Guest Post: Unprecedented ‘Mass Die Offs’ As Pacific Ocean “Turning Into a Desert” Off California Coast ~ ZeroHedge


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“Ocean’s dying, plankton’s dying… it’s people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They’re making our food out of people. Next thing they’ll be breeding us like cattle for food. You’ve gotta tell them. You’ve gotta tell them!”

It was the dying cry of Charlton Heston in the creepy 1973 film Soylent Green… and it could resemble our desperate near future.

The ocean is dying, by all accounts – and if so, the food supply along with it. The causes are numerous, and overlapping. And massive numbers of wild animal populations are dying as a result of it.

Natural causes in the environment are partly to blame; so too are the corporations of man; the effects of Fukushima, unleashing untold levels of radiation into the ocean and onto Pacific shores; the cumulative effect of modern chemicals and agricultural waste tainting the water and disrupting reproduction.

A startling new report says in no uncertain terms that the Pacific Ocean off the California coast is turning into a desert. Once full of life, it is now becoming barren, and marine mammals, seabirds and fish are starving as a result. According to Ocean Health:

The waters of the Pacific off the coast of California are a clear, shimmering blue today, so transparent it’s possible to see the sandy bottom below […] clear water is a sign that the ocean is turning into a desert, and the chain reaction that causes that bitter clarity is perhaps most obvious on the beaches of the Golden State, where thousands of emaciated sea lion pups are stranded.

 

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Over the last three years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has noticed a growing number of strandings on the beaches of California and up into the Pacific north-west. In 2013, 1,171 sea lions were stranded, and 2,700 have already stranded in 2015 – a sign that something is seriously wrong, as pups don’t normally wind up on their own until later in the spring and early summer.

 

“[An unusually large number of sea lions stranding in 2013 was a red flag] there was a food availability problem even before the ocean got warm.” Johnson: This has never happened before… It’s incredible. It’s so unusual, and there’s no really good explanation for it. There’s also a good chance that the problem will continue, said a NOAA research scientist in climatology, Nate Mantua.

 

Experts blame a lack of food due to unusually warm ocean waters. NOAA declared an El Nino, the weather pattern that warms the Pacific, a few weeks ago. The water is three and a half to six degrees warmer than the average, according to Mantua, because of a lack of north wind on the West Coast. Ordinarily, the north wind drives the current, creating upwelling that brings forth the nutrients that feed the sardines, anchovies and other fish that adult sea lions feed on.

Fox News added:

The warm water is likely pushing prime sea lion foods — market squid, sardines and anchovies — further north, forcing the mothers to abandon their pups for up to eight days at a time in search of sustenance.

 

The pups, scientists believe, are weaning themselves early out of desperation and setting out on their own despite being underweight and ill-prepared to hunt.

 

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“These animals are coming in really desperate. They’re at the end of life. They’re in a crisis … and not all animals are going to make it,” said Keith A. Matassa, executive director at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, which is currently rehabilitating 115 sea lion pups.

The same is true of seabirds on the Washington State coast:

In the storm debris littering a Washington State shoreline, Bonnie Wood saw something grisly: the mangled bodies of dozens of scraggly young seabirds. Walking half a mile along the beach at Twin Harbors State Park on Wednesday, Wood spotted more than 130 carcasses of juvenile Cassin’s auklets—the blue-footed, palm-size victims of what is becoming one of the largest mass die-offs of seabirds ever recorded. “It was so distressing,” recalled Wood, a volunteer who patrols Pacific Northwest beaches looking for dead or stranded birds. “They were just everywhere. Every ten yards we’d find another ten bodies of these sweet little things.”

 

“This is just massive, massive, unprecedented,” said Julia Parrish, a University of Washington seabird ecologist who oversees the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a program that has tracked West Coast seabird deaths for almost 20 years. “We may be talking about 50,000 to 100,000 deaths. So far.” (source)

100,000 doesn’t necessarily sound large, statistically speaking, but precedent in the history of recorded animal deaths suggests that it is, in fact massive. Even National Geographic is noting that these die off events are “unprecedented.” Warmer water is indicated for much of the starvation faced by many of the dead animals.

Last year, scientists sounded the alarm over the death of millions of star fish, blamed on warmer waters and ‘mystery virus':

Starfish are dying by the millions up and down the West Coast, leading scientists to warn of the possibility of localized extinction of some species. As the disease spreads, researchers may be zeroing in on a link between warming waters and the rising starfish body count. (source)

 

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The epidemic, which threatens to reshape the coastal food web and change the makeup of tide pools for years to come, appears to be driven by a previously unidentified virus, a team of more than a dozen researchers from Cornell University, UC Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other institutions reported Monday. (source)

Changing temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, driven by the natural cycle of gyres over decades, shifts wildlife populations, decimating the populations of species throughout the food chain, proving how fragile the balance of life in the ocean really is.

Recently, the collapse of the sardine population has created a crisis for fisheries and marine wildlife alike on the West Coast:

Commercial fishing for sardines off of Canada’s West Coast is worth an estimated $32 million – but now they are suddenly gone. Back in October, fisherman reported that they came back empty-handed without a single fish after 12 hours of trolling and some $1000 spent on fuel.

 

Sandy Mazza, for the Daily Breeze, reported a similar phenomenon in central California: “[T]he fickle sardines have been so abundant for so many years – sometimes holding court as the most plentiful fish in coastal waters – that it was a shock when he couldn’t find one of the shiny silver-blue coastal fish all summer, even though this isn’t the first time they’ve vanished.” [emphasis added]

 

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“Is it El Nino? Pacific Decadal Oscillation? [La] Nina? Long-term climate change? More marine mammals eating sardines? Did they all go to Mexico or farther offshore? We don’t know. We’re pretty sure the overall population has declined. We manage them pretty conservatively because we don’t want to end up with another Cannery Row so, as the population declines, we curb fishing.” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) official Kerry Griffin. (source)

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the worst events have wiped out 90% of animal populations, falling short of extinction, but creating a rupture in food chains and ecosystems.

And environmental factors are known to be a factor, with pollution from chemicals dumped by factories clearly tied to at least 20% of the mass die off events of wildlife populations that have been investigated, and many die offs implicated by a number of overlapping factors. The Daily Mail reported:

Mass die-offs of certain animals has increased in frequency every year for seven decades, according to a new study.

Researchers found that such events, which can kill more than 90 per cent of a population, are increasing among birds, fish and marine invertebrates.

The reasons for the die-offs are diverse, with effects tied to humans such as environmental contamination accounting for about a fifth of them.

