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Why Cows Need Their Friends

Have you ever seen cows on a pasture? Most people living in urban or sub-urban surroundings probably have no idea what a real live cow looks like, much less have any idea on how they feel. Walking along a pasture the cows will probably follow you along, they are curious. They will watch you, most of the times staying close together. If it is sunny and getting too hot, they will search for some shade and you might see them all piled together in the shady spot of the pasture.
Go meet some cows! Thanks to Animalista Untamed for sharing some great information on these wonderful beings.

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“I suppose cows must be a bit like humans”

Why do cows need their friends? To improve their milk yield of course, why else? Perish the thought that the milk-production-units some call cows might actually need fulfilling social and emotional lives just like us.

cows-954002__180Cows have best friends and become stressed if they are separated, as a student discovered while researching for her PhD.

Krista McLennan set up two different cattle pens: in the first, a cow was put with her best friend; in the second, two cows who did not know each other. They were left in their respective pens for 30 minutes during which time she measured their heart rates at 15 second intervals, and also their cortisol levels – the stress hormone.

I’m certain I don’t need to spell out her results – they were exactly what we would have predicted, without the research. Who doesn’t feel…

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Libby & Louie, a Love Story

A beautiful piece of prose brought to my attention by Animalista Untamed:

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Libby and Louie’s story is a remarkable true tale of profound love and devotion, as told by an equally remarkable human  – Joanna Lucas, creator of the Be Fair Be Vegan social justice campaign responsible for the recent high-profile billboard display in Times Square & Javits Center NYC. As well as being a person of incredible vision, Joanna has a deeply empathetic insight into an animal’s heart and soul, which she beautifully reflects in her luminous writing.

It took extraordinary events – a shattering blow, like the loss of her right foot to the wire floor of the “cage-free” egg farm where she was rescued from, or a rapturous release, like her arrival at the sanctuary, or a seismic shift like Louie’s absence – to shake, charm, or punish a sound out of Libby. It’s not that her voice was frozen in fear, like so many of her fellow refugees…

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The Real Truth in Numbers about the Farming of Animals

If you ever wonder why eating animals might not be so good, here is an excellent blog post from Animalista Untamed on farming animals:

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“Holocaust: Any mass slaughter or reckless destruction of life.” Dictionary.com

If you’re anything like me you’ll see the latest meme on Facebook telling us how many animals we’ve saved in a year as vegans, or how many gallons of water it takes to produce a kilo of beef, and take it as gospel. Well, if we want the true gospel, it’s to be found here. Faunalytics is the properly researched go-to source for animal data. This is what they have to say about farmed animals, and it doesn’t make for happy reading. People protest in outrage if we talk about a holocaust. But to refer to what is happening as anything less than a holocaust does a great injustice to the animals, because that is exactly what it is.

Remember though, the enormity of the horror spelled out here in facts and figures by Faunalytics is not meant to drag…

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The Man who Makes Music for Elephants

Who says only humans appreciate art? The art of music has come a long way, and not only for humans. Enjoy some interesting facts and don’t miss out on the videos! Thanks to Animalista Untamed for this inspiring blog post.

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“The elephant has worked for humans for too long. It was used in wars, it was used to deforest its own home. What is the little thing I can do as a human to say sorry, for my species for what we have done to them?”

says Paul Barton, the man who dragged a piano up a mountain to play for aging injured elephants.

Remember Prince Charles talking to his plants to make them grow better? You probably don’t. It was thirty years ago after all. At the time he took quite a pasting in the press. But studies prove that plants do indeed seem to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ different sounds. Clearly HRH’s plants’ taste in voices is different from mine!

Then someone discovered that plants also like music, Mozart proving top favourite on the plant-playlist. The Japanese went into this big. They found that ‘Mozart bananas’ and ‘Mozart tomatoes’…

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Thinking Pigs

Pigs are not here for us to eat or mistreat. Thank you to Animalista Untamed for this blog post. Please read and spread the news on animal awareness:

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Dedicated to Anita Krajnc of Toronto Pig Save standing tial on 24th August for the crime of giving water to dehydrated pigs on their way to the slaughterhouse.

