THE CLOUD FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE
In late January Lisa Friday and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation (TCF) met with BLM District Manager, Mark Storzer, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to discuss ways to protect the over 600 horses held captive in the 30-year-old corral facility. Harsh westerly winds regularly blast the corrals and the BLM has tried to deal with the problem in the past by putting up plywood on the corral panels, but few of the wooden windbreaks remain.
“At the meeting, we discussed what might work for windbreaks and Mr. Storzer indicated that plywood is too heavy and the wind could topple the entire fence,” states Kathrens, Executive Director of the Colorado-based wild horse…
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#AceFoodNews says latest reports from EWG state that a `Plastic Chemical found in nearly 500 foods sold in US, by over 130 companies.
Nearly 500 food items commonly sold in the United States contain a chemical compound also used in synthetic leathers and yoga mats, but a health research and advocacy organization is aiming to change that.
Fast-food chain restaurant Subway made headlines earlier this month when it announced that it would no longer be including that compound azodicarbonamide or ADA — as a “dough conditioner” in the sandwich bread used in thousands of locations around the globe. But researchers at the Environmental Working Group say Subway isn’t the only guilty party, and that roughly 130 other companies mass-produce and sell an array of products that should have that chemical from their recipes as well.
According to a report released by that group on Thursday this week, consumers are just about…
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A small white lion worth 138,000 dollars according petsbest.com.
The price of a Savannah cat can climb up to 5000 dollars
A hyacinth macaw worth 14,000 dollars depending weirdlyodd.com.
Mona monkey in reserve Boabeng Fiema Monkey Ghana. © Adam Seward / Alamy
Toucans Keel live in Central America, and worth between 5,000 and 10,000 dollars.
Chimpanzees sell between 60,000 and 65,000 dollars.
Puppies of this breed sell for thousands of dollars depending mnn.com.
This cat looks like a little tiger sells for a few thousand dollars
This video is called BBC Planet Earth (Blue whale).
Not only news about extinct whale species from Chile, also about living species …
From Wildlife Extra:
Blue whales get a boost in Chile
February 2014: Blue whale and dolphin conservation gets a boost with the decision by Chile Government to make Tic Toc, situated on Chile’s southern coast, the largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in continental Chile. With an area of around 90,000 ha (equal to the urban area of Chile’s capital), Tic-Toc is one of the most biodiverse areas of Chilean coast.
“This marine park is a gift and a great inheritance for our children,” said Dr Francisco Viddi, Marine Conservation Program coordinator at WWF Chile. “Tic-Toc will finally be protected; its rich waters, innumerable species and fragile ecosystem will be conserved and the blue whales will continue to have a home here every summer.”
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Earlier this year, a study came out describing a new plant species in the Andes that is the sole home of an estimated 40 or 50 kinds of insects. I thought that had a certain “wow” factor. It also seemed like a chance to write about “keystone species”—the ones on which whole ecosystems depend—and the ripple effects when such a species goes extinct.
So I asked for a comment from evolutionary ecologist Dan Janzen at the University of Pennsylvania, and he responded with characteristic pith and vinegar. “You tell me what species on the planet is not an important part of the life cycle of many tens to hundreds of other species,” he demanded. “As for so-called keystone species, that simply…
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“ATTENTION “… A PHONE CALL FROM THE IRS… this sounds like a SCAM !!!!
My cell phone rang this morning, which is pretty unusual. No one calls me, really, no one. I glanced at the number it was an in state one, so thinking, I better answer it.
This morning my son Jessup was trying to get out of going to school and thought maybe it was the school calling saying his “cold” got worse. He was not liking that younger brother had no school and thought it only fair that he could stay home as well.
Sniff sniff this morning. I said no and took him to school. 🙂
Well, the number ended up being a lady from the IRS!
My mouth dropped and I about fell off the chair. My heart started beating fast and I really wanted to hang up but thought I better not. She went on to tell me that my business was being audited for…
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~~February 28, 2014~~
It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and this amazing infographic is a great resource for raising awareness of how the unrealistic images we see in media and advertising can affect the self-esteem of girls and women. It’s filled with facts such as: “Ten years ago, plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards today are between size 6 and 14.”
Girls are inundated with visions of beauty in ads and other media that are unattainable and often photo-shopped. This awareness week offers an excellent opportunity to talk with the girls in your life about these types of media messages and body image-related issues and we’ve pulled together several resources to help.
