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regulating trade in endangered species to be enacted soon
September 7, 2004
The law to regulate the overall trade in endangered species of flora
and fauna in Qatar is expected to be enacted shortly, Ghanem Abdullah
Mohammad, director of wildlife protection and development department
at the Supreme Council for Environment and Natural Reserves, said here
yesterday. Speaking to The Peninsula, Ghanem said, the draft of this
law had been passed by the country's Advisory Council and had also been
discussed by the Cabinet. "The Emir, H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
Al Thani has now to issue the decree to pass the law," he
Helps WildTrack Save Endangered Species
7, 8:04 am ET
What began with
rhinos has been extended to other species
CARY, N.C., Sept.
7 /PRNewswire/ -- Newly launched wildlife conservation organization
WildTrack, together with SAS, the leader in business intelligence, is
using a unique, non-invasive monitoring technique to save endangered
species in the wild. Using SAS® software, WildTrack's footprint
identification technique has already helped save the black rhino population
in Zimbabwe and has provided a census of white rhinos in Namibia.
Current projects include the world's most endangered black rhino subspecies,
living in Cameroon; the most endangered of all rhinoceros species, the
Sumatran rhino in Borneo; the lowland tapir in Argentina; the Bengal
tiger in India and Bangladesh; and the most endangered large cat in
the world, the Iberian lynx in Spain and Portugal.
WildTrack's unique footprint identification technique analyzes the data
collected from wild animals' footprints using advanced statistical algorithms
on geometric profiles derived from digital images of footprints. The
data collected by the footprint identification technique is analyzed
and compared with other footprints in the database using software from
both SAS and JMP, a business unit of SAS, to enable researchers to identify
individual animals and to assess group numbers with greater accuracy.
The software is customized for each species so that multiple conservation
projects can proceed simultaneously. The huge advantage of the WildTrack
approach is that its non- invasive techniques allow monitoring to be
done without disturbing the natural behaviors of the animals.
What began with rhinos is now not only being applied to tigers and other
endangered species at an individual level, but also at a species level.
WildTrack's latest project involves monitoring the Iberian lynx, the
most endangered carnivore in the world. With only 150 members of the
species left, WildTrack is working with Spanish authorities to build
a library of footprints to develop an algorithm that distinguishes lynx
footprints from other carnivores, such as otters and genet cats.
"Increasingly, governments and authorities require hard evidence
of the existence of endangered animals before they will listen to guidance
about protecting its habitat. Moving forward, we hope to incorporate
biometrics and other technology into our projects to help speed up the
identification of animals," said Zoe Jewell, co-founder of
Sky Alibhai, co-founder of WildTrack explained: "We are looking
at working with field projects and groups around the world to feed us
footprints and data so that we can continue to work remotely on projects
and the conservation process."
Alastair Sim, director of marketing, SAS UK, commented: "We
are privileged to work with WildTrack and see SAS software being applied
in such a progressive and innovative way. WildTrack provides inspiration
to a range of organizations across the globe through its commitment
to developing and applying non-invasive techniques in order to further
the protection of endangered species."
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Conference on Wildlife Trade to Consider New Rules for High-Value Species
From UNEP Geneva
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
7 September 2004 -- The 166 member Governments of the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
will meet in Bangkok from 2 to 14 October to update the trade rules
governing some of the world's most charismatic, exploited and economically
valuable wildlife species.
will decide on some 50 proposals for improving the conservation and
sustainable use of the African elephant, the minke whale, the great
white shark, the ramin timber tree, the Chinese yew and other medicinal
plants, the yellow-crested cockatoo and the lilac-crowned parrot, five
Asian turtles, the white rhinoceros, the Nile and American crocodiles,
the European date mussel and many other species.
Announces '10 Most Wanted Species'; Photo Available,
Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 8:05 AM
Desk, Environment Reporter
Contact: Sarah Janicke, 202-778-9685; or Jan Vertefeuille, 202-861-8362,
both for World Wildlife Fund;
Sept. 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The humphead wrasse and the pig-nosed turtle
may not sound like the world's most desirable animals, but in fact they
are among the most wanted species internationally. The Asian turtle
and fish are so sought- after in some parts of the world that the two
species have joined the ranks of wildlife at risk from international
from 166 countries prepare to head to Bangkok next month for the meeting
of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES),
World Wildlife Fund released its biennial list of 10 of the world's
most in-demand species bought, sold, smuggled, killed or captured for
the global marketplace.
list this year reflects the varied nature of the modern wildlife trade,"
said Ginette Hemley, vice president for species conservation at World
Wildlife Fund. "As well-known species have become overexploited
for trade, more-obscure species are increasingly targeted. So lesser-known
wildlife like the humphead wrasse -- a fascinating coral reef fish whose
fleshy lips have spawned a dining trend -- join the magnificent tiger
and Asian elephant on the list of most wanted species in trade."
