Trophy Killing Apologists Scrambling to Justify their Behavior and it Isn’t Working

Originally posted on Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife:

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As expected following the news the last few days about the illegal killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, the killing cartels and their apologists have taken to various media outlets to defend their “sport” and continue to foster the lie that it has something to do with real “conservation.”

One of the most absurd one that I read today came from a frequent apologist for wildlife killers, Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman. Barker talks about how the killing of Cecil was a “stupid act” but then goes on to espouse the “benefits” of trophy killing.

People who universally condemn hunters because of Palmer’s act don’t understand the critical role hunters play in conservation. The Safari Club, which promotes trophy hunting and conservation, suspended Palmer’s membership Wednesday, along with that…

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Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out

Originally posted on Nwo Report:

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Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows operating system that has come before it. Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been, addressing nearly all of the major problems users had with Microsoft’s previous-generation platform in one fell swoop.

But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.

DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it

It’s your own fault if you don’t know that Windows 10 is spying on you. That’s what people always say when users fail to read through a company’s terms of service document, right?

Well, here is Microsoft’s 12,000-word service agreement. Some of it is probably in English. We’re pretty…

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What Drives Trophy Hunters Like Walter Palmer?

Originally posted on Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health:

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When this week began, chances are high that you’d never heard of Cecil the lion, the beloved big cat of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. But by now, you’ve likely heard of his death. Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, paid about $55,000 for the (illegal) privilege of lion-hunting — though, after two days of tracking Cecil, it in the end wasn’t much of a hunt: Palmer and his guides reportedly used bait to lure the 13-year-old lion a half-mile outside of the protected park area. There, Palmer shot the animal with a bow and arrow, inflicting a severe wound that would lead to the animal’s death. The New York Times reports that Palmer had planned to mount Cecil’s head upon returning home.

Palmer has since expressed his regret over killing Cecil, claiming in a statement to the Star-Tribune on Tuesday that…

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Spanish Town Nixes Bullfighting

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

Textbooks over toros! A cash-strapped Spanish town is redirecting bullfighting funds to a program that provides books for local children.

Villafranca de los Caballeros, a small town an hour and a half’s drive from Madrid, has celebrated its annual summer festival with a traditional bullfightfor more than a decade. But this year the town plans to use its 18,000 euro (about $19,765) bullfighting budget to help families that can’t afford school supplies buybooks for their children, the Guardian reported.The majority socialist town council approved the proposal Thursday.

Mayor Julin Bolaos told The Huffington Post that despite the vote, his town isn’t opposed to bullfights, which draw the ire ofanimals rights activistsand can befatal for participants.?I am not anti-bullfighting, although I see bullfighting as a shameful spectacle. I don?t like to watch an animal being abused to death, but I am not…

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No, Big Game Hunting Does Not Secretly Help Conservation Efforts

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

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In the wake of the loss of Cecil the Lion, leading conservationists open up about big game hunting–and the bunk “population control” justifications for it.

Anyone who has not yet heard about the tragic killing of Cecil the lion–the subject of an Oxford University research study and beloved Hwange National Park resident–might as well be living under a rock. The outrage surrounding the incident has been relentless: on the last three days on Twitter alone, 1.5 million pronouncements have been made about the black-maned lion and Walter Palmer, the hunter/dentist who hunted him down earlier this month. And that’s saying nothing of the tens of thousands of petition-signers, Yelp activists, and news outlets chasing the story.

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The Economic Argument For Killing Cecil The Lion Doesn’t Hold Up

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

The Internet’s been in an uproar this week after news spread of the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist. Yelp reviewers called the man a murderer, locals set up a memorial outside his closed office in Bloomington, Minnesota, and officials in Zimbabwe, where the hunt took place, are calling for the man’sextradition.

Walter Palmer, who paid around $55,000 to kill Cecil, may face poaching charges for shooting the lion with a crossbow after it was lured out of a protected national park. Palmersaid in a statementto a local paper that he believed his hunt was legal.”I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” he said.

Trophy hunts are lawful in many parts of Africa, including South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania, and buyers can shell…

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Open Letter to the Wimpy Dentist Who Killed Cecil, the Beloved Lion, for His Own Amusement

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

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Who the hell gets a kick out of killing a majestic lion?

