And the winners of DWTS are… Kellie & Derek
BTW-Kellie is a vegetarian. Being a vegetarian/vegan does a body good!
Kellie & Derek just won Dancing with the Stars!
Yeahhhhhhh! Zendaya & Val were amazing but Kellie & Derek were freaking spectacular! That freestyle left me speechless. Contrats my little country bumpkin.
With chefs all over the country pushing the limits, sore and more restaurants across the country are adding exotic dishes to their menus.
But one place in Florida is pushing things to a whole new level with their wild tacos.
Taco Fusion began offering ‘safari’ tacos filled with fresh lion meat.
The restaurant opened in Tampa in February and has been making a name for itself with its unusual fare.
It hasn’t exactly been a roaring success. The offering has been mauled by animal lovers online.
One person tweeted to the restaurants twitter account @TacoFusion ‘You people are disgusting. Shame on you for further destroying this environment,’ another wrote: ‘That is disgusting and disturbing!.’
‘How dare you serve this,” Jennifer Rieger Hauck wrote on Taco Fusion’s Facebook page. ‘I truly hope your restaurant goes out of business very soon and you end up living on the street.’
Undeterred, Taco Fusion officials posted a reply to critics: ‘If you guys are mad now, just wait till you see what we do next.’
Lion is endangered but it’s legal to sell and eat in the United States.
The restaurant says its lion meat came from a reputable vendor in Illinois.
The lion meat doesn’t come cheap. At $225 per pound each taco is on the menu for $35.
Taco Fusion’s manager Brad Barnett advised those who opposed the item not to eat it.
‘Our whole thought process of bringing the exotic meats to the Tampa Bay area was to give people the opportunity to try different things that they normally wouldn’t get to try,’ says Brad.
We feature unique one of a kind items that can’t be found anywhere,” the restaurant, which is in Florida, says on its website.
‘In America, we’ve long since been under the spell of the Beef, poultry, and pork industries,’ the restaurants website reads.
‘From titans like McDonald’s, to chicken joints like Chik-Fil-A, our choices have been incredibly limited as Americans- and even our possibilities for what is acceptable from a culinary standpoint.’
Jeff Kremer from Big Cat Rescue that rescues lions and similar large cats, questioned Taco Fusion’s decision. ‘There is obviously an animal welfare concern and there is a bigger picture. The bigger concern is where do we, as society, draw the line for what is acceptable for moral and ethical behavior,’ Kremer said. ‘Restaurants will do this to just draw attention, for the novelty. It’s just a disgrace in my opinion.’
Frank Consoli went there for lunch: ‘It’s a bit tougher than steak,’ he said after taking his first bite while sitting on the veranda. ‘Roughly as chewy as a flank steak,’ he said, ‘with a powerful red-meat flavor and a strong ‘gamey’ finish.
He’s eaten rattlesnake and antelope before, he told the Tampa Tribune ‘Man it’s delicious. I heard everyone hating on them on Facebook about this place serving lion, so I thought I’d come check it out. Where else are you going to get that chance?’
Initially, the restaurant planned on selling lion tacos as long as people continued buying them but this weekend the Taco Fusion has decided to discontinue the dish because of the negative publicity.
‘We’re getting all kinds of threats over it,’ said Ryan Gougeon, the owner. ‘Now we’re getting bomb threats, and everything else. Some guy just called and said he’d kidnap me and grind me up for a taco. There are so many coming in we aren’t counting.’
Taco Fusion released a statement after the lion meat sold out: ‘Some of you were supportive, some of you were angry. We listened to everyone and decided to no longer carry lion.’
‘How is a cow that is injected with hormones, crammed in a dark pen it’s whole life, and then unceremoniously slaughtered any better than a hormone free- free range animal that was raised for meat consumption,’ the restaurant asks in a blog post.
‘One is ‘majestic’ and the other is overweight? One is a fierce predator, the other is a weak link? What exactly is the criteria for which animal has more importance?’
