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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2011, 07:06:41 AM »
Romans 8:
18.For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19. For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, 21. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.

definitely groaning and travailing in pain with the rest of creation - i know it cannot be hurried up but can't wait for all the animals to ascend away from all the horrible people in this dimension.
And it's not just the animals - China’s Appetite for Wood Takes a Heavy Toll on Forests
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/chinas_appetite_for_wood_takes_a_heavy_toll_on_forests/2465/

Although China  "is investing avidly in green technologies, such as solar energy and high-tech car batteries. It has also undertaken an ambitious national reforestation program, while cracking down on illegal forest clearing and logging inside its borders. According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, forest cover in China, including large areas of timber plantations, increased from 157 million hectares in 1990 to 197 million hectares in 2005."

"Counter-intuitively, the expansion of Chinese forests has occurred at the same time the country has been developing an immense export industry for In its fervor to secure timber, China is increasingly seen as a predator on the world’s forests. wood and paper products. China is now the “wood workshop for the world,” according to Forest Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, consuming more than 400 million cubic meters of timber annually to feed both its burgeoning exports and growing domestic demands. Production of paper products has also grown dramatically in China, doubling from 2002 to 2007.

But the rise of the Chinese dragon has a darker side. As much as half of the timber and much of the paper pulp consumed by China is imported, primarily from tropical nations or nearby Siberia. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this — China has every right to grow economically and seek the kind of prosperity that industrial nations have long enjoyed. However, in its fervor to secure timber, minerals, and other natural resources, China is increasingly seen as a predator on the world’s forests.


China is now overwhelmingly the biggest global consumer of tropical timber, importing around 40 to 45 million cubic meters of timber annually. Today, more than half of all timber being shipped anywhere in the world is destined for China. Many nations in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa export the lion’s share of their timber to China.

China faces three criticisms by those worried about the health and biodiversity of the world’s forests. First, the country and its hundreds of wood-products corporations and middlemen have been remarkably aggressive in pursuing timber supplies globally, while generally being little concerned with social equity or environmental sustainability. For instance, China has helped fund and promote an array of ambitious new road or rail projects that are opening up remote forested regions in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Asia-Pacific to exploitation. Such frontier roads can unleash a Pandora’s Box of activities — including illegal colonization, hunting, mining, and land speculation — that are often highly destructive to forests.

China is also a major consumer of wood pulp, which is helping to drive large-scale deforestation in places like Sumatra and Borneo. During a recent visit to Sumatra, I witnessed the felling of large expanses of native rainforests, which are being chopped up and fed into the world’s largest wood-pulp plant, located nearby, and replaced by monocultures of exotic acacia trees.

Second, China, in its relentless pursuit of timber, almost exclusively seeks raw logs. Raw logs are the least economically beneficial way for developing nations to exploit their timber resources, as they provide only limited royalties and little employment, workforce training, and industrial development. As a result, most of the profits from logging are realized by foreign timber-cutters, shippers, and wood-products manufacturers. A cubic meter of the valuable timber merbau (Intsia bijuga), for instance, yields only around $11 to local communities in Indonesian Papua but around $240 when delivered as raw logs to wood-products manufacturers in China, who profit further by converting it into prized wood flooring.

Finally, China has done little to combat the scourge of illegal logging, which is an enormous problem in many developing nations. A 2011 report on illegal logging by Interpol and the World Bank concluded that, among 15 of the major timber-producing countries in the tropics, two-thirds had half or more of their timber harvested illegally. Globally, economic losses and tax and royalty evasion from illegal logging are thought to cost around $15 billion annually — a large economic burden for developing nations. Forest ecosystems suffer serious impacts as well, because illegal loggers frequently ignore environmental controls on cutting operations.
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So basically, China is reforesting it's own country but taking everyone else's and at the same time harvesting every thing else they can get their hands on  >:( >:( >:( if there was a pulling hair out of head, a punching or steam coming out of ears and nostrils emoticon i would use it but i am sure you get my drift.

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Re: Terrible abuses against animals, Inselemel's Topic
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2012, 05:34:04 AM »
Two articles from Wildlife Extra

