Steve Jobs What He Did For Animals

Steve Jobs His Animal Friendly Work

As the world mourned the loss of the Apple Icon Steve Jobs, PETA has posted a tribute on its website. The Face of Apple, Steve Jobs was a vegetarian and a health advocate. The companies he founded, Apple and Pixar are among the most animal-friendly around. Pixar is known for its pro-animal messages in films such as A Bug’s Life and Finding Nemo, and Apple’s software consistently demonstrates respect for animals, from including feline facial recognition abilities in iPhoto to rejecting iPhone Apps that depict animal abuse, such as iSealClub.

Steve Jobs

“With Steve Jobs’ passing, animalshave lost an influential ally,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.

“On behalf of the millions of children whom Pixar taught to have empathy for the smallest living beings—and on behalf of the many people who were inspired to follow in Mr. Jobs’ vegetarian footsteps—we at PETA thank him from the bottom of our hearts.”

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Hindus pray for ‘Hindu at heart’ Steve Jobs

Hindus have paid tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, saying that he was very “Hindu at heart”

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a condolence message in Nevada (USA) on Thursday, said that he would offer “fervent prayers” for Jobs who was inspired by Hinduism.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, citing reports, said that Hinduism was a source of spirituality and inspiration for him.

Steve Jobs was vegetarian, known for his kindness to animals and dabbled and explored Hinduism during his trip to India in 1970s.

Steven Paul Jobs, 56, who died on the 5th October.

Steve Jobs served as CEO Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story), in his Stanford University commencement address in 2005, said:

“I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it.”

In the same address, he talked about “karma”: “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma…”

Reports suggest that Jobs worked for the video game manufacturer Atari as a technician with the intent of raising enough money for about a year-long spiritual retreat to India in 1970s in search of enlightenment, including visiting Ashram of Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba.

Jobs came back to USA with a shaven head and wearing Indian robes. He regularly walked around his office/neighborhood barefoot.

The Times of India: Hindus Pray For Steve Jobs

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Does China Have Open Door To Tiger and Leopard Skin Trade?

Is China opening the door to the tiger and leopard skin trade?

Beijing refuses to respond to conservationists’ concerns about possible re-opening of trade in tiger and leopard skins.

A lack of transparency means it's not clear whether China is allowing the illegal trade in the skins of tiger and leopard skins. Photograph: Mathieu Belanger/REUTERS

Has China quietly reopened the trade in tiger pelts? The question was posed very publicly on Thursday by the Environmental Investigation Agency, which fears that Beijing may be backtracking on an international pledge to save this critically endangered animal.

In a press release, the conservation group accused the Chinese government of opening up a loophole in the tiger trade ban by allowing commercial breeding centres to register and sell skins.

This is a contentious claim on a crucial subject. China won international kudos for prohibiting the trade in 1993, but it remains the main source of demand for illegal tiger products and is under pressure from commercial breeders to relax controls.

The government has repeatedly re-iterated its commitment to protect the animal and curb illegal sales, most recently at last year’s Tiger Summit in St Petersberg.

But it has been far from forthcoming about its efforts to enforce the ban, verify the legality of tiger products and deal with the huge stockpiles of bones and hides that are accumulating in the country’s massive tiger farms.

Along with the lack of transparency is a problem of trust and either an unwillingness or an inability to communicate with the outside world, as I learned today when I tried to get the government’s response to the Environmental Investigation Agency’s accusations.

As is the norm with Chinese government bodies, the press officer at the State Forestry Administration – which oversees tiger conservation – asked for questions in writing to be faxed to his office. When we called to ask when we could expect a response, he admitted that none would ever be forthcoming because senior officials have given up accepting interviews from foreign journalists on wildlife issues because they feel the reporting is too negative.

Putting aside the long-running argument about foreign media coverage of China, this bodes badly for international efforts to save the tiger, which will not work without a higher degree of transparency, accountability and cooperation both within China and across borders.

It is far from certain that China really has re-opened the tiger trade, but the government needs to spell out its position more clearly. Lets hope delegates at next weeks meeting of the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species have better luck getting straight answers.

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