Farm runoff from Big Agra introduces high levels of fertilizers and pesticides which create oxygen-starved dead zones which fish and aquatic live is killed off. Also preset in agriculture waste are gender bending chemicals like those found in Atrazine, used in staple crop production, and antibiotics and hormones, used in livestock production, which creates hazardous runoff for fish populations:

Livestock excrete natural hormones – estrogens and testosterones – as well as synthetic ones used to bolster their growth. Depending on concentrations and fish sensitivity, these hormones and hormone mimics might impair wild fish reproduction or skew their sex ratios. (source)

Pharmaceutical contaminants are also to blame for changing the sex of fish and disrupting population numbers, while a study found that the chemicals in Prozac changed the behavior of marine life, and made shrimp many times more likely to “commit suicide” and swim towards the light where they became easy prey.

Fish farms also introduce a large volume of antibiotic and chemical pollution into oceans and waterways:

The close quarters where farmed fish are raised (combined with their unnatural diets) means disease occurs often and can spread quickly. On fish farms, which are basically “CAFOs of the sea,” antibiotics are dispersed into the water, and sometimes injected directly into the fish.

 

Unfortunately, farmed fish are often raised in pens in the ocean, which means not only that pathogens can spread like wildfire and contaminate any wild fish swimming past – but the antibiotics can also spread to wild fish (via aquaculture and wastewater runoff) – and that’s exactly what recent research revealed. (source)

Mass die offs of fish on the Brazilian coastline have linked to pollution from the dumping of raw sewage and garbage.

In the last few days it was reported that a massive die off of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico was connected by researchers to BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Evidence was found in a third of the cases of lesions in the adrenal gland, an otherwise rare condition linked with petroleum exposure. More than a fifth of the dolphins also suffered bacterial pneumonia, causing deadly lung infection that is likewise rarely seen in dolphin populations.

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Australia First Country to Place Immediate Ban on Lion Trophies


Ed. Note: Great move Australia! The next logical step is banning all exotic animal trophy body parts, globally. But, it won’t happen until WE the people demand it. It’s time to contact our representatives in Washington DC, protest and shun the owners of these “canned hunting” operations if they’re in your area, start or sign petitions and get creative. We are their voice, our soul brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom need our help. So it’s up to us to help raise awareness, compassion and calls for action by our “leaders” to come to their aid by banning import/export of trophy body parts. Then imposing and enforcing strict fines on those entity’s that continue to commit crimes against nature. Enough…

Things are slowly changing, attitudes are shifting but it can’t happen fast enough for captive lions or many other exotic animals on the verge of extinction from over-hunting and poaching. As a suggestion, a part of our daily meditation or prayer should include the safe and responsible release of all captive wildlife, the end to sport hunting and killing for profit of any kind.  Blessings and aloha! {~A~}

April 27th, 2015

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Australian environment minister Greg Hunt made a bold and important move for the welfare of lions by signing an order banning any import or export of any trophy body part of a lion.

Hunting of lions for sport, show, and profit has become a major problem for wild lion populations over the past 25 years especially.  A practice known as “canned hunting” has become unfortunately widespread in which lions are intentionally bred in captivity only to be more or less handed over to international hunters for sport.  Often times in these circumstances the lions are drugged or baited, further adding to the gruesome inhumanity of it.

Due to a multitude of factors, the lion population has fallen to 40,000, 50% less than it was 25 years ago, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.  There are many factors contributing to this such as habitat loss, human conflict, and skewing of the genetic balance within lion communities by removing large male lions for illegal hunting purposes.

Hunt announced the new policy during a “global march for lions” at Melbourne’s Federation Square and said the practice of canned hunting was “cruel” and “barbaric.”

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“It is about raising the most majestic of creatures for a singular purpose and that is to kill them, to shoot them for pleasure and for profit,” Hunt said.“It is done in inhumane conditions. It is involving things such as raising and then drugging and in many cases, baiting. It is simply not acceptable in our day, in our time, on our watch.”

The maximum penalty for wildlife trade offences in Australia is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $170,000 for individuals and up to $850,000 for corporations. Between 2010 and 2013 the bodies or parts of 91 lions were imported by hunters.

It is hoped that Hunt’s decision will provoke change internationally and prompt other nations to consider instating such bans to protect the threatened

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lion population.

“This decision reflects the Australian public’s abhorrence at the inhumane practice of canned hunting, in which lions are reared in captivity and hunted in enclosures,” said Isabel McCrea, IFAW’s regional director.

“We congratulate the minister for standing up for lion conservation and condemning the farming of lions for a thrill kill. We are now hopeful that New Zealand, the EU and USA will take similar steps.”

Sources: theguardian, themindunleashed

 

 

Update: All exotic animals from Tiger Safari in Tuttle have been found


Whew!! Interesting post-storm news story from tornado alley. Thank goodness the animals were found, an exotic animal on the loose in rural Oklahoma would likely get shot and hung on the wall as a trophy. Seriously, that’s “Deliverance” country…

UPDATE: The Grady County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that all of the animals have been accounted for.

TUTTLE, Okla. — The owners of Tiger Safari have confirmed that some of their exotic animals are on the loose.

The wildlife refuge was hit by a tornado in the May 6 storms, and some of the animals have escaped.

The refuge houses more than just tigers, but residents in the area are asked to stay inside.

If you see any of the animals, please call 911.

http://kfor.com/2015/05/06/exotic-animals-from-tiger-safari-on-the-loose-in-tuttle/

She Reunites A Horse With His Old Friend. Now Watch The Horse In Red…


Ed. Note: Beautiful, heartwarming reunion of three magnificent horses. Horse and animal lovers enjoy the love and grab some tissue, this is an amazing sight to see! Blessings and aloha, {~A~}

WATCH VIDEO

By Barbara Diamond

Do horses remember each other and have emotions? You’re about to find out, and I have a feeling it’ll bring tears to your eyes.

In December of 2012, Sue repurchased Arthur, a horse that she bred but had to eventually sell. During this period, two of Arthur’s playmates from “foalhood” came to stay with her. William had been with Arthur since they were foals and Harry arrived as a foal a year later. Harry and William have shared their lives with many other horses and ponies since Spring 2009.

Would Arthur — a thoroughbred sports horse now aged eight-and-a-half – have any memory at all of the two New Forest pony playmates with whom he shared his youth? And likewise, would William and Harry recognize that little thoroughbred guy who was once their best mate?

Sue arranged for their incredible reunion in an English field where William and Harry had once briefly lived. She enlisted filmmaker Bruce Selkirk to capture the reunion on camera. The five-minute film you’re about to see is the editing down of nearly an hour of extraordinary footage.

