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This is a page about Moon Bears. It's supposed to be for kids, but it's actually pretty good for just about anyone that doesn't know much about Moon bears (and other species). Tags: bears Got this page from pandarazzi on Twitter.

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Profile of Free the Bears Fund

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Tags: australia India sun bears dancing bears bears Really inspiring profile of the work done by this Australian organization.

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Palin Bad For Polar Bears

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Tags: polar bear Palin An ad from Defenders of Wildlife. Yet another reason to make sure this moron never gets to be one 72 year old heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Why Do People Jump Into Enclosures With Bears?

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Tags: Stupid bears Darwin foiled again.

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Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

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A declawed, defanged bear is chained to a stake as hunting dogs bark and snap, trying to force the bear to stand on its hind legs. The training exercise called bear baying is intended to make the bears easier to shoot in the wild and it's only allowed in South Carolina. Animal rights advocates say it's cruel to the nearly defenseless bears and harms them psychologically. Ugh, this is barbaric and right out of the dark ages. From the AP.

Polar Bear Supporters Lose Court Case

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A federal appeals court made a final decision Wednesday on whether Fish and Wildlife could allow oil companies to interfere with polar bears. Fish and Wildlife service wrongfully issued authorization for oil companies to work in areas that could potentially hurt the bears. They claimed Fish and Wildlife failed to consider effects of climate change and had a false idea of how many polar bears would be affected. Tags: oil drilling polar bear arctic

Man Busted for Bear Gall Bladders in Washington State

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We allow hunters to shoot bears, but not to sell their parts. Tags: seattle State of Washington gall bladders poaching bears asia This happened in my own State of Washington. Note the Asia connection again.

US Groups Fight to Save Polar Bear Hunts

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Supposedly, environmentalists and animal rights activists have "unfairly made the polar bear into 'the panda bear of North America.'" Tags: canada blood sport polar bear hunting trophy hunting endangered species Now that the species is listed in the US as "threatened," hunters can't import the dead body parts (aka hunting "trophies") in from Canada.

Moon Bears Rescued from Bile Farm in Vietnam

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Moon bears are rare, which makes this all the sadder. Tags: taiwan Traditional Chinese Medicine bear bile china asia It's great that they were saved, but t hey arrived at the rescue center in wretched condition. Please note that the illegal bile farm was Taiwanese-owned. Again, the China connection. I can't read such stuff without being sickened by my species. Thank Animals Asia for the rescue. They are an amazing organization that we support financially.).

The Inuit Point of View on Polar Bears

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Here's an article in the Nunatsiaq News that talks about polar bear conservation from the Inuit point of view. The Inuit harvest, or hunt, polar bears in Canada. "In But not with polar bears." He said that a lot of Inuit feel betrayed by the animal rights movement, and by some biologists when it comes to polar bears. The polar bear is the WWF's poster animal in its campaign against global climate change, said Nirlungayuk, and "the Inuit are caught in the middle.".

Chinese Authorities Seize Bear Parts

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The load included 173 bear paws, one python skin and the carcass of a pangolin — a type of sticky-tongued, toothless, nocturnal anteater that is a menu item in southern China. Bear paws are also considered a delicacy in southern China where exotic animals are favored by diners despite the impact on populations of endangered species. Tags: china I suppose it shows they are making some effort , but it's still a huge problem.

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Polar Bear Hunters Face Battle Over Extinction Worries

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Native and sport polar bear hunters may be facing more restrictions due to increasing threats to bear populations. A limit on the hunting of polar bears by sportsmen and native Arctic people will top the agenda at an international summit in Norway tomorrow, seen as vital to the survival of the predator. Tags: polar bear

Lake Tahoe Bear Poached for Gall Bladder

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State wildlife officials are investigating a possible poaching case in which someone removed the gallbladder of a black bear -- which can sell for thousands of dollars in Asia -- after the animal was struck and killed this week by a car in the Lake Tahoe area. A surgical glove was discovered next to the bear's mutilated carcass. "It The penalty for trafficking in bear parts, a felony, is a $10,000 fine and a minimum six months to one year in prison.

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New Jersey Bear Hunt to Continue as Planned

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New Jersey’s first bear hunt in five years is just a week away and set to go on as planned despite a last-ditch effort by several animal rights organizations to have the hunt postponed. The bear hunt, set to take place from Dec. 6 to 11, is authorized under the state’s recently adopted Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP). Tags: cull new jersey bears hunting Despite efforts by animal rights activists to stop this hunt, it is scheduled to continue.

Sick Prank with Dead Bear Cub

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And don't forget that a bear cub was shot, not by the kids, but by some other monster. Authorities said Tuesday that a student prank, not a political statement, was the motivation for dumping a dead bear cub draped in Barack Obama signs on a North Carolina campus earlier this week. They found a bear cub that had been shot in the head, grabbed it, took political signs "at random" to cover the bleeding, then decided to leave it at the base of a statue on campus.

