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Balloons that are released into the air, both latex and foil, always return to land or water as harmful and potentially deadly litter. The current law in Virginia states that releasing up to 49 balloons is allowable but more than 50 is illegal. We must change this law in the 2021 General Assembly to ban all intentional balloon releases. 

The law in Virginia (§ 29.1-556.1. Release of certain balloons prohibited; civil penalty) currently states that ” It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly release or cause to be released into the atmosphere within a one-hour period fifty or more balloons which are (i) made of a nonbiodegradable or nonphotodegradable material or any material which requires more than five minutes’ contact with air or water to degrade and (ii) inflated with a substance which is lighter than air.” 

Research has shown that balloon-related litter is one of the most common types of litter on Virginia’s remote beaches. In many cases, more than 100 pieces of balloon related litter, including foil & latex balloons, plastic ribbons & attachments such as plastic discs and laminated notes, have been found on one mile of beach. 

Balloon litter is considered one of the most harmful types of litter to wildlife. Balloon litter not only harms marine animals, especially sea turtles, and shorebirds, but there are documented interactions with livestock, wild horses and inland species of wildlife as well.

We must change the Virginia law to ban all balloon releases, even so-called “biodegradable” balloons. The Balloon Council announced in August, 2018 that it no longer supports balloon releases. Cities and towns all over the country are banning balloon releases. If you are from Virginia, please sign this petition so that we can help to reduce this dangerous type of litter in our environment. 

Virginia residents: please be sure to share your location information when signing so we can show the Virginia representatives that Virginians want to see this law change. Thank you! 

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Petition · Urge South Korean President Moon Jae-in: End the South Korean dog meat trade before another pandemic hits the world! ·

Animal Liberation Wave started this petition to South Korean President Moon Jae-In

This petition is jointly run by Animal Liberation Wave and Last Chance for Animals.

하단에서 한국어 확인이 가능합니다. 구글 외에 네이버, 한메일 등 국내 메일 주소를 기입하신 분들은 꼭 서명 직후 해당 주소로 발송된 이메일에서 “최종 확인” 버튼을 눌러주셔야 서명이 완료됩니다! 

COVID19 is our wake-up call to redefine the human-animal relationship and to put an end to the consumption of animals. In an attempt to prevent another global pandemic originating from animals, China has moved to end not only wildlife consumption but also the dog meat trade by leaving the animals out of the announced draft list of what is considered ‘livestock’. This leaves South Korea, another remaining major dog-eating country, in shame as they have not taken any action to end this practice.

Filthy dog farms where there are no regulations on hygienic practices were the breeding ground for the canine influenza A H3N2 virus first detected in 2007. They remain a ticking bomb for another zoonotic pandemic of epic proportions. Additionally, just recently, the Chinese government has also taken action by recognizing all dogs as ‘companion animals’ as is the international standard.  

South Korea is the only country in the world that systematically breeds and raises dogs for meat. In 3 thousand filthy ‘dog farms’ scattered across the country’s countryside, one million dogs are born, raised, and slaughtered every year. Although a few mayors/governors have tried to drive dog slaughter out from cities or major markets, dog meat is being sold everywhere, all year round. The brutal dog meat trade is an ongoing problem in South Korea. 

In 2018, when 2 anti-dog meat petitions historically reached over 200,000 signatures by the South Korean people, the government replied that it will “consider revising the related regulations to remove dogs from the country’s list of livestock.” However, no action of any sort has been taken since then.

We hereby urge South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in to remember the government’s declaration in 2018 and announce a road-map to put an end to the dog meat trade. South Korea, the 14th largest economy in the world and one of the most modern countries around the globe must not fall behind. NOW is the time to move in the progressive direction and end the country’s notorious dog meat trade.  

Please take action on behalf of the animals by signing and sharing this petition.

청와대에 촉구하세요: 또 다른 팬데믹이 발생하기 전에, 서둘러 한국 개 식용을 끝내야 합니다!

