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Jan van IJken

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Facing Animals

 

A film about the complex and often bizarre relationship between man and animal by first time director Jan an Ijken.  Why do we look away from millions of animals in industrial farms while pampering and humanizing others?

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Victory! Canadian oil company announces withdrawal from Achuar territory (good riddance!)

Victory! Canadian oil company announces withdrawal from Achuar territory (good riddance!) | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
By Ahni, Sep 14, 2012.  Source: Intercontinental Cry Achuar leaders in Ottawa, Canada (2012) Photo by Amazon Watch   T

he Achuar Peoples have a won a major victory in their eight-year struggle against a Canadian oil company in the Amazon rainforest. Yesterday, Talisman Energy announced that it will be withdrawing from the Achuar’s ancestral territory–and all of Peru–just as soon as it finishes some ongoing commercial transactions.”We have fought long and hard against Talisman’s drilling in our territory because of the negative environmental and social impacts we have seen from oil drilling around the world,” said Peas Peas Ayui, President of the National Achuar Federation of Peru (FENAP), in a recent press release by Amazon Watch. “Now that Talisman is leaving we can focus on achieving our own vision for development and leave a healthy territory for future generations.”

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Scientists name new snake species to criticize mine plans in Panama (photos)

Scientists name new snake species to criticize mine plans in Panama (photos) | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
While scientists increasingly name new species after celebrities in order to gain much-needed attention for the world's vanishing biodiversity, researchers describing a new snake species from Panama have taken a different route.  Dubbing the new serpent, Sibon noalamina ('no to the mine!' in Spanish), the scientists are hoping the multicolored snake's unusual name will draw attention to mining and deforestation issues in Panama's remote Tabasará mountains.
Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0918-hance-no-mining-snake.html#mMtrAR77h7HXSV1P.99
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The silence of the bees: government refuses to act on pesticide evidence

The silence of the bees: government refuses to act on pesticide evidence | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Damian Carrington: Extrapolating scientific data appears to be fine if policy-makers like where leads - such as a badger cull - but is abhorrent if they don't, as with bees...

 

Here's an illustrative tale of how science is used and abused in government policy making. In some circumstances, as with the imminent badger cull, you can take scientific evidence and extrapolate it to breaking point in order to justify the decision you have already taken.

Today, on the issue of bees and pesticides, we see the opposite. Despite serious evidence of great harm being caused to bees by sub-lethal doses of neonicitinoid pesticides - published in the world's most prestigious journals - the government has decided that no changes to regulation whatsoever are required, because the case has not been proven beyond all doubt.

So extrapolation is fine if you like where it takes you, but abhorrent if you don't. Evidence-based policy making remains as dreamy a concept as ever, it seems, even with something as critical as keeping the nation's pollinators in good health and our food supply secure.

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Taiji mass capture and slaughter of whales and dolphins. September 2012

This annual atrocity is immoral and cruel. There is no possible defence for it. See also the Oscar-winning film, The Cove. COPYRIGHT Disclaimer, Under Sectio...
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Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years

Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years.

In what he calls a "global disaster" now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for "urgent" consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures.

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A Story Exposes How the Chinese Government is Fueling Elephant Slaughter

A Story Exposes How the Chinese Government is Fueling Elephant Slaughter | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
An investigation reveals how the Chinese government has cornered the ivory trade and fueled poaching pressure on elephants.

 

There’s been a lot of hard-edged coverage of the bloody burst of African elephanticide of late, including the new series coming from Jeffrey Gettleman of The Times and “Agony and Ivory,” Alex Shoumatoff’s devastating Vanity Fair portrait of the ivory flow from Africa to Asia.

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Sea Shepherd :: Japan Escalates Attacks Upon Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd :: Japan Escalates Attacks Upon Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
apan Escalates Attacks Upon Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd
Interpol Issues Second ‘Red Notice’ for Sea Shepherd Founder

Photo: Billy Danger/Sea Shepherd
Interpol reports it has issued a second ‘red notice’ to its member nations for Captain Paul Watson, iconic marine conservationist and founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. This notice was issued at Japan’s request and was clearly filed in retribution for Sea Shepherd’s successful interventions against Japanese whaling in an established, internationally designated whale sanctuary.