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Cherokee Man Imprisoned for Selling Gall Bladders

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This culprit is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and is serving only 6 months for illegally selling 51 bear gall bladders. Tags: wildlife trafficking gall bladders bears

PETA Wants Knut Castrated!

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We're talking about Knut the polar bear. He was the cute little polar bear whose birth at the Berlin Zoo was so controversial because his mother rejected him. Tags: zoos knut Germany polar bear PETA He was raised by a trainer. PETA Germany's position is that he should be castrated so he doesn't mate with his cousin Giovanna. She's here temporarily for companionship, but the group is concerned. Check out a couple of the pictures in this story. How suggestive!

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Psychiatrist Arrested for Trafficking in Gall Bladders

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From the Seattle P-I: A Japanese psychiatrist with a home in Seattle is facing poaching and gun-possession charges following allegations that he poached several black bears and tried to smuggle gallbladders back to Japan. In charging documents filed in King County Superior Court, prosecutors contend Dr. Tohru Shigemura made repeated trips to Washington to hunt bear, taking animals out of season and on tribal lands. Tags: wildlife trafficking gall bladders bears

Getting Emotional

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Last night I was watching Animal Planet, as I often do, and the show was about polar bears in the wild. There was a mama polar bear and her 2 cubs who were not yet full grown, but also not tiny. Due to lack of food, a big male polar bear was following the threesome in the hopes that he could eat one of the cubs (apparently they will eat their own kind if they can’t find other food). I had to turn the channel before the big male bear got to the dying cub.

Calgary Zoo Feeling Economic Pressure

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They had to cancel a big project that would have showcased polar bears and seals. Lanthier, a veterinarian and walrus researcher who took the helm in Calgary two years ago, says the cancellation of the polar bears exhibit might please some animal-rights extremists, but the reality is a blow to Canada's white bears. Tags: zoos canada seals polar bear endangered species But don't feel too bad for them.

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Washington Man Sentenced for Gall Bladder Trafficking

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Tags: wildlife trafficking State of Washington bears This man is a meat-cutter from our home state of Washington. I'm not sure the sentencing is strict enough to keep him from doing it again. I hope he serves out his whole sentence though. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says Wednesday that William A. Page, a meat cutter from Curlew, was sentenced to a year jail in Ferry County Superior Court after being convicted on six counts of unlawful trafficking in wildlife.

Knut's Keeper Dies

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Remember Knut the polar bear at the Berlin Zoo? Man and bear even celebrated Christmas and New Year together, joined in the straw-lined pen by Doerflein's girlfriend, Daniela Kaiser, and her six year-old son, Louis. The extraordinary bond which had been built between bear and man was to be severed. Tags: knut zoo Germany polar bear Well, his keeper died and it sounds like a very sad story.

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Support Animals Asia

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I especially appreciate the work they do on those horrific bear bile farms that are really just a form of torture for the animal. Tags: bears bile farming asia I recently wrote my first check to Animals Asia. They are doing very important work on animal welfare in Asia. In a nutshell, here they are. Our Mission "The mission of the Animals Asia Foundation is to improve the lives of all animals in Asia, end cruelty and restore respect for animals Asia-wide."

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Darwin Award Nominee Falls Short

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Yet another story of someone who decided to climb into a bear exhibit at the zoo. Tags: idiocy He was not injured.

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The Vet Who Did Not Vet

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OK, it doesn't have a lot to do with "critters" per se, other then the fact that it deals with That One that approves of killing wolves and polar bears. Tags: morons Palin

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Weird Meat Seized in Malaysia

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It consisted of bear, iguana and owl meat. Tags: exotic meats smuggling malaysia Ewwww.I don't know how I come across these weird stories. In Malaysia, 12 tonnes of exotic animal meat was seized from smugglers. Any kind of meat is gross to me, but owl? That's new to me!

12/19/09 Podcast Uploaded

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An agreement in principle on new rules for animal testing has been reached by the European Union; *Ten laboratory chimpanzees retire to a Florida sanctuary; *A Spanish province begins a discussion on banning bullfights; *A record number of manatee deaths are recorded in the State of Florida; *The last known dancing bear is rescued in India. Tags: podcast This week's stories. *An

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Talking Hot Dog Ranch, Livingston, Montana: Casey Anderson tosses Brutus the grizzly bears a fish at homemade “falls.&# (Photo Credit: © Grizzly Creek Films). This population of more than 3,500 bears offers Casey a chance to witness how they catch wild salmon and feed their young.

