Thanks to Exposing the Big Game and the Mountain Lion Foundation (MLF) for the info listed below. Check out their websites for more info.
Washington state Senators Brian Dansel and Don Benton have coauthored a bill that would force the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to allow trophy hunters to use hounds to kill cougars for fun.
Senate Bill 6287 states special “dangerous wildlife task teams must be developed in each county [...] and a kill season with the aid of dogs must be established,” ultimately claiming they will hunt lions to protect the public and increase research on the species. WDFW and the findings of numerous research projects have shown these hunting programs don’t work, and they can actually increase cougar-human conflicts.
WDFW already has the authority to initiate special public safety hunts with the use of hounds, if needed (WAC 232-12-243). But the agency has found that teaching the public about coexistence and only killing the cats who cause problems has proven to be a more successful policy.
Allowing groups of hound hunters to kill random cougars in rural areas has not yielded any positive results and is just an excuse for hunters who want to chase cougars with a pack of dogs.
Washington sport hunters (without dogs) already shoot more than 100 lions each year. As a result, the cougar population is declining and the mean age of the cats is lower. Young cats are more likely to come into conflict with people, pets, and livestock.
How to help:
Please contact your Senator NOW (before February 18th) and urge him or her to vote against this bill!
Write a short letter or email stating why you oppose Senate Bill 6287. Even a phone call will help. You can use this contact form if you’re short on time (but personal letters are best). If possible, please also send MLF a copy of your letter and cc emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Senate Bill 6287 is a redundant authorization of public safety hound hunts — WDFW already has this tool at its discretion if they think it’s necessary to use hounds to help kill cougars.
- Senate Bill 6287 would force the Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement a wildlife killing program that they know is unsuccessful and potentially dangerous. The legislation is not backed by the Department, scientific research, or the majority of citizens in Washington.
- Washington residents have repeatedly shown we do not support the use of hounds to track, tree, and kill wildlife for fun. It’s a cruel and outdated unsportsmanlike hobby that needs to remain illegal.
- This bill would allow hound hunters to kill cougars that have posed no threat to people, which may actually increase the percentage of problem cougars in our state.
Thank for taking the time to help protect Washington’s cougars!
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society & Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians NEED YOU on Valentine’s Day!
Demonstrations To Take Place in the U.S. and Overseas Against Taiji’s Brutal Dolphin Hunts
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians are inviting supporters and all concerned individuals to join in targeted demonstrations on February 14, 2014 – VALENTINE’S DAY — against Taiji’s brutal capture and slaughter of dolphins.
There will be demonstrations at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and Japanese consulates in cities across the country, demanding an end to the bloodshed in Taiji. The appalling dolphin hunts have been in the public eye so much recently for a variety of reasons, and we need to keep up the pressure. This may be the beginning of the end! PLEASE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BE THERE. I know it is Valentine’s Day, and you didn’t plan to spend it holding a sign, but what BETTER way could there be?!
Valentine’s Day Demonstration, Feb 14th, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm ET/PT, outside the Japanese Consulate at 601 Union Street downtown (Union St. exit).
You can download & print a poster on Sea Shepherd’s website here .
Lolita is a orca from the Puget Sound off the coast of Washington State, who was captured and stolen from her family four decades ago. You might remember her story from the documentary Blackfish and Lolita: Slave to Entertainment.
She’s been languishing in a tiny tank at the Miami Seaquariam. The Endangered Species Act protects members of the Southern Resident orca population, but Lolita has been excluded from being protected–until now.
Thanks to pressure from PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) made a decision that could free Lolita. The NMFS agreed that Lolita deserves the same protection as her wild family.
Even if Lolita cannot be truly wild and free, she deserves to live in peace without being forced to perform tricks for food. She hasn’t seen another orca in 30 years–a cruel situation for a social animal. A sea pen in the Puget Sound would give her space, natural sounds and sights, and the change to reconnect with her family.
Plus, Lolita’s mother is still alive! Reuniting the two would give Lolita a good chance at freedom.
Please share your support for Lolita here. Let the government know you support their decision to include Lolita in her family’s ESA listing. Please tell them that her current conditions are causing her to suffer, and that you want her moved to a seaside sanctuary in her home waters under expert care.
Comments will be accepted until March 28th, but why wait? Add a brief note now–and help bring Lolita home!
