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San Francisco Bans The Sale Of Non-Rescue Cats And Dogs In Pet Stores

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

In an effort to crack down on puppy mills, San Francisco ruled that only rescue cats and dogs older than 8 weeks are allowed to be sold in pet stores.

Following in the footsteps of New Jersey and Arizona, the entire city of San Francisco has banned the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats at local pet stores. The initiative aims to crack down on “puppy mills” and ensure that some of the millions of animals that live in shelters across the nation find forever homes.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that on Tuesday, the San Francisco Boards of Supervisors unanimously voted to amend the city’s health code. Proposed by Supervisor Katy Tang from District 4, the new rules only allow the sale of animals sourced from animal rescue shelters or groups at pet stores. Additionally, any animal younger than 8 weeks old is banned from being sold at a commercial pet store.

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Pope Francis: Native Americans Should Have Final Say About Their Land

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Pope Francis declared that Native Americans deserve the right to give prior consent to any economic activity that affects their ancestral lands.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis attended the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome and defended the rights of indigenous tribes. The meeting was part of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, and Pope Francis addressed 40 representatives of the 300 largest indigenous groups in the world.

According to Reuters, he stated that “The particular characteristics of indigenous peoples and their territories” must be protected. The Pope then mentioned that this is especially true “when planning economic activities which may interfere with indigenous cultures and their ancestral relationship to the earth.”

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Wikileaks Exposes CIA Interference In 2012 French Presidential Election

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

A new release from Wikileaks has revealed that the CIA took part in a seven-month long spying campaign against every major French political party and candidate before and after the nation’s presidential elections in 2012.

While the mainstream media continues to propagate a months-long frenzy based on unfounded claims accusing Russia of “meddling” in U.S. political affairs, Wikileaks has once again revealed new evidence exposing the real forces responsible for interfering in foreign electoral processes. Today, Wikileaks released three classified “tasking orders” from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that detail a seven-month long spying campaign and covert actions taken by the agency in France prior to the 2012 French presidential election. Wikileaks’ press release said that this latest release is meant to serve as context for an upcoming, major release of the cryptically-named CIA Vault 7 series, a release that will ostensibly shed light on some of the more sinister “meddling” of the CIA both domestically and abroad.

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Environmental Protection Agency To Officially Terminate On Dec. 31, 2018

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

In the handful of weeks that Donald Trump has been President of the United States, a lot has happened. The stress that’s been mounting due to recent events just increased, however. That’s because, by the end of next year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be terminated.

H.R. 861, which was introduced by House Republicans on Feb. 3, only contains one sentence: “The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” As Daily KOS reports, the bill which was introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) and cosponsored by Reps. Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi), Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), and Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia) is presently awaiting action in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

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In Just Two Years, The Company Behind DAPL Reported 69 Accidents And Polluted Rivers In 4 States

By: Claire Bernish/The Free Thought Project

Although it obstinately insists pipelines are safe, the company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline racked up 69 reported accidents in just two years — leaking hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil products and tainting rivers in four states.

That averages nearly three spills each month.

A new report from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and DisasterMap.net on Energy Transfer Partners and subsidiary Sunoco Logistics documents accidents filed with the National Response Center — the federal contact point for oil spills and industrial accidents — noting 69 accidents between 2015 and 2016.

However, as the study crucially notes, “These are just the accidents that are reported.”

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TPP May Be Dead – Its Replacement TISA Is Much Worse

By: Jack Burns/The Free Thought Project  

The President has a huge PR problem on his hands. How President Donald Trump keeps his campaign promise to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and remains on good terms with our Asian allies and trading partners may be as simple as a change in semantics. In other words, he’s simply going to call it another name; The Trade-in-Services Agreement (TISA). And some are saying the deal is much worse than the TPP ever was.

According to the source who has inside documentation, the TISA, “if passed would prohibit regulations on the financial industry, eliminate laws to safeguard online or digital privacy, render illegal any ‘buy local’ rules at any level of government, effectively dismantle any public advantages to be derived from state-owned enterprises and eliminate net neutrality.” Some have said that keeping financial institutions in check has been the only thing preventing another global financial crisis. And while the citizens’ right to privacy is currently somewhat tenuously protected by privacy laws, hardly anyone can imagine the impact losing those privacies would entail.

TISA’s specifics are shrouded in secrecy, with Wikileaks and Bilaterals being the only ones to have published any information related to its details.

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Thousands Of Dead Bees Wash Up On Florida Beach

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Beach goers in South Florida were dismayed to find thousands of dead and dying bees washed up along the shoreline.

South Florida beach goers might not have expected to be stung by a bee in the surf, however, that’s exactly what’s been happening. In a rare occurrence, thousands of dead and dying bees have been washing up onto a popular beach in Naples, FL. Martha Duff, a Naples, FL resident told NBC Miami, “I’ve been stung a couple of times and at first, I didn’t know what it was and then I realized and then I had an allergic reaction.” Residents are confused and concerned asking questions like those posed by Duff: “Why are there bees? Where are they coming from? And why are they in a very specific area of the beach?” Some visitors to the area, local residents, as well as families with children are avoiding the beach due to concerns about bee stings, causing concern throughout the local community regarding the impact the unexpected event could have on tourism.

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This National Park Opted To Shoot Poachers On Site, Has Killed 50 So Far

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Guards are trained to shoot and kill poachers, which is why thousands of Indian one-horned rhinos are still alive in the park.

If humans fail to change their ways and adopt more sustainable habits, incredible species will go extinct. In fact, the African Elephant isn’t expected to outlast the next decade due to increased poaching activity. It’s because of this sobering reality and the increasing demand for ivory that a national park in India is shooting first and asking questions later.

The BBC reports that Kaziranga National Park has a pretty successful track record when it comes to protecting rhinoceroses from poachers. However, a controversial tactic is utilized by park rangers: shooting on sight. So far, the park has killed 50 people.

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Bridges Being Built For Wildlife Are Saving Thousands Of Lives

by Jessica Murray, True Activist

The wildlife bridges allow animals to safely pass over or under main roads.

An increasing number of animal bridges are being put up across the globe by conservationists to ensure the safety of the world’s animals. These relatively new wildlife crossings are a huge and innovative upgrade from the simple road signs on highways which show a brief warning that animals may be in the area. These bridge methods are being employed with the sole purpose of protecting wildlife and preventing human-animal conflict and in turn preserving the world’s ecosystems, by helping to stop habitat fragmentation. In the United States alone, estimations have shown that the current road systems affect the ecology of a huge one-fifth of the country’s land, whilst vehicle-animal collisions are costing the US around $8 billion a year, according to a recent report.

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