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Help Shady

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Shady is a 6 year old kitty whom is in need of urgent Veterinary help.  If he does not have surgery soon, he will probably die. However, surgery CAN help Shady.  His “owners” have already spent a fortune on a first operation to save his Life but all that is standing in the way now of operating in order to fix Shady so he can resume a normal life, is the green stuff.

https://www.gofundme.com/saving-shadys-life

If you can DONATE a dollar or five dollars or whatever amount you can, or know someone who can, please do so now by clicking on the Link above.  Seriously, is there even one person out there who is reading this, and will HELP where it counts ??

Shady’s “owners” have already taken out Loans so there’s no need to tell them to get some credit or Loans.  If you have hundreds of dollars or a thousand that is surplus, consider dontaing it to saving an innocent life.  Yes you can donate it to another cause, but if you really feel COMPELLED to help save this sweet little SIX YEAR old cat ( not very old ) …… your doing so  NOW  will be so very much appreciated by beautiful Shady !

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A Dog’s Purpose – BOYCOTT Animal Movies

“He wants to get away, just throw him in”

For god’s sake, don’t we already have enough Movies about animals, especially about our so-called “pets” – dogs and cats?   I don’t watch movies with Animals in them usually because even though the American Humane Society or similar is supposed to monitor the filming for animal cruelty, well, isn’t animal cruelty like “beauty” in the eye of the human beholder?

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/upcoming-movies/animal-cruelty-disturbing-leaked-video-from-film-set-horrifies-viewers/news-story/98be114add016b7fbf312875226ab791

It is artificial and taste-less to me forcing animals into raging waters or similar scenarios, because that is what the human film-makers ARE doing.  They do not nicely “ask” the animal to go into the artificial water or to plunge off a waterfall somehow ( like pointing invitingly to the water or calling them invitingly into raging waters, or talking to them telepathically ) to which the dog happily obeys –  do they??

Take “Milo and Otis” for example.  Disgusting treatment of live aware / sentient beings.

How many kittens, cats and dogs were maimed or killed during the making of this Japanese made movie, which had NO monitoring of its treatment of animals??  Do your own research, and watch the movie and if you have a brain, you will see the abuse suffered by animals in this movie.

So what, many people cry.  They are only dumb animals.  We human beings have the right to control animals.  The animals in Movies are well treated ( apart from being thrown off a waterfall, or being put in front of a viper snake which has had its fangs removed – though the cat doesn’t know that ).   They will get over it, it doesn’t cause long term harm.

Well, how do you know what the effects are?? 

Human beings are also Animals.  Non-human animals behave alot better than many Homo sapiens, if you ask me.  Non-human animals are loyal, don’t ask for much, they are honest, yes they compete in the wild for resources ( food and relationships with other animals ) and may seem to some exhibit un-tasteful behaviour,  BUT it is according to their Universal Laws to survive; while human beings let themselves become lazier and stupider even with the promise of technology ( too easy to use computers for long distance and in-personal communication ), and try to make money from exploiting animals.

Well, I for one, don’t want new made up movies so called about the wonderful animal world.  If I want to relate to an animal, I will go and find one in its natural setting ( or watch an ethically made Documentary ).   Join me in NOT going to see “A Dog’s Purpose” or any other movie with animal “stars”.    The links below are the reference for this post.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/01/18/a-dogs-purpose-video-suspension/?source=gravity&ADID=most-popular

http://www.animalsmattertoo.com/articles/miloandotiscruelty.htm

https://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/tag/the-dog-fighter-movie/

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UPDATE

The premiere of the movie touted to celebrate the relationship between Homo sapien and Canine animals ( ironic ) has been cancelled.  No dogs were killed or maimed in the making of this movie, yes, but how would you a Human Being, like being forced to do something you are terrified of, especially when the reason for it is not justified ???

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/20/a-dogs-purpose-premiere-video-german-shepherd

Easter reminder – look after your Pets

At this time of love and renewal, let us remember our connection & dependence upon our animal companions and the “Animal Kingdom”.   NO Bunnies for Easter unless you love rabbits  AND  are completely prepared to look after them.  NO CUTE KITTENS or PUPPIES either, ever, unless also you know you will be committed to look after them.  All Animals are Souls in animal form, including  US human beings!   We are the species Homo sapiens, a member of the animal kingdom.

