Elephants have tusks, porcupines have spikes, and cows have horns--And they were meant to be that way. Yet here we are modifying Salmon, Pigs and Cows. The first two dairy calves, modified so they will not grow horns has now begun the road to modifying animals in ways we will never understand the long term outcome.
Rudolf Steiner, understood the value of cows having their horns. He taught the benefit of ratio between land and animal. He gave birth to what is now known as biodynamics and perhaps the world should be studying his teachings rather than altering the food chain.
Beagles bread to build more muscle, Pigs bred to resist swine fever--but the question is what else are we breeding that we do not understand? What might happen if we modify an animal that leads to horrific results - chickens that are prone to a modified bird flu, cows who's poor digestion affects milk, or pigs that resist African swine fever but become susceptible to another disease? Do we really know?
As more and more movements march towards wanting organic, we ironically see companies moving in the opposite direction. It is shameful how humans treat each other but it is heartbreaking that people feel they are entitled to alter the intrinsic beings of animals.
There are times I just can't watch the news one more minute, or read one more headline, or look at one more Instragram. The injustice of the world often shatters my spirit and breaks my heart. Yet not Jane, in spite of being faced with some horrific injustices for the plight of what she has fought for and being the known face for the fight for apes and chimpanzees, The Jane Goodall Institute inspires individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people, and to protect the world we all share.
Chimpanzees have finally, and long overdue, have been listed as endangered, both captive and wild. So sad is this world that these wonderful animals have been used in scientific studies, designer breeding and scientific studies that could harm or even kill the animals. Listen to what Jane has to say about this:
I'm inspired each day by this great lady. I hope I can grow a shield around my heart so I can continue to fight for animal's rights and be an inspiration to others - because each day Jane Goodall does and she teaches each one of us that we must fight for what's right in this world
When Baby got herself stuck thirty feet high in a tree I quickly discovered the days of the gallant firemen coming to rescue her were gone. At least in my town there were - all they said was, "We don't do that."
OK - on to my vet, who sent me to a wildlife rescuer who told me they don't do that either and not to worry because she's seen a cat in a tree for ten days during a snow storm. Comforting.
I went to our SPCA who said cats don't die in trees and when she's hungry she'll come down. And while I do agree this is probably best advice, I couldn't much stand to see this little thing up there crying for what now was 3 days.
Our attempt to dislodge her wound up taking a limb down (she only scurried higher) and sent me to the hospital after the branch hit me square in face.
So my advice - don't try to get them yourself
Finally I found this website :Cat in a tree Emergency
Cory - the contact in my area couldn't be nicer. He is a professional tree climber and the way they get cats is to climb higher than the cat then come down from above. The cat will either run down the tree, or they catch it and put it in a carrier, or have people below with a blanket ready to catch the cat.
Hours before Cory came to the house, Baby did come down herself. For me, the three days of seeing her crying in the tree was worse than the bruises I got trying to get her down. Baby, by the way, was adopted from the Westchester SPCA, she is very shy and has found comfort hanging with and sleeping with my chickens.
As for the woman who told me about the cat in a tree for ten days during a snow storm, I say maybe being in the animal rescue business is not the right profession for you. And to Cory-- thank you for all that you do for cats stuck in a tree - you're a hero
This is beautiful Cecil - photographed by Paula French.
Cecil lived in a well-known protected range in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
On Tuesday, Cecil was lured out of her park, shot with a bow, tracked for 40 hours then gunned down, skinned and beheaded. Was this done by men who desperately needed food for their families? No - it was done by a dentist who paid $50,000 for the mere sport of it all.
So meet tough guy Walter James Palmer -
Some days I'm ashamed to be an American....other days I'm just ashamed to be human
Tell me why this world is so mean.
Hope had her tusk cut off and was left for dead - the wonderful people at Saving the Survivors are working hard to help her survive and along with many others. Click the link and learn about the work they are doing, the rinos they have helped, and the babies that have followed.
If you could find it in your hear to donate even $10, it would go a long way to helping this organization buy the supplies and medicine they need to help these animals and ensure their future.
AND REMEMBER - NEVER, EVER BUY IVORY
Congratulations to Pink, PETA and Ruven Afanador (Photographer) for their efforts in discouraging fur.
Appearing on a 90-foot billboard in NYC's Times Square, this statement comes just in time for New York Fashion Week.
We can all look pretty - with or without clothes but keep fur where it belongs - on animals
Finally! A better use for mousetraps - Have a heart - buy a havaheart trap and use your old ones for fun!
Here's a happy email received today - let's keep emails like this coming - say no to animals used in cosmetics, say no to fur, say yes to humane treatment of animals - today and always.
April 3, 2015
Thanks to your support of our #BeCrueltyFree campaign, New Zealand just became the first Australasian country to ban cosmetics animal testing. Earlier this week, an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act was passed, reflecting the nation’s desire for humane beauty products.
Read more about how you helped save animals from cosmetics testing in New Zealand »
This is another major victory, following two years of HSI's intensive work in collaboration with our partners in New Zealand, and the backing of more than 100,000 caring animal advocates, includingyou. Thank you for urging New Zealand's Parliament members to support this important legislation. Our efforts would not have been possible without you. With your support of our #BeCrueltyFree campaign, together we'll continue to make a difference for animals suffering for cosmetics.
Thank you for all you do to make a better world for animals.
Director, Research & Toxicology
Humane Society International
Lynne Gobioff is dedicated to reaching out to the younger generation, teaching them they can make a difference in saving our endangered animals and protecting our planet