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Rare Tortoise taken from Perth Zoo

Now the unthinkable and I am really mad.  What is going on??  A friend’s senior cat was chased by big dogs right off her porch just a few days ago, in the cold climate of the eastern USA and never returned home.  I felt devastated  ….  and now this!

Please see the information on the Perth Zoo website at the Link below.

http://ht.ly/XVjjE

READ THE NEWS ARTICLE AT THE LINK BELOW

Juvenile Radiated tortoise stolen from Perth Zoo

 

CLICK   HERE   FOR A LINK TO  MY VIDEO  OF

A BEAUTIFUL RADIATED TORTOISE AT THE  ZOO

Some pictures taken at the Perth Zoo on 29 November 2015 of the Radiated tortoise enclosure.  You can see it is not difficult for someone under cover of darkness to slip into the Enclosure.  The tortoise below is an Adult, the one stolen on Monday was a male sub-adult ( or Juvenile ) with a 15 cm diameter Shell.

The Zoo said someone must have somehow circumvented their Security System.  In 2011 two tortoises were stolen, and now another!

FRONT OF TORTOISE ENCLOSURE

 

RADIATED TORTOISE 1

 

RADIATED TORTOISE 2

 

ENDANGERED TORTOISE

If I get my hands on you if you stole this Tortoise,  watch out …..

Ocean Currents – “Oceana”

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Please support “Oceana” however you can.  You can read about their great work in 2015 and accomplishments to support healthy oceans, via their regular blog or Newsletters.

http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/12/30/celebrating-a-big-year-for-the-ocean

Click on the title “Ocean Currents” to view all posts there.

To see more photos and blog posts of my personal experiences at the Ocean, visit my other Blog “Our Lovely World”.

https://starstruckworld.wordpress.com/?s=fremantle

 

Environment Minister approves Australia’s largest coal mine – animals under threat

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has made a decision that will have a huge impact on life on Earth. He approved Adani’s giant Carmichael Coal Mine – a move that blows apart global efforts to cut pollution and threatens life locally and globally.

 

Mr Hunt on Thursday said the Carmichael coal mine n the Galilee Basin in remote central Queensland, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, has been given the green light after the Federal Court in August set aside the previous approval.  The Mackay Conservation Group launched its Federal Court challenge in January, alleging greenhouse gas emissions from the mine and vulnerable species like the ornamental snake and the yakka skink, as well as Adani’s environmental track record had not been taken into account.

The project, which will produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year, has faced staunch opposition because its Abbot Point terminals are located close to the Great Barrier Reef.

National Australia Bank has said it will not fund the mine and other banks are being pressured to follow suit.

 

PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS ISSUE & TAKE ACTION NOWWWW !!!!!

 

THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMISSION HAS PUT AUSTRALIA ON NOTICE

 

AUSTRALIA MUST HONOR ITS CARE-TAKING OF OUR GREAT BARRIER REEF  –  SEE   HERE

 

The Screws are being tightened – there is even an under-hand un-ethical movement to stop opposition to these hugely monied and vested ventures.

Environment groups will be forbidden from challenging large developments in court as the Abbott government responds to the controversial decision that stopped Australia’s largest coal project – Adani’s Carmichael coal mine – in its tracks.

Attorney-General George Brandis will move to repeal a section of Australia’s environment laws that allows conservationists to challenge environment approvals for mining projects and other large developments.

 

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THIS DRACONIAN CHANGE TO THE LAW

http://linkis.com/RTC6S

 

The ACF ( Australian Conservation Foundation ) says it’s senseless to prop up a dirty, dying industry while the rest of Australia and the world races to a future powered by clean energy.  South Australia and the ACT are leading the country on clean energy. Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are racing to cut pollution.  Even regional towns like Lismore are racing ahead with a goal of 100 percent clean energy in 10 years.

 

Poll after poll shows Australians want clean air and water, a healthy Reef and a future powered by sun, wind and waves.

And countries around the world, from China, to the Netherlands to the USA all the way to Costa Rica are taking great leaps to leave the dirty energy of the past behind and embrace the clean energy of the future.

If this mine goes ahead, this one mine will add more pollution to global warming than the whole of New Zealand, drain billions of litres of precious groundwater, irreversibly damage our Reef and drive threatened wildlife further towards extinction, without the informed consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.

TRADITIONAL OWNERS CAN SIGN THE PETITION BELOW

 

Other links of interest

 

 

 

As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, in November we, the people, will gather in Australian cities and across the world to call for action. We will march alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world.

 

Sign the Pledge below, to march and have your voice heard.  Write / Lobby to stop the Adani coal mine.

https://www.action.org.au/peoples-climate-march

Sea-lions Starving – please Help

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California sea lion (Zalophus californianus)

Monterey Bay, California, USA
by Kevin Schafer, Seattle, Washington, USA

Jenna Ushkowitz was recently filming on a free-diving trip with Oceana at Santa Barbara Island off of Southern California.

She says:

At our dive spot, we saw cliffs known for being covered in sea lions. They were barren.

While I was in the water, a young sea lion pup came up to our boat. It was so skinny. You could see its ribs. It was truly heart breaking.

That starving pup was an undeniable example of the problems sea lions and other ocean animals face – there’s simply not enough forage fish to go around.

Excessive fishing and a combination of ocean conditions have driven down sardine and anchovy populations to such low numbers that sea lion mothers can’t find these fish. With support from the public, Oceana took action and helped win a short-term solution: closing the Pacific sardine fishery last April through next June.

But more sea lion pups will starve if we don’t find a long-term solution.

The United States fishes the same population of Pacific sardines as Mexico and Canada, yet the sardine catch limits do not accurately account for this fact. We must update this calculation to ensure we harvest a responsible share of fish and don’t contribute to international overfishing.

I subscribe to OCEANA’s Newsletters.  Oceana is an excellent organisation that helps marine life worldwide.  Please help them to help our wildlife.

Add your name before October 14 to help save thousands of sea lion pups and restore the abundance of our oceans >>

Thank you

 

Marvellous Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

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The silvery lutung (Trachypithecus cristatus), also known as the silvered leaf monkey or the silvery langur, is an Old World monkey. It is arboreal, living in coastal, mangrove, and riverine forests in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.

I just watched a great BBC Documentary called “Monkeys Revealed“.  It covered fascinating facts about a numerous range of monkeys or primates.  My favorite was the Silvery Lutung or Silvered leaf monkeys of Malaysia.  The babies are born ginger in colour whereas the adults are a beautiful silvery colour.   The babies are really cute and the documentary proposed that their coloration is to make them “hi-vis” or to give them high visibility vests, so to speak!   It certainly showed the babies were very noticeable in the trees for the adults to look out for and protect!

The baby lutungs, also called langurs are born with orange fur and turn to silver at approximately three months of age, although some can begin their transformation aged just one month, according to Beth McDonald, a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo

The link below tells more about these delightful monkeys, and shows an un-missable photo of a baby turning silver, head first.

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According to the IUCN ( International Union of Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources ) –
Considering the extensive habitat loss that has taken place within the range of the species, there is reason to believe that this species is in decline, probably at a rate of less than 30% over three generations (approximately 30 years), thus qualifying if for listing as Near Threatened, almost qualifying as threatened under criterion A2c.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22035/0

A monkey is a Primate and Primates are mammals belonging to the order Primates.  Homo sapiens or human beings are Primates.  If you are interested, you can find out how human beings sprung from the Order of Primates, and that apes and monkeys also originated from the same ancestor, by reading the Post below.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/animal-trees/

I also liked the Japanese or Snow macaques whom cuddled up in sub-zero temperatures, to keep warm during winter. They even took turns to get into the middle “hot spot”, as shown by cameras that filmed thermal ( hot ) areas.  Mind you, I wasn’t so happy to see them having a hot bath in the hot springs, but turfing out the lowly ranked.  I discovered that the monkeys have “ranks” e.g. the females are ranked according to their mothers, and the males according to their physical prowess and strength.