Thank you to the non-human animals for your care and love of us, and for your service ( some of it not done willingly or to the animal’s liking or preference ).  I only wish Homo sapiens could be more like non-human Animals –  intuitive, intelligent, loyal, willing to take on others burdens, able to cheer others with a simple action, knowing what they want, getting what they want, and loving ….. right until the end.

Look,  Don’t  touch,  or  BUY  or  TAKE,  unless you can  LOOK AFTER US FOREVER

BE   RESPONSIBLE  –    NEUTER   YOUR  PET  –   DON’T  DUMP ANIMALS

Sea-lions Starving – please Help

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California sea lion (Zalophus californianus)

Monterey Bay, California, USA
by Kevin Schafer, Seattle, Washington, USA

Jenna Ushkowitz was recently filming on a free-diving trip with Oceana at Santa Barbara Island off of Southern California.

She says:

At our dive spot, we saw cliffs known for being covered in sea lions. They were barren.

While I was in the water, a young sea lion pup came up to our boat. It was so skinny. You could see its ribs. It was truly heart breaking.

That starving pup was an undeniable example of the problems sea lions and other ocean animals face – there’s simply not enough forage fish to go around.

Excessive fishing and a combination of ocean conditions have driven down sardine and anchovy populations to such low numbers that sea lion mothers can’t find these fish. With support from the public, Oceana took action and helped win a short-term solution: closing the Pacific sardine fishery last April through next June.

But more sea lion pups will starve if we don’t find a long-term solution.

The United States fishes the same population of Pacific sardines as Mexico and Canada, yet the sardine catch limits do not accurately account for this fact. We must update this calculation to ensure we harvest a responsible share of fish and don’t contribute to international overfishing.

I subscribe to OCEANA’s Newsletters.  Oceana is an excellent organisation that helps marine life worldwide.  Please help them to help our wildlife.

Add your name before October 14 to help save thousands of sea lion pups and restore the abundance of our oceans >>

Thank you

 

Australian government on “probation” – to save the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef In June 2015 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee made a historic decision for the Great Barrier Reef that put the Australian government on probation until the Reef’s health improves.  The Australian Government now has until 2016 to show that its rescue plan is working and until 2019 to demonstrate it has stopped the decline of the Reef. The most significant features of the decision are:

  • The World Heritage Committee expressed concern that the outlook for the Reef is poor and key habitats and species have continued to decline, and listed climate change, poor water quality, and coastal development impacts as the major threats.
  • The Committee will continue its vital role as a watchdog to ensure Australia “rigorously implements all of its commitments”.
  • An acknowledgement that the existing financial commitment to the Reef 2050 plan is an ‘initial’ amount – a clear indication the Committee recognizes that the plan is underfunded.
  • If the Reef’s World Heritage values continue to decline, then an ‘in-danger’ listing will almost certainly be delivered at the 2020 meeting.

Just 12 months ago, the Australian Government had approved plans to dump millions of tonnes of dredge spoil from mega-port expansions into the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. On 1st July, that approval was overturned and WWF expects a ban on dumping from new port development in the Reef’s World Heritage waters to be in force within months. Read more   HERE turtle_Great_Barrier_ReefThe Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and includes over 2,900 reefs, and around 940 islands and cays. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is 345,000 square kilometres in size, five times the size of Tasmania or larger that the United Kingdom and Ireland combined! The reef is immensely diverse. It is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong. Add to that stunning marine suite as many as 3,000 molluscs and thousands of different sponges, worms and crustaceans, 630 species of echinoderms (starfish and sea urchins) and 215 bird species, of which 22 are seabirds. The GBR is listed under all four natural World Heritage criteria for its outstanding universal value.

READ MORE AT THE   WORLD WILDLIFE FUND WEBSITE

GET YOUR COPY OF AUSTRALIA’S   “REEF 2050 PLAN”    HERE

Click on the “Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan” link – to download the FULL plan

FREEWAY – Young American Curl Cat Rescue

Nobody knows how this poor 2 year old American Curl ginger cat got stuck on a Freeway in Arizona, with burns to his paw pads and a bleeding mouth and paws ( some Reports say he got burned by a car engine ) but thanks to Richard Christianson, he was rescued – and now he is okay and has been adopted by his rescuer, and named Freeway.

https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMCMagic/videos/923138421042437/

The 15 second video above shows this kitty clinging for his life to a wire fence.  He will need alot of tender love and care, after going through such an experience.  A news report states that Christianson already has 4 dogs and 3 cats.  Freeway the cat is featured on two Facebook pages, one of them is Richard Christianson’s page, if you want to see how he is faring.

