Wednesday, 24 January 2007

endangered species project

Well, the first show of the new year has come and gone, and the journey continues on January 27. In the meantime, a few animal-related tidbits:

Check out On the Edge of Extinction - a photo report on a new project launched by the Zoological Society of London to highlight 100 unique and endangered species. It's called the Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered (or EDGE) program, and looks at disappearing species from all over the world. Pretty soon such pictures are going to be memorials rather than snapshots...

My sister picked up some info for me about a group from the Niagara Region (Canada) called T.E.A.R.S. - The Exotic Animal Rescue Society. The group rescues animals born and raised in captivity, taking care of them until they can be placed in sanctuaries or zoos [hopefully reputable ones] and apparently offering a place for injured and sick ones in its own sanctuary. They are also actively engaged in educating the public about exotic animals, their preservation, the need to keep wild animals in the wild, and the importance of not releasing pets into the wild. Strangely enough, the flyer doesn't have any contact info for the group, so if you know how to reach them...

1 comment:

Kill Eat Exploit the Weak said...

An update on TEARS. Turns out my uncertainty about what kind of sanctuaries their rescued animals end up in had some justification.

Up until today, the only info I had on the group was from their flyer. The wording in a couple of places made me wonder a bit - the zoo/sanctuary placement thing but also their promotion of zoos for animal preservation and their use of the rescued animals for 'mobile' education programs. Set off a couple of warning lights, but I hoping for the best, for the animals' sakes.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the best is what the animals will get when rescued by TEARS. An email I received today from Niagara Action for Animals revealed that the "sanctuary" TEARS is trying to raise money for sounds more like a roadside zoo - where animals are bred and displayed for public entertainment - and that the group plans to supply animals to the entertainment industry for commercials, movies, etc.

NAFA is asking concerned people to write to Thorold-area public officials urging them not to approve TEARS' application for the facility.

Here's the contact info if you want to get involved:

Mayor Henry D’Angela
City of Thorold
3540 Schmon Parkway, P.O. Box 1044
Thorold, ON
L2V 4V7
email: mayor@thorold.com

Peter Colosimo
Senior Planner
Planning and Development Department
Regional Municipality of Niagara
2201 St. David’s Road, P.O. Box 1042
Thorold, ON
L2V 4T7
email: plan@regional.niagara.on.ca

Ms. Adele Arbour
Director of Planning & Building Services
Planning and Building Services Department
City of Thorold
3540 Schmon Parkway, P.O. Box 1044
Thorold, ON
L2V 4V7
email: aarbour@thorold.com

According to the email, it's important that concerns reach the Region of Niagara and the City of Thorold in writing by Tuesday, February 6th.