I liked the colorful Mandrill Baboons, but was not keen on the Hamadryas Baboon male “leader” whom attacked the females just to throw around his weight.

In finishing, I recommend this Documentary if you get a chance to watch it.

I love Orang-utans and of course, Gorillas !  Please see the information below about conservation of the magnificent Orang-utans.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/action-alerts/orang-utans/

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/celebrate-easter-by-helping-chocolate-the-orang-utan/

Rare Dingo Puppy Wave

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This is sweet.  Eight little pups – 8 dingo puppies born to a gorgeous white Alpine Dog .. . and to a rare Bogong Dingo.

They were born at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre in the Perth Hills, Martin, Western Australia !

Please click on the Link below for full information.

http://www.yourlocalexaminer.com.au/rare-dingo-puppy-wave/

FOR INFO ABOUT DINGOES,  LINKS BELOW

http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/australian_dingo.html

http://www.dingoconservation.org.au/dingo-physical.html

Australian government on “probation” – to save the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef In June 2015 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee made a historic decision for the Great Barrier Reef that put the Australian government on probation until the Reef’s health improves.  The Australian Government now has until 2016 to show that its rescue plan is working and until 2019 to demonstrate it has stopped the decline of the Reef. The most significant features of the decision are:

  • The World Heritage Committee expressed concern that the outlook for the Reef is poor and key habitats and species have continued to decline, and listed climate change, poor water quality, and coastal development impacts as the major threats.
  • The Committee will continue its vital role as a watchdog to ensure Australia “rigorously implements all of its commitments”.
  • An acknowledgement that the existing financial commitment to the Reef 2050 plan is an ‘initial’ amount – a clear indication the Committee recognizes that the plan is underfunded.
  • If the Reef’s World Heritage values continue to decline, then an ‘in-danger’ listing will almost certainly be delivered at the 2020 meeting.

Just 12 months ago, the Australian Government had approved plans to dump millions of tonnes of dredge spoil from mega-port expansions into the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. On 1st July, that approval was overturned and WWF expects a ban on dumping from new port development in the Reef’s World Heritage waters to be in force within months. Read more   HERE turtle_Great_Barrier_ReefThe Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and includes over 2,900 reefs, and around 940 islands and cays. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is 345,000 square kilometres in size, five times the size of Tasmania or larger that the United Kingdom and Ireland combined! The reef is immensely diverse. It is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong. Add to that stunning marine suite as many as 3,000 molluscs and thousands of different sponges, worms and crustaceans, 630 species of echinoderms (starfish and sea urchins) and 215 bird species, of which 22 are seabirds. The GBR is listed under all four natural World Heritage criteria for its outstanding universal value.

READ MORE AT THE   WORLD WILDLIFE FUND WEBSITE

GET YOUR COPY OF AUSTRALIA’S   “REEF 2050 PLAN”    HERE

Click on the “Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan” link – to download the FULL plan

Can a Horse feel Guilt ?

Well, I believe that all animals have Souls and that non-human animals also have intelligence, and in fact, some have more intelligence than some human beings.  I also believe that some non-human animals can also feel emotions and feelings – emotions being feelings that are expressed physically.

If you are at all interested or drawn to communicating with animals, please pursue that interest, as the World would benefit, I think, from Homo sapiens or human beings genuinely connecting with their animal companions and the animal world at large.

There are plenty of resources for this, excellent books, and Animal Communicators, that run courses in communicating with animals, and / or who will connect with your special Animal friend as a service they run, and give you messages from them, or relay questions from your animal companions.

A load of “bunkum”, some of you say?  “That’s strange” or “I don’t understand that” others may decry.  Well, consider this – communication is universal.  The spoken language had to start somewhere.  It is made up.  Communication also exists as mental images and concepts which are on the “air-waves” or which are conveyed by the intention of the sender, as frequencies of energy which an open and devoted receiver can pick up.

