Hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation. Our guest is MARJORIE FARABEE, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, the Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (home of TMR Rescue) and founder of Wild Burro Protection League. For over a year, Marjorie has been investigating the situation at the Black Mountain HMA in Arizona, and alerted the public that the BLM, catering to developers of wind, gas, and agriculture, threatened to roundup many of the few remaining wild burros. Recently, there has been an even bigger threat: the Mojave County Supervisors recklessly suggested selling hunting permits to shoot the wild burros. Find out the latest details in this update.
Hundreds of thousands of squirrels will be senselessly bludgeoned, poisoned, and shot in the European Union starting in 2016. Urge EU officials to cancel this cruel and unnecessary program.
A mining company is planning to begin a massive excavation of Native American burial sites in order to exploit the limestone quarries underneath. Call for Wisconsin’s governor to protect the rights of their Indigenous peoples and stop the mining company from desecrating these sacred grave sites.
A couple apparently hatched and executed a plan to murder two Chihuahuas belonging to the girlfriend’s father. They reportedly shot the dogs, beat the only survivor to death, and then buried them in the father’s backyard. Sign this petition to ensure this couple is punished.
Yellowstone bison are being slaughtered to maintain a ridiculous population control law despite the fact that Native American tribes have plenty of room for the excess animals. Tell Yellowstone there’s a better alternative to killing bison.
A dangerous neurotoxic insecticide could soon be sprayed in and estuary where oysters are harvested. This misguided plan risks doing serious harm to aquatic life. Stop the spraying of this chemical along our shores.
Two dogs have been left without adequate care or protection from harsh weather conditions. Despite this, the ASPCA claims they cannot remove the animals. Urge the ASPCA to re-examine local animal cruelty laws and seize the dogs.
A dog was found with signs of neglect and a choke collar that had been so severely embedded into its neck that it had to be surgically removed. Demand that the dog’s owners be held responsible and prosecuted if found guilty for the horrible suffering their dog endured.
Delicate coral reefs are being destroyed, aquatic wildlife species are endangered, and now a diver has died all due to the deadly practice of using dynamite to kill massive numbers of fish. Ban the sale of fish caught with dynamite now.
Source: Stop Dynamiting Coral Reefs
GUESS refuses to hear their screams, but it may listen to you …
A radical new approach to generating human organs is to grow them inside pigs or sheep.
Source: Seattle PI
With the East Coast buried in snow from a megastorm sparking our natural-disaster competitiveness, we on the Pacific Rim can counter with an ocean-crossing tsunami generated by a historic megathrust earthquake.
The last one that erupted along the 600-mile-long fault of the Cascadia Subduction Zone in the Northwest was at 9 p.m. on Jan. 26 in the year 1700. Hopefully the next one won’t hit any time soon, but another is due every 300-500 years. So, we can thrill in the thought of that magnificent danger!
In fact, on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center published a re-enactment of the massive waves in a model animation. Here’s the explanation from the Center’s YouTube page:
By comparing the tree rings of dead trees with those still living they could tell when the last of these great earthquakes struck the region. The trees all died in the winter…
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The New Year starts with more positive news. Aldi Süd, a German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam, from all produce sold in their stores. 
The announcement was made January 1st, with the retailer expecting fruit and vegetable suppliers for their stores to comply with their new policy ASAP. The following pesticides will no longer be tolerated:
The decision to ban bee-toxic pesticides comes following public pressure, and follows another German retailer’s decision to ban the herbicide chemical glyphosate – another toxic compound that is fueling numerous problems.
According to a press release from Greenpeace, the chemicals are used on various commodities in Europe:
- Thiamethoxam – applied to lettuce and endive
- Chlorpyrifos, clothianidin – applied to kohlrabi, herbs, Brussels sprouts, head cabbage…
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Dover, DE (USA)
This guy just got out of jail after being committed for torturing/killing 19 cats in NJ. He is now in Delaware and several people on Facebook have said that they have already re-homed kittens with him. Please contact the Office of Animal Welfare (or call the cops – it is against the terms of his release!!) if he contacts or has contacted you about a cat or kitten.
Anthony Appolonia! He also goes by the names A. Smith and Michael Racanelli and lives in Dover near the Air Force Base.
His main means of transportation is DART and he will have you meet him somewhere along their route. He tells people that he has anxiety among other issues and says that his doctor suggested having a cat would be good therapy for him. He will even offer to pay a small re-homing fee.
