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May 28, 2014
Beekeepers and Activists Swarm Lowe’s Annual Shareholder Meeting in Charlotte Demanding an End to Bee-Killing Pesticides
CHARLOTTE, NC – May 28 – On Friday May 30th, outside of Lowe’s Annual Shareholder Meeting, members of SumOfUs.org, joined by beekeepers from around the country, and a giant inflatable bee, will draw attention to the corporation’s continued sale of neonicotinoids, commonly known as neonics, a type of pesticides that has been linked to the collapse of bee populations worldwide.
WHEN: Friday, May 30th. Protest and visuals start at 8:00am ET. Press conference and remarks at 9:00am ET. Lowe’s Shareholder Meeting starts at 10:00am ET.
WHERE: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, at the intersection of John J. Delaney Dr. Charlotte, NC 28277
Beekeepers outside join Lowe’s shareholders inside asking the corporation to remove bee-killing neonic pesticides from its shelves, and to promote alternative products that are not toxic to bees. More than 730,000 people have signed onto a petition from SumOfUs.org, urging Lowe’s and Home Depot to stop selling the bee-killing pesticides.
VIEW THE PETITION HERE: SumOfUs.org/LowesBees
“From all over the world, tens of thousands of everyday Lowe’s customers and shareholders are urging Lowe’s to think about the impact that these dangerous bee-killing pesticides have on our food supply chain and the company’s brand,” said Paul Ferris, campaign director at SumOfUs.org. “It’s time for Lowe’s to remove bee-killing pesticides from its shelves and supply chain.”
“North Carolinians are deeply concerned about the threats facing our state insect, the honeybee,” said Levy Schroeder, Executive Director at Toxic Free NC. “Lowe’s should be truly bee-friendly and take toxic pesticides off the shelves.”
Neonicotinoids have been the focus of many recent studies, which have found repeatedly that even small amounts of the chemical have been found to have ‘sub-lethal’ and even deadly effects on wildlife. Earlier this year, the European Union issued a two year moratorium on the use of neonics. The latest study, conducted by Harvard University and released on May 9th, 2014, strengthens the link between neonicotinoid pesticides and the collapse of Honeybee colonies.
For more information, or for interviews with SumOfUs.org or beekeepers involved in Friday’s action, please contact Melissa Byrne at 609-364-4267 or Brett Abrams at 516-841-1105 or by email at email@example.com.
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05.29.14 – 1:07 PM
#AskChevron: How Many Dead People in the Third World Does It Take to Extract 1 Barrel of Oil?
Along with protests at Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting in Midland, Texas focused on the oil giant’s ongoing devastation of the Ecuadoran Amazon and its lengthy nasty fight to avoid any accountability for it, a new #AskChevron Twitter campaign asks vital questions like, “Do you have any remorse about poisoning the Amazon?” and “Are you the devil?” Brought to you by Toxic Effect.
Published on Friday, May 30, 2014 by Common Dreams
‘The Cause Is Us’: World on Verge of Sixth Extinction
Species loss soaring at ‘pace not seen in tens of millions of years’
A new study showing that the human activity has driven current rates of species extinction to 1,000 times faster than the natural rate is “alarming” and “should be a clarion call” to work towards greater conservation efforts, an environmental group charges.
The study, published Thursday by the journal Science and led by conservation expert Stuart Pimm, also warns that without drastic action, the sixth mass extinction could be imminent.
From habitat loss to invasive species to climate change to overfishing, humans are contributing to the plummet in biodiversity.
“This important study confirms that species are going extinct at a pace not seen in tens of millions of years, and unlike past extinction events, the cause is us,” stated Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity, who was not involved in the study.
While new technology like smart phone apps and crowd-sourcing have increased the amount of data collected on species, much still remains a mystery.
“Most species remain unknown to science, and they likely face greater threats than the ones we do know,” Pimm said in a statement.
“The gap between what we know and don’t know about Earth’s biodiversity is still tremendous,” added study co-author Lucas N. Joppa, a conservation scientist at Microsoft’s Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge, UK, “but technology is going to play a major role in closing it and helping us conserve biodiversity more intelligently and efficiently.”
