Rise in urban beekeeping a treat to bees: Well-meaning city types who put hives up in their gardens could actually be harming bees, acc. to a new study


Rise in urban beekeeping a threat to bees

Well-meaning city types who put hives up in their gardens could actually be harming bees, according to a new study.

Rise in urban beekeeping a threat to bees

In London alone, in the five years from 2008 to 2013 the number of hives doubled from 1,677 to more than 3,500.  Photo: ALAMY
Louise Gray

By , Environment Correspondent

7:00AM BST 12 Aug 2013

The Unviersity of Sussex research said that more honey bees in the city just mean less nectar and flowers are available to the wild bee population.

The study, published by The Society of Biology, said people should be planting wild flowers instead.

In London alone, in the five years from 2008 to 2013 the number of hives doubled from 1,677 to more than 3,500.

But Professor Francis Ratnieks, from the Laboratory of Apiculture & Social Insects at Sussex, said the boom in urban beekeeping is not the answer to honeybee declines.

He said it could even be bad for honey bees and other flower-visiting insects as it risks overtaxing the available nectar and pollen supply, and potentially encourages the spread of diseases.

“Both honeybees and wild bees have been declining. Although the causes are complex the most important seems to be loss of flowers and habitat.

“If the problem is not enough flowers, increasing the number of hives risks making that problem worse. The honeybee is just one of many insect species which feed on nectar and pollen. Having a high density of honeybee hives is not only bad for honeybees, but may also affect bumblebees and other species feeding on the same flowers.

“If a game park was short of food for elephants, you wouldn’t introduce more, so why should we take this approach with bees?”

Dr Rebecca Nesbit, of the Society of Biology, said people who want to help bees should plant more wild flowers.

“We must remember that there are around 250 bee species native to the UK, along with many other insects which feed on flowers. By focusing our efforts on providing what these insects lack, we can help not only honeybees but all flower-visiting insects. Everyone can get involved, whether you have a garden, an allotment or a window box. Plant the right flowers and the bees will fly many miles to find them.”…

Please, read more:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/10235916/Rise-in-urban-beekeeping-a-threat-to-bees.html

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Small dams may contribute much more to greenhouse gas emissions than thought- acc. to new reserch


Third powerplant - Grand Coulee Dam

Third powerplant – Grand Coulee Dam (Photo credit: brewbooks)

image83SmallDamSmall Contribute More To Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Previously Thought — Sediment Behind Dam Releases Significant Amounts Of Methane

Posted: 31 Jul 2013 05:28 PM PDT

Small dams may contribute much more to greenhouse gas emissions than was previously thought, according to new research — the sediments that build up behind dams release more methane than was previously known.

Image Credits: Dam via Wikimedia Commons
Image Credits: Dam via Wikimedia Commons

The findings add to the growing body of evidence suggesting that dams — particularly large hydroelectric dams — contribute significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions.

The press release explains:

Andreas Maeck and colleagues point out that the large reservoirs of water behind the world’s 50,000 large dams are a known source of methane. Like carbon dioxide, methane is one of the greenhouse gases, which trap heat near Earth’s surface and contribute to global warming. Methane, however, has a warming effect 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. The methane comes from organic matter in the sediments that accumulate behind dams. That knowledge led to questions about hydroelectric power’s image as a green and nonpolluting energy source. Maeck’s team decided to take a look at methane releases from the water impoundments behind smaller dams that store water less than 50 feet deep.

The research was done by measuring and analyzing total methane release from the water impounded behind six small dams on a European river. “Our results suggest that sedimentation-driven methane emissions from dammed river hot spot sites can potentially increase global freshwater emissions by up to 7 percent,” the report states. The report also notes that “such emissions are likely to increase due to a boom in dam construction fostered by the quest for new energy sources and water shortages.”

The researchers received funding from the German Research Foundation.

