Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 95 – The American Bison

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

American bison - close up in the snow

“When the buffalo went away, the hearts of my people fell to the ground”
Crow chief Plenty Coups

It is difficult to say anything about the historic slaughter of the bison that has not already been said.  But, for the few who are unfamiliar with the unparalleled bloodshed of the late nineteenth century, it is safe to say those responsible succeeded in killing two birds with one stone, as was their intention, massively depleting the numbers of free-roaming bison, and defeating the entire Plains Indian Nation in the west of America at the same time.

American bison herd from Nat GeographicThese magnificent beasts were reduced in number from an estimated thirty million or more to just over one thousand, and the Plains Indians were brought to their knees.  Never in history has such appalling devastation been caused to any other species of animal or had such a lasting effect on native peoples.

In both, the aggressors…

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Photo of the Day: Trinity River Full of Pig Blood

The Paw Report

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These photos depicting pig blood flowing from a slaughterhouse into the Trinity River are shocking and horrific. Although the contamination happened last year, the photos are making the rounds in the media again because meatpacking company Columbia Packing, accused of letting the blood contaminate the river, has recently been indicted on various charges: namely, tampering with evidence and releasing industrial waste into the creek. An investigation had “demonstrated the discharge of waste products and contaminants following swine processing and cleaning at Columbia. This discharge of waste products and contaminants fed into Cedar Creek and then dissipated into the bigger waterway, the Trinity River.” Punishment includes fines and prison sentences.

These photographs demonstrate the reality of eating animals.

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Care For Your Pets This Winter

If you have a neighbor that leaves their poor dog outside!Please ask them to bring them inside, or your call local humane society!!!!!

The Veiled Life: Animals of Unseen Crimes

Dogs Cold

With snowstorms heading in to the East Coast, I just wanted to remind everyone to let your pets inside during the frigid and snowy weather. Remember if you’re cold, so are they.

 

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The Wolf in 2013

Wolves and Writing

2013–what a year for wolves! Much of it was unhappy, but there were positive points as well, including the publication of some fine books and a couple of inspiring gatherings of wolf advocates. I’ve pulled together some highlights for the year. This is not a comprehensive list, but I am only too happy to have you add your own recollections in the comment section. Thanks much to Rob Klavins of Oregon Wild and Wally Sykes for their hard work in compiling wolf news and sharing it with us.

JANUARY

District Court Judge Nels Swandel reopens hunting and trapping along the northern border of Yellowstone National Park, including the units on both sides of Gardiner, after a much fought for buffer zone had been granted. At least 8 Park wolves have been recently killed in these areas, 5 of them wearing collars that aided biologists in their long term and in…

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China Wal-Mart surprise: How did fox meat get into donkey products?

Peace and Freedom

Wal-Mart recalled donkey meat – a delicacy in northern China – because of contamination

By Peter Ford

Beijing

If the discovery of “pink slime” in American hamburgers and horsemeat in European ones made you squeamish, read no further.

Wal-Mart has just recalled donkey meat products from some of its stores in China because tests have found them to be contaminated with fox meat.

Donkey is a delicacy in northern China. Fox is not.

Fox meat smells rank, according to those who know. But it is cheap (less than 50 US cents a pound) because Chinese farmers who raise foxes for their fur have no use for the animal carcasses once they have been flayed.

Food processing companies get away with mixing in a little fox with whichever meat they claim to be selling by using products such as “The King of Rank Smell Removers.” For more details (and a pretty…

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No better friendship….

A Nine Pound Hammer....or a woman like you, either one of these will do

A boy and his dog make a glorious pair.
No better friendship is found anywhere.
For they talk and they walk and they run and they play.
And they have their deep secrets for many a day.
And that boy has a comrade who thinks and who feels
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels.
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He may go where he will and his dog will be there.
May revel in mud and his dog will not care.
Faithful he’ll stay for the slightest command,
And bark with delight at the touch of his hand.
Oh, he owns a treasure which nobody steals,
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels.

No other can lure him away from his side.
He’s proof against riches and station and pride.
Fine dress does not charm him, and flattery’s breath
Is lost on the dog, for he’s…

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Two dozen captured wild horses find refuge at Horse Spirit Ranch

Tuesday's Horse

U-T San Diego reports:

WRITTEN BY EDWARD SIFUENTES

BONSALL — A Southern California animal rights group says it has rescued nearly two dozen wild horses captured in New Mexico and the animals are now being sheltered at a Bonsall ranch.

Most of the horses arrived Saturday, after being caught by state wildlife officials weeks ago in northwestern New Mexico just outside the Navajo Indian reservation.

The Navajo tribe has been embroiled in controversy over its efforts to control and thin the herds of thousands of wild horses that tribal leaders say are overgrazing and damaging tribal lands already ravaged by drought.

Animal rights activists say that nearly 2,000 wild horses were captured over a three-month period last year and that many of them were sold and ended up in slaughterhouses.

