Horses get a stay of execution

Horses get a stay of execution

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Horses get a stay of execution

There is a legal battle raging over the possible reopening of horse slaughterhouses in the United States of America. These horse slaughterhouses were shut down about six years ago but that ban was lifted in 2011.  Since then, the battle has been in the courtroom. Groups like the Humane Society of the United States have been fighting against the reopening of these slaughterhouses. Two slaughterhouses, one in New Mexico and one in Missouri, were given the green light to reopen. But on Monday night a judge issued a stay as the Humane Society fought for an appeal.  You can learn more by going to the Humane Society webpage here.

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Why Pangolins are the new Rhinos:The Heartbreaking Poaching Epidemic You Haven´t Heard of Yet

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The Heartbreaking Poaching Epidemic You Haven’t Heard of Yet

Why pangolins are the new rhinos.

November 8, 2013

panolin rescue
(Photo: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

Pangolins are among the oddest and least-familiar animals on Earth. They’re mammals, but they’re armor-plated. Their chief defensive posture is to tuck their heads under their tails and roll up, like a basketball crossed with an artichoke. (It works: Even lions generally can’t get a grip.) They have tongues that are not only coated with a sticky, fly paper–like substance but can also extend up to 16 inches to probe into nests and snag ants for dinner. They’re shy, nocturnal and live either high up trees or deep underground.

Lisa Hywood has lately discovered just how charismatic these obscure creatures can be. At the Tikki Hywood Trust, her rescue center in Zimbabwe, one of her current guests, named Chaminuka, recognizes Hywood and makes a soft chuffing noise when she comes home. Then he stands up to hold her hand and greet her, she tells me. (Bit of a snob, though: He doesn’t deign to recognize her assistants.) Hywood finds working with pangolins even more emotionally powerful than working with elephants.

It’s also more urgent: Pangolins, she says, are “the new rhinos,” with illegal trade now raging across Asia and Africa. They are routinely served up as a status symbol on the dinner plates of the nouveaux riches in China and Vietnam. Their scales are ground up, like rhino horn, into traditional medicines. Pangolin scales, like rhino horn, are made from keratin and about as medicinally useful as eating fingernail clippings. When poachers get caught with live pangolins, Hywood rehabilitates the animals for reintroduction to the wild.

But a lot of pangolins aren’t that lucky. By one estimate, poachers have killed and taken to market as many as 182,000 pangolins since 2011. And the trade seems only to be growing bigger. In northeastern India early this week, for instance, authorities nabbed a smuggler with 550 pounds of pangolin scales. Something like that happens almost every week. Many more shipments make it through.

There is little prospect that this trade will stop, short of extinction for the eight pangolin species. Two of the four species in Asia are currently listed as endangered and likely to be moved soon to critically endangered status. As pangolins have vanished from much of Asia, demand has shifted to Africa, which also has four species. The price for a single animal there can now run as high as $7,000, according to Darren Pietersen, who tracks radio-tagged pangolins for his doctoral research at the University of Pretoria.

Hunters use dogs to locate arboreal pangolins or set snares outside the burrows of ground-dwelling species. That rolled-up defensive posture, which works so well against lions, just makes it easier for human hunters to pick them up and bag them, says Dan Challender, cochair of the Pangolin Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. His research has taken him to a restaurant in Vietnam where, by chance, he witnessed a pangolin being presented live to a diner, then killed to be eaten. At such restaurants, stewed pangolin fetus is a special treat.

The trade is already illegal in many countries, and it is also banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. But enforcement is minimal, and even poachers seized with tons of smuggled animals often get away with a wrist slap. Authorities sometimes dispose of these shipments by auction, cashing in on the illegal market

It could be worse than what’s happening to elephants and rhinos.

Zoos at least know how to breed those species in captivity, says Hywood. But so far, no one has managed to captive-breed any of the eight pangolin species. That means that if Chaminuka and his ilk go extinct in the wild before scientists can figure that out, these curious creatures will be gone forever.                   HERE YO´LL FIND THAT PETITION, too

The Strange – and Sweet – Chimp Behaviour You Never Knew Existed

The Strange (and Sweet) Chimp Behavior You Never Knew Existed

For chimps, as for humans, having friends is natural and necessary.

October 21, 2013

Richard Conniff
The Chimpanzee Behavior You Never Knew Existed
(Photo: Manoj Shah / Getty)

One of the persistent myths about the natural world is that animals live in a constant state of aggression, confrontation, and even open combat. But even the relatively brutal chimpanzee spends only about five percent of its day in aggressive encounters—and 20 percent grooming social allies.