코로나 19 이후 중국에서는 개 식용 철폐가 시작됐습니다. 중국 선전과 주하이 2개 도시가 개 식용을 영구적으로 금지했고, 최근 중국 정부 또한 ‘국가 가축·가금’ 동물 목록을 입법 예고하면서 개를 제외했습니다. 홍콩, 대만 등에 이어 이제는 중국까지 개를 ‘가축’이 아니라 ‘반려동물’로 취급하는 세계적 추세를 따른다면, 남은 것은 한국입니다.

포스트 코로나 시대에도, 한국은 개를 식용으로 집단 번식, 사육하는 ‘개 농장’이 있는 유일한 나라입니다. 전국 방방곡곡 숨겨진 약 3천 개의 개 농장에서는 매년 1백만 마리의 개들이 태어나 고통스럽게 사육되다 죽습니다. 개 도살장은 서울시나 성남 모란시장처럼 사람들의 눈에 띄는 곳에서만 사라졌을 뿐, 개들은 여전히 보이지 않는 곳에서 잔혹하게 도살되고, 전국으로 유통되고 있습니다.

동물 학대 범죄뿐만 아니라 신종 바이러스까지 발생하는 ‘대한민국 개 농장’은 더이상 방치해선 안 됩니다. 지난 2007년, 경기도 김포의 한 개 농장에서는 조류 인플루엔자에서 변이된 새로운 개 인플루엔자 바이러스(H3N2형)가 처음 발견됐으며, 그 후 국내뿐만 아니라 미국, 캐나다까지 확산 중입니다. 학계는 2009년 신종플루 판데믹 당시 바이러스 재조합이 일어나면서, 인간에게 전염될 가능성 역시 커졌다고 보고하고 있습니다. 인간과 점점 가깝게 변이하는 것입니다. 한국 개 농장은 공중 보건의 시한폭탄입니다. 

청와대는 지난 2018년 “동물 보호에 대한 관심이 커지는 가운데 동물을 가축으로만 정의한 기존 제도가 시대에 맞지 않는 측면이 있다”며, 「축산법」상 ‘가축’에서 개를 삭제하는 것을 검토하겠다 밝힌 바 있습니다. 청와대는 약속을 잊지 말고, 개 식용을 끝내겠다는 선언과 계획을 내놓아야 합니다. 

포스트 코로나 시대에 또 다른 신종 전염병이 발생하는 것을 막기 위해서라도 개 식용 철폐는 반드시 서둘러야 할 과제입니다. 지금, 국제 서명 운동에 동참, 공유하여 청와대에 촉구해주세요! 

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New York’s Renewable Energy Regulations Neglect Bird Impacts | American Bird Conservancy

Golden Eagles are listed as Endangered in New York, and are among the species at risk from poorly sited wind turbines. Photo Taylor Berge/Shutterstock

New York released draft regulations in September to implement the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, which was passed into law earlier this year (in April 2020). Twenty-five conservation groups, including ABC, have expressed concern about these draft regulations, which do little to address renewable energy projects’ substantial negative impacts on birds.

The groups propose commonsense solutions that would correct some of the regulations’ major flaws and provide better protection for birds. By incorporating the recommended changes from these bird conservation experts, the State could set a positive precedent for environmentally friendly renewable energy development. But to make this happen, substantial revisions to the current draft regulations would be needed.

The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act is intended to streamline the approval process for wind and solar energy projects as part of the State’s approach to achieving its renewable energy goals. Among other things, the law established a new Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), charged with developing and overseeing the process for renewable energy project development.

In September, the ORES released draft regulations to implement the Act. “Implementation of this major new regulation has proceeded at a breakneck pace,” says Joel Merriman, ABC’s Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign Director. “Unfortunately, in the draft regulations, very little consideration is given to bird protection. We fully support renewable energy development as part of a broader strategy for combating climate change, but this has to be done in an environmentally responsible manner. That includes taking care of our birds, and so far these regulations fall far short in this area.”

