UK Wild Life in Crisis

“It’s up to all of us to protect our wildlife and ensure we live in a world where all life can flourish.”
Chris Packham

Here in the UK we are facing an ecological crisis, the UK’s biodiversity is under threat. Ninety million birds have gone from our countryside since 1970 including 95 percent of turtle doves which are also at risk of becoming extinct globally.  Also corn buntings, grey partridge, tree sparrows, capercaillie and willow tit are among the species who have suffered “severe” declines since 1970. The UK has lost significantly more nature over the long term than the global average, we are among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

If you care about our wildlife please watch the following video and take the suggested actions

Take action

Join Chris Packham On the Peoples Walk For Wildlife

More details here:

Make a note in your diary and join the walk for wildlife in central London on 22nd September 2018.

Whether or not you are able to join the walk you can help by promoting the walk and campaign. 

You can download posters here on Chris Packham’s website:

Spread the Word

YOUR WILDLIFE NEEDS YOU!

http://www.chrispackham.co.uk/peoples-walk-for-wildlife-posters

“Pin it where as many people will see it as possible – your local school, nature reserve, post office, library, museum, community centre, lamp post, in your car window.”

Full instructions for downloading and printing included in the above link.

There are also posters for you to upload on social media.

So its easy for anyone and everyone to help promote this campaign

Also from the same website you can write to your environment minister:

“Let your Environment Minister know how important wildlife conservation is to you. Whether you live in England, Scotland or Wales you can download one of these postcards, print it out and post it.”

Read more and download a postcard

http://www.chrispackham.co.uk/tell-your-environment-minister-how-much-you-love-life-all-life

Related Links

Twitter:Chris Packham  @ChrisGPackham

Also 

Turtle doves ‘nearing UK extinction because of farming practices’
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/23/turtle-doves-nearing-uk-extinction-farming-practices/

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Action to Protect Wildlife Affected by Proposed Mexican Border Wall

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Isaac Newton

 

The following petition was in my email box this morning, a reminder that the Mexican wall is still on Trump’s bizarre  agenda.

Please sign the following petition to try and halt yet another of Trump’s misguided polices which will adversely affect wildlife, including endangered species, in addition of course to undermining the rights of indigenous communities and harming the environment:

Petition Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

Oppose The Border Wall And Protect Wildlife!

“Funding the wall would destroy wildlife habitat.

President Trump’s crusade to build an impenetrable wall between the U.S. and Mexico could condemn wildlife already on the brink of extinction.

But Congress can put a stop to Trump’s fixation. Federal legislators have the power to deny funding for this disastrous roadblock to the survival of imperiled species. Funding the wall would destroy wildlife habitat and could be the end of the road for these species like endangered Mexican grey wolves, ocelots and jaguars.

We must act now! Demand that Congress refuse to fund the border wall. ”

Please read more and sign and share the petition:
http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/petition/dow_oppose-border-wall/

The border wall is racially motivated, it is bad for people, animals and the environment.

Here are more actions to take to oppose this insane proposal

Petition

Stop Trump From Building the Wall

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-supreme-court-stop-trump-from-building-the-wall

Take a pledge to fight Trump’s Border wall

“More than 650 miles of barriers already exist along the border. These walls, fences and barriers cut through sensitive ecosystems, disrupt animal migration patterns, cause catastrophic flooding, and divide communities and tribal nations.

Now Donald Trump wants a wall across the entire 2,000-mile border. Trump’s wall would harm border communities, perpetuate human suffering, destroy thousands of acres of habitat and halt the cross-border migration of dozens of animal species. In fact, as revealed in the Center’s 2017 report A Wall in the Wild, 93 threatened, endangered and candidate species would potentially be affected by construction of a wall and related infrastructure spanning the entirety of the border.”

Read more and take the pledge

Take our pledge to fight Trump’s border wall today. 

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/border_wall/index.html

5 Ways To Protest The Border Wall Donald Trump So Desperately Wants To Build
https://www.bustle.com/p/5-ways-to-protest-the-border-wall-donald-trump-so-desperately-wants-to-build-33207

This comment included in the first petition raises a good point:”Wildlife & the environment is so much more important than immigrants coming into our country. We’re all descended from immigrants, unless you’re Native American.”

