as-cosy-as-can-be: This is a wildlife bridge in the Netherlands

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This is a wildlife bridge in the Netherlands. Wildlife bridges are designed to help animals cross busy highways in safety. They don’t just protect wildlife from being hit by cars – they also connect fragmented habitats and help populations intermingle and breed.

The Netherlands is leading the way in designing these bridges. The country is home to more than 600 similar crossings.

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Heart Healthy Breakfast: Oats

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A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as oats, helps prevent heart disease.

Almost 10,000 American adults participated in this study and were followed for 19 years. People eating the most fiber, 21 grams per day, had 12% less coronary heart disease (CHD) and 11% less cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to those eating the least, 5 grams daily.

Those eating the most water-soluble dietary fiber fared even better with a 15% reduction in risk of CHD and a 10% risk reduction in CVD.

Ingredients:
Rolled oats, almond milk, ground up flaxseeds, and raw walnuts.

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What This Man Found In A Bag Of Mulch Will Blow Your Mind. What He Did With It Will Melt Your Heart.

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A Florida man opened a new bag of mulch and, to his surprise, he found a baby squirrel inside.  We found the man on Reddit, where he is known by the handle “Nadtacular,” but now the Internet is starting to know him because of his compassion.  The baby squirrel appeared to be only days old when he found it.  It was so young, he initially mistook it for a mouse or rat.  But he decided to take care of it, and lucky for us, document his its development.

When he cut open the bag, this little guy fell out…

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To keep it alive, he had to force feed the little fellow…

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But after 2 weeks, he was eating like a champ…

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By week 3, this is how he’d look after a satisfying meal…

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Somewhere between weeks 4 and 5 his eyes finally opened…

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By the 5th week, he was fully…

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Top 14 Antioxidant-Rich Foods For Super Health Benefits

Avocado and Four Bean Pasta Salad

Michelle Neff

One of my Twitter followers sent me this recipe (originally posted on Taste.com.au) and I knew I just had to make it. Only 6 ingredients and the prep time is almost zero, how could I resist? Hope you enjoy!

avo bean pasta salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g dried wholemeal spiral pasta
  • 300g can four bean mix, drained, rinsed
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, chopped
  • 20g baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic dressing

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until just tender. Drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside to cool.
  2. Add bean mix, tomato, avocado, spinach and dressing to pasta. Toss to combine. Serve.

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Gourmet Cherry Cranberry Rum Sauce (sugar-free)

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Last year was my first vegan Thanksgiving and it was also the first year I hosted the holiday. I didn’t yet trust my plant-based cooking skills, so I ordered the food from Whole Foods Market. I’m hosting again this year, but this time I’m cooking!

I’ve been practicing side dishes, and I’m ready with those. I’m making Creamy Kale Salad with Marinated Onions, which I chose because I want my family and friends to see how delicious kale can be when it’s prepared properly. I don’t have to worry about stuffing and gravy because my sis and her partner are bringing those and my blogger buddy Ivonne is bringing candied sweet potatoes. So the only other side I need to prepare is cranberry sauce.

I planned on making the Ginger Cranberry Sauce I posted in 10 Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes, but when I started making it I…

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Must Watch: It’s all up to you now! Rise and Shine!

Flea Allergy in Cats

Living With Insects Blog

Flea allergy in cats is a common affliction. Cats with flea allergy have immune reactions to fleas and flea secretions and droppings. Flea allergy can irritate the cat and cause excessive grooming leading to hair loss and other issues. Flea allergy is not necessarily easy to diagnose. Allergy tests are expensive and not always reliable. Cats can have allergies to food and other allergens in the environment. Searching for fleas and flea droppings on an allergic cat does not always yield evidence of fleas. The response of allergic cats is often excessive grooming that can remove all traces of fleas and droppings.

In households with multiple pets, the allergic cat can be repeatedly infested from its household companion and groom away the evidence in a short time. Thus, it may be more telling to examine the non-allergic pet for flea infestation. In many cases, the best supporting evidence for flea…

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How the fur trade is exploiting children

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Just produced this short video to draw attention to the fur industry’s exploitation of children to promote their bloody trade. Their intent is to normalize fur on a subliminal level. I hope this will reach children everywhere to start enlightening them. They need to be rescued or we’ll have lost the battle against the bloody fur trade. PLEASE SHARE.

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Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click on the below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an…

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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Igor Purlantov

 

Tanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s a great occasion to have your family join you in the kitchen for a fun day of food prep. When the enticing aromas of food start wafting through your house, it’s likely that your pets will want to get in on the action. However, the hectic environment in the kitchen on this food-filled holiday poses some potential health risks for your pets. Remember these safety tips as you whip up the perfect batch of mashed potatoes and gravy:

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Give Turkeys a Reason to Say “Thanks!”

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FACT: More than 45 million turkeys are slaughtered each year for Thanksgiving.

Just in time for the holidays, PETA’s Thanksgiving video, “Thanks!” takes viewers on a harrowing journey with one boy and a group of turkeys, all destined to become holiday meals. Watch above now!

For most birds headed to the dinner table, the first time that they feel the sun on their feathers is on their way to the slaughterhouse, where they are hung upside down by their weak and crippled legs before their heads are dragged through an electrified “stunning tank,” which immobilizes them but does not kill them.

Many of the terrified birds dodge the tank and, therefore, are completely conscious when their throats are slit. If the blade fails to slit the birds’ throats properly, they are scalded alive in the tank of hot water that’s used for feather removal.

Turkeys are intelligent, social creatures who…

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What 11 Billion People Mean for Earth’s Animals

How to Feed the Overweight Dog: Part 2

Dog Food Matters

As we posted last week, dogs with a Body Condition Score or BCS of 8 or greater are considered clinically obese. Most veterinarians feel that the obese dogs are at much greater risk of fat related diseases and experience a greater severity of symptoms with those diseases than overweight dogs.

 How to feed obese dogs

It is now known that fat is the largest hormone producing organ of both the human and dog body. Over 100 fat produced hormones have been identified in humans and over 30 in dogs. All of these hormones promote inflammation. Inflammation is the same type of body response we experience with infection from viruses, fungi and bacteria. The immune system is attacking normal body tissues instead of invaders. This is the equivalent of having a fever 24/7/365! It is this inflammatory response that is believed to cause diabetes, cancer, arthritis, joint ligament ruptures, kidney, respiratory and gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases…

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How to Feed the Overweight Dog: Part 1

Dog Food Matters

The results of the 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey found that over 52% of US dogs are overweight. Many pet owners are unaware that their dogs are overweight. The Body Condition Score or BCS is the best way to estimate a dog’s fitness. Dogs with a score of 6 or 7 are overweight. Those scoring 8 or more are considered obese.

How to feed overweight dogs

We now know that fat is much more harmful than originally thought. In addition to increasing the risk of diabetes, it is now thought to be a risk factor for some cancers, certain kidney and respiratory diseases and arthritic diseases. Shedding those extra pounds from Fido has immediate benefits in reversing risk factors. Owners also notice immediate increases in energy and willingness to play and exercise.

Many dogs are overweight because they have hormonal conditions that promote weight gain. An under active thyroid gland or hyperthyroidism slows body metabolism…

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Flea Collar Formulations

Living With Insects Blog

Flea collars for pets all work on the same principle. A pesticide is imbedded in a plastic matrix in the form of a collar that can be buckled onto the neck of the animal. The plastic is formulated to slowly release the pesticide over the lifetime of the flea collar. In most products, a pesticide is used that is not absorbed by the animal, but coats the skin and fur where adult fleas feed. Products differ in pesticide ingredients and the plastic formulation of the collar and cost.

Many people have been disappointed by the lack of efficacy of products in the past. Some products are not very effective for a variety of reasons. Over time flea populations can develop resistance to insecticides. A product that was effective a decade ago, may lose effectiveness if flea resistance develops. The pesticide may not adequately cover the hind quarters of a large…

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5 Ways You Can Help Save the Orangutans

Partial offsets in ocean acidification from changing coral reef biogeochemistry

Ocean acidification

Concerns have been raised about how coral reefs will be affected by ocean acidification1, 2, but projections of future seawater CO2 chemistry have focused solely on changes in the pH and aragonite saturation state (Ωa) of open-ocean surface seawater conditions surrounding coral reefs1, 2, 3, 4 rather than the reef systems themselves. The seawater CO2 chemistry within heterogeneous reef systems can be significantly different from that of the open ocean depending on the residence time, community composition and the main biogeochemical processes occurring on the reef, that is, net ecosystem production (NEP=gross primary productionautotrophic and heterotrophic respiration) and net ecosystem calcification (NEC=gross calcificationgross CaCO3 dissolution), which combined act to modify seawater chemistry5, 6, 7. On the basis of observations…

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15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day

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Apple cider vinegar is my new obsession. I recently began taking apple cider vinegar shots a few times a day for a quick and effective energy burst. However, I’ve since discovered so many other useful ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar (ACV) iIt’s effective for pretty much anything—your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets can benefit from its qualities. Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar is so much more than a salad dressing!
1. Apple cider vinegar can detoxify your home.

It’s made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It’s then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.
2. It can make your hair shine.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair…

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Researchers identify genomic variant associated with sun sensitivity, freckles…

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Researchers identify genomic variant associated with sun sensitivity, freckles by Staff Writers Washington DC (SPX) Nov 25, 2013


The data revealed that a variant in a non-coding, enhancer region that regulates the IRF4 gene is associated with the combined trait of sunlight sensitivity, brown hair, blue eyes and freckles. The finding places IRF4 among more than 30 genes now associated with pigmentation, including a gene variant previously found in people with freckles and red hair.

