BREAKING: Los Angeles Bans Use of Wild Animals for Entertainment! | One Green Planet


Kate Good
April 25, 2017

We have some fantastic news to share with you! A recent press release from Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) announced that the city council of Los Angeles voted today to ban the use of wild animals in entertainment! The motion, by Councilmember David Ryu, affects circuses, other wild animal exhibitions, and rentals for house parties. An official ordinance is being drafted and will soon be returned to the Council for final approval.

While other cities in the U.S. have taken similar action to prohibit the use of wild animals in entertainment, L.A. is by far the largest city to do so – and the fact that this municipality is known for its entertainers is certainly not lost on us.

It seems that after years and years of campaigns by animal activists, lawmakers and businesses are finally waking up to the harsh reality that animals do not exist for our entertainment.

The majority of animals, who are either taken from the wild or raised captivity, that appear in circuses and other attractions exhibit signs of deep mental and physical distress. A study by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) found that approximately two-thirds of captive elephants exhibit stereotypic behaviors such as head bobbing, weaving, and swaying. These mindless, repetitive behaviors are thought to be outward expressions of anxiety and stress in captive animals. Sadly, bobbing and swaying are the better manifestations of this illness, aptly dubbed zoochosis, other animals have been known to over-groom themselves to the point of harm, throw or each their feces, or regurgitate their meals. Not exactly signs of happy animals.

In addition, the methods used to train wild animals to perform are nothing short of cruel. Many entertainers deprive animals of food to get them to perform on perfect cue, in addition, they use painful tools such as bullhooks (which incidentally L.A. had already banned) and whips to teach animals through fear and pain. Circuses and animal shows might be fun for us, but they are certainly not for the animals.

Luckily, it seems as if the tide against this cruel form of entertainment is turning. Thanks to the work of organizations like PAWS and the countless activists who have offered their voices to suffering animals, we’re seeing more and more progress towards emptying the cages for good. Ringling Bros. is scheduled to have their last show next month and we can only hope that this, coupled with the news that L.A. has voted to end animals in entertainment, will encourage more cities and businesses to do the same.

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Capone: DNA Tests Are In! – Rapid Response Team for Animals


The DNA test results are back, and they show that Capone is…. just a dog, not a wolf hybrid as Aurora, CO officials believed he was. So what is the next step? There is an active petition ongoing and the next court date is this Wednesday to determine this dogs fate. While this latest news is certainly great news, we don’t know how far longer Aurora, CO wish to drag this out.  Please sign the petition

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Woohoo! Authorities Deny License Renewal for Horrific Zoo Where Over 500 Animals Died | One Green Planet


Natasha Brooks
March 7, 2017

Little makes us happier than seeing dedicated animal lovers create change in the world, and today we are over the moon with joy because a dreadful UK zoo has been denied its renewal license thanks to public pressure!

The South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton, Cumbria has long been under fire for its astonishing neglect, abuse, and murder of innocent animals. Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) has been a voice for the animals, diligently investigating this zoo. Reports detailing the events that occurred within its confines are some of the most gruesome and devastating we have ever heard.

Perhaps the most well-known of these tragedies is the death of zookeeper Sarah McClay, who was mauled to death by a tiger. Despite her family’s requests to not kill the tiger, the animal was euthanized with no documented reason why.

Other shocking crimes of neglect have included the electrocution of a tortoise, a squirrel monkey rotting behind a radiator, and two snow leopards who were found partially eaten! Likely suffering from zoochosis, a jaguar chewed off its own paw! Additionally, seven lion cubs and five baboons were murdered with no reason given other than there was not enough space at the zoo. A rhinoceros was crushed to death and a giraffe was killed after collapsing.

These heartbreaking reports are just the tip of the iceberg. In just four years from 2013-2016, 486 innocent animals died at South Lakes Safari Zoo. CAPS’ representatives say the crimes at the zoo are some of the absolute worst cases of animal cruelty they have seen in sixty years.

Thankfully, after CAPS’s investigations and persistent outcries from concerned animal lovers, this terrible facility has had its renewal license denied. The council describes the zoo’s owner, David Gill, as “not a fit and suitable person” to manage the facilities and properly care for the animals.

Although this is a major victory for animal rights, the fight has not ended. Gill still has the option to appeal this license denial. Although our fingers are crossed the governing council will continue to rule in favor of humane practices, we still need to keep our voices heard.

Please share this story with your friends and family and encourage them to stand up for zoo animals!

