March 26, 2012

Cows Do Their Happy Dance

These cows were released into a field after being cooped up in a barn all winter long to protect them from the cold. If you have ever wondered if cows have emotions, when you watch this next clip you will not wonder anymore: it is obvious how happy they are to be free!

 

 

Of course the sad part is that judging by the youtube comments, most people can’t watch this video without thinking about hamburgers.

February 29, 2012

Lucy Lawless: Fighting For the Arctic

 

This past weekend, Lucy Lawless and a bunch of Greenpeace volunteers boarded a ship owned by Shell. The reason? Shell plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

You can read all about it here.

Photo source

 

January 9, 2012

Petition to Save Jasper National Park!

Prime Minister Steven Harper wants to “privatize” (aka cut down) part of Jasper National Park. Help stop this Canadian National Park, which is a world Heritage site, from being destroyed by signing this petition at Avaaz.org. You don’t have to be Canadian to sign it.

Here is the link:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/jasper_development/?fcdorab&pv=13

 

 

 

 

October 19, 2011

Radioactive Wolves

Tonight PBS aired a new documentary about Radioactive wolves in Chernobyl caused by the nuclear disaster in 1986. The episode examines the long-term effects of nuclear radiation. Surprisingly most people generally tend to assume that since the initial meltdown there are no lasting effects, since people do not live in that zone. There are of course long-term and lasting affects, as the environment is contaminated and will be unlivable for some time. Plants and animals still live in this highly contaminated area and this documentary takes a hard look at what kind of consequences the Chernobyl disaster continues to have on the planet. It also brings a grim look on what this type of disaster might mean for the people of Japan and the recent disaster in Hiroshima .

Here is a mini clip from the documentary taken from PBS.org:

http://www-tc.pbs.org/video/media/swf/PBSPlayer.swf

Watch Radioactive Wolf Pups on PBS. See more from Nature.

September 2, 2011

Live Animals on Your Key-chain?!?

What would you do if you saw live animals being sold in a permanently sealed plastic bag, with only water and “nutrients” to keep them alive ? Apparently in China, people there have found this cute and trendy, and have purchased such items to be used as key rings and other decorations for their home or office.

The animals in question are either turtles or kingfish, and they are sealed with water that is said to contain nutrients that can keep them alive for months. But with limited mobility and lack of fresh air and food, being carried here and there like any other trinket, makes a person question how long these poor creatures will actually last. According to Treehugger.com, the laws in China make it perfectly legal to sell these animals as key chains, and it is therefore impossible to stop vendors from continuing to do so.

One cannot help but wonder what they would do if faced with this situation: Would you pay the money to save the animal from a slow and painful death? Or do you do nothing and hope that by not giving these vendors your money you are somehow reinforcing the fact that you don’t support these practices?

Source: Treehugger.com

August 31, 2011

Toxic Tap Water: 14 drugs, personal care products in NYC drinking water

From CBS.com:

Not to worry? A new report shows that prescription drugs and personal care products have been detected in the drinking water of the nation’s largest city, but environmental officials say the levels are too low to pose any health dangers, the Associated Press reported. Not everyone is convinced there’s no danger. While the levels detected for each compound are low, the health concerns for a mixture of these medications have not been assessed – and “we cannot be assured that the final mix is safe,” says Dr. Olga Naidenko, a scientist with Washington D.C.-based watchdog organization Environmental Working Group.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10009094.html#ixzz1WZNSv5Qc

August 30, 2011

The Lost Plague – London Graveyards Suggest that Black Death may be Extinct.

Fantastic article on the Black death that is believed to have killed as estimated 100 million people in Europe during the middle ages and it’s relevance today . Click here.

Source: Discover Magazine

August 25, 2011

Project Nim

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is currently playing in theatres. I have been meaning to write a blog about this movie, because of the moral and ethical issues that have been raised regarding chimpanzee testing in the United States. This post is not about that movie, it’s about another movie of similar subject matter, a documentary called “Project Nim” about an actual animal experiment that went on in the 1970s.

“From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim’s extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature – and indeed our own – is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.”

Source

August 24, 2011

Ahimsa Milk: Slaughter-Free

A lot of people choose a vegetarian lifestyle for ethical reasons. Those who choose to be vegan based on moral issues take this one step further, as many animal based foods, such as eggs and dairy products often mistreat the animals working for them. Of course many people who choose not to eat animal products also do it for health issues, as growth hormones and antibiotics in todays factory farmed products have been linked with all sorts of illnesses.

For those who want to continue drinking milk, there is another solution:

“Ahimsa milk is slaughter – free. No cows or bulls were either killed or exploited to produce it. At last you can buy truly ethical and sustainable milk!” -Ahimsamilk.org

Ahimsa produces organic milk, meaning the cows are given organic food to eat, and antibiotics are only given to cows who are sick. They also offer cruelty free processes” the animals are treated kindly, allowing animals to live out their natural life on their farm and later on when they are no longer useful to the industry, they are not slaughtered (which is the norm on a dairy farm), they are instead retired on an animal sanctuary.

While organic farms promise to be healthier for the consumer, there is still the ethical dilemma of how the cow is treated.  Ahimsa believes that if the cows are treated better, spend more time outdoors, eat the right kind of food and are not abused, they will be healthier and therefore produce healthier milk. They view the production of milk as a partnership between the animals and their human caregivers, one that dates back hundreds of years. For those of us who have become used to the idea of exploiting cows for their ressources, it’s a breath of fresh air to see people that treat these animals with more respect and kindness.

http://www.ahimsamilk.org/

August 12, 2011

Ellen DeGeneres has a vegan website!

Ellen Degeneres has recently launched a vegan website and blog, which has loads of great vegan recipes, vegan tips and a list of vegan celebrities. Most people considering becoming vegan have a hard time taking the first few steps to a healthier lifestyle, so it’s great to have support groups such as these, with loads of facts, tips and recipes to help us out! My favorite part is the vegan celebrity list with links to their personal websites.

You can check out her new website here