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White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
This is the propaganda that lulls the public into thinking that a meaningless balanced approach which juggles the rights of polluters to profit and the rights of helpless animals to live is tantamount to ethical policy.


"And here's the part where the oil cartel hilariously pretends to be very, very miffed at the government's outrageous strong-arm "humanitarian" tactics:

The American Petroleum Institute, the National Ocean Industries Association and other groups were unable to persuade the Interior Department to scale back proposed time-outs to watch for animals before starting testing and requirements that companies shut down activities when dolphins and other animals are nearby."

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GR:  Harsh? I don't think so.  This administration seems to hold no love for animals or the Earth environment.  As Karen Garcia points out, it isn't really negotiating when the argument is over profits vs. life.  It's pseudo negotiating intended to convince the masses that our leaders are being fair and balanced.

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Wisconsin: A Sadist's Paradise

Wisconsin: A Sadist's Paradise | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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Why Killing Wildlife Is Very Bad For Our Health

Why Killing Wildlife Is Very Bad For Our Health | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
A just-published study in the online journal PLOS Biology says that shrinking biodiversity means a rise in tropical diseases including malaria and dengue fever.
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Following 'Rim Fire,' what should be done with the trees left behind? | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

Following 'Rim Fire,' what should be done with the trees left behind? | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
A year after a California wildfire known as the “Rim Fire” burnt through over 250,000 acres of Sierra Nevada forests, environmentalists and loggers are debating what to do with the blackened woodland it left behind. The timber industry believes that chopping … Continue reading →
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Logging healthy forests destroys soil microorganisms and reduces forest diversity.  Logging burned forests is even more destructive.  Access roads and equipment movements promote erosion, introduce weeds, damage surviving undergrowth, and crush the new tree seedlings that would replace the original forest.  Logging these fragile environments reduces watershed values and slows recovery.  Only an agency such as the U. S. Forest Service that is controlled by the profit-motivated logging industry would approve logging a burned forest.   

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Commend Organizations for Rescuing Animals From Puppy Mill

Commend Organizations for Rescuing Animals From Puppy Mill | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: Quebec Agriculture Ministry and other organizations Goal: Praise organizations for rescuing animals from deplorable conditions at puppy mill Quebec agriculture officials have recently discovered one of the largest puppy mills in the...
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Sign the Animal Bill of Rights

Sign the Animal Bill of Rights | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress that there is popular support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basi...
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Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner - Public News Service

Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner - Public News Service | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner. 

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California's "downer" law.

Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped workers at the auction house beating, throwing and neglecting injured, lame or sick animals. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Mercy for Animals, said this case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane and often illegal abuses of farm animals.

"This conviction should serve as a warning to auctions across the state and the country that animal abuse will not be tolerated," he said.

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Ban Cruel Wildlife Traps

Ban Cruel Wildlife Traps | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: Honorable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
Goal: Ban the use of cruel leghold traps in British Columbia
Leghold traps are cruel devices designed to hold an animal against its will.
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Washington Fish & Wildlife Rejects Nonlethal Wolf Management

Washington Fish & Wildlife Rejects Nonlethal Wolf Management | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Historical ties to special interests that harvest the land’s resources influence government wildlife agencies. The agencies are resisting the shift to preservation rather than harvest. Like the ...
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Why spiders may be the human races ultimate spin doctors

Why spiders may be the human races ultimate spin doctors | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Arachnids are essential for biodiversity and we are only starting to understand the medical and scientific benefits they could bringMost ecologists talk about saving the worlds wildlife from the animals perspective, which is a public relations...


"Most ecologists talk about saving the world’s wildlife from the animals’ perspective, which is a public relations mistake. Humans – one of the most wildly successful species of the Cenozoic era, which began about 65m years ago – have trouble empathising with polar bears, tropical frogs and dolphins as those animals sink toward extinction. A better way is to appeal to a human’s unstoppable desire to forward his own self-interest. This is how Norman Platnick talks about spider conservation.

“If spiders disappeared, we would face famine,” says Platnick, who studies arachnids at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, where a live spider exhibit debuted last month. “Spiders are primary controllers of insects. Without spiders, all of our crops would be consumed by those pests.”

"Using the word “famine” is a good way to get an otherwise indifferent person’s attention. Although the magnitude of the insect apocalypse that would occur without spiders is not clear, the importance of spiders to agriculture certainly is. Predation and chemical control are the only ways to limit herbivorous pests, because there’s so much food available to them in our amber waves of grain.

"Spiders are excellent at this task. And there are many of them prepared to apply themselves. A 1990 study found 614 species of spiders in US croplands, representing 19% of the spider species in North America. Spiders are particularly crucial in organic farming, which relies heavily on biological pest control."

