UNEP Report 2016: Chimpanzees are now extinct in Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo

#PrimatesAreNotPets, Conservation, Environment

[English] Chimpanzees are now extinct in Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo due to illegal trade in wildlife and habitat destruction.

Chimpanzes are essential to the health of the forests. Their partly digested foods (e.g. fruits), travel through the digestive tract before it is deposited with fertiliser. This helps the trees to disperse their seeds more easily.
To prevent the trade, do not support primates being kept as pets.

Although, cute as babies, chimpanzees are extremely dangerous when they reach maturity. Just like us, they can also develop mental illnesses if deprived of their habitat and love of their own species.

Keeping primates as pets is cruel. #KillTheTrade #PrimatesAreNotPets

[Lietuvių kalba] Nelegali prekyba laukiniais gyvūnais, tai jų pardavimas naminių gyvūnėlių prekybinimkams ir mėgėjams, sunaikino Šimpanzių populiacija. Šimpanzės jau pasiekė išnykimo riba Gambijos, Burkino ir Faso, Benino ir Togo šalyse.

Šimpanzės yra ypač naudingos miškams kuriuose jos gyvena. Jų suėstas maistas (t.y. vaisiai) yra iš dalies suardomas virškinimo trakte ir tada deponuojamas su trąšomis. Tai padeda miškui paskleisti sėklas. Nors mieli jų jaunikliai, šimpanzes yra itin pavojingos kai jos pasiekia brandą. Kaip ir mes, jos taip pat gali susirgti psichikos negalumais, ypač jei jos atkeliauja atimtos nuo naturalios gamtos, auga be meilės ir komunikacijos su savo rūšimi. Gamtoje jos gyvena didelėse grupėse, tai vieną šimpanze laikyti, kad ir kaip gerai prižiurint yra žiauru. Šimpanzės – tai ne žmonės, jos ne naminiai gyvūnai.

Siekiant užkirsti kelią tokiam sunaikinimuj, nepalaikykite beždžionių ir kitų primatų laikymą kaip naminiais gyvūnėliais. #killthetrade #primatesarenotpets

Apes, extinction and the bushmeat trade – why they poach?

#PrimatesAreNotPets, Conservation, Environment

The illegal bushmeat trade threatens the already endangered great apes with extinction. But how does the bushmeat trade affect our closest living relatives, with whom we share over 98% DNA? The answer lies with the reasons why people hunt apes.

The Congo Basin, is not only home for apes, monkeys and other animals but also for people. Poverty, war and political unrest force people to rely on natural resources to survive. With lack of opportunities for economic development, people enter the forests illegally to set down traps for small deer (e.g. duikers), bats and rodents. However, the traps may also catch and lethally injure young gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. To have food on their tables, local people use what they can and sometimes have to resort to eating apes. However, many indigenous tribes that reside close to the habitat of great apes, believe that these animals are sacred. So much so that many indigenous legends teach them that gorillas and chimps are their ancestors, that their clans descended from them and therefore, it is prohibited to eat them.

Expanding human population however, dilutes these traditions. Another reason why people kill great apes for bush-meat is status. Some believe that exotic meat is exclusive, expensive and make them gain further importance in their social circles. Just like in the western world, the rich may purchase exotic skin handbags, fur coats or game meat, their traditions are not as different from ours. Lastly, traditional medicine is also a reason why people trade in bushmeat. Consumption of a strong silverback gorilla is thought to allow a man gain the gorilla’s strength and treat illnesses. Lack of education and actual healthcare will push these great apes to extinction.

What can you do? Share this message to spread the word of education. Also, when on holiday, do not be tempted to “try” exotic meats, or support any other trade in primates, e.g. keeping them as pets. Chances are that, the pet ape had its whole family killed and/or sold into the meat trade before the baby was sold as a pet.

I recommend reading more about this in the book:’Eating Apes’ by Dale Peterson:


Climate Change Conference To Go Ahead In Paris

Environment, News


Following the recent events in Paris, many have wondered if the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) due in just two weeks time, would be cancelled. Despite the terror attacks on Paris that shocked the world and killed about 130 people, COP21 is still scheduled to commence. However, extra security measures will be implemented.  President François Hollande spoke out: “COP will bring hope and solidarity”. Donald Tusk, President of EU added that “We must demonstrate that the world is united in our fight against climate change, but also show solidarity against terrorism. Our presence in Paris should be a sign that the world is not intimidated.” 40,000 delegates plan to attend #COP21, which will begin on 30th November 2015. Read more about COP21 by clicking here.

“We must demonstrate that the world is united in our fight against climate change, but also show solidarity against terrorism. Our presence in Paris should be a sign that the world is not intimidated.” – Donald Tusk, President of EU


Quick Guide To Climate Change & UN’s Climate Change Summit 2015

Environment, News


The United Nations’ Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) will take place in Paris in just two weeks time. This is your simple guide to understanding the event and why it is crucial for the future of our environment.

What is climate change?

We have witnessed the environmental temperature rise by a few degrees each year. Looking closely at data published by NASA, it is painfully obvious that over 100 years the climate has warmed exponentially. So who is to blame? Well, we are. We are responsible for this devious destruction of our own planet.


Is climate change natural?

Some will argue that the climate change may be “naturally” occuring. Suggesting that humans have nothing to do with how mother nature reacts. After all, England was a tropical country 50 million years ago. However, this is just not a feasible explanation as the rate of which the earth has warmed is not typical for Earth’s climate. This warming coincides with the expansion of human population. Moreover, it perfectly correlates with the increased use of non-renewable energy and increased carbon emissions levels.


How does climate change affect us?

Global climate change is no laughing matter. Just like terrorism and war, climate change kills thousands of lives each year. Floods and disease outbreaks often are attributed to warmer climates, which create excellent conditions for the spread of viruses and bacteria. Clean drinking water resources become sparse as climate warms. Finding/growing/harvesting food also becomes increasingly difficult. Yet little is done to prevent this. And prevent it we can.

How will COP21 help climate change?

At the #COP21 word leaders and governments are expected to reach a universal agreement on climate change. Kyoto protocol will be the key focus of the event, which requires governments to comply with the emission reduction targets. 40,000 delegates plan to attend COP21 in Paris, which will commence on 30th November 2015.


UNEP report: Emission impacts climate change

“The conference is often referred to as COP21/CMP 11 because the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) are the Climate Convention’s bodies which ultimately adopt the decisions at the end of the conference.”