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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Leaked documents reveal SeaWorld is drugging its orcas

Originally posted on Grist:

You know those rumblings about Prozac in our drinking water ? That might not be too far off for the animals at SeaWorld.

BuzzFeed got its sticky mitts on an affidavit that reveals SeaWorld is giving its orcas benzos to make them chill out and stop attacking each other. It’s basically an attempt to use orca Xanax to numb the animals’ aggression and general pissed-off-ness at being snatched from the ocean, plopped into captivity, and forced to perform.

Writes BuzzFeed’s Justin Carissimo:

Trainers give their orcas, also known as killer whales, the psychoactive drug benzodiazepine, according to the sworn affidavit filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice … The orcas’ mental health issues, SeaWorld’s critics say, are a direct result of their keeping the mammals in captivity.

Ingrid Visser of the Orca Research Trust gave the site a few heart-ripping examples of the stressed-out orca behavior SeaWorld is…

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Shooting range owner withdraws request for permit to allow wild hog hunting

Originally posted on MyFOX8.com:

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SOPHIA, N.C. – A shooting range is asking the Randolph County Planning Board to extend their permit to include an archery range, a skeet range and wild hog hunting.

Shelton Bradshaw is the owner of Triple Target in Sophia. He initially wanted hog hunting in his request, but decided to not include it after getting questions from the Planning Board.

“I like my neighbors and I want my neighbors to like me,” Bradshaw said.

Some neighbors still wanted to see some changes even without the hog hunting request. Jimmy Huffman works at Caraway Conference Center and Camp. Huffman says they’ve had guests leave because of the noise.

“People come for spiritual renewal and the chance to retreat and get away and with the gunfire that just kind of takes that away,” explains Huffman.

The Randolph County Planning Board heard more than two hours of discussion.

Officials decided to allow…

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Garden City man indicted in hunting accident that killed firefighter

Charles Bruce, 52, who was killed in a

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

Charles Bruce, 52, [who looks nothing like the deer to the right] was killed in a hunting accident in upstate New York, was a member of the Malverne Fire Department. (Credit: Malverne Fire Department

Upstate DA: Garden City man indicted in hunting accident that killed Malverne firefighter Charles Bruce

A Garden City man was arraigned Tuesday on a criminally negligent homicide charge in the accidental shooting death of a Malverne firefighter and friend during a hunting trip upstate, Otsego County prosecutors said.

Robert R. Gerbino, 57, pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment, Otsego County District Attorney John M. Muehl said.

Gerbino, who was in a tree stand, had “said he thought he was shooting at a deer” on Nov. 16, 2013, when he shot Charles Bruce, 52, in the town of Westford, according to Muehl.

Muehl said Bruce, of Franklin Square, was standing 40 yards away in thick brush. He died from a single shot to the chest from a .44-caliber weapon.

Criminally negligent homicide is a Class E felony and carries a maximum 4-year sentence. A person is guilty of that charge, under the law, when they “fail to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk” that results in the death of another person.

“In my heart, I believe that it’s the correct decision by the grand jury,” Muehl said Tuesday. “Being a hunter requires that you, in every case, positively identify your target before you shoot . . . and he didn’t.”

Earlier, Muehl had said: “If you don’t know what you’re shooting at, it’s negligent.”

Gerbino’s attorney, Richard A. Rothermel, of Oneonta, couldn’t be reached. Gerbino could not be reached.

Bruce’s family described him as a doting divorced father of a 22-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son. Bruce enjoyed volunteering with Malverne, where he was a 17-year veteran. Born on the island of Jamaica, he loved to wear cowboy boots, smoke cigars and sing country music, his sister said.

Connie Bruce, 53, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., called her brother “the glue that held us together.”

She said, “I will never walk into a room and see his smile again or watch him chew on a cigar or sing country music.”

Gerbino, who was indicted March 27, is scheduled to return to court May 5. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday.

Charles Bruce’s shooting took place shortly before 10:30 a.m. in a wooded area of a privately owned property. Bruce, an electrician, was in a hunting party that included fellow firefighters, Dave Gildea, who is also a volunteer firefighter and Malverne department spokesman, said in November.

There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol were factors, prosecutors said. The trip was not a department-sponsored event, officials said.

Bruce’s death came in a hunting season with the lowest number of shooting-related incidents on record — 19 statewide, down from 24 in the previous season, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.

Neither Bruce nor Gerbino was wearing hunter orange, which is recommended, but not required by state law.

New York is one of eight states that don’t require hunters wear orange, according to the International Hunter Education Association. More than 80 percent of the state’s hunters wear orange, the DEC said.

“Every picture of him, he always had his orange vest on,” Connie Bruce said. “I just don’t understand where it was.”

She said she didn’t know Gerbino, but “from what I understand, he’s very torn up over the incident.”

She added: “I feel for him. . . . I hate for anyone’s life to be turned upside down. At the same time, we’ve lost a lot, and it was so needless.”

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/upstate-da-garden-city-man-indicted-in-hunting-accident-that-killed-malverne-firefighter-charles-bruce-1.7644048