California Bill Seeks to Ban Orcas in Captivity
by Mark J Palmer / Earth Island Journal
Phot Credit: Jesse Means
A new bill has just been introduced in California that would phase out orcas captivity in the state. Assembly Bill 2140 (pdf), introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom last week, seeks a ban on keeping killer whales in captivity for human entertainment and retire all captive orcas to sea pens.
While the proposed legislation,…
Yellowstone Announces End to 2014 Bison Slaughter Following One-Man Blockade
Jacobs blocked the road before more wild bison could be loaded onto trailers destined for slaughter facilities. Jacobs handcuffed himself to a hunter orange 55-gallon barrel filled with concrete, and wire-mesh webbing spanning the entrance to the roadway.
Comfrey Jacobs appeared in U.S. federal court today for his first arraignment after being arrested for…
Breaking: Peabody Loggers Break Ground on Controversial Shawnee Hills Strip Mine—Without Mining Permit
by Jeff Biggers / Huffington Post
Rocky Branch mining site, Saline County, Illinois. Photos by Georgia de la Garza
With mounting violations and administrative errors, will Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan finally intervene in the most controversial strip mine in southern Illinois?
This question is being raised today by farmers and residents fighting to save their historic community from…
NPA Rebels Own up Deadly Attacks in Philippines; Vow to Strike at Plantations, Mining Firms
from Mindanao Examiner
Communist rebels have owned up to daring and deadly attacks on police and military targets in the southern Philippines that killed at least a dozen people.
Dencio Madrigal, a spokesman for the New People’s Army-Valentine Palamine Command, said the attacks on a police base and military forces in Davao del Sur’s Matanao town was a punishment for their “reign of terror”…
Matthew Power, Author of In-Depth Story on Slain Costa Rican Activist Jairo Mora, Dies in Uganda
by Ashley Harrell / the Tico Times
Jairo Mora, 26, was killed last May by poachers protecting turtles on Moín Beach, on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast.Photo Credit:
Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times
When turtle conservationist Jairo Mora was killed by poachers on Moín beach last year, the horrifying news traveled fast and wide, and journalists from around the world came to Costa Rica to cover…
Hondurous: Indigenous Tulopanes Return to Territory Six Months After Massacre
by Greg McCain / Upside Down World
A caravan makes it’s way up the dusty winding road into the mountains of the department of Yoro. It is heading toward San Francisco de Locomapa, one of the territories of the Tolupane people, an indigenous tribe that has been in existence for over 5,000 years. San Francisco is also the site of a massacre that occurred on August 25, 2013. Armando Fúnez Medina…
Liberator Comic Series Has Returned!
by Rabbit / Earth First! Newswire
For those who aren’t familiar, the Liberatoris a comic book series created and written by Matt Miner and inspired by the Animal Liberation Front. The first series, “Rage Ignition,”…
30 Climate Activists Arrested in Philly Demonstration
by Aubrey Whelan / Philly
More than two dozen people were arrested Monday after they blocked entrances to the William J. Green Federal Building in Center City to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The protesters – most of them members of the Philadelphia-based Earth Quaker Action Team – said they were calling on President Obama to block construction of the pipeline. They gathered on the…
Redwood Forest Defense Protests Derrick Jensen Over Trans-Misogyny
On Thursday February 27, Redwood Forest Defense and the LGBTQ community responded to a Derrick Jensen speaking event at Humboldt State University. This action was in solidarity with a simultaneous demonstration at the University of Oregon in opposition to Lierre Kieth. Despite anticipation of protests and requests to cancel the event, HSU stood by belief in free…