I have personally experienced it myself.  It’s called telepathy.  Once a baby human being telepathically spoke to me, and if Homo sapiens can pick up telepathic messages from other human beings, why can’t they pick up telepathic messages from non human beings?   Please visit the page below to explore further.

Talk to the Animals

Now, to answer the Question that is the Title of this Post,
the answer is YES.

Click on the Link below to read the true story of a racehorse that felt guilt over a little girl.

http://spirit-animals.com/animals/the-unhappy-racehorse/

Animals are not lesser beings.  They may serve a purpose to some human beings, but should be treated with respect, as David Attenborough says.  We use tools, don’t we, like knives & forks, and computers, but don’t say they are lesser things than us.

In my “books” or viewpoint,  ALL LIFE  is sacred in terms of, yes, some of us may eat animals, and I have heard that some animals are aware of this purpose or relationship and accept it, but let’s not go over-board and take more than we need, or out-rightly abuse various animal species as just commodities, for our own pleasure or profit.   Farming animals uses an enormous amount of land that could be used to grow & harvest plants for human consumption.

Remember the following, that we all came / come from the “primoridal soup” or from the hot ocean vents, and the predecessors/ancestors of Homo sapiens and other Animals are the same – bacteria !!  This is according to scientists, like Professor Brian Cox, and the point is that just because we human beings CAN “conquer” or farm and trap non-human animals, CAN is not a good reason for actually doing so – to the extent that we are being cruel to animals and degrading our Earth.

We CAN eat with our fingers but in the so-called civilized countries, we DON’T.  It’s our CHOICE what we do with this beautiful and fascinating World that we live in.

Mitakuye Oyasin  –

we are  ALL  related

Netherlands & Mexico to ban wild animals in Circuses

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DECEMBER 12, 2014 – BREAKING NEWS! In a huge victory for the animals the federal republic of Mexico ( North America ) has banned wild animal circus acts, with offenders facing fines of up to $225,000 / £150,000 for failure to comply. The legislation, which acknowledges that the basic welfare needs of circus animals cannot be met, now just requires the signature of the President to become law.

DECEMBER 14, 2014 – BREAKING NEWS: The Netherlands has today announced that it will ban wild animals in circuses, HOT ON THE HEELS OF MEXICO BANNING WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES on Thursday. We are pleased that sea lions have been included, having supported efforts by our friends at Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit to show their welfare is compromised and ensure that the ban progressed.

You can read more on the Facebook page & website of A.D.I. or Animal Defenders International.

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalDefenders/timeline

http://www.stopcircussuffering.com/news/latin-america/mexico-bans-wild-animals-circuses/

The photo above is from the Big Cat Rescue website, which states that in the U.S., more than fifty local governments have imposed either an outright ban on animal circuses or imposed restrictions on the use of pain inflicting implements such as bullhooks.

See  THIS  page of Big Cat Rescue for bans around the world

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UK:  Announced its soon-to-be official ban on ALL wild animals in circuses, joining other European nations like Austria, Greece, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ban is intended to be fully instituted starting in December 2015.  Prior to the all-country ban announcement, over 200 UK local authorities had placed bans on animal circuses with over two-thirds banning all performing animals, according to Animal Defenders International.  An official date for the legislation still needs to be passed but the government is confident that it will. When it does, anyone who breaks the law after December 2015 will receive a heavy $8,000 fine, according to the BBC.

Following the events in October 2011, in Zanesville, Ohio, when 18 rare Bengal tigers were shot and killed after tigers, ions and bears escaped from a “wild animals preserve” near the highway, Ohio, USA banned the acquisition, sale and breeding of restricted species in Ohio as of Jan. 1, 2014.  See THIS  post.

 

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It’s a Circus to put Wild Animals

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Ocean Conservancy – Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest

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The Ocean Conservancy’s Summer 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest received more than 1,200 entries.

The top two prizes were awarded to Ian Lindsey and Christian Martinez, whose photographs received Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice.

