Canadian Police: Mendon man shot fellow hunter in Quebec

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(Courtesy: Le Journal de Montreal – David Prince)

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Bearn, Quebec (WHAM) – A man from Mendon has been charged with manslaughter and other crimes for allegedly shooting and killing a man with whom he was hunting in Quebec.

According to provincial police, 50-year-old John Tompkins was hunting over the weekend in Bearn, a municipality in northwestern Quebec. Todd Herrington, 54, was with Tompkins at the time. Police said they were together in a hunting group.

Herrington was shot dead by Tompkins, but police say the exact circumstances surrounding Herrington’s death remain unclear.

Law enforcement in Quebec was notified around 1:30 a.m. Saturday that a hunter had been injured by a bullet. When they arrived, Herrington was found dead.

Tompkins was charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and negligent use of a firearm and released on…

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Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing ‘miserably’ to address climate change

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James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/19/james-hansen-nasa-scientist-climate-change-warning

James Hansen: ‘All we’ve done is agree there’s a problem.’
 James Hansen: ‘All we’ve done is agree there’s a problem.’ Photograph: Ali Smith for the Guardian

Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing “miserably” to deal with the worsening dangers.

While Donald Trump and many conservatives like to argue that climate change is a hoax, James Hansen, the 77-year-old former Nasa climate scientist, said in an interview at his home in New York that the relevant hoax today is perpetrated by those leaders claiming to be addressing the problem.

Hansen provided what’s considered the first warning to…

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North Korea Agreed to Denuclearize, but When Will the US?

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https://truthout.org/articles/north-korea-agreed-to-denuclearize-but-when-will-the-us/

A powerful economic incentive continues to drive the nuclear arms race. After the Singapore Summit, the stock values of all major defense contractors — including Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Dynamics — declined.

Given his allegiance to boosting corporate profits, it’s no surprise that Donald Trump is counterbalancing the effects of the Singapore Summit’s steps toward denuclearization with a Nuclear Posture Review that steers the US toward developing leaner and meaner nukes and lowers the threshold for using them.

The United States has allocated $1.7 trillion to streamline our nuclear arsenal, despite having…

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National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests Moves to Ban the Georgia Coyote Challenge

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2018

Coalition of scientists and more than 25 wildlife protection groups ask Georgia officials to cancel statewide coyote killing contest


ATLANTA, Georgia—Today a coalition of scientists with Project Coyote and more than 25 wildlife and animal protection organizations that are part of the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests (“Coalition”) delivered two letters to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Williams, and Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Rusty Garrison, urging the cancellation of the controversial “Georgia Coyote Challenge.”

The contest, launched in 2017 by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and currently running from March to August, 2018, is akin to a bounty program—which the Georgia DNR has opposed as ineffective. In its 2015-2024 Deer Management Plan, the agency states that its Wildlife Resources Division and the General Assembly “oppose county bounty programs because there is…

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Hunter Kills Family Dog With Crossbow In Hunterdon County

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The hunter said he mistook the dog, described as an Alaskan shepherd,​ for a coyote, according to police.

By Kara Seymour, Patch National Staff |  | Updated 

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ — A Hunterdon County family is mourning after a hunter shot their beloved dog with a crossbow on Wednesday. Readington Township police said the hunter claimed to have mistaken the dog, described as an Alaskan shepherd, for a coyote.

The incident happened around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday evening in the area of Old Readington Road and Freeman Lane. Readington resident Elizabeth Mongno shared details of the incident on Facebook, and her account quickly spread.

Mongno said she was outside her house with her dog, Tonka, when Tonka began chasing a deer.

“I was following him and loudly calling him back, but we [sic] was happily chasing the deer. He has done this before and comes back 30 secs later,” she…

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Antarctica is melting faster than we knew. Here’s what it will take to save it.

