Here’s Why Thousands of Walruses Are Gathering on Alaska’s Shore

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Nearly 35,000 walruses were discovered this month on a northwest Alaskan shore as result of being unable to find sea ice to rest upon, a problem aggravated by climate change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

The unusually massive walrus gatherings were first spotted on Sept. 13 when NOAA conducted its annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey, a spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

The marine mammals use sea ice as diving platforms to hunt for food in shallow areas, or as resting points to avoid long, exhausting swims. While it is normal for sea ice to recede into deeper parts of the Arctic Ocean as temperatures warm in the summer, in recent years the ice has moved even further.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the accelerated loss of sea ice is associated with climate change, in which open water absorbs more heat and speeds up…

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Where We Stand

Riding for Wildlife

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well and for those that were aware, enjoyed International Rhino Day, last week! If you follow any of the conservation based NGO’s (maybe?) you would have seen a lot of cool stuff going on. Anyway, this blog is based around where we stand, in regards to both the Riding for Wildlife charity, and global wildlife conservation.

So first, the charity. Riding for Wildlife finally has its own logo and hopefully soon will have a proper website up and running! Currently were still in the process of trying to promote the ride through other organisations and social media. As strange as it sounds, this part (which was the same for the last ride) is one of the hardest and most depressing parts of the ride. For every twenty emails sent, one might be returned, normally saying that they cannot help. But regardless of this, we…

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Protect Wild Horses From Inhumane Roundups

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Commend Ban on Hunting Drones – ForceChange

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Protect National Park from Mining Road – ForceChange

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Protest Exploitative Animal Circuses and Attractions – ForceChange

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Reject Monsanto’s New Pesticide-Resistant Crops – ForceChange

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Judge Rules BLM Violated Grazing Laws in South-Central Idaho

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BLM Breaks the Law for Benefit of Bedfellow Welfare Ranchers

BLM destroying the last of Wyoming's Wild Horses for the benefit of Welfare Ranchers ~ photo taken last week by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation BLM destroying the last of Wyoming’s Wild Horses for the benefit of Welfare Ranchers ~ photo taken last week by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BOISE IDAHO – A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management once again violated federal laws when it issued grazing permits instead of analyzing how grazing could harm sage grouse in four allotments in south-central Idaho.

In a ruling released Monday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that the BLM failed to consider stopping grazing in any of the proposed management plans in the agency’s Burley Field Office.

The decision is round two of a lawsuit led by conservation group Western Watersheds Project that is challenging nearly 600 BLM grazing allotments spread across southern Idaho.

Winmill agreed that the BLM is allowed to…

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Good News!! “Federal Judge Denies Wyoming’s Request To Regain Control of Wolf Management”

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Today, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Wyoming’s desperate attempt to change her ruling, so the state could proceed with their precious wolf hunts! Too bad, hunters are going to have to get refunds on their wolf tags!

As of this moment it’s still illegal to kill a wolf in Wyoming. Thank you Judge Jackson, it feels so good to have a victory for wolves, even though I’m saddened that wolves in Montana and Idaho are being hunted and Minnesota and Wisconsin hunts are just around the corner. But today we can celebrate that Wyoming wolves will be safe from hunter’s bullets and will  no longer be treated as vermin, to be shot on sight in 80% of the state.

For all the wolves, For Wyoming wolves,

Nabeki

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Federal Judge Denies Wyoming’s Request To Regain Control of Wolf Management

Article by: BEN NEARY , Associated Press Updated: September…

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Wildlife officers could carry cameras if bill passes in the Senate

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In 2010 wildlife officer David Grove was shot and killed by a poacher in Adams County. “It was horrible. There was a huge law enforcement response out there,” said Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau.

Grove’s death is what inspired a bill that would equip officers with miniature cameras. The legislation has already passed in the house, and, if it passes in the senate, it will equip roughly 220 wildlife officers with cameras.

The cameras are similar to a GoPro and can clip directly to an officer’s shirt if he’s patrolling on foot. One of their best features is the ability for the camera to capture the 30 seconds prior to an officer pressing the button. “We have the cameras, they’re ready to go,” said Lau. The Pennsylvania Game Commission bought them back in 2012, but then the law changed, barring them from use. It could pass in the senate…

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Once-vast Aral Sea dries up to almost nothing

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The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth-largest lake. Now much of it is a vast toxic desert straddling the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, two former Soviet states in central Asia.

