May 24, 2012 § 4 Comments
Polar bears live in one of the earth’s coldest environments by depending on their thick insulated fur covering a warm layer of fat. The fur even grows on the bottom of their paws acting as shoes allowing the bears to walk on ice and providing grip. Their coats are white acting as camouflage so they can blend into the snow and ice. Underneath their coats there skin is black so they can absorb heat. Polar bears are very good swimmers and have slightly webbed feet used to paddle. Typically the bears prey on seals when they come up under the ice to breathe. Although these animals are attractive and appealing they are not afraid and should not be approached and left alone in their territory.
The Polar bear is also one of the first animals to become endangered from global warming. No one knows exactly how many polar bears are alive today but scientists guess around 22,000 – 40,000 in the world today, maybe even less. It is very sad knowing that these amazing creatures will one day become extinct because of human impact.
May 15, 2012 § 1 Comment
For those of you who are unaware, Ariel wolf hunting is the practice of shooting wolves from an aircraft. I am outraged by Sarah Palin’s cruel, senseless and unscientific practice of Ariel wolf hunting. She is apparently determined to continue and expand this horrible program. Thankfully, many defenders are determined immensely to stop her. Wildlife activists thought they had seen the worst in 2003 when Frank Murkowski, then the Republican governor of Alaska, signed a bill ramping up state programs to gun down wild wolves from airplanes and inviting average citizens to participate. Murkowski believed that wolves were clearly better then humans at killing elk and moose, and humans needed the playing field. In early 2007, Palin’s administration approved an initiative to pay a $150 bounty to hunters who killed a wolf from airplane in certain areas, hacked off the left foreleg, and brought in the appendage.
A raft of scientists has argued that Palin’s, who even hunts as a hobby, has provided little evidence that the current wolf-murdering program, will result in more moose for hunters. In 2007 she approved $400,000 to educate the public about the “ecological success” of shooting wolves and even bears, from the air. Last year, 172 scientists signed a letter to Palin, expressing concern about the lack of science behind the wolf killing operation. According to the scientists, state officials set population objectives for moose and caribou based on “unattainable, unsustainable historically high populations”. As a result, the program will threaten the long term health of the wolf populations. The scientists concluded with a plea to consider the conservation of wolves and bears. Apparently, Palin wasn’t even fazed. Earlier this year she introduced a state legislation that would further divorce the predator-control program from science. The legislation would transfer authority over the program from the Department of Fish and Game to Alaska’s Board of Game, whose members are appointed by none other then Sarah Palin herself. Even many hunters where astounded by her power play. The legislation would give her board “more leeway without any scientific input to do basically, whatever the hell they wanted.” Says Mark Richards, co-chair of Alaska Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, wrote in email.
The state responds that predators kill over 80% of the moose and caribou that die each year, while hunters and trappers kill less than 10%.
May 8, 2012 § 2 Comments
Giant Panda. The Pandas forest habitat on the mountainous area of southwest China has become fragmented creating small isolated populations. It is the rarest member of the bear family among the worlds most threatened species. China has many Panda reserves protecting more then 2.5 million acres, protecting more then 60% of the population.
Tiger. Because of Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching there are less then 3,200 Panthera Tigers left in the world. They are poached for their body parts, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, and their skins. The Panthera tiger is the world’s largest cat. Out of the 6 subspecies off tigers, 3 have gone extinct in the last 80 years.
Polar Bear. Global climate change is greatly affecting the Arctic’s polar bears from the rapid loss of sea ice. Other factors threatening the polar bears are pollution, poaching, and industrial impact. In 2008, scientists estimated that there might be 20,000-25,000 of them, which today would be a lot less.
Magellanic Penguin. These penguins where once threatened primarily by oil spills and now face a larger threat as fish are displaced by warming ocean currents, forcing the birds to swim farther to find food. Many penguins have washed up on beaches around Rio de Janeiro, many dead. 12 out of the 17 Penguin species are currently experiencing rapid population decline.
May 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
In Canada, there are over 1.6 million animals suffering on Fur Farms. The most common animals are minks and foxes. Calling it “farming” attempts to create an idyllic image of happy animals running free. But reality is, these creatures are inhumanely confined to tiny cages and cruelly treated.
The good breeders will be kept for several years then they are painfully killed or skinned alive for fur clothing and other products. The cages have wire mesh bottoms making it difficult to walk. Mink cages are approximately 1’x3’ while fox cages are only about 3’x3’. The space decreases when they raise their young. The cages and water containers are filthy. The dirty water can result in serious health problems and infections.
In 2007 Lifeforce did an investigation on fur farm operations in Canada. What was found was tens of thousands of minks in British Columbia were absolutely appalling. In addition, there were no emergency plans in the case of fire. If one where to break out, thousands of animals would perish. The Fur Farm Act in B.C basically covers licensing requirements-not the health and well being of the animals. Inspections are not routine and are only related to risk and complication.
The killing of these animals is absolutely atrocious! Foxes are electrocuted by inserting a rod in the anal/vaginal cavity while they clamp on piece of metal inserted into their mouths. Methods to kill mink, rabbit and chinchillas include gassing (putting them in a box and exposing them to car exhaust), lethal injection of poison into the stomach, neck breaking and head clubbing. The skinned bodies are used for crab bait and aquarium/zoo animal feed. However, most of them are rendered down for pet food/shampoo, cosmetic products, soaps, leather creams and other byproducts.
How to end the killing?
- Boycott fur products
- Contact your MLA to stop fur farm licensing and trapping.
- Contact your MP to ban all fur imports that includes Persian lamb, fox, mink, muskrat, raccoon, and others such as cats and dogs.
- Watch and share the “furgotten” Video…