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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
For Christmas Eve 2016 a giant squid made its presence ..
Tokyo (CNN). It isn’t every day that a mystery from the deep swims into plain sight. But on Christmas Eve, spectators on a pier in Toyama Bay in central Japan were treated to a rare sighting of a giant squid.
Check out this rare, close-up footage of a beautiful Spirit Bear (Kermodei Bear). This one was seen in the Great Bear Rainforest, this stunning creature is rarely spotted on camera. Video by Eric Posen.
The Kermode bear /ˈkɜrˌmoʊdi/ (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the “spirit bear” (particularly in British Columbia), is a subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. They are also called a ghost bear or a “white black bear”.
The verdant forests of the Great Bear Rainforest — which spans roughly 65,000 square kilometres — is often called the Galapagos of Canada. There are hundreds of islands, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.
It is mainly on Princess Royal Island, where the spirit bear makes its home.
The rare white bear has been treasured by many coastal First Nations communities for hundreds of years.
Some researchers believe that the grizzlies are forcing the white bears out of prime fishing territory.
The spirit bear has long been a cherished part of the Kitasoo/Xai’xias First Nation culture, which call it the moskgm’ol.
As with most of the legends of creation, the story of the spirit bear comes through the tales of the Raven. At one time the world was covered in ice. The Raven – Goo-wee – created the green but wanted something by which to remember the great ice. The Raven chose the black bear, the keeper of dreams and memory, promising the bear peace if he would let one out of every ten bears turn white.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has made a decision that will have a huge impact on life on Earth. He approved Adani’s giant Carmichael Coal Mine – a move that blows apart global efforts to cut pollution and threatens life locally and globally.
Mr Hunt on Thursday said the Carmichael coal mine n the Galilee Basin in remote central Queensland, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, has been given the green light after the Federal Court in August set aside the previous approval. The Mackay Conservation Group launched its Federal Court challenge in January, alleging greenhouse gas emissions from the mine and vulnerable species like the ornamental snake and the yakkaskink, as well as Adani’s environmental track record had not been taken into account.
The project, which will produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year, has faced staunch opposition because its Abbot Point terminals are located close to the Great Barrier Reef.
National Australia Bank has said it will not fund the mine and other banks are being pressured to follow suit.
PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS ISSUE & TAKE ACTION NOWWWW !!!!!
THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMISSION HAS PUT AUSTRALIA ON NOTICE
AUSTRALIA MUST HONOR ITS CARE-TAKING OF OUR GREAT BARRIER REEF – SEE HERE
The Screws are being tightened – there is even an under-hand un-ethical movement to stop opposition to these hugely monied and vested ventures.
Environment groups will be forbidden from challenging large developments in court as the Abbott government responds to the controversial decision that stopped Australia’s largest coal project – Adani’s Carmichael coal mine – in its tracks.
Attorney-General George Brandis will move to repeal a section of Australia’s environment laws that allows conservationists to challenge environment approvals for mining projects and other large developments.
The ACF ( Australian Conservation Foundation ) says it’s senseless to prop up a dirty, dying industry while the rest of Australia and the world races to a future powered by clean energy. South Australia and the ACT are leading the country on clean energy. Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are racing to cut pollution. Even regional towns like Lismore are racing ahead with a goal of 100 percent clean energy in 10 years.
Poll after poll shows Australians want clean air and water, a healthy Reef and a future powered by sun, wind and waves.
And countries around the world, from China, to the Netherlands to the USA all the way to Costa Rica are taking great leaps to leave the dirty energy of the past behind and embrace the clean energy of the future.
If this mine goes ahead, this one mine will add more pollution to global warming than the whole of New Zealand,drain billions of litres of precious groundwater,irreversibly damage our Reefand drive threatened wildlife further towards extinction, without the informed consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.
As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, in November we, the people, will gather in Australian cities and across the world to call for action. We will march alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world.
Sign the Pledge below, to march and have your voice heard. Write / Lobby to stop the Adani coal mine.
The ultimate solution is to stop the demand for Rhino & Elephant tusks/products
With only 5 individuals remaining, the survival prospects for the northern white rhino seem bleak.
Ol Pejeta Reserve in East Africa is home to three of the world’s last five northern white rhinos, including Sudan the last male, and also to 106 critically endangered black rhinos, and 20 southern white rhinos. It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and a centre for innovation in conservation and wildlife protection.
43 year old Sudan and some female rhinos were transported from a Zoo to the Reserve, in the hope that they would breed to help continue the line of the Northern White Rhino. Sudan needs around the clock protection from human beings, and has had his horn removed in a bid to deter poachers from taking him.
Please click on the link below, to get information and see photos of Sudan.
The Reserve he lives on is susceptible to poachers, and you can contribute toward Sudan’s protection through a donation via “crowdfunding”.
