Day: February 20, 2020

What if the Amazon rainforest burned down?


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Joaquin Phoenix, Amazon Watch & Extinction Rebellion: ‘Guardians of Life’

We partnered with Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and Extinction Rebellion for a short film urging action on the climate and ecological emergency!

Phoenix is joined in the film, entitled Guardians of Life, by an array of Hollywood stars including Rosario Dawson, Matthew Modine, Q’orianka Kilcher, Oona Chaplin, Adria Arjona, and Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes.

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Right now, indigenous peoples and their lands are increasingly under threat from vast economic exploitation across the Amazon — a rainforest vital for the health of our planet. The Amazon removes about 5% of total emissions caused by human activity. Without the Amazon, the planet would be warming faster than scientists already observe.


But, the Amazon rainforest is at RISK.

Just last year, over 11.2 M hectares in the Brazilian and Bolivian Amazon burned. New analysis of extensive satellite imagery revealed that many of the fires were actually burning the remains of areas that were recently deforested.


In Brazil, the threats are escalating: Bolsonaro’s Administration recently announced plans to hand out indigenous lands to the very industries responsible for deforestation. In the Brazilian Amazon, those industries are land speculation, mining, and agribusiness, specifically soy and cattle. Companies in these industries are bankrolled by global financial institutions like BlackRock, JP Morgan Chase, HBSC, BNP Paribas and Vanguard. They too, are responsible for the Amazon’s destruction.

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But it doesn’t have to be this way. According to scientific studies, indigenous lands are “currently the most important barrier to Amazon deforestation.” Indigenous peoples are the best protectors of the Amazon rainforest, so protecting indigenous rights is instrumental.

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The Amazon Rainforest is known to be a home to millions of different species, from plants, to animals, to even some indigenous tribes. It’s been referred to as the Earth’s lungs, because it produces 20% of the oxygen in it’s atmosphere.

About half the size of the United States of America, the Amazon Rainforest has a huge impact on slowing down global warming, and the world as a whole.

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 But recently, wildfires have gotten so out of control, cities have been completely blacked out, with smoke from the fires covering their skies. It seems as of now, the Brazilian government and president Bolsonaro isn’t stepping in to slow down the fires, and up until quite recently, news stations weren’t covering the story either.

In hopes of raising awareness about how important the Amazon Rainforest really is, we decided to answer the question: What If The Amazon Rainforest Burned Down?

Very easily: we`re killing ourselfes



My Comment: While the fire in Amazonas destroyed the lives of animals and humans, Bolsonaro specifically advised all presidents not to interfere in the internal affairs of his country.

“My country, my forest,” he said demonstratively against his critics.

It is by no means “his forest”, not even that of his corrupt party.
There are also many people in Brazil who are interested in the conservation of the rainforest.

It is the forest of the Brazilians and above all of the aborigines and animals that have protected areas there and whose livelihood is being illegally destroyed in favor of some private profit bandits.

But above all is the human forest, which is based on this “green lung” and thus ensures our survival.

There, animal and plant species are irrevocably eradicated. These are missing from now on and will never come back. Part of our common heritage is lost just because some powerful fascists want to enrich themselves.

The rainforest in the Amazon region has also been cleared in the past, but never to the same extent as under the fascist and traitor Bolsonaro.

Humanity has nothing more than adaptation anyway, and it is feared that we can no longer save anything from now on, it is simply too late.

We just have to try to live with the damage we have caused ourselves and that will make our lives and the lives of the next generations hell.

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My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Groups to Host Screening of Documentary Film that Exposes the Shadowy World of Wildlife Killing Contests.


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For Immediate Release: February 20, 2020

Groups to Host Screening of Documentary Film that Exposes the Shadowy World of Wildlife Killing Contests

First Gentleman of Colorado Marlon Reis will give remarks

DENVER, CO – The Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Sturm College of Law, and DU Media, Film & Journalism Studies, in partnership with Project Coyote, will host Banning Wildlife Killing Contests in Colorado on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the University of Denver. This free event will raise awareness about wildlife killing contests in Colorado — where participants compete to kill wild animals, including coyotes and prairie dogs, for entertainment and prizes. For information and to RSVP, click here.

The event is part of the 2nd Human-Animal Coexistence Catalyst Series Event and will feature a screening of Project Coyote’s award-winning documentary KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs. The event will include remarks by First Gentleman of Colorado Marlon Reis and a discussion session with Project Coyote Executive Director (and KILLING GAMES Director) Camilla Fox and Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member and Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Marc Bekoff.

