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- 2018 days ago -
An increase in illegal owl trade and sacrifices around Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, threatens the future of owls in India.

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. (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:10 am
How sad, such beautiful creatures.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:17 am
Sometimes I wonder if there is any hope for the human race. Such a vile and stupid lot.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:23 am
Signed, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:34 am
signed and shared, TU Cher

Joe R (190)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:48 am
Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.

Julie E (405)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:34 am
Noted and signed.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:00 am
Noted and signed.

Erin R (181)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:06 am

Constance F (418)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:34 am
Signed, thank you !

naomi cohen (55)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:22 am
thank you, cher. signed,

Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:36 am
Done with hope...
Thank you, Cher!

Kay M (347)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:38 am

Lenicka R (60)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:46 am
Signed and noted

Wendy F (62)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:50 am

Jan Garen (86)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:52 am
Signed - another example of the lunatic fringe present in every country (including the UK with their red-coated fox hunting creeps)who believe they have the right to preserve the viler aspects of their so called culture.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:01 am


. (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:03 am
Signed and noted - ty Cher

Carol B (409)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:12 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Cher.

gabriela v (172)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:13 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:37 am
Glad to sign.

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:38 am
Signed.Leaving on Friday for Mexico and WiFi.
Thanks Cher.

Elizabeth O (94)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:52 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:05 am
Noted and signed. Thanks so much, Cher.

Bartlomiej T (296)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:17 am
Signed & noted. Thanks

Pat B (356)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:35 am
TY, Cher. Done.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:42 am
Being the bird lover that I am this really upsets me. Damn right I signed,twittered and shared as well as comment sent. Thank you Cher for bringing this to our attention and for all that you do.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:49 am
Noted and signed Cher :0 Thnx

Ximena Jaramillo (14)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:55 am
Signed, thanks

MmAway M (505)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 12:12 pm
WT?????????? Absolutely Signed and forwarded! Thanks Dear Cher!

Sara Williams (8)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 12:30 pm

Sandra s (130)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:16 pm

michelle t (41)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:18 pm
Signed.It is time that India became civilised.

Mary D (64)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:59 pm
Signed and noted. I love owls - and all birds, for that matter..

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 2:23 pm
signed & noted

Judith C (159)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 2:32 pm

Eternal G (745)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:05 pm

Amy E (66)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:12 pm

samantha l (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:16 pm

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:17 pm

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:20 pm
Signed, thanks Cher!

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:51 pm
oted and signed!!!! very sad article thnx

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 4:41 pm
animal sacrifices to NOT give your ceremony more meaning and compassion and respect for the nature spirits does...grow up!

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:02 pm
signed! May rats eat the toes off those who kill owls!

Kevin A (64)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:46 pm
Noted and signed

Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:53 pm
Signed. Thanks Cher

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:12 pm
Signed , thanks !

Russie C (4)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:37 pm
signed. Some people are so stupid and cruel, hope they get whats coming to them someday, an eye for an eye.

Karen B (8)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:43 pm

aj E (164)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:54 pm

Rock H (254)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:09 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks Cher!

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:08 pm
Signed, noted and shared, thank you Cher!

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:21 pm
Noted and signed.

janet f (29)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:08 pm
There is no place for animal sacrifices in 2012.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:30 pm
Noted and signed - the only sacrifices I would be so willing to make is using barbaric humans that do these evil things.

Alison A (244)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:49 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Cher.

Lisa Z (168)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:54 pm
Signed & Shared on Facebook.

jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:10 pm
For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma

jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:12 pm
MoEF puts national peacock census plan on back-burner
Friday, 14 September 2012 17:17

The national bird peacock seems to be low on the priority list of Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) considering the fact that the national peacock census proposed by the Wildlife Institute of India has been pending for nearly five years.
WII scientists point out that they need funds to undertake such a major exercise, but the MoEF has presently put the proposal on the back-burner.
During the previous decade, the increasing number of peacock deaths reported from different parts of the country resulted in the WII conducting a nationwide questionnaire based survey on the Indian peacock population in 2006 and 2007. This survey covered 1,720 sites, including 448 protected areas (national parks and wildlife sanctuaries), not only to check the population status of peafowl, but also to explore the relationship of the national bird with humans, especially with villagers residing near its habitat and the need to learn about the illegal trades based on the peacock.
The peacock is one of the easiest birds to trap due to its trusting nature and the plumage of the peacock which not only attracts poachers. but also prevents the bird from making a swift take off.
The WII survey in 2006-07 had established the presence of peafowl in about 82 per cent of the protected areas with 345 out of the 519 districts included in the survey acknowledged the presence of peafowl in civil areas under the district administration.
In addition to this, the presence of peafowl was also recorded in 160 localities comprising other forest areas, civil establishments and educational institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University and Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.

