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Sloths: The Guiana Shield’s Most Adorable Ambassadors | Human Nature - Conservation International Blog

Sloths: The Guiana Shield’s Most Adorable Ambassadors | Human Nature - Conservation International Blog | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
In Suriname, a sloth sanctuary houses animals displaced by habitat loss before releasing them into protected forests.
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Monique Pool is from Guyana, she is the founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname which is a volunteer organization based out of her home, in which her and a group of volunteers go out into the rain forests of Guyana to save the sloths from the clear cutting of these large forests and taking away the homes of these animals. Monique is currently housing around 200 animals 95% of them being sloths. Monique was called and told that 8.2 hectares (16.8 acres) of forest was going to be clear cut to raise cattle. This clear cutting takes away the homes of many animals including sloths, porcupines, and anteaters. 

Monique made it her mission to relocate these animals and take them to a safe place so they could eventually take them to a new home. Sloths don't live well in captivity which is why Monique and her team must find the sloths a new home. Monique and her team release the adult sloths into the wild as quickly as they can, but the babies need to be nursed for 2 to 3 months before they can be on their own again as the majority of these baby sloths lose their mothers in the clear cutting.

The country of Guyana is 95% rainforest and thanks to the Conservation International the forest is mostly protected for these creatures. The forests may be home to the sloths and other animals, but we must also remember that they provide us with many things we need to survive as well such as clean air, fresh water, and stable climates. 

Nature conservation and development are two things that need to go together. We need to protect their habitat because in the end we are protecting ourselves as well. 

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Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct | TIME

Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct | TIME | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
Other rhino species remain on the brink
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The Western Black Rhino has been declared extinct as stated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The IUCN also declared that the White Rhino is critically endangered meaning that it is so close to extinction that the species needs to be protected. Roughly 70,000 Black Rhinos lived in the wild in the 1960's and as of last year there are only 4,000 left in the world. Unfortunately for the Western Black Rhino it's to late for that species. 

This is a huge loss for our planet and is only a glimpse of whats to come if we don't change our ways. It's our responsibility as creatures ourselves to protect the lives of other creatures on this planet and we aren't doing a good job of this. The World Wildlife Conservation posted a list of animals that are extinct and that are endangered, it's a worthwhile list to look at and we are the only ones who can do something about this it includes 60,000 animals that are endangered and or extinct. 

The reason these Rhinos are being poached in for their horns as it is highly prized as a medicine in Asia. Due to the market demand in recent years there has been more and more poaching of these creatures. It's very sad to me that they are being used for their horn in which they were created with. How can people not see that this is wrong? There needs to be continued action about this issue and poaching needs to be ended. Awareness needs to be raised, we need these animals they have meaning just as any other creature in the world. There are only 28,000 rhinos left in the world, this is depressing to me as this creature has been around for 40 million years they were here a long time before any of these medicines have, and there are other ways to aid illnesses that are less harmful. 

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Seattle Times Reports Elephants Dying Out in Zoos—Especially Babies

Seattle Times Reports Elephants Dying Out in Zoos—Especially Babies | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
Not so fast with the elephant birthday party. Two days after Asian elephant Rose-Tu gave birth to a 300-pound baby girl at the Oregon Zoo—the third elephant born in captivity nationwide this year—
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It's becoming more apparent than ever that keeping animals in captivity is causing mental and health issues in theses animals.This is becoming a big problem with the captivity of elephants, as they are dying in captivity at excessive rates and more than ever before. Elephants are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet in a number of ways. They are very social animal and are an extremely close knit group, the babies stay with their mothers for their entire life.These animals have an incredible memory and they commonly show grief, humour, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, playfulness, and an ability to learn. They are a unique creature and should be treated as such. 

In the past 50 years there has been over 390 elephant deaths because of elephants living in captivity. They give up and they die, it's extremely heart breaking, these poor beasts are being placed in cages and it's unhealthy for them. Our world needs to go back to where it was before zoo's, aquariums, and circuses and back to basics. We were just fine before we had all of these things, and the only reason for it is because of the money. Profits are not as important as the life of these creatures. 

