In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying
"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons." ~ The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Horse registration bill already bucked from Salem | KVAL CBS 13 - News, Weather and Sports - Eugene, OR - Eugene, Oregon | Local & Regional News
Here in Oregon, as well as all over the U.S., horses are being abandoned. Owners can't afford to properly care for them, so they neglect them or turn them loose. In some areas, you can't even give a horse away for free. Lindy Minten wants a law requiring horse owners to register their horses, believing this will help stop horse traders from taking advantage of this sad situation.
Horse traders often present themselves as rescue outfits, but in reality, they sell the horses to slaughter houses.
Her proposal would have required horses to be registered with the state for a fee under $100. In that way, the animals could be tracked so anyone “flipping” them could be caught.Unfortunately, it's a typical mind-set that "no one's gonna tell me how to raise my animals." The other side of this are the concerns legitimate horse rescue groups have concerning the expense and the ironic outcome of trying to rescue horses, but finding oneself unable to do so because of the fees:
“They have a reasonable justification to expect that this horse is going to be cared for until the end of its life. It’s not going to get back on the slaughter track; it’s not going to end up starving in somebody else’s field,” she said.
Wayne Geiger, the founder of the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary which rescues farm animals, opposes any plan to create a horse registration fee. He said it would only hurt legitimate rescue organizations which already struggle financially to stay afloat.It is the owner's responsibility, but there's also the reality of the fate of the horses. Which is the more critical: the principal of the thing (owner's responsibly) or the horses?
“I do believe that a lot of the responsibility should fall on the original owner of the animals. It’s up to them to make sure that their horses, their animals are going to legitimate places,” he said.
A tough situation. But as Minten believes, even if the bill is going nowhere, it's hopefully starting a dialogue and bringing awareness.
Horse registration bill already bucked from Salem | KVAL CBS 13 - News, Weather and Sports - Eugene, OR - Eugene, Oregon | Local & Regional News
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wildlife Extra News - Seals killed and beheaded in Northeast England
Updated List Of Animal Die-Offs
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This story is another example of our never ending need to satisfy our gratuitous gastronomical whims: Tucson restaurant to serve up African lion tacos for $8.75 | Mail Online.
The article doesn't say where the lion meat comes from; but it doesn't much matter. Another article (linked below) reports that the lion meat comes from "...a farm in Perris, California, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles." (A "farm?" It's not a "farm," if you raise animals for meat. . .) Since lions aren't classified as endangered, it's legal to kill them and eat them, which is all the justification restaurant owner Bryan Mazon and his customer's need. Hey, they're not breaking any laws.
Adding to this hedonistic food offerng, is restaurant owner Bryan Mazon's reasoning for serving up lion meat tacos:
Related articles by yours truly:
Conspiracies and Cannibalism: Animals and Advertising
Lemon Pepper Cougar and Feral Hawaiian Cats
Friday, January 21, 2011
Frame 352: Dream: Bigfoot in Australia, Kind Of . . .
Thursday, January 20, 2011
3. "We have received information from local residents last night. Our main theory is that the birds were scared away because of the fireworks and landed on the road, but couldn't fly away from the stress and were hit by a car," he explained to The Local on Wednesday. (The Local)
A bait laced with the poison DRC-1339 was used, though officials were surprised the birds made it so far before dying. They assure that the poisoned dead birds do not pose a risk to nearby animals or humans.And we get the usual refrain that the massive die offs of bird, fish and cattle are "not related"
Officials don't believe any of the incidents are related, and suspect a wide range of causes to be responsible, from cold weather and fireworks to semi-truck collisions and overeating, though they admit in many instances a clear cause may never be identified. According to The AP, mass animal deaths are not a rare occurrence.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
"An issue that has not been addressed at length, however, is that relative to concerns that elements of the government may have with respect to these events. Is there official, behind-the-scenes worry about what is presently afoot? Very possibly."Animal Deaths and National Security, analyzes declassified FBI documents that reveal very disturbing facts about biological warfare.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Birds are now singing at night!!, page 1
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Yesterday, I followed a link on the always exploitative and titillating Jeff Rense site to a story about another bird fall, this one in Hollywood, California. Right on Sunset Blvd. My old home, I lived in that area for many years. Birds falling to their deaths in my old neighborhood; I couldn't resist following the lead.
