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A mother grieves : Orca whale continues to carry her dead calf into a second day (Washington state, USA – Canada)

The ocean update

Biologists say orcas mourn the loss of newborns as any family would. On Wednesday, J35 was still carrying her dead calf for the second day straight. In 2010, L20, photographed in Haro Strait, did the same thing with her dead newborn in a behavior biologists say is a common expression of grief. (Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective)

July 25th, 2018 (Linda V. Mapes). For two days she has grieved, carrying her dead calf on her head, unwilling to let it go.

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Plastic Straws Going, Going, Gone

La Paz Group

gettyimages-497396938-c0057d75cb37fad8b412cd6413d77744e2063de2-s1100-c15.jpg Marriott International became the latest company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

We did not foresee the straw revolution gaining such momentum so quickly. But we are certainly happy to see it going mainstream, going global, going company-wide:

The days of plastic straws are drawing shorter.

Marriott International on Wednesday became the latest big company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July. The giant hotel chain said it will stop offering plastic stirrers, too.

It said the environmentally friendly move could eliminate the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws and about 250 million stirrers per year. Marriott said its hotels will “offer alternative straws upon request.”

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If You Believe in Non-Violence

Mercy for all Animals

Chicken Rosebud the therapy chicken

Many people sincerely want to see an end to war and a genuine peace between nations.

Many people want to see a decline in violent crime and more civility and decency between humans of all colors and creeds.

Many people want to do all they can to help bring change to our violent and unstable world.

Indeed, most people want to see a better world for all.

It begins at home as we strive to have harmony between family members, friends and co-workers.

And it begins with what’s on our plates.

If we truly believe in non-violence whenever and wherever possible, then we must face the fact that most of our meals currently involve extreme violence towards peaceful, innocent creatures who would do us no harm.

When we choose to eat foods borne of suffering, violence and death, we are literally consuming the fear, stress, pain and resistance of the…

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Turn The Tide – New Project

Hi to all. I’ve been reluctant to write until now as I’ve been hard at work on another new project to help raise awareness. I’ve also been doing local outreach and flyer promotion in my area to spread the word at any bulletin board I can find.

At first I was using Turn The Tide as the title but now I’ve changed it to The Ultimate Activist Guide. The direct URL is http://turnthetidenow.net or you can also access it at https://listography.com/turnthetide

Please check it out and if you like what I’ve done I hope you will share it around. I’d like to ask that you also consider contributing a (website) resource to help this project grow even more.

If you should have any issues with slow page loading or anything else that’s bothersome, please let me know.

Thank you for your continued support, it means so much.

 

 

 

 

“As Long as They Don’t Have to See it”

Mercy for all Animals

Compassion in World Farming - Exports to TurkeyOften my blog posts are inspired by the wise words of a Facebook friend, and this one is no exception.

The words in full context are as follows:

Most people, Christian and otherwise are oblivious and indifferent to the suffering of animals so long as they don’t have to see it. I can’t take it. Which is why I removed myself from fb For two months. When I get on here for just a few minutes and I see people’s posts about pork roll and whatever, I have no doubt I made the right decision to get off of here.

I’ve taken myself off Facebook as well (just recently returned but probably won’t stay indefinitely).

But back to the heart of the matter.

My mind is filled with the images of the horror we inflict on innocent animals, and I know very well that most people would not…

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5,069: The total number of wolves killed by USDA APHIS Wildlife Services from 2004 through 2017 because of livestock predation. This total does not include unreported kills or authorized losses not involving the agency. Be it private or public lands, wolves will be killed, in perpetuum, for the love of a burger, and most certainly when non-lethal deterrents are considered to be in order. A damned disgrace; in states with infinitesimal populations of wolves, such as Oregon, unacceptable.

Oregon is home to 3,930,065 humans, a cattle population of 1,280,000 and a mere 124 wolves. Just 124 wolves — and still there is no peace for the predators.

