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Elephant Appreciation Day today

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Elephant Appreciation Day Is a Day to Never Forget | Nat Geo Wild

22 September 2018

From African to Asian elephants, these large land mammals are a sight to behold and appreciate.

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Wasps deserve love, like bees

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 3 September 2018 video from Germany is about wasps and a (bigger) hornet.

It says about itself:

Nature observations with the camera. Almost every day I am out and about, mostly in the vicinity of my place of residence in the Eifel and document our fascinating nature on the videos shown here.

From University College London in England:

Why do we love bees but hate wasps?

September 18, 2018

A lack of understanding of the important role of wasps in the ecosystem and economy is a fundamental reason why they are universally despised whereas bees are much loved, according to UCL-led research.

Both bees and wasps are two of humanity’s most ecologically and economically important organisms. They both pollinate our flowers and crops, but wasps also regulate populations of crop pests and insects that carry human diseases.

“It’s clear we have a very different emotional connection…

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One More Reason To Eliminate As Much Plastic As You Can From Your Daily Routines


14TB-SEATURTLES1-jumbo.jpgA green sea turtle off the eastern coast of Australia. Researchers estimate that more than half of all sea turtles have ingested plastic debris. Credit Kathy Townsend

Thanks to Karen Weintraub for this stark reminder, one of countless examples, of why so many places, and some big companies and many individuals are doing their best to get plastic out of daily routines:

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

A new study shows that especially for young turtles, ingesting just a little more than a dozen pieces of plastic in the ocean can be lethal.

14SCI-SEATURTLES2-jumbo.jpgPlastics removed from the intestine of a sea turtle. The study found that half of juvenile turtles would be expected to die if they ingested 17 plastic items. Credit Kathy Townsend

All over the world, sea turtles are swallowing bits of plastic floating in the ocean, mistaking them for tasty jellyfish…

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Canadian Burger Chain Sells Out of Plant-Based Patties

Exposing the Big Game

  • A&W offering of Beyond Burger exceeded expectations, CEO says
  • More consumers seeking alternatives for health, environment
An A&W restaurant in Toronto.

Photographer: Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images

After more than 60 years of dishing out beef burgers, a Canadian fast-food chain has found new success in an unexpected product: a patty made from peas, mung beans and beets.

A&W Food Services of Canada Inc., the country’s second-largest hamburger chain, is tapping into growing demand for plant-based protein by becoming the first national burger chain to offer California-based Beyond Meat’s burger on its menu in July.

The Beyond Meat burgers sold out nationwide in a matter of weeks, said Chief Executive Officer Susan Senecal. The veggie burgers will be back in stock across Canada Oct. 1.

“It became even more popular than we had expected,” Senecal said in a telephone interview from…

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Kangaroos in Australia, video

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 10 September 2018 video says about itself:

The kangaroo is one of Australia’s most recognizable marsupials and is the only large animal to hop!

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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


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 or you can also access it at

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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