by Alex Larson →
When you think humanity can not get any worse, a shocking video has been posted on the Facebook page Fried Fishing Australia which shows a man using a dead shark as a bong.
As we do not want to promote the views gathered by the Facebook page which already has 21,000 followers, we have attached photos below that show the disturbing act.
The photos and video reveal the man on a fishing boat holding the shark which has two tubes sticking out from its head and rear with the inside of the shark hallowed out while the children song Babyshark eerily plays in the background.
The purposeful and irresponsible carelessness towards sharks is at the helm of driving worldwide numbers down. As fisherman know that the ocean depends on sharks as apex predators to sustain the health of the oceans, it would seem obvious they would be on the frontline of trying to protect sharks.
The fisherman in the video is Billy Brislane whom also made news last year after catching five large bull sharks in the Macleay River in Australia.
The amount of intentional animal abuse by anglers is frankly sick and we need all governments to start enforcing stricter laws on recreational fishing and increase marine animal protections.
One afternoon after school in March 2018, some students watched as Robert Crosland, a science teacher at Preston Junior High in Idaho, fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle. The turtle was later euthanized—not by Crosland, thankfully—because the teacher did not have a permit to keep it.
Outrage over this disturbing incident spread around the world, yet many of Crosland’s students and their parents defended him. Crosland was not suspended or fired from his job.
Jill Parrish, a former student of Crosland’s, received death threats after she reported the puppy killing to police. “This is a cut-and-dried case of animal cruelty,” she told the Idaho Statesman last year. “But they’re saying, ‘The teacher is a good teacher.’ Everybody loves him.”
One of those supporters is Farahlyn Hansen, the mother of two students who witnessed Crosland killing the puppy. She told EastIdahoNews.com last year that if anyone should be upset about it, it should be her, but that wasn’t the case. “I felt like it was the more humane thing for Robert to do than to just leave it to die,” Hansen said. “The puppy was dying.”
Another parent, Annette Salvesen, agreed with Hansen. “If it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway, Cros[land] is very much circle of life,” she said.
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Although about 4,000 people signed a petition supporting Crosland, more than 248,000 people signed a Care2 petition urging the teacher to be fired.
After a three-month investigation, the Idaho attorney general’s office charged Crosland with animal cruelty. Because this was Crosland’s first offense, under Idaho law it was a considered a misdemeanor. If he was found guilty, Crosland faced up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
But nearly a year after he killed the puppy, a jury of Crosland’s peers has found him not guilty of animal cruelty—which really shouldn’t be too shocking, considering his support from the community. The trial at the Franklin County Courthouse in Preston lasted just two days—most of the first day was taken up by jury selection—and the six jurors deliberated for only 30 minutes, KIFI reports.
Disturbing Details of the Puppy’s Death
According to testimonies from witnesses during the brief trial, the farmer who had given the puppy to Crosland’s son told him it was sick and dying. “I honestly thought I was doing the right thing by putting it out of its misery,” Crosland told an investigator. The prosecution argued that the puppy may not have even really been sick.
I don’t know if it was brought it up during the trial, but it should be noted that there’s at least one animal hospital located less than a mile from Preston Junior High, where the puppy, if it really was dying, could have been humanely euthanized.
Instead, witnesses—who insisted Preston cares deeply about animals—said he put the puppy in the snapping turtle’s aquarium, which was filled with water. Witnesses said the puppy “paddled a few times, and then the turtle grabbed it and pulled it under the water,” KIFI reports. “The puppy drowned before the turtle started eating it.”
Although Crosland’s attorney moved that the case be dismissed because of the lack of evidence that the puppy suffered, the judge ruled this decision was best left to the jury.
And, yes, the jury somehow decided in 30 minutes that the puppy hadn’t suffered. After all, they and Crosland’s supporters had no problem with what the teacher did—so why should the little puppy have any problem with Crosland dumping him into an aquarium with a hungry, sharp-beaked snapping turtle?
The Idaho Humane Society (IHS) released a statement saying it was outraged and saddened by the verdict, and I’m sure that many of us who truly do care about animals feel exactly the same way.
The one upside, as the IHS points out, is that this case has shined an international spotlight on Idaho’s weak animal cruelty laws.
“This travesty does not create any new precedence for allowing cruelty but rather, will undoubtedly serve as a rallying cry for those who care passionately about the welfare of animals to renew their efforts in communities throughout Idaho to ensure vigorous enforcement of our cruelty laws and to improve these laws both at the state level as well as locally,” it said. “Additionally, this verdict will no doubt bring both national and even international condemnation of Idaho’s laws and the reputation of Idaho in general.”