The truth is that the social and emotional lives of non-human primates are in many ways a lot like our own, and two new studies add to the growing evidence. In the first, published in Evolution and Human Behavior, researchers found that chimpanzees, like humans, typically form friendships with individuals who have similar personalities. Researchers Jorg J. M. Massen and Sonja E. Koski spent hundreds of hours observing chimpanzee troops at two European zoos, paying particular attention to individuals who liked to sit together. These friends turned out to be similar in sociability based on how much of their time they spent grooming, and whether they liked to hang out in a crowd or off on the periphery. They also resembled each other in boldness (measured by the willingness to mob an apparent threat, like an artificial snake).

That suggests why friendship may matter as much to chimps as to humans: It makes it more likely that individuals will find a mate, reproduce, keep the kids alive, and stay well themselves. Friends also support each other in conflicts. For chimps, as for humans, having friends is natural and necessary. These are social creatures, never meant to live in isolation.

The other study, just out in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looks at the emotional lives of bonobos, the other species in the chimp’s genus, and thought to be even more closely related to humans. Researchers from Emory University studied bonobos rescued from the bushmeat and pet trades, at a forested sanctuary on the outskirts of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The emotional life of non-human primates is “still rather a taboo subject in animal behavior,” co-author Zanna Clay told me in an email. Old school researchers suspect it as a form of anthropomorphism—that is, projecting human attributes onto animals.

But Clay and co-author Frans de Waal, a respected primatologist and author, became interested in the topic when they noticed striking differences in how individuals behaved. “Some juveniles were real social stars: They were always dashing about, keen to play and groom with everyone,” said Clay. She was particularly impressed by Pole (pronounced Po-lay), ”a brave and very sociable young male, with lots of friends and lots of energy.”

Though bonobos have the reputation of being highly sexually active, their lives are not a perpetual love-in. Conflict is normal, and the celebrated “bonobo handshake” can alternate at times with the bonobo slap in the face. When another bonobo “gave him a whack,” said Clay, Pole shrugged it off. When the same thing happened to less resilient individuals, though, they often worked themselves into a screaming fit.  That caused other bonobos to move away.

Pole moved closer instead, even if the victim was “still too worked up to accept the comforting touch,” said Clay. And he often stuck around to hold the victim in a comforting embrace for minutes afterwards. Pole was clearly a master at regulating emotional response to distress—both his own and other bonobos. And that fit the overall pattern. “It seemed to be that the best consolers were also the best ones at regulating social and emotional events overall,” said Clay.

The two researchers realized they were witnessing a phenomenon already well documented in human children: Individuals who are better at regulating their own internal emotions are also better at empathizing with others.

Another element in the new bonobo study matches previous research in humans. As with our own children, what happened to bonobos early in life aslo made a critical difference.

Orphaned young suffered sharp emotional setback, and even though the sanctuary provided a loving caretaker to help rehabilitate each orphan, “there are still some things that only the actual mother is able to provide,” said Clay. These orphans were less likely to recover quickly from stress or console others, and they tended to be more anxious. For instance, they scratched themselves more often, a common means of distracting themselves from stress.

But the researchers also found cause for hope in the way the orphans made an effort at re-building normal social lives. “Our results,” Clay and de Waal write, “demonstrate the striking resilience of these bonobo orphans. The fact that they were able at all to reconcile conflicts, console others, and engage in…play and grooming, suggests that they were managing reasonably in their social world.”

Clay is now deep in the forests of the Congo beginning research to find out if the same emotional patterns she observed among animals in captivity, also play out among bonobos in the wild.

Planetsave News: p.e.: Draconic Meteor Shower Peaks Monday Night et al.

Oct 07, 2013 12:02 am | Nathan

Two rather strange and enigmatic new species of spider — now known as Chaco castanea and Chaco costai — were just discovered living in the South American country of Uruguay. Of the new species more interesting traits is the use of a flap-like door in their burrows that they use to conceal themselves behind, before

Chaco Castanea And Chaco Costai — Two Enigmatic New Species Of Spider Discovered In Uruguay was originally posted on: PlanetSave.

Oct 05, 2013 04:52 pm | Nathan

The Draconids meteor shower is only a couple days off now — on Monday October 7, 2013, the sometimes prolific, but very unpredictable, meteor shower will be peaking, sometime shortly after nightfall. Though the absolute peak will be on Monday — Tuesday October 8, 2013, should also be a good night for meteor watching as

Draconid Meteor Shower Peaks Monday Night — October 7 2013 was originally posted on: PlanetSave.

