Cruel World: Up to 5,000 healthy zoo animals – including hundreds of larger ones such as giraffes, lions and bears – are killed by zoos in Europe every year


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The revelation comes in the wake of the international furore over the killing of Marius, a healthy 18-month-old giraffe, by Copenhagen Zoo. It has since been established that five of the animals have been put down by zoos in Denmark since 2012.

Across Europe, 22 healthy zebras, four hippos and two Arabian Oryx were also put down. The Oryx were killed at Edinburgh and London zoos in 2000 and 2001.

Several German zookeepers were prosecuted in 2010 for killing three tiger cubs at Magdeburg Zoo. However, some zoos, such as Twycross in Warwickshire, have a policy of not putting down healthy animals.

Dr Lesley Dickie, executive director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (Eaza), told BBC Radio 4’s The Report that between 3,000 and 5,000 healthy animals are put down every year across Europe. “That’s our estimate for all animals management euthanised in the zoo, be it tadpoles…

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Study projects major decline of Antarctic sea ice


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Meltdown likely to have serious impacts on marine life

op' How long will Antarctic sea ice persist? bberwyn photo.

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*Adapted from a Virginia Institute of Marine Science press release. More Summit Voice stories on sea ice here.

FRISCO — While global warming deniers try to divert attention from the building climate crisis by pointing at record-high Antarctic sea ice extent, a new study suggests much of that ice will soon melt away.

Plugging projected increases in Antarctic air temperatures into finely scaled models, the scientists said the Ross Sea could lose more than half its summer ice by 2050 and more than 75 percent by 2100.

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International Polar Bear Day – February 27th 2014


International Polar Bear Day

Filmed in the wilds of northern Manitoba, Canada, near Hudson’s Bay, two adorable newborn polar bear cubs play with their mother while they journey to the frozen sea.

Footage copyright: Parks Canada. Cinematographer: Andrew Manske
All scenes filmed in the wilds of northern Manitoba, Canada, near Hudson’s Bay.

Thank You!


Mungai and the Goa Constrictor book coverI would like to take a quick break from blogging about wildlife and the environment for this post and thank my fellow blogger, Kevin Cooper (The Brit), for his review of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor. I am always really thrilled and flattered when someone who follows my blog actually buys my book as well, but even more so when they take the time to say what they think about it. Thank you Kev, you’ve lightened my day.

Kev’s own website, Kev’s Stuff, can be found here.  Kev is an author and song-writer in his own right and shares much of his work on his fun blog. Drop by and say hello. I am sure he would appreciate it.

This is what Kev had to say about Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

“This is a very clever story. Amelia’s imagination and use of animals to tell a story is amazing. I loved the story from start to finish and would recommend it as a must read on any child’s kindle. Children will be mesmerized by this story as they follow how Mungai and Goa deceive the other animals into working for them and giving up their beloved forest. I don’t want to say too much that would give away the story. This is the kind of story teachers could have a ball with in their classrooms, bringing out all kinds of topics about wildlife and forestation in an interactive and exciting way. That’s my vision for it.”

Kev’s review can also be found here on Amazon

Embarrassing Press Coverage Continues For USFWS National Wolf Delisting Push…..


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February 26, 2014

USFWS  continues to take heat over their politically transparent push to nationally delist gray wolves. They’ve never looked more inept or disingenuous as they attempt to twist the ESA into silly putty to suit their agenda.

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Deadline Midnight March 27, 2014

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073

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Feds’ postponement of wolf delisting follows embarrassing scientific review

 February 26, 2014 Earth Journal
By Ron Meador | 02/25/14
It’s too soon to tell, I guess, whether this month’s decision to take more public comment on federal wolf protections will change the policy eventually adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

But if you’re inclined to believe, or even just to hope, that sound science still has a role in such decisions — well, this embarrassing episode may be worth a closer look. The picture you’ll see is not pretty.

It’s probably fair to say that wolves are…

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Military activity ‘scaring whales and dolphins’ (Scotland, UK)


The ocean update

Military activity is causing dolphins and whales to flee Scotland s marine tourism hotspots. Picture : Contributed Military activity is causing dolphins and whales to flee Scotland s marine tourism hotspots. Picture : Contributed

February 24th, 2014 (Moira Kerr). A WILDLIFE watchdog fears mock warfare and missile fire may be harming whales and dolphins, causing them to flee Scotland’s marine tourism hotspots.

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s (HWDT) concern over the effect that the Joint Warrior exercise may have on cetaceans is highlighted in its newly published annual report.

The UK-led land, air and sea exercise, the largest tactically focused exercise in Europe, is staged off Scotland’s north west coast each spring and autumn, featuring submarine warfare, loud missile and small arms firing. Now the trust has announced that it plans to send its survey vessel, the Silurian, into the mock war zone this autumn to monitor the effects.

Joint Warrior can see up to 85 aircraft, 22 ships and three submarines taking part and…

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This new whistleblowing site wants to be the WikiLeaks of poaching


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Poaching is incredibly frustrating. But other than ponying up $350,000 to save an endangered rhino, your options for doing something can seem somewhat limited.

Thankfully, now there’s WildLeaks, a new website that calls itself “the first secure, online whistleblower platform dedicated to wildlife and forest crime.” You can safely and anonymously submit tips about poaching, illegal logging, wildlife trafficking, and more — as well as photo and video documentation. It might not be as sexy as NSA spying, but wildlife crime is a huge deal, WildLeaks reports:

According to Global Financial Integrity, a Washington watchdog group, wildlife crime is the 4th largest transnational crime in the world, worth an estimate US$ 17 billion annually, after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking …

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