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Thousands of piglets whose legs became trapped between floor slats were simply abandoned to die of starvation or dehydration. Weanling piglets that got too close to heat lamps were left to burn to death. ‘We call them ‘baby back ribs’ and ‘crispy critters.’ ’ the workers told us.’
Gail Eisnitz Slaughterhouse
: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry
Can you imagine being the mother pig, trapped inside a gestration crate and unable to help as she watches her babies die in front of her? :(
This breaks my heart :(
I can’t breathe
The poor little babies oh god
They’re so tiny :’(
It was so peaceful by the burn in the woodland that Algy was reluctant to move on. So he found himself a comfortable perch on a large, mossy branch overhanging the water, leaned his back firmly against the massive tree trunk, and started to sing to himself (and to anyone else who might be listening):
Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain tops that freeze,
Bow themselves when he did sing:
To his music plants and flowers
Ever sprung; as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.
[Algy is singing the first part of a song by William Shakespeare from his play Henry VIII, Act III, Scene 1.]
Turn on your porch light after sunset, and you will be treated to an aerial display by dozens, if not hundreds, of bugs. Artificial lights attract moths, flies, crane flies, mayflies, beetles, and all sorts of other insects. Sometimes merely keeping the lights on inside your house will cause an array of insects to start knocking on your window.
Unfortunately for them, their attraction to artificial light is a cruel trick caused by our innovation moving faster than their evolution. Night flying insects evolved to navigate by the light of the moon. By keeping the moon’s reflected light at a constant angle, the insects can maintain a steady flight path and a straight course.
Artificial lights interfere with an insect’s ability to detect the moonlight. They appear brighter, and radiate their light in multiple directions. Once an insect flies close enough to a light bulb, they attempt to navigate by way of the artificial light, rather than the moon.
Since the light bulb radiates light on all sides, the insect simply cannot keep the light source at a constant angle, as they do with the moon. They attempt to navigate a straight path, but end up caught in an endless spiral dance around the bulb.
Not only is this form of derailing harmful to insects’ ability to fulfill their natural instincts, but they can also sometimes burn themselves on hot bulbs if they make contact for too long. Furthermore, some scientists believe light pollution is leading to a decline in certain insects. Fireflies, for example, have difficulty identifying the flashes of other fireflies where artificial lights are present.
To prevent injury and decline, as well as help these insects realign with the moon and maintain their proper path, try to keep your lights off as much as possible. (This is also a great way to conserve energy and prolong lightbulb lifespan.) However, even on nights when you need the light, you can still help insects very quickly and easily. If you notice bugs tapping on your lit-up window or circling around your porch light, briefly hit the switch, and the insects will fly away, usually within a matter of seconds.
This is one of the easiest ways we can help animals and the environment, so please consider giving moths, beetles, fireflies and other insects the moment of your time that could truly make a difference.