Do you support the rights of whales and dolphins?

If you support animal rights, sign the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins:

Based on the principle of the equal treatment of all persons;
Recognizing that scientific research gives us deeper insights into the complexities of cetacean minds, societies and cultures;
Noting that the progressive development of international law manifests an entitlement to life by cetaceans;
We affirm that all cetaceans as persons have the right to life, liberty and wellbeing.
We conclude that:

  1. Every individual cetacean has the right to life.
  2. No cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be removed from their natural environment.
  3. All cetaceans have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural environment.
  4. No cetacean is the property of any State, corporation, human group or individual.
  5. Cetaceans have the right to the protection of their natural environment.
  6. Cetaceans have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.
  7. The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under international and domestic law.
  8. Cetaceans are entitled to an international order in which these rights, freedoms and norms can be fully realized.
  9. No State, corporation, human group or individual should engage in any activity that undermines these rights, freedoms and norms.
  10. Nothing in this Declaration shall prevent a State from enacting stricter provisions for the protection of cetacean rights.

Agreed, 22nd May 2010, Helsinki, Finland

Do you support this declaration? Click here to add your name.

How many sharks do humans kill, in one hour?

Infographic showing the number of humans killed by sharks, worldwide, in a year (just 12), vs. the number of sharks that humans kill every hour (11,417), by Joe Chernov and Robin Richards. Click here for more info about these numbers and where this graphic came from.

Click to see the big version, which is pretty shocking.


If you feel for the sharks, please, share this graphic, take action against shark finning and overfishing, and if you haven’t yet, go vegan!

Scientists react adorably to the world’s first video footage of a living giant squid

Scientists react adorably to the world’s first video footage of a living giant squid

Go to minute 5, and watch for a whole minute. Thanks to io9 for pointing out the adorably gleeful scientist responses to this momentous occasion: Humanity’s first video footage of a living giant squid.

Please stop buying plastic

The plastic bits and pieces we throw away or that escape from our recycling bins are destroying others’ lives. Let’s take responsibility for that. Let’s stop buying plastic. I am totally serious. Get used kid’s toys. Carry reusable shopping bags. Buy food in bulk and reuse containers. Don’t buy cheap souvenirs you don’t need. Sure, you might need the occasional bike helmet or toothbrush, or maybe you work in an industry that uses plastic for essential things like medical equipment, and I know it can be really hard to avoid acquiring new peanut butter jars if your local grocery doesn’t have a bulk foods section. But we humans do not need plastic water bottles. We do not need plastic jugs full of juice when local fruit is healthy and requires no wrapper. We do not need more little plastic toys, party favors, and Mardi Gras necklaces.

Maybe you’re not convinced, or maybe you think this is just idealism talking. But if you have a sense of basic human decency and responsibility for your actions, please, watch this trailer. Chris Jordan’s Midway: Tales from the Gyre is beautiful, subtle, only 4 minutes long, and it will shock you. I hope it brings you to tears as it brought me to tears. I hope it makes all of us think twice before paying money for any piece of new plastic – because plastic never goes away. We all have to stop making and selling and buying it, or it will destroy us.

A million thanks to Renee and Nell for posting this video on Facebook. If you see this post and don’t mind me linking to your Facebook profile or another personal website here as a credit, please let me know.