Thursday, September 29, 2016

Delving into drivers of deforestation | CIFOR Forests News Blog

Delving into drivers of deforestation | CIFOR Forests News Blog New study analyzes four decades of satellite images – overturning assumptions about the role of industrial plantations in Borneo forest loss.

Debates over forest loss in Borneo generally focus on the extent to which industrial plantations are to blame: those on the conservation side charge oil palm and pulp and paper for the destruction of tropical rainforest, those on the plantation side tend to argue that planting is done on already deforested land.

Until now, both sides have lacked clear evidence to justify their claims.    


Don't Delist SACRED Grizzly Bears - in the Crow Language

An Act of Cultural Genocide! #DontDelistGrizzlies

Blackfoot Confederacy Leaders speak out AGAINST the delisting of the sacred grizzly bear.

Pressed by the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the Obama Administration’s US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Director, Dan Ashe, is expected to announce the government’s new rule to delist the grizzly bear in fall 2015. Removing Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly will result in the bears being trophy hunted, and the lands they currently inhabit opened to expanded energy and livestock interests. With respect to delisting the grizzly, the Obama Administration has so far failed to honor the commitments the President made to Tribal Nations about honoring treaties, tribal sovereignty, religious and spiritual freedoms, and “meaningful” government-to-government consultation. FOIA documents have revealed that even Director Ashe has questioned the credibility of his own agency on delisting the grizzly, as the fate of the Great Bear is being dictated by politics and personal ambition, not the “best available science” as proponents claim.

Tribes Make History with Signing of Grizzly Bear Treaty | Grizzly Times - Home page

Tribes Make History with Signing of Grizzly Bear Treaty | Grizzly Times - Home page

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CITES decides not to report on illegal great ape trade | Project to End Great Ape Slavery (PEGAS)

CITES decides not to report on illegal great ape trade | Project to End Great Ape Slavery (PEGAS)

Stolen Apes

At CoP 16 the UN released Stolen Apes, which presented overwhelming evidence that illegal trade was a significant problem. Not only did it result in the loss of 3,000 great apes annually, the trade put hundreds of orphaned infants into a life of slavery and suffering.

Very few Parties (countries) report great ape seizures to CITES, just look at the CITES Trade Database. Nor does the World Customs Organization or INTERPOL. Also, international seizures are a very small part of the illegal trade. GRASP estimates that only 12% of all reported seizures are international, the other 88% are in-country, although many of these probably would have entered international trade. And many seizures are not reported at all, except perhaps in the media.
CITES will not allow the creation of a great apes working group. There are many issues relating to great ape trafficking that need examination in a working group so that a revision of the CITES resolution concerning great apes can be made. But the CITES Secretariat and the Parties have shown no interest in doing this.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Oliver Stone Exposes Horrific Military Training Video

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Saving the World's Smallest Bear: Behind the Schemes, Episode 2

Annamiticus presents "Behind the Schemes" -- a web series which discusses how commerce, corruption, and counterfeit cures are destroying our Planet's precious wildlife. In this episode, host Rhishja Cota-Larson discusses the "Saving the World's Smallest Bear" with Siew Te Wong, CEO and Found of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
Sun bears are the smallest of the eight species of bear, and they are facing a triple threat: 1)Destruction of their habitat in Southeast Asia; 2) Killing for the traditional Chinese medicine trade; and 3) The capture of baby bears for the pet trade.

Join us each week as we feature international guests discussing the challenges of protecting and conserving wildlife in the modern world.

Stop Cyprus Slaughtering Europe's Songbirds | Avaaz Community

Stop Cyprus Slaughtering Europe's Songbirds | Avaaz Community

To: Nicos Anastasiades - President of the Republic of Cyprus Stop Cyprus Slaughtering Europe's

Please ensure that zero tolerance is adopted towards people identified as illegally trapping birds, as well as more efforts made to catch offenders. Many species of bird are affected, including the local species of Scops Owl, for which Cyprus has a special responsibility.
As the only effective deterrent to stop this archaic and inhumane practice all offenders must be prosecuted, with the harshest possible penalties imposed, rather than, at best, often only having their trapping equipment confiscated. As a member state of the EU, it is indefensible that many fellow 
European nations are investing funds trying to conserve these bird species, only for Cypriot trappers to continue butchering them. Failing to eradicate a practice so far out of step with modern values, can only serve to adversely affect global perceptions of Cyprus and therefore damage tourism on the island.

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