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Vaquitas are cute, timid aquatic mammals that look like mini-dolphins — and there’s only 30 of them left! But if we act fast, we can still stop this beautiful species from vanishing forever.
They’re dying because they get trapped in “gillnets” and drown. But Mexico is considering banning these nets right now, and a key government official has agreed to deliver our call right into the highest government offices.
Together, we can tip the decision in favour of the vaquitas. Let’s show the Ministers if they propose a permanent ban, they’ll have a million of us right behind them. Sign the urgent petition below with one click and share it with everyone:
To President of Mexico Peña Nieto, Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano, and Fisheries Minister José Calzada:
As citizens from around the world horrified that vaquitas could vanish from the face of the earth, we urge you to establish and enforce an immediate, permanent ban on deadly gillnet fishing in Mexico. As there are only 30 vaquitas left, we call on you to do all you can to save this beautiful species from extinction before it’s too late.
The vaquita, which means “little cow” in Spanish, is the world’s rarest marine mammal and the smallest cetacean in the world. It’s a wondrous and unique animal — but it could be gone within months.
Fishermen could use other types of nets for fishing species like shrimp and corvina, but gillnets are the easiest option so many are fighting hard against a ban. Plus most fisherman who use deadly gillnets are fishing for totoaba — an endangered species which is then illegally sold to China for huge profits.
If we act together now, we can save this beautiful species. Tell the Mexican government to pass a permanent ban and protect the vaquitas. Sign now and share with everyone. There is no time left:
Caroline, Rewan, Diego, Ana Sofia, Allison, Bert, Emma and the whole Avaaz team
Before Vaquitas Vanish, a Desperate Bid to Save Them (New York Times)
The vulnerable vaquita: Immediate action needed to save critically endangered porpoise (National Geographic)
Fish bladders, dolphin trackers, and human greed: The vaquita’s wild path to extinction (Fusion)
Abusive Dairy Industry we feed on! Posted Mar 31/17
Dear friends, Posted March, 9 2017
We’re about to wipe elephants from the face of the Earth. It’s so bad, some are now being born without tusks — an astonishing last throw of the evolutionary dice to survive human cruelty.
But for the first time ever China, the world’s biggest ivory importer, has announced it’s banning ivory. Now, if enough of us demand it, we can get Europe, the world’s biggest ivory exporter, to follow suit!
Last year we shone a light on Europe’s thriving ivory markets and stirred up a storm. Now momentum is building to shut them down. This is our moment! Join the urgent call with one click, and share this everywhere — let’s make our call so massive, we help end ivory forever:
To European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella, and all European governments:
As citizens from across Europe and the world we call on you to close Europe’s domestic trade in ivory, end all ivory exports, and support efforts to ban the global ivory trade. Europe has led the fight against illegal poaching, but these efforts are being undermined by the continued legal trade in ivory in EU countries. In the context of China announcing its ban on ivory, Europe must now do all it can to prevent elephants being driven to extinction.
Elephants are incredible — they help each other in distress, can recognise death, and mourn over the bodies of their lost ones. Now it’s becoming unnatural selection by poaching! New research says in some African regions 98% of female elephants now have no tusks at all!
It’s clear the legal ivory market provides cover for the sale of illegal ivory and perpetuates elephant massacres. That’s why China shutting down their vast market is a stunning ray of hope for the future of this species. And Europe’s ivory exports make no sense. The EU has played a leading role in fighting poaching, and now China is moving, there are simply no excuses for Europe allowing ivory to be sold!
It’s time to demand Europe close its markets, and end all ivory trading. Europe is discussing this right now. Unless we speak out the ivory profiteers could have their way and keep this bloody trade open:
Last year more than 1.5 million of us called on the world’s largest conservation congress to pass a total ivory trade ban — and they did it. Now it’s up to us to make sure our governments follow through, and give future generations a chance to experience the wonder of elephants.