Please if you have a conscience and want to contribute toward stopping all of our non-human Animal species from being wiped out, share this Post and have people including yourself, click on the LINK BELOW, in order to contribute $1 or $2 or any amount – to help keep Sudan safe. Thank you from Sudan.
Ol Pejeta is a 90,000 acre wildlife preserve 330km north of Nairobi, Kenya. While it is a tourism attraction, gaining revenue from vehicle drives through the roads in the Reserve, it is well managed. However, because of its size, it is a continual challenge to protect all of the animals within it.
Note: The Enchanted Forest visit used to be FREE but now you have to pay, to use the service! You can pay $1.55 USD for a once off reading to get your Power Animal, if you like.
Visit Carrie Hart’s Power Animals Unleashed site and venture into the Enchanted Forest. Before you enter the Forest, turn up your computer speakers to hear the gurgling brook, take a deep breath and ask to meet the animal whom can guide you throughout this year 2015. When you are ready, click anywhere you are driven to click and your 2015 Power Animal will appear!! Share your results here. Continue reading to find out how to find your own personal “Power Animal” and Animal Guides …..
DECEMBER 12, 2014 – BREAKING NEWS! In a huge victory for the animals the federal republic of Mexico ( North America ) has banned wild animal circus acts, with offenders facing fines of up to $225,000 / £150,000 for failure to comply. The legislation, which acknowledges that the basic welfare needs of circus animals cannot be met, now just requires the signature of the President to become law.
DECEMBER 14, 2014 – BREAKING NEWS: The Netherlands has today announced that it will ban wild animals in circuses, HOT ON THE HEELS OF MEXICO BANNING WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES on Thursday. We are pleased that sea lions have been included, having supported efforts by our friends at Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit to show their welfare is compromised and ensure that the ban progressed.
You can read more on the Facebook page & website of A.D.I. or Animal Defenders International.
The photo above is from the Big Cat Rescue website, which states that in the U.S., more than fifty local governments have imposed either an outright ban on animal circuses or imposed restrictions on the use of pain inflicting implements such as bullhooks.
See THIS page of Big Cat Rescue for bans around the world
UK: Announced its soon-to-be official ban on ALL wild animals in circuses, joining other European nations like Austria, Greece, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ban is intended to be fully instituted starting in December 2015. Prior to the all-country ban announcement, over 200 UK local authorities had placed bans on animal circuses with over two-thirds banning all performing animals, according to Animal Defenders International. An official date for the legislation still needs to be passed but the government is confident that it will. When it does, anyone who breaks the law after December 2015 will receive a heavy $8,000 fine, according to the BBC.
Following the events in October 2011, in Zanesville, Ohio, when 18 rare Bengal tigers were shot and killed after tigers, ions and bears escaped from a “wild animals preserve” near the highway, Ohio, USA banned the acquisition, sale and breeding of restricted species in Ohio as of Jan. 1, 2014. See THIS post.
In 2001, Robin Williams was invited to meet Koko, a gorilla who communicates in sign language and uses more than 1,000 words. The video of their visit, the two sitting together on the floor and tickling at The Gorilla Foundation in northern California, has been widely viewed on the internet (view it below).
On Tuesday the Foundation released a statement not only to express their condolences but also their belief that Koko was actually moved, too, and mourning the death of her friend. [ Robin Williams, aged 63, was found in his home on August 11 2014, having committed suicide after years of severe depression ]
The gorilla was in the room with when calls began coming into their office asking for reaction to the terrible news.
I can say that I myself love Koko, how beautiful and magnificent is she? Apparently Robin made Koko laugh for the first time in 6 months since her mate had passed away! See, Robin Williams can even bond with and tickle animals.
Free-living gorillas live only in Africa. There are two main kinds of gorillas: Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) and Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei).
Eastern gorillas live in Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. There are two subspecies, Mountain gorillas and Grauer’s (or Eastern lowland) gorillas. There are approximately 700 Mountain gorillas, and several thousand Eastern lowland gorillas — down from about 17,000 in the 1990’s according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Western gorillas live in Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, and Nigeria. There are two subspecies, Western lowland gorillas and Cross River gorillas. There are only several hundred Cross River gorillas left in the world, and as many as 100,000 Western lowland gorillas, but the latter population has decreased by approximately 60% in the past 20-25 years, due to poaching, habitat loss, and disease, according to the WWF.
Watch Robin and Koko on the You Tube video – click on the square at the bottom right corner to view full screen. Rest In Peace, Robin.
The Ocean Conservancy’s Summer 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest received more than 1,200 entries.
The top two prizes were awarded to Ian Lindsey and Christian Martinez, whose photographs received Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice.
Ian’s photo “Honu Gathering” depicts a group of sea turtles gathered on a Hawaiian beach at sunset, while Christian’s image “Ocean, Waves and Nature” perfectly captures the beauty of a Puerto Rican beach.
This summer’s contest also included winners from five different categories: Arctic, Our Ocean, Fish, Gulf of Mexico and Human Impact. The winning photographs for these categories can be found HERE.
Orangutans are great apes, as opposed to monkeys, and are closely related to humans, having 97% of DNA in common.
Orangutans are extremely patient and intelligent mammals. They are very observant and inquisitive, and there are many stories of orangutans escaping from zoos after having watched their keepers unlock and lock doors.
Extinction in the wild is likely in the next 10 years for Sumatran Orangutans and soon after for Bornean Orangutans. The Sumatran species (Pongo abelii) is Critically Endangered and the Bornean species (Pongo pygmaeus) of orangutans is Endangered according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
The Sumatran and Bornean Orangutans’ rainforest habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation and clearing of the land for pulp paper and palm oil plantations, with the remaining forest degraded by drought and forest fires.
You can help the Orang-utans by not buying products with Palm Oil in them and / or by making a donation to The Orang-utan Project. Any amount, however small or LARGE will help. Please visit the excellent website of the Western Australian The Orangutan Project for GREAT information, wonderful photos of these gorgeous creatures, and abundant information about the Orang-utans and the SUPERB work of the T. O. P. organisation.
The Fox is a traditional folk song. It is also the subject of at least two picture books, The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: an old song, illustrated by Peter Spier and Fox Went out on a Chilly Night, by Wendy Watson.
Written by Yarrow Peter; Stookey Noel Paul; Travers Mary Allin.
He prayed for the moon to give him light
For he had many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o
He had many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o
He ran till he came to the farmers pen
The ducks and the geese were kept therein
He said a couple of you are gonna grease my chin
Before I leave this town-o, town-o, town-o
A couple of you are gonna grease my chin
Before I leave this town-o[BRIDGE (Mandolin)]
He grabbed the great goose by the neck
He threw a duck across his back
And he didn’t mind the quack, quack
And the legs all danglin’ down-o, down-o, down-o
He didn’t mind the quack, quack
And the legs all danglin’ down-o
Well the old gray Woman jumped out of bed
Out of the window she popped her head
Cryin’ John, John the great goose is gone
The Fox is on the town-o, town-o, town-o
John, John the great goose is gone
And the Fox is on the town-o[BRIDGE (Fiddle)]
He ran till he came to his nice warm den
And there were the little ones 8, 9, 10
Sayin’ Daddy, Daddy better go back again
It must be a mighty fine town-o, town-o, town-o
Daddy, Daddy go back again
For it must be a mighty fine town-o
The Fox and his Wife, without any strife
They cut up the goose with a fork and a knife
And they never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones-o, bones-o, bones-o
They never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones
This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because she was too tame and this meant that she wouldn’t be able to look after herself in the wild. Dawn is not a pet, and we do not recommend any fox or wild animal as a pet.
If you are fit and able, you can even go to Sumatra and tour the orang-utan’s home.
Of course I love all the Orang-utans, and am proud of the Western Australian based organisation , The Orang-utan Project, for its efforts in raising awareness of the plight of these awesome creatures and for helping them as much as they do.
Educate yourself and other on such matters via this Blog and other means. If you can’t financially support organisations like T.O.P. and Save Bona, please consider signing relevant Petitions and / or otherwise taking action to help conserve these wonderful animals, and many other amazing animals too of course.
Sex: Male Approximate Date Birth: February 2012 Arrival Date: 19 February 2013 Care Centre: Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre Physical Condition: Healthy
Confiscated from the home of an Indonesian palm oil plantation worker, he was weak, suffering from malnutrition and severely underweight. He had been snatched from his mother, witnessed her brutal torture, and was bought for AU$10.40 from the fisherman who stole him from his wild home.
Fisherman came across this opportunity to snatch this little baby from his mother and sell him to an employee working for PT Socfindo for a ‘quick buck’ highlighting the desperate situation Orangutans face in their fight from extinction.
Tripa where Gokong was confiscated is part of the world famous Leuser Ecosystem. This precious and unique biodiversity hotspot contains over 80% of the world’s remaining wild Sumatran Orangutans and is the last place on Earth where the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant co-exist. His once-thin body is starting to fill out and he has started to learn to climb! The Care Center team have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.
The blue-throated macaw is one of the most endangered birds on Earth, down to an estimated 120 survivors in the wild. Any new refuge for such a rare bird is a welcome surprise, but this brightly colored Bolivian parrot just hit the conservation jackpot.
Bolivia’s Barba Azul Nature Reserve — home to the world’s largest remaining population of blue-throated macaws — has suddenly doubled in size, growing from 12,350 acres to 27,180 in one fell swoop. The expansion comes courtesy of several conservation groups, led by Bolivia’s Asociación Armonía, and marks a major victory for the embattled birds.