77-year-old ordered to evacuate because of wildfire—but refuses when he sees something others don’t


Note: This man defines Hero! So much love…

The recent wildfires that have turned parts of northern California into smoldering stumps have been devastating for many residents, both human and animal, in some cases resulting in a tragic loss of lives. One man was not going to let that happen to the animals where he was and he put himself at great risk to protect them.

Thousands were forced to evacuate for their own safety.

Homes and businesses, humans and animals were being consumed and destroyed by the deadly fires. The animals that faced the most threatening risks were those that lived in the zoos and on wildlife preserves. One of those preserves was the Safari West Park and Animal Preserve in Santa Rosa, California.

When the order came to evacuate the safari park, everyone left except for one man—the owner, 77-year-old Peter Lang. He refused. Lang would not allow the animals to be left to die, which appeared to be imminent given the powerful wall of flames that was heading speedily toward them.

It was fire versus garden hoses.

Armed with only everyday garden hoses, Lang fought the fires as they began to close in on him and the animals he was trying to protect.

“I put on a hoodie and just soaked it in water,” described Lang in an interview with KPIX News. “And I put it on and put it on over my head, and 10 minutes later it was dry.”

He continued fighting the fires with determination through the night.

The air was thick with smoke and the fire was relentless, intent on destroying everything in its path. Lang didn’t flinch. He worked tirelessly through the night, running from one scorching patch to the next, spraying the ferocious fires with water as best he could.

Come morning, all the animals were safe.

Lang’s stubborn persistence paid off. Not one of the animals on the preserve was lost and he survived as well.

Sadly, Lang’s house did not. It was completely burned to the ground. He saved his animals but lost his home. Although he expressed that it was tough to lose his house, he has no regrets.

After people found out about what he did, many were offering to donate money to the park to help them recover.

But Lang asked instead people donate money to charities to help those in the community affected by the fires.

“Thank you for all the messages of love and support. So many of you have offered to donate money or establish funds in our name and we are stunned and humbled by your generosity. Please, if you do feel compelled to make a donation, direct it to a charity or organization that benefits all the victims of this terrible event,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The fires continue to rage in the area. Stay up to date with Safari West on their Facebook page.

 

http://uplift.theepoch.com/uplift/ordered-to-evacuate-a-wildlife-preserve-one-77-year-old-man-refuses-and-stays-behind-to-save-the-animals_2331162.html

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Sues Landry’s Inc. for Endangered Species Act Violations


Posted on September 26, 2017

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Four tigers are always indoors, suffer substandard conditions

Contact: Natalia Lima, nlima@aldf.org, 201-679-7088

HOUSTON– Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against Houston’s Downtown Aquarium and Landry’s Inc., representing Houston-area resident Cheryl Conley, alleging violations of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to the treatment of four tigers, who are kept in substandard conditions at the Aquarium.

The tigers at the heart of the case—Nero, Marina, Coral and Reef—have been housed indoors at the Downtown Aquarium for more than 13 years without adequate access to sunlight, fresh air or natural surfaces. These living conditions are inadequate for tigers and violate the ESA, which has protected tigers since 1970.

“These tigers have spent over a decade confined to small spaces—with cement and stone flooring. Deprived of walking on dirt and grass, breathing fresh air, and feeling the sun’s warmth,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The cages provided in no way mimic a tiger’s natural environment—which makes many of their natural behaviors—like running, swimming or engaging in stalking or hunting behaviors –impossible.”

At the Downtown Aquarium, the tigers’ entire world is limited to a few hundred square feet. The tigers divide all their time between a small metal cage outside of the public’s view and a public concrete viewing area. Their only sources of sunlight are small windows and skylights; the floor they walk on is hard and unyielding. The tigers lack the opportunity to engage in the full range of their natural behaviors—including solidarity. In the wild, tigers cover a range of up to 40 square miles and can be extremely territorial.

The tigers’ living conditions starkly contrast with the decades-long trend to place captive tigers in more natural habitats. Of the more than 100 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that house tigers in the United States, only one other facility does not have an outdoor exhibit for the tigers: the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, also owned by Landry’s.

This lawsuit comes after the Animal Legal Defense Fund previously served Landry’s with a notice of intent to sue, offering to forego the lawsuit if the company accepted the group’s offer to rehome the tigers to a reputable sanctuary at no cost to Landry’s. Instead, Landry’s Inc. and the Downtown Aquarium Inc. filed their own lawsuit claiming the Animal Legal Defense Fund defamed Landry’s by publicly commenting on the long-controversial mistreatment of the tigers. In a victory for free speech, the Animal Legal Defense Fund obtained a dismissal of that suit, and an award of more than $600,000 in sanctions and attorneys’ fees against Landry’s.

“The Downtown Aquarium and Landry’s Inc. tried to intimidate and silence us with a baseless lawsuit, but we are committed to holding them accountable to the law,” says Wells.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund thanks the Houston law firm Irvine & Conner PLLC for providing pro bono representation in the case.

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How Whales Engineer Climate


 

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir

When whales were at their historic populations, before their numbers were reduced, it seems that whales might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year. Whales change the climate. The return of the great whales, if they are allowed to recover, could be seen as a benign form of geo-engineering. It could undo some of the damage we have done, both to the living systems of the sea, and to the atmosphere. This video was created as a gift to humanity by Chris and Dawn Agnos. uploaded with permission. Sign up to watch more videos http://sustainablehuman.com/videos/ Official Landing Page:https://sustainablehuman.tv/?remix=ho… DONT FORGET TO LIKE, SUBSCRIBE, click the bell button next to the subscribe button to receive future videos, AND SHARE AROUND with friends, family and social media if you enjoy my content. STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT VIDEO! subscribe for project updates and full research articles at https://www.patreon.com/Liftingtheveil

Court keeps Great Lakes wolves on endangered species list ~ Chicago Tribune


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Uncovering One of the Worst Crimes in History: Industrial Farming & The Wake of Humanity’s Future


Ed. note: From my perspective, placing our focus on barbaric factory farming practices is far more important than so much focusing on politics and full disclosure. Because, the barbaric conditions billions of sentient beings suffer thru on a daily basis, serves to keep the vibration of the planet in lower density.

When humans free all animals in indentured servitude, then we will move forward towards ascension in leaps and bounds. The planet and all her creatures ascends with us, and we’re not going anywhere until we free our brothers and sisters from the nature kingdom. We have got to get our priorities straight.

So many people misplace their focus in directions which have absolutely no impact on things that are important to OUR REALITY BUBBLES IN the NOW. I honestly care less about what’s happening in the Antarctic, on Mars, on the moon or in some distant future now moment when all is revealed. And I call BS on all of it.