Keep in mind that Mustons Field, the place where all three horses grew up together, was already sold at the time of this reunion; there was nothing familiar to them, other than the hearts and souls of these three bonded friends.

Sue recently posted an update. “It is now April 2015 and I thought I would give you an update. Arthur, William and Harry are still all together and very happy, so am I! We now have a wonderful home in South Dartmoor where we run Adventures with Horses, Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning.”

Arthur, Harry, and William still live together to this day!

80% of antibiotics sold in America aren’t used to treat people


 

Published: Apr 29, 2015

Even antibiotic-free meat doesn’t mean animal never had drugs
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80% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on the livestock and poultry that consumers eat.

By Trey Williams, Reporter

You get sick, go to the doctor, take antibiotics and poof, all better. But of all the antibiotics sold in the U.S. each year, 80% are used on food-producing animals — not humans, according to the National Resources Defense Council.

Most of the chicken, beef, pork and turkey Americans consume daily has been pumped with antibiotics to cure sickness, prevent sickness or simply to induce growth.

That is becoming a major public-health issue, as it leads to antibiotic resistance.

Two million Americans contract serious infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, according to The Pew Charitable Trust. That results in approximately 23,000 deaths each year.

Finding meat without antibiotics is difficult. Of the 4.42 billion pounds of chicken bought in stores last year, just 5.9% was antibiotic-free, according to data from market research firm IRI.

Even that doesn’t mean the animal never was fed antibiotics. Meat labeled “antibiotic-free” usually means only that there are no antibiotics currently in the meat, said Austin Wilson, the environmental health project manager for the advocacy group As You Sow.

While there’s a growing push to reduce the use of antibiotics, few call for an outright ban.

“Chickens and cattle can get sick, just like people can get sick, and of course you have to treat them,” said Pew public health veterinarian Gail Hansen.

But giving the animals small doses of antibiotics to force growth and to prevent illness is problematic, according to Hansen. Small doses allow the good and bad bacteria in animals to adapt and become immune to antibiotics. Eating the meat over time, while perfectly OK, gives bacteria a chance to pass the immunity to other bacteria found in humans.

It’s not that the bacteria itself is bad. Bacteria is everywhere, all the time, even inside the body, Hansen points out. But when people do get sick from an infection, the antibiotics they’d normally receive are becoming less effective.

On Tuesday, Tyson Foods Inc. TSN, -1.02% became the latest meat supplier to announce plans to stop using necessary antibiotics in its poultry stock, though by 2017. Perdue Farms Inc., Chick-fil-A Inc. and McDonald’s Corp. MCD, +0.00% are all part of the trend to stop or reduce the use of antibiotics in their chicken.

See also: Pilgrim’s: No antibiotic for 25% of its chickens

According to the World Health Organization, without deterrent action, the world is headed for an era in which common infections can once again be life-threatening.

“We’re never going to get to the point where we have zero antibiotics in animals used for food,” Hansen said. “But we can at least get to a point where we’re at 50/50. I think that’s certainly doable in the next few years—whether that’s five or 10, I don’t know.”
More from MarketWatch.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/80-of-antibiotics-sold-in-america-arent-used-to-treat-people-2015-04-29

Jon Stewart and his wife are turning NJ farm into a sanctuary for rescued animals


by , 05/03/15
http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http://inhabitat.com/jon-stewart-and-his-wife-are-turning-nj-farm-into-a-sanctuary-for-rescued-animals/&layout=box_count&show_faces=false&width=60&action=like&colorscheme=light&height=45It’s pretty much the understatement of the century to say that Jon Stewart, departing host of The Daily Show, has a lot of fans. However, Stewart will gain some new fans as he prepares for his post-TV days, and a lot of them will be furry. Stewart and his wife, Tracey, have purchased a New Jersey farm and plan to turn it into an animal sanctuary, where rescued farm animals can live out their natural lives in peace. Can you hear the collective “awwww” from animal-loving fans of The Daily Show?

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This isn’t a whim for the Stewarts. The pair have been compassionate friends of animals for many years, and Tracey was quoted in a press release saying that “promises of animal shelter visits in exchange for completed homework are the norm in the Stewart household.” Raising their two children to have respect and compassion for animals is a key part of the Stewarts’ efforts to ensure that future generations of animals will have the protections they deserve. They’ve also adopted a menagerie of animals as a family over the years, including four dogs, two horses, two pigs, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, two hamsters, one parrot and two fish who, as Tracey told USA Today, were “all rescues.”

Related: Yoda the piglet escapes the slaughterhouse, finds love and safety

On The Daily Show, Stewart has used his position on more than a few occasions to help educate people about the deplorable conditions farm animals endure and to call for a greener planet. Among the most memorable is this eight-minute segment from February of this year in which Stewart skewered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over vetoing a popular gestation crate ban. More recently, Stewart’s thoughtful interview with Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Bauer illustrates the comedian’s personal interest in animal welfare.

To recognize all of the Stewarts’ efforts for the animals over the years, Farm Sanctuary named a pair of newly-adopted sheep after the couple. Tracey the sheep recently gave birth, and the sanctuary adorably dubbed her offspring Hazleton. Their human counterparts will also be honored at a Farm Sanctuary event to be held in October.

Stewart will leave The Daily Show in August of this year, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts where witty criticism of the American political system once was. With the news of the farm-cum-sanctuary on the horizon, it’s a little unclear what other projects Stewart might undertake after ending his 16-year-reign of the funniest news show in history. We can’t help but wonder (hope) about the possibility of seeing Jon Stewart involved in the next presidential election from a different point of view. Vote Stewart in 2016? We’d consider it!

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Eagle-cam reveals incredible POV as it descends from Burj Khalifa – BBC News


Note: WOW!! How friggin’ AWESOME is this? A majestic Eagle soars, gliding above the Dubai city scape barely flapping it’s wings until it’s signaled to descend. Talk about amazing eyesight, simply in the fact he/she was able to see the trainer from such heights. Absolutely incredible! Oh yeah, this Eagle cam is a great application of military technology!

Enjoy the flight :)

The eagle has landed! And what a journey it was. Watch as Darshan soars above the Dubai sky, capturing stunning views of the world beneath his wings. This Imperial Eagle has broken a world record by flying from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa It was set up by conservation group Freedom Conservation, in order to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered bird of prey. Eagle-cam foogtage courtesy of Freedom Conservation.

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Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts by 2018


 

Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts by 2018
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is phasing out its elephant acts over the next three years.

ABC NEWS VIDEO

Thursday, March 05, 2015 05:57PM

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is phasing out its elephant acts over the next three years. The Greatest Show on Earth was under enormous pressure from the public and cities to stop mistreating its elephants, something Ringling Brothers has denied.

