A Little Good News, California Extends Deadline On Wolf Protection Decision!

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

Five wolf pups from the Imnaha pack July 2013 courtesy ODFW

Thank you wolf advocates for speaking out for the protection of wolves in California.

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Fish and Game Commission gives California gray wolves 90-day reprieve

April 22, 2014

Gray wolves finally caught a break last week when an overflow crowd gave testimony and provided 2,600 comments to the California Fish and Game Commission in Ventura. The commissioners voted to delay their decision on extending Endangered Species Act protection to gray wolves for an additional 90 days, according to a press release from Center for Biological Diversity.

“This is a huge victory for gray wolves who are clearly trying to return to California where they lived for generations,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center. “It gives me great hope that rather than simply rubber-stamping the state’s recommendation not to protect wolves, the commissioners wisely decided to take a broader look at making sure wolves get a chance…

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Action Alert: Support Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

Speak For Wolves Brett Haverstick

April 21, 2014

Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 will take place on June 28-29 at Arch Park in Gardiner, Montana. It’s an opportunity for the American people to unite and demand wildlife management reform and take an important step towards restoring our national heritage. Approximately, 3,000 gray wolves have been killed in the northern Rockies and Great Lakes region in the short time they were wrongfully stripped of protections under the Endangered Species Act.
 
Please consider supporting this national event by making a donation through the website (live link it to http://www.speakforwolves.org)
Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 is a 2-day festival-type event with prominent speakers, live music, food vendors, wildlife photography, children’s activities and more. The event aims to be educational, inspirational and non-confrontational. Arch Park is a public space just outside the gates of the northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Hope you can join us!

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A (trophy animal) picture is worth a thousand (angry, violent) words

Exposing the Big Game:

I understand and agree with much of what this article is saying, but as hunters are fond of reminding us, don’t judge us all because of the acts (or words) of a few “bad eggs.” I too am disgusted by some of the comments from a few passionate folks who are reacting to acts of animal cruelty. Apparently some of them haven’t heard of setting examples. At the same time, though, I’m continually amazed by some of the intelligent, spot on points that people make. The vile comments just diminish the impact of profound comments, making us all sound like a bunch of hypocritical wackos by association.

Originally posted on Animal Blawg:

 
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From Huffington Post; click image for article & original photo credit

Kathleen Stachowski    Other Nations

One woman (sporting a Safari Club International cap), one gun, one dead giraffe. One pump-my-ego photo posted and then shared hundreds of times on animal rights Facebook pages, generating thousands of sad or angry comments.

Many–distressingly many–of the responses to these vile, celebratory trophy photos are vile and violent themselves. When the killer is a woman, the comments can also be terribly misogynistic: “Stupid brainless b*tch!” “This fat ugly b*tch should be shot!” “Shoot this b*tch!” 

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USFWS Says Wolf Recovery Is A Success Because Wolves Live…WTF???

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

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April 16, 2014

This takes the cake. In a ridiculous statement (and a foreshadowing of the way their decision on delisting wolves nationally is going to go) the USFWS said:

Gray wolf’s success means it lives

Posted: 04/12/2014 06:32:01 AM EDT

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s update on the status of gray wolves in the West, which it released last week, amounted to an implicit plug for its proposal to lift federal protections for the creature across the lower 48 states.

Wolf restoration has been an “amazing success,” the service said, and “by every biological measure the (Northern Rocky Mountains) wolf is recovered and remains secure under state management.”

The evidence: The number of breeding pairs and individual wolves remains comfortably above the agency’s minimum targets.

In fact, the service does have reason to crow, given what appears to be a reasonably stable wolf population in Montana, Idaho and…

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Instructions to Report Animal Abuse to INTERPOL

Originally posted on END Trophy Hunting NOW:

If you witness cruelty on Facebook, abuse to children or animals in videos or pictures, please do not report to Facebook.

If you report to Facebook the evidence will be destroyed.

Instructions for reporting animal cruelty and pedophiles on Facebook

  1. Do not report to Facebook.
  2. Send Interpol the URL to the picture or video you want to report.  To report to Interpol Click here
  3. Put your email address in the appropriate box, put “GRAPHIC VIOLENCE ON FACEBOOK” in the subject box, and then paste the “URL” going to the photo or video you wish to report – with a brief message to Interpol (see below for sample).