Why? Because it keeps the majority of people focused on issues which have absolutely nothing to do with finding solutions for environmental destruction and the stripping of earths resources, on a daily basis. It doesn’t help the billions of animals suffering daily to provide sustenance for humans. It doesn’t feed the millions of starving people who are dying NOW for lack of food, water and adequate shelter.

Arghhh…am getting so fed up with all of it, There are tooo many people chasing matters of folly and empty distractions, when our world is suffocating from heart-space neglect.

We all need to work together in unity to co-create solutions to these very basic principles, ones which sustain and promote life, and assist our EARTH Mother on her journey toward ascension with ALL her children – it’s not just about us. Blessings, {~A~}

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The treatment of industrially farmed animals is one of the most ethically questionable practices of our times.

As tens of billions of animals, each sentient through the complexity of their social and emotional nature, face life and death on the production line we are being beckoned towards a different way.

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Humanity has a long and violent history with animals, one which grew exponentially in its capacity for harm as the industrial revolution brought domesticated animals into factory farms. Unfortunately the human progress associated with the industrial revolution is rarely connected with a drastic increase in the suffering and abuse of animals. To understand how this came about it’s essential to understand that even tens of thousands of years ago this dark aspect of human behavior was present. The first humans reaching Australia 45,000 years ago drove to extinction 90% of all its large animals. This would not, however, be the last major ecological impact of ancient humans. The human colonization of America, roughly 15,000 years ago, was similarly devastating wiping out 75% of the large mammal population. Africa, Eurasia and the surrounding coastal islands all suffered the disappearance of a wide variety of species. Looking through the archeological record it’s one of the main signs that the human presence had arrived.

Prior to the arrival of humans there is always an opening scene revealing a plethora of species, followed by the remains of fire, fossilized bone, spears and ending with the sudden disappearance of most large animals and a wide variety of smaller ones as well.

It’s the same story over and over all around the globe. Before modern human progress was expressed in the planting of wheat fields, the creation of metal tools, the productions of coins or the writing of text, 50% of all large terrestrial mammals had been driven to extinction.

The men and women of earth proceeded into the agricultural revolution transforming from hunter gatherers into permanent, farming settlers. Domesticated mammals and birds had arrived as a relatively minor new presence with fewer than 20 species being domesticated, compared to the countless thousands of wild creatures. The centuries eventually carried this new kind of creature into normalcy. Today 90% of all large animals, creatures a few kilograms and up, have been brought into domestication. In fact ten thousand years ago there was a rare bird confined to relatively small niches of South Asia. Today this creature numbers in the billions on almost every continent save for Antarctica and is the most widespread bird on the planet. We call it chicken and it is technically the most successful animal on earth. The technicality here being that the collective success that keeps their numbers so high is also what creates such incredible individual suffering. While animal suffering isn’t new, the agricultural revolution ensured that an entirely new form of suffering would be born.

The frenetic passing of the generations became synonymous with increasingly terrible living conditions as efficiency and productivity made each individual animal increasingly invisible.

The floods, droughts, parasites and predators which the wild creatures were constantly contending with may seem harsh at first glance compared to the newfound abundance of food and shelter being offered to domesticated animals. In this light these creatures were now technically being cared for and protected by humans. While it is true that these animals are all being lead to slaughter one has to ask whether this is worse than the fate leering at them from the wild. Is it worse to be mauled by a human machine than a hungry lion? The context that becomes essential when we ask this question is not just how these animals die, but how they live. How these creatures live can be broken into two different categories. (source) Firstly, humans desired meat, milk, eggs, leather, animal muscle-power and amusement. This desire contends with the second category, which is the survival and long term reproduction of farm animals. Superficially one might assume that this would lead to the care and protection of these creatures, ensuring that they are not the victims of extreme cruelty. A farmer doesn’t starve or dehydrate his cow because the milk supply would dry up, and yet myriad ways of causing suffering to these creatures remain normalized. (source) Domesticated animals can be utterly protected in terms of survival and reproduction while horrifically tortured when it comes to the care that is relevant to a sentient being. These animals have inherited a whole range of physical, social and emotional needs from their wild ancestors and this is where we arrive at the crux of the problem. As far as the goals of animal agriculture are concerned these traits are a gross inconvenience, a mere redundancy in the chain of evolution. Since there is no economic price for ignoring these inherited needs the farming industry naturally excludes them.

Farmers numb to this discrepancy rip the young from their mothers, trap them in tiny cages, mutilate their horns and tails, force impregnation until bodies give out and generally work to mutate these creatures to adhere to the morally blind, economic demands at play. Thus billions of animals live in a world of neglect and torture while, maniacally, their populations continue to reach explosive numbers.

If the Darwinian notion (source) that all traits have developed in the interest of survival and reproduction is to be taken seriously then what to make of the social, emotional and physical needs of these creatures which seem to be meaningless as their survival and reproduction continues to rise? What supposed “need” could a pig possibly have that isn’t related to survival or reproduction?

Communication, cooperation and competition were all necessary for the wild counterparts of these animals to survive and reproduce. The pressure to develop these traits, essential to the thriving wild populations of the past, simply evaporated on the farm and yet the drives that these pressures shaped remain. The subjective experience of the animal is still continuously molded by the presence of these drives even as the horrors of their newfound existence continue the “success” of the species. In cows, dogs and even humans there remain physical, social and emotional needs that are thousands of years old. These needs are not a reflection of current conditions but rather the pressure exerted in a past that bears little resemblance to our modern day experience. Modern humans don’t gorge on sweets as a matter of survival. We know that this penchant for sweets comes from the rare, ripened fruit of our ancestors who were prompted to consume hard to find sugars quickly. The young hunter who risked his life and out performed the other hunters, revealing his strength and masculinity to potential mates is still, genetically speaking, at work today as a macho man driving recklessly, seeking bar fights and out drinking with his college buddies.

The irrelevance of this macho behavior is easily comparable to the modern day, industrialized cow, a creature programmed by socially driven, evolutionary logic to ensure effective communication, cooperation and competition—trapped in a factory. The love of play we see in puppies, kittens and children drives this social behavior and we know that wild cattle used play in the very same way. They needed this play or they would not have survived. Any of these creatures born with an inability to play would have been extremely unlikely to survive and reproduce as their ancestors had. When we see a puppy, a kitten, a child seeking a rich, affectionate bond with their mothers the same evolutionary logic is at work. Any mutation that resulted in the weakening of the infant-mother bond was essentially a death sentence. Until now.

Today, a calf’s bond with her mother is immediately severed as she is forced into a minuscule cage, pumped full of vaccines, given food to replace her mothers milk and coerced into a state of maturity deemed appropriate for her to be artificially inseminated with bull semen repeatedly until she can no longer harbor children and is only useful as meat. Objectively speaking the need for maternal bonding and playfulness are suddenly irrelevant to the survival and reproduction of this creature. The human masters have the survival and reproduction worked out to a tee. Of course subjectively speaking, as all of this occurs, the calf is still feeling the strong desire to bond with her mother and play with other calves. As these urges go unfulfilled the calf remains in a world of suffering. The reality is that this is abuse and it will not stop until we stop consuming animals.

Evolutionary psychology offers us this basic lesson: a need shaped thousands of years ago remains today as a subjective experience even if it has become irrelevant to survival and reproduction. It turns out that animal agriculture was a capability we were not morally evolved enough to encounter. We reduced it down to the opportunity to ensure the survival and reproduction of a species while ignoring the subjective needs which they experience as essential. Our creation is a terrifying contradiction. We have created the most successful animals in the world who, on an individual basis, are the most miserable creatures in the history of this planet. It is no secret that the continued progress of this phenomenon, in the form of industrial farming, has only exacerbated the problem. Biochemistry, zoology, epidemiology, genetics are all bodies of knowledge that were comparatively absent in the Roman Empire, medieval China or ancient Egypt. The option to cram 1,000 chickens into the smallest space imaginable didn’t exist with the threat of a deadly bird-flu epidemic poised to wipe out all the chickens with some humans on the side. Whatever local experts existed, be they shamans, priests, or witch doctors, had no power to stop such things. As history led to a greater understanding of things like viruses and antibiotics we came into a new level of power in the form of vaccines, hormones, air conditioning, automatic feeders, pesticides, medications.

As a result we can now take 10,000 chickens and cram them into tiny spaces while producing meat and eggs with historical efficiency. This new found power gives farmers the utter freedom of placing these birds into extreme living conditions without their survival or reproduction becoming an issue in any economical sense.

The ethical considerations of this circumstance, the sheer numbers, now press upon humanity with an increasing force. The majority of the large animals humans once so cleverly domesticated now live on these industrial farms. We are often encouraged to think of our planet as a wilderness replete with penguins, lions, whales and elephants. This is an extremely misleading facade, a statistically incoherent fairy tale when we look at the numbers.

There are roughly 40,000 lions on earth while we use this planet to harbor around 1 billion domesticated pigs. We can attest to only 500,000 elephants compared to the 1.5 billion domesticated cows. The 50 million penguins that exist are dwarfed by the 20 billion chickens humanity now boasts. As of 2009 there were 1.9 billion wild birds in Europe, that is, all the species counted together. The European Meat and Egg industry matched this number raising 1.9 billion chickens the very same year. In total, domesticated animals weigh in at about 700m tonnes with humans coming in at 300m tonnes and wild large animals trailing behind weighing less than 100m tonnes.

This is where we have arrived and all of these rising numbers are necessarily equated with the mounting moral failure of our continued consumption of these creatures. When we debate about the fate of farm animals we are dealing with an issue of immense importance to this planet and to humanity. We are, mathematically speaking, dealing with the majority of the earth’s large animals who are each, individually, being forced to use their complex emotional, physical and social sensitivity to suffer through the realities of industrial farming. It has become impossible to deny what Peter Singer articulated forty years ago:

Industrial farming is responsible for more pain and misery than all the wars in history put together.

Centuries from now we will likely look back ashamed of what the scientific study of animals contributed to all of this. This growing body of knowledge could have lead to a deeper more meaningful connection with these creatures. Instead it was used to manipulate them into a world of pain and torture maniacally driven by the efficiency of industrial might. The scientific community, throughout the explosive growth of this industry, was indeed continuously delving further into understanding the complex social nature of these beings.

The intricate social patterns that revealed their capacity for pain, fear and loneliness were being empirically revealed. The sheer depth of their happiness and suffering became undeniable (source) and yet looking at the current state of this industry our application of such knowledge is hauntingly absent.

With all of this perspective we now have a chance to live from our hearts and our heads. Our relationship with the animals of this earth is no longer caught between scientific ignorance and emotional sensitivity. We have arrived at a point in history where we can no longer proclaim any meaningful excuses. Our growing knowledge can and should be used to benefit the creatures of this earth, not harm them. We should not be so dim as to believe that the harm we are doing can not reach new heights as we become more powerful creatures. Human intelligent design has begun to eclipse the governance of natural selection. As biotechnology (source), nanotechnology (source) and artificial intelligence (source) loom on the horizon we will have a chance to reshape human potential. We will be brought to choices that have within them the power to move beyond the glory of technological progress. We can discover our capacity to match compassion with industrial might. Our desire to serve the planet can become equal to our desire to realize our intelligence. We can finally match our passion for moral fortitude with our ideals for human success.

As we come to create this new world we must take into account and begin to live by what has now become both wonderfully and terrifyingly obvious. All of the earth’s sentient beings now lay in the wake of humanity’s future.

*Article by Simon Esler @ FullDisclosureNow.com

 

Additional Resources:

Get the facts on Animals Agriculture Today:Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

See What’s Really Happening at Factory Farms:Mercy For Animals Factory Farm Investigation Videos

Compelling and Liberating New Understanding of Our Food and Our Culture: The World Peace Diet by Dr. Will Tuttle

For Rational Compassionate Food Choices:Beyond Carnism with Dr. Melanie Joy

 Farm Advocacy & Education:  Free From Harm

 

She’s impregnated one last time, and send her to slaughter when she’s 8 months pregnant, for the extra profit that an unborn fetus can bring at the slaughter plant.   Dr Will Tuttle

It’s nothing to have a live cow hanging up in front of you and see the calf inside kicking trying to get out.  U.S. Slaughter House Worker (In Defense of Animals Undercover Investigations)

 

VIDEO #1:  Former Vice President of Citi Bank, Philip Wollen  – An Extremely Moving & Powerful Speech on How We Treat Animals | Subtitles in 18 languages

VIDEO #2:  Chicken Factory Farmer Speaks Out

https://truedisclosure.org/news/uncovering-one-of-the-worst-crimes-in-history-industrial-farming-the-wake-of-humanitys.html

NYCLASS Demands Action for NYC Carriage Horses After Chaos Reins on Streets and in Stables


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NYCLASS held an emergency press conference outside the West Side Livery stable in Manhattan on June 2nd in response to the NY Post’s article detailing a city whistleblower’s disturbing photograph and account of hellish living conditions inside it, including horses living in tiny, cramped stalls surrounded by their own manure on concrete with inadequate bedding.

