Help Save Wildlife
By 2025 as many as one fifth of all animal species may be lost, gone forever. In recent times, hundreds of species have become extinct as a result of human activities:
Habitat destruction by logging; ever-encroaching human settlement; pollution of water, soil, and air; unmanaged fishing that exhausts fish stocks; and illegal hunting to supply the demand for skins, hides, traditional medicines, food, and tourist souvenirs all threatens species' existence.
Extinction is forever. We must act now. Time is running out.
- Endangered Species
- Preserving Wildlife
- Why Save Endangered Species?
- Living in Harmony With Nature
- Habitat Destruction
- Help Save Elephants
- Wild Horses
- Save the Seals
- Save the Manatees
- Save the Whales
- Save the Dolphins
- Urban Ducks
- Sea Turtles
- Turtles & Tortoises
- Rattlesnake Roundups
- Captive Hunts
- Wildlife Services' War on Wildlife
- Bear Baiting
- Internet Hunting
- Solving Raccoon Problems
- Solving Woodchuck Problems
- Polar Bears
- Use public transportation. Walk or ride bicycles rather than using the car. Turn off lights, radios and TV's when not in use.
- Reuse paper and plastic bags. Don't allow water to run while you brush your teeth. Use water-saving devices.
- Buy products and with less packaging whenever possible. Use clothe bags at the grocery store. Recycle items you no longer use by donating them to charity. Buy organic fruits and vegetables.
We cause our wild animal neighbors far more trouble than they do us, as each day we invade thousands of acres of their territories and destroy their homes. Here are some ways to live in harmony with them.
Centuries ago, the African elephant enjoyed ample representation among the teeming herds of wildlife that roamed the African continent. Today, their survival dangles on the precipice of extinction due to unchecked human population growth and overdevelopment. Once numbering in the millions, the continent-wide population in Africa is now estimated to be just under 600,000 elephants.
- If you are going to visit Africa, do not patronize countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia, which have demonstrated their tenacity for exterminating elephants on their soil. Instead, choose to spend your tourist dollars in elephant-friendly countries such as Kenya and Uganda.
- Write to your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators and tell them that you do not want your tax dollars spent on the trophy hunting of elephants. Ask them to stop funding the CAMPFIRE program. Write to The Honorable __________, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510; The Honorable __________, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515.
- Write to the conservation organizations that you want to support and ask them about their policies regarding elephants. Do they support trophy hunting? Do they support the ivory trade? What is their position on exporting live elephants to zoos and circuses? Spend your well-intentioned donation wisely.
These beautiful cats are generally found in the dense, damp, forested areas of India and Southeast Asia. Once common in all parts of Africa apart from the Sahara, they have now disappeared from most parts of northern Africa (apart from a few areas of the Atlas Mountains) and are scarce in the extreme west of the continent. The leopard is under extreme threat, especially in the Middle East and southwest Asia, and is listed in CITES Appendix 1.
There are eight types of bear in the world: polar bears, brown (or grizzly) bears, American black bears, Asiatic black bears, sun bears, sloth bears, spectacled bears and giant panda bears. Some are on the verge of extinction, but all face threats.
Each year thousands of seals are killed in Canada. The seals suffer painful and lingering deaths. The weapon used is a club, the brutal hakapik. Sometimes the seals are skinned alive. Sealers often use sharpened steel hooks to drag the creatures on board their vessels. Seal-clubbing is justified by the Canadian government because its victims are adversely affecting the profits of the Newfoundland fishing industry.
- 79% of the sealers did not check to see if an animal was dead before skinning it.
- In 40% of the kills, a sealer had to strike the seal a second time, presumably because it was still conscious after the first blow or shot.
- Up to 42% of the seals they examined were likely skinned alive.
Whales are hunted for their meat and other body parts. The oil from their bodies has been used to make lipstick, shoe polish and margarine. The practice of hunting whales began in the 9th century when Spain undertook the first organized hunt. By the 20th century, the Netherlands, Denmark, Britain, France, Germany, Norway, Japan and the United States had begun to kill large numbers of whales.
Each year, people are amazed to see ducks and ducklings in the most unlikely places, such as walking single-file through city streets or nesting under bank teller windows! Luckily, ducklings are precocious and mature quickly. Here are some common sense solutions to typical problems encountered in suburban and urban settings.
- bringing sheep into a barn during lambing (when they are especially vulnerable)
- corralling livestock at night
- removing livestock carcasses before they attract coyotes, bears, or other predators.
- livestock-guarding animals
- electric fencing
- aversive conditioning of attacking predators.
- Contact your state wildlife agency. If bear baiting is legal in your state, express your outrage to state officials and to your governor.
- Write letters to the editor of newspapers in your state and contact the media to investigate.
- Submit an Op-Ed to your local newspaper.
- Attend state wildlife agency meetings and demand that steps be taken to prohibit bear baiting.
- Contact your state legislators and ask them to introduce legislation to ban this practice.
Raccoons are intelligent, fascinating and highly adaptable mammals. As we destroy more and more wildlife habitat, we force animals like raccoons to come into closer contact with us. There's no need to panic or pay hundreds of dollars for trapping services because most problems can be easily resolved with some simple advice and household materials. Many conflicts occur in spring and summer when raccoons take advantage of cavities in human dwellings to raise their young. This is why it's vital to solve problems in a way that doesn't separate a mother from her cubs. Here are some solutions to common raccoon problems: