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Copenhagen: Animals in trouble, the 12 Species of Christmas

Caribou crossing. Photo by Flickr user Phillie Casablanca used under a Creative Commons License
Caribou Crossing

As world leaders convene during the 12 Days of Copenhagen, many animals are already in trouble due to climate change. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has identified 12 species looking for hope from the 12 Days of Copenhagen:

1 — Caribou. With rapid climate change impacting their circumpolar habitat, some types of reindeer, or caribou, have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Of 43 major herds that have been monitored during the past decade, 34 are declining; none so dramatically as the Peary caribou of the High Arctic, whose numbers have declined from some 50,000 in the 1960s to only 7,800 today.
IFAW recently petitioned the U.S. Government to list Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou under the Endangered Species Act. http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/media_center/press_releases/9_15_2009_57511.php
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Under: Caribou, Cats, dogs, Elephants, Grizzly bear, Lions, Penguins, Polar bears, Sea turtle, Seals, Walrus, Whales | 1 Comment »

Ringling Bros. Circus federal elephant abuse trial UPDATE

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

Here’s what happened last week:
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Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Under: Abuse, Elephants, Ringling Bros. | 8 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 »

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 »

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 »

Lawsuit says Ringling Bros. Circus keeps elephants in chains

Animal protection groups ask federal court to halt Ringling Bros.’ cruel chaining and confinement of endangered Asian elephants.

Washington, D.C. — Wednesday (May 21), a coalition of animal protection organizations and a former Ringling Bros. employee asked a federal district court in Washington D.C. to immediately order a halt to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Ringling Bros.) cruel practice of shackling and confining endangered Asian elephants for days on end in a manner that prevents them from walking or even turning around in place.
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Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Under: Circus, Elephants, Endangered species, Ringling Bros. | No Comments »

Elephant to predict Super Bowl winner by kicking field goals

Sometimes you get the strangest press releases when you work at a newspaper.

“ …SIX FLAGS DISCOVERY KINGDOM WILL ASK AN AFRICAN ELEPHANT TO PREDICT THE WINNERS OF THE SUPER BOWL BY KICKING FOOTBALLS OVER A SET OF GOAL POSTS. … “

After all the grief Six Flags in Vallejo has taken over the years for its mishandling of elephants and other wild marine and land mammals, it’s hard to believe they would set up a stupid, degrading publicity stunt like this. Completely insensitive.

Hey, maybe if the elephant is any good, the New England Patriots will draft it to be their field goal kicker for the 2008 season. /Gary

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2008
Under: Elephants, Stupid Stunt | No Comments »

10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2007 list announced by In Defense of Animals

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, grabs top spot on annual “10 Worst Zoos for Elephants” list.

“The 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants list draws attention to the fact that elephants are needlessly suffering and dying prematurely from inadequate and inhumane zoo conditions,” said IDA president Elliot M. Katz, DVM. “The problems such as aberrant behaviors, lethal joint and foot disorders, and premature death chronicled in this list speak loudly to the mammoth changes that are needed to improve the lives of elephants in zoos.”

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS is an international, California-based (San Rafael) animal advocacy organization dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by defending their rights, welfare and habitats.

THE 10 WORST ZOOS FOR ELEPHANTS LIST:
http://www.idausa.org/news/currentnews/nr_080109.html

For more information on this subject, visit http://www.helpelephants.com. Thanks for caring. /gary

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2008
Under: Elephants, In Defense of Animals, Zoos | 6 Comments »

“Elephant Killing Weighed” in South Africa

As South Africa’s fast-growing pachyderm population fills parks, an official offers a plan, including mass culling as a last resort.

There are an estimated 690,000 elephants in the wild. The vast majority are in Africa, where the larger species are threatened but not endangered, as are their counterparts in Asia.

You can read the entire story by Michael Wines of the New York Times.

Meanwhile, local reader Michael Shatto of Concord also has a few words to say about elephants:

Gary:
The Contra Costa Times began March with the report: “Elephant Killing Weighed” (March 1 Times, page A17), a clever headline sure to provoke. Actually, the story is even-handed and accurate, surprising considering what the New York Times has been publishing, but I digress.

Facts:

Culling elephant herds has gone on since Colonial times and probably back into the mists of time.

Too many elephants causes extreme over-grazing, erosion, lack of food for other animals and habitat destruction.

Too many elephants conflict with man. They destroy crops, sometimes villages. Why? Humans taking over habitat. Farmers have killed more animals than all the poachers and legitimate hunters combined. No, Virginia, not just evil modern city building man, this has gone on since Lucy.

Elephant meat is delicious. None of the culled elephant is wasted. Even if people didn’t eat any of the culled elephant, there would only be a few bones left in less than a week.

Shadow thoughts by (Michael Shatto, Concord)

Anyone else have anything to add to this?

I’ll bet you do … just click on “Comments” below while I go hide under my desk …

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2007
Under: Elephants | 7 Comments »