Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fabulous New Wild Animal Sanctuary - Wild Paws Sanctuary Launch Event!

“Cheers to Wild Paws!” A Special Launch Event to Introduce Wild Paws Midwest Animal Sanctuary on October 20th, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Wild Paws Midwest Animal Sanctuary (Wild Paws) is excited to announce their launch event on Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6-9 pm, at Insight Brewing Company, one of Minneapolis’ premier craft breweries. Wild Paws’ mission is to rescue and provide a safe habitat for wild animals using sustainable resources; to promote coexistence between humans and wildlife; and to educate the public about the preservation of wild animals and their ecosystems.

To Learn More Click here.

Our team will be at the “Cheers to Wild Paws!” event to meet and greet attendees, as well as share a short presentation about our goals for the future of our organization. We are a collection of animal lovers passionate about protecting our Minnesota resources for today and beyond, and are excited about this opportunity to introduce Wild Paws to the public.

This special event is free and will be hosted at Insight Brewing Company, located in Northeast Minneapolis, 2821 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Children are welcome to join as well, as long as they are being supervised. Limited edition pint glasses will be available for purchase, and Insight Brewing will graciously be donating $2 to Wild Paws for every pint sold. Sasquatch Sandwiches food truck will be on-site selling their Minnesota inspired monster sandwiches and sides!

Wild Paws is 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of wild animals as well as educate the public about the natural history of native species and focus on human-animal relationships and how we can coexist. Wild Paws will not breed, buy or sell animals and believes wild animals should not be kept as pets.

Contact: Julie Lillie
(763) 302-9319
Thank you to Julie for this post.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Why the Ivory Trade Needs To Closed Down Immediately!!! (video)

Duration: 15 minutes - "July 19, 1989. Kenya’s President, Daniel Arap Moi, stands before a large pile of elephant tusks.President Moi tells the crowd of people. “To stop the poacher from killing elephants, the trader must also be stopped.
And to stop the trader, the final buyer must be persuaded not to buy ivory. I appeal to people all over the world to stop buying ivory.”
Read an important article about the ivory trade and elephants here. The international ban on ivory trade was introduced in 1989 however in 2009 the ivory trade was once again made legal, hence the widespread slaughter of elephants by poachers since, even in National Parks. (Entry from blog 17-Nov-09 )

Over 25 years later, the ivory trade has been resumed, resulting in the massive slaughter of countless elephant families.

Post and Video courtesy of Ryan Geerstma.
Is there any way to stop it? Elephants are beautiful, majestic and intelligent animals and can live to be 70 years old..

In the 1930s and 40s there were approximately three million elephants world-wide. Today there are less than 700,000 elephants left.

(While people continue to sell and buy ivory and ivory products, poachers will continue to kill elephants. If new ivory is made illegal to sell and purchase, then poachers will have no market, and therefore no reason to kill elephants. The biggest danger to elephants are those that sell and buy ivory, without them, no poacher would have a reason to kill elephants for money. - S.D. - GMP Online Publisher)

In June of 2013, that is what the Philippines destroyed five tons of this material. They kept 106 pieces. Some went back to Kenya, where the ivory had come from. And the Philippines saved some to use for training and education purposes. Mundita Lim is the director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. She told National Geographic magazine:

“The destruction of these things would hopefully bring the Philippines’ message across the world. This country is serious and will not accept illegal wildlife trade. This country will not accept the continuous killing of elephants for ivory trade.”

Other countries hope to spread the same message. They will not support the ivory trade. They have also destroyed their ivory collections, or are planning to destroy them. But is this the best way? Some experts disagree. That is because some ivory pieces have important historical meaning.

In 2014 Britain held a conference where people discussed illegal wildlife trade. The UK’s Independent newspaper reported that at this conference Prince William said he wanted to destroy all of the ivory in the UK’s royal collection. This includes more than 1,200 pieces. The collection includes old paintings, carvings, and gifts from other countries to the UK. David Harper is
an expert in art and old valuables.

BBC Documentary 2016 :World's Most Beautiful Butterflies

Duration: 51 minutes Lovely video featuring a wonderful variety of amazing butterflies plus a fascinating look into their secret life.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Most Endangered Animals Documentary 2016 (complete documentary)

Duration: One hour and 30 minutes - A great documentary, but doesn't even scratch the surface when it comes to the most endangered, especially when it comes to Australian animals. Soon dingoes will be on this list because the government is trying to sell dingo meat to interested countries, and is also using pesticide pellets to wipe out these amazing and beautiful wild dogs.

