3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

The short of it is that if more people reduce their usage of plastics, it will help the animals, the environment, and yes, humans.

Why?

Plastics are made from fossil fuels. They have a huge carbon footprint. They will exist practically forever. Only a tiny percentage is recycled. Plastics leach toxins into food and drinks. They promote hormone disruption and cancers. There is so much plastics usage in the world, that our lands and seas have become horribly polluted. They kill animals and birds by strangling them or because they are ingested. The plastics enter our food chain.          

Some statistics:

  • 2.5 billion metric tons (1000 kg) of solid waste is produced all around the world.
  • Of that number, 275 million metric tons is plastic waste.
  • 2 billion people within 30 miles of the coast create 100 million metric tons of coastal plastic waste.
  • 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the oceans yearly. 

What can people do? We can’t get away from plastics yet. Too many of our products offer no alternatives. However, there are many things we can do…

  • Use reusable mesh produce bags and shopping bags.
  • Use recycled and compostable bags.
  • Save the plastic bags you’ve collected and reuse them as often as possible to reduce acquiring new bags.
  • Avoid buying 6 packs with the plastic rings around each.
  • Use reusable products such as bottles, containers, and straws.
  • Use silicone baking mats, lids and food bags instead of use-once aluminum sheets, plastic wraps and plastic bags.
  • Use reusable K Cups for Keurig machines.
  • Use dryer balls rather than dryer sheets.
  • Recycle as much as possible in your area.

You will find such products at the online store, www.TheCompassionateShopper.com.

What are some of your solutions to reducing plastics and waste?

 

VETPAW is Helping Elephants and Rhinos Survive

VETPAW is Helping Elephants and Rhinos Survive

Do you love elephants and rhinos and want to help save them? Here is a great and easy way to help. Meet the VETPAW organization.

 

VETPAW

An awesome group of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient veterans and their team are helping abused animals. Witnessing  elephant and rhino species extinction, they came to the rescue. Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) was founded by Ryan Tate, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. After bravely serving from 2003-2007 in the most dangerous areas during the Iraq War, he was recognized as Marine of the Year in 2005.

Ryan Tate wanted to apply his skills towards his passion for wildlife conservation, to help save elephants and rhinos and to help stop poaching in Africa.

Losing one species has an impact on all the other species in an ecosystem. If it’s not a balanced ecosystem, it all fails.” — Ryan Tate exclaims.

If poaching doesn’t stop, the extinction of elephants will happen within 20 years.  Rhinos are also poached. Some species are already extinct.

There’s a really solid chance that if you educate a poacher in the right manner and make that big of an impact on him, he’s not going to do it again when he gets out of jail.” – Ryan Tate

Donations to VETPAW helps trainers and rangers with the supplies they need, for fuel, helicopter time, firearms, food, and new technology for counter-poaching methods. Some goes to community engagement.

Some of the VETPAW missions include

Operation Rhino Shield – securing a long term home with the help of Army, Marine and Navy veterans and private reserves.

Operation Tanzania – investigations resulted in arrest of 50 suspected poachers, with the help of U.S. Special Forces, Army and Air Force, VETPAW-trained local rangers, and Tansazian Wlidlife Anit-Crimes Task Force.

Meet some of the VETPAW heroes:

 

We thank VETPAW for #HelpingAbusedAnimals and in turn, the world. Elephants and rhinos are family-oriented beings. They feel pain and loss. They are playful in loving situations. Just like humans. #BeKindToElephants, #BeKindToRhinos, #BeKindToAnimals.

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What Ever Happened to… Humanity?

What Ever Happened to… Humanity?

Responsibility for Helping Abused Animals

Who is responsible for humanity? Only humans. Animals and fish have feelings of joy and pain just like humans. They feel sorrow, loneliness and fear. Many animal species have strong family bonds just like humans (e.g., elephants, wolves, orcas, dolphins, lions, chimpanzees)1. All this has been proven in many ways2. Even fish feel3 as can be witnessed by a Japanese diver kissing a giant fish ‘Yoriko’ that he’s befriended for 25 years, after nursing her to health. The fish remembers her savior with love.

A Call to Action to All the Television News Stations

It’s time all of you showcased the realities, to help fight for Animal Rights.

Successes in Helping Abused Animals

Many people and rescue organizations are helping abused animals. Many love animals dearly. There are many success stories in helping abused animals. A sample listing of rescue organizations are identified in our directory https://helpingabusedanimals.net/directory-view/. Awareness about animal abuse is growing. Companies are creating products that are cruelty-free. Sample businesses that care are listed at https://helpingabusedanimals.net/join-the-center/friends-business/. Many people risk their lives to save animals. These are the positive stories. But not all humans are innately humane. Instead, too many cause torture and slaughter of animals directly or indirectly.