POST ARTICLE: http://nypost.com/2017/06/01/stable-says-this-carriage-horses-stall-is-not-animal-abuse/

Coverage of NYCLASS press conference (more will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook accounts as they are released): http://pix11.com/2017/06/02/protesters-decry-horse-drawn-carriages-outside-nyc-stables/

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We are calling on the Department of Health and the Mayor to launch immediate investigations into the abusive conditions that stable owners admit are just business as usual.

Dr. Holly Cheever, DVM, an equine veterinarian and carriage horse expert wrote a letter to the Dept of Health condemning the stable conditions pictured and pointed out that the horses get no pasture or areas to graze, stretch, roll, run, or socialize with other horses—they are trapped in their tiny, rancid stalls after pounding the pavement pulling carriages for 9+ hours. This is cruelty.

This comes on the heels of two other alarming incidents in May involving horses on city streets. On May 30th a horse named Goldie bolted from her stable and ran wild through midtown streets during rush hour, terrifying drivers and pedestrians. Videos of the frightening moments were shared with media. We are happy to report that Goldie was uninjured, though she was put right back into traffic the following day. Watch the CBS report including video of the runaway horse and NYCLASS’s response: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/05/30/carriage-horse-runs-through-hells-kitchen/

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And on Mary 15th, two horses being ridden through morning midtown traffic spooked and a horse named Billy collapsed and crashed into a taxi, garnering widespread outrage and media coverage. NYCLASS was on the scene and was interviewed by CBS News: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/05/15/horse-incident-midtown/

The month of May has highlighted the misery and danger that carriage horses face both on the streets and in their stables.  Horses have a highly developed flight drive and frighten easily, so forcing them into chaotic midtown Manhattan daily is a recipe for disaster.

NYCLASS is working hard to gain real protections for carriage horses and we are meeting with city officials in the coming weeks so stay tuned for updates and news.

Thank you for your continued support of NYCLASS. Horses deserve better and we are committed to ensuring that New York becomes a more humane and safe city for both two-legged and 4-legged residents.

 

Sincerely,

Edita Binkrant, Executive Director

Jill Carnegie, Campaigns Director

NYCLASS

http://www.nyclass.org/

No hazardous substances found in 6 tissue samples of 243 dead Caspian seals in Kazakhstan


Note: No mention of testing of brain tissues for evidence of military or oil & gas ‘sonar blasts’…hmmm.

No hazardous substances were found out in the samples taken after the mass die-off of the Caspian seals, Kazinform correspondent reports citing Kuangali Ashakhov, Chief of the Mangistau region’s Forestry and Wildlife Territorial Inspection.

As reported earlier, 243 corpses of the dead seals were discovered and gathered in Tupkaragan district of Mangistau region in April. The dead animals were washed up on the shore.

The specialists of Almaty-based Research Institute of Hydrobiology and Virology took tissue samples of 6 species.

“The results of the tests are ready. No hazardous substances were found. We did not see any signs of poisoning. Water and soil samples are also normal,” K.Ashakhov said

Signs and Portents: Cow born with a human-like head in Uttar Pradesh, India  


Workers at an Indian animal shelter believe this deformed newborn calf is possibly a God

A shocking video has emerged showing a cow born with human-like features in an animal shelter in India.

The calf was born with the eyes, nose and ears that resemble that of a human, while the lower part of its body had features of a cow.

However, the cow died within an hour of its birth yesterday, in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, northern India.

But as soon as the news spread, locals from nearby villages gathered to seek its blessing, believing it to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu, a Hindu God.

The video shows people offering flower garlands and bowing before the dead calf, which has been kept inside a glass box since it died.

Locals believe the calf is the ‘Gokaran’ – 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and plans are now afoot to build a temple for him.

Mahesh Kathuria, 50, a local businessman who came to see the calf, said: ‘God has taken birth from the body of a local cow. We came here to seek his blessings. Religiously, it is an avatar of Vishnu. We believe it’s a similar character mentioned in Bhagavata Puran, a Hindu religious text.’

Raja Bhaiya Mishra, 55, the manager of the cow shelter, said: ‘It’s a miracle that the calf was born in this shelter. Thousands of people have been here to see it. We will be cremating him in three days and a temple will be built for him. This avatar has most definitely created a devotion feeling amongst the people.’

He added that the mother was rescued from a butcher and was brought to the shelter six months ago before she fell pregnant.

However, animal health experts have a different view on its birth and rubbishes any superstitions surrounding it.

Dr Ajay Deshmukh, senior veterinary doctor, at Wildlife SOS, in India, said: ‘This is a case of an anatomical anomaly. If a gene didn’t develop properly or there was a fault, it causes multiple structural deformities, and such anomalies happen. It has got only scientific reasons and explanations, there’s no superstitions here.’

Iowa man charged with trafficking bald eagle parts


 

Note: I have no words to describe this except ‘utterly shameful’, especially coming from Native American’s when inhumane acts that desecrate the sacred nature of life are the M.O. of the White Man….face palm, shake head.

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By By JAMES NORD, AP, KCRG |

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man from Mount Vernon has been indicted by a federal grand jury in South Dakota with trafficking body parts of bald eagles.

Court documents say Jorge Pena is charged with violating multiple federal laws that protect the American Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle.

Pena is one of fifteen involved in a Bald Eagle trafficking operation.

U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler said that officials expect “significant” additional federal charges in the case, which focused on trafficking of eagles and eagle parts and feathers for profit. Authorities said the case involves more than 100 eagles, a number that could climb as high as 250.

Seiler described one operation as basically a “chop-shop for eagles” in which eagle feathers were stuffed into garbage bags. He said it was clear that it was a moneymaking operation and that the feathers and eagle parts such as talons and beaks were treated as merchandise.

“There was no cultural sensitivity. There was no spirituality,” Seiler said. “There was no tradition in the manner in which these defendants handled these birds.”

He said the investigation involved confidential informants, a multi-state area and the purchase of regalia items such as ceremonial fans. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said in an email that there are a variety of reasons why people buy eagle parts, and a collectors market plays a role.

Dan Rolince, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assistant special agent in charge of law enforcement for the region, said that some of those accused used code words to avoid detection by describing the eagle and other bird parts for sale using the names of animals or even car parts. He said the eagles were primarily shot.

“At the end of this process, I have full confidence that it will be one of the largest cases of this nature we’ve ever worked,” he said.

Three Rapid City men charged in the case are involved with Buffalo Dreamers, which performs Native American dance programs. Owner Troy Fairbanks has been charged with conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking and violations of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Lacey Act.

Fairbanks, 54, allegedly sold or traded eagle parts to an informant including a golden eagle head for $250, a trade involving about $5,400 of legal merchandise for eagle parts and selling two sets of eagle wings for $900. Rolince said that a whole eagle carcass would generally sell for between $1,000 and $1,200.

The indictment says Fairbanks in 2015 claimed he could acquire between 30 and 40 eagles by February 2016. Fairbanks also said in 2015 that he had 19 people in the Los Angeles area who wanted to buy “eagle feathers/parts” from him, according to the document.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Fairbanks has an attorney, and he didn’t immediately return an email from The Associated Press. A telephone number for Buffalo Dreamers went directly to voicemail.

According to another indictment, Juan Mesteth sold fans and eagle feathers to an informant. The document says Mesteth in 2015 discussed having connections in Wyoming who could get whole carcass eagles and would take the informant hunting for eagles. It wasn’t immediately clear if the 39-year-old Mesteth, of Pine Ridge, had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Those accused in the case include people from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Authorities didn’t immediately disclose how much the defendants are thought to have profited in the case, and Seiler said some of the 15 defendants are unconnected to each other.

 

http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Iowa-man-charged-with-trafficking-bald-eagle-parts–420612723.html

This Man Posed Proudly With the Bear he Shot While it Was Hibernating


Note: Bloodthirsty cowards like this man could hardly wait for the ink to dry on the bill to get blood on their hands with their first kill! This is enough to make my head explode! From my perspective, it would be appropriate to find and publicly shame the man who did this, and, determine which FIFTY TWO Senators supported this bill and SHAME those barbaric assholes out of office. With ENOUGH public outrage this bill can be overturned. Will you take action for the wolves and bears who don’t have a voice? Please research & contact the guilty Senators and share this message. Mahalo {~A~}

By Hefty

The U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 47 to overturn a law that forbids the hunting of wild animals that are in hibernation.

The regulations enforced by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) were put in place to prevent excessive hunting, protect animals during the hibernation phase, and stop the killing of mothers and their offspring.

The new law allows hunters to use unfair practices, e.g. baiting hungry bears with food to shoot them at close range, and entering wolf and bear dens to slaughter entire families.

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It also removes the prohibition on hunting from the air (shooting animals from an airplane or helicopter).

All of these hunting methods were formerly banned.

“What the Senate did today should outrage the conscience of every animal lover in America,” stated Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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The protective measures were enacted during the previous administration.

http://www.theearthchild.co.za/this-man-posed-proudly-with-the-bear-he-shot-while-it-was-hibernating/

Polar bear sighted ‘praying’ at the foot of a cross


Note: While this is truly a great photo, to assume the Bear is praying is anthropomorphizing – giving the bear human traits when it was simply curious about an un-natural, man-made structure in it’s environment. Cute story tho, In-joy!

 ‘Dear God, Please send more salmon…’ © Ocean View Photography, Jessica Andrews 
Jessica Andrews was scanning through dozens of photos she took of a polar bear roaming around her backyard when she came across one that stopped her in her tracks.

The large animal was squatting beneath a white cross, its paws together and raised skyward as it looked up in a seemingly reverential pose.

“I didn’t notice it when I was taking them, but when I started to go through to edit them, oh my God, I was like, ‘Holy crap, he’s praying!”‘ the 22-year-old said from her home in Wesleyville, a shoreline community on Newfoundland’s central coast.

“I was amazed, I mean, beyond amazed.”

The slightly grainy photo shows the bear sitting on its haunches on a barren, snow-covered patch of rock as it looks up to the top of the white cross.

Andrews said she heard there was a polar bear on the small island behind her house soon after she arrived home from work at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. She grabbed her camera and spotted the bear wandering around some old fishing boxes on the island before it slipped into the water and ventured over to a neighbouring island.

She kept shooting photos and watching the bear with binoculars, insisting that the curious animal was staring back at her. She said the bear then approached the cross, sniffed around the base and then put his paw on it as if to climb up the main beam.

“He stood up and put his paw on the cross and that’s the picture I took,” she said. “It was almost like he was staring right at me.”

Andrews, who had never seen a polar bear before, said it’s not uncommon for the animals to visit the area. She said the animal meandered around the islands and rolled in the snow before disappearing from view Wednesday evening.

“It looked like he was having so much fun and it made me happy!” she said, adding that she took about 200 photos of the bear.

Police have issued a warning to people in the area to stay away from the bear.

https://www.sott.net/article/346888-Polar-bear-sighted-praying-at-the-foot-of-a-cross

Elephant tramples its owner to death in Cambodia


Note: Incidents with Elephant’s raging against humans have been on the rise in recent years. My feeling is that the Elephant Kingdom is reaching it’s tolerance limit as a hunted, abused and enslaved species of highly sentient BEings.  Blessings, {~A~]

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An elephant has trampled its owner to death in Cambodia after tourists begged for the animal to be released from its shackles so they could get a better photo with it.

The 60-year-old bull elephant, called Atork, had his chains released so a group of tourists visiting eastern Cambodia could have their photos taken with it in a more natural environment.

But shortly afterwards, the unattended elephant wandered off into the jungle, away from the village where it was being kept.

The elephant’s owner, 47-year-old Choeung Team, hurried after the animal and into the jungle where villagers found his trampled body next to the animal.

They had become concerned that Mr Choeung had not returned and started started a search.

Although the incident is being investigated the owner’s nephew, Saroeun Naro insisted: ‘Atork used his trunk to beat him and trampled on him.’

He told the Phnom Penh Post that a group of tourists whose nationalities have not been revealed asked Mr Choeung to release the elephant’s shackles so they could take photos of themselves with the animal.

Later, while the group was getting ready for lunch, Atork walked away, with Mr Choeung heading off into the jungle to look for him shortly afterwards.

‘I don’t know what the problem with Atork was,’ said the guide’s nephew.

Maybe he needed a female elephant or he was angry with my uncle.’

Local police officer Norng Chanthea told the paper that the elephant was among others regularly used to transport tourists in the area to show them the ethnic minority’s way of life.

‘The owner was killed by his elephant when it was in rut,’ said Mr Norng, referring a natural hormonal surge also known as musth.

District chief Long Vibol told the paper that villagers had used six elephants over recent years to show tourists around a typical ethnic village.

Ms Jemma Bullock, an official with the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment, told the Cambodia Daily that Atork had been out on a tour with two other elephants and a group of tourists earlier that day.

Today, the elephant was still on the loose.

Another senior police officer, Touch Yun, said villagers would remain concerned about their safety until the elephant could be caught.

Just last September 55-year-old Pop Sreang was also trampled to death in another district when he tried to recapture an elephant after it had escaped.

Signs and Portents: Turtle with two heads and six legs found in Chinese pet store


 Tiffany Lo

A baby turtle was found to have two heads and six legs among a box of imported turtles

A bizarre video shows a baby turtle with two heads and six legs found in north China’s Shanxi Province.

Footage shows the baby red-eared slider with two heads and six legs as it moves around normally.

Researchers from Shanxi Medicine and Life Science Academy told Chinese media that it was ’caused by genetic mutation, just like a human.’

Mr Wang, a reptile shop owner told Shanxi Metropolis Post that he bought a box of red-eared sliders from a wholesale market on March 29.

Surprisingly he found a baby turtle with two heads and six legs among the other turtles. However, the little red-eared slider can move and eat like just like the others.

‘All the legs are moving and all the eyes are blinking. It eats normally and I believe this baby turtle is about two to three months old,’ Wang told reporters.

The discovery has drawn neighbours to his shop but most of them said: ‘I haven’t seen the turtle with two heads.’

Some suggested water pollution triggered a mutation to this turtle.

A red-eared slider turtle can usually live for 50-70 years.

It is unknown how long the mutant turtle will live for.

https://www.sott.net/article/347345-Signs-and-Portents-Turtle-with-two-heads-and-six-legs-found-in-Chinese-pet-store

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming have decided to eradicate wolves


Note: The only thing that will prevent this crime against the environment is public outrage, it’s time to SHAME your local Senator. Flood their offices with calls and PLEASE SHARE this information before it’s too late for wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Mahalo

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 Wolf, wolves, Yellowstone, hunt, hunting

“War on Wolves Act” Senators from Midwest and Wyoming introduce bill to strip protections from endangered gray wolves

Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming yesterday introduced the “War on Wolves Act,” a companion bill to legislation introduced last week in the House that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping of the species in four states.

If the legislation passes both chambers and gets signed by the president, it would hand the fate of wolves in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming over to states whose management wolf plans two federal courts ruled inadequate to securing the species at legally required population levels in absence of Endangered Species Act protections.

In Wyoming, this would allow the state to resume a hostile management program that allowed for unlimited shoot-on-sight killing of wolves across 85 percent of the state. The legislation would further strip citizens of the right to challenge these lethal programs in court. The appeals process of two federal court decisions that restored federal protections to wolves in those four states are still underway. Decisions on those cases are expected any day.

The following is a statement from Marjorie Mulhall, Senior Legislative Counsel at Earthjustice:

“A new congress has resurfaced an old vendetta against imperiled wolves. If this legislation is signed into law, wolves in Wyoming will be subjected to unregulated killing across the vast majority of the state, and even on the borders of Yellowstone National Park numerous legal loopholes will authorize widespread wolf killing
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Americans widely hailed the return of wolves to the Northern Rockies two decades ago as a triumph of the Endangered Species Act, but now this ‘War on Wolves Act’ would allow for the same unregulated killing that nearly wiped out the species in the first place.
Politicians should not meddle in the science-based listing status of a particular species at any stage, but now is an especially bad time as these cases are still playing out in the courts. We urge those who support the protection of wolves to call their senators and representatives and tell them to vote down this lethal legislation.”

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Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus


 

It’s an information superhighway that speeds up interactions between a large, diverse population of individuals. It allows individuals who may be widely separated to communicate and help each other out. But it also allows them to commit new forms of crime.

No, we’re not talking about the internet, we’re talking about fungi. While mushrooms might be the most familiar part of a fungus, most of their bodies are made up of a mass of thin threads, known as a mycelium. We now know that these threads act as a kind of underground internet, linking the roots of different plants. That tree in your garden is probably hooked up to a bush several metres away, thanks to mycelia.

The more we learn about these underground networks, the more our ideas about plants have to change. They aren’t just sitting there quietly growing. By linking to the fungal network they can help out their neighbours by sharing nutrients and information – or sabotage unwelcome plants by spreading toxic chemicals through the network. This “wood wide web”, it turns out, even has its own version of cybercrime.

The mycelium of a fungus spreading through soil (Credit: Nigel Cattlin / Alamy)

The mycelium of a fungus spreading through soil (Credit: Nigel Cattlin / Alamy)

Around 90% of land plants are in mutually-beneficial relationships with fungi. The 19th-century German biologist Albert Bernard Frank coined the word “mycorrhiza” to describe these partnerships, in which the fungus colonises the roots of the plant.

Fungi have been called ‘Earth’s natural internet’

In mycorrhizal associations, plants provide fungi with food in the form of carbohydrates. In exchange, the fungi help the plants suck up water, and provide nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, via their mycelia. Since the 1960s, it has been clear that mycorrhizae help individual plants to grow.

Fungal networks also boost their host plants’ immune systems. That’s because, when a fungus colonises the roots of a plant, it triggers the production of defense-related chemicals. These make later immune system responses quicker and more efficient, a phenomenon called “priming”. Simply plugging in to mycelial networks makes plants more resistant to disease.

But that’s not all. We now know that mycorrhizae also connect plants that may be widely separated. Fungus expert Paul Stamets called them “Earth’s natural internet” in a 2008 TED talk. He first had the idea in the 1970s when he was studying fungi using an electron microscope. Stamets noticed similarities between mycelia and ARPANET, the US Department of Defense’s early version of the internet.

Film fans might be reminded of James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar. On the forest moon where the movie takes place, all the organisms are connected. They can communicate and collectively manage resources, thanks to “some kind of electrochemical communication between the roots of trees“. Back in the real world, it seems there is some truth to this.

Avatar: surprisingly accurate when it comes to trees (Credit: Photos 12 / Alamy)

Avatar: surprisingly accurate when it comes to trees (Credit: Photos 12 / Alamy)

It has taken decades to piece together what the fungal internet can do. Back in 1997, Suzanne Simard of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver found one of the first pieces of evidence. She showed that Douglas fir and paper birch trees can transfer carbon between them via mycelia. Others have since shown that plants can exchange nitrogen and phosphorus as well, by the same route.

These plants are not really individuals

Simard now believes large trees help out small, younger ones using the fungal internet. Without this help, she thinks many seedlings wouldn’t survive. In the 1997 study, seedlings in the shade – which are likely to be short of food – got more carbon from donor trees.

