Monday, August 29, 2011

Animal Harvest - 24H Vancouver

I read something really upsetting in this morning's edition of 24H Vancouver about the Animal Harvest. According to the article I read, Vancouver has become "Canada's No. 1 gateway for smuggled animal parts." There was a pictures on the inside page of four sharks that had been finned alive and thrown back into the ocean to drown at the bottom of the sea.

The article goes on to speak about a variety of other parts of a variety of other animals (including many endangered species) that have been smuggled into and out of Vancouver.

This is a tragedy. This is sad. Throwing sharks overboard after having their fins very painfully removed and left to drown... I can't picture anything more horrifying.

The article also says that, "Vancouver's port and the city's large Asian community make it the gateway for illegal imports from Asia." It talks about how it is driven by the Chinese market, food delicacies and medicine use.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on this, please feel free to share!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

MINDS IN THE WATER



Hey everyone! I just came across this while floating through various YouTube clips and thought it was definitely worth sharing! So if you have a moment, please take a look!

Also, I've just found their website which has a lot of interesting info that is also worth checking out! MINDS IN THE WATER

Friday, August 19, 2011

The World Mermaid Awards and MerCon 2011 in Las Vegas Report



So I figured it's been about a week that I've been back now and it's probably time for me to post about my adventure to Las Vegas for the World Mermaid Awards and MerCon.

I've posted a bunch of photos on my website @ VancouverMermaid.com!

So, where to begin? I'll have to ponder this for a minute or two since I have so many good things to say and a few not so wonderful things to report...

I will start by saying a big thank you to everyone who has been super supportive, (Mum you are at the tip-top of my list of awesome people!) and to all the amazing mermaids and mermen that I met! You guys really did make the event worth all the stress and chaos! I was even recognized by a few fans of my Facebook page! Ha ha! It was so nice to finally meet you all in person!

It was also a real honor to finally meet and swim with Hannah Fraser and MeduSirena! You two are so inspiring! It was so amazing to finally get to tell you both how much you and your work means to me and how much you have both changed my life for the better! Thank you!

Overall it was a wonderful event. I participated in the pageant, which I really wasn't planning on, and had a blast being carried out onto the stage and posing for photos!

The booths were a little unorganized, but given all the nonsense that took place the week off, I figure it turned out pretty well! I know there were a few people who weren't as impressed and pretty disappointed at the turn out and lack of general organization. I did feel pretty bad for the vendors who had put in so much time, energy and money to have things turn out the way they did.

The pool party was a pretty big success I would say. It was wonderful getting to swim with all my fellow mers and pose for many pictures and generally hang out with everyone. The pool was pretty small which meant I got a few fins in the face here and there while swimming, but HEY what are you going to do when you are swimming with 40+ other mermaids eh? Ha ha!

Another big highlight was getting to meet Thom Shouse, the designer of Daryl Hannah's tail in splash!

Now for the not so happy stuff...

I think the big thing that really disappointment me was that my video (which had been completed and submitted with time to spare) wasn't going to be shown. I pretty much had to demand that it be shown... (I brought the emails I printed with Sita telling me it wasn't going to be a problem at all) I worked so hard on it, as did my mum and my friends and it was just decided at the last minute that it was somehow "too late." Not impressed.

My video was played after much squabbling... Thank goodness I was smart enough to bring along a DVD copy!

Overall it was an amazing adventure and lots of fun. I don't think I'll be willing to attend it in following years if it is run in the same unprofessional manner though... I really care for being made out to be some kind of trouble maker and I really didn't appreciate the video nonsense.

I have been really happy to see everyone else's photos and videos! Great work everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Get well soon Milo!

I was very sad to read in this morning's 24H newspaper that 12 year old Milo the sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

You might remember Milo as the sweet little otter who was holding paws (on YouTube) with Nyac (another sweet little otter who passed away in 2008 from leukemia) in March 2007.

Milo, you are in this mermaid's thoughts and prayers. Please get well soon little friend!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Clarification on my previous post...

So I seem to have stirred a bit of chaos with my last post so I feel I better clarify things and give a further update.

