Photography collective takes a stand against wildlife crime

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Tom Seymour

Neil Aldridge’s image of a blindfolded young white rhino, which was sedated for transport to preserve it from poachers, features in the book. The price of rhino horn on the black market is more valuable by weight than gold, diamonds or cocaine, according to a study NEIL ALDRIDGE/photographersagainstwildlifecrime.com

At the beginning of the 20th century, half a million rhinos roamed Africa. Today, there are fewer than 5,000. In 2007, 13 rhinos were poached; since 2013, more than 1,000 have been killed each year. Overwhelmingly, their horns end up on the Chinese and Vietnamese market, where a burgeoning elite views rhino products as an elixir for all manner of ills, or as an ornamental trinket—the ultimate status symbol.

Rhinos are the most iconic of a host of endangered species driven to extinction by such rampant black markets. Pangolins, the only mammal with scales, are frequently found roasted and served in restaurants across East Asia. Black bears are farmed for their bile, which is extracted for use in traditional medicines, while shark fins and turtles are turned into soup. More than 6,000 tigers are held in captivity in China today—before their skeletons are soaked in rice wine and sold to the elite.

This has posed a challenge to some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife photographers. Should their practice and livelihood change as the animals they spend their careers capturing teeter on the brink of extinction?

“Magazines shy away from publishing such imagery. It doesn’t sell well”

Bigeye Thresher Shark Caught in Net by Brian Skerry (2012) © Brian Skerry

A new collective, Photographers Against Wildlife Crime, has formed to address this question and to confront the nation primarily connected to this horrific rise in poaching: China. Co-founded by the award-winning photographer Britta Jaschinski, the group includes some of the most renowned wildlife photographers in the world, including Adrian Steirn, Brent Stirton and Brian Skerry. It was formed in part due to wildlife crime’s lack of visibility in Western publications, Jaschinski says.

“Millions of animals are caught and harvested from the wild and sold in China as food, pets, tourist curios, trophies and for use in traditional Chinese medicine,” she says, adding that the issue doesn’t get the column inches it deserves. “The subject is so upsetting for a lot of people that magazines shy away from publishing such imagery,” Jaschinski adds. “It doesn’t sell well.”
Reaching the target audience

Together, Jaschinski and her colleagues crowdfunded and self-published a collection of their photographs alongside contemporary reporting on the issues behind wildlife crime. The book was initially published in English and quickly sold out. “But we realised we weren’t reaching the target audience that really mattered,” Jaschinski says.

Working in conjunction with a Chinese printer based in London, Jaschinski and her team have translated the book into Mandarin. After months of negotiating with the authorities, they are now in the process of distributing the book across the Chinese mainland.

The book is the first of its kind to be created specifically for a Chinese audience, and explicitly sets out to end the demand for wildlife products in China. It will be launched across the country in July and August, actively targeting the Chinese wildlife consumer market, the trading nucleus for one of the biggest black markets in the world.

Frozen pangolins by Paul Hilton © Paul Hilton

The illegal wildlife trade is the world’s fourth biggest criminal trade after drug smuggling, illegal firearms trade and human trafficking. The price of rhino horn on the black market, Jaschinski points out, is more valuable by weight than gold, diamonds or cocaine, according to a study by Science Advances. Rhino horn is estimated to fetch up to $60,000 per pound on the black market, and the illicit industry as a whole is estimated to be worth $20bn. Andrea Crosta, the director of the Elephant Action League, has called ivory the “white gold of jihad”, pointing out that al-Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist organisation, is funded directly by the illicit ivory and rhino horn trade in China.
Ban is barely enforced

In 2017, the Chinese authorities announced that all trade in ivory and its products would be made illegal. But the ban was barely enforced, Jaschinki says. The trade in rhino and tiger has been prohibited since 1993, but in October 2018, China alarmed conservationists by announcing that products from captive animals are authorised “for scientific, medical and cultural use”.

“I’ve worked on wildlife crime for 25 years—and I don’t distinguish between legal and illegal wildlife crime,” Jaschinski says. “China is becoming the economic leader of the world; I wanted to look at the horrendous treatment of animals and nature in the country, and especially at the link between poaching and trade in the country, and the mistreatment of animals in captivity in China.”

Bruno D’Amicis’s image of a Fennec fox pup offered for sale to a tourist after being caught in the desert in Tunisia. (Kebili Governorate, Tunisia, May 2012) © Bruno D’Amicis

While the images are often appalling, they have artistic merit, for each photographer involved has approached the subject from a different perspective, and by employing a different style. In the introduction to the book, Roz Kidman Cox, the chair of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year jury, writes: “Some set out to highlight injustice through statement art, creating images that are unforgettable through their power—fury expressed beautifully. Others take dismembered beauty and reincarnate it in a haunting arrangement, turning evidence into art. Or they use the iconography of classical art to give their compositions human resonance, echoing a crucifixion, a deathbed repose or the spoils of war.”

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Fascinating Facts about Animals…From Birds to Wales

Its Hot In That Car

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If you need to take your companion animals with you. Then you need to leave the A.C. on in the car with water for them to drink. Otherwise, leave them at home and out of the heat. Too many times I have seen people leaving their companions in a hot car. Too many times I have had to call cops while busting the window open to save a dog’s life.

People need to understand if it’s too hot for them then it’s really too hot for their companions.

If you yourself see an animal in a hot car. You need to alert the local authorities, and let them know you had to break the window to save a life. This goes for young kids as well. Do not leave kids in the car on hot days either. Hot cars are death sentences.

Please be vigilant this summer and take precautions…

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Dog Dies During a Post–Baseball Game Fireworks Show | PETA

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By Zachary Toliver
Published June 4, 2019

Fireworks explosions are more than terrifying for animals—they can be fatal.

A Toledo, Ohio, baseball team has announced that it will no longer host dog-friendly events in conjunction with fireworks shows after a dog named Stella died during a recent display.

The death occurred during the Toledo Mud Hens’ “Paws and Pints” promotional night, which encourages families to bring their companion animals to the ballgame. A fireworks show followed the game at Fifth Third Field. While no official cause of death has been released, dogs have been known to suffer heart attacks during these loud, frightening displays.

Many online commenters have pointed out that the minor league baseball team should have known that fireworks make dogs anxious and even petrified. In a statement, the Toledo Mud Hens admitted that it fell short in hosting a safe, friendly event for all family members. The team also stated that it will be “making a memorial contribution to an animal charity” of the grieving family’s choice.
Whether they’re set off on the Fourth of July, on New Year’s Eve, or at any other raucous celebration, fireworks are terrifying for animals.

