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Category Archive: Wildlife

Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under Wildlife. XML

  1. From September to December 2008, the vegan conservation group Sea Shepherd waged a fight to protect the ecosystem and all the animals of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This blog recounts what happened in that time, serving for the group.

    The post below describes what the first part of the new campaign strategy was like. We had to tackle the first and most prevalent argument against SSCS’s presence in the Galapagos.

    Argument 1: Galapagos Pride

    The first argument against our interference was one of cultural pride.

    1: “You judgmental foreigners come here and try to crush indigenous Ecuadorians saying, ‘Oh, you primitive people, THIS is how you should run your own culture!’”

    This was a very interesting argument. The truth is, Ecuadorians actually aren’t indigenous to the Galapagos. Indeed, no humans are. And probably over 90% of the Ecuadorian settlers came here within the past 20 years, more than a decade after the UN declared the Galapagos an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and long after all the conservation laws were put in place for the Galapagos.
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  2. Purebred animals continued to be commercially bred on each island

    Purebred animals continued to be commercially bred on each island

    From September to December 2008, the vegan conservation group Sea Shepherd waged a fight to protect the ecosystem and all the animals of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This blog recounts what happened in that time, serving for the group.

    The post below details the days leading up until my departure date from the Galapagos.

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  3. From September to December 2008, the vegan conservation group Sea Shepherd waged a fight to protect the ecosystem and all the animals of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This blog recounts what happened in that time, serving for the group.

    The post below describes the increased actions that followed the initial smuggling investigation.

    Increased Actions and Results

    The revelations of the previous week were bleak, but my mentor had a good point that could not be ignored. Due to the nature of the problem, I realized that any investigation required overwhelming evidence, and evidence that left the government blameless. I increased the intensity of my investigation, and worked to gather as much evidence to get into the smuggling industry as I could.

    On the other side of the problem, I tried to work to help the adopting effort, so that people could be presented with great, homeless animals that they didn’t have to pay for. Nikki Wolf put his paws on the cages of feral cats who were caught in the wild, calming them as they were being socialized. A credit to his race, people would often say, “I DO NOT like cats, but I love Nikki Wolf.” :)


    Nikki Wolf making rounds.to make sure everyone’s doing well.

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  4. Canada's seal hunt is the largest annual slaughter of marine mammals in the world

    Canada’s seal hunt is the largest annual slaughter of marine mammals in the world

    On Tuesday, March 3rd, a Canadian senator made the unorthodox move of proposing an end to the annual Canadian baby seal hunt. The proposal has been getting less than an enthusiastic response in the Canadian government, but it’s the first step towards ending the largest annual slaughter of marine mammals in the world, and you can show your support for this move.

    Canadian senator Mac Harb proposed to end the annual commercial seal hunt, which results in the deaths of over 200,000 seals in Canada annually (over a quarter of a million seals in 2008), although no one in the Canadian senate voted to second his proposal.

    Despite a lack of local support, Harb’s proposal is indicative of the entire world’s growing disgust of the baby seal pelt industry. For instance, a day before Harb’s proposal, the European Union’s parliament (internal market and consumer protection committee) voted to support the ban of all seal products. Not only that, but even Russia has now banned its own baby seal hunt, as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stated that the “bloody industry” should have been banned long ago.

    Once again, the Canadian proposal has lacked support in Canada’s government. But you can show your own support for the bill. To send letters of support, the e-mail address for Senator Mac Harb is harbsealbill@sen.parl.gc.ca, and his postal address (free postage since it’s to the House) is:

    Senator Mac Harb: House of Commons
    Parliament Buildings
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada
    K1A 0A6

    For more information on the Canadian seal hunt, the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has a helpful page on hunt facts.

  5. One of the unsterilized goats on Isabela Island, usually kept hidden from view

    One of the unsterilized goats on Isabela Island, usually kept hidden from view

    From September to December 2008, the vegan conservation group Sea Shepherd waged a fight to protect the ecosystem and all the animals of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This blog recounts what happened in that time, serving for the group.

    The post below describes the government reaction to the initial live animal smuggling investigation.
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