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In an influential and unprecedented collaboration, a powerful and first-of-its-kind virtual reality PSA tackles climate change, hoping to bring more attention and pressure heading into the UN Summit this December. The immersive experience, created by the Sierra Club and Environmental Media Association, is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor and environmentalist Jared Leto. The viewer is taken to the Arctic, where the devastating effects of climate change are visible and unforgettable. The user can bear witness from inside a kayak navigating Arctic waters, as well as communities negatively affected by the changing landscape. The almost four-minute video informs the viewer of the past vastness of an Arctic covered in snow and ice, now reduced to a shell of its former shelf, green and thawing.
It is an urban legend that no one really knows what goes into a hot dog, but a recent study found even the goriest of myths don't compare to what's actually in there: human DNA. The ingredient was found by Clear Foods, which "uses genomic technology to analyze the world's foods at a molecular level, ingredient by ingredient." In an effort to see how accurate the labels were, the company examined 345 hot dog and sausage products from 75 brands and 10 retailers. The results were disgusting for both the meat and non-meat eaters as they found "human DNA in 2% of the samples, and in 2/3rds of the vegetarian samples."
10/28/2015 CHEESE AS ADDICTIVE AS DRUGS, STUDY FINDS
If you've ever found yourself losing some self control when it comes to eating pizza or nachos, or other cheesy stuff, believe it or not, it's not your fault — the stuff's literally addictive. Scientists at the University of Michigan discovered that when a chemical called casein, which is found in all dairy products, is digested, it releases opiates into the body. Cheese contains a concentrated dose of casein, which ups the addictive factors of the gooey stuff, notes Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The same properties are found in other high-fat, highly processed food, such as French fries, registered dietitian Cameron Wells notes.
Germany has just become the first country to outlaw the practice of "chick shredding". Every year millions of male chicks are ground up alive or suffocated by the commercial egg industry. This is because male chicks don't grow up into egg-laying chickens, and they're not considered suitable to be slaughtered for meat. Around half of all chicks born into the egg industry are male, and end up being "shredded" right after hatching. Around 45 million chicks are killed after birth in Germany alone. But after pressure from animal rights activists, the German government teamed up with scientists to come up with an alternative. From now on, new technology will be used to determine the sex of each fertilised egg before the chick inside develops. All of the male-identified eggs will be removed from the hatchery, leaving only the female ones to hatch. The male eggs will be used for other products, instead of being destroyed.
Cruelty Free International has slammed the "unacceptable levels of suffering" inflicted on animals in UK laboratories and a failure by the Government to make any real progress in reducing the numbers of animals used. Information about the levels of suffering has come to light following the release by the Home Office of the Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain 2014. According to the Home Office figures, a total of 3.87 million experiments were completed in the UK during 2014. One requirement under the new regime is to include information on the severity of the experiments carried out. So, the number of animals (by species) are recorded using one of four categories - mild, moderate, severe, non-recovery. Disturbingly, of the severity assessments undertaken for the 1.93 million experimental procedures completed in 2014: 9% (180 thousand) were assessed as sub-threshold; 7% (133 thousand) were assessed as non-recovery; 51% (980 thousand) were assessed as mild; 25% (483 thousand) were assessed as moderate; and 8% (150 thousand) were assessed as severe.
10/23/2015 LIAM HEMSWORTH IS VEGAN AND LOVING IT
Liam Hemsworth gave an interview to Men's Fitness magazine and let readers in the fact that he leads a vegan lifestyle and has even convinced his big brother to eat more veggies. When asked what led to his change in eating habits, the Hunger Games star who was once a carnivore said his "own health, and after all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals" led the way. After, like Usher before him, seeing a doctor that recommended a blood type diet full of meat, he quickly realized that was not the way to go. It also helped to have some support from vegan friends like long-time plant-based diet advocate Woody Harrelson. Hemsworth's ex-fiancee, Miley Cyrus, also recently admitted she's vegan but the actor didn't mention if they ever talked about the subject when they were together. His brother though, Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor, took some of his advice and is eating more veggies.
Gito, a baby orangutan, was placed in a cardboard box and left out in the sun to die in Borneo until members of the International Animal Rescue found him. The 5-month-old infant was found in a urine-soaked box lying corpse-like with his arms folded across his chest. Thanks to his grey flaking skin and sparse hair, he looked "mummified" to the IAR members who eventually discovered him. At first, the little guy looked so lifeless that his rescuers believed he was dead. But when they realized he still had some fight left, they traveled with him for nine hours and 105 miles to their orangutan rehabilitation base in West Borneo. "Gito is in safe hands now and receiving expert treatment and care at our centre in Ketapang. But tragically there are many more like him in desperate need of our help," said IAR chief executive Alan Knight.
