Petitions and London March Against Trophy Hunting.

Save the Last Living Half of the Great Barrier Reef

https://forcechange.com/156266/save-the-last-living-half-of-the-great-barrier-reef/

STOP THE BARBARIC YULIN DOG MEAT ‘FESTIVAL’

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/181/165/929/stop-the-barbaric-yulin-dog-meat-festival/?taf_id=15953024&cid=twitter

Save Penguins and Their Habitat

https://animalpetitions.org/130194/save-penguins-and-their-habitat-antarctic-and-southern-ocean-coalition/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=989604cc09-344AP4_24_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-989604cc09-79739337

Mark,

Since Turtle Island Restoration Network launched the 10,000 Redwoods Project at the end of last year, we’ve been amazed and inspired by interest in this initiative.

We are incredibly grateful to those of you who have adopted a redwood or volunteered in our nursery or in the field. Already you have helped us start 470 redwood seedlings.

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By fighting climate change, we are also protecting sea turtles, whales, sharks, dolphins, salmon, and other species at risk from sea level rise, ocean acidification, and rising temperatures.

Tree by tree we are doing the hard work to fight climate change.

We’ve planted 57 redwoods, have another 91 ready for a winter outplanting, and 470 seedlings planted and growing in our native plant nursery >>>Read about our Project Progress

March to Stop Lion Trophy Hunting, London, 30 April 2016

Come and join us as we march to Downing Street to say Stop Lion Trophy Hunting on Saturday 30th April 2016. We meet at 12.00 in Cavendish Square. The march begins at 12.30pm and arrives opposite Downing Street at 1.15pm where a delegation will hand a letter to the Prime Minister.

The route will be:

Cavendish Square, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, around Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall and arriving opposite Downing Street.

https://action.four-paws.org.uk/Pages/News/Display.aspx?Title=march-for-lions&formRef=19220bf2

 

 

 

24/4/16 Is World Lab Animal Day – Remember Those Who Suffer In Silence; And For What ? – We Want Progresive Medicine, NOT Animal Testing.

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Please give a few minutes today to remember all the millions of animals who suffer in silence in the labs of the world.  Lets see progressive medicine – not archaic and outdated animal testing.  SAV.

April 24th is World Day for Animals in Laboratories when we remember the millions of animals used each year in research.

We all want to find better treatments and cures for conditions such as cancer or diabetes. Using animals to research these diseases is outdated and unethical.

At the Dr Hadwen Trust, we are working hard to replace animals in medical research to save them from the pain and trauma of experiments and to advance more human-relevant research to benefit our health.

Help us fund more research that saves animals from the lab – for us and for them.

Thank you.

http://www.drhadwentrust.org/

http://www.drhadwentrust.org/about-us/about-us

http://www.drhadwentrust.org/supporters/subscribe-to-e-newsletter

http://www.drhadwentrust.org/research-and-funding/current-portfolio

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From ‘About Us’ (on this site)

MS – A Real Pain In The … – Everywhere !

Mark was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2000 after time working overseas.  Here is an insight into MS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulTrunXbVGo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj9Qqr0mtQ0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy004eeHTLw&feature=related

 He is a supporter of forward looking (non animal medical) research.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/06/10/uk-dr-hawden-trust-announces-new-medical-research-scholarships-that-do-not-involve-any-animal-testing-or-research/

Animal testing is a thing of the past and should only be in history books now – and I say that as an MS sufferer; someone who wants a cure for something; but which will not come through animal testing, as animals don’t suffer from MS; so why artificially create it in them and then attempt to find a cure using them ? – it makes no sense.   Animals are different to humans  – So why not find out using genetics what makes animals different from us (re autoimmune illness) and why they dont get MS and yet we do ?  – that to me is progressive research; not simply cutting up animals aka big pharma. 

Laboratory animals: the victims of a criminal idiocy!

Animal experiments are almost exclusively justified by the claim, that they are carried out for the benefit of man.
They are made so that new drugs can be developed against incurable diseases.
For consumers must be guaranteed a sense of security and trust in the new chemical products.
But the industry considers other reasons laid on animals.
Behind this dirty propaganda are powerful interests of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
And not just the pharmaceutical industry.
Influential interest groups benefit from the animal experiments:
Experimenters, universities, contract laboratories, experimental animal traders, companies create the accessories, all these benefit from animal experiments and want to maintain.
The quality of research is not measured by how many people you can help, but on the number of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
As of the amount of research funding depends.
Something useful for sick people is not out.

