Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

WATCH: Hundreds of dolphins swim alongside Search & Rescue boat in Howe Sound

Global News

Watch Above: Courtesy of RCM SAR.

They have seen lots of seals, lots of porpoises and the odd whale, but they’ve never seen a sight quite like this one.

About five Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue (RCM SAR) volunteers were out on the water in southern Howe Sound, between Fisherman’s Cove and Bowen Island, on Thursday night, when hundreds of dolphins surrounded their boat.

Jumping and playing on the waves, keeping up with their boat, the dolphins seemed to come out of nowhere.

“We saw a splash and then hundreds of dolphins were around us,” said deputy station leader Ian Grantham in an email interview.

“They were jumping and travelling in a group and playing in our wake and riding the bow wave. They were around us for about 10 [to] 15 mins and then turned and headed north up Howe Sound towards Squamish,” added Grantham. “Truly a pretty neat…

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Action Alert for Raccoons

Exposing the Big Game

URGENT UPDATE! In spite of receiving hundreds of calls in opposition to HB 423, a bill that would allow LIVE raccoons to be trapped and used as bait in hunting field trail competitions, the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee approved this bill.

We must fight harder than ever. Committee members obviously had already made up their minds, but your senators may be undecided. They do not want to lose your vote. Your Georgia state senators MUST hear from you! Urge them to vote NO on HB 423!

To find your senator’s contact info follow the easy steps below:

1. For your State Senator click: http://votesmart.org/
2. Type your address or 9 digit zip code in the box and click "Search." (If your address doesn't bring the page up your 9 digit zip code will.)
4. Click "State Legislative."
5. Beneath "State Senate" your senator's name is underlined. Click his/her name.
6. Your senator's email address and phone contact information appears.
7. Call your senator at the capitol number AND the district number and ask him/her to "vote NO on HB 423."
8. The subject line of your email should read: Vote NO on HB 423
URGENT UPDATE! In spite of receiving hundreds of calls in opposition to HB 423, a bill that would allow LIVE raccoons to be trapped and used as bait in hunting …field trail competitions, the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee approved this bill.
We must fight harder than ever. Committee members obviously had already made up their minds, but your senators may be undecided. They do not want to lose your vote. Your Georgia state senators MUST hear from you! Urge them to vote NO on HB 423!
To find your senator’s contact info follow the easy steps below:
1. For your State Senator click: http://votesmart.org/ 2. Type your address or 9 digit zip code in the box and click “Search.” (If your address doesn’t bring the page up your 9 digit zip code will.) 4. Click “State Legislative.” 5. Beneath “State Senate” your senator’s name is underlined. Click his/her…

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Ocean Ownership And Caveat Emptor

La Paz Group

carved-ocean The U.S. has laid claim to 2.5 billion acres of coastal seas, but that vast area produces very little seafood for Americans. Therein lies a dilemma: should the U.S. cultivate giant offshore fish farms in its piece of the sea or keep taking most of the fish we eat from foreign waters?

Conservation magazine raises the following question, and goes a long way to answering it in their current issue:

NATIONS HAVE CARVED UP THE OCEAN. NOW WHAT?

…In the minds of most consumers, there is a clear dividing line between which fish are wild and which are farmed. But the truth is that this line is increasingly a blurry one. 

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PressTV: General Motors airbag failures linked to 303 deaths

Demand an End to Idaho’s Wolf Witch Hunt – In Defense of Animals

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

It is no secret that powerful ranching, livestock, and hunting industries dominate the political landscape, particularly in western states, where brutal lethal wildlife management is driven by hate, disdain, and intolerance for any carnivores. In these states, thousands of wolves have been killed by hunters, trappers, and US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service (USDA WS) agents since wolves lost their Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection.

See on secure2.convio.net

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Petition – Ban Penning and Baiting Bloodsports in USA!

Rare Marine Animals on the Path to Protection; 27 of the 82 Approved…54 More Still to Go…(Including Bottlenoses…)…

America could be vegan by 2050, says lady totally out of touch with America

Grist

First: I don’t hate vegans. I like vegans. I sleep with vegans. But the idea that America could go from 3 percent to 100 percent vegan in the next 36 years is the biggest pile of tempeh I’ve smelled in a while.

According to Ecorazzi, Kathy Stevens of Catskill Animal Sanctuary thinks the U.S. could be totally vegan by 2050. Here’s her reasoning:

  1. Meat consumption is on the decline, while interest in vegan food is on the rise.
  2. Supermarkets are adding new vegan products.
  3. Restaurants are becoming more responsive to vegans.
  4. The rich and powerful are throwing their money behind vegan startups.

Sure, 2014 might be, as some are decreeing, “the year of the vegan.” Jay-Z and Beyonce tried it. People are googling “vegan” more. Two years ago, U.S. beef consumption hit a 50-year low.

