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(WASHINGTON) June 27, 2018 -- A new statewide poll by Remington Research Group commissioned by the Humane Society of the United States shows that a supermajority of Alaskans strongly oppose the Department of the Interior’s plan to permit the use of cruel and unsporting practices to kill bears, wolves and caribou on the National Park Service’s National Preserve lands in Alaska. Alaskans in both major political parties, as well as hunters and non-hunters, stand together in opposing these cruel methods.
On May 22, 2018, the National Park Service proposed a rule that would roll back an Obama-era regulation prohibiting extreme and controversial killing methods on National Preserves in Alaska. The survey showed that a supermajority of Alaskan voters, by a three-to-one margin, oppose allowing hunters to kill black bears and their cubs with artificial lights when they are hibernating in their dens, hunting black bears with packs of hounds, and hunting swimming caribou with the aid of motorboats.
By a two-to-one margin, a supermajority of Alaskan voters oppose the baiting of bears with pet food, grease, rotting game or fish or other high-calorie foods, and killing whole packs of wolves and coyotes when they are raising their pups at their dens.
In addition to opposing these cruel-killing methods, which would be permitted under the plan, a majority of Alaskan voters disfavor the killing of wolves, brown bears, black bears, wolverines, lynx and other wildlife on state lands along the northeast boundary of Denali National Park and Preserve.
Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife for the Humane Society of the United States, said, “Alaskans and the majority of Americans oppose the killing of brown bears, black bears, wolves and other species using unthinkably inhumane and unsporting practices on National Preserves in Alaska. Overturning the National Park Service’s 2015 rule is simply and purely motivated by trophy-hunting special-interest groups. This administration is catering to trophy hunters and trappers by proposing to subject our nation’s iconic wildlife to unnecessary cruelty on these federal lands that are owned by all Americans.”
The poll asked the following questions:
Q: On the National Park Service’s National Preserves in Alaska such as Glacier Bay, a 2015 rule prohibited hunters from killing sleeping black bears (including mothers with dependent cubs) in the den with the aid of artificial lights such as flashlights. Do you support or oppose a proposal to again allow the killing of hibernating black bear mothers and their cubs with the aid of artificial lights on national preserves in Alaska?
Oppose 71 percent
Support: 22 percent
Not sure: 7 percent
Q: On the National Park Service’s National Preserves in Alaska, such as Gates of the Arctic, a 2015 rule prohibited guides from using packs of hounds to chase and corner black bears in trees so that hunters could more readily shoot them. Do you support or oppose a new proposal to again allow guides paid by hunters to hunt bears with hounds on national preserves in Alaska?
Oppose: 69 percent
Support: 26 percent
Not sure: 5 percent
Q: On National Park Service’s National Preserves in Alaska, a 2015 rule prohibited the killing of swimming caribou including with motor-powered boats. Do you support or oppose a new proposal to again allow the killing of swimming caribou, including with motor-powered boats, on national preserves in Alaska?
Oppose: 75 percent
Support: 22 percent
Not sure: 3 percent
Q: On the National Park Service’s National Preserves in Alaska such as Katmai, a 2015 rule prohibited hunters and trappers from baiting brown and black bears. Hunters and trappers bait bears with pet food, grease, rotting game or fish and other high calorie foods. Baiting bears accustoms them to a certain location making it easier for a hunter to shoot them. Do you support or oppose a new proposal to again allow hunters to bait brown and black bears on national preserves in Alaska?
Oppose: 60 percent
Support: 34 percent
Not sure: 6 percent
Q: On the National Park Service’s National Preserves in Alaska, such as Denali, a 2015 rule prohibited hunters and trappers from killing wolves and coyotes at den sites. Do you support or oppose a proposal to again allow hunters and trappers to kill whole wolf- and coyote-family members, including their pups, at their den sites on national preserves in Alaska?
