But even bird conservationists favor wind over fossil fuels & nukes CHEYENNE, Wyoming––Charged with killing at least 150 bald and golden eagles over the past decade at wind farms in eight states, the NextEra Energy subsidiary ESI Energy on April 5, 2022 pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. […]
Factory farming scheme in Zambia threatens wildlife over half of Africa
Straw-colored fruit bats, giving birth in just one place, pollinate trees throughout central Africa LUSAKA, Zambia––Public comment on what appears to be one of the most ecologically destructive development projects in all Africa, menacing Kasanka National Park, Zambia, and especially threatening to straw-colored fruit bats, closes on June 16, 2021. Who cares about African […]
Diseased pigs & mink gave the world COVID-19, scientists suspect
Forthcoming World Health Organization report is expected to confirm Chinese investigators’ suspicions BEIJING, BOSTON, WUHAN––Will a World Health Organization report expected to be released within days indict the Chinese mink industry for infecting the world with COVID-19? Beijing University researchers have already suspected for more than a year that mink farming was likely […]
How Henry Bergh threw pigeons to the dogs for the next 150+ years
ASPCA founder Henry Bergh hated pigeon shooters, except when he wanted something from them Henry Bergh, who founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1866, might have perfectly understood Showing Animals Respect & Kindness founder Steve Hindi’s frustration, expressed on November 14, 2020 in his ANIMALS 24-7 guest column “Talk […]
China prosecutes 10 times more wildlife scofflaws in 2020 than U.S.
COVID-19 triggers sustained crackdown on illegal fishers, poachers, & traffickers BEIJING, China—Cracking down on wildlife-related crime in response to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, China prosecuted more than 15,000 alleged perpetrators in the first nine months of 2020. About 7,000 prosecutions were for illegal fishing, 4,000 for poaching land animals and birds, and 3,000 for […]
Spay/neuter resumes in Italy despite COVID-19, Camorra & Nigerian mobsters
Quarantine keeps crime in check––for now ROME, CASTEL VOLTURNO, Italy––The deadly global COVID-19 pandemic, killing nearly 32,500 Italians to date, might if anything have made Castel Volturno, the unlikely spay/neuter hub of the nation, just a little bit safer. Certainly stay-at-home orders seem to have at least temporarily reduced the mob violence for which […]
“Asian murder hornet”: surrogate for COVID-19 terror
Or, how two “great sparrow bees” incited a national hunt for alleged Chinese alien invaders BLAINE, Washington––How did the Asian giant hornet, known for centuries in Japan as the “great sparrow bee,” generally regarded as beneficial to farmers for killing insect pests, suddenly become feared in the U.S. as the so-called “murder hornet”? After […]
Are Bronx Zoo tigers with COVID-19 sentinels for brown bats?
Team researches whether humans can transmit COVID-19 back to bats NEW YORK, N.Y.––A four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia, kept at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, and now four other times and three lions sharing the same facilities, may be evidence of asymptomatic human-to-animal transmission of COVID-19. Alternatively, the tiger and lion illnesses […]
People who buy meat from glass cases have little room to throw stones
(Beth Clifton collage) “Wet markets” in China & U.S. slaughterhouses both kill people as well as animals SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota––Underscoring that people who buy meat from glass cases have little room to throw stones at the “wet markets” of China and the developing world, which sell live animals, the Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods pig slaughterhouse […]
COVID-19 hot tip for coffee growers: don’t go bat-@#$% nuts!
COVID-19 shows “Eat @#$% & die!” is a warning, not a metaphor KUNMING, China; LONDON, U.K.; SEATTLE––One might imagine that the midst of a global pandemic of COVID-19, a disease apparently originating in bats, would not be the best time for selling bat-processed coffee. At this writing, COVID-19 has infected nearly 175,000 people, worldwide, killing […]