Monday, December 15, 2008

United Nations declares 2009 'Year of the Gorilla'

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United Nations declares 2009 'Year of the Gorilla'

Poaching, deforestation and the dreaded Ebola virus have taken a terrible toll on populations of the four remaining gorilla species. Now, in an effort to help save our primate cousins from extinction, the United Nations Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals has declared 2009 the "Year of the Gorilla.

"Three of the four species of gorilla are considered critically endangered, with just 700 mountain gorillas, 300 Cross River gorillas, and 5,000 eastern lowland gorillas left. The fourth species, the Western lowland gorilla, is critically endangered in some of its home countries, although the total population is much higher, at around 150,000.

All four species face declining populations, with threats ranging from the bushmeat trade, poaching for traditional medicine, habitat destruction from logging or the charcoal trade (an important source of fuel in Africa), and disease.

Luckily, the Year of the Gorilla is already off to a good start. This week, the 10 nations with gorilla populations agreed to examine the effectiveness of their anti-poaching laws and, hopefully, improve their implementation. Some of the money pledged for the Year of the Gorilla campaign will go toward educating judges so they understand the need to strictly enforce current anti-poaching laws.

Other actions to be funded by the YoG campaign include training park rangers, supporting scientific research, raising awareness of the gorillas' threats, and developing alternative sources of income (such as eco-tourism) for people living near gorilla populations. The UN hopes to raise more than $600,000 to support these efforts.
NOTE: Disease and 'gorilla trekking' A 'habituated' gorilla is accustomed to human contact and the most likely type of gorilla that people will see on a tour or 'gorilla trekking'.
DNA of humans and gorillas is such a close match that it is easy for a virus or bacteria to become 'zoonotic' ('bugs' tranfered from human to another animal species and visa-versa). Gorillas can become sick and die as a result of contacting a disease or 'sickness' from a human.
The 'common cold' of a human being can be passed onto a gorilla via human -- unfortunately, this is usually the result of an un-qualified guide &/or an unauthorized 'gorilla treking' tour. "Habituated' gorillas have even been seen with 'cold sores' (Herpes SimplexII) around their mouth.

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VOA News - Gorillas Find Sanctuary in Democratic Republic of Congo

VOA News - Gorillas Find Sanctuary in Democratic Republic of Congo

Gorillas Find Sanctuary in Democratic Republic of Congo
By Chuck Quirmbach Milwaukee, Wisconsin10 December 2008
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As fighting between rebel and government forces continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, animal conservation groups are expressing concern for some endangered species in the tropical jungles on Congo's eastern border. But the U.S. government and private donors are still working in Congo to create East Central Africa's first rescue center exclusively for gorillas, a species that has long faced threats to its survival. There are nearly one thousand gorillas in the world's zoos.

The rehabilitation center is
being built in the jungles of the
Democratic Republic of Congo's
Tayna reserve.

Many are like Femelle, a 46-year-old graying female at the zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She's a western lowland gorilla, who was born in captivity. Zookeepers describe her as curious, attentive and quiet - a dominant elder who gets along with the other five gorillas in her group. Like Femelle, most of the gorillas in the world's zoos were born in captivity.

Femelle enjoys her favorite snack - grapes. Femelle even grunts her thanks to gorilla-keeper Claire Richard. "There is a lot to admire about the species. They're very laid-back. They're mellow. They don't argue except over food and who's got what bed for the night," Richard says. As far as she's concerned, she says, gorillas are what people should be.

"They're huge. I mean, look at this guy!" one man laughs, suggesting they could play professional American football. A woman standing near him considers more than their size.

"Their family groups are so important to them that they'll do anything to protect them…and looking at my family I would do the same thing…that's where the fascination comes in," she says. But a nearby display points out a sobering fact: in the wilds of Africa, gorillas are in danger of extinction. And it's not just the current fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo that's a concern.

