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Ban Trophy Hunting wins crucial second round vote

Victory!!! But elated as we are about the victory of the second hearing of Henry Smith's Bill to ban Trophy Hunting imports into the United Kingdom, we have to be aware that there is a still a long road ahead in putting a stop to Trophy Hunting. To fully understand the dynamics of the Trophy Hunting industry, please take time out to watch the award winning film "Land of the Free - out of the Shadows" (the producers have very kindly an extension on free viewing until Wednesday Nov 30th, given the occasion). Please watch it - and spread! This is the movie of the moment! Click the link below

Also, here is the victory speech made by an elated Eduardo Goncalves just after the vote.


11   4 days ago
PLEASE ACT TODAY- 80 Federally Protected BLM Branded Mustangs & Burros at Risk of Slaughter

Please Call, Fax and Sign on to this Letter to Help!

RE: URGENT Matter to Rescue 80 Bureau of Land Management branded horses & burros from immediate endangerment


November 10, 2022


Dear President Biden and Secretary Haaland,


Today there are 80 federally protected horses and burros under the present threat of sale and export for slaughter in 8 States and are in urgent need of rescue.


We need your immediate help to instruct the Bureau of Land Management today to rescue 80 BLM-branded mustangs and burros from Livestock-kill buyer auctions and to save them now from the life-threatening danger of harm and the most brutal death in 1. Bowie, Texas, 2. Stroud, Oklahoma, 3. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 4. Peabody, Kansas, 5. Cleveland, Tennessee, 6. Asheboro, North Carolina, and 7. Cleburne, Texas, 8. Rusk, Texas, 9. Rollin hill Farm, Virginia, and 10. Southern Wisconsin. (Please see links below)


An emerging crisis is happening for the government-captured wild horse and burros and the 80% of Americans who oppose the grisly slaughter of these magnificent beings due to a massive influx of BLM-branded equines showing up in large numbers across the country in livestock slaughter auctions.


To resolve this tragic disaster, we need your help to issue an executive order, a "stay on the export of horses and burros for slaughter," to be executed to spare these magnificent and federally protected icons of freedom from unimaginable suffering.


The Extortion of BLM-branded horses and burros:
The livestock auctions force sanctuaries and citizens to bid against kill buyers for the BLM- branded horses. This extortion is creating an enormous burden to pay exorbitant prices to save these horses from horrific suffering that is unjustly and enormously falling upon citizens, sanctuaries, and rescues due to the BLM's expedited mass removals of wild horses and burros from public lands and the BLM's enticing $1,000. the adoption incentive program, many of the sanctuaries are presently full.


It is incredibly unethical to place the formerly free wild horses after capture in inhumane and life-threatening conditions and then charge back to citizens, to have no choice but to pay exorbitant fees to kill buyers, to save them from export for tortuous slaughter.


Solutions, in summary, we implore you to:

  1. Rescue the 80 endangered BLM-branded horses and burros suffering and in immediate danger in 10 livestock auctions (See links below)
  2. To stop the betrayal and extortion of the horses and burros, citizens, and nonprofit organizations: Enact a safety net humane care program for all adopted BLM- captured wild horses and burros, including fines for any person who causes harm, threat, or death and suffering to the horses. We also beseech you to create urgently needed safety for the BLM-captured mustangs and help stop the extortion of the horses by the horse slaughter exporter tradespeople; by imposing a new $5.000. Fine for neglectful adopters per horse for their egregious action in dumping and endangering the animals in livestock-kill buyer auctions, and after they pocketed the BLM's $1,000. entrustment adoption incentive.
  3. Support the will of the majority voice of the 80% of Americans who oppose horse slaughter by closing America's borders to export our horses for slaughter and by supporting moving the SAFE ACT HR 3355 and S 2732 forward for a vote by Congress and the Senate. “Transporting equines to slaughter echoes the "throw away" mentality
    that governs industrialization, extraction and plastic use which contributes to the degradation of the ecosystem and the planet.”- Lorna Torrey-Palermo, Founder AWE, Advocates for Wild Equines
  4. Work with nonprofit organizations such as LWH to adopt cost-effective solutions and new studies to manage free-roaming wild horses and heal our vast grasslands to help sustain them and save the horses and surrounding communities from wildfires and climate change.


