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Blue Love Blog has been Nominated!

“Blue Love Blog”is new to the blogging family on WP and has been nominated for the “Real Neat Blog Award” from Dear Kitty.. who has been so kind to nominate Our World…stop by for a visit and check out her wonderful blog.
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First of all, let me say thank you to Dear Kitty. Some Blog for nominating Blue Love Blog for this awesome award!  Please check out their blog!

This is so exciting, as BLB has only been active for less than 3 months.

I now would like to pass the baton on to some other amazing blogs that I’ve read so far!

If you are nominated…. Here are the rules of your nomination:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
  • Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

Dear Kitty’s seven Q & A to Blue Love Blog are:

1. Where do most visits…

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Ban on whale, dolphin captivity poised to become law in Canada

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Qila, a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium, receives a freshly prepared herring from trainer Katie Becker during a feeding at the Vancouver Aquarium. The federal government is poised to introduce legislation that would ban holding cetaceans in captivity. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

April 3rd, 2019 (John Paul Tasker). Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ont. still has 61 cetaceans in its possession.

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California crab fisheries to close early to protect whales and turtles (USA)

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Humpback whale entangled in fishing line, ropes, buoys and anchors in the Pacific Ocean off Crescent City, California.

March 26th, 2019 (Olga R. Rodriguez, AP). SAN FRANCISCO — California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state’s coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday.

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(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas.) USCG REPORT: In partnership with the ‘ State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Cente r ‘ released two rehabilitated sea turtles near Port Aransas on Friday #AceNewsDesk reports

URGENT PETITION TO SIGN: These Zoo Owners Have Abandoned Their Animals. Now Their Fate Is Up in the Air.

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: SEPRO

Wild animals should never be kept in zoos. They were born with all the instincts they need to help them survive and thrive in the wild. While that fact may be true, there are still hundreds of thousands of non-domesticated animals still living in zoos today.

Once in captivity, however, animals are no longer self-sufficient. They are, for the rest of the lives, 100% dependent on the zoo staff for food, care, and stimulation. So when a zoo closes, it can’t simply, pull down the blinds, padlock the doors and walk away. No, before slapping on the “Closed” sign they first must figure out how they will care for the animals in their care.

Of course, that is the “ideal” situation. Some zoos, simply choose to abandon their animals, locking the door behind them as their menagerie stares back at them from behind the metal bars. This is exactly what happened to the zoo animals at Parque Zoologico Prudencio Navarro on Spain’s Costa de la Luz.

After years of complaints from concerned citizens, the zoo finally stopped even pretending to care for its critters and closed shop. This was supposed to be good news for the animal activists that fought hard to push the zoo to treat its animals better but now, the lions, tigers, and bears have nowhere to go, no dedicated caretaker and have only been provided with water and food because of some unknown good Samaritans who have taken it upon themselves to tend to the animals. Meanwhile, the zoo operators are long gone.

Of course, these heroes can only do so much. According to reports, the animals are festering in their own feces and urine. Their water moats are dirty and their overall condition is horrific. Additionally, since park staff has left, the security at the park is next to nothing. Dangerous animals could easily escape, putting both people and other zoo animals at risk.

The clock is ticking for these animals. They need to be rehomed to accredited sanctuaries at once so they can get the care they need and finally have a life free from zoo captivity. Please help Care2 call on Spain’s Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) to rescue the animals and find them sanctuaries today.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/249/620/291/these-zoo-owners-have-abandoned-their-animals.-now-their-fate-is-up-in-the-air./?TAP=1724

Center For Biological Diversity & Defenders Of Wildlife File Intent to Sue Trump Administration to Protect Atlantic Sharks & Giant Manta Rays From Lethal Longlines & Gillnets – World Animal News

By WAN –
April 3, 2019

On behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife, today Earthjustice filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect oceanic whitetip sharks and giant manta rays from being killed by longlines and huge nets used by U.S. fishermen in Atlantic fisheries.
Defenders petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to list the oceanic whitetip shark and giant manta ray under the Endangered Species Act in 2015. The agency listed the shark and ray as threatened last year, triggering the agency’s obligation to consider conservation measures to protect the species from federal actions when authorizing U.S. fisheries.
Today’s notice letter to the Fisheries Service says officials have not completed required consultations when authorizing fisheries managed under the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. The Endangered Species Act requires consultations to ensure that federal actions do not unduly harm protected species.
The agency has not completed these consultations on the pelagic longline (which targets tuna, swordfish and other species), shark drift gillnet or shark bottom longline fisheries — all of which harm oceanic whitetip sharks and giant manta rays and have contributed to the species’ declines.
“These sharks and rays won federal protection, but they’re still being slaughtered by reckless fishing practices,” said Catherine Kilduff, a Center attorney in a statement. “The Trump administration has to follow through by regulating the deadly Atlantic longline and gillnet fisheries. Giant manta rays and oceanic whitetip sharks will keep declining if our government doesn’t do its moral and legal duty to protect them.”
The giant manta ray, with a wingspan that can reach 29 feet, has suffered population declines of up to 95% in some places due to commercial fishing. Similarly, scientists have estimated substantial declines in oceanic whitetip sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, including an 88% decline in the Gulf of Mexico due to commercial fishing. Reducing the primary threat to these species, commercial fishing, is key to their survival and recovery.
Giant manta rays and oceanic whitetip sharks are intentionally hunted in other countries — the sharks for their large fins and the manta rays for their gills, both prized for Asian medicines and cuisine — and are often swept up as bycatch by U.S. fisheries. Gillnets have been called “walls of death” for the harm they do to a variety of marine species. Atlantic longlines can be up to 45 miles long, with hundreds of baited hooks.
“These horrific fishing practices are outdated,” Jane Davenport, a Defenders attorney, said. “We can’t keep fishing indiscriminately while sharks, manta rays and other accidental victims move toward extinction. As the agency charged with both conserving these imperiled species and managing U.S. fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service is under a double obligation to comply with the Endangered Species Act’s mandate to ensure the survival and recovery of the oceanic whitetip shark and giant manta ray.”
“The law requires these species to be given meaningful protections in the water, not just on paper,” said Earthjustice attorney Chris Eaton. “NMFS can’t allow these fisheries to continue harming the oceanic whitetip and giant manta ray unchecked. It needs to put some safeguards into place.”
A peer-reviewed study by Center scientists released in January found most marine species listed under the Endangered Species Act are recovering. Listed species with critical habitat protections and those listed for more than 20 years are most likely to be rebounding. In February 2019, Defenders and the Center also sent a detailed technical letter to the agency urging it to designate critical habitat for the giant manta ray in U.S. waters.

