Tigers punched for fun at horrifying "sanctuaries" in China

August 1, 2016 by  
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Even today, when global organizations like the World Wildlife Fund have brought conservation to the forefront of conversation, animal abuse still happens. Some of it is covered up by organizations posing as “sanctuaries” that do good. Wildlife photographer Paul Hilton recently shared an Instagram photograph taken at one such “sanctuary,” the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village in China, of a tourist cheerfully punching a tiger for fun. Hilton snapped the photo of a tiger being hit a few years ago, but said the practice continues today. At the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village, tigers are drugged and then punched . The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) estimates there are 200 tiger farms in China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos, where unspeakable crimes against animals are being perpetrated. Related: 40 lifeless tiger cubs discovered in Thailand temple’s freezer Not only are tigers hit for entertainment at tiger farms, they’re often ” speed bred :” tiger babies are taken away from mothers instantly after birth, and the mothers are forced to breed again swiftly. The babies are often used for selfies. Tigers are also killed so their bones can be used for tiger wine, which many believe acts as an aphrodisiac. There are up to 8,000 tigers forced to live in these horrific tiger farms, while only around 3,890 tigers still live in the wild. The issue of tiger abuse is by no means limited to Asia. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), about 5,000 tigers live in captivity in the United States. But most of these tigers aren’t in zoos – 95 percent are “privately owned,” often by people who have no idea how to properly care for them. Further, ” tiger encounters ” – where people can pose for pictures with tigers, often young cubs – mean there’s motivation for people to own and breed tigers. When tigers used for selfies grow up, it’s more difficult for the illegal owners to feed them and the tigers often end up in the hands of illegal wildlife traders who sell them in parts. WWF started a petition to Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, to “fully ban public contact with tigers in the US.” WWF policy experts say action in the United States will send a ” positive signal ” to governments in Asia considering what to do about the appalling tiger farms. + Sign On to Help Protect Tigers Via One Green Planet Images via Paul Hilton on Instagram and Pixabay

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Inhabitat’s top original photos of 2014

December 31, 2014 by  
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  Here at Inhabitat, we’re fortunate enough to be able to write about some truly spectacular topics, and occasionally we also have the opportunity to travel around and take great photos to share as well! When we visit new cities, we might drop by a newly built passive home  to snap some pictures, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to attend the opening of a new park . Our writers have taken pictures of Baltimore’s solar-powered water wheel , a bunker-style home in San Francisco, and even got a sneak peek at Toyota’s new Urban Utility Vehicle . One of the most powerful experiences we had this past year was being present at the 400,000-people-strong climate march in Manhattan ; the biggest in history so far! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the photos we’ve taken to share with you: please vote for your favorite below and let us know which gallery you liked best! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 photos , Art , art galleries , art gallery , art installation , art-related stories , best gallery photos , best of inhabitat , best original pictures , best photo posts , best stories of 2014 , gallery installations , gallery photos , inhabitat photo stories , inhabitat readers choice winners , original Inhabitat pictures , original photos , original pictures , photo , photo gallery , photography 2014 , photography posts of 2014 , Photos , photos of 2014 , picture , pictures , Top 6 Inhabitat photo stories of 2014 , top 6 photo gallery posts , top photo posts , top photo stories of 2014 , top picture stories

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Black Friday shopper numbers embarrassingly surpass voter turnout for the midterm elections

December 7, 2014 by  
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Photo by Shutterstock It was a black day for American politics on November 2. Nearly twice as many people scrambled for Black Friday bargains than showed up to vote at the 2014 midterm elections . The pitiful 77 million-voter turnout was the lowest participation rate for midterm elections since 1940, leaving many to wonder if these dismal numbers mean that Americans actually value consumerism more than democracy. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American democracy , Black Friday , consumerism , democracy , midterm elections , Shopping , voter , voter turnout

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What’s a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

July 31, 2014 by  
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Butcher Shop Steals Joke by Vegan Comedian, Goes Viral

January 3, 2014 by  
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When Windsor Meats in Vancouver, Canada posted a funny joke the manager had seen online in their window, the last thing they expected was for the photo to circulate back to the original comedian. The blackboard in the shop’s window read: “Did you know? Vegans live 15 year longer because they aren’t invited anywhere fun or dangerous. Instead they stay at home crying and drinking, being careful not to cry into the drink because tears are a product of animal suffering.” A picture of the board quickly went viral , with meat-eaters everywhere using it as an opportunity to bash vegans and vegetarians for their “lack of humor.” The only problem? The original creator of the joke is a vegan himself. Read the rest of Butcher Shop Steals Joke by Vegan Comedian, Goes Viral Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: butcher shop , Myq Kaplan , vegan comedian , vegan humor , vegan joke , viral image , windsor meats        

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars

December 16, 2013 by  
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It’s likely that we all had a snow globe or seven when we were kids, and we took great glee in shaking them up to see the little flakes dance around every time we shook them. It’s easy to make your own glittery globes with a few simple materials, but if you’d like to go one step beyond glueing a miniature animal to the inside of a mason jar, you can make unique photo globes instead ! These can be put together in less than an hour, and are delightfully quirky gifts for anyone and everyone to receive. Read the rest of DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christmas gift , Christmas present , diy gift , DIY gift idea , diy holiday gift , DIY present , DIY snow globe , DIY snow globe gift , glitter , glycerin , glycerine , holiday gift , Holiday present , jar gift , mason jar , olive oil , photo , photo snow globe , picture , picture in a jar , picture snow globe , snow globe , snow globe present , xmas gift , xmas present        

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Homeless Man Creates New Pollution-Fighting App While Living on the Street

December 16, 2013 by  
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Leo Grand has been homeless for two years now but that didn’t stop him from coding a new, eco-friendly app. The app, called Trees for Cars , helps users set up rideshares and is available for iPhone and Android. Grand learned how to code after being approached by developer Patrick McConlogue, who offered him the choice between $100 cash or a laptop and an opportunity to take coding lessons. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car pollution , Car Sharing , carbon emissions , carpooling , education and coding , environmental apps for smart phones , environmental smart phone apps , green mobile apps , homeless coder , homeless environmentalist , homeless nyc man builds app , leo grand , Patrick Mcconlogue        

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The tipping point in action: twice as much methane released due to seabed permafrost melting

November 26, 2013 by  
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This photo shows methane on fire as it escapes through the ice above a Siberian Arctic shelf. How does this natural gas affect global warming predictions?

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Now this is what you call a narrow house

November 26, 2013 by  
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Here’s the skinny on a house designed by Fujiwarramuro Architects that’s barely wide enough to swing a cat.

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

June 7, 2013 by  
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Photo © On Wings of Care When Hurricane Ivan coursed through the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, it knocked out operations at a Taylor Energy Company platform and ruptured several well heads in the area. Since then the wells have been leaking oil into the sea 12 miles south of New Orleans, and according to Grist , efforts to cap the wells appear to have ceased in 2011. While Taylor has stated that the resultant slick is 200 feet wide and 6.5 miles long, NOAA’s estimates suggest that there is a one mile wide, 20.2 mile long oil slick —that’s roughly 80 times larger than Taylor is reporting. Read the rest of Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , fossil fuels , gulf of mexico , nrc , oil industry , oil slick , oil spill , on wings of care , skytruth , US Coast Guard , water pollution        

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