Horrific footage of seal clubbing in Namibia – Video (The Guardian)


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    A colony of Cape Fur Seals at Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast, Namibia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Horrific footage of seal clubbing in Namibia – video

This film, shot in 2011 but only just released by Earthrace Conservation, shows sealers clubbing Cape fur seals to death in a nature reserve. The seals are killed in an annual cull which the Namibian government says is needed to protect fish eaten by the seals, but campaigners say is carried out to sell fur and fat

  • Source: Earthrace Conservation
  • Length: 1min 18sec
  • theguardian.com
  • Thursday 4 July 2013

Watch & Read:  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2013/jul/04/horrific-seal-clubbing-namibia-video

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Bill Gates and Monsanto and Africa?


ECOTERRA Intl.   Bill Gates and Monsanto Bully Africa to Grow Defective Bt Maize Today the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) released a new report ‘Africa bullied to grow defective Bt Maize: the failure of Monsanto

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Bill Gates and Monsanto Bully          Africa to Grow Defective Bt Maize
Today the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) released a new report ‘Africa      bullied to grow defective Bt Maize: the failure of Monsanto’s      MON810 maize in South Africai, showing how    Monsanto’s GM/GE (genetically engineered, transgenic) maize, which    utterly failed in SA, is now being foisted on the rest of the    continent, through ‘sleight of hand’.
Independent scientists have shown that Monsanto’s GM/GE maize    variety, MON810 – which has been growing in SA for 15 years     – has completely failed due to the development of massive insect    resistance, leading to the GM/GE maize being withdrawn from the SA    market. Monsanto has compensated farmers who were forced to spray    their crops with pesticides to control the pests, calling into    serious question the very rationale for GM/GE crops.
According to the Director of the ACB, Mariam Mayet, ‘Monsanto got    the science completely wrong on this one. Independent biosafety    scientists have discovered that the inheritance of resistance in    African stem borers is a dominant, not recessive, trait as    erroneously assumed. Hence the insect resistance management    strategies that Monsanto developed, and accepted by our regulators,    based on these erroneous assumptions, were utterly ineffective.’
Undeterred, Monsanto is now pushing its flop GM/GE maize onto the    rest of the continent. According to the ACB report, Monsanto has now    donated its MON810 GM/GE technology ‘royalty-free’ to a Gates    Foundation/Monsanto funded ‘philanthropic’ project, Water Efficient    Maize for Africa (WEMA). WEMA is being rolled out in Mozambique,      Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The defective GM/GE maize is set    to be approved for commercial growing by 2015.
WEMA was first touted for a good number of years, with much fanfare,    as a charitable project intent on bringing drought tolerant maize    varieties to resource poor African small farmers. However, with a    sleight of hand and stony silence, WEMA has included MON810 into the    mix. Field trials with MON810 are already running in Kenya and    Uganda. In response to the project, the Mozambican government is now    changing its biosafety laws to allow for the cultivation of GM/GE    crops while WEMA is pressurising the Tanzanian government to change    the country’s biosafety law that will hold Monsanto strictly liable    for damages that may arise.
According to researcher with the ACB, Haidee Swanby, ‘WEMA is a    convenient vehicle for Monsanto to gain regulatory approval for its    controversial technology in African countries. However,     “royalty-free” seed simply means that resource strapped commercial    farmers will get the seed at the same price as hybrid seed, which    means that these seeds will be prohibitively expensive. The patents    on the gene sequences still reside with Monsanto, and farmers will    have to pay premium prices for the GM/GE seeds.’
The ACB report also highlights that Monsanto’s MON810 GM/GE trait    has been genetically engineered into a local Egyptian maize variety    called Ajeeb. ‘Ajeeb Yieldgard’ has now been patented by Monsanto    and ‘approved’ for commercial growing through circumvention of the    Egyptian biosafety law. Significantly, the report highlights that    the Egyptian government has published peer reviewed independent and    publically funded biosafety studies on MON810 showing serious risks    to human and animal health.
Said Swanby, ‘The scariest revelation is that GM/GE producers and    regulatory authorities are making it all up as they go along, while    the massive biotech PR machinery spreads the myth that these crops    are connected to feeding the poor in Africa.’
i      The ACB report can be downloaded from our website www.acbio.org.za
Contact:     Haidee Swanby 082 459 8548     Mariam Mayet 083 269 4309
The African Centre for Biosafety www.acbio.org.za     PO Box 29170, Melville 2109 South Africa     Tel: +27 (0)11 486 1156

Rhinos` horn is NOT medicine – it is an important part of RHINO!- not to Your demand! Watch video: Thandi with new friend:


WORLD RHINO DAY

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As long as there are rhinos, we will keep fighting. There is still hope! Spread the word-the world loses 2-3 rhinos every day. They are killed for a myth-their horn is NOT medicine! Stop the demand, stop the slaughter.

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London Marathon Rhino Runners Wear 22 Pound-Suits During Race To Save The Species


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/27/london-marathon-rhino-runners_n_3165654.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003#slide=2385465

London Marathon Rhino Runners Wear 22-Pound Suits During Race To Save The Species (PHOTOs)

London Marathon Rhino Runner

It’s hard enough running a marathon’s 26.2 miles, but going the whole way in a 22-pound rhino costume is another beast entirely.

But that’s just what 15 competitors running for Save The Rhino did last Sunday in an effort to raise awareness and money for the charity. The fastest runner clocked in at just under 5 hours.

The suits have become a symbol for the organization and were first introduced in 1992 at the London and New York marathons. They’ve since been to Paris, Dublin, Boston and the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Rhinos have been having a tough time lately — some 633 were killed in South Africa alone last year. Their horns are considered a cure-all medicine in some Asian countries and there’s still a demand for hunting trophies.

Radical measures have been deployed in an effort to stop poaching, including the use of drones and a new system to dye the horns bright pink.

(h/t reddit)  Foto and Slideshow

Competitor numbers are put onto a Rhino’s head before the start of the Virgin London Marathon 2013 on Blackheath Common on April 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

London Marathon Rhino Runners

Record rhino poaching death statistics released by the South African Government


Environment News Service, January 14, 2013

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Record rhino poaching death statistics released by the South African government Friday reveal a grim picture – 668 rhinos lost their lives to poachers in 2012 – up from 14 rhinos killed by poachers in 2005. Conservation scientists report that corrupt game industry insiders are now poaching rhinos alongside other criminal groups – all well organized, well financed and highly mobile.

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Rhino horns taken from a carcass

The 668 rhinos killed across South Africa in 2012 is an increase of nearly 50 percent from the 448 rhinos poachers killed in 2011. Five more rhinos were killed by poachers just since the beginning of this year.

A 2012 report by the international wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, calls these rhino killings “an unprecedented conservation crisis for South Africa,” which until recently has had a stellar rhino conservation record.

TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance of the global conservation group WWF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN, which maintains the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The methods used in the most recent rhino killings show a new, very worrying dimension, says the TRAFFIC report, “The South Africa – Viet Nam Rhino Horn Trade Nexus,” co-authored by Dr. Jo Shaw, rhino co-ordinator with the South Africa chapter of WWF, and Tom Milliken of TRAFFIC.

“Typically, rhinos are killed by shooting with guns, usually AK-47 assault rifles. More recently, however, a growing number of rhinos have been killed by a single shot from a high-calibre weapon characteristically only used by wildlife industry professionals or, less frequently, have been darted with immobilization drugs and had their horns removed,” Shaw and Milliken report.

“The use of such equipment, and other evidence that has even suggested the presence of helicopters at crime scenes, represents a completely “new face” in terms of rhino poaching,” they write.

“Such developments underscore the emergence of corrupt game industry insiders into rhino poaching. Rogue game ranch owners, professional hunters, game capture operators, pilots and wildlife veterinarians have all entered the rhino poaching crisis and become active players,” write Shaw and Milliken.

“This is a unique and devastating development in South Africa, severely tarnishing the image of a key stakeholder in the rhino equation even if the majority of private rhino owners and wildlife industry personnel remain committed to protecting rhinos and supporting rhino conservation.”

A majority of the 2012 rhino deaths, 425, happened in Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier safari destination, the new government statistics show. Poaching incidents in this park rose sharply from 252 in 2011.

In the TRAFFIC report, Show and Milliken write, “…the complicity of South African national and provincial officials undertaking or enabling illegal trade has been documented.”

“In terms of killing rhinos, four government rangers were arrested in Kruger National Park in 2012 and, at the Atherstone Nature Reserve in Limpopo, the reserve manager committed suicide after allegedly being implicated in five rhino deaths. Provincial administrators have repeatedly turned a blind eye to “pseudo-hunting,” especially in North West and Limpopo provinces, and allowed rhino hunts to transpire that violate TOPS [Threatened or Protected Species] regulations,” the TRAFFIC report states.”

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A White Rhino, Ceratotherium simum simum, cow and calf

“The most shocking aspect of the illegal trade in rhino horn has been the poaching of live rhinos on a brutal scale. For 16 years, between 1990 and 2005, rhino poaching losses in South Africa averaged 14 animals each year.”

“In 2008, this figure rose to 83 and, by 2009, the number had reached 122 rhinos. In 2010, poaching escalated dramatically throughout the year, nearly tripling the toll and reaching 333 rhinos killed. In 2011, the total again climbed to a new annual record of 448 rhinos lost,” they report. Last year, 668 rhinos were killed across South Africa.

Arrests of suspected poachers and smugglers in South Africa also increased in 2012, with 267 people now facing charges related to rhino crimes.

In November, a Thai man was sentenced to a record 40 years in prison for conspiring to smuggle rhino horns to Asia.

Rhino horns are believed to have medicinal properties and are seen as highly desirable status symbols in some Asian countries, notably Vietnam, whose native rhinos have recently been pushed into extinction.

While rhino horn is composed entirely of keratin, the same substance as hair and nails, and no medicinal value has been proven, the increased commercial value placed on rhino horn has drawn well-organized, well-financed and highly-mobile criminal groups into rhino poaching.

“Vietnam must curtail the nation’s rhino horn habit, which is fueling a poaching crisis in South Africa,” said Sabri Zain, TRAFFIC’s director of advocacy.

“Viet Nam appears to be the only country in the world where rhino horn is popularly gaining a reputation as an aphrodisiac,” the TRAFFIC report states, adding that the use of ground powdered rhino horn by wealthy Vietnamese to detoxify after drinking too much alcohol is “probably the most common routine usage promoted in the marketplace today.”

“Rhinos are being illegally killed, their horns hacked off and the animals left to bleed to death, all for the frivolous use of their horns as a hangover cure,” said Zain.

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Vietnamese man drinks from a rhino horn grinding bowl

In December, Vietnam and South Africa signed an agreement aimed at bolstering law enforcement and tackling illegal wildlife trade, including rhino horn trafficking.

The agreement paves the way for improved intelligence information sharing and joint efforts by the two nations to crack down on the criminal syndicates behind the smuggling networks.

“Whilst we commend South Africa and Vietnam for signing a Memorandum of Understanding regarding biodiversity conservation, we now need to see a joint Rhino Plan of Action being implemented, leading to more of these rhino horn seizures,” said Dr. Jo Shaw, rhino co-ordinator with the South Africa chapter of WWF.

“There is also an urgent need to work closely with countries which are transit routes for illicit rhino horn, specifically Mozambique,” said Dr. Shaw.

Two Vietnamese men were detained in separate incidents earlier this month in Vietnam and Thailand for smuggling rhino horns, which were believed to have been exported from Mozambique.

Both Mozambique and Vietnam have been given failing grades by WWF’s Wildlife Crime Scorecard for failing to enforce laws meant to protect rhinos.

The TRAFFIC report explains that all animals alive today of the southern subspecies of White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum simum originate from a remnant population of 20 to 50 animals that have been protected in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve since 1895.

South Africa now conserves 18,800 White Rhinos, which represents nearly 95 percent of Africa’s total White Rhino population.

“The remarkable recovery of the Southern White Rhino via Natal Parks Board’s “Operation Rhino,” which pioneered wildlife translocation and other important management strategies, remains one of the world’s greatest conservation triumphs,” write Shaw and Milliken.

The report credits the country’s private sector who account for a growing proportion of the national White Rhino population. Estimates from 2010 indicate that approximately 25 percent of all White Rhinos in South Africa are privately owned.

The Southern White Rhino is now listed in the IUCN Red List’s Near Threatened category and, although conservation dependent, the subspecies is no longer regarded as a threatened or endangered species.

But Africa’s other rhino species, the Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis, has been nearly wiped out. The estimated 100,000 Black Rhinos in Africa in 1960, before the first catastrophic rhino poaching crisis, were reduced to just 2,410 animals by 1995, the report explains.

Since then, numbers have more than doubled to 4,880 animals in 2010, but this species is still listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List.

In South Africa, Black Rhino numbers have shown a steady increase since the 1980s. South Africa now conserves an estimated 1,915 Black Rhinos – more than any other range state – and nearly 40 percent of all wild Black Rhinos alive today. Again, the private sector has played a major role in Black Rhino conservation, holding approximately 22 percent of South Africa’s current population.

“But the country’s superlative conservation record of more than a century is under threat,” write Shaw and Milliken.

They recommend that South Africa ensure that those arrested for rhino crimes are prosecuted and punished.

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See Also:

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/kenyan-officials-impound-two-tonnes-ivory-police-185942068.html

http://www.bloodyivory.org

Water Industry, World Bank Pilot New Scheme to Drive Public Water into Private Hands


Water industry, World Bank pilot new scheme to drive public water into private hands

Christine Chester, Shayda Naficy
StopCoporateAbuse
2012-01-31 16:07:00

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World Economic Forum to feature progress report from Nestlé-led initiative

Contact:
Christine Chester, 617-695-2525
Shayda Naficy, 617-695-2525

DavosKlosters, Switzerland – This January 26th, the water industry will privately review its newest strategy for driving public water resources into private hands at the World Economic Forum. A partnership quietly launched in October with funding from the World Bank, Coca-Cola and Veolia will report on progress towards its stated mission to “transform the water sector” by establishing “new normative approaches to water governance” that put the private sector in the driver’s seat in water management.

Calling itself the Water Resources Group (WRG) and headed by Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathei, the corporation has already targeted the countries of Mexico, Jordan, India and South Africa to “shape and test governance processes” that would make water privatization more feasible and profitable. The fact that the Group has not invited publicity, and the Bank was unwilling to comment upon its launch, underscores how controversial its founders know the endeavor to be.

German Zoo Sells Lions to African-Trophy-Hunting-Park


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A German zoo, the Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen, has sold three lions to a South African park known for offering inexperienced hunters the opportunity to join professionals in a hunt. Under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), African lions are endangered but not threatened. As such, African Lions do not benefit from the strict protections on import and export of species threatened with extinction. But a potential exporter must still present a “non-detriment finding” and have a permit for the export. What will become of the lions in Africa? 316diggsdigg

According to reports in the German news daily Tagesspiegel, the owner of the Serengeti Park, Fabrizio Sepe, was assured after the German Ministry for the Protection of Nature contacted their partners in South Africa: the animals would be used only for photo-safaris and breeding programs, it was promised. But that has not calmed animal protection groups, who are advocating for stronger protection against zoo animals being sold for breeding if successive generations will be deliberately used to attract people to the sport of killing big cats.

Advocates of the practice of “canned hunting” argue that breeding lions to be killed serves to protect animals in the wild. After all, there are people out there still seeking to prove their prowess in the “pinnacle of African Dangerous Game hunting”, (quote from a hunter’s forum where the fear of up-listing lions reigns). But the fact is that this booming trade is becoming desperate for “new blood” as successive generations of captive-bred lions become increasingly inbred.

The lions from the German zoo boast thick, black manes — a prized trait in the stuffed souvenir which, as a CITES Appendix II listed species, can still be imported legally back home to support bragging rights. Bragging rights which might inspire the next bold hunter to make the long trip to the home of a fast-fading symbol of lost wilderness, where he too may test his luck.

It is this vicious cycle that puts animal activists in opposition to “canned hunting:” making a popular, even “safe,” sport out of lion hunting puts pressure on the animals left in the wild — either in the form of poaching trophies in the wild or because animals are taken from wild populations for breeding to support hunting farms. Experts estimate that only 23,000 lions remain in the wild on the African continent.