Birds, Hunters, and Lead

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In what some might see as an unlikely alliance, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, and – yes – hunters have banded together to convince those who hunt to use copper bullets instead of lead. The NRA has tried to portray this movement as “taking away hunters’ rights,” which does nothing but insult the hunters already on board. This is not protecting hunters’ rights; this is taking away a law that protects the health of both hunters and wildlife.

Hunters Shoot Rare Ducks

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Because a hunter or hunters shot all three. They were apparently shot from the Antelope Island Causeway, where birders had been reporting them from, and, even worse, it seems that the hunters might have learned of their presence from birding listservs. This would seem to be yet another example of the interests of birders and hunters not coinciding. The seventh occurrence of Harlequin Ducks in Utah is now over.

The Plume Hunter

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I’ve just finished reading THE PLUME HUNTER (Torrey House Press, December 2011) by Renée Thompson. In this captivating book, Thompson explores the motivation behind hunters who shot birds to sell feathers for women’s hats at the turn of the nineteenth century. Plume hunters coveted the aigrettes – long trailing feathers on the egrets’ backs – for the money they brought.

Trophy Hunters Imperil Polar Bears

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I have no sympathy for trophy hunters. Perhaps there are female trophy hunters out there too, but I suspect they are in the minority. Therefore, to me it's a slam dunk as to whether trophy hunters should continue to hunt polar bears. They are not hunting for food or for any subsistence whatsoever. It's all about the thrill of the hunt and, sorry to say it, the thrill of the testosterone surge.

Hunters in Malta Still Killing Birds

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Though calling them hunters is too nice. Maybe jerks with guns ? Asides

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Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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And though the satellite transmitter let Machi be tracked it did not protect it from the hunters’ guns. Suggestions to start a campaign to protect shorebirds from hunters as they migrate through the Caribbean would be appreciated in the comments.

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.

Iowa Dove Hunters Will Use Lead Shot

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A panel of the Iowa legislature decided to ignore common sense, wildlife professionals, and Iowa’s own Natural Resources Commission and allow lead shot to be used for the new Mourning Dove hunting season. This decision is just plain dumb. Hat-tip to John. Asides

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Conservationist Hunters Should Find a New Party

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Though I will always question to some degree the motivation behind hunters’ conservation initiatives I find it fascinating that the current Republican Party, completely in thrall to the Tea Party budget hackers, is seriously angering one of their traditional constituencies. Here’s hoping hunters – and their organizations – agree!

No Surprise, Except Hunters Will Still Use Lead

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Two new studies “add scientific evidence that hunters’ lead ammunition often finds its way into carrion-eating birds, such as eagles and turkey vultures.&# So when will conservation-minded hunters stop using lead ammunition? Surely the hunters who come onto 10,000 Birds to talk about what great conservationists hunters are will agree that lead ammunition should not be used to hunt?

The Jewel Hunter: A Book Review About One Birder’s Quest for Pittas and Beer

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This is what The Jewel Hunter is about, Chris Gooddie’s “mission” to see 32 pitta species in 12 months, trekking to Asia, Africa and Australia, sometimes with comrades, often on his own, usually crawling through jungle floors, drenched by torrential rains, in danger of leopard or snake or fish attack, desperate for a good beer, thirsty for decent tea. Each chapter of The Jewel Hunter reads like a mini-travel novel. The Jewel Hunter can be frustrating in this respect.

Swiss Activists Try to Ban Seal Products

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canada seal hunt seal hunters SwitzerlandI had no idea that Switzerland is NOT part of the EU. Therefore, the EU's ban on seal products does not apply to them. But activists are trying to change that.

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Activists in Canada Found Not Guilty of Getting to Close to Seal Slaughter

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A judge has found five animal-rights activists not guilty of getting too close to seal hunters during the 2006 hunt off Canada's east coast. The five were charged with coming within 10 metres of seal hunters on March 26, 2006 while filming the annual slaughter in the Gulf of St. Tags: seal hunters humane society That's good news. Lawrence, not far from Cape Breton. They are representatives of Humane Society International and Humane Society of the United States.

