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wmtc: in which i help a skunk and it kind of says thank you

My apologies to wmtc readers who saw this on Facebook, but this story must be recorded on this blog!

Yesterday morning the dogs were barking at the back door, really going nuts, and not settling down. Checking to see what was going on, I got quite a surprise. A skunk with a container stuck . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which i help a skunk and it kind of says thank you

wmtc: towards a cruelty-free face: switching to products not tested on animals

I’ve begun changing my personal care products to cruelty-free: natural products from companies that are better for the environment and don’t test on animals. I’m not sure how far I’ll be able to go, but I’ve begun the process.

After a lifetime of using conventional products, I was moved to think more about this . . . → Read More: wmtc: towards a cruelty-free face: switching to products not tested on animals

wmtc: for those who believe meat-eating can be ethical: in praise of beretta farms

I’ve mentioned Beretta Farms in many different posts over the years, but I’ve never specifically blogged about them. With grilling season underway, it’s time to give Beretta a shout-out.

When I learned about the horrors of factory farming, first from reading Michael Pollan, and later through other sources, I knew I needed to change my . . . → Read More: wmtc: for those who believe meat-eating can be ethical: in praise of beretta farms

wmtc: you can never have too much interspecies love

I’m working on a few actual posts, where I actually write something and you might actually read it. Until those materialize, please enjoy these fine examples of interspecies love.

First, the incredible story of Mr. G. and Jellybean.

Read more about it here. Bring a tissue.

Next, friendship is not just for funny little grass-eaters. . . . → Read More: wmtc: you can never have too much interspecies love

wmtc: a baby polar bear, three white lions, and my first visit to the toronto zoo

After living in the Toronto area for more than eight years, I still had never visited the Toronto Zoo, opting for several trips to Jungle Cat World and the Haliburton Wolf Centre instead (links here and here). But when one of the polar bears in the Toronto Zoo gave birth in November, there was . . . → Read More: wmtc: a baby polar bear, three white lions, and my first visit to the toronto zoo

wmtc: interspecies love, adorable baby elephant edition

If this doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, better call 911. You might be dead.

Many thanks to Stephanie for helping me stay afloat.

wmtc: discoveries make me happy

I am always astonished to see stories such as these. A tree-dwelling animal with a teddy-bear-like face and rust-coloured fur has become the newest mammal species discovered by scientists.

The olinguito, the smallest known member of the raccoon family, lives in the cloud forests high in the Andes Mountains of Colombia and Ecuador, reported a . . . → Read More: wmtc: discoveries make me happy

wmtc: interspecies love, pup and guinea pig edition

Sadly, this will not embed. So please click. You won’t be sorry. Go click now!

Thanks to Stephanie!

wmtc: the world fails to protect polar bears, canada leads the failure

A while back, I asked: “how can we live without polar bears?“. The world has taken one step closer to that vision, helping the polar bear along the road to extinction. Stephen Harper’s government was one of the worst offenders.

From NRDC: As I wrote last week, the international community rejected a US proposal to . . . → Read More: wmtc: the world fails to protect polar bears, canada leads the failure

wmtc: children’s books # 6: the return of interspecies love

It’s been a while since I’ve written about children’s books, and an even longer while since I’ve done an interspecies love post, so why not combine the two? There’s a spate of children’s books depicting cross-species animal friendships, some excellent, some better avoided.

Children love these stories for the same reasons we do. There . . . → Read More: wmtc: children’s books # 6: the return of interspecies love

wmtc: what i’m reading, children’s books edition: # 5

In this post, I look at two nonfiction books for young readers. Both are featured in the current “Forest of Reading” program, a province-wide recreational reading program sponsored by the Ontario Library Association. Both fiction and nonfiction winners of the various Forest of Reading awards – Silver Birch, Red Maple, and so on – are . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading, children’s books edition: # 5

wmtc: help defend whistleblowers who defend animals: marineland suing former employees who went public on animal abuse

Company abuses animals/the environment/labour.

Employee comes forward to make the abuse public.

Company tries to silence employee.

It’s an old story, and it repeats itself again and again, in many different contexts. You’ve seen it dramatized in movies like Silkwood and Erin Brockovich. It’s what Bradley Manning is going through on a grand scale.

