Should We Look on the Bright Side of the 6th Mass Extinction? – Animalista Untamed

“. . . I’m afraid I cannot echo the Professor’s optimism. The future of the Earth he foresees where only the toughest few survive is a planet desperately diminished in richness and complexity. Species at threat right now have their own unique and vital roles within the complex web of life. We do not know all the ways their loss will impair our own survival. But we do know we will lose our delight, our constant surprise at their dazzling beauty, their awesome abilities, from the humblest woodlouse to the blue whale, king of the oceans.
“Above all, they too have a right to their life and a place to live it, untrammelled and free.” –Animalista Untamed. Continue reading

Accounting for Individual Animals and Animal Welfare in the Anthropocene

As Finn and Thomas point out, animals are frequently killed by machinery, earth-moving and vegetation-clearing. Those who survive often find themselves without homes, competing in a radically transformed landscape that’s been stripped of food and laid open to invasion. They experience physical pain and psychological distress. Continue reading

Sydney Seafood Store Convicted of Animal Cruelty for Inhumane Treatment of Lobsters

“The historical justification for excluding non-vertebrates from animal cruelty laws is predicated in part on the belief that they are unable to feel pain, a belief which has begun to crumble under the weight of mounting scientific evidence to the contrary. As research has begun to show that lobsters and crabs experience pain and suffer distress, interest in their wellbeing has increased.” Continue reading

Great Barrier Reef: diving in the stench of millions of rotting animals – video | Environment | The Guardian

GR:  Watch this short video to get a clear idea of what’s happening to coral. Richard Vevers from the Ocean Agency had never experienced anything like the devastation he witnessed in May diving around the dead and dying coral reefs … Continue reading

Inside the US agency charged with killing a ‘mindboggling’ number of animals

“Wildlife Services funds the lethal control methods, but they don’t fund the nonlethal,” says Fox. “That in and of itself disincentivizes nonlethal methods, and incentivizes the reliance on the federal government for predator control. The reliance on an agency for … Continue reading