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The population of North American monarch butterflies has plummeted from 1 billion to 33 million in just two decades. Now, a project is underway to revive the monarch by making an interstate highway the backbone of efforts to restore its dwindling habitat.
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Divided over strategy, wildlife conservation groups agree the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is too secretive about its killing of wolves.
They are divided over the best strategy to recover wolves in Washington. But 14 conservation groups joined together Friday to send a letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, protesting secrecy in its management of wolves.
The letter, signed by wildlife conservation groups across Washington, was issued after the department released a five-word account of its ongoing kill operation of the Smackout Pack in northeastern Washington, to protect ranchers’ cattle.
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We know that elephants are extremely intelligent, and this male, fondly named, “Pretty Boy”, showed his smarts after he had been wounded by a poacher.
This magnificent wild animal had been shot in the head, and obviously needed help fast.
He approached a group of doctors, as if knowing they would help and not harm him.
And help they did.
Check out the video for this happy-ending story.
Sales of shark fin in China drop by up to 70%
Traditionally a symbol of wealth and luxury, public attitudes towards shark fin are changing in China, according to a new report
A popular dish at weddings and banquets in China, shark fin soup is increasingly off the menu due to a government frugality drive and awareness campaigns and by conservationists, according to a new report.
The trade in shark fins, a symbol of wealth in China and other parts of Asia, has led to the decline in some shark populations by up to 98% in the last 15 years. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year with up to 73 million used for their fins.
China became the world’s largest market for shark fin due to its rising wealth and desire for luxury goods. However, sales of shark fin have fallen from 50-70%…
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A UK so-called planning firm “One Creative Environments” has proposed the most bizarrely stupid idea for “beautifying” the proposed Westinghouse-Toshiba AP 1000 Nuclear Power Station (Moorside) in Cumbria, UK – fake rainbows over the nuclear site. But, there will be real radioactive rainbows due to the planned radioactive discharges from the nuclear power station, making the fake rainbows as sickening as silly. The uranium might even come from the area of the Grand Canyon, as explained further below.
As Radiation Free Lakeland points out “This isn’t a spoof, wish it was it would be the best ever….” In an embarrassment to the concept of planning in general and British Town and Country planning in particular the “plan” calls for “two large glass towers that would use light and mist to create a continual arching rainbow over the site….” See image and more here: https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/nuclear-power-farts-rainbows-official/
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If you live in the state of Pennsylvania like I do, put a reminder on your calendar! You should check to see if you’re in the 10 “AIR” Mile Zone
State Asks Residents Close to Nuclear Plants to Have Pills https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2017-08-15/state-asks-residents-close-to-nuclear-plants-to-have-pills
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is reminding Luzerne County residents to stock up on potassium iodide pills in case of an emergency at the Talen Energy nuclear power plant. Aug. 15, 2017 SALEM, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is reminding Luzerne County residents to stock up on potassium iodide pills in case of an emergency at the Talen Energy nuclear power plant.
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Written by: Heather Clemenceau
Simply offering a horse for sale is no guarantee of finding a suitable home for that animal, even if young and sound. The process is even more challenging if the horse is older, untrained, or has behavioural or physical issues, or if the economy is poor. While most shelters and rescues are likely at capacity, a study conducted by the Research and Development/Community Outreach arm of the ASPCA found that there do appear to be untapped resources that could be called upon to re-home horses within the general public.
The question posed by the study is whether there are enough private homes to accommodate the number of unwanted American horses currently being sent to slaughter. Using Edge Research to conduct a telephone survey, the researchers attempted to pre-qualify people who would be willing to adopt unwanted horses, determine what characteristics were required of horses to be…
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Five Plead Guilty in Multi-State Dog Fighting Prosecution
New Jersey and Chicago-Area Defendants Convicted As Part of Operation Grand Champion
Four defendants pleaded guilty today and yesterday to federal charges for their roles in an inter-state dog fighting network spanning from New Mexico to New Jersey, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Acting United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey William E. Fitzpatrick. A fifth defendant pleaded guilty in June. U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton accepted the following pleas:
Anthony “Monte” Gaines, 36, of Vineland, New Jersey, a/k/a “Whiteboy,” pleaded guilty yesterday to two felony counts of conspiracy to buy, sell, receive, transport, deliver, and possess dogs intended for use in an animal fighting venture, and one felony count of possessing a dog intended for use in an animal fighting venture.
