H5N1: Anatomy of a killer – Canadian patient was brain dead by the time she was diagnosed

The Extinction Protocol

January 15, 2014HEALTHA report published by Alberta health officials over the weekend lays out the swift clinical course of the H5N1 influenza infection that killed a young Alberta woman on Jan 3, including brain inflammation and swelling, an unusual complication in human H5N1 cases. The woman, a nurse in White Deer, Alta., fell ill while returning from a 3-week trip to Beijing on Dec 27. How she was exposed to the virus remains unknown, since she had no contact with poultry during her trip, and no H5N1 outbreaks have been reported in Beijing recently. The case is the first human H5N1 illness reported in the Americas. Of 649 cases reported since 2003, 385 have been fatal, according to the World Health Organization. The case report was posted on ProMED-mail, the reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, on Jan 12. Kevin Fonseca, PhD, a…

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4 Blue! #tweet4taiji

Voice For The Blue

If you are familiar with the Cove Guardian campaign in Taiji, then you already know that a Blue day is one the best things to experience as a Cove Guardian and one of the best days for dolphins passing by the waters in Taiji.

I was lucky enough to experience four Blue Cove days in a row, during my time in Taiji. Two of these days the 12 banger boats did leave Taiji harbor to hunt for dolphins, but on these days they were unable to find or successfully drive in any dolphins! These are the best days … seeing the boats come back to harbor one by one without any dolphins is truly a great feeling! What better to do when the boats come back, then to greet them in Taiji harbor with the Sea Shepherd flag. It is our way of letting them know we are not going…

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Help Stop Donkeys From Being Abused at School!

Update on Puppy Mill #109

‘Extinct’ shark species rediscovered at fish market

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Smoothtooth blacktip shark

From Scientific American:

Shark Species Thought to Be Extinct Found in Fish Market [Slide Show]

After more than a century, the smoothtooth blacktip shark has been rediscovered

By David Shiffman

After his 1902 trip to Yemen, scholar and naturalist Wilhelm Hein returned with a variety of plants and animals, which he donated to the Vienna Museum. One of these specimens, a shark, sat unnoticed for more than 80 years. In 1985 it was identified as the first (and only known) specimen of Carcharhinus leiodon, the smoothtooth blacktip shark. Because no others had ever been found by scientists, Alec Moore, regional vice chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group’s Indian Ocean group, says that “some suspected it might be extinct or not a valid species.”

In 2008, during a Shark Conservation Society research expedition to Kuwait’s sharq fish market (the…

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Help Hazel

Shades of Gray

Fight for Rhinos

The Dallas Safari Club has auctioned off the life of a black rhino for $350,000.

In light of this recent atrocity, trophy hunting has come to the forefront of the social consciousness. The elitist hobby of killing for the thrill  has been going on since the 19th century, with nearly 18,000 participants a year.

Today, with the black rhino population in serious decline, each life is crucial to the species. It is a wonder that anyone could place higher value on their death, than their life. Endangered species are labeled as such to provide them extra levels of protection. Hunting them to “save” them flies in the face of logic.

Yet, some argue that hunting helps conservation. What do they mean by that?

Countries condone trophy hunting for a couple of reasons:
1. to make money – the money brought in from the hunting fee goes toward community conservation
2. to…

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News from ~ Howling For Wolves: Wolf Hearing at Minnesota Capital on January 28th

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Wolf supporters everywhere, heads up!

Image and all following text from Howling for Wolves email news announcement  http://www.howlingforwolves.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Wolf hearing at Minnesota Capitol
On January 28th, the Environment and Natural Resources Policy committee of the MN House of Representatives will hold an informational hearing on Wolf Management by the State of Minnesota.

Committee members will hear testimony from individuals, state agencies, and organizations concerned with wolf management policies and their impact on the long-term survival of the gray wolf in Minnesota.

What is at stake
The purpose of this hearing is informational and there will not be a vote taken on any specific bills related to the wolf. But we think that this hearing represents progress. Last year, the committee chair; Rep. David Dill, publicly stated that he would not hold any hearing about wolf management unless the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) indicated their wolf management…

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Victims of Charity

Fighting for Hope's Blog

Animal Aid has launched an online initiative “which marks the beginning of a critical new phase in its campaign to stop medical charities funding vivisection.”

