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  • 23rd April
    2014
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Stop Elephant Torture

moreanimalia:

trainingisteaching:

commersonii:

kamaliisea:

My roommate (who worked with elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand last summer) asked me to share this with as many people as possible. Not a lot of people know this, but elephants are naturally terrified of humans. That means in order for them to let a human ride them or feed them, they have to be “broken.” Now this happens in some countries, and not others, but Thailand is one of those places and it is actually quite a big problem. Please take some time to read this article, and watch the videos if you can (be warned, they are somewhat graphic). You can help the elephants by reblogging this so others will see it, signing a petition, and most importantly not supporting the business if you travel to another country! Many people don’t know that this still happens today, so the way to stop it is to spread the word and educate as many people as possible!

I recently watched a video of calfs being “broken” and it literally broke my heart. More than willing to help spread the awareness of this terrible situation. 

Does anyone know if ANYWHERE in the world does free contact elephant work, the positive way, without using fear? This is a question I’ve not had anyone answer and I’m really curious. Thanks.

I believe at least two zoos do, though I can’t remember which zoos they were. It came up in a study looking at elephant stress levels. I remember that the two zoos had different policies regarding their elephants - one did positive reinforcement training with their animals (and I think the animals were the least stressed of all the individuals in the study) whereas the other zoo did no training with their elephants at all and they were the most stressed out of the entire study.

That’s super interesting, thank you! Please let me know if you ever do come across again the study or the zoos. :)

  • 23rd April
    2014
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Stop Elephant Torture

commersonii:

kamaliisea:

My roommate (who worked with elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand last summer) asked me to share this with as many people as possible. Not a lot of people know this, but elephants are naturally terrified of humans. That means in order for them to let a human ride them or feed them, they have to be “broken.” Now this happens in some countries, and not others, but Thailand is one of those places and it is actually quite a big problem. Please take some time to read this article, and watch the videos if you can (be warned, they are somewhat graphic). You can help the elephants by reblogging this so others will see it, signing a petition, and most importantly not supporting the business if you travel to another country! Many people don’t know that this still happens today, so the way to stop it is to spread the word and educate as many people as possible!

I recently watched a video of calfs being “broken” and it literally broke my heart. More than willing to help spread the awareness of this terrible situation. 

Does anyone know if ANYWHERE in the world does free contact elephant work, the positive way, without using fear? This is a question I’ve not had anyone answer and I’m really curious. Thanks.

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waste-it-dreaming:

A writer for the new york times interviewed a series of people who had survived jumping off the golden gate bridge. Every person she interviewed admitted that about two thirds of the way down, they realized that every seemingly meaningless problem that caused them to jump was fixable. Every single one.

perspective

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    2014
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Confirmation bias

stumpytheorca:

Always open your mind to new facts. Don’t always look for information that supports your theory, look at the other side too.  Disagreeing is healthy when both sides are civil, and discussion is a thing people should do more.

Oh my God thank you

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"That if my speech tonight doesn’t work it doesn’t mean that I’m a bad speaker. It means that what I did didn’t work tonight. And I’ve got to separate what I do from who I am, and I’ve got another shot.

See the last chapter to your life has not been written yet and it doesn’t matter about what happened yesterday. It doesn’t matter about the things that you’ve done that you feel guilty about.

If you wouldn’t do it today you are convicting an innocent person.”

- Les Brown ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNLk9WjFIyA 31:52 - 32:23)

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  • 18th April
    2014
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the-life-im-meant-to-live:

skinnysexysmile:

Thought you guys might find this interesting as well, here is Cosmo’s plus size model, Robyn Lawley. You can find the photo here, and see how enraged everyone else is at the idea of “plus size”

My favourite comment was: "Dear Cosmo, Kindly take your ideas of “plus size” and shove them up your ass sideways. Sincerely, Every man on the planet who has had to reassure his perfectly healthy and proportioned woman she’s not fat because assholes like you perpetuate this idea in her head that she’s “plus size”

the-life-im-meant-to-live:

skinnysexysmile:

Thought you guys might find this interesting as well, here is Cosmo’s plus size model, Robyn Lawley. You can find the photo here, and see how enraged everyone else is at the idea of “plus size”

My favourite comment was:
"Dear Cosmo,
Kindly take your ideas of “plus size” and shove them up your ass sideways.

Sincerely,
Every man on the planet who has had to reassure his perfectly healthy and proportioned woman she’s not fat because assholes like you perpetuate this idea in her head that she’s “plus size”

(Source: ladyandthetrack)

  • 18th April
    2014
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A very simple behaviour I’m teaching one of our little girlies. Very simple, but I find it very interesting - aimed to demonstrate their flexibility, particularly when catching fish!

She is currently at the stage where she is learning to hold her head 100% still (she began twitching or sliding, and then just looked very twisted) after I remove the target, and then I’ll start removing the target and trying to condition the SD. Oh what, oh what to make the SD?!