African Vulture

Saving African Vultures, Nature’s Clean Up Crew

Non-human animals cannot communicate to us directly about their plight and the vital role they play in the ecosystem. For this reason, we must speak for them. With most African vultures on the brink of extinction, BirdLife International released this video as part of their campaign to save African Vultures. The narrator spells out vultures’ dire need…

Poached the movie

Poached – Official Film Trailer

Here’s the trailer for a recently released film about the underworld of illegal egg collecting. The IMDB plot summary reads: Obsessive egg thieves threaten the rarest birds by robbing their nests each Spring while a UK national police operation tries to stop them. Money is not a factor for these bandits. They are motivated by…

Starling_murmuration

Starling Murmuration in Cornwall, UK

The starling population has fallen by 66% since the mid-1970s according to The Guardian’s article, “Scientists call on public to help solve mystery of starlings’ aerial displays,” which was published last year. Those who’re fortunate to witness a murmuration see thousands of starlings flying close together, creating swirling flight patterns in the autumn or winter sky. Scientists…

The private life of chickens

The Private Life of Chickens Documentary: Chickens are Quick Learners

In Rescued from Kaporos: Penelope the Chicken’s Story, footage from the video “Activists Disrupt Chicken Massacre” showed some young people justifying their abusive treatment of chickens by proclaiming chickens to be unintelligent. The following video puts chickens in a new light however, showing viewers what quick learners they are. There’s a demonstration of how chickens react towards different threats (a taxidermied…

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper

The Buff-Breasted Sandpiper: Attracting Mates With Armpits

In this video, narrated by David Attenborough, Buff-Breasted Sandpiper males demonstrate their interesting courtship technique. In Why the Buff-Breasted Sandpiper Blushes at Beautiful Armpits, Dr. Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University, explains: [This bird is] drab looking because it lives in the Arctic, very hard to get food and do everything. But it kind…

Kaporos

Rescued from Kaporos: Penelope the Chicken’s Story

This short film by Duncan Skiles recounts how a couple rescued their chicken, Penelope, from a custom called Kaporos. The custom precedes Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement) and involves chickens being sacrificed by Orthodox Jews. As the couple in this story illustrates, people generally give little thought to chickens. ***Footage of sacrifices and disposal of live chickens into garbage bins…