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8 stvari koje radite pogre┼íno ukoliko volite ┼żivotinje / 8 things you’re doing wrong if you love animals

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1. Prva i najo─Źiglednija stavka – jedete ih. U tom slu─Źaju vi niste ljubitelj ┼żivotinja ve─ç ku─çnih ljubimaca. Ali po┼íto je to jako op┼íirna tema, posveti─çu se njoj u nekom od narednih postova. Ipak, mo┼żete da pogledate o tome i na videu ispod:

 

2. Kupujete ku─çne ljubimce umesto da ih usvojite. Napolju postoji mnogo pasa i ma─Źaka bez ikakvog sigurnog skloni┼íta, a kamoli doma. Za┼íto podr┼żavati odgajiva─Źnice koje ┼ítancuju pse kao na traci zarad li─Źnog profita, kada ima toliko lutalica koje sanjaju da imaju svoj dom? Mo┼żda vam lutalica ne zvu─Źi dovoljno atraktivno, ali verujte da ─çe ona imati vi┼íe ljubavi i zahvlanosti prema vama nego kupljeni pas.

3. Konzumirate kravlje mleko. Najpre, sama ─Źinjenica koja obja┼ínjava dosta toga je ta da je veliki broj ljudi alergi─Źno na mleko. Tako─Ĺe dosta njih nije tolerantno na laktozu. To je iz prostog razloga tako jer je priroda napravila sastav mleka koji je potreban gove─Źetu da se zdravo razvije, a ne ljudima. Tako─Ĺe, teli─çi su odvojeni od svojih majki odmah po ro─Ĺenju kako bi se spre─Źilo njihovo konzumiranje mleka – da vi┼íe mleka ostane za prodaju. Nakon toga teli─çi se vode u klanice. Za┼íto umesto toga ne probate ukusnija, zdravija i hranljivija mleka kao ┼íto su sojino, pirin─Źano i bademovo mleko?

 

4. Nosite krzno. Na┼żalost, ┼żivotinje kao i ljudi, ne mogu da ┼żive bez najve─çeg organa na sebi, a to je ko┼ża. Tako da ukoliko ┼żelite da nosite krzno onda morate “ubiti” celu ┼żivotinju ili nekoliko njih, a nekad ─Źak i nekoliko desetina ┼żivotinjica, u zavisnoti od veli─Źine ┼żivotinje i du┼żine krza. Postoje ogrome farme krzna gde se ┼żivotinje dr┼że u nehumanim uslovima celog ┼żivota. Kavezi su im toliko mali da ne mogu ni da se okrenu, a na─Źin ubijanja je jo┼í suroviji – naj─Źe┼í─çe se krzno sa njih skida dok su jo┼í ┼żive, pa one uginu ili u toku procesa od bolova ili nakon ┼íto se krzno skroz svu─Źe sa njih i ostanu bez svoje ko┼że. ┬áZato toplo preporu─Źujem ve┼íta─Źka krzna koja sjajno izgledaju.

 

5. Koristite kozmetiku koja testira svoje proizvode na ┼żivotinjama. Jedan od najte┼żih oblika zloostavljanja ┼żivotinja jeste testiranje u laboratorijama. ┼Żivotinje su podvrgnute izuzetno nehumanim na─Źinima testiranja, gde naj─Źe┼í─çe i uginu sporo i bolno. Na internetu postoji mali milion video materijala iz laboratorija, ako imate hrabrosti trebalo bi da pogledate ┼íta sve pro┼żivljavaju ┼żiotinje tamo, kako bi shvatili zna─Źajnost biranja kozmeti─Źkih brendova koji ne testiraju na ┼żivotinjama. O tome koji brendovi testiraju na ┼żivotinjama a koji ne, mo┼żete pogledati na videu ispod koji sam napravila pre izvesnog vremena.

6. Idete u Zoolo┼íki vrt. ┼Żivotinje koje se dr┼że u zarobljeni┼ítvu daleko od svog prirodnog stani┼íta samo zarad ljudske zabave mi nikako ne ide u glavu, a pogotovo kako tako ne┼íto mo┼że biti legalno? U ve─çini slu─Źajeva, zoolo┼íki vrtovi nemaju pogodnih uslova za ┼żivot za te divlje ┼żivotinje koje dr┼że, a kamoli uslova sli─Źnih njihovim prirodnima stani┼ítima. Uglavnom su kavezi premali, a bazeni sa vodom prljavi.

7. Idete u cirkus.┬áOvo je ne┼íto pribli┼żno zoolo┼íkom vrtu, ali je ─Źak i gore. Mladun─Źad divljih ┼żivotinja su nasilno odvojena od majki i jo┼í od ranog perioda njihovog ┼żivota bivaju zlostavljana. Tako─Ĺe se dr┼że u malim kavezima i svakog dana su primorani da satima u─Źe trikove za publiku, nasilni─Źkim metodama – prebijanjem i kori┼í─çenjem struje. Ne razumem gde pi┼íe da jedan slon ili tigar treba da zna trikove? Kako je neko uop┼íte do┼íao na tu ideju?

