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Are you opposed to fur acquired from say, roadkill? Or from animals killed for population control by fish and game departments? Would you rather fur be disposed of or crafted into something useful?
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howtoskinatiger:

zubat:

You fail to realize that fashion designers, or any business that uses fur for product, very rarely (less than 5%) retrieve their fur from road kill or hunting. Methods used to kill animals for their fur include gassing, electrocution, and neck breaking. Some are also caught and killed in barbaric body-gripping traps.

Seals are the only animals that are actively hunted; being clubbed and brutally slain for their fur. The Canadian seal hunt is the world’s largest remaining commercial slaughter of marine mammal; almost a million harp seals were authorized to be killed between 2003 and 2005.

The types of fur used in fashion or other products are as follows: beaver; fisher; red fox; golden jackal; marten; mink; otter; rabbit; raccoon; sable; seals; skunk; grey wolf; and Australian brushtail possum. Please inform me when you hit a beaver while driving to work, or when “mink season” begins. 

This isn’t a case of roadkill or hunting to regulate populations, except in the case of the Australian Brushtail Possum. They harm natural vegetation, and are legally considered a pest. But nothing suggests they are hunted for population control, and that their fur is turned over to businesses so it’s “crafted into something useful.”

This is about the fur industry murdering over 50 millions animals every year for product. This is about the fur industry being a threat to our environment and wildlife, contributing to higher energy costs, pollution, land descruction, and reductions in populations of wild animals, including endangered and threatened species who may be accidentally trapped and killed.

To answer your question, I am opposed to acquiring fur for product PERIOD and I would rather dispose the fur. 

Actually you are very wrong. A lot of animals are still hunted in the wild for their fur, including foxes, coyotes, wolves, mink, bobcat, lynx, wolverine, muskrat, beaver, otter, rabbit and many more. In fact, many of the animals you mentioned aren’t commercially farmed at all and all fur products from them come from hunted animals, so you just contradicted yourself there. And yes, there is such thing as “mink season” along with hunting seasons for all the other animals previously mentioned. These fur trapping seasons help to keep the populations in check as well as providing a vital income for many people. 

The fur industry is highly regulated. Only a certain number of each species can be taken each year to ensure numbers are not depleted. If numbers get to low than the harvest quota is lowered or stopped until numbers recover. If numbers are too high then the quota is raised. People who hunt and trap for fur make a living from those animals so naturally they don’t want to harm their populations or there’d be nothing left for them to hunt. As for fur farms, all their stock is captive bred and they actually help to take the pressure off wild populations which is a positive thing!

Fur farming and trapping have nothing to do with land destruction and habitat loss. That is primarily caused by agriculture and other big business. In fact, fur farming/trapping is far better for the environment than buying synthetic materials like faux fur which are made from petroleum which do cause vast amounts of pollution and land destruction as well as being non-biodegradable!

Also those killing methods you mention, they are all very humane and are approved methods of slaughter which have been tested to ensure they do not cause suffering. When done correctly they result in instant or near instant death and the animal will not feel a thing. Just because a method may sound brutal does not mean it actually causes suffering. 

There are a lot of misconceptions about these methods. Electrocution, for example, can only be carried out on animals that are already stunned and unconscious. Neck breaking results in the dislocation of the spinal cord (so the animal looses all consciousness and feeling) and gassing simply sends the animal painlessly to sleep. Gassing is so effective, in fact, that it’s often used to euthanize small pet animals like rats. As for body grip traps, they break the spinal column and cause instant death. No suffering there. I suggest doing more independent research on these methods before immediately shouting “cruelty”. 

To add to this, hunting and trapping actually supports habitat protection, it doesn’t cause habitat destruction. People who buy hunting and trapping permits help fund government organizations like my own state’s Department of Natural Resources, which then put that money back into monitoring wildlife and protecting fragile native ecosystems.

chelsealinaeve:

Last of the bats for the critter cards - this one is an Eastern Red Bat, and possibly my favorite species (but don’t tell the others). They live in forests, either hanging from tree branches and mimicking dead leaves twisting gently in the wind or burrowing under dead leaf litter on the forest floor. 

chelsealinaeve:

Last of the bats for the critter cards - this one is an Eastern Red Bat, and possibly my favorite species (but don’t tell the others). They live in forests, either hanging from tree branches and mimicking dead leaves twisting gently in the wind or burrowing under dead leaf litter on the forest floor. 

fartymcmly:

cute date ideas:

  • follow birds around
  • talk to birds
  • draw birds together
  • go to the zoo to look at the birds
  • go shopping and buy shirts with birds on them
  • birds

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thirstrani:

no bro

you really don’t

not at fucking

all

stop

It appears absolutely no one realizes this character (assuming this story takes places during the time in which it was filmed) grew up during The Troubles of Northern Ireland.