Gorillas pushed to the brink:

Cress is executive director of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, which coordinates sites in the wild to protect the gorilla. "It's habitat that's diminishing all the time," he says, "between the deforestation, the logging, the human encroachment …hunting. So many changes are occurring so fast in Africa that it's pushing gorillas really to the brink. "
There are preserves in Africa for endangered species, from cheetahs to gazelles, but Cress explains that something special was needed for gorillas in the eastern part of central Africa, a region that is home to two of the three subspecies of the great ape. Many of the gorillas confiscated by police or the military are infants whose parents have been killed by poachers, Cress says.
"We'll take the physical animal off the hands of the police officer or the military officer or whoever, and that was always a sticking point in the past. If you're going to confiscate, you suddenly have - physically in your hand - a baby animal that is probably sick and looks sickly, and you might get sick from it."When we step in, we say [to the police], 'We'll take that. Now you do you your job. We'll do our job, and let's move forward.'"

Dunia is a young Eastern lowland gorilla, now being held at a temporary quarantine facility in Rwanda; she will be transferred to the new center in 2009.

An orphaned Eastern lowland gorilla infant in the care of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance.

To help conservationists move forward, an international coalition is building a center to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce these orphaned gorillas back into the wild. It is designed to care for up to 30 eastern lowland and mountain gorillas. The sanctuary will cover 150 hectares near Lubero in the northeastern corner of Congo. Cress says the location of the center is very important. "Gorillas are very difficult to rescue. They are not tough animals, not durable animals, and the stress of being hunted, captured and confiscated, they quite often die from the stress," he says. "So to have a rescue center close to where they are, we can get to them quicker and rehabilitate them more easily."


Two critically endangered mountain gorillas at PASA's temporary facility in Rwanda; there are only about 700 mountain gorillas left in the wild.

The center will cost about $300,000 to construct and another $100,000 a year - at least - to keep going. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Agency for International Development have put up some money, and so has The Walt Disney Company, which operates a number of animal parks in the United States and promotes conservation.
A nonprofit foundation named after the late gorilla expert Dian Fossey will help operate the new gorilla rescue center. The sanctuary is scheduled to open next year, barring a major worsening of the current conflict between the Democratic Republic of Congo government and rebel forces. The Fossey organization says for now, the center is hundreds of kilometers from the fighting. But some gorilla experts have postponed traveling to the site until at least January.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

JUSTICE FOR TAMMY, DOG BURNED BY HER OWNERS - The Petition Site


JUSTICE FOR TAMMY, DOG BURNED BY HER OWNERS - The Petition Site



The SPCA's inspectors were first directed to the property a year ago, where they found the dog with severe burn wounds, whimpering in her charred kennel.The dog had burns on her face, legs and belly and her eyes were also badly injured. The skin around her eyes was raw.The SPCA inspectors rescued her and took her to the animal hospital, but her body was raw with burn wounds and she had to be put down.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/81/justice-for-tammy-dog-burned-by-her-owners


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Animal Welfare petitions - Care2: ThePetitionSite (All)

Animal Welfare petitions - Care2: ThePetitionSite (All)

ANIMAL WELFARE

Whether you're outraged about animal abuse and animal research, looking to promote more humane treatment of farm animals or simply want the best for your pet, The Petition Site's Animal Welfare section is the place where you can take action on behalf of animals.

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So Much for the Rule of Threes | GorillaDoctors.wildlifedirect.org


Monday, December 8, 2008

Galapagos Conservation Trust

Galapagos Conservation Trust
Welcome to the website of the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), a UK charity that raises funds for, and awareness of, the conservation needs of the Galapagos Islands. Charles Darwin was intrigued with the unique wildlife he saw when visiting the islands in 1835, and to this day they continue to inspire and excite scientists and visitors alike. We work with the key institutions in Galapagos to ensure a sustainable future for this natural treasure, and are part of the international Friends of Galapagos network.


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Friday, December 5, 2008

Welcome to the Year of the Gorilla 2009




Welcome to the Year of the Gorilla 2009

Welcome to the Year of the Gorilla:
The UNEP Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the UNEP/UNESCO Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) have joined hands to declare 2009 the Year of the Gorilla (YoG).






