Category: Hunting

Wolves: the victims of psychopaths

 

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The protected status of the wolf is determined by the EU. Yet, EU countries determined what this status practically implies by including the species in different Annexes of the Flora and Fauna Habitats Directive. Therefore, countries like France and Slovakia, as well as regions of Spain can still legally cull wolves to a certain level. Yet, even Spain stopped the wolf culling activities last season. In the meantime, illegal killing of wolves continues to happen in many other countries. Here are a few highlights that need international attention.

Norway

 

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The Norwegian regional Large Carnivores Committee recently made the decision to kill three wolf packs in the so-called wolf zones this winter. The wolf-zones are actually areas where wolves should be able to live, instead of being shot. This means that Norwegian hunters will try to kill another 17 wolves. Many Norwegian organisations have appealed to the Ministry of Environment to call stop the killing. The Ministry will decide on the situation in November.

The decision follows many killings and demonstrations against it in Norway and across the world. Last year, Norway planned to kill half of its entire wolf population even. The Scandinavian wolf population is severely suffering from these impacts. There is less genetic exchange between populations, due to the fact that many migrating wolves die along the way. And the so-called genetic inbreeding is used as an argument to reduce the wolf population size again. Yet, scientific evidence shows that the Scandinavian wolf population can recover, if people let it. On the 26th of October, people will go to the streets to demonstrate against this decision as well.

Denmark

 

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Denmark saw the return of the wolf happening in 2012 after almost 200 years. However, last year a hunter shot one of the few wolves in Denmark. The hunter was captured on video and arrested. The court decided in August last year that the hunter got a sentence of just 40 days probation. In addition, the hunter lost his hunting license now too. But the story of Danish wolves does not stop there. According to reporting, at least 7 wolves have gone ‘missing’ in Denmark since 2012. What is left is an estimated number of 4 adults and 6 cubs.

If the Danish authorities treat such felonies of killing strictly protected animals so mildly, it is only a matter of time before the re-extinction of wolves in Denmark.

Belgium

 

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The latest news is from Belgium, which welcomed the wolf back after more than 100 years of absence. The she-wolf named Naya found a male partner August in the Belgian forests. Earlier this year, camera traps photographed her as she showed signs of being pregnant. However, since 4.5 months there has been no sign of her or the pups. August still roams the woods, but the official news came out this weeks that hunters most likely have killed Naya.

Although clear evidence is still lacking, experts state it is very unlikely that the wolf died of other causes. The official research still has to provide proof of what happened to the Belgian wolf, however.

Human-wolf coexistence

Killing wolves is not the solution for the problems that hunters and farmers are facing. Effective livestock protection measures are more effectively contributing to human-wolf coexistence than killing wolves. Practical examples from many different countries and regions prove that it can work. It is up to the people to decide whether they accept that the wolf returned.

https://wilderness-society.org/brutal-wolf-killing-continues-across-europe/

 

My comment: First of all, we have to make one thing clear: the goal of the hunt is the executions!

After the reintroduction of the wolves in Germany it is forbidden (officially) to shoot a wolf.
The wolf enjoys a high protection status as a endangered species in Germany and at the same time is still protected by European and international law.
This is on paper.
But hunters have always hated wolves.
The murders against wolves have accumulated in recent years in Germany but they were never enlightened.
So how can a hunter eliminate a wolf without being punished?
He sends his hunting dogs, the hunter’s best manipulated!
It is about a miserable minority of 0.45% of the german population practicing undisturbed every day terror against defenseless animals in the forest.

The peasants claiming that their animals are being ripped off by wolves. They can build fences. For this they get the EU subsidies.
Also, if one or two animals are ripped off by the wolf they will get compensation.
The farmers do not mention that in Germany every year one million sheep are brutally slaughtered and often without anesthesia! that’s what they call business, fun food for a society that does not need it.

Hunters claim that they regulate nature.
They do not regulate anything, they massacre on murder lust.
Hunters are habitual offenders who deliberately kill defenseless animals.

karikatur mit ermordeten Wolfnthis is one of the most dangerous animals on our planet.
Year after year, it is responsible for multiple suffering and millions of deaths. Left beside it hangs a murdered wolf.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: California – Victories for Bobcats !

