Cosmetic animal testing banned in the European Union! »
That’s right! As of March 11, “the marketing, import, and sale of animal-tested cosmetics and their ingredients will no longer be legal in the EU.” Congratulations to PCRM, who did a lot of work lobbying for the ban, and here’s to passing a similar ban in the U.S. Cosmetics don’t need to be tested on animals any longer. Science has moved beyond it; here’s hoping we can move society beyond it, too.
[Photo by Ahmad Hashim via Flickr]
Welcome to protection under California’s Endangered Species Act, great white shark! »
Great whites are the scariest sharks ever, thanks to movies and television and their natural aura of gruesome death, but of course also despite the protections we already had in place for them, commercial fishing is reckless and whoops, we’re accidentally killing them so fish-eaters can eat fish.
Great whites have been off-limits to commercial and sport fishing under California law since 1994, Reuters noted. However, the fish, particularly young ones, still wind up as “bycatch” in gill-nets intended for halibut, swordfish and white sea bass off of California and Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Such bycatch, also known as “incidental taking,” has been unrestricted.
But now (for a month already!), thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, great whites are now protected under the state Endangered Species Act. They’re not on the Endangered Species list, but this news is progress toward that end. Save the great white! Don’t let the Pacific (completely) go to hell because a bunch of jerks are hungry for fish steaks.
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella
Want to see more? Be sure to visit The Philippine Tarsier Conservatory location page on Instagram!
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, Bohol, is owned by the non-profit Philippine Tarsier Foundation, whose mission is to save the tarsiers. The Sanctuary gives visitors the opportunity to see these tiny tarsiers up close, learn more about the species and take photographs of them as they live freely inside a protected forest. All fees collected from visitors support conservation efforts.
Tarsiers, one of the smallest primates, have thrived in rainforests around the world for the past 45 million years; however, the tarsier population has drastically dwindled since the 1960s as a result of habitat loss, hunting, pesticides and human disturbance. Today, the Philippine tarsier exists only on a few islands in the Philippines, Indonesia and Borneo. Once a common sight on the Philippine island of Bohol, the tarsier is now on the endangered species list.
I love a creepy-cute primate, don’t you?
Exclusive Awesome Photos: Penguins And Seals In Antarctica! »
My aunt and uncle, who wish to remain anonymous, recently took an incredible trip to Antarctica and snagged some insanely cool pictures of Antartic animals! Enjoy, and let’s all be grateful for amazing aunts and uncles!
I have no words for the glory that is these images. Who wants go to Antarctica together while it’s still frozen?!
Hello Tumblr! Check out these cute young Kangaroos in an incubator. A gentle giant has been nicknamed Kangaroo Dundee after rescuing and raising more than 200 orphan marsupials. Brolga, a 6ft 7inch Australian, gave up a life in the city to open his own sanctuary in the outback. Photograph: AGB Films/SWNS.com
Hello babies! Get more marsupial action with clips from the two-part BBC Two documentary, Kangaroo Dundee, about Brolga and the kangaroos he cares for.
Paul Nicklen’s picture of emperor penguins in the Ross Sea, “Bubble-Jetting Penguins,” has won the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This is amazing, right? Apparently he captured it by “[lowering himself] into the only likely exit hole … wait[ing[ for the return of the penguins … [and lock[ing] his legs under the lip of the ice so he could remain motionless, breathing through a snorkel so as not to spook the penguins when they arrived.” Crazy, right?
You can see more of Nicklen’s penguin photos at National Geographic (they are UNBELIEVABLE), and check out all the winning photographs. The one with the shark fins is horrifying, but the sneaky tiger is adorable.
SF Appeal has the BEST slideshow of an rehabilitated sea lion being released into the wild! SWIM LITTLE SEA LION SWIM! Swim right into my arms so we can be best friends forever I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Goddammit! Sometimes I do not know what I’d do with all this love I have for sea lions… how do you guys handle it? This has to be a universal problem, right??
Hey, animal-rights advocates in North Dakota! Here is some news you can use!
North Dakota Pets Rally to Fight Animal Cruelty
There are only two states in the U.S. that don’t recognize animal cruelty as a serious crime: North and South Dakota. A measure on the ballot this November seeks to change that in North Dakota.
Pets of all stripes have come out in support of Measure 5, which would make extreme animal cruelty to dogs, cats and horses a felony in the state.
If your pet supports this measure, you can upload his pic here.
Get it together, North Dakota. South Dakota is the superior Dakota by dint of Mount Rushmore alone; by protecting your pets, you can achieve the higher status your geographical location would seem to warrant!
If you don’t believe us, trust the endorsements Measure 5 has received by organizations you love, like HSUS, Best Friends Animal Society, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. And if you don’t care about them, care about these 100 percent adorable animals who are all about protecting their brethren and sistren. Yes on 5, North Dakotans!
We have come across a very important corner of the internet: Australian military personel with animals.
Why can’t we all be friends with wallabies? Or just all go live in that picture. Strapping dudes with tiny marsupials, YES PLEASE.
Oh man! How did we miss this? It’s a Funny or Die video featuring that unnecessarily creepy “exclusive” whisper and also Katherine Heigl, advertising her life’s mission: neutering (and spaying) animals! It’s funny enough. Mostly we think it’s awesome when celebrities are passionate about important issues in an unpretentious manner.
[video by Funny or Die, which we found at Ecorazzi]