Bear Awareness Week: Tell Stephen Colbert to leave bears alone! »
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Bears rule! As
self-appointed official senior bear correspondent, it’s my duty to let y’all know about Bear Awareness Week (different from Bear Week). We kick off the week with the ColBEAR Campaign, aimed at stopping Stephen Colbert’s war on bears. Dude’s obsession with bears is all too evident on ThreatDown. He must be trying to keep the fact that he was raised by bears on the DL. Haters gonna hate, but jeez, Stephen, bears face poaching and loss of habitat. If that were happening to me, I’d be a godless killing machine, too. OH WAIT, I ALREADY AM.
Because bears are far more rad than scary, crotchety garden gnome/board of Defenders of Wildlife member Ed Asner (of the Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Cloris Leachman (also of Mary and then of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m sorry I knew that without looking it up) are the faces of this campaign:
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Go sign the petition asking Mr. Colbert to designate May 19 as “Better Know a Bear Day” to make up for his hilarious transgressions. Then donate $30 to send Stephen a plush teddy bear, ideally culminating in thousands of them landing on his doorstep at the same time. That won’t be creepy at all.
Top 10 links of the week! A breezy ride through veganism! »
[Your cute animal video of the week, stolen from Pawesome. Look how quiet yet excited that dog is!]
Remember hearing like all wild fish are totally going to be gone soon? Well, some scientists disagree. Some agree. I hate fishing regardless. Sounds like a party!
Good news in San Francisco: Activists end live bird sale at SF’s Farmers’ Market!
Big surprise: Tilapia farming is totally effed!
Fish oil may not prevent depression; probably kills fish.
Apparently a dog helped take out bin Laden and this is my discussion topic of the week. Did you see Sarah’s post about parachuting dogs? I just think it’s crazy! I know they form bonds with their trainers or whatever but jumping out of planes? Seems effed! Some actually get PTSD! What do you think? Is what they do so important that it’s worth the risk? I don’t know, they can’t give consent. Seems effed.
Your weekly WTF from Defenders of Wildlife: “The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the first in a series of three bills that mandates the acceleration of the offshore drilling permitting process and opens up new areas to oil and gas drilling.”
This is kind of funny! From This Dish is Veg: Seven ridiculous restaurant logos that feature happy animals selling meat. [Ed.: for many more of these, check out Suicide Food!]
Top 10 links of the week! A breezy ride through veganism! »
Ccute animal video of the week is interrupted to bring you Ron Swanson being a dick about veggie bacon because it makes us lol. I know, vegan bacon can be realllllly good but this is still major lolz. Love that Ron Swanson! This video is crappy quality so go watch a nice version(and some more awesome Parks & Rec funny food-talking footage at Eater!]
First up: Cute Roulette! No explanation necessary. Except that last little bit about not needing an explanation. And that bit. This joke is THE BEST!
World Food Programme had a cool article, Rising Food Prices: 10 Questions Answered. Basically, it’s 10 questions about rising food prices answered. They take the topic of rising food prices, and then answer 10 questions about it.
The Washington Post (ever heard of it?) had a nice piece this week: Five Myths About Vegans by Carol J. Adams. My friend Leah linked it on her Facebook like, “a nice thing to see in the Post" and all her Facebook friends were like, "wah wah wah! Vegans are so hard to please!" And I’m like, "I was JUST as hard to please when I ate brie, bitch."
The Awl has a nice interview with the founder of Babycakes. The message is: QUIT YOUR JOB GET RICH. Also: is there a Babycakes in SF’s future?
Interesting topic from One Green Planet: Fiction Novels with AR themes. Pish, like I need another person pushing books down my throat! Leave me alone, dad!
Apparently there’s a hawk Lothario living above the city of Manhattan. This Dish is Veg has the story, and an adorable story it is. Until you’re walking down the street and BAM! Pigeon head falls out of the sky! That’s not part of the story but it happens.
Gothamist stepped up their game a bit and did a nice lil’ PSA for Farm Sanctuary! Don’t buy bunnies and duckies for Easter. It’s uncool, brah. Jesus is not down with that.
Here’s my discussion topic of the week: AOL thinks PETA’s naked chick policy is doing a bang-up job! Is this dude on crack or does he make good points?
OK here’s my secondary discussion topic of the week: Defenders of Wildlife thinks Obama totally did a disservice to all all the animals that were affected by the Gulf oil spill by ignoring them in his statement on the anniversary of the spill. What do you think?
