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Pioneering Higher Education for Animals

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 11:49 AM PDT

There may be 50,000 paid professionals working in the animal protection field in the United States, and millions more people advocating for animals in their daily lives. Yet for them, there’s often no place to go for meaningful serious academic training on these subjects. Knowing that so many animal welfare professionals strive to do their work better, and to help animals in the most effective manner, The HSUS created Humane Society University to help achieve that goal.

HSU's Jonathan Balcombe at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
Michelle Riley/ The HSUS
Jonathan Balcombe, HSU’s chair of Animal Studies,
at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.

This weekend, the Washington Post Magazine ran a great feature on Humane Society University and the field of animal studies overall. The magazine highlighted photos of our faculty and students, as well as animals at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Maryland.

HSU's College of Arts and Sciences offers classes online and in Washington, D.C., for students seeking academic degrees including bachelor’s degrees, graduate certificates, and master’s degrees. You can find out more about degree programs and apply online on HSU’s website.

HSU's School of Continuing Education offers online professional development courses as well as in-person workshops on topics such as disaster response, illegal dogfighting, and animal cruelty that can be scheduled anywhere in the United States. The university’s programs teach important skills and information for animal sheltering professionals, law enforcement officers, humane educators, disaster volunteers, and many others.

There is a growing need throughout society¯and especially within academia, industry, government, medicine, and in the corporate and nonprofit sectors¯for individuals who understand and can act upon the myriad social, cultural, political, and scientific challenges associated with the treatment of animals. That need promises to expand the prospects for those seeking careers in animal care, animal welfare policy, and organized animal protection, and that’s the need that HSU is trying to meet.

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Over the years, the Liebel Family Circus has tried to evade scrutiny by operating under a variety of different names, but owner Hugo Liebel's deplorable treatment of animals continues to catch up with him. Having already been fined nearly $3,000 for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, Liebel has now been charged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with 33 new violations, including keeping an elephant named Nosey chained so tightly by two legs that she could barely move and potentially exposing her to serious infections by allowing manure to accumulate in her feet.

Other violations include leaving a chained monkey on a pony's back unattended for an hour and letting Nosey suffer from a chronic, inadequately treated skin condition and unexplained rapid weight loss. However, despite being notified of these charges in January and being contacted repeatedly by PETA, the Circus World Museum, which hosted Liebel last year, has yet to commit to implementing a policy that prohibits working with animal exhibitors who have had formal charges filed against them by the USDA for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. The museum has even failed to state that it will not host Liebel again.

Want to shut down circuses like the Liebel Family Circus that neglect animals? You can help make this a reality by taking a moment now and clicking here to take part in PETA's action alert calling on Circus World and its board to pledge not to host acts featuring abused animals—especially the elephant Nosey!


Alex Thornton
Captive Wildlife Specialist
Captive Animal Law Enforcement
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

4 years ago
Cars Were Zooming Over Him: “I Had to Save This Puppy!”
Cars Were Zooming Over Him: “I Had to Save This Puppy!”

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Dog Fighting Ring In Flint, Michigan Allegedly Run By 14-Year-Old


Dog Fighting Ring

Genesee County Sheriff's Departmentofficers in Flint, Mich., raided a suspected dog fighting ring and rescued several dogs, including two puppies.

ABC News reports that the suspected ring leader is a 14-year-old boy who was taken into police custody and later released pending a further investigation.

Three of the dogs were injured so badly that they had to be euthanized, according to Michigan Live.

"It appears that torture is also an issue here," Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell told Michigan Live.

Pickell added that some of the injuries sustained by the dogs, including deep bite wounds and fractured ribs, were "just brutal."

Though authorities are convinced they are dealing with a dog fighting ring, four of the dogs seized had to be returned to their owners because of a lack of evidence of wrong doing, according to NBC 25.

The Christian Post reports that dog fighting has become a bigger problem in parts of Michigan because of the financial rewards it can produce for ring leaders.

For more on this story, watch the ABC News report below. (WARNING: Report contains some graphic footage.)

4 years ago

noted, petition signed. thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Noted articles and sent the letter about shutting down Circuses because of neglect of animals :-0 Thanx Lynn ) ) )

4 years ago

Thank you, Nicole and Barbara.

4 years ago

Help Stop Poison-Makers from Harming Children, Pets and Wildlife!

Three companies have refused to comply with a government order to stop selling certain super-toxic rat poisons in formulations that can harm children, birds, other wildlife, dogs, and cats.  The recalcitrant companies include the world’s largest producer of household cleaning products, Reckitt Benckiser, and the pet-care products manufacturer, Spectrum Brands.

These rodenticides can cause fatal hemorrhaging in owls, Bald Eagles and other wildlife. Will you help us tell these companies that their behavior is not acceptable?

Join ABC in urging these companies to end their dangerous and irresponsible practices.  Please click below to take action now!


Pale Male by Jeremy Sota

Red-tailed Hawk, Pale Male by Jeremy Seto
World's Rarest Wild Cat Information
4 years ago
  • Here a mother Amur leopard is parenting its grown-up offspring.

    © WWF-Russia/ISUNR

  • Amur leopards use their long legs to walk in the snow and leap long distances.

    © Valery Maleev

  • Young male Amur leopard.

    © WWF-Russia/ISUNR

  • This male Amur leopard was first photographed by WWF in 2002.

    © WWF-Russia/ISUNR

  • Just around 30 Amur leopards are believed to still exist in the wild. Today, the majority of the species has found a haven in the newly established Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia’s Far East. 

    The national park is part of a major effort to save the world’s rarest cat. Extending nearly 650,000 acres it includes all of the Amur leopard’s breeding areas and about 60 percent of the critically endangered cat’s remaining habitat. The park is also home to 10 endangered Amur tigers

    Various zones exist within the park, including protected areas, an economic development zone and a recreational zone that will include forested areas and sites for eco-tourism. 

    “Amur leopards are literally teetering on the brink of extinction,” said Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, head of WWF’s species program. “With the establishment of Land of the Leopard National Park, in conjunction with other conservation efforts, we can now start to focus on how to begin bringing them back.” 

    Due to extensive habitat loss and conflict with humans, Amur leopards are critically endangered. Since 2001, WWF has supported the establishment of the Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia as critical to ensuring the survival of Amur leopards, as well as Amur tigers.

    4 years ago

    Beautiful animals = thank you Lynn!

    4 years ago

    Hi Lynn signed the letter about Stopping poison - makers from harming children,animals and wildlife :-0 Also I just love the Leopard photos Thanx ) ) )

    Important Information for Dog Owners
    4 years ago
    Potentially fatal parasite spreading in dogs


    Could you spot lungworm?


    In a recent survey, commissioned for the ‘Be Lungworm Aware’ campaign, has revealed 84 per cent of UK dog owners admit not being able to identify the potential symptoms of Angiostrongylus vasorum (commonly called lungworm) in their dog.

    This is despite experts from the Royal Veterinary College warning of its spread across the country.