Sample Statement

I have been witness to blatant animal cruelty (or child abuse) on Facebook at the following link:

These images are extremely disturbing and clearly establish blatant crimes against animals (or children).

After viewing the provided material, you will understand that this…

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10 places to visit before they’re gone: A bucket list for a warming world

Originally posted on Grist:

Summer is just around the corner and, after a winter like this one , it’s high time to start making those vacation plans. Of course, our buoyant spirits were somewhat dampened by the latest U.N. climate report. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t real good , well, unless you’re into horrific droughts, monster storms, heat waves, mass extinctions, failing crops, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria , in which case, jackpot!

Ever the troopers, we here at Grist decided to not let the bad news harsh our fantastic inner mellow and instead to look at this as a crisitunity. Usually picking vacation spots is such a challenge, but by focusing on the best places that may not be places much longer in our warming world, we were able to shorten our list to the top ten do-it-now vacation destinations. So get ahold of your travel agent, load up the family…

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Gail Shea says animal rights activists stopped seal meat sale to China

Originally posted on Global News:

HALIFAX – Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says a trade agreement to sell seal meat in China has been largely thwarted by animal rights activists.

Shea announced the deal in January 2011 in Beijing, saying that gaining access to the world’s most populous country would breathe new life into an industry crippled that year by a new European ban on seal products.

But the Chinese government later said it had called for a review of the deal, which has remained stalled ever since.

Shea is now blaming the animal rights movement for pressuring the Chinese government to back away from the deal over concerns the Canadian seal hunt is inhumane.

She says those opposed to the sealing industry have succeeded in spreading misinformation about the slaughter of seal pups, a practice that was banned in the 1980s.

The annual East Coast hunt started Monday amid heavy ice conditions off the…

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Help Write the Next Chapter by Voting for Wisconsin’s Wildlife

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

The 80th Annual Statewide DNR Spring Meeting (Election and Vote) – an outrage of deception and duplicity by the DNR and hunting lobby “Conservation” (Killing) Congress that is supposed to be elected by ALL WISCONSIN RESIDENTS – is TOMORROW, Monday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic (WWE) invites you to attend this important meeting! Bring your family, friends and acquaintances who care about the future of Wisconsin’s natural ecosystems and wildlife. Children can vote on the issues as well – a great civics lesson!

Hunters have long lusted after unlimited access to private property as they kill out our public lands. And they intend to get it with their most cruel killing practices – running dogs 24/7 statewide year-round on coyotes and all wildlife – to follow their packs of dogs into private property without landowner permission. Tundra swan kill. Kill our rare albino deer protected in the…

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U.N.: Time Is Running Out for Climate Change Action

Originally posted on TIME:

A worldwide push over the next 15 years is the only way to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change, experts appointed by the United Nations said Sunday.

A report released Sunday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed that it is still possible to contain the worst effects of climate change, but governments must take extensive measures to reduce carbon emissions, the New York Timesreports.

Global greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 40 to 70 percent compared with 2010 by mid-century in order to limit global mean temperature rises to two degrees celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels. Exceeding 3.6-degree-Fahrenheit temperature rises will cause drastic effects, including the collapse of ice sheets, mass plant and animal extinction, food shortages, flooding, and extreme weather events, scientists say.

The report also warned that widespread inaction is already leading to far-reaching consequences — emissions grew more…

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Five mutations could send bird flu virus airborne : Study

Originally posted on Metro News:

TORONTO – As few as five mutations can give an H5N1 bird flu virus the capacity to transmit among mammals instead of birds, a study published Thursday reveals.

The work cannot be used to predict whether that combination of changes — or other combinations which would have the same effect — will ever come into being. But it may give pause to those who argue that a bird flu virus cannot evolve to become transmissible from human to human.

The research is the latest in a series of so-called gain of function studies, controversial experiments that deliberately alter bird flu viruses to the point where they can spread between mammals in the way seasonal flu viruses do.

“I think this whole set of experiments really shows that bird flu viruses can become airborne. Whether they will is a completely different question,” senior author Ron Fouchier said of the paper, published…

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