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Animal Welfare and Biodiversity - Resources
The topics covered on this page include animal welfare and animal rights, as well as issues on biodiversity, habitat, and land conservation. Animal welfare articles are available, as are lists of groups on animal abuse, farm animal welfare, and animal rights groups, land conservation organizations, and groups that protect endangered species. Topical categories for animal welfare resources and biodiversity resources include audio, video, movies, books, and quotes. On the lighter side, Grinning Planet has cartoons on animal welfare and endangered species, etc.
Quirks & Quarks
Improving the Plight of Chimpanzees —
12 Oct 2013 —
When veterinarian Sheri Speed first witnessed chimpanzees chained up in small cages for the amusement of hotel guests in Cameroon, it changed her life. The chimps were malnourished and unhappy; some had been orphaned by the illegal bush meat trade; and one had been captive for 40 years. Speed promised herself she would change their lives; and she did. She discusses overcoming obstacles and resistance to establish a chimpanzee sanctuary in Cameroon.
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Living On Earth
The Spongy Secret of Coral Reefs —
18 Oct 2013 —
Since Darwin's day, scientists have wondered how vibrant coral reefs thrive in the nutrient-poor waters of the tropics. Jasper de Goeij of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands says that the humble sponge is the key.
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Murky Waters Causing Manatee Deaths —
26 Sep 2013 —
Over the past year, record numbers of dolphins, manatees and pelicans have turned up dead in the 150-mile-long estuary that runs along Florida's Atlantic Coast. Bouts of algal blooms have flourished in the waters. All signs point to an ecosystem that is seriously out of balance, largely due to the way humans have changed the flow of water in the area.
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Starring: Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Cody Linley, David Arquette
REVIEW: Hoot is a light teen comedy that aims to deliver the message that people who care about other species, especially endangered ones, should act to prevent their corrupt destruction. In this case, the under-attack critters are a family of burrowing owls that happen to be nesting on the site of a new pancake house. It would have been nice if Hoot had given a little more background on these particular owls—what their function in the ecosystem is, etc. And the bad guys, cops, and subplots here are pretty cartoonish, with much of the action being overly familiar fare. Still, it all works reasonably well, eventually getting us to an ending in which they owl live happily ever after. (And who can argue with a movie that has music and appearances by Jimmy Buffett?)
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Being Caribou (2005) (Documentary)
REVIEW: Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison spent five months keeping pace—on foot—with the "Porcupine" Caribou herd of North America's northwestern region. They documented their epic journey and the surrounding wild places as a way of bringing attention to the inadvisability of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which serves as the calving grounds for the herd. As it turns out, Heuer and Allison also made an awe-inspiring, very watchable film. There's a short bit about how native peoples still hunt and use caribou at the beginning of the movie that would have been better placed as an insert in the middle of the long on-the-trail section. But that's a minor criticism of a generally impressive film, which won more than a dozen film-festival awards.
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Cane Toads - An Unnatural History (1987) (Documentary)
DESCRIPTION: A fat, ugly creature whose sole purpose in life is the pursuit of sexual gratification is rapidly taking over Australia! The cane toads were imported by the sackload from Hawaii to Australia in 1935 in an attempt to rid the country of the Greyback beetle, which was rapidly destroying their sugarcane crop. The cane toads adapted beautifully to their new surroundings. Problem was, the beetle could fly and the cane toad couldn't. What the cane toad is unusually good at, however, is making more cane toads--thousands upon thousands more. If Monty Python produced a National Geographic Special, it would be Cane Toads !
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley
REVIEW: To save Earth from an approaching alien probe, Kirk and the Enterprise crew go back in time to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with the probe—humpback whales. This is widely considered to be one of the best Star Trek films, with plenty of action and humor, and the comfortable feel of the cast from the original series. The subtext warnings about the dangers of species extinction are clear but not forced.
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For more movies on such topics, see the following sections of Grinning Planet's movies page:
|SUSTAINABLE MEAT, EGGS, DAIRY (Animal Welfare #216)||01-JUN-2010|
WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO ... MADE WITH INDUSTRIAL MEAT
Sustainable Meat, Eggs, and Dairy
|CAFOs / FACTORY FARMS (Animal Welfare Article #214)||01-APR-2010|
THE CAFOs OF MEATOPOLIS—WHAT AN (ANIMAL) WASTE
CAFOs - Factory Farming
|CHICKEN WELFARE (Animal Welfare Article #147)||29-NOV-2005|
|WE HOPE YOU’RE NOT TOO CHICKEN TO READ THIS ARTICLE
The Not-So-Bird-Brained Chicken and How to Improve Chicken Raising
|ANIMAL LOVERS, EAT ORGANIC! (Animal Welfare Article #137)||19-JUL-2005|
|ANIMAL LOVERS, FORK OVER YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS
Why Eat Organic Food If You're an Animal Lover
|ANIMAL TESTING ON PRODUCTS (Animal Welfare Article #96)||12-OCT-2004|
“MANIMAL AND THE COSMETICS TESTING LABORATORY”
Personal-Care Products – An Easy Call on Animal Testing
|PASTURE-RAISED COWS (Animal Welfare Article #91)||14-SEP-2004|
|HOW NOW, HAPPY COW?
