More proof that Ryan Zinke is an industry stooge who misled and lied to the American public

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Chad Shmukler – as published on HatchMag.com

It’s now clearer than ever that opening Americans’ public lands to coal, oil, gas and mineral extraction was the plan all along

“It really is about multiple use and multiple use is grazing, timber management, recreation, being able to use in some places four-wheel drives.”

“As the chief steward of our public lands, it is my responsibility to ensure that these lands are used for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

Those are the words of Ryan Zinke, secretary of the Interior Department, in statements explaining his recommendations to vastly shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments in Utah.

In the months since Zinke uttered those words and many similar justifications for the Trump administration’s illegal actions shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, a trove of evidence has come to light that demonstrates that Zinke…

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Victory! Buffalo Zoo Is Closing Its Elephant Exhibit

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Animal advocates are celebrating another victory for captive elephants with news that the Buffalo Zoo in New York is finally closing its exhibit.

The zoo announced this week that its two Asian elephants, 36-year-old Jothi and 35-year-old Supara, will be headed to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans this fall, where they’ll be able to enjoy a far more appropriate climate away from Buffalo’s frigid winters.

The news is being welcomed by In Defense of Animals (IDA), which has featured the Buffalo Zoo on its annual list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants five times over the past ten years, and recently requested both elephants’ most recent medical records from the Buffalo Zoo and the City of Buffalo.

Fantastic news for #elephants! Your actions in defense of Supara & Jothi helped us shut down #BuffaloZoo’s brutal elephant exhibit!https://t.co/zraL6Imh4R pic.twitter.com/CwYhvyvSbz
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Not only have these two elephants been forced to endure lives in small, barren enclosures, the winters there leave trapped inside for months where they’re kept on hard surfaces, which are known to cause pain, illness and premature deaths.

Video footage taken of them shows them swaying, or exhibiting stereotypic behaviors of elephants that are known to be stressed and unhappy.

“We are delighted that Buffalo Zoo will let Jothi and Supara thaw out in a more suitable climate. In Defense of Animals has actively and arduously worked to free these elephants from their decrepit, unsuitable zoo conditions for over a decade. This is a positive move for Jothi and Supara, but we will continue our work to get them to an accredited elephant sanctuary where they can live as elephants instead of as exhibits. One less miserably freezing zoo exhibit for tropical elephants is a cause for great celebration,” said Dr. Toni Frohoff, elephant scientist for IDA.

The news also comes just days after IDA called on all zoos to release their elephants to sanctuaries for World Elephant Day over concerns about their welfare.

While the industry continues to claim keeping elephants in captivity supports education and conservation, and gives people an opportunity to see them up close, it’s caused immense suffering to both individuals, and to those in the wild by taking more to keep its supply.

Captivity may help if elephants were ever going to be returned to the wild, but that isn’t part of the Species Survival Plan for elephants in U.S. zoos, or the goal elsewhere.

Now, however, there’s one less zoo keeping them, and once Jothi and Supara head south, the Bronx Zoo will be the last zoo in the state to keep Asian elephants in captivity, which has also made multiple appearances on the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants list.

“Buffalo Zoo has made a positive move for these animals and brought New York a step closer to being free of elephant abuse. Three other Asian elephants are still suffering in New York’s freezing winter climate at the Bronx Zoo, especially Happy the elephant who is kept in tortuous solitary confinement. We call on the Bronx Zoo to have compassion and release the elephants to a sanctuary where they can retire in peace,” said Dr. Marilyn Kroplick, President of IDA.

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Photo credit: Derek Gee-Buffalo News/IDA

Beachgoers Kill Hundreds Of Birds For Volleyball Court

On the Fourth of July, a large group of visitors to tiny Sand Island off the coast of Alabama decided to play volleyball on the beach. But there was a problem: bird nests filled with eggs were in the way of where they wanted to play.

So, did the tourists look for another spot to create a volleyball court? Nope. They scooped up the unhatched eggs and scared away the adult birds. Then they “actually made a little dome of sand and placed the eggs around it to decorate it,” Andrew Haffenden, a wildlife researcher who was conducting a bird survey for Birmingham Audubon when he discovered the relocated eggs, told AL.com.

