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Cambodia rescues half a tonne of smuggled tortoises, pythons

“The animals—102 elongated tortoises and 17 pythons—weighed a total of 570 kilos.
They were confiscated Monday afternoon from a cargo truck in Cambodia’s Kandal province, forestry official Y Sophy told AFP.
“They were being transported to Phnom Penh where they would then be smuggled to Vietnam,” he said, adding the creatures were scooped up from Cambodia’s Battambang province.
No arrests were made as the truck’s driver fled after being pulled over, the official said.”

Jon Stewart rescues runaway bull in NYC

“A bull escaped from a slaughterhouse in NYC and sought refuge on the campus green at York College in Queens. For some bulls, this might have just been a brief reprieve before heading back on the road to the slaughterhouse, but this lucky bull was rescued by Stewart and his wife and taken to their New Jersey animal sanctuary to live out the rest of his days.”

American bat epidemic jumps the Rockies

“White-nose syndrome (WNS) first appeared at a New York cave in February 2006, kicking off a historic epidemic that has stubbornly pushed west through the U.S. and Canada. It has obliterated bat populations along the way, with a nearly 100 percent mortality rate in some colonies. By February 2016, the disease had been confirmed at bat hibernacula in 27 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces.

But on March 11, hikers found a sick bat near North Bend in Washington state, about 30 miles east of Seattle. They took it to Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in hopes it could recover, but the bat died two days later. It had visible symptoms of a skin infection common in bats with WNS, so PAWS submitted it for testing to the U.S. National Wildlife Health Center, which confirmed those suspicions.

“We are extremely concerned about the confirmation of WNS in Washington state, about 1,300 miles from the previous westernmost detection of the fungus that causes the disease,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe says in a statement. Until now, the fungus’s western frontier had been in Nebraska.”

Green sea turtles are no longer endangered in Florida and Mexico

“Decades of conservation efforts have paid off for green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico. In the late 1970s, populations dwindled due to heavy commercial harvesting of turtle eggs and meat – but protection programs have helped numbers increase to the thousands. As a result of the population growth, the species has been elevated from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act. Although the turtles will continue to be protected, they are no longer on the brink of extinction.”

Costa Rica’s ‘Land of the Strays’ is a canine paradise where nearly 1,000 dogs roam free

“Costa Rica offers more than just pristine beaches and stunning surf—the tropical country is also home to a dog and dog lovers’ paradise filled with nearly 1,000 happy and healthy dogs. Founded as a no-kill shelter and haven for strays, the volunteer-run Territorio de Zaguatas—the Land of the Strays—is located on the green pastures of Santa Bárbara in Costa Rica’s Heredia province. The sprawling free-range doggy heaven runs an active adoption program, but also invites curious visitors and dog lovers to come for a free hike and to play with the dogs.”

Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia

“Wild tigers have not been found in Cambodia since 2007, leading conservationists to declare the animals “functionally extinct.” The Cambodian government recently approved a $20 to $50 million Tiger Action Plan to try and save the majestic wild cats.”

Report reveals 11 million people and half of World Heritage sites are threatened by industry

“The World Wildlife Fund issued a new report that warns nearly half of all World Heritage sites are being threatened by industrial activity. Oil and gas exploration, mining, and logging (legal and otherwise) all endanger some of the world’s most beloved and natural locations, many of which are home to biodiverse animal kingdoms. WWF is calling on world leaders to respond by taking more aggressive action to protect natural sites from commercial development and corporate interests.”



First baby rhino born in 25 years under community care in Kenya

“According to the World Wildlife Fund, black rhinos are still critically endangered. Since 1960, poaching and hunting decimated the black rhinos by about 98%, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In all of Kenya there are only an estimated 640 black rhinos, which makes this baby’s birth all the more hopeful.”

Brooklyn politician moves to protect dogs from neglect and euthanasia

“Now, if State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) gets his way, dogs will not be allowed to be tied up outside between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and during periods of severe weather; and dog houses would be required to be adequately insulated. The set of bills also include legislation making it harder for kill shelters to euthanize dogs. Shelters would be required to make “reasonable efforts” to locate the dog’s owner or find a new home for the animal, including posting pictures of it on the Internet, notes the newspaper. As well, the minimum time a shelter must keep a healthy dog before euthanizing it would be extended from five to 90 days.”

5 questions you should ask yourself before taking a selfie with an animal

“Most people are bright enough to not risk their own life or the life of an animal to get a selfie, but unfortunately there are a shocking number of people who don’t think through the situation. So we’ve come up with five questions everyone with a selfie stick should ask themselves before going in for a portrait.”
AKA: Just don’t.

