War on Wildlife

Orangutans are losing there homes thanks to us!

Photograph: Bjorn Vaughn/AP

Here is yet another sad tale, from the Guardian, about the destruction of nature by humans.

On the 11th and 12th of October, London will be hosting a summit to discuss the illegal destruction of nature and various wildlife species. It’s a problem that officials are saying isn’t being taken seriously enough.

With what’s being called the 6th great mass extinction being blamed on human activities, something has got to change quickly. The article reports that, “Over 80% of all mammals and half of plants are thought to have been lost since the rise of human civilisation.” That is a pretty depressing statistic.

I often think about what we have been robbed of by the generations that came before us and am astounded by their short-sightedness and greed. Nothing has changed!

I often refer people to these harrowing images, taken not that long ago, of buffalo skulls piled high:

Proudly displaying buffalo massacre.Buffalo skulls for bone china.

Imagine what North America must have looked like to the European settlers; a bounty of wildlife – more fish, trees, buffalo, etc. than they had ever seen. And what did they then proceed to do? Destroy it all. …in record time.

It is hard to fathom how anyone could think this was acceptable. …but we haven’t stopped.

Read more about the summit: ‘Terror being waged on wildlife’, leaders warn

Off-Duty Cop Thinks She’s in her Apartment, Kills the Resident

From Texas (go figure) comes the story of an off-duty cop who returned home after work, only it wasn’t her home she returned to.

After some sort of altercation with the actual resident, a man from St. Lucia, named Botham Shem Jean, the cop, still in her uniform, ends up shooting and killing him.

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, summed up my thoughts when she said:

“Right now there are more questions than we have answers.”

Come on, how does someone first think they’re in the right apartment, when it’s obviously not theirs? And then to get to the point where they whip out their gun and kill the guy, all while she’s wearing a cop uniform? The mind boggles.

The victim must have been in a serious state of confusion before he met his untimely end.

Read more: Off-Duty Texas Cop Enters Wrong Apartment, Kills Man Inside: Police