EXPOSED: Shocking trade in baby Orangutans being bred as playthings for the Russian super-rich for £24,000 each Baby Orangutans are being bred in Russia as exotic pets to sell as playthings for the super-rich & are being advertised for sale on the internet for £24,000. The endangered creatures are not just being reared in Russia but also being imported in an apparent defiance of Int.l rules. With very little regulation & a myriad of legal loopholes, a booming animal trade has grown with a shocking selection of animals - from Macaques to Falcons - being offered up for sale over the internet. The Great Apes are in the Red Book, an Int.lly recognised list of Endangered Species. Dealers boast that they will mimic owners & can be dressed in nappies; Campaigners have highlighted rampant sale of exotic animals over web; Conservationists demanding complete ban on keeping Primates as pets. Source: Ani F.
One of the baby Orangutans being offered for sale to the super-rich in Russia for up to £24,000 pictured in its pen at a 'nursery' called Exotic Zoo in Desna village outside Moscow
67) New!! Pet.: Save Primates and Forest Plants – Stop Bushmeat Hunting http://forcechange.com/62381/save-primates-and-forest-plants-stop-bushmeat-hunting/#gf_17 Goal: Stop Bushmeat hunting in Africa to preserve the Primate population & essential fruit & nut trees that the ecosystem depends upon. “Bushmeat Hunting” is the hunting of meat from wild animals for human food, & it’s transforming the Rainforests throughout Africa. When humans kill Gorillas & other Primates for food, those animals can no longer disperse fruit & nut seeds essential to the ecosystem. We must support the efforts of the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force to preserve both Primates & Forest plants. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3816399
ILLEGAL Wildlife/Bushmeat TRADE: Summary Petition List:
47) U.S. only http://www.janegoodall.org/petition/stop-bushmeat
ILLEGAL Wildlife/Bushmeat TRADE: Summary Petition List:
1. Two suspected Wildlife smugglers, standing next to their car, along with 2 plastic crates containing 4 Tiger cubs, & Endangered Pangolins, Vietnam. There are widespread global threats to Pangolins, lack of understanding of the Species & their conservation needs.
2. Campaigners are calling on Vietnam to increase efforts to address the Illegal Trade of Rhino horn, threatening Rhino populations in both Africa & Asia. In 2012, 381 S. African Rhinos have been poached to meet demand in Asian consumer markets, particularly Vietnam.
A young male Orangutan takes his 1st steps into the wild after years of being kept as an illegal pet by Oil Palm plantation workers.
News: Illegal Rat Meat & Other Bushmeat Sold In 'Shocking Quantities' In London Market http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/rat-meat-london_n_1891832.html UK: Shocking quantities of rat meat being sold illegally in London marketplaces: Ridley Road Market No.1; massive quantities of Bushmeat, incl. rat, goat & sheep, sold illegally the public. The bushmeat trade: a persistent problem for the UK authorities. In 2009 10 tonnes of illegal Bushmeat from Africa imported in London markets every day. Consumers warned of the risk of contracting viruses such as Ebola, foot&mouth & AIDS.
Cane rat meat 'sold to public' in Ridley Road Market http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19622903USA: not immune to the allure of a meat black market, either. The US is one of the world's largest, if not the largest, consuming nations for wildlife products, incl.wildlife used for food, whether for cultural reasons or luxury markets. The demand continues, so does the trafficking.e.g. US Customs at NewJersey's Int.l Airport, caught more than 19 pounds of antelope & cane rat meat from a passenger from Uganda.
Please... Help us!!!!! Orangutan Babies Playing & Hugging
65) New!! Pet.: End Illegal Wildlife Trafficking http://forcechange.com/130096/end-illegal-wildlife-trafficking/#gf_15 Illegal wildlife trade is unfortunately perpetually practiced worldwide. One notorious location for animal trafficking that is generally under the radar is Mong La, a main trading city in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Locals & tourists from around the world come to this illegal traders’ haven to purchase illegally trafficked animals & animal products for heavily discounted prices. Items such as tiger skins, pangolin scales, clouded leopard pelts, flying squirrels, elephant hide & tusks, masked palmed civet cat, Asiatic moon bear skins, & Tibetan antelope skulls are regularly purchased in Mong La trading stands. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3791193
Poaching: New report puts Tanzania on ‘list of shame’ A new report lists Tanzania among 7 "Corrupt Gov.ts" in Africa that support Elephant Poaching. Organised crime, Gov.t corruption & militias are all linked to Elephant Poaching & the illegal ivory trade operating across borders. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3773584
60) New!! Pet.: End Great Ape Slavery https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/John_Scanlon_CITES_Secretariat_End_Great_Ape_Slavery/?kPcTncb Great apes – Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Gorillas & Orangutans – are in great demand in Middle Eastern & East Asian safari parks, zoos & the private menageries of Russian oligarchs & criminal kingpins. They are money-makers for the owners of the parks as a fee-paying public flocks to watch them perform in demeaning skits, wearing colourful costumes while riding bicycles or playing drums. After the show they are locked up in dark, barren cages to await the next performance. Imagine your child or little brother or sister in such a situation. Great Apes experience very similar emotions to humans, so they suffer greatly in this cruel slavery condition. Source: Stephanie G.
