Graphic Image: This is beyond tragic! Please Sign Petiton

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“Sickening; how can anyone get pleasure from killing an innocent sentient creature? What horrific morals to be setting as parents!!”

African elephants are one of only two naturally surviving elephant species left in the world, and they are in danger of being poached to drastic levels to feed the ivory demand. While it is difficult for any one group to control the actions of poachers and government militias, it is likely that added security measures surrounding national parks could help to save these elephants. Urge the Garamba National Park Service and others in the region to tighten their security and stop poachers from killing elephants for their tusks.

EXPOSING THE ELEPHANT KILLERS. Please SHARE!

This family shot and killed this elephant as he was eating (you can still see the food in his mouth). Here is the link to the company that promotes this cruelty: http://www.africabig5.co.za/gallery/hunting-photo-gallery/ HERE >> is the contacts to the company that promotes this senseless killings… please contact them: 011-27-82-339-9235 Email: frikkiedt@wam.co.za How is it fun to shoot a rare species like elephants just because you can afford to? SHARE this and make them infamous!

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION & PASS IT ON TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK…THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED!!

http://www.change.org/petitions/everyone-sign-this-petition-and-get-involved-this-is-beyond-tragic

Above Petition by GWEN

 

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A tribute to Dr Fowlds & All Who Try To Save The Rhino, From The Poaching Butchers!!

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“The following are 3 videos relating to the previous post, regards the rhino butchered at Kariega; this is the rest of the story.”

” Dr Fowlds & his team tried to save the 2 rhino, Thandi & Themba. I will let the videos’s tell the story & show the deavesting effects, poaching has on those who try to save them!”

“Since 2007, there has been a 3000% increase in the amount of rhino illegally slaughtered in South Africa.  Their horns are worth more than their weight in gold. This and habitat loss have made the rhino one of the most endangered animals on the planet. To ensure any future survival, the protection and conservation of these animals has reached a critical status.  
It has been scientifically proven that aphrodisiacs, traditional medicines and beauty treatments made from rhino horn have absolutely no effect what so ever. You may as well use your toe nail clippings.”

Please note; viewer discretion is advised for all videos!

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Published on 12 Mar 2012 by 

IN a delicate and controversial 20-minute procedure, wildlife officials surgically dehorned the remaining horned rhinos at the Kariega Private Game Reserve in an attempt to deter poaching. Dr Willliam Fowlds (right) dehorns a young rhino calf at Kariega Private Game Reserve with help from Braam Malherbe (centre) and Kariega game rangers

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This footage is courtesy of Paul Mills

Howling for Wolves; Help Us Howl

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Have you wondered why your emails and calls to stop the senseless hunt of our iconic Minnesota wolf go unanswered?

Why does the DNR ignore the 80% of respondents in their own survey who oppose the hunt, yet extend the killing season by 25 days in response to the desires of a few in the same survey?  The rapid push to hunt the newly delisted wolf, after almost 40 years of federal investment and protection, has been stunning. Why the rush? The answer is becoming clear.

In an email dated 4/23/2012, DNR Chief of Wildlife Management Dennis E. Simon wrote, “…we owe it to our primary clients, hunters and trappers, and to livestock producers as secondary clients, to do what we can to establish a legitimate harvest opportunity now that the wolf is under our management authority.” In short, the DNR “owes” their “clients” -the special interest groups– the wolf.

Howling for Wolves gained access to this email, and more, in an earlier Government Data Practices Act request. On Monday, we served an expanded request to the DNR going back further in time and identifying specific groups and individuals. We seek answers on why the DNR rushed the process using emergency rule making, which truncated public comment.

This week we launch a major campaign to stop the hunt, before the hunt. Renewedmedia attention is on Minnesota. Tomorrow our first billboard calling to stop the hunt will go up in the Twin Cities area, with more to follow. We will add billboards across the state if we can raise more funds. This is a very expensive campaign, and we need your financial support. Donations, both large and small, will help us get more billboards up, and keep them up. All donations go straight to the purchase of more media. Please donate by either credit card or check. Checks may be sent to: Howling for Wolves, PO Box 4099, Hopkins, MN  55343

Your time, talents and energy are also needed –please volunteer! We have a very aggressive schedule planned, with a number of public actions. Please join us!