After four days of bloody selection, separation and slaughter, with clips of what is going on in Taji being picked up by major news networks, with a charismatic albino baby illogically but fortuitously arousing everyone’s sympathy (I say this because hundreds of other babies suffer the same fate each year and no one has cared), with even the US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy condemning the massacre…we need to keep it up. Who knows, this may be the time we will look back on and say, that’s when it crumbled. Please write to the head of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), and the Japanese PM (if you haven’t already, and if you have, too) and express your outrage:
Japanese PM email :https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums CEO email (who could end this NOW by enforcing
WAZA’s own — ignored — Code of Ethics):email@example.com
And then, you know what? You could do it again. And get your daughter/mother/brother/husband/son/friend/neighbor to.
Woodland Park Zoo has their hand out again for money from tax payers – in fact they’re listed first on the list to get money in the Parks Legacy Plan. The City needs to know that there are many of us who don’t want more funding to go to the zoo.
- The zoo already gets $6.6 million dollars annually–and the amount goes up every year. Last year Seattle taxpayers paid the zoo an additional $2 million for parking!
- We do not consider this business a park.
- No other park has admission.
- No other park has a Board of Directors dedicated to fund raising.
- The zoo could save $787,000.00 by closing the archaic and inadequate elephant exhibit by retiring the elephants to a sanctuary. They could also save the cost of fighting media and citizen criticism of the elephant program that has mounted to at least $480,000.00 over the past 7 years.
- No other park has such public controversy associated with it’s operations. The zoo’s elephant program has been criticized by The Seattle Times, The Ron and Don Show (the #1 rated talk radio show), The Seattle PI, Crosscut, blogs, internationally renowned elephant experts and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants.
Please go one of these meetings and give public comment or simply say why you’re there on the sign-in sheet. We’d like to your thoughts if you attend. Here are the dates and times of the meetings:
Thursday, January 23 at 6 p.m. – International District/Chinatown Community Center 719 8th Ave. S
Saturday, January 25 at 1 p.m. – High Point Community Center 6920 34th Ave. SW (Free childcare will be provided)
Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m. – Bitter Lake Community Center 13035 Linden Ave. N
More info on the Parks Legacy Plan is here.
Also, please write a short and courteous email to the following people asking Woodland Park Zoo to be removed from the Parks Legacy Plan. It can be as simple as: “Please remove Woodland Park Zoo from the Parks Legacy Plan. The Zoo receives enough tax dollars.”
firstname.lastname@example.org, Sally.Bagshaw@seattle.gov, Tim.Burgess@seattle.gov, Sally.Clark@seattle.gov, Jean.Godden@seattle.gov, Bruce.Harrell@seattle.gov, Nick.Licata@seattle.gov, Tom.Rasmussen@seattle.gov, Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov, Kshama.Sawant@seattle.gov, Ed.email@example.com
Thanks for your help. We couldn’t help the elephants without you!
Carelessly discarded monofilament fishing line is a serious threat to humans and wildlife. When birds and other animals get tangled in it, they risk strangulation, starvation, amputation, and death. Because it’s transparent, monofilament fishing line is also a serious risk to people who swim and dive near it.
SB 6080 would require a pilot program to be implemented for the collection, recovery, and recycling of monofilament fishing line at established fishing areas, boat ramps, and other locations.
Please support SB 6080 by testifying at the hearing in favor of the bill, submitting written testimony to the committee, or both.
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. before the Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee. The hearing will be in Senate Hearing Room 4, J.A. Cherberg Building on the state capitol campus in Olympia. (Here are directions and a map of the capitol campus).
How to help:
- Attend the hearing and bring others who support this bill with you. Sign in, indicating you support the bill (pro). You don’t have to testify, but you can!
- If you testify, please be brief. There are hearings on other bills during that committee meeting and your testimony may be limited to one or two minutes.
- Written testimony is welcome. Provide your written testimony the committee staff when you enter the hearing room. Please bring 14 copies of your testimony so there are plenty of copies for committee members and staff.
- If you can’t be at the hearing and you’d like to send a brief comment by email, just reference the bill name (concerning a fishing line or monofilament recycling pilot program), the bill number (SB 6080) and your name, address, and affiliation (if any). Send your comments to Adam Day at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Day is the legislative assistant for Senator Mark Mullet, the prime sponsor of SB 6080, and he’ll give your comments to members of the Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee. If you’d rather contact each of the committee members directly, you can find their names listed here. You’ll find their email addresses here. Note: Your comments should be submitted by January 21, 2014.
Committee hearings are subject to change. Before attending this hearing, please confirm that its time, date, and location have not been changed. The committee’s hearing schedule is here.
