animal welfare, hunting, Kormoran, Lachs, salmon, Tierschutz

Is Saving one Species a Justifiable Excuse to Kill Another?

photo: Endangered Species Coalition

photo: Endangered Species Coalition

The wild salmon population has been declining rapidly over the last decades. Would it help to save them by killing thousands of cormorants? And even if so, is the life of a salmon worth more than the life of a cormorant? “The Army Corps of Engineers is moving ahead with a shocking plan to kill 11,000 cormorants and destroy 26,000 of their nests. By their own estimates, they intend to kill 15 percent of the entire population of Double-crested Cormorants west of the Rocky Mountains. The justification that the Corps is offering for this stunning killing spree is that the birds are consuming endangered salmon on the Columbia River. These cormorants that live and nest in Oregon’s lower Columbia River estuary are not salmon’s primary threat. The fish are endangered primarily because of dams, pollution, and habitat loss–not because of cormorants. Yet, the Corps has chosen to focus on these birds, potentially reducing their population to dangerous levels. The FWS has estimated that this plan would reduce the population of cormorants below the number they consider sustainable. Salmon are in trouble and recovering them will require action, but this recovery should not come at the expense of native birds. The killing of 11,000 cormorants and untold more through the destruction of nests is a grotesque and misguided solution when so many other, larger threats–such as dams, habitat loss, and pollution–remain unchallenged.” Please read more here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/fish/salmon.htm

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Noodle Soup is Good, Shark Fin Soup Is Not

Photo: Pete Sinclair and Liz Giles, Sierra Club

Photo: Pete Sinclair and Liz Giles, Sierra Club

People love to watch dolphins swim around their boats, frolic in the waters, but sharks? No way. Therefore, it is hard to find support for saving sharks from being hunted, mutilated, killed, leading to their extinction. But the ocean´s ecosystem depends on these intelligent animals in many ways, sharks being “keystones” to the intricate structure of the ecosystem.

“Sharks are amazing creatures: majestic predators that inspire awe and respect. But millions of sharks are brutally killed through the practice of “shark finning” every year.

This practice involves chopping off the shark’s fins and throwing the shark back into the sea, left to die. Many species of sharks in the Pacific Rim, such as the Oceanic Whitetip, are declining rapidly in part because of this process.

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman is deciding if the United States will protect sharks from this brutal practice. He’s working on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a pact that would expand trade of natural resources between Pacific Rim nations and could have devastating impacts on sharks, trees, and other wildlife. We understand the United States is pushing a strong conservation proposal in the TPP that includes obligations to conserve shark populations and actions to deter shark finning. Other countries in the pact are opposing strong and binding environmental provisions.

Tell the United States Trade Representative: Keep Shark Fins off the Chopping Block!”

Please read more here, sign the petition, reblog, share:

https://secure.oceanconservancy.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=CF9AF0FF3D8D2C6D6F0B9AA93AB50BB3.app261b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=880&s_src=14WAXAXXXX&s_subsrc=14ASFESC2

And learn more here about sharks:

http://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/the-value-of-sharks/sharks-role-in-the-ocean/

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The Killing Game – The Trophy Is Extinction?

Photo: IFAW

Photo: IFAW

Whether the first human settlements were developed 40.000 or 100.000 years ago, these settlements were only possible after the development of a food source that did not come from hunting. Since then, human beings have come a long way. At least those who believe that survival no longer depends on hunting.

And then there are those who believe killing is a game. They no longer need to hunt, but see it as a fun pastime. No matter how high the costs.

“Black rhinos are in trouble – but that’s not stopping two American hunters who want to bring home a sickening trophy.

With only 1,800 remaining in Namibia and a worldwide population of just 5,000, black rhinos are endangered and protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Some hunters don’t care about those numbers. They want to kill a rhino, and they want to bring their gruesome trophy home.

Tell the U.S. government to protect rare rhinos.

