Hall of Fame drummer drums up support for ivory ban

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I just received the following release from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW):

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Matt Sorum Drums Up Musicians’ Support for U.S. Ivory Ban

(Washington, D.C. – June 4, 2014) – Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, legendary Grammy Award-winning drummer of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult and Kings of Chaos, and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) supporter Matt Sorum, penned an open letter urging fellow musicians to support the U.S. government’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, which seeks to dramatically reduce the U.S. role in elephant poaching by enacting new rules on ivory trade.

Under the new regulations, owners of ivory objects would still be allowed to own their items, or give them as a non-commercial gift. However, owners (including musicians with instruments that include ivory) would not be allowed to sell them without removing and replacing the ivory first. Additionally, musicians would need to secure proper documentation before they travel with their instruments overseas.

As Sorum noted in the letter, “This is an issue that needs the attention and support of the music community. We need to be a part of the solution, not the problem.  As much as we all love our instruments, they are in the end just things – not worth contributing to the demise of a species.”

Elephants are being poached for their ivory at an alarming rate. The elephant population in Africa has declined up to 95 percent in the last century, and on average, poachers are killing one elephant every fifteen minutes. Some populations are well on the path to extinction.

“Elephants are in crisis. This rule will bring about meaningful action to reduce the amount of illegal ivory smuggled into the country, while helping to protect this dynamic and most intelligent species. But we need the support of many stakeholders to ensure its success,” added Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director, IFAW. “We thank Matt for bringing attention to this important issue and hope fellow musicians will band together to protect elephants.”

Sorum is among many celebrities supporting the ivory sale ban. In April, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Dave Matthews, alongside a coalition of businesses and conservation organizations, signed a letter to the Administration commending them for their actions to protect elephants.

To read Sorum’s letter, visit g.ifaw.org/mattsletter. Learn more about IFAW’s work to protect elephants.
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Clueless commentary misrepresents the animal-welfare movement

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Once again, we find someone trying to justify the abuse of animals – as somehow something that should be protected as freedom.

An individual named Michael Rubin produced an editorial for Commentary Magazine, which was posted on March 19 under the headline – “Are Animal-Rights Activists Really Concerned About Animals?”

The writer jumps into two huge propaganda strategies often used by those who wish to defend the abuse of animals. He calls it “animal rights” and he attacks PETA.

In reality, the movement is about animal welfare and yes, we feel animals should be protected from abuse. If he wants to call that animal rights, fine. But anyone suggesting animals should not be protected from abuse is way over on the extremist end of the scale.

And look, PETA is PETA. It sometimes uses provocative means to draw attention to animal abuse. No matter what opinion anyone might have about PETA, talking about it does nothing to alter the reality animal abuse.

But Rubin goes beyond these two diversions to defend the use of animals – particularly elephants – in circuses. First, the use of hooks to train elephants is terrible. Secondly, elephants belong in their natural habitats.

He claims elephants are “healthy and stimulated” in circuses and “often become bored and depressed” when their entertainment days are over. And he uses the typical greyhound-racing defense in calling them working animals. And then he attempts to make two wrongs into a right by suggesting the dangers of poaching means it’s okay to pull them from their habitats for circus entertainment.

The far better option is putting the full effort into protecting the habitat from poaching.

Rubin certainly has a right to express his opinion in a commentary, but this doesn’t mean he can get away with misrepresenting the animal-welfare movement. And certainly he needs to educate himself in the area of animal suffering and self-awareness.

And getting back to the headline, he does nothing to show “animal-rights activists” are not concerned about animals.

 

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Technology being used to stop poachers

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Wildlife poachers – particularly those who are killing endangered species – are some of the most evil and greed-filled people on the planet. Without an increased level of intervention, a number of incredible animal species will wiped off the face of the Earth.

But thankfully, modern technology is now being used to fight poaching – like drones, hidden cameras and GPS devices.

The fantastic Mother Nature Network reviews the high-tech tools.

 

“Battleground: Rhino Wars” premiers tonight on Animal Planet

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The three-part miniseries – “Battleground: Rhino Wars” premiers tonight (9 p.m. March 7) on the Animal Planet cable network.

