4 Reasons Why You Should Be Kind To Elephants

4 Reasons Why You Should Be Kind To Elephants

I speak for the Elephants.

Recently, President Donald Trump signed an act that has legalized the previous ban on the trade of elephant trophies. This action is detrimental to the already decreasing elephant population in Africa and will without a doubt bring the species one step closer to extinction. This article points out 4 factual reasons why you should stand up for elephants and stand against the hazardous decision that will most likely determine the species' fate.

1. Ivory has no real value.

Ivory is made of the same compound that human teeth is composed of. The only difference is the tusks of elephants are large enough to carve from. The value we have placed on it is completely manmade. We might as well save our baby teeth and make trinkets out of them.

2. All of this, for a trinket.

The main reason Ivory is desired is to manufacture goods like trinkets, utensils, jewelry and religious figures. An entire species is going to go extinct for commonplace objects that could easily be made out of something else. Save an elephant, desire marble and jewels instead.

3. Every hour, 5 elephants are killed.

Just last year alone, 35,000 members of the species were slaughtered. A detrimental number to an already small population. They don’t even stand a chance.

4. We have been here before.

Subspecies have already gone extinct, like the North African Elephant, and there is no doubt that history will continue to repeat itself. History always repeats itself.

But just as humans are the reason we have gotten into this mess in the first place, we are the only ones who can turn it around. If you feel compassionate about this horrible decision, there is a few things you can do to stand up against President Trump. The first step you can take is signing Humane Society of The Unites States of America’s petition. You can also donate to organizations that are trying their very best to reverse these actions, like the The American Wildlife Foundation or The Word Wildlife Fund. But above all else, the best thing you can do in these situations is keep yourself educated. Continue to seek out information that explains why all these governmental changes are harmful. Stay on top of current events. Keep reading. Stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Speak for the Trees.

Speak for Elephants.

Speak for the Planet.

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10 Things I Wish Animal Rights People Knew About The Livestock Industry

Get educated.

So last week, I wrote an open letter to PETA, calling them out on their lack of salvation for the animals burned by the recent wildfires. I received a lot of attention for this article, both good and bad.

In reading the comments posted in response by animal right's activists, I discovered some things that just didn't add up. Amidst the insults and hypocrisy, there were just some downright stupid assumptions that these people see as facts. It's not their fault, they're just uneducated, so I feel we as an industry should try to get some truth out there.

So, here are 10 things I wish animal right's supporters knew about the livestock industry:

1. A 20-25 year life expectancy for cows is not realistic.

Just because some cow somewhere lived to be 25 does not mean that they would live that long without the agriculture industry. Most cows used for beef production live to be about 13-15 years old and die of natural causes. In sandy environments, cows live around 5-9 years because the sand degrades their teeth to the point that they cannot eat.

2. Livestock would mate and reproduce each year without the help of humans.

I kinda thought it was common knowledge that most species cycle monthly when they reach sexual maturity. When females cycle, they do their best to get bred. There's no forcing going on there. If they were left in the wild, they would still mate and reproduce causing inbreeding.

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3. Farmers and Ranchers are not just upset at the loss of profit from these fires.

I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I read this, and then the second, and eighth. Farmers and ranchers are not only upset about the loss of profit, which is devastating, but also upset to see their animals suffer. Have you ever had to put something out of its misery? Watch a cow writhe around sluffing its charred flesh off, hear it wheeze, and watch a rancher put a bullet in its head out of pity, and I guarantee the sadness in that rancher's heart isn't about money.

4. All "momma cows" are not dairy cows.

There are hundreds of breeds of cattle out there. Some breeds have certain traits that are suited for different parts of production agriculture. Not every momma cow is milked by hand daily and her milk sold.

5. All dairy calves are not ripped from their mother and slaughtered moments after birth.

I don't know much about the dairy industry, but since it is up and running obviously there has to be live calves to grow into cows and bulls.

6. Beef cattle are not raised in closed quarters.

The operations that raise beef cattle from birth are called cow/calf operations. These cattle roam over large pastures and fields most of their lives.

