Stop the Bloody Whale Slaughter on the Faroe Islands

On a group of islands just north of Europe, the traditional bloody whale and dolphin slaughter takes place every year. The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark, where whaling is banned, but they have laws that are independent of Denmark's laws, so they are allowed to continue with this mass execution. Year after year, thousands of pilot whales, beaked whales and dolphins are chased into the bay by boats, where they are slaughtered.

Go to: https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=911

Whale tourists need realistic expectations

Tourists who visit Tonga's northern Vava'u island to swim with whales need to have realistic expectations about what will happen.

That's according to underwater photographer Tony Wu, who visits the island regularly to document the way humpback whales use the area to breed.

He says he managed to count 48 whale calves born in Port of Refuge harbour this last season, which is a lot.

But Mr Wu says the Tongan whale watching industry needs to make sure not to promise tourists that the whales will come close to them or touch them.

Go to: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201111/s3373429.htm

Court rejects efforts to strip beluga whale protections

A federal judge this week rejected an attempt by Alaska to strip Cook Inlet beluga whales of Endangered Species Act protections. Last spring, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated critical habitat for the whales despite state’s lawsuit.

Go to: http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/11/22/court-rejects-efforts-to-strip-beluga-whale-protections/

End comes closer for whaling ban

The opponents of whaling fear a return to commercial hunting is virtually inevitable within the next few years.

Conservation groups at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission believe the 1986 whaling moratorium cannot last much longer.

Go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3911651.stm

PETA lawsuit alleges SeaWorld enslaves killer whales

Can killer whales sue SeaWorld for enslavement?

A lawsuit filed Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other "next friends" of five SeaWorld killer whales takes that novel legal approach.

The 20-page complaint asks the U.S. District Court in Southern California to declare that the five whales -- Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises -- are being held in slavery or involuntary servitude in violation of the 13th Amendment.

A PETA statement said the lawsuit is the first of its kind in contending that constitutional protections against slavery are not limited to humans.

Go to: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-26/justice/justice_killer-whale-lawsuit_1_killer-whales-orcinus-sea-world-trainers?_s=PM:JUSTICE

When we first started talking about doing a gift basket guide, I didn’t want to follow through.  Frankly, the topic is way too big to be manageable.

I decided, I would try and get some information out there about a sub market of gift baskets, specifically wine gift baskets.

One reason I think wine works well in gift basket offerings is that it pairs incredibly well with food.  Specifically a great wine red can pair well with steak (obviously) as well as nuts and other delicacies.

One of the most important aspects to selecting a wine gift basket, in my estimation, is to find a gift basket which is centered around quality wines which are not freely available in your local market.

Personally speaking I hate paying for shipping, so seeing a bottle of wine that I paid $8, or more, for shipping sitting on a grocery store shelf doesn’t work for me.

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There are plenty of things to see in Chicago. Many think of the downtown area, Mag Mile, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, and Wilis Towers. Or perhaps they visit other landmarks like Wrigley Field. But there is plenty of other things to see that you can find tucked away in a Chicago guide. If you’re looking for a different kind of Midwest vacation, don’t get whiplash from all the stuff there is to see! Here are a few offbeat suggestions.

The Lincoln Park neighborhood is filled with culture, nature, and shopping. There are plenty of great restaurants and tree-lined streets in the neighborhood. Also, many festivals occur during the summer, especially on the weekends. Some of the festivals include Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Fest, Gay Pride Parade, the Outdoor Movie Festival, and the Christkindlmarket in the winter.

If you’re looking for a different kind of museum, check out the Irish Heritage Center in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. It has a library, museum, the Fifth Province Irish pub, a 658-seat auditorium, and more. Plenty of interesting things to see in Chicago!

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I have many books on whales and my favourite place to read is in my  halls greenhouse on a warm Spring day, this time of year is so enjoyable apart from my nemesis my unkempt grass.

Cutting the grass can be very time consuming especially if you have a large garden.  In the summer months the grass probably will need to be cut once a week.  The best way to do this is to remove any garden ornaments or seats, basically anything which can be removed first.  This will make the job easier and quicker. 

Obviously certain things cannot be removed like greenhouses and sheds.  If you have a lawn mower which collects the cuttings this will save you having to rake the grass.  Cutting around the edges of paths and around things like greenhouses can be difficult.  This can be done with a pair of shears but this could take quite some time.  The best option is with a strimmer but the cuttings will need to be raked up after.

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