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97 percent of seals killed for Canada’s annual slaughter are under the age of 3 months and the majority are under 1 month. At the time of slaughter, many pups have never eaten their first solid meal or taken their first swim.
Trash in the ocean kills more that 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles every year.
A goat from Yanji in northeast China’s Liaoning Province has been nicknamed “Strong-willed goat” as it has learned to walk on just its front two forelegs. Yang Yang the goat was born without hind legs in January and has learned walk on its front legs. And within a month Yang Yang had learned how to balance, walk and even run upside down on just his front legs.
On street corners and near subway entrances in China, you can pay a few yuan to pick up a keychain souvenir filled with dyed water and a live animal like a fish or tiny turtle.
Keychains claim to be filled with dyed “nutrient rich” water to help extend the life of the tiny creature inside. The pouch that the animals live in is totally sealed so eventually the animal will die from a lack of oxygen of food but reportedly, the animal can live for several months
Helablog reports that the keychain animals don’t die without purpose however, once dead they “are heated in the microwave for 15 seconds and eaten while enjoying an ice cold beer.”
Imagine that, a keychain, a pet, and a snack. If I see someone selling these in the US, I’ll personally kick their ass.
Rhino poaching has increased 2000% in 3 years.
Africa’s rhinos face their worst poaching crisis in decades with sophisticated organised crime syndicates killing more than 800 animals in the past three years, conservationists said yesterday.
The two horns on each rhinoceros sell for high prices on the black market in South-east Asia, where they are believed to have medicinal properties.
Vietnam, where the horn is ground down for medicines, is repeatedly implicated in the South African poaching trade.
The Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature said poaching of the two different species of African rhinos is on the rise in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. South Africa alone lost 333 rhinos last year and has lost more than 70 this year so far, according to IUCN.
The Kiev Zoo is under fire and they don’t seem to mind. Since new management took over in October of 2010, nearly half the animals (over 250 to be exact) have died or mysteriously disappeared. Local Kiev animal rights activists say, “it’s no longer a zoo, it’s a concentration camp for animals.”
The bodies are piling up and the management seems to not care too much. Zoo manager Tolstoukhov said, “animals don’t live a million years. They also get sick and die.” True, but perhaps it’s how they die that’s really got people so upset.
Animals have developed illnesses from cramped unsanitary quarters, fish have died after their oxygen was shut off in their tanks, animals have starved, and wounds have become infected after failed vet care. All zoos are terrible places but most don’t have over 250 animals die in 6 months.
Through all this, Tolstoukhov hopes to attract new funders so he can buy two new elephants and 12 blue sheep. Good luck with that one.
Google released a demo of their new “google body” program that will allow people to explore every layer of the body through impressive 3D animation. The coolest part is that one of their demos uses a cow body!
The 3D model lets you explore every layer of the cow. Look! They even have a central nervous system just like us which means they can feel pain!
Google plans on releasing models of different human forms but hopefully they’ll continue making non-human animal models for kids in school. If they did this, they could make classroom dissection a thing of the past. Imagine, students could jump on Google and explore the insides of a frog or a pig, cruelty-free and just plain free.
Teachers are losing their jobs all over the country as more and more public school funds are cut. Any free online program that can teach kids life science without having to spend money oncostly dead animals should be welcomed with open arms.
We should start telling schools to develop curriculum using Google Body. Help save some animals and some cash.
It’s estimated that 70% of all chickens that go on the plate were fed arsenic as a way to encourage weight gain and prevent intestinal disease. After passing much of it out as waste, arsenic leaks into the ground water or dries up and is blown into the air causing clusters of cancer outbreaks in small communities.
A new report is estimating that 42 such cancer clusters have been identified in America since 1976. Some believe that these clusters could be linked to toxic arsenic levels in air near chicken factories.
One particularly famous cluster case was that of Prairie Grove Arkansas, population 2,500. In 2007, Prairie Grove had 21 cases of pediatric cancer, 3 cases of testicular cancer in 14-year old boys, and many more cancer cases in adults. Air filters in the homes of residents were tested and revealed high levels of arsenic with the same molecular fingerprint as that used by the local poultry plant.
The Senate held a hearing about the Prairie Grove case this week in Washington, DC in which environmentalist Erin Brockovich testified. It’s unclear whether the victims will ever receive proper justice but hopefully this case will inspire new legislation aimed at banning arsenic in chicken feed altogether.
An elephant in the wild lives an average of 70 years while an elephant in captivity lives an average of 14.