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Showing a Little Gratitude for My Natural Surroundings

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving! Time to rest up for Wednesday night- the biggest bar night of the year. Yep, it surpasses New Years’ Eve even! To be followed by Thursday’s eat-a-thon, then Friday’s shopping madness. Yeah, we sure know how to show our gratitude. Ah, but we each have a choice as to how … Continue reading

In Talking With a Polar Bear…

I’ve been doing some serious soul-searching. I’ve never been a trusting sort, and Tuesday reminded me yet again that people are not to be trusted. That said, I no longer have it in me to fight. If you do, more power to you. Me, I’m done. Instead I’m going to enjoy my days. After all, … Continue reading

The Fear of Pain and Suffering

I recently read a paper published in 2010 by Oscar Horta University of Santiago de Compostela entitled, “Debunking the Idyllic View of Natural Processes: Population Dynamics and Suffering in the Wild.” (accessed through Faunalytics.org) Horta mentions that we have some romantic idea of what it must be like for animals to live in the wild and do … Continue reading

Killing Bears- For Humanity’s Sake #SparetheBear

Last Friday Stephanie Rivkin went hiking in the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Connecticut, and had an encounter with two black bear cubs. She videoed the event and posted it to YouTube. . Now at least one of the bear cubs will be put to death by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental. Well, … Continue reading

They’re Just Weeds

It’s spring, and after a harsh winter, Nature blesses us with the beauty of flowers. But we don’t like them. They are too small. They’re not in the right place. They’re weeds! Yuck! So we pull them up. We spray weed killer on them. We fertilize our lawns with chemicals that seep into our ground … Continue reading

The Ecosystem That is My Backyard

Have you ever stopped and thought about all the animals that share your world with you? Oh sure, you have a companion animal, be it dog, cat, or other animal friend. But what other animals do you share your life with? Do you even notice them? I share the place I live with chipmunks. Squirrels. Toads. A … Continue reading

June Buggie Says…

US Attitudes Toward Animals: HRC’s Animal Tracker- Year 7

Each year the Humane Research Council surveys the attitudes and behaviors of Americans toward animals. The results of this year’s Animal Tracker study, sponsored by Alley Cat Allies, American Anti-Vivisection Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Welfare Trust, Farm Sanctuary, the Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, New England Anti-Vivisection Society, & the Pettus Crowe Foundation, were … Continue reading

Des Moines, Iowa Mall: Scene of Animal Welfare Showdown!

Des Moines, Iowa, isn’t exactly known for its great strides in animal welfare. But there is a fight brewing there, thanks to a brave woman by the name of Rita Mason. Mason started the online petition to end the practice of allowing Pella Wildlife Company, a so-called wildlife education program, to set up a portable … Continue reading

Pet Moose? Wildlife Should Remain Wild!

It seems that there’s a problem with people in Alaska wanting to touch baby moose- and even wanting to keep them as pets!   According to the Associated Press, there have been a string of incidents involving people in Alaska trying to do just that. Persons in Willow had a baby moose in their back yard in a … Continue reading

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