Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Big Cats are NOT pets! Please sign petition to help stop "pet ownership" of big cats...

Target: U.S. Congress Sponsored by: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) In the past two decades, 21 people -- 5 of them children -- have been killed by captive big cats in the United States. And there have been 246 maulings -- and 254 escapes. It is estimated that there are now between 10,000 and 20,000 big cats in private ownership in the United States, with more tigers privately-owned than exist in the wild. It's virtually impossible for a private owner to provide an appropriate habitat for a large wild cat. Sadly, the cats often live their entire adult lives in cramped backyard kennels, basements or even warehouses. Two members of the House of Representatives, Rep. Buck McKeon and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, have just introduced a bipartisan bill (the 'Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act') that would prohibit the private possession of big cats (except by accredited zoos and wildlife sanctuaries). Please sign this petition to urge Congress to pass this lifesaving legislation.

Monday, May 28, 2012

When Cats Attack (funny video)

140 battery hens crammed in tiny cages, rescued from slaughter, take their first ever steps on grass (video)

Late last month, the Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals Rescue Crew organized and rescued 140 battery-caged hens who were destined for slaughter. The hens had spent more than a year crammed into battery cages — these are barren wire cages so small the birds can’t even spread their wings. The hens were given a second chance at life and are now able to stretch their wings and legs, have dustbaths, preen and feel the sun on their backs and the grass beneath their feet.Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase. Come on over and share your rescue story and photos too Written by Twyla Francois of the Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals

Sunday, May 27, 2012

"Wild Russia - Siberia" -National Geographic Documentary (47 min video)

Wild Russia is a landmark High Definition series charting a journey across this vast land that stretches from Europe to the Pacific Ocean.

Covering 11 time zones, this huge country contains a wealth of unspoilt natural wildernesses – beyond the huge cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, a primal world with rough mountain summits, wild rivers and an unmatched flora and fauna reveals itself. Through unprecedented access we showcase the wild spectacle that is the Russian continent. Across six dramatic episodes we explore this diverse and even exotic country. Russia is a place of superlatives proving that size does matter. Few countries are home to such extraordinary mammals: the Amur Tiger is the world’s largest cat; the Polar Bear is the world’s largest land predator; massive brown bears scour the rivers in search of salmon. The Russian skies are home to the world’s largest owl and majestic sea eagles. In the freezing northern waters, walruses and Beluga whales hunt for fish. It also provides a refuge for some for some incredibly rare species – including the beautiful and elusive Amur Leopard.

National Geographic - "Wild Russia"

1. Siberia : http://youtu.be/1a5s6Ouhaf8

2. Kamchatka : http://youtu.be/rdIHwDNy4DI

3. The Arctic : http://youtu.be/GheevDXwf8o

4. The Great Divide : http://youtu.be/gSWnXqHXAkA

5. The secret forest : http://youtu.be/z9n49ViHgvY

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Emotional World of Farm Animals (documentary video 1 hr) see free here...

"The Emotional World of Farm Animals" is a delightful documentary for viewers of all ages about the thinking and feeling side of animals that are all too often just viewed as food.

Jefferey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love, leads viewers through the personal journey he underwent while writing his latest book, The Pig Who Sang to The Moon.

This journey into the sentient, emotional lives of farm animals brings Masson to animal sanctuaries around the country where caregivers and the animals themselves tell their harrowing stories of rescue and escape.

Masson delves into the rich ancestry of these curious and intelligent animals and interviews top experts in animal behavior who offer scientific perspectives on these amazing creatures. (Excerpt from animalplace.org)

"Sustainable cities" - another documentary video on this important issue

Sustainable Cities, Part 1 (documentary video)

Cities and developers across the globe recognize that they can increase asset value and attract business/people through sustainable development. Sustainable development includes improving esthetics, mobility, the environment, and energy systems. The US census determined that 80% of the population now lives in cites, up from 40% one hundred years ago. The Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program reports that approximately 50% of the buildings that will exist in 2030 have yet to be designed. This represents a tremendous opportunity to apply sustainable development concepts. Unless cities and developers are provided with alternatives to the current energy production, distribution, and supply system; fossil fuel energy consumption will surge by 34 quads while renewable sources increase by only 3 quads over the next 23 years according to the US EIA Annual Energy Outlook. This continued emphasis on fossil fuels is expected to increase carbon emissions by over 2200 million metric tons over this same period. Through partnerships with private sector, universities, and governments; companies can finance, design, and build more efficient, smarter, and esthetically pleasing local energy systems. Archimedes said "give me a lever long enough and I can move the world". Cities and developers can provide this lever by integrating sustainable energy models and practices into community development and redevelopment projects. This includes efficient land use design, technology ready infrastructure, transit oriented development, and green space, just to name a few. Michael Phillips and Robert Gnaizda in a famous land use design study determined that low density development uses 85% more energy and 70% more water than higher density development of equal size. Cities and developers can create sustainable energy systems that increase asset value. This includes lowering costs by improving asset utilization, providing secure power to critical facilities, improving esthetics, and utilizing generation sources with a lower emissions and carbon footprint. This video provides examples of actions that cities and developers can implement today to build sustainable energy systems that improve local economies. John F. Kelly Principal at Intelligent Power Partners jkelly@ippconnect.com Please visit www.necsc.us for additional guidance on sustainable community development or www.ippconnect.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Help Reunite Soldiers and Their Pets! To help, simply sign this petition!