Oct 05, 2013 02:30 pm | Sandy Dechert

Everyone’s thinking about the U.S. government shutdown. American media have chosen to dramatize a health official’s suggestion that children with cancer will not be able to receive advanced clinical treatments because funds are unavailable. But the kids with cancer are only a sideshow. The most frightening health effects concern the entire nation, and by extension,

Government Shutdown Boomerangs On U.S. Health was originally posted on: PlanetSave.

Oct 05, 2013 02:28 pm | Sandy Dechert

Tennessee photo of the bright, fast “fireball” meteor that passed over Indiana last week (from WKRN). It wasn’t just any old meteor that buzzed the nation’s midsection at around 11:30 last Friday night. It was AMS Event 2132, one of 4,401 meteors and about 15 fireballs seen in September over the United States. Authorities say

Massive Fireball Streaks Midwestern Skies was originally posted on: PlanetSave.

Don´t cull Badgers! There are other ways to clear the situation!

Badger cull begins in Gloucestershire and Somerset amid protests

NFU president says badger cull ‘absolutely necessary’ to fight bovine tuberculosis while protesters hit out at ‘inhumane’ tactics

  •         Press Association
  •,              Tuesday 27 August 2013 07.40 BST


About 5,000 badgers are expected to be culled in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset over the next six weeks. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

The first pilot badger control operations have begun in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said on Tuesday.

In a letter to its members, the NFU president, Peter Kendall, said the cull was “an important step not just for cattle farmers but for the whole farming industry”.

He wrote: “We cannot go on culling tens of thousands of cattle every year because of [bovine tuberculosis] TB while knowing the disease exists in wildlife uncontrolled. It is why the NFU will be working with the pilot companies to ensure the successful delivery of these pilot culls over the coming weeks.”

Informing NFU members that the cull had started, Kendall wrote: “I know that many of you reading this will have suffered the misery of dealing with TB on farm – some of you for decades – and I hope now you will feel that something is finally being done to stem the cycle of infection between cattle and badgers …

“Badger control remains a controversial subject and we understand that some people will never agree with controlling badgers in this way.

“I am confident however that through the combined efforts of farmers, the NFU and government over the last year to illustrate the impact TB has on farms, and the scientific basis for badger control, more people than ever recognise the need to address the disease in badgers.”

About 5,000 badgers are expected to be culled in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset over the next six weeks, where two pilot schemes are taking place in an attempt to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

But there is widespread opposition to the cull. Campaigners  turned out in large numbers on Monday at the two pilot sites to protest against what they have called an “inhumane” measure.

But Kendall said that he hoped people would come to understand that the culls were “absolutely necessary”.

He said: “It is also useful to remember our own survey this summer, which showed that two-thirds of the public either support or have no opinion on these badger culls.

“I hope that when time shows that these culls have reduced TB in cattle – just as has happened in Ireland – that even more people will understand that while sad, these culls are absolutely necessary.

“I hope that you will continue to show support for those farmers who are facing the nightmare of TB on farm and especially for those who are in the culling areas.

“You can rest assured that the NFU is working hard to support its members and the companies concerned with the culls.”

On Monday night, Somerset Badger Patrol held a vigil event in Minehead against the cull.

A statement on its Facebook page after the event said: “Over 200 people tonight at the procession, thank you all so much for coming… We fight on, knowing that we are right helps.”

Stop the Cull claimed on its Facebook page that more than 500 people turned out to protest at both sites on Monday.

An anti-cull activist was  arrested at a site belonging to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The man, named in reports as Jay Tiernan, who runs the Stop the Cull campaign, was chased on foot by police and arrested after climbing over a barbed wire fence into Aston Down in Stroud. He was arrested by Gloucestershire police on suspicion of aggravated trespass at the site.

He told ITV News  he was trying to gather photographic evidence after hearing reports that 200 “rusty cages” and “industrial sized fridges” were being prepared to hold dead badgers.

On Thursday, a high court judge made an order to stop farmers involved in badger culls being harassed and abused.

Mr Justice Turner granted an injunction at a high court hearing in London after lawyers representing the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said farmers had been targeted.

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Eating Poison Is the Black Rhinos´Secret to Desert Survival


Eating Poison Is the Black Rhinos’ Secret to Desert Survival

In the dry season, certain animals have turned to the deadly milk bush for sustenance.