Many dogs and cats flee in fear from the deafening blasts. They become confused and panicked, and animal shelters see a spike in the number of admissions after fireworks displays.

Our Animal Companions Depend on Us to Keep Them Safe

Simply keeping animals indoors during fireworks displays may not be enough. It’s important for frightened animals to have their guardians nearby. They may flee their homes when trying to escape the startling and confusing blasts. It’s not uncommon for dogs to break through a window or screen door or to dig under a fence in panic. Prepare your home and animal companions before the event:

Distract your cats and dogs by giving them lots of love and attention.
Play some soothing background music or turn on the TV.
Close the curtains or blinds.
Make sure that all your animals are wearing collars with current identification tags and that they’re microchipped.

As popular as fireworks displays are, animals don’t understand that the bursts of light and deafening explosions are just for fun. For more ways to keep animals safe, check out our feature below.

 

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NC animal rescue group wants your old bra to help save injured turtles

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – It sounds bizarre, but it’s also true. The clips on the backs of bras can save a turtle.

It sounds bizarre, but it’s also true. The clips on the backs of bras can save a turtle. (Carolina Waterfowl Rescue)

“It acts like a little fixator, it’s the eyelets that we need,” Keenan Freitas at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue says.

The group, you could say, is after your unused unmentionables. These are the same people who spend most of their time among a team of injured turtles.

“80 percent of them are hit by cars,” Freitas says. “The other five percent are hit by boats, the remaining are environmental.”

When these sometimes shattered shells come in, they’re not in good shape, and in the summer, there are quite a bit more of them.

“It’s when it…

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12-year-old boy makes stylish bow ties for shelter dogs and cats to help them find a home

Animal shelters often encounter the issue of cramped space due to the number of cats and dogs that are rescued and surrendered but never find a forever home, one boy from New Jersey is aware of this problem, so he decided to do something about it. Despite his young age Darius Brown has found a way to use his talents for the betterment of animal lives. To help our furry companions get adopted faster, he creates handmade bow ties for shelter cats and dogs to get the attention of possible owners.

Continue reading here and watch the video, donate to the GoFundMe…

https://mypositiveoutlooks.com/kid-makes-shelter-cats-and-dogs-stylish-bow-ties/

Animal brains, like humans, sync up with one another

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So it turns out that like humans, animals’ brains sync up with one another during social interactions. This, according to new research examining the neural activity of Egyptian fruit bats and mice engaging within their respective social groups.

We already know from prior research there is synchronization of neural activity in humans’ brains during social activities such as conversation when one person picks up social cues from the other and modulates his or her own behavior based on those cues. Now there is evidence the same thing occurs with nonhuman animals–especially with animals that are highly social by nature like bats and mice.

The synced-up bat study overview

Researchers monitored the bats for sessions of about 100 minutes each as they engaged in a wide range of natural social interactions, such as grooming, mating, and fighting. The bats were filmed with high-speed cameras, and their specific behaviors and interactions were carefully characterized.

As this was happening, the scientists were using a technology called wireless electrophysiology to simultaneously record the brain activity in the bats’ frontal cortices across a wide range of neural signals, ranging from brain oscillations to individual neurons and local neural populations. They saw that the brains of different bats became highly correlated and that this correlation was most pronounced in the high-frequency range of brain oscillations. Furthermore, the correlation between the brains of individual bats extended across multiple timescales of social interactions, ranging from seconds to hours. Remarkably, by looking at the level of correlation, they could predict whether the bats would initiate social interactions or not.

The in-sync mice study overview

Researchers used a device called a miniaturized microendoscope to monitor the brain activities of mice during social situations. These tiny devices, which weigh only two grams, are fitted on the mice and allow the researchers to monitor the activity of hundreds of neurons at the same time in both animals. They saw that mice also exhibit interbrain correlations in natural social interactions where animals freely interact with each other. Moreover, the access to thousands of individual neurons gave them an unprecedented view of both animals’ decision-making processes and revealed that interbrain correlation emerges from different sets of neurons that encode one’s own behavior and behavior of the social partner.

Social interactions are often nested within the context of a dominance hierarchy. By imaging two mice in a competitive social interaction, they discovered that behavior of the dominant animal drives synchrony more strongly than behavior of the subordinate animal. Remarkably, they also found that the level of correlation between two brains predicts how mice will respond to each other’s behavior as well as the dominance relationships that develop between them.

https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another/

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Journal Reference: Wujie Zhang, Michael M. Yartsev. Correlated Neural Activity across the Brains of Socially Interacting Bats. Cell, 2019;

Study DOI: https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another//j.cell.2019.05.023

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Journal Reference: Lyle Kingsbury, Shan Huang, Jun Wang, Ken Gu, Peyman Golshani, Ye Emily Wu, Weizhe Hong. Correlated Neural Activity and Encoding of Behavior across Brains of Socially Interacting Animals. Cell, 2019;

Study DOI: https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another//j.cell.2019.05.022

5 Ways Doris Day Made the World a Better Place for Animals | Care2 Causes

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Doris Day, who died at age 97 on May 13, may be remembered for her famous song, “Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).” But as one of the first celebrities to advocate for animals, we should also remember her for making sure that—as far as dogs and cats are concerned—whatever will be, will be a whole lot better.

Day “didn’t just love animals—she was one of the first celebrities to recognize that star power could be used to advocate for change,” noted the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in a tribute to the legendary actress.

From creating what we now call World Spay Day to co-owning the first pet-friendly hotel, here are some of the ways Day helped make the world a better place for animals.

1. Created World Spay Day

In an effort to reduce pet overpopulation, in 1987 Day founded the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL), a nonprofit lobbying organization. In 1995, the DDAL launched Spay Day USA, now known as World Spay Day. Held on the last Tuesday of February every year, this day is an opportunity for shelters and rescue organizations to raise awareness of and support for their spay/neuter programs.

During its first 15 years, the DDAL provided the funding to spay or neuter over 15 million dogs and cats. In 2006, it joined the HSUS. It now operates as a political affiliate of that organization but remains a separate legal entity.

2. Founded Two Other Animal Welfare Charities

Prior to starting the DDAL, Day became a founding member of Actors and Others for Animals in 1971. This nonprofit also helps address the pet overpopulation problem by subsidizing spay and neuter surgeries in Southern California.

