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A Litoria frog, which uses a loud ringing song to call for a mate, was discovered in a rainforest during a Conservation International (CI) led Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) expedition of Papua New Guinea's highlands wilderness in 2008 is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Steve Richards/Conservation International/Handout


"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Czech deer still wary of iron curtain boundary

Areas where Czechoslovakia had three electrified fences now avoided by generation of deer who never encountered them

theguardian.com, Associated Press in Prague, Wednesday 23 April 2014

A reconstruction of Iron Curtain in the Sumava national park near Kvilda,
Czech Republic. Photograph: Petr David Josek/AP

Almost 25 years after the iron curtain came down, central European deer still balk at crossing areas where there used to be electrified fences, scientists have found.

A seven-year study in Sumava national park, in the Czech Republic, discovered that red deer were still wary of spots where the then Czechoslovakia had three parallel electrified fences patrolled by heavily armed guards.

Nearly 500 people were killed when they tried to escape the country across the frontier with Germany, and deer were killed too.

"It was fascinating to realise for the first time that anything like that is possible," said Pavel Sustr, a biologist who led the project. Scientists conducting research on German territory reached similar conclusions.

The average life expectancy for deer is 15 years and none living now would have encountered the barrier. "But the border still plays a role for them and separates the two populations," Sustr said.

He said the research showed the animals stuck to traditional life patterns, returning every year to the same places. "Fawns follow mothers for the first year of their life and learn from them where to go."

Wildlife officials recorded the movement of 300 Czech and German deer with GPS-equipped collars.

Professor Ludek Bartos, of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, who was not involved in the research, said: "I don't think it's a surprising result. These animals are really conservative."

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Kryon Q&A

Question: Dear Kryon: I was wondering about the way I feel about whales and dolphins. I've had a feeling that I have to go to them sometime, but I don't know how or what I'm to do when I get there. Please help.

Question: Dear Kryon: I'm a Turkish/Islam woman of 57. I live in Ankara and work for the European Commission's project in Turkey. I've read almost all of the Kryon books twice, and I'm planning to read them once more. My question is about the whales. Why do they commit mass suicide? What is the reason for this very sad event? Is it a kind of protest against Human Beings?

Answer: Dear ones, we've channelled many times about the whales of this planet. In review, they're the living portions of an actual grid-system! They contain the "history of Earth" within their beings, and they're sacred for that reason. They coordinate and cooperate with the crystalline grid of your planet, which is currently being rewritten (see Kryon channelling on the Website: "What's Next?" December 8, 2002). Doesn't it strike you odd that these mammals are the only ones protected against hunting by more than 90 percent of the countries of Earth... even the places without oceans? Do you think that this is an accident or a coincidence? No. It's cellular information for all humanity to protect the whales and keep them safe. Dolphins are their cousins and support group, and they play a role in the whales' development. This is why you're so attracted to them.

Whales do not commit mass suicide. They have no consciousness to allow for this, and it has never happened. Instead, you see whales often beaching themselves and then being saved by Humans, only to re-beach themselves and die. This takes place mostly on the coastlines of your continents, and often on those areas of topography that "stick out," such as a peninsula or isthmus. Your Cape Cod is a good example in America, and is also a place where this has recently happened (up to 47 whales on a beach).

The reason is that whales, dolphins, amphibians, birds, and even insects all navigate to their breeding ground or migration areas each year via the magnetic grid of the planet! Each group follows the ley lines of magnetic influence, almost as if they had a built-in compass. In fact, they actually do!

The magnetic grid of this planet has changed so much, so quickly, as we told you it would in 1989, that there hasn't been time for the pods of whales to adjust with time to these changes. Instead, many simply follow the old magnetic lines of migration, only to find themselves on a beach instead of the open ocean, as the old magnetic direction used to take them. They're confused, and they simply line up and try again, just as they have for years. These things are temporary, and as tragic as you might see them, it's all part of "pruning" the system, and the calves will go around in the future, establishing new instinctive information for the new whales regarding the grid changes. This information has even now been validated this year (2003) by your scientists.

