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Category Archive: Wildlife

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  1. Even dedicated meat-eaters are finally realizing that lobsters and crabs feel pain, and that even if their perceptions of pain and suffering aren’t quite the same as those of mammals (read: ours), it may not be OK to boil them alive for the eaters’ gustatory pleasure. What’s being done with these realizations, unfortunately, reads more like bad sci-fi than like any genuine acquisition of humane awareness.

    A new “solution” to the problem of these animals experiencing pain and stress has been found, one that is supposed to allow seafood lovers to be nice to their lobsters and eat them too. Enter the CrustaStun, the hot new contraption on the “humane” meat market.

    British inventor/entrepreneur Simon Buckhaven believes that crustaceans feel pain, and indeed, upon opening the home page of the CrustaStun website, the following text rolls out: “Crustaceans are sentient animals. Butchering or boiling alive causes them pain and stress.” He thinks it’s much better to shock them to death instead. That’s right folks–the CrustaStun is an electric chair for lobsters, crabs, and the like. Buckhaven has taken advantage of the fact that salt water can carry an electrical charge to give these creatures a shocking watery grave rather than a boiling one. Makes perfect sense, right?

    One wonders whether, with his oh-so-deep concern for all things crustacean, it occurred to Buckhaven that his device does nothing to address the stress and discomfort caused by methods of trapping and/or farming and transportation of shellfish, or the crowded tanks in which the animals are kept until ready to be consumed. But hey, why worry about little details like that? Clearly a short, less painful death makes up for a long miserable life. Did he stop to consider that his invention might make concerned consumers feel better about eating these animals, thereby actually increasing demand for crustaceans, directly raising the number of animals who live torturous lives only to become expensive “gourmet” platters? Well, we know for sure one thing that he did think of: “The animals do not get stressed during the process and, as a result, the meat tastes better.” Touching.

  2. The Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin is touring Australia

    The Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin is touring Australia

    Hello all. As you may know, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society sends a ship to Antarctica each year, to stop the Japanese whaling fleet from killing whales. What you may not know is that the entirely vegan Sea Shepherd ship must rely completely on donations from the public for its supply of food. And food is of course one of the only pleasures you’re going to get in Antarctica (so good food is prized more than gold there).

    Well, Sea Shepherd has finally decided its ship’s food wish list for this year. Operation Waltzing Matilda, Sea Shepherd’s next Antarctic campaign to save the whales, takes off this December, so there’s still time to help stock the ship. The ship is currently in Australia, so it may be hard for NYC locals to donate to the ship of course, but if one reader has a friend who has a friend in Australia, or has a great deal on fedex and blenders, then who knows, concerned citizens from around the globe may all eventually pitch in to supply to the ship with all it needs. If you can, please help out! :)

    Now, if you want to help but can’t get items to Australia affordably or fast, you can always donate money directly to Sea Shepherd so they can buy these items. Thank you!

    Steve Irwin Current Wish List
    Location: Circular Quay Sydney 10am till 5pm until Monday 12th October

    Sea Shepherd Australia:

    Sour dough starter
    Industrial blender
    Wooden Chopping boards
    Tea towels
    Hand blender
    Food processor
    Green power champion juicer
    Black polar fleece balaclavas

    Food Needs:
    Soy milk
    Olive oil
    Brown rice
    Icing sugar
    Smoked paprika
    Bragg’s bouillon/amino acids
    Soft drinks
    Fruit juice
    Fresh herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro, etc.)
    Asian fake meat products
    Tofutti products – cream cheese, sour cream, cheese slices)
    Soy/veggie hot dogs/sausages
    Nuts and seeds (cashews, almonds etc)
    Dark vegan chocolate

    Non-Food Related But Badly Needed:
    AAA batteries.
    Portable battery charger 6,12,24 volt.
    Good quality hand held marine radios.

    This is one of Supervegan’s posts for Vegan MoFo 2009.

