Good News: Seventh Generation Got the Message

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It is clear that through social media, petitions, e-mails and other forms of communication companies feel the pressure of the consumers and are able to react fast. So adding your voice to a petition, writing an e-mail or picking up the phone makes a difference – for many animals in this case.

“After receiving tens of thousands of calls and e-mails and after 85,000 angry consumers signed our petition, Seventh Generation now understands the importance of animal-protection issues to consumers, and it has cleaned up its act! The company reversed course and signed on to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s letter to Congress acknowledging that animal tests are “slow, unreliable, and expensive” and calling for non-animal methods and strategies to be used first and foremost, and it has committed to advocating for this principle in all of its lobbying efforts.”

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Wolf biologists’ second letter urges emergency relisting of Wisconsin wolves

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

red wolf pups

 “(E)xisting regulatory mechanisms are inadequate to detect substantial change in the Wisconsin wolf population. Therefore we urge emergency relisting pending independent scientific review.” — Oct. 15, second letter sent to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by wolf biologists

Adrian Treves, director of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab for the UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute, joined other wolf biologists Oct. 15 in directing a second letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this time not just “recommending” but urging emergency re-listing of Wisconsin wolves.

In 2011, shortly after the delisting, Treves contributed to the article “Rescuing Wolves From Politics: Wildlife as a Public Trust Resource.” Politics are destroying our wolves and wildlife. It seems the courts are the only check and balance left.

Meanwhile the DNR’s botched and bungled cruelty to wolves played out in killing 98 wolves in the first eight days of this third wolf hunt. Renown naturalist John Muir would…

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Dog Found Alive With Crossbow Bolt Shot Through His Head (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Emilio Cogliani

A Staffordshire bull terrier named Ziggy cheated death and survived having a 20-inch crossbow bolt shot straight through his head.

Ziggy was apparently left for dead after he was shot and deserted in Wansford, Peterborough in England last week, according to The Telegraph.

See GRAPHIC photos of Ziggy below

Photo agency SWNS reports that the 2-year-old Staffie was discovered by two passersby walking in the remote woodland area where Ziggy is believed to have been wondering for at least two days.

“Despite this bolt going straight through Ziggy’s head it miraculously missed his brain, ear capsule and eyes – I could not quite believe it,” RSPCA spokesperson Justin Stubbs said, according to the Western Daily Press. “Whoever did this took a very intentional shot at very close range. Ziggy must have moved at just the right distance right at the last minute.”

Ziggy was rushed to the vet where he…

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Guilty: London Auction House Admits To Selling Illegal Ivory

Emilio Cogliani

A London auction house was caught selling illegal ivory this month, becoming the first of its kind to face prosecution — a sign of the growing crackdown on the sale of products made from elephant ivory.

from Green – The Huffington Post

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New film on BP oil disaster

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This video says about itself:

The Great Invisible | Official Trailer

6 March 2014

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in American history.

By Gerri Miller in the USA:

‘The Great Invisible’ explores the environmental and psychological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill

New film documents the environmental and personal damage caused by the 2010 disaster

It has been more than four years since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 crew members and unleashed 2.4 million gallons of petroleum per day into the Gulf of Mexico, but the effects of the disaster are still being felt. The devastating pollution has impacted the fishing industry and those who rely on it, not to mention the ecosystem. Recovery also eludes the survivors and the families…

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FRANCIS: Saint and Pope

Northern beaches shark nets catch dolphins, whales and rays but few dangerous sharks (Australia)

The ocean update

A swimmer at Shelly Beach at Manly is oblivious to a 1.4m dusky whaler shark below. Picture : ECO DIVERS A swimmer at Shelly Beach at Manly is oblivious to a 1.4m dusky whaler shark below. Picture : ECO DIVERS

October 29th, 2014 (Tom Westbrooke). Less than a tenth of creatures caught in shark nets from Manly to Palm Beach are the dangerous target species the nets are supposed to be trapping.

Eight target sharks were caught and found dead in nets on the northern beaches between September and April and 75 non-target animals, mostly rays and harmless hammerhead sharks were also entangled.

The bycatch makes up more than half of the non-target species caught on the stretch of coast from Stockton, near Newcastle, to South Wollongong, where 51 beaches have nets between spring and autumn.