Trump seeks further funding

“President Donald Trump will boost by a half-billion dollars his funding request for his plan to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, seeking at least $2.2 billion for the controversial project in fiscal year 2019, multiple GOP sources said.

The Trump administration requested $1.6 billion for the project earlier this year, but White House officials are going to increase that amount to at least $2.2 billion and possibly more, the congressional and administration officials said.”

Read More:

Trump to boost request for border wall funding by half-billion dollars
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/21/donald-trump-border-wall-funding-increase-request-601635

The wall will eventually cost $25 billion to complete, a huge cost which could provide medical care, housing, education and other more worthy life enhancing projects.

Related links

Find out from Amnesty International about Trumps numerous violations of human rights

100 WAYS TRUMP HAS THREATENED HUMAN RIGHTS – AND HOW WE FOUGHT BACK

This briefing is not exhaustive and the Trump administration’s ongoing threats to human rights remain
https://www.amnestyusa.org/trump100days/   It is quite a list with more added everyday! The list was in fact complied shorty after the first 100 days, since that time of course there is no doubt much much more to add.

A list of information from Amnesty International concerning US immigration

https://www.amnestyusa.org/search/mexico+wall/

Amnesty accuses President Trump of human rights violations

“Amnesty put Mr Trump in the same group as the leaders of Egypt, Russia, China, the Philippines, and Venezuela.”

Read More
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-43152496

Donald Trump’s wildlife protection board full of people who like killing animals for fun

“Review of board members appointed by interior secretary Ryan Zinke indicates they are likely to agree with his position that the best way to protect critically threatened or endangered species is by encouraging wealthy Americans to shoot some of them.

A new US advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family. ”

Read More:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-wildlife-protection-board-members-trophy-hunters-endangered-animals-ivory-trade-a8259131.html

Frankly Trump is a menace to practically every being on the planet!

Seven Hundred Koalas Killed by Lethal Injection

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and free software supporter Luis Leonel.

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IF THEY’RE HUNGRY KILL THEM

“I love koalas… but if they’re found to be surplus, the most humane thing to do is to kill them.”
Dr. Desley Whisson, Deakin University wildlife and conservation biologist

ALMOST 700 KOALAS HAVE BEEN SECRETLY KILLED BY LETHAL INJECTION near Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and thousands more are in danger of starvation due to an ongoing crisis caused by overpopulation in one of the nation’s key habitats. The Australian can ­reveal that wildlife officials conducted three euthanasia operations in 2013 and 2014 to kill 686 koalas, in what was a covert campaign to avoid any backlash from green groups and the community.

KILLING OF 700 OTWAY KOALAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, SCIENTISTS SAY
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/killing-of-700-otway-koalas-the-right-thing-to-do-scientists-say-20150304-13v25p.html

DEAKIN’S SCIENTIST DR DESLEY WHISSON RESPONDS TO REPORTS ABOUT THE MANAGEMENT OF KOALA POPULATIONS IN VICTORIA
http://www.deakin.edu.au/news/latest-media-releases/2015-media-releases-archives/deakins-scienctist-dr-desley-whisson-respomds-to-eports-about-the-management-of-koala-populations-in-victoria

KOALAS COULD BE CULLED IN OVERPOPULATED AREAS TO PREVENT STARVATION, SAYS EXPERT
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/04/koalas-could-be-culled-overpopulated-areas-prevent-starvation-expert

Why couldn’t the Koalas have been moved?

Dr Whisson said moving the population to other areas or conducting fertility control programs were expensive options.

Read More:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2978320/Government-secretly-kills-686-koalas-lethal-injection-believed-soon-starve-death-overpopulation.html

Please express your objections to:

DR. DESLEY WHISSON
(Position: Lecturer)
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517302
Email: desley.whisson@deakin.edu.au

http://www.deakin.edu.au/profiles/desley-whisson

Why don’t they kill hungry humans if death is a solution for starvation? Shame on them.