Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tiger Confiscated from Home

Tiger Confiscated from Home
 
Last Edited: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007, 7:03 PM MST
Created: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007, 6:11 PM MST
 
By FOX 31 STAFF
 
CENTENNIAL - Wildlife agents confiscated a young, male Bengal tiger
from a home in Centennial Wednesday following an investigation that
began last month.
 
In November, DOW officers said they received photos taken on a cell
phone of a tiger being driven in a SUV through the city.
 
Several weeks later, officers received additional reports of the
tiger being seen in a backyard.
 
That led to Wednesday's raid on the home in the 6200 block of East
Mineral Place. Authorities from Arapahoe County assisted the Colorado
Division of Wildlife in confiscating the animal.
 
DOW said the tiger will be held at a licensed facility pending the
outcome of the court case against the owner, identified as Patrick
Michael.
 
Possession of Bengal tigers in Colorado requires a special license
and there are strict caging requirements for facilities that house
big cats.
 
DOW said Michael possessed no such licenses.
 
 
 
 


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Tiger mauls Assam zoo visitor to death

Tiger mauls Assam zoo visitor to death

From correspondents in Assam, India, 08:05 PM IST

A 50-year-old man was mauled to death by a Royal Bengal tiger Wednesday at a zoo in Assam while he was trying to take photographs with his mobile telephone, wildlife officials said.

A wildlife authority spokesman said a family of four, including the victim's wife and two children, were visiting the zoo in Assam's main city of Guwahati when the incident took place.

'The person crossed over a barricade and went near an iron cage to take photographs using his cell phone. There were two tigers and one of them pounced and tore apart his hand... the other tiger also attacked him,' Narayan Mahanta, the zoo warden, told IANS.

The person was shifted to hospital and was declared brought dead by doctors.

'It was an unfortunate accident and probably was a result of carelessness on the part of the man to have crossed the barricade,' the zoo official said.

In another incident, wildlife officials tranquillised a leopard in the heart of Guwahati after the cat was reported to have been roaming the streets.

'The leopard in the last few days attacked and killed several goats and chicken in the area and was creating terror in the area. We have captured the animal and now shifted it to the zoo,' a wildlife official said.

http://www.indiaenews.com/india/20071219/87129.htm

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

City Liable For Mauling

City Liable For Mauling By a Pit Bull

 

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

Staff Reporter of the Sun

December 11, 2007

 

When a dog mauled a Bronx toddler, Makailah Barnett, in 2004, it was unclear at first which of the family's three canines — the bulldog, the pit bull, or the mutt — was the culprit.

 

A jury in the Bronx just last week fixed the blame not only on the pit bull, but also on New York City, paving the way for Makailah's family to receive millions of dollars in damages.

 

Makailah's mother, Shannon Smith, received the dog from a police officer the day before the mauling, according to the complaint filed in the suit.

 

The unusual circumstances behind Officer Sean Smith's decision to give the dog to Ms. Smith, a stranger, were enough to make the city liable for the attack, the jury decided. The day before the mauling, the pit bull was being kept at the 43rd Precinct after police found it abandoned near the station. Ms. Smith was at the precinct at the same time, waiting to file papers in an adoption proceeding. Officer Smith struck up a conversation with her about the dog and Ms. Smith ended up taking the animal home.

 

A lawyer for Ms. Smith, Thomas Minotti, said Officer Smith was looking to give the dog away and had told Ms. Smith that it would soon be put to sleep.

 

A spokeswoman for the city law department, Laura Postiglione, said Ms. Smith had "asked to take the dog home."

 

It also appears the transfer may have violated a law requiring authorities to hold found animals for five days to give owners a chance to recover their pet or livestock.

 

"The officer was supposed to take it down to animal control, but he didn't do that," a lawyer for Ms. Smith, Thomas Minotti, said. "He wasn't allowed to give the dog away."

 

The jury has not yet fixed damages, but Ms. Smith's legal complaint asks for $10 million. Makailah was nearly killed in the attack and has undergone five plastic surgeries, Mr. Minotti said.

 

http://www.nysun.com/article/67869

 

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Senate bill to end Internet Hunting

December 6, 2007

 

The Humane Society of the United States Calls on Senate to Pass

Whitehouse Bill and Prevent Pay-Per-View Slaughter

 

WASHINGTON – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today

welcomed the introduction of federal legislation designed to crack

down on Internet hunting. The Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act,

introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), would prevent the

operation of web sites that allow people to shoot live animals

remotely.

 

The HSUS has advocated for state and federal legislation to combat

Internet hunting since the launch of Live-Shot.com, a web site based

in Texas that allowed users to pay a fee and shoot captive exotic

animals on a fenced game ranch – simply by clicking a button on their

keyboard or computer mouse. While 34 states have now banned the

practice, the interstate nature of the Internet calls for a federal

policy to prevent such web sites from emerging in the future.

 

"Internet hunting is an appalling form of trophy hunting, one that is

opposed by sportsmen and animal welfare advocates alike," said

Michael Markarian, HSUS executive vice president. "Traditional

hunters know there's no sport in shooting an animal remotely while

lying in bed and wearing camouflage pajamas. We urge lawmakers to

quickly pass this bill into law and stop this egregious practice

which amounts to nothing more than pay-per-view slaughter."

 

"There's no place in sportsmanship for a practice that kills with the

click of a mouse," said Sen. Whitehouse, a member of the Senate

committees on the Environment and Public Works and the

Judiciary. "I'm proud that Rhode Island is among the states that

have banned Internet hunting. It should never take place – and this

bill will ensure it never does."

 

Sen. Whitehouse's legislation is co-sponsored by Judiciary Committee

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.). A

House version of the bill, H.R. 2711, was introduced in June by Reps.

Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Tom Davis (R-Va.), and is co-sponsored by

some of the leading sportsmen's advocates in Congress, including

Reps. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Mike Thompson

(D-Ca.), and Don Young (R-Alaska).

 

A map of states that have banned Internet hunting is available at:

 

hsus.org/web-files/PDF/internethunting_map.pdf

 

http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/new_senate_b

ill_internet_hunting_120607.html

 

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