Timeline of extinctions in the Holocene

The Extinction Chronicles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This timeline of extinctions is an historical account of species that have become extinct during the time that modern humans have occupied the earth.

The following is a selective list made by sampling a very small proportion, mostly mammals, of some of the well-known extinct species in the recent history. For a more elaborate list see Lists of extinct animals. The vast majority of extinctions, though, are thought to be undocumented. According to the species-area theory and based on upper-bound estimating, the present rate of extinction may be up to 140,000 species per year.[1] See Holocene extinction for more information.

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134 Dead Birds Of Prey Found On Richard Parker’s NorCal Property In “Largest Raptor Poaching Case In California History” – World Animal News


By WAN –
March 19, 2018
Photos from CDFW
Wildlife officers in Northern California uncovered what is likely to be the largest raptor poaching case in the state’s history.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) made the announcement after wildlife officers assigned to Lassen County followed up on a tip and visited a private property in a town near Standish.
When nine dead raptors were found on the property owned by 67-year-old Richard Parker, a search warrant was issued.

When officers returned on March 11th with a CDFW K-9, a search of the 80-acre property resulted in the discovery of a staggering number of raptor carcasses, other dead birds and wildlife. Spent rifle casings indicated that there were more than 140 potential state and or federal violations.
In addition to the original nine birds, they found 126 more birds that hunt and feed on other animals, all in various states of decay. Most of the birds were red-tailed hawks, as well as one dead owl and an uncommon migratory ferruginous hawk.
Officers also located two dead bobcats, one taxidermied mountain lion, as well as other birds, all suspected to be unlawfully taken.
Parker was booked into Lassen County jail on multiple charges including the take of birds of prey, take of migratory non-game birds as designated by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, take of other non-game birds, and possession of wildlife unlawfully taken. Additional charges may be added as the investigation proceeds.
Staff at CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Laboratory in Rancho Cordova are working to positively identify the species of all of the birds.
As the top bird predators in the food chain, raptors serve an important role in the ecosystem by controlling rodent and small mammal populations. However, they are also particularly susceptible to environmental stressors such as drought and habitat loss. For these reasons, biologists refer to them as an indicator species.
Standish is located near Honey Lake and the Honey Lake Wildlife Area, with habitat that supports a rich diversity and quantity of wildlife. The sheer number of birds poached on the 80-acre property will undoubtedly affect the raptor population in the immediate area.
“Poaching crimes of this egregious nature against raptors is unprecedented in California,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. “The local raptor population may take years to recover from these killings.”
Each potential violation is a misdemeanor poaching crime at the state level, with maximum penalties of six months in jail and up to a $5,000.00 fine per each raptor. An unlawfully taken mountain lion could result in a $10,000.00 penalty. Each potential federal crime could result in additional penalties and possible jail time.

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Botswana’s President Ian Khama Blasts Trump For “Encouraging Elephant Trophy Hunting” – World Animal News


By Lauren Lewis –
March 19, 2018

The decision by Trump to reverse a ban on the imports of animal “trophies” into the United States continues to cause a rippling effect across the globe.
Most recently, on Friday, Botswana’s President Ian Khama, who is stepping down from his office in two weeks, called out Trump while speaking at the anti-poaching Giant’s Club Summit in Kasane, a town in the northeastern corner of the South African country near the borders of Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Khama stated, as per africanews.com, that he wanted “to take this moment to condemn in the strongest possible terms” the March 1st decision made by the Trump administration to immediately begin considering issuing “trophy” importation permits on a “case by case” basis.
“I think that this administration is undermining our efforts and also encouraging poaching in the process because they are well aware of our laws that prohibit hunting in Botswana,” said Khama.
The controversial decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior allows when approved, for tusks and skins of elephants killed in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to be legally imported into the United States.
Botswana is reportedly one of 32 African countries at the conference calling on the European Union to end its ivory trade.
According to the Daily Nation, Kenya, Uganda, and Gabon were also among the countries urging European countries to follow the likes of China and Hong Kong and ban the trade.

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Petition: Congress: End the Suffering of Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses for Good

The traveling exotic animal protection act, which would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses over concerns about their welfare and safety risk, is in need of a congressional sponsor!!

According to Animal Defenders International (ADI) there are an estimated 300 wild and exotic animals in the U.S. circuses today. For them, life is restricted to unnatural barren enclosures and long journeys in between being used as performers for our entertainment.