Wind energy development is an important element of fighting climate change, but it does not come without environmental costs. ABC estimates that more than 500,000 birds are killed annually from collisions with wind turbines in the U.S. Given projected industry build-out, that figure is expected to increase to more than 1.4 million annually by 2030. Birds are also killed by powerlines installed to connect wind facilities to the energy grid, and yet others are displaced by facility development. Some species, such as Golden Eagles, are more vulnerable to turbine collisions, and due to slow reproductive rates, these birds have less capacity to recover from losses.

“When the law was being considered, we expressed serious concerns,” says Merriman. “Now that we have seen the draft regulations to implement the law, it’s worse than we feared.”

The draft regulations are paired with uniform standards and conditions for project siting and planning. They lack adequate protections for birds, including appropriate project siting, field studies, and other steps that, if established in the law, would conceivably result in an environmentally balanced approach.

“The draft regulations don’t allow enough time for necessary field studies for wildlife,” says Merriman. “They also dramatically reduce the opportunity for public and expert input in the planning process, and they ignore considerations for the majority of bird species. Worst of all, there is nothing to influence where projects are sited, which is the most important aspect of minimizing impacts to wildlife. This is why we worked with other concerned conservation organizations to clearly articulate the problems with this proposed process, and how some of them might be addressed.”

A total of 25 conservation organizations signed a letter to the State outlining the many deficiencies in the draft regulations. “It’s possible to work around some of the biggest issues in ways that will minimize negative impacts to birds,” says Merriman. “For example, if wildlife field studies are required before a pre-application meeting, there may be enough information to make smart planning decisions in many instances. This is the way things already work in the wind energy industry – it’s no burden to developers and results in better outcomes.”

Merriman continues, “It’s hard to understand: In other arenas, New York has done great things for birds. The State can maintain this commitment by making some improvements to the draft regulations, such as establishing commonsense setbacks from high biodiversity areas and requiring some already-standard field studies to inform project planning. It’s critical that we balance the need for renewable energy development with protecting our vulnerable bird populations.”

ABC thanks the Leon Levy Foundation for its support of ABC’s Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign.

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If you’ve ever purchased a prescription for your dog at a regular people pharmacy, you might be in for a BIG surprise!

Many pet owners don’t realize that there are ways to save on pet prescriptions. Yes, and I mean WITHOUT insurance! You’ve probably realized that even if you have a good pet insurance policy, it’s unlikely to cover costly pet meds. This means that if you’re buying your dog’s prescription at a regular pharmacy, you’re likely paying a hefty price, since no insurance co-pays are involved. The iHeartDogs Rx Savings Card might just be a HUGE help!

What kind of medications are eligible for discounts?

Now let’s be upfront. The iHeartDogs Rx Savings Card will not help you if you’re buying a pet only medication (like flea or heartworm prevention) through an online only pharmacy or through your vet. However, a large percentage of pet drugs are available at your local pharmacy. If this is in fact the case, you may receive a substantial discount by using this card.

But wait, what’s the catch? Nothing is really free right?

Yes and no. The reality is local pharmacies want your business. (In fact, they make most of their money from other products people buy when they come in to fill prescriptions!) For this reason, pharmacies will pay a small fee in order to drive business into their stores. Because we can bring a large volume of customers to them, discounts are negotiated on your behalf, and you benefit from bulk discount pricing. This allows you to receive a price that in most cases is much lower than the usual and customary price your pharmacy charges when you are buying a pet prescription using no insurance.

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Will the card ALWAYS save me money?

In most cases, our negotiated pricing will be cheaper than what your pharmacy’s cash price is. In some cases however, certain pharmacy chains will already have the lowest price available. If you present the card, you can be assured that you will ALWAYS pay the lowest price available. In some cases, your pharmacy already has a lower price in which case that is the price you pay. In other words, you lose nothing by at least printing the card and presenting it to your pharmacy.

