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Animal Rights,  Endangered Species,  Habitat,  Land Conservation


The topics covered on this page include animal welfare and animal rights, as well as issues on biodiversity, habitat, and land conservation. Animal welfare articles are available, as are lists of groups on animal abuse, farm animal welfare, and animal rights groups, land conservation organizations, and groups that protect endangered species. Topical categories for animal welfare resources and biodiversity resources include audio, video, movies, books, and quotes. On the lighter side, Grinning Planet has cartoons on animal welfare and endangered species, etc.


      . . . about Animal Welfare, Endangered Species, Habitat, Biodiversity


Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Diet Science

Pastured vs. Free-Range vs. Cage-Free vs. Organic Eggs—What's The Difference? — Dee McCaffrey says the problems with conventional eggs range from low-quality feed to inhumane growing conditions. Organic eggs use better feed and have better growing conditions, but access to outdoors is sometimes more theory than practice in large organic operations. She rightly promotes eggs from backyard chickens as the best choice, with eggs from pastured chickens another good way to go.
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GP comment:  All that is correct. But McCaffrey also asserts that most people who are use pastured hens to raise eggs are also using organic or non-GMO feed. I suspect not even a majority of them do. I agree that pastured eggs are a top priority, but shoppers should also look for the organic or GMO-free labels. "Trust but verify." She also conflates GMO-free with soy-free, which are not at all the same thing. And "cage-free" usually means "in a crowded barn," and there is no rule that cage-free chickens must have access to outdoors. See the Humane Society's How to Read Egg Carton Labels for more info on terms related to eggs. Bawk!

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Jan.2015


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Quirks and Quarks

Lakes Turning to Jelly — The problem of acid rain is often touted as one of the few success stories in controlling pollution, as the industrial emissions that cause it have been cut substantially. But the environmental damage and disruption caused by acid rain still echo in the wilderness. One example discovered is the "jellification" of temperate lakes, where acid rain has reduced calcium content, an essential element for most lake organisms. This has caused some crustaceans at the base of the aquatic food chain—the ones that make their exoskeletons from calcium—to be at a disadvantage, and they're now being displaced by species that have a jelly-like coating. These jelly organisms are inedible to many predators and thus are disruptive to the lakes' ecological balance.
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GP comment:  And what do geoengineering proponents most often propose to push back global warming? Why, of course, to blast sulfate particles—the most toublesome of the old acid rain pollutants—into the atmosphere.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Nov.2014


Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Living on Earth

Obama Creates the World's Largest Ocean Reserve — President Obama expanded the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument, protecting nearly half a million square miles of Pacific Ocean from commercial exploitation. Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Institute talks about the impact of the reserve on the ecosystem and the precedent it sets for global conservation.
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GP comment:  A decent action. All presidents do this sort of thing. It's an easy green credit, much easier than taking meaningful action on issues like nuclear, chemicals, GMOs, sprawl, peak oil....

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Oct.2014


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      . . . about Animal Welfare, Species, and Biodiversity


superbugs/antibiotic resistance video link; thumb of superbug parachuting into human territory
When antibiotics are used day after day to raise animals, superbugs can arise. These superbugs become resistant to entire classes of antibiotics, reducing the antibiotic toolkit doctors have available for people. The germs can also spread directly from factory farms to nearby communities. What's happening on industrial animal-raising farms is nothing to laugh at.  Watch superbugs/antibiotic resistance video(3:18)

save the whales videos link; thumb of two whales having lunch in a cafe
With as few as 130 left, the western gray whale teeters on the edge of extinction. A critical feeding ground is now under threat from oil and gas exploration. See two short  save the whales videos.

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      . . . about Endangered Species and Animal Welfare

Hoot (2006)

Starring: Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Cody Linley, David Arquette

REVIEW: Hoot is a light teen comedy that aims to deliver the message that people who care about other species, especially endangered ones, should act to prevent their corrupt destruction. In this case, the under-attack critters are a family of burrowing owls that happen to be nesting on the site of a new pancake house. It would have been nice if Hoot had given a little more background on these particular owls—what their function in the ecosystem is, etc. And the bad guys, cops, and subplots here are pretty cartoonish, with much of the action being overly familiar fare. Still, it all works reasonably well, eventually getting us to an ending in which they owl live happily ever after. (And who can argue with a movie that has music and appearances by Jimmy Buffett?)