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Newfoundland Seal Hunt Extended

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Poor, poor seal hunters. Tags: canada seal hunters seals Earlier this week, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea extended the end date of the annual seal hunt from May 15 to May 31. This is because of the poor "harvest" due to bad ice conditions. I'm sorry, but I don't care who makes money off this barbaric practice. It's cruel.

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Canada to Push Seal Hunt Agenda at G-7

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Tags: canada seal hunters Stupid seals

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Seal Industry Tries to Capitalize on Medical Researchers Conjectures

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canada seal hunt seal hunters quebec sealsWhile I'm not a fan of using animal hearts for transplants, I'm far more sympathetic to that than to simply using their parts for human vanity consumption. But the seal industry doesn't care. They'll exploit anything to try to save their barbaric trade and, if they can use guilt, even better. Excerpted from the Chronicle-Herald.

Journalists Arrested During Namibian Seal Hunt

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The dramatic film shows seals being killed by hunters during a hunt at the Cape Cross Reserve in Namibia and hunters armed with clubs running towards film maker Bart Smithers and Jim Wickens, from the UK's Ecostorm agency. The journalists, who were working on assignment with Dutch lobby group Bont voor Dieren were violently attacked by seal hunters before being detained by police. Tags: animal cruelty africa seal hunters seals namibia hunting

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EU Bans Seal Imports

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Bag Limit? We Don’t Need No Stinking Bag Limit!

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As has often been said in these quarters, in general us bird bloggers don’t have many quarrels with hunters. Birders and hunters usually share the same conservation goals and sometimes work together to advance them. Most hunters follow them, but there are always a few bad apples. News bustard Houbara Bustard hunters hunting Pakistan And responsible hunting practices seldom pose a threat to birders’ quarry. Note, I said responsible hunting practices.

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PETA Activist Pied in the Face

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Seal Import Ban Passes EU Committee

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Europe Votes to Ban Seal Products

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Contrarian Nonsense About the Seal Slaughter

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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? Tags: seal hunters idiocy Ah, nothing like a column defending baby sea killers to get the blood going. I could. The increasingly shrill condemnation of Canada's seal cull is based on a view of humans as bloodthirsty destroyers of nature. I would rather stand with the seal bashers than with these people bashers. And so it goes.

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Ottawa to Lobby EU Against Seal Ban

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Canada and Greenland Defend Seal Hunting

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Greenland Fisheries Minister Finn Karlsen, dressed in a traditional white Inuit sealskin jacket, insisted such a ban would “have severe and negative consequence for hunters and their families.” “Our Tags: canada greenland europe seal hunters seals Oh, yeah, I forgot about Greenland. They are testifying with Canada against an EU ban on seal products. Both claim that a ban would be devastating. They spoke before a hearing on the proposed ban.

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Canada Up to Its Old Seal-Killing Tricks

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The Birds at Itasca State Park Are All Wet

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Trips Anthropology Hunter-Gatherers Itasca State Park Lake Country MinnesotaI’m writing this post a day late (sorry) from Itasca State Park, Minnesota. Over the last few days we’ve traveled from the Twin Cities north to lake country, back to the Twin Cities, and back up north, but to a different region. Which reminds me of something funny about Minnesota.

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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. This happened in my own State of Washington. Note the Asia connection again.

But He Bought A Duck Stamp (So It’s All Good, Right?)

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Except that, yeah, I know that not all hunters are like this… a. Presented without further comment. Asides

Palin Supports Brutal Method of Killing Wolves

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The wolves suffer needlessly because hunters simply wound them more often then not firing from an airplane. Here is more video from Current on the subject (this one is a full 10 minutes), but explains how this is mainly for the benefit of trophy hunters, not subsistence hunters that Palin claims it is for. I understand there may be some instances where predator control is necessary. I'm not an absolutist on this point.

