Update: Why so serious, CTers? You won, remember? You got your little park; you don't get my blog too. I barely have time to write for this thing, much less moderate your crying about how we dare have an opinion about you jumping the gun for no reason at the cost of all these pups' lives. I have to leave in a few to go take care of our bats.
When an activist friend asked me to write an overview of the wolf situation, my first thought was: “What a daunting and extremely depressing task that would be.” But having followed the wolves’ story since long before their reintroduction to Yellowstone and the Idaho wilderness, I suppose it’s only natural that I to take this on. After all, I've covered the issue many times in articles, on my blog, and I devoted two chapters of my book, …
Benevolent - definition: marked by or disposed to doing good
There are many people, past and present, who have changed the course of conflict but today I am concentrating on the natural world and partnerships between different species. The correct name is commensalism, which means one organism benefits and the other organism isn’t harmed by the partnership. It is a matter of conjecture how these partnerships began but once you realize the benefits for both partners it is obvious.
If you thought The Blair Witch Project was too long and needed feathers, here’s the tour de force for you:
This is the work of an Australian filmmaker still trying to make a name for himself. Specifically, it’s a young thieving eagle that takes the audience on a journey spanning 62 miles and the human heart. (The filmmaker stole motion-activated equipment that rangers were using to study crocodiles, but times are tough for artists.)
We learned last week that Al Gore has become a vegan, and speculated that it might be because methane emissions from livestock are a surprisingly large driver of climate change. Meanwhile, a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences argues that the U.S. EPA has vastly underestimated methane emissions because it calculates them from the bottom-up -- how much methane does a cow release times how many cows there are, for example -- rather than actually measuring the methane released into the atmosphere.
Republican caricatures of Al Gore notwithstanding, the former vice president was never a stereotypical woolly environmentalist. A practicing Southern Baptist, Gore attended divinity school and, though he opposed the Vietnam War, he enlisted in the military rather than protesting it. Gore rose in the 1980s as a moderate “New Democrat,” who was friendly to business, hawkish on foreign policy and, yes, excited about the possibilities of technological innovation.
We've all heard the oft-quoted aphorism that if you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain.
I've never subscribed to that stance.
But there is a parallel philosophy that is harder to dismiss.
If we decry the hunger of 1 million people on this planet, and the trashing of the oceans and the destruction of the rain forests, the extinction of species and the wasting of water – and yet we choose to participate in the causes, do we have the right to decry?
Is Trophy Hunting a Form of Serial killing?
“In the relation between people and animals we cannot fathom the pleasure
that many people derive from inflicting suffering”. ~ Marius Donker
The Department of Natural Resources documents nearly 19,000 car-deer accidents wreaked on Wisconsin roads so far this year. 14 people died in deer/car crashes. The “9-day traditional hunt” will increase those numbers.
Everyone is familiar with that old saw about dogs looking like their owners......certainly, there are plenty of photos in this genre floating around the internet.........
However, appearances aside, this common belief begs the question - Do dogs often behave similarly to their owners? Or more precisely, do dogs and their owners share personality traits? Recently, a group of collaborating scientists from Eotvos University's…