Petition: Find the Poachers Who Murdered This Park’s Big Cats

by: Care2 Team
target: Government of South Africa

15,185 SUPPORTERS – 16,000 GOAL
Even in some of the most secure animal refuges, tragedy and cruelty can still strike. South African Justin Fernandes found that out in the most heartbreaking way.

The owner of Jugomaro Predator Park went out to investigate after hearing one of his wolves call out in distress. When he went to the animal enclosures he couldn’t believe what he saw before him. Behind the fences, lying dead or dying, he found three of his lions and a rare golden tabby tiger.

The animals were poisoned to death by poachers who had hoped to cut off their heads and paws and sell them for money in the lucrative endangered animal black market. Fernandes arrived just in time to scare them from his property, but not quick enough to stop them from murdering his animals.

In the video he takes of the aftermath, Fernandes films himself breaking down as he talks about the death of his beloved animals.

At the moment, no one has been arrested for these crimes, but the South African government must work quickly to catch whoever is responsible. Every day they walk free gives them another chance to more innocent animals. Last month, just 20 miles away from the Jugomaro Predator Park, another park owner suffered a similar loss when he discovered that his animals had been killed and butchered.

Sign the petition and ask the South African government to work to urgently find the poachers and protect the remaining park animals.

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Petition: Thousands of Adorable Prairie Dogs Will Soon Be Poisoned

by: Care2 Team
target: U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

12,753 SUPPORTERS – 13,000 GOAL
They’re tiny, they’re adorable — and pretty soon, thousands of them will be dead.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) recently announced a plan to poison 100 colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs in North Dakota, potentially killing thousands of these little critters — unless we act fast.

Though prairie dogs have called the area home for centuries, cattle ranchers have blamed them for eating up the grass their cattle rely on and have successfully fought to remove them. The truth is, however, that even though prairie dogs eat grass, they are natural grazers who actually help maintain healthy grasslands to feed more animals.

We must fight back and save these creatures from mass slaughter. Please sign this petition and demand that the USFS drop its plan to poison prairie dogs!

If the cull goes through, these prairie dogs will suffer a slow and painful death. The government plans to use rodenticide, which can take days to kill the little animals as they slowly bleed out. It is a cruel, inhumane, and unnecessary plan.

Don’t let the government’s cruel plan continue. Sign now to put an end to the mass slaughter of prairie dogs now.


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Petition: Sign Ashley Judd’s Petition – Protect the Bonobos

by: Ashley Judd and the Bonobo Conservation Initiative
target: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism

150,015 SUPPORTERS – 160,000 GOAL
Bonobos are the world’s least-recognized great ape, and humanity’s closest living relative. This endangered species lives exclusively in Africa’s Congo Basin, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Only an estimated 15,000 bonobos remain in the wild – poaching and habitat loss are pushing them to the brink of extinction.

I fell in love with these amazing animals a few years ago when I narrated “The Bonobo Connection.” I learned that bonobo societies are matriarchal, and unlike our other closest relatives, chimpanzees, are incredibly peaceful. Female-led groups of bonobos are highly empathic, and use affection rather than aggression to resolve conflict and to strengthen social bonds.

It is a tragic irony that this peaceful species is only found in one of the most war-ravaged countries on Earth. Now that the Congo is rebuilding after years of conflict, groundbreaking efforts are underway to protect and study bonobos.

The DRC is currently considering how to manage the habitat of bonobos – some of the most biodiverse rainforest in Africa. The world must encourage the DRC to protect the only home of bonobos by maintaining its current logging moratorium, rejecting oil drilling, expanding their protected habitat and supporting community-led conservation efforts.

I truly believe that through greater understanding and a heightened awareness of bonobos, humanity will benefit. I will be visiting the DRC soon, to view bonobos in the wild and meet with conservation leaders and government representatives. I would be honored to deliver your petition signature and add your voice to the global call to protect our sister species. Please join me.

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Petition · : Help us save little Suman the elephant, and reunite her family! ·

Wildlife SOS started this petition to Chief Wildlife Warden of Rajasthan Dr. G.V. Reddy

Suman is a six-year-old elephant living in shackles, hidden away from authorities underground, isolated from her mother. Suman has already been through so much; she was born into an abusive circus, then sold to a notoriously cruel owner in the notoriously cruel city of Jaipur. Today she is being forced to live in a dark basement, isolated from her family, hidden away from anyone who could help. If her owner decides to employ her as a riding-elephant, men will beat her and break her spirit to make her “tame enough for work.” And she will work long, hard hours until the day she drops.

