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Aug 11, 2008

...NOT THIS!
 

I know that the above photo is graphic and disturbing. I have been educating myself on the poaching ( "bushmeat" ) of primates over the last few months, with a strong focus on the Mountain Gorilla. I can only say, that the gentle gorillas need saving more than ever. It is bittersweet that this small population has been 'discovered'. It is great for the population #, but now the gorillas will be easier to trek by poachers & can become victim to diseases &/or sickness via human.

If anyone would like a listing of links related to Mountain Gorillas,( &other primates) anti-poaching organizations, primate groups... I will be updating my Care2 page with information in the next few days with info & links pertaining to the gorillas & the issues surronding their existance.

I also have another webpage at: http://julesrs007saveanimals.blogspot.com/ 

If you still want more info, please  let me know & I will give you any inforation I have.  Thank you all for your time & help.

Sincerely,

Julie

PLEASE sign, forward & X-POST this petition. I know that we can do better than 2300 signatures!

From Protect Gorillas From Deforestation - The Petition Site:


Protect Gorillas From Deforestation
Target: Congo's Ministry of Environment
Sponsored by: Care2.com

Great news for one of the world's most endangered animals: researchers have discovered some 125,000 western lowland gorillas that were previously uncounted in the Congo Basin. Until now, scientists believed there were only about 50,000 of these endangered gorillas left.
But this exciting new population estimate does not mean gorilla numbers in the wild are now safe. The western lowland gorilla continues to come under threat as timber companies move into the Congo Basin, home to more than a quarter of the world's tropical forest. Without careful management of the forest resources, western lowland gorillas and other gorilla subspecies will remain severely endangered.
Now more than ever authorities need to stem rampant deforestation, to preserve the habitats of the great apes and to support long-term sustainability of the region's natural resources.
Please urge Congo's Ministry of Environment to deny all deals that were signed illegally under the country's moratorium on new logging contracts.

ACTUAL PETITION:

"We are happy about recent news that researchers have discovered some 125,000 western lowland gorillas that were previously uncounted in the Congo basin. Until now, scientists believed there were only about 50,000 of these endangered gorillas left.

But this exciting new population estimate does not mean gorilla numbers in the wild are now safe. The western lowland gorilla continues to come under threat as timber companies move into the region. Logging and land clearance for farming are eating away the Congo Basin, home to more than a quarter of the world's tropical forest. Without careful management of the forest resources and strict enforcement of protected areas, the western lowland gorillas and other subspecies of gorillas will remain severely endangered.

Now more than ever it is essential to preserve the habitats of the great apes and support reforestation.

In 2002, with the Democratic Republic of Congo partially under the control of rebels, the country issued a five-year moratorium on new logging contracts to try and stem rampant deforestation. But the measure went largely unheeded and companies continued to sign new deals.

We ask that officials review the government-sponsored working group's recommendation on August 6, 2008 to cancel more than three quarters of its logging deals for not meeting necessary standards. But we are concerned that these recommendations did not go far enough. Sixteen of the 29 titles received a favorable opinion from the working group, despite being obtained in clear violation of the five-year moratorium on new logging contracts.

We urge you to comply with the five-year moratorium, and deny all logging contracts that were signed under moratorium.

Thank you for protecting the future of endangered gorillas and the biological diversity of the Congo basin."


Tags: black animals mountain market habitat wildlife africa endangered deforestation threatened politics extinction government climate-change illegal corrupt poaching gorillas bushmeat wildlife-trade fragentation
Aug 11, 2008

I know that the above photo is graphic and disturbing. I have been educating myself on the poaching ( "bushmeat" ) of primates over the last few months, with a strong focus on the Mountain Gorilla. I can only say, that the gentle gorillas need saving more than ever. It is bittersweet that this small population has been 'discovered'. It is great for the population #, but now the gorillas will be easier to trek by poachers & can become victim to diseases &/or sickness via human.

If anyone would like a listing of links related to Mountain Gorillas,( &other primates) anti-poaching organizations, primate groups... I will be updating my Care2 page with information in the next few days with info & links pertaining to the gorillas & the issues surronding their existance.

I also have another webpage at: http://julesrs007saveanimals.blogspot.com/ 

If you still want more info, please  let me know & I will give you any inforation I have.  Thank you all for your time & help.

Sincerely,

Julie

PLEASE sign, forward & X-POST this petition. I know that we can do better than 2300 signatures!

