Native Americans Worry Trump Supreme Court Pick (Kavanaugh) Threatens Sovereignty

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From VOA:
Native Americans Worry Trump Supreme Court Pick Threatens Sovereignty
September 07, 2018 1:52 PM, by Cecily Hilleary
WASHINGTON — 
Native Americans have expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s pick for Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation hearings began this past week in Washington. Many believe that Kavanaugh does not recognize the sovereignty of tribes, which govern themselves as independent nations within the United States.

Tribal nations, through hundreds of treaties with the government, ceded more than half a billion hectares of land in exchange for reservations, services, protections and rights — chief of which was sovereignty, the right to rule themselves and make decisions about how to use their own land.

Their sovereignty, they argue, was recognized by America’s founding fathers and is implicit in the wording of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several…

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Dallas Tx: Animal Cruelty

Petition: 90 Poached Elephants in Just 2 Months. Botswana’s Elephants Are Under Attack.

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Government of Botswana, Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism
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32,363 SUPPORTERS – 35,000 GOAL

The Southern African nation of Botswana has long been considered one of the last bastions of safety for the imperiled African elephant. Its parks were regarded as top notch, and their anti-poaching armed guards — who had a shoot-on-sight mandate — did a comparatively good job of protecting their nation’s pachyderms.

But recently that has all changed. The country — home to around 130,000 elephants, the most of any nation — has experienced an alarming spate of elephant poachings over the past two months. According to conservationists on the ground, since mid-July, 90 elephant carcasses have been discovered within Botswana. It seems, that after poachers have devastated populations in nearby Zambia and Angola they have trained their sights on Botswana’s.

The increase could be attributed to several issues, but activists suggest that the main reason could have something to do with the fact that the government disarmed their anti-poaching force earlier this year. The force, considered an integral tool for stopping poachers, has been declawed, making Botswana’s elephant population an easy target.

According to Elephants Without Borders, in 2014, a similar census showed that only 14 elephants had been poached in an equitable amount of time. The deaths this year, show a 540% increase over the span of just four years.

Botswana had a system that worked. It protected their elephant population and turned the country into one of the foremost destinations for African safaris. Now, after they have stripped their anti-poaching force of their weapons they need to implement another plan that will once again shield elephants and other wildlife from a poacher’s gun.

Please sign the petition and demand Botswana take immediate action to end the spate of poaching in their country and implement a plan that will turn Botswana into the safe haven it once was.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/150/382/232/90-poached-elephants-in-just-2-months.-botswanas-elephants-are-under-attack./

 

Petition · Sign & share the petition: Prevent the Imminent Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise in Mexico! · Change.org

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Petition · Sign & share the petition: Prevent the Imminent Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise in Mexico! · Change.org
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The vaquita is a small porpoise that can only be found in the Upper Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in Mexico. The species is listed as “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is facing imminent extinction due to accidental entanglement in illegal gillnets set by poachers.

Fewer than 20 individuals of this species remain, and the population continues to decline at an alarming rate.

All efforts by the Mexican government and NGOs to counter the threat to the vaquita and reduce the rate of decline have so far been unsuccessful. Experts agree that the only way to save the species is to take immediate and decisive action: remove gillnets from the Sea of Cortez, step up efforts to enforce the existing gillnet ban and prosecute those that violate it. With a new president elected into office just days ago, it is now absolutely vital to reinforce to the Mexican government that there is no time to take a break. The vaquita will join the baiji river dolphin and go extinct under the world’s eyes if the Mexican government does not take its commitment to saving the vaquita seriously and act now. It needs to act today, as the last vaquita may drown in a gillnet tomorrow.

