England: Time Out With Mark Knopfler.



Mark Knopfler of British band ‘Dire Straits’ gives an overview of his superb guitar playing:









Serbia: Latest From Slavica 15/8/14 – Now They Threaten To Put Baby Deer ‘Nani’ Into A Zoo – We Request He Is Returned To Mrs Dragana Mitic.

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Dear friends

We send to You a mayday message :

We need e-mail addresses of ‘DeutscheWelleTV’ – they have the ok to go in our area and make TV report; and if You can help with more  international TV and  International internet news reaction or by contacting however – please.

It is very urgent because  hunters and police arrested 2 months baby deer  and took him from his home , now they want to put him into some Zoo. . First plan was slaughter, but because of our action the baby deer was saved from  slaughter; but now hunters  spread story that the baby deer  will be put  into a zoo.

First story was  that  hunter will put him to Nature into the forest – all alone; a 2 month old baby.


All Zoos all over world are animal jails , and especially zoos in Serbia which are extremely terrible jails.







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Mrs Dragana Mitic wants her baby deer back to her home, not to be sent to a zoo.

Baby deer is named ‘Nani’, and has no natural mother.  It wants to go home to Mrs Dragana Mitic – she cares about this baby and took care of him from very early in life when hunters killed his mother.

Mrs Dragana Mitic saved Nani`s first 2 months of life and now hunters and police officers arrested baby deer Nani.


By Serbian laws; Mrs Dragana Mitic has the  right  to receive  baby deer as she has ased for his returnk by the official way : Agreement from Minister of Agriculture for Nani be back to home; and Nani has the right to live like a member of Mrs Dragana Mitic family.

Nani suffers now with the hunters and he will always suffer in a Zoo jail; he will suffer to the end of his Life .




Past SAV posts associated with Serbian zoos:







We will never shy away from exposing the reality of

animal abuse and suffering – SAV.










USA: Sample Letter MUST BE SENT BY 18/8/14. Subject: Little ‘Men’ With Big Guns – Idaho Wants to Make Wildlife Killing Contests an Annual Event – Sample Letter Below.



Idaho Wants to Make Wildlife Killing Contests an Annual Event:

Please Send Letter to Oppose




You may recall this past December Idaho held a highly controversial killing contest targeting both wolves and coyotes. This was the first time wolves were targeted in a predator killing contest since their reintroduction.

We have just learned the killing contest sponsor, a group called Idaho for Wildlife, is seeking to repeat this contest over several years, this time not only targeting wolves and coyotes — with prizes awarded for killing the most coyotes and the largest wolf–  but also other predators, in a multi-year “predator derby” scheduled for the next five winters (with the next one scheduled for January 2-4, 2015).

This event would be damaging to the affected ecosystem, harmful to ecologically vital species, incompatible with scientific principles of wildlife management, and offensive to the concept of fair chase, ethical hunting.

Your comments are needed NOW. Urge the BLM to deny Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit that would allow contestants to kill predators on over 3 million acres of public lands in Idaho for the next five years.

The BLM is currently soliciting input from the public on the scope of what should be considered in an Environmental Assessment (EA). The issues identified for analysis in the EA include the impact on economic and social values, the impact on existing recreational uses, and the affect on wildlife habitat and threatened species in the targeted area.

Please don’t miss this opportunity to voice your opposition (you do not have to be an Idaho resident to comment as this is federal BLM land- YOUR land!). 


Please act now! More info. here.

Comments are due no later than August 18th and can be emailed to:

Liz Townley Outdoor Recreation Planner blm_id_predatorhuntderby@blm.gov

or sent to:

Liz Townley Outdoor Recreation Planner BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT Salmon Field Office 1405 Hollipark Drive Idaho Falls, Idaho 83467

Please cc Project Coyote as we are tracking letters sent (info@projectcoyote.org)

Please include in your subject line Re: DOI-BLM-ID-I000-2014-0002-EA

Please also include your full contact information so your letter is counted in the official record and address the three areas this scoping document covers: 1- the impact on economic and social values; 2- the impact on existing recreational uses; 3- the affect on wildlife habitat and threatened species in the targeted area.


Re: DOI-BLM-ID-I000-2014-0002-EA



Dear Planner Townley,

I am writing to voice my opposition to  Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit that would allow contestants to kill predators on over 3 million acres of public lands in Idaho for the next five years.  Please do not provide these permits.  Allow me this opportunity to elaborate.

Killing contests have nothing in common with fair chase, ethical hunting. Technology, baiting, and “calling” place wildlife at an even greater and unfair disadvantage. Hunting in winter, when species can be easily tracked in snow and when most animals are working hard to survive contravenes the notion of fair chase. Killing predators, or any wild animal, as part of a ‘contest’ or ‘derby’ is ethically indefensible and ecologically reckless.

