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The Supreme Court today invalidated a federal law that had criminalized the sale of certain depictions of animal cruelty, including violent dogfighting videos.
An 8-1 majority on the Court said that the law was "substantially overbroad, and therefore invalid under the First Amendment," affirming the right of free speech in the face of some government-imposed restrictions.
The government had argued that showing animals being mutilated, tortured or killed was so explicit that it should be banned. But today Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, said "We disagree."
"The First Amendment itself reflects a judgment by the American people that the benefits of its restrictions on the Government outweigh the costs," Roberts said.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Supreme_Court/supreme-court-overturns-ban-animal-cruelty-dog-fighting/story?id=9536559The Supreme Court today invalidated a federal law that had criminalized the sale of... more
Entangled and drowned in a fishing net off the coast of Brazil, these green sea turtles in an undated picture are just a few of the millions of sea turtles that have been unintentionally killed by fishing operations over the past 20 years, according to a study released today by the journal Conservation
"Of all the threats sea turtles face right now, bycatch is the most serious," said Bryan Wallace, a marine biologist with Conservation International and lead author of the study. (Read a commentary by Wallace on how he thinks changing your eating habits can help sea turtles.)
The study pulls together data from around the world on sea turtle deaths from nets, hooks, and trawlsóand questions the estimates of previous reports.
"Because the reports we reviewed typically covered less than one percent of all fleets, with little or no information from small-scale fisheries around the world, we conservatively estimate that the true total is probably not in tens of thousands, but in the millions of turtles taken as bycatch in the past two decades," the authors write.
Six of the seven sea turtle species are listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species.
(Also see "Eight Million Sharks Killed Accidentally off Africa Yearly." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/070417-shark-fishing.html )
Published April 6, 2010
Letters.http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/photogalleries/100406-sea-turtles-killed-conservation-letters-pictures/#green-sea-turtles-netted_18296_600x450.jpgEntangled and drowned in a fishing net off the coast of Brazil, these green sea... more
Wild horses are a legendary symbol of the American West. They mostly roam on vast areas of public land overseen by the U.S. government. To prevent overpopulation, the government periodically removes some of them. But critics say the practice is inhumane and could lead to the extinction of wild horses.
Wild horses, in the thousands, run free in 10 states in the American West. They are protected by law and live in remote areas where people don't normally see them.
VIDEO: Suzanne Roy is with the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Critics-Protest-Capture-of-Wild-Horses-90775569.htmlWild horses are a legendary symbol of the American West. They mostly roam on vast... more
A HORRIFIC TRAGEDY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED!
PENSACOLA - A Marine flight student at NAS Pensacola is accused of strangling his girlfriend's dog.
Twenty-four-year-old Jaimie Maldonado is out of jail on bond, facing a third-degree felony for the death of a 2-year-old Basset Hound.
The Northwoods Apartment complex is very pet-friendly. They have a path for walking your animal, even trash bags and a trash can for cleaning up after them.
Deputies say one of the animals that lived here was found strangled to death inside a dumpster.
Linda Gray/Lives Near Crime Scene: "They could take them to a shelter or somewhere, where they could be taken care of, not choke the poor things."
Lawrence Gamell Jr./Lives Near Crime Scene: "I'd seen the little dog before, it's a terrible thing. Shouldn't happen here at all."
Marine 2nd Lieutenant Jaimie Maldonado arrived in Pensacola with the Marines in November, waiting to start flight school.
Laura Catterton/Dog Lover: "I was horrified to read that a man had strangled his girlfriend's dog to death."
Junior Humane Society volunteer Laura Catterton was reading arrest reports looking for animal abuse when she heard about Maldonado.
His girlfriend told investigators she was out of town when he called her early one morning, drunk, and saying he strangled her 2-year-old Basset Hound because it got feisty.
Catterton: "My dogs get feisty, and I would never ever strangle them to death."
The girlfriend also said a few weeks prior, Maldonado had thrown the dog against a wall so hard it had to go to the vet for stitches.
Gray: "I'm a firm believer in paying for what you do."
Gamell: "You reap what you sow."
Maldonado faces up to 5 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
THAT JERK SHOULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED WHEN HE THREW THE POOR DOG AGAINST THE WALL. HOW COULD SHE EVEN ALLOW THAT MONSTER TO BE NEAR HER DOG (MUCH LESS LEAVE THE DEFENSELESS PUP IN HIS "CARE")?A HORRIFIC TRAGEDY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED!
PENSACOLA - A Marine flight... more
*** Barack, a baby elephant forced to perform with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is suffering from a deadly herpes virus that Ringling may have been able to prevent. Please help baby Barack now!! ***
PETA has confirmed that Barack, a baby elephant with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is suffering from a deadly herpes virus that Ringling may have been able to prevent. Barack was not even a year old when Ringling moved him to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa in December 2009. But only one month later, after performing in Orlando and Jacksonville, Barack was taken off the road because he contracted the deadly endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV).
Stress is believed to be a factor in the development of EEHV infection because it can weaken the immune system, making an elephant susceptible to infectious diseases. If this is the case, Ringling's greed is likely the culprit. The circus has subjected this young elephant to the stress of transport and performances, in which he was surrounded by bullhook-toting trainers as he was trotted around the ring and forced to climb a pedestal.
Death from the herpes virus usually occurs within seven days after an acute onset of symptoms, which include lethargy, swelling of the head and limbs, and a blue discoloration of the tongue. This frightening disease causes massive internal hemorrhaging, typically affects elephants under 10 years of age, and has an 85 percent mortality rate. It's responsible for more than half of all juvenile elephant deaths in North American facilities, and it's possible that Ringling could have prevented baby Barack from catching this horrible virus.*** Barack, a baby elephant forced to perform with Ringling Bros. and Barnum &... more
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Prized for the medicinal purposes of their bile, moon bears undergo excruciating torture in South Asian Bile Farms. Drugged with ketamine and put into "crush cages," the bile farmers jab at their gallbladders with syringes.
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/vietnam/100211/moon-bears-bile utm_source=su&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=moon%2BbearsPrized for the medicinal purposes of their bile, moon bears undergo excruciating... more
COPAKE, N.Y. - Officials say a New York dairy farmer who methodically slaughtered 51 cows before taking his own life may have been trying to spare his family the burden of caring for the animals.
Dean Pierson was found dead Thursday on the floor of his barn in Copake.
Nearby, half his heard lay in their milking stalls, also dead of gunshot wounds.
Pierson left no explanation for what he’d done, just a note on the barn door warning whoever found it not to come in and to call the police.
But there appeared to be a method to his bloody work. He killed only the cows that required frequent milking.
Pierson’s wife says she wants to figure out how to keep the farm going.
She says she doesn’t want "all that work he put into it to go to nothing."
AM I ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO FEEL SORRY FOR THIS AWLFUL EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING?
IT IS FRIGHTENING TO THINK THAT OUR SOCIETY IS REALLY THIS SICK.
I FAIL TO SEE HOW THE ABSOLUTE EVIL OF BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERING THESE DEFENSLESS ANIMALS WOULD "SPARE" ANYTHING...
OH, EXCUSE ME... UNLESS IT'S A 'BURDEN'.
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! A COMPLETE LACK OF EMPATHY AND COMPASSION.
THE ONLY "BURDEN" IS THE CRUEL NARCISISTIC PSYCOPATHS TAKING UP SPACE ON OUR PLANET, CAUSING DEATH PAIN AND SUFFERING.
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/northeast/view.bg?articleid=1227731COPAKE, N.Y. - Officials say a New York dairy farmer who methodically slaughtered 51... more
A Bronx teenager roasted her ex-roommate's kitten to death in a stove - then brushed off the incident as a joke when she was busted, authorities said Thursday.
(click the link for full story)A Bronx teenager roasted her ex-roommate's kitten to death in a stove - then... more
"An activist group linked General Mills to destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, when it unfurled a giant banner, reading "Warning: General Mills Destroys Rainforests", outside the company's Minneapolis headquarters building.
