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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Deranged and Dangerous: When Do the Emotionally Disturbed Resort to Violence?

To read an article at the Scientific America Magazine website entitled,

Deranged and Dangerous: When Do the Emotionally Disturbed Resort to Violence?

please click on the highlighted words above. This statement from this article stands out!!!:

"In reality, severely mentally ill people account for only 3 to 5 percent of violent crimes in the general population."  Then why does the media always seem to make it appear that 95-97% of all violent crimes are committed by people with a mental illness? <:( 

People with mental health issues have enough problems on a daily basis dealing with their conditions/illness! They do not need to also have to worry about what other people are thinking of them on a daily basis! To all of you who are  members of the media, please stop stereotyping people with mental health issues as being those who are likely to commit violent crimes in society. People with mental health issues are much more likely to harm themselves than another person! Isn't this enough of a burden for them to life with on a daily basis??

Documentary Exposes Controversial History of Sea World's Role in Captive Dolphin and Whale Industry


To read an article entitled, Documentary Exposes Controversial History of Sea World's Role in Captive Dolphin and Whale Industry  which is from the Treehugger.com website please click on the highlighted words above.


Source of image:http://rlv.zcache.com/save_captive_dolphins_tshirt-p235334539980432733uhjv_400.jpg

I strongly urge you never to visit a zoo or other type of facility where animals are held captive. Scientific research concludes that holding animals against their wills creates many problems for these animals:

In terms of dolphins these are reasons why dolphins should never be held captive:




  • "53% of those dolphins who survive the violent capture die within 90 days.



  • The average life span of a dolphin in the wild is 45 years; yet half of all captured dolphins die within their first two years of captivity. The survivors last an average of only 5 years in captivity.



  • Every seven years, half of all dolphins in captivity die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other stress-related illnesses. To the captive dolphin industry, these facts are accepted as routine operating expenses.



  • In many tanks the water is full of chemicals as well as bacteria, causing many health problems in dolphins including blindness.



  • When a baby dolphin is born in captivity, the news is usually kept secret until the calf shows signs of survival. Although marine mammals do breed in captivity, the birth rate is not nearly as successful as the one in the wild, with high infant mortality rates.



  • Wild dolphins can swim 40 to 100 miles per day - in pools they go around in circles.



  • Many marine parks subject their mammals to hunger so they will perform for their food. Jumping through hoops, tailwalking and playing ball are trained behaviors that do not occur in the wild.



  • Confined animals who abuse themselves (banging their heads against the walls) are creating stimuli which their environment cannot supply. Dolphins in captivity tend to develop stereotypical behaviors (swimming in a repetitive circle pattern, with eyes closed and in silence) because of boredom and confinement. This is equivalent to the swaying and pacing of primates, lions, tigers and bears confined in cages."






  •  (source:http://www.inkokomo.com/dolphin/captivity.html )


  • Swimming with  captive dolphins is very dangerous for humans and dolphins. To find out why please click on the following link:

    http://mundoazul.org/habitats-species/whales-and-dolphins/freedom-for-dolphins/swimming-with-captive-dolphins-is-dangerous/

    Captivity to any animal is bound to cause trauma to the animal. For instance a new research study relating to captive chimpanzees was recently released at the Science Digest website. In the article, which is entitled, "Some Captive Chimpanzees Show Signs of Compromised Mental Health, Research Shows", it is stated:

    "New research from the University of Kent has shown that serious behavioral abnormalities, some of which could be compared to mental illness in humans, are endemic among captive chimpanzees."

    To read the entire article cocnerning this research please click on the highlighted words above starting with "Some".

    Why should other species of life be forced to endure such hardship just because some humans want to make money off of them?



    Sharks:Elegance in Black and White

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    If you love your pet and all animals please read this!



    When you buy a pet it is a big responsibility! If you do not think you can handle the responsibility then please do not buy a pet!! If you have a pet please, please, please, have your pet spayed or neutered . If you do not then what you are about to read will occur!!

    A Letter from a Gas Chamber Man in an Animal Shelter


    This where your pups will end up, I put dogs in the gas chamber Yes, I Gas Dogs and Cats for a Living.
    I'm an Animal Control officer in a very small town in central North Carolina. I'm in my mid thirties, and have been working for the town in different positions since high school. There is not much work here, and working for the county provides good pay and benefits for a person like me without a higher education. I'm the person you all write about how horrible I am.

    More... I'm the one that gasses the dogs and cats and makes them suffer. I'm the one that pulls their dead corpses out smelling of Carbon Monoxide and throws them into green plastic bags. But I'm also the one that hates my job and hates what I have to do.