10 most wanted species, based on threats from unsustainable trade and
consumer demand, are:
(Panthera tigris): In the past century, the tiger's numbers have been
reduced by an estimated 95 percent - with perhaps fewer than 5,000
left in the wild. Among their biggest threats are poaching for tiger
parts for use in traditional Chinese medicines and poaching of the
tiger's prey species. Tiger bone, used as a pain reliever in traditional
medicine, is highly prized on the black market, as are tiger skins.
Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus): This bulbous-headed reef fish
could be straight out of "Finding Nemo." It's usually bright
blue, with large lips that are a delicacy fetching hundreds of dollars
a plate in East Asia. The wrasse is caught and traded live to be displayed
in restaurant tanks for diners to select from; demand has grown steadily
in recent years. Because the species is naturally rare and slow to
reproduce, its population suffers greatly from excessive capture.
White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias): The largest predator
among sharks, it is caught for its jaws, teeth, leather and fins,
which collect high prices and are in demand worldwide. Incidental
capture in fishing gear poses a double threat to the great whites
because the few animals that survive accidental netting or hooking
are often killed anyway, for the amount of money made from selling
(Gonystylus spp.): This tropical hardwood from Indonesia and Malaysia
is used to make mass-produced pool cues, moldings, doors and picture
frames. Logging is often illegal, driven by significant global market
demand. Ramin grows largely in peat swamp forests, which are increasingly
targeted by illegal loggers in search of the valuable wood, putting
at risk the endangered tigers, orang utans and other species that
live there as well.
Turtle (Carettochelys insculpta): Even with its bizarre,
protruding snout, this giant freshwater turtle - found in Papua New
Guinea, Indonesia and Australia - is a popular collectors' item worldwide
and its population is suffering from high demand for the pet trade.
In addition to juvenile turtles being snatched for trade, the turtles'
nests are robbed of their eggs, which are eaten.
Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea): This exotic- looking parrot,
found in Indonesia, is very popular in the international pet trade.
The birds are taken from the wild at unsustainable levels to supply
the market and the population has been reduced to fewer than 10,000.
Already listed on CITES as requiring carefully regulated trade, Indonesia
has proposed banning all international commercial trade because the
cockatoo is so threatened.
Elephant (Elephas maximus): Poaching of elephants for ivory
and meat remains a serious problem in many Asian countries, as does
habitat loss. The population of Asian elephants stands at between
35,000 and 50,000 in the wild, perhaps a tenth of the population of
Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris): The biggest threat to this
extremely rare Asian dolphin is entanglement in fishing nets and injury
from explosives used for dynamite fishing. There is also demand for
the dolphin for display in zoos and aquariums, but the species is
so endangered that even limited trade is detrimental to its survival.
Gecko (Uroplatus spp.): All 10 species of the leaf-tailed
gecko are found only in Madagascar. Even though they can avoid predators
by virtually disappearing into trees due to their bark-like appearance
and leaf-shaped tails, these lizards have not been able to avoid being
captured and sold at alarming rates for the international pet trade.
Leaf-tailed gecko species are also threatened by habitat loss and
Yew Trees (Taxus chinensis, T. cuspidata, T. fuana, T. sumatrana):
Yew trees across Asia are unsustainably harvested for their bark and
needles, which contain a chemical used in the cancer medication Taxol.
If the harvest continues at its current rate, the species may no longer
be available for widespread use as a helpful medicine.
of these species - the tiger and Asian elephant, for example - have
remained on WWF's "most wanted" list over the past
decade, indicating little progress in stopping illegal trade and other
threats to their survival. Other species, such as ramin and great white
shark, have moved onto the list because of a dramatic increase in demand
for their products on global markets.
Considered the world's most important wildlife conservation agreement,
CITES is the only global treaty regulating trade in threatened animals
and plants. Delegates from the United States and other countries around
the world will meet in Bangkok from Oct. 2 to 14.
the world's species face continued habitat loss and poaching, CITES
is filling a key role in protecting wildlife in trade," said
Simon Habel, director of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network
of WWF and IUCN-The World Conservation Union. "Since CITES
went into effect in 1975, more than 30,000 plants and animals have been
protected by the convention."
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35 More Wild Horses Slaughtered in
Celebrities, activists urge law to end killing of wild horses
WASHINGTON - A coalition of celebrities, race track leaders and others
is pressing for action on legislation that would end or limit the
slaughter of wild horses.
Lawmakers have tried for years to stop the killing of wild horses and
burros at three U.S. slaughterhouses that send the meat for consumption
Activists say laws have done little to protect wild horses
By Benjamin Grove - April 29, 2005
SUN WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
WASHINGTON - Animal activists say they suspect that a number of wild
horses from public lands have gone to U.S. slaughterhouses for years,
despite laws designed to protect them.