Video: "Wildlife SOS program" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbP_x_UQdQ8&list=UUuY9ZCDuyB7EK6A4_vBBubg&index=1 Edwin Wiek runs the WFFT (Wildlife Foundation For Thailand) - a sanctuary for abused animals.... he is a good friend of Sangduen (Lek) Chailert, Founder of the "Elephant Nature Park" Thailand (another sanctuary for abused & disabled Elephants. Both of these people are fighting against the illegal trade in exotic & endangered animals in Thailand... both have received death threats, faced arrest & generally fear for their lives, but continue the work never-the-less. I think this video needs widespread viewing so people can see what is happening in Thailand & other parts of Asia. It is difficult to stop this - a very dangerous affair generally & people often disappear without a trace when they try to stop it. Source Col N
VICTORY!!! A dog slaughterhouse and 33 markets shut down in China http://www.animalequality.net/victorychina/ Where over 1.5 million dogs & cats were killed & sold for their meat & fur each year. With your support, Animal Equality’s undercover investigation into the dog & cat meat trade has reached more than 50,000,000 people. The footage was handed over to the authorities that, as a result of our campaign, have decided to close down these hellish places for good. Sources: Gina C.; Annie S.
Video: VICTORY! A Dog Slaughterhouse Shutdown in China http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHPFXAECkCU#t=32
55) New!! Pet.: Condemn Zoo for Kidnapping Endagered Sloths http://forcechange.com/82773/condemn-zoo-for-kidnapping-endagered-sloths/#gf_1 The kidnapped pygmy three-toed sloths are 8 of less than one hundred left in the wild, making the Species Critically Endangered. Pygmy three-toed sloths are incredibly docile & gentle. Capturing them would be no chore, though it is ethically unsound to remove them from their natural Habitat to put them in a zoo where they will most likely die. The actions of Daryl Richardson & Luis Sigler are incredibly selfish & dangerous. The 2 were apprehended by Panamanian animal protectionists & urged to put the sloths back in the wild. Source: Ana M.
News: Africa is home to the world's most iconic wildlife http://www.awf.org/landing/2013/05/poaching-infographic/?v=2?utm_source=1310care2da2&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=fy14care2 But Illegal Poaching might destroy it forever!! We must all know the truths about Poaching in African Wildlife. We need to take some immediate measures to conserve widlife so that African Wildlife does'nt become a history to future generations. Look into this website & share. Source: Sravya
53) New!! Pet.: Save the Malayan Sun Bear from Extinction http://www.thepetitionsite.com/145/570/751/save-the-malayan-sun-bear-from-extinction/ The Malayan sun bear is the smallest bear in the world- about 4 feet tall when standing on its hind legs. Also known as the honey bear, it is primarily found in tropical rainforests in SE Asia & on the islands of Sumatra & Borneo in Indonesia. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3653149
52) New!! Pet.: More Protection for the Clouded Leopard http://www.thepetitionsite.com/677/024/512/more-protection-for-the-clouded-leopard/ Even though hunting is banned in Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, & Vietnam, the clouded leopard is already regionally extinct in Taiwan. In Cambodia, no info. is available about it's protected status, & it is not protected outside Bhutan's protected areas. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3652401
50) New!! Pet.: Civet Cats Suffering for Cruel Kopi Luwak Coffee!! https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5085 PETA released video footage from a new undercover investigation into civet coffee farms in Indonesia & the Philippines. What's a civet coffee farm? It's a place where civets are kept in tiny, barren cages & forced to eat only coffee berries so that when they poop them out, farmers can pick out the undigested coffee beans & sell them at ridiculously high prices. Coffee Made With SH#T?! from POOP. This coffee can be found in various stores, incl. at Amazon.com. Urge them to STOP selling this cruel product! Look at how these animals are treated…Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3652168
49) New!! Pet.: Protect Small Asian Mammal from Exploitative Coffee Production Process http://forcechange.com/72199/protect-small-asian-mammal-from-exploitative-coffee-production-process/ Target: Producers of kopi luwak coffee in Indonesia - Asian Palm civets, small cat-like cousins of the mongoose indigenous to Indonesia, are being exploited to make the world’s most expensive coffee. The coffee is created by extracting coffee beans fermented in the digestive tract of the civet that are then excreted, cleaned, & roasted. Because of the time it takes & the limited No. of civets in detention, the process is quite costly & makes the coffee highly sought-after. Increased demand for this rare brew has encouraged producers to capture & force feed more civets, even types that do not include coffee berries in their diet naturally. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3637052
46) Pet.: End the Bushmeat Trade in Cameroon http://forcechange.com/64596/end-the-bushmeat-trade-in-cameroon/ “Bushmeat”=meat that comes from wildlife: Elephants, Antelope, Gorillas, Chimpanzees. Common in Central&W.Africa. Target:Gorillas&Chimpanzees, esp.Endangered in Cameroon. Meat sold to fine-dining restaurants all-over the world, with Gorilla hands & smoked Ape meat on menus. After killing a Chimpanzee family, poachers sell babies as pets: babies are physically&psychologically devastated. Bushmeat: linked to HIV/AIDS&Ebola. Bushmeat trade still on the rise. Koko the Gorilla, an amazingly intelligent Gorilla who is protected in a research sanctuary in CA. contributed to the protection of Gorillas in Cameroon by educating children. Urge the U.S. Congress to put forth greater effort to stop the illegal Bushmeat trade. Starting in Cameroon, we can move forth efforts to put an end to the Bushmeat in all of Africa.
45) Pet.: Save Primates & Forest Plants – Stop Bushmeat Hunting http://forcechange.com/62381/save-primates-and-forest-plants-stop-bushmeat-hunting/ Stop Bushmeat hunting in Africa to preserve the Primate population & essential fruit & nut trees that the ecosystem depends upon. “Bushmeat hunting”=hunting of meat from wild animals for human food. When humans kill Gorillas & other Primates for food, those animals can no longer disperse fruit & nut seeds essential to the ecosystem. We must support the efforts of the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force to preserve both Primates & Forest plants. Source Dianne C.
