered Sumatran tiger

The Oklahoma City Zoo announced that its female Sumatran tiger, Lola, is pregnant and due to give birth this summer.

“This pregnancy is great news for Sumatran tigers and we are anxiously awaiting Lola’s due date,” said Tyler Boyd, OKC Zoo’s curator of carnivores. “Through our involvement with the AZA’s SSP for Sumatran tigers, the OKC Zoo is helping strengthen their population while further raising awareness for the conservation of this incredible species and its habitat.”

5. Spanish diver saves 12-metre humpback whale in ‘daring’ rescue mission

The whale was stuck in a fishing net. The weakened whale had been spotted by a ship about three miles off the eastern coast of Mallorca, prompting Palma de Mallorca’s Aquarium marine rescue centre into action.

Watch the video of the rescue here:

6. A video from Florida Fish and Wildlife shows a panther kitten being reunited with her mom.

The panther came to check out the kitten cries, but couldn’t rescue it. Good human opened the cage off screen. Mom panther stuck around long enough to let kitten wander out. Then mom panther and kitten wandered off into the night. Very sweet!!

7. Wild mammals making comeback in Europe

Hunting and habitat loss drove many large mammals in Europe close to extinction. But, the continent’s mammal populations are flourishing again thanks to conservation programs and more productive agriculture.

That’s it for this week. Until next week, stay safe and don’t forget to share this post with your friends :)

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