    First off, all you people out there that judge me, don't. God is judging me, and I know I'm going to Hell. Yes, I'm going to hell. I wont lie, it's despicable, cold, cruel and I feel like a serial killer. I'm not all to blame, if the law would mandate spay and neuter, lots of these dogs and cats wouldn't be here for me to gas. I'm the devil, I know it, but I want you people to see that there is another side to me the devil Gas Chamber man.

    The shelter usually gasses on Friday morning.

    Friday's are the day that most people look forward to, this is the day that I hate, and wish that time will stand still on Thursday night. Thursday night, late, after nobody's around, my friend and I go through a fast food line, and buy 50 dollars worth of cheeseburgers and fries, and chicken. I'm not allowed to feed the dogs on Thursday, for I'm told that they will make a mess in the gas chamber, and why waste the food.

    So, Thursday night, with the lights still closed, I go into the saddest room that anyone can every imagine, and let all the doomed dogs out of their cages.

    I have never been bit, and in all my years doing this, the dogs have never fought over the food. My buddy and I, open each wrapper of cheeseburger and chicken sandwich, and feed them to the skinny, starving dogs. They swallow the food so fast, that I don't believe they even taste it. There tails are wagging, and some don't even go for the food, they roll on their backs wanting a scratch on their bellies. They start running, jumping and kissing me and my buddy.

    They go back to their food, and come back to us. All their eyes are on us with such trust and hope, and their tails wag so fast, that I have come out with black and blues on my thighs.. They devour the food, then it's time for them to devour some love and peace. My buddy and I sit down on the dirty, pee stained concrete floor, and we let the dogs jump on us. They lick us, they put their butts in the air to play, and they play with each other. Some lick each other, but most are glued on me and my buddy.

    I look into the eyes of each dog. I give each dog a name. They will not die without a name. I give each dog 5 minutes of unconditional love and touch. I talk to them, and tell them that I'm so sorry that tomorrow they will die a gruesome, long, torturous death at the hands of me in the gas chamber. Some tilt their heads to try to understand. I tell them, that they will be in a better place, and I beg them not to hate me. I tell them that I know I'm going to hell, but they will all be playing with all the dogs and cats in heaven. After about 30 minutes, I take each dog individually, into their feces filled concrete jail cell, and pet them and scratch them under their chins. Some give me their paw, and I just want to die. I just want to die.

    I close the jail cell on each dog, and ask them to forgive me. As my buddy and I are walking out, we watch as every dog is smiling at us and them don't even move their heads. They will sleep, with a full belly, and a false sense of security. As we walk out of the doomed dog room, my buddy and I go to the cat room. We take our box, and put the very friendly kittens and pregnant cats in our box. The shelter doesn't keep tabs on the cats, like they do the dogs. As I hand pick which cats are going to make it out, I feel like I'm playing God, deciding whose going to live and die.

    We take the cats into my truck, and put them on blankets in the back. Usually, as soon as we start to drive away, there are purring cats sitting on our necks or rubbing against us. My buddy and I take our one way two hour trip to a county that is very wealthy and they use injection to kill animals. We go to exclusive neighborhoods, and let one or two cats out at a time. They don't want to run, they want to stay with us. We shoo them away, which makes me feel sad. I tell them that these rich people will adopt them, and if worse comes to worse and they do get put down, they will be put down with a painless needle being cradled by a loving veterinarian. After the last cat is free, we drive back to our town.

    It's about 5 in the morning now, about two hours until I have to gas my best friends.

    I go home, take a shower, take my 4 anti-anxiety pills and drive to work.. I don't eat, I can't eat. It's now time, to put these animals in the gas chamber. I put my ear plugs in, and when I go to the collect the dogs, the dogs are so excited to see me, that they jump up to kiss me and think they are going to play. I put them in the rolling cage and take them to the gas chamber. They know. They just know. They can smell the death.. They can smell the fear. They start whimpering the second I put them in the box. The boss tells me to squeeze in as many as I can to save on gas. He watches. He knows I hate him, he knows I hate my job. I do as I'm told. He watches until all the dogs, and cats (thrown in together) are fighting and screaming. The sounds is very muffled to me because of my ear plugs.

    He walks out, I turn the gas on, and walk out.

    I walk out as fast as I can. I walk into the bathroom, and I take a pin and draw blood from my hand. Why? The pain and blood takes my brain off of what I just did. In 40 minutes, I have to go back and unload the dead animals. I pray that none survived, which happens when I overstuff the chamber. I pull them out with thick gloves, and the smell of carbon monoxide makes me sick. So does the vomit and blood, and all the bowel movements. I pull them out, put them in plastic bags.

