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“Skin Trade” and the Cruelty of Fur.

The Paw Report

Last night, I attended a screening of the documentary film “Skin Trade” at Bluestockings Bookstore and Activist Center. I wanted to attend because even though I already boycott fur, I wanted to learn more about the industry.

“Skin Trade” was directed and produced by Shannon Keith, also an animal rights attorney. The film was a blend of animation, interviews, and undercover footage. “Skin Trade” details the history of wearing fur and the rise of its cultural value and describes the lies and deceit of the fur industry.

Fur Fact… The film showed a coat priced at $3,000. The number of coyotes killed to produce that one coat? 11.

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The Life And Times Of The MGM Lion.

Massive Die-Off of West Coast Sea Life Accelerates

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Locals say it’s far worse than what the national and international media is reporting

Source: Adan Salazar

Oregon natives confirmed to Infowars Friday that strange anomalies have sprung up along the Pacific coast in what amounts to further testimony supporting the fact the media is suppressing both the surge in extremely high radiation readings along the West Coast and the subsequent die off of sea life in the area.

Charleston, OR resident said he saw dead sea stars directly south along this beach.

Residents of Charleston, Ore. report new die-offs around the Bastendorff Beach area.

Several residents in the Charleston fishing village described suspicious anomalies such as disintegrating bioluminescent jellyfish and Japanese “tsunami debris” washing ashore, with one lifetime resident even telling us he saw about a hundred dead starfish near the Bastendorff Beach County Park.

Marine biologists had originally encountered “melting” starfish off the Washington state coast of Puget Sound, a mysterious illness scientists termed “sea star wasting disease.”

"It's widespread, it's very virulent and it's unlike anything we've seen in the past," marine ecologist Pete Raimondi said to USA Today on the massive starfish die-off.

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Condor cam

First Light Productions

SEE it here. Best when the sun’s right.

    Lead poisoning continues to be a scourge for the big birds. Last month, Condors #340 and #444 were trapped and found to have high lead blood levels. They were both immediately transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo for chelation treatment
    Many species of wildlife feed on animals killed with lead bullets. The lead leaches into the bloodstream and they slowly die of starvation as the lead paralyzes their digestive system.

A 10 year-old male condor (#318) died after ingesting a bullet, presumably while feeding on a carcass. He was found barely alive and unable to feed or use his legs to stand. Veterinarians could not save him. A necropsy determined the cause of death was lead toxicosis. A radiograph showed multiple metal fragments and a 22 caliber lead bullet in his digestive tract.


Source: Ventana Wildlife Society.

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McDonald’s will shift (very slowly) to sustainable beef

Grist

We aren’t suggesting that you try this, but should you venture into a McDonald’s a few years from now and order a hamburger, some of the beef you end up eating may have come from a sustainably raised cow.

The fast-food giant’s first planned purchases of frozen beef patties from “verified sustainable sources” will begin in 2016, the company announced today. That’s an important step because McDonald’s is a huge international dealer in beef — it sells more than $5 billion a year worth of Big Macs and less iconically branded hamburgers. Here’s more from Joel Makower at GreenBiz:

“Our vision is to buy verifiable, sustainable beef in the future for all of our beef,” said Bob Langert, McDonald’s vice president, global sustainability. “We have achieved internal alignment and energy around that aspirational goal, which is a big task,” he told me during a November visit to the company’s headquarters…

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Public Relations Strategy To Save Polar Bears

Natural History Wanderings

NPR  wrote about a scientist who is working to save Polar Bears through on public relations and education. He believes emphasizing public relations was the best change to get people to recognize the serious threat greenhouse gas emissions pose to Polar Bear Survival.

Biologist Steve Amstrup’ gave up being chief scientist with the conservation group Polar Bears International, a job he really enjoyed when he realized that by the middle of this century,  two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could be gone. The sea ice on which the Polar Bears live is shrinking as a result of climate change. Saving the bears could not be done by traditional government conservation methods such as restricting hunting, banning pesticides or creating  reserves.  It can only be done by a serious reduction in greenhouse emissions. Recognizing this motivated him to make the career change.

Read more A Scientist’s New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears’ Plight Public :…

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Boycotts and Protest Do Work: Original Cheerios to go GMO-free

Permit to hunt black rhino in Namibia sells for $350,000

Our Compass



Please note that there are no petitions to sign or letters to send. This hunt will go on. The only thing you can do to protest this atrocity is to go vegan: be a friend to all animals and refuse to use them in any manner. If everyone were vegan, hunting would be a relic.

SourceDallas News

A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino has sold for $350,000 at a closely watched auction that’s been criticized by wildlife and animal rights groups.

