Good News for Yellowstone Grizzlies? U.S. to Review ‘Flawed’ Ruling That Removed Protections

Lorraine Chow
Dec. 07, 2017 
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Good News for Yellowstone Grizzlies? U.S. to Review ‘Flawed’ Ruling That Removed Protections

Over the summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided to strip Yellowstone grizzly bears of Endangered Species Act protections, sparking condemnation from conservationists over the agency’s “flawed” ruling.

But now, USFWS is reviewing this decision thanks to an appeals court ruling that restored protections for a completely different animal that was taken off the endangered species list: the Great Lakes gray wolf.

In August, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, ruled unanimously that USFWS was wrong in its 2011 decision to de-list the Great Lakes gray wolf and should remain under federal protection. The three-judge panel wrote then, “The Endangered Species Act’s text requires the Service, when reviewing and redetermining the status of a species, to look at the whole picture of the listed species, not just a segment of it.”

As it happens, the Fish and Wildlife Service used a similar method to de-list Yellowstone-area bears. Kelly Nokes, large carnivore advocate for WildEarth Guardians, explained to Reuters, U.S. wildlife managers removed the bears from federal protections without assessing impacts on other grizzly populations in the lower 48 states.

The Yellowstone grizzly bear has long been considered endangered, with as few as 136 bears in 1975. But in June, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke announced that the population had been recovered to the point where federal protections can be removed and overall management can be returned to the states and tribes.

There are an estimated 700 today, which “meets all the criteria for delisting,” the Department of Interior, which oversees USFWS, said.

The Associated Press reported that USFWS has now opened up a public comment session on the implications of leaving the bears unprotected. While the review is pending, the animals will stay under state jurisdiction and off the threatened species list, agency spokesman Steve Segin said. The agency plans to release its conclusions by March 31.

Conservation groups responded with fierce outcry over the government’s decision to de-list the grizzlies this summer.

“Without continued Endangered Species Act protections, the recovery of grizzly bears in Greater Yellowstone is in serious jeopardy,” said Bonnie Rice, Greater Yellowstone senior representative with Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign. “Inadequate requirements to protect and connect Yellowstone grizzlies to other populations and hostile state management policies will mean fewer bears restricted to an even smaller area. Grizzly bears will be killed through trophy hunts on the doorstep of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks instead of inspiring millions who come to the region just for a chance to see a live grizzly bear in the wild.”

“These iconic bears need to be protected, not gunned down so their heads can go on some trophy hunter’s wall,” said Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Facing ongoing threats and occupying less than five percent of their historic range, grizzly bears are nowhere near recovery and continue to need the strong protections of the Endangered Species Act.”

“National Parks Conservation Association refutes the Department of the Interior’s short-sighted decision, which threatens Yellowstone grizzlies and ignores concerns, including those raised by many in the National Park Service. Despite Interior’s claim, the long-term health of Yellowstone and Grand Teton grizzlies is far from certain,” added Stephanie Adams, Yellowstone program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association. “We must ensure Yellowstone grizzlies have necessary protections in place for the population to thrive.”

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Deep in the jungle of Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia, a team of park rangers and IRF-funded Rhino Protection Units searched the forest and apprehended nine illegal loggers operating in the park, destroying precious habitat for rhinos, tigers, elephants, and tapirs.

Meanwhile, half a world away, in Zimbabwe’s Lowveld region, another IRF-funded team of rhino monitors, airplane and helicopter pilots, and wildlife veterinarians began an operation to implant radio tracking devices in black rhinos’ horns, to more effectively monitor the rhinos and protect them from organized, heavily-armed gangs of poachers killing rhinos throughout southern Africa.These two very different rhino operations took place thousands of miles apart, in completely different environments, but they had one very important thing in common – each required a dedicated team of people working in partnership to protect rhinos and their habitats.

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BREAKING: Italy Just Voted to Ban All Animal Circus Acts | One Green Planet


Michelle Neff
November 8, 2017 

Victory for animals! With one of the biggest circus industries in the world, Italy voted to phase out ALL ANIMALS used in circuses and traveling shows after a recent vote in the Assembly of the Parliament! The exciting news comes on the heels of India recently banning the use of wild animals in circuses, making Italy the 41st country to pass a national law prohibiting animals in circuses.

