Archive for the ‘animal rights’ Category

Bullwinkle Linked to Global Warming

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“no reason to begin killing off the entire moose population.” 

I can’t make this stuff up:

A grown moose belches out methane gas equivalent to 2,100 kilograms (4,630 pounds) of carbon dioxide a year, contributing to global warming, Norwegian researchers said Wednesday.

That is more than twice the amount of CO2 emitted on a round-trip flight across the Atlantic Ocean from Oslo to the Chilean capital Santiago, according to Scandinavian Airlines.

“An adult moose emits about 100 kilograms of methane gas a year. But methane gas is much stronger than carbon dioxide, so to get the equivalent you have to multiply by 21,” professor Odd Harstad at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences told AFP.

With an estimated 140,000 moose roaming Norway’s forests, that is a total of of 294,000,000 kilograms of CO2 per year.

But Harstad said that was no reason to begin killing off the entire moose population.

“Moose have very important functions in nature. They are ruminants that eat the grass. If we don’t have ruminants, we have too much grass and that changes the landscape and has consequences for the flora and fauna,” he said.

Harstad said the figure of 100 kilograms of methane gas was a rough estimate based on earlier calculations for beef cows in Norway.

As is the case with cows and other ruminants, methane is produced from the microbes in the moose’s stomach which help break down the roughage they eat.

Because methane gas is stronger than carbon dioxide, it is considered even more harmful to the environment. Both methane and carbon dioxide are so-called greenhouses gases, one of the main causes of global warming.  Yahoo News Link

Commentary:

I’ve always felt that some kind of bull-“winkle” was associated with popular global warming ideas.  I now feel vindicated.  And I’m just relieved to know that U.S. taxpayer dollars were not responsible for this colossal waste of time and resources.   

Vick & Violence

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This picture has been widely circulated online and through email, however, it is not connected with the Virginia Beach Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and their efforts to rescue animals after hurricane Katrina.  Regardless of authenticity, the picture speaks for itself and it is haunting.  

Michael Vick’s career is likely over.  And the big question is, “What was he thinking?”  He appears to have everything the world touts as being desirable: fame, wealth, health, skill & athleticism (plus almost anything else that money can buy).  But now he is mixed up in dogfighting of all things—an alter ego underworld of disgrace, gambling, death, chance & barbarism.  It is a terrible thing to train innocent animals to kill each other, and Vick should be punished if he is guilty.

But should we be surprised?  Encouraging senseless violence among animals makes the news headlines because it’s relatively unusual.  Yet our society is steeped in violence, and we are generally numb to its frequent occurence.  Over three decades now, our society has allowed women to intentionally kill their own pre-born children which occurs nearly 3,700 times every single day.  We just ignore this violence against children and call it “choice.”  The local evening newscasts mention daily the other people who are violently and intentionally abused or murdered in communities across our nation.  Many of us don’t give it a second thought.  The court systems and law enforcement are over-burdened as criminal cases continue to rise, and the single greatest percentage of taxpayer dollars is usually budgeted for prison management and law enforcement.  

Vick’s undoing is just one example and symptom of our diseased society.  Proverbs 30:12 says, “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.”  Like Vick, America would seem to have a lot going for it. You know, “the land of the free and the home of the brave” and “the American dream” stuff.  But inside, our nation is mired in spiritual crisis and we are self-destructing from within.  When I look at the picture above, I see beyond the tragic end of an innocent puppy or promising career—I see the tragic consequences of a society not washed of its own violence.