Thursday, 13 May 2021

Unimaginative internet commenters try to dismiss video of new cryptid as really big turtle

 

Clear, indisputable proof of a new cryptid’s existence.
Clear, indisputable proof of a new cryptid’s existence.

Last Sunday, as professional golfers blithely competed in the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship, something momentous happened: A new water monster announced itself to the world. 

In a video captured by YouTube user Ethan Davis, this mysterious cryptid is shown emerging from a pond at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Quail Hollow Club. Look at it appear, a shadowy form rising from the (probably not all that deep) depths before vanishing again once it realizes it has mistakenly shown itself on film. There’s no disputing that this clip is scientific proof of a previously unheard-of being, perhaps a distant relative of Nessie or the aquatic mutant child of Bigfoot and his latest lover, an aquatic extraterrestrial denizen of the ocean-covered Planet Glorflob.

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The Durrell Challenge

 


Choose your challenge

Wherever you are in the world, you can do it for Durrell and help raise funds to protect some of the rarest wildlife on the planet. 

Take on the Durrell Challenge


There's still time to sign up for the Durrell Challenge 2021! Taking place on Sunday 23 May, this exciting event includes a 13K road race in Jersey and a virtual 13K run, which can be completed anytime between 21 to 24 May and allows supporters across the globe to get involved and complete the challenge closer to home. Sign up now

Walk Jersey's coastline


On Saturday 19 June, walkers will be taking to Jersey's picturesque coastline to complete the challenging 48-mile walk around the island. Durrell is delighted to be one of the event's chosen charities, and our amazing volunteers will be based at the finish line to cheer on participants. If you're in Jersey, why not sign up to support Durrell today! Register now

Run the Virtual London Marathon for Durrell


Join over 100,000 runners on Sunday 3 October in the world's largest-ever staged marathon. Wherever you may be, you can apply for one of our five places in the Virtual London Marathon and help raise funds for Durrell's vital work saving species from extinction. Apply today
Durrell's new and improved charity shop has opened its doors and is calling for supporters to shop, donate, and create to help raise funds for a wilder, healthier, more colourful world. If you're having a clear out why not donate your unwanted items, get creative by making things for the shop to sell, or pay them a visit to discover the trinkets and treasures the shop has to offer. Find out more

Have fun and help protect wildlife  

 
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Wild Justice 61 - Sainsbury's game meat has high lead levels

 

 
Good morning!
 
This newsletter is all about the lead levels in game meat sold by Sainsbury's. The full details of our study can be found here.
 
The background to why we chose Sainsbury's game meat and why lead levels matter were described in two previous blogs Sainsbury's game meat – and why we tested its lead levels and Lead levels in game meat.
 
What follows is a simple summary.
 
If you walk into a supermarket and buy a chicken off the shelf you can be pretty sure that it has low levels of lead, a poison, in it.  That's because it would be unlikely to pick up high lead levels and because there are maximum allowable levels set for lead in most types of meat, including chicken, pork, beef etc.
 
If you move down the aisle and buy Pheasant or other game meat then there is a reason why they might have high lead levels - they are likely to have been shot with lead pellets (or lead bullets), and tiny fragments of lead are likely to be spread through the meat.  But, bizarrely, there are no maximum allowable levels set for game meat so there could, legally, be any amount of lead in that meat and no offence would have been committed. 
 
We collected samples of chicken, Game Mix and Pheasant breasts from Sainsbury's stores and sent them to a university laboratory to find out how much lead was in the meat.
 
Here is what we found:
 
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The chicken had very low lead levels - all less than 0.04 units. None of the chicken samples was anywhere near the maximum level allowed.
 
Both the types of game meat had much higher lead levels whether you look at the highest levels detected, the median levels or the mean levels. And if the maximum allowable levels of lead that apply to other meats applied to game meat then Sainsbury's wouldn't be able to sell these products to you because so much of this game meat, 24 out of 30 in our samples, is above the threshold level.
 
