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This video is called Life of Giant Pandas – Full Documentary.

From Associated Press today:

China’s latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas

BEIJING — Wild giant pandas in China are doing well.

The latest census by China’s State Forestry Administration shows the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003.

Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The remaining pandas have been found in the neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

“The rise in the population of wild giant pandas is a victory for conservation and definitely one to celebrate,” said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation for World Wildlife Fund.

Hemley credited efforts by the Chinese government for the increase. The survey shows 1,246 wild giant pandas live within nature reserves. There are 67 panda reserves…

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Killing Echo: The “Mistaken Identity” Excuse, Part One

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Echo (Courtesy NPS)

February 27, 2015

It’s been a little over two months since Echo was shot dead by a coyote “hunter”. Her identity was confirmed by DNA analysis of her recovered scat, since she evaded all attempts of capture, making her one smart little wolf. I think Echo should have been called Miracle because it certainly was a miracle she managed to traverse the kill zone of the Northern Rockies and make it to the Grandest of all Canyons. She was the first wolf to set paw there in 70 years. Unfortunately she was not able to evade a bullet and so what could have been a new chapter in wolf recovery turned out to be a sad tale of loss. And the loss was huge. Echo defied the odds. She defied the USFWS who repeatedly said, no gray wolves in  Grand Canyon National Park. But Echo made it…

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How public water can contribute to obesity and more

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How public water can contribute to obesity and more
Water fluoridation linked to higher rates of underactive thyroid
– The clear association found in our analyses between fluoride levels in drinking water and variations in hypothyroidism prevalence appears to confirm findings in earlier studies that ingestion of fluoride affects thyroid function.The fact that the difference is significant suggests that there is substantial cause for public health concern.
– Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England? A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water
– J Epidemiol Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204971

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Pig Escapes Farm, Appears to “Pray” at Buddhist Temple – MFABlog.org

Life or Lunch?

There’s no question that farmed animals, like all other sentient beings, want to live. We’ve reported on countless accounts of animals escaping from slaughterhouses or jumping from transport trucks.

This week we came across this devastating story from China about a pig who escaped a farm and made her way to a Buddhist temple.

What makes this story so unique is that the pig kneeled down and appeared to be praying in front of the temple. This sparked a flurry on Chinese social media of people saying the pig was on a pilgrimage. In reality, this poor animal was probably exhausted from running for her life.

Sadly, she was slaughtered just after being recaptured by her owner.

Pigs are sensitive and friendly animals just like the dogs and cats we love at home. They’re also known for being highly intelligent. But instead of treating them kindly, the meat…

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Save the North Atlantic right whale

Join WDC in asking the US government to expand critical habitat and protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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WITH PETITION NOW: The last sentence a 3-year-old Syrian said before he died: “I’m gonna tell God everything”

CHILDREN IN SHADOW ::: CHILDREN IN WAR

 The last sentence a 3-year-old Syrian said before he died: “I’m gonna tell God everything”

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This picture is haunting and it’s been floating around the internet with the sentence:

The last sentence a 3-year-old Syrian said before he died: “I’m gonna tell God everything”

And that’s equally haunting.  It’s impossible to verify but the picture tells a story about the pain and suffering that exists in Syria right now.  There are many in the media who would like to say this is because president Bashar al-Assad is a ruthless killer.  And that’s half true.  Like other government leaders – he has engaged in war and with that war has come the death of tens of thousands and the displacement of over 1 million Syrians now living in refugee camps.

But this hasn’t always been the case.  This is the inevitable result of a covert war being waged…

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SeaWorld Aims to Revamp Image After Blackfish Blowback

TIME

The once-beloved theme park SeaWorld is still reeling from the effects of the 2013 critical documentary Blackfish, which linked stress caused by holding killer whales captive to the 2010 death of a trainer. But SeaWorld Entertainment indicated Thursday it has plans to reshape its brand.

On a call with analysts, during which the Orlando Sentinel reports the company announced its fourth-quarter earnings were worse than expected, SeaWorld announced it would launch a new marketing campaign in April aimed at people who haven’t picked a side in the debate between those who are against keeping animals in captivity and those who remain loyal to the park.

“This is not a hit-and-run, as we say in the marketing world, where you can just advertise for a month and hope it goes away,”Board Chairman and interim CEO David D’Alessandro said. “This is changing mind-sets and making sure mind-sets stay changed, recognizing that…

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CAPTIVE CETACEANS IN RUSSIA ~ THIS HORRENDOUS INDUSTRY MUST END WORLDWIDE!

