Biden Administration Restores Endangered Species Act

By Catrin Einhorn
June 23, 2022
Updated 12:43 p.m. ET
The Biden administration is throwing out the definition of “habitat” for endangered animals, returning to an understanding that existed before the government under President Donald J. Trump shrank the areas that could be protected for animals under threat of extinction.

By striking a single sentence from the regulations, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries could once again protect a “critical habitat” even if it had become unsuitable because of development or other changes but could be restored.

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/climate/biden-endangered-species-habitat.html?

Owner faces Animal Cruelty Charges.

The owner of 3 missing zebras faces animal cruelty charges. One caught in a snare died, while another in the herd has died in PG County

By Kristin Danley-Greiner, Patch Staff.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — Two zebras remain on the lam in Prince George’s County and their owner now faces three counts of animal cruelty. A third zebra originally on the loose was caught in a snare and died from its injuries mere feet from an enclosure where the herd of 36 zebras is kept.

Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County and the animal’s death is being investigated. Initially, it was reported that five zebras had escaped, but authorities later said only three originally escaped from the farm. All charges are related to the zebras at large.

Prosecutors say Jerry Lee Holly, 76, the owner of the exotic animal farm where the zebras lived, did not provide proper care and sustenance to his zebras, according to charging documents.

An investigator with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said in charging documents that “the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying from being caught in the snare if the caretaker had attended to the zebras in the fenced enclosure.”

Read more here: Zebras Missing and one more has died.

WHO urges halt to sale of live wild animals in markets, citing disease risk – CBS News

Geneva — The United Nations’ health agency on Tuesday urged countries to suspend the sale of live animals captured from the wild in food markets. The World Health Organization recommended it as an emergency measure, saying wild animals are a leading source of emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus.
 
The WHO, backed by key partners, issued new guidance saying that animals – particularly wild animals – “are the source of more than 70 percent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which are caused by novel viruses.”
— Read on www.cbsnews.com/news/wet-markets-world-health-organization-coronavirus-live-wild-animals-sale-disease/

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to ban new oil and gas leasing

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to ban new oil and gas leasing on America’s federal public lands and waters on Day One of his administration.

Nearly a quarter of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from public lands due to coal mining and oil and gas drilling. We can’t keep leasing public lands to the fossil fuel industry and have any chance of reducing emissions or seriously confronting the climate crisis.

And due to Trump’s executive orders of undermining the Environmental Protection Act, along with the Water Protection Act. Big companies such as BP and Keystone, are free to muddy our waters with chemicals. Whilst also spewing poisonous gases into our ozone layer.

Just because Biden pledged to halt and undo Trump’s actions doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll DO. Let’s make him keep his words. By using our voices and signature.

Sign the petition and share.

Urge President-elect Biden to keep dirty fossil fuels in the ground

A Melting Antarctica Could Raise the Sea Level More Than Expected

Rounding Error

As rising global temperatures continue to melt the ice in Antarctica, scientists predict that we’ll face serious problems in the coming decades — from rising sea levels to devastating storms to temperatures rising even faster because there’s less ice to reflect heat.

Now, it turns out all those problems could be even worse than scientists predicted, according to research published in the journal Climate Dynamics. Existing models tended to predict ice melt based on average conditions over time, but accounting for fluctuating extremes paints a far more dire picture.

Accelerated Timeline

Climate models need to represent how chaotic weather patterns can be, study author and Penn State climate researcher Chris Forest argued in a press release. Accounting for those fluctuations, Forest’s work shows that the Antarctic ice sheet could retreat 20 years sooner than expected.

Factoring that in, the melting ice could raise the sea level by an additional 2.7 to 4.3 inches on top of the 10.6 to 14.9 inches that simpler models predict by the year 2100.

We know ice sheets are melting as global temperatures increase, but uncertainties remain about how much and how fast that will happen,” Forest said in the release.

Read more: https://futurism.com/the-byte/melting-antarctica-raise-sea-level-more-than-expected

No More Starving Farm Animals: Petition

Farm Animal Rescue started this petition to Managing Director, Meat and Livestock Australia Richard Norton and 1 other

In 2018 the public were mortified by hundreds of images of starving animals on Australian farms in yet another year of drought.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a statement to say that they are expecting lower than average rainfall and higher than average temperatures through Spring into early Summer, resulting in a “low chance of recovery for drought-affected areas”.

Despite these forecasts there is no indication from either the meat or dairy industry that breeding programs will be restricted to accommodate much lower feed availability in the coming year. Instead farmers are culling Australian wildlife in a hope that this will allow sufficient pasture to remain.

We call on Meat & Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia to significantly restrict breeding programs to avoid a repeat of the mass starvation of farm animals seen this year and to preserve Australia’s wildlife. Farm animals are sentient beings who suffer dreadfully if not adequately fed and it is simply immoral to breed an animal that you cannot feed.

We ask that Meat & Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia take firm action to bring breeding under control so that they can guarantee that no animal suffers from starvation on any Australian farm in 2019.

Image credit: cnn.com

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/richard-norton-no-more-starving-farm-animals

UK – Ban the Import and Export of Hunting Trophies Now: Petition

Siobhan Mitchell started this petition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson

We demand an end to the import and export of hunting trophies from Britain, and urge Boris Johnson to follow through on his message of 2019 calling for an end to this barbaric practice.

The Government is currently running a consultation on the import and export of hunting trophies. This petition is to express support for Option 3 in the consultation, which would mean a ban on all hunting trophies entering or leaving the UK.

As the director of the Campaign To Ban Trophy Hunting, I’ve long fought for an end to this barbaric practise. Killing animals for ‘trophies’ is cruel, unnecessary, and indefensible for the following reasons:

Studies show that many species targeted by trophy hunters are social, emotional, intelligent beings. Killing them for ‘sport’ goes against basic civilised values. So-called ‘canned hunting’ – breeding animals in captivity and then shooting them in enclosures – is the height of immorality.

