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The witness

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Last Sunday I was invited by a group of animal loving people to watch the documentary The Witness ~ one man’s emotional journey to becoming an animal activist, particularly around the despicable fur industry. It was comforting to view this moving documentary with others who cared – the circulating tissues were indeed reassuring. 

Before presenting the background to The Witness, I would like to share some thoughts that were raised on Sunday.

One task of an activist is to make others conscious about the ethics of an issue. Surely, though, being aware is not enough? It is one’s conscience that ultimately drives us to try and change an injustice. 

According to Wikipedia:

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RESEARCH? Why bother?

Mike Grant - Author

The current way of thinking pertaining to the Canadian Grey Wolf on certain anti-wolf pages is that the Canadian Government decided (wolf) generations ago that it was going to design and breed a super wolf…a hybrid killing machine that would eliminate the ungulate population in the U.S. so that a) hunters would have to come to Canada to hunt and spend their money and b) the American government would cite that “without any hunting there would be no need for guns” and therefore would implement gun control measures.

I love America and the times I’ve visited I’ve found the general population to be genuinely friendly and real folk but this is just one of those absurd issues that make me wonder what the hell is going on not only there but here…and everywhere.

I have to keep reminding myself that this type of thinking is spouted by a minority with a…

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96 Elephants killed every day…

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Mexico’s ‘water monster’ disappears

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via Current Biology – genericlatino: kqedscience: Mexico’s ‘water….

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kqedscience:

“Biologist Luis Zambrano of Mexico’s National Autonomous University says the most recent three-month attempt to net axolotls found not one of the creatures. He says researchers are planning a second three-month hunt for the creatures, which still survive in labs and breeding tanks.

Millions once lived in the giant lakes of Xochimilco and Chalco on which Mexico City was built. Using four stubby legs to drag themselves along lake bottoms or their thick tails to swim like mini-alligators, they hunted plentiful aquatic insects, small fish and crustaceans.”

I am crushed.

 

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Who’s the real killer, sharks or humans?

Chipotle’s new miniseries gives factory farming the “Scandal” treatment

Grist

Factory farming isn’t an entertaining topic — sadness- and guilt-provoking, yes, but not something you settle in to think about on a Friday night. But Chipotle (of all things) might be changing all that with Farmed and Dangerous, a four-part miniseries airing on Hulu on Feb. 17.

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The web series takes on Big Ag, presenting a fictitious dilemma: A major beef producer starts feeding its cattle petroleum-based chow, but a cow explodes, and the security footage of the explosion goes viral. Enter the creepy dad from Twin Peaks (Ray Wise) as an Olivia Pope-style fixer who tries to smooth the scandal over, even going so far as to pimp out his daughter to the cute activist farmer who leaked the video. There’s even a Matt Damon joke!

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What is This Mysterious Device Deployed and Exploded Over San Diego? [video]

Starship Earth: The Big Picture

Thanks to Extraterrestrials.ning.com.

Is it earthly? Is it extraterrestrial? What is its purpose?  I agree—it’s not an orb.  ~ BP

Published on 17 Jan 2014

Please see the update of this clip. After watching many vids sent to me I found a device in the red falling object in my clip. Knowing this I am changing the title of this clip as it has caused way too much fear – I wanted to create awareness of chemplanes. For that I am sorry and will strive to better title my work.

I now think this is a device dropped from a chem plane that helps them track their efforts in some way. All that debris looks like metallic particles that might help the tracking – or maybe we just do not know. It is a bit shocking to see this over houses though.

Thank you all for getting this clip out…

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Idaho hunter hired to kill wolves “gets the job done”!

Exposing the Big Game

[This answers the question, “How many are left?”]

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/01/idaho_hunter_hired_to_kill_wol.html

by Associated Press, January 29th 2014

KETCHUM, Idaho — A professional hunter has been called out of a federal wilderness in central Idaho because he succeeded in killing all the wolves in two packs, a state agency spokesman said.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Mike Keckler tells the Idaho Mountain Express in a story on Wednesday that the hunter killed eight wolves with traps and a ninth by hunting.

