Air France, Stop Transporting Primates

Originally posted on GarryRogers Nature Conservation:

Stop Transporting Primates For Research

Source:  American Anti-Vivisection Society

“Animal advocates have been successful in international efforts to convince every major passenger airline to stop its transport of primates for research, except for one: Air France. While the airline claims that nonhuman primates are vital for research into human disease, the fact remains that it has no expertise in this area, particularly concerning the care, treatment, and special needs of monkeys.

We need your help in encouraging Air France to say NO to transporting primates for research!

“AAVS documents the research industry’s importation of monkeys and the suffering those monkeys are forced to endure in its 2011 report entitled “Primates by the Numbers: the Use and Importation of Nonhuman Primates for Research and Testing in the United States.” Primates who are caught in this trade are typically juvenile monkeys torn from their families, who are then packed into crates…

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African Elephants May Be Extinct By 2020 Because People Keep Eating With Ivory Chopsticks

Originally posted on Wolf Is My Soul:

Reblogged from Huffington Post :

Chopsticks, hair pins, pendants, trinkets: These are why African elephants are dying in droves.

In 2013, more than 35,000 elephants across Africa were killed for their ivory, which is often carved and sold as ornaments, jewelry and other gift items. China is a major importer of ivory, where it’s highly prized as a luxury good. Ivory sellers also do a roaring trade in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and other parts of Asia; and troublingly, demand seems tobe rising.

“Ivory is beautiful,” long-time ranger and conservationist Rory Young admits. “The problem is, we just can’t do this anymore.”

If we don’t stop the slaughter soon, he told The Huffington Post over Skype on Tuesday, not only will there be no more ivory to carve or sell, but no African elephants left on the planet, either.

In 2008, conservationists warned that African…

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The 7 Dumbest Claims Against Climate Change And Why They’re Wrong

Originally posted on digger666:

via The 7 Dumbest Claims Against Climate Change.

BY RED STEWART •   JULY 29, 2014

In 1988, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the nation’s first cap and trade legislation to fight the growing threat of climate change. This was back when the GOP wasn’t run by lobbyists from the Big Oil and Big Agra industries, and actually believed in what science had to say. Things have changed a lot since then, with 81 percent of Republicans claiming it’s not a serious threat and 34 percent denying that it even exists. From that standpoint, many politicians have had to defend their line of thinking and come up with a variety of poor answers. Here are the seven dumbest claims:

1) We’re Going Through a Period of Cooling

Global cooling is a popular myth the right likes to purport as an antithetical point against global warming. It…

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Scientists achieve quantum teleportation of data with 100 percent accuracy | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Originally posted on digger666:

via Scientists achieve quantum teleportation of data with 100 percent accuracy | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

The breakthrough could prove that Einstein — who derided the idea of quantum teleportation as ‘spooky’ — was wrong.

By: Bryan Nelson

Fri, May 30, 2014

A representation of a qubit, the building block of quantum computers. (Photo: Wiki Commons)

 

Dutch scientists working with the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology have made a stunning breakthrough in quantum technology by successfully teleporting data across a distance of about 10 feet with perfect accuracy, reports the New York Times. The advance ought to have Albert Einstein, who famously dismissed the idea of quantum teleportation as “spooky action at a distance,” rolling in his grave.

Einstein struggled mightily with many of the theoretical consequences of quantum theory, perhaps none more so than the notion of entanglement, the…

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PAST Act On Horse Abuse Stalls Out In U.S. House Despite 70% Support

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:

Thank you, Rep. Ed Whitfield, and don’t give up.
SOURCE:  Chatanoogan.com
Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement today regarding the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518:

“I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses  to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.  His decision is inconsistent with leadership’s stated preference for adhering to regular order.  Furthermore, it is too late in the year to resort to a discharge petition according to House rules.

“I am sad that a bill which 70 percent of the House of Representatives support, including 115 Republicans, can’t be brought to a vote.  I am  particularly frustrated because many horses will continue to be abused on a daily basis, unless the PAST Act becomes law.