■ Manly: 1 smooth hammerhead, 2 Australian cownose rays, 1 ornate eagle ray

■ North Steyne: 6 Australian cownose rays, 1 stingray, 1 smooth hammerhead

■ Freshwater: 1…

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Ignoring International Limits, U.S. Expands Fishing for Declining Bigeye Tuna (Hawaii, USA)

The ocean update

October 28th, 2014. HONOLULU— The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued regulations allowing Hawaii-based longline fishermen to ignore international agreements and continue fishing for bigeye tuna after reaching the cap allowed for U.S. fishing vessels. Highly valued for sushi, bigeye tuna has been increasingly in demand for the past decade ; meanwhile scientists have sounded the alarm over unsustainable fishing levels and declining populations.

“Bigeye tuna are in serious trouble, and this rule only makes it worse. Not only will these tuna pay the price, but so will the whales, dolphins and other animals that get caught on their hooks,” said Catherine Kilduff with the Center for Biological Diversity. “International limits were put in place for a reason, and this rule is simply a cynical workaround to allow fishing to go right ahead even though the limit’s already been caught.”

Today’s rule, which implements an amendment to the…

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Norway Wanted To Send Whale Meat To Iceland

The ocean update

norwegian_whale_meatOctober 28th, 2014 (Paul Fontaine). Documents obtained by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) revealed that a Norwegian whaling company has sought to ship about 10 metric tonnes of minke whale meat to Iceland, and Iceland’s most prominent whaler stands to directly benefit from the deal.

According to a statement posted by the AWI, the Norwegian whaling company Lofothval has sought permission to ship the minke whale meat to Iceland only weeks after the United States criticised Norway over whaling at the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

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‘Nail in coffin for Norwegian seal hunting’ : Govt cuts subsidies

The ocean update

Photo Reuters / John Jansen / NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center Photo Reuters / John Jansen / NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center

October 27th, 2014. Norway has cut a 12 million kroner ($1.8 million) subsidy for seal hunting from next year’s budget. Environmentalists have applauded the move. Some businesses say it is putting an end to a historical and eco-friendly practice.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries say stripping the seal industry of subsidy has been dictated by “economic priorities.” The government is aware of how vital the financial support has been for the business.

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A baby whale has died after being entangled in a shark net at Mona Vale Beach (Australia)

The ocean update

Marine rescue staff at Mona Vale beach. Marine rescue staff at Mona Vale beach.

October 22th, 2014 (Andrew Priestley). A BABY whale has died after being caught in a shark net off Mona Vale this morning.

The calf’s mother and four other adult whales remain in the vicinity.

The baby humpback is understood to have become entangled in the net in the early hours of the morning and was spotted from the shore about 6am.

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Killer whale cries have been heard for months at an exhibition centre in Moscow

Welcome “Threatened” Listing Would Help Protect African Lions From Trophy Hunting

Emilio Cogliani

Responding to a petition submitted by IFAW and a coalition of animal welfare groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced its proposed rule to list African lions as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

This decision is a victory for lions–until now, the species have been the only great cat not protected under the Act.

African lion populations have decreased by more than half in the last 30 years, with potentially fewer than 32,000 left in the wild. Given the drastic declines, we forced the agency to consider how trophy hunting is contributing to the deteriorating population numbers.

The Endangered Species Act has no authority to stop African lions from being hunted abroad (that’s up to the regional African governments), but it can regulate how their trophies and parts are imported and move throughout the United States.

We were pleased today to see that along with the…

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What Are You Eating?

Organic Opinion

A Fruit stall in a market in Barcelona, Spain.
Picture credit: Daderot.

Three items in my email this morning concerning healthy eating and food, need to be shared.

The first was about the ongoing battle with Monsanto, Kraft and their friends at DuPont and Pepsi, in their efforts to defeat the GMO labeling propositions in the upcoming elections.

These bullies are spending millions in the two states where it is once again, on the ballot.

It will take a miracle to defeat the kind of money that this monster company and their comrades in crime possess.

This type of legislation against GMO’s has been defeated in nearly every state where it has been on the ballot so far, with only Maine, Connecticut and Vermont actually succeeding to get it passed.

There is simply not enough opposition  money to fight these huge, powerful Corporations.