Roundups on the Navajo land ended late last year under an agreement brokered by former New Mexico Gov. Bill…

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Can Hunting Help An Endangered Species?

La Paz Group

To Save The Black Rhino, Hunting Club Bids On Killing One

by NPR STAFF

December 29, 2013

Hunters of wild ducks have been extremely important contributors to, and activists for, wetlands preservation in the USA. Does that mean hunting is good for conservation? National Public Radio in the USA covered a story a few days ago that, as a headline cast hunting in a grotesque light, but listening to the participants there was a whole new perspective. Raxa Collective has no plans to add hunting to the list of activities it offers travelers, but we are obliged to participate in the conversation:

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos are thought to exist in the wild, and in an effort to preserve the species, the Dallas Safari Club is offering a chance to kill one.

The Texas-based hunting organization is auctioning off a permit to hunt a rhinoceros in Nambia. It’s a fundraiser intended…

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Thieves Are Using “Mystery Gadgets” To Electronically Unlock Cars And Steal What Is Inside

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Source: Michael Snyder
American Dream

All over America, criminals are using improvised electronic devices to electronically unlock vehicles and steal whatever they find inside.  These “mystery gadgets” reportedly recreate the same signals that the key fobs that so many of us carry around send out.  As you will see below, footage is popping up nationwide of thieves using these “mystery gadgets” to remotely unlock car doors and disable alarm systems.  Once a car has been unlocked, it takes these thieves just a few moments to take what they want before leaving without a trace.  This is now happening all over the country, and authorities do not know any way to prevent it from happening.  For now, the most common piece of advice that police are giving to people is to not leave any valuables inside your vehicle at all.

When reports of this sort of crime first came out, even…

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Update: Equine Welfare Alliance Holiday Movie

Save your holiday greens to help the birds!

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As bitter winter winds blow through the leafless trees and forest birds search for the shelter of an evergreen, we can offer them some help by repurposing our leftover holiday greenery.

With the loss of woodlands, backyard habitats have become increasingly important for birds that stay with us through the winter months. Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology just published a friendly reminder that we can extend the usefulness of our holiday trees, wreaths and other greenery by putting them near feeders and in yards, among other things, to offer birds thermal refuge, instead of just tossing them to the curb.

Arranging evergreen branches near feeders and birdbaths can protect birds from wind and storms and provide hours of bird watching entertainment from the comfort of our homes. They can also be turned into birdhouses, which small birds will use in the winter if they’re left up year round. However, if…

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Sochi Captures Wild Orcas For The Olympics:(

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

For wild orcas, which are incredibly sensitive and intelligent, captivity is a terrible thing. These creatures have often been torn from their family groups and stuffed, terrified, into tanks that must seem incredibly claustrophobic when compared to the freedom of the open ocean.

We should be phasing out putting orcas in captivity — but now, the host city for the 2014 Olympics in Russia is planning on flying in two wild-caught orcas so they can be displayed for strangers during the festivities, according to Care2.

It’s bad enough that Sochi already has a dolphinarium. The fact that they’re adding to their collection of marine mammals to try to make even more money from tourists is absolutely unforgivable.

The capture and display of orcas causes immense suffering to the whales, and poses a risk to human life — some animals become psychotic with the stress and attack their trainers. It is…

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West Nile Virus Blamed On Bald Eagle Deaths In Utah

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

An unprecedented wintertime outbreak of West Nile virus has killed more than two dozen bald eagles in Utah and thousands of water birds around the Great Salt Lake, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday.

At least 27 bald eagles have died this month in the northern and central parts of Utah from the blood-borne virus, and state biologists reported that five more ailing eagles were responding to treatment at rehabilitation centers.

The eagles, whose symptoms included leg paralysis and tremors, are believed to have contracted the disease by preying on sick or dead water birds called eared grebes that were infected by the West Nile virus, said Leslie McFarlane, Utah wildlife disease coordinator.

Some 20,000 of the water birds have died in and around the Great Salt Lake since November in an outbreak that may be a record in North America, McFarlane said. Initial testing suggested an infectious bacterial disease…

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Powerful Quote #112 : Selfish Humans

PROPEL STEPS

I don’t know how many millions were spent for celebrations across the world on crackers and boozing in just two days on every new year’s eve and the Jan 1s’. But I am sure that money is good enough to change the lives of millions who suffer poverty and hunger across the world! This is the universal reality of the human selfishness!

– Words by Din

New year

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A collection of Ways to Tie a Tie

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lifemadesimple: A collection of Ways to Tie a….