Oregon wildlife officials have killed, or authorized the killing of 17 wolves since 2009, including 13 (soon to be 14) in the past two years. 12 more have been poached, including 8 since 2015. Of those 17, this year, 3…

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Meatless Monday Economics Info Session

La Paz Group

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It is Monday, a good time to revisit the “meatless” movement, the one where you take one small step at a time to a better diet. Thanks to Bibi van der Zee and colleagues at the Guardian for arranging this guide to all the good reasons to reduce or eliminate meat from the diet:

What is the true cost of eating meat?

As concerns over the huge impact on the environment, human health and animal welfare grow, what future is there for the meat industry

What are the economics of meat?

5616 (2) Cattle in the Brazilian Amazon. Photograph: Rodrigo Baleia

Food and farming is one of the biggest economic sectors in the world. We are no longer in the 14th century, when as much as 76% of the population worked in agriculture – but farming still employs more than 26% of all workers globally. And that does not include the…

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Do you support expanding Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania? [vote]

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog

Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season opens Monday and runs through Dec. 13. Opening day is a tradition revered by many.

P.J. Reilly

“It’s time, Pennsylvania.”

That’s the mantra of a revived, grassroots organization that’s aimed at making Sunday like any other day of the week for hunting.

“In Pennsylvania, we are surrounded by states that offer more Sunday hunting than we do,” said Harold Daub, one of the new leaders of the group Hunters United for Sunday Hunting (HUSH). “It’s time we get in the game of seven-day wildlife management.”

HUSH is seeking to end Pennsylvania’s general ban on Sunday hunting by pushing for legislation that would take governance of Sunday hunting out of the hands of state lawmakers, and give it to the Pennsylvania Game Commission – the agency charged with managing hunting and the state’s wildlife.

Do you support expanding Sunday hunting in PA?

YES
NO

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Plant-Based ‘Meat’ and ‘Fish’ May Be the Future. But How Do They Taste?

Exposing the Big Game

Starting today, White Castle will serve the vegan Impossible Burger in 140 locations. Cookbook author Alison Roman tried it out, along with ‘shrimp’ made from fungi, ‘salmon’ made from algae and more

 https://www.wsj.com/articles/plant-based-meat-and-fish-may-be-the-future-but-how-do-they-taste-1523527260

When I was in high school, I made the bold and noble choice to become a vegetarian for the rest of my life (or as it happened, about three years). I loved vegetables, so a meatless diet wasn’t that daunting, with one unfortunate exception: the tacos at Jack in the Box.

Around this time, I caught wind of a rumor that the meat in those tacos was being cut—and possibly even replaced by vegetable protein. Imagine my teenage delight upon learning that my guilty pleasures were basically vegetarian.

Spoiler alert: They were not.

But that rumor was partially true: For years, Jack in the Box has added vegetable protein to its famous tacos…

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2018 Conscious Eating Conference Videos

Our Compass

Source United Poultry Concerns (UPC)

UPC’s 7th Annual Conscious Eating Conference Saturday, March 10th, in Berkeley, California, was a huge success! We had an incredibly high caliber of speakers this year who gave insightful and in-depth presentations on important animal rights issues. Enjoy the videos and be sure to join us next year! We thank everyone who attended our conference this year, and we thank our speakers for providing so much nourishing food for thought and action!

All videos in one; presenters include the following:

Justin Van Kleeck, PhD
Animal Farming and the Roots of Speciesism

Adam Karp
Veganic Lawyering, Carnivore-Keeping, and Natalist Ruminations

Karen Davis, PhD
Don’t Just Switch From Beef to Chicken

John Sanbonmatsu, PhD
Lady Macbeth at the Rotisserie: ‘Femivores,’ Violence, and the New Maternalism in Animal Agriculture

Hope Bohanec
Sentience in the Sea

Clifton Roberts
The Humane Party – Animals, Politics, and the Future

Panel…

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