Don’t Let Climate Change Endanger the Pygmy Rabbit

Facebook privacy tweaks include pop-up warnings about public postings

‘Do smelly emissions from baked beans contribute to global warming?’ Viscount Simon asks Energy Minister

Stop Making Sense

Kashmira Gander reports for The Independent:

A member of the House of Lords raised eyebrows in the chamber on Wednesday, when he said there could be a link between global warming and the large amount of baked beans consumed in the UK, causing people to produce so-called “smelly emissions”. 73-year-old Labour peer Viscount Simon raised his concerns about the gasses bean-eaters are contributing to the Earth’s atmosphere as Energy Minister Baroness Verma answered questions in the Upper House on how the Government was tackling climate change.

“In a programme some months ago on the BBC it was stated that this country has the largest production of baked beans and the largest consumption of baked beans in the world,” said the peer who has been a member of the House of Lords for more than 20 years. To laughter from peers, he asked Lady Verma: “Could you say whether this affects the…

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200+ armed feds declare war on Nevada rancher over desert tortoise

Senate Committee approves bill to protect horses from soring

Tuesday's Horse

Tennessee Walking horse watches worriedly during horse soring inspections following an undercover operation by HSUS. Photo: HSUS. Tennessee Walking horse watches worriedly during horse soring inspections following an undercover operation by HSUS. Photo: HSUS.


Congress moved one step closer to protecting horses from the cruel practice of “soring” when the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518) today by voice vote. The PAST Act will end the decades-long abusive training method of soring, which involves the use of chemicals and devices on the legs and feet of Tennessee walking horses to force them to perform the high-stepping “Big Lick” gait.

Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “Horse soring is a disgrace, but growing momentum for the PAST Act means that reform is within reach. Today’s committee action was a significant step forward. Congress should ensure a sound future for Tennessee walking horses by…

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Animals Feel Pleasure

Igor Purlantov

Do dogs feel pleasure? How about crocodiles?  Jonathan Balcombe says yes, they do. And not just dogs and crocodiles, but also fish, monkeys, pigs and chickens.  “Why wouldn’t they?” he says. “Pleasure is nature’s way of saying ‘Good behavior!’ It encourages us to do it again. Little wonder, then, that food, play, sex and friendships feel so good. Fishes line up for a spa service from cleaner-fishes, crocodiles love to bask in the sun, as do chickens, and if you haven’t seen a pig eat a pumpkin then it’s time you turned your lights on.”


-Igor Purlantov

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Seed of Light Award, thanks belsbror!

I just received ~ Seed of Light Award ~ “From Dear Kitty”

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Seed of Light Award

Belsbror has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Seed of Light Award.

Thanks so much for this generous gesture!

“All you need to start a forest is one seed”.

This award is for blogs that inspire creativity, nature, connection, communications and beauty. Pass it on!

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Nominate at least 5 blogs and provide links to their blogs.

3. Notify the nominees of their nominations.

My nominees are:

1. Miss Marzipan

2. It Is What It Is

3. Kaligrafi Nusantara

4. Ratzone’s Blog

5. Zeebra Designs & Destinations

6. artmark

7. Ellie Belfiglio

8. Glorialana’s Blog

9. Paris: People, Places and Bling!


11. petitemagique

12. rambling ratz


14. Los Sentidos De La Vida

15. Enchanted Seashells

16. What Inspires Your Art?

17. Poetic Parfait

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No more whales, dolphins in captivity: mayor

Congress considers blocking GMO food labeling

Hackers have reportedly been attacking online passwords again . . .

Global March for Lions, Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Wildlife, Whales, Australia for Dolphins, IPCC, Australia, Environment, Jane Goodall, Art Exhibitions, Renewable Energy etc

Ace Bourke's Blog

Photograph by Hannes Lochner (South Africa). Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. Photograph by Hannes Lochner (South Africa). Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: I always look forward to the final selection of photographs in the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, now open at the Australian Museum, Sydney.  The competition is open to all nationalities and different age groups and categories.  These photographs are the 2013 finalists and tour internationally.  The exhibition always reminds me what a beautiful but fragile world we live in, and not to take it for granted.

GLOBAL MARCHES FOR LION: Many thousands of people around the world in 62 cities marched in support of lions and against trophy hunting and “canned” lion breeding and hunting in South Africa.

Johannesburg Protesters in Johannesburg. Photograph by Simon McDonnell

CAMPAIGN AGAINST CANNED HUNTING (CACH):  The Marches were the idea of South African Christine Jordaan who had been inspired – or stirred into action…

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Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge and Panic

NYC Carriage Horse Supporters – Words and Pictures


NYC Carriage Supporters banner

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

Most people who oppose urban carriages are used to being told that they have “limited horse knowledge” or that they don’t live in New York City, etc. etc. and therefore have no right to render an opinion. But much of the propaganda being churned out in favour of the urban carriage industry is written by so-called journalists who are themselves seriously limited in their understanding not only of the business they are writing about, but of horses in general. Some authors are enviable in their ability to produce 10,000 words per day attesting to the carriage horses’ overall “happiness” and love of their work,  but again, they are also not “horse people.”  This observation does not seem to lend itself to criticism by the urban carriage trade though……

A great many comments I have seen over the last few months have been made by those who…

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