The Dallas Safari Club and the African nation of Namibia auctioned the permit Saturday to raise money for efforts to protect the black rhino.

Safari Club spokesman Steve Wagner confirmed the sale of the permit at the closed-door event. He declined to name the buyer.

The auction has drawn howls from critics, including wildlife and animal rights groups, and the FBI last week said it…

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In Memory Of Vicko ~ ~ Petitions

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PETITIONS.

LONDON PROTEST AGAINST SLAUGHTER OF DOGS IN BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA AND ROMANIA

IN MEMORY OF VUČKO

1513314_10151810289327680_654888687_nYesterday, Saturday the 11th January, a protest was staged outside of the BBC in London. People of all ages came from all over England, and also from Ireland, Poland, Wales. Many brought their rescue dogs. A number of key activists for both Romania and Bosnia Herzegovina were able to attend.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 17.07.07Peter Egan, actor and animal advocate who is actively involved with All Dogs Matter, a voluntary dog rescue organisation based in London, attended and made a speech. Peter and his wife Myra own several rescue dogs and have adopted a rescue dog from Bosnia Herzegovina, from rescuer Milena Malesevic. Peter sat cuddling some of the rescued dogs while he gave his inspiring speech, it was very touching. He also read a piece from Vic Ferguson, who was a NATO soldier in Sarajevo in 1995 and 1996, and who is now actively supporting the campaign against dog abuse and…

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Australians protest against governmental shark killing

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Australia says about itself:

Thousands protest Western Australia catch-and-kill shark cull plan

4 Jan 2014

Thousands of people held protests in Melbourne and Perth on Saturday.

From the BBC:

4 January 2014 Last updated at 13:15 GMT

Australians protest at plans to kill sharks in Perth

Thousands of people have been taking part in protests in Australia over a plan to kill large sharks.

The Western Australia government is set to install baited hooks off Perth’s popular beaches in response to seven fatal shark attacks in three years.

But protesters say a cull is not the answer, and will only damage the sea’s delicate ecosystem.

More than 4,000 people gathered for a demonstration at Perth’s Cottesloe beach alone.

“Without the sharks there will be no future for humanity because they balance out the ecosystem and every living creature in the sea is really important,” one…

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Satellites track orcas’ winter wanderings (Canada, USA)

The ocean update

Wednesday, January 8, 2014. SEATTLE — Satellite tracking that let us “tag along” with killer whales as they spent many weeks hunting in the Columbia River plume in early 2013 is this winter revealing another orca pod’s travels in the Salish Sea.

Members of the J, K and L pods are collectively referred to as Southern Resident clan killer whales. They are famous in the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound, but much less is known about their lives along Washington’s outer coast. NOAA Fisheries started a project in 2011 in which a satellite-linked tag is attached to an individual member of these separately traveling pods to see where they spend the winter.

So far this winter a tag has been attached to an adult male, L87, which usually hunts with the J pod. New tracking shows these orcas made their way around Texada Island in the northern Strait of Georgia…

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THE ILLEGAL SLAUGHTER OF WHALES IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN WHALE SANCTUARY ~ YES! SANCTUARY!! WHAT BETTER PLACE TO POACH HUH!! STOP IT NOW!

Update for January 9th 2014: Bottlenose dolphin killing and capture drive continues today

Sharp Drop In Sardines Threatens California Ecosystem

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

There has been a noticeable drop in Pacific sardine numbers off the coast of California in recent years.   The number of sardines has also dropped dramatically off the coast of Mexico as well.  Many fishermen have been returning with empty boats after going out to fish for the entire day.  Sardine numbers frequently rise and fall, sometimes sharply, but this decline appears to be worse than usual.  It appears that the population of sardines has dropped 72% from assessed 2006 levels.

The cause of the decline is not exactly known, but climate change seems to be a primary factor.  Natural cold-water oscillations circulate cold water back and forth along the California coast.  These oscillations often bring in more species such as squid and anchovies, but rebuff small fish species like sardines.  The boom in squid has resulted in higher numbers of marine mammals, such as whales and orcas and birds…

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Vietnam: Over 500 illegal incursions by Chinese fishing boats in 2013

Peace and Freedom

Photo: Last year Vietnam established its own Coast Guard/Maritime Security Force is response to China

Border guards in the south central city of Da Nang said Wednesday they had detected Chinese fishing boats illegally entering Vietnamese waters on 516 occasions last year, 223 more than in the previous year, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

Colonel Duong De Dung, the commander of Da Nang Border Guard, said at a conference that Chinese fishing boats illegally entered Vietnamese territory to fish, and usually in groups of 25-32.

They were accompanied by armed vessels and transport ships when they came deep into Vietnamese territory.

