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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
Mon Jun 6 2016 (Updated 06/07/16)Protest Denounces Sanders’ Support for Animal Agriculture, Demands “Animal Liberation Now"
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
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/14/16)Exodus of SCBT Goat and Rabbit Inventories Coincides with Enforcement Actions by USDA
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
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)State Group Calls for Changes as West Coast Whale Entanglements Reach Record High Levels
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
Sun Jul 26 2015 (Updated 07/30/15)Two New Arrests Brings Total to Four Arrested for Huge String of ALF Actions in 2013
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.
Mon Jul 13 2015 (Updated 07/23/15)Salinas Rodeo Hides Animal Injuries in Violation of California Law
Mon Jul 13 2015 (Updated 07/23/15)Animal Rights Groups Videotape Injuries to Horses and Calves at Salinas Rodeo
The California Rodeo Salinas is scheduled to start on July 16, yet the rodeo refuses to change its illegal practice of hiding injuries to animals. In December 2014, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the animal rights group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) against the rodeo for failing to report animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, as required under California law.
Mon Jun 22 2015California Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Nearly Extinct Humboldt Marten
Environmental groups petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to protect the Humboldt marten under the California Endangered Species Act. The Humboldt marten is a cat-sized carnivore related to minks and otters that lives in old-growth forests in Northern California and southern Oregon. Most of the marten’s forest habitat has been destroyed by logging, and the remaining martens in California likely number fewer than 100 individuals.
Thu May 28 2015 (Updated 05/30/15)Direct Action Everywhere May Day of Action
Thu May 28 2015 (Updated 05/30/15)Animal Liberation Group Protests at Whole Foods and Westfield Shopping Center in SF
The animal rights activist group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) held their May Day of action in downtown San Francisco on May 23. The activists traveled from cities in the U.S., Canada, and even Denmark, to once again bring their “It’s Not Food It’s Violence” campaign to the streets of San Francisco. Approximately 100 activists took the message to a Whole Foods Store in downtown SF, to a food court inside the Westfield shopping center, and to Union Square.
The National Park Service has acknowledged that that more than 250 tule elk died inside the fenced Pierce Point Elk Preserve at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore from 2012 to 2014, likely due to lack of access to year-round water. While nearly half the elk inside the fenced area died, free-roaming Point Reyes elk herds with access to water increased by nearly a third during the same period.
Fri Jan 16 2015Lawsuit Filed in Response to Yellowstone Wild Bison Capture
Fri Jan 16 2015Yellowstone National Park Initiates Bison Capture Operations
At least 145 of America's last wild, migratory bison have already been captured inside Yellowstone National Park's Stephens Creek bison trap this week as a result of the park and other entities working under the controversial Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP). They intend to kill upwards of 900 of the gentle giants under the guise of population control and "disease risk management."
Sun Jan 11 2015 (Updated 01/12/15)Eight Individuals Expose and Shame Wolf and Coyote Killing Derby
Sun Jan 11 2015 (Updated 01/12/15)Environmentalists Couldn’t Stop the Slaughter at Idaho’s Annual Coyote and Wolf Derby
Stephany Seay writes: Many believed that a Salmon, Idaho-based wolf and coyote killing spree was canceled when organizations released to the media that the BLM had revoked permits for the event. However the Forest Service still allowed it, and the derby was still on. Eight individuals braved the hostile Salmon community to be on the ground and document the carnage.
Mon Dec 29 2014 (Updated 12/30/14)Drift Gillnets are Deadly Curtains of Death
Mon Dec 29 2014 (Updated 12/30/14)Lawmakers & Conservation Groups Call for Phase Out of California Drift Gillnets
On December 22, with the full support of marine conservation organizations, a group of California legislators called on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service to transition away from deadly California drift gillnets. “California drift gillnets are deadly curtains of death for marine wildlife like whales and sea turtles,” said Doug Karpa of Turtle Island Restoration Network.
On December 17, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit against the California Rodeo Salinas and its head veterinarian Tim Eastman for failing to report animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, as required under California law. The defendants are accused of significantly under-reporting the number of animals injured at the California Rodeo Salinas, the largest rodeo in the state and one of the largest in the country.
Killing Continues to Mount in California Drift Gillnet Fishery: Government Adds New Species Thursday Jan 12th 12:21 PM
Good Samaritans Relocate Monarch Butterflies to Sunny Santa Cruz Wednesday Jan 4th 6:23 PM
Pacific Fisheries Management Council Nominated for ‘Shark Enemy’ Award by Turtle Island and Host of Concerned Environmental Groups Monday Dec 19th 10:26 AM
San Francisco Airport’s New Therapy Pig, LiLou, Prompts PETA Appeal Monday Dec 12th 3:35 PM
Marin-Based Wildlife Group Slams EPA Pick Friday Dec 9th 2:51 PM
Urgent SeaWorld Protest at Coastal Commission Hearing (1 comment) Saturday Oct 29th 2:58 AM
Court to Monterey County: Lawsuit Over Wildlife Services Animal-killing Contract Can Move Forward Tuesday Oct 25th 12:46 PMMore Local News...
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EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides Wednesday Jan 18th 9:11 PM
Despite New Jaguars in US, Feds Release Plan to Recover Endangered Jaguars Only in Mexico Monday Dec 19th 5:39 PM
New Study: Mounting Evidence Supports Eating Less Meat for Health of People, Planet Tuesday Dec 6th 1:59 PM
Sharks Win Protections at International Wildlife Treaty Meeting Monday Oct 3rd 9:53 AM
Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens' Ability to Use Endangered Species Act Monday Sep 26th 4:19 PM
Flashback Friday: May 1984 - Raid on the University of PA Head Injury Lab Friday Sep 23rd 1:05 PM
Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference Wednesday Sep 21st 11:17 AMMore Global News...
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Reviewing Keith Ellison's animal welfare record Tuesday Jan 17th 1:48 AM
Dozens of lab monkeys were killed due to failed experiments and shipping mistakes Thursday Nov 3rd 9:56 AM
CA Transportation Commission Commits $3.1 Million for Land Trust’s Hwy 17 Wildlife Crossing Friday Oct 21st 9:35 PM
53 Of The Ways The World's Military Harm Animals Tuesday Jun 21st 10:26 AM
Hillary Clinton Flunks Animal Rights And Environmental Issues Saturday May 21st 12:48 PM
David Ludwig & NPR's David Greene And Alison Aubrey Shill For Egg Producers Friday May 13th 7:30 AM
Animal Activist Marcy Winograd wins freedom of speech appeal Monday May 9th 6:59 PMOpen Newswire...
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