Imagine yourself being captured, your arms and legs get cut off with a cleaver by your captors, for what reason, you do not know. Bleeding, you get thrown back onto the streets with no one around. Barely alive and conscious, a slow and painful death awaits...
To many, sharks are just ruthless killers. Sadly, Hollywood drama has made these magnificent creatures strike fear into our hearts by making them look like crazed man-hunter. Yet, they are no more as dangerous as your neighbor's Doberman or Rottweiler, or even that cute Panda in a China Zoo. Most shark attacks occur because the sharks mistaken swimmers or surfers to be a seal or some other sea creatures. Other incidents may be due to us not giving them enough respect by encroaching too much into their habitat. In fact, according to International Shark Attack File, the chances of getting hit by lightning is much higher than that of being attacked by a shark.
Now, let's look at the flip side of the coin. Mankind ruthlessly hunt down these majestic creatures, cut off their fins, and throw them back, alive, into the ocean, to drown... and to die a slow and painful death. And for what? Just so that some people can have 'Shark's fin' in their soup! (Typically a popular dish in Asian society and culture). It is estimated that 10–100 million sharks are slaughtered each year for their fins. Now who are the RUTHLESS KILLERS?!?
I urge all who come across this message, please say 'NO' to Shark's Fin, in whatever form. Exclude this dish from your wedding banquet. If it is being served in a feast you attend, abstain from consuming it. And when those around you asks, take the opportunity to explain to them why. That is what I do. Help spread the awareness. If the demand for it can be stopped, then the killing can, too.
Here are some more information on Sharks being murdered for just their fins, and a bit of info on the chances of being attacked by sharks.
What Are My Chances of an Attack?
* In the U.S., your chances of getting killed by lightning are 30 times greater than dying of a shark attack.
* Bees, wasps, and snakes kill more people each year than sharks.
* Drowning, heart attacks, beach accidents resulting in spinal injury, sunburn, cuts from stepping on sea shells, dehydration, jellyfish stings, and traffic accidents going to or from the beach are all far more common than shark attacks.
* In 1996 in the U.S. there were 18 reported injuries and deaths from shark attacks, but 198,849 injuries from working with screws, nails, tacks, and bolts; 138,894 injuries from ladders; 43,687 injuries from toilets; and 36,091 injuries while pruning, trimming, or edging plants.
* Between 1959 and 1990, 5,528 people were stuck by lightning in the 22 coastal states (excluding Alaska) and Puerto Rico, with 1,505 fatalities. During the same period, there were 336 shark attacks in the coastal waters of those states, with 12 fatalities.
* In 1987, New York City reported the following number of people bitten by dogs: 8,064; other people, 1,587; cats, 802; rats, 291; squirrels, 95, raccoons, 11; ferrets, 7; skunk, 3. There were 13 shark injuries reported nationwide the same year.
Source: ISAF, wikipedia
Well, it is our responsibility to spend some quality time daily to train your dog! It will take some patience, and a lot of love. But remember, just like us human, learning as we get older, animals learn as they grow too! And what is better than to spend some quality time to bond with man's best friend?
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The Wildlife Research Institute installed a Den Cam in Black Bear Lily's winter hideout, streaming 'live' footage of her hibernation on the internet.
I've been mesmerized by this fascinating animal as I watched her breathe slowly in the snow. There was a few times I thought I heard her growl softly, she is probably dreaming! If you just leave the streaming video running, you can actually hear her moan softly and her breathing slightly quicken, and sometimes she twitches and huffs a bit as she dreams of running in the fields during spring!
Bookmark this page, and do come back often to check on Lily!
Lily is a three-year-old American black bear, now hibernating somewhere near Ely, Minnesota, less than 30 miles from the Canadian border.
Let's all work together positively to help preserve the earth for beautiful and lovely creatures like Lily!
Stop Animal Abuse
Posted by veola at 12:53 PM
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Imagine having a pipe rammed down your throat, while large amount of food were pumped down your airway. Choking, gasping for air, your tongue doesn't even get to taste and find out what's going in to your stomach.
This is what mankind are doing to some poor creatures just so that people get to eat what they want. Just because the Foie Gras recipe requires a nicely fattened duck or goose liver. We think its our right to do as we see fit, for our own gains and pleasure. What about animal rights? What about their suffering?
I urge all to spare a thought for these animals, abstain from food such as shark's fin, drunken prawns, foie gras, dog meat, where the animals have to suffer miserably at mankind's hands before being slaughtered and served on the table.