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Great news out of Sacramento! On Saturday, October 12, Governor Newsom signed AB 44 (banning the sale and production of new fur products) and AB 1254 (bobcat trophy hunting) into law. This momentous legislation will spare countless wild animals from the cruel and unnecessary fur trade and bobcats from the horrors of trophy hunting.

Thanks to your support, California has set yet another standard for the nation on the humane treatment of wildlife—after becoming the first state in the country to ban commercial and recreational trapping in September. With AB 44 on the books, California is now the first state in the nation to ban the sale and production of new fur products!

Animals raised for the fur trade languish in tiny cages on factory farms and are cruelly killed by gassing or electrocution. Wildlife including foxes, coyotes, beaver, and otter are also trapped in their native habitat and their skins sold at auction. These two laws send a message to the fur industry that consumers no longer want animals skinned for fashion clothing and accessories.

The ban on bobcat hunting will spare countless bobcats and other nontarget species from being sport-hunted—following up on California’s precedent-setting ban on bobcat trapping in 2015. It will also help preserve the species, which faces a range of threats including human encroachment on their habitat and consequences from climate change.

Join us in thanking Governor Newsom and the bill sponsors—Asm. Laura Friedman (who introduced the fur ban bill) and Asm. Sydney Kamlager-Dove (who championed the bobcat bill)—for taking a stand against these inhumane practices. Please shoot them a quick email—contact information is at the links provided.

We are deeply grateful to all of you who supported these bills and spoke out for the voiceless animals.

For the Wild Ones,

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director

 

 

 

Cyprus: how the bird catcher mafia works.

 

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Commission against bird slaughter (CABS) PRESS RELEASE – 12/10/2019

Today marks the 46th day of bird trapping by the biggest and most organised criminal trapper in Cyprus, in the area of Maroni, state CABS (Commission against bird slaughter) the trapping in Cyprus.
Considering that the trapping site was first confirmed as active on the 24th of August and considering that an average of 300 birds are killed in this compound each day according to the evidence collected by the RSPB; we can reasonably conclude that 13,800 birds have been killed in this single trapping compound in just the last 7 weeks.

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Furthermore, the site is known to everybody – including the authorities – and it has not been properly challenged or investigated for at least the last 2 years.

Despite the activity throughout the whole autumn season, the law enforcement agencies seldomly investigate this site and prosecute the owner. The Game and Fauna Service refuse to approach the place, whereas the anti-poaching unit has never managed in the last year to make a proper prosecution on this site. Even when they agree to make an operation there, this usually takes weeks of planning and the results are often minimal. This is basically allowing the trapper to continue the killing of thousands of birds, unperturbed during the peak period of the autumn migration season.

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There is clearly something wrong with the Cyprus Police in relation to the biggest trapping site in Cyprus. CABS and the RSPB have observed several suspects trapping on full bore with more than 7 nets, electronic caller lures and catching hundreds of birds every night.

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On the, 16th and 17th September, RSPB observed set nets and filmed the group trapping. The police was called and did not attend until the following day where they found nothing.

 

 

On the 19th September again the trapping site was observed by CABS active and in full swing!! Despite 4 operations made by the police so far only 1 net and 1 bird has been found.

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“We believe that the operations of the police are conducted in the wrong way or we suspect that information is being routinely leaked to the trapper” states Alexander Heyd, Director of CABS.

In another statement, Alexander Heyd says “CABS and other NGOs have been trying for three weeks to get in touch with the highest level of the Cypriot Police force to arrange a meeting about this situation. Despite our efforts, they have so far been unable to meet and discuss our findings. It seems that they are avoiding us and are not interested in stopping this criminal or in finding out more about the suspected leak in the unit”.

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The last time the biggest trapper in Cyprus was properly targeted by police was in 2017, but the enforcement officer that coordinated the raid was subsequently moved from the unit.

CABS is always happy to cooperate with the Cyprus Police. They achieved great results against illegal bird poaching in the past, but recent events show inactiveness and an unprofessional approach, to say the least. The Cypriot police is clearly not stepping up against bird trapping and is knowingly letting this happen without retribution.

https://community.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/b/investigations/posts/illegal-bird-trapping-in-cyprus

 

My comment: No one has ever been imprisoned in Cyprus for illegal bird catching.