The Vancouver Aquarium Will Be Closing Its Beluga Exhibit | Care2 Causes


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IT’S OVER FOR RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS | PETA’s Blog | PETA



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As of May, the saddest show on earth for wild animals will end. Thirty-six years of PETA protests, of documenting animals left to die, beaten animals, and much more, has reduced attendance to the point of no return.

All other animal circuses, roadside zoos, and wild animal exhibitors, including marine amusement parks like SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium, must take note: society has changed, eyes have been opened, people know now who these animals are, and we know it is wrong to capture and exploit them.

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Thank you to everyone who has picked up a protest sign, passed out leaflets, written letters, shared videos, called legislators, spoken to family, and been part of this relentless pursuit of freedom for animals. This would not have happened without you.

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Victory for Standing Rock: DAPL Easement Not Granted

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not be granting an easement under Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross the Missouri River a half mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The Corps further stated that it plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for alternative routes. These actions trigger a new round of public involvement processes to permit the final piece of the pipeline as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Petition update · Victory! Mohan is Home. · Change.org


Mr. Amrit Tripathi, IAS: Expedite Mohan’s freedom
by Wildlife SOS · 214,167 supporters
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Sep 22, 2016 — We updated you yesterday on Mohan’s newfound freedom as he was on the road to his new life at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura. Now he’s arrived — and your support helped us get him there immensely.

At this point we are officially closing the petition. If you would like to continue your support for Mohan — and he really needs it, suffering from a host of health issues based on decades of neglect and abuse — please see our donate page, here:

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And if you want mobile updates on Mohan and all of our elephant rescues, please text WILD to 51555 on your phone.

Thank you again, Mohan supporters! Together we did it.

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Success! Tomi The Caged Bear Moving To A Sanctuary | Care2 Causes

 

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For two years, Tomi the bear has been kept in a tiny cage outside a run-down restaurant in the mountains of Albania.

He is there because business just wasn’t going well for the owner of the restaurant, situated in beautiful mountains 40 miles north of the capital Tirana, and so two years ago this man decided to add Tomi as a tourist attraction, to help build his business.

Tomi used to roam the nearby mountains, and the restaurant owner paid a veterinarian to shoot the brown bear with a tranquilizer gun and bring him back to the restaurant, where he was stuck in a 20ft by 10ft cage. Business boomed as diners watched the animal and also fed him junk food.
When Lisa Martin heard about this, she was appalled and decided to create a Care2 petition.

As she read more about Tomi’s situation, she discovered that the brown bear was in fact dependent on the generosity of visitors to feed him scraps of food, and that his “owner” sometimes forgot to even give him water. Click here to see more photos of the atrocious conditions and the life this bear has been subjected to.

He was also displaying disturbing behavior such as chewing his limbs and twisting himself up into knots.

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Martin created her petition, which read:

“Please sign and help get Tomi out of this hell hole.

This is cruelty and Tomi needs to live in a sanctuary away from this awful place.”

More than 75,000 awesome Care2 members signed up to help free Tomi.

As a result, here is Martin’s most recent posting:

“It worked!! We would like to inform you that the Albanian authorities have taken the appropriate measures to protect the bear and move Tomi to a Kosovo sanctuary, which caters to the needs of Brown bears who have suffered cruelty. Tomi will be going to the sanctuary in Oct.”

Thank you, Lisa Martin, and all the Care2 members who signed her petition.

Care2 activists were joined by numerous animal welfare websites and other concerned animal lovers who contacted the Albanian Embassy in the U.K. to urge the government to take action to free Tomi.

Albania’s Environment Minister, Lefter Koka, said Tomi would be moved to Bear Sanctuary Prishtina in Kosovo in October. The sanctuary specializes in the care of brown bears previously subjected to appalling cruelty.

 

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Tomi is not alone, however. Sadly, it’s estimated that there may be as many as 80 brown bears in cages throughout Albania being used to attract visitors.

This is in spite of the fact that the brown bear is protected by law in Albania, and it’s illegal to keep one of these animals.

But how does watching an unhappy, underfed, depressed bear in a cage make for a good tourist experience? And more importantly, when will humans stop exploiting animals for their own profit?

Lisa Martin started her Care2 petition because she was outraged at the injustice of Tomi in his tiny cage.

Success! Library Cat Won’t Be Evicted | Care2 Causes


Thanks to animal lovers across the world coming together, Browser the library cat can now rest easy by his books because his eviction has been called off.

Browser made headlines last week when the city council in White Settlement, Texas voted to remove the tabby cat from the library where he had been living for the last six years. The council voted 2-1 for the cat to pack his litter box and catnip toys and be on his way. The decision was made after a city hall employee wasn’t allowed to bring her puppy into work, calling the situation unfair since a cat was allowed in the library.
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Luckily, Browser had many humans to argue his case. A Care2 petition gathered more than 63,000 signatures in a matter of days.