  3. Tod gives Roxy a squeeze, Simon looks to the sky, and Ben sits handsomely in the foreground. Photo by Liz Sullivan for The New York Post.

    Tod gives Roxy a squeeze, Simon looks to the sky, and Ben sits handsomely in the foreground. Photo by Liz Sullivan for The New York Post.

    In a series for this very blog, SuperVegan’s Tod Emko turned upside-down my ingenuous perception of the Galapagos Islands. What I imagined to be, and what once was, an unscathed paradise for albatross, tortoises, finches, sea lions, and hundreds of other tropical-weather-loving species has become something of a perverted hell for human-introduced domesticated animals and the native species on which they prey. Disease-carrying feral pups and cats on Galapagos are decimating native species, and with no natural predators, the dog and cat populations are soaring. Hundreds of sick, injured, and abused feral mutts found their way to Tod while he was in the Galapagos this spring, and several even followed him home. Struggling to manage the overwhelming need for medical care and humane population control for these disregarded creatures, Tod enlisted the help of a veterinarian and the guidance and partnership of nonprofit Amigo Fiel to plan the Galapagos’s first animal hospital and shelter.

    Tod spared several hours last week from the two jobs that fund his apartment-menagerie to describe the cause and plans for this ambitious project.

    Samantha Cohen: Your blog series, Blog of a Vegan Pirate in Galapagos, details your travails in the area this spring, including your experience with the exploded dog and cat populations there. For those who haven’t had a chance to read your vibrant posts, could you explain the need for a Galapagos animal hospital?

    Tod Emko: It may surprise a lot of people who haven’t been there recently, but the Galapagos islands are under a lot more unnatural pressure than they can handle. The animals of Galapagos are suffering from too much human interference and development, and there is almost nothing restoring balance to give the animals a chance at having a future there. Continue Reading…

  4. Usually, I love reading the Huffington Post. However, in the past week they posted a surprisingly scathing blog entry calling Sea Shepherd a terrorist group.

    However, the blog made all its arguments based on many assumptions that many people seem to be making about conservation lately, so it seemed worth it to address the blog.

    For the first part of this post, we will first address the main themes of the Huffington blog, for the benefit of most readers. Afterwards, we will have, for anyone who has the time or curiosity, a much longer section analyzing every other argument made in the Huffington blog, as it does address other arguments against conservation law enforcing.

    The main themes

    The central theme of the Huffington blog is mentioned time and time again, and put succinctly in its eighth paragraph:

    “Of course the whalers, whatever you may think of their activities, are operating legally. It is Watson and the Sea Shepherds who are the criminals.”

    So, although we’ve addressed this partially in previous posts, let’s cover it comprehensively here.

    Here is a list of illegal activities that the whalers are performing on video, much of which was outlined by Paul Watson:
    Continue Reading…

  5. Until June 14, HOME, a film that gorgeously illustrates the devastating impact of careless human consumption on Earth’s ecosystems, can be viewed in full for free on YouTube in high definition.

    In this stunning (and carbon-offset) bird’s eye view of Earth, breathtaking visuals implicate viewers in the interconnectedness of the planet’s dazzling, seldom-seen landscapes and multitudinously various life. Facilitated by Glenn Close’s urgent narration, HOME highlights patterns and atrocities of human existence: “concentration camp-style cattle farms,” “a forest…turned into meat,” and diversity replaced with standardization. Simply put, “humanity has barely 10 years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoilation of the Earth’s riches and change its patterns of consumption,” says Director Yann Arthus-Bertrand on the movie’s official page.

    To deliver that message to the largest possible audience, HOME’s creators released the film with its viewers’ pocketbooks in mind; besides offering the film free on YouTube for a limited time, the creators, with financial backing from PPR—a French holding company that, perhaps conflictingly, owns Gucci and Puma—, are showing it at theaters at discounted rates, on select TV stations, and at free screenings worldwide. The Blu-ray and DVD versions will be in stock at Amazon on June 13 and 14 respectively.

    Watch the trailer for just a blink of the eyeful that is HOME: