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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Animal News

Saturday, June 28, 2008

What Kills Birds?

Human Causes of Bird Fatalities Bird Deaths a year
Glass Windows
Dr. Daniel Klem of Muhlenberg College has done studies over a period of 20 years, looking at bird collisions with windows. His conclusion: glass kills more birds than any other human related factor.
100 to 900+ million
House Cats
The National Audubuon Society says 100 million birds a year fall prey to cats. Dr. Stan Temple of the University of Wisconsin estimates that in Wisconsin alone, about 7 million birds a year are killed by cats
100 million
Automobiles / Trucks
Scientists estimate the number of birds killed by cars and trucks on the nation's highways to be 50 to 100 million a year. Those statistics were cited in reports published by the National Institute for Urban Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
50 to 100 million
Electric Transmission Line Collisions
Estimates made by the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service demonstrate millions of birds die each year as a result of colliding with transmission lines.
up to 174 million
Agriculture
Pesticides likely poison an estimated 67 million birds per year according to the Smithsonian Institution. Cutting hay may kill up to a million more birds a year.
67 million
Land Development
Suburban sprawl is a silent but deadly killer. The National Audubon Society says loss of bird habitat is the greatest threat to bird populations.
unknown
Communication Towers
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that bird collisions with tall, lighted communications towers, and their guy wires result in 4 to 10 million bird deaths a year.
4 to 10 million
Stock Tank Drowning
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and other conservationists believe that large numbers of birds inadvertently drown in livestock water tanks.
unknown
Oil and Gas Extraction
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that up to 2 million birds died landing in oil pits to bathe and drink in 1997. Fish and Wildlife says netting has improved that situation somewhat. There are no overall estimates for the number of birds affected by oil and gas spills, and oil and gas extractions (and transport.)
1 to 2 million
Logging and Strip Mining
Logging and strip mining destroy bird habitat. According to the National Audubon Society, habitat destruction is the leading cause of bird population declines.
unknown
Commercial Fishing
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ornithological Council report that 40 thousand seabirds per year are killed in the Gulf of Alaska by longline fishing operations. These same sources say long lining and gill netting kill large numbers of birds in other parts of the country as well.
unknown
Electrocution (Raptors)
Experts estimate that more than one thousand hawks, eagles, falcons and owls are electrocuted on transmission lines and poles each year.
more than 1,000
Hunting
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service, more than 100 million ducks, geese, swans, doves, shorebirds, rails, cranes, among others are harvested legally each year.
100 + million

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wimbledon Murder Case

Wimbledon came under fire from animal activists on Tuesday for using marksmen to shoot down dive-bombing pigeons.

The tournament employs two hawks to scare away pigeons who had become a pest swooping down on Centre Court and distracting players in the middle of tense matches.

But the hawks failed to keep the pigeons away from the players’ lawn and the open-air media restaurant so marksmen were called in.

“The hawks are our first line of deterrent, and by and large they do the job,” Wimbledon spokesman Johnny Perkins said.

“But unfortunately there were one or two areas where the hawks didn’t deter the pigeons, so it was deemed necessary to take a harder approach,” he explained.

The marksmen were summoned by Wimbledon as pigeon droppings on the restaurant tables were thought to be a health hazard.

The decision to call in the marksmen was condemned as “cruel and illegal behaviour” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) which complained to the tournament organisers and the police.

“Since the use of marksmen to kill pigeons appears to have been carried out as a first, rather than a last resort, and not out of a concern for public health, but rather because the animals were deemed inconvenient by players, you appear to be in clear violation of the law,” PETA vice-president Bruce Friedrich said.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Pictures






Homeless

imagine your house slowly crashing down, what would you feel? How would yo react? In the wild, this is actually happening to some species like the polar bears.

Polar bears are rarely seen on land, actually they refrain from going on dry land, but what is with the picture below?
This is NOT supposed to be happening. You can change things.

Think about it.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Essence of Life

I'm currently handfeeding a baby Eurasian tree sparrow, locally known as the "maya" I know that the chicks parents are looking for it but I don't know how to return it because it can't fly yet. My mom told me to keep the bird outside, I said I can't leave it out because of the risk that it might be eaten or attacked by cats, she replied, "Let the bird die besides it is just a local bird and their parents would have new babies again" right after she said that I felt sad and thought"Why? If their parents raise new young will this bird be resurrected?"

"everyones life is precious, even the animals deserve to live."
-David Go

Friday, June 13, 2008

No to Foie gras

Foie gras is made from the livers of ducks and geese that are force-fed and develop a painful liver disease. Investigations at foie gras farms in the U.S. and throughout Europe and Canada have documented sick, dead, and dying animals. Some animals had holes in their necks from pipe injuries, and one investigation found that dead birds were dangling from wires as blood spilled from their neck wounds onto the live birds beneath them.

"Force-feeding birds until their organs explode is one of the most violent forms of cruelty to animals in factory farms today." "Everyone can protect ducks and geese from this torture simply by refusing to buy or eat foie gras."

Foie gras has been banned in 15 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, and Switzerland, as well as in the U.S. in the state of California and the city of Chicago. Pope Benedict XVI once referred to foie gras production as the "degrading of living creatures to commodity" and added that it "contradicts the relationship of mutuality that comes across the Bible."

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Panda conservation success

Panda success!

  • In 2004, a new survey counted 1,600 pandas - 40% more than were thought to exist in the 1980s.
  • Panda habitat is increasing with the development of new reserves and green corridors.
  • Some threats to panda survival such as poaching and illegal logging have been significantly reduced.
  • Community development projects to help people sustainably coexist with pandas have been very positive.
Please help Panda Conservation by donating to WWF