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Exposing the Big Game

Chickens: Their Life and Death in Farming Operations

*By Karen Davis | October 1, 2018 | Comments Welcomed*

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Russia plans to kill a quarter million Siberian reindeer amid anthrax fears

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/10/01/russia-plans-to-kill-a-quarter-million-siberian-reindeer-amid-anthrax-fears/

October 1 at 1:15 PM

You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid…?

They may all be dead soon.

Faced with a public health crisis straight from a dystopian horror movie, officials in a remote region of Siberia have proposed killing off 250,000 reindeer by Christmas to minimize the possible spread of deadly anthrax bacteria, according to the Siberian Times.

The alarm started in July, when an outbreak of the bacteria killed a 12-year-old nomadic boy and sickened nearly 100 nomadic people in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, a vast northwestern region of the Siberian tundra. More than 2,300 reindeer also died.

The region’s governor, Dmitry Kobylkin, declared a state of emergency but also tried to reassure the Nenets, the nomadic indigenous people of the region, who roam with the herds of reindeer and depend on them for their existence.

“There is no epidemic in Yamal,” Kobylkin told the Associated Press then. “Only a small area was quarantined.”

The Yamal Peninsula, where the outbreak occurred, was immediately closed off and the carcasses of the dead animals burned. Kobylkin said all the reindeer on the peninsula — some 300,000 — were vaccinated, the AP reported.

Hundreds of nomadic reindeer herders were evacuated to Salekhard, the region’s capital, and the government set aside about $1.3 million to help them build a new settlement, according to the AP.

Still, the outbreak has prompted officials to propose killing 250,000 reindeer by Christmas, a far greater number that would be reduced anyway in an annual “cull” of the animals that takes place each November and December, the Siberian Times reported.

[A lightning strike killed 323 reindeer, and this is the ghastly aftermath]

A Russian federal veterinary official has said the reindeer population in Yamal was already “too high,” and thus, unsustainable.

“The more dense the animal population is, the worse the disease transfer medium (and) the more often animals get sick,” said Nikolai Vlasov, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service, according to the Siberian Times. “Density of livestock, especially in the tundra areas that are very fragile, should be regulated…. Otherwise, they will kill the pastures and later will destroy the indigenous minorities of the north who will have nothing to live on. It is impossible to breed reindeer without limits.”
An estimated 730,000 reindeer live in the Yamalo-Nenets region, the largest herd in the world, according to the paper.

Further complicating the matter, officials believe the mysterious outbreak may have started because a heat wave this summer thawed a decades-old corpse of a reindeer that was infected with anthrax, re-releasing the bacteria into the air.

This summer, temperatures in Yamal reached record highs of 90-degrees Fahrenheit and above, an unusual occurrence for what is typically a bitterly cold tundra. (Yamal means “end of the land” in the Nenets language.)

[Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now]

As the warmer temperatures caused a layer of permafrost to melt, the infected reindeer carcass was exposed to the surface — and, with it, spores of reanimated anthrax bacteria that grazing reindeer quickly picked up.

As The Post’s Ben Guarino reported in July:

Zombie bacteria that awaken from old corpses might sound like the stuff of an “X-Files” episode. The premise is far from a complete fiction, however.

For one, anthrax bacteria are hardy microbe. As University of Missouri bacteriologist George Stewart told the Missourian in 2014, the organisms turn into spores in the cold. They play the long game, waiting in the soil for the temperatures to rise. Once it hits a certain threshold, they morph back into a more mobile, infectious state.

“The soil in the Yamal Peninisula is like a giant freezer,” Jean-Michel Claverie, a biologist with the National Center for Scientific Research in France, told NPR in August. “Those are very, very good conditions for bacteria to remain alive for a very long time.”

In addition to culling a quarter-million reindeer this year, officials have also proposed that the animals be moved south and fenced in to allow northern pastures to recover from overgrazing, the Guardian reported.

Both proposals have drawn criticism from those who say they would be detrimental to the way of life for some of the nomadic herders.

“A huge number of nomads on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas will lose their means of existence and opportunities to maintain their traditional way of life,” Olga Murashko, an anthropologist, told the paper.

Bruce C. Forbes, a professor at the Arctic Centre in the University of Lapland, said that dramatically culling the reindeer in Yamal or to move to a fenced-in reindeer population “would be to simply replace one set of problems with another,” citing overgrazing issues even in the Finnish system of managing the reindeer population.

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/10/01/russia-plans-to-kill-a-quarter-million-siberian-reindeer-amid-anthrax-fears/

Toddler Hunting

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http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27136-toddler-hunting.html

Jan. 19, 2016

Most people in Wisconsin may be shocked to learn children at the absurdly young age of 10 without any training at all in gun safety are being encouraged to roam our woods during hunting season using fully loaded firearms.

A bizarre gun subculture in this state actually won the support of Republicans controlling the Legislature for that irrational change in state hunting laws to intentionally increase the number of deadly weapons in the hands of very young children.

OK, brace yourselves. Republicans now want to make that dangerous situation unbelievably worse.

Republican state Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc, married to Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, has proposed a bill opening the way for toddler hunting. He wants to totally eliminate the state’s minimum age for children hunting with firearms without passing a gun safety course.

This has absolutely nothing to do with Wisconsin’s celebrated, strong hunting tradition. In fact, the radical changes in hunting laws are prompted by exactly the opposite—a fear by the extreme gun subculture that support for hunting in this state is growing weaker all the time.

Hunting enthusiasts have worried for years about the future of their blood sport because aging participants are dying off without being replaced by younger people. Kids today! You can’t get them to stop playing video games long enough to go out and really kill something.