News Link:http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2e3fcdebee302eff62a2e3d86&id=7f71ab9d8b&e=64dccc87b9

Please sign this petition to help the wolves:http://signon.org/sign/protect-americas-wolves?source=s.em.mt&r_by=1955801

West Bengal to trap four wild jumbos in September

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“The capture technique is as follows….”In simple words, mela shikar is a chase-and-capture phenomenon where the kunki elephants separate the target elephant from the herd. Then the phandi, sitting on the kunki elephant, traps the target tusker with the lasso. Mostly, sub-adult elephants – which have less than seven feet of height – are the targets. They are then brought to the camps where food is given as incentives. Then the kunkis, which are bigger in size, are used to tame them. Usually, a captured elephant understands basic commands after 20 days and allow the mahout to sit on its back.”
“I just can’t help thinking that one elephant taken from its family will cause sever distress to the other elephants…its’ widely noted that elephants stick together in families…It’s wrong to take a wild elephant from its natural habitat & make it work for humans!”
KOLKATA: Almost after two-decades, the Mela Shikar – a traditional method of capturing wild elephants – will make a comeback in the state in September, when elephants from Dalma will head towards South Bengal.

“We have been allowed to capture four sub-adult elephants for captive use. This is usually not allowed, unless approved by the Centre,” state forest minister Hiten Burman said in state assembly on Thursday. TOI, on February 29, reported that permission for this was sought way back in 2000, but the Union ministry of environment and forests sanctioned it only on February 16, this year.

In 1977, elephants were brought under the Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and such captures were made illegal. But the Centre, under Section 12 of the same act, can give permission for capture for population control and scientific research. 

The ban has left many phandis (one with expertise of capturing the elephants) jobless. They had to work odd jobs and even became daily wage earners. The government once settled 1000 families in 13 villages near the Assam-Arunachal border.

In West Bengal, the last time such exercise done was in 1994-95 when six elephants were captured. 

Burman said, “These elephants will be trained in the Jalpaiguri elephant training centre and will add up to our herd of kumki (tamed) elephants.” There are 652 such elephants in the state.

Special CCF, western circle, M V Raj Sekhar, who is looking after the arrangements for this operation, said it will be carried out in August-September. “We have experts in our department, who will tranquillize the pachyderms, in order to capture those,” he said. Conservationist Samik Gupta said, as a long-term solution, the state should utilize the wasteland in south Bengal, lying unused, by developing those as elephant rescue centres.

“We’ve also sought permission from the Centre for two elephant rescue centres, each spread over 100 acres in Jalpaiguri’s Khoirabari and West Midnapore‘s Nayagram. The nod is awaited. We hope to put the tuskers, who’ve turned rogue, in these rescue centres as the maximum damage is being caused by them. We believe, the centres can house only one elephant per 25 acres, so eight such rogue elephants can be kept in both the rescue centres,” he said, after making a detailed statement in the state assembly.

Burman said the permission for Mela Shikar was sought with a belief, if four elephants are trapped from the herd, the rest may refuse to head to South Bengal again.

To a question raised by Congress MLA Nepal Mahato in the assembly, Burman said the state is also planning to double the Rs 7,500 per hectares compensation to people, whose cultivable land is damaged.

Join us on Facebook to help protect polar bears and more!

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“I have taken this straight from my email because it’s a great way to get donations to help the cause! Just click the Facebook Like & $1 will be donated to the fund…simple!”

 

National Wildlife Federation Action Fund

For every new person who “likes” us on Facebook, a generous donor will put $1 toward the fight to protect polar bears, panthers, sea turtles, and more!

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Dear Julie,

Great news! One of our supporters has made a generous offer.

He’ll donate $1 to National Wildlife Federation Action Fund for every new person who “likes” us on Facebook — up to $5,000 — through midnight this Friday!

This donor knows that Facebook is a great way to build a national network of individuals who are committed to winning the fight for grizzly bears, river otters, panthers, and the rest of America’s wildlife.

Join the fight for wildlife — “Like” National Wildlife Federation Action Fund on Facebook now!

When you like us on Facebook, you’ll:

 

-Be the first to hear breaking news and ways to take action in the fight to protect America’s wildlife

-Learn about local events where you can speak up for wildlife

-Show your friends and family that you care about keeping our water clean, protecting crucial habitats, and standing up for wildlife

-Connect with a community of wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts who are taking action for polar bears, caribou, Florida panthers, and many more

And right now, when you “like” us, you’ll also help raise money in the fight for America’s wildlife. It takes just seconds to click the “like” button, but each of those clicks will add up!

