Crows, Contest Killing, and Communication

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After scrolling through piles of furious emails regarding a recent blog about Rip Van Winkle’s Crow Killing Contest , it seemed to me that all of us needed Dr. Phil. The subject was not hunting; it was contest killing. Contest killing – where individuals or teams gun down as many of a single species as they can within a specific time period, with prizes going to the winner(s) – is legal all over the country. What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.

German Artist Wants to Kill Puppies to Protest Dog Killings

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I had to read this twice before it sunk in. I wonder if he was just threatening to do this for the publicity. Bizarre. An unidentified German actor has been stopped by Berlin’s administrative court, following his announcement that he planned to strangle two puppies with cable wires on stage to protest against the slaughter of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain, with their death being accompanied by a funeral march music and loud gong.

Tiger Killed in India

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A tiger was found dead outside the Kohra forest range of Kaziranga on Saturday, sparking suspicions of revenge killing by angry residents of adjoining villages. Over the past week, tigers have frequently lifted livestock from the villages outside Kaziranga, with a tiger killing a domestic pig in the park's Sildubi area on Saturday itself. It may not be poaching this time though.

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Feds Approve Killing Sea Lions in the Columbia River

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The 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. cull State of Washington salmon california columbia river sea lions

American Pets Alive! Creating a No Kill Nation

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More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

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I realize that the most humane method of treating chickens is to not kill them for food.BUT, as long as there is still a demand for their meat, PETA is advocating "Controlled-Atmosphere Killing" as an improvement over current methods of electric immobilization. Controlled-atmosphere killing is a U.S.

TV Shows and Movies that Hurt and Killed Animals

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Here's a horrible listing of films and shows that resulted in the abuse or killing of animals, starting with an elephant execution in 1903. Disgusting and stomach-turning. animal cruelty entertainment

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Oregon Ranchers Want to Kill Wolves That have Been Killing Sheep

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Wolves have been killing livestock in Oregon, and now they want the authority to kill them.

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Wolf Killing in Idaho Under Scrutiny

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The state government is as crazy about wolf killing as she is. But a US District Court Judge has granted a hearing on stopping the killing to wolf advocates represented by Earthjustice. Montana is another state where wolf killing is allowed. I'm not surprised Sarah Palin's family is from Idaho.

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Rip Van Winkle’s Crow Killing Contest

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Some people think it’s just plain fun to kill enormous numbers of animals and pile up their bodies, and when there’s no “bag limit” it’s legal to do so. A hero of the Rip Van Winkle Rod & Gun Club is – no doubt – Bob Aronsohn, who lives in Kansas and in December 2013 celebrated killing his 150,000th crow. One hopes this is the direction in which all killing contests are headed. I am not anti-hunting.

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Northern Arapahoes Given Right to Kill Eagles for Religious Purposes

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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. 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. From the Seattle PI.

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Killer Whale Kills Trainer at SeaWorld

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A trainer was killed by a killer whale at SeaWorld. Hopefully they won't take this out on the killer whale for acting like a killer whale. And I don't mean that in a snarky way. It's a tragedy, but these are wild animals.

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Second Bear Killed On Trans-Canada Highway

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Interestingly, we just went on a tour of the Canadian Rockies where the wildlife corridors and fences were lauded by the tour guide as a way for wildlife to avoid the roads. Apparently, there's room for improvement. From the Calgary Herald. The second bear to meet its end this year on the Trans-Canada Highway has prompted an animal rights group to call for immediate repairs to a fence line intended to protect wildlife in Banff National Park.

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Careless Fishermen Kill Birds

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If you don’t you are helping kill birds. Hey, fishermen (and fisherwomen)! Please, please, please properly dispose of your fishing line, hooks, lures, and sinkers. The New York Times has a good article on this menace to the avian world today. Asides

A New Way Global Warming Kills Birds

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A new research project using Zebra Finches in semi-wild conditions indicates that for some bird populations a certain aspect of climate change may have a negative effect on the viability of populations by causing increased mortality in a subtle but significant way. The study looks at changes in the range of daily temperature variability.

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Kill the Sea Lions Before They Kill Again!

