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Dead bobcat found hanging on high school goal post

Originally posted on myfox8.com:

TULLAHOMA, Tenn.  — School officials have confirmed a dead bobcat was found hanging on a goal post on the football field at Tullahoma High School on Tuesday.

According to a statement from Tullahoma City Schools, students found the bobcat and reported it to their teacher.

According to WSMV, the animal has since been removed from the goal post by animal control officials, and the incident was reported to police.

“This despicable act does not represent the leadership, citizenry or the vast majority of students at Coffee County High School and Tullahoma High School. We are friends, neighbors, relatives and at time fierce competitors, but that fierce competition leaves no room for cruelty to animals,” read a statement from Tullahoma school officials. “Nearly every student in Tullahoma and Manchester is disgusted that any innocent animal is used as an object lesson and all are hopeful that our competition is safe…

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WATCH: Woody Harrelson Wants You to Vote for the Environment | Ecorazzi

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

woody-harrelson-592x442Woody Harrelson is getting political, encouraging people to use their vote to save the environment.

In a new television commercial from the political action committee NextGen Climate, Harrelson takes on climate change deniers. The ‘True Detective’ star, vegan and activist narrates the ad likening those who say climate change is not happening to people who denied the earth was round, cigarettes were bad for you and pollution was no biggie.

“Now they tell us climate change is a hoax. Some powerful people want to hold us back,” he says while images of crumbling glaciers and forest fires fill the screen. “But the truth is undeniable. This is a fight we will win.”

In the end of the commercial, people are reminded to vote on November 4th with that knowledge in mind.

The NextGen Climate political action committee was started by billionaire activist Tom Steyer with the intent of campaigning for…

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~ ACTION NEEDED ASAP~ PLEASE SPEAK UP ON BEHALF OF THE AFRICAN LION

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

Thank you U.S. FISH and WILDLIFE SERVICE (FWS) for Sealing the Fate of The “African Lion”.
You have shown The World once again, where your compassion, and your priorities lie..
The Almighty Buck is going to help Wipe out the Remaining of this Species………………………………………………………………………………..

Safari Club International For Immediate Release: October 27, 2014
Major Setback for Anti-Hunting Efforts; FWS Rejects Attempts to Stop Lion Hunting;
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rejected the claim that the African lion merited listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. After a long and comprehensive review of the species status, which included information from the foremost lion researchers in the world, the FWS concluded that the African lion simply is not on the brink of extinction and did not merit listing as an endangered species.
“SCI raised over $ 1 million for SCI Foundation to combat…

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Good News: Seventh Generation Got the Message

Originally posted on Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog:

Photo: AAVS

Photo: AAVS

It is clear that through social media, petitions, e-mails and other forms of communication companies feel the pressure of the consumers and are able to react fast. So adding your voice to a petition, writing an e-mail or picking up the phone makes a difference – for many animals in this case.

“After receiving tens of thousands of calls and e-mails and after 85,000 angry consumers signed our petition, Seventh Generation now understands the importance of animal-protection issues to consumers, and it has cleaned up its act! The company reversed course and signed on to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s letter to Congress acknowledging that animal tests are “slow, unreliable, and expensive” and calling for non-animal methods and strategies to be used first and foremost, and it has committed to advocating for this principle in all of its lobbying efforts.”

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Wolf biologists’ second letter urges emergency relisting of Wisconsin wolves

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

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 “(E)xisting regulatory mechanisms are inadequate to detect substantial change in the Wisconsin wolf population. Therefore we urge emergency relisting pending independent scientific review.” — Oct. 15, second letter sent to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by wolf biologists

Adrian Treves, director of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab for the UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute, joined other wolf biologists Oct. 15 in directing a second letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this time not just “recommending” but urging emergency re-listing of Wisconsin wolves.

In 2011, shortly after the delisting, Treves contributed to the article “Rescuing Wolves From Politics: Wildlife as a Public Trust Resource.” Politics are destroying our wolves and wildlife. It seems the courts are the only check and balance left.

Meanwhile the DNR’s botched and bungled cruelty to wolves played out in killing 98 wolves in the first eight days of this third wolf hunt. Renown naturalist John Muir would…

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Use science to make a bubbly brew this Halloween!

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

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Make a bubbling, frothy brew this Halloween that is not only fun, but teaches kids some science too! All you need to get started is a glass jar or cup, vinegar, food coloring, dish soap, glitter (optional), baking soda, and a cookie sheet or baking pan to act as a drip tray. First, fill up the glass cup about halfway with vinegar and place on the tray. Add food coloring of your choice and a dash or two of the dish soap to the vinegar. Give it a quick stir to mix. Add some glitter to the mixture if desired. Take a heaping tablespoon of the baking soda, and dump it into the glass jar. Immediately a chemical reaction begins to take place between the baking soda and the vinegar. Frothy bubbles form as carbon dioxide is created during the reaction. The dish soap helps to amplify…

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Download These 5 Smartphone Apps for a Safer Halloween

Originally posted on TIME:

Talk about a candy-crush saga: This Friday, the nation’s kids will take to the streets to collect a dentist’s ransom in sugary treats. It’s all good — if a little fattening — fun, but not without a few risks.