    They are in heaven now, I tell myself. I then start cleaning up the mess, the mess, that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not spay or neutering your animals. The mess that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not demanding that a vet come in and do this humanely. You ARE THE TAXPAYERS, DEMAND that this practice STOP!

    So, don't call me the monster, the devil, the gasser, call the politicians, the shelter directors, and the county people, the devil. Heck, call the governor, tell him to make it stop.

    As usual, I will take sleeping pills tonight to drown out the screams I heard in the past, before I discovered the ear plugs. I will jump and twitch in my sleep, and I believe I'm starting to hallucinate.

    This is my life. Don't judge me. Believe me, I judge myself enough.



    Source:https://www.facebook.com/notes/take-action-help-ban-animal-gas-chambers/a-letter-from-a-gas-chamber-man-in-an-animal-shelter/132035530210032

    Source of image:http://www.victoriapets.ca/?q=node/1757

    90,000 blog visitors!!

    Wow, my blog has passed the 90.000 visitor mark! I would like to thank each and every one of you for visiting and I hope you have found my content interesting, informative,educational and sometimes even humorous! Thanks for bringing me so much happiness by visiting and sharing what I consider to be important and interesting concerning the World and my life!

    She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for.

    This video highlights the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth! Please watch this video and share it with as many people as you can!  I am sure you will be as profoundly affected as I have been from watching it! We have to stop these groups and individuals before it is too late! Source of video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeXdv-uPaw&feature=player_embedded

    A Fall from Freedom

    Hardy Jones has created a documentary concerning the situation regarding how Dolphins and Whales become captive at the hands of some selfish and narcissistic Japanese people. Here is the trailer of this documentary:



    A Fall From Freedom trailer from OdyseeTV on Vimeo.

    To watch the entire 1 hour and a-half documentary please click on the following link:

    http://vimeo.com/26338045

    Please watch this documentary when you get a chance, it shows how cruel some people are in this World!  Please share this video with your friends and family. Will you make a vow with me right now? Will you vow to never visit an aquarium or marine center where animals are being held captive? People who visit these types of places are the reason that these dolphins and whales are being captured against their  wills! These captured dolphins and whales almost always end in in captivity, being forced to endure terrible hardship during transportation, and awful conditions in these aquariums/marine centers  where they are enslaved to entertain humans and make money for their greedy,uncaring owners!

    Hardy Jones is a wildlife and conservation filmmaker

    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins




    Dolphins and Whales belong to a group of animals known as Cetaceans. For too long these intelligent, social and beautiful animals have been captured and used against their wills in Marine parks and human amusement centers! These beautiful animals are also deliberately killed by some humans simply because they have to compete for the same food sources as we do. Recently it has been established that Dolphins  and Whales are of similar intellectual ability as members of our own species. Dolphins, whales and other Cetaceans have always lived in extremely complex societies and use their own language to communicate with other members of their pods. It  is long overdue for Dolphins, Whales and other Cetaceans to be given the rights they deserve in our World. You can help do this by going to the following website and signing the document there after you read it. Thank you on behalf of the Cetaceans of this World!
    A direct link to the page you need to sign to help give Cetaceans rights is:

    http://cetaceanconservation.com.au/cetaceanrights/index.php  Thank you for taking the time to make a difference in the lives of these friends of ours!

    Peace in the Water-Visual Prayer for the Whales and Dolphins

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    What will happen to us when the Oceans die?



    To read an article entitled, "What will happen to us when the Oceans die?", please click on the following link:

    http://www.thescavenger.net/environment/what-will-happen-to-us-when-the-oceans-die.html

    From this article:

    "What the world is lacking are ecological engineers and warriors ready and willing to address the threats to our planet and especially to our oceans."
    "What the great majority of people do not understand is this: unless we stop the degradation of our oceans, marine ecological systems will begin collapsing and when enough of them fail, the oceans will die."
    "And if the oceans die, then civilization collapses and we all die."

    Are you willing to become an Ecological warrior to help stop the threat of the oceans dieing on us forever? Are you willing to change your behaviors in order to save our Oceans? These choices are up to you! If you do not chose to become an ecological warrior and if you are not willing to change those behaviors of yours which are killing the Oceans, then you are going to have to accept responsibility for the destruction of the Earth's key instruments of life on this planet, our Oceans!

