Obama administration re-elected, moves quickly to placate hunters

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

WASHINGTON D.C.–Barack Obama,  the first non-hunting U.S. president since Harry Truman, was re-elected on November 6,  2012 by a margin of 53% to 47% for opponent Mitt Romney–whose vice presidential running mate,  Wisconsin member of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan,  made much of his enthusiasm for bowhunting.

But,  while Obama probably owed no political debts to the hunting lobby,  the Obama administration on November 20,  2012 reiterated endorsement of the Sportsmen’s Act,  S. 3525, introduced before the election by Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana),  incorporating 19 legislative goals of the National Rifle Association and the pro-hunting National Wildlife Federation.     Read more

Irish pols protect hare coursing

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

MULLINGAR,  Ireland--The Irish Council Against Blood Sports welcomed recent announcements by Jimmy Deenihan,  minister for arts, heritage,  and the Gaeltacht,  that he would ban hunting curlews and Kerry red deer.
The council  warned,  however,   that Deenihan’s July 2012 suggestion that he might also ban shooting hares “is believed not to be to save hares from being shot to death but rather to help make it easier for coursers to find hares for their blood sport.  Earlier this year,”  the Irish Council Against Blood Sports reminded, “pro-coursing Deenihan pledged to coursers,  ‘Whatever I can do for coursing while I am in this job,  I will certainly do it.'” Read more

Lawsuit says spotlighting coyotes puts endangered red wolves at risk

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-The Southern Environmental Law Center, representing Defenders of Wildlife,  the Animal Welfare Institute, and the Red Wolf Coalition,  on October 23,  2012 asked Wake County Superior Court to issue a preliminary injunction against spotlight coyote hunting in North Carolina.  A hearing was expected to be held after ANIMAL PEOPLE went to press on October 30,  with a ruling possibly coming later in the week. Read more

California bans hunting black bears and bobcats with hounds

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

SACRAMENTO–California Governor Jerry Brown on September 26, 2012 signed into law SB 1221,  a bill banning the use of hounds to hunt black bears and bobcats.  The new California law came amid increasing recognition that hunting with hounds is more like dogfighting and the medieval practice of “baiting” tethered animals than it resembles hunting with weapons which can effect a quick kill. There are few quick kills when dogs chase wildlife,  often for hours,   in hunts that often culminate in the prey making a frantic last stand against the pursuing dogs. Read more

Libertarian appeal to Supreme Court stalls Costa Rican hunting ban

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

SAN JOSE,  Costa Rica–Fourteen lawmakers led by eight members of the Libertarian Movement party on October 4,  2012 stalled the anticipated passage of a Costa Rican national ban on sport hunting by asking the Constitutional Chamber of the Costa Rican Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the ban,  which would be central to a new national Wildlife Act.

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Kenya hunting ban under fire

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)


NAIROBI,  Kenya–The Kenyan cabinet on October 11,  2012 ratified plans to hold a national election on March 4,  2013,  and with that certain to grab the media spotlight,  ratified a new national wildlife policy,  leaving the African Network for Animal Welfare “very busy yet again battling machinations to introduce sport hunting through the back door,  mobilizing communities and civil society organizations at a very short notice,”  ANAW founder Josphat Ngonyo e-mailed to ANIMAL PEOPLE.

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Pigeon shoot video appalls cattle industry magazine columnist

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

 READING,  Pennsylvania–Video from a September 30,  2012 pigeon shoot at the Wing Pointe hunt club near the Pennsylvania state capital in Harrisburg taken by Showing Animals Respect & Kindness founder Steve Hindi and investigator Stu Chaifetz did not persuade a Berks County judge to issue an injunction against further shoots on October 24,  2012.  But the judge “did relay that he would soon be issuing some sort of rules or guidelines that Wing Pointe would have to obey,”  SHARK said in a media release. Read more

WWF cofounder Russell Train, 92

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Russell E. Train, 92, died on September 17, 2012 at his farm in Bozman,  Maryland.  An attorney prominent in Republican politics,  Train was appointed by then-U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower to the bench of the U.S. Tax Court in 1957.  Recalled Washington Post obituarist Juliet Eilperin,  “Around that time, Train and his wife took two safari expeditions to East Africa,” as the then-British colony including Kenya and Tanzania was then known. Read more

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