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Lynn G.'s Thread #13
1 year ago
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Thread #12 filled up very quickly and took rather long to load. Here's the link to thread #12 for those who haven't caught up as yet.

 

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=24168&pst=1568639

1 year ago

Big Pork Benefits from Subsidies, But Fights Federal Reform for Animal Welfare

Posted: 13 Aug 2012 04:41 PM PDT

Today, the Obama administration announced yet another massive give-away to the pork industry–in the form of a $100 million buy-up of surplus pork. This latest government bail-out is in addition to hundreds of millions already given to the pork industry by this administration. It comes as President Obama takes a three-day tour through Iowa, and you can guess what one of his talking points will be.

Pig

Ironically, this same sector of agribusiness is lobbying against the egg industry reform bill backed by HSUS and the United Egg Producers, which has made passage of that bill its top priority. The NPPC is willing to subvert the work of a different sector of animal agriculture, under the guise of opposition to federal standards, but for itself, it’s willing to rake in hundreds of millions of federal dollars.

This sort of hypocrisy is mind-bending. The NPPC says one thing, but does another when it comes to federal involvement.

This is the same pork industry that sued the state of Calilfornia to invalidate a state law to ban the mistreatment of downer pigs because it said the Federal Meat Inspection Act preempts state laws. It seems to like certain federal laws, especially when it suits the industry's profit motives.

This is the same industry that benefits from exports in the billions of dollars due in considerable part to the administration’s unceasing efforts to open markets for the pork industry across the globe. 

And this is the same industry that benefits from crop insurance and other support programs for low-cost corn and soybeans used for feed, which is its biggest production cost.

There is no more pampered, government-subsidized industry than Big Agribusiness, and the pork industry wrote the book. 

Congress should laugh off the pork industry’s manufactured opposition to federal standards to promote more humane treatment of farm animals, and taxpayers should be in revolt over these staggering, unwarranted subsidies to an industry that talks out of both sides of its mouth.

1 year ago

Thanks for the new thread, Lynn- they DO fill up fast, don't they?

 

soooo... how did your Dr appointment go on Friday?

1 year ago

Thanks for the news Lynn. Hope your appoinment went well.

1 year ago

Noted. Thank you Lynn.

1 year ago
Holy Herpetology! Burmese Python Found With Record 87 Eggs By Megan Gannon, News Editor | LiveScience.com – 23 hrs ago
1 year ago

Nyack, I tried to answer you last night about my MRI....wrote a lengthy message and then forgot to hit "Preview" before posting, so the whole thing went into la la land. I was so annoyed that I shut my pc down and went and watched tv.

First of all, thanks for remembering that I had an appointment Friday and thank you too, Brenda, for asking about me.

The MRI basically showed what the 2009 MRI presented. The only change is now everything is listed as "chronic". Soooo, I have chronic degenerative disk disease, bulging disks, annulated disks (?), stenosis, scoliosis, (all chronic), arthritis all over the place and on top of that, osteoporosis. I'm the "Osis with the Mostest". lol The doctor said that she couldn't even consider cortisone shots because there are too many affected areas. So, I'll just keep pluggin' along, doing what I'm doing and as my son says, "she puts a smile on her face and goes".

I'm very lucky to be in groups like this where not only do we care about animals, but we care about each other. I consider myself blessed to have friends such as you all are.

I also have my group where I teach people how to make tags, animated and otherwise. When I sit and make my tags, I'm able to relax and let my creative juices take over. Sending love, hugs and kisses to everybody!

1 year ago

Time is running out for Wyoming's wolves. Federal officials are poised to strip all Endangered Species Act protections, leaving them at the mercy of a state government that's made no secret of its plans to declare open season on wolves.

Take action: Tell President Obama that Wyoming's wolves need to remain protected under the Endangered Species Act until Wyoming has a legitimate wolf management plan!

Wyoming's draconian plan classifies wolves as predators in more than 80 percent of the state, allowing anyone to shoot wolves on sight anytime.  Their plan is largely based upon previous plans that have already been rejected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the federal courts. Wyoming's plan isn't management, as called for under the Endangered Species Act's wolf recovery plan--it's extermination.

Ask President Obama to stop Wyoming's wolf slaughter before it's too late.

Wyoming can't be allowed to undo decades of successful wolf restoration efforts. Wyoming's aggressive plan will make it extremely difficult for wolves to return to other parts of the Rocky Mountain West, including Utah and Colorado.

Please take emergency action today. Urge the President to stop this slaughter by requiring Wyoming to develop a management plan that would ensure the long-term survival of wolves. 

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to America's disappearing wildlife.

Sincerely,

Leda Huta

Leda Huta
Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalition
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Links not working? Please take action for Wyoming's wolves at this URL: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6014/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11459

1 year ago
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1 year ago

Shark Appreciation Week

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 12:03 PM PDT

Shark Week is here again, and as in previous years, it concentrates on the predatory and aggressive behavior of sharks and the blood and gore that goes along with that part of their personalities. They are predators, and that’s what predators do. But there’s a lot more to the story, including the vital role they play in ocean ecosystems. There are more than 400 shark species in the world, and most of them don't threaten humans in any way.

In a strange way, Shark Week obscures a more terrible reality about sharks: the fact that they are in great jeopardy. Humans kill tens of millions of sharks per year, mainly for their fins but sometimes for their meat, cartilage, and other products. More than one-third of pelagic sharks now face extinction.

Tiger shark swimming

The HSUS and our global affiliate, Humane Society International, work to protect sharks from a multitude of threats. In the United States, we work to end their needless slaughter in big-money shark tournaments and we fight for stricter government controls of both commercial and recreational fishing to protect shark populations that are at risk of extinction.

Our Shark-Free Marina Initiative¯a cooperative organized by the Pegasus Foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Mote Marine Laboratory, and The HSUS, among others¯aims to reduce shark mortality worldwide by discouraging the landing of sharks and encouraging catch-and-release of any sharks caught in sport fishing. More than 200 marinas and 140 marine businesses have joined the initiative, with more signing up each week.

Worldwide demand for shark fins, an Asian delicacy, fuels the cruel and unsustainable practice of shark finning¯cutting the fins off a shark and throwing the animal overboard to die. The United States, Chile, Taiwan, Venezuela, and others have implemented strict finning bans. In Canada, nine municipalities have enacted bans on shark fins and the Canadian parliament has introduced federal legislation to address the country’s shark fin imports. HSI also advocates stronger protection measures for vulnerable shark species at international forums.

To reduce the U.S. market for imported fins, in 2010 we worked with Hawaii Sen. Clayton Hee to institute the first ban in the world on the possession and sale of shark fins. Today, the U.S. Pacific states and territories¯including American Samoa, California, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, and Washington¯are closed off to the fin trade. Legislation was also adopted in Illinois and has been, or will be debated in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia, and these measures have gained broad support from the Chinese American community.

Since the vast majority of global shark fin consumption takes place in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, HSI also works closely with local groups to promote awareness and support in the region. HSI’s work with The Jane Goodall Institute China educates the public, especially university students, on shark conservation and mobilizes their support. The Peninsula Hotels and The Shangri-La Hotels based in Hong Kong have stopped serving shark fin, and we’ve teamed up with the China Hotel Association and the China Entrepreneurs’ Club in a new “Shark Fin Free Initiative” encouraging more restaurants and hotels to remove shark fins from their menus. But the most encouraging development to date is China’s State Council’s

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1 year ago

But the most encouraging development to date is China’s State Council’s announcement last month that the government of China will stop serving shark fins at official functions.

Sharks have roamed the oceans for more than 400 million years. They belong there, not in a soup bowl.

1 year ago

I am hoping the whole shark fin soup fettish will be over soon. Last year there seemed no hope but a light is looming at the end of the tunnel.

1 year ago

That's because of groups like this where we keep informed and sign petitions, Jan. We DO make a difference!

1 year ago

Ok- Lynn- thanks for the update- you sound in good spirits, as as they say, sometimes attitude is everything. Nice to see you havent lost your sense of humor ("Osis with the Mostest") lol

1 year ago

So- my next question is- since some Care2 groups seem theraputic for you

 

Would you like to host here Lynn? No pressure of course, And I definately wont be bothered at all if you say no, and it is too much.

 

That way you could delete posts you wanted to change or whatever- since you post every single day.

 

Let me know- either way it's fine.



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1 year ago

Lynn you are a walking marvel and it's a pleasure to know you!

signed petitions, thanks for the good news. Love the Duck graphic!

Nyack great idea, what do you say Lynn!

1 year ago

Hi Lynn, Thanx for the update on your back and will Pray for a complete recovery Noted all the posts on this thread and Thanx Barb...

1 year ago

Thanks so much for the offer to co-host, Nyack. I'd be delighted to do that, although I don't go into every thread. If it's ok that I just stick to a few threads, then I'd love to.

Brenda, thanks so much for the compliment and for liking my graphic. I do so enjoy making them!

Barb, I wish there was a complete recovery for my back but nooooo, I've got something that will stay with me for life. But I do have two boyfriends....

ARTHUR-itis, who keeps me company day and night and WILL-power, who makes me get up and go (although at times my get-up-and-go, got up and went!!) lol Thanks for your good thoughts.

1 year ago

For me and my colleagues at Discovery Channel, Shark Week is one of the best weeks of the year. But great white sharks are in big trouble – and if things don’t get better for these amazing creatures, Shark Week could be history.

There might only be a few hundred adult great white sharks left off the Pacific coast of North America, and constant threats like fishing nets continue to kill baby white sharks in their nursery habitats. These iconic sharks are not covered under the Endangered Species Act – but their future may depend on it.

Oceana is working hard to get US West Coast great whites the protection they deserve, and we’re excited to help spread the word. As a fellow shark advocate, will you sign our support letter to add great white sharks to the Endangered Species List?

Some people think great whites are scary, but the truth is, they should be scared of us. Millions of sharks are killed by humans every year. Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

In fact, great white sharks are vitally important to the oceans. As top predators, they keep the ocean food web in balance, keeping prey populations in check. If the great whites disappear from the US West Coast, the entire ecosystem could be affected.

We can’t let the West Coast lose one of its top predators - and we definitely can’t let our favorite animal disappear forever. Sign today and help great white sharks get listed under the Endangered Species Act!

Happy Shark Week!
Amy Hagovsky
Discovery Channel Communications Director, and fellow shark advocate

P.S. Mark your calendars for August 16th at 9PM when "Great White Highway," narrated by Oceana board member Ted Danson, premieres during Shark Week. In the meantime, spread the word at Thunderclap.it/SharkWeek to help sharks through the power of social media.

1 year ago

Noted and signed Lynn Thanx

Got this from another animal site that I'm on
1 year ago
 

In the year 2005 in Malasya a poor cat stole fish from a restaurant and the owner of the restaurant cut off his two front legs. The cat was left there unable to move, a couple, Maria and Harey found the cat and took him home.
They took care of him, adopted him and taught him how to walk in two paws. They named him "Hero".

Video here: (not graphic, only shows Hero walking)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16vwrrC-qmY

 

 

 
1 year ago

What a Precious kitty Lynn...and such a compassionate owner Thanx for posting

1 year ago

Ok Lynn! Thanks! I added you- just click "accept" on the homepage-  Remember- ONLY DO WHAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE TO DO! And mostly- have fun!

1 year ago

Ok Nyack, I've accepted and I'll do my best!

1 year ago

Signed petition, lovely cat video! Great dog story. Lynn so pleased you have accepted offer from Nyack.

1 year ago

Thanks Lynn for the lovely video. Signed petiton.

1 year ago

Will Pray for Mabel Thanx Lynn

1 year ago


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Audubon Wingspan: Atlantic Flyway EditionNews from the Network August 16, 2012Tell-a-FriendShare on TwitterShare on FacebookAudubon.orgAtlantic Flyway Edition Spectacled Eider pair | Credit: Milo BurchamBirds Keep Their Cool, Even in Summer
This sure has been one scorcher of a summer. Ever wonder how wild birds cope when the mercury rises? Turns out birds have evolved unique behaviors to beat the heat. And they are adapting to springs that feel like summers, and summers that feel like scorchers. http://magblog.audubon.org/how-birds-keep-their-coolRead more.


Hay is for...Harriers?

Gail Miller | Credit: Ben Stechschulte In much of the country, birds depend on private lands like farms and fields to find food, shelter, and nesting spots. In upstate New York, farm owner Gail Miller enlisted the help of Audubon New York to make her land a welcoming place for grassland birds such as Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, and Northern Harriers. Like the land itself, an appreciation for birds has been handed down in the Miller family for generations. Read more.


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1 year ago

Thank you Lynn.

1 year ago

Thanx Lynn I love the Audubon Society...

1 year ago

Moving Forward for Pets and Farm Animals in the Heartland

I’ve just returned from a tour of the heartland–Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska–where I talked to HSUS supporters, leaders, staff members from other animal welfare organizations, farm groups, and farmers. I visited animal shelters and spay/neuter clinics, and I also got a first-hand look at some pig, egg-laying hen, and dairy farms. In addition, I addressed the family farmers at the Organization for Competitive Markets, which had its annual convention in Kansas City.

I was pleased to visit the Humane Society of Indianapolis and see the final touches being added to its new spay-and-neuter clinic and animal welfare center, set to open next week in one of the city’s economically disadvantaged areas. Elsewhere in the city, I met the incredible volunteers with Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Education & Rescue, which The HSUS supports with a $50,000 grant, who work to reach low-income pet lovers and to provide their animals with free vaccinations and free spay-and-neuters. Both of these efforts are predicated on the principles of our Pets for Life program, which seeks to get outside of the shelter and into the community to reach people and pets who need animal care services the most.

Read more at:http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/08/farm-shelter-tour.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Fhsus%2Fwayne+%28Wayne+Pacelle%3A+A+Humane+Nation%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

1 year ago

humane actionThis summer has been busy for The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue Team. In just a few weeks' time, hundreds of animals have been saved, including 92 birds from a cockfighting raid in Pennsylvania, 46 pit bulls from a Michigan dogfighting ring, and -- thanks to a tip made to our puppy mill hotline, 1-877-MILL-TIP -- 140 dogs from a North Carolina puppy mill. See some of the rescued animals»

In fact, there has been a great deal of activity -- here are some other ways we have helped animals with your support:

  • Paid our 114th animal fighting reward, and worked with the public and law enforcement on 194 puppy mill and 182 cruelty complaints;
  • Continued the ongoing care and rehabilitation of 434 rescued animals;
  • Provided more than 100,000 pounds of hay for hundreds of horses in Montana, Colorado, and Utah.

And that's not all -- take a look at the animals and communities we have been fortunate enough to help in the last month»

Each day brings a new opportunity to fulfill our mission to celebrate animals and confront cruelty. Thank you for all you do for animals.
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

1 year ago

Great News for JaguarsAmerican jaguar

Just minutes ago the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally proposed to protect 838,232 acres as "critical habitat" for endangered jaguars in southern Arizona and New Mexico -- an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.
 
When finalized in the next year, and joined with a developing federal recovery plan, the decision will ensure jaguars return to the wild mountains and deserts of the American Southwest.
 
The decision has been a long time coming. The agency listed the jaguar as an endangered species in 1997 following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity that ended protection delays stretching back to 1978. But to our astonishment, it refused to protect the jaguar's habitat or develop a recovery plan! Instead it declared that jaguars should not be recovered in the United States -- despite the fact that the beautiful cats historically ranged all the way from Monterey Bay, Calif., to Louisiana and north to the Grand Canyon and Colorado.
 
Refusing to allow federal bureaucrats -- for the first time in U.S. history -- to consign an endangered species to extinction in the United States, we went back to court. In 2009 we won our case: The Fish and Wildlife Service was ordered to protect the jaguar's habitat and create a plan to fully restore the species.
 
Like wolves and grizzly bears, jaguars were killed en masse by federal trappers and sharpshooters paid to make the West safe for heavily subsidized public-land ranching. By the 1950s jaguars were virtually extinct, but in recent years began to show the first signs of recolonizing Arizona and New Mexico. Individual animals from a Mexican population have been exploring the borderlands of the two states recently. Macho B, the last jaguar to be seen, was killed in a botched capture in 2009 -- the very year we won a court order requiring the species' protection and recovery.
 
Thanks to all our members who wrote letters, made phone calls, and funded our jaguar protection campaign over the past 15 years. With today's habitat protection proposal and a recovery plan on the way, the full recovery of the American jaguar is finally in sight.
 
Thank you again for all your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kieran SucklingKierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

1 year ago

100,000 for Wyoming wolves

 

Portrait of a wolf. (MICHAEL S. QUINTON/NGS STOCK)

 

Even wolves that wander beyond the safety of Yellowstone National Park could be killed in Wyoming.

Speak out for wolves -- Take Action

Help us reach 100,000 signatures for wolves, before it’s too late.

There’s no time to lose -- wolf protections are on the chopping block in Wyoming. Unless we get through to the President, it’ll be open season on Wyoming wolves this fall.

You can help by sending your letter to the President today. Our goal is to flood the White House with 100,000. We’ve already sent more than 62,000 letters -- make sure yours is included.

If federal officials move forward with delisting Wyoming's wolves, these amazing animals could be shot on sight, trapped and killed by virtually any means throughout most of the state.

Nearly half of the state's wolves -- including pups -- could be wiped out within just a year. Even wolves that wander beyond the invisible boundary of Yellowstone National Park could be shot dead.

Wyoming's wolves are one of the best hopes we have for bringing wolves back to states like Colorado and Utah -- but with such a brutal state plan in place, the future of wolves in the West becomes uncertain.

Urge the Obama White House not to turn back the clock on almost 40 years of Federal wolf protection in Wyoming.

In the year since federal protections were stripped from Idaho's wolves, more than 400 wolves in the state have been killed.

If wolves are delisted in Wyoming, these amazing animals will have no protections throughout most of the state. In these areas, no hunting license will be required: wolves could be killed by virtually any means for any reason -- or no reason at all.

Help us send 100,000 signatures to the White House before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delists Wyoming wolves.

It’s up to you and me to ensure a lasting future for America's wolves.

Thank you for speaking out for wildlife.

Jamie Rappaport Clark

Sincerely,

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President
Defenders of Wildlife

P.S. The future of America's wolves depends on you. Ask the Obama White House to stop the delisting of Wyoming’s wolves today, before it’s too late.

1 year ago

Thanks Lynn!

1 year ago
Mary Ashu
Mary Ashu is a ranger at Cameroon’s Dja Biosphere Reserve. Her mantra, “stand by the law at all cost,” and unflinching firmness earned her the nickname Firebrand. © WWF/Fidelis Pegue Manga

Unsung Heroes of Conservation

Perhaps the most important protectors of the world’s natural and cultural treasures, rangers are the men and women who work to ensure that communities around the world live in harmony with the tigers, rhinos and elephants in their backyards. Rangers patrol some of the least hospitable parts of our planet on land and in water. And they are the first line of defense, often putting their lives at risk, as the poaching crisis escalates and wildlife crime spreads its tentacles.

Meet the rangers

1 year ago
Tiger in Nepal
Thirty-seven individual tigers--up from 18 tigers in 2009--were counted in a recent study.
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Wild Tigers Caught on Camera

A recent camera trap study in Nepal identified an increase in individual tigers since the last count three years ago. This exciting news is a result of Nepal’s commitment to reaching TX2--an initiative to double tiger populations by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. See the raw photos of these wild tigers and learn how WWF supports tiger conservation.

See the photos

1 year ago

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August 17, 2012
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Reward Offered in Puppy Cruelty Case
Devastating news: A three-month-old puppy was thrown from a moving car last Saturday. The ASPCA is offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to the abuser’s arrest and conviction. Find out how you can help and how the four-legged victim is faring today. <A title="Reward Offered in Puppy Cruelty Case" href="http://click.a
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1 year ago

Thanks for the good news Lynn.

1 year ago

Lately, we received a lot of wonderful press coverage on our important conservation initiatives at Turtle Island Restoration Network. In case you missed them, here are the links to these news stories. Also, check out our partners at WildHope eMagazine and Undercurrent for inspiration in restoring our wild oceans.


Fertile Turtles Need to Clear Hurdles

  Hear Teri Shore's radio interview on HPR2's program, The Conversation, recorded on August 7, talking about her work mobilizing grassroots supporters to oppose the delisting and possible hunting of the Hawaiian green sea turtle. Teri is Program Director at Turtle Island Restoration Network in California where she directs conservation, policy, and advocacy campaigns for sea turtles, sustainable fisheries and oceans. Recently, she helped win additional protections for sea turtles from capture and death in the Hawaii longline fishery. Photo © Anita Wintner


Sea Turtle Sightings in San Francisco Bay Area  The largest sea turtle in the world, the extremely rare Pacific leatherback, has been spotted this month offshore of Monterey, Moss Landing, and Half Moon Bay, California along with a massive bloom of jellyfish, which are their main prey. The sightings continue to be reported to our citizen science project, The Leatherback Watch Program. Read the SFGate story here.  Photo © Blue Ocean Whale Watch



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1 year ago
Undercurrent - A Private Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers  Undercurrent has been providing first-hand, honest diving resort reviews, as well as pushing the industry to safeguard the reefs and its critters, while reporting on diver safety and health, dive equipment, and all topics of interest to divers and snorkelers, since 1975.  You can get a free and informative monthly email and article, or become a member by signing up at www.undercurrent.org. Photo © George Duffield

 

 

 

WildHope eMagazine Reports Monitoring of Black Sea Turtles  Check out WildHope's feature article "Net Worth," written by Outside Magazine correspondent Kate Siber about participating in a volunteer trip to work with RED Sustainable Travel in an in-water monitoring of black turtles in Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico. This group (part of the Grupo Tortuguero) was co-founded by STRP board member Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols. Photo © Angela Hadden Photography

 

For the sea turtles and wild oceans,

Todd Steiner

1 year ago

Thanks Lynn, very interesting news.

1 year ago

Stop United Nations World Tourism Organisation from Honouring President Mugabe

Started by: Ben

 

Mike Campbell, my late father-in-law, was a successful commercial farmer and an ardent conservationist. At his Biri River Lodge wildlife conservancy here in Zimbabwe, he introduced sable, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, and others.

In 2002, the conservancy was invaded and poaching began immediately on a large scale. In 2005, the lodge was deliberately burnt down. Mike was twice abducted by President Mugabe loyalists, and died in April 2011 from the injuries he sustained during the second abduction and torture.

Mike’s story is just one case of the widespread slaughter of wildlife, gross systematic human rights abuses, and ongoing degradation of the environment. Despite this President Mugabe was selected to co-host the next United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) summit with Zambia.

Which is why I’m creating this petition: I’m asking individual Governments to pressure the United Nations into withdrawing recognition of President Mugabe of Zimbabwe as a “leader for tourism” by pulling out of the UNWTO summit. Canada has already taken a principled stance and pulled out, and other states are asked to do likewise.

Click here to sign Ben 's petition, "Stop United Nations World Tourism Organisation from Honouring President Mugabe".

1 year ago

Signed. Thanks Lynn...

Stop the Hounding of California’s Wildlife - Part 1
1 year ago

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 02:56 PM PDT

Today, the Los Angeles Times reports on the HSUS-backed bill to stop the inhumane, unsporting, and high-tech practice of hound hunting of black bears and bobcats—where trophy hunters release as many as 20 dogs, often fitted with radio transmitters on their collars, to chase, attack, and corner a panting animal who may in the end be shot from a tree branch. That bill, S.B. 1221, which has passed the state Senate and two Assembly committees, is slated for a vote on the Assembly floor as soon as this week. Every California voter should call his or her Assemblymember in support of S.B. 1221 today.

There’s no question that the final act of the hunt—where the hunter, following the signal emitting the hounds’ collars on a handheld directional antenna, shoots the animal at point-blank range—makes a mockery of any notion of sportsmanship or fair chase. It’s more of a high-tech killing than it is a fair-chase hunt.

Spokesmen from the trophy hunting lobby claim that it’s actually humane to shoot the cornered animal, since the hunter can just about guarantee a killing shot. That’s the same, weak rationale for shooting any kind of animal in a fenced enclosure in a captive hunt, or any animal that is lured to bait.

Bear

That’s bad enough. But what’s worse, in my mind, is the run-up to that final, pathetic act.

What’s truly inhumane about high-tech hounding is the lengthy chase and the animal fight that often ensues between the bear and the pack of dogs.

Hound hunters are allowed in the field with their dogs many months of the year, including much of the autumn. The fall is a critical time in the bears’ annual life cycle, where they feed constantly to build fat reserves for their long period of dormancy, or hibernation through the winter. But the houndsmen can chase the bears for hours on end, every day during the season, denying them time to feed and causing them to expend huge amounts of energy as they flee the dogs.

Stop the Hounding of California’s Wildlife - Part 2
1 year ago

There are no time limits on how long a bear can be chased. Studies in professional wildlife management journals shows that typical chases last for more than three hours, and sometimes go as long as twelve hours. The bears, with their large mass and heavy coats, overheat—and researchers note that this lengthy chase can even cause brain-stem damage. Bears can also become separated from their cubs during a lengthy chase that can cover miles.

After some period of being chased, the quarry will sometimes turn and fight the dogs, and an animal fighting situation ensues. In a state that outlaws dogfighting and cockfighting, there should be no green light given for fights between dogs and bears. The bear may be bigger, but he or she can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of dogs turned loose and attacking him or her.

The hunters claim that this amounts to “catch-and-release” hunting; they chase the bear or bobcat time and again without shooting the quarry. To me, it’s more like constant harassment and cruelty, with the bears and bobcats getting no respite.

Just about all of us, at one time or another, have felt fear when encountering an aggressive dog, even if it’s just lasted for a minute. Put yourself in the position of a bear. Imagine being chased and attacked by 20 dogs over a twelve-hour period. What fear and anguish the creature must feel.

Is that not obviously and demonstrably inhumane, even if there’s not a shot fired?

Lawmakers can rightly reject hounding because the kill is so unfair. But what makes hounding so inhumane is the use of the dogs and the chasing and fighting that is part of the process.

And all for what? For a bear head and hide, and for bragging rights.

Californians outlawed trophy hunting of mountain lions four decades ago, and they’ve affirmed that in two statewide votes, partly because lion hunting happens with packs of dogs. It’s time to pass S.B. 1221 and outlaw hounding of bears, as Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and so many other states have done.

1 year ago

Hi Lynn Hostess With The Mostest....You Go Girl!!! Noted signed and did what I could...Lots of great News Thanx Barb E

1 year ago

Thank you Lynn- am catching up now

1 year ago

Signed, thanks for the news Lynn.

1 year ago

Pit Bull Adopts Abandoned White Lion Cub

By Diane Herbst                                       Photo: Copyright  Animal Press/Barcroft Media                                   


 

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A white baby lion cub named Jojo was taken away from her mother shortly after she was born in July to have a naval infection treated. When her caretakers at a German zoo tried to reunite baby Jojo with her mother, Nala, she rejected her daughter.

 

So German zookeeper Jeanette Wurms took Jojo home with her. And to the surprise of Wurms, her male pit bull mix has become a father to the highly endangered white lion cub.

 

“Lejon looked after her with me from the first day,” Wurms, a lion keeper at the Stukenbrock safari park, told The Local.de. “Licking her clean, and lying next to her when I was giving Jojo her bottle. Since then we have become a very special family.”

 

Lejon, whose name means lion in Swedish, spends much of each day playing in the garden with Jojo. “I had to take the decision to hand raise the tiny cub, to give it a chance at life,” said Wurms.

 

And what a life Jojo is enjoying with her new family.

 

“Lejon is so patient,” said Wurms. “Jojo scrambles all over him, jumps on his head, bites his fur. But he doesn’t mind — he’s a very patient surrogate.”

 

 

Legion and Jojo :-)
1 year ago

So cute Lynn and thanx

1 year ago

Wonderful! Thank you Lynn.

1 year ago

Thanks Lynn for posting!

You're welcome Barbara, Brenda and Sandi
1 year ago

A Dogfighting Victim’s Tragic Story Spreads the Message of Combating Cruelty

Posted: 21 Aug 2012 01:03 PM PDT

Our mission statement is short and to the point: “Celebrating Animals/Confronting Cruelty.”

