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There were countless pets as well, and the area where many were kept behind the ICU was “filled with cages and the earsplitting barking and the stench of frightened animals.” Add in “the stench of sewage mixed with the odor of hundreds of unwashed bodies” as electric power dropped, tap water stopped and toilets backed up. THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM A KATRINA STORY.
AFTER LISTENING TO THE ACCOUNT FROM DR. WEST -AUTOPSY-WHERE HE SAYS THERE WERE 400 ANIMALS IN CARRIERS AT THE MEMORIAL MEDICAL, WAITING FOR RESCUE, FOOD, WATER WHEN THEY WERE TOLD ONLY HUMANS WOULD BE EVACUATED. ANIMALS HAD TO STAY LYING IN THEIR WASTE, STARVING WHILE JUST A FEW PUT THEIR ANIMAL FAMILIES MEMBERS TO SLEEP. SPIKE'S QUESTION IS, WHERE THEN WERE ANY ANIMAL ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP. NOT ONE!!!!!!!!!!.....THIS STORY WILL CONTINUE................EDITOR
- In this April 18, 2013, file photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine on Duke energy's top of the world wind farm in Converse County Wyo. For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles. In a settlement announced Friday, Nov. 22, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms.
The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello, File)google_ad_section_start WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time has enforced environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities, winning a $1 million settlement from a power company that pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.Related Stories
The Obama administration has championed pollution-free wind power and used the same law against oil companies and power companies for drowning and electrocuting birds. The case against Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm was the first prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act against a wind energy company."In this plea agreement, Duke Energy Renewables acknowledges that it constructed these wind projects in a manner it knew beforehand would likely result in avian deaths," Robert G. Dreher, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, said in a statement Friday.An investigation by The Associated Press in May revealed dozens of eagle deaths from wind energy facilities, including at Duke's Top of the World farm outside Casper, Wyo., the deadliest for eagles of 15 such facilities that Duke operates nationwide. The other wind farm included in the settlement is in nearby Campbell Hill, Wyo.The Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke has a market capitalization of nearly $50 billion."We deeply regret the impacts of golden eagles at two of our wind facilities," said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables Inc. in a statement. "Our goal is to provide the benefits of wind energy in the most environmentally responsible way possible."A study in September by federal biologists found that wind turbines had killed at least 67 bald and golden eagles since 2008. That did not include deaths at Altamont Pass, an area in northern California where wind farms kill an estimated 60 eagles a year.Until Friday's announcement, not a single wind energy company had been prosecuted for a death of an eagle or other protected bird — even though each death is a violation of federal law.In 2009, Exxon Mobil pleaded guilty and paid $600,000 for killing 85 birds in five states. The BP oil company was fined $100 million for killing and harming migratory birds during the 2010 Gulf oil spill. And PacifiCorp, which operates coal plants, paid more than $10.5 million in 2009 for electrocuting 232 eagles along power lines and at its substations.Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet's wingspan. Though the blades appear to move slowly, they can reach speeds up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes.Flying eagles behave like drivers texting on their cellphones; they don't look up. As they scan for food, they don't notice the industrial turbine blades until it's too late.The wind farms in Friday's settlement came on line before the Obama administration drafted voluntary guidelines encouraging wind energy companies to work with the Fish and Wildlife Service to avoid locations that would impact wildlife. Companies that choose to cooperate get rewarded, because prosecutors take it into consideration before pursuing prosecution.Once a wind farm is built, there is little a company can do to stop the deaths. Some firms have tried using radar to detect birds and to shut down the turbines when they get too close. Others have used human spotters to warn when birds are flying too close to the blades. Another tactic has been to remove vegetation to reduce the prey the birds like to eat.As part of the agreement, Duke will continue to use field biologists to identify eagles and shut down turbines when they get too close. It will install new radar technology, similar to what is used in Afghanistan to track missiles. And it will continue to voluntarily report all eagle and bird deaths to the government.While the settlement with Duke is a first, there could be more enforcement. The Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating 18 bird-death cases involving wind-power facilities, and about a half dozen have been referred to the Justice Department.NOVEMBER 16-13-WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROWUP ???AN ANIMAL KILLER.
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Protester, 12, Targets SeaWorld Float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeMacy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, with its giant balloons, decorative floats and musical performances, is usually a joyous event. So it was unusual to see a group of animal rights protesters among the cheering crowds at Thursday's parade in New York City.PETA members gathered along the parade route to protest SeaWorld's new float, "A Sea of Surprises." At one point, a 12-year-old girl named Rose McCoy jumped over the parade barricade as the float approached, holding a sign reading, "Boycott SeaWorld."
Police quickly escorted her back behind the barricade.Macy's said in a statement to ABC News that they were "not aware of any protesters yesterday among the three million spectators," at the parade.
The department store giant has been catching heat from PETA for weeks leading up to the parade for featuring a float from SeaWorld in the wake of the release of the successful documentary, "Blackfish."" Blackfish
," which premiered at Sundance in January and then was featured at the AFI Docs film festival in June, examines how a giant orca named Tilikum pulled his trainer Dawn Brancheau under water and killed her in 2010 at SeaWorld's Orlando, Fla., theme park, and raises questions of whether killer whales should be held in captivity. SeaWorld denounced "Blackfish" after its release, calling the film " inaccurate and misleading
," but the film has drawn national attention.
After parade officials announced in September
that SeaWorld would debut "A Sea of Surprises" float, Macy's received a flurry of complaints, petitions and protests, calling for the float to be banned. Despite the backlash, Macy's went ahead with the float as planned in Thursday's parade.In a statement to ABC News regarding the SeaWorld float, Macy's said that, "The Parade has never taken on, promoted or otherwise engaged in social commentary, political debate, or other forms of advocacy, no matter how worthy. Its mission has always been about entertaining millions of families and spectators.""While it is understandable that such a widely embraced event can sometimes feature elements or performances that some people may find disagreeable, Macy's intention is to provide a range of entertaining elements without judgment, endorsement or agenda. We cannot control external forces that wish to impose their own perceptions on the Parade and so we will remain steadfast in following the guiding core of a decades old mission, celebration and entertainment for all," the statement continued.
12-1-13 (Marshall Islands) (AFP) - The future of the world's largest tuna fishery will be decided at a meeting in Australia this week, with Pacific island nations demanding tighter controls on a catch now worth US$7.0 billion a year.Related Stories
A record 2.65 million tonnes of tuna was hauled from the Pacific last year, accounting for 60 percent of the global catch, with most of the fishing conducted by so-called "distant water" fleets from as far afield as Europe, the United States, China, Korea and Taiwan.Island nations, many of which rely on tuna for a significant portion of their income, fear stocks are becoming unsustainable and want action at the December 2-6 meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Cairns."If distant water nations support sustainability of the resource, then they need to commit to a 30 percent reduction in catches," Marshall Islands fisheries director Glen Joseph said."It's not a question of should they do it or not -- they have to do it or face the consequences."A study by environment group the Pew Foundation found stocks of bluefin tuna, prized by sushi lovers, had fallen 96 percent from their original levels, with juveniles forming the majority of specimens now being caught, pushing the species closer to extinction.View gallery."
Fishmongers inspect bluefin tuna before the first trading of the new year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish ma …As a result, another sushi favourite, bigeye tuna, is now coming under severe pressure, while catches of skipjack and yellowfin tuna, which are canned, have also been steadily rising.The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency said the Cairns meeting was looming as a major showdown over the need for reform.It is expected to be "intense and contentious, with many distant water fishing nations resisting attempts by coastal (island) states to improve the management of the tuna resource," agency director James Movick said.A major problem for the pro-reform camp is the sprawling nature of the WCPFC, which was set up 10 years ago to manage fishing in a vast area of ocean covering 20 percent of the Earth's surface.It has a mix of 25 members, ranging from tiny Niue (population 1,200) to the European Union, and makes decisions by consensus, which critics say makes it difficult to get anything done."Time is running short for the WCPFC as a whole to demonstrate that it is capable of breaking new ground," Forum Fisheries Agency deputy director Wez Norris said.In a hopeful sign for reformers, Japan and the Philippines have made a joint proposal with eight island nations to adopt conservation measures, including reducing bigeye tuna quotas.However, organisations such as the American Tunaboat Association fear becoming bound by "draconian" regulations if reforms are approved, questioning the need for drastic conservation measures."There is no evidence that tropical tuna fisheries are in jeopardy," the association's executive director Brian Hallman said.Greenpeace said there were more than 3,300 fishing vessels "plundering" Pacific tuna stocks and at least 45 more were under construction in Asian shipyards as demand for fish grows and stocks elsewhere dwindle."There are just too many fishing vessels chasing too few fish. We believe that the tuna fishery cannot sustain any longer this immense amount of pressure being placed on the Pacific tuna fishery by distant water nations," Greenpeace oceans campaigner Duncan Williams said.The Cairns meeting comes a week after the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) rejected pressure from Japan to increase quotas for bluefin tuna in the East Atlantic and Mediterranean.After marathon talks, ICCAT concluded that the annual quotas would remain at 13,400 tonnes in the eastern Atlantic and 1,750 tonnes in the western Atlantic.