US Navy Sued for Violating Marine Mammal Protection Act in Connection with Sonar Training Exercises


 Finally, someone is taking action to suspend the psychopathic assault on cetaceans and other ocean marine life by the U.S. Navy. It’s time for the military’s killing spree to end, we’ve had ENOUGH. The nature kingdom is at a breaking point and can take no more environmental destruction. You can help bring attention to this matter so this story doesn’t disappear, dolphins and whales don’t have a voice,please share freely… mahalo!. ~A~}

Jan 28, 2014 03:10 PM EST
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A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the US Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Services of violating the Marine Mammal Protection act by their role in allowing a series of planned underwater activities including open-sea bombing drills and sonar activities that, by the Navy’s own account, will affect millions of marine mammals.
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A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the US Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Services of violating the Marine Mammal Protection act by their role in allowing a series of planned underwater activities including open-sea bombing drills and sonar activities that, by the Navy’s own account, will affect millions of marine mammals.

Dolphins, whales and other marine mammals that depend on sonar and echolocation to find food and navigate, will be in the crosshairs of a five-year naval exercise in the waters between Southern California and Hawaii.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the influential non-profit group National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and several conservation organizations, says that the federal government, via the National Marine Fisheries Services, illegally granted the Navy permission to harm marine mammals during its ongoing underwater sonar and explosives training activities, which are scheduled to take place until 2018.

Compared to similar activities done in the previous five years, the Navy plans to increase its sonar training activities by 1,100 percent between now and 2018, the NRDC reported, citing a National Marine Fisheries Services ruling allowing the increase activity.

Michael Jasny, the director of the NRDC marine mammal protection project, said the Navy’s activities over the next five years will not be sustainable and will harm marine mammals approximately 9.6 million times.

“The science proving the link between sonar exposure and population decline is mounting. And so are the solutions that could prevent thousands of needless injuries and hundreds of deaths,” Jasny said in a statement. “There are more than 35 species of whales and dolphins that make Southern California and Hawaiian waters their home, including endangered blue whales, fin whales and hearing-sensitive beaked whales. All are at risk from this preventable harm.”

In August of 2013, the Navy’s own environmental impact surveys reported that millions of animals would be affected by its underwater sonar training, underwater detonations, and gunnery exercises.

While it only projected 155 marine mammal moralities for its operations off the coast of Hawaii and Southern California, the Navy estimated 2,000 marine mammals would suffer permanent hearing loss or other permanent injury and millions of marine mammals with temporary hearing loss.

“The Navy’s analysis indicates that while large numbers of marine mammals may be affected by sonar and explosives activities, over 99.9 percent of the animals affected will experience only temporary behavioral effects that do not result in injury,” Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, the energy and environmental readiness division director for the Navy, said in a statement made in August.

At the time, Slate said that live training exercises were necessary to prepare for real-life situations.

“The Navy will operate its most powerful sonar systems for nearly 60,000 hours over the next five years, more than triple the number of hours it was authorized to use these systems in the last five years,” the lawsuit against the Navy states. “There is no dispute that the Navy’s use of mid-frequency sonar can kill, injure, and disturb marine mammals. Both the Service and the Navy acknowledge that the use of mid-frequency sonar during Navy exercises has contributed to mass strandings of whales and other marine mammals. During the next five years, the Navy will also detonate more tha 250,000 explosives. At least 7,000 of these detonations will be more powerful than the charge that killed at least three dolphins during a Navy training exercise in southern California in 2011.”

Blue whales and beaked whale will fall victim to the training exercises. Beaked whales are a deep-diving species that are not well understood by science, and blue whales can grow to be the largest living creatures on Earth.

The death of up to 10 beaked whales and as many as 13 blue whales is authorized for the Navy’s five-year operation.

“This is an unprecedented level of harm,” Zak Smith, an attorney with the NRDC, told the Los Angeles Times. “In order to authorize these impacts on marine mammals, the service had to turn its back on the best available science.”

The lawsuit states that blue whale populations have not increased off the western North America coast in the last two decades and that the military exercises “may pose significant risks to the recovery rates of endangered blue whale populations.”

“The sonar will also threaten the western gray whale, one of the most endangered whales in the world,” said Doug Norlen of Pacific Environment, a California-based non-profit and plaintiff in the case against the federal government. “With a population of only about 150 individuals, including 30 females of calving age, any injuries or deaths would be devastating. Surely the Navy can find a way to protect our seas without killing its wildlife.”

The lawsuit challenges the National Marine Fisheries Services’ authorization of “takes” during the naval operation, as well as the supposition that the Navy’s activities will not jeopardize the recovery of the blue whale. It asks that the the authorization to voided and that the Navy be forced to comply state and federal environmental laws and that the training be restricted to certain times and locations.

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/5803/20140128/navy-sued-violating-marine-mammal-protection-act-connection-sonar-training.htm

Hungry Snake Picked The Wrong Dinner


April 16, 2014 | by Justine Alford

Photo credit:Arsovski et al.EcologicaMontenegrina.

Researchers on Golem Grad Island, Macedonia, stumbled upon a rather intriguing and wholly disgusting find whilst looking for snakes –  a dead young viper with the head of a huge centipede protruding through its body. What a way to go! The report has been briefly described in the journal Ecologica Montenegrina.

Nose-horned vipers (Vipera ammodytes) are venomous snakes found in southern Europe, the Balkans and certain parts of the Middle East. They can grow up to 95 centimeters and possess a characteristic “horn” on the snout, hence the name. They’re also considered to be the most dangerous European viper because their venom is highly toxic, but they’re a pretty docile species that tend to only bite when provoked.

Adult nose-horned vipers usually feed on lizards, smaller snakes and rabbits on Golem Grad, whilst the juveniles eat lizards and a particular species of centipede, the Megarian banded centipede (Scolopendra cingulata). It is not uncommon for snakes to consume potentially dangerous prey, and there have been numerous reports of death due to them “biting off more than they can chew”. Although, as mentioned, these vipers are known to eat this particular species of centipede, it seems that this cocky snake may have underestimated his dinner this time.

S. cingulata can be pretty savage killers themselves; they’re opportunistic carnivores and will eat almost anything that’s not larger than themselves. The authors of the paper note that it’s exceedingly difficult to kill a full-grown Scolopendra. Some people even keep these creepy crawlies as pets. Each to their own I suppose.

