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Second Opinion Animal Rights Radio Exploring the connection between profit, politics and the exploitation of animals. Wed, 6 PM (EST), WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta. Streaming live at www.wrfg.org

Second Opinion Radio is produced and hosted by Melody Paris. The Second Opinion Radio team includes Sonia Swartz (the vegan chef), and Dr. Carrie Packwood Freeman (animals in the media).

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04/05/2022
Don't support captive animal entertainment.
04/05/2022

Don't support captive animal entertainment.

Don't be fooled. There are currently many dolphinariums falsely advertising as sanctuaries. There are so many that we've even put together a page on our website to help you spot the difference! Check it out at bit.ly/SanctuaryOrMarinePark 🐬
#DolphinProject

04/04/2022

This is a living animal and will require a lifetime commitment for many years. If you can't commit to many years of care-buy your child a chocolate or stuffed bunny instead

03/12/2022
03/11/2022

“I just heard a pack of coyotes kill a small dog.”

Have you seen (or made) this statement in neighborhood groups on social media? It’s one of the most common sources of panic in the suburbs. And, in almost all cases, it’s actually not true.

Coyotes live in small family groups of 2-8 individuals, usually a mated pair and their young of the year. When the whole family gets together, they tend to celebrate by howling. This helps them bond and it’s also meant to intimidate rivals (including us), and it works. When calling together, coyotes will rapidly change the pitch and direction of their calls so it sounds like a very large group.

One of the sounds that coyotes make during these social get-togethers is a high-pitched yelp that increases in pitch and frequency until the “song” ends. To untrained ears, it’s very easy to mistake this for the sound of a domestic dog in pain. Our imaginations sometimes get the best of us, and when we hear the alto of a coyote choir stop abruptly, we may think the “dog” has been killed.

Coyotes don’t howl and hip while hunting. There’s no reason for them to do so, since vocalizations scare away prey and give them time to flee. Coyotes are completely silent when stalking or cornering their meals, so we rarely (if ever) hear them hunting.

Of course, that’s not to say that coyotes never kill domestic dogs at all. If a dog is roaming freely off-leash and becomes a threat to a coyote or its pups, they will defend themselves, just like any animal. Small dogs are very easy prey and, when left unattended in coyote territory, they are at risk. Because of this, it’s very important to keep your pets properly contained at all times.

However, it’s important not to panic over the normal social songs that coyote families sing together. The sound that you hear isn’t actually a dog in pain, but a family enjoying each other’s company.

03/09/2022

It's that time of the year again! Learning when to involve your self with helping an animal is important, not every wild animal found needs help! During fledgling season it is very common to find a baby bird all alone, in most cases its completely normal! If you are needing help with a wildlife conflict check the @animalhelpnowapp
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#wildliferescue #babybirds

03/09/2022

Spring is around the corner, so while you're making your spring cleaning checklist, add cleaning and repairs for coexistence to the list! A few simple actions can wildlife-proof your home to ensure our wild neighbors – and your home – stay safe.

Remember, during your check, don't trap wildlife inside! Before sealing off any holes that might be potential entry points, you must be sure there are no animals already inside. Look everywhere: bats and mice can get through an area smaller than the size of a quarter. You will need to get on a ladder and search carefully with a flashlight (a second person helps, too).

You can test holes you suspect might be an entry point by stuffing with paper or cloth so that any animals who may be using the space inside can easily push aside. If the material has not been moved in a few days, you can safely plug the opening.

To seal up holes, use caulk or expanding foam for small gaps, staple or bolt (not nail) hardware cloth over larger holes, or make permanent repairs. Typical bug screens will not hold up to stronger animals, such as raccoons, so look for stronger steel mesh/hardware cloth or solid aluminum flashing for vents and holes. And don't forget to keep burrowing animals from under your stoops, decks, and sheds with solid barriers like plywood and steel mesh.

Read more about coexistence with wildlife: https://projectcoyote.org/resources/download-and-share/#brochures

#ProjectCoyote #WildlifeConservation #Wildlife #ProtectWildlife #Conservation #WildAnimals #Carnivores #Coexistence #BackyardWildlife #NatureLovers #CarnivoreCoexistence #WildlifeCoexistence

03/09/2022

UPDATE: Additional emails are not needed as of March 13. Another update will be posted in the next few days. Thank you!

ACTION NEEDED TODAY (March 8) on HB 1450, the GA Safe Outdoor Dog Act

Please send a POLITE email to Chairman Dickey of the House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee, asking him to please put HB 1450 on the committee’s agenda. Use “HB 1450, GA Safe Outdoor Dog Act” in the subject line. (GA residents only, please)
[email protected]

“Crossover Day” in the GA General Assembly is March 15th which is the deadline for a bill to pass the House or Senate to remain active. Currently, HB 1450 is not on the committee’s agenda. This bill has broad support statewide.

For a Fact Sheet on HB 1450, go to: gapetcoalition.org

03/07/2022
If you need help call Sanders Wildlife. Snders Wildlife is a humane wildlife management company. Brandon, the owner trul...
03/05/2022

If you need help call Sanders Wildlife. Snders Wildlife is a humane wildlife management company. Brandon, the owner truly cares about animals. http://www.sanderswildlife.com/

03/04/2022

With spring quickly approaching, it is especially important to be mindful of your actions!

Have you ever tossed food out of your car window?

