The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.
The change, requested by the wind energy industry, will provide legal protection for the lifespan of wind farms and other projects for which companies obtain a permit and make efforts to avoid killing the birds.
An investigation by The Associated Press earlier this year documented the illegal killing of eagles around wind farms, the Obama administration’s reluctance to prosecute such cases and its willingness to help keep the scope of the eagle deaths secret. The White House has championed wind power, a pollution-free energy intended to ease global warming, as a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s energy plan.
In other areas, too, such as the government’s support for corn-based ethanol to reduce U.S. dependence on gasoline, the White House has allowed the green industry to do not-so-green things. Another AP investigation recently showed that ethanol has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.
This April 18, 2013 file photo shows a golden eagle flying over a wind turbine on Duke energy’s top of the world wind farm in Converse County Wyo. The Obama administration will allow companies to seek authorization to kill and harm bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty in an effort to balance some of the environmental trade-offs of green energy. AP Photo/Dina Cappiello
Under the change announced Friday, companies would have to commit to take additional measures if they kill or injure more eagles than they have estimated they would, or if new information suggests that eagle populations are being affected. The permits would be reviewed every five years, and companies would have to submit reports of how many eagles they kill. Now such reporting is voluntarily, and the Interior Department refuses to release the information.
"This is not a program to kill eagles," said John Anderson, the director of siting policy at the American Wind Energy Association. "This permit program is about conservation."
Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet’s wingspan. Though the blades appear to move slowly, they can reach speeds of up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes.
Flying eagles behave like drivers texting on their cellphones; they don’t look up. As they scan below for food, they don’t notice the industrial turbine blades until it is too late.
No wind energy company has obtained permission authorizing the killing, injuring or harassment of eagles, although five-year permits have been available since 2009. That puts the companies at legal risk and discourages private investment in renewable energy.
It also doesn’t necessarily help eagles, since without a permit, companies are not required to take steps to reduce their impact on the birds or report when they kill them.
The new rule makes clear that revoking a permit – which could undermine investments and interest in wind power – is a last resort under the administration’s energy policy.
"We anticipate that implementing additional mitigation measures … will reduce the likelihood of amendments to, or revocation of, the permit," the rule said.
Conservation groups, which have been aligned with the wind industry on other issues, said the decision by the Interior Department sanctioned the killing of an American icon.
"Instead of balancing the need for conservation and renewable energy, Interior wrote the wind industry a blank check," said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold in a statement. The group said it will challenge the decision.
The wind energy industry has said the change mirrors permits already in place for endangered species, which are more at risk than bald and golden eagles. Bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007 but are still protected under two federal laws.
The regulation published Friday was not subjected to a full environmental review because the administration classified it as an administrative change.
"The federal government didn’t study the impacts of this rule change even though the (law) requires it," said Kelly Fuller, who formerly headed up the wind campaign at the American Bird Conservancy. "Instead, the feds have decided to break the law and use eagles as lab rats."
The Fish and Wildlife Service said the new rule enables it to better monitor the long-term environmental effects of renewable energy projects.
"Our goal is to ensure that the wind industry sites and operates projects in ways that best minimize and avoid impacts to eagles and other wildlife," the agency said in a statement.
Last month, Duke Energy Corp. pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two wind farms in Wyoming, the first time a wind energy company has been prosecuted under a law protecting migratory birds.
A study by federal biologists in September found that wind farms since 2008 had killed at least 67 bald and golden eagles, a number that the researchers said was likely underestimated.
It’s unclear what toll, if any, wind energy companies are having on eagle populations locally or regionally. Gunshots, electrocutions and poisonings almost certainly kill more bald and golden eagles than wind farms. But with the industry still growing, the toll could grow, too.
A recent assessment of status of the golden eagle in the western U.S. showed that populations have been decreasing in some areas and rising in others.
