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RSPCA to address animal welfare in Mongolia

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From when I was a little girl, I have had a deep compassion for how animals are treated and how we take care of them. A passion that was instilled in me by my parents who taught me the values and importance of showing empathy and compassion for all sentient beings. 

My name is Tina Terblanche a British Citizen based in Ulaanbaatar due to my husband’s work. I have worked with animals most of my adult life working in South Africa as an Animal Welfare Inspector and Chairperson for the SPCA-Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, manager of a project breeding disease-free buffalo and working in veterinary clinics in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Cyprus all the while gaining invaluable knowledge and skills that have served me well throughout my career in animal welfare.

For the past eight months I have facilitated a visit for the Head of RSPCA International (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Paul Littlefair and David Coggan RSPCA Humane Education Consultant who are scheduled to arrive in Mongolia on Sunday 9th December 2018 to commence a five-day first-time exploratory visit to Ulaanbaatar. 

RSPCA dates to almost 200 years ago when in 1822, United Kingdom became the first country in the world to have a Law passed by the Houses of Parliament - an Act to prevent the cruel and improper treatment of cattle. In 1824 the world’s first animal welfare charity was founded which later in 1840 was granted its Royal status by Queen Victoria to become the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as it is known today. To date RSPCA is one of the world’s oldest and largest animal welfare organizations and one of the largest charities in the United Kingdom. 

RSPCA International develop and deliver animal welfare education programs to schools, universities and community groups educating children, students, professionals, school heads and teachers. Working with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment supporting and providing resources on farm animal health, wildlife conservation management, animal welfare management, stray animal, research and laboratory animals, food and public safety and sustainable agriculture and environment. 

This exploratory visit will include meetings with Government officials including Ministers as well as animal related NGO’s and heads of schools and universities. RSPCA International look forward to this opportunity to share their experiences and explain the science of their educational process gathered through existing Animal Welfare Education programs that they carry out in around 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia including China, Taiwan and Korea.

Science has provided evidence that animals are sentient beings and has demonstrated their emotional, cognitive and behavioral capacities proving that animals experience feelings as well as the ability to suffer emotionally and physically through cruel or unkind treatment. 

Animals across the world are valued components of communities providing food, clothing, companionship and transportation and in Mongolia animals are not only economically but also culturally and traditionally very significant. They are among the leading elements that define Mongolian identity and lifestyle. Societally such important, they constitute a major source of national income. Therefore, education about and arrangements for animal welfare are prominent for Mongolia and Mongolians. Animal Welfare Education develops an understanding of animal sentience which will help to facilitate positive attitudes and behavior towards animals. 

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Ahmet Yazal the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey for his invaluable assistance, advice and support in this project and for opening his doors of the Turkish Embassy to conduct the meetings. And to the Kempinksi Hotel Khan Palace for generously and kindly offering sponsorship of accommodation and breakfast for the RSPCA International Officials. 

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Miners start the year with revenue growth

Oyu Tolgoi spent USD 296.4 million on underground development in the first quarter

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Mining projects that have a major impact on Mongolia’s economy saw splendid expansion in the first  quarter. The Top 100 Mongolian firms included Erdenet Mining Corporation (EMC), Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi (ETT) and Oyu Tolgoi (OT). These companies paid a total of MNT 2.1 trillion to the state budget last year.

Copper

Oyu Tolgoi, one of the main mining projects in Mongolia, spent USD 296.4 million on underground development in the first quarter of this year. The second shaft is still ongoing and it is expected to end in October.

Xanadu Mines, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange announced the result of additional exploration at Kharmagtai deposit. In the first quarter of this year, the capital balance of the company reached AUD 3.1 million, while post-tax losses nearly halved from the same period last year. The share price of the company reached AUD 0.08 at the Australian Stock Exchange.

Gold

Erdene Resource Development Corp. (ERD), Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the Mongolian Stock Exchange (MSE) listed firm, has conducted drilling at the Khundii field and expanded the mineralization of the Bayan Khundii deposit. The company explained its plans in a report to support the feasibility study of the project. “The exploration of the project on the Midfield area found 5.9 grams of gold per tonne at a depth of 112 meters per. This affirms the high mineralization in the main part of the Bayan Khundii deposit,” said the CEO of the company Peter Akerley. The share prices of ERD at the TSX reached CAD 0.19.

