Shut Down Reindeer Farm With Reported History of Abuse

Reindeer were reportedly kicked and abused, but the accused farms are still open. Demand that The Reindeer Centre be shut down to protect reindeer this holiday season.

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Demand Freedom for Orcas Trapped in Russian “Whale Jail”

Hundreds of whales are being captured and held captive in inhumane whale jails. Demand that the Russian government take action and stop ignoring this horrific practice.

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Petition: Humanity has a new cousin

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Humanity has a new cousin
3-4 minutes
To President Joko Widodo, the Indonesian legislature, and all members of the Indonesian government:

We call on you to ban the North Sumatera Hydro Energy’s 510MW Batang Toru Hydroelectric Power Plant and any and all industrial development in the Batang Toru forest. These types of projects put some of the world’s last remaining orangutans at risk. Orangutans are critically endangered and this project would put this precious species further at risk of extinction.

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This is wild! Scientists just announced there’s a new species of orangutan that we never knew existed before… and they need our help.

They’re called Tapanuli orangutans and they have their own distinct genes and features.
But there’s only 800 of them left — and a new dam project is about to rip through their forest in Indonesia.

But there’s still hope: the scientific announcement has made headlines, and investors are backing away from the project. Let’s end it once and for all by getting the Indonesian government to stop all industrial projects in the Tapanuli’s home land!

Sign now
, then share everywhere – when we reach a million signers we’ll take our call directly to the Indonesian authorities!

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/a_world_without_orangutans_23/

Petition: To Governor of Texas Greg Abbott

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Renee Lockett started this petition to Governor of Texas Greg Abbott
2 minutes

Every year, hundreds of Brown Pelicans are run over by cars along a 3-mile stretch of Highway 48 in south Texas during cold fronts. Strong winds force the pelicans onto the highway and they cannot get out of the way of cars going 75 mph. Last week, 53 pelicans were run over in one evening. I am one of the volunteers who assists to rescue pelicans that end up stranded on the highway and cannot take flight due to roadway concrete barriers and strong winds. It is a very dangerous situation for everyone. The stretch is between Port Isabel, Tx. and Brownsville, Tx. near the Carl Joe Gayman Bahia Grande Restoration Channel.

By lowering the speed limit on this 3-mile stretch, conditions would be safer for pelicans, motorists and fishermen who frequent the area. This stretch passes through an area of vital habitat for pelicans which they use for fishing and roosting, and thus fly over it on a daily basis. The links below show news reports of what is happening to the pelicans year after year. Local school children also chimed in with a song and letters to convey their thoughts and feelings. By signing this petition, you will be joining us in asking Governor Abbot to please step in to get the speed limit lowered for this 3-mile stretch of wildlife habitat along Highway 48. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  1. Pelicans in Peril on Highway 48 News Report
  2. School Children Sing for Highway 48 Pelicans

  3. Pelican Plight/Speed Limit on Highway 48 News Report

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https://www.change.org/p/greg-abbott-lower-speed-limit-to-save-hundreds-of-brown-pelicans-from-death-each-year-in-south-texas

First-aid for Your Pets – Katzenworld

First-aid for Your Pets PDSA Vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan provides top tips on what to do in an emergency  Despite our best efforts to protect our pets, accidents can and do happen. In serious cases, knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life and death. Life-threatening emergencies require speedy action, so […]

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Over 20 Times More Americans Die Of Cancer Per Year Than Gun Violence; Why No Uproar About Pollution?

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Why is there no uproar about cancer causing pollution, especially radioactive materials, discharged into the environment? Trump’s EPA has but worsened the situation, and is trying to make it worse still. Already, twenty times more Americans die per year from cancer than from gun violence. Trump’s toxic legacy will be seen in the coming decades.

https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html

What is surprising about this chart is that the majority of US households do not own guns.

California bar shooting: At least 12 killed in Thousand Oaks
The bar in Thousand Oaks, California was packed with college students when the gunman opened fire.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/multiple-injuries-mass-shooting-california-bar-authorities-181108082412734.html

According to the US National Nuclear Lab at Los Alamos:
Cancer is a gross distortion of cell behavior caused by numerous gene mutations and numerous abnormalities in the production and functioning of proteins…

A substantial body of evidence now suggests that cancer initiates from a single cell…

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Hurricane-Hit Puerto Rico To Consider Becoming Nuclear Guinea Pigs

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Puerto Rico is in the Caribbean and should go solar, not nuclear. Nuclear and major hurricanes don’t mix!



