The survival of every species is affected by many environmental factors. The human population on Earth uses and destroys more than their fair share of the planet’s resources. People must recognize their role as caretakers of the Earth. We must become preservers rather than merely users. We need to no longer should think that animals are here for us All animals need their own rights just like we do so they can live their own happy natural lives.
Two weeks ago, a growth was found on the chest of Sara Polcari’s 6-year-old dog, Charlie. Given Charlie’s history with cancer — he had one of his hind legs amputated in March to get rid of a tumor — the veterinarian recommended immediate surgery. The timing couldn’t have been worse. Polcari had just been laid off from her job, and now she and her husband were looking at an $850 bill. She was also six months pregnant. “It’s like, ‘What are we going to do? Now? Really? Of all times?’ ” Polcari said. “It’s really tough to meet our bills and to have this large amount of cost for Charlie coming up, it was just really unexpected.” The Polcaris had been able to pay for Charlie’s amputation by raising money through family and friends. But now, they didn’t know what to do. That’s when the vet told them about Fairy DogParents, a nonprofit that helps dog owners pay for their pets’ needs during times of economic hardship. “We filled out the online application, and I got a phone call that night saying that they would love to help,” Sara Polcari said. Since it started in 2009, Fairy DogParents has provided […]
Long after the suntanned crowds pack up their umbrellas and chairs and the tide has washed away that day’s sand castles, Clover slowly makes her way onto the beach. It is usually the middle of the night, when the beach is quiet and intentionally darkened. Nearby lights from streets and buildings are shut off in expectation of after-hours visitors such as Clover, an endangered leatherback turtle. “We have such a good feeling for this turtle. She has just kind of struck a nerve with all of us,” said Kelly Martin, a biologist with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. “Everybody’s got a little soft spot for her.” The special affection for Clover comes from her disability; she is missing her rear flippers. According to Martin, the scars indicate that the flippers were bitten off by sharks. “With no rear flippers, leatherbacks and any sea turtle are not able to dig a proper egg cavity,” Martin said, “so they end up depositing their eggs on the sand, and they don’t survive.” Leatherback eggs that are properly nested have only a 30% to 40% chance of hatching. “Most of those hatchlings won’t survive more than a week,” world-renowned turtle expert […]