    Here is a list of ten things you can do to save the Oceans of this planet:

    1. LEARN all you can. Read, surf the web and experience the ocean directly.
    2. Be a SMART SHOPPER. Ask grocery stores and restaurants about the source of their seafood.
    3. CONSERVE water. Be careful when washing your car or watering your lawn.
    4. REDUCE household pollutants. Cut down and properly dispose of herbicides, peticides and cleaning products.
    5. REDUCE waste. Dispose of trash properly. Where possible, recycle, re-use, and compost.
    6. REDUCE automobile pollution. Use fuel efficient vehicles or carpol. Recycle moter oil and repair oil and air conditioning leaks.
    7. PROTECT ocean wildlife. Don't dispose of fishing lines, nets, or plastic items in or near the water.
    8. BE CONSIDERATE of sealife habitats. Don't bother sea birds, mammals, and turles or their nesting grounds. Support marine protected areas.
    9. GET INVOLVED. Take part in a beach cleanup or other ocean-related activities.
    10. CARE! PASS ON YOUR KNOWLEDGE!

    Source:http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/oceans/yoto.html

    The future of all life on this planet depends upon you taking initiative and requires you start to do these ten things regarding the Ocean,  and our planet!

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Oilsands may threaten whooping cranes' survival



    To read an article entitled, "Oilsands may threaten whooping cranes' survival" which is at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation News website please click on the following link:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/07/15/whooping-cranes-oilsands-report.html

    From this article:
    "In a report published online this week, Global Forest Watch Canada mapped the historical flight paths and landing points of whooping cranes in Alberta, particularly in the oilsands area."

    "They generally tend to land in wetland areas, which is an automatic red flag because of the existence of the toxic tailings ponds," Peter Lee, the Edmonton-based author of the report, told CBC News


    "Alberta government officials say more studies need to be done on whooping cranes' migration routes through the oilsands region!" (This last sentence inidicates how arrogant and uncaring the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is towards the life in this Province!) Just once I would like to hear the PC's listen to the experts rather than suggesting that more studies need to be done! Why are they wasting tax-payers money doing this?? Why won't they listen to these experts and for that matter  why don' t the PC's ever listen to the people of this province?

    The following statements are from the Press release issued by "Global Forest Watch Canada" at its website:
    http://www.globalforestwatch.ca/ entitled, "World’s last wild migrating whooping cranes threatened by Alberta’s oil sands developments " 

    The world’s last wild migrating endangered whooping cranes – 270 birds – are threatened by oil sands developments in northern Alberta, according to a recent report by Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC), “Migration of whooping cranes (Grus americana) through Alberta’s bitumen sands region.”
    The not-for-profit research organization says that whooping cranes have regularly flown over and landed within Alberta’s oil sands region. This migration includes areas leased to and developed by oil sands companies, and includes the surface mineable area containing facilities, mine pits and more than 170 km2 of toxic tailings ponds. Annual overall bird mortality at these toxic tailings ponds in northeastern Alberta has been recently scientifically estimated at a minimum of 458 to 5,029 birds.

    Why won't the Premier of this province believe this estimate? In denying this estimate Premier Stelmach is trying to avoid a confrontation with the Oil Industry of this Province relating to this industry's behavior in causing the mortality of these endangered animals! How many times has he avoided such a confrontation and why is he so unconcerned about the health of a species of life in this province, especially one so endangered?  How many times has Premier Stelmach and past leaders of  this province (Klein,Getty and Loughheed) not acted to force the Oil Industry of this province to change its ways to prevent the death and injury of life in this Province (including the death and injury of humans!)?

    As stated in the Press release issued by "Global Forest Watch", 

    "The threat to the survival and recovery of the Canadian wild whooping crane population results from several factors present in the oil sands region. Exposure to tailings ponds represents a risk of oiling and ingestion of toxins. This exposure may result in direct mortality or reduced fitness for birds that continue migration. Exposure to air emissions, food web contaminants, and declining water quality as well as exposure to the expanding power line infrastructure also represent risks."

    The premier of this Province, the Minister of Sustainable Resource Development in this province, Mel Knight,  and the Minister of Environment, Rob Reiner, all know that tailing ponds are causing the Wildlife in this province, undue mortality and injury yet they refuse to do anything about this situation?
    The people of this province want to know why!

    To download a Global ForestWatch.ca  report about the negative impact the Oilsands is having on the Whooping Crane population of this province (In PDF format). please click on the following link:

       
    What do the people of other provinces of Canada think about the Behavior of the Premier of this province and his Cabinet in regard to the Whooping Cranes of this Province?

