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Archive for February, 2009

It’s time to BAN lead bullets throughout California & the U.S.

California condor
condor flying

Just received this information from my friend Jeff Miller, Conservation Advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco. /Gary

From Jeff:

Hunters Embrace Lead-free Ammunition Regulations in California

More New Non-toxic Bullets Available to Prevent Condor Poisonings
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Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2009
Under: California condors, Hunting, Lead bullets | 27 Comments »

Ringling Bros. Circus federal elephant abuse trial UPDATE

Video by YouTube user AnimalWelfareOnline used under Creative Commons license.

I’ve arranged to get regular updates on the Ringling Bros. Circus federal elephant abuse trial in Washington, DC. /Gary

From the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC:
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Under: Abuse, Circus, Elephants, Ringling Bros. | No Comments »

Australian fires video: Fireman gives water to burned koala

Coleen Wood, manager of the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter in Australia where the Koala was taken for treatment of second and third degree burns to its paws, said Wednesday that it was expected to make a full recovery.

Video by YouTube users David Tree and Coleen Wood of Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter used under Creative Commons license.

A little water, shared among friends during a time of great need. Way to go, Aussy fireman! /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Under: Australia, Fires, Koala, Wildlife | No Comments »

Losing Wild Birds: Where did my sparrows, finches & other birds go?

Western bluebird by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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A new Audubon California study released today (Feb. 10) finds that the state will lose significant numbers of its native birds as climate change quickly shrinks the range and habitat of more than 100 species.

You can read the whole news story here: http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_11667912?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com
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Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Under: Audubon Society, Birds, Climate, Global warming, Survey | 60 Comments »

133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is tonight & Tuesday

German shepherd dog
g. shepherd

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of the biggest and most popular dog shows in the world.

Since 1948, the spectacular show has been a television staple, attracting millions of viewers to America’s second oldest sporting event the first week of every February on live television from New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
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Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2009
Under: Dog Show, dogs, Westminster | 3 Comments »

See video trailer of new film, “American Coyote — Still Wild at Heart”

Project Coyote — in partnership with Still Wild at Heart — is launching a new documentary, “American Coyote — Still Wild at Heart.”

Documentary preview

This compelling 30 minute film produced by San Francisco based filmmaker, Melissa Peabody, is a virtual case study of the coyote’s natural range expansion continent wide. While the film unfolds with the return of coyotes to the San Francisco Bay area, it pursues the coyote’s story across the North American landscape — from Northern California to New York City’s Central Park to Chicago, and points in between.
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Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2009
Under: coyotes, Project Coyote | 2 Comments »

Ringling Bros. Circus elephant abuse trial UPDATE

I’ve arranged to get regular updates on the Ringling Bros. Circus federal elephant abuse trial in Washington, DC. /Gary

From the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC:
Thursday (Feb. 5), former Ringling Bros. employees, Archele Hundley and Robert Tom, Jr. both testified that elephants endure both daily bull hook abuse and continuous chaining at the circus. They also described the severe beating of an elephant whose handler rammed a bullhook into the elephant’s ear and hit him for more than 40 minutes.
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Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2009
Under: Circus, Elephants, Ringling Bros. | No Comments »

Ringling Bros. Circus — on trial for elephant abuse — UPDATE

Chained elephant photo by Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC
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I’ve arranged to get regular updates on this trial from the animal welfare attorneys who are pressing this elephant abuse case and I’ll be passing this information along to you.

Wednesday’s (Feb. 4) opening day of the trial was full of fireworks.
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Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2009
Under: Circus, Elephants, Ringling Bros. | 8 Comments »

Lindsay Wildlife Museum: See their fantastic “Birds in Art” exhibition

Kingfisher photo by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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Lindsay Wildlife Museum is sole West Coast Venue for prestigious “Birds in Art” exhibition

A traveling exhibit of some of the world’s finest contemporary artworks about birds will make its only West Coast stop at Lindsay Wildlife Museum from Feb. 15th through April 18th. Featuring a truly international group of sculptors and artists from 10 countries, the juried show was curated by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
Under: Art exhibit, Birds, Lindsay Wildlife Museum | No Comments »

Ringling Brothers Circus on trial for elephant abuse

Chained elephant photo by Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC
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Ringling Brothers Stands Trial in Federal Court for Elephant Mistreatment

Sacramento group among plaintiffs in groundbreaking case

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and its parent company, Feld Entertainment, Inc., will finally stand trial to face charges that the circus mistreats its Asian elephants in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. The case is more than eight years in the making.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
Under: Circus, Elephants, Ringling Bros. | 3 Comments »