The team measured the viper and the centipede; the centipede was found to be 84% of the viper’s trunk length, 112% of its body width and 114% of its body weight. This isn’t hugely impressive compared to the size of animals that snakes have been found to consume previously. But what is interesting/disgusting is that upon dissection, the snake was missing all of its visceral organs- the centipede was occupying the entire volume of the snake’s body. They think it’s possible that the snake swallowed the centipede alive, but the centipede ate its way through the snake in an attempt of freedom, bursting its way through the snake’s abdomen (I am going to have nightmares now…). But unfortunately the poor little guy didn’t make it and died inside the snake with his head poking out. So close… Yet so far…

If you’re scarred for life from reading this, have some emergency comedy of a rare bird humping a photographer’s head.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/hungry-snake-picked-wrong-dinner#hZLKlKmdzIcBhCl8.99

South American Vine Treats Neurogenerative Disorders and Is More Powerful Than Antidepressants


on 3 March, 2014 at 09:59

Banisteriopsis caapi, also known as ayahuasca, caapi or yaje, is a South American jungle vine used to prepare a decoction with a long history of entheogenic uses as a medicine and “plant teacher” among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rainforest. It has unique properties found to treat Parkinson’s disease and other neurogenerative disorders.

B.caapi contains harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine, all of which are both beta-carboline harmala alkaloids and Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). The MAOIs in B. caapi allow the primary psychoactive compound, DMT (which is introduced from the other primary ingredient in ayahausca, the Psychotria viridis plant), to be orally active.

The name ayahuasca means “vine of the soul”and the shamans of the indigenous western Amazonian tribes use the plant in religious and healing ceremonies. In addition to its hallucinogenic properties, caapi is used for its healing properties as a purgative, effectively cleansing the body of parasites and helping the digestive tract.

Harmala alkaloids are short term yet powerful MAOIs which render tryptamines orally active by temporarily reducing levels of monoamine oxidase in the body which otherwise rapidly destroys them. Their effects are more powerful and less toxic than pharmaceutical SSRIs since they do not lead to suicidal tendencies and other side effects which detrimentally affect human behavior.

The principal ayahuasca compounds have a common indole structure which, through several mechanisms, influences certain functions of the central nervous system (CNS). The relevant factor is the biochemical similarity of these compounds to the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT). The harmala alkaloids in ayahuasca, primarily harmine and tetrahydroharmine, reversibly inhibit the neuronal enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO).

This allows DMT to be active when ingested orally. It also facilitates accumulation of biogenic amines, such as 5-HT, which are normally metabolized by monoamine oxidase enzymes. DMT is a naturally-occurring biochemical substance secreted by the human body in the pineal gland. It occurs in hundreds of plant species worldwide. It can produce very powerful visionary effects when smoked in its pure form or taken orally in Ayahuasca.

The Ayahuasca Experience 

People who have consumed ayahuasca report having spiritual revelations regarding their purpose on earth, the true nature of the universe as well as deep insight into how to be the best person they possibly can. This is viewed by many as a spiritual awakening and what is often described as a rebirth. In addition it is often reported that individuals can gain access to higher spiritual dimensions and make contact with various spiritual or extra dimensional beings who can act as guides or healers.

Wild cats including Jaguars looking for a high will seek out the roots of the caapi plant and gnaw on them until they start to hallucinate. In fact, some scientists believe that humans learned how to use the root by observing the jaguars hallucinate after consuming the plant.

It is incorrect, however, to characterize the Ayahuasca experience as merely an oral DMT experience activated by a beta carboline MAO inhibitor. The holistic processes at work are far more complex and it is unquestionably the ayahuasca vine which fuels the transformative power and profound teaching of the Ayahuasca experience.

It is nearly always said that people experience profound positive changes in their life subsequent to consuming ayahuasca and it is often viewed as one of the most effective tools of enlightenment. Vomiting can follow ayahuasca ingestion; this purging is considered by many shamans and experienced users of ayahuasca to be an essential part of the experience as it represents the release of negative energy and emotions built up over the course of one’s life. There are many reports of miraculous physical as well as emotional and spiritual healing resulting from the use of ayahuasca.

A Natural Healer of The Mind and Spirit

A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found an additional basis to the existing claims of Banisteriopsis caapi stem extract for the treatment of Parkinsonism, including other neurodegenerative disorders.

At least 42 indigenous names for this preparation are known. It is remarkable and significant that at least 72 different indigenous tribes of Amazonia, however widely separated by distance, language, and cultural differences, all manifested a detailed common knowledge of ayahuasca and its use for medicinal and spiritual use.

Both the plant and the medicine prepared from it are called ‘ayahuasca’ in most of the Peruvian Amazon. However, many distinguish the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) from the medicinal brew (ayahuasca combined with a companion plant such as chacruna).

Accessiblity and Legality

Ayahuasca has also stirred debate regarding intellectual property protection of traditional knowledge. In 1986 the US Patent and Trademarks Office allowed the granting of a patent on the ayahuasca vine B. Caapi. It allowed this patent based on the assumption that ayahuasca’s properties had not been previously described in writing. Several public interest groups, including the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and the Coalition for Amazonian Peoples and Their Environment (Amazon Coalition) objected. In 1999 they brought a legal challenge to this patent which had granted a private US citizen “ownership” of the knowledge of a plant that is well-known and sacred to many indigenous peoples of the Amazon, and used by them in religious and healing ceremonies.

In the United States, caapi is not specifically regulated. In Australia, the harmala alkaloids are scheduled substances, including Harmine and harmaline, but the living vine, or other source plants are not in most states. On the State of Queensland as of March 2008 this distinction is now uncertain. In all states the dried herb may or may not be considered a scheduled substance, dependent on court rulings. In Canada, harmala is listed under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as a schedule III substance. The vine is also considered a controlled substance as it contains harmaline which the law states anything containing a controlled substance will be treated the same.

About the Author

John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

Cone snail drug 100x more potent than morphine: A new drug from cone snail venom could offer hope to chronic pain sufferers


 Great news!!

Australian cone snail (Conus textile), with proboscis extended and poised for attack. Image Credit: AAP Image/Melbourne University/David Paul

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  • March 17, 2014

AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG made from cone snail venom has shown early signs of promise in numbing pain, raising hopes in the hunt for new, non-addictive medications, an Australian researcher says.

The drug, which has not been tested yet on humans, is judged to be about 100 times more potent than morphine or gabapentin, which are currently considered the gold standard for chronic nerve pain.

The active ingredient, conotoxin, comes from carnivorous cone snails, which are common in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

The marine animals can reach out and stab prey, injecting a venom that paralyses fish long enough for them to be eaten.

Cone snail venom use for experimental pain drugs

A tiny protein derived from the snail’s venom has formed the basis of five new experimental compounds, says lead researcher David Craik of the University of Queensland.

A preliminary study using one of these new compounds on lab rats “appeared to significantly reduce pain,” said a press statement released ahead of David’s presentation at an American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas, Texas on Sunday.

“This is an important incremental step that could serve as the blueprint for the development of a whole new class of drugs capable of relieving one of the most severe forms of chronic pain that is currently very difficult to treat,” David said.

Cone snail venom is non-addictive

Animal venoms are poisons that can block certain channels in the nervous system, and act differently to opioid painkillers such as morphine and hydrocodone, which carry the risk of addiction and death from overdose.

Pharmaceutical companies have begun investigating venoms in recent years as potential sources of new drugs for managing neuropathic pain, which can arise from cancer, AIDS, diabetes and other debilitating diseases.

One conotoxin-derived drug, ziconotide, has already been approved for human use. However, it is not available in pill form and must be infused directly into the lower part of the spinal cord.

The five new compounds David and colleagues are developing would be taken orally.

“We don’t know about side effects yet, as it hasn’t been tested in humans. But we think it would be safe,” David said, adding that human trials are at least two years away.

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2014/03/cone-snail-pain-drug-is-non-addictive?utm_content=buffer2e320&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Roundup is killing the Monarch Butterfly’s only sustenance: Save Monarch’s by Planting a Milkweed Garden


Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed to survive their epic multi-generational journey between the USA and Mexico, but heavy use of GMOs and herbicides such as roundup (glyphosate) have killed off most of the milkweed that used to grow across America. Without milkweed monarchs will continue to disappear. Please help by planting milkweed in your yard or garden this year. Learn more here: http://orgcns.org/1kGrAMq

Let’s rally to send farmers, ranchers & tribal members to REJECT + PROTECT


REJECT + PROTECT

Support farmers, ranchers, tribal communities and allies to tell President Obama: REJECT + PROTECT!

On April 22, an alliance of pipeline fighters — ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — called the Cowboy and Indian Alliance will ride into Washington DC for the next, and perhaps final, chapter in the fight against Keystone XL.

On that day, the Alliance will set up camp near the White House, lighting sacred fire and burning our sage, and for 5 days, they will hold ceremonies and demonstration to remind him of the threat this tar sands pipeline poses to our climate, land, water and tribal rights.

On April 26 [note date change], the Alliance has invited friends and allies against the pipeline to join us as we conclude our camp and march together for our final, unmistakable message to Pres. Obama.

We’re raising funds to support Cowboy Indian Alliance members to send the strongest message possible to President Obama this April. Your contribution will make sure organizers from along the pipeline route can make it to DC and bring all of the beauty and power of our movement along with them.

More information on REJECT + PROTECT:
http://rejectandprotect.org

Are you a Nebraska landowner or tribal member interested in attending?
http://boldnebraska.org/rejectandprotect

Number of supporters: 17

Website: boldnebraska.org/rejectandprotect

Fundraiser: Oil Change International

Oil Change International

Orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants under attack in Sumatra – Take Action NOW in the Plan to Win Sustainability in the Tropical Rainfores


Last year over 1.3 million of us called for the protection of the last place on Earth where orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants still roam free together. Amazingly, we froze the proposed plan that would have destroyed vast swathes of pristine rainforest in Sumatra. But now the local government is gearing up to revive the destruction, unless we act.

Palm oil, paper and mining companies stand to make money from developing this delicate ecosystem, and their pressure on the government to start cutting trees is working. But Europe holds the key to an even more powerful trade incentive for Indonesia, and experts say if the EU Ambassador speaks up now, he could protect the orangutans for good.

Conservation organisations in Sumatra are doing their best to get his attention but they’re asking for our help to amplify the urgent call. Let’s shine the global spotlight on the EU Ambassador to make sure he acts before it is too late. Sign now:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/aceh_rainforest_petition_loc/?bHGVHeb&v=38550

Approval of the plan to free up this enormous area of forest for mining, paper and palm oil plantations is an environmental disaster of catastrophic proportions. This place is the last chance for many species already in serious trouble.

As the EU Ambassador for Indonesia, Olof Skoog, can provide the political and technical support needed for the local government to properly review the current destructive plan and convince them to protect the most fragile part of the rainforest. There is considerable momentum already towards this solution with individual EU countries taking an interest but it needs to be a coordinated approach to have a strong impact and the Ambassador is the best person for the job.

The EU has been a major donor to sustainable development in Sumatra and Mr. Skoog should feel obligated to ensure that the gains made through this investment are not being put at serious risk by this destructive plan. Insiders say the only reason he’s not taking action already is because he hasn’t realised just how important this issue is and what he can do.

The biggest battle to save this rainforest is yet to be won. Let’s raise the volume of the call to the Ambassador and let him know we’re relying on him to save one of the most important forests on the planet. Click below to sign the petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/aceh_rainforest_petition_loc/?bHGVHeb&v=38550

Against all odds, we already helped delay the approval of this plan — ensuring the national government took action to amend it. Then we came together and saved one million dollars worth of habitat for endangered species including orangutans. This is the last step to win a safe future for orangutans in Indonesia, and the players are all in place to make this a win!

With hope and determination,

Lisa, Emma, Ari, Sayeeda, Emily, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION:

In Indonesia, Environmentalists See a Disaster in the Making (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/world/asia/in-indonesia-environmentalists-see-a-disaster-in-the-making.html

Australian companies accused of jeopardising conservation in Indonesia (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/24/australian-companies-accused-of-hampering-conservation-in-indonesia

Global calls to save Aceh forest (The Jakarta Post)
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/05/19/global-calls-save-aceh-forest.html

Indonesia Moves Towards Approving Deforestation Plan in Aceh (Jakarta Globe)
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/nvironment/indonesia-moves-towards-approving-deforestation-plan-in-aceh/586752

Conservation scientists: Aceh’s spatial plan a risk to forests, wildlife, and people (Mongabay)
http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0322-atbc-aceh-declaration.html

Aceh draft bylaw risks forests, say activists (Jakarta Post)
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/03/14/aceh-draft-bylaw-risks-forests-say-activists.html

Mining company working with Indonesian government to strip forest of protected status (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/17/mining-indonesian-forest

Indonesia’s Protected Rainforests Disappearing (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-reese-halter/indonesias-protected-rain_b_2944815.html

Sign the Animal Bill of Rights! DO YOU BELIEVE ANIMALS DESERVE BASIC LEGAL RIGHTS? WATCH THE VIDEO!


From The Animal Defense League:

Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society.

More than a quarter-million Americans have already signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Bill of Rights. Sign on your support and speak out to your lawmakers today!

Sign the Animal Bill of Rights!

I, the undersigned American citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals:

The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.

The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.

The Right of farmed animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.

The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.

The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.

The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.

Please take a moment to SIGN HERE

URGENT: Say No to Killing America’s Smallest Swans!


Only 51 signatures needed, can you take a moment for Tundra swans and take action on their behalf? Thank you!

URGENT: Say No to Killing America's Smallest Swans!

  • author: Patricia Randolph
  • target: The Wisconsin Legislature, Department of Natural Resource Destruction, and the Natural Resource Board

Target: 13,000 signatures

We’ve got 12,949 signatures, help us get to 13,000 by April 14, 2014

On April 14th in Wisconsin, the public will have an opportunity to vote on whether the tundra swan hunt should take place in the state this year. Now is our chance to save the swans — but we have to act fast.

Tundra swans, the country’s smallest swan, are not themselves endangered. But they bear a striking resemblance to the trumpeter swan, a species that conservation groups have spent millions of dollars trying to restore. It’s pretty easy to imagine how a hunter could mix the two up, accidentally targeting the endangered species instead.

Plus, as migratory birds, tundra swans don’t just “belong” to Wisconsin — they’re part of America’s natural landscape, and the state government shouldn’t selfishly allow huge swathes of their population to be murdered for the thrill of it.

We only have a week left, so it’s important that we take action now. Ask Wisconsin to stop the tundra swan hunt!

You have the power to create change.

Start sharing and watch your impact grow

PLEASE SIGN HERE

Mahalo!

Japan Cancels Whale Hunt!!!


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More wonderful news for whales!
The whales of the Southern Ocean are not going to be hunted this year for the first time in over a century after the Government of Japan has officially cancelled the planned hunt this year.

SHARE this post to join the celebration, and join the movement to continue protecting the Arctic and our whole planet: ►www.savethearctic.org/?fbsta3apren

The melting Arctic is under threat from oil drilling, industrial fishing and conflict. YOU can Help Save The Arctic!


5,152,665 HAVE SIGNED ~ TARGET 6,000,000

Donate Today!
Yes! Let’s declare a global sanctuary in the Arctic

Sign the petition to join the millions who believe in protecting the Arctic. We want to create a global sanctuary around the North Pole, and ban offshore drilling and destructive industry in the Arctic.

SIGN HERE

MELTING ARCTIC

The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing. Fast.

In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it’s now in a ‘death spiral’.

For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean. It’s melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, and in the near future it could be ice free for the first time since humans walked the Earth. This would be not only devastating for the people, polar bears, narwhals, walruses and other species that live there – but for the rest of us too.

The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space and keeps our whole planet cool, stabilising the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food. Protecting the ice means protecting us all.

OIL DRILLING

A new Arctic oil rush is starting. Shell, BP, Exxon, Gazprom, Rosneft and others want to risk a devastating Arctic oil spill for only three years’ worth of oil.

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The same dirty energy companies that caused the Arctic to melt in the first place are looking to profit from the disappearing ice. They want to open up a new oil frontier to get at a potential 90 billion barrels of oil. That’s a lot of money to them, but it’s only three years’ worth of oil to the world.

Previously classified government documents say dealing with oil spills in the freezing waters is “almost impossible” and inevitable mistakes would shatter the fragile Arctic environment.

To drill in the Arctic, oil companies have to drag icebergs out the way of their rigs and use giant hoses to melt floating ice with warm water. If we let them do this, a catastrophic oil spill is just a matter of time.

We’ve seen the extreme damage caused by the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters – we cannot let this happen in the Arctic.

We need a ban on oil drilling in Arctic waters. Sign HERE.

INDUSTRIAL FISHING

Industrial fishing fleets are starting to trawl Arctic waters.

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Local people have fished sustainably in the Arctic for thousands of years, but that could be threatened if we let giant fishing companies exploit the Arctic ocean.

We need a ban on unsustainable industrial fishing in Arctic waters. SIGN HERE.

Conflict

Arctic nations are preparing for possible conflict over the Arctic.

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As the Wikileaks cables show, the US has spoken of “increased military threats in the Arctic” and Russia has predicted “armed intervention” in the future.

Countries are spending billions on Arctic weaponry, threatening the long-term peace of the region. Nuclear-powered ice-breakers, submarines and fighter jets are being purchased by Arctic states with overlapping claims on the area around the North Pole.

The best way to maintain the peace there is to make its resources off-limits. That’s why we’re campaigning for a global sanctuary and a ban on oil drilling and industrial fishing.

Just like in Antarctica, we need an Arctic Ocean dedicated to peace and science.

No country owns the Arctic. It should stay that way. SIGN HERE.

YOU CAN SAVE THE ARCTIC

There is no government or army to protect the Arctic, only countries and companies looking to carve it up.

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There are seven billion of us on our planet. Each and every one of us is affected by the health of the Arctic: by reflecting the sun’s rays off its ice, the Arctic shapes our weather patterns and the food we grow and eat.

But the Arctic is the frontline of our warming climate – heating up twice as fast as anywhere else. It’s also the frontline of the oil industry – one of the dirty, dead fuels responsible for the melting in the first place.

By stopping the new oil rush in the Arctic we are creating the conditions for a radical change in how we power our lives, accelerating the clean energy revolution that will fuel the future for our children.

We know we’re going up against the most powerful countries and companies in the world.

But together we have something stronger than any country’s military or any company’s budget. Our shared concern for the planet we leave our children transcends all the borders that divide us and makes us – together – the most powerful force today.

30 years ago we launched a similar campaign to protect the Antarctic. Nobody thought we would succeed, but we did, and we created a world park around the South Pole.

Now the Arctic is calling.

Jaguar – Fiercest Cat of the Americas


jaguar head close up

 

A muscular and compact species, the jaguar weighs anywhere between 79 and 350 pounds (36 and 160 kilograms); with a length between 3.9 and 6.4 feet (1.2 and 1.95 meters). This makes the jaguar the third largest cat in the world (behind the lion and the tiger), and the largest cat in the western hemisphere. Believed to have originally evolved in Asia before crossing over into North America via the Bering land-bridge, the stealthy cat of the Americas has a current range that includes Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica (particularly on the Osa Peninsula), Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, the Southern United States and Venezuela. However, its population in the United States has greatly decreased in recent years as a result of hunting and habitat loss. The jaguar prefers to live in dense rainforests, but can survive an any number of different habitats, although it usually will stay in those that include bodies of water (the jaguar is actually a very gifted swimmer).

