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“Like mindless cancer cells on a frenzied march to kill their host some members of the human species are not content merely with raping this planet for personal gain to the point of breaking down all major life-sustaining ecosystems, they must also cause the death of millions of helpless animals to get their twisted kicks.” – Rick Jones

Beware of animal charity scams

There are many false animal charities where the animals are receiving as little as 0.5% or less of the charitable donations received and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is one of them.

There is a list of reputable charities in the sidebar to the left.

About 97% of the money given to certain charities never even gets there at all but goes into the pockets of corrupt lawyers. The figures are shocking.

Charities

A list of America’s 50 worst charities exposed
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/07/worst-us-charities.aspx

The NAVS Good Charities Guide

Each year millions of people receive appeals from charities asking to help their cause.

Unfortunately, many will unwittingly support charities who fund cruel and unnecessary animal experiments.

This could include growing painful cancers on animals’ backs, brain damage research, and blocking animals’ arteries.

It doesn’t have to be that way

You can support medical progress without making animals suffer. The NAVS has conducted a survey of 150 UK charities, and found that those funding animal research are in the minority.

The NAVS Good Charities Guide lists charities according to whether they fund animal experimentation. You can order our compact pocket-sized version which contains key information or view the full guide online.

NAVS Good Charities Guide do your donations fund animal experiments
http://www.navs.org.uk/downloads/navsgcg2011.pdf

Good Charities Guide by category
http://www.navs.org.uk/publications/go.php?id=2411

Good Charities Guide A-Z listing
http://www.navs.org.uk/publications/go.php?id=2408

International Animal Rescue Foundation

There are various charities run by Josef Demetri which look very convincing but are to some extent dubious:

Beware of animal rights charity scams
http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/beware-of-fake-animal-rights-charity-scam-1.1440945#.UxsnAD9_uhV

Speak up for the Voiceless
http://speakupforthevoiceless.org/

International Animal Rescue Foundation IARF
http://www.international-animalrescue-foundation.org.uk/

International Animal Rescue Foundation on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Animal-Rescue-Foundation-World-Action-South-Africa/199685603444685

FAWS Funding African Wildlife Survival on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.381168178629759.94589.199685603444685&type=3

The World Wildlife Fund

Also known Worldwide Fund for Nature, WWF has been actively pressuring government agencies in the US, Europe, and Canada to increase the amount of testing that they require for pesticides and other chemicals. The result of the WWF’s lobbying has been the establishment of what threatens to be the largest animal-testing programs of all time.

And that’s not all. As one would expect of an organization founded by trophy hunters, the WWF does not oppose killing animals for sport.

The WWF believes that culling – read “killing” – elephants and seals is acceptable, supports the slaughter of whales by native tribes, refuses to speak out against steel-jaw leghold traps, and is in favour of laboratory testing.

To find out why PETA says WWF ought to change its name to Wicked Wildlife Fund click here:

Wicked Wildlife Fund
http://www.wickedwildlifefund.com/

Save the Rhino also advocate some trophy hunting:

http://www.savetherhino.org/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAypGjBRCPme6jmqu3gZsBEiQA8NAiIMTqTWddUee7kj2CRT1hjPbMAJM9mtY9HNIKZRxbYx0aApEG8P8HAQ

RSPCA

The RSPCA in England do a great deal of wonderful work. Like so many charities, far too much of their money goes to lawyers and most RSPCA money is invested in property.

The RSPCA will sometimes refuse to help in cases where animals are suffering.  They are themselves responsible for destroying many homeless pets. The RSPCA now refuses to take in strays.

The RSPCA has business associations with some appalling so-called free range producers of which more details here:

Free Range Fraud
http://freerangefraud.com/
http://freerangefraud.com/project/shmuel/

PETA

Like the RSPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals known as PETA do a great deal of wonderful work helping animals. They are also responsible for destroying some homeless pets sending out entirely the wrong message to those who think it’s acceptable to hurt and kill animals.

Message - PETA kills

What’s behind PETA’s systematic killing of animals?
http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=12558

A list of local US humane societies, of which many will be kill shelters
http://www.humanewatch.org/shelters/

Friendly fire on companion animals

“If every animal shelter in the United States embraced the No Kill philosophy and the programs and services that make it possible, we would save nearly four million dogs and cats who are scheduled to die in shelters this year, and the year after that. It is not an impossible dream.”

Please listen to what Nathan and his guest have to say about the shelters in the US, the HSUS and Wayne Pacelle here:

Nathan Winograd on Animal Wise Radio
http://www.animalarkshelter.org/AWRListen.html

Nathan Winograd on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/nathanwinograd

Help reclaim our nation’s shelters

To help animals, we’ve been told to do two things: 1. Sign petitions on Facebook and 2. Send money to the large, national organizations. The problem is that Facebook petitions are often ignored and therefore mostly ineffective. And when it doesn’t simply sit in already bloated bank accounts, the money donated to the large, national organizations just as often is used to hinder, rather than assist, the cause in ending the killing of animals in shelters. Together, the ASPCA and HSUS take in roughly $300,000,000 per year yet have never created a No Kill community.

