UK Hunting Ban Could Be in Jeopardy

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It's been five years since the hunting ban was passed in Britain. It bans fox hunting, hare coursing, and stag hunting. Tags: UK fox hunting hare coursing stag hunting You can still flush a fox out with dogs, but you can't kill it. If the Tories take over, it could be in real jeopardy. They are totally against the ban.

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Here is a New York Times story about capybara hunting

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Canadian Seal Hunt Ends Early

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South Korea to Become 4th Nation to Hunt Whales

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whales South Korea Japan huntingThis announcement is considered a major blow to the campaign to end global whaling. It sucks big time.

World Wildlife Fund Removes King Juan Carlos for Elephant Hunting

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King Juan Carlos may be the King of Spain, but he is no longer the honorary president of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Spain due to his hunting and killing of elephants in Botswana, Treehugger reports. spain blood sport Stupid hunting elephantsGood for them! What a hypocrite! It's not like Spain has enough problems now, it has to have an idiot king. From EcoRazzi.

Journalists Arrested During Namibian Seal Hunt

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Ugly stuff in Namibia, the country with the seal hunting that no one talks about because so few know about it (I mean who thinks about seal hunting in Namibia?) Secret footage smuggled out of Namibia has revealed the brutal reality of the Namibian seal hunt - and the subsequent attack on British journalist Jim Wickens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers. Tags: animal cruelty africa seal hunters seals namibia hunting

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. Tags: canada blood sport polar bear hunting trophy hunting endangered species 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.

Fallout Continues Over Juan Carlos' Elephant Hunting Trip

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As Spaniards grapple with severe austerity measures and 24 percent unemployment, their king is dealing with a different kind of pain — extreme embarrassment over public outrage upon his return from an elephant hunt in Africa that cost nearly $60,000, or more than twice the average salary in Spain. spain blood sport hunting elephantsWhat an idiot. Read the full story on this NPR page.

Japan Set for Whale Hunt Despite Earthquake and Tsunami

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The ABC reports five crews from the town of Ayukawa have joined the hunt, even though the tsunami destroyed Ayukawa Whaing's storage facility and carried its fleet of three whaling vessels hundreds of metres inland, where they remain. sea shepherd marine animals whales Japan huntingNothing stops the Japanese whalers! From Radio New Zealand.

PETA to Target Vancouver Olympics Over Seal Hunts

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says Vancouver's Olympic organizers have the clout to convince the Canadian government to end the controversial seal hunt on the East Coast. Tags: indigenous hunting canada seals PETA hunting It will be PETA's first Olympics!

King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt. africa spain blood sport hunting elephantsFrom the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012. Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too).

New Jersey Bear Hunt to Continue as Planned

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

PETA Goes After Canada's Seal Hunt

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PETA has launched a spoof site for the Vancouver Olympic Games over seal hunting. Seal hunting is just plain wrong. I criticize PETA a lot, but in this case I think they are right on the money. I hate the seal slaughter. I think it's barbaric and should be ended. You can go on and on about tradition, but just because something is old doesn't make it good. Slavery used to be a tradition in some societies. I like Canada.

Canada and Greenland Defend Seal Hunting

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Canadian fisheries ministry representative Garry Stenson said the hunt “is humane, well regulated and sustainable” and that new rules for the hunt were under review to strengthen inspections, monitoring and enforcement of animal welfare rules. It said a ban would decimate isolated east coast communities that are heavily dependent on the annual hunt. Oh, yeah, I forgot about Greenland. They are testifying with Canada against an EU ban on seal products.

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You can find his recent post on the current state of whale hunting here. Andrew Revkin writes the Dot Earth blog for the New York Times. About Dot Earth By 2050 or so, the world population is expected to reach nine billion, essentially adding two Chinas to the number of people alive today. Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where, scientists say, humans are already shaping climate and the web of life. In Dot Earth, reporter Andrew C.

Canada to Push Seal Hunt Agenda at G-7

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The second half of the article deals with their attempts at pushing that damn seal hunt. The Canadian government is so damn stubborn on this issue. Is it THAT much a part of its economy? Canada needs to stop exploiting its natural resources and move into a more sophisticated type of economy. You'd think they were a developing nation with nothing else to offer.

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Is this sort of hunting any worse, morally, than the traditional sort See here.

WA State Man Loses Hunting License Over Elk Killing

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This guy is a real piece of work. Click on the link and see the picture. It says it all.

Let the Bloodbath Begin: Canadian Seal Hunt Resumes

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The Canadian government has authorized the killing of 280,000 harp seals. I won't even bother asking the Canadians to stop this barbaric practice. The only way it will end is if the market for this product in Europe dries up. The US already has such a ban in place. From the article, animal activist group Equanimal is working on it from the European end. Here is a link to the Google translated page of this group (it's in Spanish).

Texas May Allow Aerial Hunting of Wild Pigs

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This doesn't sound good. Millions of wild pigs weighing up to 300 pounds have been tearing up crops, trampling fences and eating just about anything in their path in Texas. But now they had better watch their hairy backs. A state lawmaker is proposing to allow ordinary Texans with rifles and shotguns to shoot the voracious, tusked animals from helicopters. For years, ranchers in the Lone Star State have hired professional hunters in choppers to thin the hogs' fast-multiplying ranks.

