Thursday, March 3, 2016

Walkin' the Dawg!

"Woman gets jail term for death of dog she threw into traffic" AP  February 25, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey woman who fatally threw her neighbor’s small dog into traffic during an argument over a parking space was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday.

Haniyyah Barnes, a 29-year-old Newark resident, was convicted in October on animal cruelty, theft, and criminal mischief charges stemming from the death in 2011 of the 2-year-old Shih Tzu named Honey Bey.

Prosecutors said Barnes kicked in the front door of her neighbor’s home, grabbed the dog because it started barking, and threw the animal into oncoming traffic, where she was struck by a vehicle and killed....


Also seeSeal rescued from the roadside in Orleans

It's the dog of the sea, what with the barking and all.

Time to fly!

"Reward money increases for information about 13 dead bald eagles" Washington Post  February 25, 2016

The reward money has gone up by $15,000 for any information about how 13 eagles ended up dead in a field in rural Maryland.

I have my own thoughts, but....

The Center for Biological Diversity said it is offering the money, which ups the reward total to $25,000 with contributions from the Humane Society of the United States and other groups.

The reward is part of a state and federal investigation after the bald eagles were found dead Saturday afternoon. A man, who said he was out looking for antlers that deer might have shed, came across what he initially thought was a dead turkey in a field on a farm in Caroline County. He discovered four dead bald eagles, and authorities were called.

When officers arrived, they found nine more dead bald eagles in the field on Laurel Grove Road in Federalsburg.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the birds to die, but there were ‘‘no obvious signs of trauma with these birds,’’ according to Candy Thomson, a Maryland Natural Resources police spokeswoman.

One theory is poison. Officials think someone may have sprayed a new chemical on a field that adversely affected the birds. Or someone may have used poison to kill rodents; if the rodents died outdoors and the eagles consumed their carcasses, the birds could get sick, too.

The discovery of the 13 dead bald eagles was the largest single incident in decades for the state, officials said. At least three of the birds were mature, with the signature white heads and brown bodies. Two of the birds were close to being mature birds, officials said, and the rest were considered immature birds with no white feathers.

Maryland’s natural resources police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the incident. The carcasses have been sent to the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Ore., for more analysis and a necropsy. A finding on the cause of death could take weeks.

‘‘These 13 bald eagles deserved better than to be killed,’’ said Catherine Kilduff, a lawyer at the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement.

‘‘If they were poisoned or shot, the heartbreaking deaths of these 13 bald eagles is a crime,’’ she said. ‘‘Those responsible need to be caught and prosecuted.’’

Thirty years ago, officials said, eight bald eagles were found dead in Maryland. Officials said they believe those birds may have been poisoned. And two years ago, two bald eagles were shot and killed in a week in Montgomery County.

Bald eagles are no longer on the endangered species list, but they are considered a protected species. They have been making a comeback, said wildlife experts. With the encroachment of development, they have gone from consuming as much fish as they want to being more scavengers and are often found eating roadkill from highways or at landfills, according to experts.

It is illegal to shoot eagles without a permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior.



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"SeaWorld acknowledged that it sent its own workers to infiltrate an animal rights group which opposed the practices of the theme park. The development comes months after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused a SeaWorld employee of trying to incite violence while posing as a fellow animal rights activist. SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby vowed Thursday to end the practice, but said that it had sent its employees to protect the safety of its employees and customers. The employee at the center of the accusations by PETA, Paul McComb, is still employed by SeaWorld but working in another department, the company said Thursday. PETA officials said Thursday that SeaWorld’s refusal to fire McComb shows that it condones corporate spying."