Ecological disaster looms for rain forests of Sumatra
by John Vidal
LONDON – Our small plane had been flying low over Sumatra for three hours but all we had seen was an industrial landscape of palm and acacia trees stretching 50 km in every direction. A haze of blue smoke from newly cleared land drifted eastward over giant plantations. Long drainage canals dug through equatorial swamps dissected the land. The only sign of life was excavators loading trees onto barges to take to pulp mills …
The Japan Times – Jun 1, 2013
WWF says fisheries reform fails to protect recovery of fish stocks
Conservation organisation WWF Mediterranean is highly concerned that some key issues are being ignored in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) agreed on Thursday morning at the European Parliament – chiefly, decisive action it says is badly needed to replenish seriously depleted fish stocks …
Fish Update – Published: 31 May, 2013
Illinois bill protects hunters from PETA and its drones
Brett Wessler, Staff Writer
A bill passed by the Illinois House and Senate will prevent PETA members from using unmanned aerial surveillance to disrupt hunters in the state.
PETA announced plans in April (www.cattlenetwork.com/Commenta…) to use drones to monitor farmers and hunters for any illegal activity. If signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, the bill prohibits anyone from flying unmanned aircraft over state hunting grounds with intent to disrupt hunters …
Protest rally goes to the dogs (Today in Pictures)
By Mark Almond
Supporters of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, protest outside the Indian High Commission in London against Air India lifting its ban on transporting animals to laboratories …
PETA Asks White House to Stun Lobsters to Death Before Boiling Them
By Sarah Anne Hughes
There’s a great injustice going on inside the White House involving lobsters and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are on it.
PETA is asking executive chef Cristeta Comerford to use a device that stuns and kills lobsters, crabs and other shellfish before they are boiled …
Washington University Stops Using Live Cats in Training Class After Years of PETA Protests (Video)
By Sam Levin
Washington University is permanently ending its controversial practice of using live cats in a medical training course ( blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dail… ).
Since 2008, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been pressuring Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to disband what PETA has labeled the “cat lab.” Animal-rights activists say the method is cruel and unnecessary. PETA increased pressure last month with an undercover video (blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dail…) inside the class — and in this week’s course, Wash. U. officials reportedly told students that they would no longer be using cats as part of the training …
Riverfront Times (blog) – May 31 2013 at 10:43 AM
Interview with a sea pirate
By Terry Peters, North Shore News
Captain Paul Watson by Lamya Essemlali with Paul Watson, Firefly Books, 264 pages, $24.95
As a central figure in the ongoing fight to protect the oceans, Paul Watson has been an activist for most of his life …
North Shore News – May 31, 2013 9:36 AM
Anonymous Attacks PETA for Demanding Identities of Online Commenters
By Vanilla Sharma
Hacking group Anonymous has condemned PETA for demanding the identities of online commenters who have said harsh things about the animal rights organisation.
“Once again a shadowy group of zealots who are given to well practised media manipulation and bizarre celebrity endorsements are using legal threats and strong arm tactics in an attempt to prevent anonymous criticism of their organisation and activities online,” the hactivist collective wrote in a post on Pastebin (pastebin.com/raw.php?i=rfe2bjq…) …
DigitalTimes.co.uk – May 31, 2013 2:39 AM EDT
African Development Bank and WWF Call for Urgent Action to Combat Wildlife Crime
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and WWF will launch today a joint global call for action and commitment from governments and other institutions to combat the rampant illicit wildlife trafficking scourge that is robbing Africa of precious natural resources and posing a major threat to stability and economies across the continent …
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