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Kangaroo Rats are Desert Ninjas

I saw this on Instagram today and couldn’t believe how fast these rats are. I always saw them hopping around when we lived in Arizona and felt sorry for them having to contend with the rattlers but now, after watching this a few times, I can’t imagine how the snakes ever get a meal at all. What you see the first time through honestly won’t make sense until they show you the slow-motion capture. Prepare to be impressed.

Desert Rat link: https://instagram.com/p/BX1RGc8ABvY/

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The gillnet ban is permanent!

From VlogVaquita: The day has finally come. Every type of gillnet is permanently banned in the vaquita’s range. There will never again be a legal gillnet in the upper Gulf of California. On 7/22/16, Presidents Obama and Peña Nieto had a meeting to discuss relations between the US and Mexico. In the press release following the meeting, it was announced that the gillnet ban would be made permanent to protect the vaquita:

“Both Presidents committed to intensify bilateral cooperation to protect the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise, including through the following actions:

  • Mexico will make permanent a ban on the use of gillnets in all fisheries throughout the range of the vaquita in the upper Gulf of California;
  • Both countries will increase cooperation and enforcement efforts to immediately halt the illegal fishing for and illegal trade in totoaba swim bladders;
  • Both countries will redouble efforts, in collaboration with international experts, to develop alternative fishing gear to gillnets that does not result in the entanglement of vaquita and establish “vaquita-safe” fisheries; and
  • Both countries will establish and implement a long-term program to remove and permanently dispose of illegal and derelict fishing gear from vaquita habitat in the upper Gulf of California.”

You can read the entire press release here, which contains other announcements not related to the vaquita.

This is a major victory. 

Click the link to read more… The gillnet ban is permanent!

The Leaping Bunny Program

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The Leaping Bunny Program

The link above is the website of the international coalition for cruelty-free cosmetics.

If you’ve ever tried to compare products and have wondered what the difference was between one company’s “vegan sourced”, another’s “cruelty free” and “not tested on animals”, these guys are the true arbiter to help you figure out those confusing claims.

Bonus: they have an app for iPhone and Android!

UPDATE, 10/26: I love the app. I don’t have the latest iPhone, I have an elderly Samsung so I was interested to see how it would work. I was at the store and checked a brand of laundry detergent I had been buying because I remembered them advertising as “not tested on animals” apparently that was long ago, because when I clicked on my leaping bunny logo, chose “products” from the menu, and scrolled down looking for their name… nope. But Seventh Generation was the best-priced of the options that were listed in the detergent aisle, so I bought theirs. I did confirmation checks on two other products, fast, easy, super app. 🙂