Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Why does UW’s Nelson Institute feature ‘MeatEater,’ who promotes killing?

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What would it take to accomplish the serious, wrenching, full-scale readjustments that in fact are necessary to save the Earth … and (create) a new, modest, regardful relationship with the Earth and its species? — Richard Kreitner in The Nation

On April 14, UW-Madison and the Nelson Institute offered a Steven Rinella event at the Discovery Center. Rinella hosts his own hit TV show, “MeatEater,” on the Sportsmen’s Channel. About 250 mostly white males attended. UW-Madison had run a free MOOC (massive open online course) called “The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation,” which attracted 6,000 participants. Paul Robbins, executive director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, was instrumental in getting Rinella to speak, and gave an enthusiastic introduction, saying, “There is nothing this guy will not eat.”

It turned out that Rinella “trapped my ass off for 10 years” until the Russian fur market recently…

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State Costs Soar As Bird Flu Outbreak Worsens

Originally posted on CBS Minnesota:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials say the cost for responding to a deadly bird flu outbreak has risen to roughly $6 million.

The scope of the outbreak has nearly doubled in the last week alone. Nearly 50 Minnesota turkey farms had been hit as of Friday, costing farmers almost 3 million birds.

House and Senate lawmakers are trying to reach a deal to provide an initial $900,000 for response efforts. But Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday the cost had ballooned to $6 million as of Friday.

Gov. Mark Dayton was set to meet with state officials later Monday to extend an emergency order.

Bakk says the Legislature is still trying to work out a contingency plan for state agencies to access emergency funds if the outbreak worsens over the spring.

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British Columbia’s Wolves Need Your Support

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British Columbia’s wolves need our help. Wolf persecution knows no boundaries. 

British Columbia plans to kill wolves for the next five years, under the guise of boosting caribou numbers.  Sound familiar? I guess they forgot habitat loss is the single biggest contributor to caribou decline. But of course now that caribou numbers are low, they want to blame and kill the wolves. Typical reactionary thinking. Man does the damage and wolves pay the price.

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BC’s Wolf Killing Plan on Pause, for Now

This year’s cull wraps up short of target, though ‘intent is the program will continue,’ minister says.

By Andrew MacLeod, 22 Apr 2015,

The British Columbia government has temporarily stopped killing wolves, and conservationists are pushing to make the pause permanent.

“I don’t want people thinking it’s over,” said Sadie Parr, the director…

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Alaska’s Lost Creek Pack and Webber Creek Both Killed In Deja Vu Like Circumstances

Exposing the Big Game:

So many deja vus…

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

Alaskas Lost Creek Pack

Lost Creek Pack – Courtesy John Burch

It’s deja vu for wolves in Alaska’s Yukon–Charley Rivers National Preserve.  All eleven members of the Lost Creek Pack were wiped out by state biologists when they left the protection of the Yukon-Charley National Wildlife Preserve just as the Webber Creek Pack was gunned down in 2010 in almost exactly the same scenario. Both packs had been the focus of long time studies. The Lost Creek Pack for twenty years, the Webber Creek Pack for 16 years.

Alaska is a killing ground for wolves. The state treats wolves and bears like vermin, killing them with impunity to boost ungulate populations. They are disgusting.


Alaska’s Republican governors find vicious ways to kill predators and mark their territory with the feds.

National Park Service biologist John Burch with the Lost Creek wolves
National Park Service biologist John Burch with the Lost Creek wolves.

Courtesy of John Burch

John Burch spent 20…

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From Texan Cattle Yards Are Now Airborne, Study Finds

Originally posted on TIME:

A new study says the DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in American cattle yards has become airborne, creating a new pathway by which such bacteria can potentially spread to humans and hinder treatment of life-threatening infections.

Researchers gathered airborne particulate matter (PM) from around 10 commercial cattle yards within a 200 mile radius of Lubbock, Texas over a period of six-months. They found the air downwind of the yards contained antibiotics, bacteria and a “significantly greater” number of microbial communities containing antibiotic-resistant genes. That’s according to the study to be published in next month’s issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.

“To our knowledge, this study is among the first to detect and quantify antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes…associated with airborne PM emitted from beef cattle feed yards,” said the authors, who are researchers in environmental toxicology at Texas Tech University and at a testing lab in Lubbock.

Co-author Phil…

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Vegan lifestyle would avoid humans’ bird flu concerns

Photo by Jim Robertson

Photo by Jim Robertson


The alarming news that more than 340,000 turkeys have died or have been killed during the recent outbreak of H5N2 bird flu that is sweeping through Minnesota turkey farms will hopefully prompt people to reconsider their food choices.

Turkeys raised on factory farms are especially susceptible to bird flu, as the cramped, filthy conditions are perfect disease reservoirs. Tens of thousands of birds are packed into sheds with no more than 3.5 square feet of space per bird. As bird feces piles up, bacteria fester and spread.

Studies show that bird flu is prone to mutation into strains that are contagious to humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, H5N2’s appearance in North America might increase the likelihood of human infection in this country, and scientists recommend monitoring humans exposed to infected turkeys.

We can all help prevent bird flu and other foodborne illness — and save billions of animals from pain and suffering — by eating vegan foods. Visit for more information.

DNR Offers Turkey Hunting Tips For Areas Near Bird Flu

Wildlife Photography©Jim Robertson  All Rights Reserved

Wildlife Photography©Jim Robertson All Rights Reserved

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Turkey hunting season starts Wednesday in Minnesota, but the risks may be a little higher than usual this year.

So far, 13 turkey farms across the state have reported outbreaks of bird flu in their flocks, and nearly 1 million turkeys were killed in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

While DNR officials acknowledge that the virus hasn’t yet been discovered in wild turkeys, they’re still presuming that wild flocks are susceptible to the illness. The Minnesota Department of Health says there is little risk to the public, but the DNR hopes hunters can help find wild birds that may be infected.

Officials are advising hunters not to touch or handle any wild turkeys or other birds with ruffled feathers, swollen wattles, discolored feet or problems walking, and to contact DNR staff immediately.

More safety tips are available on the DNR website.

The DNR’s April 13 election and vote – additional information (“cheat sheet”)

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:




Please network this column to give all Wisconsin Citizens the right to vote and participate in running and electing delegates to represent their interests in nature and wildlife issue – whether it be mining, air quality, water consumption, climate change, the fate of our wildlife and ecosystems – all citizens have the responsibility to attend this one night – and run candidates and vote on what are now (and have been for 88 years) just hunter/trapper/hounder proposals for more exploitation of wildlife. Our wildlife cannot rebound from the market trapping on all public lands – and now the trappers want to trap not just all day 6-7 months for $5 licenses, but add in all night.

You can find all 72 locations for this 88th Annual DNR/WCC all citizen election and vote on the DNR web site with the entire questionnaire…

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