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Inside the world's worst zoo where animals have been left to rot

Inside the world's worst zoo where animals have been left to rot | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

The zoo, in the Armenian town of Gyumri, has not had a paying guest for more than two years after it was abandoned by a billionaire oligarch while reportedly fleeing mobsters.

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End Wolf Baiting in Kyrgyzstan

End Wolf Baiting in Kyrgyzstan | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

A festival in Kyrgyzstan celebrates the culture’s nomadic past by tying a live wolf to a post and setting trained hounds or falcons loose to kill it.

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Why the world's largest rhino farmer is cutting off their horns

Why the world's largest rhino farmer is cutting off their horns | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

South African farmer John Hume says he would be "happy" to supply
the criminal poaching networks driving the animals to extinction with a
legal alternative and the money raised would help him protect his own herd...

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Pet Talk: Compassion fatigue an occupational hazard for veterinary professionals

Pet Talk: Compassion fatigue an occupational hazard for veterinary professionals | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

"Just like there's a physical cost to running a marathon, there's an emotional cost to working with patients who are in pain or hurting," says Enid Traisman, a certified grief counselor and director of the Pet Loss Support Program at DoveLewis.

"It's different from ordinary stress, because with compassion fatigue, the causes are always related to caring for another person or animal when they're in crisis or pain."

Symptoms include increased negativity, isolation, difficulty separating work and personal life, self-destructive behaviors and apathy.

The key to combating compassion fatigue involves two simple steps, Traisman says: Awareness, which helps people prevent and heal, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


By Monique Balas 


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Petition to Ban horrific Hare Coursing Cruelty in Ireland

Petition to Ban horrific Hare Coursing Cruelty in Ireland | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Live Hare Coursing is a horrific form of animal cruelty that most Irish people want outlawed.
Here is a brief film of hare coursing as practised in Ireland:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58qbzC-GI4&feature=player_embedded
(March 2013) There are renewed calls to politicians to ban hare coursing in Ireland in the wake of the horrific scenes of cruelty filmed at the so-called "Irish Cup" hare coursing event in County Limerick...Here's hoping that Irish Taoiseach (Prime Ministe

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Save B.C. Wolves!

Save B.C. Wolves! | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
January 15, 2015
B.C. Government green-lights controversial wolf hunt in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions. As many as 184 wolves to be shot from helicopters.
Decades of habitat destruction and human encroachment have left BC’s mountain caribou on the edge of survival. Instead of protecting critical food and habitat for caribou, such as the lichen rich interior forests, the BC government has now placed the blame on wolves. Over 180 wolves are now being targeted for aerial killing in

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Queen guitarist and anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May considering standing as an MP

Queen guitarist and anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May considering standing as an MP | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Queen guitarist and anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May could soon be badgering people for their votes after it emerged the musician is considering standing for parliament in the general...

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At Wildlife Works in Youngwood, a golden eagle recovers - Tribune-Review

At Wildlife Works in Youngwood, a golden eagle recovers - Tribune-Review | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
At Wildlife Works in Youngwood, a golden eagle recovers Tribune-Review It's taken weeks of careful treatment and even a bit of avian acupuncture, but an injured golden eagle at Wildlife Works in Youngwood is almost ready to take flight in the wild...
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Badger cull: government abandons national roll-out plans

Badger cull:  government abandons national roll-out plans | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Damning independent report finds shoots had not been sufficiently effective or humanePlans to roll out the controversial badger cull pilots nationwide across England have been dropped by Owen Paterson, after a damning independent report found the...
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Inside the illegal wildlife trade

This animal might be hunted to extinction before you've even heard of it. We investigate the illegal wildlife trade. (This animal might be hunted to extinction.
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Cull police 'cost £1,311 a badger'

Cull police 'cost £1,311 a badger' | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
The cost of policing the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset is confirmed as being close to £2.5m - about £1,311 per badger.

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US Study Links Drug Resistant Bacteria With Intensive Farms - Cornucopia Institute

US Study Links Drug Resistant Bacteria With Intensive Farms - Cornucopia Institute | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Farming Online In a new study from the United States, released earlier this week, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock in the noses of industrial livestock workers in North Carolina, but not in the noses of...

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Starving animals in Yemen zoo have turned to cannibalism to survive

Starving animals in Yemen zoo have turned to cannibalism to survive | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

Lions, leopards and other animals can be seen with weeping wounds as they feast on members of their own prides at the zoo in Taiz, southern Yemen.

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Half a million sign petition to introduce animal cruelty register

Half a million sign petition to introduce animal cruelty register | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

Nearly half a million people have signed a petition to introduce an animal cruelty register after one of the most disturbing cases the RSPCA has ever seen. Chunky the Chihuahua...