Freeway_catSadly, with the publicity & the nature of social media, the “trolls” come also.  Although anyone with a brain and eyes can see that the Video is authentic and that this cat would very likely have been killed if Richard had not rescued him, someone has been nasty to Richard on his Facebook page, saying it was a scam and he is just trying to make money from this.

Yes, someone else set up a Funding page to get some contributions toward paying for Freeway’s substantial veterinary bills, and via that webpage, Richard stated the excess was going to organizations helping animals.

Please post messages of support for Richard on his FB page ( 2nd link below ) if you feel so inclined.

https://www.facebook.com/FreewayMiracle

https://www.facebook.com/richard.christianson.18

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Beautiful Cats & Beautiful People – true story of Niko

Niko the cat

Here is a story that will truly “warm your cockles” if that means it will make you feel warm & fuzzy, and glad that there are people around who care about lost and abandoned animals.  It began in November 2011 when a tiny kitten in a terrible state of health was found and taken care of by a loving man.  The kitten’s first six months with her foster parents were videoed so that she could be transferred to a good home once she had recovered, though at times, her human adopters worried that she would not recover ..

Click on “Full Screen” to watch full screen, or click on “You Tube” to watch it directly on You Tube.

Warning:  video shows how bad the kitten’s eyes were with conjunctivitis, at which you can just turn your face away or close your eyes, but please do continue watching the Video after that.

Now, here is a Follow-up Video, recorded 12 months later, and even though it is in Japanese, anyone with a brain can see what the outcome is …..

Made my heart melt and my eyes tear up –  this story has “made my day.”   May Niko live a long, happy & healthy life.

UPDATE Australia takes Japan to International Court to save Minke Whales

NEWS FLASH 1 APRIL 2014

JAPAN ORDERED TO IMMEDIATELY STOP WHALING !!!!!  

ABC explains here – please read

 

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From   Whales Alive   –   21 June 2013

The case against Japan’s whaling program being heard at the    International court of Justice   (ICJ) begins at The Hague on Wednesday June 26th.

“Japan will be severely embarrassed by being dragged to this international court” says Mick McIntyre,  Executive Director of Australian based whale conservation group Whales Alive. McIntyre  will be attending the court case as an observer.

The case against Japan has been brought  by the Australian Government who will argue that  Japan’s  whaling program in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary breaches international law .

“We all know that Japan’s so called scientific whaling program is a sham and finally we have the law on our side” says McIntyre.

“We expect the judges of the ICJ to agree with the Australian Government that Japan’s whaling contravenes international law.”

“This case against Japan is a once in a generation opportunity to stop this barbaric whaling, which is outdated, inherently cruel and for products that nobody needs.”

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Sounds – Test your Hearing

Pitch or frequency is measured in Hertz and Kilohertz (kHz), while the loudness or amplitude of sound is measured in Decibels.  As amplitude increases, intensity also increases.  Intensity is the amount of energy a sound has over an area.  The more energy a sound wave has, the higher its amplitude or loudness.

A sound you hear in a large area is more intense if you hear it in a smaller area.  In other words, the same sound has greater intensity or is louder in a smaller area or in the area where the sound immediately emanates from.  This is because the  energy of a particular sound distributed throughout a smaller area means more sound waves per unit of space, compared to the same sound distributed throughout a much bigger area.  In other words, in layman’s terms, the further away you are from a sound, the less likely you can hear it.

A whisper is about 10 decibels while thunder is 100 decibels.  Normal conversation is around 60 decibels, and an operating lawn mower, 100 decibels loud.  The weakest sound that can be heard is measured at 0 decibel.  There are such things as “decibel meters” which allow one to measure how loud a sound is.

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Palm oil in Australia: Facts, Issues and Challenges

A recent report has this to say about orangutans.

Estimates made in 2005 put the Bornean population at between 45,000 and 69,000, and the Sumatran population at about 7,300.75 Since 1900, 91 per cent of the Sumatran orang-utans have died, most of these in the past decade. The remaining population lives in fragmented forest areas totalling about 10,000 square miles, much of which is marked for future palm oil development. At the current rates of decline, both species are likely to be extinct in the wild within ten years.

Please go to the website of the WWF Australia (World Wildlife Fund) now, to download a copy of a comprehensive report about palm oil plantations and the socio-economic and environmental impacts at this page   here.