Tapped poachers are usually fined 600 euros. With a merit of up to 20,000 euros per season, a poacher can easily get over this loss.
The Cypriot bird mafia often uses a particularly insidious and highly sustainable fishing method for illegal bird catching.
In the past, they planted many acacias on the dry island that are not native to Cyprus.
Trees that the migratory birds like to use as a welcome approach station. And between these trees, the criminal poachers now tie their nets. According to experts, around 2.3 million wild birds are killed each year in Cyprus by illegal hunting.

Killed songbirds are sold via the black market to restaurants in the Republic of Cyprus, so that guests can eat the popular Cypriot specialty “Ampelopoulia”.

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Criminal gangs earn hundreds of thousands of euros from this illegal activity.
A perfidious, unscrupulous, simply disgusting human parasite that owes its existence to the corrupt country politicians.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

USA: ‘Zombie’ deer disease: States issue new warnings, confirmations of chronic wasting disease.

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WAV Comment – Mark (England) – I can vividly remember when we had CJD here in the UK years ago – primarily due to the farming industry thinking they knew how to feed cows better than nature, by feeding ground up chickens to cows, rather than putting them out to feed naturally with grass pasture.   What is learned ? – in the end, no matter how brilliant humans think they are, with the attitude of man knows best; nature will always find a way of getting back at us – a sort of ‘Karma’ for the devastation we inflict on other species and the environment.  In one sense, this is a way that Deer hunters are now being sent a message to stop doing what they do – especially as the disease can be spread by bodily fluid contact (animals to humans).  From CJD experiences I have seen in the UK from the past; USA, your troubles are far from over !

Venus and I have reviewed this today, and we agree that our concerns are not so much about the widening of the disease, but what measures the US government and authorities may take to control it and stop expansion.   It can probably be summed up in one simple word – ‘shoot’.  No doubt the hunters are rubbing their hands at getting out there to slaughter anything and everything that they can; without thinking of the consequences !

Because no matter how it goes and how big the number of illnesses will be, the method is always the same with the animals: Shoot to kill !

 

‘Zombie’ deer disease: States issue new warnings, confirmations of chronic wasting disease

The deadly disease has already been reported in 24 US states

The deadly disease has already been reported in 24 US states Credit: PA

 

Ryan W. Miller and Ashley May USA TODAY

Published 10:31 AM EDT Oct 7, 2019

As deer hunting seasons across the nation ramp up, wildlife officials are issuing new warnings and confirmations of chronic wasting disease, the brain-wasting animal disease informally called “zombie” deer disease.

Every state differs on hunting regulations and how they handle management of chronic wasting disease, but in recent weeks, wildlife officials in states including Nevada, Iowa, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Tennessee have either warned hunters about the disease to prevent its spread to their state or confirmed new cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 277 counties in 24 states have reported chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer, elk or other cervids as of August.

There are no vaccines or treatments available for the disease, which is always fatal. And while no cases have been reported in humans to date, some researchers worry it poses a risk to humans.

Here’s what you need to know about chronic wasting disease and how to prevent it:

What exactly is chronic wasting disease?

CWD is a type of prion disease called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.

The disease affects deer’s brains and spinal cords through abnormal prion proteins that damage normal prion proteins, the CDC said. The cells collect and eventually burst, leaving behind microscopic empty spaces in the brain matter that give it a “spongy” look, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission.

Symptoms, which can take more than a year to develop, include drastic weight loss, lack of coordination, listlessness, drooling, excessive thirst or urination, drooping ears, lack of fear of people and aggression.

How does chronic wasting disease spread?

In deer, CWD spreads through contaminated bodily fluids, tissue, drinking water and food, the CDC says.

The disease was first identified in captive deer in the late 1960s in Colorado and in wild deer in 1981, the CDC said. According to the health agency, CWD could be more widespread than 24 states.

“Once CWD is established in an area, the risk can remain for a long time in the environment. The affected areas are likely to continue to expand,” the CDC says on its website.