Petition sponsored by SPCA International SPCA International's (SPCAI) Operation Baghdad Pups program is attempting to rescue more than 30 animals from war zones overseas by June 1st. We need your support! Due to the extreme Middle Eastern heat, air travel becomes unsafe for animals and all airlines place an embargo on animal travel, which remains in effect until October 1st. If SPCAI cannot rescue these animals before June 1st, when the Summer Embargo begins, many of their soldiers will be forced to leave their animal companions behind to certain death. Please, help today! Our U.S. troops are waiting to hear that we will help. The first step is showing your support for reuniting soldiers with their animal companions by signing this pledge.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Sun (BBC documentary) video

Approximately 5 billion years old and just under 333,000 times the mass of Earth, discover the heart of our solar system and the driving force of life on Earth. The Sun is by far the brightest object in the sky. It’s so bright that during the day its light drowns out virtually everything else in space. Life on Earth is totally dependent on the the energy it receives from the Sun. The Sun's energy is produced when hydrogen atoms inside it fuse to form helium. The Sun consumes four million tons of hydrogen every second. Even so, it’s so vast that our star has enough fuel to keep it shining for another five billion years. The Sun’s energy output is estimated to be 386 billion, billion megawatts. So in 15 minutes our Sun radiates as much energy as mankind consumes in all forms, during an entire year. Check out this fabulous documentary to find out more fascinating information about our amazing Sun!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spain, Stop Celebrating by Cruelly Abusing Donkeys! Please sign...

Target: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain

Sponsored by: Susan V and Concerned Citizens

It is sadly ironic that on a day meant as a reminder of the season of penance, the people of a small village in Spain would so cruelly sin against an innocent animal.

Every year on Shrove Tuesday, the village of Villanueva de la Vera hosts the carnival of Peropalo, a drunken party for many, but a day of hell for a Spanish donkey.

The Donkey Sanctuary published an eyewitness account of this year's cruelty - how the poor creature was visibly terrified as, mounted by a drunken rider, it was forced through a surging crowd, with firing shotguns and clanging bells, subjected to dousing with wine and beer, until the poor exhausted creature collapsed in the street.

Not every time do these animals rise again after such abuse. The Sanctuary has campaigned for 25 years to end these atrocities to no avail, despite the fact that the practice violates the region's own animal welfare laws.

Tell Spain to End These Shrove Tuesday Atrocities and Stop the Cruel Treatment of Spanish Donkeys.

Cat and Bird best friends video - Bird preening Cat's Whiskers!

Cat Marley and his best pal, Tiko the cockatiel!

Clever Monkeys BBC - Hilarious video (narrated by David Attenborough)

A clip from BBC Natural World - Clever Monkeys (2008) MVGroup

Magic mushrooms & Reindeer - Weird Nature - BBC animals (video)

Watch this short video from BBC wildlife show 'Weird Nature' to learn more about the reindeer appetite for intoxicating fungi, and perhaps discover a little more about the origins of Santa's flying companions!

Stop Using Endangered Snow Leopards in Chinese Medicine! Please sign petition to help stop this terrible practice!

Target: Ministry of Finance International Department -Director General Mr. Xiaosong Zheng, Deputy Director Ms. Jiandi Ye Sponsored by: Animal Advocates The endangered Snow leopard is a semi-large cat living in the snowy mountains of Central Asia. It has been included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species since 1972, and has been placed in Appendix I in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The total mature breeding population is less than 2,500. Bones from the endangered Snow leopard is used in traditional Chinese medicine. When bones from the like ways endangered Tiger grew harder to obtain, bones from the Snow leopard became popular as a substitute which placed an even harder strain on the already diminished Snow leopard population. The endangered Snow leopard is hunted to provide bones for the regional markets as well as for international trade. We ask the Chinese government to support alternative medicines that do not include the use of endangered animals. SOURCE: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/snowleopard/endangered.php Mr. Xiaosong Zheng Director General Ministry of Finance - International Department Sanlihe Xicheng District Beijing - 100820 China Tel: + 8610 6855 1122 Fax: + 8610 6855 1125 EMail: xs.zheng@mof.gov.cn Ms. Jiandi Ye Deputy Director Ministry of Finance IFI Division III International Department San Li He St. Xichengqu Beijing - 100820 China Tel: + 86 10 6855-1171 Fax: + 86 10 6855 1125 EMail: jdye@mof.gov.cn

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Good News Story for Blind Dog (video)

This is such an endearing story about a blind dog with a debilitating seizure but gets a second chance after its' original owner passed away. This is a story of what true friendship and unconditional love are all about.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ancient Egypt - The Majesty and Magic! Documentary ( 47 mins -video)

Author, lecturer, and guide, John Anthony West delivered a seismic shock to archaeology in the early 1990's when he and Boston University geologist Robert Schoch revealed that the Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt, showed evidence of rainfall erosion. Such erosion could only mean that the Sphinx was carved during or before the rains that marked the transition of northern Africa from the last Ice Age to the present interglacial epoch, a transition that occurred in the millennia from 10,000 to 5000 BC. There is another side of Egypt that is not so widely known. Egypt is also the land of secrets. Another history, a secret history, tells of Egypt as the inheritor of deep wisdom and magical ability from an even earlier culture. It is the account of the Egyptians themselves. This alternate history is echoed by parallel accounts from the myth and history of other ancient cultures, as well as myriad secret societies and occult sources. The remarkable number of parallels in these stories provides a unique window into this other Egypt. A new kind of counterculture is emerging around the unexpected discoveries of a small but growing circle of scientists, authors and researchers. The focal point of this counterculture centers on an alternative interpretation of ancient Egypt – not as mankind’s earliest attempts at primitive civilization, but as a fully developed, and inexplicably advanced culture, who’s scientific and metaphysical achievements we are only beginning to fully appreciate.