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Save the Whales of Iceland

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I keep getting e-mail from people concerned about many of the world’s problems. Just yesterday, I received an appeal to sign a petition demanding that the government of Iceland stop allowing the killing of whales.


Dear David Hoffman,

Barely anyone eats whale meat anymore — so why is the Icelandic government still allowing up to 1,145 minke and 770 endangered fin whales to be butchered every year?

Whale hunting hurts Iceland’s tourism trade, alienates the country diplomatically, and wastes resources catching and killing a product only three percent of Iceland’s people eat.

Please, join us in calling on Iceland to stop butchering marine wildlife for no reason. Whales are sensitive, sentient creatures who keep marine ecosystems going — and if we’re going to stop their senseless slaughter, we need to speak out now.

PETITION TO ICELAND’S GOVERNMENT: Stop sanctioning the hunting of marine mammals like the minke and endangered…

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Yummmmmy….Donkey…I mean Fox (Fundamentally, People eat Donkey (and Foxes?))

Yummmmmy….Dolphin! (200 plus dolphins remain in killing cove during second day of captive selection.)

Japanese Fishermen Capture Dolphins in Taiji Cove

The ocean update

A baby albino dolphin rounded up with others in Taiji Cove, Japan, has already been taken from its mother and could sell for up to $200,000.

January 18th, 2014. Fishermen and divers caught at least 25 dolphins in a controversial Japanese fishing village Saturday, according to environmentalists, who said the process was captive selection ahead of a mass slaughter.

Activists from the environmental group streamed live footage of the dolphin capture in the village of Taiji, which drew worldwide attention in 2010 when it became the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove,” a hard-hitting film about the annual dolphin hunt.

Japanese Slaughtering Whales In Ocean Santuary

Every year the fishermen of Taiji corral hundreds of dolphins into a secluded bay, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and marine parks, and stab the rest to death for meat.

The town’s fishermen defend the hunt as a cultural tradition…

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Two Popular Foods May Turn Immune System Against Brain (Wheat and Milk)

Separation anxiety issues….

Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 93 – The Jaguar

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Jaguar sleeping in a tree

“Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river is polluted, only when the last fish is caught, will they realize that you can’t eat money”
Native American proverb

With destruction levels of South America’s rainforests set to hit an all time high, these wild and beautiful big cats are being forced to move closer to human settlements.  This is not their choice, they simply have nowhere else to go.  Their habitat is being lost at an Young jaguar in the undergrowthalarming rate, and with it most of their wild prey species.  Many of the ungulates eaten by the jaguar are also hunted by humans.  Over-hunted, in fact.  Farmers, who will shoot jaguars on sight, view them as pests, and as a threat to both themselves and their livestock. This, of course, is not without foundation; but when you deprive an animal of its own natural prey, there is a great…

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Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge Loves Cruel Foie Gras

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

Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge Blasted By Morrissey For Love Of ‘Savage’ Foie Gras Dish

Rocker blasts the Duchess once again

Kate Middleton has been blasted by Morrissey once again – this time over an animal rights issue, as he criticises her for her love of foie gras.

The dish has been banned by Prince Charles from all his functions because it allegedly requires that ducks or geese be forcefed so their livers are fattened.

Fortnum and Mason are reportedly still stocking the French delicacy, and Morrissey swipes at the Duchess of Cambridge as he calls for the store to be boycotted. Kate was reported to have ordered foie gras as a starter when she stopped by recently


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Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 98 – The Numbat

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor


“If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature’s way”
Aristotle – Nichomachean Ethics

One significant fact to cherish about the numbat is its relationship to the now extinct thylacine [1] or Tasmanian tigerThey were cousins. You may remember “Benjamin” the very last thylacine, who died in Hobart Zoo in 1936 in deeply sad circumstances. Numbat  Ironically, the numbat is the only living member of its own family of marsupials – the Myrmecobiidae family .   So it will be quite something if Australia manages to hang on to it.   And… they are trying.  A lot of dedicated people are doing all they can to keep the numbat alive, and, in general, it is held in quite high regard.  In 1973, the then Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Major General Sir Douglas Anthony Kendrew, declared and authorised this unique and rapidly declining species as…

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Japanese speak out against whaling

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 2015 Associated Press video is called Japan hosts pro-whaling conference, Greenpeace protests.