We are ready to work with you to help shift the paradigm to implement compassionate solutions that will benefit the survival of our lands, wild ones, indigenous and surrounding communities, and all stakeholders today and for future generations.


"Climate change is real; we need to make changes as soon as we can, or else, we are self- destructing. The help we receive from wild horses will help us work on positive solutions for wild lands and the climate change crisis that Mother Earth and we all are facing. Horses are sacred to me, my people, and many people, and I ask that you do all within your power to protect them today." ~ Chief Lee Plenty Wolf, Director on LWH Board


The Free Roaming Wild horse and Burro Act of 1971 clearly state that the BLM shall not endanger or cause suffering or harm to the horses. The BLM's incentive program, and lack of a safety net to protect the horses after adoption from export to Mexico and other countries for sale to the most inhumane, brutal slaughter, are causing immense suffering and harm for thousands of horses.


The positive intent of this Law enacted is clear; a great deal of entrustment is granted to the BLM and its affiliates to honor its true purpose, and we are seeing many misinterpretations and wrongful manipulation of this Law harming the horses and burros and the land.


We need your help now to close these loopholes to truly protect the last of our wild horses and burros and our grassland ecosystems to survive and thrive today and for future generations to inherit.


Thank you in advance for your immediate address of this urgent situation, from all of us, and all the wild horses and burros,


Love Wild Horses!® a California grassroots Nonprofit 501C3 lovewildhorses.org Office- 833- 2ReWild heartofsky@lovewildhorses.org


LWH Directors on the Board:
Jetara Séhart, Founder and President
Chief Lee Plenty Wolf, Spiritual Leader and award-winning Prayer Drummer and Singer of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Founder, and President of White Horse Creek Council 501C3
Evelyn Arce, Founder, Indigenous Resilience Consulting LLC
Michael Stocker, Founder and Executive Director Ocean Conservation Research

Core Members:
Jackie Oliveri, Co-Founder, Nationwide Wild Horse Freedom Rallies, Core Member of Advocates for Wild Equines AWE, and National Coordinator for Love Wild Horses®

LWH Voices for the Wild Hones and Wild lands:
Dewey and Penny Bunnell, Rock Star and his beautiful wife, Founding Member of the band America

Links to the Livestock Auctions, where wild horses are suffering, and in immediate danger of export for slaughter and in need of rescue today:
# of Horses and Burros in URGENT Danger:
1. 11 Bowie, in TX: https://www.facebook.com/BowieTexasHorses

2. 34 Stroud's OK: https://fb.watch/gHz4k8guP3/?fbclid=IwAR1f0U7pqiOv486eeqyPHRMYjjin1STpYfBEfStydtIfXT0 gjc_g4WnlHN8


3. 2 in Rotz in PA: https://m.facebook.com/people/Rotz-Livestock/100082195336491/?paipv=0&eav=AfbM_JrrmoVvM1vnkyBFpylo7dm_ZVqC2W2oGie YwT LbJjJ6uaCOSCNVxAaGDlJWKx
4. 3 Peabody's in KS: https://m.facebook.com/Peabody-Kansas-Horse-Pen- 101725224522129/?paipv=0&eav=AfbTi1vW_bsTrJAwvBWj1iF5DPiJyqIwqEcI8agNTrR5jd13um1 z0 qO98AUw5pD0mOs
5. 1 Saving Slaughter bound horses, in
TN https://m.facebook.com/tspsavingslaughterboundhorses/?paipv=0&eav=AfYjQoA0gzJfzLQEUG G2-4WMZ7SHT7_oVEEWldxUAGaRjscKvy9TyTpTNmf4FLl2DTM
6. 1 Last Chance-in
NC: https://m.facebook.com/lastchancekillpenhorses/?paipv=0&eav=Afbzf3PPM1DamqmzqrCVd_IrhEGW4emESUkAwmLoFxy2cDeFQsj0y02nDrNqTzz8aP0
7. 15 -Load of Mustangs-Cleburne, in TX
https://m.facebook.com/cleburnehorseauction?eav=AfaHuGHAunUeSeAkmozH5yI0AmNfR83tt 9oC poojMpQWEnLFh229TdsFG6HZ140_43g&paipv=0
8. 1 Rusk, Texas:
9. 1 Rollin Hill Farm in VA.: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063638406549
10. 1 Southern Wisconsin: https://www.facebook.com/groups/148134633436039/?ref=share