Four courageous veterans of the U.S. Special Forces have joined the fight to save rhinos from the evil poachers who are killing them at an alarming rate for their horns. These great animals will soon be wiped off the face of the Earth if more is not done to help them, by shutting down the poachers.

At the other end of this horrible industry are the people who sell products derived from rhino horns and the people who buy these products. The buyers are people who live in the stone ages and believe these products have special powers – and believe it’s somehow justified to send a majestic species of animal into extinction to get their hands on these products.

Once again, the greedy and the uneducated are a blight on the Earth.

 

Wildlife poaching uncovered in North Carolina and Georgia

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I received a press release today concerning an undercover wildlife operation in two states. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission exposed poaching and other illegal hunting activity.

Over 80 violators were uncovered, involving about 900 violations, including illegal bear baiting, illegal taking of bears, deer and other wildlife, illegal use of dogs and the operation of illegal bear enclosures.

The Release:

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2013) — State and federal wildlife officials announced today an undercover operation involving more than 80 wildlife violators and as many as 900 wildlife violations detected.

Primary violations stem from illegal bear hunting but include an array of wildlife and game law charges. The investigation continues and more charges are possible.

The four-year investigation targeted poachers in North Carolina and Georgia, with some work in adjacent states.

Officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission infiltrated poaching circles to document violations including bear baiting, illegal take of bears, deer and other wildlife, illegal use of dogs, operation of illegal bear enclosures in North Carolina, and guiding hunts on national forest lands without the required permits.

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Greed and evil teaming up in attack on African elephants

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Reports indicate 22 elephants were found dead in the Garamba National Park in the Congo. Poachers took the tusks.

According to a New York Times article, it suspected the Ugandan military may be involved.

And there is this troubling paragraph from the article – “” Conservation groups say poachers are wiping out tens of thousands of elephants a year, more than at any time in the previous two decades, with the underground ivory trade becoming increasingly militarized. “”

And it seems China is largely to blame, with upwards of 70 percent of the ivory trade going to China. How can some people – soaked in greed – do this to the animals? How can they accept the total destruction of a majestic species, for the purchase of some oddly evil item for there home or other personal possessions.

It’s a sick mentality and an evil one. But once again, we find another example of blatant greed. GREED is a horrible blight on our planet and on humane society.

Pack Topics: Greyhound racing; new anti-poaching movie; undercover video

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Greyhound racing thankfully in decline: Carey Theil of Grey2K USA posted on his blog Tuesday on some important current trends in greyhound racing. The statistics come from the National Greyhound Association.

For example, the number of greyhounds registered to race is down 14 percent, compared to last year. And the amount wagered in July 2012 on races at Florida dog tracks was down by $1.6 million, compared to the same month last year.

Let’s hope the pace of decline picks up drastically for the rest of this year and next year.

Three actors planning new anti-poaching film: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy are teaming up to produce a film about wildlife poaching and animal trafficking

Hopefully, we will continue to see more news about this project.

Three Congressmen fighting to ban undercover video on factory farms: Three US Congressmen are billing recent undercover videos that have exposed cruelty on factory farms as an “onslaught of attacks” and “economic terrorism” – according to an article on OpEdNews.com.

It seems the three Reps from California didn’t like the fact that the Central Valley Meat Co. was shut down after the release of undercover video allegedly showing cows being tortured. They don’t want to see cruelty exposed.

Again, if we had working regulations these undercover videos would not be necessary. The OpEdNews reports the facility had been inspected by the USDA. It seems the current system has too many holes in it.

Movie includes an animal welfare message

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I was taking a brief break today to flip through a few cable TV channels to see if anything interesting hit me. I stopped on a movie channel that was showing a film set in Africa. The scenes of wildlife caught my attention.

One of the characters was looking for white rhinos. The description of the film on the cable guide noted he was a zoologist.

When three people on screen came across the body of a dead rhino with its horn cut off, the zoologist stopped and said, “Stupid, ignorant. That animal walked this Earth at least 4 million years before man ever stood up straight. Killed for the horn.”

The movie was “Rhino!” – from 1964. That’s 48 years ago that murdering animals for their horns was being depicted in a negative light. We are 48 years later and it is still happening. We have advanced in many ways over five decades. But in some ways, elements of barbaric behaviors and acts such as – against humans and animals – are still around.

It is sad. And it is sad that not enough is being done to prevent it.