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Texas Group To Auction Hunting Permit For Endangered Black Rhino

Texas Group To Auction Hunting Permit For Endangered Black Rhino

Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 02:44:06 in Politics

“We have worked in Namibia for the past few years so our observations are authentic, not desktop. Scroll down to the story on October 28th.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Namibian/284922901537221?fref=ts
Texas Group To Auction Hunting Permit For Endangered Black Rhino

Texas Group To Auction Hunting Permit For Endangered Black Rhino

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 02:03:20 in Politics

“The Texas trophy-hunt culture is disturbing. The Namibian govt. takes advantage of it, but most of its people object. Local reaction today was that of outrage. The Black rhino is an endangered species due to poaching throughout Africa, fueled by Asian criminal orgs.”

peacekitten on Oct 29, 2013 at 05:00:00

“it's not just texas.   trophy hunters anywhere are absolutely vile.    they aren't hunters, they're nothing but cowardly butchers with no respect for the life of a being worth more than they will ever be.

Synkalae on Oct 29, 2013 at 04:48:54

“Please cite your source for 'local reaction today was that of outrage'? Because those are the very people who are going to benefit from the money -- people trying to SAVE the animals. So your statement is suspect.”
Japanese Town Reportedly Wants To Open Marine Park Where Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

Japanese Town Reportedly Wants To Open Marine Park Where Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 04:33:41 in Green

“Novelty in the sense that dolphin meat is not a common dish. The Taiji fishermen kill the dolphins because they are perceived as competition for fish stocks for which there is a larger market. Many cultural traditions arise from ancestral practices. Indigenous peoples hunted whales for subsistence, survival. However, times and ocean environmental conditions have changed due to overfishing, climate change, ocean acidification. The Taiji slaughter is no longer a domestic issue, it has international dimension. The ongoing Fukushima crisis and the Taiji situation both negatively impact the nation's reputation. Moving forward, we would urge the govt. to initiate reforms.”
Japanese Town Reportedly Wants To Open Marine Park Where Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

Japanese Town Reportedly Wants To Open Marine Park Where Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 04:18:45 in Green

“Bottlenose dolphins are listed in Appendix II to CITES. The unregulated practice of capturing dolphins for entertainment or consumption as a novelty - not subsistence – indicates a non eco-friendly attitude, an indifference to environmental impact and the ethos of foreign cultures who value dolphins for their unique and intelligent qualities.”

SanJoaquinValleyGrower on Oct 17, 2013 at 01:52:22

“I see. Just a question, if this japanese town was not going to open an entertainment marine park, but continue on with their cultural tradition, would that still be considered novelty? I'm not trying to start a fight, i'm asking because I'm intrigued about the fine lines between what others consider improper, and the actions of those who have always done a deed. I come from a people that hunted whale until the 1970's. They were forced to stop. It did hurt them culturally and economically, but they still survive, though limping by. That's where I'm coming from here.”
Japanese Town Reportedly Wants To Open Marine Park Where Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

Japanese Town Reportedly Wants To Open Marine Park Where Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 03:14:45 in Green

“The Japanese culture has been described as xenophobic, resisting integration with foreigners and foreign cultural values. Few Japanese people are aware of the importance of eco-friendly or sustainable practices. However, there is a growing movement of its younger generation speaking out and protesting against whaling and dolphin hunts. Also, the Nippon Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts are holding a symposium to find common understanding and solutions on ocean issues. Hopefully these efforts will raise awareness and bring about change.”

SanJoaquinValleyGrower on Oct 15, 2013 at 02:32:21

“what does eco friendly or sustainable have to do with this?”
Japanese Town Reportedly Wants To Open Marine Park Where Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

Japanese Town Reportedly Wants To Open Marine Park Where Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 04:00:07 in Green

“The Japanese culture has been described as xenophobic, resisting integration with foreigners or their values. As a result, few Japanese people are aware of the importance of eco-friendly or sustainable practices. However there is a growing movement of the younger generation of Japanese speaking out against whaling and dolphin hunts:
http://digitaljournal.com/article/340003

Also of interest:
http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/press-releases/the-nippon-foundation-and-the-pew-charitable-trusts-host-a-symposium-to-find-common-understanding-and-solutions-on-ocean-issues-85899510288?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Ocean&utm_campaign=ip
NBC Cancels NRA-Sponsored Hunting Show After Host Accuses Critics Of Being Like Hitler

