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Elephant apocalypse

By Alice Jay

Four elephants are killed an hour — it’s a race against time before we lose these gentle giants forever.

In one day, poachers butchered 600 of them in Cameroon.

Take Action Now!

Dear friends,

Dozens of heavily-armed hunters rode into a national park in Cameroon, butchered over 600 majestic elephants, then hacked off their faces for their tusks. Poachers have annihilated half of central Africa’s last elephants. And no one’s been able to stop them.

Until now!

Brave investigators have gone undercover in poaching rings in ten African countries, and already more than 2,000 traffickers have been jailed! 

It’s awe-inspiring stuff, and it’s won awards, but many funders are wary of going head-to-head with organised crime. We may be the best community to scale this extraordinary operation, fast.

Four elephants are killed an hour — it’s a race against time before we lose these gentle giants forever.

This carnage is happening across the continent. Paid-for-hire poachers track elephants, leopards, apes, and all kinds of endangered creatures, then bigwigs bring in helicopters and heavy weapons to hunt them down and butcher them for their skins and tusks.
This is a $19-billion business run by international mafias, and they’re getting away with it by bribing everyone in sight.

But now the courageous Eco-Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement (EAGLE) network is taking them on at each step of the criminal chain — infiltrating the gangs undercover, working with police to supervise arrests, and making sure the bosses are jailed.

Their unprecedented success has won them acclaim from Interpol, WWF and the Duke of Edinburgh, but so far these heroes work on a tiny budget, powered primarily by a deep love for these animals. If we all donate a small amount, here’s what we could do:

  • Help train and sustain dozens of undercover investigators to infiltrate the most wanted networks in more countries and get their chiefs behind bars;
  • Support investigations of complicit officials and politicians who enable the bloody trade;
  • Investigate and expose companies and governments profiting from selling ivory and other wildlife products; and
  • Run massive campaigns to protect the natural world and preserve our delicate web of life.

More information:

Ivory Coast Arrests Six in Ring That Smuggled Parts of Elephants, Leopards and Pangolins (New York Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/world/africa/ivory-coast-elephants-leopards-pangolins-smuggling.html

Lion and hippo teeth seized in Senegal’s biggest ivory haul (Reuters)
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-senegal-wildlife/lion-and-hippo-teeth-seized-in-senegals-biggest-ivory-haul-idUSKCN1B427V

How Saving One Chimp Led to a New Kind of Anti-Poaching Group (National Geographic)
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/ofir-drori-wildlife-corruption-laga/

Organised crime sets sights on wildlife (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26153516

Why billions of bees are dying?

I read a couple of days an abstract of a scientific article claiming that experiments on bees demonstrated that an extremely small quantity of pesticide has the effect of disorienting bees: The bees requires four times more in duration to find their hives, and a bee that cannot return to its hive is practically a dead bee.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations, and a few bee species are already extinct and some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers

Alice Jay of Avaaz.org is disseminating this warning and a call for action:

Quietly and globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer has lobbied hard to keep them on the market.

Massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders meeting in Germany will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees.

The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops, accounting for an estimated $40 billion in value, over one-third of the food supply in many countries.

Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Many studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But increasingly, independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world.

This issue is now coming to the boil as major new studies have confirmed the scale of this problem. If we can get Bayer shareholders to act, we could shut down once and for all Bayer’s influence on policy-makers and scientists.

The real experts, the beekeepers and farmers, want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe.

Can we afford to leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets? Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.

Note 1: A petition is circulating to be sign!http://www.avaaz.org/en/bayer_save_the_bees/?vl

Note 2: This call for action was initiated by Alice, Antonia, Mia, Luis, Ricken, Stephanie, Pascal, Iain, Ari…of the Avaaz team


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