Mountain Gorilla Silverback Titus and Family, Virungas National Park, DRC (Picture by Ian Redmond, GRASP).





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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Choose Cruelty Free

Choose Cruelty Free *Continuously Updated Information For Cruelty Free Products/Company Listing

Palm Oil Nightmare- The Rainforest Information Centre convened the Australia Palm Oil Campaign Group in October 2006. Together with Australian Conservation Foundation, Grasp Australasia, Friends of the Earth Australia, Borneo Orangutan Society Australia, Australian Orangutan Project and Humane Society International we are working together to address the impacts that palm oil plantations are having in the Asia Pacific region. In brief, the palm oil industry is devastating the unique flora and fauna in the Asia Pacific region as well as exploiting local communities who are being forced off their land. If palm oil concessions continue to replace forest at the current rate, a viable future for the Orangutan in the wild will be impossible as well as for the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhino, Asian elephant and other species that are on the brink of extinction

Links also on this site about this dire situation:

www.safepalmoil.org
www.eng.walhi.or.id/kampanye/hutan/konversi/060412_palmoilplantation_/
www.orangutans.com.au
www.orangutan.org.au
www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-71102
www.grasp.org.au



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Cruelty Free Companies - In Defense of Animals

Cruelty Free Companies - In Defense of Animals


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Help Stop Bear Baiting in Pakistan - The Petition Site

Help Stop Bear Baiting in Pakistan - The Petition Site By signing this petition, you'll be helping to put an end to this horrific "sport" which is now officially illegal in Pakistan.


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World of Good, Inc.

World of Good, Inc.

FAIR TRADE, ECO-FRIENDLY, ANIMAL FRIENDLY PRODUCTS.
HOUSEWARE, CLOTHING, PERSONAL CARE, GIFTS....

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Knut the Polar Bear Needs a New Home : TreeHugger

Knut the Polar Bear Needs a New Home : TreeHugger


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One World - Animal Rights

WAR AGAINST ANIMALS

The Elephant Sanctuary : Hohenwald, Tennessee

The Elephant Sanctuary : Hohenwald, Tennessee


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Friday, November 28, 2008

Break Heart Ranch - Home Page

Break Heart Ranch - Home Page

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STARVATION, DEATH, DYING AND SLAUGHTER IS A DAILY EVENT FOR ALL THE UNWANTED HORSES, DONKEYS, MULES, AND BURROS IN THIS COUNTRY. A HORRIBLE DEATH ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT IT, AND EVEN IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW - THEY DIE!!

Break Heart's mission is to save as many of these destitute animals as possible.

ALL BREEDS, ALL COLORS, ALL AGES, ALL PRECIOUS, AS POSSIBLE, FROM KILLER BUYERS FOR SLAUGHTER. WE CAN NOT DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP, whether a horse lover from Nebraska, or an animal lover from this great country!
Great News!We have been awarded Non-Profit 501(c)3 Status!!Now all donations will be Tax Deductible!!


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The Associated Press: More horses sent abroad for slaughter after US ban

The Associated Press: More horses sent abroad for slaughter after US ban
Horses are auctioned off at the sale barn in Rushville, Neb. Sept. 24, 2008. The closure of all U.S. horse slaughter plants last year has sharply increased exports of horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. Animal rights activists say exportation is cruel and should be banned, while many in ranch country say closing the export market would cause thousands of unwanted horses to be neglected in the U.S.(


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Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary


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Animal Concerns Community

Animal Concerns Community

The Animal Concerns CommunityThe Animal Concerns Community is a project of the EnviroLink Network, a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental and animal rights/welfare resources since 1991. This community serves as a clearinghouse for information on the Internet related to animal rights and welfare.


