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A landscaping company sprayed an insecticide on 55 linden trees in the parking lot of a Target big box store in the Oregon town of Wilsonville in the U.S. last Saturday to control for aphids. Within minutes, bumblebees began falling from the trees, twitching on their backs or wandering in tight circles on the asphalt. As this weekend approaches, estimates of the number of dead insects has risen to more than 50,000.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed the bees were killed by an insecticide called Safari whose main ingredient is dinotefuran, belonging to a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. There are two main kinds of neonicotinoids. Safari is a member of the nitro-group which research has shown to be generally  more toxic to bees than the other type.

This totally avoidable tragedy is simply another example of the myriad of unregulated poisons that continue to be applied to the earth by people…

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Don’t buy that puppy from a pet store!!!


People need to know that when they purchase puppies over the Internet, through newspaper ads, or at pet stores, they are often unknowingly supporting the puppy mill industry.

Puppy mills are inhumane breeding facilities that produce puppies in large numbers. They are designed to maximize profits and commonly disregard the physical, social, and emotional health of the dogs. The breeding dogs at puppy mills live their entire lives in cages, and the poor conditions cause puppies to have more physical and behavioral problems than dogs from good sources. The best way to stop puppy mills is for consumers to stop supporting them. To find a puppy from a reputable source, visit your local animal shelter or find a reputable breeder and visit their premises in person to see how and where your puppy’s mother is living.

Responsible pet purchasing, adoption, and ongoing guardianship takes effort. But, it’s worth it to do things right, and find the canine companion of a lifetime. By finding a responsible breeder, shelter or rescue group, you can help defeat the inhumane puppy mill system that places profit above animal welfare. Readers can look up local shelters and breed rescue groups at www.petfinder.org and www.pets911.com. A checklist of good breeder characteristics is available at www.humanesociety.org/puppy. People who love dogs need to help stop them from being mistreated by making sure they aren’t supporting a puppy mill!


Stop the dolphin slaughter in Taiji

Kazutaka Sangen, Mayor of Taiji
Yoshiki Kimura, Governor of Wakayama Prefecture
Manager, Dolphin Base Resort
We are writing to demand an end to the brutal slaugther and captive trade of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.There is nothing even remotely humane about this practice. Fishermen literally drive stakes into the spines of the dolphins, paralyzing them as they die a slow agonizing death in water that quickly turns from sea blue to blood red. The dolphins are then tied by their tails (some still alive) to the sides of the boats and are dragged to the butcher house. Those that didn’t die from the brutal attack generally drown on the way to the slaughter house. Nursing mothers aren’t spared, babies aren’t spared.Dolphins are among the most intelligent beings on the planet. Their brains are actually larger than ours. They are social, living in family units or pods. Mothers nurse their young. There are numerous accounts of dolphins saving surfers from shark attacks.

Numerous studies have confirmed that dolphin meat is heavily laden with toxic mercury — and therefore — POISONOUS to those who consume it. The recent disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and the ensuing release of radioactive water into the ocean further jeopardizes the health of those who would consume dolphin meat.

You may claim that the dolphin hunt is part of your cultural tradition. There is nothing cultural about chasing pods of dolphins with a fleet of boats outfitted with high tech equipment. Furthermore, there is nothing cultural about selling the dolphins who are not slaughtered into a life of captivity.

As long as you continue the Taiji dolphin slaughter, we will continue to boycott Japanese products. We will also spread the word to everyone we know. We won’t ever stop until the slaughter ends for good. The world is watching.

The time to end the slaughter is NOW!

Wesley Wang

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World Oceans Day

Nonchalant Naturalist

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.”

– E.E. Cummings

June the 8th 2013 was the 6th consecutive ‘World Oceans Day’. A day to celebrate the oceans and highlight the challenges we face in protecting the wealth and diversity of different life forms and ecosystems that inhabit its depths.

I have nearly always lived right on the edge of the sea, on the banks of an estuary to be exact. Growing up on the English side and both studying and working for the first time on the Welsh side of the Severn Estuary I lived in a half way house, I knew the sea was close but it was never close enough. Seven months ago I moved to Cornwall and the sea is everywhere, quite literally in fact as sand seems to have crept into every crevice of my…

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Letter asking for protection of Cambodia’s forests.

Subject:  Protecting the Southern Cardamoms for wildlife, ecotourism and hydropower – not the banana company Indochina Gateway Capital Ltd.

Your Excellency,

My name is Wes Wang and I am currently retired but up until June last year I worked as a finance professional for over 20yrs. I worked for over a decade as an emerging markets professional focusing upon Latin America and Eastern Europe. I currently serve on the International Advisory Board of Wildlife Alliance, the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Board of Directors of Greylock Fund Management, and on the Board of Directors of The Civilians (an investigative theatrical group)  Due to my experience in finance and my extensive travels I have come to understand that all economic development must be tempered with a healthy respect for it’s impact on the eco-system.

I am writing to request your support in continuing the great success in protecting the Southern Cardamoms for wildlife, ecotourism, and hydropower development, thanks to Your Excellency’s guidance and strong support. I would offer my very special congratulations to Your Excellency for taking a very strong position in the recent two cancellations of damaging industrial developments, first of United Khmer Group’s titanium mine and second of six economic land concessions.

Today, however, it seems that the Southern Cardamoms are at a turning point, with the proposal by an industrial banana plantation to clear strategic portion of the Southern Cardamoms that links together the Western and Eastern forests. This plantation would bring 7,500 workers and their families, which would have a devastating impact on the forest, wildlife, and the local communities. This influx of workers will start a whole chain of additional destruction (forest burning, slash-and-burn farming, wildlife hunting, human waste pollution, and new infrastructure).

Industrial plantations have destroyed the forest all over Central America and Southeast Asia. This banana plantation intends to bring in 7,500 workers and pump enormous quantities of water, severing the last biodiversity link between east and west. The Indochina Gateway Capital claims that it will reforest, but will first clear the forest and destroy the only corridor free of houses and villages. Elephants rely on this area as their corridor because it has been kept free of passing through because forest patrols of the Cambodian Forestry Administration and Wildlife Alliance have maintained the forest cover.

I am writing to appeal to Your Excellency to please prevent this economic land concession, which would reverse many of our shared conservation and development successes over the past years.  We care about the Cardamoms and we care about Cambodia.  We are concerned about Cambodia’s forests and in your important role in ensuring the survival of these forests.

Cambodia now has a reputation as having strong policies for conservation.   We have closely followed in 2009 the Koh Kong Provincial zoning regulations that clearly delineate this zone as a strictly protected conservation zone, and the Forestry Administration Management Plan that clearly reserves the area as Special Ecosystem Zone (issued for 2006-2010 and renewed for 2011-2015).

The forest area requested by Indochina Gateway Capital is not zoned for economic development, and if the Ministry of Agriculture allocates the permit, it would be a grave shock – after all Your Excellency’s accomplishments in forest protection.

Would it be possible to have a conference call with Your Excellency to further discuss these points? The members of the Advisory Board and I would be very honored if to speak with Your Excellency about this important issue.

I very much appreciate your time in considering this manner and wish you all the very best!



Wes Wang

International Advisory Board, Wildlife Alliance

National Council Member WWF

Board of Directors, The Civilians