NY City Carriage Driver Charged With Alledgedly Abusing Injured Horse

Straight from the Horse's Heart

ByMARC SANTORAas published inThe New York Times

“This incident further reinforces the need for an end to carriage horse operations in the city…”

A carriage horse driver with a checkered history was charged on Friday with animal cruelty after a police officer observed him working a horse that was visibly injured, according to court documents.

The officer, Brian Coll, was on patrol in Central Park shortly before midnight on Wednesday when he noticed a horse struggling to pull the weight of the carriage to which it was yoked.

He questioned the driver, Saverio Colarusso, and learned that the horse, Blondie, had been hurt for four days, according to court documents.

Despite the injury, Mr. Colarusso had worked Blondie for five hours that day, Officer Coll testified in the complaint.

He then summoned Sgt. Raymond Aviles, a mounted police officer with training in dealing with horses.

“The horse…

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5 anti-inflammatory foods

Paper to Use

You may have heard a lot about anti-inflammatory foods. Just what the heck are they and why would you need to eat them anyway? We got the low-down from a couple expert nutritionists and learned why anti-inflammatory foods should be part of everyone’s diet.

It seems plant foods developed a natural defense system over the ages that helped protect them from predators. “A plant can’t just get up and run away from insects, viruses, or the sun — they had to develop compounds and put them in their skins to protect themselves,” says Sharon Palmer, R.D., author of “The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today.” Scientists then discovered that these defenses contained natural anti-inflammatory properties for people when eaten. That means anti-inflammatory foods reduce the levels of inflammation in the body.

What is inflammation anyway, and why do you need to reduce it? First…

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Fracking hell: what it’s really like to live next to a shale gas well


Fracking hell: what it’s really like to live next to a shale gas well

Nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, invasive chemical smells, constant drilling, slumping property prices – welcome to Ponder, Texas, where fracking has overtaken the town. With the chancellor last week announcing tax breaks for drilling companies, could the UK be facing the same fate?

Suzanne Goldenberg

The Guardian, Saturday 14 December 2013

Link to video: Fracking in Ponder, Texas: the real cost


Veronica Kronvall can, even now, remember how excited she felt about buying her house in 2007. It was the first home she had ever owned and, to celebrate, her aunt fitted out the kitchen in Kronvall’s favourite colour, purple: everything from microwave to mixing bowls. A cousin took pictures of her lying on the floor of the room that would become her bedroom. She planted roses and told herself she would learn…

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I can’t resist pandaring, not in a sexual or political way, but in a panda way! (Please click to enlarge).


There has to be something seriously wrong with someone who can resist a panda bear.


Okay, I know they can be nippy, and they pass a lot of gas, but come on, how can anything be this cute?


Besides you’d pass gas too, if you ate 26-84 pounds of bamboo every day. These guys are serious about eating their bamboo! I relate well to pretty much any creature who loves to eat this much.


But, as usual, I digress. Giant Pandas are the world’s rarest bear. They are endangered and their numbers continue to decrease in the wild.

There are 46 pandas living outside of China and an estimated 1,600 wild pandas living in China where they are designated national treasures. Six panda cubs have been born at the San…

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Today in Speciesism: John Mayer Wearing Fur

The Paw Report

Now, I don’t know John Mayer, but I imagine that for him, as it is with most people, he wouldn’t (knowingly) wear a dog or a cat. But yet somehow people like John Mayer justify mistreating and exploiting other animals for the sake of a coat or another article of clothing. A very ugly coat at that. But even if the coat was gorgeous, I’d still shake my head at this blatant speciesist behavior.  It is problematic to believe that it’s okay to spare one species, e.g. dogs, from being a fur coat, but thinking it’s okay to torture, skin, and kill another. Animals are not ours to be worn. If you believe they are, then you are a speciesist, and if so, you should think about where, and why, you draw your ethical lines at which species it is appropriate to cause harm to. At dogs? At cats? Foxes?…

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Elephants may be extinct in a decade, thanks to an ivory trade that helps fund terrorism

Do the Dew

Living With Insects Blog

Dew is created by water vapor in the air condensing on a cold surface. If the temperature is such that the rate of condensation is greater than the rate of evaporation, dew drops appear. Insect exoskeleton can collect dew drops because the surface is waterproof. None of the water that condenses is absorbed. The exoskeleton also insulates and a resting insect does not generate much body heat. Thus, an insect does not generate energy to evaporate the water on its cuticle and the dew drop may remain until evaporated by the sun. So it is that we can go outside on a cool morning and find insects covered with dew, patiently waiting for the sun to warm them.

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Vitamin D’oh: Your multivitamins aren’t doing a damn thing

Colourful ‘solar glass’ means entire buildings can generate clean power

Weekly Wag: 9 Natural Flea Repellent Remedies and Tips

touch of home

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summer time  (singing) is here and so are the fleas.I do not use Advantage, Frontline or any over the counter or traditional vet prescribed flea control on my cats or dogs any more. These products are toxic and pets build up an immunity that renders them useless. Natural products are safer, more cost effective and everyone wins!

I have used brewers yeast w/ garlic tablets and lavender essential oil. (do not use lavender on cats) All of these work. The first step in flea control is a healthy pet which starts with their diet. Fleas will infest a sick animal as I sadly witnessed first hand. My household is flea-free and I live in Southern California. My favorite product is flea treats,a B vitamin complex, specially formulated for dogs and cats. They’re flavored with real liver–my dogs love them. I have to crush up…

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MSM attacks multivitamins in yet another example of quack science

Nwo Report

….catapulted into the news by pharma interests

Source: Mike Adams
Natural News

Today the mainstream media is gleefully reporting findings they mistakenly believe show all multivitamins to be worthless at preventing disease. “Case Closed: Multivitamins Should Not Be Used,” declares Forbes. “New studies dispel multivitamin myths,” reports NBC News. And CBS News shouts, “case is closed” after studies find no health benefits.”


The problem with all these headlines is they’re based on an editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a pro-pharma publication almost entirely funded by pharmaceuticals which compete with multivitamins. When I visited the study publication page on Annals.org, I was immediately greeted with a pop-up advertisement trying to hawk a pharmaceutical drug.

It’s almost as if the pharma-funded publication is saying, “Here, while we trash the reputation of vitamins, why don’t you buy some drugs from our sponsors?”

Why pharmaceuticals are never subjected…

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