Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kim Kardashian into Kim Flour-dasian. Fur Trader Gets Just Deserts.

People are so hypocritical, double standard. They become indignant that their idol was doused with flour, rushed to surround and protect her, but they wouldn't cry foul when raccoons, foxes, lynx, and other animals have their skin and fur ripped from their bodies to make fashionable clothing items from them.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Deer. Fawns in the Grass / Bushes. They are not Lonely.

I am all for animal rights and welfare, but please when you see a fawn curled up in the grass or bushes do not pick it up and take it away like you're doing it a favor. Don't put your human scent on a fawn because that will attract predators to it. The mother, sensing the human scent, will have to lick it off to throw off the predators. Don't make life any harder for the mother. Remember, a seemingly lonely fawn isn't one at all. In most cases, the mother will be back to care for it. Mom leaves her little one, who already knows to keep quiet, while she forages. Leave fawns alone where you found them!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Deer. Flat Rock Brook Nature Center. Shoot Them with a Camera, not with a Gun..

I was perusing my small collection of wildlife photos, and I realized that I haven't published most of them on this blog. Facebook has been the usual venue for my photos, shown only to friends, fellow animals lovers, people who I have a symbiotic relationship with. We kinda feed off each other's passion for animal rights and welfare, sharing news and images that either uplift one's spirit or make the chest cave in from sadness.

These photos were probably taken in the Fall of 2011, not too long ago. I heard that deer could be seen at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center which, incredibly, is only a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Route 4 and the George Washington Bridge. So, I went back there (I have been there before) in the late afternoon to get lucky. I knew enough about deer to know that they come out to feed in the twilight, meaning early morning or late afternoon. They wisely stay hidden during the day. And even if they come out to graze, it does not mean they will show themselves to an interloper.

Armed with my Nikon D90 and a 55-300mm lens, I waited along one of the several trails at the center. Don't picture me in ambush mode. I actually stood in the middle of the trail, quite exposed, scanning the area, trying to discern gray/brown animals from a mostly gray environment, skittish too. Once I spotted one, others were not too difficult to find. The $65,000 question was, will they trust me enough and come out in the open. You'll see from the photos if they did. Click on the image to enlarge them. (All photos Copyrighted to Anastacio Teodoro).

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

New Jersey. Logging Bill. S1085. Science versus Profit. Raping the Land.

Logging Bill S1085, it worries me. I have this image in my head of denuded hills, smoky tractors and heavy transport trucks, wild animals scampering for cover, an open canopy, and reclining state legislators fattened up by lobbyists and with huge smiles on their faces.

On Thursday, March 8th, the NJ Senate Environment Committee will hear S1085 and so it has become extremely important to CALL the committee members' respective offices and urge them to defeat the bill. Stand up and be counted. Your state needs you.

According to this ARTICLE, logging NJ's public lands will ruin the forests rather than make it healthier. Not surprisingly, it would take a knowledgeable person on the environment to explain things to lay people like us. I have no trouble in understanding that cutting mature trees, destroying the natural canopy of the forest, will allow invasive species to thrive on the forest floor while the deer eat up the saplings of the very hardwoods that are expected to replace those that were cut down. On the other hand, I am leery of the government's position that Mother Nature is not doing her job and it is imperative that commercial logging companies go in there and do it for her. This is the very core of the government's argument for S1085. Of course, who else will be the representative of change, the self-proclaimed saviour of our woodlands, but the special interest groups that have drummed up the shady science and who have been lobbying Trenton for years.

Wouldn't you see red flags when more than 100 scientists from the Union of Concerned Scientists (MA, USA) spoke out against S1085? It has also been reported that twenty leading scientists from universities in New Jersey and New York oppose the bill. I am afraid that our legislators will not listen to those who know the science. There is an old saw that tells us that when two or three of our friends tell us that we are drunk, it's best not to argue but to sit down. Our legislators better listen.

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Monday, March 05, 2012

New Jersey. Bill S1085. Logging Bill. Call the Senate Environment Committee. APLNJ.

S1085 - Forest Harvest on State Land (logging bill) to be heard in Senate Environment Committee on Thursday, March 8, 2012.


1. Contact the following committee members and ask them to vote AGAINST releasing S1085 from committee. This bill is bad for wildlife.

Senate Environment and Energy Committee

Senator Linda Greenstein (Vice-Chair)




2. Contact your local state Senator (locate here) and ask him or her to vote NO if this bill is posted for a vote in the full Senate.

3. Attend the hearing and speak out against the bill:

Senate Environment and Energy
Thursday, March 08, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Meeting - Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

Animal Protection League of NJ

Post Office Box 174
Englishtown, New Jersey 07726-0174


Sunday, March 04, 2012

New York City. CBS News. Horse-Drawn Carriages. Shameless Abuse of Humans, But No Abuse of Animals?

Ever have doubts if the NYC carriage horses are in good hands? I saw this video posted in the comments section of an article by CBS News, an article vouching for the city's horse-drawn carriages. The responses from both sides of the issue have been vitriolic.

Watch this carriage driver abuse tourists over a fare. The tourists can speak out, argue terms and conditions, and walk away from a bad situation. Horses that haul several people at a time on carriages throughout four seasons, obviously, can't do the same to save their hides.

Just for one moment, try to imagine their lives of quiet desperation. Imagine a captive life under the control of drivers who wouldn't think twice about insulting their very clients...The apologists insist that the horses are in good hands. Is this what they mean?

Boycott the horse-drawn carriage rides. New York City is a large and exciting city; there are other sights to see. Please respect our city by respecting the animals. Do not perpetuate animal abuse while you're visiting.