USA: Wolves Being Pursued By Hunting Dogs In Wisconsin.





Despite being protected under the Endangered Species Act, wolves in Wisconsin are chased, harassed, and sometimes wounded or even killed by packs of hunting dogs that run the state’s landscape for more than six months of the year. Bear “hounders” face few regulations and little to no enforcement when turning packs of dogs loose to pursue native wildlife.

These hounds are most frequently released at bear “baiting” sites. These are areas where hunters have dumped hundreds of gallons of stale pastries, syrup, or other foods with the intent of habituating bears to feed there. At last count, there were more than 82,000 baiting sites in the state! Not only is this practice disastrous for bears, and destructive to public lands–imagine dumping hundreds of gallons of syrup and rotting pastries in your favorite park–but it puts Wisconsin’s wolves in frequent conflict with packs of hunting dogs.

Help us fight the entrenched political interests that further this dangerous and unsporting hunting practice.

With more than 82,000 bait stations covering Wisconsin’s wild spaces, it is difficult for wolf packs to establish rendezvous sites that do not intersect with these pastry dump sites. Wolves are territorial, protective animals–it’s how they have survived for centuries. This same defensive behavior leads them to defend their packs and their pups from these hoards of bear hunting dogs running the state half of the calendar year. In protecting their rendezvous sites, these wolves are often wounded or killed, and often kill or wound dogs from the hunter’s pack. Hunters in the state are disincentivized to change their ways by a state program that pays them up to $2,500 for dogs lost to wolves safeguarding their pups, packs, and rendezvous sites. This has led to wolves and hunting hounds being killed and wounded at an unprecedented and alarming rate.

This is no way to protect Wisconsin’s wolves or any of its wildlife.  Anyone who loves wolves, anyone who loves dogs, should want to see an end to these practices. We are working on the ground in Wisconsin to stop bear hounding and the virtually-unregulated dumping of bait across the state. We need your help. Please make a 100% tax-deductible donation today to help us fight to end bear baiting and hounding to protect the state’s wolves.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.


Leda Huta
Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalition


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EU MASTERPLAN: Jean-Claude Juncker unveils 10-point plot to SAVE struggling Union



EU MASTERPLAN: Jean-Claude Juncker unveils 10-point plot to SAVE struggling Union

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has today unveiled the European Union’s roadmap for 2017 as he struggles to save the bloc from the triple threat of mass migration, economic stagnation and Brexit.

By Nick Gutteridge

The EU Commission chief called for a “Europe that delivers” as he vowed to focus on youth unemployment, tax-dodging and green initiatives in the next calendar year. 

His new proposals come as the EU enters a make-or-break year, with bitter divisions growing between member states over a variety of escalating crises from migration to how to deal with Britain.

The Commission’s new work programme, published today, contains 21 key initiatives in 10 policy areas designed to bring stability back to the lurching political project. But Mr Juncker is likely to find certain parts of the document difficult or nearly impossible to complete, with raging arguments over free trade and migration in particular likely to sink certain initiatives.

At the heart of Brussels’ drive to restore confidence in the bloc will be a proposed blitz on sky-high youth unemployment which has condemned a generation of Mediterranean youngsters to misery. 

The EU will pump taxpayers’ money into training and job creation schemes in stricken Spain, Greece and Italy – where youth joblessness is between 40 to 50 per cent – in a bid to boost their ailing economies. 

Another policy is boosting green policies with work on low-emission vehicles, which will be seen as an attempt to repair Brussels’ tarnished reputation over its involvement in the Volkswagen emissions scandal. 

Other promises made in the work plan may prove more difficult to deliver. Further integration of the monetary union, which is being fought by some eurozone countries who fear losing their sovereignty, is fraught with difficulty. 

And a pledge to seal the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal with the US seems fanciful in light of the fate of its sister deal with Canada, CETA, and the pledges of both presidential candidates to scrap it after entering the White House. 

But perhaps the thorniest issue for Mr Juncker, as ever, will be trying to build a consensus on migration. In his action plan he promises to implement the European Agenda on Migration, but this is being fiercely contested by some member states. 

