Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Treated like an animal

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

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For the animal kingdom, the Holocaust never ended.” — Philip Wollen, former vice president of Citibank, vegan activist

To emphasize how badly someone was treated, people often say, “He was treated like an animal.” To describe how badly someone behaved, others often say, “He acted like an animal.” This consistent demonizing of animals, demeaning them, is as much a part of our cultural framework as fried chicken. Most animals are considered irrelevant, our abuse of them out of sight, and therefore out of mind — where most people like to keep it safe from examination. Safe from personal responsibility to act.

We all share equal responsibility for abuse of the vulnerable.

This is a chance to take a closer look at two of the most despised, forgotten, and abused animals — starting with the rat. A new study out of Japan states that rats are different, and better, than one might have…

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Texas Cattle Rancher Becomes Vegan

May 21, 2015, 1:38 PM ET

Corey Knowlton? Yup, I Hate Him Too

Exposing the Big Game:

The idea that hunting saves African wildlife doesn’t withstand scrutiny

Zambia has lifted a ban on hunting lions and leopards and said the move will help protect wildlife, as a US hunter killed a black rhino in Namibia in what he called a victory for conservation. But experts have serious doubts about the claims
http://news360.com/article/293613760/#

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Corey Knowlton is the hunter who won the right to kill an endangered rhino in the Safari Club auction. This is part of trophy room (Big Horn Sheep section – Knowlton claims that he has hunted “over 120 species on every continent” – obviously many animals per species)…

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…and this is what Grumpy Cat has to say about him:

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Young barred owls leaving nest in the USA

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This is a video series about the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl nest cam in the USA.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

May 22, 2015

It’s almost time!

The young Barred Owls are nearing the moment when they will begin to explore the world outside their nest box. Rather than fledging right away, most owls go through a process called “branching,” where they spend days or even weeks clambering around the branches near the nest, making short flights, and completing their development.

The largest owlet featured on the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl cam has already been perching at the entrance to the box (watch highlight). We’re also excited that a new camera positioned outside the box enables you to see the transition from within the box to the green forest beyond (click on “View 2nd Camera Angle” below the video screen). Be…

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PETA Says The NRA Backed Plan To Vote On Texas’ Right To Hunt Is Bizarre

http://www.sacurrent.com/Blogs/archives/2015/05/21/peta-says-the-nra-backed-plan-to-vote-on-texas-right-to-hunt-is-bizarre

By on Thu, May 21, 2015

  • The national animal rights group PETA says the NRA’s proposal to amend to constitution to protect the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife is frivolous and bizarre.

Come November, Lone Star State voters will decide whether to amend Texas’ constitution to protect the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife despite the fact that residents have the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.

“Adoption of the Right to Hunt and Fish amendment will safeguard the hunters and anglers of Texas from extreme animal rights groups dedicated to abolishing America’s outdoor tradition,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a press release. “This important constitutional safeguard will protect wildlife and promote conservation.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Senior Vice President Lisa Lange told the San Antonio Current that the November ballot item is a Hail Mary that’s not going to stop people from shunning a “bloody pastime” and choosing to watch wildlife rather than hunt.

“An amendment to ‘protect’ the right to hunt and fish is bizarre and frivolous — it would clutter up the most important charter of government and open the door to a flood of other amendments whose sole purpose is to make political statements for special-interest groups,” Lange says.

Legislative documents provide more insight into the NRA’s fear.

“Hunting and fishing are activities that have been inherently passed down from generation to generation and engrained in our state’s heritage. But, in this day and age, with recent lawsuits and certain efforts with the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, our heritage is threatened and needs protection,” A Senate Research Center analysis states.

The analysis doesn’t specify what lawsuits threaten hunting in Texas.

The House Culture, Recreation & Tourism committee analysis is equally vague and meaningless.

“According to some sources, various groups around the country have worked to limit or eliminate hunting in some states, and in response a number of states have adopted some form of constitutional protection for hunting and fishing,” the hard-hitting research states.

OR-7 A Daddy Again?

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:


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OR-7 Pups 2014

It looks like our favorite, famous wolf and his mate may have new pups. This is exciting news!

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Famous gray wolf in Oregon may have more puppies

By Shelby Sebens

 PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – A gray wolf who signaled the comeback of his species in Oregon and California might be welcoming some new pups to his pack, wildlife biologists said on Wednesday.

The wolf, known as OR-7 because he was the seventh of his species ever collared in Oregon with a tracking device, is showing signs he may have more offspring after siring three pups last year, two of which officials know to have survived.

“We think they’re denning again. Just the behavior we’re seeing,” said John Stephenson, wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in Oregon. “OR-7 is returning to a same area repeatedly.”

OR-7 made headlines in late 2011 when he turned…

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“The Santa Barbara shoreline—the oil-drenched birds, the blackened sands, the hundreds of crews in rain slickers battling vainly against the advancing ooze.”

Originally posted on earthwhispererconservation:

When Will We Learn?

This Article Was Posted April 4, 2010
by Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 1994-2014

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Spill, baby, spill
If you’re of a certain age, like me, you can still remember the horrifying scenes that unfolded for weeks along the Santa Barbara shoreline—the oil-drenched birds, the blackened sands, the hundreds of crews in rain slickers battling vainly against the advancing ooze.

Now, 40 years later, here we are again. Our nation’s coast is about to be assaulted once more by the failure of an offshore drilling rig, triggering the same kind of man-made mayhem that hit Santa Barbara in 1969 and that led to a series of landmark laws aimed at protecting our natural environment.

I know that four decades is a long time to hold something vividly in our memories. There is a natural tendency to forget, in the absence of catastrophe, the monumental consequences that…

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Arctic: Norway-Russia conflicts on oil etc.

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This is a video about polar bears in Svalbard in Norway.

Not only in Alaska are there conflicts on the beautiful Arctic region.

See:

Growing international tension over the Arctic

By Niall Green

23 November 2005

Strained relations between Norway and Russia in the Arctic region have in recent months produced a series of territorial and environmental disputes.

Though this has mainly expressed itself in conflicting claims over fishing rights, both countries are vying to control oil and gas extraction and transportation rights in the still largely pristine Arctic Ocean.

The Arctic region is estimated to contain 40 billion barrels of oil and as much as a quarter of the world’s natural gas reserves.

Due to the extreme environmental conditions, polar drilling has been considered largely uneconomical until recently.

However, Arctic reserves are now being considered more seriously as other oil and gas fields become exhausted.

See also

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“Oil Spills Are Never Accidents: They are the direct result of substandard oversight of fossil fuel companies who put their profits above human and environmental impacts.”

Originally posted on earthwhispererconservation:

image Photo’ credit, Paul Wellman, Santa Barbara Independent

21,000 gallons of oil spill in Santa Barbara County

Greenpeace-Media release – May 20, 2015

In response to the onshore pipeline leak that has filled four miles of Santa Barbara coastline with crude oil, Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard said:

“Our thoughts are with the impacted Santa Barbara communities this morning, whose beautiful coastline has been devastated by this terrible oil spill.

Oil spills are never accidents. They are the direct result of substandard oversight of fossil fuel companies who put their profits above human and environmental impacts.

Now is the time for our leaders to take responsibility for the oil companies they let run rampant in our country.

This doesn’t have to be our future. If our leaders don’t have the courage to stand up to the oil industry, we’ll continue to see spills from California to Alaska and beyond. We must…

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