To save lives, animals in shelters need for people to do two different things: 1.Directly take animals out of harm’s way through rescue and 2. Reform shelters through legislation, litigation, and political advocacy. In short, D.I.Y. Like the activist who started a No Kill movement in his community where he took on not only an entrenched shelter director, but also the mighty ASPCA, and won: http://bit.ly/11qcz9q

Or the animal lover who became informed about the No Kill movement and immediately walked into his local shelter, announced, “There will be no more killing in the shelter,” and then proceeded to make it come true. Or the animal rescuer who almost single-handedly created the infrastructure for her local shelter to go No Kill: http://exm.nr/1xLaSAG

Or the husband-and-wife team that began marketing shelter animals and holding offsite adoption events, resulting in adoption rates of over 95 percent for their community:http://bit.ly/1pemuxi

Or even the local volunteer group who took over operations of their shelter and now save well over 90% of the animals: http://bit.ly/1tsAFgC.

There are many ways to effectively join the No Kill revolution. Here’s one: create a blog that acts as a watchdog over sheltering issues in your community or state.

Two examples:

NJ Animal Observer writes on shelters in his home state of New Jersey: http://njanimalobserver.wordpress.com/

Fix NC who writes about shelter issues in her home state of North Carolina: http://fixnc.wordpress.com/

We need less Facebook petitions and less check writing and more people willing to stand up and expose the truth. We need more people willing to directly save animals from shelters intent on killing them through rescue. And we need more people willing to walk the corridors of power to lobby for reform:http://bit.ly/RB7B5a

Nathan Winograd’s Blog
http://www.nathanwinograd.com/

Animal Wise Radio on Animal Ark Shelter with Nathan Winograd
http://www.animalarkshelter.org/AWRListen.html

Get help to fight for shelter reform legislation, upcoming seminars, new guides, and updates on projects and campaigns here:

No Kill

Trophy hunting in Africa

Many hunters dream of visiting Africa to hunt one of ‘the big five’. Lions are favourites, particularly male lions. Almost all the lions in the wild have now been killed either by poachers or by trophy hunters, so that lions are now rarer than jaguars. So farmed lions are especially bred for the purpose of being shot by hunters in an enclosure in a thoroughly despicable practice called ‘canned hunting’. Hunters usually pay $20,000 to $30,000 for the privilege of ‘hunting’ a lion.

Lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, hippos, giraffes, zebra and monkeys are all trophy hunted as are all types of deer and antelope, all varieties of sheep and goats. There are a number of sites on the internet where anyone can buy permits to hunt any particular animal, or hunting holidays where they will have the opportunity to hunt specified animals.

Rare sub-species are regarded as desirable by many trophy hunters, and commonly fetch tens of thousands of dollars which sets the scene for the extinction of many species.

A small child could work out that if the rarer the animal, the bigger the price tag for hunters to kill it, this is a recipe for disaster.

Trophy hunters - Stupidity sees rare white moose let's kill it

Most trophy hunters are very competitive, and driven to kill an animal that is exceptional in some way, rare, or very large, or magnificent. That is the opposite to what happens in nature, where predators tend to select sick or weak animals.

Hunters are well known to twist the facts for the purposes of propaganda to convince people that what they do is good for conservation, etc. so that they get to control their quarry. Trophy hunters will insist that it is only poachers who are causing a crisis of animals becoming endangered but this is not true. Take the case of elephants, where for some time elephants have been killed at the rate of about 100 a day. Poachers kill about half of that number, about 50 per day. Trophy hunters also kill around 50 elephants a day, about 18,000 a year.

Whether the killing is regarded as legal or illegal, doesn’t really make any difference to the animals who are being killed. The killing is carried out by human beings for monetary gain and/or hedonistic pleasure, just the same. The money from these so-called hunts still ends up in the pocket of unscrupulous businessmen, companies and politicians.

There is a great deal of corruption and governments are often unwilling to take a stand and change the laws to protect animals from those who would abuse and exploit them. Mostly animals whether free range or privately bred have little or no protection by law.  There are not enough people who are willing and able to do anything to protect the animals due to the monumental extent of the problem and the sheer weight of the numbers of animals involved.

To most people the idea of killing animals for pleasure is abhorrent. The problem is that not many people know this is happening. The more people that find out about trophy hunting, the sooner it will be made illegal all over the world.

It is estimated there are around 10,000 game farms in Africa. There are many thousands more in the US, with hundreds in Texas alone, and in other parts of the world including Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In a practice known as canned hunting, animals are bred expressly for the purpose of being ‘hunted’ in high fenced enclosures. These game farms are called game ranches, game reserves, parks, lodges or sanctuaries or some other similar name.

Often presenting themselves as working in conservation, the truth is that as these outfits have nothing to do with conservation. They do have a great deal to do with making money and destroying the often delicate balance of nature. Imbalances are fostered to cater for the demands of the hunters they are catering for. Those imbalances along with the high fences cause devastation to previously healthy local eco-systems.

Well meaning people, especially young people, go to South Africa from all over the world to help at game farms which are posing as wildlife sanctuaries, sincerely believing that they are helping animals and caring for orphans. Usually they are asked to pay large amounts of money in fees, which can be as much as $700 a week. The true purpose of catering for trophy hunters is hidden through careful partitioning of certain areas. The ‘wildlife sanctuaries’  are in fact often lion farms where lions are bred for trophy hunting. The helpers are lied to, and told that the lion cubs were orphaned.

The truth is that lion cubs are usually taken from their mother  to be hand-reared. Usually the cubs are taken very soon after birth, often just a few hours or a day or two, even though lion cubs cannot see or walk for around 10-14 days. Both mother and cub grieve for each other audibly. It has been reported at one large establishment that the mothers were not kept at a sufficient distance from their cubs so they could hear each other, but not see each other, which is terribly cruel.

