WAYNE MADSEN—Trump’s blood lust for animals does not end with scaling back domestic and international protections for endangered species. The Trump administration is also giving authorization to the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Service to use M-44 spring-loaded traps filled with sodium cyanide to kill bears, foxes, wolves, coyotes, birds, mountain lions and other animals that ranchers and farmers consider to be pests.
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DAVID MATTSON—All of this begs the question of what to do about Felicia and, more importantly, her surviving cub. Indeed, this question is on a lot of peoples’ minds. Perhaps more importantly, though, this challenge broaches the broader issue of what to do about increasing numbers of similar bears in similar situations—but where ultimate authority is held by dysfunctional and undemocratic state wildlife management agencies in a world overrun by humans.
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An incredibly loyal Spanish sheepdog has hit national headlines after he chased a truck, loaded with his doomed flock, down a dangerous motorway as they were transported to an abattoir. The dog, named Piqué, chased the herd of sheep – which he had protected since he was a young pup – for miles down the AP7 motorway near Barcelona. Piqué was rescued by local police, who shared online the heart-wrenching tale of the dog who “protects his pack until the end”.
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Today, PETA purchased shares in Facebook, enabling the group to submit a shareholder resolution, attend the company’s annual meetings, and ask questions of executives there. The move comes after the social media platform upped its use of warning screens on PETA videos showing real-life incidents of routine cruelty to animals, significantly limiting the group’s ability to expose animal suffering to a wide audience.
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PATRICE GREANVILLE—After all, this may be (we hope) the end of animal agriculture as we know it, which has been at it for well over 10,000 years, having grown lethally and exponentially with the arrival of CAFOS (factory farms) in the 20th century, spearheaded by assembly line techniques borrowed from America’s first wave of industrialisation. Animal agriculture in the US and woldwide now contributes as much if not more greenhouse gases—especially methane— than all hydrocarbon-fueled vehicles on earth.