Wild Elephants

Elephant fence in Malawi

Posted by chinku on December 09, 2011

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A 12 km stretch of solar-powered electric fencing has already been erected along the eastern boundary of  the Thuma Forest Reserve to avoid deadly confrontations between local farmers and marauding elephants.

However, confrontations  continue south of the already established fence and the community is appealing to urgently extend the elephant-proof fence for another 24 km.

This fence will not only save the community crop losses from elephant raids but also protect the Thuma elephant population from angry farmers.  Please support us to finance the next stretch of fence to protect both people and elephants.

Climate change and Global Warming

SUNDERBANS: submerging islands

Posted by rohit on December 01, 2011

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PLIGHT FOR INHABITANTS 
A study by WWF named VOICES OF CHANGE interviewed many people from Sundarbans and Laddakh  regarding changes they have observed during their life time  in their surroundings and climate.
In Sundarbans, the most common and generalised problem was the erosion of the islands  foot by foot as they are pushed more in land to prevent their fields from infertility bestowed by sea water that too for many coming years .
Few older chaps from the community recalls with fear in their eyes those horrible when their homes been swept away by sea waters, instead of having embankments with good enough height.
REASON : In early days , these embankments used to be entangled with the vegetation around them(mangroves) which gave support to them , which today as a result of habitat degradation and deforestation  by the people themselves for preparing agricultural fields are completely gone and these naked embankments are as week as deck of cards and standing just for name sake.

In the recent years many new embankments have been made after repeated collapsing but because of lack of that man groove vegetative support , people are erecting them to collapse once more.

A NEW STUDY GIVING STARTLING RESULTS
Queen’s University, Belfast, and Institute of Environment Studies & Wetland Management (IESWM)  researchers are going to give a new dimension to the climate related concerns in sundarbans.
They postulate that uninhabited islands are higher in level than inhabited islands. They support this fact by the observation that in inhabited islands the embankments prevent the sea waters form coming in and hence their is no new sedimentation over the islands where as in uninhabited islands they are abundant CREEKS and no restrictive embankments so facilitating sedimentation. 
Now this study group is planing to take on radiocarbon study of sediments deep in soil to find out the rate of sedimentation and then comparing it to rate of rise in sea level to find out  that is this sedimentation really competingwith  the sea level rise and thereby have prevented the uninhabited islands from inundation and submerging .
If this goes in favor the hypothesis then the researchers would go upto advice that we can depopulate the islands to help them survive the rising sea level.

Travel

JALDAPARA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY-Where mother nature unfolds

Posted by DEEPJYOTI on November 25, 2011

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welcome!!
ENTRANCE TO JALDAPRA W.S

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Where it all begun

My trip to jaldapara wildlife sanctuary was debut in forest and wildlife tours. And it was certainly the one I would remember for years to come. We took the best way possible to reach JWS through train. We went to NEW JALPAIGURU from where we took the train to MADARIHAT, a small village that serves as the gateway to JWS. One can even opt for other routes as their are various via roads and rails.


By noon we reached MADARIHAT and a car picked us up and went to HOLLONG FOREST LODGE inside the JWS core forest area. The tourist lodge is rarely available and it is to be booked atleast a 120 days before to reserve it. But people can opt for other hotels also that is present in MADARIHAT.
After a delicios lunch we got ready for our evening forest safari in a jeep.

Our first destination was HARINDANGA WATCH TOWER. From the watch tower there is a beautiful view of the spanning forest. But to our luck we couldn't spot any animals from there. Disappointed we left and continued out ride to JALDAPARA WATCH TOWER.