Research and undercover investigation have expose not only the problems inherent with keeping animals this way, but also the heartbreaking and violent abuse they’re exposed to behind-the-scenes that range from having food with hell to being beaten in training and blatantly mistreated.

Wild wild animals have been used in circuses for decades, we know so much more about these animals needs to be physically and psychologically healthy and that circumstances can never meet these needs even with the best intentions.

It’s time for the US to join almost 30 other countries that have already passed legislation Banning wild and exotic animals in circuses and are working towards that goalong.


Sign Petition To Support The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act In The U.S. Which Would End The Use Of Wild And Exotic Animals In Traveling Circuses – World Animal News


Sign Petition To Support The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act In The U.S. Which Would End The Use Of Wild And Exotic Animals In Traveling Circuses
By Care2 –
March 19, 2018

Dozens of animal advocates of all ages recently protested in Fletcher, North Carolina, outside of where a circus featuring wild animal acts was taking place inside the WNC Agricultural Center.
“Minutes Of Entertainment For You – A Lifetime Of Misery For The Animals” and “Don’t support circus cruelty” were among some of the powerful messages carried by adults and children.

Most of the people participating in the demonstrations earlier this month were from Asheville Voice for Animals, a non-profit group that is dedicated to promoting compassionate change for all sentient creatures through education, advocacy and activism.

As per WLOS, although the City of Asheville has already instituted a ban on shows that exploit wild and exotic animals in the name of so-called “entertainment,” the animal advocacy group wants to ensure that it becomes the norm in cities and counties throughout the state.
Informative flyers handed out throughout the event recognized that in the United States “more than 120 municipalities across 34 states have laws in place related to circus cruelty.”

While the numbers are growing, that is not nearly enough. Every city in every state should implement similar laws to ban circuses.
Sadly, according to Animal Defenders International (ADI), an estimated 300 wild and exotic animals are still being exploited in circuses in the United States.
Fortunately, The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses over concerns about their welfare and safety exists, but it needs congressional support.

It’s time for the United States to join almost 30 countries that have already passed legislation banning wild and exotic animals in circuses and others who are working towards that goal.
Please sign this Care2 petition urging your representatives to be a leader for animal welfare by sponsoring this historic piece of legislation.


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Thanks to Activist Pressure, Stardust Circus Drops Elephant Acts

Thanks to Activist Pressure, Stardust Circus Drops Elephant Acts
Zachary Toliver
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Written by | March 14, 2018

Another cruel and archaic elephant circus act bites the dust—and we have dedicated animal rights activists to thank for it!

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On a social media post advertising upcoming shows, Stardust Circus announced that it had removed the elephant acts.

“Unfortunately activists make it very difficult to travel with animals today,” Stardust wrote, adding that it has stopped touring with elephants for now (We hope it’s the very last such tour that the circus will ever have).

Earlier this year, after learning from PETA and a local activist that several Stardust Circus shows were scheduled to bring elephants owned by the notoriously cruel Carson & Barnes Circus to Arkansas armories, the major general of that state’s National Guard immediately prohibited upcoming performances and implemented a policy banning future animal acts. The circus then had trouble keeping scheduled performances as it endured more cancellations the next month.
We’re all too familiar with these well-documented animal abusers.

This isn’t the first time Stardust dropped an animal act after public outcry. Circus owner Oscar Garcia noted that after PETA protested a kangaroo boxing act, the traveling show nixed the ridiculous stunt.

The trainer who toured with Stardust, Habib Omar, is infamous in his own right: The Carson & Barnes employee has been filmed using a bullhook—a sharp steel-tipped weapon resembling a fireplace poker—to yank an elephant by the ear. And a whistleblower reported that the trainer would “warm up” the elephants with an electric prod—presumably so that there would be no visible marks from his abuse.

Elephants deserve better than chains around their legs & beatings from metal bullhooks. #BoycottTheCircus pic.twitter.com/yCALxv412j

— PETA (@peta) September 6, 2015

Carson & Barnes has racked up more than 100 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act—including for failing to provide animals with basic necessities, such as adequate veterinary care, minimum space, shelter from the elements, and clean water. Just last year, in a scathing report, an expert veterinarian concluded that under the circus’ watch, elephants Libby and Bunny were “abused, injured, harmed, and harassed [as well as] suffering physically, in a state of psychological deterioration.”
Help Save Animals Imprisoned by Carson & Barnes Circus

Eliminating elephant acts didn’t save Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. If circuses want to prevent dwindling attendance and their ultimate demise, they’ll need to eliminate all animal acts.