For example, some of those streets may be dark. Certain candies could be on the FDA’s recall list. And how well do you really know your neighbors, especially the ones a few blocks over? There might be houses on the route that are best avoided.

It’s okay to worry — that’s what parents do, after all — but if you’re armed with a smartphone, you can make Halloween a bit less of a fright-night. For starters, use the built-in flashlight app to help everyone navigate poorly lit sidewalks. Then fire up these five safety-minded apps. They’re all free and guaranteed to give you some added peace of mind.

1) Life360

Price:…

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How to Apply (and Remove) Halloween Makeup Without Wrecking Your Skin

Originally posted on Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health:

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A full face of Halloween makeup may seem like a great idea when you’re trying to win that costume contest, but what happens once the costume comes off and your skin looks frightening?

Use these tips from Lijha Stewart, Director of Education and Artistry at MAKE UP FOR EVER, on how to get the best makeup application—and how to gently remove the stuff so you can go back to being your normal, mortal self.

Prep

First, cleanse and moisturize your face. Heavy, pigmented makeup can be drying so you want to make sure skin is hydrated for the long night ahead. Next, Stewart suggests applying a primer or foundation (or both) to create a barrier between your skin and the costume makeup. Taking this step will create a smooth, even canvas for application. After you’re done, set your makeup in place with a sheer powder.

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Dog Found Alive With Crossbow Bolt Shot Through His Head (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

A Staffordshire bull terrier named Ziggy cheated death and survived having a 20-inch crossbow bolt shot straight through his head.

Ziggy was apparently left for dead after he was shot and deserted in Wansford, Peterborough in England last week, according to The Telegraph.

See GRAPHIC photos of Ziggy below

Photo agency SWNS reports that the 2-year-old Staffie was discovered by two passersby walking in the remote woodland area where Ziggy is believed to have been wondering for at least two days.

“Despite this bolt going straight through Ziggy’s head it miraculously missed his brain, ear capsule and eyes – I could not quite believe it,” RSPCA spokesperson Justin Stubbs said, according to the Western Daily Press. “Whoever did this took a very intentional shot at very close range. Ziggy must have moved at just the right distance right at the last minute.”

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Guilty: London Auction House Admits To Selling Illegal Ivory

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

A London auction house was caught selling illegal ivory this month, becoming the first of its kind to face prosecution — a sign of the growing crackdown on the sale of products made from elephant ivory.

from Green – The Huffington Post http://ift.tt/1wDzn65

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New film on BP oil disaster

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video says about itself:

The Great Invisible | Official Trailer

6 March 2014

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in American history.

By Gerri Miller in the USA:

‘The Great Invisible’ explores the environmental and psychological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill

New film documents the environmental and personal damage caused by the 2010 disaster

It has been more than four years since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 crew members and unleashed 2.4 million gallons of petroleum per day into the Gulf of Mexico, but the effects of the disaster are still being felt. The devastating pollution has impacted the fishing industry and those who rely on it, not to mention the ecosystem. Recovery also eludes the survivors and the families…

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FRANCIS: Saint and Pope

Originally posted on FUR OUT THE CLOSET::

 St Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animalsiFrancis of Assisi

As mentioned in my previous post, many Christians celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4   @ http://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/world-animal-day-2014/ 

To honour this day, people accompanied by a procession of animals participate in a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.

As you probably know, the new Pope, born Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina, is the first Pope to choose as his namesake Francis of Assisi, the 13th century patron saint of the poor. 

TIME magazine was so impressed with the humility and emphasis on the poor shown by Pope Francis that it named him Person of the year (2013).

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Pope Francis also publicly patted a guide dog, which is not considered ceremonial in the Vatican. 

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Hopefully this will not be the first and last public act of kindness shown towards animals by Pope Francis.

Sadly, though, it…

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Northern beaches shark nets catch dolphins, whales and rays but few dangerous sharks (Australia)

Originally posted on The ocean update:

A swimmer at Shelly Beach at Manly is oblivious to a 1.4m dusky whaler shark below. Picture : ECO DIVERS

A swimmer at Shelly Beach at Manly is oblivious to a 1.4m dusky whaler shark below. Picture : ECO DIVERS

October 29th, 2014 (Tom Westbrooke). Less than a tenth of creatures caught in shark nets from Manly to Palm Beach are the dangerous target species the nets are supposed to be trapping.

