Category Archives: Environment

Wolverines: Quest to protect magnificent mustelid continues

News flash: Climate change imperils wolverines and Feds must act! That’s the recent headline from ABC news, reporting on court proceedings in Missoula, Montana. On Monday, April 4th, “U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to act as quickly … Continue reading

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Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear delisting: Have your say

As I write, over 400 comments have been recorded by the US Fish & Wildlife Service on its proposal to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bears from Endangered Species Act protection. That’s 400+ comments in the first 10 … Continue reading

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Channel your inner wolverine!

Happy Wolverine Birthday! According to the Wolverine Foundation, February 14th is the day designated to symbolically mark the birth of wolverine kits. They come into the world under five inches long, weighing 3.5-5.11 ounces, and covered in white fur. They … Continue reading

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Save a hog, eat a teacher: Challenging animal agriculture

What happens when you criticize animal agriculture? I’ll tell you. You’re called a “complete moron.” A “libtard.” An “idiot” and an “a**hole.” You’re told to “shut the f up.” Oh, and look, here’s Yoda in an Internet meme: “The retard … Continue reading

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Happy Year of the Sheep! (Domestic or wild, it’s no party)

The Chinese lunar new year arrived recently, and regardless of whether you’re in the sheep or the goat camp, for the purpose of this post I wish you a Happy Year of the Sheep! Of course, there’s nothing happy about … Continue reading

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Eating Earth: an ethics-based guide for enviros & animal activists

They’re eating me out of house and home! Idioms, as you know, are shorthand codes for more complex ideas. As I read Lisa Kemmerer’s latest offering, “Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics & Dietary Choice,” I kept returning to that idiomatic gluttonous … Continue reading

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Yellowstone wildlife sent to slaughter; calling all buffalo warriors

Dear Americans: You’re busy, I know. You’re busy working and playing and doing a million crazy, diverse things that Americans do in our big, crazy, diverse country. That’s just who we are, and that’s what makes us awesome. But right … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?

“It’s farming. It is just a different type of farming.” So said Larry Schultz in a bid to move his bobcat fur farm from North Dakota–away from the hustle and bustle of booming Bakken shale oil production–to Fergus County, Montana. … Continue reading

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Sheep dressing, pig wrestling, chicken scrambling: Bullies are made, not born

For weeks now, our local newspaper has been running a full-page ad for the PIGGEST. RAFFLE. EVER. It exhorts me to kick-off my summer “the right way, by winning the ultimate BBQ package.” A pink pig, arms akimbo, grins sardonically. … Continue reading

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