The new findings were published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Dams Contribute More To Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Previously Thought — Sediment Behind Dam Releases Significant Amounts Of Methane was originally posted on: PlanetSave

Hero-Dog! Jack Russell, Leo, risked his own life to save litter of kittens! BRAVO! VIDEO


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Jack Russell, risked his own life to save litter of kittens – VIDEO link

Leo, a Jack Russell, checks on the litter of kittens he risked his own life to save. This brave boy, never left the inferno until they were all outside on the lawn. When the fire dept arrived, Leo was unconscious, but as you can see, a happy ending for all. The litter was recently abandoned, and Leo and his own forever family had rescued them. Now twice. Love you loyal, Leo
Photo: Leo, a Jack Russell, checks on the litter
of kittens he risked his own life to save. This brave boy, never left the inferno until they were all outside on the lawn. When the fire dept arrived, Leo was unconscious, but as you can see, a happy ending for all. The litter was recently abandoned, and Leo and his own forever family
had rescued them. Now twice. Love you loyal, Leo ♥

WHEN HUMANS ACT LIKE DEVILS: YUCATAN, MEXICO: “TORNEO DE LAZO” WHERE BULLS RAM HORSES:PETITION


Please sign and share this petition if you are against this http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Horses_eviscerated_alive_for_fun/?fQLnCab&pv=2
he pain and suffering inflicted on the horses is immense. The fact that this is a “public event” witnessed by all, including children is very harmful to all. This EVENT TEACHES THAT VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY IS FUN. They call it a feast. In the state of Yucatan, Mexico there is a “rodeo” type event called “Torneo de Lazo” where bulls ram horses and eviscerate them. THIS CAUSES A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF PAIN TO THE HORSES. These horses usually collapse and while still alive continue to get trampled by bulls and other horses during the length of this violent and cruel event where horsemen try to lasso the running, charging bulls (the bulls are specifically bred and trained to ram horses).
Although it is against the law, this is only in name. Mexico’s federal government as well as the local authorities do nothing to stop this. This event takes place state wide all year round.
Please demand the Mexican government to put and end to this barbaric event.

Suffering`s End: Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”


Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”

Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”

A mother killed her baby and herself to end the torture of life on a  bear bile farm. She hugged her cub until it suffocated, then drove her own head  into a wall.

Bear bile is prized in traditional Chinese medicine, and the  demand for it has led to mass production. Bear farmers lock moon bears into “crush cages,” so small the bears can’t move. Then farmers puncture their gall  bladders to siphon off their bile.

The resulting wound stays open because farmers force needles or shunts into  it so often. It becomes “susceptible to infections and diseases which can cause  the animals unbearable pain,” according to the Daily Mail. Also common are broken teeth from biting on the bars of  cages, painful foot conditions and even malignant tumors.

This can go on for 20 years, until the bear stops producing bile and is killed.  More than 12,000 bears are caged on bile farms.

The following video contains some disturbing images.Video credit: Animals Asia  Please, visit the O-Site to watch Video! Thank You!

What A Mother Bear Knows

Moon bears have large vocabularies and lots of smarts. They know what is  going on.

This mother reacted immediately when her cub cried of distress because  farmers were puncturing its gall bladder for the first time. She broke out of  her own cage and into her cub’s cage and did the only thing she could to save  her baby from suffering.

This story is heartbreaking, but it is also an illustration of moon bears’ intelligence. Consider what this bear had to understand to do what she did: that  what the farmers were doing felt the same way to someone else as it did when  they did it to her; that the farmers would keep on doing this to her baby again  and again; and the nature of death — namely, that it would end everything.

Consider also the depth of her devotion to her cub: she broke out of her  cage, which she must have been able to do before but never did — or else she had  one of those moments of super-adrenaline that allow mothers to lift cars off their children; and after she hugged her baby  to death, she killed herself. The Daily Mail says she killed herself to end her torture,  but she could have done that before. I think that may have been part of it, but  mostly she killed herself because she had killed her cub.

This moon bear isn’t the only mother trapped in a factory farm who has gone  to extremes to protect her young. Veterinarian Holly Cheever tells the tale of a dairy cow she treated who had given birth four  times, and had her newborn confiscated every time. The fifth time, out in  pasture at night and without humans around (obviously this happened a while ago,  before factory farming had adopted near-constant restraints), she had twins.  This cow understood that the farmer knew she had been pregnant, that he was  expecting a calf, and that he would take her calves away as he had all her  previous babies. So she hatched a plan.

