Who’s the real killer, sharks or humans?

Chipotle’s new miniseries gives factory farming the “Scandal” treatment

What is This Mysterious Device Deployed and Exploded Over San Diego? [video]

Idaho hunter hired to kill wolves “gets the job done”!

Exposing the Big Game

[This answers the question, “How many are left?”]


by Associated Press, January 29th 2014

KETCHUM, Idaho — A professional hunter has been called out of a federal wilderness in central Idaho because he succeeded in killing all the wolves in two packs, a state agency spokesman said.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Mike Keckler tells the Idaho Mountain Express in a story on Wednesday that the hunter killed eight wolves with traps and a ninth by hunting.

Gus Thoreson of Salmon started hunting and trapping in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in mid-December as part of a state plan to eliminate wolves to boost elk numbers. The state agency had planned to keep Thoreson hunting through the winter.

“He had been pretty effective early on, but it had been two weeks since he had taken any wolves, so we decided there was no…

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Old Lady vs Young Jerk

Beverly Hills Car Inspection list ~ Brakes past√ Horn past√
Mercedes airbags passes with flying colors√
German engineering at its best ….

New Data Offer Few Clues To Declining Beluga Whale Stocks (Alaska, USA)

The ocean update

January 21st, 2014 (Shaylon Cochran). Fisheries scientists gathered in Soldotna Thursday for a presentation on years-long study of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. The information those scientists shared provides a baseline for future studies of Belugas.

Jennifer Dushane has a thing for Beluga whales. She’s a marine biologist based in Anchorage, and she’s one of many scientific minds who came together to produce one of the largest bodies of research yet on Cook Inlet beluga whales.

“The purpose of this study was to provide a first description of this large catalog of records. That included how many [strandings], where were they, when did they occur, by live and dead stranded and by gender and age class when we had that [information],” Dushane said.

Dushane examined records of stranded whales. That’s one of the few areas of study with any real data. Very little exists prior to about 20 years ago, when Cook…

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Worries Over Whale Population Delays Sakhalin Oil Project (Russia)

The ocean update

January 22th, 2014. Environmental activists in Russia’s Far East said Tuesday that construction linked to offshore oil production had been delayed over concerns it could harm local populations of endangered gray whales.

The mandate of an expert commission examining plans by the Sakhalin-1 consortium led by US oil giant Exxon Mobil to build temporary wharfs on the Far East island of Sakhalin has been extended by two months for further consultation, the head of Sakhalin Environmental Watch Dmitry Lisitsyn said.

The Sakhalin-1 project, a landmark collaboration between foreign energy giants and the Russian authorities established in 1996, is currently developing three major offshore fields in the Sea of Okhotsk.

If the wharfs are built they would be serviced by huge barges that would make so much noise that they would deter rare western Pacific gray whales from using a key feeding ground, according to Lisitsyn.

The shallow water feeding ground is particularly important for whale calves, the ecologist said.

Sakhalin Environmental Watch is proposing that Sakhalin-1 use the more expensive option of delivering supplies by road to the existing port of Moskalvo while…

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Norweigians Caught Illegally Selling Whale Meat to Unaware Customers During Berlin’s Green Week Trade Fair (Germany)

The ocean update

whale-meatJanuary 23rd, 2014 (Elysia McMahan). When a Norwegian stand at Berlin’s Green Week trade fair was caught selling Minke whale meat, custom officials immediately closed it down.

In Germany, selling whale meat is illegal, but Norway is one of the few countries in the world, including the Danish Faeroe Islands, Iceland, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Japan, where it is permitted.

Whale protection activists criticized the sale of the so-called marinated bite-sized snacks.

“Norway has broken numerous laws,” said Astrid Fuchs from the WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (formerly WDCS), the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins.

After the WDC visited the stand, they tipped off custom officers, who then seized nearly seven pounds of Minke whale meat. If the distributors are convicted of the crime, they could face a hefty fine and up to five years in prison.

The state prosecutor’s office…

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Pilot whale euthanized on Harding Beach (Massachusetts, USA)

The ocean update

Dr. Michael Moore of IFAW and WHOI prepares to euthanize a pilot whale that stranded on Harding Beach in Chatham earlier today.Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy
Dr. Michael Moore of IFAW and WHOI prepares to euthanize a pilot whale that stranded on Harding Beach in Chatham earlier today. Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy

January 27th, 2014. CHATHAM – A pilot whale found stranded around noon today on Harding Beach was murdered later in the evening after members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare were unable to get the whale into deep water.

IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team responded to the scene around 2 p.m.

The approximately 3,000 pound whale was in overall good condition, said Kerry Branon, an IFAW spokeswoman.

The team planned to satellite tag and then release the whale, but they were unable to get the whale back into deep water, Branon said.

After a consultation with an on-site veterinarian, the team realized the whale could not be saved, she said.

