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More than 80 tigers die after being removed from Thailand tourist trap


More then 80 tigers have died after they were rescued from a Thailand tourist attraction dubbed Tiger Temple, a report said.

A total of about 87 felines died from a virus they had contracted after being held at the The Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno temple west of Bangkok, according to London’s Independent newspaper.

“When we took the tigers in, we noted that they had no immune system due to inbreeding,” said a senior official from Thailand’s department of national parks, wildlife and plant conservation.

The official said the animals were susceptible to the canine distemper virus.

While the tigers were living at the temple, monks charged admission for people to take photos with them and bottle feed their cubs.

But the tigers needed to be removed from amid allegations that they were being drugged and illegally bred.

Local media reports claim that as many as 87 of the 147 creatures taken from the temple have died.

During a raid of the temple, Thai officials found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer along with 20 glass jars containing baby tigers and tiger organs.

Also, a monk tried to flee with 700 vials of tiger skin and a suitcase full of tiger teeth.

Let’s Make Friday the Biggest Day of Climate Action in Global History

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What do Ben and Jerry’s, an 800,000-member South African trade union, countless college professors, a big chunk of Amazon’s Seattle workforce, and more high school students than you can imagine have in common? They’re all joining in a massive climate strike this coming Friday, September 20 — a strike that will likely register as the biggest day of climate action in the planet’s history.

More than this, what they have in common is something they share with much of the rest of humanity: a rapidly growing fear that global warming is out of…

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Scientists’ Advice to People Living in Coastal Areas? Move.

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Arecent mountaineering trip found me and two climbing partners camping alongside a beautiful glacial lake in North Cascades National Park.

Purple flowers swayed in the cool breeze coming down from the glacier above us. No less than five wispy waterfalls flowed down a rock wall behind our camp — the melting runoff from a smaller glacier up above.

The scene was idyllic, but it also betrayed a sinister reality. The place where we were camping used to be all glacier. The lake beside us used to be solid ice. Now, like most glaciers globally, the glacier is in rapid retreat.

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Oregon Bans Trapping of Humboldt Martens

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PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition from conservation groups, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-3 late Friday to protect Humboldt martens from trapping. Fewer than 200 of the martens survive in the state’s coastal forests.

The new trapping guidelines ban all marten trapping west of the Interstate 5 corridor. The rules also ban all commercial and recreational mammal trapping in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and all traps and snares suspended in trees in the Siskiyou and Siuslaw national forests.

“I’m so relieved Humboldt martens will scamper wild and free in our coastal forests without fear of dying in a trap,” said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Banning trapping is a big first step toward safeguarding these cute creatures. Now we need wildlife crossings on highways and reconnected forest habitats.”

Only two isolated marten populations survive in Oregon…

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Hunting for Wildlife Population Control and Ethical Eating?

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This post is part of an ongoing series called Most Common Justifications for Eating Animals where we seek to provide answers and resources to better address these justifications.

Is hunting animals morally superior to buying them in the store?

We so often hear from hunters who make the case that while factory farming is wrong, there is nothing unethical about eating animals who have been hunted in the wild. After all, the reasoning goes, the animals live a completely natural life just as nature intended, and die more quickly, and with less fear and pain than they would experience with other predators.

But all of this begs the question of necessity. Most North Americans and Europeans (and many others) who hunt do not do so because they have to in order…

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As the Amazon Burns, It’s Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves

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[Unfortunately, although this piece says a lot of good things about the anthropogenic threats faced by the natural world, it becomes delusional in its defense of stone-aged hunter-gatherer societies. Human hunters have never acted in harmony with the life that surrounded them–especially not in North and South America. Just ask the megafauna driven to extinction 10,000 years ago by humans armed with nothing more than spears and inflated egos. How were they different from modern trophy hunters?]
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The Amazon is burning. This is what the end of the world looks like. Oh, and there’ll be more forests burn, more forests felled by chainsaws, more wetlands drained, more rivers dammed…

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Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore Are in Danger!

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https://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/tule-elk-at-point-reyes-national-seashore-are-in-danger/Point Reyes National Seashore in California was established as a national park in 1962. The government paid $50 million to purchase the land from farming and ranching families, allowing those that signed lease agreements to graze cattle on park land for 25 years.

However, conflict has arisen because two herds of tule elk, who are native to California and were reintroduced to the park in the 1970s after previously being killed off there, also graze there. The National Park Service (NPS) is considering several solutions to resolve this problem. Its preferred option, dubbed Alternative B, involves killing some of the elk and offering another 20-year lease agreement to the farming and ranching families. The lessees would be allotted over 26,000 acres and allowed to maintain over 5,500 cows! Meanwhile, the Drakes Beach elk herd’s population, which numbered a mere 124 animals in 2018, would be limited to 120…

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Bear activists: Using snare trap for research is cruel


WEST MILFORD — Several bear activists are condemning the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for their use of snare traps to capture bears for research purposes after a West Milford resident, on her evening bike ride, found a bear cub screaming and tugging after it had been captured.

