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Animal welfare issues of concernThose who support animal welfare concentrate on promoting and encouraging welfare reforms in nonhuman animals. They strive to make treatment of animals as much humane as possible with various campaigns like foie grass and fur, promoting cage free type of eggs and beef, which are grown purely on grass.

Such measures are intended to ban animal use, while other animal welfare supporters are not against using animals provided they do not suffer much. Humane treatment in short is the main goal for those in animal welfare. Animal welfare faces some major difficulties in its approach.

Lack of protection for animals

The measures did not provide much difference to the protection of animals and their interests. For instance, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) had campaigned to make many of the leading fast food restaurant chains including McDonald’s to follow the slaughter and handling method of Temple Grandin, but irrespective of whether the method is followed or not, a slaughterhouse remains a hideous place, which makes the entire animal welfare objective mute here.

Many animal welfare organizations are encouraging alternative gestation crates for use in pigs, but such measures when viewed closely deal with only expensive campaigns and do nothing towards the actual protection as they have several loopholes that allow exploiters to do as they wish. Similarly, improvements in animal welfare have also not made many inroads into the situation.

Organic meat has however reached across the population as more and more people have started preferring organically grown vegetables and meat. It is possible to grow plants even indoors with efficient grow lights. And LEDs are used in chicken and pig farms for maintaining the right temperature. Organic farming has become very common now.

Makes people feel better

The various measures taken with regard to animal welfare has made people feel better on exploiting animals and using them. People who had earlier avoided eating animal foods due to the bad treatment of animals have started to eat them after the organizations promoting animal welfare persuaded them about the humane treatment the animals were receiving.

But ironically, with increased welfare measures, animal suffering was found to increase. This is because with increased success of welfare measures, the use of animals’ increased leading to more suffering. A fitting example for this situation is veal consumption in Europe. The consumption has increased due to the regulation brought on the confinement of the veal calves.

No change in animal status

The various measures introduced to improve animal welfare are focused on exploiting animals efficiently and do not, like animal rights, ban use of animal meat.   Animal welfare thus safeguards animal interests only to protect the economic benefits provided by animals for humans and treats animals as commodities only.

For instance, in poultry industry the alternative to crates, used for gestation, has been adopted as it saves costs, increases revenue, quality of meat and shelf life and improves conditions of the workers and all this do not in any way relate to welfare of the animals.

While organic meat belongs to this category, organic or homegrown vegetables and fruits are healthy and even protect plants well. From the Effective Grow Tents to LED grow lights there are several beneficial tools that help in organic farming indoors and in all weather conditions.

Even as more money is funneled into animal welfare, it serves to increase exploitation of animals, while abolition or vegan education is neglected largely as both cannot be done simultaneously.

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Human Impact on Biodiversity & Natural Environment All processes on our planet are interrelated. The human race is just a small part of the biosphere, and man is only one of the species of organic life. Over the course of history, men and women tried not to adjust to the natural environment, but make it easy for their existence. Now we realize that every human activity has an impact on the environment and that environmental degradation is dangerous to all living creatures, including human. Biodiversity gives us an opportunity to live a healthy and happy life. It supplies us with an array of products and materials, plants and soils; it contributes to our medical, ecological, genetical and other spheres.

Nevertheless, the amount of the population increases to a very great degree nowadays. The world population has considerably grown for the last 150 years and continues growing at a phenomenal, explosive pace. The growth of the world inhabitants is associated with the increased exposure to natural systems, destruction of habitats that serve as a refuge for many species of animals and plants. Deforestation and desertification areas occur catastrophically fast. Regulation of river flows, different processing of mineral carriers and development of new natural spaces for crops cultivation, pipe-laying, roads building and other forms of economic activity will inevitably lead to the destruction of habitat and loss of the ecosystem natural properties. The reduction of the species’ amount leads to the destitution of the genetic diversity,which is essential to the changing environment. This also applies to domestic animals and crops. The environmental degradation gathers an ever-increasing speed.

Of course, extinction is a normal and natural part of life. Over the history of the Earth, most of the groups of living organisms that had ever existed, evolved and then slowly disappeared completely. However, different species disappeared because of the natural changes in the environment, such as the Ice Age. Nowadays, species disappear at a faster and more dangerous rate for the reason of non-natural environmental changes caused by various human activities. Some of the actions have a direct impact on species and ecosystems. They include:

1. Climate changes.

The ecosystems suffer from the temperature increasing even now, and it turns out to be one of the main problems in the future. Loss of the Arctic Sea ice threats all the human beings with the great effects. In addition to higher temperatures, more frequent extreme weather events, droughts and rainfall changes can be expected to have a significant impact on biodiversity.

2. Overexploitation.

It is an overall use of the wildlife species in order to get some benefits for the humanity. Nowadays, hunting, trapping, fishing, and collecting of wildlife species are sometimes done just for sport or for fun. In the same time, we kill a great amount of the living beings which cannot be changed in their ecosystems. Many species of animals and plants become rare. Many of them are vanished. Surely, there are the Endangered Species Acts in different countries, which protect some species that are at stake of overexploitation, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) functions to prevent the global trade of wildlife. Anyway, there are many species that are not endangered from being unlawfully traded or overharvested. Continue reading “Human Impact on Biodiversity & Natural Environment” »

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3598029211_da12cf8911_bSmall Things to Make a Positive Impact on Environment We all live in the 21st century; our population increases further and the standards of our life continue improving. All these points make a serious danger of permanent changes to the global environment. Today, humans compete for the control over everything in the Earth and out of its area. We contest with other living beings for resources and space. This alteration of the nature has caused the extreme changes in the biodiversity and ecosystem processes. As a result, we have the global problems which must be solved now in order not to become a disaster in the future. We have the following actual consequences caused by our activities:

  • air pollution
  • global warming
  • water pollution
  • land pollution

Moreover, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Of course, the governments of all countries have to carry out a series of actions in order to save our planet. Nevertheless, there are some several simple small things to make a positive impact on the environment, which you can do every day in order to keep our mutual home harmless. As it is said in an English proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. So let’s see what each of us can do to help our planet.

1. Use a car less. It will not only reduce the harmful impact on the atmosphere, but will also make our health better and, of course, we will spin out money, which may be spent on something significant.

2. Become a “green consumer”. Just be conscious of what, where and how you buy. Stop a little and think before making some purchases:

  • Does this thing have an easily-recyclable package?
  • Is this item produced locally?
  • Are these goods water and energy efficient?
    If we buy only those products that can get more “yes” answers, then we will make their providers to be more careful to the nature.

Continue reading “Small Things to Make a Positive Impact on Environment” »

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Our green planet is a common home

We all – plants, mushrooms, animals, birds, insects, human beings, etc. were born here. Moreover, we must care for each other, but do not spoil each other’s life. Nevertheless, sometimes it happens so that a man forgets that he is not alone here, on the Earth. He is not a chief on it. That’s why he cannot decide who, where or how should live here. Unfortunately, we have not a very good statistic today. Many species were killed, a lot were vanished and a lot are in danger just know. Just imagine, nearly 30-50% of all living nowadays species move towards disappearance. That means that your child can never see how nice the giant panda is, how free the condor in the sky is, how powerful grey wolves are, how unusual northern elephant seals are… This list can be continued up to the infinity.

Sometimes, it seems that we have forgotten that we must be wise and not spoil everything, but help our nature to lead its green and safe life. It’s a great problem that we ruin something that has being built through ages, something that existed before we were born and should exist after our death. Everything around us is full of life, and, for example, the freshwater ecosystems are a living place for more than 100,000 known species of flora and fauna. But its habitants are in danger now because of the human impact – pollution, climate changes, our careless, at least.

Our society must understand that we have to stop ruining and start protecting our nature. Several organizations correct the mistakes of the whole population just now. The World Wildlife Organization takes notice of saving those species that help survive other ones. They protect such animals as marine turtles and polar bears. But there are several steps that everyone can make in order to help disappearing species to survive. Continue reading “Efforts to Save Disappearing Species” »

March 31, 2016

Dummies for Dogs

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Dummies for DogsIt was about 5 years ago that we decided to get a dog as a companion for our son, Travis, who, at the time, was 6 years old. Kids are the same everywhere. “Mum, Dad, why can’t I have a dog?” it’s a question that gets asked from the moment they start reading their first book which has pictures of animals. Then, of course, once you are walking around outside with your child, he sees many people walking their dogs. Even worse is when we go and visit friends and they already own a pet dog, or cat, or Iguana, or snake, or hermit crab and even aquariums full of exotic fish. So the decision was made at that time to get Travis a dog with which he could grow up.

The best place to get a dog was the from the animal rescue haven in town. Heaven knows where all these dogs come from, but you usually find they are house trained, or if they are unwanted puppies they have been wormed and vaccinated. Some of them have already been injected with an identity microchip too. Yes, you have to pay for all this when you pick up the dog, but at least, it’s all done in one hit.

So, here we were, 5 years after selecting an adorable German Shepherd puppy for our son, watching them play together, share their adventures and form a bond that only a human can have with his dog. In the early days, we fed and walked the dog together with Travis but he eventually learned how to do all these things himself and Devil, the name we gave the dog, somehow knew that he belonged to Trav. We all loved that pooch dearly and he lived in Travis’ bedroom sleeping at the foot of the bed with his master and ready for action whenever the time came around. You can’t imagine the forlorn looks on Devil’s face when Travis headed off to school each morning.

One of the sports our son became involved in was wrestling and he was becoming quite good at it, and, as a result, we purchased a particular dummy for him on which he could practice. We bought it for him for his birthday and if you’ve ever seen one of these grappling dummies, you will immediately know that as a gift, it’s unwrappable. As well as being impossible to work out how to do it, why bother when after it’s fully wrapped you know exactly what’s in the package, right?

So Travis received his special wrestling companion which he immediately named ‘Hero’, placed him on the floor, then went and got changed into his sports outfit. Devil was looking at this figure on the floor, a curious expression on his face. Travis came back in, got down on the floor in front of the dummy and proceeded to wrestle. Devil, fearing his master was in serious trouble, immediately leapt to his defence, growling and barking. The crazy dog jumped on the dummy, ripped it from Travis’ grip, and dragged it out into the back yard, dumping it into the rose garden. Then he bounded back into the house, looked at Travis as if to say, “See, I saved you!”

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Saving animals from getting hit while driving

During midsummer, it is common to see baby animals being hit by oncoming cars as the animals wander. Baby animals born during spring start to wander around during midsummer falling prey to the passing traffic. On an average, it is possible for drivers to save many of the animals from being hit when they know the correct way of recognizing the likely places where these animals may appear and driving with care in such places. Here are some tips.

  • Anticipating animals is much easier and safe, when compared to missing them when they appear before your vehicle. Motion near the roadside shrubs and grass should be looked for. In the woods, lines are usually vertical, so anything horizontal will probably indicate an animal.
  • The best thing to do when you come upon an animal on the road is to slow down or even stop the vehicle. Avoid honking or guessing the animal movement and avoid sudden brakes. Slow and stop gently, letting the animal to react and move and then you can proceed with care.
  • If you are rescuing some animal on the road, put on the four-way lights to warn oncoming traffic. Having a good LED light bar such as those at help in better lighting while you drive ensuring safety for everyone.
  • Deer often move in groups, so when you slow down for the first deer and start accelerating, you will hit the one following the first. Although fawns grow big as their mothers, they still follow their mothers around for over a year and according to statistics, over 70 percent of deer are hit this way.
  • During hunting season, it is necessary to be extra careful. Deer hide during summer and spring and in fall, they run as the leaves don’t provide the necessary cover. A majority of car and deer collisions occur during peak hunting season. At nighttime, it is common to come across deer returning to their range after being driven away by relentless hunters.
  • If you still hit a deer after all the precautions, the safest way out is to duck, as deer tend to fly right through your windshield when knocked off their feet.
  • Birds sitting on the road cannot fly away fast enough without the push provided by the air current formed by the car. If you apply the brakes suddenly, the bird starting to fly will not get the push needed making it to crash into the windshield. So slow down gently and gradually to let the bird rise above the car or peel away sideways.
  • Birds chasing food sources such as fermenting fruit, dying insects etc. can be hit, so you should watch out for them while driving.
  • Even dogs can be hit in quiet neighborhoods, as they chase squirrels, cat, a ball, jogger, or bicyclist too.
  • Cats, which know that cars are dangerous, can be hit by moving cars especially at night. They confuse the beams from the headlights to the car, being hit in the process. This may be because they perceive the light more dangerous than the car itself. Nearly 5.4 million cats are killed annually in the United States in such accidents.

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Have you ever truly wondered what goes through a small, furry, feathered, even scaly, domestic creature’s mind, under the sheltered roof of your own home? One recent and intimate domestic scene prompted this question. We witnessed, not for the first time, how a feline friend curled itself up on the couch while we watched the horrible world unfold right before our eyes.

It may not always seem logical to us in hindsight, but we believe that cats have a lot more common sense than we have. While we’re watching the late night news, we’re worrying ourselves sick over what the world has come to; the little one has practically switched itself off from what’s happening beyond the four walls of its chosen and secure habitat.

All animals have soul

Amazingly, many people still don’t believe that animals have a soul. Many people remain oblivious to the fact that the small creatures that have chosen us to take care of them don’t have feelings and by extension, don’t have dreams about what they’d like out of their short lives. And many people still don’t believe that animals dream when they sleep.

We happen to believe that all of this is quite true. We wish we had our webcam on to prove this to you. What we saw was simply adorable. While we were watching Trump and ISIS, this little cat was twitching and twittering its paws and whiskers while sleeping. If that’s not dreaming then we don’t know what is then.

One of the domestic cat’s favorite meals is of the scaly variety. But these creatures, sure as anything, must have feelings too. The custodians of seem to believe so.

These tiny creatures chose you for a reason

If you have similar thoughts and feelings on aquarium-confined fish as the hosts of Canister Filter Guide seem to have, perhaps you should take another look at how you can enhance the lives of the scaly domestic animals currently swimming around in circles in your old fish tank. But, provided that you are taking good care of your so-called fish in a bowl, these tiny exotic creatures may have also chosen your home deliberately, in the full knowledge that they are safer and much better off than in the large, wide oceans.

At this stage, we’d like to recommend that you backtrack to a previous post on our website where we gave an overview of the precarious state of our oceans and the rest of the world due to increased global warming and climate change, mainly due to humankind’s reckless approach towards looking after the earth.

The tiny specimens are devoid from current oceanic dangers. Not only are they free of their larger predators, they are also out of harm’s way where toxic gulf-streams and the lack of oxygen are concerned.

Safe as houses, as they say. And domestic animals, in general, know this. But only provided you are taking good care of them as you should.

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We are not talking about the die-hard vegetarians or vegans who have made a commitment to never in their lives consume anything directly related to the animal species. We believe that some of them do it for reasons that border on insanity and/or ignorance. But we do understand why those who do it out of a pure love for the animal kingdom and make a lifelong commitment to never harm them in any way.

This has its challenges because, never mind what we need to eat in order to survive, the clothes that we wear often include the remains of the carcasses of animals slain by hunters or slaughtered in battery-operated abattoirs.

If they could talk to us

We empathize with them. But we are also happy to tell them that there’s no need to go to such great lengths. Carnivorous animals, if they could communicate directly with us in ways we could understand, would be the first to tell us how important a regular intake of protein, mostly and effectively sourced from meat, is to our own survival. The meat from fish, for instance, is about one of the few sources from which we can derive the vital ingredient of Omega 3 fatty acids, a natural ingredient which, amazingly, our own human bodies cannot produce.

Animals don’t need to think twice when they hunt down and kill their own prey. They do it with a clear conscience. There’s no word we can find to equate to hunting humanely, but you get the point we’re trying to make. In the event, sourcing our meat from the mass-producing abattoirs or cruelly constructed hatcheries are absolutely unacceptable, particularly if we have the remotest care for what animals must go through the moment they must meet their fate.

Tools that farm animals would approve

There is a far better alternative which farm animals will approve of. Before we explain, have a look at this website which explains everything you need to know about supplying yourself with the most sustainable meat processing tools specifically designed with organic and home use in mind. Today, there are more than enough places to go to buy your own, organically-produced meat. What this means essentially is that the next time you sit down to a deliciously roasted farm-fresh chicken, you are feasting on a bird that has pretty much had a wonderfully secure life out on a country farm.