Oppose: 57 percent
Support: 34 percent
Not sure: 9 percent
Each year, hunters and trappers target and kill wolves, brown bears, black bears, wolverines, lynx and other wildlife on state lands along the northeast boundary of Denali National Park & Preserve (also known as the Stampede Trail). This affects Denali’s ecosystem and reduces the Park's 650,000 annual visitors’ wildlife-viewing success. Do you support or oppose establishing a no-kill buffer zone on these state lands adjacent to the northeast boundary of Denali National Park and Preserve to protect wolves, bears, wolverines, lynx and other wildlife?
Support: 54 percent
Oppose: 37 percent
Not sure: 9 percent
The telephone poll of 1,004 statewide Alaskan voters was conducted by Remington Research Group on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States from June 18 through June 19, 2018. The margin of error is plus or minus three percent with a 95 percent level of confidence.
The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization, as rated by our peers. For more than 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We and our affiliates are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read about our more than 60 years of transformational change for animals and people. HumaneSociety.org.
RED CROSS RESPONSE TO KILAUEA LAVA UPDATE #2
HONOLULU, HI- May 4, 2018: Two Red Cross shelters remain open for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kilauea lava threat at the following locations:
Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778)
Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749)
As of noon on Friday, there were approximately 200 residents at the Pahoa Community Center and 2 residents at the Keaau Community Center.
The Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for 14 days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at www.redcross.org/hawaii (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).
Water - 1 gallon per person per day
Food - non-perishable
Radio -NOAA Weather Radio
First aid kit
Medications & Medical items
Manual Can opener
Personal hygiene items
Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity
Cell phone with chargers
Family Contact Information
Change of clothes
You may also need:
Baby supplies - bottles, baby food & diapers
Games and activities
Pet supplies - collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications
The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world. To send a contribution, mail your check to American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 or make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call (808) 739-8109.
For more updates, follow the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @HawaiiRedCross. You can also contact the Hawaii Chapter at 808-734-2101 or visit redcross.org/hawaii.
Future Challenges for Antarctic Penguins as They Adapt to Changing Temperatures Revealed in “State Of Antarctic Penguins 2018” Report on World Penguin Day, April 25, 2018
Oceanites, Inc., a Washington DC based non-profit organization which has championed science-based conservation and decision making for more than 20 years, announced the release of its annual State of Antarctic Penguins 2018 report (SOAP 2018) on World Penguin Day, April 25, 2018
This large increase in Antarctic temperatures could be a bellwether for the kind of change many fear will happen to those of us in more temperate regions in decades ahead.
WASHINGTON (PRWEB) April 18, 2018
Oceanites, Inc., a Washington DC based non-profit organization which has championed science-based conservation and decision making for more than 20 years, announced the release of its annual State of Antarctic Penguins 2018 report (SOAP 2018). The SOAP report (available at https://Oceanites.org/soap) comprehensively summarizes the population size and trends of Antarctica’s five penguin species — Adélie, chinstrap, emperor, gentoo, and macaroni. The report also spotlights future challenges for Antarctic penguins as they adapt to changing temperatures in the region.
The Antarctic penguins total at least 6.1 million breeding pairs nesting at 661 or more sites across the entire Antarctic continent. The report used the most current scientific data, including 3,617 records from 108 sources of on-the-ground colony counts and satellite photo analyses.
The SOAP reports assist a wide variety of Antarctic interests: governments, scientists, NGOs, and the private sector, including fishing and tourism operators, as well as concerned citizens throughout the world.
Oceanites continues to closely track the notable changes in the Antarctic Peninsula, which has undergone a well-documented period of warming over the last six decades of +2˚ C. / 5˚ F. and in winter of +5˚ C. / 9˚ F. This increase is huge, and could be a bellwether for the kind of change many fear will happen to those of us in more temperate regions in decades ahead. In the Antarctic Peninsula, Oceanites’ Antarctic Site Inventory has noted Adélie and chinstrap penguin declines and gentoo penguin increases. However, there are indications that the warming trend has leveled off in recent years with a concomitant stabilization of some Adélie populations.
Ron Naveen, founder and president of Oceanites, noted: “It is through these changes in the Peninsula that we hopefully will better understand how future generations of mankind may or may not adapt to a similar amount of warming in our own backyard. When we see declines in two species while a third thrives, we must ask why such disparate responses? What drives such changes? Is it food supply, nesting and breeding conditions, or diseases? These are the questions we’ll ask when the warming we see today in the Antarctic comes our way.”
Oceanites is taking the lead in penguin-focused messaging about climate change, so that all of us, working together, may do a better job steering our planet’s future. For additional information about Oceanites please visit https://www.Oceanites.org.
Talkin' Pets News
April 21, 2018
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guests - Natalia Morris, oldest sister and main songwriter for SOUTHERN HALO as well as a big pet lover, will join host Jon Patch 4/21/18, live on Talkin’ Pets at 630pm ET to discuss & give away their upcoming album, Just Like in the Movies
Born Free Calls on UK Government to Implement Ivory Trade Ban Without Delay
UK ivory ban must inspire further international measures, take the commerce out of the ivory trade and pay attention to the plight of other ivory-bearing endangered species
Horsham, England -- March 4, 2018 -- Born Free today welcomes the long-awaited announcement of a ban on the commercial trade in elephant ivory within, to and from the United Kingdom. However, Born Free is seeking greater clarity about the appointment of a special regulator who will manage the accreditation of exempt items.
Born Free's co-founder and President, Will Travers OBE, said: "We applaud the government for its recognition of the need for the U.K., which has been the largest exporter of ‘legal’ ivory items in recent years, to take action on commercial ivory trade. African elephant range states, the international conservation community, and the British public, have all been calling for a comprehensive ban as the only way to help end the poaching epidemic which threatens the very future of wild elephants. We implore Parliament to pass the proposed measures into law without delay.”
Born Free believes the proposed online ivory registration process establishes, importantly, that the burden of proof now resides with the applicant. Furthermore, the range of penalties and fines for those who offend should have a suitably deterrent effect.
According to the government, the provenance of items exempted due to their rarity or cultural/historical importance, will be determined by independent advisors who will be accountable for their decisions.
Travers said: “In practice, it will be essential that anyone who seeks to trade ivory or facilitate the trade in ivory – including those who are responsible for its certification – must be held to account. Only a robust and highly precautionary approach will prevent these exemptions becoming loopholes that traffickers can exploit.”
Exempt items will include:
- Items made before 1947 containing less than 10 percent of ivory by volume
- Musical instruments containing less than 20 percent of ivory made before 1975
- The “rarest and most important items” that are more than 100 years old, including portrait miniatures
- Items traded between accredited museums.
Africa's elephant numbers have plummeted from perhaps 5 million a century ago, to less than half a million today, and upwards of 20,000 continue to be killed across the continent by poachers each year to supply criminal networks with ivory. Asian elephants, where only the males carry ivory and which number below 30,000, are also targeted for their tusks.
The U.K. has, in recent years, been the world's biggest exporter of legal ivory, largely in the form of antique worked items which have been in big demand among Asian buyers. This trade stimulates demand for ivory products and provides traffickers with a means by which they can launder new ivory from recently slaughtered elephants into trade.
Travers concluded: “Ending legal commercial trade in all ivory products is vital if we are to provide hope for beleaguered elephant populations. We need all countries that continue to operate legal markets and act as sources of ivory in international trade to step up and introduce similar measures to those announced here in the U.K. and, in particular, we urge the European Commission to announce far tougher restrictions on trade within, between and from EU countries without delay.
