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Report: Honeybee Death Rate Is Currently Too High for Survival of the Species

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A government report released last week surprisingly admits that the honeybee species are dying off at a rate too high to ‘guarantee their long term survival’.

It has been well proven that the primary factor leading to this extinction is the presence of neonicotinoid poisons, of course present in insecticides sold by and/or used by corporations such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dupont and their products. A recent study from Harvard, published on March 27th of this year, has definitively confirmed what scientists outside the US have been saying for years: neonicotinoids are the [emphasis added] cause of colony collapse disorder(CCD). The study showed that 50% of colonies populated by bees who had been in contact with these pesticides collapsed, compared to only 1 in 6 who were not in contact with neonicotinoids.

The European Union understands that the death of honeybees is an unprecedented death for human beings and mother earth, as they have banned neonicotinoid poisons.

However, American powers refuse to believe the problem is neonicotinoid insecticides and they continue to be in use here.

These corporations with armies of lobbyists and politicians bought and paid for, like  Monsanto, are playing dumb and suggesting that ‘mites’ are the cause for the death rate of honeybees, a problem so bad that it means their extinction if they continue on this path. This is dangerous anti-science rhetoric, borderline scientific denialism from the American agro-chemical establishment. 

Well, did mites cause the honeybees to go extinct in the approximate 14 million years they survived here before humans invented neonicotinoid chemicals? Of course not. It seems only things as foreign to Earth as neonicotinoids can cause such a drastic loss of crucial life on our planet and the solution is obvious; inform people that if we keep allowing the honeybees to die at this rate, we will be literally without almost all of the fruits we enjoy. Oh and stop using neonicotinoids.

If we don’t seriously stop this soon, then a corporation like Monsanto would likely take advantage of the lack of bees to pollinate and create fruit, and attempt to monopolize the products of nature because the fruits will then require individual, manual pollination or more complex measures. While this may seem far fetched, in the absence of honeybees and acknowledging that manual pollination is highly labor intensive, micro pollinator drones may be in our future if something is not done to save the bees.

If you are reading this, there is a good chance absolutely none of this information is new. If the bees are not nursed back to health as a species, say goodbye to these things- (unless you want genetically modified, manually pollinated products of Monsanto in the wake of the extinction of the honeybee): Apples Mangos Rambutan Kiwi Fruit Plums Peaches Nectarines Guava Rose Hips Pomegranites Pears Black and Red Currants Alfalfa Okra Strawberries Onions Cashews Cactus Prickly Pear Apricots Allspice Avocados Passion Fruit Lima Beans Kidney Beans Adzuki Beans Green Beans Orchid Plants Custard Apples Cherries Celery Coffee Walnut Cotton Lychee Flax Acerola – used in Vitamin C supplements Macadamia Nuts Sunflower Oil Goa beans Lemons Buckwheat Figs Fennel Limes Quince Carrots Persimmons Palm Oil Loquat Durian Cucumber Hazelnut Cantaloupe Tangelos Coriander Caraway Chestnut Watermelon Star Apples Coconut Tangerines Boysenberries Starfruit Brazil Nuts  Beets Mustard Seed Rapeseed Broccoli Cauliflower Cabbage Brussels Sprouts Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage) Turnips Congo Beans Sword beans Chili peppers, red peppers, bell peppers, green peppers Papaya Safflower Sesame Eggplant Raspberries Elderberries Blackberries Clover Tamarind Cocoa Black Eyed Peas Vanilla Cranberries Tomatoes Grapes

can’t say no one predicted this

down with monsanto

Our food system is extremely dependent on honey bees, if they die out, it’s going to start to collapse. Smash Big Agro before it’s too late.

SAVE THE BEES!

Well fuck. We’re screwed. 

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Please Help!

This is my African Fat Tail Gecko named Java the Hutt. I bought her back in August 2013 at a reptile expo. Everything was good until she started a hunger strike around April. It is now September and she’s still on a hunger strike. She would eat anything from crickets, roaches, and mealworms. However, since starting her hunger strike she now refuses to even eat crickets!

She is kept in a 20 gallon long tank on paper towels. She has 4 hiding spots: a wooden hut on top of an UTH, a log hide in front the hut, a humidity hide full of moss (humidity in here reaches ~60 - 70%), and a water dish/cave on the cool side. The warm side reaches anywhere between 85 - 90 F, while the cool side generally stays room temperature (75 - 80 F). Humidity all throughout the cage is about 36 - 40%.

I’ve taken her to a well respected vet named Dr. Greek. After taking a fecal sample from her, he was able to find that she was loaded with 2 different parasites. He gave me 100 mg/rnl of Panacur to administer to her once daily for five days then take two weeks off, and repeat the process. I did this for a total of 5 times (so she’s received 25 drops of panacur in total). I managed to take her back to the vet for a check up and luckily her parasites are gone! Dr. Greek checked both her stool and wiped her cloaca to make sure nothing was there and it seems that everything is clear.

However, she’s still on a hunger strike. Since I can’t afford the blood work I settled for an antibiotic called Enrofloaxacin Suspension (50 mg/ml) to give to her once daily for two weeks. It’s been two weeks and she’s still not eating.

What I have been doing is letting her lick off Zilla Caloric Diet Supplement, give her lukewarm baths to hydrate, and each time she poops I take out the entire paper towel and clean the tank with Zilla’s Wipe Out!

Recently I feel that checking up on her 3x a week is stressing her out so I decided to just change the paper towel and water instead of doing these extras in hopes that maybe she needs a break from my constant handling to get her to eat.

Here’s where I need help:

I would love to get a blood work done on her, but it costs $100. I’ve recently graduated from school and have been looking for work but no luck yet. I might be hired soon, but nothing’s for sure yet. What I would like to do is open up art commissions in order to fund her vet visit. I’ll charge $10 a piece for sketch and ink. I work with pencils then line art it using ink pens. I’ll scan and upload the artwork, but I won’t show it to buyers until after I receive payment through paypal.

That way I can contact you when I’m finished (so you don’t pay early and feel that I never completed it), and when you are ready to pay, I’ll show you the art after payment.

Some examples of my drawings are found here (These were sketches of my pets and some of mygearsarestartingtotremble pets).

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I am only accepting inked sketches for now. I’m willing to draw your favorite pet, or maybe a doodle of you and your pet! Whichever you’d like, or simply tell me something you’d like to be drawn!

I hope this works, and Thank you for reading~! <3

Please signal boost if you can!

Boost, please help my lovely friend, I’ve been trying to help her but the damn gecko just won’t eat

I don’t know if you’ve tried this, but I used to have geckos, and when they hunger struck, I used waxworms to get them eating again/get them up to weight. They REALLY loved waxworms, plus they’re soft and squishy and really fattening. 

Animal Care Angst

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Animal Care Angst. Jim Horton Explains.

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Over the past month I’ve been digging into the lives of former SeaWorld Animal Care workers, and publishing their stories (here, here, and here). Many of their experiences seem shocking to people unfamiliar with animal care work, and how difficult it can be. And it is easy to see how the stories can fuel an anti-SeaWorld sentiment.

Jim Horton, one of the three former Animal Care workers I…

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I can truly say that I am against captivity and I am for captivity. I think perhaps, maybe it’s time to end Killer Whales in Captivity, but why not the elephants?”

Interesting read. Sometimes I think we forget that the people we are attacking simply cared for the animals. Why are we on such a kick to end Sea World when your local zoo has just as many intelligent, large territory animals as they do? From working with people who care for animals, I can say not all of them are pro-captivity, but all care deeply for the animals they work with. 

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