Saturday, June 18, 2016

Is Your Smartphone Killing Gorillas?

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The answer is yes. Those gorillas in the Congo are specifically threatened by the mining of this material called coltan, which is needed for making smartphones. While much of the coltan in the Congo is mined legally, because of the worldwide demand and high price, more coltan is mined illegally in the Congo by local militia groups. The horrifying thing is that at these remote illegal mining operations, to feed the miners, poachers are hunting and killing gorillas as a food source. I’ll say it again because it can be hard to believe: :  to feed the miners, they are killing and eating gorillas.

To best honor the memory of gentle Harambe, please be a responsible consumer to best  help to save the mountain gorillas along with many other species... and quite possibly, save our own humane souls in the process.

Baby Bear Born On A Bile Farm Grows Up So Happy

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This baby bear couldn't be any cuter if she tried. the Baby Bear

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CSKT Honors Ancestors & Rejects Delisting of Sacred Grizzly as Mining Threats Loom Over Yellowstone - Native News Online

indeed, all of our struggles are related..

The power of the fossil fuel industry is literally killing us, destroying our (only) planet Earth home and barbarically taking down all of the beautiful creatures we share it with... actually defining the cruel slaughter as a  'sport'... it's really sick.

Along with big pharma, chem, ag... sociopathic industries that have taken over our government, judicial system, justice system and educational system profit while knowingly causing us harm, poisoning our air, water and food & not to forget threatening the viability of a future w/an inhabitable planet... So what noire will it take? When will we decide we've had enough of the powers-that-be?

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CSKT Chairman Vernon Finley (courtesy Flathead Beacon)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bear Necessities: Tell the USDA to Ban Bear Pits Now

Bear Necessities: Tell the USDA to Ban Bear Pits Now:

Cherokee Bear in Pit

Right now, in roadside zoos across the country, dozens of bears are trapped in dungeon-like pits for human amusement. Being confined to pits, like those at the Cherokee Bear Zoo in North Carolina, can cause bears to suffer from a psychological condition known as zoochosis, in which they pace or walk in endless circles out of sheer boredom and deprivation. Living on concrete slabs can cause arthritis, pressure sores, and other painful, debilitating diseases.

Please join us in calling on the USDA to do its job and ban bear pits now!

Cherokee Bear Pit

#bears #zoos #AnimalCruelty #CherokeeBearZoo #BanBearPits

We Raise our Voices to Stop the Cruel and Atrocious Killing of Goats SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION NOW!

Raise our voices against the "cruel slaughter" of goats. More than 7,000 goats will be atrociously sacrificed in October this year 2016 in the "El Rosario" estate, in Santa Maria Xochixtlapico, Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca. This ruins the reputation it has Oaxaca on their sensitivity to animals.

Think from the point of view, animals are sentient beings, feel pain, feel fear, abandonment, joy, joy, and are fully aware when they are cruelly killed within a "tradition" belonging to the Spanish and that is why we must ban it.
We Raise our Voices to Stop the Cruel and Atrocious Killing of GoatsWe Raise our Voices to Stop the Cruel and Atrocious Killing of Goats SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION NOW! Bookmark and Share

Welcome To The Stop The Florida Bear Hunt Website

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We are doing a statewide protest against another bear hunt on June 18th from 11 am to 1 pm. Find a city near you and stand with us against trophy hunting.

To find an event 

Also please sign our petition to stop the trophy hunt from happening in 2016

Join the Fight to Save Okinawa Dugongs - PETITION

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Join the Fight to Save Okinawa Dugongs

The governments of Japan and the United States are plowing ahead with construction of a new air base in Japan's Henoko Bay, threatening to destroy the last refuge of the critically endangered Okinawa dugong.

And it's not just dugongs that are in harm's way: Okinawa's coral reefs support an entire world of rare, fascinating and little-known creatures -- and tragically more than half of these reefs have already disappeared due to global warming and pollution.

Eighty percent of the Okinawan people, including their governor, oppose the base. American, Japanese and international organizations have spoken out against it. And both the U.S. Marine Mammals Commission and the World Conservation Union have confirmed that the base is a serious threat to dugongs, which are entitled to protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Construction of the offshore facility will also deplete essential freshwater supplies, increase the human population in sensitive areas, and encourage more harmful development.

Environmental groups from both sides of the Pacific Ocean have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense to stop the base. While early success in the case stalled the project for several years, the Center and allies are now back in court fighting to end the construction.

