Tweet Storm Tomorrow: Protest SeaWorld’s float at the Rose Parade!

The Paw Report

Help out orcas & other marine animals in captivity: In 2014, let’s continue to bring down SeaWorld! Tomorrow, January 1, SeaWorld is going to have a float in the Rose Parade. PETA has organized a twitter takeover in which we will tweet storm our opposition to Rose Parade’s endorsement of SeaWorld. So if you’re on Twitter, here’s what you can do tomorrow:

Using the hashtag #RoseParade, tweet something like:

Or whatever you want — just remember to use those hashtags! Please spread the word.

To learn more about SeaWorld’s history of abuse and PETA’s campaign against the company, please visit SeaWorldOfHurt.com.

 

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4 Surprising Reasons Your Back Hurts

Sorry to harsh your mellow, but dolphins aren’t regularly getting high on pufferfish

Grist

The internet is, like, SO EXCITED that dolphins are JUST like us: Not only do they get Starbucks and pump their own gas, but they get high too! (Underwater, it’s always 4:20! If that’s when you dropped your watch into the ocean, I mean.) Lulz, those rapey frat boys of the sea with their bottlenoses shaped perfectly for bongs.

Only problem is, none of that is likely true. (Except the Starbucks part. Grande soy latte for Flipper!)

Let’s back up. A new BBC documentary called Dolphins: Spy in the Pod shows dolphins munching on a pufferfish, passing it around, and then acting dopey. The Sunday Times is saying dolphins intentionally get high on tetrodotoxin (TTX) — which pufferfish secrete when they’re threatened — but Discover Magazine is laying the smackdown:

A curious bunch [of dolphins] accidentally indulging in a little puffer poison? Sure. But I’m to believe that dolphins…

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Avoiding That New Year’s Hangover

Story : Fault Finders Never get Peace of Mind

PROPEL STEPS

Once, a man who was tired of trying out different methods for attaining peace of mind, as suggested by various saintly persons, came to Swami Vivekananda and said, ” I sit in a closed room and meditate for hours, but I am not able to attain peace of mind.” Vivekananda said to him, “First and foremost, keep the door of the room open. Then, look around for unhappy, diseased and hungry people and serve them in whatever way you can.”

For this, the man asked, “But what if I fall ill while serving diseased persons?” On hearing this doubt, Vivekananda replied, “I can say that you tend to find one fault or the other in every good task, which is why you are not able to get peace of mind. One should not wait for too long to begin an auspicious task. Similarly, one should not find faults in it…

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The Most Surprising High-Fiber Foods

Poet’s Corner–Last for 2013

Petals Unfolding

Only on the horse of love can you go beyond

the sun and moon to behold the Perfect One.

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–Rumi–

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Shark Photobombs Family Photo

Igor Purlantov

Can there be such thing as a shark photobomb?  That’s what many are calling an eerie and eye-catching photo inadvertently snapped by a California mother that appears to show a large shark, or maybe a dolphin, swimming near her two children.  “It was quite a shock to see” the photo, June Emerson told KTLA about her photo, which captured the outline of a large fish swimming underneath a breaking wave close to the shore on Manhattan Beach.

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Not all technology advances are good!

Here are your 2014 marching orders

Another year of suffering

Know : 10 Reasons for Anyone to Believe in Karma!

PROPEL STEPS

KarmaThere is a common saying “Oh! Isn’t karma a bitch” that has become very popular in modern culture and is used too frequently in context with karma. But the people who really think that karma is something dreadful haven’t really figured out how it actually works. Many people think that karma is just a law that forces you to be good all the time because if you are bad then karma will come and take revenge.

This is the way many religions preach morality with the threat of an impending hell for wrongdoers. But karma is not that simple. It is a much bigger concept than that. Read on to know the top 10 reasons why karma is not a bitch…

1. In very simplified terms karma is the law of cause and effect. For every effect there is something that caused it and it in turns becomes a cause…

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Know: New Year 2014 but it could be the year 5115 too!

PROPEL STEPS

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We all are on new year’s eve today as per our common global Calendar (Gregorian) 🙂 Wish you all a happy new year. We are just stepping into another day, same as yesterday but with a new number to a calendar we follow! We could learn something today that there are several calendars do exist and not all the calendar is stepping on to the year 2014! 

The Buddhist Calendar is in the year 2557, Kali Yuga Calendar says its 5114-5115, Korean Calendar its year 4346! Feeling Strange? Nothing is there to feel so. There are several calendars out there. (See the list below)

calendar is a system of organizing days for social, religious, commercial or administrative purposes. This is done by giving names to periods of time, typically daysweeksmonths, and years. A date is the designation of a single, specific day within such a system…

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The man who gave up sex for golf

Fellowship of the Minds

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A golfer is in a competitive match with a friend who is ahead by a couple of strokes.

