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Africa Has Lost a Third of Its Elephants in Just 7 Years


The hacked-up bodies of at least 26 elephants were discovered in Botswana’s heavily protected Chobe National Park earlier this week, the largest and most brutal poaching event the park has ever experienced.

This shocking slaughter is just the latest incident in the poaching crisis that has devastated the populations of both African elephant species. New data published Wednesday reveal that poachers killed off 30 percent of Africa’s savanna elephants between 2007 and 2014—about 144,000 animals—and that their numbers now continue to fall at an additional 8 percent per year.

Meanwhile, a second study found that the second pachyderm species, African forest elephants—which lost 62 percent of their population between 2002 and 2011—will require at least a century to recover because they breed significantly slower than thought. Scientists estimate that fewer than 100,000 forest elephants remain.
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George Carlin was great but that is seriously one of the dumbest takes on deforestation, whaling, overfishing, poaching, the illegal Asian 'herbal' medicine trade in everything from rhino horns to gorilla hands, and every other disgusting practice that adds up to the mind blowing level of carnage humans have wrought on every other animal on this planet. He's right that if you look at things in geologic terms and with a geologist's level of indifference none of this is any big deal, but the the thing is, that elephant up there was not a rock, and neither was that bear a few pages back, or any of the other countless millions of similar victims needlessly slaughtered for some stupid fucking reason.

A lot of the people who actually care about animals in these situations aren't even primarily focused on things like extinction rates or climate change as much as they are on the actual individuals being killed or in imminent danger of being killed and try to give life to their stories in the hope that maybe someone will give a shit now and help them, or down the road to stand in the way of it happening the next time.

So yeah, Carlin was great and all but that bit was in equal measures reactionary to the politically correct in California, and pandering to rednecks everywhere else. Oh well, nobody's perfect.
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43-foot-long endangered right whale found dead near Boothbay trapped in fishing gear

GORHAM (AP/WGME) -- Federal investigators are looking into how a 43-foot-long endangered right whale found dead near Boothbay over the weekend became trapped in fishing gear, likely causing its death.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the whale was found Friday.

The adult female had fishing gear ropes wrapped around her head, mouth, flippers and tail. She weighed about 45 tons.


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Famous Bipedal Bear Feared Dead In Massive New Jersey Hunt

New Jersey's Division of Fish and Wildlife confirmed late Friday that someone brought in an injured bear carcass resembling Pedals to a Rockaway, N.J., station.

“We did have an injured bear brought into our check station earlier this week” with a healed stump from a missing front right paw and an injured left paw with overuse trauma consistent with Pedals' description, Bob Considine, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection told the Daily News.

Animal activist Rose Rublack's, whose GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $20,000 at one point to move the bear to an animal sanctuary in upstate New York, told the News that despite her efforts the New Jersey's wildlife agency would never approve the relocation.

"We raised all the money, we had a place for him to go. The NJ Department of Fish & Wildlife really doesn't have a heart. They let this happen. They could have been the good guys by helping him to get to the sanctuary. Instead they did nothing," Rublack told The News.
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another depressing old story from the newsfeed I never check, I guess some guy wrote a book about this wolf Romeo that liked to hang around the Juneau dog park and play with the dogs until some douchebag hunter shot him:


The life and death of Romeo the wolf





























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also this week...




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Isidro Baldenegro, Mexican Environmental Activist, Shot to Death.

MEXICO CITY — Isidro Baldenegro López, an indigenous activist whose struggle to protect the old-growth forests of Mexico’s Sierra Madre range won him the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, has been killed by a gunman, authorities said Wednesday.

A leader of the Tarahumara people who live among the jagged peaks of the western Sierra Madre, Mr. Baldenegro defended the area’s old-growth forests against powerful local strongmen allied with drug traffickers and loggers.

The killing was the second of a Goldman prizewinner in less than a year. Last March, gunmen attacked and killed Berta Cáceres, who led her Lenca people of Honduras against a proposed dam.

The death of Mr. Baldenegro, coming so soon after Ms. Cáceres’ murder, highlights the danger faced by environmental defenders in Latin America, where mining, energy, agribusiness and logging interests have generated violent conflict with local communities.