44) Pet.: Stop the Slaughter & Exploitation of Mountain Gorillas in Africa http://forcechange.com/3391/stop-the-slaughter-and-exploitation-of-mountain-gorillas-in-africa/#.UYuaUdef9uI.care2 Ask local African Gov.t to enforce laws against the exploitation & slaughter of Mountain Gorillas which are currently on the Endangered Species List. For those who have been fortunate enough to observe a Gorilla in the wild, the thought of extinction of these mild mannered creatures is inconceivable. But according to a recent UN Report, impending extinction is a real life possibility Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3577198
42) Pet.: End Illegal Bush Meat Trade in W. Africa http://forcechange.com/46603/end-illegal-bush-meat-trade-in-western-africa/ Bush Meat=meat for food. Endangered or Protected Species: Gorillas,Bonobos,Antelopes,Lemurs. Some hunters export the illegal meat to those who pay a high price. Tons of Bushmeat illegally sold & transported each day. Unethical & could also lead to disease: 10Ebola deaths in Congo linked to Bushmeat. Bet.2008&2010, shipments of illegal BushMeat seized in the US found positive for simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV),Ebola,Herpes,Monkey pox. even after the animals were smoked. Prevent poachers from hunting & selling Bushmeat; Local people who depend on BushMeat need to be taught alternatives. Crack down on the people that still partake in this illegal practice. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3502892
41) Pet.: Killing an Essential Part of Our World: Africa’s Bush Meat Trade http://forcechange.com/17426/killing-an-essential-part-of-our-world-africas-bush-meat-trade/ Chimpanzees, Gorillas, & Elephants: hunted & killed for the “Bushmeat” trade=the commercial, illegal, hunting & selling of wild animals for food. We share 98% of our DNA with Chimpanzees, our closest relatives. It’s an Int.l Trade: meat is exported from Africa to various parts of the world. Many animals could become EXTINCT: Elephants, Gorillas, & Chimps. Over 1 Million Tons/year of animal meat is sold from Africa. An injustice to: wild animals & ourselves: we are connected not only to each other but to our world animals. Wildlife in Africa is under threat!! “If we kill off the wild, then we are killing a part of our souls.”-Jane Goodall. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3157454
27) Pet.: STOP Wildlife Crime http://worldwildlife.org/pages/stop-wildlife-crimeThe global value of illegal wildlife trade is between $7.8 & $10 billion/year. It is a major illicit transnational activity worldwide—along with arms, drugs & human trafficking.
I am not a rug Every part of the Tiger is traded in illegal wildlife markets. Poaching is the most immediate threat to wild Tigers. Their parts are used for traditional medicine, folk remedies, & increasingly as a status symbol among wealthy Asians.
I am not a trinket Tens of a thousands of Elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks. In 1989, the Convention on Int.l Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora banned the Int.l trade in ivory.
I am not medicine At least 1 Rhino is killed every day due to the mistaken belief that Rhino horn can cure diseases. The main market is Vietnam where there is a newly emerged belief that rhino horn cures cancer. Rhino horn is also used in other traditional Asian medicine...Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3498523
39) New!! Pet.: Protect Chimpanzees From Illegal Bushmeat Trade http://forcechange.com/70841/protect-chimpanzees-from-illegal-bushmeat-trade/ Chimpanzees share 98% of our genetic make-up. Much like us, these intelligent & social beings form strong family bonds, seek to protect each other from harm, & nurture their young. However, humans are directly contributing to the demise of wild Chimpanzee populations through the thriving illegal commercial Bushmeat Trade. Chimpanzees killed & sold as Bushmeat are often shot by poachers or caught in snare traps, causing immense pain & suffering when wire constricts around a hand or foot. Infant Chimpanzees are too small to fetch a good price for meat, so after hunters kill their mothers, these orphans are often sold into the cruel exotic Pet Trade.If you believe in a future for these amazing beings, support strengthening regulations related to the int.l trade of Endangered Species & discourage destructive industrial practices that facilitate the Bushmeat Trade. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3619803
38) New!! Pet.: Stop Fruit Bat Trade http://forcechange.com/69651/stop-fruit-bat-trade/ In Sumatra, Indonesian fruit bats are being sold as a traditional medicine cure for asthma. Unfortunately this practice has endangered the Species & contributed to a significant reduction in their numbers. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3615976
News: Zoos call on Gov.ts to take urgent action against Illegal Wildlife Trade http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0724-hance-zacc-wildlife-trade.html In a single night in March, a band of heavily-armed, horse-riding poachers slaughtered 89 Elephants in Chad, 30 of which were pregnant females. The carnage was the worst poaching incident of the year, but even this slaughter paled in comparison to the 300 Elephants killed in a Cameroon park in 2012. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3615985
Success!! GUNDUL IS SAFE!! http://victoriesfortheanimals.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/success-orangutan-gundul-has-been-rescued/
Gundul has been rescued. She has undergone a health check & rested overnight & is now (Friday 19/10) on her way to a Sanctuary in West Kutai Regency with another young male Orangutan called Koto in the care of BKSDA & BOSF.
