Poachers Hunt Endangered African Animals – This Woman Hunts Poachers

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Kinessa Johnson is a US Army veteran who served for 4 years in Afghanistan, this week she arrived in Africa to take on a different kind of enemy. Her new mission is, as she puts it, “We’re going over there to do some anti-poaching, kill some bad guys, and do some good.” She is now enlisted with Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) as an anti-poaching advisor. VETPAW is a not-for-profit organization that employs US Veterans to help protect African wildlife from being illegally hunted and captured.

Ms. Johnson and her team of fellow Vets arrived in Tanzania on March 26th and began their work. She has already noticed a decrease in poaching activity in her team’s immediate area because their presence is known. Which is easy to understand, who would want to fight it out with a battle proven warrior like Johnson? Her team’s primary focus will be training park rangers and patrolling with them to provide support. African park rangers are in serious need of assistance, as she mentions, “they lost about 187 guys last year over trying to save rhinos and elephants.” The training they will provide includes marksmanship, field medicine, and counter-intelligence.

Johnson joined VETPAW because she loves animals and protecting endangered species is close to her heart. Africa has the largest populations of rhinos and elephants in the world, making it the frontline for defending these endangered species that are top targets for poachers. Additionally, revenue from the sale of products from poached animals is often used to fund war and terrorism in Africa. She says that after the obvious first priority of enforcing existing poaching laws, educating the locals on protecting their country’s natural resources is most important overall.

Ms. Johnson has taken to social media to help raise money and awareness for the cause and she now has over 44,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram. Checkout her profiles where she has some amazing photos of exotic African animals and updates on what her team is doing. While we all don’t have the skills to take up arms to combat poaching, you can support Johnson and her team by donating to VETPAW and sharing their mission. Soon you’ll be able to watch Johnson and her team on a new show on the Discovery Channel.

It’s really awesome to see men and women like Johnson who have served their country now serving the world by protecting some of its most precious resources. When asked if her or her team had killed any poachers yet in a Q & A on Reddit she stated, “We don’t operate with the intent to kill anyone.” The African poachers would be well advised no to test this All-American badass on that though.

Watch the video below where Johnson announced her new mission! (She starts discussing at mark 1:23)

Kinessa Johnson – US Vet – Poacher Hunter

Kinessa Johnson - US Vet - Poacher Hunter

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A Trophy Hunt By Any Other Name

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Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Good intentions aside, Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver has introduced a poorly thought-out private member’s bill requiring trophy hunters to pack out the “edible meat” from any grizzly bear they kill in British Columbia. In an interview with the Vancouver Observer, Weaver triumphantly claimed, “If this bill were to pass, it puts an end to [the] trophy killing of grizzly bears.”

But as Shannon McPhail, executive director of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, aptly summed up, Weaver’s bill would not impact the B.C. grizzly hunt “one bit.” Not only would the bill do nothing to stop, or even reduce, the recreational killing of grizzlies, it would end up providing cover for grizzly killers who would like nothing more than to be able to mischaracterize their trophy hunting of bears as a food hunt.

Doug Neasloss, elected councillor and stewardship director for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, states: “Weaver’s bill is not in alignment with the position of Coastal First Nations who have unanimously banned the trophy hunting of bears in our traditional territories under tribal law. It does not matter what the end use of the bear is, killing them is prohibited in our territories. The Kitasoo/Xai’xais have made a significant investment in tourism centred around bear viewing and it is the second largest employer in our community; we need these bears alive.”

Weaver seems not to recognize that the motivation and desire of trophy hunters to bag a grizzly bear will certainly prevail over the relatively minor expense and annoyance of having to “pack the meat out.”

A renowned large carnivore expert and former member of the B.C. government’s grizzly bear scientific advisory committee, Raincoast Conservation Foundation senior scientist Dr. Paul Paquet states, “I have struggled to understand the logic underlying the unequivocal and resolute claims that, if enacted, this proposed legislation would end the hunting of grizzlies for trophies. Simply, Weaver’s assertions and declared facts sound authoritative but are dead wrong. The supposed effectiveness of this proposed legislation is scientifically naïve and irrelevant to the facts.”

Not surprisingly, the two most prominent trophy hunting lobby groups in the province, the Guide Outfitting Association of B.C. and the B.C. Wildlife Federation, enthusiastically support the “pack the meat out” concept.

Despite decades of strong opposition to this very policy, the GOABC and the BCWF now clearly see the benefit of camouflaging their recreational killing of grizzlies as something other than the gratuitous slaying of a trophy animal.

In fact, the GOABC, preceding Weaver’s bill, introduced the concept months ago during a radio debate with Raincoast on CFAX 1070, stating they would be petitioning the province to enact similar “pack the meat out” regulations. In what can only be described as a macabre act of charity, the GOABC had the gall to further state they intend to donate the grizzly remains to food banks, never mind the potential for contracting trichinosis and other pathogens, thank you.

Unfortunately, this is not Weaver’s first misstep with regard to the grizzly hunt and large carnivores of late. During the recent debate over Minister Steve Thomson’s decision on wildlife allocation, he echoed the BCWF’s talking points that gave the impression the policy gives more wildlife to foreign hunters than resident hunters.

The reality is that resident hunters have always, and will continue, to receive the great majority of allocated wildlife in the province. Parenthetically, Weaver has also endorsed the unscientific and unethical B.C. wolf cull, mirroring the BCWF once again.

Complaining about not getting enough wildlife to kill, as compared to non-resident hunters, was prominent in the BCWF’s calculated messaging. In contrast, provincial mortality statistics show that from 1978 through 2011, resident hunters killed 5,900 grizzlies while non-resident hunters killed 4,100. To those 10,000 bears it was no consolation whether the bullets ripping through their bodies, causing immeasurable pain and suffering, were fired from the guns of resident or non-resident hunters.

Why Weaver would choose to hitch his wagon to the BCWF’s misleading wildlife allocation campaign, and subsequently introduce a bill that would enable grizzly killers to adopt the façade of a food hunt, remains confounding, especially given the B.C. Green Party’s official policy goal to “eliminate sport and trophy hunting of grizzly bears.”

April’s arrival will see resident and non-resident trophy hunters fan out across the B.C. landscape in search of grizzlies to kill, while the bears in their sights are preoccupied with the greenery that will sustain them until the salmon and berries they seek are ready in the fall.

In the fall, these hunters will repeat the process, this time focusing on the salmon streams and berry patches where the bears must be in order to secure the nutrition they need. By the end of November, 300 to 350 grizzlies will be dead. More than 100 of them will be females.

If Weaver’s bill is somehow approved, most of the muscles of the bears will be transported out of the bush and dumped into landfills in B.C. and beyond, while their hides and heads will continue to be transformed into rugs for living rooms and prizes for trophy rooms. In other words, the killing will continue and the trophies will still be mounted, despite misguided attempts to proclaim the end of the grizzly trophy hunt by doing nothing more than renaming it.

This article was co-authored by Raincoast Conservation Foundation guide outfitter coordinator Brian Falconer.

A version of this article previously ran in the Victoria Times Colonist.

—Wildlife Photography©Jim Robertson

—Wildlife Photography©Jim Robertson

Wildlife group condemns Bend police cougar kill

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Cougar spotted in early 2010 in Squaw Creek Canyon area near Sisters

ByFrom KTVZ.COM news sources

Published On: Mar 30 2015 10:18:55 AM CDT

 

EUGENE, Ore. – A Eugene-based wildlife advocacy group on Monday condemned the actions of Bend police for shooting and killing a cougar near the summit of Pilot Butte over the weekend.

Here’s the rest of the statement from Predator Defense, in full. (Also note this incident is the topic of our new KTVZ.COM Poll, which you can find halfway down the right side of our home page.):

Predator Defense condemns the actions of the Bend police for killing a cougar at Pilot Butte State Park this weekend.

There was no incident between the animal and the public.   The cougar did not approach or threaten anyone.  There were other options available but instead the police chose to shoot the cougar.

