People Want To Shoot Hibernating Bear Families — And The Government Just Voted To Let Them


“What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America.”

Mother bears hibernating with their cubs and wolves raising pups in their dens may no longer be protected from a hunter’s rifle.

The lives of countless bear and wolf families are hanging in the balance today because the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to overturn a ban on cruel hunting tactics that previously protected animals on some of the most treasured wildlife refuges in America.

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On 76 million acres of federal refuges in Alaska, hunters will be permitted to enter dens where vulnerable bear families are hibernating and kill them if the resolution becomes law. They will also be able to shoot entire wolf families raising young pups if the Senate and President agree with the vote.

“What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), said on Thursday. “If the Senate and President concur, we’ll see wolf families killed in their dens, bears chased down by planes or suffering for hours in barbaric steel-jawed traps or snares.”

The overturning of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) ban would also allow hunters to lure animals with food and shoot them at point-blank range.

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Even people in favor of hunting applauded the ban when it was issued. “Inhumane hunting methods have caused the overkilling of native Alaskan predators; this rule takes a balanced approach allowing for traditional, permit-based hunting,” then-Representative Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) said last year after the cruel practices were banned.

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Now it’s unclear why the push to overturn the ban was introduced in the first place, as a 2016 poll of Alaska voters showed that most agreed that those practices should be banned. Alaska’s Representative Don Young (R-AK), who has trapped animals in the past, introduced the measure, known as H.J. Resolution 69, anyway.

Congress voted 225 to 193 in favor of it on Thursday, some citing states’ rights as the reason for their vote in favor, despite the resolution being about federal lands.

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“Special interest groups are quietly working at the federal and state level to lay the groundwork for federally managed lands to be handed over wholesale to state or even private ownership,” Dan Ashe, then-FWS director, wrote last year in an op-ed. “Unfortunately, without the protections of federal law and the public engagement it ensures, this heritage is incredibly vulnerable.”

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The Dodo asked Rep. Young for a comment as to why he would push to allow these practices when so many voters oppose them. His office did not immediately respond.

There’s still time to save wolves and bears from cruelty: Contact your senators and ask them to vote against this resolution.

https://www.thedodo.com/us-house-alaska-bear-wolf-2268102226.html

A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms


A heart-stopping new documentary, A RIVER OF WASTE exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as “mini Chernobyls.” In the U.S. and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on the individual lives damaged and destroyed.

What Came Before, featuring Steve-O: The Truth About Meat and Modern Farms


Factory farms dominate U.S. food production, employing abusive practices that maximize agribusiness profits at the expense of the environment, our communities, animal welfare, and even our health.

Far from the idyllic, spacious pastures that are shown in advertisements for meat, milk, and eggs, factory farms typically consist of large numbers of animals being raised in extreme confinement. Animals on factory farms are regarded as commodities to be exploited for profit. They undergo painful mutilations and are bred to grow unnaturally fast and large for the purpose of maximizing meat, egg, and milk production for the food industry. Their bodies cannot support this growth, which results in debilitating and painful conditions and deformities.

The factory farming industry puts incredible strain on our natural resources. The extreme amount of waste created by raising so many animals in one place pollutes our land, air, and water. Residents of rural communities surrounding factory farms report high incidents of illness, and their property values are often lowered by their proximity to industrial farms. To counteract the health challenges presented by overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary living conditions, antibiotics are used extensively on factory farms, which can create drug-resistant bacteria and put human health at risk.

To learn more about the devastating effects of factory farming on animals, human health, and the planet, explore the links to the left.

Olympics Mascot Juma the Jaguar Shot Dead


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The Brazilian team’s official mascot for the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro this August is a smiling cartoon jaguar named Ginga. But a real, live jaguar named Juma was probably not very happy after an Olympic torch relay ceremony held June 20 in Manaus, Brazil.

Juma lived in the Brazilian Amazon — in a zoo that’s attached to a military jungle training camp. The 17-year-old jaguar spent her life there, ever since she was taken in as a cub after her mother died.

As the Olympic torch was carried through the camp, Juma — who’d been drugged beforehand – was removed from her enclosure, chained and put on display. After she was returned to her enclosure, she managed to escape. Still inside the zoo, she was shot with four tranquilizer darts. When she approached a soldier, Juma was shot dead.

The army’s press office said Juma, a “docile animal used to living among people at the center,” was killed to protect the soldiers.

Why was a member of a threatened species – jaguars are already extinct in Uruguay and El Salvador – subjected to such a stressful event?

Rescued jaguars are “sometimes kept as mascots by jungle battalions and shown at military parades,” BBC Brazil reports. Juma was a mascot for the Manaus infantry battalion.

“Often, jaguars already are stressed by being kept in captivity, that’s only compounded when they’re exposed to hubbub,” University of Brasilia animal behavior scientist Joao Paulo Castro told BBC Brazil. The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee was responsible for this irresponsible event.

 

“We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal,” it said in a statement. “This image goes against our beliefs and our values. We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.”

Putting Juma on display was not authorized, according to the Amazonas State Institute for Environmental Protection (Ipaam), which oversees the use of wild animals in Brazil.

“No request was made to authorize the participation of the jaguar ‘Juma’ in the event of the Olympic torch,” Ipaam stated. The organization is investigating the incident.

The killing of Juma has sparked outrage around the world. The Rio 2016 Facebook page is filled with angry comments from people appalled by her death and vowing not to watch the Olympics.

Carlos Durigan, director of WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Brazil, is among the many wildlife experts who don’t think Juma belonged at the torch ceremony.

“I don’t think the jaguar is a good mascot, especially like this – chained up, like a trophy on display,” Durigan told the Guardian.

“Even in her reportedly drugged state, this jaguar knew to bolt from her life of misery the second she could, and she paid for her yearning for freedom with her life,” said Brittany Peet, director of the PETA Foundation’s captive animal law enforcement. “When will we learn?”

In its statement about the killing of Juma, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee said, “Even when interaction with wild animals is part of the local culture, the exhibition of these species will not be permitted on the torch relay.”

On the torch relay? Under no circumstances should a wild animal be subjected to such stress during any other event, merely for people’s entertainment – even when it’s allegedly “part of local culture.”

Demand justice for Juma by signing and sharing this petition urging Ipaam to stop allowing wild animals to be used at events.

And if there’s an issue that you care about, whether it’s local or national, start your own petition! Use this guide to get started and watch it grow as the Care2 community rallies around your cause.

Why You Should Avoid Palm Oil Like The Plague **BOYCOTT PALM OIL NOW**


Note: You can take action NOW to help save orangutans by reading all food labels and BOYCOTTING PRODUCTS which contain PALM OIL.  We are the Ones we waited for, embody the change we seek. ….Much love, {~A~}

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Palm oil is used in many things from chips and baked goods to shampoo and cleaning products to an oil used for cooking. It is the most widley used vegetable oil in the world. It even sounds healthier because it’s different from GMO vegetable oil like canola. It comes from a palm fruit grown on an African oil palm tree so what could be unhealthy, harmful, or unsustainable about that? Well it’s contributing to the death of thousands of orangutans and many other animals who live in the forests. Not to mention, it’s affecting the indigenous people and the environment.

An area of forest equal to 300 soccer fields is beings destroyed every hour for the purpose of growing oil palms. 

Palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America and South America. This industry of exporting palm oil is not sustainable. Producing palm oil is linked to major issues like deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, and animal cruelty. Many animals throughout the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra are injured, killed and displaced. The forests must be cleared for the development of palm oil and this is done by setting fire to the land which destroys not only their home, but leads to many of the animals burning to death. The deforestation also increases access to the animals for poachers and wildlife smugglers (who capture for pets, medicinal uses, or body parts).

Some orangutans are even shot by plantation owners or farmers because the animals are viewed as ‘pests.’

Orangutans live on these Indonesian islands and the palm oil industry is one of the main contributors to the dramatic reduction of orangutan populations. Orangutans live in areas with fertile lowland soils, close to rivers and therefore their habitat is seen as ideal for growing the oil palm.

HOW CAN WE HELP

Europe is aware when palm oil is an ingredient in their store-bought food, but the U.S. is still left in the dark. EU law on food information to consumers (FIC) means that there is no hidden ingredients under generic titles, such as palm oil written as vegetable oil. If Europe can pass this law, why can’t the rest of us? We must lobby for palm oil to be labelled as well so we can choose which products to buy.

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Also, here is a petition to sign to demand only sustainable palm oil: Save Orangutans

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Sources: http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/Whats_the_issue.php

http://intentious.com/2013/03/31/would-you-kill-an-orangutan-say-no-to-palm-oil/

http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil

http://orangutan.org/rainforest/the-effects-of-palm-oil/

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/dec/12/eu-labelling-changes-palm-oil-consumer-change

Horrible Discovery in Tiger Temple: Dozens of Dead Tiger Kittens (Photos)


Note: As heartbreaking and horrific as this story is, thankfully we’re beginning to see authorities crack-down on animal abuse and neglect, illegal sales of animal parts etc. It appears Wildlife authorities have been working on cracking this case for sometime and fortunately for the remaining 147 tigers, they finally made progress in getting the evidence they need to remove and rescue the tigers. Hopefully those responsible will be found and held accountable for their crimes.

Dead tiger cubs, deer horns, a dead bearcat and a bull skull are displayed Wednesday at the Tiger Temple.

By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee
Staff Reporter

KANCHANABURI — At least 40 dead tiger cubs were discovered this morning inside the controversial Tiger Temple.

Rows of cubs’ bodies that look freshly killed are lined up in photos, as reports of other disturbing discoveries of other parts of animals, including some protected species, are made.


UPDATE: Officers Enter Tiger Temple to Begin Removing Tigers


The first image was posted to Twitter by Dario Pignatelli, a Bangkok-based photojournalist. Speaking by telephone, he said he took the photo at around 10:30am, and counted at least 40 bodies.

Photo: Dario Pignatelli / Twitter

 

A Khaosod reporter at the scene confirmed Pignatelli’s account. He also reported seeing animal intestines in containers, heaps of deer horns, a dead bearcat and a bull’s skull. Bearcats, also known as binturongs, are protected animals under Thai laws.

Wildlife activists have long accused the Tiger Temple of animal abuse and trafficking tigers and their body parts. The temple has vehemently denied the allegations.

If the tiger cubs indeed turn out to have just been killed, it would support accusations it was knowingly engaged in illegal, for-profit breeding and trafficking of the animals.

The discovery came on the third day of a monumental operation by wildlife authorities to remove all of the 147 tigers from the temple, which has kept the animals illegally and profited from them for years.

The dead cubs were found stacked in a freezer vault where food for the tigers such as frozen chickens is kept, according to regional wildlife official Yanyong Lekavichit, who is in charge of the ongoing raid.

“This is abnormal,” said Yanyong, head of Protected Area Regional Office 3, adding that his team is investigating.

“We will find out who’s responsible for the cubs,” he said.

The management of the temple, known officially as Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno, had repeatedly resisted efforts by the Department of National Park to take the tigers away, and only relented on Monday when the officials showed up with a court order.

Tiger Temple lawyer Saiyood Pengboonchoo was not immediately available for comment.


Forty tigers have been removed from the Tiger Temple since Monday — seven on Monday and 33 Tuesday. This makes total 50 tigers out of 147 relocated to new homes at the wildlife breeding research station in Ratchaburi province.

Tourists are no longer allowed inside the temple, officials said.

Additional reporting by Teeranai Charuvastra

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly identified one of the dead animals found at the temple as a boar. This was later found to be a bearcat.

 

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1464757648

Tourist ‘Kills Swan After Pulling It Out Of A Lake For A Selfie’


Note: This extremely disturbing example of the deteriorating state of the human condition shows just how narcissistic and self-absorbed a great percentage of the population still are at in their spiritual development. While many are waking-up and reconnecting with nature, the majority appear to be spiraling into the abyss with little hope at a chance for redemption…{face palm, shake head}
This woman needs to be located and charged with cruelty to animals, she’s nothing less than a criminal exhibiting psychopathic behavior and should be publicly treated as such to send a message to others of like mind.
Blessings, Annette
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Another day, and yet another depressing example of humans killing animals in the pursuit of a selfie.

This time, it was a swan in Macedonia that met its unfortunate end after being dragged up from a lake by a tourist – before being left to die on a beach.

Photos of the incident show a woman dragging the bird by its wing before dragging it onto the shore of Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid.

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After taking the photo, she then reportedly abandoned the animal.

Macedonia Online reports that the swan remained ‘motionless after the encounter.’

It comes only a month after a dolphin allegedly died in Argentina after tourists pulled it from the water to take photographs – although a photographer has since refuted this claim.

A similar incident also reportedly saw peacocks being killed at a zoo in China, after tourists grabbed the exotically-feathered birds for the photos

It’s thought that peacocks can suffer heart attacks when they are exposed to large shocks – and it’s this that caused the sorry demise of the birds.

All in the name of just a few likes, too.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/woman-kills-swan-after-pulling-it-from-lake-for-a-094804381.html?nf=1

The FBI Now Considers Animal Abuse a Class A Felony


By VICE News

January 7, 2016 | 9:55 am

In a move seen as a big win for animal rights activists, the FBI has added animal cruelty to its list of Class A felonies, alongside homicide and arson.

Cases of animal cruelty fall into four categories — neglect; intentional abuse and torture; organized abuse, such as cock and dog fighting; and sexual abuse of animals — and the agency is now monitoring them as it does other serious crimes. Starting January 1, data is being entered into the National Incident-Based Reporting System or NIBRS, the public database the FBI uses to keep a record of national crimes.

The FBI’s decision will not only be a way to stop cases of animal abuse but also can help to identify people who might commit violent acts, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Psychological studies show that nearly 70 percent of violent criminals began by abusing animals, and keeping statistics on such cases can help law enforcement track down high-risk demographics and areas.

“Regardless of whether people care about how animals are treated, people – like legislators and judges – care about humans, and they can’t deny the data,” Natasha Dolezal, director of the animal law program in the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon, told the Associated Press.

Animal abuse is already a felony in 13 states and in Washington, DC., but it had been previously classified with other miscellaneous crimes, making it impossible to get a handle on the patterns of animal-abuse crimes.

The move to begin tracking cases of animal abuse is a “huge policy shift and significant step forward,” Scott Heiser, a lawyer with the Animal Defense League, told the Washington Post.

The FBI announced the change in 2014 but only began collecting data as of this month. The information will be publicly available in the coming year, the FBI said.

https://news.vice.com/article/the-fbi-now-considers-animal-abuse-a-class-a-felony

 

Life of Pi Animal Trainer Caught on Video Beating Tiger With Whip TheLipTV


Note: Please help this video go viral, Hackenberger needs to be held accountable and jailed for inhumane treatment to animals in his care.
This cowardly man, with psychopathic tendency’s should also be banned from working with animals.

Go for it PETA, just make sure no animals or human’s gets hurt…

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Michael Hackenberger, an animal trainer for many popular shows and films including Life of Pi and The Interview, was caught on video by PETA beating a tiger with a whip. In the video, Hackenberger explains, “I like hitting him in the face…The beauty of the paws being on the rock, when you hit him, it’s like a vice..It stings more!” We take a look at the disturbing footage on the Lip News with Margaret Howell and Jo Ankier.

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When Fake ‘Super Meat’ Is Better Than the Real Thing


Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) – Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based “chicken” and “ground beef,” will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the way we eat. Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart reports for “The Year Ahead: 2015” series. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Animals are now legally recognized as ‘sentient’ beings in Australia


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The Australian Government has formally recognised animals as ‘sentient’ beings by amending animal welfare legislation.

The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill  was passed on Tuesday.

The Act stipulates that it is now necessary to ‘recognize animals as sentient’ and that owners must ‘attend properly to the welfare of those animals’.

“To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, Dr Virginia Williams, according to animalequality.net

“The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.”

REX: Dogs are now recognised as sentient beings© REX Dogs are now recognised as sentient beings The legislation included a ban on the use of animals for testing cosmetic products.

In addition, new material has been added to the section of the Act pertaining to animal testing for other research purposes.

The Government now demands that for checks be made as to whether there has been ‘assessment of the suitability of using non-sentient or non-living alternatives in the project’ and ‘replacement of animals as subjects with suitable non-sentient or non-living alternatives’. The animals rescued in the Nepal earthquake

“Expectations on animal welfare have been rapidly changing. The bill brings legislation in line with our nation’s changing attitude on the status of animals in society, ” according to the President of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, Dr Steve Merchant.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/offbeat/animals-are-now-legally-recognised-as-%E2%80%98sentient%E2%80%99-beings-in-australia/ar-BBjSDTH

Note: Hopefully this legislation’s includes provisions for dealing with the inherent abuse and systemic torture upon sentient beings imprisoned for life in factory farms. With 2 billion animales killed daily for human consumption, this is a SERIOUS problem keeping the vibration of the planet in lower density.

Jon Stewart Quits Comedy, Starts Animal Sanctuary to Rescue Abused Factory Farm Animals


jon-stewart-farm.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smartMiddletown, NJ – In an effort to be the change he wishes to see in the world, comedian John Stewart, after stepping down as host of “The Daily Show,” has started a sanctuary for abused factory farm animals called Bufflehead Farm.

Bufflehead Farm, located in Middletown, New Jersey, is a 12-acre non-profit animal rescue sanctuary owned by Jon and Tracey Stewart, which will soon become home to dozens of cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys and other animals rescued from factory farms.

Stewart has consistently been an animal welfare advocate on his show, once devoting a comedy segment to the foolishness of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s refusal to sign a bill that would end the lifelong confinement of pigs in crates too small for them to turn around.

Tracey Stewart is known for her advocacy on animal rights, recently publishing a book on the topic.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 2.03.56 PMAccording to a report by the Mother Nature Network:

The project has long been a dream for Tracey Stewart, an animal advocate and former veterinary technician, who has tirelessly worked to promote a plant-based lifestyle, animal welfare issues, and support for organizations like Farm Sanctuary.

Her new book “Do Unto Animals” (currently the No. 1 bestseller in animal husbandry on Amazon) offers more than 300 pages of beautiful illustrations and promises to give readers “insights into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them.”

“If everyone did a bit more, if they fell in love a little bit more, so much could happen,” Tracey Stewart told The New York Times. “It doesn’t have to be going vegan. You can advocate for them. You can show tenderness. You can play music for them. I really hope people can connect with animals the way most of us did as children.”

Jon Stewart, accompanied by his wife and two children, were honored recently at an award ceremony held by Farm Sanctuary, an organization founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals.

“I’m a little uncomfortable. I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of Washington politics and the media landscape, so I don’t know how to deal necessarily with people who have empathy,” Stewart told the all-vegan banquet at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

The consistency of the Stewarts should be applauded. Rather than simply paying lip service to a cause, they are putting in the groundwork to support their espoused beliefs.

