Current legislation that would facilitate the permanent closure of federal grazing allotments

 Wildlife Photography© Jim Robertson

Wildlife Photography© Jim Robertson

[Livestock grazing allotments are often located on logged or burned-over areas on public land so fragile that it can barely provide for the needs of native wildlife.]

Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA)

The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (HR 3410) is the only current legislation of West-wide scope that would facilitate the permanent closure of federal grazing allotments. Upon the bill’s recent introduction, the organization WildEarth Guardians ( stated

“Representative Adam Smith is proposing real life, practical solutions to public lands management challenges. This bill offers an equitable, voluntary option for ranchers facing environmental and economic problems on our nation’s public lands and an opportunity for conservationists to restore critical wildlife habitat and water supplies. We support Congressman Smith’s efforts to resolve tough environmental issues in the West.”

If you’ve not yet liked the Facebook page for the legislation, please do so. And please encourage your friends to support it as well.

New Mexico’s Native Wolves Need Your Voice

Tell Governor Martinez and her Game Commission: it’s time to end the war on New Mexico’s wolves and other carnivores

Please sign the petition today and stand for wolves and wildlife at the rally and  commission meeting in Santa Fe on Thursday, August 27th!

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and her hand picked Game Commission are clearly out of touch with the majority of New Mexico voters, who support wolf recovery.

This is particularly troubling given that Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) recently introduced legislation to remove Mexican gray wolves’ federal Endangered Species Act protections, which would leave them at the mercy of states clearly hostile to their recovery.

Please stand with us for wolves, cougars and bears on August 27th.

In the past few months, the New Mexico Game Commission has repeatedly sought to undermine the recovery of endangered Mexican gray wolves, first by denying, without justification, the 17 year old permit for Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch to continue assisting with the Mexican wolf reintroduction and more recently by denying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife a permit to release Mexican gray wolves into New Mexico, which is necessary to boost the wild population’s declining genetic health.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s appeal of the Mexican wolf permit denial is on the agenda for the August 27, 2015 Commission meeting. Members of the public will not be allowed to speak during the Mexican wolf agenda item, but we intend to make our voices heard at a rally at 8:00 am before the meeting begins and to stand in silence for wolves in the meeting during these agenda items.

The commission will also vote on its proposals to allow cougars to be cruelly trapped and to expand bear hunting in NM. Those who wish to speak for cougars and bears should plan to be at the meeting by 8:30 am to fill out speaker cards.


Please join us on August 27th to give wolves, cougars and bears a voice.
NM Game Commission Meeting and Rally
Santa Fe Community College
Jemez Room
6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe New Mexico
Click here for map
Got to the west side of the main entrance and gather at the front of the building.
You can see a flagpole at the front entrance as you drive up the hill to the front entrance-go towards the flag.
The rally is at 8 am

Please RSVP for the rally here.

The Game Commission meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.
The bear and cougar rules and wolf agenda items are numbers 7-8
For more information about the rally and meeting, email
You’re also invited to join us for a pre-rally presentation: Key Predators in Wildife

Wolf supporters are invited to learn more and get inspired at an event hosted the night before the rally by conservation groups, including the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity,, Animal Protection of New Mexico, Sandia Mountain BearWatch, Southwest Environmental Center and Great Old Broads for Wilderness.

August 26, 2015
Santa Fe, NM
August 26, 2015
6 – 7:30 pm
Santa Fe Public Library Community Room – 2nd Floor
145 Washington Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Michael Robinson from the Center for Biological Diversity will give a Mexican wolf presentation. representatives will introduce the Santa Fe Packtivist program for area wolf activists. Sierra Club’s Mary Katherine Ray will talk about the Game Commission’s proposals to expand bear hunting and cougar trapping.

For more information about this event, email

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Download rally/event posters here.

You can also help by signing a petition to the Governor, asking that she and her commission work for, not against, wolf recovery.

Please join us to stand for wolves and other carnivores.

