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By Matthew Scully

Publish 12 months note: First released September thirtieth 2002

"And God acknowledged, allow us to make guy in our picture, after our likeness; and allow them to have dominion over the fish of the ocean, and over the poultry of the air, and over the farm animals, and over the entire earth, and over each creeping factor that creepeth upon the earth." --Genesis 1:24-26

In this important passage from the outdated testomony, God can provide mankind strength over animals. yet with this privilege comes the grave accountability to appreciate lifestyles, to regard animals with uncomplicated dignity and compassion.

Somewhere alongside the way in which, anything has long past wrong.

In Dominion, we witness the once a year conference of Safari membership overseas, a firm whose wealthier contributors pays as much as $20,000 to seek an elephant, a lion or one other animal, both overseas or in American "safari ranches," the place the animals are fenced in pens. We attend the yearly overseas Whaling fee convention, the place the skewed politics of the whaling come to gentle, and the focal point is on constructing extra deadly, yet no more merciful, tools of harvesting "living marine resources." And we stopover at a gargantuan American "factory farm," the place animals are handled as mere product and raised in stipulations of mass confinement, bred for passivity and bulk, inseminated and fed with machines, stored in tightly restrained stalls for everything in their lives, and slaughtered in a manner that maximizes gains and minimizes decency.

Throughout Dominion, Scully counters the hypocritical arguments that try to excuse animal abuse: from those that argue that the Bible's message allows mankind to exploit animals because it pleases, to the hunter's argument that via searching animal populations are managed, to the preferred and "scientifically proven" notions that animals can't think discomfort, event no feelings, and aren't aware of their very own lives.

The result's eye starting, painful and infuriating, insightful and worthwhile. Dominion is a plea for human benevolence and mercy, a scathing assault on those that may brush aside animal activists as mere sentimentalists, and a requirement for reform from the govt. right down to the person. Matthew Scully has created a groundbreaking paintings, a ebook of lasting energy and significance for all of us.

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Clearly, the availability of nectar can vary greatly from week to week. 14 is typical for colonies in Europe and North America; so evidently the pattern of long periods of sparse nectar punctuated by shorter intervals with profuse nectar is common for bee colonies. To fully appreciate the extreme variability in the nectar supply of a colony, however, one needs to see the pattern of weight changes from a colony that is weighed nightly, after the colony has finished its foraging for the day. 15, which depicts the records for a colony in northeastern Connecticut in the late spring and early summer of 1986.

The old workers function almost entirely outside the hive as foragers. Based on the data in figure 1 of Seeley 1982. Percentage of time spent in each activity 40 20 Cleaning cells 10 Tending brood 10 Tending queen 10 Eating pollen 10 Feeding & grooming nestmates Ventilating nest 10 Shaping comb 10 Storing nectar 10 Packing pollen 10 Foraging 80 60 40 20 40 Patrolling 20 40 Resting 20 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 Age of bee (days) hypopharyngeal glands are secreting the enzymes needed for producing honey, and her poison gland has filled the venom sac.

One worker may never undertake a certain activity, while another may specialize in it for several days. For example, some food-storer bees never guard the hive entrance, while others spend a week or more specializing as guards. Likewise, some forager bees concentrate on pollen foraging while others devote their entire foraging careers to the collection of water. Much of this behavioral variation traces to the underlying genetic variability of worker bees, a product of the queen’s curious habit of mating with a dozen or more males (discussed in detail in Page and Robinson 1991).

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