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Save One Animal Or Improve The Lives Of Many?

Save One Animal Or Improve The Lives Of Many? | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Animal advocates are at war.

With each other.

The issue is how best to protect animals, and while there is a range of opinions, the two primary polarized camps are known as the welfarists and the abolitionists.

The well-known Humane Society of the United States exemplifies the welfarist approach. Its mission is to relieve animal suffering, here and now, as much as possible. That may mean making marginal improvements in the conditions at factory farms, which HSUS has been successful at. They recently played a major role in persuading at least 19 pork suppliers to eliminate gestation crates (eventually — McDonalds plans to take ten years to make the change). HSUS calls itself “America’s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/save-one-animal-or-improve-the-lives-of-many.html#ixzz26lD4068L

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Scientists Declare Animals Are as Conscious as Humans (and the Pictures to Prove It)

Scientists Declare Animals Are as Conscious as Humans (and the Pictures to Prove It) | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Last week, an international group of scientists signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, proclaiming their belief—based on decades of research—that animals are indeed conscious and capable of experiencing human emotions.

While that may sound like a “duh” kind of declaration to animal-lovers, it’s actually a big deal for such a prominent group of scientists to openly acknowledge that they believe nonhuman animals possess conscious states similar to humans. Much of the research done in the medical and biological sciences relies on animal test subjects, so this statement could have significant implications in coming years.

“Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states,” write the scientists. The list of animals named in their declaration includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.

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Westminster Council: Save Cork Street: A British art institution threatened by developers

Westminster Council: Save Cork Street: A British art institution threatened by developers | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
URGENT! SAVE CORK STREET! 
Cork Street, the iconic international art street, is in danger of being demolished and turned into luxury apartments,...
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Please help stop French Islander and Mexican fishermen using live dogs and kittens as shark bait

Please help stop French Islander and Mexican fishermen using live dogs and kittens as shark bait | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Because this is horrendous and hideous. Can you imagine the fear these animals must be in the last minutes of their lives? No living being deserves to be treated and used this way.
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The Shark Alliance

The Shark Alliance | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
19 September 2012

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament Fisheries Committee voted today in a puzzling and inconsistent manner on a suite of amendments that form their response to a European Commission proposal to strengthen the EU ban on shark “finning” (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea). Votes on most amendments passed or failed by a narrow margin and produced contradictory messages that both reject and support loopholes that hinder finning ban enforcement.

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Brian May and Team Badger step up war on 'crazy' cull

Brian May and Team Badger step up war on 'crazy' cull | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Trial badger culls are to go ahead within weeks, but wildlife groups are mobilising
LAST UPDATED AT 15:44 ON Tue 18 Sep 2012
THE IMMINENT launch of badger cull trials in the west of England has been dubbed "crazy" by a leading expert on the subject and brought wildlife campaigners out in force.

The trial badger culls are to go ahead in undisclosed areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset within weeks. The two trials are not being carried out to ascertain whether killing badgers can control bovine TB; instead they are testing the effectiveness of shooting as a way to cull badgers.

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/environment/badger-cull/49092/brian-may-and-team-badger-step-war-crazy-cull#ixzz26uXg8jrI

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Where | Badger Killers

Where | Badger Killers | Life on Earth | Scoop.it

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When Jim Paice said the cull zones couldn’t be kept secret, he was right. Inside the yellow boundary is the cull zone, the red bits are as well possibly, we are looking for confirmation, so please email in ANY info. stopthebadgercull@gmail.com

check out our facebook page for updates its open so you don’t need to logon or have an account www.facebook.com/stop.the.cull

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Saboteurs aim to wreck first badger cull - Telegraph

Saboteurs aim to wreck first badger cull - Telegraph | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Natural England issued the first licence for a pilot cull yesterday, the start of a controversial attempt to tackle tuberculosis in cattle by shooting thousands of badgers, which are blamed for spreading the disease.
Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, said he hoped that the four-year pilot in Gloucestershire would lead to a nationwide cull. Animal rights groups promised “direct action” to block the cull. Opponents, who include celebrities such as Brian May, the rock guitarist from Queen, say it is cruel and unlikely to address the TB problem.
Mr Paterson is a long-standing advocate of culling, arguing that, as well as sparing cattle, killing can also save badgers from suffering the effects of TB. The minister, appointed earlier this month, kept two badgers, Bessie and Baz, as pets when he was a child.
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Stop Bolivian soldiers from using dogs as target practice! | Invitation | causes.com

