Saturday, May 14, 2016

Animal Rights Group Hopes Graphic Footage Will End France's Foie Gras Love Affair | VICE News

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What we do to the honeybees, we do to ourselves - biologist

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Published on May 13, 2016
The food you buy at the grocery store is getting more expensive, and honeybees ‒ or the lack thereof ‒ are a big reason why. Nearly half of US honey hives (44 percent) collapsed in the last 12 months. And that spells problems for agriculture that depends on bees for pollination. Dr. Reese Halter, a conservation biologist, joins ‘News with Ed’ to explain what’s killing off the honeybees ‒ and how it might just kill us off too. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/7cih


DNC hires Wall Street-funded politician to oversee convention

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Of course! And really, why not? it's not like he was not already overtly doing it for FREE!...


The blatant corruption of the DNC is a disgrace to the meaning of the word DEMOCRACY... not so democratic and their chosen one HRC, is nothing but a moderate Republican!
 
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Protect mountain gorillas from oil extraction | African Wildlife Foundation

Protect mountain gorillas from oil extraction | African Wildlife Foundation
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Virunga’s rangers care about the park and its gorillas so much they are literally willing to give up their lives to defend it. And international NGOs are rallying to call upon UNESCO and the governments of the DRC and Uganda to reach an agreement to ban oil drilling that would affect the park.




Congo’s rare mountain gorillas can’t catch a break | Grist

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Stop oil extraction in mountain gorilla habitat

Stand with African Wildlife Foundation against greedy corporations attempting to drill for oil in Virunga National Park, home of the critically endangered mountain gorilla.





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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Protected Wild Horses Dying for Ranchers’ Profit - The Daily Beast

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Wild horses, long an inspiring symbol of the American West, are under attack and about to be dragged away by a group of ranchers in Utah.


Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson ruled that a case brought by the ranchers seeking to eliminate around 1,350 protected wild mustangs, which they claim have become a nuisance, can go forward.


They allege that the Bureau of Land Management, who is responsible for the land and native horse herds in question, haven’t properly kept the population under control.


Should the suit prevail, the animals will face an uncertain future.


“They round them up with helicopters,” Roy explains. “They drive them into traps. They separate them from their families. You know, wild horses are very social animals, they live in social bands mostly consisting of a stallion, his mares, and their offspring.


They throw them into holding pens, where they’re either put up for adoption if they’re under age ten or, if they’re over age ten, they can be put up for auction for as little as $25 a piece.” (to see BLM auction page:https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/onlinegallery.php?horseCategory=527)


http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/media/wyoming-checkerboard-wild-horse-deaths-holding


And, Roy notes, conditions can be less than ideal while the noble creatures await their fate.

“The BLM will say, ‘Oh, we only have a 1 percent death rate from the round up.’ But then they never tell you what happens in the pens in the days and the months after they’re rounded up, and a lot of them die from traumatic injuries,” she says.

The Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act passed by Congress in 1971 declares “wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death.” Wild horses are typically docile animals that pose no threat to humans unless aggressively approached.

Sadly, according to documents obtained by the AWHPC under the Freedom of Information Act, a round-up of wild stallions in Wyoming similar to the one the Utah ranchers seek has thus far led to the death in captivity of some 75 animals, from reasons including “neck, brain, spinal, leg, pelvis sudden injury” (22 deaths) and a variety of other causes, including at least one case of “trauma to penis.”


*Please follow link to read the (heartbreaking & infuriating) full story...

Museum of Science Firefly Watch | Citizen Project Home

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Did you know that there are more than 2000 species of fireflies?  


The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, and commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey.


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Monday, May 9, 2016