Thank you Tony Eliseuson, Animal Legal Defense Fund Senior Staff Attorney for posting this update about Tony on Linked In.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a summary judgment motion asking the Court to enter a final judgment that will end this six-year legal battle and enforce the Louisiana Big Cat Ban as to Tony, who has unfortunately spent the last 16-years of his life trapped at the Tiger Truck Stop.
This Motion is a significant development in the case as it attacks the two legal tactics used by Tiger Truck Stop to avoid a prior judgment from 2013 that was entered in the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s favor. If this Motion is granted, it should allow the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to take possession of Tony and move him to a naturalistic home at a reputable sanctuary that he has deserved for 16 years.
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First, excerpts from Healthline.com for “What Causes Dermatitis Herpetiformis?”:
- From the sound of the name, many people think this rash is caused by some form of the herpes virus. This isn’t the case, as it has nothing to do with herpes. Dermatitis herpetiformis occurs in people with celiac disease. Celiac disease (also called celiac sprue, gluten intolerance, or gluten-sensitive enteropathy) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s also sometimes found in oats that have been processed in plants that handle other grains.
- According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 15 to 25 percent of people with celiac disease have DH. Celiac disease can also cause intense abdominal pain, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. People with DH typically don’t have any of the intestinal symptoms. However, even if they don’t experience any intestinal symptoms, 80 percent or more…
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Government hazers descended upon our soon-to-be national mammal this Monday, marking the season’s first forced removal operation west of Yellowstone National Park. Agents with the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) and Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) disturbed and chased forty-four buffalo with about twelve newborns from lands west of the South Fork of the Madison, in the Denny Creek area, a place buffalo love. Unfortunately, this is one of the last strongholds for the few seasonal…
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This 23 August 2016 video is called China destroys seized ivory in illegal trade crackdown.
From the African Wildlife Foundation:
Stop ivory sales: Protect elephants
Africa’s elephants are in crisis, with the number lost to poaching exceeding 30,000 a year. Sadly, these majestic animals are killed to feed the demand for unnecessary ivory trinkets.
This is driving a beloved species toward extinction and undermining the African economy as one of its primary tourism drivers disappears.
The African Wildlife Foundation, our followers and the worldwide conservation community, have already persuaded numerous governments to ban their domestic ivory trade.
Now it’s Taiwan’s turn. A total ban would support the resolution reached by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) COP 17 to prohibit all ivory trade. It would also prevent wildlife traffickers from using Taiwan’s legal ivory trade as cover for transporting…
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From the American Chemical Society.
WASHINGTON — Have you ever seen a drop of water navigate a maze? It’s possible thanks to the same phenomenon that lets you know if a griddle is hot enough for pancake batter. Water droplets that dance and skitter across a hot surface instead of boil away on the spot are experiencing the Leidenfrost effect.
Understanding Leidenfrost — first described more than 200 years ago — helped engineers make more efficient steam engines. Today, scientists are using high-speed cameras to better characterize how superhot water behaves on metal surfaces. The investigation might lead to improvements in power generation. Watch the superhot dancing droplets here:
You did it. Your voice has been heard!
TK Maxx has responded. They have accepted the Blood Feather award and turned it into something positive:
They have agreed to stand up for the geese and ducks in their supply chain.
As you may remember, we believed that TK Maxx was not doing enough to prevent cruelty from entering their bedding supply chain. They were ignoring our 40Lives campaign and our efforts to get in touch.
Luckily, over 13,000 FOUR PAWS supporterscontacted TK Maxx directly, asking them to budge. And it worked!
We finally heard from TK Maxx the night before our planned Blood Feather Award ceremony.
Regardless, we went ahead and delivered the award at their headquarters. It was THE red carpet event of the year.
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OK, while this may not be exactly breaking news, it is STILL HUGE! I FINALLY received an answer about M1396 GUARDIAN albeit late:
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A 70-year-old Swedish woman is the latest victim of the left’s maniacal commitment to “tolerance.” The elderly woman faces up to four years in jail for complaining on Facebook about migrants fouling her neighborhood. Migrant men have been caught defecating in the streets. Cars have been torched as migrants attempted to incite a riot.
In a post from 2015, the unnamed woman commented on the effect migrants were having in her city. Liberals drudged up the post two years later and are now attempting to hurry the woman into court. The entire case rests on a screenshot of an old Facebook post.
Migrant violence, on the other hand, usually goes unprosecuted. The moral relativism espoused by most liberals allows them to excuse almost any ill on cultural grounds. A Muslim migrant sexually assaulted a young woman? It must be because he hasn’t learned how to treat women. A…
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PITTSBURG, Pa. — We have been following the story of the Pittsburgh area restaurant serving steak tartare made with horse meat. Because it was making national headlines we figured you have been following it too.
We write about it now that the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has stepped in. It is interesting how FSIS handled it pointing out their concern — it is illegal to import horse meat into the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has warned a Pittsburgh restaurant to not serve horse meat again.
KDKA-TV first reported that Cure Restaurant hosted a special dinner with Canadian chefs on May 8 that included horse tartare*.
Cure released this statement from chef/co-owner Justin Severino:
“On Monday night we hosted a collaborative dinner with chefs from Canada, a Québécois feast. One of the courses included horse tartare, which is traditional Québécois. It was sourced…
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Twitter House Judiciary Democrats: https://twitter.com/HouseJudDems
Maybe it looks like Watergate because it is some of the same players? Roger Stone, who was part of Nixon’s CREEP, appears to be involved.
“In shock move, Trump fires FBI Director Comey
Posted:Tue, 09 May 2017 19:44:15 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading his agency’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign. ” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/yL7Kg9v3rFU/us-usa-trump-comey-idUSKBN1852MV
THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE ANYTHING THERE TO MONITOR GROUND SHIFTING TO ALERT PRIOR TO COLLAPSE DESPITE ALL OF THE TAX PAYER MONEY SUNK INTO THE HANFORD NUCLEAR SITE? How routinely do they do surveillance of the area? Did the tunnel just collapse? Or did they just notice it?
The collapsed radioactive waste tunnel probably contains plutonium 239, with a half-life of over 24,000 years and plutonium 241, half-life of over 14 years, but which becomes Americium 241 with a radioactive half-life of over 400 years: “Plutonium-239 is one of the three fissile materials used for the production of nuclear weapons and in some nuclear reactors as a source of energy. The other fissile materials are uranium-235 and uranium-233. Plutonium-239 is virtually nonexistent in nature.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_plutonium
“HANFORD EMERGENCY INFORMATION
Event Summary 5/9/2017 10:37 AM
HANFORD SITE EMERGENCY
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office activated…
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From Common Dreams:
“Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation, Wildfire Burns in Fukushima ‘No-Go Zone’ Contaminated forests such as those outside fallout sites like Fukushima and Chernobyl ‘are ticking time bombs’ by Lauren McCauley, staff writer, Published on Monday, May 01, 2017
A wildfire broke out in the highly radioactive “no-go zone” near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant over the weekend, reviving concerns over potential airborne radiation.
Japanese newspaper The Mainichi reports that lightning was likely to blame for sparking the fire Saturday on Mount Juman in Namie, which lies in the Fukushima Prefecture and was one of the areas evacuated following the 2011 meltdown. The area continues to be barred to entry as it is designated a “difficult-to-return zone” due to continually high radiation levels.
Local officials were forced to call in the Japanese military, the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), to help battle the blaze, which continued to…
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Deepwater Horizon Response, 100727-G-9091S-43, USCG Photo by Dave Silva. cleaning tar balls in Florida, Pensacola, FL
Dr. Brian Stacy, NOAA veterinarian, prepares to clean an oiled Kemp’s Ridley turtle, Photo Credit: NOAA and Georgia Department of Natural Resources
“Trump’s Executive Order Spree Explained: From Monuments to Oil Spills by Cassady Craighill April 28, 2017
The latest moves by the Trump administration could open up protected areas to oil and gas drilling.
We may say this every Friday, but this time we really mean it — this has been one hell of a long week.
Trump marks his first 100 days in the White House this weekend, and in an attempt to squeeze in just a few more attacks on our communities and environment, he went on an Executive Order blitz.
It started on Wednesday when he signed an executive order that ordered the Interior Department to review…
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Coyote photo via Wikimedia Commons
Last week I wrote about a hounder by the name of Michael Wood from Amery, Wisconsin that received $5000 from the Wisconsin DNR in 2016 for two hounds that were allegedly killed by wolves. In the post we pointed out that a subject with the same name out of Amery had a conviction on three counts of intentionally mistreating animals in 2009 out of Bayfield County.
Upon further research we found that the same subject was also under open charges for poaching a bear and resisting a warden in September of 2016, two months after the alleged “depredation” of his hounds.
Through an open records request we were able to obtain the original criminal complaint for the 2009 incident that Wood was convicted of and it is even more horrifying than we imagined.