Similarly to how Morgan Freeman turned his estate into a bee sanctuary, Stewart has shown that celebrities have the ability to not only motivate others by raising awareness about issues, but to lay the actual foundation of real world change.


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What If Animals Treated Us The Way We Treat Them? – Role Reversal Art


Cecil the Lion killer Walter Palmer FINALLY contacts authorities after days of silence


THE American dentist who killed the beloved Zimbabwean lion ‘Cecil’ has finally contacted authorities in the US, it has been confirmed.

Cecil the lion with brother Jericho before he was killed by Walter Palmer

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Cecil the lion with brother Jericho before he was killed by Walter Palmer

Walter Palmer, who sparked international outrage when he shot dead the lion while on a hunting trip in Africa, “voluntarily” reached out to the US Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement (FWS) after remaining silent for two days.

On Thursday, the FWS said it had launched an investigation into the hunting trip, although Mr Palmer has not been charged with a crime and claims he trusted local guides to obtain necessary permits.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe said that efforts to contact Palmer had previously been unsuccessful and that the agency had urged him on Twitter to get in touch.

Now the FWS confirmed a representative for the dentist has contacted the service on his behalf.

“We were voluntarily contacted by a rep of Dr. (Walter) Palmer,” said a tweet from the agency.

“We appreciate the cooperation, investigation is ongoing.”

Officials in Zimbabwe are appealing for the 55-year-old’s extradition to the country, where he could face a fine of £13,000 and up to a decade behind bars.Cecil’s young cubs are now being looked after by his brother Jericho as fears grow they could fall victim to an aggressive rival male lion.Wildlife experts believe a rival would want Cecil’s offspring dead so that the next lion in the hierarchy could father his own cubs with the females in the pride.

American dentist Dr Walter Palmer

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Palmer paid about $50,000 (£32,000) to go on the hunt

It comes as concerns grow over the safety of Cecil’s cubs, who are under threat from rivalmales now their father is dead.Researchers with Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Unit say that so far they have seen Cecil’s brother protecting the young.David Macdonald, a member of the British team, said: “The natural law in lion society is that when a male dies and his weakened coalition is usurped, the new incoming males kill their predecessors’ cubs.

“This may not happen because Cecil’s brother is still holding the fort.”

Separately, it has emerged the disgraced hunter boasted to a barmaid that he had killed the “world’s biggest lion”.In a sickening twist, Mr Palmer allegedly used photos of the slain animal in a bar in his home state of Minnesota to impress the waiting staff.The woman, who referred to herself as Danielle, said he claimed he had broken records by killing the creature when he visited Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill in Alexandria last month.

Big game hunter Dr Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Big game hunter Mr Palmer has killed dozens of animals

Mr Palmer’s wife, Tonette, has reportedly held as many as SEVEN licences allowing her to fish in Florida and hunt in Alaska.It has also been reported that the dentist’s office at his surgery in Bloomington, Minnesota, has a display of stuffed heads of dead animals.A friend told MailOnline: “He had animal heads in his personal office and animal print flooring.”

As Zimbabwe continues its appeal for the US dentist’s extradition, the White House said it willreview a petition to send Mr Palmer back to Africa to face charges.However, the US has not extradited anyone to the Republic of Zimbabwe since the extradition treaty took effect in 2000.Two Zimbabweans – a professional hunter and a farm owner – have been arrested in the killing of the lion, but Mr Palmer has so far avoided any charges.

It comes as American rock star Ted Nugent came out in support of the lion killer.

In a radio interview in New York, the singer railed against people who are upset about the killing, saying the outrage is because the lion was given a name.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/595359/Cecil-lion-killer-Walter-Palmer-contacts-authorities-fears-welfare-cubs

Portents and signs: Doubled-headed bullock sold at auction in Mareeba, Australia


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Two faces! This unnamed two-face bullock was successfully sold at Mareeba Saleyards by Queensland Rural selling agent Jack Shepherd

For a bullock with two heads, he’s mighty healthy.

