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February 13, 2019

He Pays $110K For Her, He Plays with Her, He Pets Her and Admires her Then Kills her This Beautiful Rare Animal






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American trophy hunter Bryan Kinsel Harlan paid $110,000 to kill a rare mountain goat in Pakistan. His guide, Tabarak Ullah, distributed footage of the hunt. 
                                 

 The photograph, published last week in Pakistani newspapers, was stunning. It showed a magnificent mountain goat, with huge, symmetrically spiral horns, nestled on a rock and surrounded by breathtaking snowy mountains, with a man kneeling and smiling behind him. 
It took a few seconds to realize that the animal, a wild Astore markhor, was dead. The caption described the man as an American hunter who had paid a record $110,000 to shoot it on a tourist expedition to Pakistan’s northern Himalayan region of Gilgit-Baltistan.



“It was an easy and close shot. I am pleased to take this trophy,” the hunter, identified as Bryan Kinsel Harlan, was quoted as saying. His home state or city was not identified, but his Pakistani guides said he is from Texas.
The story drew immediate expressions of sorrow and indignation on social media here. Some Pakistani commentators asked why there was no legal ban on hunting the markhor (Capra falconeri), which is the official national animal. Others suggested that foreign tourists be taken to photograph the exotic goats, not shoot them.
But there is another, more benign, the rationale behind allowing Harlan, along with two other Americans, to pay enormous sums to kill three long-horned markhors in northern Pakistan in the past month. According to Pakistani officials and conservation groups, the practice has actually helped save a rare and endangered species from potential extinction. 
For decades, the population of markhors, which are native to the Himalayan ranges of Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, has been dwindling, the result of local poaching for meat, deforestation, and logging, military activities, competition with livestock and uncontrolled domestic trophy hunting for their splendid horns. By 2011, there were only an estimated 2,500 markhors left. Several years ago, regional officials and conservationists began taking action to save them. India designated five sanctuaries for markhors in the mountainous border state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan banned all local hunting but started allowing a small number of foreign hunters to shoot 12 male goats per season in “community conservation areas” in Gilgit and elsewhere.
American hunter Bryan Kinsel Harlan poses with an Astore markhor, a mountain goat found in the Himalayan ranges of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, that he killed this month as part of a conservation program. Harlan paid $110,000 to shoot the goat, with the funds to be distributed to impoverished residents in the goats’ habitat areas. (Tabarak Ullah)
Most of the funds are supposed to be distributed to the impoverished, isolated residents in the goats’ mountainous habitat areas, which get 80 percent of the fee as well as income as hunting guides and hosts — all extra incentive not to poach the markhors. Government wildlife agencies get 20 percent.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in an effort to encourage U.S. trophy hunting of markhors as a conservation method, also reclassified the animal as “threatened,” rather than endangered, which allowed hunters to bring back trophies such as their horns, which can grow as long as five feet. 
As a result, the markhor populace had rebounded enough by 2015 that the International Union for the Conservation of Nature upgraded the species from endangered to “near-threatened.” According to the conservationist website Green Global Travel, the comeback of the markhor is “one of the world’s great but little-known conservation success stories.”
Pakistan has a mixed track record on protecting rare and endangered animals. Officials routinely allow parties of royals from Qatar and Saudi Arabia to shoot internationally protected birds called houbara bustards (chlamydotis undulata), which Pakistanis are banned from hunting. In 2014, a Saudi prince reportedly shot more than 2,000 bustards despite having a permit to kill just 100, creating an international uproar.




 In Pakistan’s public zoos, neglect and disease have periodically led to the deaths of exotic animals. In the past four years, the main zoo in Islamabad has lost several zebras, lion cubs, an ostrich, and deer. In the past month, four antelopes called nilgais have died of cold or infections. There are numerous private zoos in Pakistan, where wealthy people keep wild cats and other animals without supervision. 
In some other countries, promoting trophy hunting as a conservation tactic has backfired, with some programs charging high fees but failing to regulate the hunts. The Tasmanian tiger was reportedly driven to extinction in its native Australia by intensive hunting that was rewarded with generous bounties.
But in Pakistan, the tactic seems to have been unusually successful. Tabarak Ullah, a professional hunter from Gilgit who has guided Harlan and other Americans, said the high-priced permit funds are used for local health and education as well as preserving species. 
“This is not just about hunting,” Ullah said in a telephone interview. “The number of animals is increasing, and these foreign hunters are millionaires who go back and tell the world that Pakistan is safe.” He noted that after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, foreign visits to Pakistan fell sharply. “Now, more and more tourists are coming.”
Harlan, for one, appears to see himself as participating in a conservation effort as well as an exotic escapade.
In a video recorded on his recent visit to Gilgit, Harlan was shown climbing a cliff, shooting a male markhor that was sitting next to a young goat and then high-fiving his local guides.
In another, wearing a feathered local cap and robe, Harlan said he had been “welcomed with open arms” and encouraged other Americans to follow him, calling Pakistan a safe place for tourists. “This is a perfect example of hunters and villagers coming together for a common goal of game conservation,” he said

October 17, 2018

Would You Eat Slaughter-free Meat?






There's a looming crisis over the world's growing appetite for meat. Could a chicken running around a farmyard in San Francisco hold the key to a solution?
In 1931, Winston Churchill predicted that the human race would one day "escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium".
Eighty-seven years later, that day has come as we discovered at Just, a food company in San Francisco where we tasted chicken nuggets grown from the cells of a chicken feather.
The chicken - which tasted like chicken - was still alive, reportedly roaming on a farm not far from the laboratory.
This meat is not to be confused with the vegetarian plant-based burgers and other meat-substitute products which are gaining popularity in supermarkets.
No, this is actual meat grown from animal cells and variously described as cultured, synthetic, in-vitro, lab-grown or even "clean" meat.
It takes about two days to produce a chicken nugget in a small bioreactor, using a protein to encourage the cells to multiply, some type of scaffold to give structure to the product and a culture, or growth, medium to feed the meat as it develops.

ChickensImage copyrightALAMY
Image captionBillions of animals are slaughtered annually for meat

The result is not yet commercially available anywhere on earth but Just's chief executive Josh Tetrick says it will be on the menu in a handful of restaurants by the end of this year.
"We make things like eggs or ice cream or butter out of plants and we make meat just out of meat. You just don't need to kill the animal," Tetrick says.
We were given a rare taste and the results were impressive. The skin was crisp and the meat flavoursome although its internal texture was slightly softer than you would expect from a nugget at, say, McDonalds or KFC.
Tetrick and other entrepreneurs working on cellular meat say they want to stop the slaughter of animals and protect the environment from the degradation of industrial factory farming.
They say they are solving the problem of how to feed a crowded earth without destroying the planet, pointing out that their meat is not genetically-modified and does not require antibiotics to grow.
The United Nations says raising animals for food is one of the major causes of global warming and air and water pollution. Even as the conventional livestock industry strives to become more efficient and environmentally friendly, many doubt it will be able to keep up with the rising global appetite for protein.
We slaughter 70 billion animals each year to feed seven billion people, says Dr Uma Valeti, a cardiologist who founded California-based Memphis Meats, a leading cell-based meat company.
He says the global demand for meat is doubling as more people rise out of poverty and that humanity won't be able to raise enough cattle and chicken to sate the appetite of nine billion people by 2050.
"So we could just literally grow any meat, poultry or seafood directly from those animal cells," Dr Valeti says. "I think that is probably much bigger than sliced bread."
Many Americans say they are eating less meat but US Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures suggest the average consumer will still consume more than 222lbs (100kg) of red meat and poultry this year - about 20lb more than they ate in the 1970s.