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The largest savings are realized on generic brand drugs and can be up to 80% off. The average savings is around 30%, with brand name drugs in the 5-15% range. You can use the price search tool on our program page here to lookup your pet’s drug price. Please be aware that savings do vary based on pharmacy location.

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The dolphin drive hunts that take place each year in Taiji, Japan, have garnered international attention as the world has learned about the mass slaughter of dolphins and the ruthless captive selection process. These brutal hunts are documented by our team of Cove Monitors each season, and shared with the international public so that attention may be drawn to this outdated and unnecessarily cruel practice.

Please help today by taking the following action steps:

1. TAKE THE PLEDGE NOT TO BUY A TICKET TO A CAPTIVE DOLPHIN SHOW

Share your pledge on social media and encourage others to join you!

2. SIGN THE PETITION TO JAPAN’S GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO END THE HUNTS

3. URGE BROOME, AUSTRALIA TO SUSPEND “SISTER CITY” TIES WITH TAIJI, JAPAN

4. JOIN DOLPHIN PROJECT ON THE FRONT LINES IN TAIJI

Were you inspired by Ric O’Barry in “The Cove”? Learn more about becoming a volunteer Dolphin Project Cove Monitor.

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5.  MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO SUPPORT OUR INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

Your support is critical to our mission. If your employer has a matching gifts program, your donation could be doubled or even tripled!

6.  HAVE A COVE OR BLACKFISH PARTY AND HELP EDUCATE OTHERS

Host a movie night at your house and watch “The Cove” or “Blackfish”to educate others about dolphin captivity issues.

7. GET CREATIVE

Have a personal goal you’ve always wanted to accomplish? Want to help protect dolphins? Learn how by creating your very own fundraiser.

Think of unique ways to raise awareness in your community. Visit our VOLUNTEER PAGE for ideas.

8. SHARE

Let your voice be heard for dolphins! Education and spreading the word are key, so follow our social media accounts and share our posts with your friends. 

9. WEAR your support for dolphins! SHOP authentic Dolphin Project gear.

All proceeds support our international campaigns, and it’s a great way to start a conversation.

10. CONTACT THE AUTHORITIES

Help us get the word out! Please contact these authorities and let’s end this senseless slaughter once and for all.

WAZA: The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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AZA: The American Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Media Contact: Rob Vernon (301)244-3352 | Email: rvernon@aza.org

IMATA: The International Marine Mammal Trainers’ Association
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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga
Cabinet Public Relations Office, Cabinet Secretariat,
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100 – 8968, Japan

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US Embassy in Japan:
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Wakayama Prefecture Office, Fishery Division:
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Fax: +81-73-432-4124

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The Red House,
135 Station Road,
Impington,
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Cambridgeshire CB24 9NP, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 233 971
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 87
Email: secretariat@iwc.int

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Convention on Migratory Species (CMP)
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53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: (+49 228) 815 2401
Fax: (+49 228) 815 2449
Email: secretariat@cms.int

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COVID-19 NEXT STEP IS ADD 5-G AND PEOPLE GET SICK AND DIE!

THE MARSHALL REPORT

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Or perhaps it was 5-G and those who said so were told they were wrong, and conspiracy, but now we know it was! It always was and then they had to roll out their COVID-19 earlier than planned to cover that all up!

I had this figured out from the onset of COVID-19 in March and now the proof is here. We all watched in January (or those on social media did) when they showed videos of China and their mysterious people having seisures in the street and dropping dead. We were told it was COVID-19. At the same time Huawei was releasing their 5-G network in European Nations and on the Princess Ships as a perk! The same nations that were hit with Covid-19 were those introducing the new 5-G, as were the ones getting sick on cruise ships were that of the Princess Cruise line. At the same…

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Mountain observatory staff mourns loss of beloved Maine Coon cat who kept them company for 12 years

Published by Farah R. 

Marty the Mount Washington Observatory mascot posing with a staff.