When an elephant dies in captivity all the other elephants morn their friend, but then the trainers take that elephant away. In the wild this isn't the case, the elephants they have a ritual where they walk the miles and miles and graze the bones of their deceased friends and they remember. This is one of the reasons why they are dying in captivity, they have nothing to live for, and no where to go. 

The Toronto zoo had to remove the elephants from the zoo because the elephants were getting sick and dying. The elephants were moved to a sanctuary in California where they are free to roam, this is a small victory for them but not the same as it would be if they were released into the wild. 

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Sloths: The Guiana Shield’s Most Adorable Ambassadors | Human Nature - Conservation International Blog

Sloths: The Guiana Shield’s Most Adorable Ambassadors | Human Nature - Conservation International Blog | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
In Suriname, a sloth sanctuary houses animals displaced by habitat loss before releasing them into protected forests.
Santina Hall's insight:

Monique Pool is from Guyana, she is the founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname which is a volunteer organization based out of her home, in which her and a group of volunteers go out into the rain forests of Guyana to save the sloths from the clear cutting of these large forests and taking away the homes of these animals. Monique is currently housing around 200 animals 95% of them being sloths. Monique was called and told that 8.2 hectares (16.8 acres) of forest was going to be clear cut to raise cattle. This clear cutting takes away the homes of many animals including sloths, porcupines, and anteaters. 

Monique made it her mission to relocate these animals and take them to a safe place so they could eventually take them to a new home. Sloths don't live well in captivity which is why Monique and her team must find the sloths a new home. Monique and her team release the adult sloths into the wild as quickly as they can, but the babies need to be nursed for 2 to 3 months before they can be on their own again as the majority of these baby sloths lose their mothers in the clear cutting.

The country of Guyana is 95% rainforest and thanks to the Conservation International the forest is mostly protected for these creatures. The forests may be home to the sloths and other animals, but we must also remember that they provide us with many things we need to survive as well such as clean air, fresh water, and stable climates. 

Nature conservation and development are two things that need to go together. We need to protect their habitat because in the end we are protecting ourselves as well. 

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Lush's human performance art was about animal cruelty not titillation

Lush's human performance art was about animal cruelty not titillation | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
Tamsin Omond: This was not a sexy version of the oppression of women. It was designed to challenge public apathy about animal testing
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Lush is a cosmetics company with retail stores in multiple Canadian provinces. The company does not test any of their products on animals and is against the use of cosmetic testing, which sets them apart from many companies in the cosmetic industry. Lush has pledged to raise awareness about animal cruelty by having customers sign a petition to stop testing on animals. Lush has demonstrated what it's like for an animal undergoing cosmetic testing through an art performance done by performance artists. 

The video is all over the internet including youtube and the Lush website to allow insight into the world of cosmetic testing and the cruel cosmetics industry. The performance was acted out in the front window of a Lush store on Regent Street in London, England. The human tests lasted all day with the artist Jaqueline Traide as the test "animal". People passing by the Lush store couldn't believe their eyes when they saw the artists acting out this horrific fake testing. There has been a massive response from the public to sign the petition and stop animal testing. The petition link is available on the lush website and you can also sign the petition in any Lush store to stop animal testing. 

Although this protest has shed light on the cosmetic industry it hasn't done enough to completely change the way we test our products. Lush is being a socially responsible company through doing this protest and raising awareness for this cause. There is no reason to test cosmetics on animals and the cosmetics industry needs to change the way they test their products. Lush is a company that has been around for 40 plus years and has never used animal testing, there are many other cosmetic companies that don't practice animal testing as well. 

Watch the video, sign the petition, make a change in the way we do business. 

