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Letter to Resorts World Sentosa: Best place to learn from dolphins? In the wild

January 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Green Reporter

Dolphin loves freedom. No argument can rationalise the forced confinement of these highly intelligent creatures. I believe it is wrong to remove these beautiful marine animals from their natural environment and exploit them for commercial purposes. Dolphins and whales in captivity is not about education or conservation, it is about one thing – profit.

via TODAYonline

Bid to save Borneo’s rhinos

November 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Green Reporter

The Sabah Forestry Department is working with the Rhino and Forest Fund (RFF), a German-based NGO. Sabah officials say they will now ensure that the reserve and the restored areas will remain protected, excluding any conversion or logging in the future.

via Wildlife Extra News

Extinction in a Bowl of Shark-Fin Soup

September 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Green Reporter

Up to 70million sharks killed per year?  Take a stand and make a statement before they go extinct!

The first time I tried shark-fin soup was at Time Warners annual dinner in Hong Kong, a few weeks after I had moved to the city. A server came to our table with a cluster of small white bowls, which a few of my colleagues politely declined. I knew the soup had a whiff of controversy around it, but I hadnt yet formed a personal policy, so I gave it a try. I found it underwhelming. The taste of shark-fin soup comes mostly from the quality of its broth. The fin itself, which Ive eaten sliced into long, thin pieces, provides texture — a crucial element in Cantonese cuisine. Shark fin falls somewhere between chewy and crunchy.

via Extinction in a Bowl of Shark-Fin Soup – TIME.

First CNA, now ST displays immense cluelessness

July 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Green Reporter

Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb… If you sing that to the tune of the score from “Jaws”, you’ll be able to warn others about our fine country’s “trusted” news sources.

Last month we featured how CNA celebrated the capture and cooking of a Queensland Grouper despite it being on the IUCN red list.

Now we if you click on the link below you’ll see ST’s version, posted yesterday on their web video news Razor TV.

Please do pass this on to everyone you know. Maybe we can even ask IUCN to amend the “conservation actions” section on the species to include Singapore’s unique “catch ’em, fry ’em and eat ’em” action on vulnerable species.

The 220kg Queensland Grouper from Indonesia was reeled into Singapore by Chef and Queensland Grouper expert Johnny Tan.

via RAZORTV – Singapore lands 220kg fish.

Indonesia forests being ‘destroyed’

July 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Green Reporter

In a report on Tuesday, Greenpeace said it had confidential documents from a Sinar Mas subsidiary, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), suggesting that the company did not intend to fulfil a promise to source its wood from plantations alone after 2009.

“From analysis of Indonesian government and confidential Sinar Mas maps and data, as well as on-the-ground investigations … APP continues to acquire and destroy rainforest and peatland to feed its two pulp mills in Sumatra,” the environmental group said in the report, referring to the once forest-clad western Indonesian island.

Read more at Al Jazeera English.

Rare white elephant caught in Myanmar

July 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Green Reporter

A rare white elephant, historically considered an omen of political change, has been captured in the west of military-ruled Myanmar, state media reported Tuesday.

The female pachyderm was captured by officials on Saturday in the coastal town of Maungtaw in Rakhine state, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

via SMH.

Sabah government refutes Zoo Negara claim

July 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Green Reporter

Good to know that some governments have common sense. Well done Sabah.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said that it would be irresponsible to relocate the state’s iconic wildlife such as the proboscis monkeys, Borneo pygmy elephants and orang utan.

“Moving them elsewhere will compromise the animals’ survival chances outside their home (natural habitat),” he said in response to plans by the Malaysian Zoological Association for the animals to be relocated to Zoo Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

Read more at  The Star.

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