Montana Update: Wolf stamp hearing stirs statewide debate

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

Montana is debating whether to add non-hunter money into a system long totally controlled by funding on killing licenses. The wolf stamp debate centers on whether a state agency funded by license sales should tap into nonhunters for funding for management of one of its most controversial species. The opportunity to allow Montana residents to invest in NONLETHAL forms of wolf management? Really? Read on by clicking here.

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August 19 post on The Wildlife News

Wolf stamp hearing: Great interest and internal division

by Ralph Maughan

Hunters split. So were wolf advocates-

The wolf stamp hearing is over. It was teleconferenced. It seems like those for it were about equal to the number of opponents. Just as interesting is the hunters were divided on it, and so were wolf advocates. The split among the latter has been mirrored at the Wildlife News…

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Killing wildlife should be understood as an addiction

Exposing the Big Game:

“The world is biophysically finite, yet hunters are recruiting more young people and women into trapping, hounding, torturing and killing our wildlife. The general public, taught to be disengaged and powerless, is purposefully disconnected from the death culture silencing our woods and waterways.

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

53ee7241f10b5.preview-300The most important thing to develop in young people from grade school to their mid-20’s is empathy.” — James Catterall, UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development

If professor James Catterall is correct — that empathy is the most important value to teach— why are we allowing the Department of Natural Resources, a state agency, into our middle and high schools and trade schools to teach young people recreational torture and killing of innocent wildlife?

The DNR, funded on killing licenses, staffed by killing proponents, allied with its hunter/trapper/hounder clientele, wants its power base expanded and secured against the majority of us. They know the best way to do that is their legislated 12-member recruitment team going after kids. Addict them early and keep them long.

On a hunting website, a hunter recalls. “I was 13 years old when I started hunting with my dad. I still remember my first…

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Good news at least temporarily for Idaho wolves in part of Idaho

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:


Idaho Suspends Wilderness Wolf-Killing Plan in Face of Court Challenge

By Defenders of Wildlife

17 August 14

Faced with a legal challenge by conservationists and an imminent hearing before a federal appeals court, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (“IDFG”) has abandoned its plan to resume a professional wolf-killing program in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the coming winter.

In a sworn statement submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on July 24, 2014, IDFG Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould stated that IDFG “will not conduct any agency control actions for wolves within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness before November 1, 2015.” IDFG had previously advised the court that the program could resume as early as December 1, 2014.

A professional hunter-trapper hired by IDFG killed nine wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness last winter and state officials in…

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Save (most of) the whales: Greenpeace now supports Inuit hunting, but Native groups still wary

Originally posted on National Post | News:

On Aug. 3, six boats carrying hunters from Clyde River, Nunavut, converged on a pregnant bowhead whale and, in a dramatic 90-minute struggle that saw explosions, a flurry of harpoon thrusts and the loss of one of the boats, the 60-metre-long animal was brought to heel.

It was the community’s first whale hunt in more than 100 years, and exuberant locals were still peeling muktuk (fatty skin) off the whale’s hulking carcass when congratulations flowed in from one of the most unlikely sources imaginable: Greenpeace.

The group whose name is synonymous with Save the Whales put out a press release to “honour” the people of Clyde River for taking out a mammal still considered endangered in parts of the Arctic.

“Greenpeace respects the rights of Clyde River and other indigenous communities to sustainable, traditional hunting and fishing,” said Greenpeace Arctic campaigner Farrah Khan in a statement.

Ansgar Walk / Wikimedia

Ansgar Walk / Wikimedia

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Animal “personhood” rights?

Originally posted on Our Compass:

This short documentary follows the lawyer Steven Wise’s effort to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.

Video Credit By Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker on Publish Date April 23, 2014.



How does a thing become a person? In December 2013, the lawyer Steven Wise showed the world how, with a little legal jujitsu, an animal can transition from a thing without rights to a person with legal protections. This Op-Doc video follows Mr. Wise on his path to filing the first-ever lawsuits in the United States demanding limited “personhood” rights for certain animals, on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State.

Mr. Wise (who is also the subject of The New York Times Magazine’s cover story this Sunday) has spent more than 30 years developing his strategy for attaining animal personhood rights. After he started…

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Climate: Melting Antarctic ice sheets likely to become big factor in sea level rise sooner than thought

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

‘Official’ IPCC sea level estimates may be too low


Antarctica ice is becoming a bigger factor in global sea level rise. bberwyn photo.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Although Antarctica’s vast ice sheets are only a small factor in global sea level rise right now, that’s likely to change in coming decades, scientists said after a new analysis of ocean temperatures around the frozen continent.

“If greenhouse gases continue to rise as before, ice discharge from Antarctica could raise the global ocean by an additional 1 to 37 centimeters in this century already,” says lead author Anders Levermann, with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. “Now this is a big range – which is exactly why we call it a risk: Science needs to be clear about the uncertainty, so that decision makers at the coast and in coastal megacities like Shanghai or New York can consider…

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Report: Hot times ahead for Colorado

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

More heatwaves, wildfires and water shortages in the outlook


Colorado will warm dramatically in the next few decades.

Staff Report

FRISCO — By the middle of this century, Denver’s average temperature could be 6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today — on par with Albuquerque, according to a new climate report released by the Colorado Water Conservation Board in early August.

Even with deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, Colorado will continue to get warmer. An increase of at least 2 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century is all but certain, and that will have a big impact on the state’s water supplies, state officials said, reinforcing the results of a series of studies all showing that rising  temperatures will reduce the amount of water in many of Colorado’s streams and rivers, melt mountain snowpack earlier in the spring, and increase the water needed by thirsty crops and cities.

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Photo of the Day: U.S. Beef and Dairy Slaughter Waning

Originally posted on The Paw Report:

cow slaughter“Clearly, beef cow slaughter is waning – not only in absolute terms but also in the total cow slaughter mix. Simultaneously, though, dairy cow slaughter is also declining, as higher milk prices and declining feed costs have introduced new culling strategies within the dairy sector.”

Source:Beef Magazine, August 13, 2014

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12 Underwater Photos of Dogs Fetching Their Ball

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

Photographer Seth Casteel’s captures of dogs underwater are currently sweeping across the Internet landscape. The Sifter highly recommends you check out the Little Friends Photo Album on Facebook for hundreds of amazing animal photographs and plenty more underwater dog shots. There’s over 600 and counting!

Based in Los Angeles and Chicago and available nation-wide, Little Friends Photo specializes in lifestyle pet photography. Learn more about Seth and his passion for animals below. This guy rocks!

Photographer Seth Casteel of Little Friends Photo

Photographer Seth Casteel is passionate about helping animals and believes every pet deserves a loving home. He has donated hundreds of hours of his time and over $20,000 to help save the…

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