En route to their quiet a lot peacocks and peahens can be sighted moving around along the road. Keeping our eyes open we moved on and got our rewards when we spotted a herd of GAUR. Indian wild buffaloes , bigger in size to their african counter part. The gaurs are mainly black in color with milky white coverings from their knees to hoof and their big horns. Looked like they were wearing caps and sock. Moving in herd it was quiet a bit far from our jeep still we managed a good glimpse.
Finally we arrived at jaldapara watch tower from which a good view of barking deer nibbling in the field could be seen. Timid and shy creature it is and any movement made by us alerted it as a result always kept a safe distance from the watch tower.
Finally it was dark a bit at dusk and we started off for HOLLONG. Our final resting place for the night. A stay at hollong for the night is as good as the safari as the natives of the forest come together in the front view of the lodge deep at night. Salt pits are put to feed the animals which are in requirement for animals to in take minerals. These attract the animals at the night and they are visible from the windows of the room. A great night to be experienced.
 At dawn try to avail the first of the elephant trips to get more chances of viewing the animals. We did so and got lucky. KUNKI meaning female tamed elephants take four at once to visit inside the green. It is a ride to remember cause it gets you up-close and personal with the forest. The tension and excitement is captured best on the ride.

The ride takes you to true core forest area where sometimes the light does not enter. The leafs of the plants and its other parts often touch you and feels like serpent crawling on you. After a while we reached the grassland where mother nature revealed its secret and we were blessed to see the ONE HORNED RHINOCEROS native to INDIA. Elephants get you as close as 10 yards to them as rhinos are generally well behaved animals provided you don't agitate them.
An average of 2 - 3 rhinos are visible to every tourist, far less than KAZIRANGA in ASSAM though. It is due to the total size of JWS is one-eighth of the kaziranga. Moving ahead with our trip we caught a glance of SAMBAR, big and strong hervivores. Presence of those animal proved that bengal tiger is also available but rarest to be spotted.

We were content to find the diverse variety of flora and fauna and my jungle experience was really great. I promised I shall return in the green soon. And most luckily mother nature rewarded us with the icing on the cake. From a 50 yards out we could spot a animal which is so popular to us, the most successful of  all killer cats. THE INDIAN LEOPARD. Resting and tanning its skin in the morning sun it rested on the ground.
And after sometimes it started having its breakfast from a kill it had last night. That was the probability, as said by our mahut. But we continued to click pictures of it from a good distance as time came to halt. It was a lifetime view.

After the wonderful , once in a light year jungle ride we were back at our HOLLONG and at noon we bid adieu to the JWS catching train back to NJP via madarihat.

 
I enjoyed being in mother nature's lap and now i frequently visit. You should too. It wont dishearten you if you keep faith in her. Run to her as soon as possible. :)



Corporates and Environment

Himalyan watershed Project

Posted by Dr.Susan Sharma on October 31, 2011

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has registered the Himachal Pradesh Mid-Himalayan Watershed Project for carbon credits.

The Himalayan Watershed Project will thus accrue millions of carbon credits which will benefit about 5,000 families from remote and backward villages in the state, receiving revenue for the next 20 years from the World Bank for providing green cover to 4,000 hectare barren land area falling in 10 districts.

"The project is estimated to generate carbon revenue of at least Rs 20 crore to the communities and individual land holders for the first crediting period of 20 years, which is a strong incentive to protect forest cover," RK Kapoor, Chief Project Director of the programme, said.

This is the first experiment of its kind in getting participation of local people in the conservation and protection of environment. The villagers will be paid 90 per cent of the revenue the state government gets by selling to the World Bank the carbon credits resulting from sequestration of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide through afforestation.


Read full report at the link

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Books

Golden Jubilee birth anniversary of Naresh Kadyan

Posted by Naresh Kadyan on October 25, 2011

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Where as Gandhian Ideologist, philosopher and socialreformer Naresh Kadyan, founder Chairman of the People for Animals (PFA)Haryana – www.pfaharyana.in ,representing United Nations affiliated the International Organisation forAnimal Protection - OIPA in India – www.oipa.org needs  recognition in the animal rights and their welfare read with Wildlife conservationcategory.


Naresh Kadyan, C-38, Rose Apartment, sector-14, Prashant Vihar, Rohini, Delhi -110085 was born on 10th October, 1961 in village Siwana, now in JhajjarDistrict of Haryana, he is a Master Trainer of the Animal Welfare Board ofIndia, had been Nodal Inspecting Authority for Haryana and adjoining areas ofRajasthan of the Animal Welfare Division (Govt. of India), Nominee of theCPCSEA, Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication along with Post GraduateDiploma in J&MC, Diploma in Footwear Technology along with Advance course with‘Distinction’ as well, elected as Member of the Clothing and FootwearInstitute, London on November 8th, 1988. He had been a reporter forthe ‘Jagiriti’, a journal of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission –KVIC.

