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.

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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.

https://www.care2.com/causes/victory-buffalo-zoo-is-closing-its-elephant-exhibit.html

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.

Want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling? You, too, can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.

https://www.care2.com/causes/beachgoers-kill-hundreds-of-birds-for-volleyball-court.html

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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….

Punish Shelter for Allegedly Euthanizing Kittens in a Freezer

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Four kittens lost their lives by allegedly being forced into a freezer at an animal shelter. Urge authorities to punish the alleged protectors turned perpetrators of horrific animal cruelty.

Source: Punish Shelter for Allegedly Euthanizing Kittens in a Freezer

Service Dog Reportedly Punched Six Times Deserves Justice

A service dog was reportedly punched six times in a disturbing case of animal cruelty. The suspect also reportedly neglected a second dog at his home. Sign this petition to demand the suspect be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Source: Service Dog Reportedly Punched Six Times Deserves Justice

Stop Cruel Treatment of Possums at Festival

Possums are swung by their tails and shaken upside down after being auctioned to the highest bidder at a festival. Demand that this abuse be put to an end.

Source: Stop Cruel Treatment of Possums at Festival

Nitrogen pollution is a problem as big as climate change. Science might have a fix.

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By Nathanael Johnson on Aug 16, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Some think nitrogen pollution may be the greatest danger we face. The Stockholm Resilience Center, an organization that examines the largest threats to natural life-support systems, considers our overuse of nitrogen a more extreme risk to life on Earth than climate change.

But a new paper, published in the journal Nature this week, uncovered a way that we could keep millions of tons of nitrogen fertilizer from evaporating into the atmosphere and running into the oceans.

Nitrogen is a basic building block of our food, so farmers spread tons of the stuff — in the form of manure, compost, and synthetic fertilizer — on their fields. But only half of this nitrogen makes it into plants. The rest gets chewed up by hungry soil bacteria and turned into a greenhouse gas 300 times worse than carbon dioxide, or gets washed into waterways where it fuels an explosion of algae growth that turns into lakes and oceans into gloopy, oxygen-starved dead zones.

It’s a massive problem that doesn’t get enough attention. If the Earth were a spaceship [eds note: isn’t it?], the control panel’s nitrogen light would be flashing red.

The Stockholm Resilience Center’s estimation of planetary boundaries F. Pharand-Deschênes/Globaïa

Humans accelerated the nitrogen disaster during the “green revolution” of the 1960s with the worldwide adoption of fertilizer-hungry crops. These replaced strains of wheat, rice, and other grains that grew more slowly and conservatively. Grain harvests more than doubled in two decades, but clouds of pollution spread into the air and water. It seemed like a vicious tradeoff.

But this new research suggests that crops can be nitrogen-hoarding and high-yielding at the same time. Before this study came out, it seemed like we had to choose between frugal crops that grow slowly and hoard nitrogen, and spendthrift crops that grow quickly require extravagant nitrogen.

What had looked like a trade-off may simply have been a mistake. The scientists identified a gene that inhibits nitrogen absorption in rice, which had become hyperactive in high-yielding strains, and figured out how to counteract it. This gene (metaphorically) shouts, “Don’t suck up nitrogen!” Through breeding, scientists were able to turn down the volume of this shout to a whisper. The result is high-yielding rice that needs less fertilizer.

A rice-breeding program to bring this breakthrough to farmers is underway in China, where nitrogen pollution is especially bad. It will take about five years before we really know if this works for farmers outside of greenhouses and test plots. If it does, it might change that nitrogen warning on spaceship earth’s dashboard from red to yellow.

https://grist.org/science/nitrogen-pollution-is-a-problem-as-big-as-climate-change-science-might-have-a-fix/

Xtava recalls two models of hair dryers due to potential fire issues

The U.S. Consumer Protection Agency announced that Xtava is recalling two models of hair dryers — the Allure and Allure Pro 2200W ionic ceramic hair dryers.

According to the USCPA, Xtava has received 193 reports of the hair dryers or power cords overheating, melting, exploding or catching fire, including 18 reports of burns and two reports of a minor electrical shock. Four of the reported burn incidents resulted in a blister to the hand, wrist or finger. One consumer reported a severe burn.

The items were hand-held dryers, black or white in color, and include a concentrator nozzle. They were sold separately or as part of various hair-care kits that included hair treatment products, a flat iron, or a diffuser. Many of the units have a label located on the back of the unit with the following SKU numbers: XTV010001, XTV010001N, XTV010002, or XTV010002N. All of the affected units have “xtava” imprinted on the blower end of the dryer.

The dryers were sold online by Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Groupon, and other websites from October 2014 through this month. They were priced between $15 and $60 when sold separately, or between $20 and $80 when sold as part of a hair-care kit.

Consumers should immediately stop using the hair dryers and contact Xtava to receive a free replacement hair dryer. Customers can call Xtava toll-free at 877-643-8440

from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit
http://www.xtava.com

and click on “Product Recalls” or visit
https://recall-xtava-allure.expertinquiry.com

for more information.

https://fox43.com/2018/08/16/xtava-recalls-two-models-of-hair-dryers-due-to-potential-fire-issues/

The President Of Harvard University’s Letter Opposing Proposed EPA Rule – Comment Deadline Thursday Night 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Mining Awareness +

Comment by Thursday night, 1159 US Eastern Time. It becomes public record. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259 Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259

NB: Pruitt may be gone, but this proposed rule remains, and his replacement appears to be at least as bad, and probably worse.

Harvard is sometimes ranked number 1 university in the world, depending on who is doing the ranking. It was founded in 1636. “Since the late 19th century Harvard has been one of the most prestigious schools in the world, its library system and financial endowment larger than those of any other“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Harvard_University

Letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt regarding proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule June 4, 2018 DREW GILPIN FAUST

The Honorable Scott Pruitt

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20460

Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259

Dear Mr. Administrator:

With significant concern, I offer the following comments in…

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Double Your Donation to IRF! Corporate employee matching gift programs

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Did you know that more than 15 million employees work for companies with matching gift programs?

What are corporate matching gift programs?
Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs setup by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. For example, if a donor works for Bank of America and donates $100 to the International Rhino Foundation, Bank of America will double the donation by also writing a check for $100.

Thousands of companies offer matching gift programs. A few examples include:

  • Johnson & Johnson – Triples donations with $2:$1 matches for current employees while also doubling donations for retirees.
  • Bank of America – Matches donations $1:$1 up to $5,000 annually per employee.
  • Home Depot – Matches donations $1:$1 up to $3,000 annually per employee.

The impact of these programs can be substantial! In 2011, Microsoft matched $48.9 million worth of employee donations…

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Orca Mother, who pushed her dead calf for 1,000 miles and 17 days, moves on (West coast, Canada – USA)

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The orca Tahlequah appears to be in good physical shape, according to telephoto images taken from the shore. Credit: Ken Balcomb/Center for Whale Research

August 13th, 2018 (Laua Geggel). Seventeen days ago, a grieving orca mother known as Tahlequah began pushing her dead calf around the waters near Puget Sound. And now, after doing so for 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers), she has let go.

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Petition: This Town Could Kick 400 Endangered Turtle Eggs Off Their Private Beach

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Belleair Shore town commissioners

22,265 SUPPORTERS – 25,000 GOAL

Florida is the most important nesting area for the various species of sea turtles that inhabit the United States. From loggerheads to greens and leatherback these turtles rely on the Florida beaches to survive.

Since they are all threatened or endangered you would think that most people would do all they can to help protect them. But that isn’t the case in one small Florida town who at this very moment is trying to kick turtle nests off their private beach.

In an attempt to give the this season’s sea turtle hatch a fighting chance the Clearwater Marine Aquarium relocated some 400 eggs from non-ideal beaches to a better beach within Belleair Shore.

In Florida, beaches that are rebuilt with government funds after hurricanes or other disasters are, by law, public lands. So when the affluent town of Belleair Shore was offered help, they said “no thanks!” in favor of keeping their beach private. But as David Yates, the CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium suggests, the fact that Belleaire’s beach hasn’t been rebuilt is what makes it so perfect for turtle nests.

Now the locals say the cordoned off areas on their beach which are protecting the eggs from being disturbed is an eyesore and want them gone. What’s worse, is even though the eggs are due to hatch within the next sixty days, at their next meeting, the town commissioners are considering passing an ordinance that might give the eggs the boot.

One would hope that the people of Belleaire would reconsider and vote to protect these endangered creatures rather than toss them from their private beach. But we can’t be sure. Their next meeting is slated for August 21 so it’s up to us to let them know we are watching and we want them to protect the sea turtles of Florida.

Please help by signing the petition and tell the Belleair Shore town commissioners to share their private beach and do their part to help save the sea turtle.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/816/174/525/

 

Leopard Hunting Quota 2018 – South Africa

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On 12 August 2018, the Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) made a statement – “Minister Molewa allocates leopard hunting quota for South Africa for 2018” – this is the result of “the possibility of introducing a precautionary hunting quota in 2018” and puts a quota of 7 leopards up for formal execution in 2018 – I say ‘formal’ because there is always the ongoing misuse of ‘damage causing animal destruction permits’ of course where leopards are hunted and killed on an ongoing basis:

Five male leopard[s] in Limpopo Province and two male leopards in KwaZulu-Natal. The leopard must be older males –seven years or older in both cases” – “Minister Molewa allocates leopard hunting quota for South Africa for 2018,” DEA, 12 August 2018

So let’s take a look – first of all at some background. In February 2017, the…

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Petition: Poacher Murdered Mama Bear and Her Two Screaming CUBS! Demand Justice Now!

by: Brenda M
recipient: Alaska authorities

35,771 SUPPORTERS – 40,000 GOAL

On Esther Island in Alaska, a motion-detecting camera was set up in a bear den as part of a joint three-year study between the US Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. What that camera captured has now led to felony and misdemeanor charges against a Palmer father and son, who authorities say shot dead a sow black bear and her two just-born cubs. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the poachers then tried to cover it up once they saw the mother bear was collared.

Per court documents, Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, were charged after video clips showed them skiing past the bear den on April 14, when the sow caught their eye. Per an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, Owen Renner then shot at the mother bear twice, and when the baby bears started “shrieking,” Andrew Renner shot and killed them, too. The mother bear was wearing a tracking collar and Renner removed it and attempted to cover up the crime.

PLEASE sign so that these bears can be given justice and the habit of poaching can be shown to be a serious crime!

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Captain Leath says that acts like this poaching incident stand in antithesis to what it means to be a hunter as well as the resource management of the state.

“This is unfortunately a prime example of how even with the state’s best efforts when individuals go out there and take bears legally, as well as this being fairly egregious killing cubs like this, not only undermines the complete foundation of the sportsman’s perspective on it, but it also undermines any effort by the state and the Department of Fish & Game to support that population growth.”

The vessel, vehicle used in the hunt, and hunting rifles were all seized ruing the investigation. Charges against these men include: Tampering with Physical Evidence, Unlawfully Take Female Bear with Cubs, Unlawfully Take Bear Cub x 2, Possess/Transport Illegally Taken Game x 3. A. Renner was additionally charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Unsworn Falsification in the Second Degree. The case number is AK18027153.

Even though there was stark video evidence of the crime, Captain Leath tells us that the investigation was still extensive.

“The case building, while the video and audio footage no doubt about it was very helpful in identifying the suspect and the crimes of hand, the subsequent investigation that into that as far as identifying the individuals, serving search warrants on the residence, find the vessel and vehicle they used to facilitate the crime, all those additional tasks that were involved, led to quite a lengthy investigation.”

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/764/776/998/?z00m=30777950&redirectID=2721691682

 

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The oceans face a massive and growing threat from something you encounter everyday: plastics. An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year—this is roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the oceans every minute.

A garbage truck’s-worth of plastic ends up
in the ocean every minute

As plastics continue to flood into our oceans, the list of marine species affected by plastic debris expands. Tens of thousands of individual marine organisms have been observed suffering from entanglement or ingestion of plastics permeating the marine environment—from zooplankton and fish, to sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds.

