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A perceptive and thorough op-ed in National Geographic ...
'Saving Wildlife From the Spectre of Trade'
Elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife across the globe are being slaughtered for their tusks, horns, pelts, and bones with no end in sight.
Last week, the battle lines for an offensive were drawn. At a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, experts from around the world gathered to tackle the problem. Unfortunately, they have to fight on two fronts.
While it is widely acknowledged that crime and the illegal trade are the primary drivers of prodigious declines in wildlife over the past decade, they’re ably abetted by an influential, if not unintentional, ally: Those who favor a legal trade in wildlife.
The umbrella cause is otherwise known as Sustainable Utilization and Development. The promoters, which include such august bodies as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, are unashamedly anthropocentric.
Wildlife is regarded exclusively as providing “vital goods and services for mankind,” according to a recently released paper by the International Trade Centre, “The Trade in Wildlife: A Framework to Improve Biodiversity and Livelihood Outcomes.”
Their concern is that wildlife, as a means of satisfying human needs and desires, cannot sustain rising demand for their products, such as ivory or rhino horn, unless it is properly “managed” or “regulated” (read “consumed” and “exploited”).
But the perfidiousness of the powerful pro-trade lobby is that its agenda is promoted under the guise of conservation, preservation of biological diversity, and poverty alleviation, when in fact it’s in the name of vested interests and profit through materialist self-aggrandisement.
The catastrophic results of this approach speak for themselves ...
Read Adam Cruise's op-ed in full at voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/28/opinion-saving-wildlife-from-the-specter-of-trade/
#ivory #elephants #rhino #tigers
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Russia: Interim census results indicate Amur tiger numbers on the rise
According to interim census results, the population of the Amur tiger in Russia has increased to as many as 540 individuals ...
WWF says antipoaching efforts have been integral to the rise in tiger numbers, with tougher punishments and the introduction of criminal charges for the illegal hunting, storage, and trafficking of endangered animals and their parts.
Russia's Far East is home to 95 per cent of the world's population of Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers.
In the 1940s, the largest cat in the world was on the brink of extinction with no more than a few dozen in the wild.
The last census in 2005 showed there were up to 502 individuals.
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30 minutes ago ·
Norway: Tromsø says goodbye to the seal hunt, a long-lasting local tradition
When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
At the port, a crowd waited for Kvernmo and his crew. They wanted to snatch up a piece of Tromsø’s last seal catch.
“When we arrived in Tromsø, people attacked us… people wanted to buy the seal meat, pick and take at any price,” Kvernmo said. “We didn’t have enough meat.”
Kvernmo’s ship was the only seal-hunting vessel to sail out of Tromsø this year. Since Norway’s parliament axed a 12 million kroner (€1,42 million) subsidy to the seal hunt from the 2015 budget last December, the few remaining seal hunters in northern Norway had called it quits. But Kvernmo decided to go on one final hunt ...
Subsidies have kept the seal industry alive, making up about 80 per cent of the revenue for seal hunters. Now, that revenue is gone, and the industry is no longer viable.
Full story at barentsobserver.com/en/culture/2015/05/tromso-says-goodbye-seal-hunt-long-lasting-local-tradition...
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