His fight to protect his community’s ancestral lands went back decades, and his father, Julio Baldenegro, was assassinated in 1986 for his opposition to logging.
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Another Baby Dolphin Killed By Selfie-Seeking Tourists

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Whale found off coast of Norway had at least 30 plastic bags in its stomach

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian zoologists have found about 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste in the stomach of a beaked whale that had beached on a southwestern Norway coast.

Terje Lislevand of the Bergen University says the visibly sick, 2-ton goose-beaked whale was euthanized. Besides the plastic bags, its intestine “had no food, only some remnants of a squid’s head in addition to a thin fat layer.”





Lislevand says the non-biodegradable waste was “probably the reason” why the whale repeatedly beached itself Saturday in shallow waters off Sotra, an island west of Bergen, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of Oslo.

The U.N. estimates 8 million tons of plastic trash are dumped into oceans each year.
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Rescuers rush to save whales after hundreds die in New Zealand stranding Fri, Feb 10, 2017

In what’s considered the largest mass stranding in decades, over 400 pilot whales have beached themselves on a New Zealand shore. Hundreds of whales died overnight, and rescuers are now frantically working to save the dozens of remaining whales who are clinging to life.

According to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC), 416 pilot whales had beached themselves at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, at the northern tip of the country’s south island. When the DOC arrived on the scene, around 250 to 300 whales had already perished, and by the time dawn broke this morning, more than 70 percent of the whales were dead. DOC staff and dozens of volunteers are now trying to save the remaining 80 to 90 whales.







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February 10 2017 11:36 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: Bog hog

Originally posted by: Racer X

another depressing old story from the newsfeed I never check, I guess some guy wrote a book about this wolf Romeo that liked to hang around the Juneau dog park and play with the dogs until some douchebag hunter shot him:


The life and death of Romeo the wolf
































This wolf was the rare exception and the hunter would literally have no way of knowing that. Most wolves would have sluaghtered those dogs in a split second.




No, but that is one of the more common misconceptions about wolves, as perpetuated by hunters who, with a few exceptions, actually are in general pretty stupid people, contrary to the whole bullshit mythology of their salt-of-the-earth wisdom. Most wolves would either never have gone anywhere near humans or their dogs, or would have been virtually invisible to them on their way somewhere else. Coyote's are more likely to attack dogs, but even they rarely pursue them. The overwhelming majority of the cases of dogs getting killed by wolves or coyotes are when the over-curious or over-protective dog, developmentally retarded by its existence with humans, invades the wild animal's 'space' or fails to understand behavioral cues or territorial markers. On the wolves' and coyotes' side, they see a domesticated version of themselves challenging them and giving out a scattershot of scents and malapropistic cues like a cracked out bum on angeldust talking gibberish and coming at you with a knife in his hand. This wolf Romeo was likely orphaned as an adolescent when another hunter killed his mother or the other principles of his pack. As it seems he adopted the dogs [and people] at this dogpark as his new pack, his own behavioral and 'linguistic' development likely imprinted with theirs.

Not that it is entirely unheard of for a mature wolf to attempt to interact with dogs or people in a non-hostile or even friendly way. Besides youtube videos from Alaska, Canada, and Russia, there are first hand accounts going back thousands of years. Unfortunately, these are drowned out by an overwhelming fictional tradition to the contrary, as respecting their place in the world is just not a narrative that's consistent with the 5,000 years of vilification in literature and religious lore geared toward justifying things like agrarian expansion and its concomitant deforestation, as well as notions like the divinely ordained supremacy of humans.

There were over 200,000 wolves in discreet regional communities in the area of the lower forty eight United States at the time of first contact in the 15th century, and people seemed to get along with them just fine. Pre-christian indigenous folklore there and in other northern, forested, high canid population regions like Scandinavia and Russia before Christian conversion tends to represent them fairly positively and does not indicate the kind of terrorizing Judeo-Christian attitude toward them developed in the relatively low canid population Middle East. By 1950, there were less than a hundred individuals left in the lower forty eight, the rest falling victim to centuries of those same fear-stoking mythologies, as epitomized in white evangelical 'wolf-in'the-fold' Biblical tradition and most recently expressed in retarded exploitation movies like 'The Grey' with its ten foot long, 500 pound c.g.i. superwolves.

Poor Romeo, though, right? Seemed like a pretty sweet guy.

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