For a wonderful guide to help girls understand how the images seen in such advertising are illusionary, we recommend “All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through…
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People like me can not even fathom Betty’s kind of poverty, or what leads someone there. Culture? Role models? Lack of them? Financial ruin? Death? Mental Illness? Addiction? Our modern-day lepers – It’s just so easy for us to look the other way as they stand amid the traffic, cross to the other side of the street as they approach, and flip someone a buck when we’re feeling generous. Haven’t they made their own choices? And if they’re an addict, it’s their own doing! Why would I feel sorry for someone who poked holes in the crumpled can to burn a rock, put the lighter under the spoon, or climbs inside a bottle with my dollar?
It’s not so simple. Seriously, do you honestly think that kid sitting next to you in your high school memory really choseto end up penniless and begging? Many do have substance abuse issues. I’ve learned so much about addiction…
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My receptionist Ericka was in tears. The caller had said some pretty mean things, and she’s sensitive to what people say to her. She thrust the phone towards me, and pleaded for me to deal with it, “She doesn’t understand we don’t have any appointments available and, anyway, we’ll be closed in 45 minutes.” Some lady’s dog hadn’t “eated” in 4 days, and so she thinks she’s really pretty sick, and what was I gonna do about it? On such a hectic afternoon, I was glad to take the load off the front desk, and proceeded with the best defense being a good offense. “So he hasn’t eaten in 4 days? Wow, you rushed right in! What makes you think it’s serious now” The colloquialism of her words and accents made it difficult to understand, even for a small town Missoura hick like myself, but I did make out something…
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Bigbird the Pelican was a foundling. He swam in off Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika one day, alone and unable to fly, and he was adopted by a safari company, Greystoke Mahale, that makes its camp on the lake’s banks.
And he grew up, and he learned how to fly, and his rescuers strapped a GoPro camera to his beak while he did it so you could get a bird’s-nose view of the whole thing. This video of Bigbird winging over the lake may essentially be a commercial for GoPro, but it’s also pretty awesome. Look how big Bigbird’s wings are!
This post is important. I am posting this now because I want to make sure that if you didn’t catch it before… you see it now. You need to be aware of this NOW.
If you love and care about the welfare of animals… you must read this and take action!
I have taken, well, borrowed, the below emails from 2 very strong and passionate women whom I respect.
Jen Mathews, of My Beauty Bunny….
“I don’t do these types of emails often. This is really important to me, or I wouldn’t bother you with it. Animal testing may soon be required in the US if the Safe Cosmetics Act passes. We have to stop it. Pls sign and share! It literally takes two seconds. Thank you!
I just signed the petition “Congress: Stop the potential for the U.S. to require animal testing that would occur if the Safe Cosmetics…
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A forgotten dog sits alone inside of his kennel run at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh, N.Y.
At three years of age, “Archie,” has spent half of his life impounded at the facility and the time has taken its toll.
Archie wants a friend – be it human or canine – he wants someone to spend his time with.
This handsome boy has been at the facility since July 2012 – an incredibly long period of time to be without a family and without one-on-one companionship.
Archie is described as friendly and playful – he loves belly rubs and does not mind being handled. Archie needs to be adopted – he needs a family and he needs to be loved.
Please take a moment…
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~~February 28, 2014~~
Today is International Polar Bear Day, which celebrates everyone’s favorite furry beasts of the Arctic. In honor of the occasion, Live Science brings you some wacky facts about the furry beasts.
~~Males can weigh as much as a dozen men~~
An adult male polar bear typically weighs between 775 and 1,200 pounds (351 to 544 kilograms), or the weight of about five to seven men. The largest polar bear ever recorded was a male weighing 2,209 pounds (1,000 kg), according to Polar Bear International. By contrast, adult females weigh only half as much as males, or 330 to 650 pounds (50 to 295 kg).
But the bears are tiny when they’re born, weighing only about 1 pound (0.5 kg). Males reach their adult size between ages 8 and 14, while females reach full size between ages 5 and 6.
~~They can go days without eating~~
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The Obama administration tentatively gave its environmental blessing to oil industry plans to look for new deposits in the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast. Recommendations outlined Thursday in a long-awaited environmental report by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management came as music to the ears of drilling companies.
But the air guns that the industry plans to use in its hunt for underwater oil fields won’t sound so sweet to the staggering numbers of dolphins and whales that could end up being maimed.
The oil industry wants to drill along the East Coast, but the last surveys of oil deposits in coastal Atlantic areas were conducted in the 1970s and 1980s using technology that’s now obsolete. So now industry wants to survey with more modern techniques, which McClatchy news service describes this way: “The seismic tests involve vessels towing an array of air guns that blast compressed air underwater…
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This is the first part we see the health perspective
A lot of people believe a vegetable-based diet, which excludes milk and cheese, doesn’t provide enough calcium. Fruits and vegetables contain ample amounts of calcium and this veggie-calcium is actually retained more efficiently in our bodies.