In the morning she brought one of her calves to the farmer, so that he would  be satisfied. She hid the other calf in the woods at the edge of the pasture. “Every day and every night, she stayed with her baby — the first she had been  able to nurture FINALLY — and her calf nursed her dry with gusto,” Cheever relates.

That gusto led to a glitch the poor mother had not anticipated. Her udder was  empty every time the farmer tried to milk her. Eventually he figured things out,  found the bull calf, and stole him away for a short, miserable life in a veal  crate. His mother’s efforts may not have bought him that much time, but they did  reveal how smart she was and how capable of love.

Moon Bears and Their Bile

CITES lists moon bears as one of the most critically endangered species in  the world. Any trade in them or their parts is illegal. Estimates of their population vary; some estimate  that in all of Asia there are only 16,000 moon bears in the wild.

Many experts, including some practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, say that  there are herbal or synthetic alternatives that have the same effects  as bear bile and its active ingredient, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA).

Bile farmers are producing too much bile. The market is saturated. Rather than scale down their  operations, they keep the bears caged and keep suctioning fluids out of live  bears’ bellies, then sell the result in the form of non-therapeutic products  like shampoo. Those non-medicinal products account for half of the bile farmers  sell.

Please watch the above video from advocacy group Animals Asia for more  information on the plight of moon bears.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/mother-bear-kills-cub-and-self-to-escape-life-of-bile-milking.html#ixzz2NE7Yd6eD

Every Year the Town of Villanueva in Extremadura, Spain, …


Every year, February 24, the town of Villanueva in Extremadura, Spain is guilty of an appalling crime that no one has yet succeeded in stopping. A donkey is being systematically abused by a physical and psychological point of view: it is dragged through the crowded streets of the village and brutally beaten by drunk men (see the photo at the beginning?). They fired shots at his head, exploding firecrackers between his legs. The result is that, because of the shock, the donkey passes out and collapses several times during the day. 
 
 
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Record rhino poaching death statistics released by the South African Government


Environment News Service, January 14, 2013

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Record rhino poaching death statistics released by the South African government Friday reveal a grim picture – 668 rhinos lost their lives to poachers in 2012 – up from 14 rhinos killed by poachers in 2005. Conservation scientists report that corrupt game industry insiders are now poaching rhinos alongside other criminal groups – all well organized, well financed and highly mobile.

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Rhino horns taken from a carcass

The 668 rhinos killed across South Africa in 2012 is an increase of nearly 50 percent from the 448 rhinos poachers killed in 2011. Five more rhinos were killed by poachers just since the beginning of this year.

A 2012 report by the international wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, calls these rhino killings “an unprecedented conservation crisis for South Africa,” which until recently has had a stellar rhino conservation record.

TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance of the global conservation group WWF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN, which maintains the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The methods used in the most recent rhino killings show a new, very worrying dimension, says the TRAFFIC report, “The South Africa – Viet Nam Rhino Horn Trade Nexus,” co-authored by Dr. Jo Shaw, rhino co-ordinator with the South Africa chapter of WWF, and Tom Milliken of TRAFFIC.

“Typically, rhinos are killed by shooting with guns, usually AK-47 assault rifles. More recently, however, a growing number of rhinos have been killed by a single shot from a high-calibre weapon characteristically only used by wildlife industry professionals or, less frequently, have been darted with immobilization drugs and had their horns removed,” Shaw and Milliken report.

“The use of such equipment, and other evidence that has even suggested the presence of helicopters at crime scenes, represents a completely “new face” in terms of rhino poaching,” they write.

“Such developments underscore the emergence of corrupt game industry insiders into rhino poaching. Rogue game ranch owners, professional hunters, game capture operators, pilots and wildlife veterinarians have all entered the rhino poaching crisis and become active players,” write Shaw and Milliken.

“This is a unique and devastating development in South Africa, severely tarnishing the image of a key stakeholder in the rhino equation even if the majority of private rhino owners and wildlife industry personnel remain committed to protecting rhinos and supporting rhino conservation.”

A majority of the 2012 rhino deaths, 425, happened in Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier safari destination, the new government statistics show. Poaching incidents in this park rose sharply from 252 in 2011.