December 7, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rights And Awareness, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Political Change, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | Americana, Bald Eagles, Birds, eagles, Energy, Greenies, Killing-Eagles, Obamaland, Wind | 1 Comment
November 4, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal and Pet Photos, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, We Are All God's Creatures | animal abusers, animal cruelty, dogfighting, dogs, get involved, Incredible Journeys, stop abuse | 2 Comments
When atrocities happen or have continued to happen (like this one) for years, whether it is against women, children, the elderly, or animals, they reflect on all of us and on us as a culture and a society. And for those cold hearted souls out there that actually think an animal is property for their owner to treat and abuse as they wish, the realization is that animal abusers are often child, spousal, and elder abusers and bullies in general as well, who often get their start as animal abusers as a first step and then graduate to those crimes if they are not stopped!! Get-involved!! We are all God’s creatures and it is each of our responsibilities to stand-up for those weaker than we are or in all abusive situations.
“Hearts are heavy as we share the sad news that the male pit bull that was injured in a case of animal abuse last week has died. His condition was such that we could not ensure his quality of life, and we made the compassionate decision to euthanize him."
Capital Area Humane staff and volunteers did all they could to save him. But the male dog found in the Tamarack Circle neighborhood had severe injuries to his head and brain, thought to be caused by multiple blows to the head.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for beating the Columbus, Ohio pit bull.
Anyone with any information on the dog is asked to contact the Capital Area Humane Society at (614) 777-7387 ext. 250.
"Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done."-The moral of the story…Just do it!"
October 19, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | 2 Comments
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Julie Clark of Valle Vista holds a sign at the supervisors meeting, a proponent of the pit bull sterilization ordinance, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Riverside County Board of Supervisors hold public hearing, before they voted on pit bull sterilization ordinance.
Riverside Press Enterprise:
Pit bulls and pit bull mixes in unincorporated Riverside County must be spayed or neutered under terms of a sterilization ordinance the Board of Supervisors…
Pit bulls and pit bull mixes in unincorporated Riverside County must be spayed or neutered under terms of a sterilization ordinance the Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The 5-0 vote followed a sometimes emotional public hearing in which pit bull breeders and owners defended the dogs, and people affected by pit bull attacks urged supervisors to protect the public.
“This is a life and death issue,” said Brenda Knight, a Beaumont councilwoman who said she’s dealt with two pit bull attacks in six years. “We have frustration and fear in the community. We need to have something done.”
County officials have been working on the ordinance since April, when the board gave them the go-ahead to pursue it. It applies to pit bulls and pit bull mixes older than four months old in the county’s unincorporated areas.
Spaying or neutering will be required for the dogs to be licensed. Violators face an administrative citation or misdemeanor. There are several exemptions, including for licensed breeders, police dogs, dogs helping the blind and disabled, and dogs deemed too sick to be sterilized.
Supervisors asked for the ordinance following a series of highly publicized pit bull attacks against people, including the fatal mauling of a 91-year-old woman in Hemet in February and a January attack on an 84-year-old Jurupa Valley woman as she retrieved her mail.
In September, relatives said five pit bulls pulled 2-year-old Samuel Eli Zamudio from a window at his grandmother’s home in Colton and killed him. Colton is in San Bernardino County, which has a pit bull sterilization law on the books.
County animal control officials sought the ordinance to deal with what they said was an abundance of pit bulls in county shelters. The breed accounts for 20 percent of all shelter dogs and 30 percent of euthanized dogs, they said, adding that pit bulls are very difficult to find homes for.
Pit bull advocates say the breed is a victim of media sensationalism that contributes to an undeserved reputation for viciousness. Breed-specific legislation is wrong and won’t work, they contend, adding that with proper training, pit bulls make good pets.
Terry Armenta of Lake Elsinore said she came across Louie, her 3 ½-year-old pit bull, at a shelter and almost walked away when she found out he was a pit bull. She took a chance, and said Louie turned out to be a gentle, lovable dog who poses for pictures in Halloween costumes.
“My dog Louie and thousands of others like Louie would never harm (people),” Armenta said. “It saddens me that we want to pick on one breed.”
Supervisor John Tavaglione said he’s grown tired of hearing reports of pit bull attacks. He mentioned a number of recent attacks, including the one on Samuel.
“Is that sensationalism? I don’t think so,” Tavaglione said. “That’s death and maiming.”
Supervisor Jeff Stone said he supported the ordinance, although he hoped background checks could be done to weed out those who train pit bulls to attack.
Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said he was reluctant to back the ordinance at first until learning more about the rationale behind it.
“Are we overhyping pit bulls? Probably,” he said. But that’s not an excuse to ignore a public safety issue, Jeffries said.
With the ordinance now passed, Supervisor John Benoit, the board’s chairman, plans to send a letter to cities asking them to enact similar legislation.
The ordinance takes effect Nov. 7.
This is a hot button issue that has valid and crazy points and people on both sides. Sadly behind most bad or aggressive dogs, animals in general, are bad and aggressive owners, breeders and handlers. Not enough people step up and speak out for the dogs and against these people until something happens. Personally… I’d rather see the owners sterilized or euthanized and the dogs re-trained when there are tragedies involving this breed or any breed because 99% of the time, the problems lie with the humans!! Yet I understand how the people who have lost someone or were involved in a pit-bull or any dog attack feel. There are no easy answers in such an emotional issue.
What I can say from personal experience is that my niece and her husband had two pit-bull mixes, one just passed away from cancer, and they were/are both the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met and my friend’s purebred Pit is a sweetheart as well. The common thread is great, kind and conscientious owners.
October 10, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Owner's Rights, Pets, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, We Are All God's Creatures | 1 Comment
- Nowadays, when pet owning couples break up, it’s less likely the family dog or cat (or bird or other companion animal) will be viewed as just another piece of property to be distributed.
- Both pet owners and those in the business of settling divorces realize pet custody issues can be as thorny as child custody disputes. These days, divorce mediators and judges are more apt to consider the best interests of the pet.
- In deciding who should get custody, the courts take into consideration such things as which party takes care of the animal’s basic daily needs, veterinary visits, socialization and training, and who is better equipped financially to care for a pet.
- Couples who are splitting up should keep their pet’s interests in mind and make custody decisions based on providing the best care and stability for the animal.
- Depending on many factors including the type of animal involved, it makes sense for some couples to share custody, while others will do the right thing by relinquishing a beloved pet to the person better able to care for it.
By Dr. Becker
Not so long ago, when couples got divorced, their pets were viewed as property to be divvied up right along with the furniture and fine china. And in fact, in the eyes of the law, that’s what a pet is – personal property. But more recently, with both divorce and pet ownership rates soaring, pet custody has become a stickier issue when couples split up.
Pets are often viewed as family members these days, and divorcing couples are more apt to battle each other for the right to keep a beloved dog or cat. In recognition of the human-animal bond, and because pet custody is a sensitive subject not unlike child custody disputes, divorce mediators and family court judges are recognizing the need to consider what’s best for the pet.
According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF):1
"Although animals are considered property in the eyes of the law at this time, some courts are beginning to recognize that one’s relationship with this particular form of property known as the family cat, dog, bird etc., is much different from one’s relationship with other forms of property such as your couch, your watch or your coffee pot."
In deciding who should be awarded custody of a family pet, the court may consider such things as:
- Which party takes care of the animal’s basic daily needs for such things as food, shelter, potty walks or litter box maintenance, exercise, grooming, and supervision?
- Who takes the pet to the veterinarian?
- In the case of a dog, which party insures he gets plenty of social interaction with other dogs and people, and sees to his training?
- Who has the greatest ability to financially support the pet?
If you and your spouse or significant other (or roommate, in some cases) are splitting up and there is a pet involved, my hope is that you will put the animal’s best interests first.
Doing What’s Best for Your Pet
Some “who gets the pet” situations are clearer than others. For example, if you came into the relationship with a pet, that pet should stay with you unless for some reason your spouse or partner developed more of a bond with the animal than you did. Also, if your pet is much more attached to one of you, in most cases he or she will be the person who assumes custody.
Equally obvious is what to do in situations where one or the other of you is moving to a residence that doesn’t allow pets. In that case, you can consider having the non-custodial owner visit the pet, or take her for walks, or to the dog park, or on vacation.
If you and your spouse share joint custody of children, you might think about having your pet go back and forth between residences with the kids. This plan can work with dogs, but not so much with cats, who attach to a familiar environment. Most kitties will suffer stress-related issues if forced to shuttle back and forth between homes.
