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Production of Rat Poison Halted d-CON… Will Cease Production in July


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Kian Schulman, an advocate against using anticoagulant rodenticides (rat poisons), checks the label on a rat trap by a business in Malibu. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

  • Maker agrees to stop producing harmful rat poison for consumer market
  • Powerful rat poison to be replaced has accidentally harmed children and animals
  • ‘This is a significant victory for environmental protection,’ attorney says of rat poison halt

LA Times – Cross-Posted at THITW: After years of battling federal environmental officials, the maker of d-CON has agreed to stop producing for the consumer market certain rat poisons that have accidentally harmed children, wildlife and pets.

The company’s rodent-control products will be replaced next year with a new line of baits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved for use in every state.

Environmental activists hailed the agreement announced Friday.

"This is a significant victory for environmental protection and corporate responsibility," said Jonathan Evans of the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco. "While the fight isn’t over until all of these hazardous products are off the market, this decision keeps the worst of the worst products from residential consumers."

The poisons will still be available for use in agriculture and by licensed pest-control operators.

The rat poisons that Reckitt Benckiser Group has agreed to discontinue contain "second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides." These are more toxic and persistent than the previous generation of products. The poisons are designed to kill rodents by thinning the blood and preventing clotting.

Scientists say the products have for years wreaked havoc by working their way up the food chain.

The state of California took sweeping action in March, when the Department of Pesticide Regulation signaled plans to halt retail sales of second-generation rat poisons to consumers after July 1. Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of d-CON, lost its bid to stop the ban.

Kian Schulman

Kian Schulman, secretary of the Malibu Agricultural Society, points out that dumpsters where the lid is not closed attracts rodents. The maker of a powerful, and harmful, rodent pesticide has agreed to stop consumer production. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

The department said the national agreement would not affect the state’s action, and it urged stores to continue the process of removing the products from shelves.

Some activists credited California’s action with inducing the company to give in.

"California is a huge market," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a public interest environmental law firm in San Francisco. With the July 1 deadline looming, he added, "I suspect [Reckitt Benckiser] took a look around and saw the writing on the wall."

Reckitt Benckiser is one of 17 manufacturers of rodent poisons, but it is the only one that had not altered its packaging and ingredients to comply with federal safety standards.

During nearly two decades of research in and around the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, National Park Service scientists have documented widespread exposure in carnivores to common household poisons. Of 140 bobcats, coyotes and mountain lions evaluated, 88% tested positive for one or more anticoagulant compounds. Scores of animals are known to have died from internal bleeding, researchers said.

The poisons also affect protected or endangered species, including golden eagles, northern spotted owls and San Joaquin kit foxes.

Among heavy users of the poisons are growers of illegal marijuana throughout California. Scientists have linked rat poisons to the deaths of Pacific fishers, which are small carnivores, that had eaten rodents poisoned by illegal pot growers.

Under the agreement, Reckitt Benckiser will begin to phase out production of 12 d-CON rat and mouse poison products next month and will stop production by year-end. The company will cease distribution of existing stocks by March 31, 2015. Retailers will be allowed to keep the products on shelves until stocks are depleted.

*These types of poisons have also harmed and killed family pets and children.


Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife

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June 3, 2014 Posted by | Animal Related Education, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Wild Animals | 2 Comments

BLM Rounding Up Wild Horses, Sending To Slaughterhouse In Canada


Photo Credit: Facebook/Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Western Journalism – Cross-Posted at: Watchmen News

The Bureau of Land Management is clearly having an image problem.

The Bureau of Land Management is clearly having an image problem. As the outrage over its intimidating show of force during last week’s showdown at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada proved, the federal agency is now caught up in a controversy originating in Wyoming.

According to recent reports, agents herded a large group of wild horses in the state before ceding control of the majestic animals to state authorities. At that point, Wyoming officials sold them off to a slaughterhouse in Canada.

Obviously, this development outraged countless advocates already incensed by accusations that BLM officers gunned down multiple cows at the Bundy Ranch.

Paula Todd King, a wild horse advocate with Colorado’s Cloud Foundation, said it would have taken “very little to do this in a more effective way so that horses are not just sent off to slaughter indiscriminately.”

Though wild horses, which have roamed throughout the American West for hundreds of years, are protected by federal law, the BLM contends these animals do not qualify for such protection. Instead, agency spokesperson Sarah Beckwith contends they are strays descended from rodeo horses from four decades ago.

King, however, wondered how such a distinction is made.

“How long does a horse have to live wild and free before it’s considered wild?” she asked.

The roundup, which happened about a month ago, concluded with the sale of more than 40 horses to the Alberta-based slaughterhouse, bringing in a grand total of $1,640. Beckwith insisted the entire process was conducted in concert with existing laws, and notice of the sale was posted in local post offices.