Baby elephants like Suman should never have to live like this! We rescued Suman’s sister Peanut from the same circus that abused Suman several years ago, when Peanut was about the same age Suman is now. Today Peanut has a beautiful life, roaming green spaces with other elephants, full of energy and spirit. Suman deserves this life too, as do her mother and father. All together, one family, at our sanctuary. That is our goal.

Suman’s mother, Chanda, has been bred to the point of exhaustion — only to watch her babies repeatedly wrenched away and sold into horrible lives. Chanda is being forced to give tourist rides through the scorching heat in Jaipur, heavy loads weighing down her spine. Suman’s father, Bijli, was also sold into a thankless life of labor in Jaipur.

We cannot allow this. We cannot stand by and watch Suman’s little spirit break through cruelty and neglect. We cannot allow her future to be five decades of abuse and neglect in Jaipur, instead of five decades of love with her family at our rescue center.

Please stand with us for Suman. Help us reunite her with Peanut. Help us bring her family — a family that has already suffered so much — out of darkness and isolation and into a future together.

Please sign this petition asking officials in Jaipur to do the right thing.

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Petition · Ted Cruz: Stop the neglect at Garland Animal Shelter ·

Megan Sherman started this petition to Senator Ted Cruz and 9 others

Our goal is to get 10,000 signatures to bring to a Garland city council meeting.

Garland Animal Shelter is known to neglect and abuse animals. The following conditions have been documented, reported, and ignored:

  1. Kennel temperatures reaching over 104 degrees
  2. Animals laying in their blood

  3. Emaciated and underfed dogs

  4. Kennels without water

  5. Dogs without cones after a spay or neuter

  6. Animals laying in urine and feces

  7. Animals with stitches still in (up to 60 days) after spay or neuter

We ask that the city council considers the following:

  1. A new shelter
  • A volunteer coordinator

  • Procedures and policies to hold those (mistreating animals) accountable. Things like: cleaning the cages, handling the animals, feeding twice a day, filling water bowls, post operative care, etc.

  • Please follow ‘Newman’s journey to fix Garland Shelter’ on Facebook for more information on the conditions in which the animals live.

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    Petition Deadline is May 17th 2018 at 11:59PM – Don’t Let the Meat Industry Bully Vegan Startups! | Mercy for Animals

    The meat industry is facing some tough competition these days. Delicious, healthy, and cruelty-free plant-based meat options have become a staple at most grocery stores and many restaurants, while new companies are breaking ground and creating “clean meat”—real meat without the suffering and death.

    The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, a beef-industry front group, is so afraid of this competition that they petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture to prohibit plant-based and clean meat companies from using the words “beef” or “meat” on product labels.

    The USDA is now accepting public comments on this petition. Please use our simple form below to tell the USDA that restricting labels on plant-based foods and clean meat stifles competition, inhibits progress, and is both unnecessary and wrong.

    Unique comments are more effective, so please consider personalizing your message before submitting. The deadline to submit comments is May 17, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, so act now to make sure your voice is heard!

    Shocking Images Of Shark’s Stomach Filled With Plastic Bags
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    Graphic images of a tiger shark’s stomach have revealed four single-use plastic bags stuck inside of the sharks stomach.

    The shark was found in South Coast, Australia and adds more weight to a plastic bag ban.

    The video was captured by Bermagui commercial fisherman Jason Moyce, who said the he noticed the very sickly looking shark, with its stomach bloated, while fishing for bronzers

    Images of plastic bags being removed from the stomach of a juvenile tiger shark. Picture: Trapman Bermagui

    Single use plastic is one of the biggest threats to our oceans and is expected to outweigh all marine life by the year 2050. The good news, you can do something about it today. On a personal level, say no to plastics bags, straws and purchase items that limit the amount of plastic. On a larger scale, email, call or write your representatives and explain to them the ongoing issue and tell them that a change needs to be made.

    An atheist was walking through the woods admiring the nature around him. “What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals,” he said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river,…

    An atheist was walking through the woods admiring the nature around him. “What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals,” he said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look, and suddenly saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him! He ran up the path as fast as he could. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was gaining on him. He looked over his shoulder again, and now the bear was even closer. In his haste, the man tripped on a root and fell to the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him. At that instant the atheist cried out, “Oh my God!” Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky. “You deny my existence for all these years, teach others that I don’t exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?” The atheist looked directly into the light and said, “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?” “Very well,” said the voice. The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head and spoke, “Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen.”

    Please Sign The Card To Thank Our Heroes | USO

    75,000 signatures needed to hit our goal!

    From patrolling the sweltering deserts of Afghanistan to providing critical hurricane relief for Gulf Coast communities, our brave military men and women sacrifice so much for all of us. Let’s make sure they know we’re grateful for their service. Sign the thank-you card today.

    Thank you for everything you do.

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    Trainers: Stop Hurting Horses For Show Tricks! – The Animal Rescue Site

    Goal: 30,000 • Progress: 21,07

    Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

    It’s a sad fact that for many horse trainers, torturous practices like soring are part of the job.

    Horse soring involves whipping, burning, shocking, or otherwise irritating a horse’s forelegs to get the animal to step higher when presenting in shows and auctions. Other horse trainers shove weights or shims between the hoof and the shoe. Some do both, while wrapping heavy chains around their horse’s caustic chemical coated legs.

    The barbaric practice has been condemned by government agencies as well as animal activists alike. And while the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been historically responsible for overseeing horse training operations at a federal level, and fining those found guilty of horse soring under the Horse Protection Act, recent decrees from the Trump Administration have severely restricted the Act’s efficacy.

    A strengthened Horse Protection Act was scheduled to be put into the Federal Register in January 2016, but a White House order on President Donald Trump’s first day in office brought it and many other regulations back for review.

    Through interviews with convicted horse abuser Barney Davis, the Humane Society has helped to expose the horrific popularity of soring among horse trainers. “Every trainer sores horses,” said Davis, who pled guilty to violating the Horse Protection Act on several counts in 2016. “You have to, to get them to walk…you’re not going to win if you don’t sore [horses].” Davis not only recounted the gruesome truth about soring — bloody forelegs and horses wailing in pain — he also indicated that judges and inspectors at many horse exhibitions are paid to look the other way.

    There is no excuse for horse soring to continue in the United States. The federal government and law enforcement has the authority to end this practice and protect our horses.

    Sign below and tell the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that the Horse Protection Act needs to be strengthened and enforced.

    Sign Here


    The Bark that Bites

    Humane PA

    By Representative Todd Stephens

    Elected officials answer to their constituents, it’s the core of the job. FullSizeRender

    All day long we, and our staff, field phone calls, letters, emails, social media posts, and even the occasional fax; filled with issues large and small which matter to our community. We respond as quickly as we can and I personally make it an office policy that no matter what the issue, whether its state, federal, local, or personal, I or my staff will not only do our best to find the answer, we advise the constituent on how to proceed.

    It’s a tough job, but a fulfilling one. Every day (if we’re lucky) we get to make a difference in someone’s life, and every once in a while, we get to do something great.

    That’s how I feel about Act 10 – (Libre’s Law). With a lot of hard work, we actually…

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    Petition: End The Yulin Dog Meat Festival For Good! – The Animal Rescue Site

    End The Yulin Dog Meat Festival For Good!
    Force one crucial step from Congress in order to end this cruel and barbaric festival!

    A new ban on selling dog meat at restaurants, street vendors and markets at China’s Yulin dog meat festival will go into effect on June 15, just one week before the festival is set to start. What remains unclear is if the ban is temporary or if officials will be able to enforce the ban. Sign now to show your support for a permanent end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!
    [End The Yulin Dog Meat Festival For Good!]
    Goal: 45,000 • Progress: 27,Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

    For more than twenty years, summer in Yulin, China has meant the slaughter of tens of thousands of dogs in the most disgusting and brutal ways imaginable. They are stolen from the streets — even from people’s homes — and then crammed into such small cages that many dogs die before even arriving in Yulin. Those that make it face being beaten to death, boiled alive, and tortured for days.

    Thankfully, there are steps being taken by lawmakers in the United States to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

    The bill being proposed, HR 30 of the 115th Congress, would officially condemn the festival as a “spectacle of extreme animal cruelty,” while also recognizing the public health risk the festival presents. Currently, HR 30 is being reviewed by Members of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

    Sign below to tell Congress to sign HR 30 into law, and help put an end to this cruel and barbaric festival!

    Sign Here

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    Tell Vietnam: Put An End The Brutal And Illegal Cat Meat Trade – The Animal Rescue Site

    three cats trap and is stuck in a steel wire netting,cage,hoping for freedom with sad feeling

    Tell Vietnam: Put An End The Brutal And Illegal Cat Meat Trade
    It is illegal to consume cats in Vietnam, but even the officials supposed to enforce the law break it – and eat them “for luck.”
    [Tell Vietnam: Put An End The Brutal And Illegal Cat Meat Trade]
    Goal: 100,000 • Progress: 26,942
    Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

    Tell the current Vietnamese Ministers of Health, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Industry and Trade to put a real stop to the illegal cat meat trade. Eating a cat is cruel, will not bring you luck or make you more agile, and could seriously harm your health.

