Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tell the EU to ban the ivory trade – NOW! - Rainforest Rescue

Tell the EU to ban the ivory trade – NOW! - Rainforest Rescue
Poached elephant in Virunga National ParkWARNING - GRAPHIC heartbreaking, disturbing & the reality for elephants - We must end the killing - The sale, the import and export of existing ivory stock is legal in Europe making it relatively simple for organized criminals to use the trade to launder illegal ivory from poached elephants. Ivory is openly available for sale in the EU at auctions, in antique shops and online. Some EU companies are even specialized in purchasing and exporting ivory to Asia: more than seven tons of ivory and over 12,000 ivory carvings were exported to Hong Kong alone over the last two years.

End the Suffering at Thailand's Surin Elephant Festival! - The Rainforest Site

End the Suffering at Thailand's Surin Elephant Festival! - The Rainforest Site
The illegal elephant trade is surging in Thailand propelled by tourism & entertainment industries. The Annual Surin Elephant Festival is both a venue to sell illegally poached wild elephants & a major tourist attraction. Surin's elephant trafficking hinges upon the illegal capture & sale of babies, infants torn from their mothers in the wild. Once captured animals are confined, beaten, deprived of sleep & food, ultimately "broken" for a lifetime of labor. As many as 300 elephants per year shuffle through the festival grounds. As few as 900 wild elephants are left in Thailand it's time to take action to end this cruelty.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

These are the bile farm bears we’re trying to get home

Animals Asia These are the bile farm bears we’re trying to get home These six bears have lived for years on a Vietnamese bile farm – we’re desperate to get them “home for Christmas” and the happiest new year of their lives.

Trapped in medieval-looking cages, six forlorn moon bears – four males and two females – peer out. Through these tiny holes they can see precious little of an outside world they must surely believe has forgotten them.
Each one has routinely suffered the agony of bile extraction.
 
Their cages are lined up side by side but they’ve never been able to reach out and touch a friend. Surely their memories of sunlight and nature are all but gone. https://www.animalsasia.org/us/donate/
 

Cobalt mining for lithium ion batteries has a high human cost - Washington Post

Tracing the path from deadly hand-dug mines in Congo to consumers’ phones and laptops.
Cobalt mining for lithium ion batteries has a high human cost - Washington Post The world has grown reliant on lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones, laptops and electric cars. But the desperate search for the ingredients carries a steep cost. This remote landscape in southern Africa lies at the heart of the world’s mad scramble for cheap cobalt, a mineral essential to the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles made by companies such as Apple, Samsung and major automakers. 

The Post traced this cobalt pipeline and, for the first time, showed how cobalt mined in these harsh conditions ends up in popular consumer products. It moves from small-scale Congolese mines to a single Chinese company — Congo DongFang International Mining, part of one of the world’s biggest cobalt producers, Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt — that for years has supplied some of the world’s largest battery makers. They, in turn, have produced the batteries found inside products such as Apple’s iPhones a finding that calls into question corporate assertions that they are capable of monitoring their supply chains for human rights abuses or child labor.

60 percent of the world’s cobalt originates in Congo — a chaotic country rife with corruption and a long history of foreign exploitation of its natural resources. A century ago, companies plundered Congo’s rubber sap and elephant tusks while the country was a Belgian colony. Today, more than five decades after Congo gained its independence, it is minerals that attract foreign companies.