September 2009

World Animal Remembrance Month

When I was a little girl, I had a ton of pets. From fish to ferrets, hamsters to gerbils, frogs to lizards, and even a chicken once, they all left this world the same way—in a box in our backyard. It was usually one of my grandfather’s old cigar boxes—though he’d already passed away himself, there were plenty around—and accompanied by a very solemn funeral, performed by myself and whichever of my playmates happened to be around that day.

Do Microchips Cause Cancer in Cats and Dogs?

The answer is a resounding "yes and no." It's hard to separate medical truth in this matter from the overlap with the "government monitoring/New World Order/black helicopters/Mark of the Beast" paranoid conspiracy theorists who have taken to the internet like ducks to water.  And nothing scares people right out of their rational minds like saying that something causes cancer.

Bee Disappearance: A Partial Explanation In The UK

The worldwide disappearance of honeybees is being blamed in part - in the UK at least - on the use of a pesticide which has been banned by the European Union.  The Telegraph is reporting that a new study by insect research charity Buglife and the Soil Association is putting the blame partly on neonicotinoids, a group of pesticides which is widely used on oilseed rape and potted plants for sale at greenhouses.

Neonicotinoids get into the cell walls of the plants themselves, and therefore are transmitted back to the hive in pollen.  Beekeepers protested  neonicotinoids in Europe, claiming that it was killing their bees.  The pesticide was then banned in the European Union, but continues to be used in Britain.

Newly Discovered: Vampire Frogs and Monster Rats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A recent expedition took place in Papua New Guinea. In the center of an extinct volcanic called Mount Bosavi, the adventure was led by top biologists from the Smithsonian Institute, London Zoo, Oxford University and a documentary film crew from the BBC. The Lost World contained within Mount Bosavi yielded several fantastic surprises. Among them; fanged frogs, giant rats, tiny parrots, a spider that drops nets on its prey, a new species of fish that grunts, and a whopping total of 47 new species of animals.

Care2 Adds Wolf Habitat to “Click to Make a Difference” Program

When I started out as an activist, Care2 was my hub. Though I’ve found several others since, Care2 is the one I always come back to. They have petitions—you can even create your own—helpful environmental articles, shopping resources, eCards, and a plethora of resources for both the budding and the seasoned activist.

One novel concept at Care2 that has made me visit daily, however, is its Click to Make a Difference Program. When I first joined Care2, I believe there were only three causes to click for—big cat habitat, rainforest habitat, and breast cancer. Perhaps there were one or two others.