A cattle saleyard in Mareeba, North Queensland, hosted an unusual sight on Tuesday when a livestock agent arrived to hawk a two-faced cow.

Its second face, mounted on top of its first, had one eye, a single tooth and functional nostrils, according to the saleyard. It was in ‘great condition’.

‘Mate, he’s as fat as a fool!’ said Elders selling agent Mark Peters, who witnessed the animal’s purchase yesterday.

Mr Peters said: ‘It was an absolute prime condition animal, he just had two faces’.

Unsurprisingly, the two-faced animal attracted curious glances at the saleyards.

‘It received a fair amount of attention,’ said Queensland Rural livestock agent Jack ‘Jacko’ Shephard, who sold the bullock.

Mr Shephard said he had not seen another two-faced cow during his 17 years on the job, although he had seen other abnormalities.

The 440kg animal successfully sold for $537AUD, or 122 cents per kilo.

But the future is not bright for this cow.

He was purchased by an abattoir.

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http://www.sott.net/article/299056-Portents-and-signs-Doubled-headed-bullock-sold-at-auction-in-Mareeba-Australia

66yr old Grandmother Arrested for Saving Lives


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66 year old grandmother and founder of Animal Liberation Victoria Patty Mark was arrested tonight for her role in the rescue of abused hens. You can read more about the horrific conditions uncovered here: http://dailym.ai/1FfDBAS (Daily Mail) and here: http://bit.ly/1cZ1CVb (Sydney Morning Herald)

Patty was released and is facing charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage. What is wrong with a system that arrests someone trying to help abused animals, while ignoring the person responsible for allowing those animals to suffer and die?

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Ed. Note: I rescued a one week old chick named Falcon last December. She’s grown into a beautiful hen and a good, loving mother. Falcon surprised me because she’s smart, friendly and sweet. She also has a magical side that’s hard to define, chickens appear to be bridges between human’s and the spirit realms. I know for a fact, some of the islands ancestors here Kauai work thru the chickens and have seen evidence of this on many occasions. Once again, hard to define…

The abuse, terror and barbaric conditions these curious birds endure is beyond horrific. Please, stop eating chicken. Even so-called free range chickens is a lie. They’re allowed to wander crowded factory floors and are basically chemically burned alive with a foaming agent that removes their feathers – while they-re still alive. I’ve seen this done with a fire hose which sprays the foam over an entire room of live chickens and shut the door for awhile to let them suffer and die. Guess it’s too difficult to round them up when they’re not caged – so they burn them alive.

Then they send the carcasses for processing and the chemically burned flesh ends up on kitchen tables. Yummy….

 

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Ryan Gosling: What Costco Doesn’t Want You to Know About Its Eggs


Note: Kudo’s to Gosling! Please share to help bring awareness to the barbaric conditions hens are enduring to bring food to our tables. Costco has serious problems when it comes to offering healthy foods to consumers and with deceptive forms of marketing, and it’s about time people are made aware of conditions which are abhorrently harmful to animals and endanger our health.

Have a blessed week! Mahalo, {~A~}

The actor calls it “appalling” that Costco markets eggs “with deceptive labeling on cartons featuring graphics of birds living out in a green pasture.”

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Costco has been under intense criticism this week because it has yet to pledge to sell GMO-free salmon should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve it. Additionally, the Humane Society of the United States recently uncovered the fact that a Costco egg supplier uses abhorrent factory farming conditions to raise its egg-laying hens despite the fact that Costco made a public commitment eight years ago to eliminate cage confinement of chickens from its supply chain.

The undercover investigation revealed “a Costco egg supplier cramming chickens into tiny cages, forcing birds to live in cages with the decayed, mummified corpses of their dead cage-mates, and engaging in other inhumane practices that are bad for animals and food safety,” according to the Humane Society. The company is marketing their eggs in a highly misleading way, says the Humane Society, because the conditions they found at Costco’s egg supplier are “in stark contrast to the happy hens and green fields depicted on egg cartons sold at Costco.”