You don’t if he’s Northern Irish. You don’t know if he’s Catholic. You don’t know if he grew up watching his people get murdered by Loyalist Protestants and British soldiers who carried heavy racial prejudice against Irish Catholics (hellooo, Bloody Sunday anyone?), who had for centuries been characterized as barbaric, racially inferior, lowly people who needed to be wiped out or converted. Attacks by the IRA, and therefore retaliation by the British, didn’t completely cease until 1998, I believe? This film came out in 2002.

You don’t know if he was an Irishman who grew up in England. Bomb attacks carried out by the IRA in England kindled misplaced aggression toward innocent Irish civilians living among the English population and Irish people were verbally and physically attacked and their businesses targeted. Perhaps similar to how ordinary Muslims bear the brunt of aggression after attacks by Muslim extremists…

You can still find yourself threatened and demeaned if you’re a Catholic in Northern Ireland or if you’re a Protestant in Ireland and some older dude in a pub in a smaller town straight up asks you if you’re Catholic or not and you’re afraid what’ll happen if you don’t lie about who you are.

You can still hear casual racism toward Irish people in everyday life and in publicly broadcast media in the UK.

You can still see and hear “Kill All Irish” and other pretty heavy anti-Irish sentiment among Loyalists in Northern Ireland who don’t consider themselves Irish at all.

Just because it now appears that the island of Ireland has been allowed to move on from war and their appearance and culture generally allows them to blend into and reap the benefits of the White European demographic doesn’t mean that this character does not have the background suitable to fully empathize with her. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t, we just don’t know his story.

But I guess you’ve never been demeaned as a Paddy or a Taig so you wouldn’t understand what it feels like, would you?

don’t worry dude it’s tumblr the mentality here is basically “if you’re lighter than a coconut you’re not allowed to have any feelings and your life is automatically perfect but that’s not racist at all bc your skin is lighter than someone else’s and that means it’s ok”

^^^^^^^^

not enough upward pointies in the world

plot twist: being Irish actually sucks, seriously

I normally don’t comment on posts like these but the ignorance of this makes me so fucking angry because absolutely no one in the world seems to give a shit about the Irish because we all just seem to be so happy and drunk all the time. Because they’re white, right? So obviously they have no idea what hardship means.

*bursts in* *breathes heavily* Did someone mention the Northern Irish Troubles

First of all, pretty much yes to everything about Ireland up there. Growing up in Northern Ireland, I saw the violence from all sides - my father is a British Protestant and my mother is a Catholic, so I basically couldn’t win because according to one side I was a dirty taig and according to the other I was a filthy hun. Luckily I managed to make friends with a mix of both Catholics and Protestants who all thought this attitude was just as stupid as I did, but between all of us, we saw our fair share of sectarian violence, and the Catholics, without a doubt, got it worse.

Irish Catholics were robbed of their country by Protestant invaders centuries ago. They fought and fought and eventually got the Irish Free State (now the Republic of Ireland), however, thanks to the deliberate plantation of Protestants to eradicate the Catholic majority in the North, it was left under British rule. Since then, Catholics have been murdered, arrested, terrorised, tortured and driven out of their houses just for being Irish Catholics. 

I moved from Northern Ireland in 2010 and to the day I left, the violence was not over. I couldn’t wear certain colours in certain areas because I would be beaten. I had fake names depending on where I was stopped, as attackers can determine what religion you are from your name alone (and this is a trick I learned, too, for defence). I can recite my rights if I’m arrested because if I was stopped in certain areas I could be, on the assumption I could be Catholic. I know the subtle sectarian geography of the city of Belfast because if I cross the road in the wrong place I’m in enemy territory. I have been chased by a group of forty people, throwing fireworks at me, because they assumed I was a Catholic. Police were parked on nearby streets and didn’t acknowledge the commotion. My friends and I walk past graffiti screamed “Kill All Taigs”. A fifteen year old boy who lived half an hour from me was beaten to death by a group of adults for being Catholic. For fifty years, people have been detained without trial, tortured, beaten and wrongly imprisoned just for being Catholic, because apparently, being Catholic means you must be in the IRA. 

Even now, I can’t escape it. I have a noticeable Northern Irish accent, which is stronger when I’m around people from there and is noticeable as a strong accent whenever I’m not in the country. At airports, I’m always the one stopped and frisked if they hear my accent. At ferry ports, it’s alway my car (which has Northern Irish registration plates) that’s “randomly selected” for a search. All of this just happened to me, a person who got off lightly.

If you think that Irish people haven’t faced oppression and abuse, you’re wrong. If you think that Northern Ireland is past its troubles, you’re wrong. It sickens me that this happens only a few hundred miles away from England and no one acknowledges it exists, because hey, they’re just some terrorist Catholics, right?

Contrary to popular belief, racism isn’t America centric. Just ask the Serbians and Croatians.

REBLOGGING FOR THE LAST ONE JFC THANK YOU.