A German hunter reportedly paid $60,000 to shoot and kill one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe. The majestic creature, who was estimated to be between 40 to 60 years old and carried 122 lb. tusks, is believed to be the biggest elephant shot in recent memory when it was gunned down earlier this month in Gonarezhou National Park in south-east Zimbabwe. Its horrific murder comes just three months after Cecil the Lion's murder. The hunter, whose identity has yet to be revealed, paid $60,000 for a permit to shoot a large bull elephant on a 21-day game hunt, which included the Big Five of elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and rhinoceros. He was accompanied by a local.The decision to erect wire fences on its borders with Croatia and Serbia in order to stop the influx of refugees and migrants into Hungary has been extremely controversial, and while the Hungarian government's policy of barring entry to those arriving from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan may have been successful, a Facebook post by famous Croatian photographers, Romulic and Stojcic, on October 19, 2015, of the photos taken on the Hungarian border, close to the towns of Beli Manastir (Croatia) and Mohacs (Hungary), just 500 metres from the border crossing of Udvar, show another side of the story - the terrible effect the fence is having on the wildlife of the region. As Romulic and Stojcic explain in their Facebook post on the subject, the trees in the border in the video below are on the border between Croatia and Hungary, and until recently, herds of deer used to migrate freely across the border, sometimes in their thousands. No longer. The erection of the fence has added further complications to the migrant route to Germany, but is the cost to wildlife set to be a longer term consequence for the region?
10/19/2015 AUSTRALIA WRITES TO BRIGITTE BARDOT AND MORRISSEY TO DEFEND PLAN TO KILL TWO MILLION CATS
The Australian government has written to singer Morrissey and actress Brigitte Bardot to defend its decision to kill two million cats, saying "Australians love their wildlife" but the cull is essential to protect threatened species. In personal responses to the criticisms of the two celebrities, Gregory Andrews, Australia's threatened species commissioner, expressed praise for their commitment to animal welfare but insisted that wild cats posed a serious threat to Australia's biodiversity. Dismissing Bardot's claim that Australia was committing "animal genocide", Mr Andrews said the cats being culled were feral, rather than domestic pets, and have led to the extinction of at least 27 native species and pose a threat to a further 124 species. The feral cats are believed to kill about 20 billion animals a year, including insects, lizards and small birds.
Four major animal sanctuaries were called to a derelict farm on Route 416 in Montgomery, New York Saturday October 10 to rescue cows, pigs, goats and sheep from an active backyard slaughter operation. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Farm Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and Skylands Animal Sanctuary worked quickly side by side to swoop in and remove the sick and dying animals from the property. The farm, which has been described as a "garbage dump with animals," housed a makeshift slaughterhouse (a scene from a horror movie) with equipment such as blood-soaked chain saws and body parts littering the floor. Hudson Valley SPCA Law Enforcement Division is heading up the investigation.
Elephants are intelligent, so they're aware people can be dangerous. And according to a new study, some African elephants may even have a specific "word" to warn each other about nearby humans. To conduct the study, researchers from Oxford University, Save the Elephants and Disney's Animal Kingdom tested the reactions of wild Kenyan elephants to audio recordings of human voices, specifically the Samburu tribe of North Kenya. When they played these voices to resting elephants, the animals quickly became more vigilant, ran away and emitted a low, distinctive rumble. Having recorded this rumble, the team then played it back to another group of elephants. They also reacted as if they'd just heard the Samburu voices, erupting with alertness as they ran and rumbled.
10/15/2015 10 YEAR-OLD BOY HELPS BLIND DEER FIND FOOD
Oh, the wonders of the internet. It gives us endless amounts of cute animal stories that make us restore our faith in humanity. The latest "aww" moment comes from Illinois where a 10-year-old boy's act of kindness went viral after a neighbor posted a picture of it on Reddit. The photo showed the boy walking by a deer and had the caption "There is a blind deer in our neighborhood and this boy (10 yrs old) walks her from one grass patch to another every day before school to make sure she finds food." The man's wife then contacted the local wildlife rescue to come and get the blind doe and take her to a wildlife refuge where she would be safer from the road and be able to forage without a human's help. According to his post, the doe has since been safely taken to the wildlife refuge. The entire neighborhood, which turns out had been helping the doe as they could too, watched her go away and he was so touched by the boy's actions he will arrange with his mother to take him to the wildlife refuge to visit his blind friend "whenever he wants to go."
The site of the world's worst nuclear accident is now a wildlife haven. The abundance of large animals around Chernobyl, such as deer, elk and wild boar, matches that of nature reserves in the region – and wolves are seven times as common. Some 116,000 people fled the radioactive fallout from the reactor after it exploded in 1986, and another 220,000 were resettled after that, vacating a zone covering some 4200 square kilometres split equally between Belarus and Ukraine. "Whatever negative effects there are from radiation, they are not as large as the negative effects of having people there," says Jim Smith of the University of Portsmouth in the UK. The message is clear, he says. "The everyday things we do, such as occupying an area, forestry, hunting and agriculture, are what damages the environment." Lee Hannah of Conservation International says Chernobyl is a living testament to the resilience of nature. "Wild places can come back if we give them a chance, but we don't want to rely on nuclear disasters to make this happen," he says.