TAKE ACTION: Join Emily Deschanel and Tell Costco to Stop Selling Eggs from Caged Hens

Earlier this week, the campaign got some high-profile support from actor Ryan Gosling. In an open letter, Gosling wrote:

Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty including rows upon rows of birds confined in filth-laden cages with the mummified corpses of their cage-mates—eating, sleeping, defecating and laying eggs on top of dead birds—and hens’ wings, legs and necks trapped in the corroded wires of their battery cages.

Gosling called it “appalling” that Costco would market its eggs “with deceptive labeling on cartons featuring graphics of birds living out in a green pasture.”

Check out the undercover investigation:

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Stop Severe Caspian Horse Neglect ~ Call to Action


My name is Chris Johansen, and I created this petition on behalf of the Global Conservation Group in order to urge authorities to stop deplorable cruelty to animals in my community.

I was a sheriff’s deputy with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department until I was fired last month for investigating horse neglect in Houlton, Maine. Approximately 50 Caspian horses (which are endangered) are significantly underweight and obviously neglected.

Local and state authorities refuse to step in; likely because the family that owns the horses are wealthy, powerful and prominent members of the community. This abuse has been occurring since 2009, and I have exhausted all possible avenues to remedy this urgent situation privately. I hope this petition and recent media coverage will push authorities to finally take action.

Please sign and share this petition and visit MaineEquine.org to learn more. Also, be sure to check out Examiner’s recent article regarding our experience in trying to expose the egregious neglect.

Examiner Article: http://www.examiner.com/article/sheriff-deputy-fired-blackmailed-for-investigating-animal-cruelty

SIGN PETITION HERE

Why you should never eat tilapia


Tilapia , one of the cheapest and most popular fish in the United States, may actually lead to many serious health problems.

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Their feed is not natural — in the wild, tilapia would eat algae and lake plants, but the farms fatten up the fish on GMO corn and soy pellets. The amount of healthful fish oils in these creatures is almost non-existent, negating the main reason why fish is so good for us. Almost all tilapia sold in the U.S. is hormone drug treated. Did you know that the low price of tilapia is achieved by converting the young females to males through the use of the hormone drug 17alpha-methytestosterone? By having all male population allows fish farmers to produce larger fish in a short period of time.

Additionally, farmed fish consist of more fat and less Omega-3 fatty acids due to the smaller area in which they swim, and the constant availability of food. Unlike many other fish, farm-raised tilapia contains high levels of an unhealthy kind of omega-6. It also contains less than 0.5 grams of omega-3s per 100 grams of fish.

According to one of the studies, farm-raised tilapia contains significantly higher concentrations of PCBs, dioxin and other cancer-causing contaminants than salmon caught in the wild. Farmed fish contain higher concentrations of contaminants than wild fish largely because they are fed meal that consists of ground-up fish tainted with contaminants. Many researchers are convinced that eating farmed fish leads to an increased cancer risk due to high amounts of PCB’s the low-quality of nutrients.

Farm-bred fish also have lower levels of healthy nutrients. Many of us consume fish, hoping to reap the omega-3 fatty acid benefits that come with it. However, did you know that the omega-3-acids that are found in farm-raised fish are less usable to our bodies compared to wild bred fish. Farm-raised fish also has a lower protein content. Not only that, because farm-raised fish are kept in cages, they have the tendency to be fattier, and can have a higher concentration of omega-6 acids. The problem with getting too much omega-6 acids is that they may cause inflammation to the body due to imbalance.

Dioxin levels are 11 times higher in farm-bred fish compared to wild fish. Dioxin is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with dioxin is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it is let out. The half life of dioxin is about 7 to 11 years.

http://www.sott.net/article/298062-Why-you-should-never-eat-tilapia
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