BOS Foundation Assists BKSDA on Gundul’s Case http://orangutan.or.id/bos-foundation-assists-bksda-on-gunduls-case/ Oct.18, 2012 - The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation was requested by the East Kalimantan Conservation & Natural Resources Authority (BKSDA) to provide medical services, health checks & blood sampling at the East Kalimantan BKSDA Office in Samarinda for one adult female Orangutan who had just been rescued by BKSDA.Source: Monika W.
Gundul (left) & Joko (right) ready to be delivered to a conservation organization in West Kutai.
Gundul, 21yrs-old, lives on a pile of garbage beside a goat pen. Day&night, in all weathers, this is her only life 24/hr. When it rains she has no choice but to sit or sleep in the mud & her own urine & feces: Think about that for a moment. Despite attempts to persuade the CEO of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation to rescue Gundul, they have never once replied: no answer, no explanation. Her only protection from the weather is a black trash bag to place over her head. In tropical storms: pitch dark, torrential rain, thunder & lightning: Gundul faces all this, alone, especially at night: & she is there all alone & this could be a daily occurrence during the long rainy season. 20 yrs since she was taken from her slaughtered mother, she has not seen another Orangutan for 20 yrs. Held by an old man since 1990 in Samarinda on E.Borneo. As a baby, Gundul was free to go everywhere; the old man let her around his house. When she grew up, Gundul's strength & frustrations became a threat to the owner, who placed her inside a cage. As she could not be kept in a cage she was tied up at her neck by chains tied up to a tree. Gundul is a gentle & seemingly forgiving Orangutan. Her future: uncertain. Will BOSF abandon Gundul the way they abandoned Rambo before he died? Gundul will not be helped unless YOU do something to help her. Gundul's owner wants her to be confiscated. Success! Orangutan Gundul has been rescued!! She underwent a health check & rested overnight on 18/10 & the next day was transported to a Sanctuary in West Kutai Regency with another young male Orangutan called Koto in the care of BKSDA & BOSF. Thank you very much for signing the Petitions!! Source: Danuta W.
Video: In Depth Look into Illegal Wildlife Trade http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8rzMUhn01o&feature=player_embedded#!
Source: Giana P.
The multibillion-$ trade in illegal wildlife - clandestine trafficking that has driven iconic creatures like the Tiger to near-extinction - is also threatening the survival of Great Apes, a new UN report says.
Endangered Chimpanzees, Orangutans, Gorillas & Bonobos are disappearing from the wild in frightening numbers, as private owners pay top dollar for exotic pets, while disreputable zoos, amusement parks & traveling circuses clamour for smuggled primates to entertain audiences. More than 22,000 Great Apes are estimated to have been traded illegally over a 7-year period ending in 2011. That's about 3,000 a year; more than half are Chimpanzees. "These great apes make up an important part of our natural heritage. But as with all things of value, Great Apes are used by man for commercial profit & the illegal trafficking of the species constitutes a serious threat to their existence". Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3555296An infant Bonobo looks on while the substitute mothers Marthe Mianda, left, & Michelline Mzozi, right, spend time with baby Bonobos
News: Pony, Orangutan Prostitute some sick bastards have been using Orangutan’s as prostitute’s!even dressing the animal up like a female & the customers come to get some. This is so sick, I can imagine how sad these people are! The customers know it’s a Orang Utan and they are there for just that! …It took us over a year to rescue her, because every time we went in with forest police & local officers we would be overpowered by the villagers, who simply would not give her up. They would threaten us with guns & knives with poison on them. In the end it took 35 policemen armed with AK-47s & other weaponry going in there & demanding that they hand over Pony.
News: Two More Infant Gorillas Confiscated from Poachers, in Our Care in Congo https://gorillafund.org/news--events/news_120924_two-orphans-confiscated-sept?srctid=1&erid=329719&trid=277f7940-b06e-45b8-b5eb-82028d4650fd 2 infant Gorillas have been confiscated in the Dem.Rep.of Congo. Both gorillas are in the Fossey Fund’s care.Jill V.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/478413351/3464146
The 1st infant was in fairly good condition, despite signs of fatigue & dehydration.
The 2nd, a female, is younger than the 1st; less than 6 months old: an incredibly delicate age for a Gorilla to be without her mother. The tiny Gorilla was being held by a man who was trying to sell her.
They will join other Grauer’s Gorilla orphans. We can only imagine the trauma they have experienced & the damage poachers inflicted on their groups in order to obtain them: almost certainly adult Gorillas died trying to protect them. The current political unrest in DRC is also playing a role in Gorilla trafficking, some of the rebel groups participate in the trafficking.