According to Animal Defenders International (ADI), a leading non-profit animal welfare organization, the rules on how Italy will implement phasing out all animals used in circuses will be set out within one year by a Ministerial decree. This is a huge breakthrough in the fight against circuses that uses animals, considering there are 100 circuses in Italy and an average of 2,000 animals forced to perform silly tricks.

“Travelling from place to place, week after week, using temporary collapsible cages and pens, circuses simply cannot provide for the needs of the animals. Through ADI’s undercover investigations we have shown the violence and abuse that is used to force these animals to obey and perform tricks,” ADI President Jan Creamer said in a press release. ADI has long been a supporter of the end of animals used in entertainment, having released undercover investigations inside animal circuses and championing countries to implement a ban.

Several other countries including Romania, Iran, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, as well as a number of U.S. cities like Los Angeles, New York City, and Portland, Maine have already instated similar legislation that bans the use of wild animals in circuses, showing us that the world as a whole has been making giant strides toward a more humane future.
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Indonesia governor cracks down on bloody dog-boar fights

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Indonesia governor cracks down on bloody dog-boar fights
Agustinus Beo Da Costa
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Authorities in Indonesia’s West Java province have called a halt to contests pitting dogs against wild boars, following media coverage of the bloody spectacle and pressure by animal rights activists, the provincial governor’s spokesman said on Tuesday.
A dog and wild boar fight during a contest, known locally as ‘adu bagong’ (boar fighting), in Cikawao village of Majalaya, West Java province, Indonesia, September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta SEARCH “BOAR FIGHT” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES.

Last month, Reuters reported that cash prizes of up to $2,000 were being given to dogs victorious in the fights, which villagers call ‘adu bagong’, or boar fighting.

Owners of participating animals said they saw the fights as a way to preserve a regional tradition, besides testing the agility and hunting abilities of the dogs.

“Not all traditions that we have are good,” said Ade Sukalsah, a spokesman for provincial governor Ahmad Heryawan. “If a tradition has a bad influence and impact on people’s lives, the tradition must be eliminated or forgotten.”

Heryawan’s decision to halt the fights was based on Indonesian criminal law provisions against the torture of animals, he added.

The shows “have a negative impact on the community by showing cruelty, torture and violence against animals,” Sukalsah said.

They were also a forum for gambling, he said, adding that Heryawan had issued a circular to regional officials, urging police and the local community to help enforce the law.

Sukalsah said the decision was made in response to “some media reports from Reuters, the BBC and then some animal protection NGOs that sent letters to us.”

The practice, which began in the 1960s when wild pigs were hunted to protect crops, has angered animal rights groups who created an online petition demanding the halt.

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Fergus Jensen; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
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U.S. to suspend use in Colorado of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals

November 6, 2017 / 7:59 PM / Updated 21 hours ago
U.S. to suspend use in Colorado of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals
Laura Zuckerman
(Reuters) – The U.S. government will suspend the use of so-called cyanide bombs to kill wild animals on public lands in Colorado as well as plans to kill dozens of mountain lions and black bears there, federal officials and conservationists said on Monday.

The legal agreement was struck between Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged with killing so-called nuisance animals like coyotes, and conservation groups.

The deal was the second of its kind in less than a week and came as controversy mounted about the agency’s use of M-44s, which critics term “cyanide bombs.” The spring-loaded devices emit sodium cyanide and are blamed for accidentally killing pet dogs in Idaho, Wyoming and elsewhere.

Colleen Adkins, attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said on Monday the aim of lawsuits filed by activists in western U.S. states against Wildlife Services was “to combat cruel treatment of wildlife.”

A spokeswoman for Wildlife Services did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The Colorado agreement stems from a lawsuit filed in April in U.S. District Court in Denver by the Center for Biological Diversity and others. The groups alleged Wildlife Services violated federal law by failing to fully assess the potential impact of the killing of cougars and bears in Colorado on other native wildlife like protected Canada lynx.

Federal officials also had planned to shoot as many as 45 mountain lions and 75 bears in western Colorado over three years in a move to fight the decline of mule deer favored by hunters.