Marigona, Danny, Spyro, Alice, Bert and the rest of the Avaaz team
China Bans Its Ivory Trade, Moving Against Elephant Poaching (NY Times)
EU set to ban raw ivory exports from July (Guardian)
African elephants are being born without tusks due to poaching, researchers say (The Independent)
Poaching behind worst African elephant losses in 25 years – IUCN report (IUCN)
How World’s Largest Legal Ivory Market Fuels Demand for Illegal Ivory (National Geographic)
Hi again, ( Friends lets stop the callous abuse and killing of horses around the world as exposed here for profit! Tami Posted Feb 11/17 )
Thanks so much for adding your name. We have just days to get two million voices before the EU ministers meet. Here’s the original email to forward to friends and family — let’s make this massive!
It’s straight out of a horror movie: hundreds of pregnant horses hooked up to blood-draining machines, some so weak they collapse and die. But we can stop this right now.
The industrial horse torture is driven by European pharmaceutical companies who use the blood to speed up factory farming! The EU has said it’s considering action, but so far nothing has happened.
No more horses need to die! Ministers are meeting in just days — let’s light a fire under the EU with a massive petition demanding they ban the abusive pregnant horse blood trade. Add your name and tell everyone:
Death is far from the only horror: so much blood is taken that it can lead to shock and anaemia. And because only the blood of pregnant horses is valuable, they’re often forced into repeat pregnancies and abortions.
Demand is driven by pharmaceutical companies who sell the hormone found in pregnant horse blood to factory farmers to get pigs and other animals in “heat” on demand — another layer of abuse in this sorry story.
If we shine a light on this horror by raising a massive global outcry now, we can help get a ban of all products made from the suffering of animals — making it difficult for companies all over the world to make big profits from this disturbing industry. Add your name, then forward this to friends and family — let’s build pressure on the EU to act!
Horses are full of beauty, grace and majesty — it’s hard to understand how people could be so cruel. But when we come together in massive numbers to protect animals from the horrors they face every day, we can do incredible things. Let’s do it now for these horses who need us to be their voice more than ever.
Oliver, Rewan, Bert, Ari, Camille, Nataliya, Ricken and the entire Avaaz team
Blood farms investigation (Animal Welfare Foundation)
The cruel trade with pregnant mare blood (Animals’ Angels USA)
Turning horse blood into profits (The Dodo)
Why is the world out for horses’ blood? (The Guardian)
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Thanks for taking action to help stop Yahoo’s ivory trade. The best way to win this fight is to make sure that everyone knows Yahoo’s bloody secret — so share the petition link on Facebook and Twitter, and pass on the email below to friends and family.
Foods Not good for your dog! Posted July 25/16
- Dangerous Foods for Dogs.
- Avocado. …
- Alcohol. …
- Onions and Garlic. …
- Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine. …
- Grapes and Raisins. …
- Milk and Other Dairy Products. …
- Macadamia Nuts.
Dangerous Foods for Dogs
Who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggie grin? Can a little reward from the table really hurt your dog? Well, that depends on what it is and what’s in it. A chip with guacamole can cause your dog some real problems. In fact, there’s a lot of “people food” your dog should never eat. And, it’s not just because of weight. Some foods are downright dangerous for them — and some of these common foods may surprise you.
No matter how good you think the guacamole is, you shouldn’t give it to your dog. Avocados contain a substance called persin. It’s harmless for humans who aren’t allergic. But large amounts might be toxic to dogs. If you happen to be growing avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as in the fruit.
Beer, liquor, wine, foods containing alcohol — none of it’s good. That’s because alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s liver and brain that it has on humans. But it takes far less to do its damage. Just a little can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, problems with coordination, difficulty breathing, coma, even death. And the smaller the dog, the greater the effect.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic in all forms — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. That can happen even with the onion powder found in some baby food. An occasional small dose is probably OK. But eating a large quantity just once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.
Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine
Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal. And there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. In addition to tea and coffee — including beans and grounds — caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull. It’s also in some cold medicines and pain killers
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins have often been used as treats for dogs. But it’s not a good idea. Although it isn’t clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure. And just a small amount can make a dog ill. Repeated vomiting is an early sign. Within a day, she’ll become lethargic and depressed. The best prevention is to keep grapes and raisins off counters and other places your dog can reach.
Milk and Other Dairy Products
On a hot day, it may be tempting to share your ice cream cone with your dog. But if he could, he’d thank you for not doing so. Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive upset, as well as set up food allergies (which often show up as itchiness).
Dogs shouldn’t eat macadamia nuts or foods with them because they can be fatal. As few as six raw or roasted macadamias can make them ill. Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate. Eating chocolate with the nuts will make symptoms worse, possibly leading to death.
Candy and Gum
Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. It can cause more insulin to circulate through your dog’s body. That can cause his blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. Initial symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. Eventually, he may have seizures. Liver failure can occur within just a few days.
Most people know that chocolate is bad for dogs. The toxic part is theobromine. It’s in all kinds of chocolate, even white. The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baking chocolate. Eating it, even just licking the icing bowl, can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and be excessively thirsty. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.
Fat Trimmings and Bones
Table scraps often contain meat fat that a human didn’t eat as well as bones. Both are dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, he can choke on it. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog’s digestive system. It’s best to just forget about the doggie bag.
Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits. The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs. They can also cause intestinal obstruction. Obstruction is also a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. Plus, peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs. The difference is humans know not to eat them. Dogs don’t
There are two problems with giving your dog raw eggs. The first is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli. The second is that an enzyme in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin. This can cause skin problems as well as problems with your dog’s coat if she’s been eating them for a long time.
- Raw fish and meat can cause parasite issues cook any meat thoroughly.
It’s not a good idea to share salty foods like chips or pretzels with your dog. Eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death.
Sugary Foods and Drinks
Too much sugar can do the same thing to dogs that it does to humans. It can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly the onset of diabetes
- Raw yeast dough can expand in dogs stomach causing extreme pain then as yeast rises in stomach can create alcohol poisoning for the dog.
- No human medications to be given to dogs unless a vet prescribes it they can be deadly for dogs!
- Keep dog out of pantry baking soda and powder are bad for dogs as are some spices like nutmeg
What to watch for
Any food not specifically designed for cats can affect the digestive system, causing vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite. Here are some foods of particular concern:
- Alcohol can cause severe liver and brain damage. As little as a tablespoon can lead to problems for your cat.
- Chocolate contains theobromine. It is in all forms of chocolate, and most concentrated in dark chocolate and unsweetened cooking chocolate. Chocolate ingestion can cause heart problems, muscle tremors, or seizures. Chocolate also contains caffeine.
- Coffee, Tea, Energy Drinks. These contain caffeine that can cause your cat to become restless, have rapid breathing, heart palpitations and muscle tremors.
- Dairy Products. Some cats are lactose intolerant and if they eat dairy products it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Fat Trimmings, Raw Meat, Raw Eggs, Raw Fish. Can cause vomiting, diarrhoea or a painful condition called pancreatitis (from excessive fat) and there is a risk of Salmonella or E. coli associated with these foods.
- Grapes and Raisins. Cats are less likely to eat these so cases are rare however, dogs can suffer acute kidney failure from eating grapes or raisins, so it is best to not to risk your cat’s health and not let him eat these foods.
- Onions and Garlic. All members of the onion family can cause problems if eaten in sufficient quantity. A little bit of onion or garlic in some sauce is not likely to cause any problems. However, eating a clove of garlic or a green onion may cause digestive upset. Eating some type of onion on a regular basis could cause anemia.