News: Rwanda: Baby Gorillas Rescued From Traffickers http://allafrica.com/stories/201210030346.html 2 baby Gorillas belonging to Grauer's Gorilla territory have been rescued from traffickers by Congolese wildlife authorities in the DR Congo -Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Int.l. The infant Gorillas are now under the care of the Dian Fossey Fund before they are transferred to the Gorilla Rehabilitation & Conservation Education (GRACE) centre in the DRC's North Kivu area. Illegal Gorilla trafficking is still a critical threat to the Highly Endangered Species. Kevin A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3463851
An Indonesian forestry ministry officer holds Hornbill beaks, Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian customs seized more than 200 Endangered Hornbill beaks illegally captured by poachers, to be smuggled out of the country for use in traditional medicine
Trish G.: SIGNED, OF COURSE & JUST TO LET U KNOW, I DO SIGN LOTS OF UR PETITIONS, I JUST DON'T COME ON HERE & TELL U, SO, I'M JUST LETTIN U KNOW, I'M NOT IGNORING U & UR EFFORTS TO INCLUDE ME, ARE NOT BEING WASTED!!! THANX LOTS! U DO A MARVELOUS JOB, MY FRIEND & THE ANIMALS ARE BETTER OFF B/C OF IT!!! XXXXX
News: Conservationists allege Vietnam’s Tiger farms are fronts for illegal trade in poached wildlife http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/conservationists-allege-vietnams-tiger-farms-are-fronts-for-illegal-trade-in-poached-wildlife/2012/07/27/gJQA6aw4CX_story.html The Illegal Wildlife Trade is worth an estimated $8 billion to $10 billion per year in SE Asia alone & includes Tigers, Rhinos & other animals. The loosely regulated farms are used to “launder” illegally caught wild tigers, which they say are mixed in with stocks of legitimately bred animals, & products from their carcasses are later sold on the black market. WWF ranked Vietnam as the worst country for wildlife crime in its first such survey of how well 23 countries in Asia & Africa protect Rhinos, Tigers & Elephants. Kevin A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3421044
News: U.N. suspends 7 nations' wildlife trade http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/U-N-suspends-7-nations-wildlife-trade-3739438.php Seven nations may lose their ability to legally trade tens of thousands of wildlife Species after U.N. conservation delegates agreed to penalize them for lacking tough regulations or failing to report on their wildlife trade. The suspensions against the 7 nations - Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Paraguay, Nepal, Rwanda, Solomon Islands & Syria would prevent the countries from legally trading in any of the 35,000 species regulated by the 175-nation Convention on Int.l Trade in Endangered Species. Kevin A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3421039
News: Indonesia remains epicenter for Illegal Wildlife Trade in reptiles & amphibians http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1024-kimbrough-reptile-trade-indonesia.html Demand for exotic pets is driving the illegal harvest & trade of herpetofauna (reptiles & amphibians) in Indonesian New Guinea. Source: Vicynthia T., Indonesia
A rescued baby Pangolin is released in the Forest by Gov.t wildlife & conservation officer in Karo, North Sumatra after Indonesian police intercepted 85 Endangered Pangolins, most of them alive despite being stuffed into sacks by suspected smugglers
News: Asian Species in Crisis http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/asian-species-crisis/2169/ Sep 2012 From Orangutan to giant Catfish, the exotic animals of Asia are just about the most Endangered, & loved, on Earth. What would happen if the several Sub-Species of Tiger were to be lost tomorrow? It could certainly happen, according to the latest figures from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). The Asian human population is part of the problem, with such over-extended communities spreading through some of the most important habitats for conservation. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3448804
Video: The kouprey (Bos sauveli) was last seen in 1988 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFYwnjqHr6k&feature=player_embedded#!
Some pics of Julius & other Orangutans rescued by the WCS
News: Illegal Orangutan Trader Successfully Prosecuted For First Time In Indonesia Photos http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/24/illegal-orangutan-trader-successfully-prosecuted_n_1299872.html Authorities in N. Sumatra, Indonesia, have sentenced an illegal owner & trader of Orangutans to a 7-month prison sentence, the 1st time an actual prosecution has taken place since Orangutans were deemed a Protected Species in 1924. The illegal trader was allegedly trying to sell a 3-year-old Orangutan named Julius.
Indonesia Steps Up Fight Against Illegal Orangutan Trade http://www.wcs.org/wcs-org/press/press-releases/illegal-orangutan-trader-prosecuted.aspx New York, Feb. 2012 The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) & the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) announced Sumatra’s 1st ever successful sentence of an Illegal Orangutan Owner & Trader in Medan, N. Sumatra, Indonesia.
Bleak Forecast for the Future of E. Kalimantan Orangutans http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/archive/bleak-forecast-for-the-future-of-e-kalimantan-orangutans/499327/
Indonesian Slow Lorises most populations are declining!! (sold as pets)
Endangered Species on the Grill: The Black Market in Illegal Meat Flourishes in the US http://www.alternet.org/story/145668/endangered_species_on_the_grill%3A_the_black_market_in_illegal_meat_flourishes_in_the_us
The notion of slain Apes & Elephants sparks an universal outrage, even among carnivores. NY: dozens of Monkey & Baboon limbs & torsos into the US from Guinea. All over the world, wild creatures poached & slaughtered by the millions to be eaten: not in the meager kitchens of hunters, but by fork-twirling gluttons at the far ends of vast, criss-crossing, blood-encrusted int.l & criminal networks. In Chicago & NewYork & Paris & nearly everywhere, some folks would rather eat Baboon than beef: millions of fork-twirling gourmands, many of them in the US, are eating Endangered Wildlife
News: 10 Of The Cutest Endangered Species http://www.buzzfeed.com/mothernature/10-of-the-cutest-endangered-species-5adf We all know of the Tigers, Elephants & Whales that are on the Endangered Species list, but what about the ones that make you go “D'aww!”? Here's our list of the top 10 cutest but Endangered animals. Carrie B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/827551733/3456744
1.Slow Lorises: most populations are declining!! Indonesia (sold as pets)
2. Pileated Gibbons Indonesia ~32,000 3. Axolotls Mexico fewer than 1,200
News: Inside the Lucrative World of Wildlife Trafficking http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/09/04/mother-nature/inside-the-lucrative-world-of-wildlife-trafficking/
Wildlife trafficking is estimated to be a $10 billion-a-year business fueled by people who want to own exotic pets that belong back in the forests & waterways they are illegally taken from. This is also a worldwide dilemma. In 2009, Smithsonian said, “Wildlife trafficking is thought to be the third most valuable illicit commerce in the world, after drugs & weapons.
Video: Border Security Australia Frontline http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kvTg7DEtFY0#!
News: The Untouchables: Asian Wildlife traffickers http://m.rapidcityjournal.com/news/world/asia/the-untouchables-asian-wildlife-traffickers/article_5950a22d-4c76-50bf-9768-16f8c4238927.html If corruption is not tackled soon, you can say goodbye to Asia's Tigers, Elephants & a whole host of other animals. "A key Thai smuggler, who runs a shipping company, has a gamut of law enforcement officers in his pocket, allowing him to traffic Rhino horns, Ivory & Tiger parts to China. Chinese buyers, informed of incoming shipments, fly down to Bangkok, staying at hotels pinpointed by the agents around the Chatuchak Market, where Endangered Species are openly sold. There they seal deals with known middlemen & freight operators. The 100,000 passengers moving through this airport from around the world everyday are oblivious to the fact that they are standing in one of the world's hottest wildlife trafficking zones. Kevin A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3434896
News: The Ape Crusaders by Sean Whyte highlights the problems facing Orangutans Photo Gallery (inside)
The book tells of turbulent experiences while rescuing Orangutans. One of the opening stories is of Momo and Mimi two young Orangutan orphans who were discovered at the back of a private home in Sintang clinging to each other in fright not knowing what would happen to them next. They were kept as pets but later confiscated and taken to a nearby rescue centre.Source: Danuta W.
News: Busted: Orangutan trafficker prosecuted & sent to prison in Sumatra for the first time Feb. 23, 2012 - For the first time in Medan, North Sumatra, an Orangutan trader has been prosecuted & sent to prison for trafficking in the Endangered Apes, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society.
“Julius,” a baby Orangutan saved from an illegal trader in North Sumatra, Indonesia. He is expected to be released back into the wild in the near future
The trader, trying to sell the 3year old Orangutan, received a 7-month prison sentence, which is only the 3rd in Indonesia since Orangutans were officially protected in 1924. Although there have been over 2,500 confiscations of illegally held Orangutans in Indonesia since the early 1970’s, the first actual prosecution of an illegal Orangutan owner occurred in Borneo in 2010, & now in Sumatra in 2012. Orangutans aren't widely traded in Sumatra. Most enter the market as a byproduct of Forest clearing for Oil Palm plantations & other forms of agriculture. Only juvenile Orangutans are captured - mothers are generally killed. About 30 Orangutans are confiscated a year by SOCP & PHKA.
News: Unlawful Pet Trade Claims The Life Of Baby Orangutan http://www.care2.com/causes/unlawful-pet-trade-claims-the-life-of-baby-orangutan.htmlJune 27, 2012 A critically ill baby Orangutan named Anyin arrived at the Orangutan Rehab.Centre run by International Animal Rescue in Borneo earlier this week. A hunter killed Anyin’s mother in the forest where they lived in order to catch the baby & sell her in the illegal pet trade. Her owner paid a mere $140USD. After being kept as a pet for more than 18 months, the owner decided to hand over Anyin to BKSDA officers because the baby was very sick & he knew she could die. Anyin was born in the Sambas Reg. which is home to the most endangered Subspecies of the Borneo Orangutan, recently included in the IUCN Red List of the 25 most Endangered Primates in the world.
Baby Orangutans kept as pets: often die in their new homes: due to infectious diseases they can get from humans, sometimes more severe & deadly in Orangutans than in humans because their immune systems are not ready to fight them; taken from their mothers when they are still small & depend on mother’s milk, have very weak immune systems which make them more prone to infections; they do not live in suitable conditions: often chained up or locked in cramped cages; no proper diets: nutritional problems; no medical care.
While writing this story about Anyin’s courageous fight for her life, IAR released an update saying the youngster passed away. The devastated IAR veterinary team suspects she died of typhoid fever, a human disease which is deadly to Orangutans. Anyin is just one more example of what Deforestation, Hunting & the Illegal Pet Trade is doing to Orangutans in Indonesia. “It is very upsetting when we are unable to save the life of an Orangutan, particularly such a young animal, once their Home in the Forest is destroyed, they are defenceless against poachers who kill the adults & capture their babies to sell as pets. Catching, keeping or killing an orangutan is illegal in Borneo, but most people who are guilty of these acts still go unpunished. This situation won’t change until the law is enforced & the wildlife traffickers are called to account for their crimes.”
Michela, in addressing another group member's question about concern if they'd signed petitions more than once, you answered my fear of that, thanks.
Test your knowledge on POACHING - shocking!
Frances, what is the problem of trying to check if you have already signed them, by signing them once more? Only some Petition sites do not allow a 2nd signature (e.g.: Care2). The only "risk" is that a notice appears saying "....you signed on...".
When my friends send me entire pages of Lists of Petitions, by personal Messages, I always try to sign them, without taking into consideration if I had already signed them or not...Probably this is why I have signed 11,214 only Care2 Petitions since June 2010 (and not 2009 as my profile says).
Very disheartening program about the Bushmeat Trade. Some of it very graphic.
Source: Ann P.
Shocking, terrible image of how BUSHMEAT appears: http://www.canvas.be/programmas/vranckx/server1-4fb24d04%3A13d7c2bafba%3A-4b66#panel-epi
In this case a Gorilla, but also Chimpanzees, Bonobos & Orangutan are traded to be eaten, not only at the local marketplaces, but Primates are also exported all-over-the-world as food!!! WHAT ARE WE DOING to OUR COUSINS!! Money is the real enemy to Wildlife worldwide!! michela
thanks for the news Michela signed # 35 + 36
Target: Gov.t of Thailand; Goal: Stop inhumane Orangutan boxing matches at the Safari World theme park - At the Safari World theme park in Thailand, Orangutans are forced to put on gloves & fight each other in “fake” boxing matches as an attraction for visitors. Despite attempts for years to shut down the operation, this outrageously inhumane event continues to this day. Demand an end to this brutal spectacle by asking that the Gov.t of Thailand close Safari World for good. Source: Kazimierz K.
