Signs of Recovery in the White-Nose Scourge

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0509a-batfungus-50pThe first time white-nose syndrome really hit Aeolus Cave, on the side of a mountain in Dorset, Vt., the carcasses littered the entrance like a carpet. “You couldn’t step on the ground without stepping on dead bats,” says Scott Darling, a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “Nowhere else have people seen that level of mortality in a cave.”

Bats afflicted with the fungus during their hibernation usually “fly out and die on the landscape,” unnoticed. But “in Aeolus Cave, for whatever reason, many, many died right there in Guano Hall,” the steeply sloped tunnel-like cave entrance. Statewide, Vermont lost 90 percent of its bats during the first few years of the epidemic, from 2008 to 2010. The other 19 states and five Canadian provinces where white-nose occurs have suffered a similar rate of loss. It may be the most precipitous decline in any animal group ever, with…

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Turkey video shows ‘culture of cruelty,’ animal rights group says

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WARNING for the video above: Disturbing images, viewer discretion is advised. 

TORONTO – Disturbing video showing employees of one of the world’s leading turkey producers clubbing, kicking and otherwise abusing the hapless birds is evidence of a culture of cruelty and neglect at the factory farm, an animal-rights group said Friday.

The company in question, Hybrid Turkeys, said it had suspended four employees and called the abuse depicted in the video an isolated incident.

The video was shot at a Hybrid plant in Bright, Ont., by a member of the animal rights group, Mercy for Animals Canada.

Footage also shows workers apparently crushing the spines of birds while others are left to die from festering and bloody wounds.

“This investigation graphically illustrates that the hidden price of Canadian turkey meat is horrific animal abuse,” said Twyla Francois, a spokeswoman for Mercy For Animals.

“This is blatant animal cruelty that shouldn’t…

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Why these shark researchers are mourning just days after celebrating

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TORONTO – Days after a great white shark became the first documented of its kind to make a trans-Atlantic journey, researchers tracking her progress were saddened to find that another shark’s signal was being received from Portugal — on land.

Scientists involved in tagging and tracking the female mako shark, named Rizzilient, believe it’s likely that the five-foot shark was caught by a longliner — a boat used in commercial fishing. The sharks are hunted for their fins, a delicacy in some parts of the world.

READ MORE:Protesters spread posters calling for boycott of well-known Chinese restaurant serving shark fin soup

The last few pings — signals sent out by the tracker on Rizzilient’s fin — have come from a town on the coast of Portugal, near Vila do Conde.

Catching and tagging a great white shark is no easy feat. Catching and tagging Lydia, a great white shark was no easy feat.

“There was a boat that came…

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Why Ag-Gag Laws Are a Threat to Us All | One Green Planet

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When the exposure of animal cruelty becomes a crime, our legal system is failing us. Ag-gag laws criminalize the recording of animal abuse on factory farms, and each law is slightly different in its language. Currently, Idaho is the most recent state to pass an ag-gag law, and similar laws exist in Iowa, Utah, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Kansas, as reported by Animal Visuals.

I’ve written before about how backwards it is to punish those who expose animal cruelty, rather than those who perform the animal cruelty. It’s almost unthinkable. When these cases are carried out, such as the recent charges brought (then eventually dropped) against undercover investigator Taylor Radig, the public’s outrage can be felt.

The Agricultural Law blog puts it best. They write, “Do producers and processors really want their message to be –  ‘yes, all these illegal activities are going on, but the problem…

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Deadly Driftnets Will Not Be Expanded Into Sea Turtle, Whale Habitat Off California Coast (USA)

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March 13rd, 2014. SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In an important victory for wildlife, federal fishery managers in Sacramento today decided not to expand driftnet fishing into protected sea turtle habitat along the California coast because it would significantly raise the risk of capturing and drowning endangered sea turtles and sperm whales. Instead the Pacific Fishery Management Council called for immediate action to impose strong whale-protection regulations on the driftnet fleet that expired in January 2014 and to test lower bycatch fishing gears for catching swordfish. But it took no action on ending the use of driftnets along the California coast.