August 19, 2013

Black rhinos are one African desert animal that has developed the superpower to consume poison. (Photo: Courtesy of Wilderness Safaris)

The desert has never been an easy place to make a living. There’s not usually much rain, and the vegetation is sparse and runty. Yet, when I was traveling not long ago in the arid landscape of Namibia, on the southwest coast of Africa, there was wildlife everywhere.

The animals seemed to have adapted to the desert in ways that flouted their very nature. One day, for instance, I watched as a giraffe spread out its front legs and canted its long neck down, not up, to browse on a stunted little thing known, unpromisingly, as the smelly shepherd’s tree.

Later, we stopped at one of the big clumps of milk bush that dot the landscape like haystacks in a Monet painting. The milk bush is actually a succulent, Euphorbia damarana, and it’s found only in this region.

Makumbi Swenyeho, a wildlife guide at Desert Rhino Camp, where I was staying, snapped open one of the pipe-like stems, which promptly bled a white latex liquid. It’s poisonous, he said, and effective enough that Bushmen hunters use it on the tips of their arrows. Contact with the skin can cause severe burning. According to local lore, 11 miners who had been brought into the area to work died just from eating food cooked over a fire built with milk bush branches.

Milk bush, a poisonous succulent, found only around the southwest coast of Africa. (Photo: Courtesy of Richard Conniff)

But against all odds, black rhinos have adapted to make it one of their staple foods out here in the desert. They also like the haystack shape of the milk bush so much that they sometimes climb aboard and fall asleep. Locals refer to the flattened remains as a “rhino mattress.”

Gemsbok, big antelopes with a pair of three-foot-long unicorn horns on their foreheads, fled from us up the hillsides, looking like fanciful creatures out of a medieval bestiary. “They can go five or six days without water,” said Swenyeho. That’s remarkable not just because the daytime temperature in the Kunene region where I was visiting can rise to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, but also because a gemsbok can weigh up to about 500 pounds.

Gemsbok grazing in Namibia. (Photo: Dana Allen/Courtesy of Wilderness Safaris)

Now a new study in PLOS One reveals how the gemsbok do it. Like other antelope, they are primarily grazers, and get much of their water from grass. But the authors, from the University of Namibia and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, wondered what happens in droughts and dry seasons, when the grasses wither away.

The authors note that deserts are likely to spread as a result of climate change, leading to a loss of plant production, and perhaps also to species extinction.

“We therefore asked how antelope species respond to changes in food availability in semi-desert ecosystems,” the authors write. To find out they took tissue samples from gemsbok that had been killed by hunters, and profiled the isotopes left in the flesh by the foods the gemsbok had eaten.

The result: Gemsbok, like black rhinos, turn to the milk bush for sustenance in the dry season. Those pipe-like branches and the milky white liquid make up as much as 40 percent of their diet. No one knows how either species has adapted to handle the potent toxins in the milk bush. But the new study implies that, as the climate changes, other species hoping to avoid extinction may just have to figure out how to eat poison, too.


Schauspieler Hannes Jaenicke: “Wenn die Politik jetzt nichts tut, wird unser einziger heimischer Wal vor unseren Augen aussterben!”

                                       BITTE SCHWEIGT NICHT!

„Wenn die Politik jetzt nichts tut, wird unser einziger heimischer Wal vor unseren Augen aussterben!“

So lautet die zentrale Botschaft von Schauspieler Hannes Jaenicke, der zusammen mit der Schauspielerin und Produzentin Judith Adlhoch die Schirmherrschaft der WDC-Kampagne „Walheimat“ für ein sicheres Zuhause für Wale und Delfine übernommen hat. Mit einer eindringlichen Videobotschaft rufen Jaenicke und Adlhoch gemeinsam zum Schutz der Wale auf:

Hannes Jaenicke und Judith Adlhoch - starke
Partner für eine sichere Walheimat Klicken Sie auf das Bild, um das Video anzusehen.

Mit ihrer Unterstützung beweisen Judith und Hannes einmal mehr ihr großes Herz für kleine Wale. Wir freuen uns sehr darüber und werden fortan gemeinsam wachrütteln und aufklären, um auch unseren heimischen Walen eine Stimme zu geben. Bitte unterstützen auch Sie unsere gemeinsamen Forderungen und werden Sie zum Fürsprecher für Wale und Delfine.

Versenden Sie Nachrichten auf “Walisch” an Freunde und Bekannte und motivieren Sie diese, ihren Online-Protest an die zuständigen Ministerien zu schicken.


