Be Wary Animal Lovers

Fight for Rhinos

Tourism is helping save wildlife. That’s what we’re told. If this is true, where you spend your next holiday could be the most important decision you make, the world is counting on you.

Cuddling baby lions sound endearing? As cute and cuddly as they seem , you might as well shoot them. This is the first part of the circle of “life” for lions in canned hunts. The cubs are used to entice you there, and ultimately to use your money to help fund the whole operation You feed them, hold and coddle them, sometimes even bottle feed. But ask yourself “Where’s mom?”  (For more on canned hunts, see: Shooting Fish in a Barrel)

lion cubs in cageElephant rides? Not unless you enjoy knowing they are beaten, starved and tortured in order to “train” them to comply. What about the sweet baby elephants rolling on the beach, splashing in the waves? Surely…

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Baby elephant video from Indonesia

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This video from Indonesia says about itself:

Baby elephant learns to use her trunk

20 Dec 2013

This adorable baby elephant was born to a mother who is part of an elite team of critically endangeredSumatran elephants that help protect communities from conflict with wild elephants in Indonesia.

She’s nearly 4 months old, growing fast and starting to imitate her mother’s behaviour. Here it looks like she’s getting to grips with using her trunk!

Read more about the fantastic work of WWF-Indonesia’s elephant Flying Squad and the newest addition here.

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Loyal pit bull saves family from devastating house fire

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A pit bull saved her family/NOT the dog from this story
Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images

A Georgia family will be able to ring in the New Year thanks to their loyal dog who successfully alerted them to a devastating house fire, reported Thursday’s WRCB TV News.

On Sunday night, while Jennifer Ross and her family were sound asleep, fire crept throughout their Gordon County home.

The family’s intuitive pit bull, “Bella,” noticed the looming danger first.

Ross described Bella’s initial efforts to rouse her from sleep:

It sounded like she wanted to go out,”

I was like, ‘Bella, let me sleep and I’ll let you out in a little bit.'”

Thankfully, though Bella was initially given the brush off, she persisted in her efforts to wake her family.

Bella’s efforts escalated – she began to jump on the bed and then ran to the door – it was enough to alert her…

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Video: Dramatic Rescue of Dog Swept Out to Sea

Igor Purlantov

A lucky dog was rescued in the UK Sunday after being swept out to sea and assumed dead.  The Labrador and its owner were taking a walk when the dog went into the ocean off Sea Palling on the north Norfolk coast and was taken away by the tide, according to Sky News.  Two kayakers helped the man search for his pet but eventually gave up.  However, the next morning, crews from Royal National Lifeboat Institution began searching the reefs half a mile off the coast.

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Eastern Russia: A loyal pup was adamant on guarding his family home against the rising tide of flood water!

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Loyal Dog Risks Drowning to Protect Family Home

Loyal Dog Risks Drowning to Protect Family Home

Earlier this year, a flood as large as Texas and California combined devastated an area of Eastern Russia, but one loyal pup was adamant on guarding his family home against the rising tide of flood water.

Druzhok, whose name means ‘Little Friend,’ escaped with his family when their village was suddenly struck by one of the worst floods that the Amur region of Russia has seen in 120 years. As many as 100,000 people were evacuated in the crisis, forced to leave everything behind.

The family went to stay with relatives and Druzhok was placed in charge of guarding their car, but he disappeared only to be later found right back on the doorstep of their flooded home attempting to fight back the tide.

Image by Yelena Andreeva via The Siberian Times

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7 Ways to Eat Like a Vegan Super Athlete

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

I hope to be remembered for my atrocities!

One of the most well-known sled dog races in the world, the Iditarod is a test of will, survival, and endurance that brings human mushers together with their loyal sled dogs. Let’s take a closer look at the Iditarod, its history, and what truly makes it the Last Great Race on Earth.

A Brief History

While the 1,131-mile route—starting in downtown Anchorage and finishing in Nome—is mainly known for the annual dog sled race, the Iditarod trail actually proved a much more functional, practical use back in the day. The same trail was a popular mail-supply route and was used in the gold rush of the early 1900s, allowing travelers to reach mining towns. In 1925, the trail helped sled dog teams transport precious serum throughout Alaska during the diphtheria epidemic.

Skip to the 1960s. Dorothy Page and Joe Redington Sr., unhappy with how sled dogs were being replaced by…

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Coconut Oil: Is It Good For Homemade Dog Food?

Dog Food Matters

Television’s Dr. Oz has declared that the benefits of coconut oil are “near miraculous.” As a result, many Americans are cooking with coconut oil. What are the benefits of coconut oil? Is coconut oil also good for homemade dog food?

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

  • Contains fats that raise metabolism to aid weight loss
  • Increases resistance to infection from bacteria, virus and fungus
  • Increases the blood levels of  “good” cholesterol to aid heart health
  • Increases memory test scores in Alzheimer’s patients

The fats in coconut oil are called medium-chain triglycerides or MCT. MCT are believed to be the reason for coconut oil’s health benefits.

MCT are burned by the liver for energy so they do not add to body fat. MCT also produces chemicals called ketones. Some scientific studies suggest that ketones suppress appetite and calorie intake. Together these effects can aid in weight loss.

Half of the fats in…

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

Exposing the Big Game

Most of you remember the buck in Oregon who was hit by an arrow. Apparently the wound wasn’t too deep and the arrow worked its way back out. Here he is now; Buck showed back up just the other day at the home of the woman who worked so hard to keep him safe throughout the rest of hunting season. I’m sure for her, this was the best Christmas gift she could ever hope for!!