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[We don’t need to save just “it”, but all life on the planet…]
Climate scientist Stephen Rintoul says we have to act soon if we want to protect the southernmost continent.
by Sarah Cahlan /  / Updated 
Image: ANTARCTICA

Antarctica’s ice is melting three times faster today than just a decade ago. Eitan Abramovich / AFP – Getty Images file

Scientists have long known that rising temperatures are melting Antarctica’s vast ice sheet, sending water into the Southern Ocean and raising sea levels around the world. But many were surprised last week by a new study showing that Antarctica’s ice is melting three times faster today than just a decade ago.

In light of the unwelcome news, what lies ahead for Antarctica? Will rising temperatures cause the southernmost continent to lose most or all of its ice — and trigger catastrophic flooding around the world? Or will we find the political will and…

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May 2018 Broke Thousands of Temperature Records Across the US

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A recent climbing trip up Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park brought the bittersweet experience I’ve become all too familiar with as someone who spends much of his free time on glaciers.

On the one hand, the experience of being on ice that is thousands of years old and often hundreds if not thousands of feet thick is humbling. The accompanying awe of this reality, coupled with the sheer beauty of these landscapes carved by and now covered with glaciers is not to be missed.

Returning from the summit, after descending to the lower Blue…

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Mindless Behavior, Sadistic Tactics Planned Against Alaska Wildlife

Here are C.A.S.H.’s Comments Re the proposed anti-animal tactics to be undertaken in Alaskan National Monuments:

As a wildlife photographer I’ve spent the better part of a decade in Alaska, photographing bears and wolves in addition to moose, Dall’s sheep and caribou in numerous locations throughout the region. Most of what I saw was in the State’s National Parks—Glacier Bay, Katmai and Denali. One thing that struck me right off was how comparatively little wildlife I came acrossin National Monuments such as Wrangle Saint Elias. Clearly, hunting and trapping had taken their toll in the unprotected lands and monuments that, unlike the parks, allowed wildlife “harvesting.”

But even if I wasn’t now president of the group C.A.S.H., the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting, I’d be sickened, outraged and appalled by the new federal proposals to allow abusive treatment of some ofthe world’s most intelligent and charismatic animals who reside in our Alaskan national monuments. Among the shockingly sadistic tactics are such mindless behaviors as murdering bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens, targeting of animals like swimming caribou from boats and using bait to lure animals like bears in for the kill.

The Trump Administration, in their rush to undo any protections wildlife may have been afforded under the Obama Administration, must think they’ll score points with their friends in the NRA or the Safari Club. But their boss doesn’t need anything else to make him look bad at this point in his career—his sons are already doing a bang-up job at that.

Jim Robertson

President, Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting.

Comment on the new rules here: https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=1024-AE38&fp=true&ns=true

‘Honoring’ Anthony Bourdain(?)

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By Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

How do we process heaping praise on a man who didn’t just eat animals but
tortured and demeaned them for pleasure and publicity? Sentimental gush
over the
late Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) in *The Washington Post* or *The Wall
Street*
*Journal* is expected, but gushing admiration by animal advocates? Yes, a
claim
has been made by some animal people that this voraciously sadistic
celebrity was
just a “flawed” human being on a journey toward “compassion” – a claim with
no
evidence – and that his suicide is a tragic loss.

Imagine a similar situation in other social justice movements where, for
example, someone in the Civil Rights Movement or the #MeToo Movement pays
tribute to “poor, flawed” Bull Connor or Harvey Weinstein. How would the
victims
of these men feel about that?

It’s one thing to feel sympathy for a fellow human…

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Judge Declares Mistrial in Deadly Oceana County Hunting Accident Case

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A Northern Michigan judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a deadly hunting accident in Oceana County.

Roger Hoeker was a former hunting safety instructor for a youth outreach program.

Deputies say he accidentally shot 13-year-old William Gort Jr. in the head while hunting last February.

Gort died from his injuries.

Hoeker had originally faced involuntary manslaughter charges, but about six months ago a judge sent the case to the Oceana County Circuit Court on a lesser charge of reckless discharge of a weapon causing death.

Thursday, the circuit judge halted the trial after determining neither the prosecutor nor defense attorneys knew of a sheriff’s report about the shooting.

A second trial will be scheduled.

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