Italy bans the use of animals in circuses

November 13, 2017 by  
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Animal rights activists are winning victories as more countries prohibit animals in circus acts. This month the Italian Parliament adopted legislation to phase out animals in traveling shows and circuses, according to Animal Defenders International (ADI). It’s a big move, as there are an estimated 100 circuses with 2,000 animals in Italy . Italy became the 41st country to pass measures prohibiting animals in circuses. ADI said on their Facebook page that Italy’s Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini promoted the legislation to phase out animals in circuses. Related: America’s largest animal circus closes after 146 years ADI president Jan Creamer said in a statement, “Traveling from place to place, week after week, using temporary collapsible cages and pens, circuses simply cannot provide for the needs of the animals. Through ADI’s undercover investigations we have shown the violence and abuse that is used to force these animals to obey and perform tricks. We applaud Italy and urge countries like the UK and the US to follow this example and end this cruelty.” It’s not yet clear how Italy’s phase-out will play out; ADI said within a year, Italy will outline how the law will be implemented through a ministerial decree. It’s not yet known how long circuses will have to phase animals out of their shows. ZME Science highlighted some of the issues with animals performing in circuses, pointing to an investigation from researchers at Wageningen University. They found 71 percent of observed animals were experiencing medical issues, and 33 percent of lions and tigers didn’t have access to an outdoor enclosure. They said circus lions spent 98 percent of their time inside on average. Elephants spent 17 hours a day shackled on average, and tigers – though scared of fire – were often forced to jump through flaming hoops. Ireland also stood up for animal rights recently , with a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses that will take effect on January 1, 2018. Via Animal Defenders International ( 1 , 2 , 3 ) Images via Wikimedia Commons and ~Pawsitive~Candie_N on Flickr

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US will temporarily halt use of cyanide bombs to kill Colorado wildlife

November 8, 2017 by  
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The United States government has employed M-44s, or cyanide bombs, to kill animals . But those against the use of cyanide capsules just won a small victory: the United States Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services will suspend their use in Colorado during an environmental analysis. The Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in April saying Wildlife Services didn’t fully asses the potential impact of killing bears and cougars on other native wildlife such as the Canada lynx in Colorado, according to Reuters . Federal officials had also intended to shoot up to 75 bears and 45 mountain lions . Related: Congress just voted to allow the slaughter of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros Under a recent stay of the lawsuit, Wildlife Services must finish a new environmental assessment by August 1 of next year. They’ll evaluate the consequences of their predator-control actions, according to Reuters. Under the agreement they will not use or fund the use of M-44s on Colorado public lands. They also won’t hunt or trap mountain lions or black bears to study the impact on ungulate populations. Attorney Matthew Bishop of the Western Environmental Law Center said in a statement, “This agreement represents a sign of good faith moving forward to do the right thing when it comes to Colorado’s wildlife and ecosystems. It’s a big swing to go from deciding to ignore the best available science to halting potentially harmful wildlife killing while improving the science.” This isn’t the only time cyanide bombs have made headlines this year. An M-44 killed a family dog and sprayed a 14-year-old boy in Idaho earlier this year. The boy’s father, physician Mark Mansfield, reportedly said in a petition to the White House, “The USDA maintains they resolve conflict between wildlife and people ‘in the safest and most humane ways possible,’ but the nature of the cyanide bomb is neither safe nor humane. Cyanide gas has been used throughout history to murder masses of people.” Via the Center for Biological Diversity and Reuters Images via Depositphotos and USFWS Mountain-Prairie on Flickr

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WWF predicts wild animal populations will plummet 67 percent by 2020

