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Zoom Can you spot the lizards being illegally smuggled through Perth customs?
The illegal trade of birds into and out of Australia is going virtually unchecked… with two sweeping government investigations failing to prosecute the smugglers they identified.
The investigations revealed the role of sophisticated networks of criminals trading eggs of native parrots with those of exotic parrots from South Africa, Singapore and the Philippines.
But despite having some of the toughest penalties in the world for wildlife crime, up to 10 years in jail and $100,000 fines, the alleged perpetrators were not even charged.
The previous national manager of investigations with the Australian Customs Service says that is because wildlife investigations are poorly resourced…

Can you spot the lizards being illegally smuggled through Perth customs?

The illegal trade of birds into and out of Australia is going virtually unchecked… with two sweeping government investigations failing to prosecute the smugglers they identified.

The investigations revealed the role of sophisticated networks of criminals trading eggs of native parrots with those of exotic parrots from South Africa, Singapore and the Philippines.

But despite having some of the toughest penalties in the world for wildlife crime, up to 10 years in jail and $100,000 fines, the alleged perpetrators were not even charged.

The previous national manager of investigations with the Australian Customs Service says that is because wildlife investigations are poorly resourced…

11.17.12 1
Zoom Spain’s 74-year-old king has come under scathing criticism for going on an expensive elephant hunting trip in Botswana amid the nation’s deep financial woes… read more.
I also have a problem with rich, ignorant, gun-happy foreigners using “animal population management” or “helping to feed the starving villages” as an excuse for them to prance about shooting wildlife in a country and ecosystem they know absolutely nothing about. 

Spain’s 74-year-old king has come under scathing criticism for going on an expensive elephant hunting trip in Botswana amid the nation’s deep financial woes… read more.

I also have a problem with rich, ignorant, gun-happy foreigners using “animal population management” or “helping to feed the starving villages” as an excuse for them to prance about shooting wildlife in a country and ecosystem they know absolutely nothing about. 

04.16.12 4
Zoom Dogs of the Titanic: a Dozen aboard, Three survived
“One particularly sad story involves a Great Dane owned by 50-year-old Ann Elizabeth Isham. Miss Isham visited her dog at the ship’s kennel daily and when she was evacuating, asked to take him also. When she was told the dog was too large, she refused to leave without him and got out of the lifeboat. Several days later, the body of a woman clutching a large dog was spotted by crew of the recovery ship, Mackay-Bennet, and dinghies were dispatched. Eyewitness accounts by crew and ship’s log confirm the sighting and recovery, and the body recovered is assumed to be Miss Isham.”

Dogs of the Titanic: a Dozen aboard, Three survived

One particularly sad story involves a Great Dane owned by 50-year-old Ann Elizabeth Isham. Miss Isham visited her dog at the ship’s kennel daily and when she was evacuating, asked to take him also. When she was told the dog was too large, she refused to leave without him and got out of the lifeboat. Several days later, the body of a woman clutching a large dog was spotted by crew of the recovery ship, Mackay-Bennet, and dinghies were dispatched. Eyewitness accounts by crew and ship’s log confirm the sighting and recovery, and the body recovered is assumed to be Miss Isham.”

04.13.12 30
Zoom Oops, 5000 acres of your land cleared for palm oil. Sorry.
A subsidiary of agribusiness giant Cargill has paid a $1 million fine for clearing land for oil palm outside its concession, a move that could serve as an important example for palm oil developers operating in Indonesia, according to Greenomics-Indonesia, a Jakarta-based environmental group.The fine was levied on Cargill subsidiary PT Hindoli after the company notified local authorities and the Ministry of Forestry that it had accidentally cleared about 2,000 hectares of land beyond the boundary of its formally licensed area in South Sumatra Province. The clearing, which took place in 2005, involved agricultural land that was still zoned as “forest” by the Ministry of Forestry even though it lacked exploitable timber.Read more:http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0223-hindoli_fine_palm_oil.html#ixzz1nZ1Fkkx4

Oops, 5000 acres of your land cleared for palm oil. Sorry.

A subsidiary of agribusiness giant Cargill has paid a $1 million fine for clearing land for oil palm outside its concession, a move that could serve as an important example for palm oil developers operating in Indonesia, according to Greenomics-Indonesia, a Jakarta-based environmental group.

The fine was levied on Cargill subsidiary PT Hindoli after the company notified local authorities and the Ministry of Forestry that it had accidentally cleared about 2,000 hectares of land beyond the boundary of its formally licensed area in South Sumatra Province. The clearing, which took place in 2005, involved agricultural land that was still zoned as “forest” by the Ministry of Forestry even though it lacked exploitable timber.

Read more:http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0223-hindoli_fine_palm_oil.html#ixzz1nZ1Fkkx4

02.27.12 6
Mad as a Marine Biologist: Sea-Going Turtle Under Fire For Egg Abandonment

mad-as-a-marine-biologist:

OCALA, FL—State welfare agencies expressed outrage Monday over the discovery that a local sea turtle had “deliberately and recklessly abandoned” her six unborn children on an Ocala beach last Thursday.

“This kind of behavior is shocking and inexcusable,” said Peter Hume, director of the Florida…

01.14.12 37
Pro Shark-Finners Lose Another (Big) Battle
01.05.12 4
Zoom I once had a discussion with a friend about why I don’t eat fish…
"I’m a marine biologist. I know very well how serious our oceans are in trouble and I’d be a hypocrite if I ate seafood."
But that’s my choice, and I figured starting World War 3 with her was not the best fin forward. But it was her response that startled me.
"But fish is so healthy. It might be bad, but it’s so good for you."
Perhaps it used to be. But today I’m not so sure.
Bio-accumulation (the biological build up in the food chain) of plastics and pollution is not a theory anymore. Our toxic wastes are in the seafood we’re eating.
Plastic Found in Pacific Ocean Fish

I once had a discussion with a friend about why I don’t eat fish…

"I’m a marine biologist. I know very well how serious our oceans are in trouble and I’d be a hypocrite if I ate seafood."

But that’s my choice, and I figured starting World War 3 with her was not the best fin forward. But it was her response that startled me.

"But fish is so healthy. It might be bad, but it’s so good for you."

Perhaps it used to be. But today I’m not so sure.

Bio-accumulation (the biological build up in the food chain) of plastics and pollution is not a theory anymore. Our toxic wastes are in the seafood we’re eating.

Plastic Found in Pacific Ocean Fish

07.04.11 11