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No Honor in Killing ‘God’s Dog’ by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
February 14, 2014

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Image by Jethro Taylor NYC via Flickr

A week before the opening of the Olympics, 759 Pennsylvanians paid $25 each to participate in a sport that would never be a part of any international competition.

These Pennsylvanians carried shotguns, whistles, and electronic calls; most also used dogs to search out their prey.

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Failure Upon Failure – The Collapse of England’s Badger Culls by Lesley Docksey

Badger Badger Badger

Image by Bobasonic via Flickr

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
England
First published by The Ecologist
December 19, 2013

“These pilots are not on our land, but the ways the culls are being carried out is increasingly worrying and we are now concerned for the credibility and usefulness of the exercise. This sense of shifting scientific sands is a real issue for us, particularly if faced with any future proposition for wider culling.” — Patrick Begg, National Trust rural enterprise director

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Pennsylvanians Support Pigeon Shoot Ban by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
November 2, 2013

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Three-fourths of all Pennsylvanians want to see an end to live pigeon shoots.

A statewide survey by the Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Company reveals not only do 75 percent of Pennsylvanians want to see legislation to ban live pigeon shoots but only 16 percent of Pennsylvanians oppose such a ban.

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England’s Killing Fields Part 2: Badgers, Power and Protest by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
England
October 3, 2013

Badger 25-07-09

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Till kicked and torn and beaten out he lies
And leaves his hold and cackles, groans, and dies.
John Clare – The Badger

The lanes of Somerset and Gloucestershire are being haunted by people from all walks of life but they all have one thing in common – they want to bring a halt to the killing of badgers. Continue reading

England’s Killing Fields Part 1: Badger Culls Kill Scientific Honesty by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
England
October 3, 2013

Badgers Fast Food

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When midnight comes a host of dogs and men
Go out and track the badger to his den
John Clare – The Badger

One always knows that, when government Ministers resort to defending Ministry policy in the local press, they are losing the argument with Joe Public. So it came as no surprise to read in the Gloucester Echo the justifications for the highly unpopular badger cull as written by Owen Paterson, UK Minister for the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) – Continue reading

Unnatural England by Lesley Docksey

Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

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by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 20, 2013

Great Britain is a small island, no more that 600 miles on its longest north/south axis from John O’Groats in Scotland to Lands End in Cornwall. Yet it has the most diverse geology, layer after layer of it laid down over the millennia. In other countries one might travel for 200 miles or even much more before the scenery changes in any way. Here 20 miles will do it, and the most obvious sign is what the old houses are built of. Continue reading

Shades of Gray: Living with Wolves

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Standing Wolf

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linktv·Mar 15, 2013

Gray wolves once ranged across North America. But by the 1930s, they were nearly extinct — trapped, poisoned and hunted by ranchers, farmers, and government agents. With protection under the 1973 Endangered Species Act, the wolf population rebounded. But wolves lost federal protection in 2011.

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Eating Horses in Paris by Michael Parenti

How do you like your horse?

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by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
February 28, 2013

In 1951, only five years after World War II ended, I managed to make my way to Paris where I landed a job as a courier diplomatique (messenger boy) for the United Nations Sixth General Assembly. Despite the years of war and deprivation, Paris still was a special place with its history, its cafes, galleries, bridges, ornate edifices, and narrow winding cobblestone streets, some seemingly as old as the city itself.

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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (2005; repost)

First published on Dandelion Salad in 2008. Originally published in 2005.

Beautiful Fall Day

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By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Nov. 20, 2012 Continue reading

The Stimulator: Countdown to Armageddon

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http://submedia.tv

Oct 18, 2012 by stimulator

This week:

1. LMFAO
2. 2012 hottest year ever
3. Romney’s and Obama’s pipe dreams
4. Keystone Xl Blockade in Texas
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Green Festival: Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich: Veganism Helps the Environment

Butternut Squash

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Dandelion Salad

with Dennis Kucinich

Oct 1, 2012 by

Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich Green Festival Saturday September 29, 2012

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Shooting live pigeons in a confined area isn’t a sport by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
August 2, 2012

Pigeon pagent

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Shortly before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on an amendment last December that would ban pigeon shoots, the Pennsylvania Flyers Association sent out a bulletin it marked as “urgent.”

“We must act now to preserve our sport,” the Flyers screeched. In a separate letter, the Flyers told its members they “should be very proud that your association has been able to keep the sport alive in PA [sic] for the last 27 years.” For added support, the notice referred to an NRA release, which called pigeon shooting a “Pennsylvania Sporting Tradition.”

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Pennsylvania Politics Continues to Override Humane Actions by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
June 1, 2012

Pidgeon scrutiny

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A national animal welfare organization has filed an ethics complaint against a Pennsylvania district attorney.

SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) charges Bucks County DA David Heckler with conflict-of-interest, favoritism, and failure to fulfill his professional responsibilities. The ethics complaint was filed with the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
December 17, 2011

Pidgeon scrutiny

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If the first year gross anatomy class at the Penn State Hershey medical school needs spare body parts to study, they can visit the cloak room of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That’s where most of the legislators left their spines.

The House voted 124–69, Dec. 13, to send an animal welfare bill back to committee, in this case the Gaming Oversight Committee. The bill, SB 71, would have banned simulcasting of greyhound races from other states. Continue reading

Toxic Lead to Cover Iowa Killing Fields by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
August 26, 2011

Mourning Dove on her nest

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Iowa, which gave us the carnival known as the Iowa Straw Poll and artery-clogging Deep Fried butter, will unleash another health problem, beginning Sept. 1.

The Iowa legislature last year approved a dove hunting season, the first in more than nine decades. However, the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission (DNR) banned the use of lead shot and bullets.

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