Wildlife charity WWF say that figures show that 341 rhinos have been killed in 2011 so far, which has already overtaken last year’s total of 333. South Africa National Parks keep a record of the number of rhinos who have been found with their horns sawn off. WWF think the rise is down to more people using rhino horn in Vietnamese traditional medicine. BBC
SAVAGE TREAMENT OF RHINOS
It always comes down to cold hard cash, that combined with the cultural heritageexcuse. You know, our ancestors did it, so we continue to do it and the consequences to damned because it’s tradition!
Shark finning and killing rhinos for their horns are one in the same hideous unforgivable act. Cutting off shark fins for soup and killing rhinos for their horns to used for ornamental and pseudo medicinal reasons are barbaric acts of cruelty.
And so it is with a great deal of sadness that it is being reported that the sub-species black rhino is now officially extinct!
GENEVA — The Western Black Rhino of Africa has been declared officially extinct, and two other subspecies of rhinoceros are close to meeting the same fate, a leading conservation group said Thursday.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature said a recent reassessments of the Western Black Rhino had led it to declare the species extinct, adding that the Northern White Rhino of central Africa is now “possibly extinct” in the wild and the Javan Rhino is “probably extinct” in Vietnam, after poachers killed the last animal there in 2010.
Take a good look at that suffering animal, it should be embedded into your consciousness.Now, what are you going to do to change this?
I don’t like PETA. No, correct that. What I don’t like is PETA’s tactics and messaging. Their publicity stunts (many extreme in concept & execution) have caused the group to become a laughing stock to most people. Sadly, their cooked up stunts drown out the very real topic of cruelty to animals.
This morning I happened on this series of photos about Ringling Bros. using electro shock to train the elephants used in their shows. The more I investigated the angrier I got. It is hard not to knowing about the intelligence of these great animals.
PETA is right on what is happening as it relates to the treatment of elephants by Ringling Bros. Circus.
A recent article from Live Science discusses elephant traits, their intelligence and their innate abilities to cooperate with humans and each other.
Elephants are widely regarded as possessing advanced brains, displaying levels of intelligence seen only in humans, dolphins, chimpanzees and others capable of higher forms of thinking. For instance, elephants recognize themselves in mirrors, learning that such reflections are images of themselves and not others, behavior apparently unique to species that show complex empathy and sociality.
Watching these two videos should be enough for you to take pause and to take action.
Next time the circus comes to town, you might want to skip it until Ringling Bros. cleans up its act.
this country’s seventy-one million pet dogs produce over 4.4 billion pounds of waste per year. That’s enough to cover 900 football fields with 12 inches of dog waste! Dog feces are more than just a nuisance – pet waste can pose a serious health hazard.
Children run the greatest risk of infection because they’re prone to play in the dirt at the park or playground and then put their hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands.
In addition to health risks associated with dog waste, you need to be concerned with the manner by which the waste is recovered. If you among the many millions who walk their dogs and carry aPLASTIC BAG for disposal after the walk you are making a serious environmental mistake. Take heart, initially I wasn’t aware of this mistake either.
The problem with using plastic bags for animal waste is that once thrown away, they most often end up in landfills. We now know thatplastic lasts foreverunless it has been recycled! TheDaily Greenputs it this way:
Unfortunately, if you put Lassie’s waste in a plastic bag, it takes up to 100 years to decompose. Flushing it down the toilet is inconvenient, and can potentially cause problems in sewer systems because of its high amount of grit.
So what’s a caring dog owner to do? Believe it or not there arebiodegradable bagsfor your doggie’s dodo. Big box pet retailers like Petco carry the bags, but you really have to search for them. These bags are also available on line here, here, and other places as well.
If all else fails you can hire doggy poop service …here!