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An Animal-Friendly Common Sense Solution

An Animal-Friendly Common Sense Solution

Once you learn about the environmental costs of not recycling, it seems like common sense to try and recycle what you can, when you can. One company has figured out a way to help a city wide problem while taking care of recycling the large amounts of plastic water bottles that are used. Istanbul, Turkey reportedly has a huge concentration of stray animals. In attempts to raise awareness to the approximately 150,000 strays that roam the streets of the densely populated city, a company called Pugedon came up with the idea of installing outdoor machines that will dispense pet food and water. In… read more

U. S. To Phase Out Some Antibiotics In Animal Feed

U. S. To Phase Out Some Antibiotics In Animal Feed

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently instated a proposal that would begin to eliminate the antibiotics used for non-medical purposes in animal feed in the U.S. Their plan is to initiate a voluntary process in which the feed products containing antibiotics used solely for enhanced growth and food production would be phased out. Antibiotics used for enhancement purposes are put in animal feed or drinking water in order to make the animals gain weight quickly. It is also used to reduce the amount of food that is needed to increase bulk in the animals. It is commonly used… read more

Endangered, But Not Enough Apparently

The Gray Wolf

Wolves are intelligent and social animals. They have an intricate pack hierarchy, each member dependent upon the others. The loss of one member of a pack is like a human losing a family member. Each pack has a male and female leader called the alphas and they are the only ones allowed to have pups. Litter size is usually 4 to 6 pups and they never have more children than the environment can provide for. Wolves have their own communication system which includes their howling, barking, growling, posturing and scent making. Wolves are known to keep wilderness habitat healthy for… read more

Purina Makes Eco-Friendly Pet Food Packaging

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These days, more and more people, companies, and organizations are doing their part to make the world a better place. Why should a beloved pet food maker be any different? Purina, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of pet food, made headlines when they came out with their ‘Purina ONE’ brand of pet food. It’s eco-friendly, 100% recyclable, and costs the company less to make than their regular packaging. Take a look: What do you think? Will this make you more or less likely to purchase from Purina in the future?

Indoor Pets Better for Environment?

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Though they plead for you to do otherwise, with the incessant pawing at the doors and longing glares out the windows, it is best to keep your pets inside. Not only is it safer for your four-legged companions, but is actually better ecologically. Annually, cats kill 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds per year, as concluded from a study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. They kill even more mammals, tallying up a head count of 6.9 to 20.7 billion. All of which is made possible by outdoor access. These findings are not exclusive to feral cats. For every week a… read more

The Miracle Of Life

The Miracle of Life

Nature is a powerful creative force. You’d be hard-pressed to identify any invention greater than the miraculous creation of all life on the planet! Yet in promoting (and conserving) biodiversity, are our priorities the same as those that nature itself might identify if given the opportunity and voice? The term “biodiversity” basically refers to the enormous variety of life on Earth. It is the totality of life-forms, plants and animals and micro-organisms alike. As environmental educators sharing knowledge about biodiversity, we need to communicate the value(s) of biodiversity in its own right. We also need to understand and communicate how different… read more

Rhinos Could Be Extinct Within 20 Years

Rhino Poaching

The rhinoceros is one of nature’s most unique and beautiful beasts. It forms part of the so called ‘Big 5’ animals that are usually the main attraction in many Sub-Saharan Africa game reserves. The beauty of the rhino is also its curse, the horn it carries is synonymous to a death sentence for the beasts. The poaching watchdog website Stop Rhino Poaching reports that between 2008 to 17th July 2012 there have been 1 267 reported rhino poaching incidents in South Africa alone. Humane Society International further reports that the African black rhino is critically endangered, with a population of less… read more

The Snake Charmer

black-mamba snake

Swaziland is home to many different species of wild land animals. One such species is the black mamba snake. This is one of the most fascinating snakes in the world, boasting venom potent enough to kill an adult person in less than an hour. The attitude towards snakes in Swaziland has been that if you should come across a snake, do whatever you can to get it killed. Fortunately, a lady by the name of Thea Litchka-Koen is changing perceptions and saving snakes, in particular the black mamba, from systemic annihilation. Snakes have been vilified from time immemorial, religion has… read more

The Link Between Education and Biodiversity

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The BBC TV series, Planet Earth, explores the plight of diverse endangered species around the globe. From the Amazon river dolphins and Ethiopia’s Walia ibex, to the much-loved polar bear and assorted amphibians of Central America – one thing consistently endangers these and other species, not to mention the habitats these creatures call home. What is the uniting threat? Alas, it is human beings and the way we choose to behave in relationship with (or some world argue, disconnection from) the natural world. When communicating the threats to and impacts of biodiversity loss (the extinction of life-forms on Earth, whether… read more

Sustainable Pet Ownership

Owning pets

Some say that pet ownership can be bad for the environment, but there are ways to reduce your pet’s ecological footprint. 1. Make your own pet products from recycled or locally sourced materials: It’s easy to make a bed for a cat or dog using old blankets and most pets love homemade toys. There are plenty of free pet craft patterns available online. 2. Buy pet supplies locally: Most pet products are shipped from faraway countries. Purchasing from local companies reduces carbon emissions. 3. Choose green pet products: Look for items with less packaging, recycled materials, and eco-friendly ingredients. Select… read more