Where do Your Political Candidates Stand on Animal Welfare

Originally posted on Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox:

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“An English gentleman would not himself give a moment’s unnecessary pain to any living creature, and would instinctively exert himself to put an end to any suffering before his eyes: yet it is a fact that every game preserver in this country sanctions a system which consigns thousands of animals to acute agony, probably of eight or ten hours duration, before it is ended by death. I allude to the setting of steel traps for catching vermin.”

“Bull-baiting and cock-fighting have rightly been put down by law; I hope it may never be said that the members of the British Parliament will not make laws to protect animals if such laws should in any way interfere with…

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USA / S. Korea: Aurora, Colorado USA Is Sister City To South Korea’s Seongnam – Capital Of The Dog Killing Nation !

Originally posted on Serbian Animals Voice (SAV):

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[Undercover Video] Horrors of the Moran Dog Meat Market in Seongnam, South Korea! See it to believe it!

Link – https://youtu.be/UKSGgsjnJlY

People of the USA:

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

Aurora, Colorado became sister city to South Korea’s Seongnam in 1992.

Click HERE for Press Release “Aurora Sister Cities International to host Korean Open House”!

Aurora Sister Cities International to host Korean Open House

Aurora is working to revitalize its sister city relationship with Seongnam, Republic of Korea. As part of that initiative, Aurora Sister Cities International will hold an open house, Aug. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. The entire community is invited to…

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7 big changes coming to Facebook

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Get ready for more big changes to Facebook.

The social media company announced several new products and features that will launch on its platform soon — all are designed to make it easier for you to communicate with people and businesses.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives debuted the slew of platform enhancements during F8, the company’s developer conference, on Wednesday.

Here’s what’s coming:

1. Spherical videos on your News Feed and Oculus VR headset (if you have one). Facebook will soon support videos shot with 360-degree camera technology (the same way Google Maps’ Street View photos are captured). These videos allow you to change the perspective you see by clicking and dragging on the screen.

Google-owned YouTube recently announced support for this format as well. As video content becomes the ubiquitous format for sharing, expect these two companies to launch even more features at…

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The Eaglets have hatched.

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

The Hanover Eagles, Liberty and Freedom have welcomed both eaglets into the world. Watch the video below to see the eaglets.

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You can also watch the family on the PA Game Commission live web cam.

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Cillian Murphy Wants Ireland to Ban Fur Farming | Ecorazzi

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

cillian-murphy-592x399Actor Cillian Murphy becomes the latest celebrity to fire off a letter to Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, in support of banning fur farming in the country.

Ireland has yet to ban the atrocious act, and Murphy is urging his home country to join the growing list of nations — including Austria, Switzerland, the U.K., and northern Ireland — that have banned the cruel practice of fur farming.

It’s “a shameful, inhumane industry that is simply not compatible with animal welfare,” the “Batman Begins” star wrote in his letter on behalf of PETA.

Minks who are kept on these farms remain in cramped cages for their entire lives. Unable to run or swim or express any natural tendencies, many of these animals often go insane and mutilate themselves.

“A complete ban is the only way to end the misery endured by thousands of animals every year on…

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Picture of the Day: Portrait of an Eagle

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

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Photograph by JAMIE KING
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In this beautiful portrait by Jamie King, we see a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), a bird of prey found in North America.

Did you know that they build the largest nest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species? They can be up to 4 m (13 ft) deep, 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide, and 1 metric ton (1.1 short tons) in weight. [source]

Additionally, bald eagles are not actually bald; the name derives from an older meaning of “white headed”. The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are about 25 percent larger than males. [source]

The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. The founders of the United…

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Eaglet hatches in Hanover

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

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HANOVER (WPMT)-Thousands of people tuned in Tuesday morning to watch as a tiny eaglet emerged from its egg in York County, thanks to a live streaming Eagle Cam installed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

After weeks of waiting, one of two eggs hatched under the watchful eye of one of their parents. The second egg has not hatched yet.

Photo Credit: Pa. Game Commission Photo Credit: Pa. Game Commission

The typical incubation period for an eagle egg is 35 days. Experts say it can take from 20 to 48 hours to hatch after making the first break in the shell.

The eagle cam is a joint project of the Pa. Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business.

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Man Lives Alone in a Radioactive Town to Care for the Abandoned Animals | Ecorazzi

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

naoto-matsumura-592x399Naoto Matsumura has refused to leave the radioactive town of Fukushima, Japan in order to take care of its abandoned animal residents.

Fukushima was evacuated in 2011 after an earthquake and a tsunami caused a radioactive meltdown from its nuclear power plant.

Approximately 30,000 residents left the town, leaving behind their animals, including pets and livestock.

Matsumura, a farmer, had initially fled with his family, but because it was difficult finding adequate accommodations, he decided to return to Fukushima. It was upon his return when he realized the town’s animals had been abandoned and were in need of much-needed care. Animals had starved to death in their barns, or chained up without food or water.

“I had no choice but to stay,” Matsumura told Vice. “I couldn’t leave the animals behind. They needed to be fed.”

Matsumura lives mostly in the exclusion zone, but leaves occasionally to give talks about…

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Poachers buy Kaziranga forest guards for £1,000

Originally posted on Wildlife News:

http://wildlifenews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/rhino.jpg – The arrest of a poacher last week in Nagaland, India last week reveals that forest guards are being bought for just over £1000 in order to allow poachers to kill rhinos in the national park.
Information from the accused poacher, Bhagirath Jamal, revealed that forest guards were being bought of 1 … – http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2015/03/poachers-buy-kaziranga-forest-guards-for-1000/

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Boeing patents ‘Star Wars’-style force fields

Originally posted on Nwo Report:

Aircraft and military manufacturer Boeing has been granted a patent on a system that is designed to prevent explosion shockwaves from harming a target

Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fieldsSource:Michelle Starr | CNET |

A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design — named “Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc” — uses energy to deflect potential damage.

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Government Orders Bank Tellers To Alert Police About Your Cash Withdrawals: So They Can “Seize the Funds… Investigate”

Originally posted on Christian Patriots:

How can you tell if you’re living in a police state?

The short answer is that you’re living in a police state when everyone becomes a suspected criminal or terrorist. And if the following report is any indicator, then welcome to the Reich.

The Justice Department has ordered bank tellers across America to contact law enforcement if they suspect your cash withdrawal may have something to do with illicit activity. There doesn’t need to be proof, or any sort of red flag indicator – merely suspicion by the bank teller processing your transaction is now enough to have you investigated by authorities.

Via The Sovereign Man Simon Black

What a lot of people don’t realize is that banks are already unpaid government spies.

Federal regulations in the Land of the Free REQUIRE banks to file ‘suspicious activity reports’ or SARs on their customers. And it’s not optional.

Banks have minimum quotas…

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‘If you like your vet…’ Chuck Schumer uses #NationalPuppyDay to push legislation to lower medical bills for pets

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Remember this story from last year where Sen. Chuck Schumer was pushing legislation to help cut the cost of prescription meds for pets? Well, it looks like he’s still at it:

Perhaps it’s time to make health insurance for pets mandatory?

Pretty much. Although Sen. Mike Lee is reportedly now involved in this initiative, too:

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RAREST FISH IN THE WORLD ONLY IN DEATH VALLEY

Originally posted on worldsendangeredspecies:

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The majority of their range is in this photograph.
“Since researchers started monitoring them in the early 1970s, sending scuba divers down into the 129-metre-deep cavern to manually count each individual, the population has decreased from 200 to just 68 to 35 fish in 2013.”
Read the Scientific American Article.

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15 animal species in danger

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This 2011 is about a Bay Lycian salamander, an endangered species from Turkey.

From Wildlife Extra:

15 animal species have the lowest chance for survival

Climbing rats, seabirds and tropical gophers are among the 15 animal species that are at the absolute greatest risk of becoming extinct very soon. Expertise and money is needed to save them and other highly threatened species.

A new study shows that a subset of highly threatened species – in this case 841 – can be saved from extinction for about $1.3 billion a year. However, for 15 of them the chances of conservation success are really low.

The study published in Current Biology concludes that a subset of 841 endangered animal species can be saved, but only if conservation efforts are implemented immediately and with an investment of an estimated US $1.3 billion annually to ensure the species’ habitat protection and management.

Researchers…

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Animal abuser Nicolino Camardi to be sentenced on Friday

Originally posted on Global News:

WARNING  This story contains graphic content that may be disturbing to some viewers

CALGARY – The Calgary man behind a disturbing case of animal abuse will learn his fate on Friday.

Nicolino Camardi pleaded guilty in December to two charges of animal cruelty in connection with the death of a dog and cat both found in the community of Willow Park last year.

An emaciated Siberian Husky was found dead in an alley in the 200 block of 99 Ave S.E. on January 9th, 2014. The dog’s muzzle was taped shut with medical tape.

A week later, while Global News crews were investigating, they came across another disturbing discovery; a dead cat with its mouth muzzled, about 10 meters from where the husky was found.

Officials say a necropsy completed on the two animals found the Husky had died from starvation after being chronically malnourished.

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Neglected and Abandoned, Superhero and Bisquick Are on the Mend and Looking for a Forever Home | One Green Planet

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

PicMonkey-Collage-1200x705Last July, in the middle of a hot Florida summer, a family moved away and left two dogs behind. They were “outside dogs” who were familiar with the lay of the land, and out in the country they bothered no one. No one bothered with them, either.

They were scruffy, filthy, and looked like they would eat just about anything when I found them under a horse trailer one day. Both were panting and had bugs buzzing around them. One was completely bald from his mid-section back and his skin was completely raw and red.

I was familiar with these dogs and had spoken with the family before they left. I was anxious to make sure that the dogs were properly cared for and offered to help pay for vet bills. In response, the family told me that the dogs were going to the shelter because they needed to be…

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A Matter of Life and Death in Virginia

Originally posted on SiameseCatTwins4Ever:

We have JUST ONE week left to get Virginia’s Governor to sign SB 1381. The Governor has had weeks in which to sign the Bill, and he has done nothing.

If it is not signed by the Governor by midnight March 29th, the Bill will EXPIRE! And THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS WILL BE KILLED, this year, next year, the year after that, etc.

Please FLOOD Governor McAuliffe’s office with calls telling him to save precious pets’ lives by SIGNING SB 1381. PHONE: 804 786 2211

THIS IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

Please spread the word, especially to every pet lover in Virginia.

Thank you for caring.

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Glimpse into the Regulation of Water Exchange in the Brain

Originally posted on digger666:

via Glimpse into the Regulation of Water Exchange in….

March 21, 2015

The human brain is 80 percent water, which makes the constant regulation of the amount of fluid in the brain even more important. Disruptions in the regulation of the direction or speed of the water flow are associated with medical conditions, including hydrocephalus (“water in the brain”), for example. Neurobiologists at Heidelberg University have now discovered a new mechanism that regulates the speed and direction of water flow between the cerebral spinal fluid and the brain cells. This mechanism could also be of great importance in the treatment of hydrocephalic diseases. The research results were published in the “Journal of Biological Chemistry”.

image (Image caption: Isolated ependymal cells show the phosphorylation of AQP4 (in red) after the blocking of GABAA receptors. Cell nuclei are shown in blue. Credit: Universität Heidelberg)

“Both too much and too little…

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