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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Last Known Jaguar in U.S dies

According to a news report in the Sunday, April 5th edition of the New York Times online edition, the last known living Jaguar in the United states has died in Arizona. Apparently "accusations that a biologist working for the state illegally baited a trap to attract the cat,"exist, and the United States federal government has opened a criminal investigation into the capture and death of this beautiful animal.

"The 118-pound male jaguar, known as Macho B, was captured on Feb. 18 in a leg-hold snare placed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in a rugged mountainous area southwest of Tucson. The animal, which was described in field reports as healthy and robust, was tranquilized, equipped with a radio-tracking collar and released from the trap.
The jaguar, which was estimated to be 16 years old, was recaptured with tranquilizing darts on March 2 after wildlife personnel feared that it might be in poor health. It was flown by helicopter to the Phoenix Zoo, where a veterinarian said it had irreversible kidney failure. It was euthanized the same day.
Arizona fish and game officials have repeatedly maintained that the snare that first caught the jaguar had been intended for a mountain lion or a black bear. Wildlife conservationists had argued against using a snare to catch the jaguar because of the high risk it posed to the animal, especially considering its age." (source:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/us/05jaguar.html?ref=science)

Apparently once again humans have caused the death of an innocent living animal in its habitat, and also caused another species of animal to disappear forever from North America. Jaguars were present in much of the Southwest until the early 20th century. By then, they had been nearly exterminated after 100 years of hunting, including a federal eradication program. How can humans continue to engage in behaviors which threaten the existence of other animal and plant species on our planet? Humans do not have the right to act in this manner. So many people in this world ascribe to the believe that Humans can do anything they want to towards others of our species, and towards other species of animals and plants. Unless someone is able to change the thinking of these narcassistic and selfish humans, we threaten all life on the planet, including the existence of our own species!

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



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Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



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Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



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The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.