Month: September 2019

Lets finish today with a really great story.

 

 

Lets finish today with a really great story;

An elephant’s memory really is a powerful thing. We know that they can remember faces and smells, and recall paths to water and food sources, even decades later. Loijuk, an orphaned elephant who was rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild, also will never forget the caretakers that saved her life.

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) rescued her at five months of age, nurtured her, and returned her to the wild, where she has lived for several years. Still, she often returns to visit the people who gave her a second chance at life.

Recently, Loijuk had something special to show her caretakers.

Her own baby, now named Lili, was just a few hours old when the mother-daughter pair visited the sanctuary most recently.

In an incredible moment of human-animal encounter, Loijuk allowed her wobbly newborn to meet the sanctuary’s head keeper, Benjamin Kyalo. After petting her smooth skin, he breathed into Lili’s trunk so that she learns his scent for reunions later on.

Thanks to these visits, SWT staff can monitor the elephants and ensure that Lili is healthy and growing. Lili is the 31st calf born to orphaned elephants raised by the sanctuary and returned to the wild.

Loijuk’s story is a testament to the power of saving even one elephant. Because of her, a new elephant family has begun.

 

Austria : Give your vote for Martin Balluch – for the animals!

 

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This short article actually only concerns readers who live in Austria and will take part in the federal elections next Sunday, 29th September.

In the party JETZT (NOW) arises as independent candidate the animal rights activist Dr.Dr. Martin Balluch.

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Martin Balluch is an Austrian physicist, philosopher, and prominently animal rights activist. He has been ONE of Europe’s animal rights activists for decades and works with all his might for animal welfare.

He was able to contribute to some successes, in particular to the prohibition of fur farms and wildlife circuses, the prohibition of laying batteries, animal experiments on apes and the caging of meat rabbits, to the establishment of animal protection as a state goal in the Federal Constitution and the ban on poultry boxes for mother pigs.

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The philosopher Peter Singer has called Balluch “one of the foremost spokesmen in the worldwide animal rights movement for pursuing the nonviolent, democratic road to reform. ” He was invited to run as a Green Party candidate in September 2008.

As the main defendant, Balluch and other thirteen animal rights activists stood trial in the scandalous “animal rights activists process” on March 2, 2010. With the unfounded charge that he and the other animal rights activists of the “Association Against Animal Factories (VgT Austria)” were involved in a criminal organization.
This led to international proceedings and on May 2, 2011, all 13 defendants were acquitted of all charges after more than thirteen months of pre-trial detention.

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Martin Balluch on his candidacy ” I don`t know exactly what to expect if I am elected to Parliament and I therefore can not promise concrete progress. But I can promise that I want to raise the issue of animal protection, always and everywhere, and constantly criticize the government for its failures in animal welfare and to show them the crimes they are responsible for against the so-called livestock.

Parliament does not have the task of appealing to the people to be kind to animals. Parliament has the task of setting the course so that society changes in such a way that animals are no longer maltreated”.

Austria, September 29, 2019: List JETZT –

Who wants animal welfare, must choose Balluch!

 

My best regards to all, Venus

Tanzania / USA: Under Trump, the U.S. Department of the Interior Reversed a Ban on Elephant-Trophy Imports.

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Hi Mark,

A threatened lion in Tanzania was gunned down for sport — and now the killer will be bringing the body home to hang on his wall.

This is the first trophy-import permit for a Tanzanian lion issued since these majestic cats were protected under the Endangered Species Act. And it could kick the door wide open for elephants, lions and more species to be shot in Tanzania so their bodies can be dragged back to the States.

We must put an end to this kind of behaviour before it spreads. Please give now to support our fight to save lions and other endangered species.

Despite Trump calling trophy hunting a “horror show,” his administration has repeatedly gone out of its way to clear the path for overseas slaughter of threatened species.

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First the U.S. Department of the Interior reversed a ban on elephant-trophy imports from Zimbabwe. Then it created a council riddled with conflicts of interest and packed with Safari Club members and NRA bigwigs to “advise” on trophy-hunting decisions.

And now we’re seeing the results: the first permit for a Tanzanian lion being issued to a Florida-based hunter. It’s no coincidence this lion killer’s legal representative sits on Interior’s sham, pro-trophy-hunting council.

