Category Archives: animal rights

Team Lioness: the Kenyan women rangers risking their lives for wildlife | Environment | The Guardian

Purity Amleset Team Lioness, a patrol unit among 76 rangers from the local Maa community. Their job is to protect wildlife from poaching, trafficking in bushmeat and human-wildlife conflict.

“I risk my life to spare their life [wildlife],” says Amleset, who is on a regular 20km patrol to visit the local community, tracking and recording GPS coordinates of wildlife sightings, as well as threats like snares or any suspicious activity along the way.

“I grew up here with wildlife as our friends. We are thriving together. The water point, we share together with wildlife. The grass we use to herd the cattle, [we] herd together with wildlife,” she says.

Eunice Mantei, 20, says: “You know before, us females in our community we were seen as a weak point. In our society we are not recognised, our worth is just to give birth and take care of the children. But now we have been recognised.

“We are working in the same field like men … Our families depend on us, [whereas] before they used to depend on men solely. Now … I can use my salary to educate my younger brother … to give my mother good health and raise the standard of my family. That feeling of being recognised drives me to be a female ranger.”

 

Source: Team Lioness: the Kenyan women rangers risking their lives for wildlife | Environment | The Guardian

How did this coronavirus start? It probably came from bats, but how and why? – Science – ABC News

“Human interactions with live animals make a host jump more likely to occur,” Dr Geoghegan said, and live animal markets are a massive source of these interactions. “These locations can act as mixing pots, and you can have animals defecating, urinating, they’re stressed maybe, you’re bringing together the different species that may not be together,” Professor Hayman said. “And if hand hygiene and stuff like that isn’t optimal, then this is where you have the opportunity for an infection to go from one species to another, and that includes humans.” Dr Field said live animal markets are an absolute recipe for that kind of thing to happen. “You’ve got this mixing of species and this potential mixing of viruses in these animals that are under stress, sick and dying as they’ve gone from their wild environment to the market.”

Source: How did this coronavirus start? It probably came from bats, but how and why? – Science – ABC News

What to do if you meet a coyote? Wave a big stick and don’t run away | CBC News

“Try to make yourself imposing and loud,” he said. “In the vast majority of cases, that will cause the coyote to alter its course probably go into the adjacent field or woods.”   Gregory said it’s not a good idea to run away, although that might be the natural instinct. “Whether or not the coyote is actually bold or aggressive, it can just trigger an instinct to chase,” he said. If the coyote does not retreat, Gregory advised backing away while continuing to face it until it is out of sight, then returning to your vehicle.

Source: What to do if you meet a coyote? Wave a big stick and don’t run away | CBC News

The Launch of Fire Drill Fridays – Jane Fonda

Speaking today at the launch of Fire Drill Fridays. 17-year-old Jerome Foster 11, who has been striking for Climate every Friday in front of the White House. Left to right: Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, me, Naomi Klein and Annie Leonard, head of Greenpeace USA With me granddaughter, Vasser Turner Seydell Vasser, being arrested…her first time Me being arrested…not my first time It was a grand launch. The weather was perfect. All the speakers were wonderful, the press coverage was awesome. White plastic “handcuffs” were put on each of us, we were taken to the nearby police station for a few hours. The plastic handcuffs hurt more than the metal ones and I discovered that it’s not easy for an 82-year-old to get in and out of a police paddy wagon without the use of her hands. All the police women and men were super polite and nice. There were about 16 of us all together, divided into 2 cells with the doors left open. We used the time, a few hours, to organize and plan. Then we each paid $50 (Fire Drill Friday provided the funds for those who didn’t have) and were released. We then walked to a nearby coffeehouse and debriefed. This has all come together very fast. I only moved to D.C. 2 w

Source: The Launch of Fire Drill Fridays – Jane Fonda