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text Bay Area Biologist Fighting for Sharks in South Africa by Joanna McWilliams
A Bay Area resident is taking the fight to protect our oceans from Northern California to South Africa. This week, thirty-year veteran environmental activist and biologist, Todd Steiner, executive director the Marin-based Turtle Island Restoration Network and SPAWN, is in South Africa advocating on behalf of marine wildlife. Joined by several colleagues, he is attending a major international treaty conference to promote greater protections for endangered marine species, including two species ...
Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:34AM
text Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens' Ability to Use Endangered Species Act by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service finalized new rules today that restrict the ability of ordinary citizens, scientists and public-interest organizations to obtain Endangered Species Act protections for species on the brink of extinction. The new rules eliminate the ability of the public to submit multispecies petitions and require that 30 days prior to submitting a petition, the petitioner must notify every state where an...
Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:19PM
image Flashback Friday: May 1984 - Raid on the University of PA Head Injury Lab upa-headinjurylab.jpg by Animal Liberation Press Office
Over thirty years ago the ALF exposed the horrors of vivisection when it expropriated sixty hours of audio- and videotape of footage shot by researchers inside the University of Pennsylvania's Head Injury Clinic in Philadelphia....
Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:05PM
text Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference by Joanna McWilliams
This week conservationists delivered a petition signed by 15,002 global citizens to the Presidents of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala calling on them to support greater protections for silky sharks at an upcoming world wildlife conservation meeting....
Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:17AM
image ALDF Urges Court to Acknowledge Pets’ True Value To Their Families doberman.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
DeLand, Fla., September 9, 2016 – Florida resident Micheline Boutin is suing an emergency veterinary clinic and the attending veterinarian for veterinary malpractice that allegedly lead to the death of Frankie, her Doberman Pincher / Great Dane mix dog. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief arguing that the plaintiff is entitled to compensation for Frankie’s intrinsic value. Hei...
Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:02PM
image SHARK Shuts Down US Senator Inhofe’s Pigeon Shoot 480_senator_jim_inhofe_pigeon_shoot.jpg by via SHowing Animals Respect and Kindne
LONE WOLF, OK – SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) shut down a live pigeon shoot fundraiser held Friday afternoon by US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the international animal protection group reported. SHARK said it will also monitor an Inhofe Dove Hunt Saturday if it goes on as scheduled....
Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:20AM
text Silky Sharks Singled Out as Species to Protect at International Conservation Meeting in Ha by Joanna McWilliams
This week, participants at an international conservation meeting in Hawaii set a new bar in the conservation of imperiled sharks by overwhelming voting in favor of a resolution to increase protections for silky sharks, a species facing dangerous declines due to industrial fishing practices. The resolution, advanced by Turtle Island Restoration Network, PRETOMA, and Nakawe Project at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, received 95 percent fav...
Posted: Thu Sep 8, 2016 9:13AM
image Global Experts Denounce Japan's "Scientific" Whaling Program 480_whale-meat-tin-tokyo-japan-flickr-jdbaskin_1.jpg by via Animal Welfare Institute
HONOLULU, Wednesday, September 7, 2016 — The World Conservation Congress yesterday formally adopted a motion against Japan’s research whaling program, which is used as a front to kill whales for commercial sale. The motion calls on Japan to stop issuing “special permits” for whaling in the Antarctic and western North Pacific oceans and for all International Whaling Commission (IWC) members to refrain from issuing any further permits....
Posted: Wed Sep 7, 2016 5:15PM
image ALDF Urges National Institutes of Health to Recognize Rights of Humanized Animals test-tubes.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
WASHINGTON, September 6, 2016 – Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments (see PDF) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urging the agency to recognize that chimeric and transgenic animals with humanized cognition should be protected as human research subjects, and ensure regular oversight by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in all NIH-funded research where enhanced cognitive ability in such animals is a possibility. The Animal Legal Defense Fund previously petitioned NIH...
Posted: Tue Sep 6, 2016 2:38PM
text New Study Links Eating Shark Fins & Meat to Alzheimer’s Disease by Joanna McWilliams
A new study by scientists from the University of Miami has found high concentrations of toxins linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:45AM
text Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award by Joanna McWilliams
Turtle Island nominated Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) for the prestigious White House Champions of Change Award....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:33AM
image Hearing in Lawsuit Compelling USDA to Pull Foie Gras From Shelves foie-gras-ducks-cc-liberation-bc.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
LOS ANGELES, August 15, 2016 – Today the District Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund—the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, concerned consumers, and a coalition of animal protection groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for allowing a diseased poultry product—specifically, foie gras—into the food supply....
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:20PM
image Ashlei Mason Burns an Innocent Animal Alive 480_ashlei-mason_1.jpg by AnimalJustice890
Ashlei Mason douses a live animal with lighter fluid and burns it alive...
Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:19AM
text U.S. to World: Protect Dolphins, Whales or Lose Access to U.S. Seafood Market by Joanna McWilliams
New Rules Ban Seafood Imports That Don’t Meet Strict U.S. Standards for Marine Mammal Protection...
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:47AM
text Massive Mine Threatens America's Only Known Jaguar, Local Water Supplies by Center for Biological Diversity
TUCSON, Ariz., July 29, 2016 — In an important development in the effort to save America’s only known jaguar, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles regional office has recommended denial of an essential permit for the proposed Rosemont copper mine in southern Arizona. The denial recommendation was forwarded this week to the Corps’ San Francisco office, which has said it will issue a final decision within six months. The massive open pit copper mine would destroy thousands of acres of ...
Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:16PM
image Police: Michigan Dog Breeder Beat Close To Death, Ear Cut Off For Abusing Pit Bulls 480_dogbreeder-pitbulls_1.jpg by Animal Liberation Press Office
A Michigan dog breeder was reportedly tied, beaten and had his ear cut off, possibly in retaliation for his involvement in dog fighting, police say....
Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:17PM
image Conservationists Urge Increased Protections of Silky Sharks at International Meeting 480_silkysharkpetition_en_072516_1.jpg by JoannaMcWilliams
Turtle Island Restoration Network and partner organizations are calling on the delegates at an upcoming global conservation meeting to take action to reduce the killing of silky sharks. These sharks are targeted for their valuable fins, and are in dire need of greater protections....
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:19AM
image The Future of Our Nations Wild Horse's are Uncertain. 480_img_6825_1.jpg by D. Boyer
The future of our nation's wild horses are uncertain because the BLM is currently petitioning congress for more money or to allow them to open up the sales of captured wild horses to more buyers. Including buyers who ship them to slaughter houses, or buyers who will make them work horses. Pictures and video from one of my visit's to see the wild horses in western Nevada....
Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:09PM
text Killer whales remain protected in Washington by via OCEANA
Olympia, WA, June 10, 2016 – Today the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to maintain killer whales on the state’s Endangered Species List. This vote follows the recommendation of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists who prepared a detailed review of the status of Washington’s southern resident killer whales. Oceana commends the Commission for its decision given the dire situation. Only eighty-three killer whales remain in the southern resident populati...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:03PM
image Animal Liberation Front Burns Buses Used to Transport Fur Buyers in Finland alf-finland.jpg by Animal Liberation Press Office
ALF activists placed incendiary devices under the tires of buses at a Pohjolan Matka depot in Vantaa, Finland during the night of June 9. Five buses were completely destroyed, and several others damaged. The bus company reported damages of EUR 1.5 million....
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:51PM