Sunday, 30 November 2008

Badger cull

Take a look at the following article, and if you wish, you can follow the links to the petition

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Ivory Trading

I’ll let you have a look at the following two pictures, to give you an idea of what I am talking about.

The ivory trade has declined over recent years, but a recent article, made me much ivory hunting still goes ahead. I think it is absolutely sickening to think animals deserve this. When I came across these photographs I physically felt ill, annoyed and appalled that anyone could actually want to do this. There’s a big problem with habitat destruction caused by deforestation, meaning the elephants have a shortage of food and have nowhere to hide if danger occurred.
Some people are extremely bothered about this matter and want to take action (like myself) other people think it’s a good idea, while other people do not show the slightest bit of interest. Some people say ivory hunting needs to be carried out to provide business for people, well.... I’ll leave you to make up your mind on that. Personally I think action needs to be taken, yet to make ivory hunting banned it has to be taken to a global scale!
There are numerous ways you can help save the elephants, including, donating money to elephant based organisations, adopt an elephant, or help stop the trading by visiting Africa and taking part in the ban.
I adopted an elephant a couple of years ago as part of the Born Free charity. It brings great joy every few months when you have updates on how your adopted elephant is doing. I chose to adopt Esprit because I wanted to support a fantastic charity and I wanted to help the animal itself by paying for its well being, and the research that will help her in the future.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Habitat destruction

After working all day today I went out with my mum for a short walk around the fields where I live. Over the road from where I live are two rather big fields, that over the years have become a fantastic habitat for wildlife. On the way back home after having a lovely walk, I walked past these two fields. There were a few Hawthorns with lovely red berries, I could hear a lot of bird activity within, so decided to see what was about, and to my surpise there were about half a dozen Redwings feasting on the berries. Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Greenfinch were also amongst the Redwings, they to were enjoying the good food source. It's amazing to think that a few Hawthorns next to a busy road are providing a good source of food for a wide variety of birds. I'm going to keep check on these Hawthorns over the next few days to see what other birds arrive, you never know what you'll get, maybe a Waxwing! There's apparently an influx of Waxwings this year.
After watching the Redwings for a good 15 minutes we walked back home along the two fields. Within one of these fields is a pond, which in the summer time provides a great habitat for dragonflies, damselflies and breeding birds. I felt really happy, until my mum said there were plans to re develop the local primary school onto one the fields (the one with the pond), this got me very, very annoyed. By buliding a school on this field all the wildlife will go, and could potentially ruin everything. I've thought for a long while about contacting the owner of these fields and asking them if they wanted to turn it into a breathing place, yet now I think it may be to late. Yet I'm going to do all I can to stop the building going ahead. These fields are the only decent wildlife spots in my village, if they are destroyed, well...... Something has to be done!!