Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Save B.C. Wolves | Help stop the wolf cull | Pacific Wild

Save B.C. Wolves | Pacific Wild  The B.C. government is proposing to increase the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island in a misguided attempt to preserve deer populations. The proposal states that that they are basing the decision on anecdotal information and not on science or any reliable data. The plan is to increase the legal trapping season to 10 months out of the year.
-- The fact is that the last cursory population estimate on wolves was in 1994. The B.C. government is still not recognizing the coastal wolves of Vancouver Island as genetically distinct and globally rare, nor the highly social nature of these family groups or packs. Leg hold traps are inhumane, cruel and should be banned.
-- The B.C. Wolf Management Plan is in desperate need of an overhaul, and the wolf cull program is arguably its most ecologically, economically, and ethically offensive element. Our current goal is to stop the wolf cull from happening again this winter and to resist on-going efforts to escalate the persecution of wolves across the province. Together we can stop this kill program and get wolves the protection and respect they deserve as top predators. Help us fight for the wolves' right to live by taking an action, or making a donation today. Help stop the wolf cull.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The dead-bird detective

The dead-bird detective
In 2013 Trail received a shipment of 43 hummingbirds. The carcasses, which were each about the size of an index finger, had been dried out and stuffed into red paper tubes that were decorated with matching satin tassels. Accompanying each was a Spanish-language prayer meant to invoke the mystical powers of la chuparosa, a colloquial Mexican name for the hummingbird, in order to help a man find his true love. That the animals were intact — no birdshot wounds, no decapitations, and with minimal damage to the colorful plumage — led Trail to suspect that they had been gently squeezed to death one by one in a human hand.
Trail didn't know what to make of them. "When they first appeared, it was like, 'Holy crap, what in the world is this?'" he says. A special agent had obtained the birds during an undercover buy from a man who was smuggling them in from Mexico. Following protocol, Trail unwrapped the birds from their ceremonial garb, identified the different species, and filed the necessary paperwork. A year later, another shipment arrived. And then another. The victims spanned at least 10 species, including violet-crowned, magnificent, and blue-throated hummingbirds — dazzling border species that attract birders to southern Arizona each year.
As familiar as Trail is with death, these hummingbirds pack an emotional punch. "Their very tininess makes them delightful and charming. Their extraordinary flying ability makes them impressive and awe-inspiring," he says. "Our power compared to their power is so great that it seems particularly perverse and cruel to kill them."

Friday, April 27, 2018

Punish Couple Accused of Raping Their Dog on Video | Animal Petitions

Punish Couple Accused of Raping Their Dog on Video | Animal Petitions Aurora, Colorado -- Demand justice for Bubba the dog who was allegedly forced to have sex with a man and a woman multiple times in a shocking case of animal cruelty.

The suspects reportedly set up a private trailer and filmed themselves sexually abusing Bubba Aurora police first learned of the alleged bestiality when they responded to a domestic violence call placed by Janette Eileen Solano. Solano reportedly told police that Fredrick Blue Manzanares had been pressuring her to have sex with their Siberian Husky, Bubba. Later emails, sent by Solano, reportedly indicated that both Solano and Manzanares were having sex with the dog inside of a trailer in their backyard and videos, recovered at the scene, reportedly confirmed officers’ suspicions. Manzanares and Solano were each charged with four counts of cruelty to an animal, including neglect and mistreatment. Bubba’s condition is unreported. Sign and demand that Manzanares and Solano each receive the maximum penalty by law.