10/13/2015 TURNS OUT MILK DOESN'T DO A BODY GOOD
A new study shows that calcium does not prevent osteoporosis or bone fracture; in fact, a diet high in dairy intake does a body wrong. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that people over 50 don't really get stronger bones by upping their calcium intake with supplements or guzzling more milk. In fact, those people were just as likely to get a bone fracture than someone who was abstaining from dairy. This news supports what U.S. health officials have been telling Americans for a few years now - that there's not enough evidence to recommend taking calcium or vitamin D supplements.
Costa Cruises has created a vegan and vegetarian menu that will be available on cruise ships. Developed in response to the growing demand for such cuisine, the menu cuts out dairy products and eggs, instead using ingredients derived from plants that the company says will produce the same bold Italian flavours that reflect Costa's Mediterranean roots. The menu covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers and desser. Antonio Brizzi, Costa's corporate travelling chef, said: "Vegetarian dishes have always been part of Italian culinary tradition and we are delighted to introduce them as a full and separate menu on board our cruise ships. We aim to fulfil the needs of our customers and ensure they enjoy their time on our ships." Guests are able to request vegetarian and vegan options through the Costa call centre or travel agents.
10/12/2015 A VEGETARIAN DIET SAVES MONEY
Evidence has shown that adhering to a so-called "healthy diet" costs $1.50 more per day compared to an unhealthy diet. Now, a recent study published in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition has found that people who adopt a vegetarian diet save an average of $750 each year on groceries compared to people who eat meat. Researchers from The Miriam Hospital and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank compared the costs of two seven-day meal plans: the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) My Plate meal plan, which includes meat, and a plant-based olive oil meal plan. They also determined serving sizes for vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. The USDA's My Plate seven-day meal plan ended up costing $53.11 each week while the plant-based olive oil meal plan came out to $38.75. The vegetarian meal plan also offered around 25 more servings of vegetables, eight more servings of fruit, and 14 more servings of whole grains. By shopping economically, people adhering to a vegetarian diet can save $746.46 a year compared to meat-eaters.
10/07/2015 CALIFORNIA BANS IVORY
California Governor Jerry Brown signed state assembly bill AB 96 into law on Oct 4, which officially bans the sale of virtually all elephant ivory and rhino horn in the state. Though California made it illegal to sell ivory in 1977, state law still permitted the sale of older ivory imported more than four decades ago. However, the new bill finally closes that loophole. According to the new law, the selling of elephant ivory and rhino horn, including most antiques, is now illegal. Current owners can sell ivory and rhino horn up until July 1, 2016. After that, penalties reach up to a $50,000 fine and a year in prison.
Saturday, Sept 26, saw an "open air slaughterhouse" at the Place du Palais Royal in Paris as hundreds of vegan protesters covered themselves in fake blood to protest against animal suffering and meat consumption and took over the public square. The animal rights activists action is part of the 269 Life campaign group's events for the World Day for the Abolition of Meat (WWAMs), which is held every year at the end of January, May and September every year since 2009. The 269 Life members who staged the demonstration tried to create a bloody visual impact by laying sprawled out in the square covered in red paint. The group is calling for "abolishing the production and consumption of the flesh of sentient beings". They are also calling for the production and consumption of meat to be made illegal on "ethical grounds".
Waters north of New Zealand are set to become one of the world's largest ocean sanctuaries, covering an area roughly the size of France, with a full ban on fishing and mining, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said at the United Nations on Monday, Sept 28. Called the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, the area covers 620,000 square kms (239,000 square miles) of ocean, and encompasses a string of undersea volcanoes and is home to endangered marine life including whales, dolphins and turtles. The announcement surprised New Zealand's seafood export industry, worth NZ$1.4 billion ($882 million) a year, and will prevent mining firms gaining seabed prospecting rights.
An agreement between nations in Africa and Europe will set for a comprehensive plan to protect the Congo Basin, the second biggest rainforest in the world. Leading the way is Norway, the first donor to the project, giving up to 400 million crowns, or roughly $47 million over the next five years. The effort is called the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), a joint effort among nations from three continents as well as the United Nations and the World Bank. "Addressing issues concerning unsustainable agriculture, wood energy use, forestry and infrastructure development will be the main challenges," the UN Development Program said in a statement on Wednesday.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon served lunch made from food waste-like "Landfill Salad" to 30 world leaders for the global summit on sustainable development agenda. The vegetarian menu on September 27 was designed to dramatise the fact that a third of all produced is wasted even as the UN launches an agenda to end hunger and protect environment. "Our lunch was produced from food that would otherwise end up in landfills, emitting methane, a potent greenhouse gas," Ban told reporters.
10/02/2015 BE A VOICE FOR ANIMALS ON OCTOBER 2ND
World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and killed for food. Each year, approximately 65 billion animals are killed to produce meat, eggs, and dairy. Most of these animals are raised on factory farms, where they are confined, mutilated and raised to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them literally suffer to death. Even animals raised on small family farms endure many of these abuses. Regardless of how they were raised, all animals raised for food face a gruesome slaughter. Learn here how to be a part of a kinder, more compassionate world where animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products.
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