By removing the eggs from their nests, the tourists may have killed hundreds of federally protected least terns — small, white shorebirds with black caps that weigh no more than 1.5 ounces. They lay their grape-sized eggs inside shallow holes they make in the sand on a wide stretch of the beach. Female birds sit on these nests to keep the eggs cool and prevent them from literally baking in the hot summer sun.

To protect their eggs from threats like big waves, larger birds, foxes and other predators, least terns nest in colonies of dozens to hundreds of pairs of birds. Their nests are only a foot or two apart.

“I always refer to them as the world’s best parents,” Katie Barnes, chief biologist for Birmingham Audubon’s Coastal Program, told the New York Times.
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While the Washington Post headline about this disturbing incident said the tourists “accidentally” killed the birds, there’s nothing at all accidental about it. They intentionally disturbed all those unhatched eggs, so they could selfishly play volleyball on the beach.

“It’s pretty nasty”: Beach volleyball players in Alabama accidentally kill hundreds of birds https://t.co/lCexdhL4RP

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 9, 2018

“The thing about the eggs, people think, ‘Oh, they’re eggs,’ but they are also almost fully formed chicks inside. They can walk almost as soon as they hatch,” Haffenden told AL.com. “In that pile of eggs, there were a number that were about to hatch. In fact, if you look at the pictures of the pile you can see an egg that showed pipping [cracks where a chick is pecking its way out of the shell]. What the people did was take those eggs away from the protection of the parents from the sun. So we had dozens of functional chicks die by being baked. It’s pretty nasty.”

Haffenden said he’d seen “swirls of the birds” flying around the small island before he counted 17 boats docked there on the Fourth of July – “so I was pretty disturbed,” he told AL.com. He estimated that hundreds of birds, frightened by the onslaught of people, would have left their nests.

None of the people who moved the eggs have yet been identified. Least terns are included under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was enacted 100 years ago to protect birds from people. The act makes it illegal for anyone to take their eggs without a federal permit. The penalty is $15,000 and up to a year in jail.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was immediately contacted and is investigating the case. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was also alerted and is patrolling the island.

To prevent more birds from being killed, Birmingham Audubon has roped off nesting areas on Sand Island and posted signs informing visitors about least terns and urging them to respect their nests. It seems to be working. “We have not seen a human footprint in the area,” Barnes told AL.com. “Boaters have not pulled up to that area.”

There is some good news for least terns on Sand Island: There was a population boom this year. In fact, according to Barnes, their colony might be the largest on record in Alabama. While it’s tragic that hundreds of birds were killed for a volleyball game, Barnes told AL.com the island “has still been a big success for these birds.”
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Please please sign and share this petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to charge the tourists not only with violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but with animal cruelty to the fullest extent of the law.

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Breaking! The Center For Biological Diversity Sued The Trump Administration For Failing To Protect Orcas’ West Coast Habitat – World Animal News

By WAN –
August 17, 2018

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration yesterday for failing to protect the West Coast ocean habitat of the last remaining Southern Resident killer whales. The critically endangered species is down to just 75 orcas, the lowest number in more than 30 years.
According to a statement, The National Marine Fisheries Service failed to act on the Center’s 2014 petition calling for an expansion of habitat protections off Washington, Oregon, and California that could help Southern Resident killer whales. Sadly, they are starving for lack of salmon as well as being hurt by boat traffic and water pollution.
“Time is running out fast for these magnificent, intelligent orcas,” said Catherine Kilduff, an attorney with the Center. “It’s heartbreaking to watch them starving to death and mourning their dead calves. Every day that Trump’s people delay action is a step toward extinction for these whales.”
In 2015, the Fisheries Service decided that expanded habitat protections were needed to safeguard key West Coast foraging and migration areas, but the Trump administration has failed to implement protections, despite broad public support for them.
While spending their summers in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea (areas protected as critical habitat in 2006), these killer whales travel extensively along the West Coast during the winter and early spring, congregating near coastal rivers to rest and feed on migrating salmon.

