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The International Rhino Foundation Blog

Deep in the jungle of Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia, a team of park rangers and IRF-funded Rhino Protection Units searched the forest and apprehended nine illegal loggers operating in the park, destroying precious habitat for rhinos, tigers, elephants, and tapirs.

Meanwhile, half a world away, in Zimbabwe’s Lowveld region, another IRF-funded team of rhino monitors, airplane and helicopter pilots, and wildlife veterinarians began an operation to implant radio tracking devices in black rhinos’ horns, to more effectively monitor the rhinos and protect them from organized, heavily-armed gangs of poachers killing rhinos throughout southern Africa.These two very different rhino operations took place thousands of miles apart, in completely different environments, but they had one very important thing in common – each required a dedicated team of people working in partnership to protect rhinos and their habitats.

Each RPU spends a minimum of 15 days per month in…

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Norway court grants reprieve to seven wolves

Exposing the Big Game

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-norway-court-grants-reprieve-wolves.html

November 21, 2017
There are between 105 and 112 wolves in Norway
There are between 105 and 112 wolves in Norway

A Norwegian court on Tuesday granted a reprieve to seven wolves near Oslo caught in the middle of a battle between environmental activists and sheep farmers.

The Oslo district court granted a request from the Norwegian branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and issued an injunction temporarily stopping the hunt of 12 wolves in the Oslo region—five of which have already been killed—pending a final decision on the matter.

The number of wolves in the Scandinavian country is modest—between 105 and 112 individuals, according to the latest count—and the species is listed as being at risk of extinction. But its current population is above the target set by Norway’s parliament.

This winter, regional wildlife management authorities gave the go ahead to the culling of 50 wolves. While the final number still depends on a government decision…

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Bricey’s Blog – Discover Dogs at the ExCel Centre

22814452_1118408371627772_879467841401533689_nSaturday 21st October 2017 was a significant day for me. A day I realised some people love animals – and want to save them – as much as me. There is always a niggling feeling in my tummy, and I am not fully focused even on the best days, as I am always thinking somewhere right now an animal is in need and I can’t save them. Especially with the Dog meat trade which is the worst hell imaginable…BUT Saturday 21st there was hope.

‘Discover Dogs’ at ExCeL in London was a huge event for all things doggy! I entered the venue (after Notodogmeat founder Julia handed me my pass) and straight away I wished I had a spare £500, as there were ‘dog’ purses, birthday cards, books, framed pictures, charity stalls, and that was just for the dog loving humans. For our canine friends there were dozens of collars…

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Petition: One Dog Apparently Starved to the Point of Eating His Tail Deserves Justice | Animal Petitions

All 3 dogs were emaciated ND thier ribs show through their skin. Tank,the oldest dog was reportedly so malnourished that his organs have begun to shut down and he couldn‘t even stand on his own.

https://animalpetitions.org/496992/dog-allegedly-starved-to-the-point-of-eating-his-tail-deserves-justice/

Petition: End Violent Bullfights Now | Animal Petitions

Both harm to the bullfighter and the death of of this innocent animal, has highlighted bullfighting is a barbaric Bloodsport that must be brought to an end.

https://animalpetitions.org/494658/end-violent-bullfights-now/

Justice for Mother Wolf Murdered by Poachers | Animal Petitions

A four and a half year old female wolf and mother are several pups was discovered  slaughtered in Northeastern Oregon. she is the latest victim of illegal wolf poaching in the state.

https://animalpetitions.org/499956/justice-for-mother-wolf-murdered-by-poachers/

Puppy Reportedly Dragged Behind Car and Then Decapitated Deserves Justice | Animal Petitions

A woman claims her boyfriend choked her then turned his anger on her puppy dragging the puppy behind a car  then decapitated with a hatchet.

https://animalpetitions.org/498006/severely-punish-man-who-allegedly-decapitated-his-girlfriends-puppy/

Flashback Friday, #BlackFriday

Wild Horse Education

One year ago we sat at the Owyhee roundup. It wasn’t the first roundup of wild horses in the complex and it wont be the last. For weeks we reported from the roundup, alone. Things had changed, winds had shifted and politics, that always had more power than reality no longer had reason to temper itself. The push was on to make “spay and slaughter” a mainline item in the next round of legislation. (you can read the recap from the first phase here, it’s not pretty: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2016/11/22/owyhee-wild-horse-roundup-video-recap/)

“I get so tired of having to fight stupid games. Having to fight for the First Amendment, as the grandchild of a man that fought in two world wars, is an obscenity.” Laura Leigh of WHE

We had to address our own fight. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contractor began threatening us with a “libel” suit during operations. We had…

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National Day of Mourning, Thursday, November 23rd

Mining Awareness +

From ReadThePlaque.com:

NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day or Mourning on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their cultures.

Participants in National Day or Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

Erected by the Town of Plymouth on behalf of the United American Indians of New England

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Cole’s…

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Thanksgiving Day In America – 2017

Shepherding All God's Creatures

It’s that time of year again when America celebrates the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. Wherever you are celebrating this day, make it a humane celebration especially when it comes to what we put on our plates!

We are reposting an article we published in 2015.  Enjoy!


During this Thanksgiving Holiday, what are you thankful for?  Even if you are not from America, celebrate this day with us!  Let’s all give pause to stop – and think about what is really important in life.  The answers will vary greatly, depending on many factors, including where we happen to live on the planet.   Let’s also, as we are pausing, think about life itself – the gift that it is.

“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

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Are These Zoo Elephants Entitled to Legal ‘Personhood’?

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David Zabel, Connecticut area counsel for the NhRP, offers some important facts about elephant intelligence:

[W]e know they have a sense of self, remember the past and plan for the future, engage in complex communication, show empathy, and mourn their dead. But their legal status as ‘things’ with no rights has remained exactly the same. What’s at stake here is the freedom of beings who are no less self-aware and autonomous than we humans are.

This isn’t the first time NhRP has attempted to win personhood rights for animals. In 2013, the group sued on behalf of a chimpanzee named Tommy, another named Kiko, and two former laboratory chimps named Hercules and Leo. But none of these New York cases succeeded in getting recognition of the chimps’ legal personhood.

via Are These Zoo Elephants Entitled To Legal ‘Personhood’? | Care2 Causes

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Mews: 2017 Christmas Guide for Catlovers and Owners! *Meow* – Katzenworld

https://katzenworld.co.uk/2017/11/22/mews-2017-christmas-guide-catlovers-owners-meow/#comments

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Petition: Stray Dogs Beaten, Dragged on Motorcycle and Dumped Deserve Justice – ForceChange

Video footage posted on Facebook reportedly shows Jinda Kanchan hitting the first dog seven times, then beating the second dog with the same wooden stick, the man in the video then put the dogs onto his motorcycle and beat them again and drove away. Per a witness the attacker then dumped into a canal.

https://forcechange.com/411417/two-dogs-allegedly-beaten-almost-to-death-deserve-justice/

Petition: Stop Japan’s Antarctic Whale Massacre


https://www.thepetitionsite.com/653/718/090/stop-japan%E2%80%99s-antarctic-whale-massacre/

Petition: Join us in our call for a dog meat free Indonesia


https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/579/898/258/

Petition: Punish Groomer Accused of Breaking Dog’s Jaw in Fit of Rage | Animal Petitions

Demand that the dog groomer who allegedly abused two dogs and broke ones jaw be charged with animal cruelty and receive the maximum penalty by law.

https://animalpetitions.org/487772/punish-groomer-who-allegedly-broke-dogs-jaw/

Petition: End the Dog Genocide in Jordan – ForceChange

The Senseless Slaughter Must Be Stopped Immediately. Thousands of stray dogs have already been killed and the remaining animals must be protected from such a fate.

https://forcechange.com/422828/end-dog-genocide-in-jordan-now/

Petition: Turkish tragedy: Dog starvation on a colossal scale – Network for Animals

The law says that authorities must help, but they do not. 10,000 dogs have no food,no veterinary care and no shelter, but with your support they will have hope

Please sign the petition and if you can give a donation.

https://networkforanimals.org/petitions/turkish-tragedy-dog-starvation-on-a-colossal-scale/?nid=f38d2d96efbcdd5a5a9e6478143966bf&uid=5a9474a4e79bdf3a89e354e9ae5e9695

Save the Internet: Petition; Call Congress; Share; Info About the Trump Administration’s Attack On Net Neutrality

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From Free Press-SavetheInternet.com:
Stop the Trump administration’s attack on Net Neutrality
Take Action here: https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home#what

Net Neutrality is not negotiable. It’s essential to everything we need in our society and democracy — from educational and economic opportunities to political organizing and dissent. Millions of people fought for over a decade to secure lasting Net Neutrality protections. We will not accept anything less. We urge you to reject any attacks on real Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality keeps the internet free and open — enabling anyone to share and access information of their choosing without interference from companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

But the Trump administration wants to shut down the open internet.
The Federal Communications Commission passed historic rules protecting Net Neutrality in 2015, but Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to destroy them. Despite Net Neutrality’s popularity across the political spectrum, Pai is conspiring right now with industry…

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A.G. Schneiderman And Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini Announce Takedown Of Major Dogfighting Ring | New York State Attorney General

A.G. Schneiderman And Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini Announce Takedown Of Major Dogfighting Ring
“Operation Bloodline” Results In Rescue Of 36 American Pit Bull Terriers, Three Felony Arrests For Breeding And Training For Profit

SUFFOLK COUNTY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini today announced the takedown of a major dogfighting ring in which the defendants are alleged to have actively engaged in breeding and training American Pit Bull Terriers (“Pit Bulls”) for profit. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Bloodline,” resulted in the rescue of 36 pit bulls and three felony arrests.

“Dogfighting is an obscenely vicious and cruel form of animal abuse that tortures animals and endangers the safety of the public. It’s barbaric, despicable, and illegal,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “No animal should be forced to fight to the death for human entertainment and profit, or bred and trained for that purpose. We’re committed to ending this vicious blood sport, and will continue to hold abusers accountable.”

“The Suffolk County Police Department will continue to seek out such depraved individuals who have the mistaken belief they have the right to beat, maim and murder innocent animals,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said. “There is no place in our county or society for such inhumane acts of abuse towards any animal and especially for profit. Our department is committed to seek out perpetrators involved in dog-fighting and animal cruelty and to work with our state and local law enforcement partners to bring charges to the fullest extent the law allows. And I especially thank Attorney General Schneiderman for his leadership on this important issue.”

The Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the Suffolk County Police Department were assisted in their investigation by the New York City Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad (“ACIS”), as well as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which offered their expertise in evidence collection and the removal and sheltering of the rescued animals, and the Town of Babylon Department of Environmental Animal Control (DEAC), which also provided shelter for some of the rescued animals.

Beginning in March 2017, the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) and the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) launched “Operation Bloodline” following reports of dogfighting on Long Island. 

Beginning on September 28th and continuing through yesterday evening, investigators executed search warrants at two Suffolk County locations: 38 Birch Street and 135 Irving Avenue, both in Wyandanch, seizing evidence and rescuing the 36 pit bulls (ranging in age from one week to seven years). Prosecutors allege that the dogfighting ring had been operating at those locations and elsewhere in Suffolk County since at least March, when they first began the investigation.
Richard Davis, 34, of 38 Birch Street, Martin Newkirk, 49, of 135 Irving Avenue, and Taikeem Wheeler, 26, of 165 N. 26th Street, in Wyandanch were arrested yesterday and arraigned today on complaints charging each of them with multiple felony offenses of Prohibition of Animal Fighting in violation of New York State Agriculture and Markets Law §351(2)(b), Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, and other Animal Cruelty crimes. The defendants are alleged to have each operated a so-called kennel that actually served as staging ground for the dogfighting ring: Davis operated the Roll Right Kennel on Birch Street; Newkirk operated the Rise ‘n’ Shine Kennel on Irving Avenue; and Wheeler operated the Across the line Kennel on North 26th Street. 