Stallone, a dog rescued from fighting
Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Holding these two powerful ideas in balance is a perpetual challenge for those of us who care about animals and devote ourselves to their welfare. On one hand, there is so much cruelty to confront. On the other, animals are an incredible source of joy—whether they are our pets or the wild animals who share our landscapes.

This balance of imperatives is on my mind today because of a very special video produced by our staff. It is the most viewed video that we have ever placed on YouTube. It is also one of the saddest. It is the story of Stallone, a dog who was trapped and ultimately doomed by the scourge of organized animal fighting. It is not an easy video to watch. But it is a video that has drawn a huge audience of more than 1 million views because so many of us feel that it must be watched.

So today, let’s celebrate Stallone. For all the horrors inflicted on him by people, he paid back with a tail wag and a lick, as you can see in the video. And then, in his brave name, please join me in doubling down on our determination to confront dogfighting and other threats to animals.

1 year ago

Stop the state of Washington from killing an entire pack of wolves!

Wolf in Denali (Didier Lindsey)

Wolf pups too young to fend for themselves could be orphaned and left to die if the state of Washington carries out its kill order on the Wedge pack.

Starting as early as tomorrow morning, Washington's newest wolf pack — only one of eight in the state — will be shot and killed, one by one.

Just a few months ago, we celebrated the discovery of Washington State's eighth wolf pack, named the Wedge pack for the wedge-shaped part of the county between the Kettle River on the west and the Columbia River on the east. However, this newly discovered pack has been unjustly blamed for attacking livestock, and the state has issued a kill order for all the adults in the pack.

Washington State officials are bending under pressure from a single disgruntled rancher — and despite expert claims that wolves were not responsible for injuring his livestock, officials have refused to call off the killing.

They've already shot one female from the pack, and the state is set to deploy a team of sharp-shooters as early as tomorrow morning to finish off the grisly job — unless you help raise enough of an outcry to stop them.

Call or write to Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Phil Anderson and tell them: don't kill any more members of the Wedge pack. This pack is just one of only eight in your state, and it's your responsibility to protect them. The future of wolves in Washington State may hinge on the precedents being set by you today.

Christine Gregoire
Governor of WA
Phone: 360-902-4111
http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact

Phil Anderson
Director, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Phone: 360-902-2200
director@dfw.wa.gov

Wolf pups too young to fend for themselves will be orphaned and could be captured or left to die if the state carries out its kill order on the Wedge pack. Please — I know you won't stand by while these pups lose their pack and possibly their lives, or are forced into captivity.

Defenders has worked hard over the past few years to promote management policies that allow wolves to coexist with ranchers and livestock, dramatically reducing the risk of depredation and the need for removing wolves. This latest move would be a big step in the wrong direction for Washington. Killing wolves without clear evidence that they were responsible for livestock depredation violates the state's own wolf management plan.

No wolf in Washington will be safe if the state is allowed to kill an entire pack based on one rancher's claims that are not backed up with concrete evidence. It sets a dangerous precedent, and we can't allow it after all we've done collectively to bring wolves back from the brink of extinction.

Killing wolves should be an absolute last resort, not the immediate go-to option whenever a sheep or cow turns up dead without clear evidence as to how the depredation occurred. Stop the killing in Washington now — call or write to Governor Gregoire and Director Anderson.

Thank you for speaking out to protect the wildlife that needs you.

Jamie Rappaport Clark

Sincerely,

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President
Defenders of Wildlife

1 year ago

Thanks for the news Lynn.

1 year ago

All noted, shared and signed. Thank you Lynn.

1 year ago

Noted and Thanx Lynn Sent a letter message about The Wolves this morning..

1 year ago

Done (wolves)

Tennesse Walking Horses: No Cause for Celebration - Part 1
1 year ago

Tennessee Walking Horses: No Cause for Celebration, Yet

Posted: 22 Aug 2012 01:11 PM PDT

Today, the 74th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration gets under way in Shelbyville, Tenn. This 10-day horse show is generally recognized as the largest, most prestigious event in the industry. As such, it is the focus of controversy surrounding the abuse that trainers inflict upon the equine athletes who are the victims of “soring” —the cruel and illegal practice used to cause horses to perform their high-stepping prance known as the “Big Lick.”

So pervasive is soring that in 2006, the Celebration failed to crown a World Grand Champion (the highest honor bestowed on any animal in the breed) because only three of the horses entered to compete could pass inspection for not being sored in violation of the federal Horse Protection Act (HPA), and the final class was canceled by show management. If nothing else proves how widespread soring is, that’s it.

Tennessee walking horse investigation
Read more about the investigation.

HSUS staff have attended and monitored the big show every year since then, and I’ll be travelling to Tennessee soon to observe the spectacle for myself. In 2007, we reached out to show management to urge reforms and offer our support. In 2009, amid record numbers of violations and seeing no signs of progress or willingness to change, we dubbed the Celebration “The Cruelest Horse Show on Earth.”

But perhaps at no time in history has public scrutiny of this event—and this breed—been greater than this year. News of an HSUS undercover investigation into the operation of well-known trainer Jackie McConnell broke on ABC’s Nightline, and was covered by other media outlets around the country, exposing a horrified public to the practices that go into the making of winning Tennessee walking horses. McConnell trained and rode the 1997 Celebration winner and trained the 2010 Reserve World Grand Champion Moody Star (a horse that was being sored in his barn during our investigation)—even while he was on a five-year federal disqualification from participating in horse shows. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the HPA, and will be sentenced on Sept. 9 in Chattanooga.

Tennesse Walking Horses: No Cause for Celebration - Part 2
1 year ago

Convicted Tennessee horse trainer Barney Davis—who served most of a year-long term in federal prison after pleading guilty to various violations of the Horse Protection Act and conspiracy to commit witness tampering—testified at his sentencing hearing that soring is a common practice. “They've got to be sored to walk,” he said at the Feb. 17 hearing. “I mean, that's the bottom line. It ain’t no good way to put it, but that's it.”

Because of the widespread and severe nature of horse soring, we’ve made this issue one of our top equine protection priorities. We filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture—the agency charged with enforcing the HPA—seeking tough new enforcement regulations to protect horses from this practice. We recently opened a hotline for tips about soring that can lead to rewards of up to $10,000, and we advertised the program on a billboard across the street from the Celebration in Shelbyville.

We also work with any group in the industry that signals a legitimate desire to effect change. Again this year, The HSUS contacted Celebration show organizers to urge the adoption of several key reforms that would help protect horses and restore the industry’s integrity, and to offer our support. We received no response until we made our outreach public—and even then, the only reply was a curt press release dismissing our efforts and saying everything was just fine.

According to an editorial in today’s The Tennessean newspaper, the Celebration has instituted a new program whereby show inspectors will test horses’ feet for the application of prohibited foreign substances, and produce results within 24 hours. Any entry found in violation will have its prizes stripped. As we had proposed to show management, we believe that any confirmed violation of the Horse Protection Act should result in the stripping of an entry’s title and prizes—not just the finding of a prohibited substance under the industry’s fledgling and unproven testing program. Why should anyone who cheats, and abuses horses, be allowed to keep the rewards of those misdeeds?

We have concerns about the validity and transparency of this latest incarnation of the industry’s attempts at self-regulation (which has failed miserably for over three decades)—concerns that have been echoed by many participants in the industry themselves. We will be watching this new program and monitoring the results, which to date have been kept well under wraps.