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Being Caribou (2005) (Documentary)

REVIEW: Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison spent five months keeping pace—on foot—with the "Porcupine" Caribou herd of North America's northwestern region. They documented their epic journey and the surrounding wild places as a way of bringing attention to the inadvisability of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which serves as the calving grounds for the herd. As it turns out, Heuer and Allison also made an awe-inspiring, very watchable film. There's a short bit about how native peoples still hunt and use caribou at the beginning of the movie that would have been better placed as an insert in the middle of the long on-the-trail section. But that's a minor criticism of a generally impressive film, which won more than a dozen film-festival awards.

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Cane Toads - An Unnatural History (1987) (Documentary)

DESCRIPTION: A fat, ugly creature whose sole purpose in life is the pursuit of sexual gratification is rapidly taking over Australia! The cane toads were imported by the sackload from Hawaii to Australia in 1935 in an attempt to rid the country of the Greyback beetle, which was rapidly destroying their sugarcane crop. The cane toads adapted beautifully to their new surroundings. Problem was, the beetle could fly and the cane toad couldn't. What the cane toad is unusually good at, however, is making more cane toads--thousands upon thousands more. If Monty Python produced a National Geographic Special, it would be Cane Toads !

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley

REVIEW: To save Earth from an approaching alien probe, Kirk and the Enterprise crew go back in time to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with the probe—humpback whales. This is widely considered to be one of the best Star Trek films, with plenty of action and humor, and the comfortable feel of the cast from the original series. The subtext warnings about the dangers of species extinction are clear but not forced.

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Animal Welfare

Biodiversity / Species / Plants & Animals


Activism & Taking Action




      . . . about Animal Welfare and Animal Rights

  SUSTAINABLE MEAT, EGGS, DAIRY   (Animal Welfare #216) 01-JUN-2010
  Sustainable Meat, Eggs, and Dairy article link; thumb of cattle in feed lot WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO ... MADE WITH INDUSTRIAL MEAT
Eating Sustainable Meat, Eggs, and Dairy — Towards a CAFO-Free Diet
  CAFOs / FACTORY FARMS   (Animal Welfare Article #214) 01-APR-2010
  CAFO / Factory Farming article link; thumb of hog in crowded pen THE CAFOs OF MEATOPOLIS—WHAT AN (ANIMAL) WASTE
CAFOs - Factory Farming Animals on an Industrial Scale
  CHICKEN WELFARE   (Animal Welfare Article #147) 29-NOV-2005
  thumb of chicken carcasses in slaughterhouse, soda; link for environmental article, The Not-So-Bird-Brained Chicken and How to Improve Chicken Raising WE HOPE YOU’RE NOT TOO CHICKEN TO READ THIS ARTICLE
The Not-So-Bird-Brained Chicken and How to Improve Chicken Raising
  ANIMAL LOVERS, EAT ORGANIC!   (Animal Welfare Article #137) 19-JUL-2005
  thumb of dog; link for environmental article, Why Eat Organic Food If You're an Animal Lover ANIMAL LOVERS, FORK OVER YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS
Why Eat Organic Food If You're an Animal Lover
  ANIMAL TESTING ON PRODUCTS   (Animal Welfare Article #96) 12-OCT-2004
  picture of lab rat getting dose of chemical; link for environmental article, Personal-Care Products - An Easy Call on Animal Testing EPISODE 96:

