Hunters killed 122 pregnant minke whales

May 31, 2018 by  
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Hunters in Japan recently killed 122 pregnant minke whales  as part of a so-called field survey, the BBC reported . The hunters caught the whales for scientific study — even though in 2014 the United Nations ruled against the country’s “lethal research.” The whale meat collected for research is sold for consumption. Japan’s New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean (NEWREP-A) sent a report to the International Whaling Commission for its “third biological field survey.” The hunters caught 333 Antarctic minke whales. 181 were females, and 67 percent of those were pregnant, while 29 percent of the whales were not yet adults. The team caught the animals within 12 weeks before heading back to Japan. Related: A spike in tailless whale sightings worries scientists Humane Society International Senior Program Manager Alexia Wellbelove said in a statement , “The killing of 122 pregnant whales is a shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan’s whale hunt . It is further demonstration, if needed, of the truly gruesome and unnecessary nature of whaling operations, especially when non-lethal surveys have been shown to be sufficient for scientific needs.” Japan’s whaling program has been subject to controversy over the years; the UN’s International Court of Justice ruled the JARPA II program was illegal in 2014, but the country relaunched its program in 2015, the Humane Society said. The country withdrew its recognition of the UN court “as an arbiter of disputes over whales.” Governments of “Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the U.S. and everywhere else sit on their hands and say this criminal behavior is okay because the Japanese government is funding it,” Bob Brown, former Australian politician and founder of the Bob Brown Foundation , told The Telegraph . “The leaders who are today failing to take action have the blood of these innocent whales on their hands. This is an international disgrace and an environmental crime.” Japan says it follows Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling that rules countries can “kill, take and treat whales for purposes of scientific research.” The agreement was signed in 1946. + Humane Society International Australia Via the BBC and The Telegraph Images via National Marine Sanctuaries  and Kobakou

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Flawed recycling results in dangerous chemicals in black plastic

May 31, 2018 by  
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Unsafe recycling of electronic waste has resulted in the distribution of dangerous chemicals into new products made out of black plastic . Published in Environment International , a new study documents the presence of bromide and lead in 600 consumer products made out of black plastic and clarifies its potential negative impact on human and ecological health. “There are environmental and health impacts arising from the production and use of plastics in general, but black plastics pose greater risks and hazards,” explained study lead author Andrew Turner in a statement . “This is due to the technical and economic constraints imposed on the efficient sorting and separation of black waste for recycling, coupled with the presence of harmful additives required for production or applications in the electronic and electrical equipment and food packaging sectors.” Although black plastics compose fifteen percent of domestic plastic waste in the United States , they are particularly difficult to recycle. As a result, hazardous chemicals that were originally used as flame retardants or for color are being processed back into new products. “Black plastic may be aesthetically pleasing, but this study confirms that the recycling of plastic from electronic waste is introducing harmful chemicals into consumer products,” explained Turner. “That is something the public would obviously not expect, or wish, to see and there has previously been very little research exploring this.” Related: Biotech company Nanollose could offer plant-free alternatives for the textile industry Of particular concern is black plastic’s wide usage in food service, with the majority of black plastic being used in food trays or packaging. The black plastic also risks poisoning marine life as its dangerous chemicals seep into the ocean through microplastics. However, the presence of dangerous chemicals, such as the potentially cancer-causing bromine, is not limited to food products; it is also found in plastic jewelry, garden hoses, Christmas decorations, coat hangers and tool handles at high, and possibly even illegal, levels. Given the health risks, the industry must reform. “[T]here is also a need for increased innovation within the recycling industry to ensure harmful substances are eliminated from recycled waste and to increase the recycling of black plastic consumer products,” said Turner. Via Ecowatch Image via Depositphotos

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Humane Approaches to Spring Babies on Your Property

March 23, 2018 by  
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In nature, baby season usually rolls into full swing during spring. … The post Humane Approaches to Spring Babies on Your Property appeared first on Earth911.com.

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The Humane Eating Project Phone App Makes It Easy to Find Sustainable Food Options

January 6, 2014 by  
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Wondering what restaurant to go to that will make you feel good about what you’re eating? A new app called the Humane Eating Project is coming out to make it easier than ever to eat out responsibly. The San Diego-based nonprofit America For Animals is developing The Humane Eating Project to help people locate restaurants that offer humanely-raised, vegan or vegetarian menu items. The app allows people to search through a database of thousands of chain and independently-owned restaurants that offer sustainable food options. Read the rest of The Humane Eating Project Phone App Makes It Easy to Find Sustainable Food Options Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: america for animals , humane eating indiegogo campaign , humane eating project , humane restaurant database , humane-raised meat , restaurants serving unethical food , restaurants with vegan menu , restaurants with vegetarian items , sustainable food , vegan , vegetarian , watch list        

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Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years Strike Midwest and Northeastern US

January 6, 2014 by  
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Over 140 million Americans are bracing this week for the coldest temperatures in nearly 20 years. A “polar vortex” of cold, dense air has the National Weather Service predicting weather 30 to 50 degrees below average in cities across the US. Icy winter conditions have already hit the Midwest over the weekend, resulting in thousands of canceled or delayed flights and preemptively closed schools in Minnesota and Chicago . Read the rest of Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years Strike Midwest and Northeastern US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cold front , cold temperatures , life-threatening low temperatures , midwest snow storm , national weather service , polar vortex , record low temperatures , united states , US , winter storms , winter weather        

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Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive to Make Knockoff Uggs

October 4, 2011 by  
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Photo via Wikimedia Commons Companies that produce leather and fur goods are no stranger to criticism from animal rights groups for their treatment of livestock — but even standard industry practice seems humane in light of horrific scenes recorded at a fur farm in Indonesia. According to the Humane Society International (HSI), and as evidenced in shocking footage acquired by investigators, some breeders are skinning animals alive and using their fur to make cheap knockoffs of the popular Australian boot, known as uggs. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Damage from Coal Costs US Economy More than the Electricity it Generates is Worth: New Study

October 3, 2011 by  
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Photo: Jen SFO-BCN via Flickr/CC BY I was out on vacation last week, but I still caught wind of the new headline-making study Environmental Accounting for Pollution in the United States Economy . The study, which was published in the prestigious journal the American Economic Review , caused quite a stir in green circles, and for good reas… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Recycle Old Furs Into Bedding for Injured Animals

October 23, 2010 by  
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Photo: iStockphoto With a slew of fur-free celebrities and PETA’s racy anti-fur campaigns , sporting a fur coat is controversial. For reasons that range from the philosophical to the stylistic, Planet Green notes , thousands of old fur coats are sitting in closets, unused. Next month, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and second-hand re..

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Voices from Hopenhagen: Paul Shapiro

November 13, 2009 by  
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Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Paul Shapiro, senior director of the Humane Society of the United States’ factory farming campaign.

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"Unplug" Painting Gives Us a Much Needed Reminder

November 13, 2009 by  
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It’s Friday and it’s time to do two things. First, look at pretty art work.

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