It’s Hard to Be Ethically Consistent While Tap-Dancing on Eggshells

Exposing the Big Game:

My objection to hunting, trapping and seal clubbing is colorblind as well as culture-blind. I oppose cruelty to animals, no matter who is doing the shooting, trapping or clubbing. A victim doesn’t suffer any less because of the ethnicity or cultural beliefs of their executioner. An animal’s right to a life, free from harm, trumps anyone’s right to exploit or kill them

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Over the weekend I received the following question, which I’ll attempt to answer below…

Dear Mr. Robertson,

I was wondering your opinion on the subject of animal rights vs. the rights of indigenous people. What do you think about hunting by Native American tribes, or the hunting of seals by the Inuit? Also, of course, the various other tribes around the world that have their culture based off of hunting. What do you think about their participation in hunting, trapping, etc?

Hmmm, one of those questions…one of those I-wouldn’t-touch-that-with-a-ten-foot-pole kind of questions. Do I risk being called a hypocrite, or “culturally elite?” I could spend all day tip-toeing around this—tap-dancing on egg shells—but here’s an answer just off the top of my head:

My objection to hunting, trapping and seal clubbing is colorblind as well as culture-blind. I oppose cruelty to animals, no matter who is doing the shooting, trapping…

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Stop Seismic Blasting

Seismic blasting is one of the loudest man-made noises in the ocean. The explosive blasts threaten the lives of dolphins and other marine mammals, by preventing them from finding their babies, mates, or even just food. Join us in telling President Obama to oppose seismic blasting in the Atlantic.

Add your name to oppose harmful seismic blasting off the East Coast before dolphins and whales pay the price.

Warning: This Blog Will Offend If Animals Are Not Your Priority

Originally posted on Armory of the Revolution:

futureThere are animal people who love animals, but do not quite love them enough.

They don’t love them quite enough to stop eating them. Or to stop wearing them.
The animals certainly welcome whatever things people do for them, as the great majority do not do anything for animals.

So one who rescues a dog but eats a calf is still better then someone who does nothing for a dog in need and who still eats a calf.

But this blog is not aimed at casual animal rescuers or half-hearted animal activists.

Most animal activists are not vegans. Most aren’t even vegetarians. Most are people who love animals, but animals are not the most important things in their lives. Religion, politics, family, personal interests come first.

This blog is not for them.

This blog is for the animal activist who is the backbone of the movement, the activist who…

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Hunters Debate Whether Cecil Backlash Is Hurting Sport’s Standing

“In my opinion, he’s doing more harm to public opinion on hunting than any anti-hunter could ever do,” said Mark Duda, executive director of the public opinion research firm Responsive Management, referring to the Minnesota dentist who shot Cecil with a crossbow after guides allegedly lured lion out of a national park. “And it’s too bad because it hurts … ethical, legal hunters who contribute to conservation and care deeply about wildlife.”

Duda, a hunter whose firm has tracked Americans’ attitudes about hunting for two decades, said the actions of Dr. Walter J. Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minn., suggested he had “read my newsletter on how to talk to the public about hunting, and did everything the exact opposite.”

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Not all hunters who spoke to NBC News about Cecil’s death agreed that the ensuing controversy had damaged support for the domestic sport. But none defended the way the lion, a popular attraction with visitors to Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, was reportedly killed.

Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited and director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President George W. Bush, was one of many hunters saying that Palmer should be prosecuted if an investigation reveals illegal activities.

“First of all, let me say that if unethical activities took place – if that’s what the evidence ends up showing – then I would be 100 percent for full prosecution,” Hall said. “Because we ethical hunters believe ethics is defined by what we do when no one is watching.”

Other hunting proponents say animal rights groups are using Cecil’s story as propaganda to press their anti-hunting agenda.

David Allen, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, said animal rights groups “lay in wait for any opportunity to take issue with hunting in America.” But he doubts the Cecil controversy will stick to U.S. hunters.

“I think it’s going to be a huge stretch to try and turn Cecil, whatever happened, into that’s what’s wrong with North American hunting and fishing. It’s a huge leap,” Allen said.

But Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said hunters and pro-hunting groups should be concerned because the outcry reflects changing attitudes toward killing wildlife.

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Rick Forster, left, and Sean McCarthy, both of Eau Claire, head out of the woods after deer hunting on Nov. 19, 2011, near Carryville, Wisconsin. Dan Reiland / The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP file

“I don’t think they had realized that once was this was exposed … that people would be as upset as they are,” Newkirk said. “And they fear that the same rage and disgust is going to erupt if people stop buying the myth that hunting in America is to put food on the table.” PETA calls hunting unnecessary and cruel, and advocates for more humane methods of wildlife control.


Less Smoke Could Mean More Fire in Washington State

Originally posted on TIME:

(TWISP, Wash.) — The massive cloud of smoke is expected to lift over Washington wildfires on Sunday, but as air quality improves fire behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said.

“It’s like a flu opening in a fireplace,” explained Suzanne Flory, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team. “Smoke serves as a cap on the fire.”

The Okanogan Complex of wildfires was measured at 374 square miles Sunday morning, after growing more than 100 miles larger Saturday in what fire officials said was a relatively calm fire day.

Sunday was expected to be a different story. Once the smoke lifts, humidity drops, heat rises and fires flare up.

The good news is that less smoke means restrictions on air travel will be lifted and more fire tankers can drop water and chemical retardant, Flory said.

Air quality, which has been dangerously…

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Cat clinging to cage at animal-eating festival is saved moments before being skinned alive

Originally posted on Metro:

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Earlier this year thousands of cats and dogs were skinned alive and sold as food at a controversial Chinese festival.

But this cat, pictured trying to escape a butcher’s cage, was saved just moments before it was due to be slaughtered.

Human Society International’s workers rescued Huru and he’s made an incredible recovery at the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Writing on their Facebook page, they said: ‘What a difference a few weeks have made for this cat.

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‘Huru was destined for a tragic end at the Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival in China. Today, Huru has found a new life in the caring arms of the Washington Animal Rescue League.

‘Huru was desperate…

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The West’s Wildfire Season Gets Worse

Over 7 million acres have burned [so far…The smoke has spread all across the state]

by Matt Ford  Aug 22, 2015

A historic wildfire season in the Western United States and Canada claimed more victims last week. Three firefighters battling the Twisp Fire in central Washington State died Wednesday after their vehicle crashed and was overtaken by the flames, NBC News reported. Four other firefighters were also injured.

The three firefighters’ deaths marked a dangerous week for fire crews battling blazes throughout the West. Over 7.2 million acres have burned this year, according to the federal National Interagency Fire Center, with 1.3 million of those acres actively burning on Thursday. In the Pacific Northwest alone, wildfires grew from 85,000 acres to 625,000 acres in only a week. Canadian firefighters also struggled with blazes this summer, with over 690,000 acres burned in British Columbia as of August 4, according to the Globe and Mail.

Fire season is a difficult time for Western states in any year, but the dire lack of rainfall in recent years has exacerbated the current threat. Most news outlets refer to the crisis as “the California drought.” In fact, the drought exists in some form across the entire Western United States:

One hundred percent of the state of Nevada is in drought — with 40 percent in the extreme drought category. Over to the southeast, 93 percent of Arizona’s territory is in some form of drought. Even Washington state, far to the north, finds all of its territory in drought and 32 percent of its land in extreme doubt.

Although some media outlets have focused on almonds, a much larger contributor to warming temperatures and drying landscapes is climate change. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters on Thursday estimated that climate change’s effects exacerbated the Western drought by an additional 15 to 20 percent. That same day, NOAA announced that July 2015 was the hottest month since recordkeeping began in January 1880. As climate change continues to worsen, longer and more intense droughts are likely.



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