Elephant Community looking after their young!
Posted by Trudy Prevost on October 27, 2015
Elephant Community looking after their young!
Posted by Trudy Prevost on July 13, 2015
I grew up considering animals to be “dumb” – less sentient beings than humans – therefore we had the right to control and/or kill and eat them. They were not considered to have personalities; use tools or have the capacity to build relationships.
Then Jane Goodall published a book in 1963 after years of observing chimpanzees in a national park in Tanzania. Due to the fact that she was NOT formally trained; she was open to a whole new aspect of animal study that experts of the day did believe existed. She observed “close, supportive, affectionate social bonds” within families and communities of the chimpanzees she studied. She also observed behaviours such as hugs, kisses, pats on the back and even tickling. She saw that chimpanzees like humans each have a unique, individual personality, and are capable of rational thought and emotions like joy and sorrow. She also recorded their use of tools.
Monkeys who learn new techniques
Then experts said “OK” primates have some human like tendencies but not the others. Now as we become less and less ignorant of animal behaviour we realize they have a wide range of human like traits.
Recently an animal behaviour scientist in Australia decided to observe cows and see if they used tools. He observed various breeds of beef cattle at pasture on a variety of properties with a mind open to new aspects of animal study. He found they spend about 3% of their day grooming and preening themselves, even in the absence of parasites. They mainly use their tongues and hind hooves to groom the rear end of their bodies, but they also use inanimate objects like trees, branches, fence posts and stumps to get at areas they can’t reach. They’ll walk up to fallen tree limbs which have protruding branches and groom around their eyes,”. He concludes. “So they’re making very finely controlled motor movements to groom around sensitive parts of their body.”
The definition of tool use conventionally relies on an ability to hold and manipulate objects “These are animals that can’t pick things up and manipulate them, but nonetheless they are making decisions about what they are going to use to groom their bodies,” he says. “I’m postulating this could redefine our idea of tool use.
Kilgour compared grooming behaviour of beef cattle with undomesticated, but related, species including bison, water buffalo, banteng and eland. He found similar grooming patterns.
This suggests an evolutionary purpose for grooming, Kilgour says. For example, maintaining the integrity of their coat may protect against invasion by parasites, bacteria or grass seeds.
“If you find this behaviour occurs in closely related species you can say this confers some survival advantage on animals, therefore it’s a necessary behaviour,” he says.
“So in production systems, like feedlots, where we try to stop animals grooming because we don’t want to push the fence posts over, we may be thwarting what is a valuable natural behaviour.”
He says attempts to prevent grooming may therefore be misguided and a denial of the animal’s right to express normal behaviour, one of the central elements of animal welfare.
Posted by Trudy Prevost on March 22, 2015
In the 1970’s a Physician in Toronto who promoted healthy lifestyles had a workshop on Osteoporosis. It was mind blowing for me.
I found out that the following things contribute to osteoporosis:
High levels of red meat in the diet.
Regular consumption of soda pop such as coke.
Lack of exercise – weight bearing exercise is needed to increase bone density.
Tobacco smoking is related to bone loss.
Studies are proving we don’t need to drink milk every day to have strong bones; we can get our calcium in other ways
They have found vegan Tibetian nuns whose bones are very strong and now
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Posted by Trudy Prevost on December 27, 2014
In 2006 a study was released on dietary factors and the incidence of twins.
To me it was interesting to note that the results of this study would be completely different just 20 years ago before the wide spread use of BGH.
It is also interesting to note that Canada and the EU do not allow BGH. Canada considers the devastating effects of BGH on the cattle makes it abusive.
This study worked with 3 groups of women – vegans; vegetarians and omnivores. They wanted to research factors on the cause of twins.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the possible biochemical effect of diet and heredity on the rates of monozygotic and dizygotic twinning.
RESULTS: Vegan women, who exclude dairy products from their diets, have a twinning rate which is one-fifth that of vegetarians and omnivores.
CONCLUSION: The results reported here support the proposed IGF model of dizygotic twinning. Genotypes favoring elevated IGF and diets including dairy products, especially in areas where growth hormone is given to cattle, appear to enhance the chances of multiple pregnancies due to ovarian stimulation.
I must wonder what else is a steady diet of growth hormones doing to our bodies?
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Posted by Trudy Prevost on November 27, 2014
ITES GREEN AND GOLD
Thursday Nights at Harlem Plaza
Zion Train Express is now closed. We miss you Nelly in so many ways.
“…..rocking to the sweet sounds of DJ Yardee the Rootz man Specialist…..great Hightal food..good friends .and just niceness all around….one love family see you there choooo choooo” ~ Nellie Shtarre
The food is delicious fresh healthy vegan/vegetarian natural food based. The music is conscious reggae. Airy open venue in Newtown; child friendly; dance to your hearts content.
Posted by Trudy Prevost on September 25, 2014
Paul McCartney narrates powerful documentary about factory farmed animals and how we can help animals and the environment by adopting a plant-based diet.
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Posted by Trudy Prevost on June 21, 2014
We have talked about all these concepts in the past but somehow the visual has more impact
If you see advertisements after this post they are put there by word press because I cannot afford the paid blog website. This is a new; make more money program that did not exist when I started blogging.
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Posted by Trudy Prevost on May 17, 2014
It is always exciting to see these fruits come into season; they are like this natural sweet candy fruit.
Also called naseberry
The naseberry is native to Central America and the Caribbean. The Indians of Mexico originally called the tree ‘sapodilla’, a name that is retained in many parts of the region. The fruit is round in shape and has a reddish brown skin. When ripe, the fleshy pulp may be eaten or used to make custard and ice-cream. The early Indians chewed the rubbery sap of the tree, which they called ‘chicle’ and it was this – with the addition of massive amounts of sugar – that New Yorker Thomas Adams managed to make into successful commercial product – chewing gum.
Posted by Trudy Prevost on December 20, 2013
“A taste of Ital Living.”
We have a new sit down Vegan Restaurant in Roseau!
A place to cool out; have a juice; a salad; a sandwich or a lovely full course meal.
Friendly welcoming staff who go out of their way to meet your culinary needs!
Great juices; including beet that are very lightly sweetened!
62 Old Street second floor (Corner of River Street and Old Street)
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