Nuclear Power Stations require offsite power, and backup generators in the event of power failure. It’s unclear if the New Modular Technologies means Small Modular Reactors, or larger ones. If it’s “New”, then it means that Puerto Rico will be a Nuclear Guinea Pig/Nuclear Guinea Pigs. Puerto Rico is an island, so the nuclear industry probably thinks it is a good place to experiment.

From: http://www.world-nuclear-news.org
Hurricane-hit Puerto Rico to consider nuclear power
06 November 2018
The majority New Progressive Party in Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives yesterday introduced a resolution instructing the chamber’s Government Committee to investigate the possibility of building nuclear power plants on the island, Caribbean News has reported.

The party’s spokesman, Gabriel Rodríguez, said that following Hurricane Maria’s damaged to Puerto Rico’s power grid it was “imperative…

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Profound Effects of Pesticides on Bees

Whether it’s foraging for food, caring for the young, using their bodies to generate heat or to fan the nest, or building and repairing nests, a bee colony does just about everything as a single unit.

While recent studies have suggested exposure to pesticides could have impacts on foraging behavior, a new study, led by James Crall, has shown that those effects may be just the tip of the iceberg.

The new study that shows exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides — the most commonly-used class of pesticides in agriculture — has profound effects on a host of social behaviors.

Using an innovative robotic platform to observe bees’ behavior, the study authors showed that, following exposure to the pesticide, bees spent less time nursing larvae and were less social that other bees. Additional tests showed that exposure impaired bees ability to warm the nest, and to…

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Lawsuit Targets Zinke’s Secretive Program Undermining Wildlife Protection

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“We’ve already seen Zinke put politics over science in Endangered Species Act decisions, from the Pacific walrus in Alaska to boreal toads in Colorado,”

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversitysued the Trump administration today to expose a secretive program that denies Endangered Species Act protection to imperiled species like the Pacific walrus.

Today’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in Washington, D.C., follows controversy over the Species Status Assessment (SSA) program. Using the SSA, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke and the Trump administration have denied protection to the walrus and are preparing to strip safeguards from the Canada lynx and American burying beetle.

The Center was contacted by a scientist who was removed from the American burying beetle SSA team in January after raising questions about the methodology and conclusions being drawn about the endangered insect.

“Zinke’s secretive program is basically a roach motel for imperiled wildlife,” said…

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For USA the cost of not funding a nuclear waste solution is becoming greater than the cost of funding it.

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Failure to Fund National Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository Leaves Decommissioning Funds Partially Unsupervised https://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/failure-to-fund-national-spent-nuclear-fuel-repository-leaves-decommissioning-funds-partiall/1787983,     Gina G. Scala, ggscala@thesandpaper.net Nov 07, 2018

Nearly four decades ago, the federal government charged the Department of Energy with finding a long-term solution for housing spent nuclear fuel from the nation’s commercial nuclear power plants as well as U.S. Navy reactors. In 2002, Yucca Mountain in Nevada was selected as the repository site. In 2010, the DOE unceremoniously rejected its own plans for a federal repository.

As a result, the only option for U.S. nuclear power plants is to store spent fuel from the reactor vessels onsite. That includes decommissioned or decommissioning power plants, like the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station. Just last month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved an exemption request from Exelon Generation, which owns the Lacey Township-based nuclear plant, to withdrawal monies from the plant’s decommissioning trust fund for spent…

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Sign Petition: This Power Company’s Negligence Killed 7 Elephants

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Orissa state government and the Forest Department

34,530 SUPPORTERS – 35,000 GOAL

The Asian elephant, the second largest land animal in the world is undoubtedly a hearty beast. But as any conservationist knows, their size and stature don’t protect them from all dangers. We know they face the daily threat of poachers, who kill them for their tusks and skin to sell in the black market. But they also face additional dangers, ones that some could never predict.

That’s what happened to a family of elephants in near the town of Kamalanga, India. The herd of 15 was tragically cut in half after. The group was out searching for food when they came across a stream near a paddy field. As they walked through the area, seven of these beautiful animals came into contact with sagging 11-kilovolt power cables. Seven of the pachyderms were electrocuted instantly.