Persecuted for palm oil

Sutanta Aditya, a photographer who works with AFP, took these astonishing photos of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan being treated at conservation centre in western Indonesia after the primate was found with air gun pellets embedded in his body. Aditya describes how he saw the creature being treated.
 
A staff member at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme examines
 a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun pellets embedded in his body, in
 Sibolangit district, northern Sumatra island, April 16, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sutanta
Aditya)

AFP, Sutanta Aditya, April 22, 2014

MEDAN, Indonesia, April 22, 2014 — The orangutan had been sedated before health workers carried it on a stretcher to the operating table. It lay totally motionless, even when another photographer used a strong flash to take its picture.

The primate had already undergone surgery to remove a pellet from its right thigh, now health workers wanted to carry out a blood test, take a hair sample and conduct an X-ray to check for broken bones.

The vets had real trouble trying get the enormous and very drowsy orangutan upright for the X-ray. Four men, each holding on to one of its limbs, had to lift it off the table and get it to stand up.

Staff members X-ray the 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun
metal pellets embedded in his body. (AFP Photo/Sutanta Aditya)

When they finally had the primate on its feet, they realised there was no one free to turn on the X-ray machine, so they had to call in someone else to help them.

After the tests were successfully concluded, the orangutan was taken to an enclosure at the centre.

He was treated at a centre run by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in North Sumatra province.

The organisation said the orangutan, named Angelo, is around 14 years old and was rescued from an isolated patch of forest in North Sumatra by the government conservation agency and another group, the Orangutan Information Centre.

A veterinary staff member checks the orangutan's teeth. (AFP Photo/
Sutanta Aditya)

The land surrounding the forest had been cleared, mainly to make way for palm oil plantations, a practise that is common across the island of Sumatra. The edible oil is used in numerous everyday goods, from biscuits to shampoo, but is blamed for rampant deforestation in Sumatra and other parts of the Indonesian archipelago.

The SOCP said if Angelo had not been rescued, he would not have survived in such an isolated patch of forest, and the pellets in his body showed that local villagers had already been shooting at him.

He will be released back into the wild once he has spent 30 days in quarantine and is deemed to be fit and well, the group said.

A baby male orangutan named Siboy at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation
 Programme, which has helped over 280 orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations,
 poachers and pet owners. Over 200 have been reintroduced to the wild. (AFP Photo/
Sutanta Aditya)

This photograph taken on February 24, 2014 during an aerial survey mission
 by Greenpeace at East Kotawaringin district in Central Kalimantan province on
 Indonesia's Borneo Island, shows trees cleared for palm oil. 
(AFP Photo/
Bay Ismoyo)

Aditya is based based in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, and has been working with AFP for more than five years.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More food firms, hotel group shift to one star factory farm pork

DutchNews.nl, Tuesday 22 April 2014

(NOS/ANP)
The Subway sandwiches group, salad maker Johma and hotel group NH are the latest firms to switch to one star factory pork, animal rights group Wakker Dier said on Tuesday.

Pigs kept on a one star factory farm have 25% more room to move than no star pigs and more 'toys' to keep them entertained. Wakker Dier described the move as a 'small but important' step.

Dutch supermarkets and many other food firms have already made the switch. Now the hotel group and Johma will change to one-star meat in January 2015 and Subway at the end of next year.

Wakker Dier is now concentrating on sausage maker Kips and the Dr Oetker frozen pizza group which still use pigs from factory farms with no stars.

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Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

As Many as 23 Companies Said to Be Involved in Riau Fires This Year

Jakarta Globe, Apr 21, 2014

An aerial photo shows thick smoke rising from burning peat land in
Meranti, Riau, on March 6, 2014. (EPA Photo/Azwar)

Pekanbaru. Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said on Monday that as many as 23 companies were allegedly responsible for fires and haze that struck Riau earlier this year, although police so far have named only one of them a suspect.

“Civilian investigators of the [environment] ministry have questioned 46 companies, and found evidence that 23 companies burned forests and lands,” Balthasar said during a meeting in Pekanbaru, according to Indonesian news portal liputan6.com. “We will delve into this case; this is an environmental crime.”

A total of 21 ministry investigators have been sent to Riau to investigate the case, Balthasar said.

