Eagles Destroy Corporate Drones, Cost Mining Company More Than $100,000


Drones owned by one of the world’s largest gold mining companies are being destroyed by native eagles, costing the company thousands of dollars.

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Mining is one of the most destructive forces currently on the face of the planet. Mines, since the Industrial Era, have poisoned the environment and its workers alike. Gold mining is particularly destructive as its waste carries mercury and cyanide, which are typically used to extract gold from rock. These potent neurotoxins persist in the environment, poisoning the soil, and contaminate water supplies permanently. Gold mining also releases hundreds of tons of elemental mercury into the air annually. In addition, this type of mining is considered particularly destructive because of its wastefulness – over 20 tons of rock and soil must be “treated” and then dislodged to produce enough gold for a single ring. Recently, in the US, the toxic consequences of gold mining were on full display when the Environmental Protection Agency’s incompetence in cleaning out an abandoned gold mine turned the Animas river orange after heavy metal-laden mining waste drained into the river. Before this tragic accident, the EPA had reported that 40% of Western US watersheds had been permanently contaminated by mining.

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Now that gold mining is not as common as it once was in the US, many other countries have been exploited by gold mining firms in its absence. One of these countries is Australia. Mining in Australia is a major industry with gold mining in Western Australia alone generating over $10 billion every year. However, some of the gold mines there have been experiencing a costly and unexpected problem as nature has apparently decided to fight back against its incursions. Drones that are used to survey the territory around gold mines are being destroyed by native wedge-tailed eagles. Rick Steven, a mine surveyor in the region, said that he had lost nine of his Trimble UX5 drones to eagles, which he labeled “the natural enemy” of drones. After the attacks began, Steven camouflaged his drones as baby eagles. However, the ruse only worked temporarily as 50 flights later the eagles realized the disguised drones were not what they seemed. Each of these drones costs an impressive $20,000, meaning that gold mining companies are losing money fast thanks to the eagles’ intervention. One of these companies, Gold Fields, has already lost over $100,000.

This isn’t the first case of animals fighting back against the degradation of the environment in recent months. Less than a month ago, a herd of wild buffalo appeared out of nowhere in a seeming show of support to the Native Americans and their allies protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. The buffalo, who are considered sacred by the Sioux tribe, appeared by the thousands in a stampede that interrupted a confrontation between protestors and police. After the event, many speculated that the buffalo had appeared to show their solidarity with the protestors and indicated that nature was fighting back against exploitative corporate practices. Hopefully, these acts of defiance from the natural world will inspire people to follow their lead in taking a stand against the corporations destroying the planet.

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How to Tell a Raven From a Crow


These black birds may look similar in some ways, but several distinctive traits help set them apart.

This story comes to you through a partnership between Audubon and BirdNote, a show that airs daily on public radio stations nationwide.

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You’re outside, enjoying a sunny day when a shadow at your feet causes you to look up.  A large, black bird flies over and lands in a nearby tree. You wonder: is that a crow or a raven?

These two species, Common Ravens and American Crows, overlap widely throughout North America, and they look quite similar. But with a bit of practice, you can tell them apart.

You probably know that ravens are larger, the size of a Red-tailed Hawk. Ravens often travel in pairs, while crows are seen in larger groups. Also, watch the bird’s tail as it flies overhead. The crow’s tail feathers are basically the same length, so when the bird spreads its tail, it opens like a fan. Ravens, however, have longer middle feathers in their tails, so their tail appears wedge-shaped when open.

Listen closely to the birds’ calls. Crows give a cawing sound. But ravens produce a lower croaking sound.

We’re back looking up at that tree. Now can you tell? Is this an American Crow or a Common Raven?

That’s a raven. The bird calls you hear on BirdNote come from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. To hear them again, begin with a visit to our website, BirdNote.org. I’m Michael Stein.

American Crow. Photo: Brian Kushner

Adapted by Dennis Paulson from a script written by Frances Wood.
Calls provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Ambient track American Raven recorded by R.S. Little, American Crow recorded by G.A. Keller.
Forest ambient and featured raven recorded by C. Peterson
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2012 Tune In to Nature.org     September 2012     Narrator: Michael Stein

 

http://www.audubon.org/news/how-tell-raven-crow

 

 

Native American tribes in Canada, U.S. to sign treaty to protect Yellowstone grizzlies


U.S. and Canada-based Native American tribes are expected to sign a treaty on Friday that urges protections be maintained for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

The treaty is the latest sign of growing American Indian activism tied to tribal rights and the environment, and just the third such cross-border agreement in 150 years, tribal members involved said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said earlier this year that Yellowstone-area grizzlies had come back from the brink of extinction and it proposed stripping U.S. Endangered Species Act protections from the population of about 700 bears.

