China importing baby elephants

February 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Right now, dozens of baby African elephants snatched from their mothers wait alone, bewildered and frightened. If nothing is done, they will soon be exported to China, where they will spend the rest of their lives in captivity.

Despite being in the midst of a poaching crisis, Zimbabwe plans to sell these animals for $60,000 each, while claiming overpopulation as the excuse. These elephants will most likely suffer for decades in zoos or animal shows, denied their natural environment and the companionship of their families.

Please make your voice heard. Take action today to urge the Chinese government to implement a complete ban on the import of wild-caught live elephants!

Every day, close to 100 African elephants are poached for their ivory, and their numbers are dropping at alarming rates. This week, HSI submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of the Interior to list the African elephant as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. If current poaching rates continue, they may become extinct in our lifetime.

Tragically, the last time Zimbabwe exported baby elephants to China, three of four animals died. The last one is still languishing in misery. These others will most likely suffer the same fate. We need to protect these babies—and this species—before it’s too late.

Please tell the Chinese government to ban this cruel import and help save African elephants.

Global Rally Against the Dog and Cat Meat Trade

February 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Our NoToDogMeat campaign and supporters will stand in solidarity this Chinese New Year with activists worldwide who say NoToCruelty.

Events are listed on the DUO DUO page and also our facebook
http://www.facebook.com/NoToDogMeat
If you are in London head down to your Chinese Embassy from 1.30pm

We will also be out of the streets leafleting in different locations world-wide on Sunday. Come and join us. With the horrific Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival in just a few months  time to speak out now.

Our Charity relies on caring supporters like you to continue its work
Thankyou !

www.notodogmeat.com

UK registered Charity 1154524
USA chapter usa@notodogmeat.com

The consequence of sugar consumption

February 20, 2015 Leave a comment

There’s a new scientific consensus emerging: eating too much sugar leads to debilitating health problems like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Yet major food companies like General Mills continue to add—and hide—sugar in their products, even the ones they market as healthy. A Nature Valley bar, cup of Yoplait yogurt, and one bowl of FiberOne Protein cereal, together have more added sugar than the government advises we eat in an entire day!

General Mills sits on the board of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an industry group that distorts sugar science and lobbies against sugar caps and added sugar labeling. General Mills and the GMA have sent letters to federal agencies attempting to cast doubt on legitimate science that links overconsumption of added sugar to major health problems plaguing Americans and have questioned the integrity of scientists who advise the government on dietary guidelines.

General Mills has the power to push GMA to stop attacking science and we, as consumers, have the power to make General Mills act. Tell General Mills: stop twisting the facts, attacking scientists, and putting our health at risk.

Companies like General Mills often use industry groups to lobby for policies that their customers would not support—policies that put corporate profits ahead of customers’ heath. And that’s where public safeguards are supposed to protect us. Any day now, we’re expecting the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to release recommendations calling for less sugar intake and added sugar labeling on foods we buy at the grocery store.

Don’t let industry groups undermine these important safeguards before they even come out! Let General Mills knows we’re watching—and we want to buy products from companies that project our health—not those that twist the facts and attack science. Send your letter to General Mills now.

DAVAO CITY COUNCIL OKs P600 MILLION FOR GARBAGE BINS

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on MADAYAW DABAW:

 The Davao City Council has approved on Second Reading a resolution appropriating P600 million for the purchase of garbage bins and waste collection vehicles.

dayanghirangFloor leader Councilor Bernie Al-ag said the appropriation in Supplemental Budget No. 1 would further enhance the solid waste collection capability of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CityENRO).

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, finance chair committee, who handled SB No. 1, said the funding was requested by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The purchase would be funded by a P600 million loan with the Land Bank of the Philippines.

The new bins would replace about 10,000 of the 20,000 bins bought in 2005, which were either lost to floods, thieves or commandeered by households who hide the bins inside their homes for private use, earlier said Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

     The resolution approved on February 17 sends the measure to Third and Final Reading in the next session…

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Oregon Chub Becomes the First Fish to Be Taken Off the Endangered Species List

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on TIME:

Making history, the Oregon chub became the first fish ever removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Animals on Tuesday.

The minnow, unique to the state’s Willamette River Basin, was listed in 1993, when the population dipped below 1,000. Today the number has climbed to over 140,000 and the minnow can be found in more than 80 locations, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release.

“This effort succeeded because of an extraordinary partnership between federal and state agencies, landowners and other stakeholders who brought this species and ecosystem back from the brink of extinction in just over 20 years,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

While the Oregon chub is the first fish to be saved, 28 animals, including America’s iconic bald eagle, have also been rescued.

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Make Soup, Not Waste

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on The Zero-Waste Chef:

simple pumpkin soup Pumpkin soup garnished with homemade sour cream and minced parsley

I find that when people realize just how much we throw into landfills and how much plastic finds its way into our oceans, most want to reduce their waste and many don’t know where to start. Unless you buy consumer goods compulsively, I would hazard a guess that your kitchen generates the most garbage—packaging and food.

How bad is our food waste problem here in the US?

According to the NRDC (National Research Defense Council), producing food in the US:

  • Expends 10 percent of the total energy budget
  • Uses 50 percent of land
  • Accounts for 80 percent of all freshwater consumed

A downright obscene amount of food goes to waste in this country:

  • 40 percent of food goes uneaten
  • This waste squanders 25 percent of all freshwater, plus massive amounts of other resources needed to grow all of that food
  • Once it rots in landfill…

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Animal ethics and PETA

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on newtonæ:

“Speciesism” is using animals other than humans as resources—eating them, wearing them, experimenting upon them—simply because they are not humans. Peter Singer uses the example of mentally vegetative humans, who don’t have a capacity for enjoyment. He asks why we would hold these beings in higher esteem than a healthy monkey that can feel and socialize.

He argues not for equal rights but for equal consideration for all living beings. Quoting Jeremy Bentham, he says that the fact that animal suffers means it is off-limits for exploitation: “The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?

Kombucha with SCOBY. Photo by Rebekah Carter at Little Miss Cruciferous (click image for link).

If they suffer—that is, if they have sentience—then they have interests that must be respected, he says. The capacity for enjoyment and satisfaction, and therefore having interests, falls on a continuum from the…

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