Photo courtesy of PETA
This fox named D2 by the eyewitness had visibly swollen gums but the eyewitness did not see him receive any veterinary care.
“Hidden off a country road in Wisconsin is a decrepit facility that makes a business of torturing and killing small animals for the fur trade.” ~ undercover PETA investigation
Dillenburg Fur Farm in Shawano County has been torturing and killing minks and foxes in a man-made government-sanctioned hell for 40 years. They suffer from the day they are bred to the day they are gassed, bludgeoned, have their necks broken, or simply die of exposure and abuse. For money. Cruelty as a business and way of life. It is one of hundreds if not thousands of such facilities across this state. Wisconsin is the primary mink producer in the country.
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As CO2 levels hit a new record global high of 405.66 ppm yesterday, I couldn’t help but think that HG Wells could not have imagined a more perilous mechanism for exploring the world’s past.
For when it comes to testing the range of new climate extremes, the present mass burning of fossil fuels is like stepping into a dark time machine. As all that carbon hits the airs and waters, the climate dial spins backward through hundreds of thousands and millions of years. Speeding us on toward the hothouse extinction eras of Earth’s deep history. Now, not only is it driving us on through extreme weather and temperature events not seen in 100, 1,000, 5,000 or even 10,000 years, it is also propelling us toward climate states that haven’t occurred on Earth for ages and ages.
Ever since 1990, the world has experienced atmospheric CO2 levels in a range…
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The following editorial was written by a staff member of a weekly local paper, the Chinook Observer, who ironically may also be the one calling for the extermination of sea lions in Astoria, OR and cormorants at the mouth of the Columbia River. [My comments in brackets]:
“Huge Undercount of world fish Catch demands cooperation.”
January 27, 2016,
“Even the most adamant defender of lower Columbia River-based fisheries will admit there was rampant over-fishing during all of the nineteenth century and much of the twentieth. [After that, fish species were nearly extinct and conservation was finally implemented.] It was a classic case of grabbing as much as you could before some other guy gets it. A new study from the University of British Columbia strongly suggests that these wasteful and greedy patterns continue in much of the world.
“In our neighborhood, recognition that everyone’s livelihood was being endangered led to some of the world’s earliest effective conservation measures. More than a century ago, the commercial industry acted in concert with states to declare some days, and even months, closed to fishing in order to preserve salmon brood stock for future seasons. These conservation steps weren’t perfect but most seasons were economically ample. It wasn’t until dam construction that salmon runs fell apart.
“However, rarely if ever in earlier years was much consideration to what happened offshore. It’s clear from records at the time that fisheries enforcement was problematic even within the confines of the enormous Columbia estuary. At sea, it literally was the Wild West for those fishermen willing to brave the Pacific. It wasn’t until 1982 adoption of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea that the US really began enforcing fishing laws out 200 nautical miles. Before then, Japanese and Russian trawlers routinely violated our 12 mile territorial limits.
“Basic human behavior [i.e. grabbing as much as you could before some other guy gets it—the Wild West mentality], lack of laws and enforcement, poorly designed rules and other factors are all contributing to far more fish mortality than is officially recognized, U BC researchers say in their new study. They believe the UN’s food and agriculture organization does a decent job of counting catches from large scale industrial fisheries, but it drastically undercounts the quantity of fish caught by small scale commercial fisheries and subsistence fisheries. Discarded bycatch [i.e. bykill] and illegal fishing also are undercounted.
“This undercount, the researchers say, totals more than 70.5 billion pounds a year, more than the weight of the entire human population of the US.
“It is time for all nations of the world to arrive at the same conclusions Columbia River and US west coast fishermen did decades ago: long term survival requires enforceable rules, cooperation among fishermen, timely information about stocks, and a commitment to common sense-conservation that ensures delicious fish [Is human hedonism really so important in the scheme of things] for consumers and jobs for future families.”
This weekend SCI is putting on one of their biggest conventions at Vegas drawing in hunters from all over the world featuring hunting gears, taxidermy services and 600 permits to kill animals from 30 countries.
While the world thought the hunters would have their safari convention unopposed, a coalition of animal rights activist rallied outside the Mandalay Bay hotel Thursday to be a voice of reason exposing the lies SCI is telling the world.
The Humane Society was present avenging the death of the beloved Cecil the Lion killed by dentist Walter Palmer. Wendy Keefover from the Humane Society stated that “The outcry of Cecil has galvanized people around the world, and people are starting to understand how disgusting this practice is.” Another protester, Carrie LeBlanc, with Compassion Works International stated that hunting is a “ridiculous waste of life” especially against endangered species.
Brave group of people indeed!
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February 2nd, 2016. When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane interfere with them catching dinner? To find out scientists measured underwater noise as ships passed their study site 3,000 times. This unprecedented characterization of ship noise will aid in the understanding of the potential effects on marine life, and help with possible mitigation strategies.
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January 19th, 2016 (Anne M. Stark, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory). Lawrence Livermore scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, have found that half of the global ocean heat content increase since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades.
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By, February 3, 2016
Guest Post: Claudia Flisi visits the LiBearty sanctuary for orphaned and abused bears in Transylvania.