Naresh Kadyan have successfully organized many blooddonation, eye donation, plantation, awareness about social evils like dowry, honourkillings, illiteracy, infants marriage, killing of female child etc. , he hasbeen elected three time state President of the Haryana Khadi Board EmployeesUnion and founder Secretary General, National Khadi and Village IndustriesBoard Employees Federation (An apex body of all India’s KVIB Employees Unions).He has arranged blood donation camp on January 30th, 1996 with the HaryanaKhadi and Village Industries Board at Manimajra, Chandigarh and then on October2nd, 1996 with District Administration, Gurgaon followed by another on October2nd, 1997.

Naresh Kadyan is a first complainant under the Right toInformation Act, 2005 as he has moved complaint on 19-10-2005 and compiled abook on animal related laws in Hindi.

Naresh Kadyan have been Duty Magistrateduring prohibition policy in Haryana and at present he is working as a DistrictKhadi and Village Industries Officer at Faridabad, during his service as manyas 9 times he was transferred, many times charge sheeted for animal rights andtheir welfare activities, counter criminal case was registered against NareshKadyan in Nawab Pataudi black buck hunting case, since 2000 onwards annualincrement was with held for no reasons.
Animals are being abused during transportation and Naresh Kadyan moved campaignin all over India, maximum FIR's were lodged against offenders and animals wererescued, then Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (Govt. of India) madea documentary on live raids in midnight at Bahadurgarh. Naresh Kadyan compileda book in Hindi on the animal related laws in India. The National DairyResearch Institute, Karnal injecting Oxytocin injections for lactation on theBuffaloes but Naresh Kadyan lodged FIR against animal abuse because it was acrime as per section 12 of the PCA Act, 1960 then he moved public interestlitigation before High Court at Chandigarh. A special cattle train was caughtby Naresh Kadyan on 10th December, 2000 for the violation of the animal relatedlegislation's, banned oxytocin was recovered which were injected in  5boogies 65 cows for lactation and these all accused were punished by theconcerned court at Faridabad, similar special cattle train of 40 boogies wasalso stopped for the violation of animal related laws, FIR was lodged with theGRP, Gaziabad on 28th December, 2000 and the Allahabad High court upheld theobjections raised by Naresh Kadyan, animals were rescued, handed over to the localanimal shelters. Border Security Force - BSF also shifting camels in a cruelmanner from Rajasthan to Delhi for Republic parade but this animal abuse wasexposed by Naresh Kadyan, in Jammu and Kashmir horses were abused at Katra thenNaresh Kadyan moved first complaint on 19th October, 2005 under Right toInformation Act, 2005 raising this issue because due to special status state asper the Constitution of India, Indian animal related laws are not enforced overthere. Sheep's and Goats are being abused under Indian Army supply cover butNaresh Kadyan exposed this crime against animals as well. The Govt. of Indiamade out rules for slaughter hoses in 2001 and these rules were implemented byNaresh Kadyan lodging FIR against illegal slaughter houses in Ballabgarh(Faridabad). Conchs and corals are also banned in India; Naresh Kadyan foundthese articles in Kurukshetra, Mathura, Haridwar and legal actions have beeninitiated.
He has contributed a lot and a man behind rehabilitation of the performinganimals like lion, bear, panther, monkey and bear, due to his efforts alldancing bears are now out from the Indian roads and streets because heintroduced a scheme for rehabilitation of kalandher along with their performinganimals like monkey and bear, later this scheme was successfully implemented bythe Wildlife SOS and Wildlife Trust of India, more than 600 dancing bearsrescued and no one left to perform in captivity. He has rescued many dancingbears from the Kalanders, lodged FIR with the Police Station, Sonipat,Salhawas, Gurgaon, Faridabad (Haryana) and Shalimar Bagh in Delhi. He played akey role to rescue 29 performing lions and a bear from the Russian Komal circusfrom Palwal in Haryana, Asiad circus from Dehradun, Amar circus from Karnal,laxmi female sick elephant was also rescued from Dhand in Kaithal and same wasshifted to Delhi Zoo, which was died later, Apollo circus at Meerut, Westerncircus at Gurgaon. He has contributed with the ZEE News to rescue African lionNarsinhma from a farm house of Muzaffar Nagar, this lion belongs to Asiancircus and Naresh Kadyan lodged a complaint against this circus while stationedat Gurgaon, owner ran away along with two lions and cub from Gurgaon, bothlions were died at farm house and cub Narsinhma became adult, same was rescuedand rehabilitated in rescue center at Nahar Garh, Jaipur after lodging FIRagainst offenders with Dalanwala Police station.
Naresh Kadyan, a whistle blower of former captain of Indian cricket team MansurAli Khan Pataudi black buck hunting along with two hares in 2005, he took thecarcass for postmortem cum identification of species to Delhi zoo and he isfaces criminal proceedings for his strong activism. Animal Welfare Board ofIndia - AWBI recognized his work declaring Star of the month, later he stronglyopposed accused bail in the High Court at Chandigarh and raised thejurisdiction issue and get trial shifted from Jhajjar to Special Environmentcourt at Faridabad. A black buck and Chinkara was illegally captured by the AirForce Station, Sirsa officials and make unrecognized mini zoo with in the AirForce station premises but Naresh Kadyan moved complaint, both animals wererescued and rehabilitated at Deer park, Hissar. The Chief Wild Life Warden ofHaryana failed to take legal action then