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California’s Driftnet Fishery Puts Sharks in Crosshairs
A new report by Turtle Island Restoration Network (seaturtles.org) outlines how the California driftnet fishery for swordfish is taking a deadly toll on shark populations, and finds that 15 percent of the fisheries catch is sharks, many of which are listed and protected under international treaties and agreements....
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:33AM
State Evidence Suggests New Wolf May Be in California's Lassen County
SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2016 — New evidence released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests there may be a wolf in Lassen County. The information — not yet conclusive — includes photos from four trail cameras between August and May and a hair sample from one of the sites. While DNA test results were inconclusive as to whether the animal is a wolf, dog or wolf-dog hybrid, the fact the animal persisted through the winter in this remote location leads agency officials to beli...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:23PM
Lawsuit Initiated Over Politically Motivated Decision Denying Protection to Pacific Fisher
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 13, 2016 — Four conservation groups filed a notice of intent today to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision in April to deny Endangered Species Act protection to Pacific fishers, the latest species to fall victim to the Service’s efforts to cater to industry. Closely related to martens and wolverines, Pacific fishers are severely threatened by a number of factors, including habitat loss caused by logging and the use of toxic rodenticides on illegal m...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:13PM
Lawsuit Launched Over Forest Service's Failure to Protect Rare Frogs, Toads From Grazing
OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for authorizing livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest without considering the potential impacts to federally protected Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and Yosemite toads. Photo: Yosemite toad, by Lucas Wilkinson, U.S. Forest Service....
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:28PM
West Coast Whale Entanglements Increasing, On Pace for Another Record Year
OAKLAND, Calif., June 9, 2016 — Nearly 40 reports of whales entangled in fishing gear have been recorded off the West Coast in 2016 — including at least 20 whales that are estimated to still be entangled — putting this year on pace to break the record for the third straight year. Although some whales are able to escape from fishing gear, often with the help of California Whale Rescue teams that are now being overwhelmed with entanglement reports, those that continue to drag fishing gear can d...
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 1:39PM
Lawsuit Challenges Monterey County's Contract With Federal Wildlife-killing Program
SALINAS, Calif., June 2, 2016 — Animal protection and conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging Monterey County’s contract renewal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services — a notorious federal wildlife-killing program that has killed more than 3,000 coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and other animals in the county in the past six years. [Photo: Bobcat, Felis rufus, by Robin Silver / Center for Biological Diversity.]...
Posted: Thu Jun 2, 2016 12:56PM
Dozens of Animal Rights Activists Rush Sanders’ Stage, Demanding “Animal Liberation Now” (video/mp4 24.9mb)
Protesters Denounce Sanders’ Support for Animal Agriculture...
Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 2:56PM
Cost of Animal Cruelty Skyrockets: Animal Research Facility to Pay $3.5 Million Penalty
SANTA CRUZ, CA, May 23, 2016 — Santa Cruz Biotechnology will pay an unprecedented penalty—$3.5 million—for animal welfare violations in a settlement reached May 19, 2016 with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The settlement comes as the Animal Legal Defense Fund continues to litigate its groundbreaking lawsuit against the company, filed on behalf of Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) in January 2013. It is the first lawsu...
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 1:20PM
Santa Cruz Biotech Agrees to Close Abusive Laboratory, Relinquish Animal Dealer License
SANTA CRUZ, CA, May 20, 2016 – Santa Cruz Biotech (SCBT) ahas been fined $3.5 million and agreed to give up its animal dealer license and close its research laboratory, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees research facilities. Photo: A goat at Santa Cruz Biotechnology in April of 2011....
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 3:28AM
USDA Imposes $3.5 Million Penalty on Santa Cruz Biotechnology for Animal Welfare Violation
May 20, 2016 - The Humane Society of the United States applauds a settlement agreement that will effectively end the abuse of animals by Santa Cruz Biotechnology. The agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the largest civil penalty in the 50-year history of the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act....
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 5:56PM
Santa Cruz Biotechnology Agrees to $3.5M Fine, License Revocation
Washington, DC, Friday, May 20, 2016 — The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) lauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for reaching a settlement agreement in its multiple cases against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT)—one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers—resulting in the cancellation of the facility’s research registration, revocation of its dealer license and payment of a historic $3.5 million civil penalty....
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:23PM
Just Released Graphic Photos Expose Carnage of Deadly California Driftnet Fishery
Government Forced to Release Images Showing Dead Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and Sea Turtles...
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 10:15AM
More than 250 Scientist Call on Legislators & Fisheries Managers to Protect California’s Marine Wildlife
Over 250 scientists released a joint scientific letter opposing the deadly California driftnet fishery for swordfish, which has some of the highest bycatch rates in the world....
Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 1:46PM
Coalition Urges Leaders to Support Senate Bill 1114 to Phase Out Driftnets
More than 30 Organizations Representing Over 1 Million Members Call for Greater Protections for Marine Wildlife from California Driftnets...
Posted: Mon May 9, 2016 9:56AM
Nonprofit Raises Awareness of Animal Cruelty through Contemporary Art Exhibit
San Francisco, CA, May 3rd 2016 – Rats have suffered throughout history because of their bad reputation. Excluded from the Animal Welfare Act (1966), the movement to win more protections for them has been hampered by fear and misunderstanding perpetuated by urban legends, movies, and other negative messaging. The nonprofit Art for Animals’ Sake (AFAS) is attempting to change the conversation through an innovative traveling art exhibit, The Rattie Uprising....
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 6:31PM
Humpback whale successfully disentangled by California Whale Rescue network
A humpback whale entangled in fishing gear was successfully extricated yesterday afternoon by a response team from the California Whale Rescue (CWR) network with support from the local U.S. Coast Guard about 15 miles west of Point Sur....
Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:36PM
4th Annual Empty The Tanks Worldwide
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 1001 Fairgrounds Drive Vallejo, California 94589 We will line up along the park side of Fairgrounds Drive....
Event Date: Sat May 7, 2016 10:30AM
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:44PM
Humpback Whale Monitoring Proposal Ignores Record Number of West Coast Entanglements
OAKLAND, Calif., March 21, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service’s proposed plan for monitoring humpback whales ignores one of the fastest-growing threats to this iconic species: entanglement in fishing gear. Along the West Coast, a record 31 humpbacks were caught in fishing gear in 2015, according to new federal data....
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:44PM
Disappearance of Goats, Rabbits at Santa Cruz Biotechnology Raises Questions
Disappearance of Goats, Rabbits at Santa Cruz Biotechnology Raises Questions About Facility's Future...
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:46PM
New PSA Calls Consumer Attention to California’s Driftnet Fishery for Swordfish, One of Wo
The ocean and marine conservation organization, Turtle Island Restoration Network released a Public Service Announcement video to call consumers attention to the impact of ordering a California driftnet caught swordfish....
Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:55AM