“According to the library president, children love to pick out books to read to him, and he never interferes with the yarn used during her Tuesday knitting class,” read the petition arguing for Browser to be granted permission to stay at the library. “He’s regularly featured on the library’s Instagram feed. People come in to look for him, and he’s become part of the family. He’s a sweet and gentle creature who’s made his home in the quiet confines of the library.”

Browser’s supporters also reached out to officials in White Settlement directly. One city council member told the Associated Press he was “called a few choice names.” The mayor of the town was also flooded with messages regarding the issue.

“I have received to date close to 1200 email messages from all over the world,” the town’s mayor Ronald White said. “The international kerfuffle about a cat.”

A local petition gathered more than 800 supporters for the cat and many showed up at the city council meeting on Friday to argue in the feline’s defense, but council members didn’t even need to hear them. The council voted unanimously to allow Browser to stay at the library as its official mascot.

Maybe this kitty’s newfound fame will even lead to more library visits. For those wanting to meet Browser, he is known to hang out by the periodicals and non-fiction sections.

Thank Australia For Banning Cosmetic Testing on Animals

 

 

In 2018, Australia will no longer allow products tested on animals to be sold in stores. This is a huge step forward for the welfare of animals in the country and will save countless animals from a lifetime of pain and unnecessary death. Sign this petition to thank Australia for making the compassionate choice.

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Success: Innocent Dog Not Euthanized

 

A dog wrongly accused of harassing a farmer’s sheep will not be euthanized. Thank the attorney general for helping to save this innocent animal.

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Petition update · We have news and we close the petition! · Change.org

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Please help the bears in Zoo in Kaliningrad to go to a sanctuary!
by Martina Grosse · 21,308 supporters
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Martina Grosse
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May 4, 2016 — A good friend and animal rights activist Caterina Moynihan has written to Bigheartfoundation and she shared the response with me. I want to share the news with you and I will close the petition.
Here are the news:

First of all, thank you very much for your active support and concern regarding the animal welfare in Russia.

I contacted the Zoo recently. To my surprise, the situation has changed dramatically. I spoke to the staff of the zoo, absolutely 100% passionate and dedicated people. They have changed a number of things:

  1. Now the bear is not alone, they have several animals of the same species together. They keep a good contact and therefore remain psychologically healthy.
  2. The have a well-balanced diet and visitors do not feed them anymore.
  3. Bears constantly receive cage enrichments, I.e. Substrates, tree branches and other natural “toys” to play with and remain in a healthy physical state.
  4. In their captivity they have shelters where they can go dormant during winter or hide when weather is harsh. In summer term, they get a swimming pool to chill out and again do some physical activity.
  5. The zoo staff has been working on improving their knowledge about keeping wild animals. Also, the zoo was visited by foreign animal specialists.
  6. Most importantly, the captivity looks nothing like on that picture. It is indeed rather old, but not as unacceptable as it looks in that photo. At the moment they are raising more money to build the new captivity for the bears.

We are keeping an eye on this case and also Bigheartsfoundation and Bornfree.

Thank you all for supporting the Bears. You have done a great job and special thank to Caterina 😉

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Inky The Octopus Slips Out Of Aquarium And Down Drain To Freedom | Care2 Causes

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By: Tex Dworkin April 15, 2016

Have you heard about Inky the Octopus’ great escape? Inky, a male common New Zealand octopus, slipped out of his aquarium tank at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, and made his way home—the Pacific Ocean.

It happened over three months ago, but news of his escape just went public recently.

The Washington Post described the scene:

Inky the octopus didn’t even try to cover his tracks. By the time the staff at New Zealand’s National Aquarium noticed that he was missing, telltale suction cup prints were the main clue to an easily solved mystery. Inky had said see ya to his tank-mate, slipped through a gap left by maintenance workers at the top of his enclosure and, as evidenced by the tracks, made his way across the floor to a six-inch-wide drain. He squeezed his football-sized body in and made a break for the Pacific.

The aquarium posted photos of Inky’s escape route, tiny drain hole and all, which you can see here. (The size of the drain hole is astounding!)

Inky is now presumably swimming free in the ocean where he belongs, once again.

Yes, Inky came from the wild. So the story goes, he was given to the aquarium in 2014 after a fisherman and an aquarium volunteer rescued him from an ocean cray pot near Pania Reef, near the port of Napier.

According to New Zealand website Stuff, he had it pretty good there: “During his time at the aquarium he was entertained with games and toys and he was hand fed fish three times a week.”
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But home is where the heart is, and it seems captivity just didn’t suit Inky, so he bailed.

Inky commenced his escape by slipping through a tiny gap in the top of his enclosure, before travelling across the damp floor and over to a small pipe to freedom.

In terms of how Inky fit his rugby-ball-sized body through the pipe, it’s common knowledge that octopi can fit through almost anything, as long as there’s room for its beak.

If you’d like to see a great octopus escape in action, check out this video!

The Washington Post points out that this isn’t the first time a captive octopus vacated its own enclosure: “In 2009, a two-spotted octopus at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California took apart a water recycling valve, directed a tube to shoot water out of the tank for 10 hours and caused a massive flood.”

Take that, captors.

Octopus are more than just great escape artists–they’re also smarter than the average bear–which helps explain its ability to dissemble a water valve.

Oh, and they’re mighty. Octopus expert Jennifer Mather says, “They are very strong, and it is practically impossible to keep an octopus in a tank unless you are very lucky.”

As for Inky, Rob Yarrall from New Zealand’s national aquarium says Inky was beloved by aquarium staff and visitors, and although he is missed, they were pleased to see him return to the ocean.

There was one other octopus in Inky’s aquarium who now has the place to himself. But according to Yarrall, loneliness shouldn’t be an issue. “The other octopus was unlikely to miss him as octopuses were solitary creatures that preferred to live alone,” he told Stuff.

Too bad his tank mate didn’t go with. Sounds like the window of opportunity may be closed for good. According to Hawke’s Bay Today, Yarrall said “They are always exploring and they are great escape artists…We’ll be watching the other one.” Apparently they plan to be “looking closely at the minuscule gap Inky slid over and out of.”

He also said that the aquarium was not actively looking for a new octopus to replace Inky, “but if one was to come along they would be happy to accept it.”

Last year we shared a similar story after a video surfaced showing Ink the octopus (no relation) exploring the top of his enclosure before an aquarium employee gently nudged him back in.

Being that octopuses are exploratory by nature, some deemed it possible that Ink was just being curious and not looking for a way out. But now that Inky has gone ahead and actually vanished, perhaps it’s time to re-think that theory.

When Inky first came to the aquarium, he had ”a few battle scars, which included shortened limbs.” It’s great that this aquarium rehabilitated Inky, but they forgot the part about releasing him back to the wild once he was healed, so Inky took things into his own hands, er, tentacles. Actually, they’re referred to as arms.

Success: Military Dogs Will Be Sent Home

 

Military service dogs will now be sent home upon retirement rather than being left overseas, thanks to a new law. Thank President Obama for improving the lives of these heroic animals by helping their former handlers adopt them easily and rapidly.

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Success: Ortho Will Eliminate Bee-Killing Pesticides From Products

 

Garden-care giant Ortho brand will eliminate all bee-killing pesticides from its products by next year. Thank the company for making a decision that will protect critical bee populations.

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Alaska’s Polar Bears Win Their Day in Court | TakePart

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Polar bears, the Obama administration, and conservationists scored a major victory on Monday, when a federal appeals court affirmed the boundaries of a 187,000-square-mile area in the Arctic that wildlife scientists deem crucial to saving the bear from extinction.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down a lower court’s ruling that sided with a coalition of petroleum industry groups, the state of Alaska, and several far-northern Alaska Native corporations, which sued the Obama administration over its “critical habitat” designation for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.
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“The court soundly rejected the oil and gas industry’s attempt to shrink critical habitat for the polar bear, and that’s a great thing,” said Rebecca Riley, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which was not involved in the lawsuit.

The area set aside for polar bears under the law “is enormous, in part because it covers these huge areas of sea ice,” said Holly Doremus, director of the environmental law program at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

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“But that’s not what’s being argued about here—it’s the denning habitat and the barrier islands, access to the sea,” she said. “The parts of their lives that the polar bears spend off the sea ice and how they get back and forth.”

The court found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used the best available science to set the land-based critical habitat boundaries, which include areas polar bears use now as well as places they will need as climate change continues to thaw the Arctic.

“The plaintiffs wanted them to draw a little dot around every known den,” Doremus said, and set critical habitat boundaries based on those locations. But “that hasn’t happened with past critical habitat designations, at least not the way the plaintiffs wanted here.”

“We all know that’s not a practical way to think about this,” said Riley. “We have to look at what habitat is really valuable to polar bears and what they could use or might use, and that’s what the court upheld here.”