He refused to name any of the companies, saying only that investigations are expected to be completed in six months.

More than 700 hotspots were detected across Riau at the height of the fire and haze crisis in the province in March, disrupting flights at the local airport and neighboring ones, as well as causing air pollution to spike to hazardous levels.

More than 100,000 people in Riau and neighboring provinces suffered from respiratory illnesses due to the haze, according to local health agencies.

The emergency status for Riau was only lifted in early April after three weeks of special operation involving central government officials, police officers and the military (TNI). By that time, police had named 110 individuals and a plantation firm — National Sago Prima, a subsidiary of Sampoerna Agro — as suspects in the case.

Balthasar said the environment ministry would coordinate with Riau Police for legal proceeding as soon as investigations by ministry officers were completed.

“We’ve also involved expert witnesses to support investigations,” the minister added.

Forest Ranger ‘Tarzan’ Seriously Injured by Komodo’s Bite

Jakarta Globe, Made Arya Kencana, Apr 21, 2014

A 47-year-old forest ranger was bitten by a Komodo dragon on Sunday.
(AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

Denpasar. A forest ranger suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a komodo dragon in East Nusa Tenggara on Sunday.

Tarzan, a 47-year-old forest ranger, was feeding deer in Jagawana Loh Baru Post, in the southern part of Rinca island, Komodo National Park, when a medium-sized male komodo suddenly bit him on his left leg. Tarzan tripped and tried to break free by hitting the animal’s leg with the bucket he was using to feed the deer.

“The vein on his left leg was severed, and he needed surgery,” Tarzan’s wife, Siti Nur, told Jakarta Globe on Monday from Sanglah regional hospital, Denpasar, Bali, where Tarzan is being treated.

Siti said the komodo bit Tarzan and wouldn’t let go for at least five minutes. After breaking free from the komodo, Tarzan sought help. She said Tarzan was bleeding profusely from the gaping wound on his leg.

Tarzan was first taken to a health clinic in Labuan Bajo by a speedboat, but he was then immediately brought to a hospital in Bali because of the severe wound.

“We only gave him an antibiotic injection and performed a suture on his wound to stop the bleeding,” said Kelana, the health worker at Labuan Bajo who administered first aid to Tarzan.

Siti said Tarzan has been working as a forest ranger at Komodo National Park for 27 years and has never experienced such an incident.

“He did this kind of work every single day, but this thing has never happened to him,” she said.

Sanglah’s hospital spokesman, Kadek Nariyanta, said the doctors have performed a surgery to reconnect the severed tendon and vein.

“Right now the patient is recuperating in our hospital,” she said.

A bite from a komodo can be deadly if left untreated because of bacteria from the reptile’s saliva.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Aceh Police Arrest More Suspected Elephant Poachers

Jakarta Globe, Nurdin Hasan, Apr 16, 2014

In this handout photo taken on August 8, 2013
and eleased by World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia
on August 22, 2013, female elephant Ria, right,
walks next to her newborn in Tesso Nelo National
Park,Riau Province, Sumatra.(AFP Photo/
World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia)
Banda Aceh. Police in Aceh have arrested another six people for allegedly killing a Sumatran elephant for its tusks, bringing to 12 the number of suspected poachers nabbed in the case.

Adj. Sr. Comr. Faisal Rivai, the police chief in West Aceh district, said on Wednesday that the latest suspects were arrested on Tuesday in separate locations based on information from the six already in custody since Saturday.

He said the suspects, accused of killing a male elephant earlier this month, claimed they were not after the tusks initially.

“They confessed to killing the elephant because a herd of elephants had been destroying their crops,” Faisal told the Jakarta Globe.

He said it was only after the elephant was killed that they hacked off its tusks and sold it to a fence in Southwest Aceh district. Faisal said police had identified the suspected fence and were now looking for him.

Police on Tuesday announced that they had arrested six residents of Teupin Panah village in West Aceh for their alleged roles in killing the male elephant and two others, in Blangpidie in Southwest Aceh district and in Seumantok village in West Aceh.