If there is more than one pet and they can be easily separated, all other things being equal, it might make sense for each of you to take a pet. Another option, if there is only one pet, is for the person keeping it to help the other party with the cost of acquiring a new pet.
Pets Need Consistency – Especially During and After a Family Breakup
Your dog or cat should live where there’s an established daily routine in which things happen on a predictable schedule. For example, if one of you is always home by 5:30pm while the other works a lot of overtime, the pet should spend most of his time with the spouse who’s home in the evenings.
If you don’t work, work from home, or are able to bring your pet to work with you, it makes sense for the pet to stay with you. Like kids, pets do best when there’s a parent around to supervise and keep them company.
If you and your ex are both able to provide consistent care for your pet and want to share custody, it’s best for the sake of stability and consistency not to shuttle your dog back and forth too frequently (and I don’t recommend shuttling kitties at all). If you can work out a monthly arrangement, it’s preferable to a weekly back-and-forth schedule.
If you’re sharing joint custody of a pet or pets, as part of your separation negotiation, it’s a really good idea to decide ahead of time who will be responsible for which pet-related expenses. This would include regular wellness exams, unplanned visits to the vet, and emergency care. You might want to look into pet health insurance plans as well.
October 6, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, We Are All God's Creatures | Dr. Becker, JOMP, pet custody, Pets Are Family | 2 Comments
Detroit Is Going To The Dogs – Literally
JoshuaPundit: As Detroit continues to circle the drain, there’s yet another hazard to contend with – an estimated 50,000 stray dogs roaming the streets and vacant homes menacing residents and city workers.
To make it even more interesting, pit bulls dominate the dog packs, due to the popularity of the breed in the largely black city as watchdogs and for dog fighting.
Many of the dogs have simply been abandoned and left to fend for themselves as the owners move on, something uniquely cruel when it comes the Man’s Best Friend. The dogs often roam in packs and shelter in Detroit’s abandoned homes, where rats can also be hunted as a food source.
And the bankrupt city, as things stand right now, can’t really do much about it.
“With these large open expanses with vacant homes, it’s as if you designed a situation that causes dog problems,” said Harry Ward, head of animal control.
Ward has four officers to cover the 139-square-mile (360-square-kilometer) city seven days a week, 11 fewer than when he first took over animal control in 2008. He has one dog-bite investigator, down from three.
Back in July, the City shelters actually had to stop picking up stray animals for a month because the city hadn’t paid a service that hauls away euthanized animals for cremation at a cost of about $20,000 a year. The freezers were packed with carcasses, and pens were full of live animals until that bill was paid.
In some particularly bad areas, the U.S. Postal Service has had to temporarily halt mail delivery in some neighborhoods because of attacks by aggressive dogs, said Ed Moore, a Detroit-area spokesman. He said there were 25 reports of mail carriers bitten by dogs in Detroit from October through July.
Another problem is that many of the residents of Detroit who still remain and own dogs aren’t bothering to get them neutered, are not getting them their rabies or distemper shots and are simply letting them wander. There simply isn’t any budget to enforce these measures any more.
Yes, there are a number of jokes I could make here, but to tell you the truth, I feel sorry for the dogs. They at least did nothing to create this and deserve better.
September 23, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | ACE Hardware, animal activists, Detroit, JOMP, Pit Bulls, Please Help, stray dogs, strays | 2 Comments
This is appalling on many levels but should worry every animal lover from that aspect alone. This is also not an isolated incident of excessive force used against animals and their owners!!
I am not getting involved in the entire event here… but I am concerned with the over-reaction and excessive force used against the dog!!
July 27, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | brutality against animals, brutality against dogs, dogs, excessive force, police | 5 Comments
NBCLA/THITW: A 2-year-old pit bull pup who may have been the victim of a cruel Fourth of July prank was rescued July 5th, but it’s just the start of what likely will be a long recovery for the badly burned dog. The young pit bull was found July 5 in the Van Nuys, Calif., area and brought to the East Valley Animal Shelter.
While rescuers are unsure exactly what happened to the dog they named Indy, they suspect he may have been hurt by fireworks the day before.
Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (S.T.A.R.T.) took the dog into their care Thursday. The group, which describes its purpose as removing animals from high-kill shelters in Los Angeles, is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever injured Indy.
"We named him Indy because we want Independence Day to mark his freedom from those who hurt him," according to a video posted to S.T.A.R.T.’s Facebook page.
In the video, Indy takes ginger steps around his cage. He is suffering from third-degree burns over half his body, including on his stomach, legs and paws.
Dr. Daniel Slaton, a well-known surgeon who typically operates on humans, was called in after the pit bull was apparently strapped with fireworks and lit ablaze. He believes based on the pattern and location of the burns, the dog was strapped with fireworks on July 4.
“Fire from the fireworks are going down his legs, and as it was being lit, he was walking and burning the bottoms of his feet,” said Slaton, lead surgeon at the Westlake Village Animal Hospital, where Indy has undergone at least 2 surgeries so far.
Called "sweet and gentle" by rescuers, the 2 to 3-year-old pup (pictured above) is being treated by a burn specialist at the private veterinarian hospital, where he’ll have to stay at least another month.
His next surgery is scheduled for Friday morning.
Rescuers are asking for the public’s help to fund Indy’s extensive recovery.
Anyone interested in donating is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a check to:
PO Box 4792
Valley Village, CA 91617
The organization notes that donations should be sent as "Personal and Gift so no charges are taken out, and kindly write INDY in the memo."
See video HERE
July 17, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Abuse, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | 4th of July and pets, animal abuse, animal cruelty, CA, cruelty, dogs, fireworks, Pet Abuse, toughen animal cruelty laws, toughen animal cruelty sentences, Westlake Village | 2 Comments
George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, and the decision has sparked outrage in some communities across America. Many feared that there would be riots, but instead of taking anger out on store fronts, at least one Trayvon Martin supporter has allegedly targeted animals.
At 6:38 a.m. on Sunday, a tweet went out from Tevon D’Sean Jackon that read, "RIOT4TRAYVON #JusticeForTrayvon OH SHIEETT.. TYRONE JUST BURNED THIS CAT.. WE CALLED HIM GEORGE AND BURNED HIM ALIVE.”
The tweet also includes a picture of the burned cat, which can be found below. Fair warning: the picture is somewhat graphic, but it is grainy enough that it is difficult to tell that it is even a cat at all. We featured it below.
The tweet has unsurprisingly sparked outrage from the Internet community. One user wrote, “you’re a worthless human piece of trash. Killing a cat to make a point literally makes you worse than the man you say is guilty.”
Another added, “ignorant piece of trash. Zimmerman should have popped you too.”
However, it is entirely possible that it’s all a big hoax in order to drum up drama. Tevon D’Sean Jackson’s current tweet reads, “#GNAA Vice President ~ #RIOT4TRAYVON #EDLRAPECREW, #cut4bieber, #SANDYLOOTCREW & #londonriots Celebrity.. proud /pol/ack.” The GNAA is the Gay N*gger Association of America, which is an anti-blogging trolling organization.
Of course, it is difficult to tell whether or not that really is a cat in the picture. Either way, it had its intended effect. Jackson’s Twitter page is filled with hundreds of angry tweets from other Internet users.
What are your thoughts? Does that picture of possible animal cruelty warrant an investigation from authorities, or is this just another example of Internet trolls adding fuel to the fire?
For me… this is an example of the ‘real’ disgusting human animal(s) torturing a poor defenseless animal. It certainly also diminishes any sympathy for the perpetrators cause. Time we put Tevon D’Sean Jackon on trial for 1st degree murder in my book!
July 16, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Pets, Political Change, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | animal abuse, Cats, politics and animals, politics and pets, tragedy | 2 Comments
About 50,000 wild horses are in holding facilities, costing about $40 million a year, according to a report. (Scott Sonner, The Associated Press)
Denver Post: GRAND JUNCTION — A long-anticipated report on government management of wild horses and burros has reached a conclusion that all sides of this controversial issue, including the ASPCA, can agree on: The management program needs an overhaul.
