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. Click here to read more.
For Chai & Bamboo a Zoo Won’t
Bamboo and Chai's Saga for Elephant Sanctuary Peaks with Federal
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
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. Click here to read more.
Happy Today ... Gassed Tomorrow
"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
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
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.
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
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
Starving Horses and Donkeys
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
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