"It happens all the time," said Trina Bellak of the American Horse
Defense Fund Inc.
The issue of wild horse slaughter is in the spotlight this week in
Congress following reports that 41 wild horses sold by the Bureau of
Land Management were re-sold and slaughtered at an Illinois plant.
Mustangs, burros available April
22nd in Martin
SPRINGFIELD, Va. More than a hundred wild horses and burros will be
available for adoption Saturday at the University of Tennessee-Martin.
The livestock center at the university in West Tennessee is the eastern
U-S adoption site for the Bureau of Land Management program that helps
maintain an ecological balance of the animals on western ranges.
Some mustangs and burros are captured each year and made available to
qualified people to adopt.
Activists won't let horses end up on
They buy 200 'excess' mustangs auctioned off by U.S. agency
March 18, 2005
The Associated Press
RENO, Nev. - Although a new law lets the federal government sell
certain wild mustangs for horsemeat, the first ones auctioned off
have been spared from the slaughterhouse.The 200 animals from Nevada
that Wild Horses Wyoming bought from the Bureau of Land Management
are roaming free on thousands of acres near Laramie, Wyo.
“We are in the business of saving horses,” said Sean Mater, one of
five partners in the company.
In December, Congress replaced a 34-year-old ban on slaughtering any
mustang with a statute that allows the sale of older and unwanted
horses for their meat. The animals up for sale are captured during
periodic government roundups aimed at reducing the wild population.
Wild horses like this one on
the Utah Range have thrived, but the U.S. Bureau of Land Management
argues their numbers are now too large,
and that some need to be sold off. Jerry Sintz / Bureau of
The silence of the horses
Friday, March 18, 2005
By RYAN McELVEEN / Cavalier Daily Science Columnist
Four months ago, the wild horses of the American West were doomed to a
deadly fate from which it is unlikely that they will be rescued. In
December 2004, Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana) sneakily attached a
rider to the 4,000-page Federal Consolidated Appropriations Bill,
eviscerating years of federal protection for America's wild horses.
Burns opened the backdoor for thousands of these horses to be sold for
slaughter with the goal of freeing Western lands for uninhibited cattle
grazing. An even greater cause for concern is that an appropriation bill
could change, without debate and full public disclosure, the 33-year-old
Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act of 1971 that had protected against
By 1971, the population of wild horses had been severely diminished as a
result of encroachment by humans. Public outcry led the Senate and House
to unanimously pass the act in 1971, signed by President Richard Nixon.
Laws allowing motorized vehicles to be used to manage the herds and to
create an inventory of and improve the rangelands followed in 1976 and
While it's likely that few University students even have heard of Burns'
rider, the fact that more citizens have written to Congress about the
wild horse issue than any other issue in America's history, excluding
the Vietnam War, proves the widespread concerns of Americans. Luckily,
in the democratic spirit of our country, on Jan. 15, U.S.
Representatives Nick J. Rahall (D-West Virginia) and Ed Whitfield
(D-Kentucky) introduced legislation (H.R. 297) that would restore the
prohibition of the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming
horses and burros, which are similar to donkeys.
If the legislation passes, the wild horses and burros cannot be sold for
slaughter. Those animals that have unsuccessfully been offered adoption
three times will still be granted protection under the Wild Free-Roaming
Horses and Burros Act. Moreover, criminal penalties will be
re-established for using wild horses and burros for commercial purposes.
In Northern Virginia, my home, we have an "overpopulation" problem, as
well. For the past two years, the deer population has multiplied and
many of them have devoured my mother's crop of roses. But who can blame
them? The massive overdevelopment of the region has forced them into
suburbia where they subsist at least partly on residential gardens.
Humans simply have given them nowhere to go. The deer face a fate
similar to that of the horses --organized killings. In the case of the
horses, their meat is shipped overseas to fill the stomachs of hungry
French, Belgians and Japanese, who view horse as a delicacy.
In 10 Western states, six million cattle and sheep graze the land, but
the Bureau of Land Management claims that designated Herd Management
Areas can support only 37,000 wild horses according to
www.msnbc.com. However, there is a
solution to the expense of long-term holding of older wild horses that
the government is avoiding. Horses that cannot be adopted should not be
removed but rather taken to their home range. Injecting the mares with
the long-term immunocontraceptive vaccine PZP will prevent further
reproduction, and it will prevent the horses from suffering a painful
death according to
www.wildhorsesanctuary.org. This type of contraceptive has proven
successful on 10 Herd Management Areas of Nevada. The horse population
will be controlled, and it would not deplete water and food sources from
the precious cattle population.
In the words of British playwright John Heywood, "While the grasse
groweth the horse starveth." The grass is growing in the West, and
Washington does not see any reason to give these national treasures
access to the lands they've inhabited for the past 500 years. These wild
horses have endured the test of time, and they remain an integral
component of America's history. If H.R. 297 fails to win passage, these
magnificent creatures will meet an utterly tragic end. Congress should
recall the day three decades ago when it called the wild horses the
"living symbols of the pioneer spirit of the West."
