Polaris Express

December 10, 2021

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT NORTH.....

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From the SCN PTO

PTO Restaurant Weekend!


Kick-off winter break with a tasty hot beef sandwich from Buona Beef on Friday and Saturday December 17 & 18 from open to close.

Great a great meal and support North events at the same time!

North PTO Registration University

If you missed this great session it will be posted on the CCR site under course selection and in this weekends CCR edition.

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FROM THE SCN LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER:

International Animal Rights Day (IARD) falls on December 10th and proclaims that animals, like humans, are living beings that feel pain, pleasure, fear, frustration, loneliness, and motherly love. Supporters further believe that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering.


Groups such as World Animal Protection worked tirelessly this past year to protect animals and have achieved the following successes:


  • 29 travel companies committed this year to stop promoting elephant entertainment venues, making a total of 226 since we began,

  • 10 bears used for baiting and dancing were given new lives in our partner sanctuary in Pakistan,

  • We reached more than 500,000 KFC petition signatures, and are in talks with the fast food chain to improve conditions for chickens,

  • 83,000 dogs in Sierra Leone and Kenya were vaccinated against rabies,

  • We helped 454,774 animals recover from 12 disasters around the world; and

  • Disaster preparedness work we did with governments and NGOs this year will help protect 52,000,000 animals from disasters in the future,

  • WAP also teamed up with internationally acclaimed film-maker Aaron Gekoski to demand G20 leaders commit to a global ban on the trade of wild animals. You can see his film at this link: “The Horrors of the Wildlife Trade.”

  • Finally, click on the WAP Blog to find videos and other information to help protect animals from pain and suffering.

We also invite you to check out the following great reads on the topic of animal welfare and ethics. Please click on a highlighted book title to place a book on hold.

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal


“...is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals— beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. Her story and others like it show that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy, and open our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected.” GoodReads Review

Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals, from ants to elephants to wolves, and from sharp-shooting archerfish to pods of dolphins that rumble like rival street gangs. Morell probes the moral and ethical dilemmas of recognizing that even “lesser animals” have cognitive abilities such as memory, feelings, personality, and self-awareness--traits that many in the twentieth century felt were unique to human beings.” GoodReads Review

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey

“Casey’s investigation into this cruel underground takes her to the harrowing epicenter of the trade in the Solomon Islands, and to the Japanese town of Taiji, made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, where she chronicles the annual slaughter and sale of dolphins in its narrow bay. Casey ends her narrative on the island of Crete, where millennia-old frescoes and artwork document the great Minoan civilization, a culture which lived in harmony with dolphins, and whose example shows the way to a more enlightened coexistence with the natural world.” GoodReads Review


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