Chamomile is a safe and natural sedative, derived from a daisy-like plant, that can be effective in calming an anxious dog (and people, too). As our dogs can’t sip a mug of herbal tea, some innovative companies now offer chamomile-infused chews.
Sam’s Yams makes a treat that combines the nutritional benefit of natural sweet potato with the calming effects of chamomile. These antioxidant rich “Calmly Chamomile Yam Bones” should safely satisfy your dog’s natural chewing urges while helping him to weather the storm…
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Liam O’Brien, The Independent
Nightmares about the backlash they suffered the last time they dared to change the secret recipe for their drink still most likely haunt Coca-Cola executives.
But 27 years after the ill-fated launch of New Coke, the threat of having a cancer warning placed on their famous red bottles is forcing them to revise the closely guarded ingredients again.
With its arch rival Pepsi, Coca-Cola is altering its drink in the US after the state of California declared one of its flavourings a carcinogen – though it will continue to sell the old form of the drink in Britain and the rest of Europe, with no cautionary labelling.
The two drinks have been made to include less of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, a caramel flavouring known as 4-MEI, which the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the US has linked it to cancer in mice and leukaemia…
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Now they just need to end it on ALL OTHER animals. OC
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Merck & Co. is joining two dozen other pharmaceutical companies and contract laboratories in committing to not use chimpanzees for research.
The growing trend could mean roughly 1,000 chimps in the U.S. used for research or warehoused for many years in laboratory cages could be “retired” to sanctuaries by around 2020.
That’s according to Kathleen Conlee of the Humane Society of the United States, which seven years ago began urging companies to phase out all chimp research.
The trend is driven by improved technology, animal alternatives and pressure from animal rights groups, the National Institutes of Health and Congress.
Last June, reacting to an Institute of Medicine study Congress had requested that concluded nearly all chimp research is unnecessary, the NIH announced it would retire and send about 90 percent of…
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February 25, 2014
A plan to clear homeless people from New York City subway trains in a pre-dawn Monday operation by police and transportation officials was abandoned amid pressure from campaigners.
Dozens of homeless men and women sleeping on the seats of E line trains as they rolled into the World Trade Center terminal in the early hours were left alone, despite warnings that they would be asked to leave so cars could be cleaned.
“It was postponed,” Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told the Guardian. “We decided not to go ahead. I can’t give you a specific reason why it was postponed. But it may well take place in the future”.
Detective James Duffy, a spokesman for the New York police department, said in an email: “I’ve learned that the MTA operation for this morning was cancelled”.
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This video is called Complete Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly.
From Sylvia Fallon’s Blog in the USA:
As monarch butterflies plummet, it’s time to rethink the widespread use of our nation’s top weedkiller
February 24, 2014
Today NRDC is calling on EPA to re-examine the widespread use of glyphosate, commonly called Roundup, in light of its impacts on monarch butterflies. Glyphosate was last approved by EPA in 1993 before the adoption of genetically modified crops that are tolerant to its use, known as “Roundup Ready” crops. Now, however, Roundup Ready corn and soy dominate the agricultural system and the use of glyphosate has skyrocketed tenfold to 182 million pounds annually. As a result, milkweed – which is the sole food source for monarch butterfly larvae – has all but been eliminated from farm fields across the Midwest.
At the same time that spraying of glyphosate…
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A Sanctuary for Manta Rays
Last month, Indonesia established the world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays — those enormous, finned fortresses that can reach nearly 30 feet across. For the first time, manta ray hunting and export is banned within the entire 2.3 million square miles of Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone.
The sanctuary is a victory for conservationists and the manta rays, as Indonesia was home to some of the largest ray fisheries in the world.
But the decree may not have been motivated solely by the plight of the rays, whose populations are dwindling in the archipelago. A study published last May in PLoS ONE calculated the measure of a manta and concluded the immense rays are worth much more alive than dead. For starters, the study reports that Indonesia earns an estimated $15 million in manta ray tourist revenues annually — compared to the ray fisheries, worth about…
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Because 39,438 otters are inhumanely killed for fur every year.
American and Canadian furs are traded at big auction houses in America and Canada and the strongest markets are in China and South Korea. Manufacturing centres exist in central and NE China and South Korea. Buyers come from Beijing, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, New York, Turkey, Toronto and the UK
If the average figures are extended to the remaining states it gives a total per year of 28,462 for USA and 10,976 for Canada.
See the petition on secure.avaaz.org
If you are one of the many friends who tweet for Tony and supported his Shorty Awards campaign aimed at raising awareness for captive tigers, you’ll be happy to hear that Tony is a finalist in the category of Non-Human.
