Let us take one day out of the year -- January 5 -- to consider the birds in our backyards and their cousins flying free from Anguilla (whose national bird, by the way, is the Turtle Dove) to Zimbabwe (whose national bird is the African Fish Eagle).
As most of us already know, 2011 marked the devastating announcement that the Western Black Rhino -- one of Africa's most treasured species -- is now extinct. This new member of Club Extinction begs the question, "who will join the extinction list in 2012?"
Using social-media, our design research team reached out to animal lovers for creative ideas in dealing with the growing issue of animals being abandoned to shelters. Here are the top five ideas we gleaned.
If we don't make sure that today's young people enter adulthood with their eyes wide open to the importance of protecting our living planet, then we are all -- elephants, animals, ecosystems, people -- in deep trouble.
We owe Mark Zuckerberg some plaudits, not only for reminding people that eating meat involves the killing of animals, but also for recognizing that it's morally dubious to pass the "dirty work" off to a slaughter plant worker.