    Increasingly diagnosed in the UK, a study by the College has shown the parasite is spreading beyond the traditional geographic distribution with 36 per cent of veterinary practices across the country reporting at least one case of lungworm in the past year.

    Is your dog at risk?

    A recent survey of 1,000 UK dog owners, launching the Be Lungworm Aware campaign, has revealed that 60 per cent admit their dogs eat things they shouldn't.

    Despite this concern, one third of dog owners have admitted they don't know how their dog can become infected with lungworm and half have said they don't believe their dog is at risk.

    Veterinary surgeon and award winning TV spokesperson, Luke Gamble, said:

    Once a problem seen only in isolated areas, lungworm is spreading at an alarming rate in the UK.

    While dog owners are becoming more aware of lungworm, there is still a real lack of understanding as to the warning signs associated with the condition and that monthly prevention is vital and easy to achieve.

    Blayze deteriorated quickly

    Owner Dawn Carter-Davies from Portsmouth explains why raising awareness of lungworm is so important to her, and why she supports the Be Lungworm Aware campaign:

    "Blayze was my 18-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier.

    "On the 22nd December 2011, she came in from outside and was very wobbly, crashing into the coffee table, her nose was bleeding and she collapsed.

    We called the vets that night as an emergency and took her straight in.

    "During the past few days she’d had intermittent nose bleeds, which we’d asked the vet about. We were told to bring her in if they were severe and carried on for more than a few minutes but they were light, and cleared up very quickly.

    "The vet decided to keep her in that night and run some tests. My husband and I went home but of course I didn’t sleep and cried all night.

    "I called the vets the next morning and asked if we could see Blayze. They said she was doing ok and that we could visit her in the afternoon. I went to see her that afternoon and in the space of 15 minutes, she’d deteriorated so much, she died in my arms.

    "During these last few months, I’ve made sure I raise as much awareness of lungworm as possible.”

    Be Lungworm Aware Protect your dog from lungworm with a simple monthly treatment

    A specific spot-on treatment has been available to veterinary surgeons for a number of years, and a recent advance means that this treatment has been shown to prevent dogs developing a lungworm infection.

    Used monthly, the treatment protects dogs, not only from lungworm, but also from more commonly found parasites such as fleas and intestinal worms.

    For further information, or to discuss your dog's parasite protection plan, please contact your local veterinary practice.

    The Be Lungworm Aware campaign has been set up by Bayer Animal Health, world-leading experts in animal parasitology.


    4 years ago
    Pony and foal rescued from certain death


    Trapped mare and her foal in danger from approaching tide


    Earlier this month we rescued a mare and her foal from the approaching tide on the Loughhor Estuary marshland in Gower, South Wales, after the pony's back hoof became caught in a matted tangle of her mane.


    The rescue followed a call to us from a concerned member of the public who reported the marshland pony as being collapsed with a young foal standing next to her.

    After a short period of monitoring, during which the pony had not moved, the RSPCA rescue team was called out following concern for the pair's safety due to the approaching tide.

    On arrival, RSPCA Inspectors Nigel Duguid and Neill Manley could see that the mare had caught her back foot in a matted tangle of her mane and was struggling to move.

    While Inspector Duguid was able to restrain the pony, Inspector Manley was then able to cut her free with a sharp knife.

    And after a short time the mare was able to get up and move, with her foal soon able to catch up on his milk.

    'Had we not intervened...the pony and her foal would have died'

    RSPCA Inspector Neill Manley said:

    There is little doubt in my mind that, taking into account the remote location and the nature of the potential hazard from the tide, had we not intervened and freed this pony it is quite likely that both the pony and her foal would have died.

    This is just one of many examples of the sort of trouble animals can get into when kept at remote locations.

    And we would urge owners to keep the management and monitoring of their animals as consistent and as regular as possible.

    Thank you to the caller who alerted us to the pony's plight

    Inspector Manley added:

    Many thanks go of course to the caller who reported the situation in the first place.

    And we would urge members of the public who spot an animal in pain or distress to call the RSPCA's 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.


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    4 years ago

    Check out this amazing video of a black bear casually swimming in Lake Superior. A sailor spotted the bear near the Apostle Islands, about a mile off shore. Good thing black bears are excellent swimmers!


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    4 years ago
    Investigation: Horses Sent to Slaughter

    Breaking news: Watch shocking undercover footage of U.S. horses' trip to the slaughterhouse! Join fitness guru and rescued-horse guardian Jillian Michaels and tell Congress that horses are not food! Take action.

    Convicted Hoarder Keeps Cats

    Investigation update: Even though Elizabeth Owen was convicted of neglecting cats, a court left many cats in her hands. Help update South Carolina laws to keep animals safe from their abusers! Speak up!

    Expose Abuse

    Support vital investigations and rescue work: Be one of 1,000 people to join the Investigations & Rescue Fund before May 1 to help unlock an additional $100,000 for PETA. Find out how.

    Horses sent to Slaughter and Convicted Hoarder Keeps Cats
    4 years ago

    Noted and sent letters Lynn :-0 Thanx

    4 years ago

    You're welcome, Barbara.  Now here's a beautiful story and picture that I'm sure will warm the hearts of all of you.

    Busch Gardens Tampa is celebrating an anniversary for a very special relationship. April 16 marked the one-year anniversary of the first time park guests got to see an 8-week-old male cheetah cub and a 16-week-old female yellow labrador puppy start to strike up a friendship that the park’s animal experts expect to last a lifetime.

    The pair — later named Kasi and Mtani — spent only supervised play times together at first. The cheetah first came to the park after its mother ceased caring for him. The 8-week-old male cheetah cub and 16-week-old female yellow labrador puppy bonded instantly. Now, a year later, they live together full time at the park’s Cheetah Run habitat and even travel together to schools, events and television studios, helping the park’s education team teach the public about the plight of cheetahs in the wild and the importance of Busch Gardens’ conservation efforts.


    Important - Please Sign
    4 years ago
    FDA & Elanco: Recall the Preventative Dog Tablet Trifexis
    4 years ago

    Thanks Lynn!

    4 years ago


    A Rescuer's Creed

    I shall be a believer of all that is good in man and of all that is deserving in animals. I shall plead for their lives, campaign for their safety and uphold their right to a natural death. I shall seek out the injured and the maimed, the unloved, and the abandoned and tend to them in their last days. I shall not forget their place in the hierarchy of life, nor that we walk in each other's paths. I shall bear witness to the wonder they bring into our lives and to the beauty they bestow upon our souls. I shall renew their spirits when they are waning, bind their wounds when they bleed, cradle them when they whimper, and comfort them when they mourn. I shall be near them in their hour of greatest need - a companion and friend when the time has come. I shall watch over them and console them and ask that the angels gather them in their arms. From the creatures of the earth I shal l learn the fruits of compassion and undying love, and I shall be called the beloved of God. In their company I shall indeed be blessed.

    ~ Susan M.Pearson ~



    Police Officer Shoots Dog - It's the Wrong Address!
    4 years ago


    The last thing Michael Paxton expected on Saturday was to be held at gunpoint by a police officer in his own driveway while his dog, Cisco, was fatally shot a few feet away.

    It had been a quiet afternoon -- Michael and Cisco were spending the day relaxing and playing frisbee in the yard -- until Michael stepped into his driveway and was suddenly confronted by an Austin police officer who drew his gun. Four seconds later, Michael's dog was shot dead.

    The worst part is that Cisco hadn't done anything wrong and neither had Michael: the police officer was at the wrong address.

    After a massive outcry on Facebook, Austin Police Chief Acevedo apologized to Michael and the officer was temporarily pulled from the streets. But Michael wants to make sure this never happens to anyone else. That's why he's asking the Austin Police Department to change its policies on the use of deadly force against animals. 

    Click here to sign Michael's petition calling for better training and policies for officers confronting animals.

    Michael still can't understand why the police officer drew his gun on him, or why his dog was killed. But this doesn't have to be the end of the story. After 7,000 people signed a petition on in the wake of a similar shooting last year, the police department in St. Petersburg, Florida, increased training for officers on how to handle animals and declared that deadly force could only be used on an animal as a last resort, and only if there was an imminent threat.

    If officials in Austin, Texas, hear from enough people, they'll be forced to adopt policies to prevent any more tragedies like what Michael's been through.

    More than 25,000 people have already joined Michael to call for justice for Cisco, and to save the lives of other dogs. Sign Michael's petition now asking Austin officials to hold police accountable for Cisco's death and to prevent this from ever happening again.

    Thanks for being a change-maker,

    - Stephanie and the team

    4 years ago

    All signed and noted. Thanks Lynn for posting. 

    Dogs walled and collected for slaughter
    4 years ago


    Horror house in Sarajevo: Dogs walled and collected for slaughter

    Bosnia-Herzegovina - Jelena Paunovic, compassionate animal lover from Sarajevo, turns desperately to the media. Many stray dogs are being held in a building in downtown Sarajevo under corresponding statutory conditions.

    According to Ms. Paunovic, the dogs are collected from the homeowners and apparently killed. The house owner himself is said to have told her over this. An unbearable stench in the area of ​​the house can anticipate the worst. Neither local government nor the veterinary inspection will take care of business.

    "I've been everywhere trying to get help - Veterinary, Animal rights activists Orgas, police, property management, etc.

    My requests were always rejected and was told that they can not do anything because the house where the dogs are located, is privately owned.This home is located in Pruscakovoj ulici br.3. In this house it stinks for years, no one can sleep at night because of the barking of dogs. Last year I happened to meet the owner of the house and she told me then that she and her husband collect the dogs from there and then and to spend their weekend slaughter house and there. I was shocked! "

    The Veterinary known is the case, but claiming it, do about it nothing to you. There, the animal lover was advised to contact the media, psychiatry and social services so that a solution can be found. 
    Jelena Paunovic: "If I had wanted that, then I would not go to the veterinary office. Then I made ​​a complaint with the police - and then no one has contacted me. A short time it was too quiet in this house.

    About a month I'm gone again to the house and I heard dogs barking and photographed.On 03/25/2012 I have recently reported that the Veterinary Services. 
    Responded to me was on 09.04. that no court order nothing can be done. Since no one wanted to help me, I have decided to appeal to the public and say that there are in this house corpses, the stench is unbearable. And how the dogs can not imagine living there! "

    Vet Blog invites all readers to participate in the protest! We stay with Jelena Paunovic continue to report in touch and be on the developments in this matter.


    Our partners Zoo4Fun, which is already active in the Ukraine relief "Stop Killing Dogs" has distinguished himself (see photo left), wants to help in this case, stark help. With a monetary donation to the SPCA Wahro, the spot the animal friends a helping hand will and the dog wants to provide for any emergency, and with the sale of "Stop Killing Dogs" items from his "shopping for animal welfare" range .



    4 years ago

    Horrible signed!

    4 years ago

    Yes, it is! Thanks for signing, Norma.

    Baboons Impress Scientists with Word Recognition Skilla
    4 years ago

    A new study published in the journal Science this month shows that baboons are capable of recognizing words, a skill that’s typically only attributed to humans.

    Baboons in the study were shown a variety of four letter words mixed with random sequences of four letters, when they recognized an actual word they would push a blue oval button on a computer screen, or a cross-shaped button for non-words. Whenever they identified a word correctly, they were rewarded with a treat, which was not their main food source.

    Six baboons were used in the study and were allowed to walk up to the computer and take the test whenever they chose to.

    “What’s really nice about it, there’s no stress associated with testing an animal and putting it into the testing area,” said Jonathan Grainger, a cognitive psychologist at the Aix-Marseille University in France and lead author of the study.

    “These baboons are motivated. They are doing this because they want to. … They do it just for fun.”

    Grainger, who typically works with humans, wanted to test the theory that reading uses visual systems in the brain that are used to identify objects in order to learn whether animals without linguistics could learn to recognize words, since they don’t have speech capabilities comparable to humans who typically learn sounds first.

    After 300,000 completed tests, the baboons chose real words an average of three out of four times, with one baboon named Dan learning 308 four-letter words. More interestingly, they learned through trial and error to recognize which patterns of letters were words and differentiate them from gibberish, even when seeing a new word for the first time.

    “It’s not just memorizing,” said Grainger. “It’s picking up what we call these statistical regularities: Certain letter combinations appear more frequently in words than in non-words.”


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    Wildlife Center Heals All Forms of Babies
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    I'm sick of seeing animal abuse everywhere.  I adore animals and I am horrified by the increasing prevelance of animal cruelty incidents worldwide. Signed, of course, the petition for the poor dogs in Sarajevo. The "Rescuer's Creed" worm my heart! Thank you Lynn for all your postings. 

    Please sign to help end Animal Testing
    4 years ago

    Help Us End Animal Testing for Cosmetics Worldwide

    Posted: 24 Apr 2012 01:29 PM PDT

    Was the shampoo you used this morning tested on rabbits or other animals? What about your lipstick?

    Wouldn’t it be nice to shop care-free, knowing that every cosmetic product produced and sold—not only in the United States, but globally—was made without subjecting animals to cruel testing methods that cause them pain and suffering?

    White rabbits

    This desire may soon become reality, with the fight to end cosmetics testing on animals going global like never before. The HSUS and Humane Society International—with its offices in Australia, Canada, Europe, and India as well as outreach programs in several developing cosmetics markets—just launched the Be Cruelty-Free campaign, the largest-ever worldwide effort to stamp out animal testing for beauty products.

    The campaign calls on consumers, legislators, and companies around the globe to join forces to end the use of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and other animals in painful tests to assess the safety of cosmetic ingredients and finished products.

    While hundreds of companies have already gone cruelty-free, others continue to test cosmetic ingredients on animals. Different countries have different laws on testing of cosmetics. U.S. law does not require companies to test ingredients used in cosmetics or their ingredients on animals—it only requires them to ensure that products are safe and free of harmful contaminants. Testing cosmetics on animals is already banned in the European Union, and a further EU ban on selling cosmetics that have been tested on animals in other parts of the world will take effect in March 2013.

    To make cruelty-free cosmetics, companies can choose from thousands of established cosmetic ingredients that have already been proven to be safe. For new ingredients, there are an increasing number of non-animal tests available, and they’re almost always quicker, cheaper, and more accurate than conventional animal testing, which many experts consider a scientifically unreliable way to test products, since animals and humans can respond very differently to the same chemicals.

    Please take action by signing our petition to end cosmetics testing in the U.S. and to stop the sale of beauty products tested on animals at If you live outside the U.S., sign our international petition at

    Update on Horror House in Sarajevo
    4 years ago
    Senka arrested Saric


    5 min ago



    Member of the police have just arrested HP Senka Saric and taken to the station.

    Remember, the problem of Shadows Saric and the crowd of dogs placed in thehallway Prušèakovoj Street in downtown Sarajevo, known for years. However, in recent days has got into the media spotlight after the animal rights activist, Jelena Paunovic (about which we wrote several times), drew attention to it.

    Shortly before his arrest in the street Prušèakovu employees arrived asylum Praèato captured and took the remaining dogs.

    During the trial staircases and search for the dogs. So far found six dogs, but it seems that there are more. Police officers who were with asylum officers, entered the doorway Šariæ states that have never seen something so that the inside is a thick layer of manure.

    "Dragan Furtula from TA Centre, said that tomorrow will issue a warrant to search the entire house and orders necessary for the arrival of the inspection - utilities, etc.," said the Jelena Paunovic.

    4 years ago
    Texas Hero Lays Out Welcome Mat for Rescued Poodles
    Texas Hero Lays Out Welcome Mat for Rescued Poodles

    Written by Arienne de Vassal of Texas

    I have volunteered with a local animal rescue shelter for about five years and fostered dogs for four. Although I foster different breeds, there is a soft spot in my heart for poodles. I grew up with one and have had one or more almost my entire adult life. I went into the shelter one day with my son, who also volunteers there. We were bringing in one of my fosters who was supposed to be adopted out that morning. Much to my surprise, when I walked into the Education Room of the shelter, the long table was lined with crates of poodles!

    There was a woman in Mississippi who was turned in by her sister for hoarding poodles. They have different regulations and laws in that state, so the woman, who was rumored to have about 30 poodles living in an apartment, turned over nine. A plea for help went out and Citizens for Animal Protection stepped up to the plate and made the nine hour trek there and back to pick up these poor, matted and miserable dogs.

    He Didn’t Know How to Walk on a Leash

    In a good home for the first time.

    I try to limit the number of fosters I bring home, as we have several dogs of our own. I am careful to pick and choose the ones I feel will fit into our pack. This is for both the new foster and our own dogs’ sakes, since I must be able to maintain a balance in the pack. One very sweet and soft apricot poodle caught my eye as one of the staff was trying to walk him outside. He did not know how to walk on a leash and he just sat there, not knowing what to do. I had never fostered a hoarder dog, but knew that I needed to give it a try. I named him Jacques and I brought him home with me that day.

    As soon as I brought him into the house, my husband proceeded to groom him. A family friend who was a grooming expert had shown my husband some tricks of the trade a few years ago and my husband is a quick learner. Jacques had the softest, buttery-est fur I had ever felt!  He was anxious at first — our house is loud between dogs and kids, but he soon became my shadow.

    I Couldn’t Stop Thinking About the Old Poodle Shivering in His Crate

    The rest of the week, all I could think about was an even more scared and matted little guy who had come in with the same group of poodles, shivering in the back of his crate. He was older and his eyes were showing the beginning signs of cataracts. I knew from my volunteering that an older dog with cataracts would be difficult to place in a home. He reminded me of my sweet Monet, who had passed away two years before from cancer. I decided to go to the shelter and pick up this angel too. My anniversary was the next day and I told my husband this would be my gift. He could not say ‘no,’ so I picked him up, brought him home and named him Marcel.

    My two boys together

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    4 years ago

    Signed petitition for Michael and took action for the dogs in Sarejevo Lynn, also noted some of the other posts Thanx so much for all your hard work ) ) )

    4 years ago

    Left a comment about how I Despise Rhino Poachers or any other animal for that matter :-0

    4 years ago

    I agree, Barbara and Gabriela about despising animal cruelty of ANY kind. That's why I started this bring you information so that we can help by signing petitions (they do a lot of good!) and by just obtaining information about what is going on in the animal world. It's my pleasure to do this and I'm happy that you all appreciate it.

    4 years ago
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    Lush Campaign To End Animal Testing (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
    4 years ago

    Jacqueline Traides, Performance Artist, Joins Lush Campaign To End Animal Testing (GRAPHIC VIDEO)


    How far would you go to protest animal testing in cosmetics and other consumer products? A performance artist in London recently agreed to undergo procedures in a shop window meant to simulate animal testing.

    Jacqueline Traides, 24, spent about 10 hours this week in the window of Lush Cosmetics' Regent Street store in Central London. During the ordeal, she was subjected to force-feeding, injections, hair shaving and other uncomfortable procedures -- often while restrained -- reported the International Business Times.

    Traides was joined by fellow performance artist, Oliver Cronk, who assumed the role of a laboratory technician. According to the Daily Mail, thousands of passersby witnessed the stunt and many signed a petition to end animal testing.

    Traides said, "I hope it will plant the seed of a new awareness in people to really start thinking about what they go out and buy and what goes into producing it."

    Lush's Fighting Animal Testing campaign was clear that the London demonstration's mission was "intended to shock." Emphasizing their opposition to animal testing, the group wrote:

    When we are forced to recognise that this aspirational industry depends upon the needless suffering and death of millions of innocent animals – animals that could have been our dog, our children’s guinea pigs, our neighbours’ rabbits – animals that we humanely love – we are shocked and we recoil.


    Humane Society International has also taken a stance against animal testing for cosmetics and encourages consumers to sign their pledge to be cruelty-free.

    In February, it was revealed that cosmetic companies Estee Lauder and Avon were allegedly cooperating with Chinese government requirements that cosmetic products sold in that country must be tested on animals.

    Recent videos have shown animals reacting positively to being released from laboratory testing. These clips show the reactions of laboratory chimpanzees andbeagles to seeing sunlight for the first time in their lives.

    WATCH footage from the protest (WARNING: GRAPHIC)



    4 years ago

    Signed thanks Lynn

    4 years ago

    Thanks Lynn!

    4 years ago

    Noted and signed petitions

    Thanx Lynn

    This post was modified from its original form on 26 Apr, 9:23
    4 years ago

    All signed, thanks.

    4 years ago

    You're welcome, Diane, Val, Barbara, Taylor and Sanja. Thanks for signing!

    4 years ago
    Save the Rare ‘Hector’s Dolphins’ - ForceChange

    4 years ago
    SHOCKING: TAKE ACTION: End Gas Chamber Euthanasia for Animals in Michigan. PLEASE SIGN!!