The move would open the way for hunting bears that roam outside the park’s borders in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The treaty, expected to be signed by Piikani Nation and other tribes in the western Canadian province of Alberta on Friday, declares support by more than 50 tribes for protecting grizzlies from random killing and preserving their habitat against development.

The planned ceremony comes two days before representatives of other tribes mostly in and around the U.S. Rocky Mountain West are expected to sign the same treaty during a ceremony in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

The Canada-based tribes are signing the measure to show solidarity with tribes based in the United States, as they are all united by cultural and religious ties to grizzlies.

Chief Stanley Grier of the Piikani Nation and representatives from such tribes as the Blackfeet Nation in Montana and the Shoshone-Bannock of eastern Idaho, argue grizzlies are too sacred and culturally important to be killed by hunters.

“There should be no doubt that delisting and trophy hunting the grizzly bear on ancestral tribal and treaty lands threatens irreparable harm to those sites and to tribal sovereignty and religious freedom,” Grier said.

Tribal members also say the U.S. government failed to engage in “meaningful consultation” before decisions were made about delisting grizzlies.

Serena Baker, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the agency had sought since 2014 to reach out to about 50 tribes – through letters, phone calls and emails – about Yellowstone grizzlies.

“The service has and is continuing to offer government-to-government consultation with Native American tribes west of the Mississippi,” she said on Thursday.
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Homesick Dog Escapes From Shelter Trying To Unite With Previous Owner


Security video caught Ginger, the German shepherd, climbing to the top of her kennel and breaking free.

“Everybody believes she was trying to make her way back to her old owner because she was found close to where her old home was,” the shelter’s manager Gina Whiteside said.

Ginger busted out only a few hours after her former owner dropped her off at the shelter because he could no longer take care of her.

The 2-year-old dog opened three doors to get out, left teeth marks on a door handle and proof that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

“As she was coming out he door, what we saw is this quick little glance back at the shelter saying: ‘See ya!’ ” Whiteside said.

During Ginger’s great escape, she set off the shelter’s motion sensors, which alerted security.

“The staff came in. There were phones off the counter. Everything was kind of messed up,” Whiteside said.

That was because Ginger jumped onto the counter and stopped to pose for the camera.

“We just want to honor the owner’s wishes. It was difficult for him to turn her in and make that decision. Now, our job is to find her a home that’s going to be permanent,” Whiteside added.
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http://www.whitewolfpack.com/

A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms


A heart-stopping new documentary, A RIVER OF WASTE exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as “mini Chernobyls.” In the U.S. and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on the individual lives damaged and destroyed.

Andrew Bartzis – Animal Allies – Spirit Healers, Dreamtime Guardians and Voices For The Animal Hive Universe


Note: Mind-blowing information from Andrew Bartzis, Galactic HIstorian on our brothers and sisters from the animal kingdom, on their purpose as companion spirit’s and the healing/teaching/protection they bring to our lives. In-joy! {~A~}

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Animals have played a big part in the lives of people as far back as there are records, no doubt long before that. As the short clip included from Michael Tsarion illustrates, Andrew shares relative to their pureness of which is KNOWN. The awareness of the depth of relationship, however I would forward to be an aspect of our Race Amnesia Andrew talks about often. Which, as usual he adds dimensions to the nature of their role in one’s life. With the context to what Andrew shares here, I know I have been in the presence of such relationships. I hope it also clarifies to you what you may not have perceived until now yourself. And, the amazing things occurring all around all the time…..

Also include:

Animal Allies physical traits from being in Psychic Battles Protecting the Sacred Space of Bonded Human, Animal Healers, Taking on Burdens, Reciprocation of their Love and need for it, The importance of Communication, The use of Crystals for their Defence, Energy Hygiene, Sacred Feminine Warrior, Soul Connection through Lifetimes, Animal Teachers, Astral Animal Spirit Warriors, Dream Lodge, Moon Lodge, Soul Groups inc Animal Spirits, Animal Council Spirit Teachers, Region Totem Protector, Animal Community Ambassadors, Animal Hive Universe, Unified Dreamtime and much much more…..Enjoy

Clip – ‘1 Am Number Four’ – Touchstone Pictures

After uproar, U.S. government says does not plan to kill wild horses


By Alex Dobuzinskis

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it has no plans to euthanize a large share of the more than 45,000 wild horses and burros removed from lands mostly in the U.S. West, after an advisory panel’s proposal to kill some of the animals sparked outrage.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said they struggle to find people to adopt the growing number of wild horses and burros, which costs the agency millions annually to maintain in corrals and pasturelands.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board on Friday recommended the bureau consider euthanizing the animals that cannot be adopted, or selling them to companies that might slaughter them.