80 percent decline in Caribou blamed on big industry

The reindeer is central to the lives and cultures of indigenous peoples across the sub-Arctic © Joelle Taillon/Survival
Christmas reindeer mystery as world's largest herd plummets
January 2012. The world's largest reindeer herd has plummeted in size, with local indigenous people blaming the spread of massive industrial projects in the area. The George River herd, which once numbered 8-900,000 animals, stands today at just 74,000 - a drop of up to 92%.
Quebec and Labrador tundra
The herd roams the vast tundra of Quebec and Labrador in eastern Canada. Known as caribou in North America, the animals are central to the culture of the Cree and Innu people of the region.
Mining, hydro & roads
However, in recent decades large parts of the herd's range have been disrupted by a series of huge projects. Iron-ore mining, flooding vast areas for hydro-power and road-building have all taken their toll, according to Innu people.
Innu people
Innu Elder and Chief Georges-Ernest Gregoire told Survival International 'The caribou (reindeer) is central to our culture, our spiritual beliefs and to our society as hunters that have lived on our homeland, Nitassinan [Quebec-Labrador peninsula], for thousands of years.
‘But all the massive industrial "development" projects that have been imposed on our land in the last forty years have undoubtedly had a cumulative impact on the size of the caribou herd. That is why we need real control over our territories and resources, and why we must be involved as equals in decisions that affect our lands and the animals that live there.'
Another Innu man, Alex Andrew, stated, ‘Our elders say that the animals will be the first to feel the effects of all this damage. The food chain cycle will be broken and many will suffer in the end.
‘And so much development like hydropower, mining, roads, forestry, will be only adding to the dilemma that is facing the animals' survival.'
Survival International's Director Stephen Corry said, 'If we really do care about the real impact the natural world has on us and vice-versa - rather than just watching it on television - it's time to start listening to tribal peoples. They know what they're talking about. For the Innu, reindeer aren't just for Christmas.'

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Terrible year as ivory seizures reach record levels

Image of the 1.4 tonnes of ivory seized in Malaysia in December 2011. All © Elizabeth John / TRAFFIC Southeast Asia
2011: "Annus horribilis" for African Elephants, says  TRAFFIC
January 2012. As the year draws to a close, TRAFFIC warns that 2011 has seen a record number of large ivory seizures globally, reflecting the sharp rise in illegal ivory trade underway since 2007. Although official confirmation of the volume of ivory involved in some cases has not yet been registered, what is clear is the dramatic increase in the number of large-scale seizures, over 800 kg in weight, that have taken place in 2011-at least 13 of them.
More than 2,500 elephants
This compares to six large seizures in 2010, whose total weight was just under 10 tonnes. A conservative estimate of the weight of ivory seized in the 13 largest seizures in 2011 puts the figure at more than 23 tonnes, a figure that probably represents some 2,500 elephants, possibly more.
The most recent case to come to light was of 727 ivory pieces discovered on 21st December concealed inside a container at the port of Mombasa, Kenya, and destined for Asia.
Over the last 12 months, most large seizures of illicit ivory from Africa have originated from either Kenyan or Tanzanian ports.
"In 23 years of compiling ivory seizure data for ETIS, this is the worst year ever for large ivory seizures-2011 has truly been a horrible year for elephants," said Tom Milliken, TRAFFIC's Elephant expert.
Milliken manages ETIS (the Elephant Trade Information System); the illegal ivory trade monitoring system that TRAFFIC runs on behalf of Parties to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). ETIS holds the details of over 17,000 reported ivory and other elephant product seizures that have taken place anywhere in the world since 1989.
Once the records of hundreds of smaller ivory seizures are at hand, 2011 could well prove be the worst year ever for elephants in the database.
Rising demand and criminal gangs
"The escalating large ivory quantities involved in 2011 reflect both a rising demand in Asia and the increasing sophistication of the criminal gangs behind the trafficking. Most illegal shipments of African elephant ivory end up in either China or Thailand."
The smugglers also appear to have shifted away from using air to sea freight: in early 2011, three of the large scale ivory seizures were at airports, but later in the year most were found in sea freight.
Africa to Asia
"The only common denominator in the trafficking is that the ivory departs Africa and arrives in Asia, but the routes are constantly changing, presumably reflecting where the smugglers gamble on being their best chance of eluding detection."
Malaysia
In six of the large seizures in 2011, Malaysia has been a transit country in the supply chain, a role that TRAFFIC first drew attention to in 2009.
A typical example occurred in December 2011, when Customs in Malaysia seized 1.4 tonnes of ivory concealed inside a shipping container en route from Kenya to Cambodia. Once inside Asia, the documentation accompanying an onward shipment is changed to make it appear as a local re-export, helping to conceal its origin from Africa.
"That's an indication of the level of sophistication enforcement officers are up against in trying to outwit the criminal masterminds behind this insidious trade," said Milliken. "As most large-scale ivory seizures fail to result in any arrests, I fear the criminals are winning."

TRAFFIC's work on African Elephants and the ivory trade is funded in part by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation and WWF.

