Slaying Monsters to Save the Animals
December 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm (World)
In these last days of the creatures on earth, the battle to save them has become more like a warzone, and very little to do with actually saving an animal purely because of conservation, ecological balance or biodiversity reasons.
That may sound like a dramatic statement, but its not. Its factual and frightening. The wild creatures on earth, particularly the ones targeted for Traditional Chinese Medicines, are facing certain extinction because of ego, money and attempts to hide the devastating truth.
Let me tell you a true story ( species of animal, and location withheld).
Once upon a time, there were 3 little wild cats. Their mum was killed by a predator, and they were left alone in the wild. Miraculously they survived the night, but the predators were closing in on them. In the area where the wild cats lived, were some wonderful people, who were professional and qualified to rescue them, rehabilitate them, and raise them wild until they were old enough to be released back into the wild. They were more precious than anyone realised as they were the last of only 6 wild cats subspecies left in that area. For reasons unknown, at the time, a wildlife service refused to listen to common conservation sense or scientific fact and showed zero concern for the nearly regionally extinct wild cats or protecting their bloodline. The wildlife service took those wild cats and placed them in the most highly unethical situation.
As this case went along, it became more and more apparent, that the conservation value of these precious wildcats blood lines meant nothing to the wildlife service, and that the priority of the wildlife service was to save face to the world.
So the little wild cats were moved into a zoo like environment. They were put in a cement room, with no sunlight, and were hung up by their tails and thrown around. They lived like that for months. There were denials of any unethical wrong doing, there were denials about cruelty, and then…. the film of this abuse and unethical care became public.
What happened next – A hunt went on for the people involved who were fighting for conservation and ethical for these wild cats. A campaign of fear erupted on the zoo like place, innocent people lost their jobs, gruelling interrogations went on over a few weeks, various people recieved threatening phone calls, people were being followed, phones were being tapped, people were made to fear for their lives, and much much more…..
All this was done to save face, to deflect the real issue of their complete ignorance and take the focus off the mistakes they knew they had made, to save their pride and inability to say “we did the wrong thing” … everything was done except doing the right conservation action for the little wild cats…. and then one precious regionally critically endangered wild cat died….
The wildlife service got their way and kept the surviving wild cats in the zoo, but they never saved face….
Then there is another true case where documented film evidence of numerous animals starved to death because a zoo that refuses to feed their animals .. again, after this was investigated and information presented to authorities in that country, all the denials started again, then the threats, then the intimidation, all the scare tactics etc All because this is causing embarrassment to the authorities, or so they say..
So, apparently the embarrassment of horrific animal abuse, whether wild or captive, must be covered up all to save face for authorities and others….. but again, this is not going to save their face in any way shape or form.
Do they know that doing the right thing would make them shine in the publics eyes? Get them voted back in…??
Then we can have a look at the virally spiralling to extinction Tigers. Within the wildlife services in the Tigers range states, there alot of talk about saving Tigers, alot of photos of pumped up chests and heroic statements, but there is very little being done. Any poaching incidents, particularly ones identified as having involved authority figures or relatives of authority figures, is covered up and written off. The multi millions of dollars raised to protect the Tigers is yet to find its way to the Tigers to the full capacity that those multi millions of dollars can do. In fact, less than 5% of funds raised for protecting the Tigers has made its way into Tiger protection. Meanwhile, the murderous poaching, snaring, shooting, stabbing, beating, setting on fire, grenade attacks on the Tigers continues, and the Tiger population drops.
The even more ridiculous thing is that the public knows all this, and people in (temporary) positions of authority are fooling themselves if they think they can pull the wool over the eyes of the public…. not any more.
So where is that money going? People in positions of authority or high placed people take their cut and line their pockets (because they want to throw a function or buy a new car or house or have a Tiger skin….. = status, ego = shallow, materialistic etc), while in the meantime another Tiger is viciously and illegally murdered. Possibly, run down by a vehicle inside a National Park after closing time, driven by some authorities and their relatives, that attended the function, which the Tigers fundraised money paid for …. the Tigers continue to die…. another true story, Jhurjura Tigress – India.
Now, you try and address that issue, and you will find yourself in the midst of shocking coverups, threats, intimidation, people screaming and out of control, hiding everything, and in some cases it will get to the point where the person trying to address the illegal slaughter suddenly and mysteriously disappears.
Silence the honest, kill the innocent, because of money money money…. it seems to be a running theme throughout wildlife conservation and especially where authorities or people in positions of authorities have been involved.
Save face, save ego, who cares about the animals…..
Then on top of all those walls, barriers and obstacles, you have the poachers weasling around, the scammers scamming the public for money, and the multi billion dollar wildlife trade rolling over the earth and sucking it dry, all in the name of greed and the fake mythical traditional medicines.
What an absolute nightmare.
Sometimes I ponder the enormous funds poured into the large conservation organisations and what I could do with those same funds.
For instance – $1 million dollars AU.
Because my org, is economically staffed and has close to nil administration costs, this is what we would be able to do with 1 million dollars for the Tigers of India.
Fully equip, pay wages to antipoaching team members, and totally run 10 - 15 anti poaching and rescue teams constiting of 9 - 12 members each team, plus veterinary staff throughout India hot spots for the next 2 years, and build a holding centre for any human/animal conflict animals for rehab and release back into the wild.
In effect, that would protect millions of dollars in tourism revenue, ( had to say that first because it is all about money…. disgracefully) and therefore finally securing the safety of the Tigers.
Give us 1 million dollars and I will show you a miracle.
But you know what, even if this occurred, I know without doubt, there would be some bastard somewhere that would have his ego all in knots because anti-poaching teams and protection teams may mean the end to his lucrative little money making illegal wildlife scheme…..
Its so dangerous to try and simply protect the last of the creatures on earth, to the point of frightening.
But what else can we do? We must protect them.
The creatures on our earth are our survival, if you kill them all you will annihilate human life too.
We are the keepers of our earth.
The simple act of saying “please save these animals” or “please implement ethical care for those animals” causes intense warzones littered with the most vile human ingredients that you can imagine. It is shocking what conservation has become, and what good people must deal with.
Money is what these animals are being killed and die for, and sadly, it is only Money that will also save them.
But, the Money has to be placed in the hands of the good, honest, and brave.