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Giraffes recommended to be placed on the U.S.A. Endangered Species List

Kamili baby giraffe

Kamili baby giraffe

Did you know that a series of valves in the Giraffe’s neck stops blood from rushing to its head when it bends down to drink?

Read more here  about the amazing Giraffe !

The Perth Zoo’s Australasian Giraffe Breeding program has resulted in a wonderful and cute new addition.  She is a Rothschild Giraffe, Kamili, which is Swahili for “perfection.”  Click on the following links for more information.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/animals/perth-zoo-unveils-name-of-baby-giraffe-kamili-ng-b88790424z

https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/article/we-have-giraffe-calf

Around this time last year, five major wildlife protection groups petitioned the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to list the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) as an endangered species.

An article in “The Conversation” states that – While extinction can be a natural process, the current rate of extinction is anything but. Scientists estimate that at least 99 out of 100 species extinctions in the world today are the result of human action.

It also states:

In 1964, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) began tracking the conservation status of species on its “Red List.” Although the IUCN provides information only about the status of species, this is the first step in helping to limit extinction because it allows conservation efforts to be directed where they’re most needed.

In 2016 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature–  IUCN – SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) recognized a single species of giraffe, Giraffa Camelopardalis as vulnerable.  This means the animal faces extinction in the wild in the medium-term future if nothing is done to minimize the threats to its life or habitat. The next steps are endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild and extinct.

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Polar Bears are Starving

National Geographic has released heart-breaking video of a polar bear about to die of starvation.   I am sorry to have to post this and these scenes make me physically ill, as do the scenes of the big cats being abused ……..  HOWEVER  perhaps this will galvanise at least one person reading this into action —   to  address   CLIMATE CHANGE.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/171207-polar-bear-starving-iceless-land-vin-spd

 

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

WHAT CAN YOU DO??

1. Research Climate Change

2. Write to as many influential people as you can about this – need an urgent Solution

3. Discuss this with people

4. Join organisations that campaign for Climate Change awareness and real immediate Solutions –  just google or search  Climate Change Groups  and find some to join.

5.  Read relevant books, e.g. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and “An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power”

6.  Pray

Hounds can’t read Laws – Fox Hunting

Hounds are basically killing machines, so the huntsman doesn’t have to say ‘go and kill that fox’. They find the fox by scent, and they kill it, and they’re not breaking the law because they haven’t been told to.

How ridiculous is this?  How illogical and sad too, it’s like saying “Guns kill people, not the person pulling the trigger”.   Fox hunting has been a British rural tradition for five centuries—but for the last 12 years, the huntsman’s adversary hasn’t been a furry fox, but a fuzzy law.

Foxhunts kill foxes in one of two ways: by being chased until they went to ground, after which they were dug out with terriers. This was particularly cruel; the underground battles between terrier and fox could be protracted, with extreme digs lasting many hours or days, and severe injuries were often inflicted on both animals. The rest of the foxes were caught above ground by the hounds. There is a myth that, once caught, the hounds killed the fox by a quick nip to the back of the neck: this is not true. Dogs kill larger prey by repeatedly biting it until the animal is disembowelled or dies from its injuries. A pack of dogs normally tears smaller prey apart. Being torn apart by a pack of hounds was probably fairly quick, although if the fox was caught by just one or two hounds death was generally slower. Also, since the fox is often chased to the point of exhaustion, there is cruelty in the chase itself, particularly as the fox started to tire.

http://www.thefoxwebsite.net/foxhunting/hunthistory#q5

Fox hunting has been occurring in different guises worldwide for hundreds of years. Indeed the practice of using dogs with a keen sense of smell to track prey has been traced back to ancient Egypt and many Greek and Roman influenced countries. However it is believed that the custom for a fox to be tracked, chased and often killed by trained hunting hounds (generally those with the keenest sense of smell known as ‘scent hounds’) and followed by the Master of the Foxhounds and his team on foot and horseback, originated from a Norfolk farmer’s attempt to catch a fox using farm dogs in 1534.

Whilst foxes were widely regarded as vermin and farmers and other landowners had hunted the animals for many years as a form of pest control (both to curb their attacks on farm animals and for their highly prized fur) it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that fox hunting developed into it’s most modern incarnation and was considered a sport in its own right as a result of the decline in the UK’s deer population.