There is a small window of time of just a few months when farms can charge quite a lot of money per session for the cubs to be petted by tourists. This creates a need for a constant stream of cubs so that lionesses are over-bred but never get to keep their cubs. This is cruel to any animal but particularly to lions which in nature only breed once every two or three years, and the cubs stay with their mother for at least two years during which time they learn how to hunt watching their mother.

At lion farms, young lions can be used for ‘walk with lions’ sessions until they are a year old. Then they will either be kept in cages until they are old enough to be trophy hunted, or sold on to be kept in cages until it is time for them to be ‘hunted’. At which time they will be put into a fenced off piece of land where a hunter will go to kill them. Hunters do not like to admit it, but most lions ‘hunted’ these days are in fact ‘canned’ lions.

Game farms are highly detrimental to the environment as they are separated by high wire fencing which is devastating to wildlife and local ecosystems. The balance of nature is thereby profoundly disturbed, causing multiple problems. Commonly various remedies are introduced which cause more problems than they resolve.

It’s like a nightmarish science-fiction story, too horrible to comfortably comprehend. These are practices that can be the direct cause of turning countryside into post-apocalyptic landscapes, not in the distant future, but in just a few years’ time.

In the USA in particular, adding to the disaster is the crop spraying often via chemtrails, and widespread use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

In the USA, Australia and Canada, trophy hunters almost invariably dressed in camouflage – often meeting up in groups or competitions – go ‘varminting’ and commonly kill hundreds of animals in one day. Family hunting or killing competitions are held at various times of the year offering deer hunting with unlimited coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, bears, bobcats, raccoons, or foxes, possums, pocket gophers, even squirrels, and all types of small creatures are also killed in large numbers – and sometimes in very large numbers – by just one person or a small group of people.

The 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, found that there were 13.7 million hunters in the US in a massive industry worth $90 billion in the US alone. The hunting industry officially employs more than a million people, and unofficially many more. Many hunters and landowners have turned hunting into a full-time occupation, and have created businesses teaching, guiding or accompanying others not so experienced, hosting or providing holidays with opportunities to hunt various animals.

Encouraged by various local systems of awards and trophies, clubs and nationally through more than 80 hunting and outdoors TV programs, particularly on the Outdoor Channel. Many of these hunters get obsessed and spend their spare time, weekends and holidays hunting, often with their whole families, and delight in producing piles of dead bodies to be photographed.

Research and experience has proved that even creatures which are regarded as vermin or ‘varmints’ are essential for healthy ecosystems. Each one has their place and without them things start to wrong.  Man ought not to be interfering with the balance of nature thinking that he knows better as time and time again it has been proved that he doesn’t.

Please see the video “How Wolves Change Rivers” on this blog.

Trophy hunters - Cartoon overpopulate the land

‘Extreme Huntresses’

There are groups of people both male and female enthusiastically engaged in various campaigns through the media – especially through syndicated TV programs – to encourage women to compete with men as ‘extreme huntresses’.  These same groups also campaign vigorously to encourage people to teach their children – even very small children of only four or five years old – to hunt and trap animals.

Retailers are of course always ready to help to create a demand for their goods, whether it is the massive selection of guns for children in colours and patterns like “My First Rifle”, or the sophisticated camouflage outfits that hunters just about always wear, some of which are very expensive. Many of the people that hunt are not short of money and often no expense is spared on equipment, outfits and weaponry.

Promoted and fuelled by the hunting retail industry, there is a whole cult celebrity world built around trophy hunters, TV companies, promoting the idea of ‘dream hunts’ including fashionable equipment and clothing which includes infinite variations of camouflage fashion outfits which can be very expensive.

Part of this whole movement, and to some extent, central to it, there are what is sometimes referred to as the ‘dream hunt’ team, centred for the most part on several trophy hunting families. These families are connected to the Safari Club International in Dallas, Texas. Families such as the Knowltons and the Shockeys, where several generations of husbands and wives, grandparents, great grandparents, and small children as young as four are all hunters.

Ringleaders include the Shockey family, with Jim Shockey, his father Hal, and his wife Lil and children, Branlin and Eva Shockey along with her young son. Eva Shockey posted on Facebook “My husband Jason Taylor and I already bought our daughter her own .22 riffle and she is only 6 1/2 months old!!!”

Corey Knowlton famously paid $350,000 for a permit to kill a rhino at a Dallas Safari Club auction, and his parents and his wife also hunt, and their very small children already have guns. Craig Boddington and his wife Donna, Tom Opre and his wife Olivia Nalos Opre, Melissa Bachman, Amanda Lowery, Rebecca Francis and Katey Brandenburg are all well known as ‘huntresses’ involved in the “Extreme Huntress” competitions.

The lifestyle and the outings and events to kill animals are romanticized to seem very attractive and desirable, encouraging people to, say go on a holiday to kill a bear, or to Africa to kill an elephant or a lion, a giraffe, and anything else they would like to kill, as for the right money just about anything is for sale. Hunters can and do go on a holiday to kill not just one animal, but several.

To most trophy hunters souvenirs are a very important part of the hunt, to remind them of the event and to help them to show and tell to friends what happened on their trip. These souvenirs – known as trophies – almost always include a photograph of the hunter next to the dead body of the animal they have killed.