This permit bodes ill for wildlife in Tanzania, home to roughly 40 percent of Africa’s lions and up to half of the elephants in eastern Africa. The administration could greenlight more lion, and maybe even elephant, trophy imports.

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Trophy hunting of the world’s threatened species must be stopped.

We’re in the courts fighting the administration’s pro-trophy agenda. And we’re rallying our members to push Congress to use its legislative powers to abolish the pro-trophy hunting council and force these import decisions into the public eye.

It’s past time to put an end to the fat-cat privilege of gunning down the Earth’s magnificent, rare wildlife for the sake of an ego boost.

Please give now to support our fight to stop trophy-hunt imports.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

 

 

Egypt: Thousands of Years Ago A Civilised Nation – But No Longer – Help Horses and Camels Who Are Whipped, Beaten, and Abused for Tourist Rides in Egypt.

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Help Horses and Camels Who Are Whipped, Beaten, and Abused for Tourist Rides in Egypt

PETA Asia’s latest investigation in Egypt has revealed horrific abuse of horses and camels forced to haul visitors on their backs or in carriages at top tourist sites in the blistering heat. The animals are often denied access to food, water, and shade.

Eyewitnesses also observed camels being viciously beaten with sticks by men and children at the Birqash Camel Market before being sold to the tourism industry. Some are even sold for meat.

Take Action Now

If you’re planning to visit Egypt, please do not ride an animal or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. When you book your trip, ask your tour company and hotel whether they promote these rides. If they do, explain why they should stop doing so.

Animals are living, feeling beings who suffer in this industry. They give rides only because they’re compelled to. Please urge Egypt’s Minister of Tourism to end this abuse by banning the use of animals at these sites.

Action Link – https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/37257/action/1

UN: The World Knows That Global Warming Is A Major Issue – Apart from Trump, That Is.

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Greta Thunberg: ‘Leaders failed us on climate change’

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49795270

Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg has made a passionate speech to world leaders at the UN, accusing them of failing to act on climate change.

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she told a UN climate summit in New York.

About 60 world leaders are taking part in the one-day meeting organised by UN Secretary General António Guterres.

He earlier said countries could only speak at the summit if they came with action plans to cut carbon emissions.

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US President Donald Trump, a climate change sceptic, had not been expected at the meeting – but he was briefly spotted in the audience.

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Brazil and Saudi Arabia are among the countries staying away.

 

What did Greta Thunberg say?

In an emotional speech, she said: “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” the 16-year-old said.

And she urged world leaders to act urgently, saying: “We will be watching you.”

What did world leaders say?

Mr Guterres, who organised the meeting, said the world was “in a deep climate hole” and that urgent action was needed.

“Time is running out, but it’s not too late,” he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would double to €4bn (£3.5bn; $4.4bn) it financial commitment to fight global warming.

French President Emmanuel Macron said international organisations had pledged to release $500m in additional aid to protect tropical forests.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said things “are starting to turn around” in the country.

“Our gross emissions peaked in 2006, over 80% of our electricity already comes from renewable hydro and wind, and we have begun an ambitious agenda.

“We have introduced in parliament the zero carbon bill, the purpose of which is to ensure New Zealand lives within the threshold of 1.5C of global warming necessary to avoid catastrophic weather events for our Pacific neighbours.”

Scientists’ warning

The summit comes days after several million people took part in a global climate strike led by youth activists.

Ahead of the meeting, scientists warned the signs and impacts of global warming were speeding up.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere between 2015 and 2019 had grown by 20% compared with the previous five years.

“We should listen to the loud cry coming from the schoolchildren,” said Professor Brian Hoskins, chair of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, and professor of meteorology at the University of Reading.

“There is an emergency – one for action in both rapidly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions towards zero and adapting to the inevitable changes in climate,” he said.

Scientists plead with politicians

By Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst

As the dangers of climate heating become ever more apparent, so does the absence of collective will to tackle the issue.

In 2015 in Paris, all the world’s leaders sounded their determination to curb the emissions that were heating the climate.

The summit will see a host of initiatives from businesses and small- and medium-sized nations.

But President Trump is encouraging fossil fuel use in every way he can.

And China – in spite of its trend-setting commitment to solar and wind power – is still building new coal-fired power stations.

Even the UK, a global leader in climate policy-making, is veering away from its own medium-term targets to cut emissions.

