May 17, 2022

Wild Cow Milking is Violent Rodeo Entertainment


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Wild Cow Milking and Rodeo Cruelty Don't Belong in Alameda

Rodeos are filled with events that are inherently cruel to their unconsenting participants, but "wild cow milking" might be one of the most offensive — and it's still taking place in California at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo during the third weekend in May. Urge officials in Alameda County to bring these abusive spectacles to an end once and for all.

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Natural Bridge Zoo: Asha Deserves a "Beautiful" Life

Beautiful, formerly known as Asha, the elephant at the Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia, has known suffering her entire life. Orphaned and sold, she has been denied a life in her natural environment with her family. It has been forever since she has known freedom or genuine love. Please take action to send Beautiful to an accredited elephant sanctuary so she can finally experience near freedom in a rich habitat with other elephants.

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Victory! Maryland Bans Declawing Cats

In a huge victory for cats, Maryland has become the second state in the U.S. to ban the cruel practice of declawing cats with Gov. Larry Hogan signing a new law that goes into effect on October 1, 2022. Our thanks go out to all the individuals and organizations who advocated for this bill, including nearly 1,000 residents who signed our alerts calling on the legislature and governor to support this change.

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Wildlife Services 2021 Report Reveals Millions of Animal Deaths

Once again, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report detailing the monumental and tragic loss of animal lives it was responsible for in the last year. In its annual report for 2021, Wildlife Services admits that it intentionally killed approximately 1.76 million animals and accidentally killed another 2,746 native animals using $86.8 million in taxpayer dollars. We object to this colossal travesty and are especially concerned since there are approved non-lethal methods to resolve most of the damage claims made against wild animals.

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UPDATE: Remember Butters? She Finally Has a Home!

In February, we told you about a small dog we named Butters who was found seriously injured and also heartworm positive near our Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi. We took her in, and we couldn't be more excited that she's finally in her forever home.


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May 12, 2022

Check out the eNews and go birding on Saturday!


Cornell Lab eNews

May 2022

"This Saturday marks BIG DAY 2022, our annual 24-hour birding bonanza and conservation fundraiser—and right now, the Lab’s Big Day birders on Team Sapsucker are gearing up for a thrilling urban birding adventure in New York City!

Watch our Big Day video to find out how you can help Team Sapsucker turn 24 hours of birding into years of conservation funding and solutions. With your help, May 14 will be BIG for birds—in cities and beyond..."

May 11, 2022

#Europe and #Ocean : GOOD NEWS! Your messages worked!



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We sent thousands of messages to protect our oceans. And they listened! We're one step closer to a healthier ocean.   ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

We're one step closer to a future that protects our oceans and marine life. And this community played its part.

Last week, we sent thousands of messages to our European Members of Parliament (MEPs) to vote to prohibit destructive fishing. At the same time our partners Oceana Europe, Our Fish, Seas at Risk and others put door hangers on MEPs' doors to remind them of our message. [1]

Activists in Strasbourg ready to enter Parliament before the vote to place the door hangers on MEPs' doors Activists in Strasbourg ready to enter Parliament before the vote to place the door hangers on MEPs' doors
Door hanger placed on doors of our MEPs in Strasbourg Door hanger placed on doors of our MEPs in Strasbourg

And they listened to us! 

MEPs called on the EU to prohibit the use of giant nets that kill dolphins, seals, corals, seahorses and hundreds of other marine species in our protected areas – a practice known as bottom-trawling. [2]

Our voice was stronger than that of the industrial fisheries, but it was a close call! French MEPs supporting Macron almost sabotaged the vote. [3] But thanks to Green MEPs, we ultimately won! 

Tweet from Oceana in Europe

This result comes at the perfect time! The Commission is currently writing the Oceans Action Plan which will set the rules for how we protect and restore our oceans for years to come. [4] The Parliament's position will pressure the Commission to write a strong Oceans Action Plan.

Last year, this community sprung into action to push the Commission (and in particular the Oceans Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius) to do exactly this. 

In the summer, with big wave surfing champion Maya Gabeira, we dove into the Mediterranean together to deliver our message at one of the year's biggest climate conferences. And in winter we chipped in together to fund a pop-up book that captures the story of how EU leaders could write a better story for our oceans. 

Now, the Oceans Commissioner faces added pressure from the majority of the European Parliament. 

With more than 150,000 Europeans and Parliament on side, we expect the Commission to include a ban on bottom-trawling in the upcoming Oceans Action Plan.

We'll be sure to keep you up to date. And hope to share the good news that we've stopped destructive fishing. 

