Killing & Eating Nonambulatory Farm Animals


Datum: Fr, 30 Sept 2011 9:18 am
 

Killing & Eating Nonambulatory Farm Animals

“Because animals are property, we consider as ‘humane treatment’
that we would regard as torture if it were inflicted on humans.”
Gary Francione

Why do most companion animals seem to die from cancer?
Perhaps it is because of that diseased flesh unfit for
human consumption we call dog food.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the slaughter
of diseased and infirm cows for human consumption. Many
of these creatures have visible tumors growing from their
bodies. Many of these creatures just fall down and never
again get up.

It is no wonder that cows milked three times per day
only live for 35 months after they birth their first
calf. In order to continuously produce their 24
quarts of calcium-rich milk, they live their lives in
excruciating pain after their bones begin to melt
calcium into their blood which is then reabsorbed by
udders which pass that essential mineral into their milk.
These are continuously stressed creatures. We swallow
and digest their pain.

So, cows become “downers”. There are other reasons cows
go down and cannot stand. Such behavior is often a sign
of a prion disease called bovine spongiform encephalitis,
otherwise known as BSE or Mad Cow Disease. By eating diseased
flesh from these infected animals, or by drinking their
infected body fluids, humans sometimes get a brain-wasting
disease called Cruetzfeld-Jacob Disease, or CJD. SEE:

http//www.notmilk.com/m.html

All of the above has been the introduction to a page 587
column from the September 25, 2011 issue of Hoard’s Dairyman,
the national dairy farm magazine.

The entire story:

“California’s nonambulatory law will be reviewed by the
U.S. Supreme Court. The law bans all nonambulatory
livestock from being slaughtered in the state if the animals
are being processed for food. It was passed in the wake
of the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. scandal in Chino, Calif.

“Hallmark illegally slaughtered nonambulatory cattle and
sold the beef into commerce. Then, a tape of the act was
leaked onto YouTube. USDA banned the slaughter of all
nonambulatory cattle for processing into the food supply.

“The National Meat Association (NMA) filed the original
lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District
of California charging that the law violated the Federal
Meat Inspection Act. The high Court has scheduled the appeal
for its 2011-2012 term which begins October 4th.”

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The extremely disturbing above-referenced video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrxvxewC-gA

The meat and dairy producers have developed a brilliant
strategy and creative solution to this problem. They
have successfully lobbied many state legislative bodies
which have since enacted laws making it a felony crime
for animal rights “terrorists” to film animal abuse.

High-priced lawyers will argue for the dairy and
cattlemen. Who will argue for the cows?

United States Supreme Court Contact Information:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/contact/contactus.aspx

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

Craig Grant Bought a Tree Farm for Cats` Rescue


Caboodle Ranch cat shelter for homeless cats

 

Craig Grant bought a tree farm far away from the city and turned it into a sanctuary for all the cats he has rescued. 
He lives there with the cats and provides lots of love, care and companionship. It’s hard to imagine that once he was not a cat lover and did not want cats until he met his son’s cat Pepper. He also got to experience what it is like raising a litter of kittens.
“Over that time I learned that every cat had its own unique personality and it wasn’t long before the kittens were swinging from my curtains. I didn’t care. Something had changed… I didn’t want to give them up.”
The condo life was not easy for the kitties, so Craig found a tree farm and settled down there for his fur babies. 
Over the next several months, he rescued more and more homeless and abandoned cats. The number of new residents kept going up, so Craig expanded the sanctuary to make more room for the animals.

 

Caboodle Ranch cat shelter for homeless cats

The farm was named Caboodle Ranch and is now a permanent home for all the homeless, rescued cats. Each of them has a sad story of their past, but now they are living in heaven.
“Cats should be able to roam free, and at Caboodle Ranch, that’s what they do.”
Craig has built many beautiful cat houses and decorated the place with vibrant colors and tons of liveliness.
All the cats are spayed and neutered. Don’t forget to visit (non profit rescue center) at their website and check them out on Facebook.

 

Caboodle Ranch cat shelter for homeless cats

 


cute cat at caboodle ranch

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cat

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cats

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cats

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cats

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cats

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cats

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cats

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cats

 


Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary for homeless cats

 


Caboodle Ranch

 


cute cat
 napping at the Caboodle Ranch

 


cute kittens at caboodle ranch


 
Caboodle Ranch craig grant

http://lovemeow.com/2010/05/man-built-a-sanctuary-for-his-cats/

Bravo Craig !

