February 18 marked World Pangolin Day. Small and scaly, pangolins are the world’s most illegally traded mammal and in danger of extinction. While these armored creatures once inhabited vast portions of Asia and Africa, their populations are severely dwindling due to a massive and growing demand for their scales, which are believed to have curative properties in East Asian medicine, and their meat, which is highly regarded as a symbol of status.
Consumers Ask Mars to Remove GMOs from Candies and Pet Foods; Green America Provides Consumers with a Chocolate Scorecard Grading Companies' Social and Environmental Impacts
Green America's GMO Inside Campaign is mobilizing its over 250,000 supporters to encourage Mars, Incorporated to remove genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from its human and pet foods as a Valentine's Day gift to the world. Consumers can send Mars an email asking the company to remove all GMOs here: http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9525. For consumers looking to purchase chocolates that are organic or free of GMOs, and for those seeking the highest labor standards, Green America provides a Chocolate Scorecard on its website: http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/fairtrade/whatyoucando/images/Chocolate-Scorecard-17.pdf
Federal Judge Finds “Plausible Harm” to Threatened Birds From Cat Colonies
A federal judge has ruled that American Bird Conservancy (ABC) may proceed with its lawsuit against the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (Parks Office) over feral cat colonies at Jones Beach, N.Y. In a ruling issued earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Arthur Spatt denied a motion to dismiss the case, finding that ABC’s allegations “support an inference of plausible harm to the survival of the Jones Beach Piping Plovers.”
Event Brings Together Families and Faith Groups to Raise Funds for Hunger Relief
Registration is now open for the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s largest event, the Hunger Walk/Run on Sunday, March 5 in Downtown Atlanta. The annual 5K raises critical funds needed to make a difference for hungry neighbors in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.
February has arrived and despite the lingering winter temperatures, some bird species are already preparing for spring. Brown-headed Nuthatches are one of Georgia’s early-nesting species, and these small brown birds are already searching for cavities in which to build their nests. Atlanta Audubon is asking metro-Atlanta residents to help create habitat for this iconic southern bird by placing nest boxes in their yards.
Unique Strawberry Picking Charity Event Benefits the Children of RCMA
The Florida Strawberry Growers Association presents the fourth annual Strawberry Picking Challenge on February 10th and 11th. The unique charity event raises funds for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association and invites guests out to the farm for a day of strawberry picking and entertainment.