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CORRUPT SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT SEALS THE FATE OF CAPTIVE BRED LIONS
Sorry, bad news, all day, today. November 24, 2017 Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa (PHASA) backtracks and approves canned lion hunting.
Cape Town - In the midst of global outcry following US President Donald Trump's administration permitting the importing of hunted lion trophies, South Africa's lions will face even greater threat as Phasa changed the previous decision and APPROVED canned lion hunting.
ARE HUNTERS ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER?
A woman was accidentally shot to death by a hunter who mistook her for a deer while she was walking her dogs in a rural field in Upstate New York, authorities say.
Rosemary Billquist, 43, took her dogs for a walk in her hometown near the Pennsylvania border around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. The hunter heard her scream, called 911 and stayed with her until emergency crews arrived. Billquist was taken to a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she was pronounced dead.
Officials say the shooting occurred about 40 minutes after sunset, when it's illegal to hunt.
Police say the hunter hasn't been charged. The investigation is continuing.-Associated Press
A baby rhino who scared a tortoise into its shell adorably helped the reptile out of the way of traffic by pushing it encouragingly with its nose.
The rhino calf first approached the tortoise as it walked down a road in South Africa's Pilanesberg National Park.
To his surprise, the tortoise was so scared that it collapsed into its shell.
As a mother rhino watched patiently from the side of the road, the calf nudged at the withdrawn tortoise several times to encourage it to move out of the way of traffic.
When the tortoise finally came back out of its shell to move down the paved road, its new rhino friend trotted off with his mother.
The photos were snapped by operations manager Steve Brand, from Johannesburg, South Africa, on a trip to the national park.
Brand said: 'My honest opinion was that the rhino was curious about this little creature walking in the road that it had to investigate.
'The moment was rather big so only after everything did I notice that the calf pushed the tortoise out the road which could maybe have been the intent. 'But irrespective of the intent, this is so cute and such a big moment to see that interaction. The mom continued with grazing as she moved on and every now and then turned back to the calf as if to say "let's go".
'He joined his mom again for a short while then returned as if to say 'okay, see you later', gave a last push then returned to mom and continued on with her.
'We were actually out looking for big cats but kept coming across rhinos, and we were not interested until we turned a corner and saw this beautiful calf and his mum.
'I have never seen anything like this before and that is what made this moment so special. It was a first for me and a moment I will cherish.' _
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5110893/Curious-rhino-calf-scares-tortoise-shell.html
Thanksgiving is a day to share good food with all your favorite people...or animals if you're smart like this guy. (Though, judging by the horse's response about 30 seconds in, she might not be that interested in sharing. ) Anyway, as the man says, "Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all." (via Jukin Media)
THIS PLACE AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE TWO OF US!
Oh man!! territorial dispute #Repost @londolozi
Female leopards can be known to fight savagely for territory. We saw the underdog come out tops in a more recent dispute between the Tatowa and Mashaba Young female leopards. Visit blog.londolozi.com (link in @londolozi bio) for the full story.
#Londolozi #Londolozileopards #leopardsoflondolozi #leopard #Leopards #bigcats #big5 #bigfive #wildlife #TatowaFemaleLeopard #TatowaFemale #Safari #Africansafari #safarilife #lifeonsafari #luxurysafari #Safaritravel #onsafari #Vacation #SafariVacation #relaischateauxafrica #relaischateaux
#Repost @four_paws_international RESCUE IN BULGARIA Yesterday the FOUR PAWS team completed the first veterinary check on four of the five lions in Bulgaria. Two of the lions are in reasonable health but unfortunately the oldest two lions are in a very poor condition. Small enclosures and poor treatment has taken a toll on each of the animals.
Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Johanna Painer has begun the process of bringing the lions back to health and her team castrated the two males to ensure there is no breeding in the group. We are now assessing all options to ensure that we find a species-appropriate solution for them. We will keep you posted when there is more news. Thankfully the lions are now on the road to recovery.
Please support our work (link in @four_paws_international bio)
The barbaric Deopokhari festival, of Nepal. A baby female goat is bitten, strangled, pulled apart by young men for "at least 40 minutes" in an agonising ordeal, ending in her death.
This festival was started to pacify the pond-demon, 900 years ago. What's the excuse, today?
Few living beings are as gentle and defenceless as baby goats. The images of terrified baby goats, being attacked by laughing men, violently pulling them apart, as they bleat and struggle, hurts Nepal's reputation, and damages the tourist trade.
PETA and Nepalese animal charities have spear-headed a campaign against the festival. Petitions have been launched, to ban it. It still takes place, every August 9th.