https://worldanimalnews.com/center-for-biological-diversity-defenders-of-wildlife-file-intent-to-sue-trump-administration-to-protect-atlantic-sharks-giant-manta-rays-from-lethal-longlines-gillnets/

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Breaking! New Mexico Governor Signs Legislation Banning Destructive Coyote-killing Contests In The State – World Animal News

By WAN –
April 3, 2019

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham yesterday signed bipartisan legislation that prohibits organizing, sponsoring or participating in coyote-killing contests in the state. Several conservation organizations praised the governor for signing the progressive, science-based legislation into law.
During these contests, participants compete to kill the greatest number, the largest or even the smallest coyotes for “entertainment” and prizes. At least 30 such contests are known to take place annually in New Mexico.
The bill, SB 76, was spearheaded by Republican Sen. Mark Moores and Sen. Jeff Steinborn, a Democrat. The bill was carried on the House floor by Rep. Matthew McQueen, also a Democrat.
“Killing contests are just blood sports. All they are about is killing as many animals as you can, and not about protecting livestock or property,” said Moores in a statement. “No one is trying to restrict landowners’ ability to kill offending coyotes, but celebrating mass killing is just not good wildlife management.”
“With the signing of this bill, New Mexico is sending a powerful message that we value our wildlife and humane treatment of them,” said Steinborn.
“This victory has been nearly two decades in the making, the culmination of a homegrown campaign waged by thousands of dedicated New Mexicans appalled that these gruesome blood sports are hosted in our state,” said Jessica Johnson, chief legislative officer for Animal Protection Voters. “Today, we as a state are taking a giant step toward thoughtful, humane wildlife management and basic human decency.”
“This law makes New Mexico a leader in following sound science in its treatment of wild carnivores,” said Michael Robinson, senior conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We celebrate for coyotes, for endangered wolves that might have been mistakenly killed and for our children learning that humane values are New Mexico values.”
“There is no documented scientific evidence that coyote-killing contests serve any legitimate wildlife management purpose,” said Albuquerque-based Project Coyote science advisory board member Dave Parsons, a retired career wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We applaud Gov. Lujan Grisham for taking a strong stance against these ethically and ecologically indefensible events.”
“Coyotes as a species don’t deserve to be vilified. They are important ecosystem managers that regulate populations of rodents and rabbits which are significant competitors for forage with other native herbivores and even livestock,” said Mary Katherine Ray, wildlife chair of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter and long-time resident of rural Socorro County. “The random mass killing of coyotes that occurs with killing competitions is like targeting every cocker spaniel, a similarly sized canine, for death because one may have behaved problematically. The governor was right to sign the bill to stop this.”
“This is a huge victory for New Mexico’s wildlife and New Mexicans,” said Amanda Munro, communications director for the Southwest Environmental Center. “Our wildlife deserves management that reflects broad public opinion, respects all wildlife, and is informed by modern ecological understanding about the value of all species. This bill takes New Mexico a giant step in that direction.”
“These contests are abhorrent and unjustifiable — they are neither hunting nor wildlife management,” said Christopher Smith, southern Rockies wildlife advocate for WildEarth Guardians. “Banning this activity is a step towards science-based and ethical wildlife management and we are grateful to the bill’s sponsors and supporters and the governor.”

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-new-mexico-governor-signs-legislation-banning-destructive-coyote-killing-contests-in-the-state/

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3 Household Items to Keep Your Garden Pests at Bay DIY

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Elena K, Hometalk TeamHometalkerOzone Park, NY

I love Spring! After the cold winter, I can finally get to work in the garden. Seeing plants growing and flowers blooming makes me happy – Until it turns into a bug house, that is.
Luckily, I have a secret weapon (or rather, three) right on my pantry to keep these pesky pests under control.

STEP 1: Prevention

Before diving into how to make the sprays, let me emphasize how important is prevention. The best way to avoid-or minimize-insect damage is to prevent a pest attack. Follow these easy steps to discourage unwanted visitors.
1. Remove infected plants or trim infected areas as soon as possible. Dispose of them in a bag. Once you’re done close it and put it away from the garden, then clean your tools to prevent other areas to get infected.
2. Use good soil. (See my last tip at the very end.) Mulch and fertilize regularly.
3. Minimize areas attractive to insects by clearing debris and weeds, and using new mulch.
4. Rotate crops and mix your plants, especially with edibles. Insect pests usually favor specific plants. By rotating you’re more likely to avoid a re-infestation if the pest has over-wintered in the same area.
5. Keep your foliage dry: water in the early morning hours, and if possible at the base of the plants. Wet leaves encourage insect damage and fungal diseases to spread.
6. And finally, disinfect!

STEP 2: Gather Your Ingredients

I know it sounds funny, but bear with me to discover the wonders of garlic, hot sauce, and soap in the garden.
Turns out garden pests (and insects in general) don’t have a taste for garlic-y, spicy food. So much the better!
So get to your pantry-or take a trip to the supermarket-because we’re going to make three pest-control sprays in a breeze.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1-2 teaspoons of Liquid soap (Ivory or dish soap) or Bronner’s, ideally organic
  2. 2-3 cloves of garlic
  3. 1-3 teaspoons of hot sauce or better, cayenne pepper
  4. 1/4 quart of water
  5. Spray bottle

The BASIC SOAP SPRAY is useful with a wide variety of garden pests, including aphids, scale, mites, and thrips.
Why does it work? The soap dissolves the outer coating or shell of the insects, eventually killing them.