Did my guide know something I didn’t? Adrian refused to accompany me inside the LiBearty Sanctuary outside of Zărnești in Braşov County, Transylvania. He knew about the work of the sanctuary of course; he is Romanian-born and a professional guide. But he demurred: “My heart is too soft so I cannot go with you. Please understand.”
I did understand. Zărnești is in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, the crossroads of monstrous myths. Yet the back stories of the sanctuary’s shaggy residents are more unbelievable than Bram Stoker’s tales of Transylvanian vampires. Deliberate blinding, forced alcoholism, involuntary drug addiction, and calculated maiming – not to mention orphans sold into slavery – are oft-told tales at LiBearty Sanctuary.
The back stories of the bears at the sanctuary are more unbelievable than Bram Stoker’s tales of Transylvanian vampires.
The 69-hectare reserve is the largest refuge for brown bears in the world in area and numbers. Since Romania hosts 60 percent of all wild brown bears in Europe (not counting Russia) and also is home to the largest remaining virgin forest on the continent, the location makes sense.
What doesn’t make sense is how the bears have fared in their proximity to man. LiBearty’s 80-some bears have suffered more cruelty and bestiality than the human mind can comprehend – never mind that humans alone have been responsible for such cruelty.
Take Graeme for example. Graeme and his brother were orphaned by hunters in 1994. They killed the cubs’ mother for sport, then locked up the two brothers in a small cage to serve as attractions for visitors to a mountain mining company.
As mining declined, the growing cubs fought for what little food came their way, and Graeme was blinded in one eye. A zoo took him away to pace for years in a wire enclosure, while his brother was abandoned to starve to death in his tiny cage.
Graeme came to LiBearty in 2013 and now, after 21 years of suffering, enjoys open spaces with trees, ponds, and grass, and an ursine companion from his zoo days.
Or Max. Born in 1997 and orphaned soon after, Max became a tourist attraction as a cub. He was chained near a castle in Sinaia so visitors could pay to have their pictures taken with him. To make sure he wouldn’t cause problems as he grew, Max was deliberately blinded and his sharp canine teeth and claws were cut off. Pepper spray was sprayed into his nose to keep him from reacting to smells, and he was drugged every day with tranquilizers dissolved in beer.
LiBearty rescued him in 2006. They couldn’t restore his sight, so they created a private acre-large enclosure for him, where he bathes in his own pool, hibernates in his own den, and spends his days enjoying the sun and the sounds of nature.
“Soon she began to recognize the sound of our car and would stand up to greet us when we arrived.”
Max’s story, his expressive face, and his gentle demeanor move visitors more than those of any other resident of the sanctuary. When I mentioned seeing him to Adrian after my visit, he blanched. “I knew that bear. I would see him in Sinaia when he was still a cub. I knew something was wrong, but there was no one to complain to, back then …”
The fact that “there was no one to complain to” is what moved Cristina Lapis to create the sanctuary in the first place. A long-time animal activist, Lapis is a former journalist from the city of Brașov, about 30 km. northeast of Zărnești. She and her husband Roger, France’s honorary consul to Romania, established the Millions of Friends Association (AMP) in 1997, focusing on the rescue of stray dogs. It is the oldest animal welfare NGO in the country, and today looks after 700 dogs in two shelters.
Less than a year after starting AMP, Lapis encountered Maya. The young brown bear was in a small dirty cage near the tourist attraction of Bran Castle in Transylvania. She had no regular food, no care, no stimulation, only the jeering of tourists and the occasional beer bottle.
Lapis recalls her “boundless rage against the people who could condemn such an animal to a slow and painful death like this.”
For the following four years, Lapis, her husband, and friends traveled 100 miles every day to bring food, water and companionship to the neglected bear. Results were initially promising: “We were able to improve her health and lift her spirits … Soon she began to recognize the sound of our car and would stand up to greet us when we arrived.”
The problem was that Maya had nowhere to go. Zoos at that time were not an improvement in space or cleanliness. There were no shelters for large wild animals, and no money to maintain them, had they existed.
Maya became depressed again, as animals do in captivity. She self-mutilated her right paw, ripping her flesh to the bone. She lost her appetite and the will to live. She died literally in the arms of Cristina Lapis, as the latter rocked her and stroked her fur, on March 11, 2002. Over the bear’s stiffening body, Lapis vowed that she would create a sanctuary for other bears so that they would not suffer a similar fate.
Lapis vowed that she would create a sanctuary for other bears so that they would not suffer a similar fate
Atmospheric scientists, oceanographers and ecologists gathered in Seattle on the University of Washington Campus January 20-21, 2016, to discuss the unusual ocean, weather and climate patterns across the North Pacific basin and the underlying mechanisms driving those patterns.
Some extreme conditions in physical and biogeochemical parameters are occurring in many locations with some linkages to the warmer-than-normal water conditions in the the Pacific Ocean, referred to as the sea surface temperature (SST) Anomalies. These conditions appear to be seriously impacting pelagic ecosystems, including fisheries, marine mammals and birds.
5 summary presentations kicked off the workshop to provide an overview of what is known by region along the West Coast, with Russ Hopcroft from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks providing the first review.
- Russell Hopcroft, Alaska
- Richard Dewey, Canada
- Julie Keister, Pacific Northwest
- Eric Bjorkstedt, North-Central California
- Mark Ohman, South-Baja California
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