Loving an animal feels entirely different from loving a human being. The former—though without a voice—can speak volumes with their actions.

So when a Maine Coon named Marty passed away, his human companions were devastated. They lost someone who was more than just a pet; they lost a family member.

“As a past observer who lived on the summit for four years I can tell you Marty was a special companion, entertainer and so incredibly loved by observers and state park staff and will be sadly missed,” Mount Washington Summit Operations Manager Rebecca Scholand said in a statement.

Marty was a beloved cat who played a very important role in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory. The structure is situated 6,288 feet above sea level, making the mountain the highest peak in the Northeast.

The meteorologists who work there say they’ve experienced some of the world’s worst weather.

Their job entails collecting weather data every hour of the day. The work they do is important, it becomes especially crucial during the cold winter months. Both interns and meteorologists stay at the summit for a week to make sure the instruments don’t collect ice and remain usable.

The observatory is housed inside a concrete structure built into the mountain. While the meteorologists value their work, the relative isolation they experience can sometimes take a toll on them. That’s where Marty the cat comes in.

The black Maine Coon became Mount Washington’s mascot in 2008. He lived in the observatory for 12 years before succumbing to an “unexpected illness” in November 2020.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Marty the Cat. For many years he has provided summit staff with companionship and love. Due to an unforeseen illness he passed peacefully in my arms. To Marty the Cat, thank you for all your silliness, snuggles, and companionship not only to the summit staff, but to everyone who ever met you,” a worker from the observatory wrote in an emotional Facebook post. https://53552aae085eca50690c128bd0e49c87.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Marty was around 14 or 15 years old when he passed away. He served as the staffs’ comfort and connection to the outside world whenever they braved their lengthy and tiring shifts. null

Marty would sit on their laps or rub his body against their legs while they toiled away. Amid their heavy workload, the cat was a constant reminder for them to breathe, smile, and relax.

But just like most cats, Marty was unpredictable. He could be all sweet and cuddly this week and distant the next. Nevertheless, his family in the observatory loved him just the same.

Most cats arrive at a unique location by chance, but not Marty. He was deliberately chosen as the Mount Washington Mascot. The observatory has always had cats since it was established in 1932, and Marty’s tenure was part of that long-held tradition.

The observatory held its first “Mascot Primary” in 2008, and after counting over 8,000 votes, Marty ended up winning as the “Top Cat.” null

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He was originally adopted from the North Conway Area Humane Society and moved to the summit in January 2008.

The cat was always featured in the observatory’s social media pages. And in honor of his memory, one of the two 2021 calendars sold by the observatory will feature photos of the feline and be called “Marty on Mount Washington.”

Marty was supposed to retire as the mountain’s mascot in early 2021. In keeping with custom, the observatory will appoint Marty’s successor, although it’s unclear when.

“The summit feline tradition will continue,” the group said in a statement.

But one thing is for sure – that cat will have big paws to fill.

https://mypositiveoutlooks.com/mountain-observatory-staff-mourns-the-loss-of-beloved-maine-coon-cat/

Celebrate National Cookie Day With These 15 Vegan Christmas Cookies

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Happy National Cookie Day! Cookies are a popular dessert, snack, and even breakfast item all year round. But during the holidays, cookies are even more fun to make. You can make them in cute festive shapes like snowmen, gingerbread men, stars, Christmas trees, you name it! Not to mention, children in the family will love the idea of leaving cookies for Santa (which you can sneakily eat during the night).

We’ve searched through our Food Monster App to bring you a list of 15 delicious, vegan Christmas cookies! Enjoy!

1. Snowman Macarons

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Holly Jade‘s adorable Snowman Macarons are filled with orange buttercream, and decorated with vegan royal icing. These cute macarons are the perfect edible festive gift for a special occasion.

2. Coconut Molasses Ginger Cookies

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Robin Runner‘s Coconut Molasses Ginger Cookies are tender yet crunchy. It’s not overly sweet but packed with ginger and molasses which screams holiday season. These freeze perfectly and make a wonderful cookie to share with friends.