    The dog meat trade has come under scrutiny in recent years, but cats who are similarly abused haven’t gotten as much attention. In this brutal yet thriving trade, cats are crammed into wire cages and transported into Vietnam, where cat meat is popular. Though many are strays, a large number are also beloved pets who have been stolen, still wearing their collars.

    From there, the cruelty only gets worse. Groups of cats are transported in sacks, and because “tough” meat is desirable, cats are terrified and tortured prior to inhumane butchering. Some restaurants cram living cats into cages, so that consumers can pick which one to eat. Then they are boiled alive in hot water. One cat butcher boasted of killing 31 cats in one day for his restaurant. This is barbaric cruelty toward intelligent, sensitive, and innocent pets. [1]

    The meat is sold as an expensive “delicacy” labeled “little tiger.” Locals eat cat meat at the beginning of the month and year for good luck, or believing that it will bring strength and agility. [1] But the unregulated meat can be deadly, exposing people who eat it to diseases including toxoplasmosis, E. coli, and rabies.

    In 1998, a ban on consuming cats in Vietnam was established by the prime minister to protect cats to make sure the rats did not get out of control. But it was ignored. Today, cat meat is popular. Many of the avid consumers are the very officials who are supposed to be enforcing the ban. [2]

    Sign now and demand this gruesome meat trade be ended for good. Like dogs, cats are meant to be our friends – not dinner.

    Sign Here

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    Mindless Behavior, Sadistic Tactics Planned Against Alaska Wildlife

    Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog

    Here are C.A.S.H.’s Comments Re the proposed anti-animal tactics to be undertaken in Alaskan National Monuments:

    As a wildlife photographer I’ve spent the better part of a decade in Alaska, photographing bears and wolves in addition to moose, Dall’s sheep and caribou in numerous locations throughout the region. Most of what I saw was in the State’s National Parks—Glacier Bay, Katmai and Denali. One thing that struck me right off was how comparatively little wildlife I came across in National Monuments such as Wrangle Saint Elias. Clearly, hunting and trapping had taken their toll in the unprotected lands and monuments that, unlike the parks, allowed wildlife “harvesting.”

    But even if I wasn’t now president of the group C.A.S.H., the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting, I’d be sickened, outraged and appalled by the new federal proposals to allow abusive treatment of some of the world’s most intelligent and charismatic animals who…

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    FBI: Reboot your router to thwart foreign cyber malware

    Trump vs. Teddy Bears: The Battle For The Soul Of The Nation

    Mining Awareness +

    Unlike Republican President Teddy Roosevelt, for whom Teddy Bears are named, Trump-Zinke have no mercy. They want hunters to be able to kill any black bear, including cubs and mother bears with cubs, with artificial light at den sites…use dogs to hunt and kill black bears in Alaskan National Parks-Preserves.
    OPPOSE HERE until Jul 23 2018:

    Trump-Zinke apparently hate bears, baby bears, and other animals, and want to be able to: Kill any black bear, including cubs and mother bears with cubs, with artificial light at den sites; kill brown bears over bait; kill wolves and coyotes (including pups) during the denning season – in their dens- (between May 1 and August 9); shoot swimming caribou; shoot caribou from motorboats under power; kill black bears over bait; and using dogs to hunt and kill black bears in National Parks-Preserves in Alaska. (NPS wording with euphemisms removed for…

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    Therapy dog mistaken for wolf shot to death by hunter

    Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog

    Darcy MathesonSenior Digital Producer, CTV Vancouver

    Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2:01PM PDT 
    Last Updated Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:35PM PDT

    A therapy dog that worked with people with autism and PTSD was shot to death by a hunter who mistakenly believed the pet was a wild animal.

    Valeria Calderoni, founder of Canine Valley rehabilitation centre in Squamish, B.C. says Kaoru was shot at point blank range while she was out with a trainer and nine dogs on their regular Monday morning hike north of the city.

    They were putting leashes back onto the dogs when she heard a bang so loud that she instinctually crouched down.

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    Victory! While Virginia Becomes The 4th U.S. State To Pass Anti-Animal Testing Legislation For Cosmetics; Help Us Ensure That California Is Next! – World Animal News

    Victory! While Virginia Becomes The 4th U.S. State To Pass Anti-Animal Testing Legislation For Cosmetics; Help Us Ensure That California Is Next!By Lauren Lewis – May 28, 2018

    WAN is thrilled that Virginia passed legislation to require that cosmetics and personal care product manufacturers or contract testing facilities use alternative methods to testing on animals.
    Virginia became the fourth state in the country to enact this important legislation when Governor Ralph Northam signed HB 1087, which was introduced by Delegate Jennifer Boysko into law.
    California, New Jersey, and New York also have such laws in place.
    The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249, was introduced in the California State Legislature by Senator Cathleen Galgiani earlier this year. This important bill would prohibit the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state, it is sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and supported by Cruelty Free International and Lush Cosmetics.