“Once again, authorities grossly overreacted – there was no need to kill this animal,” said Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense.  “What was needed was a calm, humane and logical approach, not a bullet.”

“Closing the trails at the park was the smart thing to do, and that is all that was needed.  Given space and time the cougar would have moved on, the incident would have been simply and safely resolved.  Hazing the cougar is another option to negatively associate town visits.”

“The people of Bend and all Oregonians should be outraged at this extreme reaction.  This animal posed no threat, even according to state’s bear and cougar public safety law.  He did not have to die.” Fahy said.

Cougars are elusive and secretive, and they rarely pose any threat to people.  There has never been a documented cougar attack on a person in Oregon’s history.

More cougars are killed today than ever before in Oregon’s history – compare the current approximate annual mortality of 500 to the 200 average in the early ‘90s.

“Oregon’s cougar management is solely focused on increasing cougar mortality and they’ve succeeded, but that may not be the best strategy for safety and preventing conflict”, said George Wuerthner, Bend resident and nationally known ecologist and wildlife biologist.

“Ironically, hammering the cougar population may well be causing increased conflicts between people and cougars,” he said.

“That’s exactly the results reported in published peer reviewed field research from Washington State Carnivore Laboratory: areas with heavily hunted cougar populations typically have more young male cats, the age group most often found close to people and livestock, creating conflicts.”

Oregon’s policy of always responding to cougar and bear presence by killing the animal and justifying that by saying it is the only safe outcome is simply untrue.

This practice is not followed in other states such as California and Washington where animals are relocated or given space and time to move off on their own.

The argument that relocating the animal creates disruption with animals in the area is groundless because the ‘relocation’ is simply returning the animal to the perimeter of town where he came from.

The group also has a video “press kit” online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJCeROdEqI&sns=em

Source: http://m.ktvz.com/news/Wildlife-group-condemns-Bend-police-cougar-kill/32086606

 

Illegal Pre-season/Nightime Turkey Hunt Results in Fatal Accident

Turkey hunting season doesn’t begin in the Upstate until April 1, McCullough said. Hunting turkeys at night is illegal, even during turkey season….

Gaffney man dies after turkey hunting accident

Published: Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.
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Wildlife Photography©Jim Robertson All Rights Reserved

Last Modified: Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

A Gaffney man died following a hunting incident off Robbs School Road over the weekend, authorities say.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said in a statement Sunday that the body of Brian James Gilliam, 42, of 1202 Bonner Road, Lot 6, was discovered in a wooded area off Robbs School Road about noon Saturday.

Fowler said Gilliam was found after neighbors of the property reported seeing a light projecting in the air late Friday night.

“It appears Gilliam was in a deep ravine on the property and was attempting to climb out of it on large, unstable rocks when he slipped, and the muzzle-loaded shotgun discharged, striking him in the right arm and shoulder,” Fowler said in the statement. “After being shot, Gilliam walked some 40 yards to the cleared area where he was found.”

Fowler said his investigation indicates Gilliam and a friend had trespassed on the property Friday night to illegally hunt turkeys but later became separated. A flashlight in the “on” position was found pointing upward on a tree stump near the body. Fowler said it appeared that Gilliam used the light to alert his friend of his location.

The friend, who Fowler did not identify, was picked up about 2 a.m. after failing to locate Gilliam, and returned to his home with a turkey he said Gilliam shot and gave to him before the two became separated, Fowler said. Gilliam’s daughter and others searched Saturday but were unable to locate the missing hunter.

Gilliam had no identification with him but was positively identified through fingerprints, Fowler said. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday morning.

More: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20150329/ARTICLES/150329648?tc=ar

Also: http://www.wbtw.com/story/28649750/sc-hunter-dies-in-accident-with-muzzle-loading-shotgun

US Government Approves Dallas Safari Club’s Rhino Import Permit for Trophy Hunter Corey Knowlton — Petition

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US Government approves Dallas club’s rhino import permit

DALLAS (AP) — The US government will allow a Texas man to import the trophy of an endangered black rhinoceros should he kill one in Africa as part of a conservation fundraiser.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that importing a carcass from Namibia meets criteria under the Endangered Species Act of benefiting conservation.

Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 last year in a Dallas Safari Club auction billed as a fundraising effort to save the black rhino.

In a letter to the agency in December, the club’s executive director, Ben Carter, said the money raised from such auctions is “critical to supporting the Namibian government in their efforts to stem the tide of commercial killing of these animals.”

Since publishing the initial request in November, the US Fish and Wildlife Service received more than 15,000 comments, as well as petitions with about 152,000 signatures demanding that it be denied. PETA said Thursday that it will file a lawsuit.

The hunt was postponed and Knowlton’s money kept in escrow while the agency deliberated over the permit application.

Dallas Safari Club spokeswoman Jay Ann Cox could not immediately confirm Thursday whether a date has been set for the hunt.

The agency also is allowing Michael Luzich, a Las Vegas investment manager, to import his black rhino trophy. Namibia directly sold him a hunting permit.

Luzich has received far less scrutiny than Knowlton, who said last year he hired full-time security because he’d received death threats once his name became public knowledge.

Full story at http://fwbusinesspress.com/fwbp/article/1/9432/Breaking-News/US-government-approves-Dallas-clubs-rhino-import-permit-.aspx

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The federal government in the US has confirmed that permission has been granted to Trophy hunter Corey Knowlton

Once again we are shown proof that money is power in the United States of America, with permission being granted to Trophy hunter Corey Knowlton to import the trophy of critically endangered black Rhino from Namibia for which he paid 350,000 dollars. This must be stopped before precedent is made and all wealthy people become entitled to be above international law.

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Thousands of Cormorants to be Killed: There Will be Blood

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill 11,000 and destroy 26,000 nests

Post published by Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on Mar 28, 2015 in Animal Emotions

In August 2014 I wrote an essay called “Birds and Us: Should Cormorants Be Killed toimage Save Salmon?” in response to Felicity Barringer’s essay in the New York Times called “Taking Up Arms Where Birds Feast on Buffet of Salmon (link is external).” Ms.Barringer’s essay dealt with the situation in Oregon’s Columbia River where salmon living in the river were killed off due to hydroelectric dams and are now increasing in number, and double-crested cormorants, who like to eat salmon, have become aware of this and are a threat to the fish. Many people, including conservation biologists, say, “shoot the birds.” Others, such as the National Audubon Society’s Stan Senner, argue that killing some of the birds who make up 25 percent of the birds’ western population “is an extreme measure, totally inappropriate.” Mr. Senner “said it was possible to shoo them away, noting ‘They came from somewhere else. They can go back to somewhere else.’” He also notes, “We’re not persuaded they have fully explored ways of improving habitats elsewhere or other means of dispersing” these birds.

I thoroughly agreed with Mr. Stenner that the cormorants shouldn’t be shot. The guiding principle of compassionate conservation (see also (link is external)) is “first do no harm”, which means the life of each and every individual animal is valued. So, trading off individuals of one species for the good of individuals of another species or of the same species isn’t acceptable. I also agree with retired marine biologist Bob Hees, who is quoted as saying, “I’ve seen people try to mess with Mother Nature before, and it never works. It goes toward creating more problems.” The cormorant-salmon situation is a good catalyst for open discussions about creating a viable and practical conservation ethic based on compassion.

There will be blood: Experimental killing sprees are wrong and likely won’t work

Despite experts agreeing that killing the cormorants is wrong and won’t work, it turns out that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to kill nearly 11,000 cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 of their nests to try to reduce cormorant numbers by more than half. You can read the details in an essay by Alicia Graef called “Plans Move Forward to Kill Thousands of Cormorants (link is external).”

Ms. Graef also notes, “Criticism [to the killing spree] was also brought by researchers from Oregon State University who were hired by the Army Corps to study the bird population on the island. They say the Army Corps ignored their findings and isn’t using the best available science in its plan to protect young salmon. Unfortunately, despite widespread opposition from the public and scientific community, the Army Corps announced it has finalized its decision that will slightly reduce the number of cormorants targeted, but will still kill nearly 11,000 of them and destroy more than 26,000 of their nests in an effort to reduce their numbers by more than half.”