Is infected meat safe to eat?

Some infectious disease experts worry that if CWD were to infect humans, consuming infected meat would be the pathway.

“It is probable that human cases of chronic wasting disease associated with consumption with contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead,” Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told state lawmakers earlier this year.

The CDC also says eating infected deer meat would be the most likely way for it to spread to people.

More: In 2005, about 200 people ate ‘zombie’ deer meat. Here’s what happened

About 7,000 to 15,000 animals infected with CWD are eaten each year, and that number could rise by 20% annually, according to the Alliance for Public Wildlife, which Osterholm cited in his testimony.

Scientists can’t say for sure that CWD will cross over and infect humans, but as time goes on and more infected meat is consumed, the likelihood increases, Osterholm said.

“It’s like a throw at the genetic roulette table,” he said.

Don’t touch roadkill

People shouldn’t handle or eat meat from dead animals. Also, never shoot and handle a deer or elk that is acting strangely. If you see an animal that appears to be sick, take note of its location and contact wildlife officials.

Some states recommend hunters have deer or elk tested before eating their meat. But even a test can detect CWD only at a certain stage. There is not a test that can definitively say the animal is negative for the disease, Texas Parks and Wildlife notes. Information about what your state recommends is available from state wildlife agencies.

Wear gloves when field-dressing a deer

The CDC recommends wearing latex or rubber gloves when handing a hunted animal and its meat. Also, minimize the time spent touching organs such as the brain and spinal cord tissues. Never use household knives or utensils for field dressing. Always wash hands and disinfect hunting instruments after use.

Process meat individually

Hunters who typically have deer or elk commercially processed might want to ask whether their animals can be processed individually to avoid any chance of contamination.

“If you put this into a meat processing plant … this is kind of a worst-case nightmare,” Osterholm told lawmakers.

Published 10:31 AM EDT Oct 7, 2019

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/07/cwd-chronic-wasting-disease-zombie-deer-disease-prompts-warnings/3896169002/ 

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/07/nevada-seeks-block-spread-zombie-deer-disease-experts-warn-could/

 

A “zombie” disease which makes deer become emaciated and more aggressive may sound like the opening to a horror film. 

But experts have warned the deadly disease has already affected 24 US states – and could spread to humans next. 

Nevada has now become the latest US state attempting to block the highly contagious disease from taking hold with experts warning the outbreak could destroy deer and elk populations.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD), as it is officially known, makes deer drastically lose weight, struggle to walk, more aggressive and less afraid of human contact.

The illness has been compared to mad cow disease because it is also spread by pathogenic proteins called prions and cause a range of symptoms that resemble dementia and ultimately death. 

Prion diseases belong to a family of rare brain diseases that affect both humans and animals, including mad cow disease in cattle and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised concerns that CWD may also pose a risk to humans.

So too has Doctor Michael Osterholm – the American expert who warned the British government of the risks of mad cow spreading to people in the late 1990s. 

Dr Osterholm, who is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told lawmakers that laboratory research suggested it was “probable” that human cases of CWD would occur in future. 

Discussing his experience of mad cow disease being transmitted to humans, he said it was likely CWD would also occur through eating contaminated meat. “It is possible that the number of human cases will be substantial and will not be isolated events,” he told a hearing with lawmakers. 

He added: “If Stephen King could write an infectious disease novel, he would write about prions like this”.

CWD can incubate for more than a year before animals display the symptoms, so US officials recommend that deer hunters test meat before consuming it.

Wildlife experts have warned that while still rare, the disease is virtually impossible to contain because the disease is neither viral nor bacterial and can remain in the environment for several years. 

Peregrine Wolff, a Nevada Department of Wildlife veterinarian, said the state’s officials have taken to testing corpses and monitoring migratory elk and deer at the state line with neighbouring Utah for signs of the sickness.

Nevada also introduced a ban earlier this year on bringing certain animal body parts into the state, including the brain and the spinal cord that can contain large concentrations of prions.

But Ms Wolff said despite those efforts, the disease is unlikely to stop at the Nevada state line.

“It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” she said. “We know that we can’t wrap Nevada in a bubble.” 

