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Black Cats Are Lucky!

October 19, 2020

In Europe, during the middle ages, superstitions surrounded black cats and gave birth to myths we still see today. Their common association with witches and black magic can be traced back to these beliefs, yet historically, black cats have more often than not been a sign of good omens. 

The English have called them a blessing for marriages and believed they offer protection to sailors caught in rough seas. In Japan, black cats are a sign of wealth and prosperity.

For stage directors, seeing a black cat in your theater on opening night meant your play would have a long, successful run. In ancient Egypt, black cats were revered and believed to represent Bastet, Goddess of fertility, and childbirth...

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Rodenticides banned in California!

October 18, 2020

California is now the first state to ban highly toxic rat poisons that have been responsible for a number of wildlife poisonings.  “Rodenticides are deadly for California’s mountain lions and other precious wildlife across the state,” Governor Gavin Newsom said.

The underregulated use of these toxic chemicals allowed them to work their way through the food chain. When the poison is ingested by a rat, that rat may be alive for several more days during which time it is likely to be hunted by predators. Owls and coyotes that prey on these rats now have the poisons in their systems. When these sick animals are eaten by even larger predators like the endangered bobcat, they can be lethally toxic...

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Sign Moratorium On Live Animal Shipping

October 12, 2020

That live animals are routinely shipped through the post office. That most of these animals starve to death or suffocate, left for days at a time in mail processing centers. 

Here are the facts:

  • During just the past few weeks in Maine, over 4,800 chicks have died in shipping.

  • Millions of pounds of live chickens and turkeys are mailed each year but the USPS won’t give specific data.....

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Live Animal Shipping

September 24, 2020

That live animals are routinely shipped through the post office. That most of these animals starve to death or suffocate, left for days at a time in mail processing centers. 

Here are the facts:

  • During just the past few weeks in Maine, over 4,800 chicks have died in shipping.

  • Millions of pounds of live chickens and turkeys are mailed each year but the USPS won’t give specific data.

  • Adult birds can be shipped if they weigh between 6 ounces and 25 pounds (25 pounds is about the size of a pelican)...

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Trophy Hunting

September 12, 2020

Hunters have long argued that their trophy kills promote species conservation but those claims don’t stand up to the evidence. You cannot conserve a species by killing it. A congressional report even found that trophy hunting contributes to the extinction of species.

Poaching remains the largest threat to these animals but according to National Geographic, “Trophy hunting isn’t stopping poaching, especially in countries that have a poor record of protecting their wildlife.” 

A recent Synovate eNation poll featured in CNN showed that a vast majority of Americans, 70.4%, would pay to see lions on safari while only 6.6% would actually pay to hunt one. Another poll from IFAW found that over 80% of Americans would support a ban on lion and elephant trophies altogether...

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