Deaf to Death

“In a May 2012 report on sonar use, the navy said acoustic sources and sonar more than 2.5 million times annually exposed marine animals to sounds considered ‘disturbing’, while around 500 times a year marine animals were exposed to sound levels that were considered to result in injury. … Even when stranding does not result, military sonar can cause hearing loss and internal injuries to marine mammals that results in death, even if the animal does not end up on shore.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/14/stranded-whales-ocean-navy-sonars)

‘National Security’ sounds awfully like ‘Irrational Cruelty’.

Razor flyer

During India’s kite-flying season, birds’ “injuries are caused by ‘manja’, the string used to fly kites. Gummed and coated with powdered glass, the strings are made dangerously sharp to slash the thread of an opponent’s kite mid-air during kite fights.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/14/uttarayan-bird-fatalities-kite-festival-india-makar-sankranti-january-14)

Next week: pooh sticks laced with mercury to make them sleeker.