Does luring a beloved lion out of a sanctuary so you can kill him for your own amusement make you a man? Does killing any lion anywhere make you a man? Lions aren’t exactly encroaching on suburban neighborhoods like yours or mine and threatening to eat our children or pets, now are they?

Lions aren’t tearing around in trucks waving black flags and shouting “Death to Americans!” They aren’t going on social media to spew hatred and incite violence in the name of their god, now are they?

Don’t we have real bad guys to fight? How about you focus your desire to fight to the death against people who traffic women and children as sex slaves? How about you aim that killer instinct against mass murderers who are still on the loose? Maybe go after people who…

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Cecil The Lion: A Big-picture Guide to Directed Outrage

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

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David Shiffman of Southern Fried Science was kind enough to send me his 11-point thought piece on the killing of Cecil. Here’s my list; I only have four points.

1) Humans are by far the kindest, most compassionate, most creative, most violent, most destructive and most misery-inducing animal in the history of the world. We are the only creature capable of creating global problems. Demonstrably, we are not capable of solving the biggest problems we create. By any definition we are an invasive species, now at plague proportion. Because there are too many of us, extinction rates are sharply up. We are creating an extinction spasm unprecedented in tens of millions of years.

2) That puts into proportion the saddest fact: Cecil’s illegal and inhumane killing represents the merest whisper of the deafening roar of the catastrophe we are bringing to lions and all other large land animals. Expanding…

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VOLUNTEER MEETING! HELP US MAKE SAVING SHELTER PETS AN ELECTION ISSUE THIS NOVEMBER!

Originally posted on An Animal Advocate:

Houston, TX  – via Houston Voters for Companion Animals

This November, Houston will have elections for mayor and all city council positions.  Many Houstonians are not aware that Houston shelters kill approximately 80,000 pets every year. They also may not know that THERE IS A SOLUTION to end shelter killing that is working across the country.

Houstonians may not realize that the people in the mayor and city council seats have the power of life and death for thousands of shelter pets — because they decide who runs BARC, Houston’s city pound, and they are the people who could pass life saving shelter reform legislation, like that passed in Austin and in other states.

Last week, we sent out CANDIDATE SURVEYS to every candidate running for Mayor and City Council to understand their stances regarding animal welfare issues and related to Houston becoming a No Kill community. 

As part of a…

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Cecil the lion remembered by Animal Planet | TV Show Patrol Tune to watch this!

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

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Cecil the lion, the victim of a July hunting murder in Zimbabwe, is being honored by Animal Planet with a full day of lion-related programming Aug. 10.

Although none of the shows are about Cecil, Animal Planet hopes the 12-hour marathon, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on World Lion Day, will raise awareness about the magnificent creatures whose numbers are declining around the world, and also highlight the horrors of big game trophy hunting.

Cecil the lion, the victim of a July hunting murder in Zimbabwe, is being honored by Animal Planet with a full day of lion-related programming Aug. 10.
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Cecil the lion bronze statue planned

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

Entrance to Hwange National Park in Zibabwe, where the Cecil the lion statue is plannedFrom Nehanda Radio in Zimbabwe:

Cecil the lion bronze statue planned

Aug 7, 2015

Cecil the lion, whose death at the hands of hunters in Zimbabwe prompted worldwide outrage, may be commemorated by a bronze statue at the entrance to the park where he lived.

A conservation group has announced it wants to erect a life-sized statue of Cecil at Hwange National Park.

Cecil was shot in July by US dentist Walter Palmer. Zimbabwe is seeking his extradition.

The death made headlines around the world, and sent Mr Palmer into hiding.

Cecil was killed outside Hwange park using a bow and arrow. Mr Palmer says he thought the hunt was legal but two Zimbabwean men have been arrested over the killing.

Cheryl Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said people had already offered donations for the sculpture – the cost of which has not yet been confirmed.

She…

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH PLEASE JOIN THIS TWEET EVENT FOR CECIL . Help Bring Justice to this Mighty King #NoMoreCecils

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

Please invite and share this important event Justice For Cecil :

https://www.facebook.com/events/924352434295007/

Time to ROARRRR!!!!


