In Time for World Wildlife Day: Good News from the E.U.

Emilio Cogliani

Wildlife got another vital defender – the European Union.

The European Commission adopted last week the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, a comprehensive strategy that addresses wildlife trafficking within Europe and bolsters the role European nations are taking to squash this crime across the globe.

The very survival of elephants, rhinos, tigers and so many other species is threatened by wildlife trafficking. Poaching and trafficking operations are growing in scale and sophistication, with much of the billions of euros generated financing transnational organized criminal syndicates. The EU is keeping this momentum going and took an important step last week toward eliminating wildlife trafficking that is threatening species worldwide.

Action at a global level is urgently needed to halt the devastating declines in African elephant populations that we’ve seen in recent years. Photo ©John Delaney.

The world has taken notice of this problem, from US President Barack Obama’s National…

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“The Cecil Effect”

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Petition – To suspend the threatened Bubye Valley Conservancy (B.V.C) culling of a reported 200 ‘surplus’ lions from its purpose bred stock

Petition – Stop the Cull of 200 Lions in Cecil’s Home Country

It is being reported (‘Cecil Effect’ Leaves Park’s Lions at Risk of Cull,” Daily Telepgraph, 20 February 2016), that the Bubye Valley Conservancy (B.V.C) in Zimbabwe is planning to ‘sell-off’ (or a threatened cull to gain publicity?) of 200 of its claimed 500 lions held within its 2.1 meter high fenced borders (but granted, it is a big reserve). The B.V.C lions are free to roam within the Bubye reserve.

Blondie Leathem, general manager of Bubye Valley Conservancy, said: “I wish we could give about 200 of our lions away to ease the overpopulation. If anyone knows of a suitable habitat for them where they will not land up in human…

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ACT TODAY: Chained Dogs in Pennsylvania Need Your Voice!



Please send an e-mail urging legislators to discuss S.B. 373 now.

Source: ACT TODAY: Chained Dogs in Pennsylvania Need Your Voice!

Punish Man Who Allegedly Tried Killing Dog With Hammer

A dog owner allegedly tried to murder his dog with a hammer after she gave birth to stillborn puppies. Urge the district attorney to seek the maximum penalty in this case if this man is found guilty for this brutal crime.

Source: Punish Man Who Allegedly Tried Killing Dog With Hammer

The Price of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power: The Case of Paducah, Kentucky

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The Price of Nuclear Weapons: The Case of Paducah, Kentucky
SEPTEMBER 01, 1999

As the US Congress prepares for a battle over nuclear testing, in Paducah, Kentucky, workers at a uranium plant are battling its former operators after they recently discovered radioactive black ooze seeping from the ground close to the plant.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, operated for years by the nuclear weapons manufacturing companies Martin-Marietta and Lockheed Martin, produced enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, Navy submarines and commercial power plants for 47 years. The plant is owned by the Department of Energy, which subcontracted it to Martin Marietta in 1984, and then to Lockheed-Martin in 1995 when Martin-Marietta and Lockheed merged.

The chance discovery of the ooze by plant workers in July led to the uncovering of a burial ground for radioactive debris just north of the plant. The waste was barely hidden…

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Central US: Arkansas Nuclear One Receiving Highest Level of NRC Scrutiny for Operating Reactors-Depth and Breadth of Problems to be Assessed; Report in Spring 2016

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Centralized location makes these old nuclear reactors, from the 1970s, a major hazard for much of North America, as is known from Chernobyl. The official outer – food growing exclusion – zone of 50 miles reaches to the edge of the wealthy Little Rock suburb of Maumelle – per capita and per household one of the wealthiest in America, and includes the suburb of Conway, as well as WinRock farms, and Hot Springs Village. See:

If Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One is under high level scrutiny by the nuclear lackey US NRC, vassal to the nuclear industry, then it must be in terrible shape indeed! It is very old. Unfortunately, Arkansas Nuclear One has two nuclear reactors.
Arkansas Nuclear One location Little Rock USAArkansas inner exclusion zoneArkansas Nuke Exclusion Zone zoom Google street viewNRC Scrutiny Arkansas One Jan 2016 A MAN WAS KILLED DURING THE “HEAVY EQUIPMENT HANDLING INCIDENT”.
This nuclear reactor is probably what killed Win Rockefeller, though it cannot be “proved”. He died of Myeloproliferative neoplasm. Unlike…

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Stop the Idaho wolf slaughter – Defenders of Wildlife



The Wolves Lost in the Lolo – Defenders of Wildlife Blog


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Gray wolf, © Tracy Brooks/USFWS
29 February 2016
The Wolves Lost in the Lolo

Idaho officials gun down 20 wolves in Lolo Creek

It’s February, and the woods are quiet except the occasional rustle of snow drifting down from the tall pines and the gurgle of the creek below. The air is clear and bright. The sky is cloudless and the bright sun reflects off the snow. Any humans would be cold in this weather, but wolves aren’t: they were made for winter. Wolves’ paws have thick pads on them, and they have two layers of dense fur for warmth.
© Suzanne Asha Stone/Defenders

February also marks the height of wolves’ breeding season, and alpha wolves (the parents in any wolf pack) celebrate with increased howling and play. Pups born last spring are around 10 months old now, and food is usually plentiful. Many elk and deer perish naturally in the winter when grass is harder to find, and their own breeding season leaves even the strongest males weakened and more vulnerable to predators. This is how nature designed our forests. A balance of predator and prey that would endlessly cycle and nurture the ecosystem by keeping elk and deer from overpopulating and damaging the forage that supports all life here. If prey numbers decline, then predator numbers decline as well. If prey populations increase, so do predators.

