Lawsuit Targets Zinke’s Secretive Program Undermining Wildlife Protection — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

“We’ve already seen Zinke put politics over science in Endangered Species Act decisions, from the Pacific walrus in Alaska to boreal toads in Colorado,” WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today to expose a secretive program that denies Endangered Species Act protection to imperiled species like the Pacific walrus. Today’s lawsuit, […]

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EU moves to protect large carnivores — BBC News – Science & Environment

Farmers will receive 100% compensation for any damages caused by bears, wolves and other wild carnivores.

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Breaking News! Wild Mare Spay Experiment Has Been Abandoned by BLM — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Breaking News! Today we heard from our attorneys that the BLM has abandoned the wild mare spay experiment in Oregon. This was very welcome news – last week on Friday a Federal judge ruled in favor of our Preliminary Injunction, halting the cruel and dangerous overiectomy via colpotomy experiments until our case could be […]

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An Oasis of Love for Burros, Donkeys, Mules and Horses — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Last Friday, while the BLM concluded their farce of an Advisory Board meeting in D.C. and their helicopter stampede contractors fired up to end the free lives wild horses and burros in Nevada, Terry and I spent the day surrounded by loving, rescued equines at the Todd Mission Ranch only 15 miles from our farm. Marjorie Farabee, ranch equine Manager and Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, had kindly asked us to stop by and check out the local four legged inhabitants, some 100+ which does not include the rescued dogs and cats. I must admit, it was a moving experience.

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China Reverses Ban on the Use of Tiger and Rhino Parts in Traditional Chinese Medicine — The Jaguar

I literally just announced that I was going to take a short break from blogging, then I made the mistake of checking Twitter. Here is what I saw at the top of my feed: “In reversing this ban, China has helped to legalize the execution and extinction of the magnificent tiger.” Our Dr. John Goodrich condemns […]

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Humanity has wiped out 60% of animals since 1970, major report finds — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

By Damian Carrington as published on The Guardian The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an […]

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China Just Eased a Ban on Rhino and Tiger Parts. Here’s How Organized Crime Fuels Illegal Poaching — TIME

On Oct. 24 in a New York courtroom, two kingpins of Kenya’s illegal wildlife trade pleaded guilty to crimes that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha had been connected to seizures of over 30 metric tons of illegal ivory in Mombasa. Their trial marked the first time any African ivory…

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International Snow Leopard Day 2018 — The Jaguar

Well friends, today is October 23. That makes it International Snow Leopard Day: a day set aside to celebrate and generate support for snow leopards (Panthera uncia). Snow leopards are extraordinary creatures that are somehow able to survive in the harsh mountains of Central Asia, and yet do so with unparalleled grace and beauty. Here […]

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Thoughts of My Heart in the Face of a Rising Storm — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

“We are going to do something a little different for ‘Feel Good Sunday’, today. Over the past several weeks many long time advocates have contacted me with intense care and concern regarding the future safety and welfare of our wild equines, including the issue of predatory horse slaughter which also affects our domestic horses and donkeys. Many of these advocates we have known for years and you can hear the tension an desperation in their words, we echo the same emotions. My pat answer is that we can’t give up, we simply cannot turn our backs and slink back into the mass of lemmings that know not what is going on around them. We have seen the brutality, witnessed the cruelty and heard all of the lies so we are forever changed and committed to do what is right, what is just, and what is in alignment with the circle of life. We will fight on…and today, for Feel Good Sunday, our longtime friend and fellow advocate, Biologist Robert C. Bauer so eloquently pens our mutual thoughts and shares them with us, this day. Today we will not publish laughs and frivolity, instead we will speak from the heart and hold each other closely as we tighten our cinches for another week of battle. Be at peace, my friends, as you do not fight alone…we are an army of thousands on a crusade of compassion and caring. In the end; good shall win over evil. Feel GOOD this Sunday!” ~ R.T.

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The Guardian view on vanishing insects: a silent threat

The Guardian view on vanishing insects: a silent threat

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/19/the-guardian-view-on-vanishing-insects-a-silent-threat?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress