Marika Collins, Author at PlanetSave

Author: Marika Collins

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European Union Votes to Ban Seal Products

Members of European parliament voted this morning to ban seal products, further tightening the noose on Canada’s archaic and cruel commercial seal hunt. With members voting 550 to 49 in favor of the ban, Europe has sent Canada a clear message: Europeans do not support the hunt. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomed […]

May 5th

10 Simple Ways To Conserve Water

Sunday is World Water Day. With the world water crisis representing one of the most significant public health issues facing the world today, we need to find ways to conserve this precious resource now more than ever. The UN expects that 3.4 billion people will be living in countries defined as water-scarce by 2025. When […]

March 20th

HSUS Reconsiders Condemning Dogs Seized From Fighting Rings

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has issued an interim policy regarding dogs victimized by dog fighting. The policy recommends that dogs be evaluated on an individual basis rather than being condemned to euthanization as a group. The HSUS was widely criticized in recent weeks for supporting a court ruling that ordered 145 […]

February 24th

Slaughter of Dairy Cows on the Rise: Misery or Mercy?

With milk prices plummeting and dairy farmers facing increased feeding costs, many are culling their herds in record numbers. It seems that the value of a dairy cow is not what it once was in the industry. Other dairy farmers are not buying. Selling cows that have become too expensive to feed to the beef […]

February 18th

Canada Asks EU to Drop Proposed Seal Product Ban

Canadian officials are in Brussels this week to ask the European Union not to pass proposed legislation that would ban the import of seal products. The trip was organized by the Canadian federal Fisheries and Oceans Department.  According to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), the delegates are hoping to sway members of European parliament to […]

January 22nd

Conservationists Hopeful Extinct Butterfly Back in Britain

British conservationists are ecstatic over what they hope is the return of the Large Tortoiseshell butterfly, thought to be extinct in Britain. The butterfly, once common, dwindled in numbers in the early twentieth century to the point where it disappeared entirely. Some experts fear that sightings of the Large Tortoiseshell may in fact be of […]

January 8th

Walmart Canada Removes Rabbit Fur Slippers From Shelves

Walmart Canada removed slippers containing real fur from their inventory after receiving a complaint from The Animal Defense League of Canada. The slippers, made in China, had been labeled as faux fur. It was determined that the slippers were in fact made of rabbit fur. Walmart has a no-fur policy and immediately removed the offending […]

January 7th

Brace For Impact: Wildlife Study to Measure Ash Spill Effects

Officials at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) are bracing themselves for a long-term wildlife study at the TVA spill site. The area was severely contaminated after a massive release of coal ash on Dec. 22, 2008. The spill originated from a holding pond belonging to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Steam Plant on […]

January 7th

Mystery: Brown Pelicans Dying Along California Coast

A disproportionate amount of Brown Pelicans have been dying along the California coast in recent days. This is especially troubling since the pelicans have been on the endangered list since 1970.  The birds were nearly decimated before the chemical pesticide DDT was banned in 1972. This grim development is being monitored by wildlife conservation and […]

January 6th

Victory: Shell Cancels Plans to Drill in Arctic Waters

Score one for the environment – at least temporarily. Shell Oil announced that it will not be drilling off the Alaskan coast in the Beaufort Sea in 2009 as planned. This decision comes after a November court ruling which determined that Shell had erroneously been given permission to drill without properly assessing the environmental impact […]

January 1st

5 Things You Can Do Now to Help Abandoned Pets

There are few places in the world that have not been touched in some way by the faltering global economy. A tragic side effect of this phenomenon is the increase in abandoned pets and the resulting stress it continues to place on the shelters trying to care for them. [social_buttons] As someone who lives in […]

December 31st

Greenpeace vs. Sea Shepherd: An Unfortunate Conflict

Greenpeace issued a lengthy statement on their website in an attempt to further distance themselves from Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd yesterday. With an aim at setting the record straight, Greenpeace made the statement out of frustration with what it claims are lies and falsehoods propagated by Watson, compounded by a general public misconception that […]

December 18th

3 Things You Can Do as We Count Down to Earth Hour 2009

[social_buttons] Did you read all about the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour coming up on March 29th and get excited about what you can do to make a difference? Here are three simple things you can start with to take action: 1. Sign up for Earth Hour 2009 You can take action by signing up […]

December 17th