Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching, global wildlife experts told a “tiger summit” Sunday. The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a dramatic plunge from an estimated 100,000 a century ago. James Leape, director general of the World Wildlife Fund, told the meeting in St. Petersburg that if the proper protective measures aren’t taken, tigers may disappear by 2022, the next Chinese calendar year of the tiger. Their habitat is being destroyed by forest cutting and construction, and they are a valuable trophy for poachers who want their skins and body parts prized in Chinese traditional medicine. The summit approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world’s tiger population in the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia. The Global Tiger Recovery Program estimates the countries will need about $350 million in outside funding in the first five years of the 12-year […]
The number of animals in Uganda’s national parks and game reserves has soared over the past decade, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) says. The latest figures show that the population of some species has doubled since 1999, spokeswoman Lillian Nsubuga said. Wildlife had benefited from improved monitoring and the expulsion of rebels from the country, she added. The animals on the rise include buffalos, giraffes and elephants. New statistics show that the population with the biggest increase is that of the Impala, a grazing antelope. The number of Impala in Uganda has surged to more than 35,000, from around 1,600 at the time of the last census in 1999. Hippopotamuses, waterbucks, and zebras are also on the increase. Ms Nsubuga said the UWA had been able to reduce poaching by improving the monitoring of national parks and reserves and by offering incentives to local communities to protect wildlife. Since the expulsion of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from northern Uganda, wildlife officials have also been able to limit poaching in Murchison Falls National Park. “We can’t say that poaching is no longer a problem, but we have been able to reduce it”, Ms Nsubuga said.
It’s hard to imagine that it has already been over three years since the news broke about Michael Vick ‘s deep involvement in a horrific dog fighting ring. While the public saw what happened to Vick, little is known about what happened to the pit bulls he abused…until now. In THE LOST DOGS: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption (on sale 9/16) author and journalist Jim Gorant chronicles the full, behind-the-scenes story of the heroic effort to first save and then rehabilitate the 51 pit bulls confiscated from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels. It is a story that will shock, sadden, anger, but ultimately uplift you. While pit bulls are usually given a bad rap in public, THE LOST DOGS shows their loyalty, love, and humanity…even after facing the most appalling abuse imaginable. Check out the book video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=939tGP4h6Sw)
Most dog lovers know about the often horrid conditions of puppy mills, the unregulated breeding facilities owned by disreputable breeders. Dogs are often bred far too frequently, are kept cramped together in squalor, and are not socialized with humans. In addition, these breeders do not always care about the health and strength of the breed, which often results in genetic illnesses, poor health in general and unlikable personality traits. But many of these same dog aficionados, who have t-shirts and bumper stickers denouncing puppy mills, don’t know that most puppies sold at pet stores come from there. There are some pet stores that buy their puppies from commercial kennels regulated by the Department of Agriculture. However, even these pups tend to be unhealthy and unsocialized. This is partly due to the fact that commercial kennels tend to breed many different breeds in one facility and they breed for quantity, not quality. Therefore, their interest does not lie in the healthy promotion of a certain breed but rather in how many sales they can get. So, before you buy that cute puppy in the window, consider the downsides of pet store pups. 10 Reasons Not to Buy From a Pet […]
Virginia Beach, Virginia, authorities have decided not to file charges in a shooting incident that happened at a birthday party for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Investigators know the identity of the shooter, but the victim and witnesses would not cooperate with the investigation, police said. Authorities said they will not release the name of the shooter because he has not been charged. Michael Vick is not a suspect in the case, police said. Vick returned to the National Football League in 2009 after serving 18 months in prison on a federal dog fighting conviction. The shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. June 25 in the Town Center area of Virginia Beach. Officers who arrived at Guadalajara’s Restaurant were told that a man had been shot but he had left. Police said people had gathered for a party at the restaurant, and when it ended a fight erupted. The injured man was shot in the leg and left in a vehicle, police said. He later was stopped by Virginia State Police and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.