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Hello Dr. Butterman? Can you please get over here quickly. And please bring Rev. Repriestly with you too. I simply don’t have the heart to write this blog alone. A baby rhino, now nursed in a shelter, as he cries for his mother that was slaughtered by poachers for her horns, even as this baby watched.
All rhinos and elephants will be extinct in a few year because of human encroachment and poaching. The kids are either whaling or sad. What can we do?
The kids scream hysterically over these pics about a baby rhino on the internet.
The poor tot can’t sleep well, probably because he sees visions of killers coming after his mom and fears they will come after him too. Sadie Whitelocks of mailonline.com says the orphaned baby rhino can only rest when some from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center (HESC) in West Africa is beside him.
When the Center found the baby he was “crying inconsolably” for his mom. He is somewhat comforted now by a tame sheep named Skaap which serves as surrogate mom, and staff members who feed him (now nicknamed Gertjie) every three hours and sleep with him as well. Hoedspruit asks for donations to keep the babe’s milk stock up as he drinks gallons each day (http://hesc.co.za hesc_adoptions/adoptions_.php.)
In her article, Whitelock also reveals: “During 2013, 1,004 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone for their horns according to savetherhino.org, which is the equivalent of nearly three per day. At the current rate of killing, it’s predicted the species could be extinct in the wild by 2026.” And most horns go to China!
And then there’s Terrence McCoy’s Washington Post article, ‘The Slaughter of Kenya’s Biggest Elephant’ and the Decimation of an Entire Species.’ Affectionately named Satao, this beautiful mammoth-size beast was shot and killed with poisoned arrows last month.
McCoy quotes film maker Mark Deeble, one of the last friendlies to see Satao: “I think the old bull knows that poachers want his tusks. And I hate that he knows. More than anything, I hate the thought that poachers are now closing in on one of the world’s most iconic elephants.”
Richard Moller of Tsavo Trust, who found Satao’s body inside a swamp, says: “It was the hardest report that I have ever written. I couldn’t see past a wall of tears.” And right now, Dr. Butterman, I can’t either. All of Kenya is mourning.
This week, “United Nations Environment Program says: “More than 20,000 African elephants were poached across the continent in 2013 according to a report by the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Large-scale ivory seizures are indicative of transnational organized crime being involved in the illicit ivory trade.”
“Africa’s elephants continue to face an immediate threat to their survival from high-levels of poaching for their ivory and with over 20,000 elephants illegally killed last year the situation remains dire,” says John Scanlon of CITES.
Please ask Rev. Repriestly to pray God’s special early judgment upon those who slaughtered Gertjie’s mother and the king elephant Satao, and to pray––as we are instructed in wholesale Christian Bibles––for park police who dedicate their lives to protect these precious animals, and to give officials new ideas as to how to stop this carnage. I stand on God’s Word in Matthew 7: 7: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Kid reporters around the country, and the world, continue to send in stories about declining bird populations. Human encroachment over bird nesting habitats, increasing attacks from pet cats, and Global Warming endanger some 1200 species.
endangeredspeciesinternational.org/birds6 says: “12% of all living bird species are considered endangered, threatened, or vulnerable. It is too late to save some of them, but others still have a chance if we act now.”
So the site advises people: “Take steps to halt global climate change. Support legislation that sets greenhouse gas reduction targets. Vote for legislators who pledge to fight global warming. Reduce your own carbon footprint.”
Bird lovers should avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers as they also impact bird environments. Also, experts demand that people not keep wild birds in captivity. But most important they insist that cat owners keep those pets indoors.
Also birds6 says: “For your back yard, plant indigenous trees and flowers. The website of Plant Native provides information on native plants that favor wildlife including birds. If you have space in your back yard, consider creating a small pond. It will become an essential habitat for insects, amphibians, and birds.”
The ivory-billed woodpecker is now the most critically endangered bird in America. mnn.com says “Among the world’s largest woodpeckers, the 20-inch long bird used to flourish in the swampy forests of the South and lower Midwest. Due to habitat loss from development and heavy logging, the bird is now questionably extinct. The last confirmed sighting of the bird was in 1987, and since then, experts have been on a quest to find and restore the bird.”
According to theguardian.com/environment, after assessing 9,993 bird species, the Zoological Society of London and Yale University claim “the rare and striking giant ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea)––the world’s largest ibis weighing in at 4.2kg and reaching more than one metre in height––is the most endangered.” Only 230 pairs remain in the wild, and they concentrate in Cambodia.
In Australia the most endangered bird species is the Gouldian Finch. WWF-Australia says less than 2500 adults of this bird exist. However, indigenous rangers found juvenile populations living in nesting the birds created from monsoon vine thickets and unburnt woodland.
One of Australia’s WWF program managers, Alexander Watson, explains: “The reason for the decline of the species is unknown, although scientists speculate that altered fire regimes, cattle, and throat parasites have been contributing factors.
A large pet trade that was banned in the mid-1980s is also thought to have had a significant impact.” In all nations, land management is vital for bird survival.
Careful readers of used Christian Bibles know that birds are often used for: healing instruments (Leviticus 14), food (Deuteronomy 14: 11), and for symbols to illustrate man’s relationship with man and with God: “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come (Proverbs 26: 2).”
But at the end of time, birds will get revenge on people for their destruction of the species: “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; . . . And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh (Revelation 19: 17 – 21).”
Animal Kids: So why are we here Butterworth? You know these people still kill beloved animals sending them into extinction. Let’s see, manatee deaths in Florida are over 800 by now. And you adults do nothing!
Man-made Global Warming sends so much rain into Canada that it is killing Arctic Peregrine Falcons. Now who needs more dead birds? Don’t cats do enough? And what about a 1,000 South African rhinos slaughtered for their horns?
When do you people ever get enough? The ivory-billed woodpecker, amur leopard, northern sportive lemur, saola, and yeah, the leatherback sea turtle––their killing volunteers trying to keep those turtles alive. What do you say about that?
Butterworth: Yes. I know, I know. Look you could add the Siberian tiger, Northern Right Whale, Javan Rhinoceros, the Chinese Giant Salamander, and even the Little Dodo Bird. But some people really are trying to save these animals.
Animal Kids: Trying? What do you mean trying? They take the animals’ lands, pushing them to starvation, overfish and pollute their oceans, they kill them for their treasures like ivory, or skin, or sport, or something else stupid!
Butterworth: I know this is a bad record for this year. Things are the same, only worse. But look, people still try. Capt. Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds fight in the whale wars to save as many of those sea mammals as possible.
And––thanks to members of the Sierra Club––the Governor of Puerto Rico has signed a law protecting Leatherback Turtles on that country’s 3,000 acre Northeast Ecological Corridor (NEC) from development. firstname.lastname@example.org says Puerto Rico environmentalists have fought for 15 years to save those turtles.
Also savetherhino.org writes that some 150 organizations in South African have formed to protect rhinos, including groups from the World Wildlife Fund. They have banded together in this effort, including efforts to de-horn the rhinos.
Please believe there are groups of people who are just as concerned about saving animals from extinction as you are. And oh yes, the pergrinefund.org is a 40 plus year old organization dedicated to saving peregrine falcons, as well as other birds of prey, from extinction. They say many other birds are threatened:
“The Peregrine Fund is a non-profit dedicated to saving birds of prey from extinction. Throughout the world, birds of prey are threatened by shooting, poisoning, and loss of habitat. Saving these birds is an effective means of conserving the rich diversity of life that is critical to the future health of our planet and the well-being of generations to come.”
Animal Kids: OK Butterworth We’ll let you off the hook this time. But, tell Jael we want more people to get involved to save these animals. Number two, the chimpanzee’s not endangered but we just think this one looks smarter than people.
And number three, remember what Christian clothing wholesale warns: God directed men to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Genesis 1: 28).” Dominion means we are suppose to take care of them, not needlessly kill them!
The United States gave huge symbolic warnings to poachers who massacre elephants in Africa, as well as their purchasers throughout Asia: there will be stiff penalties if they continue in the nefarious practice of destroying animal kingdoms.
Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Denver crushed and set fire to six tons of ivory it had stored up over 25 years. the guardian.com explains: “The items were seized from smugglers, traders and tourists at US ports of entry after a global ban on the ivory trade came into effect in 1989.”
Maya Rhodan of Time Magazine says the government’s message is clear:
“The Obama administration has a message for consumers and vendors of illegal ivory: the United States will not stand for poaching.” USFWS is hoping that the sound of a massive rock-crushers smashing tons of husks, statues, ceremonial bowls, jewelry and other trinkets is clearly and loudly heard around the world.
As soon as officials realized that Asia’s newfound wealth led to slaughtering and poaching two-thirds of Africa’s elephant population, in 1989, The African Conservation Act was set in place to ban exports and imports any ivory materials.
Daniel Ashe, USFWS Director exclaims: “We are taking an important step . . . in the hopes of raising the profile of this issue and also to try to inspire other nations around the world to deal with their stockpiles.”
This summer, the Philippines crushed and burned another 5 tons of ivory, and Kenya has burned theirs as well. But the push to destroy the ivory market is difficult. According to Rhodan, “Ivory has been estimated as worth more than cocaine and gold on the black market, with annual revenue of about $10 billion.”
Thus, governments around the world, especially the United States, is sending a huge message to organized crime which has amassed native smugglers and even military teams––such as the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Congo, and alShabab in Somalia––to even kill wildlife officers who would interfere with their bounty.
Azzedine Downes, President of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, insists: “This is a way to say to people we are not putting a value on ivory. We’re putting a value on the lives of the elephants.”
Steve Oberholtzer, USFWS special agent, further explains: “What is striking to me is the lengths that some commercial importers and smugglers will go to conceal their ivory, everything from staining it with colors to covering it with leather. The stakes are high in the ivory trade.”
If nefarious men who kill human beings so they can de-horn and butcher elephants, they should then understand the price that God puts upon the life of both the man and the elephant. Several Christian messages make it clear:
“And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death (Leviticus 24: 21). So how will poachers and buyers restore an elephant? They cannot. Thus, without repentance, only death and hell remain for both poachers, their crime bosses, and the buyers of ivory products. The price of eternity in the fires of hell for an ivory statue––unimaginable price to pay!
Lucy Lip: Yeah. Butterman. And what are you grown-ups doin’ ‘bout it? Nuthin’! That’s what. We tell ya and tell ya. Our newspaper boys and girls around the world tell you guys too. And nobody does anything for suffering animals!
Butterman: What new animal extinctions are we talking about? This site writes government officials, journals and non-profit ‘protect animals’ groups. We try to stay up to date. Jael will be upset to know we have missed something.
John J. Jr.: OK newspaper kids have sent us secret information about animal species dying out around the world: Caribou in West Greenland; wild porpoises in China; elephants in Chad; Sumatran tigers in Indonesia; . . .
Lucy Lip: And about elephants: When are you guys gonna to do something about elephants and rhinoceros all around Africa taken out every day just so crooks can cut out their horns and ship them to Asia. This is crazy, dumb, crazy!
Butterman: Yes. Well we do know that areas for protected animals are under-manned, and that low-level criminals have much better arms. But still those animal-thieves who get caught seem low-level on their bosses’totem poles. Police seldom catch the big-money behind these horn and pelt thiefs. This really takes international law enforcement cooperation.
John J. Jr.: That’s right Mr. Butterman. So what gives? Why isn’t that international cooperation taking place? These animal seem unimportant to people in charge. Our news reports also reveal these criminals poison elephants, and lions, tigers and even buffalo, either to take their horns and skins or remove them from their ancient feeding paths so men can ‘develop’ the land. We’re just saying more must be done to stop them!
Lucy Lip: And what about those beautiful Himalayas goats starving to death in India. Speaking of starving, even in the U.S. baby puffin birds starve to death because Global Warming changed fish patterns, so they have nothing to eat. And what about 300 dolphins washing up dead on the East Coast. Some docs say they died from infections, others say they have measles. Aghrughh . . . Only kids get measles, not dolphins! What is going on?
John J., Jr.: She speaks for all of us, Sir. The kids are all ‘a-crazed‘ They read a release from SPX News service, ‘Wildlife Face ‘Armageddon’ as Forests Shrink’: “Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought . . . the researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands . . .”
Butterman: Say no more. You both speak the truth. But another truth is that we have no one truly good ruler of the world who can make people do right. That won’t happen until The LORD Jesus comes. Oh Satan will try to rule the earth with even more evil. But he will be the worse ruler of all.
So pray with me that The LORD Jesus will come back to save earth’s animals soon,and very soon. Until then we must keep our faith in that verse on our wholesale Christian sweatshirts: “I can do all things through Christ Which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4: 13).”
At last, effects of Global Warming are so unmercifully killing off a particular species that major press outlets howl. The New York Times asks is it Global Warming, too much hunting, heat stress, shorter winters, more ticks, etc.?
“Winters have grown substantially shorter across much of the moose’s range. In New Hampshire, a longer fall with less snow has greatly increased the number of winter ticks, a devastating parasite,” Jim Robbins writes in N.Y. Times.
But he contends: “And no one is sure why.” He explains that Minnesota once had two separate moose populations, but one has declined from 4,000 to less than 100. The other has fallen from a population of 8,000 to less than 3,000.
“In the Caribou Mountains of British Columbia, a recent study pinned the decline of moose on the widespread killing of forest by an epidemic of pine bark beetles, which seem to thrive in warmer weather. The loss of trees left the moose exposed to human and animal predators,” Robbins adds.
Erika Butler, former wildlife veterinarian for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, posits: “It’s complicated because there’s so many pieces of this puzzle that could be impacted by climate change.”
Falling short of saying, “Its Global Warming,” the Washington Post says that in New Hampshire, scientists posit that shorter winters induce growth of winter tick populations. “Up to 150,000 ticks can beset a moose at one time, bleeding it out until the moose is little more than ribs, antlers, and some loose skin.”
Unlike deer, moose don’t run in packs. Because moose live and die alone, affected states have prohibited moose hunting. States like Minnesota now spend millions of dollars looking for and tagging the animals in efforts to preserve them.
These extinction threats are enough to have N. Y.Times editors cry: “Moose are dying off across North America for a number of reasons, most of which can be linked to a warming climate and an eroding winter. Long, warm autumns and early, wet springs benefit winter ticks, which can cluster on moose in unbelievable numbers, causing anemia, loss of appetite, hair loss from rubbing—weakening the animals at the onset of winter, just when they need their strength most.”
Their editorial further reads: “The collapse in moose numbers—one Minnesota population has fallen from 4,000 animals to fewer than 100—is something scientists can track but otherwise can do nothing about. “It is typical of the kind of shifts that a warming climate is causing, tipping the balance in ways that favor some species and do grievous harm to others. It is the sign of an entire ecosystem caught up in changes largely brought about by human activity.”
Well at least the editors spoke the total truth! Global Warming is killing off animal populations in droves. When God gave man dominion over the animal kingdom that authority included responsibility for animal life. But man has abdicated that responsibility, and ultimately will pay for that failure.
However, used Christian books indicate that men still have time to fight Global Warming, and preserve themselves as well as the animal kingdom: “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid (1 Timothy 5: 24 – 25).”
John J. Jr.: What do you kids want? The group was disbanded. Everyone graduated. You are suppose to be in Sunday school and Bible Study with my father, John, and Rev. Repriestly before a new group starts.
Sarah S.: My name’s Sarah. My sister, Sissy, calls me the stubborn one. Look we are furious about all these animals dying everywhere, and you guys doing nothing about it. Fish are dying, dogs, elks, everything! Tell ‘em Reggie!
Reginald Eaves, III: Well my good man, as my father Reginald II would say, Benjamin Radford writes in Live Science: “Officials with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are puzzling over the mysterious deaths ofvmore than 100 elk, apparently all within a 24-hour period.
Terry B.: And that’s not all. They weren’t shot or poisoned as with poachers. What’s worse, over in Kazakhstan over 3,000 saiga antelopes died. In school we read about it in the Tengrin News on the internet. They call it a die-off.
Gabriel: Sir, I’m Gabriel. Kids just call me Gab. We don’t mean no disrespect. But it seems to us something awful is killing animals in droves everywhere. In Ohio even four dogs in the vet’s beds mysteriously died. They think maybe something called circoviruses killed them. But that’s found in pigs.
Lucy Lip: Yeah, Buster and we wants to know what ya going to do about this. And why haven’t you guys put these stories in blogs before now. How come we have to make you do it? Tell him about the fish too.
Sarah S.: Actually, it’s two fish stories. Carrie Arnold’s post on Nat Geo says: “The waters off British Columbia, Canada, are littered with dead starfish, and researchers have no idea what’s causing the deaths.” Divers say the fish just deflated and wasted away, and the sea bed was littered with their arms.
The other one is about the huge amount of bottle-nose dolphins washing up on the East Coast. theguardian.com says more than 333 of these dolphins have washed up from New York to North Carolina since last June.
Lucy Lip: Yeah. They’re saying its from a measles-like virus killing em. But that’s crazy. Fish can’t catch measles. We’s still wants to know what you grown up people in Jael’s army gonna do about this.
John J. Jr., Show down there Lip. First of all, we’ll ask the bloggers with Alvin Conway, founder of Extinction Protocol, who wrote in his book last year that the planet is being over-run by a deadly poisonous fungus.
Second I will work with Ms. Ambularie, Dr. Ad Versery and Dr. Jael will start our own research on these subjects. And third, from now on Gabriel, Michael’s brother, will be your contact for us. Now back to Bible Study.
Remember the memory verse Rev. Repriestly put on your plus size Christian sweatshirts: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth(Genesis 1: 1).” And don’t forget the verses that go with it showing how people worked with Satan to ruin God’s perfect earth.
We are all shocked and sadden at the news of the murder of our brother Jairo Mora Sandoval, who working with the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, was murdered because he protected sea turtle eggs that poachers wanted!
The 26-year-old conservationist had dedicated his life to protect endangered sea turtles and their nests of eggs from poachers and drug smugglers who wanted ‘ownership’ of the stretch of beach near Limon, Costa Rica, Jairo patrolled.
Although first kidnapped with three women in the Limon conservation party, the women escaped, but Sandoval was found beaten to death with his mouth stuffed with sand, as a warning that conservationists should keep their mouths shut.
Didiher Chacón, the coordinator for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network says: “With everything we know about what happened, it seems like it was an act of revenge Jairo didn’t drink. He didn’t smoke. He wasn’t involved in those kinds of things. We think it must have had to do with his work.”
Jairo had emailed friends: “Can you send messages to the police so they come to Moin Beach. Don’t be afraid, but just come armed. 60 turtles lost, not a single nest. We need help fast.” He also spoke to newspapers about turtle poaching.
Ashamedly, Costa Rican police and coast guards have for years been absent from beaches during turtle egg laying season. They must know that addicts sell these eggs to restaurants as aphrodisiacs for $ 1.00 each. They also know drug smugglers do not want people on beaches interfering with drug operations.
Extremely upset over Jairo death, another conservationist hero, Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, told Lindsay Fendt of The Tico Times: “If drug traffickers are landing on Costa Rican beaches why did the government remove the Coast Guard patrols of these beaches?
“If Columbian and Panamanian drug runners are running drugs onto these beaches, why are there not police there to intercept them? If turtle eggs are being served in restaurants on the Caribbean coast, why has the government not stepped in to stop this trade? If a tourist can see turtle eggs on a menu why can’t the police see the same thing?”
Jack Berry, writing for Vice.com says: “For years, volunteers in Costa Rica have battled against poachers to protect the endangered leatherback, green, and hawksbill turtle species as they move onto the country’s beaches to lay their eggs. And despite beatings, robberies, and threats at gunpoint, the conservationists protecting the dwindling turtle population have struggled on.’
Todd Steiner, executive director of the Turtle Island Restoration Network, said in an e-mail message that his group and others are setting up a fund for a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sandoval’s killers.
As young people at earthend-newbeginning.com we thank God that time is almost over, that Jairo’s killers will soon be judged on earth and for all eternity. Everyday we wear on our plus size Christian t-shirts Apostle John’s closing prayer: “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22: 20).”
John J. Jr.: Yes sir. Rev. Dr. Repriestly tells me your name is Anthony Ornitho. I’m John, the senior carrier of the Newspaper Boys and Girls, Int’l, also known as the Animal Kids. She tells me your specialty is in birds. Welcome!
Anthony O.: Thank you sir. Please call me Andy, as all my friends do. Yes I am in graduate studies majoring in avian and zoology studies at the university. I am particularly interested in birds. Dr. Repriestly says that you have a special assignment.
John J. Jr.: Thanks so much for helping us. The preteen carriers in the United States are very upset about news reports that scientists have definitely proven that cats indeed are stalking and killing birds at alarming numbers.
One, named Sissy, has raised such a ruckus that she wants us to file what she calls ‘animal class law suits against cat owners and city pounds.’ Sissy is quite a pickle. Unless we do something, she will start marches and protests everywhere.
Andy: Well John I must tell you that this time Sissy is right. All of us in bird study fields are just as upset. The major research on this subject comes from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service which estimates that both domestic and feral cats in the U.S kill some 2.4 billion birds a year, along with another 12.3 billion other mammals.
Natalie Angier of the New York Times writes in ‘That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think,’ that these estimated kill rates “are two to four times higher than mortality figures previously bandied about, and position the domestic cat as one of the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation.”
The Smithsonian report says: “More birds and mammals die at the mouths of cats, than from automobile strikes, pesticides and poisons, collisions with skyscrapers and windmills and other so-called anthropogenic causes.”
George H. Fenwick, the president and chief executive of the American Bird Conservancy, is very excited to at last have “some good science to start nailing down the numbers.” He lauds the quality of research.
John J. Jr.: Wow. So Sissy is right. She always screams against cat food companies that keep pushing cats as prized pets. She says that, instead of putting feral cats to sleep, too many city pounds simply spade and release them. Spading will do nothing to stop them hunting birds and other animals. Any ideas Andy?
Andy: Well let’s meet with Dr. Repriestly to see what we can come up with. At that meeting I will bring updates on current studies. For one thing, we know that the population of feral cats has greatly increased. And maybe Sissy and the other kids can bring suggestions for their protest actions.
John J. Jr.: Surely, many land animals and birds are grateful to still be alive. It reminds me of a verse from our online Bible lessons: “Blessed be The LORD, Who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth (Psalms 124: 6).”
Dr. Ad Versery: Maleekie, Jael has asked us to expand our staffs to better cover world news. So I am assigning you a special team of reporters from the Newspaper Boys & Girls, Intl. to work with you, and I have placed an on-line ad for another environmental reporter to work with you as well.
John J. Jr.: Yes maam, we give you five newspaper kids who work in Africa, Europe, Asia and other island places. Newspaper Boys and Girls, Malaysia, beg you to immediately take up the murder of their precious pygmy elephants.
Maleekie: Yes, I have gotten news wires about the deaths of those poor animals in Borneo as well. Richard Shears writes in ‘Did Palm Oil Plantation Workers Poison 14 Pygmy Elephants Found Dead on Borneo?’:
“Wildlife rangers believe that the creatures could have eaten toxic substances laid to keep away ‘pests’ from the highly lucrative crop. The animals live on land in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve which is very close to palm oil fields. A total of 14 pygmy elephants are now know to have died.
“Vets said that all the dead elephants had suffered severe bleeding and gastrointestinal ulcers, suggesting they had been poisoned. Wildlife workers fear that more elephants could have been poisoned and are lying undiscovered in the remoter parts of Borneo. Among the survivors is a three-month-old calf which was pictured pitifully trying to rouse his mother after she dropped down dead.”
John J. Jr.: Our newspaper kids say two palm oil plantations and a logging company operating in the 100,000-acre ‘commercial forest reserve’ have so broken up forests that traditional routes animals use for food are destroyed.
The World Wildlife Foundation avers the dead pygmies were in “areas being converted for plantations.” One commentator says: “The plantation owners are paying workers to kill anything in the forests that would stop the stripping of the forests for palm oil. American corporations are up to their necks in the ruination.”
Dr. Ad Versery: Oh my! We must contact Bros. John, Jude and Michael for prayer immediately. Those animals are already on the Endangered Species List. These dreadful acts will bring down the sure judgment of God!
As Jeremiah prays in Bible prophecies: “For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black (4: 28).” And well does Hosea cry: “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven (4: 3).” Man will surely pay for such carnage! This is a prayer emergency indeed. If Malaysian law won’t stop these beast slaughters, we must pray that God will before it brings final judgment.”
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