 

panthera onca jaguar

 

As you might know, most jaguars are covered in beautiful spots. However, there are a small percent (6%) that are all black (but sometimes they may still have visible spots) and are known as “black panthers”. The name black panther can also be used to describe other big black cats (of the Panthera genus) like leopards and cougers.

 

black panther jaguar

 

The jaguar is an apex predator, and uses a stalking method to hunt whatever creature it wants. When they jaguar catches its prey, it uses the unique method of delivering a bite directly to the head of the other animal, damaging the brain and causing instant death. This method is so effective because of the jaguar tremendously powerful bite, which can penetrate bone and shell in its first attempt. They can sometimes kill prey that weigh much more that the cats themselves do, sometimes up to almost 700 lbs (318 kg). They are mostly active at dawn and dusk

Jaguars are currently listed by conservation authorities as ‘near threatened’, and are therefore the subject of various conservation efforts. Much of their previous range has been reduced, like in the countries of El Salvador and Uruguay where they are now extinct.

 

jaguar spots

http://www.factzoo.com/mammals/jaguar-fiercest-american-cat.html

Legally Brief: Felony Laws are a Victory for Animals


Note: This is great news for the nature kingdom! It’s also a good sign that signing petitions WORK because they get the attention of lawmakers when large groups of voters don’t back down on issues like animal abuse, ones that matter. So please, I encourage everyone to sign petitions, make your voice known and take action on subjects you care about. The power for change lies with the people, true change won’t come until we make our demands known “en masse” as a collective. Much love to all… ~A~}

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director on March 27, 2014

Legally Brief

We’ve had some great news for animals recently: Canada has agreed to phase out gestation crates and Kentucky has banned veal crates. Animal advocates have also defeated 3 out of 4 ag gag bills so far this year, helped stop horse-slaughter on US soil, and Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York and other cities banned the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. And just this month, South Dakota became the 50th state to pass a felony anti-cruelty law.

This is great news for animals: without felony penalties for animal cruelty, no matter how egregious or repeated the animal abuse crime, it can only be treated like a minor infraction. When I joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund 15 years ago, getting all states on the felony anti-cruelty map was a major goal. At that time, only about thirty states had these provisions. In fact, ALDF created the annual state rankings report in 2006 to shed light on such deficiencies. Since then, most states have made significant improvement in their animal protection laws, many with ALDF help—and now, finally, all states have felony penalties for animal cruelty.

Felony penalties play a crucial role in the criminal justice system when it comes to fighting animal abuse. Just this week, a Brooklyn man received a one-year jail term for felony animal cruelty after he set a cat named Michael on fire. ALDF’s reward offer helped lead to a conviction in this sad but all too common case. That is why we are thrilled that all states now have felony penalties.

But there is still more work to be done. In recent years, South Dakota has been at the very bottom of ALDF’s annual state rankings—47th in 2012 and 48th in 2013—making it one of the “best” states to be an animal abuser. At the time of our 2013 annual report, South Dakota had no felony provision for animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment, lacked increased penalties when animal abuse is committed in front of children, and had no requirements for mental health counseling or requirements for veterinarians to report suspected abuse.

Media reports spread the news of South Dakota’s dismal rank in ALDF’s annual rankings and this helped spur the passage of the felony penalty. In many ways, it demonstrates how state legislatures across the country have begun to enact laws that reflect the humane values of the American electorate. Several jurisdictions, like Washington, Oregon, and Puerto Rico, have adopted legal provisions written by ALDF. Our model laws continue to be a resource and encourage further improvements in each state.

ALDF’s state rankings show that legislative weaknesses in the bottom-tiered states include inadequate standards of basic care for animals, limited authority given to humane officers, and a lack of mandatory reporting when veterinarians suspect animal cruelty. On the other hand, states who top the charts with stiff animal protection laws, including Illinois, Oregon, Michigan, Maine, and California, demonstrate commitment to combating animal cruelty. The report analyzes more than 4,000 pages of statutes, tracks fifteen broad categories of provisions, and reveals the states where animal law is most effective, and the states where abusers get off easy.

Enacting felony provisions is a huge step forward for South Dakota, and we welcome them into the fold. To help states improve their laws, the Animal Legal Defense Fund provides assistance to local animal protection organizations seeking to improve state laws—and our report is the longest-running and most authoritative of its kind. Check out ALDF’s state rankings report to see how your state fares in animal protection laws, where it can improve, and what you can do to help make these changes happen.

http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-felony-laws-are-a-victory-for-animals/

Bloody Funday ~ Bill Maher


A closer look at Jett exposes an individual with a blood-thirst for killing, this guy isn’t just eliminating “nuisance boars” or hunting for food. Taking a look at the photo in the second story, with trophy heads adorning the walls of his home he obviously enjoys killing innocent, helpless animals doing nothing but minding their own business. Isn’t it time for this psychopathy against nature to end?
All of natures creatures are BE-ings with consciousness, feelings and family members left behind to grieve the loss of their mother, father, sister, brother, friend.

By Bill Maher

New Rule: If you’re delighted to take a life, there’s something wrong with you. This photo has gone viral on the Internet because, well, just look at the size of the wild boar Jett Webb bagged in the woods of North Carolina. That’s some specimen of a pig. And the boar’s pretty big too.

It’s an 8-foot, 500-pound beauty that just moments ago was roaming proudly in the wild, and now it’s dead and I’m holding up my gun and pressing my cock against it! “This might be the best day ever!”

Now, I don’t want to blame this guy too much, because I think, if you’re from rural North Carolina and you have a name like “Jett Webb,” you’d be hard pressed not to end up in a photo like this. Plus, it’s pointed out in the article that wild pigs are an invasive species and that North Carolina is being overrun by boars – just like “Fox and Friends.”

And I get the argument that “a man’s gotta eat” and that sometimes you have to take a life to feed yourself and your family – but shouldn’t it be more of a solemn occasion?

We kill people too, when we carry out executions, but afterwards the warden and guards don’t high-five and pose with the corpse. That’s what bothers me: the trophy aspect, the absolute glee, the beaming with pride. Get over yourself. You pointed at something, pushed a button, and it died.

http://www.real-time-with-bill-maher-blog.com/index/2014/3/27/bloody-funday

8-feet-long and weighing in at more than 500 pounds

500 Pound Wild Hog

Posted: Mar 13, 2014 7:50 PM PST Updated: Mar 13, 2014 8:11 PM PST

Augusta, GA – A hunter in North Carolina has shot and killed a very large hog. 500 hundred pounds in fact. Katie Banks spoke with the hunter about his prize catch.

