BOOKS: Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance & the Essence of Wilderness

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.) Deerland:  America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance & the Essence of Wilderness  by Al Cambronne  •  Lyons Press (246 Goose Lane,  Guilford,  CT  06437),  2013.  263 pages,  paperback.  $18.95. Opens Al Cambronne,  “We live in Deerland.  The U.S. now has over 30 million deer,  a […]

Royal Canin agrees to help Vier Pfoten rescue bears used in baiting

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013) VIENNA––The Austrian-based international animal welfare charity Vier Pfoten (Four Paws in the U.S.) is expanding its constellation of bear sanctuaries to accommodate 15 to 20 bears who have been used in bear-baiting competitions in Ukraine.  

Zimbabwean courts hand long sentences to poachers, but condemn a ranger to hang

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013) HARARE––Sentencing three convicted elephant poachers to long prison terms and a game ranger to hang for shooting an alleged poacher, Zimbabwe courts appeared to send mixed messages about protecting elephants in late September 2013––but the facts leading to the death sentence may have been […]

Cherokee elders move to close infamous reservation bear pits

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013) CHARLOTTE,  North Carolina––Eastern Band of Cherokee tribal elders Amy Walker and Peggy Hill on September 23,  2013 served notice of intent to sue the operators of the Cherokee Bear Park for violating the federal Endangered Species Act if the resident bears are not transferred […]

BOOKS—Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy

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From Animal People September 2013 Loving Animals:  Toward a New Animal Advocacy   by Kathy Rudy University of Minnesota Press (111 Third Avenue South,  Suite 290,  Minneapolis, MN 55401),  2011.  260 pages hardcover,  $16.98. Trained in theological ethics and women’s studies,  Kathy Rudy describes herself as neither an ethologist nor an animal behaviorist, but writes […]

Ivory speculation makes captive elephants in Thailand & India worth more dead than alive

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013) BANGKOK,  Thailand;  THIRUVANATHAPURAM,  India––Unscrupulous owners of working elephants are increasingly often deciding that the rising cost of elephant care and soaring prices paid by speculators for ivory mean their elephants are worth more dead than alive––and are resisting legislation to protect the elephants,  who […]

Alligators, pigs, pythons & the reptilian ploy to resuscitate sport hunting

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News analysis  by Merritt Clifton Wildlife managers from Florida to Texas are celebrating modestly rising interest in alligator hunting––possibly the only form of hunting to show a net increase in participation over the past 35 years,  if only because alligator hunting has only been legal for 25 years. 

Abolishing wildlife captivity gains momentum in Latin America

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013) SAN JOSE,  Costa Rica––An appeal to an administrative law court filed by the zoo management foundation Fundazoo is the last hope the 97-year-old Simón Bolívar Zoo in San José and the Santa Ana conservation center have to remain open past 2014.

OpEds—Why are Pennsylvania animal advocates not helping to stop pigeon shoots?

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013) In 1989 I drove from Illinois to Montauk Point, New York to indulge in shark fishing,  then my favorite pastime.  I had no idea that a detour to the small town of Hegins,  Pennsylvania would change my world forever.

Badger cull is called “costly distraction from true solutions” to bovine TB

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013) LONDON––Four weeks into a six-week government cull of up to 5,000 badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset counties,  Guardian environment correspondent Damian Carrington on October 1,  2013 recommended that the apparent fiasco should be stopped.