“There have been thousands of sound…

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Horse deaths trigger protest at Mesa Verde

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:

Park service employees Neil Perry and Jesse Farias discuss the horse issue with protester Denise Milleron Tuesday. Six wild horses died at Mesa Verde during the recent dry spell. The park policy is to not feed or water wildlife.

photo by Sam Green/Cortez Journal

Park service employees Neil Perry and Jesse Farias discuss the horse issue with protester Denise Miller on Tuesday.  Six wild horses died at Mesa Verde during the recent dry spell. The park policy is to not feed or water wildlife.

The recent deaths of six feral horses at Mesa Verde National Park triggered an organized protest Tuesday in front the park’s Visitor and Research Center.

Protesters demonstrate Tuesday outside the Mesa Verde Visitors Center after six wild horses were found dead in the park.

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Protesters demonstrate Tuesday outside the Mesa Verde Visitors Center after six wild horses were found dead in the park.

A remote-sensor camera captures feral horses chasing off an elk at a natural spring in Morefield Canyon in Mesa Verde National Park. Park biologists are attempting to control the feral horse population to ease pressure on native wildlife.

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Action Alert: Help Preserve Abaco Spanish Colonial wild horse

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:

Milane “Mimi” Rehor (Arkwild, Inc.) was our guest on Wild Horse & Burro Radio last night (the show is archived if you didn’t get a chance to listen).  A big thanks to Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Craig Downer, Board member of The Cloud Foundation, for joining in on the show.  Mimi needs help preserving the Abaco Spanish Colonial horse (Bahamas).  You can donate on the website, or help by sending a fax, email or letter (sample below).  Contact information is listed for the Prime Minister and Ministers of Tourism and Environment & Housing.

Faxes especially good because they are logged in and placed on the Minister’s desk.  Here’s the sample letter:

Honorable sir,

I (we) are aware of the strong efforts being made to restore the Spanish Colonial Horses of Abaco. I (we) commend this effort to help maintain descendants of the original Columbus horse, the…

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Stop The Gadhimai Festival

Originally posted on Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox:

All beings tremble before danger, all fear death. When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill.

All beings fear before danger, life is dear to all. When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill.
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This November in Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha who taught non violence towards all beings, thousands of animals will be slaughtered in the most horrific manner imaginable as part of a ritualistic mass sacrifice. The Gadhimai Festival takes place every five years and is probably the world’s largest mass public slaughter in the name of religion. About 5 million people participate in this hideous festival of barbarity.

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The word festival is inappropriate for what amounts to sickening blood thirsty carnage as more than 250,000 animals are mutilated and beheaded in this horrific massacre.

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England: SAV Now Commences Action With The EU Commission Regarding Live Farm Animals In Transport – Sample Letter To Copy and Send.

Originally posted on Serbian Animals Voice (SAV):

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This has been a long article to write and produce; but nothing compared to the arduous suffering that EU animals have to endure on the roads of the EU every day due to archaic legislation.  It is time for change – we hope the following provides you with useful information on the subject; and that you will send a copy of the sample letter (amended or un amended) to Commissioner Borg as requested.  Thank you.

There appears to be many animal welfare sites within various member states of the EU who could and should be doing a great deal more to push directly for legislation changes at the EU Commission level regarding the transport of all live farm animals across Europe.  Whilst some may be taking a form of action towards their own national governments; we stress that EU wide legislation which applies to all…

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Why the FDA’s Latest Move on Chicken Inspection Is Literally Full of Sh*t

Originally posted on spiritandanimal.wordpress.com:

The Guardian[1] / ByMonica Potts[2] http://www.alternet.org/print/food/why-fdas-latest-move-chicken-inspection-literally-full-sht

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Why the FDA’s Latest Move on Chicken Inspection Is Literally Full of Sh*t

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If you buy your chicken from the supermarket, here are a few things about its life that might make you less eager to eat it. As a chick, your chicken’s beak was cut off so that it wouldn’t attack other chickens in the overcrowded cage in which it was raised. Your chicken was fed so much grain so quickly – supplemented with antibiotics – that, by the time it was ready for slaughter at the age of five weeks, its breasts were swollen and disproportionately large, rendering it unable to walk. Once your chicken was slaughtered, it was tossed into a chlorinated bath or doused with other industrial-grade chemicals so that your chicken would reach you “clean”.