Lion isn’t the main attraction at the restaurant either. Ostrich, otter, gator, gazelle, beaver, rattlesnake, kangeroo and camel are all available as fillings too.
Taco Fusion has said it plans to introduce iguana and zebra meat next.
A disabled killer whale that is missing two fins is able to survive in the wild with the help of its family, who hunt food its food.
The young killer whale has no dorsal fin or right-side pectoral fin, leaving it unable to hunt for itself.
But rather than be left to fend for itself or die, the whale appears to be cared for by members of its pod, which share their food with the youngster.It is one of the few times that killer whales have been seen to feed and care for a non-hunting member.
Underwater photographer Rainer Schimpf came face to face with the pod while the members hunted in waters off Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
He said: ‘Incapable of fast hunting and ambushing prey it has to be dependent on the pod which, one assumes, looks after it very well.
‘It shows these mammals are not really just ruthless killing machines but they also have complex, caring social-structures in which they and care for their own disabled members.’
Mr Schimpf had been tracking the pod of seven as they hunted a Bryde’s whale - measuring 50ft (15m) in length and weighing a massive 15 tonnes.
Killer whales are known to hunt and kill larger whale species - but sometimes only eat the tongue, research has shown.
The pod also included a female with a bent dorsal fin like the killer whale in Free Willy, a ‘huge male’ and four other females.
He said the younger whale followed at a distance and appeared to have fallen behind.
The younger killer whale stayed at a distance when the rest of the pod hunted at the surface and then in the depths.
‘It was brave and curious enough to come close to the boat and inspect us,’ said Mr Schimpf, a guide for Dive Expert Tour.
‘But after a while he disappeared as well, presumably to dive down to the whale-feast below.
‘Such a kill would easily support the entire orca pod and make sharing of the kill much easier than if they had taken a seal or a dolphin.’
The find is one of only a handful where injured or disabled killer whales have been known to survive with the help of its pod.
In 1996 researchers spotted a killer-whale calf that was missing its tail and part of its dorsal fin - believed to have been sliced off by a boat propeller.
The injured killer whale - known as stumpy - was not seen for many seasons afterwards and presumed dead until it popped up again seven years later.
It was last seen feeding with a pod off the coast of Queensland, Australia, in 2008.
Teens is generous….. the majority don’t see past the age of 10….
Koala’s response to being petted
DOG SURVIVES OKLAHOMA TORNADO; OKLAHOMA CITY ANIMAL WELFARE ACCEPTING DISPLACED ANIMALS
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office issued this picture of a dog that was discovered in the rubble after today’s tornado in Oklahoma. Let’s hope the dog’s owners are safe too.
Oklahoma City Animal Welfare is accepting dogs and other pets that have been displaced by the disaster. They are also distributing free dog food for those in need (they will be coordinating with the Moore Animal Welfare & Adoption Center). Their contact info is as follows:2811 Southeast 29th StreetOklahoma City, OK 73129(405) 297-3100If you would like to help, you can drop off food and other supplies directly at the above address, or send in a donation to help the displaced animals here via the Animal Welfare Donation Station website.In addition,the Animal Medical Center of Midwest City is providing emergency medical services for injured pets - call them at (405) 732-0043 if needed.Please share this information!
MARINE REUNITED WITH PARTNER DOG IN SURPRISE CEREMONY - “When Gundlach saw Casey, he put his head in his hands and cried. She licked his face, wagging her tail furiously.”
Click here for video of the event.
Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach served in Afghanistan with his bomb-sniffing partner, Casey. She is a four-year-old Yellow Labrador. Sgt. Gundlach returned to the U.S., but Casey was sent to work at the Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office. Sgt. Gundlach wanted to adopt Casey and had been campaigning to get her back. Officials set up a fake event at the Iowa State Capitol and reunited Casey with her beloved partner. Here’s more from ABC News:
“I promised her if we made it out of alive, I’d do whatever it took to find her,” Gundlach said.