Often the horns and/or other body parts of the animal they kill are also kept as trophies, sometimes the skin will be made into an accessory of some sort by one of the companies offering that service.  Many hunters will pay huge amounts of money to have the body of the animal they have killed transported back home and stuffed. Some have a trophy room to keep these bodies and body parts, to display along with their guns – so sometimes called a gun room – and sometimes includes any awards they have won.

Hunters are known to relish not only trophies of their own killings, but also other people’s, living vicariously through the various objects, pictures and stories, reliving the kill.

One only has to look at the internet site of the Safari Club International to see the large numbers of people involved in competing for these hunting awards in a highly competitive awards system with long hit lists of subspecies of animals all over the world.

This article gives an insight into what goes in the world of trophy hunting:

Why trophy hunting must end now
http://endtrophyhuntingnow.com/2014/02/19/8574/

There is a series of six books comprising pictures of trophy rooms, which cost from $70 to $120 each.

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Hunters-Their-Trophy-Collections/dp/157157428XTrophy hunters - Trophy rooms book

Astonishingly many people involved in the hunting industry claim to be Christians.

Lions

Nearly a century ago, there were as many as 200,000 lions living in the wild in Africa. The most recent surveys estimate that there are around 25,000 lions living in the wild in Africa today.  They have vanished from over 80 percent of their historic range and currently exist in 28 countries in Africa and one country in Asia (India).

Lions are already extinct in 27 out of 55 countries in Africa. Only 7 countries: South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and are believed to each contain more than 1,000 lions.  In West Africa there are believed to be only 250 lions left in the wild in the whole of the region.

There are thought to be around 10,000 lions in prison camp conditions in game farms across Africa.  Captive bred lions have a miserable life where lion cubs are taken away from their mother shortly after birth for a life in prison camp conditions where they are prostituted to tourists for walking and petting until they are a year old when they become fodder for trophy hunters.

To warn people about PETTING LION CUBS AND WALKING WITH LIONS please SHARE this link
http://www.cannedlion.org/cub-petting.html

South African breeders embrace growing Asian demand for lion bones
http://mg.co.za/article/2012-07-04-sa-breeders-embrace-growing-asian-demand-for-lion-bones

The end of canned trophy hunting
http://endtrophyhuntingnow.com/2014/03/19/the-end-of-canned-lion-hunting-3/

Canned hunting in the United States
http://www.bornfreeusa.org/a9d_hunts.php

Sanwild Lion Rescue short article on why canned hunting is wrong
http://lionexploitation.wordpress.com/

Global roar against South African canned lion hunting
http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Environmental-health/News/Global-roar-against-SA-canned-lion-hunting-20140311

Did Melissa Bachman and her friends shoot your lion cub
http://africageographic.com/blog/did-melissa-bachman-and-her-friends-shoot-your-lion-cub/

Tourists lured to South Africa to take part in shameful trophy hunts
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/393270/Tourists-lured-to-South-Africa-to-take-part-in-shameful-trophy-hunts

South African farmers in canned hunting smuggling racket
http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/05/27/sa-farmers-fingered-in-lion-smuggling

The horrors of canned lion hunting by Gareth Patterson
http://www.garethpatterson.com/Gareth_Patterson/Canned.html

Canned hunting a violent recreational activity for wealthy bored people
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/time-to-end-canned-hunting-of-lions-its-nothing-more-than-a-violent-recreational-activity-for-wealthy-bored-individuals-9195428.html

Why canned hunting is a threat to our national interests
http://www.cannedlion.org/hunting—a-threat-to-our-national-interests.html

Is canned lion hunting a necessary evil
http://ewn.co.za/2013/06/03/Canned-lion-hunting-could-save-the-species

The horror of canned lion hunting and what you can do to stop it
http://theinsatiabletraveler.com/2014/03/12/the-horror-of-canned-lion-hunting-and-what-you-can-do-to-stop-it/

What’s worse than shooting fish in a barrel hunting lions that way
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/03/12/first-global-march-lions-seeks-end-cruel-practice-canned-hunting

How the lid was lifted on canned lions
http://mg.co.za/article/1998-10-23-how-the-lid-was-lifted-on-canned-lions/

Lions in danger of extinction

Lions are now the new endangered species
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelsey-davenport/lions-the-new-endangered-species_b_4769328.html?ir=Green

American trophy hunters drive African lions closer to extinction
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362124/The-real-killers-American-trophy-hunters-drive-African-lions-closer-extinction.html

Lions are critically endangered in West Africa
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-lions-critically-endangered-west-africa.html

The Times of India on West African lions critically endangered
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/West-African-lions-critically-endangered/articleshow/28660576.cms

BBC News on lions facing extinction in West Africa
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25722058

National Geographic on lions approach extinction in West Africa
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140108-west-african-lions-endangered-conservation-science/

African lions under threat from the American hunters
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/mar/01/african-lions-american-hunter-trophies

American trophy hunters drive African lions closer to extinction
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362124/The-real-killers-American-trophy-hunters-drive-African-lions-closer-extinction.html#ixzz2sJP0xjiS

How American trophy hunters are destroying our wildlife
http://technorati.com/lifestyle/green/article/trophy-hunting-how-american-hunters-are/

A lion’s story, an interview with filmmakers of The Last Lions
http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0213-hance_lastlions.html#4McqCSyZpqcICl4p.99

Why killing a lion is the most cowardly thing you can do
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/why-killing-a-lion-is-the-most-cowardly-thing-you-can-do

Why are we still hunting lions and how can we save them
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130802-lions-trophy-hunting-extinction-opinion-animals-africa-conservation/