Thousands of wild animals are killed in wildlife killing contests every year throughout the nation. There have been at least 18 contests in Colorado over the last five years, primarily targeting coyotes, bobcats and prairie dogs. Public scrutiny has caused many contest organizers to take their events underground, so the actual number of contests may be much higher. In Pueblo this year, teams paid $100 to enter the High Desert Coyote Classic. Teams who killed the “biggest,” “littlest,” and “ugliest dogs” won prizes.

“Given the myriad benefits of wild animals and their habitats to our beautiful State, I am excited to highlight the need for reforms to wildlife killing contests,” said Marlon Reis, First Gentleman of Colorado. “We can and must do better for the humane treatment of wildlife throughout the nation.”

In 2019, a coalition of organizations — including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Humane Society of the United States, Project Coyote, and WildEarth Guardians — submitted a citizen petition asking the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to consider revising current regulations to ban wildlife killing contests for small game and furbearing animals. Colorado’s current regulations allow each contest participant to kill up to five animals per species over the course of one contest. The Commission may hear that petition at its next meeting in March. If the Commission decides to advance the petition, CPW staff will begin to develop proposed regulations, which will be open for public comment.

“Not only do wildlife killing contests undermine the moral fabric of our society, they are ecologically destructive,” said Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and member of Colorado’s Governor’s Coalition for Animal Protection. “In short, there is no credible evidence that wildlife killing contests serve any beneficial wildlife management purpose.”

Contest organizers frequently claim that killing contests reduce coyote population numbers long-term, increase the abundance of species like deer, and protect livestock from coyotes. The best available science does not support these claims. Indiscriminate lethal control of wildlife including coyotes and prairie dogs is harmful to ecosystems. Randomly killing coyotes can even increase their numbers and increase conflicts with livestock.

“Project Coyote produced KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs to shine a light on this bloodsport,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote and director of the film. “We’re working with our coalition partners, ranchers, hunters, Native American tribal leaders, and community members to relegate these brutal events to the history books, just as advocates did with dogfighting and cockfighting.”

Wildlife killing contests have been outlawed in five states. Arizona and Massachusetts banned killing contests for predatory and furbearing species in 2019; New Mexico and Vermont abolished coyote killing contests in 2019 and 2018, respectively; and California prohibited the awarding of prizes for killing nongame and furbearing animals in 2014.

KILLING GAMES will also be shown at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival on Feb. 22 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. Purchase tickets here.


To learn more about wildlife killing contests, visit the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests website here and read this Op-Ed in The Colorado Sun here.

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Indonesia Has Officially Banned Traveling Dolphin Circus Shows.



Indonesia Has Officially Banned Traveling Dolphin Circus Shows

Posted by Jane Wolfe | February 8, 2020

Indonesia Has Officially Banned Traveling Dolphin Circus Shows


Following years of protest against one of Indonesia’s cruelest forms of “entertainment,” the country’s traveling dolphin circuses are officially banned via the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

The mobile shows force wild dolphins to perform for the “pleasure” of the public by starving them and making the poor creatures carry out unnatural routines to earn small morsels of fish.

The dolphins perform these routines over and over again in tiny pools of water so highly chlorinated that the splashes can sting the eyes of audience members. With music blaring in the background, the frightened animals jump through hoops blazing with fire.

After the shows are over, the innocent dolphins are locked in what animal welfare group Dolphin Project describes as “coffin-like boxes” for days and transported in trucks from event to event throughout the country.

In a major victory for these beautiful creatures, on February 5, the ministry decided not to renew permits for any traveling dolphin circus shows, putting them out of business for good.

In a letter to CNN Indonesia, Indra Explotasia, the head of the engineering center of the ministry, wrote that permits for all dolphin shows taking place outside of “a conservation institution or in a traveling dolphin demonstration” had expired and would not be renewed.

Despite the monumental success achieved in shutting down these shows, there is still work to be done. Harmful dolphin performances remain legal at “conservation institutions,” including zoos and safari and animal parks.


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England: Cruelty; You Can Bet On It. Take Action for Racehorses.




Dear Mark

Cheltenham Racecourse is one of Britain’s most deadly. It is home to the notorious Cheltenham Festival (10-13 March 2020).

Three horses died at last year’s Festival, and seven the previous year.

It is imperative to let the public know how dangerous this event is for horses, so please order some of our new leaflets and distribute them (outside your local train station or in your town centre) ahead of the event.

Take actionOrder leaflets to give to friends or colleagues who may bet on the Festival​​​

Order leaflets now

Thank you,

Fiona Pereira
Campaign Manager