Saturday, October 18, 2008

Baraza » The “Deadly Dozen”: Climate change, wildlife and disease

Baraza » The “Deadly Dozen”: Climate change, wildlife and disease


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Austin, TX | Puppy found dead in dryer

KXAN.com - News, Weather, Sports - Austin, TX Puppy found dead in dryer

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) - San Marcos police and animal control investigators are trying to determine how a 10-month-old puppy died in a clothes dryer inside an apartment.
An investigation is ongoing into whether the death was an accident or a disturbing case of animal cruelty.
"It's very disturbing," said Animal Services Manager Bert Strattemann. "Anytime you see an animal in the condition that this one was, it's very disturbing."
A roommate of the dog's owner found the 12-pound miniature pinscher dead inside the dryer early Wednesday morning, police said. Witnesses tell investigators someone let the dog inside from the patio at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The puppy, Bentley, was found dead in the front loading dryer three hours later. The owner was asleep in a nearby bedroom.
"We are trying to determine if this was intentional or an accident," said Strattemann.
Four male roommates, including the puppy's owner, lived in the apartment at the Cabana Beach complex in San Marcos and shared the laundry facilities. Investigators are talking to all of the residents and guests who may have been inside the apartment Wednesday morning.
"At this time, it's an ongoing investigation," said Strattemann. "We're pursuing it heavily."
A necropsy performed by a local veterinarian determined the puppy died from trauma caused by being inside the dryer. If investigators determine this was not an accident, the suspect could face animal cruelty charges.
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Friday, October 17, 2008

AWF: Stockpiled Ivory to Be Auctioned by Four African Countries

AWF: Stockpiled Ivory to Be Auctioned by Four African Countries
The sale of ivory stockpiles from African countries with well-managed elephant populations will move forward in late October. © Craig R. Sholley.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA--Approximately 119 tons of stockpiled ivory from more than 10,000 elephants will be auctioned from four southern African nations starting in late October. The sale is the first to be sanctioned in nearly a decade.
Japan, approved by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) as an ivory importer in 2007, and China, which got the green light from CITES this summer, will bid on the stockpiled ivory.
Since its 1989 ban on the ivory trade, CITES has twice allowed countries with growing and well-managed elephant populations to sell ivory stockpiles, requiring them to reinvest the proceeds in elephant conservation. Each sale has sparked controversy, with many conservationists arguing that such transactions encourage elephant poaching and fuel the illegal ivory trade.
The debate surrounding the CITES’ decision underscores the disparate challenges facing elephant conservationists across Africa. While strong in some countries, elephant populations are still struggling to rebound from near decimation in others. Loss of land and habitat fragmentation are two of the greatest threats to these iconic pachyderms, which need vast areas to feed and thrive.
Through its Africa Heartland Program, AWF works to combine parks, private lands and community areas into large conservation landscapes that give elephants and other wildlife the room they need to thrive. It is our belief that such large-landscape conservation is the soundest strategy for securing the future of Africa’s magnificent elephants across the continent.

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PETITION: 'The Great Ape Protection Act' - National Anti-Vivisection Society:

National Anti-Vivisection Society:

Federal: Bill Would Liberate Great Apes from Laboratory Cages
Bill Details:
Name: The Great Ape Protection Act Number: HR 5852
Call for Action: Please write to your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to support HR 5852Summary of bill.

The Great Ape Protection Act, HR 5852, would prohibit invasive research on great apes, including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons. It would furthermore prohibit the use of federal funds to conduct invasive research on a great ape, the breeding of great apes for the purpose of use in research, and the transport of a great ape for the purpose of conducting invasive experiments.
In a separate provision, this bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for the permanent retirement of all great apes owned or under the control of the federal government that have been used for invasive research.

Great apes, which have been used since the 1950s as models for physiological, biomedical, and behavioral studies, are intelligent and social animals whose physical and mental similarities to humans indicate that their pain, needs and emotions are comparable to those experienced by humans. Concern over the long term care of chimpanzees (who can have a life-span of up to 65 years in captivity), was the reason that the CHIMP Act was passed in 2000, and amended to make retirement to a sanctuary permanent in 2007.

This bipartisan bill is being sponsored by Representative Edolphus Towns (NY), with seven co-sponsors, Representatives Tomas Allen (ME), Roscoe Bartlett (MD), Mary Bono Mack (CA), Bruce Braley (IA), John Campbell (CA), James Langevin (RI), and David Reichert (WA). The New England Anti-Vivisection Society’s Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, has promoted a legislative ban on research on great apes, a move that is strongly support by the Humane Society of the U.S. and, of course, The National Anti-Vivisection Society.

Please take action now and ask your U.S. Representative to support HR 5852 to ban the use of great apes for research. If your Representative is not already a sponsor, please ask him/her to become a sponsor of this important bill.

Take Action Now! ( https://secure2.convio.net/navs/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=259 )
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Help Send Lucky to The Elephant Sanctuary: An All Creatures Action Alert!

PETITIONS:

Petiton on Myspace:
Retire Lucky the Elephant - http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=189479049

Petition on Voice for Animals:
A Dream of Freedom for Lucky - http://www.voiceforanimals.org/freelucky.htm


Also, a pdf petition from ' Voice for Animals' - If you know others that would like to help Lucky, you can use this!
http://www.voiceforanimals.org/PETITIONTOFREELUCKY[1].pdf


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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Animals Save the Planet

The Animals Save the Planet

You gotta see this!


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Organic Clothing, Eco-friendly Gifts for Sustainable Living Every Day,Peaceful Valley Earth Friendly Clothing & Gifts,eco-friendly,environmentally friendly,sustainable

Organic Clothing, Eco-friendly Gifts for Sustainable Living Every Day,Peaceful Valley Earth Friendly Clothing & Gifts,eco-friendly,environmentally friendly,sustainable


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Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue Home Page

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue Home Page


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Peaceful Valley

PEACEFUL VALLEY RESCUES!

Donkey & Burro Rescue, Sanctuary & Memorial Ranch are found throughout the United States.
Follow links for more information on how you can help!
Learn about 'Compassionate Education' for young people and children.
Also, see how you can Rescue, Sponser, Adopt and more!


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All Natural Cleaning Products and Personal Care Products - Seaside Naturals

All Natural Cleaning Products and Personal Care Products - Seaside Naturals

A Pround Member of PETA!

Seaside Naturals is a women owned, family operated business that manufactures all natural cleaning products, personal care products, baby care products and pet care products in Connecticut. By combining natural and organic ingredients with special blends of pure essential oils, our company strives to produce premium effective products that are safe for the consumer, their families, pets and the environment. Seaside Naturals consciously uses environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques, local suppliers, recycled and sustainable materials when available.

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Global Warming, Peak Oil, Resource Depletion, and Sustainable Living

Global Warming, Peak Oil, Resource Depletion, and Sustainable Living


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Photos: 10 Animals Facing Extinction - Photo Essays - TIME

Photos: 10 Animals Facing Extinction - Photo Essays - TIME

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has released its Red List of the world's most threatened plants and animals. Here's a look at some of the animals on the verge of extinction

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TIME - 10 Questions Submit questions for Ingrid Newkirk ( PETA )

TIME - 10 Questions Submit questions for Ingrid Newkirk (PETA)

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As co-founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world’s largest animal-rights organization, Ingrid Newkirk has championed her cause using everything from nude celebrity ads to a request that Ben and Jerry’s use human breast milk in their ice cream. Her new book, One Can Make a Difference, is on bookshelves now. Use the form below to submit your questions for Ingrid Newkirk; then look for the upcoming interview in TIME magazine.


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