But “clean”, when it comes…

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Blood Composition of Monkeys Altered Near Fukushima Site

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

Let’s not forget about Fukushima. It’s not over. It will never be over.

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Blood Composition of Monkeys Altered Near Fukushima Site : Natural Society.

http://naturalsociety.com

Christina Sarich

July 29, 2014

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Sixty-one monkeys living within 43 miles (70 kilometers) of the Fukushima Daiichi site were researched over a year after the incidence occurred and large amounts of radioactive substances were spewed into the environment. Observing the monkey’s blood in lab tests, scientists recognized lower counts of red and white blood cells, as compared to 31…

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Elephant Tourism in Thailand Is Fueling a Deadly Black Market in Baby Pachyderms

Originally posted on spiritandanimal.wordpress.com:

Elephant Tourism in Thailand Is Fueling a Deadly Black Market in Baby Pachyderms

A report finds that poachers are killing adult elephants in neighboring Burma to capture their offspring.

(Photo: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

July 31, 2014

Millions of people travel to Thailand each year, and many visit one of the country’s many elephant tourist camps, where they ride and pose with the pachyderms. But few probably bother to think about how the animals got there. If they did, they might make other plans.

A new report from U.K.-based wildlife monitoring group Traffic found that rising demand by tourists to commune with Asian elephants is fueling a black market in wild-caught animals.

“The capture of wild elephants for Thailand’s tourism industry poses a serious threat to the future survival of the country’s wild population,” the report said.

Over the past 75 years, the Asian elephant population…

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Deep-Water Octopus Guards Her Eggs for Over Four Years

Originally posted on Ufohunterorguk.com:

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Published on 31 Jul 2014

Scientists discover a female deep-water Octopus species guards her eggs without moving or getting food for an astonishing four-and-a-half years before the eggs finally hatch. Jen Markham has the story.

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Environment: Feds to ban genetically engineered crops, neonicotinoid pesticides in wildlife refuges

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Resident bald eagle in Summit County, Colorado guarding the nest.

Recent studies show that neonicotinoid pesticides can persist in the environment, so the decision to ban them from federal wildlife refuges is good news for bald eagles. bberwyn photo.

New directive ends some long-running legal squabbles

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Federal wildlife and land managers say they’ll end the use of genetically engineered crops and ban systemic neonicotonoid pesticides in the next 18 months. In a July 17 memo  chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System James Kurth wrote that it’s not essential for his agency to use the potentially harmful products to meet its wildlife management objectives. Read the FWS memorandum.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thus becomes the first federal agency to restrict the use of GE crops and neonicotinoids in farming in the U.S.

Public land and health watchdog groups have been challenging the agency over the use GE crops since 2005, including…

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Stop South African Mine That Threatens Rhino Sanctuary – The Petition Site

Originally posted on GarryRogers Nature Conservation:

“A proposed mine in South Africa poses serious risks to rhinos. It would not only give poachers easier access to the animals, but the mine’s toxic byproducts would threaten their health.

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park in KwaZulu-Natal became the southern white rhinos’ last refuge after it was hunted to near extinction in the 1890s. Now the high demand for rhino horns – fueled by Vietnamese and Chinese markets – has led to huge incentives to poach and a dramatic increase in rhino killings – over 1,000 last year alone.

The proposed mine, to be located just 40 meters from the boundary of this protected wilderness, would turn its pristine rolling savannah into a wasteland of dumps. Relied on for generations by the nearby Zulu community for grazing cattle, the landscape would be pock-marked with black cavities. Mines a bit further away have already polluted their air and water, and the toxic…

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Last Proposed Horse Slaughter Plant Claims Unfair Treatment: Withdraws Application

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:

Source: the Equine Welfare Alliance

“In reality, the plant faced strong opposition from the state level all the way to the Obama administration…”

Rick De Los Santos' plan to butcher companion, American horses was in itself, axed.

Rick De Los Santos’ plan to butcher companion, American horses was in itself, axed.