Educating the Public about Animal Abuse

Why isn’t society providing early education in order to raise children that will care about the plight of animals and love animals rather than harm them? Instead, society is more interested in leather goods, slaughtered food.  Some don’t know the depths of the torture that gave them the things they buy. Some actually enjoy torturing animals.

Advertisers offer specials so that people can buy dozens of pairs of leather shoes easily. Do we really need so many pairs of shoes? Advertisers show ‘happy cows’ giving us their milk. That is so far from the truth. Cows are constantly raped in a brutal way, only to have their babies taken away and the milk given to humans instead. Eggs are very healthy. Not to all the male baby chicks that are killed by drowning or shredding of their tiny bodies (because male chicks are ‘useless’). Advertisers showcase leather products, again without showing how the leather was created.

People don’t connect the torture to the final product. What would people do if they saw how their meal or clothing was made? What can they see in the eyes of the abused animals? If they really looked, they would see fear, pain, horror, sorrow, confinement and a lifelong abuse, torture till slaughter.

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Some Statistics around Animal Abuse

The abuse is global. 65 billion farm animals are slaughtered yearly (3000 every second). 6000 African rhinos have been slaughtered since 2008, with the West African Black Rhino now extinct. 100,000 elephants have been slaughtered by poachers in 3 years. 80% of the herds are lost. One billion rabbits, foxes, seals, minks and dogs are slaughtered every year for their fur. 11,000 dogs and cats are killed at shelters daily in the US alone. Thirty million dogs are first tortured then slaughtered for meat in Asia.

And all done in a brutally, barbaric, inhumane, sickening way.

So why don’t humans do more to enlighten and change behaviors? Easy answers: money, selfishness, lack of time, lack of knowledge, hiding from truths… many reasons.

Some Witnessed Examples of Animal Abuse:

In the United States, some kill wildlife for fun 6. Some abuse dogs out of revenge 7. Yellville Arkansas drops live turkeys from planes and buildings to their deaths, all to enjoy the town’s annual festivals 8. Every year more than 100,000 American horses are brutally packed for shipping and long drawn-out painful deaths as they are dismembered while conscious 9.  The Government spends $15 million tax dollars yearly on experiments that torture animals for useless experiments 17. Factory farms are beyond abusive, torturous, barbaric and heartless 10. Mother cows learn what happens to their babies after birth, and try to hide their newborns to protect them from being taken away by farmers, never to be seen again by their mothers4. Universities are cited for animal abuse 18. Companies are showcasing kids as trophy hunters 19.

Children have been seen taking Snapchat photos of them torturing animals 13.  And what are kids learning in high school? How to jump rope with cats’ intestines 14. Museums educate and entertain people with hatching of baby chicks, only to slaughter the chicks after they are used in the museums 22.

In Canada, baby seal hunters use an axe to bludgeon the seals, right in front of their babies 16. And they continue such slaughters even though the demand for fur has decreased. Why? Money!

In China, they skin cows while alive, after cutting off their legs so that they can’t move 5.

In Africa, ivory poaching continues, baby elephants are stolen for abuse in animal entertainment with a life-long abusive jail sentence across the world 11, trophy hunters continue to enjoy the slaughter of treasured animals 12.

In Korea’s dog meat trade, they first torture the animals on purpose (they feel that they become more virile this way), then they slaughter brutally 15.

In Japan, whale slaughter is explained away as research 20.

In Spain, Indonesia and many places… bull fighting, cock fighting, dog fighting, boar fighting… all for fun entertainment!  23

Live animals are used as prizes, stuffed in enclosed containers, to die of suffocation 21.

 

The list is endless. The animals are not. Some of the ways we can help is listed at https://helpingabusedanimals.net/join-the-center/.  Sample cruelty-free products: http://www.justvegan.shop

But it’s time for everyone to recognize the realities and become more humane. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, and all the rest…. take a stand to help abused animals. It’s long past due. What you’ve done already to  help is not enough.

For our daily curated paper with global news about animal issues, please visit http://www.helpingabusedanimals.info/ Also, visit our Helping Abused Animals LinkedIn group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1087837 and follow on https://twitter.com/DahliaBenaroya


 

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References

1
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/animal-species-with-strong-family-bonds/

2
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150714-animal-dog-thinking-feelings-brain-science/

3
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4640504/The-diver-s-friends-fish-25-years.html

4
https://www.thedodo.com/dairy-cow-calf-baby-rescue-1010627123.html

5
https://www.linkedin.com/lite/external-redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalpress%2Ehinduismnow%2Eorg%2Fcrimes-against-hinduism%2Fpetition-china-cows-skinned-skinned-alive-for-leather-have-their-limbs-cut-off-to-prevent-movement%2F&urlHash=HTex

6
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/363/114/558/

7
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2016/04/dog-abuser-beaten-in-revenge-attack.htmle

