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Blog: Dead Shark Found in Lake Michigam, Yikes!
by Elizabeth H.
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Dead shark found in Lake Michigan
Saltwater fish might have been on ice from Atlantic — or a pet????
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - There's no telling what might turn up in Lake Michigan.
Rich Fasi of Traverse City says he found a dead 2-foot shark... more »
Blog: Caribbean Monk Seal Declared Extinct - RIP
by Elizabeth H.
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Caribbean Monk Seal Declared Extinct by National Marine Fisheries Service
Threats from global climate change and trash in our ocean continue to plague marine-life including Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals
Washington, DC - Today, the National ... more »
Blog: Can these men(?) get any more evil?
by Elizabeth H.
(0 comments | 0 discussions) — "A Nation of Laws, Not Men"? Bush Administration Suspends Laws Along U.S./Mexico Border for Unnecessary and Destructive Border Wall WASHINGTON - Apr 15, 2008 Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that he... more »
Blog: Save endangered whales from Navy sonar!
by Elizabeth H.
(0 comments | 0 discussions) — Below is model of letter to send to Donald C Winter, The Pentagon Washinton DC. change wording as you see fit, delete my personal information put yours in there instead.Honorable Donald C. Winter:I understand that the training of our troops is of vita... more »
Blog: THANKSGIVING DANGER FOR YOUR PETS
by Elizabeth H.
(0 comments | 0 discussions) — PET HEALTH ALERT: NO SWEETS FOR THE SWEET THIS THANKSGIVINGFor many people, overindulging in holiday goodies may result in a few extra pounds—but the consequences for our animal companions are much greater if they accidentally ingest cookies, ca... more »
July 30, 2008: In a mid-morning raid, 20 police officers stormed a nondescript nut-packaging plant in the port city of Palembang, Sumatra, in western Indonesia. A tip from wildlife agencies proved accurate: In the back room, endangered pangolins—scaly, armored mammals native to Southeast Asia and parts of Africa—were being "processed." The armadillo-like animals were skinned; their valuable scales removed; organs, blood and fetuses separated out; and the remaining meat boiled.
Officers ultimately apprehended 14 suspects and confiscated more than 30,000 pounds of frozen and dried pangolin parts, which had been concealed in shipping containers beneath layers of fish destined for China and Vietnam. The 30- to 40-pound animal is coveted for its meat and used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat poor circulation, swelling, lactation problems, and to boost virility.
This sting was not an isolated incident. "There are regular seizures of pangolin reported across Southeast Asia," says Sandrine Pantel, projects officer with TRAFFIC, an international wildlife trade monitoring agency that has dubbed pangolin smuggling "Asia's forgotten extinction crisis."
Despite a 2002 trade ban under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, pangolins are the most-trafficked mammal on the illegal wildlife black market. They are smuggled live or slaughtered and frozen, often hidden amid other cargo with falsified customs declarations. "The number and size of the seizures and their geographic scale indicates that this organized, commercialized trade is being conducted at an alarming scale and is growing," says Michael Zwirn, U.S. director of Wildlife Alliance, an international conservation organization.
In 2008, more than 220,000 pounds of pangolin meat were intercepted by government officials across Southeast Asia—an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the total trade. It is a multi-million-dollar international business, with the price of scales alone skyrocketing from $10 per kilo in 1990 to between $160 and $250 today. When served at a restaurant, pangolin fetches a whopping $70 a pound.
Growing demand has sparked such widespread poaching that all four Asian species are in precipitous decline, a slide that is compounded by habitat loss in a part of the world where human populations are exploding. The creature's demise has been so rapid that in 2008, the status of both the Chinese pangolin and the Malayan pangolin was amended by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature from near-threatened to endangered. They have almost disappeared from large swaths of Southeast Asia, and there is virtually no information on how many remain.
The animals' method of self-defense makes them easy prey for poachers. The word "pangolin" comes from the Malay "pengguling," meaning something that rolls up. When threatened, pangolins curl into a ball, making them easy to grab and toss into a sack despite their razor-sharp scales. Hunters also trap them in snares placed outside the animals' underground burrows.
"Pangolins are being taken out of these areas at an alarming rate and there are few prosecutions," says Gina Schrader, conservation associate at Defenders of Wildlife. As a participant in the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program, a training and mentoring initiative supported by Defenders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the White Oak Conservation Center/Howard Gilman Foundation, Schrader and five other emerging leaders formed the Pangolin Conservation Support Initiative (PCSI) to help protect pangolins in Cambodia. The country's Cardamom Mountains provide one of Asia's last strongholds for the Malayan pangolin.
"Unfortunately even the animals rescued alive that are not too dehydrated, injured in traps or bitten up by hunting dogs often die anyway," says Schrader. "Pangolins don't do well in captivity because they are easily stressed. Another problem is that rescuers don't know where they came from, so they are not sure where to release them back into the wild."
Pangolins' secretive, solitary, nocturnal nature makes them tough to study. Little is known about them beyond their basic physiology—they have small heads, broad tails, are toothless, have no external ears but good hearing, have poor sight and like skunks, emit a powerful odor in self-defense—and the fact that they eat mostly ants and termites, which they excavate with long, sharp claws and slurp down with their long tongues. Lack of information leaves rangers, law enforcement agents and conservationists helpless to save most pangolins once they're out of the forest.
To help, PCSI partnered with government officials and other conservation organizations to coordinate countrywide pangolin protection efforts. In November 2008, they brought together more than 50 people—including local village leaders and government officials, forest rangers, police and others—for a two-day workshop. They showed participants how to handle pangolins, give them first-aid treatment and how to release them back into the wild. They also discussed pangolin biology, conservation laws and brainstormed about how to stem the illegal trade. Locals promised to aid police in building intelligence networks.
