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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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  1. Calling all koala lovers!

    The terrible bushfires have been catastrophic for the koalas.

    Not only have thousands of koalas died or been severely injured, but key prime koala habitat has been destroyed, which means life is going to be very tough for those who survived.  What will they eat?  Where will they live?

    It shows the importance of saving this vulnerable species before it’s toolate.

    The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW for short) have a petition to urge the state of New South Wales to declare a koala emergency and enact special protections to save koalas. 

    Life had been hard enough for koalas before these fires. Their numbers had been devastated because of massive habitat destruction and prolonged drought.

    Please help koalas and add your voicoe


    Koalas need our help.

    Protect the habitat of koalas and we also help many other species in the same area who live there too.

    A report commissioned by IFAW shows that:

    • At least 5,00 koalas died in the bushfires
    • In 3 generations, we’ve lost 66% of the population
    • The fires have all but destroyed many regionally significant koala populations
    • Over 5 MILLION hectares across New South Wales has been burned – with the remaining land depleted by prolonged drought – and this land was vital habitat for koalas.

    The New South Wales Koalas are listed as Vulnerable at the moment. 

    Join IFAW in urging the state of New South Wales to declare a koala emergency and enact special protections to save this iconic species

    Please act now to save koalas from extinction. 

    Please sign and share

     

  2. WCS (that’s the Wildlife Conservation Society) has emailed to warn that US government programmes helping to conserve species such as tigers, elephants, rhinos and others are under threat.

    WCS works to save wildlife and wild places in nearly 60 countries and across the ocean.

    Trump’s Administration is looking at cuts to programs that protect wildlife.

    WCS need as many people as possible from the US to urge their Congress members to support international programmes.

    These include programmes such as the USAID Biodiversity Program and the Multinational Species Conservation Fund. Key efforts at USAID and the Department of State fight international wildlife trafficking programmes.  The Global Environment Facility which plays a key role fighting the wildlife trafficking which is driving the slaughter of elephants and rhinos.  Programmes that conserve vulnerable species in the wild and protect the last wild places on earth are at risk. 

    If you are in the US, Please tell Congress right now: stand up for wildlife.

    If you are not living in the US and don’t have a Congress member, please share, share, share, the message people can sign.  Sharing is vital because it spreads the word.

    You could also donate here

     

  3. For anyone concerned about the illegal wildlife trade, this surely is a must-see programme – especially so if you’re a big cat or tiger lover.

    Aldo Kane reports on the illegal tiger trade in south east Asia in an episode for BBC2’s Natural History series

    The big cats are trafficked for products such as wine and glue, made from their bones.

    Aldo Kane is a formal commando.  He now trains African anti-poaching teams.   And he spends time in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam following the route of trafficked animals which end up as tiger bone medicine or aphrodisiacs for Chinese and Vietnamese customers.  He shows how the breed is on the brink of extinction – there are about 4,000 tigers left in the wild – and almost 8,000 held captive in zoos, breeding units and basement cages across south east Asia.

    The breeding and farming of captive tigers drives consumer demand for tiger products and in turn fuels wild tiger poaching.

    Aldo Kane gets into farms by breaking in or posing as a tourist or customer, and gathers evidence, aided by local colleagues, which he presents to CITES in Geneva.  CITES is short for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.  

    Tigers – Hunting the Traffickers is on BBC2 on Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 9pm.  It will be available shortly after broadcast for viewing.

    Visit the programme’s website here.

    Risking life and limb on the hunt for the tiger traffickers

    DON’T LEAVE THIS PAGE JUST YET!

    Please take a look at Education for Nature – Vietnam.   They are working to educate people in Vietnam and further afield and in so doing, to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. 


    They have a number of videos (which they call public service announcements) they have put together to educate people about the illegal wildlife trade and to tell people not to get involved in it.   Take a look at the videos and share them if you can.


  4. Did you know that the UK Government (i.e. you and me, if you are a UK tax payer) are funding climate-wrecking projects?   Our hard-earned cash is being used to fuel the climate crisis and make things worse!

    The UK is due to host the UN climate talks in November 2020 and we must be seen to be leading the way.   Ending investment in oil and gas projects is a golden opportunity for the government to look good at the climate talks – and we all know how governments like to look good.   JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs are doing it – why can’t the UK government do it too?

    Please sign Friends of the Earth's petition asking the UK Government to stop funding fossil fuel project abroad. ©Friends of the Earth


    Most people have no idea this is happening.   Friends of the Earth say that between 2016 and 2018, our money funded 16 oil and gas projects in Brazil, China, Myanmar, Mexico and India.   Tens of millions of £££ went towards building power plants and drilling rigs in Ghana, Nigeria and Bangladesh. 

    Friends of the Earth have a petition we can all sign (and/or share) asking the UK Government to stop funding fossil fuel project abroad. 

    Please sign the petition here.

     

  5. Ban Trophy Hunting emailed to say that this week, it was revealed that kids as young as FOUR (that’s 4) years old are being taken on trophy hunts.

    Trophy hunting companies are encouraging such a move by using the kids-go-free discount.  

    We really MUST stop the ban on trophy hunting imports – and so far, over 100 British MPs have signed Early Day Motion 50 calling for a ban on trophy hunting imports to the UK.


    You can write directly to your MP to put pressure on him or her to add their name, if they haven't signed already. 

    This petition link will help you find your MP and send them a message fast.