Photo credit: East Idaho News/YouTube
by Alex Larson
Heartbreaking images show a female dolphins dead body with the name ‘JUAN’ carved into the side of the mammal.
The animal was found washed up on a beach and authorities are now hunting for the individual whom committed the atrocious act.
Credit: Central European News
The carvings as well as several other injuries appear to be have done at sea where the animal perished and later washed ashore in the south-eastern Spanish province of Almeria.
According to Equinac coordinator Eva Maria Moron, “The injuries and the cuts were not done at the beach, it must have happened at sea and the storm has pulled it out of the water.’
Spanish Civil Guard sources told reporters that the Department of Marine Service has been investigating the appearance of other dolphins found dead on the beach for months and that the latest case will be added to the investigation.
Credit: Central European News
Representatives of Equinac added that if anyone does find a dead dolphin on the coastline of Spain, they should immediately notify the authorities and that fishermen whom catch dolphins as a product should be notifying the authorities as well.
They added: “We want to make people aware of the importance of taking care of protected animals, such as marine turtles or dolphins, some people in the fishing industry are against these animals as for example they say that dolphins are eating their fish or breaking their nets and we should be aware of that.”
After two raccoons killed the chickens Dewie Brewton’s agricultural science class had been raising at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, the teacher trapped them in wire cages.
Instead of releasing the creatures into the wild or even turning them over to animal control to be humanely euthanized, Brewton filled a trash can with water and forced his students to drown each raccoon during class.
When the raccoons frantically tried to come up for air, the students held them down with metal rods and sprayed their faces with water hoses, the mother of a student who took a disturbing video of the killings told WKMG.
The students also killed an opossum Brewton had caught “just for sport” according to the mother, who didn’t want to be identified. She said her son came home in tears.
As news spread about this horrifying incident, Brewton was suspended with pay. Marion County Public Schools Superintendent Heidi Maier said the school district was appalled and she intended to fire him. “Marion County’s education standards – in fact, Florida’s education standards — do not include activities for the destruction of live animals, nuisance or not,” the school district said in a statement. But before he could be fired, Brewton turned in his resignation. And because he resigned, the Marion County School District is no longer investigating the drownings. Fortunately, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is continuing to do so.
According to FWC regulations, nuisance wildlife can be caught using live traps, but the animals “must be released legally or euthanized humanely within 24 hours of capture.”
There is absolutely nothing humane about having students drown trapped wildlife. The FWC will turn over the findings of its investigation to the state attorney’s office, which will determine whether animal cruelty charges are appropriate. This decision should be a no-brainer.
This is the second case of terrible animal cruelty involving a teacher this year. In March, a junior high school teacher in Idaho fed a puppy to a snapping turtle after school as several students watched. That teacher, Robert Crosland, was placed on administrative leave. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office has taken over the case and will decide whether Crosland should be charged with criminal animal cruelty.
It’s pretty shocking that many students and parents continue to support Crosland, arguing that the heinous thing he did taught students the “circle of life.” Yet there is nothing natural about a snapping turtle eating a puppy. Not only did the puppy die, but the snapping turtle had to be euthanized. What kind of lesson is that?
Similarly, former students of Brewton are supporting him. “We would like to say that we are 100% behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students,” the Forest High School FFA Alumni group stated on Facebook. “The media is going to make this situation escalate to lengths that are unnecessary and we must stand together and focus on the facts.”
The facts are that three animals were cruelly killed – and it’s also a disturbing fact that the students didn’t refuse to drown them. If not for one caring student who recorded the drownings, the incident might never have even been reported.
Hopefully the agricultural science teacher who replaces Brewton will teach these students the importance of treating animals humanely.
To watch video… caution some will find this extremely upsetting!
Please sign and share this Care2 petition seeking justice for those poor raccoons.
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There’s a witch in San Diego who cast spells to “trap a man” and “dominate him” so he’ll always come back. She has a shop on San Ysidro Boulevard, one mile from the busiest Mexican border crossing into the United States, near pawn shop, liquor store, and a furniture Market, in the Smokenjoy hoolan Lounge, where aDJ music thumps on Friday nights.
But you don’t need to go to a shop for magic – you can join the tens of thousands of watching her on YouTube. Like the wicked Martha Stewart creating potions instead of potpourri, she provides step-by-step instructions for her spells.
“This is the honey jar” she tells viewers while introducing the ingredients on her workbench: photographs of two would – be lovers, a piece of paper with their names written on it three times, a small glass jar and a dead hummingbird. She rolls the tiny animal inside the photographs and wraps the cigar shaped bundle with hot pink yarn nearly the same shade as her long, fake fingernails.
