A glimmer of hope for conservation of Sri Lanka’s pangolin
The Indian pangolins, forming a small population in Sri Lanka have been threatened by hunting for bushmeat. Pangolin meat has a sought-after delicacy, believed to help several medical conditions. The developing trend of pangolins being captured for trafficking overseas impose a further threat on these shy animals. Having observed the lack of knowledge of the […]
April 27, 2022Climate, Ecosystems, GMFER’s Annual Events, GMFER’s Campaigns, GMFER’s Programs, Rhinos, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wildlife
How will Climate Change affect Nepal’s rhinos?
“Ganesh Pant worries about the future. While he delights in the stunning conservation accomplishment that has seen the numbers of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal jump from 100 in 1965 to 752 in 2021, he wants to be sure that success will continue.” Source: The Guardian Image Credit: TBD
April 27, 2022GMFER’s Annual Events, GMFER’s Campaigns, GMFER’s Programs, Lions, Poaching, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wildlife
100s of Asiatic lions die within two years
“Gandhinagar: As many as 283 Asiatic lions have died over the last two years, the Gujarat government has told the state assembly. In response to questions in the House on Monday, forest and environment minister Kiritsinh Rana said 159 deaths were reported in 2020 and 124 in 2021.” Source: Hindustan Times Image Credit: TBD
1000s of African elephant lives threatened by fossil fuel extraction
The Okavango Delta watershed is a pristine and biologically rich region; it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil and gas exploration company has recently begun the 2nd stage of its seismic survey in the Delta, searching for oil and gas with the blessing of the Namibian Government. Elephant populations in […]
Can Traditional Chinese Medicine cause pandemics? Why did the WHO endorse TCM?
Scientists are still unraveling the COVID-19 origins story; initial analysis submitted that a bat was the likely reservoir host, and, while a pangolin has not been ruled out as the vector inducing “spillover”, the intermediate host or hosts remain undetermined in the absence of sufficient probabilistic accuracy. Whether the virus emerged at the Wuhan live […]
100s of Botswana elephants die from uninvestigated ‘mystery’
“The NGO Global March for Elephants and Rhinos noted that it was also vital for the carcasses to be guarded, that the tusks remain intact and that forensically viable blood, tissue and organ samples were in fact obtained. It was also important to know when they were obtained and where they are now.” Daily Maverick. […]
In a reckless move the World Health Organization endorses Traditional Chinese Medicine
“China has been pushing for wider global acceptance of traditional medicines, which brings in some $50 billion in annual revenue for the nation’s economy. And in 2016 Margaret Chan, then the WHO director, praised China’s plans to do so. But while it’s a good idea to catalogue TCM and make health workers aware of treatments […]
The World Health Organization’s decision to endorse TCM will backfire
“This donkey rush is driven by the annual 15-billion-yuan (US$2.2-billion) market for ejiao, a gelatin made by boiling donkey skins. It is a highly prized ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), believed to stop bleeding and fight coughs and cancer. Demand has surged over the past few decades as China’s wealthy population has grown: a […]
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