But Tom Gorey, a spokesman for the bureau, said in an email that the agency will “continue its current policy of caring for unadopted or unsold wild horses and burros” and will “not sell or send any animals to slaughter.”

File photo of several wild horses escaping as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather horses into a trap south of Garrison, Utah © REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo File photo of several wild horses escaping as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather horses into a trap south of Garrison, Utah The bureau is expected to formally respond to the panel at its next meeting within months.

The panel’s recommendation created an uproar among animal rights activists and highlighted the challenges ahead for the U.S. government as it seeks to control the population of wild horses and burros.

Gillian Lyons, wild horse and burro program manager for the Humane Society of the United States, said members of the public were quick to criticize the idea of killing the wild animals.

“It’s something the American public just doesn’t know about, you don’t think of wild horses being held in facilities all across the United States,” Lyons said.

She added that the bureau has a responsibility to the animals because it captured them.

Even after decades of round-ups of wild horses and burros, 67,000 of these animals roam the United States, mostly in Nevada and California, according to government estimates.

Without natural predators, they have proliferated far beyond the roughly 27,000 animals the U.S. government says would be a population low enough to prevent overgrazing and preserve land for other animals.

The bureau spends nearly $50 million a year in upkeep for captured horses and burros, Gorey said.

The Humane Society alleges the bureau spends so much paying private contractors to hold the animals that it cannot afford to expand its program to administer birth control to the animals on the range, which it contends would be more effective for population control than round-ups.

But the bureau counters fertility control is difficult, in part because the birth control drug wears off in less than two years.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/after-uproar-us-government-says-does-not-plan-to-kill-wild-horses/ar-BBwaryz

Truly remarkable! Bird revived back to LIFE by another bird


This is the heart-warming moment a stubborn bird saved his friend’s life by trying to revive it after it hit a window.
The scene, filmed in Saudi Arabia, was posted on LiveLeak by a baffled eyewitness.
It shows a nervous robin slapping its wings as he tries to give its pal – who lies unconscious on its back – the ‘kiss of life’ to revive it.
It is believed the other robin was knocked out by flying into a glass window.
The generous bird does not give up on his friend’s life and keeps stroking it with its beak – but the robin does not move and lies on its back unconscious.
The first bird then changes tactics and tries to move the fallen robin to turn it around.
Finally, slowly, the bird starts flapping its wings and regains consciousness.
The last peck sends the injured bird flying, followed by his saviour.

Firefighters Dig Until Dawn to Rescue Underground Dog


Could it be that when you name a dog “Tiger” you can expect him to be especially territorial? Well, perhaps that’s why this dog in Gulfport, Miss., decided to race down the street in pursuit of a neighborhood cat. Only problem is, there’s something just as dangerous as quicksand in the concrete “jungle” and it swallowed poor Tiger just as quickly.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

Tiger fell deep into a concrete culvert pipe near the intersection of Mississippi Avenue and Tyler Street around 9 p.m. one evening, and it wasn’t until residents exhausted their own resources that they decided to call for help at around 3 a.m. the next morning.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

Gulfport Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Henderson, along with seven other firefighters and a pair of workers from the public works department, began working together to extricate the dog.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

It was a tedious rescue because the pipe was far too narrow for any rescue worker to fit through, so the team had to cut their way through the pipe.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

“We counted the joints in the pipe to estimate the distance, then walked off the distance on the top above the ground,” Henderson told the local ABC News affiliate.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

The firefighters dug down and then drilled holes to locate Tiger before bringing in a concrete saw to cut through the pipe and reach him.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

By 7 a.m. Tiger was pulled to safety and reunited with his guardian who planned to take him to the veterinarian as a precautionary measure although the dog appeared unharmed.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

http://www.care2.com/causes/firefighters-dig-until-dawn-to-rescue-underground-dog.html

Here, The Visitors Are In Cages & The Animals Roam Free


Note: Novel idea! It’s about time we gave wildlife a chance to gawk and poke fun at ie: “Save the Human’s”… Love it!❤

 
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By Alex Erickson,

Why do we go to the zoo? To see animals we’d never imagine coming across in our day-to-day lives wander about, eating, rolling around, and looking cute for our amazement. At least that’s what I get out of it.

As a child, I wanted to hear the trumpets of elephants, the roars of lions and tigers, the chatter of monkeys. I wanted to watch a giraffe walk elegantly about, its long neck stretching high and far for food.

I wanted to marvel at the incredible array of colours on the seemingly endless species of birds. What a beautiful thing to be able to see so many animals from all over the world in my hometown.

But long before I understood the downsides of many zoos, I wondered if the animals were happy. Maybe it was because I’d seen Free Willy too many times, or maybe it was because I had this innate feeling that being locked up was wrong, and couldn’t possibly be a part of happiness.

Even today, sometimes I stare at my cat and wonder if she is happy. I’ve given her an accessible ‘cat door’ to wander in and out of my house between the hours of 8am and whenever nightfall hits. But she mostly sleeps.

It’s often in the middle of the night that she is more exuberant, chasing bugs as a part of her nocturnal behaviour and perhaps as a way to make up for being caged in from her desire to hunt in the outdoors. But I’m scared. I don’t want her to get eaten by coyotes, and so my protective, motherly instinct keeps my cat from being free in a way that is most important to her nature.

As an adult, when I think of zoos, I imagine caged and humiliated animals meant to serve as entertainment for humans. Zoos claim to be more than just this, however, but do we really need them? The issue is controversial, with one side believing keeping animals in captivity promotes conservation and education, and the other arguing it simply supports animal cruelty.

One thing seems clear, however: no matter how you slice it, keeping any creature, endangered or not, behind a cage is inhumane. So what is the alternative? One zoo in China found an interesting way to bring people closer to the wildlife without actually caging animals. Their tactic? Put the visitors in cages instead.

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The Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo allows normally caged creatures like big cats and other wildlife species, such as bears, roam free, while visitors remain in a cage. This allows people to get extremely close without subjecting the wild creatures to the inhumanity of being trapped in small cages, like most zoos throughout the world do.

“We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks,” Zoo spokeswoman Chan Llang explained.

Chunks of meat are tied to the outside of moving cages to attract animals for the visitors. Inside the vehicles, visitors are protected from being eaten. Small openings at the top allow them to offer food to the exotic beasts.

Chan Llang says all the visitors are warned “to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.”

Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo was opened in 2015, and tickets were sold out for three months, proving people actually enjoyed the idea of allowing the animals to roam freely in their natural habitats while they remained behind cages themselves.

“It’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced in a zoo before,” explained visitor Tao Jen. “We’re not looking at them, they’re looking at us – and we’re lunch.”

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/08/13/here-the-visitors-are-in-cages-the-animals-roam-free/

This woman swings at an elephant…Now watch what the elephant does next!


Music has a certain power to it. It can completely alter our moods, relaxing our souls, and lifting our spirits. Whether it’s parents singing to their babies or people zoning out to a tune on their music player, music can sooth and relax. But it doesn’t just work on us humans, it works on animals too! At the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, there is a special caretaker named Lek. She shows us exactly how powerful music is for her elephants. One in particular, Faa Mai, actually zones out to the sweet sound of Lek’s beautiful singing voice. Clearly these two have an incredible bond that has really been sealed with the power of music! What an amazing sight, and what an amazing woman!
Source : enlightened-planet

Read more at http://www.theinfopost.org/2016/06/this-woman-swings-at-elephantnow-watch.html#E9Gvrd2m7yZoIi5i.99

U.S. ordered to lower Navy sonar levels to protect whales


By Bob Egelko Updated 1:23 pm, Saturday, July 16, 2016

U.S. officials have wrongly allowed the Navy to use sonar at levels that could harm whales and other marine mammals in the world’s oceans, a federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled.

The decision Friday by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would scale back the Navy’s use of low-frequency sonar in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea under authority that was granted in 2012.

Sonar, used to detect submarines, can injure whales, seals and walruses and disrupt their feeding and mating. Environmental groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council filed suit in San Francisco in 2012, arguing that the Obama administration had approved emissions at sound levels that violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

A federal magistrate disagreed but was overruled Friday by the appeals court, which said government officials had disregarded their own experts’ warnings about sonar’s potential impacts.

Under the 2012 standard, which is scheduled to expire in 2017, the National Marine Fisheries Service required the Navy to reduce sonar levels in areas known to have high populations of marine mammals but failed to order similar protections in other areas where their presence was uncertain, the court said. Those included some offshore zones that had been protected in the past and others listed by scientists as likely habitats, the court said.

The protected zones showed a “bias toward U.S. waters,” the court said, with several zones on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States but none on the Pacific coast of South America and only a scattered few in other waters.

“The result is that a meaningful proportion of the world‘s marine mammal habitat is under-protected,” Judge Ronald Gould said in the 3-0 ruling, which would also set standards for future renewals of the program. He said the government had failed to comply with a law that requires it to make sure its peacetime oceanic programs have “the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammals.”

Bob Egelko is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: begelko@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @egelko

Read the ruling: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2016/07/15/14-16375.pdf.

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/U-S-ordered-to-lower-Navy-sonar-levels-to-8381417.php?cmpid=twitter-mobile

If You Care About Animals and the Earth, Here’s Why You Need to Boycott Palm Oil Immediately


If You Care About Animals and the Earth, Here's Why We Need to Boycott Palm Oil Immediately

25th June 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Found in an astounding array of foods — like baked goods, cookies, chocolate, potato chips and milk — palm oil is in half of the packaged foods that line our supermarket shelves today. It’s also heavily used in cosmetics and toiletries, to increase the feeling of creaminess in products ranging from soap to shampoo, detergents and toothpaste. The oil is used increasingly for biofuel as well. Add to this a high demand in Myanmar and Indonesia as a replacement for coconut and peanut oil, and palm oil tops the list as the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, surpassing even soy.

What most people don’t realize is how damaging the crop is to rain forests, animals and the environment. It’s one of the most destructive crops in the world — and the situation is only becoming worse…

A massive industry of environmental devastation

Only able to grow in the tropics and requiring vast amounts of water, oil palms are native to South America and West Africa. However, man-made palm plantations have spread to areas like Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Southeast Asia. It’s an enormous industry, especially in Indonesia, where the oil accounts for 11 percent of its export earnings, making it the country’s third largest export. As profitable as the oil may be, the environment pays an exceptionally high price due to these plantations.

The expansion of palm oil plantations around the world threaten vast areas of tropical rain forests. The two countries most at-risk are Indonesia and Malaysia, both of which are home to endangered orangutans. Several studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Princeton University in the United States have shown palm oil plantations are causing extreme destruction to the world’s rain forests — where upwards of 60 percent of palm oil expansion is at the expense of primary tropical rain forest. These plantations not only endanger the health of the environment and orangutan populations, but also inflame conflict with local communities over traditional land rights.

Orangutan Foundation International highlights the dire consequences of palm oil production:

“In Sumatra at least 10.8 million hectares have been opened up for palm oil plantations. The situation in Borneo is similar. Large scale conversion of tropical rain forests has had an absolutely devastating impact on biodiversity in both Borneo and Sumatra. In addition, deforestation may cause soil erosion and, because most forests have been cleared through the use of fire, massive air pollution from smoke. Much of the land on which palm oil plantations have been established consists of peat swamp forest. The draining, burning, and conversion of peat swamp forests to palm oil has been especially damaging to the world’s climate as it has led to Indonesia being the third largest contributor of carbon to the world’s atmosphere after China and the United States.”

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Oil Palm Fruit

Palm oil companies tend to clear primary forests — instead of degraded areas — for plantations because the forest land can be cleared by fire, which naturally fertilizes the soil and saves the company money. Over and above that, any timber that’s cut can in turn be sold for a profit. Once the plantation is established, displaced orangutans are often brutally killed as the starving animals try to obtain food in the plantation areas. The animals have been found buried alive, as well as killed by machete and guns. The industry considers orangutans ‘agricultural pests.’ It’s estimated that 50,000 orangutans have died over the last two decades due to palm oil plantations.

Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sun Bear, Pygmy Elephant, Clouded Leopard and Proboscis Monkey populations have also suffered from the encroachment of palm oil plantations on their natural habitats.

“According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years.” [source]

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Image from “Visions of Earth”, © National Geographic 2011

Sustainable palm oil: fact or fiction?

You might have noticed over the last few years the appearance of red palm oil in health food stores being marketed as a healthy cooking oil. Take a closer look at the label and it will say the oil is sustainably harvested and does not impact orangutan habitat. This may ease our minds as consumers, but are these products actually safe for the environment, local communities and animal habitats?

In 2004 the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) established voluntary guidelines to develop less destructive methods of palm oil production — including ways to protect land rights of local people. While they appear promising on the surface, many activists claim the guidelines are simply “greenwashing” the issue — largely because forests continue to be destroyed, wildlife killed and local people jailed after protesting the seizure of their land. In short, it’s just business as usual.

If we truly would like to make an impact, there are several straightforward actions that can be taken today. Have a look at this handy resource list by Say NO to Palm Oil, with practical ways you can live more ethically through your consumption choices.

The Insatiable Demand for Palm Oil

Article sources:

About the author:

Carolanne WrightCarolanne Wright enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years.

Through her website Thrive-Living.net, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. You can also follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Further reading from Carolanne Wright:

 

http://wakeup-world.com/2016/06/25/if-you-care-about-animals-and-the-earth-heres-why-you-need-to-boycott-palm-oil-immediately/

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What Came Before, featuring Steve-O: The Truth About Meat and Modern Farms


Factory farms dominate U.S. food production, employing abusive practices that maximize agribusiness profits at the expense of the environment, our communities, animal welfare, and even our health.

Far from the idyllic, spacious pastures that are shown in advertisements for meat, milk, and eggs, factory farms typically consist of large numbers of animals being raised in extreme confinement. Animals on factory farms are regarded as commodities to be exploited for profit. They undergo painful mutilations and are bred to grow unnaturally fast and large for the purpose of maximizing meat, egg, and milk production for the food industry. Their bodies cannot support this growth, which results in debilitating and painful conditions and deformities.

