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Update: Efforts to preserve extremely endangered Mexican wolves are being realized!

On April 21, 2014, WildEarth Guardians sealed a pioneering deal with a rancher to voluntarily (and permanently) retire his grazing permit. Cattle will be removed from nearly 50 square miles of the Gila National Forest, meaning more space for the endangered Mexican wolf to roam free and thrive.

To complete this first historic grazing retirement, WildEarth Guardians raised hundreds of thousands (paid to the rancher). WildEarth Guardians has another permit retirement agreement signed and is collaborating with other ranchers in the Greater Gila Bioregion to voluntarily waive their grazing privileges.

Please read more about this exciting approach to overcome long-standing challenges between domestic livestock grazing and environmental protection, recreation and other uses of public lands by clicking here. Please also view the short video regarding this unique and exciting approach to conservation (and how you can help) by clicking here. Thanks!

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Montana Update: Wolf stamp hearing stirs statewide debate

Montana is debating whether to add non-hunter money into a system long totally controlled by funding on killing licenses. The wolf stamp debate centers on whether a state agency funded by license sales should tap into nonhunters for funding for management of one of its most controversial species. The opportunity to allow Montana residents to invest in NONLETHAL forms of wolf management? Really? Read on by clicking here.

 Also, please read the following post:

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August 19 post on The Wildlife News

Wolf stamp hearing: Great interest and internal division

by Ralph Maughan

Hunters split. So were wolf advocates-

The wolf stamp hearing is over. It was teleconferenced. It seems like those for it were about equal to the number of opponents. Just as interesting is the hunters were divided on it, and so were wolf advocates. The split among the latter has been mirrored at the Wildlife News. The News has had two cons and one article rejoinder on the stamp. One more pro wolf stamp is in the hopper.

Among those hunters who opposed the wolf stamp, it is clear they fear any voice having a say in state wildlife management except themselves. They said so at the hearing. On the other hand, some folks testifying wanted to expand the stamp idea to all Montana wildlife. We can speculate that this position would probably be more popular among non-hunters than the wolf stamp itself which vibrates with feelings for and against wolves rather than a more general opinion or love of wildlife.

The imbalance in voice about state’s wildlife policy has long been an irritant here among nonhunting conservationists. These are not as some hunting groups claim, all anti-hunting.

Here are the hearing details from the Helena Independent Record. Wolf stamp hearing stirs statewide debate. By Tom Kuglin.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Killing wildlife should be understood as an addiction

53ee7241f10b5.preview-300The most important thing to develop in young people from grade school to their mid-20’s is empathy.” — James Catterall, UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development

If professor James Catterall is correct — that empathy is the most important value to teach— why are we allowing the Department of Natural Resources, a state agency, into our middle and high schools and trade schools to teach young people recreational torture and killing of innocent wildlife?

The DNR, funded on killing licenses, staffed by killing proponents, allied with its hunter/trapper/hounder clientele, wants its power base expanded and secured against the majority of us. They know the best way to do that is their legislated 12-member recruitment team going after kids. Addict them early and keep them long.

On a hunting website, a hunter recalls. “I was 13 years old when I started hunting with my dad. I still remember my first kill like it was yesterday, even though it has been 11 years. I cried for three days straight, could not eat or sleep either… It is harder for some than others, but it gets so much easier thank god, lol.”

Dr. Gabor Mate, author of “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts,” writes about addiction as an adaptation of self-soothing. His studies show that we are “prisoners of childhood traumas that become the bars of our prison until we become conscious.”

Mate writes: “The automatic repression of painful emotions is a helpless child’s prime defense mechanism and can enable the child to endure trauma that would otherwise be catastrophic. The unfortunate consequence is a wholesale dulling of emotional awareness … (killing gets easier) … When we flee our vulnerability, we lose our full capacity for feeling emotion …. The war mentality represents an unfortunate confluence of ignorance, fear, prejudice, and profit. … The ignorance exists in its own right and is further perpetuated by government propaganda.”

It is traumatic and confusing for children to have adults teach them that causing suffering and death is commendable and praise-worthy. John Olson, head of trapping for the DNR, once confessed to me, “I am the way I am because of childhood incidents involving the death of my dogs.”