“Boy, I’d give anything to sink this putt,” the golfer mumbles to himself.

Just then, a sinister looking stranger walks up beside the golfer and whispers, “To sink this putt, would you be willing to give up one-fourth of your sex life?”

Thinking the man is crazy and his answer will be meaningless, the golfer casually says, “Sure,” and sinks the putt.

Two holes later, he mumbles to himself again, “Gee, I sure would like to get an eagle on this one.”

The same stranger is at his side again and whispers, “Would it be worth giving up another fourth of your sex life?”

Shrugging, the golfer replies, “Okay.”

And he makes an eagle.

On the final hole, the golfer needs another eagle to win.

Before he has a chance to say…

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Orphaned bear cub found living with chickens

Health Benefits of Grapes

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The health benefits of grapes include their ability to treat constipation, indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorders, macular degeneration and the prevention of cataracts. Grapes, one of the most popular and delicious fruits, are rich sources of vitamins A, C, B6 and folate in addition to essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium.

Grapes contain flavonoids that are very powerful antioxidants, which can reduce the damage caused by free radicals and slow down aging.Grapes, due to their high nutrient content, play an important role in ensuring a healthy and active life.

Health Benefits of Grapes

Some of the health benefits of grapes include the following:

Asthma: Due to their well-known therapeutic value, grapes can be used as a cure for asthma. In addition to that, the hydrating power of grapes is also high, which increases the moisture present in the lungs and reduces asthmatic events.
Bone Health: Grapes are…

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Video And 43 Petitions To Sign To End The War Against Wolves

STOP ANIMAL ABUSE

“The current assault against wolves in the wild, through hunting, trapping, poisoning dens, etc. is unnecessary and an indictment on the American People if we continue to look the other way. We must put an end to this unprovoked and inhumane slaughter. Please help by signing as many petitions as you can”

Louise du Toit – Ode to the Wolves – Wolf Paintings by Vincent A Kennard

 

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“Ode to the Wolves” is an artistic tribute to all wolves, written to raise awareness about the endless atrocities they endure from humans all over the world, with a positive message to support the plight of the wolves and to end their suffering. 

The music and lyrics of “Ode to the Wolves” were written by Louise du Toit and the paintings…

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What does a dolphin use to get high?

One Step Forward for the Strays of Bosnia Herzegovina!

IN MEMORY OF VUČKO

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EXTRAORDINARY NEWS. The Constitutional-Legal Committee of the House of Peoples for Bosnia Herzegovina were in session today, and in this session they refused the kill-law amendments to the animal welfare act! Instead they insisted that the Council of Ministers, the BiH Government, prepare an action plan for the implementation of the existing law.

PLEASE NOTE that this is not the final vote on the law. The House of People’s first reading of the amendments will happen at the end of January. There is hope, however, as the delegates for the House of Peoples rarely legislate a law for which the committee has given a negative opinion.

We are in a good position, but this victory is only one step in this next part of the legislative process, and we need to keep campaigning and we need to loudly express our hope that the delegates will respect the decision of the Constitutional-Legal…

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Now you can plant your garden by firing a shotgun into the ground

Grist

If you’re anything like us, you’ve often thought that gardening just isn’t violent enough. Using your hands or even a spade to dig up dirt and plant seeds is too peaceful and boring. That’s why Flower Shell wants to introduce you to a 12-gauge shotgun that shoots flower seeds! Perfect, right? (Plus, your neighbors will love the noise!)

Flower Shell is billed as “the shotgun shell that brings life.” (Unfortunately the military wasn’t into it.) Watch and wince at the just-plain-wrongness of it:

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The Sun has Flipped Upside Down and Reversed Poles [video]

Starship Earth: The Big Picture

Thanks, Patrick. What a way to start a new year and cycle. We might ask, “What WON’T be changing?”

30th December 2013

The sun has fully “flipped upside down”, with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, Nasa has said.

Now, the magnetic fields have once again started moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again.

“A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” said Nasa’s Dr. Tony Phillips.

“The domain of the sun’s magnetic influence (also known as the ‘heliosphere’) extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto.

Changes to the field’s polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space.”

To mark the event, Nasa has released a visualisation of the entire process.

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VIDEO Movie Trailers; CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can’t Speak

STOP ANIMAL ABUSE

“BE THE CHANGE…Please support this movie; donate what you can! Read the information, digest it, then share it will everyone you know! Nobody needs the skin of an animal except the animal, their fur is to protect them from the elements; not us!!! Please do whatever you can to stop this inhumane trade; read the MISSION statement below, read the links & sign petitions, thanks!”