    SHOCKING: TAKE ACTION: End Gas Chamber Euthanasia for Animals in Michigan. PLEASE SIGN!!

    Animals  (tags: abuseabusedAnimalCruelty,AnimalWelfareanimaladvocatesanimalrights,animalscrimecrueltydeathdogshabitatethics,investigationkillingkilledsadnessgas chambers,euthanasiasocietylawhuman beingssuffering,Michigan ) 

    In March, the Board of Commissioners in Gratiot County, Michigan, voted to end the use of gas chambers to euthanize homeless animals. However, four counties in the state still use this inhumane method of euthanasia.
    End Gas Chamber Euthanasia
    4 years ago

    Noted and signed Lynn :-0 Thanx

    Thanks, Barbara
    4 years ago

    Pet Store Owner honored for promoting adoption 

    On Mother’s Day weekend, the oldest pet store in Naperville, Illinois will be honored for making the switch from selling dogs to saving them. Greg Gordon, owner of Dog Patch Pet and Feed, will receive the Kindness to Animals Award on Saturday, May 12.

    Gordon says the shift has been terrific for business. He’s received calls from numerous pet stores and rescues from as far away as Hawaii – all want to know if he recommends making the change.

    Dog Patch Pet and Feed now pulls dogs like Jack from high kill shelters and offers them for adoption.

    “When I talk to other store owners, I tell them all to find a rescue to work with. I suggest they interview a bunch and find someone reasonable that gets that you are a retailer and not a 501c3,” says Gordon. “I tell them to make sure that they are not doing these good things alone. It’s important to network, let folks know what you are up to, to let go of any past battles and engage and focus on what they can do.”

    The store features adoptable pets from Annie’s Little Angels Small Breed Dog and Cat Rescue. ALA saves dogs and cats from high kill shelters. Gordon says that since making the change, the business has seen an increase in new customers. In January, Dog Patch Pet and Feed sold it’s last puppy. Gordon says there is no going back.

    “This is probably the best decision I could have made. We are thrilled to see our own progress as we figure this out,” he said. “We have saved many lives.”



    Thanks, Norma
    4 years ago

    Toronto Zoo elephantsToronto Zoo Elephants Need Your Help 

    The elephants at the Toronto Zoo – Iringa, Toka and Thika – need your help again. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) revoked the zoo's accreditation last week because of a plan to send the elephants to a sanctuary. Now, some Toronto city Councillors are wondering if they made the right decision when they voted to send the elephants to the PAWS Sanctuary in California.

    Don’t let the AZA get away with these bully tactics meant to stop the transfer of the Toronto Zoo elephants to a large, natural-habitat sanctuary, and to intimidate other zoos that may want to do the same for their elephants.

    Tell the City of Toronto Councillors that the world is watching! Click here to send a message to the Councillors, urging them to stay the course and send Iringa, Toka and Thika to the PAWS Sanctuary.

    4 years ago

    Calgary Zoo elephants, CanadaCalgary Zoo In Canada To Close Elephant Exhibit

    IDA applauds the Calgary Zoo for deciding to end its Asian elephant program after 40 years, and for the right reasons: lack of space, a cold climate that prohibits year-round outdoor access, and a small social group. The zoo holds one male and four female elephants, one of whom is pregnant. The closure will take place in the next four to five years.

    Unfortunately, the zoo plans to send the elephants to another facility where breeding can continue, despite the fact that urban zoos cannot provide adequate conditions for the elephants already in captivity. The Calgary Zoo has lost one elephant calf to the elephant herpes virus, putting any calves born into the group at risk of contracting the lethal disease.

    IDA hopes the Calgary Zoo’s decision will send a loud and clear message to the many zoos holding elephants in tiny displays in cold weather areas. It’s what IDA has long been saying all along: if a zoo can’t meet the physical, social and psychological needs of elephants, it simply should not keep them.

    The Calgary Zoo stated that the welfare of the elephants drove its decision. We can only hope that when it comes time to shutter its exhibit, the zoo will see that a sanctuary is the best option for the elephants. Click here to read IDA’s 2009 report, Elephants In Cold Climate Zoos.

    4 years ago

    Hope Animal Sanctuary dog Barnabus, with human SarahHope Animal Sanctuary Transports 110 Animals To New Homes

    Hope Animal Sanctuary Director Doll Stanley, along with volunteer Lisa Martin and staff member Lainey Mansour, left IDA’s sanctuary in Mississippi on April 23 with 108 dogs and two kittens. This is the larger of two transports over the next week to Every Creature Counts in Colorado. This transport is mostly small dogs and puppies, including Barnabus, seen in this photo. Next will be about 60 large dogs.

    This team is no stranger to transports, but two between Mississippi and Colorado in just over a week is a lot to ask. Hope Animal Sanctuary fills up quickly and our rescue partners in Colorado have plenty of space and several big adoption events. It takes a lot of effort and fundraising to make these transports happen, but it makes all the difference in the world to the individual animals on the truck who will end up in loving homes. Click here to read more and post your thoughts on our blog.

    4 years ago

    chimpanzeeThis Week Is World Week For Animals In Laboratories (WWAIL)

    It's officially World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL, April 21-29)! Check our 2012 events page to see if there is an upcoming event near you. If you attend an event this week, please send photos to so we can post them on our website to inspire others!

    Whether or not you attend a WWAIL event, please ask your elected representatives to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act - and ask your friends to do the same. We can also send you our new Great Ape flyer for tabling and leafleting - if you are interested, send an email to And please support our Real Ridiculous Research campaign by contacting the chair of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, demanding that they re-open their investigation of the National Institutes of Health. Whatever you do this week, please do something on behalf of animals in laboratories!

    4 years ago
    Help Baby Elephant Chained to Temple In Sri Lanka! TAKE ACTION!
    Animal Rescue Corps. News
    4 years ago

    Cleo, an African Grey parrot, was one of the more than 100 birds rescued last year during ARC's Portland, TN bird mill rescue - Operation Free Bird. Cleo's fragile body had been through so much and he almost didn't make it, but he had a will to live and responded well to emergency care. Cleo was adopted by ARC field volunteer Kayce Hackett who rehabilitated and lovingly cares for this very lucky bird. Here is Kayce's account of the story and her update on her new best friend:

    Cleo Before & AfterCleo receives emergency care.                                Cleo 6 mos. later, much improved!

