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Advocates Win Key Victories to Stop Wildlife-Killing Contests in the US – December 16, 2014

Statewide ban in California and victories in Idaho and Oregon spur hope for nationwide predator management reform

Wildlife-killing contests in the United States go by many different names, including wildlife derbies, predator-hunting contests, coyote calling contests, and coyote drives. But whatever the name, and wherever they are held, these contests come down to the same basic principle: Hunting animals for entertainment, with prizes for the top killers.

Coyotephoto byShawn McCready, on FlickrPrizes and inducements can no longer be awarded for nongame wildlife-killing contests in California.

Recently, the prize-for-killing mentality has come under increasing scrutiny, and in early December, wildlife activists won a key victory when the California Fish and Game Commission announced that “prizes… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Protesters Continue to Block Gates to Methane Storage Facility in Upstate NY – December 9, 2014

With 92 arrests to date, We Are Seneca Lake campaign is gaining momentum

For six weeks, We Are Seneca Lake campaigners have braved freezing weather in western New York to block expansion of a methane storage project adjacent to Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes. Campaigners believe the storage project threatens to contaminate Seneca Lake, which provides drinking water to 100,000 people in upstate New York. With 92 arrests for trespassing while blocking the gates to the storage facility, the campaign seems to be picking up steam.

Oil Train BlockadePhoto by We Are Seneca LakeCampaigners block the gates to the Crestwood methane storage facility in upstate New York in cold November… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Plastic Bag Industry Campaigning to Overturn California’s Plastic Bag Ban – November 13, 2014

Big Plastic, which stands to lose big profits, wants to get a referendum on the November 2016 ballot

Governor Jerry Brown made history in September when he signed SB 270, making California the first state in the nation to ban plastic shopping bags. Unsurprisingly, the plastic bag industry isn’t going quietly into the night. Instead, it is trying to get a referendum on the November 2016 ballot that would overturn the ban. The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), a group of American plastic bag manufacturers, is leading the referendum charge, working to collect the required 504,000-plus signatures by December 29 of this year.

Plastic Bag Ban RallyPhoto by Heal the BayA man covered in plastic bags… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Climate Hawks Vote Swoops onto the Election Scene – November 3, 2014

With a shoestring budget and grassroots mindset, new super PAC hopes to elevate climate change in November elections

By now, chances are you’ve heard of Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund manager turned avid climate activist. He’s thrown upwards of $50 million into the November elections via his super PAC, NextGen Climate, and has made plenty of headlines in the process.

VotePhoto by Theresa Thompson Climate Hawks Vote backs climate hawk leaders, defined as "those who prioritize and speak on the climate crisis."

It’s easy to get excited about Steyer. He is a living, breathing model of self-transformation, a man who made his fortune investing in dirty industries, and then did a complete 180, divesting those funds and… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Missouri’s “Right to Farm” Amendment has Family Farmers Worried – October 22, 2014

New measure aims to preempt potential animal welfare and environmental regulations in the state

The right to farm. It sounds innocuous enough. Shouldn’t we all have some right to farm if we want to? Probably, but that isn’t exactly what Missourians were getting at when they passed a constitutional amendment this summer to protect the right to farm.

Spring Corn PlantingPhoto by CAFNR Spring corn planting in Missouri. Amendment 1 opponents worry that measure will ease the way for large-scale farms to dominate Missouri’s landscape.

The amendment, known as Amendment 1, or the “right to farm” amendment, guarantees Missouri citizens the right to “engage in farming and ranching practices.” It seeks to… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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