    This ground-breaking legislation would make it unlawful for any cosmetic manufacturer to knowingly import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner, in the state of California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2020. A violation would result in a fine of up to $500 for the first violation and up to $1,000 for each subsequent violation.
    WAN and Peace 4 Animals have joined forces with our partner Social Compassion In Legislation, one of the main sponsors of the bill, to help push this important legislation forward and make it the first law of its kind for cruelty-free cosmetics in the state of California.
    Twenty-first-century science is rapidly moving away from outdated animal tests and these new cruelty-free cosmetics laws being proposed requires the use of available methods that avoid animal testing or reduce the number of animals used for the testing of products.
    Many effective alternatives to animal testing now exist, including 3-D printing, construction of artificial human tissue, and the generation of sophisticated computer programs that can make accurate predictions about chemical safety.
    With these sophisticated technologies comes improved and more predictive information on the safety of chemicals and other products.
    The new law in Virginia does not apply to testing done for medical research, including testing of drugs or medical devices, nor does it prohibit the use of animal tests to comply with requirements of state or federal agencies.
    The new legislation authorizes the Attorney General to bring a civil action to enforce such provision. Any person who violates the law may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000, as well as court costs and attorneys fees.

    You can help support the Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Act and learn more about what you can do to help California become the next state to pass this important legislation by clicking here!

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    Costa Rica Makes Santa Elena Bay a Mrine Protected Area


    Thanks to the effort of neighbors of the areas of Cuajiniquil, El Jobo and Puerto Soley in La Cruz, Guanacaste, the 732.1 hectares that make up Santa Elena Bay are now a Marine Protected Area. The objective of establishing this zone as a Marine Management Area is to reserve it for particular purposes, among them the conservation of marine life, the promotion of recreation and tourism and the sustainable use of its resources, particularly fishing resources. Santa Elena Bay receives several marine species with reproductive purposes, among them, dolphins, whales, turtles and other pelagic species like the whale shark, which…

    Source: Costa Rica Makes Santa Elena Bay a Marine Protected Area

    Whales are starving – their stomachs full of our plastic waste | Philip Hoare | Opinion
    Whales are starving – their stomachs full of our plastic waste | Philip Hoare | Opinion
    Philip Hoare

    In January, 29,2016 sperm whales stranded on shores around the North Sea. The results of the necropsies (the animal equivalent of autopsies) of 13 of those whales, which beached in Germany, near the town of Tönning in Schleswig-Holstein, have just been released. The animals’ stomachs were filled with plastic debris. A 13-metre-long fishing net, a 70cm piece of plastic from a car and other pieces of plastic litter had been inadvertently ingested by the animals, who may have thought they were food, such as squid, their main diet, which they consume by sucking their prey into their mouths.

    Robert Habeck, environment minister for the state of Schleswig-Holstein, said: “These findings show us the results of our plastic-oriented society. Animals inadvertently consume plastic and plastic waste, which causes them to suffer, and at worst, causes them to starve with full stomachs.” Nicola Hodgins, of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, added: “Although the large pieces will cause obvious problems and block the gut, we shouldn’t dismiss the smaller bits that could cause a more chronic problem for all species of cetacean – not just those who suction feed.”

    The notion of these vast, sentient and placid creatures being stuffed with our trash is emblematic enough of the unequal relationship between man and sperm whale. The fact that the latter possess the largest brains of any animal that has ever lived only underlies this disconnection.

    Our use and abuse of animals seems in inverse proportion to the almost ritual reverence in which we purport to hold them

    Sadly, to anyone who follows the ongoing story of our impact on cetaceans, the terrible predicament of German whales is not new – although the scale of last January’s strandings is. In 2011, a young sperm whale was found floating dead off the Greek island of Mykonos. Its stomach was so distended that scientists believed that the animal might have swallowed a giant squid. But when they dissected its four stomachs (sperm whales, although predators, have digestive processes similar to ruminants), they found almost 100 plastic bags and other pieces of debris. One bag had the telephone number of a souvlaki restaurant in Thessaloniki. The scientists joked, grimly, that the whale could not call up to complain about the damage caused by their product.

    The scale of the fate of the North Sea whales calls to mind the nesting albatrosses of Midway Island, so poignantly recorded by photographer Chris Jordan. He documented the skeletal remains of young chicks, so bloated with the plastic they had been mistakenly fed by their parents – from beer can loops and bottle tops to cigarette lighters – that they had starved from lack of nutrition.

