Shark dragged from the ocean for a photo by man in Florida (USA)

The ocean update

February 22nd, 2016. A man has been filmed taking photos with a shark after dragging it out of the ocean in Florida, where it washed ashore, a local journalist reported.

The brutal incident was filmed by television news anchor and reporter Ashleigh Walters on Palm Beach.

It comes days after a Franciscana dolphin was picked out of the ocean and paraded around by a man, so camera-wielding tourists could take a closer look at the helpless animal.

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Sharks are being found with massive cancerous tumors on their bodies. Salmon caught off the coast of Alaska are riddled with cancer. Fish in the Great Barrier R…eef are radioactive and full of external and internal tumors. Polar bears in Canada are losing patches of fur.


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For Rare-Species Poachers, Scientific Journals Are Treasure Maps

Recently, commercial collectors have been using reports of such new species in scientific journals as tools to track down the newbies so they can sell them for a profit on the exotic pet trade market.

Since being scientifically described in the 1990s, the Indonesian turtle Chelodina mccordi and another cave gecko (Goniurosaurus luii) fetch pet trade prices ranging from $1,500 to $2,000 apiece, the researchers said. The demand is so high that C. mccordi is almost extinct in the wild, and G. luii has gone locally extinct.

Likewise, the salamander Paramesotriton laoensis in northern Laos costs between $170 and $250 each on the black market, the researchers said. Smugglers often offer villagers less than $1 to collect the black-and-yellow Laotian newt (Laotriton laoensis), and then turn around and sell each one for as much as $200.

Despite the risks of revealing a…

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What!? Thousands of Animals Mysteriously Go Missing From Lab During Government Investigation | One Green Planet

Life or Lunch?

Santa Cruz Biotechnology, the second largest supplier of antibodies on a global scale, has a rich history of atrocious animal welfare standards at its central California ranch. The firm houses thousands of goats and rabbits, from which it harvests antibodies for use in testing laboratories. However, during the facility’s latest federal inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), officials found no animal-welfare violations … it also found no animals!

According to reports, all 2,471 rabbits and 3,202 goats mysteriously vanished from the facility, just in time for its latest inspection. This is all while the biotech company prepares to testify in USDA hearings on multiple animal-welfare violations, which include abysmal lack of veterinary care of the facility’s goats.

A History of Animal Neglect

Santa Cruz Biotechnology is currently the subject of three USDA complaints, mainly stemming from evidence that the company severely mistreated its animals. According to The…

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Probation, alcohol treatment ordered for Ramsey County deputy who abused his K-9 –



Probation, alcohol treatment ordered for Ramsey County deputy who abused his K-9

The deputy admitted to authorities that he was “blackout drunk” when he struck his four-legged partner.
By Paul Walsh Star Tribune
February 18, 2016 — 9:40pm
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
Brett Arthur Berry

A Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy who was charged with abusing his K-9 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty was given a stayed jail term and ordered to pay fines, fees and restitution topping $1,300. A second misdemeanor count of assaulting a public safety dog was dismissed.

Brett A. Berry, 48, received his punishment Wednesday in Carlton County District Court from Judge Leslie Beiers.

Along with the stayed 90-day jail term and his financial obligation, Berry was ordered to abide by numerous conditions while on probation for the next year. They include: no pet ownership, no alcohol or illicit drug use and attendance of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

During his guilty plea on Jan. 12, Berry admitted that he was “blackout drunk” when he hit his four-legged partner, Boone, while at a training event at Black Bear Casino Resort south of Duluth on June 15 after the two participated in certification trials. Hundreds of e-mails and phone calls poured into the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office from people asking whether the dog was OK and curious about how the deputy would be disciplined.

Many wanted assurances that the abuse, captured by hotel security video and released publicly, would never happen again. The video shows Berry hitting the dog, dragging him by the collar and slamming him to the ground.

“It was a fair sentence for a first-time offense, and it was particularly wise of the judge to impose,” said defense attorney Kevin Short, “notwithstanding the hue and cry from people who don’t understand the criminal justice system. He’s happy to put it behind him.”
Boone has been placed with a new handler and is actively on patrol.
Boone has been placed with a new handler and is actively on patrol.

Animal welfare activists were disappointed that Berry would not serve jail time and took to the “Justice 4 K-9 Boone” Facebook page to express themselves. “Where is officer Boone’s justice? I don’t get the law,” wrote one person. “Shame on the judicial system,” read another post.

County Attorney Thomas Pertler said that Berry’s sentence on a misdemeanor conviction “is typical of what we see … for a first-time [offender] who’s never been in trouble in their life.”

Berry “wasn’t getting any preferential treatment” because of his being in law enforcement, Pertler added. “Nobody cut him a break.”

While awaiting possible department discipline, Berry is assigned to the detention services as the Sheriff’s Office internal investigation continues, said Sgt. John Eastham, the office’s spokesman.

Boone has a new handler and is actively on patrol, Eastham added. 612-673-4482

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3 dead wolves found dumped in northern Minnesota ditch; poaching suspected –


3 dead wolves found dumped in northern Minnesota ditch; poaching suspected
The hunting of wolves is illegal in Minnesota; federal authorities are offering a reward for information.
By Paul Walsh Star Tribune
February 18, 2016 — 5:56pm
Gary Kramer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The gray wolf is currently listed by the federal government as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

The carcasses of three wolves “frozen solid” were found dumped in a ditch along a northern Minnesota highway in what conservation officials are confident is a case of poaching, federal authorities said Thursday.

The discovery on Hwy. 8 near Floodwood, about 35 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, was reported on Jan. 22 to a state Department of Natural Resources poachers tip line, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

“The wolf carcasses were discovered in a pile in the ditch just off the shoulder of the road, as though someone had driven up and dumped them off the edge of the shoulder,” agency spokeswoman . Tina Shaw said

The gray wolf is currently listed by the federal government as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, meaning they cannot be hunted except in defense of human life. A conviction for each violation could result in up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The federal agency announced a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The carcasses were sent to the USFWS’s national forensics lab in Ashland, Ore., the county’s lone crime lab for animals, Shaw said.

“There appear to be marks from a snare on the necks of the wolves, but our forensics scientists are currently making [a] determination” into how the animals were killed, Shaw said.

Shaw added that “evidence supports that the wolves were killed elsewhere and purposely moved to this location … right on the road.”

The federal agent investigating the killings said the animals “were frozen solid and in perfect condition,” Shaw said. “There’s a good chance that they were dumped there the night before they were called in.”

The USFWS is working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the case, Shaw said. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the DNR’s Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-652-9093.

“We really do depend on the DNR tip line,” Shaw said.

Six decades ago, Minnesota’s wolf population fell to a record low of 750. However, the most recent count by the DNR put the number at upward of 2,400.

A judge’s ruling in late 2014 reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and placed the animals under protection of the USFWS. They had been removed in January 2012 from the endangered species list, which briefly allowed for hunting seasons.

Dave Mech, a senior research scientist in Minnesota with the federal Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, points to the stable wolf population in the state as evidence that the animal no longer needs to be listed as threatened.

“Their population is secure, and it’s recovered,” Mech said. “I don’t have any reason to believe that it’s threatened or endangered in Minnesota.”

Because wolves have been removed and then put back on the endangered species list, landowners “who live with wolves have become more frustrated,” Mech said. “There’s probably people who take it out on the wolves.”

Also, hunters have complained about wolves contributing to declining deer and moose populations, he added.

While some landowners and hunters want wolves off the endangered species list, a DNR poll in 2012 found that nearly 80 percent opposed the hunting of wolves.

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Jogger Sees Someone Wearing Dog Fur Walking A Dog