Monday, February 21, 2011
Lately there has been a lot of Michael Vick in the news (last week he just cancelled his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show). You remember him right? That loser who had it all going for him with the NFL career, major endorsements and millions of dollars going through his bank account each month? Well ya he pretty much took it all for granted and decided to open up his own dog fighting ring which operated under the name "Bad Newz Kennels".
Monday, February 14, 2011
During Karen's January 2011 trip to Uganda, she was able to see another way in which AKI donors have had a direct impact on the lives of animals in poor countries. The USPCA Haven's kennels needed repairs, and the AKI donations that Karen brought with her were put to use right away to get the kennels back into good condition. Also, as many of you know, an AKI donor's monthly contribution supports the salary of one of the Haven's caretakers, Mary (in the photo, wearing a pink dress) -because of Mary, each dog and cat gets personal care each and every day. (including one of my fav's "Hope"!)
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ashoka's Changemakers, with support from National Geographic and the Inter- American Development Bank (IADB), announced yesterday that PRETOMA's Development of economic partnerships between artisanal fisher folk and tourism operators entry was one of the three winners in the Places On The Edge- Saving Coastal And Freshwater Destinations Online competition. The project is developing environmental, economic, and social benefits in coastal communities located along the southwestern Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste through the application of sustainable fishing practices. "It's exciting to highlight these fisher folk as leaders in the field, working on innovative solutions that protect the environment and strengthen the heritage and livelihoods of their communities", said project designer Andy Bystrom, emphasizing that, "PRETOMA thanks all of the people who took the time to vote for the project; we are truly grateful for your support".
250 entries from 54 countries around the world participated in the competition. Among the 12 finalists was Costa Rica's Corcovado Foundation and its Building the Osa travelers' philanthropy fund entry. While not selected as a winner, the foundation's work to combine tourism with environmental conservation is an innovative initiative that also deserves recognition.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Gomez’s arrest was solicited by the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) last week based on several complaints filed by residents regarding his fabrication and sale of footware using pelts of endangered animals. On arrival at Gomez’s shop, Botas G, investigators found one pair of boots made out of jaguar, 2 made out of boa constrictor, and one each made of crocodile and caiman. These boots can come to cost close to US$2,000. Gomez was retained under Guatemalan wildlife trafficking laws which stipulates a sentence of 10 years in jail. According to Kurt Duchez of CONAP, there are at least 10 other footware businesses in Guatemala that use skins of protected wildlife.
Lets hope this served as a wake up call for all those involved in the killing and trafficking of wild and endangered animals. To think of a precious, nearly extinct jaguar being murdered and mutilated for a stupid, useless pair of boots just makes my stomach sick. I really hope the Guatemalan authorities take this crime very very seriously and does all it can to keep this criminal in jail and send a strong message to everyone reiterating the importance of wildlife conservation!
News is courtesy of ARCAS Guatemala