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Suit Defies Massive Export of Animals Killed for Fur Trade

Did you know the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows about 80,000 animals that have been trapped and killed in the United States to be exported every year? Many of them are "furbearing" species like bobcats, river otters, wolves, lynx and bears. This week the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Service with the goal of reducing the number of animals killed.

The international fur market has boomed recently, largely driven by demand in China, Russia and Europe.

"The United States exports a shocking number of animals trapped and killed for their fur each year," said Sarah Uhlemann, our international program director. "With killing on such a massive scale, it's time for U.S. regulators to take a hard look at the environmental consequences of the growing fur-export market."

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Trump Green-lights Arctic Ocean Drilling

The Trump administration has just approved a proposal, submitted by a U.S. subsidiary of the Italian oil giant Eni, to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean — setting the stage for a devastating spill in one of the world's most biologically rich and sensitive areas. And it gave the public only 21 days to comment on Eni's destructive plan.

"Approving this Arctic drilling plan in a rush makes a dangerous project even riskier," said the Center's Kristen Monsell.

In May the Center and other groups filed a lawsuit challenging Trump's April 28 executive order, which intends to revoke permanent protections for most of the Beaufort Sea and all of the Chukchi Sea from new offshore oil and gas drilling. The suit is pending, but Eni's project is planned for a part of the Beaufort not included in the protection decision.

Don't Let Trump's Coal Agenda Ruin This Roadless Forest

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Trump wants to expand coal mining into Colorado's stunning Sunset Roadless Area, a rolling landscape of aspen and spruce-fir forests that's a treasured recreational resource and home to animals like beavers, black bears, mountain lions, goshawks and imperiled Canada lynx.

Please take a moment to speak up for Colorado's wildlife — and Earth's climate, which would be harmed by the 17 million tons of coal that would be mined from the roadless area — and tell the U.S. Forest Service to leave these public lands alone.

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Five More Bills Pushed to Cripple Endangered Species Act

They're at it again. This week the House Natural Resources Committee, led by Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, held a hearing on five bills that would substantially weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Bishop said in December that his goal was to repeal the Act — and these bills are likely the foundation of that effort. The Center will fight every bill aimed at hurting the Act, which is responsible for saving bald eagles and humpback whales and putting hundreds of species on the road to recovery.

"If these dangerous bills are enacted, hundreds of plants and animals will be put on a fast track to extinction," said the Center's Brett Hartl.


The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund


Dear Friend of Wildlife,

Wildlife choked out by a toxic algal bloom in a lake. A massive fish kill from arsenic-laden coal ash flowing into a river. Aquatic species smothered by drilling fluids leaching into a wetland.

If clean water protections — which wildlife champions like you helped us achieve — are undone, we’re likely to see more stories like this. And that’s bad news for the river otters and other wildlife that depend on protected, healthy waterways and wetlands.

That’s why we urgently need your help to stop the Trump administration’s plan to eliminate water protections like the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

Help defend America’s life-giving waterways for river otters. Donate today and our Board of Directors will match your donation*, doubling your impact for wildlife like otters.


There couldn’t be a worse time to repeal crucial clean water protections. Nearly half of wetlands in the lower 48 states are gone, and the rate of wetland loss continues to rise.

Undoing the 2015 Clean Water Rule would put our wetland habitats at great risk. It will make it easier for pollution to flow into and contaminate smaller waterways, and taint the drinking water of tens of millions of Americans.

Your gift today will give us the immediate resources we need to step up our defense of wetlands and streams in the courts, press lawmakers in the halls of Congress, and demand protected waterways.

Thank you for helping wildlife win.


The Trump administration is writing a death warrant for America's wolves with a plan to end all wolf recovery efforts from coast to coast. The Center for Biological Diversity will fight this reckless decision to ensure all wolves remain safe in their natural habitat. Please support our fight with a donation to the Trump Resistance Fund.
These beleaguered animals face a dangerous future. While we celebrated a new pack in California last week, the population is perilously small and still vulnerable to the kind of persecution that exterminated the state's wolves a century ago. In the Southwest there are just 113 Mexican gray wolves in the wild -- not nearly enough for safety and stability. Elsewhere wolf families are struggling to stay together as they're chased, hunted, trapped and killed. This new funding bill makes the situation so much worse. We have to stop it.

The Republican-led Congress has contempt for wildlife -- that's clear. This is a continuation of their war against wolves and other species, and another shot at weakening the Endangered Species Act. Wolf supporters have been contacting elected officials and demanding they oppose this shameful bill -- your gift today will strengthen our resistance.

The only thing standing between gray wolves' survival and their extinction is the Endangered Species Act. Already congressional Republicans have launched 35 separate attacks on the Act, our country's most successful environmental law. The newest wolf bill is among the worst because stripping federal protections from wolves before they've recovered increases their vulnerability, pushing them closer to the edge of extinction. We won't let that happen.


Retire Asha the Elephant

Spending day after day in deplorable conditions—like being forced to endure freezing temperatures and being confined to a barn that has damp concrete flooring—without any contact with your own species sounds like a horrible nightmare, right?

Well, that is real life for Asha, the sole elephant imprisoned at the Natural Bridge Zoo (NBZ) in Virginia. When she's not being forced to endure frigid weather (including snow and ice) in the winter, she's being forced to give rides for hours in the sweltering summer heat and humidity. Those responsible for her imprisonment have denied her the companionship of other elephants—something that's particularly devastating to an animal who would naturally form extremely tight-knit bonds with friends and family.

And Asha's story just keeps getting worse: In 2013, a Virginia state trooper
reported witnessing a handler at NBZ jab a bullhook into Asha's mouth eight times while yelling obscenities at her.
In July 2017, an eyewitness documented that she had cracked,overgrown, and likely painful toenails, but she was still forced to give rides. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had previously cited NBZ for failing to provide her with appropriate care, yet the facility has apparently made no meaningful changes.

NBZ is currently under investigation by the USDA. It has already had its federal license suspended twice and has been ordered to pay more than $22,000 in penalties over the years. This simply CANNOT go on.

Tell NBZ proprietors Karl and Debbie Mogensen to prioritize Asha's well-being by retiring her to an accredited sanctuary.


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Read the recent nationwide media coverage on WildEarth Guardians' work.

Financial Tribune "US Activists Plan Lawsuit to Protect Grizzly Bears" July 2, 2017

Courthouse News Service "With Less Than 100 Left, Pink Dolphins Slated as Endangered" June 26, 2017

Scientific American "Yellowstone Grizzly Bears to Lose Endangered Species Protection" June 23, 2017

Silver City Sun-News "Court Throws Out Policy on Whether or Not to Prosecute on Kills of Endangered Species" June 22, 2017

The Dodo "Beloved White Wolf Was Just Shot And Killed" May 15, 2017

Post Independent "CPW Begins Study Killing Predators on Roan" May 1, 2017

Daily Sentinel "Predator Reduction Plan Hits Resistance" April 17, 2017

Durango Herald "Habitat Loss Threatens Birds’ Future in La Plata County" April 14, 2017

Albuquerque Journal "New Silvery Minnow Rules Permit Flexibility" March 31, 2017

Washington Post "The Standoff Between Trump and Green Groups Just Boiled Into War" March 30, 2017

Boulder Weekly "WildEarth Guardians File Injunction to Halt CPW’s Predator Management Plans" March 30, 2017

Dodo "Congress Members Are Trying To Gut The Endangered Species Act" March 29, 2017

NM Political Report "Rio Grande Water Managers Freed Up From Some ESA Constraints" March 28, 2017

Deseret News "Controversial Bomb That Killed Dog a Common Tool in Utah, West" March 26, 2017

Enviro News "USDA’s ‘Cruel,’ ‘Illegal’ Cyanide Bombs for Wolves and Coyotes Killing Dogs, Hospitalizing Kids" March 23, 2017

Enviro News "Predator Bloodbath: ‘Secretive’ Federal Agency Wildlife Services Kills 1.6 Million Native Animals in 2016" March 18, 2017

Telluride News "Numbers Game: Does Subtracting Predators Add Up to an Increased Number of Fawns?" March 9, 2017

Albuquerque Journal "State-level Resistance Gearing Up" March 6, 2017

Boulder Weekly "Off Target: Are Mountain Lions and Bears About to be Killed for the Sins of the Oil and Gas Industry?" February 9, 2017

E&E News "Western States Must Better Protect Prairie Dogs — Report" February 2, 2017

Courthouse News Service "Hope Against Fin Trade for Two Shark-Family Species" January 19, 2017

Albuquerque Journal "Kill Bad Policy, Not Endangered Species" January 13, 2017


9 Brilliant Ads That Fight Animal Cruelty

Save the Rhino

Save the Rhino

Just last year poachers killed 1,004 rhinos to fuel the illegal trade of rhino horn in China and Vietnam. To fight such crime, U.K.-based Save the Rhino International funds rhino conservation projects in Asia and Africa. Stick Communications, a South African agency, designed this series of ads as a reminder of the rhinos’ dwindling population.


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No one deserves to be taken from their mother when they're just a baby only to spend their entire life being chained up and hauled around the country in trucks, forced to perform tricks, and tormented with sharp weapons. Yet that's exactly what Carson & Barnes Circus does to elephants.

As long as companies keep hosting and sponsoring animal circuses, animals will continue to be beaten and exploited. PETA told the sponsors and venues planning to support the circus about its long history of hurting animals, yet Chicago Title in Ohio still plans to sponsor the abusive circus TODAY and Pennsylvania's Lake Erie Speedway plans to host it THIS WEEKEND.

No animal deserves this miserable life, so the Carson & Barnes show must not go on with animals.

Tell Chicago Title and Lake Erie Speedway to insist that Carson & Barnes perform without animals!



It has been two years since Cecil the lion was senselessly killed by a trophy hunter, sparking international outrage. Since then, several airlines banned the transport of lion trophies, along with other species, and governments cracked down on trophy imports - but trophy hunting of lions continues. To end the mistreatment of lions, the tourism industry urgently needs to hear from you.

Please sign the petition urging the global tourism industry to stop offering these exploitative lion experiences to travelers in Africa.

In South Africa, lion cubs are bred in captivity and torn from their mothers at just a few days old for tourists to pet them, pose for photos, or to walk with them when the lions are older. Unknown to tourists, these lions are mercilessly hunted as adults and their bones are sold to Asia for use in tonics. Nothing can justify the cycle of cruelty inflicted upon these wild animals. It needs to stop today.

Thank you for caring about animals.


Andrew Rowan
President and CEO
Humane Society International

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Trump to Strip Protections From Yellowstone Grizzlies

The Trump administration wants to end Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone's grizzly bears -- paving the way for trophy hunting in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It's a devastating blow, not just to the bears but to all the tribes and communities that have advocated passionately for keeping them protected.

"It's tragic that the Trump administration is sacrificing these magnificent animals to appease a tiny group of trophy hunters who want to stick bear heads on their walls," said Andrea Santarsiere of the Center for Biological Diversity. "This irresponsible decision ignores both science and the majority of Americans who want our wild animals protected."

Grizzly bear numbers in the Greater Yellowstone area have improved since the bears were protected in 1975, but the animals are still isolated from other grizzly populations and are threatened by recent increases in human-caused mortality.

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California Protects Rare Foothill Yellow-legged Frog

Following a 2016 Center petition, the California Fish and Game Commission has deemed foothill yellow-legged frogs a candidate for protection under the state's Endangered Species Act, granting the species full legal safeguards for a year while the commission decides whether to protect them permanently.

The good news comes not a moment too soon, since these stream-dwelling frogs -- named for the lemon-yellow color on the undersides of their legs -- have disappeared from more than half their former locations.

"These amphibians are threatened by dams, climate change, pollutants and more," said the Center's Jenny Loda. "It's a huge relief that they're finally getting protection, which will also benefit other California wildlife and ecosystems."

$5,000 Added to Reward for Killer of Two Rare Tortoises

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The Center this week added $5,000 to a reward for information leading to the apprehension of whoever killed two state-protected gopher tortoises in Florida. The pair was discovered by children on June 8, senselessly beaten near a bike path in Manatee County. One tortoise was already dead; the other, clinging to life, was rushed to an animal hospital -- but too late. The total reward now stands at $7,200.

"It's deeply disturbing that someone would harm these gentle creatures," said lifelong Floridian and Center attorney Elise Bennett. "They're our wild neighbors, and they deserve justice."


Feds Must Analyze How Agency Hurts Endangered Ocelots

The few remaining ocelots in the United States are being thrown a lifeline: Under a settlement achieved this week by the Center and allies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have agreed to conduct analyses aimed at ensuring that Wildlife Services, the USDA's infamous wildlife-extermination program, doesn't accidentally kill the highly endangered cats.

New evidence indicates the program has failed to minimize risks to ocelots, which can be harmed by its traps, snares and poisons -- including cruel M-44 cyanide devices.

"With fewer than 100 ocelots left in the United States, these beautiful cats desperately needed this good news," said the Center's Collette Adkins.

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U.S. Agency Proposes Protection for Taiwan Dolphins

The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed on Monday to protect rare Taiwanese humpback, or "white," dolphins under the Endangered Species Act. The Center and allies petitioned last year to protect the dolphins, now numbering fewer than 75.

Although the subspecies exists solely in Taiwan's waters, the U.S. listing could strengthen protection by Taiwanese authorities.

"These rare dolphins need protection to survive," said Center ocean scientist Abel Valdivia. "These small cetaceans -- like the vaquita in Mexico -- will disappear forever if we don't work together to save them."


One of the biggest threats to America’s wild horses and burros is our own government.
Contact Congress today and tell them to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter!

Human Society Legislative Fund

Human Society Legislative Fund

Dear Friend,

Congress is considering stripping decades-old federal protections for wild horses and burros, putting them at risk of being shipped to slaughter by the tens of thousands. We need you to take action now to stop the mass killing of these animals by calling your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators and asking them to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter.

Act Now

Over the past 20 years, the Bureau of Land Management has failed to pursue an effective management program for our nation’s iconic wild horses and burros. Instead of using humane strategies, such as immunocontraception, the agency has focused on removing wild horses and burros from our nation’s western rangelands and stockpiling them in holding facilities throughout the United States. Now they want to kill them to save money. This simply isn’t right.

Please stand with us and let Congress know that the American public believes our nation’s iconic wild horses and burros deserve protections and should not be slaughtered.

These animals are a causality of government failure, and they should be spared from an inhumane death. Thank you—your voice makes a real difference.


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Help Us Protect Grizzly Bears

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It happened. President Trump and his trophy hunting big donors got their way again. They announced the impending removal of the grizzly bear from the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act.

A mother grizzly now roaming the wilds of Greater Yellowstone could soon hang from a hunter’s wall as his latest trophy. Her death will leave her cubs too young to fend for themselves, increasing the death toll and endangering the recovery of this iconic animal.

Now that Endangered Species Act safeguards are being ripped away, WildEarth Guardians is ready to rush to the courthouse to prevent grizzly bear deaths. It is our duty as Guardians to prevent the murder of that mother grizzly, the death of her cubs, and ensure all of Greater Yellowstone’s grizzlies don’t become another trophy hunter’s wall mount.

You can help thwart the slaughter by donating $5, $50, or $100 to Guardians’ Grizzly Bear Defense Fund.

Stripping away protections is based on bad science and an appetite to appease trophy hunters. The Good ol’ Boys don’t care about destroying Greater Yellowstone’s fragile ecosystem. As soon as this fall, grizzlies could be entering a Kill Zone any time they venture outside the invisible boundaries of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Grizzlies across the West need ESA protections to continue their recovery. They’re already fighting a high mortality rate, poaching, habitat loss, and dwindling food supplies due to climate change. Now Trump and his cronies are declaring open hunting season.

It’s an uphill battle for the bears and for WildEarth Guardians, but with you, and the science and the law on our side, we believe that together we can win. Will you help us stop this injustice by donating $5, $50, or $100 to our Grizzly Bear Defense Fund?

For the wild,

John Horning Signature 2013


Animal Legal Defense Fund
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A few weeks ago, news broke that a Colorado "sanctuary" made the terrible and tragic decision to kill all 11 of its residents — five bears, three lions, and three tigers. Those 11 living beings were killed for convenience, and we will not stand for it. As soon as we heard the news about Lion's Gate Sanctuary, our team of expert animal law attorneys got to work and reached out to offer assistance to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its investigation of whether the animals' deaths violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and reached out to local law enforcement offering assistance with state and local criminal charges. Lion's Gate Sanctuary had asked for county permission to relocate to a less flood‑prone area, but when the county denied the request, the sanctuary killed the animals without any apparent attempt to rehome them. Reputable sanctuaries have since stated they would have accepted the animals. These animals were betrayed — by the "sanctuary" and by our laws and attitudes that treat animals as property instead of the living, feeling beings they are. Like you, the Animal Legal Defense Fund believes animals' lives deserve recognition and protection by law. We need laws that clearly guarantee animals the protections they deserve, and we need them to be enforced unfailingly.
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No animal deserves this type of callous and reprehensible treatment. Help us get justice for the animals killed at Lion's Gate Sanctuary. We are committed to upholding and strengthening the legal protections for animals under the law, and refining all laws to recognize that animals deserve recognition and protection. Thank you for your unwavering support in obtaining justice for animals.


Court Throws Out Feds' Misguided Policy Limiting Prosecution of Killers of Endangered Wildlife
Flawed 'McKittrick' Policy Ruled Unlawful

Tucson, AZ — Late yesterday, a federal judge threw out the Department of Justice’s flawed ‘McKittrick Policy’ under which the government only prosecuted killers of animals on the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) list of imperiled species when it could prove the killer knew the exact biological identity of the species s/he was harming. The decision came as a result of a challenge brought by WildEarth Guardians and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance in 2013.

Because of the defective policy, the government declined to prosecute people who killed protected species, including critically endangered Mexican wolves, gray wolves like ‘Echo’ the Grand Canyon wolf—who was shot by a coyote hunter—whooping cranes, condors, and grizzly bears.

“The end of the McKittrick Policy is a crucial victory for critically imperiled animals including Mexican wolves and grizzly bears,” said Bethany Cotton, wildlife program director for WildEarth Guardians. “Wildlife killers who are either profoundly careless or worse, who intentionally target protected animals, no longer have a get-out-of-jail-free card by claiming they did not know the identity of the animals they kill.”

The Court held: “…the Court agrees with Plaintiffs that the McKittrick policy is outside the range of prosecutorial authority set out in [the] ESA’s comprehensive conservation scheme because it eviscerates the deterrent effect of the ESA criminal enforcement statutes. In other words, prosecutions prevented by the McKittrick policy result in little to no protection for the Mexican wolf and cause direct and real harm…to this protected species.” Opinion at 11.

“The Court’s ruling is a victory for endangered species across the country, but especially for those like the Mexican gray wolf, whose highest cause of mortality is illegal killing,” said Judy Calman, staff attorney for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. “This decision is an affirmation of Congress’s intent that endangered species recovery should be the highest priority for federal agencies, and that people who harm listed species should be held accountable under the law”

The Court reasoned: “In adopting ESA’s public welfare offenses, Congress recognized that killing wildlife is not an entirely innocent act because a killer is knowingly engaged in a lethal activity, using a deadly device, which places him or her in a position of responsibility in relation to the public. Congress placed the burden to know the identity of the wildlife species being killed on the killer.” Opinion at 40.

“This internal DOJ policy to arbitrarily limit its own prosecutorial discretion was abhorrent and directly conflicted with its enforcement responsibilities. This abdication resulted in dozens of wolves being illegally shot without penalty, which in turn undoubtedly led to additional killings,” said Mark Allison, executive director at New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. “We’re gratified by the ruling and eager to take other necessary steps to ensure that the Mexican gray wolf recovery effort is successful.”

The court’s ruling means the Department of Justice may no longer rely on the unlawful McKittrick policy when making decisions whether to prosecute those who illegally kill wildlife protected by the Endangered Species Act.

“This ruling is important because it ensures careless hunters can no longer hide behind the ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ mindset that led to the tragic deaths of many endangered Mexican wolves and other imperiled animals,” said John Horning, executive director of WildEarth Guardians. “The case powerfully affirms the longstanding ethical tenet that hunters are responsible for knowing their prey—before they shoot to kill.” The organizations were represented by attorneys Steve Sugarman and Judy Calman.


Additional excepts from the ruling:

“Necessarily, the narrow construction of criminal liability under the McKittrick policy, which DOJ has consciously and expressly adopted, is a complete abdication of DOJ’s statutory responsibility under ESA.” Opinion at 17. “The McKittrick policy, implemented as a prosecutorial policy, moots the power retained by the trial courts to say what the law is and ensures they will not be afforded opportunities to decide what law is warranted and appropriate on facts analogous to those that existed in McKittrick.” Opinion at 18. “The McKittrick policy violates the APA because it is based on the DOJ’s incorrect belief that it cannot prosecute mistaken and/or careless wolf takings. The ESA is a public welfare statute and this context defeats the general presumption that mens rea attaches to every fact constituting the offense. Under ESA, it is a misdemeanor offense to knowingly shoot wildlife, if the animal shot is a protected species. Because Congress created this vigorous enforcement scheme to conserve endangered and threatened species, including the Mexican gray wolf, the DOJ has abdicated its statutory responsibility by adopting the McKittrick policy which precludes, without discretion, prosecutions for mistakenly and/or carelessly taking, i.e., shooting, a wolf.” Opinion at 41.


WildEarth Guardians works to protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers and health of the American West.  New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico's wildlands and wilderness areas, and has been working to support recovery of the Mexican gray wolf since 1997.

. Additional contact: Judy Calman, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, judy@nmwild.org, 505.615.5020


Make Twice the Difference for Polar Bears

Dear Friend of Wildlife,

We're almost at the halfway mark for March Membership Month, and so many friends of wildife like you have answered the call for wildlife in need with a donation.

Please be the next hero for struggling polar bears and wildlife at-risk. Your gift TODAY will make twice the difference!


If you are waiting for the right time to make a gift to save wildlife, this is your moment.

The stakes for wildlife and their habitats could not be higher, especially for species sliding toward extinction such as polar bears.

Vanishing sea ice and the growing threat of oil and gas exploration across the Arctic have put polar bears in peril.

Your donation will help us defend the habitats that polar bears and other vulnerable wildlife need to survive. Please help before it’s too late.

Thank you for all you do for wildlife and our natural world. http://online.nwf.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=175201.0&dlv_id=190497

Dirk Sellers Sincerely,

Dirk Sellers
Dirk Sellers
Vice President of Philanthropy
The National Wildlife Federation


Target: Susan Bulling, Events Coordinator of Lancaster Event Center

Goal: Ban the James Cristy Cole Circus from using animal acts in its show.

The Lancaster Event Center is planning on hosting a circus put together by the James Cristy Cole Circus which has featured a cruel bear show during past performances. The bear show, which is produced by Castle’s Bears, puts terrified bears in crowded, loud arenas. It is time to stop supporting this cruelty.

Animals used in circuses are often subjected to cruel forms of training, including whipping, hitting and withholding food. Footage from a recent performance shows the bears being tethered, muzzled and prodded. One bear was reportedly so stressed and nervous that she urinated on herself.

Sign this petition and demand the Lancaster Event Center either cancel its plans with the circus or only allow them to perform without animal acts. These animals belong in the wild, not in cages and putting on shows for humans.


Dear Ms. Bulling,

The Lancaster Event Center is planning on hosting a circus put together by the James Cristy Cole Circus and Castle’s Bears. The show includes cruel bear performances. These animals belong in the wild, not in loud, crowded arenas.

Animals trapped in the entertainment industry are typically subjected to cruel training techniques. This includes, but is not limited to, chaining, whipping, hitting and withholding food. In addition, recent footage shows the bears being tethered, muzzled and prodded. One bear even urinated on herself, apparently due to her nerves and stress.

These animals experience fear and pain just like you and me. It is cruel to continue forcing these animals to perform ridiculous tricks for human entertainment. Please tell the James Cristy Cole Circus that it cannot perform unless it does so without its animal acts.


Urge your Senators to oppose H.J. Res. 69 and to protect America’s wildlife!

Take action today.

Wolves and bears in Alaska desperately need your help.

The Senate is preparing to vote on H.J. Res. 69 - legislation that would revoke a regulation that helps protect wolves, bears and other carnivores on national wildlife refuges in Alaska from brutal killing practices.

If this bill succeeds, Alaska could authorize extreme killing methods, such as shooting mother bears with cubs and killing wolves with pups, on public lands that belong to all of us.

This is our last chance to stop this deadly legislation – the time to act is now.

Please, urge your Senators to oppose H.J. Res. 69 and to protect America’s wildlife!

Anti-wildlife Members of Congress are using an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act to toss aside a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulation that restricts gruesome methods of "predator control" on Alaska national wildlife refuges. In addition, discarding this rule could slam the door on any future regulations that aim to conserve these animals on refuge lands.

Alaska’s scheme targets wolves and bears through extreme methods, including killing mother bears and cubs, killing wolves and pups in their dens, and trapping, baiting and using airplanes to scout and shoot bears.

A Senate vote on this resolution is imminent. We need you to speak out for wildlife and let your Senators know that H.J. Res. 69 is unacceptable!


Polar Bears International

Become part of history, help turn the tide! With so much at stake, we must show strength in numbers.

On Saturday, April 29th, Polar Bears International plans to take part in the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C.—and we’re counting on you to help make the turnout as massive as possible.

Together, we’ll send a powerful message to world leaders that our broad-based movement is passionate and strong, and that we, as concerned and engaged citizens, demand their continued efforts to limit emissions.

Sign up here!

The first People’s Climate March was held in New York City in 2014. It drew more than 400,000 people, with hundreds of thousands more taking part in sister marches around the globe. The strong show of support for climate action was part of the tide that led to the historic Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

This year’s march will show that our movement is stronger and more committed than ever—and that we, the majority, support bold action. If you can’t join us in D.C., we urge you to start and/or take part in a march in your community.

Sign up here—for D.C. or a sister march!

We’ll send details about where to meet up and what to expect as the date draws near. In the meantime, save the date—and visit our website and connect with us on social media to stay engaged and informed.

Together, we can be a powerful voice for positive change: sustaining a future for polar bears and improving conditions for people too.



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Protect Alaska's wolves and bears with a gift to the Predator Defense Fund.

Protect Alaska's wolves and bears with a gift to the Predator Defense Fund today.
Congress is dead set on killing wolves and bears.

A brutal bill to strip protections from wolves, bears and other carnivores on Alaska's wildlife refuges is making its way through the U.S. Senate. If approved, it would allow wolves and pups to be killed in their dens. Bears could be shot by aerial gunners or have their bones snapped in brutal traps.

You can help the Center for Biological Diversity shut down this disgraceful bill with a gift to the Predator Defense Fund today.

Under Trump the congressional war on wildlife is ramping up. Right-wing politicians control both houses and they've made it clear that wolves, bears and hundreds of other endangered species are in their crosshairs.

We know the next four years will be a bare-knuckle fight to protect these animals, but we also know how to beat back these attacks. We've done it before and, with your help, we'll do it now. Please help us win for wildlife by supporting the Predator Defense Fund.

Alaska is our last great stronghold for abundant, wild predator populations, and the wildlife refuges there are vital for their protections. In the coming months, its refuges will be home to newborn wolf pups and bear cubs -- but if Congress has its way, those pups' and cubs' homes will be laced with traps and menaced by helicopters and rifle shots.

This malicious new bill takes cruelty to a new level. Help defeat it with a gift to the Predator Defense Fund and make sure Alaska's bears and wolves have a chance to survive.

For the wild,
Kierán Suckling
Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. We're already in the fight of a lifetime under the new White House and the most anti-wildlife Congress we've ever seen. Help us beat them back with an automatic monthly donation.


Thank a Ranger

Dear Friend,

Wildlife rangers: our unsung heroes of conservation.

They are the highly trained professionals who patrol our parks and forests and often risk their lives to combat poaching, wildlife trafficking and other crimes against nature. 

Having been a ranger myself in South Africa and Tanzania, I’m fully aware of the enormous risks that rangers face every day.

But I can tell you that it’s often the little things that can make a world of difference in the life of a ranger. 

Send a message of thanks to a wildlife ranger today. Tell them "thank you" for patrolling nature's habitats and protecting the world’s most vulnerable species.

Wildlife trafficking threatens security and economies around the world. Believed to be valued around $10 billion a year, it is a source of funding for organized crime and global terrorist networks.

With so much on the line, this fight has become increasingly dangerous for the men and women who serve to keep wildlife alive. In fact, more than 1,000 wildlife rangers have been killed in the line of duty in the past decade. And more often than not, their families are left unsupported in the event of such a tragedy.

Our wildlife rangers deserve better. There's no quick fix for ending wildlife trafficking. It's a global problem. But we can honor the service of those who seek to protect and conserve nature. It is the first step to becoming more aware and learning from the people fighting the wildlife trafficking crisis.

Please join me in saying "thank you" to wildlife rangers everywhere. Conservation International will share your messages personally with rangers stationed around the world.


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Close Encounters with Churchill's Polar Bears
Travel to the polar bear capital of the world on a soul-stirring journey as we follow the experiences of WWF and Natural Habitat Adventure guests in Churchill, Manitoba.

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Bear Cub Burned in Wildfire Limps to Human for Help

From the worst wildfire in the history of Washington State comes a heartwrenching tale of a bear cub surviving severe burns to her paws, muzzle, chest and ears. About two weeks after the wildfire started, Steve Love noticed a bear cub hobbling up his driveway as his dog barked. The cub has been named Cinder by her rescuers and is currently receiving caring treatment at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center (LTWC) in California, a wildlife rescue center. Black bears are naturally fearful of humans and do not ordinarily seek help from them but this bear must have been desperate.

Cinder’s Story

“It was moving fairly slow, and looked odd. Later I noticed it couldn’t put weight on its paws,” Love said in Methow Valley News. The cub eventually laid down on her back in some grass on the property and raised her paws in the air. Love realized the youngster was seriously injured and tried to offer help. He brought her water to drink and picked apricots from a tree which he tossed to her. Leary at first of human contact, the bear accepted the offerings. Love reported he at one point was able to get within eight feet of the bear cub and offered encouragement in a quiet and soothing voice.  This is when he noticed the severity of Cinder’s burns. “They [paws] were pretty raw,” said Love.

Cinder stayed on Love’s property overnight and by the next morning she had moved underneath a horse trailer. Love reported hearing Cinder cry during the night. “It was a bear kind of cry. It was a very unique and interesting sound, kind of a heart-rending sound. It projected like a kind of bird song,” said Love. Love called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and when Jason Day responded to the call, he realized Cinder was too small to safely tranquilize. The 2-year-old bear cub should have weighed about 80 pounds but only had 39 pounds on her. So he used a catch pole and was able to get her in a cage for transport. The attempt succeeded only because Cinder was slowed down by her injuries.

Rich Beausoleil, bear and cougar specialist with WDFW, assessed Cinder’s wounds as he cleaned and dressed them. Beausoleil started networking to discover the best place for Cinder to recover. He was advised to contact LTWC because they had cared for a burned bear in the past. LTWC said yes; now all he had to do was find a way to transport Cinder the 780 miles from Wenatchee, Washington to Lake Tahoe, California.

Rich Beausoleil gently places Cinder in a crate. Credit: Facebook

Pilots N Paws to the Rescue

Pilots N Paws is a group of licensed pilots who own planes and volunteer to transport animals for rehoming and other reasons. Bill Inman volunteered to alter his route to a business meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah to pick up Cinder and fly her to LTWC. Cinder was placed in a large dog kennel covered with burlap to help keep her calm. Between the stress and pain medications, Cinder slept soundly during most of the flight. Inman commented, “She kind of knew people were helping her.”

Cinder’s Recovery

Cinder is now recuperating at LTWC. She gets dressing changes every other day and is still on antibiotics and pain medication. The pain from burns can be severe. All four of Cinder’s paws were burned badly and she injured her elbows by trying to walk on them to avoid putting pressure on her burned paws. Cheryl Millham, Executive Director of LTWC, says they cannot be sure if Cinder was already on her own when the fire occurred. This time of year is usually when a mama bear pushes a cub her age out of the family unit. Black bears like to sleep up high. A custom ramp was built for Cinder so she can more easily walk to her sleeping loft. Normally logs are used for climbing but due to the severity of Cinder’s injuries, the ramp makes it much safer for her.

Video cams are available to see Cinder in her new place. Webcam 4 shows the ramp and Webcam 7 shows her sleeping loft. Once Cinder heals sufficiently she will be transported back to the area near where she was found to be released back into the wild. She is still demonstrating some aggression towards humans, which is a healthy sign for her successful release.

4 Animals Who Mourn Their Dead

Western scrub jays hold what we would call funerals when they encounter a dead member of their species. Teresa Iglesias and colleagues from the University of California at Davis noted that jays, on seeing a dead bird, gather around it; in the journal Animal Behavior, they write that this behavior may have evolved from needing to warn other birds of dangers. The scientists conducted experiments in which they placed a number of objects into residential yards and observed how the jays reacted. The objects included different colored pieces of wood, dead jays, mounted stuffed jays and great horned owls.

The jays were indifferent to the wood. They gathered together and issued alarm calls on seeing the mounted horned owls, apparently because they thought they were predators. They sometimes mobbed the stuffed jay, a behavior displayed when seeing a competitor or a sick bird. But their behavior towards the dead birds was the most significant. Not only did the jays issue alarm calls to warn others far away, but they stopped foraging for food for days. As the BBC explains, after finding the dead bird,

The jays then gathered around the dead body, forming large cacophonous aggregations. The calls they made, known as “zeeps”, “scolds” and “zeep-scolds”, encouraged new jays to attend to the dead.

The scientists wrote that just the sight of a dead bird was enough to make the jays seek to share this information to warn other birds of possible dangers, even “without witnessing the struggle and manner of death.” Jays are not the only animals who scientists have observed taking notice of their dead.


When a member of their herd dies, elephants often guard the bodies. They become agitated and appear to investigate the dead animal, even touching the bones– the skull and tusks — with their trunks and feet in a ceremonial way (as caught on this video).

A few years ago, scientists from the UK and Kenya observed elephants engaged in such behaviors. They were unable to confirm that the elephants visit the bones of their dead relatives in particular. But, as scientists wrote in the journal Biology Letters, “their interest in the ivory and skulls of their own species means that they would be highly likely to visit the bones of relatives who die within their home range.” As David Field, head of animal care for London and Whipsnade Zoos in the UK, says in New Scientist: Elephants are highly intelligent and highly tactile animals. The fact they are able to distinguish between their own skulls and those of other species is not surprising. Elephants themselves are a matriarchal society filled with aunties and family members who have close bonds within a group.

Therefore, a death in the family “could have an impact on social bonding and structure within the group,” just as it does in human families. Scientists emphasized that the “notion of elephant graveyards – where old elephants wander off to die – has been exposed as myth by previous studies” and that they are not exactly be “mourning” their dead. But elephants do get excited when they near carcasses as “secretions [stream] from their temples.”

Chimpanzee mother with baby

Like elephants, chimpanzees have large brains, live a long time and also live in complex social groups; they have also been observed mourning their dead for prolonged periods of time. Chimpanzee mothers have been seen holding dead offspring for weeks. In far southeast of Guinea, scientists observed two mothers carrying their dead offspring for many days — 19 in one case and 68 in another — before abandoning them. Dry-season conditions had resulted in the corpses being, in essence, mummified. As New Scientist notes, “in other accounts of corpse-carrying primates, the body has been snatched out of the mother’s hands by rowdy males, or in wet conditions it has disintegrated within days.” Even more, the mothers treated the corpses with great care as if they were still alive, grooming them, swatting flies away and producing high-pitched sounds when they accidentally dropped the bodies on the ground.

In another case, after the death of Pansy, an elderly chimp in captivity, her daughter stayed beside her through the night and other chimps cleaned the corpse and the place where she had died.


Zoologists have recorded three instances of giraffes, the world’s tallest animals, mourning their dead. In 2010 in the Soysambu Conservancy in Kenya, a female giraffe was seen spending four days beside the body of her one-month-old calf. Seventeen other female giraffes also surrounded the body over the four days.

In 2011, a female giraffe in Zambia was seen spending two hours beside a calf who was apparently a stillborn. She splayed her legs to bend down — something giraffes rarely do, except to eat or drink — and licked the calf for several hours. This behavior was repeated for the entire two hours and was all the more notable as giraffes rarely spend time alone. Also in 2011, a herd of giraffes in Namibia was seen investigating the corpse of a young female giraffe who had died three weeks before. Some of the male giraffes splayed their legs and sniffed the ground. Scientists are wary of saying that some mammals have a concept of death, while noting that more species than had been thought react when one of their own dies. But why wouldn’t animals have some response when one of their own dies?

"Toughie" the Last Frog of its Species, Passes Away

We knew this day would come. “Toughie,” the last known Rabbs’ Fringe-limbed Tree Frog, has passed away. Mark Mandica, the Founder and CEO of The Amphibian Foundation, worked closely with the frog.

Photo Credit: The Amphibian Foundation   Photo Credit: The Amphibian Foundation

If this particular frog seems familiar to you, it might be because its image was projected onto the Vatican church last year. It was part of a conservation-themed art installation that I shared with readers. The frog also appeared in the Care2 piece, Meet 10 Stunning Frogs Whose Populations are Dwindling. To write about Toughie, I reached out to Mark, who’s an old friend. At the time, he worked on amphibian conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where Toughie resided. He shared the backstory of how Toughie ended up in Atlanta. In 2005, a small number of frogs were collected in Central Panama. It was a rescue mission of sorts, as an emergent infectious amphibian disease was wiping out 85 percent of the amphibians in that region at the time. So the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Zoo went to Panama to try and save as many frogs as possible, a mission Mark likened to trying to grab your treasured belongings from a burning house. So that’s how Toughie ended up in Atlanta, where he lived until his passing.

Flash forward to September 28, 2016, when Mark shared this blog post: Knowing this day would come didn’t make it any easier. No one knows exactly how old Toughie was when he passed, but he was most likely at least 12 years old. His genetic material was collected after his death. Unfortunately no one ever managed to breed Rabbs’ Fringe-limbed Tree Frogs successfully in captivity. What few captive specimens did exist all died out over the last 10 years except for Toughie. Mark’s son nicknamed the frog Toughie when he was 2 years old. Now that the frog is gone, so is the species.

Photo Credit: The Amphibian Foundation

About Toughie’s death, Mark confided, “That was a day I knew would come since I first met him. It was still heartbreaking. To witness a likely extinction like that is harrowing, and he was a very special frog. I am still very sad about his passing.” Mark was the only person known to have recorded this frog’s call, which you can hear here. (He’s also the person responsible for the never-before-seen photos of Toughie in this post–which are among the last shots taken of the frog before he passed away.)

Toughie’s story is a sad one for sure, but it’s not unique. Mark explains:

“There is a huge number of other amphibians out there declining as well. Of the over 7,000 species of amphibians, almost 40% of them are known to be in decline or already extinct. We are talking about a simultaneous loss of about 2,800 species of amphibians — right now! These declines, and in Toughie’s case, extinctions, are trying to tell us something that we need to be paying attention to. Our world has become out of balance, and the amphibians are responding.”

I get it. It’s too late to save Toughie’s species. But what about all the other amphibian species that are on the brink of extinction? Perhaps there’s still time to save those. I asked Mark to name some other animals he works with now that are also endangered, ones that he thinks there is still hope for if we act now. His response; “This would be a long list!” His work at The Amphibian Foundation includes education as well as the conservation and research of amphibians. They work with imperiled amphibian species from North America, including the Frosted Flatwoods Salamanders and the Carolina Gopher Frogs, plus some tropical frogs. Amphibians are an important part of the ecosystems of which we are a part of, Mark says, and their populations are in need of our attention and help. His plea:

“It is much harder to find a frog than it was when I was a boy, and I am worried that it will be that much harder, if not impossible for our children. The list of documented causes for amphibian declines continues to grow, and we really need to act now. Start with one thing, before it is too late.”

Photo Credit: The Amphibian Foundation

How to Help:

There is a lot you can do to help save what’s left of the world’s amphibians. A great place to start is this growing online resource filled with amphibian-helping actions.   http://www.care2.com/causes/toughie-the-last-frog-of-its-species-passes-away.html

Elusive Arabian Sand Cats Photographed In the Wild For the First Time In 10 Years

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The Arabian Sand Cat is very elusive and has not been photographed in the wild in a decade or more. Team of researchers used a baited camera trap to capture stills of three different cats in Abu Dhabi. The extremely elusive Arabian sand cat has been photographed in the wild for the first time in a decade.

The nocturnal predator that is also known as the dune cat is rarely seen during the day in its natural desert habitat. With little need to drink much water and special hairs in its ears and on its paws to keep sand out, the cat is perfectly adapted for the deserts of North Africa, Arabia and Central Asia.

The cat is so elusive that very little is actually known about the species, even if and how well they are faring. In the western United Arab Emirates, the cat has only been documented in the wild anecdotally, with records dating back at least 10 years. “There’s an absence of scientists working on sand cats and very few assessments are being made to assess the behavior, population and status of the species,” John Newby of the Sahara Conservation Fund told New Scientist.

Desert life made sand cats a hardy lot – with one bad habit

Quest to Capture the Cats

According to the National Geographic, photographs of three different sand cats were captured between March and December last year. The stills were captured using baited camera traps set by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi in the Baynouna protected areas.

Led by Shakeel Ahmed, an assistant scientist at The Environment Agency, the team was able to collect 46 photos, which were later determined to be of three separate cats. Sightings usually occurred late at night during a full moon, when temperatures were cooler, suggesting the cats prefer temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The researchers described their work in a paper recently published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research.

Future Research

The team hopes the information gathered will help with future research and conservation plans for the cats. “It is clear that field research will all be extremely valuable in putting together conservations plans for the sand cats and their habitat, as well as pin-pointing those areas and their extent that may be turned into protected areas to conserve the cats,” Newby said. “Scientists need to be doing more research on how the sand cats live in order to create a suitable, protected area.”

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What happens in China in Circus's to baby animals will make you cry.

Throughout China, circuses, traveling shows, and roadside zoos force animals including bears, monkeys, tigers, lions, dogs, and others to perform for the public. A PETA Asia investigator visited 10 different circuses and animal training facilities in the city of Suzhou, which alone encompasses more than 300 circuses, and documented heartbreaking and disgusting conditions for the animals held as slaves by this industry.

Bears Chained, Unable to Move
PETA Asia’s investigator found bear cubs, including the animals shown below, chained or tied to the wall to keep them upright, sometimes for hours. They do this to train them to walk on their hind legs—something bears don’t do in the wild. If they can’t hold themselves up, they risk choking and hanging themselves. Some bear cubs were also tied to a hook in the ground by a short rope, making it impossible to move more than a few inches in any direction.

Screaming Bears Dragged, Hit
Bears were also forced—through violence and intimidation—to jump over objects, walk on their hands, and perform other confusing tricks. As seen in the video, the cubs cried, screamed, grunted, and groaned during training. They repeatedly resisted, but trainers yanked on their neck ropes, dragged them, grabbed them by the fur on their backs, yelled at them, and forced them to continue.This bear, named Doudou by the investigator, was pulled by the rope around her neck and forced to walk on parallel bars. If she stopped or made a mistake, she was hit with a stick.

chinese circus bear training

When they weren’t being forced to perform, the bears were imprisoned in cramped, barren cages. They cried out, pawing and biting at the bars, desperate to escape. But their cries were ignored.

This caged bear’s snout was pierced by a metal ring, which was used to lead her around. Such procedures are frequently performed without any pain medication.

chinese circus bear with metal ring in snout

Scared Tigers and Lions Hit, Left to Suffer in the Heat
Lions and tigers were forced to balance on balls, roll around on the ground, and stand on their hind legs. Trainers hit, jabbed, and threatened them with long, heavy metal poles, some of which had whips on the ends.

When not being forced to perform, big cats were confined to small cages with little space to move around in. Many were forced to wear chains around their necks and could only take a few steps in any direction.


Monkeys Defecating in Fear, Trying to Escape
The investigator found monkeys grimacing, struggling against neck chains, defecating in fear, and attempting to escape from their handlers. One monkey was chained to a goat’s horns and forced to do a handstand while the goat climbed a ladder and stood on a vase balanced on a high beam. As he struggled to keep his balance, a handler repeatedly jabbed him with a metal pole. One monkey, named Xiaohau by the investigator, was dragged and yanked around by a rope around her neck, causing her to struggle and try to escape from her trainer.

chinese circus monkey with rope around neck

Monkeys were kept in and chained to small, barren cages, in which they thrashed around and paced back and forth, showing signs of intense distress. They had no choice but to eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate all in one small area.

Other animals, such as dogs, llamas, and pigs, were also kept in disgusting, filthy conditions and forced to perform.

This senior dog, named Laifu by the investigator and too old to perform, was forced to live in this cage 24 hours a day and never let out.

chinese circus senior dog chained in cage

This Abuse Is NOT Unique to China
The only way to train a wild animal to do tricks like the ones you see above and the ones performed at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, UniverSoul, Jordan World Circus, and others is by force, intimidation, and cruel training methods. Circuses conduct their training sessions behind closed doors with NO regulatory agency to hold them accountable and no one to speak up for the animals.Terrified and vulnerable baby elephants are restrained and jabbed with a bullhook at the Ringling Bros. training compound.

Ringling baby elephant training

Surrounded by trainers who threaten them, their spirits are broken.

Ringling baby elephant training

Bear training in the U.S. looks nearly identical to what PETA Asia’s investigator uncovered in China. This bear at a now-defunct roadside zoo in Pennsylvania was forced to walk on his hind legs.

The bears' former owner forces a young bear to walk upright by holding a cruel muzzle taut near the bear's neck, preventing him or her from walking normally on all fours.

This Will Continue Unless YOU Speak Up


This Is Why You Should Never Pay to Take Photos With Baby Tigers

They’re small, adorable and they kind of remind you of a fierce version of your house cat. Who wouldn’t love tiger cubs, right? In fact, so many people love them there’s a whole industry dedicated to getting humans to interact with the animals. Thinking of getting in line for a photo? Here’s why you should never be one of those paying customers no matter how cute you think they are:

Sanctuary, Shmantuary

Many places that offer people a chance to cuddle with baby tigers for a few minutes call themselves sanctuaries or say the attraction is part of a conservation mission. Boasting their excellent animal care practices, they say they’re not in any way like the infamous tiger temple that was shut down after years of extreme animal cruelty, but in reality there’s not much difference. “I have researched literally ALL of the tiger exhibitors in the U.S. for my recent publication about tiger exploitation in America and 100 percent of the facilities that allow you to play with tiger cubs are involved in abuse, neglect, and/or trafficking, zero percent of them are true sanctuaries, and zero percent are involved in legitimate conservation,” explains Carney Anne Nasser, Senior Counsel for Wildlife and Regulatory Affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Babies belong with their mothers — not at work

Because the USDA guidelines for exhibitors doesn’t allow tiger cubs to interact with humans after 12 weeks of age (when they start getting dangerous), exhibitors try to get as much “use” of the cubs as possible before they’re 12 weeks old. “The cubs used for petting exhibits are torn from their mothers shortly after birth, causing emotional pain to both the cubs and the mothers,” explains Big Cat Rescue, a true sanctuary that cares for abused tigers, lions and other big cats in Florida. “The breeders take them away and have people handle them so the cubs will ‘imprint’ on the people instead of doing what is natural and imprinting on their mothers.”

Cruelty behind the scenes

In front of customers, no exhibitor would ever do anything wrong, but behind the scenes, the animals are treated less than fairly. When cubs display natural behaviors like roaming, exploring and playing with their siblings, they are punished because a calm and quiet cub makes for better photos. Like most babies, tiger cubs also sleep for long periods of time but when they’re on the job, customers dictate their schedule. “Most baby tigers should be with their mothers sleeping and building their immune systems, instead they are exploited, kept awake and tossed around for photo opportunities,” explains Bobbi Brink, founder of the Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary in California that provides a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals.

A calm cub is a scared cub

Despite exhibitor’s best efforts to discipline tiger cubs, they still sometimes act like, well, wild animals. They may squirm and hiss at the person who is paying to take a photo with them, at what point exhibitors do things to “calm” them. Blowing in their face or holding them under their armpits and tossing them up and down in the air usually gets the animals to stop but not because they’re calm. “The cub becomes inactive hoping that not moving will cause the exhibitor to stop blowing in its face,” says Big Cat Rescue, adding that tossing them in the air also elicits the same reaction since the unnatural movement in extremely unpleasant and stressful to the cubs.

Useless after 12 weeks

So that’s their life for 12 weeks (if exhibitors follow the USDA guidelines). But what happens after they’re no longer a source of income to their owners? “They are either killed, disposed of, or forced to live in deplorable conditions as adults,” says Brink. “It’s a sad truth that most people are not aware of when supporting the cub petting industry.”

It may sound like an exaggeration but taking care of the animals is expensive, especially when you can’t charge guests to take photos with them, so some animals are sold to the highest bidder (with their fate unknown). Others may be shipped off to a ranch to become the target of trophy hunters, and some are killed for parts, bones or illegal meat trade. For the ones who stick around, the future isn’t bright either. According to Big Cat Rescue, the current USDA rules allow private owners of big cats to keep the animals in “a concrete floored, chain link jail cell not much bigger than a parking space” without any stimulation.

It’s dangerous to humans

In the past 21 years, human contact with big cats like tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, jaguars and cheetahs have led to 20 human deaths and 246 maulings.

To prevent any future injury to both humans and big cats, a new piece of legislation has been introduced with bipartisan support to prohibit the private ownership and breeding of big cats. The Big Cat Public Safety Act would not permit any private owners (including the self-proclaimed sanctuaries) to breed their tigers to make more cubs for photos.

Oregon Wild Supporter,

Congressman Greg Walden thinks it’s funny to joke about the Endangered Species Act. That’s right, in an interview from the Republican National Convention the representative for eastern Oregon told OPB, “as the only Republican from Oregon, I am indeed protected by the ESA.”

When I saw that quote, my jaw dropped. I love a good joke but the timing could not have been more insulting. Just days earlier, Walden led a charge in the House of Representatives to strip protections for a truly endangered species in Oregon – the gray wolf. Ignoring scientists and eliminating protections for species at risk is bad enough. Making light of the law that you continually seek to undermine is pouring salt on a wound.

We decided the best response is to show Rep. Walden how serious we are about protecting Oregon’s endangered wildlife. But we need your help to do it!

Believe it or not, OR-7 and the Rogue Pack were the specific targets of Rep. Walden’s efforts. The amendment that he sponsored and that the House approved stripped existing federal ESA protections for wolves in western Oregon, thereby denying needed safeguards for the only wolf pack west of the Cascades!

We will be raising our collective voice to ensure protections remain for western Oregon wolves and opposing this measure if it is taken up by the Senate. In the meantime, we are also fighting to ensure that Oregon’s wolf management plan – now under review by Oregon officials – remains strong and keeps wolves on a path to recovery.

Of course, wildlife like wolves can’t survive without wild places to live in. And we know that our public land habitat is under assault like never before. Once again, it’s Rep. Walden looking to undermine the protections that Oregon’s public lands so desperately need. Back in January, while the Malheur occupation was just hours old, Rep. Walden spoke vehemently on the House floor in support of the goals of the Bundy brothers. And we told you earlier this week that extreme anti-public lands Republicans have hijacked the proud legacy of Teddy Roosevelt by making public lands transfers and privatization an official part of the party platform. Our public lands and wildlife are not a joke. They are a natural legacy to be cared for.

Now more than ever we need people who are serious about defending Oregon’s wild treasures. And that is just what Oregon Wild is all about.

Free Tundra the Polar Bear from Bronx Zoo!/ We already lost Arturo the polar bear to loneliness.

In New York City’s Bronx Zoo, Tundra the polar bear is also languishing alone in confinement. The Wildlife Conservation Society, the organization that owns the Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Central Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium, is no stranger to polar bears and other animals languishing in their “care”.

Gus, the Central Park polar bear, was known for his psychotic behavior. Day in and day out, he would aimlessly swim around in his tiny enclosure. The New York Daily News reported that Gus “became a typically kooky New Yorker, drawing attention for his obsessive daily swim routine. A California psychiatrist was even summoned to treat Gus back in 1994.”

Gus was euthanized during the summer of 2013. Yet three years later Tundra is still pacing in his prison with little concern shown for his plight. He continues to walk back and forth in his tiny, barren pit, where New York City’s blistering sun beats down on him during the summer. His pacing is an indication of zoochosis, or stereotypic behavior, frequently found in animals unnaturally confined to small enclosures.

In the wild, polar bears roam great distances to hunt for their food, and have been known to swim as far as 60 miles without rest. They live in the Arctic, where temperatures are a frigid -29 F and can reach as low as -92 F. Despite the unbelievably cold temperatures, polar bears can often overheat and will roll in the snow to cool off, as well as to keep their fur clean. There is nothing “normal” or “natural” about confining a polar bear to a concrete cell in New York.

The Bronx Zoo is no stranger to animals showing signs of distress. The zoo has made the “List of Top 5 Worst Zoos” for the elephants in their care, who conveniently can only be seen for a split second while on the monorail. However unlike Happy, Patty, and Maxine, Tundra is out in the open, unable to be hidden from the public eye. His distress is available for all to see, to those who choose to acknowledge it.

Captivity is animal cruelty. CompassionWorks International urges the Wildlife Conservation Society to have a heart and send Tundra to a more suitable sanctuary environment for the remainder of his days. We hope they prove to the world that you truly "stand for wildlife" and do the right thing for Tundra.

Please sign and share our petition today!   https://www.change.org/p/cristi%C3%A1n-samper-free-tundra-the-polar-bear-from-bronx-zoo

On July 3, 2016, Arturo the polar bear died after more than twenty lonely years of misery and confinement in an Argentinian zoo.


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Success: Season’s Bear Hunt Canceled black_bear_by_rikkisrefuge_other

Target: Nick Wiley, Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Goal: Thank Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for canceling the 2016 black bear hunting season.

Florida black bears will not be shot and killed this year by hunters, thanks to several members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voting against this activity taking place. We need to thank them so that they know we 100 percent support this vicious hunt being canceled.

Although worry over running into black bears made hunting them legal in 2015, more commissioners are now realizing that if such hunts continue this beautiful animal may one day be completely wiped out. These particular commissioners also believe that such worries can be alleviated if the public is better informed as to how to most likely avoid such encounters. For example, it is thought that showing people how to properly store their trash will help to ensure that humans will stumble upon these animals less often. Commissioners are even giving grants to communities so that citizens can be provided with bear-resistant trash cans.

Thank the FWC and advocates like those at ForceChange for fighting to ban the 2016 Florida black bear hunt. Without the hard work and help of these people, many of these majestic creatures would likely soon be dead.

Sign here: https://animalpetitions.org/132450/success-seasons-bear-hunt-canceled/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=f78d340be4-375AP6_28_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-f78d340be4-80710285

Connecticut: Beware the Fisher Cat

Something evil is lurking in the woods of Connecticut these days, something ancient and almost forgotten. You can hide your children and lock up your pets, but even then all may be lost. For there is no stopping the fisher cat!

Okay, so maybe they aren't all that bad, but it is true that the fisher cat is back in full force in Connecticut. The fisher is neither a fish, a fisher, or a cat. It is a relative of the North American marten. From the Wiki.

Adults weigh between 2 to 7 kilograms (4–15 lb) and are between 65 to 125 centimeters (26–49 in) in length. Males are about twice the size of females, with the smallest females having been recorded being as small as 1.4 kilograms (3.1 lb), hardly larger than most other martens, and males at as much as 9 kilograms (20 lb), by far the largest size recorded for the genus. Their coats are darkish brown, with a black tail and legs; some individuals have a cream-colored patch on the chest. All four feet have five toes with retractable claws. Because they can rotate their hind paws 180 degrees, they can grasp limbs and climb down trees head first.

A circular patch of hair on the central pad of their hind paws marks plantar glands that give off a distinctive odor, which is believed to be used for communication during reproduction. Fishers are also known for one of their calls, which is often said to sound like a child screaming, and can be mistaken for someone in dire need of help.

Their numbers drastically declined about a hundred years ago in Connecticut as they were hunted for their brown to black furs. The fisher cat gets a bad rap because they seem to just love the taste of cats, and when a domestic cat goes missing within a hundred miles of a fisher sighting, it seems the fisher is always to blame.

The really "damned" scary part of the fisher is the reports of their screams while making sweet fisher cat love. I was recently told it sounded "exactly like a women being murdered." After taking a step back and wondering how this person knew exactly what a women being murdered sounded like, I went to YouTube to check it out for myself. If indeed this is a fisher cat then it does sounds a bit creepy. I could see how the fisher could be mistaken for an unearthly tormented specter wandering the woods late at night. However it should be noted the there is no proof that these screams are coming from a fisher. For all we know it could be a rabbit being eaten by a fox, or a chipmunk being savaged by a chupacabra.


Oregon Bill Would Ban Ivory Sales

Federal law generally prohibits the import of ivory, but it’s legal to sell domestically if the ivory was harvested before 1976. Now some Oregon lawmakers want to ban the sale of ivory in the state. Supporters of the measure say it can be hard to tell the difference between antique ivory and newer ivory from poached elephants. David Shepherdson of the Oregon Zoo said the proposal will be a small step in a global struggle. “We believe that bringing an end to the sale of ivory will help bring an end to the illegal killing of elephants,” he said. “Humans can survive without ivory. Elephants can’t.”

A similar proposal failed in Olympia this year. Opponents included everyone from the National Rifle Association to the Seattle Symphony. Those groups testified that criminalizing the sale of ivory products would reduce the value of antique weapons and musical instruments. The Oregon bill would allow ivory to be part of an inheritance or to be sold to museums and universities for educational purposes.



What NOT to Do When You See an Injured Animal in the Wild

You were out minding your own business when you spotted it: a sad, orphaned, injured and begging-to-be-rescued wild animal. Your instinct is to save it – to be the hero. But before you put your cape on, you should know you could be making matters worse. No matter how good your intentions, there are some things you should never do when you see an injured animal in the wild.

1. Dont do anything before calling a wildlife rescue.

You know the expression “leave it to the pros”? This is a wonderful opportunity to use it and act on it. Your animal-loving heart may be breaking to see an animal suffer but unless you are a wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian, odds are you do not know how to assess and handle the situation best. Unless the animal is in imminent danger (like being run over), reach for your phone, not the animal, and call your local wildlife rescue.

2. Dont assume it’s orphaned.

Sometimes a baby animal can look like it’s all alone in the wild but their parent could have just gone hunting for a few minutes and will be right back. By moving the baby you could be unintentionally separating a family. In other cases, the adults are just giving their babies some space but are watching close by. A momma bear will not care that you wanted to babysit her cubs one bit and could attack. The best bet is to watch the baby animals from a distance and see if their parent returns or if they are indeed orphaned.

3. Dont touch it.

Not only will some species, like rabbits, be extremely stressed to the point of death, but others like raccoons can bite. Being handled by a human can also lead to tragic ostracizing by the animals’ herd as one group of animal lovers found out the hard way as they tried to save a shivering baby bison from Yellowstone Park.

4. Don’t plan on keeping it as a pet.

We’ve all seen the stories online: a rescued baby raccoon who thinks she’s a dog, an adopted squirrel who sleeps under the covers, a rescued fox turned man’s best friend. While that sounds like the magic stuff out of Disney movies, odds of that fairy tale actually panning out are slim. Not only is keeping wild animals as pets illegal in some states, it’s unsafe. Wild animals belong in the wild and could attack you and your pets if domesticated.

5. Dont feed it.

Depending on the injury the animal has, feeding it or forcing it to drink might be fatal. Giving the animal something it cannot properly process like milk or bread, may also cause bigger stomach issues.

6. Dont talk all the way to the vet.

While you may be tempted to reassure the animal a thousand times that everything is going to be OK and that you’ll make sure they’re alright, resist the urge while transporting them to a wildlife rescue center. The animal doesn’t know you or your voice or what in the world is happening to them so the talking will most likely just stress them out and frighten them even more. Keep the radio off and talking to a minimum.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/what-not-to-do-when-you-see-an-injured-animal-in-the-wild.html#ixzz4AEt1jlfM

Protect Endangered Ocelot From Cruel Snares and Traps

     The ocelot is dying due to the placement of snares and traps in its habitat. The traps are a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) plan to rid the area of predatory animals. Take a stand for this rare cat and ban snares and traps from its habitat.

The government’s war on predators is now eradicating the innocent. The traps meant to control the coyote, bear, and bobcat populations are killing ocelots in the process. A report filed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service confirmed that snares and traps put ocelots at risk. Despite this, the USDA continues to use the traps in the ocelot’s habitat.

Fewer than 100 ocelots remain in the United States. We must stand with the Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare Institute in their fight to save this species. Sign below and ban snares and traps from the ocelot’s habitat.


Dear Mr. Vilsack,

The ocelot nearly went extinct once due to the use of cruel traps and snares. Now, the devices that you use to kill unwanted predators are again targeting this rare cat. We demand that you halt the use of traps and snares in the ocelot’s habitat.

Fewer than 100 ocelots remain in the United States. That number continues to dwindle as more die in your traps everyday. There must be a way to control the bear, bobcat, and coyote populations without driving the ocelot to extinction. The ocelot deserves a chance to thrive. We demand that you immediately halt the use of traps and snares to protect this endangered species.

Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture Goal: Remove dangerous snares and traps from the ocelot’s habitat.

Sign here: https://animalpetitions.org/131472/protect-endangered-ocelot-from-cruel-snares-and-traps/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=673f379aa6-359AP5_29_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-673f379aa6-80710285

Baby bison euthanized after Yellowstone tourists put it in their SUV/ See the video below.

A bison calf that tourists loaded into their vehicle at Yellowstone National Park because they were concerned for its welfare could not be reunited with its herd and had to be euthanized, park officials said Monday as they reasserted the importance of avoiding wildlife. The incident last week and several other recent cases led to fresh warnings that park rules require visitors to stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife and 100 yards from bears and wolves.

Visitors brought the newborn calf to a park facility on May 9, which officials called a dangerous move because adult bison are protective and will attack to defend their young. Rangers took the animal back to where it was picked up, but they could not get it back with the herd after several tries. "The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway," the park said in a statement. The visitors were cited for touching park wildlife and fined $110, Yellowstone spokeswoman Charissa Reid said. She declined to name the visitors or issue a copy of the citation amid the investigation.

In another recent high-profile case, a woman was seen on video trying to pet an adult bison as it rested on the boardwalk around Old Faithful. In another, tourists posed for photos dangerously close to bison that had caused a traffic jam on a road. Five visitors were seriously injured last year after getting too close to the massive animals. Approaching wildlife also can affect their well-being and survival, possibly causing mothers to reject their offspring, park officials said.

Such reminders are included on Yellowstone's website, in information handed to visitors as they come in and on signs throughout the park, Reid said. "This year we've added translations of the safety signage and provide park newspaper translations in a number of different languages," she said in a statement.  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/17/baby-bison-euthanized-after-yellowstone-tourists-put-it-in-their-suv.html

See the video below:

No Tax Dollars for Horse Slaughter Plants

No Tax Dollars for Horse Slaughter Plants

A ban on using taxpayer dollars for inspections of horse slaughter plants is about to expire and I need your help to save it — and the horses it protects.

In 2007, Congress prohibited the United States Department of Agriculture from paying for horse meat inspections. The ban has already made a big difference. Advocates say that the moratorium, along with local court rulings, has already closed two horse slaughter plants, saving the lives of horses that would otherwise have been slaughtered for meat. 

The good news is that a key Senate committee has narrowly advanced spending legislation that would continue the ban. Unfortunately, the full Senate has yet to vote and we need to speak out to maintain protections for horses.

We cannot ignore the welfare of these horses and must continue our efforts to protect them from slaughter. Current laws work to do just that and prevent the opening of new horse slaughter plants throughout the United States, but this bill is due to expire in September unless we as a people with a voice take action now.

We must ensure the ban continues and prevent this cruel and environmentally devastating industry from establishing roots throughout the United States.  You can help with this critical concern by signing and sharing this petition, adding your own ideas, thoughts and comments.

Help prevent horse slaughter. Urge the Senate to continue to prohibit the use of tax dollars for horse slaughter.


Park Officials Jump the Gun, Euthanize the Wrong Bear

Hiking in the woods can be dangerous. You can get lost, you can fall and break a leg, you can eat the wrong mushroom and poison yourself — the list goes on and on. Occasionally, you can even be attacked by a big, hungry bear. That happened on May 10 to hiker Bradley Veeder. While he rested in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, a large black bear ripped Veeder’s tent open and grabbed his leg in his mouth. Injured, Veeder managed to scramble away. The bear did too, but later came back to plunder the tent a bit more. Clearly, we can’t have man-eating bears causing fear and danger to hikers. It’s not like we’re trespassing where the bears live, right? Oh wait, we are. Put that consideration aside, though. People will continue to hike. We can’t have the ursine version of The Hunger Games going on out there.

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After the attack on Veeder, park officials sprang into action. Here’s the interesting part, though. Did you know we now have a way to determine exactly whether a particular animal is the one that attacked a human? We use DNA testing. If we can get a sample of the animal’s saliva from the wound or clothing, we can analyze it and identify the one bear in all the world that committed this offense. That’s exactly what they did in this case. DNA testing of the saliva from Veeder’s wound made it clear what bear attacked him.

The fly in the ointment of this story happened three days after the attack. While they were awaiting DNA results, park officials found a 400-pound black bear in the same general area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They euthanized it. Then the test results came in. Oh, you’ve guessed what I’m about to tell you: They killed the wrong bear.

Here’s how it’s supposed to work. Park officials find a bear they believe might be the culprit. They tranquilize him. If he’s not already wearing one, they fit him with a GPS monitor on a collar. Then they either let him go or move him to a special place where they can temporarily house bears. DNA testing results take some time, even for bears, so these options allow the park to keep track of suspect bears until they know for sure if they have the correct animal.