A chicken sandwich in Boston
Image captionThe demand for meat is growing worldwide

The pioneer of cellular agriculture is Dutch scientist Mark Post. His first lab-grown hamburger, grilled in 2013, cost $300,000 (£228,000).
No company has yet scaled-up production to serve a cell-based patty commercially but Post estimates that if he started mass producing his burgers, he could get the cost of making them down to about $10 each.
"That's of course still way too high," he said.
If Just does manage to produce enough chicken nuggets to sell this year, it is unlikely to be in an American restaurant as the US government is still deciding how to proceed.
Most food in the US is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But some - mostly conventionally raised meat - is regulated by the USDA. So if you're buying a frozen pizza in the US, the USDA handles the pepperoni version and the FDA handles the cheese.
"There are a number of countries in Asia and Europe that we're talking to," Tetrick says. "There's a lack of clarity" about regulations in the US while the USDA and FDA hold public hearings, he explains.
"I think countries want to take the lead in this. Whether it's food scarcity, whether it's sustainability issues or they just want to build an entirely new economy, they want to take the lead in doing this," Tetrick said.
The eventual aim is to move cellular meat out of the laboratory and into large manufacturing plants.
There are now dozens of companies working in the field and they're attracting venture capitalist investment from across Silicon Valley and beyond. Billionaires Bill Gates and Richard Branson are among those who have ploughed money into the technology.
The product also has a more surprising benefactor in Tyson Foods, which has invested an undisclosed amount in Memphis Meats.
Tyson is the biggest meat processor in the US, processing around 424,000 pigs, 130,000 cows and 35 million chickens every week. So why is it investing in cellular meat?
The firm decided "to shift from being a meat company to a protein company," said Tom Mastrobuoni, chief financial officer for Tyson's venture capital arm, Tyson Ventures.
"We've made the conscious decision that we're going to be the biggest protein company," he added.
The cutting edge technology of Silicon Valley may be synonymous with the freewheeling, entrepreneurial spirit of the United States but this is still a country where tradition runs deep.
The Cattlemen's Association has a powerful lobby and there's arguably no symbol more revered or romanticised in the nation's history than the cowboy.
And so the ranchers of the mid-west are stepping into the debate about how this new product will be marketed - as clean meat, cellular meat, slaughter-free meat, ethical protein, or just meat?
On their ranch in the Ozarks, a mountainous region extending from Missouri into Arkansas, Kalena and Billy Bruce are feeding their herd of black Angus cattle, helped by their four-year-old daughter Willa.

Kalena and Billy Bruce, with Willa
Image captionKalena and Billy Bruce, with Willa

"I think it needs to be labelled accordingly - a lab-produced protein," says Billy Bruce. "When I think of meat I think of what's standing behind us, a live breathing animal," he adds.
The state of Missouri agrees. At the urging of farmers, the legislature has decreed that meat labels may only be applied to the product of livestock. It is a hint of the disruption which traditional agriculture feels could be on the way.
"From a transparency standpoint for consumers, so that they know what they're purchasing and what they're feeding their families, we think that it needs to be called something different," says Kalena Bruce.
Lia Biondo, the director of policy and outreach with the US Cattlemen's association, based in Washington, DC, says she expects the Missouri law could be replicated in other states.
"We will let those companies decide what to call their products just as long as they don't call it beef or meat," says Biondo.
But in any case, will anyone actually eat it, especially here in cattle country? 
Diners at Lamberts, a traditional Midwest restaurant in Ozark, Missouri, are going to take some convincing.
"Meat oughta be growed on a farm, out in the fields," declares Jerry Kimrey, a construction worker from Lebanon, Missouri.
Teacher Ashley Pospisil, also from Lebanon, says she would prefer not to eat cell-based meat.
"I like to know where it came from and that it's natural and not processed from a lab," she says.
Linda Hilburn, who is tucking into a (cow) steak before heading home to Guthrie, Oklahoma agrees.
"I kind of like it having four feet in the beginning," she says.
"There's just something about man's creation that scares me. We've created havoc here. I kind of like the idea of God's creation."
While Ms Hilburn is far from alone in feeling squeamish about the idea of "Frankenstein food" as critics have labelled it, Josh Tetrick insists that cell-based meat is entirely free from the many animal diseases which plague traditional meat production.
And he is betting on human experience favouring progress.
"At the end of the day whether you're talking about a move from picking ice to refrigerator or from slaughtering a whale to refining oil into kerosene and moving from kerosene to a light bulb... even though people called the light bulb the Devil's current... humanity managed to embrace something new. 
"It always happens and if I had to bet it'll happen for this too."