NBC Cancels NRA-Sponsored Hunting Show After Host Accuses Critics Of Being Like Hitler

Commented Sep 30, 2013 at 13:43:42 in Politics

“This is but one step. Moving forward, NBC should do a documentary on the Clinton Global Initiative that combats the illegal wildlife trade.”
NBC Sports: We 'Should Not Have Aired' Show In Which NRA Lobbyist Killed Elephant

NBC Sports: We 'Should Not Have Aired' Show In Which NRA Lobbyist Killed Elephant

Commented Sep 29, 2013 at 13:40:57 in Politics

“Our point exactly.  NBC's "internal standards" fails to take into account the American public's own internal standards on the value of life - human or otherwise.  Best way to send that message is to put them in the economic crosshairs - tell the show's sponsors. ”
NBC Sports: We 'Should Not Have Aired' Show In Which NRA Lobbyist Killed Elephant

NBC Sports: We 'Should Not Have Aired' Show In Which NRA Lobbyist Killed Elephant

Commented Sep 29, 2013 at 03:56:10 in Politics

“While NBC "reviews its internal standards", look at this link to "Under Wild Skies". Send a message to the other sponsors of the show to advertise elsewhere.
http://www.nbcsports.com/under-wild-skies

tomonthebay on Sep 29, 2013 at 19:43:47

“I am letting the producers of Under Wild Skies and NBC know that I support the advertisers and will definitely stop watching nbc sports if they drop the show because of this ridiculous and emotionally overwrought response to a perfectly legal and ethical hunt.”

AMINO ACIDS on Sep 29, 2013 at 07:18:08

“Your link shows TWO DEAD LIONS and ONE REVOLTINGLY SICK EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING WITH A GUN.”
Gun Lobbyist Kills Elephant In NRA-Sponsored NBC Sports Show (VIDEO)

Gun Lobbyist Kills Elephant In NRA-Sponsored NBC Sports Show (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 04:18:26 in Politics

“NBC Sports has sunk to a new low. Airing this sickening display of the killing of a defenseless animal on a family network is NOT in line with American humane values, it demonstrates a disturbing and callous indifference to it and to the plight of African wildlife. The only trophy here should be the heads of the NBC execs who allowed themselves to be corrupted by the NRA.”
Navy: Training May Kill Hundreds Of Dolphins, Whales

Navy: Training May Kill Hundreds Of Dolphins, Whales

Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 16:49:03 in Green

“While we support the American military, WE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS PLAN. Climate change, pollution, ocean acidification and overfishing are already depleting marine life. It is unacceptable for the U.S. Navy to dismiss these mass casualties under the collateral damage paradigm for testing purposes.

Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 based on the following findings and policies:

1. The U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) protects all marine mammals, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), sirenians (manatees and dugongs), sea otters, and polar bears within the waters of the United States.
The Act makes it illegal to "take" marine mammals without a permit. This means people may not harass, feed, hunt, capture, collect, or kill any marine mammal or part of a marine mammal
http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/what-we-do/rescue/marine-mammal-protection-act.html

2. Some marine mammal species or stocks may be in danger of extinction or depletion as a result of human activities;
•These species or stocks must not be permitted to fall below their optimum sustainable population level ("depleted");
•Measures should be taken to replenish these species or stocks;
•There is inadequate knowledge of the ecology and population dynamics; and
•Marine mammals have proven to be resources of great international significance.
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/laws/mmpa/

We urge Congress to stop the U.S. Navy’s plans and demand they develop alternative testing methods.”

Ergo Sum on Sep 2, 2013 at 12:10:46

“"CNemoGlobal. 3 Fans. WE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS PLAN."

All three of you do not support this plan? 7 billion more votes to count...”
Circus Animal Abuse: Parents Conflicted Over Taking Their Children To The Show (VIDEO)

Circus Animal Abuse: Parents Conflicted Over Taking Their Children To The Show (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 10, 2012 at 03:54:42 in Green

“"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." Mahatma Ghandi

Animal circuses should pass into history. They are incongruous with an enlightened age of ecological awareness and sensitivity. Boycott them to put them out of business.”
Sangha Tri-National Protected Area Declared A World Heritage Site

