Monday, August 7, 2017

What Nemley Jr's death means for fight to protect chimps - BBC News#_=_

What Nemley Jr's death means for fight to protect chimps - BBC News#_=_

Nemley JuniorThe death of the baby chimpanzee Nemley Jr, rescued from wildlife traffickers only to fade away in a zoo in Ivory Coast, has provoked outrage.

Several specialist sanctuaries caring for baby chimpanzees - in Liberia, Uganda and Kenya - had offered to take Nemley Jr. But when we wrote to the ministry, suggesting that he be allowed to leave - if only to lessen the burden on Abidjan zoo - a senior official refused to accept our letter. Nemley Jr was from Ivory Coast, he said, and he would stay in Ivory Coast, hinting that to move him would be neo-colonialist thinking.
Nemley JrSo do we blame Ivory Coast for what went wrong? Maybe but then consider this: nearly half of the world's cocoa comes from Ivory Coast. Cocoa and palm oil and timber have all encroached on the country's jungles, shrinking the habitats of the chimpanzees and limiting their chances of survival.
We can condemn the rich buyer who pays for a baby chimp whose family has been slaughtered. We can criticise indolent officials. But we might also ask whether the products we're buying and eating and using might contain ingredients grown on land where dense forest was once home to chimpanzees.
A cocoa farmer maintains his plantation near Divo, in the south of Ivory Coast.
See also:
  • Our changing attitudes to chimpanzees
  • 'Staggering' extent of great ape trade
  • our investigation that led to a jail sentence for Ibrahima Traore and his uncle Mohamed, and what is notable is that these were the first convictions for wildlife crime in the history of Ivory Coast.
  • An enclosure for adult chimpanzees is damaged, which means they have to remain in cages. A cheetah is kept in a hut the size of a kennel. Lions go hungry.

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

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    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Take Action! » National Wildlife Refuge Association Stop a Border Fence from Cutting Through Santa Ana NWR!

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