TAG: Endangered

Planting Hope

Planting Hope

For residents in Bil’in, Palestine, planting flowers means more than just gardening lately. As a statement for peace, many residents in the area have planted flowers inside of used tear gas grenades left behind from wars between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Vast flower gardens have been planted in the last year as a memorial for protestor Bassem Abu Rahmeh and the many others who have died. The gardens are near the state’s capital, stretching across a 430 mile wall that was regained by Palestinians in the war. Unfortunately, the supply of containers seems never-ending. Luckily, neither is the ability to try and triumph… read more

Wolves Under Fire

Wolves Under Fire

Wolf hunts in Wyoming have been sanctioned this last autumn for the first time in decades. After facing near extinction, wolves were reintroduced into the North America’s Rockies in the mid 1990’s. Since then, the population has been resilient, but fluctuations remain. There has already been a 60 percent population loss since 2007. This is illustrated throughout Yellowstone where the wolf population was reduced from 171 in December 2007 to just 80 in December 2012. This is in part due to human-induced mortality both within and outside of the park. Things seemed stable from 2009 to 2011, however, 2012 has brought… read more

Seals Make The List

Seals Make The List

Two types of Arctic seals have now joined polar bears on the list of species threatened by the loss of sea ice. Scientists reported that the sea ice reached record low levels this year due to climate warming. Ringed seals, the main prey of polar bears, and Bearded seals in the Arctic Ocean will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The listing of the seals came after federal scientists did an extensive review of scientific and commercial data. It has no effect on subsistence hunting by Alaska Natives. The loss of sea ice is mostly from greenhouse… read more

Endangered, But Not Enough Apparently

The Gray Wolf

Wolves are intelligent and social animals. They have an intricate pack hierarchy, each member dependent upon the others. The loss of one member of a pack is like a human losing a family member. Each pack has a male and female leader called the alphas and they are the only ones allowed to have pups. Litter size is usually 4 to 6 pups and they never have more children than the environment can provide for. Wolves have their own communication system which includes their howling, barking, growling, posturing and scent making. Wolves are known to keep wilderness habitat healthy for… read more

Eco-Conscious Company Ignores Pleas to Stop Shark Killing

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MUJI JAPAN, a company that self-proclaims to follow eco-conscious practices, has ignored the outcries of over 54,000 of their customers and petitioners to stop the careless slaughter of sharks for use in shark fin soup, which is sold in the company’s stores. Every year, some 100 million sharks are intentionally killed by humans. A majority of them are killed for their fins, which are often used to make shark fin soup. Although this had lead to a 90 percent-plus decline in many shark species, it is allowed to continue – because somewhere people fancy the novelty killing rare, unseemly flesh… read more

Deadly Trinkets

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In the days when buffalo still roamed the plains freely, they were viewed as sacred by the Native Americans. Though they hunted the buffalo, they thanked them for providing them with clothing and nourishment, and a sense of respect prevailed over their harvests. While there is no need for such harvests in developed countries, especially with the constant threat posed to a majority of animal species, hunting still takes place on a large scale. With animals often hunted not for the survival of human predators, but to be used as trophies and a means of commercial trade. Many times these… read more