    "In August 2011, ARC rescued 116 birds from deplorable living conditions in Portland, TN. A small, starved African Grey collapsed in the hands of the on-scene vet as she removed him from his cage. She rushed him to the medical van and began giving him fluids. After 6 months, I am now pleased to say that he is doing very well. I spent almost 2 weeks hand feeding him. He weighed only 321g, his keel bone protruded out, and he was unsociable. Now he is a healthy 486g with no protruding keel bone and loves being out of his cage and held. The first phrase out of his mouth was "Whatcha doing?" I would reply, "I'm going to feed you!" He would reply, "Nooo". Cleo loves chewing boxes and the bark off of his perching. It did take a little time for him to get used to a clean cage and toys but now he enjoys both. Every night, around the same time, he will begin to have multiple conversations with himself and it is too funny. His favorite words are "kitty, kitty, kitty", "whatcha doing", "hello", and making fire truck noises. Right now he is learning to distinguish the difference between sounds that cats make verses the sounds that dogs make and he is getting very good at it. He enjoys watching our poodle, who sits at the bottom of his cage waiting for him to come down. He is a great addition to the family and we enjoy listening to him and socializing with him. I would like to thank ARC and the veterinarians for their support, dedication, and compassion towards these loving animals."


    4 years ago

    polar bearsPolar bears are in big trouble from accelerating Arctic warming and a vanishing sea-ice habitat. This year's skyrocketing fur prices and trophy hunting are also taking a devastating toll. Polar bear sport-hunting and the trophy trade are prohibited in the United States, but the international trade in polar bear parts is alive and well.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now deciding whether it will move to protect polar bears under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. At the last round of CITES negotiations, the Service led the charge to ban all commercial trade in polar bear parts -- a move Canada blocked. The agency is now "undecided" on its position for the upcoming CITES meeting.

    Canada still kills around 500 bears annually and leads the world in exporting rugs and hunting trophies. As polar bear numbers plummet under pressure from climate change, the Canadian territory of Nunavut quadrupled its hunting quota this season.

    Tell the Service to take a stand against this excessive killing, stop the international trade in polar bear parts and lead the world in the bears' protection.

    Click here to find out more and take action.
    4 years ago

    All signed. Thanks Lynn

    4 years ago

    You're welcome, Joan and thank you for signing.

    Please sign petition
    4 years ago

    Success! Some Koala Populations Now Officially Protected in Australia


    Success! Some Koala Populations Now Officially Protected in Australia

    Did you know that koalas have one of the highest extinction rates in the world?

    “Their diminishing numbers are attributed to a number of causes,” explains Care2 member Jennifer Perrine, “including mining, logging, coal-seam-gas exploration, and broad-scale land clearance. In each of these cases, politicians have turned a blind eye as developers threaten the long-term survival of koalas.”

    Now, it seems politicians in Australia are finally paying a little more attention to these fuzzy marsupials. Environmental Minister Tony Burke has listened to advice from Care2 members and the national Threatened Species Scientific Committee, and next week he is expected to grant koalas extra federal government protection in certain regions of Australia.

    Koalas will now be listed as “vulnerable” in Queensland, and as “endangered” in east New South Wales. Any new development project will be subject to conditions to protect koalas and their habitat.

    Thank you, Care2 members, for your support!

    However, the battle is not over yet. Australian Greens and environmental advocates claim that this legislation has not gone nearly far enough in helping save these charming creatures. It is estimated that there are only between 80,000 and 100,000 koalas left in the wild.

    “Minister Burke has already foreshadowed that he is not going to protect koalas across the whole landscape,” asserts Deborah Tabart, the chief executive of the Australian Koala Foundation. “Because I have been in my job for so long and I sat through the senate inquiries last year, I know industry is afraid of a listing and I know they have lobbied very hard. The logging industry, the development industry and forestry all pleaded with the senators last year, please do not list.”

    Environmentalists are especially concerned about koalas in Gunnedah, the “koala capital of the world.” Research has shown a 75% drop in koala numbers since 1993. However, this is not an area where koalas will be specially protected.

    Minister Burke defended himself by saying, “We know that koalas are under pressure in some parts of Australia while they are abundant in others. But I can’t provide a blanket threatened species listing across Australia when there are many places where koala numbers remain high.”

    This is a critical moment; we must keep pushing to help save this unique species and bring koalas back from the brink of distinction.

    4 years ago

    Noted and sent letter to Councillors concerning the Elephants in Toronto Thanx Lynn

    This post was modified from its original form on 29 Apr, 14:11
    4 years ago

    Thanks Lynn- always in the process of catching up here

    4 years ago

    Please help save these innocent birds from cruel treatment from the jaws of terrible humans who use them for profit and gambling.  Thank you. 

    Pigeon racing is one form of cruelty that you may never have thought about. Pigeons are intelligent, loyal birds who mate for life and who are doting parents, yet each year, tens of thousands of them are torn from their partners and babies, packed tightly into crates, loaded onto trucks, driven hundreds of miles away, and forced to try to fly back to their homes in deadly long-distance races.

    During a recent 15-month investigation, PETA penetrated some of the largest pigeon-racing operations in this country and discovered that the birds are being killed by the thousands. Investigators found that in many races, two-thirds of the pigeons or more never make it back to their mates alive. They die after they are released from crates on the back of a truck and are forced to fly through severe weather, are attacked by predators, collide with electrical wires, are shot by hunters, or collapse from exhaustion. Because the birds are raised in captivity, they cannot fend for or even feed themselves. They are considered disposable objects to be wagered on.

    The stakes are high for pigeon racers and all of the gambling is illegal. PETA documented races in which participants bet more than a quarter of a million dollars on the birds. Pigeons who aren't making money for their owners are typically suffocated, decapitated, or drowned to make room for new birds the next racing season.

    You can read more about our investigation by clicking here and by viewing exclusive undercover photos. We also need for you to take action to help pigeons used in cruel races right now.

    Please click here to contact Attorney General Eric Holder and urge him to investigate cruel and unlawful pigeon races. And please involve other people in helping the birds—family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors—by sharing this on Facebook.

    Kind regards,

    Ingrid E. Newkirk
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

    4 years ago

    In the News: Horse Racing and the Federal Government’s Wildlife-Killing Program

    Posted: 30 Apr 2012 12:41 PM PDT

    A big part of The HSUS’s enterprise of helping all animals is to carry out research and investigations and to shine a light on cruel and unacceptable practices, as a precursor to driving substantive reform. In recent years, there’s been a decline in hard-hitting investigative journalism, so that task often falls even more heavily on groups like The HSUS to do the digging and even the reporting. But today, in two major newspapers, I am pleased to share solid and in-depth front-page news stories exposing animal exploitation¯one in The New York Times on horse racing and the other in The Sacramento Bee on predator-killing by our own federal government.

    Horses racing

    Last month, I wrote about the first installment in a three-part look by a team of reporters at the New York Times into horse racing. That piece looked broadly at the industry, but specifically at the carnage on New Mexico’s race tracks. Today’s article by Joe Drape, Walt Bogdanich, Rebecca R. Ruiz, and Griffin Palmer focuses on abuses and breakdowns throughout the industry, while exposing an incredible number of breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, N.Y.

