Tell the Feds NO Arctic Offshore Drilling

From Ocean Conservancy.org:

Breaking: The U.S. government is beginning to make plans for future offshore oil and gas operations—and those plans could open Arctic waters to risky drilling.

This follows Shell Oil’s decision to abandon Arctic drilling this summer, after an accident-plagued 2012.

If a disaster like BP Deepwater Horizon happened in the Arctic, spill response would be even more challenging. The Arctic’s sea ice, freezing temperatures, gale force winds, and lack of visibility could make cleanup next to impossible.

The government’s public comment period ends on July 31, so we only have 10 days to respond. We need you to tell the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to say no to risky Arctic drilling now.

Take a stand against oil and gas operations in the Arctic Ocean. Act now, and tell BOEM not to open additional Arctic waters to oil and gas drilling!

The Arctic Ocean and all those who depend on it are already under stress. The rapidly changing climate, including extreme deterioration of the summer sea ice, is putting Arctic marine animals at risk. Many people who live in coastal communities in the Arctic depend on a clean and healthy ocean to support their subsistence way of life. Offshore drilling for oil and gas would expose this already fragile ecosystem to significant noise, pollution and traffic.

Stand against risky oil and gas operations in the Arctic Ocean. Tell BOEM not to open additional Arctic waters to oil and gas drilling!

also see: http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/yhr/saturday/2358984-8/change-in-climate-sparking-ever-growing-wildfire-dangers

and: http://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/obama-western-wildfires-have-a-lot-to-do-with-climate-change/

Ex Guns N’ Roses star Matt Sorum blasts Ted Nugent over hunting photo post

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/07/15/ex-guns-n-roses-star-matt-sorum-blasts-ted-nugent-over-hunting-photo-post

Former Guns N’ Roses star Matt Sorum has taken aim at fellow rocker Ted Nugent for68439_10151399495155861_1116657731_n his pro-hunting remarks.

Animal lover Sorum took offence to a photo he spotted of smiling Nugent standing next to a pre-teen boy who had just killed a groundhog, and took to Twitter.com to lash out at the Cat Scratch Fever hitmaker over the weekend.

The drummer wrote, “Hey @tednugent u are a sick individual, u are smiling too much for killing this animal. Something wrong w u (with you), poor kid.”

Nugent has made a name for himself protecting the rights of hunters, insisting they are vital to manage wildlife.

In an interview earlier this year, he attacked animal-rights activists opposed to hunting and killing, calling them “numb-nuts”.

Sorum is currently spearheading the International Fund For Animal Welfare’s campaign for elephant conservation, and last month wrote an open letter to his fellow musicians urging them to support a new U.S. strategy for minimizing America’s role in global elephant poaching.

Shirley and Jenny – An Elephant Love Story of Friendship and Reunion

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

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Shirley and Jenny Reunited After 22 Years

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Whatever Happened to Jenny and Shirley

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/bestofnature/update.html

In Memory of Jenny
1969 ~ October 17, 2006

Jenny_Woods The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

http://www.elephants.com/jenny/jennyLast.php

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The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee

http://www.elephants.com/

A little boy wrote a note to Shirley. From the Elephant Sanctuary in Tn.

September 9, 2003
This dear note was sent by a three year old after he met Shirley on our site.

Dear Shirley:
I will give you ice cream on a plate.
I will give you one motorcycle. ONLY ONE!
I will kiss you on your ear.

Love Cyrus

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Elephants Find Paradise in Tennessee

http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2008/10/elephants-find-paradise-in-tennessee/

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Bottom Video: Courtesy YouTube elephantsanctuarytn

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What do Wolves, Hunting Accidents and Trophy Hunter Kendall Jones have in Common?

Answer: Well, nothing really, yet. They just happen to be three of the more popularHNTSTK_1_2__66133_1314490481_1280_1280 keywords, and I hoped that if I used them in a title I’d tempt more of you to read some of the recent posts that have been overlooked according to this blog’s stats.

Why, for instance, did an article about Kendall Jones’ trophy hunting pictures receive over 22,000 reads here, whereas posts about climate change, elk or mute swans have only been looked at by a few dozen?

I’m trying to figure out what makes people tick.

Maybe there just aren’t enough hunting accidents involving trophy hunters to keep people reading, so here’s one that someone made up:

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The Amazing Journey and Sad End of Wolf 314F (UPDATE)

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

July 26, 2014

This little Mill Creek Pack wolf was another casualty of the war on wolves.

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UPDATE: October 16, 2012

I posted this story in October 2009 about an amazing little Mill Creek Pack wolf, who traveled 1000 miles from her home in Montana to a lonely hillside in Colorado, called “No Name Ridge”, where her bones were found.

Her death has been under investigation by USFWS all this time.

Finally, after almost two years,  it was announced she was poisoned by the deadly compound 1080. It is one of the horrific poisons Wildlife Services uses in its arsenal to kill our wildlife.

The organization Predator Defense has been trying for years to ban this  deadly compound along with Sodium Cyanide, used in M-44s. So far they have been unsuccessful in their bid to do so. Maybe now people will wake up and realize they must  pressure Congress to ban these deadly poisons FOREVER.