In the TRAFFIC report, Show and Milliken write, “…the complicity of South African national and provincial officials undertaking or enabling illegal trade has been documented.”

“In terms of killing rhinos, four government rangers were arrested in Kruger National Park in 2012 and, at the Atherstone Nature Reserve in Limpopo, the reserve manager committed suicide after allegedly being implicated in five rhino deaths. Provincial administrators have repeatedly turned a blind eye to “pseudo-hunting,” especially in North West and Limpopo provinces, and allowed rhino hunts to transpire that violate TOPS [Threatened or Protected Species] regulations,” the TRAFFIC report states.”

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A White Rhino, Ceratotherium simum simum, cow and calf

“The most shocking aspect of the illegal trade in rhino horn has been the poaching of live rhinos on a brutal scale. For 16 years, between 1990 and 2005, rhino poaching losses in South Africa averaged 14 animals each year.”

“In 2008, this figure rose to 83 and, by 2009, the number had reached 122 rhinos. In 2010, poaching escalated dramatically throughout the year, nearly tripling the toll and reaching 333 rhinos killed. In 2011, the total again climbed to a new annual record of 448 rhinos lost,” they report. Last year, 668 rhinos were killed across South Africa.

Arrests of suspected poachers and smugglers in South Africa also increased in 2012, with 267 people now facing charges related to rhino crimes.

In November, a Thai man was sentenced to a record 40 years in prison for conspiring to smuggle rhino horns to Asia.

Rhino horns are believed to have medicinal properties and are seen as highly desirable status symbols in some Asian countries, notably Vietnam, whose native rhinos have recently been pushed into extinction.

While rhino horn is composed entirely of keratin, the same substance as hair and nails, and no medicinal value has been proven, the increased commercial value placed on rhino horn has drawn well-organized, well-financed and highly-mobile criminal groups into rhino poaching.

“Vietnam must curtail the nation’s rhino horn habit, which is fueling a poaching crisis in South Africa,” said Sabri Zain, TRAFFIC’s director of advocacy.

“Viet Nam appears to be the only country in the world where rhino horn is popularly gaining a reputation as an aphrodisiac,” the TRAFFIC report states, adding that the use of ground powdered rhino horn by wealthy Vietnamese to detoxify after drinking too much alcohol is “probably the most common routine usage promoted in the marketplace today.”

“Rhinos are being illegally killed, their horns hacked off and the animals left to bleed to death, all for the frivolous use of their horns as a hangover cure,” said Zain.

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Vietnamese man drinks from a rhino horn grinding bowl

In December, Vietnam and South Africa signed an agreement aimed at bolstering law enforcement and tackling illegal wildlife trade, including rhino horn trafficking.

The agreement paves the way for improved intelligence information sharing and joint efforts by the two nations to crack down on the criminal syndicates behind the smuggling networks.

“Whilst we commend South Africa and Vietnam for signing a Memorandum of Understanding regarding biodiversity conservation, we now need to see a joint Rhino Plan of Action being implemented, leading to more of these rhino horn seizures,” said Dr. Jo Shaw, rhino co-ordinator with the South Africa chapter of WWF.

“There is also an urgent need to work closely with countries which are transit routes for illicit rhino horn, specifically Mozambique,” said Dr. Shaw.

Two Vietnamese men were detained in separate incidents earlier this month in Vietnam and Thailand for smuggling rhino horns, which were believed to have been exported from Mozambique.

Both Mozambique and Vietnam have been given failing grades by WWF’s Wildlife Crime Scorecard for failing to enforce laws meant to protect rhinos.

The TRAFFIC report explains that all animals alive today of the southern subspecies of White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum simum originate from a remnant population of 20 to 50 animals that have been protected in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve since 1895.

South Africa now conserves 18,800 White Rhinos, which represents nearly 95 percent of Africa’s total White Rhino population.

“The remarkable recovery of the Southern White Rhino via Natal Parks Board’s “Operation Rhino,” which pioneered wildlife translocation and other important management strategies, remains one of the world’s greatest conservation triumphs,” write Shaw and Milliken.

The report credits the country’s private sector who account for a growing proportion of the national White Rhino population. Estimates from 2010 indicate that approximately 25 percent of all White Rhinos in South Africa are privately owned.

