Radio Free Vermont: Monday, December 06, 2004

Monday, December 06, 2004

Private Firms to Chase Delinquent Taxpayers

Contracted criminals ...

U.N. hopeful as climate talks begin

"A U.N. conference on climate change opened on Monday with delegates looking for any change in U.S. opposition to the Kyoto protocol after President George W. Bush's re-election and Russian ratification of the agreement."

Survey: Net file-sharing doesn't hurt most musicians

"Most musicians and artists say the Internet has helped them make more money from their work despite online file-trading services that allow users to copy songs and other material for free, according to a study released Sunday."

Rutland Herald: fishing tackle is #1 danger to aquatic animals today ... not a harmless pastime

Rutland Herald

Fishing is not a harmless pastime

December 5, 2004

Please allow me to respond to Lew Freedman's column about PETA's "Turn in Your Tackle" campaign ("Another fish tale: PETA says don't eat the good-natured denizens of the deep," published in the Nov. 21 edition of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Times Argus).

Wildlife rehabilitators have consistently told PETA that fishing line and other tackle is the number one danger to aquatic animals today. Birds who swallow fish hooks often suffer lacerated beaks and throats; most will slowly starve to death. Animals who get entangled in line that is on the ground can become trapped underwater and drown if it catches on rocks or debris. Baby birds can be strangled if their parents used bits of fishing line when weaving their nests. Unfortunately, the more animals struggle, the tighter monofilament line becomes — animals who don't die can suffer severed wings or feet.

Fishing is not a harmless pastime. To learn more, or to turn in your tackle, which we'll use in educational displays, please visit

Paula Moore

Senior writer

People for the Ethical Treatment of AnimalsNorfolk, Va.

Banning lead ammuntion ... Center for Biological Diversity (TNC ally): Hunters are the problem ...

"Lead poisoning is a long-standing problem. It has killed five condors since 1997 and prompted emergency treatment for 26 more, according to state data. Eating hunter-felled game is the assumed cause, although a 2003 study for the state urged more research on the birds and their environment in order to make definite conclusions. California has launched an education campaign, asking hunters to bury carcasses and intestinal remains of their kills and use lead-free ammunition, which generally costs more. But critics want stronger action. 'The reality on the ground is that we are flushing this species down the toilet' with the lead hazard, said Peter Galvin, conservation director of the Center for Biological Diversity. The group plans to petition the state to ban lead ammunition."