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Archive for the month “April, 2013”

Cat-man-Do Furs-Day – No. 2 – The Furminator

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a new column by Shandy cat

Dad uses a thing called a Furminator on me now and then.  I like it but only in small doses. The FURminator is a deShedding tool or grooming tool that reduces shedding and removes excess hair from cats and dogs.  Apparently the FURminator deShedding tool was developed by professional groomer Angie Porter.  It has an ergonomic handle and a patented stainless steel blade.

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Dolphin seeks help from Diver

This intelligent Bottlenose Dolphin, unfortunately wrapped up in broken fishing line, sees a Diver and seeks help from the human being. Despite the captions on the original video, all of the line and the hook were removed, as Fox News shows at the link below.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Hover your mouse and click on the little “icon” in the bottom right corner of the video above to go to Full Screen size. When will Homo sapiens learn that the world is for non human beings as well as for them? Yes, some will say this is an example of unavoidable “collateral damage” if we want fresh fish on our dinner plates, BUT I think there is too much “collateral damage”. Luckily for this Dolphin, she/he was smart and brave enough to go to the lead Diver (Diving Instructor) for help.

I like how the Fox News presenter says “Don’t ever under-estimate the animals, it’s the humans we sometimes have to worry about.”

Help Blue Whales

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At 100 feet long,   the blue whale  is believed to be the largest animal to have ever lived on our planet.

So it’s absolutely horrifying that these gentle giants are being struck and killed by commercial ships off the coast of California — especially because there is a simple life-saving solution!

If the Navy opened the waters around its Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station to commercial traffic, then hundreds of cargo ships, oil tankers and cruise liners could bypass the blue whale’s feeding grounds and be much less likely to strike and kill them.

But so far, the Navy has refused.

Tell the Obama Administration to help save some of the world’s last blue whales by opening Naval waters to commercial traffic.

Fewer than 10,000 of these magnificent creatures survive today. So one death from a ship strike is one too many!

Every summer and fall, blue whales migrate to the California coast to feed on the massive blooms of krill, their favorite food.

Unfortunately, these feeding grounds have been invaded by some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, with massive tankers moving millions of tons of cargo to the busy ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The tragic result? Helpless blue whales are rammed by the giant ships or cut to ribbons by the huge propellers.

Even more mind-boggling, the cost of moving these shipping lanes away from the blue whale’s feeding grounds would be relatively small. The Coast Guard knows they should be moved, and the shipping industry has stated it is willing to do so.

Only the Navy stands in the way!

Tell the Obama Administration to end the carnage by opening the Navy’s waters to commercial traffic.

Let’s not wait until hundreds more blue whales have suffered and died. Thank you for make your voice heard in defense of whales.

Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

Please Help Me

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Wild populations of the orangutan, found only in Aceh Province in southern Sumatra, Indonesia, have declined by 80 percent in the past 75 years. Only about 6,600 orangutans were left in Sumatra, according to the   “Rarest of the Rare”  2010 report.   It really breaks my heart to think that these amazing and wonderful animals could become extinct.

Click on the “Read More” link below to see more photos of the Beanie toy.   The time is to ACT NOW, not to stick your head in the sand and ignore matters like this, or to leave them to others to help.   Show your appreciation for Life on Earth by signing the Petitions – it only takes a minute of your time.  Thank you!

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