Apparently Compound 1080 is banned in Colorado, which would make 314f’s death an illegal…

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Fish Feel 2

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201406/fish-are-sentient-and-emotional-beings-and-clearly-feel-pain
Fish are Sentient and Emotional Beings and Clearly Feel Pain
Fish deserve better treatment based on data on their emotional lives
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.<http://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/marc-bekoff-phd>
I always love it when scientific researchers provide solid empirical data on the cognitive<http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/cognition> and emotional lives of nonhuman animals (animals) that some take to be a “surprise” because in their (uninformed) opinion “this just can’t be so.” I recently wrote about this sort of surprise in an essay called “The Emotional Lives of Crayfish: Stress and Anxiety<http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201406/the-emotional-lives-crayfish-stress-and-anxiety>”. And, now, Culum Brown<http://bio.mq.edu.au/research/groups/beef/beef.html>, a professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, has published a review paper in the journal Animal Cognition titled “Fish intelligence, sentience and ethics<http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10071-014-0761-0>” that clearly shows that fish are sentient and emotional beings and clearly feel pain in much the same way that humans do. The abstract of this significant essay available only to subscribers reads as follows:

Fish are one of the most highly utilised vertebrate taxa by humans; they are harvested from wild stocks as part of global fishing industries, grown under intensive aquaculture conditions, are the most common pet and are widely used for scientific research. But fish are seldom afforded the same level of compassion or welfare as warm-blooded vertebrates. Part of the problem is the large gap between people’s perception of fish intelligence<http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/intelligence> and the scientific reality. This is an important issue because public perception guides government<http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/politics> policy. The perception of an animal’s intelligence often drives our decision whether or not to include them in our moral<http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/morality> circle. From a welfare perspective, most researchers would suggest that if an animal is sentient, then it can most likely suffer and should therefore be offered some form of formal protection. There has been a debate about fish welfare for decades which centres on the question of whether they are sentient or conscious. The implications for affording the same level of protection to fish as other vertebrates are great, not least because of fishing-related industries. Here, I review the current state of knowledge of fish cognition starting with their sensory perception and moving on to cognition. The review reveals that fish perception and cognitive abilities often match or exceed other vertebrates. A review of the evidence for pain perception strongly suggests that fish experience pain in a manner similar to the rest of the vertebrates. Although scientists cannot provide a definitive answer on the level of consciousness for any non-human vertebrate, the extensive evidence of fish behavioural and cognitive sophistication and pain perception suggests that best practice would be to lend fish the same level of protection as any other vertebrate.

Professor Brown’s findings, consistent with the excellent research of Victoria Braithwaite (see and<http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201004/fish-do-feel-pain-yes-they-do-science-tells-us> and<http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201101/do-fish-feel-pain-redux-interview-the-author-who-shows-course-they-do>) are reviewed all over the web and this essay called “Fish have feelings too: Expert claims creatures experience pain in the same way humans do – and should be treated better<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2662297/Fish-feelings-Expert-claims-creatures-experience-pain-way-humans-better-treated.html#ixzz356UdsSGB>” nicely captures the essence of his review. Some snippets that should entice you to read the full essay include:

– They [fish] develop cultural traditions and can even recognise themselves and others

– They also show signs of Machiavellian intelligence, such as cooperation<http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/teamwork> and reconciliation

– Professor Brown said the primary senses of the fish are ‘just as good’ and in some cases better than that of humans.

– The level of mental complexity that fish display is on a par with most other vertebrates, while there is mounting evidence that they can feel pain in a manner similar to humans.

Fish should be included in our moral circle

Professor Brown also noted that, “Although scientists cannot provide a definitive answer on the level of consciousness for any non-human vertebrate, the extensive evidence of fish behavioural and cognitive sophistication and pain perception suggests that best practice would be to lend fish the same level of protection as any other vertebrate … We should therefore include fish in our ‘moral circle’ and afford them the protection they deserve.”

In her very interesting book called Do Fish Feel Pain?<http://www.amazon.com/Fish-Feel-Pain-Victoria-Braithwaite/dp/0199551200/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403197358&sr=8-1&keywords=of+fish+feel+pain> Dr. Braithwaite concluded, “I have argued that there is as much evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there is for birds and mammals — and more than there is for human neonates and preterm babies.” (page 153).

It’s high time that use what we know on behalf of fish and other animals who are used and abused in the countless billions. Fish clearly are not things nor disposable objects, but rather sentient and feeling beings, a point stressed in Farm Sanctuary’s “Someone, Not Something<http://www.farmsanctuary.org/learn/someone-not-something/about-the-someone-not-something-project/>” project.

http://www.seashepherd.org/seals/boycott.html

 

Animal welfare groups in Utah opposed to crow hunting proposal

Originally posted on fox13now.com:

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SALT LAKE CITY – Animal welfare groups are working in opposition to legal crow hunting in Utah, which is scheduled to begin in September.

Wildlife officials moved to approve crows for hunting earlier this year, and the hunt runs from September 1 to September 30 and from December 1 to February 28. The final decision will be made next week.

Officials with the Humane Society of Utah and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah have launched petitions, and they want the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to present more data regarding why it should be legal to hunt crows.

In a previous press release, DWR officials stated crows can damage fruit, corn and grain crops in parts of Utah. The animals also raid nests and steal eggs from other birds. Officials also said crows damage trees and cause disturbances in urban areas.

Animal advocates called…

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