. . . → Read More: wmtc: help defend whistleblowers who defend animals: marineland suing former employees who went public on animal abuse

wmtc: haliburton wolf killed, others trying to come home

This beautiful wolf, the alpha male of the pack at the Haliburton Wolf Centre, was shot and killed on New Year’s Day. The previous night, some idiot cut both the inner and outer fences on the pack’s enclosure. Four wolves escaped. Haida is now dead, and the other wolves, who were born in captivity . . . → Read More: wmtc: haliburton wolf killed, others trying to come home

wmtc: in memoriam 832F

Tragic. Criminal. Completely unnecessary. The alpha female known as 832F is dead. She was murdered.

Yellowstone National Park’s best-known wolf, beloved by many tourists and valued by scientists who tracked its movements, was shot and killed on Thursday outside the park’s boundaries, Wyoming wildlife officials reported.

The wolf, known as 832F to researchers, was . . . → Read More: wmtc: in memoriam 832F

wmtc: it’s open season on wyoming wolves: please help end the slaughter

Please watch this 45-second video, then sign a letter a to Ken Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior. Your click may or may not save the lives of wolves. But not clicking will surely allow the killing to continue. Sign here. . . . → Read More: wmtc: it’s open season on wyoming wolves: please help end the slaughter

wmtc: thank you, senator harb: help end the commercial seal hunt

Canadian Senator Mac Harb has been fighting for many years to end the commercial seal hunt in Canada. I admire him and his struggle, which must be lonely at times, and at the moment has little to no official support.The Canadian commercial seal hunt is… . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, senator harb: help end the commercial seal hunt

wmtc: deadline to comment on northern gateway pipeline is august 31: add your voice to the opposition

Please watch this beautiful video from Pacific Wild, featuring former NHL goalie (and Hall-of-Famer) Mike Richter, and more importantly, featuring the Spirit Bear Coast.

In less than four minutes, you will understand the utter madness of bringing an oil pipeline and supertankers to this area. Madness, that is, unless you’re one of the few . . . → Read More: wmtc: deadline to comment on northern gateway pipeline is august 31: add your voice to the opposition

wmtc: the limits of empathy: eyes wide open, but not all the time

In light of the horror show taking place in Ottawa, this would be the perfect time to post notes from “Can We Stop the Harper Agenda,” the big panel discussion at Marxism 2012. However, I’m waiting to get an audio file of the talk, which will greatly improve the post.

While I wait for . . . → Read More: wmtc: the limits of empathy: eyes wide open, but not all the time

wmtc: jean craighead george, 1919 – 2012

Jean Craighead George, author of some classics of children’s literature, died a few days ago.

In one of those eerie coincidences that seem to happen so often, I was just talking about George. At the library, I noticed that one of my favourite childhood books, My Side of the Mountain, was written by . . . → Read More: wmtc: jean craighead george, 1919 – 2012

wmtc: mother’s day

wmtc: end of commercial seal hunt is inevitable: tell the senate to make it happen

I didn’t blog about this year’s seal slaughter, although I followed news of it through HSI Canada. It isn’t going well for sealers, as the market for their antiquated product has all but disappeared. Despite millions of dollars in government financing provided to the sealing industry this year, most sealers are not participating in the . . . → Read More: wmtc: end of commercial seal hunt is inevitable: tell the senate to make it happen

wmtc: linkathon part 2: charlotte’s web at 60

Two great books – both children’s classics, and both simply great books for any reader – had milestone birthdays this year. A Wrinkle In Time, which I’ve blogged about before, is now 50 years old. And Charlotte’s Web, one of my top-five favourite books of all time, turns 60. This adaptation from an upcoming book . . . → Read More: wmtc: linkathon part 2: charlotte’s web at 60

wmtc: linkathon part 1: hawkcam 2012

I have a bunch of links I want to share, and no real post for any of them. I think readers don’t like linkathons, so I’m putting each link in a separate post. Coincidentally, many are from the same source, so kudos to the The New York Times for an abundance of interesting reading during . . . → Read More: wmtc: linkathon part 1: hawkcam 2012

wmtc: tala plays with a grizzly bear cub!

Psyche! Not that Tala! This Tala is a wolf pup, now a full-grown wolf. Watch more inter-species love.

Thanks, James!

wmtc: another victory: historic reduction in unnecessary animal testing in europe

From HSI Canada: Humane Society International has just secured the biggest reduction in animal testing requirements in history!

Our science team has been hard at work for more than two years, negotiating with companies, government authorities and elected officials in Brussels for major changes to European testing requirements for pesticides and biocides — among the . . . → Read More: wmtc: another victory: historic reduction in unnecessary animal testing in europe