Desmond Tutu On Animal Welfare: We Must Fight Injustice To Animals


Desmond Tutu On Animal Welfare: We Must Fight Injustice To Animals

Posted: 12/27/2013 3:15 pm EST  |  Updated: 12/27/2013 3:28 pm EST


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Archbishop Desmond Tutu seeks social justice for everyone– including animals.

Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town , South Africa , and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-apartheid work. He previously made headlines for his strong statements in support of LGBT rights, when he said that he would prefer going to hell over a homophobic heaven.

In his first major statement on animal welfare, Tutu said:

I have spent my life fighting discrimination and injustice, whether the victims are blacks, women, or gays and lesbians. No human being should be the target of prejudice or the object of vilification or be denied his or her basic rights.

But there are other issues of justice–not only for human beings but also for the world’s other sentient creatures. The matter of the abuse and cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overfull moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked.

The remarks were made in his foreword to the Global Guide to Animal Protection, edited by Oxford  theologian Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. It will be published by the University of Illinois  on 30 December.

Tutu continued:

I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.

It is a kind of theological folly to suppose that God has made the entire world just for human beings, or to suppose that God is interested in only one of the millions of species that inhabit God’s good earth.

Tutu isn’t the only world leader to support animal welfare. The Dalai Lama attended World Compassion Day in Mumbai to promote animal welfare in 2012, where he said, “Now, with regard to animals, they not only have life, but feelings of pleasure and pain too. We should treat their lives with respect, which we Tibetans are accustomed to do.”

Pope Francis has spoke out about the importance of caring for the earth and all creation, and is known for his support of the vulnerable.

“Our dominion over animals is not supposed to be despotism,” said Tutu. “We are made in the image of God, yes, but God – in whose image we are made – is holy, loving, and just. We do not honor God by abusing other sentient creatures.”

A Friend in Chain? and a poem from Robinson Jeffers: The House Dog´s Grave

My little dog died on this day one year ago. Her cremated
remains sit in an urn, waiting for my own ashes so that we
be merged and then spread upon a special place. This poem
offers comfort to any human who has lost the companionship
of his or her non-human best friend.

The House Dog’s Grave
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Photograph and owner:

Keren Lassry Facebook
9. Dezember

את הכלבלב הזב פגשתי ,בחצר בית  לפני כשבוע. אמא שלו הייתה קשורה ברצועה מאוד קצרה מעבר לחומה , בשדה זיתים צמוד לבית והשתוללה כשעברנו במדרכה מעליה ,יודעת שעוד רגע מתקרבים לגור שלה.  האוזניים שלו  נחתכו ונתפרו , הוא כל הזמן ניער את הראש , כאילו לשחרר אותן ,כמו כלבים שמתקפלות להם האוזניים.  זאת פעם שנייה שניתקלתי בתופעה הזו . לפני כחודש בתקופת המסיק כשטיילתי בכפר דרוזי אחר , נתקלנו ברועה עיזים   על  נ. כזיב,לאחד מהכלבים שלו היו אוזניים חתוכות , כששאלתי את הרועה , למה?? הוא ענה שככה הכלב יהיה חזק.. אמרתי לו שזה לא נכון , וש ‘חראם , ושזה אסור, ושבבקשה לא יעשה את זה יותר’ ..

Exciting! The inside of a neutron star is superconducting as well as superfluid!

