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The First & Only No-Kill State For Shelter Animals In The US Has Been Declared

  • The Facts:America has finally announced its first no-kill state: Delaware. All brick-and-mortar shelters in the First State have at least a 90% save rate which qualifies it as the very first full state working to lead a no-kill movement.
  • Reflect On:The no-kill movement is a beautiful one. It shows that the human-animal bond is not only seen and felt, but important enough to us as a collective to take action. Do you believe the goal of having all of America being no-kill by 2025 is attainable?

Sound the alarm! Happy news to share with you all today… Amid all of the perceived chaos that is taking over our screens and mainstream media, it’s always important to touch base on the good news that occurs. This week, Delaware has become the first official no-kill state for shelter animals, and I couldn’t be happier to hear and share this.

As not only a pet lover myself, but a cat-mom of 3 amazing shelter animals as well, I know and have seen the various traumas that can result from either life before being placed into a shelter or during their time there due to anxiety, etc. — and it doesn’t stop there. We’ve all heard the stories, and though I had yet to dive into the details myself personally due to not having the heart for it, it is a fact that some shelters rid themselves of ‘unwanted pets’ every cycle as the shelter seeks more room for new-coming potentials.

A volunteer cradles three rescued kittens.

Photo courtesy of Brandywine Valley SPCA

With that said, this is very BIG news — not only has Delaware taken on the task to reevaluate how its shelters are run and deal with overcrowding, but Delaware has also taken initiative in the ‘no-kill’ movement.

A Best Friends Animal Society volunteer hugs a rescue dog.

Photo courtesy of Brandywine Valley SPCA — The work of staff and volunteers at rescue organizations across the country and public support have already helped drastically reduce the number of pets dying each year in shelters from an estimated 17 million in the 1980s to now around 733,000 dogs and cats. Photo courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society

The nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, which is working with shelters, animal welfare organizations and government agencies across the country to make America a no-kill country by 2025, announced the news at their annual conference in Dallas, Texas.

Linda Torelli, director of marketing for the Brandywine Valley SPCA, which has three locations in Delaware and cares for more than 14,000 animals each year, credited a multipronged approach with helping the First State achieve no-kill status — and its citizens.

“The community in Delaware is very oriented to pet advocacy, so we had their support,” she told TODAY.

Brandywine Valley SPCA implemented numerous programs so that 95% of animals that enter the open-admission shelter find homes. Torelli said because cats are euthanized at twice the rate of dogs, the nonprofit instituted the practice called trap, neuter and return, aka TNR, to save the lives of feral or “community” cats that would otherwise be euthanized. In TNR, advocates humanely trap the felines, and veterinarians spay or neuter them before they are released back into the community.

Open adoptions — which don’t require time-intensive applications that involve things like home inspections but instead focus on matching a pet with a potential adopter’s lifestyle — help move animals more quickly through the shelters. – As reported by TODAY

The Takeaway

We all either know someone or are that someone who has gone to a shelter and adopted their best friend at some point. And while we all aim to do our part, it’s a HUGE step to know that shelters themselves are now also taking initiative so that there is ‘no pet left behind’ if you will.

So many wonderful pets, companions, and memories are birthed thanks to adoption and it is beautiful to see that more intention is being set on creating a community that is aware of a movement to aid in eliminating the need to kill for the lack of insufficient adoptees. As a personal thank you to all of you who have or will adopt and welcome a new friend into your lives & homes – a reminder to remember you are saving a life when doing so. So, THANK YOU! And thank you, Delaware, for being the shift!

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Some Storms Are so Strong They Shake the Ocean Floor, Says Study

Seismic Mystery

It’s easy to see the impact an off-coast storm has on the water’s surface. But according to a new study, severe storms can actually shake the ocean floor as well, causing “stormquakes” — a previously unknown phenomena that solves a seismic mystery.

Scientists already knew prior to this study that the ocean produces seismic signals. But while some of those signals could be explained by the ocean’s waves, there was a band of signals that occurred at a frequency between 0.02 and 0.05 hertz that were seemingly inexplicable.

Weather Connection

It was those signals that the U.S.-based researchers behind this new study, which was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters on Monday, sought to explain — and after analyzing nearly 10 years’ worth of seismic data, they noticed a strange pattern emerging.

“[The signals] were seasonal,” researcher Wenyuan Fan told Science News. “Earthquakes do not have seasonality. But weather does.”

That led the team to the discovery that the shaking of the ocean floor coincided with the raging of a storm above it.

Perfect Storm

However, a storm alone isn’t enough to cause a stormquake — the seafloor below the storm has to be just the right shape, too.