He finished in third place with 335 nominations. Each Official Category has 7 finalists. These include 4 with the most nominations from the public and 3 chosen by a new Shorty Awards Nominating Board made up of professional journalists from around the world.
Tony’s change.org petition reached 37,000 signatures on February 23, 2014. This petition has gathered signatures from all over the world and keeps people updated, supportive and demonstrates the interest in Tony’s…
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Volunteers and Sea Rescue keep whales wet after 19 Pilot whales beached on Nordhoek Long Beach. For several hours, the community of Winterstrand fought to stop the matriarch whale from leading her pod back onto the rocks and death. Photo by Michael Walker
February 24th, 2014 (Angelique Serrao). East London – For several hours, the community of Winterstrand, Eastern Cape, fought to stop the matriarch whale from leading her pod back onto the rocks and death.
They clapped and made as much noise as possible in an effort to turn the whales from the shore.
By Saturday evening, their efforts had saved three of four beached pilot whales (Ed Sibylline : probably false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens), seen the pic.).
The rescue mission began when the whales were discovered on the beach around 8am on Saturday. There were three adults – one an older matriarch a…
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February 24th, 2014 (Moira Kerr). A WILDLIFE watchdog fears mock warfare and missile fire may be harming whales and dolphins, causing them to flee Scotland’s marine tourism hotspots.
The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s (HWDT) concern over the effect that the Joint Warrior exercise may have on cetaceans is highlighted in its newly published annual report.
The UK-led land, air and sea exercise, the largest tactically focused exercise in Europe, is staged off Scotland’s north west coast each spring and autumn, featuring submarine warfare, loud missile and small arms firing. Now the trust has announced that it plans to send its survey vessel, the Silurian, into the mock war zone this autumn to monitor the effects.
Joint Warrior can see up to 85 aircraft, 22 ships and three submarines taking part and…
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Left Side Male, Right Side Female: Extremely Strange Creatures
This lobster is half female, half male—split right down the middle, as seen by the two-toned coloring. It was caught by a fisherman off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, last year and the photo was posted on Reddit by his nephew.
The chances of catching such a two-toned lobster are 1 in 50 million to 100 million, staff at the Mount Desert Oceanarium said when a similar lobster was caught in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 2006.
It may be rare to catch such a lobster, but this phenomenon is found not only in lobsters. It is also found in butterflies and numerous other organisms.
According to ancient Taoist beliefs, the human body is divided into two genders corresponding to yin and yang. The left side is male, associated with yang chi…
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014. SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) – A dolphin found stranded on a Clatsop County beach Wednesday morning is now recovering at a local aquarium.
The 7-foot striped dolphin was discovered by a passerby at 8 a.m. on the high tide line at Gearhart Beach, according to Keith Chandler with the Seaside Aquarium. The aquarium was notified and employees responded and saved it.
“We got it back to the aquarium, we got it in water, we’re trying to revive it,” aquarium General Manager Keith Chandler said. “The odds aren’t too good because it had been on the beach for several hours.”
The dolphin was bleeding from superficial scratches and abrasions to its tail, flipper and dorsal fin, likely sustained from trying to swim…
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February 14th, 2014. Scientists have in a study drawn attention to the previously under-appreciated risks to marine animals from crude oil exposure, and said oil spills can cause cardiac arrest and sudden death of dolphins, turtles and tunas.
Crude oil interferes with fish heart cells. The toxic consequence is a slowed heart rate, reduced cardiac contractility and irregular heartbeats that can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death, Scientists from Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered.
The research, published in the Feb 14 issue of Science, is part of the ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
While crude oil is known to be cardio-toxic to developing fish, the physiological mechanisms underlying its harmful effects were unclear.
Stanford and NOAA scientists studying the impact of crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill on tuna discovered that it interrupts…
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Dam threatens survival of Mekong dolphins
February 2014: The Laos government’s decision to forge ahead with the Don Sahong hydropower project in southern Laos, could be dire for the population of Mekong dolphins living in the Mekong River, warns a WWF report.
The dam is to be located just one kilometre upstream of the core habitat for Mekong dolphins of which it is thought just 85 remain, restricted to a 190km stretch of the river between southern Laos and north-east Cambodia.
According to the WWF paper, the dam builders intend to excavate millions of tonnes of rock using explosives, creating strong sound waves that could potentially kill dolphins which have highly sensitive hearing structures. Increased boat traffic, changes in water quality, and habitat degradation represent other major direct risks to the dolphins, along with the cumulative indirect effects of disturbance and stress.
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