3. Orange Shortbread Cookies

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Maryke Wylde‘s Orange Shortbread Cookies are so delicious – a crunchy little shortbread style cookie, great for morning or afternoon tea. Your guests will never guess that butter was not involved in making these so tasty. Try them out, they are very simple to make!

4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

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The warmth of a cup of hot chocolate. The zing of a little peppermint. All in these Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies by Holly Bertone. This cookie puts it together with all of the flavor, but none of the sugar crash. Eat it. Dunk it. Take it to a cookie exchange. Leave it out for Santa. Just don’t call it ordinary.

5. Soft, Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

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Wendy Irene‘s Gingerbread Cookies taste like what Christmas should taste like, and I’m certain you’ll be singing in carols while you bake and enjoy these with your loved ones.

6. Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

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Holly Jade‘s Holiday Gingerbread Cookies are super easy to make and taste delicious. They are crisp ginger cookies which are perfectly spiced, decorated with homemade vegan royal icing which dries out at room temperature. This is a classic recipe for Christmas which everyone will enjoy. Even pop a few on a plate along with a glass of dairy-free milk for Santa, we’re sure he’ll want more than one!

7. Thin Mint Copycat Cookies

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A crispy mint chocolate cookie, spread with a layer of slightly minted chocolate icing to give you an after dinner, lunch, breakfast, snack, pre-snack snack, pre-lunch, any time of the day, worthy treat. Lauren Wright‘s Thin Mint Copycat Cookies will leave you wanting more.

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8. Simple Ginger Bread Houses

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These Simple Gingerbread Houses by Holly Jade would be perfect gifts for Christmas, as a centerpiece at your festive dining table or to enjoy making and eating, they are scrumptious! The gingerbread is perfectly spiced with ginger and has a lovely crunch, which is exactly what you want in a ginger cookie.

9. Spelt Linzer Cookies With Fruit Jam Center

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You might even have everything you need in your kitchen now to make Petra Vogel‘s super easy Spelt Linzer Cookies. You’ll just need berry jam, spelt flour, sugar, vegan butter, icing sugar, lemon zest, vanilla sugar, egg-replacer, salt and lemon zest. Easy-peasy!

10. Cinnamon Sugar Pizzelles

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Ring in the holiday season with these fun and festive Cinnamon Sugar Pizzelles by Gina Fontana! Beautiful and easy to make, they’ll be the first cookies to go at your next holiday party.

11. Raw Peppermint Oreos Dipped in Dark Chocolate

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Emily von Euw‘s Raw Peppermint Oreos Dipped in Dark Chocolate are chewy chocolate cookies sandwiching a peppermint vanilla coconut creme filling. And all the cookies are dipped in chocolate, making them double chocolate. Can life get any better? Well, yeah, because these are also really good for you and easy to make. Okay, now life can’t get any better.

12. Chocolate Orange Cookies

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You’re probably including oranges in your grocery shopping list already to fill stockings, so here’s a delicious recipe in which you can use those oranges to make some delicious cookies. These sweet Chocolate Orange Cookies by Lenia Patsi have a surprisingly tangy bite of orange!

13. Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies

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Grab a hot beverage and curl up on the couch with Rachel Hanawalt‘s beautiful, buttery, and flavorful holiday Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies that are so easy to make! Once done, these cookies are scrumptious wafers of buttery cherry and almond. They’re sure to be a hit at your next holiday cookie exchange, Valentine’s Day party, or just in the comfort of your own cozy kitchen with a steamy cup of coffee or tea.

14. Soft Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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Katarina Hawk‘s Soft Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are perfectly soft and thick. Making a fun and unique cookie has never been easier!

15. Cherry and Pistachio Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Enjoy these festive and decadent Cherry and Pistachio Double Chocolate Chip Cookies by Rachel Clarke, with the added crunch of pistachios! The fresh cherries give an added sweetness to the cookie that is absolutely delicious.

We hope you enjoy these cookie recipes all holiday season long from your family Christmas dinner to holiday work parties, and any ugly sweater parties you attend. For more delicious recipes, download our Food Monster App, where you’ll find over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes.

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Curious koala sneaks into Australian home and climbs Christmas tree

Exposing the Big Game

By Jack Guy, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/03/asia/koala-christmas-tree-australia-scli-intl/index.html

Updated 10:49 AM ET, Thu December 3, 2020An adorable festive koala broke into an unsuspecting couple's home and set up camp in their Christmas tree.An adorable festive koala broke into an unsuspecting couple’s home and set up camp in their Christmas tree.

(CNN)Picture a Christmas tree and you’ll probably think of baubles, tinsel and fairy lights, but oneAustralianwoman came home to find an unusual adornment:A koala.Surprised by the unusual visitor, Amanda McCormick, who lives in Coromandel Valley near Adelaide, southern Australia, called localkoala rescueorganization 1300Koalaz.”This evening our hotline operator took a call. At first she thought she was the victim of a prank call,” wrote the organization in a FacebookpostWednesday.”But no, a koala desperate to get in the Christmas spirit had wandered into Amanda McCormick’s house and decided it wanted to be the fairy on the Christmas tree.”

Koala populations are in decline due to increased human impacts on nature

Koala populations are in decline due to increased human impacts on natureDee Hearne-Hellon, 1300Koalaz…

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A Declining Population

FY 2021 Federal Bird Conservation Funding Petition | American Bird Conservancy

Ask Congress to Boost Conservation Funding in 2021

Cape May Warbler by Paul Sparks/Shutterstock

The annual spending bill is now before Congress, and millions of dollars for birds are at stake. We need to raise our voices and make sure that conservation programs get the funding they need.

The loss of bird populations in North America continues to be alarming. Habitat loss, collisions with glass, and climate change all pose serious threats to birds, and adequately-funded federal conservation programs are critically needed to address these issues.

The House has already approved another $15 million increase for birds, but these funds could easily be re-allocated if Congress doesn’t hear from us again.

Speak up to ensure that federal conservation programs have the resources needed to protect birds.

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Your U.S. Senators & U.S. Representative First Name* Last Name* Email Address* Address, line 1* City* State* Zip Code*

NOTE: Congressional offices may require additional information. If prompted, please complete additional form fields and click “Continue” again to submit the form. Thank you. Subject: Protect Birds: Oppose Harmful Riders and Support Bird Conservation Funding Message: With the loss of nearly three billion birds in the United States and Canada since 1970 , we need to do more to conserve bird species and their habitats. I am particularly concerned about the decline of one-third of all U.S. migratory bird species, the increasing threats to Greater Sage-Grouse, and the fate of critically endangered birds in Hawai’i — known as the “bird extinction capital of the world.”

In addition to opposing harmful policy changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other critical environmental laws, I ask that you please prioritize funding for the following areas critical to conserving America’s birds during the FY 2021 appropriations process:

* Increase the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to $6.5 million.

* Increase Migratory Bird Joint Ventures to $19.9 million.

* Increase State of the Birds funding for critically endangered Hawaiian birds to $5 million.

* Increase North American Wetlands Conservation Act funding to $50 million.

* Increase State and Tribal Wildlife Grants to $70 million.

* Increase funding for invasive species control by $10 million.

* Support endangered species recovery and Greater Sage-Grouse conservation by opposing the one-year ESA listing moratorium. The sage grouse rider erodes the ESA and undermines efforts to conserve the grouse and reverse severe population declines.

Increased funding for these programs and initiatives will can help chart a better future for our native birds and their habitats, helping reverse this widespread population loss. Thank you for considering these requests. show more Remaining: 250 Continue >>  Yes, I’d like to receive updates on ABC’s bird conservation efforts!

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