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Animals Beware! Mankind Is Driving You to Extinction

posted by Jael Ever @ 20:59 PM
November 30, 2011

 While the world is not looking, and few advocates are screaming out about it, several animal families are quickly slipping into extinction.  And while too many fein ignorance, mankind is undoubtedly at fault.  That includes every species of frogs and other amphibians, turtles, vultures, elephants and rhinos.
 Nature magazine just published a new study entitled, “Predicting future threats for global amphibian biodiversity.”  It concludes that the areas were most amphibians live are the areas subject to the greatest threat.  Two of the three major factors––climate change and land-use change––are made-made.  And the third factor, fungal disease, may be related as well.

 SPX Market Watch reports this week:  “Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, and their declines far exceed those of other animal groups: more than 30% of all species are listed as threatened according to the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).”

 One of the researchers, Carsten Rahbek from the University of Copenhagen, states further, “Our assessment shows that amphibian declines are likely to accelerate over the next decades, as multiple drivers of extinction could jeopardize their populations more than previous, mono-causal, assessments have suggested.”

 Natives of Bangladesh slaughter millions of turtles or the Kindu Kaili Puja festival. explains, “ The Hindu religion is not linked to eating turtles but somehow it has become a tradition . . . every Hindu wants to eat turtles on this particular day as it is considered an auspicious or ‘holy’ day, in much the same way that turkeys are eaten on Christmas. Several hundred thousand turtles are slaughtered every year all during Kali Puja.”  Prices for turtles range from $ 5.00 to $ 300 per kilogram, depending on the delicacy of the species.

 As for vultures, they are being poisoned by the thousands from residues of an anti-inflammatory pesticide drug (diclofenac) when they eat the carcasses of cattle and other livestock.  In their book “Wildlife,” Lindsay Oaks and Richard Watson attest, “The failure to effectively control carcass contamination by diclofenac will likely lead to extinction of these magnificent birds which, through their scavenger role, have controlled the spread of infectious disease for millennia, as well as provided other important ecological services.”

 As for rhinos, Hong Kong officials seized 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets coming in from South Africa.  Each item representing some dead animal.  As of this week, no arrest have been made.
 These absurd destructions must stop!  Bible prophecies make clear that God’s judgment awaits such unnecessary cruelty:  “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2: 19).”

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