Killing one species to save another is a rather common occurrence and I also wrote about this heinous practice in an essay called “Killing Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls? Problems From Hell.” In this piece I wrote about an essay in the magazine Conservation by science writer Warren Cornwall called “There Will Be Blood (link is external),” and noted that it is a must read for anyone interested in keeping up with current discussions and debates about the supposed need to kill animals of one species to save those of another species. The question at hand in Mr. Cornwall’s excellent essay is, “Should barred owls be killed to save endangered spotted owls?” Spotted owls are shy birds who favor ancient forests that are disappearing due to logging in the northwestern United States, and they are threatened by larger and more aggressive barred owls who have migrated west from their original homes on the east coast of the United States.

Killing one species to save another isn’t a “sad good,” it’s wrong

At the beginning of his piece Mr. Cornwall writes, “The pressure to reach for a gun to help save one animal from another is stronger than ever. And it has triggered a conservation problem from hell.” He’s right. I argued against killing the barred owls and against the position of ethicist, Bill Lynn. Dr. Lynn was hired by the Fish and Wildlife Service and was initially skeptical about the above killing experiments, however, he changed his mind. He concluded that it was all right to kill the barred owls as an experiment if it was done as humanely as possible, and called it a “sad good.” For me, a “sad good” is a very slippery slope that sets a lamentable precedent for opening the door for the more widespread “experimental killing” of barred owls and other species. Dr. Lynn balked on supporting a region-wide war on barred owls, and, experts protested any killing because they were convinced it simply wouldn’t work.

The killing of the cormorants is really a murderous experiment and is wrong and likely won’t work. Even if it did “work,” whatever that means, according to Ms. Graef, “the Audubon Society of Portland announced its Board of Directors has voted to sue both the Army Corps and the FWS if permits are granted. Bob Sallinger, the organization’s conservation director, said in a statement (link is external): We are deeply disappointed that despite more than 145,000 comments opposing this decision, the federal government has chosen to move forward with the wanton slaughter of thousands of protected birds. Rather than addressing the primary cause of salmon decline, the manner in which the Corps operates the Columbia River Hydropower System, the Corps has instead decided to scapegoat wild birds and pursue a slaughter of historic proportions. Sadly this will do little or nothing to protect wild salmon but it will put Double-crested Cormorant populations in real jeopardy. The organization is hoping to get the Army Corps to focus instead on non-lethal measures that will protect both birds and salmon. For more info on how to help protect these cormorants from being needlessly killed, visit the Audubon Society of Portland (link is external).”

Please do all you can to stop this unnecessary slaughter.

Marc Bekoff’s latest books are Jasper’s story: Saving moon bears (with Jill Robinson), Ignoring nature no more: The case for compassionate conservationWhy dogs hump and bees get depressed, and Rewilding our hearts: Building pathways of compassion and coexistenceThe Jane effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall (edited with Dale Peterson) has recently been published. (marcbekoff.com; @MarcBekoff)

10 Animals You Should Love, Not Eat

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Most people like to think of themselves as animal lovers. We think negatively about people who say they don’t like animals. I always called myself an animal lover yet I ate animals. I wasn’t lying. I’m pretty sure that if I had to personally choose the animal that would be slaughtered for my dinner and see her killed with my own eyes, I would have opted for salad. The problem is that most of us don’t see the billions of animals that are bred, held captive and killed for our food. They are a nameless, faceless mass that are out of sight and out of mind. What happens when we stop to look and think about the animals we eat as individual beings who feel pain and joy, who love and mourn, who cherish and lose families, who die yet want to live? It might seem strange to have to convince people of reasons why any living being should be allowed to live and yet the reality is that we do. Here are just 10 of the animals we should love, not eat.

