May 19, 2015 @ 01:32 am Sun Fan
More and more, people are wising up to the damage we’ve done to the earth and working hard at fixing it. I think this quote by Aldo Leopold sums it up well:
“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.”
One of those marks of death is the sudden and massive deaths of whales and their subsequent washing ashore.
It’s no secret that our oceans are suffering. There are huge islands of plastic the size of entire countries floating in nearly every ocean, and some of that plastic is being found in the stomachs of these dead, beached whales.
In the summer of July 2013, a sperm whale found itself stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. The whale had swallowed 37 pounds of plastic.
In April of 2010, a gray whale died stranded on a West Seattle beach. it was found to have eaten 20 plastic bags, surgical gloves, towels, plastic pieces, duct tape, and other detritus.
In March of 2013, a dead sperm whale on Spain’s south coast was found to have swallowed 17 kg of plastic waste.
And the stories go on and on and on like that. Whales are dying, washing ashore, and we’re finding them full of plastic.
Our planet is clearly calling on us to take action, and of course we feel the need to bring solutions to you for these problems. There are inventive people like this one, a teenager that developed a system to free the ocean of plastic. Of course, you can start in your community too by clearing waterways of trash and picking up litter wherever you find it.
Feb 16, 2015 @ 03:58 am Sun Fan
After this sheep struggled to survive as a newborn, she was taken in by a loving home and adopted her new owners' pack of border collies. Because of her upbringing, she is now convinced that she is a dog and acts more like a collie than a sheep.
Feb 3, 2015 @ 02:07 am Sun Fan
Baltimore County grand jury indicted Terrence Cody on animal cruelty charges on the same day the Ravens officially terminated the contract of the veteran defensive lineman.
Cody, who faces 15 counts, including two felony charges, turned himself in after a warrant was issued. He was processed at Precinct 3 and released on $10,000 bail, according to Baltimore County police. His arraignment hadn’t been scheduled as of late Monday afternoon.
Cody, a former second-round pick by the Ravens who made little impact in five seasons with the team and played in just one game this past season, also faces charges for illegal possession of an alligator, abuse or neglect of the animal, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
But the most serious charge is two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, stemming from the death of one of his dogs, a Bullmastiff. If convicted, the crime is punishable by a maximum of three years in prison per charge and a $5,000 fine.
Peter Schaffer, Cody’s agent, told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview Monday night that the case against his client is flawed. He said late last month that Cody had taken the dog to the veterinarian and the dog subsequently died.
“This is all a result of the NFL allowing players to be convicted before they’re tried,” Schaffer said. “If Terrence wasn’t a public figure, they wouldn’t have ever charged him. It’s just ridiculous.
“If he was treating the dog so poorly, why would he take it to the veterinarian? They are trying to say he wanted the dog dead, which makes no sense because he loved the dog.”
Do you know anything about domestic violence? SAME THING!
The Ravens announced plans to release Cody on Jan. 23, an unusual step considering the defensive lineman was due to become an unrestricted free agent in March. They didn’t provide a reason for his release at the time, though it quickly became clear that the Ravens, who had five players arrested last offseason, wanted to distance themselves from Cody.
Elise Armacost, the director of communications for Baltimore County police, confirmed shortly after the move that Cody was being investigated for animal cruelty.
Monday marked the first day that the Ravens were allowed to officially terminate Cody’s contract, per league rules preventing roster cuts before the Super Bowl. Shortly after the Ravens made the announcement Monday that Cody was officially released, Baltimore County police announced that Cody had been indicted.
Cody already faced an uncertain future given that the 26-year-old played just nine snaps this past season and has had surgeries on both of his hips the past two years. If he’s convicted, Cody likely would be subject to discipline by the league for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
“He’s done nothing wrong,” Schaffer said. “This could potentially affect his career adversely, and I’m not going to let it happen. This is a quality young man who’s a true animal lover. He wouldn’t hurt a fly, let alone a dog.”
Along with the two felony accounts of aggravated animal cruelty, Cody is charged with five misdemeanor counts of animal abuse or neglect involving the dog. That count is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
John Cox, deputy state's attorney for Baltimore County, said Cody isn't under suspicion of dog fighting.
Schaffer said the dog, which Cody paid $8,000 to get from Spain, got sick once before recovering and then fell ill again.
The vet obviously reported him!
“This was his favorite animal,” Schaffer said. “He’s still heartbroken. He’s so genuine. He would never hurt an animal. This is sad.”
In addition to the charges related to the dog, Cody was assessed one count of illegal possession of an alligator, and five counts of animal abuse or neglect of the alligator. The latter charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Cody also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. While Cody has been a disappointment on the field, this is his first known bout with trouble off of it.
Cody played 57 games over five seasons with the Ravens and was credited with 87 tackles and two passes defended. A former standout in college at Alabama, Cody was taken by the Ravens in the second round of the 2010 draft.
But he’ll go down as one of general manager Ozzie Newsome’s biggest draft misses.
Jan 30, 2015 @ 02:00 am Sun Fan
The number of vegans in New Zealand is skyrocketing, and according to a recent New Zealand Herald article, the increase is fueled by a motivation to help prevent disease, environmental degradation, and animal suffering on factory farms.
“A decade ago, the vegan diet was considered whacky, if not plain risky. Vegans were seen as un-fun characters who lived on dandelion tea and brown rice. Now, eating vegan is seriously cool,” explains the author.
Here are eight other countries that are ditching meat and embracing delicious plant-based foods:
An article published in The Guardian last year highlights the growing population of vegetarians and vegans in Spain.
According to the article, “Spanish people have a reputation as diehard meat eaters. But in recent years, as the number of vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Spain has doubled, there are signs of change.” The author continues, “The idea that we should, at the very least, eat less meat is increasingly common in Spain, as in many other parts of Europe.”
2. The United Kingdom
A whopping one in eight British adults now follows a vegetarian or vegan diet.
While 12 percent of the total population has decided to ditch meat, that percentage jumps to 20 for people between the ages of 16 and 24. And that’s not all: millions more in the UK are “flexitarians” and have dramatically cut back on their meat consumption.
Nearly 10 percent of the country now identifies as vegetarian or vegan, with young people leading the way.
According to a poll conducted by Animal Rights Sweden, in the last five years, the number of Swedish vegetarians has increased by 4 percent!
An article published by JSpace News last year showcases the growing vegan population in Israel, estimating that at the time of publication there were nearly 300,000 vegans in this tiny country, making up 4 percent of the total population.
The author explains, “That makes Israel the vegan capital of the world, with more people per capita eschewing all animal products in their diet than any other nation.”
If you thought India couldn’t get more veg-friendly, think again! Last year, the Indian city Palitana became the first all-vegetarian city in the world.
Behind this revolutionary change are the Jain monks who went on a hunger strike to pressure the state of Gujarat to outlaw animal slaughter in their city. The hunger strike was successful and the Gujarat government imposed a ban on animal slaughter and outlawed the sale of meat and eggs.
Germany is home to over 7 million vegetarians and is experiencing an increasing demand for plant-based products. Even the 200-year-old Oktoberfest, a meat-laden annual German beer festival, has taken notice, and is offering delicious vegan versions of traditional favorites.
In addition, the ambitious owner of Veganz, an all-vegan supermarket chain based in Germany, is now boasting a goal of opening 60 more stores by 2020, due to popular demand!
Results from a survey of Canadian food consumption for 2013 reflect a nearly 10 percent drop in meat consumption since 2001. While a general decrease was noted across the meat categories, the greatest decline was seen in pork consumption, with a decrease of 4.5 percent.
And just last month, The Huffington Post Canada highlighted Canada’s growing trend away from the consumption of milk. In fact, milk consumption has fallen 25 percent as more and more people opt for delicious plant-based alternatives, such as almond milk and soy milk.
8. United States
Here in the U.S., private investors are putting millions into vegan food start-ups like Beyond Meat, which had Microsoft mogul Bill Gates singing its praises, or Hampton Creek Foods, which garnered the attention of Asia’s richest businessman, Li Ka-Shing, along with a $23 million investment.
And global market research company Mintel recently found that 36 percent of Americans purchase meat alternatives at least some of the time.
With more and more people moving away from meat, there’s never been a better time to add more vegetarian foods to your diet.
You can order your FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide here.
Jan 30, 2015 @ 01:52 am Sun Fan
Mercy for Animals asked random people at a music festival to take a few minutes and watch how animals suffer on modern-day factory farms. Their reactions speak volumes. Have a look:
Nov 7, 2014 @ 11:48 pm Sun Fan
It won’t be long before much of the country is buried under a blanket of white. This is the time of year when negligent animal care can turn into serious, life-threatening emergencies—especially for animals kept outdoors.
When local governments are faced with having to seize a large number of animals, including cats, dogs and horses neglected or abandoned during the winter months, they often turn to the ASPCA for assistance. Through grants and in-person staff deployments, the ASPCA helps sheriff’s offices, shelters and animal control agencies carry out these critical rescue missions.
Agencies around the country rely on the ASPCA’s help an expertise. We have already given 21 large-scale seizure/rehabilitation support grants (total $139,500) to equine rescue groups around the country. We expect these requests to skyrocket as the mercury dips, and winter rescues present unique challenges that can cause expenses to soar.
As you budget your holiday spending and pick out the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, remember the animals who are out there in the cold. Please consider making a donation today to help save at-risk animals this winter and all year long.
Sep 13, 2014 @ 12:58 pm Sun Fan
Ten years after the World Trade Center attack, the working dog community comes together to honor the dog teams that worked at Ground Zero.
Sep 1, 2014 @ 04:21 pm Sun Fan
On August 25th, we reported that police and bullfight fans attacked protesters in Southwestern France after they entered the arena in an attempt to stop or delay the bullfight. Here is raw footage of the brave activists occupying the arena and then being dragged, attacked and pepper-sprayed by the police.
One day, this footage will be in a Museum of Animal rights. In the meantime, we must continue to make history by participating in or supporting non-violent direct action, as shown in this video.
Jul 15, 2014 @ 12:07 pm Sun Fan
Liam Neeson – while he won’t be getting an academy award for this performance, he might be acknowledged for total fabrication, spin and fantasy.
I finally got around to viewing the recent documentary about NYC’s carriage horses. It is narrated by smooth talking Liam Neeson with his charming Irish brogue. Yes the man is easy to listen to and believe.
For those who do not know, Neeson is a big supporter of the carriage trade and is quite willing to lie through this teeth to make his point.
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