While Stardust has dropped elephant acts, Garden Bros. Circus continues to exploit and abuse animals supplied by Carson & Barnes. With PETA’s help, contact vendors and urge them never to host a Garden Bros. elephant act. We’ve defeated animal exploiters at this game before, and with your voice, we can do it again!


14 Suspects Arrested & Two Pit Bulls Rescued During Philadelphia Dog Fighting Ring – World Animal News


By Lauren Lewis -March 16, 2018

Authorities crashed a dogfight this past weekend in Philadelphia which resulted in the arrest of 14 suspects and the rescue of four dogs.
According to The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA), the organization’s Humane Law Enforcement Team broke up the event that was unlawfully taking place in South Philadelphia on Saturday evening.
PSPCA Officers and Philadelphia Police officers entered the ring to break up the fight, rescue the dogs, and apprehend the suspects who have not been publically identified yet. Dog fighting crimes hold a felony charge.
Drugs, two firearms, a large amount of cash and a wooden fighting ring with blood spatter were subsequently also recovered from the scene.
The two pit bull type dogs actively fighting were transported to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters where they were immediately rushed to the shelter hospital where veterinary staff began the long work of repairing the damage suffered. They are both in stable condition and will remain under the custody of the PSPCA until they are signed over by their owners, or the adjudication of their court case.
Early Sunday morning, an additional search warrant was executed on a suspect’s vehicle. There, the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement officers found an additional dog, wearing a weighted collar consistent with dog fighting, which was taken into custody. While on location another dog was recovered from a vehicle. This dog appeared ill and was taken to the shelter for medical assessment and treatment.
“Cases like this remind us that while we may not always hear about it, dog fighting is still happening in the city of Philadelphia,” Nicole Wilson, Director of the Humane Law Enforcement at the PSPCA said in a statement. “Our team has boots on the ground 365 days a year, investigating cases like this, and working to bring those involved to justice. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance in this case, and will work to prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”
The investigation is open and ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case, the whereabouts of those involved, or other cases of animal cruelty, is urged to call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.


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Dog Locked in Cage, Plunged Into Frigid River for Movie



Written by Zachary Toliver | March 15, 2018

A whistleblower has released to PETA deeply disturbing video footage from the set of Chinese director Hao Ning‘s upcoming film, Crazy Alien, which appears to show a young German shepherd locked inside a cage, suspended 20 feet in the air, spun around by a crane, and then plunged into a frigid, fast-flowing river.

In a log of the incident, the whistleblower states, “On November 28th, 2017, I witnessed first hand one of the worst animal cruelty acts I have ever seen.” The alarming report describes how the handler first tormented the dog “into a frenzy” for a scene in order to get the terrified animal to bark as loudly as possible.

For the next scene, the dog was reportedly locked inside a “small (4W x 3T x 7L) solid metal wire cage” that was lifted by a crane into the air: “The second the dog cage rose into the air, the dog stopped barking instantly as the cables were used to spin the cage out of control in circles before solidly landing 40–50 feet away. The director took many takes and this was just awful to witness as the torment went on.”

The whistleblower, who describes watching “[w]ith huge disbelief,” continues:

The next shot was at the river’s edge where the dog was put back into his cage and tormented into a frenzy once again. This time … the cage … was hoisted 20 ft. and was flung while spinning out of control towards the river. … [T]he cage was completely submerged with the dog in it landing in a 10 mph current. After 5–8 seconds, the director yelled out “cut.” … A final decision was made by the director to shoot a second identical take. I could not believe my eyes.

Apparently, there were numerous takes of all these scenes over a two-hour period, and at no time did the animal receive a break.

Even though 2018 is the Year of the Dog—a time when our four-legged friends should be especially celebrated and respected—this poor dog was allegedly tortured. Adding insult to injury, Crazy Alien is already using special effects (hence the word “Alien” in the title), so there’s no excuse for not using computer-generated imagery for the dog scene, as well. Why was this animal subjected to fear and suffering? Because when it comes to entertainment, animals are viewed as nothing more than props, and there are no laws protecting them on film sets in China.

