USA: US Navy To ‘Take’ (Possibly Kill) Up To 50 Orca – Take Action Here.

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Last one tonight from me !

 

https://www.wildorca.org/the-navy-is-seeks-authority-to-take-up-to-51-whales/

The U.S. Navy recently applied for exemption under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for the “incidental take” of marine mammals, in order to carry out training and testing activities in the Pacific Northwest. If approved, such activities would directly impact the endangered Southern Resident killer whales while traveling through or foraging in the Navy’s area of operations.

What does take mean under the Endangered Species Act and what is incidental take?

‘Take’ as defined under the ESA means “to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct.”
Incidental take is an unintentional, but not unexpected, taking.
When a species is listed as endangered, take prohibitions are automatically extended to it under ESA Section 9.
When a species is listed as threatened, NOAA Fisheries must issue protective regulations in order to extend any take prohibitions to the species under ESA Section 4(d).
Source: NOAA Fisheries.

Donald Trump’s appointee is about to allow the U.S. Navy to kill over 50 orcas. This comes at a time that orca numbers have been historically low and is being decided by the same person who helped President Trump falsely alter a hurricane forecast with a sharpie to save face. Sign this petition to demand this heinous proposal be rejected.

Petition Link:

https://forcechange.com/565970/u-s-navy-dont-needlessly-murder-over-50-endangered-orcas/

Petition wording:

Target: Dr. Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Agency Executive, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Goal: Reject Navy proposal to ‘take’ up to 51 whales in Puget Sound.

The United States Navy just applied for permission to potentially kill up to 51 orcas in the Puget Sound. They applied for an exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the form of something called an ‘incidental take.’ To ‘incidentally take’ an animal essentially means an expected accident in which the animal is injured, hunted, harassed, or killed. This means that the Navy is asking permission to do activities, such as conducting training exercises, that they normally wouldn’t be allowed to do because it would adversely affect the orca population.

This year has been a devastating year for orca. The Salish Sea, which is legally considered the orca’s ‘core critical habitat,’ saw historically low numbers of orca returning in the spring. The prey that the orca feeds on is also in significant decline. The Washington Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force has recommended that steps be put in place to reduce noise in the Salish Sea where the orca live because adding sound pollution to hunting and breeding grounds affects the animal’s ability to communicate, hunt, and evade danger.

There are only 80 orcas left in the Puget Sound. Killing even one of these animals would have devastating consequences for the remainder of the population. The Navy’s proposed plan could kill more than half of the orca remaining in these northern waters. These animals are a fundamental and treasured part of the ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. Please sign this petition today, rejecting the Navy’s application to kill these magnificent creatures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Jacobs,

The United States Navy has applied for permission to ‘take’ up to 51 orcas in the Pacific Northwest. This is an unacceptable proposal. With only 80 orcas left in the Puget sound, this proposal has the potential to devastate the remainder of the population. Reducing the orca population that significantly could make it almost impossible for this treasured creature to survive.

The Washington Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force has advised against any added noise within the orcas’ habitat. Noise pollution in the water adversely affects the whales’ ability to communicate, hunt, and evade danger. Orca populations are already dwindling at a frightening pace. Do not speed up the destruction of these incredible creatures. Please deny the US Navy’s proposal to encroach on these vital waters.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/25/usa-us-navy-has-applied-for-exemption-to-take-possibly-kill-up-to-50-orcas-demand-action/

Regards Mark

 

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Italy: Amazon and eBay remove bird traps from Internet.

 

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Italy: eBay and Amazon remove bird traps from the range!

Bird traps and fishing nets can often be found on online platforms and classified ads, although you cannot use them anywhere. The problem is that almost everywhere the use of such devices is prohibited, but not possession and sale!

The situation is different in Italy, where the possession of bird traps and fishing nets is illegal.

And until recently, you could still buy them anywhere on the Internet.

This is now over because the Italian office of the Committee Against Bird Murder has uncovered the extent of the trade-in illegal bird traps in an online search and reported it to the responsible authorities on the online platforms.

Amazon and eBay have governed in an exemplary manner and quickly removed dozens of offers from the Internet.

Now we are concentrating on smaller platforms and also checking whether the providers are pushing back onto the market with some tricks.
The great success has the downer that it is limited to Italy – in Germany and almost all other EU countries you can continue to manufacture, sell, and own prohibited bird traps.

 

https://www.facebook.com/Komitee.CABS

Comment and Information: As “traveling bird conservationists”, the activists of the “committee against the bird murder” are particularly affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. There was no deployment in the spring as originally planned.

Nevertheless!
They can look forward to some successful assignments:

-From 9 to 31 March, the activists in Malta were able to document a total of 18 cases of illegal bird trapping with blow nets and report them to the authorities, as well as two cases of poaching with firearms.