Sangha Tri-National Protected Area Declared A World Heritage Site

Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 15:13:55 in Green

“The history of slavery is indeed shameful, as is any form of inhumane treatment of people or animals. There is a need for more transparency in Namibia's governance of wildlife and marine mammals. Sustainability is key to conservation of both resources. It is well settled that the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources has ignored its own scientists (NatMIRC) in this regard when allocating TACs so they can accommodate fishing and sealing stakeholders, i.e., collect quota fees. Wildlife is part of Namibia's proud heritage; shipping them as a "consignment" to unknown environmental conditions in Cuba is a disconnect from that heritage.

http://www.informante.web.na/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10123%3Adont-play-god-with-nature&catid=16%3Aoff-the-desk&Itemid=102
Sangha Tri-National Protected Area Declared A World Heritage Site

Sangha Tri-National Protected Area Declared A World Heritage Site

Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 04:01:03 in Green

“MEDIA STATEMENT : ISSUED ON 09 JULY 2012
The NSPCA [National Council of SPCA's in SA] expresses its disgust at the Namibian government’s decision to capture animals from the wild for transportation to Cuba. Some 150 animals, including elephant, large carnivores, small predators, antelope and vultures will form part of a consignment being donated to the Cuban government as part of an agreement between the two countries.
Plans are to relocate the first animals to Cuba by air by October 2012.
The NSPCA expresses concern that these wild-caught animals are to endure a long and stressful flight to their new destination and also raises questions as to whether or not any animal welfare organisation has checked the facilities and standards of care at their end destination. It is understood that the animals will be kept in a national zoo-type park, where some animals will be semi-free but still confined.
It is saddening to note that these animals will be taken out of their natural habitats and sent to a strange land where they will be deprived of freedom and be totally dependent on humans for their daily needs. Considering the inhumane culling of seals taking place in Namibia at the moment and the world-wide outcry, this latest action by the Namibian government and its Ministry of Environment and Tourism raises serious concerns regarding this country’s stance on animal welfare. Perhaps something for animal lovers to consider when considering Namibia as a holiday destination.”

artleads on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:32:34

“I'm writing in the spirit of trying to find reasonable answers to the escalating march of species loss in Africa and elsewhere. Having flown over Cuba many times and marveled at how green it is, the prospect of Cuba being a site for sequestering endangered species is at least interesting. As climate change advances, it is likely that many parts of the planet will become unlivable for people and animals. This could require massive, innovative transfer of biological life to parts of the world where they have a shot at survival. Cuba, with its lion's share of scientists and pristine nature, seems like a good place for animal transfer. I also wonder if the lack of freedom for animals you mention could be alleviated by locating the animals on large (real of artificial) islands where the fences are only around the human population.”

Lonetress on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:24:29

“May be they learned this from how their grandfathers were taken like animals to far off countries and endured long and stressful boat rides that took the lives of some of them. To this day, the descendants of their captives still tell the slves' offspring, 'go back to Africa.' African nations expressed disgust at this practice but nobody cared. How can they be told not to transport animals the same way when their people were transported like that?”
Ann Curry Speaks Out: Former 'Today' Host Breaks Her Twitter Silence

Ann Curry Speaks Out: Former 'Today' Host Breaks Her Twitter Silence

Commented Jul 6, 2012 at 02:59:36 in Media

“Its short-sighted that NBC News executives, who described the show as “cooking segments, movie star interviews and fluffy features" felt Curry lacked chemistry in such an environment. She is a veteran journalist, as opposed to Where-in-the-World-is-Matt-Lauer who always seemed lost outside of Manhattan. The show title should be changed to reflect its frivolous content: Banality in America. "Today" is Yesterday. Curry will attain higher goals.”
Camping World Drops 'Celebrity Apprentice' Sponsorship Over Donald Trump Jr.'s African Game Hunting (VIDEO)

Camping World Drops 'Celebrity Apprentice' Sponsorship Over Donald Trump Jr.'s African Game Hunting (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 20:17:40 in Green

“We urge the Trump family to learn more about the threats to African wildlife from rampant poaching funded by Asian criminal orgs. The illegal wildlife trade in ivory and horns has already caused the extinction of the Black Rhino from West Africa, the Java Rhino from Vietnam. In Zimbabwe, officials have inflated the official number of elephants in the country so they can benefit from the ivory trade. Mr. Rodrigues said corrupt officials want to dupe the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) into allowing Zimbabwe to continue trading in ivory. Some are believed to have stockpiled ivory from animals shot in national parks and private game parks seized from their white owners. "It is all about greed and the ongoing looting of natural resources" Mr. Rodrigues said.

