Dr. Sara Bennett; life in the Amazon.

February 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

Dr. Sara Bennett has spent more than 30 years away from traffic, crowds, crime and much more that fits the urban life style. That’s right, Sara has spent over 30 years living in the Amazon. While originally going on a study of trees, she has learned a extraordinary new talent. She fell in love with the creatures living up in the trees, the Wooly monkeys. She began working with the local tribes helping them understand the importance of altering their hunting and fishing practices so the would be more sustainable. While spending so much time around the monkeys she actually has learned some of their language. That’s right, She can communicate with monkeys.

On Mocagua Island which is shared by four different tribes she got them to agree to stop hunting the Wooly monkeys which were in danger of being wiped out. It is here she helped establish “Maikuchiga” , a small non- profit organization centre for orphaned animals. The Video below shows Sara and some of her rescued monkeys jumping around in her arms.

I have been personally asked to do a post about shark fining from a close friend so here it is!

February 21, 2012 § 3 Comments

Shark fining refers to the removal of the shark’s fins and discarding the rest of the fish. This wrongful act takes place at sea so that the fisheries only have to transport the more profitable fins. It is very wide spread and unmonitored. It has largely increased over the past decade due to the demand for shark fin soup.  Shark fin soup is a popular item of the Chinese cuisine and is served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets. The shark fin trade is among one of the most serious threats to the shark population worldwide. Shark fins are now among the most expensive seafood products in the world with US$400 per kg and the most expensive for US$1,000 per kg. It is estimated that 26-73 million sharks are finned yearly. It has become a billion dollar industry.

The process of the fining is atrocious. Because shark meat is now worth little money the finless and often still-living sharks are thrown back into the sea. The sharks either die from suffocation or are eaten because they are unable to move normally. The most common types of sharks that are finned are Sandbar, Bull, Hammerhead, Black tip, Blue sharks and the occasional white shark.

In many countries shark fining is prohibited however, international waters are unregulated. It continues unabated in most of the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Canadian filmmaker and biologist Rob Stewart created a great film called ‘Shark Water’ which exposes the shark fin industry in detail. Please take a few minutes to watch this international award-winning documentary. (See below Video)

The truth behind the stripes…

February 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally, scientists say a zebra’s black-and-white stripes camouflage the animal in tall grass. But, a new study says the patterns scrambles the vision of the bloodsucking horsefly.

Horseflies, particularly the female, feed on the blood of animals and are attracted to polarized light.  On horses, black fur reflects polarized light better than brown or white, as ecologists found in a previous study.

Therefore, researchers assume that zebra coats, with the mixture of black and white stripes, would be less attractive to flies than black horses.

But after experiments, it was found that the narrower the stripes the better the fly is repelled. This may explain why the stripes are skinniest on their faces and legs. It is also where the skin is the thinnest.

Punish the deed, not the breed! Our friend the Pit Bull.

February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

First of all, pit bull is not its own breed of dog. It is a group of American Pit Bull Terrier (ABPT), American Staffordshire Terrier (AMSTAFF) and the Staffordshire Terrier (STAFFIE). It is also one of the most misunderstood dogs in the United States. People only fear the dogs because of lack of education on the breed and by only listening to negative stories on the news. In the hands of a responsible owner, pit bulls make excellent loyal pets, as with any dog. So why punish the entire breed when it is clearly the owner who has trained them to be aggressive ? Stop BSL.

For those who don’t know, BSL ( Breed-Specific Legislation) is a law or ordinance passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domestic animals. BSL fails to target the problem: bad dog owners. Why should we punish the beautiful Pit Bull when the owners are the ones causing all the problems. How can you help stop the BSL? When you hear of a bsl anywhere, start writing letters, faxes, phone calls, emails etc. We need to try and educate people and lawmakers about why breed specific legislation is not the way to go when addressing dog issues




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