Gus Thoreson of Salmon started hunting and trapping in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in mid-December as part of a state plan to eliminate wolves to boost elk numbers. The state agency had planned to keep Thoreson hunting through the winter.

“He had been pretty effective early on, but it had been two weeks since he had taken any wolves, so we decided there was no…

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Old Lady vs Young Jerk

Beverly Hills Car Inspection list ~ Brakes past√ Horn past√
Mercedes airbags passes with flying colors√
German engineering at its best ….

New Data Offer Few Clues To Declining Beluga Whale Stocks (Alaska, USA)

The ocean update

January 21st, 2014 (Shaylon Cochran). Fisheries scientists gathered in Soldotna Thursday for a presentation on years-long study of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. The information those scientists shared provides a baseline for future studies of Belugas.

Jennifer Dushane has a thing for Beluga whales. She’s a marine biologist based in Anchorage, and she’s one of many scientific minds who came together to produce one of the largest bodies of research yet on Cook Inlet beluga whales.

“The purpose of this study was to provide a first description of this large catalog of records. That included how many [strandings], where were they, when did they occur, by live and dead stranded and by gender and age class when we had that [information],” Dushane said.

Dushane examined records of stranded whales. That’s one of the few areas of study with any real data. Very little exists prior to about 20 years ago, when Cook…

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Worries Over Whale Population Delays Sakhalin Oil Project (Russia)

The ocean update

January 22th, 2014. Environmental activists in Russia’s Far East said Tuesday that construction linked to offshore oil production had been delayed over concerns it could harm local populations of endangered gray whales.

The mandate of an expert commission examining plans by the Sakhalin-1 consortium led by US oil giant Exxon Mobil to build temporary wharfs on the Far East island of Sakhalin has been extended by two months for further consultation, the head of Sakhalin Environmental Watch Dmitry Lisitsyn said.

The Sakhalin-1 project, a landmark collaboration between foreign energy giants and the Russian authorities established in 1996, is currently developing three major offshore fields in the Sea of Okhotsk.

If the wharfs are built they would be serviced by huge barges that would make so much noise that they would deter rare western Pacific gray whales from using a key feeding ground, according to Lisitsyn.

The shallow water feeding ground is particularly important for whale calves, the ecologist said.

Sakhalin Environmental Watch is proposing that Sakhalin-1 use the more expensive option of delivering supplies by road to the existing port of Moskalvo while…

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Norweigians Caught Illegally Selling Whale Meat to Unaware Customers During Berlin’s Green Week Trade Fair (Germany)

The ocean update

whale-meatJanuary 23rd, 2014 (Elysia McMahan). When a Norwegian stand at Berlin’s Green Week trade fair was caught selling Minke whale meat, custom officials immediately closed it down.

In Germany, selling whale meat is illegal, but Norway is one of the few countries in the world, including the Danish Faeroe Islands, Iceland, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Japan, where it is permitted.

Whale protection activists criticized the sale of the so-called marinated bite-sized snacks.

“Norway has broken numerous laws,” said Astrid Fuchs from the WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (formerly WDCS), the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins.

After the WDC visited the stand, they tipped off custom officers, who then seized nearly seven pounds of Minke whale meat. If the distributors are convicted of the crime, they could face a hefty fine and up to five years in prison.

The state prosecutor’s office…

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Pilot whale euthanized on Harding Beach (Massachusetts, USA)

The ocean update

Dr. Michael Moore of IFAW and WHOI prepares to euthanize a pilot whale that stranded on Harding Beach in Chatham earlier today.Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy
Dr. Michael Moore of IFAW and WHOI prepares to euthanize a pilot whale that stranded on Harding Beach in Chatham earlier today. Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy

January 27th, 2014. CHATHAM – A pilot whale found stranded around noon today on Harding Beach was murdered later in the evening after members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare were unable to get the whale into deep water.

IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team responded to the scene around 2 p.m.

The approximately 3,000 pound whale was in overall good condition, said Kerry Branon, an IFAW spokeswoman.

