Wildlife managers and conservationists are often faced with dilemmas in which they are forced to choose the less bad of two bad choices. For example, some might argue that limited trophy hunting is preferable to habitat loss, if it encourages landowners to maintain ecosystems in their natural state (or something close to it). Here’s another dilemma: is it better to swap older street lights for LED lamps, even if the new energy-saving bulbs are detrimental for declining wildlife? These are not easy decisions to make, but in order to make them it helps to know exactly what the stakes are. Sourced through Scoop.it from: conservationmagazine.org
GR: No one stops to think about the possible nature impacts of new technology. And even when managers know about impacts and establish mitigation procedures, they rarely perform follow-up measurements to test mitigation success.
On July 30, the whole world watched as 13 Greenpeace activists dangled from ropes tied to the St. John’s bridge in Portland, Ore., red and yellow streamers catching the wind. They were blocking the exit of the Fennica, Shell’s ice breaker headed to the Arctic to facilitate drilling. These young activists hung there for 40 hours in makeshift platforms and slings during some of the hottest days on record, before the police and Coast Guard brought them down. One hundred feet below them, filling the river with their colorful small boats, were Portland’s “kayactivists” from the local Climate Action Coalition — some were experienced paddlers, others kayaking for the very first time. On shore stood over 500 people, cheering and chanting “Stop that boat!” Some were moved to tears by this unprecedented spectacle and by the courage of the protesters. Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.huffingtonpost.com
GR: Civil disobedience must often be disagreeable and even unlawful. The term implies an argument with existing practices and laws. Whistleblowing, marching, and gathering are essential to maintain a healthy democracy.
Human rights and welfare are the common focus of civil disobedience, but some, like the Greenpeace activists in the photo, believe that animal and ecosystem rights are equally important reasons for civil disobedience. This is usually justified by arguing that humans cannot survive without healthy ecosystems occupied by healthy animal and plant populations. There is another, rarer, form of this justification: Nature, consisting of air, rocks, water, soil, animals, and plants has inherent importance unrelated to humans, not because of how humans benefit from nature, but because nature has equal rights to exist.
Interview by Roland Windsor Vincent
The rights to be free from exploitation, slavery, abuse, and murder, among those rights we humans declare for ourselves, are not accorded to animals by any government in the world.
Of all animal activists, there are few who operate in the rarefied air of Animal Rights. Those whose efforts are actually directed at changing law and government. And the most prominent of those activists is Steven M Wise. All the rest of us are working on animal protection and animal welfare.
Steven M Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project. He holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 38 years throughout the United States. He teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Lewis and Clark, Vermont and St. Thomas Law Schools, and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard, University of Miami, and John Marshall Law Schools.
He is the author of Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000); Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003) Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005), and An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009). A documentary about the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project that focuses on the first cases in which it sought common law writs of habeas corpus in four New York Supreme Courts on behalf of four chimpanzees will be released by DA Pennebaker, 2012 recipient of an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his wife and fellow filmmaker, Chris Hegedus in late 2015.
I approached Steven M Wise about the possibility of his doing an interview with Species and Class. He kindly agreed. This is the interview I conducted, which I am pleased to also publish on the Armory of the Revolution. Continue reading at: speciesandclass.com
GR: Interesting post. Respect and concern for nonhuman sentient beings is an important element of human nature. The element is activated at varying ages and by many possible events. Its development parallels every individual’s growing wisdom. Perhaps our species’ true greatest-achievement award is sapience–wisdom that we gain during our lives.
In the most recent showcase of animals showing compassion for one another, a herd of cows has helped save a stranded baby seal in England. The five day old seal . . . Read More (Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.ecorazzi.com.)
GR: The larger number of similar incidents across many species supports the idea that the emotions of other species resemble those of humans. For some humans, the similarity awakens sympathy for our fellow creatures. Killing them, eating them, and exploiting them becomes sad tragedy.
by Deanna Meyer, Deep Green Resistance, Colorado. When we visited the Crowfoot site to confirm the mass annihilation of the last large colony of prairie dogs in the Castle Rock area, we found that all the burrows were packed hard as concrete. I tried to shovel out the burrows but could not because they were …
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GR: This is what we’ve always done with wild animals in our way. Now that there aren’t many prairie dogs left, we don’t stop.
Frisco resident Leigh Wadden hikes along a trail in the Eagles Nest Wilderness in the Gore Range, part of the White River National Forest in Colorado.
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GR: Please don’t disturb the wildlife. Now is the time to stand guard over wild habitats, not tromp through them. Wild animals are struggling and dying. Every bit of stress they must endure from our presence reduces their chances for reproduction and survival. Visit wild habitats after we have reversed the great biodiversity decline.
Target: Terry J. Holton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaboard Foods
Goal: Increase surveillance and inspections at pork farm where animal abuse is rampant.
What do bats, birds, sea turtles and even primates have to do with the International Space Station? Scientists want to use the orbiting laboratory’s spectacular view to track creatures on our planet and learn more about their behavior. Source: phys.org
GR: Seems like cruel and unusual punishment for the animal bearing the tracker. It’s a bad investment anyway. We need to spend our millions for on-the-ground surveys to monitor wildlife and habitat–not for tracking a few poor animals from space.