Showing only her arms and lower body on camera, she shields her identity as she swaddles the packages in a sarcophagus of tacky flypaper, Dipset in cinnamon spice, squeeze it into the jar, and spitz it with perfumes and oils – pheromones – “so he’ll stay sexually attracted.” Restless balm “so he’ll be like, oh my God, I need to call her.” Sleep oil “so he’ll be like a zombie.” Attraction oil “so he’ll be like, ‘Goddamn, you’re so beautiful, you so fine.” Dominating oil “so you’ll dominate his thoughts.”
This is the most recent update…with Twitter update link.
A rancher purchased 1,794 horses and reportedly sold them to slaughterhouses in Mexico. This man is one of many who have exploited a government program for the past 10 years. Urge prosecution of this man for illegally selling horses to slaughter and costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to fill his own pockets on the lives of wild horses.
No animal deserves to die for a photo.
The troubling trend of mistreating animals for the sake of photos has claimed another victim.
A peacock held captive at a zoo in China was killed by a group of tourists who insisted on picking up the bird so they could have their picture taken with him. The peacock, frightened of being handled, is said to have died from shock shortly after.
Chinese news outlet Yunan.cn reports that staff at the Yunnan Wild Animals Park were alerted to the impromptu photo shoot, though by then the damage had been done.
“There are obvious signs in the zoo to ban people from catching peacocks,” one zoo employee told Yunan.cn. “But there were too many tourists gathering at the time which made it too busy for us to ease the flow. When our working staff noticed the misbehavior, it’s been late.”
Although it’s been reported elsewhere that two peacocks were killed, China Central Television reported that was not the case.
The zoo says that this is the first time an animal has been killed by unruly tourists demanding photos, but similar cases have begun to be reported with increasing regularity.
Last week, a group of tourists in Argentina made international headlines after reportedly plucking a baby dolphin from the ocean to take selfies, resulting in that animal’s death. Days later, footage emerged of a man dragging a shark onto a beach for the sake of a photo. It’s unclear if that animal survived.
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A picture featuring a teenage boy holding the horn of a dead giraffe in one hand and a gun in the other was recently printed in a high school yearbook. Please support this petition to encourage stricter review of yearbook submissions and education on wildlife conservation to the student body.
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The Brutal Reality That No One Wants To Face… Welcome to my world…
There are many horriffic ways to die. However, few are so common as what you will see in the following pictures.
I took the first series of shots last week whilst on an area reconnaisance patrol in one of Malawi’s National Parks. It shows a ranger triggering a large home-made gin trap. One of the men under my command just missed stepping on it as he was focused on flank security for the tracker nearby.
The tracker amazingly spotted it from behind and to the right from a distance. Tracker-scouts are trained not to walk on game trails for this reason, as well as to not leave signs of their presence for poachers to see. The picture below that shows what one of these traps did to a baby elephant.
You can see…
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As we pointed out earlier this week something very fishy is going on with the Wisconsin DNR and our wolf population. The silence of the DNR told us that as usual something nefarious was going on behind the scenes and that indeed appears to be the case. When the Wisconsin DNR and their anti-wolf group stacked sham “Wolf Advisor Committee” met earlier this year a statewide kill quota of 150 wolves was agreed upon by a majority of the group. Suspiciously as of today the DNR report 146 wolves “legally” killed. This number does not include the vast number of wolves killed illegally. Now there comes word that the Wisconsin DNR and their real estate developer turned political appointee secretary, Cathy Stepp, may ignore the 150 kill quota and allow the kill season to continue far beyond that number.
The situation has created a quandary for Cathy…
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It’s bad enough 91 wolves have been slaughtered in Wisconsin since October 15 (just five days) but notice Wisconsin trophy hunters are going over legal limits of killing wolves. In Zone 1 by 5 wolves and in Zone 2 by 14 wolves. Is the DNR ignoring what amounts to poaching of wolves by not monitoring the hunt closely and letting hunters kill wolves with impunity?
Please flood their lines and ask why hunters have been allowed to go over the legal hunting limit in Zone 2 by 14 wolves and Zone 1 by 5 wolves. Do they care?
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There is a new photograph making the rounds on the internet showing a Wisconsin wolf killer posing with a dead wolf and a live one in a trap in the background. I was forwarded this today along with the caption apparently written by the wolf killer on one of the wildlife snuff sites.
“Cought (it wouldn’t be a wolf hater without poor grammar) these two yesterday just in time
Before the wolf quota was filled. I believe it was
The mother and her pup but I’m not positive.
I missed two wolves the day before at this same location
So I re arranged where I place the lure, urine and stepping
Sticks and it paid off. “
This is your “sportsman” Wisconsin. Be proud. Remind you of anyone?