They are accused of setting up booby traps to kill the endangered animals, then selling their tusks to the fence in Southwest Aceh.

One of those arrested on Tuesday, Hamdani, told reporters at the West Aceh Police headquarters that the ivory was not their main motivation for killing the elephant.

“Lots of residents have lost their crops to the herd of elephants. We’ve reported it many times to the authorities, but there’s never been any attempt to shoo away the elephants,” he said.

Police have charged all 12 suspects under the 1990 Natural Resources Conservation Law that could see them sentenced to up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Genman Suhefti Hasibuan, the head of the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency, or BKSDA, welcomed the arrest of the suspected poachers but warned of the potential for even more human-elephant conflicts in the province as the animals’ habitat was cleared for farmland.

“There needs to be a concerted effort from all sides — from the local authorities, the BKSDA and the residents — to resolve these human-elephant conflicts,” he told the Globe. “If we don’t do that, the conflicts will keep happening.”

Genman said his agency had recorded 20 incidents of elephants encroaching onto farms or villages in Aceh in the past three months, multiple times in some places.

Rare baby camel makes his debut at a zoo in Hungary

Yahoo – AFP, 15 April 2014

AFP - A one-week young camel, named Ilias, and its eight-year old mother,
Iris, are pictured in Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden on April 15, 2014

A baby camel of the endangered wild Bactrian or Camelus bactrianus ferus species made a first appearance at Budapest Zoo on Tuesday, following its birth last week.

Baby Ilias, a male, was born on April 9, to its eight-year-old mother, Iris, whose maternal line has lived at the zoo for several generations.

Ilias -- whose father came from a zoo in Miskolc, a city in north-eastern Hungary -- was only presented to the media on Tuesday to give him time to bond with his mother, zookeepers said.

"When he was born there were problems, the baby was looking for milk from the mother, but as this was her first baby she had no experience," Zoltan Hanga, a spokesperson for Budapest Zoo told AFP.

"Us zookeepers had to hold down the mother and gently help the baby to feed."

Most wild Bactrian camels today are in fact domesticated.

A small group of around 800 to 900 live in the Gobi desert in Mongolia and China, but according to experts, are close to extinction.

Budapest Zoo was opened in 1866, and is one of the world's oldest zoos.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Loyal Dog Waits For Days Outside Hospital To Reunite With His Sick Owner

The Dodo, Stephen Messenger, 11 April 2014 

Lauri da Costa, a homeless man from the city of Passo Fundo, Brazil may not have much in the way of material possessions, but he is rich in other ways -- especially when it comes to the loyal companionship of his best friend, his dog.

On March 31, Lauri fell victim to a random assault during which a rock was thrown that struck him in the face. Injured, he then made his way to the local hospital to get treated, while his pet, a 4-year-old mutt named Seco, sat patiently out front.

But what was suppose to be a brief visit to the emergency room became an extended stay. Once there, physicians discovered that Lauri had melanoma on his face, and would need to be hospitalized as he awaited surgery to have it removed. Meanwhile, Seco kept vigil outside the hospital doors for his master to return.

As the days dragged on, staff took notice of the dog and made sure he had plenty of water and food as he waited. After the eighth day, even though Lauri was still recovering, doctors made an exception allowing the man and his loyal dog to be reunited early -- a touching scene captured on video.

Lauri still has some time left to recover before he's healthy enough to be discharged, but according to a local news station, Seco has returned to his post out front to greet him when he finally is.



Fur flies as US gets to grips with feral cats

Yahoo – AFP, Robert Macpherson, 14 April 2014

Cats are prepared to be spayed or neutered at the Washingon Human
 Society (WHS) Spay and Neuter Center, on April 6, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Mandel Ngan)

Cats are prepared to be spayed or neutered at the Washingon Human Society (WHS) Spay and Neuter Center, on April 6, 2014

Washington (AFP) - It's Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats -- rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King.

"Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty," said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined with fresh newspapers.

Volunteer Marty King sets a trap for feral
 cats in a north-east Washington, DC,
neighborhood, on April 4, 2014 (AFP
Photo/Mandel Ngan)
"If they're hungry and they haven't seen traps before, they're not hard to catch," she explained.

