Camels to be Culled in Australia

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On Egypt's Pig Cull

Animal Person

I received an e-mail from the well-meaning Wendy at Compassion in World Farming (which I find an odd combination of words) regarding Egypt's pig cull and asking me to send my protest to the Egyptian Government. Do the people who are so upset about the pig cull in Egypt realize that the pig cull happens every day, all around the world? We call it something else--not a cull--but how are culls all that different?

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Swedish King Wants to Cull Country's Wolf Population

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Despite the fact that some 100,000 elk are shot every autumn in Sweden out of an estimated population of 3-400,000, King Gustaf believes that the presence of 200 wolves might spoil his annual hunt, so has been advocating the culling of as many wolves as possible. Unfortunately, he's also one of the presidents of the World Wildlife Fund whose Swedish chapter supports the maintenance of the wolf population. From Wildlife Extra.

Another Canada Goose Cull

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Nackawic, New Brunswick, Canada will cull up to 250 Canada Geese that are leaving too many droppings on the waterfront. This story broke just in time for Canada Day too… a. Asides

Culling the Herd

Animal Ethics

The National Park Service has announced a plan to cull the Rocky Mountain National Park elk herd with sharpshooters

Feds Approve Killing Sea Lions in the Columbia River

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cull State of Washington salmon california columbia river sea lionsThe Federal government has approved the killing of California Sea Lions in the Columbia River, blaming them for killing and eating endangered salmon. Never mind the main reasons for the problems with the salmon: hatcheries, human harvest, hydropower and the destruction of habitat.

Wolf Killing in Idaho Under Scrutiny

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Burning Bunnies in Sweden

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The targeted rabbits are the unwanted inhabitants of capital Stockholm's parks, which are culled to protect the shrubs and trees which they gorge on. In Sweden, the way they deal with rabbit problems is to shoot them and burn them for fuel. Many of them are domestic pets released by uncaring owners which then go on to breed. Six thousand were killed last year, frozen and their cadavers sent to a special heating plant in Karlskoga, central Sweden.

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New Jersey Bear Hunt to Continue as Planned

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It's a cull to "control the population." Tags: cull new jersey bears hunting Despite efforts by animal rights activists to stop this hunt, it is scheduled to continue. That really sucks. From North Jersey.com. 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. On Monday, Nov.

Dog Death Squads in China

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Here is the letter: I’ve just received an urgent report that another city in China is planning a mass cull to slaughter any unregistered dogs, strays, and even registered family dogs that are over 14 inches (35cm) tall. You might remember the attached e-mail I sent you recently about a similar cull. Make a donation to help IFAW end dog culls in China and to protect animals around the world from similar cruelty.

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Mysterious Sled Dog Deaths

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Throats slit' The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in British Columbia, alleged that an Outdoor Adventures employee was told to cull the dogs in April last year. Bad allegations connected to Whistler. Full article at the BBC News. Canadian police are investigating the reported killing of 100 huskies which had been used to pull tourist sleds in the ski resort of Whistler.

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Europe Votes to Ban Seal Products

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A resolution at the end of a three-year campaign, triggered by a public outcry at the annual seal culls in Canada and Norway, condemned the slaughter of seals as "inherently inhumane". That's good news. From the press release: Euro-MPs have voted overwhelmingly for a total ban on the trade in seal products across Europe.

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Unacceptable Trade in Primate Research Animals

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Better to cull them than subject them to years of pain and loneliness in a lab. I'm so glad I have this blog and other web outlets to highlight these kinds of stories. If not for these outlets, I would have to sit in a slow simmer as none of my "friends" can handle or understand the outrage. I think they just want to live in happy denial. If they think about what's going on and their role in it, then they might actually have to care.

Animal Health Care is Part of the Bottom Line

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However, research based on finishing pig group opportunity costs calculated on mortality, culls and feed conversion to target reveals startling results, with the best to worst sites varying by $11 per pig, with the widest variance per site at $34 per pig. We've argued in previous posts that factory farming is simply not conducive to animal welfare. Better conditions for animals hurt the bottom line. Animal welfare is a cost of doing business, not a moral obligation. Here's an example.

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China Gets to Buy Elephant Ivory

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It will allow China to bid for more than 100 tonnes of ivory stockpiled in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe through culling and natural deaths. I don't know how to call this one.will it help or hurt the elephant population in the long run? Either way, I hate these incredibly intelligent animals being "harvested" as "product." The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva voted in favour of China becoming a licensed importer.

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Good News?

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The cullings have happened every year since the 2009 emergency landing of a US Airways plane in the Hudson River after the plane struck geese and was disabled. New York City killed less Canada Geese this year than any year since they started rounding the geese up and slaughtering them. Not only that, but the breast meat of the geese will be donated to food pantries. Asides

Forget About Equal, How About Alive

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Since January the program has culled about 230,000 cows nationwide." You may have seen "Dog," posted by Stephanie. If not, here it is. When I saw " From Science, Plenty of Cows but Little Profit " this morning in the New York Times , I immediately thought of "Dog." I thought: What if those were women, ears tagged, imprisoned in some metal contraption that made it easier for the man behind them to inseminate them. See the entire slide show, Happy Cows: Behind the Myth, here.).

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Contrarian Nonsense About the Seal Slaughter

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The increasingly shrill condemnation of Canada's seal cull is based on a view of humans as bloodthirsty destroyers of nature. Ah, nothing like a column defending baby sea killers to get the blood going. WHO could defend the slaughter of 300,000 harp, hooded and grey seals by hook-wielding hunters out to make a quick buck from the seals' pelts? I could. I would rather stand with the seal bashers than with these people bashers. And so it goes.

