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The elusive spirit bear of B.C. may be facing a threat: the grizzly bear

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The spirit bear, or Kermode Bear, walking through the forest of the Great Bear Rainforest.

The large, white bear trundles through the underbrush of the Great Bear Rainforest, sniffing the ground beneath its feet. Unbeknownst to the giant beast, he is being watched by a set of mechanical eyes – a remote camera – intent on discovering whether or not this bear is in danger of losing its feeding ground.

This isn’t a polar bear, nor is it an albino bear. It is a bear of many names – spirit bear, ghost bear, Kermode bear, or moskgm’ol. Scientists estimate that one in ten black bears is white, a result of two parents carrying a particular gene.

The verdant forests of the Great Bear Rainforest — which spans roughly 65,000 square kilometres — is often called the Galapagos of Canada. There are hundreds of islands, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.

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Stop the Cruel Sled Dog Race

Exposing the Big Game

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Animals will be harmed during the 2014 Iditarod, this is a fact. Teams of dogs will be forced to pull a sled over a thousand miles across the Alaska wilderness, often running at a grueling pace of up to one hundred miles per day for seven to ten straight days.

Injured or “dropped” dogs may not receive shelter, unless for medical treatment, and must be put back outside once treatment is completed. Furthermore, dropped dogs are left alone at checkpoints on a chain with four pounds of dog food. Dropped dogs — and all participating dogs — remain tethered at all times. Dogs receive one mandatory 24 hour resting period and additional shorter periods for rest — but the event relies upon the honor system, and it’s up to the musher to rest for the entire period.

Since the race began more than forty years ago, more than…

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Millions of shellfish are dying off before they can be harvested at Island Scallops

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Acidic ocean deadly for Vancouver Island scallop industry


CBC News

Posted: Feb 25, 2014 8:58 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014 7:04 PM PT

High acidity levels in B.C.'s oceans mean millions of the shellfish die before they reach full maturity.

High acidity levels in B.C.’s oceans mean millions of the shellfish die before they reach full maturity.

The deteriorating health of B.C.’s oceans is impacting not only the province’s marine life, but also its economy.

Millions of shellfish are dying off before they can be harvested at Island Scallops, near Parksville, B.C., due to increased acidity levels in the ocean.

One-third of the workforce at Island Scallops — 20 people — are being laid off because the business has lost more than 10 million scallops before they were able to reach maturity since 2009.

“It’s obviously kicked our feet out from underneath us,” said CEO Rob Saunders.

Island Scallops

Island Scallops, near Parksville, B.C., is laying off 20 employees because high acidity in the oceans has…

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Organizing an Emergency Preparedness Bag for your Dog | Responsible Pet Ownership Blog

Injured German shepherd mix puppy in need of rescue

Ten Things You Can Do to Save the Bee’s

Ask Congress to End the Use of Live Animals in Combat Trauma Training – Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Tell the USDA and EPA to stop GMO’s that threaten monarch butterflies.

Why The Polar Vortex is Good for Wolves

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Wolf Ice Bridge

The wolves of Isle Royale National Park have lived in isolation for over four years, but ice bridges caused by an extremely cold winter may change that.     Photo Credit given to Rolf Peterson

A rare ice bridge between Isle Royale National Park and the mainland offers a lifeline to the island’s dwindling wolf pack.

“The Park Service website for Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park describes it as “a rugged, isolated island where wolves… abound.” Rugged and isolated, yes. Wolves abounding? Not quite. Only 8 wolves live on the 133,000-acre island today, down from 24 in 2009, according to Lake Superior Magazine’s Phil Bencomo. The pack’s isolation, and resulting lack of genetic diversity, is causing its decline.

But the deep freezes accompanying this winter have have brought more to the upper Great Lakes that ice caves, it has formed ice bridges between the island and…

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East African Leopard: Victim or Victor?

Kat's Africa

As I investigate the steady decline of the “ Big Five” game animals throughout East, South, and Central Africa: Lion, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, and Leopard only the leopard has developed the ability to adapt to the urban sprawl and the human population growth occurring throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Even the Cape Buffalo herds that once roamed freely over the African savannahs are now confined to wildlife preserves because it was found that they contaminate domestic cattle with diseases like Anthrax, Foot & Mouth Disease, Rabies, and the dreaded Rinderpest and that is only a partial list of maladies. And although the total subspecies of African Leopard, Panthera pardus, pardus has decreased due to civil war, poaching, land conversion, and irate farmers it has not suffered the critical decline in numbers that the lion, elephant, or rhinoceros have.

