USA: Another Excuse For Mass Kilings !!! – Shame On Them.

Dear Mark,

Another heartbreaking day.

The U.S. Senate has joined the House and voted to clear the way for the state of Alaska to authorize extreme killing methods such as shooting mother bears with cubs and killing wolves with pups on public lands that belong to all of us.

Mark, this is a disgraceful setback for wolves and other wildlife you love.

Help us fight for these imperiled predators with your urgent donation today.

Not even a year has passed since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued regulations to prevent Alaska’s excessive attacks on predators on national wildlife refuges. But in this extreme anti-wildlife environment, wolves, bears and other wildlife we love…have lost.

Congress used an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act to nullify the FWS protections. And Mark, it shows there are no depths these people will not go to greenlight the most appalling anti-wildlife acts. Further, discarding this rule could slam the door on future regulations that aim to conserve these animals on refuge lands.

HELP US FIGHT FOR THE WILDLIFE WE ALL LOVE >>

Now Alaska national wildlife refuges could be open for the state to allow:

  • Killing wolves and pups during the spring and summer “denning” season;

  • Gunning down mother bears and their cubs;

  • Baiting and snaring bears and their cubs; and

  • Using airplanes to scout and shoot bears.

And why? To artificially inflate populations of game animals for hunting.

We will never give up this fight. Your urgent donation today will make a difference.

Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,

Jamie Rappaport Clark President, Defenders of Wildlife

 

USA: ‘Project Coyote’ News – and URGENT Actions (Mainly US Citizens).

 

 

Dear Mark,

Two weeks ago, by a vote of 225-193, the House of Representatives approved H.J. Res. 69, which would roll back regulations enacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) prohibiting heinous hunting and trapping practices for killing predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

The resolution, now designated as S.J. Res. 18/H.J. Res. 69, is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate THIS WEEK, and could be as early as TODAY! 

We need your help to stop this reckless and cruel measure

Read this Los Angeles Times editorial strongly condemning this joint resolution here.

The FWS was forced to act in response to the state of Alaska’s adoption of antiquated, scientifically baseless, and inhumane predator management policies intended solely to decimate predator populations in order to boost numbers of deer, moose, caribou, and other ungulates. We must be sure that FWS’s established regulation is not invalidated.

Please take a moment today to call and email your senators to stop this insanity. See below for how to take action. 

Thank you for speaking out for wildlife!

Camilla H. Fox Founder and Executive Director

What You Can Do:

We urgently need your help today to defeat S.J. Res. 18/H.J. Res. 69. As time is of the essence, please call your senators today;

click HERE for their contact information and use the talking points below. Then send a follow-up message by clicking HERE.

Talking points: (please be respectful and personalize your message):

You can simply say, “Please oppose Senators Sullivan and Murkowski’s Joint Resolution 18 and House Joint Resolution 69, which would revoke the FWS rule protecting wildlife on Alaska national wildlife refuges from cruel hunting methods.”

Cruel hunting and trapping practices have no place on America’s national wildlife refuges.

Predators deserve protection, not persecution, given their critically important role in preserving natural diversity and promoting healthy ecosystems.

Federal laws and regulations governing the management of wildlife on refuge lands, including those in Alaska, provide the FWS with full and unfettered authority to enact rules protecting predators.

Predator management practices authorized by the Alaska Board of Game are scientifically fraudulent, inhumane, entirely unnecessary, and are merely intended to artificially boost ungulate numbers.

Congress should not interfere with or politicize a carefully deliberated rule that was based on the best available science and was subject to public input and congressional debate.

PLEASE SHARE THIS ALERT WITH OTHERS!

 

Dear Mark,

Unfortunately, as you may have heard, New Mexico SB 268, the bill that Project Coyote and our coalition partners campaigned so intently for, which would have banned coyote killing contests in New Mexico, failed to get a hearing on the House floor before the state’s legislative session ended this past Saturday.

While we believe we had a sufficient number of votes to get SB 268 passed in the full House, the Speaker of the House did not prioritize this bill to get the hearing that it so deserved.