Making the SOAP SPRAY is so easy!

SOAP SPRAY STEP 1:

Grab 1/4 quart of tap water, room temperature or slightly lukewarm, and add 1-1.5 teaspoons of liquid soap, preferably biodegradable. You know the soap may end up in the soil, right?
TIP: Dish soap is usually more concentrated, so a little less than a teaspoon may suffice. You can also use Bronners soap-my favorite-if you have it handy or even Ivory soap.
If you’re not sure how concentrated your soap is, I suggest you start with less than 1 teaspoon per quart and not to use more than 2 teaspoons.

SOAP SPRAY STEP 2:

You can also add a teaspoon of oil.
The oil will smother the insects, eventually killing them.
TIP: Canola or mineral are ok, but my favorite are organic edible oils – almond or a light olive oil are good.

SOAP SPRAY STEP 3:

Close the bottle and shake it so the oil mixes well with the soap.

SOAP SPRAY STEP 4 (OPTIONAL):

To avoid problems, don’t forget to label your concoction!
Grab a pair of scissors, tape and a marker and write the ingredients and amounts.

You can also add a title-for example GARDEN SOAP SPRAY-and a date.
So everybody in the household knows what’s in there and where to use it.

SOAP SPRAY STEP 5:

Time to test your handy work!
TIP: Before you go out and start spraying, make sure you read “A Few Things to Keep in Mind” at the end of the post.
In a nutshell-because I know you’re dying to use it 😉
– TEST IT FIRST in a small area.
– Don’t use in full sun, a very hot day, or overspray.
– And make sure you apply ONLY to areas with pests, it’ll also affect good insects like ladybugs
(More, as I said, below.)

MAKING A GARLIC SPRAY > very similar to the SOAP SPRAY, except that it also has garlic.

Turns out insects don’t like garlic, so it makes a great repellent. Whiteflies, aphids, and most beetles will avoid plants sprayed with garlic oil.
This mixture works because the compounds in garlic (namely, diallyl disulfide and diallyl trisulfide) are irritating or deadly to many insects. The oil and soap help the mixture stick to plant leaves.

GARLIC SPRAY STEP 1 & 2:

To make this wonder, just put 2-3 cloves of minced garlic into 2 teaspoons of oil.
TIP: Feel free to crush the garlic instead of mincing it.

GARLIC SPRAY STEP 3:

Mix it well with a spoon and let it sit overnight. You’ll strain the garlic out of the oil the next day.

GARLIC SPRAY STEP 4:

Pour 1 PINT of water in your spray bottle and add 1 teaspoon of soap (about half if it’s concentrate, like a dish soap).

GARLIC SPRAY STEP 5:

Strain garlic out of oil and mix it with the soapy water.
TIP: To avoid spilling the oil-especially if the spray bottle has a narrow mouth-you can use a funnel under the strainer.

GARLIC SPRAY STEP 6:

Once you’re done, close the bottle, shake the concoction and label it: include ingredients and title/date in your label.

TIP: Don’t apply it on a sunny day or when the area is sunny – it may burn the leaves. It will also affect beneficial insects so apply only to infected areas

The last spray I want to share today is the HOT PEPPER!

The Pepper spray is great if you have problems with mites and whiteflies, but you may need to reapply.
It is the compound capsaicin, which causes the “heat” in hot peppers, that makes it work. Capsaicin is as irritating to insects as it is to us – have you ever felt the heat in your fingers when cutting a hot pepper?

HOT SPRAY STEP 1-3:

Simply mix up to 2 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper or chili powder; a few drops of (biodegradable) dish soap; and 1 QUART of water and let it sit overnight.
TIP: You can use measuring spoons instead of a teaspoon. Either way is fine.
CAUTION! The ground cayenne pepper may clog the spray!
Use a strainer with tiny holes and a very fine cheese cloth as well. You can strain the concoction a few times. Using a very finely ground pepper should prevent the problem.
Or, you can also use hot sauce or liquid cayenne pepper instead.

TIP: shake your spray bottle frequently to avoid separation and apply spray only to infested plants

Again remember to use it on a cloudy day or when the area is shaded

*** PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU SPRAY ***

A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • You can start with a more diluted solution and increase amounts a little later. It’s always better to err in the side of caution.

– ALWAYS TEST SPRAY in a small area before doing a full application

  • Don’t forget to spray under the leaves, where many insects like to hide
  • Don’t spray on high heat or full sun-spray may burn the leaves! Try to avoid also spraying on distressed plants (for example, if they’re droopy or it’s very hot), as spray may cause harm.
  • Spray in the morning or evening, before dusk.
  • Reapply after rain.
  • To maintain, you can reapply once a week.

As I mentioned earlier the best weapon in my arsenal is COMPOST!
It will add nutrients, improve the soil structure, and the number of beneficial microbes. Plus, it’s a great way of reducing waste.
So, instead of throwing all the organic matter into the garbage next time, why not start composting?

https://www.hometalk.com/17441683/3-household-items-to-keep-your-garden-pests-at-bay

Procter & Gamble Launches Eco-Friendly Plant-Based Cleaning Product Line!

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By Sharon Vega

Procter & Gamble recently joined the Humane Society’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign, and began by making their Herbal Essences brand certified cruelty-free. They also seem to be moving in a more natural and eco-friendly direction with their new brand, Home Made Simple. The new lifestyle brand is plant-based and all the bottles are recyclable.

