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Species Collapse:(4)
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Wed, Sep 9, 2009
from EcoWorldly:
Japanese Dolphin Slaughter to Continue Despite Current Suspension
"It has been an exciting morning and the people here are very hostile, but as long as this goes on and we keep the pressure on, they cannot hunt the dolphins." Sadly, O'Barry admits solemnly, this is only temporary. O'Barry keeping a watchful eye on the dolphin fishermen, has managed to disrupt the first two days of the annual dolphin hunt in the Japanese town of Taiji, but accepts that as soon as he leaves the fishermen will resume the killing.... According to the Japan Fisheries Agency, around 20,000 dolphins will be killed all around Japan this season. The documentary revealed that dolphin meat is often sold illegally to the Japanese school system, and that school children often have no idea that what they are eating is dolphin meat. Dolphin meat has been shown to have high levels of mercury, which can be a huge problem for developing children. ...


Some stories you just can't get out of your head.

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Tue, Sep 8, 2009
from CBC News (Canada):
Fungus threatens P.E.I. frogs
A fungus that's potentially deadly for frogs has been found in ponds on [Prince Edward Island]. Chytrid is an infection that is causing problems for frog populations around the world. The fungus, which lives in the skin of the frog, is causing 200 species of frogs to decline severely or go extinct. This summer, a team of researchers swabbed 114 frogs at 18 ponds across the Island. More than half those ponds showed cases of chytrid. "Some of the frogs actually go into spasms, sort of like having a seizure," Maria Forzan, a wildlife pathologist with the Canadian Co-operative Wildlife Health Centre, told CBC News last week. "They lose weight very quickly and within three or four days, basically they're dead." ...


There are frogs in Canada? Oh yeah, it's got that part-French thing going on, doesn't it.

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Tue, Sep 8, 2009
from EcoWorldly:
Vultures sold as roasted chicken
Apparently, one [Nigerian] vulture-roasting vendor's plan was disrupted last weekend by market officials when it was discovered he had stuffed ten live vultures in a large "Ghana-Must-Go (GMG) bag" -- and was planning to prepare them for roasting.... in India, the devastating decrease in vulture numbers has resulted in feral dog population explosion -- which in turn, has been linked to the spread of rabies in humans. According to recent articles in two Nigerian sources, The News and The PM News, the incident started when the vultures, suffering from the heat inside the bag, tore open a hole and attempted to escape. This unusual activity attracted the attention of a large curious crowd -- that soon became angry. Eyewitnesses were upset that vulture meat was being sold -- and eaten -- as chicken, noting that vulture meat is considered taboo by the people in the area. ...


I thought it tasted like... turkey.

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Mon, Sep 7, 2009
from Telegraph.co.uk:
Iceland kills 93 fin whales, according to conservationists
The conservation group said at least 93 endangered fin whales were killed this summer, more than at any time since an international ban on commercial whaling was brought in more than 20 years ago. In addition 63 minke whales were killed making it the largest commercial whale hunt in North Atlantic waters for decades. The meat and blubber from the whales may yield a staggering two million kilograms of edible products, the charity said. "There is simply no way that so much whale meat and blubber can be consumed domestically, and the whalers are deluding themselves if they think they can make any money exporting whale meat to Japan," she said. "Sales of whale products in Japan have made financial losses for much of the last 20 years, and market demand there has dropped. Icelandís whaling policy seems as ill-founded as its economic policies have been." ...


No data yet on the heavy metals, PCBs, and other yummy spices embedded in that murdered flesh.

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