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Another Fur Farm Hit

6 Sep

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from Bite Back

At least 100 mink were freed from cages at a fur farm in Keota, Iowa early on August 30. According to a police spokesperson (as reported on Animal Liberation Frontline), “It looked like someone had opened the lids on the cages and let them run out.”

Protesters Cut Hole in Fence, Enter US post in Italy

6 Sep

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Cross Posted from Stars and Stripes

Protesters cut into the perimeter fence Wednesday at Caserma Del Din and made it onto the base before being dispersed by Italian military personnel, the U.S. Army confirmed Thursday.

The facility, headquarters for the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and eventually the home of U.S. Army Africa, opened this summer.

Various groups have opposed the U.S. military’s use of the former Dal Molin air field since plans were announced publicly in 2005. Most of the protesters belong to anti-war movements, with some others concerned about the impact on the local environment.

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CrimeStoppers Reward Offered in 300 Portland Tire Slashings

6 Sep

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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson / The Oregonian

Vandals have punctured tires on more than 300 trucks and vans in Portland since May, and officers need the public’s help to solve the frustrating crimes.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is offering $1,000 for tips leading to arrests in the cases of vehicle vandalism.

The first reports of vandalism came on May 19, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a police spokesperson.

A map shows clusters of reported tire puncturings: large and small crossover-style SUVs, as well as trucks and vans, all parked on the street. Some victims have been hit multiple times. The crimes have taken place under cover of darkness and in broad daylight, on every day of the week.

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“Death Sentence” for Raccoons, Other Orphaned Wildlife

5 Sep
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By Jay Reeves / AP

Wildlife lovers are protesting a new state rule in Alabama they say is a death sentence for helpless baby raccoons, skunks and other wild animals there.The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Thursday that it will no longer issue permits for the rehabilitation of certain orphaned or injured raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes, feral pigs or bats.

Anyone who finds an orphaned or hurt animal should leave it in the wild, the agency said, and humane organizations should euthanize any of the animals they receive.

“Basically there is no biological reason to rehabilitate these animals,” said biologist Ray Metzler, assistant chief of wildlife for the agency. Continue reading

Greenpeace Protesters ‘Frack’ Lancashire Council Hall

5 Sep

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By  / theguardian.com

Around 10 protesters from Greenpeace have erected a mock drilling rig outside Lancashire council’s county hall in Preston, to protest at plans byenergy company Cuadrilla to resume fracking in the county this autumn.

The action follows a similar stunt by the green group in March, when itset up a rig in the Cheshire constituency of the chancellor, George Osborne, who has been one of the most vocal backers of fracking for shale gas

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Protests Continue in Bucharest Against Goldmine Plan in Rosia Montana

5 Sep

By Grace Wong / The Guardian

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Romanians protest in capital Bucharest against the government’s support for a plan to open Europe’s biggest opencast goldmine in Rosia Montana. Photograph: Cristian Vasile / Save Rosia Montana Campaign

About 1,000 people gathered in Bucharest on Tuesday night for a third day of protests against plans for Europe‘s biggest opencast goldmine.

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Naomi Klein: Green Groups May Be More Damaging Than Climate Change Deniers

5 Sep
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Photo Cred: Ed Kashi

By Jason Mark / Earth Island Journal.

Canadian author Naomi Klein is so well known for her blade-sharp commentary that it’s easy to forget that she is, above all, a first-rate reporter. I got a glimpse into her priorities as I was working on this interview. Klein told me she was worried that some of the things she had said would make it hard for her to land an interview with a president of the one of the Big Green groups (read below and you’ll see why). She was more interested in nabbing the story than being the story; her reporting trumped any opinion-making.

During your career you’ve written about the power of brand names, populist movements around the world, and free market fundamentalism. Why now a book and film on climate change?

You know, The Shock Doctrine, my last book, ends with climate change. It ends with a vision of a dystopic future where you have weak infrastructure colliding with heavy weather, as we saw with Hurricane Katrina. And rather than working to prevent future disasters by having lower emissions, you have all these attempts to take advantage of that crisis. At the time, it seemed to me that climate change was potentially going to be the biggest disaster-capitalism free-for-all that we’ve seen yet. So it was quite a logical progression for me to go from writing about disaster-capitalism in The Shock Doctrine to writing about climate change. As I was writing The Shock Doctrine, I was covering the Iraq War and profiteering from the war, and I started to see these patterns repeat in the aftermath of natural disasters, like the Asian tsunami and then Hurricane Katrina. There are chapters in that book on both of those events. Then I came to the idea that climate change could be a kind of a “people’s shock,” an answer to the shock doctrine – not just another opportunity by the disaster capitalists to feed off of misery, but an opportunity for progressive forces to deepen democracy and really improve livelihoods around the world. Then I came across the idea of “climate debt” when I was doing a piece on reparations for Harper’s magazine. I had a meeting with Bolivia’s climate negotiator in Geneva – her name is Angélica Navarro – and she put the case to me that climate change could be an opportunity for a global Green Marshall Plan with the North paying climate debts in the form of huge green development project.