In recent days, there has been much talk around Washington that industry insiders are working through Congressional offices to apply pressure on USDA to back down in its enforcement of the HPA at this year’s show. If true, that’s appalling, given the incontrovertible evidence that’s come to light. Soring is a crime, and there should be a zero-tolerance policy for it. We need strong enforcement efforts by USDA, and we need members of Congress to strengthen the federal law and support agency efforts to root out criminal behavior. All the business and pageantry that surrounds Tennessee walking horses depend on it. This event and this sport are in crisis, and something has to change.

1 year ago

Thank you for your interest Brenda, Sandra, Barbara and Jan.

MERCY FOR ANIMALS
1 year ago

What: Miami, Protest Against Walmart's Abuse of Pigs

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Outside Walmart at 1425 NE. 163rd St., Miami Beach, FL

 

Do you support cramming animals into crates so small they can't turn around, lie down comfortably, or walk for their entire lives? Walmart does. In fact, pork sold in Walmart stores comes from factory farms where pregnant pigs spend their miserable lives locked in narrow gestation crates barely larger than their own bodies—unable to engage in basic behaviors and denied all mental stimulation.

Following Mercy For Animals’ undercover investigation exposing shocking animal abuse at a major Walmart pork supplier, we are now calling on the world's largest retailer to require its suppliers to phase out inherently cruel gestation crates.

Join Mercy For Animals in Miami for an eye-catching protest outside a Walmart store. Protestors will be joined by a 10-foot-tall inflatable pig, covered in bloody sores and crammed inside a tiny gestation crate.

Signs, banners, and leaflets will be provided. Media is expected at the event, so please dress professionally. Encourage your friends and family to join you at this peaceful protest. And, before attending, please be sure to sign MFA's petition urging Walmart executives to phase out gestation crates, then share the petition and undercover video with others. For more details about the campaign, visit WalmartCruelty.com.

For additional details about the event, please email Phil Letten, national campaign coordinator, at PhilL@MercyForAnimals.org, or call 810-599-1278.

Sincerely,

http://www.mercyforanimals.org/images/enewsletter/Signature_Phil_Letten.gif
Phil Letten
National Campaign Coordinator

1 year ago

Thanks Lynn.

1 year ago

Thanx so much Lynn

You're welcome, Betty and Barbara
1 year ago
Dear New York City Advocates,

Please come to the rescue of our city's long-suffering carriage horses. The increasing number of carriage horse accidents shows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the time has come to get these sensitive animals off our streets.

Last Thursday, a horse panicked by construction noise plowed his carriage into vehicles, overturned the carriage and its passengers, broke free, and tore down a busy Midtown Street. It was only through sheer luck that no one was seriously injured. Sooner or later, luck runs out—how long are we going to keep rolling the dice?

The same things residents and tourists love about New York City—the rush and bustle, the ever-present feeling of barely controlled chaos—make it a nightmare for horses, who are prey animals easily terrified by a flickering shadow or sudden noise. The city is only getting more crowded, and to brush off the horses’ plight with “accidents happen” illustrates an astounding lack of regard for both animal and human safety.

What You Can Do

Please help the horses by urging your New York City councilmember to support and cosponsor Intro. 86A, a city-level bill that will phase out New York City's horse carriage industry and replace it with 21st-century, eco-friendly horseless carriages—thereby preserving jobs and tourism dollars.

Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online right now to quickly email your councilmember and let him or her know that passage of this law is important to you.

Thank you, New Yorkers!

Take Action Now »

1 year ago

West Side Story: Helping a Woman and her Cats in Chicago

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 02:02 PM PDT

The HSUS’s Pets for Life program reaches out to help people and pets in under-served communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. In Chicago, we focus our efforts on North Lawndale on the southwest side of the city. In addition to lacking many basic services for people, North Lawndale has very limited animal welfare services.

Just as many communities have "food deserts" and lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they also have animal care deserts. The HSUS works to fill that gap and provide basic services to pet owners who don't have regular access to veterinarians, groomers, or pet supplies. Recently, our PFL Chicago team met a woman named Leola and her cats, including a 10-year-old orange-and-white tabby named West Side, who had been an indoor/outdoor cat for his entire life.

Leola with her cat West Side
Leola with her cat West Side, among many pets
and families helped by our Pets for Life program.

Leola heard about our PFL program and called for help. West Side and Leola’s 9-year-old female cat, Carmen, recently had a litter of kittens—one of many litters they’ve had over the years. Leola reported that all but one kitten had died and that she was worried about the surviving kitten, Ginger.

When we arrived at Leola’s house, it was clear that the cats all had upper respiratory infections and Ginger was seriously underweight. West Side and Carmen had scars from being allowed to roam outdoors. 

Leola has also been struggling because she is unable to work due to an injury, so she relies on Social Security disability insurance—but the insurance is irregular and she can’t always afford a phone or transportation to address problems. To further complicate her situation, her building is in foreclosure and she had only a few weeks to find another place to live.

Leola eagerly accepted The HSUS’s offer to spay, neuter, and vaccinate her cats for free, including transportation assistance. Leola says her cats are the dearest things in the world to her. We found out that she had always wanted to keep the cats indoors, especially West Side, but could not because he sprayed constantly and fought to get outside. Leola was so excited to hear that neutering him would help curb this behavior so she could keep him safely indoors.

After initial treatment for their infections, we scheduled spay/neuter appointments for the cats. West Side’s wellness exam showed he had a heart murmur, causing a slightly higher risk for surgery. Leola had the option to cancel the surgery, but after a lot of thought, she chose to do it for West Side’s quality of life. She was afraid that as he got older he would be less likely to survive his rough outdoor life.

One of our great veterinarian partners in Chicago, Heal Veterinary Clinic, performed the surgery. After West Side arrived at the clinic for surgery, Leola called HSUS staff and asked them to put the phone up to the cat’s ear so she could tell him she loved him.

West Side came through the surgery just fine and is back at home. The two female cats were spayed, and all three were micro-chipped and vaccinated. Our PFL team continues to check in on the family, working with Leola to help condition West Side to stay inside and providing her with cat care information. Leola is thrilled and the cats are thriving. With all the obstacles Leola has to overcome, there are no easy answers, but now she can rest a little easier knowing her beloved cats are healthier and safer.

Leona’s love for her cats is something HSUS sees frequently. Most of our clients have a great desire to provide the best care for their pets, but there are practical barriers in place that diminish the quality of life for so many animals. Our PFL program removes these barriers, while saving lives and building humane communities.

P.S. The HSUS’ Pets for Life program helps people and pets like Leona and West Side thanks to the support of One Car One Difference. Please consider donating your vehicle to support our work.

1 year ago

American Jaguars to Win 838,000 Protected Acres

Jaguar

 

In a victory almost 20 years in the making, 838,232 acres of protected "critical habitat" have been proposed for American jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico -- thanks to many years of petitions, lawsuits, study and public outreach by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies. "Jaguars are a spectacular part of our natural heritage and belong to every American -- just as surely as bald eagles, wolves and grizzly bears," said Center Executive Director Kierán Suckling.