Additional Links for Reference: https://ladyfreethinker.org/three-wild-horses-saved-by-indigenous-advocates-working-to- prove- letting-them-roam-helps-the-land/ https://apnews.com/press-release/ein-presswire-newsmatics/science-california-united-states-horses- congress-bcc27c0fb3b9410c3b2eb1101b4b5b86 https://environment.einnews.com/pr_news/569756372/a-wild-horse-and-earth-healing-study- begins- in-nevadahttps://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:VA6C2:dc647a2c-472b-4ff2-8115-a70e3202d2d8https://www.internationalenvironmenttimes.com/article/554604672-a-rock-star-lakota-chief- and- indigenous-filmmakers-unite-in-let-them-live-love-wild-horses-a-raw-short-film https://globalwarming.einnews.com/pr_news/548241235/wild-horses-a-natural-resource-for- staving- off-wildfires-and-the-impacts-of-global-warm

TO BE THEIR VOICE:

Contact President Biden: 

CALL: 202-456-1111 FAX 202-456-2461

To Contact Secretary Deb Haaland

Call: 202-208-3100 FAX: 202-208-5515


SIGN ON TO OUR LETTER HERE

https://lovewildhorses.salsalabs.org/StopSlaughterofWildEquines


19   19 days ago
WILDBEEST MIGRATION

Late October and early November see the last of the wildebeest river crossings before the herds begin to move to the edge of the short-grass plains in southern Serengeti for the unparalleled spectacle that is their birthing season. As the wildebeest empty out, so do the people, and these three months in the Mara before the festive season mark a spectacular time to roam and explore without the distraction of other vehicles and the millions-strong herds. The rest of the game comes to the fore, as does the cultural element in Serengeti South: the Hadzabe make for fascinating walking companions as they reveal their homeland to you on foot. This time of year yields itself to long lazy stays, with some adventure fly camping  and safaris on foot thrown into the mix. http://interiorsafarisea.com/category/tanzania-safaris/

54   1 month ago
Leptailurus serval.

The elusive Serval Cat! These wonderful small cats are often found out in the open grasslands. They are very successful hunters and mostly eat rodents, birds, reptiles, frogs and insects. They very rarely will scavenge for their food due to their efficient hunting! 

It often makes my day when we come across a Serval, we mostly find them when they are hunting which is a wonderful behavior to observe. They will locate their prey, ready themselves, then with a sudden jump/pounce they fly through the air and land on the unsuspecting prey!

seeing and encountering them is easy just one click away www.interiorsafarisea.com 

22   1 month ago
Three Chimps kidnapped from wildlife sanctuary for Ransom - here is what you can do to help!

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Step 4: Leave us a tip to help us continue producing content at https://www.wildlifebroadcast.com/get-involved/#tip

Step 5: Do not like or reshare videos of everyday people that have wildlife as pets

Step 6: Many countries still allow wildlife import into their

country. Most wildlife that is being imported have been captured in the

wild, families of the species being killed, many not surviving the

journey, etc. Many also were captured illegally to be purchased for high

dollars.

Step 7: We must demand stricter laws for wildlife trade, especially on endangered species.

Step 8: Some states in the USA made it legal to own an endangered

chimp, and across other countries – we need to demand changing the

status from legal to illegal

Step 9: We must demand stricter laws and punishment against illegal trade, exotic breeding, auctions of wildlife, etc.