Plastics never go away. Instead, they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, which act as magnets for harmful pollutants. When eaten by fish, some of those chemical-laden microplastics can work their way up the food chain and into the fish we eat.

Plastics in our oceans threaten the viability of critical marine ecosystems, but marine plastic pollution is not just a problem for our oceans. The extent to which we, too, are being affected by the plastics that have become so ubiquitous in our environment—in our food, water and air—is a topic of extensive research.

Unfortunately, one of the most popular solutions to plastic pollution falls far short. A meager 9 percent of all the plastic produced has been recycled. Recycling alone is not enough to solve the plastics crisis. To have an impact, we must reduce the amount of single-use plastic being produced at the source. Oceana’s plastics campaign will urge companies to adopt alternatives for single-use plastic packaging.

https://oceana.org/our-campaigns/plastics?utm_campaign=Advo&utm_content=20180813PlasticsTweet&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_id=LPghIAIuvUvUEM

Petition · Rick Scott: Florida’s Gulf Coast is Dying! Millions of Dead Fish, Sea Turtles, Manatees and Dolphins! #ToxicTide · Change.org

Florida’s Gulf Coast is Dying! Millions of Dead Fish, Sea Turtles, Manatees and Dolphins!
Florida Naturekeepers, Inc. started this petition to Governor Rick Scott

We are witnessing the death of our entire ecosystem.

First to die were the fish: smaller fish first then medium sized and all the way up to 250 lb Goliath Groupers. (Endangered)

Then went the endangered sea turtles: first the newly hatched babies and now the adults.

Then the sharks began to die: from harmless nurse sharks all the way up to whale sharks. (1st ever recorded whale shark to die from this.)

Then the manatees started dying: another of our endangered species. (With the body count nearing the thousand’s.)

Now the dolphins are washing up on shore and the birds have disappeared.

The convergence of four unique harmful blooms, including the deadly Cyanobacteria resulting from unfiltered toxic water being released en masse into the ocean from Lake Okeechobee, are killing Florida’s endangered coastal marine life, including large mammals, faster than the bulldozers can haul away the endless mountains of dead carcasses lining the beaches that reappear daily for hundreds of miles. We demand that Governor Rick Scott take immediate and drastic action to ensure this #ToxicTide never happens again.

Sign and share today to tell Governor Scott to join 22 other states in creating an action plan to tackle harmful blooms.

We are witnessing the collapse of our entire ecosystem and we will not sit idly by and do nothing, so today we stand together and fight back to #SaveFL! We fight back for our fish. We fight back for our manatees. We fight back for our dolphins. We fight back for our turtles. We fight back for our families. We fight back for our way of health and our way of life. Today we say ‘No More Death’ and we fight back to #SaveFL from the #ToxicTide!

Many reports claim that this is merely a naturally occurring Red Tide, that it’s not a serious public safety issue and that it has nothing to do with human pollution – this is false. The government and some media outlets are trying to sweep this under the rug and lull you into a false sense of safety.

In reality, we are under attack from four unique blooms, two of which are toxic: Red Tide, Cyanobacteria, Brown Seaweed and Red Seaweed. These combine to create the perfect recipe for the toxic soup that is decimating our marine life, sending people to the hospital, causing permanent neurological and immunological damage to many of our most vulnerable loved ones, and causing human death in some instances.

Conditions are so dangerous and critical that Governor Rick Scott issued a State of Emergency to attempt to “combat” the toxic blooms. However, declaring a State of Emergency does nothing to address the root issues of agricultural runoff from Florida’s Big Sugar industry, Radioactive Phosphorus Mining, lack of oversight for septic-tank use, fertilizer use by resorts and golf courses, and the warming waters of climate change (a term Governor Rick Scott banned government employees and agencies from using) contributing to this life-threatening situation.

That is why Governor Scott needs to follow the lead of 22 other states, like New York and Michigan, by creating an immediate action plan to address the destruction of our environment and mitigate the causes of toxic blooms in Florida’s priority waterbodies.

The State of Emergency temporarily halted the release of water from Lake Okeechobee, but that only lasted until people changed the channel. The toxic water releases began again to the tune of 1 billion gallons a day refueling the #ToxicTide as it continues to spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the coast, creating a massive Dead Zone that will likely take the better part of this century to heal.

On Sanibel Island beach alone, as of 8/12/18 they have collected over 276 TONS of dead marine life in just under two weeks. This is one of hundreds of such beaches.

For the future health of Florida’s marine life and residents, sign and share today to tell Governor Scott to act now to establish an action plan for harmful toxic blooms.

https://www.change.org/p/rick-scott-florida-s-gulf-coast-is-dying-millions-of-dead-fish-sea-turtles-manatees-and-dolphins-toxictide/sign?placement=aa_email&pt=AjpQZXRpdGlvbjoxMzQyOTE0NDoxNTM0MjU0OTY2OhMsCyxbLAU6OTdlMzg1ODk=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=400461&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=Y65ELrEVwnOSO7%2bDYTtOcUPa4K0uPXuE9UGoyLd3LMEYyMyP3bI%2bGFqEL4dckt9M&j=400461&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=64995281&mid=7233053&jb=1926

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

Petition:Science Transparency Advocacy | Ocean Conservancy

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Science Transparency Advocacy | Ocean Conservancy
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Don’t be Fooled. Help Take Action for Science

Last spring, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed new regulations and told us they would help “strengthen transparency in regulatory science.” Sounds good, right? Wrong! Take a closer look and you’ll see that this is just a play on words. Instead of helping science—it would actually create rules that would make it harder to share important science and needlessly slow down scientific advancements.

You can help! There is an open public comment period on the EPA’s proposal, but we’re running out of time. We only have three days to speak up before the comment period closes. Will you speak up for science and the health of the ocean by taking action today?

If enacted, the proposed rule would prohibit the use of confidential data—like health studies—in EPA’s rulemaking processes unless that private information is made public. The rule uses the language of “scientific transparency” to prohibit the agency from consulting a wide swath of peer-reviewed scientific research.

If adopted, the policy would essentially bar the EPA from consulting most large-scale medical studies when creating rules about air pollution, toxic chemicals, and water contaminants. The proposal could also force the agency to revoke decades of clean-air protections.

https://takeaction.oceanconservancy.org/page/28233/action/1?_ga=2.87828625.842113781.1534225633-641794172.1534225633&ea.tracking.id=18KPHPEAXX

Speak up today!

Petition: 119 Animals Have Died at Buenos Aires EcoPark

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

68,449 SUPPORTERS – 70,000 GOAL
When the Buenos Aires Zoo shut its doors in 2016, the majority of the city’s residents said “good riddance.” The zoo had been widely panned by both the public at large and city officials for being cruel and “degrading” to the animals it held in captivity. The zoo, located in a busy intersection, caused the animals undue stress and housed them in less than par enclosures.

So when the mayor announced that he would close the park and turn it into an EcoPark there were signs of hope. The EcoPark would hold fewer animals with better enclosures and care, as well as serve as a refuge for rescued animals.

But these grandiose dreams have all but disappeared. The new EcoPark has a dismal record and animal activists now wonder if anything has changed at all.

Last month, two of the parks iconic animals succumbed to tragically avoidable deaths. 18-year-old Jackie the giraffe had colic and a perforated ulcer. Ruth, a rare white rhino, died of a plethora of infections. Unfortunately, their deaths aren’t unusual. Since the zoo closed two years ago, more than a hundred have died, and more than 20 have escaped.

Animal activists, including the zoo’s former director, thinks animals continue to die because of gross negligence.

The promise of an Ecopark where animals can live better and freer seems to be one that Buenos Aires has yet to keep. And if that’s the case the entire enterprise should be shut down and the animals should go to a real sanctuary where they will have the best life possible.

Please sign the petition and tell Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta that it’s time to shut down this animal house of horrors. Tell him to close EcoPark.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/936/470/821/

Photo credit: Leonora Enking / Flickr

 

Petition: Grieving Orca Mom Highlights the Plight of Southern Resident Killer Whales

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Gov. Jay Inslee

41,248 SUPPORTERS -45,000 GOAL
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last couple weeks, you’ve probably heard about Tahlequah, part of the the southern resident killer whale (SRKW) clan, that for nearly 20 days, has been carrying around her calf which died shortly after birth. Researchers, conservationists and animal lovers have been transfixed by the drama, and mourning with Tahlequah over her tragic loss.