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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Starve a Dog for Art // Current

Starve a Dog for Art // Current
Remember that asshole who tied a stray dog up in an art gallery and starved it to death? His name is Guillermo Vargas Habacuc and his "art" is up for an award and he's planning to repeat the crime this year.The prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of Central America decided that the act of cruelty WAS actually art, so Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been honored for the Biennial of 2008.

PETITION: http://www.petitiononline.com/ea6gk/petition.html

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Starve a Dog for Art // Current

Starve a Dog for Art // Current
Remember that asshole who tied a stray dog up in an art gallery and starved it to death? His name is Guillermo Vargas Habacuc and his "art" is up for an award and he's planning to repeat the crime this year.The prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of Central America decided that the act of cruelty WAS actually art, so Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been honored for the Biennial of 2008.

PETITION: http://www.petitiononline.com/ea6gk/petition.html

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Boycott to the presence of Guillermo Vargas "Habacuc" at the Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008 - Signatures

Boycott to the presence of Guillermo Vargas "Habacuc" at the Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008 - Signatures


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Monday, November 17, 2008

Life vests for polar bears on melting ice | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Life vests for polar bears on melting ice Environment guardian.co.uk
Life vests for polar bears on melting ice
To raise awareness for the endangered species, a design company has come up with a life-vest for displaced polar bears. From Inhabitat.com, part of the Guardian Environment Network

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

THE VICE GUIDE TO TRAVEL - Gorillas in the Midst - Part 1 of 3 - VBS.TV

THE VICE GUIDE TO TRAVEL - Gorillas in the Midst - Part 1 of 3 - VBS.TV

Guerillas threaten gorillas in African park

Guerillas threaten gorillas in African park



The new conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has forced dozens of rangers to flee Africa's oldest national park, leaving hundreds of threatened mountain gorillas at the mercy of rebel fighters and poachers.

Wildlife officers escaped into the forest when fighters loyal to renegade general Laurent Nkunda occupied part of the park as they launched their march on Goma, the main city in the east of DR Congo, which is now surrounded.
Set up in 1925, Virunga covers some 7800 square kilometres. Its varied terrain includes two of Africa's most active volcanoes, swamps and snow-capped mountains.

It is also home to more than half of the world's 700 remaining mountain gorillas as well as 20,000 hippopotamus, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
UNESCO named Virunga a World Heritage site in 1979 and placed it on the organisation's endangered list in 1994 when a first civil war broke out in the country.

DR Congo's Environment Minister Jose Endundo Mononge said that the fighting between the army and Nkunda's rebels poses a great threat to the park and would hit tourism income, while opening up worrying opportunities for poachers.

"In just 2007, we recorded the slaughter of 15 mountain gorillas ... and more than 20,000 antelopes," he told a press conference in Kinshasa on Friday.
Park rangers told how they fled Virunga on October 26 after Nkunda's forces moved in as part of their campaign to take over Nord-Kivu province.

"We were at our posts when we heard an exchange of gunfire between the rebels and the army. At around 6:30 am, the gunshots got closer so we fled into the forest," said Desire, a 31-year-old ranger.
Benjamin, a ranger at Kalengera, 60km north of Goma, told how his father was killed by rebels and how he has no news of his wife and five children. Benjamin spent four days hiding in the forest before arriving in Goma a week ago.

"There are a lot of people in the forest. Not just park rangers, but families as well. Some have died there; from exhaustion, lack of food and water," he said.
"The rebels came and started killing people. My father lost his life over there. I was hidden in a house with friends. We fled into the forest while my family stayed in the village and they are still there," Benjamin said. "They said that my father has been buried but I wasn't there to see it."

Desire and 52 others headed for the town of Rumangabo as Nkunda's National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) took territory around Goma, 50km to the south of the park.
Desire and 180 of the park's 680 rangers are now hiding in a small camp set up on the outskirts of Goma by the Congolese National Park Authorities.

"We spent three days and two nights in the forest," Desire explained. "We survived by eating fruit, leaves and drinking water in the volcanic rocks."