Step 10: Educate yourself and others on the harm in taking a baby

from its mother or what the impact can be when a species goes extinct.

Learn by following our informative Mojo Talk Shows at https://www.mojostreaming.com/videos/talk-show-channel?o=mv

Here is one example of the effects on a species when people want to own a chimpanzee/ape as a pet.

To catch the babies, they have to kill the entire family in

the jungle, usually between 8 and 10 individual apes, and many of the

baby apes will die before reaching their final destination,” Chantereau

said.
Many of the buyers of the smuggled babies are wealthy people

who want to keep exotic animals in their homes, according to Chantereau.

“They

don’t understand the consequences of their actions because for one baby

to arrive in their hands, at least ten have been killed,” he said.

Keep in mind the harm to wildlife is mostly for money! It is a

multi-million dollar business. For example, if one is caught in the USA

for illegal trade of animals or illegal trade of body parts from

endangered animals, for example, ivory – the jail time and fines are

minimal; therefore, it does not encourage them to stop; this leads to

the next step of action.

Step 11: Contact your government demanding stricter laws. Vote for politicians willing to fight for wildlife and our planet.

Step 12: Financially support wildlife causes and/or wildlife sanctuaries and rescue groups.

Today we are encouraging you to follow https://www.instagram.com/jackprimatescongo/

Donate to help Franck Chantereau and his kidnapped chimps at linktr.ee

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40   2 months ago
LEPTAILURUS SERVAL

The serval is a small and less frequently seen member of the cat family. Solitary and shy, they are mainly nocturnal hunters, though they may sometimes be spotted in the early morning or late afternoon.

They prey upon birds, snakes, lizards, frogs, insects, cane rats, hares and on occasions, duikers and dik-diks. In turn,several are preyed upon by larger carnivores such as hyenas and leopards. Both male and female servals defend territories up to 13 square kilometers in size. They Also called Killer ears. This serval will sit patiently in the grass, rotating its head back and forth, scanning the savannah for prey. Not with its eyes, but with its ears. These remarkable ears are the largest of any cat – acting like radars to detect the slightest movement in its surroundings. Servals are striking cats. They are leggy, with the longest legs of any cat relative to their body size. They pounce upon their prey with a spectacularly high spring, jumping up to 3 metres/ 10 feet in the air. With its long legs, short tail, elongated neck and large ears the serval is sometimes (rather unfairly) called the “cat of spare parts.” It may look ungainly, but this slender cat is one of the most successful hunters of all wild cats. Over 50% of their hunts end in a kill, which is about 20% better than lions hunting in a pride. They eat rodents, birds, snakes, frogs. They are not picky eaters, though unlike many cats they rarely scavenge. Probably because they don’t need to. Unsurprisingly sightings of these shy cats are rare, they will certainly hear you coming!www.interiorsafarisea.com @Godfreytheguide

53   2 months ago
It needs to stop: Killing Contest!

Wildlife Killing Contests

Photo by Matt Knoth

Wildlife killing contests are organized events in which participants kill animals within a certain timeframe for cash, prizes, entertainment, or other inducements. Teams compete in judging categories that often focus on the number of animals killed, the weight or the sex of animals killed, particular species killed, or smallest or largest body or body part of the animal killed. Contests frequently involve betting and end with a check-in or weigh-in of the animals, followed by a party where contest prizes are awarded. Afterwards, away from public view, the carcasses of the animals are usually dumped.

Wildlife killing contests are cruel and have no place in a civil society or in modern wildlife management. Contests usually target native carnivores, including coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and foxes, as well as smaller animals, such as squirrels and rabbits. These events can result in hundreds of animals being wiped off a landscape in a single weekend. Such contests are antithetical to the respectful, ethical, and pro-conservation message necessary to ensure the long-term protection of our country’s wildlife. 

AWI is working to ban these contests at state and federal levels. We led the successful effort to ban killing contests in Colorado, and have engaged in advocacy work on this issue in other states as well, including in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington. AWI is a member of the steering committee of the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests, which works to raise awareness about the issue; support action to ban contests through legislation, regulatory reform, and litigation; and advocate for humane wildlife management. As a steering committee member, AWI develops educational materials with the goal of ending all contests across the country.