Eastern European countries like Hungary and Poland in particular are incensed by the imposition of mandatory migrant quotas and have vowed to block the scheme, despite being outvoted under Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) rules. 

Hungarian premier Viktor Orban recently held a referendum on the quotas in his homeland in which 98 per cent of voters rejected the EU plan, but Brussels has insisted it will go ahead with it regardless.

Announcing the work programme today, Mr Juncker said: “We are focusing on the things that matter, concrete actions that improve people’s lives. We must unite around a positive agenda. 

“This is what the Commission’s Work Programme is about. This is the Europe that delivers.”

The EU’s First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, admitted that Europe was facing a “challenging era” and said Brussels must work harder to make itself more relevant to ordinary Europeans. 

He said: “In this challenging era, we must work harder together and help to protect, empower and defend Europe’s citizens.

“We have made sound progress on challenges like boosting investment and employment, managing migration and advancing on climate change and the fight against terrorism. 

“But there is still more to do and this year we must deliver agreements on the many crucial proposals already on the table. Now we must all deliver.”

The EU Commission draws up a work programme, setting out its goals for the coming year, on an annual basis. 

But few will receive as much scrutiny as the current one, with the entire future of the bloc in extreme jeopardy and Brussels bureaucrats so far having proved powerless to quell a growing eurosceptic movement across the continent. 

Leading eurocrats have admitted that the EU has become deeply unpopular in recent months due to economic stagnation, the migrant chaos and growing questions over Britain’s decision to leave.

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Starting with animal welfare improvements may save you from complete failure !






USA: 47 Wolves Dead So Far In Idaho’s Hunting Season.



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Hi Mark


47 dead wolves — 45 shot, 2 trapped.

That’s the body count so far in Idaho’s grisly wolf-hunting season. Already at least 10 wolf families have been shattered.

And the anti-wolf zealots are howling with glee. On Facebook groups like “Fired Up!” they’ve been sharing photos of the bloody carcasses of their victims — calling wolves “ecoterrorists” and egging each other on to “fuel the helicopter and get rid of the vermin pests.”

With an estimated 786 wolves left in the entire state, Idaho wolves are in danger of being wiped out by killers whose mantra is “shoot, shovel and shut up.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is in a running fight to end these killings. With your donation to the Predator Defense Fund, we’ll do everything possible to save Idaho’s wolves.

Just recently we ended a disgusting predator-killing contest on federal land in Idaho and forced its wolf-hating governor, Butch Otter, to call off a state-sanctioned bounty hunter out to kill wolf families in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Now we’re suing to stop the government’s rogue animal-killing program, Wildlife Services, from gunning down and poisoning dozens more Idaho wolves.

These anti-wolf zealots also want to spread Idaho’s sick wolf-hunting regime across the country. The Center is now fighting a slew of sneaky congressional “riders” that would end federal protection of wolves in states like Minnesota and Wyoming. If we don’t stop them, wolf families from the Great Lakes to the Pacific will be hunted down and wiped out for the second time in a century. Wolf-haters don’t want a single wolf family left in the wild, and their partners in Congress have their backs.

But together we can fight and win for wolves. With your support the Center will keep working hard for these animals, from the courthouse to the statehouse to the halls of Congress. Give to the Predator Defense Fund and we’ll commit your gift to saving wolves in the wild.

We mourn the 47 wolves needlessly killed this season in Idaho. With you beside us we’ll work without cease to shut down brutal attacks on wolves everywhere.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity


Mega Urgent – Take Action to STOP Japan Killing Whales.

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Only hours left – Posted 1605 GMT – 25/10/16.



To all governments at the International Whaling Commission:

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As global citizens horrified by Japan’s slaughter of thousands of whales, despite a total global ban, we urge you to pass the resolution to stop the abuse of so-called “scientific whaling” and to approve the proposal for the creation of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary, to allow whale populations to recover and regenerate.






4 Or 20; You DO Make A difference – Be A Voice !


All pictures shown do not relate to the incident / demo detailed by Venus.





Three years ago in the city where I live came a circus with wild animals.