Seven years later, the actress launched the Doris Day Pet Foundation (now called the Doris Day Animal Foundation), whose mission has always been to “help animals and the people who love them.” The DDAF provides grants to nonprofits across the country that care for and protect animals. Last year, it donated $1.5 million to support the amendment that banned greyhound racing in Florida.

3. Advocated for Adopting Shelter Pets

In a public service announcement filmed nearly 50 years ago, Day encouraged viewers to visit their local shelters and adopt homeless pets, like the two of hers sitting in her lap.

“Shelters are unbelievably overcrowded,” she says, “and we can and must do something about it.”

4. Shared Photos of Homeless Dogs and Cats

Decades before there was an internet, social media or websites like Petfinder, Day was known as “the dogcatcher of Beverly Hills,” according to the DDAF website.

She always carried photos with her of dogs and cats needing forever homes and shared them with friends and colleagues. If someone expressed interest in adopting one of the pets, Day would personally inspect their home to make sure the pet would be happy there.

  • 5. Opened the First Pet-Friendly Hotel

A visionary when it came to pet-friendly travel, around 1990 Day became co-owner of the historic Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. This boutique hotel became the first to welcome four-legged as well as two-legged guests.

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Day didn’t just make the world a better place for pets—she also helped make it better for the people who love them.

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Find the Snow Leopard

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Find the snow leopard, but please when you spot it, don’t give it away just comment…done!

But if you can’t… you’ll need to wait till Sunday May 12th, when I reveal this gorgeous snow leopard exact location.

Good luck

Heroic Pigeons

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By Elissa Katz, President, Humane PA PACSee the source image

During World War I, a pigeon named Cher Ami flew for the US Army Signal Corp in France, and served on the front lines for many months. She is credited with single-handedly saving the lives of over 200 American soldiers by flying 25 miles and through a sky of bullets, sustaining serious injuries in the process, to deliver a life-saving message to the Allied lines on behalf of the embattled 77th Infantry Division.  Cher Ami was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and the “silver medal” by General Pershing for his heroism and bravery.

What a contrast with how we treat pigeons in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, pigeons like Cher Ami are netted, often unlawfully and from out of state, stockpiled, and then used for live target shooting competitions known as pigeon shoots.

The British depended on pigeons so extensively during…

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Sign the Petition: We Demand A Worldwide Law For Animals Abusing And Torturing Them Is A Crime To Be Impounded

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Dr. Annamaria Grabowski M.A. started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 6 others
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“The more helpless the victim the greater the crime”

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Holy Father, Pope Francis,

Dear Madam,

Dear Sirs,

OUR PICTURES FROM TORTURED DOGS and CATS IN ABYSS-CRYING ARE REFUSED FROM FACEBOOK TO POST THEM. PEOPLE BEG US, NOT TO SHOW EVEN ONE OF THESE PICTURES – THEY REPORT DEPRESSION, CRYING FITS, NIGHTMARES. ONE OF THIS VIDEOS – THE UTMOST HORRORFUL – MAY BE THIS:

Greyhound dog boiled alive for meat trade practice
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3778933/Horrific-video-shows-greyhound-screaming-BOILED-ALIVE-rural-China.html#v-48644746927818652
Heartbreaking moment little girl finds her missing dog roasted and ready for sale
https://youtu.be/en-zkihG-4w – more links to find on the end of this Petition

Newspapers started to report regularly the torturing of living dogs and cats in many countries in Asia. At the other hand many newspaper report the cruelties done on farmanimals in CAFOs, mass-stalling, mass-transporting, mass-slaughterhouses.
The casus of violence done on animals are not longer hidden:
It is opened and all people could see this and are free to react.

GERMAN:
Menschen, die Tiere quälen und foltern, bringen großes Leid in die Welt, Menschen und Tieren. Das Leid, das furchtbare Leid, das Hunden und Katzen in China, Korea, Vietnam und anderen asiatischen Ländern angetan wird, wird jetzt mitgeteilt: in alle Welt hinaus getragen.
Auch Rumänien mit seinem unmenschlichen Umgang mit Hunden, die auf der Straße leben müssen, sind im Radar der Menschen. Pandabären, geschlachtet, aus reiner Gier, das wollte man verstecken: wir haben es entdeckt. Massentierhaltung in schrecklichsten Formen, Massen-Tier-Transporte und -Schlachtungen von Kühen, Kälbern, Pferden, Schweinen, Geflügel: all dies bedeutet eine große Not: für Tiere und Menschen, die empathisch sind.
Es darf kein Land, keine Nation mehr geben, die keine Tierschutzgesetze kennen, oder wenn, dann diese nicht anwenden.
Kürzlich organisierte die Regierung in Shunyi District, dass Hundebesitzer eine Chance bekamen, ihre Hunde aus einem Käfig herauszuholen, bevor sie „geschlachtet“ wurden. Diese Hunde haben geschrien vor Angst und Entsetzen. Zumal sehr viele Hunde aus den Gärten und Höfen gestohlen werden, also Besitzer haben, auch Hunde auf der Straße werden oft grausam an sich gerissen und zum Schlachten gebracht.
In einem Essay habe ich ausgeführt, wie Gewalt an Tieren zur Gewalt an Menschen führen kann, fast zwingend: http://wp.me/p3ARcp-3Nv Akte der Gewalt an Tieren – eine mögliche Täterpersönlichkeit.
MENSCHEN, die Tiere foltern, sind GEFÄHRLICH, für Mensch und Tier und die Gesellschaft, in der sie leben.

English:
People who torture animals bring great suffering into the world, to people and animals. But: The suffering, the terrible suffering, the pain of dogs and cats in China, Korea, Vietnam … is now communicated: to all the world! Living dogs and cats boiled alive: we have witnesses for this cruelties: Videos! Stealing pets from owners, torturing these poorest animals to death – we could watch all these crimes done on LIFE.
Also Romania with its vicious handling of dogs, which must live on the streets, are in the radar of the people. Little Panda-Bears, slaughtered, from pure greed, that one wanted to hide: we have it discovered. Mass-Factory and Mass-Slaughtering in the most terrible forms, transports of cows, calves, horses, pigs, poultry: all this means a great burden.
There must be no country, no nation that does not know animal rights laws, or did not apply them.

It happened recently in Shunyi District of China’s capital Beijing where customers were given the chance to pick their dog from a cage before it was slaughtered and screened in front of them. Animals are soulless things? Watch videos here if you really think so!