7. Sheep are sheared for their own good.

I cannot count how many pictures I have seen posted by animal rights organizations of mutilated sheep. That's gross and unless someone is a complete dunce with a razor, that never happens. Sheep will overheat with a full coat, or become matted to the point he/or he cannot move.

8. There is not enough cropland to sustain everybody in the world.

Oh man, okay so as Animal Rights Activists you guys want us to let all the cows, horses, sheep, goats, and pigs roam at their own free will. You think we can all live off veggie-tales reruns and rainbows but that is not so. If all animals are roaming free, they have to eat too. So they need space, and the crops humans eat need space. IT WON'T WORK.

9. It's not all about the money.

Lol, yeah right. Have you worked in agriculture? The bank owns our asses.

10. It's not gonna happen.

You can go on your crusades, you can martyr yourselves. It's not gonna work. Meat will always be a necessity.

But mostly PETA people, get educated!

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7 Daunting Disasters Brought On By The Ignorance Of Humans

Humans are destroying the environment, and these disasters should be proof that we need to do something about it.

All throughout history, humankind has been making technological advances and progressing, especially after the Industrial Age. But while they were building factories and manufacturing goods, they were also creating waste and pollution. We’ve started to learn more about the consequences of human activities in the environment, but we still continue to damage the environment regardless to fulfill our own needs. These are only a few examples, so here are seven daunting disasters brought on by the ignorance of humans.

1. Pacific Gyre Garbage Patch

The “Pacific trash vortex” is an island of waste, comprised of tiny pieces of plastic called micro-plastic from things like fishing gear, located in the North Pacific Ocean. It is approximately 1.9 million square kilometers. It poses a risk to marine life as animals can get tangled in waste like nets or choke, mistaking them for food. The plastics could also absorb and accumulate pollutants, which would enter and disrupt the food chain as food sources begin to die out.

2. Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill

The “largest marine oil spill in history,” caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, took place in the Gulf of Mexico and spilled millions of barrels of oil. While there were many efforts for cleanup, wild life was still heavily effected, and some of the damage done may even be permanent. As the rig sank and continued to leak oil in the deep ocean, the full unknown, as there may be damage done to deep underwater systems that we have no way of finding.

3. Love Canal

Located in Niagra Falls, New York, Love Canal was the site of toxic waste as at about 21,000 tons of chemicals, including carcinogens, were dumped by the Hooker Chemical Company beneath the neighborhood. The chemicals were eventually leached and rose to the surface and began to affect the population.

There were cases of illnesses, miscarriages and children born with birth defects, and around 240 families had to be relocated. It took demanding and protesting from the rest of the population before the area was accepted for treatment and remediation.

4. Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

Dead zones are areas in lakes or oceans of low oxygen levels caused by extra nutrient runoff, among other factors. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest measured yet, being closed to 8,185 square miles. It was caused mainly by the agricultural runoff polluting the Mississippi. Dead zones cause change in habitat as fish leave to find other habitable areas, decrease in reproductive abilities in fish and a decrease in shrimp size.

5. Guiyu E-waste

Guiyu in Guangdong Province, China is thought to be the largest e-waste site in the world. They receive shipments and process around 100 truckloads per day, but this does not bode well for either the environment of the people and workers in the area. The workers have to dig through the e-waste and separate the parts by hand, making them most susceptible to contamination of any toxins from the waste.

The groundwater in the area is also so acidic and polluted by industrial waste that it is undrinkable. The pollution is also shown to cause skin damage, ulcers and nausea, among other health issues in workers.

6. The Great Smog

“The Great Smog of London” took place in London in 1952. It was caused by a heavy fog that stayed stationary in London for 5 days and mixed with pollution from factories and buses. The reason that this case was so detrimental was because there was a temperature inversion, which trapped the cool air on the bottom underneath the warm air. This caused the smoke and pollution to not rise, and the smog to become progressively denser.

The Great Smog resulted in about 12,000 deaths from ailments including bronchitis and pneumonia.

7. Bhopal Disaster

The “Bhopal Gas Tragedy” took place in Bhopal, India, where the Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked around 30 tons of poisonous gas, polluting surrounding towns around the area. It caused people’s eyes and throats to burn, nausea and even children being born mentally and physically unstable many years later. It has killed over 15,000 people over the years.

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