Saturday, January 10, 2009

Africian Elephants Being Slaughtered For Mugabe's Soliders



SW Radio Africa - News story
Elephants slaughtered to feed Mugabe’s soldiers

Zimbabwe’s government, which so far has made no effort to relieve the suffering of it’s starving people, has now resorted to slaughtering the country’s elephants to feed Robert Mugabe’s soldiers.

According to ZimOnline, the state Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has since last week supplied elephant meat to army barracks, which, like the rest of the country, have run out of food. The crippling food shortage has left up to half the nation already facing starvation and in the midst of the cholera crisis has left untold thousands of people dead.

The country’s elephants are now the latest victims in a crisis that the government has refused to accept responsibility for. The Mugabe administration reportedly views the supplying of elephant meat to soldiers as “killing two birds with one stone” as it enables it to cull allegedly excess animals while also ensuring its army has food.

The army is a critical part of Mugabe’s continued grip on power and the soldiers’ comfort has long since taken precedence over that of the people. With no food or goods to plunder in the ravaged country anymore, it is not surprising that hunger is rearing its head in the barracks. Analysts have ruled out the possibility of a military coup against Mugabe because all top commanders are still relatively comfortable.

But some say that worsening hunger could at some point force ordinary soldiers to either openly revolt or to simply refuse to defend the government, should Zimbabweans rise up in a civil rebellion.

Meanwhile Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi has declined to comment on the matter or to discuss the availability of food at army barracks in general, while Parks director-general Morris Mutsambiwa reportedly would not take questions on the matter.

It is as of yet unknown how many elephants have been turned into soldier fodder, but it does go without saying that the slaughter is not merely a method of feeding the troops.

The ivory collected will undoubtedly be sold off to the country’s dubious Chinese business links, lining the pockets of government officials and further aggravating the illegal ivory trade.


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Friday, January 9, 2009

Papillomavirus researchers aim to save manatees | courier-journal | The Courier-Journal


Papillomavirus researchers aim to save manatees courier-journal The Courier-Journal

Two University of Louisville researchers acclaimed for helping invent the world's first cervical cancer vaccine are now being honored for research that could help save endangered manatees.

Scientists working to rehabilitate injured manatees started to see that a close cousin of the human papillomavirus, which causes most cervical cancer in women, was infecting the 1,000-pound sea mammals in captivity.

Worried the sick animals could infect others in the wild, they enlisted the help of Dr. A. Bennett Jenson and colleague Shin-je Ghim, world-renowned papillomavirus researchers.

"I had never seen a manatee before. Once I did, it was love at first sight," said Jenson, who with Ghim earned the Manatee Conservation Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in December. "They're huge, but they are so gentle."

According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida veterinarian Gregory Bossart identified a manatee-specific papillomavirus in 1997 after seven manatees at a wildlife park developed wart-like growths on their skin.

The Louisville researchers got involved shortly afterward and worked with wildlife biologists to isolate the virus and develop a test for it.
Researchers concluded that manatee papillomavirus was an ancient germ that usually lay dormant in healthy, wild animals. But in stressed, sick or injured manatees rescued by humans, the virus caused open lesions.

"This told us that the immune system had to be weakened" for the disease to occur, Jenson said. "I think that was the key. The ones who are robustly healthy and develop the virus can clear it."

Scientists speculated that manatee infections were often caused by stress from temperature changes in water. Manatees, which generally live close to the coastline, also become sick, injured or stressed because of collisions with boats and destruction of their food supply -- sea grass -- because of pollution and coastal development.

Jenson said many infected manatees developed large lesions and spread the virus by rubbing, nuzzling or other casual contact. In one area, seven of nine manatees being rehabilitated developed infections.

This presented a problem, because scientists generally try to return rehabilitated animals to the wild. "The big concern is you were introducing an infection to manatees who are robust and healthy," Jenson said.

Katie Tripp, director of science and conservation at the Florida-based Save the Manatee Club, said the infections are a warning sign about the overall health of the dwindling populations of manatees. She said only about 3,300 Florida manatees are left.

"They are vulnerable," Tripp said.

Jenson said now that he's grown to love the animals, he is more committed than ever to helping save them. He and Ghim are in the process of developing a preventive vaccine for manatees -- something Tripp said would be very helpful.

"I worry we'll lose the manatees," Jenson said. "They're just really, really gentle creatures that don't deserve extinction."

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

RPAforAll.org - Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc.

RPAforAll.org - Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc.

Educating Leaders for a Humane Future

Welcome to Responsible Policies for Animals' website!

"Soon after starting its work showing influential people how to establish responsible policies for animals that are also responsible policies for people and ecosystems - basic legal rights for all sentient beings - RPA began making available online much of its animal rights & campaign literature.
I hope this responsive, easy-to-use website will provide information you can use to promote basic legal rights for nonhuman animals.'

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

justice 4 Karley 2 - The Petition Site


ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF GLENN JOHNSON, LA, CALIFORNIA.

JOHNSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY.




KARLEY, THE 6 MONTH OLD SHEPHARD-MIX PUPPY THAT HAD TO BE ETHUANIZED DIE DUE TO THE SEVERETY OF HER INJURIES.








PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITON!
PLEASE USE THE POWER OF YOUR NAME TO GIVE KARLEY A VOICE!


Please speak up for the sweet 6-month old puppy, Karley, who was brutally beaten with a closed-fist and 12lb rock by Assistant fire Cheif Glenn Johnson of LA, Calif.

Karley had to be euthanized due to to severty of her beating.

Please visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/justice-4-Karley for the petition to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Also visit http://www.justice4karley.com for more information regarding the latest legal news, a photo gallery, event updates and more.


THERE IS NOT EXCUSE FOR ANIMAL ABUSE!


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Monday, January 5, 2009

Animal Concerns Community

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