WARNING GRAPHIC: Firefighter shoots neighbor’s dogs, posts pictures to Facebook

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HUNT COUNTY, TX –A Texas man is receiving backlash for shooting two dogs and posting pictures of the dead animals on Facebook.

The shooter who claims to have killed the animals on his property is also a volunteer firefighter.

Now, the North Texas fire department where he works is receiving death threats from as far away as Europe.

Tim Conatser  posted the photo of the two dogs he killed  to Facebook and said, “somebody didn’t put any truth to my warning. keep your dogs on your property.”

Kevin Forester, a family friend says, “He’s getting a bad rap.” He says Conatser told him the dogs were attacking his livestock.

“The two dogs were in his barn, tearing up his calf in the barn so he went in the house and shot them, and shot them dead on his property.”

No word on who owned the dogs, but Forester says they belonged to a…

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Charity anthology to raise money for Guide Dogs – Book cover

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As loads of you who follow this blog will know, I am, with the kind contributions of fellow authors/bloggers compiling a charity anthology to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind association (http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/).

The Story Reading Ape has very kindly agreed to design a cover for the anthology free of charge – thank you Chris! I would be grateful for feedback on the proposed cover together with comments regarding the suggested title for the anthology.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the anthology and to David who is kindly editing the book without charge.

Kevin

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China Bans Elephant Ivory

Christopher J. Gervais

Malaysian customs officers show elephant tusks which were recently seized in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur

GOOD News in the fight for Wildlife Conservation!

According to Associate Press and U.S. News & World Report, ‪#‎China‬ has imposed a 1 year ban on ‪#‎elephant‬‪#‎ivory‬ imports, takes immediate effect today.

Read article: http://www.usnews.com/…/china-bans-ivory-imports-for-1-year…

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Meet Patrick, the World’s Oldest and Largest Living Wombat

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At 84 pounds (38 kg) and 29 years of age, Patrick is the world’s oldest and largest known living common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus). This is his story.

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Patrick has lived nearly his entire life at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Australia. He was hand-raised by the owners after being orphaned as a baby.

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According to Tourism Australia, “the team at the park tried releasing Patrick back into the wild a couple of times but he couldn’t defend himself against other wombats.”

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Tourism Australia also adds:

Given that Patrick has never had children, or any partners in general, probably makes him the oldest living wombat virgin as well!

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When he was younger, Patrick used to greet park visitors in a wheelbarrow (above)…

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5 Things You Need To Know About The FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

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Animals = He/She or It?

Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog

What looks like a grammatical question is in reality a question of life in freedom or in captivity. As long as animals are treated as things in court it is extremely difficult to have the law support animal welfare. It remains more or less good will of the human being who owns an animal if he or she wants this animal to live a pleasant or horrific life.

There is a way out of this conundrum, though. Lawyers in several countries have started to think of ways how to change the law in favor of non-human beings. In the US, a lawsuit is being presented in the name of a chimpanzee.

Once the legal status of animals will habe been changed chances will become unequivocally better to end their misery in many prison-lie situations.

Here you can find more information on this subject:

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/qxc90Z8w/The-Nonhuman-Rights-Project/022515_kikofund

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/features/so-you-wanna-be-an-animal-lawyer/

http://www.animal-lawyer.com

Thank you for spreading…

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Animals = He/She or It?

Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog

What looks like a grammatical question is in reality a question of life in freedom or in captivity. As long as animals are treated as things in court it is extremely difficult to have the law support animal welfare. It remains more or less good will of the human being who owns an animal if he or she wants this animal to live a pleasant or horrific life.

There is a way out of this conundrum, though. Lawyers in several countries have started to think of ways how to change the law in favor of non-human beings. In the US, a lawsuit is being presented in the name of a chimpanzee.

Once the legal status of animals will habe been changed chances will become unequivocally better to end their misery in many prison-lie situations.

Here you can find more information on this subject:

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/qxc90Z8w/The-Nonhuman-Rights-Project/022515_kikofund

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/features/so-you-wanna-be-an-animal-lawyer/

http://www.animal-lawyer.com

Thank you for spreading…

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EWG’s Dirty Dozen Report Lists The Most Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies Of 2015

Emilio Cogliani

One of the most common reasons to eat more organic produce is to avoid harmful chemicals used in growing your food. Pesticides have been linked to developmental problems in children, and may act as carcinogens or throw off the endocrine system, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Scary stuff!