1. Cows

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Cows are gentle animals who are affectionate, emotional and intelligent. Mahatma Gandhi described a cow as “a poem of compassion.” Cows are certainly deserving of our compassion as well as our understanding and respect. Cows are very intelligent, curious, communicative, able to think critically, problem solve and have very good memories. They are highly emotional, forming friendships and close bonds. Cows have strong maternal bonds and are attentive, protective and loving parents. When a calf is taken away, the mother will cry and bellow for hours, even days, and fall into a deep depression. Mother cows will search for their babies, visibly distressed, just as the calves cry for their mother.

Cows can live up to 20 years but cows raised for meat are slaughtered when less than two years old and calves killed for veal don’t get to live more than a few months. If you think just being meat-free is enough, think again. Dairy cows are sent to slaughter when their milk production slows, usually around the age of four. There is no reason to eat cows or their body fluids when there are so many amazing vegan meats and non-dairy milks and cheeses available. Read more in 10 Things to Love about Cows.

2. Pigs

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In the Chinese zodiac, the pig represents fortune, honesty and happiness. How appropriate for this honest, happy animal that is smart, lovable and forgiving. Scientists have determined that not only are pigs smart, they are smarter than dogs, some primates and three-year old children. They are ranked as the fourth most intelligent creature on Earth! There are some bad stereotypes out there about pigs like how they are sloppy or eat too much. None of that is true. In fact, pigs are very clean animals who can live indoors just like dogs and cats. They can be very picky eaters. They eat slowly, nibbling and savoring their food and like to eat a variety of foods. Pigs are highly social, playful and form close bonds. They are very good mothers and are anxious when separated from their babies. Pigs are compassionate, forgiving and are highly emotional beings.

However, pigs do not get to be clean, happy or raise their families. They could live 10-12 years but are slaughtered at six months old because too many people think “everything is better with bacon.” Instead, eat any of the many types of vegan bacon and learn more in 10 Phenomenal Reasons to Love Pigs.

3. Chickens

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I used to think I couldn’t live without chicken but I learned that it is the chickens who couldn’t live with me eating them. Chickens, which are descended from dinosaurs, are amazing, intelligent and affectionate animals. Chickens are intelligent animals who can solve complex problems, understand cause and effect, and anticipate and plan for the future. Chickens dream, have great memories and complex communication systems. They are also good teachers as mother hens begin to teach calls to their babies while they are still in their eggs. Hens are loving and affectionate toward their chicks and show empathy for them as well for other hens. Mama hens also defend their babies from predators.

Sadly, there are more chickens raised and killed for food than all other animals combined. In the U.S alone, over eight billion chickens are killed each year – that’s almost 300 per second! The natural life span of a chicken can be up to 10 years but chickens bred for meat are usually killed as babies at less than two months old.  Egg-laying hens are slaughtered when they no longer lay enough eggs at around one to two years old. Read 10 Things to Love about Chickens while you enjoy some Crispy Tofu Nuggets and Chicken-Less Burgers.

4. Turkeys

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Every year 45 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. just for Thanksgiving alone. On a holiday that is about giving thanks and being grateful, we should be celebrating life, not taking it away and that number does not include all the turkeys killed the rest of the year. Too many people think turkeys are just “dumb” birds but that is completely wrong. Turkeys are quite intelligent, good at geography and can solve problems. They are curious, inquisitive and communicate with over 20 calls. Turkeys are sensitive with good and bad moods. Turkeys are social, playful birds who have distinct personalities just like dogs and cats. The mother turkeys are protective, staying with their babies at ground-level to keep them safe and warm until they learn to fly and roost up in the trees.

Turkeys can live up to ten years, but these beautiful birds are killed when they are only a few months old. Before their deaths, they are confined to filthy, small spaced and bred to be so big, their skeletons cannot support their weight. Why not try a more compassionate option for holiday meals and eat an Unturkey Roast. Learn more about 10 Reasons to Love Turkeys and 11 Fun Facts about Turkeys you may not have known.

