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.
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
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.
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
Rhino's Last Gasp Signals General's Return to War Valley News 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.
Alexia Abnett Trombas's insight:
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..
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
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..
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"?
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.
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.