BLM Senior Ranchland Management Specialist Robert Bolton, however, acknowledged this haul was much larger than usual.

“That’s a pretty sizable number,” he noted, explaining that “most of our impounds have been in the low numbers.”

While the roundup is not unheard of, and went largely unnoticed by the national press for nearly a month, the perceived overreaction of the agency in responding to the Bundy Ranch in Nevada has understandably increased public scrutiny of the BLM. As most concerned Americans cited overreaches by federal departments such as the IRS and Homeland Security, the BLM generally flew under the radar. That seems to no longer be the case.


The Western States: A Return To Sovereignty

Alert: BLM committed animal atrocities, shot cows from helicopters, constructed mass graves at Bundy Ranch

April 20, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Wild Animals | 8 Comments

Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels, scientifically known as Pteromyini or Petauristini, are a tribe of 44 species of squirrels. The flying squirrel is not capable of powered flight like birds or bats; instead, they glide between trees. They are capable of obtaining lift within the course of these flights, with flights recorded to 90 meters. The direction and speed of the animal in midair is varied by changing the positions of its two arms and legs, largely controlled by small cartilaginous wrist bones. This changes the tautness of the patagium, a furry parachute-like membrane that stretches from wrist to ankle. It has a fluffy tail that stabilizes in flight. The tail acts as an adjunct airfoil, working as an air brake before landing on a tree trunk.

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INLAND EMPIRE – The San Bernardino, CA flying squirrel, a seldom seen critter, may be in line for protection.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it will undertake a thorough review of the squirrel’s status and whether it deserves a habitat designation.

The San Bernardino flying squirrel is genetically distinct from its cousin that inhabits Alaska, the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada of Northern California.

Fish and Wildlife’s Jane Hendron says they’ve been spotted in the San Bernardino Mountains. But in Riverside County, “Recent studies have not found the squirrel in the San Jacinto Mountains. It doesn’t mean they’re not there, but they have be very difficult to detect. We believe they are in low numbers, but we don’t have a specific population count.”

Flying squirrels get their name from a membrane that extends from the wrist to the ankle, enabling it to easily glide between trees. (INT)

April 13, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Wild Animals | 3 Comments

Arizona is Being Overrun by Packs of Vicious Wild Chihuahuas… Vicious? Really?

So what the heck is going on in Arizona?  Vicious wild Chihuahuas?  They are Chihuahuas for God sake…  Why didn’t they notice this sooner?  And as for Chihuahuas nipping people, even at kids…  really?  A big deal?  Not so much in my book…  And terrorizing neighborhoods?  Again, really?  A bit of a stretch I’d say, but cops say wild packs of Chihuahuas are causing quite a problem.  So lets all dig in and help out…

Video: Chihuahuas running wild in Maryvale, Arizona  -  The original video was removed…

Animal Control needs public’s help wrangling Chihuahuas running loose in Maryvale

Examiner: Stray chihuahuas are hanging out in miniature packs in various Arizona neighborhoods; chasing and nipping at schoolchildren reports Monday’s abc.news.go.

According to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, the little ones have been breeding indiscriminately with each other and now have been overrunning residential areas.

"Part of it is these animals aren’t spayed or neutered, so they’re out looking for a mate and having babies, which also contributes to the problem," stated a representative from Animal Control.

Authorities believe the high number of foreclosures and undocumented workers forced to leave Arizona when the economy crashed, has caused the overpopulation of the small breed.

Sadly, chihuahuas are the most popular breed at the Arizona shelters.

Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dogs, and named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, although some experts argue that the breed originated in China and Little Artie, who weighs only four pounds, is ready for his new home. This little guy loves Cheerios!were brought over by Spanish traders.

The adorable little breed, with varied temperaments and intense loyalties toward their humans, were made popular by Paris Hilton and her famous "chi" named Tinkerbell.

Residents are urged to safely corral the little dogs if at all possible, and then call Animal Control.

While chihuahuas may not be a popular breed in Maricopa County, many city dwellers in New York City find the adorable little ones perfect for apartment living.

As Bob Barker has been repeating for years and years, please spay and neuter your pets.

If you are interested in rescuing and adopting a chihuahua? or fostering? Click here for more information.

Thi featured Chihuahua featured by the Examiner is named Artie; he is available for adoption. Please refer to ID# 14-02-16-00249, but there are many more.

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If you possibly can, please help by adopting at least one, by donating for others to adopt and by helping to get them spayed and neutered.  There is always room for just one more pet… just one more Chihuahua, they are small… but be prepared, some are feisty.

If everyone that can adopted just one more pet and then acted responsibly, there would be no more homeless pets and no pets euthanized needlessly!! 