The new product line includes hand soap, dish soap, multipurpose cleaner, laundry detergent and fabric softener. Up to 95 percent of the formulas contain plant-derived ingredients and they’re all free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, phosphates, and dyes.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s actually a television show on Oprah’s OWN network. The concept came from a Procter & Gamble newsletter 15 years ago. Host of the show, Laila Ali says: “I am excited to continue my partnership with Home Made Simple as they expand into offering consumers a line of naturally inspired, plant-based cleaning products. As the host of Home Made Simple’s TV show, I meet a lot of families across the country that want products in their home that they can trust and, as a mom, I feel the same way. Home Made Simple has created this line for people just like us who are looking for an effective clean they can feel good about.”

The products are available in three scents: Rosemary, Lavender and Lemon, and since they use natural ingredients, they’re also gentle on skin. However, the line also has environmental benefits. All the Home Made Simple bottles are 100 percent recyclable and some of the bottles are made with 25 percent.

The products will be available on Amazon, Walmart, CVS and groceries. In the meantime, if you’re looking for natural products, check out 15 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for a Sparkling Home!

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/procter-gamble-launches-eco-friendly-plant-based-cleaning-product-line/

How to Use Coffee Grounds in the Garden

Before taking those spent coffee grounds to your yard, learn the facts about giving your garden a caffeine fix.

As clocks spring ahead to daylight saving time, that lost hour of sleep sends most of us reaching for a second cup of joe. In addition to a caffeine jolt, those extra cups create lots of used coffee grounds — at home and in shops around the country. If your favorite barista is bagging grounds to go for garden use, hit the pause button before you grab a few bags. Learn what you need to know about using coffee grounds in the garden.

If you tune into the grounds-for-gardens channel, you’ll learn that people count on used coffee grounds to do all kinds of things. Spread on planting beds like mulch, grounds are said to repel cats, fertilize soil, kill slugs and keep weeds at bay. A coffee mulch is also rumored to beckon earthworms and acidify soil. Other gardeners work coffee grounds into beds, swearing it aerates and acidifies soil.

Just the Java facts

There’s limited research on using coffee grounds in the garden, and much of what has been done involves:

tests to determine if grounds are acidic (mostly they are)
what happens as grounds break down (they eventually shift from acid to more or less neutral pH)
testing grounds on various agricultural crops (it either enhances or deters growth, depending on the plant)

As with most rumors, even the ones about coffee grounds contain a grain of truth. While coffee grounds have not been found to repel or kill pests, they do have some antimicrobial properties. In very specific controlled research conditions, grounds have suppressed some diseases (fungus rots and wilts) on spinach, bean, tomato and cucumber. Could you replicate those conditions in a garden setting? Likely not.

In terms of fertilizing soil, coffee grounds do have significant nitrogen content, which means they can help improve soil fertility. But because they also affect microorganisms in soil, plant growth and possibly soil pH, you don’t want to rely on coffee grounds as plant food.

Several independent pH tests on coffee grounds show that they tend to be acidic. In most cases, the grounds are too acidic to be used directly on soil, even for acid-loving plants like blueberries, azaleas and hollies.

Coffee grounds inhibit the growth of some plants, including geranium, asparagus fern, Chinese mustard and Italian ryegrass. Conversely, grounds (used as mulch and compost) improve yields of soybeans and cabbage. In other cases, grounds inhibit seed germination of clovers (red and white) and alfalfa. On the flip side, coffee grounds enhance sugar beet seed germination. The effects of coffee grounds on seeds and plants is variable, unreliable and tough to call.

Coffee Grounds for Gardens

So what’s the right course of action with coffee grounds? Follow these tips for the best success in repurposing grounds in your garden.

Compost ‘em. The safest way to use coffee grounds is adding to compost. Take care to add grounds so that they comprise only 10 to 20 percent of your total compost volume. Any higher, and they might inhibit good microbes from breaking down organic matter. Another way to approach this volume is to add 4 parts shredded leaves to 1 part coffee grounds (by weight). Some folks still suggest adding lime or wood ash to the compost to offset the initial acidity of the grounds. You can do that, but it’s not really necessary. If you want to do it, aim for a ratio of 1 cup of lime or ash to 10 pounds of grounds.
Spread thinly and cover. Using coffee grounds as a thick mulch isn’t a great idea because they tend to compact, forming a barrier that doesn’t let air or water pass. If you want to spread grounds on soil, use a thin layer (half an inch, tops) covered with a thicker layer (2-4 inches) of organic matter, such as shredded bark, wood chips or compost.
Shift soil pH. If your goal is to acidify notoriously alkaline soils west of the Mississippi River, take a soil test first to know your soil’s pH. If you need to acidify it, dig grounds into soil to a depth of 7 to 8 inches.

https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/planting-and-maintenance/how-to-use-coffee-grounds-in-the-garden

15 Cruelty-Free Lipsticks to Add to Your Makeup Bag! – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

A good shade of lipstick has the power to brighten your attire look and give you that extra bit of confidence to walk around like the boss you are! to feel good about the lipstick you’re using as well as yourself, it’s best to use cruelty-free products. This way you know that no animals were harmed in order for you to achieve your gorgeous look.💄

To help you out, we put together 15 beautiful cruelty-free lipsticks available on Amazon that you should check out. Some of them might just become your go-to and permanent additions to your makeup bag!🐇

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/15-cruelty-free-lipsticks-to-add-to-your-makeup-bag/

April is Earth Month

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She is home to all of us and she’s the only home we will ever have…

 

Make a Quick Phone Call To Tyson and McDonald’s to go Vegan

Petition Update

Apr 1, 2019 —

It’s April Fools’ Day, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some fun! But you can help make vegan food a reality on McDonald’s menu TODAY with a quick phone call to the fast food giant at 1-800-244-6227, option 2.

Tyson Foods recently announced plans to launch its own “alternative protein” after hearing from hundreds of thousands of you who are flocking from the poultry giant’s cruelty. What that protein will be is still unknown, but with Tyson’s major customer McDonald’s now dipping its toes into plant-based innovation at its Chicago HQ and in the UK, we wondered whether a Tyson veggie burger could be on the horizon for McDonald’s full US menu.

