Cecil the lion’s son shot and killed by trophy hunter

July 20, 2017 by  
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In 2015, Cecil the lion was reportedly lured out of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park to be slaughtered by American dentist Walter Palmer. But lion hunting in the area hasn’t stopped. A group that calls themselves Lions of Hwange National Park recently said Cecil’s son, Xanda, was shot on a trophy hunt . Xanda was just over six years old and was the father of multiple cubs. Lions of Hwange National Park said Xanda was shot a few days ago. Professional hunter Richard Cooke of RC Safaris was part of the shoot, and Lions of Hwange National Park said Cooke killed Xanda’s brother around two years ago, when the brother around four years old. Related: U.S. dentist will not be prosecuted in Zimbabwe for killing Cecil the lion Cooke’s hunt was legal, according to researcher Andrew Loveridge of Oxford University , who is part of a team that monitored the national park’s lions with electronic collars. Cooke apparently returned the collar, cluing researchers in to Xanda’s demise. Loveridge told The Telegraph, “I fitted it last October. It was monitored almost daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that. Richard Cooke is one of the ‘good’ guys. He is ethical and he returned the collar and communicated what had happened. His hunt was legal and Xanda was over six years old so it is all within the stipulated regulations.” He said he hopes for a five kilometer, or 3.1 mile, exclusion zone around the park so collared lions that wander out won’t be shot by hunters anymore. The Telegraph reported Cooke did not answer his phones the day they published their article. It’s unclear who his client was, although the publication said most lion shooters hail from the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, or Germany. The client could have forked over around £40,000, or close to $52,000 for the hunt and the lion’s head for mounting where they live. Via Lions of Hwange National Park and The Telegraph Images via Bert Duplessis/Lions of Hwange National Park on Facebook

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Why the new Nissan Leaf won’t need a brake pedal

July 20, 2017 by  
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Your next car may not have a brake pedal. But don’t worry – you’ll still be able to drive safely. Nissan’s new Leaf will feature what they call an e-Pedal, which allows users to speed up, slow down, and stop using just one pedal. This seemingly small change could alter car design of the future in a large way. The e-Pedal could forever change the way we drive. Drivers simply push down on the pedal to accelerate, as normal, but when they ease up on the pedal the car slows down, and when they take their foot off completely the car stops. The technology works even on hills, allowing a car to stay in place without a person needing the hold the brake pedal down. Nissan describes the e-Pedal as the world’s first one-pedal operation. Related: The 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature semi-autonomous driving technology According to Nissan, “drivers can cover 90 percent of their driving needs with the e-Pedal.” They think users in heavy traffic or on city commutes could benefit from the new design, since they wouldn’t have to constantly move their foot back and forth to decelerate and accelerate. They say the e-Pedal will simplify driving and make the journey more engaging. The idea may not be quite as crazy as it seems. HuffPost explains when you ease your foot off the accelerator in a gasoline -fueled car today, the engine in the car prompts it to slow down. This feature is lacking in electric vehicles , though, so manufacturers typically put a regenerative braking feature in the design so the car will brake when you release the pedal. In electric cars this motion also generates electricity from the wheels’ movement. Will other car manufacturers follow suit? And will drivers love or loathe the new feature? The e-Pedal will premier on September 6, so we may get more answers then. Via Nissan and HuffPost United Kingdom Images via Nissan ( 1 , 2 )

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Congress just voted to allow the slaughter of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros

July 20, 2017 by  
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This week, a Congressional committee signed the death warrant for tens of thousands of wild horses and burros in the US. The House Appropriations Committee voted on Tuesday to remove language from the BLM budget that prohibited the “destruction of healthy, unadopted wild horses and burros,” opening the door for the arguably unnecessary culling of the iconic symbols of the American West. Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah) authored the amendment, stating “I love horses and am concerned about the most humane treatment and care for these majestic animals. In Utah, wild horses are having significant impact on the range and in many instances are dying slow, painful deaths through starvation at the expense of native vegetation and wildlife.” Experts argue, however, that there is enough land for managed horse populations, but this public land is often used for commercial livestock instead. There is also little evidence that many  wild horses are starving, except where mismanagement has prevented access to food and water. Related: Now Trump wants to condemn wild horses to slaughter If the bill becomes law, it would mean that the BLM could begin killing horses and burros that they deem un-adoptable, so long as the animals aren’t destined to be used as meat. However, wild horse advocates have long called for better sterilization techniques to help control populations, rather than resorting to destroying horses. During the short debate over the measure, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) pointed out that better efforts using contraceptives to limit horse populations should be adopted. “Let’s be clear: House Appropriations Committee members just signed a death warrant for America’s mustangs and it will lead to the wholesale destruction of these irreplaceable national treasures,” said Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Campaign . Via USA Today Images via Unsplash ( 1 , 2 , 3 )

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Captive lions bred to be prey are a dream come true for American hunters

January 8, 2016 by  
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If you were sickened by the untimely and unnecessary death of Cecil the Lion, prepare to become even more enraged at how widely practiced the “sport” of “canned hunting” has become. South Africa is home to facilities with thousands of lions who are bred into captivity solely for the purpose of being hunted by rich patrons. Americans are responsible for 9 of 10 lions killed in canned hunts – a statistic which may be coming to a halt, thanks to the Obama Administration recently cracking down on wildlife poaching and shipping slain animal trophies into the country. Read the rest of Captive lions bred to be prey are a dream come true for American hunters

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Current rate of climate change is completely “unprecedented” in the planet’s history

January 8, 2016 by  
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New research into the geological record provides documentation that the environment is changing more rapidly now than it ever has before at any point in the Earth’s history. A new analysis of atmospheric carbon levels over time illustrates the prevailing climate science theory that the current rate of environmental changes is the highest of all time . This study reinforces the dire situation we find ourselves in, further bolstering the argument that urgent action is needed to reduce the effects of climate change and that the current increase in global temperature is not just a natural fluctuation. Read the rest of Current rate of climate change is completely “unprecedented” in the planet’s history

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Daring, glass-bottomed loft maximizes space in an edgy Romanian home

January 8, 2016 by  
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LEED Gold-seeking Chicago Chinatown library embodies ancient Feng Shui

January 8, 2016 by  
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U.S. dentist will not be prosecuted in Zimbabwe for killing Cecil the lion

October 13, 2015 by  
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A month after returning to work at his Minnesota dental practice, big game hunter Walter Palmer is likely breathing a sigh of relief as officials in Zimbabwe have decided not to prosecute him for killing Cecil, the beloved lion, earlier this summer. Others involved in the slaying have been charged – an indication that government authorities believe some wrong-doing did occur. Read the rest of U.S. dentist will not be prosecuted in Zimbabwe for killing Cecil the lion

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Hufton + Crow capture Denmark’s beautiful grass-covered Moesgaard Museum in new photos

October 13, 2015 by  
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Botswana confirms ban on trophy hunting in wake of Cecil the Lion’s death

August 4, 2015 by  
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The government of Botswana, neighbor to Zimbabwe and the Hwange National Park, from where famed and revered lion Cecil was lured and killed earlier this month, has confirmed a nationwide ban on trophy hunting . The news follows a wave of international outrage over Cecil’s slaughter at the hands of American hunter Walter James Palmer. Read the rest of Botswana confirms ban on trophy hunting in wake of Cecil the Lion’s death

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