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Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens' Ability to Use Endangered Species Act
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
Flashback Friday: May 1984 - Raid on the University of PA Head Injury Lab
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
Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference
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
ALDF Urges Court to Acknowledge Pets’ True Value To Their Families
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
Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets
Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered whales from mile-long drift gillnets and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast. After two years of record reports of whales entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast — more than 60 in 2015 alone — 40 whales were reportedly entangled as of June 30, putting 2016 on pace to break records again. New information indicates that one humpback whale population that migrates f...
Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:36AM
SHARK Shuts Down US Senator Inhofe’s Pigeon Shoot
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
Silky Sharks Singled Out as Species to Protect at International Conservation Meeting in Ha
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
Global Experts Denounce Japan's "Scientific" Whaling Program
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
ALDF Urges National Institutes of Health to Recognize Rights of Humanized Animals
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
Event for Demand of Animal Welfare Act against Animal Cruelty in India
Union Square, San Francisco...
Event Date: Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:30PM
Posted: Sun Sep 4, 2016 6:24PM
17th World Veg Festival
San Francisco County Fair Building 9th Ave & Lincoln Ave in Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA 94122...
Event Date: Sat Oct 8, 2016 10:00AM
Posted: Fri Sep 2, 2016 9:07AM
Federal fishery managers allow wildlife protections to lapse in swordfish fishery
Monterey, CA, September 1, 2016 — Today the Pacific Loggerhead Conservation Area — a 25,000 square mile closure off Southern California to protect endangered sea turtles during El Niño years — re-opens to mile-long swordfish drift gillnets without necessary protections in place to reduce entanglement of sea turtles and marine mammals. With the fishery now entering peak season, threatened and endangered species are more vulnerable to capture, injury and death by this indiscriminate fishing gea...
Posted: Fri Sep 2, 2016 2:40AM
New Study Links Eating Shark Fins & Meat to Alzheimer’s Disease
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
Turtle Island Presents "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" in Rohnert Park, CA
Reading Cinemas Rohnert Park 16, 555 Rohnert Park Expressway, Rohnert Park, CA, US, 94928...
Event Date: Wed Sep 7, 2016 7:30PM
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:40AM
Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award
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
Sea Otter Shootings in Santa Cruz County
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have made the public aware of the shooting deaths of three southern sea otters in late July or early August....
Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:34PM
1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads
SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 25, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced designation of 1,812,164 acres of protected “critical habitat” throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains for several endangered amphibians: the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad and northern population of the mountain yellow-legged frog. The vast majority of the critical habitat for these amphibians is on federal public lands in national forests and national parks....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:18AM
Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads
OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2016 — In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to prevent harm to the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad, both of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency said in a letter that it is undergoing consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has adjusted grazing manag...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:23PM
Hearing in Lawsuit Compelling USDA to Pull Foie Gras From Shelves
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
Legal Filing Seeks to Halt Ranching Expansion, Elk Eviction at Point Reyes
OAKLAND, Calif., August 15, 2016 — The Resource Renewal Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court Friday to block the National Park Service from pursuing a ranching expansion and elk-removal plan until the agency updates the park’s “general management plan” and assesses the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore....
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:08PM