“Live entertainment is what we do best and, in order for us to really focus on doing that, we don’t want to be fighting off legislation week in and week out, city to city,” Feld Entertainment’s Alana Feld said.

Deniz Bolbol is the founder of Humanity Through Education, one of many groups fighting Ringling Brothers.

“It was based on public education that led to cities adopting ordinances to protect elephants and ban bullhooks. This was a result of Ringling seeing the writing on the wall,” Bolbol said.

Bullhooks had been used for years to get animals to perform.

“I’ve seen them even use it in their mouth and then they’ll take it to hook,” Bolbol said.

Thirteen elephants currently tour across the country. All 13 will be retired by 2018 and moved to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Central Florida, where Ringling Brothers keeps other elephants.

“It is a bittersweet because the elephants have been on the circus for 145 years,” Feld Entertainment’s Kenneth Feld said.

They were the lifelong symbol of the circus, which went to great lengths to showcase their elephants.

Thursday’s announcement was welcomed by the Oakland Zoo. It has four African elephants in captivity, brought here in the 70s and 80s.

The zoo is seen as a model for others because of its 6.2-acre habitat allowing the elephants to roam freely.

“There are so many other little circuses out there that are still handling elephants really in poor conditions,” Oakland Zoo’s Jeff Kinzley said.

He and others believe it’s only a matter of time before these small circuses also phase out their elephants.

Note: Here’s more evidence “people power” works! Humanity’s next, and biggest mission will be forcing the transformation of the factory farming industry back to traditional family farms where livestock are free to roam and consume natures nutritional bounty from pastures and not poisoned daily by toxic GMO feed. Humans have consumed meat for sustenance for millions of years without adverse health affects, as a matter of fact scientific research indicates ancient tribal cultures were much healthier overall than modern day humans because they consumed organ meat, bone marrow and believe it or not, the lard.

Listen here for a fascinating discussion by Sally Fallon Morell of the Westin Price Foundation on the scientific research behind traditional diets, type of flesh protein consumed and the absolute need for “some” meat protein with human’s dietary needs.

I’ve said it before and will say it again. From my observations and what I’ve learned thru personal experience and over 10yrs of living down the rabbit hole in search of “hidden truths”, animals come into this world with a completely different set of soul contracts than humans. To think they see, sense and feel the world like people do is pure fantasy. They’re extremely resilient souls well connected to Source, they  don’t need pampered by us, but it is our duty to steward the land the live on and provide optimum environments for their well-being, allowing them to live as Mother Nature intended. Many species come into this world with specific “predator-prey” contracts to be consumed at the end of their life span, providing sustenance for another living being.

Before Native American and other indigenous cultures would go out to hunt, they ALWAYS prayed to the ancestors for guidance on their journey. Inevitably the hunters were always led down the right trails to an animal waiting for them as a sacrifice to give sustenance to tribal members in exchange for experiencing human life, for a short time at the cellular level with those who consumed the flesh. In times when humans worked in harmony with nature, this was the natural order in Earth’s life cycle for Her inhabitants.

Humanity’s challenge is to find a place of love, compassion, balance and harmony in Stewarding livestock. By providing them with environments that nurture well-being, health and happiness. In addition, farmers also have the sacred responsibility of overseeing sacrificial practices that allow the animal to transition in peace without barbarism, over-crowding, fear and trepidation. Also, IMO it’s important that livestock are not transported to slaughterhouses where many are killed, injured, tortured with inhumane conditions and treated cruelly by human laborers on the journey toward death.

Going back to the practice where farmers were in charge of slaughtering their livestock to provide meat for the “local” community is a realistic goal, one that’s necessary to restore balance and compassion to livestock, while providing optimal, trauma free meat for community members.

Also, eliminating fast food outlets is a major key in cancelling out factory farming. The demand they create CANNOT be sustained.

Please keep in mind when it comes to diet I’m not preaching, diets are a very personal issue where we all have differing needs and belief system’s. Unfortunately many people judge others based on dietary choices, that’s not my position. These are only observations and conclusions I wish to share with those who are open to the message, and aspects I’ve examined closely and have asked for much guidance on in regards to my spiritual evolution.

It’s not eating animal flesh that makes us sick and lowers our vibration. It’s the fear, stress and trauma from living in over-crowded, indoor living conditions where chemicals are placed in the feed and livestock are injected with antibiotics – where disease flourishes.  Where livestock never experience the healing rays of the sun, the energy of the Mother under their feet or the life giving sustenance of living foods.

From my personal perspective, when livestock animals are healthy, nurtured and happy they offer  humans their Life Force in exchange for a short, wild ride with us thru our life at the cellular level. When we bless our meals by consciously inviting living plant foods, or animal flesh into our “body temple” for a “shared experience” we practice alchemy at it’s most basic level.  Sadly, humans lost this balance with nature LONG AGO. But, NOW is the time for a new paradigm as we begin to remember our ancient connection to all planetary life. Our Earth Mother is calling us back into alignment with Her.

Humans are the Apex of the Earth, we are Her as conscious living cells on Her Body, the planet. She’s calling on us to rise as One People without borders to save our brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom imprisoned in scientific lab’s, circus’s and road shows, factory farms, wildlife game safari’s, animal fighting, trophy animals bred for shows, puppy/kitten mills and victims to very large, barbaric sacrificial kill events in third world country’s.

Over two billion animals a day are killed globally for human consumption, most of those animals experience barbaric and extreme cruelty throughout their short lives. While the overwhelming majority of people never think twice about where their food comes from or the conditions it’s raised under.

IMO this is the number one problem keeping the vibration of the planet in lower density’s, and our challenge at this crucial time is to share these news story’s and find ways we can make a difference within our community and the world at large. There’s much we each one of us can do. Think and get creative. You can begin by starting a petition campaign, and always take action with petitions – they often work!

Also, be watchdogs in your community. Report people in your area raising fighting animals (pit bulls/chickens). If authorities refuse to take action, carefully take matters into your own hands when it’s safe. Viable measures can be taken to release the animals thru guerrilla tactics – BE “sea shepherds” of the land and set abused, neglected animals free whenever possible.

I’ve seen video’s of pit bull’s being rescued who were so starved for love, affection, food and attention they welcomed their rescuers by cowering or rolling on their backs for a tummy rub. It’s the humans you need to fear, not the imprisoned animals. Whenever possible, find a way to release and rehabilitate them.

