Bobcat Hunting May Soon Be Reinstated in IL

pawsdownPaws Down! To the Illinois legislature for passing a bill that would lift the ban on bobcat hunting in the state of Illinois.

Like many predators, bobcats only have one litter per year, which can make populations especially vulnerable to hunting.

Like many predators, bobcats only have one litter per year, which can make populations especially vulnerable to hunting.

According to a recent news article, a longstanding ban on hunting bobcats in the state of Illinois may soon be lifted. The measure is being pushed by state Representative Patrick Verschoore who feels that bobcats are a threat to residential areas and farms. Bobcats are predators, but their average weight rarely exceeds thirty pounds and conflicts with humans are extremely rare. However, as a keystone predator – that is, a predator who has no natural enemy, the reproduction rate of this animal is notably low. A low reproduction rate renders these animals particularly vulnerable to overhunting. Last year, the Illinois legislature passed a bill to reinstate the hunting of bobcats, but it was vetoed by then-Governor Pat Quinn.

Take action. Residents of Illinois, contact Governor Bruce Rauner and urge him to keep the hunting of bobcats illegal in Illinois.

Illinois Wildlife Find More Protection

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To Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for signing into law an amendment to the Illinois Wildlife Code, adding gray wolves, American black bears, and cougars to the list of protected species.

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Cougars, gray wolves, and American black bears are now among the protected species in the Illinois Wildlife Code.

Beginning January 1, 2015, gray wolves, American black bears, and cougars in the state of Illinois will be protected under S.B. 3046, an amendment to the Illinois Wildlife Code. These new protections will prohibit the killing of these animals unless there is an imminent threat to people or their livestock. If an animal is found to be a nuisance, a permit must first be granted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to kill that particular animal.

Over the past 150 years, gray wolves, black bears, and cougars have nearly disappeared throughout the state of Illinois. With populations slowly on the rise again, the careful management of these species is crucial to their recovery.

Take Action: Illinois residents, send a note of thanks to Gov. Quinn thanking him for his efforts in supporting positive management of protected species in your state.

Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago Joins a Growing Pack

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No longer store merchandise in Chicago

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To the City of Chicago for adopting an ordinance that restricts the sale of commercially-bred animals.

The City Council of Chicago voted to adopt a new ordinance that will restrict the sale of commercially-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits within the city limits. Several other cities have enacted such restrictions, including Los Angeles and San Diego, California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Commercial breeding facilities, often referred to as puppy mills, are nothing more than breeding grounds for death and despair. If you want to bring a dog, cat, or rabbit into your home, contact your local animal shelter or find a rescue group in your area to help pair you with your next companion animal. Never purchase an animal over the Internet or from a pet store as the majority of these animals have been bred in puppy mills.

Take Action: Chicago City residents, write a note of thanks to your mayor, city clerk, and council members for enacting this critical legislation that will protect animals in your city. Residents of other cities, please contact your legislators and urge them to enact similar restrictions.

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor
Ms. Susana Mendoza, City Clerk
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602

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Illinois Police to Learn Canine Behavior

Law enforcement officers in Illinois will now be required to undergo canine behavior training.

Law enforcement officers in Illinois will now be required to undergo canine behavior training.

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To the Illinois State legislature for enacting and Governor Quinn for signing into law a bill that will require law enforcement officers undergo canine behavior training.

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed into law SB 3388. Among other provisions, the law requires training for local law enforcement officers to help them distinguish between canine behaviors that indicate imminent danger of attack from those that are benign behaviors.

Law enforcement officers have a difficult job when confronted with dogs. Knowing canine behaviors will help officers avoid using lethal methods of containment when nonlethal means can best diffuse the situation.

Last year, NHES wrote on the issue of police shooting canines.

Take Action: Residents of Illinois, thank your governor and your state legislators for wanting to protect dogs in your state. Residents of other states, contact your legislators to find out what they are doing to help train law enforcement officers in canine behavior.

The Honorable Pat Quinn
Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

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Without measures to prevent the trade of shark fins within its borders, the United States will still contribute to the millions of sharks killed every year for their fins.

While the practice of finning sharks is illegal in the United States, current federal laws do not ban the trade in shark fins. Therefore, shark fins can be imported into this country. Each year, millions of sharks are killed for their fins, mostly to make shark fin soup. The sharks are pulled out of the water, their fins sliced off, and their bodies returned to the ocean. This barbaric industry has depleted shark populations by as much as 99 percent is some areas, threatening the delicate balance in our marine ecosystem.

New York State and Maryland residents, please contact your legislators and urge them to support bills currently before them. In New York State, the bill is A 7707a/S 6431and in Maryland it is SB 465/HB 393.

Florida, Illinois, and Virginia residents, contact your legislators as well since similar legislation has been introduced in those states.

Hawaii, California, Washington, and Oregon have already passed legislation restricting the trade of shark fins.

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Vegan Soup at Some Chipotle Mexican Grills

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To Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. for adding vegan soup to the menu in the Chicago area.

According to a news source, “After years of a relatively unchanged menu, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has added soup to its menu.

“Chicago-area restaurants…[were handing] out free samples of posole soup” recently. The soup is now an item on their menus. “The chain’s home market—Denver—is the only other market to have the new item, says Chairman and Co-CEO Steve Ells.”

Posole soup is “made without any animal products — with a tomato and hominy base, vegetables, and seasoned with spices like cumin and fresh herbs like oregano.”

Selecting a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle helps the planet, the animals, and us. Consider adding vegetarian/vegan options to your menu at home or at a restaurant.

Take Action: Send a note of thanks to Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., for adding vegan soup to the menu. In addition, let the company know you want to see more vegetarian/vegan items on their menu. If your favorite restaurant doesn’t have several selections of vegetarian/vegan options on its menu, suggest the owner “get with the times.”

Steve Ells
Chairman and Co-CEO
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
1401 Wynkoop St., Ste. 500
Denver, CO 80202
Tele.: 303-595-4000
Fax: 303-595-4014

Source:
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/

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Pet Store Bill

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To the state of Illinois for enacting a pet store disclosure law.

According to news source, “The new pet store law [effective January 1, 2011] requires that each pet have a full disclosure card on its cage or very close to where the pet is housed. This disclosure card must state such things as:

  • Puppies languish in a small cage

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    Full price, including adoption fees or any other applicable fees

  • Microchip number
  • Information on the breed, sex and age of the dog
  • The breeders name and address
  • Information on the pedigree of the pet, including registration numbers
  • Any dates or reasons the pet was returned
  • Any and all medical history before or during the time the store or shelter had the pet
  • Any additional remarks as warranted”

Many puppies and adult dogs are sold in pet stores where consumers are often misled into thinking they come from small and/or local/home breeders when in fact the animals come from commercial breeding facilities often referred to as puppy mills.

Take Action: Illinois residents, congratulate your legislators for protecting animals and consumers. Residents of other states, contact your legislators and let them know of the victory in Illinois and urge them to pass similar legislation.

Source:
www.associatedcontent.com/

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