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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa

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Category: Protect wildlife: Wildlife Trafficking

  1. An appeal from Avaaz: Stop the Poaching Pandemic!

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    While the human race is battling against  the coronavirus with 213 countries affected, wildlife are far from immune from it either.

    Elephants, rhinos, pangolins and gorillas all needed wildlife rangers to protect them.   Wildlife conservation groups are faced with the challenge of continuing to protect wildlife and fight poaching whilst budgets are cut and the income wildlife tourism brings to help is virtually non-existent as there are no tourists.

    Enter Avaaz, a 60 million person global campaign network, with petitions to change the world and appeals to make a difference to those who need it.

    And they have an appeal right now.

    An army of 40,000 rangers once protected elephants, rhinos, pangolins and gorillas – and these are in danger of losing their jobs, leaving wildlife at the mercy of poachers and criminal gangs and syndicates.   

    A team of undercover investigators are working round the clock to rack and prosecute poaching rings in 9 African countries and they are jailing thousands.

    Their funding is on the rocks.  Wildlife need us to give them our support, however much that is.

    This is a chance to help vulnerable wildlife.  We can help lock up more criminals, expose international trafficking networks and accelerate global campaigns to protect nature and save vulnerable species.

    Please donate what you can now.   If we all donated the cost of a coffee, that would make a big difference. 

    Avaaz has funded these defenders before from the group EAGLE.  Recently they infiltrated a big illegal trafficking ring.  They uncovered nearly 2 tons of pangolin scales, exposing the kingpins and crippling an international network of criminals.  Crucially, they ensure those who are jailed don’t bribe their way out.

    Let's stop this Poaching Pandemic

    Let's stop this Poaching Pandemic
    image copyright to Avaaz

    If we all chip in, we could (and I quote from Avaaz):

    • Train and sustain many undercover reporters to crack open some of the world’s most wanted wildlife trafficking networks
    • Scale up the number of anti-poaching investigations in 9 countries
    • Arrest hundreds of wildlife traffickers
    • Expose complicit officials and politicians who enable the trade
    • Push to prosecute corporate and government agents who profit from wildlife trafficking
    • Power hard-hitting Avaaz campaigns to protect the natural world and preserve the delicate web of life

    LET'S STOP THE POACHING PANDEMIC 

     

  2. World Ranger Day 2020: Support wildlife rangers

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     World Ranger Day was created by the International Ranger Federation and its official charity – the Thin Green Line Foundation who are based in Australia.

    The Foundation’s needs are absolutely focused on supporting the Rangers’ needs, the emphasis being on supporting rangers in low-income countries and areas where there are conflict:

    1. Train the trainer
    2. Equip anti-poaching ranger patrol teams
    3. Financial lifelines to families of rangers who have died
    4. Critical funding to frontline projects e.g. Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Israel, Uganda, Sumatra, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Solomon Islands

    Rangers fulfil all sorts of duties including removing snares set to trap wildlife, monitoring wildlife, doing drone surveys, engaging the community and promoting alternative forms of livelihood.  They have training in fighting fires too. 

    As the dangers facing them increase and criminal gangs and syndicates become more aggressive and better armed, rangers really are putting themselves in danger so it’s vital to ensure that they go out on patrol with the right equipment and training and back-up – and the knowledge that they are supported.



    World Ranger Day (31 July every year) is all about taking a moment to reflect on the courage of wildlife rangers and the sacrifice they make or are prepared to make to protect wildlife on the front line.

    3 things to do on World Ranger Day.

    1. Post on social media using #WorldRangerDay #StandWithRangers #NaturesProtectors 
    2. Show support by adding the “I stand with Rangers” frame to your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures – these are available from the Thin Green Line’s website.
    3. Take a moment to honour fallen rangers.   You can see the list of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our cherished wildlife.  There is a 2020 Honour Roll and 2009-2020 In Memoriam.  Please let’s think of the families they leave behind, too.


    I would like to add two more:

    1. Spread the word about the Thin Green Line Foundation and the amazing work that rangers do around the world.

    2. Donate if you can.  Times are difficult for many but even if we can spare the cost of a take-out coffee or a glass of wine, that will help. 

    Visit the Thin Green Line Foundation’s website here.

     

     

     

  3. Click to tell Facebook to shut down its disturbing pangolin trade

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    Pangolins need all our help. 

    I’ve had an email from SumOfUs.org about a petition for pangolin lovers.  They have some really good campaigns on SumOfUs and are achieving some great results

    Pangolins  they need our voice, and our signature to tell Facebook "to increase  the enforcement of wildlife trafficking policy and make sure that no threatened or endangered species’ parts are sold on your platform."

    Click to tell Facebook to shut down its disturbing pangolin trade


    Pangolins are the most trafficked animal on the planet.  Up to 2.7 million of them are killed by poachers every year.  Poachers want to sell their parts to traditional medicine shops.

    A new report says that Facebook it worse, because they are letting traffickers sell pangolin parts on their platform!  Report investigators searched translations of pangolin in different languages, and there was listing after listing, even though Facebook has already signed an international coalition to stop this sort of thing! They just need to enforce their own rules.

    Click to tell Facebook to shut down its disturbing pangolin trade

     
  4. Please see this video from Gravitas - how nature is reclaiming its spaces due to the Coronavirus

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    Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.

    I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you.  Please share it with everyone you can.

    The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet.  It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish.   I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself.   Here it is:



    Thank you, Gravitas.

    Please vow to make a difference today. 
    Find out how to reduce your impact on the earth's resources here.

     

     

     

     

  5. Shut down wildlife markets NOW!

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    How did the coronavirus start?

    Its outbreak in Wuhan, China, was suspected to be the starting point for the coronavirus.  And a harsh light was cast on wildlife markets.  

    Huanan Seafood Market has a terrible range of live and freshly killed animals is thought to be the starting point.

    The meat of 30 terrestrial animal species is at the market, as well as seafood.  Pangolins, civets, squirrels, pheasants, scorpions, snakes and various rates are available there.

    Shut down wildlife markets NOW!

    Shut down wildlife markets NOW!


    Wildlife markets do 2 things:

    1. They spread disease – it’s easy to see why when you just have to look at the terrible conditions in which these animals are kept
    2. These markets are driving species towards extinction.

    We are heading towards a massive extinction – the 2019 UN report warned that up to one million animal and plant species could vanish forever. 

    In October 2020, China is due to host a UN conference on the Convention of Biological Diversity.  Representatives from nearly 200 countries will look to find ways to stop the mass extinction.

    Let's put pressure on China...

    Now is a good time to put pressure on China and push for a worldwide ban on the wildlife trade.

    Rainforest Rescue has a petition to shut down these markets once and for all.  They are utterly barbaric and it’s high time they were stopped.

    Please sign here and let's get wildlife markets STOPPED