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Catalina Island Bison Birth Control Is Working
Fourteen bison were first introduced to Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of southern California, by a motion picture company for the filming of "The Vanishing American" in 1924. When filming was complete, the animals were left behind, and they multiplied. (Some challenge this theory, since there are no scenes of bison in "The Vanishing American," but most Catalina historians agree the bison were imported for this or another film, possibly "The Thundering Herd.")
Over the years the bison became a tourist attraction, but the population grew to more than double what the island can adequately sustain.
IDA has been working to humanely reduce the overpopulaton of bison on Santa Catalina Island. We are now working with the Catalina Island Conservancy to sponsor a contraception plan coordinated by Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick of Zoo Montana using the non-hormonal vaccine PZP, which stimulates the bison's immune system to produce antibodies that prevent conception. The goal is zero growth. The few calves born each year offset the annual mortality, so the population is held at approximately 150 animals, a sustainable number.
Following the 2011 calving season, Catalina now has only three more baby bison, compared to 29 in 2010. A humane solution to the problem of bison overpopulation on Catalina Island has been found. If you visit this beautiful island and observe the herd, know that your donations to IDA are helping keep these magnificent animals safe and healthy.
Submit Public Comments To Stop Sea Lion Slaughter
In 2008, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) started a "lethal removal" program which trapped and killed sea lions claimed to be eating salmon at the Bonneville Dam outside Portland, Oregon. Last year, scientists found that the program had not positively impacted salmon populations and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the program violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Despite these monumental findings that should have ended the trapping and killing for good, the ODFW has asked NMFS for permission to kill sea lions again this spring, and NMFS has granted initial approval.
Tell NMFS to stop scapegoating sea lions and instead to address the real causes of salmon population decline: dams and fishing. Sea lions should not be killed for simply eating. California sea lions are native to this bioregion and are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).
Victory - Los Angeles Supports Foie Gras Ban
The Los Angeles City Council signed a resolution in September supporting California's soon-to-be-enacted law banning the sale and production of foie gras. IDA thanks the Los Angeles City Council for this powerful statement.
Foie gras production universally ranks as one of the cruelest forms of animal agriculture. Ducks are crammed in filthy, feces-ridden sheds and are force-fed large quantities of food through metal pipes shoved down their throats. The three daily force-feedings frequently choke, injure or kill the birds by gouging their throats and esophagus with the metal pipe. They suffer from severe disease and organ failure, with livers engorged five to ten times normal size.
Los Angeles now joins San Francisco, Berkeley, San Diego, West Hollywood, Carlsbad and Solana Beach in taking a stand against this cruel industry. The statewide ban, signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004, will finally go into effect on July 1, 2012. IDA and the Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) are making plans to help enforce this important and precedent-setting law. To help with IDA's foie gras campaign, contact Hope: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another Hope Animal Sanctuary Spay/Neuter Day
The Mississippi State University student surgery team again visited IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, providing surgeries for 28 of our sanctuary's newest rescued animals.
All of the animals given surgeries and hope for a new and happy life had experienced the fear and confusion of abandonment before they arrived at our doors. They fear no more.
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