Another hunter describes the adrenaline rush after killing, “After the shot your body just dumps endorphins and adrenalin into your system, it’s almost a high.”

Mate states that adrenaline is just another drug, a self-soothing attempt to offset trauma.

Addiction takes many forms: shopping, sex, Internet surfing, food, drinking, gambling, and killing can all be addictions.

We now live in year-round violence, with the fatally flawed and dysfunctional DNR promoting vastly expanded killing of our wildlife. The world is biophysically finite, yet hunters are recruiting more young people and women into trapping, hounding, torturing and killing our wildlife. The general public, taught to be disengaged and powerless, is purposefully disconnected from the death culture silencing our woods and waterways.

Wisconsin trapping videos show grinning men, women and children, with descriptions of how much they enjoy the “sport.” One titled his video “153 raccoons.” Another Wisconsin trapper posted part of his 2012-13 season on YouTube with the entitled sentiment, “If you’re an anti (against trapping) don’t bother to comment because I don’t care what you have to say.” He knows that “antis” have zero rights to protect since wildlife is privatized only to killers. He showcases 21 foxes, over a dozen beavers, skunks, squirrels, muskats, minks, and dozens of raccoons, showing them alive trapped, and the lifeless result. He takes his children along to sift dirt over the traps and participate. Our world is his for the bludgeoning.

Although trappers number one-fifth of 1 percent of Wisconsin’s population, they have the right to kill as many animals as they have time to kill. Humane citizens have no rights to tame one fox or befriend and protect him. Or to save one orphan fawn. We have no right to protect wildlife on our own property, lured off to their deaths. Although wildlife watchers bring in three times as much revenue directly to state tax coffers and generate economic impact comparable to hunting, we have zero rights in a system financed on killing.

We are simply irrelevant to the DNR. Is this freedom? The DNR will continue privatized ecocide until the public cares to stops them.

I served a decade ago on the trapping committee of the Conservation Congress, a hunter-controlled advisory body to the Legislature. Trapping for six months of the year and recruiting a thousand new trappers annually is quickly exterminating wildlife in Wisconsin.

“Apathy and evil,” says Jake Thoene. “The two work hand in hand. They are the same, really. … Evil wills it. Apathy allows it. Evil hates the innocent and the defenseless most of all. Apathy doesn’t care as long as it’s not personally inconvenienced.”

Protecting children and wildlife from the DNR is our urgent task.

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Wolf petitions to sign and network: Sign a petition to stop wolf cruelty and to oppose the end of all protections for the gray wolf.

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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Good news at least temporarily for Idaho wolves in part of Idaho

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Idaho Suspends Wilderness Wolf-Killing Plan in Face of Court Challenge

By Defenders of Wildlife

17 August 14

Faced with a legal challenge by conservationists and an imminent hearing before a federal appeals court, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (“IDFG”) has abandoned its plan to resume a professional wolf-killing program in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the coming winter.

In a sworn statement submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on July 24, 2014, IDFG Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould stated that IDFG “will not conduct any agency control actions for wolves within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness before November 1, 2015.” IDFG had previously advised the court that the program could resume as early as December 1, 2014.

A professional hunter-trapper hired by IDFG killed nine wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness last winter and state officials in February announced plans to kill 60 percent of the wolves in the Middle Fork section of the wilderness over a period of several years in an effort to inflate wilderness elk populations for the benefit of commercial outfitters and recreational hunters.

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this September, we are relieved that the Frank Church Wilderness will be managed as a wild place, rather than an elk farm, for at least the coming year,” said Earthjustice attorney Timothy Preso, who is representing conservationists challenging the wilderness wolf-killing program. “Now we must make sure that wilderness values prevail for the long term.”

Earthjustice is representing long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with four conservation groups—Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch, and the Center for Biological Diversity—in the lawsuit challenging the wolf-killing program. The conservationists argue that the U.S. Forest Service, which is charged by Congress with managing and protecting the Frank Church Wilderness, violated the Wilderness Act and other laws by allowing and assisting the state wolf-killing program in the largest forest wilderness in the lower-48 states.

In a separate sworn statement filed with the Ninth Circuit on July 24, the Forest Service committed to providing the conservationists with notice by August 5, 2015 of any plans by IDFG to resume professional wolf-killing in the Frank Church Wilderness during the 2015-16 winter, as well as “a final determination by the Forest Service as to whether it concurs with or objects to such plans.”

“IDFG’s announcement now gives the Forest Service the chance to play out its mission—its obligation to protect our irreplaceable Frank Church Wilderness for the American people and for all its wildlife against an effort to turn it into a mere elk farming operation on infertile soil,” said Maughan, a retired Idaho State University professor who was a member of the citizens’ group that drew up the boundaries of the Frank Church Wilderness 35 years ago.

“We are pleased to see this truce in Idaho’s wolf reduction efforts in the Frank Church for a full year,” said Suzanne Stone, Defenders’ regional representative who has worked nearly three decades to restore wolves in Idaho. “The Frank Church is both the largest forested wilderness area and a core habitat for gray wolves in the western United States. Wolves belong here as they have made the ‘Frank’ truly wild again. Ensuring healthy wolf populations here is critical for the recovery of wolves throughout the entire northwestern region.”

“It is hard to imagine a decision more inconsistent with wilderness protection than to allow the hired killing of wolves,” added Travis Bruner, executive director of Western Watersheds Project. “Today, some relief for wild places flows from the news that IDFG will not continue that odious operation this year. Next we will see whether the Forest Service will take action to protect the Frank Church Wilderness from such atrocities in the future.”

“It’s time for the Forest Service to stand with the vast majority of the American people by taking the necessary steps to protect wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for the long-term, not just the next 15 months,” stated George Nickas, executive director of Wilderness Watch. “Wolves are the epitome of wildness. Their protection is key to preserving the area’s wilderness character.”

“We’re glad Idaho’s wolves are rightly getting a reprieve from the state’s ill-conceived predator-killing plan, at least for a year,” said Amy Atwood, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’re also happy to see the Forest Service agree to be more transparent about any future decision to allow Idaho to kill wolves in the Frank Church.”

BACKGROUND:The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had scheduled an August 25, 2014 court hearing to address the conservationists’ request for an injunction to prevent IDFG from resuming its program of professional wolf killing in the Frank Church Wilderness during the coming winter. IDFG commenced the program in December 2013 without public notice but abruptly suspended the program on January 28, 2014 amidst emergency injunction proceedings before the Ninth Circuit. Since then, the conservationists have continued to press their case for an injunction before the Ninth Circuit, which led to the scheduled August 25 court hearing.

Because IDFG has abandoned the 2014-15 professional wolf-killing program in the wilderness, the conservationists have agreed to forego the scheduled court hearing, but they renewed their call for the Forest Service to fulfill its legal duty to protect the Frank Church Wilderness.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Do you believe this?

Subject: Wisconsin Church Promotes Animal Abuse Event Aug. 10 – please sign the petition against it by clicking here.

Contact information to call or email the event coordinator and St. Patrick Parish are below the article. Please help stop this. Wisconsin is becoming world renowned for animal abuse – both farm animals and wildlife. Please not only sign but network to your email lists and social networking sites.

HORTONVILLE, Wis. – St. Patrick’s Parish in Hortonville, Wisconsin plans to host an event this weekend in which pigs are punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket. To see the announcement, click here.

This illegal animal fighting event is in violation of Wisconsin Chapter 951, titled “Crimes Against Animals”, which outlaws cockfighting, dogfighting, and any other similar fighting between animals or animals and humans.

In addition, being a spectator of such an event is also in violation of Chapter 951. Those prosecuted could face felony animal fighting charges.

Wrestling, as a sport, is contested by two human opponents, evenly matched, each of whom enters into the match voluntarily with mutually agreed-upon rules and a common goal. Not so in “matches” like pig wrestling, where frightened animals are unwilling participants exploited by teams of humans for entertainment. Pigs are exceptionally intelligent and capable of feeling complex emotion. They are affectionate and friendly when kept as pets, and do not deserve the stress, fear, and possibility of injury that pig wrestling subjects them to.