In an essay I have shown how violence against animals leads to violence against other humans, almost growing, almost more gruesome,
Those people had lost her empathy for life and living and the utmost bad is, that they teach their children the same by learning through expertise.

Humans who torture animals are DANGEROUS, dangerous for humans and animals and the whole society in which they live.

http://spiritandanimal.wordpress.com – my blog

http://world.people.com.cn/n/2015/032
https://youtu.be/en-zkihG-4w Heartbreaking moment little girl finds her missing dog roasted and ready for sale

PETS AS FOOD IN CHINA.

https://youtu.be/U_rOOw-eIfc

Top Fakten #7 China tötet Hunde und Katzen


Feed The Survivors Of The Dog Meat Trade

https://vimeo.com/145817080

Stop yuiln dog meat tortureval

https://youtu.be/o9znL3q-tLo

Dogs Abusing In China Rescue Dogs Need Your Help Stop Yulin Dogs meat tortureval 2016 China

https://youtu.be/WeAWYiHTbTI




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYT2l45rx2o schreiende hunde rumänen


Shocking video reveals appalling conditions in Romanian dog sheltershttps://youtu.be/-q-w5yNBm8c Katastrophale Zustände in rumänischen Hunde-Tierheimen
https://youtu.be/i–gxh7_WME Film Aufklärung Hundemorde Rumänien
https://youtu.be/cvoGhPH4R9Y Misshandelter Hund wird zum ersten Mal gestreichelt
https://youtu.be/bWsMu4M2MnU Schlachttiertransporte durch Europa
http://wp.me/p1Hnx3-W4 Schwein gehabt? Wissenschaftliches Werk über Tiere in der Massentierhaltung
http://fightdogmeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Tin-Tức-Thời-Sự-Ngày-19_09_2016_-Giật-Mình-Công-Nghệ-Bơm-Tạp-Chất-Cho-Chó-_-VTV24.mp4

China – Video: Live Dog Boiled Alive

https://fightdogmeat.com/2017/01/01/china-video-live-dog-boiled-alive/

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15 Fascinating Facts About Groundhogs | Care2 Causes

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Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on February 1, 2017.

A lot of us probably don’t give much thought to groundhogs until February 2 rolls around each year, but here are some interesting facts to help you appreciate these unique critters.

According to Groundhog Day legend, their shadows can predict how much longer winter will last. No matter the outcome, it’s bad news the most famous groundhog, “Punxsutawney Phil.”

1. They’re called whistle pigs

Groundhogs are also called ground beavers, woodchucks and whistle pigs, thanks to the high-pitched warning sound they make. Incidentally, the name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood. It’s derived from the Native American word “wuchak,” which means “digger.”

2. They’re essentially giant squirrels

Groundhogs are rodents — marmots, specifically — that are very closely related to squirrels. ”They are giant ground squirrels is what they are,” Richard Thorington, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, told National Geographic.

3. They live in giant burrows with several “rooms”

Groundhogs build huge burrows for themselves that can be as long as 66 feet. These homes have multiple levels with several “rooms” and exits. “They have a burrow for hibernating, and then they have another section of the burrow that’s more like their summer home where they can come out more easily,” Stam Zervanos, a retired Pennsylvania State University biology professor, told National Geographic.

4. …including separate “bathrooms”

Just like our homes, the burrows have separate “bathrooms” in which groundhogs relieve themselves.

5. They may build multiple burrows.

It seems like a lot of work, but groundhogs may build more than one burrow. They can move around from burrow to burrow, but most stay in the same territories every year.

 

 

 

6. They’re climbers

Groundhogs can climb trees to escape from predators like dogs, wolves and coyotes.

7. They have good taste in food

Although they weigh less than 14 pounds, groundhogs can eat over a pound of vegetation every day. As for their diet, groundhogs are gourmets. “They’re selective,” Thorington told National Geographic. “They’ll go for your best cabbages and best foods that you have out there.”

8. Farmers aren’t major fans of groundhogs

Given the groundhog’s preferred diet, it’s no surprise that farmers aren’t the biggest fans of these critters. Not only do groundhogs eat the best of their crops, but tractors can also easily break an axle driving over their burrows.

9. Groundhogs are not social butterflies

Groundhogs prefer to be alone, and that includes moms. “The mother nurses the young, and then shortly after they’re weaned, they tend to go off on their own,” Thorington said, adding that groundhogs are “about as asocial as you can get.”

 

 

 

 

10. They greet each other with Eskimo kisses

According to Scientific American, one groundhog touches his or her nose to the mouth of the other groundhog.

11. Groundhogs hibernate from late fall until early spring

Males wake up early to check out their territory for a mate — “and there’s some competition for that territory,” Zervanos told National Geographic. “They try to defend that territory, and they go from burrow to burrow to find out if that female is still there.” Once a male finds a female he can mate with … nothing happens. He returns to his burrow and goes back to sleep for a month or so.

12. Their mating season lasts only 10 days

Groundhogs mate in early March. Thanks to their natural good timing, groundhogs are able to stop hibernating just in time to produce more groundhogs.

13. The Groundhog Day tradition originated in Europe

In Europe, other animals predicted how long winter would last. “When the Europeans came over here, they didn’t have any hedgehogs or badgers to lay the blame on, so I think the groundhog got it by being here and being a good size,” Thorington said.

14. Groundhog Day isn’t much fun for “Punxsutawney Phil”

Instead of being allowed to hibernate, the chosen groundhog is put on a display in a local library. On February 2, he’s subjected to a stressful parade and news conference.

15. A prior tragedy was fatal for a famous groundhog

During a 2014 Groundhog Day celebration in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Chuck, a famous groundhog from the Staten Island Zoo. Chuck died from his injuries.

 

 

This seems like a really good reason to drop the use of live animals on Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania, New York and everywhere else, doesn’t it?

https://www.care2.com/causes/15-fascinating-facts-about-groundhogs.html

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Are larger dogs smarter than smaller dogs? In some ways, say scientists – FIREPAW, Inc.

According to the results from a new scientific study, bigger dogs have better short-term memory and self-control then smaller dogs, but in other areas of intelligence there is no difference…

More scientifically, the study demonstrated that bigger dogs, with larger brains, perform better on certain measures of intelligence then they’re smaller canine counterparts.

Continue reading here…

https://firepaw.org/2019/01/30/are-larger-dogs-smarter-than-smaller-dogs-in-some-ways-say-scientists/

Deadly Heart Disease in Dogs Linked to Trendy Diets, report scientists – FIREPAW, Inc.

Please let your family and friends with dogs know about the findings of a new study: some of the new, trendy boutique diets popular today have been linked to deadly heart disease in dogs.

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https://firepaw.org/2019/01/29/deadly-heart-disease-in-dogs-linked-to-trendy-diets-report-scientists/#comments

Scottish Wildcats are Virtually Extinct, but European Cousins Could Help | Care2 Causes

A new study finds that Scottish wildcats are now functionally extinct in the wild, with only a handful of so-called “pure” animals remaining in the wild.

The research, carried out by a team from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) at the Wildgenes Lab at Edinburgh Zoo, found that among the nearly 300 wildcats they tested, all of those living in the wild shared what has been dubbed a hybrid gene pool. This means that Scotland’s wildcats are now “virtually extinct”, the authors say, because the wildcats have bred with the now-ubiquitous domestic cats of Scotland, watering down their own genes to such an extent that there appears to be no true population of wildcats left.

Dr. Helen Senn, head of conservation and science at RZSS, told The Press and Journal, ”Crossbreeding with domestic feral cats has long been known to be a major threat to the Scottish wildcat. We now have genetic data which confirms our belief that the vast majority of Scottish wildcats living in the wild are hybrids to one extent or another.”

The population sample was an interesting mix. There were 125 “wild-living” cats who were deceased but whose cadavers had been collected over the last quarter of a century. In addition to these, there were the corpses of 60 cats believed to be wildcats that farmers had shot between 1895 and 1985. Added to this were 19 cats that were trapped by Scottish Natural Heritage, 72 confirmed wildcats, and 19 domestic cats (or their DNA) sampled from across Edinburgh. Together this allowed the researchers a good basis for unpicking the current makeup of Scotland’s wildcat population.

They found that there may be a small minority of wildcats whose genetics would put them in a class of “pure” wildcats, or at least close enough to that end of the spectrum to be a meaningful DNA source for future breeding campaigns. The vast majority of wildcats, however, are so hybridized that they are not viable. Until now, scientists suspected this to be the case, but they did not have concrete data to confirm it. Now they do, and it begs the question: how can we save Scotland’s majestic wildcats?
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How Do We Save Scottish Wildcats?

As few as 35 pure wildcats remain in the Scottish wilds, with feral cats outnumbering the wildcats 3,000 to one. To put it bluntly, there is now no way of helping the wildcat population in Scotland by relying on the population alone, as there are too few animals from which to build genetic diversity. However, there are some options.

Wildcats can be bred in captivity—which, for these purposes, means sheltered enclosures that are as close to their wild habitats as possible—but that alone is slow-going and would likely require greater genetic diversity than we currently have at our disposal in domestic zoos and wildlife facilities.

There is another option that can supplement and support this approach: introducing wildcats from abroad to enlarge the gene pool and create a more diverse platform on which to rebuild the wildcat population.

This kind of approach requires clearing a number of regulatory hurdles, and Scottish Natural Heritage would have to carry out the proper assessments and give approval, but there is precedent for an approach like this in Scotland. A 2009 project released Norwegian beavers in Argyll, then supplemented them with beavers from elsewhere in Scotland, helping to bring the beaver population back.

Wildcats live in several places across Europe, India and Africa, but they are on the IUCN Red List because of their low numbers. They are currently rated as “least concern”, but scientists say a new assessment is warranted. As is the case in many of these places, wildcat territory in Scotland has diminished rapidly over the past century. With the encroachment of feral domestic cats who, through sheer numbers can out-compete the wildcats, there is yet another layer of pressure as the wildcats—who aren’t choosy about their partners—cross paths with ferals and mate.

However, as serious as this situation is, there is hope. Unlike with issues facing other animals that involve complexities like fighting disease or finding a way to slow climate change, the wildcats’ problem is, while not simple, more easy to manage.

Researchers say that, as with other wildlife transplanting operations, we can build a framework and create reintroduction and management schemes to help the wildcats. This will take time, resources and financing from the government, but there seems no overriding reason why we can’t help the Scottish wildcats bounce back and protect their legacy for many years to come.

This research was a first step: by shining a light on just how bad the problem is we can take the first steps to solving it.
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Lack of diversity isn’t the only issue Scottish wildcats are facing. Deforestation is threatening their habitat. Join over 78,000 Care2 members and sign this petition asking the Scottish government to protect this endangered species.

https://www.care2.com/causes/scottish-wildcats-are-virtually-extinct-but-european-cousins-could-help.html

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5 Powerful Vegan Documentaries to Watch When You’re Snowed In

https://chooseveg.com/blog/5-vegan-documentaries-snowed-in/

Appreciating the Good Done by President Trump

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Just sharing some Trump news

Prosperity and Abundance Statuary – Pixabay

President Donald Trump is no friend of animals or animal advocates (while his daughter-in-law Lara is), but have we ever had a president that was opposed to animal agriculture, hunting, etc.? Obama’s USDA Secretary was cattle rancher Tom Vilsack, for just one example, while Trump’s USDA Secretary is Sonny Perdue, a veterinarian, businessman and politician (NOT of the Perdue chicken family), although Trump certainly has some animal agriculture people and other abusers in his administration. But, what president hasn’t?

But when the PEOPLE reverse the market demand for animal products, all that will change.

Veganism surely has a great place in my dreamed-of thriving worldwide economy, but especially here in the US which is one of the world’s most influential nations. A thriving economy makes for a happier more secure population, which makes for less animal abuse and other violence…

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“Hikers Saw That This Neglected Sheep Could Barely Stand, So A Shelter Begged For Experts To Save Him” published October 6 2018

WAN Talks With Center For Biological Diversity’s, Ileene Anderson, About $15,000 Rewards Offered For Information Regarding The Killing Of 2 Endangered California Condors – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
October 12, 2018
Photo from Scott Frier, USFWS

This week, the Center for Biological Diversity tripled rewards from $5,000.00 to $15,000.00, for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the person or people responsible in two separate cases of the killing of California condors.
Condors, the largest flying land birds in the Western Hemisphere, are protected under California law and the federal Endangered Species Act.
The first condor was killed in Tulare County, California, in May of this year but was not announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until September.
Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist with the Center, told WAN that while the details are “sketchy” as to why it took the division so long to report the incident, it may have been because they were waiting for the results of a necropsy to confirm that the bird was in fact, shot to death.
Sadly, the first condor’s cause of death was ultimately determined to be due to trauma from a gunshot wound. The condor was reportedly found dead on private property near the Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge; an area where the condors have been returning over the past few years.