The same goes for succulent lambs and protein rich bulls. Before they submitted to their custodians, they were able to roam freely and never in captivity, always able to live the most natural life possible. A good meat grinder simply contributes and adds value to your own contribution towards the more humane alternative to living the organic life.

Finally, how you eat and how you prepare your own home-cooked meals also says a lot about what you think about yourself and those you love.

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Resolutions hog the limelight with the arrival of New Year. People resolve to let go of their vices or take up new habits. Losing weight, getting fit, eating well, donating for charities, quitting smoking etc. feature commonly in the resolutions people take. Most often resolutions are focused on getting healthier and one way to achieve this is to take up a vegan diet. It is a highly beneficial diet, which provides you delicious as well as satisfying meals. Here are some important benefits you are bound to get with the diet.

Help animals

One key reason to take up a vegan diet in 2016 is to save animals from suffering. Every vegan can save over 100 animals and prevent their suffering by opting for a vegan diet. Try switching to vegan foods instead of eating meat, dairy products, and eggs.

Energetic and slim

With vegan food, you can easily reach your weight loss goals. A vegan can shed nearly 20 pounds more than a meat eater can. Contrary to the fad diets that promise impossible things and end up leaving you tired and sick of the entire weight loss program, vegan diet helps to permanently get rid of unwanted fat and leaves you feeling energetic and slim. Barbecue fans would hate the idea of not having grilled meat but grilled vegetables and kebabs taste equally good. Having a top quality charcoal smoker such as this one at Smokey House BBQ certainly makes a big difference in the taste.

Healthy and happy

Health experts reveal that vegans have reduced risk of developing cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, when compared to meat eaters. A vegan diet provides you with all the necessary nutrition you need including minerals, fiber, and protein. Further, the diet does not have bad cholesterol or saturated fat as in meat, which is very unhealthy.

Delicious food

If you are anxious about not eating a tasty chicken sandwich or hamburger and even ice creams you needn’t worry. You can find several tastier and delicious recipes that outdo the dairy products and meat. Moreover, you would be saving many animals by going vegan. As we mentioned before, with proper smokers such as the ones found here you could easily make tastier and healthier burgers and other grilled foods.

Avoid meat

Cleaning and cooking meat is an elaborate process. And it is a risky one too as meat is contaminated with blood, bodily fluids and feces, which can cause food poisoning. Campylobacter is a harmful bacterium found contaminated in chicken causing food poisoning symptoms such as cramping, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain.

Save our planet

When you consume meat, you are committing a deadly crime against our planet. Meat processing causes quite a huge amount of pollution and meat industry is one main factor cited for causing climate change. In fact, you would create more impact on the fight against global warming by taking up a vegan diet than using an electric or eco-friendly car.

Eating meat hurts not only the animals but also you need to spend more money on farming animals, right from growing crops and making the necessary water available to them.  According to statistics, you need about 13 pounds grain to produce one pound of meat. Instead, the plant food can be used to feed more people and reduce poverty.

December 31, 2015

Saving our birds

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Myna of starling bird family, a singing bird
In the ancient days, our ancestors had their fill of pleasant delightful birdsongs to hear from dawn to dusk. Now with the urbanization drive we are so intent on encouraging, the only bird song we hear is from artificially created background music only.

Even if it is still pleasing to the ears, hearing it from a natural source makes it more real and along with other sounds of nature it cannot compare to any artificial music we make. Even if bird population is huge, the hostile urban environment has diminished their fight for survival.

In the past 3 to 4 decades alone nearly 20 common bird species have plummeted. While we have been intent on technological empowerment, our birds have grown scarcer and scarcer.

One significant factor for the decline in birds is the destruction of their natural habitat namely trees and shrubs. Most of the trees fall prey to agricultural and urban residential expansion.  From bobwhite tops, heron and grouse to the yellow-breasted songbird many species are decreasing in numbers at an alarming rate and are at risk of being extinct.

Drilling, global warming, mining, and forest management systems are other causes that endanger the birds. Recently our members held a karaoke competition to spread awareness about the birds. We bought a new and excellent quality karaoke machine recommended by one of our members who is a karaoke enthusiast.

This downward spiral of the bird numbers is causing great concern among environmentalists and scientists and diversified species type being affected this way is an additional cause of concern.