What went wrong this time? This particular bear was just too big. At 400 lbs., this bear’s neck didn’t fit the GPS collar park officials use. “What we have did not work, and they tried for over an hour to where it would not come off,” park spokesperson Dana Soehn told the National Parks Traveler. “They described it to me as trying to slip it on a cone, because it (the bear’s neck) was so much larger than his head,” Soehn added. “We have put collars on bears this size, it was just this particular bear. That doesn’t mean every 400-pound bear is going to be like that, but this one certainly was.” His massive size also made it difficult to schlep him to the bear jail, which would have normally been the fallback idea. He was in a forested area six miles away from the holding facility. The logistics of such a move defied an easy resolution to this problem.

In addition, this bear had dental injuries that seemed consistent with the bite on Veeder’s leg. He was “the first and only bear present near the scene of the attack” according to park officials. He fit the overall profile of the bear they sought.

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Yet when all was said and done, they killed an innocent bear. The same thing happened in the same national park in June 2015, unfortunately. A bear attacked a teenager who’d been sleeping in a campsite hammock. Great Smoky park officials shot and killed a suspect bear, finding out only later through DNA testing that it was not the right one.

The only good news from that incident was that park officials didn’t want it to happen again. They announced this would be “the first time in the history of managing bear populations in the park where wildlife biologists have had access to a lab willing and capable of processing DNA samples in a timely enough manner to be of use in a bear attack case.” Well, that’s true if you’re not a really big bear. Park officials, perhaps it’s time to invest in a few extra large collars for your husky size bears. It’s a shame your only option is to euthanize an innocent animal when you have an ironclad way to figure out whether they deserve that fate.

Make no mistake — I applaud the fact that the National Park Service found a way to prove what animal presents a danger to people. Now, I hope this latest incident prompts another much-needed improvement. Figure out how to deal with animals that can’t be collared or transported. Injectable tracking chips, perhaps? Surely there’s something. Let’s find it and use it. The hungry leg-biting bear is still out there, by the way. Happy hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, everyone.


Slaughter at Yellowstone Park when there are so few left.

American bison have had an appalling history, reaching near extinction from hunting and slaughter in the 19th century. Tens of millions used to roam over North America, but today there are only about 15,000 left in the wild, 4,200 of whom reside in Yellowstone National Park. Unfortunately, time can't heal all wounds and these majestic animals cannot be rid of their past easily. Instead of protecting these iconic wild animals, Yellowstone National Park is on the brink of repeating history and pushing them to extinction. Right now, the world’s first national park is brutally capturing and killing bison.

As you read this, Yellowstone is capturing approximately 150 American bison for slaughter, at a cost of over $3 million to US taxpayers. A first- hand account of the horrific roundup describes how bison "are crammed into chutes to be tested for brucellosis. These huge animals panic under such extremely stressful conditions and climb on top of each other as wranglers jam hooks into their noses. The bisons' heads are forced up, and as their eyes bulge in fear, a needle is punched into their necks." Still restrained, males may suffer further as they are probed to collect sperm. Following whippings, beatings and these brutal procedures, the bison are sentenced to death.

Plans are underway to subject the 4,200 wild American bison left in Yellowstone National Park to this same cruelty each year until only 3,000 remain.

This slaughter is due primarily to pressure from the meat industry, which claims incorrectly that bison pose a risk of passing a disease known as brucellosis to cows grazed in the park. The claim is unfounded - not a single case of brucellosis being passed from bison to farmed cows has ever been recorded.

Equally ridiculous is a claim made by Yellowstone that there are 'surplus' bison. We stand with the Buffalo Field Campaign which says, "There is no such thing as 'surplus' wild bison. Yellowstone's target population cap of 3,000 animals is nothing more than a politically derived number that has nothing to do with carrying capacity." One study shows Yellowstone can support over 6,000 bison.

This year we must be the voices that finally end these misguided killings. Call on the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park to stop the bison slaughter and start protecting this national icon! Please sign the petition below.


Help Save the American Bison


Today the largest remaining wild herd of American bison consists of only about 4,500 individuals.

Several Native American tribes are working with WWF to help restore bison to native lands. But before the bison can be fully reintroduced, they must be separated from other wildlife to ensure they are healthy.

Fort Peck tribes in northern Montana have established a quarantine site to host surplus Yellowstone bison to ensure that Yellowstone bison are free of disease.

North American tribes with strong cultural and spiritual ties to bison are natural partners in the restoration of this iconic North American species. For thousands of years, the plains bison provided food and shelter for tribal communities across the Northern Great Plains. Today, Native Americans have an opportunity to do the same for the bison in return.

Tell the National Park Service you support their Preferred Alternative to allocate surplus bison to Fort Peck for quarantine to ensure that these valuable bison contribute to conservation and cultural restoration efforts in North America.


This Adorable Coastal Creature Could Be Protected With Your Help

There are fewer than 100 Coastal Martens left in California in part because logging has destroyed 90 percent of the species’ habitat, and yet in April the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to protect them under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Half the battle seems to be getting the powers-at-be to classify the dwindling animal as endangered. That’s why Wolverton’s petition urges the California Department of Fish and Game to grant endangered protections for the Coastal Marten.

Close cousin to the more common Pine Marten, the Coastal Marten (a.k.a. the Humboldt Marten) is so rare that it was thought extinct until rediscovered in 1996, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/this-adorable-coastal-creature-could-be-protected-with-your-help.html#ixzz3wEJxdjMR

We reached our goal and then some!

Thanks to the help of supporters like you, we made our 2015 year-end goal! Every dollar we brought in above that goal will help us grow even more in 2016.

Now it's time to start building on our 2015 successes. Each generous gift you make will support critical research for polar bear conservation, helping to ensure that polar bears roam the sea ice for generations to come. It will also fund our education and outreach efforts, including our work to address climate change. Your generosity will make a difference for polar bears—and for the unique ecosystem they call home.

We're nearing our goal of $600,000 for November and December 2015—and every dollar we bring in above that goal will help us grow even more in 2016!


3,752,394 reasons to thank you

You're incredible! In 2015, you joined together with other World Wildlife Fund supporters and took 3,752,394 actions. You were the hero nature needed 3.75 MILLION times.

Here are a few of the amazing things you did this year:

Over 1,000,000 people spoke up to protect elephants, urging the US Fish & Wildlife Service to stop illegal African elephant trade in the US. This was our largest petition drive ever.

WWF supporters created thousands of thank-you cards, which were delivered to rangers at Thailand's Kui Buri National Park  and other places around the world.

500,000+ WWF activists called on world leaders to protect the Great Barrier Reef. In November, the Australian government banned dumping in the Reef.

Half a million supporters’ voices traveled to Paris with WWF staff to urge US leadership on the global response to climate change at COP21.

As we look forward to 2016, I want to say thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication to conservation. I can't wait to see what we'll achieve together next year.

Sara Thomas Sara Thomas
Manager, Online Advocacy
World Wildlife Fund

Al tho it maybe funny.. Some people like Jane Goodall don't think so. Tell Suburban Auto Group to Retire ‘Trunk Monkey’ Ads

trunk monkey commercial

The practice of using chimpanzees in commercials is well on its way to becoming taboo in the advertising industry, yet Suburban Auto Group still airs a 2003 television commercial featuring a young chimpanzee who was provided for the ad by Sid Yost, a notorious abuser of animals.

The USDA filed an administrative complaint against Yost for more than 40 alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including the physical abuse of animals. According to the USDA, on multiple occasions between January and March 2009, Yost was observed hitting a capuchin monkey, a lion, and tigers with a stick, and Yost's employees physically abused wolves and wolf hybrids. After a primatologist witnessed Yost and his staff beating young chimpanzees in 2003, Yost agreed to relinquish custody of four chimpanzees and cease working with great apes to settle a lawsuit concerning his alleged abuse of the chimpanzees who were in his care in 2002 and 2003.

Chimpanzees and other apes who are used as "actors" are removed from their mothers shortly after birth. When they reach adolescence, at around 7 or 8 years old, they become too strong and dangerous to handle, and trainers typically discard them in order to make room for new babies. Chimpanzees can live into their 60s, so after their short "careers" in Hollywood, many languish for decades in roadside zoos or other substandard facilities, sometimes in solitary confinement.

Chimpanzees are an endangered species. Recent research has shown that the inaccurate portrayal of apes in the media seriously hinders conservation efforts and increases the demand for these animals as "pets"—despite the danger such ownership poses to both human and animal safety.

Other dealerships pulled their "Trunk Monkey" ads immediately upon learning about Yost's abuse of the chimpanzees used in the ads. Please send a quick, polite note to Suburban Auto Group and urge the company to follow the lead of these dealers by pulling its "Trunk Monkey" commercial and pledging never to use chimpanzees and other great apes in future ads.


GOOD NEWS FOR NOW....Wolves in four states got a reprieve Tuesday night with news that a congressional rider that would have stripped federal protections from wolves was not included in the final budget. This is huge -- the move would have been a disaster, ending Endangered Species Act protection in Wyoming, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin pushing aside decades of work to recover wolves in these regions.

The Center for Biological Diversity has been on the front lines in the fight against these anti-wildlife measures since the very beginning, and we never let up. Thanks to all our supporters who made calls, sent letters and raised their voices for wolves.

Along with you, we'll savor this victory as the year comes to close, but know that the fight for wolves will continue in 2016. The same vicious attitudes that drove the potential budget riders to end wolf protections will be back at the local, state and federal levels -- and we'll be there to fight back every hour and every day. We'll need you by our side to ensure that wolves will not be stalked, shot down and trapped in this coming year.

Wolf hunts are still legal in Idaho and Montana -- hundreds have died so far this winter. Government agencies, like the rogue "Wildlife Services," are still killing far too many wolves at the behest of special interests. And the wolf-haters in Congress will return, trying next year to again strip wolf protections.

This is a moment of celebration, but it's also a moment to re-commit to the fight for wolf protection. Right now a passionate wildlife advocate has made just such a commitment -- she will match every dollar if you donate now to the Endangered Species Defense Fund. We'll use your matched gift to take on new threats in 2016. With the wolf-haters pushing back from California to New Mexico to the shores of the Great Lakes, we won't stop until every wolf is safe from needless suffering and death. As this victory shows, with your help, we can win for wolves.


Polar Bears International

A time for hope. Amity. Serenity.

Wishing you a season of togetherness
from all of us at Polar Bears International.


Sustaining a future for polar bears across the Arctic.

Don't Kill the Buffalo in Yellowstone

More wild buffalo have been slaughtered in the U.S. in the past ten years than at any time in the last century. This may surprise most Americans, who think of the buffalo massacre that took place in the 19th century as a closed chapter in our history. But it is not.

Right now, Yellowstone National Park is carrying out plans to kill roughly 1,000 more wild bison for exactly the same reasons our forefathers exterminated them 150 years ago -- to protect the lucrative cattle industry. Bison that wander out of Yellowstone are considered a danger to livestock because they can transfer the disease brucellosis to cattle. For this reason, Yellowstone has slaughtered nearly 9,000 wild bison since 1985. This number is all the more striking because there are currently only about 3,000 buffalo living in Yellowstone, comprising America's only free-roaming and un-fenced population.

Meanwhile, many area Native American tribes are struggling to restore bison populations on their lands. Doing so would revitalize reservation landscape and wildlife, while also re-establishing Native Americans’ cultural and historic connections to this great animal. More than 136 Yellowstone bison have already been resettled to tribal lands in Montana, and with great success -- the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes have already seen grassland birds return and native grasses thrive on their land.

Give buffalo year-round habitat outside Yellowstone

After a snowy winter when hundreds of buffalo were captured as they migrated out of Yellowstone National Park, government agencies have finally agreed to give these iconic animals more habitat north of the Park on a seasonal basis. But there is still no year-round habitat for buffalo outside Yellowstone. Please send a message asking the Secretary of Agriculture to give buffalo year-round access to their native habitat and calving grounds outside the Park.

Please note: This action is for U.S. residents only.


Over time and across cultures, birds have sent us warning signals about the health of our environment. Never has their message been more urgent: Birds are telling us climate change is here, and it threatens birds worldwide.

Research shows that climate change poses grave risks to birds around the globe, and those impacts will intensify as warming continues. For instance:

  • Disappearing sea ice is already making it harder for Emperor Penguins to find food and raise their chicks.

  • For mountain-dwelling birds like the Resplendent Quetzal, rising temperatures are driving birds to higher altitudes, which can create more competition for food and suitable habitat.

  • Changes in temperature and rainfall could make it harder for the Hyacinth Macaw and other rainforest birds.

As world leaders come together next week to take collective action on global warming, it’s important that people who love birds speak up for them.

Take two minutes right now, and give birds your voice:

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Lynsy Smithson-Stanley
Deputy Director, Climate & Strategic Initiatives
National Audubon Society

From top: Hyacinth Macaw. Photo: Michael Fitzsimmons/iStock. Camilla Cerea/Audubon


Lawmakers Call for Action in Wake of Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are weighing in on the recent damning investigative report by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General, about the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement of our nation’s iconic wild horses.


The report concluded that the agency, under then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, failed to prevent a notorious livestock hauler named Tom Davis, with connections to kill buyers, from acquiring 1,794 wild horses and burros between 2008 and 2012. Davis subsequently funneled these horses to Mexico where they were slaughtered for human consumption, all under the nose of the BLM, which failed to follow its own policy of limiting horse sales and ensuring that the horses sold went to good homes and were not slaughtered.

The agency not only ignored its own rules, but also flouted congressional mandates that horses not be sent to slaughter. The Interior spending bill passed by Congress in 2009 included a provision stating that none of the BLM’s funding could be used “for the destruction of healthy, unadopted, wild horses and burros in the care of [BLM] or its contractors or for the sale of wild horses and burros that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products.” This prohibition was renewed in appropriations bills for subsequent fiscal years, covering the period that BLM was selling horses to Davis, and is still in place in the current budget.

It’s now come to light that the BLM did not heed this appropriations language. Indeed, the investigative report found that while Tom Davis purchased each horse for $10, for a total of $17,490, the BLM spent approximately $140,000 in taxpayer funds transporting those horses to Davis. Talk about government waste—for every dollar the BLM took in, it gave back nearly 19, with the net loss associated with conduct that was inhumane and criminal.

Several members of Congress are rightly calling for answers from the BLM. Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., sent a strong letter to the Secretary of the Interior demanding an explanation for why the agency ignored congressional directives. He noted, “It is unacceptable that BLM’s disregard of the law resulted in the use of taxpayer funds to facilitate the inhumane slaughter of iconic American wildlife.” We couldn’t agree more.

Congressman Sam Farr, D-Calif., and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., also weighed in, requesting information on how the agency plans to recover the approximately $140,000 it spent in taxpayer funding transporting horses to Tom Davis. They also demanded a detailed explanation on what steps the BLM is taking to ensure that America’s iconic wild horses are not sent to slaughter again. They rightly observed that “BLM actions, which led to the slaughter of horses, are completely unacceptable and while BLM cannot reverse these serious errors made in the past, it is essential that the Bureau act expeditiously to prevent them from happening again.”

We are grateful to Representatives Buchanan, Farr, and Lujan Grisham for speaking out for wild horses and burros and holding the BLM to task for its actions, as well as for their leadership on H.R. 1942, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, a bill to prohibit the transport and export of U.S. horses to slaughter for human consumption. We are hopeful that their advocacy on this issue, and the spotlight on BLM’s actions in previous years, will help ensure these iconic and majestic animals are protected from similar mismanagement and government failures in the future.

If you have a moment, please contact your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators and ask them to support H.R. 1942/S. 1214 to protect horses and consumers.


WildEarth Guardians. A FORCE FOR NATURE.Many of us at WildEarth Guardians come to our work out of a potent combination of deep and abiding love and fierce and profound outrage. Love of the wild world—wildlife, wild places, and wild rivers—and outrage at the treatment of these most essential and vulnerable treasures.

By confronting cruelty, Guardians works to realize a society that shares our fundamental belief that all species have an inherent right to exist and thrive. Read our feature article that highlights how Guardians is working to weaken the foundation of antiquated wildlife management structures and create changes that bring an end to wildlife cruelty.

Be sure to check out our regular feature, Postcards from the Field on page five, highlighting our recent trip to Washington D.C. to advocate for the sage grouse. Remaining vigilant for this spectacular bird who could save the American West is a Guardians' priority.  http://www.wildearthguardians.org/FlexPaper/Publications/WG23_HI/WG23_HI.html

Don't miss the short story on page 11 about wolves and wolverines reclaiming areas from which they've been absent for years. It all goes to show that allowed to wander, carnivores will return to their native homelands. We hope you enjoy our online newsletter and appreciate you being a Guardian. Email our Administrative Assistant Ronnie Rael if you prefer to receive the newsletter in the mail.  

For those who would prefer to download our newsletter, you can access a PDF version here. http://www.wildearthguardians.org/FlexPaper/Publications/WG23_HI/WG23_HI.html

For the wild

Don’t De-list Yellowstone National Park’s Last 757 Grizzly Bears

Don’t Delist Yellowstone National Park’s Last 757 Grizzly Bears

Grizzly bears are iconic animals on the Yellowstone National Park’s landscape, so how can the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) consider de-listing them from the Endangered Species Act? For its part, the FWS insists that the bears have recovered enough — today there are 757 bears compared to the 136 bears when the bears were first protected in 1975. But for American Indian tribes with deep cultural and spiritual connections to the grizzlies, the bears have not recovered enough. Some tribes insist that delisting the bear and opening them up to be trophy hunted is on par with with cultural genocide.

Hunting Tradition or Killing Tradition?

As reported in TakePart, a coalition of almost 50 tribes called Guardians of Our Ancestors’ Legacy (GOAL) has formed to oppose delisting the grizzly. A co founder of the coalition, R. Bear Stands Last, describes the bear’s significance: “The grizzly was the first two-legged to walk upon this land…The grizzly is a teacher and was, in essence, the first medicine person who taught the curing and healing practices adopted by many peoples.”

The coalition also doesn’t believe that the bears have recuperated enough to lose their listing and expose them to trophy hunting. For instance, the lack of food sources, including whitebark pine and cutthroat trout, got the grizzlies relisted in 2009 after they were de-listed in 2007. However, bear advocates notice that current berry subsets that the bears rely on are also in decline thanks to climate change. Less food is forcing the bears to venture out of the park and closer to humans. While the FWS might consider trophy hunting a viable solution, it doesn’t align with deep-seated tribal values. Bear Stands Last explains the tribal stance on trophy hunting: For most associated with GOAL, eating a grizzly bear would be tantamount to cannibalism. These trophy hunters do not come from a hunting tradition, they come from a killing tradition.

Yet the FWS is advocating for this senseless killing tradition by fighting to get the grizzly bear de-listed, in spite of tribal sovereignty, for over a year now. And the government agency has largely ignored the opposition from tribes. The FWS did send 2 rounds of letters to tribes, but that’s not enough under the obligatory tribal consultations under the Endangered Species Act. The FWS is planning more meetings and a tribal webinar asking for tribal input and concerns.

Too Many Bears or Too Many Cows?

According to Yellowstone Insider, 2015 has been a really bad year for the bears. More grizzlies are dying this year — 46 grizzly bear deaths so far compared to 20 to 30 deaths each year between 2013 and 2014, and around 50 deaths each year between 2010 and 2012. From September to October, on average, “one bear died every other day.” A stable bear population and decline in food sources, particularly whitebark pine, are also linked to the increase in bear deaths.

Unfortunately, 2015 is unique. Most of these bear deaths were at the hands of humans: “[H]umans were involved in over 80 percent of grizzly bear deaths this year. ‘Human-caused’ killings include both grizzly bears struck by cars as well as bears removed by management for trespasses, property damage, public safety concerns and old age.” Like other struggling wildlife, bears are forced to compete with livestock for limited space, and the bears will never win that competition: “Livestock grazing was the leading contributor to grizzly bear removals this year, with 14 bears killed after they were linked to sheep or cattle depredation.” Because in this country, animals that we can exploit for food or clothing take priority over necessary keystone species like grizzlies who are ecosystem engineers. It makes me wonder: are there really too many grizzlies (current estimates say 757 bears) or are there just too many cows (89.9 million cattle in the United States)? Reports also show that two cubs were relocated to the Toledo Zoo, even though captivity is no place for bears.

Take Action!

Please sign and share this petition demanding that grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park not be de-listed. We may be their biggest threat, but we’re also their only hope.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/dont-delist-yellowstone-national-parks-last-757-grizzly-bears.html#ixzz3qvAcqfUa

10,000 Mile Journey for Rare Rhino Brings Hope for His Species

10,000 Mile Journey for Rare Rhino Brings Hope for His Species

In August, the Cincinnati Zoo announced plans to send its last Sumatran rhino home to Indonesia in the hope that he would find a mate and add to his species’ critically endangered population. Now his supporters are celebrating his safe arrival following a 10,000 mile journey. In September, on World Rhino Day, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned that with fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild they’re likely to go extinct if drastic action isn’t taken. According to the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Asian Rhino Specialist Group, the Sumatran rhino is now only found in a few sites in Sumatra, and only a handful of individuals are believed to exist in Kalimantan, Borneo.

Over the past few decades poaching and habitat loss have caused their disappearance from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, and they were most recently declared extinct in Malaysia. Now hope lies on the shoulders of Harapan, aka Harry, whose travels to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park ends the zoo’s breeding program, but also brings more potential for increasing their numbers. Harry, who was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2007, is one of three born in captivity through the zoo’s breeding program, along with his brother Andalas, who is also now in Sumatra, and his sister Suci, who died last year. “The departure of Harapan, the last Sumatran rhino outside of South Asia, is a pivotal moment in wildlife conservation history. He was born at the Cincinnati Zoo eight years ago and is now on his way to the far side of the world to pursue his only chance to breed and contribute to the survival of his species,” said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo.

According to the zoo, Harry arrived safe and sound and will spend his first two weeks there in quarantine, but then he’ll have access to the sanctuary and it’s hoped he will soon find one of the three females at the sanctuary to mate with.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/10000-mile-journey-for-rare-rhino-brings-hope-for-his-species.html#ixzz3qv1QEzkT

Urge Investigation of CDC Laboratories Using Animals for Research

Urge Investigation of CDC Laboratories Using Animals for Research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—which imprisons thousands of animals—has a long history of violating federal animal welfare laws and guidelines. Not long ago, PETA released disturbing leaked photos of monkeys at CDC labs who suffered third-degree burns over their arms and backs as a result of incompetence and negligence. We obtained documents showing, among other abuses, that when CDC employees failed to monitor an owl monkey who had undergone experimental surgery, the distressed monkey pulled out the sutures and her intestines spilled out of the wound. Eventually, she stopped breathing.

monkeys burned at CDC

Now, PETA has received more government reports documenting glaring incompetence and gross mistreatment in the CDC's laboratories—leading to immense suffering and cruel deaths for animals, including incidents in which:

  • Fifteen mice died or had to be euthanized after they were placed in cages that were still hot from high-temperature sterilization equipment. The mice were reported as showing "increased salivation" and "signs of distress due to hyperthermia."
  • A calf died of hypothermia in a barn that was known to have a malfunctioning heater.
  • A pigtail macaque monkey was either inadvertently inoculated with simian-human immunodeficiency or acquired the infection from a positive animal. It was not known which.
  • On two separate occasions, prairie dogs died after becoming stuck in an unsecured floor drain.
  • Five mice died painfully of asphyxiation after the ventilation pump to their enclosure was turned off.
  • Two ferrets and 40 mice were inoculated with an H9N2 virus, which was later confirmed to be contaminated with the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus. The animals were all killed.
  • During a viral study using embryonated eggs, 17 eggs were inadvertently allowed to hatch. All of the chicks were killed.

The new revelations follow more than a decade of documented problems of abuse, neglect, and incompetence in the CDC's laboratories. The CDC has an annual budget that exceeds $6 billion, with more than $500 million earmarked for "monitoring health and ensuring laboratory excellence." In contrast to other laboratories that use animals covered under federal regulations, government laboratories—like those operated by the CDC—are not subject to federal inspections. The CDC's lack of accountability has resulted in egregious suffering for animals and perilous working conditions for employees.

Please join PETA in urging the federal government to investigate the CDC's laboratories. http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-feds-investigate-cdcs-laboratories/?utm_campaign=101415%20Urge%20Feds%20Investigate%20CDCs%20Laboratories&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Help Put and End to Moon Bear Poaching and Trafficking!

The moon bear is still being poached throughout China and along the Viet Nam coast, often times leaving behind their young to fend for themselves. This has been an ongoing issue but despite previous efforts, nothing has changed and the animal is still endangered. The poaching of these bears has been illegal since 1992.

The poaching continues where traffickers claim that they still can sell to small-scale illegal farms or people seeking an exotic pet. In China, they claim that bear breeding farms reduce wild poaching but in reality they do anything but! There are claims that the stream of cubs being trafficked around China’s southern borders suggests farms there are constantly topping up their stocks with illegal wild-caught bears. And with the potential of falsifying records, there is no way to tell whether an animal was bred on the farm, or if it was stolen from the wild. Read more.

We are seeking to get stricter laws against the poaching and trafficking of the moon bear in China, laws that are more stringently enforced. You can help us in our efforts by signing and sharing this petition.


Big Cat Rescue

Three Tigers and a Black Leopard Find Shelter

The news posted this story about the Kenny Hetrick / Tiger Ridge Cats being sent to sanctuaries pending the conclusion of the State of Ohio’s lawsuit against the owner for refusal to comply with state law. The “cat is out of the bag” and everyone knows the three tigers (1 white and 2 golden) and one black leopard are living at Big Cat Rescue due to the court filings by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  Read More

Amanda Tiger Rescued

Three Tigers and a Black Leopard Find Shelter

The news posted this story about the Kenny Hetrick / Tiger Ridge Cats being sent to sanctuaries pending the conclusion of the State of Ohio’s lawsuit against the owner for refusal to comply with state law. The “cat is out of the bag” and everyone knows the three tigers (1 white and 2 golden) and one black leopard are living at Big Cat Rescue due to the court filings by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Our contract with law enforcement usually prohibits us from talking about the cats in specifics, or posting any photos or videos of them during the litigation. We can’t say much yet, but they are doing great.

Find out more about how we assist law enforcement here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/law-enforcement/

Great News for Circus Cats!

Thanks to people like you, who take action to protect big cats, the largest supplier of wild animal acts calls it quits.  Shriner and head of “Fun Time Shows” Bill Cunningham joined forces with PETA to stop using wild animals at the Shrine Circus. http://cw33.com/2015/09/01/shriners-peta-heated-battle-over-animals-in-shrine-circus/ Cunningham said the trailers that had been used to haul wild animals to shows will now emptied and covered in banners to advocate against the use of wild animals in performances. More great news in September:  The Netherlands became the tenth country to officially ban the use of wild animals in the circus! The ban, which was drafted back in 2014, went into effect this week and includes big cats, elephants, giraffes, zebras, sea lions and primates. Please help us put an end to big cats being held (and abused) in private possession here.  The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been reintroduced and needs your voice now:  http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16017

Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – September 2015

We hope by sharing a new list with you each month that you will join us in speaking out for the big cats and cubs that are exploited across this country every day. We encourage you to take one small action today and contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.

UstadTiger No. 1 Ustad, a wild tiger in India, needs your voice! Please add your ROAR to the global effort to return Ustad (T24) to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs! Big Cat Rescue was contacted by a group of big cat advocates requesting our help to increase international awareness regarding the seemingly false accusation that a tiger named Ustad killed a local forest guide in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in May 2015.

Witnesses said it was a different tiger that attacked the forest guide, yet Ustad was subsequently seized and illegally moved to a zoo more than 250 miles away from the only home he has ever known. Secretly capturing a wild tiger and moving him to a glorified zoo is against all of India’s standard operating procedures. Locals believe the move was orchestrated for purely political reasons.

Even more concerning is that the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which is responsible for wild animal conservation in India, was not informed of the capture and move, against all of the country’s normal protocols. NTCA sent a team to the tiger reserve following the death of the forest guide and determined that Ustad was not guilty, acted as a normal tiger, and should be returned to the wild instead of locked up and exhibited at a glorified zoo for the rest of his life. Please let India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NTCA know that the world is watching and wants Ustad to be returned to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs.

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I wish to add my voice to the global ROAR that T24 Ustad be freed from captivity and immediately returned to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where he belongs! NTCA has already determined that Ustad is not guilty of the attack and death of the forest guide in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in May 2015. NTCA found that Ustad acted as a normal tiger and should be returned to the wild. Please do not sentence Ustad to a life locked up and on exhibit for the rest of his life. He is a wild tiger and should be allowed the dignity to live out the rest of his life in the wild. The world is watching.

Please send your email to each of these email addresses. THANK YOU FOR ROARING FOR USTAD!!

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Care2 Success! Mother Deer With Arrow in Her Face Is Saved

Care2 Success! Mother Deer With Arrow in Her Face Is Saved

A mother deer who suffered for more than nine months with a bow hunter’s arrow lodged in her face has finally gotten help, thanks to the efforts of thousands upon thousands of caring people from around the world who signed a Care2 petition launched on her behalf. The doe, who has been named Grace, was first spotted late last year in Marlboro, New Jersey, bearing an arrow that was presumably intended to end her life. Like many others who aren’t killed by bow hunters, she was callously left to suffer with a tragic injury. Not only has she miraculously managed to survive, eating and navigating her environment without getting caught on anything, but she also gave birth to a fawn earlier this spring.

Even though wildlife officials had known about her since at least December 2014 the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement that they tried unsuccessfully to help her over the winter and put efforts on hold in May after she became pregnant over concerns intervention could harm her fawn. Thankfully, her advocates kept the pressure on to help her. After Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) shared a video of Grace earlier this spring, her story took off.

A Care2 petition started on her behalf urging officials to uphold their promise to help her has gathered more than 106,000 signatures from supporters around the world and has been shared by major news outlets including USA Today, CBS and NBC.

This week their efforts to give Grace a voice paid off when wildlife officials finally located her, tranquilized her and removed the shaft of the arrow. According to a statement, a veterinarian present recommended the arrowhead be left because her wound had healed and removing it could cause further injury. They said Grace, who is believed to be about three to four years old, was released back into the wild with her fawn and is expected to be fine.


“We thank all of the New Jersey residents and people from all over the world who have expressed concern about the deer, as well as local residents who have been very helpful in providing information on her movements throughout the community and even set up bait stations on their properties,” said David Chanda, Director of Fish and Wildlife.

Poh Yeh Holmes, who created the petition to help Grace after seeing SHARK’s video on a friend’s Facebook page, told Care2 she is humbled by the number of signatures that came in and is “over the moon” that help finally came for her. “If something bad happens to us, we can take ourselves to the doctor but sadly, Grace is not able to. She is not able to ask for help either. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for her to graze on grass or to pick up an acorn, to reach higher up for greenery that she wanted to eat. I thought a petition to help her plight, may help,” she said.

Holmes said Grace’s advocates will now be using the petition to push lawmakers in the area to turn her range in Marlboro into a no-hunting zone to make sure she and the rest of her herd can continue to live in peace. If you know of an animal in need in your community or elsewhere who could use some advocacy on their behalf like Grace, you can help them by starting a petition.

Save Moose From Climate Change!

Moose, like polar bears, are suffering the effects of climate change. In the mid-western United States, in particular, the moose population is declining rapidly. As the winter temperatures become warmer, parasites and insects that feed on moose have gained the upper hand, spelling their demise.

Some people think there there are too many mid-western moose to list the species as endangered. There are 3500 moose in Minnesota, 500 in Michigan, and a thousand on the Isle Royale. But protection for the species needs to come now before moose populations drop below the point of no return. Far too many animals have gone extinct or nearly extinct after being listed as endangered too late for them to make a recovery.

To sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/824/465/665/?z00m=25265413&redirectID=1774275870

When Craigslist killed Dumbo

Experts say the majestic African elephant could be extinct in the wild within a decade. A website where many of us hunt for used furniture or apartment deals is helping to hammer the nail in the coffin. A new study found a flourishing black market for ivory on Craigslist, and no way to know where it comes from, despite laws and treaties banning or tightly restricting the trade. The appetite for ivory that's killing elephants across Africa and Asia is often blamed on consumers in China or Hong Kong,  but conservation groups say North America is the second largest ivory retail market in the world.

If Craigslist wants our business, they should enforce their own policy, and block ivory sales. Let’s help give elephants a fighting chance by demanding they do. The more ruckus we raise, the more leverage we’ll have in negotiating with the company to do the right thing.
Craigslist is one of the most popular pages on the web, with 50 billion page views and 80 million new postings each month, so it’s no surprise then that people looking to profit off the trade, often militant groups and international criminal syndicates, gravitate there. Wildlife groups found that despite a policy prohibiting ivory sales, sellers are still unloading ivory in major markets across the US, mostly without any documentation or proof of provenance. 

This is just one of the reasons our friends at the Wildlife Conservation Society say that 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa -- one almost every 15 minutes. And why when Craigslist turns a bind eye to ivory sales on the site, there’s no way to know if ivory trinkets are “antique” -- or hacked off the head of a dead elephant by poachers last year. Craigslist has added ivory to their list of explicitly banned items, but without enforcement it’s an empty gesture. They could do much more; like set up an aggressive monitoring system to find, and take down, ivory ads, and report illegal sales to the authorities. Let's tell Craigslist to take these no-brainer next steps right away.

This fight won’t be won overnight, but we also have a weapon up our sleeve; a dedicated elephant protection fund created by tens of thousands of Avaaz members across the world. In the months ahead we’ll be mustering significant resources against the ivory traffickers, and the businesses that enable them by looking the other way. Watch this space!

With hope and determination,

To read more and sign the petition:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/14ecb1623befdeab

Oh Darn Couldn't happen to a nicer Poacher!! Two ivory poachers have been killed after brutally murdering a rare Indian rhinoceros at a wildlife sanctuary in the northeastern state of Assam. See the video below:

The one-horned rhino was found with its horn hacked off and removed in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary about 28miles east of the city of Guwahati. Security staff heard gunshots around 1am and arrived at the scene to catch the poachers in the act.

Two men were killed in a gunfight, while the rest of the gang managed to flee with the horn. Unfortunately, the rhino could not be saved. The sanctuary is home to 93 of the world's estimated 3,000 wild Indian rhinoceros, a breed mainly found in northeastern India and Nepal. The Indian rhinoceros, also known as the one-horned rhinoceros, is the second largest mammal in Asia, after the Asian elephant.

It is the second largest rhino in the world, and males weigh an average of 4,600lbs, but can range up to 8,800lbs. The Indian rhino was previously found across the entire North Indian River Plain, but its habitat has been reduced drastically due to excessive hunting.

Karma is a wonderful thing...

Elephant kills man: Ivory poacher gets crushed to death in Zimbabwe

Animal attack! An ivory hunter is trampled to death by a wild African elephant in Charara National Park, Zimbabwe. Solomon Manjoro and Noluck Tafuruka entered the national park hoping to score some ivory. The two poachers got more than they bargained for when they failed to kill an African elephant with the first shot. The pachyderm chased them down, catching Solomon Manjoro and crushing him to death. Noluck Tafuruka escaped to a safe distance but was arrested by park rangers. Noluck Tafuruka and another accomplice were later charged with illegal possession of firearms. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2q8a6i

Yellowstone National Park is home to the last remaining, continuously-wild plains bison herd in the world. Bison are icons of our National Park System and the United States. Although they are protected within Yellowstone, once bison cross park boundaries and travel into Montana, management drastically changes--often with deadly consequences.

Under the current, outdated management plan, bison are aggressively driven from habitat on public land in Montana where they are not currently allowed. Tragically, nearly 4,000 of these magnificent animals have been shipped to slaughter since 2000.

As the 100th birthday of the National Park System approaches in 2016, now is the time to create a better approach to bison management.

The National Park Service, in partnership with the State of Montana and other federal agencies and tribal governments, is developing a new Yellowstone-area Bison Conservation Plan. But each year that goes by without a new plan leads to the senseless destruction of these majestic animals. Last winter alone, more than 600 Yellowstone-area bison were shipped to slaughter.

Together, we can change this and better protect Yellowstone bison.

Take Action: Please join NPCA in urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the Obama Administration to provide a better future for bison by completing the new Yellowstone-area Bison Conservation Plan by 2016. Ask Secretary Jewell to decrease the senseless bison slaughter, to provide them with more room to roam on conflict-free land, and to implement a plan that will treat bison similarly to other native wildlife.


Cecil the Lion: Walter James Palmer Accused of Killing Zimbabwe's Big Cat. He also has a Bear-Related Felony Record

Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American tourist of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death. The lion was lured out of Hwange National Park using a bait and was shot by Walter James Palmer with a crossbow, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told reporters.

Rodrigues said Palmer paid Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu, a private game park owner, to lure the 13-year-old Cecil. Bronkhorst and Ndlovu will face poaching charges on Wednesday in Hwange for the killing of the lion on July 1, Rodriguez said.

Image: A Zimbabwean lion called "Cecil"

Following the incident, court documents emerged showing Palmer was fined $3,000 and given a year's probation after pleading guilty over the illegal killing of a black bear in Wisconsin in 2006. Palmer had a permit to hunt bears within a certain area near Phillips, in the north of the state. But on September 1, 2006, he was part of a group of people who killed a black bear 40 miles outside this permitted zone, according to the court documents from April 2008.

Realizing what they had done, the group agreed that "if any authorities were to ask where the bear had been killed, they would say" it was hunted within the correct area, the documents added. They transported the carcass to a registration station where they certified the animal had been killed legally, the documents said, adding that the body was later taken to Minnesota, where Palmer lives.

Palmer was charged with knowingly making false statement to an agent of the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, having "falsely stated that he thought the bear had been killed legally" during interviews with officials the next month.

According The Associated Press, citing the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, the dentist was also the subject of a sexual harassment complaint settled in 2006. He admitting no wrongdoing and agreed to pay a former receptionist more than $127,000, the AP said.

He was also convicted in Minnesota court in 2003 for fishing without a licence.


Gray Wolf Appears in California For the Second Time in Nearly 100 Years

Gray Wolf Appears in California For the Second Time in Nearly 100 Years

Wildlife officials believe they have found evidence that a gray wolf has made its way into northern California, making it the second one to cross the border into the state in almost 100 years.

Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said in a statement released this week that they set up remote trail cameras in southeastern Siskiyou County in an effort to follow up on public sightings of a lone wolf that were made earlier this year.

They got some pictures in May of “a large, dark-colored, lone canid,” but couldn’t confirm for certain that it was a wolf. In June, they found tracks and put up more cameras. After downloading photos in July, the suspected wolf was captured in images again, leading biologists to conclude it is indeed a lone wolf based on its size and tracks, who is likely to have wandered down from Oregon.

The sighting is exciting for wildlife advocates who want to see this iconic species return to their historic range. Wolves once roamed vast portions of the state, but before 2011, there hadn’t been a confirmed sighting since 1924 thanks to government sponsored extermination programs that wiped them out. That’s when collared wolf OR-7, now otherwise known as Journey, made headlines after crossing the border from Oregon on a mission covering hundreds of miles to find a mate and a place to settle down.

The CDFW confirmed it isn’t him, he’s since established territory in Oregon and is busy raising a second litter of pups. While he left the state, his venture there helped clear the way for others of his kind to safely return.

Spurred by a petition from conservation organizations following his appearance, last summer the California Fish and Game Commission voted to protect gray wolves under the state’s endangered species act, which makes it illegal to harm or kill wolves in the state.

The latest sighting also couldn’t have come at a better time, as the CDFW is preparing to release its wolf management plan for public comment, giving those who want to see wolves return to California’s landscape a chance to weigh in on their future there.

“With the potential confirmation of another wolf in California, it is all the more critical that the state wolf plan provide the management strategies that will best recover and conserve these magnificent animals,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer with the Center for Biological Diversity. “While it’s exciting to most Californians that wolves are returning, there are those who hate wolves and these animals will need all the protections they can get to successfully reestablish here.”

Later this summer, and again in September, the Center, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Conservation Action and Pepperwood Preserve will be co-hosting screenings of a documentary about Journey in an effort to raise awareness about wolf recovery.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/gray-wolf-appears-in-california-for-the-second-time-in-nearly-100-years.html#ixzz3iJwWhKuu

Saving the Leopard with Furs for Life

Leopards are native to 35 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Their numbers are on the decline. .
Panthera has helped create fake leopard fur capes to be used in Shembe religious events.

Panthera has helped create fake leopard fur capes, pictured here, to be used in Shembe religious events.a few years, we’ve identified a real solution. . .”

To raise awareness of the plight of the leopard, Panthera has launched the #ifakeit movement with international superstar Shania Twain. Fans of Shania and leopards are coming together through social media to help rescue the once ubiquitous wild leopard from its hard times.

- See more at: http://www.aidforafrica.org/blog/saving-leopard-furs-life/?utm_source=care2&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=wildlife#sthash.3O8P5x1K.dpuf
Saving the Leopard with Furs for Life

Leopards are native to 35 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Their numbers are on the decline. Leopards are native to 35 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Their numbers are on the decline. It has the widest range of all big cats in the world and was once ubiquitous throughout much of Africa and Eurasia. But the leopard has fallen on hard times. Native to 35 countries in Sub Saharan Africa, today the leopard has disappeared from almost 40 percent of this historic range. Why? Leopards are dying because of a loss of habitat as a result of human population expansion, killings by herders in retribution for livestock loss, unsustainable legal trophy hunting and poaching for their skins and body parts.

Despite this, leopards haven’t received much attention in the wildlife conservation world. Aid for Africa member Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization focused on 36 species, including the imperiled African lion, cheetah, and leopard, is out to change that through a multifaceted approach focused on research, outreach and solutions for leopard conservation.

One effort is Panthera’s Furs for Life Leopard Project.

The leopard, an emblematic species of Africa, is revered for its beautiful spotted coat. Panthera reports that leopard skins are in increasing demand among members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church, whose followers wear spotted cat fur during religious celebrations. Although trade in leopard skins is illegal, this cultural practice is reducing South Africa’s leopard populations.
Panthera has helped create fake leopard fur capes to be used in Shembe religious events. Panthera has helped create fake leopard fur capes, pictured here, to be used in Shembe religious events.

    Panthera’s Leopard Program Coordinator Tristan Dickerson estimates that nearly 1,000 leopard skins are either worn or sold at every major Shembe gathering. However, the large number of fake leopard skins, including impala skins and other pelts painted with spots, gave him reason for hope.

Panthera collaborated with digital designers and clothing companies to create a cape made from high-quality, realistic fake leopard fur. Panthera and its partners are working with church leaders to encourage their members to use the sustainable fake fur capes at religious ceremonies. Some 6,000 fake leopard furs have been donated to Shembe members throughout South Africa. Dickerson and his team hope to deliver approximately 18,000 fake furs by the end of 2017.

To raise awareness of the plight of the leopard, Panthera has launched the movement with international superstar Shania Twain. Fans of Shania and leopards are coming together through social media to help rescue the once ubiquitous wild leopard from its hard times.

See more at: http://www.aidforafrica.org/blog/saving-leopard-furs-life/?utm_source=care2&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=wildlife#sthash.3O8P5x1K.dpuf

Yet another heartbreaking blow to the recovery of critically endangered red wolves.

We just learned that last week, a private landowner shot and killed a six-year old female wolf – one of only 10 breeding females left in the wild. It is likely that the wolf had puppies at the time of her death.

The fate of those pups is unknown, but our wolf experts are not optimistic they’ll be able to survive without her.

Perhaps most outrageous of all, the wolf was shot with the express permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Defenders will take whatever action is necessary to stop future tragedies like this one, and secure red wolves’ future in the wild.

In bureaucrat speak; these kinds of killings are called "lethal control." It’s a measure that’s only supposed to happen under extreme circumstances, and only after non-harmful efforts are exhausted. There is no indication that any extreme circumstances existed or that any non-lethal efforts were attempted to remove the wolf from the shooter’s property.

For decades, FWS has stumbled in its legally-mandated efforts to foster the recovery of these beautiful and secretive animals. Red wolves once roamed from Pennsylvania to Florida. Today, fewer than 100 animals survive in the wild in a small part of eastern North Carolina.

News of this unconscionable shooting comes as the state of North Carolina is turning up the pressure to put an end to red wolf recovery efforts altogether. FWS’s actions represent a grave step in the wrong direction.



Nepal's tiger population protected by troops and cameras.

Nepal's Chitwan National Park has become the first site to be accredited with Conservation Assured Tiger Standards for its success in conserving and protecting its population of big cats. The National Park is home to around 120 Royal Bengal tigers and also has the world's second largest concentration of single-horned rhinos. Poaching has come down dramatically over the years thanks to the efforts by the Nepalese government and the army, with hundreds of soldiers patrolling the park to protect the animals.

Park officials constantly monitor the wildlife by using various methods including camera trapping. The automatic cameras installed in hundreds of places deep inside the jungle take pictures of animals, helping them to estimate population numbers. The BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan joined Chitwan National Park officials to see tiger conservation efforts.

See the video: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32085852


Ranchers threatened by bison preserve

11 June 2015

Conservationists in Montana are creating an "American Serengeti" by buying up ranch land, pulling down fences and creating a vast swathe of territory for bison to roam. The American Prairie Reserve (APR) is buying cattle farms to connect with public land and create a vast open area across the wide skies of the prairie.

The reserve is trying to recreate the landscape as it was before the first white settlers arrived - before the Native Americans were driven out and the bison left close to extinction.

More than 500 pure-bred bison are already roaming the current 48 square miles (124 sq km) the owned by the park. Organisers hope to eventually have 10,000 animals living in an area 10 times the size. Philanthropists are donating the money for the effort, and farms are being bought up. But ranchers are opposed to the idea saying it is a threat to their communities and their livelihoods.

See the video: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33085651

Lioness Befriends Trainer: See the video link.

Daily Cute: Lioness Befriends Trainer

Cats often do make the best companions, but this one is a bit larger than the average housecat. Sirga the lioness at the Modisa Wildlife Projects in Botswana, a program dedicated to conserving endangered wildlife, greets her trainer Valentin Grüner, who has obviously earned her trust, with a big hug.

Read more and see the video: http://www.care2.com/causes/daily-cute-lioness-befriends-trainer.html#ixzz3bugJX43o

Does Our Future Include Elephants, Rhinos and Gorillas?

Does Our Future Include Elephants, Rhinos and Gorillas?

Some of the world’s biggest — and most threatened — animals are herbivores. While these plant-powered creatures rarely hurt a fly, a new study shows that they’re under attack. And not so surprisingly, humans are largely to blame.

In the Not Too Distant Future… “Empty Landscapes”

As reported in The Washington Post, a study published in Science Advances paints a very dark earth. In the not too distant future, picture our planet with “empty landscapes.” A landscape without elephants, rhinos, gorillas and hippos just to name a few. The authors of the study are clear: the herbivores are in trouble, and it’s our fault. Wrap your head around this: 60 percent of the large herbivores are now threatened by extinction.

What’s exactly hurting the herbivores? The short answer is humans. More specifically, our growing population, our out of hand hunting and our voracious appetite for animal products that devastates herbivore habitats. And if we couple herbivores’ naturally low birth rates to all of that, it’s easy to see how they’re getting the short end of the stick.

It’s going to take worldwide action to turn this around. We can help protect the herbivores if together we reduce our birth rates, give women basic rights, consume less animals and animal byproducts, stop the poaching, protect designated protected areas and fight climate change. It’s a tall order, but aren’t they worth the sacrifices?

Recklessly losing our majestic herbivores is a crime. But it’s also much more than that. Large herbivores play vital roles in their environments.

3 Herbivore Ecological Engineers

You can think of these herbivores as ecological engineers. As any good nature documentary shows, it’s easy to see how predators keep other animals — and the environment — under control. While not as exciting as a lioness stalking a gazelle, large herbivores also keep their environment in check. Here a few ways large herbivores serve their environments.


Elephants aren’t the best seed digesters, and that’s great news for their environments. Elephants can leave precious seeds wherever they plop down and relieve themselves. They also actively sculpt their environment when they’re “digging with their front legs, pulling up grass [and] knocking down big trees,” reports BBC.

Extinction Red Alert!: An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its tusks; at this rate, none will be left roaming in 2025.


Up until recently, rhinos got very little credit for engineering their environment. According to Smithsonian Magazine, rhinos are equipped to knock down trees. And research shows that areas with less rhinos “had 60 to 80 percent less short grass cover than places where rhinos frequently hung out.”

Extinction Red Alert!: In 2014, one rhino was killed every eight hours just in South Africa.


Like other primates, gorillas help the environment in two main ways. Primates play key role in how seeds are dispersed can literally structure entire ecosystems. Their role as folivores also puts them in the eco engineering position; for instance, they’ll eat the flowers so much that the plant species “does not set fruit.”

Extinction Red Alert!: Three of the four gorilla species are critically endangered. The Cross River Gorilla only has approximately 300 members left.

It’s clear that humans aren’t the only ones who can change the landscape. We’re making critical changes to our environment that have consequences larger than we know. Unfortunately, the large herbivores can’t keep up. Can you imagine what our world will look like without them?

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/does-our-future-include-elephants-rhinos-and-gorillas.html#ixzz3aJkOeH7p

The New Yorker: The Forest Elephants

Andrea Turkalo has been studying forest elephants at Central African Republic’s Dzanga bai for more than 20 years. In this video co-produced by WCS and the New Yorker, she speaks passionately about their dwindling numbers and recent poaching attacks. “A mammal that has a brain that big, and is so conscious of family ties – they miss family members that have been killed.” Watch the full video now. http://www.wcs.org/news-and-features-main/the-forest-elephants.aspx

Stand for elephants

We cannot be the generation that allows elephants to disappear. I pledge that I will not buy or sell ivory, and I will support a moratorium on ivory products in my country. http://www.96elephants.org/?utm_medium=web&utm_source=WCS&utm_campaign=96%20Elephants%20Launch

Then and Now, Conservation Action Takes a Movement

In 1907 the American Bison Society arranged for 15 bison donated by the New York Zoological Society (NYZS) to be shipped by railway from the Bronx Zoo to the Wichita National Forest and Game Preserve in Oklahoma to begin the work of restoring the Western Plains' depleted bison population - reduced in the preceding half-century from well over 20 million to a mere 23 animals in the wild.

In the late 19th century, bison numbers in the American West plummeted from well over 20 million to a mere 23 animals in the wild. Photo by Jeff Burrell ©WCS.

The shipment was an extraordinary achievement - the start of what would become the first successful organized conservation effort to save a species from extinction. In the ensuing decades the wild bison population would rebound to close to 25,000, with another quarter million maintained as managed herds in every state in the union. So inspiring is the end result that one could be forgiven in forgetting the work required to make it happen.

Two years earlier, in 1905, Bronx Zoo Director William T. Hornaday brought together a group of diverse stakeholders to form the American Bison Society (ABS). With President Theodore Roosevelt as honorary president, ABS set out to prevent the extinction of the American bison by establishing a number of small herds in widely separated parts of the country.

Anticipating the challenge, Hornaday had already lobbied the Congress to set aside federal land in Oklahoma for the purpose of creating game preserves (as ABS would later do for land in South Dakota and Nebraska). Hornaday now gathered available bison from around the northeast to establish a small population at the Bronx Zoo, operated by NYZS (today the Wildlife Conservation Society, or WCS).

In 1907 the American Bison Society arranged for 15 bison donated by the New York Zoological Society (now the Wildlife Conservation Society, or WCS) to be shipped by railway from the Bronx Zoo to the Wichita National Forest and Game Preserve in Oklahoma. Photo ©WCS.

To defray the cost of transporting the animals west, the ABS worked with both Wells Fargo and American Express. The public was also engaged. Between 1908 and 1909, conservation-minded individuals from 29 states - as well as the District of Columbia, England, Canada, and France - made personal contributions, raising more than $10,500 in support of the Montana National Bison herd.

Hornaday juggled these disparate elements of his campaign expertly. Decades before Rachel Carson's passionate call for the protection of our forests, streams, and pastures in her book Silent Spring, Hornaday helped to establish a veritable blueprint for modern environmental movement-building - one that he would apply again and again to achieve the vision and goals of the zoological society.

As WCS turns 120 this week, it continues that tradition of effective conservation movement building begun a century ago. The past two years have seen perhaps the most ambitious and successful of these efforts with the creation of the 96 Elephants campaign. The campaign takes its name from the roughly 35,000 elephants being killed across Africa each year for their ivory - a figure that translates into 96 elephants per day, or one every 15 minutes.

With the slaughter of African elephants reaching 35,000 a year (96 a day), WCS established the 96 Elephants campaign in 2013, joining leaders of elephant range states, NGO partners, and the Clinton Global Initiative (above) in a commitment to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand for elephant ivory. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS.

Responding to the devastating poaching crisis, the 96 Elephants campaign developed a three-prong strategy to curtail the illegal ivory trade: stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand. Central to this effort has been an acknowledgement that the United States has itself played a large role in driving demand for ivory.

With poached ivory being sold and traded as antique (the latter is protected by law, but the two are very difficult to distinguish), a tightening of restrictions on ivory purchases and sales in the United States needed to take place.

To read the rest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-f-calvelli/wcs-at-120-then-and-now-c_b_7190742.html

Stop the USDA Wildlife Services from Senselessly Slaughtering Our Wildlife

Stop the USDA Wildlife Services from Senselessly Slaughtering Our Wildlife

You might remember the heartbreaking story that I shared about Caesar, the pet mini-pig who was shot by a Department of Natural Resources officer. The officer confused Caesar with a wild “nuisance” pig. Caesar had a name and a human family to mourn his loss and tell his story. But what about the nameless animals who we’ll never meet? They call America’s shrinking wildlife “home” too.

“Unnecessary Extermination of American Wildlife Must Stop”

According to a 2015 press release from The Center for Biological Diversity, new data shows that the USDA’s Wildlife Services admitted to killing over “2.7 million animals during fiscal year 2014, including wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, beavers, foxes, eagles and other animals.” They died because agricultural, livestock and other special interests groups determined that they were “pests,” and their lives don’t matter.

While the new data suggests that there are less killings,the protectors of these animals aren’t satisfied. In 2013, Wildlife Services killed 4 million innocent animals. The Center for Biological Diversity still classifies 2.7 million lives as a “reckless slaughter of wildlife” that resulted in the loss of:

  • 322 gray wolves
  • 61,702 coyotes
  • 580 black bears
  • 305 mountain lions
  • 796 bobcats
  • 454 river otters
  • 2,930 foxes
  • 3 bald eagles
  • 5 golden eagles
  • 22,496 beavers
  • 15,698 black-tailed prairie dogs
  • 16 pet dogs (unintentional fatalities)

There was also collateral damage. In this real war against animals, 33,309 black-tailed prairie dogs’ dens were also destroyed. And the press release describes that these shocking figures might not be the whole picture, since agency insiders claim that animals injured or wounded aren’t factored in the official report.

A senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, Amy Atwood, openly speaks out against these killings of animals who deserved a much better end than they got. Atwood reveals that many of these animals didn’t even have a fair chance, “It’s sickening to see these staggering numbers and to know that so many of these animals were cut down by aerial snipers, deadly poisons and traps.”

Despite pressure from activists and scientists, “Wildlife Services does its dirty work far from public view and clearly has no interest in cleaning up its act,” says Atwood. In fact, since 1996, “Wildlife Services has shot, poisoned and strangled by snare more than 27 million native animals.” It definitely sounds like Wildlife Services is catering much more to the monetary interests of agriculture and livestock owners than America’s wildlife. Atwood says the “unnecessary extermination of American wildlife must stop.”

In Defense of These “Pests”

It must stop for the animals and for our fragile ecosystem. Many of these so-called pests perform key environmental functions that we can’t ignore.

Wolves: When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park after 70 years, amazing things started to happen via the ecological process of a trophic cascade. The effects of a predator, like a wolf, went beyond changing the behavior of its prey, deer. In the Yellowstone example, the presence of wolves trickled down to changing the behavior of the park’s rivers.

Beavers: Per the 2014 data, our landscape lost 22,496 beavers. That means that 22,496 ecological engineers who make our ecosystems healthier were lost. According to Smithsonian Magazine, beavers’ “dams create wetlands that take up floodwaters, preventing flash floods. Studies in Colorado and Canada have shown that beaver ponds make droughts less devastating by raising groundwater levels and keeping soils moist in the absence of rain.” In this critical time of drought for everyone (not just Californians), can we really afford to lose so many beavers?

Coyotes: Despite being a keystone species, coyotes have it rough: Wildlife Services wiped out 61,702 coyotes (that we know about) in one year. Predator Defense describes how “coyotes maintain the balance in the food web below and around them,” and their presence or absence greatly impacts the animals around them. Coyotes are ruthlessly killed because they are a perceived threat to livestock. But Project Coyote describes a study that found that removing predators, like coyotes, does more harm to livestock than good, e.g. livestock have to compete with more species for food without predators.

If you’d like to learn more about the cause, a recent documentary, Exposed, talks to former agents and government officials to highlight how our government has declared war on these innocent animals.

Ricky Gervais Sparks Social Media Firestorm By Shaming Giraffe Killer April 13, 2015

Ricky Gervais proved himself to be an animal activist this week when he posted a photo of a female hunter smiling next to the body of a giraffe she had killed.

"What must've happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal and then lie next to it smiling?" the British comedian tweeted on Monday.

The woman has been identified as Rebecca Francis, a former contestant on the 2010 reality show "Extreme  Huntress," and she has since attempted to defend her actions by saying the giraffe was "old and lonely."

What must've happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling? pic.twitter.com/DyYw1T5ck2

The graphic image quickly sparked a social media firestorm, with fans of both the "Extras" actor and the supporters of the animal kingdom slamming Francis. 'She's so proud of herself!' Other followers even wished Francis herself suffer a similar fate. "May that horrible woman die a lonely, painful death," another person wrote.

@rickygervais May that horrible woman die a lonely, painful death.

However, Francis claims that she was actually putting the giraffe out if it's misery as it was elderly and close to death. "When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe. I was approached toward the end of my hunt with a unique circumstance," she told HuntingLife.com in an interview posted on her Facebook page. "They showed me this beautiful old bull giraffe that was wandering all alone. He had been kicked out of the herd by a younger and stronger bull."

Francis said she killed the animal to provide food and provisions for the locals. "I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second ... They also took his tail to make jewelry, his bones to make other things, and did not waste a single part of him. I am grateful to be a part of something so good," she added.

On Wednesday, Gervais voiced his sympathy for another animal suffering at the hands of hunters when he posted a photo of an orphaned elephant. "Heartbreaking. Getting an orphaned baby elephant through the night after his mum was murdered for ivory," he wrote. Heartbreaking. Getting an orphaned baby elephant through the night after his mum was murdered for ivory #KillTheTrade pic.twitter.com/Cxquhj4lMQ

The actor, who recently returned to Netflix with his comedy series "Derek," is also calling for the conservation of African rhinos. "Don't be surprised when people don't care about a cause as much as you do. Don't be deterred either," he wrote.

See tweets from Gervais and his supporters below.

The West African Black Rhino has been officially declared extinct. It was hunted for its horn. Shame on our species. Don't be surprised when people don't care about a cause as much as you do. Don't be deterred either. Not caring how other countries treat the eco system is like living in a tower block & not caring that your neighbour's flat is on fire.

The post Ricky Gervais Sparks Social Media Firestorm By Shaming Giraffe Killer appeared first on TheWrap.


Dear Big Cat Rescuer, If you loved the March for Lions event last year, you will really love Safari Days!  Once a year we will host a reduced price day for all ages where you can come and get an overview of the sanctuary.  The money from these events will be donated to protecting exotic cats in the wild...where they belong!  

We sold out quickly last year so be sure to mark the date of Sunday, Father's Day June 21, 2015 from noon till 3PM.  Watch your inbox for an invitation to purchase tickets as soon as we can get that set up online.  Tickets will be $10 per person, and a paid person can bring their father for free.

We can't take your reservation until we get the system set up for that and we are trying to make sure we have the most up to date info on you, so please check your info at the subscription link at the bottom of this email to make sure you get a proper invite.

What's in Your Closet...or Garage...or Yard?


Some Grrrreat Videos Since Last Month


Sad Goodbye to Four Beloved Cats

Since the last AdvoCat newsletter went out we have had to say a sorrowful goodbye to four of our beloved feline family members.  Alexander Bobcat age 21, Natasha the Siberian Lynx age 21, Reno the Leopard age 20, and Cybil Serval age 19. Click on the links to read their stories and tributes.

Blood of the Tiger

blood-of-the-tiger-millsReview by Big Cat Rescue's Howard Baskin: "This is the best nonfiction book I have ever read - could not put it down. The fact that Mills spend decades working at all levels of the effort to save the tiger from going extinct - from the highest levels of diplomacy to on the ground undercover investigation - and can give us the REAL story of what goes on behind the scenes and the politics that can so impair the effectiveness of the efforts gives us an insight we cannot get from any other source. The private conversations and meetings she was privy to takes us deep into truly understanding what is happening in the efforts of the West and India and many other countries to keep the tiger from going extinct in the wild, and the long term strategy of patience and deception employed by China to thwart these efforts. It also reveals the way the rampant breeding of tigers kept in horrible conditions in the US impairs the credibilty of our State Department in its efforts to urge banning the international trade in tiger parts that is driving the poaching that has decimated the tiger population. A must read for anyone who cares about the impending extinction of one of the earth's most majestic animals." --Howard Baskin Get it in print, digital or audio book form here: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Tiger-Conspiracy-Magnificent-Species/dp/0807074969

Meet Some Paw-some Volunteers


If you like unique tattoos, check out Matt's cats here

Tigers 4 Tigers Awareness Marathon

Tigers for Tigers is a national coalition that represents students of schools with tiger mascots. There are 56 United States university tiger mascots - that's 450,000 students being represented! The organization formed at Clemson University in South Carolina in April 2013 and has since grown to include schools all across the nation. Carole Baskin spoke at this event alongside the late, great, Ron Tilson. Tigers4TigersMarathon
Big Cat Rescue's Legislative Intern, J.J. will be representing us at the Clemson Chapter in South Carolina 5K Run for the Tiger on Saturday April 11th. It's an annual event they have for Big Cat welfare and awareness and we will be providing tees for the winners.  Photo above is for another marathon run by RIT Tigers4Tigers.  Connect with Tigers4Tigers.

Mickey Cougar Surgery Update

Mickey-Cougar-ACL-2015-1When we rescued Mickey the cougar, he could barely walk because the ACLs in both back knees were torn and had been left untreated for over a year.  He was also literally starving to death and in no shape to be sedated for hours of surgery.  We stabilized him and had the first surgery done last year and then he needed several months to heal and regain the muscle in his legs, before we could attempt the second surgery.  

Read about that most recent surgery and see how Mickey is doing here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/mickey-cougar-surgery-update/

Give Day Tampa Bay

Give Day Tampa Bay is a contest where thousands of dollars in prizes are awarded based on how many donors participate and how many dollars are raised on that day, May 5.

Thanks to all of you, last year Big Cat Rescue won $22,000 in prizes, more than any other nonprofit, including some much larger ones. Because many of the prizes are based on how many donors participate, even small donations are a huge help.

This year we will be competing again on May 5 for just 24 hours of fundraising and we are hoping with your help to triumph again. Of course, we will be promoting this on Facebook the day before and that day. But a great way to be sure to participate is to sign up online in advance and make a pledge and the organizers will send an email reminding you.

The site to do that is : https://www.givedaytampabay.org/ To donate by check your check MUST be dated May 5, 2015 and received by us before May 5th. Thanks for making us the overall winner last year and for you support this year to do it again!

Reminder of New Tour Times

Big Cat Rescue is making major changes to better focus our energy on saving the most big cats possible.  This includes huge changes to our Education Program and Tours, so check out the new tour times and prices here: http://bigcatrescue.org/visit-the-big-cats/  Our goal is to end the trade in exotic cats as pets, props and for their parts.  These changes will help us reach that goal along with your continued support.  

Please share this AdvoCat newsletter with your friends and family.  Thank you from Carole and the Cats!


PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Zoo announced Monday that 31-year-old Asian elephant "Rama" was euthanized.

Rama, son of the Oregon Zoo's most well-known elephant Packy, suffered a leg injury 25 years ago and veterinary staff recently determined the pain and mobility issues associated with the injury had become too much for the elephant to bear, according to zoo spokesman Hova Najarian.

Najarian said Rama was born April 1, 1983 to Packy and Rosy, Oregon's first elephant. He said Rama was known "for his sweet disposition and Jackson Pollock-like painting technique." His paintings (such as the one pictured below) were even put on display in the Pearl District's Mark Woolley Gallery.

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Rama was injured when older female elephants began to push him out of the herd in 1990, Najarian explained. Rama fell into a moat that in those days surrounded the elephant area. The enclosure was redesigned immediately after the injury. "We knew Rama's injury would catch up with him someday, but it still doesn't make the loss any easier," said elephant curator Bob Lee. "This is a sad day for everyone at the zoo. My heart goes out especially to all the keepers and animal-care staff who have been close to Rama through the years."

Rama was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2013, but veterinarian Dr. Tim Storms said the disease was not a factor in his decline. A memorial event for Rama is being planned.


Tiger Loopholes Put People and Animals at Risk

There is a crisis with captive tigers across the nation, and the Obama administration must do something about it. By some estimates there are more tigers living in the United States today than there are remaining in the wild in Asia, because of federal loopholes that encourage reckless overbreeding and public handling of the animals. These tigers are kept in inhumane conditions at shoddy roadside zoos, are funneled into the exotic pet trade, and even dragged to shopping malls and fairs for photo ops. While tigers are endangered in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently exempts mixed lineage or “generic” tigers from registration under its captive-bred wildlife regulations. Because of this lack of regulation the total number of tigers in our communities is unknown, and nearly all of them are held at unaccredited breeding facilities, substandard roadside zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, traveling zoos, private menageries, and as personal pets.

The Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a rule in 2011 to close the loophole and regulate generic tigers, but nearly four years later that rule is still languishing. It’s time for the administration to act and give these generic tigers the same legal protections as purebred tigers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, too, must prohibit the public from handling and having direct interaction with big cats, bears, and primates. In one of the most extreme cases of government being totally disconnected from the real world, the USDA has previously suggested that it’s acceptable for members of the public to hold and cuddle tiger cubs during a short window when the animals are between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks old.

This encourages the constant breeding of tigers so there’s a steady supply of infant cubs available for photos and interaction with the public at roadside zoos and shopping malls across the country. When the baby tigers grow up and become dangerous and difficult to handle, they’re dumped, with some ending up at sanctuaries and nonprofit animal welfare groups across the country that must then spend millions of dollars to care for them for up to 15 or 20 years. Far too many animals are in crisis because our laws still permit the private ownership and overbreeding of dangerous predators by reckless individuals—and it’s the rest of society, including government agencies and taxpayers, who have to clean up the mess.

In the last 24 years, four children have been killed and 66 have lost limbs or suffered other injuries in incidents involving captive big cats. Eighteen adults have been killed in similar incidents during that time, and many others have been mauled. To date there’ve been more than 330 recorded cases of dangerous interactions with big cats, with cases in almost every state since 1990.

The USDA has been considering a petition to close this dangerous loophole since 2012, but once again, it’s been years with no action. How many more tragedies will occur, and how many more millions of dollars will be spent caring for cast-off tigers, before the Obama Administration takes action? Closing the loopholes on generic tigers and public contact will make our communities safer, help animal welfare, and save taxpayers from footing the bill for this reckless trade.



It's been a hopeful week for elephants used for entertainment. After 35 years of campaigning by PETA, Ringling has announced that it will phase out elephant acts by 2018. The hours, days, and years that you put into leafleting, protesting, and talking to your friends and family every time the circus came to town have paid off. You helped change the minds of countless people who had no idea about the lifetime of suffering that elephants used in circus performances endure. Your hard work helped make this happen. Congratulations!

Tell the USDA: Protect Baby Tigers, Lions and Other Wild Animals

Baby tigers, lions, and other wild animals are frequently used by unscrupulous exhibitors for public handling, typically until they are just a few months old. The animals are then often discarded, with many ending up warehoused at roadside zoos and pseudo-sanctuaries or in the hands of unqualified people with private menageries. There is no reason why any member of the public should ever have direct contact with wild animals and their cubs.

You now have the opportunity to object to this inhumane and dangerous activity. IFAW has joined other animal welfare organizations in a legal petition that urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban all public contact and close encounters with big cats, bears, and primates.

Please sign this petition to urge the USDA to create a rule that finally prohibits all public contact with big cats and other wildlife species.


Kid Rock, Don't Kill Big Cats For Trophies

Kid Rock killed a mountain lion just for fun and posed, grinning, with the dead cat's carcass. The snuffed lion hangs limp in his arms against a snowy mountainous backdrop. Though mountain lions are not a protected species, animal rights groups are justifiably outraged by Kid Rock's arrogant disrespect for wildlife.

Human expansion has not been kind to mountain lions, also called cougars and panthers. These graceful and stealthy animals used to range the entire continental United States, but by the mid-20th century, they were extinct in the eastern states except for Florida.

Mountain lion populations in the western states are in decline, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Because they are so secretive and solitary, mountain lions represent little to no risk to humans. No one needs to shoot a mountain lion, much less gloat about it. Tell Kid Rock to stop hunting at-risk species for fun.


Help save the largest temperate woodland in the world and the animals and birds that live there

A proposal to turn 500,000 hectares of Australia’s largest temperate woodland into farmland would see the destruction of millions of trees and destroy the habitat of countless animals and birds.

The Great Western Woodlands spans 16 million hectares in south-eastern Western Australia, ranging from the wheat belt area located west of Kalgoorlie to Esperance and stretching toward the Nullarbor Plain.

The woodlands are the largest intact temperate woodland left in the world - but just 12 percent is protected in conservation reserves. This category of woodland has been mostly fragmented in places such as South Africa, Europe and North and South America.

Scientists have noted the woodland is home to 20 percent of all Australian plant species and 25 percent of all eucalypt species. Many species that have become rare or extinct in other parts of Australia such as bilbies, numbats and scarlet-chested parrots are still found in the woodlands.

Moreover, the move to convert the area to farmland will contradict the federal government’s own Direct Action policy on climate change as it would release up to 40 million tonnes of stored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The Great Western Woodlands needs to be protected from any kind of development. Please sign and share the petition.


After 18 Years at an Ice Cream Store, Ricky the Bear Gets Some Legal Help

After 18 Years at an Ice Cream Store, Ricky the Bear Gets Some Legal Help

A black bear named Ricky has spent almost two decades in a cage outside of Jim Mack’s Ice Cream in Pennsylvania, but her future could change for the better if a lawsuit filed on her behalf is successful.

This week the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), with the support of four concerned residents who are named as plaintiffs, filed a public nuisance lawsuit in York County that ultimately seeks to have her moved to a sanctuary and bar her owner, James H. McDaniel, Jr., from getting another bear in her place. They’re arguing that she is being kept in conditions that violate the state’s wildlife protection laws, which require the humane care and treatment of animals, and that her being there poses a threat to public safety.

Ricky’s advocates point out that her wild counterparts have a home range of 16 to 30 square miles where they can explore, climb, swim, den, forage and enjoy a variety of food.

Unfortunately for Ricky, her life consists of a pacing back and forth in a barren pen with concrete flooring where she has nothing to do day after day. Witnesses report her showing the stereotypic behavior of a miserable captive animal who is showing signs of mental and physical stress and are concerned for her future health and well being.

Her advocates are also arguing that she’s being fed dog food, along with corn from a vending machine on the property, that’s tossed down a chute onto the ground in her enclosure. Not only is that an inappropriate diet for a bear, but the system set up for her lacks supervision for public interactions and feeding and increases the risk of transmitting diseases to Ricky.

Dr. Ursula Bechert, DVM, PhD, who examined her in person said she will experience “a slow torturous decline in physical and mental health” if she remains where she is. Footage taken by Kelly Bennett, one of the plaintiffs, shows exactly why Ricky should be moved.

According to the lawsuit, the Mack has also been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to provide regular veterinary care and failing to maintain fencing that would keep Ricky, humans and other animals safe, noting an especially worrisome inspection by the state’s game commission that recently found that the door to her enclosure wasn’t even locked.

The good news, according to the ALDF, is that the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries has agreed to place her into one of its accredited sanctuaries where she can live out the rest of her days in an appropriate environment. At a sanctuary she’ll have about 200 times the space she has now and she’ll be able to engage in natural behaviors and just be a bear.

The York Daily Record reports that Mack hasn’t commented on the present situation, but has previously said Ricky is not mistreated and that it wouldn’t make sense to mistreat her because she’s “the star of the show.”

Unfortunately, cases like Ricky’s and others, including Tony the Truck Stop Tiger in Louisiana and Ben the Bear in North Carolina, have highlighted the importance of avoiding places that keep wild animals as attractions with little regard for their actual needs. Just because owners claim to care about their animals, or have a permit to keep them, doesn’t make it right.

While we wait for the outcome of Ricky’s case, her advocates are urging people to boycott Jim Mack’s ice cream until she is moved.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/after-18-years-at-an-ice-cream-store-ricky-the-bear-gets-some-legal-help.html#ixzz3OYjmZG9E

Why 2015 Will Be a Good Year for Wildlife

   There’s always plenty of reason to get depressed about the prospects for wildlife at the start of a new year. Environmentalists were, for instance, unable to stop last weekend’s predator-hunting derby by Idaho’s abundant population of anti-wolf idiots. But there’s good news too: They didn’t kill any. (It took the sound and fury of 125 hunters to shoot just 30 coyotes.)

Better still, a study published last month in the journal Science reported that even if the Idaho effete tremble at the idea of living with their native predators, Europe is handling them just fine. The continent that gave us Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf is now home to twice as many wolves as the contiguous United States, despite being half the size and more than twice as densely populated. Look for wolves to expand their range this year, building on recent forays into Denmark and Belgium. Thanks to its equivalent of the Endangered Species Act, Europe also manages to live happily with an estimated 17,000 brown bears, compared with just 1,800 grizzly bears in the U.S.’s Lower 48.

My point is that we should start the new year not in frustration and despair at the plight of wildlife but intent on success, because the worldwide fight for wildlife has compiled an extraordinary record of achievement. (I’m thinking of the U.S. recovery of bison and bald eagles, for starters.) With that in mind, the list of areas where we should focus on winning in 2015 starts with the usual suspects: climate change and habitat loss. 

Yes, I know, you’re tired of reading about the perils of a warming planet. Me too. But when it comes to wildlife, nothing else comes close to having the same impact. Species from coral to Kirtland’s warblers are already shifting their ranges to adjust to new regional temperatures, while other species have declined or simply vanished. Even protected areas may not provide much of a refuge: Without connectivity between high-quality habitats, many animals won’t be able to migrate to cope with rising temperatures.

So where can we work for progress on the issue? Republicans in Washington, who once dreamed up the ingenious marketplace fix for pollution called cap and trade, now think the Keystone XL pipeline is God. And for the next two years, the Party of No Hope is calling the shots in Congress.

On the other hand, China joined the United States late last year in announcing an agreement to reduce emissions, a surprise move that lent an air of optimism to the ensuing Lima, Peru, climate change negotiations. The accord that came out of Lima was weaker than many had hoped for. But negotiators will meet again late this year in Paris, and one proposed paragraph calls for a binding deal on “carbon neutrality/net zero emissions by 2050.” Will it happen? The reluctance of countries to make firm pledges in Lima does not bode well.

To read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/01/09/why-2015-will-be-good-year-wildlife?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2015-01-09

Watch Rabbits Rescued From Laboratory Take First Hop of Freedom

Watch Rabbits Rescued From Laboratory Take First Hop of Freedom

The animal experimentation industry is shadowed in secrecy, and it’s not often that the victims make it out alive, but last week eight lucky rabbits found sanctuary when they were rescued just days before they were planned to be killed.

Born and raised on a breeding farm, these innocent rabbits have been confined to tiny, barren cages for their entire lives. Unable to move freely or express their natural desires to dig and hide, this sort of unimaginable suffering is not something that any living being should ever be subjected to.

The rabbits, who are now safe and sound with us here at Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary, will need time to fully recover from the terrifying experiences they have been subjected to. While we do not know exactly what experiments they have been used for, each of these beautiful little bunnies is marked with the sinister cuts and scars of an industry rooted in cruelty. Gentle, sweet and affectionate, rabbits, like all animals, only want to live a life free from pain and suffering. To eat the fresh grass, feel the earth beneath their feet, and the sun on their soft little white backs.

Gap Inc. continues to sell fur items through its brand INTERMIX, which has 30 stores and an online shopping site.

INTERMIX sells fur from rabbits, coyotes, foxes, minks, and Asiatic raccoon dogs—animals who are often slammed to the ground and beaten with metal rods, causing convulsions and broken bones.

If you wouldn't do that to animals, don't let other people get away with it!


Never be silent,

Pretty smart for a monkey. When His Friend Was Electrocuted, This Monkey Knew Just What to Do

After a rough news year, it's nice to see a heartwarming video just before the holidays. At an Indian train station, a monkey falls onto the tracks and gets electrocuted, and another monkey steps in to save the day. He dunks the injured friend in water and shakes the unconscious primate—and appears to be working hard to bring it back to life. 

Luisa Arnedo, who has a Ph.D. in primate behavior, told National Geographic that the video is "an amazing representation of the complexity of primate behavior."

"It is a reminder of how much we still don't understand about their societies and their reactions, and how much is left to do for those studying primates," she said. 

While the monkey's heroics definitely seem incredible, it's worth remembering that animals do this kind of thing more than you'd think. http://www.takepart.com/video/2014/12/24/when-his-friend-was-electrocuted-monkey-knew-just-what-do?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-12-24

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Grand Canyon’s Lone Wolf Has Likely Been Killed

Grand Canyon’s Lone Wolf Has Likely Been Killed

At the beginning of November, a lone female gray wolf made international headlines after she was spotted in the Kaibab National Forest north of the Grand Canyon National Park, marking the first time one has been seen in Arizona in 70 years.

She was wearing a radio collar, and DNA testing confirmed that she had traveled all the way from the Northern Rockies, nearly 450 miles away. Later named Echo in an online naming contest, her presence raised hope that this iconic species could continue to disperse and establish desperately needed new territories essential for wolf recovery in the Southwest. Sadly, her life and the hope that came with her are believed to have been cut tragically short by a coyote hunter in Utah who is confirmed to have killed a collared gray wolf.

According to the Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), the unnamed hunter shot the wolf in question a few miles away from Beaver near the Tushar Mountains. He called the DWR to report the kill after finding the collar and realizing she wasn’t a coyote. The DWR then contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which confirmed the wolf was a young female who was collared in Cody, Wyo.

Echo’s advocates are still waiting for confirmation via DNA testing that it was her, but they fear the worst.

“It’s heartbreaking that another far-wandering wolf has been cut down with a fatal gunshot,” said Michael Robinson, a wolf advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. “This female wolf could have helped wolves naturally recover in remote regions of Utah and neighboring states. Federal authorities need to conduct a full investigation into this latest killing, which is part of a disturbing pattern.” Wolves still have federal protection in most of Utah, but the anti-predator crowd has made it clear that they and coyotes are unwelcome.

In 2012, Utah started offering a $50 bounty to encourage killing coyotes under the guise of a predator control program even though coyotes could already be killed year round in unlimited numbers. Last year, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife successfully convinced politicians to fork over $300,000 from the state’s general fund to lobby against wolves who don’t even exist in the state, while the DWR wants them stripped of any and all protection.

“This is a very sad day for wolf conservation and for Utah,” Kirk Robinson, executive director of the Utah-based Western Wildlife Conservancy, told the Salt Lake Tribune. “All competent wildlife biologists already know that coyote hunting, including our state bounty program, is ineffective, and therefore a waste of money ― and now we see that it is also a threat to other wildlife and to wolf recovery.”

Unfortunately, wanton killing of coyotes and cases of mistaken identity have also threatened red wolf recovery in North Carolina and Mexican gray wolf recovery in Arizona and New Mexico. The issue also raises serious concerns about the cruel, misguided and unregulated targeting of coyotes who are also a vital part of healthy ecosystems – yet have been continuously left out in the cold with no protection, despite the fact that they also suffer as a result of hunting and trapping.

Save the Florida Panther!

Tell Florida Power & Light: Help Save the Florida Panther!

Florida Power & Light Co. is planning a huge new power plant on thousands of acres of rural land south of Lake Okeechobee in Hendry County - but this land is prime habitat for the endangered Florida panther. Although they once roamed the entire southeast of the country, there are now only 100 to 160 Florida panthers remaining.

The Florida panther is one of the most at-risk mammals in the country and has been listed on the Endangered Species Act since 1973. This vulnerable animal is protected by Florida state law, yet Florida Light & Power Co. is moving ahead with plans for their massive new plant.

The plant would fragment and destroy the panther habitat just north of the Seminole Tribe's Big Cypress Reservation. Plus, it could use as much as 22 million gallons of water a day, threatening water availability.


Killing Contest Shut Down

gray wolf in yellowstone pc Sam Parks

After thousands of you spoke out and we filed suit, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reversed course and revoked its permit for a wildlife-killing contest in Idaho. Thank you! This win is a huge victory for carnivores, like coyotes, bobcats, and wolves, who depend on our public lands for their survival. Unfortunately, while the Bureau of Land Management has backed down, the U.S. Forest Service is still allowing the killing contest on national forest lands. Right now, with you behind us, we’re in court to make sure no blood is shed on our national forests and to fully put an end to ecologically reckless and ethically indefensible wildlife killing.

Grand Canyon Wolf is a Girl
from the North Country

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It’s confirmed! The wolf spotted on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is, in fact, a tenacious female Canis lupus. And after a worldwide contest, Guardians joined in christening this intrepid female, “Echo.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used hair and scat to identify her, rather than an invasive—and risky—live capture, which we strongly opposed. Incredibly, it was also confirmed that she is from the Northern Rockies. This gives fresh hope for recovery throughout the lower 48 in the U.S., where wolves are still absent from 95% of their historic range. Join us as we continue to work to ensure wolves are free to return to their homes throughout the American West.

Seeking Justice for Lynx

Canada Lynx NPS Jacob W. Frank cropped

Last month, Guardians filed suit to secure desperately needed protections for the imperiled lynx and the endangered high mountain habitat it needs. Despite being protected under the Endangered Species Act, its home remains threatened. Considered to be North America’s original snow cat, climate change is exacting a toll on the wild forests sustaining the species in the American West. In spite of this, in September the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refused to protect habitat for the lynx throughout its western range, leaving its home vulnerable and setting back recovery. Represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, our suit aims to secure and strengthen habitat protections in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. 

Keeping the Mexican Wolf
out of the Crosshairs

Mexican wolf small pc Ray Rafiti

With you at our side, Guardians is stepping up to confront a proposed plan that would increase Mexican wolf killing and undermine the recovery of the lobo, one of America’s most endangered mammals. Once on the brink of extinction, the Mexican wolf has made a comeback thanks to restoration efforts, but still remains at risk with only 83 wild lobos at last official count. Caving to anti-wolf interests, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month released a proposal threatening to cap populations and open the door to unrestricted shooting and trapping. We’re weighing in to ensure this reckless plan is abandoned and that safeguards for the lobo are increased, not undermined.

Gunnison Sage Grouse Protected

Gunnison Sage Grouse pc Noppadol Paothong

After years of dogged advocacy, WildEarth Guardians finally secured much-needed protection for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse. Once ranging throughout the sagebrush steppe of southern Utah, western Colorado, and northern New Mexico and Arizona, this iconic bird has declined to fewer than 5,000. Facing major threats from unchecked development, fracking, and overgrazing, the Gunnison sage grouse is at risk of extinction. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the grouse under the Endangered Species Act, but left open the possibility of adopting a loophole that could undermine its recovery. Together with the leading Gunnison sage grouse expert and others, we’re gearing up to ensure this imperiled species is fully safeguarded.


Arctic Report Card

Grammar? Math skills? Gym class? Every year, the Arctic receives a report card from NOAA, with scientists from around the world providing key data on the health of the fragile ecosystem. They assess everything from snow to ice to the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

This year, PBI scientists co-authored the section on polar bears. The report shows a mixed response for those populations that have good data. These include declines in the western Hudson Bay and southern Beaufort Sea polar bears, and a stable situation in the Chukchi Sea, where there are differences in productivity, ice free days, and harvest history.
Learn more.

Message in a Collar

Polar bears on Hudson Bay are once again hunting seals after a mid-November freeze-up. Through the use of satellite collars, scientists can track the bears across the sea ice and gain insights—even in the dark of a polar winter.

Curious about what the bears are up to and how tracking helps with conservation efforts? Biologist Alysa McCall, PBI’s field programs manager, provides us with a snapshot of the bears on our Bear Tracker map.

Alysa takes a look at five different polar bears and the choices they’ve made over the past few months. Such choices help scientists understand the type of ice the bears prefer. They also highlight differences between bears with cubs and bears without them. The information will help us better protect polar bears and their habitat. Learn more.

Arctic Biodiversity Conference

Reindeer, fish, and seabirds. Arctic shipping and drilling. Polar bears, of course, and their seal prey. Geoff York, our senior director of conservation, recently attended the 2014 CAFF Arctic Biodiversity Congress in Trondheim, Norway.

Geoff shares his thoughts on the conference and his role as a panelist, where he had the chance to engage with a broad spectrum of delegates, from indigenous people to government officials. The dialogue was time well spent, he says, as participants worked together to find common ground and explore solutions, all with a goal of preserving arctic biodiversity. Learn more.

Six Polar Bears, One Uneasy Village

What is it like to live with polar bears in your backyard, especially as more bears are expected to show up on land as sea ice declines in a warming Arctic? The people of Taloyoak, Nunavut, have been experiencing just such an influx this fall.

Managing polar bear-human conflicts is vitally important to bears and people alike, and the reason PBI is participating in the Polar Bear Range States Conflict Working Group. Only by preparing for increased conflicts will we be able to safely manage them, keeping bears and people safe and avoiding tragedies.


"Say No" Campaign: A Demand-Reduction Campaign in Asia

With poaching of many of Africa's iconic species at an all time high, African Wildlife Foundation has launched a public awareness campaign aimed at stopping the demand for illegal wildlife products specifically ivory and rhino horn in Asia.

Watch as action star and activist Jackie Chan fights off an arsenal of deadly weapons—the kind of weapons poachers use against our treasured wildlife—as he explains the horror of the wildlife trade in an award-winning ad. This campaign is part of African Wildlife Foundation's global effort to put a stop to the slaughter of African elephants, rhinos and other species. Join the fight to save Africa's most treasured wildlife before it's too late. Make a tax-deductible donation today. https://my.awf.org/african-wildlife-foundation-psa?utm_source=1412psac2da&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=fy15conversion

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Justice for Bear #760: Young Grizzly Killed By Wyoming Game and Fish...We Want Answers!

Justice for Bear #760: Young Grizzly Killed By Wyoming Game and Fish...We Want Answers!

A young 4 Year Old Grizzly Bear (study bear #760) was killed by Wyoming wildlife officers that are supposed to protect endangered species, not kill them!

Bear #760 was a favorite in the Grand Tetons National Park, and I was honored to have photographed him multiple times throughout his young life as were many other photographers. He was well-known for his inquisitiveness, sense of adventure, and his peaceful nature. Even though he was never menacing and never aggressive, he was relocated by Wyoming Game and Fish into an inappropriate area 5 miles east Yellowstone. This area, according to WGFD's own report, has the highest density of Grizzlies in the entire Teton / Yellowstone region. As a sub adult, he virtually had no chance of survival there.

#760 was uprooted from the only home he ever knew when he should have been spending a time fattening up for winter hibernation. This relocation ended up being his demise. He was most likely forced out by mature adults for prime feeding habitat and eventually wandered to the small town of Clark, WY. He finally found some food....a deer carcass left hanging unsecured and low in a tree by a hunter......bad move in bear country. He instinctively claimed it his own. It was there that wildlife officers were called and ended up snaring and then euthanized this beautiful bear. Less than 3 weeks after his relocation and while he was still trying to establish his new unfamiliar territory. They claim he was too accustomed to people and they feared a bad encounter with a human.

This bear never had an aggressive bone in his body. He never caused any harm or damage. He was gentle, peaceful and as nice as any bear could ever be or you could ever want a wild bear to be. Wyoming Game and Fish maintains they exhausted their options to save this bear and that is extremely and ridiculously hard to believe.

Our mission is to find out why they killed this bear without giving him a proper chance to adapt, but more importantly, to prevent this from every happening again. Why would they put him in an area known to be heavily populated by other adult Grizzlies? Why not relocate him to a more suitable location with an abundance of food he desperately needed for the winter hibernation? Why didn't they give him more time to adjust to his new location or allow him to move on? Why did they kill him!? These are just a small sample of questions we want to ask the Director of WY Game and Fish.

Sadly, Bear #760 was betrayed by the very people that were sworn to protect him. Please sign this petition to help us make sure this horrific and completely unnecessary mismanagement of an endangered species never happens again.


    Baiting bears with doughnuts. Shining lights on hibernating bears to kill them. Taking wolves when they are with pups. The Alaska Board of Game is waging a disheartening war on bears and wolves by allowing these egregious hunting methods in national preserves managed by the National Park Service, including portions of Denali, Katmai, Lake Clark, and other park sites. Such actions are part of a Board of Game predator control strategy to increase moose and caribou populations, which then can be harvested by sport hunters.

NPCA has counted more than 60 times where the Alaska Board of Game denied requests by the National Park Service to amend these rules. Recently, the National Park Service took a bold step by proposing its own permanent hunting regulations in Alaska’s national preserves to protect bears and wolves from spotlighting, baiting, and snaring.

Take Action: https://secure.npca.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1314&autologin=true

Join us in sending a letter to the National Park Service supporting its proposed rules to ban brown bear baiting, snaring bears, spotlighting bears, and killing cubs and sows with cubs on National Park Service lands where sport hunting is allowed. NPCA also supports strengthening these regulations to include a ban on black bear baiting.

Thank you for helping us stand up for bears and wolves in Alaska’s national preserves.


Jim Stratton
Deputy VP Regional Operations

November E-newsletter

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Polar Bear Numbers Show Dramatic Decline

Forty percent. That’s the stunning population loss for polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea. The news comes from a new study linking the dramatic decline in this polar bear sub-population in northeast Alaska and Canada to a loss of sea ice due to climate change.

How does climate change affect polar bears so dramatically? Polar bears rely on sea ice to access the seals that are their primary source of food as well as to rest and breed. With less sea ice every year, polar bears and many other ice-dependent creatures are at risk.

Today’s study, published in Ecological Applications, analyzed data on polar bears in northeast Alaska and the Northwest Territories and documented a 40 percent population loss between 2001-2010 from 1,500 to 900 bears.

An urgent need to address climate change

Climate change is the main threat facing polar bears. But we also know the effects are being seen around the world. Now is the time we must speak up and demand global action.

“This is a clear warning sign of the impact a warming Arctic has on ice-dependent species like the polar bear,” said Dr. Pete Ewins, WWF’s Senior Species Officer in Canada. “Given this subpopulation is at the edge of the range, it’s no surprise to see this happening so soon.”

Added Margaret Williams,  Managing Director of WWF’s Arctic Program, “Here are concrete numbers to show us that the impacts of climate change are happening now. We need to change course if we want to stop further habitat loss and ensure resilient wildlife populations, both in the Arctic and around the world.”


Center for Biological Diversity

Warming Drives 40 Percent Drop in Alaska Polar Bear Population

Polar bearsDeeply troubling news for polar bears: A new study finds that global warming has driven a 40 percent decline in the number of these bears in eastern Alaska and western Canada. The Southern Beaufort Sea population was estimated to be 1,500 in 2006. Today, according to the study, it's dwindled to just 900.

"Global warming has put Alaska's polar bears in a deadly downward spiral," said the Center for Biological Diversity's Sarah Uhlemann. "It's happening now, it's killing polar bears now, and if we don't act now, we will lose polar bears in Alaska."

The Center secured Endangered Species Act protection for polar bears in 2008, but if we're going to make sure these great bears of the north survive, we've got to cut the greenhouse gas pollution that's melting their Arctic homes. Without help, scientists predict, two-thirds of the world's polar bears could be gone by 2050.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2014/los-angeles-times-11-17-2014.html

Lawsuit Challenges Winter Wildlife-killing Contest in Idaho

CoyoteThe Center and partners filed a lawsuit last week asking a judge to stop an annual, privately sponsored wild-animal-killing contest in Idaho approved by the Bureau of Land Management. Recalling Idaho's infamous bunny-killing drives, the so-called "predator derby" gives prizes to those who kill the most wolves, coyotes and other wildlife over three days around the town of Salmon.

"It's repugnant and shocking that wildlife-killing contests are still being held," said the Center's Amy Atwood. "In approving this contest, the BLM is out of step with an American public that no longer supports the slaughter of wildlife for sport. More than 90,000 people submitted comments opposing the contest, yet the permit was still issued."

Get more from Reuters.http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2014/reuters-11-14-2014.html

Keep wild animals in the wild
She needs you to help protect her from this cruelty
World Animal Protection - November 2014

Dear Friend of the animals,

Snatched from her mother as a baby, this elephant will endure a lifetime of pain and suffering.

She's beaten with bamboo sticks studded with nails. Starved and deprived of sleep for up to a week at a time. She's tortured like this to crush her spirit and make her submit to carrying people on her back.

Please help end this cruelty

Her suffering continues for the rest of her life. She'll be chained up and forced to entertain tourists for up to 9 hours a day, 7 days a week. If she refuses to "perform" out of fear or stress, she will be punished into submission.

This intelligent animal will be in pain and distress for the next 50 years.

It's cruelty she'll never forget. And she's not alone. She's one of over 16,000 captive Asian elephants around the world living in misery in tourist rides, zoos and circus shows.

That's why World Animal Protection has launched an exciting new campaign to end the suffering of animals used for entertainment. As you know, we've made a video so people seeking elephant ride excursions know about the abuse these animals endure.

This is the beginning of the end of their suffering but we need your support. I know how much protecting animals means to you. Donate now to save elephants and other animals around the world from cruelty. Your gift could help keep wild animals in the wild, where they belong.

Your gift today could help:
  • Reduce the demand for elephant rides by revealing the cruelty behind the scenes
  • Raise awareness to travellers unaware of the suffering these animals endure
  • Support our work with governments and the tourism industry to develop animal friendly laws
  • Protect elephants currently in captivity from further cruelty
  • http://support.wspa.ca/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=18146&em_id=9341.0

Elephants belong in the wild
Wild Asian elephants in a national park, in Nepal. Image: iStock. by Getty Images

Make your donation now to raise awareness and protect more animals from cruelty.

Thank you for everything you do for animals in need all over the world.

Red Footed Booby

Galapagos: Dispatches From An Endangered Eden

No place on earth is safe from human impacts, including the storied Galapagos Islands, home to dozens of endemic bird species. Three prominent authors visited earlier this year to remind us all what we stand to lose. Their trip journal is both poetic and poignant. Read More→http://mag.audubon.org/articles/nature/galapagos-journal-tracing-darwin-s-footsteps&utm_source=engagement&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2014-11-19_email_wingspan

Audubon Mural Project

Bald Eagle, by Peter Daverington, 3623 Broadway, New York, between 149th and 150th streets. (Photo by Camilla Cerea/National Audubon Society)


Introducing the Audubon Mural Project

The Manhattan neighborhood John James Audubon once called home is the site of an audacious and stunning partnership between art and conservation. When it’s finished the Audubon Mural Project will present far-larger-than-life portraits of all 314 birds threatened by climate change. The first seven murals are up, and are already turning heads. “The art is fresh, and so’s the message,” said one upper Manhattan resident. Read more.→


Judy & Gigi

Filmmaker Judy Irving with her subject, Gigi. (Photo by Mark Bittner)

Introducing “Pelican Dreams,” a New Documentary

With her “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” filmmaker Judy Irving captured the inner lives of San Fran’s citizens. Now she’s turned her camera on pelicans with her new documentary “Pelican Dreams.” Irving presents the journey of Gigi, an injured pelican rescued on the Golden Gate Bridge and in the process weaves a stirring conservation portrait of one of America’s oddest and most beloved birds.
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Stop Wildlife Crime

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Grand Hope for Wolf Recovery

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The American West got a lot wilder this month with the appearance of what is thought to be a gray wolf, sighted on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The animal is very likely a wandering male from Yellowstone searching for a mate, which gives new hope for the recovery of wolves throughout the western United States. It also bolsters our calls for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to abandon plans to strip protections for these majestic animals and let them roam freely—you helped us and our allies submit over 1.5 millions comments opposing a plan to strip away protections for wolves throughout the West. Currently, wolves are absent from 90% of their historic habitat in the west. Your support in maintaining protections for gray wolves will ensure that intrepid wanderers can continue to restore populations at the Grand Canyon and beyond.

Read More >>>http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=10792&news_iv_ctrl=1194#.VHJusMmIZdh

Stop the Killing Contests

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Last week, Guardians filed suit to stop the latest massacre of wildlife to be approved by the federal government, this time a killing contest in the State of Idaho. Catering to anti-wildlife interests, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved a five-year permit sanctioning a contest to see who can kill the most wolves, coyotes, and other animals. Described as “family recreation” by the contest organizers, the indiscriminate killing represents the cruelest threat to wildlife in the American West and is contrary to what you support. Sadly, the approval comes as similar contests have been proposed in other states. Within hours of Idaho’s hunt being approved, Guardians filed suit to overturn the approval and defend Idaho’s wildlife; thank you for standing for wolves with us!

Read More >>>http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/11/17/predator-hunt-derby-in-idaho-has-environmentalists-screaming.htm

Time for the Fish and Wildlife Service
to Tell the Truth

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Thanks to you, late last month WildEarth Guardians filed suit to shine a spotlight on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s politically motivated decisions to deny protections for the imperiled lynx and wolverine. Keystone carnivores threatened by climate change, both were also denied full protection earlier this year. Rather than heeding science, leaked reports indicate the Fish and Wildlife Service caved to right wing political demands. Guardians, together with the Western Environmental Law Center, filed public records requests to expose the truth behind these decisions, but so far the Service has refused to respond and come clean.

Read More >>>http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=10793&news_iv_ctrl=1194#.VGvEsYfB_6Z

If you love wolves, you need to know…

For the first time in more than 40 years, nearly every gray wolf in the Lower 48 could be stripped of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could announce its final decision to delist wolves any day now.

If they do move forward with delisting, it will mean they’ve ignored the recommendations of their own scientific peer review panel – and leave wolves at the mercy of extreme anti-wolf state politicians, putting the recovery of wolves everywhere at grave risk.

We can’t let that happen.

With your help, we’re launching an Emergency Protection Fund for Wolves. Will you be among the first supporters?

To get the fund off to the strongest possible start, generous donors have agreed to match your gift, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $150,000.

Your support will help give us the extra resources we need to protect wolves where and when they need it most.

