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Australia is conducting an aggressive culling drive against sharks, with the largest slaughter of the marine animals in the world now happening off the state of Western Australia. Yet a new survey finds that many people in the country are not frightened of sharks' presence. Forty-five sharks have been killed off the state's shores so far this year after being caught in the hunt on baited drum lines. The state government wants to extend this practice for three years. But the survey, of 583 people visiting Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, found that 77% of the respondents were "not at all frightened" or only "moderately frightened" by sharks. And 87% said the animals should not be killed despite their perceived threat.
New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them. This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Agricultural emissions from crop and livestock production grew from 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2 eq) in 2001 to over 5.3 billion tonnes in 2011, a 14 percent increase. The increase occurred mainly in developing countries, due to an expansion of total agricultural outputs. Nearly two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are sourced to the livestock sector.
A Swiss zoo has provoked an outcry after putting down a brown bear cub because it was being bullied by its "jealous" father. The cub was among two born earlier this year to Misha and Masha, who were gifts from then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2009. But keepers at Bern's Dahlholzi Zoo refused to separate the animals - even after Misha killed his other cub in front of horrified families last week. When 360kg male Misha started being aggressive towards Baby Bear 4, as the cub was called, zoo chiefs decided to kill it instead of raising it in solitude. But Swiss Animal Protection, the country's oldest and largest animal rights group, was in uproar. It condemned the action in the "strongest possible terms" and said the zoo has massively mishandled the situation.
Campaigners and Ukrainian citizens are facing a daily struggle to keep animals in a Kharkiv zoo alive while the political crisis in the country continues. The government began in January to divert funds away from the Nikolaev zoo, which houses nearly six thousand animals, including big cats, bears, monkeys, crocodiles, boa constrictors and elephants. The dire situation at the 114-year-old facility, which has survived two World Wars, was highlighted in March by a letter sent by zoo director Alexey Grigoriev to Ukraine's prime minister that said: "The Kharkiv animals on the verge of starvation." "Our animals are not fighting for power, they do not share anyone's political views, they just want to live," continued the letter. However, locals immediately responded to the plea, donating large sums of money as well as food supplies to the zoo.
Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. The checks will continue despite the fact that seek traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.
04/11/2014 "NOAH" IS TOTALLY VEGAN PROPAGANDA
How do you make a movie involving an ark filled with animals that doesn't use a single real animal...? Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is definitely a milestone in blockbuster veganism, in mainstreaming the vegan idea, weaving it through related issues - justice, faith, sacrifice, masculinism, militarism, climate change, violence, nonviolence and storytelling. Noah and his family are introduced gathering berries and other plant foods, as Noah admonishes them "we collect only what we need." An ecological ethic, this is also a vegan one: We need to eat plants to survive, but we don't need to eat animals. Director Aronofsky makes clear that the first step, not the last, to balancing our relationship with the world is to address our relationship to animals and to seek justice there just as we seek it among ourselves.
Ian Somerhalder is always using his reach on social media to promote environmental and animal rights issues. This time, he's tackling the use of animals in scientific research. "The Vampire Diaries" star instagramed a video of a protest against Delta Airlines, a partner of Air France, which still flies animals like dogs and primates to take them to labs where they’ll be used as test subjects. They are put in the cargo holds in wooden crates and proceed to labs where they are legally tortured during tests. "Wow. This is a bummer... Do we really need to test on animals still? We can send missions to mars yet we still test on animals-guess what? It's NOT NECESSARY!!!!," wrote the 35-year-old whose non profit organization is raising funds to open an animal sanctuary for abused animals. "We know this like we know the earth is round... Primates should be in trees. Not in labs."
Inside a metal vault in rural Vietnam is a creature believed to be the most trafficked mammal in the world. No sounds come from its cage. No squeaks or howls. A padlocked door creaks open to reveal an animal that seems far too unassuming to be traded by the ton. The pangolin is a rare, scale-covered mammal, about the size of a house cat. Pangolins - two species of which are endangered and all of which are protected by international treaty - are trafficked by the thousands for their scales, which are boiled off their bodies for use in traditional medicine; for their meat, which is a high-end delicacy here and in China; and for their blood, which is seen as a healing tonic. By the most conservative estimates, 10,000 pangolins are trafficked illegally each year. If you assume only 10% to 20% of the actual trade is reported by the news media, the true number trafficked over a two-year period was 116,990 to 233,980, according to Annamiticus, an advocacy group. The pangolin could go extinct before most people realize it exists. Or, more to the point: It could go extinct because of that.