 

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Drugs, death, neglect: behind the scenes at Animal Planet

Drugs, death, neglect: behind the scenes at Animal Planet | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
Our exclusive investigation reveals how animals suffer on the network's top reality show.
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The reality television show "Call of the Wildman" is a network most watched series on the Discovery Channel. The corporation teamed up with Sharp Entertainment to create a guided reality television show to give the show a real life appeal. The show is hosted by a man called "the turtleman" who captures wild animals to take them to rehabilitation centres to be cared for as well as to rellocate the animals to a more suitable environment. Seems morally correct, right? Wrong. The show is 100% staged and the purpose is not being met, instead of helping these wild animals to a better life, the show is harming the animals. In many cases animals have died or been seriously injured and have returned to animal shelters with illness including dehydration and starvation. The show can complete these acts of "rescue" by contacting animal wellfare shelters and hospitals and paying to use the animals to shoot the television show, and then take the animals back in worse condition than they previously were. 

On an educational broadcasting station such as the Discovery Channel more is expected in providing holistic information and real life television. I don't believe that the Discovery Communications Corporation is providing this kind of television anymore, and they should not advertise as such. With the understanding that times are changing it is obvious that the Discovery Channel is strategizing to meet this change, although I believe they are making the change in the wrong way. The reason the Discovery Communications Corp. has decided to change is because ratings have dropped significantly and thorough research shows that reality television has high volumes of consumers watching theses types of shows, so it would be foolish of them to miss the boat on this. 

Although I understand the need to make change in the structure of television programs, I don't believe that the Discovery Communications Corporation went in the right direction. Reality television can still include animals, but it would be much more beneficial for everyone including the animals involved if the stakes didn't concern their safety and well being. Reality television should never include the mistreatment of animals nor should it infringe on animal rights. This show is still recieving top ratings and the only way to make a change is to stop watching and speak up on this issue, the only way to change this is to get the word out. 

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Torturing Animals with Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Feed

Torturing Animals with Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Feed
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The agriculture industry is doing some extremely unintelligent experiments with genetically modified organisms. Without researching the effects this could have on animals and humans we are now being faced with this problem. 

Calves are being born weak with joint and bone deformities, piglets tissues and organs are breaking down, and chickens are growing at such abnormal rates that their bones can't keep up with the weight of their bodies and they are fracturing. Dairy cows are developing mastitis where puss develops in the utters due to infection, and beef cows are developing abscesses that are being identified as twisted guts. This is all due to Monsanto's GMO feeds, such as corn and soy, in which are drenched in glyphosate, a key ingredient in Monsanto's RoundUp product. This is being fed to our food source. This is not only wrong for us to eat, it's unethical treatment of these poor animals. 

The biggest issue is that these health problems such as digestive disorders, damaged organs, infertility, weak immune systems, and chronic depression that are being found in these animals are exactly the same as the problems facing humans. The problem with the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry is that they don't communicate well with each other about these issues, or we as people wouldn't be faced with this huge mess. Although we cannot place all the blame here because Monsanto is the biggest culprit in this whole mess, this corporation has no remorse and no care for animals or humans. Monsanto is money hungry and will do anything to turn a profit. This corporation is a disgrace to the planet and continually hurts the societies of the United States and Canada.

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This is SeaWorld's worst nightmare -- Californians are saying enough to orca captivity

This is SeaWorld's worst nightmare -- Californians are saying enough to orca captivity | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
It's about time someone steps up to protect whales.
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I have previously posted on my scoop it  about the SeaWorld Corporation and the cruel confinement of Orca whales. This article is a the beginning of a large victory for Orca whales that are being held in captivity. Since the film "Blackfish" premiered in 2013 there has been a massive uproar about the captivity of these beautiful creatures in the wild and now it looks as though something is being done to stop this cruelty. 

SeaWorld was caught once again for violating the Animal Abuse Act. The corporation was caught with medical care that was expired and unusable for the whales. If the SeaWorld medical staff used these expired syringes it could cause infection in the whales and above all could kill them.

A California congressman made a brave move to introduce a new law making it illegal to keep whales in captivity in the state of California.
Everything has to start somewhere and this is absolutely a move in the right direction. If this law is passed it won't be long before every state and country eventually make the same move. The SeaWorld Corporation is already trying to counter this by introducing a campaign to defeat this congressman. SeaWorld is still trying to defend themselves saying that having the whales in captivity is about education, but we know that SeaWorld is only about the profits.

