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The Trump administration, in their never-ending quest to ruin everything we hold dear, has imperiled the chances of the first bee to be classified as endangered in the U.S.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is stepping in and suing Trump for delaying action on protecting the bee. An executive order signed last month issued a 60-day halt on new regulations which stopped protection measures from going into effect.

“Without valid explanation, opportunity for public input, or other legally required process [the Fish and Wildlife Service] is denying the bee the essential protections of the law,” the complaint said.

The rusty patched bumble bee was once found in 28 states, but due to loss of wild prairies and exposure to pesticides as well as the impacts of climate change, the bee’s future is uncertain.

If you’d like to help, you can get involved by donating to the NRDC. They need all the funds they can get.


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A video published by Chinese Central Television, China’s state-run TV, has gone viral across the world. It features several tigers chasing after a drone, similar to how a cat plays with a toy.

But the dark truth of the video has started to emerge, particularly since Vice blew the lid off it. As they point out, the tigers in the video are clearly obese, a sign that the animals are being fattened for slaughter.

Across Asia, there are numerous tiger slaughtering facilities. At these farms, tigers are bred like any other livestock. During their lives, they are fed well and put on display for tourists to view.

But once their usefulness to tourists is up, the tigers are slaughtered and made into wine, medications, and meat. .

It’s estimated that in China alone there are as many as 6,000 tigers in captivity, 8,000 throughout Asia. With as few as 7 tigers remaining in the wild in China, you’d think it’d be more useful to breed them for reintroduction to the wild, not for useless medications.


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Since the release of the shocking documentary Blackfish and the subsequent public outcry, SeaWorld’s attendance has been in decline. The fact that they’re even still open is kind of a surprise to me.

SeaWorld Entertainment issued a report today showing that their attendance numbers in 2016 declined from 2015, from 22.8 million to 22 million. They credited the decline with overall reduced tourism in Orlando.

For years there has been sustained public pressure on SeaWorld to stop keeping large marine mammals captive and to stop forcing whales, like the Orca, to perform tricks for audiences.

The company expects their revenue to be about $30 million less from where it was at the end of 2015.


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This week, the surfing community is in mourning over the death of Alexandre Naussance, a 26-year-old surfer who was killed in a shark attack off the coast of Reunion Island.

Reunion Island has a robust population of sharks living off its shores. 20 surfers have been killed there in the last 6 years. This prompted Kelly Slater, an American pro surfer, to comment on Instagram:

“Honestly, I won’t be popular for saying this but there needs to be a serious cull on Reunion and it should happen everyday. There is a clear imbalance happening in the ocean there. If the whole world had these rates of attack nobody would use the ocean and literally millions of people would be dying like this. The French govt needs to figure this out asap. 20 attacks since 2011!?”

Naturally, there’s been some blowback to these statements, as they’re particularly incongruent with Slater’s overall pro-environmental conservation message. But the thing about protecting the environment is that you don’t just get to protect the parts of it you like.

I get that emotions are running high, but there is clear fault in this method of thinking. The ocean does not exist simply for humans to “use” especially if the use is a leisure activity like surfing. Your need to have fun on the seas does not trump the right for sharks to exist and for the natural environment to regulate shark populations.

Keeping surfers safe is not a good enough reason to cull sharks. But to his credit, he did punctuate his statement by saying “I surely don’t want to be a scientific authority in any way in this debate. It’s just one man’s opinion.”


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A new poll out from Quinnipiac University has found that a total of 61% of Americans oppose Trump’s rolling back of regulations that keep our air and water clean as well as combat climate change. 29% support the rollback.

The same poll found that 50% of Americans oppose reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, while only 40% support.

Regardless of public opinion being against environmental deregulation, President Trump and Republicans in Congress have launched an assault on any regulation that seeks to keep the environment healthy.

The big question is: will the public remember this when it comes time to vote again in 2018 and 2020 or will they continue to reward the same bad behavior that they oppose? Only time will tell. If you aren’t registered to vote or need to update your voter registration to a new state or address, click here.

The poll surveyed more than 1,100 voters across the country and had a margin of error of +/- 2.9%.


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In San Francisco, pet stores will only be allowed to sell rescue pets after a new law was passed by city officials. The law targets inhumane puppy breeding operations, or “puppy mills,” in and around the city.

This law exempts licensed breeders who operate humane breeding operations.

San Francisco joins other cities that have done the same, including Austin, Boston, San Diego, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

“Most animal lovers are horrified at the thought of keeping their beloved family pet in a dirty wire cage for a second — let alone a week, month or even years. Yet, that is the fate of many animals at large-scale commercial breeding operations across the nation, including the mothers of many puppies and kittens sold in pet shops,” San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors wrote in an op-ed piece.

