“GMO bacon, chops and even pig poo”


The Enviropig is the trademark for a genetically modified line of Yorkshire pigs with the capability to digest plant phosphorus more efficiently than ordinary unmodified pigs that was developed at the University of Guelph. Enviropigs produce the enzyme phytase in the salivary glands that is secreted in the saliva. When cereal grains are consumed, the phytase mixes with feed in the pig’s mouth, and once swallowed the phytase is active in the acidic environment of the stomach degrading indigestible phytic acid with the release of phosphate that is readily digested by the pig.
Cereal grains including corn, soybean and barley contain 50 to 75% of their phosphorus in the form of phytic acid. Since the Enviropigs can now digest phytic acid, there is no need to include either a mineral phosphate supplement or commercially produced phytase to balance the diet. Because no phosphorus is added to the diet and there is digestion of the phytic acid, the manure is substantially reduced in phosphorus content, ranging from a 20 to 60% decrease depending upon the stage of growth and the diet consumed.
Let’s face it commercialized herds or even wild herds of animals stick.

Why?

Their feces and gas evacuation reeks. Now science is trying to come to the rescue of the amounts of phosphorus emissions released by one animal the pig. Modifying the genes of one of Mother Nature’s pig takes time. Scientists began working on creating an enviropig in 1999, if commercialized the benefits would include reduced feed cost and reduced phosphorus pollution as compared to the raising of ordinary pigs.
What does “genetically modified” really mean?
Enviropigs produce the enzyme phytase in the salivary glands that is secreted in the saliva. When cereal grains are consumed, the phytase mixes with feed in the pig’s mouth, and once swallowed the phytase is active in the acidic environment of the stomach degrading indigestible phytic acid with the release of phosphate that is readily digested by the pig.
Cereal grains including corn, soybean and barley contain 50 to 75% of their phosphorus in the form of phytic acid. Since the Enviropigs can now digest phytic acid, there is no need to include either a mineral phosphate supplement or commercially produced phytase to balance the diet. Because no phosphorus is added to the diet and there is digestion of the phytic acid, the manure is substantially reduced in phosphorus content, ranging from a 20 to 60% decrease depending upon the stage of growth and the diet consumed.

But no one has ever eaten an Enviropig, said Moccia. It’s not permitted yet. Though scientists first produced the pig in 1999, the University of Guelph conducted extensive testing before applying for approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2007 and Canadian food and health regulators the following year. The University expects the FDA will be first to act and believe the agency is about half-way through its analysis, though the FDA won’t say.

Check out the video.

Resources

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Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/93aLuf

Video courtesy of YouTube.com

“The dancing bears of India-many ways to spell abuse”


Would you allow your dog to be treated like ?
How many ways can a dancing bear be tortured?

The endangered Asian Sloth Bear is traded, traumatized cubs are ripped from their mother’s care at a young age, chopped up for gallbladder and teeth trade,kept in mussel chains, carted from city to town to dance for tourist dollars. Now you think you are having a bad day.
This little stolen cub will in it’s first year of life on the road will undergoes two or more nose piercings and its canine teeth removed in a painful barbaric and primitive manner.

The actual capture and transportation can often be over hundreds of miles, in conditions of
deprivation and dirt, and consequently there is a high mortality rate.

The cub is now ready for training through pain, fear and brutality.

The rest of its life as a dancing bear is often changes captors and is danced in a vast variety of climates and terrain’s. Feed an unnatural and deprived diet.when it isn’t dancing, spends much of its life tethered to a short three or four feet rope in filthy conditions.

The actual hunting and poaching of the bear cub not only has caused a decline in the bear population in the wild but also encourages the steady destruction of the eco-system and its habitat in India, and in fact leads to ever increasing deadly encounters between bear and manin the wild, which has not yet been fully documented, but we are certain it has a role to play in the increasing sloth bear aggression.

How can you help Wildlife SOS save these innocent bears?

The Sloth bear is Dancing bear of India. To see a video click here.

Resources courtesy of Wildlife SOS and YouTube.

“Saving Lancaster Sound from effects of sonar testing”


A Canadian judge (Bless her.) Sunday told researchers they can’t bombard the arctic waters of Lancaster Sound with sound waves to try to learn what’s under the seabed.

Nunavut Judge Sue Cooper granted an injunction sought by parties seeking to stop the joint project of the federal natural resources department and the German Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Toronto Sun reported. The seismic project was to have started as early as this week, the newspaper said.
The researchers intended to map the area under Lancaster Sound by bouncing sound waves off the earth below the sea.
Some of the general known effects of sound waves include:
Damage to rocket engines, hence the flood of water under the space shuttle to absorb the sound vibration at engine start.
It has been proposed as a source of cold fusion in heavy water.

It is used to atomize fuel in burners.

it is used to break up gallstones.