“We must also take into account the impact that closing elephant ivory trade and markets could have on other ivory-bearing species. For example, indications are that trade in poached hippo ivory is on the rise and official data confirms that since 2006 more than 50,000 kilograms of hippo ivory was released into trade – this from a species that may number as few as 130,000 individuals. Tackling the trade in ivory from other threatened species, such as hippos, narwhals and walruses, needs to be part of our immediate plan.”
Born Free has been campaigning for a global ban on commercial trade in all ivory products since 1989. The charity's advocacy, awareness-raising and public mobilization efforts have played a major part in informing recent decisions and persuading the UK government to take action. Born Free will continue with these efforts until the poaching of elephants and other ivory-bearing species has been brought to an end, and their future secured.
Today Mercy For Animals released never-before-seen footage of the commercial driftnet fishing industry—otherwise known as the death net industry. The horrifying footage, taken by Mercy For Animals, Turtle Island Restoration Network, SeaLegacy, and Sharkwater, shows vulnerable species—like dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds—killed by the driftnets and workers viciously mutilating and cutting apart live stingrays and sharks. Mercy For Animals has teamed up with these organizations to ban cruel death nets once and for all. Driftnets, so indiscriminately lethal they are called “walls of death,” are giant nets dumped into the ocean by the commercial fishing industry. The industry is notorious for the staggering number of sea animals—callously referred to as bycatch—who are caught, killed, and thrown away like garbage each time one of these death nets is pulled back onto the ship. The commercial driftnet fishing industry is responsible for egregious animal cruelty and devastating depletion of ocean habitats. Over three-quarters of marine animals killed by driftnets are bycatch, and this loss of life is a massive threat to ocean habitats.We can’t allow this horrific devastation to continue.
||Please share the video with friends to help raise awareness of this issue. Please don’t support this needlessly cruel industry by eating fish. Instead, find healthy and delicious alternatives right here.Fish are every bit as capable of experiencing pain and suffering as our beloved dogs and cats, and they deserve protection from egregious cruelty. Together we are creating a more compassionate world for animals.
||P.S. Mercy For Animals is on the front lines exposing the cruelty of factory farms and bringing animal abusers to justice. Please consider making a special donation to support our brave investigators who risk so much to expose this cruelty.||
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ALT-VET: THE REVOLUTIONARY PET CARE AND LONGEVITY SOLUTION BY DR. VARGAS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Winter Haven,Fl ) – Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution by Dr. Vargas, offers a new way to look at alternative pet care and is available for sale at Amazon.com and book stores everywhere.
Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution shares with readers Alt-Vet- The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution. explores the alternative therapies that are available to your pet through a network of alternative veterinary medicine practitioners throughout the country, but offers some simple and safe therapies you can do at home with your pet that will them maintain a high level of health and happiness. TCVM is not some new concept- it has been practiced for thousands of years, yet surprisingly, many Americans have not heard of it or tried it with their pet.
Alt-Vet contains real life stories of animals that have been brought to my clinic by pet owners that were looking for some hope of saving their animal, reducing their pain, and increasing their quality of life. Many of those pet owners come in skeptics and leave believers. Alt-Vet offers chapters on pet massage, healing diets and emergency response care. The techniques offered are low cost and simple to implement.
Dr. Vargas is excited to share with readers:
- Alternative treatment options for your pet's care
- Massage techniques for pet owners
- Discussion on herbal remedies that can be used as home therapies
- Simple recipes and advice about food therapy for ailing pets
- Exposing the facts about risks and benefit of vaccinating your pet
About The Author:
Dr Vargas received her DVM from Tuskegee University in 1994. In 1996 she established her AAHA accredited Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. In 2009 she started her studies at Chi Institute, eventually garnering certifications in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, Food therapy and Tui Na. She is an assistant teacher at both Chi Institute campuses in Florida and Latin America. Dr Vargas is currently completing a Master's Degree in TCVM. In addition she has worked as a TCVM consultant for Disney Animal Kingdom.