Boaty McBoatface inspires Internet to rename animals

“The Internet has decided to forge ahead and take an amusing stab at renaming animals in the spirit of McBoatface. Below are just a few of our favorites under the hashtag of #TheInternetNamesAnimals.”

How $2 LEDs can save sea turtles’ lives

“In a new study, researchers added green light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to gillnets at a small Peruvian fishery, reducing the number of sea turtles deaths by 64 percent — and without affecting the nets’ intended haul of guitarfish, a type of ray. Sea turtles rely heavily on visual cues when foraging, and the green lights presumably helped them (but not the guitarfish) see the looming nets before it was too late.”



Penguin swims 5000 miles each year to visit the Brazilian who saved his life

“In 2011 Pereira de Souza discovered a South American Magellanic penguin on the beach near his home. The bird was covered in oil and the kind man nursed him back to health over a period of a week, which eventually blossomed into an eleven month-long friendship. Dindim eventually left, but he returned the next June – a ritual he keeps to this day.”

Endangered Animal Trade takes off on Facebook

“Over the course of five months, researchers from Traffic monitored fourteen Malaysian groups on Facebook for half an hour a day. During that time, they saw over 300 wild animals being sold as pets on the website, about half of which were protected species or otherwise illegal to sell under local laws.

Among the species for sale were sun bears — the smallest member of the bear family at “only” 4-5 feet long and 150 lbs, and a threatened species. Some of the other animals for sale, like white-handed gibbons, yellow-crested cockatoos, and Burmese star tortoises, are even listed as endangered or critically endangered.”

Anti-Declawing Bill Gains Support in NYC

“Veterinarians across New York are speaking out against the practice of declawing cats by backing a proposed bill that would outlaw the procedure. The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the Paw Project have organized 115 veterinarians to date in an effort to illustrate further support for the bill, A.1297/ S.5084, which has been steadily gaining ground since its introduction last year. With any luck, New York’s cats will soon be protected from the cruel and unnecessary practice.”



So the other night this was on the news. (video)

It’s funny how even though KTVU was the channel that I saw it on, it was different than what they’ve posted. I had to search for something that mentioned that the owner of the dog, the uncle, is part of the police department. And a lot of articles I’ve seen about this while I was looking for a complete article like what I saw, didn’t even mention about how they were playing….Now on to what I initially wanted to say. I worry about the dogs safety now. Yes it’s sad the kid died, but does anything need to happen to the dog for accidentally playing too rough? It really sounds like something it would’ve done with another dog. They’re already in quarantine (while the investigation continues? What’s left to investigate???) and have done nothing previously. So I worry about the word attack being thrown around because it was just a bite. I worry that maybe the owner was starting to put it into a K-9 unit, there it would have to become something to fear, and it may be having a hard time figuring out where and when to use what it’s learning.  I think this was PRed the way it was because it was a pitbull.

Because all animals have the capacity to be loving/caring, For example:

I believe it’s all in how they were raised and their environment. No animal will be safe if they are continually judged by human standards. If “mans best friend” is judged so harshly what chance does a wild animal have? Right?

Homeless animals get help in Romania


Image links to Care2 article

“Truck driver Tamara Raab is bringing Christmas in July to thousands of animals in Romania. In a 2,000 mile round trip journey, Tamara will drive a massive load of donated dog and cat food, veterinary supplies and pet beds to animal shelters in Romania. She’s undertaken this mission a couple times before, but this time is different. This time she didn’t have the 3,500 Euros required to pay the fuel. And that’s when fate stepped in.

On the recommendation of fellow animal advocate Peter Collins, Tamara sent an email to the Harmony Fund to ask for help. She was not optimistic. It simply felt like a lot to ask, but she had to try. So Tamara nearly fell off her chair when she received a reply from the Harmony Fund within the hour with just one question. “How can we make this project much, much bigger?” “

Where Ever I May Roam


Image links to Treehugger article

“Late last April, keepers at India’s Nandankanan Zoo were astonished to find that a wild Bengal tiger had wandered out of the forest and let himself onto the grounds of their facility. The big cat, thought to be around 5 years old, appeared to be attracted to the zoo’s captive female tiger, and was spotted roaming around her enclosure. He was looking for love, it appeared.”

Good To Hear!


Image links to Treehugger article

“But now, in a step to counter the illicit incentives of illegal hunting, the Kenyan parliament this week approved to significantly increase the penalties for poachers caught robbing the nation’s most precious natural heritage for their own financial gain. Poachers can now expect to face fines up to $120,000, along with jail sentences of 15 years. Prior to the measure, the legal consequences of poaching seemed rather paltry, resulting in fines of $480 and 2 years in jail.”

But is it enough and will they actually implement it?