Vets, hunters among 11 in court for rhino poaching

Eleven people, including veterinarians and professional hunters, appeared briefly in the High Court in Pretoria today on various charges relating to rhino poaching, illegal hunting and racketeering.


Help Gray Wolves Recover Protection Status

Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe Goal: Ensure that gray wolves in the Northern Rockies are relisted under the Endangered Species Act In 2011 the population of gray wolves inhabiting the Northern Rocky Mountains lost their…


Help Manatees Receive Proper Protection

Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe
Goal: Ensure that endangered species protections for Florida manatees are maintained to promote population recovery
Recently, the U.S.


Undercover Exposé–Pigs Suffer and Die at Top Breeder

“This video was captured by a PETA investigator at a leading supplier to other pig meat companies of pig semen and the sows who are artificially inseminated to produce more pigs to be slaughtered. It is the first-ever undercover look at the very beginning of the lives of animals who become bacon, pork chops, and sausages.

Nothing More Than Numbers
These clever and sensitive animals, who animal behaviorists have found are smarter than dogs, are identified by having a tag punched through their ears and become just another number inside the factory. Here are just a few of their stories:

  • One pig, known simply as 112688, struggled to stand and had to drag his hind legs across the filthy floor. Day after day, this pig lay barely moving. He was not even put out of his misery. Instead, he was loaded onto a truck and hauled to slaughter.
  • Pigs 112105 and 113436 sustained injuries that….”


They’re going to die anyway, right?

Petition – Ban Trapping!

This petition represents an appeal by concerned taxpayers, citizens, tourists and visitors to the United States, to ban trapping on public lands in the United States and to outlaw the participation of young children in the killing of fur bearing animals. We believe that not only are the lives of children physically endangered by exposure to traps and wild animals, but they are placed in emotional and psychological jeopardy when taught to kill and treat living, sentient beings as unfeeling, inanimate objects. Trapping has been banned in over 85 countries in the world. But in the United States despite the fact that most Americans oppose its use, it is still largely protected by law with the exception of 8 states that have prohibited or greatly reduced its use.


Please sign the petition.

Geos Institute – Phase Out of Tongass Old-Growth Logging Can Begin Immediately

“A recently released study of second growth availability on the Tongass National Forest shows that the U.S. Forest Service can end industrial old growth logging there within 5 years while, if it chooses, still increasing the total volume of trees harvested. The Forest Service announced in May that it was considering transitioning timber sales from old growth to second growth but within 10 to 15 years. The new study shows that transition can begin immediately and finish in no more than 5 years, shifting logging to second growth in previously logged and roaded areas outside of sensitive resource lands.”


GR:  Large-scale commercial logging is ecologically detrimental in all cases. Allowing old growth logging in the Tongass is typical of the shameful management of the nation’s forests by the U. S. Forest Service. Theodore Roosevelt founded the Service and placed Gifford Pinchot in charge to control the most destructive forestry practices.

Pinchot failed, and massive clear-cutting has never stopped. Timber companies with support from the U. S. Forest Service have cut and exported our forests without regard for biodiversity and ecosystem stability. To a visitor from another planet we must appear as locusts that strip all resources and then move on. The visitor might conclude that we want the Earth to do what the alien said to the humans in the movie Independence Day: “Die.”

Kenya: Six Poachers Shot Dead At Timau, Meru County

Six suspected poachers have been killed at the Timau police road block during a shoot out with police Tuesday morning.


Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

International Animal Rights Conference: 11.-14.9.2014 – Luxembourg

“The fourth international animal rights conference in Luxembourg will take place on September 11th until 14th 2014 at the Kulturfabrik in Esch, Luxembourg. We welcome all animal rights activists and all people who care about animals, the environment, and would like to learn more about animal rights in both theory and practice.”


Let’s all go.

The Archdruid Report: The Stories of our Grandchildren

Among those neglected landscapes of the mind, though, the territory that seems most crucial to me involves the role that stories play in shaping our ideas and expectations about the future, and thus our future itself.


GR:  I have to agree that stories influence expectations and thereby reality.  If you think about it, you might find that your life expectations began with a story or stories you read in your youth.  Greer describes two new EcoSciFi (or CliFi) anthologies filled with stories about the fading dreams and the new future we’ve created.

A Special Rhino

“As if timing his arrival to perfectly coincide with 2012-13 as International Year of the Rhino, Sumatran rhino calf “Andatu” was born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in the wee hours of 23 J…”


GR:  Here is an opportunity to pick up a holiday gift and help rhinos.