Photo from Gary Kramer, USFWS
The second condor was also unlawfully shot and killed in July; this time in Kern County. The bird was discovered near the Bitter Creek Wildlife Refuge.
Two dead condors within several months? It’s unfathomable.
Justice must be served for the condors who were tragically killed, as well as for the remaining birds which are repopulating in the state.
“In 1987, there were only 22 condors believed to be left on the planet,” Anderson told WAN. “Now, there are an estimated 200. It’s exciting.”
Anderson explained that as the condors continue to move up the Sierras, they will most-likely move into other states such as Oregon and Washington.
While the growth of the condor population is positive, the shooting and killing of them is NOT!
“We hope this additional reward pushes anyone with knowledge to come forward so that these ugly crimes can be fully prosecuted,” said Anderson.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is contributing $5,000.00 to both reward funds with the Center of Biological Diversity offering an additional $10,000.00 to each as well.
Anyone with details of the incident should call the U.S. Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement in Sacramento at (916) 569-8476. Callers can remain anonymous.

https://worldanimalnews.com/wan-talks-with-center-for-biological-diversitys-ileene-anderson-about-15000-00-rewards-offered-for-information-regarding-the-killing-of-2-endangered-california-condors/

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Dog Electrocuted By Metal Utility Cover Wasn’t An Isolated Case

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Dog Electrocuted By Metal Utility Cover Wasn’t An Isolated Case
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On a rainy September evening, Lynn McDermott took his puppy, Charlie Blizzard, for a walk around their Sarasota, FL, neighborhood. As they walked along a sidewalk, the six-month-old Great Pyrenees stepped on the metal cover of a utility box.

Charlie collapsed. When McDermott grabbed the puppy’s leash, he got a shock. He picked up Charlie, who was foaming at the mouth, and ran home, calling 911 on his cell phone. His wife, Debbie, administered CPR on the puppy, as did the firefighters who quickly arrived on the scene. But it was too late. Charlie was dead.

What killed him? The metal cover he stepped on with his wet paws had become electrified, when a faulty underground wire came into contact with it. The utility box contains the wiring for street lights.

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https://www.care2.com/causes/dog-electrocuted-by-metal-utility-cover-wasnt-an-isolated-case.html

 

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October 4th is World Animal Day

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Did you know… lionesses often give birth at the same time, raising and even nursing all the cubs communally, showing no favoritism for their own offspring…

This World animal Day Celebrate the Beauty of the Animal Kingdom

Petition · Stop the Government’s Brutal Treatment of America’s Wild Horses · Change.org

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Petition · Stop the Government’s Brutal Treatment of America’s Wild Horses · Change.org
American Wild Horse Campaign started this petition to President of the United States and 5 others
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In Wyoming’s Red Desert, a tiny wild horse foal flees a menacing helicopter chasing him. The little colt tries as hard as he can to catch up to his mother, just yards ahead of him. But finally he stops, unable to go farther. His mother turns around to look for her foal, then bravely defies the helicopter to run back to him. When the wranglers come after her on horseback with ropes, she charges them, trying desperately to save her baby. Finally, they rope her and drag her in to the trap, then bring in her exhausted foal. The foal photographed later in a holding pen lying lifelessly on the ground. By the next morning, he’s dead.

This tiny colt is the third foal run to death in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup underway right now in Wyoming. So far, over 1,000 wild horses have been captured and permanently removed from our public lands. They will never know freedom or see their families again.

Most Americans have no clue what’s happening at the hands of our government and paid for by our tax dollars. Worst of all, it’s totally unnecessary. The Red Desert wild horses being rounded up today aren’t starving or overpopulating… they are in extremely healthy condition, some are even fat!

The sad truth is that these iconic American mustangs are being run off our public lands to make room commercial livestock grazing that is subsidized by our tax dollars, even though it provides less than 2 percent of America’s beef supply. There’s a way to manage our wild horses and burros of the American West and this is not it. Please speak up today.

https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-government-s-brutal-treatment-of-america-s-wild-horses

Agriculture Canine | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Agriculture Canine | U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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Dogs have a long history of working in partnership with humans. Building on this partnership between humans and dogs, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) detector dogs are a key tool for screening passengers and cargo to prevent the introduction of harmful plant pests and foreign animal disease from entering the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Detector DogThe ability to discriminate and target a specific odor, such as that of an orange or even a live snail, makes dogs an invaluable tool in detecting prohibited agricultural items hidden from view. When it comes to finding prohibited fruit, vegetables, plants, and meat products from high-risk countries, the nose knows. A trained agriculture dog can scan a piece of luggage for smuggled or forgotten fruits in mere seconds. Understandably, it takes an officer much longer to open and visually inspect the same bag.

In 1984, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established its detector dog program Beagle Brigade” at the Los Angeles Inter-national Airport with one beagle trained to sniff out plants and animal products in luggage and carry-on items arriving on international flights. Beagles and beagle mixes are the preferred breed of dog at the airport because of their keen sense of smell, non-threatening size, high food drive, and gentle disposition with the public.

Drug Dog Sniffing boxesIn 2000, USDA started using larger dogs outside the passenger environment by employing Labrador retrievers (labs), this launched the “Border Brigade” on the Mexican and Canadian borders, and “Cargo Brigade” in the CBP cargo inspection facilities at airports and seaports.

In 2003, when USDA transferred agricultural inspectors to CBP, approximately 75 canine teams were included. Today, more than 116 CBP agriculture canine teams provide screening at the border crossings, preclearance locations, air passenger terminals, cruise terminals, cargo warehouses, and mail facilities that process international passengers and commodities.

All the detector dogs at the USDA National Detector Dog Training Center (NDDTC) are adopted from rescue shelters in the U.S. or come to the program from private donations. A facility was constructed in 2009 specifically for NDDTC near Atlanta, Georgia. The facility incorporates environmentally conscious features in accordance with the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Drug Dog sniffing suitcasesBefore the selected beagles or labs can start their specialized work, they have to be trained. All CBP agriculture canine officers and their canine partners complete the initial 10-13 week CBP Agriculture Specialist Canine Training at the NDDTC. Training and evaluation continues at the team’s home port to maintain their skills. Depending on the working environment, the dogs are trained to give either a passive/sitting response or an active response by pawing to indicate the presence of an agricultural product. Regardless of the behavioral response, food (dog treats) and positive praise from their handler is the reward that increases their proficiency.