Personal-Care Products – An Easy Call on Animal Testing
  PASTURE-RAISED COWS   (Animal Welfare Article #91) 14-SEP-2004
  thumbnail - closeup of cow; link for environmental article, An Old Dairy Farm Trick - Milk and Cheese from Grass Fed Cows HOW NOW, HAPPY COW?
An Old Dairy Farm Trick —
Milk and Cheese from Grass Fed Cows
  PIG FARM HORRORS   (Animal Welfare Article #75) 15-JUN-2004
  picture of pigs; link for environmental article, Hog Farming and Animal Welfare vs. The Cat Lady and Her Kitties HOGGING THE SPOTLIGHT WITH MY PET THEORY
Hog Farming and Animal Welfare vs. The Cat Lady and Her Kitties
  SALMON FARMING PROBLEMS   (Animal Welfare Article #46) 26-FEB-2004
  picture of diseased salmon; link for environmental article, Farm-Raised Salmon Has More Problems Than Just PCBs GETTING A FRANKEN-LEG UP IN THE ANNUAL SALMON RUN
Farm-Raised Salmon Has More Problems Than Just PCBs
  CATTLE FEEDING PRACTICES   (Animal Welfare Article #23) 02-DEC-2003
  picture of cows in pasture, link for article, US Beef-Industry Feeding Practices Are a Source of Concern IT'S STILL A "JUNGLE" OUT THERE
US Beef-Industry Feeding Practices Are a Source of Concern
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      . . . about Biodiversity, Habitat, Species Conservation

  ECO/GREEN YARDS   (Biodiversity Article #218) 01-AUG-2010
  Eco/Green Yard Tips article link; thumb of wooden bench in yard OSHA FINES HOMEOWNER OVER LAWN-GNOMES’ WORKING CONDITIONS
Eco/Green Yard Tips — From Healthy Lawns to Edible Landscaping
  BENEFICIAL PLANTS & INSECTS IN YOUR GARDEN   (Biodiversity Article #125) 26-APR-2005
  thumb image of beneficial insect wasp; link for environmental article, Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden NATURAL PEST CONTROL (OTHER THAN CALLER ID)
Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
  GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS   (Biodiversity Issue #102) 16-NOV-2004
  picture of the lion cub and monkey; link for environmental article, 10 Threats to the Web of Life on Planet Earth GOOD ADVICE: DON’T BUG THE WEB OF LIFE
10 Threats to the Web of Life on Planet Earth
  picture of black bear; link for environmental article, Species Extinction: Causes, Statistics, and Trends LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS (GOING EXTINCT) — OH MY!
Species Extinction: Causes, Statistics, and Trends
  picture of butterfly; link for environmental article, Christian Stewardship, Endangered Species, and the Environment SAVE ENDANGERED SPECIES, AVOID LIGHTNING STRIKES!
Christian Stewardship, Endangered Species, and the Environment
  SPECIES / BIODIVERSITY   (Species Article #77) 22-JUN-2004
  picture of sea otter; link for environmental article, Keystone Species are Essential to Ecosystems and Biodiversity IT ISN’T CRUEL SHOES THAT MAKE NATURAL ARCHES FALL
Keystone Species are Essential to Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  WATER FOR BACKYARD ANIMALS   (Biodiversity Article 67) 11-MAY-2004
  picture of ducks by backyard hose; link for environmental article, Fresh Water for Birds, Squirrels, and Other Back Yard Animals HOW ABOUT A NICE ASPHALT SLURPEE?
Fresh Water for Birds, Squirrels, and Other Back Yard Animals
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      . . . on Animal Welfare, Endangered Species, Habitat, Animal Rights


For more reviews or purchase info, click on any title to go to

  book cover for Lethal Laws by Alix Fano

Animal Testing, Human Health and Environmental Policy

This book argues that using animals as human surrogates is not only unethical, but bad science; it shows how animal testing has been used as an alibi for the continued use of supposedly "safe" chemicals; and it shatters the myth that animal tests are accurate predictors of human health risks.

  book cover for Welcoming Wildlife, Jan-2004

Creating Backyard and Balcony Habitats for Wildlife

Offers ecologically sound gardening and landscaping tips for turning your yard into a welcoming environment for birds, amphibians, beneficial insects, squirrels, and other mammals. Covers design, planning, and implementation. Also focuses on use of native species.

  book cover for Redeeming Creation

Addresses the ecological crises we face—population explosion; rain forests stripped bare; destruction of animal habitats; the death of entire species; depletion of the ozone layer; global warming. Brings Scripture into fruitful dialogue with current scientific findings and commitments.


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      . . . about Animal Welfare, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Endangered Species

"We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words."

Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty

"Each one [of the Earth's 5 million invertebrate species] plays a role in its ecosystem. It's like we're tearing the cogs out of a great machine. The machine might work after you tear out ten cogs, but what happens when you tear out a hundred?"