 

Over 600.000 signed the Petition for Shortening Time of Animaltransporting


 
 
 
   
 
 
Över 600 000 namn för kortare djurtransporter – fortsatt kampanj på Djurens Dag!
 

Djurtransporter är en viktig fråga för Djurens Rätt. I våras drog organisationen igång en ny kampanj. Nu planerar vi ytterligare aktiviteter inför Djurens Dag 4 oktober.

 
 
 

Namninsamlingen för max 8 timmars transporttid i EU passerade nyligen hela 600 000 namn och Sverige ligger på fjärde plats i insamlingsligan. Hjälp oss gärna att sprida länken till vänner och bekanta. Tillsammans med den internationella organisationen Animals’ Angels planerar Djurens Rätt nu nästa steg: att informera och samla stöd hos svenska EU-parlamentariker.

Hur är då läget i Sverige? Enligt ny statistik är Sverige näst sämst i EU vad gäller antal genomförda djurtransportkontroller. Landsbygdsminister Eskil Erlandsson är väl medveten om problemen och att en viktig orsak är bristande resurser. Men, ministern prioriterar annorlunda och lägger hellre pengar på att subventionera slakten av djur.

På Djurens Rätts kampanjsida djurensratt.se/transporter hittar du mer information om vad som har hänt sedan kampanjen drog igång. Där finns även uppdaterade brevförslag för att kontakta branschorganisationer och landsbygdsministern.

Den 4 oktober är det Djurens Dag, och då kommer aktiva medlemmar och lokalorganisationer runt om i landet att uppmärksamma kampanjen och informera om djurens situation. Du är varmt välkommen att vara med! Du kan beställa kampanjpaket så skickar vi material som du kan använda. Vill du hitta likasinnade att engagera dig tillsamman med så har vi samlat all information om hur man blir aktiv.

Det finns fler sätt att stödja arbetet mot långa och plågsamma djurtransporter. Djurens Rätt är som du kanske vet helt beroende av frivilliga bidrag. Stöd vårt arbete för djuren. Här hittar du all information om hur du kan bidra till vårt arbete genom att skänka en gåva, samt hur man blir djurfadder och får en present som tack.

Tack för att du står på djurens sida varje dag!

 
 
 
 
Cecilia Mille
Ansvarig för internationella frågor
Djurens Rätt
 
 
 
 
Tillsammans hjälper vi djuren!
 
Besök www.djurensratt.se/StodOss för mer information om vad du kan göra för djuren.

Jewish Dairy Wisdom at Rosh Hashana


Rosh Hashanah Greeting
Image by Center for Jewish History, NYC via Flickr

Jewish Dairy Wisdom

Today (Thursday, September 29, 2011) is a day
of celebration for the Jewish people. It's Rosh
Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Welcome to the year
5,772 on the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hashana represents
both a happy day and serious day. It is a time for
introspection and spiritual preparation for the
coming year.

I receive more than one thousand emails each day
which usually include at least one variation upon
the same theme asking the following question:

"As a Jew, how do you come to terms with God's promise
to Moses to deliver him to a land flowing with milk
and honey?"

One must consider the sweetness of freedom.

In the Old Testament, Moses was promised a "Land flowing
with milk and honey." Egyptian Jews lived in slavery.
First-born infants were put to death. Exodus represented
a promise. A world in which milk flowed from breast-feeding
mothers who would often nurture their children, one from
each breast, with the sweetness of freedom.

There are more than 7 billion people who share planet
earth, and of those, a mere 13 million are Jews. One
out of every 500 person is a Jew, which makes us
a rarity, indeed. The most important of all Jewish
surnames is Cohen, which means 'priest.' In Judaism,
one out of every 500 or so Jews is named Cohen, so I
belong to an extremely small minority of people
representing one out of 250,000 people on this planet.

Upon reaching their 13th birthday, Jewish boys and
girls read a passage from the Torah (5 books of Moses)
in front of their congregations, in celebration of that
day in which they become adults. There are many tens of
thousands of different Torah passages, but mine was
very special, for it predicted my destiny. I did not
know it then, but my Torah reading predicted that
out of 7 billion, I would become the Notmilkman.