March 16, 2018

Outgoing President of Botswana Attacks Trump for Overturning Ban on Animal Trophies


 I am so strong I kill tigers with the best Rifle in the market

 Bengal Tiger, Some people including The Trumps seem to enjoy them this way better




The outgoing president of Botswana has attacked his US counterpart Donald Trump for "encouraging poaching" by overturning a ban on importing hunting trophies.


[BBC]

Speaking at an anti-poaching summit in Botswana, two weeks before he steps down, President Ian Khama told the BBC it wasn't just Mr. Trump's attitude towards wildlife he was concerned about, but his "attitude towards the whole planet".
The US government recently made a U-turn over importing animal heads from Africa - the "trophies" prized by American hunters traveling to the continent.
"We have actually banned hunting in this country," said Mr. Khama.
"So when you say that now we will allow trophies - elephant trophies - to come into the United States, what is he suggesting? He is going to be encouraging poaching in this country.
"When he pulled out of the Paris agreement and you look at the implications of doing that, it is going to definitely undermine our efforts to undermine the entire planet. It's a big threat." Mr Khama was speaking at the Giant's Club Summit in Kasane, which is discussing efforts to tackle the poaching epidemic which is killing tens of thousands of elephants every year.
Although the number of animals being poached for ivory has been dropping over the past few years, more elephants are being killed for their tusks that are being born, leaving them in danger.
"We haven't passed the worst of the poaching crisis," said Mike Chase, director and founder of Elephants Without Borders.
"The political will to address these issues is unfortunately not there. It has been in Botswana, and if our neighbors can learn from Botswana's example I feel we can address this poaching crisis."   

The summit is showcasing ways of improving anti-poaching measures, borrowing from counter-terrorism.
"The focus now is on intelligence-led patrol work, intelligence-led investigations," said Kevin Vallack, a former British policeman and intelligence officer, now with the conservation group Space for Giants.
"So the same principles apply as in counter-terrorism and organized crime - countering terrorists, traffickers… and wildlife poachers."
Fitting a tracker on a large elephantPreventing human-wildlife conflict, and helping elephants have more value to communities alive than dead are key areas of discussion, but many conservationists believe a total ban on ivory trade is the only way to save the elephants.




Image captionFitting a tracker to monitor elephant movements can help prevent human-wildlife conflict

The EU, and the UK specifically, are the biggest exporters of legal ivory - much of it labeled as antique - and three African presidents have now put their name to a million-signature global petition asking for a ban on this legal trade in ivory.
President Khama praised China for implementing a ban on their domestic ivory trade earlier this year and called on Britain and the EU to do likewise.
"When you look at the other countries coming on board - for example, China - I think they are setting a wonderful example to follow, whether it's the UK or the European Union."
The UK Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, who is attending the summit said: "Our aim is to ban antique ivory sales in the UK this year." 
"People in the UK really care passionately about this issue and they want to make sure we save these magnificent elephants in the wild for future generations," she said.
A consultation period on how the UK should implement any ban, and what the exceptions might be, ended recently, and an announcement on the new government policy is expected in the coming weeks.
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February 20, 2018