    Our legal team is already gearing up for a monumental legal battle to uphold the law and restore federal ESA protection to wolves;

    We’re stepping up our presence in battleground states like Idaho, where extreme anti-wolf politicians have caused the deaths of more than 1,400 wolves since 2009 and made a mockery of wolf conservation;

    We’re going to states like California and Oregon, where there’s plenty of suitable wolf habitat, and where pro-wolf voices ring loud and clear;

    And we are tirelessly organizing – in neighborhoods, online, and throug
h the media – to make it clear to our elected officials that most Americans want wolves in their world.


Terrorist groups profit from wildlife crime
  Terrorist Groups Profit from Wildlife Crime

Nearly 15 percent of Africa's poached elephants are in, or close to, conflict zones, according to a recent UN Environment Programme and Interpol report. Terrorists and other non-state actors are responsible for 90 percent of the poaching. These armed groups receive up to US $12.3 million annually from the illegal ivory trade alone, with additional profits coming from the exploitation of other natural resources, such as charcoal. During a wildlife summit held in Tanzania earlier this month, AWF CEO Patrick Bergin urged countries to prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law. "When people start receiving punitive sentences and going to jail, the traffickers will realize the weather has shifted," Bergin said.

> Learn about the summit
  Gifts that Give Back

As the holiday season approaches, here are a few ideas to help you find something for your loved ones and protect wildlife at the same time. As passionate supporters, we know you are always looking for new ways to get involved in AWF's efforts, and these ideas will have you crossing items off of your shopping list while you contribute to the conservation of Africa's treasured wildlife.

> Start shopping for wildlife
  Even a small gift can make a big difference. Make a monthly pledge and protect wildlife year-round.  
Lion listed threatened
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moves to recognize the African lion as "threatened" and to tighten regulations around import of lion trophies

> Find out why
Rhino poachers caught
  Two South African poaching kingpins were charged by the US government with operating a rhino horn trafficking syndicate

> Read AWF's statement
WILD to INSPIRE competition
  AWF, Nat Geo WILD and Sun Valley Film Festival launch the second WILD to INSPIRE film competition for wildlife filmmakers

> Enter your film today
Mau Reforestation
  The Mau reforestation effort celebrates the addition of 200,000 new tree seedlings, bringing the total number of trees planted to 530,000

> See how we're saving forests


Polar bear cubs slowly freezing to death, their warm coats ruined by crude oil. Seal dens crushed by icebreakers. Whales inhaling toxic fumes. All because Shell tried to drill for oil in the Arctic.

You may be used to hearing these scary scenarios from environmental groups — but these came from our government, in a recent analysis from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on what could happen if Shell drills in the Arctic.

BOEM is accepting public comments on Arctic drilling RIGHT NOW. This is your big chance to be heard by the federal government — submit a comment today to keep Shell from destroying the Arctic.

BOEM’s analysis declared that there is a 75% chance of a large spill if Shell drills for oil in the Arctic.

You read that right. If oil is found, there’s a 75% chance of a spill that could kill hundreds of polar bears, walruses, whales and more.

But Shell isn’t backing down. Despite the risks, Shell is determined to drill and our government is prepared to let it — unless enough of us speak up.

Right now, the federal government is the only thing standing between Shell and the Arctic. Your public comments can help sway the decision and save polar bears from oil spills. Take action today!

Despite these risks, Shell has been trying to find oil in the Arctic Ocean for 3 years, and next year it may get its chance — unless we convince the federal government to choose a healthy Arctic over oil.

Five million people around the world have spoken out for the the Arctic, calling on world governments to save this precious place from greedy oil drillers. Just this summer, you convinced LEGO not to renew a partnership with Shell, dealing a blow to the oil company’s public image.

Now it’s time for you to show the Obama administration that the American public will not stand for Arctic drilling.

Make your voice heard. Tell BOEM to read its own reports and ban Shell from the Arctic.

The Obama administration is making a huge mistake by moving forward on this doomed plan. Your voice is essential for convincing our government to back off and protect one of our country’s most fragile and beautiful ecosystems from irreversible destruction.

For the Arctic,

John Deans
Greenpeace Arctic Campaigner


31 Species Just Received Protection From the UN

   Over the weekend, the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) concluded in Quito, Ecuador, and conservationists from around the world extended protection to dozens of migratory species including birds, fish and mammals after a week of “intense negotiations.”

“The Conference in Quito has generated an unprecedented level of attention for the Convention,” said Bradnee Chambers, the Convention’s Executive Secretary, “Like never before in the 35-year history of CMS, migratory animals have become the global flagships for many of the pressing issues of our time. From plastic pollution in our oceans, to the effects of climate change, to poaching and over exploitation, the threats migratory animals face will eventually affect us all.”

In all, 31 new species were extended various levels of protection under the treaty, which works a little bit like CITES – an Appendix I listing bans hunting or killing endangered species by nations that participate in the agreement, while Appendix II will bring countries together to create stronger conservation plans.

Big winners this year were 21 species of shark and ray species. With an estimated 100 million sharks being killed every year mostly for their fins, conservationists fear there’s no time to lose and tougher protections need to be put in place now to keep them from disappearing.

Now countries will begin working on conservation plans to protect six species of sharks and 15 species of rays including three species of thresher sharks, two hammerhead species and the silky shark, in addition to reef manta rays, nine species of devil rays and five sawfish species, who are among the most threatened species on earth.

Most notable on the list of migratory marine mammals were protections extended to polar bears under Appendix II, which conservationists are applauding as another important step for the survival of an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 left in the wild.

“What gives us hope is that this listing means that 120 countries are now recognizing the threats that polar bears face from the shrinking of their ice habitat to pollution and hunting. This is an important first step, but it must not be the last if we wish to save the polar bear,” said Dr. Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia & CIS, and polar bear expert.

The elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale, who is the world’s deepest diving whale found in oceans around the world, was also added to Appendix I, which will hopefully offer greater protection from threats including ship strikes and ocean noise. In an effort to keep our oceans healthy, resolutions were also passed concerning plastic and other debris, cetacean culture and boat-based wildlife watching.

Even better for marine mammals, according to Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is a resolution brought by Monaco that will encourage nations to end the capture of whales and dolphins from the wild for commercial use/public display in aquariums and theme parks, in addition to urging them to stop imports and international transit of live whales and dolphins for commercial purposes.

According to a statement, three Species Action Plans were approved for the Argali Sheep in Central Asia, the Pacific Loggerhead Turtle and the Saker Falcon. The Saker Falcon ranges from Eastern Europe to Western China and is already listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and on Appendix II of CITES, due in large part to trapping for the falconry trade, a loss of habitat and poisoning.

For bird species, the Semipalmated Sandpiper, the Great Knot, the European Roller and the Great Bustard were listed on Appendix I, while the Canada Warbler has been confirmed for Appendix II. The semipalmated sandpiper is a tiny shorebird who is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and continue to face threats from hunting, habitat loss and pollution in areas they use when migrating.

A regional initiative covering large migratory mammals in Central Asia, including the Bactrian Camel, Snow Leopard and the Saiga Antelope, was also launched together with an accompanying publication called “Central Asian Mammals Initiative: Saving the Last Migrations.” The red-fronted gazelle will benefit from full protection, while international cooperation was recommended for the White-eared Kob.

The Saiga antelope once created a spectacle in mass numbers, but their population has dwindled as a result of unsustainable hunting and poaching for their horns. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, their numbers in the wild have dropped from over 1,000,000 in the early 1990s to fewer than 50,000 today.

For the first time in the history of the convention, members also looked at the threat posed by renewable energy technologies to bats, birds and cetaceans and guidelines were adopted on how things like wind turbines, solar panels, dams and other forms of renewable energy developments can be used in wildlife-friendly ways.

“The unprecedented representation of the world’s nations at this CMS Conference reflects the growing awareness that the responsibility for protecting wildlife is a shared one, and that the threats to wildlife can be tackled most effectively through global cooperation, ” said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/31-species-just-received-protection-from-the-un.html#ixzz3IoBEinbZ

Not just hedgehogs: Why You Need to Check Your Bonfire Before Lighting It

Why You Need to Check Your Bonfire Before Lighting It

Every year, an unknown number of hedgehogs are burned alive because bonfire piles are not being checked before being lit. In autumn, hedgehogs are on the lookout for the perfect place to hibernate, and unlit bonfires are an ideal refuge. To help keep these curious creatures safe, we need to take more care to ensure hedgehogs don’t become victims on bonfire night.

Bonfires Built in Advance are Hedgehog Hotels

To save hedgehogs and other wildlife from burning to death, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society are urging people to not build bonfires until the day they are to be lit. Providing what can seem like the perfect home on first appearance, hedgehogs happily bury themselves into the center of bonfire piles, which is why we need to take extra precautions to stop these horrific incidents from happening.

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of BHPS, said “Piles of bonfire material look like five star hotels to a hedgehog in search of a hibernation site. It is crucial to dismantle and move bonfire material that has been stored in advance on open ground. Move it to another spot just before lighting. Ensure it’s moved to clear ground – never on top of a pile of leaves as there could be a hedgehog underneath, and not too close to pampas grass which can ignite very easily and is another favorite spot for hedgehogs to hide under.”

Follow these Guidelines When Building Your Bonfire

To help protect hedgehogs, stick to these guidelines when building your bonfires:

  • Build your bonfire on the day it is to be lit so there is less chance of hedgehogs taking up residence in your pile
  • Make your pile of material elsewhere and re-site the entire stack before lighting
  • Always search the bonfire for hibernating creatures by lifting the base of the pile with a broom handle and using a torch to look inside
  • Listen carefully for hissing sounds when investigating your pile — this is the noise hedgehogs make when disturbed
  • If you find a hedgehog, move them somewhere safe and away from the fire
  • Before the night of the fire, make an alternative hedgehog home in a different part of the garden by raking up leaves and grass cuttings
  • If a large bonfire has to be built in advance, place outward sloping chicken wire held in by stakes all around the bottom to make it difficult to climb

Morag Shuaib, The Wildlife Trusts‘ Wildlife Gardening Officer, said: “To a hedgehog looking for a place to sleep, an unlit bonfire is a ready made nest. We are asking people to give hedgehogs a helping hand by following our instructions and checking any bonfires before lighting them. It only takes a minute to do but can save hundreds of hedgehogs from an unnecessary death.”

Hedgehogs Are in Dramatic Decline

Once common, hedgehog sightings are now becoming a rare occurrence. Down from an estimated 36 million in the 1950s, there are now thought to be fewer than one million hedgehogs left in the UK.

Their dramatic decline in numbers is largely due to habitat loss, development pressures, road traffic and loss of food sources caused by intensive farming and use of slug pellets.

Recently joining the red squirrel and bottlenose dolphin on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan list of species in need of conservation and greater protection, hedgehogs are a creature we all need to work to protect as every single one is precious.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/why-you-need-to-check-your-bonfire-before-lighting-it.html#ixzz3HRlg1xeE

10 Reasons to Love Opossums

Opossums are one of the most common mammals in our cities and towns. They are really cool and interesting animals, but most people find them gross and scary-looking. I’m here to throw a little love to these misunderstood creatures with my top ten reasons to love opossums.

10. Opossums are North America’s Only Marsupial.
Opossums are not rats or even closely related to rodents. They are marsupials. Most marsupial species live in Australia and like kangaroos or koalas, opossums have a very short pregnancy–just 12 days–and give birth to their young even before eyes or hind limbs have fully formed. With only front legs, the tiny babies must crawl into their mother’s pouch, where they’ll attach to a nipple and nurse while they continue developing.

9. Baby Opossums are Fluffy and Cute.
When born, baby opossums are hairless and only the size of a bumble bee. But by the time they’re ready to leave mom’s pouch after about 11 weeks, baby opossums have turned into adorable little balls of fur.

8. Baby Opossums Ride on Mom’s Back.
Baby opossums get around by riding on their mothers’ backs. Few things are cuter than seeing a dozen or so babies just hanging out on mom’s back.

7. They Break Records.
Opossums have 50 teeth in their mouths, more than any other mammal.

6. Like Humans, They are Extremely Adaptable.
Unlike more finicky species, opossums don’t require special foods or places to live. They’ll pretty much eat anything from fruit to mice to insects (and yes, sometimes our trash). They’re just as happy to sleep in a tree cavity as they are in an abandoned car. They might not be the most elegant of animals, but you’ve got to respect an animal that can live anywhere and thrive.

5. They Eat Garden Pests.
Opossums are great to have around the garden. They love eating slugs and other garden pests and can help keep populations of these critters down so your garden plants thrive.

4. They Utilize Trickery to Survive.
Opossums really do play dead when they can’t escape from a threat. They flop over, roll their eyes in the back of their head, stick their tongue out, and release a foul-smelling fluid from their anal glands. This behavior disarms the prey-drive of many predators that are triggered to attack prey that runs or fights back, and it can save an opossum’s life. Check out this young ‘one “playing ‘possum.”

3. They Are Immune to Rabies.
Unlike most other mammals, opossums don’t contract or spread rabies. Their body temperature is slightly lower than that of other mammals, and the virus can’t take hold.

2. Opossums Eat Venomous Snakes.
Snakes don’t stand a chance if there are opossums around. Opossums eat snakes, including venomous ones. In fact, they are generally immune to the effects of snake venom.

1. Opossums Destroy Ticks.

Opossums are masters at destroying ticks. This is because they are very fastidious animals, constantly grooming themselves and removing (and eating) parasites like ticks. One opossum can take out around 5,000 ticks each year. That alone makes them worth having around!

Even though they are extremely adaptable and a successful species, they sometimes get themselves into trouble and need a helping hand. Here’s a video of one young opossum in need of rescue.

The Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is slated to host Dirk Arthur, whose magic show, "Wild Illusions," features big cats. Caesars Entertainment agreed never to work with Arthur again after learning about his disturbing history of animal welfare violations.

During an inspection at Harrah's Laughlin on December 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cited Arthur for numerous violations, including having forced two tigers and a lion to undergo painful declawing procedures—which involve amputating part of each toe—in violation of long-standing USDA policy. The agency also cited him for confining a snow leopard and a bobcat to unsafe enclosures, failing to use adequate barriers to protect the animals and the public, failing to provide the cats with sufficient space to "make normal postural and social adjustments," and denying the cats the opportunity to exercise. The USDA subsequently issued Arthur an official warning in connection with these violations.

Other magicians, such as Kirby VanBurch and Rick Thomas, have retired big cats from their show, and Las Vegas powerhouses such as MGM Grand and Caesars have nixed big cat shows and exhibits. The Riviera would be taking a huge step backward by being complicit in Arthur's cruelty to animals. Join PETA TODAY in asking Riviera management to cancel Arthur's "Wild Illusions" show, which is scheduled to open in December.

REALLY.. They can't find something? Please ban any place that serves Wild Animals like this as the main dish.

Ban the Consumption of Lion Meat in Illinois

Ban the Consumption of Lion Meat in Illinois

It's unbelievable that restaurants in the US are allowed to serve lion meat. It's almost impossible to find out where the meat comes from -- it could be imported, from animals in zoos or circuses, or from lions raised on farms in the Midwest -- the people who kill lions and sell them as meat aren't exactly forthcoming ... and they don't have to be because lion meat isn't really regulated by the government.

That's not only bad news for the animals, who could be raised and slaughtered in inhumane conditions, but also for people. The diets and drug use in lions aren't regulated for human consumption, which means lion meat could be dangerous to eat.

Over the summer, I started a petition when I heard about a restaurant in Kansas that was planning a dinner event with meat from lions and other exotic animals. That restaurant listened to us and took lion off the menu, but since then, I've heard of other restaurants in other parts of the country serving lion burgers. This shouldn't be legal.

Right now, the US Fish and Wildlife Department is considering adding lions to the endangered species list. These amazing animals are already considered endangered by several other countries. I've done volunteer work with African lions and recently visited a sanctuary for big cats in the U.S. These majestic animals deserve better than to wind up on someone's plate. They should be protected, not cooked and eaten!

Please join me in asking the USDA to ban the sale of lion meat. http://www.change.org/p/usda-no-more-lion-burgers-ban-the-sale-of-lion-meat-3

Stop The Senseless Killing Of Staten Island Turkeys

Bureaucratic Red Tape Could Be Blocking A Solution To Staten Island’s Wild Turkey Problem

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Flocks of birds are menacing residents on Staten Island and may be causing health and safety issues.

As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, there’s a place for the birds to go, but red tape could be holding up the process. Loretta Staiti said that she felt terrorized by turkeys on a recent visit to Ocean Breeze. “I wasn’t feeding them. I wasn’t doing anything,” Staiti said, “As I’m walking faster they’re walking faster. Then I started running around the car, they started running around the car after me.” Residents said that one reason there are so many turkeys right in front of the hospital is because of the steady food supply. Food cart operator Ammar Imam said that the turkeys come for his crumbs, but scare away his customers and get too close to cars. “There’s a lot of them. They stop traffic all the time,” Imam said. Residents want the birds removed, but unharmed. “Send them away somewhere that they’re safe. Not send them away and slaughter them. I feel that is wrong,” Patrick Sullivan said. State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R) is running for re-election, she helped broker a deal with a bird sanctuary in Upstate Greene County. There is room there for at least 50 birds, but there is a hold up. “We should be moving at a faster pace,” Malliotakis said.

The New York State Office of Mental Health owns the property where most of the turkeys live. Malliotakis has accused the OMH of dragging its feet in arranging to get the turkeys to their new home. “So we’re stuck here in this bureaucratic red tape,” she said. OMH spokesperson Ben Rosen told CBS 2 that the turkey transportation must be done properly and safely. He said that a contract to move the birds will be finalized and the details will be released in the near future. Other proposals to combat Staten Island’s turkey trouble include putting out bait for bird birth control and putting oil on the eggs so they don’t hatch.


314 Bird Species Threatened by Climate Change

A new report from the National Audubon Society says climate change is threatening 314 bird species with possible extinction. From America’s national mascot, the bald eagle, to the feathered friends that visit your bird feeders every spring and fall, these wonderful creatures are under siege, not from hunters or predators but from the changes to global temperatures that are being caused by our use of fossil fuels.

What’s the Connection Between Birds and Climate Change?
Birds have evolved over thousands of years to be able to live and reproduce in particular geographic regions. Climate change is actually altering the temperature of places on the ground where birds reproduce. In other words, it’s getting too hot for many species of birds to live and breed where they’re used to. Of the 588 North American bird species Audubon studied, 314 species are at risk.

Why Can’t the Birds Just Move?
If it gets too hot where you live, you can turn on the air conditioning or take a cold shower. You can drink iced tea and maybe take a dip in a swimming pool. You can still make babies, find food, work, and carry on your life as you are used to. You may get a little uncomfortable, but for the most part, your life goes on.

For birds, it’s a completely different story. Birds need not only the right temperatures to thrive, but also everything that goes along with the region they inhabit. A bird that normally inhabits grasslands in the middle of the country might find the right temperature if it moves north – but what if there’s no grass there, and instead of open land, the cooler region is covered by a major city?

Why Can’t the Birds Just Adapt?
Birds might be able to adapt – if they had more time. The problem is, time is running out. The birds we know and love have evolved over tens of thousands of years. The changes we’re seeing to the climate are occurring in mere decades. Climate change has increased temperatures faster than birds can change where they live, what they eat, and how they reproduce.

What Can We Do To Help Save Birds?

1) Use less energy. Right now, most of us use energy that comes from oil, coal, and natural gas. These are all fossil fuels that, when burned, release carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide creates a gaseous blanket in the atmosphere that traps heat, which increases temperatures on earth. When we use less energy, we create less carbon dioxide, which helps reduce climate change. Here are simple but effective steps we can all take to use less energy.

2) Switch to solar. It’s not enough to use less fossil fuels. The key is to use more energy from the sun and wind. Many rooftops could be retrofitted with solar collectors. What about yours? Does your utility program give you the option to purchase wind power? You may be able to do so at very little extra cost to your pocketbook, but with big benefits for birds.

3) Eat less meat. Methane is another greenhouse gas that is warming up our planet. An abundance of methane is produced by livestock animals, especially cows that belch and fart (no offense to you sensitive types!). If we ate less meat, we’d raise fewer cows, which would lessen the amount of methane being emitted into the atmosphere. Here are some great suggestions for eating less meat.

4) Create a bird-friendly yard, neighborhood and community. Audubon says healthy birds have a greater chance of surviving in a warmer world than those that are stressed. Here are ways you can create a safer space in your yard and in your neighborhood for birds, whether they live there year-round, or migrate through during the spring and fall.

5) Support public policies that lower carbon dioxide emissions. Vote for elected officials who support legislation and regulations aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions while supporting clean energy. Your local city council representative plays a role here; so does the president of the United States. Urge your local, state and national leaders to enact policies that aim for strong energy efficiency standards while advancing solar and renewable energy over coal, oil and natural gas.

See an opportunity to make a difference in your community? Start a petition. Sign these other Care2 petitions that fight climate change and protect our wildlife.

He Rescued a Baby Swan. The Price? An Angry Mom (Video)

Swans have a reputation for being aggressive — and dare we say it — mean. This witty rescuer doesn’t let that stop him from removing a cheeping baby cygnet from a chain link fence. Watch this funny and adorable clip of a good doer getting beat up by a swan.
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Caught on Tape: The Problem of Tigers as Pets and Photo Ops

Alex the Tiger at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Credit JP Bonnelly
Alex the tiger at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Credit: J.P. Bonnelly

Starting tomorrow, October 2, animal lovers around the world will get a rare insider’s look into the life of tigers. Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch’s TigerCam offers Internet users a live glimpse of a new beginning for four rescued tigers in the sanctuary’s recently opened five-acre big cat habitat. Black Beauty Ranch, operated by our affiliate The Fund for Animals, is a sprawling East Texas sanctuary that offers a home to animals who were abused or abandoned in the exotic pet trade, horse slaughter plants, research laboratories, and other forms of cruelty and neglect.

The stars of TigerCam—Alex, Gustavo, Anastasia, and Natalia—were all once privately owned animals rescued by The HSUS and other organizations—one tiger from an abandoned Kansas menagerie and three from an unaccredited, roadside zoo in Mississippi. Eleven exotic animals were seized from inhumane conditions at the Collins Zoo in 2012, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture revoked its license earlier this year.

It’s very happy news that these four tigers found a safe landing place at Black Beauty Ranch. But there’s too great a demand for sanctuaries these days. Far too many animals are in crisis because our laws still permit the private ownership and overbreeding of dangerous predators by reckless individuals—and it’s the sanctuaries, nonprofit groups, and government agencies that have to clean up the mess.

Thousands of captive tigers and lions, in fact, live in unaccredited breeding facilities, squalid roadside zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, and in private homes in the 17 states where such pet ownership is still legal. Although USDA is currently considering a legal petition by The HSUS and other groups to prohibit such activity, exhibitors routinely make tiger and lion cubs available for photographs and interaction with the public at roadside zoos and shopping malls across the country. Unqualified caretakers and unaccredited facilities make for environments that are unnatural and inhumane for these wild animals, whose most basic biological and behavioral needs often go unmet.

Anastasia Sedated Collins Zoo Rescue Jan. 2012 Kathy Milani
Anastasia sedated during the Collins Zoo rescue. Credit: Kathy Milani/The HSUS

It almost never ends well for the people or animals. When the baby tigers and lions grow up and become dangerous and difficult to handle, they’re dumped at sanctuaries and nonprofit animal welfare groups across the country that must then spend millions of dollars to care for them.

That’s why HSLF and other groups are working hard to help pass the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, S. 1381 and H.R. 1998, to end the private possession and breeding of tigers, lions, and other big cats. Introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Reps. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., the federal policy would help stem the reckless overbreeding of these captive wild animals for display, protecting public safety and the welfare of big cats caught up in this trade.

In the last 24 years, four children have been killed, and 66 have lost limbs or suffered other injuries in incidents involving captive big cats. Eighteen adults have been killed in similar incidents during that time, and many others have been mauled. To date more there’ve been more than 330 recorded cases of dangerous interactions with big cats, in almost every state.

Lions and tigers are dangerous wild animals, not backyard pets. Those in the wild deserve our best efforts to ensure their protection, and those in captivity deserve thoughtful, considered care. That’s best left to professional zoos and legitimate wildlife sanctuaries accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Please contact your federal legislators today, and urge them to pass the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. If they could, the four TigerCam stars would thank you


Victory! Wyoming’s Wolves Just Got Federal Protection Back

Victory! Wyoming’s Wolves Just Got Federal Protection Back

In a victory for gray wolves in Wyoming, a federal judge reinstated federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, which just made life harder for anyone who had their sights set on killing them.

Wyoming had been fighting to get the authority to manage wolves since 2003, but kept getting denied over its failure to come up with a reasonable plan. Unfortunately, the state finally succeeded in 2012 after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined that their numbers had rebounded enough to take federal protection away.

Under the state’s plan, wolves were declared a trophy-game animal, which allowed for seasonal hunting and trapping, and a predator that could be shot on sight in unlimited numbers in more than 80 percent of the state. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, 219 wolves have been killed under Wyoming’s management since the delisting.

Environmental groups including Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity challenged the 2012 ruling in court, arguing that the state’s management plan ultimately failed to ensure their future survival.

“Any state that has a wolf-management plan that allows for unlimited wolf killing throughout most of the state should not be allowed to manage wolves,” said Defenders of Wildlife president and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark.

While U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson supported the determination that wolves aren’t in danger of extinction in the state, she ultimately ruled that the state’s plan was inadequate and unenforceable and that it was “arbitrary and capricious” of federal officials to accept it, relying on the state’s nonbonding promises to maintain a particular number of wolves.

“The court has ruled and Wyoming’s kill-on-sight approach to wolf management throughout much of the state must stop,” said Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso. “Today’s ruling restores much-needed federal protection to wolves throughout Wyoming, which allowed killing along the borders of Yellowstone National Park and throughout national forest lands south of Jackson Hole where wolves were treated as vermin under state management. If Wyoming wants to resume management of wolves, it must develop a legitimate conservation plan that ensures a vibrant wolf population in the northern Rockies.”

According to Reuters, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead said the state intends to take the matter to a higher court to block the judge’s order and allow the state to keep its current policies in place, which would include continuing licensed hunting and allowing wolves to be shot on sight, but for now wolves will be safe from the state’s hostility.

This victory comes on the heels of another for wolves in Michigan, following an announcement that its 2014 hunting season would be canceled. While wolf advocates continue to fight to stop the senseless persecution and ensure this iconic species keeps its rightful place in the wild, we still have to wait and see what will happen with the FWS’ proposal to strip federal protection for gray wolves throughout the U.S., which could be decided later this year.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-wyomings-wolves-just-got-federal-protection-back.html#ixzz3Eo4x7oiD

Maybe We Should Rethink the Term “Bird Brain”

Maybe We Should Rethink the Term “Bird Brain”

You may remember Alex, research Irene Pepperberg’s beloved African grey parrot who became world famous for his whipsmart intelligence and problem-solving skills. For generations, we’ve known that parrots are smart; capable not just of echoing human speech but actually learning how to talk, read human emotions, solve problems, work through puzzles and more. Other birds, like ravens and crows, have also strutted their stuff and shown themselves to be remarkably acute thinkers.

New research, though, shows how parrots got so smart, and it’s a fascinating story that boils down to this: Their intelligence is rooted in their social lives. It turns out that hanging around with people really does make you smarter, and that after generations of having lively complex social communities, parrots (like other birds and animals, as well as, well, humans), parrots developed larger brains with a broader capacity. Certainly gives you food for thought on the next night you want to lurk at home instead of going out, doesn’t it? (Okay, we all know evolution doesn’t really work that way.)

First, the scoop on bird brains. Contrary to popular mythology, while birds may have small brains, they use them to rather spectacular effect. Corvids (ravens, crows, and magpies) don’t just like to collect shiny things, troll housecats (my cat Loki has an ongoing war with the two ravens who hang out around our property) and croak ominously in Edgar Allan Poe novels — they’re also quite intelligent. They’re not just good at solving problems, organizing and recognizing patterns: They’re also skilled at task-switching, which is something even humans have trouble with (including this human).

What’s interesting about the research on corvids, aside from what it tells us about their intelligence, is the fact that it shows how brains organized in fundamentally different ways can still demonstrate the same kinds of intelligence. An examination of bird brains doesn’t suggest that they’d be intelligent, when compared to mammals, but they are — one comparison is to look at bats and birds, which both fly, but do so in totally different and unexpected ways.

Birds, meanwhile, would probably wonder why humans are smart when their brain anatomy and chemistry is so radically different from theirs. They even manage to trick us into doing their work for them, as this fascinating story illustrates: A smart set of crows in Japan wait for the traffic light to turn in their favor, line up walnuts in the crosswalk, and then retreat, waiting for the light to turn and oncoming traffic to crack the nuts open for them.

So, about parrots. Virgiania Morell at Science has the details: “[T]he parakeets’ society has layers of relationships, similar to those documented in other big-brained animals. Living in such a society requires that the birds recognize and remember others, and whether they are friend or foe — mental tasks that are thought to be linked to the evolution of significant cognitive skills.” It turns out that social stratification builds intelligence — something seen in mammals like monkeys as well.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/maybe-we-should-rethink-the-term-bird-brain.html#ixzz3EnwBn4XB

Orphaned Baby Rhino Seeking Shade on Road is Rescued

Orphaned Baby Rhino Seeking Shade on Road is Rescued

If you were an eight-week-old orphaned baby rhino who was left to fend for yourself after poachers killed your mother, what would you do?

Earlier this month, a little girl rhino experienced just that. Having just driven through Kruger National Park in South Africa, Liam Burrough found the baby standing on a road severely dehydrated and in search of shade. She found it in the shadow from Burrough’s automobile when he stopped to aid the sorrowful creature.

Obviously suffering from severe dehydration and with visible wounds on her body, Burrough poured water over her in an attempt to cool her off. He then called for assistance and was able to keep the baby rhino with him until help arrived. A helicopter flew the little girl to her new and hopefully temporary home at Care for Wild Africa, a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Later that evening in an emotional call to get people motivated to fight the poaching industry, Burrough posted on his Facebook page a description of the baby animal: “Badly dehydrated, covered in wounds and clearly in desperate search of shade, the calf approached my car. She called out into emptiness, looked on for a moment and then rested her chin on my door. Slumping onto her hindquarters and then onto her belly she caught a few moments of peaceful rest in our shadow.”

He went on to ask for help:

“With this said, it is our responsibility as humans to protect these animals. The bastards fueling this ridiculous trade have to be stopped. As a continent we need to let these lower forms of human life know that we will not stand for the senseless slaughter of our wildlife. I do hope you will like and share this status but merely spreading awareness is not enough. Change begins with you, so get off of your ass and do something! Write angry letters, donate as much money as you can to fund guns, dogs, equipment and salaries for the hands we so badly need to stop these gentle giants from disappearing. I won’t be participating in the ice bucket challenge but I will be donating a percentage of my salary every month to a rhino charity in the area starting now. Extinction is forever and it’s coming for Africa’s rhinos, together we can stop it.”

The baby rhino has been aptly named Shadow. Care for Wild Africa reports she is doing well and may be able to be released back into the wild. A full assessment will take more time but the hope is to find her a home with another mother rhino.

“She is doing extremely well!! Thank you for all the interest, support and care you all have shown!” reports Petronel Nieuwoudt, Founder of Care for Wild Africa on Facebook.

Shadow (left) at Care for Africa with Thor and Petronel Nieuwoudt Source: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/petronel.nieuwoudt

The Problem of Poaching

The United Nations released a report in June stating the illegal global wildlife trade brings in close to $213 billion per year. The demand for ivory from elephants and rhinos is currently heaviest in China and Vietnam where the belief in ivory’s medicinal value is coveted despite no scientific evidence.

Save the Rhino organization published statistics showing the rise in rhino poaching in South Africa alone has increased from six in the year 2000 to 1,004 in 2013. This year looks to surpass that number with 787 poached rhinos as of September 22.

According to the Department of Environmental Affairs from the Republic of South Africa, Kruger National Park – near where Shadow was discovered — has the consistently highest number of rhino poachings in the entire country.

What You Can Do

As Burrough requests, do something about the problem. Write letters to officials. Get involved politically to help change laws protecting endangered animals and create more severe punishments for the crime of poaching. Donate to groups fighting to help save these magnificent animals. Spread the word to educate others on the tragedy occurring before it’s too late.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/orphaned-baby-rhino-seeking-shade-on-road-is-rescued.html#ixzz3EntsVXn2

It is barbaric the way they kill these animals: E-Bay STOP KILLING FOR STUPID UGLY ARROGANCE


Ebay: Stop selling real fur! Warning: VIDEO GRAPHIC CONTENT

Real animal furs are sold on ebay.com. As long as people are buying animal furs and skins, these helpless animals will continue to suffer. These animals are unable to leave a small cage their whole lives until they are ready to be "harvested". 

Fur farmers keep breeding these animals and destroy them for their fur. These animals never have a chance at a real life that they were meant to live under GOD. Animals, just like children, like to run around, play, explore. They eat, sleep, and breathe just like us. Many fur farmers claim to care for their animals in a humane way but if you go on youtube.com and do a search on fur farms and on PETA.org you will see undercover footage of what really goes on in these fur farms. These animals are shown no compassion at all. They have no comfort, no companionship, no chance at survival. 