Ian’s photo “Honu Gathering” depicts a group of sea turtles gathered on a Hawaiian beach at sunset, while Christian’s image “Ocean, Waves and Nature” perfectly captures the beauty of a Puerto Rican beach.

This summer’s contest also included winners from five different categories: Arctic, Our Ocean, Fish, Gulf of Mexico and Human Impact.  The winning photographs for these categories can be found  HERE.

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Help Save Orang-utans & Elephants and more

Hi everyone, or some one, if any one is reading this.

I have just received an Email from Leif Cocks, Founder of “The Orangutan Project” ( or T.O.P.) to say that TOP are pleased to tell you that Orphan Updates are now available on some of the infants.

If you can, or if you know someone who can, sponsor a baby orang-utan ( or two ) OR maybe sponsor a baby Elephant or two ( or three – see the Action Alerts / Elephants tab of this Blog ), please consider doing so.

I have been making monthly donations of $10 to help the gorgeous orang-utan called Chocolate ( and monthly donations of $10 to help the magnificent and sweet young Asian Elephant, Bona who was saved from death by three wonderful Australians ).

Have a look at the sweeet cheeky face of my beautiful Orang-utan friend Chocolate at the UPDATE page here.

If you are fit and able, you can even go to Sumatra and tour the orang-utan’s home.

Of course I love all the Orang-utans, and am proud of the Western Australian based organisation  , The Orang-utan Project,  for its efforts in raising awareness of the plight of these awesome creatures and for helping them as much as they do.

Please be aware that Palm-oil trees are being cleared and taking away the natural habitat of the Orang-utans.

Educate yourself and other on such matters via this Blog and other means.  If you can’t financially support organisations like   T.O.P.   and Save Bona, please consider signing relevant Petitions and / or otherwise taking action to help conserve these wonderful animals, and many other amazing animals too of course.

DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND

( OSTRICHES DO NOT – but it is a good saying ! )

DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE ANIMALS

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GOKUNG

Sex: Male
Approximate Date Birth: February 2012
Arrival Date: 19 February 2013
Care Centre: Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre
Physical Condition: Healthy

Bio

Confiscated from the home of an Indonesian palm oil plantation worker, he was weak, suffering from malnutrition and severely underweight. He had been snatched from his mother, witnessed her brutal torture, and was bought for AU$10.40 from the fisherman who stole him from his wild home.

Fisherman came across this opportunity to snatch this little baby from his mother and sell him to an employee working for PT Socfindo for a ‘quick buck’ highlighting the desperate situation Orangutans face in their fight from extinction.

Tripa where Gokong was confiscated is part of the world famous Leuser Ecosystem. This precious and unique biodiversity hotspot contains over 80% of the world’s remaining wild Sumatran Orangutans and is the last place on Earth where the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant co-exist.   His once-thin body is starting to fill out and he has started to learn to climb! The Care Center team have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.

Courtesy:   The Orang-utan Project –  T.O.P.

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Safe haven for rare Blue Throated Macaw doubles in size

blue throated macawA critically endangered blue-throated macaw

(Photo: Steve Wilson/Flickr)

The blue-throated macaw is one of the most endangered birds on Earth, down to an estimated 120 survivors in the wild. Any new refuge for such a rare bird is a welcome surprise, but this brightly colored Bolivian parrot just hit the conservation jackpot.
Bolivia’s Barba Azul Nature Reserve — home to the world’s largest remaining population of blue-throated macaws — has suddenly doubled in size, growing from 12,350 acres to 27,180 in one fell swoop. The expansion comes courtesy of several conservation groups, led by Bolivia’s Asociación Armonía, and marks a major victory for the embattled birds.
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Stop the landfill of the Dugong habitat in Okinawa

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Please sign and share this   PETITION   calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

Okinawa dugong, a close relative of the manatee and the northernmost population of its species, is now on the verge of extinction. The dugong, a gentle marine mammal once commonly seen around Okinawa, has long been a symbol of the sea rich in life. The coast off Henoko, in Nago, still beautiful with wildlife such as corals and turtles, holds a rich sea-grass colony where the dugong feed.