    Our use and abuse of animals seems in inverse proportion to the almost ritual reverence in which we purport to hold them. Whales have become the marine icon of ecological threat. We pay obeisance to their grandeur. But sometimes I wonder if it isn’t all an illusion. We congratulate ourselves for having stopped hunting them (well, most of them). Yet many thousands of cetaceans are compromised or killed by the pollution we allow to escape into the ocean. We cannot make the direct connection between the plastic bottles of water and what they are doing to the ultimate source of their supply. Whales are still victims of our industrialisation, our insatiable thirst for growth at the expense of all else – if in not such a direct way as they were in the past.

    Recently, visiting the secret storage unit where London’s Natural History Museum stows the thousands of specimens that they are unable – or reluctant – to display in the museum, the curator of vertebrates, Richard Sabin, showed me a nondescript cardboard box in a corner. He suggested I look inside. When I opened it, I found block after block of solid, pure, spermaceti wax, the solidified oil from the sperm whale’s head.

    Whales, in boxes – that’s how we saw them. It was for this substance that American and British whaleships travelled to the South Seas. This stuff that, when liquid, lit the streets of London, New York, Berlin and Paris. It made candles and makeup; lubricated the machines of the industrial revolution. So fine is spermaceti oil that Nasa used it in their space mission, as it does not freeze in outer space.

    It is the materiality of the whale that haunts me. What it has provided, albeit unwittingly, to allow us to furnish and light our own lives. Even sperm whale excretions – in the form of ambergris – are the most valuable natural substances known to us, still used as a fixative in high-fashion perfumes. Set that usage against what we now know to be cultural animals, deeply bound by family ties. Of course, it is what makes us most alike that ultimately touches us – and which may be the saving of us both. I told Meera Syal, when we met at Radio 4 the other day, that whale society is entirely matriarchal, and in some species, male whales stay with their mothers all their lives. “Ah,” she said, “they’re Indian whales.”

    Plastic bag-swallowing sperm whales – victims of our remorseless progress | Environment
    Plastic bag-swallowing sperm whales – victims of our remorseless progress | Environment
    Philip Hoare

    Plastic bags have been blamed for the deaths of sperm whales in the Mediterranean. The Athens-based Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute found that more than a third of the sperm whales found dead in Greek waters had stomachs blocked by plastic waste. But this comes as no surprise to whale watchers.

    In a plangent 2011 report by same researchers on a mass sperm-whale stranding, a combination of factors – noise from naval exercises, dehydration and stress that caused toxic chemicals and heavy metals to be released from the whales’ body fat – was found to have caused them to beach. The scene of the dying whales moved the scientists to unusually emotive language as they recorded finding them “agonising on the shore”.

    Postmortems of some of the 29 sperm whales that stranded around the North Sea coasts in January 2016 found plastic in their stomachs – including large pieces from cars. But many other factors come into play. Another recent report indicated that intense solar activity in the winter of 2016 may have interfered with the whales’ navigational systems, which rely on electromagnetic pathways on the Earth’s surface. The fact that the same activity caused a spectacular display of northern lights only seemed to echo the sense of the deaths of these huge, sentient and social creatures as omens of the fallout from our disruption of the natural world.

    Related: Facing extinction, the North Atlantic right whale cannot adapt. Can we? | Philip Hoare

    That Mediterranean whales are swallowing hundreds of plastic bags speaks to a terrible disconnect in the narrative of human and natural history. In the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, sperm whales were hunted for their oil, which played a key role in the industrial revolution, for light and lubrication. Even as late as the 1980s, sperm whales were being killed in their hundreds off the Azores in the mid-Atlantic. But by that time, no one had a use for their oil, and their bones were ground up for use as plant fertilizer. It seems ironic that some of the plastic ingested by the sperm whales of the Mediterranean has come from intensive fruit and vegetable production.

    Even though we stopped hunting these whales (after the 1986 moratorium), it seems they are fated to remain victims of our remorseless progress.

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    Alaska Airlines to ditch plastic straws in favor of marine-friendly stir sticks – Alaska Airlines Blog

    By Jacqueline Drumheller, sustainability manager

    These days, most 16-year-olds are focused on getting their driver’s licenses, playing Fortnite or deciding who they want to ask to prom, but Shelby O’Neil isn’t your average teenager. She’s a Girl Scout who created Jr Ocean Guardians for her 2017 Girl Scout USA Gold Award Project to share her passion to save our oceans and marine life for future generations.