Politics and the media kollaborate with in the animal experiment machinery.
In Germany alone a budget of almost 2.7 billion euros of DFG (German research community) has been made available to fund animal experiments in higher education in 2013!
The four million euro state support, which are given for non-animal research, look in comparison like alms.
In addition, each of us needs to know that the majority of animal test results will not be published but will disappear in the drawer.
Animal experimenters must decide for themselves whether they want to give results known or not. This manipulation is fully programmed: errors are not published, however, the shown “positive” results as a triumph of animal experimentation.

“From a scientific standpoint, it must be noted that what is described as” called animal model
system ” in cancer research, has proven to be totally bankrupt.
There is no evidence that the use of animals in cancer research for the prevention or recovery also led only a single people “! (Dr. Irwin Bross D.J., Director at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute of Buffalo, New York).

One end of animal experiments not means the end of medical research, but non-animal medicine would be much further.
Because animal studies only hold medical progress.
Because of their false results.
Venus

 

 

 

 

China (Again): No elephant should experience this desperation !!

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https://networkforanimals.org/23-baby-elephants-caged-in-appalling-conditions-in-china-need-your-help/?nid=&uid=07e989393966e2f5f97cd2bbeee1c9c9

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No elephant should experience this desperation….please sign/send letter to the Chinese Govt!

Compassionate citizens around the globe are appalled by the cruel and abusive treatment of elephants, who are highly intelligent and sensitive animals.  The exploitation of these animals for purposes of entertainment in zoos and circuses is condemned by most animal welfare organizations worldwide and exotic animal bans have been put in place in cities and countries around the world,  to end this suffering.

A delegate to the National People’s Congress, has proposed a law banning the import of wild elephants to China.  We understand that the government of China will now consider the proposal and has until March next year to respond.  Zimbabwe has announced that it intends to send more baby elephants to China. 

I respectfully request that your excellency asks his government to expedite its response to the proposal to ban elephant imports and to call upon the Zimbabwe government to suspend any further elephant exports until a decision is made.

 

Dear Friends,

Twenty three baby elephants being held in horrible conditions in a Chinese quarantine facility are likely to die unless I can persuade the Chinese government to intervene and provide them with a larger living area.

And shockingly, Zimbabwe has announced it intends to sell more baby elephants to China. Right now, there is a proposal before the National People’s Congress (NPC), the highest organ of state power in China, seeking laws to ban future baby elephant imports and to improve the living conditions of the Zimbabwe 23. Under Chinese laws the government has up to a year to respond.

One elephant, from the twenty four originally abducted and transported has already died. The survivors are showing signs of illness and are in poor physical and mental condition.  We cannot stand by and see this happen.  We need to save these elephants.

They are being held in tiny cages with only a small, barred, concrete yard to exercise in once a day.  What makes it worse is that the poor creatures face two more years in these conditions before the new zoo they are destined for is built.

I am tormented by the video my team obtained showing the babies with open wounds and being prodded through the bars by men with long poles.

The zoo is doing nothing to help, the elephants’ only chance is if we can help the Chinese government to get them a big enough area where they can exercise and interact with one another.  I am doing all I can but need your help to do more.

Please share our petition and if at all possible be as generous as you can today to help us in our work to save the Zimbabwe 23.

 

 

England: London – 400 Years To Celebrate ‘The Bard’.

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LONDON (AP) — If all the world’s a stage, William Shakespeare is its architect.

The playwright died 400 years ago Saturday (23/4), but remains the world’s most famous writer, living on through endlessly reinterpreted plays and globally known characters, including the tormented prince Hamlet and the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet .

The long-dead Bard is one of Britain’s leading cultural ambassadors, and the anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616, is being marked across Britain with parades, church services and — of course — stage performances. After all, the play’s the thing. (That’s just one of scores of phrases that Shakespeare has given the English language).

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3555033/Royalty-Obama-fans-mark-400-years-Shakespeare-died.html#ixzz46eMkHvuf Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgnInT4x8kA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3VGa6Fp3zI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVmOric9nUo

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36111591

You can still visit the Globe theatre in London today and watch plays by the Bard.

