The peregrine was spotted by photographer Steve Shipley trying to rid itself of the mask.
Source: Do fish have feelings? Maybe …
Christian pastor wants all Syrian refugees destroyed,
Good question, hopefully the same.
I do not however agree with the lower life form, as all life forms should be important
A stray dog rescued a new born baby from certain death. He carried the baby in his mouth through the streets until it was rescued.
The absolutely unbelievable incident took place in Kharbika, Oman, as a man was riding his bike on Saturday morning, October 31, the man noticed a stray dog walking on the road with something in his mouth. He noticed blood drops on the road and went closer to the dog to take a closer look, and when he did, he couldn’t believe what he saw.
According to the man, the dog was holding a newborn baby boy in his mouth; the baby – a couple of hours old – even had his umbilical cord still attached! As people gathered around the scene, the dog didn’t do anything to prevent them taking the child from him, it was as if he was delivering the baby to them.
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A sad state of afairs
I agree there is a beatiful message and one we should all take on board.
Just be prepared, this story might make you cry. But read through it and you’ll get a beautiful message at the end.
Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love.
The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly. To start with, he had only one eye and where the other should have been was a hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner.
Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby, striped type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, and even his shoulders. Every…
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‘………….By Grace Eire
(source Love Your Animals!)
So precious! This fish recognizes that this is the man who takes care of him and feeds him every day. He’s showing affection just like any other pet would! It just goes to show to all the haters out there who think fish don’t make good pets…they can enjoy playing games and cuddling up with you, too! ……’
Publication of 27 letters after 10-year legal battle shows heir to the throne petitioning ministers on subjects from the Iraq war to alternative therapies
A cache of secret memos between Prince Charles and senior government ministers has been released after a 10-year legal battle, offering the clearest picture yet of the breadth and depth of the heir to the throne’s lobbying at the highest level of politics.
The 27 memos, sent in 2004 and 2005 and released only after the Guardian won its long freedom of information fight with the government, show the Prince of Wales making direct and persistent policy demands to the then prime minister Tony Blair and several key figures in his Labour government.
In a single letter in February 2005, he urged a badger cull to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis – damning its opponents as “intellectually dishonest”; lobbied for his preferred person to be appointed to crack down on the mistreatment of farmers by supermarkets; proposed his own aide to brief Downing Street on the design of new hospitals; and urged Blair to tackle a European Union directive limiting the use of herbal alternative medicines use in the UK.
The government has spent more than £400,000 on legal costs in its ultimately failed attempt to block the original 2005 freedom of information request by the Guardian journalist Rob Evans. The case was eventually decided at the supreme court and the decade-long saga involved in total 16 different judges.
David Cameron’s last government attempted to veto the release. In 2012 the then attorney general, Dominic Grieve, warned they “would be seriously damaging to his role as future monarch because, if he forfeits his position of political neutrality as heir to the throne, he cannot easily recover it when he is king”.
But following the release of the “black spider” memos – so-called because of the prince’s scrawled handwriting – there were questions on Wednesday about whether it was worth the money to try to keep secret details of his lobbying, some of which reflects Charles’s very narrow personal interests.
For example, in October 2004 he told the environment minister Elliot Morley he hoped “illegal fishing of the Patagonian toothfish will be high up on your list of priorities because until that trade is stopped, there is little hope for the poor old albatross”.
But they also cover more controversial subjects. In one memo, Charles explicitly lobbied Tony Blair when he was prime minister to replace Lynx military helicopters.
Charles complained that delays in their replacement was “one more example where our Armed forces are being asked to do an extremely challenging job (particularly in Iraq) without the necessary resources”. Blair responded that replacement would be a priority for spending.
He directly urged the health secretary, John Reid, to accelerate redevelopment at a hospital site in Sunderland in which his own architecture charity was involved, warning bluntly that “chickens will come home to roost” in Reid’s government department if action was not taken.
The letters revealed not only that ministers often responded actively to his suggestions but they appeared to hold his interventions in high regard.
Blair replied to him in one letter: “I always value and look forward to your views – but perhaps particularly on agricultural topics.”
After Charles Clarke, then education secretary, responded to Charles’ complaint about the nutritional content of school meals, he signed off: “I have the honour to be, Sir, Your Royal Highness’s most humble and obedient servant.”
The memos also reveal how dogged Charles can be in demanding actions from ministers as it emerged that his engagement with key political players has not abated. Since the beginning of 2010, the prince held 87 meetings with ministers, opposition party leaders and top government officials, new figures release by the campaign group Republic showed. This year he has held meetings with, among others, David Cameron, the Scottish National party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, and Alistair Carmichael, then Scotland secretary.
The letters emerged amid growing signs that Prince Charles is planning to rule in a far more outspoken way than the taciturn Queen. Allies told the Guardian last year he planned “heartfelt interventions” in national life, while in 2013 his friend and biographer Jonathan Dimbleby said: “A quiet constitutional revolution is afoot.”
But this is likely to be the only glimpse the British public gets of Charles’ correspondence with ministers. Since the original Guardian request to see the letters the government has tightened up the Freedom of Information Act to provide an “absolute exemption” on all requests relating to the Queen and the heir to the throne.
Paul Flynn, a Labour MP and member of the political and constitutional reform committee, said the letters lifted the lid on the activity of the “the lobbyist supreme in the land”.
“They show he is putting forward a whole variety of views – including many bad science views and others that should have no more weight than the man down the pub,” he said. “We can see his views were given a seriousness and priority they did not deserve.”
Prince Charles was said to be “disappointed” the principle of confidentiality had not been maintained, and his spokeswoman said publication “can only inhibit his ability to express the concerns and suggestions which have been put to him in the course of his travels and meetings”.
But aides argue the letters do not show the prince engaging in matters of party political contention, implying they do not breach the principle of political neutrality.
“The letters published by the government show the Prince of Wales expressing concern about issues that he has raised in public,” his spokeswoman said. “In all these cases, the Prince of Wales is raising issues of public concern, and trying to find practical ways to address the issues.”
But the Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, said: “We fought this case because we believed – and the most senior judges in the country agreed – that the royal family should operate to the same degrees of transparency as anyone else trying to make their influence felt in public life. The attorney general, in trying to block the letters, said their contents could ‘seriously damage’ perceptions of the prince’s political neutrality.
“Whatever the rights and wrongs of that assessment, it is shocking that the government wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money trying to prevent their publication. Now, after 10 years, we are pleased to be able to share the contents of his correspondence and let people draw their own conclusions.”
Graham Smith, chief executive of Republic, which campaigns for an elected head of state, said: “These letters are only a small indication of widespread lobbying that’s been going on for years. We now need full disclosure and an assessment of his impact on government policy.”
Maurice Frankel, director of the UK Campaign for Freedom of Information, said: “The release of the Charles memos represents a major victory for the freedom of information process, showing that ministers cannot block disclosure simply because they don’t like the result.”
Michael Meacher, a former Labour environment secretary who received private letters from Charles about policy, called for a new system of transparency around his correspondence with ministers when he becomes king to “remove public suspicion from the process”.
“A brief statement would be made when the king has written to a minister and the subject would be obvious,” he said. “At least we would know he has been giving his opinions and, some would say, lobbying ministers.”
Thank you for this post, which is very informative and very eloquently states the reality of dolphins in captivity. We should all be aware of this and not support any organisation which enslaves the dolphins for profit and entertainment.
All should be free to live their own lives as they wish.
Everyone finds dolphins cute. They always look like they’re smiling. Aww.
Most people would love to swim with dolphins.
Most people are also unaware or oblivious to the fact that these dolphins held in captivity are abused, and they should not be kept captive for our own entertainment. We should not swim with them.
Captive dolphins are kept constantly hungry as part of their training and to ensure they perform. Dolphins in the wild do not jump through hoops, eat dead fish, wave, kiss or drag people through the water as they hold onto their fins. This is all behaviour forced on them in captivity. Without routine starvation the dolphins would not perform. Can you imagine how this must feel?
Wild dolphins constantly travel, covering thousands of miles every year experiencing a wide diversity of natural habitat and the freedom to deep dive. Can you imagine what it must be like to be…
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‘………..by Lindsay Patton
Every little bit might help, but what if you don’t even have a little bit?
There are countless ways you can help animals – some are little things that add up, while others create a bigger impact. While money and funding are important to many organizations that help animals, there are some other ways to help that don’t involve spending money.
Probably the way you can impact animals’ lives the most is through donating your time. Shelters depend on volunteers in order to properly run the organization. Volunteer tasks can include everything from walking the dogs, playing with the cats, cleaning out cages and kennels to helping out with customer service. Volunteering is one of the best ways you can not only help animals, but help an organization continue its mission.
Donate Pet Supplies
If you have unused pet supplies lying around the house, shelters will happily take them off your hands. Perhaps you just lost a companion and have extra toys, food and other supplies. Honor your buddy by helping out another animal that needs those items. Maybe you bought a toy that your dog or cat refuses to play with. Another dog would probably love that toy.
Don’t Throw Away Those Papers and Plastic Bags
Many shelters use plastic grocery bags to pick up poop while walking the dogs. Instead of throwing away bags, ask around to see if any shelters will use them. Give the bags a second life and help shelters save money on poop bags. You can do the same with old papers. Many shelters have rabbits for adoption. Those rabbits will sometimes have shredded paper in the bottom of their cages, or use paper to shred for their own entertainment.
Foster an Animal
Full disclosure: Fostering is a big responsibility, and you may ultimately end up spending some money. If you have an adequate housing situation and enough time to give for a few weeks, fostering is a great way to help an animal acclimate to living in a home. Most shelters will provide food and supplies for you. All you need to do is provide housing and good care. Before you make the decision to foster an animal, do lots of research to ensure it’s the best decision for everyone involved.
Be Active in Local Politics
If you want stricter consequences for animal abusers or want to ban the use of animals as entertainment in your city, speak up. Contact your local lawmakers and ask what you need to do in order to create a better community for animals.
Host an Event
As the saying goes, “There’s no harm in asking.” Hold a community event and ask for people to donate specific animal foods, toys, cat litter, dog leashes, animal beds and whatever else you can think of that will help a rescue organization. Make sure to provide information about the organization you choose so others who may not know about it can learn.
Have a Selfless Birthday or Holiday
Instead of asking people for gifts, ask them to donate to an organization or issue you care about.
Learn As Much As You Can
There are plenty of articles online and resources at your local library. Read a book about factory farming, look up articles on what to do when you find a stray animal, get acquainted with homeless animal statistics. There is so much information out there that will help you understand animals’ needs and how you can make a difference. Plus, you can spread the knowledge you learn to other people. ………’