An Old Dairy Farm Trick —
Milk and Cheese from Grass Fed Cows
|PIG FARM HORRORS (Animal Welfare Article #75)||15-JUN-2004|
|HOGGING THE SPOTLIGHT WITH MY PET THEORY
Hog Farming and Animal Welfare vs. The Cat Lady and Her Kitties
|SALMON FARMING PROBLEMS (Animal Welfare Article #46)||26-FEB-2004|
|GETTING A FRANKEN-LEG UP IN THE ANNUAL SALMON RUN
Farm-Raised Salmon Has More Problems Than Just PCBs
|CATTLE FEEDING PRACTICES (Animal Welfare Article #23)||02-DEC-2003|
|IT'S STILL A "JUNGLE" OUT THERE
US Beef-Industry Feeding Practices Are a Source of Concern
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|ECO/GREEN YARDS (Biodiversity Article #218)||01-AUG-2010|
OSHA FINES HOMEOWNER OVER LAWN-GNOMES’ WORKING CONDITIONS
Eco/Green Yard Tips
|BENEFICIAL PLANTS & INSECTS IN YOUR GARDEN (Biodiversity Article #125)||26-APR-2005|
|NATURAL PEST CONTROL (OTHER THAN CALLER ID)
Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
|GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS (Biodiversity Issue #102)||16-NOV-2004|
|GOOD ADVICE: DON’T BUG THE WEB OF LIFE
10 Threats to the Web of Life on Planet Earth
|SCIENCE AND ENDANGERED SPECIES (Article #82S)||13-JUL-2004|
|LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS (GOING EXTINCT) — OH MY!
Species Extinction: Causes, Statistics, and Trends
|CHRISTIANITY AND ENDANGERED SPECIES (Issue #82C)||13-JUL-2004|
|SAVE ENDANGERED SPECIES, AVOID LIGHTNING STRIKES!
Christian Stewardship, Endangered Species, and the Environment
|SPECIES / BIODIVERSITY (Species Article #77)||22-JUN-2004|
|IT ISN’T CRUEL SHOES THAT MAKE NATURAL ARCHES FALL
Keystone Species are Essential to Ecosystems and Biodiversity
|WATER FOR BACKYARD ANIMALS (Biodiversity Article 67)||11-MAY-2004|
|HOW ABOUT A NICE ASPHALT SLURPEE?
Fresh Water for Birds, Squirrels, and Other Back Yard Animals
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"We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words."
— Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty
"Each one [of the Earth's 5 million invertebrate species] plays a role in its ecosystem. It's like we're tearing the cogs out of a great machine. The machine might work after you tear out ten cogs, but what happens when you tear out a hundred?"
"The animals of the planet are in desperate peril... Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen."
— Alice Walker
"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal.... I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her."
— Ellen DeGeneres
"Wolves are very resourceful. All they need to survive is for people not to shoot them."
— Bob Ferris
Working for a peaceable kingdom for humans, animals, and the environment
Dedicated to raising awareness about cruelty-free living and the importance of compassion to ALL animals
Serve as a gateway to news, information, and resources about alternatives to animal testing
Animal advocacy and educational organization dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education
Works for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the US; offers programs in humane education, public awareness, government advocacy, shelter support, and animal medical services and placement
Serves as a clearinghouse for information on the internet related to animal rights and welfare
Works to reduce the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans
Offers a wide variety of products made without animals or animal testing
Seeks abolition of factory farming and adoption of agricultural systems that meet the welfare needs of farm animals
Does animal advocacy campaigns in the US and runs animal care facilities
Works to end the abuse associated with greyhound racing
Dedicated to creating a world where our relationship with animals is guided by compassion
Works to expose the abuses of commercial hunts and related animal welfare issues, and works to end such practices
Promotes animal liberation in the belief that all animals have value and interests, independent of their usefulness to human beings
A refuge where abandoned or abused performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade can live in peace and contentment
Dedicated to ending the use of nonhuman primates in biomedical and harmful behavioral experimentation
Information and regulations for the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, teaching, transport, and by dealers
Australian organization that envisions a world in which animals are treated with respect and compassion
Works to build a united global animal welfare movement to foster a world where animal welfare matters, and animal cruelty ends
Programs designed to conserve the world's biological diversity
From PBS; has many video clips of nature and the outdoors
Protects genetic diversity in livestock and poultry species through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds
Mission is to protect and restore bats and their habitats worldwide
A global initiative to strengthen the ongoing work of farming communities in conserving and developing the agricultural biodiversity vital to their livelihood and food security
Protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education, and environmental law
Dedicated to conserving and recovering native and naturally functioning ecosystems in the Greater Southern Rockies
Official website of CITES, an international agreement aimed at ensuring that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival
Mission is to conserve the earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature
Dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities
A rather different sort of project designed to promote understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources
An open-source comprehensive database of plant and animal species; the brainchild of famed biologist E.O. Wilson
Combines research and education to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge about ecological systems
A niche search engine to help you find info about specific species
Promotes voluntary land conservation in the US; provides resources, leadership, and training to grassroots land trusts trying to protect important open spaces
Fights to safeguard the beauty, wildlife, and history of US parks
Mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth
Search engine cataloging conservation information on over 50,000 plants, animals, and "ecological communities" in North America
Saves and shares the seeds of "heirloom" varieties of garden plants
Searchable archives of six ornithological journals, each covering decades' worth of material
The wildlife-trade monitoring network of World Wildlife Fund
Conserves land as parks, gardens, and other natural places
US Park Service science and nature section.
Aims to conserve a connected set of preserved wild areas in the North American West stretching from the Yukon to northern Mexico
Dedicated to the support of conservation entrepreneurs who are working actively with local communities to protect endangered flagship species and preserve their natural habitats
Saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education
Empowers local conservation scientists worldwide to protect nature and safeguard ecosystem and human health
Works to apply sound ecosystem management to demonstrate how this is the only way to sustainable livelihoods for those directly dependent on natural resources
Uses scientific knowledge to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems
An international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation
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