Pair who peddled tusks from over 100 whales plead guilty (Canada, USA)

The ocean update

January 7th, 2014. Federal prosecutors announced two guilty pleas on Tuesday, Jan. 7th in a ring that trafficked from Tennessee to Canada and Alaska in tusks from more than 100 narwhal whales, marine mammals listed internationally as endangered species.

   They sold some of them on the “Ebay” web site, prosecutors said.

    Jay C. of Lakeland, Tenn., pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Maine to separate counts of conspiring to launder money, to illegally import and to illegally traffic in narwhal tusks, charges carrying a penalty of up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, the Justice Department announced.

   Separately, prosecutors in Maine unsealed a plea agreement submitted to a federal judge in Anchorage in which Eddie D. of Eads, Tenn., admitted to conspiring to illegally traffic and to trafficking in narwhal tusks. He faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

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CNN: Captured Wild Horses in Extreme Weather

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By Mary Cella of CNN HLN

They say horses and burros are hardy enough to survive in these temperatures-when even polar bears can’t withstand this cold!

As people across the country huddle indoors to escape arctic temperatures, millions of animals are stranded out in the cold.  Critics say the approximately 45 thousand wild horses that have been rounded up by the government’s Bureau of Land Management are in grave danger.  These horses hide from the cold in nooks and crannies when they’re in the wild.  Now, they’re stranded in holding pens out in the open.
We reached out the Bureau of Land Management for comment, and the Bureau’s Jeff Krauss responded:
“Wild horses and burros live in rugged weather conditions, both hot and cold, on the range throughout the year. 

Wild horses at holding facilities are provided with man-made and natural wind breaks. In contrast, there are not many natural…

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Man banned for keeping animals for 10 years

Navarre The Wolf, Shot, Paralyzed, Rescued From Freezing Waters

Howling For Justice

January 8, 2014

Revisiting Navarre’s story is a renewal of faith.  There are good people in this world who care deeply for animals like this sweet, little wolf. I hope you find comfort in this, even though it wasn’t a happy ending.

We love you Navarre!!


Kindness and love in action, saving a wolf from certain death. This beautiful video is narrated in Italian but really needs no translation. It’s heartfelt, moving and incredibly uplifting to watch  wonderful people working so hard to save a wolf’s life. To them I say:

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”…..Irish Blessing


Saving Navarre: The Dramatic Rescue of a Paralyzed Shot Wolf

Good news:…

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Protect Northeast Moose from Dirty Oil

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Big Oil is trying to bring tar sands into the United States by pumping up to 300,000 barrels per day of dirty tar sands oil through important moose habitat in New England.

If their dangerous plan is not stopped, toxic tar sands oil would threaten the waterways where moose live–and would fuel more tar sands operations in Canada that are destroying the boreal forests and polluting fresh water.

The U.S. State Department needs to hear from you that the tar sands pipeline poses unacceptable risks to important habitat for moose and many more wildlife along its route.

Take Action! Help protect moose by editing and sending a message to the U.S. State Department, urging them to stop the Northeast tar sands pipeline.

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National Park Service Starts Mass Slaughter of Deer in Rock Creek Park

Exposing the Big Game

Washington, D.C. (January 8, 2014) – As Christmas trees and charming illuminated

deer decorations sparkled on lawns in the nation’s capital last night the real deer who live in Washington, DC, were being gunned down by the National Park Service in the bitter cold. Last night’s begin of the mass killing of deer was the first of several unannounced deer kills that the NPS plans to conduct in Rock Creek National Park through March 31.

In record-breaking bitter cold temperatures that reached into the single digits with 40 mph wind gusts the National Park Service, in a sneaky attack, last night set up unannounced road blocks around Rock Creek Park and turned its guns on some of the 300 deer who live there.

Although gunshots could not be heard, Park Police acknowledged to passers-by that the killing was taking place. The NPS has announced in the past that silencers would…

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An Icelandic brewer is making beer out of whales, and it’s grosser than you even imagine


An Icelandic brewing company named Steðji and a whaling company named Hvalur have teamed up to make whale-flavored beer. Why would you want whale-flavored beer? Well, novelty, I guess? And, if you believe the brewery, because it’s low in fat and because you want to be a “true Viking.” (True Vikings watch their figures!)

A group called Whale and Dolphin Conservation thinks, not surprisingly, that this sounds pretty lousy; it thinks Hvalur is just turning to increasingly absurd products in order to drum up demand for whale meat, which has been getting less popular lately.

We’ll note that the whale product used is “whale meal,” which is sort of like the pink slime of whale meat:

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Video of the Day: Kyle Kelleher’s Claymation Film, “Gestation Crate Pigs, Locked Up In Hell”

The Paw Report

13 year old Kyle Kelleher has made this incredible and truthful claymation film about the pigs we eat:

The tragic story of a pigs life, a gestation crate pig. this claymation uncovers the truth behind what you’re eating. cut back on your pork consumption, try free range or just spread the word. Together we can stop the madness.

Wow, I’m stunned by this film. Kyle is so talented, and this sort of advocacy is so important — many people do not want to see actual footage of factory farms, so this is a great way to educate others on the topic. He’s done a tremendous job of portraying a pig’s life accurately — just compare it to this Mercy For Animals film, which contains footage from one of the nation’s largest pork producers, Iowa Select Farms.

Kyle’s film has been published with perfect timing, as Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced on…

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Deadly to Horses: The Baffert Effect – Part 2

Tuesday's Horse


Continued from Part 1


Since the sudden deaths of the seven horses there has been much speculation with regard to the root cause of these deaths, more so now that the results, in effect, have been reported to be inconclusive thereby absolving Baffert of any wrong-doing.

It is a well known fact that Baffert has personal relationships with several individuals on the CHRB — such as Commissioner Bo Derek and departing Chairman David Israel — which has many believing the entire investigation has been compromised by lack of objectivity and a failure to report the truth.

At the very least there is conjecture that some critical details have been omitted to protect Baffert’s character and status in the racing circuit. After all, Baffert is crucial in preserving the vitality of North American racing — at least according to Dwyre (

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Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 96 – The Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe

The name lemur is taken from the Latin word lemurēs.  Lemurēs were “shades or spirits of the restless or malignant dead and haunters of the night”.  Lemurs were probably so named because of their appearance and nocturnal habits.

Black and white ruffed lemur hanging in a treeClearly this legend no longer protects this rare and critically endangered primate.  The black and white ruffed lemur, being quite large, is now viewed more as a tangible, edible commodity than an elusive, mythical spectre. Sadly, its distinctive black and white markings, its size and its daylight activity, make it, as you would imagine, hard to miss when sitting in the trees;  it is now heavily hunted. Black and white ruffed lemur meat is also expensive and much sought after.

But, there is an even broader threat to the…

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GRAPHIC MEDIA: Auction of Black Rhino by Dallas Safari Club


By Omemee  |  Posted January 4, 2014  |  Omemee CNN PRODUCER NOTE     CNN is currently investigating this iReport. It has not been verified.  – Jareen, CNN iReport producer

The Dallas Safari Club has seen its organization in the cross-hairs of a worldwide debate since first announcing its plans for the execution of a highly endangered rhinoceros.

On January 11, 2014 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, they will be auctioning the rights to kill an endangered Black Rhinoceros and are declaring this hunt a “heroic conservation” effort, the Dallas Safari Club and its supporters are attempting to deceive a gullible public into believing this hunt isn’t simply the slaughter of a rare species of rhino.

The club’s actions and rhetoric dares to make palatable what most would deem unjustifiable—killing an animal facing extinction. Some ‘lucky’ hunter-with a fist full of cash, gets to kill an endangered Black Rhino.

“Black rhinos…

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Plan to Delist Gray Wolf Endangers Other Threatened Species

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From Ohio State University Research and Innovation Communications

Plan to Delist Gray Wolf Endangers Other Threatened Species, Researchers Find

Scientists say proposal to end wolf protection across U.S. disregards science, history, threats

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The federal government’s proposal to discontinue protection for the gray wolf across the United States could have the unintended consequence of endangering other species, researchers say.

As written, scientists assert, the proposed rule would set a precedent allowing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to declare habitat unsuitable for an endangered animal because a threat exists on the land – the exact opposite of the service’s mandate to impose regulations that reduce threats against imperiled species.

The FWS has “conflated threats with habitat suitability” by stating that U.S. land currently unoccupied by wolves – most of the country that historically served as wolf habitat – is now unsuitable because humans living in those regions…

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FOR THE SEALS: Please sign




1) This is to thank the World Trade Organisation for upholding the European ban on seal products  clapping-happy-smiley-emoticon. 

2) 86,000 baby seals are butchered each year in Namibia for fur company Hatem Yavuz based in Australia and Turkey. The following petition asks this company to stop this atrocity.

3) The petition below requests CITES to protect the Cape Fur Seals in Namibia. For information on the Namibian seal hunt please see my previous post:                                                              Give the Cape Fur Seal the protection it deserves

4) Please follow this link to find additional petitions on Nancy’s blog.

Graphic Images And Video: Namibia; Hatem Yavuz is the King of Seal Killers (


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New Year diet? Women’s wacky weight-loss regimes from the early 1920s and beyond

Q&A: John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By Susan Salk as published in Off-Track Thoroughbreds

“Our goal is to become the gold standard of information on equine welfare.”

How an electrical engineer once heading up a robotics company servicing the nuclear industry came to be testifying against horse slaughterhouses later in life came down to a news article and a mare.

“It was 2003 when my wife Sheilah brought home an article about PMU mares” whose urine is harvested to create estrogen treatments for women “and that article led to our decision to adopt a PMU mare,” says John Holland. And that decision is what led to what he jokingly refers to as the “downward spiral” into horse-welfare advocacy work, which includes the founding and presidency of 501 (c) 4 organization Equine Welfare Alliance, and many hours spent networking, testifying, and organizing on behalf of the horse.

In this week’s Clubhouse Q&A, Holland discusses his…

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Anyone In NYC? Please Help!

Police: Video shows Michael David Parker, 45, of Hawthorne purposely running over dog in Hawthorne alley

The Monsters Among Us

Michael David Parker, 45
In a disturbing crime caught entirely on video, a 45-year-old man apparently purposely drove over his pet Chihuahua. Police say video shows him speeding away as the bloodied dog convulses and dies in a Hawthorne alley. Michael David Parker, 45, of Hawthorne was arrested Friday, on suspicion of animal cruelty. The Hustler Casino employee was released from jail after posting $20,000 bail, Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain said. 

In a disturbing crime caught entirely on video, a 45-year-old man purposely drove over his pet Chihuahua, speeding away as the bloodied dog convulsed and died in a Hawthorne alley, police said Monday.

Michael David Parker, 45, of Hawthorne was arrested Friday on suspicion of animal cruelty. He was released from jail after posting $20,000 bail, Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain said.

“It’s a little poor defenseless dog and the guy just runs right over it and leaves and doesn’t offer any…

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“Wish Someone Dead Foundation” Grants Child’s Homicidal Request

Exposing the Big Game

The Wish Someone Dead Foundation, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to countering the animal-unfriendly efforts of the group, Hunt of a Lifetime (which was founded in 1998, after the Make a Wish Foundation ceased granting wishes involving the use of firearms or other weapons designed to cause injury), has awarded 7 year old leukemia victim, Gerald Watkins, a chance to fulfill his lifelong dream of offing a trophy hunting scumbag. The charitable group plans to fly the boy to Zimbabwe, outfit him with a sniper rifle and plenty of ammunition and line him up with a professional assassin who will instruct him in the fine art of dispatching a camo-clad nimrod with one clean shot.

Although society generally frowns on children (outside the military) being trained to kill other people, the raw deal this young terminal patient has been dealt in life seems to justify an exception to the rule…

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Cuckoo for Coconut


ImageCoconut oil is still a fairly new discovery to me. I’ve only been using it now for a year or so, but I’ve been using it for everything. Hey, there are worse addictions one could fall victim to. Normally, I would tell people that everything is better in moderation. Now, I think that maybe I should adjust that phrase to sounding more like, “everything is better in moderation, except for coconut oil.”

Needless to say coconut oil became a staple in my kitchen. It’s a great dairy free alternative for butter or margarine, and it has a higher smoke point than olive or vegetable oils. Those Filipinos are on to something, and I like it.

Best part is that the kitchen is just one place you can reap the benefits of coconut oil!

It’s also great for your skin. Coconut oil is packed with vitamin E, which helps with healing…

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Teenage heroes save dogs from fire

R.I.P: In Memoriam: Dr. Mel Richardson


Posted by Matthew Liebman, ALDF Senior Attorney on January 6, 2014

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a dear friend of the animals and of ALDF.  Dr. Mel Richardson, affectionately known as Dr. Mel to his friends and colleagues, passed away on January 2 at the age of 63.

With more than 40 years of veterinary experience, Dr. Mel was a tireless advocate for captive wild animals.

Picture from; Facebook Save All Elephants:-

I first met Mel at an elephant summit at the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary about four years ago. I was immediately charmed by his laid-back demeanor, his sense of humour, his discernable kindness, and, of course, his Georgian accent. Dr. Mel quickly became an important part of ALDF’s work on behalf of captive wildlife. He was the expert witness in our lawsuit against the City of…

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Wildlife Services: Leaked Audit Shows Fiscal Confusion

Exposing the Big Game

by Mitch Merry


Via NRDC’s Melissa Waage:

An unreleased, internal audit at USDA’s secretive Wildlife Services division uncovered big accounting problems, including $12 million missing from its coffers, the LA Times revealed yesterday. This new information comes as USDA’s Inspector General prepares to conduct a congressionally-requested audit of the agency’s practices.

The Times reports that

The [internal Wildlife Services] audit found the agency’s accounting practices were “unreconcilable,” lacked transparency and violated state and federal laws. Further, the audit revealed that $12 million in a special account could not be found.*

On the one hand, this internal review is a responsible first step. For years, non-profit watchdogs and members of Congress have been trying to untangle Wildlife Services’ opaque funding stream. We know that a combination of federal tax dollars and payments directly from special interests like Big Agriculture enables USDA’s Wildlife Services division to kill hundreds of thousands of…

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