The Report was commissioned by the  WWF and The Australian Food & Grocery Council and written by an independent researcher, Net Balance Foundation, using an investigation from 2010.

Help yourself by supporting the biodiversity on Earth, and get informed about the important facts, rather than “stick your head in the sand” and ignore this important issue, or leave it to others to follow up.  Also, please read the posts on this blog about Orang-utans and Elephants, and read the Action Alert page.

http://www.wwf.org.au/news_resources/resource_library/?6761/palm-oil-in-australia

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Dolphin seeks help from Diver

This intelligent Bottlenose Dolphin, unfortunately wrapped up in broken fishing line, sees a Diver and seeks help from the human being. Despite the captions on the original video, all of the line and the hook were removed, as Fox News shows at the link below.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Hover your mouse and click on the little “icon” in the bottom right corner of the video above to go to Full Screen size. When will Homo sapiens learn that the world is for non human beings as well as for them? Yes, some will say this is an example of unavoidable “collateral damage” if we want fresh fish on our dinner plates, BUT I think there is too much “collateral damage”. Luckily for this Dolphin, she/he was smart and brave enough to go to the lead Diver (Diving Instructor) for help.

I like how the Fox News presenter says “Don’t ever under-estimate the animals, it’s the humans we sometimes have to worry about.”

Donate now to help bird conservation

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Golden-Winged Warbler by Robert Royce

Please help the U.S. Cornell Lab of Ornithology to conserve the near threatened (IUCN listing) beautiful Golden-winged Warbler.   Please click on the link at the end of this post.

I am a member of the Cornell Lab, even though I live in Australia, because I love birds.  As a third year Biology student at the W.A. Institute of Technology years ago I studied the carbohydrate preferences of the sweet and tiny Brown Honeyater, Lichmera indistincta.  Thank you to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other organisations around the world for helping to save the birds.  Donate now and you will receive a camera lens cleaning cloth with a picture of the Golden-winged Warbler on it.

The site has fantastic resources available online, and as a member, you will receive their periodical magazine.  If you love birds, I recommend that you become a member, especially if you live in America.

The  Golden-winged Warbler  is a small, strikingly marked warbler, whom as a species is losing ground, both because of reforestation and displacement by the spreading Blue-winged Warbler.  The Golden-winged Warbler is declining dramatically in the Northeastern United States, and is listed as a Federal Species of Special Concern.

Donate now to help bird conservation

Celebrate Easter by helping Chocolate, the Orang-utan

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Chocolate the orang-utan

Courtesy of The Orang-utan Project

http://www.orangutan.org.au/adopt_orphan_orangutan/chocolate

Introducing “Chocolate” a gorgeous two year old Sumatran orang-utan.  The habitat of orang-utans and elephants in Sumatra and Asia has been degraded by human activity, at the expense of these animals.

When you buy your easter chocolate, have a look at the ingredients and if one of them is Palm Oil or Vegetable Oil, think about putting it back on the shelf and opting for a non palm oil chocolate.  Palm oil plantations can be replaced by eco-tourism and other businesses, so that the habitat of the Sumatran wildlife will not be wiped out within the next ten to thirty years.

You can download a palm-free Easter chocolate guide from the page below.

http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil

A regular or once-off financial donation will help Chocolate, the orang-utan.   Please click on the link below to help.

http://www.orangutan.org.au/adopt_orphan_orangutan/chocolate

Also, go to the Home page of the The Orang-utan Project (TOP) website to read and learn, and find other ways to help, like volunteering.

You can help Sumatran elephants by reading about the rescue of Bona at this post   HERE.

The Sumatran Orang-Utan is critically endangered.

See the IUCN Red List link about this below.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39780/0

Help stop habitat destruction in Aceh and Riau.

Thank you on behalf of the Sumatran wildlife.

PLEASE SEE   THIS   POST ALSO ABOUT ORANGUTANS

Help Sumatran Elephants and Orang-utans – the story of Bona

Read about the story of the rescue of 18 month old Sumatran elephant, Bona, at this website below please.

 http://www.savebona.com/causes/bona/

“Australian Story” on ABC recently aired the story of three young Australians and their mission to rescue an orphaned elephant calf on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra in 2012.

Sumatran elephants are officially listed as critically endangered driven out of their habitat by encroaching industries – in particular palm oil production.

It is estimated that there are now only two or three thousand left in the wild.

But against all the odds, one Sumatran elephant calf has become a symbol of hope in an otherwise bleak situation.