How to turn big profits in the wildlife trade
http://www.lionaid.org/blog/2014/02/the-rhino-commodity-market-how-to-turn-big-profits.htm

The king of beasts not burgers and the lion meat trade in the US
http://www.bornfreeusa.org/a9c_lionmeat.php

Restaurants in US serving lion meat
http://www.change.org/petitions/usda-no-more-lion-burgers-ban-the-sale-of-lion-meat-3

Video Appeals

Video of Princes Charles and William against wildlife crime
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/10626071/Prince-Charles-and-Prince-William-unite-for-anti-poaching-video.html

Video of Prince William, David Beckham and Yao Ming
https://www.causes.com/posts/899319

Video of Prince William calling to end elephant and rhino poaching
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18493821

Huffington Post on can the best of British save the world’s wildlife?
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/philip-mansbridge/endangered-wildlife_b_4730280.html?

Trophy hunting

US trophy hunters go to Africa as monsters of death and destruction
http://www.cannedlion.org/1/post/2014/03/monsters-of-death-and-destruction.html

Avid hunter claims hunting is kind
http://www.cannedlion.org/blog/avid-hunter-claims-hunting-is-kind

Lifestyles of the rich and heartless on Fight for Rhinos Blog
http://fightforrhinos.com/2013/11/26/lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-heartless/

End the mockery now of the ongoing slaughter in trophy hunting
http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/conservation/end-the-mockery-now/

Safari Club International worldwide hunting organisation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_Club_International

The Safari Club International on conservation pot calls kettle black
https://www.thedodo.com/community/StevenJ/sci-the-pot-calling-the-kettle-636080462.html

Three developing nations ban hunting to protect vanishing wildlife
http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0121-hance-hunting-bans.html

List of Safari Club award requirements makes chilling reading
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_Club_International

A blast from the past letter to Eric and Donald Trump
http://bentrovatowhippingboy.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/a-blast-from-the-past/

Smoke and mirrors the real story of Corey Knowlton’s rhino hunt
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1080072

World-class scumbag Ted Nugent at it again by Rick Jones
http://www.greanvillepost.com/2011/04/02/world-class-scumbag-ted-nugent-at-it-again/

Melissa Bachman and the rape of Africa
http://www.cannedlion.org/blog/melissa-bachman-and-the-rape-of-africa

5 Q’s with Melissa Bachman of Winchester Deadly Passion
http://www.ammoland.com/2014/06/5-qs-with-melissa-bachman-of-winchester-deadly-passion/#comment-422831

Letter to Extreme Huntress Melissa Bachman from Ben Trovato
http://bentrovatowhippingboy.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/an-open-letter-to-melissa-bachman/#comment-2893

Could Kendall Jones be the next Melissa Bachman
http://africageographic.com/blog/happy-huntress-the-next-melissa-bachman/

An open letter to Kendall Jones femme fatale of African jungle
http://bentrovatowhippingboy.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/an-open-letter-to-kendall-jones-femme-fatale-of-the-african-jungle/

Conservation group calls out Kendall Jones
http://www.examiner.com/article/conservation-group-calls-out-kendall-jones

Could trophy hunters become donors and preserve wildlife
http://www.nikela.org/trophy-hunters-become-donors-preserve-african-wildlife/#comment-162409

Hunting for conservation backfires
http://news.sciencemag.org/africa/2010/08/hunting-conservation-backfires

The myth of trophy hunting as conservation
https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/the-myth-of-trophy-hunting-as-conservation/113648248684575

Banding together to ban trophy hunting
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-flocken/banding-together-to-ban-t_b_2505541.html?

Evidence against trophy hunting mounts
http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/news/evidence-against-trophy-hunting-mounts/

Zambia cancels all trophy hunting licences
http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/news/fingers-off-the-trigger-zambia-cancels-all-trophy-hunting-licences/

Why the trophy hunting of giraffes should be banned
http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/poll-should-the-trophy-hunting-of-giraffes-be-banned/

Recreational hunting redux cougar fund opts no killing
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201303/recreational-hunting-redux-cougar-fund-opts-no-killing

An activity without a scintilla of justification in civilized society
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201303/recreational-hunting-redux-cougar-fund-opts-no-killing

A rancher hunter and 7th generation Montanan on ethics
http://www.footloosemontana.org/trapping-in-the-news-2/letter-to-the-editor/from-a-rancher-and-7th-generation-montanan/

What’s wrong with trophy hunting
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/game-shooting/trophy-hunting/whats-wrong-with-trophy-hunting

Compassion in conservation and don’t be cruel to be kind
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22229740.200-
compassion-in-conservation-dont-be-cruel-to-be-kind.html?

Outrage as Wisconsin hunter legally kills rare white buck
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239454/Oh-deer-Outrage-Wisconsin-hunter-legally-kills-rare-WHITE-buck-breaks-towns-truce.html

Christian safari holidays at “Provider for Christ”
http://lafiga.firedoglake.com/2013/10/13/killing-for-christ-on-a-safari-for-jesus/

Is sport hunting a sin
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ambassador-muhamed-sacirbey/is-sport-hunting-a-sin_b_5338891.html?