Groundbreaking ceremony for Wild Mustang Center
Ground broke on Pryor
Mountain Wild Mustang Center
Thursday, March 17, 2005
By KARLA POMEROY / The Lovell Chronicle
Thirty-seven years ago the wild horses
east of Lovell became part of the first ever federal wild horse range
when the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range was designated, protecting the
Spanish heritage horses. Saturday, another big step was taken for the
horses with the breaking of ground for the first building in the Pryor
Mountain Wild Mustang Center.
About 20 people braved the cold, wind and snow for the groundbreaking on
the Mustang Center property adjacent to the National Park Service
Visitor Center east of Lovell. The groundbreaking was held at the east
end of the property where a 24-foot by 36-foot log building will be
constructed to house some displays and the temporary headquarters of the
center until the main facility can be built.
Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center Board President John Nickle said,
"This is a landmark day. This groundbreaking ceremony signifies the
start of the first building." He said along with the log building a
70-foot by 200-foot parking lot will be constructed with a one-way
entrance and exit so buses can pull into the parking lot.
Mayor Bruce Morrison said, "This all started when we were teens. We
loved to chase those horses, and I always wanted to rope one. The horse
range was designated and 40 years later we’re moving forward again."
A home for horses
Saturday, March 12, 2004
By CANDY MOULTON / Star-Tribune correspondent
|CENTENNIAL -- Ron
Hawkins has been ranching in the Centennial Valley for 15 years,
running cows, calves and yearlings on the 91 Ranch south of Wyoming
Although he intends to continue running cattle on a portion of the
3,500-acre ranch he leases, Hawkins has now turned to a different
type of operation: wild horses.
He sees it as an opportunity to ranch and save a symbol of the
Under a new
program of the Bureau of Land Management -- which allows for
purchase of older, "unadoptable" wild horses for the rock-bottom
price of $50 a head -- Hawkins and four partners have formed Wild
Horses Wyoming, a limited partnership company. They have already
bought 200 head of mares -- all of them at least 10 years old, and
probably 70-80 percent of them expected to foal this spring and
Ron Hawkins, ranch manager for Wild
Horses Wyoming, unloads hay to feed wild horses, Wednesday, March 9,
2005, near Centennial, Wyo. Wild Horses Wyoming, a limited liability
corporation, recently bought 200 wild horses from the Bureau of Land
Management that were gathered off the Nevada range, to roam free for
the rest of their lives on the Wyoming ranch. (AP Photo/The
Boomerang, Michael Smith)
The horses came out of Nevada and
California, with the last bunch trucked to the 91 Ranch on Friday from
Utah, Hawkins said. The mares will be allowed to "live out their lives"
on the high prairie pastures of the 3,500-acre ranch. The foals may be
sold in the future.
Both Hawkins and partner Sean Mater, a real estate developer from Fort
Collins, Colo., said they have no intention of selling these mares.
However, their Web site clearly outlines a sponsorship program that will
bring in revenue for the maintenance of the horse herd, and it runs the
gamut from a $50 donation that will support a horse for one month to
$5,000 for actual "ownership" of one of the mares, complete with a
photograph and biography of the animal, the right to visit the property,
see the horse herd, and in certain instances even take physical
possession of an animal.
Nevada wild horses headed to
March 4, 2005
By SANDRA CHEREB / The
RENO - Wild horses that once roamed Nevada's open range have found a
home at a sanctuary in Wyoming under a new federal law that allows
animals deemed too old or unfit for adoption to be sold and perhaps face
The sale announced Tuesday is the first under a new law passed by
Congress and signed by President Bush in December as part of a spending
bill that repealed a 34-year ban on selling wild horses.
200 wild horses sold to Wyo.
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
The Arizona Daily Star / The Associated
RENO, Nev. - Wild horses that once
roamed Nevada's open range have found a home at a sanctuary in Wyoming
under a new federal law that allows animals deemed too old or unfit for
adoption to be sold and perhaps face slaughter.
The sale announced Tuesday is the first under a new law passed by
Congress and signed by President Bush in December as part of a spending
bill that repealed a 34-year ban on selling wild horses.
Law allows slaughter of wild horses for meat
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
By BRAD KNICKERBOCKER / The Christian Science Monitor
Ore. — Wild horses have always symbolized freedom and the frontier.
But ranchers see them as competitors for grazing cattle across
millions of acres of arid range. And like the cougars and bears that
have been showing up in residential areas, they're also competing
with humans for habitat.
Now, a law signed by President Bush will allow the slaughter and
export of horse meat from thousands of wild horses. Horse lovers are
urging reversal of the measure, which was slipped into a recent
federal appropriations bill by Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont.