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Portland judge said Wednesday the Northwest states can kill hungry sea lions on the Columbia River. Mosman denied an attempt by the Humane Society of the United States to stop the killings. This is pretty frustrating. The major threats to salmon are the 4 'H's: habitat, hatcheries, hydro(power) and harvest. All driven by humans. But we can't get rid of humans, of course, and we need to punish someone who can't fight back. Let's pick the sea lions!

We Should Kill More Lions

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There are times when acting in the conservation interest of a species or ecosystem means that the welfare of specific animals is compromised, which is a fancy way of saying that conservationists sometimes have to kill animals for the greater good. Cheetahs would be quite happy with you shooting Lions as Lions are bastards that keep stealing their kills.

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Whooping Cranes Shot and Killed in Kentucky

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Making bad news worse, officials speculate that the Whooping Cranes likely weren’t killed by hunters, but instead by thrill-seekers. It’s deja vu all over again , sadly. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the death of two Whooping Cranes in Hopkins County, Kentucky. The mated pair was passing through the area last fall as part of Operation Migration , an effort to restore a migrating population of the birds to the eastern United States.

Suit Filed Over Cows Killed to Drive Up Milk Prices

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Animal rights group Compassion Over Killing was the first to uncover the alleged systematic slaughter of healthy dairy cows in California. The cooperatives got together and instituted what we'll call a killing program; they retired cows," he said. If the dairy companies were doing this, well, that's cold! Excerpted from the Seattle P-I. A Seattle law firm is taking on dairies, claiming that a price-fixing scheme has consumers paying too much for milk.

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No-Kill Conference Already Sold Out

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The National No-Kill Conference scheduled for May 2-3 in Washington, DC is ALREADY sold out. Amazing.

Birding Where St. George Killed the Dragon

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Nearby, the Karas River is anything but a river – in this section, it is a water body that was killed by cutting off its curves, covering banks with rocks and concrete and forcing the former river to flow in the straight line. Half past six, barely one degree Celsius, but the snow is melting fast. East, down the Danube we go, to the Labudovo Okno Ramsar site (Serbian for “swan lake”).

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Ashley Judd Denounces Palin Wolf Killing Policies

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Here is a good commercial by Ashley Judd for Defenders of Wildlife on aerial wolf killing in Alaska.

Firefighter Who Killed Dogs Fired

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Good riddance. Nuff said.

Don’t Kill Bill Event

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After Kyla Duffy’s first Don’t Kill Bill performance at Blogpaws in September, the Blogosphere was abuzz with videos and reviews. Through multimedia storytelling and aerial acrobatics set to Milano’s music, Don’t Kill Bill raises awareness about puppy mills and encourages people to get involved with rescue organizations.

What is killing birds at Karla Lake (Greece)?

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What is killing them? Yet, what is killing the birds of Lake Karla? There should be thousands of birds at this time of the year, Dimitris Michalakis from the Karla Lake management authority told me. In early August this year, I saw 77 species here (69 on the lake, plus 8 more in the surrounding areas) but barely more than a thousand individuals.

Solar Plant Stopped Killing Birds: One Weird Trick!

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Some estimates suggested that something like 28,000 birds would be killed per year in this plant. Also, cats kill many more per year. Far more birds are killed running into windows. But I never like the argument that “my horrible killing machine kills far fewer (birds/people/whatever) that existing horrible killing machines, so no big deal, right?” ” The right thing to do is to figure out how to kill fewer birds.

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Killing Animals

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Here is an essay by law professor Gary Francione

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British Student Kills Hamster for Fun

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As a hamster lover who just adopted a new one today (still unnamed), I find this incident particularly reprehensible. Thanks to for the story.

Mountain Goats Accidentally Killed in Study

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From the Daily Interlake. A mountain goat study in Glacier National Park has been suspended following the deaths of two goats after they were shot with tranquilizer darts. The University of Montana study, aimed at exploring the effects of climate change on mountain goats, got under way this month with preliminary field work in the Many Glacier Valley.