How killing of wildlife causes social chaos
http://www.futurity.org/wildlife-conservation-conflict-738232/

The true value of trophy hunting

Trophy hunters - Cartoon economics

Big game hunting in Africa is economically useless
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/big-game-hunting#cr

How much does trophy hunting really contribute to African communities
http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/Ecolarge-2013-200m-question.pdf

Economic benefits of trophy hunting are overstated
http://afkinsider.com/8502/economic-benefits-of-trophy-hunting-over-rated-report-says/

Trophy hunting is almost worthless to economic development
http://4thenaturesake.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/trophy-hunting-almost-worthless-according-to-a-new-report/

Big game hunting and its contribution to conservation
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/resources/doc/misc/big_game_hunting.pdf

Should animals be trophy hunted to support conservation
http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/poll-should-animals-be-trophy-hunted-to-support-conservation/

Why big game hunting does not help conservation
http://www.care2.com/causes/why-big-game-hunting-does-not-help-conservation.html

This is why trophy hunting will not save our lions
http://blog.sunsafaris.com/2013/06/21/this-is-why-trophy-hunting-will-not-save-our-lions/

Public lands ranching the scourge of wildlife
http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2009/01/public-lands-ranching-the-scourge-of-wildlife/

Extinction and killing top predators

20,000 species are near extinction is it time to rethink
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/131216-conservation-environment-animals-science-endangered-species/#

Extinct animals in the last 100 years
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/extinct-animals-in-the-last-100-years.html

Endangered species in UK decline by 60 per cent in 40 years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10402295/Endangered-species-decline-by-60-per-cent-in-40-years.html

Decline of top predators is a threat to ecosystems scientists warn
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-10/top-predators-crucial-forecosystem-survival/5193736

Top carnivores help shape every aspect of their environments
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-carnivores-help-shape-nearly-every-aspect-their-environment-180949311/?no-ist

More than three-quarters of large carnivores now in decline
http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2014/01/more-than-three-quarters-of-large.html

Study finds hunters depleting lion and cougar populations
http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/05/27/sa-farmers-fingered-in-lion-smuggling

Killing coyotes wrong when other measures work
http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/22624/

The silencing of the wolves despite the howling of humans
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brenda-peterson/despite-howling-of-humans_b_5003280.html?utm_hp_ref=green

Rip Van Winkle’s annual crow-killing contest in New York
http://10000birds.com/rip-van-winkles-crow-killing-contest.htm?

Elephants attack as humans turn up the pressure
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/0603_050603_elephants.html

First class article on the Taiji dolphin killings in Denmark
http://www.saawinternational.org/taijidolphins.htm

Largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on Earth
http://www.voiceless.org.au/the-issues/kangaroos

Tigers

The global population of tigers has fallen nearly 97% in the last century so that now there are thought be only 2,500 tigers left in the whole world. Of the 9 sub-species of tiger, 3 are already extinct, and all of the remaining 6 sub-species are now endangered, some critically so.

Tigers are being farmed in China and Vietnam where they are kept in conditions similar to – or in some cases worse than – concentration camps. These tigers have been born into captivity so they have never been taught how to hunt so that they can never be released into the wild.  As the tigers are only required for their skin and bone they are starved and horrendous pictures can be seen of this on Google and in this article:

Chinese and Vietnamese Farms where tigers are starved
http://endtrophyhuntingnow.com/2014/02/16/chinese-farms-where-tigers-are-starved/ 

Lions - Tiger and Jaguar trophy hunted

Deforestation

Of the 280 species of monkeys, nearly half are now threatened with extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) http://cms.iucn.org/.

Primates are also trophy hunted.  Each year many thousands lose their homes through deforestation and if they are not killed during the process of deforestation which is common practice, they die from starvation afterwards as the land is stripped bare so that what was a thriving forest is turned into a wasteland.

Nevetherless despite the many thousands of monkeys that die this way each year, the biggest threat to primates is not deforestation but something known as the bushmeat crisis. Many types of animals are killed for food but primates are often the meat of choice. Driven by a deadly combination of some greedy and some desperate people, the bushmeat crisis has rapidly spread to places where it was previously unknown.

The bushmeat crisis
http://www.bushmeat.org/bushmeat_and_wildlife_trade/what_is_the_bushmeat_crisis

Deforestation and palm oil
http://endtrophyhuntingnow.com/2014/02/26/deforestation-and-palm-oil/

Slavery is driving apes to extinction
http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Slavery-driving-apes-to-extinction-20140701

Fighting to save Africa’s richest rainforest
http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/12/qa-fighting-to-save-africas-richest-rainforest/

Over-hunting endangers tree species in Asia and Africa
http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/an-insidious-threat-to-tropical-forests-over-hunting-endangers-tree-species-in-asia-and-africa-2/

Your supermarket is selling rain forest destruction
http://understory.ran.org/2013/05/16/your-supermarket-is-selling-rainforest-destruction-get-the-facts-on-palm-oil-and-the-us-snack-food-industry/

Say no to deforestation and palm oil
http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/say-no-to-palm-oil.html

Ivory, charcoal funds criminal, terror groups
http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Ivory-charcoal-funds-criminal-terror-groups-20140625

Blowing the lid off the horrific wildlife trafficking in the US
https://www.thedodo.com/blowing-the-lid-off-horrific-w-557257344.html

Asia and dog and cat meat

The cat and dog meat and fur trade
http://endtrophyhuntingnow.com/2014/05/21/dog-and-cat-meat-and-fur-trade/

Horrific images dogs killed cooked served as meal
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164353/Horrific-images-dogs-killed-cooked-served-meal-sick-Chinese-tradition.html