Finally, check out THIS AWESOME HAMSTER MANSION over at Pawsome!
Wolves to be removed from endangered species lists in five states. Go USA! »
[PBS special: Hunting Wolves, Saving Wolves. Shows both sides of the argument. Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!]
It’s official: in 50-some days, five states are set to take gray wolves off the endangered species list. This is the first time Congress has removed a species from the endangered list. This is not good. You would hope that an animal’s being removed from the endangered species list would mean that the species* had rebounded something fierce—that’s not the case here. The wolf population has recovered a lot from near extinction but that’s not why the wolves are being de-listed. In this case, politics triumphs over science. The Northern Rockies has something like 1,700 wolves and they are just making it too darn hard to hunt. The federal government has relinquished control and the individual states will now “manage” the wolf population on their own. I totally trust a bunch of hunters to manage an endangered species. There are a few super-duper legitimate restrictions; for example, under the new deal, Montana, who currently has a little less than 600 wolves, would have to keep a minimum of 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs. That sounds totally reasonable—75 percent of the species could be wiped out. It’s like, how few can we keep around so that we can rebuild the species once we deplete it again?
The whole thing is depraved. The way they went about it is just as bad as the motivation behind the de-listing. They slipped it into the budget agreement and it’s total bullshit. Why is that legal? And we can’t have realistically expected the President to refuse to sign the budget and shut down the government for wolves. Fucking Congress. I wasn’t aware of this because I’m not that into right-wing politics but according to the Washington Post, “The endangered act has long been reviled by conservatives who see it as a hindrance to economic development.” Damn endangered species, always getting in the way of making money. I’m sure the conservatives are super excited now that they no longer have to go through the usual channels with regards to endangered species—congress has got their back.
Like I said last week, this sets a terrible precedent for other endangered species. Bison and grizzles are already in danger. I just hope there’s not a budget agreement next time polar bears get too rowdy.
*I don’t generally like this word but I’ve used it because that’s the word the government uses and you know what I mean.
Defenders of Wildlife is having a sale on arctic fox adoption. I thought this was really funny and then I was like, “Damn, Megan Rascal! This is sad not funny!” But still, I love a sale. I also love Defenders of Wildlife. According to them, the arctic fox is a “prime target” for the fur trade. Bastard fur-wearers! Arctic foxes are also in danger because of red foxes taking over as top predator in their hood but I don’t know what to do about that?
[Picture from the Defenders of Wildlife facebook page]
The wolf slaughter and how you can help! »
When I wrote about the situation of wolves in the Rockies yesterday, commenter Vi Z. asked, “Is any organization stepping forward to counteract this? Can we do anything?” Being such a pro journalist, I probably should have included this information in the initial post, but! I didn’t. So I’ve looked up a few now and I’d like to share them with you.
Defenders of Wildlife is a pretty dope-seeming organization that I hadn’t heard of because I’m so busy watching NCIS that these things fall through the cracks. They are working crazy-hard to help the wolves! They have a number of petitions you can sign:
- Ask Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to help the wolves in Yellowstone and the Rockies.
- Urge Cabela’s and Sportman’s Warehouse to withdraw their support for wolf-killing derbies. (I don’t want to know what the hell wolf-killing derbies are)
- Help End Aerial Wolf Killing: Urge your representative and senators to co-sponsor the PAW Act.
You can donate to Defenders of Wildlife’s wolf efforts here and you can also adopt a wolf if you like—I’m always encouraging the adoption route if you know any kiddies you can get involved. They also have these “wolf-saving gifts" you can donate that include various ways to protect "livestock" from the wolves like radios and other devices that deter them (but don’t blow their heads off).
Another organization helping to protect wolves is Earthjustice. Earthjustice appears to be a bunch of super-hero lawyers! You can contribute to them and aid in the legal fight for wolves’ lives. Save Biogems, part of the Natural Resources Defense Council, is collecting donations as well. As always, you can also check out the Humane Society’s efforts and donate to them.
Finally, you can contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and tell them to step up their mother-clucking game when it comes to our wolves.
In my search for wolf-support organizations, I came across this awesome video by youtube user PhotoAnimationGuy. A rapping pug gives Sarah Palin what-for over her support for aerial wolf-hunting in Alaska. It’s my new jam!
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