Japanese town’s controversial dolphin hunt begins

SeaWorld says it won’t take beluga whales captured in Russia

Japanese town’s controversial dolphin hunt begins
“In the annual hunt, people from the southwestern town corral hundreds
of dolphins into a secluded bay and butcher them, turning the water
crimson red. The scene was featured in “The Cove” documentary, drawing
unwanted attention to the little coastal community.”


“I am Cecil”


Every day we can make a choice to save animals who want to live just as much as Cecil did. https://www.facebook.com/veganoutreach

“…most the friends ive seen talking about cecil are meat eaters and it feels crazy that one animal being killed is outrageous because its “majestic”, “pretty” and “exotic” and yet another animals being killed in the thousands daily is totally fine” Emma Smithies

Army Corps resumes killing East Sand Island cormorants


By Katie Wilson

EO Media Group

July 17, 2015 12:01AM

Madeline Kalbach/Submitted Photo
Double-crested cormorants like this one spread their wings in the sun to dry after getting them wet in the pursuit of small fish in the water. East Sand Island near Chinook is the location of a major colony of the birds.



Death toll hit 158 in early July.

CHINOOK, Wash. — Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are once again killing double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island after stopping for a week at the end of June, saying they didn’t want to disturb nesting birds or orphan newly hatched chicks.

According to numbers released on the Army Corps website, contractors killed 33 birds sometime between July 3 and July 9, bringing the total killed this year to 158. The website does not clarify if the birds killed were only double-crested cormorants; the agency’s depredation permit allows for the accidental take of other cormorant species, including Brandt’s cormorants which also nest on the island, and pelagic cormorants that sometimes fly nearby.

No nests were destroyed through a process called “oiling” during this most recent lethal take period, but sometime between June 9 (the last time numbers were published on the website) and June 24 (when killing had been halted for roughly a week) and before July 3 (the beginning of the most recent take), contractors apparently oiled 3,320 nests, bringing the total of nests oiled to date to 5,089.

This is just 790 nests shy of the total take of nests allowed under a one-year depredation permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Oiling prevents eggs from hatching and the bird embryos die in the shell.

Killing authorized

The killing is authorized under a depredation permit the Corps obtained this year as part of a management plan the agency says will protect runs of juvenile salmon by removing a large number of the birds that prey on them.

Two species of cormorant nest seasonally on East Sand Island, a 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River, but only one is targeted under the management plan: double-crested cormorants. The colony’s numbers have swelled in recent years and the Corps says adult birds consume millions of young protected and endangered salmon every year.

The depredation permit, which must be renewed annually, is valid through Jan. 31, 2016. But the birds are only on the island seasonally, arriving in the early spring to begin nesting and departing when colder weather rolls in.

Orphaned chicks could starve

The Audubon Society of Portland fears killing birds at the height of the nesting season impacts the colony in ways the agencies have not adequately accounted for, since any orphaned chicks will likely starve to death or die from exposure.

Audubon is suing the Corps, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Corps’ contractors — the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service — regarding the double-crested cormorant management plan.

The Corps says the contractors are taking care not to shoot nesting parent birds.

“They’re very specific about how they’re only culling adults where they can clearly see there are no eggs present,” said Army Corps spokeswoman Diana Fredlund.

Under the management plan, the Corps plans to reduce the total number of breeding pairs on the island from about 14,000 to 5,600 by 2018, a move the Audubon Society says unnecessarily slashes a healthy colony during a time when double-crested cormorants are struggling elsewhere.

Rod Stewart sparks outrage after wearing ‘vile’ sealskin coat ahead of concert in Canada


ROCKER Rod Stewart has been blasted by a protest group after he posed for photos wearing a sealskin coat ahead of a concert in St John’s, Canada.

PUBLISHED: 08:00, Wed, Jul 15, 2015 | UPDATED: 15:34, Wed, Jul 15, 2015

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Rod Stewart sparked outrage after he posed wearing a sealskin coat

The 70-year-old crooner has been branded “vile” after he was snapped wearing the jacket at a furrier called Always in Vogue.

Rod angered animal activists worldwide with his apparent support of the Canadian sealing industry.

Most seal products are banned in Europe and the US over cruelty concerns when baby seals are clubbed to death.

The fur shop shared a picture of employee Darren Halloran posing with Rod, clad in the coat, on their Facebook and Twitter accounts after he reportedly had the controversial garment custom-fitted for him.

Paul McCartney Condemns British Government Over Fox Hunting

Queen guitarist Brian May also criticizes Tory party ahead of July 15th vote that could revive “cruel and unnecessary” sport

By July 10, 2015

Paul McCartney has spoken out about the British government’s impending amendment that will once again open the door for fox hunting in England and Wales. In a statement, the bassist and longtime animal rights activist called the sport “cruel and unnecessary” and threatened that, by passing the bill, the conservative Tory party “would lose support from ordinary people and animal lovers like myself.”