Is the world’s most gruesome meat market in Indonesia
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569111/Held-tiny-cages-animals-await-fate-alongside-remains-dogs-rats-monkeys-creatures-flame-roasted-WHOLE-Indonesian-market.html

Live animals being sold in plastic keyrings and necklaces in China
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PADBM4_gzng

China’s rapidly growing animal welfare movement
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-robinson-mbe-drmedvet-hc/chinas-rapidly-growing-an_b_4724971.html

Companion animals

HSUS and the Michael Vick bribe scandal
http://www.consumerfreedom.com/2010/12/4340-hsuss-michael-vick-scandal-hits-the-new-york-times/

Manipulating an emotional response in place of valid argument
https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

Feeding your cats – the basis of feline nutrition
http://www.catinfo.org/

An HSUS report on the worst puppy mills in the US
http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/101-puppy-mills-report-2014.pdf

Ten things every cat owner should remember
http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/ten-things-every-cat-owner-should-remember/

A letter to my former family from a shelter cat
https://medium.com/philosophy-logic/42f0e63e166f

No kill solutions
http://www.718544pets.org/indexEnglish.html

Tagging local rescues when crossposting helps pets find homes

http://www.lacroixtees.com/fb_directory/animal-rescue/index.php

Local campaigns to find kitty fosters can be easily set up here
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c48a9aa22a02-pcac3

Zoothanasia

The case for the end of the modern zoo: an important debate
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201407/the-case-the-end-the-modern-zoo-important-debate

Daily Mail on thousands of zoo animals killed in Europe yearly
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2559445/Thousands-zoo-animals-killed-Europe-yearly.html

Marius the giraffe was not the only animal zoos have culled
http://time.com/5793/marius-the-giraffe-not-the-only-animal-zoos-have-culled/

Psychology Today on zoothanasia is not euthanasia
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201402/zoos-zoothanize-many-healthy-animals-according-bbc

Zoothanasia is not euthanasia and words do matter
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201208/zoothanasia-is-not-euthanasia-words-matter

Healthy young zoo animals killed zoothanasia redux
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201402/healthy-young-zoo-giraffe-be-killed-zoothanasia-redux

Guardian on Copenhagen zoo has now killed four lions
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/danish-copenhagen-zoo-kills-four-lions-marius-giraffe

Daily Mail on Danish Zoo faces criticism for euthanizing four lions
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2589039/Danish-zoo-faced-international-outrage-killing-18-month-old-giraffe-faces-criticism-euthanising-four-lions.html

CAPS Captive Animal Protection Society say thousands killed annually
“target=”_blank”>http://www.captiveanimals.org/news/2014/02/marius-was-not-a-tragic-exception-ten-thousand-animals-may-be-killed-by-european-zoos-annually#.UzIJK2cnX5E.facebook

BBC News on how many healthy animals do zoos put down
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26356099

Zoos in Europe kill 5000 healthy animals a year
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/zoos-in-europe-kill-5000-healthy-animals-a-year-9155722.html

CNN on Copenhagen Zoo’s arguments that they were right
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/10/opinion/giraffe-cull-argument-for/index.html

CNN on why arguments for killing don’t stand up to scrutiny
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/10/opinion/giraffe-culling-against/index.html

Factory Farming

Nowadays two in three animals worldwide are factory farmed
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/factory-farming/

Why factory farming is even worse than you thought
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14918/why-factory-farming-is-even-worse-than-you-thought.html

General

Research decodes prairie dogs communicating about humans
http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/researcher-decodes-praire-dog-language-discovers-theyve-been-calling-people-fat.html

Chasing Dr Doolittle – learning the language of animals
http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Doctor-Dolittle-Learning-Language/dp/031261179X/ref=sr_1_1?

You won’t believe the sound made by baby rhino
http://www.christianpost.com/buzzvine/you-wont-believe-the-sound-these-cute-baby-rhinos-make-but-dont-touch-the-horn-video-114617

Compassion in conservation don’t be cruel to be kind
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22229740.200-compassion-in-conservation-dont-be-cruel-to-be-kind.html#.U7AOa5RdWhV

Committee to abolish sports hunting and trapping findings
http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/cc2012-sp2-snaring.html

The inspiring story of Russell the cat who was hurt in a fire
http://www.ervets4pets.com/for-vets/newsletter/2014/02/the-story-of-russell-the-cat/

Wildlife in a can humorous article
http://23thorns.com/2013/08/15/96-wildlife-in-a-can/

Vegetarians have better mental health less moods and stress
http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/07/10/food-health/eating-meat-affects-mental-health-vegetarians-have-better-moods-and-less-stress/#yTAStOAXj51ADOg7.99

Worms in deer meat
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=WORMS+IN+DEER+MEAT&FORM=IQFRBA&id=548A94401031D9F369F3FD3888A8B06D0AAE1CD4&selectedIndex=0#view=detail&id=548A94401031D9F369F3FD3888A8B06D0AAE1CD4&selectedIndex=0

BBC poll: Germany most popular country in the world
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22624104

Hunting for euphemisms and how we excuse killing
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/12/hunting-for-euphemisms-how-we-trick-ourselves-to-excuse-killing/250213/

Pictures of polar bear playing more like a teddy bear
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567354/Ferocious-beast-Thats-bit-stretch-Polar-bear-sprawls-flat-ice-meal.html

Bears - Polar 07

Science proves that animals have feelings
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/01/science-proves-that-animals-have-feelings/