"But some of them are very smart. There's a female I've been trying to get for a couple of years now and I haven't been able to get her yet."

Within 20 minutes, a young gray cat takes the bait -- and by Sunday lands on a veterinary operating table to be spayed or neutered under an ongoing program to bring Washington's feral cat population under control.

Coast to coast, the Humane Society of the United States estimates there are as many as 50 million feral cats, or "community cats" as their advocates prefer to call them. That compares to 95.6 million cats kept as pets.

For decades, standard procedure has been to round them up and euthanize them, but in recent years the trend has swung towards TNR -- trapping, then neutering, then returning cats to the places they were captured.

"Ultimately, our goal is to sterilize all outdoor cats and have them pass on through attrition," Scott Giacoppo, vice president for external affairs at the Washington Humane Society, told AFP.

"So if our plan or our goal happens, there won't be any feral cats."

Bird lovers disagree

Not everyone is convinced. Bird lovers in particular see a proliferation of homeless cats -- neutered, sterilized or otherwise -- posing a deadly threat to many avian species.

They cite a study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and US Fish and Wildlife Service that estimated that "free-ranging domestic cats" kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals every year.

"Un-owned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality," said the 2013 study, published in the scientific journal Nature, which called TNR "potentially harmful to wildlife populations."

The Centers for Disease Control has meanwhile asserted that "cats are more likely to be reported rabid in the United States" than dogs. Others say feral cats are potential carriers of infection and parasites.

Feral cats are prepared to be spayed or neutered at the Washington Human
 Society Spay and Neuter Center in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2014 (AFP
Photo/Mandel Ngan)

"The only sure way to simultaneously protect wildlife and people is to remove feral cats from the landscape," said the American Bird Conservancy in a petition sent in January to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

"It's certainly a hot-button issue," acknowledged Elizabeth Holtz, staff attorney for Alley Cat Allies, a Washington-based group that promotes TNR and rejects the oft-quoted Smithsonian study as "irresponsible and biased."

She cited the example of Jacksonville, Florida, which has seen "a huge decline in kittens entering their shelters and the number of cats they are euthanizing" since 2009 under a groundbreaking TNR scheme called Feral Freedom.

"Unfortunately, many communities in the United States still continue to trap and kill today, and those communities are not experiencing any change" in numbers of feral cats, Holtz told AFP.

Clipped ears

In Washington, every year, around 2,000 feral cats are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated and released -- with a clipped left ear to show for it -- under the Washington Humane Society's Cat Neighborhood Partnership Program, or CatNiPP.

The number has remained constant, something Giacoppo said might be due less to the cat population than to a growing number of volunteer trappers coming forward to help.

"It takes about five, maybe seven minutes for a female cat," said veterinarian Emily Swiniarski before 64 cats went under the knife one recent Sunday at the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center.

Feral cats run loose in a north-east
 Washington, DC, neighborhood, on
April 4, 2014 (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)
"For a male tomcat, it takes less than 30 seconds," she added matter-of-factly. "It becomes a real production line -- a lot of cats, coming and going, coming and going."

Many cats get treated at the same time for various ailments.

"We see a lot of wounds," Swiniarski told AFP. "Occasionally we see old broken limbs that have healed over time. Lately we've been seeing a lot of upper respiratory infections -- snotty noses, stuff coming from their eyes."

As cats awaiting surgery meowed gently in towel-covered cages, Giacoppo recalled coming across a 1930s law book that informed humane societies that "part of our job is to round up all the stray cats and kill them."

"We've been doing that for years and years and it doesn't work," he said.

"We can't get people to help us trap cats to kill them -- but we can get people to help us trap cats to sterilize them so they don't make any more babies."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Taiwanese Tourists Hurt in Japan Deer Rampage

Jakarta Globe - AFP, Apr 14, 2014

A sika deer window-shops on the Japanese island of Miyajima.
(JG Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

Tokyo. Visitors to one of usually-safe Japan’s most celebrated spots are being warned to be on the lookout, after two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a rampage by a wild deer.

