Poaching ring suspects killed hundreds of animals for ‘thrill of the kill,’


Poaching photos had been posted on text messages and social media.

(CNN)The suspects documented their kill in graphic photos — grinning near slumped over carcasses, posing with a decapitated elk head and taking a selfie with animal blood splattered over one of the alleged poacher’s face.

Over text messages and social media, the poaching suspects boasted about the animals they illegally slaughtered, authorities say. Some of them even called themselves the “kill ’em all boys,” said Captain Jeff Wickersham from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The suspects were part of a massive poaching ring in Oregon and Washington, who were altogether charged with more than 200 misdemeanors and felonies, authorities say. They are accused of killing more than 200 animals including deer, bears, cougars, bobcats and a squirrel.
Twelve people were charged in Oregon this week. In 2017 and earlier this year, 13 people were charged with misdemeanors and felonies in the state of Washington. Some of the suspects face charges in both states.
Dogs surround a bloody bear.

“A part of it was the thrill of the kill,” said Lt. Tim Schwartz from the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division. “For some of them, it was a competition to see who could kill the most. I think the social media aspect — they were posting this [their kills], getting the attention.”
The suspects bragged about it on Facebook and Snapchat, authorities said.
They “made de facto trophies out of these events” on social media and text messages, said Wickersham. But that ultimately became used as evidence against them, authorities say.
Investigators used the geo-tagged photos to track down the kill sites and find skeletal remains of the animals.
03 thrill for kill poachers

“There is nothing legitimate about the activities these individuals were conducting,” Wickersham said. “They are simply killers. They knew what they were doing. They were not out there for recreation, but to kill things, and that’s what they wanted to do.”
Oregon State Police began its investigation in November 2016 after finding two decapitated deer carcasses. Officers began putting up surveillance cameras to track the suspects.
“This was one of the biggest cases in the state ever, as far as the amount of people involved, amount of violations and number of wildlife taken, “Schwartz said.
He described the case as sickening.
“One of the hardest things for me, as a hunter myself, it was the waste. They (suspects) weren’t making any attempt to remove meat. These guys — it was all about the killing. That’s what was probably most disturbing to us.”
At least five of the suspects appeared in court Thursday, reported CNN affiliate KOIN. They face penalties ranging from fines to jail time depending on their individual charges.

‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Bear Brown ‘Doing Well’ After Tree Accident

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Solomon “Bear” Brown from Alaskan Bush People is recovering nicely after he injured himself on a tree in the forest this week.

The Discovery personality revealed that he had to make a trip to the emergency room on Monday after an injury on Instagram, sharing photos of his hospital bracelet and eye patch to worried fans.

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(Photo: Instagram/Bear Brown)

“Bear is doing well,” a Discovery Channel rep told PEOPLE Thursday. “He was running through the woods (as usual) and he ran into a branch that injured his eye. He went to the hospital and found that he had a scratched cornea. He will be fine.”

Bear is known as a daredevil on the show, so the injury definitely isn’t out of character for the “King of Extreme.”

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Shrinking hunting population draws aggressive response from Trump administration

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Zinke's order directs those in charge of some 500 million acres of public lands to research opening more access to hunters and anglers (Photo: Katie Theule/USFWS)

Zinke’s order directs those in charge of some 500 million acres of public lands to research opening more access to hunters and anglers (Photo: Katie Theule/USFWS)

President Trump’s Interior Secretary on Friday released a management plan to expand hunting, fishing and increase outdoor recreation opportunities on federal lands.

Secretary Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356, six pages of marching orders to the sprawling Department of Interior citing federal law and a 2007 Executive Order from President George W. Bush designed to boost flagging “sportsmen conservation ethic” in the country. The move comes days after a five-year survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported the number of hunters drop from 12.5 million in 2006 to 11.4 in 2016 although the general population rose by more than 30 million in the same period.

“The more people we can get outdoors, the better things…

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Boy killed by his grandfather on opening day of France’s hunting season

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Boy killed by his grandfather on opening day of France's hunting season
Photo: AFP
The opening of the hunting season in France was marred on Sunday when a 13-year-old boy was shot dead by his own grandfather in a tragic accident in the west of the country.

Every year people die in hunting accidents in France and this year the first deaths came on the opening weekend of the season.

A 13-year-boy, who had joined a hunt in the Vendée department in western France, died after being shot in the head by his own grandfather.

The boy was shot at 11.30 am near the village of Triaize as he went to pick up a game bird that had been shot.

He was taken by helicopter to hospital in Nantes but later died from his injuries.

An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances of the accident.


