Burros, and their friends, make us feel good this Sunday

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SOURCE:  sfgate.com

Formerly wild burros find loving home on Arizona ranch

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Jo Di Gennaro with her two oldest males Mighele and Papa. Photo: Jo Di Gennaro

Friendships develop for a variety of reasons: over work, hobbies, sports. In the case of Arizona residents Kathie Shotts and Jo Di Gennaro, their friendship was deepened by a love of animals. Burros, to be exact.

Jo and I met when we were teaching at Donaldson Elementary in Tucson. When Jo retired, she started volunteering for Equine Voices, a horse rescue sanctuary in Green Valley, 30 miles south of Tucson. The sanctuary needed volunteers to brush, walk, wash and clean up after horses that had been found abandoned in the desert by either drug dealers or former owners that had tired of their pets. Jo’s heart melted at the thought of these poor, neglected animals, and over school vacations and holidays, she…

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Alaska governor allowing the “kill-on-site” policy

 

 

 

by Nicole Rivard, Friends of Animals Correspondent

Please tell Alaska governor Sean Parnell what you think for allowing the “kill-on-site” policy for wolf pups and bear cubs orphaned by state predator control to continue. http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/contact/email-the-governor.html  Friends of Animals has learned from Rick Steiner, professor and conservation biologist, that despite the wildly popular rescue of wolf pups abandoned in the Kenai fire last week, which was covered on national television news, the State of Alaska announced June 2 that it would not alter its “kill-on-site” policy for newborn wildlife orphaned by the state’s predator control programs across western and northern Alaska.

Please tell Gov.

These pups escaped death because they were rescued by firefighters before the Alaska Department of Fish & Game could get their hands on them, and have been adopted by the Minnesota Zoo instead of being killed.

But the future is bleak for future pups orphaned after the State of Alaska kills their parents.

After killing all of the adult wolves from two wolf packs on the South Alaska Peninsula in their spring 2008 predator control effort, ADFG biologists pulled 14 newborn wolf pups from the two dens, and shot each in the head. Subsequent public outrage led to the adoption of the state’s wolf pup protocol in Nov. 2008, which called for the live collection and placement of orphaned wolf pups in zoos and other facilities.

Then in May 2009, with no public notice, prior to the continuation of the Alaska Peninsula wolf control program, the state adopted a new wolf pup protocol that called for the lethal gassing of wolf pups orphaned by predator control efforts in western and northern Alaska. Although there has never been a reported case of rabies in wolf pups, the rationale the state gave for adopting its new lethal protocol in western and northern Alaska was a purported risk of rabies in wolf pups.

by Nicole Rivard, Friends of Animals Correspondent

Shame on Alaska governor Sean Parnell for allowing the “kill-on-site” policy for wolf pups and bear cubs orphaned by state predator control to continue. Friends of Animals has learned from Rick Steiner, professor and conservation biologist, that despite the wildly popular rescue of wolf pups abandoned in the Kenai fire last week, which was covered on national television news, the State of Alaska announced June 2 that it would not alter its “kill-on-site” policy for newborn wildlife orphaned by the state’s predator control programs across western and northern Alaska.

These pups escaped death because they were rescued by firefighters before the Alaska Department of Fish & Game could get their hands on them, and have been adopted by the Minnesota Zoo instead of being killed.

But the future is bleak for future pups orphaned after the State of Alaska kills their parents.

After killing all of the adult wolves from two wolf packs on the South Alaska Peninsula in their spring 2008 predator control effort, ADFG biologists pulled 14 newborn wolf pups from the two dens, and shot each in the head. Subsequent public outrage led to the adoption of the state’s wolf pup protocol in Nov. 2008, which called for the live collection and placement of orphaned wolf pups in zoos and other facilities.

Then in May 2009, with no public notice, prior to the continuation of the Alaska Peninsula wolf control program, the state adopted a new wolf pup protocol that called for the lethal gassing of wolf pups orphaned by predator control efforts in western and northern Alaska. Although there has never been a reported case of rabies in wolf pups, the rationale the state gave for adopting its new lethal protocol in western and northern Alaska was a purported risk of rabies in wolf pups.

But given the lack of rabies risk, many wildlife advocates feel the new “kill-on-site” protocol was actually adopted for other reasons, including: the current state administration, and its political supporters, harbor an irrational disdain, even hatred, for wolves; in remote areas, without the watchful eye of the news media, the state feels it is more expedient to just kill orphaned pups than to arrange their collection and placement; the state doesn’t want to attract attention to the inhumane consequences of its scientifically unjustified predator control programs by providing an opportunity for news media to cover the live collection and placement of orphaned young; and the state doesn’t want the public to understand that the “hidden” effects of its predator control programs are far greater than just the number of adults killed.

Wolf pups and bear cubs remain dependent on their parents for more than a year, thus parents killed by state predator control or liberalized hunting and trapping regulations also results in the death of dependent cubs and pups, which are not added to the kill count.

A month after the new kill-on-site protocol was adopted, on June 7, 2009, two newborn wolf pups that had been orphaned by the state wolf control effort in the area, were lethally gassed in their dens with carbon monoxide by ADFG biologists. Their carcasses were not collected and tested for rabies, and left to decompose in the den. This was the first, and so far only, time in state history that newborn wildlife has been lethally gassed. This remains state policy today.

In Feb 2014, ADFG was asked to rescind its 2009 (lethal) wolf pup protocol, and revert to its 2008 (non-lethal) protocol, but the agency declined, again citing its concern for rabies in wolf pups. Then, after the rescue of the five Kenai wolf pups last week the state was asked again to apply this non-lethal collect-and-place protocol to the entire state, arguing not only that there has never been a report of rabies in wolf pups, but also that the half dozen reports of rabies in adult wolves in the historical record (the past 70 years) were all from the Arctic. Thus the risk of rabies from wolf pups, or even adult wolves in the rest of Alaska, is exceedingly low.

Despite this argument, ADFG announced yesterday, in a June 1, 2014 email from Division of Wildlife Conservation Director Doug Vincent-Lang, the following: “We stand by our new wolf pup protocol given advice from our vet regarding rabies. Rabies is a serious disease and I trust the advice of my professionals on this issue. It is fortunate that the wolf pups from the Kenai were from a rabies free zone and could be placed.”

The agency did not provide an explanation for why its veterinarians feel rabies in wolf pups presents a risk when there has never been a reported case. Thus, any wolf pups found orphaned by the state’s predator control programs in western and northern Alaska will continue to be lethally gassed. Additionally, in a May 29, 2014 press release, ADFG admitted that its biologists had recently (this spring) killed newborn black bear cubs in its Kuskokwim (GMU 19A) predator control effort.   Apparently there was no effort made to collect-and-place the newborn bear cubs.

Many Alaskans feel that the government killing of healthy newborn bear cubs and wolf pups is inhumane, unethical and unacceptable and Friends of Animals couldn’t agree more. “It takes a troubling, cold-hearted detachment from life to rationalize the killing of innocent newborn animals,” said Steiner. “Is this really what Alaska has come to? The state’s predator control program is bad enough, but to kill innocent weeks-old wolf pups and bear cubs whose parents have just been killed by gunners in helicopters, exposes a callous depravity that should concern us all. “Perhaps ADFG officials should go before an elementary school assembly and explain to the kids why, after their biologists gun down the parents of bear cubs and wolf pups from helicopters, they then order the orphaned pups and cubs to be gassed or shot instead of rescuing and placing them in facilities to live out their tragically altered lives.”

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NFL Player turning Vegan

Professional football player David Carter wanted to do something special for his wife to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

But what started out as a romantic gift for his wife, Paige, has now evolved into a complete lifestyle change for Carter.

In a show of solidarity and dedication to his vegan wife, Carter swore off meat and dairy.

“I became a vegan on Valentine’s Day as a gift to my wife,” he said. “But it turned out to be a gift to myself.”

As a football player on the biggest stage, Carter worried at first if he would be able to maintain his workout regimens without meat protein, but after enough research he found that he could maintain his physical prowess without the traditional meat-laden meals.

“When you’re a vegan, a lot of people think you’re weak,” he said. “They wonder where you get your protein from.

“I started thinking, where do gorillas get their protein? They don’t eat meat. They get their protein from plants.”

Carter, a defensive lineman who played at UCLA before spending seasons with the Cardinals and Cowboys, said his weight lifting didn’t suffer after going green and his agility and quickness went through the roof.

He also noticed nagging injuries like tendinitis in his joints and nerve damage in his fingers started to heal.

“The injuries just went away,” he said. “The nerve damage, the tendinitis was gone. All this time I had been eating meat and dairy and it was counter-productive.

“I watched this documentary, ‘Forks over Knives,’ and it changed my life.”

Armed with the tools and knowledge needed to be a vegan and elite athlete, Carter dove further into the vegan lifestyle.

“I love animals, but the vegan thing started out as a health thing.” Carter said. “But quickly after that, the humanity and ethics part started to sink in. After you do the research, after being a vegan, you start to look at the way the animals are treated and the process in which they go through. A lot of the stuff is unnecessary.”

And with that in mind, Carter has started speaking publicly about his transition and new approach to health and exercise.

His next stop will be as a guest speaker at today’s Music in the Meadow event hosted by Animal Place.

“They are great people,” Carter said of the Animal Place staff. “I admire what they are doing. It’s cool, sad and eye-opening.”

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Animal Place, a local sanctuary for farmed animals, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the Music in the Meadow event, which will feature Carter, several bands and tours of the facility.

“It’s a lovely day at the venue where you can enjoy some music and good vegan food,” executive director Kim Sturla said. “The goal is to introduce people to Animal Place and have a great time.”

The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Animal Place, located at 17314 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls

“He’s humongous,” Sturla said of Carter. “The guy is huge. And he was so overwhelmed with gratitude for Animal Place. It was heartwarming.”

Carter took a tour of Animal Place on Monday and said he was moved by the efforts of the staff.

Joining Carter as celebrity guests will be Jellybean and Mr. G, who have recently become YouTube sensations, garnering more than 5 million hits in just a few days. To view the video, visit http://animalplace.org.

Auctioneer 1st Man Charged Under California Law To Protect Horses From Slaughter

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SOURCE: CBS San Francisco

by Elizabeth Cook (Co-Anchor for KPIX 5 News)

MADERA (KPIX 5) — They were called Lacey and Squirt, two professional rodeo horses and beloved pets. But they ended up sold for meat on someone’s dinner plate overseas.

In a landmark case, a suspect has been charged with delivering at least one of them to slaughter.

The case is the talk of the town in Madera. Sheriff John Anderson has arrested a well-known businessman for an almost unheard of crime. “He will be treated no differently than anyone else,” Anderson said.

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Billy Ray Brown Jr., son of the owner of the local B and B Livestock auction, is accused of sending a horse called Lacey out of state to slaughter for human consumption.

That is a felony in California. A law was passed in 1998 to protect horses. This is the…

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Every Hunter and Trapper Will Die Someday

Every Hunter and Trapper Will Die Someday.

Boy, these old farts, simply keep repeating the same old rhetoric. As society progress’s and is leaving the old, ignorant, and cruel ways behind, those who refuse to progress into civilized compassionate thinking, still want their “out house’s” of the mind to stay put, think that their lies are sufficient enough to continue the status quo, just because they have taken those jobs that control the Wildlife, and that in the past we have been brainwashed to trusting this agency of knowing what they are doing, but the facts are out in the open and clear to most now, that these pos in place have no interest in managing wildlife for any other reasons other than their own sociopathic need to murder. The good news is, by their defensive behavior alone, they realize that we are not complicit to listening to their lies any longer, and that we WILL change this insanity, and soon.