A 14-member panel assembled by the National Academy of Sciences released a report Wednesday, based on two years of research, that found the current method of managing wild horses and burros has only served to worsen the problem of overpopulation in the wild. It has allowed horse populations to grow at a rate of 15 percent to 20 percent annually and has resulted in an untenable and expensive situation of having about 50,000 wild horses in holding facilities at a cost of about $40 million a year.
The 436-page report found that the Bureau of Land Management has used some haphazard science in estimating herd sizes and in predicting how removal of animals would affect herd size and range conditions. The agency also has not done well at incorporating public opinion into its decision-making, the report found.
The $1.5 million report was commissioned by the BLM, the agency responsible for management of the wild herds under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act that mandated protection for the animals.
Wild-horse activists have long charged the agency has unnecessarily shrunk the areas where the animals are allowed to roam, removed too many of the animals from the range to accommodate livestock, and used ineffective and sometimes cruel ways of trying to control herds.
Government bureaucrats and wild horse activists were scrambling Wednesday to digest the lengthy and dense report to try to divine what it will mean for the future of mustangs on the 179 herd-management areas in the country, including four in Colorado.
Horse advocates were lauding what they view as the report’s vindication of their criticisms of the BLM’s management.
“For years we’ve been saying the BLM has been pulling numbers out of thin air,” said Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, which was named for a wild palomino stallion. “Hopefully, the BLM will take this to heart.”
The controversy over management of wild horses had bedeviled former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and he said Wednesday that he hoped the report would help with a problem that has been festering for nearly four decades.
“It has had significant challenges, and many of my predecessors have sought solutions to the problem,” he said, after noting that he hasn’t seen the report yet. “I am sure that my successor is continuing to look at it. It’s a very difficult and complex problem, and I’m hoping that, as the BLM continues to look at those issues, they’ll be able to find a common-sense solution.”
His successor, Sally Jewell, could not be reached for comment. She said last month in an interview with The Denver Post that she was still undecided about how to handle the wild horse and burro issue and that she was awaiting the study to determine how best to handle the horses.
“It’s going to help identify what’s the sustained capacity of our public lands to handle our wild horses, what is the effectiveness of things like birth control methodology to try and deal with the issue,” Jewell said.
The report looked at those issues, as well as the issues of maintaining genetic diversity, estimating population and growth rates, and maintaining enough forage for the animals. It also devoted a chapter to a topic that was a welcome surprise for some involved in horse management — societal opinions.
The report recommended that the BLM find ways to involve citizens in data-gathering and other scientific practices relating to herd management so that the public will have more understanding of the issues involved in management of the horses and burros.
“I do believe the public should have input,” said Callie Hendrickson, a member of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. “But I don’t think that should be how decisions are made.”
Hendrickson suggested that the BLM should turn to local elected officials for more input on herd management in specific areas.
The report also urged the BLM to do more fertility control using three favored methods. They include administering a contraceptive drug to mares, using more of a vaccine that works on stallions and also adding a “chemical vasectomy” for stallions.
Denver Post Staff writers Allison Sherry and Lynn Bartels contributed to this report.
June 7, 2013 Posted by justonemorepet | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Political Change, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | 1 Comment
Save a Life…Adopt Just One More…Pet!
Everyday we read or hear another story about pets and other animals being abandoned in record numbers while at the same time we regularly hear about crazy new rules and laws being passed limiting the amount of pets that people may have, even down to one or two… or worse yet, none.
Nobody is promoting hoarding pets or animals, but at a time when there are more pets and animals of all types being abandoned or being taken to shelters already bursting at the seams, there is nothing crazier than legislating away the ability of willing adoptive families to take in just one more pet!!
Our goal is to raise awareness and help find homes for all pets and animals that need one by helping to match them with loving families and positive situations. Our goal is also to help fight the trend of unfavorable legislation and rules in an attempt to stop unnecessary Euthenization!!