“These plants are not really individuals in the sense that Darwin thought they were individuals competing for survival of the fittest,” says Simard in the 2011 documentary Do Trees Communicate? “In fact they are interacting with each other, trying to help each other survive.”

However, it is controversial how useful these nutrient transfers really are. “We certainly know it happens, but what is less clear is the extent to which it happens,” says Lynne Boddy of Cardiff University in the UK.

Tomato plants can receive signals from their neighbours (Credit: Tracy Gunn / Alamy)

Tomato plants can receive signals from their neighbours (Credit: Tracy Gunn / Alamy)

While that argument rages on, other researchers have found evidence that plants can go one better, and communicate through the mycelia. In 2010, Ren Sen Zeng of South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou found that when plants are attached by harmful fungi, they release chemical signals into the mycelia that warn their neighbours.

Tomato plants can ‘eavesdrop’ on defense responses

Zeng’s team grew pairs of tomato plants in pots. Some of the plants were allowed to form mycorrhizae.

Once the fungal networks had formed, the leaves of one plant in each pair were sprayed with Alternaria solani, a fungus that causes early blight disease. Air-tight plastic bags were used to prevent any above-ground chemical signalling between the plants.

After 65 hours, Zeng tried to infect the second plant in each pair. He found they were much less likely to get blight, and had significantly lower levels of damage when they did, if they had mycelia.

We suggest that tomato plants can ‘eavesdrop’ on defense responses and increase their disease resistance against potential pathogen,” Zeng and his colleagues wrote. So not only do the mycorrhizae allow plants to share food, they help them defend themselves.

Pea aphids eat broad bean plants (Credit: Bildagentur-online / McPhoto-Weber / Alamy)

Pea aphids eat broad bean plants (Credit: Bildagentur-online / McPhoto-Weber / Alamy)

It’s not just tomatoes that do this. In 2013 David Johnson of the University of Aberdeen and his colleagues showed that broad beans also use fungal networks to pick up on impending threats – in this case, hungry aphids.

Johnson found that broad bean seedlings that were not themselves under attack by aphids, but were connected to those that were via fungal mycelia, activated their anti-aphid chemical defenses. Those without mycelia did not.

“Some form of signalling was going on between these plants about herbivory by aphids, and those signals were being transported through mycorrhizal mycelial networks,” says Johnson.

The internet is also a haven for criminals and pirates (Credit: shotstock / Alamy)

The internet is also a haven for criminals and pirates (Credit: shotstock / Alamy)

But just like the human internet, the fungal internet has a dark side. Our internet undermines privacy and facilitates serious crime – and frequently, allows computer viruses to spread. In the same way, plants’ fungal connections mean they are never truly alone, and that malevolent neighbours can harm them.

For one thing, some plants steal from each other using the internet. There are plants that don’t have chlorophyll, so unlike most plants they cannot produce their own energy through photosynthesis. Some of these plants, such as the phantom orchid, get the carbon they need from nearby trees, via the mycelia of fungi that both are connected to.

Other orchids only steal when it suits them. These “mixotrophs” can carry out photosynthesis, but they also “steal” carbon from other plants using the fungal network that links them.

That might not sound too bad. However, plant cybercrime can be much more sinister than a bit of petty theft.

A phantom orchid (Cephalanthera austiniae) (Credit: Tom Hilton, CC by 2.0)

A phantom orchid (Cephalanthera austiniae) (Credit: Tom Hilton, CC by 2.0)

Plants have to compete with their neighbours for resources like water and light. As part of that battle, some release chemicals that harm their rivals.

This “allelopathy” is quite common in trees, including acacias, sugarberries, American sycamores and several species of Eucalyptus. They release substances that either reduce the chances of other plants becoming established nearby, or reduce the spread of microbes around their roots.

Sceptical scientists doubt that allelopathy helps these unfriendly plants much. Surely, they say, the harmful chemicals would be absorbed by soil, or broken down by microbes, before they could travel far.

But maybe plants can get around this problem, by harnessing underground fungal networks that cover greater distances. In 2011, chemical ecologist Kathryn Morris and her colleagues set out to test this theory.

Marigolds are distinctly unfriendly to their neighbours (Credit: blickwinkel / Alamy)

Marigolds are distinctly unfriendly to their neighbours (Credit: blickwinkel / Alamy)

Morris, formerly Barto, grew golden marigolds in containers with mycorrhizal fungi. The pots contained cylinders surrounded by a mesh, with holes small enough to keep roots out but large enough to let in mycelia. Half of these cylinders were turned regularly to stop fungal networks growing in them.

The team tested the soil in the cylinders for two compounds made by the marigolds, which can slow the growth of other plants and kill nematode worms. In the cylinders where the fungi were allowed to grow, levels of the two compounds were 179% and 278% higher than in cylinders without fungi. That suggests the mycelia really did transport the toxins.

The team then grew lettuce seedlings in the soil from both sets of containers. After 25 days, those grown in the more toxin-rich soil weighed 40% less than those in soil isolated from the mycelia. “These experiments show the fungal networks can transport these chemicals in high enough concentrations to affect plant growth,” says Morris, who is now based at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In response, some have argued that the chemicals might not work as well outside the lab. So Michaela Achatz of the Berlin Free University in Germany and her colleagues looked for a similar effect in the wild.

A black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) (Credit: foto-zone / Alamy)

A black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) (Credit: foto-zone / Alamy)

One of the best-studied examples of allelopathy is the American black walnut tree. It inhibits the growth of many plants, including staples like potatoes and cucumbers, by releasing a chemical called jugalone from its leaves and roots.

Achatz and her team placed pots around walnut trees, some of which fungal networks could penetrate. Those pots contained almost four times more jugalone than pots that were rotated to keep out fungal connections. The roots of tomato seedlings planted in the jugalone-rich soil weighed on average 36% less.

Some especially crafty plants might even alter the make-up of nearby fungal communities. Studies have shown that spotted knapweed, slender wild oat and soft brome can all change the fungal make-up of soils. According to Morris, this might allow them to better target rival species with toxic chemicals, by favouring the growth of fungi to which they can both connect.

Animals might also exploit the fungal internet. Some plants produce compounds to attract friendly bacteria and fungi to their roots, but these signals can be picked up by insects and worms looking for tasty roots to eat. In 2012, Morris suggested that the movement of these signalling chemicals through fungal mycelia may inadvertently advertise the plants presence to these animals. However, she says this has not been demonstrated in an experiment.

Trees and other plants are linked underground (Credit: All Canada Photos / Alamy)

Trees and other plants are linked underground (Credit: All Canada Photos / Alamy)

As a result of this growing body of evidence, many biologists have started using the term “wood wide web” to describe the communications services that fungi provide to plants and other organisms.