If we stop buying real fur and companies such as eBay agree not to sell them anymore, there is a huge chance the demand will drop and these animals can be saved.  We have the power to save millions of helpless animals. Some of these animals include mink, rabbits, dogs, cats, racoons, and foxes. Sign this petition if you have compassion and would like to see this industry fall.
Do you love animals? Then join our Facebook Group dedicated to saving them: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnimalVoicesWorldwide/

Bill Honoring Slain Elephant Could Help Fight Ivory Trafficking

Bill Honoring Slain Elephant Could Help Fight Ivory Trafficking

Earlier this summer the heartbreaking story of Satao, one of Kenya’s most well-known and beloved elephants, made headlines after he was killed by poachers in Tsavo East National Park. Now legislation introduced in his honor could impose trade sanctions on countries that continue to facilitate the bloody ivory trade.

Among ongoing efforts to fight the poaching crisis, last week Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio introduced the Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in their Range (TUSKER) Act, in honor of Satao – who was known as a tusker for his enormous tusks – in an effort to impose consequences on countries that aren’t upholding their commitments to shut down the trade and protect elephants.

Sadly, Sateo’s tragic death was one among tens of thousands of elephants who continue to die because of the world’s seemingly insatiable demand for ivory. A recent study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences found that the demand is responsible for the deaths of 100,000 African elephants in just the past three years alone.

Not only has this devastating loss raised concerns that we could see these magnificent animals disappear from the landscape within our lifetime, but also about how the ivory trade is continuing to threaten global security and support criminal activity.

DeFazio stated:

As many as 40,000 elephants were slaughtered in 2013 alone for their tusks and over 1,000 park rangers have been killed trying to protect endangered wildlife. The illegal wildlife trade funds the operations of gun, drug and human trafficking crime syndicates. It also funds extremely dangerous terrorist groups that threaten regional stability in Africa and national security in the United States. We need to choke off the access to the market. My legislation sends a strong message– if countries permit this illegal trafficking, there will be economic consequences.

According to a statement, numbers from the White House National Security Council and information from the UN Security Council shows elephant ivory contributes between $7 billion and $10 billion a year to the global illegal trade and funds organized criminal and terrorist organizations, including Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, the Janjaweed in Darfur and the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

Conservation and wildlife advocacy organizations are applauding the bill’s introduction and hope further efforts from the U.S., which is the world’s second largest market for ivory behind China, will help stem the the flow of ivory and encourage tougher poaching laws and trade regulations in countries that are involved in the trade. The bill will now be heard by the House Natural Resource Committee, which will hopefully move it forward.

Elephants Dance to Violin Music (and It Didn’t Happen in a Circus)

Concert violinist Eleanor Bartsch was warming up for her performance of the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra when she decided to take her violin playing outdoors. She played a private concert for Kelly and Viola, 44 and 45-year-old elephants. With a name like “Viola,” it should be no surprise the elephants were attracted to her violin playing. Their real life enthusiasm also created quite a stir on youtube. Eleanor’s “private” performance for the elephants received nearly two million views in less than three weeks.

But, it turns out that not all wild animals enjoy classical music. Kyra Kopenenstonsky was hiking in the Colorado mountains last week when a mountain lion started stalking her. After 30 minutes of ill attempts at throwing sticks and making herself appear larger, she decided to start singing opera at the top of her lungs, according to her interview with USA Today. Lucky for her, the mountain lion put its head down, backed up, and just went away. Who would have known? I guess you won’t be seeing any mountain lions in the audience at the Met, but you might want to save room for an elephant at the symphony!

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Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/elephants-dance-to-violin-music-and-it-didnt-happen-in-a-circus.html#ixzz3DxouRRcI

Did you know:

Wind turbines kill around 300,000 birds annually, house cats around 3,000,000,000. Yes, That is Billion.

Wind turbines kill between 214,000 and 368,000 birds annually — a small fraction compared with the estimated 6.8 million fatalities from collisions with cell and radio towers and the 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion deaths from cats, according to the peer-reviewed study by two federal scientists and the environmental consulting firm West Inc. "We estimate that on an annual basis, less than 0.1% ... of songbird and other small passerine species populations in North America perish from collisions with turbines," says lead author Wallace Erickson of Wyoming-based West.

For those who don't have an envelope nearby to do the math, that's about 10,000x more deaths from just house cats than from wind turbines. And that's not even looking at some of the other biggest bird killers out there: building and vehicles. That's probably millions, if not hundreds of millions or billions, of other birds right there. In the grand scheme of things, wind turbines are probably lost in the margin of error. Here are the numbers from a different source, the 2014 State of Birds report:

2014 State of Birds report/Screen capture

This doesn't mean that wind power operators should stop doing what they can to protect birds. Wind farms should be properly sited and everything should be done to mitigate any risks.

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But bird lovers need to go against the real enemies rather than spending precious energy fighting one of the main tools that we have to clean up our power grid and have a greener world.


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National Audubon Society

"[The call of the Common Loon is] one of the wildest and most striking of all the wilderness sounds, a strange, sad, mournful, unearthly cry, half laughing, half wailing."
- Naturalist John Muir

Common Loon - Arlo West, Audubon Photography Awards

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A familiar and beloved icon of northern lakes and rivers, the Common Loon is anything but. Yet this flagship bird is weathering a phalanx of troubles, from lead fishing tackle to pollution to habitat loss.

And as if that wasn't enough, the Common Loon’s future could be jeopardized by global warming.

You share my commitment to protecting birds for future generations. That’s why I am calling on you today to stand up for climate-endangered birds by making an urgent donation to Audubon.

The Audubon climate study, based on three decades of bird census data, found that at the current pace of warming, 314 species of North American birds — including the loon — could be severely affected by climate change in the coming years. The science shows that these birds could lose half or more of their livable ranges by the year 2080 if nothing is done.

Some birds, like the Trumpeter Swan, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and American Avocet, could lose more than 99 percent of their livable range — putting them at extreme risk for extinction.

We Can Save These Birds

Such a game-changing threat demands a powerful response. I hope you agree that Audubon's climate initiative is one of our most ambitious undertakings in the organization’s history. We’re in a race against time to protect habitats that will give birds a fighting chance to adapt to the landscapes of tomorrow.

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Whistle-Blowing Website Wildleaks Targets Powerful Poaching Networks

Whistle-Blowing Website Wildleaks Targets Powerful Poaching Networks

Wildleaks, a new website in the vein of WikiLeaks has set its sights on taking down powerful poaching networks and illegal logging operations. The site says it is the first anonymous and secure whistle-blowing site dedicated to wildlife and forest crime and it couldn’t come any sooner.

Poaching has skyrocketed in recent years as the black market for rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts has grown rapidly. A large part of these transactions are controlled by poweful networks of wealthy traffickers that have previously been untouchable.

The anonymous and secure nature of Wildleaks lets people give tips on poaching activity while staying safe themselves.

After it launched in February, WildLeaks received its first tip within 24 hours. To date the project has gotten over 45 tips and leaks, with at least 28 deemed to be useful, including tiger poaching in Sumatra, illegal logging in Russia and Mexico and even wildlife products being smuggled into the U.S.

“We got, for example, a very interesting leak on a very powerful individual in Kenya, linked to the government, who is behind the ivory trade,” said founder Andrea Crosta, a former security consultant and longtime conservationist.

The site is able to protect whistleblowers by using encryption and anonymity software. The tips and reports are then turned over to people who can take action against these crimes like law enforcement agencies or trusted conservation organizations that specialize in those areas.

The site is targeting large poaching and trafficking operations because the founders believe it will make the greatest difference.

“Unlike others operating in the field… we are not after small-time poachers or traffickers, but the people above them, including corrupt government officials,” Crosta said.

No arrests have been made yet as investigations take time, but the founders know that the more people who know about the site, the better chance they have of stopping some of these networks and saving endangered animals.

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Defending Wolves: If anti-wolf agitators have their way, wolves will continue to be shot, poisoned, trapped, and persecuted in all but a few tiny enclaves in the west. With your support, we will continue litigation to return wolves to full Endangered Species Act protections and advance consideration of wolf reintroductions. At the same time, we will reach out continuously to win new hearts and minds for wolves and shift public opinion. We will advance our vision of hearing wolf howls behind every hill and across every valley spanning the Spine of the Continent.

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Counting Jaguars in the Amazon

Dr. Mathias Tobler

Mathias installs a camera trap in the Peruvian rain forest.

After almost two years, I finally returned to the Peruvian Amazon. This time I was equipped with 180 camera traps to set out in a large grid covering two Forest Stewardship Council-certified logging concessions. For three months these camera traps will be taking thousands of pictures of a wide variety of mammals and terrestrial birds, but we are particularly interested in the jaguar. Our previous research showed that our study site had a high density of this top predator, so this time we set out one of the largest camera-trap grids ever used in the Amazon to get a more accurate estimate of their population size.

The field camp for jaguar camera trap survey in the Espinoza Logging Concession in Madre de Dios, Peru, becomes home for a few weeks.

The field camp for jaguar camera trap survey in the Espinoza Logging Concession in Madre de Dios, Peru, becomes home for a few weeks.

With a pickup truck full of equipment and supplies, two motorbikes, and a team of eight researchers, field technicians, and volunteers, we left the town of Puerto Maldonado along the Interoceanic Highway. After about two hours, we turned off the paved road through a guarded gate into the forestry concessions. From there it was another four hours on bumpy dirt roads to reach the camp we left in 2012. Our main tent platform was overgrown with vines, and the plastic tarp that made up the roof of the kitchen had collapsed. But a few hours with a machete, some new wooden posts, and some string got the site back in shape, and soon we had a comfortable camp that was going to be our home for the next two weeks until we moved to the second concession.

A logging road cuts through the Espinoza Logging Concession in Madre de Dios, Peru.

A logging road cuts through the Espinoza Logging Concession in Madre de Dios, Peru.

Our plan was to set up the cameras along the network of logging roads covering the concessions. From previous work, we knew that jaguars frequently use open roads for long-distance travel, and we were much more likely to photograph them there than in the dense forest. Plus, the roads would give us easy access by truck or motorcycle. However, not only had the tent site overgrown since we left but some of the logging roads we were driving down two years ago had also turned into dense thickets. For us, this meant more walking and trail cutting and less driving. Many camera-trap locations were 6 to 10 miles (10 to 16 kilometers) away from the camp and required hiking in for several days, camping along the way. Fortunately, we had a team of experienced field technicians who know the forest like the back of their hand.

A male and female jaguar walk on a logging road in Madre de Dios, Peru.

A male and female jaguar walk on a logging road in Madre de Dios, Peru.

While cutting one’s way through dense vegetation is hard work, it is also one of the best ways to get to know the forest. One realizes that the Amazon is made up of a mosaic of different vegetation; tall old-growth patches with huge trees quickly turn into bamboo thickets or dense undergrowth recovering from a tree fall. We were lucky to watch tapirs and jaguars walk along the logging roads, spider monkeys curiously looking at us from treetops, and a harpy eagle with a monkey in its talons swooping across the road right in front of our car. And when we checked some of the cameras after two weeks, we already discovered several jaguar photos. I am sure there will be many exciting surprises when we go back to pick up all the cameras in October.


Horrific Fur Farm Conditions Ignored by Those with the Power to Stop It

Horrific Fur Farm Conditions Ignored by Those with the Power to Stop It

A joint investigation by the Montreal SPCA and Humane Society International / Canada has uncovered disgusting and cruel treatment of a large number of animals in an industrial fur farm in the Monteregie region of Quebec. Many foxes had endured such pain and suffering that they were euthanized by the veterinarians as their injuries had gotten so bad that they were beyond recovery.

The Montreal SPCA press release detailed the extent of the injuries and illnesses faced by the animals at the facility, which included dehydration, emaciation, toe and tooth fractures, internal bleeding, neurological disorders and tail injuries.

The story is a harrowing reminder of the treatment of animals in fur farms the world over, in an industry which is largely self-regulated. The following video highlights the main points of the investigation and shows the disgraceful conditions which animals have been forced to live in:

The video and photographs taken by Jo-Anne McArthur and Montreal SPCA highlight just how awful the conditions are inside the farm, with animals living inside tiny excrement covered cages, with dirty water, untreated injuries and visible signs of stress and depression. Around 100,000 animals are raised and killed for their fur each year in Quebec alone, and this region does not impose any strict laws to protect them.

Industry Wide Issues

Many people from within the industry have stepped forward to distance themselves from the conditions seen inside the farm in question, claiming that this is an isolated incident and that it’s not in the farmer’s best interests to neglect animals. However, there can be no getting away from the fact that all fur farms keep animals in cramped cages with metal grates under their feet, no space to exercise, no natural social interaction and no mental stimulation. They are seen as units of stock and not individual animals with desires and needs. When thousands of animals live in such cramped conditions, medical treatment for individuals is almost never administered as it is time consuming and expensive, making the operation less profitable.

There have been countless undercover investigations carried out on fur farms around the globe, and each one highlights the pain, despair and psychological distress which results in animals being caged up for their entire lives. There can never be a ‘humane’ way to do this, and we need to put a stop to it.

Taking Action To Help Save Fur Farm Victims in Quebec

Despite the extensive evidence of the mistreatment of animals in this Quebec fur farm, no sanctions have yet been placed on the owners. As required by law, Montreal SPCA handed their investigation over to the Quebec Ministry of Forest, Fauna and Parks (FFP), who now have the legal power to press charges as they see fit. Since the FFP seized 16 arctic foxes from the site due to lack of correct permits on August 4th, the Minister of FFP, Laurent Lessard, has taken no action whatsoever to prosecute for the awful animal abuse. The Montreal SPCA and Humane Society International / Canada have offered to assist in the process, but still no criminal charges have been brought against the farm and the animals continue to suffer in these hellish conditions.

Please act now to help these animals by writing a letter to put pressure on Laurent Lessard to put a stop to this shameful animal cruelty. Visit the Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals website and see details of where to send the letter as well as a sample letter which you can copy. Your voice counts in the fight against injustice.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/horrific-fur-farm-conditions-ignored-by-those-with-the-power-to-stop-it.html#ixzz3Bmz3Kfqr

How Do We Stop Poaching? Give Poachers an Option to Change Careers

How Do We Stop Poaching? Give Poachers an Option to Change Careers

Poaching has long been a problem on the African continent. Every year, millions of tons of elephant tusk and rhino horn are stripped from the region and sold to overseas markets. Lesser known ‘trophies’ such as leopard skins, lion meat and buffalo heads are also caught and sold illegally, causing widespread ecological devastation. It has been a nearly impossible problem to tackle. Yet one area in Zambia has succeeded in rehabilitating both wildlife and local economies.

Poaching has often been seen as a this-or-that conundrum. How do we punish poachers and rehabilitate local economies? Yet a group known as Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has shown you simply have to change a person’s options. If this can be translated to fit different communities, the program might help stave off mid-level poaching on a continental level.

It’s no secret that poaching has been linked to poverty. When your options involve killing an elephant or feeding your family, it’s no surprise what choice most parents would make. Around 10 years ago, COMACO, working on conservation programs in the Luangwa Valley, took both poachers and women into a number of education programs and the results were amazing.

As the community members were taught farming, beekeeping, metal work and carpentry, COMANCO noted that there was a rapid decrease in poaching. By rehabilitating, rather than imprisoning poachers, they found many willing and ready to leave the trade behind. In fact, more than 661 active poachers voluntarily retired since COMANCO began their program.

Although it flies in the face of people who would like to see ‘all poachers punished,’ the fact is, transforming a poacher is not only better for the local economy – as prosecution of poachers expends valuable government money – but many poachers feel trapped into the trade, lacking training to pursue other areas of employment.

One ex-poacher recounts that his life while poaching was a difficult one, “I learned to hunt from my family. I sold to buyers — all illegal. These things are not sold as you sell groundnuts [a type of peanut]. For a leopard skin we would get maybe four blankets, or exchange it for some clothes. We were not profiting.”

After learning carpentry and agriculture, his life has turned around, “Now we have a garden. Before, our garden was the bush! Now we have enough so that we can sell something and have some money, unlike in the past days of poaching when we gained nothing…Before, our parents told us, ‘hey, bring that knife,’ and in that way we were trained to hunt. Now I tell my children, ‘bring that saw.’ My sons will be carpenters, and life will be better for them.”

COMACO helps fund these enterprises by selling the food grown by workers in outlets around Zambia. The brand, called It’s Wild!, sells organic peanut butter, natural raw honey, beans, soy and rice.

Their website also offers those wanting to help, ways to sponsor beehives and even ‘adopt a poacher’. COMACO will, under the condition that poachers surrender their arms and weapons, spend six weeks training ex-poachers in their choice of trade skill. Upon returning to their village, they are asked to also convince and train two other poachers. If those conditions are met, COMACO supplies them with both the tools and workspaces to begin their ventures.

Since the program’s inception, more than 50,000 snares and 1,800 guns have been surrendered by former poachers, who are now benefiting much more economically than they ever did while hunting wildlife. Furthermore, thousands of animals have been spared an untimely death at the hands of a poacher.

Killing Alligators in a Wildlife Refuge?

Killing Alligators in a Wildlife Refuge?

Alligators are fierce and terrifying carnivores. They’re also fascinating animals that have been around since prehistoric times, playing a distinct and important role in the swampy ecosystems where they live.

  Wildlife supporters and biologists want to keep alligators protected, which they have been as long as they’ve been on national wildlife refuges. But recently, the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge became the first refuge in the national system to allow recreational alligator hunting. Hunters are celebrating, but animal lovers are up in arms. In fact, a Care2 member has started a petition drive to pressure the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages our federal refuges, to stop the alligator hunt. You can get more information here.

Objections to the hunt focus primarily on the cruelty of it. Hunters can stalk the gators from the safety of boats and armed with something called a “bangstick.” That’s a pole that shoots a shotgun pellet or bullet into the animal’s brain. Though the shot might immobilize the creature, it may not kill it instantly, subjecting it to inhumane pain and torture until it dies. Advocates of hunting claim that the alligator population needs to be controlled. Plus, many hunters view the dead animals as trophies, and either stuff them from head to toe, or cut off their head to mount for display.

However, animal welfare supporters note that alligators are an “umbrella” or “keystone” species in the refuge. In other words, they are at the top of the food chain and provide an important biological link, not just in Loxahatchee, but in 150,000 acres of the northern Everglades ecosystem. Plus, thousands of people come to the refuge and the Everglades every year to get a glimpse of these remarkable gators. I’ve been there myself, and I can tell you, it is truly exciting to see an alligator in the wild.

Alligators are already widely hunted outside refuges, not only to make trophies, but also for their skin, which is  turned into leather for purses, shoes, belts, and boots, and meat. The animals are also being negatively affected by climate change as a substantial percentage of the freshwater habitat they depend on becomes increasingly contaminated by salt or brackish water brought on by sea level rise. Warming waters also are starting to affect the ability of alligators to reproduce. Like many other reptiles, the eggs alligators lay are very susceptible to the temperature of the water they’re laid in. As water heats up, the eggs are more likely to turn into males than females, upsetting the balance of nature that could lead to a decline in alligator populations.

Bear Cub Burned in Wildfire Limps to Human for Help

Bear Cub Burned in Wildfire Limps to Human for Help

From the worst wildfire in the history of Washington State comes a heart wrenching tale of a bear cub surviving severe burns to her paws, muzzle, chest and ears. About two weeks after the wildfire started, Steve Love noticed a bear cub hobbling up his driveway as his dog barked.

The cub has been named Cinder by her rescuers and is currently receiving caring treatment at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center (LTWC) in California, a wildlife rescue center. Black bears are naturally fearful of humans and do not ordinarily seek help from them but this bear must have been desperate.

Cinder’s Story

“It was moving fairly slow, and looked odd. Later I noticed it couldn’t put weight on its paws,” Love said in Methow Valley News. The cub eventually laid down on her back in some grass on the property and raised her paws in the air. Love realized the youngster was seriously injured and tried to offer help. He brought her water to drink and picked apricots from a tree which he tossed to her.

Leary at first of human contact, the bear accepted the offerings. Love reported he at one point was able to get within eight feet of the bear cub and offered encouragement in a quiet and soothing voice.  This is when he noticed the severity of Cinder’s burns. “They [paws] were pretty raw,” said Love.

Cinder stayed on Love’s property overnight and by the next morning she had moved underneath a horse trailer. Love reported hearing Cinder cry during the night. “It was a bear kind of cry. It was a very unique and interesting sound, kind of a heart-rending sound. It projected like a kind of bird song,” said Love.

Love called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and when Jason Day responded to the call, he realized Cinder was too small to safely tranquilize. The 2-year-old bear cub should have weighed about 80 pounds but only had 39 pounds on her. So he used a catch pole and was able to get her in a cage for transport. The attempt succeeded only because Cinder was slowed down by her injuries.

Rich Beausoleil, bear and cougar specialist with WDFW, assessed Cinder’s wounds as he cleaned and dressed them. Beausoleil started networking to discover the best place for Cinder to recover. He was advised to contact LTWC because they had cared for a burned bear in the past. LTWC said yes; now all he had to do was find a way to transport Cinder the 780 miles from Wenatchee, Washington to Lake Tahoe, California.

Rich Beausoleil gently places Cinder in a crate.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/bear-cub-burned-in-wildfire-limps-to-human-for-help.html#ixzz3BgsvNKEH

Center for Biological Diversity

Feds Cave to Pressure, Abandon Plans to Protect Wolverines

WolverineDespite serious threats from global warming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week overturned the recommendations of its own scientists and withdrew its earlier proposal to protect American wolverines under the Endangered Species Act.

There are only 250 to 300 wolverines left in the lower 48 states, primarily in the Northern Rockies. Global warming in the next 75 years is expected to wipe out 63 percent of the snowy habitat they need to survive.

On Tuesday, though, top officials at the Fish and Wildlife Service said they will no longer pursue plans to protect wolverines. There's been no new science casting doubt on the strong scientific consensus supporting a 2013 proposal to give wolverines federal protection. But the proposal came under intense opposition from states like Montana and Idaho.

"Global warming has put wolverines firmly on the path toward extinction in the lower 48, so it's really alarming to see the Obama administration cave to political pressure like this," said the Center for Biological Diversity's Noah Greenwald. "This is the moment when wolverines need our help the most, and the agency is turning its back and walking away."

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

Florida Butterflies Win Protection, 22,000 Acres

Florida leafwingFollowing the Center's historic 757 species agreement, this week the Fish and Wildlife Service protected two beautiful Florida butterflies under the Endangered Species Act, along with more than 22,000 acres of their habitat.

The Bartram's scrub hairstreak butterfly has gray wings with striking bits of color, while the Florida leafwing -- as its name implies -- looks like a dead leaf when at rest. The leafwing lives only in Everglades National Park, and the hairstreak can be found in Big Pine Key, Everglades and on other conservation lands. The butterflies have lost much of their habitat to development, and they now also face climate change and sea-level rise. Both have been waiting for protection since 1984, but a 2011 Center settlement forced the Fish and Wildlife Service to move forward on protection decisions for 757 species, including these two dainty insects.

This week's critical habitat designation includes lands that are slated for development for a new strip mall featuring a Walmart, Chili's and Chick-fil-A. Unfortunately, despite these butterflies' protections, this shopping center might still be built.

Act now and tell the developer south Florida doesn't need another strip mall, then read more in the Miami Herald.

So Wrong: Aspen Art Exhibit Mounts iPads on Rare Tortoises -- Take Action

African sulcata tortoiseWhile it's true that great art provokes, we should be wary of art that confuses what is visually interesting with what is just. At the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, until Oct. 5, a controversial exhibit from renowned Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang will feature three exceedingly rare African sulcata tortoises with a pair of iPads stuck directly onto their massive shells. Even more bizarre, each screen will show video footage of nearby ghost towns as the ancient turtles walk around.

That the exhibit is meant to evoke a sense of potential and already experienced loss is quite clear. Sadly, though, the exhibit is yet another example of humans exploiting wildlife -- for our benefit, not theirs -- which is precisely why so many species like these tortoises are endangered. Don't give this exhibit a free pass just because it's billed as art. Act now and urge the Aspen Art Museum to remove this exhibit and give these tortoises a real sanctuary.

Alaska Refuge Bans Bear Hunt -- Thank You

Kenai brown bearIn a big victory thanks to both the Center's work and our online supporters, Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge just announced a proposed year-long ban on brown bear sport hunting, covering both the 2014 fall hunt and the 2015 spring hunt.

The Center has been pushing for this ban through action alerts and, just this week, a petition to the refuge to permanently ban brown bear hunting. Last year, out of fewer than 600 unique Kenai Peninsula brown bears, at least 71 were killed -- and another 52 were killed this spring. These bears are special -- likely genetically distinct from other brown bear populations, and definitely physically isolated. Center supporters sent more than 70,000 letters in response to our alerts to help stop the hunt. Thank you.

Read the press release about this week's petition and stay tuned for more action opportunities to make this hunt ban permanent.

How Meat Consumption Threatens the Environment. The planet and its wildlife need us to reduce our meat consumption.

Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse. Production of beef, poultry, pork and other meats tripled between 1980 and 2010 and will likely double again by 2020. This ever-increasing meat consumption in a world of more than 7 billion people is already taking a staggering toll on wildlife, habitat, water resources, air quality and the climate. And Americans eat more meat per capita than almost anyone else. By eating less or no meat, we can take extinction off our plates and improve our own health along with the health of the planet.

Livestock vs. Wildlife

From wolves to elk to prairie dogs, wild animals pay the price of meat production. Some are killed because they prey on cows; others die en masse to make room for agricultural operations; still more are put in harm’s way by pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change.
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Climate Change

According to the United Nations, meat production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions — more than all forms of transportation combined. Nearly 60 percent of the carbon footprint of the average U.S. household diet comes from animal products.

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Habitat Loss, Water Use and Pollution

The 500 million tons of manure produced annually by U.S. livestock is just the beginning: Animal agriculture has taken over nearly half the landmass of the lower 48 states. And it has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and groundwater in 17 states.

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Should We Resurrect Extinct Animals?

Should We Resurrect Extinct Animals?

De-extinction is a subject which has fascinated people for many years, and what was once the subject of science fiction and hypothetical debate is now a very real possibility and one which requires some serious discussion.

Scientists say that they now have the technology to begin the genetic reconstruction from DNA taken from the bodies of extinct animals. The concept is almost identical to that shown in the cult classic film Jurassic Park, but before fans get too excited, it’s worth pointing out that dinosaurs are out of the question as the DNA samples are simply too old.

The ethical implications of de-extinction are vast and varied, and they require further investigation before scientists should be allowed to begin bringing animals back from the dead. Just because we can, it doesn’t mean we should. The outcome of the proposed de-extinction programs, provided they are ultimately successful, will have far reaching effects on the planet’s complex ecosystems and this is something which nobody is able to accurately predict.

What Would a Successful Program Involve?

For a successful de-extinction program to exist, we would have to decide what the objectives were and how we would propose to re-introduce the animals into the wild once they return to the land of the living.

When is an extinct animal no longer considered to be extinct? When is a mammoth a mammoth and not an elephant-mammoth thingy? If an elephant was used to birth a mammoth baby, when can we ever claim that it is a mammuthus primigenius in its own right? Technically only once the offspring of two successfully mated first generation elephant-mammoths were born.

If our ultimate aim is de-extinction of a species, and not just the resurrection of a single specimen or family, then a successful program would involve the complete reintroduction of a large number of animals into their ‘natural habitat’ — which raises yet more questions, such as what are their natural habitats in the modern world, what effect will this have on the complex ecosystems in existence today, and how will they cope with a different climate to the one in which they lived in previously?

Righting Human Wrongs

Many advocates of de-extinction programs are keen to explore the possibility of using our modern scientific capabilities to put right some of the wrongs which humans have inflicted on extinct animal species.

It’s the idea that we cannot change what has been done in the past, but we can use our scientific ingenuity to try and reintroduce these lost animals back to the world and effectively restore the balance of nature.

Are Resources Better Spent Saving Endangered Species?

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/should-we-resurrect-extinct-animals.html#ixzz3ANCv74ax


Without programs like this, he probably would have not seen his 5th Birthday. Happy Birthday Jimmy !!

Among the seven precious baby chimps benefitting from our TLC for Chimps campaign is Jimmy, who celebrates his fifth birthday today! No longer a momma's boy, Jimmy is becoming more independent now, and maintains a mischievous rivalry with his peers. He loves to chase after and wrestle with the younger chimps, goading them on with playful poking.

Jimmy gets around at Chimp Haven, preferring to swing from place to place in the sanctuary's largest forested enclosure. He often accompanies his fellow chimpanzee friends on trips to a moat, which typically end in an afternoon nap. And this little guy is a sharp observer of family dynamics—Jimmy will navigate around group politics like a pro when he's older and has more influence.

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Humans to Blame for 322 Animal Extinctions in 500 Years

In just 500 years, humans have been the cause of 322 animal extinctions, with two thirds of those occurring in the last century alone.

In a recent issue of the journal Science, researchers took a closer look at animals that have disappeared at the hands of humans, and what this might mean for the future.

One study showed that the human population has doubled in the last 35 years, and along with that increase, the number of invertebrate animals such as beetles, butterflies and worms has decreased by an alarming 45%.

The most famous mass extinction in Earth’s history took place around 252 million years ago, wiping out 90% of marine life and 70% of terrestrial life, but history may be repeating itself and this time the apocalypse is us.

We Are Already In The Midst of The 6th Mass Extinction

From the passenger pigeon to the Tasmanian tiger, and most recently the freshwater baiji dolphin, we are killing animals at an unsettling rate, and according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, another 20,000 or more animals are also on the verge of extinction.

Before we had even achieved civilization, we had already helped to hunt some of the world’s biggest animals including wooly mammoths and giant sloths to extinction, and now with our destructive use of fossil fuels over the last several centuries, we have dangerously altered the climate for our fellow species.

Utilizing every inch of land we can for cities, logging and food, we exploit the habitats of our fellow animals and plants, forging unsustainable conditions for them to survive in.

With the current extinction rate being estimated at 1,000 times faster than ever before, we are in the midst of the fastest extinction event on record and it’s the animals that are paying the biggest price.

As species start to disappear it is not just their presence that is lost, but also the loss of critical ecosystem functioning in which they play a central role.

Urgent Measures Must Be Taken to Protect the Earth’s Inhabitants........


Tiger leaps onto boat, snatches man in swamp in India

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April 26, 2014 - Royal Bengal tiger prowls in Sunderbans, at the Sunderban delta, about 80 miles south of Calcutta, India. An Indian fisherman says a tiger has snatched a man off a fishing boat and dragged him away into a mangrove swamp.AP

A Bengal tiger snatched a man off a fishing boat in eastern India, dragging him away into a mangrove swamp as his children looked on in horror, the man's son said Friday.

The attack happened Thursday as Sushil Manjhi and his son and daughter were crab fishing in a stream in the Sunderbans National Park. The tiger leaped aboard the boat and clamped its jaws on Manjhi's neck, said Sushil's son, Jyotish. The tiger "quickly flung my father on his back and gave a giant leap before disappearing into the forest," Jyotish said by telephone from his village of Lahiripur in West Bengal state. He said he and his sister tried to beat the animal with sticks and a knife, but the thrashing had no effect. His father was dragged away and was presumed dead.

The national park is one of the largest reserves for the royal Bengal tiger. Thursday's attack was the fourth deadly assault by a tiger this year in the Sunderbans, wildlife officials said.

India has more than half of the 3,200 tigers believed to be left in the wild in the world. But as the country undergoes breakneck development to accommodate the growth of its 1.2 billion people, tiger habitats have been shrinking.

The big cat's numbers have also dwindled because of rampant poaching to feed a flourishing market for tiger organs and bones in China.



Stop Electrocution of Tigers

Four tigers have been killed by electrocution since November 2012; three of them in the forests of the Katni district in India.

In one death, the tigress was electrocuted after it came in contact with live electric line connected to an 11-KV high-tension line, connected to a pole that was only 8 feet tall instead of 27 feet. The electricity department re-erected a pole from its broken end instead of replacing it with a new one.

Wildlife officials believe that electricity has spread to rural areas without any supervision electric companies, and poachers are using homemade electrocution tripwires made from power lines. 61 elephants have been poached this way.

Section 149 of Electricity Act 2003, reads "Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who at the time of offence committed was in charge of and was responsible to the company for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company shall be deemed to be guilty of having committed the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly."

We ask that the electric company be held responsible for the deaths of endangered tigers. They have been long aware, and neglected several remedies, including building taller, more insulated power lines, to help ensure the safety of wildlife.

SOURCE: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Bhopal/Another-tiger-dies-of-electric-shock-in-Katni/Article1-1017584.aspx



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Meet Smudge - The Moon Bear Cub Saved from a Chinese Bear Farm

This little bear cub has captured the hearts of 300,000 people worldwide. But lucky little Smudge, who is now in the care of Animals Asia, has a past that will break your heart.