To help consumers make the safest choices, nonprofit advocacy agency the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has once again released its list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce. The Dirty Dozen, part of the EWG’s yearly Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, is compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture pesticide residue data on 48 fruits and veggies. About two-thirds of the produce samples test positive, and apples top the ranking for the fifth year in a row.

“The bottom line is people do not want to eat pesticides with their fruits and vegetables,” Ken Cook, the EWG’s president…

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The “Wolf Depredation” Scam Continues and Your Stories Wanted

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This is "tradition" and "heritage" in Wisconsin. This is “tradition” and “heritage” in Wisconsin.

Lately this blog has been gaining a significant crop of new readers and wildlife advocates that have been elated to have found a source that will actually report the thing that I do. I am both proud and humbled at the positive feedback I am getting for publishing this blog. I am willing to bring to light the issues and opinions that many of us harbor but are afraid to put out there. One of the best things about increased readership of the blog is that wildlife advocates and average citizens from Northern Wisconsin finally feel that they have an outlet to express their frustrations and disdain over what is essentially the extremist hunting group and hounder based anarchy that the Wisconsin DNR turns a blind eye to or even encourages. As a follow up to my blog post yesterday about livestock interests…

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The “Wolf Depredation” Scam Continues and Your Stories Wanted

Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife

This is "tradition" and "heritage" in Wisconsin. This is “tradition” and “heritage” in Wisconsin.

Lately this blog has been gaining a significant crop of new readers and wildlife advocates that have been elated to have found a source that will actually report the thing that I do. I am both proud and humbled at the positive feedback I am getting for publishing this blog. I am willing to bring to light the issues and opinions that many of us harbor but are afraid to put out there. One of the best things about increased readership of the blog is that wildlife advocates and average citizens from Northern Wisconsin finally feel that they have an outlet to express their frustrations and disdain over what is essentially the extremist hunting group and hounder based anarchy that the Wisconsin DNR turns a blind eye to or even encourages. As a follow up to my blog post yesterday about livestock interests…

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Video shows ISIS fighters roaming through Iraq museum with sledgehammers and power tools, destroying artifacts

SAW FISH IN THE ABACO MARLS? NO SURPRISE. SAW A SAWFISH? AWESOME!

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SAW FISH IN THE ABACO MARLS? NO SURPRISE. SAW A SAWFISH? AWESOME!

Exactly a year ago, an extraordinary find was made out on the Abaco Marls. Almost disguised against the pale mud under the low water was the first sawfish reported for the Marls. This fish is not merely a rarity in the Northern Bahamas: all species of sawfishes worldwide are IUCN listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered.

Sawfish, Abaco Marls Feb 2014 (Photo: Jacque Cannon) Sawfish, Abaco Marls Feb 2014 (Photo: Jacque Cannon)

Here is an account of the discovery reported by FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT: “On a recent fishing trip in the Marls with local guide Justin Sands, Sam and Jacque Cannon had an exciting encounter. As Justin was poling the flats, with Sam on the bow searching for bonefish, Jacque spotted a Sawfish! Jacque and Justin quickly forgot about Sam and his efforts to catch a bonefish and turned their focus to the Sawfish. This is a very rare…

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1) Implement stricter penalties for those caught dog fighting. 2) Make being a spectator at a dog fight a felony in all 50 states

We request that the decision to remove Smiley, Scabby and Baby from Tina and Laci is over turned and that the dogs are returned to their care. We also request that consideration is given as to granting Tina and Laci with full legal guardianship of the dogs

NJ, SAY NO TO BACKYARD DOGS…….NO DOG SHOULD BE CHAINED OUTSIDE!!

Victory! UW-Madison Closes Cruel Cat Lab | PETA’s Blog | PETA

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Victory! UW-Madison Closes Cruel Cat Lab | PETA’s Blog | PETA.

Stop Popular Dog Food Company from Killing Dogs

Thousands of dogs were allegedly killed by eating food tainted with toxins. Urge the company responsible to stop making dog food with possibly life-threatening ingredients.

via Stop Popular Dog Food Company from Killing Dogs.

Don’t Ban Undercover Farm Photos and Videos

Don’t Ban Undercover Farm Photos and Videos.

Fire Forest Rangers for Selling Endangered Animals to Restaurant

Fire Forest Rangers for Selling Endangered Animals to Restaurant.