I literally just announced that I was going to take a short break from blogging, then I made the mistake of checking Twitter. Here is what I saw at the top of my feed: “In reversing this ban, China has helped to legalize the execution and extinction of the magnificent tiger.” Our Dr. John Goodrich condemns […]
By Damian Carrington as published on The Guardian The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an […]
On Oct. 24 in a New York courtroom, two kingpins of Kenya’s illegal wildlife trade pleaded guilty to crimes that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha had been connected to seizures of over 30 metric tons of illegal ivory in Mombasa. Their trial marked the first time any African ivory…
Well friends, today is October 23. That makes it International Snow Leopard Day: a day set aside to celebrate and generate support for snow leopards (Panthera uncia). Snow leopards are extraordinary creatures that are somehow able to survive in the harsh mountains of Central Asia, and yet do so with unparalleled grace and beauty. Here […]
The Guardian view on vanishing insects: a silent threat
by Emma Marris – The Atlantic (via MSN)
The desert of south-central Australia is crenellated with sandstone hills in shades of ivory, crimson, and apricot. The ground is littered with dead trees and tree limbs, big hunks of transparent mica, dried cow dung, and thousands of stone spearheads and blades made by the Aboriginal people who lived here for tens of thousands of years — and live here still. Around the few water holes are the doglike tracks of dingoes, wild canines that were brought to Australia thousands of years ago and are now the country’s top predators.
I have come to the Evelyn Downs ranch, on the famously remote highway between Adelaide and Alice Springs, to meet Arian Wallach, a conservationist who thinks there is too much killing in conservation. Wallach has come to this massive 888-square-mile ranch because it is one of the few places in Australia where people aren’t actively killing wild animals. Tough, outback Herefords share the landscape with kangaroos, wild horses, wild donkeys, camels, emus, cats, foxes, native rodents, dingoes, and very large antediluvian-looking reptiles called perenties. Of the animals on this list, dingoes, cats, foxes, horses, camels, and donkeys are all killed in large numbers throughout Australia — but not here. Wallach has convinced the owners to experiment with a more hands-off approach.
This is a fascinating and important article on wildlife conservation and protection. Read the full article here.
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Japan’s push to resume whaling for profit – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45364696