Day: November 10, 2018

USA: Federal Judge BLOCKS Construction On Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.

 

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Dear Mark,

I have HUGE NEWS!

A federal judge just blocked construction on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and ordered the government to revise its environmental review of the reckless project.

The judge ruled that the Trump administration violated bedrock environmental laws when approving the proposed pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of dirty, climate-busting tar sands oil each day from Canada’s boreal forest through America’s heartland. Among other things, the judge found that the administration’s environmental impact statement glaringly ignored the pipeline’s obvious impact on climate change, and the high risk of dangerous, hard to clean oil spills.

This court ruling is a major win for NRDC, our partners, Indigenous communities, and environmental activists like you who have been fighting tirelessly to stop this dangerous pipeline for over a decade.

And this news came just hours after 150,000 individuals from across the country — including tens of thousands of NRDC activists — submitted public comments to the State Department opposing its faulty, hastily-produced draft environmental impact statement for Keystone XL.

Read more about this momentous victory on NRDC.org and The New York Times, and then share the good news with friends and family.

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It has been three years since the Obama administration stopped the Keystone XL pipeline from moving forward. Under President Obama, the State Department, which has jurisdiction because the pipeline crosses the U.S./Canada border, concluded that the pipeline was just too dangerous — to our environment and wildlife, to our global climate and drinking water, and to local communities and tribes.

President Trump, backed by the tar sands oil industry, then revived the project by executive order just days after taking office, and he has been doing everything in his power ever since to ensure this destructive pipeline gets built.

But this court order, the result of a lawsuit by NRDC and our allies, sent a message loud and clear: the pipeline is a disaster for our climate, communities, and wildlife, and should be shelved forever.

Of course, the fight’s far from over. We must stay vigilant — the Trump administration is sure to keep pushing the Keystone XL pipeline forward. It might appeal the judge’s ruling, or the State Department may go back and amend their environmental impact statement yet again. But one thing is certain: NRDC, with your support, will keep working — in and out of court — to ensure this climate-wrecking pipeline never sees the light of day.

I hope I can count on you to stand with us in the weeks and months ahead. But today, please join me in celebrating this important victory.

Thanks for joining us in this fight.

Sincerely,

Rhea Suh
President, NRDC

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Hanoi is a good example!

 

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Hanoi, Vietnam, will officially ban the dog meat trade by 2021, Southeast Asia Globe reports.

The announcement follows a statement released in mid-September by the Hanoi People’s Committee, which urges residents of the Vietnamese capital to stop eating dog meat. According to officials, the popularity of dog meat makes the city less favorable to tourists and can lead to the spread of diseases, including rabies and leptospirosis. Additionally, the committee hopes its efforts will encourage locals to “see value in treating animals humanely.”

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Shortly after the announcement, Ngoc Son Nguyen, director of the city’s Department of Health, issued a statement saying that officials would gradually phase out the dog meat trade, adding that it will no longer be available in the city center by 2021. Official statistics indicate that 1,000 shops within Hanoi still sell dog meat.

The decision was praised by the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF), a nonprofit organization that campaigns for the fair treatment of animals in East Asia. “This is not a cultural issue. We do not discuss whether people eat or do not eat dog meat,” said AAF chief representative, Tuan Bendixsen, in a statement. “The problem to be discussed here is that the AAF has a lot of evidence proving the cruelty in the entire process of killing dogs for meat, from transporting, confining to slaughtering them.”

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“It is not right to treat dogs as farm animals like chickens, pigs or cows. And what’s more is that it is almost impossible to distinguish a dog raised in a farm for meat from those stolen from a family,” Bendixsen continued. Data from the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) estimates that 20,000 dogs become victim to the trade each year, many of which are family pets who have been stolen from their homes.

Though cat meat is less popular, the committee asked citizens to stop eating cat meat as well, highlighting the cruel nature of the industry. The city government hopes that the Hanoi cat meat trade can also eventually be phased out.

https://www.livekindly.co/hanoi-becomes-vietnams-first-city-ban-dog-meat-trade/

My comment: WE , the Europeans criticize other countries because they are massacring and eating animals, who WE regard as pets.

WE execute pigs, cows, lambs, rabbits, ducks, chickens too … in the Dachau Farms, here, every day in millions.

These are also animals!
If we degrade useful animals to edible, because they belong to no one, and qualify the pets to non-edible, just because they are not farma animals and have a home, then we support the eternal suffering of the farma animals and abolish the suffering of the home animals.

Therefore, the fight against dog and cat consumption should not be conducted separately and not species-related, but as part of the overall fight against animal exploitation, animal slavery and disgrace for all the animals and all over the world!

 

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Best regards, Venus

 

 

Remembering Animals Who Gave Their Lives In War.

 

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London – November 2018.

Quite rightly; those who gave their lives to defend their homeland should always be remembered.  There are many national events happening in the UK this week to mark the centenary of the end of the First world war – one of, if not the, biggest takers of life of all time.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/the-best-pictures-of-tower-of-londons-stunning-armistice-memorial-lights-a3981516.html

https://news.sky.com/video/10000-lit-torches-in-tower-of-londons-moat-11545197

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2018/nov/05/ten-thousand-torches-light-up-tower-of-london-in-armistice-memorial-video

The Tower of London was illuminated on Sunday evening by thousands of torches, which were lit in its dry moat to mark the centenary of the end of the first world war.

A Beefeater began the ceremony by bringing a flame down from the tower to the moat, which had been filled with smoke. Representatives of the armed forces and volunteers used the flame to ignite about 10,000 torches scattered at the foot of the tower’s walls

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We always remember the fallen humans; but what about the animals that have given their lives in conflict ?

London has many memorials dedicated to the service provided by animals during the great wars.  Every year, whilst the memorial to the fallen soldiers is taking place in London; many people visit the animals memorial to lay wreaths and to thanks the forgotten heroes who were such a force in the war.

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Horses, donkeys and mules fought like heroes in WW1, side by side with millions of soldiers. Over eight million equines fell during the war and without them the outcome could have been very different. 

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On arrival in Egypt in 1930, Dorothy Brooke was determined to find the surviving ex-warhorses of the British, Australian and American forces. These brave and noble horses were sold into a life of hard labour in Cairo when conflict ended.

Searching for them throughout Cairo, Dorothy was appalled to find hundreds of emaciated and worn-out animals desperately in need of help. She wrote a letter to the Morning Post (which later became the Daily Telegraph – London newspaper) exposing their plight.

Read more and visit the Brooke website – a leading animal charity today – https://www.thebrooke.org/about-brooke/history-brooke

 

Rather than the traditional red poppy, Purple Poppies are warm to remember animals in conflict.

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