They Are My Reason

Walking with the Alligators

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Breanna, Walkingfox and their PT Cruiser

Yes it has been a long time.

The reason is simple, I am not well…

I was sitting here this morning feeling a bit sorry for myself because tomorrow I will have a second blast to get a quite large kidney stone blasted out of a very run down body from over six weeks of endless pain.

For those of you who are mothers, it is like being in labor 24/7 and NOT giving birth!

The procedure is called,  Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy.

This same procedure last month failed to break the stone up, so a re-do was scheduled.

This morning, while only thinking of my selfish self, a beautiful story came on our local news.

Can I say that my selfish thoughts all disappeared in an instant and were replaced with overwhelming sorrow for this precious innocent child.

This child who lost her entire family in an…

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Zambian children save barn swallow’s life

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called [Barn] Swallows return home to England – from the BBC’s “Earth Flight Europe”.

From BirdLife:

A little story from Spring Alive

By Shaun Hurrell, Wed, 09/12/2015 – 15:38

Every once in a while, you come across a little story that makes you smile, makes you breathe a sigh of hope. A small act that could be easily missed, but which represents something a lot bigger. This story is one of those stories.

Spring Alive is an amazing movement started by BirdLife that encourages kids to be interested in and act for nature by teaching them about the wonder of bird migration and more.

Last week marked the end of the African season of Spring Alive, and already we have some impressive statistics from this educational conservation initiative (see below). However, I think this little story from Victor Siingwa in Zambia epitomizes the project in…

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China: Newborn puppies buried alive in China given new lease of life by Animals Asia.

Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

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All photos from Animals Asia

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https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/newborn-puppies-buried-alive-in-china-given-new-lease-of-life-by-animals-asia.html

Newborn puppies buried alive in China given new lease of life by Animals Asia

10 December 2015

A group of six puppies that narrowly escaped death after being buried alive in China have been given a new lease of life by Animals Asia.

Our vets originally stepped up to help the puppies and their mother who were rescued and cared for by students after being buried alive on a university campus in Lanzhou, western China.

They’re now set to be rehoused with owners in the US and UK.

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The tragedy of the mixed breed puppies caused widespread controversy after the story appeared in the international press. According to media reports, a group of security guards at Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics had buried the stray dogs alive.

A group of students heard dogs barking and, on…

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Animal Cruelty is Finally Getting the Attention it Deserves

Dogpaddling Through Life

I am pleased to report that starting in 2016 the FBI will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty. The four categories of cases to be tracked include neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse (dogfighting, cockfighting), and animal sexual abuse.

This is huge! 

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Despite mental health professionals having said for years that animal cruelty is an indicator of other forms of violent behavior, there has been no way to track these criminals.

This is going to be a major help in cracking down on animal hoarding. In most states animal hoarding is rarely prosecuted, and when it is, the hoarder usually picks up and moves on to different area and sets up shop all over again. Now local law enforcement will be able to track these repeat offenders with the help of the FBI.

Those who raise animals to fight will also be…

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What Do Your Food Choices Have to Do With Saving Wild Horses & Burros?

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Jena Hunt

“What is wrong with taking all those BLM horses they got all fat and shiny and setting up a kill plant?”

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

There is a federal program to end wild horses & burros, and your food choices may be supporting it. In the United States, the government has erased wild horses and burros from 40 percent of the public land that was supposed to be their sanctuary. In 1971, the Free-Roaming Horse and Burros Act was passed to protect these wild animals on designated, federal land. But the meat and dairy industry, which our government subsidizes, had other ideas.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a branch called Wildlife Services, funded by our tax dollars, that is dedicated to “managing” wildlife when it gets in the way of the meat and dairy industry’s profits. Wildlife…

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Petition update · UPDATE: Deal made with DA · Change.org

https://www.change.org/p/george-brauchler-save-our-dog-sophie-from-a-death-sentence/u/14553066?tk=hEphl-CbKHf4NrFZM58bRcXjI_ptehl1k0RdD03KMyw&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

Day of the Horse (part two) Inspiration

Wild Horse Education

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Our National Day of the Horse arrives on Sunday. In 2004 Congress set aside a day to honor the most significant animal to the building of the history of our nation. Horses have served in our wars, plowed our fields, built many cities, served police and firefighters, delivered our mail, provided personal enrichment and personal profit.

“The equine eye is the largest of all land mammals–whales, seals and ostrich are the only other animals that have larger eyes. Perhaps it is that in that eye we see so much of ourselves that both inspires to protect and exploit these amazing beings?” LLeigh, WHE

One of the McDermitt Reservation horses at the slaughter auction. Eyes say so much. One of the McDermitt Reservation horses at the slaughter auction. Eyes say so much.

In part one we discussed a few of the dangers faced by our horses, both wild and domestic, with a focal point on slaughter for profit. In this…

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National Day of the Horse (part one)

Wild Horse Education

NDoH The most significant animal to the history of man

In 2004, Congress designated Dec. 13 as National Day of the Horse to honor the contributions horses have made to our country’s history, economy and national character.

For us every day of the year is a day we work hard to honor the horse. Our work for wild horses spans from the huge task of doing range documentation and fighting for protections from abuse and to protect resources for horses still running wild and free on the range, to the daily care of our rescues.

We have written thousands of articles on the site about our work, the history of wild horses, the law and the horse itself. You can scan through this site by typing a few words in the search bar or using the menu and spend hours reading if you chose.

The simple fact is that even though…

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Study measures drag from fishing gear entanglements on North Atlantic right whales (East coast, USA)

The ocean update

Illustration of how North Atlantic right whales get entangled in fishing gear. Entangled whales can tow fishing gear for tens to hundreds of miles over months or even years, before either being freed, shedding the gear on their own, or succumbing to their injuries. Credit : Graphic Services, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Illustration of how North Atlantic right whales get entangled in fishing gear. Entangled whales can tow fishing gear for tens to hundreds of miles over months or even years, before either being freed, shedding the gear on their own, or succumbing to their injuries. Credit : Graphic Services, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

December 9th, 2015. Entanglement in fishing gear is the leading cause of death for North Atlantic right whales—one of the most endangered of all the large whale species. Their migratory routes take them through some of the busiest commercial fishing areas along the East Coast of the United States and into Canada.

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Local women create team dedicated to freeing whales from entanglement (California, USA)

The ocean update

The whale entanglement team is cautious when approaching an entangled whale. “When you’ve got a whale that’s 45 tons,” says Peggy Stap, “you don’t want the whale slapping you.” R. Berger / taken under MMHSRP Permit 18786. The whale entanglement team is cautious when approaching an entangled whale. “When you’ve got a whale that’s 45 tons,” says Peggy Stap, “you don’t want the whale slapping you.” R. Berger / taken under MMHSRP Permit 18786.

December 10th, 2015 (David Schmalz). The idea was born in 2006, at a garage sale. Peggy Stap and Mary Whitney – who both studied whales in Hawaii and who later became friends after meeting in Monterey – were holding a fundraiser for their respective marine nonprofits when Stap got a call about an entangled whale.

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China Outcry Shows Changing Attitudes To Animals

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140813-gp-china-dogs_3_fef38e3be2425d83600419df69ea28bd-nbcnews-ux-600-480Public outrage in China over photographs of laboratory dogs lying muzzled and abandoned on the roof of a medical school building spotlights changing attitudes to animal rights, animal welfare groups say. The pictures and video, taken by animal rights activists in the central city of Xi’an, went viral on social media platforms this week, sparking widespread revulsion at the treatment of the animals.

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Full Moon Falls on Christmas for the First Time Since 1977

*the goldentwig astrology*

In 2015, with glad Christmas tidings come with the full moon.

This year, December’s moon reaches peak size on Christmas Day, at 6:11 a.m. EST, according to Fred Espenak, an eclipse and moon expert with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. It marks the first full moon on Christmas Day since 1977; two events won’t align again until 2034. (Of course, a full moon will fall on Dec. 25 just as often as it will any other day of the year, The Independent notes.)

The timing of this year’s Christmas orb means the fullest nighttime moon might be best viewed on Christmas Eve throughout the U.S. The U.K. will see the moon at its peak on Christmas evening.

This year, the Yuletide full moon falls three days after the winter solstice, which occurs on Dec. 22 at 4:48 UTC, or 11:48 p.m. EST.

Each year, December’s full moon…

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