|February 18, 2018||Posted by Laura Allen under Wildlife|
The Trump Administration plans to expand offshore oil and gas drilling over the next five years from 2019-2024 to include areas off the Atlantic, Pacific and Alaska coasts as well as in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic. The proposed oil and gas development will cover more than 98% of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Only the State of Florida has been granted an exemption for its coastal waters.
The Wildlife Conservation Society has warned such an expansion of oil and gas development in U.S. coastal waters presents a “grave danger” to marine animals such as whales and sea turtles. The North Atlantic right whale pictured here is an endangered species; there are only 500 of these whales left. They will suffer significant “stress caused by this expansion of oil and gas activity” that may push them to extinction.
Polar bears, narwhals, and walruses are some of the animals already endangered by warming temperatures and overfishing of their prey. Increased oil and gas development will mean further degradation of their habitat including their prey. It is not just the threat of a large oil spill. These animals face loss of habitat and injury from smaller oil and gas leaks that can occur simply from drilling or pipelines. Their habitat is also threatened by increased traffic of tankers and equipment and the use of seismic air gun blasts used to explore for oil and gas. These animals are not likely to survive with increased oil and gas development in the Arctic.
North Atlantic Cod and corals are other examples of animals whose habitat will be further degraded by increased oil and gas development. All of the oceans’ animal life is threatened.
Go here to send a letter to Interior Secretary Zinke to let him know you oppose the expansion of offshore drilling that threatens America’s marine wildlife.
|February 16, 2018||Posted by Laura Allen under Federal, Wildlife|
a. Taking black or brown bear cubs or sows with cubs (exception allowed for resident hunters under customary and traditional use activities at a den site October 15-April 30 in specific game management units in accordance with State law);
b. Taking brown bears by luring them with bait for a point blank kill;
c. Taking of bears using cruel leghold or other traps or snares;
d. Taking wolves and coyotes during the denning season (May 1-August 9);
e. Taking bears from an aircraft or on the same day as air travel has occurred. (A similar regulation already applied to wolves or wolverines.)
In repealing the regulations by federal statute, the Congress and Trump Administration made it impossible for FWS to re-issue the regulations under a later administration. Instead, it will take another federal statute to make these activities illegal on Alaska National Refuges to the extent they are not prohibited by state law.
|February 15, 2018||Posted by Laura Allen under Wildlife|
In Defense of Animals has chosen the Oklahoma City Zoo as the worst zoo for elephants. Though there is no good zoo for any animal and certainly not elephants.
Yet this is where the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle decided to send its remaining elephants, Bamboo and Chai, when public pressure forced the zoo to close its elephant exhibition. This despite that the mayor, city council and citizens urged the zoo to place these elephants in an accredited sanctuary.
Chai died only eight months after arriving at OKC Zoo. According to Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, “She wasted away, rapidly losing 1,000 pounds, and suffered from an infection in her bloodstream likely caused by 25 puss-filled abscesses—all of which went untreated.
“Now Bamboo, languishes at OKC Zoo, an aggressor and victim. The other elephants at the zoo have repeatedly attacked Bamboo, injuring various parts of her body including her trunk and one of the bites amputated the end of her tail.” Alyne Fortgang, co-founder of Friends, adds, “Trapped within a cramped hot-wired yard there is no ability to flee from an attack causing an unhealthy and dangerous situation….
“It is not too late for OKC Zoo to do the right thing by allowing [Bamboo] to heal and live in peace at an accredited elephant sanctuary.”
|August 23, 2014||Posted by Laura Allen under Animals and Politics, Washington, Wildlife||
A growing body of scientific evidence supports the closing of all elephant exhibits at zoos and elsewhere. 27 zoos have closed or plan to close their elephant exhibits. It’s time for Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle to do the same. [Read more…]