What’s Wrong With Kayla the Killer Whale?

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It has been well documented that Tilikum spends the majority of his time logging at the surface of his tank, but it turns out he is not the only one.

At a recent visit to SeaWorld Orlando, Kayla also spent an exorbitant amount of time stationary at the surface while her tankmates swam circles around her.  Kayla was born in November 1988, making her the second oldest captive born killer whale in SeaWorld’s collection at only 25 years old.

In Death at SeaWorld, David Kirby reported that Kayla had been taken away from her mother at 2 years old.  In October 2005 she gave birth to Halyn in San Antonio.  Having never learned maternal skills, she rejected her calf.  Halyn died in San Antonio at only two and a half years old.   In November 2006 Kayla was moved from San Antonio to Orlando.

According the NOAA, female Killer…

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Not Satire: New NRA Video Endorses Gun Permits For Blind People

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Several weeks ago, we covered one of several bizarre new videos released by the National Rifle Association in which a “commentator” pitches one or more ridiculous ideas for how to expand gun rights in the United States. In that video, a hipster commentator, Billy Johnson, made a case for government subsidies for guns, including free ammunition, justifying his plea by suggesting that the government subsidizes healthcare, so why not? Johnson went on to suggest that a right to an education is the same as the right to a firearm, clearly forgetting that guns are intended to hurt or kill living beings, while knowledge is generally intended to help living beings.

At the time, it was difficult to imagine a more absurd video from the group that gave us Wayne LaPierre and pearls of wisdom like “guns make people’s lives better.” But wow, the NRA just…

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What REALLY Happens Under the Big Top: Why Circuses Should Be Banned Immediately

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

From birth baby elephants are quickly separated from their mothers.  Circuses force animals to perform tricks that have nothing to do with how these magnificent creatures behave in the wild. These unnatural acts range from a tiger jumping through a flaming hoop to bears riding bicycles. Training animals to perform acts that are sometimes painful or that they do not understand requires whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods and other tools.

Elephants are trained through the use of an ankus—a wooden stick with a sharp, pointed hook at the end to discourage undesired behavior. An elephant handler will never be seen working with an elephant without an ankus in one hand or discreetly tucked under his arm. Although an elephant’s skin is thick, it is very sensitive—sensitive enough to feel a fly on her back. The ankus is embedded into elephants’ most sensitive areas, such as around the feet, behind…

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NACO Faces Another Motion To Dismiss Case to Destroy Wild Horses

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(Reno,NV) Today Wild Horse Education President Laura Leigh filed a legal brief in federal court pro se to dismiss the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) suit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to remove and destroy wild horses across the state. Leigh was granted Intervenor status after filing her initial brief in January of 2014.

The brief filed today supports motions already filed to dismiss the suit made by the BLM and other Interveners in the case. In her earlier motion Leigh states that the challenge made in the courts by NACO are not valid as Congressional mandate under Appropriations disallows the killing of healthy wild horses and the challenge itself is made in an “across the board” fashion that is not allowable. In this brief she restates those claims. In addition she adds sight specific information to show why an across the board…

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China takes shark fin soup off the menu

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August 5th, 2014. New survey shows an 82 per cent fall in sales of shark fin after a ban at government banquets and a celebrity media campaign.

Shark fin soup, one of China’s most famous dishes, has fallen dramatically out of fashion after a high-profile campaign by anti-cruelty activists.

Wealthy Chinese have supped on shark fin soup, a gelatinous broth, since the Ming dynasty; it is a staple at wedding banquets and other special events.

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Now, Drones to Monitor Wildlife at 10 Sites

Barring a lawsuit, 800 wild horses to be rounded up in Wyoming

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By Edie Adelstein as published in the Colorado Springs Independent

“the Department of the Interior sold out America’s wild horses.”

Roundup at Great Divide Basin in 2011 ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In this week’s issue, Bret Wrightspoke to Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Cloud Foundation, an advocacy group for wild horses. With Kathrens’ help, along with that of gallery owner and artistTracy Miller, an exhibit devoted to wild horses opened at Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

Kathrens, a local filmmaker whose efforts have appeared on Nature, will also screen her latest installment of a series of documentaries she’s made following wild horses in Montana, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St.).

As Kathrens told Wright, wild horses are regularly rounded up by the Bureau of…

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You’ve Been Cutting Watermelon All Wrong

August 8th World Peace Synchronized Meditation

The U.S. Bans GMOs, Bee-Killing Pesticides in All Wildlife Refuges

New marine animal species discovered in Hawaii

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A purple sea starBy Laura Hastings:

A recent survey conducted in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) Marine National Monument has uncovered a trove of new species.

Researchers working on the ‘Census of Coral Reefs‘ project set out in October 2006 to explore the waters around the French Frigate Shoals, a group of atolls in the NWHI National Monument.

New species of purple sea stars, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, reef brachiopods [see also here], coral, and sea squirts were among those documented by the team.

More marine life, in Singapore, here.

Extinct brachiopods: here.

And here.

The tiny Pacific islands nation of Kiribati declared the world’s largest marine protected area Thursday—a California-sized ocean wilderness that includes pristine reefs and eight coral atolls teeming with fish and birds. The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, or PIPA, lies about halfway between Hawaii and Fiji: here.

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Boss Who Ordered Employees to Dump Fracking Waste in River Hit With Prison Sentence

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Boss Who Ordered Employees to Dump Fracking Waste in River Hit With Prison Sentence

Contractor given 28-month prison sentence, $25,000 fine by U.S. district judge

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A fracking contractor has been given a 28-month prison sentence for ordering his employees to secretly dump fracking waste into an Ohio waterway. (Photo:  ProgressOhio)

The owner of a Youngstown, Ohio-based company was sentenced on Tuesday to over two years in prison for ordering his employees to repeatedly dump toxic fracking waste into a local waterway.

Between Nov. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013, employees of Hardrock Excavating LLC, which provided services to the oil and gas industry including storing fracking waste, made over 30 discharges of fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River. Sixty-four-year old Benedict W. Lupo, then-owner of Hardrock Excavating, directed his employees to dump…

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Speak up for California’s Tricolored Blackbirds – Audubon California

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Ask the Fish and Game Commission to protect our Tricolored Blackbirds

Responding to an alarming drop in the rare bird’s numbers, the California Fish and Game Commission this Wednesday will consider an emergency listing of the Tricolored Blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act. A statewide survey completed this summer shows a 44 percent decline in Tricolored Blackbirds since 2011. Audubon California is in favor of an emergency listing, but is also committed to continuing our partnerships with the agricultural industry.

Source: secure.audubon.org

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llegal Loggers Join Elephant Patrols to Save Indonesia Elephant from Extinction

BLM ships 1,770 wild horses out of Teterville Long Term Holding Pasture in Kansas

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by Debbie Coffey          Copyright 2014        All Rights Reserved.

12LTH1_26_of_161_ (1) Mares look at the public on a BLM tour of Long Term Holding pastures in Kansas. (photo by Carol Walker)

Over the course of several weeks, with no transparency (unless a member of the public happened to call to directly ask), the BLM recently shipped about 1,770 wild horses, who were supposedly “living out their lives” on the Teterville Long Term Holding Pasture in Kansas, to other long term holding pastures and to a TEMPORARY SHORT TERM HOLDING FACILITY, in feedlot like conditions.

Approximately 1,400 mare were shipped to the Temporary Short Term Holding Facility in Scott City, Kansas.

Approximately 100 geldings were shipped to Cassoday Long Term Holding in Kansas.

Approximately 100 geldings were sent to Hulah Long Term Holding in Oklahoma.

Approximately 35 geldings were shipped to Catoosa Long…

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Major Wisconsin Frito Lay Potato Suppliers Sentenced for Poisoning Wildlife and Right Wing Trolls Jump to Their Defense

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Yesterday two Oneida County based potato farmers, Alvin C. Sowinski, and his son Paul A. Sowinski, were sentenced in Federal Court for their role in the poisoning of dozens of wildlife on their property. The two also allowed hunters and trappers to illegally kill predators for their canned hunting operations.

A father and son who operate a large potato farm in northern Wisconsin have been sentenced in federal court in Madison with the poisoning deaths of more than 70 wild animals, including at least two bald eagles.

Alvin C. Sowinski was ordered to pay $30,000 and spend 120 days on home detention. He was also placed on probation for one year and his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges were revoked for seven years.

His son, Paul A. Sowinski, was fined $10,000 in federal court. He will also serve one year of probation. His hunting, fishing and trapping privileges were revoked for five years.

The…

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China: 1st Truck – No Money Paid To Traffickers For 400 Dogs

Wild Horse Island: A real treasure in state park system

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DAYTON – Wild Horse Island State Park on Flathead Lake is one of the real treasures of Montana’s state park system.

