I am incredibly fond of animals and the natural environment of our planet and frequently saddened and appalled by the way in which humans treat both. Please educate yourself about how our food and everyday products are produced and be mindful of your impact on our planet as well as on our fellow living creatures. And do not litter!
The above picture is one I took while scuba diving around the Rock Islands of Palau (officially the Republic of Palau), which is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This area offers some of the best and most diverse dive sites on the planet. Palau was the first nation to create a shark sanctuary, an area that forbids commercial fishing operations from catching any shark. Why? Keep reading...
What is shark finning:
Shark Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark’s fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water). Shark fins are being “harvested” in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian “delicacy."
If you search "shark finning" on the internet, there is plenty of information to read and videos to watch. These are just a few websites where you can learn more:
Stop Rhino Poaching - The Sickening Truth of the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade
I saw a horrific video on the HBO TV series "VICE" that brought up so many awful feelings I do not know how to begin to describe it. It was so upsetting and disturbing that I cannot get it out of My mind. I hope that with education and awareness an end will come to these horrendous practices and poachers.
See the full "VICE" story here: White Gold
Article about the video footage: Mutilated beyond belief, the white rhino left to die after poachers hacked off half its face to harvest precious horn
Stop Rhino Poaching.com
StopRhinoPoaching.com is totally committed to helping protect and conserve rhinos in South Africa. They are issue-neutral when it comes to the proposed trade in rhino horn. Their focus is on rhino SECURITY.
Stop Animal Torture for Human Pleasure -- Stop Testing Lube on Animals
(Posted here April 2016) In a weird and unnecessarily cruel move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently classified personal lubricant products -- or lube, for short -- as “medical devices,” on a par with powered wheelchairs and some pregnancy tests. Because of this, lube manufacturers are now required to test on animals. This means injecting the product into the private areas of rabbits and guinea pigs, killing them, then examining their corpses for signs of irritation. Needless to say, this decision is inhumane and must be stopped.
Revise Article 26 353-B to Protect Dogs from Inclement Weather NY
(Posted here January 2016) As recent cases of neglect, due to dogs being left out in the cold have come to light in New York, it has been made clear that some changes need to be made to Article 26B (Agriculture and Market Law- relating to Cruelty to Animals).
Hermès - Stop participating in the cruel and inhumane slaughter of alligators.
(Posted here January 2016) A single Hermès Kelly bag made from baby alligator skin costs $43,000. But the price these alligators and crocodiles pay is far greater.
Animal Care & Control of New York City (ACC)
To promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of pets and people in New York City.
Animal Rescue Site
Your click onto this website provides vital food and care for animals in need.
Care for Cows
Care for Cows in Vrindavan, India maintains abandoned cows, bulls, retired oxen, and orphaned calves.
I am acquainted with one of the founders of Care for Cows and have personally visited with the rescued cows in India. The beautiful cows were healthy and loved and taken care of as best as possible within the existing conditions.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
A haven for elephant and rhinoceros (abbreviated as rhino) orphans as well as other other animals.
Protecting Asian elephants and their habitat
Hope for Paws
Hope for Paws is a 501 C-3 non-profit animal rescue organization. They rescue dogs and all other animals who are suffering on the streets and in the shelters.
The Humane Society of the United States
Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty. The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people.
Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation
The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation is devoted to the loving care and rescue of animals throughout Los Angeles.
Main Line Animal Rescue
Main Line Animal Rescue is located in Pennsylvania and every year assists hundreds of dogs, cats, and rabbits transferred to their facility from overcrowded city shelters.
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Punta Gorda, Florida, U.S.A. Their mission is to provide a healthy recovery and living environment for abandoned and abused exotic wildlife. Octagon is not affiliated with any other organization in the state of Flordia or otherwise. The board of directors are unpaid volunteers as are all the people who care for the animals, the sanctuary grounds, and maintain the website.
American Forest Foundation
The American Forest Foundation works on-the-ground with families, teachers, and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation's forest heritage.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. Their recommendations indicate which seafood items are "Best Choices," "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid."
Protecting the World's Oceans.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors.
WWF (World Wildlife Fund / World Wide Fund for Nature)
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. It was formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States. It is the world's largest independent conservation organization.
Build It Green! NYC
Build It Green! NYC, is New York City's only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials.
Ideas for recycling more and wasting less. Earth911.com is your best resource to live a lower-waste lifestyle.
FOOD & WATER
Food and Water Watch
Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable.
The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT)
The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops.
Use this website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
Organic Consumers Association
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability.
Seed Savers Exchange
A non-profit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.
EcoWatch is a leading news website reporting on environmental news, green living and sustainable business.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG)
The Environmental Working Group is an environmental health research and advocacy organization. Their mission is to serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get straight facts, unfiltered and unspun, so they can make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment.
TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.
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