There has never been a case like this in a zoo in Europe, an assault of such violence, evidently for this stupid trafficking of rhinoceros horns.
— Thierry Duguet, head of Parc Zoologique de Thoiry
It was a matter of time. The war of poachers against those attempting to conserve species, and the animals themselves, took a gruesome turn this week. At the Parc Zoologique de Thoiry outside Paris, a southern white rhinoceros named Vince was shot three times, with one horn sawn by attackers keen to bring the predations of the ivory market to Europe. (The second horn was only partially sawn.)
The two predators were recently photographed collaborating in Colorado, a fascinating example of interspecies teamwork.
Competition and cooperation aren’t mutually exclusive. Just ask a coyote or a badger.
Both are crafty carnivores, and since they often hunt the same prey in the same prairies, it would make sense for them to be enemies, or at least to avoid each other. But while they don’t always get along, coyotes and badgers also have an ancient arrangement that illustrates why it can be smart for rivals to work together.
Not only has Rothschild expelled the Pygmies, but he has also led an effort to beat and torture them in the process. Survival International, an indigenous advocacy group, published statements in early November from the alleged victims of Rothschild and his business.
“They beat us, they searched for us, they set their dogs on you, their guns on you,” said one member of the Baka who also claimed that his fields were burned. Continue reading »
“Incrementalisation. Take away the right of free speech & protest at unacceptable Government & you get Tyranny. Whilst I don’t personally consider a Pit Bull a beautiful example of Canis, and have to admit it is probably quite a weapon if used properly, the worrying aspect of this latest interfering bureaucratic nonsense, this time in Canada, is that they’ll be banning German Shepherds, Rotts & Dobermans if this is deemed successful, and once again the people will be defenceless as Society crumbles and we turn on ourselves as the scum plan. All in increments.”
Montreal, CA – The city council of Montreal recently voted to ban ownership of pit bulls, causing outrage from dog lovers everywhere.
The measure was voted by a 37-23 majority, in response to controversy caused by a random dog attack, which was an isolated incident.
Mayor Denis Coderre issued a statement after the vote saying, “My duty as mayor of Montreal is making sure I am working for all Montrealers. And I am there to make sure they feel safe and that they are safe.”Continue reading »
Four big names in the dairy industry reportedly conspired to artificially inflate the cost of dairy products in the United States. The market fraud occurred between 2004 and 2008 when milk prices increased 66 cents per hundredweight.
The increase was made possible through a pact between several major milk brands that unnecessarily slaughtered a substantial number of dairy cows. Continue reading »
The debate over whether or not vaccines cause autism is far from over, with a new study recently presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London, England, destroying the popular claim that any link between the two has been thoroughly debunked by science. Research conducted on baby macaque monkeys revealed that the typical U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine schedule indeed triggered autism symptoms in the vaccinated monkeys, while none of the unvaccinated monkeys developed the disorder. Continue reading »
Four hundred animals who live at an animal sanctuary in New Smyrna Beach, Florida may face euthanasia now that Bank of America has seized ownership of the property.
Tina Richardson has lived and paid rent at the property with her husband for years, and in that time, she has accumulated a large collection of miniature ponies, dogs, cats, goats, wild hogs, donkeys, roosters, turkeys, pigeons, raccoons, and opossums.
“[I have] goats and chickens and ducks and 28 cats and seven dogs, and anything that wanders in here and finds a home. So it’s kind of hard to say what all I really have,” Richardson told local ABC affiliate, WFTV-9.
An earlier version of WFTV’s report said Fannie Mae, the notorious government-sponsored mortgage company, had taken ownership of the home. This reference can be verified through a version of the article aggregated by WIHO, a Florida news outlet. However, the reference to Fannie Mae was eventually removed from the original article. Anti-Media asked the WFTV journalist, Lauren Seabrook, to clarify, and she confirmed the county said Bank of America now owns the property the Richardsons are vacating. Continue reading »
Today, thousands of people are gathered in Yellowstone to celebrate the centennial birthday of the National Parks, which many say is perhaps the best idea that America has ever had. But no one is in Gardiner, Montana, today to mourn the dead. And indeed, most do not know of the catastrophe that hit the grizzly bear, one of the Park’s most beloved icons, in 2015, when 85 bears died out a population of perhaps 717 animals.
Last week, government data was released showing that bear deaths during 2015 shattered previous records, and that thresholds for allowable female deaths were exceeded by a large margin (link). The death toll of 85 grizzlies is not an anomaly, but rather the most recent manifestation of a decade of unsustainable high grizzly bear mortality. Continue reading »
Dog owners and veterinary associations in the United Kingdom have been warning of a rash of dangerous and even lethal side effects from a popular vaccine designed to protect dogs from a rare and mild illness.
The disease in question, leptospirosis, can be serious in both dogs and humans, but most cases are mild. It is spread via the urine of infected wild and domestic animals, typically mice and rats, and is most common in poor and rural regions of tropical countries or Eastern Europe. It is not common in the United Kingdom. For this reason, the vaccine is considered optional, rather than required or even recommended.
Seizures, immune failure and death
The leptospirosis vaccine, Nobivac L4, is produced by Merck subsidiary MSD Animal Health, which says that despite its optional status, it is one of the most widely used dog vaccines. More than a million doses of L4 are used in the United Kingdom each year. According to the company, the shot should only be given to dogs older than nine weeks, with a followup dose a month later and a yearly booster.
A zoo in southern Germany has decided to give its orangutans more mating options through video dating.
Two of the rare orangutans — Sinta and Conny — were shown videos of available males to see if there was any interest in hopes of one day breeding, according to a statement from the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart.
“The signs are positive,” the zoo said after Sinta and Conny appeared to take a liking to a male named Gempa living 350 miles away in Belgium. Continue reading »
United States — You cannot rely on food producers to put food labels on products in a sufficient enough manner to describe what you’re actually buying, and — in the case of meat and animal products — what you’re allowing to continue through your purchase.
1. “Progressive Farming. Family Style,” pig ‘producer,’ The Maschhoffs, slogan boasts — but if the Hormel supplier truly believes what the pigs it raises go through is family-oriented, the company could easily qualify for psychological assistance. Disturbingly, though, The Maschhoffs are far from alone.
NBC L.A., Apr 19, 2016 (emphasis added): Officials are investigating why sick sea lions are washing up onshore… The Laguna Beach Pacific Marine Mammal Center has an overflow of sea lions… The reason for the influx of sea lions remains a disappearing cold water food source… Another unusual phenomenon they are seeing: Elephant and harbor seals are coming into the centers in addition to California sea lions, and that is not typical.
NBC L.A. transcript, Apr 19, 2016: “Now, an alarming number of sea lions are washing up along our local beaches… it is taking longer to rehabilitate these sick sea lions… Experts say [they are] taking longer to become healthier.” Continue reading »
AP, Mar 24, 2016 (emphasis added): Alaska’s massive seabird die-off spreads… Federal biologists last week walked… Katmai National Park and counted 2,000 dead seabirds… “[That’s only] a hint of what probably was there… every beach we looked at had dead birds” [US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Robb Kaler said]… “if we had rakes we would have found a lot more,” [said retired USGS biologist Tony DeGange]… [Officials surveyed the area] in 2009 and 2012 [and] counted zero and 14 common murres… Last week [they] counted hundreds.
AP, Mar 24, 2016: Seabird die-off takes twist… thousands of common murres were found dead [in an Alaskan] lake… experts were puzzled. “We’ve talked about unprecedented things about this die off. That’s another one,” said [USGS biologist] John Piatt… “6,000, 8,000 birds in the lake is pretty mind-blowing, really… I’ve never heard of any such a thing anywhere in the world.”… [F]ederal agencies are trying to determine if the murre deaths are connected to lack of food… or something else…”This is the thing about this die-off,” Piatt said. “We don’t even know what we don’t know.” Continue reading »
KION, Mar 17, 2016 (emphasis added): Sea lion moms and pups struggling to survive… Bay Net, a volunteer group of naturalists, are keeping a watchful eye on them at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove. They say the start of the season has been rough. “Some of them have been way too thin to have a healthy birth and have enough milk to feed it,” said Bay Net volunteer Thom Akeman. So far this season 13 pups have been born but none of them have survived. Many seals are underweight and starving, suffering from a shortage of food in the Pacific Ocean… “When they get extremely thin they’re open to all sorts of illnesses and infections,” said [volunteer Marg] Brigadier … The group Harbor Seals of Pacific Grove has been documenting the unusually high rate of dying pups on Facebook. Continue reading »
Those of us disgusted by the confinement and routine abuse of farm animals are being given an opportunity to do something about it and push for a small change to a big policy that would reduce the suffering of billions of animals worldwide.
Whether stuffed into crates, crammed by the thousands into windowless sheds, or genetically manipulated to grow larger, the misery caused to animals by human beings is immeasurable. In an industry that aims to maximize output while keeping costs down, a small change in the wording of one sentence could force farms to operate more humanely. Continue reading »
L.A. Times, Feb 25, 2016 (emphasis added): Fewer sea lions have been stranded this year, but that’s a bad sign, scientists say… it’s a sign that the sea lion population is dwindling rather than recovering. An ongoing fish famine is preventing mothers from producing enough milk, resulting in smaller and less hardy pups. As of Monday, there had been 375 sea lion strandings so far in 2016… about 160 sea lions are found stranded during the first two months of a typical year… [L]ess available prey are hurting newly born sea lions the most, potentially slowing down the species’ population growth, scientists say. “It’s going to decline,” said Sharon Melin, wildlife biologist at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center… During NOAA’s survey of the sea lion breeding grounds, Melin said, researchers saw more dead pups than usual. The increased mortality could cause fewer pups to become stranded because they’re dying before they can leave the islands, she said. The exact number of dead pups is not known… The pups… should have gained about 20 pounds in the last six months, Melin said, but they haven’t grown at all. “It still looks very grim this year,” Melin said… Continue reading »
Press Democrat, Feb 11, 2016 (emphasis added): Scientists and lawmakers foresee grim outlook for California’s ocean fisheries… the outlook is overwhelmingly grim, presenters said at an annual forum of the joint legislative Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Something’s going on in the ocean, and it’s not right, and it doesn’t fit our historical understandings,” California Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham told members of the committe… Bonham noted stretches of coastline suddenly barren of sea urchins… [N]umerous anomalies… are growing increasingly apparent, Bonham said. “This should be an… alarm to the general public”… Bonham said… [S]everal witnesses Thursday forecast what most in the industry already have anticipated: a collapse, or near collapse, of key salmon runs in the state… “I cannot say this more bluntly,” [State Senator Mike McGuire] said. “We are facing a fishery disaster here in California”… U.S. Department of Commerce [is] considering a request by Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a fishery disaster… Continue reading »
The government claims it has put a stop to the infamous festival, where dogs and cats are killed in their thousands to mark the summer solstice. But protesters say the announcement has the air of a cover-up
Animal welfare campaigners have restarted a petition against the slaughter of thousands of cats and dogs marking the summer solstice in Yulin, China. Continue reading »