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Idaho Wolf Packs to be Exterminated

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Some things never change. While President Obama’s victory in many ways represent good things to come, the seemingly less signifcant matters (in people’s minds) go remain the same. Awaiting the decision by the new Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, the Dept of Fish and Game may be able to target multiple wolf packs and families for extermination in Idaho. I suspect they are claiming “population control,” but it seems to me that it has been the longest time since this country has had a problem with wolf overpopulation. Farmers say their livestocks are in jeopardy but there must be non lethal and efficient methods to keep wolves away. Killing them is not the answer.

The species needs to be preserved, as wolves are endangered. Learn more here.

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Prop 2 Victory For Animals

 

photo from HSUS

photo from HSUS

Thank you all for spreading the word about Proposition 2 and especially to those who voted on Nov. 4 in California. The important ballot initiatives was passed yesterday, making history for animals (as well as for electing the first ever African-American president of the U.S.). It will ban some of the worst cruelty to animals raised for food in that state. Read more here… Peta article or Humane Society article

 

In Massachusetts, Question 3 ballot was also passed, which will ban greyhound racing in that state and completely abolished by 2010. 

Both victories give us hope that other states may follow in the years to come.

Thank goodness for people who still cares about animals in these tough times. There are so many critical and pressing issues in America we need to prioritize for people however it’s amazing that there is a huge voice for animals in the world. Together we can make the world a better place for people AND animals….

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VOTE

Please vote on Nov 4. While this election never focused on wildlife conservation, which is a huge disappointment as it is closely tied with global warming and environmental issues, I’d still vote for Obama since the Republicans have a long history of pro-NRA stance and tend to opt for more environmental disasters. Palin represents all that’s wrong for animal rights – advocating the shooting of wolves, an endangered species, as well as other wildlife in her state. If you’re undecided on whom to vote for but care about animals, please vote Obama. (For those who feel the need to rebut, please note that this is solely an animal issue, nothing else. I leave everyone to vote for issues most dear to them. Republican or Democrat or any other party.

Filed under: election 2008, environment, Global Warming, hunting, local issues, Take Action, , , , , ,

Vote Yes to Proposition 2 to Help Farm Animals

Wayne Parcell from the Humane Society of the U.S. will be on The Ellen DeGeneres show September 26th, (U.S.) to spread the word about Proposition 2 – an anti-cruelty measure that will end inhumane confinement of 20 million farm animals that suffer in tiny cages and crates their entire lives. You can only vote if you live in California, however, if you live elsewhere, you can still learn about this and get the word out to friends and family.

See here for airtime in your area. Ellen will feature this animation on the show as well.

Filed under: animal cruelty, election 2008, farm animals, friends, humane farming, humane organizations, , , , , , ,

Palin Leaves Polar Bears Out In the Cold

This excerpt from Time.com about Palin says it all so I’m just going to quote it directly. Polar bears are of utmost importance to the Alaskan wilderness that are clearly endangered and disappearing right before our eyes, Palin maintains that polar bears are not worthy of being protected and preserved under the Endangered Species Act. It’s the oil – guys. That’s all she cares about.

polar bear image featured on Time.com by Daniel J. Fox /Corbis

polar bear image featured on Time.com by Daniel J. Fox /Corbis


“In January, Sarah Palin wrote in a New York Times op-ed piece, “[polar bears] are worthy of our utmost efforts to protect them and their Arctic habitat. But adding polar bears to the nation’s list of endangered species, as some are now proposing, should not be part of those efforts.” In May, the Alaskan governor opposed the Interior Department’s listing the polar bear as threatened, and prompted the ire of environmentalists and animal rights activists. In August, Palin, who has long advocated opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, rallied her fellow Alaskan officials to sue Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, arguing that extending protection to the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act is unwarranted and will hinder Alaska’s gas industry and offshore drilling development.”

via Time.com

Filed under: animal cruelty, election 2008, Global Warming, local issues, , , ,

Palin Supports Killing of Wolves (and other Animals)

Again, this is not my platform for politics, however, this one has to be posted. Sarah Palin, McCain’s VP candidate, the governor of Alaska, has been an advocate for the cruel Alaskan Wolf Killing spree for years. As a member of Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that champions for the welfare and survival of this incredible species, I’m sickened to even imagine that someone like Palin can take office. It’s no secret that the Republicans have always fought to drill for oil in this last great American wilderness and support the old misconception that shooting wolves protects livestock.

A photo from the L.A. Times showing palin posing for photo op with daughter after she shot a caribou:

“Palin has used her position as governor of Alaska to ruin the Alaskan wilderness in every way she could. Her most recent “victory” came on Aug. 26, when Alaska’s voters defeated Measure 2, an initiative that would have banned hunting wolves from airplanes for sport,” reported by John Dolin on AlterNet. It is said that according to Palin, shooting wolves is merely a safari. Imagine loud helicopters hanging the in the air, chasing a bunch of frightening little dogs and pups and spraying them with bullets.

Just recently, the Alaskan Game Board approved a free-for-all hunt for wolves near Gold Bay. The hunters killed all 14 terrified wolves from the snow, then raided a den of 14 surviving newborn pups nearby. This all too usual and cruel act is heinous. Please don’t vote for McCain and Palin as not only will these majestic creatures disappear forever, but so will our precious wilderness.

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