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Washington confirms 4 new wolf packs

Mavadelo's mindscape

Some good news on wolves 🙂

Washington confirms 4 new wolf packs

Gray wolves established four new packs and expanded their territory in Washington over the past year, according to the annual status report on the state endangered species released last weekend by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Biologists confirmed 13 wolf packs, five successful breeding pairs and at least 52 individual wolves based on surveys through the end of 2013.

The actual number of wolves is likely higher, said Donny Martorello, WDFW carnivore specialist.

Nine of the packs are in northeastern Washington with four along the east slopes of the North Cascades. Also, Oregon reports a new pack along the Washington border, bringing the number of Blue Mountains packs to at least two.

No wolf packs or breeding pairs have been found on the South Cascades/Northwest Coast region. Occassionally, wolf sightings are reported but biologists say these are likely wolf-dog hybreds, which look much…

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Too Faced Cosmetics are 100% Vegan

Cruelty-Free Beauty

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A kindred spirit blogger, Sunny at Vegan Beauty Review, has compiled this complete list of Too Faced cosmetics. The Too Faced brand is 100% vegan, and it offers tons of great cosmetics, including, as Sunny pointed out, brushes made with “teddy bear hair.” I haven’t tried any of the products yet, but I just ordered the Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection (which will replace pretty much all of my old eye shadows), and I will let you know how it works! And check out Vegan Beauty Review for lots more cruelty-free product reviews.

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Why Buying Dog Food in Bulk Can be Unhealthy

Dog Food Matters

 

The popularity of Costco is testimony that Americans like to save money by purchasing in large quantities. Why not? If you have the storage space for paper goods, dry goods, processed and frozen food, it makes perfect sense to stock-up. Buying the giant economy bag of dog food may save money, but it may affect Fido’s health. All savings may be wiped out by a visit to the vet.

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What Happens to an Open Bag of Dog Food?

Dog food packaging has come a long way since the 1860’s when commercial dog food was introduced. But once the bag is opened, the packaging doesn’t matter. Oxygen in the air immediately begins to oxidized or denature fats, vitamins and some minerals in the food.

Putting the bag in an air-tight plastic container will help but will not prevent the changes in the dog food. Nutrients can become airborne…

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The wolves of Chernobyl

Tips For First Time Dog Owners

Dream Big, Bark Loudly

A reader asked me about tips for first time dog owners. While I can’t predict every problem a dog owner may face, I have compiled a list of suggestions and reminders for people who have decided to become dog owners.

Tips For First Time Dog OwnersBefore you get a dog: If you know you want a dog, but don’t have one yet, there are several things you should do before getting one.

Be aware you are making a long-term commitment. The oldest dog in history is said to have lived between 29 and 32 years (depending on who you believe).

Check with your landlord to make sure dogs (and different sizes and breeds) are okay. If you own, you may still need to check with your insurance company.

Research breeds. Most people have soft spots for certain breeds, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for you, or for your…

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Extreme Sleep Makeover Part II: The Brain without Proper Sleep

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up – Defenders of Wildlife Blog

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

65 Representatives sign letter to Secretary Jewell urging her to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal; Washington’s wolf population remains stable; March 19th hearing on idaho’s new predation management plan; New science shows majority of Alberta Canada’s residents have favorable attitudes towards wolves.

See on www.defendersblog.org

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Petition | Ban Duck Shooting | Change.org

RT: 4,200 NY hospital patients face possible hepatitis, HIV exposure

Disease

Earth Report

Measels in the USA

New York City is currently grappling with a measles outbreak. Health officials have identified 16 cases of the highly contagious infectious disease, resulting in at least six hospitalizations, and are now warning unvaccinated individuals that they need to get their shots.

And New York isn’t the only place where measles — which was once so rare that it was virtually eradicated in the U.S. back in 2000 — is cropping up again. Within the past two months, health officials have also identified cases in the Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dallas areas. Measles have also recently been reported in suburban areas in Connecticut and Illinois.

Just one case of measles can pose a huge public health threat, since it has the potential to be transmitted quickly. It can spread through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. For instance, last month, thousands of…

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Lift the ban on Tesla’s electric cars in Arizona, Texas and especially in New Jersey

Help Ban Wildlife Killing Contests in CA

Exposing the Big Game

http://www.projectcoyote.org/action/actionbancontestsca.html

“A society that condones unlimited killing of wildlife for fun and prizes is morally bankrupt.”  ~ Dave Parsons, Project Coyote Science Advisory Board

Dear Friend of Wildlife,

We need your help to prohibit wildlife killing contests in California! At the request of Project Coyote, the California Fish & Game Commission voted unanimously on February 5th to consider a statewide ban on wildlife killing contests. Project Coyote representatives made the case for a ban, after which newly elected Commission Vice President Jack Baylis put forth the motion to move forward on a formal rule-making process to consider prohibiting wildlife-killing contests statewide. Commission President Michael Sutton supported the motion stating, “I’ve been concerned about these killing contests for some time. They seem inconsistent both with ethical standards of hunting and our current understanding of the important role predators play in ecosystems.” Read more here and in the articles in the sidebar.

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