Day: January 25, 2019

Thailand: Petition – Justice for Tiger Brutally Punched In the Face by A Poacher.

 

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SIGN: Justice for Tiger Brutally Punched in the Face by Poacher

SIGN: Justice for Tiger Brutally Punched in the Face by Poacher

Image Credit: The Freeland Foundation

PETITION TARGET: Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Thai authorities have arrested two poachers and are on the hunt for more after discovering a shocking photo documenting an illegal tiger kill.

The image shows a man straddling a tiger as the animal lies helplessly on the ground covered in blood. One hand is around the animal’s throat, the other is raised in a fist behind the man’s shoulder — as if he is about to viciously punch the head of this majestic big cat.

It is unclear if the tiger was already dead when this photo was taken, but after a three-month investigation, Thai police uncovered a wildlife trafficking organization that was responsible for the deaths of many more animals.

The poaching gang — originating in Vietnam — has been operating across Thailand, Malaysia and possibly Myanmar, slaughtering these critically endangered big cats and selling them on the black market. Most are destined for use in traditional Chinese health remedies.

According to the Freeland Foundation, a Thai organization working to stop poaching, Thai authorities are still searching for the man in the photo, along with the masterminds behind the poaching organization.

Sign this petition urging Thai wildlife officials to use all possible resources to hunt down these men and seek justice for every animal slaughtered at their hands — before any more have to suffer and die.

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Petition Link:

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-tiger-brutally-punched-face-poacher/

USA: The Hunted Horrors Inside the Safari Club International Convention – Reno, Nevada.

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We (WAV) did a post earlier in the month about trophy hunters having their annual convention in Reno, Nevada USA.  Here is the link to that post:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/01/18/usa-wildlife-murdering-trophy-hunters-meet-in-nevada-for-annual-convention/

Well now we are learning more from the Humane Society of the United States about what was on show / being sold at this convention. 

Here is their write up:

 

The Horrors Inside the Safari Club International Convention

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Hippo skull table for sale at the Safari Club International Convention / Photo by The Humane Society of the United States, Facebook

Elephant skin furniture, a hippo skull table, and stingray belts were just some of the items for sale at the Safari Club International annual convention this month.

These items, illegal under Nevada state law, were sold by vendors along with cruel big game hunting trips, weapons, and hunting equipment.

The Humane Society of the United States discovered these horrific pieces during an undercover investigation at the convention in Reno, Nevada. Photos and videos taken exposed the threatened species’ body parts for sale and have prompted an investigation by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

See the photos and video here.

The Humane Society provided a list of items found at the convention:

·         Paintings on elephant ears and skins;

·         An elephant skin bench;

·         Elephant leather boots, shoes, chaps, belts, and saddles;

·         Bracelets made from elephant hair;

·         An entire mammoth tusk;

·         Mammoth tusk carvings;

·         Stingray skin boots, shoes, belts and purses;

·         Boxes of hippo teeth;

·         A hippo skull table;

·         Hippo leather belts and boots;

·         Shark skin belts;

·         A knife with a handle made of narwhal tusk.

Nevada State law makes it illegal for anyone to purchase, sell or possess with intent to sell any item that contains the body parts of elephant, lion, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, hippopotamus and other imperiled wildlife. The evidence gathered by the Humane Society was submitted to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, which has now opened an investigation.

If found guilty, the persons responsible face up to $6,500 in civil penalties and could be charged with a gross misdemeanour for the first offense, a category E felony for a second offense, and a category D felony for a third offense. Safari Club has stated it is also conducting an internal investigation, but did not respond to the Associated Press’ question about how they control for legal trade at their convention.

The club also refused a request of a reporter from the Associated Press to attend the conference.

 

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Thailand: cruel pictures from the death zoo!

 

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Harrowing images show painfully thin animals at controversial Thai zoo

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They are cruel pictures. A completely malnourished elephant has to perform tricks in front of spectators. He is so emaciated that you can see his ribs. Other animals in the zoo show significant deficiency symptoms. It is cruel how the zoo abuses its animals. Only a glance at the condition of these animals creates goose bumps. It’s not the first time that zoos in Asia have come under fire, but we have not seen such cruel conditions nowhere before. Already half a year ago, German tourists had drawn attention to the conditions there and criticized the zoo as totally run-down. But nothing happened, the poor emaciated elephant must continue to perform for the tourists his feats.

Elephants are caught, tortured and mistreated for tourism!

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The terrible abuse and neglect of animals at the Samutprakarn Zoo in Thailand has been reported on the internet in the past, after a small orangutan was chained to a very short chain, making it difficult to move. He has to pose for tourists all day. Rather than being in the wild with his mother and climbing miles of trees, he’s barely able to move. The pictures were taken recently by a tourist. Now there are again new cruel photos from the zoo: The animals are totally emaciated.