Your food waste can attract animals and endanger them by drawing them to roadways where they can be struck and killed by passing vehicles. Please be considerate at ALL times and keep your trash off the road!

https://www.oneprotest.org/

03/04/2022

#leapingbunny

03/04/2022

#opossums are so awesome! They eat so many ticks! #wildsouls #wildsoulsrescueandrehab #wsa #wildsoulsalliance

02/28/2022
Tune in tonight at 6:00 PM (EST) on WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta to hear my special guests John Eberhart and Katherine McGill di...
02/23/2022

Tune in tonight at 6:00 PM (EST) on WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta to hear my special guests John Eberhart and Katherine McGill discuss why Georgia citizens must urge their senator to VOTE NO on HB1147. The bad legislation would open hunting season on possums and raccoons to all year and would also open up hunting and trapping during the spring when moms are caring for their babies, leaving them orphaned to be attacked by predators or starve to death. Also streaming live at wrfg.org.

URGENT! There is Georgia legislation that would open hunting season on possums and raccoons to all year and would also o...
02/23/2022

URGENT! There is Georgia legislation that would open hunting season on possums and raccoons to all year and would also open up hunting and trapping during the spring when moms are caring for their babies, leaving them orphaned to be attacked by predators or starve to death.

Please call your state senator and the Lieutenant Gov to urge that they VOTE NO on HB1147.

Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Senate President: 404-656-5030

To locate your Georgia senator:
1. Click this link: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
2. Enter your address to see your state senator and your house representative
3. Your senator is the upper chamber (yellow)

Every call matters! Please call today!

All of the flavor without the cruelty!
02/23/2022

All of the flavor without the cruelty!

02/17/2022

Coexistence is the ultimate form of kindness to wildlife. Our relationship with carnivores is too focused on conflict. Animals such as coyotes, mountain lions, wolves, bears, foxes and bobcats are considered “nuisances” and something to be controlled. The result? Millions of animals killed in horrific ways every year by federal and state governments to “reduce conflict.”

What can you do *today,* on National Random Acts of Kindness Day, to promote coexistence with wildlife in your community?

Photo by Melissa Groo

#BanTrapping #EndTrapping #wildlife #coyotes #WildifeConservation #savewildlife #coyote #yote #BackyardWildlife #foxes #coexistence #EndWildlifeKillingContests #StopTheKill

Helpful advice from the Whale Sanctuary Project.
01/28/2022

Helpful advice from the Whale Sanctuary Project.

A sanctuary is by definition a place where the wellbeing of the residents is always the priority.

There are hundreds of first-class sanctuaries all over the world: for elephants, big cats, bears, great apes, dogs and cats, koalas, parrots, and other animals of all kinds. And while visitors can usually take a tour, there are NO RIDES and NO CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCES, and everyone STAYS A RESPECTFUL DISTANCE from the residents.

If you are planning on visiting a facility that calls itself a sanctuary, you want to make sure that it is a TRUE sanctuary and not just a cover for more exploitation and abuse.

These are the key questions to ask:

* Does it engage in performances, demonstrations or displays?
* Are visitors allowed access to the animals for commercial purposes like rides, petting pools and up-close photos with the animals?
* Does it allow breeding?
* And overall, does it have any priorities other than the well-being of the animals?

If the answer to any of those questions is “Yes,” then it’s not an authentic sanctuary.

#authenticsanctuary #respectanimals

01/18/2022
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Timeline photos
12/29/2021

Timeline photos

If you are lucky enough to have a fox family in your neighborhood, please don’t feed them or use rodenticides. Feeding them increases the risk of car strikes and they can get secondary poisoning from eating rodenticide-laced prey. Gray foxes climb trees with ease (the only canine in North America with this skill), and they often live near human development.

Sarah Killingsworth Photography is taking over Project Coyote's social media today! Ask her any questions in the comments:

#ProjectCoyote #Coyotes #WildlifeConservation #StopWildlifeKillingContests #WildlifePhotography #UrbanCoyotes #BackyardWildlife #Carnivores #Bobcats #Foxes #MountainLions #Bears #StopTheKill

Photos from The Opossum's Pouch Sanctuary, Rescue and Rehabilitation's post
12/22/2021

Photos from The Opossum's Pouch Sanctuary, Rescue and Rehabilitation's post

12/16/2021
Animal agriculture receives the bulk of subsidies. It's time we support Georgia farmers who are producing plants and veg...
11/11/2021
Agriculture Fairness Alliance ® - Contact

Animal agriculture receives the bulk of subsidies. It's time we support Georgia farmers who are producing plants and vegetables. Click below to sign.

Agriculture Fairness Alliance ® is a lobbying group aimed at bringing fairness to US farm policy.

Photos from Georgia Animal Rights and Protection's post
10/31/2021

Photos from Georgia Animal Rights and Protection's post

10/21/2021

We know it can feel overwhelming when you start, but it's so simple 🙂

10/14/2021

#raccoons will move in if you invite them by food sources, open entry’s . You can humanely evict by following these simple steps 1. Pre plan by sealing up entry’s and removing food sources.
2. Play loud music, vibrations noise makes them feel unsafe and will move
3. Lights - Light up the space , motion , flood lights helps too!

10/13/2021
09/29/2021

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Often, people see coyotes in their neighborhood and panic because they have been given misinformation. Please check out ...
09/20/2021

Often, people see coyotes in their neighborhood and panic because they have been given misinformation. Please check out the Atlanta Coyote Project to learn about coyotes and how we can coexist in peace. The site is run by scientists who study coyotes. https://atlantacoyoteproject.org/

Peace and serenity. Coyote. 🐾🐺☮️
By Sheryl Hester 🐺🐾💜🐾🐺

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Don't support captive animal entertainment.
If you need help call Sanders Wildlife. Snders Wildlife is a humane wildlife management company. Brandon, the owner truly cares about animals. http://www.sanderswildlife.com/