“The world is watching as the endangered vaquita porpoise in the Sea of Cortez is approaching extinction. This is our very last chance to prevent the loss of a unique species that is just as important to the identity of the region of Mexico it calls home as it is to humanity and as a piece in the vast and amazing tapestry of biodiversity on this planet. We call on the Mexican government to drastically step up its efforts to take immediate, decisive and effective action to end the gillnet threat once and for all; to put much needed resources towards the strict enforcement of the existing gillnet ban and to prosecute those that violate it to the full extent of the law. Do not wait for others to solve this problem. Do not waste precious time. Every single day counts. Do not let it be your legacy that you let the only cetacean endemic to Mexico go extinct on your watch.
¡Viva la vaquita marina!”

https://www.change.org/p/sign-share-the-petition-prevent-the-imminent-extinction-of-the-vaquita-porpoise-in-mexico/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=409499&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=Y65ELrEVwnOSO7%2bDYTtOcSmL%2bJzbRR1UQGJAsitGJDq3JkLklUcKe3RacOlVc5UQ&j=409499&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=65155510&mid=7233053&jb=965

Find out more about the vaquita:
porpoise.org/vaquita or vivavaquita.org

Download a PDF version to collect signatures in your community.

Petition: Someone Cut Claude’s Ears Off and Left Him Suffering in an Empty Lot

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Baltimore Police Department

9,391 SUPPORTERS
10,000 GOAL
When Claude was born earlier this year he looked just like every other puppy in the litter — big round eyes, a cute wet nose, and big floppy ears. That was until someone brutally mutilated him and left him bleeding and injured in a box on an empty lot in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rescuers found Claude and his litter along with two other dogs late last month. Upon further inspection, they saw that Claude was bleeding from the head. It didn’t take long for them to realize why — someone had cruelly cut off his ears, likely with something they found around the house. Claude was left with the faintest remnants of his once beautiful ears, severe tissue damage and infection.

On their Facebook page, BARCS — the rescue organization — wrote: “When he hears an interesting sound, he attempts to tilt his head and move what is left of his ears, but only finds himself in more pain.”

It’s likely that Claude’s previous owner was attempting to crop his ears to give the dog a more fierce look desired by some bully dog owners. Ear-cropping is purely for aesthetics, it serves no purpose and amounts to willfully mutilating a dog for purely selfish reasons. It often takes place in owners homes with makeshift tools and anesthetic kits bought on the internet. The practice can also cause lasting health problems for the canine.

Nine states, including Maryland, prohibit the practice unless done by a licensed veterinarian while the dog is under an anesthetic. Claude’s procedure was clearly not done by a professional.

The person who did this to Claude and abandoned him and his brothers and sisters to their fate needs to be found and prosecuted for animal cruelty. What is to stop them from finding other puppies and trying to do the same procedure again? In order to make sure no more dogs suffer this person must be taken off the streets and charged.

Tell the Baltimore Police Department that you want them to take Claude’s case seriously. Sign the petition and tell them you want justice for Claude.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/247/216/595/

Photo credit: Facebook

 

Petition: Now Japan Wants to Legalize Commercial Whaling!

by: Care2 Team
recipient: International Whaling Commission

20,836 SUPPORTERS – 25,000 GOAL
“There couldn’t be a better opportunity” — that’s how one Japanese government official replied when asked about the prospects of legalizing and expanding whale hunting. The Japanese government hopes to weaken the current ban on commercial whaling as they chair this year’s International Whaling Commission (IWC) going on now until the September 14 in Florianopolis, Brazil.

But as you know, Japan doesn’t need to weaken the commercial whaling ban to hunt whales, because even though the ban has been in place since 1986, the country has continually ignored it. In fact, Japan has fictitiously given themselves the authority to grant their whalers “waivers” that have allowed them to continue slaughtering whales in the name of “science.”

Earlier this year, several news outlets revealed that Japan had killed more than 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean already in 2018. 120 of them were pregnant females. If that wasn’t outrageous enough, new information from the World Wildlife Fund suggests that 50 of the whales murdered in the Antarctic were taken inside of a marine refuge established specifically to help marine wildlife like whales, seals and penguins thrive.

Now, Japan wants to be granted permission to kill more whales on an even wider scale. Further endangering these species and paying no price for flouting the law. Japan and other whaling countries like Norway and Iceland have together killed nearly 40,000 whales since 1986. If the IWC decides to grant them more leeway to hunt more whales imagine the damage they could do.