5. Lambs and Sheep

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The Egyptians believed sheep were sacred and the ancient Sumerians immortalized sheep in the form of gods. In the Chinese zodiac, sheep represent righteousness, sincerity, gentleness and compassion. Sheep are intelligent, able to solve problems and almost as smart as pigs. They have good memories, recognize faces and facial expressions. Sheep are emotional and display emotions with their ears. Sheep are social and like to be in groups. Ewes are very protective and caring mothers to their lambs and form deep bonds with them. They can recognize their own lambs by the sound of their bleats.

Lambs are often taken away from their mothers, though, and used for meat, dairy, and wool. Sheep can live 12-14 years but are often killed at just 6-8 months of age. Instead of eating these adorable animals, indulge in this Vegan Irish “Lamb” Stew or this Bad Ass “Lamb” Burger and Meet the 6 Happiest Little Lambs in the World.

6. Goats

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In the Chinese zodiac, goats represent creativity, shyness, introversion and perfectionism. If you’re a Capricorn, maybe you know that “capra” is the root of the word “capricious” which means quirky, whimsical, and fanciful which perfectly describes the cuties that are goats. Goats are highly intelligent, inquisitive and curious. They love to explore everything which is probably why people think they are such trouble-makers. Goats communicate with each other and while they are social, they don’t flock together as much as sheep do. They have great balance and coordination; they can climb trees and jump over 5 feet high! Mother goats are protective and call to their kids to keep them close. Kids love to be close to their mothers and wean after six months.

Unfortunately, the kids don’t get to reach six months or spend what little time they do have with their mothers. These kids are killed when they are babies, less than five months old, when their meat is most tender. Goat meat is common in several cuisines and goat milk has become more and more popular. Choose any non-dairy milk instead and sip a glass while watching this video of Benjamin the Orphaned Pygmy Goat Gets to Go to Work With Dad.

7. Rabbits

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Everyone thinks bunnies are adorable, right? From Bugs Bunny to the Easter Bunny, we all smile when we see rabbits. Renaissance artists painted rabbits to represent purity, unquestioning faith and gentleness. In the Chinese zodiac, rabbits represent sensitivity, compassion, tenderness and kindness. They are also symbols of fertility and rebirth which makes them even more popular at Easter time. Rabbits are affectionate, social animals that enjoy being around humans as well as other rabbits. They are not shy about showing their joy as they run, jump in the air and twist their bodies. If they like you, they might say it with a low humming sound. Rabbits are more commonly being kept as companion animals. They are easy to care for but do need proper care to be happy and healthy including companionship, a good diet, exercise and indoor shelter. They also need mental stimulation and social interaction as they can get bored easily.

Rabbits can live up to 12 years but many will not be allowed to live more than 12 weeks. Rabbits are killed for meat and their fur. Many are used in experiments, tortured in labs for products we support with our dollars. Learn more about which companies use animals in testing and 5 Hopping Good Reasons to Adopt a Rescued Rabbit. Rather than buying rabbits to eat at the supermarket, check out these 5 Adorable Rock Star Rabbits.

8. Geese

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We have all seen a gaggle or group of geese. Geese like to hang out together and work well together too. When flying, they take turns in the lead position giving each other time to rest. That honking you hear while they are flying might be the gaggle telling the geese in front to speed it up. Geese are affectionate and kind-hearted. They take care of each other when one is sick or wounded. Geese select their mates at three years old and then often mate for life. The couples live together and have baby goslings which they care for together. The males are caring and protective of their female partners and will defend them to the death. When the mother goose leaves her eggs, she covers them with sticks to protect them while the daddy goose keeps predators away. Once goslings hatch, they are taught to swim the next day and to fly at three months old. Geese have great instincts about geography and prefer to live where they were born. Geese have been known to fly 3000 miles just to return to a familiar place. That sense of home and loyalty keeps young geese with their parents even after they are independent.

Geese can live 8-15 years in the wild but many don’t get a chance to have a loving home and family and don’t live longer than 15-20 weeks. Geese are used for their eggs, plucked raw for their feathers (down) and killed for their meat. Then there is the whole issue of foie gras, the “delicacy” that has been banned in some places and fought about in others. To make foie gras which is basically chopped liver, geese are torturously force-fed multiple times each day for three weeks with a metal rod in order to fatten up their liver to 10-12 times its normal size. The geese are unable to walk or stand, kept in tiny cages and then slaughtered so people can feel snooty about eating something so expensive. Instead, make my vegan Mushroom and Walnut Pate and enjoy it while watching this video about Davina and Maisy, the Blind Goose and Dog who are BFFs!