He was convicted in…
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A group of dogs lived in a landfill site in Cazin in north west Bosnia Herzegovina, about 300 km from Sarajevo. Local hunters entered the area yesterday and slaughtered most of the dogs: pregnant dogs, mothers, puppies, all shot and left in piles of trash. The few survivors who are mainly puppies are now sleeping next to their dead mothers and siblings.
This is not the first time this has happened in this particular landfill site – we made a post about a similar slaughter one year ago, almost to the date. As noted there: “In Bosnia and Herzegovina torture and killing animals is a common occurrence. In adults the offence is punishable by fine or imprisonment, however the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of such crimes very rarely occur, but the activists will not cease from attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
There are approximately 10 puppies and one or two adults still in the…
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Houston, TX – City Councilman, Dwight Boykins recently announced to the media his plans to spend $50,000 for BARC employees to work overtime doing more “sweeps” in neighborhoods with stray dog problems. Click here or here for the news stories.
The city has done “sweeps” like this before. This was Annise Parker’s “solution” for strays as well. Click here (BARC’s 2010 intention to do more “sweeps” as a solution for bite cases) and here (Parker’s 2008 Policy Brief on BARC) for examples. Clearly, simply picking up strays or abandoned pets have done nothing to address the issue. So, why continue to repeat the same failed “solutions”?
More sweeps are a temporary patch that does not solve the stray problem, but will cause BARC’s kill rate to skyrocket because most of the dogs picked up in these sweeps, will end up dead — killed by BARC along…
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Every January, many of us pick resolutions that help better ourselves and our lives. Whether we want to get in shape, surf 100 days this year, reconnect with friends and family, or just be a better person, each new year gives us the chance to identify the areas we want to work on and start with a clean slate. And while it’s important to self-reflect, resolutions don’t have to start and end with ourselves – our ocean could use some attention too.
Here at Surfrider we have compiled a list of resolutions to protect the ocean and coasts we love so much. Added together, these simple, everyday actions have a great impact on protecting our beaches for all of us to enjoy.
Resolution #1: Say NO to plastic by avoiding single-use plastics. Up to 80% of debris in our ocean is made of plastic. Carry your own refillable water bottle…
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Lake Poopo in Bolivia has dried up. And Climate Change has been named as the top cause of the disaster.
After decades of drought and depressed rainfall related to a human-forced warming of the globe, the once-massive lake is now gone. Once measuring 90 by 32 kilometers and covering an area of over 1,000 square kilometers this second largest lake in all of Bolivia has turned into a dried out disaster zone. Cracked, baked earth, overturned and abandoned boats, and the desiccated remains of lake life are all that are left as sign to the fact that a giant lake once existed. The flamingos, fish and other wildlife that relied on the lake are now dead or long gone. Yet more lonely casualties of a climate changed radically by an incessant burning of fossil fuels.
(Human-forced climate change is implicated in Bolivia’s loss of Lake Poopo. Video source:
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Following her unforgettable endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, former Governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin sat down on an Alaskan bear she killed to discuss her controversial positions on animal rights.
Andrew Kirschner (AK): What do you think of the word “vegan”?
Sarah Palin (SP): Refudiate, misunderestimate, wee-wee’d up. English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!
AK: It’s actually not a new word. It has been around for decades. Polls show an increasing number of people are turning to plant-based food for ethical, environmental, and health reasons.
SP: Polls? Nah…they’re for strippers and cross-country skiers.
AK: The courts have rejected and overturned recent so-called Ag Gag laws aimed at preventing Americans from seeing what happens to farm animals before they’re slaughtered for food. Do you support the courts’ decisions?
SP: Well, let’s see. There’s ― of course in…
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Photo by Meredith Lee/HSUS
The announcement that PETA UK has accused nine leading cosmetics brands of breaking European law by selling products tested on animals for the Chinese market is very disturbing, if not surprising.
European Union law bans the sale of any cosmetic product that has been tested on animals in finished form after 2004, as well as cosmetics containing ingredients subject to new animal testing after 2013.
According to PETA, cosmetics brands Benefit, Bliss, Caudalie, Clarins, Clinique, Dior, Estée Lauder and Gucci all sell their products in China, where the law requires pre-market animal testing for all imported cosmetics. There are also reports of Chinese authorities carrying out post-market animal testing on cosmetics already approved for sale, and also requiring companies to carry out additional animal testing for cosmetic ingredients that have not previously been approved for use in China.
There are many beauty companies, including my own
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