However, there are plans to landfill this area to construct a US military base.

In March, Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera filed with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima an application for approval to landfill waters off Henoko in order to build a new base. This filing used an environmental assessment conducted by the Defense Bureau to claim that the dugongs will “stay far away from the construction site”.

The Governor has already expressed grave concerns regarding the environmental assessment and impact on the welfare of local residents. In response, the Defense Bureau has simply maintained its assertion that the dugongs would not be affected.

But on September 22, Kyodo News broke the story that the Defense Bureau had actively hidden important facts about dugong activity in Henoko waters uncovered during its environmental assessment.

Dugong feeding traces had been found in the waters off Henoko through April to June last year and a dugong was sighted in Oura Bay, adjacent to the Henoko beach. It’s clear that for the Defense Bureau, those findings constituted ‘inconvenient truths’ better hidden from the public.

The Governor will make his decision on the project before December. If this project is carried out, the Henoko seagrass beds, together with the Okinawa dugong, will be lost forever.

We hope all the people of the world will join us in an effort to continue to co-exist with the dugongs. Please sign and share our   petition   calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Thank you for your support.

From the Association to Protect the Northernmost Dugong —
Masako Suzuki, Etsuko Urashima, Iyanaga Kenichi

Henoko, Okinawa, Japan

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013

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Dave Collins Photography

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The most common wildcat in North America, the bobcat (Lynx rufus) is named for its short, bobbed tail. They are medium-sized cats and are slightly smaller but similar in appearance to their cousin, the lynx. Their coats vary in color from shades of beige to brown fur with spotted or lined markings in dark brown or black.  Bobcats tend to be smaller than lynx and do not have the noticeably longer legs and disproportionately larger feet of lynx.

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 (AB-1213) sets a no-trapping buffer zone around Joshua Tree National Park in South-eastern California and other parks where bobcats are protected year-round.

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Anglo American Dumps the Pebble Mine in Alaska

Anglo American Dumps the Pebble Mine

By Joel Reynolds, September 16, 2013

Today Anglo American, a 50 percent partner in the Pebble Limited Partnership, announced that it is withdrawing from Pebble Mine – a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.  The London-based mining giant finally recognized what Alaska Natives, Bristol Bay residents, commercial fishermen, sportsmen, lodge owners, chefs, jewelers, EPA scientists, NRDC and others have been saying for years: Pebble Mine poses too great of a risk.

Anglo American Chief Executive Mark Cutifani issued a statement lauding the “rare magnitude and quality” of the Pebble deposit, while also justifying Anglo’s plans to withdraw from the risky venture: “Our focus has been to prioritise capital to projects with the highest value and lowest risks within our portfolio, and reduce the capital required to sustain such projects during the pre-approval phases of development as part of a more effective, value-driven capital allocation model.”

There is no question that Pebble Mine is a  bad investment, replete with environmental, economic, operational,  reputational, social, regulatory, and legal risks.  Mitsubishi Corporation realized it in 2011 when it sold 100% of its interest in the Pebble project.  Anglo American realized it only after spending $541 million trying to develop Pebble Mine.

Proposed at the headwaters of the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery, Pebble Mine would threaten the region’s internationally renowned salmon runs.  Salmon are the economic, cultural, and ecological linchpin of the region, supporting a  $1.5 billion annual commercial fishery that employ 14,000 workers.  Salmon also sustain the culture, tradition, and spirituality of native communities that have relied on subsistence fishing for thousands of years, and they are food to a vast array of wildlife, including bears, eagles, seals and whales.

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The Cougar

Cougar (Felis concolor)- captive in winter habitatClick on picture then Save to your Computer as your

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Puma

The symbolism of the Cougar is ease, grace, strength and focus.