Every few weeks, the Victims of Charity web site will expose a recent example of charity-funded vivisection and help the public to take action – easily and effectively – using e-mail and social media.

The first featured experiment was financially supported by the British Heart Foundation and involved 12 heavily pregnant sheep being surgically mutilated, forced to endure two prolonged episodes of suffocation (along with their unborn lambs) then killed.

Please visit the Victims of Charity web site and take action to help bring about the day when medical charities fund only ethical and productive non-animal research.

Thank you.

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15 ways atheists can stand up for rationality

Exposing the Big Game

http://www.salon.com/2014/01/11/15_ways_atheists_can_stand_up_for_rationality/

Atheists need to assert ourselves! Here’s how
by Jeffrey Tayler

I’ve often wondered how the term “New Atheism” gained such currency. It is a misnomer. There is nothing new about nonbelief. All of us, without exception, are born knowing nothing of God or gods, and acquire notions of religion solely through interaction with others – or, most often, indoctrination by others, an indoctrination usually commencing well before we can reason. Our primal state is, thus, one of nonbelief. The New Atheists (most prominently Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens) have, in essence, done nothing more than try to bring us back to our senses, to return us to a pure and innate mental clarity. Yet their efforts have generated all manner of controversy. Far outnumbered, and facing a popular mindset according kneejerk respect to men (yes, mostly they are men) of faith — reverends, priests, pastors…

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Leaked: Obama Daughters Listed as “Senior Staff” In White House $424,000 Africa Trip

Sea freezes so fast in Lovund, Norway that thousands of fish are killed instantly (Pic)

Unsafe foods from China and elsewhere

I canNOT believe I am going to say the following sentence out loud but can you Please Stop the Killing of Rhinos as a way to Save Rhinos?!?

Please sign and share thispetition !

Monsanto’s Supreme Court vs. We the People: If you’re not boiling mad by now, you must be brain dead.

Retired police captain kills man for texing in a movie theater — The Psychology of Texting is Just in its Infancy, But Early Studies Show Danger Signs

Peace and Freedom

Dr. Keith Ablow, MD, one of America’s leading psychiatrists, commented today on the tragic story of a former Police Captain that allegedly shot and killed another man in a movie theater. The man who was killed has been texting on his smartphone during the film’s screening — apparently enough to annoy fellow theater goers.

Dr. Ablow said the study of this kind of behavior is in its infancy but he said the very earliest studied seem to indicate that people who spend a lot of time texting on their smartphone often “achieve some level of de-humanized behavior.” They may become more, anxious, depressed, and intolerant of real people trying to carry on a normal conversation in person — or on the phone.

We spoke to a  psychiatrists who treats people who are having trouble with “addictive behavior” today and were told that frequent texting “causes a difficult to explain loss…

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Attempt to refloat stranded whales called off (New Zealand)

The ocean update

Tuesday January 14th, 2014. An attempt to refloat a group of 12 whales stranded on Farewell Spit has been called off due to unfavourable conditions.

The whales are part of a pod of about 70 that was seen close to the shore early this morning.

Most managed to make it back out to sea and are thought to be out of danger.

But 13 became beached just before midday and DOC staff and volunteers have been working through the day to keep the whales wet and cool.

One of the whales was unable to be saved and died later this afternoon.

And a lower than hoped for tide and the fading light has prevented volunteers from being able to refloat the remaining whales tonight.

“Water got to them about 8.30pm. It was knee-deep, which isn’t quite high enough. You need sort of mid-thigh, especially for those bigger ones,” said DOC Ranger…

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Rescue bid for stranded whales (New Zealand)

The ocean update

Thirteen beached, 55 saved at Farewell Spit

January 14th, 20154. Thirteen whales have beached near Farewell Spit, near Golden Bay.

A group of 20 volunteers, including DOC staff, are working to save the group of 13 stranded pilot whales until high tide .

A Fairfax reporter at the scene said many of the volunteers were helping out at a whale stranding for the first time.

The reporter said DOC staff in boats had successfully saved the other 55 whales from stranding at this stage.

DOC ranger Greg Napp said a strong westerly wind was making conditions difficult and the sea rough.

“We will need to assess the sea conditions around 6.30pm to assess whether it will be safe to have people in chest-deep sea water attempting to refloat the whales in this remote location.” said Mr Napp.

