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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Government of Canada adds Killer whales and Great white sharks to Endangered Species list

According to an article written by Don Butler, of Postmedia News, entitled, "'Iconic' species slated for endangered list, Ottawa seeks greater protection for northeast Pacific offshore killer whales and Atlantic white sharks.", 
the Government of Canada has decided to add two species found in Canadian waters to its Endangered Species list.."The Atlantic white shark and the northeast Pacific offshore population of killer whales. An order in the most recent Canada Gazette proposes to designate both species as endangered under the Species at Risk Act (SARA)." The government also wants to add protection for seven other aquatic species with lower public profiles.

"The species were assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), a group of wildlife experts and scientists who advise government under the Species at Risk Act.
COSEWIC currently lists 617 wildlife species in various risk categories, including 270 considered endangered, 153 threatened, 172 of special concern and 22 extirpated."

I applaud the Canadian Government for taking these steps to protect these species from extinction.  According to  Don Butler in his article, the Government of Canada,  by re-classifying these animal species  in this fashion,
this will "require the government to develop a recovery strategy, with associated costs."

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Source of image of  Pacific Killer whales:
Source of  photo of Atlantic Great white shark  (Note;The Great white shark in this photo is a juvenile who is in the process of being tagged for scientific research  purposes.)

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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

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

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

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

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

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

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.