Just over a year ago, Compassion Over Killing’s investigation exposed horrific abuse in Tyson’s supply chain. Though the farm was not a McDonald’s supplier, chickens across the country suffer similar abuse in factory farms.

Since the investigation, Tyson, the nation’s largest poultry producer, has taken some promising steps: increasing its investment in vegan company Beyond Meat, introducing its own plant-based bowls, investing in mushroom protein, and now foreshadowing its own foray into vegan meats.

Last fall, Tyson snapped up McDonald’s major chicken nugget supplier, Keystone Foods, positioning itself as an even bigger partner to the fast-food chain. And in January, Tyson created the position of President of McDonald’s Global Business to focus even more heavily on its relationship with the massive fast food chain.

Meanwhile, as a powerful coalition of animal protection organizations, including Compassion Over Killing, campaigns against the suffering of chickens in McDonald’s supply chain, it, too is taking notice: First, it debuted the McVegan in Sweden and Finland, which was followed by its first-ever vegan burger in the US at its Chicago HQ, along with a vegan Happy Meal in the UK.

Millions of consumers are waking up to the miserable lives of birds in the chicken industry, who are bred to grow so unnaturally large so quickly that their legs often cripple under their morbidly obese bodies, and are crammed by the thousands in filthy, windowless sheds. Tyson and McDonald’s both have an opportunity to leap ahead into the plant-based revolution–instead of being left in the dust.

Spread your wings for these birds, and help make a Tyson veggie burger on McDonald’s menu a reality: Call McDonald’s at 1-800-244-6227, option 2, and politely ask for a vegan burger nationwide!

Don’t forget to let us know how your call went by emailing campaigns@cok.net. Thanks for helping us make compassionate eating business as usual.

Thanks to your support this petition has a chance at winning! We only need 28,701 more signatures to reach the next goal – can you help?Take the next step!

https://www.change.org/p/tyson-foods-stop-crippling-birds-with-rapid-growth/u/24368463?cs_tk=AiRnD-peAQ-jAqYmplwAAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvCJq1CDVPY4Z_JFH7eE0KIo%3D&utm_campaign=b3a5c156f01844f297bc33a9a891107b&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs

Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre ranch into a giant honeybee sanctuary to save the bees

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Farah R. | Positive Outlooks

Morgan Freeman has a long list of titles to his name – esteemed American actor, philanthropist, a narrator, film director, and most recently – beekeeper.

The Shawshank Redemption star has converted his 124-acre Mississipi ranch into a bee sanctuary, with a mission to help counter the decreasing population of these insects. Freeman first got his hands into beekeeping in 2014. He talked about this endeavor when he guested on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Prior to his appearance on the show, he had only been beekeeping for a few weeks.

During his interview, Freeman discussed his firsthand experience with the bees as well as the important role of these insects in the preservation of a healthy environment.

He spoke about why he started beekeeping, saying:

“There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation…”

26 beehives were imported from Arkansas to his ranch in Mississippi. He has been working with the bees by feeding them sugar water and admitted that he has never worn a bee suit and hat, revealing that they haven’t stung him yet. He also has no plans of harvesting their honey and disturbing their beehives for money.

“They haven’t [stung me] yet, because right now I’m not trying to harvest honey or anything, I’m just feeding them… I think they understand, “Hey, don’t bother this guy, he’s got sugar water here.”‘, he shared.

To encourage the bees to visit his home, he has been growing bee-friendly plants in the ranch such as lavenders, clovers, magnolia trees, etc.

Freeman’s venture into beekeeping couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The Environmental Protection Agency has listed Colony Collapse Disorder as a principal cause of bee population decline over the past five years.

If this decrease continues, a number of ecological and agricultural issues will arise, since bees are key plant pollinators. In fact, domestic and wild honeybees account for around 80 percent of worldwide pollination, according to data from Greenpeace.

The organization has reported that humans are responsible for the two main causes of declining bee populations: pesticides and habitat loss.

Bees have been dying due to other factors such as drought, nutrition deficit, global warming and air pollution among other factors.

Greenpeace suggested crucial steps that would help protect the bees significantly:

The elimination of the seven most dangerous pesticides
The preservation of wild habitat to protect pollinator health
The restoration of ecological agriculture

A big thanks to Morgan Freeman for doing his part to save the bees! May this inspire more people to follow his example and take their own steps in saving our planet.

Watch his interview below on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as he talks about his beekeeping venture.

https://positiveoutlooksblog.com/morgan-freeman-converted-ranch-to-bee-sanctuary/

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40 Years Ago: US President Jimmy Carter Pushed For Renewable Energy Funding After Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster

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Probably because he knew so much about nuclear power from the US nuclear Navy; had helped clean-up the Chalk River Nuclear Disaster in Canada,  while serving in the US Navy, and was US President during the Three Mile Island Nuclear Meltdown, Jimmy Carter tried to get massive investment in renewables research (NREL). He even had solar panels put on the White House. Had Carter had his way, we would not even be discussing nuclear power today. Nor would we be worried about climate change. Instead Reagan got in and funding was cut for renewable energy.  Reagan pulled the solar panels off of the White House. Forty years after Three Mile Island, instead of 100% renewables, we have dirty everything coups by Trump, Putin, and others: dirty energy, dirty money, dirty old men.  As the history of humanity makes clear, with abuse and exploitation of…

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How to Protect Your Car from Hail Damage Without parking???

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The sight of your beloved car being wrecked by a hail storm is certainly not pleasant.

In some cases, heartbreaking.  Especially, when it cost you a fortune.

So, what can you do to escape the devastating wrath of the hail-storm?

Apparently, a lot.

With some simple steps, you can escape the terrible fury of this white monster AKA hail-storm.

