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Link of the Day: A New Day for Pit Bulls

Via: National Geographic

National Geographic: The Truth About Pit Bulls


Pit Bulls have gotten bad rap due to the way they are used.  On account of their natural brute and strength, humans use this breed as attacking dog guards and fighting killers, and because of this Pit Bulls are subjected to breed discrimination on a daily basis.  However, it is not their breed that is harmful, it is the way they are raised and trained.

Yes, certain dogs are aggressive, and sometimes those dogs may be of the Pit Bull breed, however just because one dog of a certain breed is threatening, does not make the breed itself dangerous.  The majority of Pit Bull dogs are loyal and friendly animal companions, and even those who have been subjected to terrible abuse by humans may also be able to be rehabilitated.  It is not the dog that we should fear, but the human owner.

Click on the link above and read the truth about Pit Bulls.  And even though it is necessary to take certain precautions when around dogs you do not know – this goes for all breeds – make sure to keep an open mind and do not discriminate against any certain breed.

Happy Tuesday All!



Link of the Day: Huge – Though Cruel – Breakthrough for People with Paralysis

A once-paralyzed rat with a robotic harness.

National Geographic: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Thanks to Electricity, Chemicals – And Chocolate


The only reason why I am making this the Link of the Day is because I do know someone who is paralyzed – he became paralyzed after a dirt bike accident – and this is a huge breakthrough for people with paralysis.

However, I do NOT condone animal research.  They say in the article that the scientists deliberately paralyzed the rats in order to perform the experiments.  This is just plain wrong.  They also said that they have been testing on willing human subjects, and I think that they could have done that from the beginning.  It makes me sick that they intentionally paralyzed the rats – and even left some rats permanently paralyzed.  It also surprises me that National Geographic published this article.

But, like I said before, it is a good thing for those who have been paralyzed.

Happy Thursday All!


Save the Rhino

I knew that Rhinos were poached for their horns’ value.  I knew they were endangered.  I knew they were being killed by the numbers.  I knew all of this, yet the elephants being poached for their tusks, and the pit bulls being used for dog fighting seemed more important.  I did not even think twice about Rhinos, such a random yet beautiful animal.

Then I saw this photo on National Geographic:

It’s of a Black Rhino that game scouts found wandering with bullet wounds and the poor thing’s horns cut off.  They had to euthanize him.

What is happening to these animals is a tragedy and going right under most of our noses.  This needs to be stopped and there’s something you and can do to at least help out.

First, and the most obvious, is donating to organizations that dedicate their time to saving this endangered species.  A good one that I have found is Save the Rhino International.  Check them out and see how you can help.

Second, do NOT buy anything with Rhino horn in it.  The horn is used in daggers, and is used in Asian medicine.  If you’re traveling abroad, just be careful about what souvenirs and products you purchase.

 Third, tell everyone you know about the dangers Rhinos are facing.  Rhinoceroses are such interesting creatures, so dinosaur like, and it would be an extremely sad thing if they weren’t around for our children to see.

 Check out more ways you can help the Rhino here.  Also, check out National Geographic’s feature article: Rhino Wars.

Please, the word about Rhinos needs to be spread.  Be active in wildlife conservation.


*Note: Check out the links above for more information and for my sources.  The picture above was taken from National Geographic.  The words of this article are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2012.*

Link of the Day: The Cold Patrol

Photo: Sled dogs run through Greenland

National Geographic: The Cold Patrol


I enjoyed reading this feature so much that I thought I would share and highly recommend everyone reads it!