8
https://animalpetitions.org/119541/prevent-cruel-dropping-of-turkeys-from-planes-at-annual-festival/


https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/horse-slaughter

10
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/

11
http://savenoseynow.org/

12
http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/17/africa/ulrich-seidl-safari-trophy-hunting/index.html

13
https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-snapchat-horror-trend-cruelty-animals/

14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GATcCiCSYY

15
https://www.change.org/p/animal-freedom-fighters-stop-dog-meat-trade-in-korea?recruiter=15306751&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_page.share_redirect-control&utm_term=share_page.share_redirect-control&sharerUserId=15306751&utm_content=nafta_twitter_copy_en_1%3Acontrol

16
https://www.thedodo.com/canada-seal-hunt-2333758471.html

17
http://www.whitecoatwaste.org/the-facts/

18
https://www.peta.org/blog/university-texas-lab-cited-animal-abuse/

19
https://www.change.org/p/boycott-under-armour-for-promoting-the-slaughter-of-wildlife/u/21499378?recruiter=652612553&utm_source=share_update&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive&utm_term=148402&utm_content=nafta_twitter_large_image_card%3Acontrol

20
https://forcechange.com/371808/stop-allowing-whales-to-be-killed-for-research/

21
https://www.change.org/p/berkeley-city-council-protect-goldfish-and-other-animals-used-as-prizes?recruiter=652612553&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message.combo_new_control_progress_bar&utm_content=nafta_twitter_large_image_card%3Areal_control

22
https://action.peta2.com/page/2861/action/1?locale=en-US

23
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4991752/Villagers-cheer-dogs-fight-wild-boars-death.html

 


 

Gratitude in Helping Abused Animals

Gratitude in Helping Abused Animals

‘Feeling gratitude’ is discussed in many books. How can you feel gratitude when, as you are helping abused animals, you see the realities of horror? Studies have show that when people write down 5 things they were grateful for on a daily basis, they feel better about their lives. I feel total gratitude for everything in my life.  But I also have a sad cloud hovering around and embedded in my heart and mind because of all the abused and harmed beings in the world… both human and animal. It pains me deeply. It is beyond frustrating and excruciating that I can’t solve all the problems of the world, rather, that I can only help minimally.

Books about developing gratitude as a daily philosophy don’t discuss how you can feel better with gratitude when the problems of the world are beyond overwhelming. Maybe I missed the book that helps in this arena. I would love to read it if someone can point me in that direction.

So regarding ‘helping abused animals’, I thought that maybe I should have a gratitude list that highlights improvements and success stories. More people are aware of the abuses. More are changing their lifestyles to consider helping animals with vegan diets and vegan clothes. More companies are producing more products that are cruelty-free. More petitions are established and shared to help attack the problems. So many groups and individuals are rescuing animals and fighting for animal rights. Gratitude for all this helps, rather than focusing only on the daily information and knowledge about how animals are tortured and slaughtered for food, clothes, furniture, medicine, practice, and yes, for fun and revenge.

I started tracking victories and success stories at my Linkedin Group ‘Helping Abused Animals’: see https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1087837/search?q=victory. I retweet happy stories and say thank you in my retweet for a positive story.

Gratitude for helping abused animals:

  • Saving a bird from an electrical wire and a dog caught in the middle of a highway.
  • Investigations and closures pet stores that need to be shut down.
  • Development of lab-grown meat, creation of vegan food and cruelty-free products.
  • Fighting for animal rights, for bringing back the USDA website, for stopping the government funding of animal experiments.
  • Citizens running a proposed ‘mega-dairy’ farm out of town.
  • The saving of dogs from dog meat restaurants.
  • Ending of animal entertainment in some places.
  • Dog race-track closures.
  • Retailers deciding to eliminate fur.
  • Schools ending cat dissection.
  • Banning of plastic straws.
  • Showing videos and pictures of farm animals rescued and happy and oh so cute.
  • Teaching people to connect the food on their plates to the horrors of how the food got there.
  • and so many more.

 

 

Helping Abused Animals Like Nosey the Elephant

Helping Abused Animals Like Nosey the Elephant

Nosey The Elephant

Nosey The Abused Elephant.
All images courtesy of www.SaveNoseyNow.org.

Abuse. And more abuse. When will it stop? Where are people’s sense of humanity? Why are so many people so heartless!

Elephants are sweet, sensitive, affectionate, devoted, loving beings. They mourn their dead just like humans. They suffer being jailed in cement cages at zoos and being abused for entertainment arenas. Not to mention all the ivory trade poaching for their tusks, killing them in front of their own babies.

And the babies cry by their mother’s side for days and days, just like humans. Babies are taken away from their mothers so that they can be whipped into shape to entertain humans. And their mother’s cry and cry, just like humans.