Wild horses graze in a Bureau of Land Management holding facility on
Jan. 31 near Pawhuska, Okla. In December 2004, Congress repealed the
ban on the wild horses' slaughter.
STEVE GOOCH / AP
Animal rights group wants to give
doomed horses to tribes
Idea latest in furor over
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
By SAM LEWIN / NativeTimes.com
An animal rights group hopes to muster support to defeat legislation
that they say would result in thousands of wild horses being used as
food for Europeans. Rather, the group would like to give those horses to
The controversy started when Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., sponsored
legislation that reversed a longstanding Bureau of Land Management law.
For years the BLM required people adopting wild horses to prove over the
course of a year that they could adequately care for them before the
agency would grant legal ownership. Burns’ legislation allows the bureau
to sell horses that are 10 or older, or that have been unsuccessfully
offered for adoption three times, without the waiting period.
The law outraged many who worried that the horses could end up in
countries like France and Belgium where horse steaks are considered a
Burns has defended the measure, saying it is necessary to combat
Top Democrat Wants New Wild Horse
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
||A top Democrat in the
House of Representatives wants to repeal a new law that changes what
can be done with wild horses around the country.
Nevada is home to hundreds of wild horses. The Democrat from West
Virginia is opposed to the law that allows the federal government to
sell the horses to people who want to slaughter them.
Congress made the new law to cut down on the wild horse herds in 10
New law on caring for wild horses
met with kicks, snorts
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
By GARY GERHARDT / Associated Press
DENVER — Horse lovers are gearing up to
stampede the new Congress with petitions to protect wild horses from
being sold for slaughter.
For three decades, the Bureau of Land Management required people
adopting wild horses to prove over the course of a year that they could
adequately care for the animal before the agency would grant legal
A month-old law allows the bureau to sell horses that are 10 or older,
or that have been unsuccessfully offered for adoption three times,
without the waiting period. However, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.,
introduced legislation in Congress on Tuesday that would restore the
prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses and
Wild and free horses have a right to
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
By COLLEEN BRUN / Letter in the Kern Valley Sun
What is more beautiful and awe
inspiring than wild horses? Is their freedom actually hurting us? What
right does Sen. Burns have to sneak in a rider to amend a federal law
that has been in effect since 1971 to protect wild horses and burros on
federal land? This rider allows the sale of wild horses that have not
been fortunate enough to be adopted; many to slaughter houses. How fair
The wild mustang - free no more
protected animal may again be harvested
January 21, 2005
By JESSICA HAWLEY / Staff Writer, The Bandera Bulletin
"Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and
burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the
West," states a congressional declaration dated Dec. 15, 1971.
Yet, in a surprising and highly protested move, Congress recently
passed a bill that allows for the slaughter of the American wild
mustang reportedly effective Wednesday, Jan. 5.
Republican Senator Conrad Burns of
Montana introduced the one-page Rider #142 into the 3,000-page
Federal Appropriations Bill HR 4848.
A mustang foal basks in the
sunlight at the Wild Horse Foundation in Franklin while his mother,
a former wild mustang, grazes nearby. Photo by Jessica Hawley
The rider changes the Wild Free-Roaming
Horse and Burro Act of 1971, splitting the once federally protected wild
horses and burros into two categories, those over 10 years old and those
that have been to a minimum of three unsuccessful adoptions. In
accordance with the rider's language, the federal Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) is authorized to sell these animals to the highest
bidder without regard for the buyer's intentions.
Wild-horse conference to protest
December 30, 2004
By ROBYN MOORMEISTER,
Wild-horse advocates will gather in Carson City next week to call for
the reversal of a new law loosening federal limits on the sale of wild
The new appropriations bill, signed by President George W. Bush earlier
this month, allows the animals to be sold if they are more than 10 years
old or, if younger, after they have been offered unsuccessfully for
adoption three times.
The law requires any money from sales to go to the Interior Department's
Bureau of Land Management adoption program for wild horses and burros.
This is an amendment to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros
Act, which provides for the necessary management, protection and control
of wild horses and burros in the United States.
Wild-horse advocate Willis Lamm, who operates horse adoption agency
Least Resistance Training Concepts Inc. in Stagecoach, said the horses
sold under the new provision can potentially be used for meat in foreign
markets, a major cash crop for American cattlemen.
"We need to stop the immediate sale and potential slaughter of thousands
of these horses," Lamm said.
Lamm is putting on the conference for wild-horse advocates around the
country, to brainstorm political methods for reversing the legislation
and develop more reasonable solutions.
"This is an emotional issue and we're going to try to keep everyone
objective," Lamm said. "We'll assess the facts, break into groups, and
hopefully come up with appropriate strategies to bring about change."
Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., who sponsored the amendment, said he
believes most horses would wind up being adopted, not slaughtered, but
his intent was to spur the BLM to get serious about its adoption
"These animals live in poor conditions that often lead to their deaths,
and without proper management, this will continue to happen," Burns said
Dec. 9, after President Bush had signed the bill.
Lamm said Burns had campaign contributions from the beef industry on his
mind, not the well-being of wild horses.
The amendment was a last-minute provision in a $388 billion spending
bill, a document several hundred pages long.
"The only way Burns could get his way was to sneak it in the back door,"
Lamm said. "We would hope that people would be incensed by the sneaky
way he brought this about without public scrutiny or debate. It's not
appropriate in our society for a single individual to change a
long-standing federal law like this."
The conference, "Save America's Wild Horses," will be from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Jan. 2-3 at Casino Fandango, 3800 S. Carson St.
For information or to sign up for the conference, contact Lamm at
call Shirley Allen at 246-7636.
Contact reporter Robyn Moormeister at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 881-1217.
Save America's Wild Horses conference
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday
Where: Casino Fandango, 3800 S. Carson St.
Sign up: Contact Willis Lamm at
call Shirley Allen at 246-7636
heart for horses
Wild horses could be sold for
slaughter under new law
December 27, 2004
Wild horses and burros could be bought or sold for slaughter under a
provision in the $388 billion spending bill that President Bush signed
into law this month.
The new law lets the animals be sold, potentially for use as meat
in foreign markets, if they are more than 10 years old or, if younger,
after they have been offered unsuccessfully for adoption three times.
It also requires that any money from sales go to the Interior
Department's Bureau of Land Management adoption program for wild
horses and burros.
Wild horse legislation is a topic at conference
December 26, 2004
Record Courier Staff Reports
The fate of the wild horses is
back in the news. An "Emergency Wild Horse Conference" will take place
on Jan. 2-3 at Club Fandango in Carson City.
Persons interested in helping to repeal recent legislation that
negatively changed the "Free roaming wild horse and burro act of 1971"
are urged to attend.
Wild Horses of Turkmenistan Bounce Back
24 December 2004 (nCa) - Turkmen wild horses – kulans-onagers – once
on the verge of extinction, have reportedly bounced back.
State reserve Badkhiz reports that a small herd of kulans-onagers has
multiplied to 800 thriving individuals.
In 1930’s the known number of wild horses of Turkmenistan was less than
100 and it was feared that the species would disappear entirely.
A reserve was created between Murghab River and Tejen River to provide a
sanctuary to kulans-onagers. Total area of the reserve park is 88000
local girl, 7, and her friends raise $519 for a Sams Valley ranch that
cares for neglected horses
November 1, 2004
By KELSEY HOLDERNESS and MEG LANDERS /
Faught thought about what she wanted for her seventh birthday, she decided
in lieu of presents to ask the 35 friends attending her party to help
Friday she handed $519, in small bills and change, to the Res-Q Ranch.
a big heart on a little girl," said Michele Register, who with
her husband John-Paul Register, owns Res-Q Ranch in Sams Valley.
who is not intimidated petting the large animals and has taken to galloping
around in circles, likes horses for the obvious reasons.
they're cute and they're fun," she said.
Faught, 7, feeds a carrot to her namesake, Annika Pumpkin, after
she donated her birthday money to the Res-Q Ranch in Sams Valley.
Owners John-Paul Register, left, and wife, Michele, renamed
the rescued horse when they heard of her donation.
Tribune / Roy Musitelli
to oust wild horses
30,000-acre grazing area in N.W. Colo. can't sustain 120-mustang herd
Conservationists call the federal plan "shameful" and say
it does not bode well for some of the country's other estimated 27,000
Denver Post Staff Writer
Colorado's five remaining herds of wild horses is slated to be rounded
up and removed from a rugged area in northwest Colorado to make way
for more oil and gas development.
of the wild mustangs that will be removed from northwestern
Colorado roam through their rugged range, where about 900 oil
and gas wells already are located.
/ Department of the Interior
horses back in the wild
horses will help keep down the scrub within the forest.
horses classified as extinct in the wild have been set free to help
protect an Iron Age settlement.
horses will roam around a 12-acre paddock in Clocaenog Forest near Ruthin
The horses once roamed Britain 4,000 years ago and visitors to the forest
will now be able to see them in the 21st Century.
were introduced by the Forestry Commission after they were bred at Colwyn
Bay Mountain Zoo.
"Although they are known as the Mongolian wild horse, the Przewalski's
horse roamed Britain 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, so this truly is a scene
from the past," said the Forestry Commission's conservation manager
horses appear on cave paintings, and now we've brought them back to
the forest after all this time as part of a modern approach to the challenge
of managing this significant site." The site in the Clocaenog Forest
was designated by Cadw, the agency which protects historical Wales,
because it was once an Iron Age settlement with livestock enclosures
where animals were held overnight.
of the horses will help protect the site.