Here are some ways, which you can contribute towards helping birds survive.

  • Create a habitat for the birds on your own near your home by growing grasses, trees and shrubs in your yard. This will help in forming a tiny oasis of greenery in a concrete jungle for birds to find shelter, nesting sites, and food. Build a birdbath, if your property does not have any water source the birds can use. You get the benefit of seeing birds, butterflied and even small mammals in your vicinity. While singing with your friends is exciting just as we had fun with our karaoke competition, which was mainly due to the excellent KaraokeIsle machine we used, we know it cannot however match hearing the chirping of birds and the visual treat of seeing them amidst greenery.
  • Choosing paper products such as toilet paper tissues and others that are recycled help in reducing the cutting down of trees. With lesser trees, the birds lose their natural habitat.
  • Another effective step that everyone can contribute is help stop global warming, which is a leading cause in destruction of bird habitats around the world. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs instead of the incandescent bulbs, unplug equipment and chargers that are not in use, purchase energy efficient appliances and choose fuel-efficient cars to reduce your carbon footprint.

While the above steps may seem like putting in a big effort for species that are still considerable in number, if you do not take any positive action, their numbers can dwindle fast.

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Red panda at the zoo
Some of the rarest and beautiful species have been made extinct due to our lack of interest and irresponsible behaviour in saving them and there are many more species, which are nearing extinction. The key reason behind their extinction is that their habitat has been changed or destroyed by human intervention.

When the species are robbed of their food, shelter, water, light, space and breeding space they are destroyed. The pollution from trucks, cars, and chemicals we use indiscriminately has brought on a lasting and damaging effect on the natural habitats. Clearing of vegetation for agriculture, building cities, roads, and construction of dams are all signs of urbanization, which affect our wild life adversely.

Conserving habitats

One significant way to help the endangered species is to safeguard their habitats in a permanent way. This can be done by building nature reserves, national parks and wilderness areas. In such places, the animals can flourish without much meddling from humans. And simultaneously we should try to protect the habitats present outside such areas like, along roadsides or on farms.

Just as we take care of our health by taking the appropriate foods and medicine and our beauty with the right skin care products such as those at, it is necessary to consider the ways by which we can take care of animals and plants. Since animals form an integral part of our life, taking the necessary steps will protect the species and subsequently us from extinction.

Visit a nature habitat

Make it a habit to visit the nearby nature reserve or national park. The guided tours help you know about the threatened species and while you visit, make sure you follow the fire regulations and wild life codes. Do not disturb birds’ eggs, bush rocks, logs or flowers and put litter away in dustbins or take it with you back home.

Encourage wildlife habitats

If you have friends or relatives living on farms, you should encourage them on maintaining bush patches, which serve as ideal wildlife habitats. Old trees should be left standing, particularly the ones with hollows, as these help the nesting animals.

Take care of nature reserves

Many areas have organizations that take care of their local nature reserves or bushland. You can do this in your area by clearing the weeds and planting species that are native to the region. When you make the region habitable for the native animals by such measure, they will return to their natural habitat and survive. Just as you tend to your skin, if you find it marred by blemishes, with effective skin care treatment, click here for more information, beautifying your local habitat reaps richer rewards not only to you, but also to your community as a whole.

Try avoiding introduction of animals and plants that are not native to your region. When parks, beaches, reserves, rivers and bushland are infested with non-native species, these can stunt the growth of native species. Many of the harmful environmental weeds are from gardens maintained at homes. The seeds are carried into bushes by either birds or wind.

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Organizations Fighting Animal Testing

The discussion of animal rights often results in eye-rolling and people assuming that only hippies and vegans have the right to talk about it. However animal cruelty can appear not only in the food you eat or clothes you wear. A ban has been placed on cosmetic testing on animals in the European Union, India and Israel, but importation of products that use animal testing can still occur. Although the use of animal testing for medicine is still under debate with no clear outcome visible in the future, this means that animal testing still occurs in varying degrees of cruelty.

