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The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a German ban on a poster campaign by (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Germany, reports Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The campaign used gruesome Nazi concentration camp imagery to evoke the suffering of factory-farmed animals today.

The decision said that limiting PETA’s basic right to express an opinion with its “Holocaust On Your Plate” campaign was justified in view of the “specific context of German history.”

The campaign dates back to 2004, but its implementation was blocked by a Berlin court decision. Deutsche Welle reports that the Central Council of Jews in Germany had sought an injunction against campaign saying that using the pictures trivialized the fate of Holocaust victims. PETA appealed, but the German Constitutional Court upheld the decision.

The decision was welcomed by Central Council's president, Dieter Graumann, writes Deutsche Welle. "To exploit the Holocause to protest against factory farming is absolutely disgusting and unacceptable," said Graumann.

A similar campaign did, however, run in the USA but the posters for the planned German campaign were more explicit. One poster showed naked concentration camp inmates next to pictures of starving cattle. Another juxtaposed piles of human bodies with piles of slaughtered pigs.

PETA has three months to appeal if it chooses to do so.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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