Dolphins and turtles at risk from oil spill off Canary Islands holiday beaches (Spain)

Originally posted on The ocean update:

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April 17th, 2015. A Russian fishing vessel is leaking oil into the sea after it caught fire and was towed out of the port

Coastguards are battling to contain a four-mile oil slick off beaches on the Canary Islands.

The oil is spewing from a Russian fishing vessel carrying 1,409 tons of fuel.

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Canine flu creating concern for both dog and cat owners

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Veterinarians advise pet owners in Central Pennsylvania to make sure they check with the kennels before they board their animals. The canine flu strain is more likely to develop in unsanitized places like kennels and dog parks.

Doctor Bryan Langlois is the medical director at Pet Pantry of Lancaster County. He says a new canine flu originally seen in Asian dogs has made its way onto U.S. soil.

Dr. Langlois says, “If somebody was traveling and brought a dog back from Asia that was infected with the virus.”

Similar to a canine influenza from 10 years ago, but this one’s more serious.

Dr. Langlois says symptoms include, “Severe coughing, high fever, lethargic, not wanting to eat and some developed pneumonia which require hospital and unfortunately a few dogs have succumbed to this.”

Dr. Langlois says a couple thousand dogs have contracted the virus and about a handful…

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WATCH: Gorilla charges family, smashing barrier glass

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OMAHA, Nebraska-  A family visiting an Omaha zoo had a terrifying encounter at the gorilla exhibit.  A male Silverback charged their group smashing the glass barrier.

The gorilla may have been provoked by a little girl who can be seen beating her chest as a young boy near her says, “don’t do that.”

The video was originally posted to Reddit, and has more than 1 million views on YouTube after user bulldogg9279 uploaded it Thursday.

The Reddit poster wrote:

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Tech Report: iPhone case that sticks to everything

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There’s a new phone case that will stick to just about anything.  Plus, the information people can see when they look up your phone number.  Rich Demuro explains in today’s Tech Report.

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Motherless coyotes being used to train wildlife rehabilitator for Lancaster

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Hundreds of wild animals are brought to the Lancaster SPCA every year, but for the last seven years there’s been no one qualified to handle them. “It has been a big problem. Basically the rehabilitators in other counties have had to pick up the slack for Lancaster,” said Susan Martin who’s the Executive Director of the Lancaster SPCA.

However that’s all going to change, because Martin is training to become an official wildlife rehabilitator for Lancaster. She’s training at the Red Creek Wildlife Center in Schuylkill County. Part of that training is caring for the litter of coyote puppies.

“A hunter was hunting with dogs and the dogs had gotten a hold of the mother,” said Martin.

Hundreds of injured and baby wild animals, like the coyotes, owe their lives to the Red Creek Wildlife Center. The founder of the center, Peggy Hentz, said it takes a…

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NYC to Have Funeral for Victims of Animal Holocaust | Ecorazzi

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

concentration-Camp-Jo-Frederiks-592x399On April 16th, a Holocaust survivor will lead a funeral procession in New York City for all animals killed in factory farming to this day.

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Shimon Shuchat, who comes from a Hasidic Jewish family in Brooklyn, will be taking a group of animal lovers carrying signs showing the atrocities done to animals from Midtown to Times Square for a candlelight vigil.

“Right now, mother cows are crying out for their kidnapped babies; piglets are being castrated with no painkillers; male chicks are being dropped into shredding machines; monkeys are being tortured laboratories; and millions of farm animals are making the long, terrifying journey to a slaughterhouse. For what?” asks Schuchat who aims to have people connect the dots between human and animal suffering. “When footage of factory farms farms is played side by side with footage of the Holocaust, people can see that there’s not much of a difference. If only a…

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#Read #Authors – #Copyright #Infringement #Notification…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

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I have been hearing from a LOT recently that more SCAM BOOK SITES are appearing online in ever increasing numbers…

What can YOU do about it?

If you are an author and YOUR book(s) are being offered without your permission – issue DMCA Notices (SEE BELOW FIRST)

If you are a readerPLEASE DO NOT USE THESE SITES!

It may be tempting to get books FOR FREE or at greatly reduced prices but…

They may be a click farm looking for your email

and you will be infected with a virus.

*****

AUTHORS – VERY IMPORTANT!!!

DO NOT SEND THE OFFENDING SITE A DIRECT NOTICE.

If they are on Facebook – Use Facebook’s reporting form to remove their link source from Facebook’s server.

My attorney warns me not to click on them, but to send a form letter to their server.

You can find out their server here:

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Stopping the Suffering: you CAN help the dogs of Prnjavor Shelter!

Originally posted on IN MEMORY OF VUČKO:

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Until end of day Friday, 17th April, ANY donation you make towards sterilising the dogs of Prnjavor shelter will be DOUBLED, thanks to The Harmony Fund who will match all donations! Go HERE to donate.

10484142_10153007842443387_1982794010553137039_oFor some time now AWABosnia has run a fundraiser for sterilising the dogs of Prnjavor shelter, Bosnia Herzegovina. This is possible due to the work of Bojan Veselica, an independent rescuer who does everything he can to see that the dogs in this public shelter are cared for. Unfortunately public funds do not cover sterilisation, and this is a real problem as there is no way to separate male and female dogs.

Bojan contacted us and we started fundraising last year,
10474535_10153008600963387_5604793361443963646_nand managed to raise enough to sterilise 12 dogs by March 2015. The original goal was to cover the costs for 20 dogs, and this would include rabies vaccinations and parasites.

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How Cats Communicate Through Meows, Blinks and Roving Whiskers

Originally posted on TIME:

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to cats, those meows mean … well, a lot of things.

With each purr, yowl or even blink, felines are saying, “Hello,” ”Let’s snuggle” or “Beat it, Mom.” For the increasing number of pet owners who want to connect with their often-aloof fur babies, experts say there’s something to gain from those attempts at communication.

Cats are very independent, and so they are easily misunderstood, says Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA and author of the new National Geographic book “How to Speak Cat.” He aims to unravel the mystery by helping people discern what cats are trying to convey.

Crafty kitties can make 16 different meow sounds and usually only unleash them when people are around, he said. Meows can be their way of saying feed me, pet me or let me out, and hardly…

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Nurse cat comforts sick animals at Polish animal shelter

Originally posted on Global News:

TORONTO – Meet Rademenes, a black cat that comforts sick and recovering animals at a Polish animal shelter.

Online, the four-legged furball has been widely dubbed “Nurse Cat,” after photos showing the feline apparently providing comfort and companionship to sick animals went viral.

Rademenes is a permanent resident at a shelter in Bydgoszcz, Poland after his owners brought the pet in suffering from severe respiratory problems, according to Polish media.

According to the TVN Meteo, vets at the shelter feared Rademenes was too sick to make a full recovery, however, the cat fought on and was eventually nursed back to health.

Now, Rademenes is returning the favour by comforting other animals. Photos show the cat cuddling, licking and napping with recovery dogs and cats.

Have a look:

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Aging elephants on the way to their new home in Oklahoma City

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SEATTLE – Loaded in climate-controlled crates aboard a flatbed truck and accompanied by an entourage and special snacks, two aging female elephants have left a Seattle zoo on a 2,000-mile (3,200-kilomter) trip to their new home in Oklahoma City.

The Wednesday evening departure was emotional for both Woodland Park Zoo workers and for elephant activists after a federal appeals court declined to block the transfer.

“It was a difficult day for staff and volunteers, especially for those of us who have cared for these elephants for years,” Seattle zoo spokeswoman Gigi Allianic said in an email. “We care for them deeply and love them. Yes, we’re sad to see them go – like sending your kids off to college and saying goodbye – but we’re doing the right thing for Bamboo and Chai. We are excited for them.”

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a…

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An Ex-Pat’s Adventures Helping Dogs on a Remote South Pacific Island

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

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Yuyu Chiang (holding check) a MIOAW intern, held a fundraiser at Coop School by holding a movie night and selling popcorn. Patsy Peji Glad, Mioaw Majuro’s Secretary holds the school mascot Ralik.

What do you do when you are an animal-loving American expat living on an island where people eat dogs?

If you’re Lora Lee Mason, you get to work. When the tall, blonde, outspoken American first arrived on the Marshall Islands and learned untagged street dogs were clubbed to death and fed to local prisoners; she was horrified. She started MIOAW (Marshall Islands Organization for Animal Welfare), an NGO in Majuro, and posted updates on Facebook.

“The outpouring of support was incredible. People from all over the world sent collars and tags. They sent leather collars, rhinestone-studded collars, new collars, used collars. Some came with notes saying the collars were from one of their pets who had passed,” she…

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The Magician and Juggler

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Mag and JugThe following story is a cute little story that was shared with me by my buddy Gherlaine…

A Texas State trooper pulled a car over on I-35 about 2 miles south of Waco Texas.

When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a Magician and Juggler and was on his way to Austin Texas to do a show for the Shrine Circus. He didn’t want to be late.

The trooper told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and said if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn’t give him a ticket. He told the trooper he had sent his equipment ahead and didn’t have anything to juggle. The trooper said he had some flares in the trunk and asked if he could juggle them. The juggler said he could, so the trooper got 5 flares, lit them…

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Are human traffickers escorting ISIS terrorists across the Mexican border?

Originally posted on America's Watchtower:

  It is now being reported that ISIS has a camp set up in Mexico just a few miles outside the United States border. Here is more:

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.

  But that is not all for it is also being reported that human traffickers, also known as coyotes, are escorting…

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Abraham Lincoln Obsessed Over His Dog Just Like You Do

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When he was elected to the White House in 1860, Abraham Lincoln left his beloved dog Fido with friends.

And it turns out Lincoln was like more than a few of us whose pets have run of the house these days: He also left to those friends the dog’s favorite horsehair sofa on which to nap, as well as a long, specific list of rules for how Fido was to be treated during his waking hours. For example, Fido was not to be scolded if he came inside with muddy paws, and he was to be fed from the dinner table.

Lincoln’s attitudes and relationships with animals were in some ways ahead of their time. Matthew Algeo, author of the new book Abe & Fido: Lincoln’s Love of Animals and the Touching Story of His Favorite Canine Companion, paints a picture of Lincoln as a deeply compassionate and…

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The Dog in the Polish Village

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ID-10025746 I have no name, but that doesn’t bother me.  What is a name anyway?  I live in the woods near the farmhouse at the edge of the village they call Pierzwin.  The little girl lives in the farmhouse.  She’s small, so small, and toddles when she walks.  She is mine, this I know.  I am hers.  This she knows. The one who doesn’t know is the old woman with whom the girl lives.  The girl must always beg for a scrap of bread for me, which the woman throws far from the farmhouse door, as though this would keep me away from the girl.

When I first saw the little girl playing along the edge of the creek, I knew she was mine to watch over.  She was stooped down looking at a rock, the sun glinting off her flax-colored hair.  I stood downstream, regarding her.  The girl looked up…

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Sickening: Major food corporations use tissue from aborted babies to manufacture flavor additives in processed foods

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(NaturalNews) Every time you purchase mass-produced processed “food” from the likes of Kraft, PepsiCo, or Nestle, you’re choosing, whether you realize it or not, to feed your family not only genetically engineered poisons and chemical additives, but also various flavoring agents manufactured using the tissue of aborted human babies.

It’s true: A company based out of California, known as Senomyx, is in the business of using aborted embryonic cells to test fake flavoring chemicals, both savory and sweet, which are then added to things like soft drinks, candy and cookies. And Senomyx has admittedly partnered with a number of major food manufacturers to lace its cannibalistic additives into all sorts of factory foods scarfed down by millions of American consumers every single day.

Known as “HEK-293,” the aborted human fetal cell line used by Senomyx is manipulated to evaluate how the human palate will react to synthetic flavors used in…

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How Toronto’s raccoons could threaten your health

Originally posted on Global News:

WATCH: Raccoons can be more than just a nuisance. They can pose a real health risk. Dr. Samir Gupta has the details.

TORONTO – With Toronto’s new green bin regulations, there has been a lot of talk about raccoons lately. We all know about the nuisance and property damage caused by these pests, but it’s also a good time to consider the health hazards.

There are several health risks related to infections that people can catch from raccoons, and these can be acquired in several different ways.

Having a raccoon bite or scratch, or direct contact of any sort is obviously a concern, but the bigger concern is contact with raccoon feces or urine, which people can often have inadvertently.

The most serious infection is raccoon roundworm – known as Baylisascaris procyonis. This is a parasite that lives inside raccoon intestines, has little or no harmful effect on raccoons, and…

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Louisiana Animal Shelter is Run By Prison Inmates | Ecorazzi

Nancy:

This should be at every prison throughout the United States and other countries!

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

dixon-prison-and-dogs-592x399The Pen Pals animal shelter in northern Louisiana is a unique one: it’s run by a prison official and staffed with inmates.

The not-for-profit, no kill shelter is located in on the grounds of Dixon Correctional Center in Jackson, Louisiana. But don’t let its location fool you: the shelter is filled with love and some much needed peace.

“It’s probably the best thing that could have happened to me,” Wylie Vanscoter, an animal lover and former drug addict convicted of armed robbery told People Magazine. “I kinda have found what I was supposed to do in life here.”

The prisoners do everything for the animals seven days a week — from cleaning up their poop to walking them to helping out in operations performed by veterinarians from Louisiana State University.

Pen Pals started in the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, at a time when the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)…

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