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June 2009

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Sharks Face Extinction Because Of Soup

Thu 25th June 2009 (3 comments)

Hammerhead Shark

Dried Shark Fin
It has recently come to the attention of conversation groups and media reporters that many species of open ocean shark are now threatened with extinction. According to a BBC news report, 64 different species of shark and ray are now threatened animals, with 30% of these creatures said to be on the brink of extinction.

One of the main reasons for the decline in the elusive giants of the sea, is said to be caused by the popularity of finning, a process by which the fins of the shark are removed as they are worth a lot of money on the Oriental food market, but as the want for shark meat is so low, fisherman toss the fin-less body of the shark back into the ocean. The shark at the point is generally still alive but cannot swim so the body floats to the ocean floor where the shark will then die.

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Marine Mekong Animal Nearly Extinct

Sat 20th June 2009 (6 comments)

Mekong River Map

Mekong River Laos
Over the years, an increasing number of animal species has been classified as endangered as their population numbers crash primarily due to habitat loss and environmental changes. River dolphins are one the world's most elusive and vulnerable creatures with the Chinese river dolphin having already become extinct and the Amazon river dolphins have been recently threatened by fisherman meaning that their numbers are declining at an alarming rate.

The Irrawaddy river dolphin is native the waters of South East Asia and is thought to be most closely related to the Orca (killer whale). The Irrawaddy river dolphin is known as a euryhaline species of dolphin which means that they are able to adapt to different types of water including both freshwater and salt water environments. The Irrawaddy dolphin is generally found in brackish water estuaries but sub-populations have formed elsewhere.

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Does The Food We Eat Have A Life?

Sat 20th June 2009 (0 comments)

Enormous Food Buffet

Free Range Eggs
As a civilisation, the human race has come along way since the primitive days of our cave-dwelling ancestors, and so has what we eat. As times have changed so has how we feed ourselves and finding food has grown from the simpler days of the hunter-gather to the enormous commercial industry that produces, collects and sells us our meals today.

In our modern world, commercial farming of both plants and animal is an enormous profitable and destructive business but people are no longer concerned with the quality and freshness of the food we are putting into our mouths and most of us will happily ingest chemicals and meat that is produced in the most despicable manor and horrendous conditions. Animals no longer grow up in the wild and are then killed by the hungry hunter, they are farmed and caught in their billions to satisfy the growing want for every kind of meat and at the cheapest possible price.

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