Pack Topics: Coyote trapping; animal cruelty; BP Oil Gusher

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BP Oil Gusher continues to impact marine wildlife: Researchers are still finding severe illnesses and deaths among dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico.

The site also reports 754 marine mammals have washed ashore (95 percent dead) since February of 2010. Since all dead wildlife don’t wash up on shore, the number deaths is believed to be higher.

Troubling rise in animal cruelty cases: Forsyth County Animal Control reports its investigators have written 1,300 animal neglect and animal cruelty citations over the past year. This is a rise of 40 percent.

But according to a My Fox 8 article from Wednesday, the increase might be more a factor of more people reporting these crimes, as opposed to a specific rise in cruelty.

Animal-welfare activists decry coyote-trapping plan in California: The Carson City Council has a plan in place to trap coyotes that are showing up a mobile home park. A 10,000-signature petition was presenting Wednesday to the council in opposition to the trapping, according to CBS Los Angeles.


Wildlife Trapping: There is no doubt about it being cruel

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The Associated Press published an article Sunday on the topic of wildlife trapping. The writer tried to balance the piece with interviews with trappers, but in reality, there is no other side to this issue. Trapping animals with devices such as leg-hold  is extremely cruel.

Born Free USA is one of the organization working for – at minimum – better regulations on the barbaric practice. Born Free’s petition to the Pennsylvania game commission last week calling for better regulations was unanimously rejected. Trapping should be fully banned, yet this commission refused to even discuss regulations.

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