Jules, the 35-year-old head of an anti-poaching unit, took cover at his grandfather's house in Goma after having taken a more dangerous route to the north of the city -- straight through the area where rebels and pro-government militia had clashed.

"We fled and spent two days in the forest. We ate bean leaves. We had no water. It did rain but we had no way of storing it," he said.

"We left our uniforms and we headed back towards Kiwanja. But the Mai-Mai (a pro-government militia) had already started an attack against the rebels," Jules added. He was eventually escorted back to Goma by a UN convoy.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Road to the Horizon: News: Did your laptop cause the war in Congo?

The Road to the Horizon: News: Did your laptop cause the war in Congo?


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STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF CONGO

STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF CONGO

The people of Congo need our help. They are being terrorised - murder and rape are rife, hundreds of thousands have fled their homes caught between the brutal violence of both rebels and the Congolese army, without food or shelter. Only the hesitating EU can deploy an effective, neutral force in the next two weeks.There's no military solution, but right now a neutral force in the region to protect civilians, helping to reconstruct the UN peacekeeping presence and putting real diplomatic pressure on Congo and neighbouring countries will greatly boost our chances of stopping this humanitarian crisis and starting to build a lasting peace. So sign the petition below and spread the word - it will be sent to key European and international officials once we have reached 100,000 signatures:

PETITION - To EU and UN Security Council leaders:
We urge you to address the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Congo by supporting the immediate deployment of a neutral European force to protect civilians from rape, murder and starvation and secure humanitarian access - United Nations peacekeepers are crying out for this help, and it would provide impetus for them to play a more effective and balanced role in Congo. UN, EU and African officials should step up political engagement to strengthen the peace processes, acting as honest brokers and guarding against partisanship and exploitation.

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CAMPAIGNS | LCA - Last Chance for Animals

CAMPAIGNS LCA - Last Chance for Animals

BAN PUPPY MILLS!

A puppy mill is a breeding facility that mass produces puppies for sale. There are thousands of puppy mills across the country, producing over 2 million puppies per year. These facilities, most of which are inspected and licensed by the U.S.D.A., are notorious for their filthy, overcrowded conditions and the unhealthy animals they produce. Many of the dogs suffer from malnutrition and exposure; usually remaining outside year round, enduring both freezing temperatures in the winter and intense heat in the summer. Cat breeding occurs on a smaller scale and under similar conditions

PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK:
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HORRORS OF PUPPY MILLS.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO END THEIR SUFFERING!

WARNING! PHOTO IMAGES & READING CONTENT MAY BE UPSETTING TO SOME VIEWERS.


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Eastern gorilla - Gorilla beringei: Still images

Eastern gorilla - Gorilla beringei: Still images


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It's a jungle out there for Titus the gorilla | The Sun |Showbiz|TV

It's a jungle out there for Titus the gorilla The Sun ShowbizTV


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Friday, November 14, 2008

Apes face doom as guards flee Congo | The Sun |News

Apes face doom as guards flee Congo The Sun News:

TWO hundred rare silverback mountain gorillas are facing slaughter in the Congo after rangers protecting them fled the civil war.

The endangered great apes — one of man’s closest relatives — live in the Virunga National Park.
But it is now in an area of the Democratic Republic controlled by rebels led by General Laurent Nkunda.

The Rumangabo Park headquarters, from which gorilla conservation operations were controlled, was overrun last month.

More than 50 wildlife rangers fled for their lives to regional capital Goma.
The gorillas were last night at the mercy of ruthless hordes happy to slaughter them for bush meat or their pelts — or even for fun.

Nkunda’s men sparked an international outcry last year when they shot dead ten mountain gorillas, including two silverbacks.

There are just 720 silverbacks left on Earth.

The situation is doubly grave because mountain gorillas — which weigh more than 30 stone — have never been able to breed in captivity.

Samantha Newport, of the Virunga National Park, said: “The ones we have in the wild, that’s it. When they’re gone, they’ve gone. No one is looking after them.”

"There are just 720 silverbacks left on Earth."


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Save the Planet and Win


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