Someone please call child protection services along with wildlife protection service and get all of out of that room!
A variety of exotic animals including Humboldt penguins, American alligators and a hyacinth macaw made an appearance at Global Pet Expo today
This video is to show the proposed damage from massive electrical transmission lines proposed to cross parts of Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo and to ask for signatures on
the petition at *******www.protectcanyon**** . This is an important and time sensitive matter to prevent damages to a natural and historic wonderland and the wildlife it contains.
Leonardo DiCaprio joins World Wildlife Fund's "Hands Off My Parts" to prevent the illegal killing of rhinos, tigers and elephants.
The Himalayan kingdom is a hotspot of biodiversity.
The film looks at the wilderness of the Himalayan region with special reference to Nepal. Nepal fosters an incredible variety of eco systems and is a hotspot of bio diversity.
Exclusive footage of the Indian Rhino and the Asian elephant from the Royal Chitwan National Park, which is guarded by the Royal Nepal army from rhino poachers. While depicting the natural beauty of Nepal, the film also projects the 'community forests' concept in Nepal which has proved a success in maintaining the wetland area of "twenty thousand lakes", a paradise for bird watchers.
The concerns facing wildlife protection are projected in the overall role it plays in the ecology of the entire area. The evolution and extinction of species is looked at in the backdrop of the spectacular natural history event by which the Himalayan mountains were formed sixty million years ago. Digital animation techniques have helped visualize the event. .
Unchecked mining in the forested hills causes floods during monsoon and water shortages during the dry season. Decrease in primary and secondary forest area is posing a question mark on the future of the Bengal tiger and in particular the Asian elephant in Nepal.
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Woody and Billybob have their day messed up by a wildlife protecting Indian
Tibetans in Tibet carried out mass fur burnings throughout Tibet in spring. Apart from a striking testimony of Tibetan loyalty to their spiritual leader and a new determination to test the tolerance of the Chinese authorities by displaying it, the movement was a unique success in the history of environmental and animal protection, since the use of big cats' pelts virtually disappeared from all Tibetan regions within a few weeks. This situation has continued up to the present, although for a while Chinese authorities in Tibet, at least at a local level, defiantly encouraged the use of fur among officials. They also effectively supported Chinese traders, especially Chinese Muslims (Hui), in opening or taking over shops and stocking fur and wildlife skins, including tiger and leopard skins, despite this being banned under Chinese law. The virtual collapse of the Tibetan wildlife market, however, did not affect the far greater demand for wildlife products in mainland China, where they are particularly sought after as ingredients for TCM.
Shop sign of a Chinese Muslim restaurant in Kathmandu.
In 2008, the unrest that flared up in most parts of Tibet led to an almost total closure of the Himalayan border, seriously hindering any smuggling activities. Research conducted by TibetInfoNet has determined that the trade restarted around late summer 2008, albeit following a new modus operandi. The strong presence of security forces on the Tibetan side of the border made it virtually impossible for the established networks, made up largely of Tibetans and Nepalis, to smuggle their illicit goods across the border, as they did in the past. Chinese traders, mainly Chinese Muslims (Hui), already involved in the import/export business, however, were still able to move comfortably between Tibet and Nepal, and effectively slipped into the trade. Typically, these traders bring, via Tibet, various products manufactured in the Chinese mainland, sell these to Nepali wholesalers and then purchase goods, mainly handicrafts, in the Kathmandu valley, which they bring back across the border. These are sold, partly for the tourist market in Tibet, and increasingly also to specialised dealers in mainland China. Dependent on available shipping capacities, the Hui traders then started to supplement their freight with wildlife products known to obtain good prices in the People's Republic of China (PRC). In certain cases, however, they arrived in Kathmandu with clear orders from traffickers within China, or placed orders themselves with contacts in Nepal, and payed for and picked up the goods on subsequent trips.
With these developments, the centre of the wildlife trade was temporarily shifted from Boudhanath, in suburban Kathmandu, where most Tibetans and Nepalis of high-Himalayan ethnicities live, to Patan, the second biggest town in Kathmandu valley and the main centre for handicraft production by the Newar ethnic group. While this exemplifies the capacity of the wildlife traffic to swiftly adapt to new conditions, in practice the new route seems to have considerably diminished the volume of the illegal trade, if only temporarily. This is because handicrafts remain the main trade items of the merchants from China, thus limiting capacities for wildlife products, and perhaps also because these newcomers to the trade found only limited access to wildlife distribution networks within the PRC. Circumstantial evidence indicates that whatever lull was in place is unlikely to last as, with a more relaxed handling of security on the Nepal-Tibet border, the old cross-Himalayan wildlife smuggling networks that spread between India, Nepal, Tibet and the Chinese mainland have recently regained ground and are on course to re-establish their dominance over the illicit trade, irrespective of the recent arrests.
Dismantling an aggressive network
The clues that led to Tashi Tsering's network and his arrest came when the CBI arrested two notorious Indian poachers in a village in the Punjab, in India, on 11 October 2009. Â Tashi Tsering was arrested during simultaneous raids in Majnukatila and Nagpur in central India where five Indians were caught with the skins of two tigers (one killed on 22 October 2009 and the other about three months before), 38.4 kg of tiger bones, body parts, teeth and IRs 200,000 (UK£2,600; US$4,300; EUR€2,860) in cash. Among the five were Tashi Tsering's main agent and broker, as well as the marksman of the gang, which are held responsible for wiping out the entire tiger population of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, India. Two further members of the gang known to have supplied Tashi Tsering with tiger skins and bones, named as Keru and Bheema, were arrested later. Keru is reported to have supplied the two tiger skins seized during the Nagpur arrest. Bheema is a member of the network established by Sansar Chand, a major Indian wildlife smuggler of the past two decades, who is currently in prison. The two men belong to the Sansi tribe, many of whom reside in Delhi at Punjabi Basti, adjacent to the Tibetan camp of Majnukatila. Sansar Chand's house is in Sadar Bazaar, a market often frequented by Tibetans.
Although in earlier arrests, Tibetan and Nepali smugglers were caught with much larger stocks, the recent wave of arrests not only delivered Tashi Tsering, one of the most wanted wildlife traffickers, but also for the first time a whole network comprising poachers, middlemen, buyers and carriers. As such, it is one of the most successful blows ever against the wildlife trade between India and China, and one that occurs right at the time wildlife trafficking appeared to be regaining confidence after the increasing demand for wildlife products among consumers in China was beginning to make up for the setbacks of recent years.
These arrests took place just a few days after Chinese and Indian delegates at an international tiger workshop held in Kathmandu on 27-30 October were locked in a bitter dispute over China's lax wildlife protection regime and its insistence on carrying on with the controversial trade in farmed tigers for use in TCM. In response, Chinese delegates were critical of Indian sentencing policy, which they argued, with some justification, resulted in convicted Indian poachers and traders being released on bail or receiving light prison sentences. They also articulated the view that the illegal Indian market for shahtoosh, the wool of the protected Tibetan antelope, often involves smugglers exchanging tiger skins for shahtoosh, thus feeding the vicious circle of poachers and buyers both in India and China.
In apparent preparation for the workshop, China's official news agency Xinhua reported on 23 October that animal protection authorities in Qinghai province destroyed 2,282 Tibetan antelope hides confiscated from poachers to show resolution against killing of the rare species. "We want to show our unswerving attitude in combating poaching", Cedain Zhou, director of the Hoh Xil Nature Reserve Administration was reported as saying. He claimed that over the past decade, more than 4,000 Tibetan antelope skins have been confiscated. He also said that a shahtoosh shawl may fetch up to US$11,000 (UK£6,700; EUR€7,355) on the global market, which he blamed on â€œhigh fashionâ€ beginning in the late 1980s in Europe and the United States, and which has fuelled the black market, leading to a slump in the population of Tibetan antelopes from 200,000 to 20,000 in 1997. "As long as the illegal trading and consumption of Tibetan antelope fur exists, there will be a long way ahead in protecting the species", he said.
*******SupremeMasterTV**** – STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY Why Me? Unfathomable Torture Behind Fur. Episode: 1881, Air Date: 8 November 2011.
The images in the following program are highly sensitive and may be as disturbing to viewers as they were to us. However, we have to show the truth about cruelty to animals, praying that you will help to stop it.
This is the Stop Animal Cruelty series on Supreme Master Television. This week’s program features excerpts from a short documentary by Mark Rissi, a film producer and the communications officer for Swiss Animal Protection, an umbrella organization comprised of 69 animal-welfare groups from Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
For 150 years Swiss Animal Protection has been at the forefront of animal advocacy, speaking for and defending our defenseless fellow beings. By conducting public awareness campaigns and working to enact animal-welfare laws, Swiss Animal Protection has prevented the suffering of countless numbers of our animal co-inhabitants.
One area of special concern for the noble organization is the gruesome fur trade, much of which is conducted in China. Eighty-five percent of fur used in the fur industry is produced on horrible, filthy, utterly inhumane fur farms, where thousands of wild animals are imprisoned in tiny, barren cages. Approximately 100 million animals are in fur factory farms worldwide.
Mink, Raccoon Dogs, Red and Arctic Foxes and Rex Rabbits are just some of the many animal species kept under absolutely appalling conditions. Having no social interaction or mental stimulation, the animals, which are used to roaming great distances in their native habitats, become immensely frustrated and go insane. In addition, inadequate food, water and shelter from extreme weather conditions causes agony to the helpless beings, often leading to horrific injuries and disease.
What’s even more unbelievable is the manner in which these innocent ones are killed. In 2005, a group of Swiss Animal Protection investigators traveled to China to uncover the truth about how fur is produced, and what they discovered is truly shocking. The following documentary film, entitled “Fun Fur?” is based on the group’s findings and provides insights into the abhorrent fur trade.
Is it real or is it fake fur? The (fur)industry calls it “fun fur.” In the last few years China has become the world’s largest exporter of fur clothing and according to the industry sources, the biggest fur production and processing base in the world. It is also a country without any legal provisions for animal welfare; and correspondingly, it has a poor track record.
We have an animal wildlife protection law just to protect rare animals, rare species which have economic value. We treat them as natural resources; but we don’t have any protection or welfare laws about animals.
The Chinese law, wildlife protection law, doesn’t protect wildlife in captivity. It only protects wildlife in the wild. And the law only protects against actions causing death to wild animals in the wild. But if you torture an animal, short of death, you are not prosecutable.
Chinese customs statistics indicate a net volume of fur exports of nearly US$2 billion in 2004, and Zhang Shuhua, deputy chairman of the China Leather Industry Association, told reporters that fur exports were up 123% year over year from 2003. More than 95% of fur clothing produced in China is sold to overseas markets, exported to Europe, the US, Russia and Japan. According to the Sandy Parker report, China exported a staggering US$1.2 million in fur trimmings to the US in the month of January 2005 alone.
Our team set out to examine the situation on location. We chose Hebei Province, as this province plays a major role in the retail market. Many small companies take part in the processing of fur. On the streets of Liou Shih and Shangcun, you find people washing pelts, stretching or drying them. The pelts are dyed, sheared, or even knitted, and the consequences to the environment are grave.
Environmental protection regulations are minimal in China. Highly toxic chemicals are used to tan or color the pelts. Because of the lack of stringent legislation, many western countries are exporting their pelts to be processed in China. Our investigators went to document various fur farms in the Hebei Province. What they found would shock even the most seasoned observers.
They uncovered and documented unimaginable acts of systematic brutality and animal cruelty on a colossal scale. A Chinese fox farm. The animals are kept in single battery cages on a surface of just 54 square centimeters. There are no objects to play with. One cage row is located right next to the other. Our film team visited various farms containing between 500 and 6000 animals.
A farm with raccoon dogs. China breeds and raises approximately 1.5 million raccoon dogs per year for the fur industry. Raccoon dogs have great difficulty moving on the wire mesh floor. Large mink farms have been constructed in China as well. Scandinavian breeders have sold live breeding stock to their Chinese colleagues. Mink live near the water; they are very active and curious animals. But in these narrow cages they develop extreme stereotype behavior.
As a consequence of the fur boom, many farmers have opened up a fur farm in their backyard. China is the second largest producer of fox pelts. The Chinese fur industry breeds approximately 1.5 million foxes each year. Again, the monotony of the cages leads to stereotype behavior. Natural ground is lacking. They try to flee but never succeed.
Foxes on the whole are frightened of humans and that causes some welfare problems. So it’s not just it’s a matter of adapting to the environment in which they are kept, but also to the contact with humans. And for foxes in particular, there is a problem of having a lot of foxes close together. It’s very frightening for a fox to be very close to other foxes.
Foxes communicate with scent. They use gland secretions and urine marks to signal occupancy of a territory. In the farms, they are forced to live above or near the excrement of row upon row of their peers. Our investigators also found caged dogs in these backyard farms. In the fall or winter, the animals are taken out of their cages. The workers use a capturing pole with a noose at the end. They then grab the animal by the tail or the hind legs.
Animals are slaughtered adjacent to wholesale markets or farmers bring them for sale. To get there, animals are often transported over large distances and under terrible conditions. After the buyers agree on the price, the farmers grab the animals, in this case it’s a raccoon dog, and slam them head first against the ground. This is intended to stun the animal.
The raccoon dogs struggle or convulse, then lie trembling or barely moving. Next, the dogs are taken to the adjacent slaughter area, where unfortunately for them, these same animals regain consciousness. So, they are clubbed repeatedly on their head with a wooden rod. This method is used in order to avoid damaging the fur.
After a short interval, the same animals regain consciousness a third time. Specialists start the skinning procedure while the animals are still alive. Skinning begins with a knife at the rear. Then the raccoon dog is hung upside down by its hind legs from a hook. Starting from the hind legs the worker wrenches the animal’s skin from its suspended body until it comes off over the head.
Our investigators were able to observe and document that a significant number of animals remain fully conscious during the skinning process. Even after their skin has been stripped off, breathing, heartbeat, directional body movement and eyelid movement are evident for between 5 and 10 minutes. Time after time our investigators found animals panting and blinking or fighting back as they were skinned alive. This fox had to endure the horrific procedure for six minutes before he was finally choked to death by the butcher stepping on his neck.
Please keep these images in mind the next time you are tempted to buy a coat with fur trim. And don’t be deceived by labels, since raw fur pelts often move through international auctions before being sewn in other countries. Fur from China may also end up on a final product that says “Made in Italy” or “Made in France.” Buying anything with fur, even if it is just trim, supports one of the most gruesome industries on the planet.
This documentary deals with the 85% of fur-trade animals raised on farms; the remaining 15% are obtained through trapping and hunting in the wild. In trapping, metal traps with razor-sharp teeth are used to capture the animals, who invariably sustain ghastly injuries. Moreover, many non-target animals such as dogs and cats and even children inadvertently fall prey to these vicious devices.
However, there’s a way that these cruel, sickening practices can be stopped. Like all businesses, the fur trade exists solely because it is profitable, but if people become informed about the barbaric methods used to obtain fur and refuse to buy fur clothing and accessories, the trade will cease. So please inform your friends and loved ones about the immense cruelty behind fur and avoid purchasing jackets, boots and other items containing fur.
Faux fur is an excellent alternative and involves no killing. Swiss Animal Protection and Mr. Mark Rissi we thank you for allowing us to air your important documentary and all your benevolent efforts to protect animals. May Heaven continue to bless your life-affirming work.
For more details on Swiss Animal Protection, please visit: www.Animal-Protection****
Thank you for joining us today on our program. May we all soon understand that the animals are our beloved brothers and sisters.
Salman Khan was convicted for poaching blackbucks in Rajasthan in 1998 under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 by a Jodhpur court.
Monkeys are trained to “dance” through beatings and food deprivation. Their teeth are pulled out by the madaris so that the animals cannot defend themselves.
The government of India has prohibited the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions for street performances. All species of monkey are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. This act declares that all Indian wildlife is government property and prohibits the capture and possession of monkeys.
Because of a lack of enforcement of the law, however, madaris across India brazenly use monkeys to beg for money. At the same time, there are not enough rescue facilities where monkeys can be rehabilitated before they are released back into the wild.
Macaques live in the forests in Indonesia, as well as other parts of Southeast Asia. Yet people steal approximately 3,000 baby macaques from their natural habitat each year. The majority of baby macaques are sold to pharmaceutical companies and universities to be used as test subjects; others are sold at wildlife markets as pets, or "trained" to become . The problem is, macaque monkeys are considered to be a "common" species in Indonesia, so they're not protected under Indonesian law. That means that wildlife protection groups aren't able to stop them from being sold.