More Whooping Cranes Shot, Killed

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Sad news out of Louisiana. Maybe we shouldn’t encourage people to shoot any cranes? Hat-tip to Julie. Asides

Six Thousand Leave Virunga, One Ranger Killed

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Sadly, though, another ranger in the Congolese Wildlife Authority was killed by rebel guns. Six thousand people (over 1,000 Congolese soldiers with their families) have left Virunga National Forest where so many of the remaining mountain gorillas live. This development is the result of an agreement between the army and the Congolese Wildlife Authority. It's great news because it takes stress off the habitat and the species.

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Lots of Birds Being Killed in Ireland and the UK

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It's just weird how many birds are being killed in England, Scotland and Ireland. May 2010. A horrific total of 6 eagles, 10 buzzards, 3 red kites, a Peregrine falcon and a sparrowhawk have all been poisoned in recent weeks across Ireland, England and Scotland. And these are just the ones that we know about and have been discovered.

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. The meat industry will say yes, of course, all animals are treated and killed humanely. The eventual kill is quick, clean, and painless. Factory farming is not conducive to quick, clean, and painless kills. Andrew from Good Honest Dollar had an excellent question.

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. The Japanese government's "Cruise Report" gives gruesome details on the foetuses killed. 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 four lactating females would each have had a dependent calf that would inevitably have starved to death.

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Animal Lab Tech Arrested in Yale Killing

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I don't know if this guy working in an animal lab has anything to do with the crime he is accused of committing. But, if he's guilty of such a horrible and violent crime, it makes me wonder how he treated his animal subjects when no one was around. I guess we'll see what happens next.

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Save the Whales! Kill Some Gulls?

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Kill the gulls. Gulls in Argentina have learned to land on Southern Right Whales as the whales come to the surface to breathe. The gulls then peck at the whales’ backs, causing wounds from which the gulls feed. The solution? There has to be a better way to deal with this, no? Asides

Boston Zoo May Close and Kill Animals

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I'm not a fan of zoos on principle. But I know there are good zoos and bad zoos. Unfortunately I think there are way more bad zoos than good ones. But even for a bad zoo, this is awful. The Franklin Park Zoo, a Boston institution that has drawn generations of city and suburban families, might be forced to close its doors and possibly euthanize some of its animals as a result of the deep budget cuts imposed by Governor Deval Patrick, zoo officials said Friday.

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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

How many birds are killed by windmills and other green energy projects?

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However, in this post, I’d like to lay out the basic numbers as we pretend to know them about overall bird mortality, human related causes of mortality, and somewhere in there I’ll note that the number of birds that are killed by windmills is so small that it says “zero” on my pie chart. Having said that, we expect wind mills to increase in number, and the specific birds that are killed by them may be a particularly sensitive group (i.e.

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Florida Man Charged for Killing Egret

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Then he captured the injured bird, according to police, and killed it. After killing the bird, police said, Patterson stuffed its carcass inside a plastic trash bag and put it in a large bin at Keystone Mobile Home Park. Jere Martin Patterson Jr. of Largo, Florida, is charged with animal cruelty. Patterson shot the bird multiple times with a BB gun, police said. The egret suffered “multiple fractures to the wing and neck area,” the report said.

Man Kills Goldfish in Domestic Violence Attack, Gets Probation

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A 27-year-old man who attacked his ex-girlfriend and killed her pet fish has been sentenced to two years probation and a psychological evaluation. I'm posting the whole article because it's so short. Another example of how animals (even goldfish!) become victims of domestic violence. I know some people may think it's just a goldfish and this punishment is too much, but he wasn't just stabbing the goldfish, he was symbolically stabbing his girlfriend.

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On Killing Cows to Save Elephants

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In other words, it's so tragic that elephants are in mortal danger that you should kill cows to help protect the imperiled elephants? While reading a blurb about the much-anticipated Babycakes cookbook at (gluten-free, vegan baked goods galore. Here 's the book.) my eye caught the "Christian Louboutin Limited-Edition Sandals $895" and I couldn't resist clicking. And there, my friends, was perhaps the ugliest pink shoe I have ever seen.

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They’re going to kill more geese

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This is after two years of geese killings in New York City , ostensibly to thin the flocks and protect civilian aviation. Anyone want to bet that they double down and start killing more geese? This morning a plane taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City hit a bird , which caused engine failure. The plane landed safely and no one was hurt. Asides New York City

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