The Southern White Rhino is now listed in the IUCN Red List’s Near Threatened category and, although conservation dependent, the subspecies is no longer regarded as a threatened or endangered species.

But Africa’s other rhino species, the Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis, has been nearly wiped out. The estimated 100,000 Black Rhinos in Africa in 1960, before the first catastrophic rhino poaching crisis, were reduced to just 2,410 animals by 1995, the report explains.

Since then, numbers have more than doubled to 4,880 animals in 2010, but this species is still listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List.

In South Africa, Black Rhino numbers have shown a steady increase since the 1980s. South Africa now conserves an estimated 1,915 Black Rhinos – more than any other range state – and nearly 40 percent of all wild Black Rhinos alive today. Again, the private sector has played a major role in Black Rhino conservation, holding approximately 22 percent of South Africa’s current population.

“But the country’s superlative conservation record of more than a century is under threat,” write Shaw and Milliken.

They recommend that South Africa ensure that those arrested for rhino crimes are prosecuted and punished.

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See Also:

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/kenyan-officials-impound-two-tonnes-ivory-police-185942068.html

http://www.bloodyivory.org

Farmageddon : The Unseen War On American Family Farms


Farmageddon : The Unseen War On American Family Farms.

Farmageddon
The Unseen War On American Family Farms

Video Documentary

he movie tells the story of small, family farmers providing safe, healthy foods to their communities who were forced to stop, often through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies. The movie succinctly poses and addresses the question “why is this happening in 21st century America?”January 10, 2013
 

Halali! Krieg in Deutschland! Die Jäger rücken in Stosstruppen aus!


Krieg in Deutschland – die Jäger rücken in Stoßtruppen aus!
 

Von Rechtsanwalt Dominik Storr

Während die meisten von uns mit ihrem vorweihnachtlichen Alltag beschäftigt sind, kommt es in der Natur gerade wieder zu einem Schlachtfest ohnegleichen. Die Jäger rücken in militärisch anmutenden Stoßtruppen aus, um einen großen Teil der Wildtierpopulation den Garaus zu machen. Und dies geschieht zum Teil auf eine derart brutale Art und Weise, dass es seelisch gesunden Menschen auf der Stelle schlecht werden würde, wenn sie das ansehen müssten.

Zwischen November und Januar rücken Jäger in Stoßtruppen von bis zu 300 Mann aus, um bei revierübergreifenden Bewegungsjagden Massentötungen von Wildtieren vorzunehmen. Nun bin ich, was die Jagd angeht, ein Insider, denn ich habe mich vor langer Zeit auf Jagdrecht spezialisiert, um den Wildtieren, die keine Lobby haben, helfen zu können. Dadurch habe ich Kontakt zu Jägern – und die schildern mir, welche Massaker sich still und heimlich in unserer Natur abspielen. Ich kenne Jäger, die ihr Hobby an den Nagel gehängt haben, weil sie das, was sich bei der heutigen Jagd abspielt, nicht mehr mit ihrem Gewissen vereinbaren können. Die Jagd von heute ist kein Handwerk mehr. Die meisten Jäger sind nur noch Totmacher. Ein Interesse an den Zusammenhängen in der Natur durch das Beobachten von Wildtieren spielt heute überhaupt keine Rolle mehr. Der typische Jäger von heute geht nur noch auf die Jagd, um Tiere zu töten. Deshalb nehmen auch die Großjagden mit zum Teil Hundertschaften von Jägern immer mehr zu. An diesen Jagden nehmen Jäger teil, die keine Kenntnis von den jeweiligen Revieren haben und auf alles schießen, was sich bewegt, um nicht hinterher in der großen Jagdgesellschaft als Depp dazustehen, weil man nichts geschossen hat. So werden zwangsläufig auch die Leittiere erlegt, wie z.B. führende Bachen, was dazu führt, dass die Sozialstrukturen der Wildschweine völlig aus den Angeln gehoben werden. Dies hat zur Folge, dass die Geschlechtsreife bei den Wildschweinen früher einsetzt. Ergebnis: Je höher der Jagddruck, desto mehr Wildschweine. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt übrigens auch die einzige universitäre Langzeitstudie, die es zu diesem Thema gibt.