Fighting to protect our oceans,
David (London), Giulio (Rome) and the entire WeMove team

 

References:
[1] https://twitter.com/wemoveEU/status/1521157731608051712
[2] https://europe.oceana.org/en/press-center/press-releases/european-parliament-calls-action-bottom-fishing-and-true-protection-0
[3] The outcome is what we wanted but we got there through a complicated set of amendments. French MEPs removed a specific reference to bottom trawling in one amendment, they called on the EU to prohibit extractive industrial activities - which includes fishing practices like bottom trawling - in marine protected areas. Then, Green MEPs went even further than the proposal rejected by the French with another amendment calling on the EU to limit the use of detrimental fishing techniques, including bottom trawling, outside marine protected areas. This was passed.
https://europe.oceana.org/en/press-center/press-releases/european-parliament-calls-action-bottom-fishing-and-true-protection-0
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-9-2022-0089-AM-001-003_EN.pdf (amendments 1-3 added by Green MEPs that were passed)
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-9-2022-0089-AM-004-004_EN.pdf (amendment 4 that was changed by French Renew MEPs)
[4] In 2020 the EU released its Biodiversity Strategy for the next ten years. The strategy includes a commitment to halting the biodiversity crisis and commits to developing an 'Action Plan to Conserve Fisheries Resources and Protect Marine Ecosystems', which we're calling the Ocean Action Plan for short.
The Ocean Action Plan should limit the most destructive fishing gear and create a plan for how to transition to low-impact fishing. It has enormous potential to restore ocean health, but the details are so important.

 

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May 9, 2022

Bellingham WA: Shoreline management

May 6, 2022

Although there has been some clean-up progress in a year's time, the area is still polluted. It also seems that people are residing in their vehicles, i.e. parking longer than eight hours. The changes and charges that are happening in other parts of town need to happen here. There is also a No Parking at Any Time roadway at the very end of Cornwall Avenue (overlooking the beach) that seems to be occasionally filled with overnighters. Here are a few views from May 6th in a Google photos movie less than a minute long:
I hope all right-intentioned #Bellinghamsters will keep working diligently to #protectwhatyoulove 💔

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Dec 17, 2021 

Cornwall Avenue at sea level has been a messy road for a long time. People park vehicles in the stretch from the beach to West Laurel Street and live in them. I am in favor of authorized motor camps for homeless people (don't know if any exist), but I doubt this street is such a place. 

Some years back I spoke with a couple there who was apparently residing in their RV; they told me they've observed mean people commonly feed #gulls and then run over them on purpose. One time the couple had called the wildlife division of the city shelter about a gull who had been struck by a motorist and were pleased that the rescuers promptly drove from Everson to tend to it. Another unfortunate common occurence on this road is nuisance hot rodders without mufflers speeding and joy riding all hours of the day but primarily in the middle of the night or very early morning. Speed bumps would be a nice addition.

This is an important road for various business interests so you'd think the City of Bellingham and other dynamic entities would take better care of it.  I emailed City Council early summer asking them why not clean it up. I was elated to learn there would be a cleanup June 10, 2021. There was indeed some action June 10th, but the street remained occupied and polluted. December 6th, upon my repeat inquiry to the appropriate official, I was told there was another cleanup December 3rd (and future cleanup activity was implied). Great, I thought! I read a community comment on social media that there had been a stabbing there recently, implying that it probably caused a little police cleanup. One could go through the online police log to try to locate the stabbing incident.

On December 26th during the Arctic cold and snow, a Youtuber streamed a live video of road conditions in Bellingham that included a drive by of this part of Cornwall Avenue. I counted approximately 20 junk rigs. I believe the earlier police actions included having the people cease living in junk vehicles, therefore not an issue of people freezing to death, thank goodness. But if snow plowers wanted to manage that stretch they certainly couldn't do it easily or efficiently. The timeline for cleanups of this perpetually degraded, unsafe area is offensively slow vis-a-vis businesses and other community members.

The mayor of #Bellingham has said he wants the city to be a model of environmentalism, an example for other cities. This is less than synchronized with the city's management priorities and practises. Several government and lobbying groups tout #tourism and build things to support their touristy aims, so why do they condone litter and other contaminants, dangerous conditions, and eyesores?




  

May 8, 2022

Bellingham WA: Happy Mothers' Day to a Deer and her two Youngsters




My little Google photo collection Urban doe and two fawns shows a beautiful family peacefully perusing the Whatcom Creek Greenway early May 7, 2022. They crossed Cornwall Avenue along the way. Deer have been here about 10,000 years. They are native to  western North America. These are black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus). The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has a lot of information on deer. The biologists there are aware of typical deer routes and their degree of collisions with motorists. Deer travel long distances in Bellingham. It is against the law to harm deer in the city. The urban environment is becoming a alarmingly densified with us invasive humans. We need Mother Nature. Nature doesn't need us. I hope all generations of people will do their duty to protect Gaia's land, air, water and inhabitants. With regard to the tradition to celebrate human mothers, I am pleased to refer you to Professor Heather Cox Richardson's May 7th post https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/may-7-2022