Every year, more than 50 MILLION fur-bearing animals, including man’s best friend and feline companion, are brutally murdered without mercy in the name of greed, vanity and ignorance.  The fur trade is criminal and an atrocity at the lowest level of inhumanity.  To address the issue of animal cruelty in our society is to address the complexity of the human condition and our collective consciousness, which perceives animals as commodities, rather than loving, sentient beings.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:  This compelling…

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Child gives Christmas money to Thoroughbred charity

Tuesday's Horse

Cross-posted from Off-Track Thoroughbreds

WRITTEN BY SUSAN SALK

The night before Christmas, 10-year-old Ellah Dubeau-Kielty wasn’t thinking of gifts from Santa.

Not this year.

Instead she was consumed with thoughts for the sweet T’breds residing at Mindy Lovell’s Ontario rescue, and she worried about whether they’d have enough hay and grain to make it through the darkest months of winter.

Ellah had learned from her equestrian mentor Marilyn Lee, a well-known Thoroughbred trainer and advocate, that Lovell was fundraising for hay and feed, and the child leapt to help out, eschewing all thoughts of gifts as she set about fundraising for the horses.

Lee had announced to all her students, including Ellah, that Lovell’s Thoroughbred charity needed help this winter, and was preparing a fundraiser the equestrians could participate in, and the young girl instantly answered the call. Read more >>

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Christmas lights have toxic chemicals all over them

Grist

OnEarth’s Susan Cosier was upset to find that the Christmas lights her kid had been playing with were covered in toxic lead:

Sure, I’m aware that our everyday environment is full of toxic chemicals … But on Christmas lights? Really?

Yup, really, it turns out:

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What Supplements Does My Dog Need?

Dog Food Matters

Ideally, every nutrient your dog needs should be present in its dog food. However, nutritional research is generally far ahead of the dog food regulatory standards established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). To gain marketing advantage, many dog food manufacturers are supplementing their foods, but with no AAFCO standards the amount of supplementation is variable and often times minimal.

 Antioxidant vitamins help counter the harmful effects of “free radicals” that are a naturally occurring during oxygen metabolism, protective immune responses and liver detoxification of chemicals.

Below are recommendations of some common supplements and age groups that would benefit from them.

Ages: 6 weeks and Above:

Antioxidant Vitamins:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
  • EPA (eicospentaenoic acid)

Antioxidant vitamins help counter the harmful effects of “free radicals” that are a naturally occurring during oxygen metabolism, protective immune responses and liver detoxification of chemicals. DHA and EPA help regulate the immune response and aid in reducing allergic responses. These fatty acids also aid in skin and fur health. Research…

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Idaho Wolf Hunting Contest Highlights Ongoing Divide Between Hunters And Advocates

Exposing the Big Game

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By Scott Graf

A group of hunters in Salmon, Idaho is being criticized for a two-day “coyote and wolf derby” its sponsoring next week.

Idaho for Wildlife’s organized hunt is December 28 and 29. The event is focused on young hunters. Sponsors have put up two $1,000 prizes for teams that kill the biggest wolf and the most coyotes.

The contest has once again highlighted the divide between wolf hunters and wolf advocates.

Christine Gertschen is a wildlife advocate in Sun Valley. She says she’s been a critic of hunting derbies in the past.

“Then when this one came up, I just kind of lost it,” she says. “I started writing Fish and Game, and the commissioners. It sends such a poor message of how we feel about wildlife. That we just throw their carcasses in a pile and count them?”

The event has drawn sharp criticism from all across…

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Silver spoon surgery for dog

Animal abuser sentenced to decade in prison as the nation tightens laws

Our Compass

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ByPam D’addio

A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the killing of two dogs and the attempted killing of another. His sentence is reflective of tightening animal abuse laws nationwide.

Bobby Joe McConnell, 47, pled guilty to the incident that occurred on July 2, 2012.

Fishermen on the International Paper canal in Georgetown found and rescued one dog, a Labrador Retriever, who had been bound with duct tape and thrown into the water. Later named Dara by the Saint Frances Animal Center, the dog was struggling to survive with her mouth and legs bound and was rescued just in time. Unfortunately, two other dogs were soon found who did not survive the same abuse and had drowned.

The three dogs belonged to McConnell’s mother-in-law and daughter. McConnell pled guilty to two counts of ill treatment to animals, telling Judge Hyman…

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Breaking News: New Mexico AG Gains TRO Against Proposed Horse Slaughter Plant

Straight from the Horse's Heart

We have just learned that New Mexico’s Attorney General, Gary King, has obtained a temporary restraining order against Valley Meats which will prevent the company from slaughtering horses until after a hearing on the AG’s lawsuit which is scheduled for this Friday.

Owners of Valley Meats and their attorney have been making sounds to the effect that they had intended to start butchering companion horses as soon as the first of the year, those plans are now null and void.

Many thanks to Attorney General Gary King for listening to not only  the citizens of the fine state of New Mexico but the 80% of Americans who do not want to see the blight of predatory horse slaughter taint their country.

Updates to follow.

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