he filed a complaint before SpecialEnvironment Court at Kurukshetra, like wise a black buck was hunted in Udmivillage of Panipat, FIR was lodged and when due to politically pressureAdministration moved to cancel the case but Naresh Kadyan moved complaint inthis case as well before the Special Environment Court at Kurukshetra. A blackbuck was also found in the captivity of a Chairman, Haryana TourismCorporation's residence at Dharuheda but same was also rescued andrehabilitated in Rohtak zoo by Naresh Kadyan, due to this strong activismNaresh Kadyan was harassed by then Haryana Govt. A black buck was captured bythe officials of Wildlife science faculty of Aligarh Muslim University, samewas rescued by the UP Wildlife Department with out any legal action againstoffenders but Naresh Kadyan lodged FIR No. 491 dated 9th July, 2011 againstfive officials of the faculty as well. Elephant polo was held at Jaipur in 2006but Naresh Kadyan raised the issue and then moved public interest litigation aboutelephant abuse, Rajasthan High Court - Jaipur Bench banned the operation ofIron Ankush on the PIL moved by him. Chimpanzee was abused in the feature filmJanseen, Elephants in Jodha Akbar, horses in Drona and all these issues wereraised by Naresh Kadyan.
Mongoose is a protected wild animal but people used its hair paint brushes.Naresh Kadyan moved a campaign in India for awareness and many legal actionswere initiated like huge mongoose hairs along with paint brushes were recoveredfrom Ambala Cantt, Gurgaon, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Ballabgarh, Narnaul, Rewari,Bahadurgarh in Haryana, Jahangirpuri in Delhi and in Hyderabad, where as thisproject was sponsored by the Wildlife Trust of India.
Leopards are being killed due to conflict between human beings with the wildanimals, leopards were killed at Jind, Karnal, Mewat, Faridabad, one was badlybeaten in Mewat another was illegally captured by a farm house owner in Gurgaonbut all these issues were raised by Naresh Kadyan. Many online petitionssuccessfully operated to get support of local and International communities,due to his strong campaigning peacock feathers trade was proposed to be banned,the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Wild Life ProtectionAct, 1972 draft bills were prepared for replacement of PCA Act, 1960 with theAnimal Welfare Act, 2011 and to amend the WP Act, 1972. Adoption of Zoo animalsin Haryana scheme was introduced by the Chief Wild Life Warden and motivationcampaign was initiated by Naresh Kadyan at his own. Elephants can be openlytraded from the official cattle fairs but Naresh Kadyan raised his voice foramendment in the concerned legislation. He has recovered 30,000 plastic Indianflag before Independence day in Delhi then mobile fast to get ban on Elephantpolo in Jaipur, same was canceled by the Carlsberg beer, in past Naresh Kadyanmoved PIL against Cartier Elephant polo in 2006 and Iron Ankush was banned bythe Rajasthan High Court (Jaipur Bench). Presently he is campaigning to get ban on meat export and illegal animalslaughtering in Gazipur Slaughter house in Delhi by Allana’s, Cancelation ofWhite Tiger inbreeding in Madhya Pradesh, Where as concerned officials arebacking it for profit and tourism promotion. Campaigning for food, water andtreatment for Tripoli Zoo animals in Libya during war, Campaign against FactoryFarming in India, FIR has been lodged with the Madhuban Police station againstRabbit farm and owners were hold guilty, punished as per legal provisions bythe local court,  moved petition beforethe Chief Election Commissioner of India for freezing the Elephant symbol ofBSP. Complaint against Jumbo Circus has been lodged by Naresh Kadyan to rescueblind hippo and docked tail dogs, feathers chopped birds, illegal cats, abusedhorses, camels and elephants.
Raised his voice against the National DairyResearch Institute – NDRI, CentralBoard of Excise and Customs, Income Tax Department, Delhi State Rifle Association,Haryana Public Service Commission, State Government of Himachal Pradesh, TamilNadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Haryana Police, Punjab Police, Gujarat Police, AssamPolice, Goa Police, Tamil Nadu Police, Delhi Police, Manipur Police, KolkataPolice, Karnataka State Police, Bangalore City Police, Rajasthan Police, UttarPradesh Police, Madhya Pradesh Police, Indian Ordnance Factories (Ministry ofDefense) and Mizoram Legislative Assembly, which insulting the National Emblemof India, where as Haryana Police comes forward to remove the errors afterNaresh Kadyan complaint. HE the Governor of Tripura breach the agreement andviolated the set procedure, guidelines of the Government of India being anPadama Shri awardees but Naresh Kadyan taken up this matter as well, he hasfurther raised his voice about the rank of the Indian Police, Para MilitaryForces along with the Indian Army because their badges also don’t haveSatyameva Jayate.
Naresh Kadyan also successfully campaignagainst the attack on Indian students in Australia, radio-tagging scoresof Indian students duped by a "sham" university in California, castlesreservation cover for all communities based on financial status, removal ofLord Ganesha image from the Indica beer / Goddess Laxmi image from non-vegetarianburger / Vests, spread peace and harmony after terrorist attack on Mumbai26/11, awareness campaigning about Ram Setu, Yamuna, Taj Mahal, Sparrows,Vultures and holy Ganga with the full support of International communities, heis the man behind getting approved of the pension benefits scheme to theHaryana Khadi and Village Industries Board employees. Many Internationalcommunities recommended Naresh Kadyan, to be a political voice for animals inthe Indian Parliament, beg Padama awards for him.
Main PIL’s moved by Naresh Kadyan on thefollowing issues:

