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

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 14, 2014


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
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
November 2, 2013

Pigeon Landing 002

Image by dragontoller via Flickr

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
October 3, 2013

Badger 25-07-09

Image by Chris_Parfitt via Flickr

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
October 3, 2013

Badgers Fast Food

Image by Bobasonic via Flickr

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)

Image by Noel Reynolds via Flickr

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.

Now, with hunting permitted in many Western states, the future of this once endangered species may again be in question. Can we live with wolves? Earth Focus travels to Montana and Wyoming to find out.

Read a blog series on wolves by UK journalist and co-founder of the Ecologist Film Unit and Ecostorm Jim Wickens at: http://www.linktv.org/about/blog/follow/Jim%20Wickens

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