- Xylitol. This is a sweetener used in a lot of sugar-free foods, especially chewing gum. There are no records of cats becoming ill from this product, but in dogs it can cause a severe drop in blood sugar (which can cause seizures/convulsions or even death) followed by liver failure. Therefore it is better to be safe and not let your cat eat foods that contain this ingredient.
Fun Facts About Squirrels posted Dec 28/16
- Adult Squirrels can consume about one and a half pounds of seeds and nuts each week, which is roughly the equivalent of their own body weight.
- Squirrels’ favorite natural foods are hickory nuts, pecans, black walnuts, and acorns. Their favorite feeder food is black oil sunflower seeds, their least favorite feeder food is Nyjer® (thistle) seed.
- A 19-inch-long gray squirrel has a seven-foot-long digestive track that enables it to utilize a wide variety of foods including tree fruits, insects, bird eggs and mushrooms.
- Squirrels must drink water at least twice per day.
- A squirrel’s scalpel-sharp incisors grow about six inches per year. As with all the other members of the rodent family, squirrels must constantly gnaw on hard materials to keep them worn down and to sharpen them.
- In an hour’s time, a squirrel can collect and bury 25 nuts. Unable to remember each nut’s location, they find them again by using a highly developed sense of smell.
- During a harsh winter a squirrel may loose up to 25% of its body weight.
- Most squirrels are active in the winter only around mid-day, during the remainder of the year they are early risers with a peak activity period during the two hours after sunrise and again during the mid-afternoon.
- The name “squirrel” originates from the Greek words for shade and tail.
- Squirrels will have a litter of three to four young around early January and again in early August. The average life expectancy of these youngsters in the wild is approximately one year, although some captive squirrels have lived up to 15 years.
- Squirrels may den in the ground, tree cavities, and in nests they construct that are called dreys. Summer dreys are located in tree branches and consist of twigs and leaves. Winter dreys are waterproof and have a lining of bark, lichen, moss, fur and leaves.
- Squirrels can jump up to six feet vertically and eight feet between trees or structures. Placing feeders and baffles outside of their jumping range will help to deter them.
- The Gray Squirrel uses its tail as a shield when fighting, as a blanket in cold weather, and, sometimes, as an umbrella during rain storms.
- The Gray Squirrel weighs only ½ an ounce at birth and reaches its adult size six months later.
- The Gray Squirrel stocks its winter pantry by burying up to 10,000 nuts each fall. It also feeds on grapes, fungi, grasses, larval and adult insects, and amphibians.
- The Fox Squirrel sweats through its paws. During hot weather, it will actually leave damp tracks on a dry surface. www.wildbirdsunlimited.com
Avoid Shell Shock; Try Tidy Dining (Please help the birds during these cold frozen seasons as well as through out the year! Tami)
Have you ever experienced shell shock? That feeling of surprise as you survey the copious amount of shells that are left behind by your birds.
It’s a common occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s because tidy dining solutions are one of our specialties.
Sure, we still have our No-Mess Blend, featuring seeds and nuts without their shells, but we now offer more tidy dining options than ever before!
Additional Tidy Dining Foods
• Peanuts – the best single source of protein and fat, peanuts attract most birds.
• Suet – high in fat and energy, suet is always a tidy dining option.
• WBU Bird Food Cylinders – long lasting and easy to use, Bird Food Cylinders allow you to refill your feeders less often.
• Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® and Treats – 100% edible, these dining delights are gobbled up too fast to leave a mess.
• Nectar – hummingbirds’ favorite. Just keep it fresh, and there’s no mess!
Tidy Dining Accessories
Offering the right food doesn’t always solve the problem. Sometimes, you need some additional help. We offer a large selection of trays that catch the shells and keep your feeding station nice and tidy.
Tidy dining allows you to spend more time watching your birds and less time cleaning up after them.
Visit us soon, and we’ll help you find a tiding dining solution that is good for your birds and great for avoiding any unnecessary shell shock. www.wildbirdsunlimited.com