It's as simple as that: game meat has high lead levels because lead is shot into game and government does not require retailers only to sell game meat with low lead levels and retailers don't do this voluntarily.
 
What do you think should happen next? Please answer the six questions in this very short questionnaire which should take less than a minute to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WildJusticePb
 
This project cost about £5,000 - purchase, preparation, packaging and postage of samples and the cost of laboratory analysis. If you like what we are doing then please consider making a donation through PayPal, bank transfer or a cheque in the post - see details here
 
That's it for now but we'll be back with more news next week.  Look out for a blog tomorrow on the levels of lead in Waitrose game meat.
 
Wild Justice (Directors: Mark Avery, Chris Packham and Ruth Tingay).

Shark petition

 

  
73 million dead sharks, butchered each year for their fins. Demand an end to shark fin trading in the US!
  
Sign Now

Jonathan,

Sharks are mysterious, prehistoric creatures that inspire intrigue and awe. Perfectly honed for their deep oceanic environments, sharks have survived 450 million years of evolution, with some individuals living more than 250 years each. That is, until they met humans. Now all sharks worldwide are in danger. In the past 50 years, global shark and ray numbers have collapsed by 70% or more. The biggest reason for this is overfishing.

Each year, 73 million sharks are butchered and sliced apart to rip their fins from their bodies. The fin is all fishers care about, so they often throw sharks back in the water once they've cut their fin off — leaving them to slowly, painfully bleed out. These fins are then sold on international markets. If things keep going at the current rate, sharks will entirely die out soon. Luckily, the U.S. Congress is considering banning all selling or buying of shark fins within the country. This bill has bipartisan support, so it could actually become law if enough of us speak out! Tell Congress it must pass legislation to ban all buying and selling of shark fins in order to save sharks from extinction!

Thank you,

 

Miranda
The Care2 Petitions Team

  

P.S. Lawmakers in the U.S.'s northern neighbor of Canada have already banned the shark fin trade, and now it's time for the U.S. to take action, too. Sign the petition now!

The bears of Europe

 

The heartbreaking story of Europe's brown bears

It is deeply sickening.

The way brown bears have been treated across the planet - over thousands of years - is one of the most damning examples of humanity’s disdain for the natural world.

Across the globe - and especially across Europe - their homes have been carved to pieces and their populations culled en masse. They’ve been baited, beaten and slammed into cages to spend their lives tortured and performing for grim human amusement.

A simple map of Europe paints the picture in gory detail. In the UK, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland there is not a single surviving wild bear. Not one.

And every casualty behind each of those bloody extinctions was a creature who was truly, undeniably marvellous.

Brown bears are remarkably intelligent - cubs spend years with their mothers learning everything from fishing to finding the plant foods available in each season. They possess one of the most complex brains relative to their size and have more muscle than they know what to do with - allowing them to thrive in forests or steppes or tundra.

But that muscle was futile against human traps, guns and persecution. Almost every bear that wasn’t hidden in deep forests is now dead. The final few in Europe are clinging on in shrinking scraps of habitat and - without help - their chances of surviving this onslaught look slim.

If we want a natural world with brown bears - real bears free from metal cages - then we must help save them. We must not lose them from Europe.

Around a third are hidden away in Romania’s forests, and it’s here that turning their fate around is feasible. Despite centuries of devastation, we now have a realistic hope, with realistic plans. Local people are on board with our project, and we’ve got the expertise to protect the bears.

We just need to secure the forest.

And - through your donations today - we could help do that. We want to help purchase vital land and put up strategic fences to keep the forest and the people who live by it safe. That way we can protect these bears, and give them the safety they’ve needed for generations.

Humanity is irrefutably the villain of this centuries-old tragedy but - with the help of local communities and people like you - we have one last chance to change that, and be the heroes who come through at the end.

 

Please help save brown bears. If everyone reading this donates just £3, you could help end centuries of suffering and keep bears free and thriving in the wild. Thank you.

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