Following are some of the tips that you can follow to safeguard your car against hail storm.

Sign Up For Weather Alerts

There is an old (and gold) saying that precaution is better than prevention.

No matter who said that, but they are damn right.

The knowledge of a hail storm prior to the event will give you enough time to take appropriate precautions.

This way, you won’t have to prepare an emergency plan at the eleventh hour and can totally ensure that your car is safely tucked away before the…

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FDA Warning Update: Darwin’s Natural Dog Food | Dog Food Advisor

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FDA Warning: Darwin’s Natural Dog Food | Dog Food Advisor
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March 26, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets 3 lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food after samples from these lots tested positive for Salmonella.

No images were provided by the FDA in its announcement.

The following image was previously retrieved from the brand’s website and is provided in good faith by The Dog Food Advisor. It may (or may not) be an accurate representation of the affected products.

What Products Are Affected?

The codes for each product affected are listed in the second group of numbers found just below the

barcode on the package.

Here are the affected products:

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs
Package: 5309(11)181019
Manufacture Date: October 19, 2018
Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs
Package: 5375(11)181106
Manufacture Date: November 11, 2018
Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Turkey Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs
Package: 5339(11)18102Manufacture Date: October 26, 2018

These products are manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products.

They are sold online direct to consumers.

What Caused This Alert?

The FDA is issuing this alert because the affected lots of Darwin’s raw dog food represent a serious threat to human and animal health.

They are are considered adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain Salmonella bacteria.

The FDA collected and analyzed unopened samples of products from these 3 lots in response to a consumer complaint.

Samples from all three lots tested positive for Salmonella.

Because these products are sold and stored frozen, the FDA is concerned that people may still have them in their possession.

About Salmonella

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness and death in humans and animals, especially those who are very young, very old, or have weak immune systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

Most people recover without treatment. But in some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms of Salmonella infection.

Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with Salmonella, but signs can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level. If your pet has these symptoms, consult a veterinarian promptly. You should also be aware that infected pets can shed the bacteria in their feces without showing signs of being sick.

Consult a veterinarian if your pet has symptoms of Salmonella infection.

Read the Company’s Response

Here’s a https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/fda-warning-darwins/ to the Press Release which includes the company’s response to the FDA warning.

What to Do?

If you have any of the affected Darwin’s Natural Pet Products in your possession, stop feeding it to your pets.

Discard the product in a secure container where other animals, including wildlife, cannot access it.

Consumers who have had the affected products in their homes should clean refrigerators and freezers where they were stored.

Clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with.

Clean up the pet’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.

Consumers should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the recalled product or cleaning up potentially contaminated items and surfaces.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to https://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/fda-warning-darwins/

Recycle: Limiting & Eliminating

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I just started recycling about 6 months ago, and am baffled as to why I was never concerned with it before! I remember any time I moved, I would contact the county trash service and would always be asked, “Would you like to add a recycling bin at no additional charge?” I would always reply, “No thank you.” thinking that I would never remember to do it, and throwing things away were just “so much easier” in my mind. I never thought about the consequences of throwing things away that could be reused.

Why we should limit and eliminate our plastic use:

After researching facts documented in 2018, I’ve learned that over 8 billion tons of plastic each year is disposed of, and less than 10% is actually recycled. Of that 8  billion tons, almost 13 million tons each year is dumped into our oceans. This impacts marine animals, coral…

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Florida Manatee Deaths up Almost 50% in 2018

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A Florida manatee looking at the camera.
Florida manatee deaths rose significantly in 2018. Here’s Looking at You Kid – Meet a Florida Manatee by the U.S. Geological Survey. Public Domain.

Here’s a heart-breaking story by John R. Platt and Dipika Kadaba of The Revelator. It turns out that 824 Florida manatees died last year, almost 50% more than in 2017.

Those 824 mortalities (deaths) represent 13% of the Florida manatee population, and many of them were caused by people – either directly or indirectly.

The Revelator released a video that goes into more detail about why so many manatees died last year. Click below to watch it, and be sure to visit this link for the original story.

Video by The Revelator about the dramatic rise in Florida manatee mortalities in 2018.

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Don’t feed pelicans. Fish carcasses can tear pouches, resulting in death (Florida, USA)

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This brown pelican had a torn pouch after eating at least one fish carcass. Rehabilitators at Key West Wildlife Center fixed its pouch, but its exposed trachea resulted in pneumonia. It died 1 month later. Photo credit : Key West Wildlife Center

March 25th, 2019. KEY WEST, Fla. – Wildlife officials in Florida and experts as far south as Key West are trying to push one message : Don’t feed pelicans.

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Success! Cruel Beagle Fungicide Test Ends at Corteva Agriscience | Care2 Causes

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Less than a week after the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released the disturbing report that 36 beagles were being force-fed a fungicide in a test commissioned by Coreteva Agriscience, a division of Dow DuPont, the company announced it will end this terrible study.

An undercover HSUS investigator at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan discovered that the beagles were being fed Adavelt, a new Coreteva Agriscience fungicide, in gelatin capsules for a year. According to the report released March 12, some of these dogs “were being subjected to very high doses – so high that up to four capsules had to be shoved down their throats.”

All the surviving beagles were scheduled to be euthanized in July. Their organs would then be removed and examined for any damage from the fungicide.

This study is horrible for many reasons. For one thing, it does not replicate how Adavelt would be ingested by humans. Even worse, the United States government hasn’t even required this test for over 10 years, ever since scientists realized it provides no worthwhile information.

Corteva Agriscience said it had to conduct the test—which it admitted was unnecessary—to meet a Brazilian regulatory requirement. However, Brazil’s pesticide authority, ANVISA, told the HSUS it will waive the test for companies that don’t want to conduct it.

At Corteva Agriscience’s request, ANVISA sent a formal, written version of this policy to the entire Brazilian pesticide industry. But Conteva Agriculture refused to stop the test until the industry received confirmation that it was no longer required. If that confirmation took longer than four months, those beagles would die in July.

