endangered species

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Petition to Justin Trudeau, Dr. Laura Bourque, DVM, DVSc, MSc, BSc, Stéphane Plourde, PhD, Dominic LeBlanc, David R. Miller, Leda Huta, Dr. Mona Nemer, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Yan Ropert-Coudert, Moira Brown, Whale Biologist and Senior Scientist, Kim Davies, Rob Downie, Kristen Monsell, Megan Leslie, Dr. Bradley N. White, Hon. Andrew Scheer

"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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 2) Sperm counts have declined by more than half for Western men: "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:   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: 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.

Rose Webster
801 supporters
Started 10 months ago

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  

Trevor Goward
6,946 supporters