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Shark Finning- The Cruel Industry August 19, 2013

Shark finning is a disgusting way of gathering food, and sadly, it is on the rise. Fishermen will catch a shark, remove all fins for consumption and trading, and throw the shark back into the ocean, dismembered and traumatized. The shark, without its fins, can hardly swim and will sink to the bottom, starve to death, or be attacked by another animal. This is not the natural cycle. It is not the way sharks were meant to live, and most certainly not the way sharks were meant to die. Many people enjoying their shark fin soup are not even aware of the inhumane practices that go into it. According to the Endangered Shark Database, more than 1/4 of all sharks are being commercially exploited, and their survival in the long-term is doubtful. 

English: NOAA agent counting confiscated shark...



You can help. We here at Bonsai never underestimate the power of a good petition, and in this case, we’ve got plenty for you. You too can add your virtual signature and join the movement to stop shark finning. A large masterlist of petitions can be found at, and the rest of the website is helpful and fascinating as well. Shark finning is an abusive practice that harms many sharks, including endangered ones, the species of whom are already in danger. You can help spread awareness about shark finning in your community, there are many ways. First of all, you can immediately strike interest in people who have been blind to the practices before whenever you are confronted with shark fin soup. Refusing to eat it and asking others to is a small, but effective way to help. says, “If local communities realise that they can make more money by conserving sharks than by killing them, then we will ensure the survival of sharks. If you are considering a holiday in a location where there are sharks, you might want to go shark diving. This is a source of income for communities that encourages shark conservation.”




Ocean activities are a large tourist attraction that won’t harm the wildlife. Speak to restaurants offering shark fin soup or marketplaces allowing it to be sold and tell them how it is harming the ecosystem and our oceans. Check out the rest of the Stop Shark Finning webpage for other ideas, if you’re wondering what to do. Together, we can get ban shark finning in as many places as possible, and save the sharks.

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No-Kill Shelters July 8, 2013

Filed under: Animal Cruelty,Animals — K @ 9:06 am
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*I was inspired to write this while watching Animal Cops: Detroit

Have you ever heard of the Humane Society animal shelters? Chances are you have one in your very town or city! The Humane Society is a national organization that has shelters geared towards the comfort and well being of all animals brought to them. Most shelters do not have law enforcement as part of their staff, unlike those featured on Animal Planet, but that doesn’t stop them from legally seizing abused animals from awful conditions, or giving life saving surgery to a cat with a fishing hook stuck in their paw. The Humane part of Humane Society means that, among other things, all H.S. shelters are no-kill. That means that all the animals that are brought or taken to them stay there until adoption or natural death.

A ‘Kill Shelter’ is a shelter that puts inhabitant animals to sleep after they have stayed in a cage or slotted space for more than the alloted time without meing adopted. This has been protested against by thousands of people across the United States because this doesn’t give all the animals a fair chance at lfie or adoption, or even foster care, which certainly is a very viable option for many animals. The shelters put their animals to sleep, partially because they are taking up space neededd for others, though that isnt a good reason, even if the shelter is low on funding, but also because younger kittens and puppies have a better chance of being adopted. The reason for that is as follows: If a younger couple is looking for a pet – say they have a four year old daughter at home- they’ll naturally lean towards an easily domesticated animal verses one who has matured distrustful and afraid of humans. It takes a rare person willing to adopt an older cat or dog, the two main animals placed in shelters.

Another problem with kill shelters is that many people don’t know about their local Humane Society, so they only take their unwanted or discovered pets to the other shelter, the one that doesn’t let the animals live past six weeks. There is an abundance of kittens and puppies, as very few owners actually spay and neuter their pets .This leads to a booming reproduction rate that leaves hundreds of baby animals homeless and abandoned because their owners never bargained that they would have this number of animals to deal with. The average size of a feline litter is 4 to 5 kittens, with about a 35-4 day gestation period. The dog’s litter is usually 3-4 puppies. That’s a lot of required time and energy to deal with these many hyper, energetic baby animals at once.

Do you think this is wrong, to kill animals simply because they haven’t been adopted yet? No. This is no excuse for animal cruelty, because there are foster programs and plenty of people who are willing to adopt.

Here are some things you can do to help:

1.) Research your local humane society location and see if you can volunteer to spread the word and/or volunteer with the cats and dogs that have been placed there.

2.) Make flyers/print some out from an online website encouraging pet owners to spay/neuter their pets

3.) Raise money for your local Humane Society Animal Shelter! This can be super fun if you can get a group of friends together to have a bake sale or a car wash.

4.) Watch Animal Cops on Animal Planet to get a better understanding of what Humane Societies do. WARNING: viewer discretion is advised, only because some of the animals they rescue have been abused awfully or have been rescued from very bad situations.

But above all, love your pets hat you have at home, and take good care of them so they’ll never have to end up in an animal shelter.

Happy Reading!

-Katherine Flynn, Author at Bonsai


Animal Testing: Why It Has To Stop April 25, 2013

The Basics:

If you didn’t know, animal testing is when companies test their products on animals to see if they are safe or not to use on humans. For example, some shampoo companies might shampoo the animals to make sure that the substance doesn’t hurt/kill the animals. This puts the animal’s lives at risk, and 92% of the tests that worked on animals failed on humans, which means that animal testing is basically useless, anyway. 50% of the animals used in these useless tests die after three weeks of the initial experiment. Animal testing is a horrible thing, and it needs to be stopped.

Why Animal Test?:

Companies do animal testing just to prove they tested it on something. If they get bad results, according to PETA (which is a biased source, but still), might still put out the product and simply say that it was tested, so therefore it is safe. Testing things gives the company proof that their product is “safe” and they made sure of it. If you look on a bottle and it says it was tested, does it say if the test results came out positive? Did it say who — or what — it was tested on? No. Companies animal test because they want to make a good name for themselves, even if they’re just tricking us. Of course, there are a lot of companies that don’t do animal testing at all, and those are the ones you should try to look out for and buy, if possible.


Which Companies Actually Animal Test?

There are a lot of companies that animal test, and here are a few:

  • Avon Products Inc.
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Chanel Inc.
  • Clorox
  • CoverGirl
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Olay Co.
  • Scott Paper
  • Sarah Lee
  • Suave


How Do We Stop Animal Testing?
There are several ways to stop animal testing. The first — and most obvious — way to stop it is to avoid buying products manufactured by these companies and more. If you’re really serious about stopping it, I would suggest researching it further so that you can be sure when you are buying something that has the potential of being created by a company that preforms animal testing. If you really, really like the companies that do the animal testing (say I really, really like Mary Kay Cosmetics and will never ever find something as great as that), you could try writing a letter to the offending company and see if they reply. You could get them to stop that way. If you want to do it the other way, you could try to find alternatives to the things you like made by companies that don’t do animal testing and write letters/emails telling them how you came across that product and that you’re really glad that they don’t animal test.


I hope this article made you think about the wrongs animal testing does and try to stop the horrors of animal testing!


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