Archive for August 2014
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On Wednesday, August 15, the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission will decide whether to approve a permit that would allow serial animal abuser Karl Mitchell to keep tigers and ligers. We need your help to make sure that it does not approve the permit. Mitchell has been fined thousands of dollars and had his U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) license revoked for violating the Animal Welfare Act by, for example, cruelly withholding water as a training technique, forcing animals to live in enclosures filled with their own waste, failing to provide animals with veterinary care, and keeping large cats in cages too small for them. Mitchell is also currently under investigation by both the USDA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for continuing to exhibit animals after the USDA revoked his exhibition license and for illegally transporting a tiger across state lines. He even shot…
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By Carol Fugagli / Cliff Resident
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 12:02 am
My family lives in Mexican gray wolf country along the banks of the upper Gila River in the Cliff-Gila Valley, three miles from the southern edge of the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico. We live simply, on a small milk-goat farm, growing most of our own food and selling, what we can, to our neighbors.
Our orchards and gardens are filled with free-ranging chickens, turkeys and ducks; and our hearts are filled with gratitude both for the lives we lead and the larger complex of life that surrounds and sustains us.
My son, Hawk, is home-schooled and we spend a lot of time outdoors.
When Hawk was 4, we went camping in the Gila wilderness. We got lucky.
Lying in our sleeping bags after dark, we both heard our first wolf.
“What’s that mama?” he asked, a little nervously.
“That’s life,” I thought. “That is life howling at the moon at the cutting edge of time. That, my dear child, is the opposite of nothingness. That is the antithesis of death. That is the deep past and the unknowable future held together by muscle and sinew and desire.”
“It’s a wolf,” I finally said, “and you are very lucky to hear one.”
“But aren’t you afraid,” he asked?
“No,” I said. “I’m not afraid of the wolf, or of mountain lions, or bears, or lightning, or poison ivy. But what I am afraid of is that the wolf that we just heard could be shot. I’m afraid that I will never hear that sound again. I’m afraid that the rivers will be dammed and the soil will be lost and that too many species of birds will disappear forever.
“I’m afraid that my neighbor’s hearts are too small. I’m afraid that most people have forgotten who and what they are. I’m afraid that you will grow up without knowing beauty or wonder.”
Well, OK, maybe I didn’t say all that, but he got the message.
He’s not afraid of wolves. Sweet boy, at 10 years old, he’s not even afraid of the future – at least not yet.
“The great terror of our age,” wrote Loren Eiseley, “is our own conception of ourselves.” Yes, I care about wolves, but I care about my son even more, and I want him to know that the human heart is large, that our species is special because we get to choose who and what we are, that narrow self-interest, hatred and fear doesn’t have to define the human character, that the Endangered Species Act is not only about recovering the Mexican gray wolf, it’s also about recovering ourselves.
I understand that it’s hard sometimes to give the wolf or other listed species a free pass, especially when livelihoods are believed to be at stake.
But for me, the Endangered Species Act remains a sacred trust between my family and my government guaranteeing us that the diversity of life contained within our national boundaries will not be diminished by human agency.
The protections that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could and should and must provide the Mexican gray wolf on its long road to full recovery is the people’s business. It’s my business.
They are working for me, and for Hawk, and for millions of other Americans who not only want a future filled with wolf song, but demand it under the law.
The Endangered Species Act is not the jack boot of big government. The Endangered Species Act is me. The jack boots are mine. I’m one who wants the world to stay alive.
I want Hawk to know beauty and wonder.
I am not afraid of wolves. But I am so very afraid of a future without them.
This video says about itself:
There Are No Transitional Fossils?
19 April 2011
Long-sought fossil mammal with transitional middle ear found in China.
Palaeontologists have announced the discovery of Liaoconodon hui, a complete fossil mammal from the Mesozoic found in China that includes the long-sought transitional middle ear.
The specimen was found by palaeontologists from the American Museum of Natural History and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
It shows the bones associated with hearing in mammals, the malleus, incus, and ectotympanic, decoupled from the lower jaw, as had been predicted, but were held in place by an ossified cartilage that rested in a groove on the lower jaw.
People have been looking for this specimen for over 150 years since noticing a puzzling groove on the lower jaw of some early mammals,” Jin Meng, curator in the Division of Palaeontology at the Museum and first author of the…
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Dog fighting is a ‘blood sport‘ where dogs are set against one another in a ring or a pit to entertain sadistic spectators.
Money is made by those who organise this brutal activity. Dogs are often stolen from good homes and then used as bait ~ their fear spurring on the other dog made aggressive by human abuse.
Although dog fighting is illegal in South Africa it is widespread in certain areas. A dog fighting ring was uncovered by the NSPCA (SA) and 18 of the suspected perpetrators are now standing trial.
On Monday morning,17th August, I joined protesters at the court with posters of the actual dogs used in the dog fighting. Sadly these dogs had to be euthanized by the NSPCA.
Please let there be justice with due punishment for these perpetrators.
Some of the accused outside the court. …
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Yet another sell-out group, sleeping with the enemy. Is this what they’re doing with all the donations they keep begging for? Unbelievable!
Should wolves be hunted?
Defenders of Wildlife is not opposed to hunting of wolves. We represent hunters as well as other conservationists and animal rights people. We have a very wide spectrum of people that are our members, but we’ve never been opposed to hunting. As long as it’s hunting done in a manner that other species are hunted, so that it’s not to exterminate the species, but actually to only take surplus from that population. And right now the wolf population in the Northern Rockies is still pretty small. For example, in Idaho we have somewhere around five or six hundred adult wolves, and if you compare that with things like mountain lions, we have over 3,000 mountain lions. We have 20,000 black bears…
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