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Poachers ripping ostrich feathers

Poachers ripping ostrich feathers | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
The beleagured ostrich industry has been hit by poachers who creep into fields at night to rip feathers off live birds.

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Poachers coming now into UK zoos to poach rhino horns, poachers ripping   ostrich feathers from live birds in the ostrich industry.......

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Another animal/bird fallen prey to the ravages of poaching!

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Rats Show Regret After Making Wrong Choices, Scientists Say

Rats Show Regret After Making Wrong Choices, Scientists Say | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

Researchers studied brain areas involved in decision making, evaluating outcomes.

 

Could've, should've, would've. Everyone has made the wrong choice at some point in life and suffered regret because of it. Now a new study shows we're not alone in our reaction to incorrect decisions. Rats too can feel regret.

 

Regret is thinking about what you should have done, says David Redish, a neuroscientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It differs from disappointment, which you feel when you don't get what you expected. And it affects how you make decisions in the future.

 

Redish and colleague Adam Steiner at the University of Minneapolis, found that rats expressed regret through both their behavior and their neural activity. Those signals, researchers report today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, were specific to situations the researchers set up to induce regret, which led to specific neural patterns in the brain and in behavior.

 

When Redish and Steiner looked for neural activity, they focused on two areas known in people—and in some animals—to be involved in decision-making and the evaluation of expected outcomes: the orbitofrontal cortex and the ventral striatum. Brain scans have revealed that people with a damaged orbitofrontal cortex, for instance, don't express regret. To record nerve-cell activity, the researchers implanted electrodes in the brains of four rats—a typical sample size in this kind of experiment—then trained them to run a "choice" maze.

 

Each rat had its own preferences regarding flavor and patience. And those preferences manifested in specific nerve-cell patterns in its brain. Redish and Steiner could thus tell when a particular rat was thinking about, say, the chocolate-flavored versus the cherry-flavored food. When a rat passed up food at one spoke and moved on to the next, then realized it would have to wait even longer for food at the second spoke, two things happened: It would look back to the previous spoke, and the specific nerve-cell pattern in its brain that represented that first choice would light up.

 

"That's the regret," says Redish. Not only were the rats physically looking backward; they were also thinking about the choice they hadn't made. What's more, "just like humans," says Redish, the rats were more likely to take a "bad deal"—or wait longer than they normally would for their next piece of food—after a regretful decision. The rats would also hastily consume food that stemmed from a bad choice, spending only about five seconds with the treat. Normally the rats would spend about 20 seconds grooming themselves and eating their food.


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What Are the Lessons of the Badger Culls for Regulatory Theory?

What Are the Lessons of the Badger Culls for Regulatory Theory? | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

Prof David Campbell - Even those, like myself, who in principle support the culling of wild animals in support of improving the welfare of livestock will be, as I have been, reduced to despair by the...


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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, May 7, 11:47 AM

Succinctly put by Prof David Campbell:-

" This is a policy which works only on the blackboard. It was always impossible to put it into practice, even for these relatively small pilot cull areas, not to speak of the entire country as DEFRA envisages.".

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Scottish bird of prey colony hit by mass poisonings

Scottish bird of prey colony hit by mass poisonings | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
RSPB and ornithologists express disgust after 12 red kites are found dead in Black Isle area, targeted with lethal toxinsBird experts believe that one of the UK's most valued bird of prey colonies is being targeted after 16 raptors were found dead...
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World Pangolin Day - PROJECT PANGOLIN

World Pangolin Day - PROJECT PANGOLIN | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in February.

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......... In french:

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Journée internationale des pangolins le 15 février 2014

Samedi 15 février 2014, les pangolins, également connus sous le nom de manidés ou encore de fourmiliers écailleux, auront droit à leur Journée internationale. Une initiative destinée à sensibiliser les opinions publiques au sort de ces mammifères insectivores édentés dont toutes les populations sont en déclin, notamment en Asie du Sud-Est. Plus largement, le braconnage constitue aujourd’hui une réelle menace pour toutes les espèces de pangolins en Asie comme en Afrique. En 2012, une estimation, établie d’après le nombre de saisies, faisait état de quelque 60 000 pangolins victimes chaque année du trafic animalier.



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VIDEO: Earthrace reveals horror of the annual 90,000 Namibian baby seal hunt

NAMBIA - THE ANNUAL SLAUGHTER OF 90,000 BABY SEALS.  ONE OF THE BIGGEST MARINE MAMMALS WILDLIFE CRIMES KNOWN TO MAN

 

Published on Jul 4, 2013 VIDEO (ABOVE) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=INBcukfT2rY

 

Release of the footage, taken by conservation group Earthrace Conservation, coincides with the start of this year's seal cull which is expected to kill 80-90,000 seal pups and up to 6,000 bulls....

Earthrace Conservation calls for an immediate halt before thousands more seal pups are brutally killed. The footage, released July 2013, shows dozens of seal pups being driven across the beach to be clubbed to death by a team wielding what appear to be pick axe handles before their carcasses are loaded into a pick-up truck for disposal.

This graphic and upsetting film, shot in 2011 but only just released by Earthrace Conservation, shows sealers clubbing Cape fur seals to death in a nature reserve. The footage has been presented to the country's government, but a request by animal protection groups to ban the practice has been ignored.

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1991629/seal_clubbing_in_namibia_shocking_footage_just_released.html

 

August 28, 2012 Ecowatch

The Namibian seal hunt is responsible for the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth and is considered to be the most brutal of all seal culls. For 139 days, terrified pups are rounded up, separated from their mothers, and brutally beaten to death for their pelts – a CITES protected species, killed in a seal reserve every day just hours before tourists come to view the remaining colony. Inhumane, illegal, unsustainable and unethical, many conservation groups violently oppose the slaughter.... http://ecowatch.com/2012/exposes-slaughter-baby-seals/

 

NAMIBIA: THE SEALS OF NAM - A GLOBAL OUTCRY

Each year, despite massive international criticism, flawed science, mounting public outcry and warnings from the IUCN, the quota gets increased.

Did you know the Namibian seal hunt is responsible for one of the largest slaughters of marine mammals on earth? It is considered to be the most brutal of ALL culls and is considered by scientists to be horrendously cruel.

From the 1st of July, 80 000 Cape Fur seal pups, still dependent on the teat, will be beaten to death with pick handles for their fur pelts. A further 6 000 adult bull seals will be shot at point blank range so that their penises can be used to make ineffective sex potions for the Asian markets, thus fueling an illegal trade in animal body parts for fake medicines. For the next 139 days, terrified pups will be rounded up, separated from their mothers and be violently beaten to death. The colony will be rounded up at day break. Pups, bulls and cows will be surrounded and kept away from the safety of the sea. Men with clubs move in and the seals run in fear.

http://www.thesealsofnam.org/the-slaughter-4/

 

 

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

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*****  NAMIBIA SEAL HUNT - THE CRUELEST IN THE WORLD - YouTube

Pat Dickens, the campaign manager for "The Seals Of Nam" explains the differences between the Namibia and the Canadian seal slaughters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnh6qV_HgHs

 

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NAMIBIA SEAL CULL FACTS - SEA SHEPHERD http://www.seashepherd.org/desert-seal/seal-cull-facts.html

 

July 14, 2013 BBC News -
NAMIBIA'S CONTROVERSIAL ANNUAL EAL HUNT SET TO BEGIN http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18845596

 

July 4, 2013 Focusing On Wildlife

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**** HORROR OF NAMIBIA'S SEAL CULL http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/horror-of-namibias-sea-cull/

 

 

 

CANADIAN ANNUAL HARP SEAL SLAUGHTER FACTS - http://www.seashepherd.org/seals/seal-hunt-facts.html

 

 

 

May 27, 2012 CBC News
SEAL HUNT DESCRIBED AS "BEST" IN YEARS - NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR - DESPITE BEING UNDER QUOTA OF 400,000 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/05/27/nl-cp-seal-hunt-review-427.html

 

 

HarpSeals.Org

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CANADIAN SEAL HUNT AND SLAUGHTER - 400,000 HARP SEALS APPROVED BY CANADIAN GOVERNMENT http://www.harpseals.org/about_the_hunt/index.php

 

 

CANADA: 70,000 SEAL "CULL" AKA "SLAUGHTER" WILL NOT REVIVE CANADA'S COD STOCKS - SCIENTISTS http://sco.lt/4i4j33

 

January 5, 2013 Guardian Environment
CANADIAN SEA CULL 'UNNECESSARY FUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE' http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/05/canadian-seal-cull-unnecessary-climate-change

 

 


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pdjmoo's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:28 PM

WHAT CENTURY ARE WE IN???? This is NOT About Management.  This IS About MONEY.... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/05/27/nl-cp-seal-hunt-review-427.html

Seals play a vital part in the natural food chain.  Whales are starving due to lack of their food (seals) while man is cruelly slaughtering hundreds of thousands for their profit.   Something MUST be done here

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Documenting the ghosts in our industrial food machine | rabble.ca

Documenting the ghosts in our industrial food machine | rabble.ca | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

McArthur documents the exploitation of animals as part of her long-term project called We Animals and her work is the subject of Liz Marshall's documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine.


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Grocery stores join animal-welfare push for more wiggly in their pigglies

Grocery stores join animal-welfare push for more wiggly in their pigglies | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
EDMONTON - A group representing Canadian retailers says eight of Canada's largest supermarket chains have signed on with a push to eliminate factory-farming pens that restrict the movement of pregnant pigs.

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Suspected ostrich feather poachers caught

Suspected ostrich feather poachers caught | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

Cape Town - Five people will appear in the Oudtshoorn Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly stripping feathers off live ostriches, Western Cape police said....

 

They had been linked to five cases of ostrich feather theft since December.

Pojie said the estimated total value of the plucked feathers was R117,000...

 


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Let us hope they are properly punished so as to deter others. I haven't read anything before on the Ostrich Feather industry and wonder how the birds are treated within the industry itself apart from their feathes being poached.

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Sonar and whales are a deadly mix - Can Humans and Nature Co-Exist?

Sonar and whales are a deadly mix - Can Humans and Nature Co-Exist? | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

Feb 28, 2013 - David Suzuki Foundation

Endangered species cannot recover and survive without efforts on both sides of the border to ensure they are protected from acoustic harm.

Whales face numerous threats, many from garbage and toxins dumped into the oceans. Human-caused noise pollution also harms whales, leading to death, stranding, temporary and permanent hearing loss and hemorrhaging around the brain, ears and other tissues from decompression sickness when whales are startled by sound and surface too quickly.... http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2013/02/sonar-and-whales-are-a-deadly-mix/


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Animal welfare charity: campaigning to end cruelty to animals for sport

Animal welfare charity: campaigning to end cruelty to animals for sport | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
The League Against Cruel Sports campaigns against cruelty to animals in sport.
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Walmart Blasted In Animal Welfare Report

Walmart Blasted In Animal Welfare Report | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Walmart is among the worst big companies when it comes to making sure that the animals it sells are well treated, according to a new report from the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.

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Spectacular Russian jellyfish of the White Sea – in pictures

Spectacular Russian jellyfish of the White Sea – in pictures | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
They look like aliens or underwater explosions, but they're actually jellyfish – shot in the freezing waters off Russia.

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At Wildlife Works in Youngwood, a golden eagle recovers - Tribune-Review

At Wildlife Works in Youngwood, a golden eagle recovers - Tribune-Review | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
At Wildlife Works in Youngwood, a golden eagle recovers Tribune-Review It's taken weeks of careful treatment and even a bit of avian acupuncture, but an injured golden eagle at Wildlife Works in Youngwood is almost ready to take flight in the wild...
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Badger cull: government abandons national roll-out plans

Badger cull:  government abandons national roll-out plans | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Damning independent report finds shoots had not been sufficiently effective or humanePlans to roll out the controversial badger cull pilots nationwide across England have been dropped by Owen Paterson, after a damning independent report found the...
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Inside the illegal wildlife trade

This animal might be hunted to extinction before you've even heard of it. We investigate the illegal wildlife trade. (This animal might be hunted to extinction.
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Cull police 'cost £1,311 a badger'

Cull police 'cost £1,311 a badger' | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
The cost of policing the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset is confirmed as being close to £2.5m - about £1,311 per badger.

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US Study Links Drug Resistant Bacteria With Intensive Farms - Cornucopia Institute

US Study Links Drug Resistant Bacteria With Intensive Farms - Cornucopia Institute | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Farming Online In a new study from the United States, released earlier this week, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock in the noses of industrial livestock workers in North Carolina, but not in the noses of...

