Japanese whalers killed fewest whales ever in 2013 Antarctic hunt

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

TOKYO––The Japanese whaling fleet in 2013 killed just 103 minke whales out of a self-assigned quota of 935,  and killed none of the 50 humpback and 50 fin whales they had hoped to kill,  acknowledged Japanese agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi at a homecoming media conference. Read more

Trapper died from undiagnosed rabies, transmitted rabies via organ donation

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

BALTIMORE,  RALEIGH––Hunter,  trapper,  and fisher William Edward Small,  20,  who died of an undiagnosed rabies infection in September 2011,  transmitted rabies as an organ donor to a Maryland man who died of rabies in early March 2013––the first human rabies death in Maryland since 1976,  and one of just a very few cases on record in which rabies was transmitted from human to human.  There is only one other known case of rabies being transmitted in the U.S. via organ transplants. Read more

U.S. will back bid to win Appendix II CITES protection for sharks and rays

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2013:

WASHINGTON D.C.–– U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director
Dan Ashe on February 26, 2013 told media that the U.S. will endorse
proposals to restrict traffic in the fins of porbeagle, scalloped
hammerhead, great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, and oceanic whitetip
sharks, and in the gill plates of manta rays.
If approved by the 16th triennial meeting of the 177-nation
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Bangkok in
March, the five shark species and manta rays will be uplisted to CITES
Appendix II status. The listing proposals must be approved by
two-thirds of the national delegations in attendance. Trade in Appendix
II species is permitted but regulated to ensure species survival. Trade
is prohibited for Appendix I species.

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How to protest against killing contests without promoting them vexes animal defenders

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

MIAMI,  Fla.,  HOLLEY,  N.Y.,  ADIN,  Calif.,  CHICAGO,  Ill.––The Python Challenge was pushed by the Florida Wildlife Commission in the name of conservation,  albeit without strong scientific support.  The Hazzard County Squirrel Slam in Holley,  New York,  and the Pit River Rod and Gun Club’s Seventh Annual Coyote Drive in Adin,  California,  were promoted as opportunities to introduce young people to recreational killing,  though older hunters were more in evidence. Pigeons netted off the streets of Chicago at instigation of Alderman James Cappleman were allegedly killed at pigeon shoots in Indiana. Read more


From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2013:

The Hunter Starring Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor, & Sam Neill. Directed by Daniel Nettheim. Adapted from novel The Hunter by Julia Leigh. Porchlight Films, 2011 (Australia). U.S. release on April 6, 2012.

By Kim Bartlett & Wolf Clifton A year after release, the 2012 film The Hunter remains worth a second look. Based on the novel The Hunter by Julia Leigh, the film version stars Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor, and Sam Neill. Dafoe, a mercenary, hunts the last living thylacine, or “Tasmanian tiger,” on assignment from a biotech company that hopes to isolate, identify, and somehow use the toxin that thylacines are said to have used to paralyze prey. Read more

Chicago hunting radio show host blames feral cats for decline of bobwhite quail

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

CHICAGO––Feral cat neuter/return advocates are apprehensive of an ongoing study of the ecological effects of feral cats,  funded by the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation,  after foundation president and WGN radio hunting program host Charlie Potter blamed feral cats for a continent-wide decline of bobwhite quail. Read more

Editorial feature: Gun control, “boomers,” & the future of hunting

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

Editorial feature:  Gun control,  “boomers,” & the future of hunting   by Merritt Clifton & Kim Bartlett


“In the matter of gun control,  our main concern is rightly for the human victims of mass shootings,”  wrote veteran journalist Dick Meister on January 18,  2013 for California Progress Report.   “But what of the other defenseless animals who die at the hands of humans?  What of the hunting rifles that are cited as legitimate simply because they are not rapid-fire weapons,  the guns that are used by hunters to kill so many of our fellow beings in the name of sport?   Read more

1,000 dolphins massacred in Solomon Islands doublecross

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

HONIARA,  Solomon Islands;  BERKELEY,  Calif.––Dolphin hunters in the Solomon Islands,  dolphin broker Christopher Porter, and some far-right U.S. news media are blaming the Earth Island Institute Marine Mammal Project for the massacre of more than 1,000 dolphins in December 2012 and January 2013.   Read more

Three nations move against hunting

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:


SAN JOSE,  Costa Rica;  GABORONE,  Botswana;  LUSAKA,  Zambia––The national legislature of Costa Rica on December 10,  2012 finalized a national ban on sport hunting,  provisionally approved in October by a vote of 41-5. The hunting ban,  the first Costa Rican law passed by voter initiative,  was submitted to the legislature after more than 177,000 Costa Ricans signed petitions favoring it.  Read more

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