Be sure to join us on Facebook by midnight this Friday, June 8th!

Thanks for all you do for wildlife.

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Thousands of dolphins may have died in Peru’s massive die-off; cause could remain mystery

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LIMA, Peru — When a retired fisherman called to report that about 1,500dolphins had washed up dead on Peru’s northern coast, veterinarian Carlos Yaipén’s first reaction was, “That’s impossible.”

But when Yaipén traveled up the coast last week, he counted 615 deaddolphins along a 135-kilometer stretch of coastline.

Now, the death toll could be as high as 2,800, based on volunteers’ counts. Peru’s massive dolphin die-off is among the largest ever reported worldwide.

The strandings, which began in January, are a marine mystery that may never be unraveled. Experts say the causes could be acoustic impact from testing for oil or perhaps an unknown virus or other pathogen. Little marine research takes place in Peru, and even in the United States, of 55 marine mammal strandings since 1991, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has classified 29 as “undetermined.”

All of the 20 or so animals Yaipén has examined showed middle-ear hemorrhage and fracture of the ear’s periotic bone, lung lesions and bubbles in the blood. To him, that suggests that a major acoustic impact caused injury, but not immediate death. Most of the dolphins apparently were alive when they beached, or had died very recently.

“The animal would become disoriented, would have intense pain, and would have to make a great effort to breathe,” he said of the injuries.

Other experts say there is not enough evidence to draw a conclusion

Veterinarian Carlos Yaipén examines a dead dolphin calf.

Stress or toxic contaminants can make marine mammals more vulnerable to pathogens such as viruses, according to Peter Ross, a research scientist at Canada’s Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia.

In a mass die-off, “there might be a smoking gun, but often we find that it’s two or three or four factors,” said Ross, who is one of the world’s leading experts on the effects of toxic contaminants in marine mammals.

Persistent organic pollutants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, the pesticide DDT, dioxins and flame-retardants accumulate in fish, and the concentrations are magnified as they move up the food web to top predators such as dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Laboratory studies of rodents and cells harvested from marine mammals show that PCBs and dioxins “are very immunotoxic,” Ross said. “The immune system is exquisitely sensitive to exposure to environmental contaminants.”

Animals with weaker immune systems could be more vulnerable to stress from noise or climate change, or to diseases such as leptospirosis, brucellosis or distemper, Ross said.

Click here to read more:- Environmental Health News

European Outdoor Conservation Association – Cast Your Votes Now

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Please support the fight against poaching with your vote in online competition!

Our first category to begin this year’s voting process. The Nature category is supported by National Geographic Germany and this will be the second year they have supported our on-line voting process. 6 projects are competing for your votes in this category.

Project of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for Chamois conservation in National Park Rila and Central Balkan National Park competes for the votes of the readers of the Internet website of European Outdoor Conservation Association

Please click here to cast your vote:-Click here to cast your vote on the most deserved Nature Category

Category’s looking for support are:-

  • Black Rhinos in South Africa
  •  Conservation of large carnivores, West Carpathians
  • Protecting Fuertes Parrot, Colombia
  • Protecting Ireland’s Peatland Bogs
  • Red Panda Conservation, India
  • Save the Balkan Chamois

The overall goal of the project is to significantly improve the protection of the Balkan Chamois by decreasing poaching, with the involvement of local communities, and in turn increase and enhance wildlife tourism in the parks.

Voting is as follows – Go to the web site, go to “Save Balkan Chamois”. Click on “Vote now” on the right side of the picture, then click to accept the terms and conditions of the competition and finally click on the button “Cast your vote”.

Please vote and support us! You are our only chance to do something against poaching of chamois in Bulgaria!

More about our project you can find on the web site of BBF: http://www.bbf.biodiversity.bg/indexdetail_art.php?id=652
Support Project of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for chamois conservation in National Park Rila and Central Balkan National Park, which is competing for the votes of readers of the Internet websites of European Outdoor Conservation Associationhttp://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting -category.cfm? catid = 3 and the German edition of National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.de/die-welt-von-ng/die-sechs-eoca-projekte-2012 .

“Thank you”

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