    In the article, written by Randy Boswell entitled,  "Endangered bird faces continent-wide threats:Whooping crane at risk around Alberta oilsands and at southern end of migration route in Texas," published in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper


    "Wildlife advocates on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are raising concerns about the future prospects of the whooping crane -the continent's most iconic endangered species." The author of this article, Randy Boswell quotes the Global Forest Watch report as follows:

    "Still, there is little evidence that the governments of Alberta and Canada have adequately considered whooping cranes in the approval of industrial developments in Alberta's oilsands region."

    I contend that the Governments of Alberta and Canada have not adequately considered many other life forms in the approval of industrial developments in Alberta's oilsands region. For example the grizzly bear species, and the caribou species as well as species of birds (ducks) which have been found dead in tailings ponds owned and operated by Oil Sands developers in this Province all are life forms which have been negatively impacted by the Province of Alberta's lack of consideration of them!

    Premier Stelmach, Minister Rob Reiner and Minister Mel Knight, once again it seems your lack of concern in regards to a species of life in this Province has caused people in another area of Canada to shame the people of this Province and its Government!  Why are you causing people elsewhere to develop such a negative view of our Province through your inaction  towards these species of life? And why do you constantly seem to be unwilling to accept the research of experts regarding endangered species of life in our Province?

    Source of image:http://www.birdsasart.com/rootjpegs/Neiger-CC-Whooping-Crane.jpg

    To see a  recent television Interview Peter Lee recently gave to the media  regarding  the threat the oil sands poses to Whooping Cranes  please click on the following link:

    http://albertaprimetime.com/Stories.aspx?pd=2568

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Half-Male, Half-Female Butterfly Debuts at London Museum

    To read an article entitled,;Half-Male, Half-Female Butterfly Debuts at London Museum please click on the following link: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/13/half-male-half-female-butterfly-debuts-at-london-museum/#more-82401

    The reason I am mentioning this article is not because of the fact that such a rare butterfly came into this World, but rather to indicate my disgust with the fact that this butterfly was forced against its will, to live inside the Natural History Museum in London, England!! What right did the curators of this Museum have to forceably  move this butterfly into captivity? Why do some humans think they have the right to hold animals of any kind in captivity?  Well of course the reason that this Museum is forcibly confining this butterfly in its Museum is for monetary reasons! They hope the butterfly will bring people into the museum. This is not justification for what the curator and other members of the museum staff are doing to this butterfly or for that matter the other insects (and animals) they are keeping captive for the amusement and entertainment of humans! It is this mentality  which is causing so many problems in our World, because we are disturbing the balance of nature and exploiting nature for our own selfish reasons so badly, that we are placing all of the life on this planet in jeopardy of extinction!
    I say that such museums need to be taught a lesson, that any museum  or zoo that holds any form of life against its will and ends its  right to life in its natural environment, is immoral,selfish and irresponsible! What kind of knowledge can people who work in these places (scientists) hope to gain anyway when the environment is not a natural one? 

    Source of image:http://rickpdx.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/gynandromorphic_b-fly.jpg


    Note: To see what the real  butterfly which is being held captive in the London Museum you will have to click on the link I provide above.  To learn more about Gynandromorphs which is the scientific name for this type of animal  please visit the following websites:  (1)  http://www.daltonstate.edu/galeps/Gynandromorphs.htm (2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gynandromorph       I sent the museum an email regarding this decision to hold this butterfly captive and ! I hope some of you who care about animals and think no animal should be forced to be held against its will, will do the same by writing a message to the museum. You can do this by clicking on this link:       http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about​-us/contact-enquiries/form​s/visitor-feedback.jsp 

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Acidifying Oceans could hit California mussels, a key species

                                   
    To read an article entitled, "Acidifying oceans could hit California mussels, a key species" please click on the following link:http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uoc--aoc071211.php Why am I asking you to read this article  and tell your friends and family about what I am about to provide you with?
    Please continue reading to find out! Firstly I think it is important that we firstly define what "Ocean acidification" is.

    "Ocean acidification is the reduction of ocean pH due to the absorption of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) released from the burning of fossil fuels, into surface seawaters." The fact of the matter is this:

     ‎"Present-day atmospheric CO2 is almost 40% higher than pre-industrial levels due to human fossil-fuel combustion and deforestation, and atmospheric CO2 could reach double or triple historical levels by the end of the century." (Source:http://www.reefresilience.​org/Toolkit_Coral/COAa1_Oc​eanAcidCauses.html)

    What do experts say about this situation?

