Hunting the hunter

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In a remote patch of Uttarakhand, poaching is so rampant that leopard skins and rare animal parts are sold from tea stalls.

Along with a team of wildlife activists, Sunday Times helps track and pin down a notorious poacher. Here’s how it happened…

At a tea stall on a hilly road in Uttarakhand, a little query like “What else do you have apart from tea?” gets a shocking answer. “Leopard skins,” says the stall owner, without batting an eyelid. The man has obviously mistaken us – this reporter and Sharma, an enforcement agent with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), an NGO in Delhi that works with the authorities to nab poachers and illegal traders – for people who buy skins and other body parts of wild animals.

In this area of wooded hills, slippery dirt tracks and villages hidden behind thick green cover, getting a lead on poachers is not easy. Here a cluster of villages – Hanol, Chadra, Tiuni, Parola – have become the epicenter of poaching, especially of leopards, musk deers and bears. Located on the border of Uttarakhand’s Govind Wildlife Sanctuary – a valley through which the Tons River flows, the villages are also close to the state’s boundary with Himachal Pradesh. Their location gives a perfect cover to the poachers who kill at will and vanish.

These criminals have their eyes everywhere. Laying a trap for them by trying to strike a ‘deal’ for animal skin can lead to one getting hunted himself. During two such ‘deals’ in 2011, Sharma had almost got lynched when the poachers realized that it was a trap. For an enforcement agent, entering a village alone is dangerous . “Almost every house here has at least one leopard skin. But going into the villages is risky because the villagers can spot the headlights of an approaching car from a distance and alert the poachers ,” says Sharma.

But the villagers too are victims of their conditions. Dependent on farming and animal husbandry, they have been trapped in poverty for as long as they can remember. In this area, where the poachers call the shots, the villagers or the actual hunters hardly make any money. The real killing is made by the middle-men and traders who deal with their rich buyers at home and abroad.

Chasing a lead, we meet Sharma’s informers who update us on two ‘deals’ they have struck. One involves two villagers who have killed a leopard and want to trade the skin; the other deal involves Shyam Prasad, a notorious poacher who has already been arrested twice.

Read the rest of this informative post:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora–fauna/Hunting-the-hunter/articleshow/15252252.cms?intenttarget=no

 

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Please Stop the US Government from Delisting Wolves as an Endangered Species

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Please sign here:-http://www.thepetitionsite.com/796/266/053/please-stop-the-us-government-from-delisting-wolves-as-an-endangered-species/?cid=FB_Share

WOLVES CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE, ONCE AGAIN

U.S. Congress has never before ousted an animal or plant from Endangered Species Act protections — until now. In August, a federal district court ruled to NOT delist Western gray wolves. The case is still open on appeal. Yet Congress ignored separation of powers (between judicial and legislative branches) by taking matters into their own hands. A rider attached to the recently passed spending bill delists wolves, thereby deleting their federal safety net.

This political maneuver is unconstitutional and leaves wolves in the crossfire of state-sponsored killing. Idaho already conducted a hunt by helicopter in which wolves are cornered and shot at point blank range. Last year, pups and mothers were gassed inside their dens.

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America‘s wolves need our help!

America’s wolves were nearly eradicated in the 20th century. Now, after a remarkable recovery in parts of the country, our wolves are once again in serious danger.

  • Federal sharpshooters are preparing for aerial wolf killing in Northern Idaho.
  • In Montana, the anti-wolf Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife are offering a $100 bounty per dead wolf.
  • Wyoming is moving forward with a plan that would allow wolves to be shot on sight across much of the state, including in National Forests and in some of the best available gray wolf habitat in the state.
  • Politicians in the Southwest are preventing the release of Mexican gray wolves into the wild – despite critically low wolf numbers that threaten a second extinction in the wild for these rare wolves.

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This is an inspirational, visual & vocal tribute to wolves, from my dear friend & sister animal warrior; Louise Du Toit. Louise has lent her musical talents to fight the injustices of many sentient beings, the world over. In this song  ‘Ode to the Wolves’ her enchanting  voice, echo’s the travesties these wolves face, in their daily battle to survive. Once upon a time it was just the hunters the wolves feared, but now they stare death in the face, from the sky too…as Louise say’s ‘Where can you hide’!”

“Ode to the Wolves” is an artistic tribute to all wolves, written to raise awareness about the endless atrocities they endure from humans all over the world, with a positive message to support the plight of the wolves and to end their suffering…. Louise Du Toit”

Louise du Toit – CD Albums @ http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LouiseduToit
Louise du Toit – Official Website @ http://www.louisedutoit.com

The music and lyrics of “Ode to the Wolves” were written by Louise du Toit and the paintings in the video were done by fierce wolf protector, author and artist, Vincent Arthur Kennard, with the purpose of accompanying the song. 

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” ~Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

Ban Fur Trapping In Nevada To Prevent The Suffering Of Animals Left In Traps To Die – ForceChange

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There has been a lot of turmoil generated recently on the current regulations and allowance of fur trapping in the state of Nevada.

As of right now, fur trapping is completely legal as long as trappers follow state regulations which consist of rules such as checking the traps within a certain period of time. Regardless of the regulations put in place, fur trapping is still a cruel and unnecessary practice that must be stopped completely.

Animal advocates are fighting to ban this terrible practice, and at the very least change regulations to be kinder to the animals that succumb to these traps. A change in regulations would be nice, but ensuring this practice is completely outlawed would be an even sweeter victory.

Please sign petition at the link below

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