When I said, "I will be removing myself from the mer-community entirely," I meant that I will be removing myself from the forums I have recently been taking part in. There is far too much drama, name-calling and all around rudeness for me to handle on a daily basis...

I will still be keeping my blog and all my other accounts including facebook up and running as normal. I have also been putting together an official website for myself which will be popping up soon!

In regards to Sita, she has personally emailed me and apologized. I am very grateful to her (as I said in my response to her email) that she went through the forum and read the rest of my posts in which I was supporting and encouraging her.

We are working things out now and I will be attending the event next week which I am very much looking forward to.

I am sorry if I scared any of you! I just want to let you all know that I am grateful to those of your who follow me and I really appreciate you all!

Friday, August 5, 2011

WMA Updated

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone has been having a wonderful week so far! I've been dealing with a lot of unfortunate things over the past few days - which is why I haven't been posting much - but I will hopefully have things sorted soon! Thanks for all the likes on Facebook and to the new followers on my blog! You guys make it all worth while!

So I figure, since everything has now come out in the open anyway, that I would give you all the update on what has beeb happening with the World Mermaid Awards which I will no longer be attending for many good reasons.

Sita Lange and her Maui Mermaids have now been removed from my site and as soon as everything has been sorted and my tickets refunded, I will be removing myself from the mer-community entirely.

I am a mermaid for two main reasons, to have fun and to raise awareness for the big issues surrounding our planet. Had I realized the drama and the unprofessional manner with which the WMA was being organized, I never would have paid to attend or offered any help to Sita in any way.

For those of you who don't follow the mer community, I had recently revamped the WMA blog and created a new website for Sita Lange, with her written permission, to help her get the right information out to our fellow mers. I had also been in contact with the Silverton Hotel to get the right information so when people ask me (which has been happening quite a lot lately) I can give them the correct, up-to-date information which was not being provided by Sita and has still yet to be given.

I am also very upset to report that she has yet to give the information on where the part of the money she has been supposedly putting aside for charity will be going. This disappoints me greatly.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who have been supporting me through this difficult time. I really do appreciate it! I am so hurt and disappointed about this whole thing, but I'm not going to let it get in the way of my mission to help our planet!

Thank you to everyone who has participating in the Effect Change Challenges and doing their part to make a change, together we can make a difference!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CETFA Update

I've just received a really upsetting email from CETFA, Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals, and I think it's important to share. I am copying the text exactly as it appears in the email.

Dear CETFA Supporters,

A transport trailer carrying thousands of live lobsters crashed on Highway 1 outside Saint John, New Brunswick around 2 a.m. Friday morning.

Lobster 11

CETFA Volunteer Inspector Kathryn Asher rushed to the scene to document the accident. She reports: "When I got to the scene 5 hours later, lobsters with severed appendages and limbs bent every which way were still struggling in piles with those who had already died. From what I could tell there were no veterinarians or animal welfare personnel on site. In fact, for the half hour I was there I was the only one near the lobsters."

Comments on news coverage of the accident were disturbing in their levity and quotes by police officers and those in the seafood industry were equally upsetting, referring to the live animals as "product."

Lobsters (and other decapod crustaceans) have opioid receptors and respond to opioids (painkillers such as morphine) in a similar way to vertebrates. Studies have shown that lobsters' reactions to injuries change when painkillers are applied, indicating that they are very likely experiencing the same dulling of pain that we do with painkillers.


Lobsters however are not provided any protection under Canada's transport regulations (Health of Animals Act, Section XII). The transport regulations in existance are woefully inadequate even for those animals included in the Act. For 6 years, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has promised the release of improved regulations, yet we and the animals wait. In the meantime, animals continue to be transported each day, experiencing overcrowding, suffocation, overheating, freezing, long gruelling journeys, and like these lobsters, crashes and death on Canada's highways.

Canada's animals deserve better. Click here to send a pre-written letter to your MP asking that they support stronger animal transport regulations and enforcement.

Thank you all for standing with us in defending Canada's farm animals!