From Digital Journal:

Younger generations of Japanese are speaking out against whaling

By Elizabeth Batt

Jan 14, 2013

Tokyo – Recently, a newly formed Japanese grassroots group marched in protest against its country’s whaling policies. It was the first open resistance from within Japan itself. Digital Journal spoke with Action for Marine Mammals‘ (AMM) leader, Satoshi Komiyama.

Each year the Japanese government authorizes the killing and capture of thousands of whales and dolphins — either for meat or to sell animals to the captive marine industry. Yet so far, resistance to the annual whaling and dolphin drives in Taiji, Japan, has primarily been an external affair.

For various reasons, few Japanese citizens ever speak out against the hunts and many remain oblivious to their nature. In a country that encourages conformity, being…

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Vietnam wary as new bird flu strain claims lives in neighbor China

CDC Warns Clinicians to Watch for Deadly H5N1 Bird Flu

Lawsuit Seeks Documents on Animals Threatened by Keystone XL

Happy Weekend – Funny Baby Elephant

CRUELTY IS A CHOICE: Just don’t do it

Dog-Wolf Family Tree More Complex Than Scientists Thought

Wolf Is My Soul

Re-blogged from White Wolf:

According to popular belief, all of today’s dog breeds are descended from wolves domesticated thousands of years ago. However, a new study published on Thursday in PLOS Genetics has found that today’s dogs are more closely related to each other than they are to wolves – an indication that dogs were domesticated after they diverged from wolves.

“Dog domestication is more complex than we originally thought,” said study author John Novembre, associate professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago. “In this analysis we didn’t see clear evidence in favor of a multi-regional model, or a single origin from one of the living wolves that we sampled. It makes the field of dog domestication very intriguing going forward.”

To reach their findings, the international team generated high quality genome sequences from three gray wolves: one each from China, Croatia and Israel. The team chose…

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GM apples

Science on the Land

When apple (Malus domestica) fruits are cut or bitten, we all know that the cut surfaces turn brown. To stop this happening, here’s a range of genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) apples called Arctic apples.

Ordinary apples turn brown when the fruit’s ‘phenolic’ compounds react with oxygen. We don’t want to lose phenolic compounds because, if we eat them with plenty of fats and carbohydrates, they’re good for our health. It’s one of the reasons why my grandparents’ generation learned, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’

When apple surfaces turn brown, it’s because phenolics are oxidising (reacting with oxygen in the air.) This change is driven by an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase (PPO). So if you want to eat wholesome phenolics you’ll want to eat your apples before their cut surfaces turn brown. Every chef knows that you can delay the browning by…

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Nevada Lawsuit Exposes Underbelly of the Public Lands Grazing Disaster

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: The Cloud Foundation

Nevada organizations come to aid of welfare ranchers

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (Jan. 17, 2014) A lawsuit brought by the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau (NFB) against the federal government claims wild horse overpopulation creates serious environmental concerns for horses, wildlife, and the ecology of rangelands, yet makes no mention of the glaring inconsistencies between policies of wild horse management and the free ride granted to federal livestock grazing.

The lawsuit accuses the federal government of failing to comply with the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act by not keeping wild horse populations within Appropriate Management Levels (AML) set by the BLM.  The lawsuit claims that the wild horses have damaged public land and demands not only removal of “excess” wild horses, but the disposal of removed wild horses that are incarcerated in holding facilities.

“Even though millions of privately-owned…

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Tonight, You Sleep With The Starving Pigs

strange behaviors


Nothing like a colorful murder with Saturday morning breakfast (ah, the bacon and eggs).  Here’s the report from Claudio Lavanga at NBC News:

An Italian mobster fed a rival gangster to starving pigs — and then marveled at how the victim screamed and how the swine gorged themselves, police say.

The gruesome tale — right out the movie “Hannibal” — came to light when police released a wiretapped phone call by Simone Pepe, a member of the ‘Ndrangheta, the most powerful and violent of Italy’s four Mafias.

The caller recounts how he used an iron bar to

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Endangered Sea Turtles Face New Threats In Indonesia

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

Associated Press= JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Green sea turtles remain a rare sight in many parts of the world, but one Indonesian island tasked with protecting them is being overrun by far too many.

New research suggests that the gentle endangered creatures are crowding into a marine reserve in numbers never recorded anywhere, gobbling seagrass to the point that they risk destroying the food source that’s vital to their survival.