Green vegetables, beans, tofu, sesame seeds, and even oranges contain lots of usable calcium, without problems associated with dairy. Keep in mind that you retain the calcium better and just do not need as much when you don’t consume a diet heavy in animal products , sugar and sodium, and caffeine.
Despite its reputation, milk’s calcium-absorption rate is lower than what you might think:
Many green vegetables have calcium-absorption rates of over 50 percent, compared with about 32 percent…
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This video says about itself:
26 November 2011
From Wildlife Extra:
Ancient marine graveyard mystery solved
The marine graveyard was discovered in 2011 when builders working to extend the Pan-American Highway discovered a 250 metre wide quarry site filled with the skeletons of more than 40 marine mammals including 31 large baleen whales, seals, a walrus-like toothed whale, an aquatic sloth and an extinct species of sperm whale, suggesting that they died from the same cause.
The wide array of animals…
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|Stop Ontario’s Spring Bear Hunt – Action Needed!|
|URGENT! Please send Sign-On letter!|
Dear Friends of Wildlife
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s decision to allow a Spring Bear Hunt in Ontario will result in the death of hundreds of small bear cubs just like this one.
Attracting hungry adult bears with food bait when they are coming out of a long hibernation and easily shot by a hunter hiding in a nearby tree blind is a cowardly act made worse by the small dependent cubs that are left to die a slow death of starvation. Sometimes hounds are used to track and tree bears for hunters to shoot. Wounded bears fall to the ground where the hounds attack them. Hounds may also attack cubs that are stranded on the ground without their mothers.
You and I can make a difference in stopping this morally-indefensible hunt. If you live in…
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China: Top buyer of illegal timber drives deforestation
November 29, 2012
BEIJING: China, emergent superpower and the world’s second biggest economy, is effectively standing on the sidelines as its exponential growth devastates forests in a trade worth billions of dollars a year.
In the new report Appetite for Destruction: China’s Trade in Illegal Timber, launched today in Beijing, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals that China is now the single largest international consumer of illegal timber, importing wood stolen by organised criminal syndicates on a massive scale.
In the past 10 years, significant progress has been made to protect shrinking forests around the world from the devastating impacts of illegal logging. As major timber-consumers, the United States the European Union and Australia have now taken legislative steps to exclude stolen timber from their markets, while key producer countries such as Indonesia have dramatically improved enforcement against illegal logging.
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Over the last several years, a number of different constituencies have worked hard to advance legislation to ban exotic animals (elephants, tigers, lions, etc.) from circuses. There is now a bill pending in committee in the New York state legislature. Below follows a press release from one of the groups working on this issue:
Proposed NYS Legislation To Ban “Wild & Exotic Animals” in Entertainment.
This is to inform all residents of New York State that 2 bills (Assembly A5407 and Senate S5971) have been introduced which would ban the use of wild and exotic animals (elephants, lions, tigers, etc) in entertainment, including circuses.
THERE WILL BE NO ACTION TAKEN on these bills unless there is public support for them. It is crucial that voters call or email their New York State representatives to urge support of these bills (do a search online if…
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Yesterday this dog was spotted from a car by accident. Animal welfare charity Andjeo Sarajevo saw a wire around his neck.
This poor dog passed by thousands of people on a busy street in Hrasnica, Sarajevo, and of course no one paid any attention to him, he’s a big enough dog but they acted like he didn’t even exist. Andjeo Sarajevo stopped and saw the same thing they had seen a little while ago with Faith. A tight wire deeply sunk into his neck.
“He didn’t resist much, either he didn’t have the strength to or else he knew we could help him. We contacted the vet on call and took him there straight away, the scene was even worse under the harsh light of the clinic.”
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Reported today on Visokoin.com. Velika Kladusa is in the far northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, located near the border with Croatia. Translation of article:
More than 40 dogs killed during the last week, found at the Radic Vrnograč bridge dump in the vicinity of Velika Kladusa. On their bodies were visible wounds from rifle bullets.
This data, supported by photographs, was revealed by animal rights activist Sejad Kajtazović, who on Tuesday reported the case of unlawful killing of stray dogs to the competent authorities.
“I found this out on Sunday (23 February) when I went to the dump and photographed what I saw. I have not counted exactly how many dogs as they are thrown into a hole at a depth of five to six meters, but there are certainly more than forty,” Sejad Kajtazović told us. He had photos of dogs killed in the Todorova area, but there are indications that strays killed in other villages…
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We have been sent the following very informative information today – 28/2/14.
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