The news from Ringling Bros. is absolutely fantastic, but it’s only the tip of the “animal cruelty” iceberg. Yes, we’re gaining momentum, but there is still much work to be done to stop this “dark, animal roadshow & ritual abuse bloodfest” by standing our power and saying I DO NOT CONSENT TO ANIMAL CRUELTY. No more animal roadshows, zoo’s, marine animal parks, game safari’s, elephants painting pic’s for crowds etc, etc, etc. An end to overfishing and plundering of our oceans is also critical at this juncture, the oceans are in a state of collapse.

It’s going to take the entire Rainbow Tribe working together in unison at all levels of humanity to save our oceans, while at the same time transforming the raising livestock into an industry of beauty, balance, peaceful existence, joy and harmony for ALL of OUR kindred spirits in the animal kingdom. We have our work cut-out for us, but always remember…we wouldn’t be assigned to this “project” if we weren’t the “best of the best” – an intergalactic, cabal kicking Motley Crew – Spiritual Warriors of the Finest Source Order.

Food for thought, geezuz that was a mouthful :) Okay, I’ll get off my soap box for now, mahalo for allowing me to get all that off my shoulders.

Much love, gratitude and blessings to all! {~A~}

Revolutionary Beekeeping Box Harmonizes Mankind with Bees


 

DCIM105GOPROI don’t normally look at Indiegogo campaigns… but this one caught my attention. Blowing up a $70,000 goal with a massive interest, they have generated over 2 Million Dollars in a very short amount of time with this incredible new invention that has the potential to completely change beekeeping, agriculture, and many, many other industries all at once.

Meet “Flow”, a revolutionary beehive invention, which allows you to harvest honey without opening the hive at all, and absolute zero disturbance to the bees.

“Flow is the most significant innovation in beekeeping since 1852.”

Before now, I was never a person who would buy a beekeeping rig to make my own honey…. I can no longer say that this is true. After seeing this, I am in 100%, and am excited to have a beehive that belongs to the community that I’m apart of.

In the old days, beekeeping was a full-time-job. It’s a constant labor of love to have to sedate the bee’s, take out the hives, scrape off wax, pour the honey out, clean it, and put it back…. you probably saw that in that video above.

beehive1In that process, bee’s are killed, angered, and their homes and hard work are essentially destroyed. It is not healthy for anyone, and is likely one of the many problems as to why the bee’s are all seeming to die. (That, plus all of the microwaves and vibes we are pumping out with our technology… but we’ll solve that problem next time.).

This is the beekeeepers ultimate dream come true. A safe and efficient method where you just turn the tap and watch as pure, fresh, clean honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar. No mess, no fuss, no expensive processing equipment without disturbing the bees in the least.

In exchange for a healthy and lasting home for the bees where they can be safe, they will make you all the honey you could imagine. That’s pretty amazing, wouldn’t you say?

“This really is a revolution. You can see into the hive, see when the honey is ready and take it away in such a gentle way”.

beehive2

To participate in the Indiegogo, please click here. It will help bees and it will help beekeepers all over the world, and both of those elements are very important in continuing our world to flourish. 

Thank you for reading,
Jordan

 

Plundering and Pillaging the Oceans by Industry and Private Individuals – BOYCOTT Tuna


Note: If dangerously high mercury levels and radiation aren’t good enough reason to BOYCOTT Tuna, maybe plundering and pillaging will make people think twice before purchasing tuna. Our oceans are in collapse, it’s important that we pay attention and take action in any way we can to help.

The plundering between industry and private individuals has devastating affects on our oceans, and must be stopped before it’s too late for future generations. While we can’t do much about people like the lady below who caught the prize tuna, there’s always karmic blowback. Would love to take a dosimeter to that tuna carcass, with it’s sheer size there’s a good chance she has a highly radioactive fish hanging on her wall.

On the bright side, with the potential for 1,769 tins of tuna (160g, brine drained), 2,875 tuna sandwiches or 511 dishes of tuna sashimi – thankfully it was eaten!

Blessings to all, have a great week! Aloha, {~A~}

Greenpeaces SHOCKING undercover video: dirty tuna fishing

Help stop this: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/dirtytuna
This shocking video shows how sharks, rays and turtles are wiped out by destructive fishing methods used by tuna giants Princes and John West. They get caught in giant nets before being tossed overboard, dead or dying.

Tell Princes and John West this has got to stop: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/dirtytuna

Fisherwoman catches world record 411.6kg TUNA worth $2m or 1769 tins after 4hr battle – New Zealand

It could be worth up to $ 2million, make 2,875 sandwiches, and has been hailed a ‘Picasso of the sea’… but Donna Pascoe wants to stuff her record-breaking tuna catch and hang it on her wall.
The game fisherwoman battled for more than four hours the 411.6kg (64 stone) Pacific bluefin before finally reeling in the high-speed leviathan – thought to be the largest ever caught with a rod and line.

She hooked the fish – which is twice the size of a tuna sold at a Japanese auction last year for $1.09million – using a 60lb line near the Three Kings Islands off Cape Reinga of New Zealand.

The experienced angler first suspected something fishy was going on when her line began to tug.

‘The line was peeling out like it was attached to a freight train,’ said Donna, of Auckland, New Zealand. ‘As usual, I was pretty nervous that I might get spooled. Thankfully, the fish stopped running and I was able to get a bit of line back in.’

Unaware of the scale of her catch, Donna and her four-strong team battled for over four hours to drag the gargantuan 8ft 9′ tuna onto her boat.

‘It was a very stubborn fish, but I’m stubborn as well,’ said Donna.

The wind had got up to gusts of 36 knots and I was getting drenched from the waves coming over the back of the boat.

‘But I was determined to win this one. I knew we had to get the tuna on board before a shark came and bit a chunk out of it.

‘We were all speculating what it was. No way did I think it was a tuna.’

After the 4 hour and 11 minute long battle, the fish was lifted on to the boat, with the help of the anchor winch.

She said: ‘Once we got it on board, everybody’s mouth dropped open. It was absolutely amazing.

‘I was so excited that my arms and legs could have fallen off and I wouldn’t have noticed. I think adrenalin is a great thing and it certainly kept me going.’

At 411.6kg, the fish weighs twice as much as a baby elephant and could fill 3162 cans of tuna.

It blows the current world record for a fish caught on a rod of 335kg out of the water.

Alistair Blair, chairman of The Fish Society, the largest online fish retailer in Britain, told MailOnline: ‘The wholesale value of a bluefin tuna that size would be in the realm of $8,300 (£5,000) to $16,500 (£10,000) – that’s about four times the value of an ordinary tuna. The retail value, of course, would be much higher – somewhere around $83,000 (£50,000) or more.’