Public education is one key to stemming the trade, says Schrader. When PCSI discovered that no educational materials existed, they launched a Web site (www.savepangolins.org) and commissioned a Cambodian artist to design a colorful poster (since many there can't read). They also wrote up a fact sheet in Khmer and English and created a coloring sheet for kids. The simple message: Protect Cambodia's pangolins. The effort has spawned countrywide education efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade.
But if pangolins across Asia are to be rescued from their rapid slide toward extinction, enforcement agencies must work together to close porous borders and prosecute traffickers, says Zwirn. "It's an organized crime that requires an organized response," adds Pantel. "At the rate pangolins are being collected, they might disappear before we get a chance to study them."
Every year, hundreds of tourists visiting remote islands off the Tasmanian coast are enchanted by the site of little penguins - also known as fairy penguins - making their way across the sand dunes after dark towards their burrows.
But on Bruny Island, south of Hobart, visitors are just as likely to be confronted by the sight of tiny penguin carcasses littering the road.
The dirt road along the neck which connects the two islands that form Bruny is part of a corridor penguins use to make their way to their colonies.
Conservationists claim about 50 penguins are hit by cars every week.
They say the future's looking bleaker for the tiny bird, with a plan by the State Government to seal the road and increase the speed limit.
Dr Eric Woehler from Birds Tasmania says the population of little penguins across Tasmania is already under threat from a decrease in habitat and predation from cats, dogs and more recently, foxes.
"The concern that we have is that by sealing the dirt road and increasing the speed limit, we're going to see an increasing number of penguins being killed by cars on the neck," he said.
"As it was on a dirt road we're getting six or seven birds a night being killed by cars."
But he says the group has received no response to 12 months of lobbying the Department of Infrastructure to include speed humps and penguin-sized tunnels in its plans.
"What we're talking about for tunnels under the road is a small tunnel literally not much smaller than a penguin, probably about 30 centimetres or so," he said.
"It's not much additional cost to the road if it's going to be constructed and sealed anyway."
He has accused the state government of putting election points ahead of environmental concerns in pushing ahead with the infrastructure upgrades on the island - which falls under the key Tasmanian electorate of Franklin.
"You'd have to wonder if the electoral candidates for Franklin really want to have killing penguins as part of their election platform," he said.
Dr Woehler says there's also concern over the impact on operators of popular twilight penguin tours.
"The last thing we want to see is tourists stepping off the bus of an evening to see the penguins walking up the beach and being confronted with dead penguins in the car park," he said.
"It's just completely the wrong message to send out."
The Department of Infrastructure says the section of road tagged for development is not exactly where the penguin colony is located.
Spokesman Rod MacDonald says the area which has approval for development is a 3.6 kilometre section of road north of the colony.
A decision is yet to be made on further road upgrades.
Mr MacDonald says the department is open to hearing concerns from conservation groups about the impact on the penguin population.
CALLING ALL BIOGEMS DEFENDERS IN COLORADO AND UTAH NRDC is co-sponsoring a series of public forums on the devastating effects of dirty fuels production, including tar sands and oil shale development. Learn more about the devastation currently occurring in Canada's boreal forest, and our efforts to stop these same destructive practices from turning the Rocky Mountain region into an industrial wasteland. Events are taking place in Salt Lake City and Moab in Utah, and Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Boulder in Colorado. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help the dogs of "SOSCoky" - the Canile of Santa Maria di Castellabate, Campania, Italy - in signing our petition. The area of the Canile is placed at a former rubbish-ground without infrastructure. There is no electricity and water. Many of the dogs are sick - suffering of Leishmaniose, Ehrlichose or other diseases. Already five years ago the municipials have promised a new area for the Canile, but 'till now nothing has happened. It is time for keeping promises now!! Join our petition please! Thank you!!
Email and notify them that you DO NOT support the seal killing. And, that the Seal hunt which merely appeases a handful of people, and economically only brings 6 to 12 million.,
EMAIL THE EASTERN CANADA TOURISM BOARDS EMAIL these places and notify them that you DO NOT support the seal killing. And, that the Seal hunt which merely appeases a handful of people, and economically only brings 6 to 12 million, has caused severe disgust with Canada and its fisheries practices and has lead to a boycott by so many people in so many nations around the world that supporting that 6 million dollar handful of special interest seal killers has cost Canada nearly HALF A BILLION dollars in economic damage. 6 million or half a billion and living under shame. You decide.
Apparently every e-mail received by these departments is read by them. Tourism Boards track trends. When they receive thousands of boycott emails consistently and over extended periods, this sets off worry alarms! [that's why we must continue to send emails daily UNTIL the hunt ends] These statistics are reported to the regional/provincial governments, who in turn, MUST ADJUST THEIR PUBLIC POLICIES--say bye-bye to sealing! [ Or the other option if support for sealing continues--even worse economic damage affecting all of Canada. ]
NOTE: The tourism boards listed here represent those provinces responsible for the LARGEST portion of the seal slaughter. IT IS IMPORTANT THEY CONTINUE RECEIVING BOYCOTT EMAILS UNTIL SEALING IS OUTLAWED!
*** TOURISM BOARDS ***
-- NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR TOURISM -- TOLL FREE: 800-563-6353 (Canada and USA) TEL.: 709-729-2830; FAX: 709-729-0057 EMAIL: email@example.com