WHY KILLING CONTESTS SHOULD BE BANNED
 

1. Wildlife killing contests are cruel and contravene hunting principles

Wildlife killing contests are cruel, barbaric, and wasteful, which violates fundamental hunting principles. The very nature of these events—where participants are motivated by financial rewards to kill as many animals as allowed over a designated time period—increases the likelihood that participants will fail to abide by established hunting principles. Such principles generally promote the concept of “fair chase” and decry waste and indiscriminate killing. Contest participants frequently disregard the principle of fair chase, with participants using bait and electronic calling devices to attract animals with sounds that mimic prey or distress calls of wounded young in an attempt to maximize the chances of winning cash and prizes. The carcasses of the animals are usually wasted because they are rarely used for food or fur, and are commonly thrown away after weigh-in. Furthermore, an untold number of animals are orphaned or injured during these events. Killing adult bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and other species inevitably leaves dependent young to die from thirst, starvation, predation, or exposure.

Numerous state wildlife agencies and officials have recognized that killing contests undermine the reputation of hunters. Contests have been characterized by state officials as “slaughter fests” and “stomach-turning examples of wanton waste” that are “about personal profit [and] animal cruelty.” Investigation video footage has shown contest participants slinging dead coyotes and foxes into piles to be weighed and judged, joking about the methods used to lure and kill the animals, and laughing and posing for photos in front of a row of foxes strung up by their feet. Such behavior demonstrates a complete lack of respect for wildlife, promotes gratuitous violence, and sends the irresponsible and disturbing message that wanton killing is fun.

2. Wildlife killing contests undermine modern, science‐based wildlife management principles and are not an effective wildlife management tool

The indiscriminate killing promoted by wildlife killing contests is counterproductive to effective wildlife population management. Scientific studies have shown that many wildlife populations depleted by unnatural means simply reproduce more quickly due to the sudden drop in competition for resources and changes to social structure from the loss of individuals. This effect is well documented for coyote populations in particular, which are common targets of wildlife killing contests. State wildlife management agencies across the country have recognized that killing contests do not control coyote population size over the long term. In the short term, loss of coyotes negatively impacts the environment because the species is an integral part of healthy ecosystems.

3. Wildlife killing contests do not increase populations of game animals

The best available science indicates that indiscriminately killing native carnivores is not an effective method for increasing game species abundance. Many state wildlife commissions and agencies—including those in Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming—have concluded that reducing predator numbers will not enhance populations of ungulates, small game animals, and game birds. These findings demonstrate that this common rationale for holding killing contests targeting predators is scientifically unfounded.

4. Wildlife killing contests do not prevent conflicts with humans, pets, or livestock—and may increase them

Although some argue that contests are needed to reduce depredation of livestock, such contests are not effective in removing individual, problem-causing animals. Most killing contests target predators in woodlands and grasslands, where conflicts with humans, pets, and livestock are minimal. Studies have found that killing predators fragments social groups, which can increase the likelihood of livestock depredation. In a signed statement, more than 70 conservation scientists concluded that killing contests do not represent the kind of targeted effort required for effective management of livestock depredations, and that indiscriminate killing of predators is likely to exacerbate risks to livestock.