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Boy, 4, kills mom in shooting accident

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In Lebanon people have regularly been killed by stray bullets shot during celebrations political events. File picture: Rahmat Gul/AP

Beirut – A woman in south Lebanon was killed on Monday after her four-year-old son accidentally shot her with a hunting rifle, a security source and the state news agency NNA said.

The incident followed another accidental death in which an 11-year-old boy shot his 8-year-old relative last week in another town in southern Lebanon, NNA said.

Gun control is not strict in Lebanon. People have regularly been killed by stray bullets shot during celebrations political events. Lebanese officials have often called for restraint of gun use and celebratory gunfire.


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Petition: WestJet Lives Under a Rock, Still Supports SeaWorld | Save Animals


WestJet Lives Under a Rock, Still Supports SeaWorld | Save Animals

WestJet—the second-largest airline in Canada—still sells SeaWorld tickets and tours.

We’d like to think that it somehow didn’t know SeaWorld confines intelligent animals to tiny concrete tanks, drugs them, and tears their families apart … but it does know, because PETA told it, and also … Blackfish came out four years ago.

OLD newsflash: Orcas at SeaWorld swim in endless circles and break their teeth gnawing on the enclosures in desperation. Dolphins are impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged. Really not sure where the confusion about whether or not to support this abusive company is coming from.

Most Canadians don’t want to see marine mammals languishing in captivity. That’s why, after years of public protests, the Vancouver Aquarium agreed in early 2018 to stop imprisoning dolphins and whales.

SeaWorld still subjects 21 orcas, more than 100 other dolphins…

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Help Animals Imprisoned by SeaWorld! | Save Animals



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Orcas aren’t ours to use.
They aren’t ours to force to perform tricks or to confine to tanks that can never compare to their homes in the wild.

Orcas at SeaWorld—some of whom were trapped and stolen from their families in the ocean—are miserable. Instead of swimming as far as they want in open seas, they can only swim in endless circles in tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. They languish in chemically treated water, are forced to breed, and are viewed as money-making machines.
Tell SeaWorld that orcas are #NotOurs and that they belong in more natural seaside sanctuaries, where they won’t be forced to perform tricks…

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Politically Incorrect: Humans are a sick, perverted species.

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Humans care for the taste of blood more than they care for animals.

Before the Armory came into being, I was publishing Notes on my Facebook profile which I called political grenades, weapons to be wielded in the war for animal rights. Those modest apothegms and observations have grown to over two thousand grenades and articles.

In addition to regular articles, the Armory has begun publishing Politically Incorrect, an ongoing, daily stream of grenades that I hope will be shared extensively.

Most will be provocative, all will be irreverent, many seditious, and each will be designed to hit people upside the head.

The purpose of the Armory is to challenge people to think, to question what they believe, to weigh what they value.

To question authority, society, law, government, religion, politics, and their own worldviews.

I believe the Armory to be the most radical and incendiary blog for universal rights…

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Petition: Fire Officers Who Intentionally Ran Over Two Loose Dogs


Fire Officers Who Intentionally Ran Over Two Loose Dogs

by: Laura G
target: Paul Tiernan, Chief of Police

22,737 SUPPORTERS – 25,000 GOAL

As witnesses watched in horror, police officers with the Newark Police Department in Delaware got into their patrol car and intentionally ran over a German shepherd and pit bull that were running loose through a commercial area late in the afternoon of May 11.

Both dogs survived being hit by the SUV. The German shepherd was able to run away, but the pit bull wasn’t so lucky. The injured dog was shot multiple times and killed by one of the police officers.

Sign the petition to demand these irresponsible police officers lose their jobs for such animal cruelty.

The Newark Police Department, which is investigating the incident, released a statement the next day that said the dogs “were aggressive towards the officers by sprinting towards the officers…

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Petition: This MMA Fighter Trains by Throwing Cats. He Should Be Banned From Competing.


This MMA Fighter Trains by Throwing Cats. He Should Be Banned From Competing.

by: Care2 Team
target: International Mixed Martial Arts Federation

56,109 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL
Albert “Machete” Duraev is the world’s 59th best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) middleweight but despite his title and muscular physic it seems he would rather pick on helpless little cats.

Earlier this month a video hit the internet showing “Machete” and a friend (also assumed to be an MMA fighter) tossing a grey cat back and forth more than 10 times while “training.”

By the end of this cruel game of feline catch, Duraev, 29 and his fellow cat tosser were throwing the poor cat so far and high that it was wildly doing flips in the air. The whole ordeal looks terrifying and the cat was helpless to do anything to get away.

People are outraged that this bully and his friend…

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