Last year, however, a 222kg bluefin tuna sold for $1.09 million at a Tokyo auction. By that standard, Donna’s fish could be worth up to $2 million at auction.

‘People would be willing to pay a lot for a record-breaking fish,’ added Mr Blair. ‘If you have got a bit of that fish to serve at your banquet then you’ve got something pretty boast-worthy.

‘So this would appeal only to people who are billionaires. It’s the fish equivalent of buying a Picasso painting.’

He added that a whole bluefin tuna contains around 55 per cent of edible meat. That means it could make 1,769 tins of tuna (160g, brine drained), 2,875 tuna sandwiches or 511 dishes of tuna sashimi.

Donna, however, is unable to sell it because the fish wasn’t caught on a commercial vessel.

Instead, she plans to have it mounted by a taxidermist at the Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club in New Zealand.

Donna explained: ‘We were originally going to have it smoked and shared around our friends, but then we were talked out of this as it was so monumental.’

Usually a fish is either stuffed with filler material like firmly packed sawdust or it is stretched over a mold and shaped into the desired pose. Donna has chosen to make a mold, but the pose, she says, is yet to be decided.

The enormous catch put Donna in first place in the tuna section for the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals Competition.

She is now awaiting certification from the International Game Fish Association so she can claim the world record.

Bluefin are the world’s largest tuna and can live for up to 40 years. Built for speed, they can dive up to 4,000 feet and have retractable fins so they can seek out schools of herring, mackerel and eels.

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PROOF Taking action with Petitions and Phone Calls WORKS! Santander agrees to end De-Forestation in Borneo


BREAKING: Santander have agreed to cease all loans to forest destroyers APRIL. Last week I saw the below video and petition on FB and was outraged at the sheer devastation to Borneo’s forests, home to endangered tigers, orangutangs and sun bears. So, I signed the petition, shared and to my amazement by the next day thousands of people had already signed the petition and made calls to Santander….and the rest is history! So please, when an issue you care about is supported by a petition, please take a moment to voice your concerns. Petitions give our “collective voice” a platform to speak out against tyranny in all forms, and when enough people take action they work!  Please take a moment when the opportunity arises to make a difference. Mahalo for caring and sharing! Love and gratitude {~A~}

This is fantastic news for the rainforest and a huge success for the hard work everyone put into this campaign – signing petitions, emailing the CEO, calling customer services and visiting branches to make complaints.

Santander have agreed that it will not give anymore loans or extend any current loans to APRIL.

With paper-buyers and banks ditching APRIL left, right and centre, it sends a clear message that it needs to stop cutting down the rainforest.

SHARE this news with everyone to celebrate.

Here’s the story and video behind this successful campaign:

New footage catches APRIL destroying the rainforest in Borneo

Posted 23 February 2015

New footage exposes destruction of the rainforest in Borneo by the paper company APRIL. The high-street bank Santander has loaned APRIL tens of millions of pounds, helping them to cut down more and more rainforest.

Our research team has sent us the first batch of footage from the Indonesian rainforest. They were documenting rainforest destruction by APRIL – the paper company that Santander loaned millions of pounds to.

The video was shot in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. It shows APRIL’s bulldozers systematically destroying ancient rainforest.

Over the past year, APRIL destroyed an area of forest here that’s three times the size of Paris. Trees that had stood since before the invention of the printing press are now being cut down to make cheap paper and disposable packaging.

We’d normally save footage like this until our investigation was complete. But what APRIL is doing is so shocking that we didn’t want to wait.

Most companies want nothing to do with rainforest destruction. Yet the high street bank Santander has loaned APRIL millions of pounds.

Santander’s loans are a crucial lifeline for APRIL. They help it stay afloat even though its customers are deserting in droves.

 

 

Tell The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Protect Monarchs ~ Center for Food Safety


Aloha! Please join me, take action for Monarch Butterfly’s who have no voice. We’re almost there, only 740 signatures needed! Mahalo for caring and sharing…{~A~}

Winning the fight to secure Endangered Species Act protections for monarch butterflies starts with grassroots pressure from concerned citizens like you. But we can’t stop there. That’s why Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity—joined by Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Prof. Lincoln Brower—have just filed a groundbreaking legal action calling on the U.S. government to recognize the grave threats to monarchs, such as Monsanto’s Roundup, and protect the iconic butterflies from them before it’s too late. Help ensure we have the resources we need to win this groundbreaking fight.

Sign petition here

Read full petition here

For facts on petition go here

Center for Food Safety campaign leader

ServantOfTruth – Nourishing The Wolf of Truth Within (Video)


Beautiful work Andre, mahalo for sharing!

Link submitted by Andre Hodge aka ServantOfTruth

This is dedicated to those out there who value truth in this world as one of the most precious aspects of who they are today…..

And, to those courageous enough to feed the Wolf of Truth Within. When and easier, comfortable, self serving path may be available to them. But by their Nature, are unwilling to compromise their Soul for the easy path potentially available…..

Thus Consciously Serving Us All for the better one choice point at a time…..

Dedicated to all those willing to Serve Truth Themselves now as a way of being…..Rather than a chore

Honouring all those involved in the creation of Dances With Wolves and the courage of those discovering their own authentic Self now……

The tune is – DJ Hooligan – Hear You Now (Grand Chillas Mix)

The Horrific Life of Male Chicks


In the last 50 years, there has been a huge transition away from small family farms to large industrial complexes, where chickens are treated as mere meat- and egg-producing machines. And the majority of chickens now live indoors, in tiny wire cages or overly cramped sheds.
In a recent article, Al Jazeera highlights the horrific lives of male chickens bred and killed on today’s factory farms.
“Males of the egg-laying breeds are of little value, as only a few roosters are required for reproduction. A day after they’re hatched, chicks are sexed (their gender determined), with the unfortunate males heading straight to the grinder for use as animal feed.”
In the United States, this equates to several hundred million chicks killed every year.
While the article suggests that improvements in technology could limit the number of male births, it remains that the best thing we can do to protect chickens right now is simply to not eat them or their eggs.
Ed Note: Awww, breaks my heart, poor little guys! I rescued a feral baby rooster in early December, who stranded himself outside my bedroom window. His name is Falcon and he’s been a real joy to raise, and he’s also caused me to stop eating chicken entirely – ok, I still eat eggs (and so does he!).
An alternative to store bought, factory farmed eggs is buying eggs from local farmers, try searching craigslist for someone in your area selling eggs. Better yet, try raising a couple hens if your city ordinances permit have chickens in your area. They’re actually pretty cool creatures to have around, I absolutely love the feral chickens here on Kauai. Interesting creatures that also symbolize magic in many indigenous cultures.