“All over the world, major universities are researching the therapeutic value of pets in our society and the number of hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and mental institutions which are employing full-time pet therapists and animals is increasing daily.” ~ Betty White, American Actress, Animal Activist, and Author of Pet Love
So if you have the room in your home and the love in your heart… Adopt Just One More Pet or consider becoming a Foster parent for pets… Also check out: Little Critter: Just One More Pet
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There is always room for Just One More Pet. So if you have room in your home and room in your heart… Adopt Just One More! If you live in an area that promotes unreasonable limitations on pets… fight the good fight and help change the rules and legislation…
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- Adopt a Pet This Christmas… Or Give Someone a New Forever Friend – WoC 2013 December 12, 2013By Marion Algier - Adapted from WoC Series 2011 and 2012 - Cross-Posted at Ask Marion – The War on Christmas verses the Spirit of Christmas Series at AskMarion – 12 The holidays are a popular time to get your children the pet they’ve always wanted. Who can resist an adorable puppy or kitten with […]justonemorepet
- A Christmas Wish For a Two Legged Dog December 12, 2013LifeWithDogs: If you ask Roo, the two-legged, 1-year-old black and white poodle/shih tzu mix from Cheyenne, Wyoming, all he wants for Christmas is a home. This energetic and lovable dog came to Black Dog Animal Rescue (BDAR) after spending some time at the Laramie Peak Humane Society in Douglas, Wyoming. Roo doesn’t have front legs […]justonemorepet
- Real-Life Fox and Hound Will Mend Your Childhood Broken Heart December 11, 2013Mashable: The only tears you’ll shed over this real-life fox and hound friendship are from the joy of knowing that the Disney classic responsible for wrecking your childhood could have a happy ending after all. Tinni the dog and Sniffer the fox found one another in Norwegian woods and frolicked together ever since. Photographer Torgeir […]justonemorepet
- Dog Befriends Boy with Down Syndrome December 8, 2013Animal Planet – h/t to Holy Cuteness: Little Hernán from Buenos Aires, who has Down Syndrome, doesn’t like to be touched. But Himalaya the Labrador is very patient but persistent and eventually manages to befriend the little boy… Video: Dog Befriends Boy with Down Syndromejustonemorepet
- Rescued Pit Bull Saves Adoptive Mom from Javelina Attack December 7, 2013LifeWithDogs: A pit bull whose life was saved when he was adopted in March returned the favor when he and his mom were attacked by an aggressive herd of boar-like javalinas. The dog, named JoJo, was badly slashed, but is expected to fully recover. Heidi Dietrich was walking her two-year-old pit bull JoJo in a […]justonemorepet
- Obama Admin Gives Green Energy Firms A Pass On Killing Bald Eagles December 7, 2013Whatever right? WeaselZippers Via CBS: The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences. The change, requested by the wind energy industry, will provide […]justonemorepet
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- Hernias in Dogs December 6, 2013Definition of Hernias A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of part of the body through the structures that surround it. They can exist at birth or be acquired as a result of trauma and often are genetic. In most cases, affected animals have a weak spot, an unusual opening or some other abnormality in a […]justonemorepet
- Tippy the Fainting Squirrel Has Internet Dying To Find Diagnosis December 4, 2013Bing Video: Tippy the fainting squirrel HuffPo: This candid video above, titled "Tippy the Fainting Squirrel," has slowly become the talk of the Internet this week. The short clip with no information provided by poster Honor Via depicts a squirrel appearing to eat a nut while standing, only to suddenly freeze, tip over for a […]justonemorepet
- Meowsa! Do our pets go to Heaven? December 3, 2013WND: While millions of people grapple with questions about what really happens when they die, now a brand-new book is probing what might actually happen to people’s beloved pets. The title of the book asks the timeless question, “Do Our Pets Go to Heaven?” and features biblical analysis of the issue, along with amazing stories […]justonemorepet
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Great Book for Children and Pet Lovers… And a Perfect Holiday GiftOne More Pet Emily loves animals so much that she can’t resist bringing them home. When a local farmer feels under the weather, she is only too eager to “feed the lambs, milk the cows and brush the rams.” The farmer is so grateful for Emily’s help that he gives her a giant egg... Can you guess what happens after that? The rhythmic verse begs to be read aloud, and the lively pictures will delight children as they watch Emily’s collection of pets get bigger and bigger.
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If You Were Stranded On An Island…A recent national survey revealed just how much Americans love their companion animals. When respondents were asked whether they’d like to spend life stranded on a deserted island with either their spouse or their pet, over 60% said they would prefer their dog or cat for companionship!
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