The stunt was executed by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), an activist group campaigning to highlight the role that palm oil consumption has in deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Expansion of oil palm plantations over the past twenty years has emerged as one of the biggest threats to the Southeast Asia's rainforests, which house such endangered species as the orangutan, the pygmy elephant of Borneo, and the Sumatran rhino.
Palm oil production has also become a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, which result from deforestation, degradation and conversion of peatlands, and fires set for plantation establishment."
Support only palm oil produced in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
For more info visit: http://ran.org/the_problem_with_palm_oil/
A video below in the response is from this link.
http://current.com/groups/organicgreen/"An activist group linked General Mills to destruction of rainforests in... more
A couple in Olathe, Kansas claim they thought the other parent paid for the puppy at the Petland pet store. Investigators say the father and older daughter distracted the worker while the mother and younger daughter walked out with the puppy.A couple in Olathe, Kansas claim they thought the other parent paid for the puppy at... more
Federal Study: Manatee Death Rate Is Seven Times Sustainable Level
Boat Strikes Are Preventing Species' Recovery
SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized new stock assessments for manatees that puts the population of Florida manatees at about 3,800 and a Puerto Rico population at 72. The stock-assessment reports resulted from settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity that sought updated assessments, since the Service had flouted its duty under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to publish yearly reports for more than a decade.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service’s population assessment shows that boats are carelessly killing manatees,” said Miyoko Sakashita, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Clearly, far too little is being done to protect these endangered manatees in Florida.”
According to the Service’s stock-assessment report on the Florida manatee population, each year about 87 manatees are killed by humans in the state. This is more than seven times the number of manatees that the Service estimates can be killed without impairing the species’ recovery. Boats are the primary threat to manatees, which are frequently struck and killed, or seriously injured, by speeding vessels. Almost 90 percent of the manatees killed by humans were a result of such boat strikes. Manatees are also threatened by water-diversion structures such as dams and entanglement in marine debris, including derelict fishing gear.
“The one thing everyone should be able to agree on is that manatees in Florida and Puerto Rico need more protection from boat collisions to allow them to survive and recover,” said Sakashita.
Stock assessments are required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and are meant to be used as the basis for management decisions such as those permitting the killing or harassment of the animals by commercial fisheries, oil and gas exploration, boating and shipping, and military exercises.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit conservation organization with more than 240,000 members and online activists dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places. http://twww.biologicaldiversity.org
Descriptions of Manatee Death Categories - Manatee deaths are broken down into eight categories based on gross, histological, and microbiological findings.
The Top 3 Causes of Manatee Death (NOTE - all are PREVENTABLE)
Watercraft: Manatees hit by boats, barges or any type of watercraft. Death may result from propeller wounds, impact, crushing, or any combination of the three.
Crushed/Drowned in Flood Gate or Canal Lock: Manatees killed by crushing or asphyxiation in flood gates and canal locks.
Other Human-Related: Manatee deaths caused by vandalism, poaching, entrapment in pipes and culverts, complications due to entanglement in ropes, lines, and nets, or ingestion of fishing gear or debris.
More Resources, Information & Links
Quantitative Threats Analysis for the Florida Manatee, http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/resshow/manatee/, authored by U.S. Geological Survey and FWC researchers.) http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/resshow/manatee/
12.5% of all Florida manatees killed in 2009
As many as 419 manatees have been found dead since Jan. 1, the highest number on record for a calendar year.http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/125-of-all-florida-manatees-killed-in-2009
FWC documents record number of manatee deaths http://myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/09/statewide/News_09_X_ManateeDeaths09.htm
2009 Preliminary Manatee Mortality Report, October 1-December 11 (80 kb)
VIDEOS & LINKS
http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/manatee.phpFederal Study: Manatee Death Rate Is Seven Times Sustainable Level
Boat Strikes Are... more
SELLING OUT TO SLAUGHTER - AMERICA'S WILDLIFE HERITAGE
A major roundup of an estimated 2,500 wild mustangs in Northern Nevada set for Monday has protesters calling for Congress to step in.
Monday's planned roundup is part of an overall strategy to remove as many as 25,000 mustangs from PUBLIC lands across the West.
Wild horse advocates gathered outside the entrance of Red Rock Canyon, managed by Bureau of Land Management, on the eve of the roundup to make their voices heard.
Their efforts follow a plea from singer Sheryl Crow, who has reached out to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Crow is among many horse defenders trying to block Monday's roundup.
Opponents argue that many of the horses could be injured or even die during the commute by helicopter during icy winter conditions.
"They're going to hurt and kill the horses, and then pen them up for no good reason," said Arlene Gawne, who helped organized Sunday's protest.
Gawne says the roundup process is NOT ONLY INHUMANE but is costing the taxpayers of Nevada MILLIONS of dollars.
She believes our state could profit by what many see as an icon of the wild west.
"Why isn't Obama having the BLM see what they can do to create jobs and have wild horse sanctuaries and build a wild horse safari industry," added Gawne.
The estimated 2,500 horses expected to be rounded up from the Calico Mountains Complex in Northern Nevada will be headed to 'long-term holding facilities' in the Midwest. (NOTE: "long term holding facilities" - where they are cruelly imprisoned until AUCTION DAY. Sold to the highest bidder, then shipped to Mexico, Canada... to a slaughterhouse for human consumption.)
Nevada's wildlife agency stands behind their roundup, also saying that much of the horses' food supply is running out and affecting AFFECTING surrounding wildlife.
http://www.ktnv.com/global/story.asp?s=11735639#SELLING OUT TO SLAUGHTER - AMERICA'S WILDLIFE HERITAGE
A major roundup of an... more
A cat in the US is lucky to be alive after its paws were found glued to a busy highway.
An unidentified couple rescued the feline, named Timothy, after they passed it in Minnesota and believed it to be injured, television station KSFY reports.
When the pair pulled the cat off the road, its paw pads and some claws were ripped off because of the glue.
Timothy has been placed in foster care.
Animal care group Second Chance Rescue said it was furious about the cruelty.
"It's a mouth dropper because you are just like, ‘are you kidding me?’ — but they did it," spokeswoman Rosey Quinn was quoted as saying.A cat in the US is lucky to be alive after its paws were found glued to a busy... more
These guys are pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the animal exploitation aspect but they are certainly entertaining.These guys are pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the animal exploitation aspect... more
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I have some sad news. Oreo, a one year old pit bull, was thrown from a sixth floor balcony. She broke two of her legs and fractured a rib. Her owner was arrested and she was place in the care of the ASPCA. Now she is dead.I have some sad news. Oreo, a one year old pit bull, was thrown from a sixth floor... more
Parents in Albany, New York are upset with the prominent animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals) for distributing “Unhappy Meals” to children exiting McDonald’s across the country.
The “Unhappy Meal” is a part of PETA’s McCruelty campaign, which is meant to warn children about the cruelty that PETA says is behind every Happy Meal. From animal cruelty to manipulating advertising that targets children, the charges that PETA is accusing McDonald’s of are expressed through this mock meal. According to Slashfood.com, PETA discontinued campaigns like the McCruelty one for the past nine years because it was working with McDonald’s behind the scene.
Each “Unhappy Meal” consists of an image of a knife wielding Ronald McDonald, pictures of mutilated chickens, a “blood” stained Happy Meal box and a complementary T-Shirt that reads “Chicken McCruelty.” A parent told a local news station that she felt what PETA was doing was unfair to children and young people shouldn’t be exposed to the messages that PETA is trying to get across.Parents in Albany, New York are upset with the prominent animal rights group PETA... more
What could possibly be wrong with children seeing how far they can chuck a dead bunny?
Lots, according to the RSPCA in New Zealand. The society has shut down a small rural town's yearly rabbit-lobbing competition after they got wind of it.
"Do you throw your dead grandmother around for a joke at her funeral?" asked animal cruelty inspector Charles Cadwallader.
Well, not for the whole thing but, you know...What could possibly be wrong with children seeing how far they can chuck a dead bunny?... more
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