9. Fish and Sea Animals

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Fish and sea animals are the animals that people seem to care the least about. They are the only animals that are shown being killed on TV cooking shows. People talk about fishing like it’s a sport and not killing innocent lives. Maybe it’s because fish are not soft and cuddly, or that we don’t interact much with them, or that they can’t cry and scream that makes us feel less kind toward them. Fish are actually intelligent animals with good memory and recall and ability to solve problems. Fish communicate with each other and speak with sounds humans can only hear with special instruments. They like physical contact with other fish and rub up against each other. Fish flirt and woo potential partners. They are sensitive and have personalities. Fish know pleasure and they feel pain. According to Vegan Peace, lobsters “have a sophisticated nervous system that allow them to sense actions that will cause them harm and feel pain. Lobsters don’t have an autonomic nervous system that puts them into a state of shock when they are harmed. For this reason, they will feel pain until their nervous system is completely destroyed.”

According to ADAPTT (animals deserve absolute protection today and tomorrow), an estimate of 90 BILLION marine animals are killed each year. Free From Harm estimates 500,000,000,000 fish die a painful death every year to feed humans food we don’t need. Fish are subjected to factory farming just like other animals and if you think eating fish is healthy, you might want to think again. These six fish can tell you why. Read 7 Great Reasons Why You Should Skip Fish at Your Next Meal and then Learn How to Make Vegan Seafood Dishes at Home without the Fish.

10. Dogs and Cats

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Are you surprised to see dogs and cats on this list? I’m sure I don’t have to write all the reasons we should love dogs and cats rather than eat them. We all know they are intelligent, loving, loyal animals who love their babies and feel pleasure, joy, happiness, pain, sorrow and fear. Many of us consider our dogs and cats family and celebrate their birthdays and adoption days. Most of us would not ever contemplate eating them.

However, there are many countries that do kill dogs and cats for their fur and their meat. Consumption of dogs and cats is legal in some countries including most states in the U.S. Other countries are trying to make it legal to cull privately-owned animals while protesters run “Say No to Dog and Cat Meat” campaigns in countries across the globe. Hopefully, attitudes toward eating dogs and cats will change toward compassion.

Showing Compassion for all Living Beings

These are just 10 of the many animals that are killed for food; there are many more like ducks, deer, frogs and alligators. We all rejoice when animals are saved from being killed for meat in other countries or when an individual cow or pig escapes slaughter, probably while we are eating a burger or chicken wings. Hopefully, this article will make you see that there are similarities between the animals we eat and call dinner and those we love and call family. Every living being deserves to live in peace and happiness and be loved, not eaten.

Lead Image Source: What We Can Learn About Parenting From Farm Animals

Wolf Dad Takes His Hungry Pups For A Stroll With Brown Bears Near By….

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

“Alpha male wolf plays with and regurgitates food for 4 pups in a high density brown bear (grizzly) feeding area of the Katmai coast, Alaska. filmed by naturalist guide Brad Josephs”

Looks like dad has his hands full with four hungry pups. Watch how he regurgitates food for them as they lick his mouth. They just can’t get enough. He’s one dedicated alpha male and there are brown bears around too.

Alpa male with his pups Katmai Alaska Courtesy Brad Josephs

Wolves are the parents, the mothers, the fathers, the brothers and sisters that we always hoped we could be….Ed Bangs, Former Wolf Recovery Coordinator, USFWS

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Video: YouTube Courtesy Brad Josephs

Photo: Screen Grab Courtesy Brad Josephs

Posted in: Coastal gray wolves, Brown Bears,  Biodiversity

Tags: wolf pups, wolf dad feeds pups, Katmai Coast Alaska, Coastal wolves, Coastal brown bears, biodiversity, Brad Josephs

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