Researchers have identified a genomic variant strongly associated with sensitivity to the sun, brown hair, blue eyes – and freckles. In the study of Icelanders the researchers uncovered an intricate pathway involving the interspersed DNA sequence, or non-coding region, of a gene that is among a few dozen that are associated with human pigmentation traits. The study by an international team including researchers from the National Institutes of Health was reported in the Nov. 21…

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AQUA-SPARK fund dives into fish farming future

Flea Collar Formulations

Living With Insects Blog

Flea collars for pets all work on the same principle. A pesticide is imbedded in a plastic matrix in the form of a collar that can be buckled onto the neck of the animal. The plastic is formulated to slowly release the pesticide over the lifetime of the flea collar. In most products, a pesticide is used that is not absorbed by the animal, but coats the skin and fur where adult fleas feed. Products differ in pesticide ingredients and the plastic formulation of the collar and cost.

Many people have been disappointed by the lack of efficacy of products in the past. Some products are not very effective for a variety of reasons. Over time flea populations can develop resistance to insecticides. A product that was effective a decade ago, may lose effectiveness if flea resistance develops. The pesticide may not adequately cover the hind quarters of a large…

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Tornado Survivor Finds Missing Dog Buried Alive

Igor Purlantov

Jon Byler Dann, above, survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement clutching his four children – ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½. But an important member of the family was still in harm’s way.  Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, Byler Dann had tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, into the safe room. The skittish animal refused to leave her kennel. After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home of five years had been destroyed above him. Maggie was missing and Byler Dann assumed his beloved pet was dead. 

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Caribbean whales, dolphins and sharks

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This video says about itself:

Whales in the Caribbean off Antigua and Barbuda

Humpback whales pass through the island chain each year giving those of us doing tours and charters something to look forward to. Yesterday we switched off the engines in very still conditions and had the pleasure of spending over 30 minutes with a mother and her calf. Some of the passengers on the boat couldn’t be held back and went over to snorkel with them. We made sure to keep good distance, but the inquisitive whales came very close to us to give us a good look.

Researchers of IMARES Wageningen UR in the Netherlands report about airplane based research, early November this year, in the Caribbean, in the sea around Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao islands.

From the plane, they saw humpback whales, common bottlenose dolphins and rough-toothed dolphins. Also marine mammals which might…

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Cat Summoned for Jury Duty in Boston

Igor Purlantov

Boston resident Sal Esposito has been called to jury duty, but there’s one thing standing in the way of his ability to serve: He’s a cat. Massachusetts couple Anna and Guy Esposito received a jury duty summons for their feline friend this month, who they had listed as a household resident on the 2010 Census.  “Sal is a member of the family so I listed him on the last Census form under pets but there has clearly been a mix-up,” Anna told local TV station WHDH. “I read the whole thing and I said, ‘Oh my God, how could he go, he’s a cat?'”

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US Marine reunited with military working dog

Why Are There So Many Dog Food Recalls?

Dog Food Matters

In just the first nine months of 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted 31 recall and safety alerts for commercial pet food and treats. In 2012 there were 45 of these FDA alerts. Salmonella contamination or contamination risk lead the reason for recalls.

So, why are there so many recalls? And why does Salmonella dominate the recalls? There are many theories but the reality is that the problem is complex with many inter-related reasons.

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Chickens Have Salmonella

Chicken is a popular protein source for pet food makers because it is less expensive compared to other protein sources. Unfortunately, chickens are notorious for harboring Salmonella bacteria in their intestinal tract. Pet food is made from internal body organs including the intestines. These body parts are more likely to be contaminated by Salmonella from the intestinal feces (poop) than the chicken muscle meat that we eat.

No Inspection…

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Blackfish,making a splash?

Help honor our soldiers this Christmas!

Heroes of Yolanda

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2 weeks after Typhoon Yolanda devastated central Philippines, there are still lots of people needing help. Thanks God for all the kind-hearted individuals, organizations and countries who responded to the crisis, and who are continuously helping up to this time.

I decided to come up with a new site – HEROES OF YOLANDA – to celebrate modern-day heroes created by this calamity. This is my way of appreciating all the efforts – big or small – to help my countrymen.

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The new blog is still a work in progress. If you know any individuals or organizations who have made any contributions in helping out Typhoon Yolanda victims, please send the article, or the link to heroesofyolanda@yahoo.com.

Please show your support by visiting the site and let us inspire more people to help in this humanitarian crisis.

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Be an ‘Angel’ to a Chained Dog, A ‘Lady’ Who Needed Our Help and Giving hope to ‘backyard dogs’