Map by Curt Bradley / Center for Biological Diversity

The Endangered Species Act prohibits federal agencies from authorizing activities that will destroy or harm a listed species’ critical habitat. Animals with federally protected critical habitat are more than twice as likely to be recovering as species without it, a Center study found.
“Federal law requires protection of endangered species’ habitat. Our basic humanity should lead us to help prevent these beloved orcas from dying out right in front of our eyes,” Kilduff said. “So, now we’re turning to the courts to compel the Trump administration to do the right thing.”

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-center-for-biological-diversity-sued-the-trump-administration-for-failing-to-protect-orcas-west-coast-habitat/

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Extraordinary Young Heroes, Peter & Gerry Cedras, Walk Miles To Save Beloved Dog’s Life In South Africa – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
August 17, 2018

Peter and Gerry Cedras with beloved dog. Photos by Jack Lestrade,African News Agency (ANA).
Two young brothers, whose family lost everything in a fire, set a remarkable example of compassion and selflessness this week in South Africa after walking miles to save the life of their neighbor’s sick dog.
The boys, 14-year-old Peter and eight-year-old Gerry, carried the German Shepherd mix through rough terrain from their tiny farmhouse, which has no running water or electricity, to the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) in Philippi.

Gerry made the trek barefoot as he lost his shoes in the fire. Peter had saved R7 which he was going to put towards buying Gerry a pair of shoes but the brothers opted to spend the money on saving the dog’s life instead.
The Animal Welfare Society shared the remarkable story on its Facebook page, deservedly calling the boys “heroic little souls.”
“These two local heroes need to be publicly lauded for quite literally going the extra mile for their beloved dog,” the AWS noted in the post sharing that they gave Peter a full refund and Gerry a much-needed pair of shoes.
AWS explained that Lady, or Maisie as the boys prefer to call her, was found to be suffering from tick-bite fever which can be fatal especially if left untreated.
“The brothers clearly adore the dog and noticed that she was unwell when she went off her food,” the organization shared in the post. “They did not want her to suffer and deteriorate so they cleverly decided to bring her to us for assessment and treatment at their earliest opportunity. We NEVER turn any animal in need away.”

“We hope that their devotion, compassion and initiative inspires other pet owners to take good care of their pets, to be alert to when their pets appear unwell and very importantly to treat their pets for ticks and fleas and to never hesitate to seek professional veterinary advise and care,” continued the post.
The organization further explained that since Lady was admitted by minors they sent a nurse to the farm to discuss the case with their parents and obtained written consent to use the photographs of the two boys for general media and educational purposes.
“Whatever we end up investing in saving Lady will be money well spent and warm our donors’ hearts,” AWS shared. “For now, our primary focus is on Lady and we hope that this heart-warming case will inspire the public to show support for us so that we can continue to assist other deserving cases.
Generous people are responding to the post with donations and offers to help not only the dog but the boys and their family!
For more information on how to get involved in helping, please contact Allan at 078 631 5126 or email him at allanperrins@awscape.org.za.
Donations to the Animal Welfare Society in Philippi can be made HERE!
AWS shared its banking details for people wanting to donate towards Lady aka Maisie’s care. It also noted that those doing an EFT should put “Maisie” as the reference and then email proof of payment to admin@awscape.org.za so that it can be properly allocated.

https://worldanimalnews.com/extraordinary-young-heroes-peter-gerry-cedras-walk-miles-to-save-beloved-dogs-life-in-south-africa/

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Naval Base Kitsap spills 80,000 gallons of sewage into Puget Sound; ‘no contact’ advisory issued (Washington state, USA)

The ocean update

J35 pushing her dead calf Wednesday 25th, July. (Ken Balcomb/Center for Whale Research)

August 16th, 2018. BREMERTON, Wash. — Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton spilled 80,000 gallons of sewage into the Puget Sound over a two-week period, prompting the Kitsap Public Health District to issue a “no contact” advisory to the public for water in the Sinclair Inlet and beyond.

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Senator Warner Goes All-Out w/Internet Bill: Scraping the 1st Amendment

I will miss The Fellowships of The Minds and 70 News…
I wonder which one of us will be next….