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A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a boy

Posted by on Apr 4, 2010

I recently reviewed this book by attorney Wesley J. Smith on Amazon.com. Whether you are support or oppose animal rights, Smith’s discussion of the social and ethical issues involved in the debate are necessary reading. His statements will, at minimum, refine one’s position. You can read my review at  http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AO75WOAGEXMAK/ref=cm_cr_dp_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReviewStephen M. Vantassel, CWCP Stephen M. Vantassel is an expert in wildlife damage management and nationally known writer on wildlife damage control and animal rights issues. His latest book is Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf and Stock 2009). Share...

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Acton Institute

Posted by on Nov 6, 2010

Christians, The Care of Creation, and Global Climate Change is yet another work dedicated to exhorting Evangelical Christians to take environmental issues seriously and more particularly, to support efforts to reduce behaviors contributing to global climate change.   The book is a compilation of a series articles separated into two sections. The first section contains articles from a panel discussion on global climate change that occurred at Wheaton College (Chicago) in 2007. The articles confront the difficulty in proving that humans are in fact responsible for climate change and that greenhouse gasses (Carbon dioxide in particular) are responsible for such change. Ultimately, the authors suggest that the evidence, though short of proof, is so overwhelming that one must be ideologically motivated to deny the evidence and the resultant conclusion, namely humans need to act now to reduce carbon emissions in order to forestall a global environmental catastrophe. Since it is written for Christians by Christians, frequent appeals to helping one’s “poorer” neighbor and caring for God’s creation are repeated in evangelistic fashion. Articles in the second section cover the transition at Wheaton...

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Advertising

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012

Business Trucks: Signage or No Signage? I wanted to focus attention on one of the most important aspects of a NWCO’s business, his truck. Other than your own health, your truck is your business. You take it everywhere. Your truck is a part of you and your company.  Your truck also tells customers something about the kind of business you run. Don’t make excuses. The fact is your customers will judge you by your truck and the condition they see it in. Question is, should your truck be covered is signage or not? Unfortunately, the debate over this question is not an easy one to solve. Let’s talk about the arguments in favor of truck signage first. Argument #1. Low Cost The strongest argument for signage is the low cost. Labeling your truck turns your vehicle into a moving billboard. Now instead of spending money on gas and repairs, you can know that some of this money is at least drawing new customers. We all know that marketing is one the most significant problems facing NWCO’s. The fact is people don’t...

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bait

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013

A Bait Holder for Liquid and Chunk Baits Every wildlife control operator (WCO) knows that suspending bait is preferable to throwing it on the cage floor. The problem is how does one suspend slurry or liquidy baits? A while back, I discovered the answer while accompanying Dennis Ferraro of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during some turtle trapping. I noticed a large white PVC pipe inside his turtle traps. I asked him what it was. He said it was his bait holder. The device, he said, was perfect because it allowed him to put in fish chunks needed to lure turtles to his traps. The Ferraro bait holder uses a 4-inch long piece of 2-inch PVC pipe, 1 threaded end piece with threaded cap, and 1 solid end cap. He then would drill ¼-inch holes around the perimeter of the 4-inch piece. Ferraro then inserted a ¼ inch threaded eye-screw through the screw-on cap which could be attached to a chain clip for easy hanging in the turtle trap. With the bait holder suspended with the solid end-cap down, any liquid in...

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10 Tips When Attending a Training Conference

Attending conferences is extremely important to maintaining and improving your skill level. But if you wanted to have a few tips on how to benefit the most from conferences then consider the following 10 Tips. Tips to maximize your experience at wildlife control conferences like NWCO’s Wildlife Expo. Bring business cards. Yes, this IS a business conference. Make sure you carry the business cards. They don’t help your business when they are in the hotel room. Don’t be fearful to hand them out to those who ask or to those you need info from. Attend the sessions. Attend the socials. the person you meet at a table or bar could actually become a great friend AND/OR provide valuable assistance to your business! Speak to the speakers! They know more than what they gave at the presentation!! Visit with the vendors. They are knowledgeable and want to help YOUR business succeed. Be willing to share. You were a newbie once too! Be willing to learn. You can only improve your business if you are OPEN to change and new ideas! Take a colleague out to dinner. Share...

Pesticide Databases

Pesticide Databases There are precious few active ingredients registered for the control of vertebrate pests. The reason is because what can kill pest vertebrates can also harm humans and animals that we wish to protect (known as non-targets). But even with the few dozen active ingredients, there are a myriad of pesticide formulations with different uses permitted by the label. For a novice in pesticide application, it can be very confusing. Can I use this product near structures or not? Is there a product for prairie voles or can I only find products for meadow voles? Fortunately, there are a few databases that can help you locate pesticides. The first of the pesticide databases is Kellysolutions.com.  This company compiles data from most states in the U.S. into a searchable form. It allows you to search by company, product, pest, registration number, site, formulation and even multiple criteria. NPIRS is the alternative of the pesticide databases http://ppis.ceris.purdue.edu/ . It is run by Purdue University. NPIRS doesn’t let you search by pest or site use. But it does allow searches by EPA Registration number, product name, company name, and active ingredient. Remember, using pesticides safety is not only good environmental practice, it is the law. Read the labels carefully and follow the instructions. Stephen M. Vantassel is a vertebrate pest specialist. He is available for speaking, writing, research, and consultation.   Share...

Wildlife Damage Inspection Tips

Here is a brief video I did for Lorman providing some tips on wildlife damage inspection. I do have one typo in the piece. When I discuss the flashlight, it should be 800 lumens not 80,000. Oops.  Enjoy. Stephen M. Vantassel http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015-10-12-13.14-LormanInspection.mp4 Share...

Tips for Vertebrate Pest Inspection

Tips for Vertebrate Pest Inspection A few weeks ago, I completed a short training video entitled, Tips for Vertebrate Pest Inspection. It is based on my book, The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd. ed. Lorman is a company dedicated to training business professionals in a wide variety of topics. I was offered another opportunity to present with them (Several years ago I did an hour-long presentation on bird control). This video covers some fundamental issues in wildlife damage inspection and should be available soon. I’ll let you know if and when it is. Otherwise, contact Lorman.com for additional information. Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional and is available for presentations and consultations.     Share...

Animal Cruelty

Those that have been following my work know that I have been a long-standing opponent of the animal rights movement. I have published an article at http://www.cornwallalliance.org/2015/09/28/seal-hunting-and-definitions-of-cruelty/  It may be of interest to you.   Stephen M. Vantassel   Share...