As everyone knows Paul is a huge advocate for all animals. With that being said here at PWC we are starting a new weekly post that will be all about animals. This will be in a newsletter format so that you can read through to find interesting articles, pictures, and videos. This is just another way to way to bring awareness to a cause that means a lot to Paul. We are a work in progress so bear with us and we hope you enjoy.
Wednesday Creature Feature
September 27, 2017
Foie Gras ~ A Luxury of the Past
What exactly is foie gras? Well, it’s a luxury food made of the liver of a duck or goose. They make it extra plump by force feeding said duck or goose using a feeding tube. This can be very excruciating for the animal. Now that you know what it is and are probably wondering why it is still legal, I can tell you that a California Court has reinstated a law BANNING foie gras! This has been an ongoing battle that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California lawmakers have been struggling with ever since 2004. As of now dozens of countries including Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, and the United Kingdom have either prohibited force feeding for foie gras production or interpreted it as illegal under existing anti-cruelty laws! Click here to read more about what other cities and retailers are doing to stop this inhumane crime!
Big Problems under the Big Top!
Just when we thought that animal’s lives were changing for the better we learn that ShowMe Tigers are still treating their animals cruelly. Even though a major circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, held their last show in May, there are still troubling times for wild animals. These traveling acts are continuing to pop up all over the country at county fairs and local shows. The trainers have even been known to whip, drag, and hit larger animals to force them into performing. Not saying that all trainers treat the animals like this, but to have a wild animal be forced to perform in front of thousands of people rather than in its natural habitat is just wrong. Please know that this is an inhumane form of “entertainment” and should end immediately. To learn more and take action against big cats under the big top, click here .
You Got a Friend in Bee (s)!
Bees can be annoying and often frightening especially if you don’t understand them. This is why I am going to enlighten you about our little buzzing friends. We have all had that moment where a bee has swooshed by leaving us running away from fear of being stung. But what we didn’t think about is that they are off to help pollinate our food and save our lives, essentially.
Bees are the most important pollinator in nature. The only time they sting is when they feel threatened near their nest, most of the time the majority of the 4,000 different bee species will not sting you. There are native and imported bees – honeybees were imported in 1622 to pollinate imported crops and to produce beeswax and honey. Then there are native bees, and the three that need the most help from extinction are the rusty-patched bumblebee, the yellow-banded bumble bee, and the western bumblebee.
Why are bees so important?
- Half of the world’s plant species depend upon these beautiful creatures to pollinate the crop.
- Bees help the plants produce crop like fruit and seeds that approximately 25% of birds and mammals rely on.
- Bees improve a vast majority of habitat for other wildlife by keeping their plants in the area healthy.
Bee populations are declining rapidly because of pesticide poisoning, exposure to new diseases, off-road vehicles that damage sandy dune habitats, and mowing and trimming equipment that ruin vegetation formerly left natural, just to name a few.
To find out how you can help save the bees PLEASE click here to find out! Remember bees are our friends.
Also take a second to watch this really cool and interesting short video about how bees make honey, how the pollen is collected, and why honey is so good for us!