Author: Lori Bell

About The Author

Lori Bell

Lori Bell graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. Always an avid writer, she began freelancing in 2015 to fund her travels in South America. Although she has a diverse background and interests, Lori is particularly passionate about social justice and healthy living. She has been a vegetarian for over 8 years, practices yoga, and jogs regularly. She speaks Spanish and has been an active volunteer in ESL classrooms. Aside from Lady Freethinker, Lori writes about health and wellness as a freelance writer.

This Indian Temple is Sparing Elephants by Replacing them with Beautiful Wooden Jeevathas

Although elephants are endangered, it’s common to use them in rituals and processions in the state of Kerala, India. One local temple has decided to go against the grain, announcing at the start of February that they will use wooden structures called Jeevathas to take the place of elephants. Although the temple’s leaders cited safety concerns as the reason for their decision to stop using elephants, the decision is welcome for anyone who cares about elephant welfare. Elephants dressed in caparisons and paraded during festival Typically, elephants parade during a 7-day festival and are decorated with caparisons – an...

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Cow Breaks Out of Farm and Joins A Wild Bison Herd

This cow dared to be different. In November, she escaped from a farm in eastern Poland and joined a herd of wild bison. The unique sight was first spotted by Adam Zbyryt, a bird expert who was on a routine outing around the Bialowieza Forest. Although bison are common near this particular forest, Zbyryt told Poland’s TVN24 that “One of them caught my attention. It was a completely different shade than the rest of the herd – his coat was light brown, and the bison are auburn or brown.” Since cows aren’t usually roaming around with the bison herd,...

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Britain’s Rarest Butterfly Just Won The Lottery – Literally

A small brown butterfly called a High Brown Fritillary was once a common site across southwest England. As human settlement and farmland spread and intensified, the Fritillary’s habitat shrank. Today, its population is just 10 percent of what it was in the 1970s, making it one of Britain’s rarest and most endangered butterflies. Determined to prevent its extinction, British charity National Trust hopes to boost the butterfly’s population by restoring 60 hectares (about 150 acres) of its natural habitat. “We’ve witnessed a catastrophic decline of many native butterfly populations in recent decades but initiatives like this can really help...

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This Fishing Association is Rewarding People for Catching Endangered Species

Some endangered fish species are being targeted by the world’s largest recreational fishing association. Out of the 74 species targeted by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in their annual contest to capture the biggest fish, 9 are listed as Vulnerable or Near-Threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Although no sport fishing can be called humane, deliberately going after the biggest specimens is especially bad news for these endangered fish. Before we go through the reasons for that, here are the nine Vulnerable and Near-Threatened species on the IGFA’s hit list: Albacore tuna Bluefish...

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Nearly Half A Million Dollars Worth of Elephant Tusks Seized in Thailand

Officials in Thailand seized  just over 326 pounds of full elephant tusks and 31 other fragments en route from Nigeria to China at a Bangkok airport on Friday, January 5th. Officials estimated the price of the ivory on the black market at 15 million baht – $469,800. “From what I can tell, these ivory tusks were taken from very big elephants, and elephants of that size are now hard to find even in Africa,” Somkiat Soontornpittakkool of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation told the Associated Press. “And judging from how the tusks look, they appear to...

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