Stop Bolivian soldiers from using dogs as target practice! | Invitation | causes.com | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
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Cathay Pacific Bans Shark Fin

Cathay Pacific Bans Shark Fin | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
In a welcomed move, Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific recently announced a ban on the transportation of shark fins on their carriers. Although demand for traditional shark fin soup continues to thrive, the airline has taken a proactive move by banning shark fins for moral and sustainability reasons.
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Climate Change - Sea Ice - Arctic - NYTimes.com

Climate Change - Sea Ice - Arctic - NYTimes.com | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
The Arctic ice cap shrank so much this summer that waves briefly lapped along two long-imagined Arctic shipping routes, the Northwest Passage over Canada and the Northern Sea Route over Russia.

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Arctic Study Researchers haul a buoy across the Arctic sea ice in August, led by two Coast Guard crew whose job was to ward off polar bears or rescue anyone who slipped into the sea.
Over all, the floating ice dwindled to an extent unparalleled in a century or more, by several estimates.

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When Journalists Are Dying to Expose Environmental Plunder

When Journalists Are Dying to Expose Environmental Plunder | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
It’s a sad reflection of reality that my first reaction to the news of Hang Serei Oudom’s murder was not one of shock or surprise. The Cambodian journalist’s body was found last week in the boot of his own car. He had apparently been axed to death just days after reporting on links between the military and illegal logging there. Oudom’s story was just the latest in a series that had shed light on the corruption and criminality that are tearing Cambodia’s forests apart for quick bucks to line powerful pockets. As the Bangkok Post reports, a military policeman has now been charged with his murder.
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Heroic Volunteers Spend Night and Day Saving Baby Sea Turtles

Heroic Volunteers Spend Night and Day Saving Baby Sea Turtles | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Every summer, hundreds of endangered sea turtles hatch on the beaches of Cyprus. Enviromentalists estimate that the island is the site for more than 30 percent of the nests of loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta) and more than 20 percent of those of the green turtle (chelonia mydas).

Only one out of every thousand turtles that hatches makes it into adulthood. Organizations like the Society for Protection of Turtles (SPOT) are seeking to increase those numbers by making sure that more baby turtles make it into the ocean, says AFP via Raw Story:

Not all the babies had the same strength. Some set out energetically for the Mediterranean sea, others lay motionless until the waves snatched them away.

At night, baby turtles know their way thanks to the moon’s reflection on the sea. When there is no moon, they are guided by the torch of a volunteer standing waist-deep in the sea.

Members of SPOT and other conservationist groups also place metal grids over nests after mother turtles lay their eggs, as protection from foxes and other predators; otherwise, some 60 percent of the eggs would be eaten. These efforts to protect the beaches where the turtles nest have led to what environmentalist Andreas Demetropoulos says is a veritable “explosion” in the turtle population on Cyprus alone of places in the Mediterranean.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/sea-turtles-sheltered-tourist-beaches-cyprus.html#ixzz26lDXlmFH

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Tiny Tansy Aspinall Meets The Gorillas

The Aspinall Foundation's flagship project remains the work we do to protect gorillas in the neighbouring countries of Congo and Gabon. The charity has released over 40 confiscated wild born gorillas, reintroduced 9 gorillas, born at the wild animal parks in Kent, back into the wild and celebrated 20 births since the projects were first established.
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IWDG research team encounter Blue Whales

IWDG research team encounter Blue Whales | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Groups new marine research vessel Celtic Mist set sail last Monday 3rd September on a Marine Mammal Observation and Passi...
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First badger cull licence issued

First badger cull licence issued | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
The first licence allowing farmers to shoot badgers in England in an attempt to reduce TB in cattle is to be issued on Monday, according to Natural England.

 

Another slaughter of the innocent. One third of our wild badgers to be killed to protect business interests. We can destroy the beef industry in a week- just DON'T EAT COWS!!!!   Yvonne Overton

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