8-feet-long and weighing in at more than 500 pounds, this massive wild hog still didn’t stand a chance against veteran hunter Jett Webb’s 3-oh-8 caliber rifle, “it was very surreal. It was a shock. It was very humbling to say the least, when you walk up on a beast that big and you say, ‘oh my gosh. I had no idea that there could be something that big running around the woods of eastern North Carolina.”
Last month, Webb spotted the beast roaming near the indian woods in bertie county on land leased by the white oak ranch hunting club.

It was the same one other hunters had been vying for since capturing it on trail cameras years ago, “the mohawk down the back, the tusks really lean, the muscular big front end. This is far from a domesticated docile pig that we’re used to.”

“it takes your breath away for a second to realize how big this hog is. It took up the entire bed of the pick-up truck.” white oak ranch president mike mansell says it’s part of a growing wild boar population here in the east. One he estimates is doubling each year.
“they’re a species that is invasive – once you have them, you’re not going to get rid of them. They just continue to multiply.”

Webb killed a similar-sized pig two years ago. It’s now mounted on the walls of the hunting club. But this time around, he chose to only harvest the meat, filling two coolers to the brim with sausage, pork chops and tenderloin. “we’re not going to waste anything. So that pig will provide food for me and my family for a good year.” as for the skeptics, webb swears his picture is not photoshopped.

And says most reaction online has been positive. An experience that will go down in his record books as unforgettable.
“I just set out to put a little meat in the freezer but afterwards i was completely blown away, hahaha.”

http://www.wjbf.com/story/24972428/500-pound-wild-hog

3/26/2014 Yellowstone Magma Chamber Animals Leaving Yellowstone? What Do They Know We Don’t Know?


Note: It’s been a few months since I closely followed earthquake monitoring, since then global seismic activity has continued to rise in tandem with the rising consciousness tsunami. As people around the world wake up, the “system” fights back. In the process the planet responds to cleanse, purge and clear out the chaos manifesting within the consciousness of billions of people as they move through the shift into a new paradigm. These changes are natural and nothing to fear, the consciousness of Mother Earth is moving humanity through planetary change as smoothly as possible.

Staying positive, grounded with the Earth and in alignment with your inner core BE-ing will guide you through any upheaval your region may experience. Much love to all!

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friend Tom Lupshu just released the 1st video below in which he warns us that nearly one quarter of the northern elk herd at Yellowstone National Park are missing according to the annual winter count. We learn that biologists aren’t sure if there has been a stunning decline in the herd to account for these missing numbers or if there are other factors at play. Tom also shares with us that helium releases are now at 1000 times above normal while a complete media blackout also exists.

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Animals Leaving Yellowstone? What Do They Know We Don’t Know? by TAT’S 2 MIN NEWS

 

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While it has been said that animals often give us warnings far ahead of earth changing events, Yellowstone recently witnessed herds of bison running for their lives on the public roadways (as shown in the 2nd video below) that WERE NOT being chased or rounded up. Are these animals now detecting something potentially vast and deadly? The Yellowstone Supervolcano is the only thing there that would fit the bill. Tom warns that we should watch these animals and watch them very closely as they will always give us a heads up before an event. Are all of these events signs that the Yellowstone caldera is about to blow?

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TODAY:

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Event Time

  1. 2014-03-26 23:59:00 UTC
  2. 2014-03-26 17:59:00 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2014-03-26 15:59:00 UTC-08:00 system time

Location

44.803°N 110.779°W depth=7.2km (4.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 30km (19mi) ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana
  2. 99km (62mi) SSE of Bozeman, Montana
  3. 135km (84mi) NE of Rexburg, Idaho
  4. 176km (109mi) NNE of Ammon, Idaho
  5. 221km (137mi) SSE of Helena, Montana

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Event Time

  1. 2014-03-26 19:14:36 UTC
  2. 2014-03-26 13:14:36 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2014-03-26 11:14:36 UTC-08:00 system time

Location

44.804°N 110.772°W depth=6.4km (4.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 30km (19mi) ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana
  2. 99km (62mi) SSE of Bozeman, Montana
  3. 135km (84mi) NE of Rexburg, Idaho
  4. 176km (109mi) NNE of Ammon, Idaho
  5. 221km (137mi) SSE of Helena, Montana

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3/26/2014 — Volcanic Earthquakes — Yellowstone and California — Animals giving warning?

 

 

Over the past 48 hours, a noticeable increase in seismic activity has occurred across the Western United States.

 

Specifically, a swarm of earthquakes has occurred extending from the Western edge of the Yellowstone magma chamber, now Eastward into the center of the National Park itself.

 

This building pressure is now manifesting as multiple 3.0M+ earthquakes, all at a 3.0mile or greater depth inside the Yellowstone magma chamber.

 

As if Yellowstone were not enough, the pressure is also translating to earthquakes occurring farther Southwest from Yellowstone, along the deformed edge of the North American Craton, extending into Central California , along the subduction zone of the North American Plate (and the Pacific Plate).

 

(click to view full size)

 

yellowstone volcano california volcanic march 26 2014

 

The above screenshots show the past 2 United States earthquakes greater than 3.0M. One inside the Yellowstone supervolcano, the other at an “unnamed” volcano in California.

 


 

Video update on the current Yellowstone movement from tatoott1009 here:

 

 

 


 

The heavy earthquake activity along the West Coast of the United States , over the past few weeks, has now translated in the craton displacement that we were expecting.

 

The earthquakes inside the magma chamber at Yellowstone, and the earthquakes now occurring at dormant volcanic chains along South / Central California, mean we can expect further activity in the near term to INCREASE.

 

The increase in activity along the edge of the craton will continue into the near term future due to the overall Pacific displacement occurring internationally.

 

Until things cool off internationally in the West Pacific, we can expect sizable displacement to occur along our plate in North America.  This means, Yellowstone, Colorado, Oklahoma, and other areas along the edge of the edge of the craton need to be aware of the possibility of movement in the near term.

 

Also.. the odd man out, Southern California , near Baja, sits primed, and now showing slight volcanic chamber activity.  Expect Salton Sea and Mono Lake to be showing some movement soon.

 

Earlier this past week.. we made note of the multiple UNREPORTED earthquakes at Yellowstone..

 

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/3252014-yellowstone-magma-chamber-earthquake-swarm-usgs-censoring-activity/

 

Move forward a few days, and the USGS is now on top of things apparently.  Either that, or the movement is now becoming undeniable.

 

In other news from the region, last week, reports of odd Bison (buffalo) movements exiting the park..

 

Were the animals trying to tell us something?