    Horse racing, which I wrote about more than two decades ago for a national animal protection magazine, has always had its share of cheaters and animal exploitation. In these last two decades, things have become even worse, partly because there is no national regulatory authority setting standards and policing the industry. It’s something of a free-for-all, with states setting their own rules. The state associations are controlled by race horse owners and others involved in the racing industry, and the rules are lax¯allowing drugging of horses on race day; running horses on surfaces that are too often hazardous, and starting them too young; permitting reckless breeding that makes the horses vulnerable to breakdowns; and discarding them and selling them off to the horse slaughter industry when they don’t perform well. Some industry racing associations and some states have adopted minor reforms, but the bulk of the problems that I saw 20 years ago are still rampant in the industry.

    Congress hasn’t done anything about the problem. A few lawmakers are trying to change that, however, and today, Congressman Joe Pitts, R-Pa., conducted a field hearing in Pennsylvania on a bill to halt the use of performance-enhancing drugs in racing: the Horse Racing Improvement Act, H.R. 1733, introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield (with a companion bill introduced by Sen. Tom Udall, S. 1733). Medicating injured horses to get them onto the track, or giving them performance enhancers, are both thought to be major contributors to breakdowns that kill horses and jockeys. One horse owner cited in the Times story, Michael Gill, had nine horses die on the track in 10 months¯a sickening record for a guy who runs through horses as if they were just old cars.


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    4 years ago



    Today’s story by Tom Knudson, the second installment of three parts, recounts how the agency is slaughtering coyotes to boost big-game populations for hunters in Nevada. Ironically, the predator-killing is not doing much to help raise deer numbers, but it’s doing a very good job of boosting populations of rodents and other small mammals injurious to agriculture.

    We at The HSUS have demanded reforms of this program for years, but a coordinated lobbying effort by the Farm Bureau, the NRA, and state agriculture and fish and wildlife agencies has blocked bills and amendments to get the government out of the business of slaughtering predators and other wildlife with your hard-earned tax dollars. Reps. John Campbell, R-Calif., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., have been leading the effort in Congress to turn this problem around and have introduced H.R. 4214, The Compound 1080 and Sodium Cyanide Elimination Act, to stop the use of these two highly toxic poisons for predator control.

    At the very least, it’s time for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make changes in this program, including banning the use of sodium cyanide and Compound 1080 by this agency, as called for by H.R. 4214 but within the Secretary’s power to do administratively. These poisons have no place in our federal wildlife management or damage control efforts. Write to Secretary Vilsack and urge him to end this cruel and reckless poisoning program.

    phenomenal work ,,
    4 years ago

    Lynn,still maintain that you are THE HIPPEST CHICK IN FLORIDA.


    noted and signed along the path.


    4 years ago

    Barbour's map turtle

    Freshwater turtles are facing more and more devastating overharvest in the United States for sale to the pet industry and food and medicinal markets in Asia. Beautiful map turtles are already endangered, and unregulated international trade is rapidly destroying them and other native turtles.

    Protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species would put limits on international trade and monitor their populations.
    In response to a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it may propose 17 species of U.S. freshwater turtles for CITES protection at the next meeting in Thailand. The agency has invited the public to comment on which species should be listed. 

    Please take action now to tell the Service to protect U.S. freshwater turtles from falling victim to an insatiable international market.

    Click here to find out more and take action.

    4 years ago

    Signed Koala Petition, sent Message to Secretary Vilsack and took action for The Freshwater Turtles Thanx Lynn

    4 years ago

    Aw, sweet have me blushing here. Thanks so much for the compliment!

    Big hugs right back at'cha.

    Pet Shop Owner Arrested In Case Of ‘Horrific Abuse’
    4 years ago

    DEARBORN (WWJ) - A Dearborn Heights pet shop owner has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after customers complained of “horrific abuse” and “deplorable living conditions.”

    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the case against the 40-year-old Pet Station owner Ramzi Dakhlallah involves over 20 dogs, more than 70 birds, a number of guinea pigs, hamsters, frogs, snakes, lizards, tarantulas, chinchillas, mice and rats.

    Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Worthy ran down some of the alleged violations.

    “The animals were not properly quarantined. On some of these animals you could see, without trouble, ribs and backbones and hips showing

    through the skin they were so malnourished … animals usually dead within days of purchase.

     Pet Shop Owner Arrested In Case Of Horrific Abuse

    Sign outside Pet Station in Dearborn Heights.

    “Deceased animals in cages with some live ones, animals that were sold too young, animals that had roundworm, excessive heat conditions with no air conditioning, excessive feces and urine everywhere,” Worthy said.

    The shop came to the attention of police as a result of citizen complaints regarding a lack of food and water for the animals, unsanitary conditions in the  pens where animals were kept, and generally cruel conditions related to the care and maintenance of the animals in the store.

    It is further alleged that animals were sold with insufficient, improperly maintained records, that unhealthy dogs and cats with dangerous diseases were improperly offered for sale,  and that dogs and cats were sold without being properly inoculated.

    Worthy said Dakhlallah intended to profit from these animals’ misery.

    “Further, the alleged conduct of these defendants exposed the customers of this enterprise, as well as the citizens of Dearborn Heights and Wayne County, to an enormous potential health hazard,” she said.

    The animals were seized by police and are now in the care of the Michigan Humane Society.

    Dakhlallah was arrested. He remained jailed Wednesday, set to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Thursday in 20th District Court.

    4 years ago

    Having a pair of pet goats, I am very disgusted at the ritual sluaghter of goat kids. I do not want to read about it but I can assume it is due to the production of goat milk. The doe goats have to have kids to produce milk and the male goats are useless. So unless those who drink goat milk also adopt pet goats, this horror will not end. I do not drink milk in part due to the fate of the bull calves which are raised for veil.

    4 years ago

    Tell New Mexico's Senators You Support Endangered Listing for Little Lizard

    Sand dune lizard pc unknown
    photo credit: public domain

    The dunes sagebrush lizard occurs on a sliver of habitat in the Permian Basin.


    Tell Senators Bingaman and Udall you support Endangered Species Act protection for the dunes sagebrush lizard.

    Sometimes decisionmakers get nervous about the Endangered Species Act, even supporters of the law.

    In the face of howls of protest and a massive misinformation campaign from the oil and gas industry, New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall recently supported an alternative to Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled dunes sagebrush lizard.

    Tell Senators Bingaman and Udall you support Endangered Species Act protection for the dunes sagebrush lizard.

    Frankly, we’re concerned that politicians are making recommendations for what’s supposed to be a scientific decision—and not a political one.

    As we write, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is completing its final listing rule for the lizard in accordance with WildEarth Guardians’ landmark species settlement agreement. New Mexico Representative Steve Pearce and industry representatives have loudly, repeatedly—and falsely—exclaimed that listing will “shut down” oil and gas development in the Permian Basin. 

    The constant barrage may have caused New Mexico Senators Bingaman and Udall to suggest that voluntary and unproven conservation measures for the dunes sagebrush lizard are preferable to listing under the ESA.

    Let’s remind the Senators that there is no better way to protect imperiled species than to list them under the ESA. The ESA is our Nation’s most powerful environmental law and it is working as Congress intended. More than 99 percent of species listed under the Act persist today. Scientists estimate that 227 species would have gone extinct without the law. Scores of listed species are recovering with federal protection. Congress should embrace this progress and support listing more imperiled species under the Act.

