KITTY BLOCK—The charges filed today are an important outcome and they set a precedent for future cases of wildlife abuse. Before Libre’s Law went into effect, animal cruelty was largely a summary offense in Pennsylvania, and offenders received penalties that were the legal equivalent of a traffic violation. Even egregious acts of cruelty were not given penalties that matched the severity of the crime. Now, under Libre’s Law, aggravated cruelty is a felony. And although the law was inspired by and named after a puppy mill dog, Libre, it covers not just companion animals but all animals, including wildlife.
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It always comes down to a personal choice, but these days, with all the insults we pile on the planet, making reasonable and compassionate choices in the food we eat is one of the best ways to push back against our species- induced ecological implosion. It’s not even about animal rights or the legendary “fanatics” and crazy rich ladies. (Which exist, of course along with everything else.) It’s about being consistent in our leftist beliefs and doing what our moral duty—and our elementary self-preservation instinct—dictate.
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Solidarity among protesters and stray dogs has a long tradition in Chile. In 2011, Chile experienced a wave of student protests. One day, a stray dog joined the young protesters in a demonstration. He was friendly with the students and aggressive towards the Chilean police officers. He soon became known as “Negro Matapacos,” slang for black cop-killer.
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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.