The Trumps were probably unaware of such a scheme. We hope they will support conservation and anti-poaching campaigns in future.”

TenaciousMutt on Mar 15, 2012 at 21:52:39

“I'm not as diplomatic.

I urge the Trump family to go straight to he!!.”
Peter Kent At The Huffington Post Canada: The Environment Minister Answers Your Questions

Peter Kent At The Huffington Post Canada: The Environment Minister Answers Your Questions

Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 14:04:08 in Canada Politics

“Rec'd February 25, 2012
‎"Thank you for your e-mail to the Prime Minister.
Please be assured that your comments, offered on behalf of CNemo Global, have been noted and that they will receive due consideration from the Minister, whom you also addressed in your correspondence.
Once again, thank you for writing.

P. Monteith
Executive Correspondence Officer
for the Prime Minister's Office
Agent de correspondance
de la haute direction
pour le Cabinet du Premier ministre"”
Daniel Richards, President Of The California Fish And Game Commission, Under Fire For Shooting Mountain Lion

Daniel Richards, President Of The California Fish And Game Commission, Under Fire For Shooting Mountain Lion

Commented Mar 3, 2012 at 14:36:55 in San Francisco

“Our concerns are based on Mr. Richards’ history, and the power he is currently entrusted with. In February 2010, prosecutors filed charges in connection with bribery allegations involving the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors’ $102 million lawsuit settlement with Colonies Partners in November 2006. Richards, a Colonies co-managing member, was not named in the indictment. He was later identified as one of five uncharged co-conspirators.

In the present case, a complaint filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleges that Dan Richards illegally accepted a $6,800 gift from the Flying B Ranch in Idaho. The complaint says he didn’t pay the full fee charged to other guests who go on guided lion hunts. Under state law, officials can’t accept gifts of more than $420 a year.

These incidents are cause for concern as to Mr. Richards’ judicial temperament and ability to exercise his powers with impartiality. The CFG 5-member panel considers various regulations, policies and grants as set forth in the link below. The commissioner's personal enjoyment of hunting should not influence his decisions but his actions now call that into question.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap490.htm#Sec26-3.htm
Daniel Richards, President Of The California Fish And Game Commission, Under Fire For Shooting Mountain Lion

Daniel Richards, President Of The California Fish And Game Commission, Under Fire For Shooting Mountain Lion

Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 23:16:18 in San Francisco

“CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Upon Richards' appointment to office by then Gov. Schwartenegger in February 2008, John Bishop, Commissioner San Bernardino County Fish & Game Commission stated:

“...He [Richards] is in the real estate development business. To me that's a plus, because he DOESN'T REPRESENT ANY SPECIAL INTEREST in the hunting/fishing/farming industries. He's a very avid hunter and fisherman, and CONSIDERS HUNTING AND FISHING INTERESTS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES (emphasis added). He's an aggressive hands on guy who will personally go out and look at projects that request government funding. As he's always saying, "we've got limited funds, so I want to make sure hunters and fishermen are getting the biggest bang for their buck that is possible. On the county level (at least our county) people appointed to the F&G commissions are unpaid volunteers, so he's been putting in all his time, travel, expenses into our projects because of his love of hunting and fishing. From my experience with him, I think he'll be a great supporter of the hunters and fishermen in this state, especially in So. Cal.”

While Mr. Richards did not violate California law, his personal agenda is in itself a special interest, in conflict with that of the Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game. We urge the Calif. legislature to remove him from office immediately and appoint a more qualified candidate.”

jonreid1020 on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:03:48

“What personal agenda? His interest in hunting and fishing? Thats what he's in charge of... There should be a requirement to be a hunter or fisherman to be on the board. Its insulting to have a non-hunter in charge of hunting. I have heard women complaining for years, that men have no business imposing abortion laws on women, so likewise, why should non-hunters be involved in hunting laws.”
Peter Kent At The Huffington Post Canada: The Environment Minister Answers Your Questions

Peter Kent At The Huffington Post Canada: The Environment Minister Answers Your Questions

Commented Feb 24, 2012 at 03:53:27 in Canada Politics

“Thanks Willy. It might be understandable in matters of national security, but not for purposes of political/economic manipulation, especially with publicly funded research.”
Peter Kent At The Huffington Post Canada: The Environment Minister Answers Your Questions