Two American hunters have applied for import permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They need the import permit to bring home the remains of a dead rhino. ”

Please read more here and sign the petition, reblog, share, spread the news:

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/protect-black-rhinos-trophy-hunters?ms=UONDG140907180&cid=701F0000000Rk6w&mailid=9860760&af=ijLtu6vdyCQnjqvKpr%2F7Jf315IjfZMwXSpJGeApAXtTDsLjVlCL0Jp5bMqIvBIlVy28jpaOtok3C7uZqQzyt0XNeppBYUKgVXtZf%2FxguFfbVek8fGLlOXpovUudgsgXED2Jq68lAU8k%2FWrn5uHX9FHSu3vLivehAqzDI2peyNCdzpGDNt5NOzMMZU5Za4qFuRkwH7y5OEWBBb6y9DacOG98lpi5Ric9nElX%2FCHlxoIWNkpyXWEHL6P9HiB0y6mou&utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&spMailingID=9860760&spUserID=MzU4MjU2NjU3ODMS1&spJobID=420518242&spReportId=NDIwNTE4MjQyS0

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When Cheating Is Deadly

Photo: Center for Biological Diversity

Photo: Center for Biological Diversity

There are people who argue that hunting belongs to the oldest traditions of mankind. This reasoning makes these people believe that it still is correct to kill animals through hunting them down. Arguing back that we also do not want to go back to living in caves might not help here.

In any case: hunting animals who are trapped, bated, tethered, or in any form incapacitated equals torture and murder.

“The state of Alaska is allowing inhumane, unsportsmanlike and scientifically unsound hunting of wolves and bears — and we need your help to stop it.

The controversial practices include baiting brown and black bears into easy shooting range using greasy meat, donuts and dog food; killing bears in their winter dens; and “harvesting” wolf pups and bear cubs.

If not for permanent protective measures now proposed by the National Park Service, even wildlife in our national preserves could be victims of these extreme, cruel practices, allowed elsewhere in the state by Alaska’s Board of Game.”

Please read more here and sign the petition

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16641

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A Bit of Shark is in Every Fish

Photo: Shark Facts

Photo: Shark Facts

Sharks have a hard time getting a good lobby. People keep thinking of these animals as man-eating vicious creatures, out there to get you. But it is not the human who needs to be afraid of the shark, but the other way around. Even though sharks have extraordinary senses to survive in their natural habitat, humans have reduced the shark population by the millions.

“Fishermen in Indonesia catch an average of 109,000 metric tons of shark per year, more than any other country in the world. While catching tuna, fishermen routinely snare endangered sharks, such as the hammerhead. Yet the Indonesian government agreed to protect sharks over a decade ago.

In 1999, Indonesia signed the United Nations’ International Plan for Action to conserve sharks. Despite this commitment, fishermen continue to profit from valuable shark fins and meat. The lack of management regulations for most shark species is a huge problem – there are no catch quotas and no fishing bans.”

 

Please sign the petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/345/773/814/?z00m=22229631

You can learn more about sharks here

http://www.sharks-world.com

http://www.defenders.org/sharks/basic-facts

http://sharkfacts.org

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Do We Need More Than Six Wolves?

Photo: McDonald Wildlife Photographer, HSUS

Photo: McDonald Wildlife Photographer, HSUS

There still are several states in the United States where wolves live. This is actually quite surprising, since they nearly had been hunted down to extinction. Only a very few were left and, thanks to public awareness, the wolf population has grown again.

If you live in Michigan or know someone in Michigan, please let them know that there is a chance to save the lives of wolves in this state.

“On November 4, Michigan voters will decide whether wolves live or die.

In 1974, just six wolves remained in Michigan.

They had been hunted for bounties, poisoned and driven to the brink of extinction. Thankfully, at this critical moment, they were listed under the Endangered Species Act, and wolves were finally protected. It has taken nearly 40 years to restore the population.

But wolves are once again caught in the crosshairs. Recently stripped of their federal protections, state by state has opened fire on wolves.

We did not save the wolves from extinction just so the trophy hunters and fur trappers would have more of them to kill.”

Please read more, reblog, spread the word

http://keepwolvesprotected.com

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Good News: Wyoming Wolves Protected Under The Endangered Species Act

Photo: Jess Lee

Photo: Jess Lee

It is wonderful to share some good news:

“A federal judge ruled that Wyoming wolves must once again be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Today, it is no longer legal in Wyoming to shoot wolves on sight, chase them down with vehicles, or gas wolf pups in their dens—all of which were permissible under Wyoming’s flawed wolf management scheme.”

You can read more here

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/us/protection-for-wolves-is-restored-in-wyoming.html?_r=0

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/wolf-09-23-2014.html

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