The government is still aiming to expand Heathrow airport and increase the road network in a way that will increase emissions in those sectors.

Politicians appear to believe climate change can be challenged with a version of economic business as usual.

Their scientists are telling them with increasing desperation that we humans are facing an unprecedented threat in need of an unprecedented response.

 

Need proof ? – see:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/23/switzerland-pizol-glacier-swiss-hold-funeral-for-ice-lost-to-global-warming/ 

A woman takes part in a ceremony to mark the "death" of the Pizol glacier

Locals, hikers and environmental campaigners attended the "funeral march" for the Pizol glacier

Lebanon: with mafia methods against migratory birds

 

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Report from “Committee against the bird murder e.V”.

War against train birds in Lebanon: In the first days of the large committee bird protection camp in Lebanon, our teams have already observed hundreds of hunters who, without regard to and in violation of the hunting law, have attacked everything within reach of their guns.

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Not far from the city of Danniyeh in the north of the “Cedar State”, a committee team witnessed a true migratory bird massacre: Hunters had set up electronic decoys with goat-song singing during the night and shot at the birds with the help of giant spotlights.

Hundreds of shots were fired without the police intervening. As dawn set in, we inspected the area and found dozens of dead birds – especially goat’s milkweed, scops owls and a short-toed eagle (see current photos).

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One of the owls was still alive, but died shortly thereafter of their serious injuries. The committee and its partners SPNL have today called on the government to significantly expand its efforts against poaching to tackle this ecological catastrophe!

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My comment: Every year tens of millions of migratory birds are killed.
In Lebanon, in Cyprus, in Malta … Exhausted from the journey that lies behind them, the birds there look for a shelter to rest. The murders exploit this moment and shoot the animals up close. The result: Every year environmental activists read about 25 million empty cartridge cases.

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Machismo culture plays an important role in poaching: men proudly pose in photographs with their trophies taken. The bigger the better. Many upload the pictures on social networks.

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These crimes continue to take place with the help of an offender-friendly system and of course of a society that claims to be “tolerant”, which is nothing but cowardice openly to condemning these crimes.

My best regards, Venus

We’re Not Different In Any Important Way.

Thanks Stacey !

 

 

Bigotry begins when categories such as race, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or species are used to justify discrimination.

Speciesism—like sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination—is an oppressive belief system in which those with power draw boundaries to justify using or excluding their fellow beings who are less powerful. A human supremacist line of “reasoning” is used to defend treating other living, feeling beings like research tools, fabric, toys, or even food ingredients—even though they share our capacity for pain, hunger, fear, thirst, love, joy, and loneliness and have as much interest in freedom and staying alive as humans do.

From childhood, most humans are conditioned to view certain species as worthy of care and compassion and others as less important or unworthy—based on arbitrary human preferences. This toxic view also leads humans to draw groundless distinctions between animal species based on the worth of those animals to them. Consider the following examples:

 

  • Animals are often referred to as property. Many humans call themselves an animal’s “owner” and refer to the animal as “it,” as if he or she were an inanimate object like a table or a chair.
  • Most humans wouldn’t dream of keeping their dog in a cramped, crowded warehouse on a slab of filthy concrete, which is the way pigs are treated in the food industry—even though pigs are able to experience the same pain, joy, fear, and misery that dogs can.
  • Some people wear coats trimmed with fur from coyotes or stuffed with feathers pulled from a screaming goose, but most of them would never consider tearing fistfuls of fur out of a crying kitten’s back with their own hands.
  • Many people judge other cultures for eating dogs or poaching wildlife while willfully turning a blind eye to their own cruel habits—as if eating other animals or hunting deer were any different.

 

It’s speciesist to believe that the differences between humans and other animals are enough to warrant torturing and killing those we don’t relate to. It’s speciesist to think that we are superior and are therefore somehow justified in raping, caging, and mutilating animals who don’t look exactly like us. It’s speciesist to exploit others because we don’t understand them fully or at all, to assume that they’re not as intelligent as we are when we measure their intelligence in human terms, and to dismiss their suffering because it benefits us.