Very quickly it became common that tigers, lions and even elephants were the prison inmates and everyone wanted to go.

We also wanted to go.

As protesters.

We had planned a direct demonstration before the circus tent.

Such a thing was risky, those who had demonstrated against this circus in other cities, knew it.

Therefore we had to be many, on this point we were all agreed.

Organizations, names, parties played no role.

No matter where everyone came from, many people would have to be the main thing.

The last level of participants in Facebook one day before was 20!





On the same day we were only four there !!

The policemen who wanted to protect us were more than us!

And that’s why we needed their help very quickly.

It was afternoon show on this day and the visitors wanted to buy a card.

The circus director, a giant of 1.90 and 100 kilograms, found that we had no right to break his legal business and asked the police to remove us.

The police said we had permission, the demo was approved, so they could not do anything to us.

Then the circus director wanted to beat an activist, but the police arrived in time to help.





On the same evening when I posted two photos from this -for me- miserable demo in Facebook, I thought about it for a long time.

I was angry because I was firmly convinced that we would had have more success if we were 20.

I was disappointed because I had expected responsibility and solidarity.

I was disappointed by my comrades.




Today, after three years I evaluate the animal protection to not so one-sided.

Meanwhile, in many countries wild animals are forbidden in the circus, and this is the merit not only of the persons who risk their lives before a circus tent.

But they are part of it.

The success was achieved by the petitions by the millions of petitions, the collective and private letters to ministers, the big demos by the cities, the media reports of all kinds.

The rights of the animals must be achieved by any means necessary.


With best Regards for you dear Mark and all



EU: Will EU Strays Be Given A Legal Voice In The Coming Weeks ?


Here below is some important news in relation to EU stray animals – it is given in both English and German links.

English –  eci_press_release-2

German –  evpressemitteilung-6-10-16

For years we have been campaigning to be a voice for the street / stray animals of the EU; to get them treated humanely and without suffering and the killing which regularly takes place in several EU member states.



A dog catching / killing team at work in Serbia

As you know, we have worked the same for Serbian strays within Serbia.  The government has always intentionally ignored our evidence that sterilisation undertaken on stray animals over a period of time leads to the decline in strays.

The ECI shows that, and as outlined in the attached PR; that neuter and return is CHEAPER than the catch and kill tactics used by some states; including Serbia.  As the PR indicates, member states who do apply the no kill policy not only enhance their own reputation with their own citizens, but also enhance their reputation with citizens from abroad and other EU member states.

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We have shown the corruption of the system used by authorities to put money for animal welfare into their own back pockets instead.  Serbia wishes to become an EU member state – and is currently in the process of application, whilst being handed billions of Euros by the EU for same.  Again, money destined for animals ending up in the back pockets of corrupt officials.  We have never seen Serbia apply the ‘rules of law’ for Serbian stray animals.  Application of the rule of law by any nation seeking EU membership must be shown by that nation prior to membership.  One could argue that the way in which Serbia deals with its stray animals is just one of the issues preventing Serbia from becoming an EU member state.

 The verdict of the European Court is expected within the next few weeks.  We very much hope that the court acts in favour of EU animals and most EU citizens in taking positive action for stray animals,  Unless nations such as Serbia and Romania do take positive animal reduction strategies based around the ‘no kill’ approach; but instead aimed at long term sterilisation attitudes; Serbia will continue to wander as an outcast nation that is not wanted by the majority of EU citizens who do care for animals and their welfare.


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It is also down to Serbian citizens – taxpayers – to ask if the current methods of stray animal ‘control’ are actually working; are the people getting anything back for the money they are paying out ? – are stray animal numbers actually on the decline, or as we suspect, are they actually increasing despite all the money the government and regional authorities are throwing into killing strays ?

Regardless of the outcome, there are very interesting times ahead on the horizon for the welfare and humane treatment of stray animals throughout Europe.


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USA: Popular Bipedal Bear ‘Pedals’ Killed by New Jersey Hunter.