To date, conservation efforts have failed the Great Apes. Year after year, conferences & seminars celebrate a “renewed” engagement to save the Great Apes, which leaves the participants, as well as the public, with a feel-good sense of optimism.
Then, year after year, we are surprised that conservation efforts barely affect the race towards EXTINCTION.
Source: Ann P.
Bangkok 3 Mar 2013
The United Nations has reported that the Illegal Trade of Great Apes is decreasing their population by taking more than 3,000 Primates from the wild each year. It has also been estimated that at least 22,218 Great Apes have disappeared since 2005. Chimpanzees, our closest relatives, make up 64% of that incredibly high number. The Great Apes are already facing Endangerment from Habitat Loss, & Illegal Trading is causing their population to drop even more. We need to act to save these Primates.
Yahoo!’s online store sells literally hundreds of different whale products, incl. those from protected Endangered Species. But instead of abiding by Int.l agreements that ban whaling, Japanese “science” ships harpoon hundreds of whales & drag them onto boats to die. Dolphins are corralled into coves & stabbed to death by the thousands. Every year Japanese whalers brutally slaughter thousands of Whales & Dolphins -- & Yahoo! is profiting off the whole operation. The industry cannot survive without huge Gov.t subsidies. Yahoo! has no business supporting this cruel industry, & a massive international outcry could convince the multinational internet conglomerate to pull its support from the online store -- striking a serious, & potentially fatal, blow to whaling.
News: US and India Co-operate to Combat Illegal Trade in Wildlife http://feedblitz.com/f/?fblike=http%3a%2f%2fwww.traffic.org%2fhome%2f2013%2f1%2f29%2fus-and-india-co-operate-to-combat-illegal-trade-in-wildlife.htmlIllegal wildlife trade is estimated at USD10–20 billion annually, and is among the largest sources of illegal trade. Increased firepower & ruthless tactics on the part of the poachers jeopardize security, stability & the rule of law in countries across the globe. Beyond moral & environmental implications, large scale poaching threatens the livelihoods & economic opportunities of local communities. At the roundtable—which was organized by the US Embassy, TRAFFIC & WWF India—U.S. & Indian Gov.t officials, NGOs, wildlife lawyers & enforcement officials discussed some of their challenges & successes in combating wildlife trafficking. Jill V.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/478413351/3525277
Target: The European Union (EU) & U.S. Congress
Stop animals from being raped in brothels, as well as bestiality in general, a crime that is being committed internationally.
Many cases of bestiality are reported each year, but since it is a widely shunned practice, these instances remain part of a relatively underground world. Due to this reason, most people are unaware that bestiality goes on, and they are also unaware that it is actually still legal in a number of regions.
When I went to UK in 2009, to meet Lone Droescher-Nielsen, the "Orang Utan Hero", she told me of this terrible story.......
Some pictures I've taken on that occasion, for the 2 Conferences by Lone in UK, are in:
17) New!! Pet.: Ban the International Trade of Polar Bear Skins http://forcechange.com/35734/ban-the-international-trade-of-polar-bear-skins/ The world’s current Polar Bear population is estimated to be around 20,000, a population which could decrease by 2/3 due to decreasing sea ice. Climate Change has caused Arctic sea ice to drop to a record low. This loss of Habitat & feeding grounds is only made worse by the recent highs in prices for polar bear skins, with recent sales in Canada bringing in twice the profit they did 5 yrs ago. The amount of bear habitat being lost means they are now rarer than ever, prompting an increase in demand, & thus, poaching. The situation is not helped by the fact that Cites certificates are becoming easily available for purchase through Russian websites, allowing poachers to claim countless legal kills.
News: Oct.4 “World Day for Animals” Finding Faith in God’s Creatures http://www.aavs.org/site/c.bkLTKfOSLhK6E/b.8362885/k.33F0/Finding_Faith_in_Gods_Creatures.htm#.UG3yH1HjVmp
When St. Francis preached to the birds, charmed the fish & the wolf at Gubbio, he laid a foundation of respect for animals that thrives to this day. Pope John Paul II invoked the spirit of St. Francis when he said “Creation is the marvelous work of the hand of God. His solicitous care, not only towards men, but also towards animals & nature in general, is a faithful echo of the love with which God in the beginning pronounced his ‘fiat’ which had brought them into existence. How can we not feel vibrating in the Canticle of the Creatures something of the transcendent joy of God the Creator?” St. Francis, the son of a prosperous Italian cloth merchant whose birthday on Oct.4 has given rise to “World Day for Animals” also provided documentation by historians of the intelligence of animals. Historians relate the story of the man-eating wolf of Gubbio to cite the striking rapport that can take place between humans & animals. The wolf terrorized the citizens of the Italian city of Gubbio for many years with his predatory attacks on humans & other animals. Recognizing that the wolf’s ways had sprung from hunger, St. Francis communicated to the wolf that the townspeople would provide food for him as long as he, in return, would not harm another human or animal. Historians are in agreement that the wolf bowed his head in acceptance of the saint’s offer, & for the rest of his life the wolf respected the covenant, going from house to house every day to be fed by the townspeople until he died of old age.