The death of the calf is an ominous sign for a clan of orcas that only numbers around 75 and is the only killer whale population protected by the Endangered Species Act.

The SRKW clan of whales is split into three related pods that live within the Salish Sea off the coast of Washington. The pods — J, K and L — vary, in size and have different habits but are part of the same extended family and communicate using sounds used by no other killer whale population.

Tahlequah is part of the J pod, but she isn’t the only pod member whose well-being has worried the public. This week researchers discovered that Scarlet, another killer whale from the same pod, looked severely malnourished. And yesterday an emergency mission was put in motion to deliver antibiotics to the ailing whale.

Scarlet and Tahlequahs struggle is symbolic of the plight of the entire SRKW population. The clan has experienced a remarkable and currently unexplained decline over recent decades. Between 1995 and 2001 for example, they lost more than 20% of their population.

Scientists currently have several theories as to why they are disappearing including lack of prey, stress caused by whale watching boats and exposure to high levels of toxicants.

While researchers race against the clock to find the actual causes, what can’t be delayed is action to help these amazing creatures. The governor has promised to take action to save the SRKW population, but we need keep pressure on to ensure that everything is done to protect these beautiful marine mammals.

Sign the petition and tell Gov. Jay Inslee that you want Washington state to do all it can to save the southern resident killer whales.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/595/758/511/

 

Petition: 95% of Lemur Species Could Disappear From This Earth if Madagascar Doesn’t Take Action to Save Them

by: Care2 Team
recipient: President of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina

45,478 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL
Madagascar is one of the world’s richest nations in biodiversity but they may not be able to carry that title for much longer. One of their most famous animals, the lemur — a primate found only on the east African island, is under threat. And without immediate action, nearly every species of lemur could be lost.

According to a new study, of the planet’s more than 110 species and subspecies of lemur 105, a full 95% of them, qualify as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable to extinction in the wild; making them the most at risk mammal on the planet.

Imagine if 95% of all humans ceased to exist on Earth.

Lemurs are under attack from all sides. The island nation has lost nearly 80% of its forests since the 1950s. One study suggests that between 2005 and 2013, 2.47 million acres of forest were cut down. That’s an area only slightly larger than the island of Puerto Rico. With so much deforestation, the lemurs are losing habitat at an exacerbated rate.

What’s more depressing is that while they are losing habitat due to logging, mining, and agriculture, they are also being hunted for food. They are killed for bushmeat by villagers but are also sold in some of the country’s nicer restaurants in urban areas. Restaurant-goers can use special code words to order the dish that is technically illegal albeit all too abundant.

While laws are on the books to stop deforestation in protected forests and penalize killing lemurs rampant corruption, bribe-taking and other factors mean that many culprits get off scot-free, or if they go to court they are rarely penalized.

It’s time for Madagascar to ask itself, do they want to be the nation that let their own, unique natural heritage disappear from the Earth when they had a chance to stop it? Are they willing to take conservation seriously in order to save this unique species and ensure that it can live on for centuries?

The country must take serious action and change policy to bring lemurs back from the brink. That means punishing those responsible for illegal mining, clear cutting and poaching to the fullest extent of the law.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/543/353/808/

 

Petition: Why Is Peru Illegally Slaughtering 15,000 Dolphins Each Year?

by: Kevin Mathews
recipient: Vice Minister Javier Fernando Miguel Atkins Lerggios

46,140 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL

A new report by the Animal Welfare Institute finds that over 100,000 cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and small whales) are intentionally killed each year by fishers so they can be chopped up for bait. This inhumane practice is most common off the coast of Peru, where fishers catch up to an estimated 15,000 dolphins.

These dolphins aren’t just being killed, they’re being brutalized. Once they’re pulled on to the boat, they’re stabbed with harpoons and knives and left to slowly die in agony.