Theo Bronkhorst describes the charges as” Frivolous” and “crazy”, after the court case in Zimbabwe was suspended till September 28th.

Please join us on Sunday 27th September, to tweet for Cecil, we call for Justice over the inhumane death of this Beautiful protected Lion, lured from a safe area by bait to be shot callously with a Bow! his death was slow taking 40hrs to track him and shoot him again, this will impact the Pride he protected, putting his and his ally Jericho’s cubs in danger. it also impacts Eco-Tourism in the area, Trophy Hunters such as Walter Palmer should not continue to be allowed to diminish already fragile eco-systems of endangered Wildlife, a ban on hunting trophies should be implemented by our Governments, our wildlife should be respected and safeguarded for future generations.

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH PLEASE JOIN THIS TWEET EVENT FOR CECIL . Help Bring Justice to this Mighty King #NoMoreCecils

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

Please invite and share this important event Justice For Cecil :

https://www.facebook.com/events/924352434295007/

Time to ROARRRR!!!!


Theo Bronkhorst describes the charges as” Frivolous” and “crazy”, after the court case in Zimbabwe was suspended till September 28th.

Please join us on Sunday 27th September, to tweet for Cecil, we call for Justice over the inhumane death of this Beautiful protected Lion, lured from a safe area by bait to be shot callously with a Bow! his death was slow taking 40hrs to track him and shoot him again, this will impact the Pride he protected, putting his and his ally Jericho’s cubs in danger. it also impacts Eco-Tourism in the area, Trophy Hunters such as Walter Palmer should not continue to be allowed to diminish already fragile eco-systems of endangered Wildlife, a ban on hunting trophies should be implemented by our Governments, our wildlife should be respected and safeguarded for future generations.

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The spectacular beauty of lions: Photographers celebrate the pride of nature

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

Via – Atkinson Photography and Safaris
 I am most thankful to Susan Portnoy, a passionate conservationist, photographer and writer, for getting lions into the news with her post to celebrate World Lion Day on Mashable today. Here is the link

http://mashable.com/2015/08/09/world-lion-day/
Also appreciate her including an image of mine in the feature. Africa and Asia’s lion’s need all the positive exposure they can get.
Susan’s regular blog deals with all things to do with nature, travel and conservation, and she can be found at The Insatiable Traveler

There are less than 30,000 lions left in the wild. These stunning images remind us that the extraordinary animals deserve our admiration and protection.
mashable.com|By Susan Portnoy

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Add your Name !Help get The African Lion Listed as Endangered Once and For All!

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

As World Lion Day Approaches can I ask that you All take the time to please encourage the The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finally do right by this Species and List them Under The Endangered Species Act.
The Battle is far from over yet. Please take the time to fill out the form and submit the Message that is already created for you and add to it , if you wish.

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy…

The Time is Now ~ Not Later
Thank you!

‪#‎WorldLionDay‬‪#‎SaveLions‬

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Original Lion image courtesy ©Atkinson Photography and Safaris
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WORLD LION DAY {August 10th 2015} ~ Roar for the King of Beasts ~

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

WORLD LION DAY {August 10th 2015}

~ Roar for the King of Beasts ~

Launched in 2013, by an Individual Campaign Working to highlight the importance of the Lion Globally to raise Lion Conservation Awareness Worldwide.

http://worldlionday.com/the-campaign/

Please Do what you Can to Roar for Our Kings and our Queens. They are disappearing , and We as Individuals Need to Do Whatever we Can to Keep them here with Us.

Find out more about this Campaign on FB here at :
https://www.facebook.com/WorldLionDay?hc_location=timeline

~Help Save The King of Beasts~
Roar , Support , Donate, Spread the Word, Help Make More Aware….

‪#‎WorldLionDay‬‪#‎SaveLions‬‪#‎AfricanLion‬‪#‎AsiaticLion‬‪#‎BanCannedHunting‬‪#‎EndTrophyHunting‬‪#‎NoMoreCecils‬

~ “I was not the lion, but it fell upon me to give the lion’s roar” ~ Winston Churchill

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If you use Firefox, you should update now to avoid file stealing exploit

Originally posted on WPMT FOX43:

Firefox users should update to 39.0.3 as soon as possible due to a security threat revealed on Thursday.

If you use Firefox, you should update your browser now to prevent a flaw in the software that could allow hackers to “search for and upload potentially sensitive” from your hard drive to their servers.

Mozilla is asking all Firefox users to upgrade to version 39.0.3. Most users have automatic updates turned on, however it’s important to make sure you’re running the most recent version of Firefox.

The security issue only impacts PCs because the flaw relies on an interaction between the browser’s PDF viewer and other features in the browser. Mac and Android users are not impacted.

“The vulnerability comes from the interaction of the mechanism that enforces JavaScript context separation (the “same origin policy”) and Firefox’s PDF Viewer. Mozilla products that don’t contain the PDF Viewer, such as Firefox for Android, are…

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New Cecil The Lion Beanie Baby Sales To Be Donated To Wildlife Conservation

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

A toy company hopes the legacy of Cecil the lion will live on in a might way — through a plushy animal that’s raising donations.

Toy manufacturer Ty has created a Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby to honor the late lion and raise funds for wildlife conservation, with all profits from the toys? sales going to the organization WildCRU, according to a press release.

“Hopefully, this special Beanie Baby will raise awareness for animal conservation and give comfort to all saddened by the loss of Cecil,” said Ty Warner, the company?s founder and chairman.

The Cecil Beanie Baby will retail for $5.99, according to the Chicago Tribune, and 100 percent of sales will be donated to WildCRU– a wildlife conservation and research organization at the University of Oxford, in England.

The toy?s production joins a number of other initiatives around the globe in response to the great…

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Mia Farrow Faces Backlash For Tweeting Address Of Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

NEW YORK (AP) ? Mia Farrow took some Twitter heat Wednesday for joining other angry social media posters and blasting out the business address of thedentist who killed the beloved lion Cecil in Zimbabwe.

Some apparently thought the actress had listed Walter Palmer’s home address in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, calling for her verified Twitter account to be suspended under the site’s terms of service.

A Twitter spokesman said the company does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. He directed The Associated Press to official Twitter rules and policies that allow wiggle room on disciplinary action when information was previously posted or displayed elsewhere on the Internet prior to being put on Twitter.

The Farrow account deleted the original missive amid the outrage questioning whether the intent was to ensure Palmer is physically tracked down by haters. But the deletion did little to calm Twitter nerves.

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Court Says No To Gagging Those Who Reveal Farm Animal Abuse

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

A hard-to-watch video, filmed in 2012 by undercover investigators with Mercy for Animals, shows Idaho dairy farm workersviciously abusing cows.

The state’s response: It charged the workerswith misdemeanorsand then caved to the meat and dairy industrywith a 2014 law that makes whistleblowing on farms a crime punishablewith a $5,000 fine and a year in jail.

On Monday, a federal judgestruck downIdaho’s anti-whistleblower law, finding that it violates the First and 14th Amendments. This is the first time such an “ag-gag” statute has been successfully challenged.

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmillexcoriated the law. “The effect of the statute will be to suppress speech by undercover investigators and whistleblowers concerning topics of great public importance: the safety of the public food supply, the safety of agricultural workers, the treatment and health of farm animals, and the impact of business activities…

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Jesus Is Not A Justification For Living Non-Vegan

Originally posted on The Legacy Of Pythagoras:

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman or human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Free Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

I’ve posted religious arguments for Veganism before, the…

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FBI alert: Middle-Eastern males intimidate family members of U.S. military personnel at their homes

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

On July 2, 2015, U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Denver Divison, issued an “activity alert” on “Middle-Eastern Males Approaching Family Members of US Military Personnel at their Homes In Colorado and Wyoming, as of June 2015.”

The source is “An officer of another law enforcement agency.”

FBI alert

The FBI alert in PDF format is online here. Denise Simon of NoisyRoom.net wrote about and posted the link to the alert.

Below is the alert in its entirety:

(U//FOUO) In May 2015, the wife of a US military member was approached in front of her home by two Middle-Eastern males. The men stated that she was the wife of a US interrogator. When she denied their claims, the men laughed. The two men left the area in a dark-colored, four-door sedan with two other Middle-Eastern males in the vehicle. The woman had observed the vehicle in the neighborhood…

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