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1 year ago

Since we don't have a thread for animals and the problems they go through, I thought I'd keep us all up-to-date and post all the news that's fit to read.   Enjoy, respond if you want or just read and note.

    

1 year ago

In an experience that any sea turtle conservationist would classify as simply profound, 52 turtles rescued up and down the Atlantic coast were lined up...read more
1 year ago

Golden eagles and thousands of birds are killed every year by wind turbines: Green energy is necessary but has dilemmas.
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The mystery surrounding a recent birth at a conservation facility in Connecticut is leading some to summon the phrase 'immaculate conception'.
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1 year ago

The Harper government has wreaked havoc on the Canadian environment, and now they're pushing their dirty oil-pushing agenda on the Arctic Council.
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Experts warn that the Indian tiger, despite figures showing the population has stabilized, faces an increasing threat of extinction due to a lack of...
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1 year ago

Not everyone who ends up in Hollywood wants to be an actor. In this thought-provoking new spot, the tragic lives of animal "actors" are illustrated in breathtaking detail.

Narrated by Academy Award–winning actor Adrien Brody and created by top ad agency BBDO and award-winning computer-generated imagery production company The Mill, PETA's newest video asks viewers to put themselves in the place of great apes.

Watch Now

Sincerely,
The PETA Team

I hate puppy mills....
1 year ago

Puppy Mill Horror Uncovered in Mississippi

Posted: 22 May 2013 12:14 PM PDT

Puppy mills, by definition, come up short on animal welfare, taking moral and practical shortcuts in order to churn out dogs for the pet trade – by confining animals indefinitely, breeding them every heat cycle, and denying them proper veterinary care. But the conditions our rescue team witnessed at a raid in Mississippi on Monday were nothing short of appalling. It was, in a word, a nightmare for the animals.

Mississippi puppy mill raid
Chuck Cook/The HSUS

When our staff arrived on the scene with the Walthall County Sheriff’s Office, they found live dogs sharing cages with the bodies of dead ones. Surviving dogs suffered from terrible injuries, including one dog with a severed leg. Blankets of feces covered the bottoms of the cages, and scattered throughout the property were the skeletal remains of many dogs for whom help arrived too late.

We were able to pull 104 dogs out of that hellhole. They have been safely transported to the Humane Society of South Mississippi where they are being treated by a team of veterinarians and other animal care professionals. Those nursed back to health will be screened for adoption so they can enjoy new, better lives.

Over the past five years, we’ve partnered with law enforcement to help close down dozens of mills. Nearly all of them were selling puppies online. This sales strategy requires no federal license, and in Mississippi and other states with no rules governing mills, commercial breeders who sell puppies online are subject to no oversight whatsoever.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture only inspects dog breeders that sell to pet stores, but it is currently in the process of making final a rule change that would require large-scale breeding facilities that sell puppies online to be federally licensed and inspected as well. If the USDA could inspect all large-scale commercial breeders, regardless of their means of commerce, it would be in a position to prevent a house of horrors like the one we witnessed in Mississippi.

Additionally, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and David Vitter, R-La., along with Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif., reintroduced the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act, S. 395/ H.R. 847, which would require direct sellers of 50 or more puppies to be federally licensed and inspected for basic humane standards of care. The PUPS Act would also require that licensed facilities let dogs out of their cages for at least an hour a day.

This Mississippi case reminds us of what’s at stake, and why it’s so critical that we adopt this policy.

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1 year ago

Ben the bear's happily ever after story....

 

http://www.peta.org/features/ben-the-bear-rescue.aspx

1 year ago
May 22, 2013
ACTION!Boycott the Puppy Mill Industry!

We know - everybody loves puppies. They're some of the cutest things to walk this earth. But people who love puppies, don't buy them from pet shops.

That's because the majority of pet shops who sell puppies get them from puppy mills - literally dog-making factories where mother and father dogs spend their entire lives breeding in cages.

Puppy mills are terrible places where puppies are pumped out by the dozens, and parent dogs are killed or discarded once they can no longer breed.

For today's Daily Action, pledge to stop this horrific industry by boycotting pet stores and internet sites that use puppy mills!

1 year ago

signed for the puppies so many of the cute puppies people buy without thinking have tortured mothers i would never buy a puppy so many dogs are languishing in shelters ,i was so happy to see Bens happy ending thanks for starting the thread Lynn i hope your pain is better sweet sis

Thanks, Mary!
1 year ago

Rare Alaskan Lake Seal Moves Closer to Protection

Harbor seal pupThe only freshwater seals in the United States -- Alaska's Iliamna Lake seals -- are a step closer to protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for their protection last year because of the serious threats they face from climate change and a proposed mine.

The seals live in the eastern half of Alaska's biggest, deepest lake, in a pristine wilderness that's home to the world's largest run of sockeye salmon. Although scientists are still researching the animals, recent evidence suggests they're a distinct population of Pacific harbor seals (pictured). Climate change and ocean acidification threaten these seldom-studied seals and the salmon they depend on, partly through a reduction in the salmon's own food, plankton. And the proposed Pebble Mine, 17 miles upstream from one of the seals' favorite haul-out spots, would pollute the water, destroy salmon-spawning habitat, and disturb seals when raising pups.

1 year ago

Scientists to Obama: Don't End Wolf Protections

Gray wolfScientists, including carnivore experts, urged the Obama administration this week not to strip wolves of their protection under the Endangered Species Act. In two sharply worded letters, the scientists said a draft proposal to halt protections was premature and failed to follow the best science. One letter came from 16 prominent conservation and carnivore biologists, the other from the American Society of Mammalogists.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been poised to propose its delisting rule, which would end federal protections for all wolves in the lower 48 states (except in Arizona and New Mexico). The proposal -- on the table even though wolves today occupy just 5 percent of their historic habitat in the continental United States -- has apparently been temporarily delayed, though it's unclear why or for how long.

The Center's gearing up to fight this dangerous proposal once it's finally announced. We'll let you know how you can help.

Read about the scientists' letter in our press release and then take action to tell the Obama administration not to delist wolves.

1 year ago

Center v. NRA -- Court Face-off Over Lead Ammo

Bald eagleCenter for Biological Diversity attorneys are in federal court in Washington, D.C., today facing off with the EPA, National Rifle Association and other gun groups over whether toxic lead should still be used in hunting ammunition.

The NRA has joined the EPA in fighting our lawsuit to make the federal agency regulate lead ammunition that kills millions of birds and other wildlife each year and poses an ongoing threat to human health. Last year more than 100 organizations in 35 states formally petitioned the EPA to use the Toxic Substances Control Act to switch to nonlead hunting ammunition -- our position was recently backed up by more than 30 scientists, doctors and public health experts.

"It's shameful that the NRA and their cronies are trying to block attempts to save wildlife from preventable lead poisoning," said the Center's Jeff Miller.

Read more in our press release and take action to tell Congress: Ban lead ammunition.

1 year ago

Stand Up for Yellowstone's Grizzly Bears -- Take Action

Grizzly bearThanks to Endangered Species Act protections, Yellowstone's mighty grizzly bears still survive today -- but they're far from recovered. In the lower 48 states, grizzlies occupy less than 2 percent of their original range. Excessive killing and human development still put these magnificent predators at risk. Unfortunately, a newly proposed federal plan doesn't work to curb these threats or improve the odds of large-scale recovery for grizzly bears.

The Center for Biological Diversity needs your help to make sure the government enacts a real plan to save bears, especially one that connects these isolated Yellowstone bears to other populations and that finally address the destructive impacts climate change is having on whitebark pines, one of the most critical food sources for bears in Yellowstone.

Take a moment today to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a stronger recovery plan for bears. Yellowstone's grizzlies deserve it.

Interesting....
1 year ago

Wild & Weird: Mystery of Narwhal "Unicorn" Solved by Dentist? -- Watch Video

NarwhalThe so-called unicorn horns once prized by Renaissance collectors and thought to have magical powers likely belonged not to mythical white horses but to the chunky, odd-looking whales we know as narwhals, which are now among the marine animals threatened by climate change in the far North. Narwhals are hunted by Inuit, polar bears and orca, and mostly live in Canada and western Greenland.

Narwhals' long, single tusk, it turns out, is in fact an 8-foot-long spiral tooth whose evolutionary mysteries have baffled scientists for decades. Now Martin Nweeia of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine has discovered that narwhals' extraordinary-looking megatooth actually contains 10 million hypersensitive nerve connections, which can suss out changes in water temperature, water pressure and "particle gradients," helping the animals navigate and hunt. In other words, these "unicorn horns" do have magical properties after all.

Read more in the Harvard University Gazette and check out National Geographic's "World's Weirdest" video on the narwhal and its monster tooth.

1 year ago

Never-before-seen Images of Pandas in the Wild

Released: May 23, 2013 Giant Panda

WWF is supporting a new nationwide survey of giant pandas using sophisticated technology that will help track the species in their remote mountain habitat. © WWF China / WWF-Canon Never-before-seen camera trap images from China show giant pandas in their remote mountain habitat as well as several other fascinating species--such as the Asiatic black bear, red panda and leopard cat--that share the iconic bear’s mountainous home.

"These images demonstrate that by saving the iconic giant panda, we secure a vibrant future for other incredible wildlife, wild places and people--it’s the best kind of win-win proposition" said Sybille Klenzendorf, managing director of WWF's species conservation program.

See these amazing photos and discover how WWF is helping pandas and people.


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* Fewer than 1,600 pandas remain in the wild

1 year ago

wonderful pics Lynn heres a weird one these ducks mom was taken by a fox and a cat adopted them and even breastfeeds them http://www.sundayworld.com/top-stories/news/cat-breast-feeds-baby-ducklings

1 year ago

Lynn I love your stories you have posted.

But Mary this kitty with ducklings is a miracle!!!  Thank you for making my day!!!

1 year ago

Lynn I hope to get the time to read them all.

1 year ago

Good morning Barb and Lynn i so enjoyed the panda pics and the narwal .Barb i am so happy you enjoyed the ducklings

1 year ago

I too, enjoyed the ducklings. I had no idea that a duckling would even know how to suckle.... especially on a cat. So heartwarming, isn't it?

Wonderful to see you both in here. Now, where's our sister Cheryl?

1 year ago

Right now is the time to speak up for America’s wolves!

The U.S. Department of Interior’s shameful plan to remove federal protections for wolves everywhere in the U.S. is being reconsidered. Your pressure, and recent media exposure, has led the agency to re-evaluate its scorched earth wolf plan.

But we think the Interior Department may be stalling, hoping the pressure and scrutiny will just go away.

Help us make sure that doesn’t happen. Please call upon the new Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, today and demand that she protect America’s wolves.

Wolves have already lost their protections in the Great Lakes region and in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming because of pressure from the livestock industry, hunting groups, and the National Rifle Association.

We’ve seen what’s happened as a result. In the Northern Rockies it’s been a blood bath with more than 1,000 wolves already killed. And now Montana is considering increasing the number of wolves that can be taken.

If the Interior Department gets their way, they would remove protections for wolves everywhere else in the lower 48: on the West Coast, the Southern Rocky Mountains (Colorado and Utah), and in the East&mdashlaces where they don’t even currently reside.   

Wolves have been restored to less than 8% of their historic range in the U.S.—that is simply not enough.

Tell Interior Secretary Jewell to forever mothball this horrible plan for wolves.

Even highly-endangered Mexican wolves will wither under the Interior’s plan—they would never be allowed to recover outside of a small core area in southern New Mexico and Arizona.

The Interior Department is likely to soon move rapidly forward with its rotten plan, so speak now!

Wolves are necessary for vibrant ecosystems and biological diversity. These beautiful animals need Americans to stand by them and demand that they be conserved, not handed off to states that want to completely destroy them. Call on Secretary Jewell today!


For the Wild Ones,

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Staff Photo 2013 John Horning

John C. Horning
Executive Director
WildEarth Guardians
jhorning@wildearthguardians.org

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photo credit: Ray Laible

Wolves were recently and prematurely removed from the protections afforded to them under the Endangered Species Act.

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1 year ago

Good morning Lynn and Barb i was wondering where Cheryl is as well ,signed for the wolvesLLynn  thanks sis

1 year ago
Help Fight Passage of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013!

The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, S. 820 and H.R. 1731, is known by many animal advocates as "The Rotten Egg Bill." We can thank The Humane Farming Association for this fitting name. If this bill is passed into law, it will institutionalize the cruel confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages throughout the United States.

Ninety-five percent of egg-laying hens spend their entire short, miserable lives crammed into tiny cages with as many as ten hens per cage. Battery cages are stacked on top of one another and are packed into windowless sheds with thousands of hens per shed. Hens are so confined in battery cages that each bird has less than half the size of a sheet of paper to herself. These hens never get to breathe fresh air, see or feel the sunlight, nest, forage, or even turn around.

This legislation seeks to establish "enriched battery cages for egg-laying hens as a national standard that cannot be changed by individual states or by public vote. Hens should not be confined to battery cages, "enriched" or not. Please click here to send a message to your Senators and Representatives urging them to oppose the legalization of animal cruelty that is the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013


1 year ago

U.S. Residents - Please Help Defeat The King Amendment To The Farm Bill!

Please ask your Senators and Representatives to reject the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill. The King Amendment, proposed by Representative Steve King of Iowa, claims to protect interstate commerce, but in reality it is designed to undermine animal welfare laws enacted by individual states. King states on his website that he is specifically targeting the California law which will only allow eggs to be sold from hens housed in less restrictive cages, as specified by the state, by 2014.

Ninety-five percent of egg-laying hens spend their entire short, miserable lives crammed into tiny cages with as many as ten hens per cage. Battery cages are stacked on top of one another and are packed into windowless sheds with thousands of hens per shed. Hens are so confined in battery cages that each bird has less than the size of a sheet of paper to herself. These hens never get to breathe fresh air, see the sunlight, nest, forage, or even turn around.

Hens should not be confined to battery cages, and according to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, states should be able to ban the sale of agricultural products if they are not produced in a manner approved by that state. Please click here to ask your Senators and Representatives to oppose the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill. 

1 year ago
In Defense of AnimalsVictory! Venues Cancel Piccadilly Circus Over Reports of Animal Abuse 

At least two venues scheduled to host the Piccadilly Circus have canceled appearances after receiving information about the circus’s dismal record of animal abuse. Armed with information provided by In Defense of Animals, a New York advocacy group called Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) and local activists in Bensalem, Pennsylvania provided venues with detailed histories of Piccadilly Circus’s egregious treatment of performing animals. Shows were promptly canceled at both of the venues.

Piccadilly’s history includes the longtime use of an elephant named Nosey, whose exhibitor has been cited for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the arrest of another elephant exhibitor last summer in New Jersey on outstanding animal cruelty charges, and a recent warning issued by the USDA to Piccadilly manager Zack Garden for failure to handle animals properly resulting in a zebra’s death. Recent allegations of abuse have also surfaced, including the beating of a zebra and more animal deaths.

IDA encourages our supporters to take this action if a circus is coming to town. It really works! For more information, please email circus@idausa.org.

1 year ago
In Defense of AnimalsIDA Complaint Prompts USDA to Warn Woodland Park Zoo Over Monkey Death

Following a complaint filed by In Defense of Animals (IDA) in March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that the Woodland Park Zoo is in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act in the February death of Kyle, a patas monkey. We thank the whistleblower who contacted us to report disturbing information about the brutal capture and death of Kyle.

The USDA issued the zoo an official warning after confirming that Kyle suffered life-threatening injuries when Woodland Park Zoo staff captured Kyle in an attempt to move him to another location at the zoo. A necropsy report and USDA investigation records show that Kyle suffered severe injuries, including a compound leg fracture and traumatic brain injury, and that zoo staff failed to provide Kyle with medical treatment for 1½ hours. A veterinarian later euthanized Kyle.

IDA is pleased that the USDA took action against the Woodland Park Zoo, but it’s not enough. IDA is calling on the zoo to take decisive steps to discipline the staff members responsible for causing Kyle’s injuries and prolonged suffering.

Watch news coverage using links below:


Please
click here for more background on this case.

Got this from a friend in my personal messages....
1 year ago

Something quite wonderful and heartening: an article and a video chronicling the return to the wild of Thandora, an elephant once captive in a zoo. Enjoy.

Article and video of her journey...



South Africa: Gondwana Reserve: Zoo Elephant Released Into the Wild 
Animals  (tags: wildlifeelephantsgoodnewsenvironmentconservationanimals,habitathumansprotection ) 
 

Gondwana Game Reserve in the Garden Route is embarking on a project together with the Bloemfontein Zoo and Conservation Global to relocate Thandora, a 27 year old elephant, from captivity to the wild



Thandora- A Zoo Elephant´s Journey Back to the Wild   video 
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 Jill - 10 minutes ago - vimeo.com 

We follow Thandora's lengthy transfer by road from Bloemfontein Zoo in the Free State to Gondwana Game Reserve in the Western Cape of South Africa. Considered to be a "meek and mild zoo animal" she shows herself to made of stronger stuff
1 year ago

PICK OF THE WEEK

Should Dolphin-Assisted Childbirth Be Legal?

Dolphin

A North Carolina couple’s decision to fly to Hawaii so they can experience a “dolphin-assisted birth” has made worldwide headlines.  It might even be illegal.  Read More >>

1 year ago

love the takepart posts Lynn dolphin assisted childbirth now thats interesting

1 year ago

"God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things."

 

                                         - Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist

1 year ago
STOP HORSES BEING SLAUGHTERED IN RUSSIA WITH SLEDGEHAMMERS

Posted by Nigel Wood (campaign founder)

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Sign the Petition

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY FOR AWARENESS !! AND PLEASE SIGN & SHARE WIDELY THIS PETITION➨ change.org/petitions/delegation-of-the-european-union-to-russia-sledgehammer-used-on-horses # VIDEO OF RETIRED RACEHORSES SLAUGHTERED IN RUSSIA WITH SLEDGEHAMMERS! Published February, 2013 That's really so outrageous.. These poor horses have made so many races and won money for their owners all their lives!!  In the end they are sold for a few $ £  for meat consumption.. and been brutally slaughtered by sadistic means in dirty slaughter houses in Russia!! Retired from the races and culled from the stud farms,  just waiting for slaughter. Many meat products with added minced horsemeat are now in our food chain in order to reduce the price of the final product. Its got to stop.

1 year ago

Well glory be... what a fabulous thread, Lynn! It must have taken quite awhile to post all those wonderful critters at the top!

Awesome news, and I like how you all are posting the good with the bad. Gives us something to smile and "Awwwww...." at in between the serious things.

Those ducklings.... who knew!! And that immaculate conception... wow!

I will return and do some signing here as I didn't get through everything. It's 5:50 a.m. and I couldn't sleep so I got up at 4:30 a.m. and got a cuppa.

1 year ago

Signed Lynn, thanks, dont think the assisted birth to human babies, is a good idea at all, freaky more like, I love dolphins, but the idea of giving birth with them swimming near , nope, too much to think about at that particular moment, I mean be honest when the labour pains get really bad, and your hubby/ partner/midwife, is saying just a bit more, you can do it, I wanted to scream "really ok you do it then and I will watch!!!!!," (thats the printable version of what I said he he he), so to then be in water deep enough to drown in, with dolphins swimming about , just a nightmare, asking for trauma/nightmares

now after the birth, to watch a video of dolphins in the sea, not captive, (cause they shouldn't be) along with a cuppa. just might help someone relax, that i could understand. but up close and personal   chat soon xwendy k x

From Sue H.
1 year ago

A very powerful video
1 hrs ago
| Items of Interest

Glad you enjoyed the pill funny.  This link arrived in a newsletter this morning and I just want to share it around to as many people as possible.  Here is a link to Animals Australia's commercial, then PSA hoping to end factory farming. It is so well done.  I imagine it could be life changing for many people that watch it!  I set it to open in a new window.  Just learned how to set a live link in a message, it is so easy when you know how!!

http://www.makeitpossible.com/

1 year ago
June 5, 2013
ACTION!Kittens Are Not Lab Equipment!

Washington University used kittens to train its pediatric students. Translation: lab kittens suffered from a number of issues from bruising, bleeding, swelling and scarring to broken teeth, collapsed lungs, chronic pain and death.

Thanks to some heavy campaigning, the university is calling quits on its infamous cat lab. This is a wonderful animal rights victory--but it's important that the general public stay on its toes when it comes to animals used in experiments and research. Bunnies, mice, chimps and puppies--the list goes on--all can be subjected to painful experiments.

For today's Daily Action, get the scoop on how Washington University ended its cat lab.

1 year ago

Humane Action  

June 6, 2013

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Please Help Us Protect Florida's Deer!

Please ask the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to support a proposal to prohibit live importation of deer, elk, and other cervids into Florida. These live animals are often brought into the state to stock captive hunting ranches -- facilities where trophy seekers shoot animals within fenced enclosures. Animals brought in from other states could be carrying deadly diseases, like chronic wasting disease, that will put our native wildlife at serious risk!

Please submit comments to support the proposed rules»

Sincerely,
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

1 year ago

You probably wouldn’t have thought that the woolly jumper you’re wearing or those Ugg boots you love so much could be the cause of so much...

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1 year ago

Help Grizzly Bears Survive in Yellowstone National Park!

While grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) have been snoozing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFW has been busy developing what they consider a recovery plan for the bear population.

Far from recovered, the species still survives under the protective cover of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but may be delisted as early as 2014. YNP is one of only five pockets in North America where the bears can still be found, but the threats they and other animals face in the world’s first established national park are increasing. Increased human-caused mortality and commercial development, including oil and gas drilling, mining, logging and road building destroy bear habitat. Scientists agree that once the habitat is gone, so will be YNP’s grizzlies.

Unfortunately, the recovery plan for Yellowstone’s grizzlies is highly inadequate, as it does not address the most pressing threats that could push the park’s bears back to the brink of extinction. Please click here to take action now.

1 year ago

Please Take Action Now to Prevent Extension of Wolf Slaughter

The brutal history of wolf slaughter is repeating itself in Montana where the state wildlife agency, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has proposed to extend the hunting and trapping season from a previous five-months to a nearly seven-month long season for 2013-14.

While an official minimum of 225 wolves in Montana were killed by hunters and trappers during a five-month long persecution season last year, FWP now wants to  extend the killing season to nearly seven months of torture and terror for wolves and their families, and increase the number of wolves one individual can legally kill from three to five wolves.

An extended hunting/trapping season will likely kill pregnant females, who give birth in April; several hundred wolves will be killed to meet FWP’s objective to reduce Montana’s wolf population down to 400-500 individuals; Hunters and trappers can shoot wolves drawn to baited traps but not captured (this is a clear violation of Montana’s own policy of prohibiting baiting); Electronic calls would be allowed to lure wolves in front of guns awaiting to kill them.

FWP is accepting comments nationwide on or before June 24, 5 p.m. Please click here to take action for wolves now.

1 year ago

Mary, thanks for the slide show. The pictures of the bears, birds, waterfalls and the salmon jumping out of the water were amazing!

1 year ago

Dog Fighting Case
Update: Two Men Plead Guilty in Three-State Dog Fighting Raid
In March the ASPCA assisted local agencies and the FBI with a dog fighting investigation that resulted in the seizure of 100 animals. This week two men entered guilty pleas on charges of transporting the dogs to participate in animal fighting. Learn more about what’s next for the perpetrators and the canine victims. Read more...

1 year ago

GOT THEM ALL lYNN HAPPT WORLD OCEANS DAY EVERYONE  photo dolphins-5.jpg

1 year ago

Another Big Advance for Chimps

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 12:00 PM PDT

It’s a momentous day for chimpanzees, in captive settings in the U.S. and in the wilds where they still survive in their range states in Africa. About three years after The HSUS and a diverse coalition of groups filed a legal petition to extend federal protection to captive chimpanzees, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a proposed rule that would list all chimpanzees, whether wild or in captivity, as endangered.

As I’ve discussed in a previous blog, captive chimpanzees in the U.S. have long been deprived of protections that their wild counterparts receive under federal law, through an unusual “split listing” approach that left captive chimps largely unprotected. The split-listing has allowed for captive chimpanzees to be exploited for experimentation, entertainment, and even the pet trade. Scientific studies show these captive uses actually hurt conservation efforts in the wild by, for example, leading the public to believe that chimpanzees are not actually endangered, and reinforcing negative conservation attitudes. This exploitation and the resultant erosion of public support is unacceptable given that the number of wild chimpanzees has been declining for decades, and that these highly intelligent animals are in danger of becoming extinct.

Chimpanzee
Kathy Milani/The HSUS

The HSUS, along with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, The Fund for Animals, Humane Society International, and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society submitted a petition, prepared by HSUS attorneys, to list all chimpanzees as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act, regardless of whether they are captive or wild. The petition included extensive scientific evidence demonstrating the need for such a change in regulations, and in September of 2011 the agency initiated a formal status review of the species. The agency received more than 50,000 responses to their request for public input from scientists, conservation and animal protection groups, members of Congress, and the general public – the vast majority in favor of granting the request. We owe a special debt of thanks to Jon Stryker and the Arcus Foundation for their support of our efforts and their broader work to help the great apes.

This proposed rule comes on the heels of another decision by USFWS which also signals a big change for endangered species living in captivity. Last week, the USFWS denied petitions submitted by the Exotic Wildlife Association and Safari Club International that asked the agency to remove the captive populations of three endangered antelope species from the endangered species list – in effect split-listing the species so that the captive populations would not receive protection, while wild antelopes would continue to be protected under the ESA. Both of the trophy hunting organizations argued in their petitions that the differential treatment of captive chimpanzees was precedent for a similar rule for antelopes. But the USFWS did not take the bait, instead announcing a new policy that such split-listings are unlawful under the ESA and thus taking a great step forward for captive endangered species.

Act now! Urge U.S. Fish & Wildlife to protect chimpanzees

1 year ago

Lesser prairie chickens, a rare grouse species with a unique and spectacular breeding dance, urgently need your help. Because of threats from oil and gas development, agriculture and grazing, wildfires, climate change and drought, these birds are rapidly losing their homes across Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

They've been on the waiting list for Endangered Species Act protection since 1999 -- and lesser prairie chickens were finally proposed for listing as a threatened species last fall. But, in an inexplicable move, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing a "special" rule for lesser prairie chickens that will allow many habitat-destroying activities to continue. The Service is even considering allowing hunting of this species once listed as threatened.

Take action now to tell Fish and Wildlife that lesser prairie chickens are a rare and important species that should be protected as endangered. Don't let the Service allow habitat destruction or hunting of a listed species.

Click here to take action and get more information.

1 year ago

Miracle Horse Returns Favor

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 04:40 PM PDT

Two years ago, I wrote about a foal named “Moonstruck,” a colt who survived against all odds. While pregnant with Moonstruck, his mother, Catori, was crammed aboard a cattle trailer, bound for slaughter in Mexico, when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The truck careened off the road. The grisly accident left only 17 of the 30 horses on board alive.

Catori was one of the survivors.

When our Oklahoma state director Cynthia Armstrong found out that the 17 surviving horses were again slated for slaughter, she worked with Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue and a few generous HSUS donors to secure safe haven for the horses. It was only then that it was discovered that Catori was pregnant. Ten months later, during the 2011 spring equinox – when the moon was closer to the earth than it had been in more than 20 years – Catori gave birth to a healthy, rambunctious foal. This miracle foal, born under the "supermoon," was appropriately named “Moonstruck.”

Moonstruck and Catori settled into their new life at Blaze’s Tribute, hopefully leaving behind a life of tragedy and danger. Their peace was short-lived, however. Just two months later, a major tornado hit Oklahoma and Blaze’s Tribute farm was destroyed. Miraculously, three of the 21 horses on the property survived: a blind horse named Fiona, Catori, and Moonstruck.

Moonstruck and Twister hanging out
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Twister and Moonstruck are now inseparable.

Once again, Catori and Moonstruck had beaten the odds.

In May, two F5 tornadoes, including one purported to be the largest tornado in recorded history, swept through Oklahoma, destroying nearly everything in their path. Out of the rubble emerged a two-day-old filly named “Twister.” Twister's mother was killed in the tornado. Work began immediately to find a surrogate mother to care for the little foal. Several horses were evaluated, but Twister totally disregarded them.

Twister was then introduced to Moonstruck, now two-years-old, and the two became fast friends. They shared a connection, a legacy of near-death and amazing survival that connected them in a way that touches us profoundly. It was as if Moonstruck was returning a favor, caring for a foal that had a story of survival not unlike his own.

There are times when the debate about horse slaughter can seem abstract or distant or impersonal. Moonstruck’s story of tragedy, survival and friendship reminds us of the personalities, the unique characteristics, and the will to live that all animals have.

This week, New Mexico’s Attorney General Gary King shut the door on horse slaughter in New Mexico. And on Thursday, the Committee on Appropriations of the U.S. House of Representatives is set to take up an anti-horse slaughter amendment. We hope that all the lawmakers understand what and who is at risk in deciding the fate of horses we’ve brought into this world and who we have a responsibility to protect.

1 year ago

Here are some stories I submitted to the Care2 news network

 

http://www.care2.com/news/member/446530698?sort=submitted

1 year ago

Morning all, here are 2 links to news articles that arrived this morning, Unicorns ARE animals right?  Still trying to catch up with all those videos....

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/9-old-girl-passes-airport-customs-unicorn-passport-222319452.html

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/animal-clinic-rescues-six-squirrels-tails-fused-together-013158350.html

1 year ago

Thanks so much, Angel and Sue.  It's so important to be aware and be an advocate for our precious animals. Sue, those poor little squirrels. Thank goodness they were able to be saved.

1 year ago

The Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation in Argentina recently seized a horse in the middle of city traffic, and not a moment too soon. The 20-year-old...

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1 year ago

Animal advocates in China are celebrating a victory for moon bears after a bear bile manufacturer pulled its controversial application for a public...
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1 year ago
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1 year ago

This dog knew just the thing to do to calm his crying baby friend. This husky has serious talent! Anybody need a babysitter? Check Back Daily for More...
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1 year ago

Jessica Ankiel seemed to run a loving rescue service out of her home, using Facebook and other websites to adopt out puppies and receive ones who needed...
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One of the smallest, and rarest, marine mammals in the world, Hector’s dolphins, are found only in the shallow coastal waters off of New Zealand, but they...
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After spending eight months in the U.S. undergoing two operations, a dog named Kabang has returned home to the Philippines to a hero's welcome.
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1 year ago

A "humane" officer in North Ridgeville, Ohio, shot and killed five kittens in a resident's yard on Monday, June 10. This is a clear act of cruelty in violation of state law—but this officer will have no charges brought against him.

Please sign our petition urging North Ridgeville Mayor David Gillock to meet with Alley Cat Allies immediately to discuss more humane measures for feral cats, including community-supported Trap-Neuter-Return.

Calling this brutal killing “euthanasia” and claiming it was a public safety issue is absurd. Officers should be educating residents about how to treat animals humanely and coexist peacefully, not shooting kittens in front of children.

We can’t stand by while more cats are needlessly killed. Urge Mayor Gillock to meet with Alley Cat Allies—and to issue an immediate order halting the “euthanasia” of healthy cats.

Alley Cat Allies will be on the ground in North Ridgeville on Monday, June 17, for a rally protesting this cruel kitten killing—and we will present your signatures at the City Council meeting that evening. We need as many signatures as possible by Monday, so please ask your friends and family to sign!

Thank you so much for taking action.

Sincerely,


Becky Robinson

1 year ago

Morning all, two amazing short videos were on my local news site this morning.  So I'm posting the links here.  Have been signing all the petitions and trying to catch up on all the videos too.  Lynn,  just loved the story about Moonstruck and her family. 
Whales visit Vancouver.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=947437&playlistId=1.1327470&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

Mare has twin foals.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=948008&playlistId=1.1327530&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1



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1 year ago

Well this is embarassing, the wrong Whale video posted.  Not sure what I am doing wrong, but I'll try again.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=947979&playlistId=1.1327470&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

Penguins with a very special ability
1 year ago

This has to be seen to be believed.  There are other videos if you scroll down after watching the penguins.  This is one of my favourite sites to visit.

http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/article/Very-Special-Penguins902

1 year ago

WOW Sue those penguins fly?  Is that real???  They just have flipper like wings!!  How do they do that?

1 year ago

Barbara, it is an older video and was very popular as an April fools joke in the UK either last year or the year before.  But it is so well done.  If you look carefully you can tell the footage of the penguins flying is actually of them swimming underwater with the water removed and the different background.  Amazing what you can do with computer software.

1 year ago

Very good Sue, I get emails from greatergood.com , I love clever clips like this. Thanks for sharing it, would love to be that clever and able to mix up clips to spoof people, job satisfaction , I reckon lol x wendy k x

1 year ago

Sue, I loved all of the videos especially the mare and her twin foals. They're all so beautiful.... the almost white horse and her two brown babies. So adorable.

I also loved the Orca whale video. They're gigantic and gorgeous. I've seen them up close and personal, unfortunately at Sea World in Florida where no whales or dolphins should be captive. I was sitting in the second row in the stands in front of the pool and we were given plastic rain coats to put on. I realized as soon as I saw the whale jump out of the water, why we needed them. This 3,000 lb. mammal made quite a splash!  They're intelligent and I don't know why they call them "killer" whales. They're not killers.

As far as the flying penguins video, I knew from the start that it wasn't real because no penguin can fly. They used a similar looking bird for the flying footage.  Here's the link to the making of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_891220&feature=iv&src_vid=9dfWzp7rYR4&v=lzhDsojoqk8

1 year ago

By the way, the actor in the penguin video is Terry Jones of the Monte Python group. I love them!

1 year ago

Wendy if only all of us could have a job we loved that included making people laugh this world would be a much happier place!  It always amazes me what can be created by computers with great software, and of course people who are way smarter than most of us.  Who on earth thought up that idea?  I know we could be friends given their sense of humour.

Lynn, shame on me for not realizing that was Terry Jones, since I spent almost the first half of my life in the UK, I'll hang my head in shame!!  Just loved Monty Pythons amazing flying circus.  Yes, I'm a Brit, now living in Canada.  Thanks for the link into the making of the video, I'll look later as I have to get started on my big summer project today and have to cut down on all the hours I've been spending on Care2.  Planned to start June 1st, but not even looked at it yet.  Have decided 12.0 noon is my cut off from having fun and time to get to work, right after eating of course.

