Thursday, January 12, 2017

Endangered Species and the Stuff We Buy, All Mapped Out - The New York Times

Endangered Species and the Stuff We Buy, All Mapped Out - The New York Times





The things that people buy and consume can have deadly consequences for the planet’s wildlife. Now a series of maps show where it’s hurting the most.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Life on Earth is Dying. Thousands of Species Cease to Exist | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.
The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens is the cause. Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme.
And it is no longer the case that mainly ‘invisible’ species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans.
You and I are on the brink of driving to extinction some of the most iconic species alive today. For a photo gallery of threatened species, some of which are ‘critically endangered’, see ‘World’s wildlife being pushed to the edge by humans – in pictures’.
If you want to read more about some aspects of the extinction threat, you can do so in these recent reports: ‘World Wildlife Crime Report: Trafficking in protected species’ and ‘2016 Living Planet Report’  which includes these words: ‘The main statistic from the report … shows a 58% decline between 1970 and 2012. This means that, on average, animal populations are roughly half the size they were 42 years ago.’

Petition update · You're Saving Great Apes from Being Massacred and Butchered · Change.org

Petition update · You're Saving Great Apes from Being Massacred and Butchered · Change.org By joining the rapidly growing group of compassionate citizens who have signed PASA’s petition, you’re saving animals from a cruel death and protecting people from Ebola and other fatal diseases. Thank you for helping to stop the horrific illicit trade in the meat of great apes and other endangered species. We need your help to get as many people to sign the petition as possible.

Petition · U.S. Customs: Stop the Smuggling of Meat from Endangered Species into the U.S. Before It’s Too Late! · Change.org

Monday, January 9, 2017

Free caged, forgotten bears in Romania | World Animal Protection International

Free caged, forgotten bears in Romania - Demand the Romanian government helps us rescue bears being held captive in Fantanele. Please sign our petition, to give them the life they deserve.

https://www.worldanimalprotection.org/free-caged-forgotten-bears-romania

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Nearly 5,000 bears will be killed in annual Wisconsin bear murder Sept. 7-Oct. 11 | Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

Rod Coronado of Wolf Patrol writes: “Welcome to Wisconsin - Where You Can Buy a Hound Hunt for Bear on Craigslist - Charging $2,000, this bear hunt guide runs 35-40 bear baits, monitored by trail cameras, with a success rate of nearly 100%.”


There should be outrage over unlimited, unlicensed use of hundreds of packs of dogs to hunt bears on our public lands. Most bears are killed when they are 8 months to a year-and-a-half old.


This not a hunt. This is a profitable slaughter at a bear donut restaurant. Come in with the semi-automatics & crossbows to the baited area pick out your target on camera, shoot, & let the dogs have some fun in the killing. Pick up a stray dog, throw her into wolf territory to be killed, & the DNR will compensate the hunter $2,500 from the Endangered Species Fund. Twenty-five dogs have been killed since bear hounding “training” started July 1. I


s this the state of John Muir and Gaylord Nelson? It is defiled — a state with no moral compass. It is set up to disenfranchise those of us fighting to dignify the sanctity of all life and protect the web of life that sustains us all.

SERIES Park and Species Endangered: Virunga, Sundarbans, Manu, Sierra Divisor…. – SAVE VIRUNGA










Why are Protected Areas so Unprotected?

Every day we hear that the integrity of a protected area is being challenged by the expansion of infrastructure and industrial activities such as oil, gas and mining exploration.   

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Petition · Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments. · Change.org

Petition · Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments. · Change.org  An investigation by the White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sd-utbg-dogs-experiments-cruelty-20161215-story.html


The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs:
  • Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers.
  • Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly.
  • Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected.
American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs!


Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks.


Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the incoming administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research. Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs!