Where humans move out, wildlife moves in… What would happen if the world were suddenly without people – if humans vanished off the face of the earth? How would nature react – and how swiftly? On the edge of Europe, a deserted location reveals the surprising answer. An abandoned village can change in a very short time into a sanctuary for plants, birds and animals. Shy and rare species, some thought to be on the brink of extinction are found in robust good health. This is Chernobyl, deserted by people after the worst nuclear disaster in history and now reclaimed by a remarkable collection of wildlife and the descendents of pets that were left in the city when the people went away. This film unmasks the surprising faces of the new inhabitants. In houses where people once lived and laughed, unexpected wildlife is making itself at home.
ANIMAL LIVESANIMAL MARTYRDOM
ACTIVISTS & HEROESAMERICAN STUDIESANIMAL DEFENDERSANIMAL EXPLOITERSANIMAL MARTYRDOM
David Doel and David Pakman file reports on the latest successful prank by a/r activists against big Animal Farming.
David Doel and David Pakman file reports on the latest successful prank by a/r activists against big Factory Farming.
ABOMINATIONSAMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN WAY OF LIFEANIMAL MARTYRDOMCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESS
CHRIS HEDGES—Razing the rainforest for cattle grazing and vast tracts of farmland devoted to growing monocrops to feed animals destined for human consumption are responsible for up to 91 percent of Amazon rainforest destruction since 1970. The loss of forests is one of the single biggest contributors to climate change. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of ocean dead zones. Oceans could be devoid of fish by 2048. Each minute, 7 million pounds of feces are produced by the animals raised for human food in the US alone. The continued destruction of natural habitat, coupled with the vast factory farms which use 80 percent of the antibiotics in the U.S. and incubate drug-resistant pathogens that spread to human populations, presage new forms of the Black Death.
The belief that we can maintain current levels of consumption, especially of animal products, capitalist expansion, imperial wars, a reliance on fossil fuels and abject subservience to unfettered corporate power, which has solidified the worst income inequality in human history, is not a form of hope but suicidal self-delusion.
ABOMINATIONSAMERICAN STUDIESAMERICAN WAY OF LIFEANIMAL DEFENDERSANIMAL EXPLOITERSANIMAL LIVESANIMAL MARTYRDOMAnimal Rights
The No. 1 stressor on honeybee colonies is varroa mites. Largely found in Florida, these mites feed off of adult honeybees and those unhatched or maturing (called brood). The mites actually develop on the honeybee brood, allowing them to overtake adult bees as they grow, and move from colony to colony by attaching themselves to agricultural workers and drones.
Other pests and parasites like tracheal mites, small hive beetles, and wax moths, as well as the disease nosema, are also having a negative impact on the health of the honeybee population. Hive beetles are native to the sub-Saharan areas of Africa but have been found outside of the region around nests of the honeybee.
Pesticides, weather, and diseases have also had significant adverse impacts on the honeybee population in the U.S., together accounting for over 20 percent of colonies lost in 2015 and 2016.
AMERICAN STUDIESANIMAL EXPLOITERSANIMAL MARTYRDOMCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSCLIMATE CHANGE
GEORGE WUERTHNER—Much of what is burning in the large California fires as well as elsewhere in the West is not forest at all, but chaparral, grasslands, sagebrush, and non-forested habitat. So “active forest management” would have no influence upon much of the acreage currently in flames.