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Sabotaging the Badger Cull

2 Sep

Activists flood the Somerset cull zone as guns start firing

badgerfacefrom SchNEWS

The shooting of badgers in Somerset has started this week. The cull is aiming to kill over 70% of the badger population in the area in a misguided attempt to stop tuberculosis (TB) in cattle. The TB problem is mainly down to poor farming practices and inbreeding of the cows, (see Schnews 836) but some would rather scapegoat badgers. Gloucestershire has not started their cull yet, but may do next week.

There has always been huge public opposition to killing badgers and the start of the shooting has seen some of those people taking direct action. As soon as the marksmen started shooting, there were people sabotaging it. Stop the Cull reported the first incident on Tuesday night in the Stogumber area when people heard shots and then some people made enough noise to send the badgers safe underground. The shooting stopped. Since then, there seem to have been problems for the marksmen every time badger friendly people find them. Finding them is a bit tricky, which is why more people are needed to help.

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Destruction of Police Facility Claimed by UK Anarchist Groups as Response to Badger Cull

30 Aug

by Sunita Patel-Carstairs / The Telegraph

Radicals from two groups – the Angry Foxes Cell and the ACAB (All Coppers Are Bastards) – said they started the fire to coincide with the start of the cull.

They claim they poured accelerants on electrics at the half-built centre on Monday night and “left it with flames licking high”.

Their strike was part of a “night of action” against the authorities, which included attacking two vehicles used by prison security services.

 A fire at a police training area in Portishead, Bristol, sends out a giant plume of smoke. An anarchist group opposed to the badger cull has claimed responsibility for the fire which gutted a £16million police firing range Photo: SWNS.com


A fire at a police training area in Portishead, Bristol, sends out a giant plume of smoke. An anarchist group opposed to the badger cull has claimed responsibility for the fire which gutted a £16million police firing range Photo: SWNS.com

Firefighters on Wednesday were still battling to extinguish the blaze at the Black Rock Quarry centre in Portishead, near Bristol, 36 hours after it was started.

The statement by the ‘Angry Foxes Cell in collaboration with ACAB’ said: “It put smiles on our faces to realise how easy it was to enter their gun club and leave a f*** you signature right in the belly of the beast, with a curious fox as our only witness.

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Pilot Whale and Dolphin Slaughter in the Faroe Islands

25 Aug

by Erwin Vermeulen / Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

On August 13th, 135 long-finned pilot whales were brutally slaughtered in Húsavík.

On August 13th, 135 long-finned pilot whales were brutally slaughtered in Húsavík.

It’s been an extremely bloody few weeks in the Ferocious Isles, even by Faroese standards. On August 8, 107 Long-finned Pilot whales were slaughtered in Sandavágur. On August 11, 21 were butchered in Leynar and on the 13th, 135 lost their lives in Húsavík.

The grind(adrap), as the Pilot whale drive is called, has a recorded history since 1584. There are 23 whaling bays assigned to six districts in which the meat and blubber are divided among the population. A drive is initiated when fishermen or ferries offshore sight dolphins. The dolphins are driven into a bay with boats and even jet skis and pulled up onto the beach with a hook in the blowhole. Then the spinal cord is cut with a knife.

The Húsavík massacre on the 13th was not the only one that took place that day. In Hvalba, the incredibly high number of 430 Atlantic White-sided dolphins were driven into ‘whale bay’ and brutally murdered. Some people might be surprised to hear that these islanders are targeting species other than Pilot whales, but they have always hunted smaller dolphins, especially in Hvalba. They last killed Atlantic White-sided dolphins in Hvalba in August 2010 and Risso’s dolphins earlier that year in April. Oravik took 100 Atlantic White-sided dolphins in August 2009. That same month, Hvalba killed two Northern Bottlenose whales that were reported as stranded, and a month later Klaksvik took three Risso’s. In June 1978 that town even butchered 31 Orcas.

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Hunting Towers Destroyed in Sweden

21 Aug

from Bite Back

According to media reports, as many as 20 hunting towers in Jämtland County were cut down or overturned early on August 18. (photos: Pär Eriksson)

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Wild Horse Controversy at Fallon Slaughter Auction

18 Aug
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Unbranded await hearing on August 21 to determine their fate

by Laura Leigh / Wild Horse Education

(Fallon) Today an auction of horses took place at the Fallon Livestock Auction grounds under extreme controversy. After hearings and a denial of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) added to an underlying Complaint existing for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Owyhee Complex, a TRO was granted to a new complaint filed by WHE attorney Gordon Cowan and attorneys representing AWHPC (a wild horse advocacy coalition).

The restraining order required that no unbranded horses would be auctioned. After considerable negotiations Laura Leigh (President of Wild Horse Education, WHE) and Deniz Bolbol and Suzanne Roy (representing American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, AWHPC) were allowed to go through each pen after the livestock center “sorted” out branded and unbranded horses.  The trio discovered nearly 60 other horses that were unbranded. The livestock center sorted those horses out. During the auction one horse came through unbranded and the auctioneer did stop bidding and sent the horse back to the pens containing the unbranded.

The fate of 149 unbranded wild horses awaits trial on August 21st in Reno federal court. If the advocate suit is successful the unbranded wild horses will be returned to the range.

The branded horses went through the auction. Many were purchased by rescues and private individuals. However about 200 horses went to killbuyers.

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Manual for Sabotaging Wolf Hunts Released

12 Aug

“And in that case, we choose to be saboteurs for the wild.”

The following text is from a press release of the Earth First! Media office, which provides correspondence to news outlets around the world.

Download the Earth First! Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual Here

Download the Earth First! Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual Here

by Earth First! News

Earth First! Media has released a manual which provides detailed information for disrupting wolf hunting in those states that allow it. Titled The Earth First! Wolf Hunting Sabotage Manual, the text, complete with step-by-step graphics, explains how to find and destroy wolf traps, handle live trapped wolves in order to release them, and various methods, including the use of air-compressed horns and smoke-bombs, for stopping wolf hunts.

The authors of the manual describe themselves as,  “hunters and proud of it,” adding, “But we aren’t proud of what passes for hunting these days and especially for what passes as ‘sportsman’ hunting. Somehow, the National Rifle Association, yuppie trophy hunters, cattle barons, and the Obama Administration are in cahoots in an effort that promises to wipe wolves clean off the planet. And in that case, we choose to be saboteurs for the wild.”    Continue reading

Bloodthirsty ‘Factual’ TV Shows Demonize Wildlife with Lies and Sensationalism

11 Jun

Major US TV channels are promoting hysterical and outdated ideas about wildlife in popular, blood-soaked shows

Wolves are depicted as "mean, ferocious animals and they can tear a man apart real easy" on TV, despite evidence to the contrary. Photograph: Alamy

Wolves are depicted as “mean, ferocious animals and they can tear a man apart real easy” on TV, despite evidence to the contrary. Photograph: Alamy

by Adam Welz / The Guardian

Most people’s wild beasts live in the TV.

What I mean is that, in my experience, most people are highly unlikely to come eyeball-to-eyeball with a large wild animal in their everyday lives, and much of their knowledge of wildlife comes from a screen.

If you’re North American or get US-produced satellite TV, you’ve probably learned a lot about wildlife from outlets like the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and History. You might trust these channels because you’ve seen educational, factually accurate shows on them, unlike the ‘trashy’ material that dominates free-to-air network TV.

But not everything on on these ‘factual’ channels might be as ethical or even as accurate as you might think, and the implications for conservation could be profound.

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