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Extrapolating the Eat Beef, Not Chicken argument. : slatestarcodex
> For instance it is estimated that around 50-100 billion farm animals are slaughtered every year around 90% of those are probably chicken. The number of birds in the wild is probably around 200-400 billion. Number of all mammals is probably around one trillion. Number of fish is probably higher than 10 trillion and so forth. Multiply these numbers as many species have short lifespan so you have tens of trillions of wild animals living and dying throughout the year.

People absolutely underestimate the overall horribleness of wild animal life. Vast majority of them do not get to become sexually mature dying of diseases, malnutrition, predators and other causes. Speaking of predators these are literally inhumane. I remember that Planet Earth caught some flak from showing some disturbing footage about snakes hunting some lizards. The response of show producers was surprise as they censored some truly horrible footage which is absolutely normal in nature and that does not get to be shown on the TV for obvious reasons. If you have a stomach for it watch this video of hyena eating a bull alive to understand what I mean.
ethics  morality  animals  suffering  wild_animal  birds 
2 days ago by porejide
‘Faceless’ Fish Seen for First Time in Over a Century
"Over their lifespan, cockatoo squid inhabit progressively deeper waters"
squid  ocean  animals  inspiration  writing  allegory  metaphor 
2 days ago by chritter
Albatross
Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large seabirds related to the procellariids, storm petrels and diving petrels in the order Procellariiformes (the tubenoses). They range widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific. They are absent from the North Atlantic, although fossil remains show they once occurred there and occasional vagrants are found. Albatrosses are among the largest of flying birds, and the genus great albatrosses have the longest wingspans of any extant birds, reaching up to 3.7 metres (12 feet). The albatrosses are usually regarded as falling into four genera, but there is disagreement over the number of species.
nature  animals  wikipedia  bird 
3 days ago by kiranmaxweber
Beluga whales adopt lost narwhal in St. Lawrence River | CBC News
An unusual visitor has been hanging out in the St. Lawrence River for the past three years: A narwhal, more than 1,000 kilometres south of its usual range.

But the lone narwhal is not alone — it appears he has been adopted by a band of belugas.
nature  animals  whales  science  video  Canada 
4 days ago by Weaverbird
Pseudo-nature Photographers
Nature photographer should capture the true essence of wildlife, not forcing the poor animals to hold an umbrella, dance or do kungfu. The nature is beautiful and interesting as it is. We believe in the true beauty of nature, not fabricated, posed photo at the expense of animal rights.
photography  animals 
4 days ago by matthewmcvickar

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