8. Slikate se sa egzoti─Źnim ┼żivotinjama. Ironi─Źno, ali uglavnom veliki ljubitelji ┼żivotinja to rade. Ali da li su oni svesni ┼íta se de┼íava sa tim ┼żivotinjama pre nego ┼íto naprave tu glupu sliku? Drogiranje je samo jedna na listi stvari koje rade, kako bi ┼żivotinja bila mirna za sliku. Za vi┼íe o tome, napravila sam video pro┼íle godine koji mo┼żete pogledati ispod:

 

Sigurna sam da postoji jo┼í dosta stvari, ali ovo su one koje se naj─Źe┼í─çe de┼íavaju i to od strane ljubitelja ┼żivotinja. Trebalo bi da kriti─Źki razmislite o svakom koraku, da ne uzimate stvari zdravo za gotovo i ne pratite slepo ┼íta ljudi oko vas rade. Vi imate mo─ç da napravite promene, samo malo vi┼íe razmi┼íljanja ne bi bilo na odmet. ­čÖé

 

*8 things you are doing wrong if you love animals*

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1. Obviously, eating them. In that case you love pets, not animals. Because this is such a wide topic, I will dedicate one one of my future posts to it.

2. Buying pets instead of adopting. There are a lot of animals out there without home or a safe shelter. Why supporting breeders and overpopulation of dogs and cats when there’s plenty of them waiting for you? It may not be fancy enough, but it will be certainly more loving and grateful than the one you bought.

3. Consuming cow milk. First of all, the fact that explains a lot is that a lot of people are allergic to milk. Also a lot of them are intolerant to lactose. That is because all the ingredients in the cow’s milk are made for baby cow with all the nutritions made for it to live and survive, but not for humans. Also, calves are torn away from their mothers right after the birth so they would’t “waste” the milk that is supposed to be for sale. After that they go straight to slaughterhouse for veal. Why not try instead other tasty milks such as Soy, Rice and Almond milk.

4. Wearing fur. Unfortunately animals like humans, can’t live without their skin on, therefore if you want to wear fur then you need to kill the whole animal, or couple of them, sometimes dozens – depends on the size of the animal and the length of the fur. Animals at fur farm are kept in tiny cages where they can’t even turn, for their entire life, and are killed in beyond cruel ways such as skinning them alive. Faux furs are amazing and there will be one blog post about them!

5. Using brands that are tested on animals! One of the worst shapes of animal abuse is definitely the one in the laboratories. Animals are tortured until they die, and no animal will ever leave that laboratory alive. More about which brands are using animals for testings and which are not you can find in my video (which is by the way in Serbian language, but you’ll get the point with all the visuals) You can see it below:

6. Going to Zoo. Animals hold in captivity for human entertainment in order to see wild animals closer up bothers me – why is it even legal? In most of the cases that we could see on the internet, Zoos don’t even have good living conditions for the animals, not even close conditions to their natural habitats. The cages are too tiny and water tanks usually dirty. Free them all.

7. Going to Circus. This is something similar to Zoo, but even worse. Baby animals are torn apart from their mothers and since “childhood” abused, forced to learn tricks for hours each day and kept in tiny cages. Why the fuck should I see an elephant or a tiger doing tricks? How someone came up with that idea anyway?

8. Taking photos with exotic animals. Yes, this one is my favorite. Usually big animal lovers take those photos, which is completely ironic, but are they aware what happens to those animals before they take the freakin’ photo? Drugging them is one of the things in order to keep them calm for the photo. For more, of course, there is a video I made (and this video is luckily in English :)) You can see it bellow.

I am sure there are more things, but these are the most common surprisingly done by “big animal lovers”. You should have a critical approach for everything in life, not just take things for granted and “go with the flow” like other people around. You have the power to make changes, just a little bit more of thinking would be appreciated.

Why you should never consume palm oil again?

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There’s always a drama regarding palm oil consumption and in this post we will uncover why.

Palm oil isn’t unhealthy for human consumption, but it’s production is deadly for the environment and for our planet. Biggest plantations of palms are situated in Malaysia and Indonesia.

The question is why isn’t good to use palm oil?

Huge number of rain forests are slashed and burned in order to provide space for palm plantations. That is harmful in many ways – ┬áfirstly because of carbon-dioxide – we all know that trees are storages for carbon-dioxide and they are turning it into oxygen… So those huge areas that are producing oxygen┬áare cut down at once and all the carbon that was trapped in the trees and in the ground is released to the atmosphere. Also, a lot of fertilizers and pesticides are used for palm oil plantations, which are polluting the ground and harming underground waters.

Second, it is harmful for the animals because rainforests are natural habitats for many species.

Most of the species are underaged species as Sumatran tiger, rhino, elephant, Sumatran orangutan, etc. ┬áMost of the animals can’t survive in other areas, especially because┬áthey’re forced to move to smaller areas where they can come in contact with humans and become easier pray for hunters. During the mass clearings of forests a lot of animals are burnt alive.