The HSUS and Humane Society International (HSI) have been working for months to make Corteva Agriscience end its cruel fungicide test and release the beagles, so they can find loving homes. More than 122,000 people signed HSUS’ petition on Care2 making this demand.

On March 18, just six days after the HSUS released its report, Corteva Agriscience announced it had secured a waiver from ANVISA and had immediately ended the test. The company promised it would make “every effort” to rehome the beagles.

We’ve been working to refine, reduce, & replace animal tests for years. Today we’re pleased to announce our efforts resulted in a waiver & we can stop the study. We’ll make every effort to rehome the animals. Please read our full statement. pic.twitter.com/SQc5RJg41M

— Corteva Agriscience™ (@corteva) March 18, 2019

“We applaud Corteva for making the right decision,” Kitty Block, HSUS president and CEO, wrote on her blog. “The company has been a valuable partner to us in the past on important measures to decrease animal testing and we hope that we can work with them on a happy ending for these dogs.”

The surviving beagles owe their lives to the efforts of the HSUS and HSI, as well as everyone around the world who urged Corteva Agriscience to stop the test. Here’s hoping the HSUS is successful again in finding loving homes for every one of these survivors.

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are some guidelines to help you get started, and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

https://www.care2.com/causes/success-cruel-beagle-fungicide-test-ends-at-corteva-agriscience.html

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Mass Migration of Painted Lady Butterflies Entrances Californians

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Painted lady butterflies landing on a cherry tree as they migrated north through Encinitas, Calif.CreditCreditMike Blake/Reuters

Swarms of any other insect might provoke fears of a coming apocalypse, but clouds of butterflies migrating through Southern California are captivating onlookers who are relishing the otherworldly spectacle.

The orange butterflies, called painted ladies, are known to travel annually from the deserts of Southern California to the Pacific Northwest. This month, people are taking notice because of the sheer size of the migration: Scientists estimate the teeming painted ladies number in the millions.

Substantial rainfall in the deserts near the Mexican border, where the North American painted ladies lay their eggs, is the reason for the unusually large swarms. The rain caused plants to thrive, giving the painted lady caterpillars plenty of food to fuel their transformation, said Arthur M. Shapiro, a professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis.

To human observers, the painted ladies move with speed and intention, as if they have somewhere to be. They can fly as fast as 25 miles per hour.

“The striking thing is they’re moving very rapidly and directionally,” said Professor Shapiro, who has studied butterfly migrations in California for more than 40 years. “So it’s almost like being in a hail of bullets.”

They tend not to veer from oncoming cars, which can prove troublesome in Los Angeles traffic. When the painted ladies smash into a windshield, the result is a glob of yellow, butter-like ooze. That’s the result of the butterfly’s stored fat, used to make the long journey north, Professor Shapiro said.

Monika Moore, a butterfly enthusiast who lives in Fullerton, Calif., said she noticed that the mass moves in a strange way. The butterflies will fly low to the ground in an open field or yard, but when they encounter a tall building, they will fly over it — creating a “funky” up-and-down dipping pattern, said Ms. Moore, who has a Facebook page called California Butterfly Lady.

“They’re in a hurry, like the rabbit in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” she said. “They have a very important date.”

This year, the painted lady migration in California appears to have veered off its customary course. Professor Shapiro said that if the painted ladies were following their annual pattern, they should have arrived in Northern California about a week ago, yet they appear to be staying in Southern California.

One possible explanation, Professor Shapiro said, is that there has been such abundant rain and plant growth in Southern California that the butterflies have settled down and reproduced there.

Professor Shapiro reported on Sunday evening that he had seen nine painted ladies near where he lives in the Northern California.

“Presumably these are the vanguard,” he wrote in an email. “We’re off and running.”

The explosion of plant growth in Southern California that has fueled this migration of butterflies is in itself a spectacle. The growth of colorful wildflowers, called a super bloom, has attracted a steady stream of tourists. In 2017, wildflower blooms in Southern California were so dense that they were visible from space.

[One of our reporters visited Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a site of the super bloom.]

Substantial rainfall in the deserts near the Mexico border, where the North American painted ladies lay their eggs, has fueled this year’s unusually large swarms.CreditJohn Francis Peters for The New York Times

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Substantial rainfall in the deserts near the Mexico border, where the North American painted ladies lay their eggs, has fueled this year’s unusually large swarms.CreditJohn Francis Peters for The New York Times

Although this year’s butterfly migration is significant, it pales in comparison with the swarms of 2005. That year, scientists estimated more than a billion butterflies traveled across California. Cars on California highways looked as if they had been splattered with raw eggs.

As the painted ladies linger in the southern part of the state, Californians are getting a prolonged look at the clouds of flapping orange wings.

On an overcast day last week, Jessica McGhee biked to the waterfront in Redondo Beach to collect plastics to use to make art. Ms. McGhee said she saw a couple of butterflies flit by, then a few more. Soon they flew by in the dozens, and then in the hundreds.

“I felt like I was in a Disney movie”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/17/us/migrating-painted-lady-butterflies.html#click=https://t.co/M2DBSnEFPM

Oil Leak In Solomon Islands Potentially Wreaking Havoc On World’s Largest Raised Coral Atoll – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson

An environmental crisis continues in the Solomon Islands as for more than month, a cargo ship off the coast of Rennell Island in the Kangava Bay has been leaking oil into the waters. This site also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site as it is the world’s largest raised coral atoll.

The ship, a 740-foot-long ship called the Solomon Trader ran aground on February 5, 2019 where it was carrying more than 700 metric tons of oil according the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said Tuesday. So far, CNN affiliate Radio NZ has reported that the wreck has released more than 100 tons of oil into the sea that holds one of the most important coral atolls in the world.

While a large amount of the oil still remains in the ship, there is a high risk that the remaining oil on board could leak into the sea. According to the DFAT, the oil had spread about three and half miles and has begun to wash up onshore.

Speaking to the New York Times, Simon Albert, a marine ecologist at the University of Queensland explained that the spill is likely to cause long therm damage to the coral and local ecosystem.

When coral comes in contact with oil, it can either kill the coral polyps direct or significantly impact reproduction, growth, and behavior over the a long period of time. What this means is that this coral, which is already struggling to survive due to bleaching events and ocean acidification, will be impacted for generations of coral to come.

While the future will be problematic, there are already environmental impacts occurring according to Radio NZ. Loti Yates, the director of the Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office, told them that dead fish have been washing up on beaches.

“There are dead fish and crabs and all that,” Yates said. “The fumes that is coming out from the oil is also affecting communities and I just had a report it’s also impacting on the chicken and birds.”

The site is the largest raised coral atoll in the world, according to UNESCO, which said in a statement this week the leak is taking place just outside the World Heritage site.

The ship ran aground when it was attempting to load cargo of bauxite in the Solomon Island when Cyclone Oma pushed in into a reef. The ship is based out of Hong-Kong and insured by a Korean company.

Thus far, the company attempted to try and use a tugboat to move the ship but this only made matters worse as it pushed it further into the reef. Since then, Australian officials are supporting the Solomon Islands in efforts to mitigate ecological damage. The DFAT said the Australian government has deployed special equipment and an eight-person response crew from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

The companies are now working on transferring the remaining 600 metric tons of fuel oil on the ship to different tanks which will be pumped onto a separate barge that is en route.

They’ve also started deploying oil spill booms to contain the spread, and have begun cleaning along the shoreline, the statement said.

http://seavoicenews.com/2019/03/12/oil-leak-in-solomon-islands-potentially-wreaking-havoc-on-worlds-largest-raised-coral-atoll/

KOMMONSENTSJANE – HOW TO STOP “ANONYMOUS PHONE CALLS ON YOUR LANDLINE.”

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How to stop ‘Anonymous’ phone calls on your landline

Posted on March 16, 2019  ~Eowyn

Last year, I did a post on “Why the FTC’s Do Not Call registry doesn’t stop those annoying robo-calls — and how you can stop them”.

After I signed on to a service called Nomorobo, which blocks robo-calls free for landline phones but costs $1.99 a month for mobile phones, most of the robo-calls I get indeed are blocked. How I know is when a call comes in, the phone only rings once, then the call is referred to Nomorobo.

But Nomorobo (to which I donated) still does not block all nuisance calls. I’ve noticed that some calls still get through, which my landline phone’s Caller ID identifies as “Anonymous”.

Well, there is a way to block “Anonymous” calls as well! Alas, it works only with some landline phones — Xfinity, AT&T and Verizon, but…

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The Irish Tricolour (trídhathach na hÉireann) Flag

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Presented as a gift in 1848 to Thomas Francis Meagher from a small group of French women sympathetic to the Irish cause, it was intended to symbolise the inclusion and hoped-for union between Roman Catholics and Protestants, the significance of the colours outlined by Meagher was, “The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between Orange and Green and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.” [1]

Blessing of the Colours by Lavery (cropped)

Michael Collins “Love of Ireland” by Lavery 1922
Church of Ireland “protestant” from West Cork, Sam Maguire recruited Michael Collins to the Irish Republican Brotherhood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Maguire Parnell was also a Church of Ireland member.

From Wikipedia:
The national flag of Ireland (Irish: bratach na hÉireann) – frequently referred to as the Irish tricolour (trídhathach na hÉireann) –…

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Petition: China: don’t wipe out the Tapanuli orangutan

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by: Mighty Earth
recipient: Bank of China and Sinohydro

The Tapanuli orangutan–the rarest primate in the world–is on the cusp of being obliterated by two Chinese state-owned entities. The Bank of China is funding and Sinohydro is building a dam that would permanently slice up the Tapanuli’s only habitat, and lead it to a near-certain fate of extinction.

The Tapanuli was first identified in 2017, a finding which drew headlines throughout the world. It marked the first time since 1929 that a new Great Ape species was discovered. The Tapanuli is one of just eight species of Great Ape worldwide (including humans).

With a population of just 800, the Tapanuli is already struggling to survive. It is facing dire threats from poaching, deforestation, and climate change. The Chinese-backed dam in the heart of their habitat would doubtless prove itself a death knell they can no longer overcome.

To save the Tapanuli, we must convince the Bank of China and Sinohydro to stop the Batang Toru dam. Following a widespread day of protest in 14 countries, Bank of China announced their intention to reevaluate the project. Given that the dam would permanently fragment the Tapanuli’s only habitat, any objective analysis would conclude that this orangutan has virtually no chance of survival if construction proceeds.

In all of written human history, no species of of Great Ape has ever been brought to extinction. This could soon no longer be the case.

Clearing for the dam has already begun. The next few weeks and months mark our best–and only–chance to save the Tapanuli before it’s too late.

Tell Bank of China and Sinohydro: Save the Tapanuli orangutan. Stop the Batang Toru dam.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/626/216/887/

 

End Soybean Deforestation in Tropical Rainforests

Thousands of rare plant and animals species are in danger due to soybean deforestation. Sign the petition to demand that the government act to protect its tropical rainforests and the species that call them home.

Source: End Soybean Deforestation in Tropical Rainforests

Release Dogs Slated to Be Killed by Dow Chemical Company

Thirty-six innocent beagles are to be put to death in July, after a year of torturous testing by the Dow Chemical Company. Over 60,000 dogs are captured and forced into testing facilities every year, with many dying due to repeated exposure to toxic chemicals; it is a miracle these 36 survived at all, and they do not deserve to be disposed of like tools after all they suffered. Sign this petition to stop the pointless killing of these dogs.

Source: Release Dogs Slated to Be Killed by Dow Chemical Company