Heartbreaking headlines for your holiday weekend

These aren’t the sorts of links that will keep anyone reading, but I couldn’t do nothing about these stories, so I’m sharing them here. If only to reinforce the fact that animals are at our mercy and need our protection so badly. Up to half a million animals will be slaughtered this weekend, during an annual (and increasingly commercialized) mass animal sacrifice in Nepal  Roughly 45 million turkeys died solely for yesterday’s holiday, Thanksgiving

Stingray City

A tourist spot in the middle of the water in the Cayman Islands... the stingrays swim free, but what is this doing to them?

Lincoln Park Zoo

One of the captive residents of Chicago's free zoo.

A butterfly in an Illinois backyard.

Hamsters and guinea pigs aren't playthings to put away for later; they're commitments with very specific needs.
“The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but "Can they suffer?” ― Jeremy Bentham
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” ― Albert Schweitzer