Commissioner Roland D. Martin announced that two changes to Maine's trapping regulations were unanimously approved by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The changes in rule were the result of a settlement in a lawsuit between the department and the Animal Protection Institute concerning the trapping of lynx.
DIF&W sets new trapping rules
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
A Letter to the Editor emphasizes that "elephants, lions, tigers, and other animals that cannot be domesticated should never be forced to endure the lives that these circus animals must endure. Please take your kids to an animal-free, cruelty-free circus instead."
Circus animal abuse
Denver Post Opinion
Faced with rising costs of maintaining his animal, the caretaker of a 5-year-old black bear releases his “pet” to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.
Ben the bear finds a home, and now everybody's happy
Des Moines Register
The state has agreed to restrict trapping in northern Maine to protect Canada lynx. The commissioner of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife signed a consent decree Thursday to settle a lawsuit by the Animal Protection Institute that claimed the agency is liable for lynx that accidentally get injured or killed by traps set for other animals.
Trapping restricted to protect Canada lynx
Portland Press Herald
Protests against circuses that use animals are not confined to the United States, nor just to English-speaking countries. In Switzerland, a peaceful demonstration of 100 people, some dressed as polar bears and clowns, decried the use of animals by the Knie circus after it pitched its big top tent on Lausanne’s waterfront.
Animal activists protest circus
All of the dead animals in California are added to the feed of chicken, fish, beef, shrimp, etc., which we humans eat every day. Virtually all of the animals killed in shelters and veterinary clinics, road kill, medical laboratories, feed lots, deceased wildlife, etc., are sent to one company, West Coast Rendering in Vernon, CA, where they are piled up and left to decompose for days before being “rendered” into a saleable product.
Food Poisoning: You Are Eating California’s Dead Pets!
A kilogram of beef is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution than driving for 3 hours while leaving all the lights on back home, says a Japanese study assessing the effects of beef production on global warming, water acidification and eutrophication, and energy consumption. Quoted in the news story is Su Taylor of the Vegetarian Society in the UK, who says, “Everybody is trying to come up with different ways to reduce carbon footprints. But one of the easiest things you can do is to stop eating meat.” The Animal Protection Institute is included in the story’s Related Links.
Meat is murder on the environment
A federal judge told attorneys for the state Friday that Maine appears to be violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping that could harm Canada lynx. U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock did not make a ruling on whether the state can be held liable whenever one of the federally protected wildcats is caught inadvertently in traps set for other animals. But the judge made clear that he believes the state has an uphill battle in the lawsuit filed by the Animal Protection Institute. If successful, the suit could dramatically affect — or even bring to a halt — trapping throughout much of central and northern Maine.
Judge says state could be liable for lynx trappings
Bangor Daily News