These days however, foxhunting in the UK is much better known for the controversial views of those who champion the sport and those that oppose it.  The Hunting Act 2004, passed in November 2004, saw the outlawing of any hunting with dogs in England and Wales from 18 February 2005 (the Scottish Parliament had already banned foxhunting in Scotland in 2002 and in Northern Ireland the sport is still legal).

But while the act banned fox hunting, it continues to permit trail hunting which is an adapted version of the sport.  It involves the use of an artificially laid scent, usually fox, hare or rabbit based, to provide hounds with a path to follow.  In theory it avoids the suffering and killing of foxes, but campaigners argue that the trail hunts often end with the dogs coming across foxes – participants say by accident – and that animals are still being killed.

Also, exemptions are complex and numerous. It allows the use of two dogs to flush out mammals for the protection of livestock, game birds, wild birds, timber, property, and biodiversity, or for meat.

Today 28 May 2017 around 150 foot followers joined more than 70 mounted riders at the Swangrove Estate near Badminton, South Gloucestershire, for the first gathering of the Beaufort Hunt, an event which sometimes includes Prince Charles and Prince William.  Up to 30 of Britain’s 300 hunts have been granted licences, and hunts were also resuming today in counties including north Wales and Northamptonshire, according to the Countryside Alliance’s Campaign

The joint master of the Beaufort Hunt, Ian Farquhar has said banning hunting has caused hardship because the industry supporting the hunt (like manufacture of hunting boots) has been brought to a stand-still.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-90246/Fox-hunting-resumes-ban.html#ixzz4iLiv5kz6

Foxes may be pests in some places but can be culled humanely, not by being torn apart.  How would you like to be a Fox terrified for its life and torn from limb to limb????

Fox hunting is a hot election issue in the United Kingdom, with the incumbent Conservative Party—widely expected to hold on to power—promising a vote in Parliament that could overturn the current ban.  There have been 431 convictions under the 2004 Hunting Act. The vast majority of convictions have been against individuals, say hunt supporters, noting that by 2015 only nine members of traditional organized hunts had been convicted.

Theresa May wants to bring back Fox-hunting with dogs. 

NOTE:  this post is obviously about FOXES so there’s no need for cantankerous people reading this to Comment and say “What about the bunny rabbits?” or “There are quite enough Foxes around, so who will miss a few.”  What if you were reincarnated as a Fox and chased and torn apart by dogs?  If you’ve got a brain you will know this Post is about deliberately killing a FOX in a horrific fashion.

GO IN THE POLL TO HAVE YOU SAY

Other References

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/countryside/11418998/Ten-years-on-from-the-hunting-ban-has-anything-really-changed.html

http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/fox-hunting-in-britain/

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local/15303131.Hunting_campaigners_take_their_fight_to_Swindon__39_s_National_Trust_HQ/

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2252079-britains-fox-law-jumps-into-election-campaign-2/

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Wolves change Rivers – Yellowstone National Park

Ecology is the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.  Sometimes I read people’s comments on Forums saying to never give anyone advice about anything much, because you don’t know how you will affect the person you are trying to give advice to!  You may make things worse.

Well, that is very funny to me, and not logical at all, because we are all Life Forms including Homo sapiens or human beings.

As such, in the 3-D world / reality, we are built or formed to interact with other Life and our natural environment.  Nobody can stop the “march or the tide of Ecology” including  Human Ecology ( yes there is a formal study called Human Ecology ).   F.E.A.R. of False Evidence Appearing Real motivates some not to interact with others, for fear of upsetting them or making things worse.

But nobody is an Island and if you believe each human being has a brain and an awareness, and personality & Ego of their own, then you can know that each person is capable of and indeed responsible for how she / he responds to communications or actions toward her / him, or to anything !

Anyhow in 1995, as shown in the Video above, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Canadian biologists, captured 14 wolves in Canada and placed them in Yellowstone National Park, where they had been extinct since 1926. Over the next few years, the number of wolves rose, but that was the least of the changes that took place in Yellowstone.