That’s why the Legislature lowered the age to 10 for a so-called mentored hunt, allowing gun-toting parents to take very young children into the woods to get them hooked on blowing away animals before the kids become teenagers and discover less violent forms of amusement with each other.

An adult is supposed to stay within an arm’s length of an untrained child with a gun and the two of them must share a gun. Another dangerous change Kleefisch proposes is permitting both the adult and untrained child to be armed. If a deer suddenly appears, it’s not difficult to imagine both of them firing excitedly and lethally every which way.

There were more than 30,000 mentored hunts with young children in 2014, but apparently those kids weren’t nearly enthusiastic enough about killing stuff. So the only thing left for Republicans to do is to start arming kindergarteners and preschoolers.

What could be a more wholesome form of family entertainment? Well, let’s think. Almost anything.

 

Kids Killing Animals Is a Warning Sign

One of the most beautiful qualities of sweet, little children is their love of animals. Not their love of shooting animals. Their love for animals.

Why not go to the Wisconsin Humane Society and adopt a pet for your children to love and care for? Take them to the zoo to see awesome animals from around the world and develop a healthy interest in protecting the planet and all its living species.

There’s a reason why young children love their stuffed animals. And it’s not because they’re eagerly looking forward to an adulthood where their trophy rooms will be lined with stuffed animal heads staring at them with glass eyes.

Children are supposed to love Elmo, not think about tracking him, assassinating him and nailing his bright red hide to their bedroom walls.

In fact, psychologists warn that any child who shows cruelty by torturing or killing animals at a young age actually may be exhibiting warning signs of mental illness or psychotic behavior in adulthood. Jeffrey Dahmer did just that, you may recall.

And it’s not just wimpy liberals appalled by guns and hunting who think early childhood hunting is a terrible idea. Experienced hunters are the strongest supporters of improving hunter safety education.

Ray Anderson, a Madison hunting safety instructor, submitted written testimony to the Legislature warning many children under 12 are simply physically incapable of controlling powerful firearms and far too immature to use sound judgment regarding gun safety.

“Too many children age 10 or younger are not ready to hunt,” Anderson wrote. “We’ve had situations in class where 9- and 10-year-olds simply don’t have the maturity to handle a firearm. They inadvertently point the firearm at others and instructors. I implore you to not pass [this bill]. If anything, raise the minimum age limit …”

Joseph Lacenski, president of the Wisconsin Hunter Education Instruction Association, also opposed legalizing hunting with deadly weapons by younger children.

“Can that 1-day-old to 9-year-old differentiate between shoot [or] don’t shoot?” Lacenski asked. “Can they rationalize the difference between video games they have been playing and the consequences of the real world?”

It’s no surprise Kleefisch’s bill has the support of the National Rifle Association. The NRA’s twisted new advocacy of a gun in every child’s lunchbox is a gross betrayal of what once was that organization’s primary mission, safety education for hunters and gun owners.

When I was a new parent, my child’s tiny fingers seemed like a miracle to me. There’s something obscene about imagining them wrapped around the trigger of a gun.

 

Never Enough Carnage

There’s never enough carnage to satiate the boiling bloodlust of wolf hunters and trappers in those states fortunate enough to support populations of the long-embattled canines. Just today, I received the following email alert from Footloose Montana http://www.footloosemontana.org/ 

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Update about increased wolf “bag” limits

as it stands now:

· If you are a trapper you can officially kill ONE wolf per season.

What’s coming down the pike for wolves:

· It is FWP’s goal to pass a bill through the next legislature that would INCREASE the “bag” limit on wolves in Montana from ONE to THREE or FIVE per trapper (the final number will likely depend on whether Steve Bullock or Rick Hill becomes Governor).

· FWP wants this to pass a quickly as possible …no later than the end of January 2013, so that they can implement this new law for the remainder of the 2012-13 hunting/trapping season.

This means that we (the public) are commenting against the trapping of ONE wolf per trapper, comes February, it will be certain that each trapper will be allowed to either kill three or five wolves!

In light of this new and frankly, deceiving, information, it is more important than ever for YOU to send a comment to FWP opposing the planned trapping of wolves. If you have already, THANK YOU! If you have not yet, please send your comment to: http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/publicComments/2012_13proposedWolfHunt.html

Your friends at Footloose Montana

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At the same time, the anti-wolf militia in Wisconsin is hoping to add additional cruelties to their eradication arsenal. Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife posted the following alert on their blog

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http://wiwildlifeethic.org/2012/06/07/urgent-action-needed-dnr-wolf-killing-survey-below-urgent-action-needed/#comment-1034

**URGENT ACTION NEEDED** DNR WOLF KILLING SURVEY BELOW **URGENT ACTION NEEDED

07Jun

**UPDATE**  The hounders, hunters, and trappers are already whining that killing 1/3 of the wolf population is not enough. Please spread this survey to everyone you know. You know that the anti-wolf groups are lobbying their members hard to allow even more killing.

Please take the time to respond to this survey from the Wisconsin DNR about their upcoming wolf killing season. You can be sure that the wolf haters will be out in full force to defend their plan to kill 1/3 of the population by using packs of dogs, night hunting, trapping, baiting, electronic calls, all for four and a half months. Their stated goal is to knock the wolf population down to a token number of 350 and this is just the beginning. I urge you to take the time and do this survey. Make YOUR voice heard. Please use the link below to access the survey.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RWL7CMW

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Apparently, unmoved by the near-extinction of the species, 21st century wolf haters won’t be satisfied until they’ve had their turn to try to drive them back to the brink of oblivion…

Photos Copyright Jim Robertson