“It was horrifying; it’s just torture,” said Shari McAtee, who was riding her bike around 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, when she heard a loud noise. She investigated and about a half mile into the woods on Schoolhouse Road she found the cub, which she estimated weighed about 40 pounds. McAtee video recorded the distressed bear on her cell phone, showing it pulling on the cable attached to its leg that had been tied about three feet away on a nearby tree.

“I had no idea what was going on. We are near Clinton Road, so I was thinking maybe this was some sort of horrible joke or worship of some sort,” McAtee said.

McAtee said she called 911 and a few friends who are fellow bear activists.

Her friends and two West Milford police officers arrived along with a security guard with Newark’s Pequannock Watershed area, which encompasses portions of Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties. The police officers removed the restrained bear from the tree, McAtee said, but the cable remained on the bear’s leg.

McAtee said everyone dispersed after the bear was released from the tree — still with the cable attached to its leg — but on Monday morning around 8 a.m., she returned to the site and found the cub caught in some brush and crying.

Around 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, she saw DEP staff come out to the scene, tranquilize the bear and release the trap from its leg, McAtee said.

Caryn Shinske, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Environmental Protection, said via email that the department was notified the bear had been released so DEP staff went to the site, tracked the bear and captured it. They removed the cable, tagged the bear and released it unharmed, she said.

The division, she said, is “investigating” the bear’s release from the restraint but she did not go into further detail.

Shinske told the New Jersey Herald that Division of Fish and Wildlife staff check traps at least once every 24 hours, but may check sooner if a report comes in of an animal capture.

But McAtee believes keeping a bear tied up for 24 hours, or what she thinks may be more, is torture.

“What if someone tied your leg to a tree and you tried moving back and forth and had no idea what was going on with no food and water?” McAtee said.

The Aldrich foot snare is the main method used by the state for trapping and tagging bears, about 150 to 200 in a given year, Larry Herrighty, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, told the New Jersey Herald last year. The device, which consists of a spring-activated foot snare, is typically placed in a hole and covered with leaves and then fastened to a steel cable, which usually is attached to a nearby tree to hold it in place.

McAtee said the trapped cub’s mother was nearby on Sunday, along with another young bear, both of whom were “pacing around,”

While Herrighty told the New Jersey Herald in the interview last year that snares are always accompanied by signage to warn would-be hikers or passers-by of the trap, McAtee claims she did not see one.

″(The Division) is torturing these bears, trapping them and leaving them there,” she said, adding that if the division puts out snares, they should be watching them at all times and be right there when a bear is caught.

While she doesn’t believe New Jersey “has the population to hunt bears,” she does think there could be better alternatives to control the bear population, such as contraceptives.

In a statement released Thursday, the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, a self-described grassroots coalition of outdoorsmen, condemned the actions of McAtee and her fellow bear activists, including Angi Metler, who is the director of the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, for “interfering” with the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s research.

“This is a great example of how violent anti-hunting extremist organizations interfere with valid and badly-needed scientific research,” said NJOA spokesman Cody McLaughlin, “On the one hand, extremists harass Division Of Fish and Wildlife scientists while performing their essential research and promote a ban on traps that assist the division in such research.”

The state, in addition to testing the bears for ticks and various other diseases, uses the ratio of tagged bears taken during the annual hunt as a gauge of hunter success rates and to guide its ongoing bear management programs.

McAtee, however, says there is “no justifiable science basis to study bears for the purpose of hunting.”

‘It’s really terrifying’: Trump administration allows US hunter to import lion he killed in Africa

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Decision described as ‘tragic for conservation’ amid fears it could open floodgates to trophy slayings


A hobby hunter from Florida has been given permission to can import a lion trophy from Tanzania – the first time the US has allowed such an import since it ruled the species should receive special protection three years ago.

Carl Atkinson shot the animal dead during an £80,000, 21-day safari in 2016.

But he had not been allowed to take the trophy – the head and mane – home because lions in Tanzania are classed as a threatened big cat under the US’s Endangered Species Act. An application was turned down shortly after his trip.

Now, however, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers such licences, has waved through the import – signalling an shift in policy under Donald Trump.

The service says it will review all future…

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Man organizes hunting event for wheelchair users

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PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah man who has been in a wheelchair for more than three decades has created a pheasant hunt for people like him who need help getting into the outdoors.

Clint Robinson broke his neck after being thrown off a horse at a rodeo 32 years ago. He’s done his best to keep getting into the outdoors to hunt and fish, the Daily Herald in Provo reports.

The event he calls “Wheelchairs in the Wild” pairs people that have physical disabilities with hunters who help them with whatever they need. Many go in off-road vehicles.

“What we’re trying to do is get new injured, handicapped people back out into the field, trying to get them back out, enjoying the outdoors and wildlife that’s out there and show them that there’s other things that they can do besides…

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