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Sneaky Trapping Bill Defeated!


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Animal News Weekly - May 7, 2015


Sneaky Trapping Bill Defeated!

In Defense of Animals
Bill that Sought to Hide Trapping behind Hunting VETOED by Montana's Governor
What a relief! On Monday, Montana's Governor Steve Bullock used his veto power to prevent Senate Bill 334 from becoming law. Read his letter here.
Touted as a bill introducted  for the purpose of allegedly "cleaning up" several sections of the Montana Code Annotated, this terrible and deceptive bill was really aimed at furthering the interests of the Montana’s recreational and commercial trappers and fur dealers.
Among other detrimental effects, SB 334 sought to include furbearing animals under the term "game" animal. This means that the word 'trapping'would have no longer been used, and trapping then completely subsumed under "hunting" in a sneaky effort to hide a cruel and unnecessary activity that is generally abhorred by the public.
SB 334 would also have added three animal species, currently categorized as non-game species—badgers, raccoons and red foxes—to species currently classified as "predators", so that a fur dealer in Montana could then buy and sell the pelts from these species, and these species would have been allowed to be lured in front of guns with the use of electronic callers.
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For Chai & Bamboo a Zoo Won’t Do!

In Defense of Animals
Bamboo and Chai's Saga for Elephant Sanctuary Peaks with Federal Injunction
This week, the Elephant Justice Project (EJP), represented by Smith & Lowney, P.L.L.C., filed a request in federal court requesting an injunction to keep elephants Chai and Bamboo at the San Diego Zoo in California until they can be sent to PAWS sanctuary just a few hours north.  EJP, an ally of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (FOWPZE), has succeeded in getting a partial ruling in the federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act by Woodland Park Zoo. FOWPZE has been steadfast in leading this fight for almost a decade and recently filed a USDA complaint in response to the reckless transport from WPZ.
Bamboo and Chai, previously at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, are now at the San Diego Zoo after being rerouted from Oklahoma City Zoo due to hazardous weather conditions. If this sounds like a cruel game of musical chairs for the elephants, you'd be right. So, on Monday, Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants filed a Federal Injunction to keep the elephants in San Diego until PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) Sanctuary in nearby Northern California can receive them.
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Happy Today ... Gassed Tomorrow

In Defense of Animals
"Where do the wild geese go when they go away ...?"
When Greg Brown wrote his song wondering where the wild geese go when they go away, he, as we do, probably had the image in mind of a group of these beautiful birds flying high up in the sky in their characteristic v-shaped flight pattern and their familiar crackling voices that always seem to have something to say.
Tragically, many Canada geese families currently nesting near ponds in parks, airports and even in and near wildlife refuges, will be rounded up by USDA Wildlife Service agents (WS) during their molting period when they cannot fly. Entirely helpless, they will be separated from their goslings, causing shock and panic among the parent geese and goslings, who frantically call their loved ones in a final futile attempt to find each other.
Instead, these highly intelligent birds, in a terrifying state of confusion and panic, will be either mercilessly thrown into mobile gas chambers, left struggling for their lives over a long period of time while fighting for oxygen in vain, or packed into crates and trucked to a slaughterhouse to be brutally hung upside down with their throats slashed for their flesh.
Please stay tuned for our upcoming alerts to ask for your active involvement to help save Canada geese from a certain horrific death! Please make sure you have provided your state, as many of our alerts are regional in nature.

Meet Kimbang

In Defense of Animals
Rescued From Darkness & Desperation
On December 27 of last year, a sad, malnourished, anemic little chimpanzee arrived at IDA Africa's Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center in a filthy wooden box. She was brought to the sanctuary by Cameroon authorities who had rescued her the day before when some men, after seeing the police, had dropped the box on a street in the town of Bertoua. Old scars around the baby’s waist from a rope that had cruelly restrained her, the grimy dark box and her frail physical and mental state left us to guess at the horrors she had endured after surviving the unimaginable slaughter of her family.
IDA-Africa's veterinary technician, Nicholas Banadzem, named the poor little girl Kimbang, which means "white one" in his Northwest Cameroon dialect. The name was sadly descriptive of the little chimpanzee with too pale skin and sparse hair.
Good nutrition and loving care at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center are helping Kimbang recover and grow stronger every day. Three weeks after she arrived she was climbing small trees with joy and determination, and her life can only continue to get better since her horrible ordeal of losing her family in such a brutal way.

Starving Horses and Donkeys

In Defense of Animals
The caller said simply, "Please help these horses."  He had called IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS) to report that there were two horses and two donkeys starving on a property near his home. There was hay in an adjacent enclosure but none where these poor animals were kept. He stated that no one had been to feed them for weeks so he took it upon himself to get hay to them. Further, he said he would take all four to his home and take responsibility for them if he could get them legally.
HAS Director Doll Stanley, accompanied by a deputy from Montgomery County, Mississippi, braving terrible weather, went to investigate and found these four animals in horrible condition with very low body weight and obviously slowly starving to death. With bones protruding from their bodies in sharp points, they came to the fence to accept attention and ultimately hay from Doll. Doll spoke with the negligent "guardian" and advised him that he must feed them properly and have a veterinarian attend to them within seven days.
Doll will continue to check on them and if the animals' current "owner" fails to do as he has been directed, she will request a seizure order from the court.

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