“They did everything they could to minimize its suffering, and…

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600 threatened whale sharks killed each year at Chinese slaughterhouse

The ocean update

whalesharkJanuary 27th, 2014. Hong Kong environmental group Wildlife At Risk has just released a report on a whale shark slaughterhouse in China’s southeastern Zhejiang Province. A 4 year investigation has revealed that 600 whale sharks are killed there each year. The whale shark is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

The factory is located at Pu Qi township, near Wenzhou and at least 600 whale sharks are killed each year to be processed into fish oil health supplements (Ed Sibylline : Omega-3 Capsule ?).

In a joint-statement released today, Alex Hofford and Paul Hilton of WildLifeRisk said : “We went to Pu Qi three times in the last three years, and on each occasion the scale of the slaughter was truly staggering.

“How these harmless creatures, these gentle giants of the deep, can be slaughtered on such an industrial scale is beyond belief. It’s…

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First Shark Killed in Australia Cull

The ocean update

shark-cull-AustraliaJanuary 26th, 2014. The first shark caught under a controversial new Australian culling policy aimed at reducing fatal attacks was shot dead Sunday after being snared, angering conservationists.

The three-meter (10-feet) creature, reported to be a female tiger shark, was caught on bait lines set off Australia’s west coast in the past 24 hours under a policy approved by the national government.

A fisherman contracted to patrol the lines found the shark snared off Meelup Beach early Sunday and, according to media reports, shot it in the head four times at close range.

Western Australia state premier Colin Barnett was heckled by a protester at a public function after the kill was made public but was unapologetic about the plan, which has been met with criticism and demonstrations.

Great Whites Could Be Longest-Lived Sharks

Under the plan, approved by Canberra last week under an exemption to national environmental protection laws, baited…

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33 dead pilot whales die on beach in Florida : Over 50 whales dead in 2 months (Florida, USA)

The ocean update

Pod-Pilot-Whales-StrandedJanuary 24th, 2014. 33 dead whales were found beached in Florida and this comes on the heels of other events of beached dead whales in the state within the last few months. According to MSN on Jan. 24, the 25 whales were first spotted swimming Sunday near Gordon Pass in Naples and the whales were marked by biologists.

The pod of pilot whales were tracked on Sunday and then spotted again on Monday near Marco Pass just off Marco Island. The biologists tracked them until they were about two miles out at sea.

Then on Thursday 25 whales were spotted beached on Kice Island by a boater. This was about 16 miles south of where the whales were first discovered on Sunday. The whales that had beached themselves were all dead, which was confirmed by a FWC field biologist who was working in tandem with FWC law enforcement.

Sixteen female whales and nine…

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Pilot whales have ‘mummy’s boys,’ too

The ocean update

January 27th, 2014 (Phys.org). A Liverpool John Moores University scientist has revealed that sons are a bigger drain on resources than daughters for pilot whale mothers, but mums are powerless to ease the burden.

Dr Hazel Nichols from the LJMU School of Natural Sciences and Psychology led the investigation, working in collaboration with Professor Bill Amos (University of Cambridge) to reanalyse genetic and behavioural data from a previous study of over 3000 pilot whales. The results were published in ScienceDirect.

Dr Nichols said that “pilot whales are a particularly interesting species to study as they show several similarities to human societies”.

Previous research by Professor Amos and scientists at the Natural History Museum of the Faroe Islands revealed that pilot whales live in large social groups (known as pods) of up to several hundred individuals – similar to the number of Facebook friends that people have. Pods show extremely strong…

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60-65 More Striped dolphins brutally slaughtered today by the people from Taji, Japan! The violent process of wrestling, manhandling and molesting these dolphins to shore took several hours.

You know how people from NJ are generally known for being assholes? Welp, Our Humane Society People Stepped into Rid of a Few Of em this week….

worth a try?

Biologists To Investigate Why 25 Whales Died Off Florida

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

Biologists on Friday examined the carcasses of 25 dead pilot whales found off the coast of southwest Florida, collecting samples from the animals to try to determine the cause of a recent spike in whale deaths.

Wildlife officials completed necropsies on six whales among the group of 16 females and 9 males a day after they were spotted by boaters near Kice Island, Florida, said Kim Amendola, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The whales were part of a pod originally seen swimming in shallow waters near the city of Naples on Sunday, prompting a team of wildlife officials concerned about a spate of stranded whales, to mark the animals to better identify them.

Earlier this week, eight other whales were found dead after they swam into shallow waters near Fort Myers, Florida.

The group of 25 whales were found to be thin and showed no…

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King Amendment Officially Dead – MFA Blog

Life or Lunch?

In a victory for farmed animals across the nation, the reviled King Amendment was dropped from the House farm bill Monday, stopping the provision dead in its tracks.Sponsored by the notoriously anti-animal Representative Steve King of Iowa, the King Amendment would have wiped out virtually every state law protecting farmed animals from even the most horrific cruelty.The King Amendment was proposed to nullify the few state laws that do provide protection to farmed animals, such as laws banning cruel crates and cages, prohibiting the force-feeding of ducks, and forbidding horse slaughter and shark finning.It was also seen as a threat to laws governing environmental protection, worker safety, and more. Its failure means that laws such as California’s groundbreaking Prop 2 get to stay on the books where they belong.Mercy For Animals would like to thank everyone who wrote letters and made phone calls to their members of Congress. This victory…

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Your Keystone Pipeliners (TransCanada) Just had It’s Pipeline Explode; Go Figure! But Don’t Worry About Keystone XL In the USA. That Will Never Explode.

China halts poultry trading after H7N9 cases spike: mass culling ordered in Hong Kong

The Extinction Protocol

January 28, 2014CHINA The H7N9 bird flu virus has killed 19 people in China this year, with the total number of human infections now 96, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That compares with 144 confirmed cases, including 46 deaths, in the whole of 2013. But Shu Yuelong, director of the Chinese National Influenza Center, said a large-scale H7N9 epidemic is unlikely during the Spring Festival holiday, as no H7N9 virus mutation that could affect public health has been identified so far, Xinhua news agency reported. “There is no evidence of constant inter-human transmission, and the risk assessment of H7N9 epidemic outbreak is unchanged,” said Shu. Shu reiterated that H7N9 is more prone to human infection than H5N1, with H7N9 case fatality rate reaching 20 to 30 percent. Twelve people have been killed by H7N9 bird flu in Zhejiang Province this month. More…

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China Faces Another Outbreak of Bird Flu — 19 dead, 96 human cases reported

Quote Of Today II—Many Dolphins From The Japanese Drive Hunt In Taiji Go To China

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

In Japan, some 50 aquariums keep around 600 dolphins and take many of the Taiji dolphins, with business also coming from many aquariums abroad. And with growing demand for dolphins from China, which already has 35 aquariums displaying dolphins, the sale of live dolphins from the Taiji drive hunt is lucrative business.—National Geographic

Photo: Reuters

Photo of fishermen hunting bottlenose dolphins with boats and nets.

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Rungna Dolphinarium In North Korea Is Now Open For Business

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

North Korean Dolphin Aquarium

When you’re Kim Jong Un, the young dictator of an extremely insulated country, you can building a dolphin aquarium regardless of what others may think of the project. According to The Atlantic, the leader of North Korea decided it was time for his people to enjoy the lovable antics of highly-trained dolphins. Instead of addressing the numerous problems his nation is currently facing, Kim thought the money would be better spent elsewhere. After all, who in the country is brave enough to say he’s wrong?

The Chicago Tribune reports that recent flooding in the nation has killed approximately 170 people and left more than 212,000 without homes. As of this writing, nearly 400 people are thought to be missing as a result of the floods. Although the United Nations said it would be a while before North Korea’s food supply can…

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The World’s Biggest Marine Park Built In China With Orcas Taken From The Wild

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

4cfd68a06cc7a1ebad2461bb5cb15f3f.jpgPhoto: Far East Russia Project

It cost a reported US$5 billion to build. It features the world’s biggest aquarium. It showcases what it claims is the world’s longest roller coaster. And it boasts a massive collection of whales, sharks and animals rarely, if ever, seen in captivity in China.

There’s no question about it: Ocean Kingdom, the giant theme park on Hengqin island, at the southern tip of Zhuhai, which was scheduled to open this weekend, in time for the Lunar New Year holiday, is destined to make something of a splash.

Owned by the Chime-Long Group, which runs China’s biggest theme park – Chime-Long Paradise, in Guangzhou – Ocean Kingdom is about twice the size of Hong Kong’s Ocean Park and three times the size of the city’s Disneyland.

A turreted, fairy-tale palace-like 1,888-room resort hotel has already opened next to the massive main attraction, which – although it…

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Idaho Wildlife Managers Want To Allow Children As Young As 10 years To Hunt Big Game

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

Idaho wildlife managers are aiming to allow children as young as 10 years old to hunt big game such as bears and mountain lions, lowering the permissible age from 12 to recruit more young hunters.

Under a measure expected to be approved by the state’s Republican-led legislature, children ages 10 and 11 could use long-range rifles to take down everything from elk to wolves, provided the youngsters have passed a hunter education course and are accompanied by an adult licensed to hunt in Idaho.

For years, sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho have been flat, hovering at 335,000 in 2013 despite growth in the state’s overall population, wildlife managers say. Department of Fish and Game officials hope to boost the number of licensed hunters by promoting hunting as a form of family recreation in an era where children are often preoccupied with more sedentary activities such as texting…

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Victory For Idaho Wolves!

Exposing the Big Game

Earthjustice went to court to stop Idaho from exterminating the Golden and Monumental wolf packs in central Idaho’s Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness.
And we won! The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced that it is halting its wolf extermination program as of today.
This will stop the wolf killings and restore the natural balance between predator and prey in the Idaho wilderness area.
A howling wolf in the snow. (Judilen / istockphoto)

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I Wish I Were Here (Not Really in a Fundamental Way, but I wish I could do more considering….)

Ivory Coast pilots novel elephant rescue

What a difference Two Weeks Makes For Angel…

This dog wears the shoes in the house