Every so often, people are too preoccupied with doing and looking into so many things in life that they tend to forget how to give back to someone who has provided them with so much
Black Fish explores the issues relating to the captivity of Orca’s, most commonly known as Killer Whales. From the early days of capturing through to the inevitable mishandling of these intensely intelligent animals and subsequent deaths of trainers. Black Fish pours over many incidents during the last 30+ years detailing the attempts of Sea World to cover up the never ending PR nightmares that come with keeping killer whales captive. Ultimately the message from Black Fish is the same with any and all captive animals. They are not at all meant for captivity for the purpose of our entertainment. As stated in the film we will look back in 50 years and think “how barbaric”. Why can’t we think that now and bring these senseless money grabbing acts to an end.
It’s been a tragic week for the Sumatran elephant with 7 new deaths recorded in the Riau province of Sumatra near the Tesso Nilo National park. Poisoning is suspected and is becoming more and more common as elephants are forced to enter village areas when their habitat is continuously being destroyed to make way for crop land, majority being for palm oil. Villagers tend to take action on their own and poison the elephants to stop the destruction of food crops that the elephants eat. So the question being asked, “Is palm oil killing elephants?”, the answer is a most definite yes and more than anything else combined.
A new tool is becoming a key aspect to fighting for crucial habitat that remains for the critically endangered wildlife. Satellite monitoring is keeping up the fight for the habitat of endangered animals, going one step further than that of google maps. Where remotely areas within google maps are normally pixelated the satellite monitoring program takes high res images and can identify people and the types of trees in remote areas. No longer can illegal loggers and miners hide their dirty work, this is great news for the future of vital habitats around the world.
It seems an inkling of common decency has found it’s way through Indonesian law. It’s not often a law is upheld and then enforced as in this new case. It’s a welcome change and it turns out there is a small ray of hope for the wildlife and the habitats that remain throughout Sumatra. Report below.
An Indonesian court has ordered a palm oil company to pay almost $30 million to the state for illegally clearing peatland in a “historic” ruling, lawyers said Thursday.
The Meulaboh district court on Sumatra island ruled late Wednesday that Indonesian company Kallista Alam had illegally burnt vegetation on 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of peatland in Aceh province to clear it for a palm oil plantation. Read the full report…
Recently I travelled to north Sumatra documenting the work of an NGO based in Sumatra for captive elephants. I stumbled across this wildlife trade report on the Sumatran tiger while traveling through the elephant camps in North Sumatra. It was funded and put together by Traffic
Lately there has been a lot of new map data released revealing the state of the earths forests and the alarming trend of increasing destruction vs regeneration. Indonesia has had the biggest forest losses in the last 12 years along with Brazil. For such a tiny nation with a diverse variety of wildlife it is quite sad to see.