    Please join WildEarth Guardians to thank Senators Bingaman and Udall for their support of the ESA and ask for their support to list the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Act.

    For Endangered Species,

    John Horning Signature

    Staff Photo John Horning

    John C. Horning
    Executive Director
    WildEarth Guardians

    They’re Back
    4 years ago

    The state of Ohio announced yesterday that Marian Thompson will get back the five wild animals who escaped the massacre after her unhinged husband set free dozens of other animals in Zanesville last October. Remember, Terry Thompson acquired more than 50 dangerous wild animals and housed them on his property, traded firearms to acquire some of them, recklessly released them after getting out of federal prison for gun charges, and then scattered chicken parts around his driveway before he shot and killed himself, leaving the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office to deal with the large and powerful creatures as dusk approached. Thompson, who had a previous cruelty conviction, kept tigers, lions, and bears in what officials described as "big dog cages."


    Marian Thompson allowed these inhumane and substandard conditions to persist and escalate, and her association with this incident should disqualify her from re-claiming these animals. Hasn’t her family created enough trauma for these poor animals, and placed the community of Zanesville in enough risk?

    It’s now been 22 months since The HSUS signed an agreement with agriculture leaders and key officials in Ohio that included a call to ban private ownership of dangerous wild animals. We insisted on that provision because the state has been such an outlier on this issue. Last week, finally, the Ohio Senate passed legislation to crack down on casual ownership of wild animals as pets. But the House still needs to take action and pass a bill without any further weakening amendments, in order for Ohio to have any meaningful policies on this issue.

    We should not have to wait for another fatal incident or passively stand by while a collector like Marian Thompson reacquires leopards, a brown bear, and monkeys that she and her late husband should never have had in the first place. It makes no sense for private citizens to keep dangerous wild animals. There are almost never good outcomes for these animals or for the people around them.

    Speaking of bad judgment and unfiltered persistence, a gaggle of San Francisco chefs is belly-aching about California’s looming ban on the sale of foie gras from force-fed ducks. Somehow, these people say that the state’s restaurant industry will be adversely affected if the sale of foie gras derived from the process of force-feeding is prohibited. Do they not realize that foie gras is a table treat? If people don’t eat it, they’ll eat some other morsel, and the total financial picture for the state won’t change worth a whit.

    State lawmakers passed this legislation seven years ago and the state’s sole foie gras producer supported the compromise bill, even urging the governor to sign it into law. The foie gras industry argued for a seven-and-a-half-year phase-out period to enable it to find an alternative way to produce foie gras that doesn’t involve force-feeding. Rather than spending the time productively, the industry has waited until the eleventh hour in an effort to manufacture an artificial crisis. It’s time to see the law go into effect, and the chips and foie gras fall as they may.

    The man who has it spot-on is former Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, who authored the 2004 bill against force feeding. "I believe that force feeding is a very inhumane practice,” he wrote in a letter to lawmakers yesterday. “It is very painful to the animals. If these chefs have any doubt about that, they could sit at a table and have someone cram whatever food they like, including foie gras, down their throats and see how they like it."

    foie gras
    4 years ago

    Although I do not support eating any animal, I recently learned that there is a humane way to make foie gras. Geese and ducks will over eat on their own naturaly. Just before winter they do it and only when they are not fed by people, becuase if fed, they figure why over eat when people will feed me this winter.

    4 years ago

    Sportsmen's Heritage Attack

    Sportsmen's Heritage AttackOpening millions of acres of open space to motor vehicle use, handing over vast areas of wilderness to drillers and loggers, banning the president from designating national monuments -- do these ideas sound like legislation that benefits sportsmen? Of course not. Yet the House of Representatives has just passed the so-called Sportsmen's Heritage Act, which would do all of these.

    Fortunately, it's not too late to stop this disastrous legislation, which now goes to the Senate. "This is not a bill that defends sportsmen's rights," Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune says. "In reality, it sells them down the river."

    Tell your senators that we can't afford to let one reckless Congress destroy our wilderness heritage.

    4 years ago

    In just one day tens of thousands of Defenders supporters have spoken out in support of Idaho wolves by signing our petition to Governor Otter and posting messages to his Facebook page. We're more than half way to our goal of 75,000 signatures. If you haven't already, please take action today for Idaho wolves.

    Gray Wolf (Photo: Larry Allan)

    It's been one year since Congress stripped federal protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies -- and already, Idaho has eliminated almost half the state's population of wolves.

    Help Save Our Wolves

    Sign our petition to Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and urge him to stop decimating wolves -- and to treat these animals like wildlife, not vermin.

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    Dear Lynn,

    We saw it coming. When Congress stripped federal protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies one year ago, we warned that hundreds of wolves in the region would be killed.

    It's especially bad in Idaho. Broken promises and political pandering to anti-wolf extremists has led to the elimination of more than 400 wolves -- almost half the state's wolf population -- in just one year.

    Starting today, we're marking the first anniversary of wolf delisting with a series of actions aimed at shining the national spotlight on Idaho's extreme wolf-killing policies -- and the dangers it poses to wolf recovery in the American West.

    Take action now: Sign our petition to Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and urge him to stop his state's war on wolves -- and to treat these animals like wildlife, not vermin.

    Idaho officials aren't stopping as the death toll surpasses 400 -- they're aiming to kill off as many wolves as possible until they drive the population down to 150. Officials have already changed their rules to make it even easier for hunters and trappers to kill even more wolves.

    It's clear that Idaho's goal is to drive wolves down to the barest minimum of 150 wolves -- decimating the state's wolf population down to minimum numbers.

    This is not wolf management. It's a backwards attempt to once again eliminate an ecologically important predator from the landscape.

    Tell Idaho Governor Otter that decimating the state's wolves is unethical, unscientific and unacceptable in modern-day wildlife management.

    Federal officials delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies based on Idaho's commitment to maintain between 518 and 732 wolves. But the governor broke this promise, leading to Idaho's policy of killing off hundreds of wolves. This gives new unfortunate meaning to the old phrase of “bait and switch.”

    Take action now and help us reach our goal of generating 75,000 signatures: Sign our petition to Idaho's governor and tell him to get it right on wolves.

    4 years ago

    Thanks for all your hard work Lynn - think you need a new thread!

    Endangered listing for little Lizard, Exotic Animal issue, Sportsman Heritage Act...
    4 years ago

    Hi Lynn, Updated, noted, and sent messages :-0 I think I am Current Thanx for all your hard work ) ) )

    4 years ago

    All up to date.  Thank you Lynn.

    4 years ago

    Dear Lynn, I would like to thank you for keeping us informed. I greatly appreciate it. Petitions signed and actions taken. 

    4 years ago

    I appreciate the nice comments and the fact that so many of you are responding to the articles and actions that need to be taken. Thank you, all.

      To all of you....

    I'm going to open a new thread now with a link to this one.

    This thread is archived. To reply to it you must re-activate it.

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