Stand up and tell the IWC that people from all around the world want them to continue to protect whales from commercial hunting. Sign the petition and demand that the IWC deny Japan’s request to expand whaling rights.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/599/249/939/

Photo credit : Christopher Michel

 

Petition: Protect Our Prairie Dogs Before They Are Gone

by: G Brocone
recipient: City of Lafayette, Colorado

111,677 SUPPORTERS – 120,000 GOAL

On July 18th, a colony of prairie dogs on city land in Lafayette, CO came under threat when a city-contracted company laid out traps for their capture and extermination. Public outcry—over the removal as well as the fact that trapped animals were left to suffer in extreme heat for hours—created enough pressure to stop the trapping, and those prairie dogs who had been captured were released. But their fate is not yet decided.

City council and city staff will decide the colony’s fate on September 4th. At this time, we do not know if the city will continue with the extermination. We believe better solutions are available and are looking to demonstrate continued public support for this colony as well as other colonies in peril.

Great horned owls, foxes, coyotes, red-tailed hawks and falcons have been known to hunt in this field. Mountain plovers, whose decline has been linked to the decline of prairie dogs, hatch their young there each year. Native wildflowers bloom here. With the importance of prairie dogs to the ecosystem and their shrinking numbers, we need to make an effort to preserve every colony we can.

We are asking the City of Lafayette for the following:

Allow this colony to remain on this land.
Increase protection for all prairie dogs in Lafayette, whether on public, city-owned or private land.
The formation of a working group of concerned citizens and advocates that can work with the city to make sure humane best practices are followed and all potential options for prairie dogs in danger are examined.
A more thorough and protective prairie dog management policy.

We have been getting support from the Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States and Prairie Protection Colorado. We already have the support of one city council member. Please help us convince the rest of city council and city staff that this keystone species is worth fighting for!
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Update #3yesterday
The Water Tank Colony is out of danger for now! The city is listening to our demand for increased protection for prairie dogs and prairie ecosystems. Thank you for your support, 107,000 signatures in 8 days and still counting! Supporters speak of the importance of prairie dogs in the ecosystem, their support of predators, their complex language, the need for diverse gene pools, wildlife corridors and their love for the animals of course 🙂 We aren’t done yet, please continue to support us!
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Update #23 days ago
The city will receive your signatures in just a few hours. The compassion and caring for you have shown for the prairie dogs has been incredibly meaningful. We will know that all of you are standing behind us as we present the petition at city council tonight. Thank you, everyone, for your generous support!
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Update #18 days ago
Overwhelmed by your show of support, thank you so much! If you live nearby, please join us September 4th when we will deliver the petition and fight in person for the prairie dogs. At 5:30, the city will conduct a workshop regarding prairie dogs, public can be there, but will not be able to comment. At 6:30, there is open public comment – that is when we will deliver your comments and signatures. Again, thank you for your support! (Lafayette City Hall, 1290 S. Public Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026)

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/764/215/171/protect-our-prairie-dogs-before-they-are-gone-signatures-needed-by-september-4th/

 

Petition: Demand justice for baby bear cub that was murdered in a barbaric way!, Canada

recipient: Sudbury police, Canada

23,720 SUPPORTERS in Canada
200,928 SUPPORTERS – 210,000 GOAL
A couple of police officers for the greater Sudbury area in Ontario should be dismissed after being called to a scene where a bear cub had been found laying on the side of the road by people driving past.

It seemed as though the cub been hit by a car. A witness states that they called the police. Once on scene, the police officer didn’t even give the bear a look and had stated that the bear had to be “discharged”. The police officer then proceeded to pull out their rifle, and shoot the cub not once, not twice, but five times!

The cub suffered severely after each shot, until it finally passed away in shock and agony. The Sudbury police should pay for their actions in which they took a life in such a cruel way. There are rehibilitation sanctuaries that this cub could have been brought to.

No living thing should ever suffer like this. It is absolutely barbaric, and a disgrace. How disappointing is it to us as a society, to have people be able to just eliminate a beautiful life because it is an inconvenience for them.

The witness states how they will be forever traumatized by the sound of crying and the image of the cub suffering and whaling around in pain. These police officers desevere more punishment then a slap on the wrist. Let’s stand together, because this cub had to stand alone.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/446/494/443/?z00m=30832598&redirectID=2735907372

 

Petition · Stop the Government’s Brutal Treatment of America’s Wild Horses · Change.org

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Petition · Stop the Government’s Brutal Treatment of America’s Wild Horses · Change.org
American Wild Horse Campaign started this petition to President of the United States and 5 others
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In Wyoming’s Red Desert, a tiny wild horse foal flees a menacing helicopter chasing him. The little colt tries as hard as he can to catch up to his mother, just yards ahead of him. But finally he stops, unable to go farther. His mother turns around to look for her foal, then bravely defies the helicopter to run back to him. When the wranglers come after her on horseback with ropes, she charges them, trying desperately to save her baby. Finally, they rope her and drag her in to the trap, then bring in her exhausted foal. The foal photographed later in a holding pen lying lifelessly on the ground. By the next morning, he’s dead.