    Stirred to action: Alaska Airlines to ditch plastic straws in favor of marine friendly stir sticks

    Shelby O’Neil reached out to Alaska Airlines last year, asking us to eliminate single-use plastic stir straws to reduce the amount of plastic pollution that is damaging our oceans.

    Shelby reached out to Alaska Airlines last year, urging us to eliminate single-use plastic straws to reduce plastic pollution that is damaging our oceans. Little did she know, we were on the cusp of becoming the first U.S. airline to make this change, building on our decades-long commitment to environmental stewardship.

    Starting this summer, we’re replacing non-recyclable plastic stir straws and citrus picks – we used 22 million last year – with sustainable, marine-friendly alternatives on all domestic and international flights, as well as in Alaska’s lounges across the country. For people with special needs, we’ll happily provide non-plastic, marine-friendly option, upon request.

    We’ve partnered with the Seattle-based nonprofit Lonely Whale, an organization that drives impactful market-based change on behalf of our oceans, to support this initiative.

    Lonely Whale isn’t alone in raising visibility of this issue. The Earth Day Network declared ending plastic pollution to be the theme for Earth Day this year, challenging everyone to reduce the amount of non-recyclable plastic they consume.

    For Alaska Airlines flight attendant Abbe Gloor, the news was warmly welcomed. One of Alaska’s most enthusiastic inflight recyclers, she has eliminated all single-use plastic in her personal life and serves as an ambassador for the 5 Gyres Institute, a nonprofit that takes a science-based approach to eliminating plastic pollution.

    “This change is a good thing and a small step in the right direction. When it comes to the environment, we can all do a little bit better,” she said. “It was all the plastic that I observed when visiting beaches around the world that motivated me to act, so as a company that flies people to beautiful beaches, this makes a lot of sense.”

    This initiative marks an impactful shift for Alaska Airlines. But the change doesn’t stop there. Besides removing single-use non-recyclable plastic straws and picks, we will be replacing most of our large (32-46 ounce) aseptic juice boxes with aluminum cans, which are more easily recyclable and less wasteful. Last year, we replaced the majority of our bottled beer with cans, which are lighter and easier to recycle.

    “I am so proud of Alaska Airlines for joining me, Lonely Whale and many others in the fight to protect our oceans,” said Shelby O’Neil. “My hope is that we can continue to rally together and inspire future generations to take a stand and eliminate plastic pollution to help save our oceans.”

    Be a greener flyer with these on-board recycling tips:

    Don’t put wrappers, napkins or other garbage into cans or bottles.
    Don’t forget to recycle your magazines.
    Bring your own empty water bottle and fill it up once you’ve passed through security.
    Keep recycling and garbage separate until it’s collected.

    Learn more about Alaska Airlines’ sustainability efforts at

    🇺🇸THANK YOU 🇺🇸


    Chocolate Cashew Pudding [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

    A gluten-free, totally creamy and delightful chocolate pudding – with a twist!

    Chocolate Cashew Pudding [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

    Calories 316 Serves 4

    Cook Time 15


    1 1/5 cups soaked cashews immersed and soaked in water overnight
    3 tablespoons cocoa or can use 3 tablespoons of melted dark chocolate
    3 tablespoons brown sugar or, more, as needed
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    Sprinkle of salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/3 cup almond milk


    Add the cashews and almond milk to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. You might have to turn your blender off and scrape down the sides a couple of times.
    Add the cocoa/chocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla and blend until well incorporated
    Chill for an hour at least before digging into.



    I’m Shashi, I believe that eating healthy is easier than you think and am on a quest to prove it! My blog is filled with mostly healthier eats and treats that also have veggies packed into them – because why not right? I hope you stop by and find something you love!

    Buttery Cornbread Squares [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

    The buttery flavor is attained by using a combination of avocado oil (the butteriest!) and a small dollop of vegan mayo. Definitely, use fresh corn kernels if corn is in season but if not frozen will work fine (or leave them out entirely). This vegan and gluten-free dish is southern approved!

    Buttery Cornbread Squares [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


    1 cup cornmeal
    1 cup gluten-free flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    pinch chili powder
    1 tablespoon flax meal
    1/4 cup maple syrup (or sugar)
    1 1/2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
    1/4 cup oil (avocado oil is great, but canola, grapeseed, or coconut should work as well)
    1 cup water
    1 cup corn kernels


    Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly oil an 8×8-inch or a 9×9-inch baking pan with a bit of neutral oil.
    In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients, cornmeal through flax meal and stir. In a measuring cup combine the maple syrup, oil, and 1/2 cup water. Add to dry ingredients along with the vegan mayonnaise and remaining water. Stir well to combine.
    Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes until golden and knife inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool for another 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. Enjoy with vegan butter (or salted coconut oil), chili, salad, you name it!