PETA is urging the actors to hold the production accountable and calling for the public to boycott this film. This scene should be cut, and Ning should commit to never working with live animals again. We’re asking that the cast—including Glee actor Matthew Morrison—donate their salaries to animal-protection charities in China.
What You Can Do

Never support a movie that uses live animals. No animals willingly perform—they do so only out of fear of what would happen off set if they didn’t act on cue. Living conditions are typically abysmal for animals used in film and television, and they’re frequently denied everything that is natural and important to them.


PETITION: High School Science Teacher Feeds Live Puppy to Snapping Turtle

According to the school district superintendent, on March 7,2018 the incident happened after school hours, though a few students were present at the time. A local animal activist reported the incident to police, leading to the launch of an investigation. Since then, more details have emerged. The puppy was allegedly alive but sick when Crosland fed it to the turtle. The teacher has not been cited, charged,or placed on leave yet.

There are many unanswered questions, but the most pressing one is what the heck was Robert Crosland thinking? This is an extreme example of extremely poor judgement. Even if the puppy was so sick it was eventually going to die, Crosland should not have fed it to a snapping turtle, especially while still alive.

Studies show that people who commit violence against animals are more likely to commit violence against people. Do we really want teachers killing living animals in front of impressionable students?


Stop McDonald’s From Supporting Endangered Dolphin Deaths

  1. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish reportedly contains fish that is caught using a horribly destructive method that kills dolphins. Demand McDonald’s drop unsustainable fish from its menu.

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Veterinary Nurse Convicted of Poisoning Her Dog On Purpose Must be Punished

A veterinary nurse was found guilty of poisoning her dog deliberately by injecting insulin into the animal. The poor dog kept collapsing and having seizures, which required emergency treatment on multiple occasions. Sign this petition to demand the vet receive the maximum sentence.

Source: Veterinary Nurse Convicted of Poisoning Her Dog On Purpose Must be Punished

Punish Person Who Maliciously Broke Puppy’s Legs and Jaw

A puppy suffered tremendous pain and had to be put down after she was maliciously abused. The puppy had multiple broken bones in her legs and jaw, and her muscles were completely atrophied. Demand justice for this innocent puppy.

Source: Punish Person Who Maliciously Broke Puppy’s Legs and Jaw

Demand Protection Against Rising Sea Levels

Sea levels are rising so quickly, Miami will be flooding every single day by 2100. Demand action to ensure the protection of coastal communities.

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Justice for Dog Killed on United Airlines Flight

A 10-week-old puppy’s life was tragically cut short when a careless flight attendant aboard a United Airlines flight reportedly forced his carrier into the overhead compartment, where the animal suffocated to death. This is not the first time United Airlines has been responsible for the death of an animal. Sign this petition to demand the punishment of this employee and stronger animal safety guidelines.

Source: Justice for Dog Killed on United Airlines Flight

Train Police Forces to Rescue Animals in Need

What if the tools of police protection could be utilized for the welfare of animals? One country has put this idea into proactive action. Urge American law enforcement organizations to follow this country’s promising lead.

Source: Train Police Forces to Rescue Animals in Need

Justice for Raccoon Allegedly Run Over by Police

A raccoon was reportedly run over numerous times by police officers in upstate New York. Though the animal was confirmed to have rabies, this is not a humane way to end an animal’s suffering due to illness. Sign this petition and demand that these officers be penalized if found responsible.

Source: Justice for Raccoon Allegedly Run Over by Police

Trump Tricked Us – Oppose His Quiet Plan to Allow Trophy Hunting

Trump has re-approved his plan to allow imports of dead exotic animals killed by trophy hunters. Previously, Trump had reversed this decision after public uproar, including by our community. However, once that uproar died down, Trump returned to his original decision to encourage trophy hunting. Sign this petition to denounce Trump’s support of trophy hunting.

Source: Trump Tricked Us – Oppose His Quiet Plan to Allow Trophy Hunting

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Fight For Those Who Fought For You

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Mar 16, 2018 — The first 200 veterans to complete this will receive a complimentary ticket to Greenhouse Ventures Cannabis Learn Conference and Expo, taking place April 30th – May 2nd at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Cannabis Learn will feature presentations from over a dozen University researchers in the medical cannabis and industrial hemp industries, and provide attendees with exclusive access to regulatory timelines, business tips, and market trends from leading operators, investors, and industry leaders.