Heute ist eine Großjagd in meiner unmittelbaren Umgebung. Die Sonne scheint, ich wollte nach draußen in den Garten gehen und es knallt überall. Machtlos fühle ich mich, wenn gefühlskalte Männer paramilitärisch verkleidet und schwer bewaffnet durch die Natur ziehen, um Wildtiere zu töten. In den seltensten Fällen ist bei diesen Bewegungsjagden ein Tier auf der Stelle tot. Es gibt einen Film, im dem festgehalten wurde, dass auf ein Wildschwein über zehn Schüsse abgegeben wurden, bis es endlich tot war. Ich habe im Zuge von Bewegungsjagden selbst beobachten können, wie Hundemeuten Rehe und Wildschweine zerrissen haben, ohne dass ein Jäger in der Nähe war. Oft sterben die Tiere erst Tage oder Wochen nach der Jagd, indem sie zum Beispiel verdursten oder verhungern, weil man ihnen den Kiefer weggeschossen hat.

Aber nicht nur den Wildschweinen, sondern auch den Rehen geht es gerade mächtig an den Kragen. Sie stehen angeblich einer nachhaltigen Forstwirtschaft im Weg. Das sagen sogar die „Grünen“ und der Bund Naturschutz, der von Jägern und Förstern durchsetzt ist. Dabei haben wir gar keine nachhaltige, sondern eine rein profitorientierte Forstwirtschaft, bei der der Verbrauch von Wald ständig wachsen muss, um am weltweiten Markt bestehen zu können. Außerdem sind es doch gerade die Jäger, die die Rehe durch den hohen Jagdruck in die Schonungen im Wald treiben, wo ihre einzige Nahrung Baumtriebe und Jungpflanzen sind. Dabei würden die Rehe viel lieber am helllichten Tag auf der Wiese stehen und Kräuter essen – der natürliche Lebensraum der Rehe ist nämlich nicht der Wald, sondern die Wiesen und der Waldrand.

Die als Bewegungsjagden auf Wildschweine titulierten Großjagden bieten sich daher auch wunderbar an, die Rehe massenweise abzuknallen. Es werden derweil so viele Rehe und Hirsche in Deutschland abgeknallt, dass sogar Jäger auf die Barrikaden gehen. Leider sind die meisten Jäger von ihrer Mentalität her zu feige und zu unterwürfig ausgerichtet, um sich in politische Angelegenheiten einzumischen. Aber ich kenne eine Handvoll Jäger, die auf politischem Weg für die Zukunft der Rehe, Hirsche und Gemse kämpft. Der Gegner bei diesem Kampf ist eine milliardenschwere Holzlobby, die von der Politik unterstützt wird.

Leider eignen sich die derweil stattfindenden Bewegungsjagden auf Wildschweine aus Sicht der Jäger auch ungemein gut, um dabei ganz nebenbei auch noch Tausende von Füchsen, Dachsen und Hasen abzuknallen, die durch die vielen Hundemeuten und Treiber aufgestöbert werden und – wie alle anderen Tiere – überhaupt nicht mehr zur Ruhe kommen, weil sich die Jagd auf mehrere angrenzende Reviere erstreckt. Wo bleibt da die Chance für das wild lebende Tier?

Die Jagd ist für mich wie ein furchtbarer Alptraum und aus meiner Sicht ist sie eine Schande für unsere Gesellschaft. Sie ist vor allem eine Schande für die Politik, die es unterlässt, die Gesetze entsprechend zu reformieren. Die Jagd ist aber auch eine Schande für die Jäger selbst, die in der Gesellschaft nach Anerkennung suchen, aber stattdessen für ihr blutrünstiges und brutales Hobby Ablehnung erfahren. Die Jagd ist auch eine Schande für unser Grundgesetz, das den Tierschutz in Art. 20a GG zum Staatsziel erklärt hat. Wie scheinheilig das ist!

Bleibt zu wünschen, dass wir wenigstens das Verfahren vor dem Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte gewinnen, damit die Grundstückseigentümer selbst entscheiden können, ob auf ihren Grund und Boden gejagt wird.