According to the Forest Department, it is the worst mass death of elephants in the area’s history. And what makes it worse is that the whole thing could have been avoided. The central power company, who managed the cables, had been warned several times about the dangers of the hanging power lines yet did nothing, and now seven endangered Asian elephants have died.

Apart from their excruciating death, elephants are known to mourn their dead, for a family of elephants that lost more than half of their pack, the pain must be terrible.

Officials say some people have been suspended and others are being investigated for their responsibility in this horrible accident. But the fact remains that the power lines in the area still pose a danger to other elephants who may happen upon more hanging cables or other risks.

The central power company, apart from being held responsible, must do a review of the entire area and ensure that the rest of the elephants in the area are not in danger because of their negligence.

Please sign the petition and demand that the Orissa state and the Forest Department force the power company to do an immediate review of their lines and take precautions so that an accident like this never happens again.Photo credit : CEN more

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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/548/819/363/this-power-companys-negligence-killed-7-elephants/

 

The problem with paper receipts

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The problem with paper receipts
Katherine Martinko feistyredhair November 7, 2018
4-5 minutes

They seem so innocuous, but they’re becoming an environmental nightmare.

In recent months, the one statement I always make at checkout counters – “I don’t need a bag” – has been joined by another – “No receipt, please.” I began doing this after learning about the harmful effects of thermal paper, the shiny smooth paper that most retailers now use to print receipts.

Thermal paper uses heat rather than ink to form letters and numbers, and it relies on bisphenol A to do so. (If you scratch a receipt and see a dark line, then you know it contains BPA or its common substitute BPS.) BPA is a hormone disruptor and is absorbed through the skin, which means that even reaching for a receipt poses a risk of contamination.

Turning down receipts at the time of purchase also saves me having to deal with all those annoying slips of paper that fill up my wallet. I used to be amazed at how many I’d unearth every few months, but when you think about it on a global scale, the amount of receipt waste is staggering. In the UK an estimated 11.2 billion receipts are handed out annually, costing around £32 million to make and generating 1.5 billion pounds of waste.

To make matters worse, thermal paper cannot be recycled. Its only ‘safe’ destination is the landfill, because the recycling process would only release more BPA into the environment and cause further damage. Stop and chew on that for a minute. All that contaminated trash, just so you can remember six months down the road that you paid $3.50 for a crappy muffin and weak coffee at a truck stop somewhere.

Now, I understand that not all purchases are an unmemorable as that muffin-coffee combo. Many others, particularly more expensive ones, do require proof of purchase, so what are the alternatives?

  • Digital receipts, emailed from retailer to customer, are becoming more common. But this can also mean handing over your email address, which enables a company to inundate you with promotional material. Whenever I feel I have to do this, I make sure to say I don’t want to receive any other communication.
  • Google Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay can be used on your smartphone to make small purchases. As Sanjana Varghese writes for Wired, some retailers are moving to plug-ins such as Flux, which “creates an itemized record of a user’s transactions.” Similar apps include Transaction Tree and Yreceipts.

  • Be selective about the receipts you accept. Only take receipts for items that you know may have a higher chance of needing to be returned, or that you can claim as a business expense, or that come from cash transactions that can’t be tracked online. For example, I’d take a receipt for a pair of shoes, but not for a meal eaten out or even groceries.

  • Track your expenses elsewhere. Don’t use receipts to keep track of your expenses. Make a habit of writing down that information in a special place that you can reference any time. For me, that’s in my phone, but a small notebook could do the job too. As soon as I leave a store, I add the amount to my monthly expense tally with a brief description.

  • Ask stores to reconsider their system. If you’re a regular shopper at a store that uses thermal paper, bring it up in conversation. It doesn’t hurt to ask and educate. After all, if every store finds that customers are rejecting their receipts, they will be more inclined to come up with an alternative.

Veronique Barbossa, the co-founder of Flux, is absolutely right when she tells Varghese, “Paper receipts are non-recyclable, consume oil, trees, and water, and they don’t fit into the digital lifestyle that we currently have.” They seem nearly as outdated as paper cheques, which I haven’t owned in several years because e-transfers make life so much easier.

It’s not a problem that’s going to be solved overnight, but it is something I suspect we’re all going to start hearing more about.