This is indeed an incidence of GOOD ECOLOGY, in this case human precipitated.  Just because the wolves had become extinct in 1926 did the Scientists leave things as they were?  No, I for one am glad they did not leave the status quo, but did their research and on the understanding how Ecology works, these 14 amazing Wolves were introduced to Yellowstone National Park.

 

Marine friendly 6-pack Rings

GOOD NEWS

Beer Company Develops Edible Six-Pack Rings That Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life

Better news will be that these eco-safe Ring pulls for Cans will be mass produced and bought by consumers.  We Believers ad agency and the Saltwater Brewery in Delray conjured the brilliant idea to create ring pulls which are biodegradable and sustain marine life, rather than maim them.  Americans consume huge amounts in cans each year.  If these are sold here in Australia, I will be buying my 6-packs with these, even if they cost more than the plastic rings – if I drank beer, which I don’t.

For brands to be successful today, it is no longer about being the best IN the world. But rather, being the best FOR the world and taking a real stance.

A craft beer company and an ad agency brewed up a brilliant idea to save marine life if six-pack rings end up in the ocean.   Considering that Americans drank 6.3 billion gallons of beer in 2015, and 50% of that volume was from cans, this impressive invention will have huge implications for the environment.

According to Greenpeace, approximately 70% of Seabirds and 80% of Sea Turtles are now ingesting plastic. As a result,1,000,000 birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles are dying each year.

One of the major contributors to this epidemic are the seemingly harmless six-pack rings found around cans of soda and beer.

The rings are created from beer by-products during the brewing process, such as barley and wheat, and are completely safe for humans and fish to eat. In addition, the invention is 100% biodegradable and compostable.

READ MORE    HERE

 

Alternatively, your Beers and Soft drink 6 packs could come loose or in cartons, but that is probably only a  ….. Dream.   This is an innovative and marine friendly concept which someone has at last pioneered and publicized.

Thank you to Saltwater Brewery & We Believers

 

Deer Man – Darius helps a female Fawn

Doe, a Deer, a female deer, this lovely Story could be made a happy song.  A Deer with two babies left the female behind because she had a bad leg.  This is the natural instinct of the mother, but luckily for the Fawn, a dear man was watching.

Darius took the Fawn into his home, and introduced the baby to his many other animal companions.  He fed the baby every 4 hours and put a brace on her leg.  After that he successfully introduced her back to her Family !!   Of course, the nay-sayers on You Tube have left their Dis-likes & their strange comments like one person has said ‘Some who Disliked the Huffington Post’s video of this story, don’t like a public display of the story.”

What would they rather?  Perhaps they are okay with Darius knocking on their door telling him this story or they are happy with it just being known and passed around locally?  How about the facts, that it was reported to the Huffington Post, he didn’t go looking for “fame” and the fact that this story HAS and will inspire others to carry out such kind acts.

If you go to Darius’ You Tube channel, you will find a follow up video about the dear family! Of course he has posted this in response to people asking how the Fawn has fared since he helped her and released her to her deer family.

https://www.youtube.com/user/honeysada

In my opinion the World could do with more people like Darius.

Thank you Darius !

U.S. Adopts Near-Total Ivory Ban

The regulations, which take effect on July 6, amount to a near-total ban on the commercial trade of African elephant ivory. Current law allows for the sale of ivory and ivory products in limited cases where the seller can prove the ivory is old and was lawfully imported. But the new rules further restrict exports and sales across state lines, as well as limiting ivory trophy imports to two per year, per hunter.

 

Read more   HERE

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Caspar the Friendly Octopus

Cephalopods are a biological class that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish.

An underwater research craft has spotted a “ghostlike” octopus that appears to belong to a previously unknown species on the ocean floor near Hawaii.

The milky white creature, nicknamed “Casper the Friendly Ghost” by Twitter users, was caught on cameras mounted on the craft as it explored the Pacific Ocean.

“Casper” was found at a depth of 4,290 metres, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Read more    HERE

Did you know that Cephalopods are an ancient group that appeared in the late Cambrian period several million years before the first primitive fish began swimming in the ocean, and that they were once one of the dominant life forms in the world’s ocean?

Read more about the wonderful  CEPHALOPODS HERE !

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