Petition to Justin Trudeau, Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust, DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVP, Dr. Laura Bourque, DVM, DVSc, MSc, BSc, Stéphane Plourde, PhD, Erin Meyer-Gutbrod, PhD, Dominic LeBlanc, David R. Miller, Leda Huta, Dr. Mona Nemer, Ginette Petitpas Taylor
"Unlikely" is not acceptable. TEST for ZIKV, WNV, SLEV, and Wolbachia.
The US gov't (USAID) along with three other gov'ts plus the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation heavily funds Wolbachia-infected Aedes releases (which I believe to be the root cause of these whales' mortality). This is why NOAA (a US gov't agency) has a HUGE conflict of interest and should NOT even be involved in the investigation alongside the DFO in Canada. Regarding the ban on rescuing entangled whales: it's been over two months. I can understand a week but these whales are generally docile (not vicious, like a bear). We don't stop rescuing people when firemen or helicopter pilots die in the line of duty. This is akin to impeding an investigation. Perhaps even obstruction of justice. After I was denied access to the NOAA's media conference (re: UME) and my concerns ignored (since April 2017), it's become clear to me that the NOAA should NOT be involved in the investigations into North Atlantic right whale deaths. Here is precisely why: David Gouveia, Protected Species Monitoring Program branch chief, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, clearly stated: "What we might glean from the report: A general cause; commercial gear, fishing interactions." What's more, the ban on North Atlantic right whale rescues will make pathologists' reports inconclusive. FACT: The evidence that it's ship strikes and entanglements is extremely weak and pathologists have said these could have occurred after death. "Blunt trauma could have been inflicted after death." Source: http://www.cbc.ca/ news/canada/prince-edward- island/north-atlantic-right- whale-deaths-necropsy-1. 4187344 Tonya Wimmer, director for the Marine Animal Response Society, said: "There is nothing on them. There doesn't seem to be anything apparent from the outside." Source: http://www.cbc.ca/ news/canada/new-brunswick/six- dead-right-whales-1.4176832 And their low birth rates (which is likely related to Wolbachia infecting their food source*) will not even be looked at in the NOAA's UME. *ADDENDUM September 24th, 2017: Calanus finmarchicus consumes both plant and animal and "takes in" in water (at both ends). Supporting studies: "Results of microplankton counts indicated C. finmarchicus to be omnivorous." Source: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014JSR....85..292L An omnivore is an animal that eats both plants and animals for their main food. Omnivory has been observed [in Calanus finmarchicus] (Ohman & Runge 1994, Basedow & Tande 2006). Source: http://disccrs.org/files/MEPS_diapause_2008.pdf The Biology of a Marine Copepod: Calanus finmarchicus (Gunnerus) states on page 122: "Fox (1952) discussed the oral and anal uptake of water and comes to the conclusion it is not respiratory ... reversed anal peristalsis causes an uptake of water." Calanus finmarchicus may adapt to increasing water temperatures resulting from global warming by slowly shifting its distribution northward to remain in suitable temperatures. Source: http://www.geog.mcgill.ca/climatechange/ReportsMap/Calanus%20finmarchicus.pdf Note the word: "SLOWLY" shifting its distribution northward. I believe vertebrates are becoming infected with Wolbachia and it's applicable to baleen whales, some birds, shorebirds, and even humans. Supporting studies: 1) "Aerial insectivores fell 51 per cent, and shorebird populations declined by 43 per cent, even as waterfowl and birds of prey increased." Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wwf-living-planet-index-1.4288173 2) Sperm counts have declined by more than half for Western men: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/sperm-count-declining-north-america-europe-australia-1.4220661 "Even though we did not study the causes, it's clearly not genetic causes," Levine said. "It must be the change in the modern lifestyle and the environment that we live." Worth repeating: the environment that we live. The study assessing the safety of Wolbachia-infected Aedes releases clearly states: "The different samples collected were meant to represent a full variety of species or "environment" in which Wolbachia could have disseminated. Samples comprised soil samples, plant leaves and roots, earthworms and millipedes, all collected from inside the enclosure." Shocking (to me) is they did not test: birds, bats, Culex mosquitoes, planktivorous fish and other aquatic species. But who funded it? "Financial support: FNIH/Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/NHMRC." Study source link: http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0074-02762010000800002 Furthermore, only one Canadian, Matthew Hardy, Aquatic Resources Management Division manager, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, appeared to have any input at the NOAA's media conference. What Canadian pathologists are actually saying: "We want to make sure that what we see is correct," she added ... But Bourque said experts still can't say definitively what killed any of the whales. Source: http://www.cbc.ca/ news/canada/prince-edward- island/pei-right-whales- necropsies-avc-report-1. 4258918 By anyone's math, 13 to 16 whales (that we know of) dying in the span of two months does NOT point to fishing gear, entanglements, or shipping traffic as the root cause of mortality. And the richest people on the planet SHOULD be held accountable for poisoning the food chain with Wolbachia-infected Aedes: Bill & Melinda Gates; Wellcome Trust; Australian, Queensland, UK and Brazilian gov'ts; USAID, Tahija and Gillespie Family Foundations. They are NOT above the law. Canada, let's stop making the little guy (trying to earn a living on the east coast) or the Canadian taxpayer or the cruise line and shipping industries be the scapegoat in this case.
Petition to Raise awareness on the endangerment of the northern hairy-nosed wombat
The Endangered Wombats need YOUR help
The northern hairy-nosed wombat is one of the largest land mammals in the world. They also the world's largest burrowing herbivore. Currently, there are only about 200 northern hairy-nosed wombats left, found at Epping Forest National Park and the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge. The continued existence of the northern hairy-nosed wombat is threatened by everything from potential local catastrophes and loss of genetic diversity, to competition for food and droughts. A few conservation efforts have been made, including the allocation of the wombats to a new location as well as further research/experiments since wombats are a notoriously difficult species for which to develop assisted breeding techniques in captive management. However, an enormous amount of effort still must be made in order for the wombat population to increase to a stable size. By signing this petition you are showing your vital support and raising awareness in saving these incredibly adorable creatures. Make a difference. Show your support
Petition to Hon. John Horgan, Hon. Catherine McKenna
Help save the uniquely Canadian Southern Mountain Caribou from pending extinction
Updated June 2017 This is the last call for the uniquely Canadian Southern Mountain Caribou, now being pushed to extinction by logging in federally designated critical habitat. For thousands of years the Mountain Caribou has haunted B.C.’s inland old growth rainforests and snowforests, asking only space enough to avoid its main predator, the wolf. Yet against industrial logging this animal has no defense. Consider the situation in southern Wells Gray Provincial Park in south-central B.C. In 1995, about 335 caribou roamed the mountains and highlands here, yet today there are only about 120 left. Why? Two decades of intense logging in the Upper Clearwater Valley, just outside the park. According to best science, Wells Gray will lose its southern Mountain Caribou herd unless the B.C. government calls a halt to industrial logging in its vicinity. It was for precisely this reason that the Federal government formally designated this area as ‘Critical Habitat for Caribou’ in its recent Recovery Strategy. For years, the BC Liberal Government allowed big logging companies like Canfor - which donated almost a million dollars to the party - to continue clearcutting the area, while pouring millions of dollars into stopgap measures like wolf culls, maternity pens, ramped up moose and deer hunts, and caribou transplants, all in the vain hope of repairing an ecological imbalance created by earlier government-approved logging in critical habitat. And so the cycle continues, and caribou move ever closer to the brink. Since 2014, the year the critical habitat designation came into effect, the Liberal Government has allowed hundreds of hectares of critical habitat to be logged in the Upper Clearwater Valley - just as it has done elsewhere in the range of Southern Mountain Caribou. In late 2016, Canfor received yet more cutting permits and since then has bulldozed ahead with yet more