Images from 2017 and 2018 show polar bears thriving in a warming world


Candid images of fat, healthy bears taken over the last two years by unbiased photographers across the Arctic are representative of the state of polar bears in a world that’s warmer than it was in 1980.

chukchi-sea-polar-bear-arctic_early-august-2018_a-khan-nsidc.jpg Chukchi Sea polar bear on the sea ice, early August 2018. A Khan, NSIDC. Chukchi Sea bears are thriving, according to a new survey of the population.

It may seem counter-intuitive but it’s true: polar bears are thriving with less summer sea ice and there are more bears now than there were in 2005 (not a statistically significant amount more, but more nevertheless).

Gulf Polar-bear-quebecPierre-Alexandre Defoy 22 March 2017 Polar bear on the north shore of Gulf of St. Lawrence, 22 March 2017. Pierre Alexandre Defoy photo. More info and photos here.

newfoundland polar bear 10 june 2018_iceberg festival committee_thresa burden photo Newfoundland bear on Northern Peninsula, 10 June 2018. Teresa Burden photo.

great-brehat-dillon-patey_march 12 2018_vocm report Newfoundland polar bear at Great Brehat, 12 March 2018. Dillon Patey photo.

polar bear aug 2017 near area where june 19 2018 bear was spotted gordy kidlapik Near Arviat, north…

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Dolphinariums Don’t Just Break Dolphins, They Break People Too!


I am very proud that Protect All Wildlife has been chosen to publish a guest blog by the now retired dolphin trainer David  Capello, aka The Psychic Trainer, featured in The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy Expose of abuse in UK dolphin training pens.

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Dolphinariums Don’t Just Break Dolphins, They Break People Too!

“Lies, deceit, corruption – to say nothing of cruelty. All facets of the lucrative captive cetacean industry. And I should know, because I was once a big part of it.

So, who am I?

I have several pseudonyms, my most popular being ‘Capello’, the most colourful being ‘The Psychic Trainer’. But there is another handle – one I’d rather remain unwritten, as my whistle-blowing return was never intended as self-promotion. Either way, I am the trainer featured in The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy exposé, three books written under the fiction banner to avoid legal problems. A story now…

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Cherry stems

Cooking Without Limits


Today I am gone write about cherry stems because we can all benefits. We all love to eat cherries in the summer and throw away the stalks. You can start collect them. Why? Because of the health benefits:

  • They have diuretic properties which promotes proper kidney function and reduce water retention
  • They prevent formation of kidney stones and urinary tract infection
  • Stimulate the elimination of toxins from the body through urine and stools
  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Purifying blood
  • Reducing edema and bloating
  • Anti inflammatory properties

The stems make a great, refreshing tea. I collect the stems and dry them and then I can make the tea all year long.

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Most Common Method(s) For Transporting Illegal Drugs Would Bypass Trump’s Wall According To US DEA Testimony

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US Border Patrol On Horseback
It turns out that the most common methods for transporting illegal drugs would bypass Trump’s wall. They are most commonly concealed in vehicles and tunnels under the border are also used. The most logical control method would be passive detection often used for border control on the European continent.

The most common method employed by these TCOs [Transnational Criminal Organizations] involves transporting illicit drugs through U.S. Ports of Entry (POEs) in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers.” (Paul E. Knierim Deputy Chief of Operations, Office of Global Enforcement Drug Enforcement Administration Before the Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration United States Senate December 12, 2018)

Apparently not much has changed since the old movie “El Norte”. Note the passage by truck and passage through a drain pipe (tunnel) in the movie trailer:

Both common sense…

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Chairman Thompson Calls on Secretary Nielsen to Come Before the Homeland Security Committee to Answer for the Administration’s Border Security Policies

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Chairman Thompson Calls on Secretary Nielsen to Come Before the Homeland Security Committee to Answer for the Administration’s Border Security Policies
Jan 4, 2019 Correspondence
(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting her to testify before the Committee for its first hearing of the new Congress on the Administration’s failed border security agenda. Secretary Nielsen has only appeared before the Committee once. 