Ich wünsche mir, dass die Menschen wieder mehr Respekt und Gefühl für unsere Tiere entwickeln. Viele Menschen sehen nur die Probleme, die sie selbst oder die Menschheit betreffen. Wir sollten aber nicht die Tiere in den Versuchslaboren, Pelztierfarmen, in der Massentierhaltung oder in unserer Natur vergessen. Auch diese Lebewesen haben es verdient, in Würde zu leben. Erst wenn wir Menschen in der Mehrheit begreifen und anerkennen, dass wir mit den Tieren in Würde zu leben haben, werden wir Menschen eine neue Gesellschaft und eine neue Welt formen können. Solange wir jedoch daran festhalten, die Tiere auszubeuten, zu töten und sogar aufzuessen, wird es keinen Frieden und keine Harmonie auf diesem geschundenen Planeten geben.

Film: Jagd – die grausame Wahrheit  Ein Jäger hat ein Wildschwein angeschossen – der Film dokumentiert den grausamen, qualvoll langsamen Tod des Tieres (Video im Originaltext zu sehen).

Treibjagd: Bilder von den Opfern: http://www.abschaffung-der-jagd.de/bildergalerie/treibjagd/index.html (Bitte, zum O-Text gehen)

Alle Rechte der Veröffentlichung bei:

Initiative zur Abschaffung der Jagd
Kurt Eicher, Biologe Studiendirektor
Derfflingerstr. 2

e-mail: info@abschaffung-der-jagd.de
www.abschaffung-der-jagd.de

Surprising Changes in Per Capita American Food Consumption


 
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Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

Surprising Changes in Per Capita American Food Consumption

“It is not government’s job to mandate responsibility on
our behalf. We have the intelligence and good sense to
make wise consumption choices for ourselves and our
children. It is up to us to do what is best for our
health and our children’s health.
– Michael Crapo (U.S. Senator from Idaho)

What’s happened to meat and dairy consumption
during the 2-decade period between 1990 and 2010?

According to the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA):

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FoodConsumption/

Per capita consumption of red meat dropped from
119.4 pounds to 111.7 pounds.

Per capita consumption of chicken increased from
60.6 pounds to 80.0 pounds.

Per capita consumption of liquid milk dropped from
233.3 pounds to 203.4 pounds.

Per capita consumption of cheese rose from
38 pounds to 43.6 pounds.

Bad publicity and real science about milk most
certainly contributed to the decline, but consumers
have been scared into eating additional cheese by
those people who market and promote dairy products
by using calcium scare tactics.

What a mistake! I should have simultaneously become the
UnCheeseman at the same time I became the NotMilkman.

More Bad News For the Animal Rights Movement (& Chickens)

Clearly, the animal rights movement is not waging
a very effective campaign. After first becoming involved
in the AR movement in 1995, I’ve noted how AR groups
have focused upon the plight of abused chickens.

From 1995 until 2000, activists and lobbyists have
increased their altruistic efforts in creating greater
public awareness of the horrible nature in which
chickens live and die. How they are de-beaked. How they
are confined. How they are killed without first being
stunned. By promoting compassionate slaughter laws,
AR organizations have relieved the guilt of chicken
eaters, who now enjoy eating more chicken by supposedly
doing so compassionately.

While red meat consumption has declined by 6.54 percent,
chicken consumption has increased by 32.3 percent!
Overall, the consumption of red meat and chicken
resulted in a combined increase over the past 20
years from 180 pounds per person to 191.7 pounds
per person. That represents a 6.5 percent increase.

Since ten pounds of milk are required to produce one
pound of hard cheese, the dairy “influence” has increased
from 613.3 pounds of liquid milk plus the milk required to
produce the cheese to a whopping 639.4 pounds per person
which represents an actual 4.25 percent increase.

As for the animal rights movement, ask yourself why it is
that total meat and chicken consumption and total dairy
and cheese consumption have increased during the past
20 years? Are the dollars altruistic people donate to
animal rights groups being wasted by huge AR salaries
and groups that make animal welfare their priority?
Larger cages and easier ways for animals to die show
results which A.R. groups distort. The proof is in the
Yorkshire pudding

(Note: Yorkshire pudding is made with milk, eggs,
and fat drippings from the roasted beast.)

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com