On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

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Tags: Activism Books Current Affairs Ethics Language 100 Heartbeats animal rights Jeff Corwin veganism When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent.

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Canada Promoting Seal Meat and Fur in China

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Maybe they can start trading them for bear gall bladders and tiger parts. Tags: canada Now there is a marriage made in heaven, two countries with atrocious records on animal issues have come together. The EU was a small market for Canada. Of course, we're disappointed in their actions," Ms. Shea said by telephone from China today. That being said, there are many other markets out there. That's what we're doing in China. We're trying to expand on the market that's here."

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Welcome Lou!

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Since then, I've been looking for another dwarf hamster (I currently have two teddy bear hamsters, Doris and Heidi). Tags: hamsters Our last two hamsters passed away in September and are now buried under some berry bushes. Finally, on Sunday, I found one at our animal shelter. Our new Russian dwarf is named LOU!

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On Ducks and Geese

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Creatures have come in phases for me: the duck phase, the cat phase, the dog phase, the bear phase (I was living in Vermont--it was unavoidable), the Canada goose phase. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics This is Girlie Girl. Not to be confused with Little Girl, of course.

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December 26 Podcast Uploaded

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This week's stories: PETA demands that the National Institutes of Health take back grant money awarded to the University of Kansas; The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums prepares to investigate the Calgary Zoo next year; Convicted dog fighter Michael Vick receives an award in courage from the Philadelphia Eagles; Canada tries to find a public relations firm to counter anti-seal coverage; and a Washington State man is convicted of selling bear gall bladders. Tags: podcast

$10 Million Euros in Smuggled Wildlife Seized

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Police seized tiger bones, anteater scales and bear gall bladders in an international operation against the use of endangered plants and animals in traditional medicine, officers said Friday. Operation Tram "revealed a large amount of medicines either containing or marketing the use of illegal ingredients such as tiger, bear and rhinoceros," according to the French-based international coordinating body. From the AFP.

To Be Fair: An Argument in Support of Vick

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I do not like Michael Vick and would pay to see him in a ring tied to a stake with some hungry bears inside. Tags: pit bull animal cruelty Michael Vick sick But, to be fair, I do want to highlight this very thoughtful piece by Raina Kelley at Newsweek. She doesn't defend what he did, but she makes an eloquent argument for second chances. It's not good enough to sway me.but I admire the level of consideration and sincerity in her appeal.

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Quote of the Week

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"The brute animals have all the same sensations of pain as human beings, and consequently endure as much pain when their body is hurt; but in their case the cruelty of torment is greater, because they have no mind to bear them up against their sufferings, and no hope to look forward to when enduring the last extreme pain." Tags: quotes

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Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. Tags: marine life marine animals endangered species We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly. It's the same problem with marine life.

Steve Best on The Left's Ignorance of Cognitive Ethology

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Mockingbirds bear a grudge against particular people (guardian.co.uk). Tags: Activism Current Affairs Language animal rights Culture Ecology Ethology speciesism The Left veganism Steve Best's verbal presentation of his ideas sometimes irks me. It's over-the-top, for me, and I often resent the time I must spend working through the ranting.

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Walrus in Trouble Too

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We tend to talk about penguins and polar bears, but these guys are important too. Tags: climate global warming walrus arctic I'm finally getting caught up on some reading and came across this article in the Defenders of Wildlife wildlife. I'm very proud of supporting Defenders because I think they do great work and they have a really good magazine too. Very depressing sometimes though. The summer issue had a good article about walruses.

Bush Meat, Trafficking Decimate Vietnam

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Over the last two years, authorities have discovered 57 cases of trafficking in wild animals involving more than 7,612 individuals including monkeys and Tibetan bears and elephant tusks. Tags: vietnam exotic meats wildlife trafficking bush meat endangered species Sounds just awful. But the problem is the high demand for these products. From Vietnam News.

Marine Life Top of CITES Meeting Agenda

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Apart from issues like combating elephant poaching for ivory in Africa and banning trade in polar bear skins, those focusing on sharks and tuna are likely to be among the most contentious. Tags: australia CITES marine life marine animals Japan Oh look, more meetings. From Al Jazeera. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites that opened in the Qatari capital on Saturday will be discussing 42 proposals during the next two weeks.

PETA and IFAW Plan 24 City Tour of Canada

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The inflatable mascot will bear a banner demanding an end to the commercial seal slaughter and will be accompanied by animal advocates who will enlist people to call on their representatives in Parliament to support legislation that would end the slaughter. Tags: IFAW PETA Both groups will be protesting the seal hunt using the Olympic torch ceremony as the backdrop.

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Video “800 Pound Best Friend” – What if your best friend was a 800-pound grizzly bear? Fun fact: Brutus, the bear, was best man at Casey’s wedding!! Tags: tv