In the letter, Chairman Thompson wrote:
Your border security presentation submitted to Congress today is yet another example of the misinformation and outright lies the Trump Administration has used to make the case for the President’s boondoggle border wall, defend the government shutdown, and distract the American people from a border policy so flawed that children have died in Department of Homeland Security custody.  Squandering American taxpayer…

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Does He Have The Right?

The Lone Cactus

Donald Trump visited the border this past week. And he’s mulling over whether or not to declare a national emergency regarding the wall, and that would help designate funds for said project. Of course, that has Democrats in a tizzy. They’ve come up with the talking point (and it’s been repeated ad nauseum by the mainstream media) as “a manufactured crisis”.

Well, living in a border state, and not one that is as inundated with illegal aliens as some by the way, I can tell you first hand that yes, it is a crisis, and no, it’s not manufactured. It’s real.

Now, the big question is, does the President of the United States have the right to declare “a national emergency”, and if so, has it ever been done before?

The answer is certainly he does. In fact, yes, it’s been done as late as the last president. Obama declared…

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Yellowstone plans to ship 600-900 bison to slaughter this winter

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Brett French as published on The Independent Record

Last year the combination of slaughter and hunting removed 1,171 bison from Yellowstone

Things to come, again?

Last year the combination of slaughter and hunting removed 1,171 bison from Yellowstone. Of that total, 375 were killed by hunters — mostly tribal hunters — and 694 were sent to slaughter. The meat of the animals slaughtered is distributed to participating Indian tribes. Another three bison died in captivity.

The removal of bison is biased to females and young because they are the ones that tend to migrate, White said. That means that the population is trending toward an increase in the number of males, although it’s still deemed within the desired conditions, he explained.

Removing 600 bison would keep the herd numbers stable, based on mathematical calculations by the National Park Service, Deleray said. By removing 900 bison the herd would be…

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How does plutonium affect human health?


TOXICOLOGICAL PROFILE FOR PLUTONIUM , Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine/Applied Toxicology Branch,  Atlanta, Georgia

” …….Plutonium may remain in the lungs or move to the bones, liver, or other body organs. It generally stays in the body for decades and continues to expose the surrounding tissues to radiation. Lung, liver, and bone cancer You may develop cancer depending on how much plutonium is in your body and for how long it remains in your body. The types of cancers you would most likely develop are cancers of the lung, bones, and liver…….

The risks of mortality and morbidity from bone and liver cancers have also been studied in Mayak workers. Increasing estimated plutonium body burden was associated with increasing liver cancer mortality, with higher risk in females compared to males…….

Cardiovascular Effects. Epidemiological Studies in Humans. Possible associations between exposure to plutonium and…

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Proposed Rule Aims To Curb Public Records Requests As Demand For Documents Increases

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Nate Hegyi as published on Wyoming Public Media

“This appears to be a regulation to figure out some sort of way they can shirk their statutory responsibilities…”

A new rule proposed last week by the U.S. Interior Department could make it harder for news outlets and non-profit organizations to get public information on a range of federal issues.

Once adopted, the regulations would allow the agency to put a cap on the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it processes every month. The proposed rule, which was posted on Dec. 28 in the Federal Register, would also make it tougher for those requests to be filled out quickly for breaking news stories.

“This appears to be a regulation to figure out some sort of way they can shirk their statutory responsibilities,” Jeff Ruch, executive director for the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said.

The Interior Department…

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A horse is a thing of beauty …



A horse is a thing of beauty … 
none will tire of looking at him 
as long as he displays himself in his splendor.

– Xenophon

Text & image source: Precious World

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Rural Nevada residents lash out over tribal horse roundup

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Benjamin Spillman| Reno Gazette Journal

“I kept screaming, ‘Stop, get off my land.’ He didn’t pay any attention to me. He just kept going,” she said. “He scared my horses away and they ran with the wild horses.”

Kate Carlson laments the loss of three horses she cared for on her property in Palomino Valley. The horses were herded away during a Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe feral horse roundup. Carlson said the roundup workers trespassed on her land and she fears the horses will be sent to slaughter.
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Before it descended into chaos, Friday was a typical morning in rural Palomino Valley for Kate Carlson.

