Category: Environmental

USA: Someone ran over multiple sea turtle nests on Captiva Island.

Someone ran over multiple sea turtle nests on Captiva Island

CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. – The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is looking for someone who ran over six sea turtle nests on Sunday morning,

FWC officers think a golf cart or similar vehicle was used near Captiva Drive and Paige Court on where the nests were found disturbed.

An SCCF Sea Turtle Volunteer found the damage. Their sea turtle hotline also received two phone calls reporting the damage: one was from a resident and the other was from a visitor. Stakes were removed from the nests and thrown into the sand dune.

“These criminal actions clearly do not represent the intent of the rest of us, and they do feel like an invasion of sorts,” SCCF said in a statement. “This upends the joy and hope that these turtles represent for us all. I urge us all to channel this outrage by aiming it toward something good.”

According to Florida law, any person, firm, or corporation that illegally takes, disturbs, mutilates, destroys, causes to be destroyed, transfers, sells, offers to sell, molests, or harasses any marine turtle species, or the eggs or nest of any marine turtle species commits a third-degree felony, which has a maximum penalty of a fine up to $5,000 and up to five years in prison.

Officers said it’s unclear if any eggs were damaged because digging them up to find out could cause even more harm.

All sea turtle species in Florida are listed as endangered or threatened, and it is illegal to harm, harass, or kill any sea turtles or their eggs.

The Linsmayer Family has pledged a $1,000 gift towards SCCF’s coastal wildlife monitoring costs, and hope other concerned islanders will join them.

CLICK HERE to donate to SCCF.

For more information about Florida’s sea turtles, click here.

Brazil: Major Investors Drop Meat Giant JBS After Company Linked To Amazon Deforestation.

Major Investors Drop Meat Giant JBS After Company Linked To Amazon Deforestation

The announcement follows five allegations in 2020 alone that have tied the meat processor to illegal deforestation

LIAM GILLIVER

JUL 28, 2020

https://www.plantbasednews.org/news/investors-drop-meat-giant-jbs-amazon-deforestation

Brazilian meat giant JBS has been dropped from major investor Nordea Asset Management – the largest financial service group in the Nordics.

It is reported the investors control a fund of around £21 billion ($27 billion) – which JBS is now ‘excluded’ from.

‘Quite dramatic’

According to The Guardian, head of responsible investments at Nordea Asset Management Eric Pedersen said: “The exclusion of JBS is quite dramatic for us because it is from all of our funds, not just the ones labelled ESG.”

The firm’s acronym ESG stands for ‘environmental, social and governmental’ – a set of standards used to assess how sustainable a company is.

Illegal deforestation

The announcement follows five allegations in 2020 alone that have tied the meat processor to illegal deforestation – with environmental groups including Greenpeace criticizing the company since 2012.

JBS was also slammed last year when the Amazon Rainforest was reported to have been ‘burning down at record pace’ – with a slew of major news outlets linking the blazes to beef farming.

Many celebrities also spoke out about the environmental catastrophe – with Khloe Kardashian encouraging her [then] 97.6 million Instagram followers to go plant-based. 

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Australia’s fires ‘killed or harmed three billion animals’.

A wombat looking for food in a bushfire-affected spot in the Kangaroo Valley in January 2020

Australia’s fires ‘killed or harmed three billion animals’

  • 28 July 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-53549936

Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced during Australia’s devastating bushfires of the past year, scientists say.

The findings meant it was one of “worst wildlife disasters in modern history”, said the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which commissioned the report.

Mega blazes swept across every Australian state last summer, scorching bush and killing at least 33 people.

Mammals, reptiles, birds and frogs died in the flames or from loss of habitat.

During the peak of the crisis in January, scientists had estimated that 1.25 billion animals had been killed in New South Wales and Victoria alone.

But the new estimate takes in a larger area. About 11.46 million hectares – an area comparable to England – was scorched from September to February.

What was the impact?

“When you think about nearly three billion native animals being in the path of the fires, it is absolutely huge – it’s a difficult number to comprehend,” said Prof Chris Dickman, who oversaw the project by 10 scientists from Australian universities

He said they could not yet state an exact death toll, but noted the chances of animals escaping the blazes and surviving were “probably not that great” due to a lack of food and shelter.

The numbers were based on population counts and estimates of animal density before the disaster.

Limitations on data meant that some groups – such as invertebrates, fish and turtles – were not included in the estimates.

In February, the Australian government identified 113 animal species which needed “urgent help” after the bushfires.

Almost all on the list had lost at least 30% of their habitat in temperate forests and grasslands of Australia’s south and east.

Koalas and wallabies – as well as bird, fish and frog species – were among those needing the most help, said experts.

The government pledged A$50m (£27m; $35m) to wildlife and habitat recovery, but environmentalists have called on Australia to strengthen its conservation laws.

Australia is holding a royal commission inquiry into the fires, which is due to report findings in October.

It has heard overwhelming evidence from scientists who said the unprecedented frequency and severity of the blazes were a result of climate change.

Experts also said that smoke from the fires was linked to more than 445 deaths.

USA: Washington: a female adult wolf from the Wedge pack was killed yesterday by the state. Just 2 Wolves From This Pack Remain.

Hi Mark,

Heartbreaking news out of northeast Washington: a female adult wolf from the Wedge pack was killed yesterday by the state.

Now just two wolves remain of this pack.

Kill orders for up to two wolves of the Togo wolf family remain in place.

The state-sanctioned wolf slaughter in Washington on behalf of industry must end.

Please support our fight for wolves with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund.

Washington’s stubborn reluctance to create new rules to manage conflicts with livestock flies in the face of common sense and science — and is deeply cruel.

And it leads to more decimated packs and orphaned wolves, who are left to fend for themselves without the skills to survive.

The state isn’t even following its own weak policy guidelines. It’s using a trigger-happy approach and killing wolves instead of enforcing nonlethal procedures that would save both wolves and cattle.

Since 2012 the state has killed 31 wolves. Nearly all were slaughtered for conflicts on public lands, with 26 killed for the same livestock owner. The original Wedge pack was destroyed in 2012. Now a new pack is clinging to survival.

Last week we petitioned Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to order the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft enforceable rules that limit when the state can kill endangered wolves.

We’re seeking a reversal of the commission’s denial, last month, of a formal petition for wolf-management rules.

The senseless wolf-killing has to end. We’ll keep fighting the state until it adopts a new policy. Endangered wolves need to be protected and allowed to thrive in the wild, safe with their families — not shot down from helicopters or while immobilized in painful traps.

The Wedge and Togo packs are depending on us. We can’t give up on them.

Please give today to the Wolf Defense Fund so we can see this fight through.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

In Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley, the world’s first all-female, vegan anti-poaching unit, called Akashinga, is thriving.

With thanks to Stacey at Our Compass  https://our-compass.org/author/ourcompasses/ for sending this info over. 

Regards Mark.

In Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley, the world’s first all-female, vegan anti-poaching unit, called Akashinga, is thriving.

The community-driven unit — part of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), founded by former sniper Damien Mander — protects the land and its wildlife from trophy hunters and poachers.

Mander and the Akashinga women were recently the subjects of 2020’s Akashinga: The Brave Ones a documentary produced by Academy Award-winning director James Cameron.

The unit is completely plant-based; everyone is fed by the Akashinga Back to Black Roots Vegan Kitchen and Garden, run by Nicola Kagoro, also known as Chef Cola.

Funded by VegFund since 2018, the kitchen served more than 54,000 meals in 2019. This number is set to grow significantly in the coming years—the IAPF intends to expand its unit by 2025 to 1,000 rangers. Currently, it has 171 rangers, staff, and trainees.

Back to Black Roots Vegan Kitchen and Garden prepares nutritious, tasty camp meals and rations for the Akashinga staff, using locally-sourced traditional foods and, due to its location in the bush, no electricity.

As it grows, the kitchen will use more low-impact tools and technology. It plans to have an orchard for fresh fruit and even intends to construct a cabin to grow mushrooms.

‘Back To Black Roots’

One of the kitchen’s main goals is to encourage more traditional African diets, hence its name “Back to Black Roots.”

For centuries prior to European colonization, people across many African countries ate predominantly vegetarian meals. Chef Cola wants to encourage a shift back to this way of eating, to not only benefit the rangers, but local food suppliers too.

She told VegFund: “We use a lot of dried grains mixed with fresh produce, both vegetables, and fruits. The focus in sourcing is on empowering the local community and supporting small entrepreneurs (who might have banana farms or tomato gardens).”

Another goal of the kitchen is to teach about the environmental, ethical, and health benefits of plant-based living.

Chef Cola was educated via Cornell University’s T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of the 2004 book The China Study is one of the leading physicians in the plant-based movement.

She said: “I took that knowledge and shared it with my team. We all internalized and continue to reference Dr. T. Colin Campbell in our kitchen and garden.”




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England: Time Out – The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew – and Wakehurst Place.

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Hi all;

I am taking some time out today to show you something which is very special to me.  As some of you may know; I do Bonsai trees for a hobby; and everything / anything to do with horticulture and plants holds a special place for me.

Being English; I want to give you a few links to the Royal Botanic Gardens which are in West London.  Boy are they special.  The ‘other’ pert of Kew is called ‘Wakehurst Place’ and is located in Sussex (county) which is a just outside of London.  Wakehurst is home to the world famous ‘Millennium Seed Bank’ which collects and stores seeds for as many of the worlds plants as possible – in case they ever become extinct in the wild; they can then be germinated at the seed bank.

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Here are some links to Kew, London:

https://www.kew.org/

Virtual Kew – visit and explore all the beautiful attractions at the gardens virtually:

https://www.kew.org/about-us/virtual-kew-wakehurst

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Huge ambitions at the Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place

And Wakehurst and the seed bank:

https://www.kew.org/wakehurst

I will leave you to explore these wonderful sites which are just so fantastic;

Regards Mark

USA: US Navy Has Applied For Exemption To ‘Take’ (Possibly Kill) Up To 50 Orcas. Demand Action.

Last one tonight from me !

The U.S. Navy recently applied for exemption under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for the “incidental take” of marine mammals, in order to carry out training and testing activities in the Pacific Northwest. If approved, such activities would directly impact the endangered Southern Resident killer whales while traveling through or foraging in the Navy’s area of operations.

What does take mean under the Endangered Species Act and what is incidental take?


‘Take’ as defined under the ESA means “to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct.”
Incidental take is an unintentional, but not unexpected, taking.
When a species is listed as endangered, take prohibitions are automatically extended to it under ESA Section 9.
When a species is listed as threatened, NOAA Fisheries must issue protective regulations in order to extend any take prohibitions to the species under ESA Section 4(d).
Source: NOAA Fisheries.

Donald Trump’s appointee is about to allow the U.S. Navy to kill over 50 orcas. This comes at a time that orca numbers have been historically low and is being decided by the same person who helped President Trump falsely alter a hurricane forecast with a sharpie to save face.

ACTION:

Sign this petition to demand this heinous proposal be rejected.

Petition wording:

Target: Dr. Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Agency Executive, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Goal: Reject Navy proposal to ‘take’ up to 51 whales in Puget Sound. 

The United States Navy just applied for permission to potentially kill up to 51 orcas in the Puget Sound. They applied for an exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the form of something called an ‘incidental take.’ To ‘incidentally take’ an animal essentially means an expected accident in which the animal is injured, hunted, harassed, or killed. This means that the Navy is asking permission to do activities, such as conducting training exercises, that they normally wouldn’t be allowed to do because it would adversely affect the orca population. 

This year has been a devastating year for orca. The Salish Sea, which is legally considered the orca’s ‘core critical habitat,’ saw historically low numbers of orca returning in the spring. The prey that the orca feeds on is also in significant decline. The Washington Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force has recommended that steps be put in place to reduce noise in the Salish Sea where the orca live because adding sound pollution to hunting and breeding grounds affects the animal’s ability to communicate, hunt, and evade danger. 

There are only 80 orcas left in the Puget Sound. Killing even one of these animals would have devastating consequences for the remainder of the population. The Navy’s proposed plan could kill more than half of the orca remaining in these northern waters. These animals are a fundamental and treasured part of the ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. Please sign this petition today, rejecting the Navy’s application to kill these magnificent creatures. 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Jacobs,

The United States Navy has applied for permission to ‘take’ up to 51 orcas in the Pacific Northwest. This is an unacceptable proposal. With only 80 orcas left in the Puget sound, this proposal has the potential to devastate the remainder of the population. Reducing the orca population that significantly could make it almost impossible for this treasured creature to survive.  

The Washington Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force has advised against any added noise within the orcas’ habitat. Noise pollution in the water adversely affects the whales’ ability to communicate, hunt, and evade danger. Orca populations are already dwindling at a frightening pace. Do not speed up the destruction of these incredible creatures. Please deny the US Navy’s proposal to encroach on these vital waters.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Regards Mark

Coronavirus: Vietnam bans wildlife trade over pandemic risk.

Coronavirus: Vietnam bans wildlife trade over pandemic risk

Vietnam has banned the import of wildlife and wildlife products to reduce the risk of new pandemics.

The move also bans wildlife markets for such items, including online sales.

Vietnam has previously been accused of turning a blind eye to the sale of products such as pangolin scales and rhino horns often used in traditional medicine.

Scientists have long warned that the wildlife trade can be an incubator for disease.