I agree whales, dolphins etc. should not be in captivity, it is so unfair and needs to be banned.  Guess you got soaked the day you went to see them.  I got a thorough soaking the day I went to Niagara Falls, it was so windy the spray blew over us the whole time we were there.  Not complaining though it was a blisteringly hot day and felt refreshing.  It is amazing to walk in the tunnels under the falls, the sound is awesome.

Three videos this morning from my local news site, colourful lobsters (I've never eaten one as they cook them alive)

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=948169&playlistId=1.1328062&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

Turtle forced to find a strange nesting place, nature is so resourceful

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=948199&playlistId=1.1328173&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

Jeff's video - what he learned on the internet today that will make us all smile

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=948444&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1


Trouble is I have so many more bookmarked to post, but don't want to overload the thread.  Good to know there are so many reasons to smile and laugh.  Have a spectacular day all.

1 year ago

Sue, don't worry about overloading the thread. I can always start a new one to make room for all of your wonderful videos. Actually, there's a separate thread for funny and cute animal videos but if you find this thread easier to link to, then post all you want.

I've got an adorable one that I'll post here. It's a pug puppy with an identity crisis. So cute!

1 year ago

Thanks Lynn, that was a funny little puppy.  Just love those hardwood floors though, wish I had them.  I'll get around to posting in the other thread when I have more time.  Here is a link about a little kitten that lost one of its' nine lives.  I think a miracle happened for it though.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=949168&playlistId=1.1330198&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

1 year ago
June 18, 2013
ACTION!Orphaned Baby Mongoose Finds Home
Rescuing hippos is no easy job for Karen Paolillo, Founder of the Turgwe Hippo Trust in Zimbabwe. You'd think she'd be much too busy saving hippos' lives to rescue an adorable baby mongoose named Squiggle. Thankfully for Squiggle--she's not.

Squiggle the baby Slender mongoose was orphaned, so Karen began hand-rearing her. The results are heartwarming. Squiggle loves to play with her toys, snuggle and tease the baboons outside her window. Supporting orphaned animals within a loving environment is always something to celebrate!

The Turgwe Hippo Trust strives to save Zimbabwe's hippos from the slaughter and habitat loss they endure each year. And, it doesn't just stop at hippos. Zimbabwe's overall wildlife population is under attack from poachers and land takeovers, so every effort to rescue and care for the region's wildlife--whether it's a baby mongoose or a severely poached species--is a step in the right direction.

For today's Daily Action, read the inspiring rescue story of Squiggle the orphaned baby mongoose.

More about Squiggle
1 year ago

There’s never an ‘ordinary’ day in the life of raising a baby mongoose. Just ask Karen Paolillo, Founder of the Turgwe Hippo Trust....

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1 year ago

This little fox knew he needed to ask some humans for help. Instead of just moving on when the fox approached them, these kind men helped the little guy...
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It’s not often that we encounter tales of lambs finding a happy ending, which is why these touching tales always manage to warm our hearts and help...
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1 year ago

India Makes Move on Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

Posted: 01 Jul 2013 03:32 PM PDT

At The HSUS and HSI, we are pushing for the application of 21st century science in support of a vision in which cell cultures, “organs on a chip,” and other methods substitute for the use of animals in harmful and often deadly tests. In addition to saving lives, these alternative techniques can provide better results, on a faster time frame, and with a cheaper price tag.

The HSUS recently announced a mission-related investment in Hurel Corporation, a leading developer of technology that can replace animals in drug development and chemical testing. We also work closely with companies and other stakeholders by spearheading the Human Toxicology Project Consortium, which seeks to replace animals in all toxicity testing by spurring development and implementation of non-animal alternatives and lobbying to increase the government’s investment in technological advancements that don’t involve animals.

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Be Cruelty-Free is our ground-breaking global campaign to end animal testing in the cosmetics sector. Thanks to campaigning by HSI and others, testing cosmetics on animals in Europe and Israel is now illegal. And our Be Cruelty-Free team in Brussels led the fight to achieve a Europe-wide ban on selling cosmetics if newly tested on animals anywhere else in the world.

Now I am pleased to announce that we’ve achieved another major milestone in our global campaign: an end to animal testing for cosmetics in India.

Humane Society International/India worked with political leaders throughout the country to convince regulators that animal testing practices are archaic and unnecessary. As a result, the Bureau of Indian Standards has approved the deletion of any mention of animal tests from India’s cosmetics regulations. Mandatory use of modern non-animal tests is now enshrined in law, replacing invasive tests on live rabbits and mice.

Now we’ll turn major attention to China, where animal testing of cosmetics is still required by law and where most internationally-approved non-animal tests are not yet accepted by regulators. The launch of Be Cruelty-Free China in Beijing marks the beginning of our collaboration with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences. There, HSI, The HSUS, and the Human Toxicology Project Consortium are funding hands-on training for China’s regulators. In a country with an astonishing appetite for innovation and cutting-edge technology, we hope to find fertile terrain to make gains there, too.

1 year ago
SeaWorld's Secret

Learn what SeaWorld doesn't want you to know about its history of capturing wild orcas from their ocean homes and confining them to tanks for cheap entertainment. Find out more!

Orca SeaWorld Secret

1 year ago
True Freedom for All Animals

Every animal deserves to live free and have the freedom to be themselves—to swim, fly, and run if they please. The struggle for animal rights is a long-term effort to change hearts and minds—and we need you with us. Take a stand today!

True Freedom for All Animals

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WTF?!

Do you ever stop to think about all the twisted ways that humans abuse animals? peta2's new summer campaign invites kids to step right up, explore the disturbing world of animal abuse, and find out how they can stop the madness! Check it out!

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Butchy Boy the Goose and Fireworks Disaster stories
1 year ago
Meet Butchy Boy the Goose!

After being confined to a small, muddy pen, Butchy Boy got a much-needed bath and honked with excitement when presented with not only edible goodies but also a pool of clean water to splash in. Watch the video of his rescue!

Butchy the Goose Rescued

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Fireworks Disasters

Many holiday events that will end with a bang—fireworks, that is—may be entertaining for people, but they are not nearly as much fun for animal companions or wildlife. Find out more!

Dangerous Fireworks

1 year ago
July 3, 2013
ACTION!Don't Put Dolphins in Captivity for Tourism
Trapping sentient and social dolphins in captivity to fuel tourism is cruel and unnecessary.

Captive marine mammal facilities are out-dated, inhumane, and anti-conservationist in practice. The Bahamas already began approving two new marine mammal facilities. Neither of these projects was even made public. The health of dolphins is at stake.

For today's Daily Action, object to these facilities and any future marine mammal facilities in The Bahamas.

1 year ago

Celebrate Animal Rescue Victories With This Story

 

Animal cruelty instances make it easy to forget about the touching stories of humans helping animals in need. Take, for example, Officer Waskiewicz -- who unexpectedly rescued a pup with nowhere to go.

For today's Secondary Action, check out this heartwarming story about a Baltimore cop who got called to deal with a "vicious" dog and ended up taking the pup home.