On Friday, he made good on that vow with help from some sentimental state officials in Iowa who know how to pull off a surprise.
Since leaving active duty to take classes at the University of Wisconsin this summer, Gundlach, of Madison, Wis., had been seeking to adopt 4-year-old Casey.
“It was a total surprise,” he said. “I owe her. I’ll just try to give her the best life I can.”
His father, Glen Gundlach, seemed just as surprised.
“It’s unbelievable … the state of Iowa, I love ‘em,” he said.
Gov. Terry Branstad officially retired Casey from active duty during Friday’s ceremony, thanking the dog for a “job well done.”
During the 150 missions they performed together, Gundlach said Casey never missed an explosive — she caught three before they could be detonated. He credits her for making it back home safely.
“I wouldn’t be here … any kids I ever had wouldn’t exist if Casey hadn’t been here,” he said.
Casey and her beloved owner are finally back together. Hopefully they spend many wonderful years together. Click here for the full story. Here’s another link to the video. (Photo and additional info from the Daily Mail)
Grown men crying always makes me cry. I’m so glad they get to live together. I don’t think dogs have any place in the military since they can’t consent, but I’m glad this story has a happy ending.
ONE-EYED DOG REUNITED WITH WOMAN WHO SAVED HIM - “As soon as he spotted his former foster mother Eva Armstrong, Captain Morgan scrambled over and jumped into his rescuer’s arms.”
A Dachshund named Captain Morgan was in a high kill shelter in Alabama living in bad conditions. In addition, he suffered from heartworm and only had one good eye. An organization called Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue arranged for Captain Morgan to be rescued. A woman named Eva Armstrong took Captain Morgan in and cared for him. Fortunately, he was adopted by a family in New York. Recently, Armstrong and Captain Morgan had the opportunity to see each other again. Here’s more from the New York Daily News:
Captain Morgan was kept on a cold concrete floor with no heat or hot water. During bath time, the one-eyed dachshund was sprayed with frigid water from a hose. The pound had limited resources, so Cappy’s heartworm was not properly treated, Armstrong said.
On the same day that Cappy was rescued, the organization managed to pull around 30 other dogs.
“We really want people to understand the urgency here,” Cross told the News. “You either take the dog or the dog gets killed the next day. There’s no other option.”
In New York, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue hosts adoption events that help place these dogs in loving homes.
Cappy stayed with Armstrong for one month while receiving treatment for his heartworm. He slept in her bed, watched TV with her and walked around Prospect Park getting accustomed to a normal puppy life.
The look on Captain Morgan’s face says it all. Click here for the full story and here for more about Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. Also, click here to learn about Eva’s Play Pups which is run by Armstrong. (Photo via Hilary Benas)
I remember you. Your the lady who saved my life. I love you.
Sea Shepherd Supporters Asked For Donations To Help Anti-Whaling Efforts
Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Australia urged supporters to dig deep Thursday as it launched its 10th harassment campaign against the Japanese fleet, saying US legal action was hitting fundraising.
Sea Shepherd Australia director Bob Brown said the group needed US$4 million to run its annual Southern Ocean pursuit of the Japanese at the end of this year, with lawsuits filed in the United States slowing donations.
“Japan is doing everything it can to put the US operation under, effectively, complete diversion by legal action,” Brown told reporters.
“An operation that in past years was funded by the US with its big philanthropic organisations has to be funded from outside the US now,” he added.
“That responsibility is on us. We depend upon the largesse of a global public that supports what we’re doing.”
Sea Shepherd was forced to shift the headquarters of its whaling campaign to Australia from the US earlier this year due to a raft of legal issues centred on fugitive founder Paul Watson and complaints from Japan.
A US judge in February denounced the group as “pirates”, clearing the way for the Japanese to pursue an injunction against their activities in the Southern Ocean, which were described as “violent acts for private ends”.
