Day: January 6, 2021

I do not like animal abusers

Humans are for me one of many living beings on this earth who have the same right to live here as other living beings.
Anyone who abuses or tortures an animal devalues his own humanity.

I am then incidentally a misanthrope, as I don’t like child molesters, sadists, murderers, thieves, liars, and animal abusers.

regards and good night, Venus

Veganuary 2021: Sign-ups are Breaking All Records – Over 500,000 People Have Already Pledged to go Vegan In Just First Week.

Veganuary 2021 sign-ups are breaking all records as less than a week into January over 500,000 people have already pledged to go vegan.

Record 500,000 people pledge to eat only vegan food in January

Veganuary taken up by rising number of people trying plant-based alternatives to meat.

A record 500,000 people have signed up to the Veganuary challenge to eat only plant-based foods for a month. The milestone is double the number who pledged to go vegan for January in 2019.

A quarter of those taking up the challenge – 125,000 – are in the UK,

Read all about it, and lots more at:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/05/veganuary-record-number-people-pledge-eat-vegan-food-january

USA: Save Tule Elk From Being Killed / Baby Trump Vetoes Bill that Would Eliminate Use of Large-scale Driftnet Fishing in Federal Waters. Please Support Campaigns.

SAVE TULE ELK FROM BEING KILLED (seaturtles.org)

Next week, the fate of the free-roaming tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore will be decided.

I need your help right now to protect these magnificent animals from being removed—or worse, killed—from the National Seashore.

Tell California officials to vigorously oppose the Point Reyes-North District Golden Gate NRA General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement at next Thursday’s hearing of the California Coastal Commission.

The plan will eliminate the free-ranging tule elk in Point Reyes National Seashore, despite vehement opposition from California residents and wildlife advocates.

Up until a few decades ago, tule elk, endemic to California, were thought to be extinct as a result of unfettered commercial hunting and displacement by cattle. Many California residents and groups, including the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, spent decades working to re-establish a free-ranging herd on the National Seashore.

Today, the tule elk are living proof of the success of conservation. 

Please let California officials know that it is unreasonable to support the Point Reyes-North District Golden Gate NRA General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement—a plan that will eliminate the free-ranging tule elk that were so recently brought back from the brink of extinction, and that the Park Service and many others fought so hard to re-introduce.

This disastrous plan is up for a vote NEXT THURSDAY, January 14.

Please let California officials know that you oppose this proposal not only for its plans to eliminate tule elk from the Point Reyes National Seashore but for the additional and expanded agricultural uses which are certain to cause further conflicts between ranching operations and native wildlife.

Thank you for your support,  

Our ocean just suffered a huge loss.

On Friday, President Trump vetoed a bill that would gradually eliminate the use of large-scale driftnet fishing in federal waters off the coast of California.

The West Coast driftnet fishery is the only one remaining in the United States for good reason — this antiquated fishing method catches and kills marine animals in horrifying amounts. In addition to potentially saving the Pacific leatherback sea turtle from extinction, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act would have provided funds for fishers to transition to more sustainable fishing methods with less bycatch of non-target species.

This attack on protected marine species is an attack on our ocean, our environment, our climate, and YOUR voice, Mark.

And Turtle Island Restoration Network and our partners will respond immediately — and do everything within our power to ensure the legislation is re-introduced under the Biden administration and signed into law. We won’t be able to respond so effectively without the support of activists like you.

Please help us share this disappointing news on Facebook and Twitter.

If Trump’s veto is allowed to stand, innocent marine animals — like whales, dolphins, fish, and sharks — will continue to be captured, injured, and even killed with little-to-no environmental review, public input, or analysis of long-term impacts on the environment, our economy, or the people who live near this habitat. 

Make no mistake: this decision is a clear attempt to put politics above common-sense wins for wildlife and for fishers.

We must — and will — do everything in our power to stop the Trump administration’s veto and save our ocean, including fighting back in federal court if necessary.

Thank you for standing with us at this critical moment.

Sincerely,  

Annalisa Batanides Tuel
     Policy & Advocacy Manager 
     Turtle Island Restoration Network

Trump cartoon posted on Port Washington-Saukville District Facebook

Palm oil destroys life

By now, you may have heard about palm oil: it’s a substance used in many products as a preservative, appearing in everything from foods to bath soaps.
Unfortunately, the way we farm it is rife with environmental and animal abuses. That’s why it’s so disheartening to learn that a brand like “Earth Balance” that produces vegan products and claims to be both environmentally and animal friendly actually uses it in their products.

