By Brianna Acuesta, True Activist
Their future will likely be even worse than their time in the barn.
The Ringling Bros. may have wrapped up their circus shows, but that doesn’t mean that their animals are now free or safe at a sanctuary. Though the circus shut down largely because of citizens’ objection to the treatment of the show’s animals, the company did not choose to send them to a place where they could retire in peace. Instead, they chose for the big cats to head to Zirkus Crone, a circus in Germany who has been accused of the exact same abuses that the Ringling Bros. have. What’s worse is that, even though the last show occurred in May of this year, most of the tigers hadn’t even made their way to Germany yet. Continue reading Cops Discover Former Ringling Bros Big Cats Locked Inside Hot Arkansas Barn
By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze
Monarch Butterflies Rapidly Disappearing from Western North America – More Than the East
Something is causing monarch butterflies to disappear at a dramatically higher rate in Western North America than in the Eastern regions of the U.S.
In the early 1990s, people in the Coastal areas of California noticed a disconcerting decline of the monarch. It turns out they were correct. While scientists have focused on the problems of butterflies in the Eastern region, a new study uses citizen science monitoring over the decades to see a dramatic decline at Western clusters. Continue reading Government Considering Monarch Butterfly for Endangered Species List
By Amanda Froelich, The Mind Unleashed
Did you know? Hurricane Irma, which recently tore into the Caribbean and is heading towards Florida, is one of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricanes on record. Though the hurricane has downgraded to a Category 4 from a Category 5, its wind speed remains about 150 mph.
Compared to Hurricane Harvey which “parked” in one place, Irma is “a whirling dervish” that has great potential to wreak havoc on Florida and Cuba over the weekend. Reportedly, Irma destroyed “95 percent” of Saint Martin, Barbuda, and the British Virgin Islands. Millions of people are now left without access to water, electricity or phone service. And, at least 10 are dead. Continue reading 45+ Unbelievable Photos Reveal The Damage Irma Has Already Caused
By Amanda Froelich, The Mind Unleashed
Because the media is tied up with coverage concerning Hurricane Harvey, few are aware that an even worse natural disaster is taking place in South Asia.
In recent weeks, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have received record amounts of heavy monsoon rains. The devastating flooding that has followed has killed nearly 1,200 people — including children. Thousands of homes have also been submerged or lost completely, and poor villages have been left with no access to food or medicine. Continue reading 20+ Disturbing Photos Of The Flooding In South Asia No One Is Talking About (NSFW)
By Kalee Brown, Collective Evolution
In the past, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the filming of animal agriculture practices. Clips of undercover footage have made it into the mainstream through animal activists and documentaries such as Earthlings, and it hasn’t boded well for factory farming corporations.
These undercover films led to the creation of “ag-gag” bills, a term coined in 2011 that refers to state legislation forbidding the act of undercover filming or photographing activities on farms. For example, one of these bills was the ALEC-backed “Animal and Ecological Terrorism in America“ bill, which claimed that taking pictures on livestock farms can “defame the facility or its owner.” This is more than a little ironic given the fact that they torture and kill animals every day; how great can their reputations really be? Continue reading All Slaughterhouses In England To Have Mandatory Cameras Installed
By Vic Bishop, Waking Times
In what is being called the biggest attack on the Amazon in fifty years, Brazil has just opened a massive area of the rainforest up to mining. A formerly protected national reserve twice the size of New Jersey, which is home to several indigenous tribes, has been officially abolished and will be turned over to mining interests.
Sadly, the decision wasn’t even made by a democratic body or informed vote, but by a presidential decree which changes rules, effectively abolishing a protected area known as the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca). Brazilian President Michel Temer’s time in office has been marked by scandal and corruption, most notably for offering concessions to big business interests in exchange for money and votes. Continue reading ‘The Biggest Attack on the Amazon in 50 Years’ Has Just Begun in Brazil
By Rich M., OffTheGridNews, Thanks to Body Mind Soul Spirit
I have a lot of respect for Native Americans — those who populated this land before the first European white man set foot on these shores.
History rarely mentions it, but countless thousands of those Indians were killed by disease and carried in the boats of those early traders. But before that, the American Indian had a thriving culture, in tune with nature and appreciative of the beauty around them. Continue reading 8 Overlooked Survival Skills That Kept The Native Americans Alive In A Once Thriving Culture
By Fattima Mahdi, Truth Theory
Supermarkets offer an overwhelming choice when it comes to food and most household items. Consumers are smarter than ever about ingredients and the harmful effects of processed foods. The challenges of climate change mean that we’re no longer in the dark about the ways in which the manufacturing process can affect our environment. As a result, many conglomerates are adopting shady practices to save face. Greenwashing occurs when companies mislead consumers about the environmental and health benefits of their products and services – and they are able to profit by doing so. Continue reading Corporations Are Tricking Consumers Into Buying Greenwashed Products That Aren’t Sustainable
By Jason Erickson, Natural Blaze
Regular readers of Natural Blaze are probably well aware of the threat that neonics present to the ecosystem. For this reason, it is essential that we continue to focus on each new study that reinforces what the alternative media seems willing to cover, but the mainstream not so much.
The plight of the pollinator continues to be documented by studies linking neonicotinoid pesticides to a range of negative effects upon bees and their colonies. Neonics have been implicated in tens of millions of bees instantly dropping dead at a single honey farm after nearby spraying of GMO crops. One type of neonic has even been shown to negatively affect social behavior within the hive itself, causing bees to abandon their responsibilities with protective care and foraging. Continue reading Pesticides Can Block Colony Formation in Bumblebees, Could Lead to Extinction: Study
By Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution
Ayahuasca, a potent psychedelic plant medicine that has been used for thousands of years by many indigenous tribes in South America, has been gaining a lot of attention over the past couple of decades from Westerners seeking spiritual or physical healing.
More and more people are travelling to Peru, Brazil, and other South American countries hoping to find enlightenment or recover from various traumas. Ceremonies are often facilitated by expert healers, including curanderos, shamans, ayahuasqueros, and maestros, all of whom have been traditionally trained with knowledge passed down from their ancestors on how to properly facilitate healing ceremonies. Continue reading Is The Use Of Ayahuasca Helping To Raise Our Global Environmental Consciousness?