>A four-year resident of the valley between Sparks and Pyramid Lake, Carlson was outside tending to the dozens of animals she cares for on her 40-acre property.

But whatever sense of calm she felt shattered with the sound of a motorcycle zipping…

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Earth Report

Thousands of Female Penguins Are Being Stranded in South America

Female Magellanic penguins — a mid-size species of black-and-white bird native to South America’s Patagonia region are vanishing from their nests. When not breeding in the latter part of the year, both male and female members of the species migrate north toward Uruguay and Brazil to hunt for the tasty anchovies that call those waters home. Over the last decade, however, scientists have observed an upsetting trend: some penguins are swimming too far north — sometimes hundreds of miles away from their breeding grounds — and getting stuck there.

According to a new study published today in the journal Current Biology, every year, thousands of Magellanic penguins fail to return home from their migrations. Some become stranded on the shores of Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Others wash up already dead, their stomachs empty or polluted with plastic waste. Strangely, about…

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Trump-Perry DOE Plan To Reclassify High Level Nuclear Waste As Low Level Through An Orwellian Stroke Of A Pen – Comment By Wed. Night 11:59 PM Eastern Time (January 9th)

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Hazardous High-Level Radioactive Waste Becomes So-Called “Low-Level” with the Orwellian Stroke of a Pen: The Trump Department of Energy has proposed linguistic de-toxification for some of the most highly radioactive hazardous wastes…

Comment here till January 9, 2019, 1159 pm Eastern Time (DC, NYC, etc):

This also opens up the door for the United States becoming dumping ground for the world’s nuclear waste. Think it can’t happen? It’s been underway:

The above picture is from DOE’s WIPP nuclear waste site in New Mexico, where the United States has been diluting and dumping high level nuclear waste, and proposing to dump more high level waste, including foreign waste.

It is unclear how the new policy differs from the current dilute and deceive nuclear waste scams operated by the United States. By doing away with the dilute part?

Excerpted from Beyond Nuclear: “Hazardous High-Level Radioactive…

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Vegan Chocolate Biscuits

Richard Church

Forgive my lack of posts recently. Launching my Vegan Cook School around the Christmas period has certainly taken up the majority of my time. Now that the school is open for business, it’s great to be back to writing recipes again.

This is the start of Veganuary and the beginning of a vegan adventure for many. Some will be unsure of how to proceed, so I hope that websites like mine will be of help.

I’m starting the new year with chocolate (we’ll have to get to healthy eating resolutions later). These are easy to make chocolate biscuits, that are similar in taste to the digestive biscuit here in the UK. They are made with oats that have been ground up in a food processor to a flour-like consistency, then blended with self-raising flour.

The biscuits are light and sweet all by themselves, so the extra step of coating them…

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Serbia: Also Starts Off 2019 By Going ‘Fur Free’ – Great News !

World Animals Voice

Serbia fur free 2019

Serbian FlagFollowing on from other wonderful news which you can read on our site – – we have more great news as a result of many of us working hard for the last year or more.  

It is …………………………

We at WAV / SAV have worked hard over the last year with ‘Respect for Animals’ and the ‘Fur Free Alliance’; as well as Serbian activists; to provide them with lots of information relating to fur farming in Serbia.  Finally, today; 1/1/2019, we can say that all the effort has been worth it; and that as of today, 1/1/2019:

Serbia starts 2019 off right by outlawing fur farms

SERBIA, 1 JANUARY 2019 – Animal advocates around the globe rejoice as Serbia starts off the new year by effectively banning fur farms after a 10-year phase-out. The enforcement of the ban is the successful result of a…

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“Season’s Greetings”


With warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season…

May every holiday happiness be yours to enjoy…


Tsunami update from Indonesia

The International Rhino Foundation Blog

Dear IRF family,

Yesterday, word came in from Indonesia that there had been a tsunami in the Sunda Straights, the sea between Java and Sumatra. We very much appreciate the emails and Facebook messages from those of you who are worried about the YABI teams. We are very relieved to report that all RPUs and the JRSCA teams are safe and have evacuated to higher ground. We also have heard that the WWF team is safe. One Ujung Kulon National Park staff was killed. It is our understanding that more than 200 people have lost their lives in Java and south Sumatra and more than 800 have been injured.