We are very grateful to Senators Jeff Steinborn and Mark Moores and to Representative Matthew McQueen for cosponsoring this legislation and for doing their very best to move this bill through two senate committees, the full Senate, and the House Judiciary Committee, from where it would have gone on to be heard before the full House before finally reaching the Governor’s desk. Please thank Senators Steinborn and Moores and Representative McQueen for their work on behalf of SB 268 by following this link for Senator Steinborn, this link for Senator Moores and this link for Representative McQueen.

Thank you so very much for your constant support, particularly your testimony, phone calls and letters. With your help, we were able to move the bill to ban coyote killing contests further through the New Mexico State Legislature than ever before. By sharing with all members of the New Mexico House and Senate our letter clarifying the science that supports a ban, and by Project Coyote Science Advisory Board Member Dave Parsons serving as an expert witness during the bill’s multiple hearings, we made a significant impact—convincing a good many legislators to support this bill. It is not fair to say we lost this time, because we won all four votes taken. Rather, we were denied the opportunity to win because the final vote was not taken. Politics can be very frustrating.

But, as a result of the momentum that our coalition has built around this issue statewide, we will have an even stronger base from which to build our next campaign. That achievement combined with our increased influence in the state legislature will help ensure that we prevail in New Mexico’s next legislative session in 2019.

While more people are becoming aware of the persecution that coyotes and other wild animals face from killing contests and other wildlife mismanagement practices in New Mexico, there is still much left for us to do to educate New Mexicans and policymakers about these important issues. We are now developing our campaign to ensure that New Mexico outlaws coyote killing contests in 2019.

If you are interested in getting more involved by volunteering and/or helping to show our new film Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests in your community, please email us at info@projectcoyote.org or fill out our volunteer form here.

Again, all of us at Project Coyote thank you for standing with us to demand protections for coyotes in New Mexico. None of this work would be possible without your support.

For the Wild,

Camilla Fox Founder & Executive Director

 

UK: Are Hunts Spreading BovineTB?

 

Are hunts spreading bovineTB?
Contact the government and ask them to suspend all hunting

 

SAV Comment – but badgers are paying the price – currently being killed by Defra in selected zones.

Bovine TB, the disease ravaging herds of cattle across England and Wales, has been discovered in a pack of hounds used for fox hunting. Between 25 and 40 hounds from this pack have already been put down.

However, we estimate that there are more than 3,000 hunting hounds in the bTb epidemic zone alone, which may be out in the countryside an average of two days a week during the six-month hunting season.

Hunting needs to be suspended indefinitely to ensure that the thousands of hounds used in the ‘sport’ cannot spread the disease.

If the hounds infected each other, they may have infected other packs when taken out to country shows. It is also possible that beagles or harrier packs, that may share the same fields, are also at risk of getting infected.

If other packs of hounds were invited as guests in the Kimblewick Hunt’s territory, those hounds could have been infected in the same way, and then taken the disease to their own territory when they returned home.

The ramifications of this are staggering not only for the British countryside, but those who live in it and those who enjoy it.

 

Please contact Defra and ask them to urgently suspend hunting to prevent further outbreak.

 

https://www.e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=122&ea.campaign.id=66135&ea.url.id=874516&forwarded=true

 

LACS Website:  https://www.league.org.uk/

 

SAV Comment – note the LACS have a new logo; but they are still the same campaign group as we have always supported.

 

Old Logo:

 

 

England: Some Good Fur Farming News – and Other Actions.

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The March Info from Mark and the crew at ‘Respect for Animals’ – Nottingham, England.

 

http://www.respectforanimals.co.uk/home/

 

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UK; Latest Poll Shows Vast Majority of UK Public Want To KEEP the Hunting Ban.

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http://www.league.org.uk/

Latest figures from the League Against Cruel Sports shows massive support for the hunting ban to REMAIN in place.  We do not want a return to hunting wild animals.

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Keep the blood junkies where they belong – in the history books !

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KEEP THE HUNTING BAN !

 

 

 

USA: Big Success In New Mexico for Project Coyote.

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Dear Mark,

As I head to Rohnert Park, California this morning with several members of Project Coyote’s team to speak before the California Fish and Game Commission for protection of wolves and other wildlife from traps and night-hunting, I want to share with you New Mexico’s very favorable response to the premiere screenings of Project Coyote’s documentary film Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests. I also want to update you on our New Mexico coalition’s efforts to ban coyote killing contests statewide.