They seem so innocuous, but they’re becoming an environmental nightmare.

https://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/problem-paper-receipts.html

Petition: This Zoo’s Dangerous Wild Animal Encounter Program Must End — One Small Child’s Already Been Hurt

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This Zoo’s Dangerous Wild Animal Encounter Program Must End — One Small Child’s Already Been Hurt

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Potawatomi Zoo

3,363 SUPPORTERS – 10,000 GOAL

Earlier this month, a mother and son went to the zoo to see some wild animals, but they never could have expected exactly how wild their encounter would be.

It all happened when a group of children went to celebrate a birthday party at a zoo in Indiana. The Potawatomi Zoo has an “ambassador animal” program which they believe gives their guests a unique opportunity to get up close and personal to some of their collection. For a hefty fee, you and your party can “invite” a wild animal to your event at the zoo.

That’s how Copper a wild African serval cat ended up in the unnatural situation of being used as a prop for a “meet-and-greet” at a child’s birthday party. Surrounded by screaming children, under bright indoor lights is never a situation a serval would find itself in the wild. When one of the mothers knelt down with her child to get a close up with the cat, Copper decided he had had enough and struck out, swiping the boy with his paw and biting him on the head.

In the video, one could hear gasps and screams as the mother pulls her child away from the cat.

Zoos should know better than almost anyone that wild animals shouldn’t be forced to interact with people, especially children. Doing so puts both the animal and the child at risk. The child, in this case, was lucky, but it could have been much worse. For example, there is no vaccine for rabies for wild cats, the only way to know if a cat like Copper had rabies would be to put him down and test him. If the child’s mother was worried about her son catching rabies, the authorities would have to kill Copper. Risking his life, just so the zoo could make a little extra cash.

A spokesperson for the zoo says that Copper has now been taken out of the program for the time being. But he never should have been forced to participate in it in the first place. No wild animal is completely safe, especially around children.

The Potawatomi Zoo must stop endangering their pets and their public with this misguided program. Sign the petition and demand that they stop using wild animals in their ambassador animals program.more

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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/682/951/283/

Petition: Animals Are Getting Hurt in Pranks — End Falconry Now!

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Air Force Academy

25,848 SUPPORTERS – 30,000 GOAL
Animals are not entertainment. They should not be trotted out to spaces that stress them out for human amusement. But that’s just what happens at the Air Force Academy to falcons. In fact, the Air Force Academy has its own falconry. And recently, one of its falcons was injured in a “prank.”

Please sign the petition to ask the Air Force Academy to end their falconry program.

Their official mascot, Aurora, is a 22-year-old white gyrfalcon, and she got hurt the other week because West Point cadets wanted to use her for a prank. She was kidnapped by someone who threw a sweatshirt over her and stuffed her in a dog crate. She injured her wings badly while trying to escape!

It’s not funny to put an innocent creature in the middle of school rivalries. But apparently this is not the first time something like this has happened. In fact, these pranks have been so heinous in the past. Someone even used chloroform on animals in the past. Potential abuse is just one reason why schools should not be keep captive animals at all, and especially not for use as a mascot.

Sign the petition to ask the Air Force Academy to end their falconry program right now!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/514/143/165/

Photo from Air Force Academy website

 

Petition: More Animals Are Suffering at This Horrible Aquarium

by: Care2
recipient: City of Guangzhou

29,790 SUPPORTERS – 30,000 GOAL

Those of you who remember Pizza the Polar Bear might remember why he became famous. He was known as the “World’s Saddest Bear” because he was once housed at the Grandview Aquarium in Guangzhou China. A pathetic excuse for an animal park located within a shopping mall.

Well now, that same aquarium is back in the news and for an equally depressing reason. The Grandview may have let Pizza go to a better facility but they still house several animals that are living in unsuitable conditions. This menagerie includes belugas, seals and a walrus that still call the Grandview home.

The aquarium has been called a “living hell” and for good reason.

The beluga whales, which were caught in the wild and forced into a life of captivity, live in a plain tank with no stimulation. They’re only outside interaction comes from the trainers and paying customers for whom they are forced to perform.

The seven-spotted seals don’t fare much better. They also have little to no stimulus and seem to exhibit behavior that suggests the animals are utterly bored with their existence. For seals and whales, marine mammals that usually have a vast ocean to call their home, being forced to live in an empty tank in a dimly lit facility is absolute hell.

Finally, as activists point out, the aquarium further endangers these animals well-being because of its location. Defying logic, the aquarium isn’t located on the ground floor, so if there is ever a leak or worse, not only the animals but the people below could be swept away.