SeaWorld is torturing these intelligent animals and it's time to put a stop to this, I hope we can all be apart of the freedom of these Orca whales from captivity. SeaWorld is under a lot of scrutiny all for a good reason, they aren't about the well being of these creatures they are only about the profits of their corporation. SeaWorld has never been able to mesh these two ideas together and they deserve to be shut down. 

Please take a minute and click on the link to this article to sign the petition and end the captivity of Orca whales.  

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PETA Finds Itself on Receiving End of Others’ Anger

PETA Finds Itself on Receiving End of Others’ Anger | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
The high-profile group still euthanizes most of the animals at its shelter in Virginia, even as a “no-kill” movement that promotes adoption grows rapidly.
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The animal organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is under scrutiny after the CCF (Centre of Consumer Freedom) released it's yearly review, which stated that the organization in 2013 killed nearly than 2000 dogs and cats that were in the care of the organization, this number accounts for 82 percent of the total animals that were in the care of PETA in 2013, of those 82 percent records have discovered that 82 percent were killed within 24 hours of being in PETA's care. This is quite shocking news coming from an organization that is for the ethical treatment of animals and promotes the idea of vegetarianism and saving all animals. 

Since 1998 over 30 000 animals have been killed or "euthanized" at the hands of PETA and the number is growing every year. Despite the organization having a $32 billion dollar budget somehow the organization is still failing at finding homes for these innocent animals. The president of the PETA organization Ingrid Newkirk stated that it would be simply easy for the organization to become a "no kill shelter" but it would mean cutting down on celebrity photo shoots and press stunts both of which don't attack the real issue of homeless and abused animals. The president is out of her mind to believe that the lives of these animals is less valuable than the buzz about PETA. The organization is creating a negative buzz about themselves through their actions, press stunts and celebrity endorsement should be the least of their concern. 

This delusional animal rights group is talking out of both sides of their mouth in this situation, one side is preaching animal rights, while the other side is signing a death warrant for  82 percent of animals in their care. The statistics don't lie and the PETA organization is a false truth to helping animals in any way. They might as well call their "animal shelter" a slaughterhouse because they only seem to have the ability to end the lives of animals, not save them. 

 

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Sochi commissions the killing of stray dogs throughout the Olympics

Sochi commissions the killing of stray dogs throughout the Olympics | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
Pest control company says it has a contract to exterminate during Winter Games
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Since last year there have been thousands of stray dogs disappearing from the streets of Sochi, Russia since the municipal government awarded a private company to "capture and dispose" of the strays that are in the city. Stray dogs have been a problem for Sochi that has been escalating for many years. The governments decision was to use pesticides and various chemicals as per these private companies to "kill as many dogs as possible", this is outrageous, insanely cruel, and inhumane. The private company shoots the dogs with poisonous darts, and have stated that the dogs "feel no pain" but there has been record of the dogs walking in circles and foaming at the mouths for their last moments alive. There was no other plan discussed for these stray dogs aside from getting rid of them in this way, which is the worst way they could have possibly gone about it.

I find it extremely heartbreaking that these animals aren't being given an equal chance for life. Instead of "disposing" of them the government should have created a plan to find the dogs homes, or better yet take them to animal rehabilitation centres. If Sochi can spend the money paying these private companies to kill off the stray dogs then they can most definitely pay to do something positive about this situation. Animal lovers in Sochi and around the world are sickened by what Sochi has done and have began adopting dogs and gathering as many dogs as they can in cars and fleeing the city with the strays. 

Animal rights is a foreign concept to most Russians, but many Sochi citizens are still trying to help the situation in any way that they can.

The reason there is such a mass of stray dogs is due to the Olympic building sites. With so many sites and so many workers, the site workers were feeding the stray dogs, but not sterilizing them, so the population continued to grow, and of course created the problem that is happening now. Although this isn't the only reason for the strays it is part of the big problem, the other side is that Sochi let this get out of control and realized last year that they had to do something fast before the Olympics came to the city. 