Whether we have feathers or fur, skin or scales, we’re all able to experience complex feelings such as love, sadness, pain, and joy and we all have a will to live—these things are not unique to humans. Consider these examples:

 

  • Elephants and chimpanzees will mourn and shed tears if a member of their family dies.
  • Mother cows will walk for miles to find their stolen babies.
  • Many orcas stay with their families for life in the oceans.
  • Rats willingly put themselves in harm’s way to save others.
  • Fish like physical contact with other fish and often gently rub against one another—in the same way that a cat weaves in and out of your legs.

Help end speciesism by pledging to recognize that animals are not ours to use or abuse and that all living, feeling beings deserve to be treated with respect and compassion.

 

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Switzerland: Pizol glacier: Swiss hold funeral for ice lost to global warming.

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Pizol glacier: Swiss hold funeral for ice lost to global warming

 

A Swiss glacier lost to global warming has been commemorated at a memorial service in the Alps.

Locals, hikers and environmental campaigners attended the "funeral march" for the Pizol glacier

Dozens of people took part in Sunday’s “funeral march” to mark the disappearance of the Pizol glacier.

The glacier, in the Glarus Alps of northeastern Switzerland, has shrunk to a tiny fraction of its original size.

Scientists say the glacier has lost at least 80% of its volume just since 2006, a trend accelerated by rising global temperatures.

A woman takes part in a ceremony to mark the "death" of the Pizol glacier

As mourners gathered in the Swiss Alps, youth activists and world leaders are in New York to discuss climate change action at the UN.

Saturday’s UN youth summit came a day after millions of people around the world held a global climate strike, inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg.

People look at the Pizol glacier as they take part in a mourning ceremony

Yet despite what action humans take now, a study by Swiss researchers suggests that, by 2050, at least half of Switzerland’s glaciers could vanish.

The Pizol has diminished to such an extent, “from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier”, Alessandra Degiacomi, a Swiss climate campaigner, told AFP news agency.

Now reduced to just a few frozen lumps, the glacier was to be declared dead at the ceremony, the BBC’s Geneva correspondent, Imogen Foulkes, said.

Locals, hikers and environmental campaigners, some dressed in black clothes, trekked up the mountain to pay their respects to the glacier’s remnants, situated at an altitude of around 2,700m (8,850ft), near the Liechtenstein and Austrian borders.

At the ceremony, sombre speeches were to be delivered by a chaplain and scientists and a wreath was to be laid in remembrance of the glacier.

People take part in a funeral march for a glacier lost to global warming

The event was organised by the Swiss Association for Climate Protection (SACP), an initiative calling for carbon dioxide emissions in Switzerland to be reduced to zero by 2050.

A similar ceremony was held in Iceland last month to commemorate Okjokull, a 700-year-old glacier declared dead in 2014.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49788483

 

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USA: Louisiana State University Research Tells Us ‘Eating Crude Oil Is Bad for Birds’, and ‘Birds Don’t Like Captivity’. Tell the Uni to Get A Life And Drop People Who Do This !

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WAV Comment – thank god we have these researchers. Who would guess that eating crude oil is bad for birds, or that birds don’t like captivity – I would never have deduced that. Louisiana State University is obviously at the cutting edge of research when it comes to findings such as this. How much is this so called ‘research’ costing, we ask ? – I think we knew that oil was bad for birds !

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Serial bird tormenter Christine Lattin—whose twisted experiments have uncovered such Earth-shattering discoveries as “eating crude oil is bad for birds”—has brought forth another major advancement in human understanding: Birds don’t like captivity.

Lattin, whose ongoing illumination of the obvious is unsurpassed, recently published a paper describing an experiment that she performed while at Yale University. She captured 21 songbirds and subjected them to both acute and long-term trauma.

The birds, who are naturally highly social, were housed alone in cages, restrained in cloth bags for 30 minutes at a time to induce acute stress, and held in captivity for at least eight weeks before being killed. Some were also given painful injections and further stressed when forced to undergo anesthesia, which involved additional restraint and injections. Wild animals, who are unused to handling, are particularly sensitive to the distressing and disorienting effects of anesthetics.

Lattin’s main conclusion? Wild birds don’t adjust well to captivity.

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This groundbreaking discovery, on par with “water is wet,” makes her once again the winner of today’s “No Duh” Award.

Take action below to urge Louisiana State University, where Lattin now works, to stop her from continuing these twisted and useless experiments on its campus:

 

ACTION

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