From the criminal complaint:
Complainant is a Conservation Warden with the…
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After thinking that our cause could get a wider reach exclusively with Facebook posts only we have decided to return with a a dual reach format with Facebook and our blog here. Our wildlife is under threat more than ever before and when political and climate factors intersect we could be looking at a mass extinction caused by our own hand and the greed of man. Wildlife was once pushed to the brink in the name of “market hunting,’ misguided hatreds and fears, and all around human greed. Despite what the killing cartels and state killing agencies tell you “market hunting” never went away. It is now re-branded as outfitting, game farms, “sustainable harvests,” and a myriad of other fluffy terms that equate to wholesale killing for profit, recreation, or misguided fear and hatred. Some wildlife advocates refer to this new form of “market hunting” as the “Recreational Industrial…
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Modern life have you feeling frazzled? Flagging a bit as you rush through your day? Maybe you’re one of the millions of consumers who lean on energy drinks to put a little extra pep in your step.
Though emblematic of our time, energy drinks aren’t an invention of the new millennium. People have relied on them to combat fatigue for at least a century. Today, their “energy” typically derives from some type of neurological stimulant that makes people feel more energetic, or sometimes just sugar.
But there was a time when energy drinks actually contained real energy. The active ingredient in these drinks was radium, a radioactive element that releases a packet of radiant energy with every atomic decay. While the connection between consuming a radioactive element and reaping a…
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The largest nuclear disaster in history occurred 30 years ago at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in what was then the Soviet Union. The meltdown, explosions and nuclear fire that burned for 10 days injected enormous quantities of radioactivity into the atmosphere and contaminated vast areas of Europe and Eurasia. The International Atomic Energy Agency estimates that Chernobyl released 400 times more radioactivity into the atmosphere than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
Radioactive cesium from Chernobyl can still be detected in some food products today. And in parts of central, eastern and northern Europe many animals, plants and mushrooms still contain so much radioactivity that they are unsafe for human consumption.
The first atomic bomb exploded at Alamogordo, New Mexico more than 70 years ago…
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Protesting Russian State owned Gazprom; Albertina Museum in Vienna
Deepwater Horizon, BP oil spill, Gulf of Mexico
From the VOA:
“Trump Signs Order Opening Arctic for Oil Drilling
April 28, 2017 3:23 PM, Steve Baragona
President Donald Trump is re-opening for oil exploration areas that President Barack Obama had closed, a move that environmental groups have promised to fight.
In an executive order Friday, the president reversed the Obama administration’s decision to prohibit oil and gas drilling in the Arctic waters off Alaska.
The order also instructs the Interior Department to review current restrictions on energy development in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. In addition, it bars the creation or expansion of marine sanctuaries and orders a review of all areas protected within the last 10 years.
The action is the latest from the Trump administration aimed at boosting domestic energy production and loosening…
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This is what Wisconsin considers “managment” of wildlife. Legal dog fighitng is not only condoned but encouraged by the State of Wisconsin. Upon delisitng this form of legal dog fighting will be allowed against wolves….if it isn’t occurring already. Photo used under Fair Use for Educational Purposes.
Once again it seems that the gray wolf population in Great Lakes will handed over to states full of individuals and groups wishing to see them wiped off the face of the earth. Hostile state agencies, along with their contracted federal goon squads known as “Wildlife Services” are primed and ready to immediately begin the killing once federal “protections” are removed. As most wildlife advocates know those “protections” were in name only as poaching and 24/7/365 harassment by Wisconsin hounders have kept the wolf population under constant threat. With a looming delisting this harassment is only going to get worse and be more…
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Photo Credit: Zach Dischner via CC Flickr
The following story was told by Dr. Russell H. Conwell to raise millions of dollars to help fund the formation of Temple University in Philadelphia. He used the story to fire the imagination of his listeners during more than 6,000 fund-raising lectures. The story gives us a tremendous illustration of a way that a person can find true happiness in their own “Acres of Happiness.”
Many, many years ago, a young American was traveling down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East and was accompanied by an old Arab guide that he had hired in Bagdad.
During the trip, the guide told him a story about an ancient Persian Ali Hafed. Hafed owned a very large farm, orchards, grain fields, gardens, and money coming in from loans that he made. He was a wealthy and contented man.
One day Hafed was…
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Thousands of victims are suing shingles vaccine manufacturer Merck for giving them the very virus the vaccination was supposed to protect them against.
According to massive lawsuit, the shingles vaccine Zostavax attacks a persons central nervous system causing a painful rash, which can then lead to encephalitis, vision loss and postherpetic neuralgia.
Attorney Troy Bouk was recently interviewed to discuss the dangers of the shingles vaccine and the reason why thousands of its recipients are seeking to hold big pharma accountable for the damage it has done.
In the interview with Cousins, Bouk explained that Zostavax is made with a live strain of the shingles virus and described the complications that are associated with shingles. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox. The varicella-zoster virus lies dormant in people who have had chicken pox, but sometimes the virus reawakens and produces shingles.