The Da Nang border guard said they usually reached the scene as soon as they detected the boats and ordered the Chinese fishermen to leave immediately.

In most cases, the order was obeyed, it said.

The Chinese boats usually entered Vietnamese waters during bad weather when there were no border guard patrols…

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Quote of the Day: Defiant Rancher is Saving Fukushima Cows

The Paw Report

“These cows are living testimony to the human folly here in Fukushima. The government wants to kill them because it wants to erase what happened here, and lure Japan back to its pre-accident nuclear status quo. I am not going to let them. If authorities say kill the cows, then I resolved to do the opposite by saving them.”

This article moved me to tears. Before the nuclear disaster, Mr. Masami Yoshizawa raised cows for slaughter. After the disaster, however, he saw things that changed him (in his words, he decided to “become the resistance”): He describes his horror on visiting abandoned farms where he found rows of dead cows, their heads fallen into food troughs where they had waited to be fed. In one barn, a newborn calf hoarsely bawled next to its dead mother. He said his spur-of-the-moment decision to save the calf, which he named Ichigo, or…

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Whaling In Norway

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

Whaling in Norway

Commentary by Erwin Vermeulen

The whale-killing ship, Reinefangst -  photo: Erwin VermeulenThe whale-killing ship, Reinefangst – photo: Erwin VermeulenYou can’t say Spitsbergen is unspoiled. The massacres perpetrated by the Dutch and other European countries since the 17th century made sure that even now the once plentiful Bowhead whale is rarely spotted among these islands in the Arctic. There are beaches here, full of the bleached and weathered skulls and bones of hundreds of slaughtered belugas, and the walrus was almost hunted to local extinction.  Still it is the scenic beauty and remaining wildlife that today attracts thousands of tourists to these snow-covered peaks jutting from the cold waters.

You would think that mankind and especially Norway, that governs these isles under the geo-political name of Svalbard, would have drawn lessons from that ignorant, destructive past and that the tourist money would be an extra incentive to protect all that is left…Not so!

There are…

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Update in Taji: Close Up Shots as the Killings begin again today…

36 Signs The Media Is Lying To You About How Radiation From Fukushima Is Affecting The West Coast, USA

2012: What's the 'real' truth?

Thursday 02 January 2014

BY DAVID ICKE
Thanks to V.

‘The west coast of the United States is being absolutely fried by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the mainstream media is not telling us the truth about this.  What you are about to see is a collection of evidence that is quite startling.

Taken collectively, this body of evidence shows that nuclear radiation from Fukushima is affecting sea life in the Pacific Ocean and animal life along the west coast of North America in some extraordinary ways.  But the mainstream media continues to insist that we don’t have a thing to worry about.  The mainstream media continues to insist that radiation levels in the Pacific and along the west coast are perfectly safe.  Are they lying to us?  Evaluate the evidence compiled below and come to your own conclusions…’

Read more: 36 Signs The Media Is Lying…

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A thought on Dolphins

Cousteau and World Cetacean Alliance Making a Splash

Pentagon Agency Admits It Began Stockpiling Potassium Iodide Due to Fukushima

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Radiation leaks from nuclear plant “renewed interest” in iodide, agency said in 2012

Source: Kit Daniels

A federal bid notice reveals that a Pentagon agency began stockpiling potassium iodide in 2012 due to its concerns over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, shedding light on why the Dept. of Health and Human Services is now ordering 14 million doses of iodide.

"The recent earthquake in Japan in March of 2011 and the resultant nuclear crisis has renewed interest in" potassium iodide, the Defense Logistics Agency said in a solicitation.

“The recent earthquake in Japan in March of 2011 and the resultant nuclear crisis has renewed interest in” potassium iodide, the Defense Logistics Agency said in a solicitation.

The Defense Logistics Agency posted a solicitation on FedBizOpps in 2012 asking contractors for 75,000 packages of potassium iodide tablets because the “recent earthquake in Japan in March of 2011 and the resultant nuclear crisis has renewed interest in this item.”

“The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency has submitted a MILSTRIP (Military Standard Requisitioning and Issue Procedures) for this item to ensure that…

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AUSTRALIA TAKING JAPAN TO COURT TO ANSWER FOR WHALING IN INTERNATIONAL WHALING SANCTUARY ?

Tell Amazon: Stop Selling Bluefin Tuna

“FREE TRADE DEALS WITH JAPAN MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHALES” ? ~

Reporters Confirm Radiation Levels 1200% Higher Than Normal on Cali. Beach

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Source: Infowars.com

On Surfer’s Beach outside San Francisco, the Infowars crew makes a startling discovery:

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