It is time to shut down this tragic facility. These animals deserve to live in peace in a sanctuary where they can enjoy their remaining years. Not holed away inside a shopping mall.

Sign and share this petition and ask the the city of Guangzhoe to seize Grandview’s animals, give them to a sanctuary and shut that aquarium down. more

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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/859/920/671/

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Petition: Scotland Must End Trophy Hunting

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Scotland Must End Trophy Hunting

Disturbing photos posted on social media by self-proclaimed “professional huntress” Larysa Switlyk during her trip to the island of Islay in Scotland have sparked outrage around the globe, and within the Scottish government as well.

In the photos, Switlyk, who lives in Florida and hosts a hunting TV show, smiles beside the carcasses of goats, stag and sheep she killed with a high-powered rifle.

“Such a fun hunt!” she wrote regarding the killing of a wild goat. “They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well. We hunted hard for a big one for 2 days and finally got on this group. Made a perfect 200 yard shot and dropped him…”

It’s currently legal in Scotland to hunt deer and goats as a part of sustainable land management. But because of Switlyk and her disgusting photos, those laws could, and should, be changing.

Michael Russell, the local Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), called the photos “horrific.” He said it was unacceptable “to see people in camouflage with highly powered sniper rifles rejoicing at the killing of a goat, let alone a ram.” Russell wants goat hunting on Islay stopped immediately and is bringing it up with Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the government will “review the current situation and consider whether changes to the law are required.”

Scotland must change its laws to prevent more animals from being killed by trophy hunters. Please sign and share this petition urging government officials to take this action immediately.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/502/650/828/scotland-must-end-trophy-hunting/

Why Are Travel Associations Blatantly Disregarding Animal Cruelty At Wildlife Attractions Worldwide? – World Animal News

World Animal Protection’s (WFPA) new research revealed that a shocking high number of the world’s travel trade associations are lagging in providing Animal Welfare guidelines to travel companies. The majority are doing nothing to prevent Wildlife cruelty in tourism.

Over 550,000 wild animals are suffering endlessly just to entertain tourist. The research shows that travel associations must do more to protect them.

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https://worldanimalnews.com/why-are-travel-associations-blatantly-disregarding-animal-cruelty-at-wildlife-attractions-worldwide/

Historic News! The Hometown Of PT Barnum, Founder Of Ringling Bros. Circus Becomes 2nd City In Connecticut To Ban The Use Of Wild Animals In Circuses – World Animal News

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By WAN –

November 7,2018
In the midst of the history-making midterm elections, another important vote was taking place in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, during which the City Council voted unanimously to ban wild animal circus acts.
Marking it the second city in the state after Stamford to pass such a ban. The ruling is especially significant because Bridgeport is where PT Barnum lived and was mayor.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) supported the historic measure sponsored by Councilmember Kyle Langan and Councilmember Marcus Brown, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Denese Taylor-Moye, Jeanette Herron, Pete Spain, Michelle Lyons, Eneida Martinez, and Karen Jackson.
“As the home of PT Barnum, we’ve taken a symbolic step that proclaims we’ve learned from the past and emphatically decided to move forward in a more progressive and compassionate way,” Councilmember Langan said in a statement. “Thank you to ADI and all the advocates who supported us along the way.”
Studies and evidence show that the health and welfare of animals in traveling circuses is inevitably compromised due to small, barren, mobile accommodations, restricted movement, long journeys, and excessive periods of time spent in transporters and containers.
ADI is among the organizations that are exposing the brutal training methods through undercover investigations, documenting the systemic violence and abuse occurring in the United States and around the world.
Proving that attitudes are changing with the times, American audiences have been turning away from animal circuses in droves; several have closed, including Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, while others have gone animal-free. Bridgeport and 87 jurisdictions in 31 states have taken action to restrict wild animals from traveling circuses.
As previously reported by WAN, New York City and San Francisco both have bans on wild animal circus acts; Los Angeles is working on a ban as well.
Other states are also considering bans on wild animal circus acts, with both New Jersey and Hawaii close to statewide bans.
A federal bill to end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows nationwide, Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, is gaining bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives. 45 countries have also passed national restrictions on the use of animals in traveling circuses.
“We’re thrilled that people are finally listening and progress is being made to help protect these beautiful species from exploitation.” -Katie Cleary

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-hometown-of-pt-barnum-becomes-2nd-city-in-connecticut-to-ban-use-of-wild-animals-in-circuses/

 

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Hours Before Midterm Election, Facebook Deletes 35 Pages Including Conservative Page With 1.2 Million Fans

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By Joe Martino, Collective Evolution

In Brief

  • The Facts: On Nov 5th 2018, Facebook deleted 35 more pages from their platform and 80 from Instagram. They believed these pages were linked to foreign entities. We know this isn’t true for at least 3 of them already.
  • Reflect On: Are we further witnessing the modern book burning? At what point do we realize that playing into mainstream narratives is actually removing our freedoms?

