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Cattle ranchers lose bid to shoot bison with biobullets

Grist

Most of the country’s bison herds have crossbred with domestic cattle, but one purebred herd still roams in Yellowstone National Park. About half of the park’s 4,600 purebred bison are thought to have been exposed to brucellosis, a bacterial infection that also affects cattle. 

Nearby ranchers want the wild beasts inoculated against the disease to help protect their cattle herds. Capturing the bison and administering vaccines is out of the question. Because they’re wild. Is shooting medicine into each of the animals with an air gun every year the solution?

Ranchers say yes. Environmentalists say no. On Tuesday, following a decade of research and debate, the federal government sided with the environmentalists. Reuters reports:

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Police Dogs Aren’t ‘Property

Save White Rhinos from Poachers

Fire the Four Russian Officials Accused of Poaching a Rare Siberian Deer!‏

Tovah is now safe at North Shore Animal…

Petition: Protect Grizzly Bears By Banning the BC Trophy Hunt

Exposing the Big Game

Protect grizzly bears by banning the trophy hunt

Petition by Bears Matter Ltd.

Over 10,000 grizzly bears have been killed by trophy hunters between 1976 and 2012. More than one third (1/3) of grizzly bears killed by trophy hunters are female. In the Spring hunt female bears may be shot due to mistaken identity leaving their tiny 2-3 month old cubs to perish.

A recent report by the Centre for Responsible Tourism (CREST) in collaboration with Stanford University highlighted that bear viewing produces far more jobs and revenue than the grizzly bear trophy hunt, which costs more for the government to manage than it generates back in revenue. There is simply no scientific, ethical or economic rationale for the trophy hunt.

To:
Honourable Premier Christy Clark, Provincial Government of British Columbia
Honourable Minister Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
Honourable Minister Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism…

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Trap Free Montana Public Lands!

Wolves and Writing

While we love wolves and other wildlife, many of us feel stymied by our inability to protect them. Soon we will have an opportunity to do our part to greatly limit trapping in the beautiful state of Montana.

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Trap Free Montana Public Lands (TFMPL) is spearheading a citizen driven ballot initiative to end recreational trapping on public lands. This is a new movement, and one that must move quickly. 25,000 qualified signatures from across the state are needed by June so this initiative can appear on the ballot in November of this year.

What can you do? If you live in Montana it’s easy. Once the final approval process is complete, you can help gather signatures. But don’t worry, everyone can participate. Go to TFMPL’s excellent website. There you will see exactly how to get involved. If nothing else, send a few bucks to support this worthy endeavor.

The…

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Try not to Laugh :) #4 Teach the Young About Stairs

PROPEL STEPS

This is the Difference Between How Dogs And Cats Teach Their Young About Stairs 😉

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This Young Marine Needs Our Help

FURRY TOYS FOR PETS: You never know

FUR OUT THE CLOSET:

This is  XAVI (Named after a famous Spanish football player) and his new “Happy Holidays”  toy.

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Ono, you might groan. Not only has she anthropomorphized her cat so that he has to have good ball skills, but Emy has succumbed to consumerism. Well yes, I have to plead guilty on both accounts.

For an interesting discussion on Vegans and cats check out this post on Lee Hall’s blog @  http://veganplace.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/speaking-of-pets/

However, by buying this plastic toy I know that there is no real fur component. Fur products do not only extend to garments but also form part of the trinket market – furry pet toys included.  PET TOYS 

Anti-fur organisations have done tests – what might appear as synthetic fur could be dyed cat or dog fur, particularly if the toy comes from China. A good test is to burn the fur, as real fur…

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How Does Autism Support Dogs help Children

Everything About Jared

I have read an article online that tackles about a charity that aims to improve the life of children with autism by providing a trained support dog. I was amazed of the said charity that’s why I write this article about them. To date, the charity was said to be on the cliff of their financial stability, which is needed to train this support dogs for children. The charity entirely relies on donations in order to cover up all the needs and expenses for these dogs to their respective families. It is estimated to cost $35,000 to provide each autism support dog.  Although there were dogs that have been distributed to cater the needs of those autistic children.

Currently the charity has served families in British Columbia and Alberta. Though, each child with autism is unique, many still exhibit behaviors that lead to safety apprehensions  ( autistic child bolts away…

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Animal Planet prioritizes “good TV” over animal welfare

Grist

Mother Joneshas a disturbing investigation into the reality of Animal Planet’s foray into reality TV: The channel’s history of promoting conservation is rapidly downgrading into a record of mistreating animals for entertainment. The story focuses on one particular show, Call of the Wildman, which follows a wildlife rescuer in Kentucky. But Mother Jones‘ reporting shows that the producers are tracking down animals specifically for shoots and using them, essentially, as props:

“My biggest issue with the show was that we portray it as: We rescue animals,” said one of the sources. “In my opinion, the animals weren’t under stress until we arrived.”

It’s no surprise at this point that reality TV isn’t real. What is surprising is the lengths that these shows’ crews are willing to go to — or at least accept other people going to — in order to get the shots they want. For…

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Senator Proposes Bill Focusing on Horse Slaughter Plants in Oklahoma

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: KFOR.com

“…the overwhelming majority did not want a horse slaughter plant in their community…”

photo by Terry FitchOKLAHOMA CITY – A local senator has filed legislation that would allow Oklahomans to decide whether they want horse slaughter plants in their communities.

Senate Joint Resolution 66 would require facilities to be approved by voters where the plant would be located.

“When Governor Fallin signed legislation into law last year legalizing horse slaughter, she issued a statement saying it was important for towns to be able to block horse slaughter plants if that was their will,” said Okla. Sen. Randy Bass.  “This legislation would simply give counties the option to decide for themselves whether they want these facilities in their jurisdictions or not.”

A survey conducted by SoonerPoll last year revealed that most Oklahomans do not want a horse slaughter facility in their community.

“What’s interesting is the fact that it…

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Gray Wolf Shot and Killed within Grand Teton National Park

Exposing the Big Game

[If not safe there, where?]

MOOSE, WY — A gray wolf was shot and killed at a private inholding within Grand Teton National Park on Monday, January 20, 2014. The person who fired the lethal shot notified Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens and they reported the situation to park rangers at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Grand Teton National Park rangers and a park biologist responded to the area to investigate the incident. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is conducting a concurrent investigation.

The wolf was a two-year-old male and was not radio-collared; its pack affiliation is unknown. At the time of the shooting, this wolf was in the company of three to four pack mates.

The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service in consultation with United States Attorney’s Office, District of Wyoming, and no further information will be released until the investigation is concluded.

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