Welcome to Biodiversity information
We provide information about biodiversity.
Habitat loss and widespread disease are among the greatest threats to amphibians worldwide. One third of all amphibians globally may be endangered with extinction and many face severe population falls. Amphibian Ark declared that the year 2008 was the Year of the Frog and, to champion a celebration of amphibians and reptiles, there has been recently published a DVD on the species in Scandinavian countries and another on the species in the UK.
Sea mammals are one of the most interesting and endangered species on the planet. This CD-ROM gives a total overview of all sea creatures of the world with full colour illustrations, incredible underwater photography, and noises of species. It is centred on a species Identification Guide, backed up with information and colour pictures. Also there is an interactive identification key and maps. Marine Mammals of the World is a DVD for teachers, sea mammal watchers, environmentalists, conservationists and sea lovers all round the world. All text is hyperlinked: an illustrated glossary offers definitions for more than 400 scientific terms. Principle literature allusions for this group are also in this program.
Most biological oceanographers who work on zooplanktonic creatures are familiar with the distribution of one group of creatures, have an unclear understanding of a couple more, and generally know very little about the others.
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As well as discussing biodiversity of animals we also discuss other ways in which animals are threatened – through animal testing. Some health and beauty companies admit that guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, mice, rats and ferrets are some of the animals harmed in their ‘product safety research’, and dogs and cats are tested on in experiments for their pet foods. Such companies are unsurprisingly very secretive about their poison tests, where chemicals keep being force-fed to animals, pushed into their skin, or placed in their eyes. Other cruel tests include making animals inhale chemicals or putting substances up their noses.
Animal testing - the legal way
Of course these companies realise that the vast majority of consumers are opposed to animal testing for cosmetics and domestic cleaning items, so they try to put out the impression that they only experiment on animals as a final resort. This is not true. A leaked memo showed that they have been lobbying in private to stop a ban on animal testing for health and beauty products in the EU.
The testing of beauty products and ingredients is already illegal in the United Kingdom (since 1998), but some companies who are international do their animal testing elsewhere to dodge the UK law and still sell their products here in the country.