There are associations that are helping all injured animals in these rainforests, and trust me – the images of injured animals are shocking. ┬á(all links to the organizations will be at the end of this article).

Where can you find palm oil?

– Everywhere. Palm oil can literally be found everywhere – in food, cosmetics, makeup, cleaning supplies, etc. Restaurants are also using palm oil a lot because it is reusable. When I heard about palm oil issue, I went to my storage room and checked all the labels on the items and guess what..? More than 60% contained palm oil. So that is the answer why people are cutting huge areas of forests to make space for palm plantations. Basically, what I understood so far, everything that has creamy and consistent texture is most likely to contain palm oil.

Palm oil can be found under many different names, and these are the most common ones:

1. Elaeis guineensis
2. Etyl palmitate
3. Glyceryl
4. Hydrogenated palm glycerides
5. Octyl palmitate
6. Palm fruit oil
7. Palm kernel
8. Palm kernel oil
9. Palm stearine
10. Palmate
11. Palmitate
12. Palmitic acid
13. Palmitoyl oxostearamide
14. Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3
15. Palmityl alcohol
16. Palmolein
17. Sodium kernelate
18. Sodium laureth sulfate
19. Sodium lauryl lactylate/sulphate
20. Sodium lauryl sulfate
21. Sodium palm kernelate
22. Stearate
23. Stearic acid
24. Vegetable fat
25. Vegetable oil

Also, on the labels of some products you can find certificates that indicate that they consist sustainable palm oil, or the producer is transferring from palm oil to another solution. These are the certificates:

 

 

So, what can we do? 

individually, not much. But if people would gather together the result could be positive.┬áFirstly, we can try to reduce products that contain palm oil at least. Boycott is always a good option because as long as there is a demand, there would be an offer and the other way arround – if people boycott a particular product, producers will have to find better solution.

You can also write to the producer of your favourite product, it’s free and it is the smallest effort you can give, who knows – if they get enough emails from their clients, they might change something.

 

References and useful links: 

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/issues/forests

https://www.rainforesttrust.org

http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/palm_oil/environmental_impacts/

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org

 

 

Olympic Games Rio 2016 – Green message to the world

At the end of this week, the whole world was concentrated at one place on this planet – Rio de Janeiro.

Games of the 31st Olympiad were officially opened, followed by stunning colorful ceremony where we  have seen dozens of athletes representing their countries.

There is certainly one thing that came to my eye and to the eyes of the world – their sustainable message.

Athletes┬á who were participating in the Parade of Nations were planting “Seeds of Hope” by placing seeds of native trees of Brazil into the cartridges in the large mirror towers.

The plant that each kid was carrying beside the athletes who were holding the flags  was a mature version of trees that athletes planted.

ÔÇťThe towers which moments ago symbolized urban claustrophobia will house the seeds, which will grow into the AthletesÔÇÖ Forest in the area of Deodoro. This will be Rio 2016ÔÇÖs legacy,ÔÇŁ the official website of the Olympics explained.

We could see at the end of the Parade of Nations, the top of the towers were rearranged into five Olympic rings. The message is clear and the idea and creativity behind that is stunning! This way all the athletes could leave their mark behind.

But that is not the whole message coming from the Olympic Games, this event is doing much more for the environment than we think and than it has been told.

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So what do the Olympics do for the environment?

Nowadays sustainability is an essential part of modern Olympic Games.  The number of people who participate into making the event is impressive since there is more than 100.000 people involved in delivering the Games, without the visitors expected. So the sustainable mission of the Olympic Games is quite challenging. They take care and work on improvements in energy, water, waste management, more efficient transport and ethical supply chains.

Their environmental awareness include water treatment and conservation, use of renewable energy, air quality and transportation, protection of soils and ecosystems, sustainable design and construction, reforestation, biodiversity and solid waste management.

In terms of transportation during the Games in order to manage carbon footprint, several kinds of public transportation are provided, clean fuels and the shortest routes are being used.

There was also a sustainable plan for construction in order to minimize environmental impacts.

The idea was to minimize constructions of new venues so half of the venues that are used already exist, and the other half is constructed in a way so that they can be moved around and reused after the Games. Other efforts of sustainable construction that are undertaken are making compact designs, using recycled or renewable sources, reducing carbon emissions, rationalizing use of water, improving energy efficiency, minimizing removal and transplantation, preserving existing patches of vegetation, etc.  Also environmental recovery systems are used for each area where the Games are held, as well as monitoring air, water and noise pollution.

Finally, it amazes me when famous events or ┬ápeople use their publicity in the right way – promoting something healthy. This event surely sent a very strong message to the whole world and used their publicity in the most appropriate way.

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Additional links and sources to find out more about the sustainable plan of the Olympics 2016:

 

https://www.olympic.org/sustainability

https://www.rio2016.com/sites/default/files/Plano_Gestao_Sustentabilidade_EN.pdf

http://www.unep.org/NewsCentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=2725&ArticleID=9595

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