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Tweet from @SoulWithoutVoic

Tweet from @SoulWithoutVoic | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

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Wildlife experts want celebrity TV show in zoo scrapped

Wildlife experts want celebrity TV show in zoo scrapped | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
A TV show in which celebrities play with zoo animals and take chimpanzees on shopping trips is attracting outrage from wildlife conservationists who want it scrapped

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Petition: Freedom for Eva, the bear at an Uruguaian ZOO

Petition: Freedom for Eva, the bear at an Uruguaian ZOO | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Eva is living in terrible conditions in a ZOO in a city on the north area of Uruguay. She needs our help... (3142 signatures on petition)

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Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta: Stop the inhumane killing of wolves in Alberta.

Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta: Stop the inhumane killing of wolves in Alberta. | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
Alberta is using taxpayer dollars to fund the barbaric slaughter of hundreds of grey wolves in a scientifically flawed attempt to increase dwindling caribou populations. Aerial gunning, poisoning, and neck snaring have already killed more than a thousand wolves. All of these methods are widely recognized as causing considerable distress and agony. The Canadian Council on Animal Care (1993) forbids inhumane methods of killing animals for research purposes. Aerial gunning of wolves is consider

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Rats Show Regret After Making Wrong Choices, Scientists Say

Rats Show Regret After Making Wrong Choices, Scientists Say | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

Researchers studied brain areas involved in decision making, evaluating outcomes.

 

Could've, should've, would've. Everyone has made the wrong choice at some point in life and suffered regret because of it. Now a new study shows we're not alone in our reaction to incorrect decisions. Rats too can feel regret.

 

Regret is thinking about what you should have done, says David Redish, a neuroscientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It differs from disappointment, which you feel when you don't get what you expected. And it affects how you make decisions in the future.

 

Redish and colleague Adam Steiner at the University of Minneapolis, found that rats expressed regret through both their behavior and their neural activity. Those signals, researchers report today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, were specific to situations the researchers set up to induce regret, which led to specific neural patterns in the brain and in behavior.

 

When Redish and Steiner looked for neural activity, they focused on two areas known in people—and in some animals—to be involved in decision-making and the evaluation of expected outcomes: the orbitofrontal cortex and the ventral striatum. Brain scans have revealed that people with a damaged orbitofrontal cortex, for instance, don't express regret. To record nerve-cell activity, the researchers implanted electrodes in the brains of four rats—a typical sample size in this kind of experiment—then trained them to run a "choice" maze.

 

Each rat had its own preferences regarding flavor and patience. And those preferences manifested in specific nerve-cell patterns in its brain. Redish and Steiner could thus tell when a particular rat was thinking about, say, the chocolate-flavored versus the cherry-flavored food. When a rat passed up food at one spoke and moved on to the next, then realized it would have to wait even longer for food at the second spoke, two things happened: It would look back to the previous spoke, and the specific nerve-cell pattern in its brain that represented that first choice would light up.

 

"That's the regret," says Redish. Not only were the rats physically looking backward; they were also thinking about the choice they hadn't made. What's more, "just like humans," says Redish, the rats were more likely to take a "bad deal"—or wait longer than they normally would for their next piece of food—after a regretful decision. The rats would also hastily consume food that stemmed from a bad choice, spending only about five seconds with the treat. Normally the rats would spend about 20 seconds grooming themselves and eating their food.


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What Are the Lessons of the Badger Culls for Regulatory Theory?

What Are the Lessons of the Badger Culls for Regulatory Theory? | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it

Prof David Campbell - Even those, like myself, who in principle support the culling of wild animals in support of improving the welfare of livestock will be, as I have been, reduced to despair by the...


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Succinctly put by Prof David Campbell:-

" This is a policy which works only on the blackboard. It was always impossible to put it into practice, even for these relatively small pilot cull areas, not to speak of the entire country as DEFRA envisages.".

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Scottish bird of prey colony hit by mass poisonings

Scottish bird of prey colony hit by mass poisonings | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
RSPB and ornithologists express disgust after 12 red kites are found dead in Black Isle area, targeted with lethal toxinsBird experts believe that one of the UK's most valued bird of prey colonies is being targeted after 16 raptors were found dead...
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World Pangolin Day - PROJECT PANGOLIN

World Pangolin Day - PROJECT PANGOLIN | Animal Welfare and Cruelty | Scoop.it
World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in February.

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http://biofaune.canalblog.com/archives/2014/02/14/29156905.html#utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=biofaune

Journée internationale des pangolins le 15 février 2014

Samedi 15 février 2014, les pangolins, également connus sous le nom de manidés ou encore de fourmiliers écailleux, auront droit à leur Journée internationale. Une initiative destinée à sensibiliser les opinions publiques au sort de ces mammifères insectivores édentés dont toutes les populations sont en déclin, notamment en Asie du Sud-Est. Plus largement, le braconnage constitue aujourd’hui une réelle menace pour toutes les espèces de pangolins en Asie comme en Afrique. En 2012, une estimation, établie d’après le nombre de saisies, faisait état de quelque 60 000 pangolins victimes chaque année du trafic animalier.



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VIDEO: Earthrace reveals horror of the annual 90,000 Namibian baby seal hunt

NAMBIA - THE ANNUAL SLAUGHTER OF 90,000 BABY SEALS.  ONE OF THE BIGGEST MARINE MAMMALS WILDLIFE CRIMES KNOWN TO MAN

 

Published on Jul 4, 2013 VIDEO (ABOVE) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=INBcukfT2rY

 

Release of the footage, taken by conservation group Earthrace Conservation, coincides with the start of this year's seal cull which is expected to kill 80-90,000 seal pups and up to 6,000 bulls....

Earthrace Conservation calls for an immediate halt before thousands more seal pups are brutally killed. The footage, released July 2013, shows dozens of seal pups being driven across the beach to be clubbed to death by a team wielding what appear to be pick axe handles before their carcasses are loaded into a pick-up truck for disposal.

This graphic and upsetting film, shot in 2011 but only just released by Earthrace Conservation, shows sealers clubbing Cape fur seals to death in a nature reserve. The footage has been presented to the country's government, but a request by animal protection groups to ban the practice has been ignored.

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1991629/seal_clubbing_in_namibia_shocking_footage_just_released.html

 

August 28, 2012 Ecowatch

The Namibian seal hunt is responsible for the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth and is considered to be the most brutal of all seal culls. For 139 days, terrified pups are rounded up, separated from their mothers, and brutally beaten to death for their pelts – a CITES protected species, killed in a seal reserve every day just hours before tourists come to view the remaining colony. Inhumane, illegal, unsustainable and unethical, many conservation groups violently oppose the slaughter.... http://ecowatch.com/2012/exposes-slaughter-baby-seals/

 

NAMIBIA: THE SEALS OF NAM - A GLOBAL OUTCRY

Each year, despite massive international criticism, flawed science, mounting public outcry and warnings from the IUCN, the quota gets increased.

Did you know the Namibian seal hunt is responsible for one of the largest slaughters of marine mammals on earth? It is considered to be the most brutal of ALL culls and is considered by scientists to be horrendously cruel.

From the 1st of July, 80 000 Cape Fur seal pups, still dependent on the teat, will be beaten to death with pick handles for their fur pelts. A further 6 000 adult bull seals will be shot at point blank range so that their penises can be used to make ineffective sex potions for the Asian markets, thus fueling an illegal trade in animal body parts for fake medicines. For the next 139 days, terrified pups will be rounded up, separated from their mothers and be violently beaten to death. The colony will be rounded up at day break. Pups, bulls and cows will be surrounded and kept away from the safety of the sea. Men with clubs move in and the seals run in fear.

http://www.thesealsofnam.org/the-slaughter-4/

 

 

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

VIDEO

*****  NAMIBIA SEAL HUNT - THE CRUELEST IN THE WORLD - YouTube

Pat Dickens, the campaign manager for "The Seals Of Nam" explains the differences between the Namibia and the Canadian seal slaughters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnh6qV_HgHs

 

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NAMIBIA SEAL CULL FACTS - SEA SHEPHERD http://www.seashepherd.org/desert-seal/seal-cull-facts.html

 

July 14, 2013 BBC News -
NAMIBIA'S CONTROVERSIAL ANNUAL EAL HUNT SET TO BEGIN http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18845596

 

July 4, 2013 Focusing On Wildlife

VIDEO:

**** HORROR OF NAMIBIA'S SEAL CULL http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/horror-of-namibias-sea-cull/

 

 

 

CANADIAN ANNUAL HARP SEAL SLAUGHTER FACTS - http://www.seashepherd.org/seals/seal-hunt-facts.html

 

 

 

May 27, 2012 CBC News
SEAL HUNT DESCRIBED AS "BEST" IN YEARS - NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR - DESPITE BEING UNDER QUOTA OF 400,000 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/05/27/nl-cp-seal-hunt-review-427.html

 

 

HarpSeals.Org

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CANADIAN SEAL HUNT AND SLAUGHTER - 400,000 HARP SEALS APPROVED BY CANADIAN GOVERNMENT http://www.harpseals.org/about_the_hunt/index.php

 

 

CANADA: 70,000 SEAL "CULL" AKA "SLAUGHTER" WILL NOT REVIVE CANADA'S COD STOCKS - SCIENTISTS http://sco.lt/4i4j33

 

January 5, 2013 Guardian Environment
CANADIAN SEA CULL 'UNNECESSARY FUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE' http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/05/canadian-seal-cull-unnecessary-climate-change

 

 


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WHAT CENTURY ARE WE IN???? This is NOT About Management.  This IS About MONEY.... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/05/27/nl-cp-seal-hunt-review-427.html

Seals play a vital part in the natural food chain.  Whales are starving due to lack of their food (seals) while man is cruelly slaughtering hundreds of thousands for their profit.   Something MUST be done here