Hunting dolphins is already against the law in Peru, but the lack of enforcement isn’t preventing the fishing industry from carrying on with killing dolphins and the like anyway. Though there have been some initial efforts to fix this problem, it’s going to take a serious commitment from Peru to scare this thriving black market out of existence.

That’s why we’re calling on Vice Minister Javier Fernando Miguel Atkins Lerggios, the man in charge of fisheries and aquaculture in Peru, to commit himself to aggressively

If undercover investigations by conservation groups can discover how prevelant this practice is, surely some government stings can catch the fishing industry in the act, too.

Protect the dolphins, Peru!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/103/306/410/

 

Petition: MUTILATED DESERT TORTOISE NEEDS OUR HELP IN NEVADA, FILE FELONY CHARGES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY!, Nevada

by: Robert Wannberg
recipient: Angela Bello, Christi Kindel NYE COUNTY, NEVADA DISTRICT ATTORNEY 1520 E Basin Ave # 107, Pahrump, NV 89060 Phone: (775) 751-7080, Nevada

903 SUPPORTERS in Nevada
45,362 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL

On July 17, 2018 Phillip Peng was arrested in Pahrump, Nevada possessing an endangered wild desert tortoise that he had mutilated and kept on a leash.

PENG used a power drill to make 2 holes through the shell of the tortoise where he attached a metal leash. The tortoise was also found in a deep container of water when PENG was arrested and the animal was fighting to avoid drowning. A tortoise does not swim. A herpatologists that examined the animal stated the drilling of holes into its shell would have caused extreme pain and suffering, hundreds of nerves connect to the shell. The shell had also been fractured. Further, part of the nails in its feet had been worn off from it trying to escape the cable tether. Peng stated he kept the tortoise in this condition for about four years.

Peng was also charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon after allegedly pointing a gun at someones head, False Imprisonment and Carrying a Concealed weapon without a valid permit. It is well documented that those committing animal cruelty often escalate to committing crimes against humans.

The Nye County , Nevada Sheriff arrested PENG on two counts of felony animal cruelty. Subsequently, the Nye County, Nevada District Attorney dropped the one charge and only filed one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty when the Nevada Animal Cruelty law applicaple substantiates a felony charge. (Case 18CRO3572)

It is just and proper when applying the Nevada State law in this case, (N.R.S. 574.100 (1) (a) 6 (a) that the Nye County Nevada District Attorney, Angela Bello and Christi Kindel, (filing Deputy) reconsider the charges and that the crimes committed by PENG be elevated to felony animal cruelty because they are, in fact, felony animal cruelty.

The crimes committed and the allegations and admissions made by PENG are torturous and outrageous.
The Nevada Desert Tortoise is a federally protected and endangered animal. The only way to prevent and reduce animal cruelty is to hold people properly accountable that commit it.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/865/207/525/

 

Petition: Justice for Daisy and Tallulah, the Horses Stabbed 27 Times in Hinckley

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Leicestershire Police

48,624 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL
Daisy and Tallulah were minding their own business in a field in Hinckley, United Kingdom. Perhaps they were grazing or swatting away flies with their tails when out of nowhere they were attacked by unknown perpetrators wielding knives.

Daisy, a 7-year-old Shetland pony, and Tallulah, a 6-year-old miniature horse, were subsequently stabbed a total of 27 times. When their owners Brian & Donna Poole found them later they both were in serious pain. Daisy had been stabbed in the face while poor Tallulah had to endure nearly 20 different cuts delivered by some vile human being.

This isn’t an isolated incident, two other ponies belonging to the Pooles were attacked with a bottle and pelted with stones and eggs just three months ago. This time, the attack was much more violent. If it is the same attacker as last time, it seems like their acts are escalating.

Someone is harassing and abusing helpless animals in the Hinckley area and they must be caught, and not just for the safety of the animals. People who commit violence against animals are likely to move on to humans. This potentially dangerous menace must be taken off the streets.

Please sign the petition and tell Leicestershire Police to continue their search for the horse attacker and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/644/617/167/justice-for-daisy-and-tallulah-the-horses-stabbed-27-times-in-hinckley/