Thursday, November 16, 2017

Donald Trump Lifts Ban On Big Game Hunters Bringing Slain Elephant ‘Trophies’ Back Into The US! – PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE

Donald Trump Lifts Ban On Big Game Hunters Bringing Slain Elephant ‘Trophies’ Back Into The US! – PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE
trump-elephant-creativecreteomg, the SHAME! this is our fault America, we have opened the hellmouth, unleashing the terror and cruelty spewing out from these fucking sociopathic, animal serial killing monsters (nothing short of terrorists) onto both people and planet, literally dooming life on Earth to suffer (those not included in the 1% club... for the time being anyway as climate and social chaos will reach every living being eventually). So if you care about women's rights, children's rights, economic justice, social justice the health of our environment, nonhuman rights or just stability both domestic and global, you must become engaged and fight against this unethical onslaught, rotting at the moral core of our society because no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, what your beliefs are, the things going on here is going to affect us all and must be stopped.  

no such thing as humane dairy

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Petition: Oppose Creation of Federal Council to Promote Trophy Hunting – ForceChange | Exposing the Big Game

Petition: Oppose Creation of Federal Council to Promote Trophy Hunting – ForceChange | Exposing the Big Game

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nosey Updates - EleNotes - The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Nosey Updates - EleNotes - The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Update 11/14/17

At The Sanctuary, Nosey has been given the opportunity to explore her new surroundings at her own pace. Over the past several days, Staff have observed her forage leaves and pine branches and discover how to drink from an automatic waterer whenever she likes.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info | FiveThirtyEight

The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info | FiveThirtyEight

Among the data missing from the 2016 report is information on arrests, the circumstances of homicides (such as the relationships between victims and perpetrators), and the only national estimate of annual gang murders.

The data missing from the report is mostly about arrests and homicides. There were 51 tables of arrest data in the 2015 report, and there are only seven2These counts include five numbered tables that were made up of three subtables labeled A, B and C.
in the 2016 report.
Data about clearance rates — essentially the percentage of crimes solved — was covered in four tables in 2015 but just one in 2016. The expanded offense data — information collected by the FBI beyond the number of crimes committed, such as the type of weapon used or the location of a crimes — went from 23 tables in 2015 to 6 in 2016.

There were 15 tables of murder data in 2015, but in 2016 there were only a few tables offering expanded insights on homicides. The expanded homicide data from 2016 doesn’t include statistics on the relationship between victims and offenders; victims’ and offenders’ age, sex, race or ethnicity; or what weapons were used in different circumstances. Practically speaking, that means that researchers can no longer easily identify the number of children under the age of 18 murdered by firearm in a given year. Additionally, data tables used to identify the number of women murdered by their partners are similarly no longer available.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Massive Ongoing Endangered Turtle Murders - Sea Shepherd Offers Reward For Arrest Of Sabah Turtle Killers | Borneo Today

Sea Shepherd Offers RM21K Reward For Arrest Of Sabah Turtle Killers | Borneo Today  -- Turtles being butchered alive so the murderers can steal their eggs...

Note: The reward offer. This notice had accidentally said Sabah was in the Philippines (this is in Borneo), but a later advisory corrected the mistake.

Question: So how come the Sabah Wildlife Department did not offer any rewards???

The Sea Shepherd, an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization, angered by the recent deaths of endangered green turtles in Sabah’s east coast islands, have put up an RM21,000 reward to bring the killers to book.

The offer of the US 5,000 reward was put up by Captain Paul Watson, the man behind Sea Shepherd, whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

“Please contact the Sabah Wildlife Department with information and/or evidence,” he wrote. “It seems that the poachers are now too impatient to steal the eggs after they are laid; they are now resorting to excessive butchery to steal the eggs from their mothers. “There is no excuse for such savagery. These monsters need to be punished.”

Established in 1977, the animal and environmental warriors (my opinion) at Sea Shepherd investigate, documents, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. Captain Watson has been described as the “world’s most aggressive, most determined, most active and most effective defender of wildlife.” (a true hero)

The killing fields; shocking discovery of bone fragments and shells of an estimated 100 turtles allegedly killed by Pa’lau people -- How long will Sabah authorities allow the wanton killing of our endangered wildlife and say “we are still investigating”. Even foreigners know the value of Sabah’s wildlife; we don’t seem to understand that.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Investigation Links Chocolate to Destruction of National Parks - Mighty

Investigation Links Chocolate to Destruction of National Parks - Mighty
Cocoa production in Ivory Coast and Ghana responsible for the loss of extensive forested areas, endangered chimpanzee and elephant habitat
WASHINGTON D.C.– A new investigation by Mighty Earth, “Chocolate’s Dark Secret,” finds that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Mars, Nestle, Hershey’s, Godiva, and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana. The countries are the world’s two largest cocoa producers.
The report documents how in several national parks and other protected areas, 90% or more of the land mass has been converted to cocoa. Less than four percent of Ivory Coast remains densely forested, and the chocolate companies’ laissez-faire approach to sourcing has driven extensive deforestation in Ghana as well. In Ivory Coast, deforestation has pushed chimpanzees into just a few small pockets, and reduced the country’s elephant population from several hundred thousand to about 200-400.

About half of the world cocoa market is controlled by just three companies: Cargill, Olam, and Barry Callebaut. The investigation traced how cocoa makes its way from growers in national parks, through middlemen, to these traders, who then sell it onto Europe and the United States where the world’s largest chocolate companies make it into truffles, bars, syrups, and myriad other chocolate treats.

“The extent to which big chocolate brands like Mars are linked to destruction of national parks and protected areas is shocking,” said Etelle Higonnet, Mighty Earth Campaign and Legal Director. “These companies need to take immediate action to end deforestation once and for all, and remediate past damage.”  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Proposed SHARE Act Seeking to Gut Every Unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System

ALERT!!! Hearing on Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act is tomorrow. Urgent action is needed right now!

The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act Would Gut the Wilderness Act and Public Lands Protections! EVERY unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System threatened.


The Insidious SHARE Act Facts:
  • The SHARE Act would give hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and state fish and wildlife agency goals top priority in Wilderness, rather than protecting the areas’ wilderness character, as has been the case for over 50 years.
  • The SHARE Act would allow endless, extensive habitat manipulations in Wilderness under the guise of “wildlife conservation” and for providing hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting experiences. The Act would also allow the construction of “temporary” roads, along with dams, buildings, or other structures, in protected Wilderness areas to facilitate such uses.
  • The SHARE Act would also exempt road, dam, and building projects within protected Wilderness areas from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)—eliminating critical environmental analysis of potential impacts and alternatives, and public comment and involvement.

OMG! This is an OUTRAGE! How dare they! As if the onslaught of nightmare deregulations and blatantly cruel policies against our environment, last
remaining wild spaces and imperiled wildlife have not already been enough!

These morally corrupted and ethically bankrupted political hacks, cronies beholden to special interests and all of the other sociopaths who support these types of atrocities do not care about people or planet and must be stopped!

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

    Trump And Congress Are Working Together To Legalize Wild Horse Slaughter

    If Congress votes in favor of President Trump’s budget proposal for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the number of free-roaming horses and burros will vastly decrease across the West. It’s an emotionally charged issue that has animal rights activists comparing wild horses to unicorns and oil, mining, and livestock companies wanting the land for their own financial gain.

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

    Sonoran pronghorn | USFWSTake Action! » National Wildlife Refuge Association  President Trump is planning to make good on his campaign promise to beef up our border with Mexico, and his Administration plans to break ground at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Apparently work has been ongoing on the refuge for several months, but nothing was said to the public, until information leaked late last week. The Administration has been working in secret, keeping the public in the dark about the plan to use taxpayer dollars to irreparably damage our public lands.   

    Border Agency Set to Jumpstart Trump’s Wall in a Texas Wildlife Refuge - ProPublica

    Border Agency Set to Jumpstart Trump’s Wall in a Texas Wildlife Refuge - ProPublica OUTRAGEOUS!!!  U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin constructing the first segment of President Trump’s border wall in November through a national wildlife refuge, using money it’s already received from Congress. ($1.6 BILLION) That’s what a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official recently told a nonprofit group that raises money to support two national wildlife refuges in South Texas, according to the group’s vice president.

