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Ban Trophy Hunting of Lions in South Africa

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Lion hunting is still legal in South Africa, and has led to an alarming decrease in the number of wild African lions still left.

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While there is still money to be made from our dangerously diminished wildlife, we have to step up the pace and put an end to this slaughter as quickly as possible..time is running out for all wildlife, and South Africa is in the lead!! Join media groups, sign petitions and become an ACTIVE voice around the world..write letters to government officials, in all African countries, so as to prove to them that we are really serious about saving our wildlife..

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:46 PM

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Dominique Osh's curator insight, April 13, 2013 9:29 PM

When will this insanity stop, when we kill the last beautiful Majestic Lion??? Because some sociopath with a small penis wants to feel domination over taking a life???

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Protecting Endangered African Wildlife Animals And Species

Enter your name now to receive a copy of the movie - helpingfeet.org It's another bright and sunny day in Africa! Several different African wildlife are roaming around in their natural habitats. Then suddenly there is the sound of gun shots.
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Indonesia: The Rape and Pillage of Sumatran tigers' last stronghold

Indonesia: The Rape and Pillage of   Sumatran tigers' last stronghold | The extinction of our wildlife | Scoop.it

May 25, 2013 Guardian Environment - John Vidal:

No Sumatran wild animal is safe as contact with humans rises with disastrous results...

Contact between humans and wild animals is increasing disastrously in Sumatra as deforestation, mining and palm oil concessions expand, fragmenting forest habitats and driving animals out of protected areas. The exact number of tigers left in the wild is uncertain but latest estimates range from under 300 to possibly 500 in 27 locations.,,, http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/26/tigers-stronghold-sumatra-poachers

 

 

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*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - THE RAINFOREST'S LAST STAND http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/video/2013/may/24/sumatra-indonesia-rainforest-video

 

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TEN NEWS AUSTRALIA INVESTIGATION: PALM OIL ECOCIDE - http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1561454232/palm-oil-ecocide-ten-news-australia-video

 

 

 

PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

“SUSTAINABLE” PALM OIL SHOULD NOT DRIVE DEFORESTATION http://sco.lt/7N5vU1

 

CAN UN REDD EVER BECOME GREEN? CORRUPTION FROM WITHIN ****Video: CARBON AND FOREST ECOCIDE http://sco.lt/6uQmif

 

TERRACIDE: THE BIGGEST CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE IN HISTORY - DESTROYING THE PLANET FOR RECORD PROFITS  http://sco.lt/8vbBSb

 

ERADICATING ECOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/56vkOH

 

 

 


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pdjmoo's curator insight, May 27, 2013 1:57 AM

"Sustainability" is not about replanting trees.  Entire ecosystems that have developed over hundreds if not thousands of years are being destroyed.  Extinction is forever.

The original wildlife that existed in the natural forests cannot survive in the replanted palm oil plantations, so what is gained are massive multi-million dollar profits for the multi-national's bottomline.  What is lost is the earth's heritage that maintains a healthy biosphere for all species to survive.  This is one of the major causes for climate change, yet we keep on trying to justify it and rationalise this destruction.  Further indigenous people's land is being plundered and they are being displaced and "re-colonized" to serve the corporate master's quarterly bottom-line.

It is time to wake up to the fact that the old paradigm for doing business is killing us and our planet. We must design a new model that restores health and well being to our ecosystems and thus restore respect and dignity to humanity and all life.  We cannot continue to rape and pillage the finite resources on our planet without paying a terrible price down the line. In the final analysis we cannot drink oil or eat money.

Short-term thinking for bigger, faster, more profits will be the death-knoll for all life on Planet Earth, for without Nature We Do Not Exist.

Daniel Alas's curator insight, March 3, 8:28 AM

Most people  would be so angry and sad that someone can just walk into their home and knock it down. Animal also loose their land to people who walk in. Even the top predator can loose their land to greedy corporate   businessmen that want to build a hotel or a McDonald. The abuse of deforestation is diminishing  animal population around the world.

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Extinct Animals of World - 21 Articles

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extinct animals: Woolly mammoth - Early in 2011, Japanese scientists announced that they planned to clone a woolly mammoth within five years....
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Groups: Tanzania gov't kicking Maasai off land to give to Emirati hunting company

NAIROBI, Kenya –  Activists say Tanzania's government is preparing to kick Maasai tribesmen off their land near the country's most famous wildlife park to allow a company from the United Arab Emirates to use the land for hunting.

 

Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism announced last week it is shrinking the size of the Loliondo Game Controlled Areas.

 

Sarah Gilbertz of Survival International said the land is leased to the Ortello Business Corporation of the United Arab Emirates to use for trophy hunting.

 

Will Davies, spokesman for the activist group Avaaz, said up to 68,000 Maasai villagers could be driven off their land. Avaaz posted a petition on its website to help the Maasai. It had more than 1.1 million signatures Friday.


 


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Why cant the rest of the world, keep to their own countries? Why are the African governments allowing the take over and decimation of African?? What is it with these people????

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The Palm Oil Holocaust - And We Stand By And Allow Corporate Ecocide?

MARCH 2013

Orangutan Outreach has been partners with International Animal Rescue (IAR) since 2009. The orangutans of West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) now have a safe... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sjoxX_oPsQ&feature=youtu.be

 

 

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "SUSTAINABLE" PALM OIL - THERE CAN BE NO JUSTIFICATION, EXCUSE OR REASON FOR THIS ...

 

DO YOUR COOKIES AND SHAMPOO CONTAIN "DEFORESTATION"? http://sco.lt/5gTaj3

 

ARE YOU EATING DIRTY OIL? THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE PALM OIL INDUSTRY | One Green Planet http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/are-you-eating-dirty-oil-the-environmental-impacts-of-the-palm-oil-industry/

 

Mongabay FEATURED VIDEO:
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY WITNESSES END OF FOREST FOR PALM OIL http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0326-muaratae-video.html

 

 

+++PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

 

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TEN NEWS AUSTRALIA INVESTIGATION: PALM OIL ECOCIDE - http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1561454232/palm-oil-ecocide-ten-news-australia-video

 

Mongabay FEATURED VIDEO:
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY WITNESSES END OF FOREST FOR PALM OIL http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0326-muaratae-video.html

 

 

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"GREEN": AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY: DEATH OF THE FORESTS  - 47:46 - by Patrick Rouxel - YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRPmqNPHALs&feature=related Featured on "Witness "- Al Jazeera English http://ow.ly/9Y6ae

 

MORE ON CORPORATE DEFORESTATION FOR PALM OIL AND THE INCREDIBLE DESTRUCTION OF LIFE AND PRICE WE ARE PAYING

http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=PALM+OIL+ECOCIDE

 

 

+++++  IN PICTURES: RAINFORESTS TO PALM OIL via Mongabay http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0702-rainforests-to-palm-oil-photos.html

 

MORE WHY BIOFUELS ARE NOT THE ANSWER

http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=BIOFUELS

 

MORE ON THE HORRORS OF PALM OIL ECOCIDE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=PALM+OIL+ECOCIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Vietnam and Mozambique are urged to do more to stop illegal rhino trade

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Conservation convention suggests steps the two nations could take to help save the endangered animals.

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Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: The Smoking Gun that shows the Tories lied about ALL of their Welfare intentions

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: The Smoking Gun that shows the Tories lied about ALL of their Welfare intentions | The extinction of our wildlife | Scoop.it

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Bloody disgusting treatment of the poor and elderly..

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britishroses's curator insight, March 14, 2013 12:49 PM

Everyone should read this, don't miss it!

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TERRACIDE: The Biggest Criminal Enterprise in History - Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

TERRACIDE: The Biggest Criminal Enterprise in History - Destroying the Planet for Record Profits | The extinction of our wildlife | Scoop.it

May 23, 2013 Tom Engelhardt - Common Dreams

Terracide and the Terrarists ...

 

Call it irony, if you will, or call it a nightmare, but Big Oil evidently has no qualms about making its next set of profits directly off melting the planet.  Its top executives continue to plan their futures (and so ours), knowing that their extremely profitable acts are destroying the very habitat, the very temperature range that for so long made life comfortable for humanity.

Their prior knowledge of the damage they are doing is what should make this a criminal activity.  And there are corporate precedents for this, even if on a smaller scale.  The lead industry, the asbestos industry, and the tobacco companies all knew the dangers of their products, made efforts to suppress the information or instill doubt about it even as they promoted the glories of what they made, and went right on producing and selling while others suffered and died.... http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/23-4

 

OBAMA'S ARCTIC STRATEGY SETS OFF A CLIMATE TIME BOMB - THE SUICIDAL RACE FOR ARCTIC'S NATURAL RESOURCES http://sco.lt/9MK5eT

 

ARCTIC OCEAN 'ACIDIFYING RAPIDLY' - HIGHEST LEVELS IN 55 MILLION YEARS - ARCTIC COULD BE ICE-FREE IN TWO YEARS http://sco.lt/6qm61h

 

May 23, 3013 Smart Planet
OBAMA'S COAL COMEBACK http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/coals-us-comeback/20453?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660

 

May 23, 2013 Fuel Fix
HIGHER EMISSIONS LINKED TO COAL-FIRED PLANTS IN TEXAS AND OTHER STATES http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/05/23/higher-emissions-linked-to-coal-fired-power-plants-in-texas-and-other-states/

 

March 7, 2013 - Smart Planet
MEET THE COMPANIES LOOKING TO PROFIT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/meet-the-companies-looking-to-profit-from-climate-change/14398

 

THIS IS OUR ENERGY REALITY http://sco.lt/7LUrHV

 

ERADICATING ECOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/56vkOH

 

THE UPRISING:  GLOBAL BIOTECH/ GMO ECOCIDE  http://sco.lt/7wlInJ

 

 

 

March 7, 2013 CBC -The Nature of Things with David Suzuki - -
TIPPING POINT: AGE OF THE OIL SANDS http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episode/tipping-point.html

 

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VIDEO: TAR SANDS OIL EXTRACTION - "THE DIRTY TRUTH" VIDEO http://sco.lt/6OpdeT

 

March 6, 2013 - Inside Climate News

CRITICAL PART OF US STATE DEPT KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE REPORT DONE BY FIRMS WITH DEEP OIL INDUSTRY TIES http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130306/keystone-xl-eis-state-department-transcanada-oil-tar-sands-industry-ensys-energy-koch-brothers-exxonmobil-bp-obama

 

30 March 2013 The Tyee –
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE COMPANY BULLIES http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/03/30/Pipeline-Company-Bullies/

 

 

April 1, 2013 Huffington Post
NASA's DR. JAMES HANSEN: DOUBLING DOWN ON OUR FAUSTIAN BARGAINhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-hansen/doubling-down-on-our-faustian-bargain_b_2989535.html?

 

 

FRACKING OURSELVES INTO OBLIVION http://sco.lt/8mKlIP

 

HOW A NEW STUDY SERIOUSLY CHALLENGES NATURAL GAS AS A CLEAN FOSSIL FUEL - METHANE GREENHOUSE GAS RISES http://sco.lt/7Ftflp

 

USA NATURAL GAS (FRACKING) IS FOR EXPORT, LEAVING A POLLUTION CESSPOOL FOR TAXPAYER CLEANUP - METHANE GLOBAL WARMING http://sco.lt/6f9msr

 

FOOD OR FUEL:  BIG OIL AND BIG AG FIGHT IT OUT OVER ETHANOL BIOFUEL http://sco.lt/4rDj1t

 

THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US.  CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/630INt

 

HOLDING CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE: Mining Companies Devastate Pristine Wisconsin for Frac-Sand - Leaving a Mining, Chemical Wasteland http://sco.lt/66Gc7N

 

TIME TO END PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT AND SUBSIDIES FOR FOSSIL FUEL PRODUCERS http://sco.lt/5iNZyL

 

New Scientist

MAJOR METHANE RELEASE IS ALMOST INEVITABLE   http://sco.lt/8pss0v

 

MINING, FOREIGN LAND GRABS ENDANGERING ENVIRONMENT, ECOSYSTEMS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/5M5eLp

 

PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

 

 

VIDEO Encore:

*** ENDING THE SILENCE - POLITICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE - Moyers and Company http://sco.lt/5St5Cj

 

VIDEO REPORT Democracy Now May 13, 2013
"The Hockey Stick & the Climate Wars", Prof. Michael Mann

*** CLIMATE TIPPING POINT? CONCENTRATION OF CARBON DIOXIDE TOPS 400 PPM FOR FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/13/climate_tipping_point_concentration_of_carbon

 

 

 

 


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CineversityTV's curator insight, May 25, 2013 3:34 AM

Its called the Forbes 500.

Homage to the Seed's curator insight, May 26, 2013 4:42 PM

TERRACIDE: the stuff you dont want to read on a monday morning, or any other day of the week. Ever!

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, May 27, 2013 12:06 PM

We will have enough trouble repairing the centuries of accumulated damage to the environment (to the extent we can) without simultaneously creating more.  No matter what, we need to shut down the entire fossil fuel industry as soon as possible, as fast as feasible.

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Rhino's Last Gasp Signals General's Return to War - Valley News

Rhino's Last Gasp Signals General's Return to War - Valley News | The extinction of our wildlife | Scoop.it
Rhino's Last Gasp Signals General's Return to War
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The industry employs 4.5 percent of all working South Africans. Many tourists come to see the so-called Big Five land mammals: elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos.
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With negative growth, only 5 months into the new year, regretably, there will not be a big 5 that includes the rhino..fast behind it the elephant, and then the lions and leopards..

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Remembering "Green" - An Orangutan's journey - Winner of Best Short Documentary - Don't Miss This

Her name is Green, she is alone in a world that doesn't belong to her. She is a female orang-utan, victim of deforestation and resource exploitation.
This film is an emotional journey with Green's final days. It is a visual ride presenting the treasures of rainforest biodiversity and the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for palm oil plantations.
The film "Green" is a 48 min long documentary on the Indonesian rainforest, deforestation and orangutan extinction. It is a silent film (without narration) which addresses itself both to the Indonesians and the consumers of wood/paper/palm oil around the world. This film is now available for free download on the website: http://greenfilm.free.fr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J57ZRSjpzQA

 

PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

TEN NEWS "PALM OIL ECOCIDE"  TV AUSTRALIA VIDEO: http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1561454232/palm-oil-ecocide-ten-news-australia-video

 

THE YEAR IN RAINFORESTS - Mongabay - December 31, 2012 http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1231-year-in-rainforests-2012.html

 

NEW STUDY SLAMS INDONESIA'S FOREST PROTECTION - ONLY 4% OF FOREST WILL BE INTACT http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4470&Itemid=214

 

WILDLIFE IN THE TROPICS PLUMMETS BY OVER 60 PERCENT http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0515-hance-living-planet-report-tropics.html

 

HALF OF TROPICAL FORESTS PARKS LOSING BIODIVERSITY http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0725-hance-tropical-parks-biodiversity.html

 

  


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To make way for money, the forrests that are home to Orangutans, are dissappearing..tragedy and death for our wildlife. 

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pdjmoo's curator insight, December 31, 2012 11:01 PM

One of those documentaries that I keep revisiting...moves me to the core...and reminds me that we have other species on the planet suffering, other than human. During 2013  we must allow ourselves to fully embrace our natural world as part of us not separate from us.  The quality of human life depends on the health and well being of nature and our environment and we are disappearing it at an alarming rate, often beyond return. We cannot keep destroying the very life that makes up the intricate and unfathomable biosphere we live in without dire and irreversible consequences. This film keeps me right on the leading edge of activism.

Wildlife Margrit's comment, March 26, 2013 9:39 AM
Agreed
VanAllen's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:26 AM

I never forget my initial watching of the extremely moving and informative documentary GREEN but I am also always extremely grateful to be reminded of it when somebody else posts it. I wish everybody in the world could watch it and be equally moved to try to take action before it is too late. 

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Ban Trophy Hunting of Lions in South Africa

Ban Trophy Hunting of Lions in South Africa | The extinction of our wildlife | Scoop.it
Lion hunting is still legal in South Africa, and has led to an alarming decrease in the number of wild African lions still left.

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While there is still money to be made from our dangerously diminished wildlife, we have to step up the pace and put an end to this slaughter as quickly as possible..time is running out for all wildlife, and South Africa is in the lead!! Join media groups, sign petitions and become an ACTIVE voice around the world..write letters to government officials, in all African countries, so as to prove to them that we are really serious about saving our wildlife..

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:46 PM

Please consider this petition...

Dominique Osh's curator insight, April 13, 2013 9:29 PM

When will this insanity stop, when we kill the last beautiful Majestic Lion??? Because some sociopath with a small penis wants to feel domination over taking a life???

