News from Project Coyote

The news was shocking – a coyote in Los Angeles, gunned down by a sniper on a residential street. As reported on July 1st in the Los Angeles Times, the gunman shot the coyote in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood, in what the Times called an act of “coyotecide.”

As Los Angeles’s Animal Cruelty Task Force looks into the shooting, and the Department of Animal Services investigates, Project Coyote is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible.

Our reward offer is helping to generate news coverage about this act of barbarity, while exposing the stark reality that coyotes are the target of so much hatred and violence and have no protections as afforded their domestic cousins.

Had the killer shot a domestic dog, it would be considered a felony under state anti-cruelty laws. 

Ironically, just last week Project Coyote’s Southern California Representative, Randi Feilich testified before the Los Angeles City Animal Welfare Committee in support of a proposed non-lethal coyote management plan being considered by the Committee. The plan emphasizes public education and coexistence. At the meeting, Feilich offered the support of our Coyote Friendly Communities program, which provides tools and expertise to peacefully live with coyotes and other wildlife.

Since the shooting, media coverage has increased public awarness of the cruelty suffered by coyotes and other wildlife, as well as the threat this poses to human safety.

Please help us prevent such senseless acts and help us change laws so that coyotes are no longer treated as vermin that can be killed in unlimited numbers. 

With your support we can continue to equip communities across the country with the information, support and tools they need to live peacefully with wild animals who also call this planet home.

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Fur Sales On The Rise

Fur Sales On The Rise

July 5, 2016 by Leave a Comment

The News

There is a perception in the animal rights community that fur consumption is declining when, in fact, it is on the rise.

  • From 1990 – 2015, fur sales in the U.S. grew by approximately 50%
  • From 2013 to 2014, U.S. fur sales grew by 7.3%
  • In 2014, fur sales in the U.K. increased by 20%
  • From 2011 – 2013, global fur sales jumped by more than 50% – from $16 billion to $36 billion

According to the Fur Information Council of America (FICA), the largest U.S. fur association, the number of designers who use fur has dramatically increased, climbing from 42 in 1985 to approximately 500 today. FICA also asserts that 55% of the people who buy fur today are under 44, dispelling the myth that fur is primarily consumed by older people.

A 2015 article by the Guardian documented the rise of the fur industry.

A 2015 article published in the Guardian documented the rise of the fur industry.

“The fur industry’s statistics reflect what we’re seeing in the streets — that fur consumption is on the rise,” said Edita Birnkrant, Campaigns Director for Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy group. “For the sake of the animals, we have to organize and take a more aggressive approach on their behalf.”

Friends of Animals holds in store protests and puts up anti-fur billboards.

Friends of Animals holds in store protests and puts up anti-fur billboards.

The increase in fur sales can be attributed to many variables, including high demand from China; the use of technology to make fur suitable for warm climates; the growing use of fur trim; the increased use of fur in men’s clothing; the growing practice of dying fur; and the consumption of fur among celebrities with a large social media following. According to Mark Oaten, CEO of the International Fur Federation, “…with this increase in demand, farmers are deciding to invest more in fur farms and increase production.”

Dying fur and the growing use of fur trim has led to an increase in fur sales and by extension in the number of fur farms.

Dying fur and the growing use of fur trim have led to an increase in fur sales and, by extension, the number of fur farms.

While the animal rights community appears to be losing the war against the fur trade (despite occasional victories), some activists have responded to the increased prevalence of fur by engaging in more provocative anti-fur tactics…..


Swan killers attack animal rights activist

Photo   Jim Robertson

Photo Jim Robertson
“Swan protector Saskia van Rooy was attacked by hunters in Stolwijk on
Saturday, she said to Dutch newspaper AD.
“According to Van Rooy, she was filming dead geese when two men were
suddenly behind her. “Dressed in army suits and camouflage nets over
their heads, they yelled at me”, she said to the newspaper. One swung
the butt of a rifle towards here face, but she managed to duck in

Man ‘sorry’ after snowmobile driven into dogs at Iditarod race

Mushers in 2 teams struck during Alaskan contest; 1 dog killed and 3 others

The Associated Press Posted: Mar 13, 2016 9:13 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 13,
2016 9:13 AM ET

Arnold Demoski faces several charges on allegations he drove his snowmobile
into two Iditarod trail sled dog race teams on Saturday near Nulato, Alaska.


Arnold Demoski faces several charges on allegations he drove his snowmobile
into two Iditarod trail sled dog race teams on Saturday near Nulato, Alaska.
(Kyle Hopkins/ via AP)

A man accused of intentionally driving a snowmobile into teams of two
mushers near the front of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has apologized
for the incident in a Yukon River village of Alaska, but says he doesn’t
recall what happened.

Arnold Demoski, 26, of Nulato, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of
assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and six counts of criminal

Demoski spoke to KTUU-TV, saying he was returning home from a night of
drinking when he struck Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King’s teams early Saturday


A dog team leaves the start chute of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in
Willow, Alaska on March 6. (Reuters)

The crashes killed one of King’s dogs and injured at least two others. One
of Zirkle’s dogs also was injured. Iditarod officials at first reported King
had been injured. But the four-time champion said later the snowmobile had
missed both him and his sled.

Demoski said when he woke up Saturday morning and heard what had happened to
the mushers, he checked his snowmobile and realized he had done it. The
snowmobile was missing a part and had rust-colored stains, he said.

Demoski said he doesn’t remember the collisions, which the Iditarod
described as apparently intentional attacks.

“I just want to say I’m sorry,” he said.

Zirkle, 46, who finished second three times from 2012 to 2014, was mushing
from Kokukuk to Nulato, a run of less than 32 kilometres on the Yukon River,
when she was hit, race marshal Mark Nordman said Saturday.

The snowmobile hit the side of Zirkle’s sled about eight kilometres outside
of Koyukuk, turned around multiple times and came back at her before driving
off, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said by email.

The snowmobile reappeared 19 kilometres outside of Nulato. The driver revved
up and was pointed at Zirkle before leaving, Peters said.

Demoski told KTUU that he did not return to harass Zirkle. He said he wanted
to check to make sure she was OK.

‘Someone tried to kill me’

One dog on Zirkle’s team was bruised. Officials described the injury as

Zirkle reached Nulato and told a race official the incident had left her

“I’m really bad. Someone tried to kill me with a snowmachine,” she said on a
video posted to the Iditarod Insider webpage. Snowmachine is what Alaskans
call snowmobiles.

King, a four-time Iditarod champion, was behind Zirkle and fared worse. When
King reached the vicinity 12 miles outside of Nulato, his team was struck
from behind by the snowmobile.

Snowmobile struck dogs at high speed

Nash, a 3-year-old male, was killed. Crosby, another 3-year-old male, and
Banjo, a 2-year-old male, received injuries and are expected to survive.
King told the Iditarod Insider the snowmobile narrowly missed him and his
sled, but hit his dogs at high speed.

“One of my dogs was killed pretty much on the spot, and a couple others I
gave first aid to the best I could and loaded them into my sled,” he told
the Iditarod camera crew. “I kind of felt like a triage ambulance.”

It did not appear to be an accident, he said. “It seemed like an act of
bravado,” King said.

Rural Alaska communities have many wonderful people, he said, but they also
have serious social problems.

“It is beyond comprehension to me that this was not related to substance
abuse,” King said, adding that “no one in their right mind would do what
this person did.”

Salma Hayek’s Dog Found Shot Dead On Her Ranch

Salma Hayek seeks justice for her dog Mozart shot dead on Washington state ranch

Heartbroken Salma Hayek wants justice for her fatally shot dog.
NY Daily News
 Heartbroken Salma Hayek wants justice for her fatally shot dog.

The notorious animal lover’s prized pooch Mozart was found dead on her Washington state ranch last week, she revealed in a gutwrenching Instagram post Friday.


“I haven’t posted for a week as I been mourning the death of my dog, Mozart who I personally delivered out of his mother’s womb. He was found dead in my ranch last Friday with a shot close to his heart,” she wrote.

“I am hoping that the Washington State authorities do justice to this wonderful dog whom in 9 years never bit or attacked anyone.”

The Austrian virtuoso’s namesake “loved his territory and never strayed away,” Hayek eulogized.


“He was the most loving and loyal companion. He didn’t deserve a slow and painful death.”

The 49-year-old “Frida” star won’t be the only one feeling Mozart’s absence, as Hayek previously revealed a laundry list of animals that inhabit her ranch.

Mozart "loved his territory and never strayed away," Hayek wrote.Salma Hayek/Instagram

Mozart “loved his territory and never strayed away,” Hayek wrote.

Thousands of cows died in southern storms

This past summer we saw egg rationing, now milk might be coming up short on demands. If this sounds like the apocalypse — well, it’s actually just Texas. (Video via U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance)

The recent Southern storms that caused major damage in states in and around Texas are now resulting in another problem: lack of milk.

Upwards of 30,000 cows died in Texas and New Mexico. As for the ones that are still alive? They’re likely dried up, as cows need to be milked regularly to keep producing.

Last summer, several states, including Texas, started coming up short on eggs after the bird flu struck. Stores started rationing the number of cartons consumers bought, and the event was predicted to affect supply over the next year.

It’s unclear if the price of milk will spike, jugs will be rationed or if this will affect other states. One U.S. Department of Agriculture report says Texas isn’t one of the top five dairy contributors for the U.S., but the 27 million residents of Texas will certainly be affected. (Video via Texas Farm Bureau)

Iowa Egg Farm Investigation

Toyota pulls ad after it was slammed on social media for depicting animals glad to be killed

A prose quoting fish features in the ad talking up the Hilux.

A prose quoting fish features in the ad talking up the Hilux.

A new Toyota Hilux commercial which attracted backlash on social media will no longer be screened, effective immediately.

Toyota New Zealand made the announcement on Sunday saying the decision reflected feedback from members of the public who had been offended.

In the ad, animals are shown to look forward to death at the hands of hunters if it means they get to ride on the back of a Hilux.

Toyota was at pains to point out all the animals were CGI.

Toyota was at pains to point out all the animals were CGI.

If you wish to see the offending advert, you can watch it here.

Managing director and chief executive officer Alistair Davis said the company apologised for the offence caused. “We’ve listened and we’ll stop screening the ad. The public and in particular Toyota’s customers are the cornerstone of our business and we’ve been closely monitoring the ad’s response and felt the groundswell of detractors was growing.”

Toyota said the animals portrayed in the latest Hilux advertisement were regularly and sustainably hunted and fished except for the possum, which was a familiar pest.

Whitebait that wriggle and talk in the Toyota ad.

Petition: Stop using baby elephants in bars and hotels and beaches in Thailand

Stop using baby elephants in bars and hotels and beaches in Thailand



we’ve got 6,824 supporters, help us get to 7,000

Asian elephants are an endangered species. Experts believe there are now less than 2000 wild elephants living in Thailand. The population is declining at a rapid rate due to loss of habitat.

Illegal capture and trade for use in the tourism industry is also a big problem.

This industry thrives because foreign visitors all want to ride elephants, or watch them do tricks, paying good money for the privilege.

But the fact is that wild elephants need to be tamed before they can be ridden. Except the taming process in Southeast Asia is not the same as with a wild horse. It’s much more brutal, and is accomplished when the elephants are very young.
Wild elephants won’t let humans ride on top of them. So in order to tame a wild elephant, it is tortured as a baby to completely break its spirit. The process is called Phajaan, or “the crush”.

It involves ripping baby elephants away from their mothers and confining them in a very small space, like a cage or hole in the ground where they’re unable to move.

The baby elephants are then beaten into submission with clubs, pierced with sharp bull-hooks, and simultaneously starved and deprived of sleep for many days.

Did you know that riding elephants can actually cause serious long-term harm too? Their spines are not made to support the weight of humans. I know it’s hard to believe given their size, but Zebras are the same way.