In 2008 The International Union for Conservation in Nature (IUCN) classified the African Leopard as…

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A tender 11 year old Jack Russell Terrier x Chihuahua in need of help.

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Tika came to me in need of a home as her previous heart breakingly couldn’t keep her. In September 2013, Tika had her physical which revealed that at some point she would need dental work.

Another heartbreak is that Tika’s previous owner who I kept in touch with suddenly passed away and I made a promise to keep Tika in good health.  I am on disability and that is a meager income. Unfortunately I don’t have insurance…

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Strangers save family’s heroic dog who was shot by intruders

Stem Cell Therapy for Pets – do we need it?

UK Gamekeepers want tail docking ban overturned for working dogs

Cruel World: Up to 5,000 healthy zoo animals – including hundreds of larger ones such as giraffes, lions and bears – are killed by zoos in Europe every year



The revelation comes in the wake of the international furore over the killing of Marius, a healthy 18-month-old giraffe, by Copenhagen Zoo. It has since been established that five of the animals have been put down by zoos in Denmark since 2012.

Across Europe, 22 healthy zebras, four hippos and two Arabian Oryx were also put down. The Oryx were killed at Edinburgh and London zoos in 2000 and 2001.

Several German zookeepers were prosecuted in 2010 for killing three tiger cubs at Magdeburg Zoo. However, some zoos, such as Twycross in Warwickshire, have a policy of not putting down healthy animals.

Dr Lesley Dickie, executive director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (Eaza), told BBC Radio 4’s The Report that between 3,000 and 5,000 healthy animals are put down every year across Europe. “That’s our estimate for all animals management euthanised in the zoo, be it tadpoles…

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Liam Neeson defends New York City carriage horses

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NEARLY COMES TO BLOWS WITH JON STEWART . . . well, maybe, not really.

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Liam Neeson blows up over NYC carriage horse issue on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Liam Neeson blows up over NYC carriage horse issue on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Liam Neeson stopped by The Daily Show last night. Though the actor was there to talk about his new movie Non-Stop, his chat with Jon Stewart quickly turned to New York City mayor Bill De Blasio’s plan to shut down New York’s horse and carriage industry — a decision Neeson vocally opposes.

“They made the roads in New York,” Neeson explained. “He [de Blasio] won’t even take a meeting with the horse carriage industry. He’s suppose to be representing the New York people, dammit!”

It was clear Stewart disagreed with Neeson’s position. Still, he managed to keep the chat light while Neeson made claims like, “These guys treat these horses like their…

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IKEA is in trouble for cutting down 600-year-old trees

The Biggest Scandal In Modern Pig Farming? FARMAGEDDON – Solutions and Survivors


“Please sign this petition, We have to keep the public updated on animal welfare issues. But with the AG- Gag Laws trying to be introduced to protect those who are blatantly flaunting the law; it’s hard to know what or where to turn to next.  Please sign the petition here or further down.”

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“We have to be the voice of the voiceless & ensure laws put in place to protect them; are in use!”

“YOU The PUBLIC have a voice, if you eat meat, don’t you want it to come from healthy farms, where the animals are cared for as they should be.? There are no excuses as you can see in the second video…but farmers cut corners to produce meat cheaply…would you honestly want to eat the meat that came from ill, diseased or filthy animals fed with slop??”

“Every time you open the door to one…

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“Please sign the petition to give better protection to EULivestock being exported abroad; as soon as they leave the EU they are no longer protected… we must change this; by being their voice!

Please speak up for them & sign the petition! “

I believe All animals deserve the 5 freedom act throughout their entire life; which they ultimately give to humans for food…the following is the very least we can do for them; whilst they are alive:- 

  1. freedom from hunger and thirst
  2. freedom from discomfort (shelter from heat and rain)
  3. freedom from pain, injury and disease
  4.  freedom to express normal behaviour (without inconveniencing or harming others)
  5. freedom from fear and distress.

Scientific research is constantly revealing new evidence of animals’ intelligence and emotions. This interest is reflected in burgeoning numbers of journals, books and reports. Professor Marian Dawkins of the Oxford University has called the study of…

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Good jaguar news from Belize

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This video is called THE JAGUAR: YEAR OF THE CAT – Animals/Wildlife/Nature (documentary).