The Global Conservation Group’s Division of Legal Affairs have filed reports with local, state and federal agencies alerting them to this illegal event.

Join the Global Conservation Group in calling on the church to cancel this event and replace it with a humane alternative activity. Please sign and share the petition and politely call them below:

St. Patrick Parish: 920-757-5090 or email to: benwolf@new.rr.com

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Actions to take regarding the Mexican red wolf

Two separate efforts you can take for the most endangered subspecies of wolf – the Mexican red wolf – both a petition to sign and network and comments to the U.S Fish & Wildlife service (USFWS) urgently needed. Please take this opportunity to help them.

Here is a petition in support of the red wolves with more information. Please sign and post to social networking sites and email lists:

https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/stand-up-for-critically-endangered-red-wolves?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-08-02-elephant

View document up for comment by the U.S. Fish& Wildlife “service” which seems to pay little attention to the public or science so have to be overwhelmed with support for wolves:

and there is more information at this link with comments from the public here:

http://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/08/mlive_media_group_michigan_law.html

Sample Comment:

1. I support expanding the area in which direct releases of Mexican wolves can occur, the one critical change included in the proposed rule.

This change has been recommended by experts for over 10 years and needs to be implemented immediately. Currently, new releases are hindered because they can only happen in part of Arizona.

2. The USFWS should eliminate boundaries to the wolves movement. The draft proposed rule prevents wolves returning to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado or to the Grand Canyon region, including northern Arizona and southern Utah.

Preventing movement into northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and the Grand Canyon region, including northern Arizona and southern Utah, contradicts the best available science, which confirms that those areas are essential for Mexican wolf recovery.

Additional populations of Mexican wolves are necessary to their recovery and genetic health, as is the ability for wolves to move between populations.

Not allowing wolves outside of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area will result in more captures that can result in death or trauma to the wolves. We cant afford to lose rare Mexican wolves just because they crossed an arbitrary, scientifically unsupported boundary. There should be no restrictions on the movements of Mexican wolves.

3. The USFWS should designate Mexican gray wolves as essential.

The current labeling all of the wild wolves as nonessential ignores science and the reality of 15 years of experience with reintroducing wolves.

The USFWS claims that even if all of the 83 wolves in the wild are wiped out this is not likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood of recovery of Mexican wolves in the wild is unsupported by science or common sense.

The 83 wolves in the wild have up to four generations of experience in establishing packs and raising pups and are over 22% of all of the Mexican wolves in the world.

After multiple generations of captive breeding with few releases, scientists warn that there may be serious genetic problems making captive wolves less able to thrive in the wild.

The fourth generation wild lobos are not expendable and are essential to recovering this unique subspecies of wolf.

4. The USFWS needs to quit stalling and complete a comprehensive recovery plan.

USFWS admits that their present, typewritten, 1982 recovery plan is not scientifically sound and does not meet current legal requirements yet in its proposed rule USFWS continues to emphasize a woefully inadequate population of only 100 wolves in the wild. Instead of following the best available science on recovery, the Service is chasing after what a 31-year-old inadequate plan suggested as a good first step.

Current proposals should contain no provisions that would preclude future recovery options.

5. The proposed expanded provisions for take (killing, trapping, and removals) of these critically endangered wolves are unacceptable and will not contribute to the wolves recovery.

Science-based program reviews have shown, and the USFWS has acknowledged, that the killing and permanent removal of wolves by agency managers to resolve conflicts has been a major cause of failing to meet the reintroduction objective.

The proposed rule changes offer additional excuses for removing wolves. USFWS needs to tighten restrictions for take of Mexican wolves, not loosen them.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: The Zen World Peace Diet vs. Wisconsin’s ‘Zen butcher’ diet

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“One of the greatest threats to humanity at the moment is the meat and dairy industries.” —  Will Tuttle, author of “The World Peace Diet”

Will Tuttle, a former Zen monk, wrote “The World Peace Diet.” In a YouTube interview, he asserts that the most important thing to talk about in saving biodiversity, and ourselves, is our choice of foods and “the massive violence against animals, impregnated against their wills, their babies stolen, all kinds of mutilations … castrations without anesthesia … horrific violence and suffering is just routine. … In order to continue this food system, we have numbed ourselves to the suffering of beings whose interests in survival and being happy are just as important to them as ours are to us.”