Under terms of the Colorado deal, Wildlife Services will assess the likely consequences of its predator-control activities on other wildlife and the environment by August 2018 and suspend the use of M-44s on public lands in the state, court documents showed.

Federal officials will also suspend plans to kill cougars or bears there to boost deer numbers, according to court documents.

Last Wednesday, a U.S. judge approved a settlement between Wildlife Services and environmental activists tied to a lawsuit they filed in California that similarly alleged the U.S. agency had failed to conduct a thorough environmental analysis of its killing of wild animals in Northern California.

Under that accord, Wildlife Services suspended for at least six years its practice of gunning down coyotes from helicopters and airplanes, and using traps to kill creatures in wilderness areas in 16 Northern California counties.

Reporting by Laura Zuckerman in Pinedale, Wyo.; Editing by Peter Cooney
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NYC Pet Store Investigated by HSUS Shuttered, but larger policy reforms needed · A Humane Nation


In July, we posted a heartbreaking video of sick puppies and deficient care at the Chelsea Kennel Club, a pet store in Manhattan. Above, a puppy oozing mucus at the Chelsea Kennel Club in May. Photo by The HSUS
NYC pet store investigated by HSUS shuttered, but larger policy reforms needed
September 26, 2017

The Chelsea Kennel Club – a boutique Manhattan pet store that was the focus of an HSUS undercover investigation released just two months ago – appears to be shuttered. In July, we posted a heartbreaking video of sick puppies and deficient care there, which attracted five million views on Facebook. Today no one is answering the phone at the store, and photographs reveal a “closed” sign on the front door and rows of empty shelves.

While we certainly want outliers in regard to animal care and cruelty to change their ways or to go out of business, we cannot do in-depth investigations at the hundreds of places throughout the country that are supplying stores like the one in New York. That’s why the nation needs sound policies that set measurable standards of care and assure that these standards are enforced.

Sometimes puppies acquire an illness in a pet store, and the health problems are compounded by cost-cutting measures and inexperienced and inattentive personnel. But in many cases, the dogs arrive sick because of terrible conditions at puppy mills. These are precisely the mills that are the focus of our major reform efforts.

There are plenty of tricks that mill operators use to hide their abuses. Many scofflaw operators purport to having clean inspection reports, but that’s only because they dropped a noncompliant license under one name, and opened a new one under a different family member’s name or a different business name. We found this hide-the-ball strategy at work in several such businesses selling to Chelsea Kennel Club. Sadly, it’s not illegal. There isn’t even a specific rule that requires people who have been convicted of animal cruelty to disclose their conviction when applying for or renewing a USDA license.

But there’s good news. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the federal law that requires certain animal businesses to abide by basic standards of care, is requesting public comment on a proposed rule on the topic. The proposal would close the loophole, leading to the actual shut-down of recidivist puppy millers, as well as roadside zoos and substandard circuses covered under the same regulations.

The Chelsea Kennel Club appears to have closed permanently just two months after an HSUS undercover investigation. Photo by Colin Gillooly

Allowing noncompliant licensees to continue operating is harmful to animals, a waste of government resources, and can also lead to public and animal health crises. In 2010, authorities linked an outbreak of distemper at a Wyoming pet store to Jeff Fortin, who owned a USDA-licensed dog breeding kennel in Kansas. That resulted in the killing of 1,200 dogs. Fortin had been found in violation of AWA standards for years, but he used a technique that many problem dealers have used in the past—they “erase” their histories by simply dropping a non-compliant license and getting a new one under a different business name. In addition, the CDC is currently investigating a seven-state outbreak of a bacterial disease in humans that has been linked to a major national pet store chain that buys its puppies from USDA-licensed breeders. For the safety of animals and the public, it only makes sense that the USDA require licensees to affirmatively demonstrate compliance with the AWA’s health and welfare standards before renewing a license.

