June 24, 2010

LKL Exclusive – Betty White on How You Can Help the Gulf

Posted: 10:33 AM ET

Watching the ongoing news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico is absolutely heartbreaking. So much damage has already been done, and we won’t even be able to uncover the extent of the damage done to the environment and to the animals and people living in the affected areas until long after the spill is stopped. The only heartening thing to come from this situation is seeing the many organizations already working to fix the problems. I’m proud to be part of one of these organizations—Morris Animal Foundation.

In times of disaster, people often focus on the immediate needs—which is critically important—but these events can also affect people and animals for a very long time. Morris Animal Foundation established the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund in March to help wildlife researchers respond to unexpected events, such as natural or manmade disasters and emerging diseases, that result in the immediate need for animal health research. We had no idea we would need to use the fund so soon, but I’m glad that it’s available to help animals in the gulf.

Currently, about 160 bottlenose dolphins, spanning five generations, live in Sarasota Bay, and the oil spill could have profound effects on their health, behavior and reproductive success if they are exposed to the oil and related chemicals spilled and the dispersants used to clean the site. The first grant we’re giving provides scientists with immediate funds to begin important research on the oil spill’s long-term effects on dolphins.

The ramifications of this spill will be both short and long term. I hope the information learned in this study will help monitor the long-term effects this kind of disasters has on animals.

Actress & comedian Betty White has always been a powerful advocate for the welfare of animals. You can see her on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.”

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • LKL Web Exclusive

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Arlene Klein   June 24th, 2010 11:38 am ET

MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION has been at the forefront of funding breakthrough research for animals since 1948.. BETTY WHITE, an extraordinary lady who is passionate about animals, is there with them!!!!!

Arlene Klein

Wendy   June 24th, 2010 11:48 am ET

Awesome, super lady and THANK YOU for all your work you have done for animals! I'm behind you, 100%!!!!

Rehman   June 24th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

I'm really impressed!

Betty White is amazing   June 24th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

I love my golden girls!!! Betty is amazing and not overrated at all. Bea Arthur don't be jealous

L.J.Fernando   June 24th, 2010 1:37 pm ET

HI Larry
Bp failed in it's first attempt to cap the damaged gushing oil well – however, had they used the contraption described below they would have succeeded.
It consists of a large inverted hot air balloon ( a regular hemisphere on top of a truncated cone shape) with it's crown re-enforced with closely woven kewlar fabric ( to withstand the puncturing effects of the jagged end of the damaged oil pipe,but should retain it's flexibility).
This is to be partially filled with hundreds of tons of sand , in mid ocean, from barges , above the damaged oil well and allowed to sink partially.When a sufficient quantity of sand has been filled, the air in the remainder of the envelope should be partially removed to reduce
bouyancy.The mouth of the inverted balloon can now be securely sealed and attached to cables for lowering .The inverted balloon can now be allowed to sink all the way down to the damaged oil pipe The flexible re-enfoced crown will drape around the pipe and the sand will force the periphery of the crown to touch ground and seal the oil leakage.The size of the balloon and amount of sand are dependent upon the height of the protruding part of the damaged pipe, it's diameter etc. A well experienced expert on underwater dynamics like director James Cameron will be able to figure this out.

L.J Fernando

Smith in Oregon   June 24th, 2010 6:04 pm ET

American scientists who spent five years shooting nearly 1,000 sperm whales with tissue-sampling darts discovered stunningly high levels of toxic heavy metals in the animals, according to a report obtained Thursday. The extremely high levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium together are the highest ever found in marine mammals, the scientists say, warning that the health of both ocean life and the people who consume seafood could be at dire risk.

That directly places 1 Billion people around the world directly at risk NOW because of Republican led American corporations that have dumped millions of tons of garbage and toxic waste into the Ocean not caring one iota about the consequences to the 'little people'.

virginia whitehurst   June 25th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

I want to comment on the mexican border. Remember the great wall of China. The greates wall of Mexico would give some hard working Americans jobs and slow down the trafficing of drugs. Thus far it has only been games about keeping the mexicans from crossing the border, Some one do SOMETHING.

Margie Lord   June 28th, 2010 1:15 am ET

Having lived my entire life on the Gulf Coast and dealing with the natural problems that come with hurricanes, it is troubling to find that ANY EDUCATED PERSON thinks that polution is the responsibility of one political party.

But my biggest point is that at this point people seem to be willing to paint all oil companies with one broad stroke. I won't defend them all, but life on the gulf coast would be crippled without the oil industry and the businesses that support them. The fishing and shrimping and oil industries have worked hand in hand for a hundred years.

My point here is that people need to look much closer at BP. It is a very black, but well known joke among oil industry workers that you really do not want to work for BP. Their record for killing their employees is dismal. Only a few years ago they killed more than a dozen employees in their Texas City Texas refinery as a direct result of deciding to cancel the replacement of a 80 year old furnace to save some was this antique furnace that resulted in a major explosion which killed over a dozen employees. They promptly blamed the deceased employees....but safety inspections uncovered the cost saving measures by BP which directly killed the employees. It was the same postponing of upgraded equipment that is responsible for the explosion of the oil rig which cost over 16 deaths. BP has killed more employees than all other major oil companies combined.....and they do not seem to learn anything from these horrible incidents.

Now Mr Obama has issued a cease of all off shore drilling. Unfortunately Obama has no say in the off shore drilling by the Chinese government and Russia which is taking place all up and down the west coast of the United States. Exactly how is stopping only one source of drilling by our own companies...but having no control over the multiple companies which are currently drilling off shore and do not answer to Mr Obama?

Most of the oil companies would really like to see BP sent back to Britian, let them kill their own citizens......while their president does his yacht racing in the pristine waters off the English shore. He should find his company restricted to his own country.

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