The program has the heart warming story of ‘Bona’ and three friends mobilising to save her.

The three are all ex employees of the late Steve Irwin, who had a particular interest in the plight of the Sumatran elephants.

As this episode reveals some of those closest to the ‘Crocodile Hunter played a key role in the saga…

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Whale and Dolphin watch – Californian Coast Commission says No to Navy

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM

WHALE AND DOLPHIN  WATCH

Dearest Friends:

Today in San Diego,  the California Coastal Commission said “NO” to the Navy and their plan to deploy bombs and sonar sound off the Coastline that would likely injure, maim or kill millions of cetaceans over the next 5 years. They said that the Navy’s position is inadequate and unsupported by facts. They also said that the Navy did not keep its agreements in the past and that there was no point in making a compromise with them. In attendance were Lyndia, Lance and Kim of Whale and Dolphin Watch, several representatives from NRDC, Greenpeace, many other ocean organizations and dozens of individuals from near and far.

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Miracles of Life “Pocket Rocket” Race Horse

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Miracles of Life and Daniel Clarken

Miracles of Life and Daniel Clarken

It is estimated that 100,000 horses a year in America are sent to the slaughter house for horse meat, and ten percent are racehorses, as the video via the link below, showing a beautiful 4 year old race horse resccued from the “kill pen”,  reports.  Approximately 18000 racehorses are killed a year in Australia, for dog meat.  Please support the re-homing of Australian race horses via the   Australian Horse Welfare Society please.   Racehorses are NOT property.   They are living beings with souls.  Some like to race and some don’t.

http://video.kcts9.org/video/1809648702/

While I don’t condone horse racing because it is an industry run for the profit and entertainment of human beings, at the cost of many horses being hurt in accidents, or discarded because they do not win; I do observe some of it and came across a beautiful pint sized 2 year old chestnut filly called “Miracles of Life” nick-named the Pocket Rocket.  She is from Australia and trained by Daniel Clarken of South Australia.  Her father (technically called her “sire”) was “Not a Single Doubt” and her mother (technically called her “dam”) was “Dazzling Gazelle”.

Miracles of Life is owned by Sri Lankan billionaire Mr Muzaffar Yaseen, who runs a major garment export business.  Teeley Assets’s  Iris O’Farrell is the “Bloodstock Manager” for Mr Yaseen, and recounts the chance that led to her becoming the racehorse buyer for Mr Yaseen.

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Bits and Bites – Teeth: Part Three – Teeth Numbering & Cats and Dogs

How many teeth does a human adult have?

32

How many teeth does my cat have?

30

How many teeth does my dog have?

42

For diagrams of the teeth of cats, dogs, and horses, visit this wonderful page   here  ( URL below also ).

http://www.bradfordfamilydentist.ca/human-teeth-vs-dog-cat-horse-dental-charts/#CAT

Universal Tooth Numbering System

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Caring for Hermit Crabs – Crustaceans

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http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/invertebrates
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Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans. Most of the 1100 species possess an asymmetrical abdomen which is concealed in an empty gastropod shell that is carried around by the hermit crab. Typical for the hermit crabs is their soft, unprotected abdomens which they hide inside an empty shell. As they grow, they have to replace the shell with larger ones. Some species have a twisted abdomen, with a shape adapted to fit into a particular kind of shell. Some hermit crabs do not use a shell at all, but use an anemone with stinging threads to protect themselves.   The order Decapoda includes the following:   crab, lobster, or shrimp, characteristically having ten legs, each joined to a segment of the thorax.   It can also be a cephalopod mollusk, such as a squid or cuttlefish, having ten armlike tentacles.

Munro – Staffordshire puppy learns to walk

Bondi Vet – Series 4 – Episode 16

A Staffordshire bull terrier puppy has a disorder, Swimmer’s Syndrome, so the Bondi Junction Vet, Dr Chris Brown, gets creative and makes a customised jacket for her to help her breathe, and she has Aquarobics in her owner’s pool to strengthen her legs.  After 3 weeks, she is better, thanks to Bondi Vet (New South Wales, Australia).  She learns to walk for the first time.   What a sweeeeet puppy.  When I saw her , my heart just melted.   I am so glad Munro’s owner got help for her!!   I love Munro, she is beautiful in temperament, spirit and appearance.  You have to watch the whole video to look at the whole of Munro’s story, or at least fast forward past the “cat and the snake” story to Munro’s therapy.  

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