Tell the EU to drop biofuels! – Rainforest Rescue

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1111/tell-the-eu-to-drop-biofuels

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Keep loggers and the palm oil industry out of the Peruvian Amazon! – Rainforest Rescue

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1121/keep-loggers-and-the-palm-oil-industry-out-of-the-peruvian-amazon

Netflix: stop threatening the lives of howler monkeys! – Rainforest Rescue

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1127/netflix-stop-threatening-the-lives-of-howler-monkeys?mtu=305138704&t=3924

Petition · the Federal Ministry of the Environment and Conservation: Germany, Stop the Import of Hunting Trophies of Protected Animals · Change.org

https://www.change.org/p/the-federal-ministry-of-the-environment-and-conservation-germany-stop-the-import-of-hunting-trophies-of-protected-animals

Rats exchange goods and services using human tit-for-tat rules – FIREPAW, Inc.

https://firepaw.org/2018/02/02/rats-exchange-goods-and-services-using-human-tit-for-tat-rules/

A Hounder’s Response to Claims About Hunting from Roads & Compensation for Wolf Attacks on Hounds

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LAONA I Hunting coyotes with hounds in Forest County, Wisconsin, January 27, 2018.

Recently, Wolf Patrol has been calling attention to Wisconsin’s controversial hound hunting practices and state policies such as hunting from roads and the compensation program for hounds injured or killed by wolves. Our position is that hunting is something that should be done away from roads. Not only because of public safety, but because its not ethical. We also have categorized Wisconsin’s compensation program that reimburses hound hunters up to $2,500 for damages caused by wolves as a “hounder welfare program” that in our opinion enables and supports the cause of the conflict, that is the running of hounds in known wolf areas.

Since last week’s run-in with a coyote hound hunting party outside of Laona, Wisconsin there has been attention to both of these issues, and Wolf Patrol has implied that hound hunters were breaking the law when…

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History of Groundhog Day

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If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.


History of Groundhog Day

The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog. The holiday also bears some similarities to the medieval Catholic holiday of Candlemas. In addition, it resembles the Pagan festival of Imbolc, the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 1 and also involves weather prognostication.

For early Christians in Europe, Candlemas was a day to bless and distribute candles. It was at the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  Early Christians decided that clear skies on Candlemas Day meant a longer…

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Triple B; Day 3

Wild Horse Education

2018_0202 - 1 (4) Triple B, 2018

February 2, 2018; 115 wild horses were captured (47 studs, 43 mares, 25 foals). Cumulative total: 204.

Day 1 and 2, and an overview of operations and history can be found HERE.
Triple B was the beginning of ur fight to gain a humane handling policy that spanned 6 years. We filed and won the first court case against inappropriate conduct at Triple B. We litigated in multiple areas and in 2016 a policy began in practice. You can read more HERE.

2018_0202 - 1 (14) Sweet siblings will go to PVC in the morning

Today a lot of wild horses were removed from the range. They will be transported to Palomino Valley Center (PVC) north of Reno to be prepared for adoption. These wild horses are considered “off HMA” and none of them will be considered for the release as wild horses often return to their home range. If…

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The Humane Society of the United States accepts the resignation of Wayne Pacelle as president and CEO

Exposing the Big Game

The Humane Society of the United States announced that it has accepted the resignation of Wayne Pacelle, as president and CEO, effective immediately.  Wayne has served in this capacity since 2004, and previously served for 10 years as the organization chief political and communications operative.

The HSUS has named Kitty Block as acting president and CEO. Ms. Block, an attorney, is currently president of Humane Society International, The HSUS’s global affiliate.

“The last few days have been very hard for our entire family of staff and supporters,” said Rick Bernthal, Chairman of the Board of The HSUS.  “We are profoundly grateful for Wayne’s unparalleled level of accomplishments and service to the cause of animal protection and welfare.”

“We are most grateful to Kitty for stepping forward to lead the organization as we continue to advance our mission, which has never been more important,” added Bernthal.

Ms. Block has served at…

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Wildlife

Earth Report

Seismic Spawning

The powerful earthquake that rocked much of Alaska and triggered a Pacific tsunami alert on Jan. 23 also shook one of the world’s rarest species of tiny fish into spawning.

Seismic waves from the temblor caused the water to slosh in a small pool at Death Valley National Park, which is the Devils Hole pupfish’s lone natural home. Only about 115 of the critically endangered species live there.

The sloshing water was a trigger for the males to gain a brilliant blue color, typical during spawning.

While this phenomenon has been observed after deep earthquakes in the past, park officials say it always amazes them.

Common Cold Infects Chimps

The same virus that inflicts the common cold on humans has been discovered in a population of wild chimpanzees that was ravaged by the pathogen.

The outbreak occurred in Uganda’s Kibale National Park in 2013, and scientists have just…

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Zinke Flips Westerners the Bird

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Jesse Prentice-Dunn as published on WestWise

Interior Secretary set to ignore overwhelming public feedback in scrapping landmark sage-grouse conservation plans

Dinky Zinke, “Ya buddy, I could pop-off one of those puffed up puppies right now.!”

In less than one year on the job, Interior Secretary Zinke has taken a wrecking ball to America’s public lands legacy. From the unprecedented step of dramatically shrinking national monuments to proposing massive entrance fee hikes for national parks, he has made his doctrine clear — public lands are for extractive industries, not the American people.

Zinke has justified his actions by saying he’s merely listening to the public, but a closer look shows the public overwhelmingly supports conserving our public lands for future generations and opposes selling out our lands to oil, gas, and coal companies. For example, more than 2.8 million Americans, along with local businesses and the burgeoning outdoor industry, asked Zinke

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Polar bear specialists double-down on message of future starving bears

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The really significant content of a new paper being heavily-hyped by the media1 is what wasn’t said rather than what the authors discovered about metabolic rates and weight maintenance of a small sample of nine Southern Beaufort Sea bears in 2014 to 2016 (Pagano et al. 2018; Whiteman 2018).

Pagano et al. 2018 photo released to press 2

This paper does not document starving or dying bears but merely found some (5/9) that lost weight when they should have been gaining, given that early April is the start of the ringed seal pupping season (Smith 1987) and the intensive spring feeding period for polar bears (Stirling et al. 1981).

The question is, why were Southern Beaufort Sea polar bears off Prudhoe Bay (see map of the study area below), still hunting and capturing only adult and subadult ringed seals from sea ice leads when newborn ringed seal pups and their mothers should have been plentiful and relatively easily…

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Lawmakers push irrational cruelty to wolves

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

 

This is the stuffed bear in Sen. Tom Tiffany’s office in Madison. PHOTOGRAPH COURTSEY OF RANDY O’CONNELL

Professionals built the Titanic, amateurs the Ark” — Frank Pepper

Wisconsin urgently needs a wildlife ark created by citizens — a Wildlife Cooperative, replacing the Department of Climate Change Denial and Wildlife Destruction. The “experts” are stuck in a predator-killing rut despite abundant science documenting the health benefits of wolves to complex, intact ecosystems.

When I was elected Dane County delegate to the Conservation Congress 1999-2002, DuWayne Johnsrud was chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. He called sandhill cranes “ribeyes in the sky,” roasted mourning doves in his office, and had a bear skin thrown over his office couch.

Toxic manhood still rules in deadly entitlement. Sen. Tom Tiffany, chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, has his mean-spirited ego on display in the large taxidermy black bear in his office.

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