On Monday, April 30th, the Cannabis Learn Conference and Expo will feature a “Veterans & Cannabis” course hosted by Veterans Cannabis Project, that will educate, spark conversation, entertain and dispel myths for veterans interested in learning more about medical cannabis.

How to redeem your complimentary ticket for Cannabis Learn Conference and Expo:

Complete all questions on the survey

Take a picture or screen shot of your screen after submitting your completed survey

Send proof of survey completion (picture/screen shot) to info@greenhouse.ventures with the subject line reading; “Veterans Access – Cannabis Learn”

A GHV team member will reply with your custom promo code and instructions on how to register

Join us in Philadelphia April 30th – May 2nd for Cannabis Learn 🙂

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Petition: Dog Dies After United Airlines Stows It in Overhead Compartment

Earlier this week, a woman packed her bags put her dog in a TSA – compliant pet carrier, and boarded a United flight from Houston to New York with her daughter. When they landed the dog was dead all because the flight attendant had insisted she stow the pet carrier in an overhead bin.

According to United pet policy, pet should be carried and approved carriers and stowed underneath the seat in front of the customer, never ended over had been where there is a limited air circulation.

Unfortunately this isn’t United’s first animal tragedy according to the Chicago Tribune, in 2016 United Airlines had the second most animal deaths and injuries of any US Airline. The airline reported 9 deaths and 14 injuries that’s a total of 23 incidents. These were the highest figures for each category among U.S. carriers.

Please sign this petition demanding that United Airlines set a stricker pet policy with clear penalties for violations, clarifying those policies to all United employees, and let the public know so customers with pets can make responsible choices when choosing an airline.


Krill could prove secret weapon in ocean plastics battle (Antarctic)

The ocean update

Krill are capable of digesting microplastics before excreting them back into the environment in an even smaller form. Photograph : Rob King/AFP/Getty Images

March 9th, 2018. They might be at the bottom of the food chain, but krill could prove to be a secret weapon in the fight against the growing threat of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

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Wisconsin’s War on Wildlife 010: More Legalized Coyote/Dog Fighting

Wolf Patrol

In the last ten days, Wolf Patrol has been featuring the highly unethical, yet common practice amongst Wisconsin’s hound hunters of allowing dogs to fight and maul live coyotes. Our report has resulted in a criminal investigation of this practice by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) conservation officers, who assure us that the practice is also illegal.

FRANCIS METZ 12.30.17 Francis Metz, December 2017.

Despite our very public calling out of the common practice, hound hunters in Wisconsin continue to feature videos and photos of their dogs fighting coyotes on their social media accounts. To Wolf Patrol, the continued discovery of evidence of this illegal activity is an indication that such examples are not isolated incidents, but normal behavior unquestioned by the many hound hunters sharing their videos and photos on Facebook.

For the hound hunting community, Facebook has become a platform to promote their unethical and illegal sport, while also giving…

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Activists see red over transfer of elephant calves to from Mysuru zoo Singapore – The New Indian Express


Activists see red over transfer of elephant calves to from Mysuru zoo Singapore – The New Indian Express
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BENGALURU/ MYSURU: The move to transfer four elephant calves from Mysuru zoo to Singapore zoo has drawn the ire of wildlife organisations and activists. They say any such activity is banned and illegal under the prevailing norms. The elephant calves are presently in Mysuru zoo waiting to be airlifted to Singapore as the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has not given permission. On January 25, these calves were handed over to the zoo where they have been kept captive for the last 27 days.

Questioning the exchange of calves, various members of the conservation community say, “This is an illegal procedure. Zoos are actually discouraged from keeping elephants …so how can they take four calves from a forest camp and export them as zoo animals? The calves brought from the Rampura Elephant Camp in Bandipur are not owned by Mysore zoo. When such is the case, how can the zoo transfer them to Singapore zoo? Selling elephants in the form of transfer/exchange/gift, etc., is banned and illegal.”

Mysuru zoo director C Ravi Shankar told Express, “We have applied for permission to CZA, but are yet to get it. We are adhering to all norms and as soon as we get permission, we will send them to Singapore.”
Prakash Saha, co-founder, Elsa Foundation, adds, “It violates the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. How can the Forest Department give young calves from their camp? They have forcefully separated the calves which have lived with their mother and other herd members in the camp. With this act, the protectors have made them orphans by allowing the calves to be sent to a cramped and commercial Singapore zoo which keeps animals for entertainment.”