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Allowing web weavers indoors by the windows and doors and in the corners of the rooms keeps flies and mosquitoes in check.  Indoors and out, I only remove black widow webs.

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Save Rhinos from Rampant Poaching

Save Rhinos from Rampant Poaching | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: President Barack Obama and U.S. Government Goal: Save the last remaining rhinos from poachers before these amazing animals go extinct *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single...
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Animals Rights is the Greatest Social Justice Issue Since the Abolition of Slavery"

Animals Rights is the Greatest Social Justice Issue Since the Abolition of Slavery" | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

By Free From Harm Staff Writers | June 24, 2012 | Philip Wollen, Australian Philanthropist, Former VP of Citibank, Makes Blazing Animal Rights Speech.

Intelligence Squared’s 2012 series of debates kicked off with a look at the ethics of eating meat. Six speakers are divided into two teams for lively and insightful arguments for and against the proposition, Animals Should Be Off the Menu. Out of an audience of hundreds, 73.6% agreed meat should be off the menu upon hearing all of the arguments.

Garry Rogers's insight:

Great speech.  The arguments on behalf of animals overpowered the arguments for eating meat.  Ten minutes well spent.

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Kariega Game Reserve photographic safari - Africa Geographic Blog

Kariega Game Reserve photographic safari - Africa Geographic Blog | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Guests comment on a successful photographic expedition to Kariega Game Reserve.  

By: Christian Boix and Brendon Jennings

"Africa Geographic Travel recently hosted the first of this years’ three fully booked photographic safaris at the always exciting Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This trip was once more led by Brendon Jennings, Kariega Game Reserve’s very own specialist photographic ranger and guide.

“The trip was blessed from the onset by an eclectic mix of people, a medical doctor, a retired couple from New Zealand, an art teacher and a photo journalist. One of the things I enjoy most about trips like this is the shared experiences we have with people from vastly different backgrounds with the common interest being nature and photography.”– (Brendon Jennings)

Garry Rogers's insight:

Photography field trips are a great alternative to hunting trips.  Photography clubs everywhere should plan more outings, and they should share their plans with their local wildlife agencies (often called Game ... agencies).  Obtaining a good photograph takes as much or more skill than killing with rifle or bow.

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Neonics and genetically engineered crops to be phased out at national wildlife refuges

Neonics and genetically engineered crops to be phased out at national wildlife refuges | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
These elements of "industrial agriculture" not needed at refuges- Pressure to ban neonictinoid pesticides and mobilization against GE crops has been growing. The U.S. government is perceived by man...
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service will terminate use of Neonics and GMOs in most wildlife refuges by 2016.  Let's hope  this is the start of a change across the US Department of the Interior, the largest manager of US public lands.

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Hallmark is selling ivory….as a perfect 14th anniversary present

Hallmark is selling ivory….as a perfect 14th anniversary present | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Hallmark is promoting IVORY as a 14th wedding anniversary gift on their website and posting this blatant falsehood: “Many pieces of beautiful jewelry showcase ivory shed naturally from animals. Loo...
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Plant Trees, Save Lives

Plant Trees, Save Lives | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Of course, in the Southwest we can't plant more trees because the supply of water is dwindling. Over the past year, I've had to turn six large native cottonwood trees into wildlife woodpiles. Cot...
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Tanzanian Conservationists propose ways of securing the Eastern Arc Mountain forests | BirdLife

Tanzanian Conservationists propose ways of securing the Eastern Arc Mountain forests | BirdLife | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
RT @CommunityCEPF: Tanzanian conservationists propose ways of protecting #biodiversity in the @Data_EACF, http://t.co/8Glq2VUaqp @BirdLife_…
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350 New Bird Species; More Than 25% Threatened

350 New Bird Species; More Than 25% Threatened | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
From Birdlife
One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar
More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
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Perhaps the real surprise is that more aren't threatened.  In my home state, wildlife biologists consider more than half of the 451 native species vulnerable or imperiled, many critically imperiled.


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North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought - The Sacramento Bee

North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought - The Sacramento Bee | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"California wildlife officials are asking the public to help watch for sick waterfowl that may be suffering because of the drought. Avian botulism is more likely to spread when birds cluster in small pockets of water. Already, hundreds of dead birds have been reported at three locations across the state, including the canal that bisects Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood.  

"Add another casualty to California’s prolonged and punishing drought: Wildlife officials warned this week that dry conditions in the state’s Central Valley could have a devastating effect on North American waterfowl.

