Good news to brighten your day & give you hope


Oh, how I love sharing good news with all of you, especially when there’s so much of it that I need to share it all in one post. The days are getting away from me, but I couldn’t wait to share this information, especially since I’ve mentioned many of these issues and topics before, so here you go!

California’s Senate passed a bill to ban shark finning! (California is “the largest source of demand for shark fins outside of Asia“) The bill “effectively prohibits the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state…” If you’ve been keeping up on any of my shark news, you know they’re in big trouble and so are we because of it, so knowing we’re that much closer to protecting them is such a relief. Check out the two featured links from Care2 and WildAid to find out more.

Remember Puma’s detox? Well, I’m happy to let you know that the other two target companies: Adidas and Nike jumped on the bandwagon! Nike was the first of the two to committ, but Adidas was close behind. All three companies plan on their supply chains to have a zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. Who’s next? you may be asking and it looks as though Greenpeace hopes it’ll be H&M. I hope so, too!

California is on a roll! The state has just approved a BPA ban on baby bottles and sippy cups. “BPA was adopted in the 1950s to make hard plastics, but the chemical has been linked to serious health problems including diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, and heart disease.” I’m shocked the stuff is allowed in anything, let alone baby bottles! Hopefully more states and countries will follow this rule soon. Find out more at the Inhabitat link.

New York‘s Govenor signed a bear protection law which protects the “nearly 7,000 wild black bears living in the state of New York“. Bear bile is made in China and Vietnam by using tubes to take the digestive juice that is produced by a bear’s liver and stored in the gall bladder. These bears live in an excruciating environment and pain. I’d write more, but it truly makes me sick. This is all for traditional Chinese medicine, even though studies have shown that bear bile is unnecessary. “The final bill prohibits possessing, bartering, selling or offering to sell or barter bear gallbladders/bile unless the gallbladder or bile also is attached to a valid bear hunting tag.” To get more information about this bill, please head on over to Born Free USA.

Meat consumption is dropping per person in the USA! It’s almost like a miracle, ha! I know it’s a long stretch, but one day I hope to read that meat is no longer being eaten at all (or at least only by a select few). You can read the details over at IDA.

(Original image from WildAid)

Comments

kimbirdy
14 September 2011 - 04:21

i love reading good news about conservation, animal protection, and general mother earth health. yay!!!

Richa@HobbyandMore
14 September 2011 - 07:38

That is some seriously good news for today! Meat consumption definitely is dropping.. with so many company cafeterias now keeping daiya and veggie patties!

Greenderella
14 September 2011 - 08:45

Oh I love good news like these!!! It really does give hope! A few steps closer to a better world….

Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
14 September 2011 - 17:22

You know John and I are affecting that last stat. No meat/dairy since last Saturday…and he hasn’t had ANY heartburn. AWESOME!

Susan
14 September 2011 - 18:33

Very good news indeed! :)

Krystal/Village
14 September 2011 - 19:05

i soooo love the happy stuff :)

Brandi {not your average ordinary}
15 September 2011 - 01:32

I have to say, I really love how progressive and forward-thinking California is, more so than any other state in the US I think. But NJ is seriously disappointing me right now. The governor is trying to remove all these bans that were put in place to protect the environment here to make way for businesses. Not cool at all.

Colleen / Inspired to Share
16 September 2011 - 01:58

Wow, all awesome news! This is why I love reading your blog – you keep me in the know!

Hanna Rose
28 July 2012 - 20:14

I’m getting excited reading all this even though it’s almost a year later! With my head in the clouds; I hardly noticed anything happening outside of my house-hold. Which I already know is unfortunate!!
Anyway! I am very proud to say I was one of the US citizens that dropped meat from their diet! My one year anniversary of Vegetarianism was last March <3
I hope you are well and will begin updating soon?