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Psalm 56:8 “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
I don’t know about you, but the joy of the Lord can escape me with all the cruelty I see happening to animals. It is easy to allow the thoughts and pictures in my mind of these abuses consume everything else.
But then I ask, in the face of such extreme suffering: Since God is asking us to be joyful (for the “joy of the Lord is our strength” – Nehemiah 8:10), how can he expect us to have joy in the face of all we see? It feels like we are not to feel pain or get angry, but to constantly be in some state of happiness or “joy”! How can this be? …
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We have previously discussed how the growing Chinese market for exotic animal parts is wiping out the world’s populations of endangered and threatened animals. This week the extent of that slaughter was brutally evident in Russia where poachers have killed over 20,000 reindeer . . . only to cut their tongues out and leaving miles of rotting carcasses.
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Dalida Kozlic L.L.B writes:
Something very personal….
It is estimated that there are about 600 million stray animals in the world. Every year the 4th of April is marked as “World Stray Animals Day”.
Stray animals are the ones that live on the streets without having an owner, or that have lived their lives without being domesticated. Stray animals usually feed on any rubbish that is left outside, which is why you find them close to populated areas. Some of the animals, although living wild on the streets, are fed by people. This is why they are sometimes known as “community animals”.
Many hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide have been poisoned, clubbed to death, euthanized or killed in other ways to solve the stray dog problem. But all these barbaric methods only lead to a short term decrease in the population density (the World Health Organisation
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Earth Day 2017. This article was first published in April 2014
The findings of the most recent IPCC report are sobering. We have 15 years to mitigate climate disaster. It is up to us to make a major transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy economy within that time-frame. Big Energy and our plutocratic government are not going to do it without effective pressure from a people-powered movement.
Earth Day is no longer about celebration. We are making Mother Earth sick by using extreme methods to extract fuels from her mountains and from beneath her surface and by massive spills of oil, chemicals and radiation. We must mobilize ourselves to take action now to create clean renewable energy and to restore the damage we have done.
More people are getting this concept. This year, there are several major campaigns around Earth Day, for example the Global Climate Convergence and…
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Fungus represents a “catastrophic threat” to the public
A deadly fungus is causing a “catastrophic threat” in the United States and has already killed at least 61 people in recent years.
Candida auris is considered a superbug, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that about 60 percent of people who have been infected by the fungus have died. So far, recorded cases have been mostly in New York and New Jersey, but Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the CDC, is warning that it is highly dangerous and may spread.
Schuchat told STAT News this week that the fungus represents a “catastrophic threat” to the public and is one of the “scariest threats” currently facing the nation.
The fungus was first documented in Japan eight years ago, but has since been reported in a dozen countries and on four continents.
“It appears that C. auris…
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April 22nd was officially Earth Day. Everyday needs to be Earth Day.
NASA Earth-Rise Christmas Eve 1968
The human population of the earth has more than doubled since the Earth-Rise picture was taken in 1968, making caretaking of the earth more urgent.
Schedelsche Weltchronik or Nuremberg Chronicle Date 1493
Here in an old, old tradition from thousands of years ago, written almost 2,000 years ago, one sees much biological truth. The human body reflects the earth and water itself. If you poison the earth and the water with lethal radionuclides, humans and other life takes up these man-made radionuclides:
Genesis 2:6 “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” In this context, nuclear…
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Before I was an animal rights activist, I was a budding human rights activist. While in law school, I helped victims of domestic violence obtain personal protection orders. I studied human rights and refugee law, participated in an asylum clinic, spent all my summer legal internships working with refugee organizations and focused primarily on helping women who were victims of gender-based persecution and violence such as honor crimes, forced genital mutilation, sex-trafficking, and rape. My first client let me touch the shrapnel that was embedded under the skin in her knee after the Taliban had bombed her village in Afghanistan and killed most of her family. I also represented men when they were in need, like the gentle Congolese man who had been tortured, and had the marks on his body to prove it, because of dubious ties to the wrong political party. Refugees and victims of gender based violence…
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In memory of Britches
Every year on this day I remember the liberation of the macaque baby “Britches” from the University Laboratory of California (ULC). The ALF has made this exemption. Britches, a five-week-old monkey baby, was separated from his mother shortly after his birth. The aim of the experiment was to test the effect of a device on the blind so that blind people are guided by warning signals. For this reason the eyelids of Britches had been sewn and a sonar device attached to him.
On April 20, 1985, some courageous ALF activists deactivated the alarm system of ULC, entered the lab, and freed Britches, along with other 460 laboratory animals.
The story of “Britches” is perhaps known, but less well-known is that due to this action, these cruel trials in UCR were no longer pursued. The eyes of the monkeys were also no more sewn…
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