04/08/2014 ANIMAL FRIENDS MARKED WORLD HEALTH DAY
On the occasion of World Health Day, April 7, Animal Friends promoted its new nutrition brochure Plant Based Nutrition intended for doctors and nutritionists and others who are interested in healthy foods, a plant based diet, the Green Monday campaign but also people who already are vegetarian or vegans. On the main Zagreb square they presented a six meters long Vitamin line with ingredients of plant-based origin, which attracted attention of many passers-by. This event is supported by bio&bio and Encian who have made their products available for the vitamin line. Photos from the action can be seen here.
Serious about battling climate change? Then you might want to consider going vegetarian. That's because it's looking like world temperatures will continue to climb unless people stop chowing on so much meat and dairy, according to new research from Sweden. The United Nations believes it's imperative to keep future warming from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. To meet that target, there will have to be a sharp decrease in greenhouse-gas emissions by the end of the century. Some of the reductions must come from the energy industry, and some must hail from the agricultural realm. But with agriculture, it won't be enough to roll out "smarter" animal feeds and better methods of crop production, say scientists at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. Rather, "reduced ruminant meat and dairy consumption will be indispensable for reaching the 2°C target with a high probability, unless unprecedented advances in technology take place," they assert in a study in Climatic Change.
04/04/2014 TIGERS KILLED TO ENTERTAIN RICH AND POWERFUL
More than 10 tigers have been killed as "visual feasts" to entertain officials and rich businessmen in a Chinese city, state media reported. Police in Zhanjiang in the southern province of Guangdong seized a freshly slaughtered tiger and multiple tiger products in a raid this month, said the Nanfang Daily, the mouthpiece of the provincial Communist Party. Local officials and successful businesspeople gathered to watch the tigers being killed as "eye-openers" to show off their social stature, it said. Video footage of a killing two years ago showed the tiger, kept in an iron cage, having an electrified iron mass prodded into its mouth with a wooden stick and passing out after being electrocuted for more than 10 seconds, the paper said. Police said a butcher - who jumped to his death while trying to escape arrest in a raid - had killed more than 10 animals.
After years of protests by animal rights crusaders, a Chinese airline has said it will no longer transport monkeys and other primates used for laboratory experiments. China Southern Airlines, a state-owned carrier, has decided to "stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights," Chen Qiuhua, the airline's chief manager of special cargo transportation, told People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The decision was effective immediately, Mr. Chen wrote in an email to PETA. "We truly request PETA to stop protests against China Southern Airlines," it said.
04/02/2014 JAPAN WHALING PROGRAM RULED ILLEGAL
Great news for whales in the Southern Ocean! The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan's whaling program must stop and all licenses granted to hunt them must be revoked. The verdict came today from Hague, where a 12 to 4 vote determined that Japan's JARPA II program is not, as they claimed, "for scientific purposes" and, therefore, is illegal under the International Whaling Commissions regulations. It ordered that Japan cease the JARPA II operations, revoke any licenses granted by the initiative and provide proof that it won't carry on with JARPA II or any similar programs. The decision was a major win for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a non-profit group that has actively confronted whaling ships in the ocean and tried to prevent whales, many who are pregnant, from being killed in an area that is supposed to be protected.
The greatest threat to Japan's whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but Japanese consumers. They've lost their appetite. The amount of whale meat stockpiled for lack of buyers has nearly doubled over 10 years, even as anti-whaling protests helped drive catches to record lows. More than 2,300 minke whales worth of meat is sitting in freezers while whalers still plan to catch another 1,300 whales per year. The whaling is ostensibly for research, but Australia argued in a lawsuit that it's a cover for commercial hunts.
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