Tsunami update from Indonesia

The International Rhino Foundation Blog

Dear IRF family,

Yesterday, word came in from Indonesia that there had been a tsunami in the Sunda Straights, the sea between Java and Sumatra. We very much appreciate the emails and Facebook messages from those of you who are worried about the YABI teams. We are very relieved to report that all RPUs and the JRSCA teams are safe and have evacuated to higher ground. We also have heard that the WWF team is safe. One Ujung Kulon National Park staff was killed. It is our understanding that more than 200 people have lost their lives in Java and south Sumatra and more than 800 have been injured.

The tsunami struck without warning and is believed to have been the result of undersea landslides from the Anak Krakatau, or “son of Krakatoa”, which emerged in 1927 and which has shown increased activity in the past few months. Krakatoa erupted…

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Approximately 3K Activists Protest The Unjust Death of Sota

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Tauri is frightened, it was a terrorist attack, Sota slept with me,wake up with me, she showed me more love than my own family. Sota was a lovely dog everybody loved.

Approximately 3k protest the unjust death of Sota who was killed by a  police officer in Barcelona. As they silently stood by plaza sant Jaume the only sound that could be heard was that of a dog.

Check out @WorldAnimalNews’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/WorldAnimalNews/status/1076730413001826304?s=09

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PETITION…https://nackpets.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/petition-justice-for-the-little-dog-murdered-by-the-urban-guard-in-barcelona/

Miami Beach Commissioners Ask Stores To Stop Selling Dead Sharks In Jars – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →

Buying a dead animal flowing in a jar of preservatives usually does not sound like a good gift but yet sharks in jars continue to be a staple in many Florida gift shops across the state and it looks like Miami Beach Commissioners agree with us.

City commissioners last week have passed a resolution asking merchants to stop selling the grotesque souvenir immediately. It is an absolute shame that this request has to be put in to begin with put the fact that this is not against the law is the real concern.

City Commissioner Mark Samuelian said in a statement, “Miami Beach stands for a lot of things: We’re very pro-environment; we really care about wildlife and all the animals. And I don’t think having dead species like alligators and sharks — some with the label ‘Miami Beach’ on them — is consistent with that.”

The Florida Wildlife commission is the government body that regulates marine life in the state therefore, the most city commissioners could do is ask shop owners to remove them from shelfs. In the resolution, the commissioners condemned the practice by calling it a “disturbing and unsavory practice” and a “grotesque enterprise motivated by profits”.

The city commissioners also released a second resolution that calls for the state to step in and enact stricter regulations on the fishing and harvesting of shark and alligator species.

“I have seen some of these things in tourist shops,” says Vice Mayor Michael Góngora, who cosponsored both resolutions. “I’ve always thought it was gross, personally. I can’t imagine why anybody would want to buy this or have this. But I guess people do.”

The sharks are typically brought in as a product of commercial fishing bycatch but reports have also pointed towards sharks being born in man-made pools with the purpose of being killed for selling. When a pregnant shark is captured, the fisherman caught open the pregnant shark to reveal shark pups which are then sold to place in jars. The most common sharks found are dusky sharks and spiny dogfish but other species have been known to be placed in jars to sell.

http://seavoicenews.com/2018/12/23/miami-beach-commissioners-ask-stores-to-stop-selling-dead-sharks-in-jars/

12 Popular Christmas Plants

Good Witches Homestead

Plants such as holly, ivy, and mistletoe had been used in celebrations long before the advent of Christianity and the Christmas celebrations we know today. Evergreens were used to ward off evil spirits and celebrate new growth during the Winter Solstice Festival as early as ancient times.

As Christian traditions became prevalent in western Europe, greenery was kept as part of the celebrations but ascribed new religious meanings. If you’re curious why today we decorate the Christmas tree, or how mistletoe became the excuse to steal kisses, and what new plants have been gaining popularity as Christmas plants lately, now is the time to make yourself a nice cup of tea and scroll through the gallery of Christmas plants we’ve assembled.

Rosemary

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The quintessential holiday herb, rosemary is as classic as the Christmas tree. Its association with Christmas dates back long before the poster child poinsettia had anything to do…

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Cats Waiting For The Mailman