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Canadian Seals In Big Trouble from Melting Ice

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And that's not even mentioning the hunters that are after them. I've been hearing about this from the Humane Society, but haven't posted about it yet. Canadian seals are being screwed by an exceptionally warm winter and lack of ice. They are dying and starving.

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Swan, Snow Goose, Really, What’s The Difference?

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Just shoot ‘em all , right responsible hunters? First person to mention duck stamps in the comments wins a prize. Asides

Elk Hunting For Idiots

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Even other hunters were disgusted: "How can you call that hunting?" There are some fair chase rules that any ethical hunter subscribes to.". From the Seattle PI: The killing of about seven elk cornered in a farm pasture in eastern Skagit County has spurred state officials to close the elk archery season in the area and angered others who either witnessed or heard about the killings.

US Groups Fight to Save Polar Bear Hunts

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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. Supposedly, environmentalists and animal rights activists have "unfairly made the polar bear into 'the panda bear of North America.'" Waaaaaaa! insert crying baby picture here.) Here's the article from the Globe and Mail.

Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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” Contemporary environmentalism arrived too late to prevent the passenger pigeon’s demise due to market hunters, but the two phenomena share a historical connection. advisory board, the “ Wildlife Protection Board ,” has been created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family 2.

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Cute: Pinky the Orangutan

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While shooting the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s new series, Beast Hunter , host Pat Spain visited the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia to visit a seven-year-old Orangutan named Pinky. Too cute, right?! Pinky sure does love Pat! The show premieres tonight, Friday, March 4 at 9PM ET/PT on the National Geographic channel. cute video tv

On "The Wild"

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And before any hunter can blurt out "Have you ever seen a deer die of starvation in the woods? We hunters are helping the deer," remember that hunters aren't in the woods looking for exhausted, starving, sickly deer to put out of their misery.

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Canada's Military Goes Back to Fur Hats

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Defense spokeswoman Josee Hunter told the newspaper "the uniforms worn by the Canadian Forces are a reflection of Canada's proud heritage," although animal rights activists had a different take on heritage. I think this is just stubbornness. Excerpted from UPI. Canada's military is reverting to issuing real fur winter hats to soldiers, replacing synthetic tuques for winter use, the Department of Defense announced.

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Lead Bullets Still Killing Condors

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Hey, hunters! I don’t care how many duck stamps you buy, if you are still hunting with lead you are not a conservationist. End of story. Asides

Another Effort to Ban Hunting with Lead Bullets

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You’d think it would be a no-brainer but sadly hunters are resistant to a lead-bullet ban. In California, where there is already a ban to protect released California Condors , the Ventana Wildlife Society is giving away non-lead ammunition with the hope that it will encourage hunters to follow the law. Over a hundred organizations have again petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to ban lead in hunting – a move opposed by many hunting groups.

Iowa to Allow Hunting of Mourning Doves

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For the first time since 1918 hunters will be able to hunt Mourning Doves in Iowa – but with one big caveat. Lead ammunition will not be allowed. Thoughts? Asides

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On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

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Hunters kill members of endangered species. I finally read SPECIESISM , by Joan Dunayer, which was published a couple of years after ANIMAL EQUALITY , which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This book has so many great quotes that I'm going to have to write a couple of posts about them. Off we go (and all of the below are exact quotes). Whenever the media report that someone has killed "an endangered animal" or "an endangered species," they too confuse an individual with a species.

Stats Are Up!

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And no, that's not because she is a hunter. Nothing like glomming on to a popular topic to get those stats up. In this case, it's been Sarah Palin's rotten attitude towards animals. It's because she's a global warming denying wingnut who also has rotten policies regarding predator control (in this case wolves). And yes, we have posted about her before she became VP nominee.

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