1 year ago

He looks like a tea cozy!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey-ELukXISc

Fireman brings dead looking kitten back to life - my hero!
1 year ago

Saw this on my local news this morning, a fireman rescued a kitten thought dead in a house fire..  Love to start the day off with a good story.  Happy 4th to all the US members.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=958532&playlistId=1.1352004&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1

1 year ago

Sue, you made my day with this happy little story. That adorable little kitten would have died if not for the intervention of this wonderful young fireman. He's my hero, too!  Thanks so much for posting this.

1 year ago

Sue this is a true hero thanks for posting this

1 year ago

Awesome story Sue.

1 year ago

baby otter plays with a rock http://youtu.be/5usIxO_beYw

1 year ago

Live Puffin Cam at Puffin Burrow has Newly hatched Baby Chick!!!

http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/puffin-burrow-cam

1 year ago

Puffin cam keeps going Off Air so Just Refresh your page to get the live cam back! 

1 year ago

The Repercussions of Callousness, Carelessness, and Cruelty

Posted: 08 Jul 2013 03:17 PM PDT

I often say there are bad outcomes all around when humans are bad to animals. When we at The HSUS work with law enforcement on raids of dogfights and cockfights, we often find other criminal behavior is taking place in these situations, like narcotics trafficking and illegal firearms possession. In homes where there is cruelty to animals, there are typically other forms of domestic violence toward children and girlfriends or spouses. And on industrialized factory farms, we often see fouling of the environment with massive manure loads and the routine dosing of healthy animals with antibiotics, which can produce antibiotic resistant bacteria and threaten public health.

A number of industries we fight have also had a huge hand in allowing invasive species to colonize U.S. soil and create havoc.

There are countless nutria – in the millions, perhaps – inhabiting Louisiana, Maryland and other states, competing with native species, weakening levees, and otherwise wearing out their welcome. These nutria, who resemble beavers in appearance, are native to South America and became established here after they escaped or were released from U.S.-based fur farms.

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In Florida, one of the most troublesome invasive species is the Burmese python. Peer-reviewed studies from wildlife scientists have discovered that many small and mid-sized animals – from possums to raccoons to bobcats – in surveyed areas are severely depleted or gone, due perhaps to the predation from the Burmese pythons. These animals are native to Southeast Asia, and came to the U.S. as a result of the exotic pet trade. Some pet owners have release them, and others escaped after a hurricane hit south Florida several years ago. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned the commerce in Burmese pythons, but has not yet acted on trade restrictions for five other species of large constrictor snakes at risk for colonizing the U.S. and wreaking their own havoc.

Last year, Kansas passed a law banning people from possessing or transporting wild pigs, and in recent weeks New York and Vermont passed similar measures. These hyper-productive animals now number in the millions, and are found in as many as 35 states. They are here, in part, because they escaped from private hunting ranches where they were offered up on a menu of animals to kill in fenced enclosures. In Pennsylvania, which is home to a number of these canned hunts, the state legislature and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett teamed up to pass legislation to allow the trade in wild pigs to continue – despite concerns raised by the pro-hunting folks at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Federation Of Sportsmen’s Club, and from environmentalists and from The HSUS, all concerned about the ethics of captive hunting as well as the issue of invasive species threatening natural resources and the agriculture industry.

When someone is doing something wrong to animals, typically there will be financial, public health, public safety or ecological costs, frequently of a broad and lasting nature. When we are good to animals, there are good outcomes on down the line.

1 year ago

Barb, the momma Puffin is so pretty. She's sitting on the eggs so I didn't see baby chick "Hope". I'll keep watching. Thanks so much for the webcam site.

1 year ago

So cute the Otter playing with the rock. My dog walks around with a rock in her mouth when I take her for walks. Very pretty Puffin and baby and cat talking to her kids. So sad about the cruelty. Thanks for sharing.

1 year ago

The Maine Event for Bears

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 09:51 AM PDT

Last year members of The HSUS and other animal welfare and environmental organizations convinced state lawmakers in California to pass legislation to ban hound hunting of bears. It’s been a major issue in Maine as well, and this year, our allies in the Maine legislature introduced a bill to ban bear hounding as well as the barbaric practice of bear trapping. But the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee didn’t waste any time in tabling the bill, answering the demands of the Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine.

Now, The HSUS and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine are members of a new coalition in the state – consisting of animal advocates, hunters, environmentalists and others, joined together under the banner of Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting – announcing the launch today of a statewide ballot initiative to ban the inhumane and unsporting practices of bear hounding, baiting, and trapping.

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In 2004, Maine voters very narrowly turned back a similar initiative. There was some thought among voters that the bear hunting community, after barely escaping defeat in that election cycle, would curb at least some cruel bear hunting practices. But there have been no meaningful reforms in the last 10 years, and that’s exactly why this initiative is being launched.

Snare traps are at the top of the list. Maine is the only state that allows the use of bear traps &ndashainful snares that put bears who trigger them into an ever-tightening grip. After as many as 24 hours of struggling in one of these traps, the bear meets his end after the trapper shoots the frightened, anguished, suffering animal at point-blank range.

The dominant hunting method in Maine is baiting – which is the method used to shoot 80 percent of the 3,000 to 4,000 bears that hunters shoot for trophies. Bear baiters set up dump sites in the woods for bears – dumping meat parts, donuts, grease and other food waste – and then shoot the animals while they feed. All professional wildlife managers discourage people from feeding bears, but Maine makes an exception for thousands of hunters who dump tons of human foods into the woods and habituate bears to human food sources. If you want to avoid creating nuisance bears, the first step is to forbid trophy hunters from turning the Maine woods into a dump site – a wasteland of half eaten pastries from Dunkin' Donuts and chewed up crusts from Domino’s.

Finally, some hunters may unleash packs of dogs to chase bears through the woods. Fitted with GPS-collars, the dogs do all the work as they chase the bears to exhaustion – sometimes for miles. When the bear finally manages to escape up a tree in terror, the houndsman simply follows the GPS signal to the tree – then points, aims and shoots the bear out of the tree. It’s about as sporting as shooting an animal in a cage at a zoo.

What’s even worse is when the bear doesn’t make it up the tree in time and instead turns and faces the dogs, it often leads to a fight between the two species. The dogs can maul the bear and vice versa, leading to serious injury and even death on both sides.

Sometimes the hunters mix and match these despicable methods. They may bait bears into the traps, or they may bait them and then release hounds to chase them.

In short, despite its great habitat and northern woods, Maine is the worst state to be a bear. A decade ago, the trophy hunting lobby fed voters a load of political garbage when this issue was on the ballot, falsely suggesting that these unfair, inhumane hunting and trapping methods were part of a wildlife management program. They are as much a part of a legitimate hunting program as deadfall traps or jacklighting or running animals over with vehicles.

It’s unbelievable that Maine still allows these practices, especially when some of the biggest bear hunting states in the country like Montana, Pennsylvania and Washington manage their bears without resorting to baiting, hounding or trapping. It’s time to end this cruelty in Maine and Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting needs your help. If you are a Maine resident, we need you to help us gather the 80,000 signatures required to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. Please go to http://www.fairbearhunt.com/ to join this critical campaign.

