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Sat Aug 19 2017 (Updated 08/21/17)Court Rules Monterey County's Federal Animal-killing Contract Violates Law
The California Superior Court has ruled that Monterey County’s contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to kill predators and other native wildlife violates state law. The decision responds to a lawsuit filed by animal protection and conservation organizations. The court concluded that Monterey County violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by failing to analyze the environmental impacts before renewing the controversial program, which has shot, trapped and snared thousands of animals in the county in recent years.
Sat Apr 22 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Famous Herd of Mustangs Faces A Round-Up
In an area in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Gardnerville, Nevada there is a wild horse herd known as the Fish Spring’s herd. This herd has many bands in it, including the Blue’s band, Blondies band, Zorro’s band, Socks band, and Rogue’s band. The bands are named after the lead stallion. There are so few wild horses on that range that wild horse advocates, photographers, and locals name the horses. Wild horses love their families and their freedom, but after they are rounded-up they lose all of that. When the Bureau of Land Management decides the amount of horses exceed the appropriate management area, they organize the rounding up of the excess horses.
Mon Apr 3 2017Whale Entanglements Break Record for Third Straight Year
Commercial Dungeness crab gear entangled a record number of whales in 2016, contributing to a third straight record-breaking year for entanglements along the U.S. West Coast, according to information released this week by the National Marine Fisheries Service. While whale entanglements are reported up and down the coast, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has recently seen the highest number of entanglements. “Whales are suffering slow, painful deaths because there are too many crab traps in Monterey Bay,” said Catherine Kilduff of the Center for Biological Diversity.
Sat Dec 10 2016Disastrous New City at Tejon Ranch Approved for Kern County
On December 6, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved Tejon Ranch Company’s disastrous Grapevine project, despite the harm the project will do to wildlife and nearby communities. The 8,000-acre development will straddle the San Joaquin Valley and Tehachapi Mountains and create a new city of up to 12,000 dwelling units and up to 5.1 million square feet of commercial real estate. The project will destroy habitat for the endangered San Joaquin kit fox, blunt-nosed leopard lizard, and threatened San Joaquin antelope squirrel, along with up to 36 other rare and imperiled species.
Mon Jun 6 2016 (Updated 06/07/16)Animal Rights Activists Rush Sanders’ Stage in Oakland
On May 30, members of the animal liberation network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) rushed the stage of a Bernie Sanders rally in Oakland, decrying Sanders’ support for animal agriculture and demanding an end to violence against animals. Activists climbed over metal barricades at the rally in front of Oakland City Hall to display banners reading “Animal Liberation Now” and “Animal Rights is Social Justice.” The activists halted Sanders’ speech before being removed from the rally by Secret Service agents.
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/14/16)Disappearance of Goats, Rabbits at Santa Cruz Biotechnology Raises Questions
A recently released United States Department of Agriculture inspection report from January 2016 discloses that Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT), one of the world’s largest producers of animal-derived research antibodies, has eliminated its entire inventory of goats and rabbits. An inspection conducted by the USDA just six months prior revealed an inventory of 3,202 goats and 2,471 rabbits. The disappearance raises questions about the facility's future.
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)California Moves to Keep Whales Out of Crab Gear
A state-convened working group is recommending a series of initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
A third complaint was filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT) on August 7 for a violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The USDA's ongoing case against SCBT, one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers, was heard by an administrative law judge from August 18-21.
Tue Aug 4 2015Idaho AgGag Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional
A U.S. District Court has struck down Idaho’s “ag-gag” law as an unconstitutional attempt by the agriculture industry to silence journalists, animal advocates, and whistleblowers who expose cruel farming practices. The ruling — the first of its kind — spells trouble for the agriculture industry’s attempts in other states to outlaw photography and video recordings of animal welfare, workers’ rights, and environmental violations. The lawsuit was brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA, with support from a wide-range of organizations.
Sun Jul 26 2015 (Updated 07/30/15)Oakland Activists Accused of Freeing Animals Are Charged as Terrorists
The year 2013 was a busy one for animal liberation actions across the U.S., primarily at businesses that breed and/or sell fur. Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson of Los Angeles recently pled guilty and currently await sentencing for a related charge of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). On July 24, the FBI arrested two more animal rights activists. Joseph Buddenburg and Nicole Kissane of Oakland were charged under AETA for 2013 actions. At a court hearing on July 28, Judge Ryu released Nicole from electronic monitoring but ordered that Joseph remain on home lockdown with continued monitoring.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Pacific Humpback Whales Threatened by Fishing Gear, Ship Strikes, Oil Spills Thu Mar 15th 11:31am
Endangered Species Protection Sought for California, Oregon Salamander Threatened by Logging Mon Mar 12th 8:11pm
Court Calls Third Strike on Industry Challenges to Decision to End Failed Otter Translocation and “No Otter Zone” Program Fri Mar 9th 11:22am
Another Mountain Lion Killed on 17 Sat Feb 17th 10:33pm
California Wildlife Officials Urged to Prevent Whale Entanglements in Crab Gear (1 comment) Tue Feb 6th 6:07pm
Wild Turkeys Run Down By Pickup Truck in Ben Lomond Thu Jan 25th 1:39pm
Northern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales Thu Jan 18th 9:09pmMore Local News...
Wyoming Proposes Cruel Grizzly Bear Hunt Fri Mar 9th 4:48pm
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Protect Walrus Fri Mar 9th 10:40am
Senate Committee to Consider Bill Exempting Factory Farms From Hazardous Waste Reporting Wed Mar 7th 4:26pm
Analysis: 60 Million Acres of Monarch Habitat to Be Doused With Toxic Weed Killer Fri Mar 2nd 11:48am
Flawed Fee Analysis Diverts Fur-trapping Costs to California Taxpayers Mon Feb 5th 10:33am
Nestle Murder Of Billions Of Animals, Child Slavery, Worker Abuse, Theft Of Water (1 comment) Sun Jan 28th 12:09pm
Court Ruling Moves Orcas Closer to Protection from Oil Tankers Thu Jan 18th 11:08pmMore Global News...
50 Of Many Ways Donald Trump Harms Animals Mon Mar 5th 4:40pm
Hip Hop The Activist Bunny Rabbit Stolen Mon Oct 30th 4:27pm
Dozens of lab monkeys were killed due to failed experiments and shipping mistakes Thu Nov 3rd 9:56am
CA Transportation Commission Commits $3.1 Million for Land Trust’s Hwy 17 Wildlife Crossing Fri Oct 21st 9:35pm
53 Of The Ways The World's Military Harm Animals Tue Jun 21st 10:26am
Hillary Clinton Flunks Animal Rights And Environmental Issues Sat May 21st 12:48pm
David Ludwig & NPR's David Greene And Alison Aubrey Shill For Egg Producers Fri May 13th 7:30amOpen Newswire...
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