Saving Wildlife from Extinction (clip from Ugandan News)

Geofry Baluku the project coordinator at Save Uganda’s Wild life, singles out the disappearance of ivory worth Billions of shilling from Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in 2014 and last year when queen Elizabeth national park lost over 200 elephants, incidents he blames on a corrupt cover from within the authority.

The disappearance of Ivory, estimated to weigh more than 23 metric tons, a figure that represents 2,500 elephants was seized in the 13 largest seizures of illegal ivory in 2011, figures that suppress the economy, while the black market prospers. Such illegal gains, have tempted the people manning game parks.

The cost threatens to over-turn decades of conservation gains. Wildlife, is considered an important resource by surrounding communities, living around the game parks and game reserves, especially for survival, and medicine.Means to find alternative sources should be harnessed.

Uganda will on Sunday, join the rest of the world to commemorate Wildlife day through an anti poaching marathon .This year, the theme, Save Wildlife: Act now or game over,a message that is calling onto responsible partners to double efforts in conserving the Wild flora and fauna.
Wildlife is one of the top three leading contributors to the country’s GDP ,

Big Cats Documentary (complete)

National Geographic video - Big Cats Deepest Secrets - Duration: 49 minutes

Saturday, June 25, 2016

"Food Inc" film (Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes)

"While examining the influence of the fast food industry and factory farming, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health."

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other. But no one wants to talk about it...

Cowspiracy Trailer:

Documentary Super Cute Animals 2015 TV Special (Duration: 57 minutes)

Discovery Channel - Super Cute Animals - Special Animals - BBC Documentary 2015 - If you love cute animals, and let's face it, most of us do, this is the documentary to make you go "awwwwww". Enjoy!

National geographic - Strange Things In the Amazon Forest - wildlife animal documentary (Duration: 1 Hour and 9 minutes)

"The Amazon rainforest (Portuguese: Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia; Spanish: Selva Amazónica, Amazonía or usually Amazonia; French: Forêt amazonienne; Dutch: Amazoneregenwoud), also known in English as Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America. This basin encompasses 7,000,000 square kilometres (2,700,000 sq mi), of which 5,500,000 square kilometres (2,100,000 sq mi) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. States or departments in four nations contain "Amazonas" in their names. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. National geographic - Strange Things In the Amazon Forest - BBC wildlife animal documentary"

Saturday, April 23, 2016

No More Puppy and Kitten Mills! Adopt don't shop...

The Reality of Puppy Mills video - Puppy mills are large breeding facilities where dogs live in deplorable conditions, often without necessary food, water, or veterinary care. This is a look inside. Duration: Two and a Half Minutes

The Hellish Life of a Puppy Mill Dog (video) Duration: four and a half minutes

Did you know that puppy mills were the idea of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the post-Second War Era, encouraging farmers to raise puppies as an alternative “crop.” Treated as livestock, the puppies were mass-produced in cages and barns.
This paved the way for pet stores to open in response to the growing supply of puppies. More about puppy (and kitten) mills here.

Save a life and make a shelter pet adoption, your only option, when you are looking for a pet to add to your family.

"On the Track of the Unicorn: Indian Rhinoceros Documentary (complete)

Duration: 52 minutes - The Royal Chitwan Park in Nepal has a varied and rare plant and animal community with two ecosystems: tropical deciduous forest and open plains...

Save Our Planet - one and half minute video

Excellent images and message worth checking out! If we kill the life support systems of our fragile, small world, no life on this planet, including humanity, will survive. The need for change and healing is now!

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Severely Neglected Dog Gets A Fairytale Rescue (video)

One more good reason to adopt and not shop. So many animals are in need of loving homes, we don't need breeders (either certified or backyard breeders, and certainly NOT puppy mills) contributing to the global pet over-population problem. We need homes for the animals that are already here, rather than adding more and more animals each breeding season. Please desex/neuter your pets, and when you are ready to add a new fur baby to your household, visit your local shelter to rescue an animal, rather than give money to a breeder to keep this terrible cycle of animal abuse and death going.

The Song of the Endangered Species (video duration: two and half minutes)

A song on the plight of so many of our beautiful world's animals (and plants). Thanks to Al Brenner for this great song.