Unprecedented sea lion strandings in California linked to warmer Pacific


SAN FRANCISCO Wed Feb 18, 2015

 (Reuters) – The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and likely impacted fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said on Wednesday.

Some 940 stranded sea lions, mostly pups, have been treated by marine mammal centers in California so far this year, according to Justin Viezbicke, West Coast Stranding Coordinator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That is well above the 240 strandings typically seen through April, and scientists suspect the emaciated pups are prematurely leaving Southern California sea lion rookeries to seek food on their own after their mothers failed to return swiftly from hunting trips to nurse.

“These little pups, so desperate and so thin, are leaving the rookeries long before they’re capable of hunting effectively,” said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, which has treated 220 stranded animals. “It’s alarming because we haven’t seen this number of stranded pups this early in 40 years.”

The strandings are unusual because the pups, born last June, aren’t supposed to be completely weaned until May.

Satellite data show sea lion mothers are foraging in traditional hunting grounds, but likely spending longer periods away, said Sharon Melin, a biologist with NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle.

Fish populations are likely being disrupted by a layer of ocean water, some 100 meters (330 feet) deep, that is 2 to 5 degrees warmer than usual this time of year along the Pacific Coast from Baja to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, said NOAA climatologist Nate Mantua.

The change was caused by a weather pattern involving weak northern and strong southern winds that are creating warmer-than-normal conditions.

It’s unclear how many stranded animals will die among the 300,000-strong sea lion population. In 2013, some 70 percent of nursing pups perished in what NOAA declared

Rescued sea lion pups at the Marine Mammal Care Center ( MMCC/Photo

an “unusual mortality event” linked to strandings.

Melin said pups checked on San Miquel Island this month were 44 percent below average weight at seven months old, marking the lowest growth rate since scientists began recording such measurements in the 1990s.

Most of the stranded pups have been recovered in Southern California, but the pups also swim or are carried further north, and may eventually turn up in Washington state and Oregon, according to Johnson.

“We’re braced for more,” Johnson said.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/19/us-usa-wildlife-california-idUSKBN0LN01620150219

Ed. note: Typical propaganda from Rueters aimed at keeping the masses asleep, unaware that the oceans are in a state of collapse from Fukushima radiation, over fishing, garbage, toxins, mercury etc. The fact is sea lion stranding’s are getting worse every year and the public is being lied to, once again.

Lest we forget, Reuters is owned by the Rothschilds.

Mystery of the sick and starving sea lion pups: Hundreds rescued from California coast


Note: What’s never mentioned to the public in the official reports, is that planet Earth is going thru a mass extinction event which began in the early 1900’s  when scientists first began recording mass die-offs – before the toxins of the industrial revolution contaminated the environment. We are at the end of an age and about to pass through the Omega point, to begin anew at the Alpha point and the beginning of a new aeon. There is something much bigger unfolding in the unseen realms, something we must hold faith in.

Which isn’t easy when witnessing are beloved friends in the nature kingdom suffering to such a degree. As a lifelong lover and defender of nature, each time I see a mass die-off or entire populations struggling with starvation, it’s ALWAYS very difficult and disturbing to see.

But, deep down I KNOW in my heart of hearts, that behind the veils of illusion a Higher Order is unfolding. In her long history, our Mother Earth has been through several mass extinction events, and each time She transformed the planet into higher realms of diversity and even more complex life forms. I sense that many animal spirits are crossing over to inhabit the New Earth and that all is unfolding with Divine Purpose. It’s important to have faith and trust in the process unfolding before us.

For myself, as a caretaker for our avian sisters and brothers on our aina, on a daily basis I see birds starving in what remains of their old habitats. Which are now covered with roads, malls, airports, shopping centers, gas stations, and houses with well manicured lawns which have eliminated all the seed stock that once fed our fine feathered friends. And, the pesticides and herbicides not only killed, but poisoned their remaining food supply.  So in addition to being more diseased than ever before by a toxic environment, the birds are STARVING to death too.

When I throw seeds for the birds and table scraps for the feral chickens, it always breaks my heart to see their desperation in making their way to the food. We are supposed to be stewards of our home planet, but unfortunately, humanity has done a miserable job at caretaking for the nature kingdom. We’ve been too busy or distracted over the last few decades to pay attention and we trusted the corporate government to be responsible in regulating industrial waste. And this “Let nature take care of itself” mentality coming from city dwellers has been entirely destructive in nature.

Now, that mentality has run it’s course and humans have destroyed the web of life which supported every living species in a delicate balance, as a result of our collective complacency, we are finally witnessing mass extinction and starvation events.  How all of this will resolve itself and what that will look like, is beyond my perception. So I hold faith that we are all Co-Creating a new paradigm that will also bring in the frequency and skills necessary to heal our beautiful planet, so it’s inhabitants may thrive.

Thank God for the star kids, they are truly the Ones who will manifest miraculous healing for our Mother Earth….Blessings, {~A~}

 

Researchers have been left baffled as hundreds of sick and starving sea lion pups continue to wash up on California beaches in what is proving to be a particularly deadly winter for the pinnipeds.

In January, rescuers netted more than 250 frail pups from San Diego to San Francisco Bay, mostly seven-month-olds that should have been nursing with their mothers in the Channel Islands or Mexico.

Although this is the third year of mass die-offs of pups, the 2015 figures are the worst so far. They have even prompted the National Marine Fisheries Service to declare a rare ‘unusual mortality event’.

The reason behind the increasing die-offs is unknown. Many scientists believe warmer-than-average waters are forcing mother sea lions to venture farther out for food, leaving their offspring behind.

Others say the fish the seals eat may be feeding farther from the islands than in the past, leading to the same problem. And some theorize the pups may be suffering from an unidentified disease.

Speaking of the sick pups, Erica Donnelly-Greenan, who manages the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center’s rescue station, said: ‘They just look very emaciated, very underweight.’

She added: ‘You can see the bones under their skin. You can get a visual of their ribs.’

Dozens of wayward pups have been found at the center, situated along Monterey Bay. The nonprofit responded to 120 pups in the first five or six weeks of 2015, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

It is currently treating the pups – many of which washed ashore weighing just 15 or 16 pounds compared to a healthy 40 pounds – with antibiotics. The sickest are being force-fed with tubes.

‘Our numbers are twice what they were in 2013,’ said David Bard, operations director of the San Pedro center. ‘In 2013, we saw an unprecedented number of rescues, it was a record then.’

Meanwhile, more than 50 malnourished sea lion pups have been placed in a holding pen at Sea World San Diego since the beginning of the year after being rescued on beaches along the city’s coast.