PETA Sets Up Web Site for Olympics

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Go to OlympicShame2010.com see PETA's seal hunt site. Tags: canada seal hunt seals olympics

California Legislators Call for Wildlife Official's Resignation

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He is a proponent of trophy hunting and was photographed with a dead mountain lion in Idaho. fish and wildlife california government mountain lions hunting idaho trophy huntingThe wildlife official in question is the President of the California Fish and Game Commission. Full story here.

Trophy Hunters Imperil Polar Bears

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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. Therefore, to me it's a slam dunk as to whether trophy hunters should continue to hunt polar bears. If a species' very survival is threatened, then it is impractical to hunt it for mere entertainment. And I don't believe the argument that Inuit villages will collapse without the revenue from these hunts.

Commissioned Study Shows Namibian Seals Worth More Alive than Dead

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Seal tourism brings in more revenue for the African country than the seal hunt. economics seal hunt africa economic development seals namibia huntingThese are the results of a study commissioned by Bont voor Dieren (BvD), Humane Society International (HSI), Respect for Animals (RFA) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), and produced by the Australia-based independent economics consultancy Economists at Large. Excerpted from PR Newswire.

"The Cove" Is Getting Attention

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It's a documentary about an annual Japanese dolphin hunt that occurs in the village of Taiji. Tags: oceans dolphin hunt Japan hunting We posted about "The Cove" a few months ago. It's gruesome, bloody and disturbing. It has just been screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Here is a glowing review from Joel Reynolds with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The review is on Huffington Post.

Swedish King Wants to Cull Country's Wolf Population

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Because every year the good king runs an elk hunt in Sweden, along with his son Prince Carl Philip. 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. Yet to hunt the elk, he himself uses hunting dogs.

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.

Canada Okays Matching Seal Quota

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The market for Canadian seal pelts has gone dry but the federal government will still allow sealers to kill 400,000 of the marine mammals when the annual hunt opens next Monday. canada seal hunt sealsThis despite a dry market for seal products and a warming climate that is hurting the species? Really, Canada? Really? For the full article, go to The Globe and Mail here.

CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

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Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, is shown in the photo, holding a mountain lion he reportedly hunted and killed in Idaho, according to Western Outdoor Press, which published the photo. Hunting mountain lion is legal in Idaho, but illegal in California. wildlife management california Stupid mountain lions hunting idahoWhat was this idiot thinking? The full story is below and it comes from kcra.com.

Canadian Prime Minister Eats Seal Meat

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Russia Bans Canadian Seal Imports!

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Russia does have its own seal hunt, but apparently they banned killings of animals under one year old. World Trade Organization canada kazakhstan europe seal hunt belarus trade seals russiaGreat news! But I'm not exactly sure why RUSSIA would ban them. The other two neighbors that banned them are Kazakhstan and Belarus). Apparently, some claim about 90 percent of Canadian sales are to Russia.

Almost One-Third of Japanese Whale Kill Was Pregnant

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Of 679 whales reported to have been killed during the 2008-2009 whale hunt in Antarctica, 304 were female. Tags: whales Japan hunting whaling Leave it to the Japanese. Always classy. From Wildlife Extra. Four of the female whales were lactating, and 192 were pregnant at the time of death. The Japanese government's "Cruise Report" gives gruesome details on the foetuses killed. The four lactating females would each have had a dependent calf that would inevitably have starved to death.

Canada Reaches Seal Product Deal with China

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canada europe seal hunt seals chinaIn order to offset the loss of the seal product market in Europe, Canada has made a deal with China. I'm not surprised. China as a whole still doesn't have a national conscience about these issues. Although 40 Chinese animal rights groups have protested, they don't really have any political or financial clout to change anything.

Ottawa to Lobby EU Against Seal Ban

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Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said Monday that Canadian officials will meet with EU politicians in a bid to convince them that Canada's commercial seal hunt is humane and should be exempt from a proposed seal import ban.A ban could deliver a devastating blow to Atlantic Canadian fishermen who rely on the annual hunt as a source of income, shutting down critical shipment points, including Holland and Germany. Tags: canada europe seal hunters seals hunting

Apple Rejects Idiotic Seal Clubbing Game

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Canadian Seals In Big Trouble from Melting Ice

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What is GISHWHES?

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Supernatural star, Misha Collins, started GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen), in 2011 to help people have a lot more fun. The hunt takes … Continue reading → The post What is GISHWHES? What is GISHWHES?

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. Hunters say the exercise popular in the state's hilly northwestern corner helps them train their dogs on what to do when they come across a bear during a hunt. Tags: animal cruelty blood sport south carolina humane society bears hunting Ugh, this is barbaric and right out of the dark ages. From the AP.

Sandpiper Species Heading Towards Extinction

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To prevent the Spoon-billed Sandpiper's extinction urgent action is needed, both to find ways to give local people economic alternatives to hunting birds and to persuade hunters to release any sandpipers they catch. Tags: birds hunting endangered species Really sad. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, one of the world's most threatened birds, is rapidly heading towards extinction because young birds are being targeted for human consumption.

Northern Arapahoes Given Right to Kill Eagles for Religious Purposes

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bald eagle us fish and wildlife religion native americans hunting us tribesFrom the Seattle PI. A federal government decision to allow a Wyoming tribe to kill two bald eagles for a religious ceremony is a victory for American Indian sovereignty as well as for long-suppressed religious freedoms, the tribe says. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted a permit March 9 to the Northern Arapaho Tribe allowing it either to kill or capture and release two bald eagles this year.