Scott Black, Xerces Society, quoted in Sierra

"The animals of the planet are in desperate peril... Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen."

Alice Walker

"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal.... I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her."

Ellen DeGeneres

"Wolves are very resourceful. All they need to survive is for people not to shoot them."

Bob Ferris

Animal Welfare

Biodiversity / Species / Plants & Animals

Habitat & Land Conservation

Nature & Outdoors

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      . . . on Factory Farms, Animal Welfare, Humane Treatment, Animal Rights

Animal Rights/Animal Welfare link; thumb of bulldozer LOST IN THE WILDERNESS – “WHO” ... WHERE?
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      . . . for Animal Welfare and Animal Rights

Resources for

Working for a peaceable kingdom for humans, animals, and the environment

Dedicated to raising awareness about cruelty-free living and the importance of compassion to ALL animals

Serve as a gateway to news, information, and resources about alternatives to animal testing

Animal advocacy and educational organization dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education

Works for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the US; offers programs in humane education, public awareness, government advocacy, shelter support, and animal medical services and placement

Serves as a clearinghouse for information on the internet related to animal rights and welfare

Works to reduce the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans

Seeks abolition of factory farming and adoption of agricultural systems that meet the welfare needs of farm animals

Does animal advocacy campaigns in the US and runs animal care facilities

Works to end the abuse associated with greyhound racing

Dedicated to creating a world where our relationship with animals is guided by compassion

Works to expose the abuses of commercial hunts and related animal welfare issues, and works to end such practices

Promotes animal liberation in the belief that all animals have value and interests, independent of their usefulness to human beings

A refuge where abandoned or abused performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade can live in peace and contentment

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    Dedicated to protecting the rights of all animals; "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment"
    Excellent, hard-hitting short documentary films about a variety of animal welfare issues
  • Stop Animal Tests site
    Works to replace animal testing with non-animal research methods that are humane, more accurate, less expensive, and less time-consuming

Dedicated to ending the use of nonhuman primates in biomedical and harmful behavioral experimentation

Information and regulations for the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, teaching, transport, and by dealers

Australian organization that envisions a world in which animals are treated with respect and compassion

Works to build a united global animal welfare movement to foster a world where animal welfare matters, and animal cruelty ends

Programs designed to conserve the world's biological diversity

Resources for

From PBS; has many video clips of nature and the outdoors

Protects genetic diversity in livestock and poultry species through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds

Mission is to protect and restore bats and their habitats worldwide

A global initiative to strengthen the ongoing work of farming communities in conserving and developing the agricultural biodiversity vital to their livelihood and food security

Protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education, and environmental law

Dedicated to conserving and recovering native and naturally functioning ecosystems in the Greater Southern Rockies

Official website of CITES, an international agreement aimed at ensuring that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival

Mission is to conserve the earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature

Dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities

A rather different sort of project designed to promote understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources

An open-source comprehensive database of plant and animal species; the brainchild of famed biologist E.O. Wilson

Combines research and education to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge about ecological systems

A niche search engine to help you find info about specific species

Promotes voluntary land conservation in the US; provides resources, leadership, and training to grassroots land trusts trying to protect important open spaces

Fights to safeguard the beauty, wildlife, and history of US parks

Mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth

Search engine cataloging conservation information on over 50,000 plants, animals, and "ecological communities" in North America

Saves and shares the seeds of "heirloom" varieties of garden plants

Searchable archives of six ornithological journals, each covering decades' worth of material

The wildlife-trade monitoring network of World Wildlife Fund

Conserves land as parks, gardens, and other natural places

US Park Service science and nature section.

Aims to conserve a connected set of preserved wild areas in the North American West stretching from the Yukon to northern Mexico

Dedicated to the support of conservation entrepreneurs who are working actively with local communities to protect endangered flagship species and preserve their natural habitats

Saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education

Empowers local conservation scientists worldwide to protect nature and safeguard ecosystem and human health

Works to apply sound ecosystem management to demonstrate how this is the only way to sustainable livelihoods for those directly dependent on natural resources

Uses scientific knowledge to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems

An international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation

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