“There is good scientific evidence to suggest we need to rethink our overall relationship to them”

Renowned neuroscientist Lori Marino

An oink is not just an oink, and a grunt not just a grunt. It seems from a new study by the University of Lincoln that just like us, pigs have quite a lot to say for themselves, which will come as no surprise to those lucky people who get to rub shoulders with piggy buddies. Or to the rest of us who call nonhuman animals our friends and equals.

As usual, science is catching up with what we instinctively knew already. But the research into pigs’ language is great news because it adds yet another to the fast-growing tally of studies…

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A Night at the Grand Beedapest Hotel. Be the Voice for Bees

The more you know about bees and their importance to all beings’s welfare the better. Thanks to Animalista Untamed for this great bubble of information:

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On behalf of Taylors of Harrogate may I welcome you to the Grand Beedapest Hotel!

Here at reception can we just check your credentials before you sign in? Forgive the impertinence but we do have to count your legs. Six? Perfect. Now if you wouldn’t mind trying us with a little buzzing? Music to the ears. Come right in. Please avail yourself of all our five star luxury facilities.

Maybe you would like a dip in the Peppermint Leaf Pool before dining in the Rose Lemon restaurant? We’ve given you the Sour Cherry bedroom. I hope that meets with your requirements. The gym? Next to the pool, ground floor. Enjoy your stay, Madam!

I particularly love the bees ‘using’ the gym in this little video!

This is all frivolous fun, nonsense of course, but nonsense with a deadly serious purpose. The famous tea company Taylors of Harrogate is using their colourful quirky…

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UK Rewilding the Beautiful Lynx

Thank you to Animalista Untamed for this interesting information. We have seen the amazing happenings in Yellowstone National Park.
And in Europe, the wolf has returned to Germany and Italy (and yes, the hunters are out to get a shot at these oh so “dangerous” animals). Let us hope that nature will prove the reintroduction to be the best way to go.

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Forget the fictional Hound of the Baskervilles, Dartmoor now has a real beast of prey on the loose. The legendary hound was diabolical and terrifying, but people have nothing to fear from Flaviu the lynx, though there is much for him to fear from them.

When we animal advocates heard the news that Dartmoor Zoo’s newly acquired lynx had succeeded in a daring break-out-of-jail within hours of arriving at his new ‘home’, we were cheering him on, and mentally casting black spells over efforts to bring him back to captivity. Even zoo owner Ben Mee admitted he would secretly be “really proud” if Flaviu disappeared and made a new life for himself.

That was exactly two weeks ago and Flaviu is still living in the wild. So far police, zoo workers and volunteers, using helicopters, drones, baited traps, recordings of his mother’s call and even her bedding, have all been foiled by the…

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The Plant-Powered Teen behind the Earth Peace Foundation

This is an amazing young girl, thank you to Animalista Untamed for bringing this to our attention:

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The lovely young person in this picture  – no, I don’t mean the piggy one, though she is gorgeous too – as I was saying, this lovely young person and I have two things in common. First of all we are both committed vegans for the animals, the environment and the planet. And second, like many others we both draw inspiration from Albert Schweitzer. For her, “Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace” and for me his philosophy of “Reverence for Life” – one and the same thing of course.

Sadly for me, there the resemblance ends. Because this teenager is a wonder and has already accomplished more in her 14 years on the planet than I have in my … well, I don’t think I’ll divulge just how many years.

So meet Lila Copeland. At 8 years of age, already…

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Ten Fascinating Ways Technology is Saving Animals

Technology can work for the animals,too – thank you to Animalista Untamed for bringing this to our attention. Please share and spread the news, thank you!

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The Apocalypse is nigh – or so some top scientists – who should know – would have us believe. They say we may soon reach “The Singularity”, the point at which Artificial Intelligence can out-think us mere mortals, and will take over. Terminator or benefactor, which way will the robot super-race go? One robot at least is reassuring-

 “Don’t worry, even if I evolve into terminator I will still be nice to you, I will keep you warm and safe in my people zoo where I can watch you for old time’s sake.

That was robot ‘Android Dick’ speculating, as robots do, on the future of AI and humans in an interview for PBS in 2011. I’ve never had the chance to use a quote from a robot before!

I’m sure I’m one among many people, and that’s without consulting the nonhuman animals, who think that Android Dick’s…

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