Scooped by Dr. Stefan Gruenwald onto  Amazing Science
From                – December 26, 8:26 AM
The Crab Nebula and the pulsar at its center are endlessly fascinating. The pulsar is a neutron star, with the same mass as our Sun but only the size of a city. It rotates 30 times per second, flashing like a lighthouse as it does so. It is very nearly, but not quite, an ideal clock, without any outside influence to disturb it. At Jodrell Bank Observatory, astronomers have been watching the pulsar for over 40 years, timing it without missing a beat while it rotated more than 30 billion times. Putting together the results from our radio observations with data from the opposite end of the electromagnetic spectrum has proved remarkably rewarding.
The pulsar has slowed down from 30.2 to 29.7 rotations per second while astronomers have been watching it. This is not unexpected: the energy stored in the rapid rotation powers not only the pulses which we observe but the whole of the Crab Nebula. This little neutron star is acting as a huge electrical generator, spinning at the same speed as a dynamo in a terrestrial power station but with a magnetic field billions of times greater. So far so good, but as is often the case, it is the odd things that seem to be going wrong that we are really interested in.
Astronomers also discovered so-called “glitches”, sudden changes in the regular sequence of pulses, showing that the rotation has suddenly sped up, then recovered and started on a new regime of slowing down. We have seen this happen a couple of dozen times. The explanation involves some very strange physics inside the star. Although it is so condensed, the whole of the inside is liquid and only a thin crust is solid. Furthermore, the inside is superfluid, which allows it to rotate independently of the crust. Some times, however, it clutches onto the crust and the whole rotation rate suddenly changes; this is what causes the glitch.
What researchers have found recently is less obvious, having taken the whole of the 40 years to show up. The radio pulse is actually double, like a lighthouse with two beams. These two beams are nearly, but not quite, in opposite directions; how are they formed? Fortunately the Fermi gamma-ray telescope has helped to understand the strange geometry of the atmosphere outside the star, where the beams are formed. The whole of this atmosphere is rotating with the star itself, swept round by the powerful magnetic field. It is called a magnetosphere, and it is forced to move so fast that it reaches relativistic speeds; the radiation appears to originate at a location so far outside the surface that it is moving with half the velocity of light. Now comes some more new physics.
The inside of a neutron star is superconducting as well as superfluid. This means that the strength and shape of the huge dipole magnetic field is fixed, or can change only very slowly. So the pattern of the magnetic field in the magnetosphere, where the radiated beams are formed, is fixed. But the star is less than 1000 years old (it was formed in a supernova explosion in the year 1054), so we have been observing it for an appreciable fraction of its lifetime. And we have indeed found a change in the pattern of the double pulse. The two parts are moving apart, at the rate of 3o in the whole lifetime of the star. What this means is that the dipole is not tidily arranged at a right angle to the rotation, as it would be in a power station dynamo, but it is tilted at around 45o and slowly moving to wards the expected orthogonal arrangement. Now the theorists have to take over and explain how that can happen!

Eastern Russia: A loyal pup was adamant on guarding his family home against the rising tide of flood water!

Loyal Dog Risks Drowning to Protect Family Home

Loyal Dog Risks Drowning to Protect Family Home

Earlier this year, a flood as large as Texas and California combined devastated an area of Eastern Russia, but one loyal pup was adamant on guarding his family home against the rising tide of flood water.

Druzhok, whose name means ‘Little Friend,’ escaped with his family when their village was suddenly struck by one of the worst floods that the Amur region of Russia has seen in 120 years. As many as 100,000 people were evacuated in the crisis, forced to leave everything behind.

The family went to stay with relatives and Druzhok was placed in charge of guarding their car, but he disappeared only to be later found right back on the doorstep of their flooded home attempting to fight back the tide.

Image by Yelena Andreeva via The Siberian Times

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Hula Valley: A flock of migrating cranes at ornithology and nature park,              Saturday 21 December 2013 12.11 GMT              A flock of migrating cranes at the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park

A flock of migrating cranes at the Hula Lake ornithology and nature park

Researcher: Extensive Use of Antibiotics in Agriculture Creating Public Health Crisis

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Researcher: Extensive Use of Antibiotics in Agriculture Creating Public Health Crisis
Activist Post

Citing an overabundance in the use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries that poses a threat to public health, economics professor Aidan Hollis has proposed a solution in the form of user fees on the non-human use of antibiotics.
In a newly released paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hollis and co-author Ziana Ahmed state that in the United States 80 per cent of the antibiotics in the country are consumed in agriculture and aquaculture for the purpose of increasing food production.

This flood of antibiotics released into the environment – sprayed on fruit trees and fed to the likes of livestock, poultry and salmon, among other uses – has led bacteria to evolve, Hollis writes. Mounting evidence cited in the journal shows resistant pathogens are emerging…

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Signs of Change in December 2013

Signs of Change in December 2013

HawkkeyDavis Channel YouTube Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:06 CST seen:

Rivers turning blood-red, whales beaching themselves in Florida, landslides, sinkholes and flooding in southern Italy, severe flooding in Malaysia, extreme storms bring hurricane-force wind and snow to the UK and northern Europe, ice-storms across the US, including the coldest average day than any day last winter, avalanches of ice falling off buildings as far south as Dallas, the coldest ever recorded temperature anywhere on Earth (in Antarctica), a ‘rare winter storm of Biblical proportions’ in Palestine, snow in Egypt, fireballs raining down from the sky, including one overhead explosion in Arizona whose shockwave shook buildings from Chandler to Flagstaff, two separate fireballs over Greece, heavy flooding in Rio de Janeiro washing away whole buildings, giant sinkholes swallowing cars and buildings the world over, including one in China that swallowed an entire hamlet of 11 buildings, hundreds of birds falling from the sky in Virginia, the strongest rainfall on record forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate southern China…
The following video is a sample of strange and extreme weather events that took place around the world in first two weeks of December 2013.