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Revenge killing of stingrays?

I found this bizarre little story by Associated Press writer Meraiah Foley, while I was prowling through our electronic wire services this morning:

"SYDNEY, Australia — At least 10 stingrays have been killed since ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin was fatally injured by one of the fish, an official said Tuesday, prompting a spokesman for the late TV star’s animal charity to urge people not to take revenge on the animals.

"Irwin died last week after a stingray barb pierced his chest as he recorded a show off the Great Barrier Reef.

"Stingray bodies since have been discovered on two beaches in Queensland state on Australia’s eastern coast. Two were discovered Tuesday with their tails lopped off, state fisheries department official Wayne Sumpton said."

Michael Hornby, executive director of Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors conservation group, said he was concerned the rays were being hunted and killed in retaliation for Irwin’s death. "Killing stingrays was not what Steve was about," he said.

It’s a curious world we live in, isn’t it?

Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
Under: Killing, Wildlife | 3 Comments »

Sticky, inhumane killers

Time for my semi-monthly primal scream about those fiendish sticky glue mouse and rat traps that are sold at most hardware and garden supply stores. Please don’t use those torture devices. Cheap? Yes. Effective? Yes. Inhumane and cruel? Yes.

I ran the following question and answer in today’s column in the Times:

Dear Gary: My son sent me this inquiry and I wondered if you could advise him:

Genia: We put out sticky box traps to catch mice in the garden and got one last night, but a hawk came down and took the mouse and part of the (sticky) trap. Do you think it will be OK, because those traps are really sticky and the mouse is probably covered with glue, plus the trap could become stuck on its beak? (Brian)

They live in a new home in the Dougherty Valley in San Ramon and have a constant problem with mice. Thank you for your help. (Genia G., Walnut Creek)

Dear Genia: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think those inhumane glue traps are the worst. Most people don’t realize how diabolical they are until they start using them. Your son’s problem is a classic example of the things that can go wrong with those nasty traps.

Let’s hope the hawk doesn’t get caught up in that glue, and let’s also hope the hawk was able to quickly finish putting the poor mouse out of its misery.

Basically, those glue traps work by sticking to the mouse after it’s lured into the trap. The trap is then usually tossed into the trash, where its victim takes three to four days to die.

Please suggest to Brian that the regular old Victor spring mouse traps (available at all hardware stores) work fine and kill the mice instantly. And they don’t stick to hawks.

The above comments have already generated this response:

Dear Gary: I used that type of trap ONE time, and the type of torment I went through can’t even be compared to what that poor little mouse suffered. I didn’t think it through.

If I correctly remember the concept of the individual who brainstormed this thing, the idea is to place the trap and mouse in water to "quickly" drown the mouse. That’s IF you happen to come across the mouse at a stage prior to its death. Initially I considered it "more humane" than a snap trap.

Having a little mouse stare at me prior to so doing didn’t exactly make it simple. Either way it’s torture.

From that point on, I used the "Live ‘No Kill’ Mouse Trap," and released the mouse outside.

Just a note to thank you for emphasizing the cruelty of these traps. (Barbara Yencho, cyberspace)

Thanks for caring, Barbara.

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
Under: Killing, Sticky mouse traps | 17 Comments »

Will this end all the dog killing in China?

Finally, one organization appears to be offering a practical solution to this insanity (at least I hope that’s where it’s going). The continued killing of thousands and thousands of dogs certainly isn’t going to solve anything.

Associated Press writer Alexa Olesen reports today that The Humane Society of the United States said it will give China $100,000 to vaccinate dogs against rabies if it promises to immediately stop the mass slaughter of dogs in areas where humans have died from the disease.

"There are far better ways of addressing rabies control to promote the safety of your citizens, the good reputation of China and the welfare of dogs," Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS, said in an open letter to China’s ambassador in Washington.

According to the AP story, HSUS said the money was conditional on China agreeing to stop the mass killing of dogs and accepting the group’s help in establishing a nationwide rabies control program that relies on vaccinations.

It’s great that HSUS has stepped forward to try and help China deal with its rabies problem(s), but $100,000 is just a tiny drop in the bucket in that enormous country. Even if China chooses to accept the money, this has got to be the start of something BIGGER to really work. The BIGGER question, by the way, is where is the World Health Organization?

Rabies, a fatal disease, is a serious problem around the world, especially in developing nations.

There’s more below if you’re not familiar with this on-going story.

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
Under: dogs, Killing, Rabies | 1 Comment »

Pleasanton Police Chief discusses mountain lion shooting

Read my Friday column for more information on the mountain lion that was shot by a game warden in Pleasanton last Tuesday. Pleasanton Police Chief Tim Neal sent me an e-mail with his comments on why they felt they had to shoot the big cat, and I throw in a few observations of my own.
Today’s (Friday) column:

Posted on Friday, June 16th, 2006
Under: Killing, Mountain lion | 1 Comment »

Time to outlaw “live lure” coursing

The time will come when public opinion will no longer tolerate amusements based on the mistreatment and killing of animals.
— Albert Schweitzer

Dear Gary:
(California) Assemblywoman Loni Hancock has introduced AB 2110 to outlaw the sport of live lure coursing. Golden State Greyhound Adoption testified on April 4 before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, in support of this legislation.

The bill specifically does NOT make it illegal to engage in non-live bait lure coursing. If you see fit to write something in support of this legislation, and to encourage your readers to support this bill by writing their legislators, I do not know of a single greyhound rescue organization, or any other rescue organization, that would object.

Rather, we would laud and appreciate your support to banish this cruel, inhumane and totally unnecessary blood sport.
(Sheldon Satnick, Golden State Greyhound Adoption, Pleasant Hill, Calif.)

Dear Sheldon:
You definitely have my support in banning this uncivilized activity.

I wrote in February, after seeing Channel 7’s horrifying report on the subject, that "open field coursing is banned in England because of its cruelty. Yet it’s happening right here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and many compassionate people, including California State Assemblymember Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, want this blood sport outlawed."

Kim Sturla, director of Animal Place in Vacaville, Calif., said it best: "This is not a sport, this is a barbaric, inhumane activity in which a bunch of people cheer while dogs tear a terrified rabbit to pieces."

The next hearing on Hancock’s bill, AB 2110, is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. No date has been set, yet, for the hearing.

Everyone reading this can help this bill get passed by writing individual letters ASAP to as many of the committee members as possible (all is best, and the Chair and Vice-Chair for sure!). Tell them that greyhounds ripping apart rabbits that can’t escape is not hunting and has nothing to do with killing animals for food as some of the participants have stated.

Ask them to please SUPPORT Assemblywoman Loni Hancock’s bill, AB 2110, to outlaw live lure coursing in California.

Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee: Assemblymembers Judy Chu (Chair), Sharon Runner (Vice-Chair), Karen Bass, Patty Berg, Ron Calderon, Hector de la Torre, Bill Emmerson, Ray Haynes, Betty Karnette, Johan Klehs, Mark Leno, Alan Nakanishi, Joe Nation, Jenny Oropeza, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Lori Saldana, Mimi Walters, Leland Yee.

The address for the Governor and all Legislators: State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Thanks for caring!

Posted on Friday, April 14th, 2006
Under: dogs, Greyhounds, Hunting, Killing, Live Lure Coursing | 2 Comments »

Don’t Shoot The Wrong Deer!

A story in the Contra Costa Times on Saturday, Oct. 22, stated that a federal trapper may have shot the wrong buck, and not the one responsible for attacks on local dogs in Orinda, Ca. If that’s the case, it is unforgivable. A picture of the problem buck was available and a neighbor offered a copy to the trapper to help him ID the right deer. He refused to take it. And now the wrong deer may be dead.

Killing sometimes gets to be too easy.

Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
Under: Animals, deer, Killing, Wildlife | 4 Comments »