10 Amazing Facts About Animal Sentience
Evidence of animal sentience is everywhere. Did you know that turkeys like to sing along to their favorite tunes? Or that hens talk to their babies before they are even born? Or that fish feel pain akin to that of mammals? These top ten amazing facts about animal sentience are sure to make you love and respect animals for how incredible they truly are — even more than you already do!
Dogs Violently Thrown Into Street Deserve Justice
Target: Hillar C. Moore III, District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Goal: Demand that the man who violently threw two dogs into the street be charged with animal cruelty and receive the maximum penalty by law.
Two dogs were violently thrown into the street in a shocking case of animal cruelty. A video posted online showed a man swinging the dogs around with their leashes before throwing them toward the street. Demand justice for these poor dogs.
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Praise U.K. for Massive Reforestation Project
Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the U.K.
Goal: Applaud ambitious plan to plant 50 million trees in the next 25 years.
The U.K. is one of the least forested countries in all of Europe; U.K. tree cover is only about 13 percent compared to a European Union average of 38 percent. But a new government initiative aims to change the U.K.’s dismal forest cover percentage. Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a plan to create over 62 thousand acres of woodland, connecting five smaller forests in northern England. This forest will greatly expand wildlife habitat and help combat climate change: it is estimated that it will be able to sequester over seven million tons of carbon. As the Prime Minister has stated, “It is vital that we leave our planet in a better state than we found it, with cleaner air, stronger protections for animal welfare and greener spaces for everyone to enjoy.”
Save Fish and Reptiles From Unrestrained Cruelty and Abuse
Target: Congressman Michael Conaway, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture
Goal: Don’t allow cold-blooded animals to be abused and exploited for private gain.
The Animal Welfare Act of 1966 remains the only piece of major federal U.S. legislation that affords protections to animals. While the law ensures that animals dealers, researchers, and exhibitors be licensed and meet certain standards for animal housing and care, the Animal Welfare Act currently only covers warm-blooded mammals. Despite numerous revisions to the law since its enactment, cold-blooded animals remain excluded. These animals deserve respect and protection as well.
Praise Tyson Foods For Dropping Abusive Supplier Posted by Lindsay Savitzky
Target: Tom Hayes, CEO of Tyson Foods
Goal: Commend Tyson company for cutting ties with supplier accused of horrific cruelty toward chickens.
Tyson Foods has terminated its contract with Atlantic Farms after a video was released which seemed to reveal horrific cruelty taking place at the facility. Workers at the facility were reportedly seen crushing, stomping, and stabbing chickens in addition to throwing sick birds onto piles of dead ones. The conditions in which the birds are allegedly forced to live in are deplorable.
It takes a lot of characteristics to run a business. Ambition, intelligence and tenacity are just a few. It also takes love. It takes love for your vision, your work and yourself. Love is the thing that burns inside you when people tell you that you should give up on your idea. It’s the reason you get out of bed in the morning, ready to kick butt at your own business. Love is also the grace you grant yourself when you make a big mistake.
Love can take many forms, like showing vulnerability by putting yourself out there, trusting in a process to allow something to unfold and being authentic with the people you encounter everyday. It can seem uncomfortable to talk about these things in a business article, but the truth is — that’s where all the magic happens.
Karma is the concept that what you do is done to you. You do dirt, you get dirt. You do good, good comes to you. The problem is that a lot of people want to specify their karmic reward. It doesn’t work like that. The good you do today is not instantly rewarded, or placed on account like frequent flier miles. It is distributed based on forces unknown and unseen to us. Your karmic good may not come back to you in ways you recognize, but that does not change your duty to do it. It is more faith than science but it is real and it is in operation all the time.
Recently, I’ve witnessed tea party enthusiasts recoiling in horror when Jerry Brown had the temerity to do what they say they want done, slash spending. “It’s okay to kill other people’s programs, just not mine,” they exclaim. I’ve seen progressives dismiss those concerned about the massive debt as knuckle dragging throwbacks in an attempt to keep the money flowing. What I don’t see very often is truth or constructive conversation. Budgets will be cut, pain will be felt. It will be exquisitely bi-partisan.
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