She was born on a notorious bear farm in China and destined for a life of terror, hidden from the world in a filthy, dark cell.

For Smudge and almost 130 other bears trapped inside, the nightmare is almost over. Many of these bears spent years enduring the horror of bile extraction for the traditional medicine market. But Animals Asia is transforming this former bear bile farm into a beautiful sanctuary.

For today's Daily Action, please watch this adorable video of Smudge, share if you care and help Animals Asia give her the life she deserves.    

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Olivia Munn Bares All to Expose Fur Farms

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Actor Olivia Munn—star of HBO's hit series The Newsroom— is taking her role as senior financial reporter to a new level by exposing "globalization at its worst" in her brand-new undercover video exposé, which reveals never-before-seen footage of animals being beaten, stomped, genitally electrocuted, and skinned alive on Chinese fur farms, where there are no penalties for this abuse. China is the world's largest exporter of fur, and undercover investigations repeatedly reveal what the fashion industry won't tell you: foxes, minks, rabbits, and even dogs and cats are mercilessly killed in order to make fur coats, vests, trim on jackets, purses, and other accessories.  

"Who needs fur to feel beautiful?" Olivia asks in her beautiful print ad, shot by top photographer
Emily Shur, as a poignant reminder that fur only looks good on its original owner: the animal. 

Olivia reminds us that when it comes to violence on fur farms, "There's nothing good about pretending like you don't know." Please take a minute to watch the undercover video footage. Then share the video on Facebook and Twitter to let your family and friends know not what they might be wearing, but whom.

Check out Olivia's exclusive interview with PETA to learn more about her thoughts on fur and exotic skins. See another sexy version of Olivia's ad for PETA here!

You can help put an end to this bloody industry by refusing to buy or wear fur or fur trim. Take action in the form below to tell bebe's CEO to dump fur. Let him know that you will not shop at bebe until all real fur is off the shelves.

You can make a difference and send a powerful message to designers, retailers, and others who profit off cruelty that compassion is timeless fashion. 



So Sad !! Satao The Elephant Killed By Poachers In Kenya (GRAPHIC VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Satao was an elephant famous for having tusks so long that they nearly reached the ground, and so distinct, that he could be easily identified from the air as he roamed Kenya's vast Tsavo East National Park.

Now, Satao is dead, slain by ivory poachers who used poison arrows to bring the great elephant down. Once Satao was in their clutches, the poachers hacked off his legendary tusks and much of his face, the Tsavo Trust announced on Facebook and Twitter.

Although Satao was killed on May 30, and his corpse found on June 2, he was so badly mutilated that it took nearly 10 days to confirm that it was indeed the beloved elephant.

"Today it is with enormous regret that we confirm there is no doubt that Satao is dead, killed by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries," the nonprofit organization said in a statement. "A great life lost so that someone far away can have a trinket on their mantelpiece."

A Facebook post from the Tsavo Trust, a wildlife organization operating in the region, shows the brutality of the killing:



Unusual BFFs: A lion and tiger and bear, oh my!


No need to be afraid of these wild animals, Dorothy: This lion, tiger and bear are best pals! An unusual trio, sure, but these three literally cannot live without each other. They were rescued from the basement of a home in Atlanta, Georgia, during a 2001 drug raid and turned into Noah’s Ark, a nonprofit animal sanctuary just south of the city, according to My Modern Met. As the staff at Noah’s Ark nursed the injured and malnourished cubs back to health, they decided to separate them.

“Three apex predators aren’t supposed to live together,” Kandi Allen, social media director at Noah’s Ark, tells HLN. But upon separation, all three animals became lethargic, sad and couldn’t eat, Allen says. So they put them back into the same enclosure and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

They now live in a 2.5-acre enclosure with a natural waterway running through it, where they sleep, eat and even cuddle together. They also have a “club house” -- a log cabin filled with hay on the inside and a lovely porch outside, where the trio often lounges around together, according to Allen.

The bear, Baloo, weighs 800 pounds and is the leader of the pack, which surprises Allen. “Typically, the tiger should be the leader, but it’s Baloo.” Leo is an African lion and weighs about 450 pounds, and the tiger, Shere Khan, is the smallest in the group, weighing in at around 300 pounds. Because he is considered a small tiger, Allen says he’s likely a Siberian tiger.

All three animals are male and are the same age. In fact, they’ll be celebrating their 13th birthday on June 21 with a party at Noah’s Ark. Happy early birthday, BLT!  By updated


Falsely Advertised, Mislabeled Raccoon Dog Fur Sold by Neiman Marcus

 WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States revealed through laboratory testing that an exclusive, $1,895 St. John brand jacket advertised by Neiman Marcus in VOGUE and W magazines is not dyed “raccoon” fur, as described at NeimanMarcus.com and on the garment’s tag, but actually raccoon dog, a member of the Canid family documented to be often skinned alive in China.

“Independent investigations into the Chinese raccoon dog fur industry have revealed horrendous cruelty, including animals being skinned alive,” said Pierre Grzybowski, manager of the Fur-Free Campaign at The HSUS. 

Raccoon dogs are a species native to Asia, who in the wild seem to enjoy having a mate or friend close by. These social animals live in pairs or small groups, and the males are helpful fathers, bringing food to their pregnant mate as well as helping to raise the young. Raccoon dogs suffer and die for their fur in intensive confinement operations in China and Finland, and their fur has been widely misrepresented as fake fur or as a different species.

The Most Misrepresented Fur in America

A majority of the falsely advertised or mislabeled fur-trimmed jackets we tested contained fur from raccoon dogs.



STOP MAKING STUPID PEOPLE FAMOUS!!! Via- a very good friend of ours-Quite honestly, it is not something to just & 'get over'. I work with young children. They don't just 'get over' killing an animal. This is teaching them brutality. They need to be taught & shown COMPASSION in this world. Children do not need to learn how to brutalize themselves by destroying others. It is not admirable. It is stupidity.



Tell Antiques Roadshow: Stop Giving Ivory Air Time

Tell Antiques Roadshow: Stop Giving Ivory Air Time 

Did you know that the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, regularly appraises ivory carvings on air? Owners of the artifacts may be hoping for a big pay day, but we already know what they are worth: dead elephants.

With African forest elephants on the brink of extinction, placing a value on ivory sends the wrong message to the American public and especially to poachers: that elephants are worth more dead than alive.

Tell the show to stop appraising ivory and help stamp out the black market for ivory in America.



World’s 100 Rarest Birds Identified by Scientists

World’s 100 Rarest Birds Identified by Scientists

From large to small and colorful to camouflaged, birds have long captured the interest and curiosity of bird watchers and nature enthusiasts, but continued threats to their survival leave many with questionable futures.

Scientists from Yale University, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and collaborating universities have taken on the task of identifying who the rarest species are and have come up with a list of the world’s 100 most unique and rare birds according to how Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) they are as part of the EDGE program, which is working to identify the most vulnerable species on the planet.

According to EDGE, one in eight species of birds is now threatened with extinction. Not only are the birds featured on the list living close to the brink, but they are considered highly unique because of the way they look, live and behave.

After examining some 10,000 bird species from around the world scientists based their findings on both how unique they are and how threatened they are to identify the top 100. Their findings were published in the journal Current Biology.

The list includes species who span more than 170 countries, while 62 percent of the species included are endemic to their countries, which means they aren’t found anywhere else in the world.

Scientists hope the project will help raise awareness and public interest in these birds, in addition to helping support global conservation efforts and funding for conservation projects to ensure their future survival.

Carly Waterman, EDGE Program Manager at ZSL, said that about half the birds on the list are getting little to no conservation attention and that without action we stand to lose many other species, including the dodo’s closest relatives, the tooth-billed pigeon or ‘little dodo,’ who came in at number 34 on the list.

Topping the list is the world’s largest bird, the giant ibis. With only 230 pairs left in the wild in Cambodia, the giant ibis is considered critically endangered and continues to suffer from habitat loss, human disturbances, predation of its eggs and may be further threatened by hunting.


Rescued 'puppy' actually not a puppy at all

2014: Over Easter weekend, Ralph Shopland and his family from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada discovered and rescued an abandoned animal near Marsh Lake. Mr. Shopland told CBC News, "I just defaulted to thinking it was a dog.” His family sent out a call on Facebook looking for another dog to serve as a wet nurse to the rescued animal. The tiny animal, whose eyes are still closed, was nursed for a few days by the surrogate mother.

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Ralph Shopland (CBC)

“We needed to get it attended to because we don’t have that capability. I’m not a mommy," Shopland said. Just over a week old, the young creature is now in the care of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and doing much better than when it was discovered. The caregivers are bottle-feeding the animal every three hours. "It seems like he is well hydrated and active and doesn’t cry in between meals. So, that means he’s not hungry,” said Maria Hallock of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. “So, he’s getting enough milk and slowly growing. Because I only had him for day and a half and he gained six grams since yesterday."

Since its care at the preserve, experts have determined that the animal is not actually what the family thought it was. Dave Bakica, a Yukon conservation officer said, "Originally, they thought it was a dog, but it wasn't a dog Then they thought it might be an otter or a marten or a number of other different things, wolverine possibly." Yukon Wildlife Preserve officials are almost certain that the little creature is a fox because of its characteristic white tipped tail.

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Maria Hallock shows the animal's white tipped tail. (CBC)

 Because the rescued animal has been imprinted with humans, it will likely live in captivity. In this case, conservation officials believe that the animal was truly abandoned and its mother was probably hit by a car. However, in general, Bakica advises against touching wild animals saying, "If you think you've found orphaned wildlife, in most cases mother is very close by and just waiting for you to leave. We try to tell people, please do not pick up any orphaned wildlife."



Urge Seafood Market to Ditch Live Frog Sales!

Like all animals, frogs have a tremendous capacity for suffering. But McKee Seafood Supermarket in San Jose was recently investigated for cruelly confining these sensitive animals, who were piled in heaps and bound so tightly in netting that they couldn’t move. When scolded by officials for keeping frogs in this manner, supermarket managers reportedly suggested that perhaps they would stop selling them altogether. Please encourage them to do just that!

Frogs sold in markets are typically stolen from the wild, crammed into containers, and transported long distances without sustenance and often in extreme temperatures. Rough handling by workers and the frogs’ intensive confinement frequently result in injury and/or stress-induced diseases. And since frogs play key roles in the environment, the hunting and trade of these animals have caused noted damage to ecosystems around the world.
Read more: http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-seafood-market-ditch-live-frog-sales-2/#ixzz2yxmSKiXD


Ask Animal Planet to Take Cruel Hunter Jim West Off the Air/  Below is a e-mail I got from Animal Plant.

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Wild West Alaska features Jim West, owner of an Anchorage shop called Wild West Guns, and his team of hunting and gun experts. West is currently accused of 17 criminal hunting violations, including illegally killing a black bear and facilitating a moose hunt.

In November 2013, after a five-year investigation of Jim West, the state of Alaska filed criminal charges for 17 state game and guiding violations, including the following:

  • Illegally shooting and killing a black bear and then falsifying documents to conceal the kill
  • Illegally helping a client kill a moose within a national preserve and then transport the animal's body
  • Illegally guiding black bear hunts on native Alaskan lands without permission
  • Illegally maintaining bear bait stations year after year.

When Animal Planet was first asked to comment, representatives said that they were "surprised" by the charges against West but would look into them. But the network didn't stop the second season of Wild West Alaska from premiering as scheduled and continuing to air until its finale last month.

The network is now in negotiations for a third season. While the program was not included on Animal Planet's newly released 2014-2015 schedule, representatives from the network have refused to grant assurance that the program will not be renewed—and Animal Planet continues to air prior episodes.

How You Can Help
Tell Animal Planet that enough is enough. It's time for Jim West and his team to go further "off the grid."

E-mail I received:

Thank you for reaching out regarding your concerns about the recent allegations involving Jim West.  Like you, Animal Planet absolutely abhors animal cruelty in all its forms and we are dedicated to eradicating it. We want to be clear that West is not being charged with animal cruelty and that he is vigorously asserting his innocence around the legal issues being raised.

That being said, Animal Planet has been proactive in adjusting the editorial of Wild West Alaska.  Specifically, the network has reduced West's role since the allegations surfaced. Moving forward, we will continue to keep a close eye on the situation as it develops. We at Animal Planet share your passion and welcome your interest and concern for the well-being of all animals.


Marjorie Kaplan

Group President, Animal Planet


Africa is home to the world's
most iconic wildlife.

Africa is home to the world's most iconic wildlife.

But illegal poaching might destroy it forever.


Why are these animals killed?

Endangered animals are slaughtered so that a single body part – like tusks, pelt, or bones – can be illegally sold for huge sums of money.

RHINO HORN is believed to treat: hangovers, impotence, fever, cancer proven to cure: none of the above the demand for rhino horn is exceedingly high; it sells for nearly $30,000 a pound. Gold, by comparison, is worth about $22,000 a pound. Ivory is carved into: jewelry, utensils, religious figurines, trinkets. worth the life of an elephant? no. as much as 70% of illegal ivory goes to China, where it is sold on the streets for up to $1,000 a pound. Zebras are hunted for their skins. They are also occasionally used for meat or medicine.

Wildlife officials have observed a recent surge in trafficking of infant gorillas. They are sold for up to $40,000. Due to recent habitat loss, many lions live close to humans and are killed by farmers in retaliation for preying on livestock.


What we're doing:

Protect Wildlife: We recruit, train, and equip our scouts with advanced tools like satellite phones, GPS, and all-terrain vehicles to help them safeguard animals.

Conserve Land: In tandem with anti-poaching efforts, we establish wildlife corridors – large sections of land that allow animals to move from one national park to another.

Educate the Public: We work with conservation groups and governments to raise awareness of poaching, illegal trading, and dwindling wildlife populations.

Provide Livelihood Alternatives: We work to provide alternative means of livelihood to local communities so wildlife is not harmed in order to sustain the local economy.

That's not all. To learn about our many ongoing efforts to protect Africa, visit: www.awf.org


Save Our Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombats

Across SA’s Murraylands over the last four years, Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats have been dying in their thousands. Their population is being seriously degraded with illegal culling and burrow destruction having major impacts on the population.

We still don’t know all the answers, but we do know the Government have increased the number of destruction permits by 500% over the last five years and toxic onion weed has taken over the wombats’ habitat as native grasses have disappeared. The recent fires could be the final straw…

There is a better way though- we don’t want our Southern's going the way of their Northern cousins. It’s time to take action to Save our Southerns and to ensure we protect and preserve these wonderful and iconic animals now!




7 Animal Friendly Alternatives to Wool

7 Animal Friendly Alternatives to Wool

Whether you’re looking to ditch wool from your wardrobe or find an animal friendly alternative to knit with, thankfully there are now a whole host of cruelty free fibers available to you.

Many people tout wool as an eco friendly choice, claiming it is much more sustainable that petroleum-based products, but at what price to the animals? From the horrific practice of mulesing (is the practice of gouging out large areas of skin from around the tail area of a sheep. Despite their obvious pain and suffering, the animals are not given any pain relief) and selective breeding causing unnaturally thick wool to their inevitable and terrifying slaughter.

Fortunately you can have the best of both worlds. If you care about the planet and the animals, then check out the following seven alternatives:

1. Bamboo

Naturally antibacterial, bamboo is a beautiful renewable fiber which grows rapidly without any need for pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Fabric and clothing made from bamboo can be manufactured and produced without any chemical additives, and it’s 100% biodegradable and can be completely decomposed in the soil without releasing any harmful pollutants into the environment. Bamboo is also an increasingly important plant in terms of global deforestation as it generates up to 35% more oxygen.

2. Banana

Made from either the young shoots or the outer bark of banana trees, harvesting of this fiber does not hurt the tree and it is a completely renewable resource. Although time intensive, the process of banana production is nonetheless a sustainable one that offers numerous possibilities for those looking for wool alternatives.

3. Hemp

Well known for its durability and strength, hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile fabrics used in textile production. It is 100% biodegradable, recyclable and reusable, it grows fast and thrives in all sorts of climates, it improves soil structure and even cleans up toxins from the ground through the process of phytoremediation. Like cotton, hemp can also be made into a variety of fabrics, including high quality linen.

4. Flax

Named as one of the “optimal materials for America” by leading environmental site Treehugger.com, flax is an incredibly useful plant that can be utilized in a number of ways. Growing naturally and requiring much less water than conventionally grown cotton, flax is gentle on the land and the processing of its fiber leaves little to no impact on the environment.

5. Organic Cotton

Organic cotton offers all the benefits of conventional cotton but without the environmental impacts. Cotton makes for a soft and versatile material that is super easy to work with and ideal for everything from blankets to clothing.

6. Tencel

Made from the natural cellulose found in the pulp of the eucalyptus tree, Tencel represents a milestone in the development of earth friendly textiles. The fiber is very economical in its use of energy and natural resources, and it is fully biodegradable. Tencel is created through a closed-loop process whereby 99% of all solvents and emissions are recovered, recycled or decomposed.

7. Recycled Plastic

Polar Fleece is made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles and has numerous advantageous environmental and fabric qualities. The fabric is created by melting down old plastic bottles into pelts which are then spun out into yarns ready for creating the fleece. The fleece fabric has great insulating properties and has a low water retention value of just 1%. The process prevents billions of PET products from ending up on landfill sites and the fleece can even be recycled again in the future, giving an endless cycle of reuse.

Of course all of the above alternatives are not without their faults, but when grown, sourced and manufactured ethically and organically, they are solid replacements for wool-based products.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/7-animal-friendly-alternatives-to-wool.html#ixzz2whw9PapK


Fur in 60 Seconds

 If you have friends or family members who still think that fur is fashionable, here’s an easy way to help them rethink their caveperson clothing. Challenge them to get a firsthand look at the barbaric fur industry by watching PETA’s brand-new “Fur in 60 Seconds” video—if they dare

There is no kind way to rip the skin off animals’ backs. Rabbits, foxes, and other animals on fur farms are crammed into barren metal cages, and many go insane from the extreme confinement. Animals caught in steel-jaw traps can languish for days, with the trap cutting down to their bones. In China, raccoon dogs are beaten with steel pipes and left to die slowly. Even Fido and Fluffy aren’t safe: Dogs and cats are often skinned alive for their fur, which is then often falsely labeled as fur from other species.

We think that once fur-wearers see just what animals go through in the fur trade, they’ll be swapping their fur collars and coats for warm, stylish, animal-friendly synthetics.

Fashion should be fun, not fatal. Please share our “Fur in 60 Seconds” video with your friends and family by posting it to Facebook and other sites—and be sure to wear only vegan clothing.

Read more: http://www.peta.org/action/get-active-online/fur-in-60-seconds/#ixzz2wVkJwCo5


Elephant Escapes Poachers Twice, Seeks Out Treatment

Elephant Escapes Poachers Twice, Seeks Out Treatment

In the sprawling expanse of Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, an elephant named Mshale has been fighting for his life. After taking a total of four arrows in two known poaching attempts, this animal has beaten the odds again and again. Why are poachers so determined to destroy this creature? His ivory tusks, which clock in at more than 100 pounds and are worth around $35,000 on the black market. This market wants to pack his ivory into containers, ship it halfway across the globe and carve it into little trinkets for people to wear as status symbols.

Mshale, now around 40 years old, has been roaming around the northern area of Tsavo East for some time. At the Ithumba Orphans Facility, where he visited often for clean drinking water and the company of other elephants, this large bull was well known to workers. That sense of familiarity might have saved his life in July of 2012 when poachers targeted Mshale and lodged a poison arrow into him. However, before it could take effect, the elephant lumbered to the Ithumba stockades where vets from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) administered treatment. The arrow was laced with Akokanthera toxin, derived from the unripe fruit of a tree native to the region.

After a short recovery, Mshale made his way back into Tsavo’s wilderness. The DSWT and KWS teamed up with their anti-poaching squads and tried to keep ahead of Mshale’s movements. It wasn’t until March of this year, while doing a flyby of more than 500 elephants, that they saw Mshale again. This time he was badly limping with a wound in his back visible from the air. They set down the craft to find two other large bull elephants guarding him.

The poison spears had taken their toll. When the vet team was finally able to get Mshale sedated for treatment, they realized the wound on his rump had caused a festering abscess the size of a basketball. Pounds of dead tissue had to be cut away before the wound could be cleaned, and many working on the bull wondered if he’d ever be able to walk again.

When Mshale began to stir, they quickly treated the animal with strong antibiotic injections and packed the wound with clay, to seal it from further infection. Within minutes, to the surprise of everybody on staff, Mshale was soon back on his feet. It was said he stared at those who had treated him for a moment, before turning around and hobbling back into the African bush.

In the end, the DSWT and KWS vets have pulled four spears from Mshale in a period of less than two years. His tusks are prized objects, and demand for ivory in China and Southeast Asia has made such poaching endeavors, sadly, commonplace. Poachers, who generally work in groups of about four, use silent methods in Tsavo, such as poison arrows and traps. In other parts of Africa, guns, helicopters, and even GPS tracking methods have been used to decimate entire herds.

Kenya’s ports (many of which have been financed by Chinese investment) and busy, chaotic, international airport, have made Kenya an ideal location for the shipment of black market goods. And although last year KWS successfully seized more than 8 tons of ivory, by the time they reach it, it’s still too late for the elephant.

“We must recognize the importance of education and awareness campaigns, people need to know the truth about ivory to be encouraged not to buy it and instead to see the true beauty of ivory which is only seen on live elephants,” said Rob Brandford. Anti-poaching measures, as well as search and seizure of exports, further training and pay raises for KWS staff must be improved around Kenya to help slow the trade of ivory. However, the sad reality remains, that until consumers stop purchasing it, the poachers will continue to stalk Mshale, and elephants just like him, around Africa’s many national parks.



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    The most commonly farmed fur-bearing animals are minks, followed by foxes. Chinchillas, lynxes, and even hamsters are also farmed for their fur.

    The animals—who are housed in unbearably small cages—live with fear, stress, disease, parasites, and other physical and psychological hardships, all for the sake of an unnecessary global industry that makes billions of dollars annually.

    To cut costs, fur farmers pack animals into small cages, preventing them from taking more than a few steps back and forth. This crowding and confinement is especially distressing to minks—solitary animals who may occupy up to 2,500 acres of wetland habitat in the wild. The anguish and frustration of life in a cage leads minks to self-mutilate—biting at their skin, tails, and feet—and frantically pace and circle endlessly. Zoologists at Oxford University who studied captive minks found that despite generations of being bred for fur, minks have not been domesticated and suffer greatly in captivity, especially if they are not given the opportunity to swim. Foxes, raccoons, and other animals suffer just as much and have been found to cannibalize their cage mates in response to their crowded confinement.

    Animals in fur factory farms are fed meat byproducts considered unfit for human consumption. Water is provided by a nipple system, which often freezes in the winter or might ... more

  • http://www.thepetitionsite.com/395/043/822/demand-an-end-to-all-united-states-fur-farms/

5 Things You Need to Know About Wildlife Corridors

  5 Things You Need to Know About Wildlife Corridors

Written by Michael Graham Richard, Treehugger

We live in a very inter-connected world. This is something that conservationists have learned when studying the species that they are trying to protect; It’s not good enough to create protected habitats that are isolated, like islands surrounded by roads, fences, farmlands, cities, etc. That’s not how most species have evolved. Their habitats need to be connected to others via wildlife corridors if life there is to really thrive and be robust enough to survive in the long-term. Here’s a few reason why these corridors are so important:


1. Some species need to travel long distances to survive

Some species, such as wolves, grizzly bears, elks, cougars, lynx, etc, need to travel long distances to survive. Sometimes protected habitat areas are large enough to provide the needed space, but often they are too small, and without safe corridors to move around, the animals are exposed to all kinds of dangers. The corridors provide a kind of safety valve for protected habitats that are too small, allowing especially the large carnivores to find ways to roam to their heart’s content between different ‘islands’ without being exposed to potentially fatal dangers.

To read the rest: http://www.care2.com/causes/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-wildlife-corridors.html#ixzz1dQ5CXhPr



Survival Against All Odds: Animals of the Arctic

Written by the BBCEarth Team

Adaptation is fundamental for a species to survive, especially in a hostile environment like the Arctic, where inhabitants are faced with six months of perpetual darkness and snow and ice laying claim to every inch of the land. What kind of extraordinary animals survive in such harsh terrain, and more importantly, how do they do it?

During winter in the Arctic, temperatures can drop to a bone-chilling −50°C (−58 °F). Rather than going into hibernation however, some animals will stick out the winter and use their cold-conquering adaptations to survive. One such animal that has done this is the arctic fox or the snow fox as it is also commonly known.

Ranging far and wide in the arctic and alpine tundra, these jackals of the north, so-called because of their propensity to scavenge on polar bears’ kills, have a woolly coat that has the best insulating properties of any mammal. Other adaptations for life in the arctic include small, heavily furred ears and a short nose. Having a smaller surface area reduces heat loss. They also have fur on the soles of their feet as well as increased blood circulation to the feet which literally stops their paws freezing to the ice!

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/survival-against-all-odds-animals-of-the-arctic.html#ixzz1dNNZTuHv


Can A New Windmill Save Birds and Bats?

Can A New Windmill Save Birds and Bats?

Environmentalists and animal lovers are facing a conundrum when it comes to wind power. Wind turbines, with their long blades that rotate at high speeds, kill birds and bats. On the other hand, they are a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels that pollute the environment and destroy habitats. A resolution may be at hand: an inventor claims that his new wind turbine design will not kill birds or bats, will generate more power than existing turbines and will be quieter to boot.

Raymond Green, an 89-year-old World War II veteran, is collecting patents around the globe for his new turbine design. Gizmag offers illustrations and a video about the new turbine, called the Compressed Air Enclosed Wind Turbine. Gizmag explains that the machine, which is shaped like a megaphone,”draws in wind through its wide entrance, pushing it into the more confined space where the turbine blades” are safely ensconced.

Windmills in the U.S. currently produce enough power for 1.6 million homes. (China produces three times as much wind power.) According to the Pennsylvania Wind Working Group, compared to traditional energy sources, running a one megawatt wind turbine for one year saves 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide, 6.5 tons of sulfur dioxide, 3.2 tons of nitrogen oxides and 60 pounds of mercury. There seems to be no debate that wind energy is cleaner than conventional power sources.

There does seem to be debate about everything else. Supporters of wind energy deny that it kills birds in large numbers, or argue that it kills fewer of them than traditional energy sources and other man-made structures do. And there is dispute that Green’s Compressed Air Enclosed Wind Turbine can supply as much energy as the conventional style currently in use.

The U.S. Department of Energy produced a sheet titled “Wind Energy Myths” that downplays the dangers of wind turbines to birds. “Wind farms and wildlife can and do coexist successfully. Wind energy development’s overall impact on birds is extremely low (<1 of 30,000) compared to other human-related causes, such as buildings, communications towers, traffic, and house cats.” The DOE goes on to argue that even though turbines do kill birds, “conventional fuels contribute to air and water pollution that can have far greater impact on wildlife and their habitat, as well as the environment and human health.”

“Windmills kill nearly half a million birds a year, according to a Fish and Wildlife estimate,” the Washington Post reports. The American Wind Energy Association, however, contends that “the current bird kill is about 150,000 annually.” Whichever number is closer to the truth, it appears to have included six golden eagles last year.

A further wrinkle in the situation is the discovery that bats may be at even higher risk than birds. TreeHugger discusses a study reported in Science Daily which found that “bat fatalities at wind turbines far outnumber bird fatalities at most sites.” The study, performed by scientists at the University of Calgary, stated that most of the affected bats are migratory. TreeHugger explains that migratory bats “eat thousands of insects per night (including crop pests) as they move from one region to another. Bat losses in one region could have negative effects on ecosystems far away from the site of wind turbines. Also, because bats have long lives and reproduce slowly, their ability to recover from population crashes is limited.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/can-a-new-windmill-save-birds-and-bats.html#ixzz261DR2Ka2


4 Animals Who Mourn Their Dead

4 Animals Who Mourn Their Dead

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/4-animals-who-mourn-their-dead.html#ixzz261APFcTQ

Western scrub jays hold what we would call funerals when they encounter a dead member of their species. Teresa Iglesias and colleagues from the University of California at Davis noted that jays, on seeing a dead bird, gather around it; in the journal Animal Behavior, they write that this behavior may have evolved from needing to warn other birds of dangers.

The scientists conducted experiments in which they placed a number of objects into residential yards and observed how the jays reacted. The objects included different colored pieces of wood, dead jays, mounted stuffed jays and great horned owls.

The jays were indifferent to the wood. They gathered together and issued alarm calls on seeing the mounted horned owls, apparently because they thought they were predators. They sometimes mobbed the stuffed jay, a behavior displayed when seeing a competitor or a sick bird.

But their behavior towards the dead birds was the most significant. Not only did the jays issue alarm calls to warn others far away, but they stopped foraging for food for days. As the BBC explains, after finding the dead bird,

The jays then gathered around the dead body, forming large cacophonous aggregations. The calls they made, known as “zeeps”, “scolds” and “zeep-scolds”, encouraged new jays to attend to the dead.

The scientists wrote that just the sight of a dead bird was enough to make the jays seek to share this information to warn other birds of possible dangers, even “without witnessing the struggle and manner of death.”

Jays are not the only animals who scientists have observed taking notice of their dead. 

Photo by Eliya

Photos Prove Nearly Extinct Sumatran Rhino Is Still Alive

Photos Prove Nearly Extinct Sumatran Rhino Is Still Alive

For the first time in 26 years, seven Sumatran rhinos were filmed on hidden cameras this week in an Indonesian national park. Some feared the critically endangered species had become extinct in the region.

Experts believe there are less than 200 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, but on Thursday seven of them were sighted in the Mount Leuser National Park in Indonesia. It is the first sighting in 26 years. The group of six females and one male were caught on infrared cameras set up in the northern tip of the park.

“This discovery can allay doubts over the rhino’s presence in the park,” Tarmizi, team leader of the Leuser International Foundation told AFP. He added he hoped the discovery would encourage more efforts to conserve the species.

The Leuser International Foundation set up the cameras late last year in two locations in the park where they thought the rhinos might be living.

“The team brilliantly acquired more than 1,000 images showing the Sumatran rhinos in excellent condition,” said LIF.

“We hope that this number can increase when we finish our survey at several other locations.” The researchers are optimistic they will eventually find an estimated 25 rhinos.

Sumatran rhinos, which are the smallest of their species, have dropped in population by 50 percent over the past 20 years due to poachers and the logging industry that has destroyed much of their habitat.

The LIF team ran into indications of illegal forest activity that could threaten the survival of the rhino and other animals during their study. With evidence on film, authorities will now be better prepared to stop the poachers and loggers.

The LIF study was funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Mount Leuser National Park is home to 710 animal species, with 180 of them declared endangered. It is the only place where the Sumatran rhino, Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant and Malayan sun bear all live side-by-side. All are on the endangered list.

In June a baby Sumatran rhino was born in captivity. It is the fourth birth in more than a century.


More Raptor Cams Go Live

More Raptor Cams Go Live

Earlier this year a pair of bald eagles in Decorah, IA, became a web sensation as millions tuned in to a live video feed and watched them hatch their eggs and saw the fledglings take their first flight.

The cameras that brought the secret lives of eagles into viewers’ homes were courtesy of the Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of raptor populations and getting the public involved through education.

Bob Anderson, director of the Raptor Resource Project, set up a webcam to capture footage and it went viral, captivating viewers in 186 countries, making it the most watched live video stream ever.

Since then, equipment has been updated and a red-tailed hawk cam and the first ever turkey vulture cam have also been set up, according to a recent interview with Clint Henderson for the National Wildlife Federation.

The red-tailed hawk cameras are set up in California and the turkey vulture cam will be live this spring at an undisclosed location in Missouri to capture the lives of an otherwise elusive bird.

You can check out live footage of the eagles and red-tailed hawks on Ustream. Visit the Raptor Resource Project for other video feeds.

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Webcam Catches Bald Eagles Hatching

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/more-raptor-cams-go-live.html#ixzz1hgYKu6vK

Africa's Western Black Rhino declared extinct

Image: Black rhinos at an animal park in England

The Western Black Rhino of Africa was declared officially extinct Thursday by a leading conservation group. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said that two other subspecies of rhinoceros were close to meeting the same fate. The Northern White Rhino of central Africa is now "possibly extinct" in the wild and the Javan Rhino "probably extinct" in Vietnam, after poachers killed the last animal there in 2010. A small but declining population survives on the Indonesian island of Java. IUCN said Thursday that a quarter of all mammals are at risk of extinction, according to its updated Red List of endangered species.

'Stewards of the Earth'
But the group added that species such as the Southern White Rhino and the Przewalski's Horse have been brought back from the brink with successful conservation programs. "Human beings are stewards of the Earth and we are responsible for protecting the species that share our environment," said Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. "In the case of both the Western Black Rhino and the Northern White Rhino, the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented," he added. "These measures must be strengthened now, specifically managing habitats in order to improve breeding performance, preventing other rhinos from fading into extinction." 

To read more:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45236688/ns/world_news-world_environment/#.Tr175LJXmQJ

Smithsonian Scientists Confirm New Species of Seabird Discovered in the Hawaiian Islands

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