    I.Coast seizes record three tonnes of pangolin scales

    I.Coast seizes record three tonnes of pangolin scales Pangolin meat is also prized as a culinary delicacy and its body parts as an ingredient in traditional medicine in parts of Asia particularly in China and Africa    
    Pangolin meat is also prized as a culinary delicacy and its body parts as an ingredient in traditional medicine in parts of AsiaAuthorities in Ivory Coast have seized a record haul of three tonnes of pangolin scales worth an estimated $82,000, in what officials on Thursday called a "massacre".

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    Thursday, July 27, 2017


    PictureMany food products have Palm Oil listed as 'vegetable oil' and in non food products there is at last count over 200 alternate names for palm oil. If an ingredient in the product you are researching has any one of the following names then it is 95% likely to be palm oil unless you know the company has a clear 'no palm oil' policy so on odd occasions these ingredients may also be derived from other sources. If the product you are checking has one of the ingredients below you may want to contact the company to find out it's derivation. Note: Palm Sugar is a different species of palm and is not palm oil.  Vegetable gum is not palm oil derived.

    A-Z alternate names for palm oil.
    Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol
    Acetylated Monoglycerides
    Alkylamidopropyl betaine​
    Alkyl alcohol
    Alkyl betaine
    Alkyl ether sulfate ​
    Alkyl Polyglucoside
    Aluminum Myristates/Palmitates
    Aluminium stearate
    Aluminium, calcium, sodium, magnesium salts of fatty acids
    Amidopropyl betaine
    Ammonium laureth sulphate
    Ammonium lauryl sulphate
    Amphoteric surfactant
    Anionic surfactant ​
    Arachamide mea
    Ascorbyl palmitate (304)
    Ascorbyl stearate
    Azelaic acid
    ​Beta Carotene
    Behentrimonium Methosulfate
    Butyl Myristate
    Butyl stearate
    Calcium lactylate
    Calcium Myristate
    Calcium oleyl lactylate
    Calcium stearate
    Calcium stearoyl lactylate
    Capric triglyceride
    Caprylic acid
    Caprylic / Capric Glycerides
    Caprylic triglyceride
    Caprylic/capric triglyceride
    Caprylic/capric/stearic triglyceride
    Capryloyl glycine
    Caprylyl glycol
    Carboxylic acid soap
    Carotene (Sometimes made from palm)
    Castile soap (often from palm)
    Ceteareth (2-100)
    Ceteareth mbsfl laurethulanate ​
    Ceteareth mbhe laurethulanate​
    Cetearyl alcohol
    Cetearyl ethylhexanote
    Cetearyl glucoside
    Cetearyl isononanoate
    Cetearyl and Sorbitan Olivate
    Cetostearyl Alcohol
    Cetrimonium Bromide
    Cetremonium Chloride 
    Cetyl acetate
    Cetyl alcohol
    Cetyl ethylhexanoate
    Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose
    Cetyl lactate
    Cetyl Myristate
    Cetyl octanoate
    Cetyl palmitate
    Cetyl ricinoleate
    Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide 
    Cetyltrimethylammonium chloride
    Citric and fatty acid esters of glycerol
    Cocoa butter equivalent (CBE)
    Cocoa butter substitute (CBS)
    Cocamide DEA
    Cocamide MEA
    Cocamidopropyl betaine
    ​Coco Polyglucose
    Cocoyl Sarcosine
    Conditioning emulsifier
    Decyl Glucoside
    Decyl Myristate
    Decyl oleate
    Diacetyltartaric acid esters of monoglycerides 
    Diacetyltartaric and fatty acid esters of glycerol
    Dicocoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate
    Dilinoleic acid
    Dipalmitoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium methosulfate​
    Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
    Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate
    Distilled Monoglyceride Palm
    Elaeis guineensis
    Emulsifiers: E304, E422, E430, E431, E432, E433, E434, E435, E436, E470, E470a, E470b, E471, E472, E472a, E472b, E472c, E472e, E472f, E473, E474, E475, E476, E477, E478, E479, E480, E481, E482, E483, E493, E494, E495
    Emulsifying wax
    Epoxidized palm oil (uv cured coatings)
    Esters of Myristic Acid
    Ethoxylated Monoglycerides
    Ethoxylated SMS
    Ethoxylated SMO
    Ethoxylated STS
    Ethyl lauroyl arginate (243)
    Ethyl myristate
    Ethyl palmitate
    Ethylene glycol diesters
    Ethylene glycol monoesters

    Ethylene glycol monostearate
    Ethyl hexyl Esters-2
    Ethylhexyl hydroxystearate
    Ethylhexyl Myristate
    Ethylhexyl Palminate
    Ethylhexyl palmitate
    Ethylhexyl stearate
    Etyl Palmitate
    Fatty acids
    Fatty alcohol alkoxylate
    Fatty alcohol sulphates
    Fatty amines
    Fatty isethionate
    FP(K)O - Fractionated Palm Oil​
    Fractionated Palm Oil​
    Glycerin or glycerol (442)
    Glycerol esters
    Glyceryl cocoate
    Glyceryl Dimyristate
    Glyceryl distearate
    Glyceryl laurate
    Glyceryl monostearate
    Glyceryl myristate
    Glyceryl oleate
    Glyceryl polymethacrylate
    Glyceryl Rosinate
    Glyceryl stearate
    Glyceryl stearate SE
    Glycol distearate
    Glycol stearate
    Guineesis (palm)
    Hexyl laurate
    Humectant 422
    Humectant glycerol
    Hydrated palm glycerides
    Hydrogenated palm glycerides
    Isoamyl Laurate​
    Isobutyl Myristate
    Isocetyl alcohol
    Isocetyl Myristate
    Isocetyl stearate
    Isodecyl Myristate
    Isodecyl oleate​
    Isopropyl esters
    Isopropyl isostearate
    Isopropyl Myristate
    Isopropyl palmitate
    Isopropyl titanium triisostearate
    Isostearamide DEA
    Isostearate DEA
    Isostearic acid
    Isostearyl alcohol
    Isostearyl isostearate​
    Isostearyl Myristate
    Isostearyl neopentanoate
    Isotridecyl Myristate
    Lactic and fatty acid easters of glycerol
    Lactylated Monoglycerides
    Lauramide DEA
    Lauramide MEA
    Lauramine oxide
    Laureth 7
    Lauric acid
    Lauroyl sarcosine
    Lauryl betaine
    Lauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen​
    Lauryl lactate
    Lauryl glucoside (from palm)
    Lauryl Myristate
    Lauryl pyrrolidone
    Lauryl Sarcosine
    Lecithin Isopropyl Palm Oil
    Linoleic acid
    Magnesium myristate
    Magnesium stearate
    Metallic salts of lactylic esters of fatty acids
    Methyl Myristate
    Mixed tartaric, acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol
    Mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids
    Mono glycerides of fatty acids
    Monoglyceride citrate
    Myreth 3 Myrisrate​
    Myristic acid
    Myristic Cetrimonium Chloride Acid
    Myristyl myristate
    Myristoyl Sarcosine
    Myristoyl Sarcosinate
    Myristyl alcohol
    Myristyl myristate
    N-Butyl Esters
    Nonionic surfactant
    Octadecanoic acid​
    Octyl palmitate
    Octyl stearate
    Octyldodecyl myristate
    Octydodecyl stearate
    Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate
    Oleamide MIPA
    Oleic acid
    Oleyl betaine
    Oleyl Myristate
    Oleoyl Sarcosine
    ​Olivem 1000
    Oliv-wax LQC
    OPKO - Organic Palm Kernel Oil
    Palm fruit oil
    Palmitoleic acid​
    Palm kernel amidopropyl amine oixde
    Palm kernel amidopropyl betaine​
    Palm kernel cake
    Palm Kernel Diethanolamide​ 
    Palm kernel oil
    Palm Kernel Olein
    Palm Kernel Stearin
    Palm oil
    Palm olein oil
    Palm stearine
    Palmitamidopropyl betaine​
    Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride
    Palmitic acid 
    Palmitoyl acid
    Palmitoyl alcohol
    Palmitoyl myristyl serinate
    Palm oleic acid
    Palmitoyl oligopeptide
    Palmitoyl oxostearamide
    Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3
    Palmitoleic acid
    Palm Methyl Ester
    PBS Base
    Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil
    Pentaerythritol tetra caprai caprylate
    Pentaerythrityl tetracaprylate/tetracaprate
    Pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate
    Peptide complex
    PG dicaprylate/caprate
    PHPKO - Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil
    PKO - Palm Kernel Oil
    PKO fractionations: Palm Kernel Stearin (PKs); Palm Kernel Olein
    PK oleic acid
    Planta cleanse
    Polyethylene (40) stearate (431)
    Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids
    Polyglycerol esters of interesterified ricinoleic acid
    Polyglycerol-2 oleyl ether
    Polyglyceryl-3 dilisostearate
    Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate
    Polyglyceryl-4 laurate
    Polyglyceryl-4 oleyl ether
    Polysorbate 60 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate
    Polysorbate 65 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan tristearate
    Polysorbate 80 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monoolate
    Potassium Cetyl Phosphate​
    Potassium Myristate
    Potassium stearate
    ​Propanediol dicaprylate
    Propylene Glycol Alginate​
    Propylene glycol esters of fatty acids
    Propylene glycol laurate
    Propylene glycol monoester
    Propylene Glycol Myristate
    Propylene glycol stearate
    Retinyl palmitate
    Saponified elaeis guineensis
    Saturated Fatty acid
    sodium alkyl sulfate
    Sodium cetearyl sulphate
    sodium cocoyl glycinate
    ​Sodium cocoyl isethionate
    Sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate
    Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
    Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye
    Sodium lactylate; sodium oleyl lactylate; sodium stearoyl lactylate
    Sodium laurate
    Sodium laurel
    Sodium laureth sulfate
    Sodium laureth sulphate
    Sodium laureth - 1 sulphate
    Sodium laureth - 2 sulphate
    ​Sodium laureth - 3 sulphate

    Sodium laureth-13 carboxylate
    Sodium lauroyl lactylate
    Sodium lauryl
    Sodium lauryl ether sulphate
    Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate
    Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate
    Sodium lauryl sulfate
    Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
    Sodium lauryl sulphate
    Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate
    Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
    Sodium Myristate
    Sodium palm kernelate
    Sodium palm kerneloyl isethionate
    Sodium palmate
    Sodium palmitate
    Sodium polyarylsulfonate​
    Sodium stearate
    Sodium stearoyl Fumarate
    Sodium stearoyl glutamate
    Sodium stearoyl lactylate
    Sodium Trideceth sulphate
    Solubiliser PS20
    Sorbitan Caprylate
    Sorbitan Cocoate
    Sorbitan Diisostearate
    Sorbitan Distearate​
    ​Sorbitan ester
    Sorbitan isotearate
    Sorbitan laurate
    Sorbitan monoglyceride
    Sorbitan monolaurate
    Sorbitan monopalmitate
    Sorbitan monostearate (491)
    Sorbitan oleate
    ​Sorbitan olivate
    Sorbitan palmitate
    Sorbitan sesquioleate
    Sorbitan trioleate
    Sorbitan tristearate
    Sorbitan tristearate (492)
    Sorbitan triglyceride
    Stearalkonium chloride
    Stearalkonium hectorite
    Stearamide MEA
    Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine
    Stearic acid
    Stearic acid or fatty acid (570)
    Stearoyl sarcosine
    Stearyl alcohol
    Stearyl dimethicone
    Stearyl heptanoate
    Stearyl tartarate
    Stearyltrimethylammonium Chloride
    Stearoyl lactic acid

    Stearoyl Sarcosine
    Steartrimonium chloride
    Succinylated monoglycerides
    Sucrose esters of fatty acids
    Sucrose stearate
    Sucroseesters of fatty acids
    Sulphonated Methyl Esters​
    Surfactant CCG
    TEA-lauryl sulphate
    Tetradecyloctadecyl Myristate
    TMP esters
    Tocotrienols (Vitamin E)
    Tocopherols (Vitamin E)
    Tocopheryl linoleate 
    Triacetin (1518)
    Tridecyl Myristate
    Vegetable emulsifier
    Vegetable glycerin
    Vegetable Oil
    Vitamin A palmitate
    Yeast with 491
    Zinc idne Laureth
    Zinc Myristate
    Zinc stearate

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders | Environment | The Guardian

    Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders | Environment | The Guardian An ambush by local rebel forces led to five deaths in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, while another ranger died in Virunga.

    Four Congolese park rangers and one porter have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. A large group of journalists and park rangers were attacked on Friday 14 July in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve by an armed local rebel group. It is believed that the journalists – one from the US, two Dutch, and one Congolese – were covering a story about the work of the rangers in the forest.
    The attack is thought to have been by Mai Mai rebels from the area who have been carrying out illegal poaching and mining activities. They have previously come into conflict with rangers.

    Following the attack, three rangers and the US national were reported missing, while the rest of the group, including 11 rangers, escaped to another Okapi reserve base.
    The bodies of four Congolese rangers from the state park authority, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), and one porter were found the following day, on the evening of Saturday 15 July. They were killed during an ambush while escorting the journalists back from a visit to the Bapela gold mining site, Unesco confirmed.

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Nemley Junior: chimp rescued from traffickers dies - BBC News

    Nemley Jr

    Nemley Junior: chimp rescued from traffickers dies - BBC News An orphaned baby chimpanzee whose plight moved people around the world has died.

    Nemley junior had been seized by poachers in West Africa and offered for sale but was then rescued following a BBC News investigation. Despite dedicated care in the past few weeks, he succumbed to a series of illnesses including malaria. A leading vet who helped care for him said that, without his mother, Nemley suffered from a "failure to thrive".In the wild, baby chimps usually live with their mothers for at least four to five years.

    During his capture, Nemley would have witnessed the killing of his mother during a poaching raid that would have seen as many as 10 adults in his family shot. The two men who were found guilty of his trafficking were released from jail 10 days ago.

    Sarah Crawford, an American NGO worker who had been caring for Nemley full-time for the past three weeks, said: ''He died in my arms. He did not die alone in a cage. He really fought to stay alive. He was taking fluids until 30 minutes before he died. I am still in shock. None of us can quite believe what has happened.''

    Nemley was 15 months old when he died. His body will be autopsied. ''This will give us useful information, which will be helpful to others caring for baby orphans,'' said Samouka Kane, director of the National Zoo of Abidjan, and a vet.

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Zoo Owners Upset Over Legal Dispute Feed Live Donkey to Tigers | Animal Petitions

    Zoo Owners Who Fed Live Donkey to Tigers Must be Punished | Animal Petitions
    Angry shareholders in a Chinese zoo fed a live donkey to tigers as a way to protest a court’s decision they didn’t like. The shareholders stated that they voted in favor of this horrific act because the court froze the zoo’s assets and they were no longer receiving profits. Demand justice for this innocent donkey torn to bits by tigers.

    Shocking video footage showed the men pushing the frightened donkey down into the tiger enclosure. The tigers pounced on the donkey almost immediately and mauled it for thirty minutes before it finally died. The shareholders also planned to send a sheep into the enclosure, but zoo officials stopped them in time to save the sheep.

    Officials at Yancheng Safari Park issued an apology, stating that they are working on improving their safety standards. They will be holding a meeting to “calm shareholders’ nerves.”

    However, this OUTRAGEOUS, horrific act of cruelty cannot go unpunished. Sign petition and demand that these shareholders face legal charges and receive the maximum penalty.


    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    'An unfolding tragedy': Australia's vulnerable koala population battles extinction | SBS News

    Koalas have inhabited broad regions of Australia for the past 25 million years, but the combined threats of urbanisation, climate change & land clearing are pushing populations in New South Wales & Queensland towards the edge of extinction...

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Viral sea turtle Youtube video fuels campaign against plastic straws |

    Viral sea turtle Youtube video fuels campaign against plastic straws |
    Americans use an incredible 500 million plastic straws every day. Even though they are small, straws can create serious environmental problems, so now a growing number of activists say it's time to just say no.
    Viral sea turtle video fuels campaign against plastic straws - A new documentary called "Straws" that debuted at the Sonoma Film Festival is getting a strong reception at other film festivals around the country. The producer and director, Linda Booker "We are talking about billions and billions of non-recyclable plastic straws that are ending up garbage cans, landfills, and unfortunately too often as street litter," she said. Many straws also end up in the ocean and on the beach.

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    What happens when all the animals are gone? — High Country News

    What happens when all the animals are gone? — High Country News
    We are heading for a time when wildlife no longer exists.
    Opinion by Stephen Capra

    "What is different for wildlife today is that we are running out of time. We cannot look to make change in 20, 30 or 40 years. The change must happen now. "