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April Fools 2013 Roundup Eco Edition

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The Internet can be a particularly dangerous place on April 1st as companies, news sites, and other entities all enjoy a bit of frivolity in honor of April Fool’s Day. Below are a few of the environmentally-themed pranks we’re seeing – some humorous and others depressing.

Toronto to get $500M Bike Lane Network
Damnit – I fell for this one. In fact, it wasn’t till about halfway through that I finally saw the red flags; somehow overlooking the massive price tag in the headline. Either way, I wanted to believe that Toronto was about to go the way of Copenhagen and blow our minds with an incredible biking initiative. Damn.

Environmentalists rejoice as Agenda 21 is implemented across North America!
Like something out of a dystopian novel (or Rush Limbaugh’s worst nightmare), Agenda 21 would have President Obama implementing a “wildlife reserve and corridor system across the USA, that will return most of the nation to its natural habitat.”

Samsung announces availability of SMART Eco-Trees
Thanks to the engineers at Samsung, we finally have a way to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and release as oxygen. “In the process it also uses a natural filtering system to eliminate pollutants. Eco Trees also help keep the humidity at a pleasant level. These features are fully automatic and require only the addition of water and S (Solar) Beams.”

PETA Set to Release Meat-Allergy–Inducing Ticks in Northeastern U.S.
Remember the discovery of a species of tick (called the Lone Star tick) that was causing people to develop allergies to meat? PETA is interested in possibly releasing these ticks in the Northeast. “Really the only pushback we anticipate will be from fast-food companies,” the article quotes one fictitious biologist. “Maybe McDonald’s will start handing out free flea and tick collars with its value meals!

Found any other green-themed April Fools out there? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Animal Legal Defense Fund Sues to Stop Texas Bigfoot Hunt.

    “Cryptozoological creatures like Bigfoot must not be deprived
    appropriate legal protections,” says ALDF attorney Chris Berry. “The
    lack of credible evidence that Bigfoot is indigenous to Texas sets a
    clear legal prohibition on Sasquatch hunts in the Lone Star State.”

    More info: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2389

Kendall Jenner’s calfskin shoes illustrate how society values animal products

Press releases often find their way into my inbox. Occasionally, they’ll centre around a new animal rights initiative or vegan product, but usually, they’re unsolicited dribble e-blasted to every unprotected news media email address available. So when news of some…

Seductive and Destructive: The Insidiousness of “Happy” Exploitation

We need to shatter and dispel once and for all the insidious myth that it is somehow possible to exploit non-human animals “humanely.”

How I Got Ill on a Vegan Diet and Why I Ended Up Listening to My Body

Let me tell you, when I made that choice, I didn’t feel good about it.