April 13, 2021 at 7:42 am #216867
An illuminating essay on the job of the knacker
“I don’t have a problem killing an animal in distress,” Carswell said, as he drove off. “I really don’t. The quicker it’s done, the better. I don’t want to see things in pain. The times I have a problem, it’s killing healthy animals.April 21, 2021 at 3:28 am #217108
study shows that the genetic makeup of Atlantic salmon populations from a century ago compared with the current stock across 13 Swedish rivers is more genetically similar than distinct, which researchers say could compromise the ability of the fish to adapt to climate change.April 21, 2021 at 10:02 pm #217125
Insects once again on the menu
Today my wife brought home ant-eggs for herself. I often see locals with long poles harvesting them from their tree-top nests.
Is it really that different from caviar fish-eggs.April 25, 2021 at 7:18 pm #217235
An informative interview about the food industry
The implied trade-off has been that advances in agriculture have greatly reduced hunger and driven societies out of poverty due to improved productivity and efficiencies. But Mark Bittman, the American food author and journalist, argues in his new book Animal, Vegetable, Junk that these supposed benefits are largely illusionary.April 25, 2021 at 7:41 pm #217236
And another useful read on food choicesApril 27, 2021 at 1:25 pm #217297April 28, 2021 at 4:24 am #217313
New type of fish-farm
Called “recirculating aquaculture systems”, or RAS for short, they control everything from the temperature, salinity and pH of the water, to its oxygen levels, artificial currents, lighting cycles, and removal of carbon dioxide and waste. The latter are filtered out, and treated water is reused. As it is a closed-loop system, the salmon are not exposed to seaborne diseases and parasites, so unlike sea-based farms, Atlantic Sapphire says its fish do not need to be treated with antibiotics or pesticides.May 2, 2021 at 9:08 am #217531AnonymousInactive
How did humans come to this? The case against modern farming.May 3, 2021 at 8:40 am #217562
Lion breeding is relatively common in the country, with many of the animals later being killed of by trophy hunters.
The South African government announced it would take steps to ban the breeding of lions in captivity. A ban on captive lion breeding would ensure “tourists will not be hunting animals that were taken out of the cage.”
There are an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 lions held in captivity by some 350 farms, according to conservationist groups. Some 3,500 lions live in the wild in South Africa.May 3, 2021 at 10:40 pm #217602MovimientoSocialistaParticipant
Osprey nest destroyedMay 4, 2021 at 7:20 am #217608
New Zealand is a pretty good place to live – if you’re human, that is. If you happen to be a non-human animal, chances are you’re not doing very well. Inhumane treatment of animals is widespread. It is routinely used in farming (the dairy industry is among the worst perpetrators, as forced pregnancies, separation of calves from their mothers, and slaughter are routine practices); conservation (poison and traps are commonly used to control “pests”); scientific research (430,000 animals were used or bred for experiments last year); and entertainment (such as horse racing and rodeo).
New Zealanders are becoming increasingly sensitive to welfare issues. Perhaps the biggest indication that attitudes are changing can be seen in our diets: according to research released last year, 15% of New Zealanders avoid meat most or all of the time. Policy is changing, too. The government recently announced that it is banning livestock exports by sea – albeit with a two-year ‘transition period’. Two days later, it launched an inquiry into greyhound racing.May 13, 2021 at 12:40 am #217850
Wolf attacks on humans are so rare as to be statistically non-existent.
The state of Idaho will allow professional hunters and trappers to use helicopters, snowmobiles, ATVs, night vision equipment, snares and other means to kill roughly 90% of the state’s wolves, knocking them down from an estimated 1,500 to 150.
A group of retired state, federal and tribal wildlife managers wrote to Little asking him to veto the wolf kill bill, saying statewide livestock losses to wolves have been under 1% for cattle and 3% for sheep. The group further noted that the overall elk population has actually increased since wolves were reintroduced into Idaho more than two decades ago. It made no difference.
If you want to see a wolf this summer, skip Alaska’s Denali national park, where the Toklat pack – Alaska’s most famous wolf pack, studied since the late 1930s – has been decimated by hunters and trappers who bait the animals just outside park boundaries. The legendary wildlife biologist Adolph Murie, who studied the Toklat pack for three years and teased apart more than 1,700 scat samples, came to a stunning conclusion: wolves that prey on caribou and Dall sheep primarily take the old or infirm. In effect, they create strong prey populations.
More than 45,000 people applied for the chance to become one of 12 hunters to shoot and kill a single bison each in Grand Canyon National Park?
What is the matter with the psyche of Americans that they seek to slaughter animals? Perhaps it is related to the trait to indulge in the sport of mass shootings? Who knows?May 13, 2021 at 5:02 am #217851MovimientoSocialistaParticipant
Deforestation destroys the animals’ habitats, in some way this pandemic has been produced by deforestation because animals must leave their habitat looking for foods and shelters, and then they come in contact with human beings and they invade cities, town, and roads. We are so ignorant that we do not know the connection between nature, animals, and humans. The natives of the Americas knew that connection that is the reason why they loved and took care of the earthMay 23, 2021 at 10:56 pm #218308
Spin-off Animal Rebellion blockades McDonalds.
Animal Rebellion said it was protesting to “bring an end to the misery of fast food as it creates obesity, destroys the Amazon and warms up the planet”.
It wants McDonald’s to commit to becoming fully plant-based by 2025.
It describes itself as a mass movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience “to bring about a transition to a just and sustainable plant-based food system”
Fourteen people were arrestedJune 1, 2021 at 10:16 pm #218799
I’ve drawn attention to the problem of pet ownership and here is another report.
Exports of fish meal and fish oil from West Africa are depriving more than 30 million people a year of food.
A report by Greenpeace Africa and the Netherlands-based organisation Changing Markets urges governments to phase out processing of fish which is fit for human consumption being used for fishmeal and oil to feed pets and farmed fish and livestock feed.
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