The Elsa Foundation has submitted a representation to both the Forest Department and CZA. “We have requested them to immediately stop this transfer as it is in total violation of the laws and against the conservation of the species.” said Saha.Meanwhile, a senior forest official told Express that exchange programmes are going on regularly between zoos and if Singapore zoo is giving them rhinos, Mysuru zoo will have to give some animals in exchange. However, he added, “The Forest Department does not get involved in this unless it becomes an issue.”

In 2004-05, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had intervened and stopped the transfer of an elephant calf, Veda, from Bannerghatta to an unsuitable zoo in Armenia as a government gift. This action saved many elephants from such a distressing fate. Subsequently, in 2009, a ban was introduced by CZA on gifting elephants to zoos.

As per CZA notification, 2009, all elephants are banned from zoo collections throughout the country and all captive ones should be rehabilitated in elephant camps/rehabilitation camps/facilities available with the Forest Department at protected areas. Since the mega-herbivores are free-ranging animals, needing lot of space for their free movement over long distances, such a directive was passed.



.Central zoo authority, Member secretary Dr.d.n Singh, Maneka gandhi, PMO: Stop the Illegal and Inhumane transfer of elephants to the zoo

Petition To Central zoo authority, Member secretary Dr.d.n Singh, Maneka gandhi, PMO: Stop the Illegal and Inhumane transfer of elephants to the zoo

CALL TO ACTION: FOUR BABY ELEPHANTS that have been removed from their habitat by the Karnataka State Forest Camps are going to be transferred to the overcrowded and confined spaces of Singapore Zoo. According to Wildlife Protection Act 1972 capture or transfer of elephants is band and one such Act was stopped by ex- prime minister Dr. Manmohan signed in 2004 – 2005 and a ban was introduced by Central Zoo Authority on gifting elephants to zoos.

Please go to the petition site for a link on detailed information.

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Activists see red over transfer of elephant calves to from Mysuru zoo Singapore – The New Indian Express

Another Bust! More Than 600 Smuggled Reptiles Rescued From Animal Trafficking Network; Nine People Arrested – World Animal News


By WAN –
March 13, 2018
Photos from Europol

A Spanish network illegally trafficking rare animals has been dismantled after more than 600 smuggled reptiles were found earlier this week.
Nine people were arrested and seven suspected members of the criminal organization are currently under investigation, as per Europol which made the announcement.

“This little dragon is free again,” the European law enforcement agency shared in a post on its Facebook page yesterday. “Big hit by Guardia Civil and Europol against an organized crime group trafficking more than 600 protected reptiles from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.”
The group reportedly purchased the animals from Australia, the Fiji Islands, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, and South Africa, before illegally transporting them to Spain.

Europol explained that it provided analytical and operational support and “assisted Guardia Civil officers by deploying a team to Spain with a mobile office and UFED extraction capabilities on the internationally-coordinated action day, providing them with real-time intelligence analysis and forensic support.”
Their efforts helped to identify transnational links with other serious and organized crimes around the world.
Overall law enforcement authorities from 17 countries worldwide were involved in the operation.
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Biology Teacher Robert Crosland Feeds Live Puppy To A Snapping Turtle In Idaho? Why Wasn’t He Stopped? – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
March 13, 2018

In its most simple definition, a teacher is one whose occupation it is to teach or instruct.
But there is nothing simple about being a teacher; a provider of knowledge and insight; a mentor; a motivator; or any of the other many ways to describe someone who dedicates themselves to this important, respected, and admired profession.
From pre-school to high school, teachers, after parents, are among of the most important and influential people readying youth for adulthood. They teach far more than reading, writing, arithmetic, and science.
Sadly, at Preston Jr. High School, approximately 300 miles east of Boise, Idaho, one biology teacher failed miserably in the eyes of animal advocates everywhere.
Horrifically, it was recently revealed that on March 7th of last week middle-school teacher Robert Crosland allegedly fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle while some of his students were present; a horrific occurrence that in an official statement the Preston School District described as a “regrettable circumstance.”