    "Reducing CO 2 emissions is the only way of reducing ocean acidification." source:http://www.mccip.org.uk/an​nual-report-card/2007-2008​/marine-environment/acidif​ication.aspx

    Dr Richard Feely: "Ocean acidification is caused by excessive CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel burning. Collectively, all the countries in the world release about 7 billion metric tons of carbon as CO2 into the atmosphere each year. The oceans take up about 2 billion tons of carbon annually. This means that as long as we continue to release excessive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere the oceans will continue to undergo ocean acidification. Consequently, no one group or nation can reduce ocean acidification. All nations must work together to solve this problem." Source:http://www.thew2o.net/even​ts/oceans/oa_q_and_a.php I think it is time for all of us on this planet to set aside our differences and start to work together to reduce our CO2 emissions! This is as profound a warning as we should need to change how we act towards each other and towards this planet!

    To learn more about Ocean acidification please watch the following video: "Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification" This video is 21 minutes in length and is extremely educational concerning this issue: source of  video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cqCvcX7buo Thank you for taking the time to listen to this important message! If you care about this World and the life on it (and I know you do!) please try and reduce your CO2 imprint on this planet. Here is a link to a website which will tell you 10 ways you can reduce your carbon imprint: http://www.less-co2.co.uk/show-story.asp?story_ID=84  Thank you for listening, in reality you are not listening to me but to the Earth and what it is telling us all!



    Source of image:http://onemoregeneration.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/carbon_cycle.jpg

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Japan we are not giving into you!!!


                                                  Photo:Japanese whalers caught brutally slaughtering a whale mother and her calf
                                                  Source of image:http://www.green-blog.org/2008/02/07/japan-whalers-brutally-slaughter-a-whale-mother-and-her-calf/
                                           

    According to an article entitled, "Japan whaling forum warned against sympathy vote" which you can read by clicking on the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/07/11/3266160.htm , the country of Japan
    "again plans to request permission to conduct what it calls "small-type" coastal whaling in the North Pacific, probably targeting around 150 minke whales. This request is going to occur when delegates of Japan are attending the  annual International Whaling Commission meeting which is occurring "in the Channel Islands off the coast of France today."

    We cannot give into Japan! They have no right to kill these whales! Apparently Japan is claiming that they are running out of Whale meat to eat due to the recent earthquake in the Country! I say no sympathy should be given to the Japanese! Back in 2008 an Australian court ordered the Japanese to stop whaling because it was illegal (see:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7188674.stm ). And yet what did the Japanese do? They disregarded this legal decision and continued to hunt and kill whales anyway!An international moratorium on whaling exists and yet the Japanese (as well as countries like Iceland and Norway)  continue to kill whales! In fact in 2010,

    "an international team of Oregon State University scientists, documentary filmmakers and environmental advocates ... uncovered an apparent illegal trade in whalemeat, linking whales killed in Japan's controversial scientific whaling program to sushi restaurants in Seoul, South Korea, and Los Angeles, Calif."


    "Genetic analysis of sashimi served at a prominent Los Angeles sushi restaurant in October of 2009 has confirmed that the strips of raw meat purchased by filmmakers of the Oscar-winning documentary, "The Cove," came from a sei whale - most likely from Japanese "scientific whaling."  (source:


    The Japanese have been caught  red-handed lying about their behaviour in relation to Whales in this World and they cannot be trusted ever again! (source: http://www.physorg.com/news190406841.html ) Their so-called "scientific whaling" activities are in reality not scientific at all, and only related to their selfish explotation and murder of another species of life on this planet:  whales!! Whales are extremely intelligent and social animals who have the right to live as we humans do, as self-determining animals!

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    British Columbia legalizes "year-round" hunting of Wolves in the Caribou!! <:(

    According to an article entitled, "Open Season on Canadian Wolves", which you can read by clicking on the following link:
    http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/07/07/open-season-on-wild-canadian-wolves/44516/,  The Government of the Province of British Columbia has " changed the hunting regulations to a year-round open season on killing wolves in the Cariboo." It seems this decision is based on the voices of ranchers in the province rather than being done because of any scientific research!  The fact that in this article trappers themselves are quoted as being very concerned about the fact that these changes have gone too far should be a sign to the members of the Government of British Columbian who have made this decision for it to be "Open season on Wolves in the Caribou region of British Columbia!!!" 


    For those of you who are not familiar  with British Columbia this map shows where the "Caribou" region of 
    British Columbia exists:


    Source:http://www.forsalebyownercanada.com/uploads/images/regions/bc.jpg   To quote a statement from
    The Canadian Wolf Foundation:

    "The BC government blames the wolves for the decline in the mountain caribou. Instead of blaming the wolves, please stop the human activities that negatively impact and destroy the caribou and their habitat."