“The people of Britain are behind this Tory government on many things, but the vast majority of us will be against them if hunting is reintroduced,” McCartney said. In 2004, the British government placed stricter restrictions on fox hunting, which was practiced legally for sport for nearly five centuries until the legislation passed. However, current Prime Minister David Cameron revealed in March he hoped to repeal the ban as long as the fox hunts were “appropriate” and done “efficiently,” The Guardian reports.

McCartney isn’t the only rocker to argue against renewing fox hunts: On July 9th, Queen guitarist Brian May appeared on BBC’s Newsnight to slam the amendment, which will be put to a vote on July 15th. “There is no justification for the hunting of foxes on the grounds of control of foxes,” May said. “They breed them to hunt; it’s all about people out there trying to catch foxes for fun. They like causing pain and this is what Cameron is endorsing.”

May appeared on Newsnight to debate fox hunting with a member of the Countryside Alliance, a group May called “a bunch of lying bastards.” Things only became more contemptuous from there.

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Puppy dies in hot backyard

July 9, 2015, 2:42 p.m.

WENATCHEE — A puppy died earlier this month after it was left tied up outside in 100-degree-plus temperatures, authorities say.

“This poor pup. There was no shade, no water. It was just awful,” said Sgt. Jody White with Wenatchee Valley Animal Control.

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B.C. conservation officer suspended for refusing to put down bear cubs

Bryce Casavant, a Vancouver Island conservation officer has been suspended without pay, pending a performance investigation for refusing to put down a pair of bear cubs near Port Hardy last weekend.


A B.C. Conservation officer has been suspended without pay after he reportedly refused an order to put down two bear cubs last weekend.

The cubs were orphaned after their mother was killed for breaking into a meat freezer inside a mobile home in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.

After tranquilizing the cubs, Bryce Casavant brought them to a vet to be checked out and then to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association operated by Robin Campbell.

Campbell says the bears, believed to be around eight weeks old, were at the home only because they were looking for their mother.

An online petition has been launched by the association calling on B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak to reinstate Casavant.

The petition had collected well over 17,000 names by early Wednesday.

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Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant has been suspended without pay pending a performance investigation after he refused to put down two bear cubs this weekend.
These baby bears, a brother and sister, were orphaned after their mother had to be destroyed after she had, at least twice, broken into a freezer of salmon and deer meat inside a mobile home on Hardy Bay Road, “through no fault of the owner.”
“Although it is unlikely the mother was in town due to the fire, it is hard to know,” said Casavant.
On July 5, Casavant and members of the Port Hardy Fire Department literally pulled out all stops to rescue the babies who had come back to the property and were up a tree calling for their mother.
“They (firefighters) had their high-angle rescue specialist scale the tree and rappel down on top of the bears to lower them to me. I then tranquilized them by hand,” said Casavant.
The babies were estimated to be about eight weeks and weigh 20 to 25 pounds, are healthy and still nursing.

They did nothing wrong and the order to destroy them came came in even before we had the little things out of the tree. I’m not sure how a decision can be made so quickly based on so little information from so far away. -Justin Reusch Port Hardy Fire Department.

Please sign this petition to show your support to have Bryce Casavant reinstated as conservation officer to the North Island.

‘Pawesome’ tips to help keep pets safe on July Fourth


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Charlie and Waffles of Snohomish. Photo courtesy YouNews contributor Victoria S.
SEATTLE, Wash. – Fourth of July fireworks routinely make July 5th one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters across the country.

That’s why Seattle-based Pet Hub is declaring all of July “National Lost Pet Prevention Month.”

Dogs and cats frightened by fireworks often escape yards in the course of the evening. Some even manage to slip out through doors or open windows.

“Make sure your pet has an external I.D. tag,” says Pet Hub’s Lorien Clemens. “It’s the number one way lost pets get home quickly.”

Pet Hub’s mission is to help reunite lost pets with rightful owners. Pet Hub’s digital I.D. tag can store an owner’s name, address, and phone number. It can even include information on the pet’s medications and personality. The tag can be read by a smartphone, putting important information right at the finger tips of those who find a missing pet.

But even a traditional tag with a simple name and current phone number is better than nothing, Clemens says, adding that microchips are also good, as long as contact information is kept current.

Owners can also help pets adjust by planning ahead for the day. Create a safe space in your home, perhaps in an interior room or on a lower floor, that allows your pet to feel sheltered from the loud noises. For crate-trained pets, their kennel may be their safe spot. For others, it may be a closet or on the couch next to their owner.

For families planning to go out for the night, consider asking a friend or relative to pet-sit.

Exercise early in the day can also help by burning off some energy and helping your pet relax.

“Take them to the lake or the park,” Clemens says. “Throw things around. Get them exhausted and they won’t even care it’s the fourth.”