Coal

SouthGobi Resources, operating at Ovoot Tolgoi mines increased its coal sales by over 80 percent to 1.1 million tons in the first quarter of the year. The average selling price of the company has decreased from USD 43 in 2018 to USD 34.9. The net profits have doubled from the previous year to USD 13.4 by reducing the cost.




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Tavan Tolgoi JSC: Coal sales totaled 1.8 million tons in 2018

The company's share price fell 36 percent to MNT 6,400 at MSE in a year

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Tavan Tolgoi JSC: Coal sales totaled 1.8 million tons in 2018 Tavan Tolgoi (TT) JSC was planning to sell 5 million tons of coal in 2018, but the amount totaled only 1.8 million tons, earning MNT 226.4 billion in sales revenue. Net profit was MNT 52.8 billion, according to its financial statement.

The company's share price fell 36 percent to MNT 6,400 at the Mongolian Stock Exchange (MSE) over the last year. The decline is mainly due to the Professional Inspection Agency's activity that caused temporary delay in share sales for over two months in connection with the mining operation of the company.

In addition, the companies that are operating at the residual deposits of Tavan Tolgoi have been facing a major problem in the customs sector last year. The Chinese side delayed the import at the Gantsmod port because of the introduction of smart systems, which resulted in the 21-day suspension of the Tavantolgoi-Gashuunsukhait road to reduce the overload at the road.

The government is working to improve the capacity of the border checkpoint

Tavan Tolgoi JSC reported in its financial statements that the road was closed for 18 days due to weather conditions. However, Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi JSC, which operates at the same deposit with TT exported 13 million tons of coal in 2018, while Energy Resources LLC's coal production reached 10.9 million tons.

The government is working to improve the capacity of the border checkpoint. Umnugovi province Governor's Office reported that the Gashuunsukhait is waiting for a transaction of CNY 140 million or MNT 50 billion in part of the Chinese grant.



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Tavantolgoi-Zuunbayan railway to commence this week

MNT 750 billion will be spent on the project

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The Government is planning to inaugurate the construction of 416.6 km railway from Tavantolgoi to Zuunbayan on May 24. The Minister of Road and Transportation Enkh-Amgalan Byambasuren announced that soldiers will help finish the task. Also, it is estimated that MNT 750 billion will be spent on the project.

The domestic transport revenue of the Tavantolgoi-Gashuunsukhait railway is about USD 8, while the transport revenue of the Tavantolgoi-Zuunbayan railway will be USD 20 (per what? Add measure). The Tavantolgoi-Zuunbayan railway line is scheduled to be completed in 2020 starting from May. A total of 3,647 people will work on the construction of the tunnel and dam, while 1,144 people will participate in building the other development works.

There are seven tasks to build a railway:

● Pre-construction work ● Laying bottom ballast 

● Top ballast

● Water supply 

● Electricity

● Connection 

● Building

“The first task, pre-construction activities will be undertaken by the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF). Ulaanbaatar Railway will be responsible for the construction of the top ballast, the others will be done by the chosen domestic companies, and 36,000-meter cubic soil work will have completed. MAF and subcontractors will do the soil work,” the Deputy Minister of Road and Transportation.

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Erdenet Methane LLC signs Methane Investment Agreement

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Erdenes Methane LLC and Jade Methane LLC of Australia established Methane gas investment agreement to set reserves of coal seams of coal at Tavantolgoi deposit. Executive Director of Erdenes Methane LLC and Executive Director of Jade Methane LLC have signed the contract on May 17, 2019.

CEO of Jade Methane Joseph Burke said “Mongolia is close to the market of key customers in methane gas. It is seen as a major competitive advantage since the natural gas reserves are relatively close to 600km from Ulaanbaatar. China receives natural gas from other countries through its northern port. Instead of that, if they export natural gas and methane gas from Mongolia, China will have the opportunity to deliver at least cost to its core customers.”

The Board of Directors of Erdenes Mongol LLC made a decision to raise funds from the international market by exchanging exploration and feasibility studies for the Coal Seam methane gas project by foreign investors last year. According to this, Erdenes Methane announced an open tender and Australia's Jade Methane was chosen as the foreign investor to cooperate on the project.