Eight target sharks were caught and found dead in nets on the northern beaches between September and April and 75 non-target animals, mostly rays and harmless hammerhead sharks were also entangled.

The bycatch makes up more than half of the non-target species caught on the stretch of coast from Stockton, near Newcastle, to South Wollongong, where 51 beaches have nets between spring and autumn.

BEACH BY BEACH

■ Manly: 1 smooth hammerhead, 2 Australian cownose rays, 1 ornate eagle ray

■ North Steyne: 6 Australian cownose rays, 1 stingray, 1 smooth hammerhead

■ Freshwater: 1…

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Ignoring International Limits, U.S. Expands Fishing for Declining Bigeye Tuna (Hawaii, USA)

Originally posted on The ocean update:

October 28th, 2014. HONOLULU— The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued regulations allowing Hawaii-based longline fishermen to ignore international agreements and continue fishing for bigeye tuna after reaching the cap allowed for U.S. fishing vessels. Highly valued for sushi, bigeye tuna has been increasingly in demand for the past decade ; meanwhile scientists have sounded the alarm over unsustainable fishing levels and declining populations.

“Bigeye tuna are in serious trouble, and this rule only makes it worse. Not only will these tuna pay the price, but so will the whales, dolphins and other animals that get caught on their hooks,” said Catherine Kilduff with the Center for Biological Diversity. “International limits were put in place for a reason, and this rule is simply a cynical workaround to allow fishing to go right ahead even though the limit’s already been caught.”

Today’s rule, which implements an amendment to the…

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Norway Wanted To Send Whale Meat To Iceland

Originally posted on The ocean update:

norwegian_whale_meatOctober 28th, 2014 (Paul Fontaine). Documents obtained by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) revealed that a Norwegian whaling company has sought to ship about 10 metric tonnes of minke whale meat to Iceland, and Iceland’s most prominent whaler stands to directly benefit from the deal.

According to a statement posted by the AWI, the Norwegian whaling company Lofothval has sought permission to ship the minke whale meat to Iceland only weeks after the United States criticised Norway over whaling at the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

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‘Nail in coffin for Norwegian seal hunting’ : Govt cuts subsidies

Originally posted on The ocean update:

Photo Reuters / John Jansen / NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Photo Reuters / John Jansen / NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center

October 27th, 2014. Norway has cut a 12 million kroner ($1.8 million) subsidy for seal hunting from next year’s budget. Environmentalists have applauded the move. Some businesses say it is putting an end to a historical and eco-friendly practice.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries say stripping the seal industry of subsidy has been dictated by “economic priorities.” The government is aware of how vital the financial support has been for the business.

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A baby whale has died after being entangled in a shark net at Mona Vale Beach (Australia)

Originally posted on The ocean update:

Marine rescue staff at Mona Vale beach.

Marine rescue staff at Mona Vale beach.

October 22th, 2014 (Andrew Priestley). A BABY whale has died after being caught in a shark net off Mona Vale this morning.

The calf’s mother and four other adult whales remain in the vicinity.

The baby humpback is understood to have become entangled in the net in the early hours of the morning and was spotted from the shore about 6am.

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Killer whale cries have been heard for months at an exhibition centre in Moscow

Originally posted on Don Lichterman:

Two killer whales which have been held captive in cramped conditions in Moscow for almost a year may become deaf and insane, an animal rights group has warned.

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The cries of the seven-year-old female and five-year-old male can be heard from the covered tanks at the VDNKh exhibition centre in the Russian capital where they have been kept for 10 months, according to members of the Vita animal rights group.

The orcas were supposed to housed at the new VDNKh aquarium in spring 2014. But delays in constructions mean the creatures are living in temporary facilities, police told Vita according to the St. Petersburg Times.

It is predicted that the aquarium will not open until 2015.

Irina Novozhilova, head of Vita, has claimed in a statement that the creatures are living in “solitary confinement cells”.

Vita has gained the support of other animal rights groups and experts in its…

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Welcome “Threatened” Listing Would Help Protect African Lions From Trophy Hunting

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

Responding to a petition submitted by IFAW and a coalition of animal welfare groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced its proposed rule to list African lions as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

This decision is a victory for lions–until now, the species have been the only great cat not protected under the Act.

African lion populations have decreased by more than half in the last 30 years, with potentially fewer than 32,000 left in the wild. Given the drastic declines, we forced the agency to consider how trophy hunting is contributing to the deteriorating population numbers.

The Endangered Species Act has no authority to stop African lions from being hunted abroad (that’s up to the regional African governments), but it can regulate how their trophies and parts are imported and move throughout the United States.

We were pleased today to see that along with the…

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What Are You Eating?