logging in critical Mountain Caribou habitat - even as Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna reviews a legal petition for a stop-work order against Canfor! The federal government has a constitutional duty to protect endangered species. It's well past time for the Trudeau Government to live up to its legal obligation. Now's the time for the federal Liberals to work with B.C.'s new NDP-Green government to ensure remaining critical habitat is protected from Canfor and other clearcut logging across southern B.C. Please sign this petition asking the new B.C. government to establish an immediate moratorium on logging near southern Wells Gray Park in federally designated critical habitat for the survival and recovery of Mountain Caribou. This petition will be delivered to: The Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment & Climate Change, Canada
Petition to Minister Lloyd Hines
Stop Deforestation Near Kejimkujik National Park & Other Protected Forests
Above: One of Keji's many amazing lakes, surrounded by lush trees and incredible wildlife. Stop Deforestation Near Kejimkujik National Park and Other Protected Forests What is happening? On August 2, the Department of Natural Resources of Nova Scotia (the DNR) proposed clear-cutting an area of 100 hectares of forest on the boundary of Kejimkujik National Park. After a period of 20 days open to public comment and much community outcry, the DNR has decided to move ahead with the clear-cutting of 94 hectares (about 230 acres) of the proposed 100-- without the input of even Parks Canada. This decision was finalized by Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines on October 24th. To add to these plans, harvests have also been proposed for the boundaries of 16 other protected wilderness areas within Nova Scotia; including the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, the Shelburne River Wilderness Area, the Medway Lakes Wilderness Area, the Cloud Lake Wilderness Area and more. Why fight against this? Kejimkujik is a beautiful region of old-growth woods, vast biodiversity, and rare wildlife. Its giant hemlocks, ash trees, and white pines stand as a living testament of the beauty Nova Scotia's forests once held before industrial forestry and agriculture. Clear-cutting in such close proximity to these areas compromises the pristine reputation it holds for our people and visitors to the region. This goes for all protected wilderness areas in Nova Scotia. Moreover, regions such as Keji are home to many rare and even endangered species of wildlife. The Blanding's Turtle, an incredible yet sensitive freshwater reptile, has been listed as endangered both provincially and nationally. Its habitat just north of the proposed Kejimkujik clear-cutting area is one of four delicate populations found across the province. Deforestation could have a very negative effect on their reproductive cycles and population survival, as they are severely vulnerable to changes in their habitat. To add to that, clear-cutting's damage doesn't just stop at the border-- removing trees right up to a protected area boundary will push those impacts into the protected area itself (a concept known as 'edge-effect'). Deforestation also generally causes habitat loss, problems with invasive species, struggles for animals to readapt, and other local ecosystem issues. What will your signature on the petition do? A petition is our simple way of telling the government: we care. We want policies that don't allow deforestation right beside protected parks and wilderness. We want, at least, some kind of a 'buffer zone' that will keep these areas healthier and thriving. We want to protect Nova Scotia's beautiful wooded culture and unique wildlife. Your signature will help to empower others to speak up for this, and will generate a movement within the community to put a stop to this problem. Please show your support and create the lasting legacy we need to protect our valuable forests and animals. Thank you! List of all protected wilderness boundaries proposed (and some already approved) for clear-cutting in NS: Kejimkujik National Park Middle River – Framboise Wilderness Area Shelburne River Wilderness Area Tobeatic Wilderness Area Shi Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area Toadfish Wilderness Area Medway Lakes Wilderness Area Seven Falls Wilderness Area Trout River Wilderness Area Kelley River Wilderness Area Framboise Intervale Wilderness Area Eigg Mountain – James River Wilderness Area Indian Man Lake Nature Reserve Cloud Lake Wilderness Area Ruiss Noir Wilderness Area North River Wilderness Area French River Wilderness Area