The Fund For Animals won a landmark court ruling this week declaring that new openings of sport hunting programs on dozens of national wildlife refuges were unlawful.
Because of the federal court decision in The Fund’s favor, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service halted the scheduled Fall 2007 trophy hunt of mountain lions in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Yuma, AZ.
In unrelated animal news, recently Cindy Stewart donated her late mother’s fur coat to the Humane Society in her mom’s memory for wildlife animals to have a warm nest.
“My mom would have been so pleased,” said Stewart.
“Stewart is one of thousands who are cleaning out their closets and their consciences by donating fur coats and other furry fashions to the 160 wildlife rehab centers across the country,” said writer Jessica Heasley. “Wildlife rescuers cut up the furs and style them into surrogate ‘mothers’ play toys and comforting nests for abandoned and injured raccoons, baby bunnies, and other creatures.”
Heasley said that while no one has scientifically proven that baby animals are soothed by nestling in real fur, rescuers believe it can increase their chance of survival.
Americans have donated more than 15,000 fur coats and accessories including hats, stoles, gloves, and even slippers, to the fur donation programs at the Humane Society of the U.S. and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in the past decade.
The Humane Society took in 124 coasts in October alone, according to research. For many donors the gesture is more than just a tax deduction; it is symbolic of a change of heart regarding wearing real fur.
In other animal news, deer are close by one bed and breakfast in Jefferson, TX at a deer farm. It is an attraction that offers a break from nostalgia, just a few miles northwest of town.
“The 30-acre wildlife park called H & D Exotic Deer Farm is a good place to take youngsters who have been led through Jefferson’s antique shops and warned not to touch anything,” said writer Linda Swift. ‘Deer farm’ doesn’t fully describe this menagerie.
Part of the tour includes Chinese muntjacs, the smallest deer on the farm. The dark, spotted axis deer, native to India, are skittish and won’t approach people at the fence like the others, instead seeking shade in a thicket of tall pines.
November is breeding season when visitors may see males locking antlers, sparring for supremacy.
One friendly fallow buck named Ranger likes to accompany people on their tours along the perimeter of the enclosure.