The words which I read in Hebrew that day more than four
decades ago included the story of Moses and the Ten
Commandments, and ended with Exodus 32:35.

In that passage, Moses was walking down Mount Sinai holding
onto the Ten Commandments. God had promised to deliver the
Jews to that land filled with "Milk and Honey," but the Jews
had turned their backs to God and constructed a baby cow to
worship. In fury, God called them a "stiffed-necked people"
and told Moses that he was going to destroy them all and
build a new race in the image of Moses. Moses talked God
into reconsidering his position and God then instructed
Moses to gather his soldiers and kill the three thousand
people responsible for such blasphemy. That is what the
Bible tells us. And then, after the guilty parties were
killed:

"Then the Lord sent a plague upon the people, for
what they did...." Exodus-32:35

Moses was a sheep-herder, a shepherd.
He was not a cow herder, or coward.

In those days people drank sheep and goat's milk. The
average dairy cow only yielded one quart of milk each day,
not enough to feed the multitudes.

What was the plague that God sent to all of the
people...to all of mankind? I have asked this question of
priests and rabbis, Judaic scholars who study Torah. Their
response is that the Torah does not state specifically what
that "plague" or punishment was. Biblical writers had no
microscopes. Nor did they, in their wildest dreams, imagine
our biotechnology. Cells, amino acids, proteins were all
impossible to imagine.

Imagine that you have before you a bowl containing twenty-
eight marbles, each one a different color. You are
blindfolded and asked to pick out the purple one. What are
the odds of doing this? If you answer, one out of twenty-
eight, you would be correct.

There are twenty-eight different amino acids, the building
blocks of life. These amino acids make up the proteins of
our bodies, complicated chains of chemicals, like separate
beads on a strand of a necklace, which form our hair and
skin and flesh and organs and hormones, and which act as
chemical messengers.

Instead of a bowl containing marbles, let us imagine that
same bowl contains the 28 different amino acids and let us
substitute phenylaline for the purple marble. The odds of
picking phenylaline out from all of the others is also one
out of twenty-eight.

Now imagine two bowls. What are the odds of randomly
picking out the purple marble, or phenylaline, twice in a
row? That number works out to be one out of seven-hundred
and eighty-four. Don't bet the rent money on successfully
picking two in a row! Three bowls? That would be nearly
22,000 to one. After five bowls, we approach the
improbable...17 million to one. Perhaps that is why few
people win lotteries. Six bowls and the odds increase to
nearly one in one-half billion. Ten bowls would be 280
trillion to one and fourteen bowls would be one chance in
five-thousand million trillion tries.

Imagine seventy bowls. I could try to calculate the number
for the next month and still not be able to write it out.
That number would be greater than the total number of atoms
in the universe.

One very special protein hormone contains 70 amino acids.
This hormone happens to be the most powerful growth hormone
produced in the human body. Discovered only twenty years
ago, this powerful growth factor resembled insulin, so an
unnamed scientist called it insulin-like growth factor, or
IGF-I.

There are four thousand animals in the animal kingdom and
millions of different proteins. Each protein is different,
save one. There is a miracle of nature at work here...a
cosmic coincidence that is so improbable as to approach the
unthinkable. IGF-I in humans and cows is identical. A
protein hormone containing seventy amino acids...a perfect
match, picking the same amino acid seventy times in a row
from seventy different bowls. ur most powerful growth
hormone is identical to a cow's most powerful growth
hormone. IGF-I, both in humans and bovines, contains 70
amino acids in the same exact order and gene sequence. A
coincidence, the odds of which are astronomical. Seventy
bowls. Seventy amino acids. An event that could hardly
have occurred randomly.

One protein, exactly alike in humans and cows. IGF-I. The
odds of that occurring, astronomical.

A study published in the May 9, 1998 issue of the British
medical journal, Lancet, revealed the absolute correlation
of high levels of this powerful hormone in the bodies of
women with breast cancer. IGF-I has made front page news in
every newspaper in America as a result of that paper. Many
months earlier, a similar study found IGF-I levels elevated
in males with prostate cancer. The prostate cancer study
was published in the journal Science in January of 1998.
Many scientists call our most powerful growth hormone the
key factor in the growth and proliferation of cancer. What
these scientists do not realize is that IGF-I is identical
in humans and cows. One 12-ounce glass of milk doubles the
amount of free IGF-I in the human body.

God sent a "plague" upon all of the people.

God's gift to man was the Ten Commandments. Had the Israelis
not insulted their deity by building a graven image in the
form of a baby cow while Moses received those immortal
tablets, God might very well have added commandment number
eleven: Don't drink the milk.

Instead, angered by the "stiffed-neck people" for their
blasphemous sin, God exacts his immediate revenge upon the
3,000 who built that baby cow by killing them. He then
curses all of mankind with an eternal revenge in Exodus
32:35:

"And then God sent a plague upon all of the people."

Got milk? Got IGF-1, the key factor in the growth and
proliferation of every human cancer. See:

http://www.notmilk.com/b.html

Robert Cohen

No More Bull in Barcelona


No More Bull in Barcelona

 “Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.” – Erica Jong

Bullfighting is a dying sport, and I am pleased to announce that this week, Barcelona, Spain banned bullfighting, after animal rights groups gathered 180,000 signatures calling for a legislative debate. The last bullfight in Barcelona (Warning: Graphic): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy9kiITFsjI Twelve years ago (August 29, 1999) Notmilk wrote:

Bullfight at San Marcos Fair, Aguascalientes, ...
Image via Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

THE BULLFIGHT

 The crowd cheers as a picador riding a blindfolded horse pokes a long sharp-tipped lance into the bull, twisting and turning his weapon so that muscle fibers are shredded and blood streams down the animal’s back. This is not a ferocious bull. The animal frantically looks right and then left for a means to escape. There is none. It has no chance. Colorfully dressed banderilleros run out holding sharp, multicolored ribboned skewers, one in each hand, and forcefully plunge them deep into the animal’s flesh. Ole! That’s the sound of an excited crowd responding to a matador’s sword thrusting deep between the shoulder blades of an exhausted bull. Ole! That’s the roar of the bloodthirsty crowd as the bull collapses upon itself after the sword pierces its heart, gallons of blood spurting and gurgling out of its nose and mouth. Ole! The crowd screams with pleasure as a co-conspirator slices through the spinal cord and the animal begins its deathly shudder. Ole! One last roar as the honored assassin slices off first one ear, then another. Will he later eat these pieces of cartilage with salsa and chips or will they go into his trophy case? Some animals still blink as they are dragged out of the ring by a team of horses. Bullfighting is dead in Barcelona. Ole! :>)

Robert Cohen http://www.notmilk.com

750,000 $ for an Artist Who Killed a Dog for “Art” ?


Stop San Francisco From Paying $750,000 To “Artist” Who Killed Dog https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacycmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1969

In 1977, Brooklyn resident Tom Otterness went to his local animal shelter, adopted a homeless dog, took him home, chained him to a fence, and shot him. He filmed the act, called it “Shot Dog Film,” and claimed it was art. Now Otterness may receive $750,000 from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to create 59 bronze sculptures for the city’s Moscone Subway Station. He recently lost a contract for the same amount in New York City. This is your taxpayer money. If you don’t want your taxes spent this way, please speak up.