This tiny colt is the third foal run to death in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup underway right now in Wyoming. So far, over 1,000 wild horses have been captured and permanently removed from our public lands. They will never know freedom or see their families again.

Most Americans have no clue what’s happening at the hands of our government and paid for by our tax dollars. Worst of all, it’s totally unnecessary. The Red Desert wild horses being rounded up today aren’t starving or overpopulating… they are in extremely healthy condition, some are even fat!

The sad truth is that these iconic American mustangs are being run off our public lands to make room commercial livestock grazing that is subsidized by our tax dollars, even though it provides less than 2 percent of America’s beef supply. There’s a way to manage our wild horses and burros of the American West and this is not it. Please speak up today.

https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-government-s-brutal-treatment-of-america-s-wild-horses

Agriculture Canine | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Agriculture Canine | U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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Dogs have a long history of working in partnership with humans. Building on this partnership between humans and dogs, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) detector dogs are a key tool for screening passengers and cargo to prevent the introduction of harmful plant pests and foreign animal disease from entering the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Detector DogThe ability to discriminate and target a specific odor, such as that of an orange or even a live snail, makes dogs an invaluable tool in detecting prohibited agricultural items hidden from view. When it comes to finding prohibited fruit, vegetables, plants, and meat products from high-risk countries, the nose knows. A trained agriculture dog can scan a piece of luggage for smuggled or forgotten fruits in mere seconds. Understandably, it takes an officer much longer to open and visually inspect the same bag.

In 1984, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established its detector dog program Beagle Brigade” at the Los Angeles Inter-national Airport with one beagle trained to sniff out plants and animal products in luggage and carry-on items arriving on international flights. Beagles and beagle mixes are the preferred breed of dog at the airport because of their keen sense of smell, non-threatening size, high food drive, and gentle disposition with the public.

Drug Dog Sniffing boxesIn 2000, USDA started using larger dogs outside the passenger environment by employing Labrador retrievers (labs), this launched the “Border Brigade” on the Mexican and Canadian borders, and “Cargo Brigade” in the CBP cargo inspection facilities at airports and seaports.

In 2003, when USDA transferred agricultural inspectors to CBP, approximately 75 canine teams were included. Today, more than 116 CBP agriculture canine teams provide screening at the border crossings, preclearance locations, air passenger terminals, cruise terminals, cargo warehouses, and mail facilities that process international passengers and commodities.

All the detector dogs at the USDA National Detector Dog Training Center (NDDTC) are adopted from rescue shelters in the U.S. or come to the program from private donations. A facility was constructed in 2009 specifically for NDDTC near Atlanta, Georgia. The facility incorporates environmentally conscious features in accordance with the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Drug Dog sniffing suitcasesBefore the selected beagles or labs can start their specialized work, they have to be trained. All CBP agriculture canine officers and their canine partners complete the initial 10-13 week CBP Agriculture Specialist Canine Training at the NDDTC. Training and evaluation continues at the team’s home port to maintain their skills. Depending on the working environment, the dogs are trained to give either a passive/sitting response or an active response by pawing to indicate the presence of an agricultural product. Regardless of the behavioral response, food (dog treats) and positive praise from their handler is the reward that increases their proficiency.

Drug Dog being trained

In addition to their important detection work, agriculture canine teams make the public aware of the important role that agriculture plays in CBP’s overall mission and in the U.S. economy. The special role of the agriculture detector dog program in protecting American agriculture and its public appeal make it ideal for public outreach activities. Agriculture canine teams have given thousands of demonstrations to audiences of all ages. At schools, media interviews, fairs or other events, the agriculture detector dog teams are always ready to steal the show, greeting the public with happy faces and wagging tails.

https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-agriculture/agriculture-canine