CHICAGO, (EWA) – Following an extended legal battle, Blair Dunn, the attorney for the Valley Meats slaughter plant in Roswell, New Mexico, today submitted a letter to the state Environmental Department withdrawing the plant’s application for a permit to operate a waste water discharge lagoon. The action would appear to mark the end of plans to reopen the former cattle slaughterhouse to slaughter horses, and takes place only a week before the final report of the hearing officer was to be released.

The plan to reopen the cattle plant as a horse slaughter plant had begun in 2011, following congressional reinstatement of USDA funding for required antemortem inspections. However, since the hearing…

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New Bridge Could Help Mountain Lions Cross Dangerous Highway | Care2 Causes

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

3102856.largeDozens of mountain lions live in the Santa Monica Mountains surrounding Los Angeles, but they’ve been essentially isolated in small populations by a freeway that threatens their future survival. Now state officials are back pushing for the construction of wildlife crossing that will help ensure their future survival.

For over a decade, National Park Service biologists have been tracking some of these mountain lions with GPS collars to learn more about their behavior and how they’re responding to human development. What they’ve found is that roadways and urban sprawl have made it nearly impossible for these big cats to leave the area, or for new cats to come in.

Without the ability to expand and establish new territories, they face not only the threat of deadly encounters with older members of the species but also of being forced to inbreed. Biologists worry about the impact and health consequences a lack…

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Denmark (Faroe Islands): Sea Shepherd to Deploy Drones to Stop Massive Whale Slaughter.

Originally posted on Serbian Animals Voice (SAV):

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Article link:

http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/06/11/sea-shepherd-launches-high-tech-hunt-nordic-whale-hunters?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-06-14-drones 

Our past SAV posts on the Faroe Islands whale killings:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2008/10/13/denmark-disgraces-the-world-with-faroe-islands-whale-slaughter/ 

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2009/01/13/denmark-response-given-to-faroes-pilot-whale-annual-slaughter/ 

Sea Shepherd to Deploy Drones to Stop Massive Whale Slaughter

The group’s air force will livestream video of the Faeroe Islands killing grounds.

June 11, 2014 By David Kirby

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.

In recent years, the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, have garnered headlines worldwide and sparked outrage among activists, scientists, celebrities, and diplomats. But half a world away, in the North Atlantic nation of the Faeroe Islands, a similar slaughter has received far less scrutiny.

That’s about to change. On Friday, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA will unveil details of a new hi-tech initiative aimed at disrupting and halting the whale hunts, which begin this month and continue through September.

The annual…

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USA: Could This Penalty Spell the End of Killer Whales Swimming With Trainers?

Originally posted on Serbian Animals Voice (SAV):

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Could This Penalty Spell the End of Killer Whales Swimming With Trainers?

Miami Seaquarium, the last U.S. aquatic park to let employees work in the water with whales, was hit with a fine for putting workers at risk of death.

July 25, 2014 By David Kirby

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued the Miami Seaquarium a citation for allowing killer whale trainers to come into dangerously close contact with its sole orca, Lolita.

OSHA made a similar move against SeaWorld Florida after the 2010 killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by the 12,000-pound whale Tilikum.

Though Miami Seaquarium could challenge the violation in court, the penalty could herald the end of trainers performing water shows with killer whales in the U.S.

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Serbia: More Petition Support and Letters to Authorities Required – Please Act – See Below for Details.

Originally posted on Serbian Animals Voice (SAV):

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SAV Comment: Please ensure you sign the petition below and cross post to all your friends and contacts – Thanks.

Dear supporters,

I, again, have to send a short reminder to everybody who signed this petition to please FORWARD it to your friends, family, colleagues and anybody who loves and cares about the animals.

The fact is that the city, kill shelter WILL BE OPENED again while the 550 dogs from a no-kill, private shelter WILL BE MOVED to kill pounds across Serbia.

I am sure people who LOVE animals will SIGN this petition to give these animals a voice BEFORE the horror pictures of inhumane treatment of animals in Subotica’s city shelter start circulating and then it WILL BE too late.

We are AGAINST the opening of a city, kill shelter and AGAINST the closure of a no-kill, private shelter “Alex”.

Please, also send direct email to the…

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Reality Check

Originally posted on idealisticrebel:

Welcome to the real world.

The Milky Way. If we destroy ourselves, what happens to the universe?