The factory farming industry puts incredible strain on our natural resources. The extreme amount of waste created by raising so many animals in one place pollutes our land, air, and water. Residents of rural communities surrounding factory farms report high incidents of illness, and their property values are often lowered by their proximity to industrial farms. To counteract the health challenges presented by overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary living conditions, antibiotics are used extensively on factory farms, which can create drug-resistant bacteria and put human health at risk.

To learn more about the devastating effects of factory farming on animals, human health, and the planet, explore the links to the left.

Purina Sued for Allegedly Killing 4,000 Dogs With ‘Toxic’ Food


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We love our pets. Our dogs are members of the family. To many of us, they are one of the kids – the furry one. But are we as careful with what we feed our pets as what we feed our children? Frequently, ads for pet food claim that they have “real” food, but the ingredients end up being things like wheat gluten meal, animal by-products, and corn by-products. Nestle’s Purina Beneful brand, one of the most popular brands of dog food, is currently facing a class action lawsuit claiming their food caused serious health issues or even death in over 3,000 dogs. A little digging into consumer reviews of Beneful comes back with story after story of dogs suffering from massive internal health issues. Maybe it’s time to start looking more closely at the food you’re feeding your dog and start replacing the chicken by-product meal with actual chicken.



What’s the Deal with Conventional Dog Food?

There are many dog owners waiting for the decision in the class action lawsuit against Beneful. Reviews from dog owners who have fed their dogs Beneful have similar distressing symptoms. These dogs develop incontinence, internal bleeding, liver malfunction, and seizures. There are two ingredients that are potentially causing the most damage. The first is propylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze that nevertheless has been approved by the FDA for dog food and other products like salad dressings and cake mixes. Propylene glycol has caused products to be banned in Europe. It is considered less toxic than the ethylene glycol usually used in antifreeze, but it’s still a chemical you don’t need your dog ingesting.

Another possible cause of these dog poisonings is mycotoxins from improperly stored grains. With the widespread incidences of liver failure cited in the lawsuit, it makes sense that this is being caused by toxins. Dog foods contain large quantities of grain from multiple sources, so the testing for contaminated ingredients is inconsistent and ineffective. Lax testing and regulation coupled with the tendency of large corporations to meet the bare minimum standards for quality makes it more than possible that Purina Beneful and many other dogs foods contain mycotoxins. Several consumers report that their Beneful products had maggots. Many of the symptoms reported by pet owners are consistent with mycotoxin poisoning. Because conventional dog food relies so heavily on grains, without extensive regulating, the threat of mycotoxins will always be there.

 Is Homemade Dog Food the Answer?

It’s interesting to note the ways in which food for dogs mirrors our food. Conventional dog food brings to mind fast food – cheap and easy. What would happen if we put as much care into our pet’s food as we do into ours? It sounds like a lot of work and a lot of money. Even so, reading the stories from Beneful customers who have had to rush their dog to the vet, watched them suffer, or found them dead is sobering. Does the time and money balance out in the end?



Check the ingredients in your dog food. Avoid animal by-products, excessive grains, sugar, and preservatives. Making your dog’s food at home allows you to feed them a balanced diet of whole foods with any chemicals or preservatives. Mix raw, organic vegetables and organic, grass fed ground meat like beef or bison in a food processor. You can use a variety of vegetables (no onions, though!) and also add extras like eggs or avocado. If your dog is having health issues, homemade food can make all the difference in the world. Check out Cancer cure (for dogs only). We also give all of our dogs (and humans) in the family, Total Nutrition Formula. Your pets are important members of your family. Why not show them a little extra love with a better quality of food?

Sources:

http://www.nydailynews.com

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com

http://www.consumeraffairs.com

http://www.thedailybeast.com

About the author:
Kristina works at Green Lifestyle Market. A few years ago Kristina was no stranger to illness, but she decided to pursue health and vitality through natural means when she became pregnant. She quickly learned that she could prevent morning sickness and other common ailments other pregnant woman experienced with the right diet. After a healthy home birth, and a beautiful child, she never looked back. Kristina has not had so much as a cold since, and at two years old and unvaccinated, neither has her child. She’s passionate about natural health, environmental conservation, and raising her healthy baby without pharmaceuticals.

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Amazing Moment A Canadian Moose Chilling in an Inflatable Pool (Photos)


 

Kathy Johnson’s 2-year-old grandson was bullied out of his kiddie pool this week in the wildlife-rich Painted Hills neighborhood of Spokane Valley.

A bull moose took refuge from temperatures in the 80s Tuesday afternoon by sneaking into the Johnsons’ backyard and cooling off in the inflatable pool.