Can cause damage to eardrums and living tissues in vitro and in vivo.

So when scientists want to use sonar/sound waves to map Lancaster Sounds seabed without having a clue of what damage they could cause some knowing folks objected.

While two Nunavut government agencies had given their OK to go ahead with the sonic testing, some Inuit groups and environmentalists went to court, contending it could harm marine wildlife.
Judge Cooper sided with the testing opponents, saying there could be an impact on wildlife and consequently on the food supply of the nearby Inuit communities.
“On the whole of the evidence presented, I am satisfied that Inuit in the five affected communities will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not granted,” her decision reads.
The importance of Lancaster Sound, an arm of Baffin Bay should not be underrated. It is a major passage through the Arctic Archipelago, is 248.55 miles (400 km) long and some 62.14 miles (100 km) wide. It lies at the north end of Baffin Island and is connected to Barrow Strait on the west. As a result of the interaction of currents, the sound is rich in nutrients and supports a biologically varied community of birds, mammals and fish. At Bylot Island, which lies at its eastern end, it provides breeding grounds for some 3 million seabirds alone. The area has provided sustenance for Inuit cultures for thousands of years: ringed seals, walrus and polar bears, and Narwhals, Belugas, killer and bowhead whales. Arctic fox is trapped in almost every inlet, and arctic char is taken at the mouths of rivers.

“Thank you for protecting Mother Nature Judge Sue Cooper”

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of    http://bit.ly/axZTvaTva
Excerpts courtesy of   http://yhoo.it/cnCGDO

Image courtesy of   http://bit.ly/bDkrbi

“Wolves regain federal protection-wolves win!”


In a complete reversal, the federal court on Thursday August 5, 2010
ruled in wolf lovers favor and restored endangered species protection to wolves in Montana and Idaho! Judge Donald Molloy ruled that Northern Rockies wolves must be returned to the endangered species list. Judge Molloy’s opinion clearly states that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service acted illegally when it removed wolves from the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana but left them on the list in Wyoming, splitting the population along political, rather than biological, lines. Judge Molloy wrote, “The Endangered Species Act does not allow the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list only part of a ‘species’ as endangered.”

Now all wolves in the Northern Rockies are listed on the endangered species list. Finally this halts the legal slaughter of wolves that was to begin again next month.

The states’ miss management of wolves has decreased the wolf population significantly over the past year and a half. Since the Obama Administration stripped these wolves of federal protection, more than 500 of them have been gunned down by hunters or government agents.

In response, NRDC in partnership with Earthjustice and 13 other conservation groups sued the government in federal court and demanded endangered species protection for all 1,700 wolves across the Northern Rockies until their population is able to fully recover.

A federal judge agreed, saying that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted illegally when it removed wolves from the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana but left them on the list in Wyoming, splitting the population along political, rather than biological, lines.

The public hunting of wolves will not resume this fall. Hundreds of wolves that would have been killed will instead be spared. Wolves to their rightful place in Greater Yellowstone and across the Northern Rockies.

“Thanks everyone for your help. You sustained us through this long legal battle with your donations, your online activism and your absolute commitment to restoring wolves to their rightful place in Greater Yellowstone and across the Northern Rockies. -NRDC

We can only hope that the Obama Administration will now go back to the drawing board and come up with a solid plan that ensures the sustainable recovery of wolves over the long term.

“Deepest thanks to all groups including Nature’s Crusaders for helping to make this great victory possible.” – Mother Nature

Resources
Excerpts
courtesy of   http://www.nrdc.org

Image courtesy of  Nature’s Crusaders library

“The ghost of Otter past”


If ever there was an animal with a personality much bigger than its body, it must be the endangered Southern California sea otter. This animal is the coastal equivalent to the honey bee in its  importance in keeping the balance of plant and animal life in its’ environment.

Now why anyone would get a thrill out of killing this helpless young female?  Late one June 2010 morning, a young female sea otter was likely swimming and playing in kelp beds off Morro Bay, California. was shot to the head.

southern sea otter

Did anyone see this shooting take place?  Your information would be kept condidential, but killing endangered species is a crime agsinst society and Mother Nature.

Please donate today to help us catch this heartless thrill seeker and save the lives of other threatened sea otters like this young female and protect other wildlife struggling to survive.

Take action for otters taking many directions

The good news is otters are recovering and are moving south into their old stomping grounds along the coast of California. The challenging news is they are moving south. Seems no one told them that they are entering a no otter swim zone established by the US Fish and Wildlife Service has determined to be off limits to sea otters—this means they are not protected by the same laws that cover otters outside of the zone.

Range expansion is normal and necessary for sea otters. Their population cannot recover without it. The unnatural boundaries must be lifted.

Act NOW to end the no-otter zone by writing to Ken McDermond, acting director of the Service’s California and Nevada Operations Office, and request that a FINAL ruling on the no-otter zone be published immediately.