Humans don’t frequent the woods much at this time of year, so the pack is less on guard than during other seasons. Imagine hearing these wolves howl together –a hauntingly beautiful song that fills the woods and echoes back. We don’t know exactly what happens next but, sadly, we can imagine.

A wolf’s hearing is exceptional. They can hear sounds from miles away. Suddenly, the winter peace is broken. The wolves hear an unfamiliar buzzing to the west. It vibrates slightly through the trees. All the wolves stand at alert. Perhaps the breeding female whines and looks around for her youngest pups. She barks twice, a warning to her pack to be on guard. Her pups likely hurry to her side and look toward the unfamiliar noise.

The noise grows louder. The mother barks again. The older wolves sense the sound is heading in their direction and begin to run. The pups run behind them and trust the adults to lead them to safety from the unknown danger. The buzzing quickly grows louder, the noise vibrating the trees and pushing clouds of snow in front of it. The wolves run faster and the loud cloud of snow circles around them, cutting off their escape into the deeper woods. The mother wolf tries to hide beneath the bushes but the pups are in the open. She runs to one just as the first shot rings out. His body drops. Another shot, then another. There is no escape. At least one of the adult wolves is wearing a radio collar that gives away the pack’s exact location. Every wolf seen is killed except one that is left to rebuild a new pack and unwittingly lead the gunners to it again next winter. Only she remains alive when the helicopter moves on to hunt for the next pack. Within a few days, the mission is complete.

Earlier this month, at the request of Idaho Game and Fish Department, the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services’ agents aerial gunned down 20 wolves in the remote Lolo Creek area of the Clearwater National Forest — public lands that belong to the American people. State officials blamed these wolves for killing too many elk, which are their natural prey. Before the wolves returned to this area in the 1990s, elk here were already in steep decline. At that time, the state blamed it on bears and cougars, encouraging hunters to target them. But that did not bring back the elk for hunters.

Wolf rally on steps of Idaho statehouse, © Defenders of Wildlife
Now the blame has turned to wolves. Why? Because state officials are unwilling to admit that this forest habitat can no longer support these huge elk herds and it’s not because of wolves or cougars or bears. It’s because this habitat has changed dramatically. Fire suppression, invasion of nonnative weeds, and pressure from climate change and hunters on ATVs have changed the habitat conditions. The huge open meadows cleared by fire have converted to brushy thickets, denser trees and less grass. It can no longer support the huge elk herds that once grazed here. Even if the state killed every wolf, it would not bring back the elk herds to their historically high levels. But that is not stopping Idaho’s anti-wolf politicians from using wolves as the scapegoat for elk’s continued decline. These aerial gunners killed 80 to 90 percent of the wolves in the area.

There were fewer than 1,000 wolves estimated left in the entire state in 2014. There are also 3,000 mountain lions, 20,000 black bears, 50,000 coyotes, 100,000 elk and nearly a quarter million deer statewide. Yet the state of Idaho plans to spend millions of tax dollars to kill wolves. State political leaders value the elk and deer populations. Many politicians even say they wish they could kill all the wolves in Idaho. Many wish wolves had never returned.

On February 15, 2016, nearly 70 men, women and children gathered on the steps of the state capitol in Boise to speak for the wolves. We protested the killings, and we demanded the Governor and state legislature stop the unrestrained killing of this important but undervalued species.
Stop the Idaho Wolf Slaughter

The state government with the highest body count of wolves in the West has unleashed a new round of aerial killing. Demand a stop to this wolf vendetta!
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Wolves were nearly eradicated by man’s ignorance and fear and they are threatened once again by these same perceptions. It’s time to stop this madness. Will you join with us? The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is holding a public hearing on March 9 in Boise, Idaho at 7 pm. Even if you just bring a sign expressing your support for wolves, it is important that you attend. If you can speak on behalf of wolves, we can help you prepare a 3 minute testimony. The wolves cannot speak for themselves. They need all of us to fill every seat with people who care. And if you don’t live in Idaho, you can still speak out against the actions the state took in the Lolo.

Will you come and speak for the wolf?
Suzanne Asha Stone, Senior Northwest Representative
Suzanne has worked in wolf restoration in the northern Rockies since 1988, including serving as a member of the 1995/1996 USA/Canadian wolf reintroduction team. She currently oversees Defender’s programs for wolf conservation and restoration in the Northwest USA and she works directly with ranchers and farmers across the West to help livestock owners and wildlife managers devise and implement strategies to reduce wolf and livestock conflicts.
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Lions Poisoned in Kruger National Park

Two lions and over 100 vultures in the Kruger National Park died after eating the poisoned carcass of an elephant, officials said Wednesday, suggesting a new poaching trend in the heavily-guarded reserve.

“It seems poachers have resorted to wildlife poisoning in the national parks and other protected areas in Southern Africa,” Glenn Phillips, the park’s managing executive, said in a statement.

It was unclear when the poisoning occurred, but the animals’ carcasses were discovered by rangers at the weekend.

Initial investigations showed the elephant was shot in the head, its tusks removed and its carcass laced with poison. Two lions, 110 white-back vultures and two jackals then died after feeding on the poisoned carcass.

In Zimbabwe, more than 370 elephants have died after being poisoned over the past two years, with the deaths blamed on poachers.

Last year, an elephant, four African lions and…

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Radio Host Puts Arm In Bear Trap To Prove How Inhumane Trapping is

I would love to see trappers have a guts to do this….