Consumers have repeatedly spoken out strongly about their feelings on GMO’s not being labeled, but it has fallen on deaf ears everywhere.


Because no one…

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Move Over Tinder; New Pet Adoption App Wants To Hook You Up With Your Pawmate

Emilio Cogliani

A new Tinder-like app lets you filter out the dogs — not that you’d want to.

The free pet adoption iPhone app has been released by AllPaws, a website designed to make pet adoption more like online dating.

The AllPaws app features more than 200,000 listings of adoptable animals — dogs, cats, horses, sheep, birds, pigs and reptiles, among them — which you can sort in various ways including by breed, energy level, size, coat length and special needs.

allpawsThis handsome guy is Zo. He’s available for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia, and is one of more than 120,000 dogs on AllPaws.

You can also filter by which pets are closest to you geographically, which have been “favorited” the most, and which are the most shared. (Yes, even pet adoption favors the beautiful and the popular.)

AllPaws founder Darrell Lerner, who created online dating…

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Orphaned Baby Fox Is Nursed Back To Health, Returns To The Wild

Emilio Cogliani

Thanks to a treasure hunter, his wife and the staff at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, a young fox is alive and well today, six months after the baby animal was found abandoned and injured in a field in West Virginia.

Beau Ouimette, a metal-detecting enthusiast, shared a video of himself and his wife, a veterinarian, stumbling across the female fox kit in April of this year:

Since both Ouimette and his wife had current rabies vaccinations, the two brought the injured fox pup back to their house and nursed her back to health for several days:

Ultimately, they deposited the adorable fox at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Virginia, where the center’s director, Dr. Belinda Burwell, tells The Huffington Post they cared for the kit with three other orphaned foxes from mid-April until late Summer, when they were released back into the wild.

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Earth Report

Great Barrier Reef’s Biggest Threat is Coal

A recent report found that the Great Barrier Reef had lost 50% of its living coral. This was mainly from cyclones and the damages of Crown of Thorns starfish. Then there are the new threats of coral bleaching and acidification.

This issue of coal lies at the heart of current threats to the Great Barrier Reef, and symbolizes an economic mindset that reef lovers everywhere are up against. Our government has decided that Australia’s economic future lies in selling cheap coal to China and India. To do this the Federal and Queensland state governments need to expand existing coal ports on the Reef because these provide the cheapest and quickest shipping routes to Asia.

Quite apart from discouraging investment in renewable energy by backing fossil fuels, this decision has fraught implications for the health of the Reef and its waters.

Because the reef…

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8 Vegan Clothing & Accessory Brands

The Friendly Fig

Let’s face it – it can be tough to fill up your closet with vegan pieces. I’ll be the first to admit that it is frustrating! With a few requests sprinkling in here and there, I wanted to write a post to promote a few vegan clothing brands. Prices vary, of course, so please keep that in mind. Wearing vegan clothing is not always as cheap as we would like it to be – but it is for a great cause. ❤

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WILD for Elephants Shatters Expectations

The Official Blog of Elephants DC

More than $20,000 raised in Washington DC in support of elephants, worldwide ivory sales ban

Hundreds of people marched to the White House during the 2nd Annual International March for Elephants in Washington, DC on October 4. (Photo by Neil Dampier Photography) Hundreds of people marched to the White House during the 2nd Annual International March for Elephants in Washington, DC on October 4. (Photo by Neil Dampier Photography)

Friends of elephants united on October 4 – World Animal Day – across the globe.

In the U.S. capital Elephants DC, a fledging nonprofit dedicated to ending the ivory trade and advancing elephant well-being, held its first ever fundraiser, WILD for Elephants, at Studio Gallery DC following the second annual International March for Elephants to the White House.

The evening reception raised more than $20,000. Approximately $16,000 has been donated directly to field organizations in Africa dedicated to saving orphaned elephants from extinction and protecting majestic wildlife from poachers. 40 percent of the proceeds were donated to Big Life Foundation and 40 percent to The David…

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Wednesday smiles!

First Ever Taiwan Raid: Police Bust Pigeon Racers


First Ever Taiwan Raid: Police Bust Pigeon Racers.

Applaud Development of Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products – ForceChange

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Eliminate Pet Restrictions on Rental Properties – ForceChange

Eliminate Pet Restrictions on Rental Properties – ForceChange.

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