A day to celebrate (and save) the world’s amphibians.
Friday, April 30th is for the frogs: educational programs, conservation walks with experts, frog leaping races, and the world’s first protest to save frogs are all planned for the world’s 2nd Annual Save the Frogs Day. Organized by the non-profit SAVE THE FROGS!, events are so far planned in 15 countries on every continent besides Antarctica—fittingly the only continent that lacks amphibians.
When asked why frogs matter, Kriger says: “I could tell you that frogs are bioindicators; that they eat ticks, mosquitoes and flies that spread diseases and damage our crops; that a large number of our pharmaceuticals are derived from frogs; that frogs provide innumerable ecosystem services to humans. All that is true, but those are all selfish reasons.”
The real reason?
“Frogs are an integral part of our existence on the planet, and they have as much right to inhabit the Earth as we do,” Kriger concludes.
The Commercial and Non-commercial Killing of Kangaroos
Send this letter to: The Federal Minister for Environment; the Premier of each State; the Minister for Environment in each State and the Departments responsible for wild animals in all states of Australia.
Letter of Protest
Subject: The Commercial and Non-commercial Killing of Kangaroos
I am writing to ask that you help protect kangaroos by imposing a moratorium on their commercial and non-commercial shooting.
Those in support of the kangaroo killing industry maintain that kangaroos are pests. However, scientific studies did not find any evidence of red kangaroos competing with sheep for grazing or destroying wheat crops. A study by the CSIRO showed that kangaroos never visit 95 percent of wheat crops. Red kangaroo numbers are self-regulating and they do not need to be killed.
Killing kangaroos for their meat and skin is cruel. Kangaroos are shot at night in the remote outback where nobody can monitor the shooting. The national 'Code of Practice for the humane killing of kangaroos' is voluntary and there are no penalties tor not complying. Adult kangaroos are shot and dragged to trucks, struggling and still conscious. Some are still alive when their leg is cut open, a large hook inserted through the gash, and they are hauled up onto the truck. Their throat is slit and they bleed to death.
Baby joeys are killed after their mothers are shot. The method of killing these baby animals is to chop off their head with an axe, or for them to receive a blow to the head with a heavy blunt instrument. Female kangaroos often have a joey who no longer lives in the pouch but still needs its mother for milk and protection from predation, as well as to learn life skills. When a shooter intrudes on a family unit and shoots the mother, this joey hops away frightened and will die a slow death due to starvation or capture by a predator.
Killing kangaroos for meat and skin is unsustainable. Permits are issued based on aerial surveys of numbers of kangaroos. Only a third of the area in which the shooting is to be carried out is counted each year on a rotational basis. Kangaroos are mobile animals, but the count may be spread over three years. This means that an animal can be counted twice; hence it is possible to overestimate the population and therefore any quotas for killing purposes.
Even those involved in the industry admit that the kangaroo population of Australia has halved from 50 to 25 million in the past five years as the drought has taken a toll on breeding and food sources. Now is certainly not the time to be issuing permits for the killing of kangaroos. Humans have shown that they cannot hunt animals in a sustainable manner. The overfishing of world oceans is illustrative of that.
Six kangaroo species are already extinct; with seventeen more species listed as endangered or vulnerable. Australia has the worst record in the world when it comes to animal and plant species extinctions. The kangaroo massacre is the largest massacre of wild animals in the world.
Kangaroo shooters kill the largest and physically superior individuals first since they are paid per kilogram. Over time, this weakens the population structure so much so that a smaller, genetically weaker species remains, which reduces the survival ability and strength of the targeted species. Native animals do not exist just to be killed to satisfy the selfish demands of humans but have an intrinsic value and should be able to live as they have done so for millions of years.
Killing kangaroos for meat and skin may bring in an income for a certain number of shooters, but it will turn away many tourists who will avoid travelling to a country which not only promotes, but also subsidizes the brutal killing of its native animals. Humane and sustainable industries and high value-added products would make much more money for many more people without killing animals. Tourism, recycling, solar energy and vegan foods are just some of the ways in which money can be earned that do not harm animals.