After conducting this survey, the Wildlife Institute of India had recommended a national peacock census to ascertain the population of these birds.

A proposal had also been submitted to the MoEF, but this is pending with the Ministry, say WII scientists. Wildlife activists point out that in spite of being the national bird, the peacock is evidently being ignored as there is hardly any proper assessment of the peafowl population in India.

jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:13 pm
Source :Maneka Gandhi-People for animals

The peacock is the Indian National Bird. People and nations make a symbol after great thought. The peacock is unique to India and for centuries it has been revered. That we should allow its trade when trade in all other wild animal and bird parts is forbidden should be strongly condemned. That it has been put into a Wildlife Protection Act and allowed to stay there for 30 years since 1972 is even more reprehensible.

Man’s understanding of nature grows from year to year. Till some years ago it was believed that the shahtoosh shawl was made from the shed hair of a goat. Only now has it been proved that the hair is obtained by killing 8 chiru antelope for one shawl. Likewise when the original Act was made it was believed that the trade in peacock feathers could be allowed because all the feathers were obtained from naturally shed peacock feathers. It is true that the peacock sheds its feathers as all birds do but, like all birds, these feathers are only for one month, in early August till September and that too one at a time.
Also bear in mind that the peacock is a solitary bird during the day. It does not fly as a rule, it lives in a small group of a few birds in the same tree as it never changes its nest. It lives around human settlements. Therefore it is easily accessible.
What bearing does this have on the feather trade?
For one, because it is a solitary bird, it drops its feather in a solitary place. No one who has a shop of feathers is going to send someone looking for the single dropped feather. Secondly, because it cannot fly long distances, or very high, it is easy to catch, and because it roosts in the same branches, it is a very easy target. So the trade has never bothered with the single dropped feather: it has always gone for the bird. A bird so tame that it is easy to have it eating out of your hands.

The peacock is trapped, killed and then the feathers are plucked out and sent in sackloads and truckloads to the shops and trading centres. Poachers simply follow the track that the peacocks use to get water or to roost, shine bright lights on them to blind them and then throw a net over them. Most poachers say that caching a peacock is easier than catching a hen. If even catching is difficult, mass poisoning takes place of peacocks by luring them for food and then mixing poison with the grain. Everyday there is a report in the papers. While drought in Rajasthan and Gujarat has almost wiped out the peacocks, in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh they are being killed in the thousands every day. Even a place like Morena, named after the peacock, has weekly reports on peacock poisoning. Reports stream in every day: 50 dead in Bubkiya village in Ajmer, 70 dead in Matauli in Madhya Pradesh, 40 killed in Yamunanagar, 15 killed in Ambaji ( near the temple)…

How can it be proven that the trade does not rely on shed feathers? Quite simply. There is a simple test which the Wildlife Department promised to carry out regularly when they granted permission for the trade – but never did. The shaft of a peacock feather taken from a killed peacock has traces of blood inside it. The naturally shed feather does not. People in the trade immediately cut off the shaft of the feather about 20mm so that no tests can be done. Look at the feathers in the market. Every single one has been cut. Would they have done this if they knew it was a naturally shed feather?

The peacock feather is a useless item for the human being: You cannot eat it, wear it or even dust with it. All you can do is to buy and put it in a vase at home or in a mandir or make a fan with it. 80-90 % of the trade concentrates on foreign tourists. The Department of Foreign Trade banned the export of peacock feathers 2 years ago. (Till then the Ministry of Commerce was licencing 20 lakh feathers a year! Considering that a peacock has less than 100 feathers, how many peacocks would have been killed? ) But thousands of foreign tourists come into India every year and buy suitcases full. Hotel shops carry peacock feathers so do all tourist based curio shops. Shall the national bird be turned into a fan when it is now an endangered species?

The peacock itself is in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act: severe penalties are possible for anyone caught hunting and trading in it. Has a single person being caught trading in the body? No; because the feather is allowed to be traded. Do these two provisions in the Act not contradict each other? I am punished for hunting a peacock – but the only reason why I hunt it is because I sell the feathers which are allowed to be sold.

I would like the Government to delete the following provision in Section 44 clause (c):

“Provided further that nothing in this subsection shall apply to the dealers in tail feathers of peacocks and articles made there from and the manufacturers of such articles “, and Section 49A(b) should be amended in conformity with that.

Dozens of questions have been asked in Parliament on whether the Government is aware that the Act has serious loopholes that contribute to the killing of the National Bird and whether the government is going to amend the act or whether the government is going to issue a notification imposing a ban on the feather trade. The answer is always a noncommittal “we are looking into the matter.” The Ministry for Environment and Forests has already reached the conclusion – as its internal files show- that the peacock is doomed unless this ban comes, but do you think that this Minister would do anything about it?

Not only are the fans being sold in India in the thousands but they are being smuggled across to Bangladesh where foreign trade in fans is allowed. Bangladesh Exporters such as A. K. Enterprises of Mission Road, Gopibagh, Dacca, openly advertise the export of Indian Peacock feathers.

Remember: the drought in Rajasthan and Gujarat has already destroyed entire populations in those states (North Gujarat is now completely peacock less). The indiscriminate use of the banned pesticide DDT and other insecticide treated seeds (specially tomatoes) planted carelessly on the ground surface by farmers are killing thousands. As the old growth of clumps of trees with their bushes goes, there are no breeding grounds left as peacocks lay their eggs on the ground. Dogs attack their eggs and the small peafowls, and the tribal and poachers who supply to VIPs kill it for meat … all this and then the trade as well. Give the peacock another 10 years and then, like the vulture, you will never see it again.

The bird with a hundred eyes that represent the stars, the sun, moon, the universe and the vault of heaven. The symbol of compassion, empathy, the incorruptible soul. According to Sufi legend the Original Spirit was created in the shape of a peacock. When it saw itself in the mirror of the Divine Essence, it was so overwhelmed by its beauty that great drops of sweat flew from its body and all other living creatures were formed from these. The guard of the Greek goddess Hera , the Roman Goddess Juno, the Christian symbol of omniscience, the Babylonian Phoenix, the emblem of Heliopolis, the Chinese symbol of rain and fertility, the representative of the Buddhist Wheel of Life and the Ming dynasty. The bird of Skanda and the killer of earthly attachments, the symbol of Krishna, the bird of immortality….in every religion the peacock is sacred. This is the bird that the Government and you are allowing to be killed and turned into two things: fans and brooms, and in the process showing the Indian ability to turn the truly magnificent into the completely trivial.

Harshita Sharma (137)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:54 pm

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:08 am
so signed... this angers me a LOT!!!... f(&(*&ng SICK!!!!

Angela Gottschalk (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:19 am
noted and signed, thanks

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:30 am
Victoria, You signed on November 14, 2012.

Danuta Watola (1249)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:59 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:09 am
Dianne, You signed on November 14, 2012.
Your signature has been delivered to:
India Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Hem Kumar Pande

Andrea Nemec (213)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:15 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 4:08 am
ha! what happend to "people in India love their animals"?

Kelly Green (2)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 4:58 am

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 6:31 am

If you want to celebrate whatever holiday you want do so, but don't abuse, make someone suffer or kill anyone in the process!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 6:34 am
signed, thanks Cher

Joy W (103)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 7:34 am
Noted and signed.

Ximena Jaramillo (14)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:18 am
signed and shared

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:23 am
noted + signed

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:41 am
n&s, ty.

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:46 am

natalie n (164)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 9:16 am
thanks, done.

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 9:29 am
Done. Thanks.

Gabriela C (105)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 9:40 am
Thanks Cher, signed.