The two, both 54-year-old women, took a tumble Sunday morning after being startled by the creature near the railway station in Nikko, an area known for its historic temples, a police spokesman said Monday.

The animal charged towards the pair before bolting into a nearby shop, where it smashed dozens of bottles and then ran off into nearby woods, the spokesman said.

“The tourist season will be in full swing soon,” he said. “We wanted to get the word out and tell people what happened.”

Nikko, alongside the capital Tokyo and the ancient city of Kyoto, is one of the most popular destinations for foreign tourists in Japan, a country where violent crime is rare and few visitors ever report falling victim to any kind of attack.

Agence France-Presse

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Police Arrest Shop Owner Trafficking Endangered Animal Parts

Jakarta Globe, Farouk Arnaz, Apr 12, 2014


Jakarta. The special crimes directorate of the National Police has closed down and arrested the owner of a Jakarta business trading in endangered-animal parts .

“The person is the owner of the ‘Golden Shop’ in Jalan Pluit Timur Raya, North Jakarta, with the initials L.W.,” deputy director of the National Police’s Special Economic Crime Unit Sr. Comr. Alex Mandalika said on Friday.

“He has been charged under the 1990 Law on Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation.”

L.W. faces up to five years in jail and a Rp 100 million ($9,000) fine.

L.W. is alleged to have sold highly prized shark fins, turtle shells and tobacco pipes made of ivory. Police also confiscated several tigers’ teeth and 27 smoking pipes made from ivory.

“They were sold expensively in rupiah and dollar denominations,” National Police spokesman Rikwanto said. “The owner also had online store at www.jakartagoldenkong.com.”

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sumatran Elephant Found Dead in Aceh Forest

Jakarta Globe, Nurdin Hasan, Apr 08, 2014

Listed as critically endangered, there are fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants
 remaining in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation
of Nature. (AFP Photo/Chaideer Mahyuddin).

Banda Aceh. A male Sumatran elephant was found dead in the forest of Teuping Panah Village in West Aceh, allegedly killed for its ivory, officials said on Tuesday.

Head of Aceh’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency [BKSDA] Genman Suhefti Hasibuan said members of the agency, along with an elephant handler, had departed to the location to investigate..

“Based on reports from a local village chief, the elephant was said to have died a week ago,” Genman told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday. “The team has had difficulty reaching the location, as there are still a herd of elephants [at the location]. We are bringing an elephant handler to drive away the herd.”

Many scientific reports have claimed that elephants engage in long mourning rituals for their dead, which could be the why the group of animals has remained at the supposed location. To get to the specific area, the team must take a 6-hour long trek into the jungle.

Genman said the agency cannot yet confirm how the elephant died, but according to an investigation conducted by local police and testimony from residents around the area, the elephant was murdered for its tusks.

“It was initially reported that two elephants were found dead, but the village chief insisted that there was only one,” he said. “We will know for sure once the team reaches the location.”

Meanwhile, a local villager claimed the elephant’s tusks were removed with a chainsaw.

“There was a trap around a tree,” said the resident, who declined to be identified. “We suspect ivory hunters put the trap there.”

Genman said that this was the province’s second recorded elephant death this year; an elephant was killed in February after it was caught in a hog trap set up by locals in Southeast Aceh.

“It was not meant to kill the elephant — there were hog pests in the plantation area,” he said.

Elephants living in Aceh have suffered in recent years. Increasing deforestation in the province has resulted in increasing habitat loss and more human and elephant conflicts. Even over the past three months, 20 cases of elephant-related disturbances have been recorded in Aceh.

“It takes a group effort involving all parties from the regional administration, BKSDA and local people to handle the conflicts. If not, the conflicts will continue,” Genman said.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Police in Guangdong find another 'tiger slaughter' party

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-04-05

A tiger is killed in Leizhou, Guangdong province. (Internet photo)

Butchering exotic animals for their meat, including tigers, has become a popular practice at galas held by wealthy residents of Leizhou county in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province.

Hosts often kill the animal while guests watch. In March, police in Leizhou discovered the butchering of a tiger, the tenth of the endangered animal to be slaughtered in the county in recent years, according to Guangzhou's Southern Daily.