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Seeds of Destruction: PALM OIL Developers Threaten Africa's Rainforests

Seeds of Destruction: PALM OIL Developers Threaten Africa's Rainforests | The extinction of our wildlife | Scoop.it

New investigation reveals impacts on forests and local people of biggest palm oil plantations in Congo Basin

Half a million hectares of industrial oil palm expansion projects are getting underway in the Congo Basin rainforest, which will result in a fivefold increase in the area of active large-scale palm plantations in the region, according to Seeds of Destruction, a new report issued today by The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK).... http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/palmoilreport

 

DO YOUR COOKIES AND SHAMPOO CONTAIN "DEFORESTATION"?

http://sco.lt/5gTaj3

 

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REMEMBERING 'GREEN' - AN ORGANGUTANS JOURNEY - WINNER OF BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY - DON'T MISS THIS ONE http://sco.lt/6JdIP3

 

 

PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

Mongabay FEATURED VIDEO:
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY WITNESSES END OF FOREST FOR PALM OIL http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0326-muaratae-video.html

 

 

VIDEO: TEN NEWS AUSTRALIA INVESTIGATION - Ten News Australia Investigation PALM OIL ECOCIDE - http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1561454232/palm-oil-ecocide-ten-news-australia-video

 

 

 

MORE ON DEFORESTATION http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=DEFORESTATION

 

Google IMAGE Search DEFORESTATION  http://ow.ly/jgUDB

 

 

 


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€500 fine for €500,000 Rhino horn dealers

€500 fine for €500,000 Rhino horn dealers | The extinction of our wildlife | Scoop.it
TWO Limerick brothers have been fined €500 each after they were caught illegally attempting to import rhino horns worth almost €500,000 through Shannon Airport three years ago. Jeremiah O’Brien and...

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Gloria Sapp's comment, March 19, 2013 10:41 AM
grrrrr no wonder no one can stop this.Give them a slap on the hand an off they go to continue
Gloria Sapp's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:42 AM

grrrrrr no wonder no one can stop the killing

 

Sue Woolley's comment, March 21, 2013 4:18 PM
bAStards
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Hunting Industry in South Africa - 2012 Statistics

By Dr Herman Els via Allison Thomson


10 years ago, there were less than 5 000 game farms in South Africa


Today (2012) there are 12 000 game farms in South Africa


10 000 of them has exemption for hunting

 

20 million hectares of land is in private ownership representing about 70% of land use for wildlife conservation, the other 30% is government owned national and provincial game reserves


Government owned game reserves cannot conserve all the wildlife in South Africa effectively and rely heavily on game and hunting farmers to assist them


The hunting industry has generated R 7.7 Billion in 2011 - .25% of SA's national GDP


R 3.1 Billion per year was generated from around 250 000 biltong hunters in South Africa


R 2.1 Billion per year was generated from around 15 000 trophy hunters from abroad


The balance was generated from add-on services, food and accommodations


Trophy hunting has a lesser impact on wildlife than biltong hunting


Hunting is by far the largest revenue generator for game farmers


The sale of animals represents only around 5% of the revenue generated by game farmers

 

There are over 500 luxury lodges with staff on private game reserves in South Africa


60% of all wildlife in South Africa are owned privately outside of national and provincial parks


Game & hunting farmers are the largest contributors towards the conservation of wildlife


Game farms creates three times more employment than on a normal livestock farm


Over recent years more than 70 000 jobs were created on newly established game farms


By 2020 the industry will have created an additional 220 000 new jobs


The industry has seen species like Rhino, Sable and Roan, breeded by game farmers, returned to its habitat in healthy numbers. Hunting played a role in providing game farmers with the needed income to sustain the breeding of these animals.

 

Hunting provides the needed funding to assist with effective wildlife conservation as in many cases is an extremely costly exercise. Hunting also provides employment to the many unemployed in Africa and is a main source to look at for future food security as arable land use for agriculture is under pressure due to population growth. Game meat is a serious food source to consider for our future generations.

 

We observe the fact that there are difference in opinion between hunters and non-hunters alike and respect the views of the non-hunter. We do however urge the non-hunter to be objective and try to understand the positive impact hunting has on our society at large by assessing issues such as the economic impact for the conservation of our wildlife, the re-introduction of previously dwindling species, employment and food security. All of these are important points to consider when the hunting industry is being scrutinized.

 

Hunting Legends fully supports the many initiatives to conserve wildlife and nature.

 

WildlifeMargrit:

It may be totally true that hunting game ranches make money, lots of money. However, that doesn't make them the best way to preserve wildlife and their habitat for the long haul. Sure, they may create lots of jobs, however, I've also read that much of the money made at these ranches leaves South Africa (and Africa).

 

Because the hunting industry is so lucrative for the game ranch owners and probably South Africa in general it doesn't make it right, just makes animals a commodity! 

 

Plus, the money made is supposedly not "ploughed" back into wildlife conservation as we are led to believe, and the people employed in this industry are paid very badly and treated even worse.

 


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