This is the first major election since the 2016 presidential election in the United States, and Facebook has really ramped up security. Or at least that’s the story. The unsubstantiated Russian election meddling story has been the trigger that has politicians and people calling for Facebook to intervene and begin deciding what narratives and advertising can be on their platform. This has resulted in Facebook deleting many pages, including many independent media pages with millions of followers.

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Heartbreaking News! 2 More Of The 6 Endangered Black Rhinos Relocated From South Africa To The Republic Of Chad Found Dead; Only 2 Remain – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
November 6, 2018

As reported by WAN earlier this year, six critically endangered black rhinos were translocated to a national park in the Republic Of Chad in North Central Africa from South Africa, to reintroduce the species after a nearly 50-year absence.
On October 22nd, WAN shared the tragic news that two of the six black rhinos died after their carcasses were found in Zakouma National Park.
Today, WAN sadly mourns the death of another two of the endangered black rhinos.
In a joint statement, the Governments of South Africa and the Republic of Chad, along with African Parks and SANParks, confirmed that the total mortalities has now grown to four, but stated that none of the deceased rhinos had been poached.
While the cause of their deaths are being investigated, the statement continued to explain that, “On the advice of a team of veterinarians experienced in working with black rhinos, the remaining two animals are being recaptured and placed in holding facilities in order to facilitate closer management.”
A SANParks veterinarian was dispatched to Zakouma National Park to assist with the process and one rhino has since been captured and is reportedly doing well in their enclosure.
Meanwhile, post-mortems have been conducted on the rhino carcasses and various samples of blood, tissue, and fecal matter were sent to specialist pathology laboratories in South Africa. Histopathological results thus far have not indicated infectious diseases or plant toxicity as the cause of death. Serological evidence has however indicated exposure to trypanosomes, a blood borne parasite transmitted by tsetse flies, but at this stage it is not suspected to be the cause of the mortalities.
Low fat reserves suggest that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is likely the underlying cause, although tests to be taken on brain and spinal fluid may shed additional light on their exact cause of death.
The Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Chad, including SANParks and African Parks remain active, as efforts continue to be made to establish clarity around the exact cause of death of the four black rhinos, and to safeguard the remaining two animals.
The six rhinos had been held in bomas in the national park for two months after their arrival in Chad on May 4th, before being released into a temporary sanctuary for another two months to enable their acclimation to their new environment.
In late August, the sanctuary fence was removed and the rhinos were allowed to roam freely in the park where they continued to be monitored.
The translocation took place in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on the reintroduction of black rhinos in Chad, undertaken to restore critical biodiversity and aid the long-term conservation of the species on the continent.
There are only an estimated 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild in Africa.

https://worldanimalnews.com/heartbreaking-news-2-more-of-the-6-endangered-black-rhinos-relocated-from-south-africa-to-republic-of-chad-found-dead-only-2-remain/

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Breaking! Court Stops U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service From Jeopardizing Red Wolf Survival After The Department Violated Protection Acts – World Animal News

By WAN –
November 5, 2018
Today, a federal judge issued an order declaring that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) violated the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act in its rollback of protections for the world’s only wild population of red wolves, who live in eastern North Carolina.
As reported by WAN last week, the controversial plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to drastically reduce protection for the nation’s only wild population of endangered red wolves, had met nearly unanimous opposition from more than 100,000 members of the public.
Out of 108,124 comments submitted to the Fish and Wildlife Service on the proposal, 99.9% spoke out in favor of the red wolves and their need for strong federal protections. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also spoke out in support of the continued recovery of the nation’s only wild population of endangered red wolves.
Fewer than 50 comments, with 13 of these coming from a single real estate developer, supported the USFWS’ proposal to restrict red wolves to federal lands in Dare County.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Chief Judge Terrence W. Boyle also made the court’s September 29th, 2016 order stopping the USFWS from capturing and killing red wolves and authorizing private landowners to do the same, permanent.
In examining the USFWS’ previous decisions, Judge Boyle wrote that “taken together, these actions go beyond the agency’s discretion and operate to violate the USFWS mandate to recover this species in the wild.”
“For four years now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been dismantling one of the most successful predator reintroductions in United States history,” Sierra Weaver, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center said in a statement.
“The service knows how to protect and recover the red wolf in the wild, but it stopped listening to its scientists and started listening to bureaucrats instead,” continued the Center which, along with the Animal Welfare Institute, the Red Wolf Coalition, and Defenders of Wildlife, sued the USFWS. “The law doesn’t allow the agency to just walk away from species conservation, like it did here.”