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Wednesday November 14, 2012, 9:50 am

Diane K (134)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 9:55 am
noted & signed. thx

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 9:55 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:12 am

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:17 am

Donna Hamilton (159)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 11:04 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Cher.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:14 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:33 pm
I love owls and hope that petition will return more attention to the problem!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:33 pm
Thank you Cher,
gladly signed!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:19 pm
Signed and shared!!

Jaime Alves (52)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:23 pm
Signed and Noted.!!

Jaime Alves (52)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:23 pm
Signed and Noted.!!

Ann P (17)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:33 pm
Noted & signed. Shame on them. Evil. L♥ve ☮ Peace.

M B (62)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:40 pm
signed & noted.

Lauren S (26)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:07 pm
Hi. Signed :)
I really hope nobody objects to me doing this, I'm just really struggling to get people to care and I was hoping somebody reading this might see my comment and care.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a disease which is 100% fatal. There's no cure. Children are losing the ability to walk, eat, draw, play, hug and breathe every day. DMD is not well known and so charities for research into DMD don't get many donations. The disease is utterly devastating and heartbreaking, but awareness is low.

There's a petition for research into DMD and I would be tremendously grateful if people could possibly sign it (and even more so if anybody could stretch to sharing it!):

I’ve also collected some really beautiful videos about DMD that people can share too if they want, in the hopes of getting other people to care:

Thank you all so much, I really appreciate your kindness!

Beth M (138)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:26 pm
Signed & shared on FB.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:27 pm
S & N!

mariana c (22)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 6:37 pm
Noted and signed

Kazue O (14)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:04 pm
Thanks for sharing

Stella Gamboni (17)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:25 pm
Owls aren't sacred in India?

Gaweł S (20)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 12:46 am

Rita White (1)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 4:33 am
noted and signed

emilia boccagna (15)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 7:59 am

Malgorzata Z (198)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 12:17 pm
petycja podpisana

Anna U (256)
Friday November 16, 2012, 3:56 am
Noted and signed. Thanks

Yvonne F (181)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:13 am
Signed!!! Thanks Cher

Melania P (122)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:20 am
So signed and shared! What the hell!!!

Ralph F (66)
Friday November 16, 2012, 2:54 pm
Oops. Commented on the linked petition! Noted & signed the above owl petition too.

Marilyn M (145)
Friday November 16, 2012, 3:39 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you for posting, Cher.

Sylvia Wulf (15)
Friday November 16, 2012, 3:48 pm
So sad that both India and China have made so many strides forward yet remain with one foot stuck in the mire of superstition and ritual.

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday November 16, 2012, 7:09 pm
The world loves owls, protect them!

Noted and signed, Thank you Cher.

Marianne B (107)
Friday November 16, 2012, 8:01 pm
gladly signed and commented

Irine L (0)
Friday November 16, 2012, 8:52 pm
ughh, when will the stupidity and sickness of the human race end? I didnt even know they do such cruelty on Diwali. Even on this supposed festival of joy and brightness they do this?? One trillionth proof of how harmful religion and outdated customs/culture are to progress of all there is in this life.

Vidal S (0)
Friday November 16, 2012, 9:15 pm
Signed, I pray this may truly make a difference for these beautiful birds.

Betty Kelly (4)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:26 pm
THERE IS NO END TO hUMAN iGNORANCE, CRUEELTY, AND GREED. It seems no species is safe from it. My heart aches for the tormented but my tears can't sooth or save them.

alicia m (97)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:50 pm
signed, shared, gracias

Isabel d (48)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 5:08 am

federico bortoletto (47)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 7:00 am
Notato,firmato e condiviso. Grazie Cher.

Michael Holland (10)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 7:35 am
Signed and noted

lori c (29)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 9:15 am
signed, noted and shared

Jane H (139)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 2:31 pm
noted and signed

Anette S (22)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 7:44 am
noted & signed

Yulan Lawson (156)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 1:36 pm
Noted and signed.

Eveline M (0)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 10:51 pm
noted and signed

Juliette Claparede (42)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:26 pm
Noted and signed !

Past Member (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:44 pm
Already signed!

Carol H (229)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:43 am
signed and noted

Valerie Disle (66)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 2:35 pm
signed and shared

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Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:56 pm
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