The origins of the current Covid-19 pandemic are thought to lie in the wildlife trade, with the disease emerging in bats and jumping to people via another, as yet unidentified, species, which could include rats, civets and pangolins.

“The prime minister orders the suspension of imports of wildlife – dead or alive – their eggs… parts or derivatives,” said the order released on Thursday on the Vietnamese government website.

“All citizens, especially officials… must not participate in illegal poaching, buying, selling, transporting… of illegal wildlife.”

The country will also “resolutely eliminate market and trading sites which trade wildlife illegally”, the order said.

Conservationists welcomed the move.

“Vietnam is to be congratulated for recognising that Covid-19 and other pandemics are linked to the wildlife trade,” said Steven Galster, chairman of the anti-trafficking group Freeland.

“This trade must be banned as a matter of international and public health security,” he added.

However, one group said the ban did not go far enough.

“The wildlife consumption ban mentioned in the directive is insufficient as some uses of wildlife such as medicinal use or wild animals being kept as pets are not covered,” said Nguyen Van Thai, director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife.

In February, a dozen conservation groups sent a joint letter urging the government to “identify and close markets and other locations where illegal wildlife is on sale”, Reuters news agency reports.

After being hit hard by previous epidemics, Vietnam imposed an extensive, early lockdown and has reported no coronavirus deaths.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53525954

EU: How is the exotic pet trade (un) regulated across the EU? Our report has been updated.

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How is the exotic pet trade (un) regulated across the EU? Our report has been updated

22 July 2020

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An updated overview of the legislation on exotic pets in the Member States is now available on Eurogroup for Animals’ website. 

The report, whose first version was published in 2013, analyses the national legislations regarding the keeping and sale of exotic pets in the Member States, as well as the UK, Switzerland and Norway. 

The report exposes  the large diversity of legislation between the countries, which leads to enforcement issues and disruptions of the European internal market. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic further highlights the importance of more control of the species present in and entering the European territory.

For these reasons, and because of the exploding trend in the keeping of non-domesticated pets, Eurogroup for Animals is calling for the adoption of an EU-wide Positive List  clearly stating which animal species are allowed to be kept and sold as pets. This system has already been adopted in five Member States,  four more than in 2013 when the first version of the report has been published. Its adoption at EU level would  have a positive impact on animal welfare, human health, EU and global biodiversity conservation, as well as on the functioning of the internal market.

Eurogroup for Animals takes the opportunity to thank our members for their input and support with the publication of this report. 

https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/news/how-exotic-pet-trade-un-regulated-across-eu-our-report-has-been-updated

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USA: Emergency: Stop the Senseless Killing of Washington’s Wolves.

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From the Wolf Conservation Center:

https://engage.nywolf.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=151

 

Emergency: Stop the Senseless Killing of Washington’s Wolves

As you read this, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) sharpshooters are taking to the sky to find and kill another endangered wolf – a member of the Wedge wolf pack – in response to depredation of cattle on grazing lands in Stevens County. 

WDFW currently has an active kill order for the Togo wolf pack as well.

Science shows that killing a wolf can increase the risk that wolves will prey on livestock in the future. It is counterproductive and unsustainable.

Yet WDFW has resorted to killing wolves living in this same spot rugged forest land for years. In fact, they killed the original Wedge pack in 2012 for the very same reason. The original Wedge pack was accused of preying on livestock in the Colville National Forest eight years ago and, under Washington’s wolf management plan, the state opted to issue kill orders in an attempt to protect the livestock. The state killed the entire family of six state endangered wolves.

In the eight years since the original Wedge pack was destroyed, not much has changed. Livestock owners still graze their cows on rugged, forested public lands that are better suited for native ungulates, and WDFW is still killing wolves to benefit the profit margins of private businesses. In fact, 26 of the 31 state-endangered wolves that have been killed since 2012 were shot on behalf of the same livestock operator.

While it’s too late to protect the other 31 endangered wolves WDFW has gunned down since 2012, other Washington wolves still need our help.

Please take action to respectfully call on WDFW Director Kelly Susewind to immediately end the assault on Washington’s wolves.

Recipients

  • Governor Jay Inslee
  • Director Kelly Susewind

 

Take Action:

https://engage.nywolf.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=151

 

 

Well worth your support – read more on the wolf protectors at:

 

https://nywolf.org/about-the-wcc/

 

https://nywolf.org/learn/

 

https://nywolf.org/meet-our-wolves/

 

https://nywolf.org/save-the-wolves/

 

https://nywolf.org/calendar/