In recently released images, NASA’s Earth Observatory shows the extent of the lake’s recession over the past 14 years.

The damage reached its peak this year, when the eastern lobe of the South Aral Sea — which actually was the center of the original lake — dried up completely.

Until the 1960s, the Aral Sea was fed by two rivers, the Amu Darya and Syr Darya, which brought snowmelt from mountains to the southeast, and local rainfall. But in the 1960s the Soviet Union diverted water from the two rivers into canals to supply agriculture in the region.

With the loss of water, the lake began to recede and its salinity levels began to rise. Fertilizers…

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Coming soon: national war on plastic grocery bags?

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California has fired the first salvo in what could be a national war on plastic bags.

Governor Edmund Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill that bans plastic shopping bags, making California the first U.S. state to officially prohibit stores from handing them out for free.

“This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a statement. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”

The ban is a victory for environmentalists who say the 13 million plastic bags that are handed out each year in the state end up in waterways and landfills where they don’t break down for decades. Critics argue that the ban is misguided and will cost American jobs.

The new law goes into effect for large grocery chains and…

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Justice for the defenceless animals of The Manchester Dogs Home

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Nepal: Religion ? – ‘Gadhimai’ Festival This November. 250,000 Animals Could Be Mass Slaughtered In the Name of Religion. Take Action Now.

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‘Gadhimai’ Festival

Tens of thousands of buffalo were corralled into a gigantic pen.

Then, 200 slaughtermen wielding swords were let loose into the enclosure. The buffalo were beheaded, one by one. It’s no easy task to behead a buffalo – and for many it took more than one attempt.

These are the reports that came out of the ‘Gadhimai’ Festival in Nepal in 2009, where an estimated quarter of a million farm animals were inhumanely slaughtered as part of the sacrifice festival.

‘Gadhimai’, as the festival is known, is set to take place again this Nov.

‘Gadhimai’ takes place every 5 years in the Bara District of Nepal, south of Kathmandu. For 250 years the festival has continued relatively unchallenged, but as news of the inhumane slaughter has spread internationally, animal welfare advocates have spoken out against it.

The Nepalese Government provides significant funding, which makes this festival possible on…

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Killer of boar piglets, saved from drowning, no longer a gamekeeper

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This is a video from Limburg province in the Netherlands, about wild boar piglets which had landed in a canal.

Firefighters then saved them from drowning.

However, as soon as the animals were back on dry land, a gamekeeper killed them.

Limburg province authorities admit the gamekeeper acted illegally.

Translated from a Dutch police press release:

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Weert – Eight wild boars were taken by the fire brigade on Sunday, September 14th out of the South Willemsvaart canal. Five of them were found to be already dead. The three surviving animals were shot on the spot by a gamekeeper. This led to great public commotion.

Police have investigated this affair. This showed that the gamekeeper had not acted in full compliance with rules. He should have gone to the police first, according to the applicable rules.

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Under these rules, animals may be killed if…

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Tell EPA to Fix Its Clean Power Plan

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Praise Recognition of Animal Cruelty as a Crime Against Society

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Stop Horrific Cruelty on Dairy Farm

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I am in London!

Although a popular tourist attraction, I definitely will not be admiring the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.

Why not?

Because in the name of pomp and ceremony these guards each wear a Canadian Black Bear on their heads.

A petition against this can be found @ http://forcechange.com/29114/stop-killing-black-bears-for-royal-guards-fur-caps/#gf_15

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The standard bearskin headgear of the British Foot Guards is “18 inches tall, weighs 1.5 pounds”. The entire skin of a Canadian Black Bear is used for each hat.

The British Army purchase the hats, from a British hatmaker who sources the skins from an international auction. The hatmakers purchase between 50 and 100 black bear skins each year at a cost of about £650 each.

Bears are not farmed but are baited and killed by Canadian hunters, who then supply the auction houses with bear pelts.