From Protect Gorillas From Deforestation - The Petition Site: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/269086042


Protect Gorillas From Deforestation
Target: Congo's Ministry of Environment
Sponsored by: Care2.com

Great news for one of the world's most endangered animals: researchers have discovered some 125,000 western lowland gorillas that were previously uncounted in the Congo Basin. Until now, scientists believed there were only about 50,000 of these endangered gorillas left.
But this exciting new population estimate does not mean gorilla numbers in the wild are now safe. The western lowland gorilla continues to come under threat as timber companies move into the Congo Basin, home to more than a quarter of the world's tropical forest. Without careful management of the forest resources, western lowland gorillas and other gorilla subspecies will remain severely endangered.
Now more than ever authorities need to stem rampant deforestation, to preserve the habitats of the great apes and to support long-term sustainability of the region's natural resources.
Please urge Congo's Ministry of Environment to deny all deals that were signed illegally under the country's moratorium on new logging contracts.

ACTUAL PETITION:

"We are happy about recent news that researchers have discovered some 125,000 western lowland gorillas that were previously uncounted in the Congo basin. Until now, scientists believed there were only about 50,000 of these endangered gorillas left.

But this exciting new population estimate does not mean gorilla numbers in the wild are now safe. The western lowland gorilla continues to come under threat as timber companies move into the region. Logging and land clearance for farming are eating away the Congo Basin, home to more than a quarter of the world's tropical forest. Without careful management of the forest resources and strict enforcement of protected areas, the western lowland gorillas and other subspecies of gorillas will remain severely endangered.

Now more than ever it is essential to preserve the habitats of the great apes and support reforestation.


In 2002, with the Democratic Republic of Congo partially under the control of rebels, the country issued a five-year moratorium on new logging contracts to try and stem rampant deforestation. But the measure went largely unheeded and companies continued to sign new deals.

We ask that officials review the government-sponsored working group's recommendation on August 6, 2008 to cancel more than three quarters of its logging deals for not meeting necessary standards. But we are concerned that these recommendations did not go far enough. Sixteen of the 29 titles received a favorable opinion from the working group, despite being obtained in clear violation of the five-year moratorium on new logging contracts.

We urge you to comply with the five-year moratorium, and deny all logging contracts that were signed under moratorium.

Thank you for protecting the future of endangered gorillas and the biological diversity of the Congo basin."
May 25, 2008
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
Proposed Marina in Warm Water Refuge Threatens Nearly 500 Manatees!
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*Aerial view of the warm water discharge at a power plant...
Check out
http://www.savethemanatee.org/actionalert.cfm?id=4

Proposed Marina in Warm Water Refuge Threatens Nearly 500 Manatees

The Issue:

Developers are trying to obtain permits to build a 128-slip marina called Leeward Yacht Club on the Orange River in Lee County, Florida. The property is just downstream from the primary warm water discharge of Florida Power and Light Company’s power plant, which can attract nearly 500 manatees to its warm waters on a single cold day.

In January, the proposed project was set to go before Florida’s Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Trustees, for approval of a permit application and state-owned submerged lands lease application. Because of the concerns we raised, we were successful in getting the item withdrawn from the agenda and postponed. Now we need to make sure that this bad project does not receive the green light from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW, its federal permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), or the Board of Trustees.

The docks will be in the worst possible place – on the Orange River within a known winter manatee refuge.
View a Lee County map (pdf) that shows Lee County manatee deaths and deaths in the Orange River due to boat strikes.

The hundreds of manatees who use the refuge will be threatened by the new boat traffic.
See photos of the large numbers of manatees using the refuge.

Please! Lee County Manatees Need Your Help!

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Posted: May 25, 2008 6:53pm
May 11, 2008
 "Lonesome George"


Every now and then George closes
his eyes for a few centuries ...
the stars stop
for the occasion

and the sun goes out,
his night lit only by dream

"Hello, big boy," she says,
shell new and lustrous,
green as the deep sea;
and her eyes
deep as the dark gems
that glow deep
where it roots...

George, lifting his nose
skyward
still seeing her
behind his closed eyes

moves forward

slow as lava oozing
from the bottom
of the sea his scaled feet

arch like trees first planted
then pulled up from
their roots...

"I'm coming," he says. 
                                                              
                                    Written by, Steve Campbell

"Lonesome George" is the name given by biologists to
the largest of the few surviving male Galapagos Tortoises
of a species indigenous to one of the islands in the group.
There are no surviving females.
 

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Posted: May 11, 2008 11:43am

 

 
 
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