Very early on in reading the article, it became clear it was a joke. Here's what I wrote yesterday on this piece on my blog Octopus Confessional:
I found the link on Rense.com, where it was presented as serious. "371 Dead Birds Fall from Sky on Sunset Blvd." The article very quickly turns ugly in a not- funny- but- we- think- we're -being -funny way. Kind of nasty all the way around, with the smarmy comments about the homeless. But what I strikes me the most is the marginalization of a very serious global phenomena. Whether it's intentional, as in government Dr. Evil plant and cover-up doing its disinfo thing, or, just some smart ass being not as clever as he thinks he is, that constant, low level hum that sends the signal it's not that bad, these events aren't connected, nothing to see here, is being maintained. (371 Dead Birds Fall from Sky on LA's Sunset Blvd; Similar to California, Arkansas, Louisiana Bird Drops -)It is obvious from reading the article no deadly fall of pigeons bloodying the streets of Hollywood has happened, but the story is being presented as real. Rense is still at it, he's highlighted the story on his site under one of his special it's the end of the world we're all going to die sections. Deborah Dupre at Examiner.com has written an article about this, protesting the plight of L.A's homeless, who, according to the Associated Content article, grabbed the bloody dead bird bodies, throwing them onto the grills of hot dog vendors, apparently frenzied by hunger:
Stylistically, it should be obvious that this is a hoax/creative exercise as the following excerpts show:
I heard about the horrific event from my neighbor, who happens to whistle when he talks and has a goiter on his neck.That alone should have given it away, but here are more examples:
The hot dog vendor had abandoned his cart and a dozen or more homelesses were cutting the breasts out of the pigeon corpses and grilling the meat. They had formed a small mob. One whole pigeon corpse, still with feathers and not gutted, sat atop the grill.Associated Content pays for articles. I tried it myself a few years ago but ended up confused as to their pay system; depending on the type of permissions and controls you choose (turning over your rights to your content to them) you get paid a certain amount per view of your article. So know that if you visit the link he's getting paid, no doubt he's received a lot of hits so far.
I did a simple search of L.A. news sources, and didn't find anything about this story at all. That, and the writing style, are clues that this is not a real event in any way, but a made up story by an entrepreneurial individual, one who is, according to his bio on Associated Content: " . . . is writing a novel titled Parade of Bums, and working on a collection of short fiction stories."
Friday, January 14, 2011
Two bull sharks have reportedly been spotted swimming down the main street of a flooded Queensland town, 30km inland.Bull sharks spotted swimming down the main street in Goodna - 30km from the coast | Herald Sun
Butcher Steven Bateman spotted two bull sharks swimming near his Goodna shop yesterday - one of several reports of a sharks in Goodna's main street.
Ipswich local councillor Paul Tully confirmed it was a bizarre but true story out of Queensland's flood disaster.
"It would have swum several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway,'' Cr Tully told The Queensland Times.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The linked article has a world map of fish and bird die-offs.
Animal deaths: Thousands of dead fish in Chicago and hundreds of birds in California | Mail Online
Bird death mystery solved: they 'drank' themselves to death - Telegraph
Dead birds found in Bonnie Doon area
Yesterday, in Athens, Alabama, hundreds of blackbirds were killed alongside the highway. Officials there are saying they were killed by traffic; hungry, the birds were looking for forward, became startled, and were hit by a tractor. The article goes out of its way to reiterate there is nothing unusual about the deaths, using phrases as the following:
However, the 300 or more deceased blackbirds were not killed by an unusual phenomenon, but instead by less mysterious means —Yet contrasted with the denials, are the lists of previous bird deaths, as well as the cricket virus and marine life die-offs. Keeping the low hum of anxiety alive on the one hand on a covert level, while assuring the public that there is nothing to fear by insisting "professionals" (who work for the government) agree there is nothing untoward about the deaths.
the birds killed this week were simply hungry and looking for food.
We’ve got four professionals who have come to that consensus.”
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
PORT ALLEN, La. — A virus has killed millions of crickets raised to feed pet reptiles and those kept in zoos.
The cricket paralysis virus has disrupted supplies to pet shops across North America as a handful of operators have seen millions of their insects killed.
First dead birds, then dead fish ... now crickets - U.S. news - Environment - msnbc.com
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Just today, at work, as I was walking outside on the large field, I thought of the recent events of so many strange bird falls, and how it seems, finally, to be over. A few minutes I go inside, go on-line, and come across the Geyserville story:
Sonoma County mystery: What killed 100 birds near Geyserville? | PressDemocrat.com
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Jefferson County (KSDK) -- A NewsChannel 5 viewer called in late Saturday afternoon about more than a dozen dead birds, scattered on an overpass in Jefferson County, along Old Highway 21 and just south of Rock Creek Road.
"... World Bird Santuary, Walter Crawford, and he explained what he thought the cause of this actually common fall-out could be.Very well could be unrelated, but in context of all the recent bird deaths, and fish deaths, people are understandably suspicous and jittery. Related or not, who knows.
"You have an overpass there," he said. "A lot of times birds will roost under these overpasses, especially in really cold winter...and, of course, mother nature weeds out the sick, the old and the injured and it could be that these were birds that were very old and just couldn't deal with the climate."
More than a dozen dead birds spotted along Missouri highway | ksdk.com | St. Louis, MO
Saturday, January 8, 2011
From Mysterious Universe:Startling Chupacabra Kill, or Merely Another Varmint Vanquished? | Mysterious Universe
So now the meme has been firmly planted: chupacabra of the true cryptid high strangeness variety, with all its conspiratorial theories -- government projects gone horribly awry, alien pets, inter-dimensional travelers, etc. -- are forgotten, and blue-gray skinned, hairless canine type creatures, probably foxes and or coyotes, etc. with mange or some type of disease have replaced the chupie of legend.
The fear persists however. Fear at seeing something unfamiliar. And so naming it with a handy pre-labeled moniker (chupacabra) and insisting the creature is unknown, a strange interloper, gives one justification for kill first, ask later.
As Micah correctly points out, the media that gladly reports on these stories, and the people that shoot away, are the same ones who laugh at the subject of cryptids, cryptozoology, and the like. Hanks quotes from a recent Fox "news" segment on a recent killing of a "chupacabra"
The legendary chupacabra has been spied, shot and killed — will bigfoot be next?And rightfully points out the disgusting exploitative implications:
Wonderful to see that some odd-looking little creature (likely a possum, or perhaps a varmint of some sort, as we’ll get to in a moment) has been shot and killed, rather than the diminutive, lizard-like little monsters from the early Puerto Rican reports back in the 1990s. To be clear, this is not a “chupacabra” in the truest sense by any means. However, before we go any further with the report from today, is it too much to ask also that the word “Bigfoot” be capitalized? To quote Loren Coleman, author of Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America, since “words like Sea Serpent, Nessie, Bigfoot, Yeti, and related forms all have not been technically ‘accepted’ by systematic zoology, as of this date, the capitalized form (should) be employed.” (Curiously, the same does not typically apply to the use of the term chupacabra in Fortean literature, hence my use of the lower case… but I digress)
Startling Chupacabra Kill, or Merely Another Varmint Vanquished? | Mysterious Universe
Thank you Lesley at The Debris Field for link.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Octopus Confessional: More Bird Deaths, and Fish Kills
Monday, January 3, 2011
Today in LaBarre, Louisiana, about 500 dead blackbirds and starlings were discovered, say wildlife officials. The birds were discovered lying dead on roads between Morganza, La. and New Roads, La. on highway 10.And an as yet unconfirmed story of "10,000 birds" falling to their death in Manitoba, where authorities refused to talk to reporters.
10,000s of Birds found dead in Manitoba Authorities in Louisiana are telling people not to touch the birds, even though Dr. Jim LaCour with Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries "suggested that there might be no connection to the die-off in Arkansas on New Year's Eve and the one today in Louisiana."
An update on the Arkansas bird fall; the birds died from "blunt trauma" to their organs, mainly the liver . . . in mid-air! This suggests, possibly, some sort of weapons technology being tested. Sub-sonic is one possibility.
Arkansas State Veterinarian Dr. George Badley tells Today's THV that preliminary test results show thousands of birds died mid-air due to multiple blunt trauma to their vital organs.
" Its not that unusual but that many it make you think that its not a disease its something cataclysmic that happened all at one time," says Badley.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
As I commented over at Nick's blog, I had posted about two weeks ago that the owl activity seemed to be at an end; now I see they were just resting.
Also, as Nick points out, the recent 1,000 plus dead blackbirds from Arkansas skies is strange; is this a signal of more high strangeness bird activity?
BEEBE, Ark. (AP) — Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 black birds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.
Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the he birds showed physical trauma, and she speculated that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail."
The Associated Press: More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Norway's 200,000 reindeer are being fitted with reflectors to protect them from being run over.
So far about 2,000 of the animals have been fitted with reflective yellow collars or small antler tags, reports the Daily Telegraph.Reindeers fitted with reflectors | Orange UK