Anemia vs. Bushmeat

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/11/21/bushmeat-feeding-children-madagascar/ 

Brian Clark Howard of National Geographic News posted an interesting article written on November 21, 2011 titled “Bushmeat from Endangered Animals Feeds Hungry: Study.”

The article touches on a debate about the consumption of endangered bushmeat (wild game) by both wealthy elites and the poor and the need for iron in a population that is substantially high in anemic individuals.

Priscilla Feral from Friends of Animals argues against the need for bushmeat consumption and suggests her own vegan dietary needs as an alternative to the hunting and eating of endangered species in Madagascar. Dr. Christopher Golden, Berkeley’s lead researcher, however, seeks implementation of policies that will benefit “the local population.”

I tend to agree more with Dr. Golden. There is a definite need in fullfilling the nutritional needs of the the Madagascar population when anemia is found in so many children aged 12-years-old and younger. Although a vegan diet is beneficial to persons like Priscilla Feral, not everyone has the helath, desire, and sincerity to devote their lives to such a strict eating lifestyle. I don’t view this article as bias, as it speaks on behalf of all parties.

Below: Two Endangered Madagascar Species consumed as bushmeat.


The Greater Bamboo Lemur lives in a maze of bamboo in the rainforests of Madagascar. These primates are the only lemurs being able to crack the hard fibers of giant bamboo that are their favored food. Photos by Jonathan Linus Fiely.http://news.mongabay.com/2008/0721-lemurs.html

http://www.planet-mammiferes.org/drupal/en/node/70?menace=13

Madagascar yellow house bat, Lesser Yellow Bat, Lesser Yellow House Bat
Scotophilus borbonicus
 Madagascar, Reunion Isl (Mascarene Islands). Records from Mauritius (Mascarene Isls) are erroneous, see Cheke and Dahl (1981).  May be extinct, IUCN 1996 : Critically Endangered – IUCN 2009 : Data Deficient

 

 

 

 

Western Black Rhino Now Extinct

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/environment/story/2011-11-10/africa-rhino-extinct/51149676/1 

 Editor Brent Jones of USA Today writes the disappointing news today of the official extinction of the Western Black Rhino of Africa. He blames part of the extinction on the “lack of political support and willpower for conservation efforts” although poaching seems play just as great if not larger, a contributor to the saddening loss of yet another majestic creature.

The extinction of the Western Black Rhino will shortly be followed by the extinction of the Northern White and Javan Rhinos if efforts are acted on more strictly.

Mr. Jones introduces us to The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List which contains almost 62,000 species of plants and animals that are currently monitored by conservationalists.

Although the article was brief, the headlines caught my eyes immediately. I don’t feel this small article was influenced by corporate bias, what do you think?

Guitars?

An interesting article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/opinion/are-guitar-makers-an-endangered-species.html?_r=1 titled Luthiers: The Latest Endangered Species, talks about the Lacey Act enacted in 1900 and its affect on the Gibson Guitar Corporation. 

“The Lacey Act was the first federal law protecting wildlife” according to Wikipedia and the law touches me in respect to some of it’s prexisting determination. As a grand lover of the elephant species, I recognized a little bit about this law in regard to poaching practices once used from the tusks and feet of the beautiful species. When I first browsed through this article, I had no idea what a luthier was. It is a guitar maker.

It was interesting to read about how the protection of endangered plants such as Brazillian Rosewood can affect more than just the endangered species themselves. Typically when I hear the phrase endangered species, only animals come to mind and my ignorance forgets about an entire ecosystem.

I think this article was well written and informative. I think the laws, in regard to protection, are fine the way they are. If anything, more protection over the importation and exportation of non-native species could be more strict. As far as luthiers and other self employed makers of supplies that are constructed to sell based on the rare material they’re made of, well, they need to be more creative or find a different profession.

Why, if there is such a thing as the Native American blood quantum, aren’t the few and proud of us left drafted as a dieing breed of a species? After all, by definition, an endangered species is any species “threatened by extinction.”  I see the threat in the eyes of my own children with their measured blood quantum of slightly over 5/16 Minnesota Chippewa.

Sadly, organizing Native Americans according to their lineage is determined only through the states when adding the Indian Blood quatum was originally developed only for the sole purpose of determining proof of Indian lineage so that Indians would be eligible for financial and other benefits  that were granted from the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

Wikipedia writes the following quote: “The U.S. census decennial enumerations indicate a Native American population growth for the United States that has been nearly continuous since 1900 (except for an influenza epidemic in 1918 that caused serious losses), to 1.42 million by 1980 and to over 1.9 million by 1990.”[4] In the 2000 census, there were 2.5 million American Indians. Since 1960, people self-identify their ancestry on the US Census.”

I was disturbed by reading these statistics because once again the truth has been distorted. Yes, anyone can put on a piece of paper that they think they’re of Indian descent.

Endangered Species Weekend 2

Alex Kirby, BBC correspondent, wrote an interesting article addressing endangered species. In the article “Dying species ‘endangering’ Earth,” Kirby quotes conservationist Dr. Richard Leakey in comparing today’s extinction rates as “approaching a point similar to mass extinction” to the death of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. According to the article, we are “losing between 50,000 and 100,000 species every year.” On the other end, Leakey speaks objectively stating “We don’t actually know how many species there really are on the planet.”

My response to this particular article was indecisive. I wanted to learn more. It’s scary to believe that the possibility of losing “55%…of earth’s species over the next century” is an accurate presumption. There were contradictions among scholars and scientists in the accuracy of the extinction rates, but one continuing factor stating “They’re on the brink.” I don’t believe the article to be persuaded by politics or money, but simply an alert that something needs to be done and now. 

View article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1507866.stm

Endangered Species

For starters, look at this amazing site for a complete list of MN endangered species. http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/ets/endlist.pdf I had no idea.

I would like to interest you in the topic of the beautiful, spotted, and long-legged  Burrowing Owl (also known as Athene cunicularia). This gorgeous bird is currently an endangered species in Canada. According to Wikepedia, the “major reasons for its decling population are due to the control programs for prairie dogs, causing a loss of habitat.”

The Burrowing Owl does just that as it name states; it burrows.

When this cute little guy gets agitated, he bobs his head. Bay Nature editorial volunteer, Donna Witmarsh published a protest/controversy article on behalf of this beautiful creature. Please read: http://baynature.org/articles/web-only-articles/protesting-burrowing-owl-eviction.