This.  Also, for us Italians, Sicily: most of the Italian side of my family traces their roots to poor fishermen and the like there up until just before the World Wars.  For the past thousand years or so, when we haven’t been under imperialist rule by Rome, the Muslim empires, or Spain, we usually lived in fear of our own countrymen in the Mafia, which is still quietly in control of much of the region’s economy and politics today.

Yeah. It’s long. Doesn’t mean Tumblr doesn’t need to see it. Also:

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So Irish people were often treated with the same disdain as blacks. You’re the worst kind of person if this post can’t teach you that white =/= privileged.

ex0skeletal:

Fun shark attack facts:

  • In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans a year. Sharks injured 13.
  • In 1996, 2,600 Americans were injured by room fresheners. Sharks injured 13.
  • In 1996, buckets and pails injured almost 11,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
  • For every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million sharks.

Conclusions:

  1. Humans are assholes.
  2. Sharks are not assholes.
  3. Apparently everyone in 1996 lived in a real-life infomercial.
Frogman, I have a snake. He's a six month old ball python named Loki and he's a super adorable ball of squish. When I tell people about my babysnake, people respond with things like "I'd kill it if I could! Snakes are gross!" It really upsets me because he's my babysnake and I love him, but I don't know how to respond to them. I know some people have phobias of snakes and I don't want to invalidate them, but at the same time, he's my babysnake and those jokes hurt. How do I talk to them?

thefrogman:

Well, first I would tell them they are jerks for wanting to kill my pet. 

Then after slapping them with a fish…

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I would kindly tell them that a domesticated pet snake is very different than finding a snake in the wild. You are raising it, getting it adjusted to humans, and keeping it well fed and healthy so it doesn’t have a crazed temperament that hunger can cause in animals. 

If they have phobias, they don’t have to see or touch the snake. But telling you they would kill your pet is just a jerk move… even if it is in jest.

I would let them know that isn’t cool. Offer to prove them wrong and have them meet Loki. Tell them he makes you happy and you don’t appreciate the death threats and talk of him being gross. Maybe ask how they would feel if you said that about their puppy or kitty. Turn it around on them.

Personally, I think snakes and lizards and all manners of herptiles can be quite cute. But if I found a wild snake hiding in my closet I would run screaming with my arms flailing and then call a braver person than myself to take them back to the wild.  

People need to realize that pets and wild animals are very different things. Even the more slithery ones. 

Snakes are cool. Give Loki a pat on the [wherever snakes like to be patted] for me.

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probably one of the funniest moments in game grumps history

someone please hold me scientificillustration reblogged one of my bat illustrations, they’ve reblogged a few of my pieces in the past, and I found this on it and my heart nearly stopped
Emily Graslie, creator and founder of the brain scoop, is literally one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever known. She’s an artist herself that ended up in the science field accidentally much like myself, and though she doesn’t work with art on a daily basis like I hope to, she’s taught me that you can inspire people to learn in so many different ways and it really makes me so thrilled to see her reaching out to people and getting them excited about the natural world. I see a lot of myself in her and I was just thinking about her today- how she gives me the courage to pursue jobs in the scientific field that I don’t even know whether I have the qualifications for or not, but I trust that I wouldn’t have been recommended for them unless I didn’t have a fighting chance at them.
So when I saw this… this little notification, no matter now small, means so very much to me. It’s overwhelming, it brought me to tears that someone I appreciate so much saw value in my work. It’s taking me so long to see myself as someone worth anything, as someone talented, marketable, capable, or inspiring, but every little bit is encouraging, and things like this are… completely indescribable. 

someone please hold me scientificillustration reblogged one of my bat illustrations, they’ve reblogged a few of my pieces in the past, and I found this on it and my heart nearly stopped

Emily Graslie, creator and founder of the brain scoop, is literally one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever known. She’s an artist herself that ended up in the science field accidentally much like myself, and though she doesn’t work with art on a daily basis like I hope to, she’s taught me that you can inspire people to learn in so many different ways and it really makes me so thrilled to see her reaching out to people and getting them excited about the natural world. I see a lot of myself in her and I was just thinking about her today- how she gives me the courage to pursue jobs in the scientific field that I don’t even know whether I have the qualifications for or not, but I trust that I wouldn’t have been recommended for them unless I didn’t have a fighting chance at them.

So when I saw this… this little notification, no matter now small, means so very much to me. It’s overwhelming, it brought me to tears that someone I appreciate so much saw value in my work. It’s taking me so long to see myself as someone worth anything, as someone talented, marketable, capable, or inspiring, but every little bit is encouraging, and things like this are… completely indescribable. 

sister came up and brought me a little apple swan in a pond of apple dip!! what a sweetheart uwu <33

sister came up and brought me a little apple swan in a pond of apple dip!! what a sweetheart uwu <33

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PSA: If an artist charges you a flat rate for a commission, tipping is definitely a thing you can do to even out the price if you think they should be charging more. Or it could just be a favor for the artist. Either way, it is always greatly appreciated.