Trophy hunter and U.S. television host Melissa Bachman ignited controversy this week after posting a picture showing her posing over a dead lion she had slain in South Africa earlier this month. “An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…what a hunt!” she tweeted from her now deleted account, attaching a picture of her kneeling over the dead adult lion. The picture was posted online Nov. 1, but only attracted attention this past week. Bachman has posted countless other pictures online showing her with other dead animals. She is the host of “Winchester Daily Passion” which airs on the Pursuit Channel, available on DISH and DirectTV. According to The Telegraph, she describes herself as a “hardcore huntress.” I hope someone has the balls to let that station know what they are perpetuating. As of publication, over 11,000 individuals have signed a petition asking the government of South Africa to “deny future entry” to Bachman, despite her actions being legal in the African country. “Melissa Bachman has made a career out of hunting wildlife, for pure sport,” the petition says. “She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, this country prides itself […]
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1. Don’t come home smelling of other dogs. 2. You must me every good thing you eat. 3. Never call me or lead me to a bath. 4. Let me go outside even though I just came it. 5. I can sleep anywhere I want even if you trip over me. 6. Don’t shhh me for barking, I am just doing my job. 7. Don’t move me in the middle of the bed, you have plenty of room on the edge. 8. Don’t try to leave the room without me. 9. If it lands of the floor it’s mine! 10. You never will pee alone every again.
Costa Rican officials say they plan to close both of the country’s public zoos next year so that animals can be freed from their cages. But the foundation that runs the animal parks said Saturday it is trying to keep them operating. Environment Minister Rene Castro announced in recent days that the 97-year-old Simon Bolivar zoo in central San Jose will become a botanical park next year. Another zoo west of the city, the Santa Ana Conservation Center, also would close. Together they hold 400 animals of 60 species, including a lion, crocodiles, monkeys and a tapir. The Environment Ministry said the animals would be released into the wild or sent to rescue centres. The foundation that runs the zoos, known as Fundazoo, has asked an administrative tribunal to block the closure, foundation spokesman Eduardo Bolanos said Saturday. It argues that its contract to run the zoos has been renewed through 2024. “We’re worried about where the ministry is thinking of moving the animals since the Simon Bolivar and the Conservation Center are the only ones that have a veterinarian specialized in forest species and an animal nutritionist,” Bolanos said. Costa Rica banned circuses with animals in 2002 and has […]
Some Orcas Were Kidnapped and Sent to SeaWorld Orcas that were at SeaWorld before 1972 were likely kidnapped from their ocean homes. For example, Tilikum, a 32-year-old orca, was captured at the age of 2 by a marine “cowboy.” Tilikum wasn’t taken from his natural environment because he was injured—instead, he was torn away from his family against his will and confined to a small concrete tank for a hefty profit. Diving with Dolphins hurt A scientific study by Newcastle University found that dolphins in close proximity to humans experience extreme stress, “preventing them from resting, feeding or nurturing their young.” Despite these findings, SeaWorld continues to allow park guests to swim and touch dolphins at its Discovery Cove location in Orlando, Florida. Orcas who weren’t captured where killed In 1965, the first-ever orca show was performed by a female orca named Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego. Shamu, like Tilikum, was kidnapped before the Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted in1972—during Shamu’s capture, her mother was shot with a harpoon and killed before the young orca’s very eyes by a marine “cowboy” named Ted Griffin. Griffin’s partner, Don Goldsberry, later worked for SeaWorld and was assigned to bring orcas into […]
Want to stay healthy? Get a dog! It goes without saying that there a plenty of benefits to owning a dog. But did you know that a dog could make you healthier? Well there is an increasing amount of research which seems to suggest that is the case. For anyone that has owned a young pup, and knows only too well the exertion involved, this probably comes as no surprise! We probably all have anecdotal evidence of dogs helping to make healthier, more fulfilling lives, but here is a quick review of academic research which seems to support that view. Keeping you fit and active If you own a dog then you need to give it exercise. And research seems to suggest that this increase in regular exercise is enough to have noticeable effects. The American Journal of Cardiology conducted a study which followed major heart surgery patients for the year after their operations. Survival rates were much higher for those patients that owned a dog. The University of Victoria, Canada, attempted to quantify just how much more exercise dog owners took on average when compared to non-dog owners. They found that, on average, dog owners walked for 300 minutes […]