1.     Ban onunbranded eatables.

2.     Removalsof encroachments from Gram Panchyat lands.

3.     Appointmentof Lokayukta in Haryana.

4.     Appointmentsof consumer form members.

5.     NHRC petitionsduring Kadyan Sangwan khap disputes.

6.     Marriagedispute between Kadyan Lohan khap matters.

7.     SatluzYamuna Link Canal – SYL matter.

8.     Ban onsame gotra marriages.

9.     Amendmentsin the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

10.                        Ban on peacockfeathers trade.

11.                        Ban on elephant poloand iron ankush.

12.                       Ban on misuse of oxytocin injections on milking animals for lactations.

13.                        Langur abused to keepaway common monkey.

14.                        Oxytocin injectionswere operated on Buffaloes for lactation, FIR was lodged, PIL moved.

15.                        Whistle blower inNawab Pataudi black buck hunting and Miss Soha Ali Khan arms license matter wasexposed.

16.                        Wildlife Trophies declarationmatter.

17.                        First RTI petitionmoved on October 19, 2005.

18.                        Legislation forexotic animals and birds Emu and Rabbits.

19.                        Cruel cameltransportation by the BSF.

20.                        Two special cattletrains were stopped, offenders booked with in 15 days, December 10, 2000 withGRP, Faridabad and December 28, 2000 with GRP, Gaziabad.

21.                        Introduction ofrehabilitation schemes for kalanders and dancing bears

22.                        Vest and bullet proofjacket for Police dogs and their rehabilitation after their retirement.

23.                        Introduction oflegislation for camel, elephant’s transportation / Dog breeders, pet shops andfish aquariums.

24.                        PETA, WTI and GurgaonDistrict Administration awards.

25.                        Ban on illegalslaughter houses, moved PIL in the Supreme Court of India for ban on cowslaughtering during bakir Eid.

26.                        Ban on joy rides oncamel and elephants.

27.                        The Ministry ofSocial Justice and Empowerments make documentary on cruel transportations ofanimals live raids by Naresh Kadyan.

28.                        Exposed cruel sheepand goat shifting under India Army supply cover from Delhi to J&K.

29.                        Leopard killing inFaridabad, FIR was lodged and complaint has been moved in the SpecialEnvironment court at Faridabad.

30.                        Successfully runningambulances and shelter for animals in distress.

31.                        Dogs have rights tobark, rules for pet shops, dog breeders and fish aquariums / Ban Quail farming.

32.                        Removal allobjectionable material from the internet about our beloved leader Smt. IndiraGandhi spread by the so called Khalistani’s.

33.                        Constitution of HumanRights Commission in Haryana.

34.                        Blind Hippo, dockedtail dogs abused by the Jumbo Circus but due to Naresh Kadyan campaigningabused animals were rescued and rehabilitated.

Naresh Kadyan earn Internationalrecognition and credibility, to know more about his work, his name may kindlybe searched at any search engine at internet, you can find his images as well.He has managed many PIL’s and online petitions, as he has spent 25 years activeservice for mankind, animals, wildlife and society as well.

 

Wildlife , Forest Laws

Blind Hippo in Indian ‘Jumbo Circus’ Needs Help! - Abhishek Kadyan

Posted by Naresh Kadyan on October 24, 2011

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A blind hippo called 'Raja' in India is in trouble and needs your help.The hippo, along with other animals, are being abused in an Indian Circus called “JumboCircus.”  Both the hippos’ teeth eyes need immediate veterinary treatment. The animal was found without care ina congested box with dirty water and with no space for exercise or movement during the visit of the Delhi Zoo Veterinarian, he was deputed by the Central Zoo Authority of India on the complaint lodged by the founder Chairman of the People for Animals (PFA) Haryana Naresh Kadyan, Master Trainer to the Animal Welfare Board of India, representing OIPA in India, Whenconfronted by Naresh Kadyan, the Manager of the circus sent him away and hewas not allowed to be present during the Veterinarian inspection, where as Miss Sukanya Kadyan, Director Events of the OIPA in India demanding that a Medical Board should be constituted at once to inspect all performing animals including eye, teeth surgeon, representative of the AWBI / CZA / WCCB along with the representatives of the NGO's In additionto the hippo, Kadyan saw exotic birds performing without any records, which requiresinvestigation by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. He also saw cats and dogsinbreeding, which goes against government legislation, docking tails of a dog is an offense but Jumbo circus have many docked tail dogs to perform, where as AWBI registered these dogs as performing animals, which needs attention, cancellation as well. Elephants are being abused by the iron ankush during performance but use of iron ankush is banned by the Rajasthan High Court (Jaipur Bench), order passed on the public interest litigation no. 8987 of 2006 moved by Naresh Kadyan during Elephant polo sponsored by the Cartier and Elephant family.


Kadyan from OIPA hasfiled grievances with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (Government of India),Animal Welfare Board of India, Central Zoo Authority of India, Chief Wildlife Wardenof Haryana, the District Administration, the President of India’s Secretariat andthe Government of Haryana and is currently awaiting action from these entities. He has contacted them regarding theblatant violations of the Prevention ofCruelty to Animals Act, 1960 / CITES and the WildlifeProtection Act, 1972 made by Jumbo Circus.  Kadyan has requested the confiscation of allof these animals after legal action is taken against Jumbo Circus.