SUCCESSES TO DATE

Eight states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington—have enacted bans on certain types of wildlife killing contests. In 2014, the California Fish and Game Commission banned contests targeting game species, furbearers, and nongame mammals. In 2018, the Vermont General Assembly banned coyote-killing contests. In 2019, the New Mexico General Legislature banned coyote killing contests, the Arizona Fish and Game Commission banned contests for predator and furbearing species, and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife banned contests for predator and furbearer species. In 2020, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission banned contests for furbearing species and certain small game species, and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission banned contests for species without a bag limit. In 2021, the Maryland legislature banned contests targeting coyotes, foxes, and raccoons, with overwhelming bipartisan support. Additional states have pending legislation or have proposed rules that would limit wildlife killing contests.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Please take action to help end wildlife killing contests. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Learn more about wildlife killing contests from the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests.
  • Use this toolkit to learn how to advocate for bans on wildlife killing contests.
  • Call, send letters, and meet with your state legislators to encourage them to ban wildlife killing contests.
  • Call, send letters, and meet with your state’s wildlife agency staff and wildlife commissioners to encourage them to ban wildlife killing contests.
  • Encourage your city or county council to pass a resolution or an ordinance against wildlife killing contests. For guidance, review these sample resolutions
  • Write a letter to the editor of your newspaper to raise awareness about killing contests and to encourage readers to express their opposition to the contests to their lawmakers. 
  • Educate your family, neighbors, and friends by informing them about wildlife killing contests and what they can do to help end them. Hand out this informational postcard, post on social media, and ask people to fill out this blank postcard to send to policymakers.
  • Host a screening of Project Coyote’s award-winning documentary KILLING GAMES—Wildlife in the Crosshairs and invite stakeholders to attend.
  • Help shut down contests in your state by politely urging event hosts and sponsors to stop supporting killing wildlife for fun and prizes. Sample letters can be found in this toolkit.
  • Donate your time and/or provide financial support to wildlife protection organizations working to end wildlife killing contests.

44   2 months ago
Damaliscus lunatus.


CALVING SEASON

Unlike their close antelopes, topis usually calve at the end of the dry season and have a good success rate.

FEEDING TIME 

These animals have two feeding peaks, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon, but they can be found feeding at any time.

MATING PROCESS 

Every year, males go to traditional breeding areas, and the females arrive shortly afterwards in small groups or singly. Males approach a female in either a rocking canter or in a low stretch posture, searching for a female in heat. The female shows that she is ready by raising her head and standing tall.

https://youtu.be/w0IgJlIAZtE


TOMORROW I WILL SHARE BEHAVIORS OF TOPI

142   2 months ago
Sweden: 622 Bears will be killed in trophy hunting



Unmasking the myth of a civilized country. Cruelty to animals prevails in Sweden.

by Eva Stjernswärd, artist painter and hunting critic
Image: Abraham Hondius, Chasse à l’ours (1683)/Wikimedia commons


Sweden is selling out strictly protected animals like brown bears, lynxes and wolves to brutal trophy hunting. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) give permission to the County Administrative Boards to decide the hunting quota each year. Hunting activists in the Swedish Hunting Association and in the reindeer industry succeed every year lobbying for an increased elimination of endangered predators. Trophy hunting is an act of sanctioned animal cruelty and appeals for protection are constantly denied.
This year’s massacre of 622 bears started 21st of August.  

Sentient beings do suffer  
In 1789: the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham challenged “The question is not Can they reason, nor Can they speak – the question that must be asked is: Can they suffer?”

Barbaric hunting methods, illustrated in baroque art three hundred years ago, correspond to the way predator hunting prevail in Sweden. Today’s hunters subject their dogs as well as the bears to violence. Bears, over-sensitive to heat and stress, are hunted with aggressive hounds from dawn to dusk, during two months, in seven counties. This occurs during the critical period of vital feeding (hyperphagia) for bears to accumulate enough fat to survive the long Scandinavian hibernation of 5-7 months. The stress to find energy food is even greater for

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female bears, as they must give birth to the new generation during hibernation and feed their young with high-fat milk.  

Anti-predator rhetoric. The seven northern County Administrative Boards motivates licensed trophy hunting as a remedy to; “alleviate people’s fear of predators”, “reduce illegal hunting and increase confidence in the local management of predators”.  
As illogical as if legalized prostitution would lessen men’s violence against women.

Omen of chaos and death. Hunting inflicts extreme stress, causes PTSD, disrupts feeding, mating and hibernation. This year nearly 25 percent of the bear population of Sweden’s 2900 individuals will be slaughtered and last year more than 500.
What are the psychological, ecological, biological and demographic consequences of such extreme hunting in times of climate change, wild fires, seasonal timing shifts, habitat loss and pollution? This day and age - what does it say about Swedish moral and ethic?  

