Rhino horn declining in demand   Leave a comment



A story published by The Guardian states that rhino horn is in less demand. This news comes at a time when rhinos have reached the ‘tipping point’ – when rhino numbers are declining from poaching faster than rhino are reproducing.

“A poll conducted by Nielsen for the Humane Society International (HSI) and the Vietnam Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) found that Rhino horn demand in Vietnam dropped by more than a third in one year.”


Efforts to curb trade in rhino horn appear to be gaining traction

A year long public information campaign to try to deter people from buying and consuming rhino horn was conducted in Vietnam, a key market for the trade of rhino horn.

The public information campaign, done through business, university, school and women’s groups in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, focused on dispelling the myth that rhino horn has medicinal value.

Following the campaign, only 2.6% of people in Vietnam now continue to buy and use rhino horn, a decrease of 38%, the report stated.

And there has been a 25% decrease in the number of people who think rhino horn, which is made of the same material as fingernails and hair, has medicinal value. However, 38% of Vietnamese still think it can treat diseases such as cancer and rheumatism.


One Person Can Make a Difference

One woman, an Australian named Lynn Johnson, raised money to launch a series of advertisements in Vietnam that warn people rhino horn is harmful to them and is a bad choice as a status symbol.

Advertisements have appeared on buses and billboards, and an HSI book called I’m a Little Rhino has been distributed in schools.

Ms. Johnson is a business woman with no prior experience in conservation efforts. To that I say, well done. 

“The messaging has gone up significantly in Vietnam over the past year which is fantastic,” Ms. Johnson said. “Our campaign targets the users directly but overall the amount of information aimed at Vietnamese has increased markedly.”

Although there are a lot of questions still to be answered in how this data was obtained – for instance, how many people did they poll to come up with these statistics?; has the supply side of the poaching chain slowed down yet? – it’s a hopeful sign that in a  short period of time, through education, a focused campaign in the right areas, and the help of individuals like you and me, public perception can be changed.

Behavior then usually follows.

Yes, it appears things are finally heading in the right direction, but this doesn’t mean we can not afford to stop anti-poaching efforts. If anything, these findings only confirm that our efforts are working and that maybe there is a chance to halt demand for rhino horn and save the African Rhino after all.

Read more: http://africainside.org/2014/07/21/beverly-derek-joubert-african-rhinos/



Is bushmeat behind the Ebola outbreak?   Leave a comment

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The source has to come from somewhere – why not bushmeat? At the time nothing can be ruled out.

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Ebola: Is bushmeat behind the outbreak?


Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak. The first victim’s family hunted bats, which carry the virus. Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis?

The origin has been traced to a two-year-old child from the village of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, an area where batmeat is frequently hunted and eaten.

The infant, dubbed Child Zero, died on 6 December 2013. The child’s family stated they had hunted two species of bat which carry the Ebola virus.

Bushmeat or wild animal meat covers any animal that is killed for consumption including antelopes, chimpanzees, fruit bats and rats. It can even include porcupines and snakes.

In some remote areas it is a necessary source of food – in others it…

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Wolves   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Dionysus Amber:

Weary wolves wander
Searching for buffalo prey
No meal today

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Say NO to yoga with dolphins at The Mirage in Las Vegas   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Don Lichterman:

Say NO to yoga with dolphins at The Mirage in Las Vegas

Yoga…with DOLPHINS? You read that correctly. The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is exploiting the dolphins they have in captivity by using them as a ”serene” backdrop for a yoga class. I saw some news coverage of this and felt motivated to speak up. It’s time to put an end to this lifetime of cruelty for  dolphins, and also raise awareness around the problematic issue of keeping wild animals in captivity for human entertainment.

I’m a yoga teacher who focuses on bringing the wisdom of yoga into modern day life.  I can understand why people might like the idea of beautiful dolphins swimming silently next to their sticky mat as they practice yoga, but this concept misses an important point. Yoga is about non-harming, interconnection with nature, and compassion. So how can it be OK to take highly intelligent marine mammals, stick them in captivity…

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What You Can Do About the people in Taji, Japan!   Leave a comment

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Save Japan’s Dolphins


Many of you are sad, mad and ready to do something about it. Here are ways that you can take action in 15 minutes or less:


The dolphin (and whale) trade is an incredibly lucrative global industry that preys on human interest in these incredible animals. Sea World, aquariums, and spring break swim-with-dolphin trips, no matter how fun, support an industry that profits from animal cruelty. When they’re not doing flips for you, most dolphins are treated poorly. In spite of their naturally “smiling” faces, it’s pretty much impossible to keep dolphins happy and healthy in any captive setting. Take the pledge here

Click here to see a list of captive dolphin facilities that have been closed down, or never opened, thanks to the efforts of people like you.