"There are many benefits from grazing," said Iolo Lloyd. "Because
it's a scheduled ancient monument, we're not allowed to take vehicles
on the site. "We also have problems of scrub control but because
these horses are extremely hardy they will eat a lot of the scrub, thereby
helping vegetation structure and biodiversity.
"It's more environmentally friendly than throwing chemicals all
over the place and, of course, the horses are managing the site without
us having to pay someone to come in and do it," he added.
to the forest can now view the horses at first hand after a viewing
platform was erected.
horses were a common sight 4,000 years ago
shoot horses, won't they?
September 8, 2004
By LISA MILLER / Regional reporter
horses could be shot under an eco-tourism proposal.
wild animals under the banner of eco-tourism sounds like the ultimate
contradiction. However, a report commissioned by the Federal Government
says Australia should develop a safari hunting industry to encourage
a potentially lucrative tourist market while controlling or eradicating
to receive 100 wild horses
- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will receive 100 wild horses from Nevada
on Friday, Sept. 3, through the International Society for the Protection
of Mustangs and Burros.
will present the horses to the tribe in a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the
Eagle Butte powwow grounds, according to a news release from group president
Karen Sussman of Lantry.
The gift represents the historic return of wild horses to the Lakota
people, Sussman said.
horses will remain in a conservation program operated by the tribe and
will become a focal point for tourism on the reservation, she said.
said the Virginia Range Herd horses were the first wild horses in the
United States to receive legal protection, under a 1952 Storey County,
Nev., ordinance. However, the horses did not receive federal protection
under the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act.
Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros manages two other
wild horse herds on the Cheyenne River Reservation.
horses caught in new twist on Old West
DON THOMPSON /
GARDEN, Modoc National Forest, Calif. -- Two dozen wild horses rumbled
from the shimmering heat-haze like a mirage, driven ahead of a low-flying
helicopter toward a trap that would take them forever from the remote
frontier separating California, Oregon and Nevada
mustang is not a car
Riding the range and roughing it while the stallions dare you to run
by their sides
over wild horses vary wildly
JACKSON (AP) - Opinions about how best to manage Wyoming's burgeoning
population of wild horses vary widely depending on whom you ask.
Make sure the U.S. Bureau of Land Management does its job, says Andrea
Lococo, with the Fund for Animals.
Seahorses just one of the sea's
Unique creatures can be found in
Southwest Florida waters
Saturday, April 2, 2005
By MARIA LIGHTNER / news-press.com
LOVERS KEY STATE PARK - PARK SERVICE SPECIALIST
From ancient Greek and Roman times, seahorses have always been thought
of as magical and mythical creatures.
Poseidon was thought to have ridden these mythical creatures through the
water and Neptune would travel through the water on a chariot drawn by
horses who could breathe underwater. Now we know that these creatures
are not horses at all, but a fish with some extremely unique attributes.
Depending on the species, seahorses range in size from one-quarter inch
to a foot in length. There are 35 species known to exist. The seahorse's
scientific name, Hippocampus, is a Greek word meaning "bent horse."
Saving the seahorse from the pet
shop and Viagra set
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Inq7.net, Agence France-Presse
HANDUMON, Bohol, Philippines -- Nights spell danger for the tiny
seahorse, the colorful but naive denizen of the Philippines' coral
Here on the southern edge of Danajon Bank, fishermen dragging tiny boats
lit with gas-fed lamps wade through the mangrove-shrouded coast into the
shallows hunting for the exotic fish whose camouflage is easily exposed
by the light.
The lantern boats are the basic infrastructure of a multi-billion-dollar
global trade in seahorses, which end up in curio shops or aquariums
across Europe and North America.
But most are dried and powdered as an organic Viagra or impotence cure
for the booming traditional Chinese medicine market.
While humans do not eat seahorse, its gradual disappearance has mirrored
the degradation of the Danajon Bank, the only double-barrier coral reef
in Southeast Asia and a key sanctuary of the species.
"Seahorses are indicator species," said Allen Mondido of Project
Seahorse, an international marine conservation campaign that has adopted
the uniquely shaped fish, genus Hippocampus, as its "flagship species."
Britain's marine life in crisis
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
By JEREMY LOVELL / Reuters UK
(Reuters) - The Common Skate has declined so much around Britain's
shores that recent surveys have failed to find a single one, the
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says.
Harbour porpoises are another species in decline while several
sea-bed environments are in deep trouble, the WWF said in a report
published on Tuesday.
Only populations of Basking Sharks, Seahorses and Native Oysters are
stable around the shores of Britain, it added.