From Wildlife Extra:

Jaguar gains new protection in Belize

February 2014: The future of the jaguar in Belize is looking brighter following the signing of a conservation agreement between the Government of Belize, the Environmental Research Institute of the University of Belize and the wild cat conservation organisation Panthera.

The trio agreed to work together to implement science-based conservation initiatives that secure and connect jaguars and their habitats in Belize and beyond, facilitate land development that is both ecologically sustainable and economically profitable, and lesson human-jaguar conflict throughout the country.

The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Its decreasing population is primarily due to deforestation rates, human persecution and human-jaguar conflict, and [it] is considered Near Threatened by the IUCN who…

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Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees

London, UK (SPX) Feb 27, 2014


Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees

This is a bumblebee on a flower.

Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the UK’s wild bumblebees, according to research published in Nature. The study suggests that some diseases are being driven into wild bumblebee populations from managed honeybees.

Dr Matthias Furst and Professor Mark Brown from Royal Holloway University of London (who worked in collaboration with Dr Dino McMahon and Professor Robert Paxton at Queen’s University Belfast, and Professor Juliet Osborne working at Rothamsted Research and the University of Exeter) say the research provides vital information for beekeepers across the world to ensure honeybee management supports wild bee populations.

Dr Furst, from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, said: “Wild and managed bees are in decline at national and global scales. Given their central…

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Spanish government sacrificing marine environment to Big Oil?

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This video is called endangered dusky groupers in the Mediterranean coral reef on Mijet, southern Croatia.

From Wildlife Extra:

Spanish Mediterranean to be exploited

February 2014: Nearly half of Spanish Mediterranean waters would be open to exploration and exploitation should the proposed gas and oil projects in the area gain approval, warns NGO Oceana.

This number (nearly 12 million hectares) does not include the surrounding areas that would be affected by the seismic acquisitions, which according to estimates by Oceana would increase the threatened surface area to 20 or 22 million hectares, or 65 per cent of the Spanish Mediterranean.

“It is an act of recklessness to have hydrocarbon projects, either in progress or pending approval, covering nearly half of Spanish waters in the Mediterranean,” said Xavier Pastor, Executive Director of Oceana in Europe. “We must not wait for a spill to occur to start regretting the…

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How big meat recalls hurt small cattle ranches

Senate Bill Proposes GE Labeling in California

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Remember California’s Proposition 37? It was the 2012 ballot initiative that would have required genetically engineered (GE) food sold in California to be labeled as such.

Prop. 37 would have also prohibited GE foods sold in California from being labeled “natural.” This aspect of the initiative got less attention, but would have had significant repercussions for food labeling and marketing.

Prop. 37 was defeated, with 51.41 percent of California voters voting against it. A similar ballot initiative in Washington, Initiative 522, was also defeated. Many state legislatures have rejected GE labeling bills.

Now, state Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) has reignited the GE labeling discussion in California. Evans has introduced Senate Bill 1381, a bill that would require GE food labeling.

Evans’ bill is cleaner and more simple than Prop. 37, according to the Center for Food Safety

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Scientists create virus that could move undetected between Wi-Fi access points


via   Scientists create virus that could move undetected between Wi-Fi access points .

By Ben Coxworth

wifi virusWe all know to look out for viruses that can be spread over the internet, or by sharing files between computers. Now, however, scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown for the first time that special viruses could move between wireless access points using existing Wi-Fi networks – as efficiently as the common cold virus spreads between people through the air.

The team computer-simulated an attack by a virus known as Chameleon, which they created. Although the virus didn’t affect the functions of the access points (APs) or users’ computers, it was able to access and report the credentials of all the people who were using those APs at the time. Some APs were impregnable due to encryption or password protection, but in those cases Chameleon would just move on to other…

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The ancient art of honey hunting in Nepal – in pictures


via   The ancient art of honey hunting in Nepal – in pictures | Travel | .

The Gurung tribespeople of Nepal have been collecting honey from Himalayan cliffs for centuries, but now their lifestyle is under threat from commercialisation and tours offering visitors a chance to ‘join a honey hunt’. Photographer Andrew Newey spent two weeks living with the Gurung in central Nepal, documenting the risks and skill involved in this dying tradition

theguardian.comThursday 27 February 2014

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Vinegar May Be Cheap, Safe Way to Kill TB Germ