I join many people and organizations from around the world and call on you to stop giving permission for the commercial killing of kangaroos.
Indegenous Aboriginal People of Australia hunted only for what they needed to survive as opposed to ' modern man ' who 'reckons' the dollar means more than the extinction of a species.
Aussies take pride in the magnificent "Land Down Under" ... now it is time for them, for all of us to step and save the kangaroo, the animal of mythologies, legends of art that has and will forever sustain the culture of its own Native People.
Save California Condor Habitat From Tejon Ranch Developments
The majestic and endangered California condor needs your help. The condor and 25 other species that live on Tejon Ranch are being threatened by a developer-friendly habitat conservation plan proposed by the Tejon Ranch Company. Please send a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking that it not allow the company to harm California condors and the other rare species that live on the ranch and that it send the proposed habitat conservation plan back to the drawing board.
In order to develop a luxury mega-resort, the Tejon Ranch Company is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for permission to harm the iconic California condor and 25 other rare species that call Tejon Ranch home. Through a so-called habitat conservation plan – the Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan – the company seeks the legal authority to harass and harm California condors and destroy their habitat. Why? So that Tejon Ranch can construct a sprawling development of commercial space, golf courses, hotels, and a gated estate of speculative mogul mansions in the heart of habitat that has been designated as critical to the survival and recovery of the condor.
This plan is a poster child for poor planning – not only guaranteeing harm to condors, but fragmenting habitat and increasing fire threats in what is considered the wild heart of California. California condors are only now making a comeback from the brink of extinction thanks to huge investments from private and public funds, time, and energy. We cannot allow our investment in this iconic bird to be spoiled by development greed, especially in an era of unprecedented mortgage foreclosures and financial woe. High-end luxury resorts do not depend upon condor critical habitat for survival, but condors do.
Please take action now by asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny the plan. A sample letter is below, and we urge you to add a personal story, example, or concern to your message to make it more compelling. Comments are due May 5.
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It's that time again! The upcoming Meade County Commissioners hearing for the liquor license renewals around Bear Butte, will be held this coming Wednesday December 3rd at 4:00.
We are asking for folks to PLEASE send in opposition letters to the MCC. I have created a sample letter for folks to use, if they wish. You can use this letter, modify it or write your own, but please take a moment to send one in.
If you live in the area and are able to make the hearing, please join us! We are hoping to have alot of people attend to oppose in person as well.
Since we are on very limited time, please either email or fax your letters, the info is provided below.
The DEADLINE FOR LETTERS is Tuesday, December 2nd by 4:00 pm (mtn time).
In addition to the liquor license hearing, at 3pm (at the same location) The Meade County Commissioners will also having public comment and review of candidates to replace Dean Wink on the MCC seat for District 1, which is the Bear Butte District. Dean Wink successfully won the State Representative District #29 seat, in the November election and will be vacating his seat as Meade County Commissioner.
This is also a important meeting to attend, so we can voice our opinions and suggestions about the applicants. Normally this is a public vote position, however since it is in the middle of a cycle, the MCC will appoint a candidate.
3pm - Public Comment for MCC District 1 seat
4pm - Liquor License Renewal Hearing
Meade County Commissioners 1425 W. Sherman St. Sturgis S.D. 57785
Copy and paste the sample letter into a new email document. Please remember to add today's date and your personal contact info (full name and address) below the signature line. Thank you!
Add Today's Date: ____________
Attn: Meade County Auditor Meade County Board of Commissioners 1425 Sherman Street Sturgis, SD 67625
Via fax: 605-347-5925 via email: email@example.com
Dear County Commissioners:
I oppose the annual on-sale & off sale liquor license renewal's for all Rally locations surrounding Bear Butte, including but not limited to, Broken Spoke Campground, Glencoe Campground/Rockin the Rally and Buffalo Chip.
The annual on-sale & Off sale liquor license renewalshould be denied because the locations are not suitable.
Bear Butte is sacred land. There is extensive documentation of the spiritual and historical significance of Bear Butte to the area. Each summer for thousands of years, people have traveled hundreds of miles, to Bear Butte to worship and conduct their sacred ceremonies. People travel to Bear Butte for healing, guidance, spiritual renewal and to fast on the sacred mountain.
The Meade County Commissioners have arbitrarily decided location is not a issue, over the past three years. There is NO justification for this continual decision, the failure to take into account the Tribes repeated requests in regards to location, is not acceptable. Location IS a ISSUE for the people that continue to travel to Bear Butte to pray, and for the generations yet to come. This will never change and we will continue to oppose until the MCC realizes that location, is in fact, a issue.
This decision is a direct violation of the, American Indian Freedom of Religion Act of 1978, in addition to Executive Order 13007 Protection and Accommodation of Access to "Indian Sacred Sites" signed by President Clinton on May 24, 1996.
These large scale commercial developments invite noise and cumulative impacts of increased traffic and travel, which all stand to adversely impact the natural serenity and tranquility needed for cultural, ceremonial and other visitations to Bear Butte. They also negatively impact the experience of people who enjoy the spiritual, cultural, and natural resources at Bear Butte. Issues include, the unsuitability of this location, unacceptable noise and disturbance that this location continues to cause, to those who travel to Bear Butte who need solitude and serenity.
The application should be denied on the basis that the applicants are not suitable characters to hold license(s) as proposed.
On Monday, August 4th 2008 these venues created complete chaos with noise, helicopters and several hours of gridlock traffic from Interstate 90, through Sturgis onto Highway 79. Tens of thousands of people, traveled onto Highway 79 to attend these concerts being held at these locations on the same night, all directly next to, and effecting Bear Butte.
These venues fail to take into account local concerns of impacts to the spiritual, cultural, and natural resources at Bear Butte. Bear Butte is a place of prayer where the natural environment needs to be free from negative influences of alcohol that could affect religious beliefs and practices of those who travel to Bear Butte to pray.
I respectfully request for the Meade County Commissioners to DENY ALL of the liquor license renewals for the renewal's for all Rally locations surrounding Bear Butte, including but not limited to, Broken Spoke Campground, Glencoe Campground/Rockin the Rally and Buffalo Chip.
Sincerely, PLEASE INSERT YOUR full legal name and address here
Thank you for your continued support for the protection of Bear Butte! For additional information about the ongoing efforts to Protect Bear Butte, please visit our website at www.protectbearbutte.com
Protect Sacred Sites Indigenous People, One Nation is a grass roots organization, working towards the protection of sacred sites across the country. Our organization has been actively involved with the ongoing struggle to Protect Bear Butte for several years. We are continuing these efforts, our organization is currently leading the campaign regarding the new developments and further expansions at Bear Butte. Please visit our main website at www.ProtectSacredSites.organd our dedicated website for Bear Butte at www.protectbearbutte.com
"Our sacred lands are all that remain keeping us connected to our place on Mother Earth, to our spirituality, our heritage and our lands; what’s left of them. If they take it all away, what will remain except a vague memory of a past so forgotten?"......excerpt from One Nation, One Land, One People by Tamra Brennan, 2006
TRILLMARKA ROLLAGSFJELL FOREST IN NORWAY IS PRESENTLY BEING THREATENED BY DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM> WE MUST PROTECT THIS FORESTS RICH BIODIVERSITY IMMEDIATELY! PLEASE GO TO > WWW.WWF.ORG TO SIGN THE PETITION AND EMAIL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF NORWAY TO STOP PLANS TO DEVELOPE THIS AREA!
www.thegreenpages.ca> The Canadian Wildlife Service investigation of the destruction of the great blue heron nests near Cambridge Narrows, New Brunswick has determined that the Irving forestry company built a logging road last summer(2005)which runs through the middle of the nesting area.Mechanical harvesters are knocking down the trees and the nests are falling to the ground. Bird expert Jim Wilson says: " the only hope to restore the colony is to cease all activity to the area so that when the herons return in may their colony will be entact." WE MUST CREATE A PETITION TO PROTECT THE ENDANGERED GREAT BLUE HERON & IT'S NATURAL HABITAT
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