IN 2009, AN ETIS ANALYSIS REVEALED A SHARP INCREASE IN ILLICIT IVORY TRADE AFTER STEADILY RISING FROM 2004 ONWARDS © TRAFFIC

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Re: Terrible abuses against animals, Inselemel's Topic
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2012, 07:13:00 AM »
Killing Elephants just for there tusk.
Rino's have there lives taken just for there horn.
American settlers killing thousands of buffalo just for there skins leaving all that meat to rot in the sun.
Humans, I don't understand.
How could you possibly explain such behavior to some one not from this world?
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.

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Re: Terrible abuses against animals, Inselemel's Topic
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2012, 01:25:20 PM »
Killing Elephants just for there tusk.
Rino's have there lives taken just for there horn.
American settlers killing thousands of buffalo just for there skins leaving all that meat to rot in the sun.
Humans, I don't understand.
How could you possibly explain such behavior to some one not from this world?

So true throwback 1952, although i personally think there are other aliens who are just like the animal killers of this planet as well. The list of atrocities are endless ..... the killing of wolves - in Montana 125 wolves killed and 207 wolves killed in Idaho, the killing and imprisonment of dolphins in Tajii, Japan and the Japanese whalers are as i type looking for Whales to kill in the Antarctic. To me the world has gone killing and destruction mad.

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« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2012, 07:35:27 AM »
Just got this link from lionaid http://www.lionaid.org/news/2012/04/quenching-a-thirst-for-lion-bones.htm

"Last week, “Quenching a Thirst for Lion Bones“  by Fiona Macleod appeared in the weekly Mail & Guardian newspaper (South Africa).
This article again highlights the concerns about the emerging lion bone trade facilitated by CITES permits issued by South African authorities,  a supply made available by South African captive lion breeders, and the growth of legal but nevertheless  “pseudo trophy hunts” engaged in by Laos nationals.  It follows on from Pieter’s article “A worrying parallel between rhino poaching and trade in lion bones?"  (10th March).

Even without the ongoing catastrophic declines in African lion populations, this new trend is indeed a very worrying development – it could lead to specific poaching of lions for their bones. In 2008, it was estimated that a kilo of lion bones was worth about $10. Two years later in 2010, one kilo was now worth $300, an increase of 2,900%. What are they worth now? Certainly enough to support the trophy fees and associated costs of pseudo trophy hunters from Laos, who bagged at least 54 lion trophies in 2010? And to profit Laotian companies that received 250 kg of lion bones provided by South Africa in 2009? So is a kilo of bones now worth maybe $500? $700? $1000? Nobody yet knows, but a lion probably has about 30kg of bones, so possibly worth $30,000? Certainly enough to stimulate an interest in among the poaching syndicates so effectively working to smuggle elephant ivory and rhino horns from Africa to Asian paymasters.
I’m tempted to say that while South Africa has prided itself on wonderful conservation initiatives that have placed wild species in private hands, many aspects have gone wrong. So I will. South Africa needs to realize that their actions in terms of exports of lion, rhino, and elephant body parts echo negatively across other African range states, and need urgent revision. It might be commerce, but is not conservation."

Asia's Tigers (allegedly the most loved animal on the planet - if we can't save our fave then what chance has the others got :'() are near extinct to make wine from their bones and Tiger penis soup and now they have started on Africa's lions. So Angry >:( >:( >:( that the corrupt governments of Africa let this decimation of their continents wildlife happen. I hope justice is swift to all who are involved in all the desecration of Mother Earth and her inhabitants who cannot defend themselves against guns, snares, harpoons etc etc. 

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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2012, 07:04:54 AM »
What is truly sad about all this is we (humanity) know how to hunt a species into extinction.  We know we shouldn't be killing them just for their tusks, etc.  We talk about stopping it.  But we keep on doing it.  So what have we learned?  Nothing.  It doesn't speak well for us.

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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2012, 04:27:57 AM »
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/christmas-pipistrelle.html#cr
First mammal extinction in Australia for 50 years – Dos and don’ts of saving a species

"hristmas Island Pipistrelle declared extinct
May 2012. Failure to act quickly on evidence of rapid population decline has led to the first mammal extinction in Australia in the last 50 years, the Christmas Island Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi). The fate of another iconic species, the migratory Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster), monitored intensively for over 20 years, hangs in the balance.

Christmas Island Pipistrelle
The Christmas Island Pipistrelle, a small 3.5 g insectivorous bat, was endemic to the 135 km2 Christmas Island, an Australian External Territory, located 1500 km north-west of Australia in the Indian Ocean. Management of Christmas Island is the responsibility of the Australian Federal Government. The species was widespread when described in 1900. Subsequent observations suggest it remained common until 1984. In 1994 and 1998, systematic surveys of the pipistrelle using harp traps and echolocation detectors revealed that the species was in marked decline.