“Finally, sea turtles and whales are getting a little help, instead of more fishing threats,” said Teri Shore, program director at Turtle Island Restoration Network. “Yet the driftnets will still be out on the water as usual this year, needlessly capturing and killing ocean wildlife. After decades of this…

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No more baby elephants captured for Chinese zoos!

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Worldwide Issues: Petitions To Sign.

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http://www.cerocazadeballenas.cl/index.php?idioma=eng  

Public Statement in Defense of Whales, the Principles of Scientific Research and Peace in Antarctic, deadline March 31 2014, needs a total of 100.000 signatures! 

http://www.howlingforwolves.org/letter//  

Suspend Wolf Hunting and Trapping in Minnesota. Int. protest

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2577  

Oppose S. 1996, S. 1335 and all related Sportsmen’s bills! US

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1736&ea.campaign.id=12641 

Protest the dog meat trade – write to the President of the Philippines!

https://www.secureconnect.at/4pfoten.org/protest/130906/ 

Give the Romanian Dogs a Chance to Live!

http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/HSUS-CrueltyFreeCosmetics

http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/MedicalMarketingDemonstrations  Still needs more signatures!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/increase-punishment-for.fb40?source=s.fb.ty&r_by=7460047  Increase punishment for Dogfighting!

http://www.yousign.org/en/justice-for-molly

http://www.yousign.org/en/giraffe-trophy-hunting

http://www.yousign.org/en/drinking-dog

http://www.yousign.org/en/miranda-kerr

http://www.yousign.org/en/california-orcas

http://forcechange.com/110947/ban-the-sale-of-cruelly-farmed-fur/

http://forcechange.com/110871/commend-muslim-community-for-protecting-wildlife/

http://forcechange.com/110505/end-legal-wildlife-trade/

http://forcechange.com/111033/ban-the-sale-of-live-animals-on-instagram/

http://forcechange.com/110805/condemn-teen-celebritys-partnership-with-seaworld/

http://forcechange.com/110641/punish-teens-who-forced-sick-dolphin-to-drink-beer/

http://forcechange.com/110533/commend-virginia-for-protecting-exotic-pets/

http://forcechange.com/110631/commend-state-for-illegalizing-practice-of-owning-dangerous-wild-animals/

http://forcechange.com/111141/support-homeopathic-veterinary-practices/

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/close-the-fur-farms-in-greece

http://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/protect-dolphins-and-whales-from-navy-sonar-and-weapons-testing-in-the-pacific-ocean

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_Elephant_Slaughter_in_Kenya/?fpla   

More signatures needed!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/USDA_Congressional_Agriculture_and_Oversight_Committees_Make_USDA_Do_its_Job_Stop_Cruelty_to_Animals_in_Aquariums_Zoos_C/

As well!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/National_Peoples_Congress_Legislate_Small_Animals_Protection_Law/edit/   

Also!

https://secure.avaaz.org/es/petition/Rectorado_de_la_Universidad_de_Sevilla_Que_el_torero_El_Juli_no_imparta_clases_en_la_Universidad_de_Sevilla/

Spain, Rector of the University of Seville: do not let bullfighter El Juli teach at the University…

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South Korea: Dog Meat Medicine Capsules

Sailor who kissed a nurse in famous WWII photograph dies … aged 86!

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~~March 15, 2014~~

The Navy veteran who was famously caught mid-kiss in Times Square after coming home from World War II, 86-year-old Glenn McDuffie, has passed away at the age of 86. McDuffie was only identified as the man in the photo a few years ago when he came forward after several other men claimed to be the sailor.

~~Glenn McDuffie~~

McDuffie said he was in the process of changing trains on August 14, 1945 when he heard that the Japanese had surrendered. Then he ran out into the street and saw the nurse. “She was standing out there in the middle of the street and she turned around and did like that, and I swear I went over there and kissed her,” he once said. He spent the years after the war as a mail carrier and semi-professional baseball player.