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Something truly wonderful: Photographer and his dogs save a frozen baby squirrel

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By Jeb Roberts

Earlier this year, when photographer Nick Radford was taking pictures in a wooded area near his California home, he discovered an abandoned baby squirrel that was starving, dehydrated, and half frozen.

Fearing that a vet would euthanize the tiny animal, he brought it home, where he and his wife nursed it back to health by constructing a makeshift heated nest and feeding it formula from a special syringe.

Even before the tiny squirrel’s eyes opened, Nick took the bold step of introducing it to his two dogs so they could get used to their new guest. Maverick, half Australian cattle dog and half border collie, and Scout, an Australian shepherd, were immediately smitten with their visitor, and they kept a constant watch over their new charge.

Though he was initially concerned about the squirrel’s safety around the dogs, he was floored by how gentle…

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Northern and southern light videos

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This is a northern light video from the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

This video, Comet and the Northern Lights, is from Tromsø in Norway.

This video is from Oregon in the USA.

This video is from Michigan in the USA.

This video is called Aurora Australis TimelapseTasmania, Australia – May Day 2013.

This video is from Alberta in Canada.

This video says about itself:

12 Nov 2013

Flying on a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York when the aurora forecast was high, I balanced my camera on a rucksack and left it snapping away out the window … what an amazing spectacle was to be seen! You can see some of the still pictures that formed this time-lapse here.

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Your Dog Recognizes Your Face

Igor Purlantov

Your dog may be able to recognize your face in a photo.  That’s the latest from the University of Helsinki, which published the results of its study in the journal Animal Cognition this December.  According to Science News Daily, the researchers had dogs look at facial images of familiar humans (such as their owner) and other dogs in the family, as well as unfamiliar humans and dogs they’d never encountered. Then the researchers measured the dogs’ eye movements as they viewed the photos.

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The Wild Horse and Burro Christmas Tail

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Vicki Tobin VP of Equine Welfare Alliance
and R.T. Fitch, co-founder/president of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Illustration by Kerry Kelly of the Houston Chronicle

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and All through the land….

Night before Christmas by Kerry Kelly

Twas the night before Christmas on our public land,
Not a Mustang was stirring, knowing what was at hand.
They huddled in fear hoping someone would care,
In hopes that the advocates soon would be there.

The foals hid in cover while Mom stood her ground
While stallions and bachelors, made sure Joan wasn’t around.
With Sally still lurking and Obama close by
The bands must stay quiet and not blink an eye.

When out on the range there arose such a clatter
The Mustangs all knew, what was the matter.
They ran to take cover, on wings they did fly
For surely they knew, that many would die.

The visions of million$ caused…

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How Dogs and Cats See Christmas

Dogpaddling Through Life

How Dogs See Christmas

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First comes November, and the humans have a big feast! They cook and they cook and they cook. Then they eat and they eat and they eat. Then they eat some more. And sometimes I get a taste as well.

After that comes the season of hunting. The humans are always gone. They come back with these bags filled with stuff. Or sometimes boxes of stuff is offered by the Man Who Wears Brown. The humans put festive paper on the stuff and put it under this tree they bring inside.

Oh yes, a tree! Inside! But they won’t let me near it! How can I check my pee-mail if I can’t sniff the tree? *sigh*

Anyway, after a month of great hunting, they have another feast. They cook and they cook and they cook. Then they eat and they eat and they eat. Then they tear…

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Moonshadows & Nights in White Satin~

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(Please click to enlarge so you can view the mountains of the Moon).

Oh, I’m being followed by a moonshadow…leaping and hopping in a moonshadow~ Cat Stevens

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Nights in white satin,
Never reaching the end,
Beauty I’d always missed
With these eyes before,
Just what the truth is
I can’t say anymore ~ Moody Blues

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Three things cannot be hidden, the sun, the moon and the truth~ Buddha

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The sun, the moon, and the stars would have disappeared long ago…if they’d happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands~ Havelock Ellis

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The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is undiminished~…

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The Only Brownie Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Seven Animals Who Need A Hug

Igor Purlantov

We’ve all had those days — the ones where nothing seems to go right and we have a to-do list that continues to grow by the minute. Stress is a natural response, so it’s important to have go-to tricks to banish our anxieties — whether that’s a few calming meditations or something as simple as cute photos to put a smile on our face. Luckily, these seven stressed animals know exactly how we feel — and if a kind gesture can make them feel better, then maybe it can for us, too.

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✳ Seasons Greetings✳

✳ Seasons Greetings✳

Wishing you happy moments,
warm memories…..
and
Best wishes
for a wonderful holiday season

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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.

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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

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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

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/14/fracking-hell-live-next-shale-gas-well-texas-us

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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Pandaring~

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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).

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?”

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World’s Only Floating Cat Sanctuary

Igor Purlantov

Imagine, if you will, that you live in Amsterdam. It’s a very chill time and you enjoy a comfortable existence near a canal because you’re Dutch and that’s a thing. One day, one of the city’s many stray cats hangs out adorably near you for so long that you think, “Alright, lil’ buddy, you can live with me.” The cat thinks, Wat leuk! Over the next few weeks and months, you take in so many cats that they literally overrun your home and you are forced to do the only logical thing: buy a houseboat adjacent to your dwelling and fill it with dozens and dozens of homeless cats, creating the world’s first and only floating cat sanctuary. 

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