The new proposed USDA rule can help prevent puppy millers from gaming the system. We have a chance to urge the USDA to make four vital changes:

Require licensees to affirmatively demonstrate compliance with the AWA before renewing a license or significantly expanding their operations
Prevent noncompliant licensees from simply transferring their operation to another person or LLC on the same (or adjacent) property
Require license applicants and renewing applicants to disclose any animal cruelty convictions, and
Make the process for denying or revoking a license more effective and efficient

The pet industry will most likely fight against closing these gaps in AWA oversight, so the agency needs to hear from you. You can help by commenting directly on the Federal Register site, or comment via our Action Alert. Please remember to personalize your comments, and to be respectful and polite.

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Animal Defenders International : Fur : EXPOSED: The tragic short lives of foxes on a fur farm

EXPOSED: The tragic short lives of foxes on a fur farm

Posted: 26 September 2017. Updated: 27 September 2017
“A LIFETIME” is a new film about the brutal short lives of two foxes, brothers Borys and Eryk, born and killed on a Polish fur farm. Animal Defenders International (ADI) placed hidden cameras on the farm to capture this rare insight into an industry that kills more than 100 million animals a year.

Three arctic foxes are followed from birth on the Polish fur farm – ADI named them Borys, Eryk and Aleska. We see them nursed by their mother and Aleska taking her first halting steps as a tiny cub. Their world is a small wire cage. After a few weeks their mother is removed and we see the growing cubs explore their world and play together. As their coats change to the thick white fur that would protect them through the winter months, their days are numbered; their fur is a prized product.

At less than seven months of age, Boris and then Eryk are dragged from their cage. They have seen other foxes being killed outside their cage and there is nowhere to hide; desperate to avoid their fate, Borys, Eryk and Aleska try to run from the farmer. A terrified Aleska watches as her brothers are pulled from the cage by their tails, one at a time, hung up by a back leg, electrocuted and their bodies thrown on a cart to be skinned. Aleska is spared; she will breed next year’s foxes, her babies will be taken away from her and killed like her brothers.
This is the real cost of fur – when you buy fur, you buy cruelty.

Poland is the fourth largest producer of fox fur in the world – almost all is exported, with the United States being one of the biggest importers. ADI’s previous investigations of fur farms in Finland, the world’s largest producer of fox fur, have shown similar suffering and cruel deaths. The ADI team has also filmed inside farms in the United States and UK; although the UK has banned fur farming, it remains a major dealer, importing and exporting fur.
ADI’s findings reveal a cruel industry built on an image of beauty and luxury, desperately hiding the suffering of sensitive, intelligent, animals being farmed in filthy, intensive factory conditions or trapped for their fur.

Wild foxes are forced to live in small bare wire cages.

Excrement falls through the cages and piles up beneath them.

Animals farmed for their fur are denied their most natural behaviors, the chronic deprivation and extreme confinement causing both psychological and physical damage.

Babies are torn from their mothers at just a few weeks old.

The stark, filthy fur farm – a far cry from the complex, enriched wild habitat they deserve – takes a toll on their mental and physical health.

After only seven short months, baby foxes are dragged from cages by their tails, hung upside down and electrocuted in front of their families and other animals on the farm.

The animals are aware of what will happen to them and make desperate attempts to evade capture in the small cage and cling onto the mesh.

Animals not killed outright, despite industry claims, and are electrocuted a second time.

During ADI’s Polish investigation, one fox completely regained consciousness, ran away and found somewhere to hide. The fox was dragged from his hiding place and hung up again but desperately resisted the probe that he now knew, would kill him.

Worldwide every year over 110 million animals are killed on fur farms, with more than 16 million trapped in the wild for their fur. Over 15 million foxes are killed in a year, usually for trinkets, trims and accessories but up to 35 foxes can be used to make a fur coat.

Recently, products being sold as “fake” have been found to be real fur – perhaps unsurprising that an industry that treats animals as they do, would lie about it to fool the public into buying their cruel products.

Naturally shy and secretive animals, in the wild foxes have large territories, live in dens below ground in open country and eat a wide range of foods. Arctic foxes like Borys, Eryk and Aleska are nomadic, travelling many miles each day over the ice, enjoying the existence for which they evolved.