 

 

 

UK: Britain Set to Outlaw Import of Hunting Trophies.

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Britain Set to Outlaw Import of Cruel Hunting “Trophies”

Condemning the hunting of endangered animals as “morally indefensible,” the UK Government has announced it will set out new rules to protect animal welfare, claiming: “There is no place in this country for animal cruelty.”

The government has pledged to significantly strengthen wild animal protections by holding a consultation to prohibit the import and export of trophy hunting souvenirs gained from the vile slaughter of endangered animals.

The move could help save thousands of endangered species globally – including lions, tigers, elephants and rhinos – from being killed for “sport” by ruthless trophy hunters.

Animal rights advocate and recently appointed Minister for International Wildlife, Zac Goldsmith, announced the good news ahead of the Conservative Party Conference on 29 September.

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Zac Goldsmith

“The fight against trophy hunting of endangered animals matters,” said Goldsmith. “It is clear that it is morally indefensible and that is why I am delighted that the Conservative Government will consult on a ban on the import of these trophies. By placing a higher value on animals alive rather than dead, we will begin to turn back the tide of extinction.”

Goldsmith’s appointment by Prime Minister Boris Johnson marked a significant step forward for animal rights in the UK. Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds has long campaigned against trophy hunting, and Johnson himself recently tweeted: “We must end this barbaric practice.”

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Carrie Symonds – Campaigning against Whale Slaughter

It is anticipated that the ban will be passed by parliament following the consultation and will come into effect as either primary or secondary legislation. The new rules will relate to animals listed on the Cites Appendix I and II lists, and on the I UCN list.

This is a very welcome move, especially considering that over the past ten years, 2,242 body parts taken from murdered animals – 15% of which were endangered – have been imported into the UK.

Other measures announced by the Government include looking at prohibiting the importation of exotic animal rugs and furs, a total ban on keeping primates as pets and ending all live exports for slaughter.

 

France: mass murder of larks!

 

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New “committee” video about the larks hunting in France: The hunt for larks and lovebirds is in full swing. Despite declining stocks across Europe, France, Spain and Italy have once again released millions of larks and lovebirds for hunting this month.

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That is why today the “Committee against Bird Murder” has submitted a comprehensive environmental complaint to the European Commission. The shooting of these species on the train is not sustainable and accelerates the decline of breeding birds in Germany and elsewhere.

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The hunting laws of France, Spain and Italy therefore violate the EU Birds Directive. Our complaint is based on recent studies showing both the massive decline of these species in Germany and the United Kingdom and the official firing of around 900,000 larks and 1.5 million lovebirds per year in the Mediterranean.

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On the French Atlantic coast skylarks may additionally be caught with huge nets. A video released by the committee today shows for the first time how skylarks are captured by French hunters and then killed. The footage is already several years old, but has been withheld by us for legal reasons so far. The documented fishing method is still common practice today.

As bait live decoys serve. The specially caught larks are tethered at their feet and connected with a long cord to the bird catcher, who sits in a hut on the edge of the plant. When birds approach the nets, the bird catcher pulls on the cords and the tailed animals start to flutter excitedly. The catcher imitates the air call of the larks with a whistle and can thus lure a whole swarm into ruin.

When enough birds have gathered, the bird catcher triggers a mechanism and the several hundred square meters of nets collapse over them. It is allowed in two departments each bird catcher to set up to 300 catching cages for larks.

Officially, more than 3,000 birdcatchers are allowed to catch larks, the rate differs depending on the department and is in the Gironde, for example, at 336 larks per catcher per year. A total of 1 million skylarks may be caught, but in truth there are probably a few hundred more!

http://www.komitee.de/node/406

 

My comment: Crimes against animals have become more professional.
Mafia methods everywhere.
It continues to be hunted, murdered, tortured.

All these crimes are partially ignored, tacitly condoned or made possible on corrupt hunting lobbyists in politics.

In addition, they are made possible by a perpetrator friendly judiciary and an indifferent society, which does not want to openly condemn these crimes, and sells its cowardice as “tolerance”.

It`s time to hunt the Hunters

My best regards to all, Venus