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Needless to say, I would rather these guards went bare-headed…

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10 Ways to Cook With Pumpkin Flesh and Seeds | One Green Planet

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Chocolate_Pumpkin_Bars_1-1198x800It seems as soon as the weather turns cooler, the pumpkins come out. Once you see the orange pumpkins, large and small, in the grocery store and farmers’ markets, we know autumn has truly arrived. Pumpkins may make us think of Halloween and Jack o’ lanterns, but they aren’t just for decorating. In fact, carving pumpkins are different from cooking pumpkins.

Smaller pumpkins are better for cooking because they have a smooth texture, dense flesh and are sweet. They usually weigh between 4 and 8 pounds. When choosing a pumpkin, make sure there aren’t any bruises or soft spots since that might mean the pumpkin has begun to rot. Choose a pumpkin that has no cuts in the shell and be sure to check the bottom since it has probably been sitting on the damp ground. One last thing: the stem is not a handle. Lift a pumpkin from the…

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Dozens of dead sharks found washed ashore off NC coast

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OAK ISLAND, N.C. — Dozens of dead sharks have been found washed ashore off the coast of North Carolina.

WECT-TV reported that the dead sharks were found washed ashore on a popular beach strand in Oak Island on Sunday morning.

The unidentified sharks ranged in size from about one to five feet, according to WECT-TV. A witness said he saw about 50 of them.

The sharks have since been picked up and removed from the beach strand, according to authorities.

The cause of the sharks’ death remains uncertain. The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is investigating.

It is illegal to dump any species of dead fish on the public beach strand, according to Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace.

Read full story: WECT-TV

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Illegal traders of dugong, turtle meat targeted with $5m poaching crackdown (Australia)

The ocean update

A baby dugong floats on its side. A 2003 survey into dugong populations in the NT estimated the coastline from Daly River to Milingimbi at supporting over 13,000 animals. AAP : Dave Hunt, file photo A baby dugong floats on its side. A 2003 survey into dugong populations in the NT estimated the coastline from Daly River to Milingimbi at supporting over 13,000 animals. AAP : Dave Hunt, file photo

September 27th, 2014. The Federal Government is warning anyone involved in the illegal trade of dugong and turtle meat that they will be caught.

The Government has allocated $5 million to a dugong and turtle protection plan that involves the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Customs and Border Protection, and the Australian Crime Commission.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the Crime Commission has been given $2 million to investigate the illegal trade.

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Rare White Orca Sighted Off Russian Coast

The ocean update

orca-white-RussiaSeptember 26th, 2014. Researchers tracking whales off the coast of Russia sighted, and were able to film, one of the rarest of all cetaceans : a juvenile white orca, an animal that has only been observed a handful of times in the wild.

The scientists were engaged in research for the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) when they spotted the whale, according to the Daily Mail. The team was operating off the southeastern coast of Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula and the Northern Kuril Islands, surveying the area as part of a project focused on humpback whales, when the sighting occurred. Orcas have previously been sighted in the region, yet few have been so rare.

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Atlantic Beach passes ordinance opposing use of seismic airguns for oil exploration (Florida, USA)

The ocean update

These North Atlantic right whales were photographed in 2009 traveling off the coast of St. Augustine. Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission These North Atlantic right whales were photographed in 2009 traveling off the coast of St. Augustine. Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

September 26th, 2014 (Amanda Durish Cook). On Sept. 8, the City of Atlantic Beach became the fifth town in Florida to formally oppose seismic airgun testing when the city commission passed a unanimous resolution. The city joins the ranks of Cocoa Beach, St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral and St. Petersburg, which all passed similar resolutions earlier this year.

With the force of an explosive charge that’s 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine, seismic airgun surveys shoot compressed air along the ocean floor every one to 12 seconds, 24 hours a day for up to weeks on end. The guns are used for geologic exploration, to find pockets of oil and natural gas that can later be captured.

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Green Alien-Like Algae Eggs Wash Up on Sydney’s Beaches (Australia)

The ocean update

boule-verte-AustralieSeptember 24th, 2014 (Kristin Lofgren). The aliens have landed! If you were hanging out on Sydney’s Dee Why beach last weekend, you would have been a witness to the flood of rare, bizarre green balls that washed up on shore. Locals woke up to find hundreds of spongy alien-like egg-shaped spheres all along the beach, like something out of a crazy sci-fi movie.

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