On the Polish farm ADI documented foxes with bent feet and overgrown claws, the result of a lifetime stood on a floor of wire mesh; individuals who suffered tail loss, caused by chewing due to stress; an animal with a weeping eye, swollen with pus, that was left untreated; young foxes attempting to play but restricted by the confines of their cage; animals chewing and pawing at their cages in a desire escape and to express themselves in their natural digging behaviors.

The full report is online here. Plus information on how to stop the fur trade.

Help end the cruel fur trade!

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Hurricane Irma: Zoos, Wildlife Centers Hunker Down as Historic Storm Reaches Florida

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As Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds began hitting the Florida Keys on Saturday, many animals — including howler monkeys, dingoes and turtles — were safely tucked away in their shelters or elsewhere.

Zoos and conservation centers in South Florida moved their animals to safety earlier in the week as forecasts for the Sunshine State grew increasingly dire.

At the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society in West Palm Beach, workers began moving smaller animals into facilities that doubled as hurricane shelters on Wednesday morning, said its communications director, Naki Carter.

“We are prepared for the worst and hopeful for the best,” Carter said. “We are preparing for a Category 5 to make direct impact with our zoo.”

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The zoo’s tiger, jaguar, bear and Komodo dragon populations would be staying put, she said, because their habitats already double as hurricane shelters.

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SoCal Experts Say Concerned Pet Owners Should Keep Animals Inside During Monday’s Solar Eclipse | KTLA


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Victory! Another Major City Bans Pet Store Sales Of Puppy Mill Dogs | Care2 Causes


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Petition update · Keep the pressure on to end the cruelty. Now is the time to act! · Change.org


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Petition · The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA): FIFA: Take a stand in FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017 against the dog and cat meat trade! · Change.org


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Petition: Stop Deputy Allison Cardona from KILLING “Aggressive Dogs” · Change.org


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Petition · Pass a Virginia law requiring dog owners to keep their dogs inside in harsh temperatures · Change.org


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Petition · Save the Palo Alto Animal Shelter! · Change.org


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Tell Congress to DEFUND Dog Abuse at Veterans Affairs Labs!

The White Coat Waste Project has revealed that (http://blog.whitecoatwaste.org/2016/11/13/wcw-report-exposes-secretive-spending-in-government-dog-labs/) more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments at the Department of Veterans Affairs (http://blog.whitecoatwaste.org/2017/03/22/wcws-expose-of-veterans-affairs-dog-abuse-rallies-congress/) and other government agencies each year. As reported in the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/11/15/saving-dogs-from-government-research-labs-gets-some-bipartisan-attention/), WCW has exposed how taxpayers are forced to pay untold millions for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done, why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? ACT NOW to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}

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VIDEO: “Dogs ‘intentionally injured,’ killed” at Vets Affairs lab – White Coat Waste Project

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Petition: Tell Gov. Justice: End Greyhound Racing in West Virginia Now!


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Stop Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Cruel Animal Experiments

Despite acknowledging that animal experiments are a waste of money and often lead to inconclusive results, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) gives almost half its grant money to animal research. Sign this petition and demand the NIH stop funding useless and cruel research.

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End Cruel and Painful Animal Body Modification

Puppies as young as eight weeks are being forced to undergo cosmetic surgery to conform to unnatural breed standards set by the American Kennel Club. Please sign this petition to protect dogs from such vain and painful procedures.

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Save the Last Northern Sportive Lemurs

As few as 19 individuals of a critically endangered lemur species are left in the wild. Encourage Madagascar’s government to immediately protect this nearly-extinct species by declaring its known range to be protected land.

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Save the Bactrian Camel From Extinction

Fewer than one thousand wild Bactrian camels are left, and time is running out to save them. Their numbers are threatened due to poaching, habitat loss and cross-breeding that could wipe out their unique genes. Please sign this petition to save these special creatures.

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Stop Clubbing Baby Seals and Their Mothers to Death

A horrific commercial hunt in which countless seals are brutally murdered started early this year. Now, baby seals are at risk and their mothers are being shot, clubbed, or impaled with sharp picks. Demand an end to this abominable hunt.

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Pennsylvania Residents: Support Increased Penalties for Animal Abusers!

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Please urge legislators to vote yes on S.B. 298! The measure is currently under consideration in the state Senate, so your voice is urgently needed.

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