Indignación Atropello. Hay un malestar generalizado por la violenta represión del Gobierno contra la marcha de los indígenas del Tipnis, que salieron hace 42 días de Trinidad rumbo a La Paz Ruy G. D’Alencar. Yucumo Los 500 efectivos de la Policía reprimieron a golpes y con gases al campamento de la marcha indígena. Luego de la intervención, que comenzó a las 17:15 de ayer, el contingente policial rodeó el campamento de los marchistas y detuvo a varios dirigentes. Los uniformados chocaron con unos 50 guardias indígenas y los superaron con facilidad hasta avanzar a su refugio ubicado a 500 metros del puente San Lorenzo de Yucumo. Todo se dio durante el día 42 de protesta indígena en rechazo a la construcción del tramo dos de la carretera Villa Tunari-San Ignacio de Moxos. El operativo dejó un saldo indeterminado de heridos, aunque la Policía sostiene que son 15. Así lo explicó el subcomandante de la Policía boliviana, general Óscar Muñoz. Entre los más afectados estuvieron los niños de brazos y las mujeres que sufrieron el efecto de los gases lacrimógenos. Una niña de tres meses quedó inconsciente y fue auxiliada por veedores de la Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos. Los dirigentes indígenas anunciaron que murió, pero la información no pudo ser confirmada. También que hay 35 desaparecidos, entre ellos siete niños. Muchos marchistas fueron reducidos a golpes antes de ser subidos a los vehículos. Uno de ellos, Gabriel Tórrez, de la Central de Pueblos Indígenas de La Paz (Cepilap), llegó de emergencia al hospital municipal de San Borja, desangrándose y con graves heridas en la cabeza. En San Lorenzo cargaron en cuatro buses y seis camionetas a algo más de 700 marchistas y los enviaron sin darles explicación de su destino. Pedro Nuni, diputado indígena por el MAS, fue detenido y cargado en una camioneta de los uniformados. “La marcha indígena va a continuar”, gritó lloroso y contuso por golpes recibidos. Se ha conocido que algunos dirigentes indígenas, entre ellos Adolfo Chávez, presidente de la Cidob, fueron rescatados y están en la clandestinidad. No se ha sabido de la suerte del máximo dirigente guaraní, Celso Padilla, ni del presidente de la subcentral del Tipnis, Fernando Vargas. Se vio pasar a los buses cargados de indígenas, varios de ellos maniatados y con vestigios de golpes. La prensa fue golpeada por la Policía. Uno de los afectados fue el reportero de radio Fides, que fue sacado a empellones por los uniformados cuando trató de registrar imágenes del bebé desmayado por los gases. Pese a ello, el Gral. Muñoz indicó que se daba garantías a los periodistas. El director de Régimen Interior, Boris Villegas, no quiso explicar los fundamentos de la represión. Sin embargo, en el lugar se vio a policías vestidos de civil filmando el operativo. Entre los detenidos figura también Víctor Hugo Párraga, presidente cívico de San Borja, que fue cargado a un bus maniatado. Esto caldeó los ánimos de la población borjana que bloqueó y enfrentó a la Policía cuando trataba de ingresar con los buses y camionetas hasta el pueblo. Hubo duros choques entre cívicos y policías, lo que hizo retroceder a los uniformados en dirección a Yucumo. Se dijo que los buses fueron llevados hacia La Paz, aunque esta versión no se pudo corroborar. Este segundo incidente sucedió desde las 19:00, al calor de gases y llantas ardiendo en el ingreso a San Borja. Los originarios fueron sorprendidos por el contingente policial en su campamento la tarde de ayer, después de que un grupo de uniformados abrió un segundo frente de contingencia un kilómetro antes de Yucumo. Del otro lado, el segundo cordón policial intervino a los marchistas que acampaban cerca del puente San Lorenzo. Fernando Vargas, presidente de la subcentral del Tipnis, acompañado de guardias indígenas, reclamó a la Policía por el movimiento irregular efectuado en la zona con el pretexto de renovar guardias. “Quieren asfixiar a la marcha, van a reprimir”, anticipó. “Hemos tenido que realizar la primera intervención en la marcha indígena con el respectivo requerimiento fiscal”, sostuvo el general Muñoz, mientras los hombres y mujeres de uniforme verde olivo cargaban a mujeres y niños llorando, aterrorizados por los gases. Los indígenas habían respondido con flechas y piedras a la Policía, pero no pudieron contra los efectivos. La violenta represión policial sucedió el mismo día que el ministro de la Presidencia, Carlos Romero, invitó vía fax, a dialogar en La Paz con el Gobierno a 20 miembros del comité político de la marcha, a partir de las 20:00. Antes de que los indígenas dieran su respuesta, llegó la intervención. Alejandro Almaraz, exviceministro de Tierras, se declaró en la clandestinidad junto a un grupo de 50 marchistas que huyeron al monte. Desde allí Almaraz se pronunció vía teléfono y convocó a los ciudadanos a defender a los indígenas y al régimen democrático. “La marcha va a continuar por el monte, pero vamos a llegar a La Paz”, señaló Almaraz. Vilma Romero, veedora del Alto Comisionado Para los Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas y una acompañante sufrieron el ardor de los gases. “Esto es increíble”, dijo conmovida, envuelta en llanto por la pena y por el efecto de los agentes químicos. Defensor y ONU critican el atropello a marchistas El defensor del Pueblo, las Naciones Unidas, activistas de derechos humanos, periodistas y dirigentes políticos reprocharon ayer el accionar represivo de la Policía durante la intervención de la marcha indígena en las cercanías de la población de Yucumo. El defensor del Pueblo, Rolando Villena, declaró sentirse sorprendido y no entender la posición de quienes autorizaron el uso de la fuerza para llegar al extremo de intervenir al campamento de los marchistas. Expresó que “hay un uso excesivo de la fuerza. Entendemos que el tema es muy delicado, pero la situación en este momento de la gente que está siendo vulnerada en sus derechos, estamos hablando del derecho a la libre asociación, a la libre libertad de pensamiento, a la libre posibilidad de poder transitar en acciones que son en defensa de sus derechos”. Por su parte, la delegada en la ONU, Yoriko Yasukawa, llamó al cese de la violencia poco después de la acción policial. “Lo primero para nosotros es que paren la violencia, y recordarle a las autoridades, y a todos sus niveles, que es su responsabilidad parar la violencia y proteger a la gente que está allí”, señaló Yasukawa. A su turno, la activista de DDHH y religiosa María Amparo Carvajal, testigo de los hechos, aseguró que el operativo se efectuó con una violencia ‘extrema’ y ‘tremenda’. “Hablé con los policías (sobre la acción) y me decían que ‘nosotros recibimos órdenes'”, relató Carvajal. También la Asociación de Periodistas de La Paz, mediante un comunicado, calificó las acciones propias de un gobierno ‘cobarde’ y ‘fascista’. El político Samuel Doria Medina dijo que este Gobierno más se parece al pasado y no al futuro que prometieron y el expresidente Carlos Mesa señaló que lo ocurrido en los últimos dos días, es una muestra del descontrol total del Gobierno en el tema. En la jornada La Conamaq convoca una movilización en La Paz La dirigencia de la Conamaq que estaba presente en la plaza San Francisco, de La Paz, convocó a la ciudadanía a una concentración y marcha de repudio hoy por la violenta intervención policial a la marcha.