Thai zoos are very popular with tourists, although the situation of the animals is known.

The elephants had “worked” in the jungle before coming to the private zoo, and now have an “easier life to keep people entertained,” according to the Phuket Zoo website!!!. Again, tourists are warning: “This is the most disgusting zoo in the world.” The conditions under which these poor animals live are terrible. The animals are drugged so the tourists can take a picture with them.

Again and again, videos appear where desperate elephants are chained in the Phuket Zoo. But not only elephants are cruelly treated, but also other animals:

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A crocodile farm was built in 1950 as the first crocodile farm in Thailand. Today it is the largest crocodile farm in the world. Here are now housed 60,000 crocodiles. They serve the entertainment for the tourists. Simply getting enough to feed 60,000 crocodiles is a great challenge!!.
As if the crocodile farm in Samut Prakan alone were not enough, they have built another zoo, too!

Time and again tourists post under which cruel conditions the animals are housed. But as long as the tourists visit such zoos, nothing will change. “It’s the most cruel zoo in the world they’ve ever seen,” write tourists who visited these zoos, but these zoos continue to be a tourist attraction.

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Wildlife authorities inspected Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and the zoo after releasing photos showing a heavily underweight elephant performing tricks during a show.
They found not only this elephant, but also other emaciated elephants and also the other animals had deficiency symptoms. This zoo was not closed!

The comment of a visitor:

DO NOT GO TO PHUKET ZOO

Review of Phuket Zoo

Reviewed 11 June 2013

This is the most disgusting zoo in the world.
The conditions these poor animals are living is sickening!
The animals are drugged so you can have a photo taken with them.
Saw a tiger which drugs had worn off and he was kept in a tiny 3x3m cage with a cement round bed in the middle, he was angry, roaring & walking arond in constant circles
At the elephant show the trainers had a sharp metal stick hidden in the palm of their hand that they would stab into the elephants ear to make them do a trick.
The poor animals are sad, dirty, sick, and wounded.
DO NOT GIVE THESE THAI PEOPLE YOUR MONEY!
I have a photo of some type of cat with its face half missing.
This place is digusting. IF you have a heart… AVOID THIS ZOO!More

Date of experience: July 2012

Here is a petition, who wants to protest, can sign it:

https://www.change.org/p/ministry-of-natural-resources-and-environment-of-thailand-shut-down-samutprakarn-zoo-and-relocate-the-animals-to-sanctuaries

https://netzfrauen.org/2019/01/19/thailand-3/

My comment: There are some who think that many things have been much better, are improved … ignorance, money greed, lack of empathy, everything has gotten worse there!

Best regards to all, Venus

 

 

Global: CO2 Levels On The Increase – And Still The Message Does Not Enter Some Heads !

 

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A new report has found that US carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4% in 2018 after three years of decline.

The spike is the largest in eight years, according to Rhodium Group, an independent economic research firm.

The data shows the US is unlikely to meet its pledge to reduce emissions by 2025 under the Paris climate agreement.

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Under President Donald Trump, the US is set to leave the Paris accord in 2020 while his administration has ended many existing environmental protections.

While the Rhodium report notes these figures – pulled from US Energy Information Administration data and other sources – are estimates, The Global Carbon Project, another research group, also reported a similar increase in US emissions for 2018.

The US is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

And last year’s spike comes despite a decline in coal-fired power plants; a record number were retired last year, according to the report.

The researchers note that 2019 will probably not repeat such an increase, but the findings underscore the country’s challenges in reducing greenhouse gas output.

In the 2015 climate accord, then President Barack Obama committed to reducing US emissions to at least 26% under 2005 levels by 2025.

Now, that means the US will need to drop “energy-related carbon missions by 2.6% on average over the next seven years” – and possibly even faster – to meet that goal.

“That’s more than twice the pace the US achieved between 2005 and 2017 and significantly faster than any seven-year average in US history,” the report states.

“It is certainly feasible, but will likely require a fairly significant change in policy in the very near future and/or extremely favourable market and technological conditions. ”

What’s behind the rise?

Analysis by Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, BBC News

There are a number of factors behind the rise in US emissions in 2018, some natural, mostly economic.

Prolonged cold spells in a number of regions drove up demand for energy in the winter, while a hot summer in many parts led to more air conditioning, again pushing up electricity use.

However economic activity is the key reason for the overall rise in CO2 emissions. Industries are moving more goods by trucks powered by diesel, while consumers are travelling more by air.

In the US this led to a 3% increase in diesel and jet fuel use last year, a similar rate of growth to that seen in the EU in the same period.

All this presents something of a problem for the Trump administration which has been happy to point to declining US emissions as a reason to roll back many of the environmental protection regulations put in place by his predecessor.

The figures also show that the President’s efforts to boost demand for coal have not succeeded yet, with electricity generated from this fossil fuel continuing to decline.

Despite this, there is little to cheer in the US data for those concerned with climate change on a global scale.

Many had hoped that carbon cutting actions at state or city level could in some way keep the US on track to meet its commitments made under the Paris climate agreement.

The latest emissions data indicate that this is unlikely to happen.

What has changed in the US?

The last time the US saw such an increase in emissions was in 2010, as the country recovered from its longest recession in decades.

Part of last year’s spike is also the result of economic growth, but new policies have exacerbated the effects of increased industry production.

Mr Trump has rolled back a number of his predecessor’s environmental regulations since taking office, appointing climate change sceptics and industry leaders to head US environmental agencies.

As a part of undoing what he called a “war on coal”, in 2017, Mr Trump rescinded the Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions to meet US commitments under the Paris accord.

In December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pressed ahead with plans to lift restrictions for carbon emissions from new coal plants and asked for public comment on redefining the phrase “causes or contributes significantly to” air pollution.

Under Mr Trump’s administration, the federal government has also opened up once-protected lands for oil and gas drilling across the US and has proposed ending regulations on fuel standards for cars and trucks after 2021.

“The big takeaway for me is that we haven’t yet successfully decoupled US emissions growth from economic growth,” Rhodium climate and energy analyst Trevor Houser told the New York Times.

The US jump also marks a worldwide trend: 2018 saw an all-time high for global CO2 emissions and was the fourth warmest year on record.

Source:  BBC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46801108

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Met Office researchers expect to record one of the biggest rises in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 in 2019.

Every year, the Earth’s natural carbon sinks such as forests soak up large amounts of CO2 produced by human activities.

But in years when the tropical Pacific region is warmer like this year, trees and plants grow less and absorb smaller amounts of the gas.

As a result, scientists say 2019 will see a much bigger CO2 rise than 2018.

Since 1958, the research observatory at Mauna Loa in Hawaii, has been continuously monitoring and collecting data on the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

In the years since they first started recording, the observatory has seen a 30% increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere caused by emissions of fossil fuels and deforestation.

Scientists argue that the increase would have been even larger without the ability of the forests, land and seas to soak up around half of the gas emitted by human activities.

This ability however, varies with the seasons.

In the summer, CO2 levels in the atmosphere fall as the trees and plants soak up more of the carbon as they grow. In the winter, when they drop their leaves, they soak up less and atmospheric levels rise.

But when temperatures are warmer and drier than normal, trees and plants grow less and absorb less. This natural variation is compounded in years when there’s an El Niño event, which sees an upwelling of heat from the Pacific into the atmosphere.

“The warm sea surface conditions now will continue over the next few months and that will lead into the vegetation response,” said Dr Chris Jones from the Met Office.

“Around the world this heat has different impacts. In some places, it’s hotter and drier and you get more forest fires. In a tropical rainforest, for instance, you reduce the natural growth of the vegetation.”

According to the Met Office, these limits on the ability to absorb CO2 will see a rise in concentrations this year of 2.75 parts per million, which is higher than the 2018 level.

They are forecasting that average CO2 concentrations in 2019 will be 411ppm. Carbon dioxide concentration exceeded 400ppm for the first time in 2013.

This year’s predicted rise won’t be as big as in the El Niño years of 2015-16 and 1997-98. However, there have only been increases similar to this year’s about half a dozen times since records began.

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Researchers say the long-term trend is only going in one direction.

“The year-on-year increase of CO2 is getting steadily bigger as it has done throughout the whole of the 20th Century,” said Dr Jones.

“What we are seeing for next year will be one of the biggest on record and it will certainly lead to the highest concentration of CO2.”

Other researchers say the Met Office findings are worrying.

“The increases in CO2 are a function of our continued reliance on fossil fuels,” said Dr Anna Jones, from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

“Some tempering in the rate of increase arises from the Earth’s ability to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, but that can change year-on-year as the Met Office forecast shows.

“What’s critical, however, is that the persistent rise in atmospheric CO2 is entirely at odds with the ambition to limit global warming to 1.5C. We need to see a reduction in the rate of CO2 emissions, not an increase.”

The Met Office scientists say that it doesn’t always follow that a record CO2 concentration will lead to a record global temperature in 2019, as there are many natural factors that can impact the final figure.

The researchers there are pleased that observations over the past four years show that their model is accurate. They believe it can be used in the future to help countries accurately attribute increases in emissions to their actions or to natural factors.

Source – BBC :  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46989789

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