Monday, September 30, 2013
People are not happy with the NBC sports show "Under Wild Skies," which aired the slaughter of an elephant last week.
NRA Lobbyist, and host of the show, Tony Makris was depicted shooting an elephant in the face, watching it die, and proceeding to celebrate with champagne.
The show received heavy backlash from almost 50,000 disturbed viewers demanding that the show be cancelled.
According to an article in The Raw Story, in an interview with Cam Edwards, Makris responded to the complaints by comparing the opinion of elephant conservationists to that of nazis'.
Makris said that he is a hunter of all things, not just elephants.
“And they go, ‘They’re so big and kind and gentle and smart.’ And I said, ‘Okay, let me ask you a question. Should I be able to shoot birds? Well, I guess that’s okay. Ducks? Yeah. Pigeons? Oh, they’re flying rats, okay. Rabbits? Well rabbits are cute. But yeah. Squirrels? That’s nothing but a rat with a tail — with a fuzzy tail.’ And I said, ‘Well deer eat all my mother’s roses in Long Island.’ And I go, ‘So I can shoot all of those, but not an elephant?’”
Makris perhaps doesn't realize that elephants, along with being majestic and intelligent, are in extreme danger of extinction.
“And now they’re shocked,” he added. “And they said, ‘But they’re so big and special and they’re smarter.' And I went, ‘You know, Hitler would have said the same thing.’”
The show has now been cancelled, though not due to the elephant hunt. Comparing your critics to Hitler doesn't help you get picked up for another season.
The positive note from this story, more and more people are becoming upset from seeing images of slaughtered elephants, and are actually doing something about it!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Katito Sayialel moves everyone almost to tears, exhibiting Echo's skull and jaw, and explaining how much she taught us about how special elephants are. — at Amboseli National Park.
I got to meet Echo some years back, after reading about her, and about Cynthia, Soila, Norah, Joyce and all the great work that has been done in Amboseli. Thank you all, great women! (and that includes Echo!)
Every great family is headed by a commanding leader, and Echo’s clan was no exception. Echo, an African elephant, was a true matriarch, a wise and experienced mother who guided and protected her family for many years. Recognizable by her crossed tusks, Echo lived with her brood in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, a wildlife reserve of just 150 square miles.
Her clan was composed of some 15 elephants, all either her own offspring, other elephants’ young calves, or adult females. (Adult males are loners until it’s time to mate.) At first glance, Echo’s family seems to live quiet lives of grazing. In fact, their days are filled with mating battles, difficult births, health problems, kidnappings, emotional reunions, mischievous children and, occasionally, death at the hand of a hunter. Much of the drama caught in Echo: An Elephant to Remember comes thanks to famed researcher Cynthia Moss’s intimate knowledge of Echo and her ways.
Monday, September 16, 2013
HRH the Duke of Cambridge presented the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, sponsored by Land Rover, to Tom Lalampaa. He has been key to creating a conservation area of 3 million acres under the Northern Rangelands Trust, benefiting over 150,000 people.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Ivory stashed in Denver to be crushed in effort to stave off poaching A growing stash of more than 6 tons of ivory from slaughtered elephants, heaped in a warehouse north of Denver, is about to be destroyed as part of a new U.S. push to combat illegal wildlife trafficking worldwide.
Publicly crushing the smuggled tusks and carvings will be the first act to end what has become a $10 billion illegal industry with security implications officials liken to those of illegal drug dealing. "Our experience is that the only way to end this trade is to get international support.
That's the goal of what we're doing with this crush," said Steve Oberholtzer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special-agent-in-charge based in Denver, who is lining up rock-grinders to pulverize the ivory in October. READ MORE
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Lori Bergemann Director/Amara Conservation in Kenya
Lori Bergemann and all of us at Amara Conservation support the International March for Elephants and encourage everyone to get out and help save the elephant from extinction..
Join us for the peaceful march in Nairobi on Friday October 4th in asking our Governments to work together in tackling the illegal ivory trade. Organised by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the iWorry International March for Elephants will take place across the globe on one day with one message -