In early January, we showed the film and presented a panel discussion afterwards in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. Panelists included New Mexico State Senator Jeff Steinborn (sponsor of SB 268); Ray Powell, former New Mexico State Land Commissioner; Dan Flores, award-winning author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History; Kevin Bixby, Executive Director of Southwest Environmental Center—a coalition partner; Jessica Johnson, Chief Legislative Officer of Animal Protection New Mexico—a coalition partner; Dave Parsons, wildlife biologist and Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member; and myself.

We had a fabulous turnout in all three cities — standing room only in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. And Las Cruces is currently showing the documentary on the city’s cable television station, the Las Cruces Channel (38), for the next six weeks during the legislative session.

Because of the overwhelming interest that New Mexicans have shown in the film, we are hoping to provide additional showings in the state.

Check out our footage montage from the screenings here and watch the film trailer here.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27WttR5J5aw 

We’re thrilled to share that on January 30th, New Mexico Senator Senator Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Senator Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque) reintroduced a senate bill in the State Legislature to ban coyote killing contests. Moores and Steinborn had previously passed legislation through the State Senate in 2015.

Like that bill, the current bill, SB 268, aims to put a stop to the dozens of organized competitions held annually in New Mexico, in which participants compete for prizes for killing the most coyotes over a certain time period. Often special prizes are given for killing the largest, smallest, youngest or largest coyote. Read more here.

Statewide media coverage, combined with our multi-city film screenings, has helped to increase public awareness across New Mexico; both the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal have published favorable editorials in support of banning coyote killing contests.

Our New Mexico team is actively engaged in this coalition effort. You can read a recent article quoting Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member and Albuquerque resident Dave Parsons about these issues here, as well as a recent Op Ed titled “Coyote-killing contests in the Land of Enchantment” in the Santa Fe New Mexican by Dave and Project Coyote Ambassador Dan Flores here. And you can watch Dave speak about wildlife killing contests in this short video.

Today, in conjunction with our coalition partners, Project Coyote’s New Mexico Representative Judy Paulsen and volunteers will take part in the Sierra Club’s Lands, Water and Wildlife Lobby Day 2017 at the New Mexico State Capital Building Rotunda in Santa Fe. There, we’ll be sharing our film and message with legislators and the public. Find out more here.

We will continue to update our supporters about SB 268; please share our action alert (read here) with anyone you know who resides in New Mexico who you think would find this issue of interest.

And please accept my deepest gratitude for your support of our work to bring to light the persecution that coyotes and other predators face. Without your support, none of our campaigns to press for science-based conservation, stewardship and humane approaches to living with predators and other wildlife would be possible.

For the Wild,

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director

(Pictured here with Dave Parsons & NM Senator Steinborn at the Las Cruces film screening of Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests)

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South Africa: Farmed For Their Bones. Please Take Action Now !

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Dear Mark — Founder ‘Serbian Animals Voice’,

On lion farms across South Africa, lions are bred to be killed and exploited.

The cubs are used in a tourist trade of “eco-petting” and “lion walks” to support these breeding centers. When the cubs outgrow their “cute and cuddly” stage, they’re killed — either in “canned” hunts for trophies or for their hides and bones.

South African officials want to provide a stamp of approval by issuing an export quota for 800 lion skeletons every year.

 

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Please urge them to stop this.

The crushed up bones of various big cats are in high demand in Asia, where they are used to make tonics such as “tiger wine.” Consumers mistakenly believe this cures pain and disease, or works as an aphrodisiac, but no scientific evidence supports these claims.

 

The lions caught up in this cruel industry never experience being lions. They’re confined behind fences, in tiny camps often in completely abnormal social groups, for their entire lives. They’re often malnourished and forced to live in small spaces littered with their own waste.

Not a single captive-bred lion has ever been successfully released into the wild. These poor animals are then shot and killed for profit. You only have a short amount of time to act. 

 

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Please call on the South African government to shut down this appalling exploitation by not allowing any lion skeleton or bone exports!

Thank you for caring about animals.

Sincerely, Andrew Rowan

President and CEO Humane Society International.