16) New!! Pet.: Stop Wildlife Crime https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=664
As skyrocketing demand for illegal ivory, Rhino horn & Tiger parts escalates, ruthless criminal networks plunder the wild. Wildlife crime is estimated to be worth $10 billion annually to criminals & it costs the planet some of the world’s best-loved Species. Criminal kingpins involved in illegal wildlife trade distribute guns, intimidate communities, exploit the poor & bribe officials to get what they want. Our failure to act allows crime to flourish & fuel regional conflicts—& even fund terrorist groups in some Countries.
WWF works to turn this high-profit, low-risk crime into a low-profit, high-risk liability. We’re dead serious about stopping wildlife crime. Stand with WWF. Together, we will make a difference.
12) New!! Pet. Educate Local Peruvians of Threat to Severely Endangered Monkey Species http://forcechange.com/33372/educate-local-peruvians-of-threat-to-severely-endangered-monkey-species/
Corosha, in the heart of the cloud forests of N Peru, is home to one of the world’s most threatened Primates, the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey. Estim.: fewer than 1,000 surviving members of the Species. They are hunted for their meat, soft fur, & babies, which are often sold as pets. They’re particularly vulnerable because of their curiosity, which often draws them toward gunfire & the scene of other dead monkeys.
10) New!! Pet. End Illegal Internet Wildlife Trafficking http://forcechange.com/32995/end-illegal-internet-wildlife-trafficking/
The illegal buying & selling of wildlife products has recently exploded on the internet. Everything from Rhinoceros horn, to Elephant ivory, to rare Reptiles can be bought & sold on the web, with many sites being in plain view of the typical web surfer. The proliferation of Wildlife Trade on the Internet is having a significant impact, & it is believed that the internet is the number one threat to some Endangered Species. It is now time to focus on shutting down the web trade. The web has been the primary resource for many illegal traders over the past decade, & the industry has seen an expansion at the expense of threatened species. TRAFFIC is a wildlife trade monitoring network that is aware of the problem & working to shut down web trafficking. Pls urge TRAFFIC to end the illegal internet trade of wildlife products.
8) New!! Stop the Hunting of Polar Bears for Profit! https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2887 Despite the growing threats of Climate Change, toxic pollution & oil development that jeopardize the very existence of Polar Bears, hunters continue to kill hundreds of them every year - & are allowed to sell their body parts legally in the Int.l market. Call on President Obama to lead the way globally by proposing an urgently-needed ban on the commercial trade in Polar Bear parts at the next meeting of the Convention on Int.l Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Video: Stop the Hunting of Polar Bears for Profit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L_YjQH0CJo&feature=player_embedded
Source: Ann P.
7) New!! Pet. Hold Man Accountable for Illegally Purchasing Baby Orangutan http://forcechange.com/29430/hold-man-accountable-for-illegally-purchasing-baby-orangutan/#gf_1 Anyin, a baby Orangutan from Borneo, died a year&a half after her mother was killed by poachers & someone bought her as a pet for US$140. Her owner gave her to the Nature Conserv. Ag. after she got sick. Anyin’s Species is listed on the IUCN Red List as the 25most Endangered Primates in the world. Even if it is illegal to catch, keep, or kill an Orangutan, many people are not punished. Keeping Orangutans as pets should not be excused. Keeping baby Orangutans can lead to their death as the young Orangutans do not have immune systems capable of fighting infectious diseases, easy to catch from humans(97%similar DNA). They need their mother’s milk & if deprived of it, they can suffer malnutrition & growth problems. Baby Orangutans are locked or chained in small spaces. Anyin was captured bec. of Deforestation. Poachers killed her mother&sold Anyin as a pet. She died of typhoid fever, contracted from her owner. Her owner & the poachers responsible for killing her mother should be punished for killing a fragile & highly Endangered Species.
News: Eight Orangutans To Be Let Free In Kalimantan http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/eight-orangutans-to-be-let-free-in-kalimantan/536687?goback=.gde_1041357_member_144537250
Wildlife conservationists are preparing to release another 8 Orangutans back into the wild from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center in Central Kalimantan, which released 15 Endangered Apes earlier this year. The Orangutans, 5 male & 3 female, will be released into the Bukit Batikap today. The chairman of the BOS Foundation board of trustees, said in a statement on Wednesday that the release left him “very happy and sad at the same time”
Source: Danuta W.
Sugar Gliders are marsupials indigenous to Australia & Indonesia: they do not belong in North America, & least of all in the malls of the U.S. More & more sugar gliders are being sold as pets in the USA. CBL & Associates Properties: managing many malls including Georgia Square Mall in Athens, Georgia, allows the sale of these marsupials in their malls. Sold by Florida based company Pocket Pets in mall kiosks such as those found in Georgia Square Mall, sugar gliders are passed off as easily handled pets. This is extremely misleading to buyers who will pay as much as $600 for a sugar glider from Pocket Pets.Money: the Enemy of all Wildlife!!! (Note by Michela)
Requiring filtered water, & a balanced diet, care for sugar gliders is very intensive, they are social creatures & should not be left alone. Buyers should purchase sugar gliders in pairs because the marsupials are so instinctively communal & require affection. “When housed alone, gliders are likely to become depressed, withdrawn, defensive, may refuse to eat & could eventually die from loneliness!” Many become so depressed that they even engage in self-mutilation. Is this the price these creatures should pay for the interest of American consumers? Prohibit the sale of all exotic animals in the malls that his company manages.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3264191