1 year ago
July 9, 2013
ACTION!Protect ALL Chimps from Harm
Chimpanzees are still used in invasive lab experiments, in the entertainment industry and throughout the exotic pet trade.

U.S. law only protects wild chimpanzees. Captive chimpanzees, on the other hand, are left to suffer the perils of abuse and neglect. Studies have shown that this giant legal loophole actually stands in the way of wild chimpanzee protection. When people see chimps involved in experiments and used commercially, they take the fate of the species at large less seriously. Saving ALL chimpanzees from endangerment is the only way to effectively rescue this amazing animal.

For today's Daily Action, please speak out for chimpanzee protection before the looming August 12th deadline.

1 year ago

signed for the chimps Lynn  love the talking cat and the puffins are so cute have a lovely day sisters

Thanks, Mary. Signed for the Phillipine Eagle.
1 year ago
July 10, 2013
ACTION!Protect Mother Pigs From Gestation Crates
In Canada, more than a million pregnant pigs are being locked in tiny gestation crates barely bigger than their own bodies. Pigs are so tightly confined that they can't move freely or even turn around for long periods of time while in these cages. Despite a recently drafted Code of Practice for welfare improvements in the pork industry, there is a big loophole that allows these intelligent and sensitive creatures to be locked in intensive confinement for up to five weeks at a time every few months -- almost a third of their pregnancies spent unable to move around.

With the August 3 deadline quickly approaching, signatures are desperately needed to improve the lives of mother pigs. Tell the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) that gestation crates are not okay.

For today's Daily Action, sign and send the petition to all your Canadian friends and family to protect mother pigs from being inhumanely locked in gestation crates.

1 year ago

signed for the poor pigs Lynn i'm ashamed to say it but ireland is a horrible country for pigs despite the eu trying to ban these wicket crates they still use them

NOT A LEOPARD - BUT STILL 2.2 KG OF FURY!
1 year ago

Stephen Brend, our Born Free Ethiopia Project Manager, has his hands full with a feisty new arrival 

When I collected him, I was mightily relieved that Sekota was not the leopard we had been told to expect but a young caracal, just three months old.  However, an hour later, as I disinfected the wound on my hand, I concluded ruefully that the difference between the two species should not be exaggerated!

That said, I am still glad he is a caracal.  Why?  Leopards are expert climbers, they are big and strong, they are nocturnal, their rehabilitation is notoriously problematic and they are potentially very dangerous.  Caracals, by comparison, are smaller, eat smaller and more commonly occurring prey, are naturally wild; their rehabilitation is therefore easier and, despite my bloody hand, are not as dangerous.  So, in the long term, Sekota’s future is brighter as a caracal than it would be if he was a leopard.

And a bright future goes a long way to repaying the misfortune that has already befallen him.

Sekota was caught by a local man in Amhara Region, in the north of Ethiopia.  Representatives from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry under which the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (our federal Governmental partners) lies, based in the town of Sekota, heard about the cat and went off to investigate.  They did so, in part, because EWCA has recently been running training and awareness-raising courses about wildlife crime within the Government – it is great to know the message has got home.

At the village, they found the man and little Sekota.  Having explained the law they asked the man to surrender the cat.  He refused, saying he was going to sell him for 35,000 Birr (approximately £1,300 or $2,000).  The Ministry people then left, and went to the local police to explain the situation.  A day later, the caracal was in the Ministry car heading for Addis (a three day/two night journey) and the man was in jail – another positive outcome.

The caracal arrived on Monday, still with the same filthy piece of rope around his neck that he had been kept tied up with in the village.  It was as I cut away the rope that Sekota took advantage of the proximity of my flesh to his mouth.  No matter: the cuts will heal; it is great that he is wild and that he will eventually be able to go free again.  As importantly, it is fantastic that the law enforcement system, the support of which is the reason why Born Free is in Ethiopia, is working so well.  EWCA’s drive to coordinate efforts amongst the various branches of the Government has been rewarded; the Police were willing to act; and the culprit was caught and punished.  Set against that, it really isn’t a problem that the actual species was not correctly identified – the crucial point is that the authorities acted against wildlife crime.  

All in all, the story is a good news one (and I still say it is good news that Sekota isn’t a leopard!).

Daily Action
1 year ago

July 12, 2013

ACTION!Help Us Spread the Message: Wolves Need Continued Protection!
The proposal to strip nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 of Endangered Species Act protections has left many Americans saddened, shocked and downright angry.
As part of our efforts to bring attention to this urgent issue, Defenders of Wildlife has created a powerful two-minute video that emphasizes why continued protection for wolves is crucial, and illustrates what our nation's wolves could face if the Administration goes forward with their misguided plan.
For today's Daily Action, please take a few moments to watch the "America's Wolves at Risk" video. Then help us continue to bring this issue into the national spotlight by sharing it with everyone you know!                                       

1 year ago

Don't Buy Backyard Chickens Unless You're Serious

Many people keep chickens in their backyards for eggs and sometimes as pets. But not everyone realizes what they're getting into when they adopt a dozen loud and messy chickens. 
For today's Secondary Action, read about the increase of backyard chickens being dumped at animal shelters, and find out what you can do.    

1 year ago

Signed for the Chimps and Pigs Lynn and read about the increase of backyard chickens.

Thanks, Ingrid. :-)
1 year ago

I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition that I recently signed:

"Animal Lovers Against Lancaster County's Commercial Kennels"


http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stoppapuppymills/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend

1 year ago

WONDERFUL THREAD, LYNN! There is SO MUCH to read, sign, smile at.... etc. I love the fireman who saved little cat. Does your heart good, eh?

Thanks everyone for wonderful postings. I am going to sign the last petition as soon as I finish this post and will work my way back. We really can help makes changes our animals need. I can't even imagine how cruel people live with themselves.

Thanks for all the great videos, too!

1 year ago

Just viewed the video on Ben the Bear's rescue. It is always a treat, however rare, to watch an abused and caged animal take his or her first steps on to a "paradise" of green grass, lots of clean moving-about room, and fresh water. To see Ben playing in the water is a real treat. Thanks Lynn. 

1 year ago

I signed that petiton as well Lynn. Thanks.

1 year ago

The majestic African elephant in the wild, where they should be!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vFYKlJsZcXQ

1 year ago

Awesome video Lynn. Thanks for sharing.

1 year ago

Awwwww.... wonderful to see, Lynn! What a chuckle I got from that baby and the one who rolled over with her feet in the air! May God protect this magnificent herd and all others. I had such strange feeling when I heard that some poachers were shot and killed a number of months ago. Actually, I didn't have any feelings about those men at all, only for the elephants and rhinos that were saved because of that.  

1 year ago

As I stopped for the light, to my horror, I saw a black and white dog right in the middle of the intersection, frantically running up to moving cars as if...

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

Love the dog story and he was rescued and also Belgium bans wild animals in Circuses. I really don't want the circus to be coming here.

1 year ago

I join Ingrid about the wonderful dog story and I signed for Belgium circus animals. There's still a long way to go re circus animals but the pace kept up by all who care is steady and active.

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