Story By: Elena Kalioglo, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@tsechoev
This is the moment a Russian mayor unveils a number of nifty solar-powered recycling machines that dispense food to stray animals in exchange for rubbish from humans.
The smart machines, which have been in operation in Turkey for several years, have been installed by the caring mayor of Magas in the south-western Russian republic of Ingushetia, Beslan Tsechoyev.
The animal-loving mayor, who once said that “circuses are the cruellest form of animal exploitation”, told local media: “The machines are completely environmentally-friendly and run on solar power.
“Each machine can process up to 1,700 plastic bottles a year, which is over 10 kilogrammes (22 lbs) of plastic.
“The recycle bin accepts paper, cardboard, plastic and glass. The animal bowl is filled with food when someone ‘delivers’ the rubbish into the machine.”
According to reports, the machine is available in three languages, Russian, Ingush and English,
A famous quote, often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, is written in the side of the machines and reads: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
The mayor also announced plans to set up heated kennels outside every block of flats in the city to keep animals safe from the cold temperatures.
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