    "Killing wolves does not increase the number of caribou. As Nature Trust BC points out, "The BC government has "killed 798 wolves, 16% of B.C.’s wolf population at the time. If culls are effective in saving the caribou, than populations should have been increasing over the past 20 years. However, caribou numbers have dropped significantly…" 
    (source:http://www.canadianwolfcoalition.com/node/76 )


    We have to assume that the Government of British Columbia has given-in big time  to pressure mounted on them by ranchers in this area of British Columbia! Who else would benefit from being able to kill wolves year -round in the Province more than ranchers??


    However, the British Columbia Government apparently has decided to totally disregard  Wolf experts (biologists). I say that because in the news article: "Controlling the wolf population won't save caribou, biologists say", it is stated in relation to a similar if not identical situation in Alberta with Wolves:


    "Wolf control can be an effective way of reducing kills. But the province is kidding itself if it thinks that wolf control alone is the answer. It's not."
    Wolves have long been used as scapegoats for wildlife management problems such as the one that the Alberta government is facing with caribou!!! 

    And now it appears that Wolves are being held as scapegoats in the Province of British Columbia for the Provincial Government of British Columbia's "Widlife management problems!!!"  Shame on the Provincial Governments of Alberta and now  British Columbia for being unwilling to admit that they cannot manage the Wildlife which exists in either province!!!






    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    10 things you can do to save the Oceans



    I found a very good list of ten things we all can do as individuals to help save the Oceans of our planet. This list is at the National Geographic.com website and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

    http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/take-action/10-things-you-can-do-to-save-the-ocean/  The oceans need our help! They are being filled up with garbage created by humans (especially our plastic waste). Please recycle all you can to help the oceans and the life within them!

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Transparency, Sanctuary Should Be Top Priorities at International Whaling Commission Meeting

    To read an article entitled, "Transparency, Sanctuary Should Be Top Priorities at International Whaling Commission Meeting"  which was written by Bernard Unti and posted to the Change.org website please click on the following link:

    https://news.change.org/stories/transparency-sanctuary-should-be-top-priorities-at-international-whaling-commission-meeting

    I find this statement in Bernard Unti's article so troubling: "The sanctuary proposal, sponsored by Brazil and Argentina, is a longstanding initiative that has gained strong support but failed to pass with a necessary three-quarter majority in the past, most recently in 2007."

    I think it is time to put aside each others differences and start working together to help the Whales of this World! Why can't we  humans seem to ever work together for a better good (especially those with political or administrative powers!). Put aside your bickering and get down to work to help the Whales of this World. Since the year 2007 (when you could have passed this proposal), how many whales and other cetaceans have been needlessly killed or murdered? )

    Source of image of Sperm whale: http://petcaregt.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/sperm-whale.jpg

    WHALES ADAPTED APPETITES TO SURVIVE ICE AGE



    To read an a fascinating article written by Kieran Mulvaney at the Discovery News website entitled, "Whales Adapted Appetites to survive Ice Age" please click on the following link:

    http://news.discovery.com/earth/gray-whales-survived-ice-ages-changing-climates-110707.html

    Source of image:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/Humpback_stellwagen_edit.jpg

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Bahamas bans Shark fishing!!


    Yesterday some wonderful news occurred when the Bahamas announced that it was banning the fishing for sharks in its waters!! To be more precise,  the Bahamas is banning commercial fishing of sharks in its 243,000 square miles (630,000 square kilometers) of water, along with the sale, import or export of shark products!!!

    This is fantastic news and such a responsible decision on the part of the Bahamas Government and their population! Other countries which have banned shark fishing are: Palau,Honduras and the Maldives! Seventeen countries in our World have also banned Shark finning, however sadly more than 100 countries are involved in the business of trading shark fins..In shark-finning over 95% of the shark is thrown away, and wasted in finning!!

    My hope that is that if you live in one of the more than 100 countries where trading shark fins occurs that you will try and stop this from happening!! What is really difficult for me to believe is that it seems impossible to find out what the names of these 100+ countries are using a search engine such as google!

    Image Credit Tim Calver/DCL

    Song for the Ocean

    I hope you like this song "Song for the Ocean" which you can access below. I hope that you will share it with your friends and Family! The oceans of this planet are in trouble due to humans! I have found 3 lists at three different websites (although some of their ideas are the same) which indicate what a person can do to save the oceans of this planet.  Here are ten solutions to saving the oceans:


    http://www.conservationmagazine.org/2008/07/10-solutions-to-save-the-ocean/


    Here is a link to an article entitled, Nine Ways we can Save the Ocean and Save ourselves:

    http://planetgreen.discovery.com/travel-outdoors/ways-save-ocean.html


    And one other list, this is called, "National Geographic's List of 10 things to Save the Ocean:

    http://www.connect-green.com/national-geographics-list-of-10-things-to-save-the-ocean/           And now onto the song, which I hope you enjoy! I hope this song will remain in your mind and heart each day, so that we all begin to focus and change our behaviors to those which are Ocean-friendly and Earth-friendly!

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Shark Numbers Perish Due To Tuna Fisheries

                                             Image: A white-tip sharkat Elphinstone Reef in Egypt in the Red Sea.
                                       
    To read an article entitled, :Shark Numbers Perish Due to Tuna Fisheries please click on the following link: (this will take you to  TheFishSite.com: http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/15127/shark-numbers-perish-due-to-tuna-fisheries

    Why is their such poor management of the Fisheries in the United States and other countries, especially in relation to overfishing of many species of fish?

    The World Wildlife Fund  gives some answers to this question at the following website by  discussing some of the Fisheries management problems which currently exist:

    http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/problems_fishing/fisheries_management/      ,

    and secondly at the following webpage (which requires you have a program which can read PDF files on your computer)  an article which discusses challenges relating to managing fish as well as providing some possible solutions to these problems:

    Major challenges in the management of migratory fish stocks



    Let us hope that by already having identified problems which exist relating to current fisheries management in this World, that some of these proposed solutions will not only be implemented soon but  that these ideas will also prove to be long-term solutions towards  helping improve the stocks of fish in the oceans and waters of this Planet!



    To learn more about white-tip sharks please visit the following websites:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanic_whitetip_shark
    http://www.elasmodiver.com/oceanic_white_tip_shark.htm
    http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/gallery/descript/oceanicwt/oceanicwt.html

    Source of image:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oceanic_Whitetip_Shark.png

    Sunday, July 3, 2011

    Analysis of Negi--Hou Yifan 2011 AAI Grandmaster Tournament




    Analysis of Negi--Hou Yifan AAI Grandmaster Tournament

    I have analyzed another chess game for those of you who like chess. This game involves two of the youngest Grandmasters in chess:











    Parimarjan Negi of India, (pictured above),  who is the second-youngest player in the history of chess to gain his Grandmaster title, and Grandmaster Hou Yifan of China, who in December of last year at age 16 became the youngest player ever to win the Women's World Chess Championship. At the present time, Parimarjan Negi is currently  eighteen years of age and is the 109th highest-rated chess player in the World (and the fifth-highest rated player from India) with an elo rating of 2642. Hou Yifan  (pictured directly below)




    who was born on February 27,1994 is seventeen years of age and has an elo rating of 2575, which makes her the 333rd highest-rated chess player in the World and the third-highest rated female player in the World. The opening played in this game is the Sicilian Defense:Dragon variation, Yugoslav attack.  I had one of the strongest chess programs in the World, Deep Hiarcs 13.2 (Hiarcs 13.2 MP) analyze this game for one hour on my quad-core computer. With the help of the Chess program Chessbase 11 and Chessbase Megadatabase 2011 I have added comments to this game. Deep Hiarcs 13.2 found exactly where this game was won (or lost in the case of Hou Yifan), and the program also found some very interesting ideas which both players did not play in the game. I hope you enjoy playing through this analysis. This analysis will be the next blog post on my blog. If you do not know how to use the Chessviewer Deluxe program then please first visit the following website in order to learn how to do so:

    http://www.chessgames.com/cvdhelp.html         More information about the Chessviewer Deluxe program and its creator Nikolai Pilafov, can be gained by going to Nikolai's website at:
    http://chesstuff.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-to-publish-chess-game-on-your-blog.html and to this website:

    http://www.geocities.ws/pilafovi/nikolai_pilafov.htm Thank you to Nikolai for creating your wonderful program so that I and others can share our love of chess with the World!

    Source of images:Negi:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parimarjan_Negi
     and Hou Yifan:               http://biker60.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/hou-yifan_2_china-champ2011_photo_sports-sina-com-cn.jpg

    Sharks are misunderstood!



    I have found a very interesting and very educational article concerning the importance of sharks in our World. The name of the article is "Sharks are misunderstood" and was written by correspondent Marsha Canright of the Galveston County Daily News. To read this article please click on the following link:


    http://galvestondailynews.com/story/242190

    Please share this article with your friends and family after you read it ! On behalf of the sharks of this planet I thank you for doing so.

    Visit GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Women's Chess Blog:Please click on the image below:

    Visit GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Women's Chess Blog:Please click on the image below:
    Chess needs more women and girl participants and administrators!

    Thoughts worth thinking about

    "Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



    Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



    A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



    Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



    The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



    The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



    Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



    Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



    Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



    The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

    Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

    The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.