To make a perfect summer day, you can sail or kayak to the massive, mostly undeveloped island and swim, fish, hike or watch wildlife to your heart’s content. The island is three miles long, but is very hilly and the landscape alternates between grassland and forest.

At 2,164 acres, Wild Horse Island is the largest freshwater lake island west of Minnesota. Salish and Kootenai Indians are thought to have used the island to keep their horses from being stolen by other tribes. Today, a population of about five wild horses, a herd of mule deer and about 100 bighorn sheep inhabit the island.

Since it…

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Serbia: Latest News UPDATE 2/8/14 – Subotica Mayor Rejects Cancellation of Memorandum Regarding Animal Treatment. Petition Continues.

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Our original post on this issue can be viewed at:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/07/24/serbia-please-ensure-you-sign-the-petition-now-asking-the-mayor-of-subotica-city-to-cancel-the-memorandum-regarding-animal-treatment-petition-link-given-please-crosspost/

The latest update (un edited) from Andrea is as follows:

Mayor responded with a NO – he won’t cancel the Memorandum. Dear supporters of this petition, On July 28 we received the response from the Mayor. He wrote that he stands behind every line of Memorandum and it won’t be changed, nor cancelled.

He also wrote that it is an Act signed in order to improve relation, development and cooperation between two sides (City and NGO “Anima”) and its purpose is not aimed at regulating a particular area – in this case the activity of zoohygiene.
He then noted the Acts of City Subotica which closely regulate this specified field. As for the CNR program, he states it was listed as an option in the Memorandum in case there are no possibilities to accommodate all captured dogs in the…

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Here’s Why I Won’t Be Lining Up for the Ebola Vaccine

Barring a lawsuit, 800 wild horses to be rounded up in Wyoming

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By Edie Adelstein as published in the Colorado Springs Independent

“the Department of the Interior sold out America’s wild horses.”

Roundup at Great Divide Basin in 2011 ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In this week’s issue, Bret Wrightspoke to Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Cloud Foundation, an advocacy group for wild horses. With Kathrens’ help, along with that of gallery owner and artistTracy Miller, an exhibit devoted to wild horses opened at Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

Kathrens, a local filmmaker whose efforts have appeared on Nature, will also screen her latest installment of a series of documentaries she’s made following wild horses in Montana, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St.).

As Kathrens told Wright, wild horses are regularly rounded up by the Bureau of…

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Amendment 1 Decided by Less Than 1 Percent – Wayne Pacelle: A Humane Nation | HSUS President & CEO

Life or Lunch?

6a00e009947fe2883301a73dfc86d0970d-320wiWe and our allies nearly defeated Amendment 1 yesterday in Missouri, with the Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pork Association, and others in Big Agriculture apparently getting the barest majority on their “right to farm” measure.  There were 498,751 “yes” votes, or 50.1 percent, and there were 496,223 “no” votes, or 49.9 percent.

Republican state House and Senate lawmakers put the measure on the ballot, and they tried to doll it up to make it sound appealing to voters. Indeed, their early polling showed it had 70 percent support, largely because it had a feel-good ring to it.

Proponents also poured in more than a million dollars to push it, outspending our side by more than two to one. Politicians aligned with Big Agriculture ran around the state on their behalf, touting the merits of the measure, including Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster (who has also brought a lawsuit to try…

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Banning Animal Testing for Cosmetics in Brazil

Is This Polar Bear the World’s Saddest Animal?

URGENT CALL FOR SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION PLEASE!!!

Great Cats of the "World"

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/106/029/411/save-the-brazilian-tiger/?taf_id=12332485&cid=fb_na#

In July 30, this boy had his arm almost ripped off by a tiger in a Zoo in Brazil. The staff did see what was happening but did nothing to stop the action and the father was taking care of the other son while was encouraging the older boy to jump the safety fences and pet the animal. A lot of people was filming the scene that most of them thought was cute, but there still peaces of this boy’s arm inside Ru’s cage. This boy had his arm amputated. The father was arrested and the boy is out of danger. But now is Ru who is in danger. There’s a group of people who wants to put him down for the attack. Ru is living in a cage because of human stupidity and lack of respect for nature and wild animals, he’s not the one to…

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White Lion Protection Trust ~ World Lion Day

‘The animals’ – how a kid became a vegeterian