U.S. District Officials Ban Poison Traps In Colorado

Since the Chilean government snubbed a billion-dollar mining project to save endangered penguins, other executives have been following suit. To prevent accidental deaths, district officials in Colorado have placed a ban on cyanide traps.

“Today’s agreement is the latest step in ensuring the federal government and the state of Colorado follow the law and the best science in managing wildlife,”

The M-44 device is spring activated, shooting poison at potential farming predators. Though meant primarily for coyotes, the M-44 has injured an Idaho teen, also subsequently killing his dog. Known for its leniency with hunting measures, Colorado isn’t making an impression on activists. The ban marks its first steps towards respecting endangered wildlife populations.

“This agreement represents a sign of good faith moving forward to do the right thing when it comes to Colorado’s wildlife and ecosystems,” [said] Matthew Bishop with the Western Environmental Law Center.

In just 15 states, over 16,500 traps have been deployed. Since raccoon corpses aren’t really my thing (nor do I think they’re anyone else’s) the ban is doing us and nature a favor.

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Anonymous Giver Buys All Goodwill Toys For Kids

When the holiday season rolls around, it’s easy to get into the giving spirit. Whether you’re donating a goodie bag or paying off $10,000 in pending Christmas gifts, it’s the thought that matters. Still, some enjoy going big — like a mystery Colorado donor who purchased an entire Goodwill’s toys for kids in need.

“All kids today, all day long, you get one free toy, free stuffed animal or free kids book,” [Goodwill director Todd Wakefield] said, announcing a special treat made possible by an anonymous donor.

A Christmas tradition, the anonymous giver has been buying out Goodwill toy sections for 10 years. In a special gesture, the man also roped Aspen Speech Therapy and Cosner Financial Group into the kind deed.

“We’ve got some amazing people throughout our community,” [Wakefield] said. “This is what our business is run on, people willing to give and to help their community.”

Lucky for every kid in Colorado, Christmas stockings will be one toy heavier.

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