#nepal #barbarictraditions #timetoletgo #evolve
Bears: Ferocious, curious and apparently delicious enough, to spend $1000 on a bowl of bear soup. Although it is predominantly Asian species that are targeted for traditional medicine, the high demand for bear parts leads to poaching of North American species. This illegal shipment was seized, the bears have been slaughtered, but the paws won't be used for bogus medicine. Somehow, it doesn't sooth me. It pisses me off!!!
A month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened similar restrictions on endangered lions.
The @usfws US Fish and Wildlife Service began issuing permits on October 20 for the importation of heads and hides from lions shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016 and 2018.
The agency is also currently studying whether to add three additional countries to the list - Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania. Previously, only wild lions killed in South Africa were eligible to be imported.
This came to light just after President Trump said he will delay a new policy allowing elephant trophies. He made no mention of lions.
@realdonaldtrump , whose adult sons are avid big-game hunters, also expressed skepticism about his own administration's claim that killing threatened animals could help save them by helping raise money for conservation programs.
He tweeted on Friday that he would be postponing the big game trophy decision until he had time to review all facts, then on Sunday said the decision will be announced in the coming week. 'Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal,' the president tweeted on Sunday.
Trump weighed in after a strong public backlash against reversing an Obama-era ban on elephant trophies, which became public through a written notification posted in the Federal Register.
Officials said there was no such legal requirement for notifying the public about the policy change on lions.
In late 2015, the @barackobama administration added two subspecies of African lion to the list of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Due to poaching and habitat loss, the number of lions living in the wild is in sharp decline - from an estimated 200,000 a century ago to less than 20,000 today.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5101687/Before-elephants-US-loosened-limits-lion-trophies.html
#trophyhuntingismurder #trophyhuntersarecowards #trophyhuntersarepsychopaths
Image by @EverydayExtinction contributor @tspinski African elephant foot stool with zebra skin cushion, photographed by @tspinski for @nytimes in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Repository in Denver, Colorado. In the Spring of 2017, I was commissioned by The New York Times to photograph the National Wildlife Property Repository, a warehouse on the outskirts of Denver packed with illegal animal parts and products. These are objects of want and desire. Many are made of threatened or endangered species. The spectrum of non-perishable products can be divided into three primary categories: trophies, medicinal products and fashion accessories. Most is contraband, seized at major ports of entry around the United States. Collectively, the facility and the 1.3 million products within its walls represent an evidence vault. One that testifies to an economy serving the human appetite for other species. #EverydayExtinction #anthropocene #sixthexinction #massextinction #africanwildlife #animalcontraband #wildlifetrade
SATAN & JESUS CHRIST!
I found this really hilarious!!
This man named his dog (sounds like) Satan, perhaps because the dog is vicious or ill-temepered or just over excited.
He's taken the dog to the countryside and let it loose to burn some calories like most dogs do when they're in a large open area.
Satan has discovered a herd of deer and is probably totally fascinated by them and wants a closer look! He starts chasing them freaking his dad out to the point his dad’s calling Jesus Christ to stop Satan!!
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#classicmoment #unforgettable #satanandjesus #dogsofinstagram #ohdeer #dogsareawesome #digsarefunny #animalhumor #hahaha
#Repost @four_paws_international RESCUE IN BULGARIA The family of five lions has been through a lot, which you can clearly see in the video. All lions are inbred and their health is a cause for concern. They are in urgent need of medical care, which they will receive from our team now.
Nevertheless, it is clear. Their keeping conditions are far from species-appropriate and they need to be moved. Our FOUR PAWS team will now medically examine and treat all lions. In the future, we will do our best to find a species-appropriate solution for them.
Please support our work (link in @four_paws_international bio) #SaveRazgradLions
The dog at the center of the Animal Abuse investigation spurred by the viral video spreading on Facebook has been ordered seized by Texarkana Texas Municipal Court Judge Sherry Jackson and she a court hearing on November 28 at 11:00 a.m. to decide where Lady, the 6-month-old Pit Bull in the video will be placed.
Police are currently searching for LeGus Holloway, 69, of Texarkana Texas. A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Holloway for abusing the 6-month-old Pit Bull puppy, known as “Lady”.
Lady, the six month old pit bull puppy that was the subject of video in which she was attacked by a man late last week, has been ordered seized pending the outcome of a court hearing later this month.
After reviewing the case, Texarkana Texas Municipal Court Judge Sherry Jackson ordered the dog seized today and set a court hearing on November 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bi-State Criminal Justice Center. After hearing testimony, Judge Jackson will decide whether or not it is in the best interest of the dog to be permanently removed from the owner’s care.
The dog has been receiving treatment for a broken leg at a local veterinarian clinic since Sunday. She is expected to make a full recovery.
We continue to investigate this crime and search for LeGus Holloway, 69, of Texarkana Texas, for whom a felony arrest warrant has been issued for Cruelty of Non-Livestock Animals. Texarkana CrimeStoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Holloway. Anonymous tips can be reported by calling 903-793-STOP.