The evidence produced by the committee will lead to a series of criminal proceedings

-In Italy, there was a single mission, almost regular: the hawk-eagle protection campaign on the Italian island of Sicily.
The birds are sought after by pet dealers and animal collectors because they cannot breed them.
Many chicks used to fall into the hands of poachers – in spring 2020, not a single nest was robbed.

-Even if the actions of the team in Calabria (southern Italy) were much shorter than planned, the activists, with four convicted poachers, still had a good result!

-The spring operation in Lebanon could not take place, but the partners of the committees SPNL and MESHC carried out inspections several times in April and May and, together with the police, shut down a number of fishing systems.

A total of 300 running meters of illegal fishing nets for songbirds such as reed warblers, flycatchers, and warblers were mined, and dozens of birds were released.

Foto: NABU/Andreas Hartl

We would particularly like to thank the tireless activists for their successes and the highly professional work that they achieved despite the adverse circumstances!

My best regards to all, Venus

 

France set to Murder 18,000 turtle doves this Autumn.

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WAV Comment:

One of the first meetings Pompili granted while in her new role was with the president of the French National Federation of Hunters.

Well what a surprise !!

`Minister of Ecological Transition`, – for animals, birds, wildlife; that means simply from ‘living’ to ‘dead’ we would assume.

 

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France set to shoot 18,000 turtle doves this Autumn.

Barbara Pompili, the French government’s new Minister of Ecological Transition, has presented a draft decree that would allow the killing of some 18,000 European Turtle Doves this autumn:

https://www.birdguides.com/news/france-set-to-shoot-18-000-turtle-doves-this-autumn/

 

France set to shoot 18,000 turtle doves this autumn

Barbara Pompili, the French government’s new Minister of Ecological Transition, has presented a draft decree that would allow the killing of some 18,000 European Turtle Doves this autumn.

Pompili only assumed the role at the start of July but, on Wednesday [22 July 2020], a directive to allow the hunting of the Threatened species was put up for consultation on the website of the Ministry of Ecology. Despite the decree acknowledging the worrying status of European Turtle Dove, it also lays out the plays to ‘take’ 17,460 of the birds.

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France set to shoot 18,000 turtle doves this autumn

Barbara Pompili, the French government’s new Minister of Ecological Transition, has presented a draft decree that would allow the killing of some 18,000 European Turtle Doves this autumn.

Pompili only assumed the role at the start of July but, on Wednesday [22 July 2020], a directive to allow the hunting of the Threatened species was put up for consultation on the website of the Ministry of Ecology. Despite the decree acknowledging the worrying status of European Turtle Dove, it also lays out the plays to ‘take’ 17,460 of the birds.

In 2015, the IUCN Red List upgraded European Turtle Dove from Least Concern to Vulnerable, on the back of a wretched 78% decline since 1980. In western Europe, the species has suffered a particularly profound range retraction and drop in numbers. France sits on an important migration route for the dove.

To set this quota, the ministry relies on the advice of a committee of experts, who recommended that, temporarily, no European Turtle Doves were shot, in order to maximise the chances of a population stabilisation, or that half the estimated population be killed – some 18,000 birds – which is allegedly ‘sustainable’ based on demographic models.

One of the first meetings Pompili granted while in her new role was with the president of the French National Federation of Hunters.

Coronavirus: Vietnam bans wildlife trade over pandemic risk.

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Coronavirus: Vietnam bans wildlife trade over pandemic risk

Vietnam has banned the import of wildlife and wildlife products to reduce the risk of new pandemics.

The move also bans wildlife markets for such items, including online sales.

Vietnam has previously been accused of turning a blind eye to the sale of products such as pangolin scales and rhino horns often used in traditional medicine.

Scientists have long warned that the wildlife trade can be an incubator for disease.

The origins of the current Covid-19 pandemic are thought to lie in the wildlife trade, with the disease emerging in bats and jumping to people via another, as yet unidentified, species, which could include rats, civets and pangolins.

“The prime minister orders the suspension of imports of wildlife – dead or alive – their eggs… parts or derivatives,” said the order released on Thursday on the Vietnamese government website.

“All citizens, especially officials… must not participate in illegal poaching, buying, selling, transporting… of illegal wildlife.”

The country will also “resolutely eliminate market and trading sites which trade wildlife illegally”, the order said.

Conservationists welcomed the move.

“Vietnam is to be congratulated for recognising that Covid-19 and other pandemics are linked to the wildlife trade,” said Steven Galster, chairman of the anti-trafficking group Freeland.

“This trade must be banned as a matter of international and public health security,” he added.

However, one group said the ban did not go far enough.

“The wildlife consumption ban mentioned in the directive is insufficient as some uses of wildlife such as medicinal use or wild animals being kept as pets are not covered,” said Nguyen Van Thai, director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife.

In February, a dozen conservation groups sent a joint letter urging the government to “identify and close markets and other locations where illegal wildlife is on sale”, Reuters news agency reports.

After being hit hard by previous epidemics, Vietnam imposed an extensive, early lockdown and has reported no coronavirus deaths.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53525954