‘When they came in, they couldn’t raise their heads, so to see them start grooming and barking, that means they’re feeling much better, much more themselves,’ Sea World vet Dr. Hendrik Rollens said. ‘They are ready to go back to the wild.’

Because young sea lions typically do not wean off their mothers until they are 10 or 11 months old, they could struggle for survival if left by their mothers while they search farther afield for food.

‘The pups are desperate and starving, so they just jump in the water and swim and get pulled to the coastline,’ said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary medicine for the Marine Mammal Center.

Speaking to SFGate, she added: ‘This is the third year that we’ve seen these mass die-offs, but this is the worst so far. If this continues, there will be some long-term effects on the sea lion population.’

Justin Viezbicke, stranding network coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, said the population of sea lions might have reached its capacity in the animals’ environment, sparking the mass die-offs.

‘These animals are a puzzle piece for us,’ Mr Viezbicke said. ‘They provide insight into what’s going on in the environment… These things could come back and affect humans.’

Despite the current situation, sea lions in California have been relatively healthy in recent decades, with the population at 300,000 today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

In 1972, Marine Mammal Protection Act helped boost the pinnipeds’ numbers by banning hunters from killing the animals for their hide and blubber. NOAA is investigating the mass die-offs.

 

I got a kick out of Mary Greely’s narrative on this story, here’s a reading with an “attiTude” I can agree with.

Killing wolves will come back to haunt farmers and ranchers


Killing wolves to save livestock will lead to greater killing of livestock, guest columnist Amaroq Weiss writes, pointing to a new scientific study.

FOR decades, whenever wolves preyed on livestock, the routine response among many ranchers and wildlife managers across the West has been brutally simple: kill the wolves.

More dead wolves equal fewer dead cows and sheep, the reasoning went.

And in many cases the reasoning is likely dead wrong, according to research published recently by a leading Washington state wolf scientist.

Confounding widely held beliefs, the new study indicates lethal responses to livestock predation by wolves often lead to an increase in attacks, or depredations.

It’s a message that may not be heard in Washington, where state wildlife managers responded to livestock depredations by eradicating the Wedge pack in 2012 and killing the alpha female of the Huckleberry pack last summer. Recently, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it will swiftly move to lethal tactics if the Huckleberry pack kills any livestock next spring and, in statements to conservation groups, has said it is considering “pre-emptive” killing of wolves. Both of these policies flout the state wolf plan, which emphasizes conflict-deterrence as opposed to simply killing wolves.

Killing of wolves by the state compounds illegal wolf-killing by those few who take things into their own hands.

Reports last month that the alpha female of the trouble-free Teanaway pack was fatally shot come on the heels of a Whitman County farmer chasing a wolf for miles before killing it, and Stevens County commissioners exhorting county residents to kill wolves. Earlier this year, a wolf from the Smackout pack was found illegally killed in Stevens County and another wolf was discovered gunned down in Ferry County.

The groundbreaking research by Washington State University wolf scientist Rob Wielgus, published in the Dec. 3 issue of the scientific journal PLOS One, suggests killing wolves can have unexpected results, dissolving previously well-behaved packs and leaving small groups or lone wolves more inclined to kill livestock.

Wielgus said many states are aggressively managing wolves based on the largely untested perception that lethal control reduces depredations. His findings reflect research by other scientists showing increased black bear and cougar mortality results in more depredations.

Examining annual reports from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over 25 years, Wielgus’ analysis found that each wolf killed increased the chance of livestock depredation the following year by 5 percent. Not until the mortality rate of wolves exceeds 25 percent would livestock depredations decrease.

His study opens the door to further study and debate about whether we’re doing enough to recover wolves. A recent study I co-authored analyzing the additional good wolf habitat across the United States found that more than 25,000 square miles of suitable habitat remains unoccupied in Washington — more than five times the area currently occupied.

In all, the study identified more than 350,000 square miles of additional habitat for gray wolves in 19 states, offering the potential to nearly double the wolf population in the Lower 48 states to around 10,000 by expanding recovery into suitable areas of the West Coast, Northeast, southern Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon area where the first gray wolf in the region in more than 70 years was just confirmed.

But, as we consider expanding wolf recovery to levels that leading scientists deem more sustainable, we must first expand our approach to wolf management.

And, as our knowledge of how human activities impact wildlife continues to evolve, Washington’s wolf-management policies must evolve toward serving not just hunters and ranchers opposed to wolves but the interests of a broader range of taxpaying constituents, who demand that wildlife be managed not as a problem but as a treasured public trust.

Amaroq Weiss is a biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity where her work focuses on recovering wolves across the Northwest, Rockies and California.

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2025226188_weissopedwolves13xml.html

Moscow’s wild dogs ride subways to city centers in search of food


Each morning, like clockwork, they board the subway, off to begin their daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.</p>
<p>But these aren't just any daily commuters. These are stray dogs who live in the outskirts of Moscow Russia and commute on the underground trains to and from the city centre in search of food scraps.</p>
<p>Then after a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.</p>
<p>Experts studying the dogs, who usually choose the quietest carriages at the front and back of the train, say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop – after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train.</p>
<p>Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs.</p>
<p>Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: “These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway – to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.”</p>
<p>Dr Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He said: “They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop.”</p>
<p>The dogs have also amazingly learned to use traffic lights to cross the road safely, said Dr Poiarkov. And they use cunning tactics to obtain tasty morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow.</p>
<p>With children the dogs “play cute” by putting their heads on youngsters’ knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win sympathy – and scraps.</p>
<p>Dr Poiarkov added: “Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists.”</p>
<p>SOURCE : <a href=http://www.thedogfiles.com/2011/03/21/moscow’s-wild-dogs-ride-subways-to-city-center-in-search-of-food/" width="444" height="302" />

Each morning, like clockwork, they board the subway, off to begin their daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

But these aren’t just any daily commuters. These are stray dogs who live in the outskirts of Moscow Russia and commute on the underground trains to and from the city centre in search of food scraps.

Then after a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.

Experts studying the dogs, who usually choose the quietest carriages at the front and back of the train, say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop – after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train.

Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs.

Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: “These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway – to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.”

Dr Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He said: “They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop.”

The dogs have also amazingly learned to use traffic lights to cross the road safely, said Dr Poiarkov. And they use cunning tactics to obtain tasty morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow.

With children the dogs “play cute” by putting their heads on youngsters’ knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win sympathy – and scraps.

Dr Poiarkov added: “Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists.”

SOURCE : http://www.thedogfiles.com/2011/03/21/moscow’s-wild-dogs-ride-subways-to-city-center-in-search-of-food/

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