While the study illustrates a dramatic pace in biodiversity loss, Greenwald emphasized that it also highlights the successes of conservation efforts, such as the 50-year-old Wilderness Act and the Endangered Species Act.
“Were it not for the huge effort over the past 50 years to protect wilderness, we would have had a 20 percent higher extinction rate,” Greenwald told Common Dreams. “Protecting places, standing up for places, leaving some places untouched does make a difference,” he said.
As for what people can do to help those conservation efforts, Greenwald said people should let their legislators know that they support protecting areas as wilderness or parks, “because that is really what this study shows” — that the conservation laws and efforts over the past several decades have helped thwart further losses.
“The findings of this study are alarming to say the least,” Greenwald’s statement continues. “But it also shows we can make a difference if we choose to and should be a clarion call to take action to protect more habitat for species besides our own and to check our own population growth and consumption.”
As Greenwald said, the cause of the problem is us, but the solution, too, lies with us.
“We are on the verge of the sixth extinction,” Pimm told the Associated Press. “Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.”
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7 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Cows
- by Abigail Geer
- May 27, 2014
- 5:00 am
Cows are incredibly intelligent, thoughtful and sensitive animals who are among the gentle giants of the world. Despite weighing in excess of 1,400 lbs, they have no instinct to harm and can be a wonderful companion to those lucky enough to spend time in their presence.
Despite this, the vast majority of cows spend their lives confined to dreadful conditions on factory farms where they are subjected to all manner of cruel and inhumane practices so that we can exploit their bodies for milk and meat. When confined to the stalls of a large dairy or beef farm, they are unable to exhibit their natural behaviors, and this leads to a widespread misunderstanding of their true nature.
If you’ve never taken the time to consider the complex emotional capabilities of these sentient animals before, here are seven fascinating things you never knew about cows. If you don’t believe them to be true, contact your local farm animal sanctuary and arrange to meet one in Person!
1. Leap For Joy
Image credit: Farm Sanctuary | Connie Pugh
When cows are happy, they run around and leap into the air with excitement. There are some amazing photographs and videos of cows doing this when they are released into fresh green pasture after being kept inside for a period of time. Samuel the cow from Sanctuary Gaia did just this after he had been let into the field for the first time after an operation.
2. Get Excited When They Solve Problems
Image credit: Woodstock Animal Sanctuary
Cows are critical thinkers and they are able to solve complex problems. Researchers studying their problem solving capabilities noticed a distinctive spike in their heartbeat when they were successful in overcoming challenges. They are not so different from you or I in this respect.
3. Live for up to 20 Years
Image credit: Farm Sanctuary
Despite the fact that cows in the meat and dairy industry often don’t live over 5 years old, their natural lifespan is in excess of four times this. When cow’s bodies are intensively used by the dairy industry, their bodies cannot cope with the demands placed on them, and their vital organs begin to deteriorate after a very short amount of time. When milk production slows, they are sent to slaughter, while they are still effectively not even adults.
4. Remember Faces for Long Periods of Time
Image credit: Farm Sanctuary
Cows have amazing memories, and due to their social nature they are extremely good at remembering and recognizing faces. There have been many instances of cows running over to greet visitors at sanctuaries who have not seen them for six months or longer, yet the cow still recognizes them and comes over for a cuddle.
5. Nurse Their Calves for up to 3 Years
Image credit: El Hogar Pro Vegan
When given the chance, cows have been known to nurse their calves for as long as three years. They have extremely strong maternal bonds and are excellent parents to their young, with different herd members performing nurturing roles if required.
6. Grieve for their Loved Ones
Image credit: El Hogar Pro Vegan
It is common for cows to show very obvious signs of grief when a loved one is taken away from them. When a calf is taken away from its mother, she will scream and cry for many hours, and will not display her usual behaviors for a long time after that. They have even been known to walk for miles on end looking for their calves, all the time displaying visible signs of stress, anger and distress.
7. Love Cuddles and Affection
Image credit: Sanctuary Gaia
Anyone who has visited a farm animal sanctuary will tell you that cows are extremely affectionate and loving creatures. Cows who have been mistreated and abused in the past can take some time (as with all animals) to heal and learn to trust humans once more, but they do have an amazing capacity for forgiveness and understanding of the intentions of new people they meet. Cows love to lay in the sunshine and have strokes and rubs, and will happily follow around people they know are going to give them attention.