Here are a few pictures of the theatre – London 2016.

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http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/sightseeing/london-attraction

1 million endangered sea turtle hatchlings safely to the ocean. Celebrate !!

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This did arrive with us on 22/4 but it is only today, 23rd that we have published.  SAV.

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Dear Mark,

Today is Earth Day.  And since 71% of the Earth is covered in oceans, we consider this Oceans Day as well!

It’s a chance to celebrate all of the marine animals that we are working to protect.

And to say thank you. Your actions — and those of all of Turtle Island Restoration Network’s community members — are saving sea turtles, whales, dolphins and other ocean animals:

  • You have supported nesting beach protection projects in Texas, Nicaragua and Costa Rica that have returned more than 1 million endangered sea turtle hatchlings safely to the ocean.

  • More than 25,000 people so far have signed our petition calling for an end to the whale and dolphin-killing California Driftnet Fishery.  Legislation to phase out the fishery is currently in the California Senate!

  • More than 200 volunteers signed up with us to help monitor sea turtle nesting beaches in Texas, the most ever, and they found the first sea turtle nest of the season last week.

These are just a few of the victories for sea turtles and other ocean animals that you have helped us achieve!

So, from Turtle Island and 1 million hatchlings this Earth Day, thank you!

For the Oceans,

Erica Heimberg

Director of Development

PS – Want one simple thing to do for Earth Day today?  Like Turtle Island on Facebook, share our Earth Day hatchling and ask your friends to join us too!

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Adults – 1001 reasons why they need to be saved / protected

– Beautiful !!

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Serbia: 22/4/16 – RIP Repic – A Wonderful Tribute From Danica.

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Repic is gone.

His story has pretty much been told but he deserves another one, the story of a beautiful, complicated and vigilant kitty boy with astonishing persistence, boundless courage and a heart of gold.

We want him to be remembered not as a broken, exhausted skinny creature that spent weeks fighting a losing battle with fading strength, but as the little distant yet adored shimmering star of our hearts he has always been. And he is getting his new story now, as soon as we’ve managed to pull ourselves together, the story of utter devotion, desperate hope, pure bravery, crushed dreams and eternal love.

The first few months of his sadly too short life were horrific, painted with fear and suffering and though he miraculously maintained his innate sweetness, he also became forever marked with the knowledge that pure evil exists. Oh yes, he was cuddly and affectionate back then when he was first taken off the streets, he was ready to give and receive love, but over the course of the following years something went wrong.

His fragile trust in humans was somehow betrayed again and he matured into a watchful, circumspect and reserved kitty boy, rather standoffish and adamant not to let anyone invade his personal space. However, he seemed to be happy here, living the kind of life he had chosen a long time ago and no one questioned his reasons for being wary – he was accepted just as he was.

Things were going at a regular slow pace until an almost routine vet evaluation of Repic’s condition a month ago, when we got a detailed insight into his health issues which shook us to the core. We were flabbergasted and horrified when we finally learned the truth about the consequences of the eye injury he suffered as a youngster and we suddenly realized he had never been authentically reserved and sedate – he was unwell. Extremely unwell. Unwell to the point that his life was at risk.

He fought with all of his might, we supported him every step of the way and the vet did everything that could be done and then some. None of us were ready to give up on our brave little fighter, not even when we all knew only a miracle could save him.

Twinkling through the deepest darkness, there was that tiny spark of hope that the impossible could happen if we fought long enough, strong enough, brave enough… And if it couldn’t happen, if a miracle didn’t occur, at least our courageous furry warrior would lose the battle of his life with all guns blazing.

After weeks of hopeless struggle, Repic had had enough. He must’ve been too tired, too weakened and too exhausted to see the point of holding on any longer. Maybe he saw the rainbow and felt that the time had come to cross into the light, maybe he knew he could leave with no fear as our love would be his shield wherever he soared. Maybe now he’s came to realize just how much he enriched our lives and has gotten to understand how he will carry on in every beat of our hearts. Maybe he has always known that goodbyes are not forever.

This is not a farewell, this is until we meet again.