Many countries do still allow animal testing for cosmetics; results claim that over 100 million animals are used in labs each year in the States. Tests are known to be administered to animals without any pain relief, such as dripping irritants into the eyes or shaved skin of animals. Here are 5 organizations fighting against animal testing in various ways from petitions to breaking and entering. You are able to help or participate putting an end to animal testing in a number of ways, beginning simply with the products you buy. Whilst all these organizations may vary in their technique of grabbing attention about the injustices done to animals, the goal to educate and encourage self-awareness is shared.

1) Lush

The cosmetic company Lush was founded in Dorset, England with the aim of fighting animal testing at the core of its company ethics. Since 1995, they’ve expanded their franchise and now have shops all over Europe and the rest of the world including the States, Singapore and New Zealand. In ensuring that they are successful in preventing animal testing the company will only buy from companies that do not carry out, fund or commission animal testing. They also opt to have human volunteers for their product testing. If you want to ensure that you make more of an impact with your purchases, you are also able to buy a product called the ‘Charity Pot’ from which the proceeds go to a Charity or NGO which focuses on areas of animal rights or environmental conservation, also human rights.


One of the glitziest organizations in the field of animal rights, PETA has had many celebrities feature in their campaigns such as Justin Bieber and Charlize Theron. An organization internationally renowned for fighting animal cruelty, in several different fields. Some of their campaign acts have gained notoriety, however they still remain undeniably successful in raising awareness and funds. In the area of animal testing PETA promotes the use of embryonic stem cell research and in vitro cell research as an alternative to animal cruelty.

Despite being based in the states PETA has affiliates in the U.K, France, Germany, The Netherlands, India and Australia. In order to spread their influence they’ve also created a YouTube channel: On this channel you can find information on vegan lifestyle, going green, animal cruelty and the occasional light-hearted/touching video of happy animals. You can show support either by donation or signing petitions. They encourage direct action and as can be seen from their advert campaigns, don’t fear a borderline militant stance.

3) Animal Liberation Front – the ALF:

An international movement that has no direct leader or base, this is mainly down to their action being illegal. They take the notion of direct action a step further than PETA, subsequently receiving attention as a terrorist group with violent action. ALF claim that any action taken for the betterment of animal’s live through liberation without the harm to human or non-human life can be claimed as an ALF action. The website has a clear message in their mission statement that planting the seed of thought into someone else’s head about animal welfare is the main goal in discussion and making their voices heard. The site can supply you with literature and humor, as they strive for an all encompassing approach to the field of animal liberation. In breaking down and inflicting economic damage on testing labs, the ALF hope to bring attention to these testing labs’ actions. The destruction of the labs themselves is to prevent more animals being brought to those labs for testing.

4) American Anti-Vivisection Society

An organization with a focus in the States but whose conception arose in England 1876. The result of protest by Frances Power Cobbe which resulted in the British Parliament passing the first anti-vivisection law. A thoroughly organized company the society’s main concern is the prevention of vivisection in medical testing. Their approach in fighting against animal testing is to encourage education. They take a holistic approach, in 1990 Animalearn and the AAVS were founded to show how animals needn’t be used in school science classes.

They are currently encouraging citizens of the U.S.A to contact their U.S. Representative in support of the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858)

5) Great Ape Project – GAP

The Great Ape Project is campaigning against the use os primates in laboratories, circuses and entertainment. The organization wishes to give the right to life to great apes. Currently they are focusing on Brazil, and are defending the right of great primates to live in their natural habitat. On their site they detail recent updates and projects, along with videos and news articles relating to the cause. A book was also published by the same name and contains a number of essays focused on the intelligence of monkeys; contributors include Richard Dawkins and Jane Godall.

GAP’s website offers a number of ways someone can help: volunteering and signing the World Declaration on Great Primates.

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East, west, north and south, many people still find it acceptable to hunt down vulnerable animals, mainly because it remains a way of life for them and a natural response to their own culture. But there is no culture in hunting down endangered and previously protected species just for fun and collecting hideous looking trophies to be displayed on living room or garage walls. To use strong language, this is essentially the behavior of morons who don’t have a conscience. But in the main, hunting would be acceptable if it was carried out responsibly and humanely.

From illegal hunting to sustainable practices

Sometimes it is necessary, and in other areas, it remains vital. Take the tragic incidence of overpopulation of elephants who were able to breed unchecked in large but closed-off areas of wildlife-designated land. Some years ago, governments who had jurisdiction over such land sanctioned the large-scale culling of the elephant population to the point that their drastic decline is only now being seen and felt. None of this would have been necessary had man not encroached on this regal beast’s living space.

The culling of large numbers of whales across oceans where they traditionally roam for ‘scientific purposes’ by Japanese fishermen is unacceptable.

Invariably, whale carcasses are still sold off for profit and land on Japanese supermarket shelves. But most Japanese have become acutely aware of the plight of whales and adapted their traditions by no longer eating whale meat. Contrary to the use of large, mechanized harpoons to kill whales, the use of a compact, light, flexible re-curve bows which you can see on this website, can be regarded as an ideal weapon for sustainable and responsible hunting.

Traditional hunters have always respected the laws of nature

The good old-fashioned fishing rod can be similarly classified, but thanks to the large-scale plundering of our oceans by multinational companies who have managed to twist governments’ arms to get them to look the other way, small-scale village fishermen are no longer able to provide for their families by way of a tradition that has been with them for centuries. If you take a look at some of the notes from this review here, you can also reflect on the primitive weapons these sea fishermen’s ancestors used for thousands of years. There are similarities in structure and practical purposes between today’s modern bows and the ancient weapons crafted directly from nature.

In most instances, traditional hunters, hunting mainly out of necessity, have always respected the laws of nature and reserved a soft spot in their hearts for vulnerable creatures. This is especially the case today where in certain areas of the world, indigenous hunter-gatherers have transformed themselves into formidable trackers and hunters of poachers, paid or voluntary.

While we would prefer that everyone turn to vegetarianism for at least a few years, we accept that responsible and sustainable hunting, using the correct tools with the right motivations, remains necessary. As for the poachers and traders in critically endangered species, we are quite glad that the law is catching up with them.

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humpback-whale-431907_960_720Irrespective of dolphins and whales being considered as smart animals, they cannot however convey to us how affected they are by the activities we indulge in. While their smiling faces can be deceptive and make us believe that they are not concerned about the threats we pose to their habitat, it is not entirely true.

Being responsible individuals, we have a duty to protect our environment and all living beings in it. And we need to use the knowledge at our disposal to help protect them from harm.

You can save dolphins and whales by simple day-to-day acts such as:

  • Save energy by turning of all electrical appliances whenever we don’t need them. This will help in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and consequently the greenhouse phenomenon. Global warming affects dolphin and whale distribution and restricts their habitat forcing them to move into unfamiliar environment, which can reduce their population drastically. Using solar energy such as in solar water heaters, swimming pool heaters- check out this site, solar power generators, and other solar power applications can also help in reducing the strain put on the marine habitat.
  • Avoid throwing waste into the sea. Since dolphins cannot distinguish some of the waste, we throw from their regular food, they may ingest them and stand the risk of dying due to choking or starving because of the choking.
  • Using less amount of water helps in limiting the discharge volume and keeps the marine environment cleaner.
  • Avoiding chemical cleansing agents and opting for biodegradable varieties will help reduce the harmful effluents discharged into the sea.

Saving dolphins

dolphin-203875_960_720Since dolphins are associated with yellow tunas mostly, they are frequently caught in the fishing nets. If this happens, they tend to drown, as it is not possible for them to come up and catch their breath.  According to reports from the Whales and Dolphins’ Conservation Society, over 300,000 cetaceans have drowned and died, due to this type of negligent fishing. And the worst part is the animals suffer a painful and long drawn out death, which is very unacceptable and should be prevented as much as possible.

While we use pool heaters such as those in PoolHeaterWorld to keep our pools warm, dolphins have a inbuilt insulation mechanism that protects them from the cold. Blubber or body fat in the dolphins keep them warm in cold weather and it also provides the energy they need when other foods are not available to them. Further, it streamlines the body of the dolphin increasing the hydrodynamics greatly.

While Dolphins do have safety mechanisms inbuilt in them, they cannot however match the environmental damage we introduce into their habitat.  The only way to save dolphins, whales and numerous other species in the marine habitat is to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. Buying canned tuna that has Dolphin Safe or Friendly label is one way to prevent the harmful tuna fishing methods that endanger dolphins. And while going on whale or dolphin watching trips, it is necessary to not disturb them by going too near them.