The Cougar is the largest cat in North America.   Cougars are solitary and nocturnal, and are excellent hunters.  Cougar teaches decisiveness, and imparts resolve to those who come across the “Cougar” or have her (him) as their Totem Animal or as an animal ally.   The Cougar has a high sense of awareness and intuition, and can sense what is happening around her/him for miles, and thus can make the right decisions to both fend off danger and carry out other actions.

The Cougar spirit animal represents the Fury of the female spirit.  As a Mother, the female Cougar will fight violently to protect her cubs and feed them.   She will do whatever is necessary to provide for her cubs and ensure that they are always safe.

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The San Joaquin Kit Fox

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The San Joaquin Kit Fox  couresty of   Dave Collins

Phylum   Chordata

Class      Mammalia

Order      Carnivora

Family     Canidae

Genus     Vulpes

Species   velox

A Kit Fox is either of two small pale gray or buff coloured foxes, Vulpes velox macrotis  or Vulpes velox velox,  found on plains and in open, sandy areas of western North America, commercially valuable for their fur.

In the U.S.A. the San Joaquin Kit Fox species, Vulpes velox macrotis, was federally classified as Endangered in 1967, and as Threatened by the state of California in 1971 (USFWS 1998).  It is sometimes referred to as Vulpes macrotis mutica.

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UPDATE Australia takes Japan to International Court to save Minke Whales

NEWS FLASH 1 APRIL 2014

JAPAN ORDERED TO IMMEDIATELY STOP WHALING !!!!!  

ABC explains here – please read

 

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From   Whales Alive   –   21 June 2013

The case against Japan’s whaling program being heard at the    International court of Justice   (ICJ) begins at The Hague on Wednesday June 26th.

“Japan will be severely embarrassed by being dragged to this international court” says Mick McIntyre,  Executive Director of Australian based whale conservation group Whales Alive. McIntyre  will be attending the court case as an observer.

The case against Japan has been brought  by the Australian Government who will argue that  Japan’s  whaling program in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary breaches international law .

“We all know that Japan’s so called scientific whaling program is a sham and finally we have the law on our side” says McIntyre.

“We expect the judges of the ICJ to agree with the Australian Government that Japan’s whaling contravenes international law.”

“This case against Japan is a once in a generation opportunity to stop this barbaric whaling, which is outdated, inherently cruel and for products that nobody needs.”

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Please Help Me

Orang-utan Beanie Toy

Wild populations of the orangutan, found only in Aceh Province in southern Sumatra, Indonesia, have declined by 80 percent in the past 75 years. Only about 6,600 orangutans were left in Sumatra, according to the   “Rarest of the Rare”  2010 report.   It really breaks my heart to think that these amazing and wonderful animals could become extinct.

Click on the “Read More” link below to see more photos of the Beanie toy.   The time is to ACT NOW, not to stick your head in the sand and ignore matters like this, or to leave them to others to help.   Show your appreciation for Life on Earth by signing the Petitions – it only takes a minute of your time.  Thank you!

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Donate now to help bird conservation

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Golden-Winged Warbler by Robert Royce

Please help the U.S. Cornell Lab of Ornithology to conserve the near threatened (IUCN listing) beautiful Golden-winged Warbler.   Please click on the link at the end of this post.

I am a member of the Cornell Lab, even though I live in Australia, because I love birds.  As a third year Biology student at the W.A. Institute of Technology years ago I studied the carbohydrate preferences of the sweet and tiny Brown Honeyater, Lichmera indistincta.  Thank you to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other organisations around the world for helping to save the birds.  Donate now and you will receive a camera lens cleaning cloth with a picture of the Golden-winged Warbler on it.

The site has fantastic resources available online, and as a member, you will receive their periodical magazine.  If you love birds, I recommend that you become a member, especially if you live in America.

The  Golden-winged Warbler  is a small, strikingly marked warbler, whom as a species is losing ground, both because of reforestation and displacement by the spreading Blue-winged Warbler.  The Golden-winged Warbler is declining dramatically in the Northeastern United States, and is listed as a Federal Species of Special Concern.

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