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Group demands return of federal wolf protections at Capitol protest   Leave a comment

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October 20, 2014 6:52 pm  • 

Saying that Montana’s wolf management policy violates the United Nations Charter for Nature, members of the Wolf and Wildlife Action Group delivered a “violation notice” to Gov. Steve Bullock’s office at the Capitol Monday.

Montana’s wolf policy allows for a landowner to kill up to 100 wolves, using what WWAG called cruel and barbaric methods such as aerial gunning and trapping, the violation notice said.

The policy is an attempt to exterminate the gray wolf, and WWAG demanded that wolves return to federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, said member Jeanne Rasmussen.

Bullock was not at his office at the time WWAG delivered the violation notice.

“They are being shot and trapped and gut shot, and they burn baby pups out of their dens,” Rasmussen said. “Hunters just want them eliminated.”

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Fighting the elephant ivory poachers of Kenya   Leave a comment

Source:  Telegraph.co.ukBy Graham Boynton

With the slaughter of elephants showing no sign of slowing in Kenya, Dr Paula Kahumbu is a conservationist who is taking the fight to the poachers

Dr Paula Kahumbu’s eyes are blazing and she is jabbing her finger at the distant African horizon. At anyone, everyone, who is responsible for the elephant slaughter engulfing this continent. ‘You realise that Kenya is now Africa’s primary gateway for ivory smuggled to Asia,’ she says. ‘What that tells us is that organised crime has taken root in this country. It is corrupting the entire chain, from the wildlife areas to our ports.’

We are standing on the plains of the Maasai Mara, the most northern extension of the fabled Serengeti, one of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife ecosystems. Out here today there is tranquillity: wildlife going about its business, uninterrupted by the predations of modern man. As the sun begins to set behind the hills, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes and a small herd of elephants head towards the Sand river for water. Above, eagles and vultures are riding the thermals like so many kites against a cobalt-blue sky. Right now the only predators these animals need fear are the lions, hyenas and occasional leopards that are part of the ecological chain.

But this serene snapshot of the African wilderness adhering to its ancient order contrasts starkly with the blizzard of recent reports of elephant, rhino and big-cat poaching. Over the past three years, more than 100,000 elephants across the continent were killed for their ivory. South Africa, which has 80 per cent of Africa’s rhinos, is losing about three a day to poachers. Elsewhere lion, leopard and cheetah numbers are declining dramatically, and even less-endangered species such as giraffe and zebra are being hunted illegally for the shabby trade in skins and bushmeat.

A shocking study published in August by American academics states that Africa’s elephant population has reached tipping point, that poachers are now killing more elephants than are being born, and the species is heading for extinction. According to the lead author, Colorado State University’s George Wittemyer, ‘We are shredding the fabric of elephant society and exterminating populations across the continent.’

Paula Kahumbu knows better than most that the African wilderness we are looking at – the idyllic Maasai Mara of so many tourist brochures – is under serious threat. For the past six years this vivacious Kenyan crusader has been playing a leading role in WildlifeDirect, the most creative, outspoken and politically active environmental NGO to emerge in recent years. Most African wildlife organisations – the AWF (African Wildlife Foundation), WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and Tusk Trust, for example – are dominated by white Western males, all with the best intentions but required by African political protocol to remain polite, relatively docile and deferential to the political leaders.

Dr Kahumbu is the opposite: confrontational, fearless and ready to tackle African politicians head on. ‘In this country,’ she says, ‘the conservation world is dominated by people who aren’t African Kenyans, and that has allowed the powers-that-be to look at it as a black versus white issue. So having me speaking out and enlisting Africans from all sectors has been an important change.’

Her approach has exposed her to personal danger, and she admits she has received what she calls ‘veiled threats’. ‘Dealing with issues that touch on organised crime, corruption and politics – and you can be sure these criminals are engaged with the political fraternity in Kenya – then that could be dangerous,’ Kahumbu acknowledges. ‘But the stakes are too high to back down now.’

She is equally emphatic about what needs to be done to stem demand. The most ‘blindingly obvious move in the short term’ is for the Chinese government to ban the domestic trade in ivory. ‘It would instantly reduce international demand by about 80 per cent,’ she says, ‘but at the moment the Chinese government is sending out mixed signals. It says it is trying to reduce demand by allowing organisations like WildAid to put out anti-poaching posters in subways and on the sides of buildings, but at the same time there are ivory exhibitions, they promote ivory markets and they recently started carving degree courses at Chinese universities. Everyone is terrified of upsetting China, but the situation is now urgent so there is no longer time for diplomatic niceties.’ More….

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