“Dog fighting is a barbaric act that exploits the trusting nature of innocent animals and condemns them to a life of violence and suffering for human profit,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “We are thankful for our partners in prosecution and law enforcement for continuously increasing their commitment to eradicating this inhumane blood sport, which tragically persists in the dark corners of our society.”
As a result of this investigation, 14 pit bulls were rescued from Davis’ 38 Birch Street home; over 20 pit bulls were rescued from Newkirk’s 135 Irving Avenue home; and two pit bulls were rescued from Wheeler’s 165 N. 26th Street home. Over half of the dogs rescued are puppies.

All 36 of the pit bulls were found virtually imprisoned in deplorable conditions, often tethered to heavy chains and segregated from one another, with no visible food or drinkable water, and with injuries consistent with earlier fights. One had an untreated broken front leg and another was significantly underweight. Virtually all of the adult pit bulls had fleas, dirty coats, and long claws, evidence of their solitary life on hard ground and indications of rarely having ever been walked. The majority of the pit bulls were found with numerous bite wounds that left scars; none appear to have been treated by a veterinarian. 

While veterinary medical supplies were seized at each of those premises, no veterinary records were located at either location, as dogfighters themselves usually treat their dogs’ injuries as not to arouse suspicion of their illicit dogfighting activities. Almost all of the pit bulls seized pursuant to the search warrants had been isolated from one another; they were tethered to heavy chains, were singularly crated, and/or were segregated in their own kennel. These past injuries and conditions are indicative of training pit bulls to engage in dogfighting, in part, by severely limiting their ability to socialize with other pit bulls unless they are engaged in a fight or breeding. Additionally, prior to the actual fight, owners often engage pit bulls in a ten-minute “bump” or “roll” in order to test a younger dog to see if it is a “game dog.”
Police recovered numerous items of dogfighting paraphernalia at 38 Birch Street and 135 Irving Avenue that demonstrate the sophistication of the alleged training and breeding of these dogs by Wheeler, Davis, and Newkirk. Those items include bloody breaking sticks (which are designed to separate pit bulls when one’s jaw becomes latched in a grip on its opponent while engaged in dogfighting), as well as numerous heavy chains, double-thick dog collars, weighted dog vests, treadmills, and performance-enhancing dietary supplements. These items are often used to build strength in a pit bull’s neck and shoulders, to control its weight, and to increase its endurance and stamina, as a dogfight to the death can last longer than an hour.

Dog fighters often make their money by selling dogs from strong “bloodlines,” descended from other successful fighters. Many of the pit bulls rescued in this case were of the RedBoy, Jeep, and Beast bloodlines, which are well-known bloodlines that dogfighters attempt to pass on through breeding, for the sole purpose of developing future pit bulls that are aggressive and willing to engage in dogfighting. Several were infected with a red blood cell parasite known as Babesia gibsonii, which is substantially more prevalent in fighting pit bulls.

Unfortunately, two of the dogs had to be euthanized because they had been attacked by their mother. A third dog, named Sophie, had been so abused and tortured that the ASPCA determined that she had become a threat to humans and had to be euthanized as well. Wheeler allegedly touted Sophie’s prowess as a dogfighter, citing her bloodline as the daughter of one of his other pit bulls who had won multiple fights.

The rest of the dogs are currently being sheltered by the ASPCA in order to allow them to heal and hopefully be retrained and adopted.
Dogfighting is a crime in all 50 states. In New York, dogfighting and the breeding and training of dogs for that purpose are felonies, and each charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a fine of $25,000. Breeders of pit bulls sell the offspring of fighting pit bulls for upwards of $1,600 per puppy. The fights themselves are often to the death, with owners and spectators placing bets on the outcomes.

In May 2013, the Attorney General announced his Animal Protection Initiative, which included the goal of shutting down underground animal fighting rings across the state. New Yorkers can provide anonymous tips about potential animal fighting rings or report animal abuse by calling 1-866-697-3444. For more information on Attorney General Schneiderman’s Animal Protection Initiative, visit http://www.ag.ny.gov/animals. 