“It’s not really one of those little pools,” Johnson said. “It’s actually quite big except when there’s a moose in it. “The funny thing is that just last week a cow moose did the same thing,” she said, as though word was spreading through the valley moose population that the Johnson’s pool was a hot-spot for beating the summer heat.

“The cow hung out in the pool for a long time and then got up and nibbled around the yard,” Johnson said. “The bull didn’t stay as long, and when he got up from the pool he moved on.”

Johnson was especially amazed that the hooves of the adult-size moose, which can weigh well over 500 pounds, did no damage to the plastic pool.
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Photos Credit: Newfoundland Glassman 

Fast food binges from garbage dumps turning bears into ‘couch potatoes’


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Garbage dumps are turning bears into couch potatoes. A survey of brown bears in north-east Turkey has revealed how visiting a dump has completely changed local bears’ lifestyles. Bears that visited the dump became more sedentary, no longer migrating and foraging over the same distance as those that didn’t.

“It’s surprising that two substantially distinct lifestyles can develop and coexist within a small and isolated subpopulation,” says Gabriele Cozzi of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. This is a first for brown bears, he says, although such differences have been found within groups of black bears.

Cozzi and his team radio-tagged 16 bears, then followed their movement for an average of 10 months, and up to 20 months. They found that the 10 “dump bears” – seven males and three females – did not stray far from the dump, except to hibernate during the winter.

By contrast, the six bears – three males and three females – that never visited the dump ventured far and wide. These bears migrated an average of 165 kilometres each year in search of food, especially in the period before hibernation, when they were probably “fattening up”.

The local authority in the city of Sarikamis is currently planning to close the dump. Cozzi’s survey was partly carried out to assess what the fate of the bears might be if this happened.

The best outcome, say the researchers, would be for the bears to revert to their previous forest existence. The other two possibilities are not so rosy: that the bears could die of malnutrition, or that they could instead forage in the city and its nearby villages.

“We anticipate that the situation could change, with bears venturing into the city should the dump close,” says Cozzi. “Bears may become too dangerous and be shot, and people may be injured.”

Recent incidents in Japan in which wild bears killed and ate parts of people suggest this scenario is far from fanciful. “Bear attacks on people are not unheard of around Sarikamis, and I’m aware of at least one case in 2013,” says Cozzi.

Back into the wild?

But Cozzi’s hope is that the bears can be “repatriated” into their natural habitat, a forest that there are plans to later link up with forests further north as an extended wildlife corridor. “The most important thing is to continue monitoring the bears to see how they react to the [dump’s] closure and the establishment of the wildlife corridor,” says Cozzi.

“This study reveals the complex consequences that human influence can have on a species that has adapted to human-altered landscapes,” says Andrea Flack of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany. “The brown bear has adjusted its habits and is now either showing this fascinating migratory behaviour or feeding on garbage dumps.”

Flack, whose own studies have focused on how contact with humans alters the migration habits of storks, warns that the bears’ reliance on the dump means that care must be taken about closing it.

“Although closing garbage dumps in the near future is most likely beneficial for the environment, we have to make sure that we don’t harm those species that came to rely on them,” she says.

Journal reference: Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12365

https://www.sott.net/article/321729-Fast-food-binges-from-garbage-dumps-turning-bears-into-couch-potatoes

Woman Adopts 21-Year-Old Cat Abandoned By Owner, Creates Bucket List Full Of Adventures


At the sunset of his life, 21-year-old cat Tigger was left behind by his owner at a local veterinary clinic. Depressed and disoriented, he couldn’t comprehend why. But then Adriene Nicole showed up. She read his story on the Canton Neighbors page and chose to adopt him. She wished to provide him the love and care he deserved.

Unfortunately, Nicole shortly found out that Tigger had kidney failure and a tumor. But that didn’t hold Nicole back: “Though he has kidney failure and we found a tumor, he kicks it like a 12 yr old. We decided to create a bucket list full of random adventures [for Tigger],” she wrote on Facebook.

“Though it might not be much to others, all the little trips outside are a blast for him because he loves to be outdoors… the beach being his favorite so far,” she said. “The most important part is that Tigger’s story just shows how amazing it is to adopt a geriatric pet and give them the best remaining days! He has forever changed our hearts and will hopefully change the hearts of others when it comes to adopting older pets!”

More info: Facebook | h/t: lovemeow


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Covered in ash: Chinstrap penguins threatened by volcanic eruption


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Volcanic ash threatens an enormous colony of chinstrap penguins.

The hatcheries of migratory penguins can be magical places, full of fluffy chicks and doting parents. But things are less picturesque when you add volcanic ash to the mix. A volcano on the northernmost island of an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean has been spewing ash and smoke since March, threatening one of the largest colonies of penguins in the world, according to a new study.