Please sign this letter for the otters’ sake today.Thank you.” - Mother Nature

“Saving hundreds endangered reptiles + birds -Malaysia”


It was a good week for saving endangered species with the help of Malaysian officials who seized hundreds of endangered radiated tortoises, tomato frogs and chameleons days after a major wildlife bust of thousands of rare birds.

Customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur international airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 17, 2010, found endangered wildlife in the hand luggage of two Madagascan. Found were 369 radiated tortoises, five Madagascar tortoises, 47 tomato frogs and several chameleons.

“The tortoises were bound with masking tape to prevent them from moving, while the chameleons were stuffed into socks to prevent detection,” he told the Star, adding that the animals were worth 250,000 ringgit (78,000 dollars).

The Radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is a species in the genus of the Astrochelys tortoises. This species is native to Southern Madagascar and , and has been introduced to the islands of Réunion and Mauritius. As the Radiated Tortoises are herbivores, grazing constitutes 80-90% of their diet, while they also eat fruits and succulent plants. These tortoises are, however, endangered, mainly because of the destruction of their habitat by humans and because of poaching

The Madagascan flat-tailed tortoise is known locally as Kapidolo (ghost turtle) and is currently one of the most threatened and ancient of all the world’s tortoises. Kapidolo is a forest floor-dwelling species found only in a small area of western Madagascar.

The endangered Tomato frog is any one of the three species of genus Dyscophus and originally came from Madagascar. The common name comes from the frog’s bright yellow orange to deep red color. When threatened, a tomato frog puffs up its body. If a predator grabs a tomato frog in its mouth, the frog’s skin secretes a thick gummy toxin that can irrritate the predator’s eyes and mouth, causing it to release the frog.  They tend to eat small insects and invertebrates, but have been known to eat mice!

Two days earlier, Malaysian police stumbled across a massive haul of endangered wildlife, including a pair of valuable birds of paradise, as they raided a warehouse of stolen cars. More than 20 protected species were found in the “mini zoo” in the capital’s suburbs.

The researchers said that with proper law enforcement and protection, the restoration of turtles and tortoises could boost ecotourism, providing income for local people.

“Thank you Malaysian authorities for for dedication to saying the most endangered species on the planet so future generations can enjoy their unique beauty.” -Mother Nature

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of     http://bit.ly/ddlxRl

Excerpts and Image radiated tortoise courtesy of    http://bit.ly/czs4Zb

Excerpts and Image  tomato frog courtesy of   http://bit.ly/cK6FLH

“US set to vote to kill whales-your vote needed”


How can we allow  the US to support the slaughter of whales?

The future of the largest sea going mammal is in your hands.

According to the latest research whales are very intelligent, have close family groups, mourn and or as smart(maybe smarter) than the average human. We now know from field studies that a lot of the large whales exhibit some of the most complex behaviour in the animal kingdom,” said Lori Marino, a neurobiologist at Emory University.

The future of these gentle giants comes under global debate at IWC talks in Morocco on this Monday.

Will we let international corporations dictate another sea time disaster? Tell Obama to vote no.

Do not give Japan, Norway, Iceland or any country a license to kill whales, especially whales that are threatened.

How can we allow  the US to support the slaughter of whales? Click here to save whales.

According to the latest research whales are very intelligent, have close family groups, mourn and or as smart(maybe smarter) than the average human. We now know from field studies that a lot of the large whales exhibit some of the most complex behaviour in the animal kingdom,” said Lori Marino, a neurobiologist at Emory University

The future of these gentle giants comes under global debate at IWC talks in Morocco on this Monday.

Will we let international corporations dictate another sea time disaster? Tell Obama to vote no.

Do not give up our sea animals Japan, Norway, Iceland or any country a license to kill whales, especially whales that are threatened.

The future of the largest sea going mammal is in your hands.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  thepetitionsite.com/takeaction

Image courtesy of   ozanimals.com/australia/Z-SethLieberman.jpg

“Bristol Bay Alaska save the endangered whales, salmon and other wildlife”


Another mega-company Anglo American and Mitsubishi wants to turn the pristine area near Bristol Bay, Alaska area over to be mined.
The Pebble Mine is run by another Japanese mega corporation the Mitsubishi Corporation.

Please sign our new Petition of Protest so that your voice can be heard loud and clear at Mitsubishi’s annual Shareholders Meeting in Tokyo on June 24, 2010. Click here to let your voice be heard.

Killer whales may go extinct

Mitsubishi and its share holders wake up!
SAVE BRISTOL BAY

Bristol Bay is a unique American natural treasure.

Beluga whale

  • Home to orcas and beluga whales, wild moose and caribou, and one of only two populations of freshwater harbor seals in the world

It’s world-class salmon runs that support thousands of sustainable jobs in fishing and tourism as well as Alaska Natives who depend on the salmon for food. Click here to let your voice be heard.

What do they propose to do?

  • Put a 2,000-foot-deep open-pit mine in the heart of America’s wilderness in a known earthquake zone.
  • The Pebble Mine’s colossal earthen dams are supposed to hold back some 10 billion tons of mining waste mixed with toxic chemicals. These dams never work forever. These dams are  disasters waiting to happen.

Problems  in the exploration phase

In April 2010 even without the mine in full swing, the companies had taken water from 45 unauthorized stream segments, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The exploration was temporarily halted.

Permits have been reinstated allowing Pebble Limited Partnership to continue exploring copper and gold deposits in southwest Alaska, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday.
But the partnership still needs permission from the state’s Department of Fish and Game to work in fish habitat in order to begin drilling again this year.
All ready the Pebble Mine before it goes into full-scale operation, it will permanently destroy over 60 miles of salmon habitat.
If salmon runs collapse, so could the entire ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon for their very subsistence.

Please stand with the Alaska’s Native communities and lovers of nature everywhere by making your voice heard at Mitsubishi’s Shareholders Meeting.

Don’t allow this mega corporation that sells so many cars, trucks, and electronics in the United States sacrifice one of America’s most spectacular pieces of endangered wilderness and the bioms dependent on it.  Click here to let your voice be heard.

Will Mitsubishi rethink this destructive venture when faced with worldwide opposition?

It did 10 years ago. Click here to let your voice be heard.


Resources

Excerpts courtesy of NRDC.com

Images 1 & 2. courtesy of  NC library

Images 3. courtesy of  en.academic.ru/Seehund.jpg

Images 4. courtesy of    http://bit.ly/aTbmA1

Images 5. courtesy of   http://bit.ly/c2hhoT

Images 6, courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aoXH8w

“”Glimpses of hope for our endangered ocean life”


Using the camera to share a message of hope for the resilience of our oceans, Brian Skerry’s labor of love has been telling the stories of the ocean for thirty years. His images and words covey his deep love and respect portray for endangered wonders of the ocean life, but convey his message of hope, the timeliness, and  relevance.

Brian usually lives amongst his subjects for eight months of the year in the field,  enduring extreme conditions to capture the complete story of his beloved wildlife above and below the sea. He has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and dived beneath the Arctic ice to get his shot. He has spent over 10,000 hours underwater.

Brian Skerry has been a photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 1998.

“Thank you for your timeless awesomely beautiful, tender portraits of some of the oceans most endangered creatures as seen in  the photographs you shared at the TED presentation.”  (Click link )

- Mother Nature

Resource


Video
courtesy of TED.com and YOUTUBE,com

Image courtesy of National Geographic and Brian Skerry

“Shark fin soup banned in Hawaii” -two thumbs up


Hawaii gets the Two Thumbs Up Award

for keeping shark out f the soup  b0wl.

Being the first is often a tough road to hoe. This week Hawaii became the first state in these United States to ban the catching, possession, sale or eating shark fin soup.

Delicacy at what price?

The new law did not win a lot of friends in the Chinese community.

Shark-fin soup was just a regional delicacy in Canton, south China, until the late 1980s. The Beijing government had derided shark-fin soup as a symbol of elitism, but it ended this stance in 1987. Increased East Asian affluence quickly made shark-fin soup popular at wedding banquets, birthdays, feasts and business dinners, as a way of honoring guests. The demand has escalated astronomically in the last 15 years, and now it’s a standard dish.

Finning for soup

The shark populations are being decimated for a bowl of soup!  Now, about 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins. The long-term survival of many shark species is imperiled. The practice of shark-finning has fallen under increasing criticism, but efforts to ban the practice globally have failed.

Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law a bill that will halt the import of shark fins, which are valued as the primary ingredient in soup sold mostly in Asian communities and markets.
It’s hoped this will inspire other states and nations to also stop the practice of shark-finning, which entails slicing fins from live sharks and dumping their bodies overboard.

Let us hope that the success of the bill will motivate people in Hong Kong, Malaysia, other states in the U.S., Canada,  and even Ireland to seek shark-fin-ban legislation.

Under provisions of the Hawaiian Senate Bill 2169 restaurants have until July 2011 to stop serving shark-fin soup. Then those caught in violation of the law will face fines ranging to $15,000 for a first offense; to $35,000 for a second offense, and to $50,000, plus a year in jail, for a third offense.

Go Hawaii! Mother Nature and Nature’s Crusaders thank you.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://yhoo.it/bIm52o

Excerpts courtesy of http://bit.ly/l3U5Y

Excerpts courtesy of http://bit.ly/6fUF0N

Excerpts courtesy of http://bit.ly/bZxEkf

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