Under the Endangered Species Act, any federally regulated activity within critical habitat boundaries, such as oil and gas development on federal lands or waters, needs to account for harm to endangered species in its planning.

The Alaska Oil and Gas Association and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, an Alaska Native company, did not respond to TakePart’s requests for comment.

The American Petroleum Institute, which was among the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit, declined an interview request. “We are reviewing the court’s decision and considering all options,” the group said in a statement.

The Alaska Department of Law called the decision “disappointing” in a statement, adding that it “will be reviewing the options for further judicial review.”

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VICTORY! GUESS to Ditch Angora Wool

Thanks to the more than 53,000 PETA members and supporters who urged GUESS to stop selling angora, the company announced that it will no longer sell angora.

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Petition Update:K9 Alex Officially Retired alongside officer Hickey

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K9 Ajax officially retired along with Officer Matt Hickey

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Feb 5, 2016 — The City of Marietta has decided that under interpretation of Ohio Revised Code 9.6 that if a K9 Unit (dog/horse and their Officer/handler) is disbanded then the Officer has the right to purchase their partner for $1. So K9 Ajax is officially retired alongside Officer Hickey!! I am going to go ahead and claim VICTORY on this petition at this point so that I can download the signature and comments and be able to send to the Ohio Representatives who are drafting new legislation to have both ORC 9.2 and 721.15. Thank-you all who have supported this effort, our voices have been heard!!!

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Success: Woman Accused of Abusing Dogs Surrenders One to an Animal Shelter

A woman accused of leaving her two elderly dogs outside in a New York blizzard finally turned one over to the Guardians of Rescue. Help us thank the rescue organization for providing special care to Prince who is old and extremely ill.

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Activists are celebrating as the world’s biggest ivory market officially closes its doors.

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Good News: Seventh Generation Got the Message

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It is clear that through social media, petitions, e-mails and other forms of communication companies feel the pressure of the consumers and are able to react fast. So adding your voice to a petition, writing an e-mail or picking up the phone makes a difference – for many animals in this case.

“After receiving tens of thousands of calls and e-mails and after 85,000 angry consumers signed our petition, Seventh Generation now understands the importance of animal-protection issues to consumers, and it has cleaned up its act! The company reversed course and signed on to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s letter to Congress acknowledging that animal tests are “slow, unreliable, and expensive” and calling for non-animal methods and strategies to be used first and foremost, and it has committed to advocating for this principle in all of its lobbying efforts.”

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‘Nail in coffin for Norwegian seal hunting’ : Govt cuts subsidies

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October 27th, 2014. Norway has cut a 12 million kroner ($1.8 million) subsidy for seal hunting from next year’s budget. Environmentalists have applauded the move. Some businesses say it is putting an end to a historical and eco-friendly practice.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries say stripping the seal industry of subsidy has been dictated by “economic priorities.” The government is aware of how vital the financial support has been for the business.

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Beaufort Sea polar bear subpopulation boundary has been changed

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Environment Canada recently posted a set of maps on its website that show it has moved the boundary between the polar bear subpopulation it shares with the USA — without a word to the media or a note anywhere.

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While a change to the Canada/US Beaufort Sea boundary has been discussed by polar bear researchers for some time (e.g. here), there are no links on the EC website or references listed to explain to readers why this change was made.

In fact, the boundary move between the Southern and Northern Beaufort subpopulations is noted on only one of the five maps posted and even then, the “notification” is present only as a footnote in blurred print. So if you didn’t happen to look closely at that particular map, you might not even realize that the boundary on all the other maps was new.

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Status of Canadian polar bear populations has been changed – more good news

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According to maps dated June 2014, Environment Canada (EC) has changed the trend status of several Canadian subpopulations — without any announcement or publicly-available documents explaining the basis of the changes.

Figure 3. "Series of Circumpolar Polar Bear Subpopulation and Status Trend Maps 2010, 2013 & 2014" Note the asterisk below the 2014 map, which is dated "June 2014" and is different in its status assessment from the one released in February 2013 by the PBSG. Original here. Figure 1. Environment Canada’s “Map 4: Series of Circumpolar Polar Bear Subpopulation and Status Trend Maps 2010, 2013 & 2014.” Original here.

And would it surprise you to learn that virtually all of these status changes reveal more good news about polar bears?

Surprisingly, the June 2014 EC status assessments for many Canadian subpopulations are very different from the 2013 assessment released by the Polar Bear Specialist Group back in February 2014.

Have a look at the map above (Fig. 1), number 4 in the EC series, where the boundary change discussed in my last post is noted below the 2014 map.

Data sources for this composite map are stated to be “Canadian subpopulation status provided by…

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