February 27, 2014 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Abandonement, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Stop Euthenization, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | 2 Comments

In Addition to the Super Bowl… It Was Groundhog Day

Yellow-bellied marmot

Yellow-bellied marmots really pack on the pounds during spring and summer. Though they prefer gorging on flowering blooms, they’re not above eating grasshoppers or bird’s eggs. Why all the eating? Because the yellow-bellied marmot may hibernate for as long as eight months. And when you sleep from September to May, a little extra padding ensures you survive to climb out of that burrow come summer. Or to make a special appearance on Groundhog Day. 

And today’s Groundhog Day verdict was six more weeks of winter by world famous Punxsutawney Phil

John Griffiths: In a Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Groundhog Club Co-handler John Griffiths holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as he is surrounded by photographers in Punxsutawney, Pa. Groundhog Day coincides with the Super Bowl for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 2, , but Punxsutawney Phil’s people say they don’t expect the big game to steal his early morning spotlight.

AP Photo: Keith Srakocic, File

In a Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Groundhog Club Co-handler John Griffiths holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as he is surrounded by photographers in Punxsutawney, Pa. Groundhog Day coincides with the Super Bowl for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 2, , but Punxsutawney Phil’s people say they don’t expect the big game to steal his early morning spotlight

By Marion Algier – Cross-Posted at AskMarion: Pennsylvania’s famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.

Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn’t see it, spring will come early.

In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.

Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.

The prediction is a welcomed one to those in the west who are in a major drought, but a big of a nightmare prediction to those in the east who have has horrifically cold winter.  If only we could share that snow pack!!

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February 3, 2014 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Wild Animals | 3 Comments

World’s oldest flamingo which has been in the same Australian zoo since before World War II dies aged 83

  • The bird named Greater was a star attraction at Adelaide Zoo
  • It had arrived in 1933 as a mature adult but records aren’t clear where from
  • Heart-broken staff to the decision to put it down this week
  • Arthritic and blind, Greater had taken a turn for the worse
  • Since its death, only one flamingo remains in Australia

Difficult decision: Staff at Adelaide Zoo yesterday put Greater down, their 83-year-old flamingo

Mail Online: Difficult decision: Staff at Adelaide Zoo yesterday put Greater down, their 83-year-old flamingo

It survived World War II and being set upon by a gang of youths but yesterday the world’s oldest known flamingo died in Australia at the age of at least 83.

‘Greater’ was put down by staff at Adelaide Zoo because its quality of life had deteriorated and it was ‘complications associated with old age’ and arthritis, the zoo said on its blog.

They admitted the decision had been ‘difficult’.

‘Greater is best known for being the world’s oldest flamingo and the last Greater Flamingo to have resided in Australia,’ they added.

Greater was brought to the zoo in 1933, although records are unclear about whether it came from Cairo or Hamburg Zoo.

It arrived as a mature adult but its gender and exact year of birth are unknown. 

The bird, who was named after its species, had been a star attraction as it would confidently approach visitors.

Greater Flamingos, characterised by pale plumage and pink bills, have a life expectancy of between 40 and 60 years in captivity, but less in the wild.

The zoo’s chief executive Elaine Bensted told The Australian newspaper staff had taken the decision after their octagenarian bird, who was already almost blind, took a turn for the worse this week.

She said there was no more treatment that would have improved Greater’s life.

The zoo’s veterinary team had already put Greater on a course of anti-inflammatory pain medication to ensure its comfort after its health started to deteriorate last year. ‘Greater responded well to treatment and remarkably survived the cold winter,’ Ms Bensted said.

Prime: Greater had been a favourite at the zoo over the decades. It arrived in 1933 as an adult from either Germany or Egypt

Prime: Greater had been a favourite at the zoo over the decades. It arrived in 1933 as an adult from either Germany or Egypt



Wily old bird: Greater stunned staff with its recovery from a vicious 2008 attack that left it with a fractured skull

Seniority: Great was the zoo's oldest resident

Seniority: Great was the zoo’s oldest resident

Perfect match: Greater and Chilly were described as 'a pair of grumpy old men'. Chilly is now the last flamingo in Australia

Perfect match: Greater and Chilly were described as ‘a pair of grumpy old men’. Chilly is now the last flamingo in Australia

Winging it: Greater, with his striking red wing feathers, had a companion in Chilly. Staff will check up on Chilly to see how it is affected by its friend's death

Winging it: Greater, with his striking red wing feathers, had a companion in Chilly. Staff will check up on Chilly to see how it is affected by its friend’s death

The elderly bird, whose sex is unknown, had already beaten the odds to make a remarkable recovery after a vicious attack in 2008 that left it with a fractured skull. Four youths aged 17 to 19 were charged with the attack. 

The zoo said it may erect a memorial to Greater near the heritage-listed Flamingo Grotto, the zoo’s oldest exhibit, which was built in 1885.