The precise cause of the decline remains unknown but it was probably the result of a complex cascade of negative impacts due to the colonization of the bat's habitat by a suite of invasive species and possibly some form of disease.

2001 - Listed as Endangered
In 2001, the bat was listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth of Australia's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Following a recommendation in the recovery plan, the species was monitored intensively from 2004 onwards. The main objectives of the recovery plan included maximizing population viability in the wild, monitoring the population, and investigating potential threats to determine the cause of the decline.

Lack of decision led to extinction
In January 2009, when it was estimated that as few as 20 individuals remained, representations by researchers and the
Australasian Bat Society led the Minister to seek advice from the TSSC on the feasibility of a captive breeding program. After receiving the advice, the Minister recommended a captive husbandry trial on an analogous bat species, despite existing knowledge and predictions that the pipistrelle would be extinct by June 2009 if emergency collection of remaining individuals was not undertaken immediately.

The Minister also followed advice from senior public servants to set up an Expert Working Group in February 2009 to review and advise on threats to biodiversity on Christmas Island. The Expert Working Group's interim report to the Minister on 28 June 2009 recommended "that Christmas Island Pipistrelles are captured from the wild as soon as practicable, as founders of a captive breeding colony".

Last bat
On July 1, 2009 the Commonwealth government decided to capture the remaining. However, this rescue attempt came too late. Only a single pipistrelle was detected in August 2009, and it could not be caught. The last echolocation call was detected on August 26, 2009. In September 2009, the Minister announced that the emergency rescue had failed.

Rescue delayed
The decision to start captive breeding was delayed for at least 3 years after it was first recommended. In 2006, when a captive breeding program was first proposed, there were four possible courses of action; (1) immediately commence captive breeding program, (2) continue research and management of suspected threatening processes (dooming the pipistrelle but potentially benefiting other Christmas Island species facing similar threats), (3) explicitly decide to do nothing and spend scarce resources on saving species elsewhere (effectively a triage evaluation), and (4) avoid or delay making a decision (implicitly dooming the pipistrelle to extinction). In the end, by failing to act quickly on information showing the urgent need to start captive breeding, option 4 was apparently selected and the species was monitored to extinction. Perhaps extinction was unavoidable for the pipistrelle, but, in the absence of a decision to commence captive breeding, their fate was sealed.

 

ORANGE-BELLIED PARROT - SAVED FOR NOW

Estimates from the 1800s to early 1910s suggest the migratory Orange-bellied Parrot was common across its breeding range in Tasmania and its wintering range in southern Victoria and South Australia.
 

By 1917, concerns were being raised over the parrot's decline and a survey across the species' entire range in 1981 confirmed it was on the brink of extinction. On-ground conservation action for this species rests with the State
Governments of Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, and to a lesser extent New South Wales under their respective endangered species legislation, but because of federal listing, the Commonwealth Government also has a responsibility to conserve the species.

The Orange-bellied Parrot was listed as Endangered in 1992 under the Commonwealth of Australia's Endangered Species Protection Act, the highest available designation under that Act, and the listing was amended to Critically Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, in 2006.

A multi-agency, multigovernment recovery team, which also included members from universities and nongovernment organizations, was established in 1983. When the first recovery plan was developed in 1984, it was estimated that fewer than 150 individuals existed in the wild.

Intensive monitoring at the primary breeding location began in 1990 and estimates based on data collected between 1994 and 2005 suggested a minimum population of 92 birds. Like the Christmas Island Pipistrelle, threats to the Orange-bellied Parrot are poorly understood. They include habitat loss and degradation, weed invasion, introduced competitors, and inappropriate fire regimes. The objectives of the 2006 recovery plan included increasing the number of breeding sub-populations and maintaining a viable captive population.

In 1986, the first trial captive breeding population was established. By 2009, around 170 birds were in captivity. Although captive-bred released birds had successfully completed migration both to and from the breeding grounds, the release of 264 birds from 1994 to 2006 at a former breeding site failed to re-establish a viable wild population. In April 2009, the Orange-bellied Parrot recovery team expressed concern about the state of the species and commenced collating and analyzing all available monitoring data. In March 2010, on reviewing the analysis, it became evident that the species would become extinct in the wild within three to five years unless drastic action was taken. The recovery team decided that immediate action was required to bolster the captive population into an effective insurance population. Within 1 day of this decision, implementation of time-critical actions, including the capture of two new juvenile founders, was under way.

During the 2010-2011 breeding season a further 21 juveniles were taken into captivity to increase genetic diversity, enhancing the possibility of future conservation options, including population augmentation and reintroduction once threats are managed. As captive breeding had been successful in the past, it is anticipated that it will be successful again."

 

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