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4 years ago
Join WildEarth Guardians’ Fight to Reform Wildlife Services

“Wildlife Services” may be the most euphemistically named agency in the federal government. Last year it “serviced” wildlife by killing nearly 4 million animals nationwide, making it the nation’s most prolific wildlife killer. WildEarth Guardians has been exposing Wildlife Services’ rogue ways for years, and now we have launched a new initiative to permanently reform this agency.

Please join WildEarth Guardians to bring this unruly agency to heel.

Last month we filed a massive lawsuit against Wildlife Services challenging its antiquated, inhumane, and damaging programs nationwide. The agency illegally employs management plans that are nearly two decades old and devoid of the latest information on wildlife management, economics, and public preferences.  

The lawsuit also charges Wildlife Services with violating the Wilderness Act. Did you know that, while you can’t ride a bicycle in designated wilderness, Wildlife Services routinely strafes these areas with low-flying helicopters and airplanes in pursuit of coyotes and wolves?

That’s just wrong and we aim to change it. We invite you to join our campaign to end the war on wildlife now!

Our timing could not be better. The Sacramento Bee just published a landmark exposé about the agency. The veil has been lifted and public awareness about Wildlife Services is surging.

Please contribute to WildEarth Guardians' efforts. We have launched this offensive against an incredibly offensive agency. We appreciate your support as we seek to reform—or eliminate—Wildlife Services. Together we can bring much needed change to protect and restore wildlife.

For the Wild,
Wendy Keefover Staff Image with Dogs
Wendy Keefover
Carnivore Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians

P.S. Visit our website to learn more about our campaign to stop Wildlife Services dead in its tracks.

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Wildlife Services killed more than 83,000 coyotes in 2011.

“The misnamed Wildlife Services is a carpet bomber of the West because of the scale of indiscriminate killing of native wildlife.” Jim Baca, former director of the Bureau of Land Management     

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4 years ago

Turning the Tide Against Puppy Mills

Posted: 22 May 2012 04:13 PM PDT

Recently, I blogged about exciting news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would propose a rule requiring large-scale puppy mills and kitten mills selling pets online, by phone, or by mail to be licensed and inspected for basic standards of care. This is a reform we’ve been working to achieve for two decades, and now we have an opportunity to lock it in as a matter of federal policy. The rule will be made final after a comment period that lasts until July 16. Please take a moment to contact the USDA to support this important protection.

Dog at North Carolina puppy mill
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
Take action to help dogs by contacting the USDA today.

But that’s just one front of activity for us on puppy mills. Earlier this month was our sixth annual Puppy Mill Action Week, when we launched several new initiatives to enhance our public education, policy, and enforcement-related work. Our new Puppy Mills Tip Line reward fund will pay tipsters up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for animal cruelty. Tipsters can call 1-877-MILL-TIP or report cruelty online. If you know of any good places to hang our tip line poster, such as your local animal shelter or pet supply store, please write to for free copies. If you put up a poster in your neighborhood, please also send us a photo and the location information.

As we also announced this month, you can now register for our new Humane Society University course for anti-puppy mill advocates or watch the winners of our Why Puppy Mills Stink video contest online.

A few weeks ago, New York legislators introduced a bill to protect dogs in puppy mills, and we found out that the USDA has taken action against yet another mill identified in our Missouri’s Dirty Dozen update report. Vestal’s Kennel in Livonia, Mo., has permanently lost its USDA license and has been barred from obtaining another license in the future. Inspection reports at this facility documented filthy conditions, sick animals, refusal to grant access to inspectors on numerous occasions, and lack of proper veterinary care.

Please take action to help dogs in unlicensed puppy mills »

We are committed to turning around the puppy mill problem in our nation, and the actions I’ve enumerated above provide just some of the most recent evidence of the change that we are driving. Thanks for all you do to help raise awareness about this important issue and our Puppy Mill Campaign.

4 years ago

Noted, signed and shared. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

All signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Hi Lynn, I am already a member of Wildearth Guardians ( Wonderful site and work that they do) Already sent a message to USDA Thanx and see Ya around , Barb ) ) )

4 years ago

Thank you Brenda, Sandy and Barb. Barb, I'm glad that you're already a member of Wildearth Guardians. They do marvelous work to help animals.

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We need your help to stop the abuse of kittens by Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. This week, PCRM filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, explaining that the medical center is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live kittens in its pediatrics residency program. Please help this effort by asking the medical center to end the use of animals today.

In the pediatrics residency program at Albert Einstein Medical Center, breathing tubes are pushed down the throats of live kittens to teach endotracheal intubation. This painful procedure is repeated numerous times on each animal and can cause tracheal bruising, bleeding, and severe trauma. Nonanimal training methods are widely implemented in accredited pediatrics programs, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.

So far, the responsible Albert Einstein faculty and administrators have refused pleas to change this practice. Please e-mail Albert Einstein Healthcare Network president and CEO Barry Freedman, and urge him to end this cruel and unnecessary practice. Send an automatic e-mail. 

Gaumard’s Premie HAL and PREMIE Blue simulators, designed to mimic the airway of a premature newborn; Laerdal’s SimNewB, which was developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics; and METI’s BabySim can all be used for this type of training. The medical center even teaches a pediatrics critical care course that includes intubation at the simulation center.

More than 95 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States and Canada—including every other program in Pennsylvania—do not use animals. It is time for Albert Einstein Medical Center to join the majority. Please e-mail Mr. Freedman today and ask him to replace the use of animals in the medical center’s pediatrics residency program.

You can read our complaint to the Department of Agriculture here.

Thank you for your help.


John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of Academic Affairs

P.S. Please forward this e-mail to your family and
Share this! Take Action!

Greg Mazur
Research and Education
Programs Coordinator


4 years ago

Dead or Alive: Your Vehicle Can Help Pets

Donate your vehicle

WANTED: Your used car, truck, motorcycle, boat -- heck, even your snowmobile. You name it; you can donate it to The Humane Society of the United States through the One Car One Difference® program. It doesn't matter if your car is running smoothly or dead as a doornail -- every vehicle has value!

The HSUS receives, on average, 80 percent of the proceeds from donated vehicles sold at auction or for salvage. By donating your vehicle, you'll help pump much-needed dollars into our Pets for Life program to improve the lives of people and pets in under-served communities.

The donation process is simple. Mosey on over to your computer and enter the vehicle's information online, or call 877-836-6674. We'll schedule a time to have it towed at no cost to you. Your vehicle will be gussied up and sent to auction, and the title and sales paperwork will be taken care of for you. Your reward? In a few weeks, you'll get a donation receipt for tax purposes.
I hope you'll consider donating your vehicle, and spreading the word about this important program that provides much-needed support for pets and people.
Thank you for all you do for animals,
Wayne  Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO
4 years ago

Petitions signed. Thanks for all you do Lynn

4 years ago

Signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Thank you Lynn!

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn!  you do great work!

Thank YOU Joan, Brenda, Norma, Nyack & Val
4 years ago

 Thank you for being a voice for animals who are burned, cut open, and infected with diseases in the laboratories of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). I'd like to share an exciting new development in this campaign and ask for your assistance to keep this effort moving forward.

In March, after obtaining nearly 2,000 pages of internal documents from UTMB through a hotly contested Texas Freedom of Information Act request, PETA submitted a complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleging that—among other things—UTMB failed to provide pain relief to a sheep who had been intentionally burned over 20 percent of her body and allowed an emaciated, dehydrated monkey with low body temperature to suffer for days in his cage until he finally died.

We have just learned that the USDA has cited UTMB for three violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) in response to our complaint. This is the second time in 15 months that UTMB has been cited for flagrant AWA violations in response to evidence provided by PETA

Now that the veil of secrecy covering UTMB's cruel laboratories has been lifted, we need to take action to end this abuse. Please click here to urge Shriners International—which has funded UTMB's burn experiments for more than 30 years—to stop subsidizing this cruelty.

Thank you for all that you do for animals.

Very truly yours,

Kathy Guillermo
Vice President
Laboratory Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

4 years ago

Already signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Noted and sent letter to Shriner's International and thanx for information about donating your car to the Humane Society, I wasn't aware of that

4 years ago

Canine Military Veterans Deserve the Best We Can Provide Them

Posted: 30 May 2012 11:40 AM PDT

Between The HSUS and Humane Society International, we are highly engaged with military issues involving animals¯whether it’s humane concerns on military bases stateside; adoption and translocation of animals from abroad; occasional instances of cruelty by individuals; weapons testing and trauma training involving animals; the proposed anti-cruelty provision in the Uniform Code of Military Justice; and the training of dogs to be service animals as a form of therapy for veterans who have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or sexual assault.

Military working dogs
Photo: U.S. Army

This year, to better ensure the future of the many four-legged heroes who have been invaluable as bomb detectors or otherwise served in Iraq and Afghanistan, champions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate sponsored the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act to improve current laws bearing on the return of military working dogs whose service is complete.

The House version of the bill (H.R. 4103) introduced by Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., was incorporated at the request of Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013 and passed the House on May 18. The Senate Armed Services Committee also included some language on military working dogs in its NDAA at the request of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, lead sponsor of S. 2134 (the Senate version of the bill).

These legislators are great friends of The HSUS and the cause of protecting animals, and we will be working closely with them to pursue the strongest possible provision on military working dogs in the final House-Senate conference bill.

To be sure, today’s military working dogs are not simply abandoned, as occurred in Vietnam decades ago. Nevertheless, they do not necessarily get the benefits they deserve, specifically transportation home, adoption, and appropriate medical care. In part, this is due to deployment classifications that require a designation of “manpower” or “equipment,” and since dogs cannot be called manpower, they are categorized as equipment, something like &ldquoublic animals” were in the cavalry and draying age.

The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act redefines military working dogs as “canine members of the armed services,” making it easier to provide for their future medical care and help them find loving homes, all funded by charitable donations. The bill also directs the Secretary of Defense to create a decoration or other recognition for dogs killed in action or who perform an exceptionally meritorious or courageous act in service to the United States, making it possible to recognize their service without encroaching on the distinctive honors accorded to human soldiers who have served with gallantry in the defense of our country.

Currently, the DOD, in accordance with "Robby’s Law"¯enacted in 2000¯enables military working dogs to be transferred or adopted out to former handlers, law enforcement agencies, or families who are willing and able to take on the responsibility. The DOD adopts out about 300 dogs per year to private homes; about 100 dogs go to law enforcement agencies outside the DOD. The Jones/Blumenthal proposal would help clear the hurdles that have made it difficult to get the dogs home, facilitate adoptions, and help adopters to pay for the health care of retired military working dogs¯which, due to work-related health problems, can be expensive.

The NDAA is going to be a highly contested package in the months to come, as the House and Senate versions differ greatly. But there should be no disagreement about the need for this provision. In an era of tight defense spending, it’s worth noting that the measures proposed for military working dogs would cost the Department of Defense and taxpayers nothing.

This legislation does proper justice to the animals who have served alongside our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. These heroic and valorous animals are not equipment, but partners in our national security efforts, and they deserve the best we can give them.

4 years ago

Can you help PETA protest bears' getting a bum deal by baring your own bum? Grab your favourite teddy bear and come be a part of history by participating in our one-of-a-kind "naked" fun run through central London on 14 July to speak out against the Ministry of Defence using real Canadian black bear skins to make The Queen's Guards' caps.

Right now, somewhere in Canada, black bears are being hunted down and killed for "sport." Many of them will be shot several times before they die. Some will escape the hunters and slowly die from blood loss, gangrene, infection, starvation or dehydration. Mothers who are killed will leave orphaned cubs behind to starve. The Ministry of Defence contributes to this horror by buying the skins of many of these poor animals to make the bearskin caps for the Royal guards. Each cap can take the skin of one entire bear.

Run Bare to Spare Bears

PETA needs to get as many people as possible to shed their clothes, attach their favourite teddy bear to their head and run bare to spare the bears. The dress code for the run is "as bare as you dare", so even if you are shy, we'd still love to have your support – all we ask is that you keep any underwear flesh-coloured. We will follow a five kilometre route starting at Westminster Bridge and passing many of London's major sites, such as the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, and finishing at Marble Arch. But don't panic: we're not doing an Olympic sprint!

Ricky Gervais, Pamela Anderson and Sir Roger Moore are among the high-profile names already supporting the campaign. Will you add your support? Your presence will help us get one step closer to the day when bearskin is no longer used to make The Queen's Guards' caps. Please register your interest in taking part and  share this with at least five people you think would be interested and able to participate and ask them to do the same.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely,


4 years ago

Noted Military Canines and The Bears :-0 Thanx Lynn

Thanks, Barbara
4 years ago

Too cute to live? Save the slow lorises

Born to be free – slow lorises

Dear friends of the rainforest,

the little slow loris is snatched from its mother, she is killed by the poachers. The baby has its teeth brutally pulled out with pliers, then merchants offer it for sale at the market. The ascending infection due to the mutilation kills a lot of his fellow captives.

Illegal trade with the endangered slow lorises is flourishing. Since videos of these cute primates with their huge brown eyes and soft fur circulate the internet, more and more people would like to have one as a pet. However, this way they are loved to death.   

Please demand freedom and protection for the slow lorises

Take Action

On a personal note: We are glad to present the new version of our website. Hopefully you will find our new design not just a lot prettier, but also far more convenient and informative. Please have a look – your feedback is also very welcome.

Many thanks and best regards

Guadalupe Rodriguez
Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.)

4 years ago

Already signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Yahoo!  All signed, noted.

4 years ago

Already took action for those adorable Slow Lorises Thanx Lynn

4 years ago

Up to speed- thanks Lynn

Thank you, everyone!
4 years ago

May 31, 2012 

Sea Lion trapped at Bonneville DamAct Today To Stop Sea Lions From Being Killed For Eating Fish

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMF is considering taking the eastern portion of the Steller sea lion species off the Endangered Species List, where they are listed as "threatened." NMFS is under pressure from the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife, who would likely use the delisting to begin killing Steller sea lions - for eating fish - at the Bonneville Dam, where they already "lethally remove" California sea lions.

Please take a moment to submit a public comment to NMFS telling them not to delist the eastern Steller sea lions, which could jeopardize them as well as the endangered western Stellers who share their territory.

To submit a comment directly at the government's web site, use the form at this link. Please personalize your comment by telling NMFS why you care about this issue. If you have had personal experience viewing Steller sea lions, please discuss that in your comment. You can view tips for submitting effective public comments here.

4 years ago

Topeka Zoo elephantHelp Topeka Zoo Elephants Tembo And Sunda 

Tembo's toenails are split. Sunda has sores on her feet that never go away and her joints ache. These elephants are weary to the bone as they uncontrollably and neurotically weave back and forth.

All day, Topeka Zoo visitors shuffle past. No one stops for long. Sunda and Tembo have seen a million faces. If you could only see the dead look in Tembo's eyes – or watch poor Sunda as she rocks back and forth neurotically, destroying her already injured feet - you would know in an instant that for them, this is a life and death struggle.

This scenario repeats itself every day in dozens of zoos. Please click here to read more, and to see what you can do to help.

4 years ago

Mountain lion killed in Santa MonicaIDA News Conference Challenges Mountain Lion Killing

In the wake of the tragic shooting of a young mountain lion who had made his way into Santa Monica, California from nearby mountains, IDA held a widely covered news conference to call for a collaboration between the city and its responders, California Fish and Game, and IDA and local wildlife experts, to assure that future visits from wildlife end with successful capture and return to the wild. Pictured at left is the poor 3-year-old male mountain lion who was killed.

Joining IDA and our representative Bill Dyer (pictured below) for this news Bill Dyer speaks to media at IDA news conferenceconference were wildlife experts from Animal Advocates and The Paw Project. Dr. Jennifer Conrad, a Santa Monica-based veterinarian who has anesthetized hundreds of cats, told the media: "My call is for the police department and for the Department of Fish and Game to use the resources that you have living in this big city and let us help you. We can do it. And then wildlife doesn't have to die because of the misfortune of winding up in one of our cities."

Click here to see video of the news conference from KABC television in Los Angeles. And click here to see a Los Angeles Times story. We'll keep you updated on further developments.

4 years ago

Featured Jay Sean: 'Down' for Adoption

Multiplatinum hip-hop artist Jay Sean is the latest hunk with a heart to help our furry friends. He shares his thoughts about animal adoptions, circuses, fur, and more in our newest video interview. Check it out!

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Administrative Law Judge Ken Welsch of the OSHRC found that SeaWorld is culpable for allowing its employees to interact directly with potentially dangerous orcas. Read more.

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4 years ago
Oliver Stone Exposes Abuse

Film director and U.S. Army veteran Oliver Stone exposes the abuse of animals in video footage of highly secretive U.S. military trauma training drills. Learn more now.


Never Be Silent on Twitter

Animals depend on your voice to help them! Here are five ways that you can speak up for animals on Twitter. Be a tweetheart!


Emmanuelle Vaugier for Seals

Actor Emmanuelle Vaugier presents the appalling facts about Canada's bloody and wasteful seal slaughter. Watch her full interview to learn more about her thoughts on Canada's carnage. See the video.


Marine Animals Need You

Don't let SeaWorld continue to exploit orcas and other animals. You can help animals live free of suffering and abuse by strengthening PETA's efforts in behalf of orcas and all animals. Find out how.

4 years ago

Coming Together for Pets at Animal Care Expo

Posted: 31 May 2012 09:54 AM PDT

I was so pleased last week to participate in The HSUS’s Animal Care Expo, where more than 1,800 people from 40 different countries gathered in Las Vegas to get trained and to network for a single purpose: To save animals’ lives.

One great purpose of The HSUS is to educate and train people within our field. Not every local organization should have to experiment with and invent its own forms of advocacy and animal-care services. We are there to do all that we can to lift our allies in the humane community and to see best practices widely publicized and adopted, and Animal Care Expo is part of that training process.

Welcome session at Animal Care Expo 2012
Photo: Ronda Churchill

One highlight of this year’s Expo was the welcome session where we focused on how our movement can best penetrate under-served communities and reach more pets who aren’t yet sterilized or who need access to wellness services. Our Pets for Life team and other experts from the field challenged the audience’s perceptions about pet owners in under-served communities, illustrating how much pet owners at all socio-economic levels love their pets and want to do the best thing for their pets; how they often don’t have access or can’t afford veterinary care; and how if we as a movement are willing to listen and engage—rather than judge—we can make a real difference for people and their pets.

During the session we announced the launch of a new Community Outreach Toolkit, an interactive manual created by The HSUS’s Pets for Life program and funded by PetSmart Charities. The first of its kind, we’ve designed it to guide organizations through the process of developing and implementing community outreach programs tailored to connect under-served communities with the animal welfare resources, services, and information they need.

PetSmart Charities also announced a broader partnership with The HSUS to offer mentorship and funding to 10 organizations that want to implement or expand their community outreach programs using the Pets for Life approach. Each organization selected for the program will receive funding from PetSmart Charities and hands-on training from The HSUS, helping them to assess their community, develop strategies for understanding and reaching the desired audience, and execute successful targeted outreach events with a focus on spay/neuter.

Animal Care Expo 2012
Photo: Ronda Churchill

Animal Care Expo is just one of the many ways The HSUS works for companion animals, and to strengthen the institutions that serve them at all levels. We are protecting pets on every front¯romoting the adoption of pets from shelters and rescues; cracking down on puppy mills, pushing for humane breeding standards; ending dogfighting; helping shelters and rescues save more lives by providing educational resources via Humane Society University, Animal Sheltering magazine, and; supporting trap-neuter-return for feral cats; and more.

We sponsor a range of programs to propel these ideas, including World Spay Day, the field programs of the

4 years ago

Pebble Mine Could Devastate Alaska’s Bristol Bay Salmon 

Tell EPA to Take the Next Step to
Protect Bristol Bay and Stop the Pebble Mine!

Kayaks on the Susquehanna
  Speak for the salmon, call on the EPA to stop Pebble Mine! Credit: Ben Knight

Dear Lynn,

World’s Most Important Salmon Fishery at Risk:
Alaska’s Bristol Bay supports the world’s largest and most productive wild salmon fishery. Every year, over 30 million salmon return to its pristine rivers and streams, like no other place on Earth! The fishery supplies 14,000 jobs and generates $480 million annually!

EPA Science Study Released: Pebble Mine Could Devastate Salmon Streams:
A massive gold and copper mine - the Pebble Mine - is proposed for development at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. The mine is projected to be the largest in North America, generating billions of tons of toxic mine waste.

The EPA has just completed a study on the threat of Pebble Mine to Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Just as we suspected -- the long-term risks to the fishery are significant! It found that mining the Pebble deposit would result in:

  • The direct loss of 55 – 87 miles of streams used for spawning and rearing habitat for salmon.
  • Removal of 2,512 – 4,287 acres of wetlands in the footprint of the mine would eliminate off-channel habitat for salmon and other fish.
  • The development and routine operation of one large-scale mine would result in significant impacts on fish populations in streams surrounding the mine site.

Urge the EPA to Take the Next Step to Protect Bristol Bay!
The EPA has the authority under 404c of the Clean Water Act to prohibit the disposal of mine waste in the pristine waters of the Bristol Bay watershed.

TAKE ACTION: Urge the EPA to take the next step and initiate the 404c process to protect the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery!

Thank you!

Bonnie Gestring, Northwest Circuit Rider.


4 years ago
humane action  
May 31, 2012
Humane Action shareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSend an Email Protect Florida Black Bears
Dear Lynn,

Florida's black bears have only recently begun to recover from near extinction, and they still face serious threats from habitat loss and fragmentation. At its June 27-28 meeting in West Palm Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will vote on removing the Florida black bear from the state's threatened species list, a move that could lead to reopening trophy hunting. The agency has drafted a plan to manage bears once they are removed from the list, but the plan includes trophy hunting as a potential management tool.

Please send a brief, polite message today to the FWC and ask them to ensure that the management plan provides adequate protections for bears.

Thank you for all you do for animals.
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn for all the info. Petitions Signed & Action taken where necessary.

4 years ago

Signed the ones I could. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago
Nation's Biggest Wildlife Killer Unmasked,
Congress Must Act

Dear Lynn,  

Three weeks ago, in response to the Sacramento Bee’s shocking exposé about Wildlife Services, we asked you to contact Congress to investigate this rogue agency. Now two representatives have joined your call. And the Sacramento Bee has forcefully stated its support for a Congressional investigation.

Let’s keep on the pressure. Please urge your representative to join Representatives DeFazio and Campbell in requesting an immediate investigation of Wildlife Services.

Wildlife Services quietly kills more than 5 million animals every year, without consideration for modern scientific principles, and without regard to the environmental, economic, or social consequences. The recent exposé is cause to rein in this rogue agency.

Wildlife Services’ officials must be made to explain why they wage a reckless war on the nation’s wildlife—with our tax dollars. No agency needs Congressional oversight more than Wildlife Services.

Please contact your representative today and urge them to investigate this agency.

For Wildlife,

Wendy Keefover Staff Image with Dogs

Wendy Keefover
Carnivore Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians

coyote standing small Ray Rafiti
photo credit: Ray Rafiti
 Wildlife Services killed more than 100,000 carnivores, such as coyotes, bears, and wolves, last year.



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"We pride ourselves on our ability to go in and get the job done quietly without many people knowing about it," said Dennis Orthmeyer, acting state director of Wildlife Services in California.

And while even the military allows the media into the field, Wildlife Services does not.


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4 years ago

Hiya Lynn,  Wow, you are very busy on here.  I'll never catch up with all the great petitions and news on here as I've just joined.  Love the news about the London Run Bare to Save Bears - I'd love to see news on that one, I wonder if this has been done before?   Our (Canada's)  bears are hunted for Chinese medicine too for body parts used in cures based on supersticion, as well as trophy hunting.  Our BC govt. just won't outlaw trophy hunting and I'm waiting for a probable change of Govt. next spring and will hopefully find the time to do a petition as polls have shown the majority are against it.  btw, I just signed "Too cute to live".  Tx for all your hard work. 

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Thank you, Brenda. Dianne, I'm so glad to see you in this group and in this thread. I know how diligently you work to save bears in Canada and I'll keep looking for information and petitions to help that cause.

4 years ago

Breaking News: Nation’s Largest Grocery Chain Eliminating Gestation Crates

Posted: 04 Jun 2012 01:26 PM PDT

Forcing breeding pigs to live in narrow crates where they can’t turn around for nearly their entire lives is simply indefensible. I’m pleased to report to you that a tipping point has been reached on this subject. The news today that Kroger—the nation’s largest grocery chain—will work to eliminate gestation crate confinement of pigs from its pork supply chain provides even more evidence that there’s no future for these crates in our country. Kroger’s announcement comes on the heels of Safeway, the nation’s second-largest grocery chain, announcing in May that it’s eliminating gestation crates in its supply chain.

Pig in gestation crate from Oklahoma pig investigation
More and more companies are making plans to phase
out cramped gestation crates for breeding sows.

Just in 2012, there has been a cascade of other announcements toward ending this confinement. We’ve worked with the top three fast food chains (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King) to announce that they’re also eliminating gestation crates in their supply chains. Denny’s is doing the same. We teamed up with Compass Group¯the world’s largest food service company, operating 10,000 dining facilities in the U.S.¯to announce that it will eliminate gestation crates from its supply chain by 2017. And we partnered with Bon Appétit Management Company, another leading food service provider, to announce that it will be gestation crate-free within three years.

And two major producers¯Smithfield last year, and Hormel this year¯ledged to move to group housing systems for their company-owned operations by 2017. Another major producer, Cargill, is already 50 percent crate-free.

Clearly, these producers and these food retailers are trying to better align their business practices with their customers’ values. According to polling and voter initiatives, opposition to gestation crates is solid in states across the nation.

Some state pork producer associations¯such as those in Colorado, Michigan, and Ohio¯have rightly recognized that they must adapt to the well-established public opposition, and they’ve supported state bills to phase out the crates. Kudos to them.

But there still is strong sentiment from diehards within the pork industry that they will defend the use of these crates to the bitter end. In fact, they even oppose progress for animal welfare in other industries. For instance, the National Pork Producers Council is working against the national egg industry and its efforts to provide a rational, scripted transition away from barren battery cages.

I believe the industry is doing brand damage by defending these inhumane confinement crates, and standing in the way of other animal welfare reforms. 

It’s so clear that even

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4 years ago

It’s so clear that even Pork Magazine editorialized to pork producers, “[O]n the issue of gestation-sow stalls, at least, it’s increasingly apparent that you will lose the battle.” And the agribusiness publication Meatingplace editorialized, “Game over. For any pork producer still on the fence, the McDonald's announcement makes the move inevitable, whether or not they are a McD's supplier.”

So they don’t have to listen to The HSUS. They just have listen to voices within their own industry and among their customers.

4 years ago

We're happy to announce that Lathem Family Farms in Pendergrass, GA has earned the Certified Humane® designation for their organic eggs!

Lathem Family Farms barnDavid Lathem, the farm’s owner, is a second generation farmer. Lathem’s father started raising chickens in 1957, and today, Lathem runs the farm with his nephew and son teaching them how to farm as well. In the past few years, they’ve made significant changes, including building a new organic laying hen farm and becoming Certified Humane®. The Lathem’s pride themselves on their state-of-the-art facilities that were designed and built to meet the HFAC animal care standards for laying hens.

“The Certified Humane® program has an excellent reputation,” Lathem said.  “I had the opportunity to visit several other Certified Humane® laying hen farms, and I was very Lathem Family Farms 2impressed with the health and well-being of the birds being raised under their standards.”  Lathem also noted that the Certified Humane® standards complemented the organic program by providing the animal welfare component.  “Our customers really care about the way our hens are raised,” he said, “and they know they can trust the Certified Humane® label.”

Latham Family Farms supplies Costco’s Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs for the Southeast United States. For more information on where to find Certified Humane® products, visit HFAC’s “Where to Buy” page.

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*Meets the Humane Farm Animal Care program standards, which includes nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones, animals raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors.


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Stronger Federal Rule Announced to Impose Penalties against Horse Soring

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 01:20 PM PDT

The abuse of Tennessee walking horses has been in the news since The HSUS released video footage of one of the industry’s top trainers striking a horse in the face with a wooden handle and pouring injurious chemicals onto the feet of a horse. It was four decades ago that Congress passed the Horse Protection Act to prevent and criminalize “soring” and other abuses of horses. Tennessee state representative Janis Sontany wrote in a column in The Tennessean on Sunday: “Soring has been a well-kept dirty secret in this industry and it’s time for this nonsense to end.”

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Abusive horse soring is a serious problem in the
Tennessee walking horse industry.

In 2010, The HSUS and a broad coalition of horse industry and animal protection groups filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture documenting that soring practices are rampant in the industry as part of trainers’ and owners' determination to produce the high-stepping gait, or “big lick,” glamorized in the show ring. The petition sought a number of regulatory changes to improve HPA enforcement¯including the implementation of a mandatory penalty structure.

Today, in the wake of the furor that’s resulted from the public witnessing the abusive practices documented in HSUS’s investigation, the USDA announced that there will be mandatory minimum penalties for violations of the law. Through the years, industry inspectors (part of what are known as “Horse Industry Organizations&rdquo cited some trainers for “soring” but penalties were not consistently meted out, and there was no therefore meaningful disincentive to stop the abuse.

Today’s announcement changes the equation and provides much-needed improvements in HPA enforcement¯finally providing some level of deterrence for lawbreakers. I commend Agriculture Secretary Vilsack for issuing this rule today.

As pleased as we are with USDA’s action, there’s additional reform that’s needed in order to root out soring. Animal protection groups, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the USDA’s own Inspector General have argued that the current system of industry self-regulation is fundamentally flawed. USDA inspectors should be doing the enforcement work, since they don’t have the inherent conflicts that industry personnel have.

That’s a task that Congress must complete. Federal legislators must amend the HPA to eliminate the industry’s role in enforcement of the Act, close loopholes that violators often slip through, and give the USDA the tools to fully protect this wonderful breed of horse, as Congress intended when it passed this law 42 years ago.

Since McConnell’s indictment, we’ve been hard at work bringing this abuse to the attention of state and federal authorities, urging them to do more to enforce and stiffen existing laws. We petitioned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to treat the use of numbing and masking agents (used to camouflage evidence that a horse has been sored) as felony interference in enforcement of the HPA. And we asked the Tennessee Attorney General to investigate whether the current state cruelty law is being followed in reporting and prosecuting soring at horse shows in the state.

A recent analysis of the violation history of the top 20 trainers in

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A recent analysis of the violation history of the top 20 trainers in the industry’s Riders Cup high point program found that every one of them was cited for HPA violations in the past two years, with a total 164 violations among them. How many served a suspension penalty? A mere 7 percent¯and of those, all but a handful were for a measly two-week period.

We will also be calling on the industry itself to take some common-sense steps, including ousting those who torment animals from the show ring, establishing a zero-tolerance policy for this criminal behavior, and adopting practices and policies that will secure a place in the future of American equestrian sport for this breed. We want to help the industry reform, rebuild, and regrow, with the good, law-abiding animal lovers at the helm, reaping the rewards of fair, humane¯and legal¯competition.

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All Animals Deserve A Forever Home!Don't Cut Shelter FundingFor abused or sick animals needing care, shelters can be a last chance for survival. However, California Governor Jerry Brown is trying to limit the time an animal in need is allowed to stay at a shelter from a maximum of six days to merely 72 hours. After this brief period the state would no longer cover costs and many animals would likely be euthanized. His proposal also calls for no minimum holding period for pets like turtles or guinea pigs, which could be killed immediately.

Putting healthy and adoptable animals in jeopardy of euthanasia shouldn't be a consideration as part of Californiaís budget cuts. Tell Governor Brown to propose another plan.
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It’s a sight that makes Dorothy Hearst desperately worried every summer: a car parked at a shopping center, a dog looking anxiously out the window, and no owner in sight. 

Dorothy never leaves Emmi, a 3-year-old labrador whom she adores, in her Subaru -- as a lifelong dog lover, she knows that in the few minutes it takes to run an errand, the temperature in a car can soar to almost 110 degrees. But many people don’t realize that even a 15 minute errand can be fatal for their beloved pets. 

For Dorothy, it’s heartbreaking. And what’s worse is knowing it can happen to even the most loving owners -- people simply don’t realize the danger. Dorothy knows that educating people would save the lives of countless dogs. That’s why she’s started a petition asking Subaru, which prides itself on its dog-friendly image, to make an ad warning drivers not to leave their dogs in the car during the summer.

Click here to add your name.

As a Subaru driver, Dorothy appreciates all the ways the company has already shown it cares about dogs -- and she loves its popular "Dog Tested, Dog Approved" ads showing dogs test driving its cars with hilarious results. This summer, she thinks Subaru can use these creative ads to send an important message about the dangers of hot cars -- and save the lives of hundreds of dogs.

Subaru says 70% of its customers are pet owners, and Dorothy thinks this makes them the ideal voice for such an important, dog-friendly message. She's convinced that Subaru will jump at the chance to appeal not only to its own customers, but to dog lovers everywhere -- and she knows that this is one of the most powerful ways to make sure this summer, more dogs don’t die needlessly.

Click here to ask Subaru to save dogs’ lives by making an ad warning owners not to leave their dogs in the car this summer. 

Thanks for being a change-maker,

Stephanie and the team

4 years ago

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ChimpanzeeUnlawful Chimpanzee Experiments at Bioqual
A Maryland laboratory is unlawfully placing chimpanzees in solitary confinement and using them in unnecessary experiments, argues a Petition for Enforcement Action PCRM recently filed with the federal government. Physical and Psychological Harm >

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animals used in toxicity testingInternational Survey: What Influences Alternatives to Animal Toxicity Testing?
Millions of animals across the globe are used for toxicity testing. So initiatives to replace, reduce, and refine the use of animals must be coordinated on an international level. A new article in the journal ALTEX discusses international survey results of what influences alternatives to animal use in toxicity testing. Results

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Covance monkeyVictory! Covance’s Arizona Animal-Testing Facility Closes
Covance has raised the ire of doctors and animal advocates for its animal tests. And after just three years and ongoing scrutiny, it has been forced to close down its contentious facility in Chandler, Ariz. Thanks go to PCRM members who fought long and hard against the establishment of the Arizona laboratory. Dr. Barnard's Blog >

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 IFAW logo  Action Alert   June 2012   Follow Us Facebook TwitterPolar Bear

Dear Lynn,

Last month, I asked you to speak out against H.R. 4089 - a bill which would strip away wildlife protections on all federal lands, and allow trophy hunters to circumvent US laws protecting threatened polar bears.

Thanks to the fast action of tens of thousands of Americans who wrote to Congress opposing the bill, it appears to have stopped moving through Congress, for the time being.

We now have another opportunity to protect polar bears, and we need your help again.

The Obama Administration is currently deciding whether or not to propose that the polar bear be uplisted to Appendix 1 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITE. An Appendix 1 listing would provide further protection for polar bears by prohibiting international commercial trade in the species.

Scientist estimate there are only 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears in existence. And they're battling against climate change, oil exploration and pollution.

The rampant killing of this iconic animal for needless trophies, rugs and decorations will only accelerate its slide into extinction.

Help us give polar bears the protection they need and deserve!

Please ask Secretary Salazar to propose an uplisting of polar bears to Appendix 1 at the next CITES conference.

Thank you for your help,

Jeff FlockenFred O'Regan Signature

Jeffrey Flocken
IFAW Director, Washington D.C.

4 years ago

Thank you so much for standing up for Alaska's wildlife. Nearly 50,000 Care2 members have signed our petition to protect critical habitat in just a few days. Will you help us double it?

Share the petition with your family and friends and ask them to sign »

There are so many special, threatened and endangered species who rely on the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to survive. Caribou, grizzlies, polar bears, walruses, seals, migratory birds -- you name it. The Interior Department is considering a bunch of protection plans but only one, Alternative B, would actually protect the land from future oil development and other disruptive activities.

Please urge your friends and family to take action. You can send a message with our tell-a-friend tool, post the petition to your Facebook profile or copy and send the sample message below:

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There are so many special, threatened and endangered species who rely on the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to survive. Caribou, grizzlies, polar bears, walruses, seals, migratory birds -- you name it. The Interior Department is considering a bunch of protection plans but only one, Alternative B. would actually protect the land from future oil development and other disruptive activities.

The department is taking public comments until June 15, so we don't have much time to make our voices heard. I signed this petition to voice my concerns. Will you too? Here's the link:



Thanks for taking action!

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4 years ago

Just in from gardening during a few hours of much needed sunshine in this June-uary!  Signed "All Animals Deserve a Forever Home" and the "Subaru, make ads to educate people to not leave animals in cars on warm or hot days petition." (I wish all car makers would do that-a bombardment of ads re this might get the message across??? I'd like to see people keep  sitting  in cars that are heating up so quickly)  I aslo hate to see dogs in truck beds, but I digress. That's  all I have time for right now.  Tx for posting those, Lynn. 

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Finally the time has come: The first six orangutans to graduate from ‘Forest School’ have been released into a protected forest in Borneo!

Berlian was released first. She peeked out, realised it was okay and made her first steps in the wild! She gradually climbed up the nearest tree where she stopped every now and then, until she moved off.

Hamzah started in a different way. As soon as the cage door opened he made a run for it, first dashing through the bush and then higher and higher into the canopy leaving the release team behind.

Berlian and Hamzah are two of six released orangutan orphans who were treated, raised by human surrogate mothers and prepared for release for almost six years in ‘Forest School’, at the sanctuary Samboja.

It is a great success to watch how perfectly the orangutans are prepared for their new life in in the wild! However, we will continue to monitor the newly released apes to be sure that they are safe.

Although this is a huge success for the rehabilitation program, we still have a huge amount of work to do. Countless orangutan orphans still need our help! As a consequence of the escalating destruction of the environment in Indonesia, hundreds of orangutans are stranded every year. At Samboja, we can offer them sanctuary and the chance to live in a protected forest – but as you can imagine, raising hundreds of orangutan orphans requires huge financial commitment.

Any donation you can spare, whether it is £50, £20 or £10, will contribute to helping orangutans, and an ailing species, in desperate need.

Click here to help us rescue orangutan orphans...

Finally the time has come: The first six orangutans to graduate from ‘Forest School’ have been released into a protected forest in Borneo!

Berlian was released first. She peeked out, realised it was okay and made her first steps in the wild! She gradually climbed up the nearest tree where she stopped every now and then, until she moved off.

Hamzah started in a different way. As soon as the cage door opened he made a run for it, first dashing through the bush and then higher and higher into the canopy leaving the release team behind.

Berlian and Hamzah are two of six released orangutan orphans who were treated, raised by human surrogate mothers and prepared for release for almost six years in ‘Forest School’, at the sanctuary Samboja.

It is a great success to watch how perfectly the orangutans are prepared for their new life in in the wild! However, we will continue to monitor the newly released apes to be sure that they are safe.

Although this is a huge success for the rehabilitation program, we still have a huge amount of work to do. Countless orangutan orphans still need our help! As a consequence of the escalating destruction of the environment in Indonesia, hundreds of orangutans are stranded every year. At Samboja, we can offer them sanctuary and the chance to live in a protected forest – but as you can imagine, raising hundreds of orangutan orphans requires huge financial commitment.

Any donation you can spare, whether it is £50, £20 or £10, will contribute to helping orangutans, and an ailing species, in desperate need.

Click here to help us rescue orangutan orphans...



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As you read this, tens of thousands of bears are experiencing endless torture and pain across Asia.

Farmed for the bile from their gall bladders, these animals live 24/7 in cramped and barren conditions. They cannot stand, nor can they rest properly. Many have a tube crudely inserted into their abdomens to drain the bile.

Bear farming is a cruel and unconscionable practice - help us stop it today. Your generous donation to WSPA will support our work to protect bears and other animals in need, worldwide.

Bear bile is an ingredient used in Traditional Asian Medicine and products like wine and shampoo. But herbal alternatives have existed for years. There is no longer an excuse for this cruel practice.

WSPA is working to end bear farming and protect wild bears by persuading governments to change - using research, education and diplomacy to work for an end to bear farming - as well as calling for an end to the illegal smuggling of bear products.

Our approach is working. The Vietnamese government has made bear bile farming illegal and agreed to phase out bear farms after reaching a Memorandum of Understanding with WSPA. Other governments may follow suit.

But there is so much more to do. With your donation, we will see an end to bear farms, the illegal trade of bear products and other forms of cruelty to animals around the globe.


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Anne Lieberman
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4 years ago

Common-Sense Ban on Dangerous Exotic Animals Signed in Ohio

Posted: 06 Jun 2012 02:06 PM PDT

Common sense, rather than tragedy, should drive public policy decisions, but sometimes it takes a high-profile event to focus the attention of lawmakers and government officials on key animal welfare issues. Michael Vick’s arrest several years ago made dogfighting a topic of national discussion and allowed us to upgrade 40 state laws related to animal fighting. The mass pet rescue that came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina put the issue of pets and disaster planning into the national consciousness, and now the legal and administrative framework has changed on that issue in a dramatic fashion.

Tiger in grass

The tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio, last fall may prove to be a pivot point on the issue of private ownership of exotics. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation to crack down on the trade in powerful wild animals as pets and roadside attractions, and you can draw a straight line from that event to yesterday’s signing ceremony. We are grateful to Gov. Kasich and Ohio lawmakers for standing firm on this issue and enacting a strong policy. The law:

-Bans new ownership of dangerous wild animals, including big cats, some smaller exotic cats, bears, hyenas, gray wolves, many non-human primate species, alligators, and crocodiles in Ohio;
-Grandfathers existing animals so people who currently have them can keep them, as long as they obtain a permit;
-Requires owners of exotic animals covered under the grandfather clause to acquire liability insurance or surety bonds ranging from $200,000 to $1 million;
-Requires existing owners of exotic animals to comply with housing and safety standards that will be established by the Ohio Department of Agriculture; and
-Requires criminal background checks for owners of existing exotic animals to qualify for a permit.

The enactment of this law marks the seventh major animal welfare reform adopted in Ohio since The HSUS negotiated an agreement with the former governor and the state’s leading agriculture organizations in July 2010. The state, at our urging and consistent with the terms of the agreement, is phasing out the use of (1) veal crates and (2) gestation crates. It outlawed the transport of (3) downer cows and established (4) humane euthanasia standards for animals on the farm.

It forbids the establishment of (5) new barren battery cage facilities in the state. It is phasing out the practice of (6) tail-docking of dairy cows. And with Gov. Kasich’s signature, the state has a new law governing (7) private ownership of exotics; there were no standards before yesterday.

The HSUS had identified Ohio as a real outlier on animal issues, and we decided to do something about it. There are two other reforms we are actively seeking there¯(8) making cockfighting a felony and (9) creating standards to crack down on puppy mills. Ohio is moving up the charts on animal welfare issues. We need to continue the momentum.

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Signed. Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

All Noted and signed what I missed Lyn Thanx

Thanks Diane, Brenda and Barb
4 years ago
June 7, 2012 

Orca Tilikum with trainerSeaWorld Ruling Could Lead To End Of Elephants In Circuses

IDA is praising the legal decision rejecting SeaWorld Orlando’s appeal of two Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations that followed the horrific death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. In particular, the court supported OSHA’s recommendation that barriers be used to protect trainers working with orcas.

IDA calls on OSHA to apply that same wise recommendation to captive elephants, by requiring all handlers to work with the animals from behind a protective barrier. Many more elephants than orcas have killed trainers. If zoos, circuses and other entertainment businesses cannot comply, they simply should not be exhibiting elephants. Click here to read more and send an e-mail to OSHA.

4 years ago

chimpanzeeHelp End Experiments On Great Apes In The U.S.

Looking for an easy way to help animals in labs? Distribute our info card about the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act - a historic bill that would end experimentation on great apes in the U.S. and retire all the government's chimpanzees to sanctuaries!

Contact us at and we'll send you the new info card - which you can hand out or leave in the pamphlet section of your favorite public place or animal-friendly business. Since this is a U.S. bill, we can only send cards to U.S. addresses. Please specify how many cards you would like - requests without an amount specified will get 100.

chimpanzee card frontThe front of the card, pictured here, features a touching photo of two chimpanzees sharing a tender moment at IDA-Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. The back of the card provides a powerful argument for releasing chimpanzeess from labs to sanctuaries, and asks readers to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act by contacting their elected officials through our website:

4 years ago

EPA Sued for Ignoring Fatal Wildlife Lead-poisoning

Bald eagle

Breaking news in the fight against lead poisoning: Just hours ago, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued the Environmental Protection Agency for its continued refusal to address toxic lead in hunting ammunition. Lead ammo continues to kill long after it's fired from a gun; spent lead pellets and bullet fragments poison millions of birds and other animals each year. Despite extensive science on this lead exposure, the EPA has twice denied petitions to regulate toxic lead ammo, including one filed earlier this year by the Center and 147 other groups in 38 states.

Eagles, swans and endangered California condors continue to die from lead poisoning. In all, 130 wildlife species are known to suffer from lead exposure from lead shot and bullets contaminating the environment. Condors and other scavengers, for example, feed on carcasses of animals shot with lead bullets, suffering painful lead "toxicosis," or even death. Humans, too, can get lead poisoning from eating game shot with lead bullets, which is especially dangerous for children. The Center has been working to get the lead out of our environment and pushing for lead-free hunting for nearly a decade.

Read more in our press release and learn about our Get the Lead Out campaign.

4 years ago

White-tailed Ptarmigan Closer to Protection

White-tailed ptarmiganAfter years of work by the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the species most threatened by global warming in North America is a step closer to Endangered Species Act protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that the Mt. Rainier and southern subspecies of white-tailed ptarmigans may warrant federal safeguards. The decision comes in response to a 2010 Center petition and as a result of the historic legal settlement we reached with the Service last year to move forward on protection decisions for 756 other imperiled animals and plants.

The smallest bird in the grouse family, the white-tailed ptarmigan is also one of the few animals to live on alpine mountaintops all its life. From its feathered, snowshoe-like talons to its ability to gain body mass in harsh winters, it's adapted to thrive in the cold. But that means as the climate warms, these same adaptations could spell the bird's doom. Its alpine habitat is shrinking as hotter temperatures creep up mountainsides, threatening to push the tree line -- and the ptarmigan -- to ever-higher elevations . . . until there's no room to rise. The Center is working hard to save other cold-adapted species from a similar fate.

Read more in the Summit County Citizens Voice and learn about our campaigns to save mountaintop species and white-tailed ptarmigans.

4 years ago

Frostpaw" the Polar Bear Asks Obama to Stop Shell's Drilling -- Watch Video

At a campaign stop in San Francisco on Wednesday, President Barack Obama got an earful from dozens of activists -- including the Center for Biological Diversity's polar bear mascot "Frostpaw" -- delivering an urgent message: Stop Shell's Arctic drilling. Unless President Obama reverses course, Shell will begin drilling in the Arctic this summer, opening polar bears' fragile home to dangerous oil exploration and subjecting our rapidly warming climate to more greenhouse gas pollution.

The Center and more than a million people around the country have been pushing the president to call off the drilling operations and save the Arctic from industrial pollution and the risks of disastrous oil spills.

The president waved to Frostpaw as his limo stopped yards away, and media outlets interviewed Center experts about the danger to the Arctic. Hopefully the message gets through.

Learn about the Center's Arctic Oil Development campaign, listen to a live radio interview of the Center's Miyoko Sakashita at the protest and watch (and share) our Stop Arctic Drilling video mash-up.

4 years ago

Black-backed Woodpeckers Win Back Safeguards

Black-backed woodpecker

Over the past 18 years, the California Fish and Game Commission has approved rules allowing the killing of wildlife that are being considered for protection under the state's Endangered Species Act. These rules, passed nine times, have targeted species like coho salmon, Pacific fishers and, most recently, black-backed woodpeckers. Now -- thanks to a new settlement by the Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project -- that killing will stop.

We brought the case as part of our work to save the rare woodpecker, which, after our 2010 petition, was made a "candidate" for protection under California's Endangered Species Act in 2011. This January, the state's Fish and Game Commission passed a rule permitting the killing of the woodpecker without any clear justification, so we sued. Under the settlement announced late last week, the black-backed woodpecker is ensured state protection, and the commission is now required to give a full explanation and justification for any future harm permitted to all other candidate species in the Golden State.

The robin-sized, mottle-breasted black-backed woodpecker thrives on a diet of wood-boring beetles living in densely packed, naturally burnt forests in the Sierra Nevada. Called "snag forest," this misunderstood but crucial habitat is often aggressively logged out of existence -- but properly protecting this woodpecker could help save it.

Read more in High Country News and learn about the black-backed woodpecker.

4 years ago

Arctic CO2 Levels Rocket Past 400 ppm

Polar bears

There are new signs of the climate crisis unfolding across our planet: Monitoring stations in the Arctic are measuring carbon dioxide levels at more than 400 parts per million.