Elephants are sentient beings who have families, just like humans. They are playful too, when they are left in their own natural surroundings, protected from horrible people. But how horrible Nosey and other entertainment animals feel with the bull hook that harms them daily? That is the only way circuses get the elephants to stand on their front legs. Elephants are not meant to stand on their front legs. Their huge sizes require standing on all 4 legs. And viewers don’t even think of the abuse that got the elephants on their front 2 legs.

Animals feel. They feel all the pain and emotions that people feel. Why can’t people feel the pain that they are cause animals and these elephants?

www.SaveNoseyNow.org, established in 2014, has been fighting hard to help Nosey. They are located in Florida. On their website, they provide information about Nosey’s abuse and health, along with her history. Nosey, as other captive elephants, are kept in horrible conditions, small, airless, boxcars, small trailers, without exercise, with poor diets. It is any wonder that they develop arthritis, foot infections, stress, and early death? Is this want the audience wants when they go to circuses and carnival rides?

What is the current status of Nosey? She has been alone for 30 years, in solitary. Nosey has health problems, both physically and psychologically.  She is confined, chained, abused with a painful bull hook, with improper diet, exposure to extreme temperatures. She is forced to give rides to humans and entertain while under severe pain. All this has been witnessed and reported to the authorities, who have done nothing to help. The owners Have Trunk Will Travel have been cited by the USDA with violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

All this and she continues to be abused.

Sign and share petition to help Nosey HERE

Keep tweeting and sharing this information. Help send Nosey to a sanctuary like the Elephant Sanctuary in TN or PAWS in CA.

Boycott entertainment to help abused animals and Nosey.

For more information, download Save Nosey Now Brochure. Visit www.savenoseynow.org, email at info@savenoseynow.org, call at 603-742-0848, follow @savenoseynow. 1071 S. Patrick Drive, Suite 37937, Satellite Beach, Florida 32937.

7 Successes in Helping Abused Animals

7 Successes in Helping Abused Animals

The successes in helping abused animals are growing, too slowly for us animal lovers, but at least they are growing more rapidly.
Elephants in TZ
Photo Credits: Elephants in TZ by Kristian Schmidt.

Dog Meat

As reported by One Green Planet, 126 dog meat restaurants have been permanently closed or stopped selling dog meat in China. Animals Asia has been at the forefront in this accomplishment. Their investigation has shown that 1039 dog meat restaurants were suspected on illegality. Some Chinese government departments have finally opened its eyes to the illegal methods of obtaining the dogs and have done something about it. Animals Asia has been tirelessly working with local groups to share information and bring greater success.Unfortunately, this is not across the board. Over 10 million dogs are being brutally slaughtered every year.  Please sign the Animals Asia petition to #EndTheDogMeatTrade.

Manatees

Save the Manatee Club in Michigan supports numerous conservation efforts. The races they run since 2003 have raised $175,000 towards helping manatees. These awesome beings have been downlisted from endangered to threatened. Luckily their numbers have increased but that shouldn’t stop the efforts. 2016 was the deadliest year for watercraft moralities.

Wildlife and Elephants

WildAid has reported that Ugandans value their wildlife and elephants. In a nationwide survey in Uganda, 79% indicated that it would matter a great deal if their wildlife disappeared.  They indicated that elephants needed the most protection, followed by lions, then gorillas and pangolins.The Uganda Conservation Foundation, WildAid, and the Uganda Wildlife Authority will be launching a major conservation awareness campaign in June.

Trauma Training

Peta has reported that we have a victory. The U.S. Coast Guard will end its use of animals in trauma training. The trauma training included shooting, stabbing and dismembering live animals. They will use a simulation modelling too instead.

Black Bear Cubs

CBC News has reported that Judy and Roger Stearns in Manitoba, Canada, plan to build the first black bear cub rehabilitation facility in Rockwood. It is getting much support from the community. Manitoba has been one of the only provinces in Canada that has a black bear population and did not have a rehab facility. The council will vote on this proposal June 14th.

Vegan

The growth in vegan foods has been amazing. Rise of the Vegan has reported that a large dairy company Elmhurst Dairy, in Queens, New York will end its dairy operation after 90 years due to decreased customer demand. It is great to see half the dairy shelves with non-milk dairy. This company has renamed itself to Elmhurst and is now producing their own healthy plant-based milks. Research shows that half (49%) of Americans now regularly consume non-dairy milk.

In addition, people are switching whey protein powders to plant-based protein powders, which the best for building muscle.

Documenting Cruelty as well as Scams

Dovers has reported that animal rights group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) in Nebraska, is using drones to fly over livestock research facility US Meat Animal Research Center, to document cruel lamb experiments. The Times had reported abuse at this USDA facility in 2015.  SHARK also investigates potential scams and fraud by animal rescue organizations.

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