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06/18/2010

This week certainly has been trying; thank goodness it’s time for the link-o-rama!  »


This is Wilson, a bunny from Harvest Home Sanctuary. He could be your best new bunny pal, if you are in Berkeley tomorrow! HE HAS HIS OWN BUNNY TO CUDDLE!! Wilson is a meta-bunny! Read about where and when to find him below.

Event-y things!
Your Vegansaurus loves bunnies; what about you? This week, the SFPD confiscated 23 bunnies from a pet store—it’s illegal to sell them in the city—and you can adopt them from Animal Care and Control starting tomorrow, Saturday June 19, at noon. Harvest Home Sanctuary is also holding a rabbit-adoption event in the East Bay, in conjunction with the House Rabbit Society, on Saturday! You can meet rabbits at Berkeley’s 4th Street Shopping District, at 1824 4th St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

News-ish items!
What the FUCK: Miami is building a new stadium for the Florida Marlins, which will include two saltwater aquariums as part of the walls around home plate. “To safeguard it from impact, Lexan—the material used for bulletproof windows—will be installed in front and in back of the acrylic panels.” I’m sure that the animals living in those aquariums will totally appreciate the thickness of the material, seeing as how it has to be designed to withstand fucking BASEBALLS BEING THROWN AT IT.

On the sea creatures tip, let’s talk about whales. Japan, what is your goddamn problem? Some groups are hardcore protesting showings of The Cove, while you’re bribing the fuck out of members of the International Whaling Commission?! Just disgusting. Apparently 95 percent of people in Japan have never eaten whale—just drop it already. EVERYONE JUST FUCKING DROP IT. Norway and Iceland, you too. Maybe Pierce Brosnan will convince you? Maybe.

Egg production is supremely fucked up; for one, “egg production” is a tidy euphemism for “forcing hens to lay eggs.” Even “free-range” is a lie: the Humane Society filed a complaint against Rose Acre Farms this week because the conditions the company’s chickens live in are fucking horrific, certainly not the “humane and happy environment” full of “happy” chickens Rose Acre is selling people.

Look, they grow vegetables at the North Pole! Yes, even iceberg lettuce (not that that’s funny, per se). Here are some tips on storing your lettuce so as to keep it fresh and crispy as long as possible. Oh and try not to feed anyone juice boxes or fruit cocktails, as even the “organic” ones are full of lead.

Matt Baume "meets the city’s most unlikey pets" in the Bold Italic; the founder of Slow Food USA wants to integrate slaughterhouses, by way of mobile units, into cities. That’s what I want on my streets—the sounds of mass-murder! Definitely the solution is more, smaller slaughterhouses in urban areas. Alternatively, we could do like U.S. Designer of the Year John Bartlett and stop participating in terrible systems of death.

Terrible system of the week: wildlife photography. It is mainly a lie; the animals are bred in captivity, rented out for pictures, and often sold on the exotic-animal black market. The feature in Audubon magazine on these horrific, depressing, disgusting practices is shocking. And gross. You absolutely must read it.

OK right, everything continues to be really awful, and I’m sorry about that. Science says that good things happen to people who do good things, though, so keep on doing your part for the animals. Be as cynical as you like; the key is not losing your empathy (I think).

02/22/2010

Special news, guys! It seems bald eagles in Iowa are getting all kinds of lead poisoning. How? Why, from eating deer that’s been shot and left for dead, of course!
Holy fucking cannoli. This story seems especially fucked up to me, and not just because of the bald eagle symbolism (you know, USA!!! and all). See, the hunters use lead bullets. Swell, right? What happens is, if they go hunting with lead bullets but only manage to wound a deer (no one’s perfect!), the deer can escape and head back into the woods to die a painful death. Awesome! Then the bald eagles eat the dead deer. When they’re shot, the lead bullets shatter or whatever into tiny pieces inside the deer’s body. Apparently, bald eagles are not super-careful about what they eat so they will totally consume pieces of bullet without noticing. S.O.A.R., a bird-protection group in the area said that 27 of the 40 bald eagles treated in rescue centers last year had lead poisoning. And those are just the ones that got treated. There are probs plenty that get no help and go uncounted.
The solution: use copper bullets! Yay! Sounds like a great plan, bros. Heaven forbid people stop hunting. That’s crazy talk!

Special news, guys! It seems bald eagles in Iowa are getting all kinds of lead poisoning. How? Why, from eating deer that’s been shot and left for dead, of course!

Holy fucking cannoli. This story seems especially fucked up to me, and not just because of the bald eagle symbolism (you know, USA!!! and all). See, the hunters use lead bullets. Swell, right? What happens is, if they go hunting with lead bullets but only manage to wound a deer (no one’s perfect!), the deer can escape and head back into the woods to die a painful death. Awesome! Then the bald eagles eat the dead deer. When they’re shot, the lead bullets shatter or whatever into tiny pieces inside the deer’s body. Apparently, bald eagles are not super-careful about what they eat so they will totally consume pieces of bullet without noticing. S.O.A.R., a bird-protection group in the area said that 27 of the 40 bald eagles treated in rescue centers last year had lead poisoning. And those are just the ones that got treated. There are probs plenty that get no help and go uncounted.

The solution: use copper bullets! Yay! Sounds like a great plan, bros. Heaven forbid people stop hunting. That’s crazy talk!

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