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2017 Bird Images

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Then the culling process begins. For the last several years, I have produced a small run of calendars for my fiends and family. The best 12 images of the previous year. As simple as that might sound, over the course of a full year, I will shoot more than 20,000 photos, While that seems like a lot, it works out to about 400 per weekend, if I were to be in the field 50 of 52 weekends of the year. Some of the locations I shoot at, 400 is a quiet day.

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Note to Those Wanting Promotion: Pay Attention

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On Egypt's Pig Cull. We bloggers often get e-mails from individuals and organizations in search of promotion. And that's fine, as we all want to spread the news of fantastic work that needs support. Case in point: AnimalEquality. But there are two types of requests that are irksome to me: 1. People I hear from only when they want me to promote them, and I have never asked them to promote me (I'm terrible at that) nor have they ever done it of their own accord.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

It leaves the National Park Service full latitude to determine which elk should be culled. To the Editor: Your editorial against my proposal to thin the elk herd in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (“ Elk Hunting in the Badlands ,” July 8) missed the mark in several key respects. First, nobody has proposed creating “a broad precedent for public hunting in the national parks.” My proposal applies very narrowly to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Another Thumbs Up for Avian Radar?

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Among the points the National Geographic article makes are that culling birds near airports may do little to solve the problem of birdstrikes, and that radar systems which detect birds in airplanes’ flight paths might be a worthwhile alternative, although the U.S. “Miracle on the Hudson” image by Greg L./Wikimedia Wikimedia Commons. “Any improvement on bird detection and bird warning would be welcomed.”

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Nature is Tough

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Peregrine Falcons are excellent at culling the weak. On Saturday morning I was out on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay with Carlos and Anthony enjoying a mid-September search for shorebirds. We had walked up the east side of the pond almost to the north end and then back almost to the south end when we ran into Steve , who pointed out a one-eyed Baird’s Sandpiper to us.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

It is only the prejudice of our species that justifies culling the deer population while protecting our own. To the Editor: In “ Hunting Deer With My Flintlock ” (Op-Ed, Dec. 26), Seamus McGraw says he has a responsibility to kill deer because there are too many. He has volunteered to kill a deer cruelly, ineptly and with an outdated weapon that causes additional suffering to the deer. I assume that the use of the flintlock is to enhance his self-image as a master of the woodland.

Robert Young on Killing Animals

Animal Ethics

Systematic cullings in the absence of feasible alternatives, therefore, may be morally permissible. Does my proposal as to what makes killing another human being generally a major moral wrong in any way help us with deciding what, if anything, is wrong with killing non-human animals and foetuses? I believe it does help.

Cats and chicks

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There is a cat curfew for domestic animals in some states and a cull has been instigated to try to reduce the number of feral felines, currently estimated at 2 million. ‘Tis the season when young birds fledge and take to the wing, or more commonly plunge to the ground where they are easy prey for predators. There are no shocking photographs in this post, so please read on.

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Five Things To Do When It Is Too Cold To Bird

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Cull (and organize) your photos. Though temperatures have rebounded from the nadir and were temporarily above freezing here in New York City, the mercury has plummeted again and long outings out of doors are distinctly less pleasant than they would be if it were T-shirt weather. What’s a birder to do when weather fails to cooperate? After all, you don’t want to sink to spending time with family or doing chores, do you? Of course not!

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“A Little Bird Told Me” … Happy Birthday Charles Darwin

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Variation in finch beak shape is constantly arising due to the usual sources of genetic variation, and that variation is then culled across generational time, but which direction the culling happens in depends on the climate of that particular year or season. If you know only a little bit about Charles Darwin, you know that he figured out Evolution via his study of the finches (and other birds) of the Galapagos.

Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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And culls of Nyala have been proposed. Hi there. I can’t help noticing that you’ve just posted an angry story about Cecil the Lion on your timeline. I get that you’re really angry, I mean, he was a popular lion and yes, his cute widdle cubs will probably die to, but I can’t help feeling you’ve kind of missed the point a bit, and well, ending all hunting in Africa will not solve much and maybe make things worse and… No, no, I’m not a hunter.

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The Gap Between Wildlife and the Animal Rights Movement

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What’s even more frustrating is when animal rights people learn of plans to cull nonnative species. Excuse the sudden and random departure from the typical self-aggrandizing and narcissistic ornithophilic content. That will return next month. Today I’m exploring a couple questions that have been bouncing in my head for a while…I’d love to hear your thoughts…I’m not calling into question animal rights, just the focus of the movement.

It may be hard to swallow, but Bumpus could get bumped to the back burner

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This was proposed as an example of what we now call “stabilizing selection” … variation is constantly introduced into populations, but every now and then “selective forces” culls the variation out. In 1898, Hermon Bumpus published a paper about change in the morphology in a population of House Sparrows that he proposed was an example of Darwinian Natural Selection in action.

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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Increased scrutiny of practices long considered the norm in wildlife management, including predator hunts, commercial trapping, the legal culling of non-game birds like American Crows, and some of the research protocols used to track and translocate wild animals. The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC) is often held up as the best system of wildlife management and conservation in the world.

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Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

Even hunters try to justify their killing of animals with reasons, e.g., "If we don't cull the deer herd, there will be massive starvation of deer come winter, so we are doing the deer a favor by providing them a quick death (assuming accurate shooting, which one really shouldn't assume!) So, we are given the "cull the herd for its own good" defense, or the "cull the herd to prevent automobile accidents" defense, or the "I hunt to put food on my family's table" defense.

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