Glenn McDuffie, the US Navy veteran who kissed…

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Manny the rescued retriever has passed in his sleep. Rest In Peace Little One…..

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Rescued Labrador retriever ‘Manny’ dies in his sleep

Manny died in his sleep early Friday morningA Purposeful Rescue

March 14, 2014

Frightened, shaking senior dog, Manny who was rescued by A Purposeful Rescue because his former owner thought the dog was too old, quietly passed away at his foster home early Friday morning.

Not even a day ago, Manny left the Lancaster, Calif. county shelter by the front door with his foster mommy; his tail wagging, and even a tiny bounce to his step.

No sooner did he arrive at his foster home, Manny headed right to the dog bed and fell asleep. On Friday morning, Manny was to be examined by a veterinarian, receive a bath, and enjoy a good brushing.

Sadly, that didn’t happen. Instead, a statement from the Facebook page of A Purposeful Rescue announced the following news:

“I don’t even know how to write this as it breaks my heart on so…

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Saving the #SeaWorld10: If Calif. Bans Orca Captivity, What Happens to the SeaWorld Whales?

THE SAME FOUR PAWS: LOL

FUR OUT THE CLOSET:

 
 
FOUR PAWS
Four Paws is the organisation that has done the most recent research on the shocking conditions of Scandinavian fur farms. 

Read more: http://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/what-a-terrible-saga-suffering-for-fur-fashion/

This international organisation is campaigning for fashion without real fur. Four Paws is asking seven international companies to stop selling fur. These are: Armani, Burberry, Closed, Kookai, Max Mara, Napapijri and Prada. 
Please don’t support any of these fashion brand names. 
Four Paws also runs the “Show Skin not Fur” campaign, as seen below – a fun way to raise awareness. 
 
SHOW SKIN

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‘Pirated’ Boeing 777 may return to skies as stealth nuclear weapon

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Flight 370 passengers may still be alive

Natural News
March 15, 2014

Exclusive investigation: The 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may still be alive. This stunning realization is now supported by considerable emerging evidence detailed in this article. At the same time, the “vanished” Boeing 777 may also be in a hanger in Iran right now, being retrofitted with nuclear weapons and turned into a suicide bomb to be deployed over a major city in the Middle East. This possibility is discussed in detail, below, with supporting evidence.

Image: Malaysia Airlines (YouTube).

The idea that Flight 370 passengers and crew may still be alive is not a bizarre theory. Even Reuters is now reporting that U.S. authorities have stated, “…it’s also possible the plane may have landed somewhere.”

Here’s the evidence in support of this emerging “piracy” theory of what may have happened…

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Experts Now Believe Airliner Was Hijacked and Had Enough Fuel For Up To 7 Hours of Flight

Child-abuse in the church and a petition unto the Holy Father

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                                            Bishop Robert Finn was convicted of covering up a child abuse scandal two years ago, and he is still the head of my church. I started a petition asking Pope Francis to request his immediate resignation.                                          

                                                Annamaria –

I’m a Catholic and I take my kids to church every Sunday. Church is supposed to be a safe place. But Bishop Robert Finn, who is the head of my diocese (that’s a regional group of churches), made our church unsafe for my children when he covered up a child sex abuse scandal.

In 2012, Father Shawn Ratigan — who was a priest in a church near mine — plead guilty in U.S. Federal Court to producing and possessing child pornography. Father Ratigan used his position as a priest to take lewd images of children in his…

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1,300 times bigger than Sun: Largest yellow ‘hyper-giant’ star identified

Extreme Sleep Makeover, Part I: What We Know About Sleep

Medicine of the Wolf .trailer (dutch version) film by Julia Huffman.

Killing Cats is a Crime – Demand Justice for Larry

Gift card scam alert: what you need to know to protect yourself

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EDMONTON – A gift card may seem like the perfect present for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life. But for Kelly Neufeld, who bought one for his teenage daughter, it turned out to be anything but.

That’s because when his daughter went to use the $100 gift card she got for Christmas, she encountered a problem.

“It was rejected everywhere she tried to use it,” Neufeld said.

The family tried to check the balance online, but couldn’t because the last four digits on the back of the card had been scratched out.

“Tried calling 1-800 number and, again, they couldn’t help me without the full account number either.”

The receipt shows the clerk did load and activate the gift card when Neufeld bought it. But the problem is what happened before that.

According to Cst. Elvin Toy, of the Edmonton Police Service’s Economic Crimes unit, gift cards can be very…

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Indonesia: Close ‘Zoo of Death’!

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USDA & South Beach Psychiatric Center: Stop The Killing Of Staten Island’s Turkeys

Petition To Stop SeaWorld Imprisoning Orcas Reach Over 200 000 Signatures!

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Petition to ‘stop SeaWorld from imprisoning whales for profit’ passes 200,000 signatures
A petition to make it illegal for Californian marine parks or zoos to use orca whales for entertainment purposes has gathered 200,000 signatures.
The campaign, which focuses on US chain SeaWorld, reached the milestone on Sunday morning….
It follows proposals from California state legislator Richard Bloom, who introduced the Orca Welfare and Safety Act in Santa Monica on Friday.
“There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes”, Bloom said in a statement.
“These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives. It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement.”
The petition…

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Dog Meat: Ramen Instant Noodles

Greyhound racing is banned in the state of Colorado

Please OPPOSE the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Bills

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Last week, we asked some of you to contact your U.S. Senators to ask that they oppose the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Bills. This week, we need every U.S. citizen to call and send a letter to both of your US Senators to help protect wildlife and public lands from those who enjoy killing wild animals including hunters, anglers, and trappers.

Two bills, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 1996) and the Sportsmen’s Act (S. 1335), are currently pending in the Senate, while the latter has already passed the House.

WE MUST DEFEAT S. 1996!

The goal of this package of bills, collectively called SHARE (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreation Act), is to further “sportsmen’s” interests. The bills have provisions that, if passed, would open more federal land to hunting, fishing, and trapping, allow the importation of polar bear “trophies” from…

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Are Horses Really Replaceable?

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Star Jockey Claims Horses Are Replaceable

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As those who follow me on Twitter (@Paw4Help) would have seen after publishing my “Cheltenham’s Death Race’s” article and promoting it around Twitter, Face Book, Tumblr, Reddit and a few other social media sites, as I do with all my articles however this time a certain Tweeter had a problem with my article and posted his problems with me directly over the worlds biggest chat room (Twitter).

 Now as I am aware my articles are to the point and direct, if I am opinionated about a certain topic then I will voice my opinion on such topics and base them round specific stats and stone cold evidence. This article was no different and has been read over by Animal Aids Horse Racing Consultant and he has said it is a very good article and will…

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Meet Mshale, the Un-Poachable Elephant

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Meet Mshale, the Un-Poachable Elephant

Africa’s toughest mammal has survived four murder attempts.

Mshale not pictured. (Photo: Martin Harvey/Getty Images)

March 11, 2014       By Kristina Bravo
      Kristina Bravo is a Los Angeles–based writer. She is a fellow at TakePart.
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An elephant narrowly survived a poaching attack in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park last month—for the fourth time in two years.

Mshale, believed to be in his 40s, is one of the park’s few remaining “tuskers,” The Times of London reports. The moniker refers to elephants whose tusks weigh more than 100 pounds each. Ivory tusks of this size can sell for up to $16,000 in illegal Asian markets.

An observer with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust monitoring poaching from an aircraft spotted the injured pachyderm. “He had two large and deep spear wounds, which had to be cleaned,” the trust’s director, Rob Brandford, told The…

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