Animals are as with it as humans scientists say
http://news.discovery.com/human/genetics/animals-consciousness-mammals-birds-octopus-1208241.htm

15 amazing things your dog can sense about you
http://www.dognotebook.com/15-amazing-things-your-dog-can-sense-about-you/

Fish are sentient and emotional beings clearly feel pain
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201406/fish-are-sentient-and-emotional-beings-and-clearly-feel-pain

15 endangered species that are still on the menu
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/15-endangered-species-that-are-still-on-the-menu/delicacy

13 animals hunted to extinction
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/13-animals-hunted-to-extinction/hunted-to-death

10 of the cutest endangered species
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/10-of-the-cutest-endangered-species/amur-leopards

Compassion Fatigue

Please note that compassion fatigue is not a mental illness.
It is the name of a group of symptoms that helping professionals may experience as a normal occupational hazard of their work. Compassion fatigue does not always lead to depression. Depression is a mental illness and has many causes. While they are sometimes connected, compassion fatigue and depression are not the same. However, both deserve our attention and anyone suffering from either should be encouraged to seek help. 

Resources

Suicide Hotline

When Helping Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Profession

CompassionFatigue.org

Pawcurious “We Love You to Death” 

TIME: The Mystery of Suicide and How to Prevent It

VetGirl: Suicide Awareness in Veterinary Medicine webinar

University of Buffalo School of Social Work Self-Care Starter Kit

Rollin’ With Rubi Still, I Am One

Self Care Is Not Optional (my own experience with compassion fatigue)

Hunters or psychopathic serial animal killers

Should hunters shoot does with fawns
http://www.grandviewoutdoors.com/articles/should-you-shoot-does-with-fawns#sthash.JbL4RT2U.Rzg4SMmB.dpbs

Hunting guide pleads guilty to maiming animals
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/30/nicholaus-rodgers-hunting-guide-pleads-guilty_n_5635070.html?utm_hp_ref=crime

Hunter starts massive fire costing $125 million repeatedly lying
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/07/keith-matthew-emerald-california-wildfire_n_5659704.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000048

Hunter kills six and injures two on hunting trip
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chai_Vang

Hunters vs serial killers

http://shannon-wright.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/hunters-vs-serial-killers.html

What’s with the thrill of the kill
http://davin.ci/SilviawWadhwa/1

Are trophy hunters psychopaths
http://www.zoetigers.org/papers/are_trophy_hunters_psychopaths.pdf

Is trophy hunting a form of serial killing by Gareth Patterson
http://www.bushdrums.com/index.php/forum/topic/574-is-trophy-hunting-a-form-of-serial-killing-

Alois Huber Austrian hunter who killed three police officers
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/alois-huber-austrian-gunman-hunting-murder_n_3954229.html

Shocking pictures of the world’s worst parents
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/alois-huber-austrian-gunman-hunting-murder_n_3954229.html

More shocking pictures of the world’s worst parents
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2139445/Bad-dads-anonymous-More-shocking-pictures-worlds-worst-parents-unlucky-children.html

Trophy hunting and links to murder and small male genitalia
http://birdpond.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/trophy-hunting-linked-to-serial-murder-and-small-male-genitalia/

What is the definition of insanity
http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/definition-of-insanity.htm

List of the characteristics of psychopaths
http://www.dovechristiancounseling.com/Characteristics-Of-Psychopaths.html

Do psychopaths enjoy other people’s fear or just not notice
http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/psychopath.htm[/embed

Without conscience the disturbing world of psychopaths by Robert Hare
http://www.amazon.com/Without-Conscience-Disturbing-World-Psychopaths/dp/1572304510/ref=sr_1_1?

Psychology Today on recreational hunting
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201302/recreational-hunting-would-you-kill-your-dog-fun-0

 

Psychology Today on trophy hunting by Donald Trump’s sons
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201203/trumping-wildlife-heinous-trophy-hunting-not-conservation?

Psychology Today on stalking, hunting, stress and emotion
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/200907/stalking-hunting-stress-and-emotion

Psychology Today on what is a psychopath
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mindmelding/201301/what-is-psychopath-0

The most unlikely victims of trophy hunting are children
http://www.nikela.org/unlikely-trophy-hunting-victims-children/

Animal abuse indicates high risk of psychopathic disorder
http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-abuse-indicates-high-risk-of-psychopathic-disorder

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  1. Excellent article. Rather an eye opener, I must admit to being so shocked. I abhor hunting and indeed any cruelty to animals, it is sickening and horrific in the extreme, the extent of suffering that is inflicted on animals for profit and the perverted pleasure of the few is beyond belief! Just sickening that children are encouraged to hunt and trap animals, to my mind it is a form of child abuse to corrupt the minds of children in this way.

    Shocking about the corruption of charities I did not know just how extensive this is, I had heard about the RSPCA and PETA Killing animals which is disturbing on its own to say the least. As is the existence of 10,000 game reserves in Africa. It is staggering to contemplate the number of animals murdered each and every day, year in and year out.

    Must have taken a lot of research, well done a very useful resource of information and an excellent blog. I think that the Internet and the tireless campaigning of people like you have shown us just how widespread are the horrific mistreatment of animals. So heartbreaking not knowing what to do. Human beings have turned this beautiful world into the planet from hell for both human and non-human animals. I though continue to hope that most people do not approve of the ongoing exploitation and cruel treatment of animals but either remain in ignorance or do not know what to do to stem the ever increasing tide of violence, slaughter and abuse of the other beings with whom we share this world.

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