Herzlichen Dank!
Ihr Fabian Ritter Meeresbiologe und Leiter der WDC-Kampagne „Walheimat“


Robert Cohen wrote:
A few weeks ago while working out on a stationary
bike at 3AM in my 24-hour gym, I noticed the
brightly colored tattoo on the upper left arm of
a young woman who was sweating profusely while
doing her own workout on an elliptical machine. I now regret not approaching her to ask the meaning
of that tattoo.

A few days ago, I received an email message from an
Australian frend which read:

“We had our 269life tattoos put upon ourselves
yesterday – they are all 269.”

I immediately recalled the gym memory of where
I first saw that same message.

I then went to the World Wide Web to search the
meaning of ‘269 Life’.

I crash landed at this website:

I was soon directed to this Israeli video:

Shocking demo in Israel: activists got branded by hot steel

Über 269

The burning of the calf’s number, chosen by the industry to be “269”, is for us an act of solidarity and immortalization. We hope to be able to raise awareness and empathy towards those, whose cries of terror and pain are only heard by steel bars …

Shocking demo in Israel: activists got branded by hot steel

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On October 2nd 2012, world farm animals day, three animal rights activists in Israel got branded with a hot steel brand, in the same way farm animals are branded in factory farms.

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eating animals : the consequences

Animals Australia

Annamaria — please take a day off. You deserve it. Take a day off from worries, from bad hair, traffic jams, and particularly, from annoying TV ads…Speaking of ads — it’s hard not to notice that Meat & Livestock Australia has hijacked Australia Day! Strewth — any visiting tourist would think that Sam Kekovich is the father of Australia and that it’s a local tradition to lob a little lamb on the barbie to prove how Australian you are! Crikey — it’s just a multimillion dollar marketing campaign to sell more lamb!

We thought Straya (‘Australia’ for our overseas friends) was all about a fair go for all; about sticking up for the undersheepdog; and above all, about looking out for our mates (four legged mates included of course).

Help us take back Australia Day in the true Aussie spirit — a day when EVERYONE deserves a day off…

This Australia Day, EVERYONE deserves a day off!

Okay, so we’re ‘taking the piss’ (a bit). But really, MLA’s campaign to urge Aussies to eat more animals should be no laughing matter. Apart from the fact that lambs are so super cute, Australians are facing a rising obesity and heart disease epidemic — conditions linked to the over consumption of animal products. Our planet’s health is suffering too. This month we sweltered through the hottest day on record — all the while our pollies conveniently ignored the fact that farming animals for food is creating more climate-warming greenhouse gasses than all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles combined.

It’s enough to send you bonkers!

So this Australia Day, we’re calling on all true-blue Aussies to help animals, our health, and our planet — by throwing some cruelty-free tucker on the barbie. Because being Australian is more than just abbreviating all your words with the letter ‘o’. Bloody oath. It’s about taking a stand. Doing what’s right. And hosting a BBQ that will be the envy of all your neighbours. Click here and we’ll show you how!

Whatever you get up to on your day off, we wish you a happy, safe, rip-snorter of a day.

Cheers, from your mates at Animals Australia.

P.S. We need your help to spread the word that animals deserve a day off too. It’s easy. Tell your folks. Tell your mates. Share this funny video on Facebook and Twitter. Forget John Farnham — this year, YOU’RE the voice!

82-Year-old Man sentenced to three Years in Prison after his Dog killed a Cat

82-year-old man sentenced to three years in prison after his dog killed a cat as he was taking it for a walk


Jailed: Hume Hamilton has been sentenced to three years in prison for animal cruelty

Jailed: Hume Hamilton has been sentenced to three years in prison for animal cruelty

By Hugo Gye

PUBLISHED: 06:26 GMT, 17 November 2012 | UPDATED: 06:49 GMT, 17 November 2012

Jailed: Hume Hamilton has been sentenced to three years in prison for animal cruelty

An elderly man has been sentenced to three years in prison for allowing his dog to kill another family’s pet cat.

Hume Hamilton, 82, was caught on surveillance camera taking his dog for a walk near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June.

He walked up a driveway to where a cat was apparently resting, and the dog was filmed suddenly attacking the cat.

Hamilton can be seen in the footage trying to separate the two animals by stepping on the cat, but he was unsuccessful.

He left the scene with his dog, and the cat later died of the injuries it had sustained in the assault.

The cat’s owner, Wayne Spath, told WSVN the pet was ‘part of our family’, adding: ‘My daughter found that cat as a kitten, had it for 12 years.’

Hamilton was arrested over the animal’s death in July and held without bond because of his involvement in an unrelated case of aggravated battery.

He was found guilty of animal cruelty and trespassing last month, and on Thursday he was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime.

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