Originally posted on Organic Opinion:

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A Fruit stall in a market in Barcelona, Spain.
Picture credit: Daderot.

Three items in my email this morning concerning healthy eating and food, need to be shared.

The first was about the ongoing battle with Monsanto, Kraft and their friends at DuPont and Pepsi, in their efforts to defeat the GMO labeling propositions in the upcoming elections.

These bullies are spending millions in the two states where it is once again, on the ballot.

It will take a miracle to defeat the kind of money that this monster company and their comrades in crime possess.

This type of legislation against GMO’s has been defeated in nearly every state where it has been on the ballot so far, with only Maine, Connecticut and Vermont actually succeeding to get it passed.

There is simply not enough opposition  money to fight these huge, powerful Corporations.

Consumers have repeatedly spoken out strongly about their feelings on GMO’s not being labeled, but it has fallen on deaf ears everywhere.

Why?

Because no one…

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Move Over Tinder; New Pet Adoption App Wants To Hook You Up With Your Pawmate

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

A new Tinder-like app lets you filter out the dogs — not that you’d want to.

The free pet adoption iPhone app has been released by AllPaws, a website designed to make pet adoption more like online dating.

The AllPaws app features more than 200,000 listings of adoptable animals — dogs, cats, horses, sheep, birds, pigs and reptiles, among them — which you can sort in various ways including by breed, energy level, size, coat length and special needs.

allpawsThis handsome guy is Zo. He’s available for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia, and is one of more than 120,000 dogs on AllPaws.

You can also filter by which pets are closest to you geographically, which have been “favorited” the most, and which are the most shared. (Yes, even pet adoption favors the beautiful and the popular.)

AllPaws founder Darrell Lerner, who created online dating…

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Orphaned Baby Fox Is Nursed Back To Health, Returns To The Wild

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

Thanks to a treasure hunter, his wife and the staff at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, a young fox is alive and well today, six months after the baby animal was found abandoned and injured in a field in West Virginia.

Beau Ouimette, a metal-detecting enthusiast, shared a video of himself and his wife, a veterinarian, stumbling across the female fox kit in April of this year:

Since both Ouimette and his wife had current rabies vaccinations, the two brought the injured fox pup back to their house and nursed her back to health for several days:

Ultimately, they deposited the adorable fox at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Virginia, where the center’s director, Dr. Belinda Burwell, tells The Huffington Post they cared for the kit with three other orphaned foxes from mid-April until late Summer, when they were released back into the wild.

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Wildlife

Originally posted on Earth Report:

Great Barrier Reef’s Biggest Threat is Coal

A recent report found that the Great Barrier Reef had lost 50% of its living coral. This was mainly from cyclones and the damages of Crown of Thorns starfish. Then there are the new threats of coral bleaching and acidification.

This issue of coal lies at the heart of current threats to the Great Barrier Reef, and symbolizes an economic mindset that reef lovers everywhere are up against. Our government has decided that Australia’s economic future lies in selling cheap coal to China and India. To do this the Federal and Queensland state governments need to expand existing coal ports on the Reef because these provide the cheapest and quickest shipping routes to Asia.

Quite apart from discouraging investment in renewable energy by backing fossil fuels, this decision has fraught implications for the health of the Reef and its waters.

Because the reef…

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8 Vegan Clothing & Accessory Brands

Originally posted on The Friendly Fig:

Let’s face it – it can be tough to fill up your closet with vegan pieces. I’ll be the first to admit that it is frustrating! With a few requests sprinkling in here and there, I wanted to write a post to promote a few vegan clothing brands. Prices vary, of course, so please keep that in mind. Wearing vegan clothing is not always as cheap as we would like it to be – but it is for a great cause. <3

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WILD for Elephants Shatters Expectations

Originally posted on The Official Blog of Elephants DC:

More than $20,000 raised in Washington DC in support of elephants, worldwide ivory sales ban

Hundreds of people marched to the White House during the 2nd Annual International March for Elephants in Washington, DC on October 4. (Photo by Neil Dampier Photography)

Hundreds of people marched to the White House during the 2nd Annual International March for Elephants in Washington, DC on October 4. (Photo by Neil Dampier Photography)

Friends of elephants united on October 4 – World Animal Day – across the globe.

In the U.S. capital Elephants DC, a fledging nonprofit dedicated to ending the ivory trade and advancing elephant well-being, held its first ever fundraiser, WILD for Elephants, at Studio Gallery DC following the second annual International March for Elephants to the White House.

The evening reception raised more than $20,000. Approximately $16,000 has been donated directly to field organizations in Africa dedicated to saving orphaned elephants from extinction and protecting majestic wildlife from poachers. 40 percent of the proceeds were donated to Big Life Foundation and 40 percent to The David…

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