The team planned to satellite tag and then release the whale, but they were unable to get the whale back into deep water, Branon said.

After a consultation with an on-site veterinarian, the team realized the whale could not be saved, she said.

“They did everything they could to minimize its suffering, and…

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600 threatened whale sharks killed each year at Chinese slaughterhouse

The ocean update

whalesharkJanuary 27th, 2014. Hong Kong environmental group Wildlife At Risk has just released a report on a whale shark slaughterhouse in China’s southeastern Zhejiang Province. A 4 year investigation has revealed that 600 whale sharks are killed there each year. The whale shark is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

The factory is located at Pu Qi township, near Wenzhou and at least 600 whale sharks are killed each year to be processed into fish oil health supplements (Ed Sibylline : Omega-3 Capsule ?).

In a joint-statement released today, Alex Hofford and Paul Hilton of WildLifeRisk said : “We went to Pu Qi three times in the last three years, and on each occasion the scale of the slaughter was truly staggering.

“How these harmless creatures, these gentle giants of the deep, can be slaughtered on such an industrial scale is beyond belief. It’s…

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First Shark Killed in Australia Cull

The ocean update

shark-cull-AustraliaJanuary 26th, 2014. The first shark caught under a controversial new Australian culling policy aimed at reducing fatal attacks was shot dead Sunday after being snared, angering conservationists.

The three-meter (10-feet) creature, reported to be a female tiger shark, was caught on bait lines set off Australia’s west coast in the past 24 hours under a policy approved by the national government.

A fisherman contracted to patrol the lines found the shark snared off Meelup Beach early Sunday and, according to media reports, shot it in the head four times at close range.

Western Australia state premier Colin Barnett was heckled by a protester at a public function after the kill was made public but was unapologetic about the plan, which has been met with criticism and demonstrations.

Great Whites Could Be Longest-Lived Sharks

Under the plan, approved by Canberra last week under an exemption to national environmental protection laws, baited…

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33 dead pilot whales die on beach in Florida : Over 50 whales dead in 2 months (Florida, USA)

The ocean update

Pod-Pilot-Whales-StrandedJanuary 24th, 2014. 33 dead whales were found beached in Florida and this comes on the heels of other events of beached dead whales in the state within the last few months. According to MSN on Jan. 24, the 25 whales were first spotted swimming Sunday near Gordon Pass in Naples and the whales were marked by biologists.

The pod of pilot whales were tracked on Sunday and then spotted again on Monday near Marco Pass just off Marco Island. The biologists tracked them until they were about two miles out at sea.

Then on Thursday 25 whales were spotted beached on Kice Island by a boater. This was about 16 miles south of where the whales were first discovered on Sunday. The whales that had beached themselves were all dead, which was confirmed by a FWC field biologist who was working in tandem with FWC law enforcement.

Sixteen female whales and nine…

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Pilot whales have ‘mummy’s boys,’ too

The ocean update

January 27th, 2014 (Phys.org). A Liverpool John Moores University scientist has revealed that sons are a bigger drain on resources than daughters for pilot whale mothers, but mums are powerless to ease the burden.

Dr Hazel Nichols from the LJMU School of Natural Sciences and Psychology led the investigation, working in collaboration with Professor Bill Amos (University of Cambridge) to reanalyse genetic and behavioural data from a previous study of over 3000 pilot whales. The results were published in ScienceDirect.

Dr Nichols said that “pilot whales are a particularly interesting species to study as they show several similarities to human societies”.

Previous research by Professor Amos and scientists at the Natural History Museum of the Faroe Islands revealed that pilot whales live in large social groups (known as pods) of up to several hundred individuals – similar to the number of Facebook friends that people have. Pods show extremely strong…

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60-65 More Striped dolphins brutally slaughtered today by the people from Taji, Japan! The violent process of wrestling, manhandling and molesting these dolphins to shore took several hours.

You know how people from NJ are generally known for being assholes? Welp, Our Humane Society People Stepped into Rid of a Few Of em this week….

worth a try?