“These fungal networks make communication between plants, including those of different species, faster, and more effective,” says Morris. “We don’t think about it because we can usually only see what is above ground. But most of the plants you can see are connected below ground, not directly through their roots but via their mycelial connections.”

The fungal internet exemplifies one of the great lessons of ecology: seemingly separate organisms are often connected, and may depend on each other. “Ecologists have known for some time that organisms are more interconnected and interdependent,” says Boddy. The wood wide web seems to be a crucial part of how these connections form.

Florida recruits ‘snake hunters’ in failing war against the Burmese python


Jenny Staletovich
Miami Herald
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:28 UTC

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Wildlife officers (left to right) James Bales, Sergio Najera, and Alexis Del Los Santos captured a 15-foot female Burmese python on Monday. The female was breeding with four other males — scientists call it a breeding ball — when the officers found her. They shot the female and two of the males. The other two escaped.

South Florida water managers may amp up the state’s failing war against the Burmese python with a new weapon: a paid python posse.

On Thursday, the South Florida Water Management District will consider a proposal to hire hunters, paying them by the hour, plus a bonus for every snake killed, as part of a two-month, $175,000 pilot project. Hunters would patrol only district land in Miami-Dade County, which includes the vast water conservation area where remote tree islands offer hiding places perfectly suited for the well-camouflaged snakes.

The district declined to provide more details until after the presentation is made to the governing board.

Controlling the pythons has vexed biologists and wildlife officers who have been outgunned by the slithery invaders, which can lay clutches of up to 50 eggs at a time. The snakes started turning up in the marshes, either dumped by unhappy owners or escapees from breeding facilities, in the 1980s, and by about 2000 were firmly established. In September, state wildlife officers confirmed that pythons had also spread to the Keys after they found hatchlings for the first time.

Over the years, biologists have tested a variety of strategies to contain the snakes, including releasing females outfitted with radio trackers to act as ‘Judas’ snakes, snake-sniffing dogs and an iPhone app that lets people immediately report a snake sighting. This past year, the state hired a pair of Irula tribesmen, whose ancestors helped hunt pythons to extinction in India, to track down snakes. And, while it failed to significantly reduce the number of snakes and was largely meant to enlighten the public, the state’s Python Challenge drew the most attention, with headlines around the world.

The district also happens to employ one of the state’s most prolific snake slayers, Bob Hill, who has killed hundreds of pythons since 2004.

Paying hunters to rid the conservation area of snakes is something that the Miccosukee Tribe, which has a perpetual lease on the land and uses the area for hunting and other cultural purposes, has long sought.

“The only way we are going to solve this problem is with the public help. Of course there will need to be strict controls on access. But I think it’s a great idea,” Truman Duncan, the tribe’s water resources director, wrote in an email. “Our Wildlife Officers only patrol Tribal lands. That leaves the majority of the Everglades with very little protection.”

In January, the tribe’s research coordinator surprised area scientists by saying the tribe was banning all research on its land because the tribe considered the snakes sacred. He told the Miami Herald that a change in leadership led to the decision. But last week, during a meeting of a district advisory committee, Duncan said the claim was untrue and that the coordinator had been let go.

“They are not sacred. The instructions are we are to kill them, not study them,” he said.

The tribe, Duncan said, will now only allow research on its land that does not require releasing snakes. In the last month, tribal wildlife officers have killed as many 10 snakes, including a 15-foot female discovered Monday wrapped in a ‘mating ball’ with four males. Officers killed the female and two of the males, but the other two escaped.

“They’re breeding, that’s the problem,” Duncan said at the meeting. “So kill them, don’t study them.”

https://sott.net/en344683

 

Fukushima: First Images Emerge Of Radioactive Salmon In Canada


Bad news for everyone – the first radioactive salmon was found in British Columbia, Canada and there are pictures to prove it. After it was revealed that over a third of the world’s oceans were contaminated from the Fukushima rector’s explosion, a team of researchers from the University of Victoria started investigating and were shocked to find the radioactive samples of salmon. The US west coast is also contaminated and traces of seaborne Cesium 123 (the indicator of Fukushima nuclear contamination) were detected in the ocean waters.first-images-emerge-of-radioactive-salmon-in-canada

Environews reports: WHOI is a crowd-funded science seawater sampling project, which has been monitoring the radioactive plume making its way across the Pacific to America’s west coast, from the demolished Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in eastern Japan.

The researchers collected samples from the shores of Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in January and February last year and conducted tests which revealed traces of radioactive Cesium 123.

After more and more reports of contamination started appearing everything was clear, it was just a matter of time when the sea life will become contaminated as well. Last month researchers at the Fukushima InFORM project in Canada led by University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen tested several samples of sockeye salmon from Okanagan Lake in British Columbia and the results came positive for Cesium 134.

But this isn’t the first reported case of contamination far from the waters in Fukushima. There have been numerous reports, mostly published in alternative media outlets but there haven’t been any tangible data that indicate radioactive contamination of salmon in Canada thus far.

It’s not a surprise if we consider the fact that contamination from the Fukushima explosion reached the coasts of US and Canada within days of the explosion, and who knows where else it has circled, influenced by tides and currents. Radioactive iodine 131 was also found in municipal water supplies in places like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts shortly after the initial Fukushima explosion.

According to the tests, the samples from the Oregon coast measured around 0.3 becquerels per cubic meter for cesium 134.This level of radiation was deemed safe and “not a risk to humans or the environment”  by multiple researchers in both the US and Canada. And as with everything else, the cover up was successful since all major media outlets like NBC, the New York Post, USA Today, and even The Inquisitr conveyed their opinion and reported there’s nothing for us to worry. But we should know better – there’s no such thing as safe amount of radiation for living organisms! Every exposure to radiation, no matter how small, increases our risk for cancer and other serious medical conditions!

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http://www.neonnettle.com

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.

Wolf pup emerging from denShutterstock

“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

1000’s of “SPOOKED” birds decend on interstate highway PACKED w/cars! | *Fearing the Sky* ~ MrMBB333


Note: In addition to his hypothesis, the birds could’ve been reacting to a magnetic disturbance, earth frequency’s from a shift in the plates cosmic energy, a cloaked craft in the sky or any number of anomalies. The appeared to be crows too.

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January 24, 2017: A massive flock of thousands of disoriented birds land on a busy interstate during rush hour traffic in Houston. Many birds landed on the roadside risking the cars opposed to what had them spooked that WAS IN THE SKY. Birds were even hitting cars windshields as you will see in the video. #birds,#houston,#tornadoes

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