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Campaign Against Canned Hunting

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Animal advocacy NGO focused on exposing and closing down the canned lion hunting industry in South Africa.


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Greer Noble's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:43 PM

This is not hunting. There ought to be a law against this. Shame on whoever thought up and runs this sick occupation. Shame on the pathetic individuals who condone this and those who actually call themselves 'hunters'. It's a rather sick joke! Animals have feelings too you know. Please show your disgust by supporting the Born Free Foundation and order My Funny Africa today.. or submit YOUR wildlife story here: http://greernoble.com/invitation---non-fiction.html

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The Palm Oil Holocaust - And We Stand By And Allow Corporate Ecocide?

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Orangutan Outreach has been partners with International Animal Rescue (IAR) since 2009. The orangutans of West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) now have a safe... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sjoxX_oPsQ&feature=youtu.be

 

 

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "SUSTAINABLE" PALM OIL - THERE CAN BE NO JUSTIFICATION, EXCUSE OR REASON FOR THIS ...

 

DO YOUR COOKIES AND SHAMPOO CONTAIN "DEFORESTATION"? http://sco.lt/5gTaj3

 

ARE YOU EATING DIRTY OIL? THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE PALM OIL INDUSTRY | One Green Planet http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/are-you-eating-dirty-oil-the-environmental-impacts-of-the-palm-oil-industry/

 

Mongabay FEATURED VIDEO:
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY WITNESSES END OF FOREST FOR PALM OIL http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0326-muaratae-video.html

 

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THE PENAN PEACE PARK: A BORNEAN TRIBE'S LAST STAND AGAINST CORPORATE GREED LUST FOR PALM OIL http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-penan-peace-park-project?image=2

 

 

 

+++PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

 

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TEN NEWS AUSTRALIA INVESTIGATION: PALM OIL ECOCIDE - http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1561454232/palm-oil-ecocide-ten-news-australia-video

 

Mongabay FEATURED VIDEO:
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY WITNESSES END OF FOREST FOR PALM OIL http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0326-muaratae-video.html

 

 

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"GREEN": AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY: DEATH OF THE FORESTS  - 47:46 - by Patrick Rouxel - YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRPmqNPHALs&feature=related Featured on "Witness "- Al Jazeera English http://ow.ly/9Y6ae

 

MORE ON CORPORATE DEFORESTATION FOR PALM OIL AND THE INCREDIBLE DESTRUCTION OF LIFE AND PRICE WE ARE PAYING

http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=PALM+OIL+ECOCIDE

 

 

+++++  IN PICTURES: RAINFORESTS TO PALM OIL via Mongabay http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0702-rainforests-to-palm-oil-photos.html

 

MORE WHY BIOFUELS ARE NOT THE ANSWER

http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=BIOFUELS

 

MORE ON THE HORRORS OF PALM OIL ECOCIDE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=PALM+OIL+ECOCIDE

 

 

MORE ON DEFORESTATION http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=DEFORESTATION

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Poachers ripping ostrich feathers

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Another animal/bird fallen prey to the ravages of poaching!

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Victory! Airline Won't Fly Primates to Labs

Victory! Airline Won't Fly Primates to Labs | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
After eight months of pressure from PETA and our supporters, the prestigious scientific journal Nature has confirmed that China Southern Airlines is no longer transporting......
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Animal Cruelty Improved legislation - e-petitions

@absoluteradio please RT this petition for improved animal welfare & sentencing for cruelty http://t.co/xStBPLW94R
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I just signed this excellent petition which is for UK citizens/residents only. 

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Badger cull goes ahead but it will cost £4m - Telegraph

Badger cull goes ahead but it will cost £4m - Telegraph | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Thousands of badgers will be killed this summer, the Environment Secretary said on Wednesday, after approving culls in two areas to try to halt the spread of bovine TB.

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Update Canada's Animal Cruelty Laws - The Petition Site

Canada's animal abuse laws are woefully out of date and don't protect animals from acts of cruelty (17990 signatures on petition) (Update Canada's Animal Cruelty Laws: http://t.co/gKkrCDpg...)...

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Please sign if you have not done so already. This is an extremely important petition for the animals in Canada.