So spread your wings and fly past the sun, sweet Repic, you’re finally free and there’re no limits anymore.
Those who leave behind a sparkling trail of glitter will never be forgotten.

 

 

 

USA: The Redwoods’ Last Stand – By Taylor Hill. Earth Day.

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The Redwoods’ Last Stand

The giant trees have endured for millennia, but rapidly rising temperatures and years-long drought are threatening their survival.

Apr 18, 2016

Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

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LOS GATOS, California—I’m dangling 180 feet off the ground in a harness, held by a single rope tied to a redwood tree named Joe. After a moment, I resume my ascent toward the canopy, a unique and largely unexplored ecosystem of mosses, lichen, and wildlife rarely glimpsed from the ground far below.

On a neighboring skyscraper-tall redwood, Cameron Williams, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, is rappelling to the pinnacle of an 850-year-old giant dubbed Grandfather. Williams, who has been climbing redwoods since 1999, has studied the impact of a record drought on the trees and has spent the past decade examining and documenting the hundreds of tiny plants that thrive in their upper reaches.

I started the hour-long ascent with my legs brushing some of the thousands of tiny cones and needles that stretch toward the sunlight. About 80 feet up, silence enveloped me as the ground below became obscured. The brain plays tricks—most likely out of self-preservation—morphing the thick foliage below into a safety net. As I hoist myself into the tree’s crown, there’s an overwhelming feeling of safety. The wind is blowing, but Joe the tree seems too large to sway.

FULL COVERAGE:  Fight for the Forests

We’re not deep in some primeval forest but in a backyard near Los Gatos, an affluent Silicon Valley town nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and best known as the home of Netflix. For one week a year, the landowner allows Williams and recreational-tree-climbing specialist Tim Kovar to lead four-person expeditions up Grandfather’s 12-foot-wide trunk and into the redwood canopy. It’s a rare opportunity—most surviving old-growth groves are under state and national park management and off-limits to climbing.

Grandfather’s trunk bears scars from where hundred-year-old branches had been chopped off. A previous owner had wanted to take the ax to the tree and the entire grove, only abandoning the plan in the face of community outrage. Today, after 160 years of logging, there remain just 120,000 acres of old-growth redwoods of the forests that once covered more than 2 million acres of California, from Big Sur to the Oregon border. Most now survive in state and national parks like the nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which protects 11,000 acres of trees.

Coastal redwoods and their even bigger and longer-lived inland cousins, the giant sequoias, are not just trees that inspire awe in the most nature-averse city dweller. The largest organisms on Earth, redwoods and sequoias absorb more planet-warming carbon dioxide than any other trees. As scientists have recently discovered, the giant trees continue to grow and sequester carbon even after a thousand years. Their branches and house-size canopies shelter a host of endangered animals, from the northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet—a rare seabird—to the Pacific fisher and the Humboldt marten, two weasel-like critters.

Endangered redwood animals include the northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Pacific fisher, Humboldt marten, and Vaux’s swift. (Photos: Michael Sewell/Getty Images; USFS/Flickr; USFS Region 5/Flickr; Dani Kropivnik/wikipedia; Jamie Chavez/Flickr)Redwoods are built for survival. Their foot-plus-thick bark shields the trees from fatal fires, and a red-tinged chemical responsible for giving the trees their namesake color protects them against insects and fungus. They are the fastest-growing conifers in the world, reaching heights of 379 feet, with trunks 30 feet in diameter, leaving would-be competitors in the shade. Giant Sequoias grow on the western slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada and can live as long as 3,000 years. Coastal redwoods, which can live to be more than 2,000 years old, sprout along a 20-mile-wide, 470-mile-long ribbon on the continent’s edge, where ever-present fog supplies the trees with life-giving moisture and nutrients.

Now that fog is fast fading away. Rising temperatures brought on by global warming are resulting in more fog-free days on the coast, while record drought deprives both redwoods and sequoias of water. The rapidity of the change in their environment wrought by the burning of fossil fuels threatens to overwhelm the giant trees.

“The climate changes that redwoods have seen in the past, they were taking place over millennia,” says Todd Dawson, a redwood expert and a professor at UC Berkeley. “It would take a thousand years for temperatures to change over two degrees. Now it’s taking three years.”

If the biggest, most formidable trees on the planet can’t survive climate change, can any?