France's Ugly Secret: Eating Endangered Songbird

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Now France can add another to its long list of gastronomic sins.eating ortolan, an endangered songbird. The hunting and selling of ortolans, which have suffered a Europe-wide decline of 40-50% in the last 40 years, has been illegal in France since 1999. Tags: poaching france endangered species From the Guardian. In a co-ordinated protest, members of the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) destroyed hundreds of traps and set free the birds inside.

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“FedEx Panda Express” Brings Giant Pandas to France

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Two giant pandas made their way from China to ZooParc de Beauval in France today. The pandas, three year old female Huan Huan and three year old male panda Yuan Zi, will be the first giant pandas in more than 10 years to be in France.

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Britain and France to Support Ban on Bluefish Tuna Sales

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This is a good thing. We've been overfishing the bluefish tuna to near-extinction along with many other species. I used to work for a seafood company and my current work still brings me in contact with the industry. Greedy, anti-government, and anti-regulation monstrosities.

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Quote of the Week

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"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France.

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Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys

Animal Ethics

Here is a New York Times story about a vegetarian restaurant in (of all places) France

Interpol Makes Arrests in Tiger Smuggling

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The two-month operation involved national enforcement agencies in six tiger-range countries (China, India, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam) and was coordinated by INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Program at its headquarters in Lyon, France. From the PR Newswire. A coordinated international law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of tigers, one of the world's most endangered species.

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WWII Pigeons Spread Disinformation

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The plot in 1943 to drop the birds into German-occupied France is revealed in newly declassified MI5 files released by the National Archives. Interesting story out of the BBC. British spy chiefs drew up secret plans to use pigeons to spread false rumours about the impending D-Day landings. Germany had been intercepting pigeons carrying Allied notes, the files say, so MI5 moved to drop false information

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Congo Rebels Claim They Are Protecting the Gorillas

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France began circulating a draft resolution on Monday that would temporarily authorize an additional 3,085 troops and police officers for the peacekeeping mission in the Congo to protect civilians in the eastern part of the country. This New York Times article doesn't have much new to report. I did notice this though. Officials with Virunga National Park are urging the rebels and government troops to allow them to return to work. The rebels insist the gorillas are safe. “We

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On Flow and Water

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We needed to use them only one year (2004, when Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne came a-calling), but also discovered that we should keep more than a dozen.

Little Fanaticos Soccer Dog Jerseys

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They carry USA, Germany, Brazil, England, France, Italy and more. Love soccer? Does your dog love it too? If so, then Little Fanaticos is the site for you! Just look at how adorable the soccer jersey for dogs looks on Baby the Maltese!

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Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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At the London Zoo, three female gorillas gussy up for a visit from a handsome male gorilla brought in from nearby France. A wonderful new series on Nat Geo WILD this Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14. Nat Geo WILD takes viewers around the world to follow dedicated people working to save Nature’s Miracle Babies – often the last hope for critically vulnerable species.

On Project Treadstone and Welfare, OED-Style

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1917 New Witness 28 June 202/1 It is continually stated that Maternity Clinics and Infant Welfare Centres have met with the greatest success in France. Project Treadstone If anyone in Palm Beach County wants to get involved in the Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) of feral cats, now is the time, as the county's Spay Shuttle is back in business (but for a whopping $40/cat rather than the original $15), and Pahokee ($25/cat) is open as well.

Canada’s Naughtiest Dog contest

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Bark Busters has grown into the largest and most trusted dog training company in the world with trained therapists helping dogs in Australia, the United States, New Zealand, France, Belgium, the UK, Japan, Israel, Taiwan and Canada. Readers in Canada, this is for you!

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Our American horses are not being shipped to the hungry in Africa; they are being served in the most pricey restaurants in France, Belgium and Japan. To the Editor: Re “ We Eat Horses, Don’t We? ,” by Christa Weil (Op-Ed, March 5): Ms. Weil’s paean to horsemeat should be taken with a grain of salt. The fact that horsemeat has at times been part of humanity’s diet is not in dispute. But yesterday’s hardship food is today’s gourmet treat.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 11 of 13

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Frances Moore Lappé, in her fine book Diet for a Small Planet , also points out the simplistic thinking that is involved in supposing that going without meat is going to help the starving people of the world. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. The Argument from Human Grain Shortage All of the clearly moral arguments for vegetarianism given so far have been in terms of animal rights and suffering.