This is an excellent move if you care about animal welfare. In puppy mills, female dogs live in small cages and are bred repeatedly with no break between litters.

When they can’t breed anymore, they’re usually killed or dumped in animal shelters (and then killed when they aren’t adopted).


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A resolution authored by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) that would allow for hunters to kill wolf pups as well as bear cubs passed narrowly in the House of Representatives on a 225 to 193 vote. The rule it overturned, put in place during the Obama presidency, established that predators could only be hunted if there was a scientific reason to.

Now, wolves and their pups can be hunted without restraint in Alaska’s wildlife refuges. This vote has made it legal to snare bears in barbaric steel-jawed leghold traps and shoot wolves from helicopter. Kind of makes the whole “refuge” thing moot, huh?

Republicans were under pressure by pro-gun and pro-hunting groups like the NRA and the Safari Club, as well as some other smaller groups, to pass the resolution. 10 Republicans voted against the resolution and should be applauded for it. Reps. Dan Donovan and Peter King of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan, Frank LoBiondo, Tom MacArthur, and Chris Smith of New Jersey, Martha McSally of Arizona, Dave Reichert of Washington, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.

At this point, the Senate and the President have the power to overturn this resolution and keep the rule in place.


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When I make posts on this site, I normally just try to make a succinct point about something happening in our world and move on. But since Trump has started calling every article critical of him “fake news,” so have all his little Facebook and Twitter minions. So let’s set the record straight:

If you support Trump, you’re free to do so. But when he does awful shit, you have to own it. When he breaks his campaign promises, you can’t call it “fake news.” You supported a legitimately terrible human being. There’s a reason he’s the most unpopular modern president. You need to see it and own it.

Trump has rolled back a rule that prevents coal companies from dumping coal mining waste in rivers that people fucking drink out of. It happened. It’s not fake news. Own it. By supporting him, you support poisoning working class families in states like West Virginia and Kentucky.

Under Trump, the USDA has removed information from its website regarding animal abuse. If a horse breeder or a zoo or a circus has a record of abusing animals, the public no longer has access to that information. Trump moved to protect animal abusers. If you support him, you support animal abusers. You can’t hide from it. It’s what’s happening.

Ignoring for a moment that Trump’s border wall idea won’t even stop illegal immigration, it exacerbates the extinction risks for a variety of endangered species in the American southwest. If you support Trump, you support pushing animals to the brink all for an idea that won’t even work.

And what about draining the swamp? Members of Trump’s team have financial ties to pipelines and other infrastructure projects that the president has moved to expedite. You railed against Clinton for fictional “pay to play” schemes, what the hell do you think that is? Hint: google the word “kleptocracy.”

You can tell me to stop whining or stop crying or call me a beta cuck all you want. It doesn’t take away from the fact that when you support Trump, you support all of the horrible, stupid, racist, and often unconstitutional things he does.

You can’t hide from it. We’re not going to let you.

And if you’re as mortified as I am about what Trump and his little internet trolls are doing, join me in confronting it everywhere you see it. Arm yourself with facts. Don’t back down. Don’t let them gaslight and manipulate you. A lot of Trump supporters just don’t know. So educate them. Show them what they’re supporting. And don’t stop until his presidency is over. There is too much on the line to be complacent now.


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Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, has introduced two bills that would weaken the endangered species act.

The first, S. 376, the “21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act” would require the Fish and Wildlife Service to publish all studies and documents regarding protection decisions online.

It sounds innocuous, but all of that information is readily available by request. All this bill seeks to do is burden and overwork the already beleaguered employees of that department.

The second, S.375, the “Endangered Species Act Resettlement Reform Act” will make it more difficult for citizens and government officials to protect endangered species in a timely fashion. It gives local governments as well as energy companies the right to delay and veto the protection of endangered species.

Senator Cornyn’s main phone line is: Main: 202-224-2934. Maybe give him a call and weigh in with your opinion on this.


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On Thursday, the media was hard at work reporting on Donald Trump’s ridiculous 77-minute press conference. What was almost completely overlooked was Trump’s repeal of the Stream Protection Rule.

The rule was put in place during Obama’s presidency and was aimed at reducing environmental damage from mountaintop removal mining of coal.

Coal companies would blow the tops of mountains off to reach the coal inside and then dispose of the waste in local waterways. This didn’t just harm the environment, but many people rely on those streams for drinking water and irrigation.

Present at the signing of the bill was Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray, who called the Stream Protection Rule the coal industry’s “biggest threat” and donated $100,000 to a Trump-supporting super PAC during the election.

Way to drain the swamp, Trump.


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