The Education of a Bomb Dog

(Reed Young) image: https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/F5RfcnkLRsmaBslZU-ZJq1R5788=/800×600/filters:no_upscale()/https://public-media.smithsonianmag.com/filer/Bomb-Dogs-explosive-detection-canine-training-631.jpg A top training academy works double time to meet skyrocketing demand for canines who can sniff out danger By Joshua Levine SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE When I first meet a likable young Labrador named Merry, she is clearing her nostrils with nine or ten sharp snorts before she snuffles along a row of luggage pieces, all different makes and models. They’re lined up against the back wall of a large hangar on a country road outside Hartford, Connecticut. This is where MSA Security trains what are known in the security trade as explosive detection canines, or EDCs. Most people … Continue reading The Education of a Bomb Dog

Richard Branson: In the Near Future, We’ll Think It’s “Archaic” to Kill Animals for Food

Image Credit: Memphis Meats by Karla Lant   Memphis Meats Investing in Cruelty-Free Food In August, Richard Branson wrote a post on the Virgin website about his investment in Memphis Meats, which expressed his vision about the future of food: “I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone. One day we will look back and think how archaic our grandparents were in killing animals for food.” Branson is one of several influential thinkers investing in a cruelty-free, sustainable … Continue reading Richard Branson: In the Near Future, We’ll Think It’s “Archaic” to Kill Animals for Food

How We Cope with the End of Nature

HOMELESSNESS WITHOUT LEAVING HOME: The Australian droughts of the early 2000s inspired scholars to coin the term solastalgia to describe the distress of a changing environment.Wikimedia As our environment crumbles, we seek solace in animatronic moose. BY STEPHEN MARCHE Solastalgia is the definitive disease of the 21st century but only a few even know its name. The symptoms include an underlying sense of loss, a vague sensation of being torn from the earth, a general out-of-placeness, homelessness without leaving home. You have probably felt it without knowing what it was. Solastalgia is the unease we inflict on ourselves as we create … Continue reading How We Cope with the End of Nature

ANIMAL CRUELTY RISING ALONG WITH VIOLENCE AND A DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE

by Vic Bishop, Staff Writer Waking Times Few things exemplify the darkness lurking within the hearts of human beings quite like animal cruelty. While human beings bicker, fight and war amongst themselves, animals are increasingly being treated with a severe lack of respect and compassion. This is a growing social problem stewing just below the radar of mainstream awareness. Recently, police in Georgia encountered the worst case of animal cruelty they’ve ever seen, finding over 100 dogs chained to trees and penned up in the woods with no food, water or shelter. Rescuers in Dortmund, Germany were recently called out to save a … Continue reading ANIMAL CRUELTY RISING ALONG WITH VIOLENCE AND A DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE

CAN CATS AND DOGS SEE ‘SPIRITS’? SCIENCE CONFIRMS THEY CAN SEE FREQUENCIES WE CAN’T

by Cassius Methyl, Guest Waking Times It was recently brought to my attention that even mainstream science recognizes cats, dogs, and other animals can see frequencies humans can’t. After reading about it a little bit, it makes sense scientifically in a separate way from spiritually. It’s simple really: the scientific explanation is that cats and dogs can see UV light and a few other rays, which human retinas don’t have the ability to see. It was previously believed that all mammals had similar eyes to humans, incapable of seeing UV rays, but scientific evidence suggests many mammals can. A study conducted a few years … Continue reading CAN CATS AND DOGS SEE ‘SPIRITS’? SCIENCE CONFIRMS THEY CAN SEE FREQUENCIES WE CAN’T

Going Undercover With Africa’s Premier Anti-Poaching Unit

Images from the raid, where the Zambian, despite having one hand already cuffed, resists arrest. Busting open the black-market ivory trade in Malawi and Zambia by Joseph Haldeman In a pink motel room just a few miles from the Zambia–Malawi border in landlocked Southeastern Africa, two European men count stacks of local currency across a floral bedspread: 10,000, 20,000, 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 Zambian kwacha, which comes out to roughly $5,000. A third man watches like a casino pit boss from a plastic armchair, his foot resting on a giant suitcase. He’s a wealthy Zambian with a body builder’s physique, gold jewelry and designer pink polo shirt. … Continue reading Going Undercover With Africa’s Premier Anti-Poaching Unit

THIS GENETIC SYNDROME CAUSES UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND MAY EXPLAIN WHY DOGS ARE SO HAPPY

by Christina Sarich, Staff Writer Waking Times Maybe you’ve never heard of Williams Syndrome, often called the opposite of Autism. It makes people “love too much.” The very same rare condition which causes human beings to be too friendly may be an expression of genes in your dog that causes him to lick your face with unmitigated glee every time he sees you. This rare genetic expression may also indicate a move toward higher human evolution. The “Too Friendly” Syndrome When first learning of this condition, one might think that it couldn’t possibly be a problem. After all, who among us hasn’t imagined … Continue reading THIS GENETIC SYNDROME CAUSES UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND MAY EXPLAIN WHY DOGS ARE SO HAPPY