Up to 20 turtles were spotted in an area covering about two U.S. football fields (one hectare) at Derawan Island off Indonesia’s part of Borneo in 2011. That means snorkelers are almost guaranteed to see a turtle every moment they’re in the water. The rate was four times higher than non-protected areas elsewhere and also topped historic numbers reported before the reptile was hunted by humans.

The graceful creatures with heart-shaped shells usually just munch on seagrass much like cows…

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PETA Rescues 17 Bears From Miserable Pits (PS: The One I Initially Reported and pushed to get out was/is from NC)

Another whale stranding at Farewell Spit (New Zealand)

The ocean update

January 18th, 2014. At least 40 pilot whales are stranded at New Zealand’s Farewell Spit, the third mass stranding of the summer.

The whales were discovered in Golden Bay on Saturday, not far from where eight whales were put down on Thursday after a pod of 13 beached themselves earlier in the week.

The “40 plus” whales had not fully beached themselves but were sitting on their bellies with water around them, Project Jonah chairman Mark Simpson told AAP.

Department of Conservation staff were already at the site and Project Jonah was asking its local volunteers to help with the refloating effort.

“They are pretty close to deep water and they are right at the low water mark. Hopefully the tide will be turning and we will be able to get them out to deep water.”

Project Jonah had about 200 volunteers to call on in the Nelson-Marlborough…

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Whale beached on Cape San Blas (Florida, USA)

The ocean update

January 17th, 2014 (Wes Locher). CAPE SAN BLAS — A beaked whale that washed ashore on Cape San Blas had euthanized, despite efforts of volunteers and professionals to save it (Ed Sibylline : real efforts are an hospitalization, nothing else. Refloation is when the animals are not sick).

The stranded whale first was spotted Jan. 8 around 7 a.m. EST Jan. 8 by a visitor, who called the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the area turtle patrol identified the whale to be a beaked whale.

From there, the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and arrived at 9:30 a.m. to find a small crowd amassed around the animal.

According to turtle patrol volunteer Julia Cunningham, the whale had been seen circling the area over the previous several days but was thought to be a dolphin. The mammal was far out of its…

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Baby + bubbles + dog = laughter!

Vatican defrocked 400 priests for molesting children

Well its about time!!!! Its embarrassing being Catholic.

Discarded Fishing Line Lethal To Birds And Marine Mammals

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

Discarded fishing line and other marine debris are killing wildlife in huge numbers.

More than one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from marine debris,according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Fishing line is the number one culprit cleanup volunteers encounter when they try to save wildlife,according to the Ocean Conservancy organization.

“When these animals get caught in this line, it’s a slow and agonizing death,” said Jim Walker spokesman for Mississippi’s Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks.

fishing line

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White tigers: Tragic–not magic

Animal Blawg

KennytigerKathleen Stachowski   Other Nations

Kenny died in 2008. If you didn’t mark his passing (you probably didn’t even know about it), don’t feel bad. Kenny, you see, was not the beautiful white tiger on posters for glitzy magic acts. He wasn’t the star attraction drawing crowds of admirers to the zoo. As the product of unscrupulous white tiger breeding, Kenny’s life and death ran under the radar. It was only through the compassion of a wildlife refuge in Arkansas that he was able to live out his life in comfort and even found a modicum of fame (video)–one of the luckiest of the unlucky. He died at 10 years of age from cancer (source).  

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NSA spying on 200 million phone messages a day

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called New revelations show NSA collects 200 million text messages a day.

By Patrick O’Connor:

NSA collects nearly 200 million phone text messages a day

17 January 2014

Britain’s Guardian and Channel Four television news programme yesterday released documents from former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden detailing yet another mass US surveillance operation. Under the codename Dishfire, the NSA has been intercepting and permanently storing the metadata and content of billions of mobile phone text messages sent by ordinary people around the world.

The latest material from Snowden has been published at the same time as President Barack Obama is attempting to legitimise ongoing domestic surveillance of US citizens, under the guise of intelligence “reform” (see: “Obama’s NSA ‘reform’ defends illegal spying”).

The details of the ongoing Dishfire operation further expose the Obama administration’s empty rhetoric about respecting the rule…

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Adorable: Baby Elephant Learning to Hydrate (Video)

Higher Learning

Young Elephants, like many animals, are not immediately fully familiar with the functions of their bodies. One example is their inability to drink water using their trunks. Instead of filling their trunks and then refreshingly emptying them into their mouths, the babies prefer to get down and dirty. Watch this adorable video by BBC of a baby Elephant trying to learn the proper drinking process.

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