The global CO2 level has recently been accelerating upward, with the global level currently standing at 395 ppm, soon to rise past 400. It's going in the wrong direction. Scientists say we need to get to 350 ppm (or below) to avoid irreversible, catastrophic climate change.

It's probably been more than 800,000 years since our planet saw levels in the 400s. Before the Industrial Age, levels were at just 275 ppm. The added carbon pollution is already taking a devastating toll: extreme weather, massive wildfires, droughts, rising sea levels and scores of species -- from polar bears to pikas -- struggling to survive their rapidly changing environments.

The Center for Biological Diversity is urging national action on climate change -- and we need your help.

Read more in The Christian Science Monitor and learn about our Climate Law Institute, the Arctic meltdown, and what you can do in your own city. Then take action to help cut global warming pollution from coal-fired power plants, the largest single source of CO2 emissions in the United States.

4 years ago

Wild & Weird: Mere Lip-Smacking or the Origins of Oration?

ChimpanzeeExperts have long pinned the evolutionary origins of human language to nonhuman primate vocalizations -- the hoots, coos and howls heard from lofty jungle canopies. But new research suggests that the quieter tongue flapping and lip-smacking that monkeys use during close, face-to-face communication may be far more related to our own speech roots than monkey hollers from on high.

Researchers at the University of Vienna used x-ray movies of monkey lip-smacking to show that the softer sounds it produced -- quiet "p p p p" sounds and other audible vibrations (not vocal-cord vibration in the larynx) help vowel and consonant generation, like in human speech. Macaques use lip-smacking in close, friendly communication, especially with their young: monkey baby talk.

As far as primates acting like babies goes, grown-up chimpanzees also vibrate their lips like a kid making a "raspberry." Ah, what science teaches us.

Read the full article in Discovery News.

4 years ago

Jane Goodall’s Extraordinary Dedication for Animals

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 09:06 AM PDT

Last week I attended the World Animal Forum, which consists of leaders of several global animal protection groups, including The HSUS and Humane Society International¯our worldwide affiliate. The purpose of the gathering is to foster cooperation between organizations and drive the animal protection agenda across the globe.

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Jane Goodall at the 2005 World Congress on
Alternatives and Animal Use.

We had a long list of accomplished guests, and no one of them more significant or worthy of our gratitude and adoration than Jane Goodall.

I grew up reading about her studies of chimpanzees published in National Geographic, and her work helped nourish my budding interest in learning about and protecting animals. Today, decades later, she is largely out of the jungles and forests and spending more of her time in board rooms, behind speaking lecterns, or in front of a laptop.

I travel a great deal, but I don’t hold a candle to her; she’s on the road 300 days a year. She’s got fire in the belly for our cause, and she is such a remarkable force for the good. In my capacity as president of The HSUS, I get to meet a lot of extraordinary people. But she’s surely one of the most extraordinary. I am so grateful she’s devoted her life to fostering an understanding of the lives and intelligence of animals and reminding all of humanity about its responsibilities to other creatures.

It is our privilege to be able to work with her and her colleagues at the Jane Goodall Institute on a number of initiatives pertaining to the protection of chimpanzees in the wild and in captivity.

HSI has also teamed up with her environmental education program, Roots & Shoots Beijing of The Jane Goodall Institute China, to raise crucial awareness on the importance of protecting sharks. China’s demand for shark fins has fueled the cruel shark finning practice and decimated shark populations worldwide. Community events organized by Roots & Shoots student leaders and shark photo exhibits across Beijing have galvanized support for sharks in the country.

4 years ago

Signed, tweeted and shared all petitions that I hadn't previously signed. Emailed letters. Thanks, Lynn for all your hard work. I received an education on many topics that I am very interested.

4 years ago

Interesting! Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Hi Lynn noted all the wonderful Newsy Articles that you so diligently post I managed to sign a petition on Banning Fur Farms, and I sent the letter petition on Alaska Wildlife requesting (giggle) the EPA to Tell the ERA to get the Lead Out!! Thank-you so much and have a wonderful weekend Barb E

Thanks for your interest Nancy, Brenda and Barb!
4 years ago

Clinic cares for animals at low cost

Author: Jacey Birch,
Published On: Jun 08 2012 06:12:56 PM EDT  Updated On: Jun 08 2012 06:15:53 PM EDT


MIAMI: The Animal Welfare Society in Miami is the only nonprofit, low-cost animal clinic in South Florida.   

For the past 40 years, it has relied solely on private donations from benefactors and supporters in the community. The charity was founded in 1972 by four philanthropists who wanted to save the lives of animals right in their neighborhood. 

Dr. Gonzalo Pou stays busy seeing about 40 pet patients every single day and up to 300 a week. 

"Our costs are typically 50 to 60 percent less than any other private clinic, and if for some reason they have trouble, we do provide the means to help them out," Pou said. 

The assistants check on the animals being treated Friday. A white bull dog had a swollen paw from the scrappy fight he got in with a possum. A tabby cat got an IV after being stuck in a hot car as doctors worked to bring her temperature down, and two baby lovebirds were fed by hand. 

From simple vaccines to complicated surgeries, the Animal Welfare Society is nicknamed the Jackson Memorial Hospital of cats and dogs. 

For example, an office visit is less than $25, an emergency is less than $50, complete bloodwork is $64 and X-rays are $90.  Surgeries run 70 percent less than the prices estimated at most animal clinics. 

Click here for more information.

4 years ago

Ask NOAA to end the waste of Atlantic bluefin tuna, already depleted by 80% in just 30 years.

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Today is World Oceans Day and the giant bluefin tuna is in deep trouble. Thanks to decades of overfishing worldwide, breeding stocks of this magnificent fish have declined by roughly 80 percent in just three decades. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering major new changes for the management of Atlantic bluefin tuna in U.S. waters that could begin to address their dramatic decline.

Among the options NOAA is considering are policy changes that would transition away from surface longlining, a wasteful method of fishing that has been responsible for the accidental catch of more than 100 metric tons of bluefin tuna and more than 80 other marine species annually.

Take action: Tell NOAA to end the waste of highly imperiled Atlantic bluefin tuna.

We are asking NOAA to adopt policy changes that include a transition away from harmful surface longline fishing to more selective methods in the Atlantic, and ending surface longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico—the only known spawning ground for Western Atlantic bluefin. These important changes will begin to address the high-speed decline of Atlantic bluefin tuna worldwide and protect other non-target species.

Please ask NOAA to adopt these important changes in Atlantic bluefin tuna management to help save this magnificent fish.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of America's disappearing wildlife.


Leda Huta

Leda Huta
Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalition

4 years ago

Little Pup Lost

Lost Wolf Pup (Patrick Graham/Defenders of Wildlife)Over the Memorial Day weekend, some well-intentioned campers brought what they thought was a lost puppy to a local sheriff's office -- it turns out it was a wolf pup.

Fortunately, the pup was found very near one of Defenders' wolf-coexistence projects and our very own Suzanne Stone was on the ground to help. When she first heard of the lost pup, Suzanne sprang into action to try and track down the pup's family.

See pictures, watch a video and read more on Defenders Blog about Suzanne's efforts to reunite the pup with his pack.

4 years ago

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Thank you!

4 years ago

Signed. Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Sorry I am late.  Going through what I missed now

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