"The Central Valley is recognized as the most important resting and wintering ground on the Pacific Flyway, a global migratory path for millions of ducks, geese and other birds. About 5 million waterfowl spend the winter on state and federal wildlife refuge areas and flooded rice fields in the Central Valley each winter.

"This year, the worst drought in a generation means those Central Valley habitats have been dramatically reduced in size. Wildlife refuges have had their state and federal water supplies cut by 25 percent. Rice acreage has been reduced by a similar amount as farmers also have endured water cutbacks.

"As a result, millions of migrating birds will be crowded into less habitat, significantly increasing the odds of botulism outbreaks, which spread rapidly and can kill thousands of birds in a matter of days. The problem is not limited to rural areas but can affect waterfowl drawn to urban water bodies as well. Officials also are concerned the drought could cause food shortages.

"Already, at least 1,700 waterfowl have died at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge near the...."


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/30/6593565/drought-contributing-to-waterfowl.html#mi_rss=Environment#storylink=cpy

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This is a very sad consequence of the drought...

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New Lawsuit To Protect Richardson Grove Redwoods

New Lawsuit To Protect  Richardson Grove Redwoods | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

News release from wildcalifornia.org:   Third Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Caltrans From Vandalizing Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park SAN FRANCISCO


— Following two previously successful federal and state court legal actions, conservation...

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These incredible trees are worthy of protection. 

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Gila National Forest Plan Allows 3,000 Miles for Off-road Vehicles

Gila National Forest Plan Allows 3,000 Miles for Off-road Vehicles | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Off-road vehicles disturb wildlife and damage habitats. According to RoadFree.org, keeping wild areas free of roads is a remarkably cost-efficient way of protecting biodiversity.
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California wake-up call: Extreme drought will lead to migration exit and real estate collapse - NaturalNews.com

California wake-up call: Extreme drought will lead to migration exit and real estate collapse - NaturalNews.com | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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The American crocodile: A prehistoric beast on the brink of extinction

The American crocodile: A prehistoric beast on the brink of extinction | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"A crocodile takes a swim in Everglades National Park — but not all is rosy. There's still work to be done to maintain populations worldwide.  

An American crocodile photographed in Florida
"One of the largest of the crocodile species in the world, the American crocodile can be found in coastal areas in southern North America, Central America, and northern South America. (This one is in Everglades National Park in Florida.) They love the brackish water of estuaries and mangrove swamps, and can even be found at sea as it swims from island to island. An adult can grow to lengths of over 15 feet, and weigh as much as a ton. However, its large size also made it a target for hunting. This combined with pollution, habitat loss, and adults removed from the wild for crocodile farming all sent its numbers plummeting. While it is currently considered an endangered species throughout most of its range, it was downgraded from endangered to threatened in the United States in 2007 thanks to a small but important rise in population after protections were put in place. Unfortunately, not every country where the species is found has the ability or desire to fully protect the species from poaching."
Garry Rogers's insight:

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, http://www.cites.org) needs more power and must incorporate the IUCN Red List (http://www.iucnredlist.org).  Moreover, the United Nations must encourage members to adopt regulatory standards for biodiversity protection.

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Exquisite oil paintings reflect on climate change consequences

Exquisite oil paintings reflect on climate change consequences | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
In this thought-provoking collection of paintings, Canadian artist Eric Vanasse poses important questions about the fate of our planet and the humans and animals that call it home. (Wow, what a strong message & reality check!
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The arts clarify tough issues with elegance and brevity.

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The grey parrot’s perilous journey from the forests of Congo to solitary confinement in your living room.

The grey parrot’s perilous journey from the forests of Congo to solitary confinement in your living room. | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

rey parrots are one of Africa’s treasures, and seeing them bank and wheel in the skies in noisy flocks, or chatter in the canopies as they forage is a delight and privilege. They surely represent freedom in its purest form. But grey parrots are also the epitome of life behind bars. These intelligent, enigmatic birds are perhaps best known as the feathered entertainers that chirp, wolf-whistle and mimic their way into our hearts from cages in homes across the globe. So this is the story of a special bird that is vanishing from Africa’s forests as fast as morning mist under a tropical sun, and how our fascination for a species can lead to its extermination from the wild.
   The history of the grey parrot’s domestication dates at least as far back as 2000 BC with Egyptian hieroglyphics clearly depicting grey parrots as pets. The ancient Greeks also valued them, as did wealthy Romans who often kept them in ornate cages....

Garry Rogers's insight:

We have no moral right to capture and imprison wild animals. The species we take have families and societies, they feel fear and loneliness, and they play important roles in natural ecosystems.  This insensitive practice by humans has created a commercial enterprise that threatens extinction for many species.

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