Category: Editorial

3 Stories That Prove We Need to Reform the Way We Treat Animals

Author: Kate Harveston Many people who have pets think of them as a part of their family. But not everyone shares such compassion for animals. This can be because of ignorance about the animal’s needs, inability to provide or a simple lack of empathy. Whatever the reason, our animal friends need our help, not our ignorance. Tiger Temple in Thailand The Tiger Temple tourist attraction in Thailand, where a group of Buddhist monks supposedly made peace with rescued tigers, has come under fire. The premise of the temple was that any tiger who needed rescuing could be brought there....

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The Reducetarian Movement Is Gently Nudging People Toward A Plant-Based Lifestyle

Have you heard of the Reducetarian Movement? Its founder, Brian Kateman, coined the term, which refers to a person who is purposely lowering her/his meat consumption. Many meat lovers say they could never live without eating flesh. They fear a lifetime of soggy tofu and never biting into something satisfying again. Becoming a Reducetarian is just pledging to eat a little less meat (and hopefully eliminating more eventually). Cutting even just 10 percent of meat consumption impacts your health, the planet, and suffering animals, and helps you learn how to choose plant-based foods instead of animal ones. Many of us would...

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Forced Baby Panda Separation From Mom Is Latest Zoo Cruelty Controversy

Is conservation of endangered species in zoos more about publicity and visitors than species survival? Numerous organizations have studied conditions at zoos and concluded that captive animals do not live happy or healthy lives. PETA, Captive Animals, Global Animal, Animals Australia, Huffington Post, Slate, Vegan Peace, and many other organizations and publications have researched the practices of zoos and concluded that the facilities are inhumane and exploitative. Tigers and lions have around 18,000 times less space in zoos than they would in the wild. Polar bears have one million times less space. Sadly, they suffer when trained to perform tricks. They exhibit stereotypic behavior...

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Urbanism: The Ultimate Threat to Wildlife

Having lived in a thriving university town these past five years, I have witnessed the unrelenting traffic that winds through the town like our very own toxic river. In the big city, the traffic rules the way. Natural habitats that were here long before our urban cities have been sacrificed for our, on average, “two cars… on the same driveway.” Urban towns are fast paced and dynamic places, so it’s easy to become blind to the threats our cities have on the wildlife we share our streets with. There are now more cars, more pollution, more fly tipping and...

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Impossible Foods Ramps Up to 1 Million Pounds of Plant-Based ‘Meat’ a Month

Scarcity no more! If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the elusive — and eerily beef-like — Impossible Burger, your lucky day may be drawing near. Impossible Foods, a Silicon Valley startup known for its vegan burger that looks and tastes just like the real thing, has launched its first large-scale facility which, over the course of 2017, will be able to produce 1 million pounds of plant-derived meat per month. The new plant, based in Oakland, California, is expected to grow quickly with at least 80 new recruits during 2017, and to produce enough meatless beef for 4...

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Human ‘Stuff’ Weighs 60,000 Times More than Actual Humans

Human-made stuff on Earth is now estimated to be more than 60,000 times as heavy as actual humans. This human-made “technosphere” is made up of anything and everything humans produce—from buildings & iPhones to the impressive amount of trash people make. According to a recent report published in the Anthropocene Review, the technosphere weighs 30 trillion tons. It is more diverse than our planet’s actual biosphere. And if divided across the Earth, there would be a mass of more than 50 kilos of it for every square meter of the Earth’s surface. There are over six billion people living...

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Ethics: Fast Fashion from the Thrift Store?

As awareness of the ever-increasing pollution levels and resulting ecological destruction rises, people have started getting accustomed to wearing clothing from secondhand stores. Once you learn about all the dangers that threaten our planet, we’re faced with a choice: do we continue buying fast fashion products from thrift stores? This isn’t an easy decision, but we’re going to try and weigh both sides. Let’s start from the beginning Thrift shops are not a bad thing. On the contrary, they developed from various charity organizations (like Goodwill) that sell clothes, accessories and household items. Basically, they recycle unwanted items by...

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As Climate Deniers Take over Washington, China Invests Big in Renewables

President Elect Donald Trump may think he knows a thing or two about investments — but in this case, someone has him beat. Chinese government officials recently announced that they will invest $361 billion into renewable energy within the next three years. The investment brings along with it an estimated 13 million jobs for the clean energy sector. Talk about job creation! It’s safe to say that the “foremost power” of coal pollution is looking forward to a brighter future with the help of clean energy. The same cannot be said about the “foremost power” of the world, the...

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