Lydell Harris, 32, of Vineland, New Jersey, a/k/a “Sinn,” pleaded guilty yesterday to one felony count of conspiracy to sponsor or exhibit a dog in an animal fighting venture, and one felony count of possessing a dog intended for use in an animal fighting venture.
Frank Nichols, 40, of Millville, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of conspiracy to transport, deliver and receive dogs intended for use in an animal fighting venture, and one felony count of possessing a stolen firearm subsequent to a felony conviction.
Pedro Cuellar, 47, of Willow Springs, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of conspiracy to transport, deliver, and receive dogs intended for use in an animal fighting venture.
Mario Atkinson, 42, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on June 15, 2017 before Judge Anne E. Thompson in U.S. District Court in Trenton to one count of sponsoring or exhibiting a dog in an animal fighting venture, and one count of possessing a dog intended for use in an animal fighting venture.
Nichols and Harris pleaded guilty to indictments. Gaines, Cuellar, and Atkinson were charged with Bills of Information. Charges remain pending against four defendants.
According to court documents filed in connection with the cases, from October 2015 through June 1, 2016, the pleading defendants and their co-defendants and associates fought dogs – including to the death – and trafficked in dogs with other dog fighters in Indiana, Illinois, New Mexico, and elsewhere so that those dogs could be used in dog fights. They also maintained fighting dogs and dog fighting equipment such as dog treadmills, intravenous drug bags and lines, “breeding stands” used to immobilize female dogs, and chains weighing up to several pounds per linear foot. Agents found canine blood on the floor, walls, and ceiling of the basement of one defendant’s residence, indicating that the area was likely used as a dog fighting pit. Among other acts involved in the charges, one of the pleading defendants admitted that his dog died in his car on the way home after losing a dog fight.
“Justice is being delivered in these cases,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Wood. “Ending animal fighting ventures and other inhumane practices depends upon the hard work of investigators and lawyers like those who brought these cases, and will also require continued partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Our Division is proud to be a leader in this worthy cause. We also applaud the work of the Humane Society in partnering with us to provide hope of recovery for the abused animals.”
“The criminal conduct speaks to the cruel conditions in which these animals live,” Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick said. “This office, along with our law enforcement partners and the Humane Society, is working to end this illegal activity and punish those who abuse animals for their own enjoyment.”
“The provisions of the Animal Welfare Act were designed to protect animals from being used in illegal fighting ventures, which often entail other forms of criminal activity involving drugs, firearms and gambling,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. “Together with the Department of Justice, animal fighting is an investigative priority for USDA-OIG, and we will work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and assist in the criminal prosecution of those who participate in animal fighting ventures.”
This case is part of Operation Grand Champion, a coordinated effort across numerous federal judicial districts to combat organized dog fighting. The phrase “Grand Champion” is used by dog fighters to refer to a dog with more than five dog fighting “victories.” To date, 98 dogs have been rescued as part of Operation Grand Champion, and either surrendered or forfeited to the government. The Humane Society of the United States assisted with the care of the dogs seized by federal law enforcement. The government is represented by Trial Attorney Ethan Eddy of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen O’Leary. The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Each animal fighting charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The weapons charge against defendant Nichols carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The investigation is ongoing.
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A critical meeting is taking place on Thursday, August 24. Delegates and heads of state from all twelve snow leopard (Panthera uncia) range countries are coming together for the Global Snow Leopard Summit, where they will be discussing the fate of this mythic cat.
These world leaders will be meeting in the Kyrgyz Republic, and they will be joined by experts from various fields. Their goal is to assess the state of snow leopard conservation, update a key document called the Bishkek Declaration, and strategize for the future. They will discuss ongoing threats to snow leopards, ways to bolster funding for the cats’ conservation, and how to sustainably increase rural peoples’ livelihoods.
This last element is key, because many human communities within the snow leopard’s range are extremely poor. They are also heavily reliant on livestock. So when…
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The legal export of antique ivory from the United Kingdom is fueling global demand and putting Africa’s remaining elephants at risk. Help protect these majestic creatures and tell the British government this trade must be brought to an end.
Source: Stop Legal Exports of Ivory
Elephant tramples and kills Argentinian hunter in Namibia.