“The district court’s ruling today makes it clear that the USFWS’ recent management decisions have failed to protect the red wolf population,” said Johanna Hamburger, wildlife attorney for the Animal Welfare Institute. “Scientists have warned that if the USFWS continues to ignore the recovery needs of the red wolf, these animals may once again be extinct in the wild by 2024. The court has ruled that this is unacceptable and that the USFWS has a duty under the Endangered Species Act to implement proactive conservation measures to achieve species recovery.”
The USFWS attempted to avoid court action on the conservation groups’ lawsuit by proposing a new rule in June of 2018 to restrict wild red wolves to one National Wildlife Refuge and a bombing range in eastern North Carolina, while allowing the immediate killing of any wolves that live on or wander into nonfederal lands. Previously, these wolves could roam a designated 1.7 million-acre, five-county Red Wolf Recovery Area.
Before the USFWS began dismantling successful conservation actions, the red wolf recovery program served as a model for reintroduction efforts and was widely celebrated as a success for 25 years. Once common throughout the Southeast, intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat drove the red wolf to extinction in the wild in the late 1970s. In an attempt to recover the population, red wolves bred in captivity were reintroduced in the late 1980s on a North Carolina peninsula within their native range.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-court-stops-u-s-fish-wildlife-service-from-jeopardizing-red-wolf-survival-after-the-department-violated-protection-acts/

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Emergency call to all White Hat Patriot Network Engineers to stop third parties from rigging the vote tallies in your state

AIM Truth Bits

Special Report from Americans for Innovation

AFI logoSee PDF version here: https://www.fbcoverup.com/docs/library/2018-11-05-Call-to-White-Hat-Patriots-re-Election-Rigging-Nov-05-2018.pdf

Listen to Michael McKibben and Douglas Gabriel explain how white hat cyber warriors can protect election integrity. Surprise bonus at the end when Michael makes a huge discovery in Florida elections! Calling on ‘Network Engineer Patriots’ to Election Cyber Stations

Despite numerous calls to fix or scrap electronic voting systems, numerous Secretaries of State stonewall the chain of custody principle

This is an emergency call to all White Hat Patriot Network Engineers to stop third parties from rigging the vote tallies in your state.

Here’s how they do it and how to stop them

A free and fair election is the foundation upon which a Constitutional Republic rests. It is the sovereign right and duty of The People. It cannot be delegated to paid federal, state or local government bureaucrats and subcontractors—who are biased by the nature of their…

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Coty’s COVERGIRL becomes largest Leaping Bunny certified makeup brand ever | Cruelty Free International

4th November 2018
Coty’s COVERGIRL becomes largest Leaping Bunny certified makeup brand ever

Coty to support a global end to animal testing for cosmetics

Today we are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Coty, one of the world’s leading beauty companies, that aims to end animal testing for cosmetics globally.

As a first step in the partnership, Coty has been awarded the Leaping Bunny certification for beauty range COVERGIRL.

COVERGIRL becomes the largest makeup brand to achieve the Leaping Bunny certification. The Leaping Bunny logo will feature on all COVERGIRL products, the best visible and independent assurance for consumers of a company’s commitment to no animal testing.

Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Coty to end cruel and unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics worldwide and have been impressed with the company’s passionate commitment. The Leaping Bunny certification of COVERGIRL marks a new milestone in this area as the largest makeup brand to be certified cruelty free after having met our rigorous criteria. It demonstrates how it’s possible to be an accessible and innovative brand without inflicting suffering on animals. We hope today’s announcement encourages more cosmetics companies to do the right thing.”