October 27, 2016 by  
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Two-thirds of wild animals around the world could be gone in less than five years , according to a new report compiled by researchers from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London. The latest edition of Living Planet Index (LPI), released this week, warns that loss of habitat due to environmental destruction, global warming, hunting, and pollution will result in a sixth mass extinction. Using 1970 animal population data as a baseline, scientists have measured the state of biological diversity and now warn that the world will have lost 67 percent of its animals by 2020 if major conservation efforts are not implemented immediately. The LPI report measures the condition of the world’s biodiversity by evaluating population trends of animals that live on both land and in the sea. The new report recognizes that dangers to animals worldwide are not new. In fact, researchers point to a 58-percent overall drop in global populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish between 1970 and 2012. That translates to an approximate 2-percent loss of species each year. Environmental destruction has continued, both directly at the hands of humans in the form of hunting and deforestation, as well as secondary effects such as rising global temperatures, making the threat even more severe. Related: Vanishing land snail signals the 6th mass extinction is well underway The LPI warns that we are approaching a crucial threshold and, without major conservation efforts, the worldwide decline in animal populations will reach 67 percent by 2020. “We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point,” said Prof Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in a foreword for the report. Of all animals on earth, those dwelling in rivers and lakes have been impacted most severely by human activity. Animal populations in freshwater wetlands are down by 81 percent from 1970 figures, which the LPI report says is attributed to excessive water extraction, pollution, and dams. Global warming, which forces animals to adjust their habits, lifestyles, and even territories, amplifies the negative effects of human action and accelerates the loss of life. Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia ( 1 , 2 , 3 )

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Crazy plan for dolphin-assisted birth in the Pacific thwarted by Mother Nature

September 17, 2015 by  
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Yet another couple is making headlines for their plan to give birth using the Pacific Ocean as their birthing pool and dolphins for midwives. “This has to be, hands down, one of the worst natural birthing ideas anyone has ever had,” Christie Wilcox, who has her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Hawaii, wrote for Discover . “Let’s get real for a minute here. Dolphins don’t eat sunshine and fart roses. They’re wild animals, and they are known to do some pretty terrible things.” Read the rest of Crazy plan for dolphin-assisted birth in the Pacific thwarted by Mother Nature

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Win a Public V7 Bike (worth $499) in our Back to School Giveaway!

September 17, 2015 by  
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It’s September, and you know what that means: students across the globe are kissing summer goodbye and trading in their beach gear for backpacks . Inhabitat is teaming up with PUBLIC Bikes to help make the transition a little easier – and a little greener – by giving away the ultimate in back-to-school transportation: a PUBLIC V7 bicycle ! The V7 is the best city bike around, with a lightweight steel frame, puncture-proof tires, and full fenders and a chain guard to keep those new school clothes pristine. It only takes a second enter our giveaway using the widget below – and the more friends you share it with, the better your odds of winning! a Rafflecopter giveaway Read the rest of Win a Public V7 Bike (worth $499) in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Swarms of giant jackrabbits are wreaking havoc on a North Dakota neighborhood

February 6, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. A North Dakota neighborhood is under attack, and not by any conventional enemy. This attacker devours gardens , lawns, even trees—and comes every day en masse. The giant jackrabbit has taken over a South Fargo, ND neighborhood. Herds of 50 or more regularly run through the town like fuzzy vandals, and are leaving residents at a loss when it comes to what to do about the marauding bunnies. Read the rest of Swarms of giant jackrabbits are wreaking havoc on a North Dakota neighborhood Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal control , jackrabbit video , jackrabbits , jackrabbits in neighborhood , north dakota jack rabbit , north dakota jackrabbits , wild animals

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Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

January 11, 2015 by  
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In news of the painfully cute, injured koalas in and around South Australia are slowly recovering from burns they sustained as bushfires wreaked havoc on their habitat. Many of these adorable slow-moving critters perished, but survivors faced a tough recovery from burns on their paws. Aid workers called on volunteers around the globe to make cotton mittens to help in the healing and it worked. They’ve received all the mittens they need for now, which is a sigh of relief for the koala population. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aid , aid workers , Animals , australia , burned paws , burns , bushfire , fire , global activism , global support , IFAW , injured animals , koalas , New Zealand , victoria , Volunteers , wild animals , wildfires , Wildlife

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Cheeky Wild Animals Squat in Abandoned Farmhouses in Kai Fagerstrom’s Photo Series

September 4, 2013 by  
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When African Dwarf Frogs Attack: Caged Creatures Spread Salmonella in 31 States

January 13, 2010 by  
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Credit: CDC . The African dwarf frog, a tiny little creature that’s become a popular aquarium pet in America, is now linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in 31 states. The U.S.

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