Humans Have Advanced in So Many Fields But One: Treatment of Animals









In Steven Pinker’s new book out this month, Enlightenment Now, the Harvard professor catalogs reams of data to show that the world has actually gotten much better over time, despite what you hear on the news. The book looks at increased life spans, decreased inequality, and even a 37-fold reduction in deaths from lightning bolts as a cause for optimism in humanity. After more than 500 pages, it’s hard not to be convinced. But the question remains whether Pinker’s seemingly exhaustive treatment is neglected system) and a quadrillion wild vertebrates (with many more invertebrates).
But the question remains whether Pinker’s seemingly exhaustive treatment is neglecting some entire category of negative trends, such as the experiences of nonhuman animals who share this planet with us. The human population is around seven billion today, and will perhaps be ten billion by 2050. Yet there are over 100 billion domestic animals (the vast majority of whom are in the food system) and a quadrillion wild vertebrates (with many more invertebrates).



Unfortunately, their current situation is unimaginable suffering.
Over 99% of animals raised for food in the US currently live in factory farms (over 90% globally), many of them enduring horrific conditions like intense confinement in tiny cages so small they can barely turn around. The number of these animals has vastly increased over the past century. It’s even increased over the past decade, mainly due to rising incomes and trends of Westernization in countries like China and India, though US numbers have remained fairly stable.
At the Sentience Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on the expansion of humanity’s moral circle where I work as research director, we try to better understand the state of affairs for animals (who make up the bulk of excluded sentient beings) and how it can be improved.
Given the abundant neuroscientific and behavioral evidence of these animals’ sentience, not to mention the environmental devastation and public health harms caused by animal farming, does this issue undercut the upward trend documented by Pinker? I think the answer is yes if we’re considering only the state of human and animal welfare today.
However, I think a better metric is human attitudes towards animals because it’s a bigger driver of future trends. Polls on this topic are fascinating. Despite the fact that less than 1% of US consumers usually eat meat from animals from non-factory farms, a poll we ran in November suggested 47% “support a ban on slaughterhouses.” In a2015 Gallup poll, 32% of respondents said: “[a]nimals deserve the exact same rights as people to be free from harm and exploitation.”
 Why the apparent gulf between values and behavior? First, misleading marketing from animal agriculture has portrayed the industry as humane and picturesque, despite numerous undercover investigations and reports showing a horrific reality. Second, we want to believe we’re good people, and we’ll go to great lengths to justify our behavior, including the creation of a psychological refuge whereby we take shelter in the mistaken belief that the animals were treated well. Finally, it’s just a much greater cost to make a personal change than to support institutional change: if I go vegan, I have to sort through restaurant options to ensure my needs are met, but if the world goes vegan, then I can pick anything on the menu just like I could before.
This is a good reason for optimism. With virtually every social movement—from environmentalism, children’s rights, antislavery, to feminism—we’ve seen people transcend the limitations of individual consumer choices via institutional change. Indeed, we’ve already seen companies around the world commit to cage-free eggs, despite only a tiny fraction of consumers selecting cage-free eggs when given the option at a grocery store. The most recent campaign to ban the sale of cage eggs in Massachusetts received 77.7% of the popular vote.
These consumer attitudes suggest that Pinker’s optimism about human welfare actually might apply—at least with great caution—to animal welfare.
The ethical costs of animal farming also portend its downfall. The industry exploits complex, sentient beings as resources, which is a woefully inefficient process. To process plant calories into animal calories, the animal does a lot more than just produce meat, eggs, and dairy. She grows hair, teeth, bones. She walks around. And most importantly, she has a brain with the capacity for sentient experience — no small metabolic task. This means that for every ten calories of plant-based food we feed a farmed animal, we get around one calorie of meat in return.

Humanity tends towards efficiency for better or worse, which suggests that, in the long run, we will transcend the animal, even if individuals fail to muster sufficient moral motivation. We’ll produce meat, eggs, and dairy without the costly middleman. Scientists and chefs are already working on so-called “clean meat,” real meat made without the ethical and food safety costs of animal slaughter. They do this by taking a small sample of cells from a living animal and mixing them with food, energy, and growth factors—in the same process that happens inside an animal’s body. In fact, the first products are expected to roll out to select restaurants over the next couple of years.
 Of course, consumer attitudes and technological trends aren't causing for blind optimism in the case of human or animal welfare. There’s a rocky and precarious climb ahead. My greatest fear isn’t backsliding into the Middle Ages when blatant animal cruelty like cat burning (literally burning cats in a public place for entertainment) was widely accepted. My fear is instead that our values will stagnate, leaving the smallest and strangest sentient creatures stranded outside our moral circle. What if we expand that circle of chickens, pigs, and cows, but never fish? What about artificial sentience, if humanity gains the capacity to build feeling machines?
So let’s keep climbing the mountain of progress, foothold by foothold. Let’s stop once in a while to enjoy the view—I’m glad Pinker is pushing for this in a world that does it too rarely. But let’s also occasionally pause to acknowledge and strategize for the epic task ahead of us. Let’s keep in mind not just those beings who won the metaphysical lottery by being born as Homo sapiens, but also those who lie furthest outside our moral circle. They need us the most.
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February 6, 2018

World's Ivory Leading Investigator Stabbed to Death in Nairobi





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One of the world's leading investigators of the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has been killed in Kenya.
Dr. Esmond Martin speaking on May 5, 2008 in Washington, DCEsmond Bradley Martin, 75, was found in his Nairobi home on Sunday with a stab wound to his neck.
The former UN special envoy for rhino conservation was known for his undercover work investigating the black market.
The US citizen had recently returned from a research trip to Myanmar. Bradley Martin was in the process of writing up his findings when he died, reports the BBC's Alastair Leithead from Nairobi.
His wife found him in their house in Langata. Police are investigating the circumstances but suspect it was a botched robbery. 
A baby elephant of the endagered Loxodonta africana speciesOur correspondent says Bradley Martin had spent decades risking his life to secretly photograph and document illegal sales of ivory and rhino horn, travelling to China, Vietnam, and Laos to pose as a buyer and establish the details of black market prices.
He first went to Kenya from the US in the 1970s when there was a surge in the number of elephants being killed for their ivory. 




Image copyrightAFP
Image captionConservationists believe that the ivory trade is largely responsible for the world's declining elephant numbers
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'A sharp dresser and passionate campaigner'

Alastair Leithead - BBC News, Nairobi




Esmond Martin (3rd R), a United Nations special envoy whose responsibility is the problem of rhinoceros poaching and trafficking, inspects 20 confiscated rhino horns, elephant tusks and ivory objects at the Taipei Zoo 04 June before the illegal goods were incinerated publicly to demonstrate the government's commitment to protecting wildlife. 

Always sharply dressed with a colourful handkerchief falling from his top pocket, Esmond Bradley Martin would immediately cut to the chase, honing in on the latest issue that was consuming him.
He was a well-known and highly respected character in the conservation community - passionate and unwavering in his efforts to crack down on illegal wildlife crime.
In a major report last year from Laos, he and his colleague Lucy Vigne established that the country had the world's fastest growing ivory trade.
They risked their own safety staying at a Chinese casino inhabited by gangsters and traffickers in order to visit the illegal markets and find out the latest prices by posing as dealers.
His life's work was combating the illegal trade of wildlife and he produced a huge body of highly respected research and investigative reports. 
He will be a huge loss to the international conservation community.




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Bradley Martin's work on illegal wildlife markets helped pressure China to ban the rhino horn trade in the 1990s and later, domestic sales of ivory. The latter ban came into force this year. 
His last report was published by conservation group Save The Elephants last year. The findings said that there had been a slowdown in the ivory trade in China.
Fellow conservationists have been paying tribute to him on social media.  

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