Thanks to Save Washington Pets (Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation) for the info about this bill.
As some of you may know, at this very moment, five pods of bottlenose dolphins — 250 individuals — have been driven into The Cove in Taiji and await their fate. They don’t know life as they knew it is over, for all of them. The many juveniles and babies among them include a rare white albino calf who has been clinging to his mother as closely as possible in the panic of the drive hunt. These are his last hours with her.
Sea Shepherd provides a live stream from The Cove at http://livestream.seashepherd.org
During the selection process, families are all torn apart as some are taken to spend their lives in miserable captivity, some are hacked to death before the eyes of the others, and some (as in the case of a baby recently) are just driven away to die alone at sea.
I wish I could tell you how to go there and where to climb down to the water and cut nets to pieces. There are lots of things I wish I could tell you. But all I MAY tell you is that you can send your thoughts right to the Japanese Prime Minister Abe with this link:
PLEASE do it.
NOTHING changes without NOISE.
Another coyote-slaughter-’contest’ has come to our attention. This is the 8th annual JMK Coyote Hunting Contest in Crane, Oregon. It will continue for a three-day period from Friday, January 17, through Sunday, January 19, 2014.
The contest offers a special one-day free entry for children under 16. Cash, belt buckles and other prizes will be awarded to the two-man team killing the most coyotes by weight, the largest individual coyote, and more.
Please contact the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS) to express your concerns (addresses below). It is hard for me to tell you to be polite, since neither I nor you feel polite about this issue, but foul letters will get us nowhere. The same letter/email can be sent to all four snailmail addresses and one email address. Honestly, writing one letter with the help of the taking points below and at http://www.predatordefense.org/coyotes.htm, copying it and sending it to four places will take less than half an hour out of your life, but those coyotes will be living a horror next weekend, and many will NOT live.
Quick calls to ask that the event be cancelled would be wonderful, too. What are they going to do to you over the phone? What are they going to do to those coyotes? Right.
Thank you.• Commercial activities on public federal lands require special use permits and an environmental review to determine their impact on the ecosystem and the quality of the human environment.
• Are these agencies aware of this event?
• Participants are paying a one hundred dollar fee to join the event, making it a commercial endeavor.
• Have the promoters of this event applied for and received a permit?
• An undetermined number of hunters will be involved in the organized event, likely putting the public at risk over the weekend when many families recreate on public land.
• Like other top predators, coyotes play a critical role in keeping natural areas healthy. In fact, coyotes are a keystone species, meaning that their presence or absence has a significant impact on the surrounding biological community.
• Field research demonstrates that the indiscriminate killing of coyotes actually increases conflicts and predation on livestock by causing coyote populations to dramatically increase. In order to feed more robust litters, coyotes may change their hunting habits to include unnatural and larger prey, such as livestock. Thus, increased persecution leads to larger populations and increased predation.
28910 Hwy 20 W
Hines OR 97738-9424
Emigrant Creek Ranger District
265 Hwy 20 S
Hines OR 97738-9428
Blue Mountain Ranger District
PO Box 909
John Day OR 97845-0909
Prairie City Ranger District
PO Box 337
Prairie City OR 97869-0337
Washington State Parks recently confirmed that they will not be killing Canada geese in any state parks in 2014!
Last spring, we reported that geese were rounded up and gassed in Sammamish State Park. For 2014, State Parks Resource Manager Andrew Fielding said they’ll be using non-lethal methods instead, such as:
- Using remote devices like air boats to deter geese
- Bringing in trained dogs handled by volunteers to scare geese away
- Modifying the landscape to make it less appealing to the geese
- Adding fencing (like snow fencing) to keep geese away
- Installing predator cut-outs to scare off the geese
- Improving signs to let people know they shouldn’t feed the geese
- Enforcing rules that prohibit feeding wildlife
- Sharing information through local inter-agency agreements
The Parks Department will focus on Lake Sammamish because it’s in an urban area and has a large number of Canada geese.
This effort was a collaboration with a lot of groups. Action for Animals spread the word, NARN did, and so did In Defense of Animals. But one person, Diane Weinstein, took the lead, talked to officials, and got the issue to the top of their agenda. It shows that it takes just one person to make an impact and get the ball rolling.
And when an issue gains momentum, there’s no stopping it!
So thanks to Diane, AFA, IDA, and all the individuals who called, emailed, and spread the word.
Keep fighting for animals!