Animal care in Hurricanes

Animal care in Hurricanes

Residents who don’t have transportation must immediately call their local parish office of emergency preparedness to arrange transportation to the animal-friendly shelters. Animals can come, too, but they must be in a carrier, with at least a three-day supply of food and other supplies packed and ready to go. If an animal weighs less than 15 lbs., he or she will be allowed to ride on the human transport bus. If he or she weighs more than 15 lbs., separate animal transport trucks will take him or her to the animal shelter. Residents: You are still responsible for your animals’ care during their stay at these shelters, so please be prepared with supplies, animal identification, and sturdy carriers or leashes. (Please read PETA’s disaster preparedness checklist, and be sure to visit animals as often as possible to provide food, water, and comfort.) Shelter locations may change because of weather, so please have your local parish office of emergency preparedness telephone number with you at all times! Parish pick-up points for transportation to the CTN pet shelters are expected to close as storm conditions become unsafe.

For Mississippi residents without transportation, Gulf Transit will provide rides on school buses that will take people to the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, where they will be fed and cared for by MEMA until it is safe to return to the coast. Each person will be allowed to take only two bags. Small pets will be allowed but must be in a pet carrier and will count as one of the two bags. Pets will be taken to the Pet Shelter in Jackson. Owners must accompany their pets and be responsible for them at all times. Eligible pets include dogs, cats, birds, and pocket pets, with the exception of lizards and snakes. There will be no exceptions to these rules.

We can continue to help each other by including all people and nature in crisis in our positive thoughts of love and healing and donate to centers in our area that will send help to families and animals in crisis.

Please take a moment to watch this special video featuring our director of emergency services for an update of our work during this hurricane season.
Thank you for all you do for animals.
Wayne Pacelle President & CEO

The Humane Society of the United States

Bears verses Brits. Help the bears win.

Military chiefs are to meet with an animal rights group on Tuesday in London, England to discuss alternatives to the traditional bearskin hats famously worn by the guards at Buckingham Palace.
PETA ( Ethical Treatment of Animals) will discuss fake fur options with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials for the 18-inch (46-centimetre) tall fur hats worn by army guards.

Now Peta has come up with an alternative shape, but insists its design could be as famous as the traditional hats.

“We can still have very regal-looking guards who look fantastic,” said Peta’s Europe director Robbie LeBlanc.

The hats were made using fur from Canadian black bears.

It takes one bear to make a hat!

“Fur farming has been outlawed in Britain but we are paying other people with taxpayers’ money. “We think we are a modern nation but the queen’s guards are walking round with an entire dead bear on their heads.”

Changing of the guard: Talks over bearskin hats Aug 31.2008
Mother Nature says Go PETA!

Everyone write London encouraging them to drop the Canadian black bear on their hats.

Fireflies, lightening bugs light dimming

Save our earth creatures big and small. You can do it- go organic and eliminate pesticides and pollution.

First the butterflies, then the frogs and bees and now fireflies how many more must disappear before we get a grip on our use and abuse if nature, chemicals and plastics!!!

Please help us support Natures Crusaders today. You and your children will be glad you did.

Fireflies or “lightning bugs”, Photuris pyralis (Linn.),
are needed in medical research laboratories throughout the world. The firefly contains luciferin and luciferase, two rare chemicals used in research on cancer, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and heart disease. The ability of these insects to produce cold light (bioluminescence) has led to new flashlights and flares on the market today. Scientists have been unable to produce these chemicals synthetically in spite of the great need.
They don’t bite, they have no pincers, they don’t attack, they don’t carry disease, they are not poisonous, they don’t even fly very fast. Fireflies are winged beetles.
Thailand -Preecha Jiabyu used to take tourists on a rowboat to see the banks of the Mae Klong River aglow with thousands of fireflies. to row a good two miles to see trees lit up with the magical creatures of his younger days.

The firefly populations have dropped 70 percent, in the past three years,” said Preecha, 58, a former teacher who started providing dozens of row boats to see the synchronous firefly Pteroptyx malaccae — known for its rapid, pulsating flashing that look like Christmas lights.”

By MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer Aug 30, 2008;_ylt=ArV.EVSzgQxBZahIIulMNEAPLBIF

Brit. Honey decreasing

Honeybee Deaths Reaching Crisis Point Threatening Fruit and Vegetable Pollination

“1 in 3 of UK’s honeybees did not survive winter and spring

The Honey Association warned last month that English honey will run out by Christmas and no more will be available until summer 2009. It blames the shortage on fewer honeybees and farmers devoting more fields to wheat, which has soared in price but does not produce nectar.

The UK’s leading honey company is so concerned by the crisis that it has pledged to donate money to honeybee research. From next month, for each jar of Rowse English honey sold in supermarkets 10p will be donated to a fund dedicated to improving the health of the nation’s honeybees.”

By Alison Benjamin The Guardian, UK, August 12, 2008

These environmentally friendly T shirts will be sold to raise awareness and funds to aid honey bee research and education. The beauty of the shirt and the unique artistic designs will make wonder gifts.

Please donate today to save the bees fund.

Octopus – some “left handed”

Seems that man is not the only creature that has a preference for using its let or right tentacles for grabbing food or objects. Seems octopus can use left or right tentacles to hold prey some prefer one or the other.

Watch the video.;_ylt=Alx4X.MwZFj3MBGuPm7ZdFIPLBIF

Algae used to detect water pollution

“TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Scientists in Israel have discovered a new way to test for water pollution by “listening” to what the plants growing in water have to say.

By shining a laser beam on the tiny pieces of algae floating in the water and measuring the rate of photosynthesis, the researchers said they hear sound waves that tell them the type and amount of contamination in the water. It will tell the quality more accurately and easily than labor-intensive methods now used like chemical and radioactive carbon testing.

Depending on the condition of the algae and the rate of photosynthesis, some of the heat is shot back into the water, creating sound waves, Dubinsky said.

With a special underwater microphone, researchers are able to analyze the strength of the sound waves and determine the health of the algae and the condition of the surrounding water.

“Algae suffering from lead poisoning, like waste discharged from battery and paint manufacturing plants, will produce a different sound than those suffering from lack of iron or exposure to other toxins,” said researcher Yulia Pinchasov.

As water sources deteriorate worldwide, the testing of algae will probably become more in demand.

Scientists “listen” to plants to find water pollution
-By Ari Rabinovitch;_ylt=Army9zkjIuMJ2NIrHS7slohpl88F

No pizza without bees

NRDC Sues to Get Public Records on Pesticides

WASHINGTON – August 18 – The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a
lawsuit today to uncover critical information that the US government
is withholding about the risks posed by pesticides to honey bees. NRDC
legal experts and a leading bee researcher are convinced that the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evidence of connections
between pesticides and the mysterious honey bee die-offs reported
across the country.

EPA has failed to respond to NRDC’s Freedom of Information Act request
for agency records concerning the toxicity of pesticides to bees,
forcing the legal action.

In 2003, EPA granted a registration to a new pesticide manufactured by
Bayer Crop Science under the condition that Bayer submit studies about
its product’s impact on bees. EPA has refused to disclose the results
of these studies, or if the studies have even been submitted. This pesticide
was banned in Germany ans France …
In recent Congressional hearings, USDA was unable to account for the $20 million that Congress has allocated to the department for fighting CCD in the last two years.

“Dr. Gabriela Chavarria, director of NRDC’s Science Center. “EPA needs to help shed some light so that researchers can get to work on this problem. This isn’t just an issue for farmers — this is an issue that concerns us all.

Just try to imagine a pizza without the contribution of bees! No tomatoes.
No cheese. No peppers. If you eat apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, squash, carrots, avocados, or cherries, you need to be concerned.”

Chavarria has spent more than 20 years studying bees, and has published a number of academic papers on the taxonomy, behavior and distribution of native bees.

NRDC filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Washington DC. In documents to be filed next month, NRDC will ask for a court order directing EPA to disclose its information about pesticides and bee
toxicity.” Excerpted from: Laurel Hopwood “Bee Culture, The Magazine Of American Beekeeping ”

Help the bees thrive donate today.

Please donate today to save the bees fund.

Turtle Romance thanks to her new wheels!

There is hope for us all !

Arava the disabled turtle is using her new set of wheels to get around in more ways than one.

Arava the tortoise has been fitted with a skateboard and has it strapped to her back. No one in Jerusalem dreams this would be all she would need to finally find romance!

Arava a 55 pound tortoise suffers from paralysis of her hind legs, so zoo keepers at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo have fitted her with a specially designed skateboard. The staff customized a metal board with two wheels that can be strapped to her stomach.

When Arava arrived in Jerusalem a few months ago from a petting zoo in southern Israel she found no reptile romance. Now it seems there is a certain unnamed male that has the hots for her !

Check out Arava and her new wheels.

Please donate to Natures Crusaders to keep Mother Nature’s critters information going.

Good Food video is great

Watch this video with your family and in classes. Short and very well done.
Good Food by La Vida Locavore

Good Food a wonderful short video on YouTube

Honey and the Olympics ‘2008

Why do we see the gymnasts holding a bottle of honey while preparing to compete?

“Contrary to an apparent widely-held belief, the honey is not consumed to provide a quick energy boost…
The honey is actually used like Stick-um; to provide a better grip on certain elements in “hanging” events. We always see gymnasts chalk up both their apparatus (to make it easier to swing on) and hands (to prevent cracks in the skin). By placing a little honey on either their fingertips or palms (or both) gymnasts can get an even better grip on the rings or bars while swinging.”
Excerpted from The mystery of the honey-toting gymnasts from Saturday, By Chris Chase 10/16/2008,101238

One more way honey bees are helping us. Save the bees save our way of life.

Donate today. Thank you. -Mother Nature

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