 

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Yellowstone Magma Chamber Earthquake Swarm — USGS Censoring Activity 3/25/2014

Over the past week, several reports have been coming in from viewers, telling me to check the charts in Yellowstone. People saying the charts are showing UNREPORTED activity on multiple stations across the famous Supervolcano (national park).

Indeed, activity was occurring this past week, but NOT being counted on the USGS public feeds as earthquakes.

Earthquakes at Yellowstone not being reported? What is this madness?

After checking the actual charts, indeed it is confirmed, there has been earthquake movement GREATER than 2.5M across the area, the charts do not lie……

Here are a couple examples of the activity NOT showing on public feeds as “earthquakes”.. yet clearly some actual movement is occurring : (censored?)

http://www.isthisthingon.org/Yellowstone/daythumbs.php?glayout=1

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Move forward a few days, now currently March 25, 2014 — after the flurry of UNREPORTED activity — and now the USGS is showing THREE 3.0M+ events over the past 24 hours.

Coming from the Western edge of the Yellowstone Magma Chamber (click to view full size) :

yellowstone swarm march 25 2014

 

The magma chamber for the supervolcano has been found to extend further West than originally thought. Confirmed now via subterranean “soundings” taken via ground penetrating RADAR, the chamber extends as far West as the Oregon State Line.


Compare the “reported” 3.0M+ events shown on the charts below, to the charts over the past few days, shown above.

The charts above show similar sized activity. However no earthquakes were reported at Yellowstone corresponding to the charts above.

This means censorship is occurring at some point. The earthquakes on the charts earlier this week, were not reported as earthquakes to the public.

Move forward 2-3 days… March 24, 2014 .. THREE earthquakes, greater than 3.0M, now showing on the Yellowstone charts, and also being publicly admitted on the USGS feeds.

yellowstone march 24 2014 earthquakes

3.4M : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000nnc5#summary

3.4M : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000nndb#summary

3.1M : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000nncj#summary


Overall, the movement at Yellowstone WAS / IS expected.

Expected? Yes.

Why?

See my earthquake forecast / overview here:

Several areas in the forecast have already been hit:


Multiple earthquake monitoring links can be found here:

http://liveweatherfeeds.wordpress.com/

Help Save Monarch Butterfly’s: Plant a Milkweed Garden


Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed to survive their epic multi-generational journey between the USA and Mexico, but heavy use of GMOs and herbicides such as roundup (glyphosate) have killed off most of the milkweed that used to grow across America. Without milkweed monarchs will continue to disappear. Please help by planting milkweed in your yard or garden this year. Learn more here: http://orgcns.org/1kGrAMq

One Action Could Drive Wolves into Extinction ~ Submit Comment to Stop Delisting NOW Before it’s too late


A chance like this won’t come around again.

Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally proposed to remove federal Endangered Species Act protection for nearly all gray wolves throughout the United States. But after an independent peer review board unanimously decided that the best available science doesn’t support the plan to delist, wolves have been given a second chance at maintaining federal protection.

This is a major development in our efforts to stop this irresponsible proposal from going through.

But wolves need your help – submit your official comment to FWS, strongly opposing this misguided proposal to delist nearly all gray wolves.

Now that it’s been confirmed that this proposed delisting is clearly not based on the best available science, we are left wondering why FWS wants to turn its back on wolves.

There isn’t much time. Your chance to submit your official comment opposing this awful proposal ends on March 27th.

In states like Idaho, we continue to see what happens when wolves are prematurely stripped of federal protection and left to be managed by states with deadly anti-wolf agendas – as we speak, a bill is being rushed through the Idaho legislature that would spend as much as $2 million of Idaho taxpayers’ money to kill off as many as 450 wolves.

Wolves now serve as a scapegoat for anti-government extremists with a political agenda – and these groups will spare no expense to try and derail wolf conservation in America. We simply can’t allow politics and private interests to trump science – it’s irresponsible and unacceptable.

Please stand with us and call for this proposal to be stopped in its tracks.

Thank you for all that you do!

 

Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President
Defenders of Wildlife

Sonar – a plea from Save Earth’s Oceans.org ~ Patricia Cori


Mid-range sonar testing from the Navy’s ‘training’ programs is deafening and killing our marine mammals. Help us stand up to this growing threat to our Cetacean nations, and all the living beings of the oceans, by signing our petition against Navy sonar tests and by supporting our 501c non-profit organization.
Thanks to Normand Deslandes (dolphin footage) and Craig Pruess (sound bytes) for use in this video.

How a Coyote Suffered Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet **BOYCOTT “CALL OF THE WILDMAN”**



Mother Jones has uncovered photographic evidence of animal mistreatment behind the network’s top reality show.

| Mon Mar. 24, 2014 3:00 AM PDT
This coyote was trapped at the request of Animal Planet, and was replaced with another when it was “sick and unresponsive,” according to two people involved. (See the uncropped photo here.)

Update March 25, 2014 2:45 p.m. EDT: A spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has confirmed to Mother Jones that the department’s permit and law enforcment divisions are looking into the coyote episode detailed in our below report. The probe comes in addition to those ongoing by the US Department of Agriculture and Texas authorities.

Mother Jones has uncovered photographic evidence of mistreatment and neglect of animals behind the scenes of Animal Planet’s hit reality show Call of the Wildman, a pattern first exposed in our seven-month investigation published on January 21. Additional documents we obtained also raise questions about whether the show operated in violation of Kentucky wildlife regulations. The latest revelations include:

  • A photo obtained by Mother Jones from a person who worked on the production shows a coyote that was captured at the request of producers and held in a cramped trap for an unknown period of time prior to filming on location in Kentucky, according to the person who provided the photo. By the time of the shoot, according to two people who worked on the production, the coyote was “sick and unresponsive” and had to be replaced.
  • According to internal production documents and communications obtained by Mother Jones, the show quickly brought in a replacement coyote for the shoot from Ohio. Kentucky law, with rare exception, forbids the importation of coyotes.
  • According to internal documents and data analysis of the photo, the sick coyote had been held captive for more than three days after it was trapped by a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator working for the show. Without a specific permit—which the NWCO working for the show did not have—Kentucky regulations forbid holding captured wildlife for more than 48 hours.
  • Mother Jones has also obtained government documents showing that state wildlife regulators began warning the show’s star about violations in March 2012—more than a year before Sharp Entertainment, the producer of the show, says that it first became aware of complaints about animal mistreatment in connection with Call of the Wildman.

In a scripted segment for the episode “Lured into Danger,” which first aired in July 2013, the wildlife handler known as Turtleman lures and traps a coyote while the cameras are rolling in a barn purportedly owned by an “animal psychic.” The segment was filmed on May 10, 2013, in Waddy, Kentucky, three days after the photo of the trapped coyote was taken in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Call of the Wildman investigation

See Part 1 of our investigation uncovering animal mistreatment behind the show.