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This case was investigated by OAG OCTF Investigator Derek Stevens, under the supervision of Supervising investigator Paul Grzegorski and Deputy Chief Christopher Vasta and Chief Dominick Zarrella, as well as SCPD Detective Philip Alvarez, under the direction of Police Commissioner Timothy Sini. The case is being prosecuted by OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General Thomas Luzio, under the direct supervision of OCTF Deputy Diego Hernandez. Deputy Attorney General-In Charge Peri Alyse Kadanoff runs the Organized Crime Task Force.
Attorney General’s Press Office: (212) 416-8060

nyag.pressoffice@ag.ny.gov

© 2017 NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL. All rights reserved.

Petition · Mike Pence, Sue Errington: Ban the hog wrestling events throughout the Indiana state county fairs. · Change.org

This is NOT a petition for the Humane treatment of animals. This IS an abuse type of petition. Animal cruelty as you would see when dealing with dogs and abuse as you would with such as domestic violence,child abuse, Etc. It’s not to push the vegan agenda, or the animals rights movement. Pigs are covered under the criminal cruelty law. So it must be enforced.

https://www.change.org/p/mike-pence-sue-errington-ban-the-hog-wrestling-events-throughout-the-indiana-state-county-fairs?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uABkhNQAAAAAAWhNygHejpJ1iYzY5ZGIyYg%3D%3D

Petition · David D Hagler: Drop the charges against Standing Rock Political Prisoner, Red Fawn Fallis · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/david-d-hagler-drop-the-charges-against-standing-rock-political-prisoner-red-fawn-fallis?source_location=update_footer&algorithm=promoted&grid_position=4&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAPcRwwAAAAAAWhNwc%2Fpm9%2F82ZTZhMzlhMg%3D%3D

Petition · Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance: Convince Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to cover Radicava for my mother. · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/highmark-blue-cross-blue-shield-insurance-convince-highmark-blue-cross-blue-shield-to-cover-radicava-for-my-mother/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=189157&sfmc_tk=QO1jHMcMNgJVzKVuN3Ni54tO4%2ftBr1m9sFwB%2fwh7SeqndOTOTftPrJFfE9Pj6B8b&j=189157&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=35042606&mid=7233053&jb=316

Senate Appropriations Bill WILL NOT KILL Wild Horses

Wild Horse Education

Win We have been working with many organizations and Senators. The work is not over and we still have to get this through a Congressional Conference to address the differences in the House and Senate. Then we need to get this done on the ground! But we are on the way to sanity!

Breaking News! The Senate has created a version of an Appropriations bill that will not kill tens of thousands of wild horses.

The Presidents proposed spending bill for Fiscal year 2018 cut the Bureau of Land Management budget by ten million dollars. The version passed by the House of Representatives included language that would have seen tens of thousands of wild horses shot.

Today the United States Senate created a version of the bill, included with no need for another vote, that increases the budget for the wild horse and burro program by 5 million dollars. The condition…

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The FullyRaw Persimmon Nog! 

Thanksgiving Side Dishes That You Need to Make ASAP | peta2

Vegan green bean casserole…

https://www.peta2.com/vegan-life/vegan-thanksgiving-side-appetizer-recipes/?utm_source=peta2::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=1117::gen::peta2::E-Mail::P2%20Cynthia%20Thanksgiving%20Recap%20EA::::p2%20e-news

Super Easy Vegan Pies to Make or Buy | peta2

Both Claim Jumper and Marie Callender’s are Brands you’ve heard of or seen in your grocery store freezer, but did you know that many of their pies are actually Vegan?!

https://www.peta2.com/vegan-life/accidentally-vegan-pies/

Vegan Thanksgiving ‘Turkeys’ and Roasts | peta2

Tons of compassionate vegan food companies make some seriously delish vegan turkey and it’s available at countless grocery stores across the country, including many Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Publix, Target and Korger locations.
https://www.peta2.com/vegan-life/top-vegan-turkey-alternatives/?utm_source=peta2::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=1117::gen::peta2::E-Mail::P2%20Cynthia%20Thanksgiving%20Recap%20EA::::p2%20e-news