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Sunday, November 22, 2015

SeaWorld will launch a new program in 2017 that would be less about tricks and more about the whales' natural behavior in the wild.

"There is no justification for the continued captive display and breeding of orcas for entertainment purposes", said Assemblyman Richard Bloom in a press statement. Financial Spots.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

As of Friday, recreational and commercial bobcat trapping is no longer allowed in California, ending a century-old industry.

Conservationist Tom O'Key could not be happier. The law grew out of the grass-roots fury of thousands of residents across the state over his discovery in 2013 of a bobcat trap set on his property near the edge of Joshua Tree National Park.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bobcats are gorgeous.  Nobody eats bobcats. They are too small to pose a threat to cattle. And they are predators that keep small prey populations in check.

Even so, last year, at about this time, commercial trappers in California placed box traps outside of national parks and in other areas to lure bobcats (we had banned the use of steel-jawed traps and other body-gripping traps by ballot initiative in California in 1998). Once the trap door slammed shut, the bobcats were doomed. The trappers would return and then strangle, stomp, or bludgeon the confined, terrified animals. Trappers killed more than a thousand animals that way last year. Bobcat fur sells for as much as $700 a pelt to the international market – mainly China, Greece and Russia.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nearly three months after it was originally scheduled for a vote, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new standards for the Self-Generation Incentive Program, but critics say the new standards don't go far enough to meaningfully reduce carbon emissions or meet Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate for a cleaner California by 2030.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO — A ban on all commercial bobcat trapping goes into effect Friday, three days before open season on the cats was to begin.

Adopted by the state Fish and Game Commission Aug. 5, the ban was approved on Nov. 13 by the Office of Administrative Law, which makes sure new regulations are legal.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The public and private sector came together like a breeze Thursday morning at the official launch of Santa Monica's, and the region's, first bike share program of its kind.

Hundreds of green-wearing Hulugans and city officials burst onto Main Street in front of City Hall to signify the release of all 500 eight-speed Breeze bicycles at 75 stations citywide. Several stations in Venice are expected to follow soon thereafter.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The public and private sector came together like a breeze Thursday morning at the official launch of Santa Monica's, and the region's, first bike share program of its kind.

Hundreds of green-wearing Hulugans and city officials burst onto Main Street in front of City Hall to signify the release of all 500 eight-speed Breeze bicycles at 75 stations citywide. Several stations in Venice are expected to follow soon thereafter.