The whales would need to be refloated before dark when it is…

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Tanzania’s White Gold

Journey to Taiji: First 2 days, first 2 slaughters #tweet4taiji

Voice For The Blue

I’ve followed the Cove Guardian campaign Infinite Patience for a few years now. I’ve seen all the pictures posted and watched the livestream on multiple occasions. However, nothing prepares you for the first time you witness and go through a drive hunt and then slaughter. There really was no rest for me upon arriving in Taiji, the best way to describe it was first day first slaughter, second day second slaughter. I’ve included some of the photos posted to Cove Guardian facebook page, as well as a few of my own that have not been posted.

The first drive hunt and slaughter I experienced was December 14, 2013. Everyday is different in Taiji and this day was not what I was expecting at all and after this I learnt to have no expectations whatsoever. The first day I watched in in disbelief as the killing boats began to drive a small…

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Update in Taji: Yesterdays Killings and Capturing of Dolphins so you simple minded idiots can eventually watch it balance a ball on its nose:

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French horse meat scandal in the Netherlands

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This video is called French police make arrests in new horsemeat scandal.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

(Update: 14-01-14, 08:00)

A batch of rejected French horse meat has reached the Dutch market by fraud with horse passports. State Secretary of Economic Affairs Dijksma has written this to parliament.

The fraud was discovered in France last month. It is about 200 slaughtered horses which were from equestrian centers, laboratories and individuals. The 11,000 kilograms of meat was rejected, but still ended up at five Dutch companies by fraud with horse passports.

Scandals

Last year, there were more scandals with horse meat in France. In March it was shown that French beef products had been mixed systematically with horse meat. In December, 21 people were arrested in France who sold meat of horses from pharmaceutical laboratories. That meat may contain drugs, such as antibiotics.

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Monsanto Critics Denied US Supreme Court Hearing On Seed Patents

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

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto Co’s biotech seed patents on Monday, dealing a blow to a group of organic farmers and other activists trying to stop the biotech company from suing farmers if their fields contain a few plants containing the company’s genetically modified traits.

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and a group of dozens of organic and conventional family farmers, seed companies and public advocacy interests sued Monsanto in March 2011. The suit sought to prohibit the company from suing farmers whose fields became inadvertently contaminated with corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and other crops containing Monsanto’s genetic modifications.

Monsanto has genetically engineered its specialty seeds to withstand dousings of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the company’s Roundup herbicide.

The group asked Monsanto for a pledge not to sue, but the company refused, saying: “A blanket covenant not to sue any present or future member of petitioners’…

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Oregon Wolf Pup Calls To It’s Pack….

Howling For Justice

January 13, 2013

Is there a more haunting, ethereal sound in nature than the howl of the wolf?  This sweet pup calls to its pack and they howl back!!

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Posted in: gray wolf pups, biodiversity

Video: Courtesy YouTube ODFW

Tags: Snake River Wolf Pack, ODFW, wolf pup, howling wolves, Oregon

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Omnibus Budget Will End Chances of Horse Slaughter Plants Opening in US

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Release by the Equine Welfare Alliance

“The new defunding language contains not only defunding, but also a stipulation that funding not be restored…”

 

CHICAGO, (EWA) – The omnibus bill pending before Congress this week contains language that will end the possibility of proposed horse slaughter plants opening in New Mexico and Missouri. The last three plants were closed in 2007 under state laws, and Congress had defunded required inspections which made it impossible for them to open in other states until 2011.

In 2011, the GAO produced a report claiming that these closures had caused a dramatic increase in the rate of abuse and neglect. This report was used by members of a small conference subcommittee to justify stripping the defunding language that had been placed in the 2012 House Agriculture budget but not in the Senate version. The GAO report was later discovered by EWA to have been…

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AMERICANS WARNED OF IMMINENT, DEADLY METEOR STRIKES

Chester robbery victim fatally shoots attacker

​Supreme Court hands Monsanto victory over farmers on GMO seed patents, ability to sue

Quote Of The Day—Prince William: Killing Wildlife For Fun ; From Wildlife Extra

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

Poaching or hunting

“While we admire Prince William for speaking out against rhino and elephant poaching, it seems that he misses the irony of the plea coming from someone who is known as a keen hunter.

It seems that is OK to kill wildlife for fun, but not for profit?”—-Wildlife Extra

world/africa_2011/Aspinall_rhino_williamPhoto: Wildlife Extra

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