OIPA is asking that concerned animal advocates around theworld sign a petition to the Indian authorities demanding that action be taken againthe Managing Partners of Jumbo Circus for the violations of these Acts.Specifically, the petition states:


“Whereas Jumbo circus have many docked tails dogs, unregistered cats, Camels, horses, Elephants andblind hippo to perform, so all these animals may kindly be rescued and FIRagainst owners of the Jumbo circus stationed at Panipat in Haryana, adjoin g area of the National capital, may be lodged for theviolation of the section 3, 11, 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960 read with the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and 428-429 IPC. PFA Haryana–www.pfaharyana.in is ready to rehabilitate all rescued animals during courttrials.”


Please help by signing the petition,and adding a personal comment to your signature. For more information about OIPA in India, visit their website, as well as Peoplefor Animals (PFA) Haryana


Wildlife Poaching

Panna’s poaching nexus exposed

Posted by Dr.Susan Sharma on October 19, 2011

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"Staff of the tiger reserve worked hand in glove with poachers, while the state government kept its eyes tightly shut..."

Read the full shocking report which appeared in "Down To Earth" October 2011 issue at the following link
http://downtoearth.org.in/content/panna-s-poaching-nexus-exposed

Nature Heals

Nature stimulates

Posted by Dr.Susan Sharma on October 04, 2011

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For stressed-out families, spending more time in the natural world — a nature stimulus package — may be just what the doctor and the economist ordered. Here are a few of the benefits:

1. With gas prices on the rise, families are rediscovering both the joy and the cost-effectiveness of getaways in nearby nature, including regional, state or national parks. As Outside magazine puts it, "near is the new far."

2. Unless we're talking about a new bass boat or a high-tech tent, nature toys are free or cheap, and they encourage self-directed creativity. In 2008, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., inducted the stick, which it called not only possibly the oldest toy, but "possibly the best."

3. Green exercise is free. In the United Kingdom, and now in the United States, families are eschewing commercial indoor gyms. Groups of families form " green gyms" and meet once or twice a week to hike, garden or take some other type of exercise in the natural world.

Read more at
http://richardlouv.com/blog/

Environment Awareness

“Save the tiger, sure, but also spare a thought for the Indian honeybee.”

Posted by Susan Sharma on October 04, 2011

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The subcontinent has approximately 1,300 of more than 20,000 butterfly species known, said Kishen Das, a US-based lepidopterist. That’s about 6.5% of the global butterfly diversity.

However, the problem is that around 100 of the butterfly species found in India are nearing extinction, according to Surya Prakash, a professor at the department of life sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. “Few are aware of the crucial pollination role the butterfly plays, which is second only to the honeybee,” he adds.

There’s bad news on that front too.


Read more at

http://www.livemint.com/2011/09/29222646/Lower-pollinator-numbers-heral.html

Bio-Diversity

The Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary

Posted by Susan Sharma on October 04, 2011

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The Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary is a forest garden in the Western Ghat mountains of Kerala, India, dedicated to conservation and education. This mountain system is bordered by the Arabian Sea on one side and vast arid areas on others. It supports a unique and endangered flora, and has been identified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the 25 centres of biodiversity in the world.

Founded in 1981, the Sanctuary is a garden of wild plant species grown at the edge of a large rainforest reserve. Our central intention is to restore endangered species and habitats in a highly fragmented landscape, in which only a fraction of original forest remains and much of the native flora is extracted for human use.

The Sanctuary is run by a small group of resident gardeners, naturalists and educators, and supported by a wide circle of well-wishers. Together we offer an approach that is connected to the climate, landscape, ecosystems, plants, animals and people of the Western Ghats.

The work at the Sanctuary includes:

  • Conservation of native (rainforest) plants.
  • Education and public outreach.
  • Developing horticultural and conservation skills in local young women.
  • Habitat restoration in degraded areas of the Western Ghats
  • Supporting recovery of natural forest within our lands.
  • Research in biodiversity and conservation.
  • Sustainable agriculture and integrated land use: growing the forest farm.
Read more at http://www.gbsanctuary.org/



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