Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 104 – Darwin’s Fox

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Darwin's Fox Photographer: Kevin Schafer

“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul”
Pythagoras

Darwin's fox Darwin’s fox is considered an “umbrella species”, and by protecting the primary temperate forests it inhabits, the entire ecosystem can be preserved by this one little fox. But, despite such importance, it is now critically endangered. Large scale deforestation, agriculture, firewood production, wildfires, overgrazing and human settlement have all shamelessly played their part. As have uncontrolled, non-sustainable commercial logging and local poaching (though it is not entirely clear why they are being poached).

Once running along the entire coastline of southern Chile, there is little original habitat left for the foxes. The southern half and coastal ranges of the Island still have large expanses of pristine primeval forest, but for the rest; exotic timber plantations stand where vast, verdant forests once grew, and Darwin’s foxes have found themselves displaced and hungry.

Darwin's fox in Ahuenco, Chiloe Island, Chile  But, there is another even…

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Ask the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine to End the Use of Pigs: Ask the University of Mississippi Medical Center to End the Use of Pigs

Tell the President of Wayne State University to Halt Cruel Heart Failure Experiments on Dogs – Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Your Cove MONITOR report Today is 9/12ths good so far!

Stop the Crossbow Insanity in New York

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Oppose Legalizing Crossbows

What’s next… throwing spears out of car windows to kill wildlife for fun?

We need your help to stop a proposal in New York that would legalize the use of crossbows. For bow hunting, it would also lower the current 500 foot minimum shooting distance from a home or occupied structure down to the outrageously dangerous distance of only 150 feet in order to further accommodate bow hunters.

There is a notable trend in relaxing crossbow hunting regulations across the nation, mainly in an effort to stem declining hunter numbers, by increasing hunting opportunities.

A current example is New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, who wants to legalize hunting with crossbows to kill deer and bears, and allow the use of crossbows just 150 feet from homes and other buildings.

Crossbows are short-range, lethal weapons from which…

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Starbucks disallows amputee veteran’s service dog

Researchers discover 10,000 community of chimpanzees in war-torn Africa have been eating LEOPARDS

Treetop Alligators

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This is a deeply disturbing idea.  Imagine paddling down a stream and looking up to see an alligator or crocodile looking down.  Check out the press release:

treetop alligatorWhen most people envision crocodiles and alligators, they think of them waddling on the ground or wading in water — not climbing trees. However, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study has found that the reptiles can climb trees as far as the crowns.

Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is the first to thoroughly study the tree-climbing and -basking behavior. The research is published in the journal Herpetology.

Dinets and his colleagues observed crocodilian species on three continents — Australia, Africa and North America — and examined previous studies and anecdotal observations. They found that four species climbed trees — usually above water — but how far they ventured upward and outward varied by their sizes. The smaller…

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They Gave Up Their Home For Tigers. Would You?

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Imam Hussein and family in their new home Imam Hussein and family in their new home

Ten years ago, Imam Hussein reluctantly moved his family out of their traditional home in the Terai Arc Landscape, a hilly, forested sliver of northwestern India, as part of a government resettlement plan to protect tiger habitat. It was a struggle. The move forced the family to give up the buffalo they had depended on for a pastoral livelihood, and though the resettlement put them on a small plot of arable land, they knew nothing about farming.

But the Husseins’ lives have gradually improved: They farm wheat, they own cell phones, and a 12-year-old daughter is in school. The tigers have benefited too. Hussein used to look around his threadbare forest home and recall, with regret, how it had looked when he was a child. Now, when he visits, that lost forest is visibly recovering.

But the most dramatic change is that his…

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China (!) Leads Crackdown on Wildlife Trafficking

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This report comes from CNN.  To put it in perspective, the announcement is undoubtedly timed to this morning’s opening of the Wildlife Trafficking Symposium in London.  (More on that below.)  Even so, it’s gratifying to see China take the lead against an illegal wildlife trafficking epidemic it has, up to now, largely tolerated and paid for:

A wildlife operation involving dozens of countries and organizations, seized more than three tons of ivory and a bevy of rare wildlife products as well as rare wood.

Operatives found rare animals — both living and dead — during the international, month-long operation.

The China-led transnational effort, codenamed Cobra II, aimed to crack down on illegal wildlife trade. Authorities recovered over 10,000 live European eels and pig-nosed turtles, as well as over 2,000 live snakes, according to Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency.

They also seized three tons of ivory, 36 rhino…

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BLM breaks promise to Congress and public to protect wild horses

Tuesday's Horse

BLM budgets millions for helicopter contractors to round up last of the wild horses and solicits for sterilization of mares and stallions in the wild

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THE CLOUD FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Feb. 8, 2014) — For twenty years Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, has documented wild horses for PBS/Nature’s award-winning films, making her the country’s leading expert on wild horse behavior.

Upon hearing that the BLM budgeted two $6 Million contracts for helicopter roundups in 2014 and $1.5 million for plans to sterilize the stallions and mares she said:

“The BLM is breaking their promise to Congress and to the American public. The case can be made that this is their final solution to rid the range of our wild horses. They have made a mockery of the Wild Horse and Burro Act, an Act designed to preserve, not destroy wild horse families.”

The Cloud…

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Cove Guardians and Sea Shepherd Are Ineffective in every way.

South Korea: Dog Meat Shopping

Alpaca sheering, quite a horrifying experience

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At my sons school they have Alpacas. They use animals to teach boys about animal husbandry. Today the school had a professional come in to sheer the Alpacas and the boys were invited to watch.

Before I go on I will just take a moment to say for those that are new to my blog, that I am an animal lover. My kids are animal lovers. My whole family are animal lovers. Our pets are members of our family. Animal cruelty is not tolerated, never has been, never will be.

My son found the whole experience very horrifying. The look on his face as he recounted the whole experience was very sad indeed. To start with the man whipped the Alpaca’s legs out from under it causing the animal to drop to the ground on its side. He then proceeded to tie the animals legs to a tree. Holding the…

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Stop Obama from Removing Wolves from the Endangered Species Act

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Today the Obama administration opened a second public comment period on its proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves across the lower 48. We need you to speak out for wolf protections. During the previous round of comments, more than 1 million Americans spoke out against gutting protections for wolves — the most comments ever submitted on any endangered species issue. You’d think the right thing to do would be obvious — but apparently politicians need to hear from us again. The Fish and Wildlife Service just released the results of a scientific peer review of its delisting proposal, concluding what we’ve been saying all along: Wolves aren’t recovered yet. These iconic animals occupy a mere 5 percent of their former range in the lower 48 and eke out a living at only 1 percent of the numbers they had before Europeans arrived. Please act now —…

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New beaked whale species re-discovery

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This video says about itself:

Blainville’s beaked whale / Mésoplodon de Blainville (Mesoplodon densirostris)

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Underwater footage of a unique encounter with a Blainville’s beaked whale in French Polynesia. Marine Mammal Study Group (www.gemmpacific.org).

From Wildlife Extra:

Researchers discover rare new species of deep-diving whale

Based on the study of seven animals stranded on remote tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans over the past 50 years, researchers have identified a new species of the mysterious family of beaked whales.

Beaked whales, a widespread but little-known type of toothed whale, distantly related to sperm whales, are found in deep ocean waters beyond the edge of the continental shelf throughout the world’s oceans.

“They are rarely seen at sea due to their elusive habits, long dive capacity and the apparent low abundance of some species,” said Dr Merel Dalebout, the…

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Bill Includes Language to End U.S. Horse Slaughter

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: By Karrie Allen as published on the Chatham Courier

For 2 years, but Equine Advocates president says, ‘we are finally on the road to a permanent ban’

Equine AdvocatesCHATHAM, NY — Jan. 17 was a good day for Equine Advocates President and founder Susan Wagner and the hundreds of organizations and supporters who have lobbied to end horse slaughter in the United States. On this day, President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which included language to defund horse meat inspection, thus ending horse slaughter in the United States for two years.

While grateful to Obama for signing the bill, Wagner also thanked Vice President Joseph Biden “for spearheading the effort to insert the language into the Omnibus bill.”

She also credited Florida State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo and equine advocate Victoria McCullough. “It is because of their tireless and dedicated efforts that horse slaughterhouses will…

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Win Lodging To The Loft Chalet While Giving To Volunteer Group Monitoring and Documenting Everything Happening in Taji, Japan!

Racing to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi

Team PETA at the Sochi Winter Olympics: Champions Don’t Wear Fur!

Life or Lunch?

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are almost upon us, and while the eyes of the world are on the Russian city Sochi, we’ve seized the opportunity to highlight one of the cruellest industries on the planet – the barbaric fur trade.

Two sexy PETA “snow bunnies” braved the cold climate (and Russian authorities’ notoriously frosty attitude towards protestors) to let people know that wearing the skins of animals who were beaten, electrocuted or strangled to death is unacceptable. The police confiscated the volunteers’ signs and passports, and ordered them to leave the Olympic Park area – but not before they got across the message that the skin of foxes, sheep, dogs and rabbits belongs to the animals!

Champions Don't Wear Fur: PETA Russian Olympics Demo

Fur is a key animal rights issue in Russia. Unlike in the UK, where the vast majority of people would never touch a gruesome dead-animal-skin coat, many Russians are simply unaware of how unethical…

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German travel company says no to dolphin shows

Top 10 non-animal protein foods

Of Course Vegan

The avocado has a surprisingly solid amount of protein. The avocado has a surprisingly solid amount of protein.

With meat being known as a direct cause of many serious illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer, more focus is to be put on non-animal protein sources.

Meat was once believed to be the most efficient protein source, but is now a main suspect of bad health. Scores of people are turning to a healthier diet that excludes animal products and emphasizes the importance of vegetables, beans and grains.

Remember you only need 40 to 60 grams of protein a day.

Here is our top 10 list of high protein, animal-free foods that is guaranteed to satisfy you and keep your body and mind healthy.

1. Tempeh: The Indonesian delicacy is now available at most supermarkets and vegetarian and vegan restaurants. One cup of Tempeh equals 41 grams of protein.

2. Cooked lentils comes in…

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Exposing UF Primate Testing Records: 5C126- Brutalized From Birth in a Concentration Camp, THEN Sold To The University of Florida Torture Chambers.

EMPTY ALL CAGES

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Everything about being the victim of a research sadist, confined and mutilated, is hour by hour torture for all animals.

Suffering soul, monkey 5C126, has lived a life of daily fear and pain. He was murdered on August 1, 2013 in the UF dungeons by having his chest opened, the  abdominal aorta cut and then bleeding to death. Vivisectors call this “humane euthanasia” The poor little guy was part of ANOTHER of 100s of Parkinson’s  disease studies where decades of previous information could have been used instead of 5C126. Same kind of study; injecting the brains of more innocent beings with different viruses and genes to try to stop the disease. And somehow this and another baby ended up with measles along with all the other torture they  suffered. UF didn’t name the types of viruses used in the brain injection, all we know is that it was combination…

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South Korea: Dog Meat In Mid 1980s