Canadian Watson is wanted by Interpol after skipping bail last July in Germany, where he was arrested on Costa Rican charges relating to a high-seas confrontation over shark finning in 2002.
He handed over operational responsibility for Sea Shepherd’s flagship anti-whaling mission to Brown, former leader of Australia’s Greens party.
Brown said the 10th annual hunt, codenamed “Operation Relentless”, required $4 million to get off the ground, with repairs worth hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to Sea Shepherd’s fleet after Antarctic collisions last season.
Brutal confrontations with the conservationists saw Japan’s ships return home with a record low catch of just 103 minke whales — less than half the previous year’s tally — and no fin whales.
Japan’s Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi blamed “unforgivable sabotage” by the activist group for the meagre haul, netted under a scientific research loophole in the international moratorium on whaling.
Mexican state bans bullfighting! Victory!!!!
Sonora this week became the first Mexican state to ban bullfighting, passing a law against cruelty to animals, which, however, does not include the very popular spectacle of cockfighting, local legislative officials said Saturday.
“It has caused quite a stir because we are the first state of the republic to pass this law. I really didn’t expect, I say this with all the honesty in the world, I didn’t expect the repercussion this would have, nationally and internationally,” the local lawmaker of the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, or PVEM, Vernon Perez Rubio, said.
In a statement on Formato 21 radio, Perez Rubio hailed the decision taken on May 2 by that northwestern border state’s legislature, which voted unanimously to pass the Animal Protection Law.
His party explained in a communique that the law “not only bans bullfighting” but “also protects other domestic animals.”
The PVEM said the new law in Sonora puts them “a step closer to achieving one of the goals the Green Party has fought for, which is the prohibition of bullfighting nationwide.”
The party believes that “clearly more than 70 percent of Mexicans are against the continuation” of bullfights in the country, on the basis of several public opinion polls.
In Sonora, citizens’ demand for an end to bullfighting began two years ago, when a crowd of 18,200 came out before a bullfight was to start to ask that the spectacle by banned, Perez Rubio said.
“I’m against cockfighting. However, if we included a discussion on that subject, the law would never have passed,” he said.
“Now with the law in place, it’s very easy to launch a movement to end cockfighting if that’s what people want,” Perez Rubio said.
Koala Photo Shows Forest Destroyed By Loggers, Animal’s Heartbreak After Losing Home
This koala had the worst day ever.
The little guy wandered back to his home in New South Wales, Australia last week only to find it had been cut down and chipped by logging operations. A volunteer with WIRES, a rescue operation licensed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, said the koala had been sitting on top of the wood pile for over an hour looking confused, the Daily Telegraph reported.
He was later taken to a local veterinarian and released near an established colony, but the heartbreaking photo shows some of the hardships faced by the animals over the past few years.
Severe habitat destruction and the spread of a deadly chlamydia outbreak have decimated populations and the Australian government declared the species threatened in some areas for the first time last year.
:( He looks so sad, lost, & confused. Poor fella!
“Shocking footage of a sheep stunned as its baby suckled milk from her inside a British slaughterhouse. She and her baby then had their throats slashed.
The undercover Animal Aid investigation showed that 8 out of the 9 slaughterhouses in The UK they filmed in were breaking animal welfare laws.
There were many bad images including this and pigs being burned in the face with cigarettes, but the worse thing I found was the terror the animals went through. Many of them were acting just like we would if we were in a room watching our friends get killed off one by one knowing we were next. The poor animals can be seen desperately struggling in sheer terror and trying to escape for their lives (in vain of course).”
Reminder: This is only “shocking” if you are completely unaware of the reality of animal agriculture.
This is normal, standard operation.
If this bothers you, stop participating in it.
This is just horrible. Poor innocent sweet little lambs who do no harm to anyone. To animals humans are the devil. Stop eating animals!
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