Peter Kent At The Huffington Post Canada: The Environment Minister Answers Your Questions

Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 13:57:59 in Canada Politics

“The gagging of scientists violates the Constitutional Law of Canada, section 2b of the Charter regarding free speech and free press. Censorship only facilitates corruption in Canada's fisheries and sealing sector, e.g, seals being blamed for depleting Cod stocks to justify their commercial culling, inter alia. However, this obfuscates the fact that over-fishing and inadequate fisheries management play a greater role:

"The report also determined that Canada has 797 marine protected areas (MPAs), accounting for less than 1 per cent of its oceans -- far less than its international commitments ask for to establish a protected network covering 10 per cent of them; and that 20 years after the collapse of Newfoundland's northern cod fishery there is still no recovery target or timeline for rebuilding the population.
The Royal Society of Canada believes that other developed countries facing the same pressures as Canada, such as Australia, Norway and the US, have done much better regarding sustainable ecosystem-based management practices, even going so far as to identify precise targets levels for most species and making it obligatory to meet them." (fis.com)

Since the international market for seal products is diminishing, evidenced by Russia's ban of seal imports from Canada and Greenland and China's reconsideration of the seal trade, shouldn’t the Canadian government move the country forward by (1) reforming its fisheries management program, and (2) recognize the need to develop economic alternatives to the declining sealing industry? These steps would be more sustainable for Canada's future. Thank you.”

CNemoGlobal on Mar 4, 2012 at 14:04:08

“Rec'd February 25, 2012
‎"Thank you for your e-mail to the Prime Minister.
Please be assured that your comments, offered on behalf of CNemo Global, have been noted and that they will receive due consideration from the Minister, whom you also addressed in your correspondence.
Once again, thank you for writing.

P. Monteith
Executive Correspondence Officer
for the Prime Minister's Office
Agent de correspondance
de la haute direction
pour le Cabinet du Premier ministre"”

Willy54 on Feb 24, 2012 at 00:05:41

“Excellent commentary, except I believe that citizens sign off their free speech rights when they sign o to jobs in the federal civil service. The gagging that has been implemented is, nevertheless, repugnant.”
Seal Hunt Canada: Fur Pins, Liberal Senator Mac Harb Says, Won't Revive A Dead Industry

Seal Hunt Canada: Fur Pins, Liberal Senator Mac Harb Says, Won't Revive A Dead Industry

Commented Feb 4, 2012 at 14:18:42 in Canada Politics

“To: Honorable Stephen Harper; Members of Parliament

CNemoGlobal is an NGO environmental watchdog. We have been following Canada's Harp Seal cull controversy. We note that the seals have been blamed for depleting the Cod stocks in order to justify the commercial culling, inter alia. However, this obfuscates the fact that over-fishing and inadequate fisheries management play a greater role:

"The report also determined that Canada has 797 marine protected areas (MPAs), accounting for less than 1 per cent of its oceans -- far less than its international commitments ask for to establish a protected network covering 10 per cent of them; and that 20 years after the collapse of Newfoundland's northern cod fishery there is still no recovery target or timeline for rebuilding the population.
The Royal Society of Canada believes that other developed countries facing the same pressures as Canada, such as Australia, Norway and the US, have done much better regarding sustainable ecosystem-based management practices, even going so far as to identify precise targets levels for most species and making it obligatory to meet them." (fis.com)

Undeniably, the international market for seal products is diminishing, as evidenced by Russia's recent ban of seal imports from Canada and Greenland and China's reconsideration of the seal trade. Moving forward, the Canadian government must (1) reform its fisheries management program, and (2) recognize the need to develop economic alternatives to the declining sealing industry. These steps would be more sustainable for Canada's future. Thank you for your consideration.”
South Africa Rhino Poaching: 8 Animals Lost In One Day

South Africa Rhino Poaching: 8 Animals Lost In One Day

Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 19:11:24 in Green

“China is a growing stakeholder in Africa, loaning $billions and building infrastructure in exchange for hard commodities such as uranium, iron ore, etc. Their growing presence and political influence in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, etc. are perceived as a threat of colonisation. Adding insult to injury is the illegal wildlife trade - poaching of rhinos and elephants - financed by Asian buyers. As members of the UN and WTO, China and Vietnam must take immediate action against those criminal organisations. This form of corruption is unsustainable.”
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