Those were the days: When Greater arrived the zoo was home to several flamingos but because of an import ban Greater had just one companion in his twilight years, Chilly the Chilean flamingo, now the last flamingo in Australia

Those were the days: When Greater arrived the zoo was home to several flamingos but because of an import ban Greater had just one companion in his twilight years, Chilly the Chilean flamingo, now the last flamingo in Australia

The flamingo is survived by companion Chilly the Chilean flamingo, 65, which is said to be the last flamingo in Australia.

Zoo staff said they would keep a close eye on Chilly to see how Greater’s death affects it.

The former head of South Australia’s zoos, Chris West, said at the time of the attack that Greater and Chilly were ‘like two grumpy old men but they will certainly miss each other if they are apart for any length of time’.

Chilly is the only remaining flamingo in the country. Although Adelaide Zoo used to be home to several, but the zoo has not been able to replace those which have died because there is now a moratorium on the importation of flamingos, which can carry a raft of avian diseases, into Australia. 

February 2, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | 2 Comments

Real-Life Fox and Hound Will Mend Your Childhood Broken Heart

Mashable: 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 Berge captured the adorable duo to share with the world. The photos will be used in an upcoming book by Berit Helberg to "spread their message about fur and friendship."

Berge wrote on his website that the book will include a number of short stories suited for children of all ages, including the grown-up kind. An English version of the book will be released sometime next year.

In the meantime, take a look at some of the adorable shots of these two furry friends.

Fox-and-hound-01Image: Facebook Torgeir Berge


Image: Facebook Torgeir Berge


Image: Facebook Torgeir Berge


Image: Facebook Torgeir Berge


Image: Facebook Torgeir Berge


Image: Facebook Torgeir Berge

December 11, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, Animals Adopting Animals, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rescued Pit Bull Saves Adoptive Mom from Javelina Attack

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LifeWithDogs: 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 Scottsdale, Arizona park early on Thanksgiving morning when they were attacked.

“We went out at 6 in the morning,” she said. “I didn’t really think twice about it. I’ve taken him out there (before).”

It was still dark out, and Heidi couldn’t see her surroundings. She was knocked to the ground by charging javelinas.

“All of a sudden I just hear hooves behind me,” she said. “I couldn’t see anything. I just know I kicked something.”

But the wild animals were more interested in JoJo than Heidi.

“He wriggled out of his collar, which the leash was attached to and they took off,” she said. “They were after him probably, not me. But he was protecting me.”

She estimated there were about five javelinas, and said the sounds of fighting and yelping were horrific.

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“I’m screaming and crying, laying on the ground in the dark. He finally comes running back,” she explained. “I saw this gaping hole all bloody. I almost passed out.”

She rushed JoJo to Cochise Animal Hospital where it took 50 to 60 sutures to close the deep laceration to his abdomen. His veterinarian, Steven Thomason, said fortunately, no arteries or organs were punctured.

“He’s a pretty muscular dog, so he had a lot of body mass to help protect his internal organs. I think if he had been a smaller or thinner dog, he might not have fared so well,” he said. “As long as we continue to not have any infection, I think he’ll pretty much be back to normal in 10 days to two weeks.”

Javelinas, or peccaries, typically do not attack people and their pets, but can become aggressive when they form large herds. Though they look similar, they are only distant relatives of wild pigs, native to Central and South America. They generally eat grasses and fruit, but will eat small animals. They avoid people, but in this case, may have felt threatened by Heidi and JoJo. Javelinas do not see very well, and may have been spooked in the dark.

“They might have been running from something else and already … felt threatened,” said Jim Paxon of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “But when they came in contact with the lady and her dog, they were reacting to a perceived threat and they were acting like wild animals.

“They’re timid. If you make a lot of noise they typically will run off.” If being chased, “throw rocks (or) holler and jump. Climb a tree or a fence, get out of their way.”

Heidi is just so grateful for having JoJo, who she believes saved her life.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen. I’m just so glad that he’s going to be ok, as far as I can tell.”

December 7, 2013 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Man's Best Friend, Pets, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Obama Admin Gives Green Energy Firms A Pass On Killing Bald Eagles


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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 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.


Feeding the Eagles

The Amazing Bald Eagle

December 7, 2013 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rights And Awareness, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Political Change, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tippy the Fainting Squirrel Has Internet Dying To Find Diagnosis

Bing 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 few seconds, stand back up and start eating again. (Wash and repeat.)

The video has become the source of one burning question: what exactly is causing these ‘fainting spells’ to befall this poor squirrel?

Answers have varied from fermented foods causing drunkenness, orthostatic hypotension, forms of myotonia and more. Do you have some insight on this bizarre, medical condition? Be sure to leave some comment love below to let us know.

Via Scallywag and Vagabond

December 5, 2013 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , , , , | 2 Comments