OK; yes, I know…it’s still only sixteen of the promised eighteen, but this is how I found them at my source.  Given this post was provoked by a discussion on NYE of how to tie a bow tie, I submit that I’ve accomplished my initial purpose.

lifemadesimple:

A collection of Ways to Tie a Necktie

Our other collections:

How to fold a shirt

Choosing a suit that fits

6 ways to tie a Scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 94 – The Golden Lion Tamarin

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

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 “In simple terms, the rainforests, which encircle the world, are our very life-support system – and we are on the verge of switching it off.”
Charles, Prince of Wales

Golden lion tamarins take their name from the magnificent ‘mane’ of golden hair around their necks – bearing a remarkable resemblance to the lions of Africa.  There are four species of lion tamarins – all of which are endangered, and all of which are endemic to Brazil.

Golden lion tamarin foragingEach species is blighted with the same major threats to its survival; loss of homes due to illegal logging, haphazard cattle ranching and human settlement.  Shockingly, the lion tamarins have now been left with only eight per cent of their original habitat.  Put another way, a staggering ninety-two per cent of their native Atlantic Brazilian forest has been burned or felled. This has jeopardised their freedom to roam for food, shelter and genetically diverse…

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THE GREY SEALS OF NOVA SCOTIA: Some light for 2014

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This post links to my previous post: http://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/protect-harp-seals-they-deserve-to-live-and-play/

Nova Scotia’s Hay Island is on the east coast of Canada. For many years an annual slaughtering of Grey Seals has taken place in this “off the beaten track” location.

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This slaughter usually goes unnoticed by the world. Although it is on a smaller scale to the rest of Canada, the nature of the slaughter is the same. Fishermen bludgeon to death recently weaned, defenseless seal pups only for their fur!

In 2012 and 2013 the Hay-island-Nova-Scotia-seal-hunt was cancelled. In all probability this commercial seal hunt will be called off again this year, 2014, as the demand for seal products has decreased.

Why is this?  Well, we have to thank both:  The European Union (EU) and The World Trade Organisation (WTO)

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The EU implemented a ban on seal product trade within its own countries in August 2010. Then…

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China’s first aircraft carrier completes South China Sea drills

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s first aircraft carrier has successfully finished a series of tests during a training mission in the disputed South China Sea and has returned to port, state media reported.

Last month’s drills off the coast of Hainan Island marked not only the first time China has sent a carrier into the South China Sea but the first time it has maneuvered with the kind of strike group of escort ships U.S. carriers deploy, according to regional military officers and analysts.

After two decades of double-digit increases in the military budget, China’s admirals plan to develop a full blue-water navy capable of defending growing economic interests as well as disputed territory in the South and East China Seas.

The aircraft carrier Liaoning carried out more than 100 tests, including of its combat systems, and has now docked at port in the northern city of Qingdao, the official Xinhua…

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United States greatest threat to world peace, opinion poll says

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This video from the USA says about itself:

19 March 2008

A panel discussion with economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes regarding their new book, “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict.”

From Common Dreams in the USA:

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Biggest Threat to World Peace: The United States

International polls shows that world, including significant portion of Americans, deem US as greatest obstacle to peace

– Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Over 12 years into the so-called “Global War on Terror,” the United States appears to be striking terror into the hearts of the rest of the world.

In their annual End of Year survey, Win/Gallup International found that the United States is considered the number one “greatest threat to peace in the world today” by people across the globe.

The poll of 67,806 respondents from 65 countries found that the U.S. won…

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AG King Leads Fight Against Horse Slaughter in New Mexico

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: New Mexico Office of the Attorney General

AG’s Request for TRO Granted; In Effect Until Jan. 3 Hearing

Gary-King(SANTA FE)—New Mexico Attorney General Gary King applauds the efforts of his office as they together continue working to stop Valley Meats from beginning commercial horse slaughter operations in Roswell, New Mexico.

At AG King’s request, First Judicial District Court Judge Matthew Wilson has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that stops Valley Meats from opening as they planned January 1, 2014.

Attorney General King sought the TRO because Valley Meat had stated it would begin operating even though it lacked the required regulatory approval. With the newly scheduled hearing, the court can now more fully consider the dangers posed by commercial horse slaughter and Valley Meat’s long history of non-compliance with existing laws.

The hearing on AG King’s request for a longer-term injunction is January 3, 2014 in the…

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Astronomers searching for exomoons

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

The Hunt for Exomoons – Lightcurve Demo

from Alex Parker

In addition to the host of new planets discovered by the Kepler mission, we are now capable of detecting large moons circling planets around other stars. These exomoons modify the shape, timing, and duration of the transit lightcurve of their host planet, and this illustration demonstrates all of these effects.

New algorithms are being developed to detect these signatures in Kepler data, and if large moons are common in the universe, the first exomoon discovery could happen at any time.

From Scientific American about this:

What an Exomoon Would Look Like from Earth [Video]

Moons orbiting distant planets might be visible in existing spacecraft data

By Michael Moyer | January 1, 2014

In “Astronomers Search for Moons Circling Distant Exoplanets” author Lee Billings explores the hunt for moons orbiting distant planets—exomoons…

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