Regrettable Circumstance?
“The event occurred well after students had been dismissed and was not a part of any school directed program. We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised,” the school district claimed in the release. “District administration was made aware of the issue soon after it occurred and immediately began the process of investigation and taking steps to ensure that this type of action could not be repeated.”
While noting that the situation should not be taken lightly, the school district requested that the public be patient while “appropriate measures are determined and carried out.”
It is the request made next that is perhaps most shocking.
“While the district certainly does not condone individual actions that may violate district policy or reasonable expectations of behavior,” the district noted, “we hope that any errors in judgement made by a teacher in this instance will not cause us to forget the years of care, effort, and passion the teacher has given to students in Preston School District.”
Errors in judgment? This is way more serious than an error in judgment. This is criminal.
Perhaps what the district should be thinking about now is not the past but the future of the students who witnessed this extreme case of animal cruelty or even heard about it second hand. What lesson did it instill in them? That lack of regard for an animal’s life is acceptable, or even worse, the norm? That animal cruelty and abuse are condoned by people they look up to and trust?
The puppy was allegedly sick. That is their defense? That makes it okay?
The answer is a resounding NO!
Local animal activist Jill Parrish, who filed the police report, agrees.
“What I have learned in the last four days is disgusting. It is sick. It is sick,” Preston told KSTU News. “Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal. That is violence. That is not OK.”
In an opinion piece for the Preston County News newspaper where he works as an editor, Joseph Hauger explained how he first found out about the incident which he believed to be false at the time.
After receiving his second notification from Facebook Instant Messanger, and a click, Hauger wrote that this is what he found:
“This is (teacher’s name omitted.) He is a teacher at Preston Jr. High in Preston, Idaho. Some pretty disturbing things have come to light about him. A few days ago, he fed a live puppy to his snapping turtle. He tried to feed it to his snake first, but the snake wouldn’t eat it, so it went to the turtle. He did this in the school in the presence of students. This is a common practice for him. He offers students extra credit for bringing in live animals for feedings. Puppies, kittens and bunnies have all be used.”
If that was the case, who brought the puppy to the classroom and how was this even allowed to happen, again? How can this be legal?
Though only allegations at this point, they are serious and need to be addressed.
Until then, it does not seem appropriate for Crosland, regardless of how popular he is or how long he has worked at the school, to remain in the classroom. He should be placed on temporary leave. If found guilty, he should be charged with the crime and justice should be served.
He and animal abusers everywhere need to learn the lesson once and for all that animal cruelty and animal abuse is never okay. The lives of animals matter as do the lives of humans. We are all sentient beings who feel terror, pain, and sadness among many other emotions.
Imagine what that poor crying puppy was feeling as Crosland first tried to feed him to a snake before tragically feeding him to a live reptile.
Heartbreaking and excruciatingly painful to even think about!
He is educated but seems to be in need of a crash course on who people that hurt animals are inclined to abuse next.
This is sad, troubling, and terrifying on so many levels.

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Breaking! Notorious Wildlife Poaching Gang Busted In Malaysia; Responsible For 20 Elephant Deaths Over The Past Decade & More – World Animal News


By Lauren Lewis –
March 13, 2018

Royal Malaysian Police display the weapons, snares, and other poaching materials during a press conference today. Photo from TRAFFIC.
Authorities in Malaysia busted a poaching gang that is believed to be responsible for the slaughter of an estimated 20 elephants for their tusks over the last decade.
Four suspects, local men between the ages of 40 and 50 years old, were apprehended over the weekend during the three-day operation dubbed Ops Gading in Gerik. They are being held under police custody for seven days.
A joint team from the Royal Malaysian Police and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks also seized several high-powered modified firearms, 255 bullets of various caliber, cash, 13 snares, and animal remains including deer antlers and suspected tiger bones.
The team also located the carcass of a male Asian Elephant, believed to be 30-years-old in Piah Forest, not far from Gerik. The carcass was missing its tusks and a necropsy by the Wildlife Department’s forensics team showed the elephant had died from two gunshot wounds to its head.


