Animal Experiments With grateful thanks to BUAV and PETA for use of the footage in this film. Each year inside British laboratories, nearly 4 million animals are experimented on. Every 8 seconds, one animal dies. Latest News & Campaigns Animal Aid Fighting Animal Abuse & Promoting a Cruelty-free Lifestyle Animal Aid Animal Aid Shop Visit our youth site Learn about the issues in our youth site Unprecedented numbers of whale & dolphin strandings on Irish coast Pilot whale stranded in Co. Kerry. Photo credit Joanne O'Brien Strandings running well above historic levels - Courtesy of Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)March 2012.
Tree of Life Web Project The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny). Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers, tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life.
Do Cosmetic Companies Still Test on Live Animals? Dear EarthTalk: Is the “Draize Test” using live animals still used to test cosmetics? -- Jim M., Bridgeport, CT The Draize Test was devised back in 1944 by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) toxicologist John H. Draize to evaluate the risks of normal short-term exposure to new cosmetics and other personal care products. Still used today by some companies, the test involves applying a small amount of the substance under study to an animal’s eye or skin for several hours, and then observing whether or not irritation occurs over the following week or two.
Habitat Creation, Protection and Restoration Habitat Creation, Protection and Restoration The single most important reason for population declines in migratory birds is loss of habitat. For this reason, a major component of the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds is habitat creation, protection, and restoration (CPR) for wild birds in the urban setting. Although urban development often results in extensive modification or destruction of natural habitat, opportunities can be identified to create, protect, restore and manage habitat for migratory birds. Bird habitat CPR may be designed to provide nesting, feeding and resting habitat for all birds during migration, or to create watchable wildlife opportunities. It may also be created or enhanced to provide habitat for Species of Conservation Concern*, or species listed on National State Heritage Lists.
Tropical Depression: Your Saltwater Fish Tank May Be Killing the Ocean Tropical fish tanks in restaurants, hospitals and homes evoke feelings of tranquility and beauty. They even lower stress levels prior to medical procedures and encourage Alzheimer's patients to eat sufficiently. But what's good for humans may be bad for the sea. Most tropical fish sold in pet stores come from reefs in Indonesia and the Philippines, where fishermen stun the colorful dwellers with squirts of sodium cyanide. The potent nerve toxin causes the fish to float up out of the reefs so they can be easily scooped up, but it can also injure or kill them as well as trigger coral bleaching.
The Case for Phasing Out Experiments on Primates - Ethics of Medical Research... Whether they realize it or not, most stakeholders in the debate about using animals for research agree on the common goal of seeking an end to research that causes animals harm. The central issues in the controversy are about how much effort should be devoted to that goal and when we might reasonably expect to achieve it. Some progress has already been made: The number of animals used for research is about half what it was in the 1970s, and biomedical research has reached the point where we can reasonably begin to envision a time when it could advance without causing harm to animals. With some effort and aggressive development of new biomedical research technologies, full replacement of animals in harmful research is within our grasp. The goal will not be reached all at once, however, and phasing out invasive research on all nonhuman primates should be the priority.
Fantastic Dive to Namena Marine Park The joy of diving in the fascinating islands of Fiji is in its crystal-clear turquoise warm waters, fantastic marine life and easy access to the sites. From this point, the awe-inspiring Namena Marine Park, found in the Namena Island, is no exception with some of the best diving in Fiji. Located between the 2 main islands of Fiji, to the southeast of Savusavu and the northwest of Koro Island, this paradisiacal getaway is a truly majestic hotspot for diving enthusiasts, surrounded by a vast expanse of transparent coral reef, known as the Namena Barrier Reef and boasting rich marine life with over a thousand species of invertebrates, four hundred known corals and over four hundred documented marine plants. Namena is also a migratory pathway for whale species, including bottlenose and spinner dolphins, as well as minke, pilot and humpbacks.