Petition: Demand Justice for Horses Starved to Death

by: Michael Taylor

151,900 SUPPORTERS – 160,000 GOAL

The pain of starvation is horrific. It is a prolonged suffering where death comes slowly with a myriad of painful symptoms throughout each stage of physical deterioration.

Starvation is terrible, but to be starved out of apathy is morally abhorrent. For 169 horses at the army unit in South Africa, the nightmare of starvation was only too real.

Sign the petition to demand the people responsible for this crime against living creatures are brought to justice.

An initial loss of body fat is followed by muscle loss and atrophy and, ultimately, organ failure. In long-term starvation, degeneration of the liver, cardiac changes, anaemia, and skin lesions may develop. The brain, which relies on chemical signals to function properly, begins to deteriorate, along with the heart and other muscles. A coma follows soon after, and then death.

The horses had no food, and had nothing to eat except soil and their own faeces. Food was only provided to the horses after the NSPCA forced the army unit into taking emergency action to secure adequate feed for the animals.

Starvation wreaks havoc on an animal, and to put an animal through something that terrible is unquestionably evil, especially when you have the means to feed them, but just decide not to. Such was the state of these horses that twenty-five had to be euthanised, the others healthy enough to be relocated to another facility.

The NSPCA said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the SANDF in 2016 regarding the care of animals, but that the army had continually reneged on the agreement, showing that they are incapable of looking after animals, and should not be entrusted with any.

General Solly Zacharia Shoke, the men under your command have shown they are incapable of looking after animals, and despite an agreement with the NSPCA your men have consistently failed to provide adequate care for these horses. Now twenty-five are dead, and the others will never be the same.

We demand criminal charges be brought against those responsible. This is cruelty at its worst and we will not allow this to go unpunished. Sign this petition with me and let’s make sure this cruelty does not go unnoticed or unpunished.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/357/770/211/we-demand-criminal-charges-against-those-responsible-for-starving-horses-to-death/?TAP=1724

 

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Idaho teacher charged after feeding sick puppy to turtle in front of class

Preston,Idaho- and Eastern Ohio teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students have been charged with a misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Preston Jr High School science teacher Robert Crosland was charged Friday in Franklin County Court. He faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

The Idaho Attorney General’s office handled the investigation after Franklin County Prosecutor Vic Pearson cited a conflict of interest.

Several parents came forward to say Crosland fed the puppy to the turtle on March 7.

Several weeks later State officials seized the turtle and euthanized it as a non-native species.

https://nypost.com/2018/06/01/teacher-charged-after-feeding-puppy-to-turtle-in-class/?utm_source=maropost&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nypevening&utm_content=20180601&mpweb=755-7013235-719298164

Hurricane season starts today, and Trump still hasn’t learned from his deadliest blunder — Hurricane Maria

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By Justine Calma on Jun 1, 2018

It wasn’t until five days after Hurricane Maria made landfall that President Trump tweeted about the devastation. FEMA administrator Brock Long arrived in Puerto Rico that same day — he was among the first Trump officials to get to the battered U.S. territory.

This week, a Harvard study revealed that the September 2017 storm is likely the deadliest disaster in modern U.S. history — with more casualties than Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 attacks combined. The analysis places Puerto Rico’s death toll at somewhere between 4,645 and 5,740 people, 90 times more dead than the government’s widely disputed official death toll.

The president has yet to offer any public condolences on the death count in the new study. He has, however, tweeted vigorously in the wake of Roseanne Barr being fired to Disney CEO Bob Iger demanding an apology for “HORRIBLE” statements made about him on ABC.

“What if 5,000 people in any US state died because of a natural disaster? It would be 24/7 news. Well, that happened in #PuertoRico as a result of #HurricaneMaría, and we are now talking about a mediocre sitcom being cancelled,” tweeted journalist Julio Ricardo Varela.

Writing in an opinion piece for NBC news, Varela continued: “Puerto Ricans are not suddenly shocked by the Harvard study … because the proof was already there months ago. But almost nobody else wanted to look for it.”

Trump’s only visit to the island after the storm — when he said that Maria wasn’t a “real” tragedy like Hurricane Katrina — Varela writes, “served to highlight the late response and federal neglect to Puerto Rico’s catastrophe.”