Firefighter Heroes Save Wolf Pups From Massive Wildfire in Alaska
After hearing the abandoned canines’ cries, the fire crew came to the rescue.
May 29, 2014
When one of the largest fires ever recorded in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula broke out last weekend, firefighters knew that they were in for a battle. But they didn’t expect to find five wolf pups left behind by their pack at an abandoned den.
The crew heard the canine cries while securing the western portion of the wildfire at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
“We actually cut through part of the den with the dozer and just kept going. Nobody realized anything,” firefighter Brian Nichols told the Peninsula Clarion. Then they found the pups, thirsty and covered in porcupine quills. Medics with the fire crew gave them sugar water and pulled out some of the quills before the Alaska Department of Fish and Game arrived at the scene.
“It’s just like holding a dog,” said Nichols. “They were hungry and trying to suckle on anything. It was just like holding a puppy.”
Department of Fish and Game officers rushed the wolf pups to a zoo in Anchorage, where they’ve been receiving medical care. One is on antibiotics and being fed more milk replacement to fatten up. A zoo staffer said that it wouldn’t be difficult to get the animals adopted.
All five, two females and three males, are expected to survive. They’ve been named after the rescue crews who saved them: Hooper Bay, Huslia, Stebbens, Gannet, and X-Ray.
Horse slaughterhouse in Russia (VIDEO) …horses being slammed in the head with hammers
To Whom It May Concern: Конный спорт: Убийство лошадей на мясо. Россия
There is a video which has gone viral across the world of horses being slammed in the head with hammers. It comes from a film taken at a horse slaughterhouse in Russia. People concerned with animal welfare have seen this and a team of international animal activists will make sure everyone else does too. There is no law in Russia about the status of animals and we are requesting that you adopt such a law on the domestic, farm and wild animals.
These violent attacks on animals is beyond cruelty. This you cannot deny.
Here in this video link you will see the torture these horses endure:
I believe after witnessing the acts for yourself you find it within your power to bring an immediate halt to such vicious actions.
This video is called IKEA meatballs with HORSEMEAT sold across EU.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Illegal horse slaughter in Spain
Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 17:43
Police raided this morning the eight slaughterhouses. According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the police are on the trail of an organized gang which buys horses. These horses are not allowed to be sold for slaughter meat but the gang would nevertheless sell them to slaughterhouses.
One of those arrested is an animal trader. This person is a suspect of falsifying the papers of not only…
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May 27, 2014
MFA Shows Up at Walmart “Sustainability” Meeting in DC
Members of the prestigious Wharton Club of DC had to walk through picket lines last Friday if they were attending a talk about Walmart’s “sustainability initiatives” given by the company’s director of sustainability, Katherine Neebe.MFA staged an eye-catching demonstration that featured our supporters wielding signs declaring, “Walmart Tortures Animals” and bearing the images of abused pigs locked in filthy gestation crates.
The protest confronted Neebe over Walmart’s continued sourcing of pork from factory farms that confine sows in narrow cages so small the sows cannot even turn around — a cruel practice banned in many states and the subject of phaseouts by all of Walmart’s competitors.
Gestation stalls are so cruel that they have been banned in nine U.S. states and the entire European Union, and have been denounced by leading animal welfare experts, including Dr. Temple Grandin. Dozens of food industry leaders, including Costco, Kroger, Safeway, McDonald’s, and Burger King, have committed to phasing out the use of gestation crates in their supply chains.
It is reprehensible that Katherine Neebe and Walmart would lecture young business leaders about sustainability while continuing to support such horrible cruelty to animals.
Walmart supports blatant animal abuse by buying pork from suppliers that condemn intelligent and social animals to a lifetime of misery and deprivation in crates where they can’t even turn around, walk, lie down comfortably, or engage in other natural behaviors. The moment is now for Walmart to get with the times and follow the lead of all its major competitors. The only sustainable and socially responsible choice is to require the company’s pork suppliers to phase out cruel cages for mother pigs.
To take action and tell Walmart to do the right thing, visit WalmartCruelty.com today and sign our petition.