As the Wisconsin State Fair launches, celebrating cream puffs, sausages, bison meat and how to milk a cow, its popularity manifests the unprecedented changes people must make in time to save a living planet. For citizens of Wisconsin, inured to animal agriculture as normal, there is a complacent culturally indoctrinated lack of empathy to transcend.

Having just written about planetary threats of climate change, and lack of U.S. political leadership, I have a duty to empower each of us to take immediate personal responsibility with one simple change: Embrace a vegan diet.

After the United Nations delivered a 2007 report that animal agriculture causes more climate change than all transportation, the World Watch Institute did more in depth studies, finding that 51 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to raising 56 billion land animals annually for slaughter.

Humans destroy wildlife massively to facilitate it.

Tuttle explains that this day-to-day cruelty affects us at a basic spiritual level. We also have ample documentation of how unhealthy animal flesh and animal-based products are. According to Tuttle, toxins concentrated in meat, milk and cheeses are coming from monocultured genetically modified feed crops, soaked in poisons, resulting in high human cancer rates.

About 75 million land animals are slaughtered every single day in the United States alone.

It brings to mind the recent closing of the Black Earth slaughterhouse described in the Capital Times article featuring entrepeneur/owner Bartlett Durand, who also runs the Conscious Carnivore meat shop in Madison, standing in the window with a sign: “We Honor These Animals, For By Their Death We Gain Life.” For his clever marketing, he was dubbed the “Zen butcher.” As people have been exposed to the violence of raising animals for their consumption, the Conscious Carnivore myth soothes those inconvenient twinges of conscience and awareness with “feel-good humane slaughter” rationale. There are some interesting points made in the comments section at the end of the Cap Times story.

(The Alliance for Animals sells a little bumper sticker: ”Wisconsin, America’s Cow Hell.”)

Ashley Capps addresses the “humane farming” myth by detailing the slavery inflicted: Humans decide how and where you live; what you eat; whether you know your mother; whether you will be with your own species; when, how and if you reproduce; what space you have or not; whether you receive veterinary care. “If these were the circumstances of your brief and unfree life,” asks Capps, “at the end of which you would be forcefully restrained, attacked, and slaughtered against your will, at a fraction of your natural lifespan, all for completely unnecessary reasons — would you maintain that you had been humanely treated?”

In “They die piece by piece” in 2001, Washington Post writer Joby Warrick wrote: “It takes 25 minutes to turn a live steer into steak at the modern slaughterhouse where Ramon Moreno works. For 20 years, his post was ‘second-legger,’ a job that entails cutting hocks off carcasses as they whirl past at a rate of 309 an hour.

“The cattle were supposed to be dead before they got to Moreno. But too often they weren’t.

” ‘They blink. They make noises,’ he said softly. ‘The head moves, the eyes are wide and looking around.’ Still Moreno would cut. On bad days, he says, dozens of animals reached his station clearly alive and conscious. Some would survive as far as the tail cutter, the belly ripper, the hide puller. ‘They die,’ said Moreno, ‘piece by piece.’ ”

At one time in Britain, slaughterhouse workers were not allowed to vote because they were not considered morally of sound judgment. And what of our collective moral character in sustaining slaughterhouses?

Zen butchery appears to be a successful marketing ploy. Durand is suing the village for $5.3 million. Entrepreneurial slaughter pays off the few — but costs us the life of the planet.

Tuttle says, “If you care at all about wildlife, about wolves and coyotes, foxes, otters, prairie dogs, and fish and this beautiful celebration of life on this planet … if you care at all about animals that are imprisoned and tortured . ..if you have any heart at all for those beings, or any heart at all for hungry people,” a plant-based diet is the leap of evolutionary consciousness to help all life on earth repair from our barbaric human domination.

Empathy is not just good karma — it is homeland defense.

Petitions to sign: How to save the elephants, petitions to protect wolves, and petitions against trapping.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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