The Milky Way. If we destroy ourselves, what happens to the universe?

Dolphins living free until we completely destroy our planet

Dolphins living free until we completely destroy our planet

Twilight on boat launch at Avon. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Twilight on boat launch at Avon. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

California Poppies. Another gift from Mother Nature.

California Poppies. Another gift from Mother Nature.

Upper Waterfall in Letchworth State Park. The Genesee River has formed a gorge. We must take care of the gifts from Mother Earth.

Upper Waterfall in Letchworth State Park. The Genesee River has formed a gorge. We must take care of the gifts from Mother Earth.

We have to take care of our planet. It is more important than oil, money, arms, greed, jealously, bigotry, injustice, hatred and war. We must take care of Mother Earth. Our planet has changed greatly during just my lifetime. There is a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park. If it blows, it will destroy most of America. Yet we continue fracking, mining, polluting the earth and the air. We must stop. To choose not to stop is…

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PBSG determined to see polar bears listed as threatened by the IUCN in 2015

Originally posted on polarbearscience:

IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group conservation biologists are determined to have polar bears listed as ‘threatened with extinction’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2015 – even though the bears would not meet that classification if assessed today.

According to the minutes of their last meeting (in addition to the astonishing admissions from sea ice experts I reported yesterday), PBSG members are busy planning their strategy. They have thrown objectivity to the wind and are certain they can find a way to mask overcome the inadequacies of their case and see polar bears remain listed as ‘vulnerable’ (IUCN-equivalent to ‘threatened’ in the US) on the 2015 IUCN Red List update.

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Along with some other priceless quotes, the minutes reveal their plan. See the original document for the context of these quotes here and an excerpt of “the plan” (pgs. 12-17) here.

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Tiger Bone Wine: Chinas Brewing it and Pretending its Perfectly Legal | Care2 Causes

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

3102167.largeDespite an international ban on the sale of bones from exotic animals, winemakers in China continue to make wine using the bones of endangered tigers and, due to a loophole in the law, it may technically be legal.

A ban on the trade of tiger bones has been in place in China since 1993, with international and domestic laws saying tigers are a protected species. However, China continues to use tigers in its so-called traditional medicines despite these bans.

Traditionally, tiger bone steeped wine is supposed to cure ailments like arthritis. The bones of wild tigers are particularly sought after, but it seems that people are willing to settle for bones taken from tigers bred in captivity, too. It’s estimated that there are anywhere between 5,000 and 6,000 tigers being held in captivity in China, even as their wild populations dwindle to dangerously low numbers.

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National Park Service Reduces Assateague horse herd to a NON-VIABLE number

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:

This might make you wonder, could tourists also be considered an invasive species?

SOURCE:  The Star Democrat

Park Service reduces Assateague horse herd to 100

By JEREMY COX The Daily Times of Salisbury

BERLIN (AP) — Technically speaking, horses are as foreign to the sands of Assateague Island as phragmites, the reedy marsh plant that covers hundreds of the barrier island’s acres.

The National Park Service accuses both invaders — calling them out on an agency website from among a host of invasive species on Assateague — of inflicting “significant impact” on native plants and animals.

For its ecological crimes, phragmites have been marked for eradication. Park managers remove them by hand or spray them from the skies with a potent weed-killer designed for aquatic pests.

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90% of Africa’s Elephants have been killed in the past 74 years…..

Originally posted on Condofire:

Worrisome figures in this infographic by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and iWorry. 90% of Africa’s elephants have been killed in the past 74 years and the number of orphans they rescue keeps going up. Please SHARE this to raise awareness, and foster an orphaned elephant on the DSWT’s website at: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/fostering.asp10557233_809200849111791_1691838966648479910_n

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How the EPA got “on the fightin’ side of me”

Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:

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BREITBART – REVEALED: TWELVE USELESS WIND TURBINES

Earlier this month, Breitbart London reported that a Welsh government office was to scrap its £50,000 wind turbine after it generated just £5 of electricity per month. It now turns out that this is not the only place small-scale wind-turbine to have proved completely pointless.

Read the article at http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/07/29/Twelve-Useless-Wind-Turbines

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