Ukonwa Ojo, Chief Marketing Officer, Coty Consumer Beauty, said: “Consumers expect brands to be leaders for positive change so today COVERGIRL is taking a stand about making cruelty free cosmetics a mainstream reality. We know we are not alone in wanting a beauty industry that is free from animal cruelty and, working with Cruelty Free International, invite others to join us in turning these conversations into action.”

Coty has already committed to at least one more of its brands being certified with the Leaping Bunny by 2020. Watch this space to find out which brand will be next!

https://crueltyfreeinternational.org/what-we-do/breaking-news/coty%E2%80%99s-covergirl-becomes-largest-leaping-bunny-certified-makeup-brand-ever

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Senate Panel’s Report On FBI Probe Finds ‘No Evidence’ To Back Kavanaugh Accusers’ Claims

https://ilovemyfreedom.org/senate-panels-report-on-fbi-probe-finds-no-evidence-to-back-kavanaugh-accusers-claims/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=postup

WATCH: Dem Candidate Reveals Her Policies That May Require Citizens To Turn Their Guns In

https://ilovemyfreedom.org/watch-dem-stacey-abrams-reveals-her-policies-may-require-georgians-to-turn-their-guns-in/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=postup

Senators Wicker & Hyde-Smith Voted For BP Oil Spill Lawyer To Head Dept of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division Despite Mississippi Being Badly Hit By BP Oil Spill

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If Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith had helped their fellow Mississippians clean up the tarballs from BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, then maybe they would not have voted for BP’s oil spill lawyer to be head the Dept. of Justice’s Environment & Natural Resources Division (ENRD), as they recently did. 100731-G-0450H-058 – Response workers continue to clean beaches in Mississippi Frank Minter and Eilene Williams, both oil recovery technicians of Rhino Knights, sift sand for tarballs along the beach at Pass Christian, Miss., July 31, 2010. Response workers collect tarballs with their shovels and transfer them into buckets before they sift through to collect only oiled product. Response workers continue to respond to reports of oiled beaches due to the Deewater Horizon oil spill.
100731-G-0450H-037 – Frank Minter sifts tarballs… Responders sift recovered product to ensure they do not remove excess sand from the beach…

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5 Reasons Cat Parents Should Have Pet Insurance – Katzenworld

As a pet parent, you do a lot to care for your pet- feeding, bathing and providing shelter. Have you considered signing up for a pet insurance plan? There are a number of reasons why this is a good idea for cat parents, and we want to share with you the top five: 1) You […]

Source: 5 Reasons Cat Parents Should Have Pet Insurance – Katzenworld

Activists’ fury over Norway hunt of pregnant whales

The ocean update

A documentary on Norwegian public TV network NRK claimed 90 percent of Minke whales (pictured) killed each year in Norwegian waters were females and that “almost all” of them were pregnant

March 8th, 2017. Animal rights activists expressed anger on Wednesday after reports emerged that a large majority of whales harpooned each year in Norway are pregnant.

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Chrome will soon ad-block an entire website if it shows abusive ads

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Jon Porter

With Chrome 71, Google is stepping up its fight against the internet’s abusive ads problem by blocking every ad on a site that persistently shows them. Abusive ads come in many forms, but broadly speaking cause your browser to misbehave by either generating fake system messages, automatically redirecting you, or attempt to steal personal information.

This isn’t the first time that Google has tried to use Chrome to address the problem. Back in July, Chrome 68 would prevent sites from opening new tabs or windows if they were reported for serving abusive experiences. Chrome 71, scheduled for release in December, will give site owners a 30 day grace period to clean up their site after an abusive experience is reported. Failure to remove the abusive ads will cause Chrome to block every ad on the site — regardless of whether they are classed as abusive or not.
Although users will have the option of turning this filtering off, the majority are likely to leave their settings at their default values, effectively withholding a huge portion of a flagged site’s revenue. It’s a big incentive for sites to prevent this bad behavior, even if it’s an uncomfortable reminder of how much power Google now holds over the internet.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/5/18063906/chrome-71-update-abusive-ads-blocking-december-2018

Russia investigating ‘whale jail’ holding 101 captured Orcas and Belugas in Pacific bay

The ocean update

A crane lowers a whale into a tank on the shore of the bay where the animals are being kept in enclosures.

November 5th, 2018 (Alec Luhn). Prosecutors are investigating whether more than 100 whales crowded into tiny enclosures on Russia’s Pacific Coast are being held illegally.

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