|BEAUTIFUL PUERTO VALLARTA photo credit: Josef Kandoll|
|photo credit: Josef Kandoll|
The temperatures keep rising. 94.1 degrees this week. Humidity has reached 80 %.. The rivers have turned brown with sediment and topsoil brought down from the hills as a result of heavy rains.
The locals sit in the rivers to cool off, ride rubber rafts down to the bay, and swim in deep spots.
Cold showers don´t exist where water tanks are exposed to the sun. On Wednesday, the sky was a steaming wet, grey blanket covering all of Vallarta. The torrential rain in the evening was a blessing, and the lightning show late that night was the most thrillingly beautiful one I´ve ever seen… dozens of horizontal and vertical serpentine lightning, ziz-zag formations that sometime seemed to be plunging into the sea, and bright,white coral-like branches of electricity in the dark night sky. After the dazzling storm, the dense grey cloud cover was broken and the air began to move again. Beautiful, beautiful sky. Beautiful, beautiful earth.
I had ordered “Walkabout,” from Amazon and watched this beautiful film for the second time a couple of weeks ago. Shot in the middle of Australia in 1971, it´s the drama of a fourteen-year old girl and her young brother who have been abandoned in the outback. As they attempt to find water and food and their way back to Sydney, they encounter a 16-year old aborigine, who is on a “walkabout,” an initiation into manhood by survival in the wild. The film is a lyrical tribute to the diverse beauty of the natural world. “Walkabout” poignantly contrasts the natural world with the civilized world, culminating in the loss of innocence and a lost Eden when the aborigine boy meets civilization.
What resonates in the film is that civilization has had many gains, but these gains have created losses to the natural world through selfishness and greed. Recent tragic examples include the herding of 250 pilot whales into the famous cove in the Faroe Islands, where they were cruelly slaughtered with knives. The big animal news that followed soon afterwards was the illegal killing in Zimbabwe of “Cecil,” the famous beautiful lion with a black fringed mane. His killer, the dentist Walter Palmer, is only one of hundreds of trophy hunters photographed with proud smiles on their faces as they stand or crouch next to a the body of a beautiful exotic animal they have murdered.
Almost eclipsed by this tragic news because it happened shortly afterwards, five endangered elephants in Tsavo West National Park were killed by poachers from Tanzania. A female and her four offspring had their tusks cut off. The baby elephant was left with the bodies of its mother and siblings to grieve. Ivory sells for more than $1,000 a pound in Asia. Like illegal drugs, when there is a demand, there will be a supply.
The animals have no defense against the sophisticated and powerful weapons that civilization has produced. The destruction of African wildlife is all about money. Exotic and endangered animals need more advocates. This short list is of some actions that will help slow down the slaughter:
Initiate and/or sign petitions. The White House has to respond once 100,000 signatures are obtained.
Donate to conservation organizations.
All international airlines unite in refusing to transport “trophy” remains (KLM and Air France have total bans on this; South African Airways, Singapore and and Air Emirates have partial bans).
Countries make it illegal to import “trophies.” (The U.S. finally made it illegal to bring ivory into the country)
African countries stop issuing hunting licenses for trophy animals.
Countries of the world help fund wildlife sanctuaries so they can provide better protection, i.e., pay good salaries to game wardens and supplying them with the necessary equipment to combat poaching.
Trophy hunters stop hunting endangered animals. Instead of paying approximately $50,000 to kill one, donate that same money to conservation efforts.
With so much sad news for exotic animals, it seems like something very, very small to me to be trying to save cats and dogs from being born to suffer in Mexico. But this is where I am and this is what PEACEAnimals is doing. The problem here is quite the opposite of the tragedy taking place in Africa. Mexico has an extreme overpopulation of cats and dogs. There are an estimated ten million dogs living on the streets in this country, with no estimates available for the number of cats. Cats and dogs are not endangered animals. They are at great risk of being born to suffer in many countries. Mass free sterilization programs do the greatest good for the greatest number of cats and dogs.
|PAULINA STETTNER, EX-DIRECTORA DE PEACEANIMALS Y AHORA DIRECTORA DE CALLE CERO|
PAULINA REPORTS THAT TO DATE, ENOUGH FUNDS HAVE BEEN RAISED BY THESE TV SPOTS TO PAY FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 32,160 CATS AND DOGS!
|PAULINA STETTNER,DIRECTOR DE CALLE CERO – EN BLANCO CON PELO LARGO|
COLONIA VILLAS UNIVERSIDAD was a very uncomplicated (only three street turns) 25-minute ride north northeast of centro. Because directions on Google Earth often don´t work, I had asked Frank Ohly, our regular volunteer, for directions. They were perfect.
Driving through a rural area on my way to the clinic, I approached the lovely sight of cows in a large green pasture with the undulating foothills of the Sierra Madres in the background. I turned onto a muddy dirt road so I could take photographs.
STERILIZATIONS July 29-August 1 – Colonia Villas Universidad
Male dogs: 11; Female dogs: 31; Male cats: 17; Female cats: 33 TOTAL: 92
Numbers lower than usual due to a combination of bad directions on Google Earth and Google Maps, the heat and humidity, and summer vacation.
Amount not yet counted by Dr. Poli.
Neil Sechan and Matt Messner – $200 USD- in conjunction with the launch of the Azteca TV/Calle Cero national spay/neuter campaign
Pamela Evans – $200 USD – in conjunction with the launch of the Azteca TV/Calle Cero national spay/neuter campaign
Jessica Bauman – $25 USD – in conjunction with the launch of Azteca TV/Calle Cero national
Mrs. Alfred S. (DeDe) Wilsey – $1,000 USD – in conjunction with the launch of Azteca TV/Calle Cero national spay/neuter campaign
Cat in the Tree – I took the young female Siamese-mix from the Isla Cuale to Dr. Tamayo because she had an infected cat bite. She´s now with me and on antibiotics for two weeks. She is very friendly, even with dogs. Am calling her “Sheba.” She is under one-year old, spayed , loves dogs and people and needs a home. Please contact me.
|GATA DEL ARBOL NECESITA HOGAR. SOY EL CONTACTO.|
Beautiful white eight-month old male cat with wonderful blue eyes. Neutered and very friendly. Like many white cats with blue eyes, he is deaf. Please contact Puro Gato via FB if interested or if you would like to foster or adopt a cat or kitten. Their inventory currently consists of 15 female cats or kittens, 12 male cats and kittens and 6 too young to determine sex. Out of the 33 felines, 24 are rescues from the Isla Cuale.
|RESCATADO – TIENE 8 MESES Y ESTÁ OPERADO – CONTACTO: PURO GATO – FB
ESTE HERMOSO Y AMOROSO GATO ESTÁ SORDO. OCCURE MUCHO CON GATOS BLANCOS CON OJOS AZULES.
August 5-8 – Colonia joyas del Pedregal – lienzo charro – el herradero – calle avenida victor iturbe #540 esquina con agua marina
August 12 – 15 – TBA Necesitamos lugar. We need a location!
August 19-22 – Col. las Aralias – atrás del parque los sauces en la bodega de Sofi Gonzalez
NECESITAMOS LUGARES PARA NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS EN COLONIAS Y PUEBLOS.
PRECISO: BAÑO, ELECTRICIDAD, AGUA Y PARA ESTACIONARSE.
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