According to the person who provided the photo, the coyote was captured by a NWCO at the request of the show and “was transported for hours in cramped conditions.” Where the coyote was then held and under what conditions could not be confirmed, but as the May 10 film shoot approached the coyote was weak and limping, the source said. It would be brought to the filming location anyway. “That bit sickens me,” the source said. A second person who worked on the production confirmed that the coyote was sluggish and unresponsive as the film shoot approached. “The animal was just sitting there, so they had to get another coyote fairly quickly,” that second source said.

Internal documents and communications show that Sharp Entertainment turned to Kokas Exotics, a farm that breeds and raises exotic animals in Ohio. The replacement coyote obtained via Kokas Exotics, at a cost of $500, was picked up by production staffers in Ohio on May 9 and brought to the filming location in Waddy by the following day.

It is against Kentucky law to import coyotes. State regulators may grant an exemption for an accredited zoo or other educational or research institution, but such exemptions are uncommon, and the animals are otherwise prohibited in order to prevent the spread of rabies, according to Chad Soard, an official with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. According to state records and Kentucky officials, neither Animal Planet nor its subcontractors were granted such an exemption.

Even with the replacement coyote from Ohio now in hand, producers brought the sick coyote to the filming location on May 10 as a backup, “just in case something happens,” according to a production source and internal communications.

Responding to questions from Mother Jones about the sick coyote in a phone interview prior to the publication of our initial investigation, Dan Adler, a vice president for Sharp Entertainment, said: “On the day in question you bring up, a licensed NWCO officer arrived to a location with a coyote he had caught after receiving a nuisance call, and when he brought it to us, the licensed NWCO officers on set moved it from the smaller cage it was caught in to an appropriately sized cage.”

“I would only use a cage this size for transportation or holding purposes as a last resort,” said a wildlife expert shown the photo.

In a statement emailed to us a week later, Adler clarified, “The coyote in question was determined to be sick by the licensed officers on location. The determination was made not to film with it because production policy is not to film with sick or injured animals.”

Despite multiple follow-up inquires from Mother Jones, Animal Planet and Sharp Entertainment did not respond to additional questions about the coyote episode, including about the importation of the second coyote from Ohio, the conditions under which each of the coyotes was held captive by the production and its subcontractors, and what the production did with the two coyotes after the film shoot was over.

Sharp Entertainment has asserted that Call of the Wildman gives nuisance wildlife “a second lease on life.” The company has also explicitly denied the practice of trapping animals deliberately for the show: “NWCO officers are compensated for bringing animals to production that they have captured in the regular course of their work,” the company has said.

But a production source says that the sick coyote was specifically requested from a NWCO operating in southern Kentucky: “We asked him to trap it.” Two internal documents confirm that Sharp Entertainment paid a licensed NWCO in southern Kentucky $250 for “animal consultation and transportation services” on May 9, 2013. And according to disclosure records required by his state license, the NWCO working for the show did not report the capture of a coyote during a nuisance call on or around that date.

Confining a coyote to the size trap seen in the photo could cause great harm to the animal, according to University of Kentucky wildlife experts consulted by Mother Jones. John J. Cox, a professor of wildlife ecology and conservation biology, said that a coyote, innately fearful of humans, likely would not have entered such a trap of its own accord and more likely was forced inside. Given the acute stress to the animal that would result, he said, “I would only use a cage this size for transportation or holding purposes as a last resort.”

Kentucky regulations require wildlife to be transported “in a safe manner that minimizes stress to the animal.” State law also requires that “a cage shall be large enough to ensure that each animal has sufficient room to stand erect and lay naturally.”

“The method of capture portrayed on your television show did not ensure that the bats were not lethally harmed,” a Kentucky official warned the show’s star in 2012.

Sharp Entertainment has said that it does not hold wildlife captured by licensed NWCOs for more than 48 hours, as mandated by Kentucky. But metadata from the photo (the digital fingerprint that reveals when and where the photo was taken) and internal production documents show that the photo was taken approximately 84 hours before the coyote was to be used in the show’s “live action” sequence.

In an appearance on CNN following our initial report, Adler, the Sharp representative, vehemently denied that animals were harmed in connection with the production. He said that the company was alerted in May 2013 to complaints by a staff member and responded by putting in place new guidelines and hiring a licensed animal handler. “This is old news,” Adler said, adding, “at that time we found most of those cases to be inaccurate; however, we still constantly make animal welfare the most important thing…so we instituted some changes at that point.”

Records subsequently released to Mother Jones from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources show that officials repeatedly warned Turtleman of potentially illegal animal handling practices beginning more than a year before Adler says that Sharp Entertainment first became aware of the problems.

In March 2012, Major Larry Estes, an enforcement officer with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, wrote to Turtleman warning him that his specific method of hand-capturing bats for a 2011 episode, “Dilapidated Death Trap,” risked killing them in violation of Turtleman’s NWCO license. Estes wrote that “the method of capture portrayed on your television show did not ensure that the bats were not lethally harmed.”

More than a year after Estes’ warning, Animal Planet began filming another episode involving bats, this time inside a hair salon in Texas, which depicts identical hand-capture techniques.

State records reveal additional concerns among wildlife regulators, including how the show handled porcupines and a white-tailed deer. Kentucky officials warned Turtleman and Neal James, his sidekick, of potential violations during a face-to-face meeting on February 10, 2013. Handwritten notes on the documents show officials considering how to proceed with an investigation, including the possibility of subpoenaing raw footage from Animal Planet and testimony from Ronnie Vincent, a licensed NWCO employed by Sharp Entertainment. By August 2013, Kentucky wildlife officials issued another warning letter to Turtleman, this time raising the possibility of canceling his wildlife license.

As of March 20, neither Turtleman nor anyone else connected with the show has contested the allegations, according to state officials. Yet Kentucky authorities have not opened an official investigation nor taken enforcement action against the production to date, according to a state official.

In Texas, however, state and Houston city officials told Mother Jones that they have opened investigations concerning the bat episode in the hair salon as well as another involving a drugged zebra. The US Department of Agriculture also confirmed that it is looking into the show’s handling of animals in light of our reporting.

See Part 1 of the investigation here, and watch the video:

Bases 35 ~ Sasquatch: The End of Humanity


The Sasquatch have seen us come and now see us go.. on the Express Train to extinction. Do we ignore this message?
Part 2 of Kewaunee Lapseritis’s interview get gritty and political….