Popular Bipedal Bear ‘Pedals’ Killed by New Jersey Hunter


Since the summer of 2014, people in an Oak Ridge, N.J., neighborhood were often visited by a gentle bear they named Pedals. The bear was missing his front right leg and had an injured left front paw, probably from being hit by a car. He adapted to these injuries by walking upright, like a real-life version of Yogi Bear.

Pedals would roam the neighborhood in search of food. “He does not have the capability of running from what he may consider a threat; he cannot climb trees as most black bears do,” according to a GoFundMe page launched in 2015 that raised almost $23,000 to place Pedals in a rehab center for injured wildlife. “He sticks to our neighborhoods because he cannot compete with the much larger bears in our area or navigate some of the tough mountain terrain.”

Pedals gained international fame after videos of him were posted to social media and broadcast by news outlets. At first some people thought it was a hoax, because Pedals really did look like a man walking around in a bear suit.


More than 300,000 Care2 members signed a petition demanding that wildlife officials relocate Pedals to a sanctuary. Last November, the petition was hand-delivered to the New Jersey State House, where it made its way to Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).


Pedals was “like a little phenom,” Lisa Rose-Rublack, who started the petition, told in June. “He’s causing so much commotion. But what people don’t realize is that the bear needs help. He’s not healthy. He can’t defend himself. What’s going to happen when he wanders into the wrong place?”

State Officials Denied Pedals a Safe Place to Live

The Orphaned Wildlife Center in New York, which is home to 14 adult bears, had agreed to take in Pedals and build him a new large enclosure that included a den. But first the nonprofit needed the approval of the DEP, which insisted Pedals was better off in his natural environment.

Because the DEP would not allow Pedals to be relocated to a sanctuary, Rose-Rublack’s worst fear came true this month.

Although Pedals was beloved by fans around the world, one local hunter wanted him dead. The hunter got his wish on Oct. 10, when he shot Pedals with a bow and arrow. When the hunter arrived at the Green Pond check station with Pedals’ body in the bed of his pickup truck, he bragged about the killing, according to the Pedals the Injured Bipedal Bear Facebook page. (The page has since been shut down due to people posting the names and addresses of hunters.)

Just as the DEP, which manages the bear hunt, denied Pedals a safe place to live, it now denies that it was Pedals who was killed. A terse statement issued by the department Oct. 13 dismissed “hearsay accounts recently posted on social media.” It said multiple bears with injured or missing limbs were killed during the current bear hunt period. “But without any prior scientific data taken from a bear, it is not possible to verify the identity of a bear that has been harvested,” the DEP stated.

An administrator of the Pedals the Injured Bipedal Bear Facebook page, however, has no doubt the popular bear was killed.

“We have verbal confirmation from hunters that were at the weigh/check-in station that he is dead,” the administrator told the Washington Post. “We believe our sources. There were only a handful of bears brought to that weigh station and only one with a missing paw. They examined him and told the group of hunters that it was the bipedal bear. The biologists also took many photos of him. Pedals has distinct markings as well as his front paw issues.”

Pedals Killed During Bowhunting Week

Although Pedals’ killing was vicious (not to mention cowardly), the hunter won’t face any animal cruelty charges. Six years ago, the DEP approved the return of legal black bear hunting to New Jersey to reduce the state’s growing population of these bears. This year’s bear hunting season was extended because of what state officials said was increased interaction between bears and people.

Pedals was killed during the week of New Jersey’s first bow hunt for black bears in 40 years, approved by pro-hunting Gov. Chris Christie. Bowhunters killed 368 bears last week; 64 other bears were killed with muzzle-loading guns.

As the director of the New Jersey Sierra Club said back in 2010, this is all about hunting — not about managing bears. Animal experts and conservation groups say a more effective and humane way to deal with the bears is by having residents take measures such as securing trash cans, keeping barbecue grills clean and installing electric fences around compost piles.

Please sign and share this petition asking New Jersey to end its black bear hunt, which isn’t keeping any residents safer.

“Pedals is at peace now, because his beautiful soul left his body when he was killed,” said an update last week on the Pedals the Injured Bipedal Bear Facebook page. R.I.P., Pedals. This video was taken about four months ago, when he was last seen alive.