The tsunami struck without warning and is believed to have been the result of undersea landslides from the Anak Krakatau, or “son of Krakatoa”, which emerged in 1927 and which has shown increased activity in the past few months. Krakatoa erupted…

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12 Popular Christmas Plants

Good Witches Homestead

Plants such as holly, ivy, and mistletoe had been used in celebrations long before the advent of Christianity and the Christmas celebrations we know today. Evergreens were used to ward off evil spirits and celebrate new growth during the Winter Solstice Festival as early as ancient times.

As Christian traditions became prevalent in western Europe, greenery was kept as part of the celebrations but ascribed new religious meanings. If you’re curious why today we decorate the Christmas tree, or how mistletoe became the excuse to steal kisses, and what new plants have been gaining popularity as Christmas plants lately, now is the time to make yourself a nice cup of tea and scroll through the gallery of Christmas plants we’ve assembled.



The quintessential holiday herb, rosemary is as classic as the Christmas tree. Its association with Christmas dates back long before the poster child poinsettia had anything to do…

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Petition: Justice for the little dog murdered by the Urban Guard in Barcelona!

An agent of the Urban Guard fired and killed a dog who was accompanying a homeless. The agent has said that the dog has bitten his arm, but the neighbours know that it is not true, since the dog was very peaceful, everyone knew her. We do not want that in any situation they end up killing an animal because they can not control it among more than 5 agents, and none separated it, of course, the easiest thing was to kill it. Jail for these murderers.

It is always the dog’s fault, you always have to sacrifice the animal in any situation out of the ordinary. I’m tired of these things happening, because many people who knew them have said that the dog was very good, that she was just looking for mimes.

With the criminals they do not have balls, but with an animal yes. This is the kind of people we pay out of pocket and who should take care of us and protect us and kill our animals.


Sign Petition: It’s Time to Ban Super-Toxic Rat Poisons

State regulators in California have opened the door to what could be a big win for wildlife, pets and people by launching a reevaluation on a potential ban of super-toxic rat poisons.

While there are a number of different types of rodenticides, the worst ones around are second-generation anti-coagulant rodenticides, which include brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum.

These poisons aren’t just deadly, but leave their victims to suffer a slow, painful and incredibly inhumane death from internal bleeding. Because the poisons work so slowly, victims may consume large quantities over days, and once they die they become a highly toxic meal for predators and scavengers as they work their way through the food chain.

In 2014, regulators took action by making them unavailable to consumers, but they exempted pest control companies and agricultural users, which has left a big problem — these poisons were still being put into the environment.

Unfortunately, they’ve continued to poison dozens of both target and non-target animals, and put people and pets at risk.

Following a recent analysis that found these super-toxic rat poisons in more than 85 percent of mountain lions, bobcats and protected Pacific fishers who were tested, in addition to finding these toxins were also found in seven out of ten endangered northern spotted owls tested and 40 percent of tested barred owls, the Department of Pesticide Regulation is reevaluating whether seven pesticides should be used at all.

Please sign and share this petition urging the Department of Pesticide Regulation to ban second-generation anti-coagulant rodenticides for good.

Little Christmas Carollers.



Little Christmas Carollers.

We are a band of carollers
We march through frost and snow,
But care not for the weather
As on our way we go.

At every hall or cottage
That stands upon our way,
We stop to give the people
Best wishes for the day.

We pray a merry Christmas,
Made bright by Christmas cheer,
With peace, and hope, and gladness
And all they may hold dear.

And for all those that happen
To pass us on our way
We have a smile, and wish them
A merry Christmas-day.

