Friday, October 3, 2014

Mama Elephant Rushes to Save Baby

Source: Buzzfeed

Baby elephant keeps falling in attempt to climb mound of dirt. Mama quickly comes to the rescue. Click to see entire story.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Syrian Ambulance Driver Uses Savings To Care For 150 Abandoned Cats

Source: Huffington Post

Some people never take time off from giving back to others.

Alaa, an ambulance driver in Syria, spends his hours on duty tending to the human victims of the country's civil war, but off-hours, he makes it a priority to care for more than 150 abandoned cats as well, Reuters reported. 

Residents fled Aleppo -- the largest city in the country -- due to shelling from forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Now their cats have been left to roam the streets. Lucky for some of these abandoned felines, this generous man decided to step in. Click to continue reading.

Monday, September 22, 2014

11 Ways Elephants Are The Most Amazing Creatures On The Planet

1. Elephants always put family first. Click to continue.

Elephants are sadly threatened by poachers and habitat destruction. Learn more about TOMS Animal Initiative to drive awareness and funding for wild animals.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dog Escapes Being Euthanized, Becomes Rescue Dog in Japan Landslides

Search and rescue dogs Yumenosuke, right, and Hulk with their handler Hiroyuki Sano

August 30, 2014
Asahi Shimbin

HIROSHIMA--A stray dog that escaped being euthanized years ago actively participated in rescue efforts here last week after landslides demolished homes, killing scores of residents.

Yumenosuke, a male mixed-blooded dog trained as a search and rescue dog, first helped out at the disaster-affected Yagi district of the city’s Asa-Minami Ward on Aug. 20.

Around 1:20 p.m. 4-year-old Yumenosuke stopped near a house, the first floor of which was buried in mud. Unlike many other rescue dogs, which are trained to bark when they find a survivor, Yumenosuke kept gazing at the fallen lumber.

Hiroyuki Sano, his handler, found a man’s body amid the debris. Click to continue reading.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

100,000 elephants killed across Africa in two years


NAIROBI, Kenya -- Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.

Photo: An injured elephant tries to stand after being attacked by poachers in India. 

Warnings about massive elephant slaughters have been ringing for years, but Monday's study is the first to scientifically quantify the number of deaths across the continent by measuring deaths in one closely monitored park in Kenya and using other published data to extrapolate fatality tolls across the continent.

The study - which was carried out by the world's leading elephant experts - found that the proportion of illegally killed elephants has climbed from 25 percent of all elephant deaths a decade ago to roughly 65 percent of all elephant deaths today, a percentage that, if continued, will lead to the extinction of the species.

China's rising middle class and the demand for ivory in that country of 1.3 billion people is driving the black market price of ivory up, leading to more impoverished people in Africa "willing to take the criminal risk on and kill elephants. The causation in my mind is clear," said the study's lead author, George Wittemyer of Colorado State University.

"I think clearly China is driving this, or it's coming from the Far East," conservationist Ian Craig told CBS News contributor M. Sanjayan. "Ninety percent of the ivory being picked up in Nairobi Airport, or Kenya's port of entry and exit, is with Chinese nationals." Click to continue reading.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oil and gas sonic cannons murder millions of sea creatures

* Editor's Note: Similar reports attributed to sonar testing by the U.S. Navy have come from local animal activists in San Diego. 

Dr. Reese Halter
Broadcaster, Conservation Biologist
Huff Post Green

Millions of Americans are furious because the rights to the Western Atlantic Ocean have been handed over to Big Oil.

On July 16, the Obama administration approved the use of sonic cannons in the Western Atlantic Ocean. Millions of sea creatures will be senselessly killed by incessant sonic booms along the eastern U.S. seaboard as Big Oil scavenges for more heat-trapping gases. Click to  continue reading.

Monday, August 18, 2014

North Carolina dairy cows filmed living in their own manure

Daily Mail Online

An investigation has been launched after an animal rights group released disturbing footage purporting to show dairy cows wading knee deep through thousands of gallons of their own manure.

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said the 'sick and emaciated' cows are forced to stand in the manure for hours even when they are being milked and fed at a North Carolina dairy farm.

Peta demanded several state agencies and law enforcement conduct an emergency inspection of the Osborne farm in western North Carolina. Click to continue reading.