Zavodovski Island, one of the South Sandwich Islands, is uninhabited by humans, but it is home to more than 1 million chinstrap penguins, according to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). BAS researchers found the volcanic eruption via satellite imagery and fishermen from nearby South Georgia were able to photograph ash blowing eastward across the island over penguin-nesting grounds.

“We donꞌt know what impact the ash will have on the penguins,” Peter Fretwell, a geographer with the BAS, said in a statement. “If it has been heavy and widespread it may have a serious effect on the population.”

The chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) stands about 30 inches (75 centimeters) tall and eats mostly krill (tiny crustaceans). These penguins are abundant throughout the sub-Antarctic region, and there are at least 8 million in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The penguins forage at sea from March until November, when they return to their colonies to breed. When the eruption began in March, some straggling penguins may have still been molting, shedding old feathers and growing new ones, and were unable to leave the island, said Wayne Trivelpiece, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service who has studied penguins for 40 years.

There is evidence of prior volcanic activity on Zavodovski Island, according to the BAS, but the extent of that volcanism and its effect on wildlife on the remote island are unknown. Two expeditions are planned later this year to evaluate damage from the eruption, Fretwell said.

But the main effects of the eruption, Trivelpiece said, won’t be known until the penguins return to the island, where 10 to 15 percent of the world’s chinstraps nest. “If the ash covers everything, that will make a difference,” he said, “That’s not going to be good terrain to lay eggs in.”

Ultimately, like the BAS, Trivelpiece is taking a wait-and-see approach in assessing the effects of the eruption by Mount Curry on the island’s penguin population. He said the ash could be blown out to sea, or the “very adaptable” chinstraps may find alternative nesting grounds.

“We donꞌt really know,” Trivelpiece told Live Science. “We’d just be guessing.”

https://www.sott.net/article/321751-Covered-in-ash-Chinstrap-penguins-threatened-by-volcanic-eruption

Olympics Mascot Juma the Jaguar Shot Dead


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The Brazilian team’s official mascot for the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro this August is a smiling cartoon jaguar named Ginga. But a real, live jaguar named Juma was probably not very happy after an Olympic torch relay ceremony held June 20 in Manaus, Brazil.

Juma lived in the Brazilian Amazon — in a zoo that’s attached to a military jungle training camp. The 17-year-old jaguar spent her life there, ever since she was taken in as a cub after her mother died.

As the Olympic torch was carried through the camp, Juma — who’d been drugged beforehand – was removed from her enclosure, chained and put on display. After she was returned to her enclosure, she managed to escape. Still inside the zoo, she was shot with four tranquilizer darts. When she approached a soldier, Juma was shot dead.

The army’s press office said Juma, a “docile animal used to living among people at the center,” was killed to protect the soldiers.

Why was a member of a threatened species – jaguars are already extinct in Uruguay and El Salvador – subjected to such a stressful event?

Rescued jaguars are “sometimes kept as mascots by jungle battalions and shown at military parades,” BBC Brazil reports. Juma was a mascot for the Manaus infantry battalion.

“Often, jaguars already are stressed by being kept in captivity, that’s only compounded when they’re exposed to hubbub,” University of Brasilia animal behavior scientist Joao Paulo Castro told BBC Brazil. The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee was responsible for this irresponsible event.

 

“We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal,” it said in a statement. “This image goes against our beliefs and our values. We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.”

Putting Juma on display was not authorized, according to the Amazonas State Institute for Environmental Protection (Ipaam), which oversees the use of wild animals in Brazil.

“No request was made to authorize the participation of the jaguar ‘Juma’ in the event of the Olympic torch,” Ipaam stated. The organization is investigating the incident.

The killing of Juma has sparked outrage around the world. The Rio 2016 Facebook page is filled with angry comments from people appalled by her death and vowing not to watch the Olympics.

Carlos Durigan, director of WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Brazil, is among the many wildlife experts who don’t think Juma belonged at the torch ceremony.

“I don’t think the jaguar is a good mascot, especially like this – chained up, like a trophy on display,” Durigan told the Guardian.

“Even in her reportedly drugged state, this jaguar knew to bolt from her life of misery the second she could, and she paid for her yearning for freedom with her life,” said Brittany Peet, director of the PETA Foundation’s captive animal law enforcement. “When will we learn?”

In its statement about the killing of Juma, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee said, “Even when interaction with wild animals is part of the local culture, the exhibition of these species will not be permitted on the torch relay.”

On the torch relay? Under no circumstances should a wild animal be subjected to such stress during any other event, merely for people’s entertainment – even when it’s allegedly “part of local culture.”

Demand justice for Juma by signing and sharing this petition urging Ipaam to stop allowing wild animals to be used at events.

And if there’s an issue that you care about, whether it’s local or national, start your own petition! Use this guide to get started and watch it grow as the Care2 community rallies around your cause.

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