As an animal lover for me this is extremely sad, I understand that there is a huge problem because the more stray dogs the more they continue to populate. I just would like to see something more positive happen then do kill all these innocent animals, Sochi could have done things much differently which would have made them more socially responsible but this issue has done the opposite for the city. 

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Blackfish Documentary: Truth And Tragedy

Blackfish Documentary: Truth And Tragedy | Animal Cruelty | Scoop.it
If you have ever been to SeaWorld you may have been impressed by the way trainers were able to handle the huge Killer Whales that put on amazing shows everyday.

Via Thomas Faltin
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The Blackfish movement is a direct protest to the SeaWorld Corporation and the cruel confindment of Orcinus Orca whales. Since the 1940's capture teams have been paid to capture baby Orca whales and take them out of their natural environment and away from their mothers and families. The whales once in captivity live on average 20 to 30 years, which is a drastic difference than the lifetime they can live in the wild which on average for females can be up to 100 years old, and for males is 60 to 70 years old. In captivity the whales become iscolated and in many cases frustrated. Female whales tend to attack the male whales by raking their bodies with their teeth leaving cuts and open sores on the defenseless whales. In captivity 100% of the whales dorsal fins collapse due to lack of nourishment and depression. The collapse of a dorsal fin happens in less than 1% of Orca whales in the wild. This is unhumane and attrocious of SeaWorld to keep these whales in captivity as it is causing immense harm to these beautiful and intelligent creatures. 

In the past 20 years there have been more than 70 plus instances of trainers being attacked by the Orca's and a total of 3 fatal attacks by the Orca's. The reason behind this is because the whales are frustrated, not because they are threatning to humans. In the wild the Orcinus Orca whale has not been known to kill humans, but the captivity of the whales causes the creature a type of psychosis and savage behaviour. The whales live in less than 1% of their natural living space when held in captivity which is just like putting the creature in a jail cell. SeaWorld knows that one of their main whales Tilikum is capable of "pulling" which is a term used for the Orca lunging at a trainer. In 2010 Dawn Brancheau was killed by Tilikum during the last show of the evening at SeaWorld in Orlando Florida. After watching the Blackfish documentary it is my understanding that Dawn was working with Tilikum and had asked him to complete a trick. Tilikum didn't do the trick properly and wasn't rewarded for his behaviour. By this time the whale could tell that the fish bucket was becoming empty as he could hear the ice in the bottom and was being given less fish throughout the show. At this point Dawn got in the water with Tilikum and he grabbed her arm and wouldn't let go, she was killed by the Orca and SeaWorld tried to cover up the incident by blaming Dawn for what had happened. Tilikum has killed 2 trainers in his 20 years in captivity, and now is kept in a back pool at SeaWorld in Orlando, he barely moves and acts as though he is in a state of coma. 

The trainers are now unable to interact that closely with the whales and must be behind barriers to complete the SeaWorld shows. Although SeaWorld still denies the fact that anything is happening within the trainer and whale relationship. The SeaWorld is a 2 billion dollar industry makes it extremely difficult to have anything done about these poor whales. In 50 years we will look back on this barbaric time and wonder what we were ever thinking in keeping these powerful creatures in captivity and ruining their lives. SeaWorld has used Tilikum as their main breading whale for many years now and 50% of the whales at SeaWorld now have his genes, it is only a matter of time before something like the devastating event with Dawn happens again. There is a petition out regarding Blackfish that you can find online, please sign it and help to save these incredible creatures from captivity, they deserve a life just the same as we do. 

 

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Liz Pincsak's comment, November 4, 2013 2:49 PM
It airs on CNN this weekend sometime; or it has for the past few weekends. I'm sure if you go to The Cove facebook page they will have times/posts about it. This documentary is defiantly worth the watch, it'll really open your eyes about what goes on behind the scenes.
Liz Pincsak's curator insight, November 4, 2013 2:50 PM

It is horrible how they treat their animals. They abuse them to get them to do what they want, so they can put on a show for us. No one even knows about it because Sea World hides it. This documentary shows what really goes on and why we should stop it from happening.

Thomas Faltin's comment, November 5, 2013 3:33 AM
thx all for comments and sharing!