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The Sea Shepherd is not a "PETA offshoot." Its history:
"Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was formally incorporated in the United States in 1981 in the state of Oregon. Previous to this, the idea of Sea Shepherd was formed when Captain Paul Watson founded the Earth Force Society in 1977 in Vancouver BC, Canada. The original mandate of both organizations was marine mammal protection and conservation with an immediate goal of shutting down illegal whaling and sealing operations, but Sea Shepherd later expanded its mission to include all marine wildlife."
In other words, their mission is "to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species." They are currently defending the highly-endangered vaquita porpoise (world's smallest/rarest cetacean, fewer than 60 individuals left) in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. They've partnered with the Mexican government to stop the illegal gill-netting that catches and kills vaquitas.
Learn more: http://www.seashepherd.org/
What a horror story--that someone would intentionally spray an illegal poison--or ANY poison--on bats. First, bats are sentient nonhumans whose lives matter to them. To kill them is unjust; to make them suffer in such a hideous manner is cruel and sadistic. Second, for those who believe that only human animal lives are of value and that nonhuman animal lives are dispensable unless they serve us in some manner: bats provide a huge service to humans--brown bats can consume approx. 1200 insects per hour. Please learn more about these amazing animals and go to...bat (ha ha!) for them! https://batconservation.org/
There's no more deserving organization than ACLU for these extraordinarily troubling times.
"...even killing a deer in a residential front lawn."
Lions kill deer because that's what they eat...the fact that dinner is obtained on a snow-covered lawn means nothing to a lion. This isn't what I would call "extreme behavior"--it's what I would call lion behavior: "I'm hungry. There's a deer. Let's eat." Humans must accept the responsibility for modifying their own behavior to accommodate their wild neighbors and keep them safe. Proactively managing human behavior should be the largest part of the solution; wildlife should not bear all the cost. I applaud FWP for being more assertive about the law--it is illegal to draw deer to one's property with feed and/or salt. Many people are divorced from the workings of the natural world and don't make the connection that artificially concentrating prey attracts predators. Kudos to the Mountain Lion Foundation for their advocacy. To learn more about mountain lions: http://www.mountainlion.org/ ~Kathleen
At least he's consistent. Don't forget that in 2009 the appropriately-named Butcher sponsored a bill to bring horse slaughter to Montana that also had provisions limiting citizen input on the hideously cruel and filthy slaughter plants. http://missoulian.com/legislature_sub/busi…
Delisting the Yellowstone-area grizzlies is premature...and trophy hunting them is out of the question. Bears face an uncertain future with critical changes in their traditional food supply--due in part to climate change; with obstacles to habitat expansion and connectivity to other bear populations; with the possibility of immediate trophy hunting when too many conflict-related mortalities already occur; and grizzly bears have one of the slowest rates of reproduction among terrestrial mammals due to the late age of first motherhood (4-9 yrs.), small average litter size, and the long interval between litters (3 or more years). If humans want to be proud of something, they should show some restraint and humility, learn to co-exist with bears, and refrain from "managing" grizzlies for trophy mounts and bearskin rugs.
For anyone who'd like to explore this topic further, you can find answers to questions at the Nonhuman Rights Project website...here's the Q&A page: http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/qa-ab…
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