By L A Frances

Art Chris Dunn
Text & image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook

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300,000 acres of public lands on the fracking auction block this month

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Source: WildEarth Gaurdians

Sales to oil and gas industry fly in face of new climate change reports

The Trump administration is ramping up fracking in December 2018, despite two recent reports highlighting it should be doing everything but. Today, December 11, the administration intends to sell 33,000 acres in Nevada; 12,500 acres in Montana; 720 acres in Wyoming; and 154,000 acres in Utah. Last week, it sold off nearly 90,000 acres in New Mexico, including lands in the Greater Chaco region, which generated widespread protest. All told, nearly 300,000 acres of public lands are up for sale throughout the American West this month.

On November 23, a new federal climate assessment report (the Fourth National Climate Assessment) stressed the need for need for “immediate and substantial global greenhouse gas emissions reductions.” That same day, the U.S. Geological Survey released its latest assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from producing and consuming…

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Urgent: Last chance to lend your voice for Norways wolves


Urgent. Please take action.

The Minister for Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, will soon decide on the fate of wolves in the wolf zone. If the Predators Management Boards’ decision is upheld, 17 wolves, that cause little to no harm will be killed, and the hunt will begin January 1st, 2019. As we discussed in this recent post, the local predator boards set a total quota of 43 wolves to be exterminated, 17 of which are living within the three established wolf zone areas: Hobøl, Mangen and Slettås. Already, the Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, has decided to allow the slaughter of 26 wolvesduring the 2018-19 hunt (the season began on October 1st and does not end until March 31st).However, the Minister has yet to decide the fate of three wolf packs (17 wolves in total).

The Center Party leader, Trygve Slagsvold…

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National Geographic: Snaring is now the Dominant Threat to Africa’s Lions

The Jaguar

Lions like this female are increasingly falling prey to an indiscriminate killer: snares. Lion Eyes by Jeremy Vandel. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

I recently read another great story from National Geographic. In it, author Rachel Nuwer and photographer Steve Winter detail the rise of the new dominant threat to African lions: snaring.

I am not going to summarize the story in much detail here, because it would be far better if you read the original. However, as a brief synopsis, people have eaten wild game (bushmeat) in Africa for millennia. Snares are a cheap and effective way to catch game, since they can be constructed from easily-accessible materials and work while the hunter is away.

Unfortunately, snares are also indiscriminate and brutal. They catch any animal that is unlucky enough to walk into them, regardless of which species is being targeted, and often cause horrible injuries and painful deaths. In…

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Whoopi Goldberg defends “Rudolph” Special Accused Of Bullying | The View


Breaking News: President George H.W. Bush dead at 94

Parliamentary Report – Captive Lion Breeding, South Africa

International Wildlife Bond

BREAKING NEWS: New Parliamentary report calls for an end to captive lion breeding in South Africa:

Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on the Colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa: harming or promoting the conservation image of the country, held on 21 and 22 August 2018, report dated 8 November 2018 (released 14 November 2018)

Captive breeding of lions for hunting has long been a blemish on South Africa’s wildlife and tourism landscape…..There is generally no conservation value in the captive lion breeding industry in South Africa. ”

Well, let’s hope the lessons from this robustly written Parliamentary report (resulting from the colloquium held in August 2018) are finally heeded and the mass of negative elements derived from the abhorrent captive breeding industry finally means decisive action is taken to close the industry down in all its forms, including the lion…

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Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday


May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through the door…

House Passes H.R. 6784 Requiring the Secretary of the Interior to Reissue Removal of Gray Wolf from ESL in the Lower 48 States…

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

There’s more than one side to a coin. One side of the coin demonstrates the pro side for preserving the Endangered Species Act; While the other side pushes to role back progress made in preserving our wildlife & wild lands. But if you pick up that same coin, and begin rubbing your fingers along all the sides; You become acutely aware of a third side to the coin with a new edge to it. It’s called checks and balances that remind us what democracy is all about. And the Endangered Species Act is the “gatekeeper” that ensures the preservation of our wildlife & the habitat they depend on.

The War on Wolves Continued this week in Congress. The House of Representatives, passed a bill, H.R.6784 – Manage our Wolves Act calling for Gray wolf delisting in the lower 48 states and prevents any judicial review of this bad legislative decision…

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