“It’s something about the shape — or the bathymetry — of the seafloor interacting with these big ocean waves that are produced during storms,” researcher Wendy Bohon told Motherboard. “You’re getting some kind of energy relief that’s beating on the seafloor in a particular way, and those waves are moving out in all directions as coherent packages which we’re then able to detect using seismometers.”

READ MORE: Scientists Discover a New Phenomena Called ‘Stormquakes’ [Motherboard]

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Amazing underwater video shows a whale using bubble nets as hunting traps

Did you know that some cetaceans use “nets” to catch their food? A good example is humpback whales or yubartas, whose size can reach 16 meters long. These whales dive and swim in circles around their prey, blowing bubbles as they do. The underwater footage shows a whale using bubble nets

whale using bubble nets

The resulting structure emerges forming a column of fish traps, allowing other members of the group to swim from below, with their mouths open, through the cylinder of bubbles to enjoy a delicacy.

The scene is captivating and fascinating to watch, and now scientists have recorded it on camera from an unprecedented angle which clearly shows whale using bubble nets.

In addition to the aerial view provided by a drone, where one of these humpback whales is seen creating the bubble trap, marine biologists at the University of Hawaii in Mānoa mounted cameras and sensors on the animals, using suction cups to collect data about this fascinating behaviour.

«We have two angles. The drone view shows us the networks of bubbles and how they emerge to the surface, while the cameras in the whales show us everything from their perspective, ” explains marine biologist Lars Bejder . “Together they offer us amazing material.”

Migrating yubartas visit Alaska to feed during the summer, before returning to warmer waters near Hawaii for winter, where they reproduce and breed the calves. During this last period, the whales do not eat, so they need to store large reserves of Alaskan krill to support themselves.

What is fascinating about bubble networks as a method of feeding is that it seems to be a learned behavior. Not all humpback whales hunt in this way, and those that do have varied techniques. It is also a cooperative task, where these cetaceans work together to ensure that everyone receives their ration.

The number of humpback whales has increased after the 1985 commercial hunting ban, and they are no longer considered endangered. However, in the last five years, there has been a substantial decrease in sightings of these animals. The research that recorded the videos is part of an attempt to find out why, the potential causes being changes in the food population, anthropogenic impact on their habitat and climate change.

“We are watching how these animals manipulate their prey and prepare them for capture. The films we achieve allow us to have data that we lacked before, ”concludes Bejder.

Source: ScienceAlert

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Extinction Rebellion: Climate Change Protests Aim To Crash Global Economy To Usher In MMT

(Zero Hedge) R.T. News is reporting that ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protests are scheduled across 200 sites in London over the next several weeks. These protests could bring the city to a standstill as protestors demand government officials take immediate action to combat climate change.

Extinction Rebellion is expected to hold protests in 60 major cities across the world through late October. Some of the countries that could experience the most massive demonstrations are the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, the U.S.

These protestors have already taken over streets, blocked roadways, and disrupted public transportation in London, Sydney, Paris, and Berlin.

Extinction Rebellion’s message is that climate change is an emergency that requires drastic and immediate action. And the only way to force significant policy change is to shut down parts of major infrastructure, like roads, bridges, highways, rail, airports, and ports.

“Extinction Rebellion is widely credited with accelerating policy change in the U.K.,” said Robert Falkner, a fellow at Chatham House.

The group’s tactics are already causing severe economic and social disruptions in major cities across the world. While specific demands are wildly unrealistic, it seems that there’s a more sinister agenda at play.

The plan is to crash the global economy by unleashing climate change protestors into the streets to shut down critical parts of infrastructure. While protestors think they’re in the streets to save the planet — they’re really causing mini-economic shocks in cities across the world, simultaneously. These shocks are occurring in a period where the global economy has already opened up into a cycle of vulnerability, indicating the world could be one or two shocks away from a severe economic downturn.

If Extinction Rebellion succeeds in shutting down streets across the world in the next several weeks, then it could certainly point to slower economic growth for the world through year-end.

And what’s the reason behind climate change protestors shutting down cities and causing economic shocks across the world? Well — it’s all about crashing the global economy to install a new economic model called Modern Money Theory (MMT) that will transition the world economy into the new green era.

 “One of the obstacles that has been listed to stopping climate change is having enough money to transition away from fossil fuels and heal the damage done to our environment. It is true that in the way we currently run our economy that is not possible.We know that it’s still possible to avoid the worst impacts of climate change if we transition to renewable energy sources without delay. We know that we can contribute to a just and equitable society with dignity for all, if we build this green infrastructure as rapidly as possible” said One Sustainable Planet.

So now you know the master plan of the elites, create social-economic chaos, crash the global economy, probably blame it on the trade war, then implement MMT and transition the global economy into a new green era. Buckle up; volatility is here.

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