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furry_cushion_facebookDEATH. TAXES. FACEBOOK: Some things are just inevitable. Now that we’ve made the leap, please “like” us.

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fraser-lynx-money-shot41The proposed Fraser fur farm for Montana has been approved for licensing. Find all the details at our Facebook page post, including a link to the Environmental Assessment decision. According to the state agency issuing the decision, “Fur Farms are a recognized legitimate and licensed business and [sic] Montana.”

“Legitimate”? Not in any ethical universe.
Scroll down at this, our home page, for more on this fur farm, plus a video.
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mouseNEW AT OUR BLOG: “Cosmetics testing on animals: Do you know as much as an 8th grader?” These kids had done their homework, and it was a pleasure to spend an hour with them in their classroom recently. Find out what I shared with them…and what they already knew. Find it at the Other Nations blog.


stock-grizzly-USFWSAT OUR BLOG:
“No country for old bears.” 
An elderly bear encroaches on private property at the edge of Yellowstone National Park, within whose boundaries he’s lived without incident the past quarter of a century. But a couple of transgressions prior to that are enough to seal his fate as a repeat offender. “Euthanasia” might not have been the only solution, but it’s the one that was chosen. Find it here.
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african_elephantThe TUSKER Act Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in their Range (H.R. 5454) will amend the African Elephant Conservation Act to provide for trade sanctions against countries involved in illegal ivory trade. Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR) introduced the bill on Sept. 11, 2014 out of concern for the 40,000 elephants slaughtered in 2013 alone and the many park rangers killed while trying to protect them as well as the funding provided by illegal ivory to criminal and terrorist groups. Please visit our Act! page (look in the menu bar) and get up to speed so you can contact your U.S. House representative.
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10696279_811699082185743_7190886231586016307_nAre zoos educational? Not so much, says new research.  A newly published paper[1] in academic journal, Conservation Biology … found that, of over 2,800 children surveyed following visits to London Zoo, the majority demonstrated no positive learning outcomes at all. Indeed, many children were deemed to show not just a lack of learning, but a negative learning outcome.” Full details here, at the Captive Animals’ Protection Society.

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Dead Wolf

It’s that time again…
MONTANA’S 2014-15 WOLF SLAUGHTER TALLY
10/24/14:  Projectile:  29       Trap:         Total:  29
Archery – 9/6–9/14/14; Rifle – 9/15/14–3/15/15;
Trapping – 12/15/14–2/28/15

KNOW HOW TO RESCUE YOUR DOG FROM TRAPS
Lincoln Co. Humane SocietyTerrier ManTrap-free Oregon; video on releasing body-gripping (conibear) traps; and another video. A 26-minute video of a trap release workshop(Footloose Montana) addressing all three methods of trapping (plus methods of anchoring footholds) is here.
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Wilderness 50AT OUR BLOG: “Wilderness is an animal rights issue”
“I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness…I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization… what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World.” ~Henry David Thoreau, from the essay, “Walking” (1862)

Triumphs and tragedies…as we celebrate the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary. Find it here.
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fraser-lynx-money-shot41AT OUR BLOG: “Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?” Will Montana approve a new bobcat fur farm? And whom would Jesus skin? (Hey, I’m not the one who dragged him into this!) Find it here.
Montana already has 16 licensed fur farms–that’s 16 TOO MANY!


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e5aa073b347532e09aee1b15f6b2414dAT OUR BLOG: “Speciesism: If you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention” – Sea lion branding. A “rockchuck” killing derby. Suffocating foam that mass exterminates chickens and devices that intentionally impair their vision. Baiting ravens with poisoned eggs. Angry now?!?  Read more at our blog.
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IhasOpinyunDo you has a opinyun??? Visit our Act! page to find proposed legislation that resonates with you…then contact your legislators.  Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (circus ban), Humane Cosmetics Act, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act…and more. Additional links guide you to the bills’ text–we even provide advocacy and news links in case you’re inclined to do some research. Please Act! for animals.
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P1110301Visit our Circus Animal Exploitation page for videos, news articles, and resources (including Animal Welfare Act violations). On April 11 & 12 we delivered clear but gentle messages to circus-goers: Circuses = no fun for animals * Animal-free circuses rock! * Have a heart for circus animals * Boycott circus cruelty. Thanks to everyone ( from child to retired) who came out to advocate for circus animals!
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originalAt our blog: “A (trophy animal) picture is worth a thousand (angry, violent) words.”  See the egotistical woman perched on the body of her giraffe “trophy.” We question if the anger, violence, and sexism expressed in the abundant comments posted to the photo help animals–or anyone, for that matter, including the commenters.  It’s at our blog.
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USFWS photoCA takes the lead on LEAD: “We got it out of gasoline, we got it out of paint, we got it out of toys.” Now, California is getting it out of bullets, hoping to protect condors and other scavenging wildlife. More at Washington Post Health & Science.

Montana’s Sen. Jon Tester is a champion of lead bullets (he makes it a gun rights issue); he has pushed legislation that would “permanently bar EPA from regulating lead bullets under TSCA” (Toxic Substances Control Act) (source). So exactly whom is Tester representing?

“Bullet makers and hunting groups, including the National Rifle Association and Safari Club, have steadfastly opposed the effort, contending that there is no evidence the ammunition does, in fact, harm wildlife. They also note how much more expensive nonlead bullets are” (source).  NO EVIDENCE?

Videos: Lead-poisoned bald eagles: herehere, and here. Lead-poisoned golden eagles: here and here. Condors: here and here. ________________________________________________________________

“To be ‘for animals’ is not to be ‘against humanity.’ To require others to treat animals justly, as their rights require, is not to ask for anything more nor less in their case than in the case of any human to whom just treatment is due. The animal rights movement is a part of, not opposed to, the human rights movement. Attempts to dismiss it as anti human are mere rhetoric.”  ~ Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights