Animal rights activist jailed for blackmail plot

BBC News:

A woman convicted of being part of a blackmail plot against customers of an animal testing company has been jailed for six years.

Debbie Vincent, of Croydon, conspired with members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) to target Cambridgeshire firm Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).

The Hampshire-based group published names of firms linked to HLS, knowing they would be targeted by activists…

‘Whale Buffet’ In Japan As Whaling Supporters Vow To Defy World Court Ruling

Huffington Post:

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members vowed Tuesday to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that ordered the country to halt its Antarctic whaling program.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told the meeting that Japan must protect its whale-eating culture and secure sources of whale meat. Japan as a maritime nation “has a policy of harvesting and sustainably using the protein source from the ocean, and that is unshakable,” Hayashi said…

Grey squirrel tops garden wildlife survey

Guardian:

Grey squirrels are the most spotted species of garden wildlife in the UK – but few people see the indigenous red squirrel, a survey has revealed.

The second round of results from the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch(BGBW) show that nearly three-quarters (72%) of people see grey squirrels in their gardens at least once a month and 91% had spotted them at one time, but less than 3% reported monthly sightings of red squirrels and 93% of participants had never seen one in their garden…

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham to film the indiscriminate shooting of migrating birds on Malta

Wildlife Extra:

 Heading a self-funded camera crew, wildlife presenter Chris Packham will be filing nightly reports on YouTube of the events in Malta, as thousands of illegal hunters kill all manner of migrating birds as they pass over the island on their way from Africa to their European breeding grounds. These films, which Packham says on his website (www.chrispackham.co.uk) will not make comfortable viewing, will be shown from Easter Monday until Saturday, 26 April.

The annual spring slaughter on Malta, which last year involved at least 24 protected species, accounts for the deaths of honey buzzards, golden orioles, ospreys, cuckoos, night herons and black storks, among many others, and jeopardises future populations of these birds, which are either officially endangered or in severe decline here and in other parts of Europe…

Foie Gras: Proven to be cruel and clearly illegal – yet the European Commission continues to take no action.

Enough is enough. For years the Commission has been provided with a wealth of scientific evidence, detailed briefings and formal complaints on the illegality of foie gras production.

The law is simple:

  • Force feeding (which scientific evidence shows causes unnecessary suffering and injury) is incompatible with the Commission’s own regulations which prohibit: “[providing] food or liquid in a manner …which may cause unnecessary suffering or injury”.
  • Individual cages are illegal but many are still in use. What is more, the group cages that are being used to replace them, in many instances, do not comply with the Council of Europe Recommendations for space and bedding.

It is unacceptable for the Commission to prevaricate while tens of millions of animals suffer illegally each year. We need to take this to the top. We’re calling on the Presidents of the Commission and EU Agriculture Council, once and for all, to take urgent action.

Take Action: CIWF

US bans Zimbabwe elephant trophies

Nehanda Radio: 

The United States has suspended imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe citing questionable management practices and a lack of effective law enforcement.

The ban follows a massive ecological disaster at Hwange National Park last year which saw hundreds of elephants being killed through cyanide poisoning by poachers…

Dutch Postcode Lottery supports Sea Shepherd with 900,000 Euros

The annual Goed Geld Gala of the Dutch Postcode Lottery was held this year in the Royal Theater Carré in Amsterdam. Drs. Geert Vons, General Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands and Captain Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Global Executive Officer, both attended the Gala. Michiel Verboven, Managing Director of the National Postcode Lottery, presented them both with a check for 900,000 Euros.

This year marks the seventh year in which Sea Shepherd has been awarded support from the National Postcode Lottery. To date, we have received 6.3 million Euros, funds that greatly benefit Sea Shepherd’s global campaigns.

302 million Euros for charity thanks to the Postcode Lottery

The gala was an exciting and important night for 101 charities, as The Postcode Lottery announced that they will donate a record amount of 302 million Euros this year. The highlight of the gala every year is the announcement of the Dream Project winner. The Dream Project supports new, brave and innovating projects out of the normal financial reach of the charities. This year’s winners are Peace Parks and World Wildlife Fund, which received 14.4 million Euros for their project to save the African Rhino from extinction. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands presented the winners with the Dream Project check.

The 2.5 million participants who play the lotto make it possible

The 2.5 million participants who play the Dutch Postcode Lottery make the charitable donation of millions by the lottery possible. Half the cost of every ticket sold is donated. Thanks to the lottery’s growing profits, almost 12 million Euros more can be donated to the charities this year.

About the National Postcode Lottery – society always wins

The National Postcode Lottery was founded in 1989 to support charity. Currently, 2.5 million Dutch nationals play the lottery, and each month they can win hundreds of thousand in prizes. At the same time, the participants are supporting important causes because half of all ticket sales get divided amongst more than 90 charities.

Since the Postcode Lottery was founded, more than four billion Euros have been donated to humanitarian and nature causes. Since 2005, the Postcode Lottery has also been active in the UK and Sweden, where the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Svenska Postkod Lotteriet, also raise funds for charity. In Holland, the National Postcode Lottery works together with the BankGiro Lottery and the Vrienden Lottery, forming a group called the Charity Lotteries.

Novamedia/Postcode Lottery is the second largest private donor to charity in the world.

Wildlife trafficking app launched at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

Guardian:

Australian travellers in south-east Asia are being encouraged to report illegal wildlife trafficking using a new app.

Wildlife Witness, launched on Wednesday at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, aims to crowdsource intelligence about the illegal wildlife trade by having users report and photograph suspicious activity and pin its general location on a public map.

More specific co-ordinates and a detailed report of the incident are passed onto the wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, for further analysis. Credible reports will be referred to local law enforcement…