Temen que la Policía reprima la vigilia que llevan adelante las mujeres y por ello llamaron a sumarse a otras personas. Personalidades como el cantautor Luis Rico, la activista feminista María Galindo y el ex- defensor del Pueblo Waldo Albarracín repudiaron la acción. La vigilia se convierte en huelga en Santa Cruz En la plaza 24 de Septiembre, las personas que realizan una vigilia a favor del Tipnis se pronunciaron en contra de las acciones del Gobierno. La primera medida fue marchar alrededor de la plaza a la cabeza del dirigente indígena Lázaro Tacoo, activistas y universitarios. Asambleístas departamentales encabezados por Wilson Áñez instalaron un piquete de huelga. En Cochabamba se realizó una marcha y se anuncian movilizaciones en Beni, Oruro, Potosí y Sucre.

Australia bracing for whale baby boom


Australia bracing for whale baby boom

by Staff Writers Sydney (AFP) Sept 23, 2011

More baby whales are expected to migrate down Australia’s east coast than have been seen in 50 years after indications of a bumper birthing season, wildlife experts said Friday. The National Parks and Wildlife Service in New South Wales state said a large number of whales with newborn calves were set to swim past Sydney towards the cooler waters of Antarctica between September and November. More than 1,000 whales were spotted passing Sydney’s Cape Solander in June alone as the creatures made their way up to the warmer northern waters of Queensland state to breed. Ross said volunteer whale spotters at Sydney’s Botany Bay logged a 17 percent increase in whales migrating north, while whale-watching vessels were noting more calves making the trip back south. “Certainly the indications are that we saw more whales at Cape Solander this year than in previous years. And that certainly augurs well for a good reproductive season,” the service’s Geoff Ross said. “And we are getting a lot of anecdotal reports from skippers and our own staff in the field that there are lots of baby whales out there.” Ross said the numbers of humpback and southern right whales visiting waters off Australia’s east coast were gradually growing back to levels not seen since the end of commercial whaling in New South Wales in the 1960s. “What we are seeing is the result of a growing population of humpbacks and southern right whales,” Ross said. “So it’s taken a long time for the humpbacks on the east coast to recover. The east coast humpbacks were heavily hunted. Humpbacks were hunted to very, very low levels, southern rights almost to the point of extinction. “Gradually, over the years, those numbers are starting to claw back.” Ross, who praised state and federal government conservation work in protecting the massive creatures, said the baby humpbacks would typically be five to six metres (16 to 20 feet) long and weigh 20 to 30 tonnes.

Source: www.terradaily.com