Thirteen of the 16 "flagship" marine species and habitats are in
disastrous decline, the WWF said, proposing a UK Marine Act to
enshrine conservation and biodiversity at the heart of government
policy and ensure a coherent industrial policy.
heritage is in a shameful state for a maritime nation"
WWF expert Jan Brown
Local group does its part to protect endangered species
Thursday, January 13, 2005
By STUART ROBERTS / The Royal Gazette
Bermuda is helping to preserve the world's endangered species
through the work of its own Scientific Authority into the trade of
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between
governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens
of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Bermuda is a member of CITES and the local authority of the organisation
is chaired by Antoinette Butz.
Fish farmer saves seahorse exhibit
December 14, 2004 / ABC News Online.au
A Tiwi Islands barramundi farmer has
helped save a struggling seahorse project at a Top End wildlife park.
Staff from the Northern Territory Wildlife Park, near Berry Springs, and
10 Australian Navy divers recently joined forces to search for seahorses
in the wild.
They searched for a number of days but had no luck.
The seahorse exhibit was officially opened today after the barramundi
farmer sent a number of seahorses from Bathurst Island to Darwin by
Aquarists discuss safe breeding
Consumer demand puts strain on dwindling wild stocks
Thursday, December 09, 2004
By HANNAH HICKEY / Correspondent, Monterey Herald
In the wild, seahorses are ambush predators, using their tails to cling
to coral and their long snouts to suddenly suck in unsuspecting prey.
Their unique adaptations -- heads like horses, curled tails and body
armor -- make them a favorite attraction for visitors to aquariums
But in the aquarium, seahorses can be shy to mate and baby seahorses are
finicky, fragile animals requiring specific conditions for survival.
The captive breeding of seahorses was a hot topic of discussion
Wednesday at the International Aquarium Congress, a weeklong event for
more than 500 aquarium experts at the Monterey Conference Center.
Threatened populations are leading aquarists to develop innovative
breeding techniques to keep from drawing on wild stock.
September 8, 2004
has released about 150 baby seahorses after a successful breeding
program. Picture: Robert Pearce
sampling technology is saving animals facing extinction. But critics
say it is merely a distraction from the real issues, writes Lisa Mitchell.
In strands rather than pairs this time, species facing extinction are
about to board a Frozen Ark to ensure their place in posterity. The
international project will be the world's first DNA and tissue bank
designed to preserve about 2000 endangered mammals, birds, insects and
reptiles. As a temporary measure, however, it raises some sore points
of species become extinct every week and thousands more are expected
to disappear over the next 30 years. While the Federal Government commits
billions of dollars to defense and sugar packages, only about $10 million
annually goes to the protection of endangered species, says Dr Ray Nias,
director of conservation for WWF Australia.
Threatened Species Day yesterday Nias added tens of thousands of critters
to Australia's endangered species list. "I worry a little bit
about these Ark projects because they take the attention away from the
big picture," he says.
As of August 2004, about 1600 animals and plants were on Australia's
official list (many are stuck in an administration backlog), but on
recent analysis of Government figures, Nias reckons the true number
is more like 200,000. The Department of Environment and Heritage estimates
Australia is home to more than 1 million species. The Government’s
action plans, which monitor threats to specific flora and fauna, estimate
as much as 20 per cent of some of those groups are at risk.
plans to shoot wild camels:
Animals strain water supplies, but proposal to cull thousands upsets
animal welfare groups.
Australia plans to kill thousands of wild camels
Wild camel population becoming a problem
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
By RACHEL CARBONELL /
The World Today
ELEANOR HALL: State and Territory experts are meeting in Alice
Springs today to discuss Australia's burgeoning feral camel problem.
The population of wild camels in the Australian desert has now reached
more than half a million, and it's doubling every eight to ten years.
Cattle stations and the environment are bearing the brunt of this
population explosion and participants at today's meeting are
attempting to find a solution to the problem.
Aerial culling, improving the live export trade in camels and camel
abattoirs are all on the agenda, as Rachel Carbonell reports from the
RACHEL CARBONELL: Australia is home to the largest population
of wild camels in the world – the animals have become icons of the
Australia desert. But they're not native, and their numbers are
increasing at an alarming rate.
SCOPE: Camels become pests as wait for abattoir and ships continue
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 / Yahoo Asia News
The feral camel population in outback Australia could blow to a million
in a few years while farmers wait for an abattoir to be built in Alice
Springs and for the arrival of suitable ships to transport such large
The growth of the feral camel population in Australia is in urgent need
of control and improvements need to be made to the camel meat market to
utilize an over-abundance of available stock, many say.
Feral camel explosion in outback
By KAREN MICHELMORE - December 01, 2004
nation's feral camel population could blow out to a million in a few
short years if actions is not taken soon to rid the centre of the
unruly animals, experts believe.
Stakeholders, including farmers, Aborigines and camel industry
representatives will meet in Alice Springs to discuss the problem in
the first half of next year.
Australia has the world's largest herd of wild camels, with about
500,000 of the beasts wandering the desert regions of NT, Western
Australia, South Australia and Queensland.