Drug Dog being trained

In addition to their important detection work, agriculture canine teams make the public aware of the important role that agriculture plays in CBP’s overall mission and in the U.S. economy. The special role of the agriculture detector dog program in protecting American agriculture and its public appeal make it ideal for public outreach activities. Agriculture canine teams have given thousands of demonstrations to audiences of all ages. At schools, media interviews, fairs or other events, the agriculture detector dog teams are always ready to steal the show, greeting the public with happy faces and wagging tails.

https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-agriculture/agriculture-canine

University Dairy Plant to Close After 111 Years Because Sales Are So Low Thanks to Popularity of Vegan Milks!

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University Dairy Plant to Close After 111 Years Because Sales Are So Low Thanks to Popularity of Vegan Milks!
Natasha Brooks
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There is absolutely no denying that the future of food is headed in the plant-based direction. Meat and dairy alternatives have proven to be so popular with consumers that demand for plant-based food products has risen by 140 percent in just a few years. Meat alternatives, including lab-cultured meats, are quickly soaring in popularity, and plant-based milk alternatives made from everything including almonds, coconut, cashews, flax, hemp, hazelnut, rice, peas, oats, and of course, soy are so popular that the plant-based milk industry is set to hit a value of $34 billion by 2024. Additionally, considering humans do not naturally consume milk after childhood, let alone another animal’s milk, lactose intolerance has led many people to switch to plant-based milks. This major shift in consumer habits has caused dairy prices to drop significantly, leading many long-standing dairy plants to shut down, with some making the wise decision to switch to producing plant-based milks. And now there is yet another dairy plant that is shutting down thanks to the rise of plant-based milk alternatives…

After being in operation for 111 years, Andrews University dairy farm announced their plan to close by summer of 2019.

The dairy farm holds 1,200 cows and is run by student workers. Stephen Payne, VP of Integrated Marketing and Communication, expressed that with demand for dairy being at an all-time low, sales from the dairy farm have suffered greatly. He stated, “In the last two to three years, we have lost between $750,000 and $900,000 a year.”

As for the cows, no word yet on what will happen to them, but the university says they will work on finding new on-campus jobs for the student workers at the dairy farm. The rest of the university farm will still remain under operation.

Industrialized dairy is laden with animal cruelty, separating newborn calves from their mothers who cry out in protest. Many of these calves go on to become victims of the veal industry, while others are raised to become dairy cows and meet the same sad life as those before them. Additionally, industrialized dairy is responsible for gross air and water pollution and contributes greatly to greenhouse gases and climate change.

Andrews University is a place of higher learning and education, so we only hope that this serves as a lesson to countless other institutions that profit from the exploitation of animals and the environment – time’s up, people are demanding change.

Want to learn how you can make a positive change in the world with your food choices? Check out the Eat for the Planet book!

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/university-dairy-plant-close/

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Why Breeding Dogs is a Problem, Even if the Breeder is ‘Reputable’

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Why Breeding Dogs is a Problem, Even if the Breeder is ‘Reputable’
Corrine Henn
5-7 minutes

Despite the fact that nearly 62 percent of Americans have a pet, there are still more than 70 million homeless dogs and cats living in the U.S. Of these 70 million needy animals, only around six to eight million enter shelters each year. Although they only take in a fraction of America’s homeless animals, these shelters are mostly packed to capacity and strapped trying to function with limited funds. Yet, regardless of this wealth of pets looking for loving homes, only around 20 percent of Americans adopt their dogs from shelters.

So where are the other 74 percent coming from? Well, breeders.

You can find virtually any breed of animal in your local shelter – purebred or mixed – but consumers continue to pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars for dogs from breeders.

Some believe that by purchasing their dogs from a special breeder they will somehow be getting a “superior” pet, however, not only is this false but there are a number of other reasons that breeding dogs is irresponsible and harmful no matter how good their reputation may be.
The Myth of Purebred Superiority

Consumers looking for a new family pet are willing to pay exorbitant amounts for a purebred dog because they’re told that the puppy has been raised in a loving environment and will grow up to have a friendly disposition with minimal health problems.

However, there is no way to really tell because in many cases, it’s dependent on the individual dog. While there may be breeders that take precaution to avoid inbreeding (which often leads to significant health issues), and are selective with the dogs they do breed, making sure to raise them in loving environments, there is no definitive “rule” that guarantees these animals won’t suffer from health or behavioral problems early or later on.

You can never forget that breeders are still trying to run a business at the end of the day, so it is only in their best interest to advertise the benefits to owning a purebred, and even perpetuating the myth that certain positive attributes cannot be found in shelter dogs. Ironically, the Humane Society estimates that 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred.
What Distinguishes a “Reputable” Breeder

Now, when we refer to “reputable” breeders, it’s merely to differentiate between those that breed their animals “responsibly,” and those that don’t. A lot of consumers don’t do research prior to purchasing their new four-legged family member, and as a result, end up buying their new best friend from cruel puppy mills. Others rely on the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) inspection certification to ensure that the dogs they purchase are both purebred and don’t come from an abusive background. However, an exposé into the AKC’s inspection program revealed that many of these certified breeders subject their dogs to puppy mill-like conditions as well.

Although the AKC is considered the highest authority on purebred dog standards, Ed Sayer’s, the President of the ASPCA, stated in the New York Times that a number of the raids his organization has carried out involved commercial breeding facilities that were registered with the AKC.

Many puppies who come from puppy mills suffer from serious health problems as a result of reckless breeding. For example, the New York Times highlighted the story of one woman who purchased a puppy from an AKC breeder only to find out the puppy suffered from a number of abnormalities as a result of reckless breeding practices; the breeder had passed AKC’s inspection only two weeks prior. Two months later the facility was raided and all of the dogs were removed from the breeding facility.

When a representative from the AKC was questioned as to just how many breeders have AKC registered dogs in the country, they admitted that they did not have those figures. While the AKC may not believe they’re responsible for all breeders, their approval of these substandard facilities is deceiving to consumers and frankly, they should be held accountable for the breeders they certify.
The Question of Overpopulation

Reputable breeders have a passion for breeding dogs and many do genuinely love the animals they care for, but that does not address the very real problem of what breeding pets does to the existing pet overpopulation problem.

According to the ASPCA, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year because of lack of space, resources, and people who are willing to adopt these animals. No matter how you look at the issue, the idea of producing more dogs to meet the “demands” of people who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for a purebred pup while there are hundreds of thousands of purebred dogs waiting in overcrowded shelters is incredibly irresponsible.

The fact is, all dogs deserve a loving home, but when these dogs become commodities who are bred for profit, it doesn’t matter how well-meaning or qualified the breeders are. If we wish to put an end to the gross pet overpopulation problem and provide loving forever homes for dogs who truly need it, there is no real justification for the perpetuation of dog breeding.

So please, be a Green Monster and always adopt, don’t shop!

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http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-breeding-dogs-is-a-problem-even-if-the-breeder-is-reputable/

Tourism-Fuelled Animal Abuse on the Gili Islands

Backpackers, honeymooners, and other tourists visit Indonesia’s Gili Islands to bathe in the blue seas and relax under palm trees, yet this idyllic resort has a dark, ugly side: more than 500 small, exhausted horses are forced to cart heavy loads of tourists and supplies around the islands every day.Whipped and Beaten

 

According to local animal advocates, the horses are badly neglected and often mercilessly beaten as they are literally worked to death.

Thirsty and Exhausted

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Despite the sweltering heat, they’re rarely given water to drink, relief from their harnesses, or the opportunity to rest – and they’re worked long into the night, until the last tourists have left the bars.

Gili Carriage Horse Support Network (GCHSN), a local group working to end the exploitation, has stated that, in some cases, the equipment isn’t removed when the shift is over, so the horses are strapped to carriages all day and all night.

Although horses’ average life expectancy is 25 to 30 years, those on the Gili Islands typically live a mere one to three years.

An Endless Cycle

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Local people and welfare groups such as GCHSN are trying desperately to end this misery, but until tourists speak out and refuse to pay for rides, the horses’ exploitation and suffering will continue.

What Can You Do?

If you’re travelling to the Gili Islands, please refuse to take carriage rides, and remember to leave reviews highlighting the cruelty on a variety of travel websites. When tourists stop contributing to this cycle of abuse, authorities will be forced to replace horse-drawn carriages with alternative means of transport.

Please also let your friends and family know about the plight of these horses – the more people who know, the better our chances of ending the cruelty.

https://www.peta.org.uk/blog/gili-islands-horses/?utm_campaign=ENT%20bali%2018horses&utm_source=ENews%20Email&utm_medium=Promo

10,000 Birds | Can A Hawk Carry Off Your 12-Pound Pet?

My niece came across this and posted it on her Facebook page…

The answer is: no.

No hawk can carry off a 12-pound pet. No hawk can carry off a 3-pound pet. The largest hawk in North America (the Ferruginous Hawk) weighs at most four pounds, so leaving the ground carrying three – let alone twelve – would be aerodynamically (not to mention logically) impossible. Red-tailed Hawks weigh about two pounds.

That did not stop a New Jersey animal shelter from publishing this rabble-rousing flyer on Facebook, all written in alarming red capital letters:

PARK RANGERS AND VET OFFICES ARE PUTTING OUT WARNINGS. THIS YEAR THE HAWKS REALLY SEEM TO BE OUT IN FORCE OFF THE EAST COAST.

THE PETS THAT ARE IN REAL DANGER ARE THE ONES WHO ARE 12 POUNDS AND UNDER. THESE ARE THE PETS THAT HAWKS CAN SWOOP DOWN AND GRAB.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS OUTSIDE WITHOUT SUPERVISION.

One could joke about the squadrons of hawks out patrolling the beaches, or the park rangers suddenly worried about the safety of household pets, but before it was taken down the post had over 108,000 views, 4,200 Likes, and 1,000 comments. And since these things never really disappear, it’s still out there.

The frustrating responses went like this: “OMG!” “Yikes!” “I had no idea!” “How awful!” The frightening responses went like this: “Just shoot ‘em.” “That’s why we need more trapping.” “I’m going to string wire all across my backyard!”

Wildlife lovers and rehabilitators, as always, tried to intervene. “I have been caring for raptors for almost 29 years and not even a Bald Eagle can carry off 12 pounds,” wrote Eileen Wicker, the Executive Director of Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky. “Please disregard this for the rubbish it is!”

If you see a flyer such as this and you’re unfamiliar with wildlife, you can 1) believe the hundreds of people who write things like “I know for a fact a Barn Owl can carry off a 3-pound Chihuahua!” (Barn Owls weigh about a pound); 2) access fact-filled sites like the Peregrine Fund or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; or 3) call any raptor rehabilitation center, and whoever answers the phone will tell you that the information on Facebook is bunk.

There’s one more option, if you’d like to combine learning and entertainment: 4) watch this Monty Python clip, which does a fabulous job of explaining exactly what we’re talking about using a coconut, European Swallows, and King Arthur:

Once you watch it, every time someone posts about a murderous hawk carrying off twelve pounds, you’ll be able to set them straight.

One might say the heart of the person who wrote the flyer was in the right place. But they were abysmally ignorant, not only of the facts but of the damage that can be done by posting something so stupid. Predators have a hard enough time surviving without having to deal with the fallout from something they’re incapable of even doing.

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This is not to say they might not take a swipe at a very tiny dog. If you have a one, be careful and use common sense. If you have a cat, keep it inside.

“All birds of prey are protected by state and federal law,” says Eileen Wicker. “If you harm one or threaten one in any manner, you are subject to a fine and prison term. Appreciate their beauty, and their value to our earth.”

All photos courtesy of Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky.

http://www.10000birds.com/can-a-hawk-carry-off-your-12-pound-pet.htm

SEXUAL ABUSE OF FEMALES: THE ANIMAL CONNECTION

Exposing the Big Game

*As an animal rights activist and a longtime scholar of sexism and gender
issues, while reading the recent spate of articles about the sexual abuse
of females by males in positions of power, I have been struck by the clear
similarities to the abuse of animals by humans.*

*Let me be clear. I am not speaking here about situations where someone
beats a dog or kills a cat, or other horrific instances of abuse and
torture of individual animals. I am talking about the systemic and
systematic abuse of animals that is practiced, institutionalized,
and normalized by all human cultures throughout time, where humans are in a
position of greater power than the animals. Just as human males in
positions of power feel free to abuse females they desire, so too do we
humans feel free to do the same to animals.*

*The common dimension is a concept of property…

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