Press Release | Press Releases | Media | The House Committee on Natural Resources - Democrats

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New Analysis: Wildlife Trophy Hunting Often Doesn’t Bring Species Conservation Benefits Claimed by Promoters

Washington, D.C. – Original analysis published today by the House Natural Resources Committee Democratic staff shows that despite the claims of wildlife trophy hunting promoters, there is little evidence to show that the practice has benefited hunted species’ survival in several African countries. The findings have major implications for endangered species protection and come a few days before the July 1 one-year anniversary of the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist Walter Palmer.
The analysis, titled “Missing The Mark: African trophy hunting fails to show consistent conservation benefits,” finds that major hunted species – including the African lion, the African elephant, the leopard, and the white and black rhinoceros – have largely suffered from a combination of African countries’ lax conservation enforcement and frequent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failures to demand relevant information before approving trophy hunting imports under the Endangered Species Act. The full report is available at
The report shows that in three of the four countries assessed – Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa – there is little evidence to support trophy hunting advocates’ frequent claims that trophy hunts help hunted species survive. A one-page fact sheet is available at
The report lays out multiple recommendations, including:
  • Requiring more frequent and robust enhancement findings for ESA listed species
  • Closing loopholes that allow some trophies to be imported without a permit
  • Collecting additional data on trophy hunting through the permitting process
  • Increasing permit fees to fund science and conservation
  • Allowing only trophy imports taken using widely recognized best practices
“Today’s report shows that while trophy hunting has benefited at-risk species in rare circumstances, most hunts cannot be considered good for a species’ survival,” said Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva. “Taking that claim at face value is no longer a serious option. Anyone who wants to see these animals survive needs to look at the evidence in front of us and make some major behavior and policy changes. Endangered and threatened species are not an inexhaustible resource to be killed whenever the mood strikes us.” 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders - National Live Stream Address

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Chimps Left to Die in Liberia

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The New York Blood Center is trying to wipe its hands of any responsibility for this colony of chimpanzees that they created and used for their own profit. The Liberian government and the animal welfare community cannot take on the financial burden of caring for these creatures, and they shouldn’t have to. The NYBC has hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year and is fully capable of supporting these chimpanzees.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PETITION: Bear Baiting Bill » PAWS

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PETITION: Bear baiting is cruel and inhumane, and was adamantly voted against by Washingtonians in 1996. But now, another bear baiting bill is being introduced.

The current state laws on bear baiting were implemented as a result of the 1996 Washington Bear Baiting Act (Initiative 655), which categorized hunting for black bears with bait as a gross misdemeanor and got 63% public support. Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1838 has been introduced to allow landowners to place bait stations on their property to attract bears. This state legislature is trying to subvert the will of the people.

These bait stations would be filled with sugary foods to attract bears, including nursing mothers. Once baited to the station, the bears would be shot and killed regardless of whether they are a confirmed nuisance bear or not.

This bear baiting bill was introduced to allow landowners to kill bears before they become a nuisance by causing damage to trees, crops and livestock. However, not every bear is destructive, nor is every bear a nuisance, yet every bear is attracted to bait stations.

After a long winter of hibernation, bears are very hungry and looking for food. Mother bears with nursing cubs are in need of high caloric foods for herself and her family, therefore they are attracted to bait stations. But once the mother is shot, her cubs will either be left to starve or will become nuisance bears by default!

Bears do sometimes strip bark from trees to acquire sap as a natural part of their diet. There are many proven alternatives to solving threats from wildlife to trees, crops and livestock, without cruel bear baiting practices.

Landowners should be empowered to try these first before asking for a bear to die.

Please tell your State Senator and Representatives to oppose SHB 1838. It only takes a quick phone call to your representatives to politely urge their opposition to this bill TODAY

Bear Baiting Bill Take Action March 2015

Cruel and inhumane, Washingtonians adamantly voted against bear baiting in 1996.

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign - Ask Senators McCain & Flake to Protect Arizona's Wild Burros

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The future of America's iconic wild burros is in jeopardy...especially in Arizona, home to half of the wild burros remaining in the West. Several of the largest and most genetically healthy U.S burro populations live in Arizona. Unfortunately, Arizona's burros are under attack by state and local officials who view them as "non-native" threats to big horn sheep and other wildlife species desired by hunters. These officials have been lobbying Arizona's senior U.S. Senator, John McCain, to support the roundup and removal of hundreds of burros from their homes on the range.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Obama And Warren Endorsements Settle One Thing: It’s Time For A New Party

The Obama And Warren Endorsements Settle One Thing: It’s Time For A New Party: The Democratic Party has made it clear that they don't need or want us. That's good news. Now we can move on and start something new, something good. Bookmark and Share
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There were notable exceptions — like Keith Ellison, Tulsia Gabbard, and Raul Grijalva — (superdelegate note: I would like to add FL Rep Alan Grayson, an awesome progressive voice & strong Bernie Sanders supporter) but as of this writing less than 50 of the Party’s 715 superdelegates have endorsed Sanders. That’s less than 10 percent. If less than 10 percent of the Party establishment endorses your candidate, when there are only two candidates in the race, then perhaps that’s not really your party. Perhaps it’s time to move on and find a new party.

But it wasn’t just the superdelegates.

Wall Street Reform Is Important To Us, But Not To The Democratic Party (aka, the 'corporatocracy' party)