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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
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
Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 — Biodiversity is essential to maintaining the health of our oceans in the face of climate change and ensuring an adequate supply of the fish that billions of people around the world rely on for protein, particularly in developing countries. That’s the conclusion of important new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study suggests that maintaining biodiversity by reducing overfishing in reef ecosystems is crucial not...
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:53PM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry
PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protection to West Coast fishers, mid-sized forest carnivores that were proposed for federal protection in October throughout their range in California, Oregon and Washington. Following pressure from the timber industry, the Service withdrew the proposed protection despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the survival of the rare carnivores is threatened by logging, toxic chemicals u...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
USDA Proposes Organic Animal Welfare Regulations
WASHINGTON, April 7th, 2016 — Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule that would hold organic livestock producers to a high standard of care for rearing food animals. Animal welfare and public health advocates say the move is a good first step toward ensuring that USDA certified organic meat and poultry products live up to the integrity and the intention of the national organic standards.
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 6:08PM
AWI Statement on Proposed Animal Welfare Regulations for the Certified Organic Label
April 7, 2016 - The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for proposing requirements for the welfare of animals raised under the Certified Organic label. AWI generally supports the proposed regulations, which are based on the recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an advisory body to the USDA’s organic program.
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 4:40PM
EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides
PORTLAND, Ore., April 7, 2016 — The Environmental Protection Agency’s first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species finds that 97 percent of more than 1,700 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be hurt by malathion and chlorpyrifos. Another 79 percent are likely to be hurt by diazinon. The results released this week are the first in a series of biological evaluations the EPA must complete as part of a settlemen...
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 4:23PM
Audubon California sponsors legislation regulating use of drones in wildlife areas
Sacramento, Calif., Mar 9, 2016 – As more and more people are taking their drones for a spin in California's open spaces, there's concern that all these flying robots might not be so great for birds and other wildlife. After tracking reports of disturbances to wildlife and habitat arising from done ruse, Audubon California decided to co-sponsor legislation that will require the state to create rules for drone use in state wildlife areas. The bill, Assembly Bill 2148, is authored by Assembly...
Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:13PM
Statement on Legislators Letter to Fishery Managers to Phase Out CA Driftnet Gear
Yesterday, a group of seven legislators led by Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) sent a letter to federal fishery officials, Dorothy Lowman, the chair of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and William Stelle, the administrator for the Northwest Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), asking them to phase out the use of driftnets in California. Joining Senator Allen in sending the letter to federal fisheries regulators were Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Ass...
Posted: Tue Mar 1, 2016 7:33PM
Sea Shepherd President Involved in Captive Dolphin Trade
Hypocrisy at its greatest! Pritam Singh, president of the board of directors for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has captive dolphins and sells various seafood at his resorts, while at the same time Sea Shepherd solicits donations for their dolphin-defence and anti-captivity campaigns!
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:42PM
Mass Swan Die-Off Along Yellow River Worries Teachers
Will swans soon be extinct? This is the question some Chinese pupils are increasingly posing to their teachers, but few have answers really satisfying the fresh curiosity. And it´s no longer merely these asking who have been familiar with the beautiful birds along the banks of the country´s largest river. With deceasing animals all around, increasingly these who had been looking the other way are beginning to pay attention as well.
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:05AM
Animal Liberationists: Why We Must Take The Fight To Human Targets
By definition, terrorism is violence against the innocent.
Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:06PM
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
Feds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas
SEATTLE, January 25, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a five-year review of endangered southern resident killer whales, which are down to just 84 orcas, to assess whether they are properly protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Fisheries Service last year announced plans to expand existing critical habitat protections from the killer whales’ summer habitat in Puget Sound to include 9,000 square miles of their winter foraging habitat along the West Coas...
Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:18PM
Support Nicole and Joseph!
Nicole and Joseph face ten years in prison for "Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act"
Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:43PM
California's Driftnet Fishery One of Worst in the Nation for Marine Mammals
Turtle Island Restoration Network’s new report 'Driftnet Overview' outlines how the California driftnet fishery for swordfish is among the most wasteful fisheries in the world in terms of bycatch (unwanted animals caught and discarded). The just-released-report examines new data that shows the driftnet fishery is a threat to marine mammals, sea turtles and sharks; targets toxic high-in-mercury fish; is a drag on California’s economy; and hampers efforts to clean up international fishing p...
Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:21AM
Vegan Jerky To Be Hand-Delivered to Oregon Cattle-Ranching Militia
Princeton, Ore., January 5, 2016 – The militant cattle ranchers currently occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have appealed for snacks, and PETA is answering the call tomorrow with a hand-delivered package of vegan jerky that contains more protein than beef. The PETA staffers, bearing signs reading, “The End (of Animal Agriculture) Is Nigh: Get Out Now!” are suggesting that militia members learn to raise crops, not cows—allowing the many species of wild animals the refuge was d...
Posted: Thu Jan 7, 2016 11:29AM
Armed Militia in Oregon Part of Long-running, Right-wing Fight Against Public Lands
WASHINGTON, January 3, 2016 — An armed militia has taken over a federal building in southeastern Oregon as part of a long-running campaign of violence, intimidation and right-wing paranoia that has festered for decades in the West, most recently with the standoff with Cliven Bundy in Nevada in 2014. Among the demands at the latest standoff is to shut down Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which provides crucial protections for wildlife, especially birds that migrate through the area.
Posted: Mon Jan 4, 2016 11:34AM
Judge Signals Wyoming’s Data Trespass Laws Likely Unconstitutional
CHEYENNE, WY (December 29, 2015) – A federal judge noted “serious concerns and questions” about the constitutionality of Wyoming’s controversial “data trespass” laws in response to a suit from a diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photos and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in a...
Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:48PM
Western Governors' Association Calls for Massive Weakening of Endangered Species Act
WASHINGTON— At the behest of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, the Western Governors’ Association is hosting a “workshop” in Cody, Wyo., through Friday to discuss legislative changes designed to weaken the Endangered Species Act, including further delaying protection decisions and loosening scientific standards. Although the stated goal of the workshop is to encourage bipartisan conversations to improve the Endangered Species Act, the speakers at the gathering overwhelmingly represented industr...
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:08AM