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Oh my! Somedays are just OH my days. I have seen about five foxes in my life, in Alaska, Canada, Wyoming and The Holler. I was on Santa Cruz Island before and saw the Channel Island foxes, a very unusual species that live only on the Channel Islands, no where else in the world, but I wasn’t really taking photos then. So back I went to see them again and try and get their photos. We hiked all over stunning Santa Cruz Island, and I firmly believe that since I was seeking, I didn’t find. It was an hour until the boat left and I had already been waiting in the place I had seen them before for about an hour. Silent, still, waiting. When, at last, the first fox came out. She scuttled along this open but submerged ditch that I am guessing she built that led from her…

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On Utah’s National Public Radio affiliate, KCPW, on Tuesday, October 21, host Roger Mc Donough interviewed Kirk Robinson, Executive Director of Western Wildlife Conservancy on the topic of wolves – and specifically on the question of what is the future of wolves in Utah.

A few weeks ago, a wolf was spotted in Utah, in the Uinta Mountains.

Asked if he found this surprising, Kirk Robinson replied that no, he did not; there would likely be one to a few wolves in Utah from time to time.

He went on to make a number of other very intriguing points about wolves:

In about one tenth of the state of Utah, wolves are no longer federally protected, this is the part of the state north of I-80 and I-84 – through a rather complicated maneuver, they are now delisted in this area. However, in all the rest of Utah they are…

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The October 5, 2014, article “Bunny-free beauty” by Sriya Narayanan and Preeti Zachariah in The Hindu reports that in November, India will become the third place in the world to ban the import of products tested on animals, joining Israel and the European Union.

 

In 2013, India banned the testing of cosmetics within India. Now the import of cosmetics that contain any ingredients tested on animals has also been banned.

 

This remarkable step will make India a cruelty-free zone with regard to cosmetics.

 

Dr. Chinny Krishna, Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India is quoted as noting that it is only fitting that India, the land of ahimsa (“do no harm”) is leading the way with this ban. He said, “Cosmetics testing is a frivolous thing – thousands of animal lives are lost because of it.”

 

Organizations like Humane Society International and PETA India have worked with great determination to bring about this ban, conveying the message that modern science now offers many compassionate alternatives that render animal testing superfluous, as well as being generally unreliable in its ability to predict how chemicals and various ingredients will affect humans.

 

Alokparna Sengupta of HSI, who has worked tirelessly for this cause, commented on the uncertainty and unpredictability of animal testing, which makes it pointless, especially considering the vast amount of suffering involved. She said, “We’re elated and proud of India’s progressive step.”

 

Dr. Chaitanya Koduri, policy advisor to PETA India, talked about the advantages of some of the non-animal testing methods. There are now skin tests that use reconstructed human skin.

 

The ban will be of benefit, of course, to the animals; rabbits, hamsters, mice, and others, who will no longer suffer and be killed, but also to humans, who will have safer and more precisely-tested cosmetics, free of any guilt attached to having caused the suffering of animals.

 

It is anticipated that the cosmetics testing ban will pave the way for more alternative testing to take place in the pharmaceutical industry, over time replacing cruel testing on animals.

 

Alokparna Sengupta described her rewarding experience with a rabbit, now released from being a lab rabbit, who is cautiously learning to trust and relate to a human.

 

Congratulations to India and to the Indian animal groups that have brought about this compassionate victory for animals.

 

To read the original article in the Times of India, click here.

 

Photo: Larry D. Moore CC BY -SA 3.0 / http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rabbit_in_montana.jpg

A plan to create the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument would be a big step towards connecting wildlife corridors…

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Once there were grizzlies in the Grand Canyon; these disappeared in the 1880’s. Grand Canyon wolves were gone by 1920. The last jaguar there was caught by a fur trapper in 1932.

Wild species that once roamed freely in the Grand Canyon have continued to vanish from these lands, both before and even after the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park in 1919.

Kim Crumbo, Conservation Director of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, has been watching the lands around the Grand Canyon for decades, and he knows them as well as anyone does. After serving two deployments in Vietnam as a Navy Seal he came home, and from 1980 through 1999, he worked as a Grand Canyon Park Ranger. He has been a river guide, worked on inventorying native species, been part of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Team, and been active on a multitude of task…

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Marks and Spencer carrier bag Marks and Spencer is one of the retailers that has agreed to donate the extra money from carrier bag sales to good causes in Scotland. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Small local moves here and there add up, on occasion, to major change. We are amazed to learn of the scale of the success in the Celtic region with the program to ensure consumers and vendors share in the cost of the environmental mess that plastic bags create. Thanks to the Guardian for this coverage:

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Charge of at least 5p a carrier bag introduced in bid to emulate 70% fall in usage in Wales and Northern Ireland

Scotland is joining Wales and Northern Ireland in charging shoppers for carrier bags , in an attempt to encourage sustainable behaviour among shoppers. Last year, shoppers at Scotland’s main supermarket chains alone used 800m single-use bags, most of…

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GLOBAL MARCH COLLAGE

 

By Team Thane SPCA

 

Mumbai united with lakhs of people in 137 cities across the globe demanding action by  individuals, peoples, governments to end the vile trade in body parts of endangered species like elephants and rhinos.

 

The largest March for Animals of its kind ever, across the globe, the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER) on 4th October 2014 aimed at raising awareness about the near – extinction status of elephants and rhinos and asking every government to play their part too, by increasing penalties for bribery, corruption and trafficking offenses, and by shutting down all retail outlets and ivory carving factories.

 

Elephants, Rhinos and such other large animals are “Keepers of our Forests”. Losing them would mean losing our forests, our rivers and an incredible ecological system. Illegal poaching these animals are increasingly being linked to funding of organised crime and armed militia groups, fuels conflict and poses environmental, development and security challenges. Our cultural need to own Ivory products or use horns of animals in medicines is leading these animals to extinction.

 

Thane SPCA was asked by the Global Organisers to host the event in Mumbai.

 

Mumbai marched through an area which has a lot of rich traders of ivory- which houses the Mantralaya, Hon’ble the High Court, State Police Headquarters, 5 Star Hotels – all in all a sensitive zone. To add to our woes, this was a long weekend of almost 5 days, the Eid coming up and the Code of Conduct stretch for the Legislative Assembly elections around the corner. So we were not given permission to March the entire way. Clad in eye catching red we started off with a gathering at Chowpatty, rode an open top BEST bus for 2 hours chanting Anti Poaching slogans, and ended with a silent march and demonstration at Chowpatty forming a human  chain.

 

Thane SPCA is humbled  that Marchers specially flew in from Bangalore, drove in from Pune, and joined us from the U.K and the U.S. We thank Raww India with who we partnered for this March.

 

We thank all organisers of all the 137 cities with whom we connected in spirit on this day and marched for a common cause.

 

We marched for the 672 elephants and the 18 rhinos who will be killed worldwide in the next one week for their tusks and their horns.

 

We marched for 100% TOTAL worldwide ivory and rhino horn BANS! We marched for strict enforcement, stiffer penalties and TO SHUT DOWN IVORY CARVING FACTORIES!

 

We Marched for Earth’s wild icons. We Marched for their survival. We Marched against extinction.

 

This year we were 60 of us, next year let us be 600 !

 

With warm regards,

Team Thane SPCA

 

To visit Thane SPCA’s website, click here

Photo: Courtesy of Thane SPCA