Photo of the elephant carcass recovered. Photo from Royal Malaysian Police.
“This is a notorious gang of poachers that the Wildlife Department has been tracking since 2009. We believe the tusks from the elephant have been sold by the group to foreign buyers,” said Police Commissioner Dato’ Seri Zulkifli Abdullah, Director of the Federal Police Internal Security and Public Order Department at a press conference today. “We hope this serves as a lesson to other groups to stop this kind of illegal activity and we will continue to work with Perhilitan to enforce the law.”
Zulkifli also noted that the police, through the Internal Security and Public Order Department would focus at least 20% of the Force’s manpower on addressing environmental crime including wildlife and fisheries.
“This is exactly the kind of collaboration Malaysia needs to bring down the syndicates decimating Malaysia’s wildlife,” Kanitha Krishnasamy, Acting Regional Director for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia said in a statement following the press conference.
According to the organization, the Royal Malaysian Police issued a release claiming that one suspect admitted during initial investigations that he had just sold a pair of elephant tusks to a middleman in a town at the Malaysian international border.
Police are continuing to work with the Wildlife Department and authorities in a neighboring country to investigate and identify the parties that may have purchased the tusks.
Forests in northern Peninsular Malaysia are often a target of poachers because they are rich with iconic endangered species including tigers, elephants and bears.
This successful operation marks the second elephant poaching gang to be dismantled in Malaysia in a little more than a year. On February 10, 2017, seven men from that group were arrested in the state of Kelantan, which is also located in northern Peninsular Malaysia. Follow-up raids uncovered two elephant tusks, dried elephant meat, and other wildlife parts.

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Tell Fox and CBS Tigers Should Not Be Exploited On Television Shows!

It happened again just last week a major television network (FOX) featured a rented tiger from the notorious exotic animal rental business in Hollywood Animals to use in an episode of a television program (9-1-1) for shock value and to garner higher ratings.


Tell The EPA: Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

The science is clear : Neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful to birds and aquatic life, and deadly to bees.


USDA abandons rule on higher welfare standards for animals raised under organics label · A Humane Nation


USDA abandons rule on higher welfare standards for animals raised under organics label · A Humane Nation
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Breaking news: USDA abandons rule on higher welfare standards for animals raised under organics label

The rule prohibited cruel practices like “tail docking” of cattle and transporting animals too sick or injured to endure the journey. Photo by iStockphoto

Despite strong public support for the measure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule that established clear and meaningful protections and higher animal welfare standards for farm animals raised under the organics label. The USDA delayed implementation of the rule three times before yesterday’s announcement that it would formally withdraw the rule. This gift props up factory farming operations that exploit the confusion and imprecision of prevailing standards. And it’s a travesty for millions of animals raised within the organic system, as well as the consumers who appreciate organic products and look to the government to support stronger welfare norms under the USDA’s authority.

The USDA now claims—for the first time ever—that it does not have statutory authority to pass rules improving welfare conditions for livestock, including poultry, on organic farms. The agency has conveniently ignored its own regulatory history of doing so, such as with its “access to pasture” rule, promulgated in 2010. That rule required that ruminant animals be allowed to graze, and clarified that producers had to maintain pastures for their animals. The USDA has also ignored comments from key members of Congress that contradict the agency’s recently-formed interpretation.

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule encompassed an array of housing, husbandry, and management standards, standards that consumers expect when they buy organic products. The rule prohibited cruel practices like “tail docking” of cattle and transporting animals too sick or injured to endure the journey. The rule also ensured that animals raised under the standard could not be tightly confined, and it set minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for egg-laying chickens. Importantly, the rule closed a loophole in current regulations that allow large poultry companies to skirt the law and use screened-in porches to satisfy “outdoor access” requirements.

By withdrawing the rule, which was supported by most prominent organic trade groups and producers, including family farmers, and by some large-scale non-organic producers, such as Perdue Farms, the agency has chosen to ignore the wishes of thousands of stakeholders committed to higher welfare standards. The USDA is also ignoring the wishes of a majority of Americans who want to see the National Organic Program establish criteria in line with their expectations for how animals should be treated before slaughter.

In its haste to rationalize its backtracking, the USDA plays up the “costs” of the organics standards, ignoring that the standards are heavily favored by organic producers. The agency also ignores that the organics market is one in which consumers have already determined that there is added value in paying premiums for products associated with high standards of animal welfare. Indeed, these standards were put together after a decade of careful consideration of its costs and benefits – like ensuring the integrity of a nearly $50 billion industry serving millions of Americans. In a matter like this, the public rightly expected the agency responsible for regulating the nation’s food supply to step up its game, not to take a step backward.

Last May, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, seeking to communicate his view of the agency’s duty to the American people, said, “We owe it to the consumer to let them know we are concerned about their safety and the wholesomeness, nutritious capacity about the food they consume. They deserve to know and we better be able to tell them.”

Apparently, someone in the secretary’s own agency didn’t get the memo.