An inside source said the tiger had been heavily anesthetized for transport to the venue. A distressing video tape of a similar slaughter in Leizhou two years ago showed a person first inserting a stick with a wired iron ingot attached to the end into the mouth of a tiger before starting a diesel oil-fueled generator and electrocuting the animal for 10 seconds. Still alive, the animal lay prostrate on the floor gasping for breath. A butcher then kills the animal for a reported fee of 1,000 yuan (US$160).

Insiders say that the slaughter of tigers has persisted in Leizhou for years despite the government ban, according to the paper. Tiger bones fetch 14,000 yuan (US$2,250) per kilogram, tiger meat fetches 1,000 yuan per kg, and tiger-bone liquor 1,000 yuan per kg. These items have already been pre-sold before the slaughter takes place, according to the paper.

With adult tigers weighing 150-200 kg and a purchase price of 200,000-300,000 yuan (US$32,000-$48,000), there is a profit margin of over 100,000 yuan (US$16,000). Tiger bones are used in traditional Chinese medicine and many businesspeople buy tiger meat or bone as gifts for government officials, despite a ban on the trade in tiger parts.

The tigers are reportedly supplied by breeders in Anhui and Henan provinces; there are no wild tigers in Leizhou, which as a peninsula used to be renowned for the large numbers of tigers roaming its wilderness.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Singapore seizes ivory disguised as coffee berries

Yahoo – AFP, 3 April 2014

This handout photograph released by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of
 Singapore on April 3, 2014 shows a collection of ivory seized by authorities
(AFP Photo/Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority)

This handout photograph released by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore on April 3, 2014 shows a collection of ivory seized by authorities

Singapore (AFP) - Singapore authorities said Thursday they had intercepted about one tonne of ivory worth $1.6 million in a shipping container from Africa marked as carrying coffee berries.

The seizure was made in an export inspection station at the Pasir Panjang port on March 25 following a tip-off, Singapore Customs and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said in a statement.

"The shipment, which was declared as coffee berries, was transiting through Singapore from Africa in a 20-foot (six-metre) container and destined for another Asian country," the statement said.

The shipment contained 106 pieces of raw ivory tusks weighing about one tonne, it said.

The statement did not mention if arrests had been made, but said investigations are ongoing.

International trade in ivory has been banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 1989.

Singapore, a major global port, is a signatory to the convention.

The statement urged shipping and logistics firms in Singapore to "exercise prudence" when accepting jobs from customers to avoid being implicated in illegal wildlife trafficking.

The ivory haul last week is the third largest by Singapore authorities since 2002.

In January last year, 1.8 tonnes of ivory from Africa was seized in the city-state, while six tonnes of raw ivory tusks and cut pieces were intercepted in 2002.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TNI Plans for Return Home as Riau Haze Under Control: BNPB

Jakarta Globe, Apr 01, 2014

An Indonesian motorbike rider dives on a hazy street in Pekanbaru, Riau
on March 14, 2014. (EPA Photo)

Jakarta. The number of hotspots detected in the troubled Indonesian province of Riau fell to zero over the weekend after forest fires burned intermittently for some two months, Indonesian officials said on Tuesday, as they announced plans to recall some 1,000 military personnel sent to combat the region’s annual haze-causing fires.

“The hotspots in Riau have continued to disappear,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press statement released on Tuesday. “On Sunday there were ZERO hotspots and from Monday to today there is only one more hotspot.”

The announcement was the first sign of hope since the forest fires re-emerged after a brief reprieve, surging to 777 hotspots by Friday and prompting stern action from local law enforcement. More than 100 people and one company, National Sago Prima — a subsidiary of Sampoerna Agro, have been implicated in this year’s forest fires to date. The fires, and the ensuing haze, have cost the province some Rp 10 trillion ($890 million)  in losses by the start of March, according to the state-run Antara News Agency.

While the haze from this year’s forest fires failed to reach neighboring Singapore and Malaysia in a significant way, air quality in Sumatra fell to hazardous levels, prompting the local government to declare a state of emergency as flights were diverted, more than 100,000 fell ill and three died, according to reports in local media.