Palm oil is a vegetable oil made from the fruit of an African oil palm tree and it’s the leading cause of orangutan extinction. That’s because these primates’ habitat is being cleared rapidly to make room for palm oil plantations.

And when their habitat disappears, they are forced into spaces where they come into more conflict with humans and are poached.

Even worse: farmers often set fire to the orangutans’ forest homes, causing whole animal communities to go up in flames.

Just in the past few years, wildlife sanctuaries have seen huge increases in the number of horrifically burnt orangutans needing immediate life-saving care.

But not only are orangutans threatened by palm oil plantations, so is the broader environment. The palm oil tree can only grow in extremely humid conditions, but that’s where tropical forests are that act as a carbon sink for us.

Carbon sinks are important because they absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and when they’re upended, all of that stored carbon is released — making things that much worse.

So every time another forest is bulldozed to plant palm oil trees, we are inching closer to both devastating climate change and the loss of the entire orangutan species!

Destroyed forest, destroyed habitat

Palm oil is found in somewhere around 50% of western products. While it’s good for individual consumers to try not to buy products with palm oil, that’s not possible for everyone to practice, nor does everyone know how bad it is to support this industry.

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The Goodfellow tree Kangaroo

This cute kangaroo is endemic to the Huon Peninsula in northeast New Guinea.
A population on Umboi Island was likely introduced by humans.
The Goodfellow tree kangaroo is a medium-sized, short-tailed tree kangaroo.


Unlike the kangaroo we know, the fluffy tree kangaroo doesn’t live on the ground, but rather in the high treetops of the rainforests of Australia and New Guinea.

Females reach a head-body length of 51 to 63 cm, males are in most cases 61 to 66 cm larger.
The tail of the females is 45.5 to 68.5 cm long and the male is 55.5 to 62 cm long.
The weight of the animals is between 7 and 10.5 kg.

The fur is dense and rich in contrast. The basic color is brown, throat, chest, forearms and lower legs, the insides of arms and legs, hands and feet, the tail, the muzzle, and the ears are light yellowish.

They have bear-like claws so that they can hold on to the trees. The fur colors also vary depending on the species. There are tree kangaroos with black, gray or gray-brown, red or even white fur.
The animals are solitary, not easy to meet, and inhabit relatively extensive territories, usually over 120 hectares in size.
Overlaps with the territories of other animals of the same sex occur.

Goodfellow tree kangaroos feed primarily on leaves of trees, shrubs, ferns, orchids, and herbs.

Fruits and flowers are also eaten, but makeup only a small part of the diet.

The sexes lead a solitary way of life and only meet briefly to mate. The females have a well-developed pouch that opens upwards.
Inside the bag, there are four teats for suckling the offspring.
After a gestation period of 30 to 40 days, the female gives birth to one or two young animals that are only two centimeters long and weigh one to two grams.

The birth takes place in a sitting position. The little developed young animals are in the embryonic stage at birth and crawl independently from the birth canal into the pouch and suck on one of the teats. The young remain in the bag for about six months before they lookout for the first time.
The kittens leave the pouch for the first time at eight months, but keep returning to the pouch. By the age of ten to twelve months, they are weaned and independent.

The Goodfellow tree kangaroo is unfortunately threatened because of the heavy hunting of the animals by the local population and the clearing of the forests and is listed as critically endangered in the IUCN Red List.

The total range of the species is less than 14,000 km² and the total number of fully grown individuals is estimated at only 2500 specimens.
The last retreat points are now only in a few reserves in the highland rainforests.

However, it is only a matter of time before these forests will also fall victim to the chainsaws of the wood industry. Goodfellow tree kangaroos are an easy target for poachers, as the animals move slowly and can hardly escape.

http://www.tierdoku.com/index.php

And I mean…We are just a somewhat advanced breed of monkeys who have made themselves the only living being with rights through the right to vote, and who can decide about the (hardly existing) rights of animals.
So this brood of monkeys, human species, is no better in any way, but it just took that right away.

One of the worst injustices on the planet is that the human species is getting more and more and the animal species is getting less and less

My best regards to all, Venus