Sweden entertains a new warrior class. A country that increase animal factory farming, keep up mink farming and supports gamifying violence against wild animals in hunting, is not the model state for animal welfare that some Swedish politicians falsely asserts before the European Union. Wild animals are not protected by the Animal welfare law. Hunting regulations protect hunter’s interests, as to normalize the violence against wild animals; hunting as leisure and sport, population control and wildlife management. This agenda has created a new warrior class: extreme predator hunters with fighting dogs.  
Illegal hunting with sadistic methods is common, but Swedish hunt managers never take into consideration how legal hunting in tandem with poaching afflict animals. In practice, Swedish hunting regulations sanctions legal killing of wild animals basically every day of the year. Day and night depending on the species. Wild animals are forced to live in constant fear of human predators and hunting dogs. Hunters can even train their dogs on live animals. The Hunting Association proudly commercialize Sweden as “the most hunting liberal country” to attract additional 30 000 foreign hunters every year to plunder Nature of her peaceful inhabitants.

The unbearable lightness of killing wild animals for pleasure and sport is a murderous business in Sweden. Semi-automatic weapons and silencers, GPS device and cameras on the dogs, all for a subculture of trophy hunting warlords to develop within the traditional Swedish hunting. Privat events with celebrities test shooting on live animals, are sponsored by exclusive brands from the weapon industry. Commercialized hunting is the obscene business entertained by both private and stately landowners.

Swedish wildlife management is the human-induced Ecology of Fear. The “misogynistic” practice of hunting females and their young or killing young in front of their mothers is a common hunter practice for all sorts of wild species. It is even recommended in protective hunting of lynxes and bears, “to shoot the young before the mother”, by the County Administrative Boards. Against all ethics, the trophy hunt for lynx is shamelessly scheduled during their mating period. Also wolves, foxes, badgers and wolverines and their cubs are persecuted and killed in their dens or resting places. Technically also pregnant females can be killed as hunting seasons have been largely extended. Trapping, snaring and baiting are medieval methods used in “civilized” Sweden as well as attractants to lure animals into death traps or ambush gunning. Animal families are destroyed, their young are abandoned or orphaned, bears and all other animals often suffer painful deaths. None can defend themselves from today’s war on wildlife.


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Collateral damage to bears, even if not killed, is openly ignored. Maiming and injuring animals during hunting is belittled and killing bear cubs or yearlings “by mistake” is common. Hunters are never punished: the hunter that injured and shot a bear in the mouth 2020, could boast of finishing off the same bear in 2021.  
Professor Birger Schantz, former veterinary surgeon and expert in studying gun wounds for twenty years, explained: “Nobody can say that a shot animal does not suffer. What we do know is that the nerve system that register pain looks the same in all mammals. A good rule (for understanding) is that what you think hurts on you, also hurts on an animal.”

A mother bear was killed when protecting her cubs from a hunting dog. The moose hunter claimed defense of the dog he had let loose, knowing it was a bears habitat. The cubs hiding up in a tree, as they are taught by their mother, likely starved to death as cubs depend on their mother for at least two years. No legal policy exist to rescue wild animals.

Hunting poison the Circle of Life. An environmental scandal, is the use of 600-700 tons of lead every year for hunting ammunition. Wounded animals and birds from gun shots continue led poisoned but die out of sight: more than sixty percent of wild geese live with led pellets in their bodies and so do many wolves, lynxes and foxes. Hunters are leaving butchery and carcasses everywhere and poisoned birds and scavengers have long been silent victims of this abuse. Birds also mistake lead pellets for grains around feeding places where animals are lured to be shot, often close to or on agricultural soil. The ecological hypocrisy of landowners selling hunt leases.  
Now lead is also found in the blood and milk of Swedish brown bears: ten times higher than the EU threshold value for damage on the human nerve system. The bear cubs are contaminated from birth in their den. This is not mentioned when issuing hunt permits, on the contrary, consumption and commercialization of bear meat and trophies is encouraged by the County Administrative Boards, that also have been caught creating illicit slaughtering sites, violating CITES-rules, to facilitate for hunters to take the trophies in situ.    