The men, a villager named Muhammad Adli, 63, and a Surya Damai Agrindo plantation worker named Muslim, 30, were reported dead by the Indonesian news portal Okezone.com. According to the report, Aldi suffered fatal injuries after falling into burning peatland while Muslim died as he attempted to combat the forest fires as flames closed-in on the company’s plantations.

A third still unidentified man died of asthma-related symptoms, Sutopo told the Jakarta Globe. The elderly man was reportedly ill long before the fires began to burn, he said.

“The victim died due to old age and because he had been ill from the beginning,” Sutopo told the Jakarta Globe.

By Tuesday the conditions in Riau showed signs of returning to normal. The air quality was getting better and operations at Pekanbaru’s Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport have resumed normal operations.

“The air quality ranges from healthy to moderate on Tuesday,” Sutopo said. “There are no more [regions in Riau reporting] ‘unhealthy’ or ‘dangerous’ levels [of air pollutants].”

The government will now start to wind down its Integrated Operation Task Force — a 2,000-strong haze-reduction force that included members of the BNPB and the Indonesian Military (TNI). All members of the task force sent to Riau will be screened by health care officials before they return to regular rotation in Jakarta.

“The operations have been carried out well,” Sutopo said. “All the personnel involved in the operation went all-out… All the personnel will have their health conditions checked. They’ve been exposed to fires and haze for three weeks.”

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Illegal python skins feed hunger for fashionable handbags and shoes

Python farms could be the antidote to the $1bn-a-year black market in these fashionable and expensive skins

The GuardianSarah ButlerMonday 31 March 2014

The Python Conservation Partnership suggested python farms could be part
 of the solution to the problem of the black market in python skins. Photograph:
Image Broker/REX

Illegally traded python skins worth $1bn (£600m) are being imported into Europe every year as weak regulation fails to stop illicit traders capitalising on demand for the dramatically patterned leather.

Half a million skins are imported legally each year from south-east Asia, most of them destined for Italy, Germany and France, where they are made into designer handbags, shoes and belts.

Legal imports have grown from 350,000 skins valued at just €100m (£82.6m) in 2005 as Beyoncé, Johnny Depp's partner, Amber Heard, Khloé Kardashian and Tamara Ecclestone have jumped on the trend for the exotic handbags, which can sell for more than £4,000 each. But the black market in skins is thought to be worth about the same amount again, amid widespread circumventing of international agreements to limit the number of pythons taken from the wild. In its first report on how to improve the international trade and protect pythons, the Python Conservation Partnership, backed by the owner of Gucci – Kering – and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, said python farms could be part of the answer.

"This report offers [an] alternative solution to the sourcing of python skins for which demand is escalating. However, there is still some way to go towards more transparent, better-managed python farming," said Jean-Christophe Vié, deputy director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's global species programme. "We must make sure that attention is not diverted from the urgent need to preserve wild pythons and their habitats through direct site conservation and action against illegal trade."

In the past, farming of south-east Asia's reticulated python (Python reticulatus) and Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) – two of the world's largest snakes – had been dismissed as uneconomic because pythons were thought to take too long to mature and to be too difficult to feed and breed in captivity.

The report said commercial farms do exist in China, Vietnam and Thailand. It recommends this industry could be improved with the introduction of better monitoring, more humane slaughter techniques and the urgent development of technology such as DNA or isotope testing to help identify whether a skin is farmed or taken from the wild. Such tests could help prevent the "laundering" of illegally caught wild pythons through farms. That practice is thought to be so widespread that the report says that all supposedly farmed python skin from Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia should be treated with caution as there is little proof that farms exist in these countries.

Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer at Kering, said that demand for python skin accessories was rising at Gucci, especially from Asia, and so it was keen to ensure a sustainable source of supply. "Our objective is to be sure that we don't put in danger these two species of python and their eco-system," she said.

The company currently buys farmed and wild-caught skins certified under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) scheme from Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Daveu said that there needed to be a balance between ethically farmed pythons and the trade in wild python skins, which provided jobs for local communities that could support the protection of the reptiles in their own habitat. But she admitted: "Today there is no way to be fully sure where the skin has come from."