Monthly Archives: January 2012

Two Orangutans Who Got Away…

Here in Australia and in other Western countries we seem to be of the opinion that orangutans are delightful, cuddly animals who are loving and kind – even generous. I recently saw a video of unusual animal partnerships which featured a dog who was befriended by a young orangutan.  The orangutan would share all his food with the dog. Apparently this is normal behaviour for orangutans.

Unfortunately, it is not normal behaviour for humans who have no desire whatsoever to share their world with animals.

Money is our god and we will happily kill orangutans for it if that’s what it takes.

I have said this many times in my blog but it was brought into stark relief with this picture of a terrified orangutan protecting her baby from being killed by poachers seeking a bounty in a palm oil plantation in Borneo. Having burnt down the jungle, the plantation owners are keen to see an end to any pesky orangutans who have somehow managed to survive.

See http://news.ninemsn.com.au/glanceview/212832/orang-utan-protects-baby-from-gang.glance

Luckily the orangutans in this picture survived and were relocated by an animal rescue organisation called Four Paws.

What a sad testament to mankind! When I read this I feel so sad that I am one of them.

And here’s another delightful story about our relationship with animals/ birds etc.

A provisional driver in Northern New South Wales changed lanes to run over four ducks that were waddling across the road, killing two. The remaining two were able to fly away.

Fortunately an off duty policeman was behind him and pulled him over, charging him with animal cruelty offences. I hope he finds it just as amusing when everyone knows his name.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8410153/fowl-play-man-runs-over-ducks

I’m wondering if in our next lives we’ll all be lined up on some planet and used as target practice by aliens. Now that would be apt.

 

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A Cheer for Leonardo diCaprio

It is quite a fight to save the earth’s resources from being plundered, isn’t it?

The latest news is that an alliance of European local authorities, US film stars, Japanese shops, soft drink companies and Russian foundations have thrown in $116 million to stop the extraction (for now) of 900 million barrels of crude oil form 1870 square kilometres of “core” Amazonian forest, Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/30/ecuador-paid-rainforest-oil-alliance

This land is home to two Indian tribes and more mammal, bird, amphibian and plant species than anywhere on earth.

Ecuador agreed that if it could raise 50% of the revenue lost over 13 years, it would halt plans to drill the area.

I note that Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the contributors. He is a very impressive man in this regard. I believe he also made a significant contribution to Russia to protect Russia’s tigers. This brings me to my next item of interest…

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8398505

It has now come to the point where armed guards have been deployed to protect India’s diminishing tiger population in the south of India.

From 40,000 wild tigers in 1947 they have now gone down to 1400 or thereabouts. Of course it was great sport to kill them. The British and the Rajahs of India used to enjoy nothing more than a good tiger hunt. The miracle is that there are any at all left alive. They were all wiped out in Singapore.

The biggest threat that tigers, rhino, elephants and sea horses face these days is Chinese traditional medicine. The bones of tigers are used in medicines where alternatives could quite easily be used.

Of course the other threat which will finally wipe all these creatures out is habitat destruction. We grudgingly set aside reserves for tigers and other wild animals and then the locals ‘eat’ away at the edges until finally the whole reserve has disappeared.

However, the above items are excellent news and I thank these governments and financial contributors for their valuable contributions in helping save the planet’s irreplaceable resources.

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