Tyranny of the hunting minority (<3% of population). The strategy of institutions that enables wildlife exploitation, the EPA and the County Administrative Boards, is to employ hunters. Hunting has corrupted Swedish wildlife management and politicians to such an extent that the purpose of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the EU species and habitat directive are regularly violated. Sweden blatantly abuses these stringent protection laws by adjusting its own national loopholes and unrestrainedly interpreting the limited hunting exemptions to sustain the trophy hunting industry. Interestingly, the Court of administrative law, for appeals concerning protected predators (Luleå), is geographically placed in the region that houses the highest number of hunters per inhabitant. Could this affect the jurymen?  

A Swedish disgrace. The County Administrative Boards have increased protective hunting each year since 2010. The reindeer industry wins over bears, wolves, lynxes and wolverines as they can be gunned down legally from helicopters and chased with snowmobiles, accused of disturbing reindeer husbandry. In spite of the industry being generously compensated by the state for any loss of reindeers. The hatred of predators in these regions is irreconcilable. A village recently proposed bounty money for killing them.  
In 2017 as many as 71 bears were killed in few spring months. The five tons of bear carcasses where burned and destroyed to the greedy annoyance of hunters. Animals killed in protective hunting could not be kept as trophies before. Reminding corruption, the EPA recently sneaked through a new pro-hunter instruction to please hunters in the North – now they can keep trophies and even take on “hunting guests” for the helihunting.
 

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Rotten Santa reside in Sweden. Swedish reindeer meat products from across Lapland have EU’s Protected Designation of Origin status (PDO) and function as a marketing coup for the reindeer meat industry to reach the global food market.
Can export of gourmet food to Europe be considered “environmental friendly” if the value include the killing of protected bears, lynxes, wolves and wolverines? Are the unethical and gruesome handling and slaughter methods of the reindeers not known as are the horrors behind French luxury food foie gras?
Nothing seem to have changed in spite of the investigation and undercover journey to Sweden by British journalist Rich Hardy. In his book “Not As Nature intended”, the chapter “Last Christmas” describe the methods of handling, transporting and killing reindeer. A scary nightmare far from the nomadic sami culture that once existed. Hardy writes “…the tens of thousands of reindeer are herded (with helicopters and snowmobiles) and trucked to commercial slaughterhouses to meet a demise that is anything but traditional.”

What if our children would understand the bloody nightmare of real Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – and for all the “Teddy-Bears” killed in this instant all over Sweden?

The intricate Web of Life has never been more fragile. The decline of wildlife worldwide and above all - the suffering caused by humans to non-human animals every second - how can nations like Sweden pretend to be civilized when nurturing a shady business like trophy hunting? How can Sweden trivialize cruel hunting for self-gratification, when this clearly exposes a sadistic side of man against the innocent. Hunting is about cruelty and killing for fun is an addiction.  

Barbarians in Sweden exposed.
The time will come when the mere pleasure of killing will die out in man. As long as it is there, man has no claim to call himself civilized, he is a mere barbarian.” (Swedish writer Axel Munthe, 1929) Citations from journalist Eduardo Gonçalves book Trophy Hunters exposed: “It is time for a new contract with nature. Society has banned many forms of animal cruelty and blood-sports such as bear baiting and dogfighting. However trophy hunting has so far escaped. The unbridled human supremacy within the natural world must be discarded, for all our sakes”.  

There it is! The great Counter Force of Protectors, on the rise thanks to intelligent and compassionate journalists, scientists, writers, activists and hard working animal defenders together with all humans who understand that we share the fear of pain and the fear of death with all beings. 

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The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control's (BIWFC) 2022 Summer Newsletter is now available. In this edition you will learn about the recent 9th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control hosted by BIWFC in Colorado Springs, as well as other wildlife fertility control projects and issues.

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