The largest cats in the Western Hemisphere, jaguars used to live from California to Louisiana and as far north as Colorado. The great cats were driven almost to extinction by the 1950s due to government anti-predator policies. They were protected as endangered in response to scientists' petitioning and a Center lawsuit in 1997, and in 2009 -- the same year the jaguar called "Macho B" was infamously trapped and euthanized -- they finally won a court order directing the feds to designate critical habitat, again in response to legal action by the Center.

The new designation will help jaguars, at long last, truly recolonize the American Southwest.

Read more in Scientific American.

1 year ago

 


Reality TV Host Gloats Over Wolf Slaughter

Gray wolf

While hunters and predator-control agents prepare to kill 170-plus Wyoming wolves, the Center for Biological Diversity is gearing up to launch an emergency legal case to stop the slaughter. In less than two weeks, the Department of the Interior plans to remove Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Wyoming and allow the killing of all wolves by any means in more than 80 percent of the state -- even though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected a similar plan last year in part because Wyoming wolves are important to the Yellowstone population. The Center is working to secure an injunction to stop the killing of these ecologically critical, highly social creatures, many of whom just had pups this spring.

Meanwhile a reality TV show tonight is broadcasting a wolf-shooting in Montana, with the host crowing, "It's the funnest thing I've done in years!" and calling wolf advocates "a bunch of wingnut screwballs" for trying to save the animals. Well, we screwballs have an unparalleled record of saving wolves from the Rockies to the Southwest to Oregon and the Great Lakes -- so excuse us while we get back to work.

Learn about our campaign to save northern Rockies wolves.

1 year ago

Petition Seeks to Save Sea Life From Deadly Plastics -- Take Action

Plastic on beach

Sea turtles choke on it, seals get tangled in it, seabirds get sick on it. Plastic pollution is a growing scourge in our oceans. It kills hundreds of thousands of animals each year, including endangered species like Hawaiian monk seals and Pacific loggerhead sea turtles. In the Los Angeles area alone, 20 tons of plastic fragments -- things like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles -- are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day. Much of it makes its way to a giant, swirling garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific that's bigger than Texas and growing rapidly.

The toll plastic's taking on our sea life is heavy. That's why on Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed the first-ever petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Water Act to set a zero tolerance for plastic pollution in our oceans. It's an important first step toward saving nearly 300 species, from whales and seals to corals and seabirds, from the daily death sentence plastics impose.

Read more in our press release, check out our brand-new Web page, and then sign and share our petition to the EPA.

1 year ago

Protections Sought for 43 Alaskan Cold-water Corals

Sea raspberry coral

Climate change threatens not only polar bears and other inhabitants of the Arctic Ocean's surface ice but also a wide range of marine species that dwell in its dark depths. On Monday the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government to list 43 spectacular species of Alaskan corals under the Endangered Species Act -- a move that would provide protections for, and research into, species like Stylaster repandus, a foot-high fan coral with pink stems and soft, orange branches.

Because they live in the deep ocean -- S. repandus is only found in deep waters off Amukta Island in the Aleutians  -- few people have ever seen them. But research submersibles have brought back images of a profusion of life that inhabits these coral communities, among them rockfish, Pacific Ocean perch and king crab.

If nothing is done to curb climate change, the Arctic Ocean will be too warm and acidic in less than half a century for these corals to survive. Deep-sea trawling also uproots more than 90 tons of coral every year.

Read more in our press release.

1 year ago

Four Texas Salamanders Get Closer to Safeguards

Georgetown salamander

Not many have even heard of these four small creatures, but the Jollyville Plateau, Austin blind, Georgetown and Salado salamanders are emerging into the limelight as they get closer to gaining federal protection -- along with 6,000 acres of proposed "critical habitat" in Texas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed the salamanders and their habitat for protection Tuesday in accordance with a landmark 2011 Center for Biological Diversity settlement that speeds protection decisions for these salamanders and 753 other imperiled species.
 
All four salamanders spend their whole lives underwater in central Texas, needing clean, well-oxygenated water to survive. Though they all have their own special characteristics -- for example, the Salado salamander is just 2 inches long while the Austin blind salamander has no "external eyes" -- all species are threatened by activities that pollute water or reduce its flow to their aquatic homes. Significantly, two of the threats listed by the Fish and Wildlife Service were "increasing urbanization and population growth."

Read more in the Cedar Park-Leander Statesman and learn about saving the Jollyville Plateau salamander, plus our historic 757 species agreement.

1 year ago

Suit Filed -- Again -- for Tiny Southwest Owl

Cactus ferruginous pygmy owl

The Center for Biological Diversity returned to court again this week to restore Endangered Species Act protections for one of the Southwest's smallest and rarest owls. Thanks to a petition and three lawsuits by the Center, the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl -- a 2.5-ounce, daytime-feeding bird that lives only in the Sonoran desert of Arizona and Mexico -- was protected under the Act from 1996 to 2006. It also got 732,000 acres of protected "critical habitat." But developers wanting to bulldoze its habitat fought back, and the owl's protections were removed.
 
The Center petitioned to protect the owl once again in 2007, but yet again its needs were ignored; so now we're back in court. This small owl has become a unique symbol of the Sonoran desert and has already proven a great help in preserving native habitats.
 
Check out our press release and learn about the Center's long fight for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl.

1 year ago

Wild & Weird: Evolutionary Poetry of the Wet-dog Shake -- Watch Video

Dog shaking water out of fur

Why, after a muddy puddle-romp or a midday rain, do dogs, foxes, polar bears, jaguars and other mammals shake their wet bodies like convulsing maniacs, drenching everything? A new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface last week provides a detailed answer. Using high-speed videography, fur-particle tracking, and 33 animals ranging in size from mice to bears, the good scientists have discovered that the soggy-shakes are a highly evolved, efficient and elegant oscillation that furry mammals developed to ward off hypothermia. In fact, a dog can fling off 70 percent of the water on its body in just 4 seconds.

According to the study, Fido's post-bath quick-shake is best understood as a "power law relationship between shaking frequency f and body mass M to be f ~ M−0.22 . . . based upon the balance of centrifugal and capillary forces." Well, duh. And the astute dog lover should never forget the "novel role for loose mammalian dermal tissue: by whipping around the body, it increases the speed of drops leaving the animal and the ensuing dryness relative to tight dermal tissue."

There you have it. They do it to get dry, and they do it well.

Enjoy the video and read more at io9.

1 year ago

".... a bunch of wingnut screwballs"??!!  Well, I am proud to be one of those screwballs!! 

 

Thank you Jon H., for this article
1 year ago

BJ and Heidi Will Be MissedAsk the FDA to stop the importation of tainted pet food from China and implement strong food safety standards.

Heidi and BJ were both healthy dogs that passed away within days of eating chicken jerky dog treats from China. Rita and Terie, their owners, are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent this from happening to other pets by stopping the sale of potentially tainted Chinese pet food in the U.S.

Join Rita and Terie and tell the FDA to protect pets and humans by banning pet food imports from China and implementing strong food safety standards!


According to Rita, "Heidi was a happy and healthy 8-year-old German Shepherd on May 23, 2012 when I gave her just two chicken jerky dog treats as a 'special' treat. Within two days she became ill, vomiting and diarrhea and lethargy, refusing all food but drinking water excessively. On Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, Heidi died a horrific death in my arms. The void her passing has left in my life is almost unbearable. I live alone and Heidi was my constant companion, my loyal friend, my fierce protector."

Rita's not alone in experiencing an incredible loss from what should have been a "treat" for her dog. Despite the flood of reports of dogs dying from imported dog treats going back as far as 2007, the FDA has done nothing to fix the problem. Unfortunately, these pet treats are likely just the tip of the iceberg. We know that the FDA has a poor track record of ensuring the safety of food from China for people and pets. Help make sure this doesn't happen to more pets or people by contacting the FDA today.

Just like Heidi, Terie’s dog BJ was healthy and active. Similarly to Rita, Terie’s husband fed BJ some chicken jerky from a new bag and “by the next day [BJ] was extremely sick, slurping water constantly and vomiting. When we got to the vet the next morning he was in kidney failure, liver failure, and acute pancreatitis. The vet told me not to expect a good outcome. He was critical...My less than 3-year-old healthy dog had died 4 days after getting a bad 'treat.'”

The FDA regulates the import of pet food and processed human food, but they have done very little to stop contaminated food from China from being sold in the U.S. This isn't the first time that tainted pet food from China has harmed our pets. Just a few years ago thousands of pets became sick and died after eating pet food contaminated with melamine, and right now there are more than 60 human food products that are banned from being imported from China because of unsafe substances, including milk products contaminated with melamine.

The new food safety rules that passed more than a year ago haven't been implemented yet, so there may be other contaminated food ending up on store shelves, and on your dinner plate.

Ask the FDA to recall tainted pet treats, so more pets don't get sick, and prevent this from happening in the future by implementing the food safety standards that passed more than a year ago.

Tell the FDA to keep food safe for pets and humans by banning pet food imports from China and implementing strong food safety standards:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11400


Thanks for taking action,

Sarah Alexander
Education & Outreach Director
Food & Water Watch
goodfood(at)fwwatch(dot)org

More thanks to Jon H., for this article
1 year ago

Fire Threatens Twin Peaks Wild Horses in Northern California

Sparked by lightning, a huge wildfire that started to burn on August 12 continues to rage in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA), located east of Susanville in northern California. To date, the fire has consumed over 314,000 acres and threatens the safety of a beloved population of wild horses who live in the HMA. Latest reports have the fire jumping roadways and burning deeper into the areas where the horses live. For more information, including maps of the fire and the HMA, as well as updates from a nearby wild horse sanctuary, please click here or below.

From Jon H.
1 year ago

Speak Up to Protect Small Herd in Utah's Frisco HMA

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah is attempting to squeeze an October roundup into approval of a Herd Management Plan for the Frisco Herd Management Area (HMA). The plan will set policy for the Frisco HMA for the next 10-20 years. It's vital to get your comments in to help protect this small herd. Now is our opportunity to demand that the BLM increase the allowable management level (AML) for wild horses in the Frisco HMA, and oppose the unnatural skewing of sex ratios on this 60,000-acre range. Please take action by clicking here or below.


 

Still Time to Oppose Roundup in Nevada's Wassuk Herd Management Area 

If you have not done so yet, please take a moment to oppose the BLM's plan to conduct the first-ever roundup and removal of wild horses living in the Wassuk Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The agency wants to remove 400 mustangs from the range in a helicopter stampede scheduled to begin in early September. Please join us in demanding the implementation of a management action that will leave the Wassuk horses on the range where they belong. Take action by clicking here or below. 

1 year ago

Sheldon Wildlife Refuge to Eradicate Wild Horses & Burros over Next Five Years

Wild horses and burros have roamed the lands that are now part of the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Nevada for more than 150 years. They are part of the cultural and historic fabric of the tri-state area known as "Mustang Country," but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates the refuge, wants to wipe out these living pieces of American history forever. On Friday, the Sheldon Refuge announced a plan to eradicate all wild horses and burros living in the 550,000-acre public land area within five years. The horses and burros will be captured in helicopter stampedes, transported from the land of their birth and put up for adoption. According to the refuge, those who are not adopted can be put up for auction "as a last resort." Please read more about this disturbing development, and AWHPC's reaction to it, by clicking here or below.


Desatoya Roundup Continues; Three Horses Die in First Three Days, Foal Roped and Left in Path of Stampeding Horses

Three wild horses, including two foals, died in the first three days of the BLM's roundup in Nevada's Desatoya Mountains. According to the BLM's gather reports, the dead include a mare who broke her neck while being loaded onto a trailer, and a foal who perished from colic after eating "too much too fast" in the holding pen. Another foal was "euthanized" by BLM due to poor body condition. As of Monday, August 20, 402 wild horses have been captured in the Desatoya roundup. Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the United States (HSU is calling for changes in BLM roundup protocol after witnessing contract wranglers rope, hogtie and leave a foal in the path of stampeding horses. Please read the HSUS news release by clicking here or below.

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A young donkey in England has been fitted with casts on her legs to prevent her from developing bowed legs. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.

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gas chamberIt's Time To Ban Gas Chambers For Animals

Three to four million cats and dogs are euthanized in U.S. shelters annually. Regardless of one's position on whether and when shelters should euthanize, there is broad agreement that the gas chamber is cruel, and that lethal injection is more humane.

Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, has introduced House Resolution 736, expressing opposition to the use of gas chambers for shelter animals, and supporting state laws to replace gas chambers with euthanasia by injection. Click here to read more, and to send a message to your representative.

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Hurricane IsaacHurricane Safety Tips For Animals - If You Go, They Go

As Hurricane Isaac heads toward Florida, now is a good time to remind everyone that your hurricane safety plans must include the animals who are part of your family and your community.

Don't wait until the storm hits to start addressing the needs of your animal friends. You can find lots of great, helpful information online. Check out The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County's emergency preparation page to see what you need to do, and to create an emergency supply kit for your companion animal. And click here to see and download a great brochure called If You Go, They Go.

1 year ago

Signed petitions, thank you for the news Lynn.

Thanks, Brenda
1 year ago

Did you know that most household pets don't drink enough water?

Water is essential for all life. Without it a living thing’s organs don't function properly, their body’s wastes collect and cause damage, and they just don't feel very good. Having a constant supply of fresh water is crucial to keeping your pet healthy. Many owners think that they’re covered because their dog always has water but they are sadly mistaken. Most of the time, a pet's water will sit on the floor for hours or even days. The fresh, cold water from this morning can become filled with bacteria, saliva and dust by the time you come home from work. It's no wonder that most pets don't drink enough water - would YOU want to?

A purifying fountain that circulates water throughout the day can change all that. One major benefit of the pet fountains is that they constantly clean and oxygenate your dog's water. Throughout the day, water is passed through a pet-safe filter that removes impurities and foul odors. The gentle stream of water adds oxygen and improves the water's taste. When water smells better and tastes better, it entices your pet to drink more. A well-hydrated pet is a healthier pet that will benefit from better overall health. Getting your dog to drink more is frequently just an issue of making the water more appealing. And since the right amount of water has such a huge impact on your dog’s happiness and health, I strongly encourage taking a closer look at your dog’s needs.

1 year ago

Yes Lynn I do know, gave all my cats and dogs fresh water twice a day. Thank you.

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