    Note: (Double recipe to make a thicker cornbread)



    Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen which offers 100 percent vegan and gluten-free cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services in Seattle Washington. She’s on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone. Fire and Earth Kitchen.

    This weekend plan a visit to your local rescue shelter, where your new best friend is waiting for you


    Rescue pets aren’t problem pets, they’re just very unlucky.

    So please visit your local shelter today and help save a life.


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    We Need Your Voices Today! Wyoming Approves Hunting Of 22 Grizzly Bears This Year Despite Comments from 125,000 People Opposing The Hunt – World Animal News

    We Need Your Voices Today! Wyoming Approves Hunting Of 22 Grizzly Bears This Year Despite Comments from 125,000 People Opposing The Hunt
    By Lauren Lewis –
    May 25, 2018

    Following this week’s unanimous vote by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, 22 grizzly bears that may wander out of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will officially become at risk of being killed during the state’s first sanctioned hunt of its kind in 44 years.
    This despite the state receiving more than 125,000 comments from people opposing the hunt of the bears and only one year after grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem were removed from the Endangered Species List.
    “It’s so disturbing that Wyoming thinks they’re more valuable dead than alive,” Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement while referring to Yellowstone’s bears as national treasures. “Grizzly bears have only just begun to recover, and hunting could sabotage that crucial process. People love these bears and don’t want to see them killed just so somebody can put a trophy on their wall.”
    According to a statement from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the allowable mortality limits were developed using a pre-set formula outlined in a cooperative agreement between the states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
    Wyoming considers its decision to be a “conservative” approach to the state’s grizzly bear management.
    Animal advocates consider it to be the unnecessary murder of innocent animals!
    Tragically, now for a mere $602.00 for residents and $6002.00 for nonresidents, hunters in Wyoming can obtain a license to hunt and kill a grizzly bear.
    On May 10th, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a limited hunting season for grizzly bears in the eastern part of the state.
    Under this ruling, one Idaho hunter draws a permit to shoot one grizzly bear during the hunt, the state’s first in 40 years.
    As per the Idaho Statesman, the sole hunter will not be able to use bait or hound hunting to bag his “once in a lifetime trophy” during the season which will run September 1st through November 15th of this year.
    In February, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks decided not to hold a Yellowstone-area grizzly bear hunting season this year.
    Tragically, the three-state-region is home to only 700 grizzlies. While the number is up from 136 when they were listed as a threatened species in 1975, reducing the population by hunting and killing them is not only unacceptable it is barbaric.
    We Need Your Voices Today!
    Please Contact The Wyoming Officials Below & Tell Them That You Oppose The Hunting of 22 Grizzly Bears in Wyoming.
    Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
    E-mail: Here
    Phone: (307) 777-7434
    Fax: (307) 632-3909
    Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi
    E-mail: Here
    Phone: (202) 224-3424
    Wyoming Senator John Barrasso
    E-mail: Here
    Phone: (307) 261-6413
    Scott Talbott, Director Wyoming Game & Fish
    Phone: (307) 777-4501
    Fax: (307) 777-4699
    MARK ANSELMI – President Wyoming Game & Fish
    Phone: (307) 777-4600
    DAVID RAEL – Vice President Wyoming Game & Fish
    Phone: (307) 777-4600

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    Petition: This Zoo Replaced Dead Animals With Animals Poached From the Wild

    by: Care2 Team
    target: Central Zoo Authority

    1,387 SUPPORTERS – 10,000 GOAL
    Last year, a zoo ranger at the Delhi Zoo in New Delhi, India noticed something strange. The number of monitor lizards at the zoo seemed to vary from day to day.

    The animals were not, of course, playing tricks on him, but his supervisors were.

    Turns out the lizards were dying at an alarming rate. From the original five, not even one survived but then, just like that, four more took their place. Zoo officials were replacing dead animals with new ones.

    This story and a host of other horrors come out in a report that found that zoo officials at the Delhi Zoo tried to hide their extremely high animal mortality rate by replacing their dead animals with animals they poached from the wild. An inquiry conducted by authority found that zoo staff illegally captured monitor lizards, sand boa, rat snakes, tortoises and two small Indian civets.

    Many people think of zoos and their staff as being dedicated to the education of the public on the importance of animals, but the Delhi Zoo staff were more with saving their own skin than saving the animals of our planet.

    It’s time the Central Zoo Authority shut down this zoo and end their horrific cycle of poach, kill, replace and repeat. Sign the petition and tell officials to shut down the Delhi Zoo.



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