The president’s inattention, critics argue, contributed to a disaster response that was slow, meager, and ripe with allegations of misconduct and corruption. And rather than drive compassion for fellow Americans, his priorities have helped shift attention elsewhere. Cable news dedicated more than 16 times more airtime to the Roseanne controversy than it did to the Puerto Rico death toll.

Because of the silence, Refinery 29 journalist Andrea González-Ramírez has started a viral thread on Twitter in an effort to remember and name the dead:

“This should be a day of collective mourning in Puerto Rico. Thousands dead because of administrations that could not get the job done,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted on Tuesday. “These deaths & the negligence that contributed to them cannot be forgotten. This was, & continues to be, a violation of our human rights.”

And with Hurricane Season 2018 beginning today, there’s still uncertainty about how prepared this administration is for another storm. Puerto Rico’s power authority announced yesterday that it may take another two months to get power back completely on the island, and officials say it’s likely that the electrical grid will crash again with the next hurricane.

On top of that, FEMA is going through a “reorganization,” Bloomberg reported last week, and several key leadership roles are still vacant or temporarily filled.

“What the impacts from the 2017 disasters show is that there is also still work to do in order to build a culture of preparedness across the country at all levels of government, including improved resilience among our critical infrastructure,” FEMA wrote to Grist in an email.

https://grist.org/news/hurricane-season-starts-today-and-trump-still-hasnt-learned-from-his-deadliest-blunder-hurricane-maria/

The planet wants you to stop eating so much meat and dairy

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By Kate Yoder on Jun 1, 2018

A new, comprehensive analysis came to a regrettable conclusion for all you cheeseburger lovers out there: The earth has a beef with your meat and dairy consumption.

A vegan diet is “probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth,” the University of Oxford’s Joseph Poore, the lead researcher, told the Guardian. He says that giving up meat and dairy makes a “far bigger” difference than cutting down on flying or getting an electric vehicle.

The researchers found that meat and dairy production is responsible for 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. The study, published in the journal Science, represents the most comprehensive analysis of farming’s environmental impact to date. It assessed the production of 40 different foods (representing 90 percent of all that we eat) at 40,000 farms across the world, analyzing their impact on land use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and air and water pollution.

If we gave up meat and dairy, we could reduce farmland by more than 75 percent worldwide and have enough food for everyone to eat, the analysis shows.

The results support what the science had already been telling us, even though the researchers took a new approach of gathering data farm by farm. Previous work had used national data to quantify farming’s impact. “It is very reassuring to see they yield essentially the same results,” Gidon Eshel, a Bard College food researcher who wasn’t involved in the Science analysis, told the Guardian.

While this is a confirmation of what we’ve been hearing for years, we also know that getting the entire world to switch to veganism is a hard sell. And in fact, after a few years of decline, meat eating is on the rise again: Americans are predicted to eat a record-shattering amount of red meat and poultry this year. It’s never too late to join the reducetarian movement, meat lovers.

https://grist.org/living/the-planet-wants-you-to-stop-eating-so-much-meat-and-dairy/

This beer’s packaging isn’t hurting turtles, it’s feeding them.

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The ocean is in crisis.

I don’t mean to start this on a down note, but let’s be real for a second: There are real problems swirling underneath the waves. Not only are the water getting warmer and the Great Barrier Reef losing coral, but nearly 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in the water on an annual basis. And that’s hurting the beasts that live down where it’s wetter. According to recent research, sea animals from birds, to turtles, to whales regularly feed upon plasticbecause it smells like food. That’s not good for them.

Here’s what it would feel like for a human:

Here’s the issue, though: Brine is the first company to utilize these rings. And while they’re popping up in stores all over Florida — Publix, Total Wine& More, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits — they’ve still got a long way to go…

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This woman just saved a family of ducks. The video is pure laugh-out-loud joy.

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If you watch a bevy of ducks, you’re probably going to squeal with pleasure, right ?

When Shara Fenell of Memphis noticed a group of them stuck in a drain, she squealed — then she sprang into action.

In an adorable video from WREG, Fenell answered the good Samaritan call when she overhead quacking near the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

Fenell simply couldn’t let the adorable animals suffer and went out of her style to hop in the drainage, get a little dirty, and save the fluffy family.

Laughing nervously as she climbed down the drain, Fenell managed to gently pull the family of ducks to safety in a smooth 1 minute and 18 seconds, according to a friend in the background.

The video has since run viral, warming hearts around the country.

In addition to providing some much-needed cute vibes, Fenell’s actions are a great example for how…

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