Bloodsport contests are conducted for profit, entertainment, prizes and, simply, for the “fun” of killing. No evidence exists showing that predator killing contests control problem animals or serve any beneficial management function. Coyote populations that are not exploited (that is hunted, trapped, or controlled by other means), form stable “extended family” social structures that naturally limit overall coyote populations through defense of territory and the suppression of breeding by subordinate female members of the family group.

The importance of wolves, coyotes and other predators in maintaining order, stability, and productivity in ecosystems has been well documented in peer- reviewed scientific literature. Coyotes provide myriad ecosystem services that benefit humans including their control of rodents and rabbits, which compete with domestic livestock for available forage. As apex predators wolves increase biodiversity and ecological integrity.

With fewer than 700 wolves in Idaho and poaching a common problem, allowing a killing contest of a species just off the endangered species list is reckless, indefensible and counter to sound science.

Economically, a live wolf is worth far more than a dead one. Wolf watching has brought in millions of dollars into Idaho and tourism is a major economic revenue source.

Wildlife killing contests perpetuate a culture of violence and send the message to children that life has little value and that an entire species of animals is disposable.

Wildlife killing contests put non-target animals, companion animals, and people at risk. Domestic dogs are sometimes mistaken for coyotes and wolves.

Although I do not currently reside in Idaho, I would be unwilling to visit should these revolting “contests” continue.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.



USA: Article – Will SeaWorld’s Financial Woes Force It to Free the Whales?




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Will SeaWorld’s Financial Woes Force It to Free the Whales?

The company’s stock plunges as it admits animal rights protests are driving away customers.

August 14, 2014 By David Kirby

David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.

The business of owning and training captive killer whales in the United States just became a lot less profitable.

SeaWorld rocked the financial world and thrilled animal rights activists on Wednesday when its stock price dropped by 35 percent to a record low after the company announced that attendance at its water parks this year has fallen 4.3 percent.

The company blamed its woes in part on protests against its orca shows and legislation introduced in California that would ban using killer whales for entertainment in that state. “The company believes attendance in the quarter was impacted by demand pressures related to recent media attention surrounding proposed legislation in the state of California,” SeaWorld said in a statement.

The idea that SeaWorld would regard Shamu as a financial liability would have been almost unthinkable a short time ago, despite the fallout from the documentary Blackfish, which scrutinized the company’s treatment of captive killer whales. In the wake of the film, a string of musical acts canceled performances at SeaWorld parks, and Southwest Airlines recently terminated its 25-year marketing partnership with the company.

Critics took heart from the fiscal collapse, which led many observers to wonder just how long the company can hold on to its iconic whales and still make money.

“I’ve been watching the stock price fall all day—it’s been shocking,” said Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute and a prominent captivity opponent. “SeaWorld should take this as a chance to do the right thing and change its business model. Otherwise the market will force it to change—and the company and the animals will suffer for it.”

Jeffrey Ventre, a former SeaWorld orca trainer featured in Blackfish and my book Death at SeaWorld, said he expected the company to rebound from the stock crash. “That said, the trend line for SeaWorld’s U.S. operations does not look good,” he noted.

The question now: What will SeaWorld do with its unpaid performers if its stock price continues to underperform?

Activists hope it will be forced to retire its killer whales to relatively tranquil sea pens, where they could live out their lives to the natural rhythms of the ocean without having to put on shows for tourists in exchange for dead smelt.

If the California bill, which has been tabled for at least a year, were to become law, those activists just might get their wish.

But SeaWorld likely has an alternative plan. The company has made no secret of its intention to build parks in China and the Middle East, where animal-welfare regulations are more lax and public opprobrium toward orca captivity is muted, at best.

“That’s where the corporation plans to take its circus,” Ventre said.

It would be a win-win for SeaWorld. The company could develop new, non-whale revenue in the U.S. and begin rehabilitating its sullied reputation here while also generating millions in profits by shipping its orcas overseas.

SeaWorld’s Worst Nightmare: Calif. Lawmaker to Propose Ban on Orcas in Captivity

It’s too soon to tell what SeaWorld will do. But if its stock continues to tank, shareholders may press the company to free the whales.

“Four and a half years ago, SeaWorld had the opportunity to lead the captivity industry in a change for the better,” said Samantha Berg, another former SeaWorld trainer, referring to the killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by an orca at the company’s Orlando water park.

“They chose to fight for their old business model instead of moving with the times,” Berg said. “They could have been on the right side of history. Maybe the financial pressure will finally force them to do the right thing. I hope so.”