Video: Endangered Species Act is 40 years old

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The Endangered Species Act has reached its 40th year. Hopefully, the effort will continue in 2014 and far beyond. We need this level of protection for animals to be strengthened – not weakened.

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Big News: NBC Sports cancels Under Wild Skies

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After finally realizing what a huge blunder it was to ever air a series like Under Wild Skies and after tremendous public outcry after the airing of a very controversial episode, the NBC Sports Network has cancelled the show.

Somehow, some NBC Sports executive thought this show was good idea. And somehow – through the process of shooting the episode where NRA strategist Tony Makris shoots an elephant in the face – and through the process of editing the episode and setting it up to air – someone approved it to be shown on the network.

It shows an unbelievable lack of awareness about the plight of endangered elephants, who are being slaughtered off the face of the earth by poachers and by people like Makris. How could anyone be this clueless about something so prevalent in the news and so important?

I realize people make mistakes, but even considering this show to air is more than a mistake.

After cancelling the show, NBC Sports released a statement that in part said –

Under Wild Skies will no longer air on NBC Sports Network due to the program’s close association with its host, whose recent comments comparing his critics to Hitler are outrageous and unacceptable.”

So the big deal for NBC Sports was his act of comparing his critics to Hitler – but not shooting an incredibly intelligent, important and feeling animal in the face, before openly celebrating the horrible act? It took a good bit of twisted, reverse non-logic to bend around his critics as Hitler. It took a complete lack of compassion to shoot the elephant and celebrate the suffering.

It’s 2013, not 1713. We should have advanced to a point in our society where acts such as those depicted in Under Wild Skies are only shown as part of a criminal investigation or to make a point about the suffering of elephants at the hands of people like this. But apparently, some people are still living in 1713.

The Guardian article I linked to above notes that killing elephants in Botswana will finally be illegal as of  January 1, 2014. How it took so long defies logic. But at least the time is approaching.

 

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New strategy could save the rhino

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At the end of this NBC News video, it is reported that in at least one preserve, rhino horns are being injected with a poison that will not harm the animal.
But anyone consuming the poison could be harmed.

The plan is make the horns worthless on the market and therefore worthless to poachers.

I would hope the rhinos are going to be tagged in a way that alerts everyone that that horn for that individual is poisoned. And I hope the word is distributed worldwide, especially where selfish (or otherwise uneducated) people are using products made from rhino horns.

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Wiping a species of majestic wildlife off the face of the Earth ranks as one of the highest forms of greed and selfishness.

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Video: WWF series – Stop Wildlife Crime

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The World Wildlife Fund has launched a new, five-part web series called Stop Wildlife Crime. Episode 1 is – “It’s Dead Serious.”

The illegal wildlife trade is horrible – greed at its worst. For more details on the series, go to the WWF’s YouTube page.

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USFWS puts the brakes on wolf delisting proposal

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At least for now, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has halted a peer-review process for removing wolves from the Endangered Species List.

Defenders of Wildlife reports 16 respected scientists were barred from advising on the proposal. An email I received today includes a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife:

 “While we still disagree on the merits of this premature delisting proposal, at least the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service understands the magnitude of the issue. It’s a relief that the Service has listened to the voices of wildlife supporters nationwide who have called the integrity of their peer review process into question. Cherry-picking scientists is not a good way to do business. To ensure impartiality and scientific integrity, we recommend that the Service turn the peer review over to the National Academy of Sciences instead of trying to manage the process itself. Either way, we look forward to a fair peer review of the science behind this ill-advised delisting proposal, and we hope the Service turns to the best experts in the field regardless of whether they have written letters about the use of their science in the proposal.”

How in the world is it that scientists were going to be banned from a panel that was set to evaluate the delisting of gray wolves nationwide? It is a growing problem in this country, where a growing effort is working against science education and science in general.

Too often, pure greed is behind the movement to block science and the movement to block protections for animals.

 

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Video: Defenders of Wildlife is defending wolves

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Removing wolves from endangered-species protections is a horrible idea. When will the people pushing for this sort of action understand manipulating nature and wildlife in this way never has a good outcome.

Wildlife management should be run by scientists who truly understand the natural world. It should not be run by those with simplistic views or with profit motives in mind.

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Lions could be extinct within two decades

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The population of lions on the Earth have dwindled from 450,000 in the 1950s to around 20,000 today. The less-than-human among humans are wiping them off the face of the planet. It is a horrible trend not limited to lions.

An important Take Part article includes an interview with filmmaker and conservationist  Dereck Joubert, who believes it’s not too late to save this great species. But if too little is done, lions could be gone within two decades.

I still find it hard to believe that greedy and uncaring people are having this kind of impact on the Earth and its wildlife. But I still believe that good people out-pace the bad. We just need to pull in more from those who, to date, have been apathetic or unaware of what’s going on.

And we need to make sure we’re raising the next generation of compassionate people.

 

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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.

 

Two manta ray and five shark species receive international protection

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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted in protections for two species of manta rays and five species of sharks. Thankfully, we are seeing some steps taken to protect endangered species. We need to see more.

The press release from WildAid:

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BANGKOK, THAILAND (March 11, 2013) – Delegates to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have taken the significant step of voting to protect two manta ray and five shark species at the 16th Conference of the Parties. Sharks have been heavily targeted for their fins and mantas for their gill rakers, despite the species’ proven value to ocean ecosystem health and to global ecotourism.

Species need a 2/3 vote in favor among member countries in order to be listed on the Appendices of CITES, the only international treaty empowered to designate which species are in sufficient danger of extinction to warrant protection from trade. The following shark and ray species were proposed and voted for inclusion in Appendix II yesterday at the meeting in Bangkok, Thailand:

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Polar bears did get some good news this month

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A federal appeals court upheld on March 1 a law listing polar bears as a threatened species.

The LA Times reporting explained the particulars as –

… U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2008 decision to protect the animals because the dramatic loss of sea ice leaves them likely to become in danger of extinction.

There is of course the sea ice loss and the hunting activity that is adding to their plight. Despite these facts, the state of Alaska is fighting efforts to protect polar bears. In large part, the state is doing the bidding of the oil and gas industry – or should I say some big corporations are pulling the puppet strings and the state officials are dancing at the end of these strings.