Dr. Vargas is also a sought out speaker and has presented at the Ferret International Congress in 2008, AVMA convention in 2011 and the World TCVM Congress in 2015,2016,2017, AAVA conference 2017 & 2018 and Veterinary Partners Conference in 2018. She is a certified veterinary journalist and has published hundreds of articles including her bi-weekly Lakeland Ledger newspaper pet care column. Dr Vargas is a prolific author of both scientific and motivational articles. She is a guest blogger for Allthingshealing.com and a writer for Woman to Woman Magazine. She also wrote a chapter on Jack Canfield’s Amazon Best seller book “The Soul of Success”. She served as an AVMA Spokesperson for Hispanic market and has recorded many PSA’s and radio interviews promoting responsible pet ownership.
Her passion for helping animals and her voluntarism has awarded her state and national recognition. Among her awards are the Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Award, Brighthouse Regional Business Finalist, Girls Inc “She knows where she is going award” and the FVMA Gold award. She was honored by the American Veterinary Foundation as "America's Favorite Veterinarian" in 2015 and by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2018.
She lives in sunny Winter Haven, Fl with her husband, her two daughters and a menagerie of pets.
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Motivational Press is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Motivational Press is a broad-based publisher with strengths in business books, self-help books, health, wellness, sports, narrative nonfiction, reference, pop culture, design, and religious and spiritual books. Motivational Press is consistently at the forefront of innovation, using digital technology to create unique reading experiences and expand the reach of its authors. Its divisions include Motivational Press Adult Publishing, Motivational Press Children’s Publishing, Motivational Press Audio, Motivational Press Digital and international companies in Australia, Canada, Germany, Brazil and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.MotivationalPress.com.
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Best And Worst States For Animal Protection Laws, 2017 Report Released
Posted on January 18, 2018
Illinois holds on to first place, Kentucky bottoms out for eleventh year in a row
SAN FRANCISCO—The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, released the 12th annual year-end report (2017) ranking the animal protection laws of all 50 states. For the 10th year in a row, Illinois is in first place—followed by Oregon (2), California (3), Maine (4), and Rhode Island (5). Kentucky holds firmly to last place for the 11th consecutive year. It trails Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) as the state with the weakest animal protection laws.
The patchwork of state and local laws is animals’ primary protection. The strength of these laws varies widely, making the Rankings Report a vital resource for anyone interested in helping animals. The Rankings are based on a comprehensive review of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws including over 4,000 pages of statutes. This is the longest-running and most authoritative report of its kind, and tracks which states are taking animal protection seriously.
Pennsylvania is the most-improved state this year, jumping 20 places up to number 24. This achievement is thanks to major improvements like a new felony provision for first-time offenders of aggravated animal cruelty (including torture), and granting civil immunity to veterinarians who report suspected animal abuse.
The 2017 Rankings Report also highlights a trend in laws aiming to end the tragedy of animals dying in hot cars. Public awareness campaigns have helped improve the situation, but legislation is also a key component. This year’s Rankings Report is promising, showing more states granting civil immunity for removing animals from hot vehicles. Immunity laws ensure that people who rescue animals from vehicles in emergency situations are not then faced with lawsuits from owners. Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon all enacted these “reckless endangerment” provisions this year. In all, more than 25 states now have some type of “hot cars” law on the books.
More than half of all states significantly improved their animal protection laws in the last five years. Improvements come in many forms including stiffer penalties for offenders, stronger standards of care for animals, animal cruelty reporting by veterinarians, mental health evaluations and counseling for offenders, banning animal ownership following cruelty convictions and including animals in domestic violence protective orders.
“Unfortunately, laws protecting animals can vary widely from state to state,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Our annual U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings provides a tool for animal advocates, shelters and even legislators to gauge the relative effectiveness of their state’s animal protection laws and provides guidance for making positive changes.”
The full report, including details about each state, is available here for download (PDF). The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s complete “Animal Protection Laws of the U.S.A. and Canada” compendium, on which the report is based, is available at aldf.org/compendium.