Saying that trophy hunting of endangered species is beneficial to conservation, but that illegal poaching of the same species is harmful, makes no sense. Adding needless persecution to the growing threats faced by wildlife from habitat loss and climate change is even more senseless.

The laws on hunting and conservation are untenable. Locals can be punished for killing a wild animal simply to survive, but wealthy foreigners are able to pay for the privilege to shoot the same animal for ‘sport’ and ‘selfies’.

Britain has given taxpayer-funded aid to projects that support a ‘sport’ for the elite which entrenches social inequalities, as well as normalises killing of wildlife for pleasure. This must end.

We are now seeing potentially disastrous ‘artificial selection’ in many species. The size of elephant tusks and other animals’ horns is getting smaller. Killing large males reduces genetic diversity, making it less likely those species can adapt to global warming.

Governments everywhere should adopt the precautionary principle of conservation. The burden of proof must be shifted to the proponents of trophy hunting.

Policy-makers, scientists, businesses and conservation groups should work together to support sustainable economic development that creates prosperity for local communities through preserving natural heritage.

Trophy hunting has no place in the modern world. By banning hunting trophy imports and exports, Britain can help begin to close this chapter in our history.

We urge the Government to implement Option 3 as quickly as possible, and to work with other Governments to help end all trophy hunting. Sign this petition if you agree.

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-ban-the-import-and-exports-of-hunting-trophies-now

Protestors accuse Subway of causing animal suffering

Three UK animal protection organisations are urging the fast-food chain Subway to take immediate action on the suffering of chickens raised for meat.

As part of a European wide campaign in 14 countries, campaigners are highlighting Subway’s inaction through protests, petitions and social media. There are more than 42,000 franchise restaurants associated with Subway worldwide.

Animal Equality, Open Cages and The Humane League UK say Subway have ignored calls from all three organisations to improve chicken welfare in the footsteps of their competitors, such as KFC. Severe health issues due to selective breeding, extremely overcrowded sheds, and often ineffective stunning methods prior to slaughter, are all part of everyday life in the broiler chicken industry. The conditions on typical UK chicken farms are so harsh that birds often suffer from lameness, deformities and heart attacks, with many dying before they even reach the slaughterhouse.

A new set of standards called the Better Chicken Commitment is being signed by a wave of companies, most recently Leon, Wahaca and KFC. Approximately 200 companies from the USA and Europe have already committed to fulfil the requirements. The organisations state that Subway’s claims of high welfare standards are in direct contrast to reality, and highly misleading to their customers.

“Subway are seriously misleading their customers on animal welfare.”Says Open Cages CEO Connor Jackson. “As a leading animal protection organisation, we can assure that the conditions Subway chickens live in are horrific and outdated – and not ‘high standard’ as they claim. With competitor giants like KFC committing to better welfare, there is no excuse for Subway to continue allowing such suffering.”

“Along with Animal Equality and The Humane League, we are therefore forced to inform their customers directly with the launch of this campaign, with the hope that Subway will make the right decision and sign the Better Chicken Commitment. Their customers will not stand for animal cruelty.”

Subway has avoided making a concrete statement regarding the Better Chicken Commitment for the past two years, said Open Cages, even though the company has already agreed to implement higher animal welfare standards for broiler chickens in the USA and Canada.

The Better Chicken Commitment requires companies to source breeds with higher welfare outcomes, provide more space, and end the use of ineffective stunning methods for 100 percent of chickens in their meat supply chain.

Read more: The Poultry News

Baby sea turtle found dead in South Florida had 104 pieces of plastic in its body

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton shared a photo of a dead baby sea turtle next to the pieces of plastic that were found inside its body. The turtle washed ashore in Boca Raton. (Gumbo Limbo Nature Center / Courtesy)

Dozens of tiny pieces of plastic dot the counter top next to the dead baby sea turtle.

The 104 remnants, which range from a wrapper to a twist tie used in trash bags, were found inside a baby sea turtle that washed ashore in Boca Raton this week.

”We found a piece of a balloon. There was a wrapper that goes on the outside of bottles,” said Whitney Crowder, a sea turtle rehabilitation coordinator at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca.

After the center shared a photo of the turtle next to the bits of plastic on Facebook, the image went viral, having been shared more than 3,100 times.

News Source: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-ne-baby-sea-turtle-dead-plastic-inside-stomach-20191004-puncgag25rf4tehj7xd4javt7q-story.html

This is why we need to keep plastic out of the oceans and upcycle/recycle and reuse everything, in order to keep the carbon footprint prints low and or nonexistent. Not to mention it will keep plastic from hurting our animal life.

Mountain lion fatally struck trying to cross LA freeway

Mountain lion P-61 (NPS Photo)

by: Associated Press

Posted: Sep 7, 2019 / 02:02 PM PDT / Updated: Sep 7, 2019 / 02:07 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A male mountain lion who successfully crossed a 10-lane freeway in Los Angeles two months ago has been struck and killed on the same section of the freeway.

A National Park Service ranger said the 4-year-old big cat known as P-61 was hit around 4 a.m. Saturday in the Sepulveda Pass section of Interstate 405.

In July, P-61 became the first big cat documented to cross the massive freeway during a 17-year study of mountain lions.

The most famous big cat to cross the 405 is P-22, a lion that lives in Griffith Park, but P-22 was not wearing a GPS collar at the time of his journey.

Researchers believe a negative encounter with an uncollared male mountain lion could have caused P-61 to cross the freeway again.

Source: https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/california/mountain-lion-fatally-struck-trying-to-cross-la-freeway/